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Sunday, July 20, 2014

What are You Focusing on?

     I am far from being a pastor. But when I originally started this blog, it was my heart's desire for it to be a way I could express what God was putting on my heart to share. My blog in its own earthly way may be the only pulpit I will probably ever have in this life.

     In the course of this blog's creation since 2012, I have lost my perspective and what is really important. That is to share what I feel like God is showing me to build up and encourage other believers who are downcast and despondent.  To give courage with what I have been through that I may be able to reach out and help someone else in the process of my writing from the inspiration of God.

     I know that "losing our perspective" can happen to the best of us.  We lose sight of what really matters.  We can go through a "bad experience" and quit doing what God would have us do. The thing about being called by God is He doesn't let you go that easy.  He requires us to dig deep into our hearts and find Him! His vast treasures of His grace lies with in us, and not out in some far away universe light years away from us, but right within our hearts!

     I am here to tell you that this blog is far from being shut down or deleted. No matter what happens to me tomorrow or next year. what I have written is already published here on the net and more than likely will be by those who need to read it.  Whether I write a best seller or not, is not really important in the grand scheme of things, but writing down what God wants me to say is my whole purpose of this blog.

     So what do you do when you really want to change your perspective?  Our priorities are closely related to our perspective. Our focus is important and finally our true motives test them all.

     I really believe that when our priorities are out of line that causes us to lose our focus. What we are focusing is the wrong priority.  Our motives should be God-centered. I believe that will effect our priorities. If we love Him it will be to honor him as our first priority.  I believe there is the domino effect right there. 

     I have had to dig deep and check my motives, and the Lord has been gracious enough to show me this tonight as I have set at the computer. My motives were not God-honoring. It affected my priorities and my focus and my attitude...

     Father help those out there who may have lost sight of their priorities. Help them to honor you with all their hearts. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Psalms 139:23-24



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Breaking out of the Box...

     During worship service this morning, I felt led to pray and ask that God would break open the church and pour love out of us as worship to Jesus... (Not literally break into the church. HA.) But that God's people would by-pass the limits of the mind and body and worship God.  I  believe the finite mind cannot overrule the infinite move of God. God's Spirit will move regardless if we do or not.  God is working overtime to break us open, so that we can lavish our love upon Jesus!

     Do we stifle and limit God putting Him in a box? Do we also put revival in a box and say "No Lord, I cant raise my hands, or even fall on my face they all will think I have lost my mind!"   Whatever God tells us to do we should be obedient to do it, no matter how crazy people think we are.  Are we ruled by what people think of us? We know full well what GOD thinks of us! For we ultimately are the bride of Jesus Christ!

     Do we deplete our own worship by not being obedient to God? Do we run dry?  Think about it... 

     It is time to break out of acting too dignified and seek the face of God with our whole hearts. One person being obedient in their worship could change the course of the whole service...Imagine if you will, 10 or more people breaking out with in a service? Talk about a breakout. WE need to start a epidemic of "breakouts" across this land...

     I believe the true key to revival is when we are broken out of our cages of tradition and spilled out over into the worship of God. What is it going to take for churches to experience a powerful revival? What is going to get us out into the aisles, and in the altars? The churches should be full and revival should be going on in every service.  It is going to take a total abandonment of our selfish desires and a heart completely sold out to God and His word!  A passionate pursuit to live in the very Presence of God.

     A lot of people are desiring a move of God in the church and in their own personal lives but few are experiencing the effects.

     I believe that the atmosphere of worship is changed when we-the Church-take those steps out in faith that God is going to move if we move.  

     It is time to step out of the norm into the supernatural move of God's grace. Allow God to break us open that we can pour out our worship in spirit and truth. Do something different.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Memorial to Prophet George Pennicuff

     This is the first sleepless night I have had in quiet a while. Seems like this is the only serene time that I get inspiration from God, and sense Him wanting me to write....I had another great internet friend pass away. I heard from George Pennicuff's wife Mariver early yesterday morning through Facebook message that he had went on the be with the Lord. I have been saddened and in shock. When I get this kind of news it takes a while for it to sink in.

     This morning I am sensing the loss of this great man of faith that God brought into my life for a season such as this... I really looked up to George and our talks.  I have gleaned from this prophet of God's words since 1999.  He didn't gloss over the gospel, He gave it to you straight from God's mouth.

     George was very much overlooked in the body of Christ. But He was true and stuck to his calling to the end. He stood alone, but yet He stood, and He stood-firm to the very end. I know He loved the Lord Jesus and right now, I can only imagine the talks He is having with Jesus! Jesus please tell George that I am thinking of him right now. Tell him that his life spoke volumes to me, and I pray that when I pass over into glory, that I can say of my life that I did all I could to stand on that mountain proclaiming the words of God!

I will miss you on the internet George, I know that you seeked sincere friendships just like I do.

     When I meet and become true Christian friends with someone there is a spiritual connection, and a special kinship that should be treasured.  All too often though we pull away, but true friends stick close.

      I know that George is experiencing glory we cant even fathom...Blessings on you brother til that day we meet again in glory.

~bro rich

This song was playing on my phone this morning when I first heard the news of brother George.   I pray that you sense the nearness of God in this song...





     

Thursday, June 5, 2014

I am amazed....

~~~    

 Here I am Lord in the still of the morning hour.  
                                  Longing to hear from You and to sense Your mighty touch.  
Wanting to give you more than I ever have.

Your peace flows free,
my mind is at ease
as Your rivers never cease ...

Still I seek you 
My soul searches high and low
until I find your resting place
in the shadow 
of your wings

I am overwhelmed
from Your loving kindness

You amaze me
You are my faithful Father
and I am your son.
...



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Getting God's Grit!!!

     I hate to sound like a broken record repeatedly writing about the same stuff, but here lately I have not been motivated or inspired to write. My time with God has suffered greatly because of my increasing issue with lethargy. I hate to say that, but yes, I am admitting that I have a problem getting in gear and going with God.  It seems here lately it has taken over my life. I am even losing interest in internet and Facebook time which is quite unusual for me. You can actually spend time with God on the internet and yes even on Facebook, as the Lord leads...

     I hope to inspire others by this writing who may not know what is really bothering them, and hope to help them to get back on-track with God. 

     In a way I have fell off the wagon. I need to reach out and get you to pray, brothers and sisters. God is my strength and I have overcame many things in the last several years of my life. It seems for lack of some reason or another I have been lulled into a spell of laziness by none other than the enemy of my soul. If he can not get to you one way, he tries other things to get you distracted on what is really important...

     It is one thing to let go and let God, and let Him take control. But that doesn't mean to sit around doing nothing.  I need to go with God wherever He leads me.  Allowing His hands to take the wheel, and yet being alert and sober-minded with whats going on around me in the direction that He is taking me....The Word of God says to be alert, for the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. There is a balance in all things, and I ask you to pray that I find that which glorifies God.


     The grace of God does not give us the a free license to do whatever we want. His grace enables us to rise up and be all that we can be in God!   In God, He is our everything! If we have Christ Jesus abiding in our heart then we have everything we need to live a  righteous and holy and godly life in Him!  It is nothing in us, but everything in Him that helps us to keep on keeping on.  He gives us spiritual strength and stamina to endure the race. It is never easy to admit when we have fallen.  That is the first step toward reconciliation with the Holy Spirit. It grieves Him when we step into sin, He has to graciously step away until He helps us realize that we have fallen. Then He gently comes and fills us with God's goodness and grace.

   It wouldn't be by our own ability to do those things He has called us to do,  but only by "God's holy grit" will we endure to the end.  God's grit working deep inside us enabling our hearts to rise up and stand strong in our spiritual walk with Him.  In other words His courage and resolve, His humble character in me --- calling me out of this lull into the river of His grace washing away my sin and shame!

I encourage you to allow "God's grit" to take over  your life.   Its not going to be easy, but so much worth to find peace and quality in God.   I pray that you feel rejuvenated by God's very Spirit, and I hope this writing will help you to do what God has called you to do! Don't give in and do not give up,  God is with you to the end!

Happy Trails
~rich

Friday, May 16, 2014

Getting Back on Track...

     Here in the last several weeks, I have lacked the inspiration to write for several reasons that have caused me to experience a certain amount of lethargy. I did not know what was going on until the Lord spoke the word in my heart, then I really knew when I looked it up in the dictionary that this was what I was experiencing.

     It seems like here lately I was going through the motions but lacking the motivation for pursuing spiritual things that would cause me to be uplifted and give me the victory in Jesus to make it through this tough time. I believe I have fell victim to the flesh. That is not a good thing for me as it can lead me to depression and anxiety as other pitfalls that could be disastrous to my well-being. There is much more to lethargy than laziness. It's a lack of zeal and energy to do those things God has called you to do. 

     I know in my spirit-man, I always have a strength in God that encourages me to press on through the muck and mire and find that powerful deliverance that only comes by abiding the Presence of the Lord, and that is where we all need to find shelter in God. He should be "living inside" our hearts, flowing out to those we come in contact with through our day as a witness and manifestation of His grace only by the Mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

     Lethargy in my book is not getting the proper rest. Instead of dwelling in the shadow of the almighty we are in fact being lulled into a web of laziness by the enemy. I call it barely existing through the day, not caring, nor having a passion for God.  Just when we are making strides in God's kingdom, something always comes up to snare us and lure us to walk in our fleshly nature. As a Spirit-filled Christian we have an obligation to be clothed and operate in the Spirit realm while living in this mortal body.

    In our flesh or when we get in the flesh, it causes us to get our feelings in the way, and a lot of the times that is when we get offended and easily hurt. I can remember times in my past when I have walked in the flesh. I only made it tougher on Richard, not anyone else.  We do need to reach out and touch God, then He will reach out to us in His power and might restoring  and delivering us from the hand of the enemy. Still we cannot trust the flesh, but lean wholly upon Jesus Christ.

     We must crucify the flesh everyday. It's a every second of every minute awareness that things cannot go our way all the time. This is for every Christian not for a select few.  The word says that all have sinned.  We all have to crucify our flesh, for there is no righteousness apart from God in all our doings.  Our selfishness must be nailed to the cross...by His Spirit we can live a resurrected lifestyle. Is it going to be easy? No. It will be worth it in the long run to stay plugged into God and what He is doing in the church today.

     I have even toned down quite a bit on my Facebook time. If God has put me on Facebook to share his message I should not let anyone or anything detour me from spreading the message of hope and grace that is in my heart.  If people un-friend me that is there business, not mine. I believe God has put me to be a minister the "Light of Christ" to internet friends, classmates, and family.  I should not have to hide my beliefs and convictions from them, but if they feel as if my "likes" and "shares" are annoying then anyone can unfriend me at anytime. I allow God to lead me not man, and I believe He is planting his seeds of hope and encouragement through yes, even Facebook...

     Maybe you too have been experiencing lethargy that are keeping you from using spiritual gifts and talents for the Lord... I encourage you to stand firm in what God has called you to do, relying and standing on His Word, so be uplifted in the name of Jesus. I pray that your spirit-man will rise up and snuff out that lethargy at the root, and to be all that God has called you to be.  Don't allow man or even the things of this world to make you lose your perspective.  

"Jesus be Jesus in me, No longer me Lord but Thee. Resurrection power fill me this hour...Jesus be Jesus in me!"

Be Blessed,
~rich

Romans 8

Monday, May 5, 2014

Worshiping Prayer for Revival

Let the wind of the Spirit blow and start a fresh fire revival across this land.

I pray that the anointing of the Holy Spirit would ignite

The passionate heart of God within our hearts.

Let us hear your heartbeat!

Come Holy Spirit, flood us with the Presence of Jesus,

Rain down upon us Your awesome anointing.

I pray that heavy yokes would be broken and that God would visit us in all His glory!

Permeate the atmosphere with Your Presence!

Reveal your great love deep within our hearts.

Transform our minds according to Your word.

Make your bride ready

Come soon Lord Jesus!

Ignite the all consuming fire in our lives

Let grace reign

and mercy rest

upon us

this day...

In Jesus name, 

Amen.




Seeing His Face

     I believe we can experience God's awesome power when He actually looks upon us. Maybe you have felt distant lately and that He has turned His face from you...For that is when you should come boldly before Him "on your face" to see a glimpse of Him in His most holy place...  

     Have you seen the light of His countenance shine on you like the sunrise upon the earth? Only when you have been in His most holy place, only when you take those steps to get closer to Him, can you be illumined by His bright countenance.  He is not hidden from us...He longingly desires to  look upon us.  We are His creation and He is the glory and the lifter of our heads.  When He does look upon you, you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are greatly loved and cared for by the mighty shepherd of our souls. We should all learn to be true and sincere worshipers of God. These are the ones who seek His face; they do not back down no matter what the circumstance is...

     I believe when we sin we grieve the heart of God, and He cannot look upon us. But if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  There is not righteousness in our flesh. Our flesh reaps the flesh, but our spirit reaps the things of the Spirit.  God hates sin but He loves us so much and he yearns to look upon His children...


     We are cleansed by the blood of Jesus, the supreme sacrifice, made once for all eternity.  He can only see us through the sacrifice of the blood of His son. Praise God the veil was torn, and we can enter into the throne-room of the Father.

 We can grieve His heart so easily, we should be sensitive to His Spirit. 

I know I have turned my back on several occasions through the years. He longingly desires us to see Him with all our hearts, and not when hard times com, or tragedy strikes. These things will test our faithfulness to His will and plan for our lives.



Taking a minute to worship...

     I long for that mountain view, 
just to be with you Jesus, 
in that holy place, 
sharing that majestic presence
 of Your pure sweet grace. 


     I love you and thank You for Your many blessings in my life, and even more than that the gift of being in Your presence of your sweet Spirit...swirling all around me...such a tranquility and peace seems to fill up my mind and heart. 

     My prayer is that for everyone to experience you in the way that I have experienced you is beyond human understanding.  You are giving me a glimpse and hope of what is to come and the glory that we will share in You. Fill me up with all that you have for me Holy Spirit, let your gifts come forth abounding in that amazing grace...

     In the stillness and quietness of my soul, You are there. woo me and speaking softly to my heart to draw nearer to You.

     Be with me Jesus, I take this time to spend with you. You delight in my presence as much as I can not survive without you in my life. You are my number one! I give You complete control of my life. I surrender and submit my heart for your use.

     I know you don't desire me just to be a spectator setting in the bleachers of this life, you want me in active duty.  I must admit, in church I feel like like a spectator more than a participant...  I thank you for putting the desire in my heart to be a vital part of your body... I ask you to show me what you desire for me to do in the church body. You know I have a heart to minister to your people and encourage them. Give me the boldness to do that...to share encouraging word in the corporate body.