Friday, February 15, 2019

Serving through a trail, with trouble, during a storm.. really? Me? How do I get through a really tough time while being a witness for Christ?

In what area of your life do you need to experience God’s love today? Is it in every aspect of your life? What are you facing?
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5: 3-5 
What are you having to deal with?

Christian, when was the last time you witnessed someone up close and personal.. experiencing great JOY in the midst of a trial?

The Bible doesn’t promise us a life of ease, of never ending comfort free of all challenges, pain or trials. He suffered and we too will suffer at times in the will of God, but He will be with you and help you get through it. 
The Apostle Paul faced tremendous trials and grief – experienced peace and joy out there on the sea. God helped him get to where he needed to be. 
Paul was shipwrecked, abandoned, beaten, and imprisoned many times as he shared the truth of Jesus Christ with others. Yet, in his grief and trials, he continued to worship and praise God and inspire others.

Typically, what does a person want while gettin' through a tough journey? 

The lukewarm carnal believer, the cold lost person and the red hot spiritual believer.. will all respond differently to challenges and what is going on around them. Which temperature are you spiritually? Who in the Bible was unlike on-fire Paul when they weren't feeling good inside? How about religious King Saul in the Old Testament, or Judas in the New Testament who betrayed the Lord. 

People typically desire relief from the pain, more benefits, some servants, more attention, a better position perhaps, respect, comfort, zero problems, suffering or trials.  
Remember in the Gospels the dude who wasn't feelin' so good after sellin' out his sinless Friend? How did he deal with that.. did it repent and receive forgiveness? 

“But Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?'” Luke 22:48
God will forgive any of us sinners if we will simply turn to Him with honesty. But it's hard for hardhearted, stubborn, proud and religious folk to admit when they are wrong. Repentance has to do with humility and getting real with a real situation. Pride is easier than humble.. in the minds of many. People of the world typically want to be first, and feel they deserve to be... and they lust after better perks. They want to be groundlessly promoted… will even promote themselves and will tell you why they are important.
They want power, provision, and good solace. They want to be "high profile” and to be recognized as a big-shot.. want prosperity, a bigger office with a view, want many public accolades, want pleasure and influential worldly connections…… but Jesus tells you and me to be a servant. He was. Wise!
Are you not yet sure you know Christ in a personal way. You can be
Christian, choose to be humble and practical looking to God to meet all your needs. Know the whole counsel of God, with discernment and with His insight. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?“ Matt. 16:26
Wanna hold the money box? Want to be top dog? Want independence minus accountability?
Got a trial in your life. Be childlike..honest with God about how you feel and what you're going through.. childlike but not childish. Keep it simple and to the point. Your Father understands and he can use you. 
Choose to be a good example (even if it looks like you're not going to make it), discerning, a good steward. God will finish what He started in you. When you run into things you don't understand, fall back on what you know is true. He loves you and has a plan. It's okay to ask God. He might not answer, doesn't have to. He will sometimes. It's not owed to us. Turn and trust Him anyway.  
"Judas had the money box..” to buy stuff. Didn’t help him be better. John 13:29

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I like some rocks, but not a rock-like heart.

What do you really like? What are you like?
"But Sihon the king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him, for the LORD your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day." Deuteronomy 2:30

Choices matter. God only firms up the hard-heart and spirit of the person who chooses to have a hard heart. He really loves them, but is not at all loved in return. Why rebel and disobey Him when you can believe, be bettered..a lot, and simply live with a soft heart in His wonderful Son?  

Unfair..really? Are you sure..really? He created the person and you’ve all been bought back from cruel a price. We all can turn and trust.. be forgiven and saved if we choose to be. Will all be? Sadly..nope. God hardens what's already pretty hard. The Bible says, "And he hardened Pharaoh's heart.." Exodus 7:13
"And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said. And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear." See 7:13-16 and the context. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hey, what's been goin' on, goin' on, GOIN' ON.. HERE?

Where’re we headed?  What in the world is going on?
Towards Armageddon?  Yup.

Are we really living in the last days?

Are events in our culture and world today..signs of the times? Let's keep it straightforward and basic.. YES. “Noo. As if, Kurt! Give me a stinkin' break! Are you fanatical or what? I’ve heard all this before! And people have been saying like forever.. that Christ is coming back and is ticked, and nothing has yet happened. So what’s changed?”
Well, I never said that God was ticked at people. Actually, a lot of things have changed and cuz of the Cross He still hates sin, but ain't ticked at people. But yes, I believe we’re living in the last days. And you know you're livin' in your own last days. What's changed?
1. Just look at the aggression of Russia on so many fronts recently and the provocative statements from President Putin about their nuclear capabilities and a willingness to use them. Russia has developed a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can hit any target they choose. What has NATO named it? This “Satan 2.” Is this Satan or a second Satan? No, but sure is mean.
What else has changed?  
2. Well, think about the emergence of China, not only is China coming forth as an economic superpower but China is also coming forward as a military superpower as well. China too has become more aggressive in their stance globally. You’ve seem them launching massive drills in the South China Sea. What else?
3. There is the weaponization of space. Ronald Reagan spoke of this long ago, but now more and more it’s happening. Many of China’s space capabilities are designed to counter U.S. military advantages. In a very technical sense, we’re literally headed towards battles higher up there in the skys -- Star Wars.
4 a,b,c. Add to this rogue nations like Iran, North Korea, the constant ongoing threat of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East and more of it even in the West due to the Open Border policies of politicians who have a lot to gain.
I like tech and believe that Christians should use technology to glorify God, to disciple believers and to evangelize the Lost, but you know that not all of the tech-advances we are seeing today are being used for good things. Been for some years overseeing some good use of tech by missionaries with Global Media Outreach Everything. There are such great people serving with a Great Commission purpose!
Has my or your personal info been compromised? Perhaps. I still use Facebook, Instagram, Google and Twitter but do not like some of the decisions made by the leaders of these companies with our personal information. I don’t even like how they keep doing their best to help only one side in the political realms of more than one nation, but I will leave that alone for now.
We’re now becoming more aware of the misuse, the abuse and the info-compromise they’ve been involved in. Remember when Facebook reported that the data of 87 million people might have been improperly shared. What? Might have been? Your info, my info -- it can be hacked and then someone evil-minded with selfish motives or very-sinister due to radical-religious-fervor could use it for some horrific things. Not trying to scare anyone -- this is nothing you don’t already know. One day that person, known as the Antichrist, will come on the scene and will exploit gobs.
You’ve heard how the famous Doomsday Clock was moved forward in January of last year. It’s now closer than it’s ever been to the end -- two minutes to midnight. Who are the keepers of this so-called clock? Is it a bunch of wild-eyed “Bible-thumpers” or theologians? Nope. They are a group of atomic scientists who say that because of current the threat level and recent developments, we’re that close to an all-out nuclear exchange.
Man, what in this world is going down? Dude, a lot has been goin' down.
Are you ready? Believer are getting close to the Lord by His Word and closer to the time of the Rapture of the Church. The Bible says that you believers aren’t going to be wiped out by God’s anger against sin. The Bible says, “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to suffer wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him..” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
What’ll happen during the Great Tribulation after the Rapture is God’s wrath being poured on due to the cup of man’s sin being full here. No worries believer, you’re doing to dodge that bullet so to speak.
God knows the very blink of a moment when His Rapture will actually happen and we need to pray so our loved ones will get saved and ready for that (I’m not going to set a date).
What’s happening with this world? Crazy chaos, lots of lies told, a big mixing up if ya will, a lot of fake news is happening daily to confuse and deceive people. Yes, and people-groups all over are moving through time toward Armageddon. I promise that war will happen.
It’s as though everything has been sped up huh, is moving more rapidly toward what the Bible calls the “end of days” or the last days. Jesus compared this to the labor pains of a woman giving birth (and you pretty much know how that goes): The closer to the moment of baby delivery, the closer together the intense labor pains become. This is how it will be in the end times. More intensified perplexing pains.
There will be warnings for us here, things that should tip us all off that the end of the earth as we’ve known it.. is approaching. Women in labor tend to get loud and active. As we get closer to the actual unfolding of biblcial prophetic events, these “labor pains” Christ spoke of will also get more active, closer and closer together, until it’s done. I think we’re seeing this “labor” happen before our very eyes these days.
Where are we to focus? On Him. What are we supposed to do? Turn and trust if we’re still living in sin. Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28 NKJV). Look upwards to Heaven and be reminded of the fact that God is sovereign -- He has a good plan, doesn’t change, and is in control.
We are to watch and pray, to know the Lord well, and to make Him well known. Our servant ministry is to be upward, inward and biblical worship to God, in discipleship Bible-ministry to those in the Church, and helpful to those who are still lost out in the world. We are to plant seeds, to water em well, and to reap the harvest into His Kingdom. God saves, but He uses us in all this. All believers in this world need to be prayerfully-studying Bible with on-fire saints, even prophecy within the pages not to just know more, but to go win more with a sense of urgency. Looking up helps us not be all down (depressed), but aids us in remembering that God is in control of all earthly events today. It can be very scary, don’t get me wrong cuz even nature itself has been disrupted and affected by Adam’s sin. World-history is His story. God is ultimately in control and things are going according to schedule.
We sing praises and studying Bible prophecy and guess what. We end up with a heavenly perspective, compassion, purpose, and world-changing-power inside. It’s a dunamis power for being and giving witness. Don’t lose sight of why you were called, nor of Him.
Yesterday I was ministrying some Scriptures on Christ being our a hopeless young man who was really hurting and even contemplating suicide. His finance bailed out on him, rejected him and was off to another. Talk about pains!!!.. I can sort of relate to all that, but it’s been awhile.
We all need Christ in our lives as our first love cuz that is exactly who He is--Jesus said that He will never leave us, or forsake us.
Regarding this Prophecy stuff, Israel is the key
Keep an eye on Israel too. The Bible is extra specific when it explains to us how a super-sign of the times would be the re-gathering of the Jewish people into their own homeland of Israel. Sure, when that happens guess what, the prophetic clock would be ticking. You know what, it already happened.
On the 14th of May in 1948, which was the day before the expiration of the British Mandate, Mr. David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel yes.. to be known as the State of Israel." Not just a sign among other signs of the times, this was and is a “super-sign” for you and for me!
The Bible teaches us, “When the LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory” (see Psalm 102:16, and always see the context too). Never had a nation been able to regain its national identity again, 300-500 years after being removed from its homeland…. until this happened for Israel!
Go check it out, look hard, far and wide for any descendants of the Hittite, Assyrian and Babylonian nations, even though these were major world powers back in the day -- back in the ancient world. Think about it; they had really sunk down deep below the layers of stone and the sands of time. If it were not for the Scriptures, me thinks the Hittites would never have been remembered by history at all.
At one point back in the day, scoffers used to so ridicule the Bible for even mentioning those Hittite people. It was thought that they were totally fictional like Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mice. But archaeologists in the 19th century eventually confirmed the accuracy of Scripture when they uncovered irrefutable evidence of the extensive Hittite Empire and it really caught God off guard. So surprised Him! Not! Hah hah!
Jesus knew they’d all go down.. the Hittites, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians. They all disappeared and God promised they would!
Ain’t that way the Jews of Israel!
Why did they survive as a people (one reason, so we will be praying that many Jews will become born again spiritually and become a part of the Bride of Christ their Messiah-groom.  
If Jesus came back today, would you be ready to meet him on His terms? May I ask.. Have you biblically repented (turned), believed (trusted) and been forgiven by Him?
We all need a heavenly perspective, and we need to be reminded of this simple fact: Jesus Christ is first coming for His Church in the air (Sure, no prophecy of Scripture must first be fulfilled before that happens..), and then later on He’s coming back to this planet in the Second Coming. Gunna end a big war and set things right on earth. Are you ready for Him and all of this? If you really believe that Christ could return at any moment, this will change you. It would impact the way you daily live!
In a blink, in one moment of time, in a flash He’ll come in the clouds. Listen, you can make a decision right now.. that affects your entire life and future. The most important decision of all is what will you do with, Jesus Christ. Will you accept Him or reject Him while living here. The biggest decision of all.. is will you turn from sin to Him in faith.
You remember how Christ made some radical claims. He claimed to be the only way to the Father and into His holy Heaven. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NLT).
Listen Sport, there are 1,600+ cults out there and every one of them is still denying the Jesus of the Bible (the real Lord). Bottomline: You won't get to heaven those ways. Christ explained that He's thee door, not one of many. All will appear before God's Great White Throne Judgment seat, or the Judgment Seat of Christ, but regarding heaven.. Jesus is the only way in.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Some solitary places are good. There's a time for those spots. Jesus said to them, "Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while.." Mark 6:31

Me time? Why not note.. to self? Today, you know it's all about "self." So, start with you in this.

Encourage yourself in the Lord.... then others too. Get back, Jack, 'get back to where you once belonged" as the Beatles used to sing. 
He was all alone and felt kinda down. Bad circumstances. What did he do..stay that way? Stay focused on the bad circumstances instead of on the Lord. Nope. 
The Bible says, "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." 1 Samuel 30:6 #Note2Self
Got some pet-sin in your life? Admit it and quit it. Tell on yourself to the right Person. U-turn and trust Jesus.

Do you miss your close walk with the Lord  or fellowship with growing believers at church? The Bible tells us that sin is fun for a season, but then... you know. Consequences and all. 
Sure encourage in the right direction, you and others -- please, all get home before dark, peeps. 
Be and stay bless-able, in God's will. You're either in or out today. In Christ, or out in the cold -- live in Him.

There's never a need to live disgruntled, ticked-off, or angry at God or people. Nope, never! Wars keep happening outside, because too many people still exist with unaddressed-war inside their hearts. Duh. Together, we've got to fix that!

Guard your thoughts, your hearts and your habits.. diligently.  Wise thought-choices and habits will keep you real close to the Lord.  Tight spiritually and right with the Father.  Best place to be -- in His will and Word.

Would you pray something like...

Dear Lord Jesus.. I mean Jesus of the Bible.. Since You are alive and love me as the Bible clearly teaches.. then please forgive me now, come in and be Lord. I turn and trust in you as my Savior. Wash me all the way, show me why I was created. Fill me with the Holy Spirit -- I want all you have for me, and want to do what you want me to do. With you being my Helper, I won't be ashamed or embarrassed to walk with You..and Home by your side. Take the lead and feed.. me and others through me. Send a biblical revival in great spiritual Awakening here again. Let it begin with, in and through me. Amen.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10 nkjv

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

This world needs more gentle, quiet men that can fix stuff for others. This world needs Jesus -- he'll fix all things.

Interesting. This man has said the EU must be “punitive in its negotiations with Britain” as a signal to warn other deviant countries. EXPOSE: Do you know of this guy? You need to. He calls himself “the adult in the room,” the one “you want in charge” during tumultuous times. He's been called the "mini-Fuhrer", a Eurocrat "monster" and he's overtly anti-American. What's he lust over? He really wants that "EU army" they've been putting together. Herr Marin Selmayr at 47 years old (the Secretary General of the whole European Commission) is feared as the most powerful man in Europe. He doesn't hide it -- his plan is to establish the EU as an all-powerful supranational / globalist entity in a multipolar world for the purpose of challenging the USA. The EU is an unelected, bloated, overpaid bureaucracy and Herr Selmayr is hell bent on his own accomplishments and fulfilling his extended role. From where did he spring from? His family roots are kinda noteworthy. No lie. They tie him on both his maternal and paternal sides to the Nazi Wehrmacht. His grandfathers on both sides were important Generals in WWII — for Hitler.

Opt for a joyful heart in Christ..for His uplift.. instead of livin' so down.. instead of just losin’ heart as so many people of our day sadly do.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

Why be merely perishing outwardly and then die, when you can be born all over again spiritually.. inside and then live forever? My quiet gentle, kindhearted uncle Johnny just passed away and the funeral was yesterday -- not an easy week for the family (the Scriptures help). He went away. Hope to see him later on. Please pray for his wife Roxanne.  

Have you.. already turned and trusted Christ the ultimate Solution. You can be ready for anything ahead. The word of God comforts and strengthens us. He Jesus, can give hope and make anyone alive inside! 

Keep building yourself up inside in the word of Go and His grace. The Rapture of the Church will soon happen, but for all those not snatched up and caught away.. the people will die. Christians will physically die too. It's hard. I hate sin and cancer. We' ve all individually got to get ready for what's ahead. Make your reservations in advance. 

Believer, in a world where outward accomplishments greatly matter to so many, build up your inner person knowing this won't show up on any chart per se, but will benefit and last forever. In a society where youthful outward appearance is not only important, it is everything and millions of dollars are spent on it... BUILD UP your inner person that will live forever.
Those believers who learn to live by the grace of God are increasingly protected from discouragement. "Therefore we do not lose heart." This truth was touched upon in an earlier verse from this fourth chapter of 2 Corinthians. The Bible says, "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart" (2 Corinthians 4:1). The protection from discouragement there involved mercy and grace. Since we serve the Lord by mercy and grace (and not by our merit or by our resources), we have a built-in supply of heavenly encouragement available to us daily.
In our present verse, encouragement comes from the contrast between what is happening to the "outward man" and to the "inward man." The "outward man" is the physical person, which can be observed by human sight. This is generally the object of attention among the unredeemed (as well as among believers who are walking according to the flesh). This man is "perishing" because sin has impacted all of us. "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). 
You know that man began from dust. The Bible says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground" (Genesis 2:7). Due to sin, the outer, physical man is headed back toward that initial starting point. "In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19). For those who do not know the Lord, this is a discouraging fact. They often strive desperately to prevent this inevitable process.
On the other hand, servants of new covenant grace are not discouraged by this fact"Therefore we do not lose heart." It is true that our outer man is also perishing. Yet, we see a bigger picture than that. "Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day." As our outer man is deteriorating, we are still encouraged, because our inner man can be in the process of renewal: "And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him" (Colossians 3:10). As we are humbly seeking the Lord in His word, we are being changed, brought more and more into the newness of Christ: "Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18). Would you prepare something like this, believer...

O Lord, as my outer man deteriorates with time, please remind me of the encouraging reality that my inner man can be renewed. Help me to desire inner spiritual progress, rather than outer physical prowess. Please use me to help others come to You while they can. Living forever with You.. starting here and now is SO wonderful even when life here is not so fun or comfortable. You sure living in sin and far-beats the alternative. This I pray through Christ, my Lord, Amen.