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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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!

Because God Loves You…

You can love you!

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying.  “Yes, I have loved you with an Everlasting Love, therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”  Jeremiah 31:3

For the Lord, your God is living among you.  He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness.  With his love, he will calm all your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17

My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139: 17 & 18

Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you.  Psalms 93:9

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed but my Steadfast Love shall not depart from you. Isaiah 54:10

God loves you more in a moment than anyone could in a lifetime.

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A Thrill of Hope

“There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.”
Hosea 2:15

God is the only one who can make a valley of trouble a door of hope.
I believe in Miracles.

I believe in the ones I have seen and I’ve seen many.

I also believe in the Miracles that I am praying for at this exact moment and do not see at all with my natural eyes but I see with the eyes of faith. What do I mean by that? Jesus says…

“24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:24 (NIV)

It’s just as simple as reaching out with the hands of faith and the eyes of faith and saying, “I have it now!”

When I was a teenager I would answer every altar call given, if a preacher said, “Do you want Jesus as Savior and Lord?”  I would run to the front.

My name must be written in many churches all over the Ozarks!  One day I remember sitting in the pew and I remember saying, “I don’t have to go down to the front or raise my hand. I’ve done that! I have already received that gift. I am saved! I have it now! I’m born again, translated out of darkness into the kingdom of light.”

How do you know you have it? YOU JUST DO!

That’s the same way you receive anything you may be praying for at this exact moment.

It’s a THRILL of HOPE when you go from fear to FAITH.

It’s a THRILL of HOPE when you go from sickness to HEALING.

It’s a THRILL of HOPE when you go from worry to PEACE.

Storm clouds may very well be hovering over your home right now but I’m praying that you will see a beam of light.  A glimmer of HOPE that tomorrow is going to be a better day that your best days are ahead of you and NOT behind you. I’m praying for HOPE to BURST your heart open and right now as you stand on God’s Word to know that He is the GREAT promise KEEPER.  I pray every ounce of HOPE you may have is in Him and I believe in the name of Jesus, HE WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN!  And He is NOT going to start now. I don’t care what “they say.” I care more about what He has ALREADY said.  His promises are YES and Amen and they belong to you, each and every one.

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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Prince of Peace

Peace…

“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”   Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

I don’t know about you but I know about me and the above verse is healing medicine to everywhere I hurt right now.

Taking a holy pause and thinking deeply about each of these words…COUNSELOR, FATHER, PEACE.

– Counselor, while confusion swirls and darkness seems to be hiding around every corner.  The counselor of all counselors who made you and knows you better than you know yourself awaits to teach, counsel, instruct and guide. We just have to listen and obey.

– Father, He is the FATHER who knows YOU by name.
Does He really hold every tear we cry? Yes, yes He does.  You’re not alone, the one who placed you here for such a time as this sees, cares, and knows ALL. He AFFECTIONATELY loves you like a father loves his child.

Do not worry, God did not create you to abandon you.

– Peace, that thing that keeps you up at night or haunts you first thing when you awaken, the situation that you have no control over…The PRINCE of Peace whisper’s HUSH to that raging storm. Many Christmas Eve’s I’ll go visit my grandma who lives in the country.   As I leave her house I always take a moment to stand in the middle of the gravel road that winds down to her house and there I look up.  No city lights, no noises, just the cold crisp air and stars upon stars.  Sweet holy peace. The silence and the majesty of God Almighty as He lights up the sky with twinkling lights, sweet Heavenly Peace…that’s my prayer for you this Christmas.

May you lovingly feel the embrace of your Heavenly Father while He whispers instructions on what decisions need to be made all the while being flooded by supernatural peace that passes all human understanding. Peace is the gift of believing in a Mighty God who hears and answers prayer.

Peace, peace, heavenly peace …

 

 

Emmanuel, God with You

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

Emmanuel God with us…

Emmanuel God with YOU.

God is with you right now as you read this.  His love and thoughts of you is why your heart is beating.  With every beat and breathe He is saying, “I…love…you. I…Have…A…Plan. Do…Not…Fear.”

In your brokenness and your concerns and all that keeps you up at night He is with YOU.

You may have even recently said, “Why does everything seem so broken?”  You may think it’s broken but what IF the Lord is saying, “That which you think is broken is actually falling into perfect place to give you all that you’ve prayed for.”

God is with you.

God sees your tears. You’re not alone, He knows you by name, knowing even the number of hairs on your head. He is concerned with every detail of your life.  All that matters to you, matters to Him.

If God was to open your eyes to the spiritual reality around you right now you could not take in the awe and the splendor.  You would see the warring angels standing at attention guarding you and His very presence surrounding you as you go about the most mundane tasks.

He would say, “Child, Fear Not, if I’m with YOU then WHO can be against you?”

Tell Me your worries and cares and then listen.  I desire to give you counsel and peace that passes all understanding. I desire to work alongside you to harvest dreams for the New Year.  I want to make sure that all of My promises come to pass at last. Remember Ephesians 3:20…

“I am able and willing to do EXCEEDINGLY more than you can possibly imagine or even dream.”

So speak to the STORMS and say HUSH!  Tell FEAR to leave and REST in my PEACE! Be still and KNOW that I AM GOD!
After all Emmanuel God is with YOU.

LIVE TODAY IN ALL CAPS!

Psalms 51 verses 12-13 say that David has just blown it… He has sinned.  He has messed up BIG!  We see however that he is running back to God and this is his prayer…

“Father, Restore unto me the JOY of thy salvation” and then … ”I will teach transgressors thy way and then sinners will be converted into you.” 
NOTICE…When do they do this?  WHEN THE JOY OF THE LORD is RESTORED unto YOU!  THAT is WHEN YOU ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE for the Kingdom of God.

Now do you see why the enemy fights so hard to steal it?

Joy is Strength!

JOY is a TRUE Spiritual FORCE.

Nehemiah 8:10 SAYS…THE “JOY” of the LORD is your strength. When the enemy wants to pull you down he goes after your Joy first.

You might be saying, I hear you but man…I’ve got issues…my family has some issues. Listen, we ALL DO!  If you don’t think you have issues then “that’s your issue!”  I’m sharing that with a bit of sarcasm but actually that does seem to be “the issue” for some folks, they believe they are reaching perfection.

John 15:1  JESUS said: “I have told you this so that MY joy be in YOU and your JOY may be COMPLETE.  IN LIFE you will have good times and bad times.”  But then JESUS said…”I want my JOY (my strength) to be in you and your JOY to be complete.”

We don’t base our JOY on our circumstances WE base our JOY on the WORD OF GOD!


Hang on to your joy; don’t let the enemy or anyone steal it.  It’s the strength you need to be most effective and to finish your race with JOY.

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!