Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FATHER, Give Me The Grace to FORGIVE Them!!!

The words of the song below by Tenth Avenue North, say it ALL!!!

It is ONLY by GOD’S GRACE that can we forgive others.

Ephesians 4:7 (KJV) …unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

We can forgive others because we, ourselves, have been forgiven of so much.

Ephesians 4:32 (KJV) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

I know that some folks do NOT believe that we can forgive and forget!!!  I have even heard folks say that they can forgive, but they’ll never forget!!!  They say that it just is NOT possible!!! 

But they are wrong!!!

WE CAN FORGIVE!!!  And furthermore, with GOD’S HELP, we can also FORGET HOW MUCH WE HAVE BEEN HURT!!!! 

ALL things are possible through CHRIST JESUS!!! 

Philippians 4:13 (KJV) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

Kenneth Copeland tells us that the word,
“which” in this verse refers to the Spirit of GOD inside us working simultaneously with The Father and The Son, in order to help us do ALL things!!! 

I CAN FORGIVE AND FORGET because I have the Spirit of GOD living within me!!! 

Ephesians 3:16 (KJV) That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man…

I know that without GOD, I would NOT have the grace to be able to forgive others, especially those who have intentionally hurt me or done me damage!!! 

Luke 18:27 (NKJV) But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

So, even when I think that I have been too hurt or too wronged to forgive, I can forgive with God’s help!

Matthew 5:44 (KJV) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

With HIS HELP, I can get rid of the hurt, the broken-heartedness, the bitterness and anger.  I can give it ALL to HIM! 

ONLY GOD is big enough to handle ALL these emotions and NOT be destroyed by them.

Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV) “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?


Ephesians 5:1-2 (AMP)

Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

I am able to show MERCY to others, because MY LORD has been very merciful to me!  HE died for me.  HE took my place on the cross, and because HE did, I can live!!!

Ephesians 2:4-10 King James Version (KJV)

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

I love this song because it reminds me that I lose out when I don’t forgive others!!! 

It reminds me that because GOD forgave me, I must remember to forgive others instead of judging them.  I must look through merciful eyes at others and the things that they do!

To me, it is funny (maybe I should say strange) how when we see others doing wrong, it seems to be so much worse than when we mess up!!!  

Why is it that we want GOD to have mercy on us, but then we are so hard on others?  We need to remember to look at others through HIS EYES of compassion!!!

***Click on the title of the song below to watch the linked video!  I hope you enjoy it!

LOSING - Tenth Avenue North

I can't believe what she said...
I can't believe what he did
Oh, don't they know it's wrong?
Don't they know it's wrong?
Maybe there's something I missed?
But how could they treat me like this?
It's wearing out my heart
The way they disregard, oh...

This is love
This is hate
We all have a choice to make

Oh Father, won't You forgive them
They don't know what they've been doing

Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing

It's only the dead that can live
But still I wrestle with this
To lose the pain that's mine
Seventy times seven times

Lord, it doesn't feel right
For me to turn a blind eye
Though I guess it's not that much
When I think of what You've done.

This is love
This is hate...
We got a choice to make!

Oh Father, won't You forgive them
They don't know what they've been doin'

Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing (oh no)

Why do we think that hate's gonna change their heart
We're up in arms over wars don't need to be fought
But pride won't let us lay weapons on the ground
We build our bridges up, but just to burn them down
We think pain’s owed apologies and then it'll stop
But truth be told it doesn't matter if they're sorry or not
Freedom comes when we surrender to the sound
Of Your mercy and Your grace
Father, send Your angels down

Oh Father, won’t you forgive them
They don't know what they've been doin’

Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing
I feel like I've been losing

Oh Father give me grace to forgive them...
Cause I feel like the one losing
I feel like I've been losing

Oh Father, give me grace to forgive them
Cause I feel like the one losing

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Once again, I find myself writing about GOD’S AMAZING LOVE!!!  And I know that because of HIS AMAZING LOVE, I AM FORGIVEN!!!

I cannot imagine dying for folks that have NOT even been born yet-folks who may or may not appreciate the sacrifice that I am making for them!!! 

And yet that is exactly what OUR LORD and SAVIOR did!!!     

As I was writing about forgiveness the other day, I kept hearing the words to You Are My King (Amazing Love) by the Newsboys.  It is a wonderful song with words that are definitely GOD-INSPIRED!!! 

This song is one of my alarm tones.  If you have an Android Phone or a Blackberry, or perhaps even an I-Phone then you know exactly what I am talking about.

And if you don’t, then please let me explain. 

As most of you know, we live in the ever popular age of battery-powered gadgets.  Most people cannot live without their tablets, or laptops, but most especially their phones.   

Folks keep track of their lives on their phones.  They use their calendar to schedule appointments, and to remind them of upcoming events.  Their phones have notepads of all sorts, where they write down important things.  They put their friends’ names in their contacts list.  And most importantly, they set their phone alarm (or alarms) to wake them up and help them be on time.

And in this fast-paced electronic age, I am no exception.  I have long since used my alarm to alert me of the time and keep me on track. 

Most people’s phones will play songs and so you often hear of folks downloading music to their phones.  This allows folks to use specially selected songs as their alarm tones.  And my phone is no different.  One of the songs that I have downloaded and selected to be an alarm tone is You Are My King (Amazing Love) by the Newsboys.   

You might ask, Why? 

It is simple.  I love this song because of the words!!!  They pierce my heart and soul because they are straight from GOD!!! 

Every time I hear the words of this song, I am reminded that I AM FORGIVEN!!! 

You see, I know that I do NOT deserve to be forgiven, but I know that I AM!!!  I know that GOD LOVED ME SO MUCH, that HE SENT HIS ONE AND ONLY SON TO DIE ON THE CROSS FOR ME!!!   




1 John 1:9 (NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


John 3:16 (NCV) God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.

Is there anyone who deserves to be forgiven???  NOPE!!!! 


HE CHOSE TO DIE FOR US, so that we could have eternal life!!!

This song reminds me of that!!! 

As I hear the words, I am reminded over and over again that I AM FORGIVEN!!!  And I like that!!!

What wonderful words to hear as you wake up, “I'M FORGIVEN!!!” 

Here are the words to this beautiful song!!!  The title of this post is linked to a video of this song.  Just click and enjoy!!!  

You Are My King (Amazing Love) – Newsboys

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, To honor You

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, To honor You
In all I do, To honor You

You are my King
You are my King
Jesus, You are my King
You are my King

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, To honor You

In all I do, To honor You,
In all I do, To honor You,
In all I do, Let me honor You.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Have You Forgiven That Person???

You know the one I mean.

Hmmm…  You don’t know? 

Well, here is how you find out.

How do you feel when you think about that person?  What about when someone else talks about them? 

Do you get angry all over again?  Do you want to tell everyone how much they hurt you?  And just what they did to you?   

If so, that means that you have NOT forgiven them!!! 

And you know what? 

You have to FORGIVE THEM!!! 

Ephesians 4:32 (NCV) Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.



I heard the best analogy about UNFORGIVENESS!!!  I was listening to John Hagee preach and he used this analogy to explain unforgiveness. 

When you have anger and unforgiveness in your heart, it is like being locked in a jail cell and giving that person the key!!!

When you forgive that person, you are taking back the key and unlocking the door!!!  By forgiving others, you are setting yourself FREE!!!

We can forgive others because JESUS FIRST FORGAVE US!!!

I know, I know.  You don’t know if you can forgive that person.  NOT after what they did! 


And you know what?  If we ask HIM to help us forgive others, HE WILL!!! 

You have to remember that FORGIVENESS IS A CHOICE!!!  IT IS A CHOICE THAT YOU MAKE!!!  You have to CHOOSE TO FORGIVE!!! 

Colossians 3:12-13 (NCV)
12 God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you.

Just remember.  First, you decide to forgive, and then your feelings will follow!!! 

I have to warn you!!!  It doesn’t end with just deciding to forgive someone. 

You have to make sure that you KEEP ON FORGIVING THEM EVERY DAY!!!

WHY?  What do I mean? 

Well, sometimes, even when you have truly forgiven a person, you see them (maybe even years later) and all of those old feelings of hurt and anger will try to rise up inside of you.  All of a sudden, you remember things that you haven’t thought of in years.

When those old feelings try to rise up, you have to tell yourself, that you have forgiven that person and that you are NOT going to be angry or upset.   

If you listen to the devil, he will tell you that you did NOT truly forgive that person!!!  But he is a liar and the truth is NOT in him!!!  John 8:44

That old liar will do ALL that he can to stir up feelings of anger and hatred in you.  He wants to keep you locked up in that jail cell!!! 

You have to learn to tell him to SHUT UP, because he will try to dredge up old feelings and past hurts. 

You have to learn to say, NO, NO, devil!!!  I HAVE FORGIVEN THAT PERSON!!!  

Do you know that Jesus forgave everyone of us, even those who crucified HIM?

Luke 23:32-34 (NKJV)

32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.

33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

If JESUS can forgive the people who tortured, and crucified HIM, then surely we can FORGIVE others!!! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014



Yes, TODAY!!!  And, YES, even in the world that we live in!!!

Nowhere is the Bible does it say that HEALING has passed away!!! 

This has been on my mind for the last couple of weeks. 

I just don’t understand how any CHURCH can say that they believe the WORD OF GOD, but NOT TEACH IT??? 

How can you say, I believe in GOD, BUT NOT TEACH HIS WORD???

How can any PREACHER, whether a Man or a Woman of GOD, stand in the pulpit, and NOT PREACH ALL OF GOD’S WORD???


HEALING is part of THE WORD OF GOD!!! 

We do NOT get to pick and choose!!!!  We have to “eat the whole roll.”  We have to eat the whole WORD OF GOD!!!  GOD told this same thing to HIS SERVANT, John, when John was writing Revelations, and before him to the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel. 

Revelation 10:8-11 (KJV)

And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

You know, many folks are going to be in TROUBLE when they have to stand before the JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST!!! 

There are so many sick and dying people in this world.  There are so many that are suffering!!!  There are so many that have diseases and are in pain!!! 

How can you say, I AM HIS CHILD, and watch folks die in ignorance, or even worse, live and suffer in ignorance?


Mark 16:15 (NKJV) And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Part of this very gospel that JESUS preached is that you can be HEALED!!!  JESUS taught about healing and HIS disciples taught about HEALING!!!


I have a hard time understanding why so many folks claim to be saved, but don’t believe what The Bible-THE WORD OF GOD-says!!!

I just want to scream at everyone, OPEN UP YOUR BIBLE, PEOPLE!!!  READ YOUR BIBLE!!! 

And while I realize that folks (people) have a responsibility to read their own Bibles, there are so many more folks who are to blame!!! 

As I was writing this, the answer became so clear!!!

People do NOT believe that HEALING IS FOR THEM TODAY, because they are NOT BEING TAUGHT!!! 




Folks are NOT being taught THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD!!!  They are NOT being taught that they can be HEALED!!! 

The Bible says, My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.  I looked up this scripture and you will NOT believe how it describes the time that we live in today!! 

Hosea 4:1-2, 6 (NKJV)

Hear the word of the Lord,
You children of Israel,

For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land:
“There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.

By swearing and lying,
Killing and stealing and committing adultery,
They break all restraint,
With bloodshed upon bloodshed.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.

IF WE, AS PREACHERS, do NOT do our jobs and PREACH THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD, then we will have to answer to GOD.

And quite frankly, I have no intention of having to stand before GOD and explain to HIM why I didn’t do my job-why I didn’t preach HEALING-WHY I ALLOWED FOLKS TO SUFFER AND BE IN PAIN when they didn’t have to suffer or be in pain or die from some sickness or disease!!!

THE WORD OF GOD tells us that Jesus died to save us from our sins and most folks seem to know this, but that isn’t the ONLY REASON that JESUS DIED on the cross!!! 

Our sins are NOT the ONLY things that JESUS, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, took to the cross with HIM!!!  HE took sickness and disease, pain and suffering with HIM to the cross.  JESUS took poverty and lack with HIM to the cross.

Isaiah 53:3-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.

Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.

But that’s the Old Testament!!! 

Well, this is the New Testament!!!

1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

Could it be any plainer???  Because they whipped JESUS on the cross-because of HIS stripes-

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Newsboys - We Believe

I woke up with this song on my heart and in my head this morning!!! 

I just love it!!!    And the video is just amazing!!!

This song says it ALL!!!  I totally and wholeheartedly agree!!!

No one can say it any better!!!  


I believe in God the Father.
I believe in Jesus Christ.
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
And He’s given us new life.
I believe in the crucifixion.
I believe that He conquered death.
I believe in the resurrection.

And I know that He’s comin’ back again!!!

Here are the words to this song.  I got them from http://newsboys.com.

We Believe

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe
We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, We believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised
In the here and now, let love invade
Let the church live love our God will see
We believe, We believe
And the gates of hell will not prevail
For the power of God, has torn the veil
Now we know Your love will never fail
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again
He’s comin’ back again
We believe!
We believe

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

You Loved Me First!!!

We often say, “I found Jesus” or “I found God.”

But in all truth, HE FOUND US!!! 

How amazingly wonderful it is that THE LORD NOT ONLY FOUND US, but that HE chose to die for us-that HE chose to save us!!!

Romans 5:8 (NCV) But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

Sometimes, I am amazed that JESUS CHOSE TO SAVE ME!!! 


I am so blessed to be able to say that one day HE FOUND ME!!! 


So, when I hear this song, it touches my heart!!! 

I can truly say,

And for that, I am truly thankful!!! 

The words of this song say it all!!! 

"You Loved Me First" - Mikeschair

Was it my broken heart that led me straight to You?
Was it Your broken hands that I cannot refuse?
Was it my emptiness or was it Your empty tomb
That pointed me home, pointed me home to You?

I should've known all along, You're the one who loved me first
And if I had to save myself, this never would've worked
I wouldn't be in Your arms, I wouldn't know where to start
But You gave Your life to show me grace I don’t deserve. 
You loved me first.

You were pursuing me before the world began
Before there was anything, I was in Your plan
What did You see in me? Help me understand
The depth of Your grace, God, I'm amazed,
God, I'm amazed
I should've known all along, You're the one who loved me first
And if I had to save myself, this never would've worked
I wouldn't be in Your arms, I wouldn't know where to start
But You gave Your life to show me grace I don’t deserve.

And You loved me when I was wandering, when I was hiding
Jesus, You found me and You loved me first
God of all mercy, take all the glory
Jesus, You found me and You loved me first
And You loved me first

I should've known all along, You're the one who loved me first
And if I had to save myself, this never would've worked
I wouldn't be in Your arms, I wouldn't know where to start
But You gave Your life to show me grace I don’t deserve.

You gave Your life to show me grace I don’t deserve.
You loved me first,
Oh, You loved me first, yeeeeaaaah
You loved me first

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As For Me and My House… WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!!!

I keep hearing part of a song in my head:  “As for me and my house, we will serve THE LORD.”  John Waller sings this song.  It is called:  As For Me and My House. 

I found the official video on You Tube.  It is really good.  To see it, click here and before it starts, click in the lower right hand corner, so you can watch it in full screen mode.  You really need to do this to be able to appreciate it.  

This song was definitely inspired by The WORD of GOD!!!  Joshua 24:15 “…as for me and my house, we will serve The LORD!!!” 

I grew up hearing this quote.  And of course, I have heard ministers preach sermons on it, but it has been a while and I could NOT remember all the details.  So, I looked it up. 

Let’s go back in time and find out who Joshua was and how he became the leader of the children of Israel.  Then we can find out who Joshua was talking to when he proclaimed, “…as for me and my house, we will serve The LORD!!!”        

Joshua was one of the rulers over the tribes of Israel.  He had trained under Moses, who was God’s chosen leader of the children of Israel.  God had spoken to Moses and sent him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.   

When the Children of Israel got to the Promised Land, Moses sent out 12 men (leaders and rulers of their tribes) to spy out the land for 40 days. 
Joshua and Caleb were
2 of these 12 leaders.  The 2 of them brought back a faith-filled report, telling Moses and the people that the land was indeed full of milk and honey, just as GOD promised.  They encouraged the children of Israel to go in and take the land.

Numbers 13:17-20, 23, 26-30 (NKJV)

17 Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, 18 and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; 19 whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; 20 whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.

23 Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs.

26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

The other 10 men brought back an evil report causing the people to be upset and fearful.  They didn’t speak in faith like Joshua and Caleb.  Because of their evil report, the children of Israel refused to go in and take the land that God had given them. 

Numbers 13:31-33 (KJV) 

31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Numbers 14:1 (NKJV) So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.

Joshua and Caleb tried to rally the people and encourage them to put their trust in God and take the land that HE had given them. 

Numbers 14:6-9 (NKJV)

But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

However, the children of Israel refused to trust GOD and believe that HE could give them the land that HE had promised them.  So, GOD sent them back into the wilderness where they remained for 40 years-a year for each day that they had spied out the land-until all those that were 20 years old and up (except HIS faithful servants Joshua and Caleb) had died.

Numbers 14:30-35 (NKJV)

30 Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. 31 But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. 32 But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.

34 According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. 35 I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’”

NOT ONLY was Joshua a leader and ruler, but he served the man of GOD!!!  And when Moses died, God chose Joshua to lead the Children of Israel.

Joshua 1:1-3 (KJV)

Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

And so, here we are forty years later.  The Children of Israel have taken the land that GOD has given them.  God moves Joshua to gather everyone together to come before HIM.  God speaks through Joshua to the Children of Israel. 

Joshua 24:1-8, 11-13 (NKJV)

24 Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.

And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods.

Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac.

To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

Also I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to what I did among them. Afterward I brought you out.

‘Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea.

So they cried out to the Lord; and He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, brought the sea upon them, and covered them. And your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. Then you dwelt in the wilderness a long time.

And I
brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the Jordan, and they fought with you. But I gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land, and I destroyed them from before you.

11 Then you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho. And the men of Jericho fought against you—also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. But I delivered them into your hand.

12 I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Amorites, but not with your sword or with your bow.

13 I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.’

14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!

This is where we find Joshua telling them, THAT HE AND HIS HOUSE WILL SERVE THE LORD!!! 

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

So, today, I ask you,

                             WHO WILL YOU AND YOUR HOUSE SERVE?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

When My Heart Is Overwhelmed…

Do you ever feel overwhelmed???

I know that I do.

Sometimes I let the cares of this world get to me!! 

And sometimes I let my situations and circumstances get to me.  

Sometimes I just feel like telling the world to stop and let me get off.  And at other times, I feel like running away and hiding. 

But neither of these things will solve my problems!!!

And I learned that a long time ago!!!

When I was out in the world-before I knew Jesus-I used to drink.  And so when I felt overwhelmed, I would drink too much!  In short, I would get drunk. 

But getting drunk never fixed my problems.  It didn’t make them go away.

When I would wake up the next day, they were still there.  They hadn’t gone anywhere.  They were still waiting on me to solve them.  

And even if I ran away, my problems would still be there.  Running away, sticking your head in the sand, or even trying to stop the world and get off, doesn’t solve your problems.  They are still there waiting on you, wherever you left them.  They didn’t go away.  They didn’t disappear or leave. 

When you feel overwhelmed, just remember that God knows and HE understands!!!  HE sees your problems and HE knows how to fix them!!

Psalm 61:1-2 (KJV)

61 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

HE is just waiting on you to bring your problems to HIM.  HE will gladly help you work them ALL out.

Psalm 46:1 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

The ONLY true way to solve a problem is to meet it head on!  And when it looks overwhelming-when it looks like something that is too big for you to handle, that is when you take it to the LORD!!! 


When you are NOT sure what to do, ask GOD!  HE always has the answer!!!

I think that the Psalmist said it best.   

Psalm 59:16-17 (KJV)

16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.


Friday, April 25, 2014

At Your Word, LORD!!!!

I write a lot about trusting the LORD and knowing that HE will do what HE promises us in HIS WORD!!!

I do this because I want you to know that GOD will make a way for you, if ONLY you will trust in HIM and do what HE says. 

I must admit that as much as I love the LORD, I am NOT always obedient.  I don’t always do what HE tells me to do WHEN HE tells me to do it. 

And I find that most folks are that same way.

We want things our own way and we want to do things in our own time. 

And a lot of us, just plain out don’t like or want to be told what to do.  That is, until we have made a complete and utter mess of things or until we are exhausted and have tried every other way to solve our problem or resolve our situation. 

When we have tried everything else, we are more than willing to do things GOD’s WAY. 

Most of the time, we are like little children who have our own ideas about how things should work.  And we do NOT want to listen to anyone else.

But when we refuse to listen to others, especially OUR FATHER in Heaven, we show NOT ONLY how stubborn and hardheaded we are, but also how foolish we are. 

When we realize how foolish we have been, it is time to learn to trust JESUS completely. 

And part of trusting HIM, is learning to be obedient.  If ONLY we knew how good it felt and how rewarding it is, to trust GOD enough

For me, that means when GOD nudges me and reminds me about getting my Social Security card out of the drawer, I have to get up immediately and get it!!! 

I think the biggest challenge for me in OBEYING GOD is to STOP PROCRASTINATING.  I also have to learn NOT to allow myself to get frustrated and quit what I know I am supposed to be doing before I get it done. 

Truthfully, every one of us needs to trust GOD so completely that we are willing to say, “AT YOUR WORD, LORD.”  And mean it.

With the kids in my classroom, I learned to say,

This is a concept that we need to learn!  We need to learn that when GOD tells us to do something, HE is saying, “DO IT NOW!”

Some of us are NOT obedient to THE LORD, because we don’t know HIM and we do NOT understand that HE and HE ALONE is our provider.  And because we do NOT know HIM, we don’t truly trust HIM enough to do what HE says. 

Other folks are used to providing for themselves, and in ALL truth, they have never had anyone who provided for them or made a way for them.  So, they do NOT know how to depend on someone else. 

When you have never had anyone to love and care for you, it is hard to trust GOD and believe that HE loves you so much that HE truly gave
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON FOR YOU!!!  And it is hard to believe that HE will provide the things you need and want.  When you have always been the one to take care of things, it is hard to give up that control.

When you do NOT know someone, it is hard to believe that what they say is true.  It is hard to take them at their word. 

This is the situation that Simon Peter and his friends, as professional fishermen found themselves in. 

Can you imagine a preacher telling you, as a professional fisherman, to go and fish some more after you have fished all night?  What sense would that make? 

None!  Absolutely no sense at all!!!

There must have been something about Jesus that made Simon Peter decide to do as HE said. 

Or maybe he thought, What could it hurt?

Luke 5:1-4 (NKJV)

1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.

Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

Because Simon Peter chose to do as Jesus said, he was blessed beyond measure. 

Luke 5:5-7 (NKJV)

But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.

So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

Can you imagine the look on Peter’s face when he and his partner began to haul up all those fish and realized that there were so many fish that their net was breaking?

Luke 5:8 (NKJV) When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

Can you imagine realizing that the man in your boat is NOT just an ordinary preacher, but HE is indeed the Christ, the ONE and ONLY SON of the MOST HIGH?  Only GOD can cause such a multitude of fish to swim into your nets. 

Luke 5:9-11 (NKJV)

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;
10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

Mary, the mother of Jesus knew that GOD had spoken to her and Joseph.  She knew that her beloved son was indeed the Son of God.  So, when she spoke to the servants at the wedding, and told them to do whatever HE says, she knew that Jesus would do as she asked.  She knew that HE would provide wine for the wedding because she was HIS mother and she had asked HIM to do so.

John 2:1-8 (NKJV)

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 

2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.

Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.

Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it.

When we ask the LORD to take care of a situation, we can count on the fact that HE is perfect and that HE will NOT fail us. 

John 2:9-10 (NKJV)

When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.

10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

Sometimes, GOD nudges us in a direction or we just feel to go another way or NOT to do something.

I remember one time many years ago when the folks that I was carpooling to college with left me in Commerce.  I was going to call my mom to come get me, but a girl offered to take me home.  We got in her car and headed to her house, so that she could change and leave her stuff there. 

However, as we started to leave Commerce, I began to have the most horrible feeling.  It was a terrible feeling of dread.  I had never felt anything like it before in my life.  I learned later that it was GOD, THE HOLY GHOST. 

I can’t tell you what would have happened, if I had left Commerce in that car that day with that girl, but I can tell you that it would NOT have been good! 

When I told her about this feeling and that I could NOT ride with her that day, she took me back to school, and dropped me off.  Maybe one day when I get to Heaven, I will ask the LORD about it. 

She came back the next day and said that she had made it home just fine and that nothing had happened to her.  What she didn’t consider was that in taking me back to school, she had been delayed in driving down that highway.  I still believe even today, that GOD probably spared her life and kept her from harm because she took me back to school that day.

At times, GOD gives us very specific instructions, telling us exactly what and how we should do things. 

As we read this passage, we can see, that GOD gave this prophet specific instructions telling HIM what to do and what NOT to do.

1 Kings 13:1-10 (KJV)

13 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.

And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.

And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.

And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel.

Many times folks will try to tell us that we haven’t heard from GOD or that GOD can’t possibly be telling us to do things in that way.  Or as the old prophet did, they will flat out lie to you, to get you to do things their way!!! 

1 Kings 13:11-15 (KJV)

11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.

12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,

14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

When we know that the LORD has spoken to us, we need to obey HIM and refuse to listen to others, no matter what they say. 

1 Kings 13:16-18 (KJV)

16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:

17 For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

The Bible doesn’t tell us what happened to the old man who lied, but it does tell us what happened to the prophet who disobeyed GOD.

1 Kings 13:19-24 (KJV)

19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back:

21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,

22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.

23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.

24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

This passage has a sad ending because of the man of God’s disobedience. 

I know, I know.  Why didn’t GOD kill the old man?  Why didn’t GOD strike him down for lying?

I have no idea. 

What I do know is that we are each responsible to GOD for our own actions and for obeying HIM!!!  And when we do NOT obey GOD, there are consequences.

I know that when we refuse to obey GOD, we miss out on the blessings that GOD has planned for us.

By being disobedient, we could miss an opportunity to witness to someone and save a soul from HELL.

By NOT going where GOD said to go, we could miss out on a financial opportunity.

Or even worse than that we could miss out on helping someone and showing them that GOD truly loves them.

You know, I don’t want to miss the blessings GOD has planned for me and I want to be in the right place at the right time to bless others. 

I want to trust GOD whole-heartedly and be obedient to HIM!!!

And one day, when I stand before the throne I want to hear, my LORD and Savior say, Well done, my good and faithful servant!!!  Matt. 25:21