Beware

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:8-9, KJV)

Have you ever took the time to think about deception?

Maybe most of us have but we never think that we ourselves could be the ones who fall into the trap(s).

We live in a world where a lot of information is shown to us in such a speedily, vast, and in an ever-increasing obstacle.

Real source or Fake source can be of a common issue.

It can form a huge amount of confusion and restlessness.

Know that this is not of God.

“Ah! How foolish we are! How we repeat the folly of our first parent every day when we seek to hide sin from conscious, and then think it is hidden from God.” – Charles Spurgeon

The reason I am here writing to you today is because deception has run rapid and not enough people are noticing.

We have grown comfortable to the evil around us and grown cold to our Living God.

As the Body of Christ, are we living out our lives for the One who died for us?

Are we becoming conformed to this world that is not our home?

Please hear me out.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” (Genesis 3:1, KJV)

We do not fight against flesh and blood.

If you read the verse above from Genesis 3:1 carefully, you will learn something about our biggest foe. He is the most subtil compared to any other beast. This means he is cunning, crafty, and deceitful. Just as he had tricked our ancestors in believing the forbidden fruit was desirable and innocent, he too is seen as such.

Just as that evil serpent did in the days of old, he continues to work against our good. He continues to work in ways people today are completely oblivious to. Why? Well because of that very thing, we are too blind to notice or to care.

We fight against one another instead of taking the time to seek the real cause.

We do the work of the enemy for him.

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3, ESV)

Thus, because we have moved from the garden life style in the beginning, to the more modern approaches to living in the present, we have lost touch with the fact that maybe these things, these spiritual occurrences, could very well happen in todays world.

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3, ESV); You think to yourself, oh that will never happen to me! Do you remember the same thing happened to Peter? Peter denied Jesus 3 times! (See Luke 22:54-62). If you are not continually walking in the Spirit, if you are not continually abiding in the Lord, and sticking close to Him during these times, there could be a chance that it could happen to you too. Maybe not the same exact way it happened to Peter, but nonetheless we should be looking at our temporary world through our spiritual lenses.

I pray that this will give you a new spark. One that will maybe question your own doings and push you to seek the Lord for all things. The life of the Christian is never boring. Or at least it shouldn’t be. There is always something we could be working on in ourselves, or praying for even in others. If you haven’t in a while, take a look at the environment around you. We cannot avoid the evil around us even if we wanted to. God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). This post is not to ignite fear, but to hopefully empower you to realize the power within you to fight the good fight around us. (Please see Ephesians 1:13; John 16:13; & Romans 8:14)

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Revelation 12:9, KJV

Hey

Hey! How are you all?

I know it has been quite some time since I have reached out here on my blog. My sincere apologies to you all.

If you are still here checking in or stopping by for reference, thank you and you are always welcome here.

Today, I thought I would write a little something just to say hello. To inform you that I am still around and behind the scenes God is working! Some new things may be coming so be on the lookout for those. Although, why the absence? Well, usually when I write it is when I am led to do so. If I am not led I usually do not write it out! Also, I have been extremely busy with work, school, family, and making sure I include the Lord in everything I do.

Know you are not forgotten. You are loved. & greatly appreciated.

 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”—Ephesians 2:8


Before I go, remember what Jesus accomplished for all. He defeated death and sin. He won the victory. He gave us the ability to fix an estranged relationship with the Father. The gospels remind us that He came wrapped in flesh, born of a virgin, died, was buried, rose on the third day, and ascended. “When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.” (Acts 1:9)

Yet while Jesus ascended into Heaven. There is a promise that some forget that I want to make light of today.

One day, He will return.

 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. (Acts 1:10-11)

Just let that sink in for a moment.

looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

I am going to leave it there for now. I pray the Holy Spirit will fill in the blanks for you.

Hope your Holy Weekend is filled with God’s blessings, peace, and joy.

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
John 20:29

John 20:29

God Hears Our Cry

‘Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! ‘ (Psalms 4:1, ESV)

Pastor J.D. Farag really nailed it on the head this morning. Per usual, I always love to hear his sermons. This mornings topic was titled, “God Hears Your Cries”. It was a very fitting title for the current season my family and I are in.

We often pray to God and while we pray to God I would hope you are being expectant of an answer. No matter what the answer may be. Here in the above Psalm we see something we all can relate to, the psalmist is seeking for answers. Pleading with the Lord, “Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!”.

Our family is going through some uncertainty and bad news at the moment. Therefore I can most certainly relate to the heartache this psalmist may have been feeling.

One of the things we can recognize within these scriptures is the fact of who we are compared to God. We need God’s grace. We need His mercy. Without Him we don’t have hope.

‘But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.’

(Psalms 4:3, ESV)

Verse three is also encouraging. As children of God we are favored. We are set apart for Him and His glory. Here is reassurance that the Lord indeed hears our cries. As you continue to read the Psalms of this particular chapter, it gives instruction for us of what we should do. (I strongly encourage you to read it on your own time to get the fulfillment you need)

  • Do not be angry
  • Be still/silent with God
  • Ponder and do a heart check
  • Trust in your Father

Our feelings can often be more than we can bare. Yet, I was reminded of a couple of verses I wanted to share:

‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

    and the flame shall not consume you.’

(Isaiah 43:2, ESV)

and the other

‘But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.’

(James 1:6, ESV)

The first example is one of my favorite pieces, because of my history with God. Once upon a time I was out at sea, and during my trials God revealed to me that I had a new Captain in charge of my life. Him.

Sometimes we have to retrace our thoughts. Sometimes we need to remember where God brought us out of since the beginning. When we pass through these deep waters, God WILL be with us. There is no doubt when God speaks to us, none. He WILL be with you.

Don’t we remember? Faith is a risk, and with taking on this risk, comes unwavering faith. When we read- God will be with us, do we believe it? When we read- God is for us, do we believe it? OR when we read- God will deliver us, DO WE BELIEVE IT? Do we? We must, or else we will find ourselves allowing the troubles over take us. Allowing our enemies think that they have a shot of destroying the very thing God intends of rescuing you out of.

“Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak” (Psalms 6:2, ESV)

We may be weak, for God remembers that we are only dust (Psalms 103:14). Just as Pastor J.D. brights to the light, our brokenness is undervalued. What does this mean? It means that our weakness is actually very valued in the eyes of God. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalms 34:18, ESV). Though our hearts beg for reassurance and rescue, we have the promise the Lord is not only near, but will redeem. Now here is my favorite part of all:

‘Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer. Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.’

(Psalms 6:8-10, ESV)

It isn’t us who shall be afraid, no, but our enemies who should be very afraid. Our God HAS heard our requests. He HAS heard the cry of His children. Now expect God’s response.


You can see Pastor J.D’s teaching here:

Giving Seed to Sower

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” – Psalms 91:1, NKJV

I felt led to share my thoughts that I had written down from my devotional. I pray it is helpful.

We tend to get so caught up in trying to be Biblically correct, (which can be good), that we miss the ‘mark’ or ‘point’ sometimes.  Knowing all the information that we are feeding ourselves, doesn’t necessarily always give us the fulfillment we need.

God’s mystery makes us thirst for more. Which I feel He desires. He wants this relationship between us to be equally sought out and genuine. 

When we feel like we aren’t as close to Him,  we can look at all that He has created.  The miracle of life and the very intricate design of each single creation. Thinking to ourselves, were can I find God’s hand here?

“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, NKJV


“I love you.”, He says.
He loves us.

I also think we get too caught up in what everyone else says about God or what everyone else says in general.  When we should be seeking our own individual intimate time. 

The internet can be a good resource, but it can also turn into a bad habit.  With all things,  balance is needed.
When we fill ourselves up with His Word and Presence,  effectively,  with no distractions,  we can have His truths. We can affirm for sure what He directly wants us to know.

“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7, ESV

The above verse goes well with today.
He wants to hear everything little thing we have to say. Bottling it all up is no good, for either of us, (God or ourselves), and this is how we get renewed. This is where He can tell us His way versus our own.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;”- Psalms 139:23, NKJV

Embrace God’s mystery and wonder.
It’s okay not to completely know.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34, ESV)


“For we were never made to ponder big questions on our own. We are made to share our thoughts, our questions, our confusions, our frustrations―and ponder them with Him and allow Him to teach and father us into greater understanding.”

From rush via Gather Ministries- “Healing The Hurt”, Renew Your Mindset

Allow God to be God. Allow yourself to be still with Him.

Not just for 10 minutes either. Our relationship with Him matters. It truly does. More than we know.

Did you know that trusting in our Heavenly Father and seeking His Word is healthy not only for our spirits and minds, but for even the bones of our flesh? (see Proverbs 3:8)

Isaiah 55:10-11 shares that God means what He says. When we spend time meditating on what He is saying to us, it is important not to just filter it through and store it as information. His Words bring truth. His Words bring meaning. His Words produce life.

“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13, ESV)

Let’s dance

“Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”- Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

I have been wanting to talk about this for a few days now.

Lately, I have been learning about what being a new creature in Christ is truly all about.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

— II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

Let us look at this mini devotional to begin our conversation and brainstorm our minds:

“As we close 2020, reflect on the many times you had courageous and strong faith—believing in the unseen. You rose against adversity, and saw beyond distressing news. You envisioned the brightness of better days. As you stand on the edge of a new year, know that you have developed your vision to see possibilities rather than problems.”

Lord, You bless me with great faith. You take away my doubts and nudge me to believe the best is yet to come.


Notice how in 2 Corinthians 5:17 it states, “ALL THINGS have become NEW”. When we are reading God’s Word I love to pay attention to the little details like that. Sometimes it may seem little but it can speak volumes. What has been brought to my mind all throughout the recent holiday season we had is that God truly means what He says. When He says all things, He means all things. One of the things out of many I would like to concentrate on though is new eyes. Seeing with new eyes can show us a little bit of how God wants us to view the world and people within the world. Getting ourselves to do this on the other hand can seem like a battle in itself, but we have to remember similarly what I mentioned in my previous blog post, “we are training for God’s will and the coming kingdom.” If we loose sight of what it means to be new in Christ, we will lose the goal that Jesus has set out for us.

‘My son, let them not depart from your eyes— Keep sound wisdom and discretion;’ -(Proverbs 3:21)

This life with God is a dance

You take one step forward, then He is there to lead the next.

This dance can be beautiful. At peace, calm, and sound, if you allow it.

You must seek His step and take control of your relationship in Him.

Trusting that each foot forward will be in perfect alignment with God’s good will.

Thus, allowing yourself to see with the new eyes God can give you, will take you in a new place with Him.

Some tips with this lesson:

  • Always set aside time to dwell with God, alone. This will allow yourself to re-adjust from “reality”. Talk with God about how He wants you to see a bit differently. Ask Him to show you perhaps even how He sees a particular situation.
  • Next rethink the relationships that surround you. Your family, your friends, coworkers and even strangers. How do these people make you feel? (Good, bad, anxious?) What ever it may be, look at them with fresh eyes. Where do you see God’s hand? If you don’t see it or cannot see anything positive in the moment, how might you be able to change this? How might God see the person that is frustrating you in the moment? How would Jesus handle it?
  • Lastly, the negativity within our government(s), society(s), & home(s). “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8, ESV). Learn from what you go through! Instead of saying, “why me”, ask: “God what are you teaching me here?”. Instead of seeing the trial, see the refining process. See and be aware that God’s plan is always in effect.




"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
(Hebrews 4:16, ESV)

Sometimes

“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” – Simon from Luke 5:4-6 (NIV)

This life can be hard sometimes. We cry out to the Lord and plead to take us out of it. “Is it time?” “Why am I here?” “Nothing seems to be going right.” “People make me tired.” The list continues.

& even though at times, the dark areas of life is all we can see, there are other times where life seemed a little brighter too.

The highs and the lows of life are no exception to the Body of Christ. I emphasize on this because often times when a person becomes a new believer in Jesus Christ, they assume that because God is in their life in a new way that things will be easy peasy. Yet in actuality, because we have this life with Christ we should be more aware of the battlefield around us everyday. Life isn’t just what we see. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16, MEV)

We need to understand that once we are ‘agreeing’ if you will, to becoming a child of God we are entering a new life. A new atmosphere. The Born Again life and heart change does not mean it ends here, but it means we are training for God’s will and the coming kingdom. This is huge!

‘— while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’

(II Corinthians 4:18, NKJV)
“Caterpillars are quite creepy and generally not that attractive, but in time, when they mature and change into butterflies, their beauty is revealed and unveiled.”- Becky Lee Pearson

Remember,

God makes everything beautiful in His time.

‘No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can endure, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.’

(1 Corinthians 10:13, MEV)

We are not perfect, and even when this is a fact, we should not allow that to define who we are.

Do not allow your mistakes to hinder your relationship with God. Repent and move forward.

If you are going through something, God must think you can endure it. He also instructs us, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes, the enemy will try their best to prevent you from praying. Why?- because they know it can move mountains.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes, (Ephesians 6:11), because although God has created all, including the earth, (Genesis 1:1), we are in enemy territory.

Yup, you heard me right.

‘whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.’

(II Corinthians 4:4, NKJV)

(Take a look at: John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2 as well)

The god of this age is Satan, & he wants us to go down with him.

“It doesn’t matter how a person starts, it is how they finish”.

These truths we are touching on today are hidden to those who are perishing. The evil one has blinded them to deception.

But

I have one question for you, why are we limiting ourselves? Really, think on this.

More times than we should, we put an all powerful, all knowing, supernatural, omnipresent God in a box.

Not only do we do this to Him, but we also do this to even ourselves.

Where does your identity lay?

 Do not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2).

‘We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— ‘

(II Corinthians 4:8-9, NKJV)

Do you not see what God has done for us? Jesus has overcome the world.

His Spirit dwells within our very being!

(see: II Corinthians 4:10, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 6:19, 2 Timothy 1:14)*

Hell may be destined for our enemies, but we are destined to life.

“You have overcome, yes you have overcome And you’ve made me an overcomer too”-Lucy Grimble | Overcomer

Old Friends, New Life

“In the quiet of an early morning, honesty finds me. It calls to me through a crack in my soul and invites the real me to come out.”-Lysa TerKeurst from Uninvited

Have you ever lost someone extremely close to you? That go-to person when you felt down, or even when you have something exciting to tell? Someone who you expected to be there forever, yet they seemed to have left in a mere moment. Things like this happen far more often than we realize. We don’t recognize that fact until it actually happens to us personally.

Today, in the quiet of the early morning, in the silence of the beginning of my day, God came through. An old friend of mine resurfaced to my mind. It has been a few years now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think of them and wish them the best. It doesn’t mean that the memory of them has disappeared and all our times together have become a distant reminiscence. & just as she was gone in an instant, God stretched out His hand and held on to me just as fast.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.-Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)

Our friendship lasted about 8 years. We often joked that a friendship that has made it to 7 will last a lifetime. I used to think that the moment it reached that, the enemy swarmed in and took my friend away. Maybe he did, because based on the circumstances it sure seemed it. Not only did our relationship vaporize, but the person within the relationship was too. One moment my strength, best friend, love, cheerleader, and more. To angry, misunderstanding, misinterpreting, stubborn, inattentive, the next.

When the Word says, “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (or morals/character depending on the translation you are using), from 1 Corinthians 15:33, it is not kidding. Now, I am all for making new friends and being a light for everyone to see/feel, but in this instance when this person met another in particular, things shifted pretty quickly. New interests started to arise, new habits, and even new speech/attitudes.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to talk down on anyone. I am simply giving some background to one piece of my story.

I many times asked why. I frequently blamed myself, even though it wasn’t entirely my fault. Too many times to count, I wanted to run back to that old friend. I wanted to push myself onto them and force them to love me again in return. Yet the Holy Spirit within me was gently telling me to let go.

“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

James 4:14, NKJV

Once I was truly able to, God began to teach me many things. He even brought new people into my life and showed me how to look at life through His lenses. Here are some of those things, to perhaps help you as well:

  • Not only is life a vapor, here now then gone the next, friendships/relationships can be at times too.
  • God sees what we do not see. He also hears what we do not hear. Therefore, this person in my life must have no longer been fitting for the new season God was putting me in.
  • Although the friendship has come to an end, and that person may have some remorse or bitterness against you, pray for them anyway.
  • God is in control.
  • “Instead of relying on your friend, rely on Me.” -God
  • God should be our go-to person. The One we tell our hearts desires, pains and aches, exciting moments, breaking moments, and more.

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22, NKJV)

So, how did God meet me in this morning? I invited Him in and He joined me.

(see-Psalms 91:1; Psalms23:3; Psalms 5:3)

Hear the whisper of the Lord, “When I remove you from something or someone you treasure, it’s healthy to grieve your loss. It is also important to draw closer to Me during this time. Cling to Me, beloved, for your relationship with Me will never be taken away from you.”

Wow, am I right?

Like I mentioned in my post, Repentance, God is a God of new.

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19, NKJV

Now being a child of God, when I think of rivers I imagine refreshment. I imagine cleanliness. Smoothness. Purity.

This morning when I came to God, I came with full intention to surrender myself as I was. I came to begin my day with Him. This week for myself has become a mission. A mission to fulfill the longing within my heart. & when I did this He pointed out something within myself I had hidden away. Something I pretended not to notice, He brought to light. To reveal that just like that moment from the past, He is bringing something new to the table.

I am so thankful that God has shown me this. That I can now recognize when something new is going to occur, and I can wait expectantly in return.

“Sometimes God stays silent until we’re ready to listen.”

Hebrews 13:15 MEV

Through Him, then, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Repentance

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord: Make His paths straight’.”- John the Baptist

Repent.

This is the word the Lord has given me. It must be important to Him, therefore it has become important to me.

What does it mean to repent? The term metanoia is a Greek translation which means change in ones ways, or change of heart.

Do we have to repent? The answer is in the Word of God:

but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

Jesus Christ ; Luke 13:3
“If you see one hurrying on to destruction, use the utmost of your endeavor to stop him in his course.” -A.W. Tozer

It is clear that repentance is a necessity.

Within the book of Luke it describes in further detail of these necessities:

“thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations (Luke 24:46-47)

To become a born again believer, to be saved by His stripes, our end is much more simple than the cross that Jesus bore for us.

You may be familiar with the ABC’s:

A– Admit you are a sinner, in need of saving.

B– Believe and trust in Jesus Christ.

C– Call on the name of the Lord.


Romans 10:13 (KJV), For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


All of this is good to do. Although I believe emphasizing on repentance and what it is makes it all more worth wild.

Jesus doesn’t just want you to say what people want you to say or read off pages of any book and be done with it.

He desires you to do more than that. He desires not only your words but He desires truth behind the words you are saying to him.

He wants to be able to change your heart, but He cannot do this unless you truly repent with your ~ H e a r t. You have to mean what you say.

“There must be true and deep conviction of sin. This the preacher must labor to produce, for where this is not felt, the new birth has not taken place.”- Charles Spurgeon

Who can be saved?

ALL who call on the Lord. Even you if you are here reading this and you haven’t confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord, yet.

Even the one’s who crucified Jesus were told, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall recieve the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

& this is a Promise that God will not break.

Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.

Acts 17:30-31, NKJV

Read the above passage from Acts carefully. For so long, God has overlooked the ignorance of the people. For so long, people have even claimed that the wicked will just continue on without repercussion. God on the other hand, has a different plan than what was assumed. He will not overlook forever. The world will be judged, and that time is coming.

He has commanded us to repent.

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21, NKJV)

If you love your Father in heaven, you will return to your first love, and obey His requests.

(See: Revelation 2:4|Mark12:30|Matthew 6:24|Psalms37:27)


Pastor Tim Dilena from Times Square Church made a good point from II Chronicles 7:14, it’s not just about coming to God and talking the talk. It’s more than just doing the first part of what it says, but doing what the ENTIRE verse says. The part that many overlook: “turn from their wicked ways“.

You must be willing to surrender. “then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land“. Are we a perfect people? No. God is working through us everyday.

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ

BUT that does not give us the excuse to not try.

Jesus is the only one who can blot out your sins. Jesus is the only one who can make you new.

Whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

Acts 3:21, NKJV

God is a God of new. Restoration is His goal. To restore something or someone, One must fix or repair. Although, God cannot do this for you if you do not come to Him and look at the reflection of yourself that you face everyday. His other goal? To reestablish His kingdom and throne.

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Why not turn that fear into hope?

Repent today.

Verses to consider on your own time:

  • Exodus 20:6
  • Deuteronomy 5:10
  • James 1:12
  • Revelation 2:5
  • Romans 8:28
Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6:24, NKJV)

Veterans Day

“I joined the Navy to see the sea and what did I see? I saw the sea” – Grandpa Al

Many of you may not know this about me but I am a U.S. Navy Veteran.

I have been on two deployments on an air craft carrier. The first was a nine month deployment, and the second was about a five month one.

I have seen: Dubai, Bahrain, Spain, France, and Croatia. I have traveled by ship through the Mediterranean Sea, and we squeezed our way through the Suez Canal.

During these times, by the grace of God, I have completed various trainings, met all kinds of people along the way, concurred surface warfare training, and of course important life lessons were learned.

Certainly, this is considered both an honor and a blessing. These experiences are a huge factor, a big piece, as to who I am and why I am where I am today.

“Be somebody nobody thought you could be.”

Although, believe it or not, sometimes this portion of my life is hard to talk about. This period of my life was not my favorite to say the least. I do not speak for every veteran, I am sure there are so many others who have had served and where able to move many mountains. That were able to not only climb high but to serve with dignity and strength.

I thank you.

For a long time now, I have been hesitant to tell this part of my story. Mostly because it can be complex. You know, we think that only one section of our lives define who we are sometimes, yet when you look at the entire picture you realize you are wrong. I wish it could be that simple to say, here is one thing that has happened during my time here on this earth, and give you just that. However, God has taught me that every moment counts. Every single moment of your life He has watched. Each encounter, growth, fall, rise, accomplishment, and trial are all accounted for.

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

Matthew 10:30, NKJV

Since this is the case, God has shown me that this verse: “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30, NKJV)- is true. Let us not over look our stories. Let us not take for granted this word predestined.


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Election Day

“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” (Psalms 34:3, KJV)

Today in the United States of America is November 3rd, the Official Presidential Election Day, and since this is the case, I decided that I should come on here and say what God has laid on my heart.

When people think of America, some may associate us as a country of freedom.

One with opportunity, perseverance, and hope.

Proud citizens who stand up for what they believe in.

Although, we have to be honest with ourselves. There have been quite a few things that doesn’t give us the greatest image. Imagine looking from the outside in, like many other countries do. It seems that all eyes are on us sometimes doesn’t it?

The technologies that have come about in our age has in a way put everything on blast. This year as a whole may feel like chaos. Although what some may want to use for evil, God can use for good.

Our technology has made it possible to spread the Good News of God, (Mark 13:10; Matthew 21:14). Both to those who have never heard of it and to those who might not have access to it in print.

When God said, ” I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10, NKJV), He wasn’t lying!

“God is working out things you haven’t even prayed for yet. He’s the God who works ahead of time.”

& yet, the best is yet to come.

SO,

a few things I believe God wants us to know in this time:

  • HE is in control. (Proverbs 19:21; Jeremiah 10:23)
  • HE is our refuge. (Psalms 46:1)
  • No matter who wins the final vote, Jesus is King. (Revelation 1:5; Revelation 17:14)

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”

Romans 13:1, NKJV

We travel to and fro in this world as if we are in control of our lives. We are sometimes completely oblivious to Who really is~ God! No matter what the out come may be, Donald, Joe, Jo, or whomever… In the end as we can see from Romans 13, it was Gods ultimatum.

Since this is true, we must also remember that who ever is the President it is for God’s divine plan.

Just as the Bible shows us, beginning to end, God’s plan is for His glory.

So even in these hard, anxious, fast-paced moments, know that God sees the finish line.

“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, take care of them, not by constraint, but willingly, not for dishonest gain, but eagerly.  Do not lord over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock.  And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will not fade away.” (1Peter 5:2-4, MEV)

Since our Lord is our refuge this means that at all times we can run to Him for shelter. He is our safety net. Does this mean to be cowardly and hide away when ever we are afraid? No, we are to be bold in Christ (Hebrews 4:16) and to not be afraid (Joshua 1:9). Let us instead be confident because know who we are protected by.

With this confidence then, we can show others how to respond.


If we are to be a One Nation Under God kind of nation, then we need to be examples to our neighbors and to the entire world.

Rosa Parks once said, “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” What kind of example have you been in your community?

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If you feel like you haven’t been much of an example, you can always start!

In God’s Word it is shown that there are many, many, many ways to show a godly example. You could start with, “Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same“(Romans 13:3, NKJV). God often also suggests that we submit. Fear the Lord first of course, then the rest will follow suit. Though of course always do a heart check.

I could possibly go on and on with this post but for now I will just leave you with what has been written and some suggestions.

If you would like please meditate on these books in the Bible:

  1. Psalms Chapter 34
  2. Psalms Chapter 46
  3. Romans Chapter 13
  4. 1 Peter Chapter 5

As always, please go to God first before believing any man/spirit (1 John 4). Including myself, God bless you all.

Psalms 34:4

“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

King James Version (KJV)