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 him.
  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!

“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…

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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.

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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


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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:

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An APB (All Points Bulletin) for the Miserable (i.e. Gay-but-don’t-want-to-be) People


    Recently I have been updating some of my older posts.  This one is re-written for clarification so that there will be no question about the population that I am speaking to.  I love you with agape love but I must tell you the truth.     

Good Morning Everyone.  I awoke with a clear message from God that it is time to throw the lifeline to a group that I will call the Miserable People.  If you are “gay” and not miserable, this message is clearly not for you.  Kindly disregard it.  This message is for that small number of people who find themselves caught up in the “gay”  lifestyle and THEY DON’T WANT TO BE THERE! This is a message of Love, because for you, there is a way out.  And so, because you are different from that man or woman who loves his “lifestyle” and all of the hype that has recently surfaced, I am going to change your name.  For the purpose of this Post I will call you Miserable.  Some of you may feel the tug of God on your life and may wonder why you cannot be happy in your current situations.  Others around you may be ecstatic about the recent changes in the laws related to marriage, but not you because you are miserable.  Just know that the pull that you feel is simply the grace of God, calling you to Salvation.  Don’t resist it, hoping it will go away.  Yield to God and He will lead you in the path of righteousness.

Some people find themselves in the state of Misery because of life circumstances.  Many women, for example, suffered sexual abuse at the hand of cruel fathers, brothers and other family members that they should have been able to trust.  They had their innocence absolutely torn away and they are full of hatred for men as a result.  Some have run to other women for protection and are now caught up in that lifestyle.  They may want to get out and simply don’t feel that they have a choice.  Some of them are Miserable.  I was particularly struck by an Oprah Winfrey Show that opened our eyes to the large number of men who were sexually abused as children.  It became evident that male sexual abuse is a much bigger problem than most of us ever imagined.  The pain in the faces of some of the men was evident.  Some of those men grew up to become abusers of others as a result of their life-altering experience.  Their faces showed that they were Miserable.

A few years ago I ministered at a prison for men.  The night before my group went, God gave me a dream.  In this dream I stood, looking at a swimming pool full of body waste.  The smell was horrendous.  God spoke to me and said, “Go down into the pool and feel along the bottom”.  In the dream I couldn’t believe what I was told  to do.  After clarifying with God that I’d heard Him correctly, I obeyed.  I took a big breath, went down to the bottom and felt around as instructed.  What I found surprised me.  I grabbed the hand of an individual and pulled him to safety.  When I awoke, God explained to me that he was sending me into a place to bring men to safety.  I later thought of the fact that the pool represented how Jesus saw the world when He was directed to go down to save the lost.  Jesus not only found one individual, but He found all of mankind.  The next day I shared that dream with the prisoners in my message.  Later, I learned that the prisoners understood the significance of the pool of waste better than I did.  About thirty men came to the altar during the early service.  Prior to the service, I asked the Chaplain if he had any instructions for me because I had never spoken at a prison before.  His answer was, “Let the Holy Ghost have full control”.  Well, to a Holiness minister, that meant we were free to pray them through to the Holy Ghost.  My group and I laid hands on them and many of the thirty were filled with the Holy Ghost.  They came up speaking in tongues as the Spirit o Go gave utterance.  The same thing happened at the afternoon service.  The total number was about sixty men who were saved, sanctified and baptized with the Holy Ghost that day.  We later learned that the Chaplain was upset because we were not supposed to touch the prisoners.  We did not know this because he didn’t tell us.  Also the sixty men that were baptized with the Holy Ghost were dispersed throughout the prison system.  I believe that this was the grace of God because He was able to send sixty witnesses through the prison system.  Many men who had been miserable were set free by the power of God.

Just imagine, those who are not in the aberrant lifestyle, how you would feel if you were caught up in a group where you did not want to be.  Yet you feel that no one hears your voice or understands your misery.  Wouldn’t that be a Miserable state?  Well, to my Miserable friends, I hear you. My heart goes out to you and I want you to know that Jesus hears you.  He already knows your pain and he is offering you a way out.  Many of you feel that you will be abandoning your “fellow lifestyle members” if you come out.  Right now, your agenda should be to save yourself, so that you will later be able to save others.  If an oxygen mask drops down during an emergency on an airplane, we are instructed to first put the oxygen mask on ourselves, then help others put theirs on.  This is even true if you have a child with you, and you know you love your child.  Get help for yourself first, so that you can help others.

A little history on the cause of the “problem”.  How was this lifestyle born?  Romans 1:21 (KJV)
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

As you read on down through Romans, you will find yourself.  You are Miserable, dear ones, because you know that God is not pleased with your behavior.  But I have good news for you.  Jesus Christ is the antidote for all sin.  He can bring you out of your miserable state as quickly as he can deliver from the sin of lying or stealing.  He died on Calvary’s cross for all men and women.  As with all sin, we must first recognize that we are in a sinful state and repent.  You can’t repent if you are making excuses for the sin.  You can’t come out if you are blaming others and holding on to hatred.  Let blame and hatred go so that Jesus can set you free.  To repent simply means to ask God to forgive you and intend to never commit that sin again.  The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins, Jesus is just and faithful to forgive our sins.

1 John 1:5-9 (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

This means that we have to be real with God and sincerely desire to come out of the state of Misery.   Once we have confessed our sins we have to receive the power to resist a return to that sin.  That power comes only through the Holy Ghost.

Acts 1:8 (KJV)
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I encourage you, my friends, to save yourself from this untoward generation.  Acts 2: 40.  Jesus and Jesus alone can change you from the state of Misery to a state of Joy, peace and righteousness.  Join up with a group of people who love the Lord and live for Him each day.  I recommend Full Gospel Holy Temple Churches, Inc. which is headquartered in Dallas, TX.  May God bless you.

 

The Little Boy in Blue


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Life After Death by Alfreda Lockett Evans.

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Good morning all,

Today I’d like to tell you “the story behind the story” of the Little Boy in Blue. This book is based on an actual experience that I had with God and is therefore supernaturally based.  The Little Boy in Blue is very interesting because many who know my history understand that the Little Boy in Blue is a story based on my real life brother, James Alfred.  There are some important facts that you need to know, though.  James grew to be a wonderful man.  He was a husband to Janice and a father to James Dwayne and Sonia.  He passed away when he was 33 years old.  His latter years were a struggle due to quadriplegia as a result of an auto accident.  Why then do I depict him as a “little boy in blue”?  An explanation is in order.

As I said in my previous blog, I was saved and filled with…

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