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Bold Holiness


Internet sensations are a regular these days.

Film yourself doing anything silly, extravagant or outlandish and you might end up on the national news.

You never know who might be recording your “screaming rant” in the parking lot that day the little old lady stole your spot.black-friday-g-2

Or the video that went viral on “Black Friday” as you ran over a bunch of other shoppers to get the last “Stuffy.”

The quest for fame and fortune have become an easy gig. For some reason people have a craving to be noticed; or gain attention no matter how ridiculous they appear.

I wonder what would happen if we steered such silliness into “boldness” for God.

Instead of wasting time promoting our ignorance for posterity, why not use it to promote the

“Lovingkindness” of God? Psalm 144:2

How do we find such “boldness?”

Well, for sure not on America’s Funniest Home videos.

It is found in the sanctity of JEHOVAH-MACCADDESHEM or “The Lord Thy Sanctifier” Exodus 31:13

The purity of Jesus is boldness in action.jesus walking

This devotion of godliness brings the power of God to work through us.

Repentance is a step toward becoming more like Jesus. Unloading our innermost pains, struggles and sins on the cross allows God to begin to fill us with all that is “holy.”

A process starts unnoticed by the one seeking God on a regular basis. Learning his ways, taking time to be with him, pursuing humility yields a supernatural “boldness.”

Power from God is unleashed through the wholesome purity he instills in us.

It would make sense then that sin would promote weakness and fragility. The enemy throws his polluted wickedness our way so our lives will deepen into the filth of his plans. His purpose is to beat us into believing we are helpless and vulnerable until he takes over our souls.

Satan didn’t count on over-comers.

His sneaky, sly and underhanded schemes weren’t prepared for faithful followers of the “Nazarene.”

Matthew 2:23And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

His pesky “imps” run scared at the sound of his name: “You are the Son of God.” Mark 3: 11

One of the greatest attributes I have found in God is how he works from the inside-out.

Whether it be an inner city of gangs, the world of Middle Eastern religions or a simple heart of one who is in pain, God can transform the most mundane into a first class speaker. He can take the self-centered pride of a leader and humble him into a man of God no one ever thought possible.

1 Peter 1: 15 “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

God can love the heart of the wounded into a peacemaker of joy.

He can forgive a broken sinner and give him a voice of the nations for truth.

In the Bible miniseries Jesus joins Peter in his fishing boat and asks him,

“Peter, follow me and I will make you a fisher of men.”

Peter replies, “What are we going to do?”

Jesus answers with exactly what I believe he is doing right now, today,

“We are going to change the world.”

(Proverbs 28:1) And they went out in boldness….

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The Lion’s Roar


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Listing the horrors going on in the world could be easy to do since they are splattered in the news, online and in our neighborhoods.  If we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with it all, getting up every day would be unnecessary.

If there was ever a time in history where inciting fear is prevalent, it is now. The advances of technology may promote such evil on a world wide scale, but it has always been lurking around the next corner. We weren’t aware of it as much as we are now.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not belittling the reality the devil is running rampant with his tail between his legs leaving his “demon friends” to do his dirty work.

God knows we would all love a very long reprieve from his sickening destruction.  Somewhere along the way he hired that lion to roam around looking for anyone he can find to devour.  (1 Peter 5:8)

Now you know my love for cats. Small cats.maxicat

I like to look at big cats. From a distance unless it is a picture.

Peter must have known what lions were like to write a scripture about them.

 Lions roamed free; they weren’t caged in zoos so their behavior and natural characteristics would have been of interest if for no other reason but protection.

His writing depicts a parallel between the devil and a lion.  Similar features and qualities such as:

†Both use camouflage or disguise to hide from their prey

†Hunting in territories is their “Pride”13705

†Lions prefer prey that is old, sick or idlers just like a coward

†Both work better in the dark where they can become almost invisible

†Stalking is a common thread of conduct

Silently watching with keen vision, their skilled pursuit often ends in “pouncing” on their victim in an effort to rip them apart

†Cats including lions are lazy 

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Many who follow Jesus are being stalked, hunted down and attacked relentlessly. Fear itself is hovering over  the hearts of people in an effort to derail the followers of the Savior. However, we must remember,

OUR GOD IS BIGGER THAN ANYTHING THE DEVIL MAY PURSUE.

Satan is terrified of anyone speaking the name of “Jesus, Jesus, and Jesus.”

He leaves when God’s word is spoken, “Humble yourselves before God.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

His gangly cohorts scream in agony in Jesus’ presence. (Mark 5:6-8)

No matter how large the lion may be, his roar is small in comparison to God’s voice. We are to be alert, prepared and ready with a listening ear to hear the “Comforter.”  We are to stand on his priceless words giving us peace and calm knowing he is always with us.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Focus on the back of the cross and watch the lion slither away in defeat.

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P.S. This post is written for those being persecuted in the name of Christianity like my dear blogging friend, Kingintrainging and Pastor Saeed.


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A Season of Folly? Part 1


Christians need to stop instilling fear into people. There is enough of it going around without God’s people adding fuel to the fire.

God has a sense of humor.untitled

He must be laughing at the hoopla going on in Washington amidst a ridiculous bunch of people who can’t get along. Sadly, what is going on there is a reflection of America.  And that is not funny.

God is interested in solutions and his church.  Through learning how to listen to his Holy Spirit the use of peace comes in handy when it looks like all hell is breaking loose. NAAAAA…..it is really God shaking things up for a massive show.

Don’t take any of this the wrong way; I am not making light of the current state of America. Unfortunately, the cure is not in Washington or in the pockets of any politician, but our Pastors, Church leaders and followers of Christ. The church has not done what God Almighty wanted. It left the path of righteousness and moved to the center of culture. It cannot remain there.

Instead of listening and learning God’s truth, we the people of God have gone into mortal combat with the culture of evil. Instead of taking responsibility for our mistakes, blame is running rampant in the Halls of Congress, the Senate and the Emperor himself.

Israel continually blamed Rome for the corruption surrounding them. Rome may not have been innocent by any means, but God’s people refused to own up to their own misgivings.  Another one of those history repeats itself now?

Reading and researching the doctrine of many, arguments are made, petty accusations come forth and relationships are ruined. While we’re at it why not throw some stones at some of God’s chosen ones? Just because Joel Osteen doesn’t meet the criteria of a Man of God by human standards, doesn’t mean he isn’t chosen by God as a Voice of Hope.

What we have to figure out is God is not reigning in some far off galaxy waiting for the next memo from the White House or Saddleback Church. He is never far from any of us. It isn’t his fault that we don’t recognize him; it is ours.

If I am not mistaken, Christ showed up in the middle of a world of mess. So what does that say about 2013? 2015? 2025?  It says he isn’t finished with America by any standard. There is much work to do that won’t happen overnight.

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Predictions of doom are on the rise.  Financial ruin is making its way on the calendars of our walls. Catastrophes of nature are seen as the wrath of God and the fight for Gun Control has been placed on a shelf. Satan may be on the attack, but don’t give him so much credit.

Wake up people; the sky isn’t falling.

God has the answers to everything. So why are we seeking other people or avenues to find them? Why promote that which you aren’t sure of instead of going to God first?

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Insensitive or Caring?


It is rare these days when I get down or sad.  I say that out of total admission that it wasn’t my idea or choice to get it knocked out of me.  Years of hard lessons I didn’t ask for or have had no control over strengthened my faith, gave me a new outlook on life and taught me what I most likely would never have learned otherwise.

This is not to say it has been enjoyable or easy.

Quite the contrary.

At times, I felt beat to a pulp.

When you’re down and out, getting up seems impossible. Getting kicked while you are down can be as bad as the illness itself, if not worse.

Those darkened days, weeks, months and years bore holes in my heart and soul.

I have never been in a jailed prison cell per se, but have spent prolonged periods of time in solitary confinement. Some jail cells are prisons we end up in someone else built.  But, it was through those enclosed spaces of internment I learned how to be alone.

On the other side of loneliness is there is nothing worse than being alone with someone who is supposed to love you.

And that is when I was broken of ever being alone, sad and down again.

God wants to get us to the place we can be alone without being lonely or feel left out because everyone else is wherever we can’t be.

In the depths of illness I yearned for one day to feel good. Just one. Thoughts of what I was missing or unable to do never crossed my mind.

Crying out to God more times than I can count became my lifeline.  Physical impairment or the inability to explain to others how bad I felt was underrated especially when it wasn’t so noticeable.

During days, months and years of ill-health I learned how insensitive people can be. Observing others who were tangibly debilitated who had been ridiculed or mocked for a deficiency out of their control has always grieved me. But I had no idea how much it hurt until I became the one who was ailing.

I guess it was too much to expect help from anyone while I was a single parent, working and practically on death’s door. Instead the expectations were piled on me as if no one noticed this bone-thinned 90 pound, anemic frame.

When I wasn’t being ignored, people would ask,mercy

“Why are you sick so much? What is wrong with you?”

Or all of a sudden many became instant doctors to tell me what to do about it.

Then it would be, “You are too thin. Why don’t you gain some weight?”

WELL MAYBE IF YOU WOULD HELP ME OUT I COULD!

I do not write this for sympathy or a “Get Well Card.” Actually, I am finally beginning to feel as if I am on the mends from Chronic Allergy/Sinus infections but it has been a long, hard road.

I write this to bring awareness to those who are sick, whether it be physical, mental or from an injury.

God gifted me with Mercy and compassion. I have tried to use it for the benefit of others when it was appropriate. But experiencing it myself has given me a deeper perception for the feelings of others who are sick.

Proverbs 18: 12 “Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Satan’s attack of sickness and disease must be stopped. And while we are at it as heirs of Christ’s healing from the cross, we should be light to those who are in physical or mental pain.

We should be loving and compassionate. Encouraging. Merciful. Empathetic. Understanding. Caring. Helpful. Hopeful.

Remind the sick how much God loves them and how he wants them healthy. (3 John 2) Pray for their healing and watch what God does.

Be Jesus.

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The Great Physician


About a year ago I had a conversation with someone who had been in different types of ministry but had to retire due to severe depression. I will give them the name Tony.

Counseling others on the subject aided in this person’s daily misery. They were able to lend a shoulder or offer words that hopefully encouraged and lifted others up.

Curious to know which healing scriptures were used to add support the response was not Isaiah 53: 5 or Matthew 8:16-17.

Tony: “We are very careful not to give people hope. Realistic expectations is a much safer form of therapy. That way as time passes depressed people aren’t waiting for a cure.”

Confused, I asked, “You don’t give them hope? Or God’s word?”

Jesus heals a leper. From the Bible Miniseries

Jesus heals a leper.
From the Bible Miniseries

Tony: “No. It might give them the wrong idea.”

I was smug. My facial expression must have been what I was thinking which was, you’ve got to be kidding me.”

“The wrong idea?” I asked. “How can giving hope to anyone be the wrong idea?”

Tony: “Right. We want to be truthful. Since God is no longer in the business of healing people, we can’t honestly tell them they will be cured.”

Have I missed something? Aren’t there scriptures from front to back of the Bible on healing?

Me: “What do you mean God doesn’t heal today? If he didn’t none of us would be here.”

Laughing at my naiveté what followed hit me like a truck.

Tony: “Besides, God doesn’t want people healthy. There is no scripture to back that up. If there were I would know about it. And if God heals today then why am I so depressed?”

Me: “Let me tell you a short story. About 13 years ago I was very sick and in need of surgery. My insurance would not cover it. The enemy continued to tell me I was going to die. At times I felt like it but then God showed me 3 John 2. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. He also gave me Romans 15: 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. First of all it solidified how much God loved me and wants me well and whole. 2ndly it gave me hope. So how can you tell me God’s word is wrong?”

The response was angry and miffed.

Tony: “How can you possibly tell a sick person God wants them well and he still heals today? Don’t you have any compassion? All that will do is give them hope for something that will never happen and ruin what little faith they had to begin with. What you are suggesting is harsh and cruel. Sure, God may heal one person and not the next, but not everybody is chosen.”

Me: “Are you implying God has favorites? That God only wants certain people to be healthy and others are left to fend for themselves? Who is really being harsh and cruel here? You don’t have the right to withhold the truth from anyone and God’s word is the truth. And if I am not mistaken God does not show favoritism. Romans 2: 11.”

 

Had I been given the opportunity before they so rudely left, I would have told them a story Dr. Mike Murdock gave in his book “The Assignment.”

He was 19 years old in church ministry as an Evangelist.  During a prayer line a woman approached him for healing. The conversation went something like this:

Dr. Murdock: “Do you believe God wants to heal you?”

Lady: “Well yes, I believe he wants to teach me something through this illness.”

Dr. Murdock explained over and over to her to embrace his word that he wants her healed. After getting somewhat frustrated he asked her,

“Do you take any medicine? Do you see a doctor?”

Lady, “Well, yes I take quite a lot of medicine and see my doctor regularly.”

Dr. Murdock, “Then you are sinning against God. If God wants you sick then why are you going behind his back trying to get well?”

 

God does not make us sick and never used it as a teacher.

The enemy attacks with disease, sickness, illness and mental incapability’s.

If I had to go through my life believing God doesn’t heal, then you may as well lock me away now.

Jesus defeated Satan on the cross.

He also defeated every sickness and disease.

I know this works; otherwise I wouldn’t be here writing this now.

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The Long Road Back


Oil and water don’t mix.

The oil separates itself from the water. You can see it. You don’t have to work at it; automatically the two divide.

Some things were never meant to be together. Why?

They are opposites.

One cancels out the other.

They fly in the face of each other wreaking havoc.

So it is with light and dark. The two have been fighting each other since the fall of man.

The obvious isn’t that obvious to many people.

The deeper one gets into evil, the more evil grows.  The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and that is his pursuit when we allow it.  His lure of greed, lust, money and pride fuel the mold that is trying to take over.  For some, it can be a long road back when the light goes on in their head.

Unfortunately bad things happen to good people, but it is a powerful source to get and stay close to God.

Doing so, opens doors for God to work; to release angelic protection and move on our behalf.

Seeking Jesus; meeting with him in private establishes an intimacy where Heaven intercedes.

The authority of God reigns within those who have accepted and follow Jesus.  He made this possible on the cross. In and of itself has nothing to do with us; it is all Him.  God wants us to know and live in the revelation of his Heavenly realm now; today.

If there was ever a time on this earth we need God’s Heavenly hosts and power, it is now.

1 Corinthians 15: 33-34 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character. Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.”

Withstanding immorality, perversion and fraud that has taken a seat in so many arenas is difficult unless you live in the presence of God. Soaking in his word, breathing his familiarity covers his people with all that Heaven represents.

God is moving.  He is exposing one deception after another.  All it takes is for the deceiver to make one mistake and they usually do before the truth is revealed.

His goal is to show his people how to immerse themselves in his “Holy Habitation” which changes hearts from the inside out.

As we do this individually it will lead to a shared effort of living in his glory bringing about an atmosphere of light displacing darkness and the works of the enemy.

To some extent, living daily in personal communion with the Savior is like clothing ourselves with armor the enemy can’t touch.  The closer we get to God, the harder it is for the devil to accomplish his dastardly deeds.

It is also comforting to know the number of God’s angels being dispersed on this earthly planet far outnumber the fallen ones of Satan.  

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Destiny Assignments (Part 2)


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Seeking God with your whole heart is the only way to find out your life assignment.

Time alone with the Holy Spirit will grant you clues for your calling. Reading the Bible and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you through God’s word will open doors of knowledge and wisdom.

The following are steps to follow to find your assignment to carry it out.

 

  • You must first accept it as a God given approved assignment and is not to be altered
  • The Holy Spirit will qualify you to solve the problem through instruction
  • Understand you may feel inadequate or fearful
  • Do not stay where you are not assigned

 

Of utmost importance in discovering your assignment is to realize the attacks, persecution and enemies that will be unleashed to try to stop you. The evil one uses friends, family and your closest relationships to question, interrogate and accuse you of everything from blasphemy to questioning your doctrine.

One of the greatest lessons God ever taught me was this principal:

 Get over being offended.   WHY?

→You will not be appreciated. You will be resented, misunderstood and despised.

→Others will feel convicted and discomfort around you due to the intimidation of not discovering their own assignment

→Seasons of pain and crisis are normal when seeking your assignment

→You will lose your best friend; possibly family members and acquaintances.  

→Labels will be laid upon your head to discredit and humiliate you

When you discover your assignment, your enemy will emerge. Once you absorb the reality that you will find yourself alone in a boat with Jesus, you will not be hurt, offended or take it personally what others may do to you. In fact, you begin to see them as Jesus does. Your view of people changes even when they slap you around.

Understand they are not where you are spiritually. Jesus understood this perfectly even as he was betrayed by one of his own.

As backward as it sounds, learning these vital warnings will change your thinking, guard your heart and give you freedom unimaginable.

Satan is determined to stop you. He is not interested in you as much as what you are assigned to do. He fears the completion of your assignment and will sabotage and distract you any way he can.

You are probably asking yourself about now “why would I want to do this? It sounds miserable?”

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The Curve of Change


In seasons of pain or misery there is a counter balance.JESUSBEATTHEDEVILWITHBOTHHANDSTIED

Conflict can often be a forerunner to miracles.

This is seen over and over in the Bible.

Jesus walks around and heals people.

Sick for years or decades the lame or blind were healed by his touch or a word spoken.

A word spoken: The power of God’s word created the world.  He spoke into existence the planets, galaxies, water, mountains, light, etc.

Jesus also spoke “a word” to demons and they fled. Matthew 8:16

Intriguing line.

Mark 5 is the chapter where Jesus confronts the evil spirit named “Legion” in the possessed man. Legion informed Jesus there were many of them in him. He had a reputation of living among the tombs with a strength to break chains. However when Legion is approached by Jesus he begs him over and over not to throw them “out of the area.”

Luke 8:31 refers to the other area as the “abyss.”

By definition “abyss” is a large deep hole that appears to have no bottom; no hope or no end.

Did Jesus just offer the demons mercy? He didn’t have to agree to Legion’s pleading. But he did. He could have ignored their begging and kicked them into the abyss.

Numerous times in the gospels Jesus rebukes demons or evil spirits to leave people they had possessed.

Luke 5: 33-35 “In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

“Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

The Pharisees or those who met or watched Jesus do many miracles, didn’t believe he was the Messiah; the Son of God.

But the demons did. Immediately these revolting and ghastly creatures knew he was the “Holy One of God” or the “Son of God.”

Jesus also made it clear to the demons to either “BE QUIET” or he wouldn’t allow them to speak because he knew they knew he was “The CHRIST!”484745_10151540176261718_2076779504_n

Evil spirits crumble in His presence.

The demonic forces of Satan are silenced by His words.

Lucifer’s fallen are tormented by the sound of His voice.

Psalm 91:13 “You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.”

What do you think this means?

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