Find Your Tribe. Love Them Hard.

Yes, some have gotten the Greatest Commandment down. They truly love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind, and that’s wonderful. Our relationship with Him matters the most. The Apostle Paul said, “it is my determined purpose to know him…”

But what about the second commandment? Jesus said that it’s just as important as the first. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Who’s our neighbor? Only those that are in your circle? The hurting, the grieving? Those walking in a storm or a valley? We have all been there. That prompting we get from the Holy Spirit when He whispers someone’s name to us, or those we see before us with signposts shouting, “there is an issue here”? Do we think a message on Facebook or a text is enough to pull anyone out of a demonic fog that’s been sent to destroy them?

NO! It’s NOT ENOUGH! Call them, meet with them personally.

Connecting with people, looking into their eyes, not to “shoot the breeze “, but instead to determine the heart of the matter. Then we can pray heaven down on them, and stay with them until His Peace is present. Actual relationships with His people, “being there”, can change, even save, a life.

Mental illness is real. The Spirit realm is real. Let us wake up, and pray up. Let’s put on our armor and march forward with LOVE into the enemies camp, and pull them out, one by one, through the power of real relationships.

We don’t have to have the title of a pastor to minister to those around us. We are to STAY STRONG, STAY READY, and breathe life into our circle every time we have a chance. Let us make the MOST of every opportunity for these days are evil.

I’m DONE with the enemy taking people I love out. I desire to STAY READY and FULL OF THE SPIRIT, and to declare, “not on my watch”. Friend, the Kingdom is counting on us. Someone in our lives needs us right now.

I pray God gives us eyes to see, and that we all realize this life is not about “me”.

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Matthew 22: 37-39 

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Love Jesus. Tell people about Jesus. Repeat.

Hi Friends and Family,

I know it’s been a while since I sent out an email so I wanted to let you know that I’m alive still!… my good friends from Los Angeles (actually more like family) are about to take another trip to Haiti, to one of the poorest villages in the world this coming Saturday… this will make my friend Bryan’s 20th Trip! Isn’t that Amazing?  Please, Please pray for the team!

If you can’t read this entire email at least click here to help them on this trip.

>>> Donate For Haiti Trip

Sincere Thanks again for praying for my personal mission’s adventure to bring Christ and Christmas to a small village of Fond Doux in Haiti this past December. As always with God, he hears every prayer and always does Exceeding, Abundantly above all we could ask, think hope or even imagine.We delivered beans and rice, walked hut to hut and prayed for the sick, delivered Christmas gifts, gave this little village not one but two Christmas parties, yes, I was Santa Claus. Held a four-day revival, and so much more! ALL in two weeks! So many faces, so many hugs and prayers and lot’s of tears, my favorite part of this great adventure was preaching the gospel under the stars three different times and watching hearts respond to the gospel and say yes to Jesus, nothing compares to simply telling the story and watching the miracle. God’s presence was so strong the entire trip, no words on how thankful and grateful I am for every moment, I’m still pinching my self that it all happened. We make it difficult but the Gospel is simple… Love Jesus. Tell people about Jesus. Repeat.

I’m sharing all this to tell you… The same team I went with this past December will be leaving again this very weekend. I gave you the opportunity to help partner with me… and you responded and for that “I thank you” I don’t want (my family) this team of passionate JESUS follower’s to leave the USA this weekend empty-handed and I am most certainly giving all that I can, will you?

Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

I know you’ve been supporting my ministry over the years through reading my blog, hearing me in person or over the radio and my heart gives you a standing ovation for your prayers and even financial support.  Fond Doux, a small village 50 miles west of Port-au-Prince, needs real help right now. Will you be answered prayer for them?

God want’s to help them but it will only happen through your giving to this team leaving THIS WEEKEND! The need is urgent!

Now is the time! Any gift of ANY size will help GREATLY!

Whoever, Is that you? I’m a Whoever! is kind to the poor lends to the LORD! and HE WILL REWARD YOU for what YOU have done!
It’s super easy… Just click here => https://haitiexperience.com/donate

Thank you, The kingdom is counting on you.

Don’t Give Up!

No matter what has happened or is happening, be aware of the living, loving Father who watches over your life with every beat of your heart.  He knows the wrong’s the hurts and hurdles. He knows the plots the schemes and the traps. He sees them all and says to you, “My child, DO NOT be afraid! Though sorrow may last for a night my JOY…my COMPLETE supernatural JOY will reach down from the heavens and wrap you in the morning light. Yes, many have come against you, many fiery darts of the enemy.”

But your Father says…“I will hold you!  I will carry you!  I will strengthen you! Do not be afraid!  I have seen all and in My time…in My way it will all make sense.  As of today this moment in time walk by faith AND NOT SIGHT take My hand!  I know you don’t understand but trust Me when I say I love you with an everlasting love and THIS IS NOT THE END!  You’re my child! I love you.  I have purpose for you. I have given you the sword of the Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit and the authority in my name!  You will walk and not faint.  You will run and not grow weary!  I say REST.  Rest in My grace that is your place. Those dreams those desires…Yes, everything will come to completion as you trust in Me. This IS NOT THE END. SO LAUGH AND BE JOYFUL!  SO SING AND SHOUT THE VICTORY! Together with Me WE WIN!”

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

God will bless you If you don’t give up when your faith is being tested. James 1:12

When you have JESUS you have everything!

When you have JESUS you have everything. He’s with you, right now in this moment. 

I’ve lived enough trips around the sun to learn firsthand that He is the one and only one who keeps His promises.  He is the Promise Keeper. Not some promises, but He uses this word over and over in the Holy Scriptures, it’s a word I’ve grown to love it’s the word “ALL.”   ALL of his promises are “Yes!” and “Amen!” He heals me of ALL my diseases.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalms 34:19

In the greatest loss or disappointment when you awake to what seems a nightmare there is a deep knowing that someday, somehow God will make sense of all this. God will have the last word.  The scars, the wounds the hurts that have been hurled your way. God will make sense of it all.  The Promise Keeper shouts, “Hey YOU, (insert your name here), I’ve begun a good work in YOU! I will continue that work until the day of Christ.” So little by little and day by day, His mercies are new every morning and He is transforming you into a masterpiece fit for the Master’s use. His use!

So when your feet hit the ground in the morning instead of being steered off your destiny by a text or a call or a distraction, set up from the enemy to cloud your mind, dig deep into planting your face right in His. Face to face with the One who can fix it all, heal it all, restore it all, and make sense of it all!  

The Promise Keeper says, “If you seek me you will find me if you draw close to me I WILL draw close to YOU.”

That’s a PROMISE from the Holy of Holies, from the Author and Finisher of Your faith. It’s a PROMISE from the Ancient of Days.

So right in the middle of the chaos and confusion, you will have CHRIST which is TRUTH, which is LIGHT, which is PEACE.  It’s yours just for the taking!  Remember wounded warrior you’re not alone, never truly alone and Abba has all you need for all your days including this one.  When you have JESUS you have everything. He’s with you right now in this moment and ALL always means ALL!  Just breathe, He’s got this. More importantly, He’s got YOU!

I Love You More…

I don’t know who this is for?

I don’t know how broken you are?

I won’t even try to understand what happened.

It’s hard to breathe.

You have even said, “Is this real life?”  (SIGH)

I want you to know desperately right now in this VERY MOMENT that GOD sees and

HE ~ IS ~ WITH ~YOU!

His name is Emmanuel…which means GOD is with us!

So beloved friend … GOD IS WITH YOU!   You’re not alone. He’s holding you now.

The power and the presence of the Holy Spirit is yours for the taking, just reach out and

feel His embrace. 

He may very well choose to fall on you in power and do a supernatural operation on your heart right now…or He may send friends from near and far to text, call and show up just simply to be His hands and feet…TO LOVE ~ TO hold ~ TO embrace.  You’re never truly alone. Don’t buy the enemy’s lie that you are. It’s not true. Don’t believe a word of it.

I’m praying right now for the eyes of your understanding to be enlightened.

That right now YOU would know the HOPE of your calling and to understand how deep and how wide and how high IS HIS LOVE for you. May He OPEN your eyes to the SPIRIT and allow you to see the WARRING ANGELS standing and guarding your every move.

YOU ~ ARE ~ NOT ~ ALONE! 

You never are.

YOU ARE LOVED!

He is with you. Emmanuel….

“Fear not, for I am WITH YOU; Be not dismayed, For I am your God.

I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my 

righteous right hand.”    Isaiah 41:10 

 

A LOVE Letter

Imagine the Lord saying this to you right now…

“I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, The First and The Last. I started all this and I’ll be the one to have the last word, you can count on that.

As in your life when trouble falls on you like rain, do not fret or have a care.   Remember I make rainbows from storms!  I make beauty from ashes!  I make what seems to be the end a fresh new start. Deep sorrow may last for a night but JOY comes in the morning!”

“The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.”  Psalms 34:19

Each time! Every time!

So today…don’t be discouraged or down but hold your head high. Look around and see not only the physical blessings I’ve given you but the spiritual blessings as well.  You’re seated with Me in heavenly places.   I’ve given you all authority to overcome all evil. I’m with you and in you through the Holy Spirit. The same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead lives deeply and richly in you.

You are more than a conquer.  Don’t look back and panic.  I am the one who holds time together just as I hold you.

All good and perfect gifts come from Me and you will see that the greatest days are ahead. Keep planting, keep serving, forgive and forgive some more.  I’ll see to it that you reap a harvest of everything you could ever hope, imagine or dream. Oh yes! A truly grand place of MORE.

More peace!
More power!
More healing!
More hearing from Me in this very hour!

I will work with you to pour out my Spirit beyond measure.   People will run to be in My presence and leave changed…not just for a week or two but for a life time. The same goes for you…spending time with Me is the key to that place of intimacy. It’s where I’ll build you up and I’ll make sure your gift is in full operation. Make a determined purpose to know me and you will see that the greatest days are ahead for you.  In every action and in every day I’ll be with you telling you what to do. I’ll give you the Spirit of seeing and knowing. You will see it and then do it.   You will need to listen and it will take time to learn but be still because in that hour I will give you the power to fulfill all your dreams and desires as you delight in Me and walk out My will.

No demon can stand in the presence of the one who carries My name…JESUS! Speak the name Jesus, the name above all names.  Throughout your day then Listen and Obey!  And above all love.

Love, love, love it’s your best weapon against the enemy. It confuses his plan and no weapon formed against you will stand.   Yes you’re the head and not the tail you’re above and not beneath you’re the body of Christ moving and reigning! Preparing a way for Me!

Hurting? You need this!

Did it cut you to your core? Shatter your trust?

It’s bad enough that you were hurt—deeply—but what’s worse is that it lingers.

Perhaps you’ve found it harder to get up in the morning. Your smile has waned. It’s harder to laugh. The light in your eyes has dimmed. And, you find it harder to trust…anyone…

Friends and family have noticed. And you’ve heard their concerns.

“It seems like you’re not as happy as you used to be.”

“I’m worried about you.”

“We miss the old you.”

But you? You just wonder exactly how much longer it will hurt like this.

You’re not alone. I know because I have been there. No, I don’t pretend to know your exact circumstances. But if you’re anything like me—when you start thinking or talking about what caused your pain—you find that what has settled gets stirred to the top. And before you know it, it feels like it happened just yesterday.

Here’s how I get back on my feet. I hope it will help you.

1.) God is ever faithful. Man will Always let you down. God Never ever will. There are no perfect people. Keep your eyes on the One you CAN always trust: Jesus—the Author and Finisher of your faith. Hebrews 2:2 (The Message): Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

2.) My identity—and yours– is not found in others. Our identity can only be found in our Heavenly Father who calls you “beloved,” and loves you far more than you could ever wrap your mind around. Grab a Bible (the all-time best seller—there has to be something behind that my friend), and discover who you are in Christ. A few places to start are John 1:12; 1 Peter 2:5; and 1 Peter 2:9-10.

3.) Guard your heart. Even if you have been sorely wronged. The very issues of life flow out of your heart. That’s the way God created us. Cry out to Jesus…tell Him everything. Ask Him to cleanse your heart. And then—brace yourself, this is the hardest part—forgive. I’ll say it again: FORGIVE. Not for their sake but for yours. This is where healing begins. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV): Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Pray for those who hurt you. 

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ~ JESUS (Luke 6:28)

4.) You and I will not be accountable to God for how they behaved. The onus is on them. I am only accountable for my heart toward them. As are you. Forgive. Release the hurt. Move on. Life is too short. Don’t waste it being hurt. I know it’s hard. Yet remember….

5.) God is your victorious Warrior, and He alone will have the final say. 2 Chronicles: 20:15b (NCV): The Lord says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of this large army. The battle is not your battle, it is God’s.

When one is hurt, sometimes the tendency is to run from the church. If you find yourself doing this, you’re running in the wrong direction. Make a U-turn, and join with fellow believers to further the cause of Christ. Give God a chance to turn your hurt into something beautiful. Your journey there—and back—will most assuredly be someone else’s answer to prayer. You’ll catch their glance, you’ll see the light in their eyes has dimmed, and you’ll know…

People don’t determine your destiny; God does. His plan for you is greater than any you could dream on your own. Every morning, when you put your feet to the floor, trust in him.

Storm Clouds

Years ago my life was spiraling out of control.   I won’t go into the details but daily things kept getting worse. I’m here to tell you it was a nightmare.

I ran to several pastors and close friends and told them all my problems…really I told anyone who would listen!  The more I spoke the worse it got! I was faced with blank stares and a pat on my shoulder conveying that it would get better and that I should just hang in there. I soon realized though wisdom is found in wise counsel!  My only hope was in a Living God and I started crying out to Him.

In my darkest moment God said, “Your words are seeds; only speak what you want to harvest.  Only speak what you want to see.”  I sat and pondered the words spoken and I immediately started to speak daily confessions of God’s Word. Sometimes five times a day, sometimes three times a day, sometimes all night long! It was a very long list of confessions from the Word of God.

I promise you this…as I started speaking Scripture over my life and my circumstances…Everything changed. I mean Everything!

My friend, I’m sharing a very personal story to encourage you with this truth.

It’s impossible to speak the Word of God and not see results.  God said “I watch over my Word to perform it.” Isaiah 55:11   After about a week of just speaking the Word things started changing.  I started getting more stable and I felt myself from the inside out getting stronger. It didn’t happen instantly but gradually.  I’m telling you what worked for me. I know it will work for you.

If your currently in a storm, a situation that you never thought you would be in, here’s my advice… take God’s Word like a medicine several times a day!  I hope this doesn’t sound simplified like:  Just say this and stand on one leg and everything will be just fine.  That’s not at all what I’m saying.

Remember the parable told by Jesus from Matthew Chapter 7?

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

We may feel as if life is “beating on our house.”  We are standing in a storm and taking a real beating.  I know that’s how I felt.   Because you have built your house on the rock you have this promise…”but it did not fall.”  We have a living God who hears and answers prayer and watches over his Word to perform it.   My house did not fall. You are loved and prayed for, hold strong and keep standing on the rock.  I promise to keep on praying for you. This storm will pass and you will come out stronger than before.

I Am With You

I sometimes wonder if God longs for our attention just as much as we long for His. There are days my heart aches for no other reason than for just a touch of Heaven.

I watch my five year old daughter pedal on her bike as she makes circles in the driveway, her sweet voice rings out, “Watch me Daddy!  Watch me!” I quickly respond, “I am!” and she yells, “Well…watch me MO!”

I am awestruck as I realize “that’s ME!”  God do you see ME?  This situation I am experiencing? I yell out, “Well, Lord, watch me more!”

Life can be so hard!  The questions fill our mind does God see me? Does God know my name? Does God have a better ending to this story I’m currently living?

The answer is YES!  Always…Yes!  I’ll let Him take it from here…

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” ~ Jesus  Mathew 6:26

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.  I’ve called your name. You’re mine.” Isaiah 43:1

God says: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Today, look not only with your eyes for Him but with your heart.  Today, maybe just for ten minutes…sit somewhere very quiet and whisper His name.  Listen and be still.  I believe He will speak. I believe He will show you what you need to do. I believe you will hear him say, “I love you more!”

The most amazing thing is we can have as much as we want of Him, our hearts cry may very well be “Daddy watch me!” and He says… “I am!”

“I am never out of your sight.” – Psalms 139:3

We Are The Body

You know those people who listened when you called.

Those people who invested in your life, when all was broken and so lost.

FEAR shouted “WE WON!”

They whispered in your ear… “Have Faith.”

Those people, who stopped, stooped and cared when others ran.

Those people who said “Hang in there!” when others said, “Give up and just go on.”

Those who lifted you up instead of put you down.

Who not only spoke love but were love.

Those people who gave you time, resources and texts in the middle of the night.

Those people who said “I had you on my heart.”

“You want to come over?”

“Let’s go for a walk.”

“What are you doing for dinner tonight?”

“Hey, I know someone who can…”

Those people … don’t forget them.

PLEASE don’t forget them.

Invest in them.

Either we are watching a storm, in a storm or waiting for a storm to pass.

They will need you someday soon.

Someday sooner than you think they will need you.

Maybe even now, when was the last time you heard from them?

Don’t abandon them because you’re busy or tired.

Answer when they call.

Text when your heart speaks their name.

Remember the light they carried when your world was dark?

We cry out for GOD.

GOD in a human form is standing in front of you, working through “THOSE People.”

Those people ~ the body of Christ, the family of God!

Don’t forget them, please don’t forget them.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2