Frog in a Pot

Put a frog into a pot of tepid water and then place the pot on the stove, the frog will begin to slowly cook and not even realize it. Because the water heats gradually. He doesn’t even notice the water is starting to get hot. It is like he has become a part of his environment and didn’t notice the change in temperature.

So is it with us…. one compromise at a time, one stretched truth at a time, the next thing you know, you are so far from the truth, you are in boiling water.

I suppose the moral of this story is to look around you, have you become a part of your environment? Have your senses grown dull? Has your love grown cold? Are the lies and excuses flowing right off your tongue and you don’t even feel the conviction anymore? Are you feeling comfortable and like the idea no one challenges you? Or do you find yourself constantly looking over your shoulder?

Oh, my friend, the water is boiling… get out of the pot.

Fresh Rain, Fresh Fire

Oh, God, revive us. Set a fire deep into our bellies that can not be quenched. Draw our hearts back to You, create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Do not let us give lip service only while our hearts are far from You. Lead us to repentance. Forgive us, God, for building idols in forms of self gratification, pride, fear, and political correctness.

Heal us, Father. Touch the deep wounds with Your healing balm. Where we are proud, help us to humble ourselves. Where we have been offended, help us to forgive. Where we have offended, help us to seek forgiveness. When the enemy comes in like a flood, lift a standard against him. Help us to not forget where we come from so we may have compassion on others.

Do not let us give lip service only, we do not want to be walking dead people. Show us, Holy Spirit, how we can express our faith to the world to bring You glory and honor. Let everything we do and say lead others to You. Help us to walk in a spirit of humility, gentleness, kindness, patience, and love.

You said You always have a remnant, I call them forth now, from the east, west, north, and south. I call Your people to answer the call, to rise up, to not slumber, for we know Your return is very soon. Jesus, come soon, and find faith in this world.

I love You, Lord. Revive us, start with me, shine Your light through me in this dark world. Strengthen my legs so I may stand. Anoint my lips so I may speak. Remove anything not of You. Lead me, Lord, set up road blocks to keep me on Your path.

Thank You for Your unfailing love. In You we are fully accepted and forgiven. We are Your people and You are our God.

No Compromise

Nothing is solely for entertainment purposes. What you set your mind to, is what you will become.

Is it time to take inventory of your thoughts? “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

We become conformed into the image of Christ through the renewing of our mind. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

We are bombarded on a daily basis, our minds are assaulted at every turn, through images and sound. At a rapid pace, the world calls what is evil, good. And what is good, evil. The message of the world is if it makes you happy, do it.

Alexander Hamilton quoted, “those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.” How true this is.

If we have Christ, we are to be a light in this present darkness. Jesus came so that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. It is His heart that none should perish. We carry His Spirit in us, if we have been conformed into His image, then it should be our heart as well, that none should perish.

I remember as a child, if I wanted something I would wait until my mom was asleep and ask her. Because in her tired state, she would say yes. Even if she did not say yes, if she grunted anything audible, I always took it as a yes. Or if she said nothing at all, I took it as yes, because she did not say no.

I am not suggesting we walk around pointing fingers or beat people up with scripture. But, what I am saying is we need to do a serious evaluation on our own thoughts and motives. Though we are in the world, we are not of the world, but have we let the world get in us?  How can we live a victorious life through Christ, and be a witness for Him, if we have become inoculated by the world.

My friend, we are living in the last hour, the signs He told us to look for of His return are all around us. Now is not the time to slumber. Do not allow your mind and your spirit to be in a haze. Do not compromise. You may feel alone and out of place, but you are never truly alone.

If the whole purpose of salvation is for us alone, then we would die and go be with Jesus as soon as we got saved. But His gift of salvation, life, freedom, is for everyone and we are called to be ambassadors for Christ. We should always be ready to give an explanation for the hope we have. But, how can anyone see the hope we have if we blend so well with the world? Why would anyone ask us what is so different about us, if we are not different? We are to be a peculiar people.

A peculiar person loves in the midst of darkness. A peculiar person says, like the three Hebrew children, you can throw me in the fire if you want, but I will never bow my knee to the god of this world. The fire you may face will probably not be an actual furnace, it may be ridicule, ostracizing, rejection, mocking, and/or loss. To lose is to gain, my friend.

Do not strive to be so PC that you have lost your salt. Jesus did say the salt that lost it’s flavor will be thrown out and trampled on.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:2

I encourage you, ask Him to search your heart and to show you if there is anything not of Him, and then ask Him to remove it.

Go! Be the light! Enjoy freedom through Christ, laugh, live, love, help others, be a true minister of reconciliation. By this, the world will know who you belong to and when the world has turned its back on their own, pray they turn to God. May you experience the joy that comes with leading someone to Christ, the One and Only True Living God.

He is our hope.

Be Free & Stay Free

The Cost of Yes

There is a cost to yes.

When we found love, we say we are blessed. When our wallets are padded, we say we are blessed. When doors open, we say we are favored.  When our friends are at peace with us and our enemies are silent, we say we have His peace. When we throw up our minute prayer and He answers, we say He hears us. When everything is as it should be we feel His presence and we declare His glory with our lips.

But, what about when love leaves us and we are broken? What if the wallet is slim and the bills are piling up and the car just broke down? What if our friends turn on us and our enemies mock us? What if we cannot even find the strength to throw up a prayer? What if everything is not as we feel it should be?

Will we still say we are blessed and favored? Is He still God even then?

So many times I have repeated the words of Jesus, “If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you.” John 15

What if the furnace you are in is not because the world hates you? What if He placed you in the furnace? Will you still love Him? Will you trust Him?

Can you stand in the heat of the furnace and still believe He will “rescue you”, even when you feel the flames and you cannot feel Him beside you? What if His rescue doesn’t come immediately?

The road to Golgotha is paved in blood, sweat, and tears. The cross is heavy. Can you carry your cross? Will you crumble under the weight of it?

In your brokenness can you pray, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.” Matthew 26:39

Holiness does not equate happiness. Joy is not always without tears. Oh, but can you believe and cling to the peace that will pass all of your understanding and not trust your eyes, but walk by faith, one step at a time?

When you say yes to God, you are saying yes to His purpose, His will. You are trusting Him to take you from here to there and He is the map maker. You will not always understand, but can you still say yes even when…?

He will not leave you where you are or in the condition you are in. No! He will take you and mold you into the purpose He has called you to be from the foundation of the earth.

It is in the fire, where all that is not of Him, will be burned away. Stay there, do not fight it, trust Him. You will come forth as gold. You are more precious to Him than diamonds, and diamonds do not become diamonds without the pressure.

Say yes! Give Him your dreams and your hopes.

Say yes! Even when all others forsake you.

Say yes! Even if you have to walk alone.

Say yes! Even when your pillow is wet from your tears.

Say yes! Even when you have been betrayed by the one you loved.

Say yes! Even when the bills are piling up.

Here is the test, can you say yes without compromise? Can He trust you?

Much is given to a yes and much is required. Beloved, be broken, let His work be completed.  He is with you in the flames and He carries the soothing healing balm that will refresh you, deliver you, and complete you. Surrender to Him and there will be no lack, no scars…

When you cry out, “Why, Lord, why?!” Know the answer is in the transformation, you are being conformed into His image, because when this has passed, people will no longer see you, they will see Him. And isn’t that what you want? Isn’t that what you said yes to?

He hasn’t left you. He knows exactly where you are. There is reason in the suffering. Wipe off your face, shake the dust off your shoes, put on the cologne, bath yourself in oil, and say…

Though You slay me, I will trust You Lord!”

To Him be the glory!

Power of the Tongue

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What other people say about you will not kill you. What you say about you will kill you.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21

You cannot move into the future if you are constantly looking to your past. If you do not set your eyes to what is ahead, you will fall into the ditch and stay there crying for what you should have  left behind.

You were created with and for a purpose. Everything you have went through… the good and the bad… was training ground for your destiny. The steps of a righteous man (woman) are ordered by the Lord… every step.

You may have tripped up, fallen down, made mistakes, made bad choices… but do you not know that even then, yes! even then, Gods hand was in it?

Romans 8:28 says, “we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to HIS purpose.”  Did you read that? Did you see the key word there? HIS! His purpose! Not your purpose. Not my purpose. But HIS purpose.

His gifts are irrevocable, not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable. He has gifted you with all you have need of to fulfill the calling on your life, for HIS purpose. The Bible is filled with people who screwed up, yet God used them mightily. He is the same God now as He was then. Our God does not change.

Quit beating up on yourself. Stop talking about the “good ol’ days,” you think will never return because you made too many mistakes. My friend, my fellow laborer, it was training ground for something better that has yet to come.

If you have sinned, REPENT! Receive His forgiveness and get back up. You made mistakes, bad choices, got entangled. Has your heart been broken, have things not worked out the way you had hoped? Remember,God has made a way for you. It may have caught you by surprise, but it didn’t catch Him by surprise.

Our God is not a wasteful God, or a liar…. He will complete the work that He has began.  And you, my friend, you are His marvelous creation. and you have been created with a purpose.

So, the next time you are tempted to say it’s too late, hold your tongue…. speak life! Because life is in the power of your tongue.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, length, depth, and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Romans 3.

To your benefit and to His glory. Amen

Hold On & Keep Believing

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It seems the whole world has gone mad, doesn’t it?

Scripture is unfolding right before our eyes.  Jesus said in Matthew 24, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in (on the strength of) My name []appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened or troubled, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in place after place; All this is but the beginning [the early pains] of the birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish].Then they will hand you over to suffer affliction and tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended and repelled and will begin to distrust and desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] and will stumble and fall away and betray one another and pursue one another with hatred. And many false prophets will rise up and deceive and lead many into error. And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity, But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

Do NOT be afraid. If you are a believer in Christ, though these troubled days must come, we have a promise. So hold on, do not lose heart, keep the faith. He is our refuge, hide in Him.

Read the whole chapter of Matthew 24 for encouragement. He told us this would happen, He is still in control. He has you and He will not let go.

“I Believe”

Thinking bout the world looking at the nation
Suicide, genocide, homicide
Three words come to mind
Times are changing, yeah!
No more rumors they’re wars going on
Twisted doctors, scientist making clones
Economy got some backs against the wall
People dying for no reason at all
People of God don’t even read their Bibles
There’s no faith no trust in the word
But everybody seems to be quoting scripture
It’s just another word they heard
Pastors leaving pulpits cause they’re tired
It’s all based on how we feel
Overheard two people speaking the other day
One said that God’s not real but

[Chorus:]
I’m just one ah them ole people who’s got to hold on
Sometimes I can’t see but I still believe
He’s taking care of me, oh oh oh
I’m just one ah them ole people God’s got a hold on
And I believe, I believe, yeah!
I believe I believe, yeah!

So I choose to look on the brighter side
In spite, of all the negativity I’m surrounded by
No it ain’t perfect but that’s alright
Cause His hand is on me
It’s keeping me alive
So many disappointments
So much I don’t understand
So much I don’t have answers for
That’s what makes me trust You more
In a world that’s always changing
Everything’s rearranging
But no matter what’s going on
Ima be standing, Ima be holding on
Your truth, their truth, my truth
Your god, my God, our view
All I know is one thing nowadays
Is we all need hope we all need faith

[Chorus:]
I’m just one ah them ole people who’s got to hold on
Sometimes I can’t see but I still believe
He’s taking care of me, yes He is
I’m just one ah them ole people God’s got a hold on
Don’t You let go of me, Lord please
I believe, I believe

[Chorus:]
I’m just one ah them ole people who’s got to hold on
Sometimes I can’t see but I still believe
He’s taking care of me, yes He is oh oh oh
I’m just one ah them ole people God’s got a hold on
I believe I believe
I believe I believe

Now is the Time

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You can not walk by faith if you are grumbling about the past and present.
You cannot experience freedom if you are afraid of tomorrow.
You cannot experience the presence of God if you are dining with the devil.
It is time to clean house. Time to get right. Time to get real.

1 John 2:18 says, Boys (lads), it is the last time (hour, the end of this age). And as you have heard that the antichrist [he who will oppose Christ in the guise of Christ] is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen, which confirms our belief that it is the final (the end) time.

If it was the last hour then, then we are in the last minute.

I repeat… It is time to clean house, get right, and get real. Because it is about to get very real and you want to be ready.

For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation! 2 Corinthians 6:2

Do not take your eyes off Christ. Do not slack thinking He is not going to come back. Do not be entangled any longer with this world, in relationships you should not be in, your secret addictions… because God will bring to light what is hidden in the dark.

He loves you! He bought your freedom through the cross. Remain faithful until He returns, because His return is coming very soon.