Monday, September 30, 2013
I was totally stoked-out to discover that God wasn't out lookin' for a religious person per se, though you know He loves them as well. He was simply lookin' for a juicy-sinner-kinda-person, and guess what.. hah! I fully qualified. Unfortunately had gobs of sinning under my belt..that I wasn't proud of. KnowGod.org
Friday, September 27, 2013
When I felt sorta lost inside and then realized how lost I really was. This photo ..that was my expression at the time.
You already know these verses, but let's meditate upon em once again. The Bible says, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up (think about how He paid the price on the Cross for us..), that whoever believes in Him should not perish (that's the negative - we've all sinned before a holy God..) but have eternal life (and that's the free gift God offers people everywhere). For God so loved the world (cares about all individuals, like you and me..) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:14-17 (nkjv. Emphasis mine).
“What man.. having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost?” —Luke 15:4
God's policy: No child left behind! Zero forgotten. Yup, each one on this planet has such great value and is so important to Him, therefore each person we meet should be considered very valuable to us as well! And I love how Christ underscores this truth.. multiple times to make a point clear—with three different stories about something valuable that got so lost that it couldn't be easily retrieved in some "Lost and Found Department" somewhere with one simple cell phone call—yes, these Bible stories about one not real smart defenseless sheep, a 'lil coin made in the image of someone, and a father's dear son (Lk. 15).
Hey, are you willing to take compassionate action, like Christ did, and tactfully go after that floundering one ..for Jesus' sake? We can't save em, but Christ can. He's still the only Way and the only One who regenerate em on the inside ..and He chooses to use us in this work. #GoTell facebook.com/shareJesus Jesus said if you acknowledge Me before others, I'll acknowledge you before God in heaven.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
What is there in life that's even near as exciting as befriending, helping, hearing, loving, and leading wayward people into a meaningful personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
I'll give you a moment to ponder this..........Yup, you know it. There is nothing like this!
Sure, there is great joy and rejoicing in worshipping the Lord and wherever the Gospel is clearly proclaimed for decisions..including both the bad news (that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, that there is certain Judgement ahead for those outside of the faith..) and also the Good News (that God the Father stands there willing with open arms to lovingly forgive, recieve, and save those who sincerely repent and believe in His dear Son, Jesus Christ).
That's why the Cross of Jesus makes me smile every day of the week. Calvary wasn't in vain, so let's go live it and go tell.
"If your Gospel isn't touching others, it hasn't touched you!" ~ Curry R. Blake
"One of the greatest priorities of the church today is to mobilize the laity to do the work of evangelism." ~ Billy Graham
If you'd like to be a partaker in such joy and rejoicing this week, then pray and bring someone within earshot (online or there offline) of the Message of HarvestAmerica.com this Saturday and or Sunday (September 28-29 at 6PM CST)!
"So they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.' Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. And when it was day, the magistrates sent the officers, saying, 'Let those men go.'" 16|31-35 Acts facebook.com/shareJesus
Monday, September 23, 2013
You can have some preaching, prayers, and evangelism without having genuine revival, but you can't have genuine revival without having some preaching, praying, and evangelism. Evangelism does not bring real revival, but real revival always brings evangelism!
Deep down what do you really long for? Is it revival? Is it awakening? I think I know, it's a Person. Jesus Christ. So I double dog dare you to get right with God through Him and pray for the biblical revival and awakening that only He can bring. Let it start with us! Yes, I dare you if I may to bring a lost friend. Where?
Here.. I dare you to be a part of HarvestAmerica.com. Sure, let God use you.
Yes, I dare you to pray for this good outreach. I dare you to makes some calls, to make some visits, and to help out. I even dare you, in preparation, to prayerfully read the book of Acts again..expecting.
"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them…Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit'…Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them" (Act 2:2,3,38,41 see the whole context).
You know that when the fire falls, it literally consumes the dross among Christians, it consumes the impurities, and it disrupts the status quo programs and mere religion. Listen, that kind of disruption is a good thing!
Personally, I wanna forget about yesterday and yesteryear, cuz I want to be a part of what God is doing in the earth in this day! Mighty rushing wind – unstoppable! Send it again, Lord. Have Your way. It's time for a burning in my soul. Do it again, what You've done before. It's time for the whole Church ablaze..again! Burn on! In us do Your thing, Holy Spirit. Yes, let the fire fall; burn on even more and more and more. Burn on the inside O fire of God, until we up and go tell the whole world.. and until they really hear Your Gospel.
For there is power, power, wonder working power in the Gospel of Jesus and we want to be a part of spreading this Message.
I'm thinking about Mr. John R. Rice who couldn't stand it another minute, such a lack of fire. Please remove the impediments. Rice preached,"Listen, it is not sinners that are hard. The trouble is it is ..the preachers that are hard. It is the Sunday school teachers; it is the Baptist deacons and Methodist stewards and Presbyterian elders that are hard. I find it easier to win a soul and get a drunkard or harlot converted than it is to get a preacher on fire for souls!" Do we feel like Mr. Rice? If we don't something is wrong with our Christianity. Just look around you some.
I'm thinking about Mr. George Whitefield who couldn't stand to see such lack of fire, or see such fruitlessness in Your church, so he prayed in Jesus Name with determination! Then he and John Wesley were used mightily of God to turn England upside down (right side up really—it already was upside down) for Jesus Christ. Yup, God rocked nations. So many were revived, refilled, ignited, and then so many others heard the Message and were saved! That's still God's greatest miracle. And He wants to use you. Are you willing? Tell Him so.
It was said by some in the British Isles of this simple preacher, "From the time he began, as a lad, to preach to the very hour of his death, he knew no abatement of passion. To the end of his remarkable career his soul was a furnace of burning zeal for the salvation of men."
His soul was a burning furnace! I want that too. Ah! Why try to lead a sinner to Jesus in the strength of the flesh, or of the mind? Weak! Problematic! Stop it.
Why seek to serve God without having first prayed to this God of the Bible? How can a local church advance and take territory so to speak, if God's people have hearts that have never been truly set ablaze, or have hearts that have lost their burning flame? Let real revival and awakening must begin with the leadership! Lost ministers and pastors faking it just grieve and hurt the Lord.
Think about Elijah who prayed earnestly until the fire fell on Mt. Carmel. What happened next? Well, it was then that the backslidden people leaped to their feet, walked and exclaiming, "The Lord—He is God! The Lord—He is God!" (1 Kings 18:39).
It only takes a spark to get a fire going! Is there a day in the past when you were more in-love with Jesus Christ than you are right now? If so, you are to a degree backslidden, but let God fix that right now.
"We want in this age above all wants, fire – God's holy fire, burning in the hearts of men, stirring their brains, impelling their emotions, thrilling in their tongues, glowing in their countenances, vibrating in their actions, expanding their intellectual power and fusing all their knowledge, logic, and rhetoric into a burning stream. Let this baptism descend, and thousands of us who, up to this day, have been but commonplace or weak ministers, such as might easily pass from the memory of mankind, would then become mighty." ~ T. DeWitt Talmage
"To be revived is a blessing which can only be enjoyed by those who have some degree of life. Those who have no spiritual life are not, and cannot be, in the strictest sense of the term, subjects of revival... A true revival is to be looked for in the church of God. Thus, revival is for believers only!" ~ C.H. Spurgeon
"Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray! While the world perishes, we go our way purposeless, passionless day after day! Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray!"
Once upon a time, a Psalmist said, (85:6), "Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in you?" (nkjv). And the prophet Habakkuk, he got it and he prayed this prayer: "I have heard all about you, Lord, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. In this time of our deep need, begin again to help us, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us. And in your anger, remember your mercy" (Hab. 3:2 nlt). How badly do you want revival? Will you pray for this? Awakening is when those who are spiriually asleep being woke up, and revival is when a community gets saturated with God who is at work!
Are you currently on fire for Jesus? Have you been baptized in His Spirit? Whaaat?..those are simply Bible terms. I don't really care how you want to define this, I just care that you are filled! God wants you filled, influenced, voluntarily dominated by, controlled by the Holy Spirit today and every day following.
Let the wind blow! Is Jesus first, is He Lord? The Spirit is resident, but is He President? He really should be in each of our lives, and in our country! Preacher, with all sincere respect I challenge you get set on fire by God and people will come to watch you burn!... or watch you go and spread the fire elsewhere. Don't wait another day!
Were you once filled with the Spirit? We leak, Christians, but the good thing is this… God gives refills free of charge. Ask. Worship. Pray some more. Then go tell.. tell em about Jesus! Decide now to bring go get a lost friend and bring them to HarvestAmerica.com 2013.
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Monday, September 16, 2013
Some so called ministers function according to the idea that the people are primarily there "to support the ministry" (meaning to give money to that minister and his team) and they repeatedly belabor this..sometimes for lengthy periods of time in each service..communicating this idea to the people and putting real constraint and unnecessary pressure on them. What's sad is that their non-Christian public tactics often work for them and some pastors see larger offerings come in. I've personally seen this happen to the tune of a million dollars every month, but this isn't God's sign of approval as they say it is.
Minister means servant. A true minister is the guy who is not there for self. He's there not to "get" per se - he's not there to be ministered unto. No, he's the guy who is there with right motives to glorify the Lord and minister to the needs of the people. He also thereby sets the example for all other open-air and other types of ministers.. including the person who calls themself a minister or a reverend, but in reality is just a greedy false minister.
Am I saying it's wrong for a local church pastor to recieve an offering for paying the bills, for doing evangelism, and for doing excellent practical ministry that builds up the body? No.
The Father is a giving Minister. "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:32
Jesus is a giving Minister, "And He said to me, 'It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.'" Rev. 21:6
"...Freely you have received, freely give." Mat. 10:8
"Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock." 1 Pet. 5:2-3
Got a great idea.. let's all choose to be and do more like our Chief Shepherd, Jesus, who gave it all so we could become eternally blessed with Him. Did you ever see Him in the Bible working the crowd for bucks, or begging people to do the Father's work on earth? Hint..no way. Where God guides, He provides. facebook.com/shareJesus
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A small girl named Amy was out listening to a visitor one day, a missionary from China, named Hudson Taylor and then God changed her whole life.
Yeah, following that exoerience it was 56 years straight without even one furlow or break that Amy poured out her life, served, and was ministering to trafficked young people and children in India. It was for God's glory for He used her. And He wants to use you as well, perhaps with a unique style and in a different place.
When was the last time you went to listen to a missionary who was actually a servant and a soul-winner who was saying, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,b baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I (Jesus) have given you."
"From prayer that asks that I may be; sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire, from faltering when I should climb higher,
From silken self, O Captain free Thy soldier who would follow Thee. From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices weakenings,
Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified, from all that dims Thy Calvary, O Lamb of God, deliver me. Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire, let me not sink to be a clod, make me Thy fuel, O Flame of God." ~ Amy Carmichael facebook.com/shareJesus
Friday, September 6, 2013
As an early morning West Coast surfer I have found that small flames of fire, in and of themselves, can be such a wonderful thing to warm shivering salty wet humanity. But you already know that they can also burn your skin or your modern glass-sided house on that sandy Strand with that multi-million dollar ocean view ..right down to the ground if you're not careful with em.
Well, let me say this.. the hardware of all media and technology is also neutral and like money or musical notes or yes, flames, can be used for good or for evil, for construction or for destruction.
Me thinks that because the Prince of the power of the air with his twisted gang of fallen angels (a third of all angels to this day..don't think any have been having baby angels) and falling humanity who are spiritually blind and literally held in his sway like wooden puppets on his strings...are the majority here in comparison to the smaller remnant who have been reborn into real life in Christ, so yes....I assert to you that today's media is not neutral as many falsely suppose. It's being used by so many and it's good to know this.
Lead us not into temptation and grant us the victory, Lord, so we can be effective witnesses! In Christ "Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory." ~ Frederick W. Faber
"Prayer is life passionately wanting, wishing, desiring God's triumph. Prayer is life striving and toiling everywhere and always for that ultimate victory." ~ G. Campbell Morgan
Believer, you know that when you are tempted even your old fleshly nature inside would be for, would encourage towards, would even push for you to take part in the impurity of worldly media on the web etc today, so therefore we all must be extra prudent, extra (not worldly) wise, be God-fearing (having reverential awe for, minus having any confidence in our own personal strength or old nature) and be very cautious with it as we walk with Jesus.
Don't get me wrong, Americans. I am totally excited, way ampted about what's going to happen nationwide via technology and thousands of venues simultaneously with HarvestAmerica.com on September 28th and 29th ....and I am indeed planning to pray the price so to speak, and be apart of it as you also should be. Perhaps God would lead you to open up your home for this. Are you lacking significance and need something to do that is really significant?
Yes, I am grateful for the advances and creative arts in media, and in social media, and with our cool technological communication tools that we can use to glorify the Lord with ...and use to educate, to edify, to challenge, to feed in certain ways, and even to spread the Gospel with. But still we all must be careful with "media" so as not to get corrupted by some well-intentioned but corrupt people behind it, or get addicted to it, or get re-chained-up by it..so to speak. Let's be wise and careful. Did you know that...
"Fifty nine percent of people that accidentally or intentionally see pornography in the media, including on the web and in social media, say that they do absolutely nothing to resist these temptations. And only one percent of them say this junk is there because of our old sinful nature inside." ~ E. Lutzer
It's of course it's not a sin to be tempted, but don't let that surprising image turn into a long look, in the gazing at, into a life-habit that destroys you. The same strong grace that saved you is the same grace they can keep you, that can help you be an example witness for Christ, and also help you to repeatedly resist the evil of the enemy.
"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph2:1-6nkjv).
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith." (1Cor15:57nkjv).
"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith" (1Jn5:4nkjv).
"The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy." ~ Corrie Ten Boom
"Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christ's and yours through Him." ~ D.L. Moody
"When we pray for the Spirit's help… we will simply fall down at the Lord's feet in our weakness. There we will find the victory and power that comes from His love." ~ Andrew Murray
"Any battle for victory, power, and deliverance—from ourselves and from sin—which is not based constantly upon the gazing and the beholding of the Lord Jesus, with the heart and life lifted up to Him, is doomed to failure." ~ Alan Redpath
"Religion today is not transforming the people - it is being transformed by the people. It is not giving victory or raising the moral level of society - it is descending to society's own level and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smiling accepting its surrender." ~ A.W. Tozer
"How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" is the exact question that Joseph posed to an uber-lustful married woman (in Gen39:9 his boss' wife), yeah, when he was privately surprised by and confronted by sensual temptation. But what was the smart move that he didn't have to pause and pray about.. but rather made in an instant before his brain could listen to his flesh and start rationalizing? He bolted. He bailed. He ditched that wild woman (who was probably very attractive cuz money has pretty much always been able to cover up gobs of ugly underneath), running away like a fleet footed Hirsche (deer), like a well-trained Olympiad crossing the victor's tape. And that's what we need to do, as Paul said, "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart" (See 2Tim2:22 and Prov6:5; 1Cor6:18; 10:14; 1Tim6:11).
Be careful not to get even one pinch inappropriate in those hidden SMS Texts or Social messages. If you feel like deleting those messages so that your wife won't ever see em, perhaps something is already wrong. Don't even be disloyal and sin in your spirit or heart. Sexting is of course out. Stop it, it's not for you. "But everyone is doing it!" Listen, you don't want what everyone is getting.. divorce, disease, corruption etc..do you?
The Bible says, "For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world" (1Jn2:16). The Apostle Paul agrees and says, "I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Gal5:16).
Please know that there are people in every crowd who have not been completely fulfilled inside by social-media, by political or social improvement, or by self-improvement programs or personal affluence.
Some people simply feel that their needs are not met..yet..but perhaps somehow, somewhere, with someone special could be.
Some sense their inner emptiness, ache and longing.
Some are hurting inside for one reason or another. Some have been dumped by job, group, lover etc. Some have failed and are broken-hearted with crushed dreams and ashes, and some simply feel lonely inside.
Some have a sense of real guilt inside—we've all blown it in some way or another—and some people sadly struggle under false guilt as well. And they don't know what to do with it all. They say No regrets as they try to ignore "being guilted" or sometimes judged by the (lost or carnal) religiously self-righteous who like to do that sorta thing.
Many people around you and me have a universal fear of death, as well as other fears like of failure or of violence as this world grows more and more violent and turbulent. We must know this about people around us, and feel compassion for them. Christ did and does!
Each one is so worth praying for (earnestly, thoroughly, in faith expecting)....is so worth helping out with the real Gospel Message along with all other applicable Scriptures and care.
The negative influences of main-stream media (in different arenas), of say worldly lyrics in very popular songs, of provocative blockbuster movies, of steamy romance novels, and of social media with all its anonymity (and of course I don't mean that all of the influences coming through social media today are negative—you know what I mean), and of your Sirius or XM radio waves or via satellite and Wifi or through those fiber optic lines into your ears…can take any of us down permanently.. if we allow it to. Don't allow it to!
Many I've met say they can constantly take it in and not be affected by it, "You've just got to be strong in yourself and then no prob." False. Think again.
Let's so to the Spirit and not to the flesh, or to world in a spiritually compromising way. Let's hate evil, and Mr LuCifer, and sensual lusts and sin ...and not allow any of it ever..for God has better things for us. In Him we can have hope, a hope that's valid and that won't disappoint. In Him we can have lasting satisfaction and fulfillment, but not in lust. Sure, He has a good plan for your life, as well as for those around you, and you've just got to believe that! You just gotta know Him—the real Him! Let's do it His way, not ours or the world's way.
Lets make an impact for Christ while we still have some time. Listen, each one of those dear persons around you there...friends, spouse, kids, relatives, coworkers..watching you..are so worth us fighting for—no, not in the flesh, but in the good fight of faith. Let's live free, live in the Spirit of truth, live in love, and keep tasting victory from above. Yeah, let's get on with it for His sake and glory. facebook.com/shareJesus