What Do You Do……?

Dog on faith

What do you do when your faith waivers? Here are a few of the things I do:

  1. I look to Jesus. Hebrews 1:3 says that He is the exact representation of the the Father. Jesus told His disciples that if they had seen Him they had seen the Father (John 14:9), so when we look at the ministry of Jesus we can see the Will of God in action. Jesus Himself said in John 5:19: Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” Every time Jesus healed, forgave sin, delivered a person from demonic oppression or provided for a need it was because in His Spirit He saw His Father doing those things. He even said in John 15:30: “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” So He said what He heard His Father saying and He acted on the vision of His Father as He did the work. Jesus is the Word of God in action!
  2. I visualize Jesus handling the problems of the people: delivering, healing, meeting needs, offering love, forgiveness and encouragement; teaching, preaching and healing.Matthew 4:23-24 NKJV And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

    Acts 10:38 NKJV “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

    To the woman who was condemned, being caught in adultery, Jesus offered forgiveness and freedom from sin: John 8:10-11 NKJV When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

    To those who were hungry and didn’t have food Jesus took the lunch of a small boy and multiplied it to feed five thousand: John 6:8-11 NKJV One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, bu what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and like-wise of the fish, as much as they wanted.

    To Peter who needed money to pay taxes Jesus said this: Matthew 17:27 NKJV “Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”

  3. I listen to His words to His disciples and see them as His words to me:Luke 17:5, 6 NKJV And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

    Luke 5:4, 5 NKJV When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

    Matthew 21:22 NKJV “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

  4. I set myself in agreement with His Word to believe and not doubt:Mark 11:22-24 NKJV So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

    Matthew 19:26 NKJV But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    Mark 9:23 NKJV Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

    John 20:29 NKJV Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

  5. In the presence of fear I listen as Jesus speaks words of faith to me!Luke 8:49, 50 NKJV While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” But when Jesus heart it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
  6. I stand in faith believing that what He has promised He will do!Luke 22:31, 32 NKJV And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan as asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

    Hebrews 13:8 NKJV Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

  7. I look forward to the manifestation of His promises to me:Hebrews 10:35-38 NKJV Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward, For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

    2 Corinthians 1:19, 20 NKJV For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

  8. I pray in the Spirit to build my faith:Jude 20 NKJV But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

    1 Corinthians 14:4 NKJV He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the Church.

  9. I pattern my life after those such as Abraham who is known as the “Father of faith”:Romans 4:20, 21 NKJV He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Is your faith wavering? If so, maybe these suggestions will help to settle you and establish you so you can stand strong believing that your faith is what John was talking about in 1 John 5:4 when he said that your faith is the victory that overcomes the world! YOUR faith is overcoming faith! YOUR faith brings victory! YOUR faith pleases God! YOUR faith moves mountains! YOUR faith carries you through! Don’t give up your faith!

Father, I thank You that when I am weak, You are strong and that as I pray, believe and set my heart to receive what You have promised I can be assured that You will do it and I will see what I am believing You for. Thank You for showing me the evidence of Your will in action through the life of Jesus Christ as He ministered to the hurting people of His day. I thank You that He is still the same, even though He is not walking in the physical sense in our world today but that He lives through His Spirit in the hearts and lives of Your people and He is still ministering forgiveness, healing, deliverance and provision for people today! I thank You for showing us Your goodness through the ministry of Jesus Christ and for demonstrating Your great love for us through His crucifixion that we might have an opportunity through faith in Him to be born into Your family. I pray that those who are weak in faith will be encouraged today. I pray that those who are unbelieving will become believers in Christ Jesus today! I pray that those who are wavering in their faith will be strengthened as they apply these principles to their lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Spirit of Faith…

2 Corinthians 4 13

II Corinthians 4:13 AMP Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak.

The day that we had long awaited was finally here. It was the birth of my third grandson, Samuel Josiah. He was named after two Old Testament figures, the prophet Samuel and a godly king, Josiah, and I just knew God had a special plan for his life. My daughter-in-law had experienced difficulty carrying each of her babies to full term pregnancies so we were excited in knowing that one more baby had arrived at the proper time. But our jubilation over his birth was suddenly shattered when the doctor informed us that little Josiah’s lungs were not fully developed and his body was not getting the oxygen it needed to sustain his life. He would have to be transported immediately to the infant intensive care unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. It was then that we began our battle in prayer for his survival. An alert went out to everyone I knew that would agree with me in prayer for his recovery. I prayed and believed God for his healing but then I would hear the doctor’s report and when someone would ask me how he was doing I would relay to them what the doctors had said. One day as I was reading the Word and praying for Josiah the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said “you need to align the confession of your mouth with what you are believing in your heart”. He took me to Romans 10:8-10 which says:

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

It was at that point that God revealed to me that the same biblical principle that secured my salvation in receiving Jesus as my Savior, by believing in my heart and confessing that with my mouth, would apply to this situation with Josiah. That if I believed that God would heal him then my confession about the situation needed to be speaking the promise of God and not the negative doctor’s report. So I began to proclaim that Josiah was healed by the stripes of Jesus and that he would not die, but live to declare the works of God. (Psalm 118:17) From that point on when people would ask me how he was doing I focused my response more on the Word of God and what we believed for than the medical report.

One day shortly thereafter my son called at 3:00 a.m. to say that Josiah had another complication; he was now jaundiced and required a bili light over him to rid his body of the jaundice. The doctor had given them yet another bad report and said he didn’t know when Josiah would be released from the hospital. So as I got in my car to make the two-hour drive to the hospital I began praying in the Spirit in that heavenly language that I had received when I was baptized in the Holy Ghost. As I prayed a holy anger rose up within me towards the enemy in thinking that he was trying to steal my grandson’s life. I began to take authority over his plan to steal, kill and destroy Josiah’s life. Then I praised the Lord for the healing work that He was doing in Josiah’s body. I spent that two hours spiritually fighting through prayer for Josiah and when I got to the hospital I found that the situation had totally changed. The jaundice was completely gone; he was no longer on oxygen; he was fully dressed and sleeping contentedly in a regular crib! Praise the LORD! Josiah was released from the hospital the following day. Today Josiah is healthy and active with no sign or symptom of a lung problem! I praise God for His faithfulness in hearing and answering my prayers!

We all have faith challenges in our lives. This was one of many that I have experienced. I have found that God is faithful to keep His word and when He gives me a rhema word, a Spirit-breathed word, a scripture that comes alive within me when I read it, that He intends for me to stand on that word, believe it as truth that will work in my situation right now, and confess it until I see the manifestation of it in my life. That means I must stand strong in faith believing that God, Who is the faithful One, will do what He has promised.

Paul said it this way in 1 Timothy 6:12: NKJV Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

As believers in Christ Jesus, we are in a faith fight! Every challenge that comes our way is an opportunity to overcome through God’s word, His grace, His Spirit and our confession of faith. We are to “lay hold” on “eternal life”, the abundant life that God has given us through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To “lay hold” indicates to me that someone is out there trying to pull God’s promise of that abundant life from me and I am to fight through faith for what He has given me. Jesus described that “someone” as the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) As Josiah’s grandmother I went into that faith battle for him. He was a helpless baby who needed someone to stand in the gap through prayer to fight for his right to experience the abundant life that Jesus died to give him. My job was to pray, seek God’s word that would work in his situation, and confess the truth that He had given me!

Hebrews 3:1 says that Christ Jesus is the High Priest of our confession. The High Priest stood before God on behalf of the people as an intercessor for them. Today Christ Jesus is taking our stance before God on our behalf confessing that we are children of God, cleansed of our sins and free to come boldly before His throne to receive the mercy and grace that we need to help in our time of need. He is confessing the truth about us! Our part is to align our mouths with His word so our High Priest can take that confession before God’s throne on our behalf.  What are you confessing that you want our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to take before the throne of God on your behalf?

Father, I thank You that I have a High Priest, Jesus Christ, who stands before You on my behalf. I thank You that when I align my heart and mouth with the truth of God’s word that my confession becomes a faith confession based on Your word and I thank You for manifesting Your promises in my life as I place my trust in You. I give You praise today for the victory that I have as a believer in Christ Jesus! Thank You for loving me, for saving me and for filling me with Your precious Spirit that I might overcome the battles of life through Your power. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Grace, Grace!!

God's grace

Zechariah 4:6, 7 AMP Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts. For who are you, O great mountain [of human obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who with Joshua had led the return of the exiles from Babylon and was undertaking the rebuilding of the temple, before him] you shall become a plain [a mere molehill]! And he shall bring forth the finishing gable stone [of the new temple] with loud shoutings of the people, crying, Grace, grace to it!

Is there an obstacle in your life that seems like a mountain that is impossible to climb or cross over? God gave Zerubbabel the answer to an impossible situation in his life by telling him that it is not by human might nor power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit that he would accomplish it.

There is a ceaseless supply of the Holy Spirit ready to assist you in that impossibility! Jesus said He is our Helper! Just as the angel instructed Zerubbabel so we are instructed to draw on the presence and power of God’s Spirit when we encounter mountain sized challenges in our lives. It is by God’s grace, through our faith, that we receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to overcome. His grace is there for us!

In Hebrews 10:29 the Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of grace”. One of the definitions of “grace” is God’s unlimited power to do in us what we cannot do in and of ourselves. When we draw on the Spirit of grace we are receiving the help that we need in proportion to the need itself. Philippians 4:19 says that “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. “According to” in that verse means “in a manner consistent with”. The manner in which God supplies our need is according to or in a manner consistent with His riches in glory coming by our connection with Jesus Christ through faith in Him. God never runs short or experiences lack in His riches in glory! There is an abundance to supply every need that you and I have in this life as well as in our future eternity.

The angel told Zerubbabel that it was by his hands the foundation of the temple had been laid and it would be by his hands it would be finished. But the power for the work would come through the Holy Spirit for it is “Not my might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” said the Lord.

In our lives we often look for miraculous ways to accomplish what God intends for us to do by His Spirit. Some of us try to accomplish things under our own power without consulting the Holy Spirit for His help and some of us want every challenge to be miraculously removed so we don’t have to “go through” any inconvenience or work on our part. But God has a part to play in our lives and we have a part to play. He will not do our part and we cannot do His. In Zerubbabel’s situation there was a work that needed to be done; the work of rebuilding God’s temple. God sent an angel to tell him that the work would be done through the power of His Spirit as Zerubbabel applied himself to do it. God sent the message that He would help Zerubbabel accomplish the work and that, in essence, the physical aspect would be done by Zerubbabel. The way that he would know it was the Lord speaking these things through the angel was by finishing the work. He wouldn’t know the power that was available to him until he drew on it to accomplish the task at hand.

Verse 10: NKJV “For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan throughout the whole earth.”

Are you drawing from the power of the Holy Spirit in your own challenges? Sometimes it seems like you’re not making much progress in overcoming the enormity of the task, but God wants you to see the small steps as progress. As the old saying goes, “how do you eat an elephant?….one bite at a time”, just keep walking forward in the knowledge of what God has asked you to do and count every forward step as a victory! You may not be able to see the finish line, but it’s out there. The Bible records in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus endured the cross by looking at the joy that was set before Him. He looked far enough into eternity future to see that the victory was in paying the price for all mankind to have an opportunity to know Him as Savior and Lord so He endured the process to gain the prize! He drew on the “grace”, the power of the Holy Spirit within Him to go the distance to finish the race!

My friend, you may not understand what you are going through right now, but if you will depend on the Lord, you will win the fight and carry home the prize that awaits you at the finish line. Do not give up or give in to discouragement, but draw on the power of the Holy Spirit within you to climb the mountain and you will find the mountain has turned into a molehill! Speak God’s grace over your life and declare the power of the Holy Spirit is present to help you! Lift up your head and walk with a positive attitude towards your victory!

May God’s grace and peace be evident in your life today!

Father, I thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit to help us accomplish the mountain sized obstacles in this life. I thank You for granting us the victory through Your limitless supply! May all who read this know and experience today the power of Your Spirit through a living and vital relationship with Jesus Christ. For those who have never surrendered their hearts and lives to You I pray that this will be their day of salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

To Every Destination There Is A Journey

To Every Destination There Is A Journey

To every destination there is a journey! In my last blog we talked about the starting point and today we’re going to look at the journey.

Regardless of where you are in life you are on your way somewhere. In all areas of life we are walking a journey towards a certain destination. It may be a journey to a healthy lifestyle, a career position, a financial goal, or your spiritual walk with the Lord. But in all areas of our lives we are moving towards some future destination.

As I reflect on my spiritual walk with the Lord I have seen that anytime I desired to draw closer to the Lord I have prayed and sought His direction through His word, others that have gone before me, books that would give me insight on the subject and personal revelation through the Holy Spirit. It is that subject that I would like to share about with you today.

Many times people will tell you what they think you should do in a certain situation but often they do not offer the steps to take to arrive at that destination. I want to share with you some steps that I have taken to deepen my relationship with the Lord.

God’s word says in James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”….

In about 1987 my church offered a course called “Master Life”. Taking that course helped me to establish a daily quiet time during which I learned to set aside a certain place to meet with the Lord for a period of time to develop my relationship with Him. The first principle that was taught in the course was to get up an hour early every morning to spend with the Lord in prayer and Bible Study. To this day I still do that. It is during that time with Him that I gain His insight, direction and receive His unconditional love that enables me to walk closely with Him through all kinds of life’s challenges. Spending time with the Lord is the foundation upon which a person needs to build and continue to develop their walk of faith. As a result that one hour has turned into longer periods as well as turning aside at other times of the day as I’ve heard His voice beckon and call to me for extended times of prayer and devotion.

Proverbs 4:20-22 NKJV My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings, Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.

God’s word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:108). Without spending time in God’s word I would not know the right way to take when faced with a fork in the road of life. My heart’s desire is to walk through life fully pleasing the Lord and successfully traversing the challenges that appear in the roadway. I haven’t always made the right choices nor have I lived a life of perfection, no one has, but my desire is to walk according to His ways. Without spending time in the Word I would not know what His principles are nor would I know how to overcome the temptations that are presented to me through life, the world and the devil, who is our adversary! Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27 that when we build our house on the rock of His word that it will be strong enough to overcome the storms of life. And in Matthew 4:4 Jesus said that “man shall not live by break alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. The Word of God should be the standard by which we base our lives; the rod of instruction that gauges our growth and the sword that the Spirit speaks to our hearts to use as a weapon to defeat the enemy. God’s word is a firm foundation!

Proverbs 27:17 NKJV As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Through the years I have had people come along side to help me grow in my knowledge of the Lord. Friends, speaking into your life, are invaluable assets and tools that God places in your life to encourage and help you reach your destination! They may not always say what you want to hear but the Word says in Proverbs 27:6 that the “wounds” of a friend are faithful. I have had mentors in my life that didn’t always say what I wanted to hear, but I knew they were interested in seeing me succeed and without proper instruction I would not have seen the way that I was to take at that time in my life. Draw close to those around you who have successfully arrived at their goals in life. If you desire to have a deep relationship with the Lord follow someone in whom you see that picture. If you want to succeed in having a healthy lifestyle then follow someone who has already walked that path and is maintaining their success.  Look for the person who is walking in success and follow them. Do what they do and say, not what you think or feel. In your relationship with the Lord, pray and ask Him to show you the mentors that He has placed in your life to help you; then ask that person or persons if they would share with you how they have grown in their walk with the Lord and help you to attain that goal as well.

Colossians 3:1-3 NKJV If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Center your life around the Lord. Think about Him, focus on His word, talk about the good things that Jesus died to give you, make God-things your focus. As believers in Christ Jesus we are citizens of heaven; this earthly existence is just a temporary life. Paul referred to our earthly house, or body, as a tent in 2 Corinthians 5:1:

NKJV For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

We have an eternal destination, a home in heaven awaiting us when we place our faith and trust in Jesus to save us from our sins. That is the destination that awaits us. So focus on the life that Jesus died to give you, that abundant life in Him and live your earthly life out of His Spirit within you. Jesus said in John 17:3 that “eternal life” is knowing God and Jesus Christ. The word for “know” in John 17:3 is the Greek word, ginosko, and means “knowledge obtained not by mere intellectual activity, but by operation of the Holy Spirit upon acceptance of Christ.” This knowledge is not mere intellect but a knowledge that comes through experience. It is a knowing that is an intimacy born out of spending time with the person of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Make knowing Him your daily focus and cultivate that relationship through such spiritual disciplines as prayer coupled with fasting, listening to praise and worship music in place of worldly music, memorizing scripture and declaring it over your life, associating with people of like precious faith, watching Christian television programs, and volunteering your time to share your faith through church outreaches. All these spiritual disciplines will cause you to draw near to God so He can draw near to you.

2 Peter 3:17, 18 NKJV You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Never stop growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Press in to know Him more. Pray, read the Word, take Bible courses, do whatever is necessary to walk closely with Him. The journey is worth it and the destination is “out of this world”!

Blessings to you and yours!

Father, I pray that all who read this will have a hunger and a thirst for You that will cause them to open their hearts to receive all that You have for them. I pray that You will draw them into a deeper relationship with You. Give them a desire to know You that is unquenchable. I pray that they will press forward into a deeper, more satisfying walk with You and that You will satisfy the deepest longings of their heart in knowing You. Thank You, Father, for drawing them by Your Spirit and for opening their eyes to see, their ears to hear Your voice and their hearts to receive You love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Starting Point

Point of beginning

For every destination there is a starting place; every marriage has a wedding or a time when the man and woman declare their vows for marital faithfulness to each other, for every life there is the moment of conception and for every career there is the first day on the job. So, it is for our spiritual journey as well. There is a starting point, a time when we give God permission to enter into our lives to walk with us through our earthly existence and to fill us with His Spirit, His presence; His love, peace and joy.

Beginning a spiritual journey with God starts with us inviting Him to come into our hearts to enter our lives and to give us a new heart. Man’s heart before God comes to live in it is hardened to Him and desires to live life only for itself. God recorded in His word through the Prophet Ezekiel that He would give man a “new heart” and a “new spirit”. He said He would take the heart of stone out of the flesh of man and give him a new heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26, 27) Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be “born again” of the Spirit. He said that there is an earthly birth, that of water, and then there is a spiritual birth, that of the Spirit, and that a man can’t enter the kingdom of God without both the physical and spiritual births. That shows us that the beginning point for man’s spiritual journey is while he is here on this earth. The decision to be born again spiritually has to happen during our earthly existence.

John 3:3-7 NKJV Jesus answered an said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’”

So, how do we become “born again”? How do we enter into the spiritual birth that Jesus was referring to? Well, it’s really simple. The Bible tells us in John 1:12 that as many as received Jesus He gave the right to become children of God.

John 1:12, 13 NKJV But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

To become “born again” you must receive Jesus. He is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. (John 1:29) There is only one sinless man and He is Jesus. The rest of us were born as sinners and that’s why we need a spiritual birth, to be cleansed of that sin and made righteous before God. That happens as we realize that we are sinners, acknowledge that Jesus died for us that we might be saved and then ask Him to forgive us and come to live in our hearts to make us His own.

Romans 3:23 NKJV for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 NKJV For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8 NKJV But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:13 NKJV For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Romans 10:9, 10 NKJV that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

John 3:14-17 NKJV “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

If you have not begun your spiritual journey, God’s desire for you is that you begin at the point of your own personal need, and that is the need of a new heart. You can become born again simply by praying and confessing your sin, that you need Jesus to save you, and asking Him to forgive you and come into your heart and life to be your own personal Lord and Savior. If you would like to do that, please pray this prayer with me, be sincere in your heart and committed to follow through with a life devoted to Him.

Father, I come before You now to confess my sin and to acknowledge that I was born a sinner and that my choice to live my life for myself and not for you is sin. I ask You to forgive me and save me. I confess that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died to save me and that He was raised from the dead and lives today! I invite You to come and live within my heart and life to walk with me through every day of my life. I vow to live my life for you, Lord Jesus, and I thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer for the first time and really meant it, you now are “born again”. You have a home waiting for you in heaven after this earthly life is over. You have the Holy Spirit living within you to lead you and guide you through each day. He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:6) You are now a part of the family of God! Welcome to the family!

Lord God, I thank You for those that have been ushered into Your family through their prayer today. I pray that You will draw them near to Your heart, fill them with a hunger and thirst for You and Your word and pour out Your presence upon them. Reveal Yourself to them in ways that they will know that it is You and that You love them and have a great plan for their lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Welcome to the family of God

The River Of Life

Psalm 63:1 AMP O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You, my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.

Are you thirsty?  Does your “inner self” thirst for something that you just can’t seem to put your finger on?

I can think of so many things that we search for trying to find that satisfaction that comes from God alone. Jesus addressed that problem in the woman at the well in John 4. He told her that if she would receive the “living water” that comes from Him she would not need to search for intimacy any longer through the worldly relationships that she had sought throughout her life. As I meditated on this the Lord took me back to Ezekiel 47 where He talks about the river that flows from the temple. Wherever that river goes there is life and healing according to Ezekiel 47:1-12. And the deeper we go into the river of God the more healing and revelation we receive. Jesus said it this way in John 7:37-39:AMP

Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trust in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. But He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed (trusted, had faith) in Him were afterward to receive. For the [Holy] Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified (raised to honor).

Rivers of living water

Jesus declared that if we would come to Him and drink the Holy Spirit within us would well up in us like a river that constantly springs forth living water. In that river of God there is fullness of life and healing not only for us but also for those to whom we minister. The more we drink, the fuller we become and the more we have to give out.

Do you long for satisfaction and contentment in your innermost being?  Come to Jesus and drink of His living water!   You will find that as you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you and will fill you up in those areas of discontent and longing.

Father, I pray for those who are thirsty and never satisfied this morning.  I ask You to open their spiritual eyes to see that You alone can fill the empty places in their hearts.  And for those who don’t know you, Lord, I pray that today will be their day of salvation; that they will see You as Savior and embrace the salvation that You died to give them.  Bring the lost to Jesus and fill the hungry hearts with Your love, mercy and grace today.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Out With The Old And In With The New!

2014 will soon be over and we will be embracing another new year.  It seems as if the years move by so much faster now than they used to.

Today has been a day of reflection.  As I looked back on this year I saw both victories and disappointments.  But the victories far outweigh the disappointments!  God has been so good to me!

Happy New Year 2015

The best is yet to come as we leave the old behind and step over into what God has for us in 2015!

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Father, I thank you for all that You have done in 2014 and I look forward to what You are going to do in this upcoming year. You have been so good to me! Thank You, for the victories and thank you for turning my sorrows into showers of blessings. You take what the devil means for harm and turn it for good and I praise You even in the midst of the disappointments of life. I know that You have a good plan for us and that You will bring it into manifestation as we yield our wills to You. I pray that You will save the lost that are living without You and without hope in this world of darkness. I ask You to reveal Yourself to them in ways that they will receive and welcome You into their hearts. Father, grant healing to those who are sick and oppressed, deliverance to the addicted and emotional freedom to those who are struggling with anxiety and mental dis-ease. You are the great I AM, worthy of all our praise and I give you praise and adoration as I look forward to the victories of 2015! To You be the glory and honor, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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