The Way of the Wilderness

Today as we look around, it seems America has become “a wilderness” (a neglected and abandoned area that seems inhospitable to live in). It seems we’re just like Israel, that came out of Egypt, and wanted to immediately go and occupy the “land of promise” God said was theirs without learning the lessons of the wilderness. I’m hearing both Amens and Oh-Me’s, some that get it and some that don’t. I believe there’s a lesson we need to learn before we enter our Promise Land, just like the Israelites had too. Here’s the lesson, God’s will for your life always takes you through a wilderness before HE let’s you own your Promise Land. I believe our wilderness experience is a place of problems and at the same time a place of purpose. Because it’s a place were you’re tested and proved as you discover who you really are! The wilderness produces “truth of ownership” as it reveals who and what owns you. It has the power of pulling back the covers that have hidden many agendas in our lives.

There’s a Hebrew word called Aliyah which means “a journey up” and is what God is saying in Isa. 40:3-4, “There’s a voice crying in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” God’s trying to get your attention during this wilderness experience, while you feel droughts, deserts and barren places that seem to be all around you. God’s teaching us (or trying to:) to trust HIM as HE takes us higher in our understanding of “The Way of the Wilderness.” Let me share with you the 3 truths of the Wilderness that I’ve found in my life.

  1. The Wilderness is a Place of Separation: Because God really wants your attention, HE brings the wilderness to you so you’ll let go of independence and choose dependence on HIM. He wants you to honestly come to HIM when you’re in need, instead of acting in self strength and running to whatever or whomever you’ve learned to medicate yourself with. We’ve heard, God did bring Israel out of Egypt but did Egypt really come out of Israel? What was only an 8 day journey took 40 years. WHY? Lessons of Separation that weren’t learned. One lesson was BOUNDARIES. The wilderness has markers and barriers that create areas that say you can and you can’t pass over. If we learn these emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual boundaries in the wilderness we can flourish when we step into our Promise Land.
  2. A Place of Preparation: This word means the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use. The question I have is, use for what? The bible says in Judges 3:1-2, God left Nations in the wilderness to test those Israelites who had no experience in warfare. In others words, to teach them how to fight. I think America has forgotten who we’re fighting. Eph. 6:12, tells us “We are not fighting flesh and blood (people) but against evil rulers of an unseen world.” Come on America wake up! Let’s stop shaming, blaming, retaliating (trying to get even) and then eliminating (canceling) each other while the devil just laughs.
  3. A Place of Revelation: The way of the wilderness is finally to get us to open our eyes and see what’s really in front of us. I’m reminded of the Biblical story of Balaam and his talking donkey…Num. 22, the story is about a King named Balak that wanted Balaam a prophet to curse the Israelites as they came through his land. Balaam was told by God “No-Way” but had second thoughts the second time the kings officials came back, this time with more silver and gold. So, Balaam stepped over a boundary and went with the kings officials. God gets mad and comes after Balaam while on his donkey. God allows us to walk away from His Perfect Will into what we call His Permissive Will, when we keep pushing. BUT HE doesn’t like it and tries to get our attention. Three times God tries to stop Balaam by standing in the middle of the road he’s traveling down. But only his donkey can see the angel with a sword. The angel stands in the middle of the wide road Balaam’s on…when the lesson isn’t learned HE stands in a narrower path. Lesson still not learned, HE finally takes a position at a Pinch Hole where only one person at a time can pass. It’s here Balaam and the donkey come eye to eye as they both now can see the Angel of the Lord. Balaam response is what God’s looking for from America today. A bowing down before HIM in humility and a confession, I have sinned, I didn’t know it was you standing in the middle of my road.


What Happened to Lady Justice?

What America saw yesterday on the steps of our Capital and in its Sacred Halls was a tragedy that should’ve never happened. When they breached our Capital they were taking Justice in their own hands. I want to caution us, before we accuse others for what happened, let’s take a step back and assume some personal responsibility for our reaction to the action that happened. Our natural inclination is to move into a “death-cycle” and start shaming, blaming, retaliating and then eliminating everyone that doesn’t see what happened exactly like we do. THAT’S VERY DANGEROUS. We need to first talk about how those that breached the Capital took justice in their own hands.

Justice is literally defined as, “a just behavior or treatment.” Did that happen at the Capital. It’s represented by LADY JUSTICE, the blindfolded lady holding two-scales and a sword. We can guess what the scale and the sword signify, but why a blindfold? It represents “impartiality” the idea that justice at all times should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or any other status. Justice shouldn’t see any bias or prejudice and should not be subject to any kind of influence. What happened in our Capital Halls was another kind of blind justice, people without a clear vision for what America is still all about. They seemed to have ripped the blindfold off of our LADY JUSTICE. Yes, presently it would seem we’ve lost a moral compass that has been leading our country from the beginning. But it doesn’t give us the right for self-serving blind justice to occur. We, just like those we watched on TV, are all driven to seek justice, it’s a part of our human nature, but when it’s sought for and demanded in self-strength and personal agenda’s, we move into a death-cycle and cancel culture. When we retaliate and try to eliminate all this country stands for by burning and destroying, we’re on a slippery slope.

Jesus in Matt. 5, gave us HIS “Sermon on the Mount” as an answer to that slippery slope and our cry for JUSTICE. Talking to 1,000’s of people HE started many of the scriptures with “Blessed Are.” America please listen: Blessed are the poor in Spirit, Blessed are those who mourn, Blessed are the meek(humble), Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness, Blessed are the merciful, Blessed are the pure in heart, Blessed are the peacemakers, Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, Blessed are you when others revile you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Jesus ends up with Rejoice and Be Glad, for your reward is great in heaven. For you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But I say to you Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you, so that you will be son’s of your Father in heaven. For HE makes HIS sun to rise on the evil and good, HE sends rain on the just and unjust. And finally HE ends with, “You therefore must be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” The secret to the Sermon on the Mount, was not being perfect, because we can never be, but we can be impartial with true justice as we separate ourselves from our own agendas and look to HIS word for answers. Lady Justice has two scales in one hand to help bring clarity to what needs to be balanced in our lives. A sword is in the other representing the authority found in God’s word. I believe Pro. 24:12 states what those scales are all about, “Does not he who weighs the hearts consider it, He who keeps your soul does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” That is true JUSTICE and God is the only one who can deliver it. What a way to end a sermon:)

If a man could live the way Jesus has told him to live in Matt. 5, he truly would be perfect. But there’s only been one the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s when we surrender to His Lordship instead of all our own agendas that we’ll find what the prophet Isaiah said in Isa. 32:16-18, come true, “Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness will abide in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness will be quietness and trust forever. Then My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings and in quiet resting places.” Folks, that’s the America we all want to live in.


2021…”A New Thing”

Let me ask you, could this be more than just a “New Year.” Could 2021 be the beginning of a whole “New Thing?” For many 2020 left us confused and frustrated wondering what was it that I was suppose to have learned from this crazy year? We know we’ve all had to change but have we really gotten ahold of the change that was made in our lives? I felt 2020 was a, “Potter’s Wheel” spinning us around and around unable to really get a handle on what was happening to us. A “Potter’s Wheel” that was intended to transform us by the Holy Spirit. It was a launching pad for all of us to learn something new about “How God works in our lives.” The question is, have we?

Reality is, 2020 was a year of separation where God was trying to separate our loyalty between HIM and the world. Separating our double-mindedness and put back a single-minded focus on who Christ is in all our crisis, where important decisions have to be made. It was a dividing of the things we held on to and believed in. It seemed everything was challenged as we were separated from our church family, our favorite restaurant, our schools, our sport teams and sport events, our family and friend gatherings. This year, I’ve discovered when God wants to create something new HE always separates. It’s in the separation that God can bring the personal revival and great awakenings in our lives. It’s separation we see in Isa. 43:18-19, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I do a new thing, now it’s springing forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in your wilderness and bring rivers to all your deserts.”

Through-out the scripture we see separation used by the Holy Spirit. Noah in Gen. 6:1-5, we see the people begin to multiply and the Lord saw that human wickedness was great on the earth and everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So what did HE do? He asked the only Godly man on earth to separate himself and build an ark. Taking 100 years to build, I bet his separation from wickedness was tested. Jesus in Luke 4:1-13, we see Jesus after getting baptized by John separating Himself from all others, going into the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights being tempted by the devil. Three times the evil one tried to compromise our King in vs. 13 we finally see Satan leaving, looking for another opportune time. It shows us the devil hates it when you learn how to separate yourself from evil and temptation. He’s relentless as 1 Pet. 5:8, states he’s a great enemy always prowling, roaring and seeking someone to devour. So how do we secure our separation? James 4: 7-9, gives us the keys. FIRST, Submit (accept, yield and agree) with God. That’s the only way we can complete step TWO, Resist (withstanding the action or effect) of the devil. Resisting is a struggle but if we do what Jesus did using His authority in our lives demanding the devil to get behind us as we use the Word to counter the devils challenges we will be safe. With those two keys of separation, the devil has no legal right on your life and has to flee (leave for another opportune time). Remember he’s always roaring around seeking whom he my devour, that’s why we need to THIRDLY, Draw close to HIM so HE can draw close to us. It’s in a repositioning of our lives, getting close to HIM that a cleansing of our hands and a purifying of our hearts can take place.

Question: Are we holding on to the 2020 things that God has tried to separate you from as we enter 2021? Are you stuck in a story that seems not to have a conclusion?

Key Thought: 2020 brought our entire world into a season of separation. We had no choice in the matter. Unfortunately, Covid-19 is still causing world-wide separation. We are all waiting for a vaccination that hopefully allows us to return to normal. However, God’s purpose for this separation wasn’t to get us back to normal but a NEW THING, a NEW PLACE, where we understand how to separate ourselves from the former things and old ways in our lives. There’s are two other times in history that God uses a world-wide separation on earth, both found in the Book of Genius. First, in the creation of the world where separation allowed creation. The Second separation, was the flood with Noah and the ark. Here we see, a recreation of the world, we know today. I’m wondering, are we being readied for a THIRD separation where the church gets separated from this world 🙂


2020, “A Year We Won’t Soon Forget”

How we remember 2020 will be determined by the lens of our individual experiences. There is no doubt that we all experienced and shared extreme challenges and pain that we would love to forget. I remember many prophets sharing that 2020 would bring a complete new vision for all of us. A year of double blessings and favor. A year that our vision for our future would be clear with purpose. 2020 was noted as the decade of the mouth, to declare God’s heart and purpose on earth. 2020 started with such prophetic hope of a new beginning. So, what happened?

As we come to the close of 2020 I am challenged to write a final chapter that perhaps can bring a good closure to the year and the story it wrote in each of our lives. First, 20+20=40, the number 40 is loaded with a message from God’s heart to ours. We see the significance of the number 40 in both the Old and New Testament. In Numbers 32:13, Moses and the Hebrew people chose fear instead of Faith resulting in 40 years of wandering in the wilderness never entering the promise land God had for them. In contrast we see Jesus, in Luke 4:1, being led into the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights without food or water being tempted by Satan, choosing to believe and stand on God’s word as He positioned Himself in God’s promise and favor. Second, 2020 is a “double number”, then it hit me. James 1:8 talks about a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. It comes from the Greek word: DIPSUCHOS or double-soul. In a recent survey, a number of psychologists reported that much of the problem with compulsive and addictive behavior we’re seeing in 2020 is double-mindedness. Inside , these people really desire to overcome their issues but they keep getting conflicting messages…”enjoy them” on one hand and “repent of them” on the other. I believe that’s what has happened to a lot of God’s people during 2020. They have become “Double-Minded”. This year has divided our loyalty between God and the world causing a shaking in everything we do. In James 4:6-8, we see the danger of being a double-minded person. So what’s the answer to this double-minded dilemma.

According to James 4:6-8, if we submit to God in faith and resist the devil and stop buying into his lies, we will be able to draw nearer to God and He will draw nearer to us. As we do this He will cleanse us and deal with double-mindedness in our lives. God’s grace, His unmerited favor is released in our lives and Satan has to flee, just like he did as he left Jesus during His 40 days in the wilderness. As we choose to agree with God and His word and not the difficult circumstances of life and the lies of the enemy we will fulfill our calling. We enter a single-minded place of promise. Romans 15:6 declares, we will be of one mind and one mouth to glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m believing, this is the theme of the last chapter of 2020 and the introductory message of 2021, emphasis on the “1”. We obtained the “mouth” in 2020, now lets obtain the “ONE-MIND”. Let’s use the keys given to us in James 4:6-8 to open the door in 2021, and enter in.

Question: Has 2020 left a “sour taste” in your mouth overshadowed with double-minded anxiety and fear? If it has maybe you need to believe Psa. 34:8 and taste and see that the Lord is good, Blessed is the man who trusts in Him. As we trust Him and not the circumstances of 2020 the true taste of Blessing will be good for your soul.

Key Thought: As 2020 shook us from head to toe, causing us to re-examine our motives and agendas as we looked at what our lives are built on…Sinking Sand or A Rock for stability. Let the “1” of 2021 begin to speak to your heart as He takes care of that double-minded stuff and transforms it into a single-minded trust in a living God that loves and adores you. Isa. 43:18-19, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.


Are You a Wanna-Be or a Maccabee?

What is a Maccabee you might be asking? Great question, the Hebrew word literally means “hammer.” But let’s discover who they were as we take a closer look at Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. This celebration takes place each year in December, beginning on the 10th and running until the 18th this year. It celebrates the rededication of the restored second temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. This took place when the Maccabee’s, the Jewish priesthood rose up against the Greek-Syrian rulers and drove them out of Jerusalem. The Syrians wanted to rid the world of the annoying, “non-conforming ” religion of the Jewish people. They desired to unify the empire with a one world religion and political system. To accomplish this the Jewish Temple was desecrated and all forms of Jewish worship were forbidden and many Jewish mother’s were murdered for circumcising their children. Forced to eat pork, which by Jewish culture was forbidden. A small remnant of God’s people decided to stand on the testimony of His power to deliver from evil as He had done for His people in times past. This united group of God’s people took a stand against a powerful empire, “a Goliath defying the armies of the living God.” They knew, that their God would deliver. To mark their victory the Maccabee’s rededicated their holy temple by lighting the 7 branch Menorah. They only found enough pure olive oil to burn for one day, that one day supply lasted eight days, exactly what was required to complete the re-dedication of the temple. This event took place in 167-160 B.C. The Jewish temple was now ready for the first coming of our Messiah Jesus Christ with His birth in Bethlehem.

Then it came to pass between 6 and 4 B.C. on the very first Christmas our Savior was born. Jesus would later come often to that re-dedicated Temple releasing God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus actually was celebrating Hanukkah in John 10:23-29. We see Him walking in Solomon’s Porch as He declared, “the shepherd knows His sheep and the His sheep hear His voice.” As the Maccabees heard God’s voice and took a stand for God’s Holy Name it prepared the way for the first coming of our Lord Jesus. As they dedicated their lives to serve God only, committing to obey His laws, Light replaced darkness through the Holy Spirits supernatural power. Today, we are experiencing the very same act, a repeat of history as the “cancel culture’ is attacking every moral and spiritual standard that America believes in. It’s true desire is to remove God’s place in our nation as it tries to shame, blame and then move to retaliate and eliminate everyone that stands up and disagrees with them. You may be asking, what can I do? If God’s remnant will take on the heart of the Maccabee’s and stand on their testimony, allow the Light of the Holy Spirit to fill you, we as God’s people can replace that death-cycle with a Life-Cycle. As we join together and break this darkness on America we will begin to prepare the way of our Lord Jesus second coming.

Question: Are you hearing God’s voice asking you to choose this day whom you will serve? Bob Dylon, in his song, “Your going to Serve somebody” tells us everyone will serve somebody or something. The reason, it’s in our nature’s to serve something. Will it be the one true God or the false god of this world.

Key Thought: As we celebrate Hanukkah 2020, we can experience this special season of miracles. John 5:4 tells us we can, “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool and troubled the water, whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water was made well of whatever disease they had.” Let’s step into this Hanukkah season, get a Maccabee heart, and receive our Christmas miracle.


December Our Season of Light

You probably remember Joe Bidden declaring that we all were approaching a very “dark winter” as covid-19 would overshadow the world. Today, I declare the truth from God’s perspective. Dark seasons, filled with doubt’s and fear are designed to be overruled by God’s light. We see this truth occurring throughout scripture. It would seem the initial response to dark season’s by God’s people is usually fear and doubt. You see this darkness in our present day “cancel culture” where the Light of Truth is being overshadowed and eliminated by people who bought into a lie. What America and it’s people need today is a revival. An Ezekiel dry bones, Hanukkah miracle that revives and restores a faith-filled life.

As we look at Ezekiel 37:11, we hear God’s people say, “we have become old, dry bones all hope is lost, we are indeed cut off.” I’d say this sounds like a Joe Biden’s dark winter forecast. Ezekiel confronts this cancel culture, filled with death and darkness as God commanded him to speak (Ezek. 37:4,9). First to the dry bones to hear the word of the Lord and then to the breath to come from the four winds and enter these dead bodies. It’s God’s breath that brings revival as it restores our lost hope and revives life.

Beginning December 10th, the Jewish celebration of Lights and rededication called Hanukkah begins lasting 8 days. In John 10:22-30, we see Jesus celebrating the “Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) in winter.” Where the people ask Him, “how long do you keep us in doubt, if you are the Christ tell us plainly.” To which, Jesus responses, “I have already told you and you don’t believe me.” Their doubt darkened their ability to believe and receive the light standing right in front of them. We see Jesus rebuking the doubter’s saying, I’ve told you and shown you but you don’t believe. The similarity between the Ezekiel 37, “doubters” and the people of John 10:24 is striking. Jesus declares to the dry bone doubters come back to life in John 10:27. People that hear His voice are called sheep and it’s His sheep that hear His voice an are known intimately by Him and desire to follow Him. Jesus gives the sheep that follow Him eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone or anything snatch them out of His hand. Now that’s dry bones that live! In Ezekiel 37:14 we hear the Lord say, “I will put my spirit in you and you shall live.” The take-away from these two scripture examples is we need to position ourselves during this “dark winter” in the testimony of John 10 and Ezekiel 37, and hear God’s voice and receive His breath. In so doing, not only can we live again but we can stand up on our feet as a great army (Ezekiel 37:10).

Question: Are you currently experiencing a dark winter caught in a cancel culture dilemma full of doubt’s about the season of life your in?

Key Thought: We overcome this “dark winter” by the blood of the lamb found in the celebration of Hanukkah with Jesus (John 10:24) and the word of our testimony as we position ourselves to receive Gods restoring breath found in (Ezekiel 37:9). Both illustrate the restoration of life to all that has been lost, destroyed and dead. Now that’s a REVIVAL!


Choose Life

Our last blog was “A Slow Trains Comin,” we used Bob Dylan’s song as a kick off to explain a death-cycle that we saw happening in America. The cancel culture that shames, blames, retaliates and then eliminates all those that don’t agree with or fit into it’s bias and agenda’s. I explained how our cancel culture destroys everything it touches and leaves a valley of dead dry bones just like Ezekiel 37:1-3 talks about as God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live again?” It’s the same question He is asking us today. God always gives us a choice to stay in a death-cycle of shaming, blaming, retaliating and eliminating or choose a life-cycle where breath can come back into our scattered, empty, dead lives again. Let’s take a closer look at that life-cycle found in Deut. 30:19, “Today, I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”

You might be asking “what would this choice for life look like?” Isa. 30:15 shows us what a life-cycle would look like, if we so choose. It’s only in returning (repentance) and in rest that we shall be saved. God is graciously waiting for us to return to Him (vs. 18). It’s God’s patience, His goodness that leads us to repentance. Once we repent we’re released from God’s judgement and our own hard and impenitent (unrepentant) heart’s (Rom. 2:5). The devil has the legal right to keep you in a death-cycle without a returning, and repentant heart. As we return we enter God’s rest. Genesis 2, gives us the first mention of rest as God finished, completed everything, including man. He then rested on the 7th day and ask’s us to rest on the 7th day based on the completed work He’s done in us. As you enter His sabbath rest you come into agreement with His finished, completed work in you. We see Christ hanging on the cross in John 19:28 knowing that His mission was now finished saying, “It Is Finished and bowing His head released His spirit.” He completed His work and is sitting on the Throne of grace, where we may enter boldly (Heb. 4:16) and find mercy and grace in our time of need. Rest is coming into agreement with God’s completed work in you. It’s in returning and resting that you find your life-cycle of purpose and calling for your life.

The first two life-cycle points are talking about saving you. The last two are talking about strengthening you. The third point of a life-cycle is found in quietness (Isa. 32:17-18), “And the effect of righteousness shall be peace and the result of righteousness is quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” A quiet heart is a peaceful heart that hears God’s voice and knows who God is as it trusts Him in all circumstances. The fourth point of a life-cycle, is a life of trust. Psa. 20:7, tells us some will trust in chariots and some in horses but King David said, I trust in the name of the Lord. David knew what people usually trusted in, self-strength and human wisdom but he says “I’m remembering the Name of the Lord as my strength.” And then in Psa. 9:10 he says, “And those that know your name put their trust in you. O Lord, you have not forsaken those who seek you.” A death-cycle creates lost people but a life-cycle releases a breath of blessing and purpose fulfilling personal callings.

Question: Let me ask you what have you trusted in during this troubled time we’ve been living in?

Key Thought: Both the death-cycle and the life-cycle have 4 characteristics that define their plan and purpose for our lives. The shame, blame, retaliate and eliminate characteristics represent the cancel culture of the death-cycle. A life-cycle with, returning that’s found in repenting, rest that’s found in agreement at the Throne of Grace with God’s completed work in you. Quietness found in peace and the presence of God. And lastly Trust, the knowing of who we base our life on (the Name of Jesus.) The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, My God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, and my stronghold (Psa. 18:2). Now that’s a life-cycle that’s rock solid!!


A Slow Trains Comin

Yesterday, I listened to a classic Bob Dylan song, “SLOW TRAIN”, and it hit me right between my eyes, if we really want to know what’s happening in America today we need to listen and read the song’s lyrics. This song maybe be the most profound prophetic word I’ve heard during this pandemic. Dylan ends the song with, “But it’s sure do bother me to see my loved ones turning into puppets. There’s a slow, slow train coming up around the bend.” Bob Dylan’s song, “YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO SERVE SOMEBODY,” describes how we become puppet’s and it’s found in the fact that we all serve somebody. There is one lyric repeated 7 times (God’s number of completion) in this song. The lyric is, “your gonna have to serve somebody it may be the devil it my be the Lord, but your gonna have to serve somebody.” The question I have is, have you recently looked at what your serving, are you even aware of who or what controls your life. You might be boarding this slow train comin and not even aware of it.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s on this slow train. Pro. 18:21, shares “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruits.” It would seem Death is it’s destination. We’ve seen this train used in history before as it transported loved ones to a destination of death…Just ask a Jewish person. Has our popular cancel culture become a rider on this train? Have we as a society moved into a Death-Cycle where we shame, blame, retaliate and then eliminate, all that don’t agree with us, or fit into our bias or agenda? A death-cycle always begins with a lie, a lie we start believing and it’s applauded by the world saying, “go ahead get even, they deserve what they’re getting from you.” It’s this lie that creates a death-cycle that only wants one thing, to eat it’s fruit because it love’s it. In Gen. 3:6-7, the woman listened to the lie of the serpent and ate the apple, giving it to her husband both were eliminated from God’s garden. It’s after eating the fruit that the cycle began, naked they felt the shame. When asked about their nakedness they began to blame, first the serpent then each other. It’s not stated but I bet they retaliated against each other with, why did you do that, why didn’t you stop me. The death-cycle always ends with elimination. When they were kicked out of the garden they experienced, like we do, spiritual and physical death. Believing lies always troubles our heart to take selfish control as we move into a death cycle. Ask King David why his soul was cast down. Why his heart was sad. Why his life was in turmoil. Why he was discouraged. Why all his hope was gone (Psa. 42:11, 43:5). This is a troubled heart and it ends up in Ezek. 37:1-2, a valley of dead, dry bones.

It’s in this valley, we have a choice to move from the death-cycle into a life-cycle. Please notice, it was God that led Ezekiel into this valley of scattered dead bones. It was God who asked the question, “Can These Bones Live Again?” to Ezekiel and it’s the same question He asks us. God always gives us the choice to stay in a death-cycle of shaming, blaming, retaliating and eliminating or choose a life-cycle where breath can come back into your scattered, empty, dead life again. A life that has purpose. A life that desires to build up and not tear down people, places, things. Today, America needs to hear again what God said in Deut. 30:19, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!’ There’s a slow train coming America, so “Choose this day whom you’ll Serve.”

Question: Are you currently facing situations that are causing anxiety and fear in your life? How are you responding, A Life-Cycle or Death-Cycle?

Key Thought: Many in America are on a slow train comin and serving something or somebody unaware it’s even moving us. Don’t you think it’s time to take a close look at our lives and make choices that will change our destiny?


The Power of a Thankful Heart

Last year sitting in the Denver Airport, Jeanne and I watched a group of wounded veterans come wheeling and walking by us. Standing we raised our hands and thanked them for their sacrifice and service, to which they stopped, saluted and said thank-you. It was then I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Do you know you’re in a war too? It’s a fight for your soul, your purpose and your destiny.” Not fully understanding what God meant I forgot about it, until last Sunday sitting in our church service God brought the clarity I needed. As the service began one of our Elders said, “I believe we need to take some time and thank our Pastor (it was Pastor appreciation Sunday) for all he’s done for us. As word’s were shared we all experienced the presence of God start to move through-out the church touching those that shared words of appreciation and those that heard the thankful words expressed. Amens, could be heard and tears could be seen rolling down the cheeks of faithful believers that felt thankful and blessed.

Watching God move, I realized that thankful people are content people just like unthankful people usually are discontented people. If you struggle with this statement, go to a local nursing home or assisted living facility. There you will find 2 kinds of people. Those that complain, gripe and grumble seeing life as half-empty (discontented people) and those that are cheerful and happy always sharing words of welcome and encouragement seeing life as half-full (contented people). What’s the difference? It’s found in one word: THANKFULLNESS. The very thing King David experienced in Psa. 51:10 when he prayed to God to create in him a clean heart and renew a right spirit (attitude) in him. He discovered thankfulness created a content person. He discovered thankfulness has the power to be an offensive weapon renewing every heart that desires to be cleaned from Bathsheba compromise’s. Those deceptive lies the devil tries to make you believe you have the right to have when you don’t own them. Or the Goliath lies, that say you have no strength or power to beat the giant’s in your life that laugh and mock you day and night. As a weapon thankfulness has the power to push us from a discontented life into a contented life. Thankfulness can:

  1. Remove Roadblocks the evil one has set up in our lives. In Psa. 116:16-17, we see David say, “O Lord, you have loosed my bonds, freed my chains. I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.” There’s something powerful in the offering of a sacrifice, especially if it’s a living one (Rom. 12:1) that is holy and acceptable to the Lord. Thankfulness also becomes a standard the Lord can hold up when the enemy comes in like a flood (Isa. 59:19). It’s a banner God wave’s over us saying you are more than a conqueror with a thankful clean heart.

2. Reclaims that which has been lost. In Col. 2:6-9, we see Paul showing us how thankfulness helps in reclaiming that which we once owned, but somehow let it go and lost, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him (the idea is you must continue walking in what you once walked in) rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught abounding in thanksgiving, overflowing in thanksgiving. Pro. 6:31 tells us when you come back, there’s always a pay back (7-times).

3. Renews your Purpose and Calling. In Psa. 100:2-4, David once again tells us how to find a renewed spirit, “serve the Lord with gladness, seek His presence with song, enter His courts with praise and His gates with thanksgiving.” In Phil. 4:6-7, Paul adds to the renewing process telling us, “don’t be anxious about anything but in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made to God.” That’s how you find His peace and renewal. With a thankful heart it’s time we (Isa. 40:31) renew our strength and mount up with wings, run and not be weary and walk and not faint.

Question: What have your words said and your actions been as you’ve responded to the difficult and tough times your facing?

Key Thought: Notice how the word THANKFULNESS has in it the word FULNESS. Often when times of trouble come our way, we find ourselves feeling empty, lacking hope that something new and good will come our way. Let me suggest, maybe, just maybe, if we start thanking God (a content person) in spite of all the difficulty surrounding us and believe that all things will work together for good, that fullness will totally replace your emptiness.


Are You Down for the Count?

Without a doubt we can all agree that from the moment we became followers of Jesus Christ we entered a “fight.” According to Eph. 6:11-12, our opponent is not a democrat or a republican but rather an invisible, relentless evil called the devil whose only desire is to knock us out. Because we don’t know how to duck and weave his punches we stay wide open for his repeated “sucker punches.” This deceptive opponent’s goal is to shock us and put us “down for the count” so we’re unable to stand and fight the good fight. I’m sure you all can relate to the experience of receiving an unexpected blow to your life causing you to lose conscious awareness of who you are in Christ and who you are called to be. It’s in this moment our referee (the Holy Spirit) steps in and begins the “10 Count.” This period of time is a season of grace that we’re given to make a choice. Will we stand back up and join the fight or do we stay flat on the canvas and give up. One thing is for certain without God’s renewed strategy and strength we will remain knocked out and down for the count.

Let’s take a close look at God’s strategy to renew our strength and get us back on our feet to fight again. In Eph. 6:13, we have a detailed description of what we should have on, “His Armor.” We also see the offensive position we must assume found in vs. 18, “pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers. , with all prayer and supplication.” Our offensive weapon and position is PRAYER. It is critical for our ability to stand fast and fight a good fight. Remember, as the Holy Spirit assumes His role as our legal referee, we are given a period of time to respond to His grace, to wake up, to stand up and take our rightful place again. To win this fight, we must during this critical time, allow God’s truth to bring us back, with His smelling salts of honesty as we deal with disobedience and self-strength. Without the smelling-salts of honesty we set ourselves up for the devils “Haymaker’s”, (A legal right to knock us out with an offensive blow.) But if we chose to position ourselves, “praying in the Spirit, and staying alert,” we enter His promised place of strength, called God’s REST. Heb. 4:10, “For he who has entered His rest has himself ceased from his works as God did from His.” As we enter this promised place of rest we come into an agreement with God’s strategy and strength. God provided this place as He created the 7th day Sabbath Rest, an appointed time each week. As I considered the importance of positioning myself in God’s strength and the “ten count” season of grace, I remembered what season we are celebrating on His calendar. This is the appointed season by God for His people to celebrate the fall feasts. Beginning in September on a Sabbath and continuing into October we celebrate Rosh Hashanah ( the Jewish new year), Yom Kippur (the day of judgement), and the Feast of Tabernacles (feast of ingathering). As Christians these appointed times are our “dress rehearsals” for first, the Rapture of the Church, second, the judgement seat of Christ for His Church, and finally Christ’s return with His Church to establish His kingdom on earth. During this season there is a critical 10 day period that begins at Rosh Hashanah end ends at Yom Kippur that is called, ” the Days of Awe”. During this 10 day period we, “wake up” to areas of sin in our lives that have caused us to be stuck, not fulfilling our potentials and God’s call in our lives. This time is truly God’s goodness leading us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Repentance is what allows us to stand to fight, “the good fight,” (I Timothy 6:12) “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” This scripture is painting a picture of you, who might have been knocked down for the 10 count, but not knocked out!!! Hearing the 10 count from our referee, the Holy Spirit you take hold of the ropes of the ring (eternal life), raise up and stand declaring, “I’m back, ring the bell, sound the shofar,” to the sold out crowd of spectators (the many witnesses). It’s time to take our position in God’s armor and place of promised rest, bringing our first fruits offering (Deut. 16:16) during this amazing season on His calendar, in all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful. These “dress rehearsals” will soon become the “opening act” of The Second Coming of the Son of God. ” Maranatha” come soon Lord Jesus!

Question: Are you fighting the good fight or fighting with yourself, in your self strength are you laying flat on the canvas?

Key Thought: Our ability to continue the spiritual fight we’re in and remain standing, being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10) we need two “P’s”. PUT On The Full Armor of God, without it your naked and exposed. POSITION ourselves in the place of God’s promised rest. Praying always in the Holy Spirit, staying alert at all times.


Are You Playing a “Game of Pride”?

When you hear the word PRIDE, does it strike you as a positive or negative word? There are certainly many positive types of pride but there are just as many negative types that destroy relationships, businesses, marriages and countries. After watching the Presidential, Vice-Presidential and Governor debates last week, I found myself disgusted with the constant interruptions, the sarcastic words spoken and the bold-faced lies told, all to get us to believe every point as they tried to steal (I mean seal) our votes. And after the debates, the CNN and Fox News commentaries trying to “One-Up” each other with their own bias and personal prejudice’s. It was with a saddened heart that Jeanne and I went into our morning devotions turning to Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. It was here we found ourselves in a position we pray all of America will find itself in: A Humbled position on Bended Knee’s. Repenting for the Game of Pride we got caught in as we judged the people on TV without even noticing the pride that was ruling in our own hearts. It was here I saw, the “Game of Pride”, the devil is playing on all of us! Matt. 7:1-5, Judge not and you won’t be judged. We’re hypocrites and need to take the log out of our own eye before we can clearly take the speck out of anyone else’s eye.

God talked to Jeremiah in 8:6 and said, “I’m listening to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth. Is anyone sorry for doing wrong? Does anyone say, “what a terrible thing I have done? NO! All are running down the path of sin (their own agenda’s) as swiftly as a horse gallops to battle.” God concludes in vs. 12 and states. “Are they ashamed of these disgusting actions? Not at all, they don’t even know how to Blush!” And it’s here I want to deal with the true reason America seems stuck in it’s own story and why the church isn’t even blushing with disgust. It’s found in one word, PRIDE and the GAME we PLAY with it. Pride is the ring-leader of the Catholic Seven Deadly Sin’s (Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath and Sloth). The reason for it’s kingship is what’s found in the center of all our pride, “I”. Do you want to get rid of pride in your life and deal with your “Big I.” It’s done by moving in the opposite spirit of ME, MY, I…found in Humility. If my people….will humble themselves and than pray. The “IF” shows us it’s always a choice that we must make to win this game. But first we must realize, prideful people don’t pray, we talk, often too much way more than we listen. It’s this arrogance that pushes people away and the reason prideful people only have a small number of true friends. Instead of treating people as equals, pride displays obnoxious superiority that’s only desire is to make everyone around them feel small. Winning the Game of Pride takes Moving in the Opposite Spirit. It’s a powerful spiritual weapon that YWAM has used for years. The YWAM founder, Loren Cunningham used this term “moving in the opposite spirit” in his book, “THE CALL TO SERVE”. Where he challenged those at all the DTS Bases to impact all the cultures YWAM teams went to in the opposite spirit. They were to serve and not be served where ever they went…the opposite spirit.

Moving in the opposite spirit will take courage and strength, and is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit. It isn’t easy to be kind to someone who loves to hurt you. It’s hard to stay full of grace when you continually find yourself in a toxic environment or relationship. Are you presently in a situation where pressure is coming against you? Robbing you of your joy and peace? Maybe it’s a situation, a relationship, at your work, your ministry, in your family or with your finances…remember 1 John 4:4, still stands on our behalf, “You are an overcomer for Greater is He that’s in you than he that’s in the world”. As you listen to the Holy Spirit, He will reveal the lies of the enemy that you have agreed with in your situations. You then have a choice: to disagree with the lies and break the enemies legal authority or remain stuck in your story. Breaking the enemies hold will take repentance. As you repent declare Psalm 19:14 over your life, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” It is important to note that meditation is an agreement in your heart that results from the words of your mouth.

Question: Have you ever moved in the opposite spirit over lies the enemy has told you?

Key Thought: In this crazy world we’re living in the Joy and Peace we desire will only be found in our ability to humble ourselves and pray as we seek His face. Learning the Art of Moving in the Opposite Spirit is a must as we do spiritual warfare over the principality of pride. When we learn how to deal with the “Big I” we’ll learn how to live a victorious life.


Do You Really Know What Battle Your In?

It seems God is trying His best to wake up His church with the revelation that a battle is raging and we’re standing in the middle of a war that’s whirling around us. During this Jewish New Year that began Sept. 18th, I was reminded of what King Hezekiah must have felt as the Assyrian King Sennacherib swept down from the north conquering Syria and Israel devastating land and cities. Attacking all the fortified cities of Judah, advancing to the front of the gates of Jerusalem (Isa. 36:1-2). It was here King Hezekiah realized, if Jerusalem fell, all of Judah would fall also. King Hezekiah and all of Judah faced desperate times just like America and it’s citizens are facing today. So what did happen to Judah and Jerusalem and what will happen to America? Let’s find out!

In Isa.36:3-7, we see Rabshaken, the Kings field commander, have the freedom to ride right into Jerusalem and talk with King Hezekiah’s three leaders at the cities crucial water supply. Seeming to have complete command of the situation, he first attacks their confidence. Telling them,”what confidence is this in which you trust? I say you speak of having plans and power for war, but they are mere words.” He knew they couldn’t trust in Egypt to help in their plight because you could never trust Egypt plus the Assyrians had already defeated Egypt. He also knew King Hezekiah had destroyed all the pagan altars and high places of worship in Judah. Knowing this, Rabshakeh challenges the Hebrew people and their God, saying, “Where are you going to worship and cry out to God now?” I’ve got an idea he add’s, “How about striking a bargain with my master. Look at what he’ll give you,” vs. 8-9. Not only does the enemy of our soul come after our confidence but also our convictions as he seeks to compromise all that we hold as true. Notice Rabshakeh responds, if you make a pledge to my master, THEN, I’ll give you! The devil gladly offers you the world instead of a battle, he want’s you to sell out and simply give up. Many picture the devil, “itching for a fight,” when the truth is, he would rather have you just give up. Satan used this same strategy against Jesus as he tempted Him in the wilderness after Christ finished His 40 day fast. Offering Him all the kingdoms of the world if He would fall down and worship him (Luke 4:5-8). It didn’t work on Jesus and I pray it isn’t going to work on America. But know this, the devil always saves his best line for the end as he challenges our personal faith in God (vs. 10). Trying to convince us to disobey what God has told us and obey his lie. We forfeit all that God wants to accomplish in us and through us when we sell out to the lie of the enemy. God allow’s things to happen (Covid-19) so His prophetic plan’s can be fulfilled. The lie was, “God won’t help you.” The truth is, we can’t do anything about it, but our King of Kings can and will in His perfect time.

Notice, Isa. 36:11-12, Hezekiah’s men wanted Rabshakeh to only speak in the Aramic language and not in Hebrew. They were afraid the Hebrew people would not only hear but fall into fear, believing all that the field commander was saying and rise up against the leadership of Jerusalem making them surrender. When your in the heat of the battle often times you don’t know whose on your team and whose on the enemies team. It’s here the Rabshakeh stands up and calls out with a loud voice in Hebrew, “Hear the words of the great Assyrian King: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you; Nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying the Lord will surely deliver you, this city will not be given over into the hands of the King of Assyria”. Let’s look at what the enemy of our souls tries to do with us and in us, using these lies: 1. Intends to make God’s people doubt their leaders. 2. Intends to build fear and unbelief in God’s people. 3. Intends to make surrender and giving up an attractive option. 4. When the Assyrians conquered a people they forced them to resettle in a place far away from their home country breaking their spirits and family legacies. It was here ethnic cleansing happened. 5. But ultimately it was intended to destroy peoples trust in their God. We see this when the Rabshakeh say’s, “the gods of other nations haven’t protected them, just like your god isn’t going to protect you”.

Let’s all remember, it’s one thing to speak against Israel, America, it’s flag, it’s people, it’s leaders, it’s institutions but it’s an all together different thing to mock the Lord God of Israel and America…telling Him, He’s just like any other god. Folks, that’s when God’s judgement falls on that nation and it’s people. I believe, America is in this situation, judgement is falling on America. The devil has crossed a line in the sand and all God’s cards are getting ready to be played. And you ask, what should our response be? Look at how the 3 leaders of Jerusalem responded, having listened to King Hezekiah to not say a word, they said nothing back to the field commander, but in sack cloth and ashes came back to King Hezekiah vs. 21-22. America needs to pray like never before realizing this is a spiritual battle that’s only won in the heaven’s. God is waiting for a 2 Chron. 7:14 people, that would humble themselves and pray, seek His face and turn from any wickedness there might be in their lives. That’s when God is going to hear from heaven, forgive America and it’s people’s sin and heal this amazing land of ours. Remember, 2 Cor. 4:8-9, It’s true, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”. We’re in a battle but in Christ we’ve already won. Do I Hear An Amen.

Question: Do you see a spiritual battle being waged in America today? Is that battle waging around you? Are you ready to fight like a Godly warrior?

Key Thought: What King Hezekiah faced a few thousand years ago is happening again in 2020. Satan is the King Sennacherib and Covid-19 is Rabshakeh, the field commander with the same desire: to destroy a country that loves and serves God. It’s goal is to get you to give up and quit as you surrender to his will. But let’s be like King Hezekiah and humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. Knowing that the King of Kings will hear from heaven, forgive our sin’s and heal our land. It’s time America becomes a 2 Chron. 7:14 people!


“It’s Hard To Breathe”

The dawning of Labor Day 2020 brought 30-40 mph winds with gusts to 50 mph in our area of Washington State. Some have said the strongest winds ever recorded in our state. Those high winds continued until about 7:00pm that evening, igniting several fires and quickly spreading over 200,000 thousand acres in Eastern Washington. These areas were predominately rural with many farms and ranches. Sadly with these fires came massive destruction of land and buildings, and days of thick lingering smoke. Smoke remains long after fires are under control. It remains high in the atmosphere for weeks moving under the control of the winds. As it settled in an area, visibility was limited and breathing became difficult. We are currently being advised to shelter in place by officials to prevent lung damage from smoke particles. I have personally found myself feeling that it was hard for me to even get enough good air to breathe. Yet it’s true, 2020 has been a difficult year for yet another reason. As we have dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic causing respiratory failure, and we are now dealing with our “racial pandemic” which began with the “knee on the throat” of George Floyd causing him to be unable to breathe. I think it is strange, that with all of these crisis, the common thread has been, there is not ENOUGH air for me to BREATHE!!!

As we negotiate these times of crisis, which seem to be escalating, does God have a message for all of us? I think the first thing He is saying to each of us is, that He truly IS more than enough as we cry out, “Restore us, O God; Cause your face to shine, and we shall be saved! ( Psalm 80:3.”) As we humble ourselves, giving Him our fear and panic instead of trying to handle things in our own strength. So, I’m asking, what does it look like to give our, “not enough” to God and let him provide, “more than enough.” We can see this demonstrated in the Word of God many times. The very first time we see this is in Genesis 1 with the creation story. He created the earth and the heaven’s in 5 days, and saw that “it was good.” Then on the 6th day He made man in His own image and saw that “it was very good.” On the 7th day He rested, He spent 6 days speaking into creation, “breathing out His word” then on the 7th day He rested, He “breathed in.” He added this 7th day for US. His sabbath rest, the 4th commandment is for us to regularly welcome and observe His Rest. Six days was not enough, He knew we needed more on a regular basis, as we position ourselves in His provision and allow His plan to be released in our lives. His plan provides more than enough, more than we could ever hope for or imagine. We see this played out again in Mathew 15:32-39 as He feeds the four thousand. Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get ENOUGH bread in the wilderness to FILL such a great multitude?” (vs. 33), Jesus asks them, “How many loaves do you have?” The disciples knew they didn’t have enough to feed the people, but Jesus knew what they had. So why did He ask them to tell Him how many they had? Perhaps the first step to receiving more then enough it to humbly show Him our lack, be honest and lift it up before Him, so that He can take it and bless it, and transform our lack into something He can, “FILL.” He replaces our “not enough” with the capacity to be filled to overflowing, there were 7 large baskets of food left.

Question: Fill in the blank: “I don’t have enough_________,” and need a miracle.

Key Thought: We all are able to fill in the blank above, probably with several answers, so the issue will always remain when we try to fill our “not enough” by “holding our breath” instead of resting in His provision by taking a humble position, being honest before Him, and letting Him take whatever is not enough and bless it and multiply it to fill you to overflowing as you “breathe in.”


Sept 11th “A Shining City Upon A Hill”

We recently received a message with a link to President Ronald Reagan’s farewell speech on Jan. 11th, 1989 at the RNC. At the conclusion of his speech he referred to America as the “Shining City on a Hill”. He had used this statement many times during his presidency as an illustration of America’s position as a nation that shows the world what a great nation America is. He concluded his farewell speech saying, “I’ve thought a bit of the shining city on a hill, and realized this phrase came from John Winthrop, the first governor of America, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His vision spoke of a new commonwealth coming into the world for the will and purpose of God Almighty. A unique civilization to which all the nation’s of the world would loo. Using Matt. 5:14, John Winthrop, challenged us to be a living light to the world, A city not hidden. He continued saying, “Thus stands the cause between God and us. We have entered into a covenant relationship with Him for this work.” It’s true, America’s founder’s had made a covenant with God that was based on the same covenant Israel had with God. This covenant described in Deut. 28, states both the blessings (if we follow) and the curses (when we fail to follow) that will fall on our nation. The Bible shows us how Israel continues to be blessed above all nations as they follow the leadership of God’s word. But as their hearts turned away from God and His commandments and started worshipping other God’s, He withdrew His present help from them. How does that relate to America? We can clearly see how America became that shining city on a hill but like Israel we too have turned away from God seeking other God’s of pleasure, sensuality, lust and self-gratification. Has God withdrawn His help from our nation?

Today, as we remember the tragedy of 9/11, it is important to note that long before it became a day of calamity, it was first the day of America’s foundation. Let me explain! Our country was born on Sept. 11, 1609 when Henry Hudson sailed up the now Hudson River to discover Manhattan Island becoming the true birthday of our nation and New York City. The first thing Henry Hudson did with the help of the Dutch is build a trading center in the exact place the Twin Towers would someday stand. It was also in Sept. 1630, John Winthrop would dedicate the phrase, “A Shining City on a Hill” in what would later be called Boston (the exact place the terrorists would fly out of to destroy the Twin Towers). As you are beginning to see, September is a spiritually significant month. On Sept. 11th, 1941 President Theodore Roosevelt would not only declare the entrance of America into WW2 but also break ground for the building of the Pentagon, which was also attacked on Sept. 11th. Let me ask you, could 9/11 not only be the Day of Building Up but also the Day of Breaking Down? The Day we departed from the foundational truths of God’s commandments? Are we still One Nation Under God? If we are, what must we do as a people and a nation at this critical moment to come back into God’s blessings? 2 Chron. 7:14 is what’s needed! Notice, “If (it’s a decision we make) My people would humble themselves and pray, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” I believe it’s time for the remnant of God to step up and make a difference in the land we live in. Do I hear an AMEN?

Question: Does America deserve what it’s going through? Has Sept. 11th lost it’s impact and true meaning to the American people? Have we as a nation and individuals responded wrongly to what occurred on 9/11 and to todays crisis throughout our nation?

Key Thought: God’s people need to come back to Him in a new way (repentance) and take a good look at 2 Chron. 7:14. When we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways God promises to Hear our Prayers, Forgive our Sins and best of all Heal our Land. Today is, “A day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and high towers”. (Zephaniah 1:16). I encourage you to agree in daily prayer using the one year bible format and to participate in “40 days for life campaign” beginning Sept. 23-Nov. 1st.


Have You Checked Your Oil Lately?

In Matt. 25:1-13, we see Jesus sharing about His second coming using a parable of 10 virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom at a wedding. To really understand these 13 verses, we first need to look at Matt. 24:36-42, where Christ tells us that no one knows the day or hour, not even the angels of heaven, but only His Father. He goes on and states we’re living in the days of Noah where people are eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, totally self-absorbed and unaware of the times and seasons surrounding them. Matt. 24:44-51, tells us we need to be ready to make a choice, will we be faithful or unfaithful as we wait for His return? It’s with these words that He leads into a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven likened to 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 5 of them were wise and 5 were foolish. Let’s try to understand this chapter in relationship to the time’s we’re living in as it relates to Christ’s second coming. Truly, we don’t know the day or hour but we should be aware of the times and seasons we’re living in just like the Sons of Issachar, who had the understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do (1 Chron. 12:32).

First, I believe the 10 virgins represent the church in America today. A church that has true believers (those whose hearts are truly desiring all of Jesus) and false believers (those that present an image that look’s like they have hearts that are following Christ) both are filling our pews and pulpits. Paul is correct when he speaks to Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:1, “Now the spirit expressly say’s that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”. Like Paul, we need to realize that certain dangers will mark the latter times. The danger of apostasy (those that depart). The danger of deception (deceiving spirits) and the danger of false teaching (doctrines of demons) that are found in the unbelief that the Bible is God’s inspired word, the virgin birth of Christ, the atoning death of Christ on the cross and the redemptive work of His resurrection from the dead and yet they still call themselves Christians. The church is filling up with those seeking “experiences’ like the Athenians in Acts 17:21, seeking after some new thing instead of a relationship with the living Christ.

These 10 virgins denote the beauty and purity of those that are maids of honor that have the responsibility to WAIT ON HIM when he appears but in the meantime to faithfully WAIT FOR Him if He should delay. Psa. 27:14, “Wait on the Lord, Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord”. As true believers we are to be like the 5 wise virgins and hold up the name of Jesus as we wait for His appearing…not only believing in but longing for His return. So what was the difference between the 10 virgins? The difference was the preparation and character they displayed, 5 were wise and 5 were foolish. They all seemed to have the same profession (they talked the talk) but not the same heart of preparation (they didn’t walk the walk). They all had lamps that had oil in them, but 5 brought along extra oil. Both had enough to light up the present, 5 foolish for show and 5 wise for go, (the revelation to bring more just in case!). Phil. 2:14-15, exposes the great problem in our church today. Today many want the presence of Holy Spirit (oil) without preparing and paying the price. Notice, they all slept as they waited for the bridegroom. It’s tough to stay faithful and watchful at the same time when a promise tarries. Those Unmet Expectations can cause weariness in well doing if you have to wait a long time for them (Gal. 6:9, Hab. 2:3). Even though they all slumbered the 5 wise virgins kept their lamps burning but the foolish lamps went out. Our carelessness builds on itself and has unintentional consequences. Remember, He’s coming when we least expect it…the bridegroom came at mid-night.

He came with a cry from heaven where everyone could hear and see Him. All 10 virgins arose and trimmed their lamps, the foolish lamps had gone out (Job 21:17). Job tells us destruction will always come upon those whose lamps go out. They had enough oil for their immediate need but not enough that lasted long-term. There will come a time when those that laughed and snubbed your lamps will beg for some of that extra oil to light theirs. But remember, that oil isn’t yours to give away, it’s always been Gods to give. They will want some of what you have but the door is closing. All they needed to do was ask Him for it. Once they could’ve asked and it would’ve been given. Sought and it would’ve been found. Knocked and it would’ve opened. There is a time coming when the door will be closed and those that once had some oil in their lamp but willfully let it run out as they ran after the world and what they thought it offered. They will find themselves just like Esau who sold his birthright for bread and a bowl of stew (Gen. 25:30-34) and coming to receive his blessing found it had been given to Jacob (Gen. 27), a closed door. So it will be with those that “have a form of Godliness but deny the power their in”. Those that believe in the Bible but not the Lord of the Bible. Those that have lived a compromised and partial commitment to the principles of the Word of God. They will hear on that day, “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you” and the door will be shut on both the unbelievers and those that didn’t take the Kingdom of God seriously.


Is God Wrestling with America?

In Gen. 32:22-25, we see Jacob, alone on the east side of the Jordan River waiting to make restitution with his brother Esau. Jacob had stole his brothers birthright years before and was now being dealt with by God to make it right. But first God had to get Jacob’s attention by getting him alone. Being alone, God could deal directly with him. It was here a wrestling match occurs between the MAN (Jesus) and Jacob. Notice Jacob didn’t wrestle with the MAN, the MAN wrestled with Jacob. The reason is, Jacob didn’t think he needed anything from God, but God surely wanted something from Jacob. God wanted all of Jacob’s proud prejudice of self-reliance and fleshly scheming that he had lived with his entire life. It say’s, they wrestled till the break of day. I can only imagine what this scene looked like…was it a barroom fight or an intense WWF wrestling match? And how did Jacob even manage to keep up his struggle with God throughout the entire night? That’s easy, just look at our self-serving determination, our prejudice to have our own way as we resist God’s truth. The scripture say’s, “He saw that He did not prevail against him.” Jacob, I’m sure thought he was evenly matched against the MAN. But the match was only even in appearance. Jesus let’s us have our way until we exhaust ourselves in our bias of self-effort and that’s when HE touches the core of our life stopping us short of destruction. A man or woman in rebellion with God might seem to be getting their way, but God, at any time can turn the tide and bring us to our knees.

I believe this is what’s happening in America today. God is wrestling with us during this pandemic to reveal our personal bias and prejudice toward other’s. We all need to ask ourselves does prejudice have a foothold in our lives. If so, Do we want to allow this personal prejudice to be revealed? This is truly, “the wrestling match,” that’s in our hearts and the heart of this Nation. You might be saying, I’m not bias and I’m sure not prejudice. Really? Prejudice literally means, “a preconceived judgement or opinion formed without sufficient knowledge with an attitude of ill-will directed against an individual or group.” I don’t care whether your a democrat or republican, a liberal or conservative, black or white we all have a bias and a prejudice. It’s true we all move with prejudice in our relationships with other’s.

Have you noticed how “repeat” incidents of fatal injury involving our legal authority “the police” are occurring in direct relationship to prejudice? Remember, the definition of prejudice is a misinformed judgment. In other words, it’s an illegal response on our part. We break God’s law when we respond with prejudice and allow evil to be the authority in our relationship, directing bad behavior towards each other. God want’s us to take an honest look at prejudice in our lives and break the stronghold that is found in our attitudes and behavior. He want’s us to stop wrestling with HIM and let HIM create a limp as a remembrance of what and how we use to believe and behave. He want’s us to learn the art of loving like He has loved us.

Question: Are you willing to allow God to wrestle with you and show you your prejudice?

Key Thought: If we respond in repentance we will hold the key of David (Isa. 22:22) to open the door for reconciliation in our nation and shut the door of prejudice. It’s time we allow God’s touch on our lives to cause a limp of remembrance of the illegal hold the evil enemy has had on our lives and nation.


In a Cave of Denial

Our last blog was about how a Jezebel spirit is taking America over with a crisis called Covid-19. We said, we believe that God has a Comeback for this Crisis and is going to use the pandemic to reveal divine plans and purposes for His church and His people. The problem is this Jezebel Spirit is a demonic principality that has one desire and that’s to control everything and everyone in it’s path. How many times has a road-block been put up in your path when you were about to move out in obedience and answer a Call of God in your life? Ask yourself, have you recently fallen short of completing what you know is God’s will in your life? If your answer is, “Yes, I’m living there now” it’s probably a Jezebel spirit that has a legal right to mess with your head. Let’s take a look at the prophet Elijah’s life and how this demonic principality (Jezebel Spirit) worked him over.

Elijah was a man that finally said, ENOUGH, I’m tried of the evil transformation in Israel because of the wickedness of a Jezebel and Ahab tandem. 1st, he calls a drought throughout Samaria (1 Kings 17:1)…as God takes care of all his needs. 2nd, he responds to God and tells Ahab to get all Jezebel’s 450 Baal prophets and 400 Asherah prostitutes (1 Kings 18:19) and bring them to Mt. Carmel where he challenges Israel (God’s people) to stop limping between two different opinions…choose this day Baal or Yahweh. Elijah sets the battlefield and once again God shows up as Elijah call’s down fire from heaven and burns the bull he was suppose to sacrifice. As the people witness the power of God they fall on their faces shouting, “The Lord, He is God” and respond’s to Elijah’s command to catch and kill all 850 prophet’s and prostitutes. NOTICE: There comes a time in every man’s life when he either runs and hides in denial or stands and fight’s the evil that want’s to take him down. The question today is WHAT MAN ARE YOU? Elijah instead of standing strong, bolts and runs until he drops under a Juniper tree wanting to die.(1 Kings 19:1-3, 9) and because of fear end’s up in a cave. How does a man that say’s ENOUGH under one moment of spirit filled faith now say’s ENOUGH (I’ve had it, I’m done, let me die). Let me explain. The Jezebel Spirit is a powerful controlling principality. It’s after the very heart’s of men (Pro. 4:23) and that’s why we have to guard it. It’s first line of defense is DECEPTION making you think your weaker than you truly are. She uses your past mistakes (even those of past generations) that haven’t been totally dealt with. Just ask BLM calling out White Privilege and wanting reparation for wrongs done 100 years ago. She’ll use your failures that have cost you families, fortunes and carriers. She use’s shame with words, “You’ll never change, it will forever be apart of your life and generational seed.” She’ll use your addictions wanting to control your emotional pain using pleasure to satisfy your desires. BUT it never ends up well, because betrayal and death are her goals.

So how do we come out of our caves? 1st, realize it costs you to stand! The reason we end up in the cave and drop in despair with words like, I’ve had enough is sometimes we don’t know what else to do. All of us have deposits of fear and doubt in our lives as we live in denial. Just like Adam and Eve, we find ourselves naked and afraid to be seen by our Gracious God and we end up in our cave hiding. 2nd, realize we have unmet expectations…what we thought would happen and what really happened (1 kings 19:9-10). The “I have been” are distributors for disappointment. Elijah had to learn how to respond rightly to disappointments and life’s discouragement’s. So much of our fight isn’t things on the outside of us it’s those hidden shadows that live on the inside of us. I guess the question is, what are we doing in caves. I believe we all have them and they’re waiting for our despair and disappointment, but God is asking us a question. What are you doing here? In our denial and despair, we only see the storms, the earthquakes and the fire that want to steal, kill and destroy what we believe and have fought for. The cave is a dark place there’s no light for revelation. BUT when we come to the mouth of the cave we get to hear a whisper of assurance for a God that loves us. Maybe God’s not calling you out of a cave but the cave out of you. It’s time we stop defining ourselves by what’s going on around us. But what’s going on in us.


What Did You Just Say?

This morning Jeanne and I heard a direct word from the Holy Spirit about watching the words that come from our mouths. It was so impactive we thought the Body of Christ needed to hear what God said. The first thing He said was, “If your words do not line up with My word’s, they may very well be full of poison and have a purpose that is not apart of Me or My plan’s.” He said, our word’s many times when left to themselves reflect our own prejudice and past pain no matter how correct or right they seem to be. God continued and said your words are powerful and showed us Pro. 18:20, “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth. From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.” In this proverb He said, “we satisfy our appetites with our words. Our belly demands to be filled with an appetite that’s often triggered by our needs and strong desires.” He then said, “what is your stomach, your belly filled with?” After a honest hard look, I had to repent and ask God for forgiveness because my stomach wasn’t filled with good fruit or produce. We all most look at the fruit of our mouths and ask is it good or bad and the produce of our lips and ask is it producing what we truly desire. Remembering whatever a person dishes out, whether beneficial or harmful, he himself will feed on it.

Pro. 18:21, tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.” Looking at the first part of that Proverb we see the negative or positive power our words have when they are influenced by the produce of our lips and the fruit of our mouths. People may do a great deal of good or a great deal of hurt both to others and to themselves according to the use they makes of their tongue. It’s been said an evil tongue slays three, the slanderer, the slandered, and the listener. Solomon might have varied his words sometimes using “mouth”, sometimes “lips” and sometimes the “tongue”, but what comes home is how interrelated they are and how they work in unison to produce something good or bad, healing or hurtful, fulfilling or frustrating, satisfying or disappointing. James 1:26 gives us a true word when it say’s, “If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue his religion is useless and he deceives himself.” James 3:6, “And the tongue is a fire.” 3:8-9-10, “but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father and with it we curse people who are made in God’s likeness. Blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters these things should not be so.”

So how do we win this battle over the tongue and the words we have the power to speak? First we need to ask ourselves do I want to be led by my appetites or by my affections? Appetites that Phil. 3:18-19 talk about, “Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach (belly), and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” OR Affections found in Gal. 6:1-10, where it Encourages us to restore with gentleness all those that have been caught in a sin. To bear and carry one another’s burdens. Always take a humble place so we’re not deceived. Remember we all reap what we sow, let’s always sow to please the spirit and not our flesh. That we’ll never weary of doing good knowing that if we don’t give up we’ll reap a harvest. And lastly show our affection as we do good to all people especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Many have heard messages about our tongue and how out of control it can become but what have we done with those teachings? This morning, I found that it was only through asking forgiveness from God and other’s for a stomach full of past pain created by my own agendas that I was given freedom from the stronghold the devil had over my tongue.

Question: Are you finding yourself unable to find freedom from a tongue that is speaking empty and hurtful words over people, places and things? Stuck in a stronghold where pain and chaos seem to have a free reign in your life?

Key Thought: It’s critical that we allow the Holy Spirit to align our word’s with God’s heart as we ask ourselves what is the motivator in my life. Am I motivated by my appetites full of pain and self? Or am I freed to show people the affection and love that lives inside me?


What Season are You In?

We just finished a season of celebrating Americas Independence. However, just like the rest of our lives during this pandemic nothing was normal during this 4th of July. No parades, no fireworks, restrictions on family and friend gathering’s, even the reason’s we celebrate the 4th were being challenged and trying to be changed. What I’ve noticed is the anger that is permeating our country over the symbols of our Nation…our Flag…our Statues…our Monuments, and even our Nation’s Colors. Folks, our national symbols, just like all our lives, represent the good, bad and ugly we all hold. As we’re reminded of all they mean in our lives and don’t try to eliminate or deny the negative, and painful parts, but allow them to be changed, we mature and grow into a better place. My heart is that by reading this blog we’ll embrace and not eliminate or deny the painful parts of our past. By embracing ALL that has taken place in our lives and in the life of our nation, and allow change we create a TESTIMONY. A great story, that is always born out of testing. Our testimony is really each of the personal tests we’ve faced in our lives. Test’s always ask us a question to which we give an answer. As our lives get tested mistakes seem to always occur. These wrong responses tell the truth about who we are and who our nation is and what needs correction and change. It’s when we understand our wrong responses that we have an opportunity to crossover and step into the right response allowing change.

To help us understand the season we’re in let’s look at the life of Joshua. He found himself also in a season of change. He had to wait 40 years for an entire generation to die before he and Caleb got to step back into and receive the promise land God said was theirs (Josh. 1:1-3). But before the promise was fulfilled they had to battle a flooding Jordan River (Josh. 3:5). It seemed to overflow all it’s banks throughout the harvest season. Why is it, God seems to always create a battle for us to fight before we get the blessing? I believe it’s two-fold: He wants all the credit for the miracle that’s about to happen and second, I believe He knows it takes overwhelming circumstances to get our attention and desire change. It’s in the heat of the battle, we get to learn about the character that IS or ISN’T in us. The Jordan River was their battle, a flooding river 140 feet wide, with a normal flow of 4 miles an hour but now is raging at 10 miles an hour running over it’s banks.

So what was Joshua’s battle plan, we see it in Josh. 3:5, First, he told the people to CONSECRATE themselves, so God could do His wonders on their behalf. Consecrate means to make or declare something for a particular purpose. To dedicate something for a divine purpose. When we’re fighting our battles maybe we need to take a time out to see clearly God’s purpose and not our own. Second, Joshua asked the priests to carry the Ark of the Covenant to the edge of the Jordan River (Josh. 3:15). And as they stepped into the flooding river it stopped. I believe, we’ve got to step before anything in our lives will stop. Unfortunately, we want things to stop before we ever take a step. It was the first step that allowed the priests to walk out into the middle of the river (our battle) and STAND on dry ground (Josh. 3:17) as the Israelites marched by seeing the priests with the Ark, high and lifted up. 40 years earlier, a generation could’ve marched across that Jordan River and claimed their promise land but they got accustom to God’s provision instead of His promise. They became satisfied just living with His provision, (the way it is) instead of fighting for His promise, (the way it should be.)

Season’s of change won’t be easy….nothing good is ever easy. God never called us to easy but if we learn to step and stand what’s available for us will be better. The reason… He’s still on the throne. You and our country might be in trouble but Gods still on the throne for your life and the life of this country. 1 John 4:4, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”….You can’t stay here, you’ve got to move. We don’t have to be stuck in our story, satisfied with only provisions when there’s a promise awaiting us. Psa. 27:4, “ONE THING, have I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” King David tells us his one thing, but What’s your ONE THING? What’s the one thing you must desire most of all in your life to allow change and true freedom in your story?….We need to remember, we have a PROMISE to walk into. A promise that at one time was alive but now? But now it needs to hear, Deut. 4:29, “BUT FROM THERE…you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, IF you search for Him with all your heart and soul.” It’s from there, you walk into your promise. But Where’s there? Where ever you are. Where ever there is for you. We need to be a SEEKER of THERE”S. However, sometimes the “there’s” take a waiting period. Joshua/Caleb had walked into their promise 40 years earlier but had to wait, yet both of them kept their promise alive. Psa. 37:34,”Wait for the Lord and keep His way and He will exalt you to inherit the land, you will look on when the wicked are cut down and destroyed.” Isa. 40:31,”Learn to wait and you’ll have renewed strength to mount up on wings of eagles, your going to run and not be weary, you’ll walk and not faint.”

Question: Are you caught in a season of change and struggling to understand and move through it?

Key Thought: Remember crossing into your Promise with a STEP and than a STAND isn’t easy but if you have a Joshua heart and proclaim what he did in Josh. 24:14-15, “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth. Put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the Jordan River and in Egypt and Serve the Lord. But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”


The Father’s Heart found in a Faithful Man

I just recently retired from 22 years of being a middle school PE teacher and coach at both the middle and high school level. I was often asked, “how could you do that for 22 years, do you really like teaching middle school kids, you must be crazy.” To which I responded, “No, you must be called and love it”. You see I love being a Father and that is what’s needed most in the middle school years. But a father is often the missing link in many families. I know in my own experience that was the case. During those early years my dad was an absent father working swing shift at Weyerhaeuser Company until he retired. But by that time, I was long gone having moved out of the house and living on my own. I knew my dad loved me and my 3 brothers but in mine and my brother’s lives, he wasn’t around. The younger two brothers got more of his time because of those retired years. It was then that I started seeking out father types and men that would fill that empty father role in my life. I’m sure I’m not the only male that missed the mentorship of a father in their lives. Hopefully this blog will help in healing some of the pain and disappointment you’ve felt your whole life.

Let’s look at our Heavenly Father’s Heart that’s totally described in Psa. 91:9-10, where it says, “If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter (a place of trust), no evil will conquer you, no plague will come upon you.” And verse 14, “The Lord says, I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.” This Psalm brings clarity to what a man’s heart need’s to look like as a father in the lives of our family. Let’s look at how earthly father’s fulfill this example. It’s found in the role of a man as a… PARENT.

P-PROTECTION…Eph. 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke (deliberately stimulate an emotion)your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” I’m not convinced father’s understand the significance they play in being an umbrella of protection (shelter) for their children. Do you know the neighborhood you live in? What kind of friends your son or daughter have at school, home, even church? Look and See if that umbrella isn’t leaking. Using parental discernment, are you missing open doors to the enemies tactics to destroy your family. Are you asking yourself, am I missing teachable moments to invest wisely in your child?

A-AUTHORITY…Here’s a word we’re struggling with today in America. Rom. 13:1-2, tells us that, “we are to be subject or submit to governing authority. For all authority comes from God, and those positions have been placed there by God”. Notice the word position, we so often get stuck on a person and not a position. We need to teach our children to differentiate between “person” and “position”. I’ve heard far too many times, “I can’t respect the person I’m suppose to look to for authority.” This attitude clearly states the lack of understanding between the person with all his/her imperfections and limitations, and the position God has given them whether it be a father, a boss, a pastor or a policeman. We submit to the position that God has called them to and not to the person. Do we truly trust God with all authority in our lives?

R-RESPONSIBILTY…Pro. 22:6, “Train up (direct) your child onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave (depart) from it.” We are to raise up our children in the way they are to go…that doesn’t mean to teach them to stand up and demand their rights but rather stand up and yield their rights. Let me explain. The President of a local bank once shared with me that he raised his four boys with this motto: “You don’t have rights, you only have responsibilities. As you take on those responsibilities, then you get the right to have a privilege”. I don’t know about you but I’m taking that advice to the bank:) In summary if we teach our children to demand their right’s we’ll promote a rebellion. If we teach our children what their responsibilities are we’ll promote a revival. Proverbs 29:15 says it well, “To disciple a child produces wisdom but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”

E-EDUCATION…Who or what is educating your children? Do you realize almost a quarter of your child’s life is spent under the influence of teachers. Today’s teacher plays a significant role in each child’s life. Make sure their investment in your child isn’t greater than yours. Do you understand a child’s day is split into 3 nearly equal parts: 8 hours of sleep, 7 hours watching or playing on Device’s, and 9 hours of going to school. Look closely at the word device, what do you see? If you said vice your correct…VICE, (the grip of a bad habit). Deut. 6:7, 20:18 both say the exact same things, our job is to share the Word of God over our children. “You shall teach them diligently to your children , and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down , and when you rise up.” His word should be shared and taught every part of their day, from the beginning to the end of their day.

N-NURTURING…One of the best ways we can nurture our children, (the careful encouragement and growth) with a strong sense of right and wrong is keeping our promises. Many father’s have made promises to children and for whatever reason, (and many are legit), have failed to keep them. This failure of broken promises has hindered the nurturing process in our children. When we break our promise we will always violate their trust in us and others. Our talk should always match our walk. Doing what we say, when we say it and knowing why we’re saying it will always validate our walk. In Numbers 30:2, we see Moses speaking to the Israelites saying, “If a man promise’s by making a vow or making a pledge, binding himself/herself under oath, you must never break it.” Let’s be committed to always fulfilling our promises (vows).

T-TEACHING…It literally means, (the action of understanding a course of direction). One critical course of action fathers need to teach their children is WORK and accomplished by a fathers example. It’s one of the most beneficial skills a father can teach…good old manual labor. For many, work has become a four-letter cuss word…and yet the Bible is filled with a mandate to work. It’s how we provide for ourselves, our families, and the Body of Christ. But even more important, work provides us with the opportunity to learn the Father’s Heart in how to serve. Our children need to learn how to serve other people and not be served all the time. In Ecc. 10:18, “Laziness leads to a sagging roof, idleness leads to a leaky house.” Our body, mind, and emotions are designed to work. Work has proved to be great therapy for many kinds of problems, including problems with children. It will take care of sagging roofs and leaky houses in all our lives.

Question: Have you experienced the Heavenly Fathers Heart in your life with security and trust and or do you feel fatherless with anger and lack?

Key Thought: As we draw near to Him and His love we then will be able to draw near and love one another. Every father’s heart has to begin with experiencing God’s Heart in their life. I hope reading the character qualities of a Faithful Father challenges you to improve in all areas of being a Parent. Be a Hero, we all have them and perhaps need them in our lives. I know our children need them so lets become a hero to our families, our children and to our wives. Happy Father’s Day!


Take off the Blinders

Recently, I posted a prophetic word on an incoming tsunami given by a Godly prophet from Australia, with the following sub-title. This is a Prophetic Word that I believe will take the knee off our necks and allow us to breath again. As we intercede for our hurting world, we pray that same knee will bend at the Altar of God. After it’s posting many believers responded with Amen and encouraging words but one sister in the Lord took an offense with what I said and the timing of how I said it. This blog is about my action and reaction to the tone deafness and disrespect she thought I had toward black brother’s and sister’s in Christ and how the phase, “take the knee off our necks” has such a painful meaning. She said, “please show me where a knee is on your neck. Show me where your life is treated with such wanton disregard.”

My response was immediate as I said, “I’m so sorry, please forgive me for offending you. I thought a figurative example of knees that kill can end up at the Altar of God. Where those same knees can bend at an Altar of forgiveness and repent to find salvation. Isn’t that what we’re all about anyway.” Her term, “wanton disregard” hit me hard and I was instantly reminded of Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9), a violent murderer of Jewish Christians. A man that hunted down Christians and delivered them up to die. A man that had his knee on the throats of Jewish believers in Christ, taking away their breath…..and then with a flash of light on the road to Damascus, Saul was knocked off his horse, laying on the ground, blinded. Falling to the ground Saul heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?” His response was “Who are you, Lord?” I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go to Jerusalem. I thought how many of us need to be knocked off our high horse and fall to the ground. Realizing, we’re all blinded by our prejudice, I don’t care what race or culture you are. A prejudice we don’t even think we have or a prejudice we think we have a right to have. A prejudice that is covered over with our preconceived opinions and self-serving bias. The truth is we’re all prejudice and our behavior is showing it’s true color in the day we’re living. We need an Ananias to show up in our lives.

At the same time God was speaking to Saul, He was also speaking to a believer named Ananias saying, “Go to a man named Saul.” Ananias response was, are you kidding me God. Saul’s, the arresting officer authorized by the chief of police (priests) to arrest anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord, and You want me to go and pray for him? He’s the one that has put his knee on our neck’s, arresting and killing as many as he catches and You want me to go to him? God’s response is interesting, I have a plan for him, his life has a purpose. He is a chosen instrument of mine to carry My name before a Gentile world. But he will feel pain, the same pain he’s caused my people in the things he’ll suffer. After hearing that word, Ananias departed and found Saul, laying his hands on him saying, “brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so you my regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Aren’t we all thankful for a God that has mercy and grace for all the disadvantaged and the privileged alike. I believe that in God, there are no accidents. (Rom. 8:28), All things will and do work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose. That’s why He chose the man Ananias to be the first thing Saul’s eyes would see as he started his New Normal (life). The Hebrew name Ananias literally means, The Grace of God. The first thing Saul saw when he opened his eyes was, the Grace of God.

I totally believe the only thing that will transform us from our prejudice is the Grace of God. It was God’s Grace that touched Saul’s life causing scales to fall from his eyes. And so it is with us…it’s God’s Grace that will touch and change our lives. It’s God’s Grace that will remove our blindness and allow us to see again and love again. We’ve got to see an Ananias standing in our road and allow him to touch our hearts. If we want to rise up off the ground we’re laying in and walk again we all need to embrace His Grace. It’s only His Grace that enable’s you to be His true Disciple and live in righteousness and holiness, to minister and fulfill your calling.

Question: Have you ever looked at your own heart to see if you have pain and hurt from being violated from someone who had no concern for you or your belongings? And because of that pain are causing other’s to feel the same pain and hurt in how you act and react to what has been done to you in the past?

Key Thought: It’s God’s Grace that is needed for us to walk through this pandemic of pain and prejudice. His unmerited favor is what we all need to remember and embrace during this time of crisis to release the scales off our eyes and see clearly what’s happening to our world. Every good thing begins and is fulfilled in God’s Grace. Let’s remember how His Grace has personally ministered to our lives so we’ll know how to minister to others.


Call the Repair Man

We’re half way through 2020 and everything that could be shook has been shaken in America and through out the world. It seems every area of our lives and how we think has been altered. Our old normal ways of acting, thinking and talking have taken on a new normal. One that causes us to look deep within to see if any thing in us needs to be changed. The world wide pandemic, economic instability and social chaos has caused a collapse of everything we thought once stood strong in our lives. Our walls of comfort, safety, strength are all being broken down.

As we entered 2020, America seemed to be “Great Again”, like a great wall rising…But suddenly, a breach occurred in this great wall causing a “Great Shaking”. The word breach comes from the word “Perets,” which means a gap or break in a wall. It’s to break forth, break open or break down. Today, we are seeing this happen all over the world but especially in America. The question I have for all of us is, “What is our responsibility in dealing with this breach and How can it be rebuilt?” First, let’s admit the great wall wasn’t that great at all. What appeared to be strong had many flaws. We’ve come to realize our strength, comfort and safety can’t be built on our own opinions, bias or prejudice. This shaking has caused us to take a good, long look at ourselves and how far we’ve fallen from God’s commandment to “Love Him and Love one another”. 1 John 4:20, “If anyone say’s, I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar.” This lack of understanding is the reason the shaking has been so devastating.

So what should our response be? Let’s look at Ezek. 22:30, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.” A man who would…stand…before Me on behalf of…What an amazing statement of what’s needed today in America, as we humbly come before the Lord as intercessors and stand in the gap as we pray. It’s the intercessor that stands before God on behalf of others. They have always had two responsibilities “to make a wall” which suggests repairing the breach caused by an enemy, but he would also “stand in the gap” or plug up that breach against the enemy throughout the rebuilding process. What America needs now are intercessors that know how to live, 2 Chron. 7:14, “If my people 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 sin and heal their land.” Repentance is what America needs most of all. It’s in a repentant America that Isaiah 58:12 can be lived out, “God will rebuild the old waste places, raise up the foundations of many generations, and be called the Repairer of the breach, The Restorer of paths to dwell in.”

Question: As you’ve had everything in your world shaken, have you asked God and yourself, “what I’m I suppose to do?”

Key Thought: God’s desire is to restore and repair all that’s been broken in our lives without ever leaving or abandon us in our sin. He never gives up on us in our fallen state. Instead, He will always rebuild our ruins, His way not our way, that’s the kind of God He is.


Rain Is In The Forecast

As we stay in a place of preparing, during the 50 day grace period, between Passover and Pentecost, let’s look at three amazing scriptures: Joel 2:23, 28-29, Acts 2:17-18, Isa. 44:3-4. Each speak of an outpouring of rain, as they talk about the former and latter rains, the spring and autumn rains that pour out on dry ground producing an abundance. I recently read an Israel Newspaper dated, Feb. 20th 2020, that the area of the DEAD SEA, a desolate wasteland erupted into a floral wonderland. The paper recorded, because of the enormous amount of rain, a stunning display of flowers appeared in a land considered some of the most harsh on earth. It was the first time in history that a super bloom of vegetation has occurred in that area. Seeds that have laid dormant in a desert for years have sprouted showing life.

As the Holy Day of Pentecost approaches (May 29-31), we know the Apostle Peter spoke to the 3000 Jewish people using Acts 2:17-18, that an outpouring of the Holy Spirit had just happened. He told those listening, this was a fulfillment of Joel 2:23, where the former rain, literally the Promise of the Father, which Jesus asked them to wait for, fell on them during the Feast of Pentecost. In Joel 2:28-29, we notice a latter rain is coming and will again come with a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. As in the former outpouring of Pentecost, experienced by 120 believers in an upper room, the rain will be full of power, authority and new life, once again given by the Holy Spirit. Today, like the disciples 2000 years ago, let’s wait for the Latter Rain, the second outpouring of the Promise of the Father, where we again will experience the same power, authority and new life the Spirit will bring to our DEAD SEA’S.

Many during this pandemic might be in a very dry place in their life. Where it feels like your living in a desolate wasteland, much like your own Dead Sea, literally known as the lowest point on earth. Your asking, What’s next for my life? It can’t get any worse. I’m here to tell you when it’s the darkest in our lives, that’s when the Light of God shows up. A God that is seldom early but never late let’s us experience hard times. Sometimes it takes the devastating disturbances in our lives to stimulate a seed to blossom. I encourage you to seek the outpouring of His Spirit on your life and touch your desolate, dry ground and make it flourish with a super bloom. Prepare to receive your Latter Rains as you read Joel 2:12-13, first, turn back to Him with your whole heart, that’s found in the spirit of repentance. Second, rend your heart and not your garments. Rend literally means to tear apart, split or divide as a sign of grief and despair. It means we first need to recognize where we’ve turned away from the things of God, and to be cut to the heart in sorrow, asking forgiveness. You see when the Israelites turned away from God in sin, to show how sorry they were, they would cut their garments. Showing their desire to change, they would tear their clothes, more concerned with how they looked on the outside to the people instead of turning to God and dealing with their heart. They failed, like so many of us to realize, all God really wanted them to do was to change their hearts and not their clothes. Lastly, Joel say’s, return to the Lord for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, with great kindness. He wants to love you and not harm you and fulfill your life. Rom. 2:4-5, tells us it’s God’s kindness and patience that lead’s you to repentance.

It’s time for a new explosion of wildflowers and a fulfilled life. It’s time for the barren looking landscape in your life to change. The areas that seem dead and haven’t produced anything in the last year, it’s time for your Super Bloom to happen as you EXPECT to RECIEVE the Latter Rain. It’s a focused expectancy that will allow you to receive your blessing. In 1 Kings 18:43-44, Elijah asks his servant to look 7 times for a rain cloud, since there had been a severe drought in the land. The servant’s reply to Elijah was, “There is Nothing!” Those weren’t words of expectancy. Perhaps he should’ve said “Nothing Yet”, now that’s expectancy. The very spirit Elijah had as he said, go again, 7 times, on the seventh time the servant saw the promise of rain and came back saying, “Behold a little cloud.” We’re living in a time of a small cloud but the rain is coming, expect it as we move into Pentecost.

Question: Are you existing in a desolate, dry place in your life and need a rain to fall? Are you even aware of the dry places in your life or have they become your new normal?

Key Thought: During this 50 day period of grace as we head into Pentecost, let’s believe and expect the Latter Rain to fall on all the dry places of un-expectancy in our lives. As we wait, remember Joel 2:12-13 and come back to a loving God with a heart of repentance. Without repentance, we remain in a DEAD SEA. It’s your time for a Super Bloom to happen in your life.


How Do You Like Losing?

Acts 1:14, tells us the disciples were all in the upper room and were in one accord as they prayed about one final issue that needed dealing with…Judas and his act of betrayal. I’m sure they were all offended, angry and wounded by a man they thought was a part of their team and wondered how could this have ever happened. Verses 16-17, show us he was chosen by Jesus Himself, as one of the 12 and as a disciple shared in the 3 years of ministry they all had together. We know in the Gospels, that the 30 pieces of silver Judas received, to lead them to Jesus were thrown at the Sanhedrin’s feet when he realized he couldn’t force God’s hand, to destroy the Roman control over the Jews. The Sanhedrin seeing it as blood money, bought a desolate field of property and called it The Field of Blood, known by all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Verse 20, “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: Let this dwelling become desolate; Let no one live in it and Let someone else take his position.”

All of us have experienced betrayal at one time or another in our lives. Where someone or something you trusted and believed in let you down. Often our response is to get even by causing the same pain that you felt. Betrayal can only lead to desolate places of despair. The place we enter and have a tendency to dwell for a long time. It’s what can kill and destroy the living things in it’s presence, our relationships, our future and our dreams. Betrayal has the power to captivate our lives and become our permanent dweller. What it will always buy, is a desolate, empty, lifeless place, our personal Dead Sea.

When we’re dwelling in betrayal we too lose the oneness the disciples had always felt with each other and with Jesus. The reason for this is when trust has been violated by betrayal, trust becomes extremely difficult to experience again whether it is with other’s or our heavenly Father. Look at what Jesus say’s to His disciples just before the betrayal takes place, (John 17:22-23), “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one. I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one.”

Betrayal is more than being deceived and lied to by people, it is also when we’ve suffered a loss and lose something of value as we have in this Covid-19 pandemic. Betrayal can become the most devastating loss a family or person can experience. It can shock us into a desolate place, if we allow it. During this pandemic we’ve seen it produce life-altering changes in the graduating seniors missing all their pomp and circumstance, our businesses and financial futures devastated. We can’t even grieve those we’ve lost in a normal way. Not to mention, that spousal abuse and suicide are both on a steep curve upward as people deal with their sense of loss and by taking an offense.

Our world is asking, “Whom can I ever trust again? How is that which I’ve lost going to be restored again? What can I believe in again?” These questions are what each of the disciples were asking themselves as they waited for the Promise of the Father, the Pentecost that was about to happen in their lives. They decided to let go of the betrayal of Judas and believe again in the Promise of the Father as their oneness was restored, built on trust.

Question: Have you ever been betrayed, and in anger and pain tried to get even? Have you ever felt the despair of betrayal when someone or something was taken from you?

Key Thought: When betrayal comes knocking on your door, and it will, when someone or something is taken from you, let’s make sure we respond the right way. Instead of anger and the pain of retaliation, let’s embrace hope and trust as we wait for the Promise of the Father, found in Pentecost and receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Letting go of the pain of betrayal we will move on and experience the restoration and renewal that’s found in the power of His Holy Spirit.


As We Leave; We Can Receive

As we’re moving through this 50 day grace period preparing for Pentecost and the Promise of the Father, it’s vital that we do not stay stuck in our “old normal” ways of life. It’s important for us to understand during this time, that things have to change. This 50 day period should be a training ground where true motives are exposed by His light. It is a time of testing, to see if our hearts are in the right place in response to our families, our marriages, our future and the government and it’s decisions concerning Covid-19. But most of all it’s been a time of trusting. Do you really trust God, that He knows and cares about what’s happening in your life. There’s been such a shaking in our old ways of life that a New Normal has taken over our lifestyles. Though God didn’t cause this virus to happen, He sure is using it in our lives. It’s like having a threshing floor experience, that’s making us look at all our old lifestyle issues that have us stuck in our story. It’s causing us to realize we have to leave the OLD before we can ever move into the NEW. For us to have our breakthrough moment, we first have to surrender to God’s threshing floor. Whether it’s the beating of the crop against a stone to separate the grain from the chaff or yielding to His winnowing fork (tool like a pitch fork) and be thrown into the wind causing our dry, scaly, protective casing that covers the precious wheat grains to be broken away. Which ever way it is, God will use it to get us to a place where we can be used to build His kingdom.

We are truly being shaken, but even in the midst of this world wide tidal wave-surge of “forced change,” the fact remains, many of us resist change. Why is that? Perhaps we haven’t understood the value of, “letting go and leaving,” the old ways of our life. In Acts 1:6, the disciples had to let go of knowing God’s timing for a new kingdom as they heard Jesus say, “It is not for you to know the times and season.” The disciples had to experience, a letting go, of all their old lifestyles, their dreams and now even Jesus as they watch Him ascend to heaven. His last words to His disciples, are wait for your New Normal (Act’s 1:8) found in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Haven’t we all asked the same question’s, Lord, when are you going to answer my prayers? and where are you in my time of need? Jesus answer is the same, “wait and receive power, when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.”

It’s by letting go of the old and coming into agreement with His purposes, that we receive our new. Our letting go is always found in our repentance. Psa. 51:10, repentance that creates a clean heart and renews a right spirit in all of us. Let’s believe we are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), “the old has passed away behold all things have become new.” It’s our time during this pandemic to put off the old self (Eph. 4:22-24), “which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires.” It’s time we start renewing the spirit of our minds by “putting on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness.” That’s the power of Pentecost, as we agree with His word that divides the soul and the spirit and discerns the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Heb. 4:12) we receive His power and authority.

Question: Are you holding on to your old to tightly and resist letting it go?

Key Thought: It’s time we let go of all the old in our lives so the New Normal, found in the Pentecost of our lives can be experienced. As we rest and wait we come into agreement with His plans and purposes for our lives. It’s then we experience His goodness as He leads us into repentance. It’s in our repentance that we can truly leave the old and enter the New.


What Are You Waiting For?

2020 has been an interesting year for all of us. When it started most of the prophet’s were saying, it will be a year of “A Double Portion of Blessing” and used the Hebrew number 20 as their springboard. 20 in the Hebrew language literally means complete or perfect waiting period. They said it was going to be a doubling of clear 2020 vision watching God fulfill promises, purposes and the plans that were spoken over our lives. However, what we have experienced so far is a blurred and discouraging period of time. During this New Normal, I’m hearing God say, we need to adjust our focus and seek His heart to see what He is really doing. We have just left the Passover season which Messiah fulfilled with His death and resurrection creating a New Covenant for all of us. Presently, we’re midway through the 50 day grace period that precedes Pentecost and the outpouring of His Holy Spirit. This period is intended to prepare us to receive the fresh anointing of His power and authority. So the question is, “What should we be doing in preparation for His outpouring?”

To find the answer let’s look at Acts 1:4-5. After being together again, Jesus speaks a very important word to His disciples that all of us need to hear during this pandemic. He said, “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but WAIT for the PROMISE of the FATHER. John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” The baptism of the Holy Spirit, isn’t the true definition for Pentecost, though in many churches that hold the title of Pentecostal believe its the act of speaking in tongues, a heavenly, angelic language that honors God. Pentecost, literally means “the Feast of Weeks, 7 to be exact.” It also is known as “The Feast of 50 days, hence the term Pentecost.” The key to this entire scripture is to wait. TO WAIT FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER. Why would Jesus ask them to WAIT? Perhaps He knew better then they, that they weren’t a group of men that waited easily. To wait, means to remain ready for a reason, to delay any action until something happens. I believe, waiting is a test. A test of, will you trust God enough to stay steady without moving on your own agenda’s, to see if God will finish what He’s started and promised in your life. . Acts 1:6, reveal’s their heart, “Lord will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” This shows us the disciples didn’t understand what they were waiting for and totally missed what Jesus had said about the soon coming baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus response in vs. 7, “It is not for you to know times and seasons which the Father has put in His own authority,” shows us and the disciples, that waiting for God’s timing as He fulfills His promises and not our own expectations and agenda’s are the true key to waiting.

Question: How many times has this been our response, pushing our own agenda’s, during this pandemic? Missing the Promise of the Father found in the baptism of the Holy Spirit by not waiting on His leading?

Key Thought: As we Shelter in place in our homes, are we waiting for the Promise of the Father that’s found in the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s in this place that the Holy Spirit can adjust and empower us as we learn the true art of waiting, which leads to repentance. Where we turn from our own agenda’s and return to trusting in God’s timing and fulfillment of His promises in our lives.


The Testimony of a Sunrise

A testimony is defined as a declaration, that speaks as evidence or proof of something you’ve experienced. To me a sunrise is such a testimony, every 24 hour period of time the earth turns toward the sun, as it does we experience dawn, (a sunrise). But in this same 24 hour period of time, darkness occurs as the earth turns away from the sun. The earth is now dwelling in its own shadow. It is in the turning that we experience either sun light or darkness. Turning, is defined as a change of position, so that we’re facing a different direction. In our lives we should be always turning. But for many, we’ve gotten stuck in our darkness, we’ve stopped turning.

Our personal darkness occurs when we turn away from His presence, His truth, His love and end up dwelling in our own shadow, the shadow of our turning. When we’re stuck in our own shadow we fail to see clearly. Deception clouds up our ability to see and know the truth of situations we’re experiencing. The only way out of the shadow of deception is to continue to turn toward the sun. We break free from the enemies lies by turning. We break these strongholds through repentance, that’s defined as turning back to what you knew as truth.

It is interesting to note that each of the four accounts of the Messiah’s resurrection contains a word that speaks of the dawn, the sunrise. The Son rose from the darkness of death and turned death to life, hope from hopelessness, love from lovelessness and created a way where there is no way. Because of this truth we can make the sun arise in our lives by turning to the light. It’s then the light will break through your darkness (Psalm 57:7-8, Psalm 112:4), “Light dawns in the darkness for to the upright (those that our not stuck) he is gracious, merciful and righteous.”

Question: Are you living in your own shadow, stuck in your story, believing the lies your enemy is telling you?

Key Thought: We need to realize that turning should be apart of each of our lives. It should be done early every morning as the birds sing and wake us up. Lam. 3:22-23, tells us, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” It’s time to create your New Sonrise in your life.


What Path Are You On?

As I’ve studied Psalms 23:3, I’ve loved how God restores our soul by leading us in the paths of righteousness. It’s a picture of rescuing a lost one. In Hebrew, “Restoring my Soul”, literally means, to “Bring Me to Repentance.” What good is it to have what verse two talks about, green pastures and still waters when you have a black soul and constantly live in troubled waters? If the Good Shepherd is going to restore us, He first has to lead us back from the somewhere or the someplace, we’ve walked off too. His goal today, is to lead us back to a right path, His path, a Path of Righteousness.

What path are you on? To answer this question, we first need to understand what the word PATH literally means. It has a two-fold meaning. First it’s A Place, a course of direction, and Second it’s, A Behavior, a course of conduct. Do you realize our behavior can lead is to places we should’ve never gone. You see, attitude’s can become open door’s that lead us down wrong path’s or door’s that open to a right path where His Righteousness can be found. It’s all in how you look at the path, each path always has it’s own destination, that is the critical issue. The nature of the path may be easy or difficult, however this shouldn’t be our focus, we should focus on the destination and where it’s leading us. (Pro. 4:25-26), “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the paths of your feet and let all your ways be established.” We need to become people that ponder our paths and think carefully about all the decisions and directions we’re taking. We’ve got to stop judging every path in our lives by what they look like or feel like and start seeing and realizing where they’re taking us. Those easy and smooth roads could lead you over a cliff and those tough and rocky ones to the very place you’ve meant to be all along. (Psalms 25:4), Make me to know your ways, O Lord: teach me your paths.”

Without His leading, our path quickly become dark, causing us to stumble. (Pro. 4:19), “The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what they’re stumbling over.” But with His leading, it is bright. (Pro. 4:18), “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter,” were we will run without being hindered or stumbling. The conclusion of verse 3, “For His Name’s Sake”, has lasting impact on the total verse. If we desire restoration of our soul and being led down paths of righteousness we need to live our lives to display the Glory of His Grace. For as He leads, He honors His Name by leading us in His strength and not our efforts. (2 Cor. 4:7), “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” Today, find your path, a Path of Rightousness.

Question: How many paths have you wandered down and is the path your on right now leading you in the right direction and destination?

Key Thought: This pandemic has resulted in a new normal. Our old normal has lost it’s way and given us paths we’ve never walked down before. This new normal, with its new paths should cause us to ponder our lives and it’s new directions. Let’s carefully think about the path we’re taking and chose well so all our ways will be established. The way we choose well is found in Pro. 4:20. ‘My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.


Feeling Scattered?

I just can’t let go of Mark 14:27, without taking a closer look at what it means to me personally. It say’s, “I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.” With so much time stuck inside these four walls, I’m spending some personal time looking inside my walls and seeing if I’m scattered in any parts of my life. Remember, scattered means, “running in random directions.” We’re living in such a time as this, where fear has challenged everything that was normal and has scattered it. As I looked at John 10:11-12, I had to ask myself, who is leading my life, the Good Shepherd or a hireling, and am I running in random directions? It say’s, “I am the Good Shepherd and lay down My life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, see’s the wolf coming and leaves the sheep fleeing for his own life. The wolf then snatches and scatters them.” I wonder, have I traded my Good Shepherd in for a hired hand whose only interest is self.

A hireling is a person of self-serving and self-preservation that has willfully walked away from the care of a shepherd. A hireling that hasn’t taken ownership over areas of their lives that slowly, silently led them away from a shepherd that truly loves them. That didn’t build accountability in their lives so people could speak corrective words into areas of waywardness and sin. But worst of all, runs when the wolf comes to devour the sheep and lambs. Notice, I didn’t say his sheep, because selfish people aren’t responsible people, all they care about is themselves. Ezek. 34:5 shares that, “We are scattered because there was no shepherd and become food for wild beasts.” When we’re shepherd less we’re lost and hunted. How many of us have become food (VICTIMS) of things we never thought would consume us.

Instead of being a victim, don’t you think its time to become a VICTOR, and resist and defeat the beasts that prowl around with one purpose, to devour (1 Peter 5:8). John 10:16, talks about sheep that can hear the shepherd’s voice and become apart of His flock. That’s where I want to live, in a Psalm 23 place, where David talked about a Good Shepherd that has come only to love, protect and care for His sheep, that know His voice. Sheep that no longer scatter (run) to hired hands (selfish desires) only finding themselves empty and unsatisfied. Sheep that come back to the green pastures and still waters that a Good Shepherd can provide. The Psalm 23 shepherd had it’s beginning’s in Ezek. 34:14-16, the prophet Ezekiel speaks Psalm 23 into existence and who would write it, King David.

Question: Have you ever scattered from a situation? Whose voice did you listened too and where did you end up?

Key Thought: We always have choices in this world. Choices to yield and submit to a loving and caring Good Shepherd or run away like a prodigal into a pig pen of consuming selfish desires. Chose this day whom you’ll serve.


What’s your Offering?

In John 20:22, we see Jesus after speaking Shalom (Peace) over them, breathed on them saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” that breath was full of the power and authority His resurrection provided. This occurred the day after the sabbath, on Sunday, the day of firstfruits. Firstfruits is the day Lev. 23:9 talked about, where the Lord asked the children of Israel to forever bring the firstfruits of their harvest and offer it to God. Jesus rose from the dead on this very day, He was the new firstfruits offering. The power and authority of firstfruits is today found in the Holy Spirit that lives in you.

Firstfruit represents New Beginnings, a day of New Life in us. Firstfruits, breaks the death cycle of winter in our lives and releases the Spring cycle of new harvest. The power and authority of firstfruitfulness produces fruit in areas where nothing has grown. Fruit in the barren areas of our life that has kept us stuck for years, producing life in lifeless ground. It’s the power to take us out of our Egypt’s into our Promise Land. It was Jesus death and resurrection that has become the firstfruits of our life where that which was dead can come back to life.

But be careful you don’t become a doubting Thomas and miss your firstfruit promise. Thomas wasn’t at the crucifixion or the first entrance of Jesus into the locked upper room and now didn’t believe what the other disciples believed…in the resurrection. God’s fruitfulness always gives us second chances and the second time He shows up in the locked upper room, Thomas is there. The dialogue was simple, put your fingers in the holes put your hand in my side, Thomas’s response was “my Lord and my God.” To which Jesus says, “Thomas because you have seen Me you believe, blessed our those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Today, let’s believe in the power and authority of firstfruitfulness. Because of the Holy Spirit, we have the power to produce the firstfruits of love, the firstfruits of joy, the firstfruits of hope. We can love where there was no love, have joy where there was no joy, hope where there was no hope. But most of all, life where there was no life. That life that was dark and hopeless full of death and despair, it’s that life the resurrection power can make new. Today, believe in the abundance God wants for you to have. Eph. 3:20,”now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” But remember, we have a thief that wants to take away your abundancy. John 10:10, “the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I (Jesus) came that you may have life and have it abundantly.” Today, like all the disciples had to learn, let your life become a firstfruit offering as you lay your life down and surrender to Jesus and live abundantly in His resurrection power.

Question: Are you stuck in your story, unfulfilled and discouraged in your life. Feeling a lack of fruitfulness and wishing your life would change, but not knowing how to accomplish it?

Key Thought: Firstfruitfulness requires a sacrifice. Jesus Christ with His death and resurrection become our firstfruit offering. As He breathes His Holy Spirit into your life, you time, your gifts and talents, even your finances become an offering which releases firstfruits in your life. Let’s become men and woman that live in the abundancy firstfruits provide us.


Shalom “Peace Be To You”

This being the last day of Passover, (April 8th- April 16th), I thought it would be meaningful the talk about the first words Jesus speaks to His disciples after His resurrection. Something, He had never said to them before, but now because of His resurrection, He fulfilled (Isa. 53:5), “He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The punishment for our peace was upon Him,” giving Him the authority to declare it over their lives.

It was evening on the first day of the week as Jesus entered the room the disciples were assembled, in fear of the Jews. Standing in their midst, “Peace be to you” were the first words Jesus spoke over them. After walking straight through the locked door, Why those words, when He could’ve spoken any? Many say because of the fear they all seemed to embrace, but a closer look at the word “Peace’, will give us a better picture. First, Gods Peace, seems to find us, we don’t find it. It will walk through any locked doors we have in our life and meet our greatest fears. It has authority, (Col. 3:15), “And let the Peace of God rule in your hearts.” It has the authority to rule over anything in your life. The reason, is found in the literal translation of the word Peace. Jesus actually said Shalom, the difference between Peace and Shalom is huge. Shalom means harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and well-being. All that in one word, but it also can be used in hello and goodbye. His sacrifice, they thought was a goodbye, when it actually was a hello, (He’s sneaky like that). It was only through His sacrifice that we find our Peace today. The key is to learn how to live in His Shalom when we’re locked in our rooms full of fear.

Notice in John 20:21, Jesus, not only said it once, but He repeated Himself. Sometimes we need a double-portion of Peace before we really get it. We need it in our coming and goings. The first greeting was when He came into the room and the second was in His sending them out into the world as He breathed on them giving them the Holy Spirit. The original creation, Gen. 2:7 began with the breath of God in Adams life; now the new creation comes with the breath of God the Son, in the lives of the disciples.

His Shalom and the breath of the Holy Spirit are door openers for you today. As this Passover Season ends, agree with me, that a new beginning of Gods Shalom (Peace) and the power of His Holy Spirit will be released in your life.

Question: Are you sensing an urgency, as this pandemic continues to experience God’s Shalom (Peace) and the power of His Holy Spirit?

Key Thought: Let’s make sure we don’t have any locked doors in our lives. Today, receive Gods Shalom, His Peace and allow the Holy Spirit to breath on you, giving you the power and authority that’s needed to enjoy and fulfill your life.


Why Stay in Your Tomb?

What place is more sorrowful, depressing and hopeless than a tomb. We’ve all walked around cemetery plots visiting those we’ve lost and thinking about the “what if’s” concerning each of our family and friends. Todays blog hopefully will bring light to a dark place in each of our lives. The tomb has always been the place of death, that’s what makes this blog so amazing. Let’s first define what a tomb is: A tomb is a place where hope ends, dreams and plans end, where all of life ends. It’s a place where everything ends. But in God, it’s the place where the end becomes a place of new beginnings. The reason? It’s because of the extreme way the Kingdom of God works in our life. In Gods Kingdom, the journey goes not from life to death, but death to life. Where the end is really the beginning. It’s where the gospel begins in our life, where faith grows in our life and where the message of salvation begins in our life. In the Tomb, Jesus showed us that we all have to come to a place of death to really fulfill life. It’s in our tombs that we find life.

With all that being said, why do we often hang on and stay in our tombs of bitterness, anger, self-hatred, wounded relationships, staying in darkness and never venturing outside into the light. Reason, we have become so familiar with our surroundings (tomb life), that it becomes comfortable and all we know. Even though it causes us to experience darkness with it’s death cycle’s in our life and our relationships. There must come a moment in our hearts and lives, when we break out of our personal tombs, desiring life more than death. In John 20:14-16, Mary Magdalene discovered this very thing, when she heard her name “Mary”, spoken by Jesus. It’s with one spoken word that death can become life. It’s hearing your name spoken by the Risen Savior, that releases you from darkness, breaking the chains of bondage and setting you free. Jesus didn’t reveal Himself to Mary by telling her who He was but by telling her who she was in Him. That’s what happens when the King calls your name, it releases you to truly hear and know who you are in Him as He releases and frees you from your tomb. What her eyes failed to recognize, her ears heard clearly. It was her name being said that allowed her heart to leave the tomb behind.

It’s here, leaving the tomb, with the instructions to run back and tell the apostles that she had seen the Risen Jesus and He was about to go to His Father. Later that same night, when she and the apostles were in an upper room with the doors locked, Jesus walks right through the door without opening it (He’s sneaky like that). Whenever we’re stuck in our tombs and locked in our rooms, He finds a way to enter and deal with our issues (He’s sneaky like that). Standing in their midst, Jesus gives them the key to forever being released from their tombs and locked rooms when He says, “Peace be with you, not once but twice as He showed them His hands and His side. Breathing on them to receive the Holy Spirit”, He brought new life and hope and the fulfillment of their mission and calling to the world. The same breath that breathed life into man in the Garden of Eden once again breathed life into the disciples. A work of re-creation by the washing and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

Question: Are you tired of being stuck in a tomb or locked in a room, feeling a desperation to escape and be released from your despair and pain into a new freedom, a new beginning?

Key Thought: What seems to be a tomb with no exit is truly not the end but just a beginning. But, only those who come to the place of the end, can enter the new beginning. It’s in the place of ending, when we repent and ask forgiveness, that we find our new beginnings. It’s the place Jesus will show up (He’s sneaky like that) and call your name setting you free.


The Emmaus Road: Are You Coming or Going?

It’s over, they thought as they watched Jesus die on the cross. All their hopes, plans and dreams hung on a bloody cross, in a lifeless body. How could this happen, it wasn’t suppose to be like this, it was suppose to be different, they thought as they all walked away, heading in different directions. In Luke 24:13-16, we see two men walking toward Emmaus. They weren’t the famous apostles, that were hiding behind locked doors, back in Jerusalem. These were two ordinary and unknown men that followed Jesus, hoping that the prophet would fulfill their dream and redeem Israel. Heading toward Emmaus, a town that literally means, (a people despised or obscure, concealed and kept from being seen), we see the two discussing what had just happened in Jerusalem 7 miles away. Isn’t it interesting when all our hope is lost, we have a tendency to run away and hide in obscure places far away from where we really need to be. Running from their pain, they were traveling in the wrong direction with their backs turned away from the promise. It was over, they had watched Him be arrested, judged, beaten and crucified. What they didn’t know, is in those most hopeless times, that’s when their savior shows up right beside them. Jesus walking up from behind, (He’s sneaky like that), falls into step right next to both of them and asks, “What are you talking about?” Their response, “you must be the only stranger in Jerusalem to have not known about the things that have happened the last few days.” What things? Jesus asks with a smile (He’s sneaky like that). The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a prophet mighty in deed and word and how the chief priests delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But the next few words, tell the whole story of their sadness and despair. We were Hoping. We Had Hoped, that Jesus would’ve redeemed Israel. All our hopes were hung on the cross. Standing next to Hope, they were hopeless. We had hoped but its over now, and we’re heading home to Emmaus to hide away. In asking the question, Jesus causes them to reveal the state of their hearts. He wanted to know from them, what He wants to know from us today: can we still believe without seeing with our own eyes? He knows when we’ve been hit so hard, and all hope gets knocked out of us, we often quit, give up and walk away. It was the 3rd day since all this took place, wouldn’t you think they would have wanted to wait and see what the Messiah said would come to pass. He said He would arise on the 3rd day. The 3rd day is not the time to walk away and miss the best part.

Remember these were common, simple men that had lost all hope. They had lost their joy and felt totally deserted, but they still loved to talk about Jesus. The reason they asked Jesus to stay for dinner. They not only invited Him, they held Him, they grasped His hand, tugged at His cloak and wouldn’t let Him go. Jesus, playing with them about needing to continue on, agreed to stay (He’s sneaky like that). It was at the table again that the revelational truth of who Christ is gets revealed. Remember, these two weren’t at the last super where Jesus revealed the truth about the bread being His body and the cup being His blood. It’s at this table, Jesus shares the truth of who He is through the scriptures. Starting with the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to the Passover sacrificial Lamb, Jesus described His suffering and resurrection. But it was when Jesus took the bread and broke it, that truth was revealed, as the two men sitting at the table saw the scars of nails on His wrists that bound Him to the cross. It was then their eyes were open, to who walked and talked with them on the road to Emmaus and now sat with them, restoring their faith and hope in who He said He was.

It’s when our eyes get opened, to who Jesus truly is in our lives, that our hearts will burn within us. In Luke 24:16, their eyes were restrained from seeing Him but in vs.35 they’re now opened to who He truly is. Today, He might be right in front of you, walking right next to you and sitting down with you at every meal and your missing Him because your eyes aren’t open. Don’t you think its time to turn around on your Emmaus road and come back to your Jerusalem where your resurrected promise of a fulfilled life awaits you? If you wanted a Heart of Hope to burn inside you, before its to late (He disappeared from the table because He’s sneaky like that) turn today and receive His promise that something better is waiting for you this Easter.

Question: Are you on a Road to Emmaus, a place of uncertainty, not able to see what you need and desire when He’s walking, standing or sitting right beside you?

Key Thought: On our Road to Emmaus, when our Hopes and dreams seem to have disappeared, let’s never forget Christ has made a way for us. In His death, burial and resurrection, He has released the Holy Spirit to be apart of our life, as He walks and talks with us. Let’s not miss any moment of our life with eyes shut wide open, because we haven’t come to the Cross. Let’s discover how our Hearts will burn within us, as we embrace our Lord and Savior this Passover Season.


The Song of the Garden

Did you realize the last part of the Passover Seder super always concluded with a song, Psalm 118. It was the song, Jesus and the disciples sang, as they left the upper room and entered the Garden of Gethsemane. Many call it the Song of the Stone, because in the middle of the Garden sat a huge circular Olive Press stone that was used for crushing the olives to receive it’s oil. The crushing they would experience here would declare and release the destiny of both the disciples and Jesus. As they sang this song, they all came into agreement with the heart of God. The Garden would become a place of surrender. They would all experience the “Olive Press” and be crushed, as promises, hopes and dreams seemed to die as Jesus was taken away by a betrayer and the Sanhedrin for 30 pieces of silver. At that moment, everything turned toward His suffering and death. As they entered singing, Jesus knowing His time was short, now asks them to pray with Him. In Luke 22:40,46, we hear Jesus say to the disciples, “Pray that you will not enter into temptation.” And in vs. 42, we hear Jesus praying, “Father, if its Your will, take this cup away from Me; never the less not My will, but Yours be done.” Its here, in times of crushing, God will send ministering angels to help (Luke 22:43).

Arrested and brought to the priests, He was put on trial and condemned to death, which was their plan all along. In the morning they took Him to Pontius Pilate, not seeing His guilt, he sent Him to Herod, who sent Him back to Pilate. He was then beaten, mocked, scourged and led through the streets of Jerusalem as those that sang Hosanna now cried out, Crucify Him. Heading to the cross, the revelation of what he was meant to do became a reality. As our sacrificial Lamb, He would suffer in agony for hours and then with His last breath say, “It is finished”, and die.

When Satan heard those words, “It is finished”, I’m sure he rejoiced and thought he’d won, but little did he know the war had just begun. Jesus’s broken body and shed blood on the cross was a part of an eternal plan of redeeming a people that had walked away from the love of God. Jesus had to die, for all the sins of the world, the guilt of man, and the fall of man. He did it all on the sixth day, the day of man, so man’s redemption, that was lost in the fall of man could be received. What the first Adam lost in the Garden of Eden, the second Adam (the Messiah) redeemed in the Garden of Gethsemane. His will was crushed (not my will but yours be done) as He yielded to Gods will and then His body was crushed as a crown of thorns were driven into His head and nails were driven through His wrists and ankles and a spear driven into His side. When the crown was driven into His head it became something very significant. Crowns represent authority and kingship, and many thought, He was the King of the Jews, but this crown of thorns meant much more. It meant, He became the King of Thorns, the King of the curse. The crown of thorns speak of the pain and tears of man which He was to bear. The thorns are tied to the curse and the curse is linked to death and by bearing the weight of the curse He becomes King over it. The one who wears the crown has authority to turn your sorrow into joy, your death into life, and your thorns into blossoms.

Question: Have you brought the thorns, the wounds, the shame, the sorrows of your life to the King of Thorns, as you commit and release them to His Authority?

Key Thought: The Key to releasing Gods authority in our lives over all our sin and shame is found in Psalm 118, the Song of the Stone, as you sing and pray your way through all the crushing you’ll go through in our Gardens of Gethsemane and receive your victory.


Spy Wednesday: The Act of Betrayal

John 13:2-3, states that after the Seder supper, the devil put into Judas Iscariot’s heart a plan to betray Jesus. It seems the devil is always after our heart because he knows that’s where our passion lives and he wants to influence it. However, it’s important to realize, no SPY WEDNESDAY, will or can pass by our Lord without Him knowing about it. Jesus, in the middle of the meal, began to speak of His death. “Truly, truly I say to you, One of you will betray me.” Then He gave them a sign as the disciples asked, “Lord who is it.” “He who dips his hand with me into the dish will betray me,” He answered. It was then that Judas dipped his hand into the dish and Satan entered him. It’s in the dipping that agreement took place fulfilling Judas role and identity as a betrayer. It’s here, Jesus said to Judas, “whatever you need to do, do quickly.” Jesus knew what was taking place but the disciples, once again, missed what was happening. In vs.28, They all thought since Judas had the $$ it was for him to go buy something needed to finish their time in the upper room or give something to the poor. The Bible says in vs.30, “having received the piece of bread, he left immediately. And it was night.” That’s what happens when the devil puts deception in our hearts, we become dark and everything goes black as night.

Lets look at the darkness that fell on Judas (the betrayer). First, let us realize this all happened after Judas partook of the Seder supper taking the bread and wine and had his feet washed by the Messiah. It was the taking of the bread (Matza) as both Jesus and Judas dipped into the dish of bitter herbs that represented Christs agreement to embrace the bondage and suffering that would soon take place. The dipping also fulfilled Judas’s identity as the betrayer. It was right after this that Judas walked into darkness and Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.” Could it be that all of us have a seed of Judas in our hearts? A seed that’s wrapped around selfish desires and self-serving expectations. Wanting Jesus to do something for us, instead of, be something, in us. Judas looked just like all the other disciples for three years. You couldn’t tell him apart from, Peter, James and John, so what happen that caused him to turn on Jesus and betray him. Judas became just like the people singing “Hosanna, in the highest”, as He entered Jerusalem that were now yelling, “Crucify Him” days later. The reason, He wasn’t who they wanted. They wanted a Lion but they needed a Lamb. What moved Judas from a man with selfish motives to a betrayer of Christ was his dipping into bitterness. Those Unfulfilled expectations.

Question: As you do an examination of your motives, do you see any unfulfilled expectations lying dormant in your life, waiting for the right moment to spring forth and betray who you really are in Christ and the purpose He desires for your life?

Key Thought: It would seem that all of us have a seed of Judas in our lives. Seeds that are lying dormant and haven’t sprouted yet but have the potential to betray us and those we love. The question lies with whom do you align yourself with as you dip your Matza into the bowl of bitter herbs. Is it Jesus or Judas?


Passover#4…From the Table to the Garden

In Matt. 26:30, when the Seder supper was done, the disciples, led by Jesus, sang a song, a hymn (Psalm 118), as they depart to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. All Passover meals ended with a song and as Jesus headed to the Garden He and the disciples were singing this Psalm. Notice vs. 13-14, “I was pushed hard so that I was falling but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song, He has become my salvation.” But the ending verses 27-29, are the key to life when being crushed, “You are my God and I will give thanks to you, you are my God, I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good for his steadfast love endures forever.” But vs. 27, tells us what was going to happen in this garden with the words, “God is Lord, which has showed His light to us, bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” Translating, nails for cords and the cross for altar, you see the crucifixion taking place. Jesus was going to personally embrace, in the Garden, what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 118.

The Garden of Gethsemane, is a garden all of us have to go through, if we’re ever going to experience Gods true love and resurrection life. It’s the place where a surrendering of will’s take’s place. It’s here that the, “If it is possible”, will be challenged as we make decisions to yield or resist Gods plan and purpose for our lives. Jesus, like all of us, had to make these decisions. First, a little history of the garden. This garden had a stone in the middle of it that was used as an old olive press. In fact, the word Gethsemane literally means, “olive press.” It was used to crush olives so the oil inside could be collected and used. For this oil to be released it had to have a rock roll over it, crushing the olive. Crushed is an interesting word, it literally means to deform, pulverize or force inwards. I’ve realized, only when force is applied inward, that something new comes forward. It’s the crushing of the old in our lives, that will release the oil of new from our lives. Oil, that’s linked to our healing, our joy and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives. So when it says that Jesus began in vs. 36-39, to be sorrowful and deeply distressed, as He said “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death,” we now know why. He was about to be crushed. First, the crushing of His will, (not my will, but thine be done), and than the crushing of His life. The suffering Jesus was about to experience started in this garden.

The cup that Jesus said, “If it is possible let it pass from me”, and was about to drink, was a cup of revelation. He was going to take on all the sin’s of the world. But the agony, He felt was not only from the sin of the world but that His Father couldn’t look at sin and would have to turn His back on His son as He dies on the cross.

Question: Have you ever been to a Garden of Gethsemane, where you had a rock roll over you crushing you as you’re wondering, how do I get out of this or get through it? Asking yourself, what good can come out of this?

Key Thought: When we are crushed by the circumstances of life in our gardens, let’s look at what Jesus did. He went into the garden of crushing, singing Psalm 118 over His life. This was His, and can be your testimony, as you overcome, by agreeing with Gods word over your life and by yielding to the crushing. It’s God’s plan to release His oil of healing, joy and the Holy Spirit over your life. This is true resurrection of your life.


Passover #3…Palm Sunday “leads to Passover table talk”

On Sunday before Christ’s crucifixion, we see Jesus coming into Jerusalem, knowing that soon He would lay down His life for our sins. The crowds welcomed Him with waving palm branches and shouting Hosanna, to the son of David, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna, in the highest! Hosanna means (save now), they all hoped He would save them and heal their land as He broke Roman tyranny, missing the very reason He came and who He really was. They saw and hoped for the Lion King and missed the sacrificial Lamb (Matt. 21:11).

Now when the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover, Jesus sent Peter and John into Jerusalem to find the room for their Seder supper. This meal was to be shared with family and friends in a home on the night Christians call Good Friday. This was no accident or coincidence. It was all part of the plan. His heart was to earnestly share this meal with His disciples and win their heart’s of understanding and agreement.

The Passover table has great meaning for the Christian today. It is here, that Jesus bluntly told the disciples that He was about to sacrifice His life. He was letting the world know, in no uncertain terms, that He is the Great I Am, as the sacrificial Lamb. Taking the bread, giving thanks, breaking it and saying this is my body given for you and lifting a cup saying this is a new covenant in My blood were not the traditional explanations for this Seder meal. The focus was not just about the suffering of Israel in Egypt but on the sin-bearing suffering that Jesus would soon experience. He fulfilled the meaning and symbolism of the Passover by declaring who He is and what He was about to do.

This Passover table provided one more total departure from traditional expectations. The Foot Washing. In John 13:4-5, Jesus rose from the table and laid aside His garments, which would literally be stripped from Him, as He went to the cross. Taking a towel, He started doing something that had never been done before. The job, the lowest servant performed was now being done by the master. As He poured water into a basin, just like His blood would soon be poured out on the cross, he kneels down, in a humble position, and starts washing dirty feet. This is what Christs blood does, it cleans us up and washes us white as snow (Isa. 1:18). As Jesus went around washing and drying their feet, a dramatic scene unfolds. This was right after the disciples entered the room debating who was the greatest among them. By demonstrating this act of humility, Jesus showed them true greatness and taught the proud, arguing disciples what true humility looked like. Yes, the foot washing was a powerful lesson in humility, but it was more than that. It also showed them to be apart of Jesus, (If I don’t wash you, you have no part of Me!) they would need to receive His washing and embrace a new commandment, that they should love one another as He had loved them (John 13:34).

Question: Have you missed Christs true identity as He passes by you? Hoping and wishing He would set you free from sin and shame that keeps you stuck in your past?

Key Thought: It was the Passover Seder that revealed Christ’s true identity and purpose. Passover and everything that revolves around it is found in who Jesus Christ, the son of God is. As Jesus revealed this truth to His disciples, He is still trying to reveal it to you. This Passover season, Jesus is looking for you, like His disciples to come into alignment and agree with who He is and what He can do in your life.


Passover#2…The Transition: Lion to the Lamb

As Jesus came into Jerusalem, we see the Lion of Judah, that stood before the Gates of Hell six months earlier, proclaiming He is the Great I Am, now changing His focus as He heads to the Passover table. The Lion was becoming the Lamb (a first fruits offering) at this last supper (Ex. 12:21). It is here, when Passover, the season of first fruits is celebrated (1 Cor. 15:20). It begins a new season, when the old season is left behind and a new season begins. Jesus knew, Passover was a new beginning for His disciples, but they weren’t getting any of it. The Passover table is a place we go, as Jesus did, to move into a new season of our lives (1 Cor. 5:7). Jesus (Yeshua) as the fulfillment of Passover, by His death and resurrection, takes all the leaven (sin/shame) out of our lives and creates a new life through His sacrifice. He came to the Passover table with fervency and a deep understanding of its importance (Luke 22:15). Jesus knew, by yielding and submitting His heart to His Father, His purpose and calling would be fulfilled.

The Passover table was where the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony resided (Rev. 12:10-11). By positioning Himself at the Passover table, He aligned Himself with what was spoken in Ex. 12:21, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover Lamb.” It was here that Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb that was needed for all mankind. He understood this was where He needed to be for this purpose and calling to be fulfilled. But He needed to agree and declare it, “For this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” The old covenant was written on stones but this covenant is written on our hearts (Heb. 10:16). A new covenant that gives us all a fresh start and in so doing, He fulfills Passover. Not only does Yeshua fulfill Passover for all mankind, He also fulfills your personal Passover. During this Passover season receive a new, a fresh release of your calling and purpose.

Question: Have you allowed Jesus (Yeshua) to fulfill the deliverance Passover provides from your old lifestyle and release the new life found in your purpose and calling?

Key Thought: As we come to the Passover table this season, lets change our focus from a self serving person, stuck in the past to a humble person fulfilling your purpose and calling on your knees.


Passover #1…From the Cave to the Table

A decree, defined as an official order, issued by a legal authority, is what took place at the Cave called the Gates of Hell(Matt. 16:13-19). This incident, took place six months before Jesus entered into Jerusalem and was Crucified. It was pivotal in Jesus’ ministry, marking the climax of His teaching concerning His own Person. Here, as well, He began preparing His disciples for His approaching death. While standing at the Gates of Hell, He reveals that He is the Great I Am, with all authority and power shaking all the demons in hell. This reality needed to be understand and declared by His disciples, however when asked “who do people say I Am, they didn’t know. All except for Peter. His response, “You are Christ, the Son of the Living God” was the right answer. This is the moment His church was birthed.

On Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people that we’re singing His praises failed to realize who was passing by on a colt (Luke 19:41-42,44). The people shouting Hosanna and laying down their cloaks, like the disciples at the cave, missed it. They were hoping this King would over throw Roman tyranny and set them free. This made Jesus weep. No one knew what His entry into Jerusalem was all about, the agreement that Peter had at the cave with Christs identity was not to be found here. As Jesus is moving into Jerusalem, He reveals His identity, as a sacrificial Lamb. At the Gates of Hell, He revealed Himself as the Lion of Judah, but now His tone changes as they start to celebrate the Passover meal together. He expresses His fervent desire to eat the Passover with His disciples before He has to suffer. As He sits down with His disciples to celebrate, He reveals His identity as a sacrificial lamb to them as He declares, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” He then took the cup after supper saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” (Mathew 22:19&20). As He declares who He is and what He is called to do, His disciples demonstrate their agreement by partaking of the bread and wine. Christ asks them to continue to “do this in remembrance of me.” (Mathew 22:19).

They were obedient to Christs instruction to take, eat and drink, missing the complete meaning, it was His body breaking and His blood bleeding as our sacrificial Lamb for all our sins. This sacrificial Lamb was to become their savior. How many times have we obeyed without understanding the importance it has for our lives.

Question: Do we hinder the Kingdom of God in our lives when we don’t come into agreement with Gods purposes?

Key Thought: The parallels found in the Gates of Hell and the Passover table are so powerful. In both places, Jesus declares His identity (the Lion and the Lamb) and as the disciples came into agreement and alignment with Gods word His Kingdom is released here on earth as it is in heaven. At that Passover table as He broke the bread, He gave it New Meaning as He fulfilled the Old Covenant: It’s now His body being broken. As He took the cup and drank, He once again gave it New Meaning and fulfilled the Old covenant: It’s His blood being poured out in a New Covenant for them, now becoming their Savior.


Shut the Front Door

Last night, Jeanne had an amazing dream of a Portal, that opened up a door for her to understand and experience a deep spiritual connection to the heavenly realm. It’s this portal and it’s connection we want to discuss today. This connection is expressed in Matt. 6:10, the Lords prayer, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This scripture describes the connection between the natural and the supernatural. It’s a Doorway from the kingdom of heaven to the kingdom of earth.

In the dream, a door was left open and a snake had come into the room. Not only did it crawl but it also had legs to swiftly move around a filthy dirty room. It seemed to have a dual identity, it moved like a snake but it had legs that allowed it to scurry off. At first it seemed headless and harmless, not a threat, she called me for help as she continued to clean up the room. She noticed while cleaning, the snake grew larger and was moving about with a new head. She called again, louder this time, “get a gun and come help.” To which I came down with a faithful neighbor, a trustworthy friend that had a gun. The dream ends but she knew that we had dealt with this serpent.

So what did this dream reveal to us? We prayed that the Holy Spirit would lead us into an understanding. We had to start with the revelation, that a door was left open. Open doors are always the portal for evil to enter our lives. Our first response was to go to the Throne of Grace (Heb. 4:16) and repent for those doors in our lives that have been left open. Even though we’re believers, there always seem to be area’s of our lives that we’re not yet willing to close. This allows the snake to crawl in, at first it seems harmless but it grows with evil purpose and moves about into all areas of your life. This makes a life filthy and dirty. It will always get bigger as you allow it to stay apart of your life. The only way to close open doors and deal with snakes in your life is Repentance.

After closing the door through repentance, we now have the authority to deal with the snake (Luke 10:19). The word says, “we have authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy, and nothing will harm you.” How is this possible? The next verse tells us, because our names are written in heaven. This is a portal that allows us to experience what Christ paid for on Calvary, by shedding His blood for us. It’s His authority that can be found in us when we put on the full armor of God and take our stand against evil (Eph. 6:10-12).

Question: Have you left doors open in your life and are experiencing the evil that open doors can bring?

Key Thought: We need to be able and willing to take a close look at our lives, to see if any open doors exist. And if there is, we need to know how to move to the Throne of Grace and do the warfare that’s needed in dealing with the supernatural. As we repent and declare, who He is, in us, the battle is won.


Standing at the Gates of Hell

In Matt. 16:13, Jesus is standing in Caesarea Philippi, before a cave where the half man half goat deity Pan was worshipped and sacrificed too. His demonic temple was called the gates of hell, noted by the deep bloody red water that occurred when the sacrificial goat was slaughtered and thrown in the water. Pan was known for his loud roar as he came out of the cave. This roar caused much Panic in all the people as they ran for their lives. It was here, Jesus asks a question to His disciples, “Who do people say that I, the Son of Man, am?” In asking the question, Jesus declares His identity within the question, I Am, is who Jesus truly is. Within the cave, the demon Pan and all of hell heard Jesus decree His identity, I Am. Jesus and the demons were now waiting to hear who men said Jesus was. Their responses, “some say”, held no truth or authority. So Jesus asks a second time, who do you say I Am, to which Peter responds, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This spoken declaration was heard throughout hell and changed everything. Jesus could’ve chosen anywhere to decree His authority, our authority and the churches authority but He chose to stand before the cave of Pan and the Gates of Hell to declare it.

Christ’s response established the authority, we the church, have over all of hell and what it tries to put on us. This authority is found in the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven that Christ says, we all have as believers. Keys are the Key to understanding this passage of scripture. 1st Key, is the ability to stand (take a position) just like Jesus did before the cave of the Gates of Hell. We are to put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:13) that we may be able to stand when the days of evil come and against the wiles of the devil. 2nd Key, is a complete understanding of the authority found in the Name of Jesus and the power we have in declaring it. In Luke 9:1-2, we see Jesus calling His 12 disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3rd Key: is understanding who we are as His church in this world. Eph. 3:10, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Since we don’t struggle with flesh and blood, but against rulers and authorities, against powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil all found in heavenly realms.

The result of these 3 keys to His kingdom are we have the authority to Bind (put a stop to, hold back, to restrict) and to Loose (untie, unlock, to forgive, to free) here in lies our authority. It’s with this authority that believers need to start setting people free in Jesus’ name. It’s interesting that we often hear from the media during this pandemic to “plan and not panic.” Gods plan is clearly set before us in Matt. 16:13-19.

Question: Is it time for each one of us to stop or resist panicking and start following Gods plan?

Key Thought: Gods plan, found in His word, is first to take a stand as you position yourself to win a fight. Second, know who you are in Christ and start declaring it with confidence. Third, to understand who we are as the Body of Christ and the authority we can display as we walk in unity as His church.


Fight Right, Fight with Focus

In 2 Chron. 20, we see Jehoshaphat and the tribe of Judah being attacked from behind by a vast army. Jehoshaphat’s response in vs. 3, is what we want to look at first. Notice, when enemies we aren’t expecting, (the pandemic’s of life), sneak up from behind to destroy us, fear is the first response we often experience. It can be a disease that’s jumped on you, the unexpected loss of a family member, losing a job and it’s income, a disability that puts you into a wheelchair or assisted living. The pain, they all bring in our lives is often more than we can handle. It always seems, overwhelming and bigger than you. It’s here, that the battle begins and choices are made. It’s wise to choose your battles, when you can, BUT what do you do when the battle chooses you?

This vast army was one day’s march away and had caught all of Judah off guard. A surprise attack, that found them unprepared to defend themselves. Notice, once again Jehoshaphat’s response, vs. 4-9, he runs to the Lord God. When battles catch you off guard, where and to whom do you run? During this pandemic sneak attack, let’s run to where we should’ve been all along, in the presence of the King of Kings. It’s here, Jehoshaphat changes his focus, as he remembers how God worked in his life, and at the same time, reminds God of who He is and what He’s promised to do and be in their lives. In vs. 12, reality sets in, as his tone changes from, Lord we’ve done everything we could do in obedience to your word, BUT this one is on you, God. You told Moses, we couldn’t kill them and now they want to kill us. This is not our fault, Lord!!

It’s during time’s of fear that we need to refocus our vision and desire to hear a prophetic word from God. Up steps Jahaziel, in vs. 14, in the midst of the assembly, the spirit of the Lord fell on him and he gives a word that’s needed in America and the world today. In vs. 15 we hear, “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but Gods.” All the deaths, all the economic panic, all the global fear, might seem like a great horde that has overcome us but the Word of the Lord is, don’t fear have faith. Fear is always followed with a fight of what are we focusing on. Faith is fighting with a new focus seeing who is greater in you, than he who is in the world. Faith is learning who to trust and depend on when sneak attacks hit you from behind.

What’s needed today is real faith found in obedience to Gods word. Faith that can stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord. Real faith that’s found in true worship, vs. 19, they stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Isreal, with a very loud voice, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever.” It was when Judah started to worship God that He set up ambushes against the enemy. When we worship we change our focus from the demonic horde that only want’s to destroy, to a dynamic God that only want’s to heal. Let’s learn to worship in times of worry, so God can set up ambushes against our enemies today!

Question: Are you in the middle of a fight for your life, have you lost something of great importance and value?

Key Thought: In the midst of all our battles, we must believe in the Lord our God and we shall be established, believe in the prophets, Gods word, and we shall prosper. (2 Chron. 20:20) in the year of 2020 lets watch God win our battles.


A Pattern for Deliverance

This pattern for deliverance from our sin and fear is first found in the season of Purim which comes from the Book of Esther. It was just celebrated (March 8th-9th 2020). To understand this pattern, let’s look at Mordecai’s response after hearing the Jewish race was going to be annihilated by a vicious and vindictive Haman (Esther 3:13). We see his response, humbly tearing his clothes and putting on sackcloth with ashes influencing an entire nation of Jews who responded in kind (Ester 4:1-3). We need to see the need for Repentance, in our lives if we want a victory over our enemy. It’s Repentance that gains Gods favor in our lives as He hears the cries of our heart. It’s with Gods favor that we gain the legal authority to win our battle over the enemy.

We see this pattern for deliverance repeated during this coming Passover season. On the Jewish calendar, its April 8th-16th 2020, these two events (Purim and Passover) are to be remembered and celebrated by Gods people as we come into an agreement with the deliverance God provided. Passover remembers Gods deliverance from slavery and death. The blood of the sacrificial lamb was sprinkled on the doorposts and lintel of each house (Ex. 12:7, 23) saving them from death and slavery when the Lord passed over in judgement. Sacrificial blood has to have the spirit of Repentance on it for it to have it’s authority and power to set us free. Psa. 51:17, shows us, “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart , O God you will not despise.” God is still looking for a David’s heart, one that had to learn how the repent for his time with Bathsheba. Each time during this season when we Repent, we bring a sacrifice to Gods Altar. You are a living sacrifice that needs to understand how Repentance opens a Doorway into Gods authority and power. This Doorway always leads to a battle that we can win (2 Cor. 10:4-5).

We saw this in the Book of Esther when the Jewish people were given freedom from Haman’s curse but they needed to fight for it (Esther 9:1, 5). They needed the Kings edict and decree that released them to fight and win in the battle. Just like King Jesus gives you and I authority over evil to fight and win (Luke 10:19). This Passover season we have two battle fronts we’ll have to fight. The Book of Esther tells us to take your stand and fight the enemy that wants to keep you in bondage but Exodus 12:12 (Passover), tells you to duck and cover, run inside and wait for the Lord who will do your fighting for you and make a way through your Red Sea.

We are presently observing the season of Lent, which literally means (spring season), 40 days, Feb. 26th-April 11th which includes Purim and Passover. Isn’t this interesting, this is the same period of time the coronavirus has trapped us in houses and canceled much of our lives. Our response should be two-fold during Lent, first as we Repent remember Gods favor falls on us and His authority and power is to be used against this pandemic. So its time to respond with force and believe in faith for your victory. Second, duck and cover as we enter His presence in Psa. 27:5, “He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.”

Question: Are you seeking Gods presence and protection during this pandemic time? Is faith or fear ruling your life?

Key Thought: As we remember and agree with what God did during Purim and Passover we position ourselves for Him to do it again during this season of Lent.


Coming out of Our Caves of Fear

In 1 Kings 19:8-12, we see the prophet Elijah in a troubling place, a CAVE. Elijah after defeating 500 Baal prophets is running from the roar of Jezebel, she said, “if I don’t destroy you like you destroyed my prophets, I shall die.” It was the roar of Jezebel that caused fear to climb all over him as he ends up hiding in a cave. It’s the very theme of today, because of the pandemic, we’re all hiding in our own caves (houses). We’ve been told to stay 6 feet apart, don’t go out side and if you do only be in a group of 10. The question we need to ask ourselves is the very question God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?”

Let’s break that statement down, the question God is asking us is: What, are you doing, here? The answer is found back in verse 8, when God took care of an exhausted Elijah with food and drink and told him he needed his strength for this 40 day and 40 night journey. 40 is an important number in Hebrew history, as we’re battling the Roar of Pan with it’s pandemic spirit of fear through out our land. 40 is mentioned 146 times in scripture, the number symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. So what are we doing in our caves during this testing time? Let’s look at Elijah’s response.

Whenever we go into our caves, out of fear, we’ll get a visitation of the Holy Spirit asking, What’s up?. The test is, what’s in your heart, are you trusting me as the pandemic thunder roll’s through, with lighting of fear flashing in your faces and the earth shaking wind of media spreading lies and deception?. In vs. 11, we see God asking us to come out of our cave and take a stand. This many times is the toughest test of all, having to take a stand. It will take the whole armor of God to stand (Eph. 6:13). We are to test everything and hold fast to what is good. Heb. 10:23, states “Let us hold fast to our confession without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Coming out of our caves will take courage. A still calm is going to come but, will we be ready to hear the still small voice of God speaking to our hearts?. This still small whisper is more powerful than any pandemic ever brought to our land. It’s going to take coming out of your cave and standing at it’s entrance with your mantle pulled over your head. This is a Tallit and had two purposes, one it was pulled over Jewish heads to find the secret place to hear God’s voice. Second, it was a sign of humility as you come before the Lion of Judah. It’s when you’re in the secret place with a humble heart that the Spirit of God will ask you a second time, Now, what are you doing here? He asks us when we’re running and hiding in caves but He also asks us again when we take a stand and hold fast to His truth. We fulfill what Rev. 2:7 says, “Those that have ears to hear what the spirit say’s will be overcomers.”

Question: Have you found yourself hiding in a cave recently, full of fear wondering what’s up or what to do?

Key Thought: While this pandemic storm thunders by we must to be able to hear His still small voice. This takes a person of courage to overcome fear and release their faith. It only happens, when we take a stand and are willing to come out of our caves finding our secret place with Christ with an honest and humble heart.


Are You Experiencing a Roar?

The Roar, just personally hit our lives. This morning my son, a Washington State teacher, having his school shut down, is at home with his new born baby girl. I have had a cold and still coaching my golf team covering my mouth when I coughed and staying 6 feet away with no hand shaking after a round was completed. I had no fever and now just a occasional cough. Feeling fine, I text my son and said, “let’s repair your deck today.” To which he responded, “stay home dad”, that’s after I offered to pay for all the supplies. LOL. I want to talk about this today. I’m sure you all can relate and have experienced similar situations this past month.

First, I want to look at the ROAR we’re hearing from this flu virus. Roar, literally means a loud rumble or thunder. A deep, prolonged sound uttered with pain, anger or approval. It’s found 22 times in the word of God as roaring lions, angry roaring men and the roaring God will do when He goes to battle. But, I want us to look at one more roar I believe, is the major part of this pandemic. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Lions are an interesting study because their partner the lioness does the “lion share” of work in this relationship. It’s the roar of the male Lion, that gets the animals fleeing for their lives in the opposite direction of the roar. Meanwhile, the female Lioness are hiding in the tall grass waiting for frightened animals to run right into their trap. Why is this important? It has to do with which direction you run. The choice is yours, run like frightened animals away from the roar or run like a future King into the roar. The response King David had as a boy hearing the roar of the Philistine giant Goliath. 1 Sam. 17:32-37, shows us that David had learned the value of trusting God as he killed the lion and the bear that attacked his fathers flock. Your faith grows every time you run toward a roar while trusting God.

Second, let’s hear God’s roar found in Joel 3:16, ” The LORD also will roar from Zion, and utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. This Godly roar is a refuge and a stronghold for His people.” It’s His roar, that drowns out the roar of fear and panic. It’s His roar that stills the sound of pandemic rumblings. Just had a dear brother text me saying, “checked out all the local news broadcasts. Nothing but news related to the corona virus.” This is why we need Hosea 11:10, we need to hear God’s roar, “They will follow the LORD; He will roar like a Loin. When He roars, His children will come trembling from the west.” 2020 is the year of trusting in God’s word, when we hear the pandemic roar and we start getting faint hearted. Stop running away from the roar and turn around and run toward the roar. It’s here in (Psa. 61:2-4), that His roar, will lead you to the rock that that is higher than I. And the refuge that will become a strong tower against any foe (flu virus).”

Question: Have you heard any pandemic roar’s and if you have, which way did you run?

Key Thought: Roars are happening all around us, choose this day to listen and run to Gods Holy Roar and not run away from the deceptive roar of the devil.


The Book (Scroll) of Your life

In the middle of chaos, we need to still believe and understand Gods purpose and plan for our lives. Let’s learn how, by breaking the seal and unrolling the scroll that has your destiny written on it. It’s in Gods Chamber of Scrolls, where the book of your days can be found. It will take a breaking of the seal and opening of the scroll to see what His plan for your life and the life of the church is. According to Psa. 139:16, our days are written in Gods book, about us, before they have even come to pass. His book of our days, is His scroll of our days. So how does Gods scroll reveal His Word, His will, His plan for our life. It first will take a pressing into His presence. This is done in worship. As we press into worship, at Gods Throne, it is Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who is worthy and able to break the seal and open the scroll of your life (Rev. 5:5). It’s here that a new song is sung (Rev. 5:9-10). When Christ breaks the seal, who we really are in Him, gets revealed. It’s then that we find and fulfill our true identity.

Gods plan for your life is already written and finished. The word reveals in Eph. 2:10, that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. In Heb. 12:2, we find Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith book. The scroll holds all your unseen plans as it unfolds a scene at a time. It doesn’t allow you to jump ahead and see what hasn’t yet been revealed. But the part you do see indicates what lies ahead and leads directly to what is yet to be revealed. The key for all of us is to live in the present, enjoy the fullness of each day. As we daily fulfill the words of our scroll, we live in His perfect will for our lives.

No matter how much chaos and turmoil we live in, we always need to remember Jer. 29:11, “that God knows the plans for our lives, plans to prosper us and not harm us, plans to give us a future and a hope.”

Question: Have you ever truly moved into worship and felt His presence start to break the seal of your scroll? Are you willing now?

Key Thought: We should never forget that God has a purpose and plan for our lives. It’s our responsibility to discover it, as we move into worship and seek His presence. It’s Christ who not only authored your book but reveals what’s in it as He breaks the seal.


The Battle of Two Crowns

Yesterday I shared, we are in a spiritual battle between two kingdoms. Today, we’re going to show what the kingdoms are and how it relates to the coronavirus pandemic we’re currently experiencing. First, lets explore what the word corona means. In Latin it means crown, signifying kingdoms and authority. The word crown (corona) is used 77 times in the bible, showing us corona (a crown) has legal authority. Rev. 13:1, “And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on each horn.” As you can see this evil kingdom (coronavirus) has a crown of authority and it’s relevant to all of us today. However, in Rev. 19:12, we see a different crown, this time on the head of Christ, “His eyes are like blazing fire and on His head are many crowns.” Thus the two kingdoms, one is evil with a demon spirit causing chaos and panic and the other, the King of Kings brings healing and authority.

This evil kingdom has a demonic leader his name is Pan with his headquarters in the Gates of Hell (Matt. 16:18). The scripture tells us Jesus is asking His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” Peter responded, “Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Christ responded, “on these words I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” As Jesus was saying this, He was literally standing in front of a cave that was know as the gates of hell. It was the place where the pagan god Pan dwelt and sacrifices were made and worship given. According to Greek legend, Pan would come out of this cave and ROAR causing great confusion with fear and panic. People would run for their lives hiding away from a demon beast that could tear them apart if it got ahold of them. The Panic we feel today, as we’re running for our lives, literally comes from this demon, Pan. The chaotic loud roar of Pan is causing the pandemic America is feeling today. The question we all have is, “what should we do about this thing, how should we act?”

Our response should show what our King Jesus has said to us in Rev. 3:11, “I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one will seize your crown.” This crown that our King gave us is significant, as James 1:12 shares, “Blessed is the one who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” We can wear this Crown, here and now to enjoy life more abundantly and with greater fullness. So today, I summon all Gods people, without fear and in full FAITH and humility, to respond to 2 Chron. 7:14, “If my people who 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, forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Question: Are you suffering from panic and fear as more pandemic bad news comes from all the media? Wishing it would stop and not knowing what to do next?

Key Thought: The battle we’ve faced since the beginning of time is one of good and evil. This battle, is a battle of kingdoms and each of them want to rule your soul. Today, chose to put on the crown of life and take your authority as you bind up the pandemic coronavirus spirit of Pan and loose Gods Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance over our land (Matt. 18:18-20). We need the unity and agreement of the Body of Christ.


It’s a New Beginning

I believe before every major breakthrough in a persons life there will be extreme trauma, that overwhelming feeling of despair. It’s here we need to realize with every problem we face there is a promise and provision on the other side. We need to stop focusing on the problem, and with a different attitude, start believing in Gods promise and provision. Trauma has the ability to always expose the real you and what you believe, that’s the reason God allows it to happen, He’s taking your temperature (Rev. 3:15-16) hot, cold or lukewarm. What we’re experiencing with the coronavirus is shaking all of us and testing what we believe. I’ve discovered, when trauma comes into our lives we respond many times by running to comfort to wrong things, instead of to God (Rev. 3:17). Ask yourself today, what I’m I running to or from when chaos comes my way.

It’s a war of two kingdoms. An evil kingdom, where a thief wants only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and a Godly Kingdom that wants to give you live abundantly. In Rev. 3:22, God ends His message for the church in Laodicea with, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the church.” The question for a lukewarm church is whose going to listen to the Holy Spirit and see what He want’s to do in their lives. The fight we’re in takes warriors, that are always found in the Remnant, that small remaining quantity of believers that are submitted and obedient to God. The ones that will come out of their caves (1 Kings 18:9) and stop running to other comforts. The ones that hear Gods voice asking them, “What are you doing here, Why are you here?” Ones that will speak up and be heard over the roar and make a difference in their world. One’s that come out of their caves which have trapped them for years, that have stuck them in their story. That leave the past behind with their nakedness and shame and believe in 2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have past away, behold, all things are new.”

Today, believe with me, that it’s a New Day with a New Beginning. You’ve come out of your cave, you’ve taken a New look at all the trauma in your life and you’re hearing Gods voice once again telling you to Go and get back in the race. Your story still needs to be written, get unstuck so you and the Holy Spirit can finish it.

Question: What will it take for you to believe that God is bigger than any of your traumas as you run to other comforts instead of God? What will it take to unstick your story and get you out of your cave?

Key Thought: Trauma will always be apart of our stories but how you handle it, becomes your story. With a new vision we need to stop focusing on the problem and start believing in, the promise of provision, God has for us. Ask yourself, is my temperature Hot, Cold or Lukewarm. Instead of being spewed out of Gods mouth let’s come into a New Beginning and turn up the heat with Faith allowing you to be refined with fire and not fear (Rev. 3:18). It’s time you finish your story and leave your shame in the cave!


Purim: Day3 Gods Favor in Your Life!

Gods favor comes as a result of our repentance found in humble sack cloth and ashes but you seldom see it come easily. The battle we’re in needs Gods favor but often it doesn’t happen us we expect. The Jews knew if Haman had his way they would all be annihilated but at Esther’s request prayed and repented asking for help. As you find favor with your King (Esther 7:3) you can make your request known. The first step of finding Gods freedom through deliverance is having the accusations of your enemy removed (vs. 6). Remember the scripture in Gen. 50:20, “That which was meant for evil against me God makes for good that many lives could be saved”. God uses things that we think will destroy us to set us free. It’s His justice. God knows how to turn the table on trouble (vs. 10) justice is served (Esther 9:1).

With Haman hung the battle didn’t stop, in fact the war has just begun. The consequences of Satan’s (Haman’s) lies that have operated in our lives’ don’t automatically disappear (Esther 8:5-8). It take’s personal responsibility from each of us to fight for what’s rightfully ours. This is spiritual warfare found in Eph. 6:12. Our King of Kings has given us His signet ring with all authority over evil but we have to stand fast and use it. We have to decree victory over our lives’ by going to battle over the consequences. In Esther 9:13, we see Esther going after generational sin by hanging all 10 of Haman’s sons on the same gallows that were built to hang Mordecai on.

With that hanging Esther left her testimony (the Hebrew number 10 represents law and testimony). Esther 9:28, Join with me as we read this scripture, “These days should be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, province and city, so that these days of Purim found on the 14th-15th days of Adar will not lose their significance”.

Question: Are you losing battles over sin and it’s consequences in your life?

Key Thought: The pattern for deliverance from our sins and its consequences is clearly outlined in the Book of Esther. First, we need to see repentance on our part for our sin and it’s consequences. This gains God’s favor as He hears our requests. Second, His favor removes Satan’s lies from ruling in our lives. Third, we’re given victory over those lies and consequences as we battle with God’s authority in spiritual warfare.


Purim: Day 2, How We Are Delivered

As we enter the Throne of Grace, Heb. 4:16, always remember there’s a conspirator, an adversary in the Kings court room (Rev. 12:10) . It’s here that the Book of Esther get’s interesting. Enter Haman, the accuser of the brethren, that always looks for a legal right to destroy your life. Haman had the Kings authority on his side and demanded all servants to bow and pay homage to him as he walked by. Mordecai never bowed or payed homage instead in sack cloth and ashes he cried out to God. As a Jew, Mordecai only honored God and wouldn’t bow to any other. It’s here we see the key to breakthrough. However, notice in Esther 4:4, Mordecai’s repentance found in sack cloth and ashes is trying to be taken from him by Esther. Many don’t understand the need for a heart of repentance and want to minimize it’s openness and brokenness qualities(Esther 4:1-2). They want to cover it up with new clothes and take off the sack cloth and ashes. But in Verse 5, Esther in her desire to understand, the what and why repentance was so important to Mordecai sent Hathak to find the answer.

As both Mordecai and Esther are commanding and demanding answers from each other vs.12-17, they end up realizing and fulfilling each other’s destiny’s. They challenged each other with truth and responded together in obedience. The powerful words of Mordecai that said if you remain silent at this time someone else at some other time will respond but what if you were made for such a time as this? And her response, OK but here’s what you must do, gather the Jews in all the land, pray and fast with me and my young ladies, only then will I put on my Royal Robes and go before the King, that kills anyone that’s not asked to enter His Throne Room. As believers when we enter the Throne of Grace we come with Mordecai and Esther’s sack cloth and ashes but through repentance and because of the King we have the privilege of changing into Royal Robes as Esther did in (Esther 5:1).

Question: When you buy into a lie of the devil(Haman) do you ever trust others to speak truth into your life so you have an opportunity to respond the right way and repent?

Key Thought: Haman had a legal right to stop Mordecai and Esther from fulfilling their destiny’s. Please understand, today the devil’s looking for a legal right to invade and stop the plans and purposes God has for your life. The key to removing the devils legal right is found in repentance. Consider the fact that you were born for such a time as this.

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? We all can define what a bad thing is but what defines a good person? Job 1:1, gives us an example found in the life of Job. He was Blameless (innocent), Full of Integrity (honest with issues of the heart), Feared (revered/honored) God and Stayed away from evil. I’d say that’s a good person, wish we could all be like that. Job’s life is exemplified in Pro.16:6, “Unfailing love and faithfulness makes atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.” And here lies the problem, we often don’t avoid evil. In fact, evil seems to follow many of us, even the good. It’s here the story of Job gets interesting. In Job 1:6, we see evil coming up to the Throne of God where the devil and God get into a conversation about what Satan was up to. He responds using 1 Pet.5:8, “Just patrolling, prowling, walking up and down the earth, watching and listening to everything that’s going on.” What evil is waiting for, are words that come from our mouth that can change a blameless man into a blamer. Satan says, you’re right, Job is all that, but it’s simply because You have put a hedge of protection around all he owns, including his children. Just let me take them all out and he’ll Curse Your Name.

Bad things happen to good people because we live in an evil influenced world that wants to curse God. It started in the garden when the Serpent tricked Eve into eating the apple, who then gave it to her husband (who should’ve known better) was cursed by God to crawl on his stomach. It’s my opinion that Satan want’s to get even with a Good God by getting good people to curse the Name of God to His Face. There is a fight for America and good people need to guard their hearts when bad things hit them because they will. This is why Pro.4:23 is so important, “Guard your heart with all diligence (great effort) for out of it flow the issues of life.” Here’s one of the greatest issues, Pro.18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.” There’s always a choice when bad things hit you, life or death, the one you buy into will be your lot. The one you love will be the fruit you’ll eat and the consequence you’ll have to live with.

Evil didn’t work in trying to compromise Job in the 1st chapter nor in the 2nd chapter but in Job 3:1, we see a blameless man become a blamer, as he cursed the day he was born. In essence, cursing God for giving him a life that was full of pain and heartache. It was 39 chapters later, arguing with his 3 friends and a young truth teller thrown in before Job and God come to a reckoning. This is how good people can resolve the pain of great losses in your life. It might seem a little strange but it works. Job 42:5-6,”I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen with my own eyes. I take back everything I said and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” It’s always been a repentant heart that brings our healing. It’s learning, out of our brokenness that God will bring not only our healing but healing for those who have watched our testimony being lived out. Remember it was after his repentance and forgiveness of those 3 friends that God restored double-fold all that was lost and destroyed. Psa.51:10,17, “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit in me. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and repentant heart, O God you will not despise.” This is true restoration for all we’ve lost when the storms of life hit us.