Be Encouraged Older Saints of God; God Is Not Finished with Us Yet.


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This morning I had a wonderful quiet time with Jesus.  After prayer and intercession, and after putting the final touches upon the Sunday school lesson that I will be teaching on Sunday, I asked God for something personal.   I asked Him for a word from Him for me.  Although I know that He and He alone holds my future, I wanted something from the Scriptures that I could hold throughout this day.  The passage of Scripture that He took me to was Psalms 71: 17-20.  Not only does this word have enough “juice” in it to carry me through this day, but it is powerful enough to carry me for the rest of my natural life.  In addition, God encouraged me to encourage others with this scripture.  Let’s look at the Scripture that God gave me.

Psalms 71:17-20 (KJV) 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

My first reaction was OMG! David must have made the same request of God that I did, because this first verse uses words that describe my life experiences with God.

 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

As I look back over my life I can clearly see God’s handiwork.  Even in the midst of extreme poverty, a racially prejudiced society and being raised by grandparents, God taught me from my youth many of the things that I live by today.  And, in my latter years, I have declared the wondrous works of God to the best of my ability.  In spite of the three little books that I have written; a blog that extols the goodness of God that has been viewed by at least one person in 98 of the 196 countries on earth; a podcast that preaches the gospel of deliverance; and a 47 year career of service to my fellow man as a nurse, I know that there has to be more that I can do for my Lord.

The Bible says in Luke 12:48 (KJV) 48 … For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:

It is certainly true that God has been good to me.  You have to know my story to understand my praise.  Only those who know where He brought me from can understand how much I love Him.  They alone realize why it is my cry to God to Use me O God in your service! And now I see that David, in the 18th verse of Ps. 71 cried the same thing when he said:

18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Some of the quotes about old age from Wikipedia include the following:

Old age comprises the later part of life; the period of life after youth and middle age… In the 4th century BC, Plato divided the human lifespan into six phases, the last two constituting ‘Old Age’ (the ages of 62-79) and ‘Advanced Age’ (80-)…Hair usually becomes thinner and grayer…Pain afflicts old people at least 25% of the time, increasing with age up to 80% for those in nursing homes…Diminished eyesight makes it more difficult to read in low lighting and in smaller print. Speed with which an individual reads and the ability to locate objects may also be impaired.

Considering these and other definitions of what comprises old age the picture could be considered bleak if we focus on the negative side of the story.  But we must also consider the fact that not everyone is blessed to attain to the state of old age.  If we reach it then we should be praising God.  Based on my years on planet Earth I certainly qualify to be a member of this category, grey hair, pain and all.  But I, like David, ask God to:

  1. Not forsake me.
  2. To allow me to show God’s strength to his current generation and
  3. To allow me to show God’s power to everyone that is to come.

God spoke to me some years ago and said that He had given me an “end time ministry”.  Later He clarified His words to mean that I would have a ministry at the end of time, at the end of their time (meaning a ministry to the elderly, the sick, the dying and to others who are close to the end of their time on earth) and the end of my time (meaning my latter years).  So now that I am officially of old age I cry out to God that the time of my ministry has come and I humbly bow to His perfect will for the rest of my life.

I pray that You, O Mighty and Holy God, will use this vessel of clay for Your glory and Your honor.  Have thine own way in my life O God, for there is none other like You!  I look not at the few things that have been accomplished, but ask that in spite of my old age that You will be glorified through me.  I want to be able to show your strength to this current generation, as well as to those who are to come. 

As I was seeking God, He dropped into my spirit that these things are accomplished by sharing God’s word verbally and in writing to this generation and in writing for future generations.  In addition, what I am to do is to encourage those of this generation, particularly my fellow “old age” peers, who have the ability to communicate in writing, to do so.  While this generation needs our testimonies, future generations will need them even more.  These are the words of encouragement that God gave me for my ‘old age” peers:

America, as well as the entire world, is teetering on the precipice of a paradigm shift.  The Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines a paradigm shift as a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely.  In a very few short years our world will look very different than it does today.  The life of freedom and open worship of our God that we who live for God enjoy today will sound like a fairy tale in the near future.  It is our responsibility to share what is real about our lives and our love for God so that it is preserved for our progeny.  They will need the encouragement to live holy that we are able to give them based on the fact that we lived holy.

Saints, writers, teachers, preachers, prophets and prophetesses, we have the precious gift of salvation in our earthen vessels.  Those of us who are living holy hold a precious word that will cause others to live for God and escape the damnation of hell.  Saints of God, when God speaks to you, write it and share it.  That’s what I have done today.  Let’s bless someone else with our experiences in God so that they will know that He is real.  They need to know that He loves them just as He loves us and that they too can go to Heaven when they die.  Then, when old age comes their way they will understand their continued responsibility to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When God speaks a word in our ear we must declare it from the rooftop.

Matthew 10:27 (KJV) 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

When God speaks to his vessels, it may seem very natural because it comes through our spirits and into our natural minds.  It may seem as though “everybody ought to know that”.  But the truth of the matter is, everybody will not know what God has spoken to you.  You must tell them.  God spoke to Habakkuk and told him to write what He said so that the word could be preserved.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

The 20th verse of the Scripture that God gave me this morning states:

20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

God has indeed shown me and many others that great troubles are coming upon the face of the earth soon.  But even if the worse possible events happen to us He will indeed quicken or make us alive again; we who are saved will live with Him forever.  Meanwhile, we must continue to pray so that the hand of the enemy is stayed and one more soul is able to make it in through our ministry.  Older saints, it’s not over until God says it’s over; let’s continue to work for the Lord!

The Death Grip of Sin: Are You Holding onto It, or Does It Have a Hold on You?


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Sin is terrible.  It can cause a mother to kill her own child (as in abortion) or a father to cause his children to suffer (as in desertion and abandonment).  It can cause an entire nation to fall (which is what will happen to our country if we do not turn back to God) or an individual to abuse his own body to death (as in sexual perversions, smoking cigarettes or drug abuse.)

Question  #1.  What exactly is sin and why does it have such a strong control of human beings everywhere?

The Bible tells us that sin is the transgression of God’s Law.  It is simply either doing what God tells us not to do or not doing what God tells us to do.  It is as simple as that.  It is saying, “No!” to God’s way and choosing another way.  All disobedience is sin.

1 John 3:4 (KJV)
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1Samuel 15:22-23 (KJV)
22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.

Question #2.  Where did sin come from?

Sin came from Lucifer who was a created being, an anointed cherub.  He was beautiful and highly exalted as a created being.  Because of his beauty, pride arose in his heart and he made a decision to attempt to exalt himself above God.  The Scriptures describe him but also present God’s judgment against him.

Ezekiel 28:12-18 (KJV)
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

1 John 3:8 (KJV)
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.

In a nutshell, Lucifer (Satan) beguiled or tricked God’s man, Adam and his woman, Eve, and they both disobeyed God.  As a result of their disobedience, every man and woman born after their fall became infected with the evil of sin, even until today.  Babies don’t have to be taught to lie, it’s a part of their sin nature.

Scenario:  Three year old Baby John knocks a vase off the table and it breaks.  Mother:  “Baby John, did you break the vase?”  Baby John: “No.”  Who taught Baby John to lie?  No one had to teach him.  It came with the package.

Question #3.   What are the consequences of sin? 

Sin is utterly destructive.  It separates us from God, it ushered in death and it will ultimately send one’s very soul to Hell, a place of eternal pain and torment.

Question #4.  If sin is so bad, why doesn’t a person just stop doing it?

Sin is a part of the nature of a person; his desire is to sin.  It would be easy to just not sin were it not for the fact that it is woven into his DNA.  We must remember that he has an enemy, the devil, who loves to see him sin.  The devil hates us and wants us to die as a result of sin.  It is only by the power of God that we are able to “just stop the sin business”.  It’s like a man who has a 52 inch waist and 33 inch hips.  He may pull his gut in for a few minutes, but before long he will have to let it go back to its natural state.  Only when that man loses the weight (girdles just give the illusion that the belly is gone) will he be free of a protruding belly.  Other people just refuse to even try to stop sinning because they love sin.

Scenario:  Poachers want to capture a group of monkeys in Africa to sell in the US.  They can’t catch the monkeys because the monkeys reside in trees and escape when approached.  The poachers, aware of the monkey’s love of bright and shiny baubles, lay a trap for the monkeys.  They place a large shiny red fake ruby inside a wooden cage.  The cage is made of bars just large enough for the monkey’s hand to reach inside and grab it.  The trouble is, the monkey cannot pull his hand out of the cage if he has a grip on the bauble.  When the poachers approach, the monkey has only to open his hand, let go of the bauble and escape to safety.  But, because he refuses to let go of the bauble, it causes him to be captured.

The same is true for some individuals when it comes to sin.  There are some people who love their lifestyle so much that they can’t let go of the bauble of sin, repent and be saved.  The comedian who loves his “trade” of lying and cussing may refuse to let go of his “work” because he loves it.  He loves the fame and accolades that he receives as a celebrity and refuses to let go.  Many even desire to be in a right relationship with God but refuse to let go of the sinful baubles.  That individual has such a strong grip on sin that he can’t let it go.

On the other hand, there is the individual who wants to be set free from sin but sin has a firm grip on him or her.

Scenario:  A fast, flippant and rebellious young teen girl goes against her parents’ rules and sneaks out of the house to meet a young man that she met on the internet.  As it turns out, the “young man” is really a 40 year old pimp.  He grabs her, beats her and forces her into a life of prostitution and drugs.  Nightly she is forced to abuse her body and her very soul.  She does not want to do the things that she is forced to do but sin has such a grip on her that she cannot get free.

Scenario:  A young man was forcibly raped by an older man from the time that he was 5 yrs. old and he ultimately became a homosexual.  He occasionally wishes that he could escape his lifestyle but feels that he has done too much wrong to ever be free.  In his heart of hearts he rejects his own behavior but feels that for him this is his norm.

In both of the above scenarios the individuals cannot get free of sin because of the grip that sin has on them.  Sin has a physical grip on the young woman and it has an emotional grip on the young man.  In both instances they need an outside force that is stronger than the grip of sin to cause sin to loose its hold.  In actuality, whether the individual has a grip on sin or if sin has a grip on the individual, the answer is the same.  The answer to every man or woman’s sin situation is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, became sin so that we could be set free.  The righteousness of God hates sin; His justice requires that it is punished.  This meant that all men and women are destined for Hell as a punishment for sin.  But Jesus Christ, in obedience to His Father, came to earth, died for our sins so that we do not have to die and is now in heaven interceding for us.  All a man or woman has to do to be set free from the grip of sin is to desire to be free.  God will hear and see that person’s heartfelt desire to be free, and then set up situations in his life that can lead to his freedom.  The Bible lets us know that every individual will be given an opportunity to be set free from the power of sin.

Titus 2:11-14 (KJV) 

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Let’s talk.  The bottom line is this, whether your sin problem is that you love the baubles of sin so much that you are holding onto something that will cause your ultimate destruction, (including the pride of refusing to see yourself as a sinner) or if sin has a strong grip on you, you can be free.  You can be saved.  If you will provide the “want to”, God will provide the means.  Then, when He supplies the means for salvation you have to act.  God is not going to do everything for you; you have a role to play.  You must run to safety when the door is opened.  Could this Post be your open door?  We are only promised one opportunity.  Some people may be given many, but some may only receive one.  I encourage you, when your door is opened, run to Jesus, repent of your sins and hold onto Jesus with all of your strength.  The blood of Jesus is strong enough to break every stronghold of sin but you have to want to be set free.  The Bible says that you must not harden your heart when you really understand your need for salvation.

Hebrews 3:15 (KJV)
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart …

Salvation is simply stating to God that you are sorry, then accepting Jesus.  An example of some words that you might say to him follows.  If you say these words and mean them with all of your heart, He will hear you and save you.  I can provide the words but you must provide the heartfelt meaning.

“Father, forgive me of all of my sins.  Save me and take me to heaven when I die.  Jesus, if you save me I will live for you.  Fill me with the Holy Ghost so that I can have the power to live for you.”

After you repent and are saved I encourage you to find a Bible-believing deliverance church.  I recommend Full Gospel Holy Temple Church in Dallas, TX where I received deliverance forty years ago.  We also have other churches throughout the country.  Find us on You Tube or our website.  I’m praying for you; God bless.

Prophetic Dream #2 – A New Look at Man-on-Man Sex


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2 Corinthians 4:2-4 (KJV)
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

To my friends and family, Saints and sinners alike, today’s post will be different than any that I have written in the past, with the exception of the one entitled “An APB (All Points Bulletin) for the Miserable (i.e. Gay-but-don’t-want-to-be) People”.  That post was mainly directed towards females.  This post addresses the issue of man-on-man sex in a way that perhaps most people have not known about.  I am going to be very open and straight forward about the natural aspects of this activity so that perhaps someone may have a moment of clarity about the sin and desire to be set free from it.  This post is also meant to be helpful to those who only see man-on-man sex as a sweet, nice, alternative lifestyle.  They need to understand that man-on-man sex is a perversion.  Just because our current President advocates for same-sex marriage does not make it right.  For those who call themselves Christian but refuse to cry out against this satanic activity, I say “Open your eyes!”  I don’t expect everyone to be pleased with this post but the information is necessary so that the whole story is presented.  Many may be grossed out, repulsed and even disgusted after reading it.  But if one individual makes the decision to see this activity as a trick of the devil and turns from it to a holy lifestyle, then it is worth it.  Writing this post is a dirty job but someone has to do it.  Get ready for a bumpy ride.

Years ago one of the Saints at my church told me that her son, who was imprisoned, had become a minister.  He wanted someone from our church to come to the prison where he was incarcerated and preach the gospel.  She asked if I would be willing to go and I agreed.  We obtained permission from our church leaders and a group of us contacted the prison and obtained an appointment.  I had never been inside prison walls but the Chaplain promised to tell us what we needed to know when we arrived.  The night before the scheduled event God gave me a very graphic dream.  In the dream I stood on the side of a large Olympic-sized swimming pool.  But this was no ordinary swimming pool.  The pool graduated from 4 ft. deep on one end to 10 ft. deep on the other.  As I stood at the 10 ft. deep end God spoke to me in the dream and said, “I want you to jump into the pool, go down to the bottom and feel along the floor.”  I am a swimmer so the request would have been easy to accomplish if this were an ordinary pool.  However, this pool was different.  It was filled from floor to top with liquid human waste.  It stunk to high heavens.   I know we are never to question God but I had to be sure that I heard Him correctly.  I asked, “You want me to go in there?”  Without hesitation he repeated His statement.  In the dream I knew I had to obey God.  I pinched my nose, took a leap into the filthy pool, pushed my way to the bottom and began to feel along the floor.  Suddenly I felt a hand and when I caught the hand of the man that was on the bottom we both came up out of the pool.  After coming out God spoke to me and said that He was sending me into a place that was filthy but the result would be that men would be delivered because of my obedience.  He told me that when He told Jesus to go to earth He saw earth as a cesspool, much in the same way that I saw the pool of waste.  Imagine that Jesus, had to lay down His royal robe and come to a sin-cursed world.  Jesus did what He was asked to do and the result of His obedience was that salvation was made possible for every man, woman and child who will receive the gospel of deliverance.

The morning following the dream my party and I went to the prison and the dream was the basis of the message that I delivered.  Having never been in a prison to minister, I asked the Chaplain to tell me if there was anything about the rules and regulations that I needed to know.  His response was, “Let the Holy Ghost have full control”.  Well, when those words were spoken to a holiness preacher that meant preach, pray, and get the people filled with the Holy Ghost; that’s exactly what I did.  I was amazed at the response to the message because big, burly men broke down and cried out to God for salvation.  We had an altar call and about fifteen of them came up speaking in tongues and glorifying God.  They were so happy to be delivered.  After the service I noticed that the Chaplain was less friendly, but he didn’t comment about anything that had taken place.  We had one more service about three that afternoon.  I noticed that the Prison choir sung and sung.  They sung so many songs that I only had a few minutes to preach.  But God spoke to me and told me to allow the members of my party to give their personal testimonies.  The musicians and singers that went with me testified and the Holy Ghost filled that room again.  The outcome was the same.  About fifteen men came to us to surrender to God and were filled with the Holy Ghost.  There were so many of them that all of the participants in my party were needed to pray them through; even those who had never prayed anyone through to the Holy Ghost before were successful.  Following this the Chaplain was visibly angry but we could not figure out why he was upset.  It was several weeks later that we learned that the Chaplain was angry because we were not supposed to touch the prisoners.  He never told us and we never knew.  We also learned that the thirty or so men that we prayed with were sent out to various prisons throughout the country.  Look at God getting His will done and His deliverance being spread throughout the prison system.

Years later God explained to me what the significance of the pool of human waste was all about.  He let me know that the prisoners responded to that message because they knew better than we knew what God was indicating to them.  Let me explain this statement by telling you about my work with spinal cord injury patients.

I am a retired advanced practice nurse.  The final twenty years of my career were spent working with patients who were spinal cord injured.  Many people think that the fact that SCI patients are often confined to a wheelchair is the worst outcome of their injury.  However, the same injury that affects their ability to walk also has the ability to affect the way they empty their bowels and bladder.  Some, though not all, do not have the ability to do so in a “normal” way.  One method used to help patients to evacuate their bowels is called “digital stimulation” (Not to be confused with another medical procedure performed during a medical examination).  A gloved and lubricated finger is inserted into the patient’s rectum, stimulation is applied and the result is evacuation of the bowel.  In order to live, some patients have to perform or have this procedure performed on a regular basis.  Many of them would do anything if this procedure was not necessary, but it is required for them.  Now, how does all that I have said relate to man-on-man sex?  Here it is.  If stimulation of the external anal sphincter in a spinal cord injured patient causes evacuation of the lower bowel, what about the healthy male?  Do you really think that a holy God would approve of sex that routinely causes this outcome?  No, man-on-man sex is a perversion of healthy male-female sex.  The men in the prison where I ministered understood God’s message concerning the pool of waste.  They knew better than I that He was telling them that He was aware of their filthy behavior and that they could be delivered from that lifestyle, even while they were in prison.

I am convinced that when it is clearly understood what man-on-man-sex is really all about, many will resist the tricks of the devil and desire to be set free.  Also, some of the people who are giving in to the man-on-man sex concept will finally open their eyes and see it for the perversion that it is.  Christians will begin to really pray for those who desire to be delivered rather than rolling over and calling the behavior “normal”.  My closing words to you who want to be delivered are these:  choose Jesus Christ as your Savior and Deliverer.  Jesus loves you, just not the wrong things that  you do. Repent of your sins and ask the Lord to save you.  There is nothing that the Lord cannot deliver you from; you just have to want to be saved.  Remember:  Holiness is Still Right!

James 4:6-10 (KJV)
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

John 8:36 (KJV) 

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

“Judge Yourself”


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The Word of God encourages us to judge or evaluate ourselves regularly. This is very important because, if we don’t judge ourselves, we can believe that Jesus will do it and it might not be so nice when He does it. Specific instructions are given to us in the Word of God related to taking the Lord’s supper and self-evaluation.

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“Judge Yourself”

The Word of God encourages us to judge or evaluate ourselves regularly.  This is very important because, if we don’t judge ourselves, we can believe that Jesus will do it and it might not be so nice when He does it.  Specific instructions are given to us in the Word of God related to taking the Lord’s supper and self-evaluation.

1 Corinthians 11:23-31 (KJV)
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye…

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God’s Plan of Salvation


- From “Free Bus Tickets to Heaven” (An Open Invitation to Salvation for my Family and Friends) by A L Evans.

Good Morning everyone.  In many of my posts I have reviewed God’s Plan of SalvationHowever, we can never get enough of the good news of Jesus Christ, so here it is again.  if you are not saved, it is my prayer that you will be saved before it is everlastingly too late.  Jesus really is soon to come.  If you have any discernment at all you are aware that this world is growing more and more wicked everyday.  A change is coming very soon and you want to be on the winning side when it occurs.

Jesus wants all people to hear the gospel and to have an opportunity to be saved.  Fortunately, the Plan of Salvation is very simple.  God created Adam so that He could enjoy fellowship with him.  And, from Adam, He created Eve, a companion for Adam.  Mankind fell into sin because of Adam’s disobedience to God.  That disobedience caused death to enter the picture as a punishment for the sin.  God, a just and holy God, could not allow sin to go unpunished.  The only way that the holiness and the justice of God could be satisfied was for someone to die for man’s sin.

God looked around for an individual who would be able to satisfy both His justice (the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23) and His holiness, (be ye holy for I am holy 1 Peter 1:16) so that fellowship with mankind could be re-established.  He needed someone who was a relative of man but who knew no sin.  God realized that the only person in existence who was pure enough to serve as a propitiation for our sins was Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  God asked his only Son to: 1) assume the form of a man; 2) go into a sin-cursed world; 3) model holiness; 4) live a life lead by the Holy Ghost; 5) die for mankind so that they would not have to die for their own sins; 6) be raised to Heaven from the dead; 7) return to heaven; 8) and stand as an intercessor for mankind.  Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, in obedience to His Father, suffered a horrible death on Calvary’s cross as a substitute for man’s sins. Man’s salvation cost everything for both God and Jesus.  God gave his Son and His Son gave his life that man could be saved as stated in John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus willingly gave up his life in obedience to His Father, so that man might be saved.  This is clearly made known in John 10:14-15.

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

His message is reinforced in John 6: 40 which states:

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

The pathway to salvation is easy, but only because Jesus has already done the hard work.   His death for our sins paved the road to salvation.  When an individual comes to God for salvation through Jesus Christ, that person must acknowledge that he is a sinner, must be sincerely sorry for the sins that he has committed, be willing to give up his sinful lifestyle and live God’s way.  Every human being who has ever existed, and will exist in the future, is a sinner until he has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. This includes the wealthy, the movie stars, the self-righteous, the morally good, the poor, those of other faiths, and everyone else.   As we read Romans 3:23 we see God’s purpose of sending His Son to die for our sins:     

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

After one realizes that he is a sinner and is ready to be saved, he must repent.  Repentance is simply asking for forgiveness, turning from sin, and intending to never commit it again.   Acts 17:30 shows that everyone must repent of their sins.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. 

If an individual will simply ask for forgiveness, and mean it with his own heart, Jesus will cleanse him from all sin.  Jesus promises that if one repents, He will receive that individual and not cast him out.  According to John 6:37, the Scripture states:

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 

To be saved, or born again, simply requires praying a simple but sincere prayer in obedience to God.  When an individual prays the following prayer (or one that uses similar words) and means it with all of his heart, that individual is saved:

“Father, I’m sorry for the sins that I have committed.  Forgive me for all of my sins.  Save my soul and give me the power to live holy.  If you save me, I’ll live for you for the rest of my life.”

 Anyone who prays this prayer and means it is saved.  The words to state can be provided for you, but you must mean them with all of your heart.  A person must believe that he is saved, not because of what he feels or thinks, but because the Word of God says he is. When God forgives an individual, that individual must receive that forgiveness and forgive himself.  Once an individual has received salvation, he needs the power of the Holy Ghost in order to stay saved.  The gift of the Holy Ghost is a second act of grace that follows salvation.  Acts 1:8 states the following:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.  Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

Acts 2:38 informs us that the Holy Ghost is for everyone.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Someone might ask the question, “Who is the Holy Ghost, and what is his role in our lives?”  The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God.  He is the third member of the Godhead, along with the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  When we receive the Holy Ghost, we can always depend on Him to lead, guide, protect and comfort us.  Jesus was aware when He left earth and ascended to Heaven, that we would require help with living for God.  According to John 16:7, Jesus promised to send the Holy Ghost as our comforter:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not  away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

The Holy Ghost was indeed sent to earth to help anyone who would receive Him.  The Bible, In Luke 11:9-13, tells us that we must ask for it.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it  shall be opened unto you.   

For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that  knocketh it shall be opened.    If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone?

Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  

Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a   scorpion? 

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The Holy Ghost has been received in several ways, including through the laying on of hands by a Holy Ghost-filled witness.  This was the case when the Apostle Paul received the Holy Ghost in Acts 9:17:

And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

In Acts 10:44, believers were filled with the Holy Ghost while simply listening to the Word of God.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

In all cases, when an individual is filled with the Holy Ghost, he will speak with new tongues.  The tongues are the evidence that the Holy Ghost has arrived.  Acts 2:4 speaks of the early disciples and that they spoke in other tongues when they received the Holy Ghost:

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:39 speaks of the promise of the Holy Ghost to all people:

For the promise is unto you, and to your children,  and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Once you are saved, you need to become a member of a Holy Ghost filled church so that you can be taught the ways of God and how to live a clean, holy and sanctified life for Christ.  I recommend Full Gospel Holy Temple Church in Dallas, TX or one of our other churches located throughout the country.  May God bless you.shutterstock_139917064

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Prophetic Dream-No. 1 “The Way Up is Down…On Your Knees”


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Tell a dream as a dream…

Originally posted on Committed to Preaching the Word of God:

shutterstock_94584643From time to time God will speak to me in a dream that I know is from Him.  We all have what I call “cornbread dreams”; those that happen because we ate too much or just because we are human.  There are other dreams that, though we know that they are sent from God, we might not have the full interpretation yet.  If God sent it, you will get what He means eventually.  I will only share those dreams that I clearly understand.  There are some dreams that God sends that are made as clear as day because He does the interpretation.  Dreams of this nature I will share in this Blog, especially if they have meaning for others as well as myself.    Someone needs to know that God is  real and that the prophetic ministry is alive and well today.  I share my life experiences here because someone needs to be told that God is active in the lives of His Saints.  Perhaps…

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Prophetic Dream-No. 1 “The Way Up is Down…On Your Knees”


shutterstock_94584643From time to time God will speak to me in a dream that I know is from Him.  We all have what I call “cornbread dreams”; those that happen because we ate too much or just because we are human.  There are other dreams that, though we know that they are sent from God, we might not have the full interpretation yet.  If God sent it, you will get what He means eventually.  I will only share those dreams that I clearly understand.  There are some dreams that God sends that are made as clear as day because He does the interpretation.  Dreams of this nature I will share in this Blog, especially if they have meaning for others as well as myself.    Someone needs to know that God is  real and that the prophetic ministry is alive and well today.  I share my life experiences here because someone needs to be told that God is active in the lives of His Saints.  Perhaps they too will seek to be saved, sanctified and filled with God’s Holy Spirit so that they can also have a real relationship with Him.

So, here it is, hot off the press:  The Dream of Tuesday A.M.  October 7, 2014

I was driving uphill going around a mountain on a very narrow and circular road. There were rocks on the road and the drop off to my left was straight down.  One of the brothers at my church (who has recently gone on to be with the Lord) was standing in the vehicle looking at the road ahead through the skylight.  Suddenly, the car went into reverse and I was speeding down and around the mountain going backward at a very high speed.  In a panicked voice I yelled, “You’re going to get me killed!”  A boulder came flying from a higher level, barely missing us.  In spite of all of the drama, I never lost control of the vehicle and was able to bring it to a safe place.  The brother in the dream calmly stated, “Don’t worry; you’re not going to be killed.”

At that point I woke up feeling that going down the mountain backwards at such a high speed meant that I had lost ground with God and was actually backsliding. Then God spoke to me in a comforting voice and said the following:

No, the dream did not mean that you are backsliding or going backwards.  Those thoughts were planted by your enemy, the devil.  Often, when I am actually taking you higher, you may feel that the opposite is happening.  The person standing in your car was Jesus and He is with you at all times.  The road that you have traveled with Him over the years has been winding and treacherous, but He has been there all the time.  Remember the dream that I gave you years ago in which you were inside a cave walking up narrow and very steep steps?  There was water pouring down on the steps, making them even more treacherous.  But Jesus was just ahead of you, walking the same steps.  He told you to follow Him and He would lead you to safety.  As you placed your feet on the same spot where He had just waked, you were safe.  As you followed Him you grew in confidence and faith.  In this current dream notice that you were  driving a vehicle but Jesus was right there.  In this new technological age Jesus is still there.  Also notice that in the dream as you were speeding backwards, you never lost control of the vehicle.  The skill that you used amazed you because you never realized that, even going backwards without looking, you were a skillful driver.  As long as Jesus is on board you will not falter or fail.  The way up is down…on your knees. Be not afraid because Jesus is still at your side; He is in full control.  Trust what He has taught you over the years and you will never fail.  You will accomplish all that has been ordained for your life.

I immediately came to the computer to write the experience to share with you.  Jesus is soon to come and I invite and encourage everyone to get saved before it is too late. Jesus willingly gave up his life in obedience to His Father, so that man might be saved.  Dreams are but one of the means that God uses to communicate with us.  God wants to speak to us but we have to be able to hear His voice.  Christians are still here on earth because God wants us to continually present Him and Jesus to the world.  The Holy Spirit will help us if we are willing vessels.  The bottom line concerning what we are to do is to get souls saved and into the Kingdom of God.

The pathway to salvation is easy, because Jesus has already done the hard work.   When an individual comes to God for salvation through Jesus Christ, that person must acknowledge that he is a sinner, must be sincerely sorry for the sins that he has committed, be willing to give up his sinful lifestyle and live God’s way.  Every human being who has ever existed, and will exist in the future, is a sinner until he has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. This includes the wealthy, the movie stars, the self-righteous, the morally good, the poor, those of other faiths, the down and out and everyone else.

After one realizes that he is a sinner and is ready to be saved, he must repent.  Repentance is simply asking for forgiveness, turning from sin, and intending to never commit it again.   Acts 17:30 shows that everyone must repent of their sins.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. 

If an individual will simply ask for forgiveness, and mean it with his own heart, Jesus will cleanse him from all sin.  Jesus promises that if one repents, He will receive that individual and not cast him out.  According to John 6:37, the Scripture states:

 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 

To be saved, or born again, simply requires praying a simple but sincere prayer in obedience to God.  When an individual prays the following prayer (or one that uses similar words) and means it with all of his heart, that individual is saved:

“Father, I’m sorry for the sins that I have committed.  Forgive me for all of my sins.  Save my soul and give me the power to live holy.  If you save me, I’ll live for you.”

            Anyone who prays this prayer and means it is saved.  A person must believe that he is saved, not because of what he feels or thinks, but because the Word of God says he is. When God forgives an individual, that individual must receive that forgiveness and forgive himself.  Once an individual has received salvation, he needs the power of the Holy Ghost in order to stay saved.  The gift of the Holy Ghost is a second act of grace that follows salvation.  Acts 1:8 states the following:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.  Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

Acts 2:38 informs us that the Holy Ghost is for everyone.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

            Someone might ask, “Who is the Holy Ghost, and what is his role in our lives?”  The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God.  He is the third member of the Godhead, along with the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  When we receive the Holy Ghost, we can always depend on Him to lead, guide, protect and comfort us.  Jesus was aware when He left earth and ascended to Heaven, that we would require help with living for God.  According to John 16:7, Jesus promised to send the Holy Ghost as our comforter:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not  away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

            The Holy Ghost was indeed sent to earth to help anyone who would receive Him.  The Bible, In Luke 11:9-13, tells us that we must ask for it.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it  shall be opened unto you.   

For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  

     If you are already saved and filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, you must grow in Him.  Live holy, pray without ceasing, study the Word of God, assemble with other believers regularly, fast as He leads, and build yourself up on the Holy Ghost by speaking in tongues every day.  Trust Jesus, love Jesus and live for Him.  Our time has come to be used of God.  Desire a real relationship with our Heavenly Father and He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

There is Power in the Name of Jesus!


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Acts 4:12-13 (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Originally posted on Committed to Preaching the Word of God:

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In the name ofJesus, In the name of Jesus,

We have the victory.

In the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus,

Satan has got to flee.

Who can therefore stand before us

When we call on that great name?

Jesus, Jesus, wonderful Savior we have the victory.

What exactly is a name and why do we all have one? A name is a word or combination of words by which a person, place or thing is identified. The purpose of a name is to differentiate one thing from another. Wouldn’t it be strange if we all had the same name? Let’s say we all were called Betty Jean. If I said, “Betty Jean come and get this dollar”, either everybody in the room could get up to get the dollar or maybe nobody would. That would be confusing.

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The Importance of Faithfulness to the House of God


The question is often raised, “Why do Saints go to church so much?  Is it necessary”?   Hebrews 10:23-25 (KJV) provides us with the answer.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Verse 23 lets us know that Jesus is faithful. Since he is our example, we must also be faithful.  The Scriptures indicate that Jesus, who is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2: 28) was faithful to the Sabbath and, according to Luke 4:16, He was regularly found in the House of God.

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, (emphasis added)  he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

After we have professed our faith we must hold on to our new saved life without wavering.  To waver means to reel or totter back and forth as though one would give up or quit.  We are helped to hold on to our profession of faith by gaining from the strength and encouragement of others, as well as being strong and encouraging to others. Hearing the testimonies of how God is moving in the lives of others is so encouraging.  Seeing the love that is demonstrated among the Saints provokes and inspires each of us to do likewise.  The best way to see this godly behavior in action is by coming together on a regular basis.  Verse 25 says that we must not forsake this assembling together, and should do so even more when we see the day approaching.  That day is certainly upon us now, letting us know that assembling together is even more important than ever before.

We are created to be social beings.  Some of the unchurched (those who claim to know God but feel that they do not need the church experience) insist that they do not need to go to church because they can read and study on their own.  The Bible, however, tells us that we are to do several things for each other as a body of believers.  We are to encourage and comfort each other, and to bear one another’s burdens.  The supporting Scriptures are 1 Thess. 4:17-18, 2 Cor. 1:3-4 and Gal. 6: 2

1 Thess. 4:17-18 (KJV) states

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (Emphasis added).

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV) says

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Gal. 6:2 (KJV) says that we are to

2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Positive relationships with other Saints are not only good for our emotional health, but they are the basis of our Christian commitment. We do not attend church to be saved. We do so because we are saved.  We enjoy the presence of Christ in our fellow travelers.  I’ve heard it said that we can evaluate just how much we love God by how much we enjoy being in His presence. If we enjoy the conversation of our former lying, cheating and backstabbing friends more than saintly friends, it’s time to re-evaluate our walk with Christ.

Specific programs such as weight loss and stop-smoking classes encourage us to open up to others and let them know when we are attempting to obtain a goal. We should tell our friends when we are on a diet or when we are giving up unhealthy habits.  This principle also applies to a committment to regular church attendance.  It is harder for the enemy to convince us to stay at home and be depressed because of some minor problem or to choose to skip church to watch TV when we know that others expect to see us in church.  We don’t go to church to be seen, but we do want to be seen going.  Our diligence might inspire the unsaved ones in our neighborhoods to go to church.  The children in one neighborhood that I lived in called me the “Church Lady” because they saw me on my way to church very regularly. Perhaps one day they will remember the “Church Lady” and emulate my behavior.

For those who are parents, let’s talk for a few minutes about the benefits that regular church attendance provides for your children.  Several research studies identified  positive outcomes in children who actively participate in church attendance.  The studies found:

An increase in the average life expectancy of  children by 8 years.

They improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation

They reduce their risk for rebelliousness

It provides them with a life-long moral compass.

It provides children with a caring extended family

And it will also statistically improve the odds that they will lead an active church life in their adult years.

None of this information is a surprise to the Saints of God, for the Word says in Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The identified natural benefits are wonderful, but add to them the unspeakable benefits of having your child understand the importance of a real relationship with the God of the Universe and His son Jesus Christ.  Think of the advantages that they have in knowing that they will go to Heaven at the end of this life.  There are no greater benefits than these.

In many cases, when we are first saved, we have to change an entire lifestyle.  Some are homeless when they come to Christ.  Others may have been down and out on drugs.  Conversely, some might have come from a somewhat higher standard of living.  But that life might have been full of pride and self-exaltation.  Before we were saved we were all sinners.  We all needed the Lord to change us.  God expects us to blend and become one on the Highway of Holiness.  The enemy fights hard to attempt to stop the transformation into the image of Jesus Christ that God requires.  We should fight to make that transformation  happen.

Some of the hardest trials of our Christian walk may come when we are initially saved.  Family members or  friends may try to change our minds about Christ.  Life circumstances may take a dive such as the boss deciding to have you work on your church attendance nights when you’ve been the day person for years.  Unsaved spouses may decide that the church attendance days should become family movie days instead.  Any number of things may come against us.  However. our commitment must be, “I will be faithful to the House of God”. When we realize that all of the negative circumstances are simply staged by the enemy, it should be even easier for us to refuse to take down.

We must remember that being faithful to the House of God is an important commitment.  It is at church that we learn what pleases the Lord, how we are to live, act and be as Saints of God.  We need the Word of God that is preached in church, the presence of God that is experienced in church and the modeling of good behavior of the established and strong Saints that is demonstrated in church.  Our own lives, no matter how new we are in Christ, can motivate, inspire and validate others.  Let us all be faithful to the House of God.

If you are regularly attending church, keep up the good work.  You’re doing a good work and you can not come down.  If you haven’t been attending as you should, now is an excellent time to begin.  God bless and I’ll see you in the House of God.

The Root of Your Anger Just May Be Pride


Originally posted on Committed to Preaching the Word of God:

shutterstock_42110062Ephesians 4:26-27 (KJV)
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.

Recently, I had an experience with an individual that left us both disturbed. I believe that we both want to resolve a difference of opinion that we had. I was asked to give my opinion on a particular topic. Unfortunately, my opinion was not the one that the receiver expected to hear. That person became very angry, leaving me to wonder why my opinion was sought in the first place. Since anger is a universal emotion, I thought this Post would be a favorable spot to discuss it. My position: I was not going to lie and provide a positive assessment when I did not feel that one was due. These are the questions that I would like to discuss:

1. What could I…

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