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

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Life is a daily classroom of teaching and instruction, if we are willing to listen and follow through. My most recent lesson was simple, profound and forever life changing. Here’s the lesson;

Don’t ignore the prompts and nudges from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not only the Comforter but the Great Teacher and Guide.

I woke up absolutely consumed with thoughts of a cousin who was currently in the intensive care unit.  It was a cousin I had never been really that close to but that really didn’t matter at the moment. All that mattered was him!  I had to go see him, nothing was more important.

It wasn’t a still small voice giving me an instruction. It was just an impression in my spirit—a knowing that something wasn’t quite right.  I reached out to one of his children and asked, “Is your dad saved? Has he made Jesus the Lord of his life?”  She said “I’m not sure.” I told her we have to make sure. Let’s make sure together!

Everything I expected upon arrival at the hospital was present the grief, the pain, the tears.  His face is still in my thoughts right now as I type this.  The way he held my hand when we prayed and how he wouldn’t let go. The way he said “I love you too.” It is all still very heavy on my thoughts.

Sadly he had been shown “religion” his entire life and not a “relationship” with a living, loving Father. The church had failed him but I was driven to remind him that Jesus would never ever fail him. I asked him the greatest question you could ever ask at his bed side, “Have you ever made Jesus the Lord of your life?”  His answer was solid and truthful, “NO.” My response was. “Would you like to?” His answer again came solid and truthful “YES.”   I asked him to pray a prayer with me and he repeated the prayer with his children and grandchildren surrounding the bed.  He repeated every word strong, fully aware and fully sincere.  It was in that moment that the presence of the Lord came and heaven touched earth.  When we finished that prayer my cousin said something that I will never forget as long as I live he said, “We did it!” I sobbed! He said it again, “We did it.”  It was almost like he knew how God had pushed me all the way to his bedside.  That he was hanging on for just this moment in time so that now he could move on with complete Peace that he had made Jesus his Lord!

At 11:00 a.m. he was born again from above, translated out of Darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. Saved! Safe! Secure! Forgiven!

At 5:08 p.m. the same day he was Home in Heaven.

Since his passing I’ve been emotional, unable to focus and changed. Just changed! I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit, thankful for an open heart, thankful for a God who answers when we call, thankful for JESUS who defeated death, Hell, and the Grave.

THANKFUL.

On the way to the hospital that morning the enemy had flooded my mind with several lies.  Thoughts that ran in my mind; “You’re going to minister? Your own life is a hot mess!” I could almost hear Satan’s mocking laughter.  “Someone else will do it, another minister is sure to be at his bedside.”  ALL LIES! NO ONE was there.   And if we all had waited for our lives to be perfect we wouldn’t have a church or ministry on this planet. We are all broken and that’s the exact reason why we need JESUS!

Life lesson:

When God whispers a name to you, when you can’t get that person off your mind and heart, RUN to that person. God has a reason for those promptings. Don’t assume someone else will help! God’s speaking to you! You’re not here to just live and die. You are here on assignment from Heaven to fulfill Gods plan. You are not a human being having a spiritual experience you’re a spiritual being having a human experience! This is not our home.

Who do you have on your heart right now? What’s God saying? Obey! God’s on the move and God wants to use you today.

Listen.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

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!

HE is a GOOD DAD!

With chubby little fingers and a smile that would melt the coldest heart Elianah, my six-year-old, stands in front of me.  With curly blonde hair and big blue eyes that hold so much love and wonder she very carefully hands me her letter to Santa. “Will you give it to him?” she asks?

“Well, of course!” I reply with great enthusiasm.

I take the list and look over every single item written in crayon and chuckle at the precious misspelled words.  It’s so cute I want to frame it.  As Elianah’s daddy, this scrap piece of paper with her Christmas wishes has NOW instantly become my TOP priority. As her father, I desire to give her every single item her heart so desires.  I WANT TO BLESS HER!  Why? Because I’m her father and I love her and desire to lavish her with MY LOVE.

Listen, maybe your earthly father is gone either physically or emotionally but you’re NOT ALONE! You still have a DADDY that loves YOU!

Your HEAVENLY father wants to LAVISH His LOVE on you the exact same way.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”   Matthew 7:11

So ask.  We have not because we ask not. So ASK that your JOY may be COMPLETE.  Jesus said whatsoever things you desire, believe that you receive them and you will have them.

The LOVE I have in my heart for my daughter, Elianah, is THE LOVE your Father has in His heart for you. He not only hears you He sees the much-needed desires. He feels the desires written on the table of your heart. Your needs have INSTANTLY become His TOP priority. Simply because you are his child and he is your Father.

I’m believing God with you that those things that are heavy on your heart as we close out 2016, those things that can’t be wrapped and put under a tree, will come to pass in your life as a miracle you’ve been praying for and 2017 will be the year of Answered Prayer for YOU a child of GOD!

God knows EXACTLY what you need. HE is a GOOD DAD and with HIM EVERYTHING is POSSIBLE!

“Abba, Father, he said, everything is possible for You.”  ~ Jesus  (Mark 14:36)

My “Neighbor”

Love your neighbor as yourself. Romans 13:9

 
When I close my eyes and think of my child hood the deepest memories of Christmas come flooding back.  I see her…I affectionately called her “Neighbor.”  Her real name was Connie Lee Jones.

As a child I wanted to buy my mom a gift for Christmas but as a family who was already beyond poor I didn’t have a nickel to my name.  That didn’t stop me however because as God would have it… sitting right beside the home I grew up in was a buy, sell and trade antique shop called Buffalo Prairie Trading Post owned and operated by Connie Lee Jones.

As a little boy who could barely see over the glass counters that displayed treasures from all over the world. I would bring in a trinket or toy straight from my toy box and ask Connie “How much for this?”  She would think and look at the item and look back at me and look at the item and then would give me the fair price.  I can still smell the shop.  I remember the sound of the Christmas bells hanging on the door when I would walk in and she would always have a plate of Christmas cookies.  I didn’t have gloves but would pull off the socks that covered my cold hands and after hearing the amount of money I had been given to spend I was SO excited!  I would then spend the next hour looking throughout her entire store for just the perfect present for my mom for Christmas.  Surely THIS would make her happy and give her the JOY she needed.  I would walk the floors of that old creaky shop so long Connie would eventually shut the “Open” sign off and lock up just to let me browse.  I would holler from the back room “How much do i have?”   She would lovingly remind me. Finally after finding just the perfect gift I would lay it on the counter and then she would spend the next fifteen to twenty minutes wrapping my treasured find.  The “just perfect gift” with brown paper and ribbon for my mom! Out the door I would run in the snow making a bee line for my house.  I remember the snow, the moon and the glowing Christmas tree through the window of the old broken down trailer knowing that this gift that I held would truly give my mom the best Christmas ever.  I lost complete contact with Connie over the years and then just last week, I found out my child hood “Neighbor” passed away on the exact same day as her birthday.  Tears, laughs, memories came flooding to my mind that only her and I shared and the reminder from the Holy Spirit that She is now spending Christmas with JESUS this year.  I love you Connie Lee Jones!  Thank you for giving me and my family so many sweet Christmas memories. No more buy, sell or trade for you. You’re in a mansion filled with all your hearts desires. The songs you spent hours writing to your Savior you can now sing to Him face to face. Say hello to my dad will you?  Love you my sweet friend and see you soon, I know you’ll be waiting for me.

 

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10 Things I’ve learned in this Election Year!

1. People matter, friends matter and family matter MUCH more than being right or wrong.

2. Praying in the HOLY GHOST will produce more results for America, “the land that we love”, than sharing on social media just the perfect article/post to stick it to them.

3. We need to “agree to disagree”, walk in LOVE…the enemy divides but God unifies, reconciles and restores.

4. We can be SINCERE but still be sincerely wrong.

5. Conversation is the key to educating NOT throwing people away like they don’t matter just because they don’t have your belief system. Never ever throw people away, throw expired milk and rotten vegetables away but not people.

6. What you set your mind on…you become.  Some have joined a political cult by being consumed and your driving friends, family and yourself CRAZY! Go for a run or a walk. Find something to laugh at, eat some ice cream or watch a comedy. We get it you’re a passionate patriot but your starting to scare all of us, even your dog.

7. Let LIFE be your leading cause. ALL lives matter!  Every child deserves a birthday! Aren’t you glad someone chose life for you? Let LIFE always be your focus, your cause, what you’re most passionate about.

8. When we as Christians start using our voice, thus our lives, to talk about someone else’s past we are leaving “God’s Camp” and moving over to the “Enemy’s Camp.”  Remember he is the “accuser of the brethren.” They could have repented and your bringing up something God’s already forgiven and forgotten.

9. Love is a FACT when LOVE is an ACT.   PRAYER is the KEY but we also have to put boots “on the ground.”

10. IF you messed up, “Welcome to the club!”  Thank God we have an advocate with the Father and His name is JESUS.  We can repent and honestly, humbly, ask friends and family for forgiveness. Stay in LOVE the holiday’s are coming.

THIS ELECTION YEAR mirrors the spiritual war taking place in the heavenlies. Everything in the natural is the result of something in the supernatural.  Remember as JESUS followers we are citizens of Heaven seated with Christ first then we are American’s! Above Republicans and Democrats we are American’s!

No matter what happens going forward remember JESUS IS LORD!

Stay with God!

Take heart.

Don’t quit.

I’ll say it again: Stay with God.

Psalms 27 13-14

Our land is in need of healing. It’s time for us to get off our high horses and hit our knees in prayer. The truth is that our prayers, more than our politicians, will determine the course of our nation. ~ John Bevere