Friday, August 18, 2017

Who should I minister to?

Although the Lord loves everyone, not everyone is ready to receive. I've learned this through the experience of speaking to thousands and thousands of people one on one over the past 9 years. This is why it's important to discern what the Lord is doing. We want to get involved in what the Lord is doing because that is what will be fruitful.

He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse. Don’t reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. - Proverbs 8:7-8



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Antifa (Anti-Fascists) are not Christians

Yesterday I wrote about how White Supremacists and Neo-Nazi's are not Christian, even if they claim to be. Today I want to make the point that the Anti-Fascists (antifa) are not Christian either, although they seemingly oppose the hate and bigotry of White Supremacists and Neo-Nazi's. When President Trump denounced both sides of the Charlottesville situation, he wasn't supporting White Supremacists and Neo-Nazi's, as many liberals claim he was. The evidence is very clear how both sides are exhibiting behavior that is not Christian behavior. Video of the situation shows both the White Supremacists and the Anti-Fascists using carnal weapons to hurt people.

For though we walk in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds  -2Corinthians 10:3-4




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

White Supremacists are not Christians

I wouldn't call white supremacists or neo-nazi's far-right, but rather, far-left. These groups are not conservative and they certainly don't represent accurate Christian theology. Many of them would call themselves Christians, but that means nothing. Someone can say they're Christian until they're blue in the face, but that doesn't make them Christian.

Now I beg you, brothers, look out for those who are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and turn away from them. For those who are such don’t serve our Lord, Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and flattering speech, they deceive the hearts of the innocent. - Romans 16:17-18


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Fragrance of Life

Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into all that the Lord has for you. This world operates from a system that decays. The world will make you labor and toil and then try and steal what's yours. The Kingdom of Heaven doesn't work like that. The Holy Spirit is constantly looking to invite Jesus into your daily walk, so that what's produced will draw people to Jesus. Fruit that will last.

Awake, O north wind and come, wind of the south; Make my garden breathe out fragrance. Let its spices be wafted abroad. May my beloved come into his garden and eat its choice fruits!” - Song of Solomon 4:16


Monday, August 14, 2017

How to develop a love for God

Many believers want to know what to do in order to develop a relationship with the Lord. There are any number of scripture verses that can help you. Here are four verses from Psalm 105. Put this into action and you'll see great progress.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually. - Psalm 105:1-4


Friday, August 11, 2017

A spirit empowers you

Many people don't recognize the impact of the spirit realm. All people have a spirit sent from God that gives life at conception. Because of the sin nature, that spirit is dead. Not dead in the sense that it doesn't have the ability to keep our heart beating, but dead in the sense that we are separated from God because of sin. When Paul was in Athens, he was talking to unbelievers when he said that God gives us life and breath and the ability to have our being.

...for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ - Acts 17:28


Thursday, August 10, 2017

An encounter with God will change you

Many people who say they believe in Jesus Christ are really believing in what he taught. They're believing in the doctrine of Jesus. That's a great start, but there's much more. Knowing Him through an encounter, will change your life and bring you to the place of truly recognizing your spiritual condition. Job was an amazing man on the earth and after his severe trials, he came to understand both God and himself.

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.” - Job 42:5-6





Wednesday, August 9, 2017

All things work together for good...

Wow! What a day we had with Cardboard Box Church. I don't refer to healing miracles, but rather to persecution. Without getting into too many details, the trouble brought the police who told us we couldn't do this (Cardboard Box Church) legally and if we've been doing it without the police stopping us, it's because certain officers didn't fully know the ordinances. Long story short, we were directed to an organization in town that showed us how to do this legally and in a better location. What the devil meant for trouble, the Lord turned around for good.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Remaining in Him

Although salvation is a work of God and not of ourselves, it's important to remember our role in believing. When someone hears the gospel message clearly and receives Christ, that person is coming into agreement with the terms of the covenant. The terms of the covenant includes, continuing to believe just as from the beginning.

As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. - 1John 2:24


Monday, August 7, 2017

Is there correction in grace?

The grace of God builds us up and encourages us. We're taught to grow in grace, but grace without reproof is no grace at all.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, - Titus 2:11-12


Friday, August 4, 2017

Rightly dividing the word

Many Christians take scripture out of context. For instance, Isaiah 55:8 says,

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

Because of this verse, people think it's not possible to figure out God, but they fail to see the context of that verse, which shows us that the Lord is speaking about the wicked man. We can see this clearly by what verse 7 says.

Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

However, the Christian is a new creation. We have the mind of Christ, who is God.

For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct him. But we have the mind of Christ. - 1Corinthians 2:16 




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stumbling

All of us stumble in different ways. If we know Jesus Christ, we'll feel grieved when we stumble (sin).  I feel bad when I stumble, especially when I mess up in a way that I know I've been victorious in. The scripture has a simple way of helping us to not stumble. It's through love.

He who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in him. - 1John 2:10


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The mystery of God's power

After almost 9 years of experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit stirring and flowing everyday, I still can't explain to you how it works. I just know it does.

But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves. - 2Corinthians 4:7


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Parting ways

Sometimes we need to part ways with those who are not part of God's plan for our lives. The Lord has a good plan for us, but if we have people in our lives that are just not part of what the Lord is doing through us, we need to pull away. This doesn't mean certain people around us are from the devil. It just means God is very precise in all that He does.

The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. - Genesis 13:14-15