You Can Experience the Holy Spirits Presence each and every day of your life.

By on April 24, 2018

My heart goes out to hundreds and thousands of Believers who feel empty and hurt in life. Even the rank and file “saved” person seems restless and rootless. When I talk to dozens of people each week and pray with them, it hits me that so many good people are living like orphans. Scared and hurt, but not too sure where to turn. They WANT to believe and WANT to experience the kind of lifestyles they read about in their Bibles, but it eludes them. These are good people; regular people like you and me. And they’re feeling kind of empty.

Then, when the presence of the Holy Spirit isn’t felt, that’s when we look for other things to give us meaning and comfort on a day to day basis. Different people respond in different ways to the lack of feeling the Spirit’s presence…they do different things to fill the void and the lost sense of direction.

• Some simply backslide. They fill their lives with whatever meaningless distractions they played with BEFORE they knew the Lord.

• Another type of “empty” Christian switches churches every few months, hoping that a change of scenery will mask the emptiness in their hearts. Since they’re meeting new people, and singing new songs, it SEEMS like the old feeling is there and the old excitement has come back. The emptiness returns after they know everybody at the new church and the songs are committed to memory. Then, they “hit the trail” again, searching for a sense of fulfillment and purpose…and inner comfort.

• Others just cut back on their church involvement and fill their time with community, business and political commitments. By packing their schedules with meetings, projects and deadlines, they get a renewed sense of zeal and involvement – only this time it’s on the outside. The inside remains troubled and restless.

• Sure, their careers take off. And they get to do a lot of good in their communities. But it doesn’t replace the inner joy and simplicity they KNOW can be there. After all, they used to LIVE a serene, contended and tranquil life. So they know how it CAN be.

Some of our friends have opted for the common cop-out when they found themselves feeling an inner void: They substitute their family relationships for their relationship with their Heavenly Father. They skip prayer time so they can watch TV with the kids. They play hooky from church “as a family” so they can go to ball games, hockey, weenie roasts and other events. They stop tithing but keep the cable TV service and the dance and music lessons for the kids. And wonder where their inner peace went.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m DEFINITLY a family man. I love my wife and our three kids. I also know that they are a gift from God, and that my walk with HIM is the number 1 priority. If I’m not where I need to be with God, I’ll never be the kind of husband and father my family needs.

While none of these things in themselves seem harmful, the results of missing the fellowship of the Holy Spirit are disastrous.

For example, when we’re in communion with the Holy Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit are evident in our lives. We are more gracious, kind, loving, caring, gentle, peaceful and things like that. We are compassionate and generally just “sweeter” when we’re yielding to the Spirit.

On the other hand, when we’re just filling our time with religious activity, or other pastimes, we get harder, more bitter and less caring. We don’t feel at ease. And those people who ARE walking by the Spirit don’t feel at ease when they’re around US.

There’s a tremendous promise to us in Acts 3:19. God promises us “times of refreshing” straight from His presence, when we turn from the things that have distracted us and kept us from hitting His target for our lives. (Remember? The word “repent” means to “change one’s mind” and to sin is to “miss the target”.) When we TRULY change our minds about these things and turn from them, God will give us times of refreshing.

There are so many things that we can be preoccupied with. It’s easy to get into the mentality of Martha, the sister of Mary, who lived in Bethany. When Jesus came to visit them, they both were excited about having Jesus in their home. But Martha was so busy and troubled about all the things she should be doing that she really didn’t get any enjoyment out of Jesus’ visitation. On the other hand, her sister, Mary, pulled herself away from her other chores and sat at the feet of Jesus.

If you’re an active person like me, you want to ask yourself, “How long has it been since I simply SAT at the feet of Jesus? How long has it been since I just got into His presence and let Him move upon me by His Spirit? How much relaxed, unhurried time do I give to the Holy Spirit just to fellowship with me?” These are questions that really matter.

Jesus gives an invitation to you and to me: “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden…and I will give you rest.” The love that God has for us is a love that we can live by and draw strength from. All we have to do is quietly come to Him and rest in His presence. And commune with His Spirit.

Never doubt that you are very loved by God. You and I have the privilege of being able to go directly to Him for help and fellowship. Don’t worry about your past failings. God can give you forgiveness when you ask Him for it by prayer. Don’t worry about your weaknesses. When you ask the Holy Spirit to come upon you and inside of you, He’ll give you the strength to overcome and succeed. Don’t worry about the times you’ve let God down. God, through your faith in Jesus, can make you strong.

Take the time, (right now if you possibly can) to shut your eyes, open your hands and ask the Holy Spirit to touch you and to fill you with His love and His presence. Surrender to Him and breathe deep of His comfort, peace and serenity. Talk with Him from the depths of your heart and mind. You’ll find that He answers you with inspired ideas, and with words of wisdom.

Make this kind of prayer time and fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit a part of your daily activities. Then read your Bible, letting the Spirit of God teach you what it means. He inspired it – He can also explain it to you, from the inside.

This is what the Bible is talking about when it refers to the GRACE of Christ, the LOVE of God and the FELLOWSHIP of the Holy Spirit. That’s in 2 Corinthians 13:14.

The GRACE of Christ is what brings us sweetness in life. God intends for the life to be sweet for the Believers to BE SWEET.)

The Good That I Want To Do, I Don’t Do…

By on April 17, 2018

You know that feeling. Wanting to do well, but not doing it. And, the sting of not wanting to do badly, but doing it anyway. You do things you don’t want to do and don’t do things you really DO want to do. How come?

Everything is provided. 2 Peter 1:3 says, that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. That means you don’t have to worry about not being able to do what God has put into your heart. It says right here that God has given you everything you need to make it in life. And, that He has already provided for your godliness.

Most of us have had enough prayer, teaching and preaching to get all of our problems straightened out. Many times over! We’ve read enough books, listened to enough tapes and read enough of the Word of God. But for many people, what we hear and what we read becomes more a part of what God is doing in our lives.

How do we get God’s power from the Bible active in our own lives? By cultivating the habit of thinking, speaking and doing what God says to us in His Word. That’s what Galatians 6:7 is about. It says, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”

See, we tend to think that God will just start doing great things in our lives with very little effort or input on our part. But to think that you can reap without sowing is to deceive yourself. It’s not what we SAY we’re going to do, but what we actually DO that brings God’s results.

When God says that whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap, it means that we can choose what we sow. We can sow any crop we want, and that is what will come up in our lives as a crop. What’s the catch? You have to actually start sowing.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “He that observeth the wind shall never sow…” If you wait until conditions are perfect, you’ll never totally move ahead. Conditions are never totally perfect. Sowing your seed is never totally risk free. There’s always a chance of failure. You will always be able to find a reason not to do what you need to do. And, if you set your sights on the problems and the conditions, you’ll never do what you have to do to fulfill God’s purpose in your life.

The secret of activating God’s promises in your life is to ACT on them. To do it NOW. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says that “NOW is the accepted time.” As long as you put off obedience, prayer, or any other thing God has called you to do, it will be unacceptable. Now is the accepted time.

Baby steps. You start in little things. Don’t put it off. Faithfulness in little things opens big doors. Big doors swing on little hinges. Jesus said that being faithful in little things is what brings you to the big things of God that you want (Luke 16:10). The big victories, the big answers to prayer, the big opportunities; all these come as a result of being faithful in the little things.

Maybe you’re a procrastinator. You put off things that are unpleasant. What can you do? Well, as soon as you remember that “NOW IS THE TIME,” then, ACT on it. Develop the “Now is the time” habit.

Don’t be one of those people in the habit of wishing but not doing. Most people are in that rut. They miss jobs, happiness; relationships; they miss the boat, and they miss open doors that are set in front of them, all because of not doing NOW what needs to be done now.

What faith needs. Faith needs to be constantly put into action, like the manna in the wilderness, it disappears (Exodus 16:21). Learning how to redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16), making the most of the present moment, can change your life from an empty one to a full one. Your day of emptiness give place to a day of fullness and abundance.

Fear of your own faith. Some people are afraid of their own faith. To use it now is too scary for them. I understand how that feels. Some of the things we have faith for DO scare us at first.

But, everything worthwhile in life IS scary. Learning to ride a two wheeler is scary. So is going in first grade. Graduating is scary. Getting a job is scary. Getting married is scary. Having children is scary. Moving is scary. Since so many good things in life are scary, it’s probably safe to say, “if it isn’t scary, it probably isn’t worthwhile.”

That’s why it takes boldness to step out in faith. Being with Jesus, spending time alone with Him in prayer will give you that boldness to step out on what you believe God is leading you to do (Acts 4:13). The kind of boldness that comes from being with Jesus is the kind that brings forth the sweetest fruits in life.

Those friends of yours, those co-workers who doubt God can’t believe for anything – they’ll always be around. You’ll always have unbelievers and scoffers around you. There will always be people who let the devil rob them and keep on robbing them, bringing them to spiritual, physical and material poverty. Jesus said, “For ye have the poor always with you…” (John 12:8)

What about failure? So, what if you fall at first? There’s nothing wrong with failing…as long as you get back up again. There IS something wrong, if you keep falling! Jesus is able to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24).

When you fall, prove that the devil is a liar. Get back up and prove the goodness of God! The Bible says that trials gives you patience (James 1:3)! And, patience, combined with your faith, causes you to inherit the promises of God (Hebrews 6:12)!

Many times, I have found that failure equals the back door to God’s success. Failure can lead to either quitting, throwing in the towel, or getting back up and determining to never give up. Failure gives you the chance to send your roots down deep, where you can analyze your past definite failures and learn! Learn about yourself, about your flesh, about the devil and about God.

You can learn what your failures have in common, and know what needs to be adjusted. Maybe you were unsuited for what you wanted. Or, maybe, actually wanted to fall, so you could get off the hook with God! What could you have done differently?

God’s Word will give you the wisdom to do the right things in the right ways. “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6).” The things that you don’t understand now, those things that escape you, “They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge (Proverbs 8:9).

God has no pleasure in hiding His will from you. No, He WANTS to reveal it in your life. He wants to break the devil’s hand off your life and fill you with faith, power and blessing, “that you might prove what is that good, perfect and acceptable will of God!”

When You’ve Lost Your Cutting Edge and “zip” in life. Here’s where to find it…!

By on April 10, 2018

I was beat. I’d spent the day helping people with drug problems, emotional hassles and marriage entanglements. Grueling schedule changes and phone calls had pushed my stress levels to the limit. No way would I be able to meet all the expectations that had been laid out for me. I had letters to answer, phone calls to return, people who needed a visit, and a family waiting for me at home. Plus, a newsletter to get out. (I know…I’m the guy who puts the most pressure on myself.) I was sitting there thinking how the day had STARTED out great; but somewhere it went sour. I just didn’t know WHERE or WHEN…I was tempted to just throw in the towel and call it a day. But just then I felt an inner urge to just chill out and meditate for a while.

I realize that the way I was feeling about my day is the way that a lot of people feel about their lives. They start out great, and somewhere their lives go sour. They lose their joy and just throw in the towel…
Then I remembered the old story about John Demoe: One night John Demoe’s friend Bob is walking home and he sees John Demoe frantically crawling on his hands and knees at the base of a streetlight. “I dropped my house key, and can’t find it anywhere,” John Demoe explained. So, Bob gets on his hands and knees and starts looking for the key along with John Demoe.

After several minutes, Bob says, “This is fruitless, John Demoe. Are you SURE that you dropped the key here?”

“Oh, no! I dropped the key over by my doorstep.” John Demoe replied. Bob’s incredulous: “Well if you dropped your key over there by your doorstep, then why aren’t you looking for it over there?”

“Because it’s dark over there,” John said. I’m looking HERE because this is where the light is!”

If you’re like me, you can relate to John Demoe. You’ve probably done the same thing. You take a wrong turn in your life and drop the keys. Then you start searching everywhere else EXCEPT where the keys are. And you end up locked out of life and crawling on your knees.

There’s a story in the Bible that has an answer for us when we get in that kind of situation in life. The prophet Elisha went to visit the School of the Prophets, where the students were working on adding a new wing to the building.

Some of them were out in the woods cutting down lumber for building materials. Suddenly one of them has an accident. The axe head flies off the axe that he had borrowed and it landed in a stream. So, not only would he not be able to keep building, now the student was in trouble – and in debt!

That’s exactly how I felt that day! I was trying my hardest to help out – to build people’s lives. Then, I got to the end of the day and I didn’t have this newsletter finished. I hadn’t had supper, hadn’t seen my family all day and the kids would already be in bed asleep. I felt awful. I had run out of steam and felt like I was in trouble!

So, what do you do when you’ve run out of steam, are out of time and have nothing to show for your efforts?

The first thing you do is to REALIZE that you have lost something. Some people are so busy that they don’t even grasp that the handle has flown off their axe. They’ve lost their cutting edge and don’t even realize it!

They just go through the motions of their lives but don’t get anywhere. They just get tired. The second thing to recognize is the VALUE of what it is you’ve lost. See, without strength, you’ll fall. Without vision, you’ll perish. Without hope, you’ll give up. Without joy, you’ll be weak and cave in. Without an axe head, it’s a jungle.

Many peoples’ lives are exactly that. And, they’ve forgotten that it can be any different.

Third, you’ve got to DO something about your situation. ASK FOR HELP! A man of God was sent to the student just at the time when he needed an inspired answer.

I’m a man of God. God has sent me with inspired answers to peoples’ problems in life. I know that most pastors don’t talk like this. It takes boldness to say the things that I say. I can be bold because I talk to Jesus and he gives me answers for peoples’ problems. He gives me Bible answers. Solutions from Heaven that WORK when you act on them.

See, I’m not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. It’s the power of God to those that will believe it. Power to overcome your past. Power to overcome drug addiction. Power to break the power of alcoholism. Power to live a vibrant and dynamic life.

That’s why, when people come to the Worship Center, they aren’t sure at first just what’s different about it. We ARE different. On purpose. This isn’t a church for people who just want to be “good enough”. This isn’t a church for people who want to play church.

This is a church for people who want a no-nonsense walk with God, and who don’t want the game playing and hypocrisy that most churches are infamous for.

WE guarantee what is taught here. It’s Bible. And it makes sense. If you’ll ACT on what God gives you through this ministry, YOUR LIFE WILL BE FILLED WITH JOY, LOVE for JESUS and POWER AND PURPOSE. You’ll be living on the cutting edge of life and will have a walk with God that never lets up.

Anyway, when the student asked the man of God for help, he received an inspired answer. An answer that, when acted on, brought a miraculous recovery. He got back what he had lost, and much more.