Does God really live in our heart or is that something we just say?
I have been going through a tough and challenging experience that maybe you have as well if you are a “person of faith”.
For some crazy, insane reason, I actually believe the Lord is living inside me.
Is this a crazy thought or maybe even “blasphemy” as many “Christians” are telling me in not so nice words?
Well, what are we told to do by Christians when they first approach us?Continue reading
So you begin to start to come alive inside one day after hearing someone talk about Jesus and what he has “already done for you”. And you really start studying God’s Word and the writings of Paul really resonate with you. God is full of love and grace and he HAS reconciled us and forgiven us of ALL of our sins, past, present and future.
“We are cleansed and pure simply awaiting the “redemption of our body”, you settle in on according to Romans 8:23. We are told to “wait expectantly in hope”. Psalm 33:20, Romans 5:1-5
You are leaping for joy at what you are hearing from within and reading on the pages. You can feel his fire burning and want to share with everyone you see. He is doing this inside you are hearing and believing.
Then, you start to read and study the book of James.
And, just like a bucked of cold water on a warm fire, it’s gone. Continue reading
Today, I find myself back in Genesis 2 and 3 reviewing the “garden scene”. I see so many amazing things occurring there that I hope will be “eye opening” to you.
These are things that I suspect you haven’t heard but I believe are very good. I pray it will give you a WHOLE new inspiring view of what is often called “the fall of man” and a whole new outlook on mankind and even yourself. I know it has dramatically changed my view of who I am.
Before we do this, let’s ask the following question.
What are the parts of a man? What is a human made of?Continue reading
The mystery of God from our natural view.
Warning: The following will sound like the words of a crazy person.
I woke up this morning a couple hours early and couldn’t sleep again. Then, as I was becoming more awake, I heard a conversation going on again in my mind which has occurred many times before. Once I realized it wasn’t going to stop, I got up and started writing down what I heard.
I wrote for 3+ hours and was hoping I could share it with you, but it is not very understandable for our natural, linear human mind as it has too many topics all woven together. I couldn’t find the words to make it linear. So, I kept it for myself or I would be asking you to untangle a barrel of fish hooks. I don’t think I would like doing that, so I won’t ask you to.
Then, I stumbled upon this verse which is very close to being an epic summary of much of what I was hearing and writing.
Before we look at it, I a wondering if there is anyone truly seeking the truth who is willing to accept what it is really saying and dig deeper into it?
If you are, I can promise you that you will find both LIFE and the author of life, my friend. If you are still with me, please consider these words carefully and then let’s ask some questions.Continue reading
Ever feel like you are waiting for the splat?
I believe I understand and have been living in the reality that Jesus told us about living in faith. It’s a scary and lonely place at times. Where did Jesus himself spend much of his time?
Alone in the “wilderness”. Have you ever asked yourself where this place truly is? It’s a place of temptation by the enemy of our soul. Remember the phrase the “wilderness of the soul”?
I believe the true walk of faith in this life and this body is a single, solitary walk in the “wilderness” (solitary) of the soul. It doesn’t mean others are never around us, but we are to spend most of our time with him. It sure would be nice to have others to walk along, but my experience has been that they quickly separate from you once the Lord has you speak words of faith beyond where they are. We are not supposed to go beyond what the “accepted level of faith” is for the group.
I have come to conclude that believing God’s Word directly as it is written and speaking it to others will cause them to separate from you. It’s like “dividing the waters” or “separating the wheat from the chaff”. When you first see it occur, it will perplex you. You see a powerful life-giving truth in his Word that is feeding you life and you attempt to share it with others and they run away from you as if you are the walking dead! Why?
I have asked this question and here is what I heard.
Did you know that the definition of a “Pharisee” is “one who separates or goes away from”? They actually run AWAY from the truth when they hear it instead of towards it.
Why does this occur?
Here is something that I pray will really encourage you today. Check out this verse in it’s original words and consider this question.
Who is it that God is telling us that practices good or evil?
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The truth is indeed, VERY good my friend. May we both hear his words of truth and life in our heart, mind today.
If you hear any condemning voices today, remind yourself that God has you covered… by his blood.
And not only you, but ALL THE PEOPLE.. regardless of their external beliefs.
God’s own atoning blood is on ALL the people!
Jesus tells us some very SHOCKING things. I am wondering if ANYONE actually believes these words? I have yet to meet someone who does.
You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved Matt 10:22
You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved Mark 13:13
and you will be hated by all because of My name Luke 21:17
Let me ask you this “Christ-follower” … are you hated by ALL?
Think about the person you know who knows God’s Word the best. Are THEY hated by ALL?Continue reading
Are you being un-shackled or “re-shackled” on Sunday?
Are you be RE-shackled on Sunday?
Do you ever find yourself committing to “praying more” or “praying harder” or “reading more scripture” or “attending church (more)” or “volunteering more” in order to improve your own righteousness or your standing in God’s eyes because of a message or sermon you heard?
Or, are you simply trusting in the Lord to do perform your FULL sanctification and purification?
None of the above things are bad, but we need to examine the motives of our hearts. So many of us do not take the time to stop and get quiet and ask the Lord why we are doing these things. I pray that you would take the time yourself and look into his original words of scripture on the subject.
Sadly, we are taught in Churches every Sunday that “God is not happy with you” because of “x” behavior or “x” sin. They won’t tell you directly, but our heart hears the message and the fear of the message causes us to act on our “lack”. We feel we must DO something about that sin that is NOW more than ever eating us up inside. So, we regroup and “start over”. We try harder and the cycle repeats until you crash again.Continue reading