“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being alert and focused with an attitude of thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us, too, that God will open a door [of opportunity] to us for the word, to proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds that I may make it clear [and speak boldly and unfold the mystery] in the way I should. Walk in wisdom toward those that are unlearned, redeeming the time as you make the most of each opportunity. Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer every person.” Colossians 4:2-6.
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PLEDGING ALLEGIENCE TO GOD’S KINGDOM
I listen to preachers, teachers, prophets, medical professionals, and politicians each week. It’s quite a challenge to put all the pieces of life together into something that resembles some type of spiritual direction that makes sense. Like many of you, I pray for spiritual discernment as I seek to be led by God in His wisdom and understanding. When God wants to know if He can give us something, let us always remember to ask Him for more wisdom and discernment. Some ministers today are saying that a huge revival is coming and I certainly hope it is. I have not heard the Lord tell me this, however, many believe this is going to happen as the Bible does say in Joel 2:28 and again in Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of my Spirit on ALL flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” This does sound like a spiritual awakening and a harvest of souls from His grace and mercy, but the question is what time period this is prophesying about. Many scholars believe the Joel passage was referring to the warnings to repent or face the consequences of God’s judgments and the same situation again in the days of the early church. It is commonly accepted the original writers when mentioning the “last days” were not referring to the end of the age as they believed they were already living in the last days. Staying within the context is very critical as we interpret scripture. In my studies and research, I am convinced the dispensation we are now living in, will grow darker and more evil instead of being filled with repentance, love, and the reverential fear of God.
Satan has come on very strong in the last couple of years and it seems that everything has changed – even the church. People are changing, their minds and hearts are more calloused and less trusting. Love is waxing cold. The average religious person today has the attitude that Christianity is doing well and there are no problems, but how can they say this? Are they not sensitive enough to know that the evil spirits of religion are wearing sheep’s clothing? Deception has grown to the point that people have become desensitized and are not even aware of it. This has come as a result of being exposed to sin. The “tell a vision” along with social media has removed the child-like innocence and humility and while slowly feeding the carnal human nature with darkness and depravity. Like the frog who sits in the water as the temperature slowly rises, the habits and attributes of the flesh can fill the mind and heart with lust and laziness. As a man thinks so is he, and the problem is that the mind cannot drink in the filth of the world and walk in God’s presence at the same time. Following the flesh is the evidence of a strong delusion and the conscience being seared as with a hot iron. We can understand the lost doing this, but we are also seeing spiritual blindness within the general population of the church. An organized assembly of lukewarm backsliders is NOT what God had in mind.
The modern idea of revival is calling a preacher to hold services for a few days to excite and make us feel good. This is not genuine revival unless there is widespread repentance and people are being transformed and dedicating their lives to Jesus in a brand new commitment to Him. If there is no fervent praying and fasting or a reverential fear of God’s holiness, it is nothing more than just another emotional program. For the most part, I believe the churches have exchanged obedience to God’s demand of sanctification for the ideas that we can live however we want and it’s no big deal. I am convinced that only a very few people are taking up their cross and are trying to pull away from the temptations and darkness of the world. We need to remember that a revival meeting has very little to do with a holy lifestyle. People go to church meetings all the time and are the biggest sinners in town. We have plenty of good speakers but what we are lacking is a constant awareness of God’s presence. Many have become calloused to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and are not demonstrating the knowledge that they know.
When we read the Bible and try to imagine what it was like for the early church, it’s truly difficult to comprehend. Our structures are beautiful cozy buildings, our preaching is systematic and technical, we have tremendous organization, professional training, higher education, and yet we are missing the most important ingredient – the anointing and presence of God’s Spirit. In fact, we are so different from the early church I am concerned that we now have a different religion. The world has changed and unfortunately, the church has changed with it. We are no longer focused on the spiritual but are controlled by the culture. We must see the difference between the organized assembly and the bride of Christ. Most of what is presented as the church is NOT the true church whom Jesus gave His life for. Just as pagan idol worship has been in the world for thousands of years, we see the spirits of religion today on nearly every corner. The people go in for numerous reasons and then they live a lifestyle that is no different than those who are spiritually blind and lost. And we wonder why these places are spiritually cold and dry. We hear a lot about conservative right-wing patriots who love God and country, but are these individuals really walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit? It’s going to take more than flying a flag and singing God bless America to endure in the tribulation. If anyone is putting their faith in a political party or an individual to save the country, they are already deceived. Turn away from the world, pledge allegiance to His kingdom, get alone with God, and stay under the shadow of His wings.
We hear about how we need to get back to the book of Acts, but does anyone talk about what it would take to experience it? People may want to see the miracles, but does anyone actually want to live as the original disciples lived? Who is prepared to pay the price of holiness, rejection, hatred, isolation, and persecution? Very few to say the least. This is exactly why the manifestations of God’s power were traded for entertainment and the comforts of encouraging stories. The churches are only as spiritual as their members and with widespread lukewarmness and deception; the Lord removed His candlestick and turned them over to a strong delusion. Today we see that people do not know the difference as their conscience has been seared as with a hot iron. They do not have the fire of the Holy Ghost because they do not want it! Revival is one thing but reformation is quite another. You can shout and dance in a revival but be killed when standing for reformation. Revival excites our emotions but reformation brings permanent transformation. Martin Luther refused to renounce his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 which resulted in his ex-communication by the Pope and was condemned as a criminal by the Roman Emperor. His writings were burned and anyone caught with his teachings was also considered a heretic and arrested. He hid from the authorities to escape being burned at the stake.
I’m not sure if there will be another reformation movement. People are just too worldly and most will never agree to yield and submit their will to God. Unless there is a sincere desire to become a living sacrifice for His glory, there is no understanding of genuine salvation. Being religious desires the blessings without having to change who we are. Most churches today are more worried about church attendance and passing the offering plates than they are about how the people think and live. It’s not about the large numbers, it’s all about someone who desires to give their life to Jesus. Of course, people would rather go to church than take up their cross and follow Jesus. Spoiler alert – these are not the same things. It would be better to have one person agreeing to enter into a blood covenant vow with Jesus than for 10,000 people to call themselves a Christian and never live for Him. You see, when we are born again, the old nature has died and our new nature has risen as baptism symbolizes. The problem is that when many people raise their hand to be saved, there is no change. Something is wrong.
How many want a personal reformation? Reformed means to be changed. Here are some other related words to being reformed, alteration, amend, correction, realignment, reconstruction, overhaul, rehabilitate, rectify, and rearrange. We can see this has everything to do with being made new and taking a 180 turn in the opposite direction. Many who believe they are saved have never been born again. There is nothing more dangerous than being deceived by our emotional feelings. How can we know the difference? If you never have a burden for the lost who are dying and going to hell and have never shared your faith with someone, there is something wrong. If you never have a desire to be alone and pray, or if you do not have a hunger and thirst for God’s Word, this is not normal for a true Christian. If you have never heard His voice or been aware of His presence, this is not the lifestyle of a follower of Christ. If you can intentionally sin and not feel any remorse or guilt whatsoever, you are either backslidden very far away from God or you do not personally know Him at all. The reason why the Word of God does not convict or change these types of people is because the wine of God’s truth is being poured into an old wineskin. There must be a new wineskin. In spiritual terms, the individual must become a new creation in Christ to receive His Spirit. True redemption is turning away from the carnal nature of the flesh and running into the name and presence of the Lord. It is surrendering our control and giving complete control to God in everything we say and do. Until a person understands the holy vow of the blood covenant with Jesus, they will not comprehend what it means to be saved. What will bring someone to take this pledge of responsibility and dedication to the Almighty? When the convicting desire to change becomes stronger than the temptation to remain the same.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER?
I had been seeking the Lord for a few days and meditating about the tabernacle of Moses. I have studied this before and have seen the correlation of these stations with the true Christian life. There is a divine order in God’s ways and I encourage you to study the procession to the holy of holies and ask God to give you the revelation of how this pertains to your personal relationship with Him. Without understanding the path to God, we will not walk in His Spirit or accomplish His will. I recently had a vision as the Lord brought me into a large place where it was just Him and me. It was white all around like the inside of a cloud and I could see nothing in the distance above or below. I also could not see God but I knew He was there. I could sense His presence. He spoke and it sounded like nothing I had ever heard. I cannot describe it in human words. It was like the Ocean and thunder mixed together. He said, “What do you want?” I was dumbfounded and embarrassed that I could not think. My mind was reeling as I said nothing. I was filled with a reverential fear of Him and fell before Him. I came out of the vision and this troubled me for many days. I have now thought of a reply, but I want to ask you how you would respond if the Lord were to ask you this question. I remember when God presented this question to Solomon, and he replied that he wanted wisdom and discernment so that he could lead people in the ways of God. This was a very good answer and the Lord not only gave him wisdom but since he did not ask for riches, God also made him one of the wealthiest people on earth. I too want wisdom and spiritual sensitivity as I know we are heading into the end of the age and the tribulations are becoming more aggressive against Christians. The remnant are being called to walk in a higher spiritual level in order to be victorious for His glory. We must be prepared to stand or we will compromise and fail Him. Today is the day to choose to walk in His direction and listen to His voice or we will be swept away in the flood of lies and deception.
The spiritual atmosphere is changing and everyone is standing in a crossroad to go all the way with God or follow the world’s system. Satan is unleashing fear and panic and only those who live in the strong tower of God’s name will endure until the end. Faith will overcome fear but building faith takes a lot of determination, discipline, and perseverance. I want to be a servant of God and to dwell every moment in His presence. I want to be filled with agape love for Him and everyone in the world. I want to have a burden for the lost and a burning passion to fast and pray without ceasing. I want to pull completely away from the world’s system and the carnality of my flesh. My cry is for God to create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. I ask for the revelation of His wisdom so that I might understand who He is and who I am in Him. I need a higher vision of faith and I appreciate the revelation of knowing that resting in God is the ultimate proof of trusting Him. Yes, we are battling in constant spiritual warfare, but there is no greater demonstration of faith than the peace and joy than when we rest in Him. He is honored when we trust Him completely and nothing reveals this more than when we can walk in this level of confidence. The Sabbath was not just for our bodies but is also for the development of our faith, hope, and love. I want to be His messenger until He returns and to be a vessel of honor for His glory. I am constantly asking God to give me an ear to hear what His Spirit is saying and to allow me to relay His message. I pray that He will use me to reach as many people as possible and that many seekers will receive His truth and draw closer to Him. I desire to be filled with His Spirit that I might demonstrate the attributes of God’s character and nature. I encourage you to take some time this week and write down how you would respond to God when He calls you and wants to know what you desire from Him.
GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR
Soon after Jesus had resurrected, we find a beautiful passage found in John chapter 20 that is a wonderful example of how much God loves us and wants to encourage us. The friends and family of Christ were gathered together after his horrific crucifixion and were still grieving over his death when all of a sudden, he appears in their midst! Even though they remembered how he had promised to return I’m sure they were still awestruck. Jesus stretches out His hands and reveals his previous wounds, and of course, they are overjoyed to see him again. He spoke peace and breathed on them and before he left; he filled them with the Holy Spirit. Thomas was not there that night and later when he returned verse 25 says, “The other disciples, therefore, said to him, we have seen the Lord, but Thomas replied, unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
Eight days later the group came together again and once again Jesus miraculously appeared except this time Thomas was present. Christ looked at Thomas and told him to reach out and touch the scars, and he did. Jesus said, “Be not faithless, but believing,” as Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God.” When we are discouraged and struggling to believe, we can know that God will always make the extra effort to prove how much he loves us and wants us to trust him. He is encouraging us today to know that his presence is all around us. You see, Thomas represents everyone when it comes to doubt as believing without seeing is truly difficult. This is where faith becomes essential within our understanding that just because we cannot see God, it does not mean he is not there. In verse 29 we read, “Jesus said unto him, Thomas because you have seen me, you believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Faith is having an optimistic attitude even when it seems the situation is hopeless. If our lives were filled with happiness with no problems at all, we would not sense the urgency to pray in faith. Those who read the Bible are well aware of what is coming in the future and the time to build faith is now. Walls of faith are built one brick at a time, which means if we do not develop faith every day we cannot instantly generate faith when tragedy comes. We know that global principalities and evil strongholds will become more aggressive as the return of Christ draws near. This is because Satan has been given temporary permission by God to be a puppet master for the leaders of the world. I Peter 5:8 warns, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We should not be shocked to witness wars, violence, hatred, division, and oppressive governments but we are reminded in God’s word 365 times to “fear not.” It’s clear the virus has caused widespread panic and I believe we are facing one of the most aggressive attacks from Satan that I have seen in my lifetime. “Pray without ceasing” I Thessalonians 5:17.
Anxiety and stress can negatively affect our spiritual joy, our conscience and our physical bodies as we cannot allow our emotions to distract us from our relationship with Christ. Walking with Jesus allows us to live in his peace even in the midst of the storm. Spiritual confidence is activated when the determination to trust God becomes stronger than the temptation to be afraid. We cannot live in faith and fear at the same time. If we choose to feed our faith, our fears will starve. Thomas Aquinas is quoted as saying, “To the one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To those without faith, no explanation is possible.” Whatever trial we are going through today, we have the opportunity to fill our hearts with God’s promises or be drowned in a sea of confusion and doubt. Our natural senses desire to control us, but faith is spiritual and declares that we will hope and trust in the Lord no matter the circumstances. Remember, God did not give us a spirit of fear. “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all of my fears” Psalm 34:4.
A Cappella rendition of “I Stand In Awe Of You”
BEING CHANGED INTO HIS IMAGE
“But we all with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from GLORY to GLORY, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Corinthians 3:18)
“Help us Oh God to have love in all things as we continue to fight on our knees in this spiritual war. We repent of our sins and fall before you in humility and reverential fear of who you are. Amen” Twenty-five years before I started writing on a daily basis, I wrote music lyrics that were downright painful to my human nature. Those of you who have listened to these songs know what I mean. Many have told me over the years that the music was so convicting that probably only a small remnant of seekers would actually want to hear them. This must be true as I cannot count the number of times I have given them to someone, and they never mentioned them again. I admit it is intimidating and fearful when we see Christ standing at the sacrificial alter beckoning for us to crawl upon on the hot coals. It’s like everything else in life, when we are passionate about what we enjoy – we cannot get enough of it, but when we are trying to avoid something, we cannot run fast enough to get away from it. Sadly, this is how we respond when it comes to what God desires for our life.
Of course, everyone wants a Savior but only if it’s free. Being “changed” into His image from glory to glory is the spiritual reality of learning, growing, evolving and advancing into God’s perfect will. This concept of their being a price to pay has never been popular. Just ask the martyrs for Christ. Remember, in the Old Testament God asked, “Who can I send and who will go for Me?” And in the New testament Jesus offered the wealthy young ruler to make a life-changing decision by asking, “Will you sell everything you have and follow Me?” So, this cross-road is not something new or a special calling, it is what being a true follower of God is all about. We have been deceived if we think that He will ACCEPT any other generic kind of life we throw together. Have you ever asked yourself; what is my spiritual destiny? I realize we cannot see the future but we can at least make sure we are on the right path. We know that abiding in the constant awareness of His presence and being obedient to His voice is included! But just what does it mean to abandon our will? Well, in order for us let go of our old life and become a new creation, we need to realize that He must be invited to sit on the throne of our heart or we will never trust or understand the revelation of God’s will. One more question. What is the meaning of life? It is loving God with all of our heart, mind and strength and knowing Him in the power of His resurrection. His will is His Word and knowing the wisdom of His knowledge reveals who He is and what He demands from us. You see, no matter what we have been taught, abandoning our will to God is NOT an option for those who seek to be an overcomer for His glory. Doing whatever we want or even having moral intentions is hardly good enough. Our flesh is so sneaky and rebellious that it can deceive and convince us that our choices are alright and that God is not paying attention. If we would become serious and take the time to fast and pray, we would discover the sobering truth that we are in rebellion and denial. Carnality does not care if we are wandering out in left field wearing a blindfold.
I find myself from time to time sitting in my office upset and brokenhearted over my failures and inability to live to the standards that I know God has called me to demonstrate. I have sadly discovered the reason why I do not “walk” according to His will and it is simply because my flesh does not want to, (and this upsets me even more). I am my own worst enemy. It was pointed out to me recently that the reason people who know me are not interested or respect what I say, is because they know my failures and this familiarity prevents people from trusting us. I believe this is what it means in Mark 6:4, “Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” It’s a sobering reminder that we cannot straddle the fence or compromise in any way when it comes to sin and our relationship with Jesus. If we witness for Christ one day and are seen out having a beer the next, people will always see you as a two-face hypocrite and will use this to justify writing you off as a serious Christian. I’ve been told to my face, “I thought you were a Christian” and being shamed is not a good feeling. I am grateful that I am convicted over my sins and that I want to know His truth and live by it, but I ask myself constantly, when will I go all the way in my faith and give myself to God completely? Some will say we cannot be perfect even though the Bible commands us to be. I know this may sound elementary but we will fulfill His destiny only when we become saturated with the reverential fear and revelation of who He is. His refining fire is a refining we must be tried and willing to go through. We will embrace His demand to change when the conviction to be transformed becomes greater than our desire to remain the same.
We pray the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will have mercy on us, teach us and empower us for the mission we have been called to accomplish. Each child of God has been called to do many things and has a unique role to play in His Kingdom. Our gifts, talents, anointing and personalities are all different and He desires to use each one to accomplish His perfect plan. As we have said many times before, our life now that we have been born again has been drastically changed because we are now building from a new spiritual blueprint. The plans and desires that we had in our old life may not look anything like what God has chosen for us to do now. Each follower of Christ has been given certain responsibilities and for the rest of our days it is up to us to discover what they mean and how to accomplish them. The beginning of wisdom concerning this mission is realizing that we must operate in HIS strength and attitude in order for these plans to be spiritually successful. Those who attempt to “combine” their will with God’s will or allow denial to lead them into a seemingly innocent rebellion, will discover that no matter how excited or diligent they are to execute their goals, things never seem to pan out. Even if they forcefully push them through until they are exhausted from their labors, they are left empty and extremely dissatisfied. Why? Because they have never learned that God does not accept or bless our designated offerings if they are given in our way and on our terms.
Many who are born again and filled with His Spirit have yet to allow God’s Word to renew and transform their mind and like the children of Israel they continue to go around in circles of frustration and defeat. Allow me to say, that God is doing a major work in those that are serious about personal change. He is pouring out His Spirit in this hour and is also drawing a dividing line as each person is deciding whose side they are on. There is God and Satan and no in between. We all agree the time of the end is near and we also realize that many in God’s family are not spiritually ready to “walk” in the higher levels of spiritual awareness. So, what will reveal where we stand? The intentions of our heart to embrace God’s truth. God has not changed and His Word is exactly the same as it has always been. He judges the human conscience and knows who is dedicated to obeying His voice and who is ALLOWING their mind to be deceived. Many understand the requirements but will not yield their will to Him.
We read in Hebrews chapter three about the “hardening” of the heart and within the context it mentions the children of Israel and their failures with trying to half-way follow God (which He considers dis-obedience and lukewarmness). We also notice that Jesus and the New Testament saints are held accountable to stand strong for His truth and how they respond to difficulties and trials of this life. We read in verse seven, “Wherefore as the Holy Ghost says, Today IF you will hear His voice, harden NOT your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.” What does the word “provocation” mean? It means to provoke, insult, instigate, irritate and induce. God’s people were promised they would receive their inheritance but because of their UNBELIEF they did NOT fulfill their part of the covenant and were denied the promised land. He was trying to teach them faith and how to progress and develop into mighty spiritual warriors of His kingdom but they made the CHOICE to remain carnal babies. Yes, He became aggravated at them because they would NOT overcome their flesh in order to walk in faith and obedience. Is this not what God is saying in this hour? He has given us His Word and the opportunity for us to be as close to Him as we desire but instead we have played the harlot and allowed the pleasures of this world to prevent us from being spiritually mature. Do you actually believe that God will gladly accept any type of rebellious attitudes, laziness, apathy, false teachings, impure motives and all excuses to live in carnality? Where did we ever get the idea that God will compromise His Word by making exceptions and yielding to the pleas of intentional rebellion? We have listened to many sermons, sang the praise songs and read articles and books for one reason; That we might abandon our will and embrace His perfect will! Not so that we will become so smart with religion that we think we can make it work like a magic lamp! If we have not spent time with Him and discovered who He is, we have willingly traded relationship for religion! Verse 12, “Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”
We are members of His body working together, learning and developing how to live for Him. We know that many things happening around us today are NOT what God has wanted. Many religious activities, programs, organizations and traditions may be substitutes and distractions to what God is really wanting to do in this world. If we read about certain individuals that had extraordinary experiences with the Lord, we notice that God was found in the secret places of isolation away from the voices of chaos. We know why individuals are drawn into the depths of His presence; because they want to know His truth. They desire to go deeper into His endless sea of wisdom and revelation. They are overwhelmed with His authority and His majestic power. They raise their hands to heaven, and He touches them and fills them with the glory of His endless love. “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that will ask will receive; and he that seeks shall find, and to him that knocks it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
God’s warning for today’s apostate church – August 7, 2021
Many believe that just because someone builds a structure or gathers together and calls it a church, that it is automatically blessed and a holy mandate for God to use for His glory. This can be true if the Lord is the one building His house so to speak, but they labor in vain if any organization or program is built with motives of the flesh. The old assumption, “if we build it, they will come” might apply to baseball fields and worldly entertainment, but we do not force, negotiate, manipulate, deceive, or command God to do anything He has not divinely planned and ordained. The correct thought process is to believe that it is The Almighty who inspires and leads His people to gather together and then He will provide for whatever else is necessary. The same as all who call themselves Christians are not born again, all local assemblies who believe they represent God are not shining the light of Christ as the Bible describes as a city that is set on a hill. Born again children of the Most High are the actual temples of the Holy Spirit on this earth that are not made with human hands and should not be confused with the dark spirits of religion who are wolves in sheep’s clothing. There are many specific groups and sects of people around the world who gather together live in bondage to religious arrogance and are more in love with their titles, creeds, and structures than the Creator of all things. They believe they are the only ones who know the truth and are deceived by a spirit that has blinded their minds. This confusion originates from the devil and brainwashes people to be divisive and political. This spirit is filled with false judgment, apathy, lust, greed, and are spiritually lukewarm which is the same religious spirit that was active in the time of Christ. Sadly in these social gatherings, God is not present and the people do not even know it. Why? Because you cannot know what you are missing if you have never experienced it.
I’m hearing the Lord say that many candlesticks of the Holy Spirit are being removed from these places that call themselves a Christian assembly. God is holy and demands to be reverenced, He will not play games with those who pretend to be something they are not. Those who have no spiritual discernment may recognize these organizations as a church but God does not. These gatherings are more of an enemy of God and cause more harm than good with their lies and deception that spread misinformation and lead many into error. Remember Jesus confronted the priest in His day and met with the most religious leaders in that time. What did He tell them? He said they were teaching about God but did not even know God at all! John 8:19 says, “Then said they [the Pharisees] unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.” This same evil spirit is very widespread today and though it may look good on the outside, it is actually a fierce enemy against the truth. A religious spirit is an impostor of God and is a spirit of the Antichrist. The term Ichabod is found in first Samuel 4:21 and in 14:3. Ichabod was an actual person the son of Phinehas the grandson of Eli, the priest of the Lord in Shiloh. The sad story of Eli and his two wayward sons, Phinehas and Hophni, is found in 1 Samuel, chapters 2 and 4. Hophni and Phinehas died in battle with the Philistines who captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it away from Israel. Upon hearing this terrible news, Eli fell backward off his chair and broke his neck, and died. With all of these horrible events, Phinehas’s pregnant wife went into labor and bore a son whom she named Ichabod which means, “The glory has departed from Israel.” The word means literally “inglorious” or “there is no glory,” and in her pain and despair, this woman not only was grieving over her family but lamented over the loss of the glory of God from Israel. Followers of Jesus must never take the glory of God’s presence in our midst for granted, lest we wake up one day and find that Ichabod has become a reality among us. To worship, love, teach, witness, minister, and walk with God’s Spirit is an honor and privilege.
Remember, the glory of God is used to describe God’s favor and blessings toward His people. The pillar of fire represented God’s presence and Jesus later refers to the concept of the glory of God leaving Israel. In His last message to Israel, His final word to the religious leaders was, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate” Matthew 23:37-38. That was His final statement of judgment on Israel for the rejection of their Messiah. The Greek word translated “desolate,” means “abandoned to ruin.” This place is in abandonment. God has left. Jesus declares that all spiritual leaders who turn away from God in order to be popular or enjoy being in control will be judged including all who follow them. Their gatherings and personal lives will become desolate as Ichabod, the anointing, blessings, and the effectiveness of power and glory of God will depart as God can no longer use them. Instead of humble prayers and sincere sacrifice unto the Lord, they allow their imaginations to be filled with lust, greed, fame, entertainment, and money. Instead of being on fire for the holiness and sanctification for God, they wink and tease each other with secrets and dreams of perversion and worldly success. The apostate church has bowed down to serve evil as an accepted authority instead of standing and praying against it.
Today we have the modern churches who make fun of the older conservative way of thinking. These assemblies do not want holiness and the strict conservative lifestyles as they have removed prayer altars and the gifts of the Spirit. The apostate church has opened its doors to abortions, homosexuality, sexy clothing, worldly music, drinking, partying, fornication and adultery until there is no difference between following Jesus and the lost world. These churches are filled with sin and void of the Holy Spirit and we wonder why there are no miracles or wonders. These type of churches do want the prophetic gifts, convicting messages of repentance, saturating worship, or the psalmist ministry that brings forth music that exposes sin and reveals the intentions of the heart. The only true spiritual authority from this time forward will be God who moves through His overcomers in this hour. The true church will continue marching forward and will do God’s will.
If we are truly born again we are being transformed into His image which is the exact opposite of the carnal flesh. We will have discernment about what is right and wrong. We will NOT compromise with God’s truth. We will NOT sit in a cold dead church. We will not enjoy the perverted entertainment of the world in our movies, television, social media, and music. Sin will make us nauseated and if does not, we need to fall on the cross and be genuinely saved. “I the Lord says this day that I will not turn my head away and ignore your wickedness. I will not always be patient with those who bring embarrassment to my kingdom. I see everything that is hidden and if you do not repent, I will expose you to the world so that everyone can see your deeds of darkness says God. No one will get away with anything because I know the hearts of all men and women and I command everyone this hour to approach me with a broken and contrite heart and fall on your face to me saith the Lord and I will forgive you and restore you into my righteousness. But if you continue to play hide and seek and continue to allow deception to blind your mind, you will face my wrath and my judgment will fall upon you and you will suffer greatly. Today is my window of grace and mercy, receive it this hour and be saved, healed, and delivered from the strong delusion says the Lord of Host.”
AN ENCOURAGING WORD – August 1 – 2021
THERE IS NO REASON TO BE AFRAID, ANXIOUS, OR DEPRESSED. WHEN YOU SINCERELY ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS, HE WILL RESTORE YOU BACK INTO THE GLORY AND SAFETY OF HIS PRESENCE. IT IS SATAN WHO CONDEMNS AND BRINGS FEAR AND WORRY, BUT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE AUTHORITY AND CONFIDENCE TO KNOW THIS IS ONLY A DECEPTION TO REMOVE YOUR TRUST AWAY FROM JESUS. WE CANNOT HAVE FAITH AND DOUBT AT THE SAME TIME. YOU CAN LAUGH AT THE DEVIL TODAY AND BE FILLED WITH GOD’S JOY WHICH IS UNSPEAKABLE AND FULL OF GLORY – WHY? BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT GOD IS IN TOTAL CONTROL AND THE DEVIL WILL LOSE HIS BATTLE TO BE KING AS IT HAS BEEN PROMISED BY GOD THAT THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS WILL SPEND AN ETERNITY IN THE TORMENTS OF A BURNING HELL. GOD IS ALWAYS VICTORIOUS AND THE DEVIL IS ALWAYS A LOSER. CHRISTIAN, LIFT UP YOUR HEART, STAND STRONG ON THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE VICTORIOUS IN CHRIST! JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED AND ROSE AGAIN SO YOU COULD BE THE LIGHT HOLDER FOR HIS GLORIOUS LIGHT. STEP FORWARD IN FAITH AND SPEAK HIS WORD AND BECOME WHAT HE DIED FOR YOU TO BE. “THEY OVERCAME” THIS IS TALKING ABOUT YOU!
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God is the KEY to our HOPE
Urgent Prophetic Word – July 13, 2021
“I the Lord God of heaven and earth would say unto the church in America, I have heard your cries and prayers. I know the hearts and minds of everyone and I know my children are begging me to expose the evil and bring swift justice and judgment upon the wicked. The stench of depravity and blasphemy against me fills my nostrils however, I want to remind you that the Satanic bondage within your country did not happen overnight and the evil which now surpasses even Noah’s time and the debauchery of Sodom and Gomorrah has grown deep roots in every facet of your land. As the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, I see thy works and have weighed you in the balance and declare this day that you have fallen short in your responsibility to be a watchman on the wall. You turned your eyes away from me and focused on pleasure instead of following my voice. Your slumber caused the land to be filled with lukewarmness and you laughed at evil. You professed to be my church but have not considered the deceptions which you desire for me to uncover and punish also applies to you. The assemblies which gather and call themselves my church are also guilty of being dishonest and hypocritical and I am preparing to expose all who have been living a double life. You have left your first love and now I am shining my light of truth into your lives and the darkness will have nowhere to hide. You have refused to learn discipline. You have become rebellious toward the thoughts of sacrifice and have ignored my call to surrender your will. You have wrongly called me Lord because you failed to obey my word and now I am pulling back the covers and will expose your sins saith, God.
I called my people at the birthing of this nation to lead and guide this government and to create and enforce a legal system according to my divine truth. But instead of standing strong against the challenges of intentional sin and following my instructions to rebuke, reprove, and cast out demons, you turned your eyes away to the pleasures of the flesh and believed that everything would be alright. You refused to confront sin and were not strong enough to fight against your own carnality. You became weak when you paid others to preach and pray for you and do the work of the ministry that I called you to do. You replaced taking up your cross and becoming a living sacrifice with a seeker-friendly social club of politics and entertainment. I am removing my candlestick from all of these assemblies and sadly the people do not even recognize it. Why? Because they do not know me. The churches did not want my presence; they turned their ears away from my prophets and chose to create and embrace a distorted gospel that made them feel good. You were foolish to underestimate your adversary and decided that interceding without ceasing was uncomfortable, extreme, unnecessary, and fanatical. Your churches became haughty and filled with delusion and deception. You allowed your will to control you instead of surrendering your will to me. I called you to holiness and sanctification and to walk in the power and authority of my word, name, and the blood of Jesus, but instead you justified your weakness and taught others that I was lenient and did not care about sanctification and transformation. Instead of calling my house a den of thieves, you said let us reason together and be happy. There are always consequences for not obeying me and my church in America is no exception.
You learned how to compromise and enjoyed playing games and negotiating with a carnal and wicked world. Your motives and intentions were based on carnality because you loved your sin more than having a personal relationship with me. You went to sleep at the wheel and allowed Satan to choose the direction of the country and gave the kingdom of darkness control of the government and legal system and this is the reason America has turned into a cesspool of filth, hatred, and corruption. Instead of being filled with my spirit and using my authority to advance and overcome the perversion and abominations of rebellion, you hid behind the walls of buildings and pretended to be strong. While you focused on prosperity, the world demanded their right to serve Satan and took control of the nation. And now that you are stirring from your slumber, you want me to uproot all the evil and restore your land and return America as a nation under my name? Do you actually believe that I am going to rip the evil from the hearts of those who hate me? Did I not say that I love the world and gave my only son so that whosoever would believe in me would be saved and have eternal life? I do not force myself on anyone. You call yourselves patriots and are now begging me to prosecute and court marshal all the evil people within your government and restore the republic and the gold system that was lost, stop the abortions and overturn Roe vs. Wade, reverse same-sex marriage, stop the homosexual agenda, restructure the public education system into a Christian curriculum, enforce spiritual views of morality based on my word and make America a Christian nation. And you want me to do it immediately? I say unto you this day, instead of you waiting on me to cleanse the nation of sin and make it holy, I am waiting on you to put on the whole armor of God and take the initiative to step out on the battlefield and engage my authority against your enemy on the front line of spiritual warfare. Your life is not about living in peace and prosperity, it is about being obedient to me. If you want the devil and his followers to be taken out of power, you must go to war on your knees and use my authority to cast them out. Did I not promise that your warfare was spiritual instead of carnal and that you have the responsibility to pull down demonic strongholds and principalities in my name? The key to pleasing me is to do what I say to do. I did not call my people to purify the world, but to be led by my Spirit. My church needs to repent for disobeying me and must begin this hour to obey my voice, have my mind, and see the way I see.
I ask you this hour, where have I promised that I will rid the earth of evil before the return of Christ? Where in my Word have I declared that in the last days I will turn the world upside down and cause the earth to flourish as a paradise of peace and love? Did I not say that wickedness would increase, false prophets would mislead and deceive, and the love of many would wax cold? I promised that I would pour out my spirit on my sons and daughters, but this is not the same as removing immorality and darkness from the planet. Beware of false prophets and those who speak from their fleshly emotions for personal gain. Do you actually believe there will be a holy government that loves me as the masses sing praises to me and worship me? I said the world hates me and if you truly love me, it will also hate you! Yes, there will be a millennial reign in the future where Jesus is the King of kings, but you are now in a time of intense tribulation and I’ve given Satan the liberty to carry out his agenda to steal, kill, and destroy. Wake up! Wake up saith the Lord of Host! While the end of the age is coming to a close, I am calling for my people to spend quiet time with me, to lead revivals and bring many to me in this last hour harvest, and to move with the Holy Spirit, but this does not mean I am going to destroy the wicked, remove the darkness, and bind Satan and his demons so that you can enjoy yourselves. You are going to face fierce resistance and persecution which is why you must dwell in the secret place of the Most High. In fact, the closer you live in my presence and the more involved you are for my kingdom the more likely you will face persecution, hatred, rejection, mockery, imprisonment, and even death. I can protect you and you can overcome sin by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony but I will not promise that you will never be a martyr for my glory.
You must understand your life is hidden with Christ and that to die for my sake is gain. This is why I call those who are fearless and who fight on the front line my holy remnant and the bride of Christ. My wise virgins have their lamps filled with oil and their wedding garments are clean and white and have no wrinkles. Do you not comprehend you are standing at the end of the age? These sheep and wheat are faithful and are but a tiny portion of the masses who claim to love me but who have no intention of doing my will. Have I not said, the religious spirits praise me with their lips but their hearts are far from me? I say unto you this hour, all earthly governments and kingdoms are corrupt and always will be because they are controlled by evil people. The entire world has a depraved nature and chooses each moment whom they will serve. Be more concerned and burdened with allowing your light to shine in a realm of confusion and violence as this is why I have called you. Do not spend all of your time trying to fix what cannot be repaired. Develop your discernment so that you can know what is of me and what is false information. I am the way, the truth, and the life. Do not allow your mind and heart to be distracted with visions of comfort and financial gain and fantasies of the world loving and respecting you. Have you forgotten the world does not allow prayer and my Bible because they do not believe I am the creator of all things? Do you not understand you are in a war unto death and that all who are not on fire for me are my enemies? Do you realize those in your family who are not sold out for me are fighting against my kingdom which includes you? Pray that you will not be brainwashed and mesmerized with deceptions and lies. It is your responsibility to protect your conscience from the airwaves. Your citizenship is in heaven and your hope is in me alone. Focus on listening to my voice and doing my will so that your name will be found in my book of life. Allow me to fill you with my Spirit and above all things do what I say. Concentrate and meditate on taking up your cross and following me, love me with all of your heart, pray without ceasing, and walk holy before me as this is the meaning and purpose of your life says the Lord of Host this day.”
Please share as the Lord leads – Billy –
WORD FROM THE LORD – 7/3/21
“Wherefore God exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” Philippians 2:9-13.
I love receiving messages directly from the Lord and maybe He comes to me in my sleep because He has a more difficult time trying to get my attention when I’m awake. Whatever the case, I do not have these special experiences every night but occasionally I will have dreams and visions that I know are information and instructions that He desires to relay to me. I’m writing this on the morning of July third, 2021, and last night I received one of these messages. This was not a normal dream where there are individuals that we know in surroundings we are not familiar with, but rather this was a direct statement. It was an audible voice without anything visual. In the first part of the statement, God said, “You must take total control of your will.” I want to stop here just for a second and say that even in my subconscious state, I was taken back by this warning. I’m always thinking and writing that we are not to have control and to surrender our will so that we can do God’s will. We indeed need to let go of our will, but I’m seeing this will not come automatically just because we know we should or say this is a good thing. This brings me to the second part of what I heard the Lord say. He said, “The only way you can give me control of your life, which includes all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength, is for you to have complete control over it. You are unable to give me something that you do not have. You cannot turn over your will until it no longer controls you.”
Please listen, my dear brothers and sisters, I am broken by this revelation as I know that God is saying that most of us are at a place where we can no longer be a halfhearted follower and expect to be a last day overcomer for His kingdom at the same time. Does this bear witness with your spirit? The statement God spoke to me has everything to do with Jesus being our Lord and King. I often talk about Christ desiring to sit on the throne of our heart, but for Him to rule and reign within us, we must remove ourselves and allow Him to sit down. This is the seat of our will and we cannot assume this transfer of power and control will just happen on its own. Our carnality does not want us to surrender this position of control to God because it loves to do whatever it wants. Our emotions will fight to the death and present every deception, compromise, and justification to protect its independence. The question that remains is whether we are strong enough to once and for all take control over our flesh or will we continue being timid and willingly negotiate a middle ground. It’s clear to see the reason why the churches have been asleep and are filled with sin. The people are being controlled by their will The Lord is saying that He is unable to establish the ultimate bonding of our covenant relationship because we are trying to play both sides. We are missing out on the deep spiritual intimacy which comes when we are filled with His presence because we have never trusted Him with everything. I am joyful that He shared this with me but I am also filled with reverential fear. I had a glimpse of God that has brought me to my face before Him. This is a very serious warning that many unfortunately are not aware of. To be honest, most would rather not hear this at all, and that is exactly why the faithful are called His “remnant.” Not being in control of our will is the cause of many other problems such as our relationships, health problems, finances, ministry anointing, and the lack of peace and joy, just to mention a few. I am in deep meditation about this word and I pray that you will take a moment and think about your relationship with Jesus. May we examine our heart with the light of His perfect truth and allow Him to expose and penetrate beyond our excuses and lukewarm attitudes of mediocrity and apathy.
I’m sure that many will agree that we are at the end of the age and are standing at a spiritual crossroad. Today each one of us will make a conscious decision to go all the way with God or choose to embrace the deception of religion and allow our will to control us. We are reminded of God’s warning to Israel in Deuteronomy 30:15-20. His message is the same, He is demanding that His people either give themselves completely to Him or suffer terrible consequences. Total devotion to God was never an option but was suggested by a deceptive fallen nature. The old nature is supposed to be dead but have we ever really buried him? When will we put on the character of Christ permanently! We claim to be a new creation in Christ but are we? We claim to be crucified with Christ and free from sin but are we? We claim to be an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony but are we? All of this is about our WILL and who is in control. It does not matter what we say or do if we have not surrendered our will to God. May we choose life. Amen.
“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
Here is a video of an original song called, “Whoever will”
An audio recording of a message from the “Alabamian” newspaper in Jackson Alabama. “Jesus the name above all others.”
WHAT IS GOD SAYING IN THIS HOUR?
The Lord is very interested in us. He created us and everyone knows that whatever you create; you watch it, protect it, and are proud of it. God listens to every word we say and knows every thought we have. He would love for us transform into His image but He is waiting patiently for us to call on Him to help us. To change spiritually is more than just saying words – it is meaning it with our heart. We must be completely focused and by faith be ready to surrender our will to His will. This is a holy vow that very few have experienced and is God’s demand but if we are not serious, He is certainly not deceived and loves us so much that He cannot compromise. For most of us, we have moved past the age of awakening and are now in a time of accountability. Go before Him with a broken and contrite heart and He will flood your conscience with His power and wisdom. Is God or your flesh in control? It is miserable trying to live with the internal conflict of rebellion and regret. Anger and resentment toward our own decisions we have made can torment our conscience and directly affect how we think about our future. The blood of Jesus is the only thing that can wash away our sin and give us peace and hope.
“The blood of Jesus is the only thing that can wash away our sin and give us peace and hope.”
Discouragement can become so heavy that it can convince us that we cannot become anything more than what we already are. This self-image of low esteem is related to depression and hopelessness and has no place in the life of the believer. Yes, we all have times of feeling down but this is usually the result of taking our eyes from Christ and looking at the stormy waves and winds. Remember, when Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he walked on the water but when he allowed fear to overwhelm him, he began to sink. I realize the world is being overtaken by Satan and he is definitely preparing the way for his anti-Christ and global domination. However, we must not allow this Biblical prophecy to cause us to be frustrated and depressed. God is in total control and He is calling us to get up and get moving. He has so much for us to do we do not have time to live in an attitude of pity. Let us rejoice that we are living in this hour and for the amazing opportunity to represent His kingdom. Be thankful that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life! Call on Him today and tell Him you are weary with doubt and anxiety. Ask Him to encourage you and listen carefully to what He wants to say. It’s crucially important that we stop living in denial and ask Him for the courage to lay ALL of our cards on the table. Taking a personal inventory of our heart and mind is a great place to start because honesty reveals what we have and what we need. Sincerely examining our conscience is like taking inventory and launching a strategy proposal so that we know where we are and where we need to be. Instead of living with our head in the sand and allowing our negative emotions to control our destiny, it is time to push “satisfied-self” off the throne and invite Jesus Christ to be our Lord and King. This is difficult and will take everything we are and our entire life to learn and develop this sanctified way of living.
“Be thankful that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life!”
Harvesting in the spiritual realm has as much to do with the power of words as it does a crop in the field. If we allow heaviness and sadness to be planted in the rich soil of our conscience and water them with doubt and negative confession, we can be sure to reap a huge harvest of oppression. These dark clouds can block the powerful and beautiful rays of light from God’s Son and deceive us into thinking that we are a failure or that our labors are not desired or appreciated. Satisfied-self is always ready to give up and forget about trying to persevere because this negative attitude is an extension of the old carnal nature and has every intention to dominate our thought life until we become determined to do something about it. Until the vision and desire of the “possible-self” becomes stronger than the un-renewed mind – we will remain the same! You will never be the person you desire to be unless you can “see” the POSSIBLE YOU with the eyes of your spirit. The most important aspect of the metamorphosis process is to make certain that the individual you see in the mirror is the person God has called you to be. Freewill has been given to each man and woman but as Christians, this does not mean we can become whatever WE want to be. True freedom is having the courage to love God. When we were redeemed with the blood of Jesus, this means we were literally purchased from the eternal legalities of spiritual law. In other words, we were doomed because of the curse of the fall to be hopelessly destined to everlasting punishment and separation from God, but He loved us and launched a rescue plan to save us. Within this purchase agreement based on the blood of Christ, there is a covenant vow that declares that everything God has is ours and all that we are and have is His.
“Until the vision and desire of the “possible-self” becomes stronger than the un-renewed mind – we will remain the same!”
We have no problem dancing and shouting about inheriting the riches of Heaven but we become more reserved when it comes to surrendering our most loved possession. And what exactly is that? I thought you would never ask – it’s our will. We want to enjoy unlimited natural and spiritual blessings while still clinging to our carnality. Spoiler alert – this is not going to work! The Lord is not blind nor deceived or unaware of our game playing. Since He bought us – this means He now owns us. We can make excuses all we want but the true reality is that He demands our intentions, motives, desires, energy, dreams, plans, hopes, visions, and decisions which sums it all up in one word – our heart. Until we see this divine revelation and embrace it, we will always enjoy being in the captain of our own ship. The love of being independently in control allows us to assume we can do everything in our own strength, courage and intelligence. This is a twisted view of a successful life. The truth is that we must understand what God has designed for us to be and with His anointing and intervention He will bless our labors and faith in order to accomplish HIS will in our life for HIS glory! Making sure all the pieces are lined up and arranged correctly is crucial when it comes to being blessed and victorious.
“The Lord is not blind nor deceived or unaware of our game playing.”
“IF my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land” II Chronicles 7:14. This has been a popular verse for many years and is one of the strongest and clearest encouragements for the body of Christ when it comes to repentance and prayer. It has mostly been used in the context of God’s children re-dedicating their lives back to God so that He can deliver them from the hardships and difficulties resulting from sin. Let us decree this verse in our meditations and confessions as we walk with Him as a lifestyle instead of a religious facade. Yes, God wants to bring restoration and blessings to a nation as a whole, but our prayers should also include that God would help us align our will with His will so that His purpose can be manifested in us personally! I realize that trying to understand the hidden mysteries of how God operates behind the scenes will take more than just “surface mining.” I also believe that we can see and hear many things with our spiritual eyes and ears – IF they are open. As always, He is willing to bend over backward to help us, but He is limited by what we allow Him to do. Yes, I know it sounds disrespectful and blasphemous, but I am convinced we can prevent God from accomplishing His desires in us. I was reading an article the other day, and they closed by stating, “As with all things in life, if it’s God’s will, it will be.” I disagree with this old saying. I’m not implying that God cannot do whatever He wants, but He does not make us love Him or force us to worship or serve Him and yet we know this is His perfect will. All that have lived wicked on Earth and who will spend an eternity in Hell refused to do with God’s will. Each of us every day disappoints and fails Him and ruins His plans for us. Prayer and obedience could have changed many things, but our wrong choices can prevent His perfect will from happening.
“As always, God is willing to bend over backward to help us, but He is limited by what we allow Him to do.”
“Brother God can do anything and everything – He is God! How dare you even mention the possibility that there may be something He cannot do if He wants to do it! He is the creator of all things and His sovereignty gives Him the authority to decide all things and makes Him in total control!” I know – and it is not my intention to take anything away from the glory and splendor of God’s Omniscience. However, we also know God’s truth has the power to set people free from their ignorance and the bondage, but that does not mean that He will force them to love Him in spite of their lack of knowledge or desire to embrace Him. Take the previous verse for example; It begins with a very important word, “IF.” Just this first word indicates that it is the decision of the people that will depend on whether God intervenes a little, some or not at all and this has everything to do with how much of God’s will is accomplished. I hope we can agree that God always wants to forgive and bless, but He does not “make” people repent! In this light, we must also agree that God does not always see His will accomplished every time in everyone. I understand how unusual this sounds but He is disappointed and saddened about the choices people make. You can go through the entire Bible and see the numerous situations where individuals made the wrong choices and suffered the consequences of disobedience. God was with them, trying to warn them and help them, but their free will gave them the power to control their destiny. So why am I saying all this? I am trying to put the spotlight on the fact that everything that happens is not necessarily God’s fault, but rather WE have direct responsibility when it comes to running and winning the race of life. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily beset [harass, tempt, attack, afflict, trouble, oppress, plague, torment] us, and let us RUN with patience the RACE that is set before us” Hebrews: 12:1. Did you notice we are the ones who decide IF we will run with holiness, when, and how far? It is NOT God’s desire that we partake in sin and allow our lives to become so entangled with carnality that we cannot press toward the mark. Likewise, it is not God’s fault that we finish our life in disappointment, sadness, and failure because of terrible decisions. You see, the miracle we are looking for is within our own hearts, but we need to understand how it can be manifested through God’s power and our behavior. In this light, it is probable that we are holding back our own victory by refusing to let go of our favorite sins.
“I hope we can agree that God always wants to forgive and bless, but He does not “make” people repent!”
Sometimes when we are convicted, we might think about our spiritual life and do a quick summary of how we are doing and usually we come up with a generally clean bill of health. Our old nature is like having our grandfather representing us in court and we do not have a doubt he will relentlessly defend us even if we are obviously guilty. Everyone severely underestimates their carnality when it comes to compromise, excuses, denial and justification. When we receive counsel from our own nature, we are always going to receive a pat on the back along with lot’s of biased opinions that have nothing to do with God. The ultimate denial is to trust our flesh who says there is no harm in doing anything as long as it gives pleasure, comfort and satisfaction. There is no wonder why the flesh becomes offended instead of convicted when accused of being deceived. The flesh is actually content with deception because it loves not having to worry or stress over spiritual accountability. In fact, the flesh is so determined to avoid reality that it cannot stand to be anywhere that is quiet. Why? Because when there is silence the old nature is terrified we will hear God’s voice and feel condemnation and judgment. It’s clear why the flesh loves to live in the darkness and to saturate itself in the chaos because it is a distraction from the truth. Those who are not doing well within their soul are always running away from issues that need to be dealt with. However, if an individual will embrace humility and repentance, the heart just might reach out by faith and accept the love of God which can destroy the stronghold of the old nature and replace carnality with a new Lord and Master. Only when we become an extreme radical about our relationship with God and have a red-hot passion to become holy as He is holy will we ever come closer to the flames of His refining fire. In our modern world of instant information, there are no excuses for not knowing about God. Judgment is coming, and it comes down to how much a person cares. If you choose to fight on the front line and become determined to take up your cross and follow Jesus, may you have the love and courage to leave it all on the battlefield. Amen.
I HEAR THE SOUND OF OUR ENEMIES FALLING AT OUR FEET
Christian! This is NOT a time to hang our harps on the willows and weep! It is the enemy of our souls who loves to whisper his lies and proclaim that we are defeated. THIS IS A LIE! Listen, my brothers and sisters, has Jesus Christ ever said that you are defeated? Has He ever told you to curl up in a fetal position and give up? Absolutely NOT! It is the devil that persuades us to see the glass half empty and to develop a dark negative view about the world and our personal life. DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE NEGATIVE INFLUENCES! Stand up – set your face as flint – look down and see the enemy is under your FEET! This is not because of our power, but it’s by His Spirit say’s the Lord! I John 4:4 declares, “You are of God, little children and have overcome them: because GREATER IS HE that is in you than he that is in the world!” We are reminded in Colossians chapter 2 and verses 10-15 that we are in covenant with Christ and that He is the ultimate authority over everything including Satan! “And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Jesus gave His life and delivered us from the lies and deceptions of the devil so that you and I could be “set free” from sin and be empowered to live victoriously in Jesus Name!
Remember the story of Gideon and how the Lord told him to only take 300 men to fight a war against an army of 135,000 soldiers? Have you ever felt that your situation also looked that hopeless? This is exactly what the Lord wants! He wants us to know that we cannot fight our battles without His wisdom and power. If you and I could do it ourselves, we would not need God’s help at all! Gideon obeyed the Lord and trusted Him completely and the enemy ended up destroying themselves without actually having to fight them. We can see in God’s Word when the circumstances were impossible, this is when the Lord manifested the greatest miracles. Many times we look in the mirror and see our problems and realize our needs are greater than what this natural realm can provide, but this is the place that God is trying to bring us to. We must extend our faith into the supernatural realm where God operates so that we can receive His DIVINE power. Read all the true accounts in the Bible that were impossible BUT God stepped in and made the impossible – POSSIBLE! Do you need the Sun to move backward? Do you need the Red Sea parted? Do you feel like you in the lion’s den or in the fiery furnace? Is there a huge giant laughing and threatening to kill you? Listen, my brothers and sisters, the same God that brought deliverance in all of these trials, desires to do the same for you today! Amen! You might believe He CAN, but He is waiting for you to believe He WILL!
Jesus made an open show that darkness can never will overcome the light when He conquered Satan on the cross! This is just one display of eternal truth and the next one will be at His glorious coming when Jesus melts the world and cast Satan and his demons into the bottomless pit! A blessing that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit is that our eyes can be opened and have spiritual discernment which will set us free from the devil’s lies and deceptions. God has given us His Word, the Holy Spirit Spirit, faith, and spiritual authority in His Name, so why are we afraid and discouraged? It’s because we are listening to the demons that say all hope is lost. WHOSE ACCOUNT ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? God has given to you His promises of life and hope while the devil is whispering his lies of death and failure. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” Psalm 1:1-3.
You are the covenant heirs of God’s will – and His will are the promises of His Word that cannot fail! You have been called to be an OVERCOMER on this earth and God is counting on you to arise, put on your armor, and claim His victory on the battlefield of intercession. Let’s go into the enemy’s camp and take back what he’s stolen in Jesus Name! Awaken giant of the Lord, repent of your unbelief, wash your face, fall on your knees, and become filled and empowered! Satan trembles at the thought of you rising up in confidence and realizing who you are in Christ. God needs His warriors in this final hour to hear the sound of their enemies falling at their feet! Listen closely, can you hear this sound? “If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear” Mark 4:23.
This is a song I wrote and recorded in 1984 called, “I HEAR THE SOUND.”
DEMONSTRATING LOVE IN THE MIDST OF WAR
I Corinthians 13:2
“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” Matthew 5:43-45.
We are truly living in a perilous time and yet it’s very encouraging to see many of God’s people drawing closer to Him than ever before. The increase in prayer and Bible reading is creating an atmosphere of revival as the reverential fear of The Almighty is being rekindled in those who love and trust Him. As the Lord pours out His Spirit in these last hours, His saints are preparing their wedding gowns and are turning away from the darkness that is trying to fill them with doubt and despair. These last day overcomers are embracing the awareness of the presence of Christ and are moving closer toward the holy of holies. Let us not allow the strife and evil that is all around us distract us from our mission to be holy as He is holy. Yes, the political evils and the darkness of humanism will be with until the end of the world, but dear saint do not allow this to enslave you with anger and frustration. We pray and stand for God’s truth, but we also must not become so distracted that we lose our peace and joy. Our mission is not to change the direction of the world, but to yield our will so that we can become like Jesus.
Each day we maneuver our way through the daily grind while trying to maintain our sanity at the same time. However, let us be reminded that if we are going to allow ourselves to be an information sponge, we should be careful how we interpret what we absorb. I’m not saying the culture does not have serious problems, but we should also not burn down the forest as a way to get rid of the poison ivy. Everyone is not corrupt and the next generation are not all brainwashed with humanism. This is not the hour to give up and go sit on top of a mountain. No matter what is deemed politically correct, as Christians we still have a spiritual mission to accomplish as our hands fit the hammer and shovel today just as they always did. There is a tremendous difference between spectators that do a lot of talking and participators that spend their time and energy trying to make a positive difference. There have always been corrupt and despicable people but be encouraged, the darkness of sin will never overcome the eternal light of God’s compassion and mercy. Self-discipline is associated with the decision-making process within our mind as changing the way we think which transforms who we are. Let us examine our convictions carefully and be willing to accept and follow God’s truth. Hope and joy are never lost for those who know and trust the Lord.
In the midst of all that is happening in our world and the serious division, I was reminded by the Lord this morning that we are to love everyone – yes, even those we disagree with and this includes the ones who hate and persecute us. We often forget these individuals are blinded by Satan and held captive by him. We are to pray that God will open their eyes so they can see HIS truth.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” I Corinthians 13:2.
As Christians we cannot be so focused on the natural world that we forget about our spiritual responsibility to be what God has called to be. This political and spiritual war has drawn many of God’s children into an attitude of resentment and bitterness. As we know, unforgiveness is like a poison that can fill the heart with hatred and lukewarmness. If we fall for this temptation, we are the one who ends up dangling from a tree upside down because we have stepped into the devil’s snare trap. We will never pray for anyone until we become determined to love them. We cannot afford to allow sin to creep into our lives and hold us in this miserable bondage. It causes us to ineffective for the Lord and shuts down our anointing and our discernment along with draining us of our peace and joy.
Here is a link that will lead you to a message I wrote called, “Returning to our first love.” It includes an audio feature that will read the article to you.
I am reminded when Jesus was hanging on the cross where He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Obviously the ones who killed Him were a group of people who were spiritually deceived and were wrong, but Christ still loved them. Actually, He was talking to us as we were all there that day shouting, “Crucify Him!” All of our righteousness is as filthy rags. It is only by His mercy and grace that He found us and transformed us into a new creation. When we observe our world today, we should have the same attitude as Jesus loves the person but hates the rebellion and darkness that is preventing them from seeing God’s light. A high percentage of souls according to Matthew 7:13-14 is being led astray by Satan and are in bondage to his lies. It is the eternal and absolute truth of God that is the only power which can set anyone free. They lost are infected with carnality and wickedness and the vaccine is the cleansing and healing blood of Jesus. As disciples of Christ we have been called to release the gospel into all the world so that whosoever believes in Jesus should not perish but have everlasting life. This burden has everything to do with love and prayer.
Allow me to say, that whoever sits in any place of authority, it shall not prevent us from fulfilling our destiny to live for God. It is the Almighty God who sits on His eternal throne in heaven that we are to stay focused on. Christians in this nation have prayed that God would stop the plans of the wicked and we are still standing in faith that He will. However, if He chooses to allow the world to proceed toward the rapture, tribulation, and the AntiChrist, then we must accept His decision and keep pressing forward in the power and glory of His name. God has an agenda and a timeline and His decisions will be based on His perfect and sovereign will. I’m not saying for us to stop interceding and praying for justice and revival, but the Lord is the one who opens His window of grace and it is He who says enough is enough. He is the Creator of the world and His truth will prevail and He is the only judge who will decide the fate of nations and kingdoms. The Bible says the world will continue to grow darker and more possessed by Satan until the Father tells Jesus to return and destroy the entire planet and all who oppose the King of glory! Just as Noah was mocked for many years while the people watched the construction of the Ark, so has God been very patient and long-suffering to those who hate Him. When the door was closed and the raindrops began to fall it was too late. His day of wrath and vengeance is surely coming and now is the hour that we must tell everyone that Jesus loves them and how He died to save them before it is too late. The Ark of God’s eternal salvation beckons all to come in today.
God’s Word reminds us that whatever the conflict or situation, we do not oppose flesh and blood but spiritual principalities and demonic strongholds. This means we must love the individual and pray for them because we realize they are being controlled by deceptive persuasions. The world is blind and lost without Jesus, which is why we are to pray that God will open their eyes so they can see HIS truth! The spiritual war between good and evil is all around us, and instead or arguing, Jesus is calling His people to channel their energy into compassionate intercession. The Lord is saying for all of His people to repent for our dark attitudes and angry imaginations of vengeance and pray for everyone’s eyes to be opened to the truth which can save their souls. We should wish no harm to anyone as we resist the temptation to hate others or we will become the same as those we consider the enemy. Satan wants all of us to hate one another, but the true Christian shall be known for their love and forgiveness. Much of the world is held in the bondage of deception and sadly many people are actually excited about the coming judgment and destruction. God is not excited about destroying those who are incarcerated to sin, but rather wants everyone to to accept His offer of salvation. II Peter 3:9 states, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Jesus died on the cross so that all who believe could be saved and this is how we should pray and hope that everyone even our enemies will find the Savior. God is trying to get their attention and we should intercede that all people will be set free. We must be sensitive and to ask God to convict us if we are being led by our carnality intead of our spiritual discernment. I must not rejoice in seeing anyone suffer because of their rebellion to the truth. I must not be happy to see anyone go to an eternal hell of suffering and darkness. Yes, sin and evil will be punished by God, but we should be very humble as we realize that if it was not for the mercy and grace of God, we would also be blind, arrogant, and rebellious. God is the perfect judge and He will establish justice and execute revenge in His time and His way. Trust Him and be confident that He has everything in control and that everything is allowed by His infinite power and authority.
No one is getting away with anything, and that includes us. Let us take time today to examine our hearts and conscience to see if there be any thoughts or emotions within us that is not pure and holy. If we want to be surrounded by God’s presence and to walk in His obedience and glory, we should constantly be making sure that all is well with our soul. “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” Psalm 51:9-12.
“Father God, in your holy name which is above all other names, we approach you with boldness and confidence this day. You have invited us into the holy of holies and to dwell in your presence forever. We love you and give ourselves to you as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable which is our reasonable service. We are grateful for all that you have done for us and are doing this moment. Our heart’s desire is to know you and to walk in your presence with joy, love, and discernment. Thank you for opening our eyes and allowing us to see your absolute and eternal truth. We repent of our sins and ask you to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. We cast down the apathy and deception of religion and embrace your command to take up our cross and follow you. We resist the temptation to be spiritually lukewarm and are willing to do whatever it takes to dwell in your presence. Give us the strength and determination to surrender our will to you so that we might be able to accomplish your will. Stir within us your holy conviction and rekindle our passion and enthusiasm to fulfill and accomplish our destiny. Bring your refining fire into our lives and melt away all the carnality and dross of sin. Cause us to be red hot in our obedience to you and to be relentless in our desire to please you. Help us to empty our heart of everything that is not of you and then come and fill us with your Holy Spirit. As we seek you with all of our heart, give us the revelation of your Word and ears to hear what your Spirit has to say. May our lives be a reflection of your nature and character so that all who see us will be able to see you. Give us the mind of Christ and the courage to fight on our knees and to never give up in our quest to accomplish all that you have called us to do. You are the center of everything we desire. Please help us to become who Jesus died for us to be. We love you with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and worship you in spirit and truth now and forever. Amen.”
I am a faith columnist for the South Alabamian newspaper and here is a recent article titled, “The Essence of Self-Discipline.” This link also provides an audio feature where the column can be listened to.
“We will never resist the devil until we are willing to resist our own carnality.”
William F. Holland Jr.
This is one of my recent newspaper articles called, “Living in fear is the opposite of faith.” I write for the Lagrande Observer in Oregon and I appreciate them using my work. Click on the link below and it will give you the option of listening to the column being read. Amazing technology!
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GOD HEARS THE CRIES OF THE UNBORN
Here is a song the Lord gave me back in the 1980s called, “SAVE THE CHILDREN.” This is a subject that is dear to my heart because I believe that every unborn child is a human being. There are situations and exceptions where the mother’s life is in danger or some other medical circumstance, but there is no excuse to kill a human being and throw them in the garbage simply because they are NOT wanted. Praise God, the Lord’s mercy endures forever and there is forgiveness for those who have made this tragic mistake. Of course He will forgive us of anything we have done if we will only sincerely ask Him. However, once our eyes are opened to God’s truth there remains no excuse to justify or support this evil spirit of death. If a woman does not want the child, the humane decision would be to have the baby and give it to someone who desperately wants it. Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “There are six things the Lord hates; yea, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” We know God loves the children and yet somehow people believe that killing them is alright.
The lack of responsibility and integrity from an adult is not the unborn child’s fault, and yet they are the ones who suffer and are put to death. If someone were to place a litter of newborn puppies in a bag and throw them in a river, there would be mass outrage, and yet we have protesters in the streets demanding the right to kill a child. If someone would grab a butcher knife and stab someone in the heart, it would be called first degree murder. Why is the intentional killing of an unborn child NOT recognized as murder? The argument that the unborn is not alive or is not a person cannot be used any longer. God has called His people to speak the truth and those who are willing to compromise and even vote to support this issue are just as guilty as those who are tearing the children’s arms and legs off as they cry out in agony. Many will respond, “I’m not saying it’s right, but every woman has the right to choose what happens in their own body and no one should have the authority to tell other people what to do.” It’s true we have been given free will to do what WE want to do, but NO ONE has been given the right to kill another person unless the mother’s life is in danger. Just because humans make laws which allow women to kill their children, does not mean that God approves. Are we going to agree this is her business and we should not speak out and try to stop her from murdering an innocent child? God’s truth cannot be silenced. God help us.
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KNOWING GOD’S EXPECTATION FOR OUR LIVES
How many times will it need to be declared that we can have as much of God as we want? And how many tears will we shed from the sadness of knowing that most people only want enough to get by? How often we find ourselves being so overwhelmed with problems, worries, and stress that we are just too exhausted to invest time with the Lord, and its sad but common that many of us are guilty of basing our attitude toward Him according to what type of mood we are in. In Jeremiah 33:3, the Lord invites us to seek His face regardless of our emotional state. “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show you great and mighty things which you have never known.” It’s worth considering that not having a passion to communicate with God could be the reason why many people are anxious and fearful about their present and their future.
The battle between following how we feel and obeying what God is saying is not to be taken lightly. To choose which side we will accept has everything to do with our destiny and the joy we experience in the journey. When our mind and conscience agree that we can steer our ship according to our own compass, we have failed to comprehend the true meaning and purpose of our lives. Our creator brought everyone into His world and offers them an opportunity to be redeemed and spiritually transformed in order that they might live with Him forever. “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” John 3:18-19. Those who would rather be the manager of their personal affairs and not accept this invitation of salvation will not only suffer loss in this life but possibly the next one as well.
Maybe some of you today are discouraged and frustrated for whatever reason and we know that being in the wilderness is a challenging and difficult place to be. Sometimes it feels like we have been dealt a terrible hand of cards and within the sadness we are not sure what to do or have anyone we can talk to about it. I have listened to others share about their bitterness and pain from life’s disappointments that can become so heavy in our soul that it’s difficult to envision ever having hope and joy again. Allow me to say, these attacks on our heart and mind can be defeated when we give them to Jesus and allow Him to be our Lord. Aside from the mocking and relentless accusations from the devil, or the painful consequences of our decisions, we have been designed to meditate about our discouragement and suffer through our grief in order to learn from our experiences and advance in our wisdom and grow stronger in our spiritual maturity. We are given the choice to learn how to overcome or keep going around in circles. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you” James 1:19-20.
Within our human nature, we are vulnerable to physical and emotional affliction and there is nothing wrong or sinful with going through these experiences. We are not robots that cannot feel rejection and we are not immune to the despair of loneliness or the agony of being betrayed. Many of us have walked through severe trials and tribulations, yet let us not forget that Christ in His infinite wisdom and His own personal sufferings can relate to everything we have endured. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” Be encouraged today and know that God has always loved you and is waiting to reveal your destiny. We are a work in progress and our life is to be a continual classroom dedicated to learning who God is and who we are in Him.
Here is an oringinal song called, “Where are you?”
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“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice, and the God of peace will be with you. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him (Christ) who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:7,8,9,12,13).
THE WORLD IS BEING SHAKEN, BUT GOD IS A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE
“On the back of Satan’s neck is a nail-scarred footprint” C. S. Lewis
Our nation has suffered much stress, and tribulation this year and we still have an election ahead of us. As if the pandemic was not enough, we are now seeing an insurrection of hatred and violence that is beyond belief. There are recent prophetic visions and dreams lately from those who are walking with God, and these declarations are filled with the world becoming more violent and much destruction. I would imagine that most of you watch the news and to be honest, I probably absorb a little too much. Some evenings, my mind is so hyped-up and distressed with worry that I end up turning and tossing in my sleep. Thank God I can ask Him to forgive me and to please flood my mind and heart with His peace. The Holy Spirit has been given to help guide us and also to bring assurance and contentment, in fact, one of His titles is the comforter. Calling on God in times of crisis whatever the situation may be, is such a blessing for our soul. Psalm 46:1 is a beautiful promise that we can embrace as a secure pillar within our spiritual foundation. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” How encouraging it is to know, that we can rest in His endless love and hope when we choose to live in the glory of His presence.
Each week I look to the Lord to provide inspirational and positive thoughts within my writing and I believe we need this now more than ever. I’ve often thought that no one really needs other people repeating how the nation and the world is in such a hopeless condition. We already know there are a lot of bad people on this planet. However, it’s always encouraging and refreshing good news to hear that Jesus gave His life so that all those who would believe in Him could be spiritually saved for all eternity. If we really want to help make the world a better place, we can use our energy to pray, and we can also become determined to demonstrate the nature and character of Christ in our daily walk. As light drives away the darkness, love drives out hate. We hear so many conversations about the fear of anarchy and the failure of government that my head hurts. The answer is Jesus! Short and simple. It does not really matter what anyone thinks except God. He is the only one I want to listen to because He is perfect truth and the exemplary solution for everything. If every person would fall on their face and repent and cry out to Him and obey His voice, we would have genuine love and peace. Now sir please tell me, why do you always have to bring religion into it? I’m not talking about religion, I’m talking about a personal relationship with the Alpha and Omega the Creator of all things.
Whatever we might face from this time forward, the word I sense today is urgency. What do you mean? We should have an urgent agenda to make sure that all is well with our soul. We only have a certain amount of days to accomplish what God has designed and called us to do. When this life is finished, we will be held accountable for what we knew, our love and our obedience unto God. Is there coming a great spiritual awakening in the world? I do not know, however there certainly can be an outpouring of God’s Spirit within the hearts of those who want to be filled with God. We can be as close to God as we desire, and only our rebellion and carnality is keeping us from Him. Let us continue meditating on His Word as we ask Him to shield our heart from sin and renew our mind into His thoughts. The truth is that we cannot remove evil from the world, but we can learn how to be holy in our own heart. Prayers are powerful, but we cannot transform those who are filled with hatred nor change the terrible mess we are in. However, God can! So what happened to the world? In short, humans refused to love and obey God. Unfortunately, Satan has influenced many people to embrace evil – and it has worked like a charm. Yes, God can change and deliver anyone but they must surrender their will and invite Him to make them into a brand new creation. God does not force anyone to follow or love Him. If there were ever a time to develop a daily lifestyle of prayer, it is now.
Repentance and holiness is the way to walk in God’s wisdom, peace, and joy. Consider Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Be careful, our environment is emotionally charged, and it’s easy to be drawn into the chaos. May we listen intently to the Holy Spirit and follow His guidance, remembering to examine our thoughts and be cautious with our words. James chapter three declares how the tongue can be evil and filled with deadly poison. Sadly, we are seeing this all around us. So many dangerous assumptions and empty opinions. “Help us O God.”
“It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe in Him, if you do not do anything He tells you.” – George Macdonald
Here is a song I wrote years ago called, “GET ALONE WITH ME” and I believe this is what the Lord is saying in this last hour. Can you hear Him calling you to come away with Him? Will you make time for Him?
Here is a song the Lord gave me in the mid-eighties called, “A PRICE TO PAY.” I am not an entertainer, a musician nor a songwriter in the normal sense of the word. I was given a few songs, and I have wondered if maybe they were just for me personally as a message and warning from the Lord? I’ve always wanted to share these musical messages with others, but the response has been distant and strange to say the least. Some individuals weep when they hear them and become quiet. These are not meant to amuse, but to contemplate and consider within the conscience. They are given to examine, to pause, think deeply, repent, and bring healing and awareness within the soul. I sense the presence of the Holy Spirit and Him drawing me and awakening me, and I’m grateful for His love and mercy.
“The Lord knows all about your troubles before they even come to you; He anticipates them by His tender foresight. Before Satan can draw the bow, the preserver of men will put His beloved beyond the reach of the arrow. Before the weapon is forged in the furnace, and prepared on the anvil, He knows how to provide us with armor of proof which shall blunt the edge of the sword and break the point of the spear” C.H. Spurgeon.
It is not the lofty sails that move the ship; it is the unseen wind.
Of all the things we can say and do, the word of the Lord is to focus all of our energy and concentration on Jesus. Today is the day and now is the time to make sure we are ready to meet Jesus! This is a song called, “I give my heart to you.”
Convictions and Considerations is now available with Amazon, Barnes and Noble and many other bookstores around the world and also as an e-book. I believe this is an important resource of strength, hope, and edification to the body of Christ in a day and age where there is so much spiritual darkness and negativity.
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“In Convictions and Considerations, Dr. Holland seamlessly intersperses guidelines for living a responsible Christian life, illustrative quotations to validate his arguments, and personal anecdotes and lyrics that add a real-life perspective to his greater points. The result is an engaging, eclectic book that allows readers to determine ways to evaluate their individual spiritual paths.” Daniel Aken, M.LIS., Reference Librarian, Clark County Public Library, Winchester, Kentucky.
“I highly recommend this book to both believers and unbelievers alike. It’s a reservoir of edification and inspiration for the believer to draw closer to God and a lighthouse of conviction for the unbeliever to see their need to be born again. Within these pages, Dr. Holland helps us identify, pursue, and accomplish our divine mission. William is sincerely concerned about the enormous challenges we will face as followers of Jesus Christ, but reassures us that we can be victorious by developing a greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.” Lucas Ngwa, Pastor of Salvation Ministry Church, Bamenda, Cameroon.
“Convictions and considerations” keeps me on the edge of my seat! It’s filled with riveting stories and spiritual truth that convicts me to evaluate and examine my relationship with God. Dr. Holland explains about renewing our mind and the power of words, and how this relates to fulfilling our destiny. I love the story about Kate and Calvin and the powerful insights about how depression and rejection are destructive weapons used against us to steal our faith and contentment. He writes, “It’s never too late for a fresh new start! There will never be a time when darkness or hopelessness can overcome the brilliant light of God’s love and grace.” Gaye Bencini, Editor/Publisher, Hickman County Times, Clinton, Kentucky.
Our latest book is titled, “RECEIVING OUR HEALING – Going to war on our knees.” We are planning to release it this spring and are taking pre-orders for it now. The Lord has put this resource on my heart for several years as I believe there are many people who are praying and waiting on their miracle. This is an in-depth look at why we can believe in miracles and is much more complex than just a simple yes or no. We must understand the blood covenant and man’s responsibility to understand the big picture of what God really desires to do in the lives of His children.
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:11-13).
Jesus Christ will forgive you of your sins, give you a brand new name, and love you forever as one of His dear children. Call upon Him this moment and ask Him to redeem your spirit and transform your conscience. Simply ask Him to open your eyes, renew your mind, and to fill you with His Holy Spirit. Today is the day of salvation and now is the appointed time. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and the purpose and meaning of our life. Praise and worship His name forever! We hope you will visit us often as we update several areas of this site each week! Feel free to browse the site and use the content however the Lord leads. Thank you for your prayers and we hope and pray you will receive a spiritual blessing.
“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it” George Orwell
“A person once gave this description of a sermon he had heard: Big wind – Much lightning – Loud thunder – but no rain…”
For all the animal lovers out there, this is Teddy Roosevelt, our adorable English bulldog and as you can see, he has a face that only a mother could love – ha! He is a sweetie, with such a loving personality and is the best snuggle-buddy ever. He does have a mind of his own, but he also loves to please and is very obedient. He’s very smart, loves to play with his toys, is truly a sleep expert, and of course, he’s always ready to sample whatever we are eating. He’s a good size boy – a true 75-pound food hound!
Here we see Teddy sitting beside his day bed (he loves his stuffed animals). Teddy is a dear member of our family, and to say the least, we spend a lot of time together. He takes turns sitting with us in the evenings and we are now used to his snoring at night. His favorite food is peanut butter sandwiches. Animals have a deeper sense of perception than we have, and they are filled with unconditional love. For those of you who have pets, we would love to see a photo of your companions and hear about your stories. I would be glad to post pictures and introduce your friends here on my site. Just send them to my email. I post different photos of Teddy every couple of weeks so keep watching.
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Recently, I was invited to minister at a gospel showcase and there were around 500 in attendance. It was a great night of music and fellowship. The Lord gives me music and you can listen here to an original song called, “My hidden room.”
Here is another song called, “Refuge.”
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“In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King
“Go out into the world in peace, have courage in the faith of God, love and serve the Lord, speak the truth, be positive and think on what is good and lovely, return no one evil for evil, strengthen the fainthearted, encourage the weak and help the suffering, honor and respect God’s creation. May the mercy and grace of the Almighty surround you and may you be filled with contentment and rivers of joy. Our heavenly Father is the meaning and purpose of life, and I pray that you will live in His presence forever.”
“Before we can embrace the cross as the only way to save us, we must humbly acknowledge that we were the reason Jesus had to go there.”
“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him” Proverbs 30:5.
DESIGNED FOR OFFENSE
“THE KING IS COMING” and we are convinced that it will not be much longer until He does. So far, 2020 has been a year of great concern and stress. If you are a believer, you know the Bible declares there will be perilous times in the last days. The signs are all around us and every word of prophecy will be fulfilled exactly as God has spoken. We believe that Jesus is coming soon according to the seven thousand-year time span theological view. According to Biblical calculations, we are at the end of the 6000 years since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden which according to genealogy records began 4000 years before the birth of Christ. Most Christians also believe there will be a 1000 year Millennial reign where Christ will rule after He returns to the earth in great power and glory. I will also mention that many believe there will be a rapture and 7 years of tribulation included in the future, so we can hopefully agree this dispensation is soon coming to a close. I believe this is the eleventh year of writing these weekly messages and we hope that you will continue walking with us on this journey as brothers and sisters in the faith.
(By the way, I am not an advocate of young earth creationism. The amount of time within the act of God creating the heavens and the earth, along with the time Adam and Eve lived in the Garden, and what was going on outside of the Garden could have been millions of years. We read in the Bible that when Adam and Eve began to live in the world on their own, there were already established cities and obviously many generations of people living and thriving. In this unknown amount of time, we can consider the possibility of dinosaurs and all the other issues which have always conflicted with the young earth idea. The Bible does not clearly explain the details of what happened between the creation and the fall, and God also does not operate on a basis of time as we do. I simply believe that what went on before the fall will not be known unless the Lord chooses to explain it after we are in heaven and not worth arguing about).
The saints of God were never created for just defense. A sports team can never win unless they learn the balance of guarding and scoring – and that is accomplished with the development of an organized offense. We have the shield of faith to defend but we also have the sword of God’s Word to speak and trust with His authority. Mathew chapter 11 verse 12 say’s, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence and the violent take it by force.” Jesus was saying that God’s kingdom will require courage, unwavering faith, determination and endurance because of the growing opposition to the kingdom message and those who preach it. John’s ministry had ushered in the kingdom of heaven and it was crucially important to set the record straight about what the saints should expect. Jesus was very serious about spiritual warfare in Mathew chapter ten and was tired of beating around the bush trying to explain the world’s reaction. In verses 34 through 39, we find him saying some disturbing things about our relationships and our dreams of a “happy” ministry lifestyle.
Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.” Jesus is not trying to be mean or scare anyone. He is not trying to make a terrorist out of an ordinary person or be cruel for the purpose of stirring up evil, but He is trying to be blunt and explain where the rubber meets the road and plead with the saints about a “life or death” reality. Does He want us to be a fanatic? Yes! Being an extreme fanatic for Jesus would be the ultimate goal, but most everyone is ashamed of Him. We are just too embarrassed. Why? Because we do not want people to think we are crazy and we really think quite highly of our reputation. The Lord is trying to reveal the sobering truth about the dynamic power of His Word and the dramatic impact it will have on everyone we meet – IF we are brave enough to do what He says to do. Are you ready to sign up for this? Allow me to warn you, the life lived IN Christ will always provoke a reaction from everyone good or bad. It can cause hatred, anger, and division because the cross is an offense to the carnal mind and enmity to the flesh and is in direct opposition to the devil’s lies and plans. Jesus was not going to paint pretty pictures of sunsets or tell cozy stories about how everyone would embrace us and rejoice with our message because He knows the TRUE Christian life is filled with deadly resistance. He knew His disciples would experience the same treatment as He had and how the pure gospel would be an opposition to everyone who is not a devoted follower of His cause. He knew that our new transformed spirits would clash with evil spirits and how His kingdom of light would be an “in your face insult” that will stir the religious sleepwalkers into becoming a fierce enemy. Yes God’s convicting “two-edged” truth can bring beautiful freedom but it also brings a bloody war! So why was Jesus emphasizing that truth brings division and hatred? It has everything to do with God never compromising or failing. His truth must be pure and holy or it loses its authority to rule and judge. His truth is perfect – He is Omniscient and He cannot be the Lord of anyone who loves the world more than Him.
I was talking to a person the other day about losing weight and they made a comment that made me think. They said the reason they have not been successful is that they just do not have a high level of passion and self-control that dieting requires. They are are not serious about exercise and they really do not care about how much chocolate cake they eat. I appreciate the honesty and we all struggle with self-discipline, but I believe this is also why most people do not have Christ as the Lord of their life. Yes, they believe that God is real, but so does the devil and all the demons. Most everyone believes the Bible is true, but so does Satan. When it comes to the priorities of our love, how many will someday stand before God and confess the reason they did not accomplish their mission was because they did not care. If we are not focused or even interested in God – I can promise we will not read the Bible, pray, or even think about Him. Of course, the exception is when we have a problem that we desperately need Him to solve. There are many who believe God is real and consider themselves religious, but God is not impressed in the least. Why? Because they are NOT serious about Him. If our connection to God is only calling upon Him when we need something, we have missed the point entirely. It’s dangerous when Christians try to hold God’s hand while holding on to their sin with the other hand. Why? We CANNOT serve God and the devil. It’s called “lukewarm” or “middle of the road” living and no matter how you and I try to remodel it or paint it, there is no way to fool The Almighty. Matthew 6:24 says,
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” There will never be any type of compromise or special deals with those who try to play games. Let us remember that when the world loves us, we can guarantee – something’s terribly wrong with our soul. We have so many excuses and justifications to stay in a spiritually powerless lifestyle but when God says, “Stand for My truth and fight the good fight of faith” it was not presented as an option – it’s a demand. The world hates Jesus and if we truly love Him they will hate us also. “And you will be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end will be saved” Mathew 10:22.
The message is always the same. Reach out to Christ – pray – study His truth – develop faith – walk with Him in holiness – follow and obey His voice – live in peace and victory! If we do not choose to walk in His Spirit, we will automatically remain in the old default system of mediocrity and we will not be effective in His kingdom. In fact, we actually become His enemy! If we are carnal – we are not in Christ – if we are filled with sin and satisfied – we are defeated! Threaten the enemy of your soul instead of allowing him to lead you! Declare to your flesh and the devil that every time you are attacked, that you will instantly pray to God and cry out for His help. Then instead of the devil being on offense against you, you have just turned the tables and put the devil on the run! He will begin to see that trying to hurt you is hurting him much worse. James 4:4-8 says, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
Face the devil and tell him to get out of your life forever – NOW! If he comes back – do it again! How many times will I need to rebuke the devil? How much spiritual victory do you want? We were never promised by God that after we are saved we would have an easy life. It’s actually the opposite. When we are born again, we become God’s warriors against sin. Our victory is then based on our faith in Jesus BLOOD and the spiritual authority of the Father over all the powers of darkness. The Almighty never designed us to fight in our own strength but has equipped us with every piece of spiritual armor that is found in the fifth chapter of Ephesians. However, this armor is useless until we put it on and march onto the battlefield. Who wants to serve? Who will fight on the front-lines? Our needs do not move God to act on our behalf, but rather our FAITH moves God and activates HIS power and this is the miracle that will manifest from our confessions and causes our prayers to change circumstances. Until we choose to become a participant, we will remain an observer. Jesus did not die for us to be a spectator, He died so that we can be an overcomer for HIM! It is HIS inspiration that creates the fruit of our lips and generates the SUPER-NATURAL power in the name of Jesus! Let us not cower in fear to Satan who is already defeated! This is now 2020 and King Jesus is coming soon! Let us start the New Year with making a decision that we will draw nearer to God than we ever have been before. Let us pray every day and confess God’s Word over our lives and the lives of our family and friends. Let us be known as a true Christian who walks what we talk and may we carry God’s two-edged sword and not be afraid to engage in spiritual warfare. “I pursue my enemies and overtake them; I will not back down until they are destroyed” Psalm 18:37.
“Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…it is a price of love.”
SEND A GREAT REVIVAL IN MY SOUL
Do you believe the Spirit of God is being poured out today on His Son’s and Daughters? Do you see any evidence of a powerful revival coming? Do you sense the Lord stirring you to turn away from the things you desire and draw closer to Him? If we are not careful, we will become so numb from the pleasures of this world, that being lukewarm will become a normal way of living. Do we really want God’s fire to purge us from our sins? Do we really want to sacrifice the way we live and deny our flesh from all the things we love?
Sure, there are times when I feel like not writing anymore. However, if everyone were to stop writing, serving and teaching God’s truth, discouragement and defeat would run rampant. Sometimes it seems that no one is listening, but then I notice there are people visiting from all over the planet and this is actually very encouraging. In fact, I appreciate you being here right now. Of course, the enemy wants to stop God’s Word and is fighting hard to silence God’s messengers. Sadly, many become tired of the gospel and are leaving the church and abandoning their faith. Older saints are weary and backslidden because they did not maintain their personal relationship with Jesus. Some are being distracted by pleasures that seem more important or more desirable than spending time in God’s presence. Others are falling away from the self-discipline of sanctification and growing more distant from their spiritual responsibility to live holy. Some are saying the Bible is filled with errors and faith does not really work. Some are declaring that God is not politically correct, and they are embarrassed to support and believe it anymore. Allow me to say that all of this was prophesied to happen and it should come as no surprise to those who study the scriptures. The falling away and the love of many waxing cold is a spiritual reality that we should have known was going to happen in these last days. The important truth to write on the tables of our hearts is that even if everyone we know turns away from God – we will never let go of His hand.
I write because God has called me to be one of His messengers. His grace is sufficient as it is my honor to serve Him and with gratitude and humility, I offer myself to be used as a small candle for His glory in a world of darkness, anger, and deception. As the representatives of His Kingdom, we must stay strong – we must endure to the end. I encourage you to examine your conscience and see if there is anything that is separating you from the Lord. This is the hour of grace and the time for the bride to prepare her gown for the coming of the groom. Let us shout from the housetops that Jesus is coming and today is the day to repent and receive His endless love and salvation. Right where you are, you can ask God to forgive you and He will cleanse your heart and deliver you from whatever is holding you captive in the bondage of misery. Revival begins with an overwhelming awareness and conviction of sin. Spiritual renewal is a heavy burden to repent followed by an unrelenting passion to live in obedience to everything God is demanding. This can only happen when an individual agrees to surrender their will to God with complete honesty, sincerity, and humility. Let us sing this old hymn together, “Send a great revival to my soul, send a great revival to my soul, may the Holy Spirit come and take control…and send a great revival to my soul.”
There are so many people in the world today who are stepping forward to voice their opinion about what they believe. Are God’s people not allowed to do the same? I realize that much of our faith needs to be demonstrated by how we live, but isn’t there also a time to testify and preach God’s message of hope and salvation? Is it not our responsibility to relay the gospel to a lost and dying world? Have we as Christians not been commissioned to teach God’s life-changing promises so that minds and souls can be delivered from sin and deception? When we read the true accounts of the martyrs who have given their lives for the sake of Jesus, we must consider that we are not excused from the same accountability and commitment. Let us pray that we will be found worthy to stand faithful in that day if called upon. The Christian life is a holy vow and a blood covenant that includes a devotion to not only surrender our will and live for God but to be prepared to face persecution unto death. Following Christ has very little to do with prosperity and blessings but rather has everything to do with prayer, holiness, love, faith, integrity, courage, sacrificial giving, renewing of the mind, and self-discipline. Yes, God’s people are the light holders and vessels of honor in this realm of darkness and have been commissioned to evangelize the world. Followers of Christ have the ultimate responsibility to speak God’s Word everywhere and to every person, they meet.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love His appearing” (II Timothy 4:7-8).
WHAT WILL KEEP US FROM CHRIST?
I recently had the opportunity to watch season one of, “The Chosen.” It’s a multi-episode series about the life of Jesus and uses interesting backstories which brings the scriptures we all love and cherish into a deeper understanding. By the way, it’s a free app and for those of you who have some technical savvy, you can cast it to your television without charge. Through donations from many believers, the series is available free for anyone to watch around the world. This presentation of the gospel is done with excellent quality and the acting is amazing. Anyway, there are several scenes that touched my heart deeply, but one in particular that I have been thinking about was a scene which involved Jesus and a man named Nicodemus. If you remember in the Bible, Nicodemus was a pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin who was a highly respected teacher of the Jewish religious law. He knew that a Messiah was coming to be the king of the Jews, but he never dreamed that Jesus would arrive as an ordinary person or that he would actually have the honor to know Him.
Jesus began His ministry when He was around thirty-years-old, and we know that His wisdom to relay God’s word and His miracles were causing quite a stir. The Romans and the Sanhedrin were strongly against a rogue preacher turning the hearts of the people toward what they considered a blasphemous cult. However, in the book of John, we are introduced to Nicodemus who was keeping a close watch on this prophet called Jesus of Nazareth. Nicodemus was observing these miracles with his own eyes and he knew in his heart that only someone who had been sent from heaven could do these things. Eventually, he arranges a secret meeting with Jesus at night, and begins to question Him about God’s law. In chapter three, we notice the renowned and highly esteemed Nicodemus, humbly addresses Jesus as rabbi which means “scholar.” They begin to talk and Nicodemus admits that he believes Jesus is truly the promised redeemer as there is no other explanation. Christ responds by telling him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus replies, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” Jesus explains that a person who wants to follow God must be born twice. Once in the natural and once in the spiritual. Nicodemus was astounded and truly in awe with what Jesus was saying. Jesus went on to talk about how Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness and how soon the Son of man will be lifted up on the cross as the Savior. Jesus was telling Nicodemus that no matter how much he knew or what good he did on the outside, he needed changing on the inside. That can only happen through a supernatural act of God when His Holy Spirit convicts us of wrongdoing and transforms us into a new creation. In verse 16, Jesus speaks one of the most popular promises in the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
They end their meeting with Jesus inviting Nicodemus to follow Him. He tells him where to meet the next day and Nicodemus actually shows up, but he is hiding around the corner of a building listening intently. Jesus looks around and quietly whispers, “you were so close.” You see, Nicodemus had a loving wife, children, grandchildren, and many earthly possessions along with a reputation of being one of the most esteemed religious leaders in all the land. Unfortunately, he chooses to not step forward and join the other disciples. Instead, we see him weeping bitterly because of his pride and the lack of courage to stand for God’s truth. I cried when I watched this because I know he represents most all of us. How many have wanted to abandon their lives, but were not willing to forsake everything and follow Jesus? God says in Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” Being born again means that we have a new identity and a new purpose for living. We no longer live for ourselves but for Him. Matthew 10:32-39, Matthew 19:27-30.
God’s idea is for all of His children to be a minister and to serve Him and the world as a lifestyle of love. The world is a cruel and harsh environment and the Christian remnant followers are facing a developing hostility. However, even in times of severe persecution, we will embrace the example of Christ and remember his commands to be led by his Spirit and not our human nature. Humility allows his servants to walk through the storms and stand strong in adversity because they are seeing the bigger picture of life and how this journey is not based on their feelings. When we remove our vision away from spiritual love, we blindfold our own heart with emotional deception. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10). “Lord, help me to become more discerning of the needs of others. Allow me to have compassion for those who are seeking your wisdom and understanding. Give me a burden and a passion to live a “lifestyle of worship” before the world that someone might be inspired to know you. I ask for a greater spiritual sensitivity as that I can hear your voice and with your grace, I pray that you will be able to use me in your divine appointments. Remind me when I begin to drift away from being dependent on your anointing. Convict my heart when carnal pride tries to deceive me. I desperately need your wisdom. Help me to stay focused on you, to stay on my knees and trust you in everything. I love you, Jesus. Amen.”
“And they overcame him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb [Jesus] and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death” (Revelation 12:11).
The blood of Jesus empowers His saints with the authority of His Name! It is the only power that can forgive us of our sin and save us from eternal death. Our testimony is a declaration of faith that understands who God is, who we are IN Christ and that NOTHING can stop us from accomplishing His will! The Kingdom of God is advancing – because it CANNOT be stopped! Praise Him forever! There is NOTHING that can keep us from being filled with the Holy Spirit except our own free will. Let it be shouted from the housetops that we can have all of God that we want. The problem has always been that most people only want an amount of God that not interfere with the way they choose to live. The war of evil and good is between the human will and the will of God. Remember, we will never resist the devil if we are not willing to resist our flesh!
God’s nature is love, and nothing can conquer love. This is not just a catchphrase but is crucially important to remember when we are walking through difficult places that are filled with discouragements and disappointments. For the remnant disciple, one of the greatest lessons to learn and stay aware of after we have been knocked to the ground is the determination and courage to get up and dust ourselves off and keep going. The enemy has spent the last 6000 years trying to distract men and women away from God’s will, but the joy of the Lord is a fountain of strength that cannot be quenched! All the darkness in existence cannot overcome one tiny lit candle, and all the hate in the universe cannot outweigh one act of genuine compassion! Love IS the authority of God and will never fail and when we learn how to encourage our own hearts, we can take another step into the maturity process of being an overcomer for Christ.
Remember the story found in I Samuel chapter 30 about David and his army when they returned home to Ziklag and found the city had been burned and all of their families had been taken captive by the Amalekites. Verse 4 says, “Then David and all the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept until they had no more power to weep.” But notice in the last part of verse 6, “but David encouraged [strengthened] himself in the Lord his God.” The ones that are involved with ministering God’s Kingdom will not always feel like standing strong or being electrified with an overflowing current of excitement and enthusiasm. There will be seasons of frustration and fatigue where it seems that nothing is happening and things are coming unraveled. But these are the times when we need to have a private consultation in front of the mirror and lay down God’s law to our own will! We have the CHOICE to believe the truth or embrace a deception.
It’s true, there are times when we are sad and frustrated and we all will have problems and situations that we must deal with in this life, but thank God that He is always there as a safe haven to give us encouragement and support that can help us through our times of sorrow. Yes, the battle is very difficult and we must be sensitive to the spirits of depression or oppressive, critical, and judgmental attitudes that are like a contagious virus that can infect others with hopelessness and drain the atmosphere of expectation. In I John chapter 1, verse 4 we see that joy is like a liquid in a container that can be filled or it can run low, so it is necessary to constantly monitor our joy and protect it from being drained. “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” If the general of an army told the soldiers, they did not have a chance to win the battle, it would exhaust their strength and crush their faith before they even started. So how do we stay filled with joy? It would definitely contribute to our joy tank if we would deliberately spend more time in His presence. Nothing can take the place of simply thinking about Him and sharing our concerns and feelings with Him.
I believe we can agree that the spiritual strength of the individual is based on the fullness of joy within the heart. Without a strong personal relationship with God, there is limited joy, and with low joy, there is a mediocre interest in walking with Him. So, we can say the stronger our relationship with Him, the more full our joy will be and the more He can and will be seen within us. As believers in the full gospel, we must realize that God’s idea of a normal Christian life is for us to be fearless warriors that daily walk in the realm of signs and wonders. The Creator of the universe lives inside of us! Why should we NOT be doing what Jesus did? God’s Word reveals how the last days are going to unfold and how religious spirits will continue to distort the true reality of “normal” into an imposter normal. Nonetheless, no matter how deceptive or hypocritical the religious system becomes, Jesus will accomplish His perfect agenda with those who love Him! When Jesus calls you to let go of the boat and walk on the water, there is NOTHING that can prevent your victory as long as you stay focused on His presence! Amen!
Even Satan does not care if we accept Christ as long as we keep Him to ourselves, because when we live as undercover agents for Jesus, we are NOT a threat to the dark domain. However, when we allow our flame to receive more oxygen from the Holy Spirit and it turns into a raging blaze, the devil realizes that we can be used to help recruit thousands of soldiers for the Lord’s army, tear down principalities and strongholds, inspire the lost, and do mighty miracles and wonders in Jesus Name! It’s worth the moment to consider the question; will you allow the enemy to stop you from being an overcomer? We are living in the last moments of grace, but it is also a time to become strong in our faith and personal intimacy with the Lord. Overcomers are strong leaders that have Special Forces training to PRAY and OBEY in all circumstances! Prepare now to step forward when the world is turned upside-down. Allow Jesus Christ to fill you with the wisdom of His Word today, or you will not have the anointing or faith to boldly stand as a leader in the days ahead.
If we are going to be provided for like Elijah at the brook and the woman with the measure of oil, we must learn how to not only be an encouragement to others but to encourage our own hearts. If we cannot believe God to heal our sore toe today, what makes us think we will be able to believe Him for a loaf of bread in the day of famine? There is no reason to be stressed or worried about what man will do because we have been promised that direction and encouragement will be given to those who are devoted to God. “The Lord is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their cry and will save them” (Psalm 18-19). The word of the Lord today is that He is trying to get our attention. He is doing everything He can to open the eyes of our hearts so that we can learn how to live for Him. What will it take for us to become serious about our relationship with God? What will it take to pull us away from our flesh and the pleasures of this world and convict us to humbly fall on our face to God?
Our mind is like a garden, and we are the gardener. We can plant whatever we want and will harvest whatever we have sown! Our new spirit and renewed mind are ready to listen to King Jesus as He inspires us to confess out loud His never-failing truth over ourselves, our families and our situations. This is only accomplished when we develop a serious awareness of our thought life and how powerful our confessions can be. You see, the old nature is associated with the old way of thinking but when our minds have been renewed in Christ, this is intended to give us better leverage when trying to wrestle our will into its rightful place (which is submission to Jesus). The reason why people do not want to pray is that they realize God is going to ask them to surrender their will and become a living sacrifice for His glory.
People want all the blessings in this life but do not want to live for God in order to enjoy them. A covenant is an agreement between two parties and humans desire to be the receiver without being the giver. The idea is that God gives everything to us and likewise we are to give everything back to Him which includes our will. Our good works will mean nothing until we have yielded and submitted our nature to God’s perfect plan. We can demand and command all we want, but until this structure of order has been established, the spiritual process of covenant salvation will not function properly. We can take the safe path of least resistance where we just hold our shields, play defense, and do enough to get by, or we can face our fears of being uncomfortable, take a stand of faith, pick up our swords, and go on the offense. Righteousness and redemption are not about religion – it’s about loving and worshiping God with ALL of our heart and this includes praying, listening, and obeying His voice in all things.
Faith and joy are not confined to a geographic location, a mood, or an emotion – it is activated when the determination to believe God becomes stronger than the temptation to doubt Him! We have a CHOICE to praise God because we love Him and trust Him! The Lord knows that if we can maintain our faith, that in the name of Jesus we can speak to the mountains in our life, and in God’s power and authority they will be removed! “And ALL things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). Hopelessness is a condition of the default system that occurs when people only trust their own decisions. Human intellect and logic, impressive education, great wealth, or political power cannot save souls or bring true peace. Only God can change a mind and transform a life.
A character trait of an Overcomer is to carry burdens, but they also learn to leave those burdens at the foot of the cross because they are very heavy and can hinder our liberty to live in joy. May we remember that as servants of the Most-High, ministers and leaders feel the same pain and heartaches that everyone does, and there is no condemnation for being sad and discouraged. It’s not an option but crucial that we all learn how to encourage ourselves and realize the source of our strength. Overcomers learn that qualities like fortitude, perseverance, determination, and integrity are formed and activated in times of great difficulty. God created and owns the heavens and earth and everyone must bow down to His power and authority. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (II Corinthians 4:8-9).
“Father, I desperately need You to fill me with Your holy PASSION. Make me hungry and thirsty for Your presence, and help me to develop an awareness of Your voice within my heart. If I do not have Your FIRE, I will remain a fading ember and be satisfied to stay in the comfort zone of my old nature. If I do not have Your love working in my conscience, I am nothing but a tinkling cymbal and will not be of any use to You. Break me and melt me so that I can be molded into Your image. Do a strong work in my heart that will literally CHANGE the way I think and who I am. I’m weak and self-centered Lord; please give me compassion and a burden for the lost, the needy and those who are hurting. Awaken me and breathe life into me that I may experience the depths of your presence. Change my heart and transform my mind. Give me visions and dreams and allow me to see the angels and experience your presence in a way I have never imagined. Come sit on the throne of my heart and be my Lord. I give myself to you completely. Purify me and make me holy in your precious name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.”
“Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ hath left us a commandment which concerns all Christians alike, that we should render the duties of humanity, or (as the scriptures call them) the works of mercy, to such as are afflicted and under calamity; that we should visit the sick, endeavor to set free the prisoners, and perform other like acts of kindness to our neighbor, whereby the evils of this present time may in some measure be lightened.” Martin Luther (1483-1546), German monk, theologian.
THE CANVAS OF LIFE – (Poem) – William Holland
I was overwhelmed with emotion as I stood today
In the office of a friend who recently passed away
How much time had he spent there alone?
Visions and ideas that will never be known
Letters and awards proudly declare his name
Pictures and clippings with much more of the same
Energy and passion with a unique expression
Dreams and thoughts from a vivid imagination
Through the years his creativity and wisdom grew
As these walls tell a story that only God knew
Every frame and phrase a cherished memory
A collection of experiences we call a legacy
It was his identity, the deepest part of his core
Now just piles of clutter with no room to store
As the dust is settling on the desk and shelves
I consider the image we paint of ourselves
We begin with a fresh canvas, a brand new spirit
Then steadily with our decisions, we proceed to fill it
Eventually, our brush will rest in silence
Leaving our words and deeds for guidance
A life’s work remembered for all to see
The beauty of respect and integrity
What is the worth of a spiritual obsession?
Or the eternal value for a lifetime of expression?
Will the labors of our journey be thrown away?
Or will they be used to help light the way?
Perplexed, yet I desire to learn more
Pondering my own canvas, I slowly close the door
I had the honor to be a part of the KCAL Old Time Radio gospel showcase again this year. What an amazing group of singers and musicians! Over 400 people attended and everyone had a blessed time in the Lord. I’m playing here with Mike Carr of the Moron Brothers, and loving his harmonica with one of my original songs called, “Somebody was praying.” It has a blues sound, and we really enjoyed our time together.
Here I am singing in an outdoor concert that I had the privilege to be a part of this summer called “Gospel on the green” in Wilmore Kentucky. A great evening of music with several groups and soloists. Around 125 people showed up to enjoy the music and food. An offering was taken, and the proceeds were donated to our local old-time radio theatre which I am a troupe member. It had been very hot that day and many of the singers and the audience wore shorts and t-shirts. An encouraging and joyful night of fellowship and praising the Lord. And yes, I did trim my beard…
A familiar theme within Christianity involves taking up our cross, but what does this mean? In Luke chapter 9 and verse 23 we read, “And he [Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” First allow us to see that Christ mentions that following Him as the Lord of our life requires choosing to love Him with all of our heart, mind, and soul. This is the personal covenant relationship with our Savior who redeems us with His blood and transforms our identity by His grace. There is a huge difference between believing in God and becoming a remnant disciple. Secondly, Jesus emphasizes that denying our flesh is not an option but rather is mandatory. This has everything to do with submitting our will to God and dedicating our life entirely to listening and obeying His voice. Lastly, we believe that He carried His own cross and was crucified on it for our sake, but He also demands that we take up our own cross and become a living sacrifice unto the honor and glory of His Name. These spiritual overcomers will fight the good fight of faith and are devoted to developing the discipline and self-control required to “deny” the sins of the flesh. Carnality must be conquered and the mind must be renewed through the Holy Spirit in order to walk in God’s spiritual authority. This is not religious legalism, it’s called Christianity.
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