I Choose To Live In Peace

Dear Friends,
We have finally kicked off the fall season of ministry…. Yes, I know that technically its still summer, but I run my fall season as Sept. thru Nov…..

As we head out for a busy time on the road I want to leave you with some powerful thoughts on Peace….

First of all, as believers we need to realize that God is not mad at us.. In Romans 5:1 it says this ““Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
We have Peace with God and need to learn to walk in the Peace of God….

When you need peace, God promises to provide a peace that passes understanding. The best thing you can do when you are filled with anxiety and worry is to find a quiet place to pray, read Scripture, and listen to encouraging worship music. God wants you to have a life lived to the fullest and that includes being at peace!

Also, Its time to distance yourself from those who do not value the anointing of God on your life…. You still love them, Pray for them, help them when and if God gives the open door and you can, but walk consistently with those who build you up in your faith and calling…. Live as much a drama free life as you can in the presence of Jesus… Jesus is so beautiful… He Loves and values you……….

Here are just a few helpful verses on Peace:

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 5:9 – Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Romans 12:18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Matthew 10:34-36 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (Read More…)

1 Peter 3:11 – Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Hebrews 12:14 – Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Psalms 4:8 – I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 12:20 – Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.

Isaiah 12:2 – Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Make the quality decision today: I Choose To Live in Peace…. You don’t have to be mad and offended to choose to walk with those who appreciate what God is doing in your life and distance yourself from those who create drama and do not really believe in the vision God gave you… Just obey the Word… Pay them little attention except to pray for them. LIVE IN PEACE… Only you can make that choice for your life…

Because this life is all about JESUS you are free to live to please only JESUS and let others do, say, and think what they so desire.. God will send you people who care and who build you up..
No circumstance can steal Gods Peace in you either.. That can be very hard at times but God will give us His precious Grace that leads to His Peace…..

As for Me, I choose to Live in Peace… I choose to allow the circumstances of my life to be used by God for HIS Glory.. I choose to spend my time with the Lord and with those who value what He is doing in my life and ministry… I choose to decrease while Jesus increases in me.. I choose to Glorify God by living a joyful and peaceful, happy life…..
Philippians 4:7 refers to “the peace of God which transcends all understanding.” Most of Paul’s letters began with the words “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace is a state of tranquility or quietness of spirit that transcends circumstances. The term peace is described in Scripture as a gift from God and congruent with His character (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Galatians 6:16; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 13:20).

If God is peace, then to know God is to bask in His peace. The closer we draw to Him, the more of His peace we can enjoy (James 4:8). God gives us clear instructions about how to draw near to Him. Psalm 24:3–4 says, “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” But Scripture is also clear that we cannot make ourselves clean enough or pure enough to earn the presence of the Lord (Romans 3:10, 23). So how do we draw near enough to experience His peace? Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). We come into the presence of the Lord through His Son (John 14:6). When we allow Jesus’ death and resurrection to purchase our forgiveness from God, we are counted as righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our sins are forgiven because Jesus already paid the price for them. Only then can we have peace with God (Romans 4:5; 5:1; 1 John 4:10).

When we develop a lifestyle of making the Lord our refuge, we begin to live in the peace of God (Psalm 46:1; 62:8). Psalm 91:1 holds the secret to living in the peace of God: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” That secret place in our hearts is where we go to meet with God. When we choose to live there and hide away under His shadow, staying in constant communion with Him, we can remain peaceful, even when circumstances may not be. When we learn to cry out to Him in times of trouble, we find that His peace really does pass all human understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Angie and I love you… see you soon……. ( some attribution to Got Questions)

Advertisements

The Psychological Way or The Way Of The Cross ?

Which will you choose. You cannot have both. They are tremendously opposed to each other. You will have to choose which worldview you will hold to.

In this blog, I am not going to attempt to give you the history of modern day psychology. I am simply going to highlight some of the contrasts between these two divergent paths; The psychological way vs The Way Of The Cross. Modern day psychotherapy has its roots in atheism, evolution, and humanism. Sadly, most denominations in modern Christianity have opted for the psychological way and have cast aside the way of the Cross.

The Bible holds ALL the answers of human behavior 2Peter 1:3
Psychology also claims to hold all the answers of human behavior.
The Bible tells us that man is an eternal soul St John 3:16
Psychology has as its foundation, evolution.
The Bible says that man is a sinner Romans 3:23
Psychology says that man is a victim.

The Bible says that the problem of man is an evil heart (Jer. 17:9) and that man is inherently evil.
Psychology says that the problem is man’s environment and man is inherently good.
The Message of the Cross treats the very depths; the very core of man’s problem, the heart. (Ez. 36:26-27, Eph 3:17, etc….)
Psychology treats only mans symptoms.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the answer (St. Matt. 11: 28-30)
Psychology says that therapy and “professional help” is the answer. Most psychology “professionals” will denigrate Faith and say that the minister of the Gospel is not qualified to help humanity.

The Bible tells us to deny self and crucify the flesh ( Matt. 16:24, Gal. 5:24).
Psychology says we should love “self” and pamper “flesh”.
The Bible directs us to the Cross, which assures us the help of the Holy Spirit.
Psychology directs us to the flesh.
The Bible directs us to Faith in God (Mark 11:22).
Psychology directs us to self effort.
Self cannot improve upon self. Remember that.

The Word of God, The Bible, Leads us into repentance (Acts 26:20) and restoration (Gal 6:1).
Psychology offers only remorse and referral.
The Bible IS TRUTH….
Psychology is mere, mortal, flawed mans opinions.
The Bible says that God’s truth is unchangeable (Psalm 119:89).
Psychology says that truth is determined by the majority and by culture.

There are many, many more contrasts that I could list for you but the bottom line is this; One simply cannot believe in the Bible and the message of the Cross; at least not as one ought, and also believe in psychology. It can’t be done.
If you as a believer put your trust in anything other than Christ and Him Crucified, no matter how well intentioned, you are committing spiritual adultery. Rom 7.

Psychology puts man as the center of all things. Our Faith, from the Bible, puts Christ as the center and the ONLY answer for man. The two cannot be joined. Preachers of the Gospel who attempt to join the two will help no one. The only true help that is available is found in the word of God which is The Message Of The Cross….

Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

The message of the Bible is the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

It seems however, that much of the modern church little recognizes this all important truth.
Todays seeker sensitive pulpiteer looks much more like an Amway salesman or motivational guru than any of the prophets of old. On any given Sunday, one can hear a most excellent little talk on ” How to improve thyself” but precious little Gospel truth about the real need of mankind, which simply stated is that our sins have separated us from our God and the only remedy is for each of us to be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor 1:17-18
For Christ sent me not to baptize,but to preach the Gospel; not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the Preaching of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

We as preachers are not called to give self help talks. We are called to declare the fact that men are sinners and God loves them and has provided a way for all to be saved, at least all who come God’s way. And that way is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. To preach anything else is to violate the sacred trust of the call.

So, preacher friend of mine, let us join together in calling America and the World back to the Cross of Christ.
Let us plead with men and women, boys and girls, to repent of their sins and run into the open arms of the savior today.

FB Gold

working on a new series about “How David treated Saul as opposed to How Absalom Moved against David.”

The Absalom spirit always tries to draw the hearts of the people from established (by God) leadership by saying “If I were judging over the people, I would do better”. This is so sadly evident in churches today.

Working on a new message called “How Well Do You Take Correction?”. One of the hardest things for a pastor to deal with is when people do not listen to Godly counsel from the word of God. Many who claim to be teachable show differently when you challenge a direction they are going or a claim they make. This will be a controversial message.

one of the qualifications for the minister in 1 Timothy 3 is to be ‘vigilant’. Vigilant in the Greek is ‘nephalion’ and means “to be calm, dispassionate, and circumspect.” “Wise caution” may be included. This tells us that the call on ones life will prevent them from crying, whining, complaining, and getting upset every time someone opposes them. Look to Christ Crucified…….

Pastors, beware of people who come in and right away can see “better ways” that you could run things.. If God has given you a vision; run it strong. Do not cowtow.

The church needs no more superficial “10 step guides” that skims above the surface of thought and satisfaction and victory….. The deep things of God is the message of the Cross and that will promote real change in your life.

I have no interest in a watered down Gospel or a seeker-driven pragmatism of the modern church growth movement……… Just give me the Word, The Blood, and the power of the Holy Spirit… Give me the message of the Cross….. Just give me JESUS………………………….

when I was first saved (1981) some of the qualities the Holy Spirit gave birth to were: 1-When you say something; mean it.. 2- when you commit to something; follow through and 3- if you give your word; keep it… Folks, all these years later, the Holy Spirit has not changed… . these are qualities from the word…

The main message of the church is not to be ‘ We’re a nice, pretty place; you’ll like us.’ Rather the message should be ‘ This is a Holy place where sin is despised and if you will embrace Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, you will have victory over sin.’

The day will probably start out like any other; business as usual on planet earth. But then, as jagged forks of lightning rip through the eastern sky; a trumpet will sound in the heavens and we will be translated in the twinkling of an eye. Meeting Jesus in the air… Its gonna happen; ready or not……

Trust God

I really dislike being in a position where the choices of others put my future and well being in jeopardy, don’t you?

In Psalm 31 we read some powerful and encouraging words..

In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.

For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

I have hated those who regard useless idols;
But I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy,
For You have considered my trouble;
You have known my soul in adversities,
And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy;
You have set my feet in a wide place.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;
My eye wastes away with grief,
Yes, my soul and my body!
10 For my life is spent with grief,
And my years with sighing;
My strength fails because of my iniquity,
And my bones waste away.
11 I am a reproach among all my enemies,
But especially among my neighbors,
And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
Those who see me outside flee from me.
12 I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the slander of many;
Fear is on every side;
While they take counsel together against me,
They scheme to take away my life.

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
17 Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You;
Let the wicked be ashamed;
Let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence,
Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!
20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
From the plots of man;
You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion
From the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
22 For I said in my haste,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried out to You.

23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud person.
24 Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

I don’t know about you guys but this Psalm encourages my heart.. It tells us that we can trust the Lord even when those closest to us let us down… When adversaries make our lives miserable we dont have to stay miserable….. We can call out to the Lord.. God will never let us down… No matter what you are going through, put your trust in God….

10 Things I Feel Strongly About

10 Things I Feel Strongly About.

This note today is in response to someone who asked me to list a bunch of stuff about myself. It is hard for me but I can easily talk about things that are important to me instead.1) The Message of the Cross is important to me and I feel very strongly about it because in 1981 God saved me from a life of drug addiction, alcohol, and ambitions to make it “big” in the country music world. Jesus Christ saved my soul from Hell because He died and shed His blood on the Cross. This is the only message that is truth. Salvation and Sanctification by faith in the finished work of Christ upon the cross..

2)Fulfilling the call of God on my heart and life is something I feel very strongly about. When I first got saved there were many times when even my own family did not understand nor approve of some of the things I felt called to give up in order to get where God wanted me to be.But none of that matters. I must obey only the Lord. Now, all these many years later, every member of my immeadiate family has given their hearts to Christ. Stay faithful.

3) My marriage is something I am passionate about. Angie and I have been through alot together and we are best friends. Helping others to see that they can make it in their marriages if both partners will meet at the cross, is something I am committed too. Jesus Christ can heal any marriage if both partners will meet Him at the cross.

4) keeping our Christian heritage alive and vibrant for the next generation is something I wish to be deeply involved in.. The youth are our future leaders and we need to invest in them spiritually as well as in other ways.. This is why I urge the church to repent of apostasy and get back to a pure Christian message; Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.

5) Living a prudent and simple life is close to my heart. I recoil at excessive and extravagant lifestyles of some in the ministry.I believe God wants to bless us to be a blessing. Not to hoard everything for ourselves.

6) I detest the wasting of food. My wife and I are active with several missionaries feeding people in foreign lands, who barely have enough to live on while we throw enough in dumpsters to easily feed the world. Shame on us. My Dad always taught not to let my eyes be bigger than my belly. And I add to that, do not be a belly creature… Do not let your stomach dictate your life and do not live for your fleshly appetites.

7) I want to make doubly certain that Jesus receives ALL the glory for anything accomplished in and through my short life here on earth. Everyday, going to the cross to lay down to the death any ego, pride, self,etc… that could possibly rob Him of His glory. This may sound simple but oh boy, what a struggle some days.

8) trying to be understanding of others who are in this sanctification process at various different levels and not being too critical of them is a challenge I face every day. We all have a long way to go to get where God wants us to be and as long as you believe it is all by faith and grace; that Jesus accomplished it at the cross; we can walk together. None of us need grace because we are perfect. We all need grace because we are not.

9) Giving to the true work of the Lord is something I am passionate about. God loves a cheerful giver. God wants us to help whenever we can and to share what we have with those less fortunate, as He enables.

10) Making the most of every precious moment of life on earth.. LIFE IS SHORT BUT ETERNITY IS LONG……Love someone today who is unlovable.. Take the time to enjoy the mountains, lakes, forests,rivers,and cities… Smell the roses so to speak… Every rose has a thorn but the sure smell sweet and are beautiful. So is life in Jesus Christ.

I know this doesn’t answer your question but it is a little bit of my heart……

GOD ON BOTH SIDES WITH US IN THE MIDDLE

118013963

 

 

Romans 6:1- ” What shall we say then?  Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

6:2- God Forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
The finished work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross is our victory over sin, just as it is God’s method of salvation.  Salvation and victory over sin can only be brought about as one puts their faith one hundred percent in what Jesus did at Calvary. It was on the Cross where Jesus paid the penalty for sin and broke the power of sin.
Jesus victory there at Calvary becomes our victory when we place our faith in His finished work.
A simple outline would be as follows:  1- Jesus paid it all at the Cross; When we place 2- Our faith in what He did at the Cross, the 3- Holy Spirit will the help us and do His work within our lives.  So there we have it!  1- The Cross  2- Our faith  and 3- The Holy Spirit.
  This is God on both sides and us in the middle..  How could we possibly lose if we are surrounded by God ?  Glory to God!!!
The Christian life is a work of the Holy Spirit within us. [ Galatians 2:20]
We can never live this Christian life as we should without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit only has the legal right to help us if our faith is in what Jesus did for us at the Cross.
If a believer places his/her faith in good works of any nature, the Holy Spirit can never honor that. That is flesh. The Holy Spirit will not anoint the flesh.
The problem that each of us face in our lives is sin.  Sin comes in many complexities and forms.
Even though we , as believers have been freed from the old sinful nature, God has allowed it to remain dormant within us for some very specific reasons that we will not discuss  here.
One thing I will say about that though, is the Lord want us to continually look to Him for our daily walk of victory and, in fact, all that we need.  We need to learn to trust the Lord always.
The Christian must always depend upon the Lord for everything. We must never place faith in self.
Sin is serious and so severe that we cannot confess it away by positive confession. We cannot even pray it away. Jesus dealt with the sin problem at Calvary. We must exhibit faith in Him.
The devil will continue to tempt us but our victory is in the finished work of Christ upon the Cross.  We must always place our confidence in what Jesus has done and not in what we are doing. This is not to say that we don’t do proper works. As the Holy Spirit does His work within us; proper works on our behalf will be the result. [ Eph. 2:10 & Philippians 2:13]
Proper faith will always produce proper works in the child of God. But it will only happen if our faith is one hundred percent in the Cross of Christ. We must never trust in anything else.
When we properly place our faith in the finished work of Christ on the Cross, the Holy Spirit will give birth to many good works within us— But our faith must never be in what we do, rather in what Jesus has done.
There were those in the church at Rome who believed that sin didn’t matter anymore because they were under grace, but our text refutes that thinking.  Lets also look at Romans 6:14
” For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” See, grace is what gives us the power to stop sinning. Grace is not a license to keep sinning; it is the power to stop.  The grace of God doesn’t mean freedom to sin; it is freedom from sin. Hallelujah !!!
 ” Christ in you, the hope of glory:” [ Colossians 1:27]  produces Christlikeness and holiness in the true believer, but this will only happen if our faith is in what Jesus did at the Cross. Salvation, sanctification, holiness and whatever else is needed by the believer from the Lord, can only come to us by and through the Cross.  There is no other way. This is the message of the Gospel.
The way that the child of God is to obtain victory over sin and also, to walk free from sin, is the same way that they got saved.  Colossians 2:6 states,  ” As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.”   Simple faith in what Jesus did at Calvary is all that is required. Then, the Holy Spirit comes and works His work within us.  Praise God!
Romans 6:2 asks the believer this question: “How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein ?”

The born again child of God has been, in the mind of God, crucified with Christ, buried, and risen with Christ to newness of life. [ Romans 6: 3-4]
When we are born again, there is a spiritual transformation that takes place within us.
[ Romans 6:5]
Romans 6:6 tells us ” Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Praise God, we are free from the dominion of the sin nature and we no longer have to serve the sin nature as slaves to it, all because of what Jesus did at the Cross and our faith in that.
Look at Romans 6:7  ” For he that is dead is freed from sin.”  If we are in Christ, we are dead to the sin nature as well as free from the sin nature and also, acts of sin in our daily lives.
Our old sinful nature, while remaining in the believer, should have no power over us.  We are dead to it. Hallelujah !!!
The way that the Christian can cause the sin nature to come roaring back to life in them is when they  commit an act of sin and then try to get victory over it by their own efforts. You will be defeated every time you do that. Keep your faith in the finished work of Christ upon the Cross and realize that, in the mind of God, you were crucified with Him. You were buried with Him, and you were raised to newness of life in Christ.
The Expositors Study Bible notes for Romans 6: 3-4 says this “When Christ died on the Cross, in the mind of God, we died with Him; in other words, He became our Substitute, and our identification with Him in His death gives us all the benefits for which He died; the idea is that He did it all for us …….. Not only did we die with Him, but we were buried with Him as well, which means that all the sin and transgression of the past were buried; when they put Him in the tomb, they put all of our sins into that tomb as well. ……… we died with Him, we were buried with Him, and His Resurrection was our Resurrection to a ” Newness of Life”.
 
All of this is made a reality in our lives when we place our faith in what Jesus did at the Cross and that alone!
Galatians 3:13 tells us that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. The law can never change our hearts, therefore, while it can and most certainly does, define sin; the law is powerless to give us victory over sin or make us stop sinning. It took the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross to both pay the penalty for sin and to break the power that sin had over man. When we identify with Him in this; we can walk in a life of perpetual victory over the sin nature as well as acts of sin.
Jesus said, as recorded in the Gospel of John; ” And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” [ Jn 8:32]    That is why we preach the message of the Cross.
God wants us free today.