Archives for January 2015


Jan 21, 2015


cross-soldiers-gambling“There at the foot of the cross was a man at his worst, loud, lewd, and base. There on the cross was man at his best, dying to save the very men who profaned his garment, pouring out His soul in prayer for gambling sinners.

In addition, If there is a place on God’s earth where a man ought to hang his head in shame, it is at the foot of the cross. And yet, if there is a place where man ought to raise his head in reverence, it is also at the foot of the cross.” (Lolyd. C Douglas)

The tragedy is we continued to seek the blessings of Christ, while neglecting what was done on Calvary and what Christ may ask us to do one day. We want the “crown without the cross” Why a cross we ask? Well what about the stake like Martyr Jerome of Prague:

“As the sentence of condemnation was passed upon him. He was led out to the same spot upon which Huss had yielded up his janhuslife. He went singing on his way, his countenance lighted up with joy and peace. His gaze was fixed upon Christ, and to him death had lost its terrors.

When the executioner, about to kindle the pile, stepped behind him, the martyr exclaimed: “Come forward boldly; apply the fire before my face. Had I been afraid, I should not be here. His last words, uttered as the flames rose about him, were a prayer.

“Lord, Almighty Father,” he cried, “have pity on me, and pardon me my sins; for Thou knowest that I have always loved Thy truth.” (Bonnechose, vol. 2, p. 168.) His voice ceased, but his lips continued to move in prayer.  (E. G. White The Great Controversy)

My friends how much do we love God’s truth and what price are we willing to pay for it. The president stated last night “Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns, imagine if we did something different” Friends, Imagine if we gave all of our heart to the Master instead of just a portion of it.

no cross no crownImagine no matter what type of car, house, TV or electronic device our friends and neighbors had, if what we had was still working for us, we will continue to serve the Lord and just thank Him each day for what we had.

My friends the cross and the crown are inseparable there is no either, or. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matt 24:13 (KJV) and along with salvation “there is laid up for [each of us], the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to [his redeemed] at that day; and not to me only, but also to all them that have loved his appearing.” 2 Tim 4:8 (ASV)

In a few Days January will end and the cycle starts all over again, we look up it’s Easter then thanksgiving and then Christmas, and then we say to ourselves, again, where has the year gone? But what we need to be asking ourselves, what have I done for Christ this year?

The god of this world has us in such an intense and vicious cycle of go here do this or do that, Christ gets left completely out of imagesour daily lives and before we know it, we have spent another year on self and what is important to us, not God.

So we must “Count [the cross with] all joy, my brothers [and sisters], when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” James 1:1-4 (ESV)

My friends, ask yourself today, How important is salvation and life eternal to me? and if it means to you, the same as it means to me, than pick up that cross and don’t look back, because the crown is just ahead.


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY





Jan. 20, 2015


obr5303a02c05a60“As Paul was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words.

For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”

And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”…..Acts 26:24-30 (ESV) My friends, we all sit in our various churches each week, the appeal is given for a show of hands, or a move to the alter down front, if one is convicted.

We often respond in one way or the other motivated usually by the surroundings we find ourselves in when the Spirit is appealing to everyone for a decision. If we are in a good mood we may allow the prayer warriors the privilege of praying with us, this should be adequate enough, until we return next week and now we can go about the rest of the week doing as we please.

We figure, we are a faithful trustee, deacon, or deaconess. We are liberal in our given, we are perfectly satisfied for “we are rich,images and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing;” We understand what is required by God, our position and status in the community should satisfy any real relationship with Christ.

My friends “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man [or woman]; But the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov. 4:12 (NKJV) We go to the parable of the wheat and tares in Matt 13: 24-30 (NKJV) they both look the same, the difference is Wheat is a marketable crop, and tares are just weeds, with no value.

But to keep from pulling up the good wheat with the tares they are allowed to grow together until harvest time. So it is with everyone who calls himself a child of God, some will never become completely convicted by Gods Spirit.

almost-persuadedIn addition, “none of these things has escaped our notice,” and these things are whatever is not in accordance with God and keeps His Spirit from being able to make a full transformation in our lives.

These things are whatever is in this world that we have put in the place of serving the Master. But week after week, we are almost persuade to be a Christian not just one that “has a form of godliness [and] denies its power. ……always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2Tim 3:5-7 (NKJV)

We look exactly like Christians who have died to self and live in Christ, but there is a difference, the world is our master. As turn-your-eyes-upon-jesusthe final days of this life’s history are being played out, nothing has been done in a corner, “iniquity abounds, the love of many continues to wax cold” and God’s grace is gradually being removed from planet earth.

It will be a painful time in a Christian’s life who is determine to give it all to the Master, it will not be easy to lay aside “every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us.

”But my friends, we must endure and focus on our goal, life eternal as we “Turn our eyes upon Jesus, Let’s Look full in His wonderful face, and if we do, the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.” and in heartfelt prayer and supplication, call out Lord!! “Not my will, but thou will be done.”


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY





Jan 19, 2015


Psalms 119 David said it was good that I was afflicted that  I might learn my statutes, Job said though he slay me yet will I trust Him His plan allows some good days, & then maybe again it allows some bad days Some days it brings happiness, & some days then again it will bring some sad days. Whatever the lord allows in our life…its right and good!! (Walter Hawkins)

My friends, that doesn’t make sense, you mean whatever happens in my life it is right and good with the lord, death, divorce, gethsamane-no-greater-love-gregory-olsensickness, money crises, God is OK with it. Well the subject is infinite when we think of one’s problems within the interaction of our day to day life and how we as Christians relate or handle each situation or circumstances that arises.

With Christ Humanity took it’s toil at just the thought of not conquering and being victorious. In the garden of Gethsemane, “He went through an intense spiritual battle, struggling with the temptation to save himself rather than following through with God’s plan for him.” (About Religion)

But He became a survivor and conquered. What about you today in the midst of your struggles and storms. John 12:32 (ESV) tells us “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” My friends have you accepted that invitation with a passion to be drawn to Christ today.

“And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch disciples_jesus_storm_boat1that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful?” Matthew 8:23-26 (KJV)

Those three words are where we will focus our attention today “why are you fearful?” His promise in Heb 11:6 (KJV) says ”…..He rewards those who seek him.” And He has already said He will draw you to Him if only you believe but like the disciples you must understand the storms of our life are natural occurrences.

In addition, they will never cease being a part of our life as long as the god of this world exist but what we all must understand is our Savior is in our presence, He stands right in the middle of our storms with us, while giving us the strength to endure just a little longer.

facing the stormHe bids us to stay focus and continue to let the world know that He saves even in the midst of their storm if they are willing to be saved.  And soon my friends everyone would have heard the good news that Jesus saves and that He is about to come and get His children to take home too occupy those mansions He has prepared for the redeemed in His kingdom.

My friends Why are ye fearful?”  If our God is for us no storm will be able to ever overcome us. “When I saw what lay before me, Lord, I cried, what will you do? I thought he would just remove the storm, but, he gently led me through, on my way to the promise land because he knew without fire, there’s no refining, without pain, no release, without flood, there’s no rescue, without testing, no belief.

through the pain, and through the glory through the storm we will always, throughout eternity be able to tell the story, of a God stormswhose power and mercy, never failed…to take us…” through the storm as he guided us on our journey to life eternal (Gaither vocal band)

My friends, once again Why are ye fearful?”  “You can “overcome everything, simply because “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” that is a promise from a Father to his children to “walk by faith, not by sight.” as he transforms our character to endure and in a little while He will say no more my children, no more.


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY



Jan. 18, 2015


jesus-teaching-scroll“A very important concept in Judaism is that of the Messiah. Originally the Jews believed that God would send a powerful messenger (the Messiah) who would deliver Israel from her oppressors and usher in a reign of peace and prosperity.

Today many Jews no longer hold to a personal messiah, but hope for a messianic age of justice and truth. For the Jews the coming of the Messiah or the messianic age still lies in the future.” So to most Jews who have not turned to Christianity they are still looking for the “anointed one” (Biblica Transforming lives through God’s Word)

My friends how did they get it wrong the first time, Isaiah 53 makes His arrival very plain. But yet they refuse to acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Messiah. So Christ plainly tells them.

“You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” John 8:23-24 (ESV)

But my friends if we have not “Set our minds on things that are above, [but] on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2 (ESV) JesusOnlyWaythen we also have not figured out that He came among us 2,000 years ago, and we also have not figured out when He comes the second time “His reward is with Him, to render to every man according to what he [or she] has done.” Rev. 22:12 (NASB)

In addition, we also have not figured out that He gives hope to a world who’s Spiritual compass no longer points to Christ, but to the god of this world to solve their problems. John tells us “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:11-14 (ESV)

My friends, do our actions say we have received him as the Messiah or not? A Babe in Bethlehem when he first started His peter-sanhedrinjourney for us and then 33 years later, the Jordan Trail “Down the Vía Dolorosa called the way of suffering like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, came the Messiah, Christ the King.

But He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me. His journey had many experiences, some good, some bad, but he never gave up, He remained focused as His life was continually threatened, unjustly tried and rejected as the Son of God.

Mark 14:61-64 tells us the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” And behind those words They all condemned him as worthy of death.

His mission is now belittled to that of a out of touch, Crazy street preacher, but the journey continues. “The principalities and heavenwebpowers of darkness were assembled around the cross, casting the hellish shadow of unbelief into the hearts of men, in leading the people to believe Christ the chief of sinners, and to make Him the object of detestation.

Those who mocked Christ as He hung upon the cross were imbued with the spirit of the first great rebel. He filled them with vile and loathsome speeches. He inspired their taunts. But by all this he gained nothing.” because he continued this journey for us (E.G. White Desire of ages pp. 760-761)

And now my friends you must believe as you tell the good news to everyone that “He did arrived and they did not notice,” but soon, He will come to take His faithful who have endured to a place “Eye have not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him“ 1 Cor. 2:9 (NKJV)


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY



Jan. 178, 2015


Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their johnfather, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. Matt 4:21-22 (KJV)

My friends I need you to focus today on the word “immediately.”  In the context of this text the word tells me they did not say we need to ask our mother and father to see what they think, or you need to wait until we finish our work for today, or we have friends we are meeting after work, or we just need to know more about what you are offering.

In addition, once they left everything and followed Christ, James and his brother John along with Peter were honored to be the only three in Christ inner circle, the best of the best among the twelfe. The Jewish tradition has what you call Tefillin which consists of two small leather boxes attached to leather straps.

The two boxes each contain four sections of the Torah inscribed on parchment. Placed on the arm opposite the heart, and on the head, the Tefillin signify the submission of one’s mind, heart and actions to the Almighty.

Somehow from what they had been taught from their childhood by their parents, while also allowing the Spirit to instruct and convict, they knew cost_of_discipleship1going with this stranger was their only chance they had in life to make a difference. This sheds a guiding light and a  greater understanding of Matt. 10:37-39 (NKJV)

Christ tells us “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

So now let’s make it personal, what does the word “immediately” mean to you. We know Webster’s definition which states; “without lapse of time; without delay; instantly; at once.” But what does it mean to the one who has everything and need of nothing.

In addition, what does it mean to the one who has been a part of the body of believers for years if not all of their lives, or what does it mean to the one who is in the valley of decision in regards to his or her salvation.

knowhisvoiceMy friends, if Christ? Not your parents, not your educational ambitions, not your job and not the overall curiosity of life itself has placed you on a journey, the word “immediately” must transcend beyond our finite minds all the way to the mind of Christ who is calling you today to “immediately” follow Him.

“He who loves Christ the most will do the greatest amount of good. There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, by putting self aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his heart, and lives a life wholly consecrated to God.

If men will endure the necessary discipline, without complaining or fainting by the way, God will teach them hour by hour, and day by day. He longs to reveal His grace…..

If men in humble life were encouraged to do all the good they could do, if restraining hands were not laid upon them to repress imgres11their zeal, there would be a hundred workers for Christ where now there is one.” (E.G. White Desire of Ages pp 250-251)

My Friends Christ needs an immediate response, Hebrews 11:8, (KJV) states: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out…”

Those who hear God’s voice to come “immediately” are those who walk in the footsteps of God, and who have been saved by the transforming power of His love and grace through faith. These are the sheep who hear and recognize His voice, and respond “not my will but thou will be done, immediately”


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY



Jan 16, 2015


A Servant Girl Tells Naaman's Wife About the Prophet II KIngs 5:2-3Today, let’s go to 2 kings 5 where “Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Aram, a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.

Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his leprosy.”

The bible doesn’t mention the girls name only “little girl” we always talk about Naaman and his faith and what God did for him while overlooking the unseen faith of the “Little Girl” what a witness for Christ in spite of being a slave in a foreign country.

In addition, that also says a lot about the faith of her parents and the values they instilled into their child at an early age, for they surely followed God’s councils to “Train up your child in the way she should go in the Lord; because they knew, “even when she is old she would not depart from Him” Prov. 22:6 (KJV)

Naaman himself had no real passion of faith and endurance to be healed. Read what the bible states he says when Elisha ask him to goNaaman_the_Leper_Moody_Bible_Story and dip into the dirty river Jordan seven times. “Naaman came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha.

Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Behold, I thought, ‘He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.”

Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, “My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?

8_made-me-wellHow much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.”

Once again the faith of a slave in a foreign land pushed him to focus on the healing power of God not himself. God needed to humble Naaman so that he would recognize His power and love. Sometimes God’s saving grace is for us also to dip into the dirty waters of the Jordan in order to saved us from the bondage of Satan.

My friends as a child of God we are in a foreign land Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:11 (NIV) Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,” and it is only through our faith and endurance that the world will see God.

In addition, as God’s chosen the psalmist tells us we must sing the Lord’s song In [This] foreign land? Psalm 137:4 (NKJV) as smallgroupwe tell them of the good news gospel and about a place “no eye has seen, nor ear has heard and no human mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

As God’s children we must take a spiritual attitude of discernment, using the “little girl” and the servants as an example and how they allowed the light of Christ love, grace and their faith to shine even while slaves in a foreign land.

My friends Naaman was content in just walking away “as others who have no hope.” He was satisfied with allowing Satan to keep him in Bondage, but God like today, has his chosen from generation to generation. And today He Knocks and He waits at the door of our heart seeking entry as He seeks co-workers with Him in spreading the good news of His kingdom in this foreign land.


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY



Jan. 15. 2015


alabaster-jarThe Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair…..”John 12:3-7

Then Luke 7:39-43 (KJV) tells us “Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”………“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debt of both.

Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he canceled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

As Mary’s tears of love flowed down her cheeks mixing with the fragrance of Love and gratitude of our Savior, she stoops to wipe 2010_06_13_feetthe feet of the master, Her thoughts were only “I can’t forget the way life used to be while I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound…., Until the day when Jesus came to me And healed my soul With the wonder of His touch.

So now I’m giving back to Him All the praise He’s worthy of, because I’ve been forgiven. And that is why I love Him so much and pour out My praise on Him Like soil from my alabaster box.” (Alabaster Box CeCe Winans)

My friends, let’s make it personal today and go as deep into our heart as we can go and tell ourselves, “I can’t forget the way life used to be” when we lived “as others who have no hope” when sin abounded in our lives day after day.

imagesIn addition, I can say, and I hope you can say also with no reservation “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom [I am] the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)

My friend, Nothing is to costly for the good Shepard for what He has done for us as He guides us on our Journey to Calvary and then to His Kingdom. But very few truly comprehend all that Christ is to them and what He can do if we would just have faith and stay focused on the transforming power of the Saviors touch.

Oh the gratitude of Mary, should be our same passion as the Spirit touches our heart as we make it personal and say “God demonstrates His own love toward [me], in that while [I was] still [a] sinner, Christ died for [me]. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, [I] shall be saved from wrath through Him.

For when [I was a enemy, I was] reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, [I] shall be saved by His life.” Rom. 5:8-10 (NKJV)

For Mary, “seven demons had come out,” I can only imagine how many for me, what about you my friends, How many demons woman-on-knees-in-prayerhas Christ removed from your life throughout the years and as you look back, then look at the price for that to happen “as you fall on your knees and “gird yourself with sackcloth and ashes and with bitter mourning” Cry out, “not my will but thou will be done.”

“The plan of redemption has invested humanity with great possibilities, and in Mary these possibilities were to be realized. Through His grace she became a partaker of the divine nature. The one who had fallen, and whose mind had been a habitation of demons, was brought very near to the Savior in fellowship and ministry.” (E.G.White Desire of Ages)

My Friends “we can’t forget the way life used to be” when we lived “as others who have no hope” so ask yourself, how will I serve the Master today and whatever way that is, make sure you never cease until you can see His face throughout the ceaseless ages on eternity. 


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY




Jan. 14, 2015


I remember at a young age, having nightmares about a backroom in our church kids use to tell folk tales about. I remember it was always a little old lady catacombeschasing me through the catacombs of the basement, only to wake up to the sound and love of a mothers voice that always assured me when I heard that voice, it was only a dream.

Nothing will ever happen to me, my parents will always be there. When life was so simple, when all it took was a mothers voice to assure you “Don’t be afraid or terrified because of them, for [your mother and father] goes with you; [we] will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Then one day, life begin to take on a nightmare of its own that you never seemed to wake up from until you heard God’s voice saying “come.” Matt.14:22-36 (NKJV) tells us after Christ had feed the 5,000. “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead…….

He dismissed the crowd then He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat jesus-walking-on-water1 was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him….they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “take courage! it is I.

Don’t be afraid” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus.” Oh what Faith, in the middle of the storm and the raging waters too heed Christ call and “Come”

But what about you and I In the midst of our storms, how easy is it too heed Christ call and “Come” but what are our fears today? What is keeping us from having that heartfelt passionate and intimate relationship with Christ and “come”?

jesus-nazareth-120Where is our faith when Christ has already told us “Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you [so come]” Deut. 31:6 (KJV) My friends where are your fears, do they reside deep in the catacombs of your mind, as you also hear the voice of the enemy saying don’t go.

Remember “God is our refuge.”  But there must be a passion, or a thirst for what our God is willing to give us through His word and our faith and endurance. Psalm 42:1-2 (NLT) says: “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.” I thirst for God the living God.”

We need to recognize our need to be filled by Christ and Not by the “things of this world that one day will pass away.” Peter did get out of the boat, and he did walk on water towards Christ when He said “come” and that must be our initial step of faith to get out of the boat, and come to Him.

But we must make God’s passion to save us, our Passion to be saved and tell others also about the saving grace of our God. Whatjesus-pulls-peter-from-water1-300x198 A risky step! But by Faith it is possible but it must be all about Faith and God’s saving grace.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Heb.11:1 (KJV) So friends tell God today “God, I’m going to listen, obey and trust in spite of being satisfied and content with staying in the boat where the cares of this world surrounds me.

Remember, Satan’s control over us is with fear, but in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) it tells us: “Be self-controlled and alert.” key word alert, Webster explains the word alert as an attitude of vigilance, readiness, or caution, as before an expected attack.

Yes, we will sink at times like Peter because of life’s situation and circumstances. But Christ will always reach out His hand  and catch us no matter how close to the bottom we have sunk. So don’t fear “take courage! it is Christ who says “come”


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY



Jan. 13, 2015


images41Christ Is calling His chosen to the point of unrestricted dependence on Him as He continually allows what seems, or is humanly impossible to become totally possible through Him. Faith truly is “the substance of things hoped for, [and] the evidence of things not seen.”

“But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Heb. 11:1 (NKJV), Heb. 11:6 (NKJV) So the promise is there, we just have to claim it.

In addition, our only focus must be on the love, grace and mercy of God and what he is willing to do for His Children, for ” If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matt. 7:11 (KJV)

God’s promises are always a promise to permanently accept and welcome you into his presence if you have Faith and believe. mustard-seed“Faith doesn’t necessarily know where it’s going, but it does know Who’s leading. “(Kent Crockett) And it is always God.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight:” However faith in itself is not blind; because it is based on God’s promises in the Scriptures and our personal experiences in walking with God every day. But what becomes sightless is the limitless ways that our God has to provide for His Children, and what way He will use at any particular time in our lives.

Each step in the life of  His chosen generation has been “ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Oh what an honor to know our God is delighted to lead and guide sinners like us, but how He will do it, is where we become sightless and that is where our assurance in His promises takes control as we Grow in Faith daily like any child.

imagesBut as a child, we will never develop into full maturity until Christ one day looks into our Character, and sees we have stayed focus by faith, and endured to the end and then, He will tell us Himself. “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

My friends we can never forget that Jesus, is “the author and finisher of our faith.” Which tells us He has predictability throughout His word and my life. But it all revolves around our faith as we claim His promises even if it means stretching our faith to the limit, even when we do not know exactly where the Master is trying to take us.

In God’s word it tells us about true faith warriors whose faith was stretched to the limit, but they stayed focused on the source of their faith, God. Consistent with this, they also looked back at where God had brought them remembering His promise “Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6 (NIV) David facing Goliath, Daniel in the lion’s den, and the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, just to name a few.

And once I take what is in God’s word, with what God does for me each day as he guides me in all, situations, circumstances, imagesconcerns, trials, fears, hope, and joys. Then I can also make it personal and claim his promises.

For our faith must not be “merely some firmly held persuasion, but an unwavering confidence in what God’s word specifically states, whether promise or warning, a blessing for this life, or for the life to come in Gods pure and holy kingdom”. (Ben J. Elston)

My friends faith to me and I hope also to you. is surrendering it all to the Master and not from what we can see but what we believe, for “God is not man, that He should lie, or a Son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19 (ESV)


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY




Jan. 12, 2015


psalm43-4“Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.” Psalm 43:4 (KJV) David is praising God beyond what is usual, it is a passion that comes from within, out of the ordinary, exceptional, beyond human imagination.

And my friends that is the passion we must exemplify when we glorify God with our praise and honor and look at our lives and realize with no reservation that God has brought us a mighty long way.

In addition, if we can truly say I am a child of God, then like Jeremiah, God somehow has let you know, maybe it was a still small voice or a feeling from within that only can come from the Spirit of God.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;” Jer 1:5 (RSV) with that promise we can be assured that the Lord, will forever be our “refuge and fortress; in Him we can trust.

He shall deliver His faithful from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover us with His feathers, psalm91-rgband under His wings we shall take refuge; His truth shall be our shield and buckler.

We shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at our side, and ten thousand at our right hand; But it shall not come near His faithful.”

And then we must ask ourselves the question why us Lord. And the words that comes from a proud Father says. Because you have made the Lord, your refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, and because of this “I will give My angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.” Ps. 91 (Paraphrased)

My friends if you believe in the promises of God like the Psalmist our passion and praises for our God must be out of the ordinary, Remember, “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matt. 5:45 (NKJV)

So our faith must tell us we are special our blessings goes beyond the sun and rain and no matter what, if we place all of our trust spiritualityin God, if He is the foundation and center of our very existence, then we must believe “we are a chosen generation….that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called [His faithful] out of darkness into his marvellous light:” 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

And my friends, that marvellous light leads directly to God’s kingdom. We each have our own story, most of us we dare not repeat, but it is a part of our history, a part of this journey God has placed us on, it is the part that keeps reminding us that Jesus saves in spite of us.

But the awesome part of each of our stories is, God wrote the ending for us on Calvary. And heavenwebif you have made it this far by faith, God now sends us into His harvest to tell the world that Jesus saves and he has prepared a place for us that “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man.”

In addition, our Salvation is what drives the Passion within us to serve Christ out of the ordinary, exceptional and with exceeding joy. And then one day soon my friends, along with all of the redeemed, we can say in unison “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Is. 25:9 (KJV)


So my friends today. Stay focused, remain faithful, love one another and endure till the end and never forget to STUDY&PRAY