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John 10: 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (NKJV)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Being led by the Holy Spirit

What does it mean to be led by the Holy Spirit?
 
Romans 8:14 All that are led by the Spirit of God they are the children of God.

Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
 
Isaiah 45:2 “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth;
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.

Deuteronomy 1:30 'The LORD your God who goes before you, will Himself fight on your behalf.
Psalm 37:23 The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

What does "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink" mean?

Can we be led by the Holy Spirit without following? What does it mean to follow?

Is walking by God's principles the same as walking by the Spirit?

Does 2 Chronicles 16:9 have anything to do with being led by the Spirit?

For the eyes of the LORD roam to and fro over all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is fully devoted to Him.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Psalm 51

11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Leadership

In the Economy of God's *Kingdom there is no leadership but that of the Holy Spirit.      *Household

Peace

There is no peace for the liar, especially when he lies to himself.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Ain't No Devil Gonna Tread on Me | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible



Ain't No Devil Gonna Tread on Me | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible: When Jesus Christ came, he crushed the head of the devil. Join We The Kingdom on their 5-day devotional, inspired by their song 'Don't Tread On Me', in which they emphasize the declaration of the truth of God’s Word in the face of the lies of the enemy.

Download the "youversion"  Bible app to most easily go through the reading plan...

https://www.youversion.com

Here's the We The Kingdom video...

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Evidence that the Spiritual Battleground is our Mind

Cognitive Dissonance? Cognitive Distortion?

Cognitive dissonance may be defined as the state of having inconsistent or conflicting thoughts, beliefs, attitudes or behaviors, which, in turn, produce a feeling of discomfort within the individual.

Cognitive distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn't really true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions — telling ourselves things that sound rational and accurate, but really only serve to keep us feeling bad about ourselves.

Some Distortions:
It's not whether a thought is positive or negative or a "thinking error". The question is whether the thinking is based on truth, which stirs conviction that leads to hope, or on a lie which concludes condemnation which leads to hopelessness.

Renewing the mind...

Taking every thought captive

Pray without ceasing

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

It All Works Together!

The present "Here and Now", the Presence of God, Led by the Spirit, Authority, Power, The Battle, Righteous Peace and Joy, Kingdom of God, Alert, Awake, Seeing Eyes, Hearing Ears,

Friday, February 21, 2020

Personal Relationship?

Do you have a "personal relationship" with God?

"I am the good shepherd". I know My own sheep, and they know Me,...


The Book of John Chapter 10
1.“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
2. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
3. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
5. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
6. Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
7. Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
8. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.
9. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
13. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
15. just a the Father knows me and I know the Father (John 17)—and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. (The Gentiles) I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd (The Church/Bride).
17. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.
18. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”...

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me,
26. but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 
27. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 
28. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 
2.9 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 
30. I and the Father are one.”
31. Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 
32. but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33. “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34. Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”? 
35. If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 
36. what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 
37. Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father... 

40. Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, 
41. and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” 
42. And in that place many believed in Jesus.

Faith is not...

trust, or belief, or confidence, or conviction, or credence, or reliance, or dependence, or optimism, or hopefulness, or hope, or expectation, or any attitude or principle you can put into practice.

John 5:39-40 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40. yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (CEV) With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment. 6. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

FAITH IS A RELATIONSHIP! With God the Father, through His Son Jesus, and by the Holy Spirit.

In this relationship, we grow in;  trust, in belief, in confidence, in conviction, in credence, in reliance, in dependence, in optimism, in hope, in expectation and anticipation.




        Saturday, February 15, 2020

        Hyperfocus: The Ability to "Pay Attention"??

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperfocus

        An ability to "Focus" to the exclusion of distractions.

        How is this an attribute of someone with ADHD?


        "Deficit" of Soul?

        God's will is that your balance sheet be balanced!

        Deficit: short·fall  /ˈSHôrtˌfôl/  noun: shortfall; plural noun: shortfalls
        a deficit of something required or expected.

        PSYCHOLOGICAL DEFICIT  By N., Pam M.S. 
        Any cognitive, emotional or behavioral performance of an individual that is below average.
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        Laying in bed tonight I ruminated on the past week; Live in the 'Here and Now", "Be Present", "Be awake/Aware", "Listen/Pay Attention", be led by the Holy Spirit. The word "Deficit" came to mind.

        I was reminded of...

        Proverbs 3:5-6 (CEV) With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment. 6. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

        And realizing the truth of...

        Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

        Tonight I realized God was going to make a deposit into my account (My Soul)!

        He said "As iron sharpens iron, be ready to get your axe sharpened".

        Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

        Vagaries? GOD IS NOT SURPRISED!

        noun - plural noun: vagaries
        an unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior.

        The vagaries of life are unexpected and therefore cannot be anticipated. But God is not surprised! The same is true of "vicissitudes". Look up its meaning. :)

        Tuesday, February 11, 2020

        Patterns of behavior.

        Identity, Self conception, interpretation, unique perspective.

        Patterns of behavior are a result of who we perceive ourselves to be, our sense of identity. Our conception of self is derived from how we interpret our unique perspective that exists in the now but choice gives us the ability to break patterns of behavior.

        Stop relying on your memory and reason alone. Embrace the Lover of your Soul's guidance. Discover who He created you to be and be an overcomer of destructive habits.

        Monday, February 10, 2020

        And behold, I Am with you always,

        There is never a time that the Holy Spirit is not present in our lives.

        Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

        Luke 12:32  “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

        Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

        The Present Moment

        I call it the Here and Now.

        The present moment is "where" and "when" we exist and have our being. Our understanding resides with our thoughts in the present moment. Our understanding is informed by our “perspective" which is derived by a combination of our five senses; our memory of the past that validates the present moment; and our ability to reason, that anticipates the future. Because of this, each individual has a “unique” and limited perspective.

        Our perspective is limited by the laws of physics and the nature of our inertial frame, which is our physical body. This is why the truth of Proverbs chapter 3 verses 5 and 6 is so important to understand. And why being Spirit-led is an essential aspect of every believer’s walk.

        If we are born again we are conscious of the Holy Spirit’s presence. According to His will, the Holy Spirit “informs” our perspective and therefore increases our understanding so, if we trust and obey, we can participate in what He is doing in the present moment (Revealing the Kingdom).

        The present moment, the here and now, is the only place that a child of God is led by the Spirit of God. It's where the Holy Spirit reminds us of His leading in the past: John 14:26. It is where He speaks prophetically John 16:13 to us about the future

        The present moment is the only place where we can exercise Biblical Faith as we trust and obey the Holy Spirit's leading in the here and now!

        Jesus said, "I assure you: The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees, present-tense, the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way. Jn 5:19

        Jesus also said, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Jn 14:10

        Thursday, February 6, 2020

        The "Here and Now" and the Presence of God

        The "Here and Now" is where we pay attention. To pay attention means to consciously focus on one aspect of that which we are aware.

        We can be aware of many things in the here and now and still not pay attention to them.

        Definition: the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others.

        "Attention is the behavioral and cognitive process of selectively concentrating on a discrete aspect of information, whether considered subjective or objective, while ignoring other perceivable information"
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention

        "Attention is the cognitive process that makes it possible to position ourselves towards relevant stimuli and consequently respond to it. This cognitive ability is very important and is an essential function in our daily lives."
        https://www.cognifit.com/attention

        "Attention is a complex cognitive function which is essential for human behavior. Attention is a selection process for an external (sound, image, smell...) or internal (thoughts) event which has to be maintained at a certain level of awareness. It is not a stable but rather, fluctuating skill."

        http://www.happy-neuron.com/brain-and-training/attention

        From all this information we begin to understand that paying attention takes conscious effort.

        Two Bible verses come to mind…

        Romans 8:14 All that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God.

        John 10:27  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

        And this one…

        Matthew 10:19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

        These verses speak of the present-tense indicative verb of paying attention to the Holy Spirit in the here and now. Not just being aware or cognizant of God's presence but "choosing" to pay attention to engage in your relationship with Him.

        The enemy does not want you to do that. He will use distraction by trying to get you to focus, not on the present situation I call the "Here and Now" but on the past using condemnation/hopelessness or the future using speculation/fear... Or both.

        Reality does not exist in the future or in the past.

        We exist and have our being in the "Here and Now". It is where we make our choices and decisions that will shape our future. Do you trust in your limited perspective and understanding in your situation, or will you choose to pay attention to the Lover of your Soul and trust in His Guidance and Counsel? "Now" is the time, and "here" is the place we create the future God wants us to have.

        Philippians 3:12 (NLT) I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,



        Proverbs 3:5 (CEV) With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment. 6 Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

        Tuesday, February 4, 2020

        Choices

        Choice is all about your ability to choose. If you say "I have no choice" than you believe a lie. In the old testament, God says "choose you this day, a blessing or a curse". Fundamentally, those are the two choices we have.

        In The Sermon on the Mount Jesus speaks about making choices...

        Matt 18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

        If your flesh causes you to sin, well you have a choice. From the hyperbole in the Sermon on the Mount to Paul's practical advice from his own experience...

        Rom 8:12-14 "Therefore Brethren we are debtors not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh, For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if you through the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the children of God."

        Galatians 6:7-8  ESV  Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Col. 3:5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.

        Know this...

        1Cor. 10:15. No temptation has seized you, except what is common to man. And God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will also provide with the temptation the escape, to be able to endure it.

        The only thing you have no choice about is about making choices.

        You have a choice! Sow to the flesh and reap the curse. Sow to the Holy Spirit and reap the blessing.

        Learning to overcome our fleshly nature through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, this is the process of sanctification. God's will is for us to be overcomers.


        Monday, February 3, 2020

        Righteousness, and Peace, and Joy IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?

        Romans 14:17 For God's Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of the righteousness, peace, and joy which the Holy Spirit gives.

        RIGHTEOUSNESS

        PEACE

        JOY

        Saturday, January 25, 2020

        Play it by ear?

        To play it by ear is to act according to the situation. Playing it by ear means you work with what you get.

        The original meaning of this term was to play music without sheet music, meaning you improvised from what you heard and did your best to bring everything into harmony with a melody that everyone would appreciate.   Hmm?

        Jesus said "I don't do anything except what I "see" (Present tense) my father doing.

        I believe this is what it means when Paul said "All that are led by the spirit of God, they are the children of God"

        Matthew 10:9 (Luke 12:12)When they bring you to trial, do not worry about what you are going to say or how you will say it; when the time comes, you will be given what you will say.

        Friday, January 17, 2020

        The natural state of our spirituality?

        John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to know the Father except through me.

        Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God they are children of God.

        John 14:16. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever. 17. the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you.…

        Colossians 3:15  "The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make;"

        Compared to...

        Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

        Matthew 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.

        1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world."

        Thursday, January 9, 2020

        ADDICTIONS

        Ad·dic·tion - noun: the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

        We are all addicts of something...
        • Alcoholic: addicted to alcohol.
        • Workaholic: addicted to work.
        • Chocaholic: addicted chocolate.
        • Spendaholic : addicted to spending money.
        • Sportsaholic : lives to watch or play sport.
        • Talkaholic : Incessant talking.
        • Tweetaholic : Addicted to tweeting.
        The one addiction that trumps them all is the “addiction to self-will”.

        "I'm going to do what I want to do!"

        It began in the garden of Eden and continues to this day. We are aware of Good and evil and seem to instinctively know when someone has trespassed against us. We don't pay heed to God's guidance and counsel and instead we "trust in our own understanding" as we respond/react to those who have done us wrong. Thus the cycle of self-will reaps ill-will in our hearts and our relationships. And we find all sorts of ways (other addictions) to ease our unhappiness for a moment!

        All this happens because we listen to, and believe the lies the enemy of our Soul tells us. He speaks these lies in our thoughts and tries to convince us who we are.

        The enemy uses Pride or Condemnation.

        1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

        Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

        This spiritual battle manifests itself in our thought life. The enemy of your Soul can use your self-will addiction to make you believe you have it within yourself to be "happy" and encourage thoughts of self-confidence/righteousness. The enemy of your Soul would be content to leave you there. But…

        This addiction to self-will manifests itself in an infinite number of ways. In our pride, most of us never come to realize the destructive consequences that self-will has in our lives. We "manage" the turmoil in our relationships by practicing "self-actualization" and make ourselves feel better by blaming others for our situation. But…

        As you trust in your own understanding, sooner or later you will make mistakes. Then the enemy of your Soul changes his tactics. From thoughts of pride to thoughts of condemnation. Thoughts of pride or of condemnation the enemy has one goal in mind, your destruction.

        Luke 5:31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sick and need to change the way they think.

        Stop believing lies about who you are and embrace the "Lover of your Soul" He created you and He has a better plan for your life.

        Seek Him out with all your heart!

        Proverbs 3:5 & 6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart don't lean on your own understanding, recognize God in all of your ways and he will direct your paths.


        Friday, December 27, 2019

        God has a sense of humor.

        The other night I lay in bed and realized how little I understood when compared to God's perspective and understanding. The current circumstance had made me realize this. (Christmas Day 2019)

        Then a thought came to mind about the scriptures that mention that God creates the hearing ear and the seeing eye. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say "you'll begin to see better in 2020" Get it? 20/20 vision.

        I realized then, I didn't need to worry. God had it in hand!

        Tuesday, December 24, 2019

        The potential in being "Born Again" of the Spirit?.. Emotional Health!

        If we are Spirit, Soul, and Body as most Christians believe, how do I make sense of it?

        Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

        I get "body/flesh", the physical, material container. That has a location and has a perspective that is limited by my 5 senses. But...

        Genesis 2:7 states that Man was created as a "living soul."

        7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

        The soul consists of the mind, the will, and the emotions.

        "The soul and the spirit are mysteriously tied together and make up what the Scriptures call the heart."

        The writer of Proverbs declares, " Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life." (Prov. 4:23). We see here that the "heart" is central to our emotions and will.

        Our "Heart" is comprised of our Soul and our Spirit. Our soul has free will, emotions, and a mind.

        My mind through its intrinsic powers of reason and memory can be informed by the limited perspective that my flesh provides, or by the unbound perspective of the Holy Spirit through my Born Again spirit.

        My emotions play an important role in many of the choices and decisions my free will allows me to make.


        Proverbs 4:23
        New International Version-
        Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

        New Living Translation-
        Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

        New American Standard Bible-
        Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.

        King James Bible-
        Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

        Contemporary English Version-
        Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.

        Good News Translation-
        Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

        Three Classes of People
        Carnel, Spiritual and Fleshly

        1 Corinthians 2:14-15 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.

        1 Corinthians 3:1 Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. 2. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, 3 because you are still fleshly.

        Saturday, December 21, 2019

        Ministry before Relationship

        Oh Lord! Do we build the Kingdom of God or our own Ministry?

        Do we recognize what you are doing? Then take what you've taught, document it, and then try to replicate it because we believe it was you who revealed yourself. And then seek out our ministry in our understanding instead of trusting you with all our heart?

        Friday, December 20, 2019

        The Desert

        The desert is a place where God “tests” his people. To see if they will obey him or not. Are they trustworthy? It is a place where He deals with issues that hinder the true believer from hearing his voice and walking in his ways. As long as we trust in our own understanding as long as we believe we know what to do God cannot fully (bless) support our activities (the activity isn’t the issue). If we take credit (pride) we prove our untrustworthiness. His desire is to fellowship with us intimately. To share His inmost heart, what He thinks and how He feels about everything and everyone around us. If He can’t trust us, He is unable to share as much as He would like to. He is the truth, the way, and the life. Can God trust me with great insight and spiritual understanding? Humility – seeing who I am really. Dependence: seeing who God is…savior, Lord. God is the only source of wisdom and understanding. I don’t need principles of life; I need the Author of life. I don’t need things to make me happy. I need the joy that comes from making God happy. Am I committed to the journey? Do I walk according to what I already know? Do I believe that God will hold me accountable?

        Are God’s priorities my priorities? (What did Jesus read out loud at the beginning of His earthly ministry Luke 4:18)

        We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Set the captive free. Mend the broken heart. Declare the acceptable year of the Lord. God wants to give me His heart (love) for those I come in contact with. He wants to tell me what He thinks and how He feels about all of those around me. Can He trust me? Lord I want to be trustworthy, Amen.

        The vision to travel all over the world and take pictures for you, the promise to give me a wife and family motivated me when I saw them as goals that would fulfill me. Make me happy? Complete me? Activities? Jobs? Careers? What is God’s will? The promise motivates obedience. As we try to obey, God shows us all our weaknesses. All our sin that hinders. You purge us of pride, selfish ambition, selfishness, and self-centeredness. As we try to build our own reputations, as we try to secure our own comfort and security as we try to be happy and successful. You show us life. It’s in you not apart from you. It’s not in acquiring knowledge of life principles that we find all the things we think we need. Apart from you, everything is vain and empty. Life is found at your feet in humble dependence. Eternal treasure is gained in trust and obedience.

        Sunday, December 15, 2019

        Distraction.

        I've come to realize that worry is a distraction. You may think your worry is justified. That the time you spend worrying about it is required because your love for the one on your heart needs help.

        Have you done what God asked you to do? Then give it to him.

        Pay attention to your present situation. Don't be distracted by what you have no control over. The tomorrow you think will happen, you have no idea. Proverbs 3:5-6

        Who is the enemy?

        Ephesians 6:12  For our battle is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. 

        IT IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE. Fought in the Spiritual realm. It is only successful for us in the physical realm, who have been born of the Spirit, when we proclaim "Not my will but yours be done" and then trust and obey His guidance in that moment.

        Saturday, December 7, 2019

        "Mindfulness" the latest buzzword for self-actualization.

        Usually attributed to Buddhist practice but the Bible calls every believer to be aware of and submit every thought to the Lordship of Christ

        https://activechristianity.org/how-do-i-take-every-thought-captive

        Remember "truth separated from God becomes deception."


        2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

        Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

        Friday, December 6, 2019

        The "Situation".

        Refers to my inertial frame that exists as an identifiable circumstance even as things change around me

        Fundamentals

        Hosea 4:6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

        Prov. 29:18 Where there is no Vision (When people do not accept divine guidance) the people perish.

        As the Father...

        John 20:21-22 (GNT)

        Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit."

        The Mission of the Christ

        Isaiah 61:1

        The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners; 

        Sunday, August 4, 2019

        The greatest among you will be servant of all.

        I just realized when I'm inconvenienced, that is the opportunity to serve.

        Paraclete: The key to "Righteousness, Peace and Joy"

        Paraclete first appearing in the Gospel of John

        Here is the context of the passage in John 14:15-14:27 with the translation of Paraclete as "Advocate" shown in bold:

        15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

        22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

        23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

        25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid

        Thursday, August 1, 2019

        God's Will?

        “The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.” ―Elisabeth Elliot

        Sunday, July 28, 2019

        Salvation, Redemption...?

        https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/salvation

        Synonyms and Antonyms of salvation

        the saving from danger or evil... We spent the night in the cellar praying for salvation from the tornadoes

        Synonyms of salvation:

        deliverance, rescue

        Words Related to salvation:

        ransom, recovery, redemption, extrication
        defense, guard, protection, isafeguard, safeguarding, security

        conservation, guardianship, preservation, safekeeping

        Sunday, July 7, 2019

        Forgiveness.

        2 Corinthians 2 : 9. My purpose in writing you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10. If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And if I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven it in the presence of Christ for your sake, 11. in order that Satan should not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

        Saturday, June 1, 2019

        Transition or paradigm shift?

        March 31st to April 1st.

        April took me to a place I wouldn't wish for anyone. It started with an innocent pain in the lower abdomen that quickly went away. Little did I know my colon had perforated.

        In the middle of the night the pain in my abdomen woke me up. I tried everything in the medicine cabinet. There was no relief.

        Deciding to go to the hospital, I was surprised that the "Nurse" that came to the ER waiting room to take me to the examination room was 6' 8" tall and had tattoos all over his arms and neck. He asked if I was Rudolph and I said "yes that's me". I didn't think it was a good idea to correct him. Thus, April began. A Euroclydon of Calamity where God blessed me!

        Sunday, March 31, 2019

        Think about your thoughts

        Do you ever think about your thoughts? Have you ever realized that you were arguing with yourself? I'm not talking about a debate on what movie you should go see. I'm talking about putting forth excuses as to why you should do something that you know you shouldn't do. Or trying to convince yourself you should not do something you know you should do. What's up with that?

        Paul said it well when he explained "the things I want to do I don't do and the things I don't want to do that I do."

        Realizing this is the first step in understanding the " Battle for your Mind".

        The enemy is present in your thoughts. When you find yourself arguing with yourself realize you are under attack. The battlefield is your mind.

        There are several verses that you need to understand.

        Take every thought captive.  We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. Pray without ceasing.

        Sunday, March 24, 2019

        Mary Pondered in her heart.

        Good advise. "Pondered". I take that as thought about it a lot.

        I bring it up because I realize sometimes, because of "social media" I can share way to soon. I don't think I'm Mary. I just want to learn from her example.

        To soon, before I've actually grappled with it on a personal level. Too soon, before I've understood what it means to me personally. Too soon before I can be a reliable example.

        Crap, that means always.

        Tuesday, March 19, 2019

        God's Grace, Favor, Mercy?

        • Grace is free and unmerited blessings of God.
        • Favor is God’s unusual liking to us.
        • Mercy is God not punishing us as we deserve.
        Reference: Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1998.

        "For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12

        "Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands..." Psalm 90:17

        "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly." Psalm 84:11

        "...but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5

        "...By your favor you make us strong..." Psalm 89:17

        “My times are in your hands…” Psalm 31:15

        “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

        “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:3

        “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

        "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

        “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.” Psalm 31:19

        "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

        "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:16

        "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him." Matthew 7:11

        “And the Lord said...This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:17

        “The mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

        “The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.” Proverbs 16:33

        "And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing." Genesis 12:2

        "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished."Luke 1:45

        "Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." Psalm 23:6

        "These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open." Revelation 3:7

        Sunday, March 17, 2019

        Wait upon the Lord...

        At first I thought about "wait" as a postition of inaction. Like waiting for my friend to catch-up with me.

        Then "wait" as guidance to fit into the plan He was bringing about.

        Now I see "wait" as "pay attention" and do only the thing I want you to do to bring about My plan.

        Thursday, February 28, 2019

        Wednesday, February 27, 2019

        Spend Time vs Pay Attention?

        The world is full of distraction. It takes up our time, it occupies our attention.
        It seems we have a lot to spare. In fact sometimes I prefer distraction when it comes to my current situation. Why? Because nothing seems to be happening...

        At least from my perspective.

        So I'm learning about the Bible verse that says... "Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength".

        Sunday, February 17, 2019

        God's Grace?

        Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
        God's Guidance = God's Grace! "The path I should go, the steps I should take."

        Okay, a relationship where God guides and I am expected to trust and obey. My problem is I have an expectation of result. I seem to remember a promise. It created a hope. I paid attention because of it.

        So I listened and obeyed. Okay, I'll admit I may have been distracted. I may have paid less then attention. So the "promise"? He is Faithful. Okay. TRUST AND OBEY! The promise was given on the basis of... "By grace, through Faith"

        This is the "Key" to PEACE!

        John 14:27. "I am leaving you with a gift... peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid.

        Friday, February 15, 2019

        By Grace?

        God does nothing except by GRACE!

        Is this true? Hmm. What is God's Grace?

        A free gift. Unearned. That no one should boast. Okay.

        His Grace is enough, the song says.

        His Grace is sufficient for me.

        So. Somewhere in the Bible I read, "God pours out His rain on the just and the unjust".

        Rain/Grace, he pours it out over all of us.

        The question He's looking to answer? How will they respond?

        How will you respond?!

        Thursday, February 14, 2019

        Foibles, idiosyncrasies?

        These are terms that define our uniqueness.

        They are terms that from the observer are, to an extent, negative.

        They are terms that give evidence to the need of each of us to be Overcomers.

        Overcome what you may ask? Society defines the terms. But God prioritises. Fear Him, not man!

        Monday, January 28, 2019

        Happiness vs Joy

        Happiness is reaping the fruit of your labour. Joy is knowing you stand blameless before the Lord of Eternity even when there is no fruit.

        "Now" is the time for Joy and happiness. It can also be the time of regret and dread.

        It all depends on who you trust and obey.

        Monday, January 7, 2019

        Peace

        The key to peace is Prov 3:5-6.
        My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me...
        He promises to guard our hearts and minds.

        Saturday, January 5, 2019

        Biblical Faith?

        In it's most basic form, it is simply participating in the relationship God wants to have with you through the Holy Spirit.

        This can first be understood as a "Father and Child" relationship. 

        He is the Dad we all need.

        Friday, December 28, 2018

        Paradym Shift in Awareness?

        At first you think that your family and everything you experience in that sphere is how things are for everyone and you learn to deal with the situation. Then at sometime you experience a paradym Shift in your perspective. There are hints along the way but then it happens. And your perspective gets shaken with additional information that makes you question your previous assumptions.

        ,This is a good thing!

        Friday, December 21, 2018

        The Sacrificial Element in "Becoming".

        We often tell young children "you can be/do anything you want".  But growing up means sacrificing all the "potential" to be anything and making a choice to be something.

        Thursday, December 6, 2018

        Competence?

        To many definitions to firmly understand the meaning, yet...

        Many think they are "highly" competent to represent the Kingdom of God. Their proof? Signs and wonders?... But!

        1 Cor. 13:1-13

        Saturday, December 1, 2018

        How can God “not” know someone?

        Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23. And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’


        Saturday, November 24, 2018

        The Movie - I "Heart" Huckabees: a Comedy!

        This is a funny movie.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Heart_Huckabees ....

        Existentialism?... The Father of Existentialism?... The "Wisdom" books of the Bible?... Their conclusion?

        Saturday, November 17, 2018

        Acts 17:28

        ...“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;...

        Saturday, November 3, 2018

        Your Full Potential?

        Who am I? Why am I here? What's the point? Does anything matter?

        The simple answer is... Yes you matter, you can make a difference, and you are here to be who God created you to be..

        Your full potential is "only" found/discovered/obtained when you understand Proverbs Chapter 3 verses 5 and 6...
        5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
        and do not lean on your own understanding.
        6. In all your ways acknowledge him,
        and he will direct your paths.

        Monday, October 15, 2018

        Competence?

        Is it an intrinsinct quality of character?

        Competence?

        I need to understand the meaning of the word.

        Friday, October 5, 2018

        The Promised Land in the old testament

        Is the "Kingdom of God" in the new!

        Friday, September 28, 2018

        Speak the truth in love.

        We should break it down.

        Speak the truth in love.

        3 words...

        Speak. Truth. Love.

        Wednesday, September 12, 2018

        Inordinate

        in·or·di·nate
        inˈôrd(ə)nət/Submit
        adjective
        unusually or disproportionately large; excessive.
        "a case that had taken up an inordinate amount of time"
        synonyms:excessive, undue, unreasonable, unjustifiable, unwarrantable, disproportionate, unwarranted, unnecessary, needless, uncalled for, gratuitous, exorbitant, extreme.

        A SIGN OF OUR TIMES!

        Monday, September 3, 2018

        James 4:17

        James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

        Is it not wisdom to know what the right thing to do is? In doing that right thing, do we not feel justified? Can you do the right thing, all your life, according to your wisdom and Still Not be Justified in God's eyes?

        Tuesday, August 28, 2018

        Innocence

        The Innocence of obedience? As a child it is unequivocal. But impossible to maintain. Parents are hardly an example to trust, but we are called to obey our parents "in the Lord".

        And when you do, you fall into the trust of their own understanding.

        Wisdom? The Bible is full of practical wisdom. Wait... Crap!  How does the book of "Job" fit Into your understanding?

        Proverbs 3:5-6 makes more sense now.

        Sunday, August 26, 2018

        Distraction?

        Back to that I go.

        Distraction. Occupy your time. Use it up.

        If the enemy can't deceive you he will try to distract you. Not just with worthless entertainment but with causes that we perceive as worthy.

        These "causes" satisfy our need to feel justified, but fall short of explicit obedience and trust of God's will for our lives.

        Thursday, August 9, 2018

        MIND boggling - Daniel 3:16-18

        16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.
        He is able, He will, and even if He doesn't...
        They knew what to do. "NOT BOW DOWN". Their trust was in an "Able God" that had the power to safe them. Yet. They acknowledged His Will not their own as reason to obey, instead of a desired outcome for themselves.
        This is the faith that Jesus revealed on the cross as he cried out in Matthew 27:46...
        "ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" that is, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"
        Mind boggling

        Saturday, July 14, 2018

        Unity!

        Unity does not equal uniformity. Diversity provides needed perspectives for unforeseen opportunity.

        All that are led by the Spirit of God are the Children of God!   Romans 8:14

        It's His unlimited perspective that provides insight to those who desperately rely on His guidance. They understand, like Job, not to trust in their own understanding. They recognize God's participation in their situation. How He goes before them to prepare the way. Because He has a plan for their life. And He will direct them through the obstacles that the enemy places to thwart God's will. Prov. 3:5-6


        When all is said and done they shall proclaim...


        HE IS FAITHFUL!


        Tuesday, May 8, 2018

        Take every thought captive to the Lordship of Christ?

        Well, I certainly have been considering my thoughts. It's been quite... Educational... Inlightning... Convicting... OH CRAP!

        I seem to be a little judgemental. It's most apparent on the highway. I won't be specific, you know what I mean...

        Do I need to mention at home?...

        "?..." means - think about it!!!

        Take "every thought captive to the Lordship of Christ". Impossible without a desperate realization that you can't anticipate the next step in your future.

        Saturday, April 21, 2018

        Play it by ear?

        To play it by ear is to act according to the situation. Playing it by ear means you work with what you get.

        The original meaning of this term was to play music without sheet music, meaning you improvised from what you heard and did your best to bring everything into harmony with a melody that everyone would appreciate.

        Hmmm! I believe that's God's job.

        Monday, April 9, 2018

        Life is Hard!...

        Why? Because things are unpredictable...

        For us!

        But not to the One who sees the beginning from the end. To the One who goes before those who trust in Him, and anticipates every decision that will be made by those who affect His desired plan for your life. He is able to bring His promise to pass. Just Trust and Obey. Walk through the valley of death. Cling to the promise of your understanding.

        And your witness will be. HE IS FAITHFUL!

        Jordan Peterson

        Who you are, and on being responsible
        Life is hard, you will suffer, and in order to handle that suffering, you will have to be prepared. Preparing means taking responsibility for yourself. That’s hard, too, so you may try to avoid it. You may use all manner of evasions and rationalizations to convince yourself that things will sort themselves out on their own, or that others will bail you out, or that if they don’t, it’s their fault and not yours. But that’s a lie. So stop lying. Accept responsibility for your fate.

        Tuesday, March 6, 2018

        God's Hand?

        Today I found myself saying to a business colleague of mine that "I see God's hand in this opportunity". We agreed that we can't go wrong trusting in His Guidance, no matter what the outcome.
        God's Hand is motivated by love, manifest through Grace, informed by "His" plan, guided by His will and committed to our highest good.
        You can't go wrong knowing that He goes before you preparing the way. So trust in His guidance and act accordingly.
        Proverbs 3:5-6

        Thursday, February 15, 2018

        CONSTITUTION?

        The way in which someone or something is composed.

        The Holy Spirit is in the business of changing our Constitution.

        Romans 12:2
          Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.


        Thursday, January 18, 2018

        THE LORD, A COVENANT GOD

        Deuteronomy 7:9 
        Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, 

        Hebrews 11:6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.

        Hebrews 3:1. Now faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. 2. This is why the ancients were commended. 3. By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

        By Faith we understand...

        Matthew 9:20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22. Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

        Matthew 8:5. When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. "But just say the word, and my servant will be healed." 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith... 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

        By the Holy Spirit we hear the promise. In hope we believe it's truth. In obedience we trust His Guidance. And in joy we proclaim His faithfulness.

        BIBLICAL FAITH in its basic form...

        God Initiates - We Respond


        Thursday, December 21, 2017

        Blameless?

        What does that mean?

        When I first became a "christian" it was one of the first words that God spoke into my life that I was aware of.

        "Be blameless"! It was in context to the current situation then. At the time, my first wife had left with my two kids and was pursuing another relationship. I was convicted of my own complicity in the situation and God said stop giving her reasons to justify her actions. Regret was the overwhelming emotion at the time. It was one of the reasons I "called on the Lord" in the first place.

        This "regret" was the result of living a life as I saw fit and God was telling me that to be free of regret I needed to be blameless in all my relationships. It seemed simple enough. At least in concept. Just trust God to guide me in what I say and do and no one will be able to blame me for how things turn out. Yeah, right.

        The issues...

        • You have to really seek out and pay attention to the Holy Spirit's guidance. There are a lot of reasons we don't do that.
        • People tend to blame others for their predicament. Mostly because we give them a reason.
        • The enemy is constantly running around making accusations in our minds and in the minds of those around us.

        I have come to realize "I am to Blame". But in that realization God's love covers my complicity and by the Blood of Christ I am forgiven. In the same realization I am called to "Trust in Him with all my heart and not trust in my own understanding. To recognize His presence in everything I do, and he will guide me on the path that leads to no regrets" Proverbs 3:5-6.

        https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/blameless.html

        Monday, December 18, 2017

        THOSE WHO WAIT UPON THE LORD!...

        Shall renew their strength!

        The operative word here is "strength". It presupposes a strength already attained, that needs to be renewed, bolstered, made greater.

        I am reminded of the scripture... "Be transformed by the renewal of your mind". Google it for now, It's speaks of a process of transformation by where your thinking is conformed by truth. This experiential truth, backed up by Biblical witness and refined in the Fire, has every answer to the accusations of condemnation and the perversion of truth that the "enemy" uses to lead us down the path of destruction.

        Friday, December 15, 2017

        Discerning my thoughts? Competing Voices!

        Take every thought captive to the Lordship of Christ. WHY?

        Because discerning my thoughts requires I understand that my mind is not a vault (Safe and secure from anyone else) where I bang around my thoughts and try to make sense of my life. But it is a "doorway" to the spiritual realm.

        It's important to understand that I can be confused by spiritual voices, because I think they are "my thoughts". But these voices originate in the spiritual realm from two sources, one that "condemns" or "exalts" (Pride) and wants to lead me to destruction. And the one voice that is the Lover of my soul, that "convicts" and knows me intimately and wants to lead me in the way to "become" all that He created me to be.

        OVERCOMER comes to mind. That is certainly God's "Will" for you! For all of us.

        Friday, September 29, 2017

        Be Intentional

        Don't be swept along by your circumstance. Be Intentional.

        Friday, September 1, 2017

        Truth separated from God becomes deception.

        There is one truth with a multitude of facets. Together each facet is valid.
        As a simple example., take responsibility. Separate it from accountability and you get independance. Highly valued in western society. "I am my own man", "I am self sufficient" we say. This idea that I don't need anyone to be a success is a lie.

        Friday, August 18, 2017

        By Grace, through Faith...

        It's not where you are at, it's how far you've come. It's not what you've been given, it's what you do with it.

        Thursday, August 3, 2017

        "in all your getting, get understanding"

        Prov. 4:7. Wisdom is the principal thing;
        Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

        So wisely understand this...

        Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;  6. Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

        Tuesday, July 25, 2017

        Stupify. It's a great word!

        I think much of what we do (chose/decide) stupifies God.

        Not that He didn't know that it was possible for us to do such a "stupid" thing.

        More about a sense of disappointment that we fell short of what He had planned for us

        Friday, July 21, 2017

        Prayer?

        I don't understand intercessory prayer. Isn't God already doing all that He can do?

        Then it hit me. Jesus said "I have come to destroy the works of the devil". Intercessory prayer should not be to ask God to do something. It should be to come against the enemy that tries to thwart God's will.

        He has given "us" authority to do something. Intercessory prayer is needed to get our marching orders.

        What does God want "us" to do?

        Sunday, July 16, 2017

        Endure to the end as you contend for the faith

        Phil. 3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

        Saturday, July 15, 2017

        "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" in the Bible.

        Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Google it! It's one of the latest ideas in psychology. They seem to be realizing the truth of...

        Romans 12:2  and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

        Friday, July 14, 2017

        Contend for the Faith!

        Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to "contend" earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

        Thursday, June 22, 2017

        Testify

        Share what you have experienced, witnessed and been taught by the Holy Spirit.

        Sunday, June 18, 2017

        Your assumptions?

        Time to question what you believe and why you believe it.

        Saturday, May 27, 2017

        Truth

        Where do I get my ability to recognize truth? What does recognizing truth mean?

        Does recognizing truth mean I will respond a certain way? Does recognizing truth demand a response?

        Well, truth is revealed in reality. Reality? That's the problem. We all have our interpretation of reality.

        There, that's it. The real problem. Our interpretation.

        When you trust in your limited ability to comprehend reality you fall into a multitude of opportunities for the enemy of your soul to take you down a path to destruction... And broad is that way.

        Truth separated from God (Yahweh of the Bible) becomes deception.

        Truth, understanding, knowledge? If we trust in our understanding instead of God's perfect view of reality and then the Holy Spirit's creative guidance, we will be deceived.

        RADICAL DEPENDENCE! It's what we were created for.

        Saturday, April 15, 2017

        What Matters

        What matters? Are there any clues to what matters? Where can we find them? Where do we look? What do we pay attention too? What do we know? What do we trust? Is what we know and trust really what matters.

        The truth is what matters.

        Is there more to what I know and trust? What do you know and why do you trust it? The time is now, that you know what you believe and why you believe it.

        Question with humble boldness the very existence of God. He will give an answer.

        The truth is hard to find but easy to understand once discovered

        Sunday, April 9, 2017

        God's Creative Guidance

        There is not a thing that you cannot overcome trusting in God's creative guidance.

        Who do you listen to?

        Anxiety, fear and panic are the end result of paying heed to the enemy of your soul. He is the author of lies and is committed to your eventual destruction.
        Security, trust and rest are the end result of paying heed to the Lover of your soul. He is the author of truth and knows you intimately for He created you in His image. He has called you to be an overcomer.

        Thursday, March 16, 2017

        Spiritual wounds?

        The healing of the physical is a shadow of God's purpose to heal us Spiritually. The enemy of our soul uses spiritual wounds from our past to manipulate our present and to hinder us from responding to others with God's love and grace.

        Tuesday, January 24, 2017

        God's still, small voice?

        "God speaks most clearly to us in this day through His Word. The more we learn it, the more ready we will be to recognize His voice when He speaks, and the more likely we are to obey what we hear."

        https://www.gotquestions.org/still-small-voice.html

        Saturday, January 21, 2017

        Present-tense: an attribute of the Holy Spirit.

        Now is 'where" God is. Where "you are" is held together (action) by God in the now. He is present everywhere. He calls Himself "I Am". We "are" because "He is".
        This all is going on in the present tense. Now!

        Monday, December 19, 2016

        Overcomers

        1 John 5:4–5 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

        Friday, November 11, 2016

        Practicing the "Present-tense" of God

        This is a play on the saying "Practice the Presence of God".

        God is in the "present". "Now" is when we hear his voice. Now is when we should pay attention. Now is when He guides us. "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17) makes more sense when we understand we should not trust in what we understood in the past concerning His guidance today.

        Prov. 3:5-6 also makes more sense.  "5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

        Hallmarks of Biblical faith

        Anticipation and expectation are hallmarks of Biblical faith. They indicate the presence of hope that comes from even the smallest glimmer of understanding.

        Not hope based on wishful thinking. But on a promise embraced. Not on a scripture verse claimed, but on a personal word spoken by the Holy Spirit that bears witness to Biblical truth and relates to our situation. Faith comes by "hearing" God's voice and hearing God's voice comes by knowing the written word of God. (Two witnesses)

        "Developing an ear for His voice seems to be at the heart of this issue, for faith comes by hearing, not having heard (see Rom. 10:17). Faith implies a present tense relationship with God. What we know can keep us from what we need to know if we don't stay childlike in our approach to life and ministry." Bill Johnson

        Monday, October 31, 2016

        Signs?

        "Then they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying "signs". Amen" (Mark 16:20).

        Tuesday, October 25, 2016

        Discernment.

        Discernment begins with thinking about your thoughts.

        Understand that your thoughts have 3 origins*
        * https://agapegeek.com/2011/01/21/understanding-satan’s-abilities-can-satan-readyour-mind/l)
        • A Thought can originate from a man’s spirit (Self)
        • A Thought can originate from God’s Spirit (Good)
        • A Thought can originate from another spirit, either angel (good) or demon (Evil)
        And then it continues with "taking every thought captive to the Lordship of Christ."

        You consider a thought by, asking does it line up with the character of Jesus Christ and, is it in harmony with the full counsel of God's written word. But it is with the Lordship of Christ, as we ask Him what He thinks, that we have the opportunity to accept or reject the thought we are thinking.

        Reading the Bible and praying without ceasing,  are essential activities for success in the spiritual war the enemy wages against us.

        Deut. 11:18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 

        2 Cor. 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

        The battle takes place in our thoughts and we are to..

        Sunday, October 23, 2016

        Jer. 7:23

        But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’

        Friday, August 26, 2016

        Potential?


        potential...

        1. The inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being.

        2. Something possessing the capacity for growth or development.

        WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR IDENTITY it is important to understand that God sees us from a perspective of our potential.

        It is this potential that is the foundation of His love, commitment and longsuffering.

        With insight and understanding of our God given potential He rebukes, chastises and disciplines us with exhortations of humility, honesty and demonstrations of unconditional love.

        He calls us to be overcomers, blameless, willing to admit our mistakes, dependent on His guidance. Willing to serve His purposes.

        In this light we should make our CHOICES!

        When seeking God’s will you shouldn’t be asking what does God want me to do. You should be asking who God wants you to be. It is then He will show us who we are.

        Saturday, August 20, 2016

        Spiritual discernment.

        A double-minded person is restless and confused in his thoughts, his actions, and his behavior. Such a person is always in conflict with himself. One torn by such inner conflict can never lean with confidence on God and His gracious promises.
        Correspondingly, the term unstable is analogous to a drunken man unable to walk a straight line, swaying one way, then another. He has no defined direction and as a result doesn’t get anywhere. Such a person is “unstable in all he does.”

        https://www.gotquestions.org/double-minded.html

        Thursday, August 18, 2016

        Repent, repentance... It's a lifestyle!

        Call to repent (noun) metanoeo leads to a change of mind,

        repentance (verb) metanoia which leads to a change of ways.

        Repentance is an ongoing process of transforming the mind.

        Friday, August 5, 2016

        Tactics vs Strategy

        "The terms tactic and strategy are often confused: tactics are the actual means used to gain an objective, while strategy is the overall campaign plan, which may involve complex operational patterns, activity, and decision-making that lead to tactical execution."

        Thursday, August 4, 2016

        Games in the digital age.

        A few years ago my two sons, Hudson and Harrison invited a few of their friends over to play "video games".
        Later in the evening I went into the front room to see how things were going.
        I was surprised to see only one of Harrison's friends in the room.
        Hudson was on the desktop computer with a headset and microphone. Talking to a number of online players that he was teamed up with as they battled another team on a multiplayer internet game.
        Harrison had a PlayStation handset and was conversing via his iPad with his teammates as they battled on the big screen tv connected to the PS1 network.
        I asked Jacob (Harrison's friend) why he enjoyed playing these online games.
        He said "because I like overcoming obstacles, winning the battle, and discovering more of what the game has in store. I can be more than just me."
        Today I came across this...


        It is interesting what the Lord said to me 8 months ago... http://www.randolphbrown.com/2015/12/vicarious-generation-that-been-occupied.html

        Wednesday, August 3, 2016

        Confession of a Fully Actualized Kingdom Saint?

        https://mcalvanyintelligenceadvisor.com/fellowship-unashamed


        I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed.

        I have the Holy Spirit's power.

        The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made -- I'm a disciple of His.

        I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

        My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I'm finished and done with
        low living,
        sight walking,
        smooth knees,
        colorless dreams,
        tamed visions,
        worldly talking,
        cheap giving,
        and dwarfed goals.

        I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.

        I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by
        faith,
        lean in his presence,
        walk by patience,
        am uplifted by prayer,
        and I labor with power."

        "My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be
        bought,
        compromised,
        detoured,
        lured away,
        turned back,
        deluded,
        or delayed.

        I will not flinch in the face of sacrifices, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity."

        I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.

        I am a disciple of Jesus. I must
        go till he comes,
        give till I drop,
        preach till all know,
        and work till he stops me.

        And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me... my banner will be clear."

        Tuesday, April 19, 2016

        Crucible?

        a place or occasion of severe test or trial.

        "the crucible of combat"

        a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.

        Friday, April 15, 2016

        How is love expressed?

        Certainly it is expressed by the willingness to die for your friend.

        But for most of us, what is the common expression of love? Or should I ask the evidence of love?

        It is a commitment to relationship no matter the response from the one you love. It is a commitment to their highest good even when they walk away.

        It is a willingness to say, "please forgive me". When you have made a mistake.

        This love can only be expressed, transfered or passed on when you have experienced it yourself. It comes from an overflowing understanding of your own unloveliness, and the price Christ paid to have a relationship with you.

        It is the understanding that you aren't sinless but you can be blameless.

        Monday, April 11, 2016

        Leverage?

        A pivot point where pressure is multiplied. Accusation is the pressure. The accuser has a case. The point is guilt. Guilt is a function of the Spirit. The mind tries but can not reason it away. Excuse and blame give control away and the lever is lengthened. So we are lost and condemned. Yet.
        Christ died for us while we were yet sinners.
        Certainly good news.

        Wednesday, April 6, 2016

        Authentic Faith?

        The difference between "authentic faith" and a "trust in their own understanding" has huge ramifications on how our "faith" is lived out and therefore passed on.

        Biblical principles are made alive by the Holy Spirit as one realizes their need to be guided. Thus knowledge is acquired... If a man knows to do good and doesn't do it, that is sin

        The problem is when we trust in our own understanding. (Prov. 3:5-6)

        Faith implies a present-tense relationship with God. Present-tense is used in grammar for actions that are happening now. We reside/exist in the Now, and so does our relationship with God. It is impossible to have "Faith" in God without a relationship with Him where His presence is experienced in the present.

        We think that we have the ability to anticipate the contingencies that our choices will propagate. But we forget "we see through a glass darkly"! Our perspective and therefore our understanding is limited. But God's is not.


        Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God,
        they are the children of God.

        Tuesday, April 5, 2016

        The Battle Front.

        In every battle there is the "front". In WW2 they were defined geographically. Initially though they were defined by ideas that individuals expressed. These ideas propagated, to influence other individuals in geographic locations. The real battle front is relational. It is the battle between truth and lies. It is a battle between the one who loves our soul and the one who wants to destroy us. It is a battle waged in the hearts of those who know His guidance, provision and care and those who need to know.

        Priorities. The difference is between temporal and Eternal. Many will be surprised when they find out where their priorities were.

        Friday, March 25, 2016

        Knowledge shall increase.

        Knowledge? It is knowing what is fact. Fact is truth. Fact becomes truth as it happens/occurs. Facts are knowable. And knowledge is increased as facts are shared. Knowledge puffs up. Makes you believe you can anticipate the future. Pride has only one predictable outcome. It is an unwelcome surprise for all who trusted in their own understanding/knowledge.

        Tuesday, March 22, 2016

        I am you father.

        I would give my life for the chance that you would become all that God created you to be.

        Monday, March 21, 2016

        Go

        Go to the brook Kidron. And there I will provide for you.

        FAKS Framework Explains...

        How you came to believe, what is happening in your life now. And where God wants to take you.

        It has to do with what to believe and why.
        It reflects the battle narrative of overcoming the flesh and the enemy of your soul.

        Sunday, March 13, 2016

        Ever think about your thoughts?

        Have you ever argued with yourself? How is that possible?

        I believe what I believe. If there is contradiction in my "thoughts" then that is evidence that some of my thoughts are not my own.

        Cognitive Dissonance?

        Humanistic term that tries to explain the spiritual battle we all experience.

        Sunday, March 6, 2016

        The "Goal" of Existential (Christian) Therapy

        Existentialism --> life is pointless --> crisis reveals our helplessness --> Jesus reveals the solution --> Bible is the witness --> Holy Spirit is the guide --> Faith is how it is accomplished.

        Sunday, February 21, 2016

        Potential.

        It is why God never gives up on us.

        Potential!

        "If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!"
                                        Soren Keirkegaard

        Thursday, February 18, 2016

        Angst

        Has everything to do about the future.

        Sunday, January 31, 2016

        Keys to Wisdom.

        Humility, a teachable heart and radical dependence on the counsel and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

        Saturday, January 30, 2016

        Is Wisdom "Acquired"?

        Experience provides the opportunity for Knowledge to be gathered. Wisdom is the "state of mind" that gives one the potential for insight, discernment, good judgement and Understanding. This state of mind has its beginning in humility and is cultivated by a teachable heart.

        Prov. 9:25 "if you correct a wise man, he will become all the wiser."

        James 3:13-18 "Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

        John 14: 26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.