January 30, 2017

Advancing Forcefully


Hebrew 2:1-4  NIRV

1 So we must pay more careful attention to what we have heard. Then we will not drift away from it.

2 Even the message God spoke through angels had to be obeyed. Every time people broke the Law, they were punished. Every time they didn't obey, they were punished.

3 Then how will we escape if we don't pay attention to God's great salvation? The Lord first announced that salvation. Those who heard him gave us the message about it.

4 God gave witness to it through signs and wonders. He gave witness through different kinds of miracles. He also gave witness through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He gave them out as it pleased him.



  • We need to pay careful attention to the things our Pastor & God-appointed Messengers tell us. 
  • God allows miracles, signs and wonders to work through those with the Gifts of the Spirit as HE pleases.  It is nothing that we do on our own accord. 



SO… how do we get to the place that miracles, signs and wonders work inn and through us?



Matthew 11:12, KJV, "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. "



  • The Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God represents the power and authority of God.



  • The phrase "suffereth violence" is defined as "coming with force and power".  And the word "violent" means strong or forceful.



  • The New International Reader's Version says, "Since the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven has been advancing with force. And forceful people are taking hold of it."



From the days of John the Baptist until now… this very moment… the power and authority of God has been forcefully advancing!  And, there are those who are forcefully grabbing ahold of it.  But, doing this, His power and authority begins to overtake them and their thoughts and actions.  And they start owning it.  And, the miracles, signs and wonders that are promised in the last days SHALL manifest themselves in and through them.



Are you going to just stay in your comfort zone?  Are you going to allow your circumstances hold you back?  Or are you going to step out and step it up and forcefully grab ahold of the power of God?!  The time is now!  It is time to start advancing forcefully with His power and authority!  Miracles, signs and wonders await!  I challenge you to move!

November 12, 2016

It's Not About Who Voted For... It's A Heart Issue

Luke 6:45 (NLT), "A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart."

It amazes me to see all the things people are saying about each other since the election.  It reminds me of a bunch of 2-year-olds throwing tantrums.  It's like who you voted for now makes you either hateful, sexist or a racist.  Let's forget who the person was before the election.  What is up with people?!  That is the big question going around.  

Like the scripture says, what is in a person's heart comes out their mouth.  It's not about whether you voted for Clinton or Trump... it's a heart issue!  And, if you are thinking I'm wrong... look in the mirror.  Why do you think good people are all of sudden radiating with hate and racism because they voted for the candidate you didn't?   If a person was good in their heart before the election, who they voted for doesn't change that!  Whoever is sitting at the desk in the oval office doesn't make a person hateful or racist!  It is what in a person's heart that makes them that way.  All of the rioting and protesting is a result of what is in their hearts... not because of who they support.

I am the same person I was November 7th, before the election.  I put it in the hands of God and trusted that whoever became president was who He ALLOWED to become president.  He STILL sits on the throne, people!  He IS in control, whether you want to believe it or not.  Who is president doesn't change me as a person... except for the fact that no matter who became president I was determined to pray more and seek God and His will more.  Whoever became president was irrelevant to who I was and who I'm striving to be.  My life is centered around God... not the president.

Before I step off of my soapbox I want to say this... no matter who is president, it is the responsibility of ANY Christian to pray for the leadership of our country!  Whether you support them or not.  They need your prayers.  You try being the leader of a country that is so divided and confused and see how you do.  You try unifying them and making the country great again.  Could you do it?  Maybe but maybe not.  Can Trump do it?  Only time will tell.  But, America spoke. He is our President-Elect.  Be the person God expects you to be... Pray for Him.  

October 4, 2016

Our Thoughts, Evaluations & Judgements

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."

Verse 3 says that "we walk in the flesh , we do not war after the flesh".  What exactly does that mean?  Very simply put, it means that we live our lives in this body of ours, but we do not (or at least should not) fight with our human nature that is prone to sin and oppose God.  In other words, do not give into those desires and thoughts that lead to sin and opposition to God.

Verse 4 says, "for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds".  When we are faced with temptations and thoughts that could lead us to sin and opposition to God, we do not defeat those things with our own human nature of thinking.  They must be faced with tools and thinking that are mighty through God.  These tools operate or function with HIS power... not our own.  Then those strong holds of sin and opposition can be torn down. 

Verse 5 says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." ~ "Imaginations" in this verse is dealing with our thinking, evaluation and judging.  I like the Message translation of this verse, "We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ." Those God-tools are the same ones talked about in verse 4.  They demolish the thoughts, evaluations and judgements that lead to sin and opposition to God.
Verse 6 says, "and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."  First of all, I believe that this verse deals with your own disobedience and obedience.  It is not yours or my place to punish someone else for their disobedience.  That is between them and God.  And, trust me, there is a punishment for every disobedient act.  But, when we realize our disobedience (sin and opposition) and make the necessary changes to be obedient, we must keep in mind that there is a punishment involved.  But also remember, as it says in Hebrews 12:6, God disciplines those He loves and accepts as His children.  

August 11, 2016

Give Me The Word!

There is a song that has been on my mind a lot lately.  The Texas Bible College Choir sang it years ago.  In fact, I have the song on cassette tape!  That's how long it has been.  The song is, "Give Me The Word".  I love and cherish the Word of God!♥

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Give me the Word, Make it plain and clear to me
Give me the Word, It’s a light that I might see
Give me the Word, It’s my total victory
Over every situation give me the Word!

It’s been tested, it’s been tried
Search and find, your satisfied
Though the story’s old, The message still is true
It’s been ridiculed, It’s been chained
Still it’s power’s never changed
It will stand the test forever give me the Word

Give me the Word, Make it plain and clear to me
Give me the Word, It’s a light that I might see
Give me the Word, It’s my total victory
Over every situation give me the Word!

I don’t want it watered-down
Sugar-coated or profound
Give me basic truths that last the course of time
And preach it strong, preach it clear
So that all the world can hear
It will change your lives forever, Give me the Word

Give me the Word
In times of trouble
Give me the Word
In times of fear
Give me the Word
When my faith is tested, and death may be drawing near
Give me the Word
When life is challenged
Give me the Word
When I’m in need
Over every situation give me the Word

Give me the Word, Make it plain and clear to me
Give me the Word, It’s a light that I might see
Give me the Word, It’s my total victory
Over every situation give me the Word!