Everyone wants the things of God, like healing or salvation. And people get upset with God when He apparently doesn’t answer their prayer. But most people don’t understand that we have a part to play in receiving God’s answer. The children of Israel refused to meet God at Mount Sinai, because they didn’t want to die. But that was their part in God’s answer. They missed God’s blessing because of fear. The bible says that we are to draw near to God before He draws near to us (James 4:8). God may call us or woe us to His presence, but we have to answer the call. We answer the call by moving into the presence of God. So, what happens when we are the call of God? There are multiple things that happen. As we move into the light of God, we will see ourselves as we truly are. Our heart will be revealed, and God can deal with us. The children of Israel were half right when they said they would die. We have to die to ourselves to enter into the presence of God. When we die to ourselves, then we can receive from God. This is the work of God. But our part is to be willing to die and to follow. God will not force us to do anything. We must choose to follow God. So, if we want God to do something for us or for a prophecy or vision to come true, we must be where God is. This is our part to play in God’s plan.
These last two years haven’t inspired our confidence in anything. We had hoped that things would have turned out differently. With the worldwide pandemic, closing of many businesses, closing of our churches and the lack of confidence that our government could find the front door, we have become lost as a people. Not trusting anyone and being afraid of most everything, what are we to do? Before we can believe, we must have hope that things can work out. Which means that we have to have confidence in something. Look around that this fake world that is full of things that try to satisfy us. And nothing really does. We want something real. I have lived a long time and have found only one thing that is real in my life. It is centered around a person who is real and alive. That person is Jesus Christ. His promises that have come true in my life are real and build confidence in Him. Jesus has never left alone and walked away. Even in the bad times, He has stayed by my side. I have confidence in Jesus. As the world goes to hell in a hand basket, Jesus is keeping me safe in His arms. My confidence is justified in Him.
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:35,36 KJV).
Jesus, when He began His ministry in Galilee, called people to follow Him. He didn’t use oration to convince people to follow Him. Jesus lived the gospel and people saw this in Him. When He called people to His side, Jesus simply said, follow Me. It was up to the individual to respond. People saw in Jesus the answer to their problems. After they responded, then Jesus began to explain what the gospel means. Jesus is still doing the same with us. He called us to follow Him. When we responded, did we know what the gospel meant? No, but we had hope that all of our problems would be taken care of. And guess what, they are. Our will is to do what we want, but our life in Christ is to follow Him. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus hunted for us to come back to the fold. He pulled us out of the thorns and brought us back to life. So, what am I talking about? I’m talking about following Jesus, not charting our own course. Following Jesus isn’t always the easiest course to follow. But it is the right way to go. The freedom that Jesus gives us is only in following Him. We get set free from sin and it is euphoric. The weight of sin is taken off of us and we are then able to follow Jesus. Is there ever a day that we don’t need to repent of our sins? No, we aren’t perfected yet. When we see Jesus face to face, then we will be perfect and have the promise of salvation. Until then, we are to follow Jesus all the way home. He is the only one who knows the way home.
Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him as God loved Him. Peter answered and said, I love you like a brother. Jesus asked Peter 3 times if he loved Him like God loves. When Jesus looked at the people coming to Him to receive from Him, He was moved by compassion or love. When a pharisee asked Jesus what the greatest commandments where. Jesus replied to love God with your whole heart, mind and strength. Then He said the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus came because of the love of the Father for us. Then Jesus expressed His love for us by dying on the cross. He said that true love is one who lays down his life for another. The bond of love is stronger than anything else on this earth. You may lose interest in someone but the love that bonded you together doesn’t fade away. Your heart is the image and likeness of God. And the emotion of love is the strongest emotion that we have. And it can cause the greatest pain or joy in your life. This is how God loves us. Through the joy and pain, God doesn’t give up on us. God has bonded with each of us through love. I asked God to show me what the torment of hell is. He said it was the love of God that the people in hell couldn’t share in. Jesus said if you love Me, you will keep my commandments. He also said that the love of God is shred abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. If you have ever met Jesus, you would know what the love of God is all about and would be bonded to Him. So, I ask you a question, do you love Jesus like God loves? If you do, then keep His commandments.
In Numbers chapter 6, Moses talked about the vow of a Nazarite. He called it the days of separation. It was because the person, male or female, separated themselves to God to receive from Him. And if they broke the vow or fast, there was a specific thing they must do. For the person to become right with God again, they must perform a burnt offering, a sin offering and a peace offering. The burnt offering was a lamb. The sin offering was 2 turtle doves, and the peace offering was a goat. The burnt offering is dying to oneself and offering the blood, our life, to God. The sin offering is killing one dove and sprinkling the blood on the living. It is the old man dying and the new man being cleansed. The peace offering is the transferring of our sins to the goat that is led away in the wilderness to die, to be reconciled back to God. So, what does this have to do with me? This is how we are born again. Now the days of separation are about prayer and fasting. Jesus said not to let people see that you are fasting and praying. It is a private matter between you and God. But make no mistake, it is a vow. And God says that anyone who makes a vow and breaks it, it is better that they were never born. We are justified by the words of our mouth. That is why God says that life and death in the power of the tongue. This is all about sanctification. That is the purifying of ourselves to God. This process is a lifetime journey. We are called to be separate from this world and touch not the unclean thing. It is time that the church, the body of Christ stand up and be counted and separate themselves from the world.
I wrote a book about my relationship with God and Jesus. It is a journey about how I built a relationship pursuing God and His righteousness. When I began, I basically knew about God. My knowledge was limited. But I wanted to know God and be able to speak to Him and clearly hear Him.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 KJV.
I have come a long way with God. I chronicled my journey in this book. It is an easy read, but enjoyable. I hope that it will encourage you to begin your journey with God and develop a strong relationship with God, in Jesus name.
This word means many things to different people. Despite what you think it means, distress seems to be growing larger in people these days. If you listen to people, you will hear them complaints about more things than not. You will hear how bad this president is or the economy or the virus and last but not least there is no hope. I have a question. Where are the Christians in all this? Distress is normal in our lives. Without it we wouldn’t grow and move forward. It is not there to stop us or defeat us. Distress is there to propel us to the next level of our lives. The Apostle Paul talked about distress all the time. He didn’t say it defeated him. Paul said he overcame them. The Apostle Peter call them the fiery trials of faith. So what do we do? We faced the distress, no matter the pain, or sorrow, or grief in our lives and walk through to the other side. Only to find out that God has already gone through the trial before us. And that we are kept by the hand of God as we walk along.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:12.
Don’t forget my book, Prayer, has been released and is available on Amazon.
It’s funny at my age, there are more friends and family dying than being born. Death is a painful process. We suffer the loss of someone in our lives. Maybe we didn’t take advantage of our relationship to the fullest. There is always regret. My dad and I didn’t have a good relationship while I was growing up. I was 28 years old before he and I reconciled our differences. And then it was by the hand of God that it happened. God gave me 6 years of fellowship with my dad before he died. Never wait to correct a situation. We don’t know how long of time that we have. It was a whole lot easier to fix the situation with God than without. A long time friend passed away last night. My wife and I have known them, her and her husband and family for 40 years. I remember that she was always kind to us and the boys. Her children are about the same age as ours. I have no doubt that she made it into heaven. But all of us left behind will miss her. As God says in the bible, precious in His sight is the death of one of His saints.
Too often we think of ourselves more than we should. It’s the I generation. It’s all about the me, myself and I. Everything is instant. If you have tasted some of the instant products, they taste like cardboard. That includes life itself. The instant is only temporary and not to palatable. But man wants what he wants. It doesn’t make any difference if it kills you. My life was going downhill in a hurry. I couldn’t stop it. I knew that I needed help. God brought me to the place where I was a sinner separated from God. Then He saved me through His grace and Jesus Christ. So I became a sinner saved by grace. The grace of God cleaned me up and put on the right road to heaven. People have mocked me, thinking that I was holier than thou. I look at them and say, I’m forgiven, not perfect yet. God says not to think more highly of yourself than you ought. Paul said he was the chiefist of sinners. So who am I, a sinner saved by grace.
Don’t forget my book comes out tomorrow. It’s on Amazon or any other book seller in the US.