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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Will I Be Rejected At The Cross?

     

     Whoever said that Jesus would reject you if you come to Him?"  That statement is not even in the Word of God, for it is a lie of the devil. He deeply loves each one of us and desires us to walk in the sincerity of the light of His truth up to the Cross of Calvary. 

    Jesus will never steer you wrong, if you come to Him,  He will take great joy in leading you in paths of righteousness for His name sake. He would never ask you to do anything that is contrary to the will of the Father...He will give you the power to do what you need to do...The enemy would like to put fear into our hearts.  We "have to" push that aside to take those steps to be blessed with God's grace!  At times you will say the same prayer that Jesus did, "Not my will be done, but thine." Jesus was referring to His Father's will for his son to be completed.  

     Jesus did die a horrible death on the cross. Yes, He did die and was buried in a tomb. But that is not the end of the story. I believe that many of us think its a nice story, but do not believe that He actually rose from the dead.   

     "Praise God!"  Jesus did NOT die such a horrendous death for nothing. He died for the sins of the world! He was resurrected by the power of the Most High! If it says it in The Holy bible, you better believe it is the truth!

     Jesus did die in pain and suffering, but the weight of His glory was greater! He loved us all so much and He desires to bring us into the kingdom of Heaven where we will be together forever and ever.

     I want to encourage you to come to the cross of Christ and lay down your lives. Lay down those chains of sin; let them fall down they have hindered you enough, from walking in the Spirit of truth and freedom. For Jesus crushed the weight of sin at the Cross, and those chains are gone...when you bring your all to the Cross... I can tell you from experience... that it is so worth it not to pick back up those things or not to look back, but keep seeking and giving Jesus Christ first place in your life and in our soul. Your past is in the past, you have been FORGIVEN!

Father in heaven, I pray that you will awaken our hearts to hear you calling us to the Cross of Calvary. We come to Your Cross and give all our chains and burdens of sin to you...JESUS!

Help us to see that Jesus is not on that Cross, Open our eyes to see that Jesus is not in that tomb...Give us the revelation of Jesus Ascending to the Father in Heaven, and seated on His right hand, and hear the words that the Father spoke, that He will one day descend and reign in the new Jerusalem. I pray for deep revelation of  Jesus Christ as He exists and is right now sitting at the right hand of our Father God. Amen

I pray that each of you has a blessed and peaceful full of joy Resurrection day!

~Rich





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Under His Wings

      God can be our worst enemy or our best friend.  Who would you really want in your corner routing for you? Jesus came that we may have life more abundantly. The devils purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. You cannot play the devil's game and not have those repercussions. Remember what the word says that he can disguise his-self as a angel of light.   We have to be very discerning as to what God speaks to us, and to what the devil speaks to us.  I'm talking down in your heart. The devil can get us busy doing nothing for God's kingdom.  All the while we think we are really doing something for God. One day we wake up to find out that we have done nothing...for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

     I want to encourage those who are waiting in the wings for God to use them. You have been sitting long enough. God is about to use you in His full potential. Hang in there and do not give up.  The Holy Spirit is on His way to move powerfully by His gloriouis might. Welcome Him into your heart today. You will never be the same! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm being drawn back to church by God's Spirit

God does not want us to isolate ourselves or pull away from the body of Christ. I know that I have a blog that God had called me out, now I sense Him desiring to pull me back in.  The Holy Spirit will always agree that Jesus desires His bride to come together in the unity of His Spirit.

I cannot tell you the numerous times I have isolated myself from people and relationships, and churches! That is not good for someone who struggles with a mental illness. It could cause me to relapse. God has kept me safe this time. But if I were not married and living by myself It would not be a pretty sight for me.

     God desires us to have relationships within the body. How can we not have relationships within the body and have a relationship with our Father in Heaven?

     I am making a bold move of faith this morning. I am walking in faith and stepping back into the church doors.  I am stepping into a church I haven't been to since January. I even unfriended several of the members in that church off my facebook. Please keep me in prayer that they will be welcoming and accepting. I feel like that is where my wife and I are supposed to be going.

     If i didn't feel that pull in the spirit I would not even go. Just like a magnet being drawn to metal, I am being drawn back to the believers of Jesus Christ.

Maranatha,
~rich



     

GOD'S NOT DEAD!!!

     Yesterday my wife and I went to the movies in Memphis. We live a little over 2 hours and they were not showing the movie we wanted to see where we lived.


     I did not know what to expect when the movie started. 

The people in the movie were standing up for their faith in Jesus.  I get very emotional when God touches me. If you ever have heard of someone trembling in the spirit. (I know that the shepherds quaked at the site of baby Jesus.) This was no different along with the tears; if there had of been a altar in the theater, I would have made it down there and would be weeping over the lost souls of this world. 

     I kept myself composed and clasped on to the chair i was sitting on. I felt like I was ready for take off into outer space into the heavens literally.  

     If you can get a chance to go see this movie. I guarantee that God will speak to you and touch you in a deep way.

Maranatha,
~rich

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Friday, March 28, 2014

We Will Break Dividing Walls...

     The power of God's great love for us transcends beyond any wall we may attempt to put up.  But it is up to us if we choose to break those dividing walls or not. We have the power in Jesus' name to break through the walls of division and hatred.
     

     What is holding His manifest presence from us?  He loves his bride so very much, and desires to be more intimate with her, but we are afraid to let or allow Him to love us. We put up our guard.  Maybe you have experienced the pain of lost love in your life. The hurt and the rejection. So, we put up our defenses and dont even let The Father touch us with His great love.



     God desires us to break the walls to get to Him. He can love us beyond measure, but He desires us to come to Him. I believe His Spirit woos us beckons and calls to us to come away with the groom to get your self ready for that great marriage.

     
     The greatest walls around us is the walls with other people in the body of Christ. He wants us to extend our hearts to our brothers and sisters in Christ.



     But you say you been hurt by the church and you do not want to go back.  I would  encourage you to be brave, with the courage of a lion....Don't shrink back in fear for you are just as much as important than anyone in the body. For we have many parts but are of the same body! I challenge to rise above your hurts and find that healing once again. That may entail the Holy Spirit leading you back to a church you left. You have carried that yoke of guilt for too long. Get back where you need to go. Your heart can be mended, but you must be  yielded and surrendered to God. 

Father, I pray for those who have walls up, those dividing walls that separates us from the love of God through the body of Christ.

By the power of the Holy Ghost, I break my walls down as fierce as a lion. I now take the steps of the lion in going back into the body of Christ. Forgive me for putting up those dividing walls. I am the one who needs to remove them. IN JESUS' NAME I remove them now. 

Let me experience the vastness of your love that I can share it with the body of believers! Help me do this in grace and truth, AMEN!

~rich

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prayer for Today.

Father in Heaven, 

I thank you for another day in your sweet presence! I love and cherish You, for You are my everything, I pray that you would become even more real to me on a daily basis. To know you and to know your love in intimate ways. I know you love me and desire to spread this love to others in Your body. Learn me and guide me back to a place at your altar among the your called out saints!

Touch others through your word today.  Let others know that your words are spirit and truth. I thank you for your word is as honey to me. It is food for my soul. It is medicine to my weary body. Lead me and guide me according to your word this day I pray...

Amen.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Walking it out...

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1

     This afternoon the Lord brought this word to my mind, and then this scripture surfaced from my heart.  For many years, I walked around in condemnation. Yes, I walked in the flesh. Because of my anger and other issues, I walked around with the heavy weight that someday I would pay for my sins. I was not walking in the freedom that God had forgiven me,I could not even forgive myself.  I was in the bondage of carnality and my walk with Christ was a very religious one. I thought I had it all together. I was married to my first wife and attended church on a regular basis even. I was puffed up with pride, and very fleshly. I even read the bible and had my little routine going, but I was not moving into the things of God deep inside my heart.  I was stuck in fleshly habits religiously and going nowhere. Eventually, I would have a mental breakdown and go through a divorce. I was crushed by the weight of my own sins and fleshly ways...

   One sure fire way to know you are walking in the flesh, is if you get offended easily. That is a very big indication. Man, I wish I had realized it back in the day, I could have saved myself from so much heartache!

     You might be thinking, "What does all this mean?"  It meant that I was my own worse critic. I sized up and condemned myself before anyone else did, and was not living a full life in God. I was living a lie going through the motions. I didn't have a life, it was as if i was a walking zombie. I really tried my best to walk it out, but sadly I fell short  and did not pursue things in the Spirit.  Misery was my companion. I would go though the motions of reading the Bible with no affect. Thinking back on those days, there were some good times with God, but it was as if He was giving me only tidbits on what I was really missing out from having a continuous fruitful relationship with Him.  My flesh was no good. 

     The best way to get out of our fleshly condemnation is by ultimately "crucifying" it.  I believe some of us will go through these things; period of times when we cant go any further in Christ until we make the bold move of killing it. Christ Jesus came in the flesh and abolished it on the cross. He was born a human being who bore the weight of our sin on the cross...He gave His very life and blood so we could be able to walk in the wholeness of God!

     There is a very fine life in walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit. Just like with Peter walking on the water. These day I am a water walker, and have a more intimate and deep relationship with God, that I could only dream about back in the day. I'm not saying it is easy, but so much worth it!

     In the Spirit, there is harmony and that peace that passes all understanding. Peace with God does not come easily when you are walking in the flesh. Nor does harmony with the holy trinity.

     I can say in the past 4 years that I have walked in the victory that the Lord ordained me to walk in. That doesn't mean I don't sin. That means I found the freedom to be who God ordained me to be by walking in the Spirit.

For those of you reading this who can relate to what I am saying, I would encourage you to go and sin no more.   Take all your burdens fully to the cross, all the weightiness of your flesh trying to control things, Take up your cross, its the only way, You know what your cross is....just take it and find true life and meaning. 

Father touch everyone reading this and allow them to experience Your full grace deep in their hearts. Help us all to keep in step with Your Spirit. Help us not to get ahead of Your will, not lag behind. Ordain our steps according to Your word! Help us Father to not walk in guilt and condemnation but to lay all this at the foot of your cross and not go back and pick it up.  Thank You for sending you son Jesus to die in our place. Amen.

Romans 8:1-17

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Best Life-Jacket

     I was deathly afraid of the deep water because I had a fear of being bitten by fish; so I stayed in the shallow waters where my feet could touch the bottom. 

     I gradually learned lessons of faith in this area when I was about 10 years old. One day my mom, step dad, brother and sister walked out on this long wooden dock. My step dad came right up behind me and threw me into the lake!  I panicked in that second cause my feet were not touching the bottom.

     I am sure I was thinking, “Oh, God save me from drowning!”

     I was flapping around like a fish while the rest of the family ‘cheered’ me on using my nickname they shouted, “Swim Bubba swim!”

      I began splashing my arms in the waters and before I knew it, I was back in the shallow end of the water again.  I guess I was ‘dog paddling’ or something-I don’t really remember because I was in so much shock from suddenly being surrounded by deep waters. Boy was I ever mad at my step dad.

     I sat down on the bank crying, “I am not getting back in the water!”

     My mom commented, “That is how his dad taught him how to swim.” My mom and sister and I sat there and watched as He did the same thing to my little brother. 

     Now, I am not nearly as afraid of deep water.  I can dive and even swim with fish in the water, and not be afraid.  Boats rides are even enjoyable for me now, however; when in the water my inner-child still doesn't let me get too far from the bank when swimming.

      As Christians, why would we want to dabble in the 'shallow end' and not desire all that God has for us? Why should we merely want to sing a few hymns, hear a sermon and go home, not even enjoying an authentic experience with Jesus Christ? To learn how to ‘swim in life’ we are going to have to be willing to get out there in the deep end with God becoming teachable like little children. Sometimes I can be pretty stubborn and have to learn things the hard way. Yet, when I allow Him to, God will prepare me and strengthen me so I can become an expert swimmer for Him. 

     Will we jump in all the way and trust that Jesus wants the very best for us? Or are we afraid of God, along with His plans to take us into a deeper truth? God will give us the strength as we need it, not before or after but exactly at the perfect time for He is an on-time God. But when we begin to sense His depths we will be in His presence even more for He is the Deep End!

      I have learned that I need to cling tightly to my Lord out in the deep waters of life. It is easy and I have fallen prey many times in the past basing my faith on people; it can be especially tempting to look to one’s preacher, deacon or elders. That became a temptation for me. I had to learn that they have sin and mess up just as much as everyone else. There was a time period where I was often hurt by church leaders; however allowing God to hold me and nurture me through His comforting word taught me the power of forgiveness. The forgiveness my Lord offered to me—when I extended it to others became like a life-jacket out there in the deep end of my circumstances.


Father, every day we walk out into the unknown not sure of what is going to happen. We ask you to be with us and wrap Your loving arms around us. You are our protector, even in the depths.  When we are tired; give us Your strength to hang on to Your hope and make us glad, In Jesus name, Amen. Psalms 46:1-4 (NKJV)

Alter the Future!!

     I haven't spoke to my mother in 3 years.  We have had a very rocky relationship since I was a teenager. Three years ago, we got into a argument and have not spoke since up until 2 weeks ago. Vowing to myself, I cut ties with her and never planned on talking to my mom ever again.

    I am the type of person that when something gets on my mind to do it, my heart doesnt let me get off that easy. Something in me persists until I talk that step of faith.

     Over the years my fears built up on that phone call. I can tell you right now, the enemy loves for relationships to destruct. He doesn't want either party trying to work out their differences. 

     But I begrudged that phone call until my heart softened and gave way. I'm not one to go against when God really compels me to go something or get something done I do it.

     It was so easy to walk away, but it took me three years to get up the courage to make that phone call.

     The first phone call was tough. I am not going to lie and say it was easy. I know she cares, and that she is my mother and that she loves me and wants the best for me. I could tell by the second phone call that she seen that I wanted to work on our relationship and  I know from our phone conversation that she does too.

     I remember the first day of school in 1970-71 she gave me a hug and told me she loved me as I got out of the car and went that school building.  That love is still there after 43 years. I am praying for her and I know she prays for me too. I remember her leading me in my nighttime prayers as a very young child.

Whatever happened along the way, I just let it go. I dont want to hold onto a grudge, and I want the most happiness and completeness I have experience here on this earth.

     A mother will always be your mother. She gave birth to you. I'm sure we all have relationships we need to work on. I want to encourage you to bite the bullet in regards to working on being the best person you can be for that troubling relationship. Bite your tongue, whatever you need to do to patch up what you can. The other person does have to be willing.


No one can fill your void but JESUS. But He can help you have good relationships. Everyone on this green earth has to learn that is why we were created; to learn to love and grow in our relationships help us to grow into a greater awareness of the love of God in All aspects.

Maybe you have a distance relationship with a loved one. I invite you to say that prayer with me.

Father in Heaven, Please help me and grant me courage to make that first move in that difficult relationship. I forgive that person, for whatever reason I hold a grudge against. Help them to want to work at having better communication or whatever it takes. Help me to forgive now, and allow Your healing touch to bring a calmness over that relationship in Jesus' name. I believe it will altar the ripples of time and bring God into that time frame with you and that loved one. We will not live forever and neither will they. Thank You Jesus for sending your son, to forgive all our sin, even grudges and unforgiveness