BEING 100% FOR GOD

By on May 28, 2019

We live in a world full of compromise and half-truths. It’s gotten to a point where people don’t even EXPECT you to keep your word or even be the person that you claim to be and instead, they’re SO used to people who are hypocritical and dishonest.

For example, think of the Internet, Social Media, Chat rooms, etc. On many occasions, numerous people have encountered some type of false advertisement or ran across people who aren’t who they claim to be. But, God hasn’t dropped His expectations at all. He knows what we are and what we can be.

1Daniel 1:1-7 (paraphrased), 1:1 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

Nebuchadnezzar took the holy vessels dedicated to God from the Temple and brought them to the temple of his own false religion. He told his top servant to being certain of the children of Israel and of the king’s sons and princes. Young men in whom was no blemish, but good looking, intelligent and resourceful, wise and understanding. Such as had the skills needed to work in the king’s palace and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. The king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat and of the wine which he drank; so nourishing them three years so that they may stand before the king at the end thereof. Now among these were these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The King’s top servant named then new names. To Daniel the name Belteshazzar, to Hananiah of Shadrach; and to Mishael of Meshach and to Azariah of Abednego.

Daniel lived in a time where society was idolatrous, materialistic, everyone lied and cheated a bit and compromised too much. The king gave Daniel the chance to become incredibly rich, popular and successful. Take a look at verse 8. “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat nor with the wine which he drank, therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself…”

Daniel was determined not to defile himself. He made up his mind and minds are to be made up. He decided to MAKE UP HIS MIND of what he was going to do and not do and STUCK with it. He chose the right thing because it was right. He didn’t do what he felt like but instead he did was he knew in his heart was right. Daniel didn’t ask all of his friends what THEY were doing or what they were going to do. He didn’t say, “All these other people are doing what they want! What can’t I do the same thing?” Here’s a thing to know, don’t be so concerned about what other people are doing because you have no clue if what they’re doing is right or wrong. Every person in the world can be doing something and will never out rule God. God’s standard doesn’t change.

What was Daniel saying no too?

He was held captive in the second largest empire in world history and he was offered a chance to no longer be a slave and to be able to enjoy health, wealth and power beyond his wildest dreams. He could also be a part of the very top Babylonian Empire, receive the best clothes, food, entertainment and the chance to cater to every desire his flesh would ever have. “Daniel proposed in his heart not to defile himself…” It wasn’t that bad.

It didn’t seem that bad, at least at first. Like the compromises that the world asks you to make that may not seem too bad at first. But, the king didn’t want to just mix with God’s people he also wanted to merge, blend and make them all conform to one culture. Daniel proposed in his heart what he would and wouldn’t do. It even went as far as what he would and wouldn’t eat and drink. Daniel made up his mind. He made up his mind of what money and other material things would mean to him. Did he want approval from his friends or from God? Popularity, money, possessions and compromise. He didn’t want to defile himself so he decided that he wasn’t going to live like them and be weak. No matter what those around him were doing, he made up his mind that purposed in his heart that he wasn’t going to follow their lead.

Daniel chose the right thing.

He purposed in his heart to live for God. He knew that nothing was going to deter him from that goal. The difference between the weak and powerful, the rich and poor is the person who is walking with God. It also has something to do with peoples’ mind set and their level of determination. Once a purpose is set, a promise is made to God and there’s no turning back.

There’s a price to pay.

Most people have areas of their lives they KNOW keep God from using them. We need to let the Holy Spirit speak into our heart. We might feel unworthy to hear His voice but He doesn’t speak because we are worthy but instead, he speaks to us because we’re needy. He will let you know the things that stand between you and His power. Jesus said “For, behold, I give you power over all power of the enemy.”

There’s a reward to receive.

His 3 best friends were inspired to follow totally after God like he was doing. They were his first fruits. When they were examined they were healthier, wiser and “in all matters of wisdom and understanding that the king inquired of them. He found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in his realm.” Verse 20. God will bless your mind, body and spirit more than you could ever imagine.
Promotion, blessing and prosperity came to Daniel.

Daniel 2:48, “Then the king made Daniel a great man and gave him many great gifts and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.” Due to Daniel purposing his heart to not defile himself, he brought the King to a knowledge of God. (Daniel. 2:47) He was promoted and made wealthy. His 3 friends were also blessed and prospered. This was all because of their love and faithfulness for God. God wants to do for you more than you could ever do for yourself.

God wants to bring his power into your life.

How to Stop Failure and Defeat from Getting the Best of You…By using ancient Bible techniques.

By on May 15, 2019

A few years ago, I was at a low point of my life I felt like nothing was working for me as well as it should. It seemed like I was working all the time and not getting much return for my efforts. Two of my friends just dropped me for no apparent reason. My business wasn’t going as well as it should. The church was small and struggling. I was working day and night, pouring myself into my work and into the church and it just wasn’t paying off. I was also being judged and misunderstood.

For example, one Sunday morning, I was exhausted. We had been putting in more than 10 hours a day, helping people, building Sunday school classrooms and making repairs, ministering on the phone to people who were responding to our ads in the local papers and phone book. I had stayed up most of Saturday night counseling a person who was thinking about ending his own life. Then, at the crack of dawn, we were awakened by a person with a financial need. We gave him all the money we had, so he could get a motel room and some food for his family. Then we went to church.

Attendance was low. I prayed hard and preached my heart out, giving the people all I had. (As I always do.) After the service one of the ladies in the church came up to me and said there must be something wrong in my life and walk with God. I looked “too worn out and tired” to be a “real” man of God. Why didn’t I take days off, like most preachers? How come I still had to work a “regular” job? (After all, the church was giving me $100 per week to be their Pastor!)

Then, on the other front, our old friends in the community and business associates we’re telling us we were really dumb to be wasting our lives and money with this “church idea.” They had noticed how our standard of living had dropped and how I was letting my business go down the tubes so I could be at the beck and call to people who needed help.

We were really hurting. We WERE tired. We WERE broke. We WERE discouraged. We WERE worn out and feeling like total failures. Because the church needed money, we were paying lots of the bills out of our pockets, until we ran out of cash. Then, we started living on our credit cards. We piled up more than $12,000 on our credit cards, just so we could provide a place to worship and help for people.

Then when friends in the church would come against me because I looked tired, or couldn’t go out to eat in a restaurant with them, boy, that hurt.
I felt so much like a failure. I felt like God wasn’t helping me… like He wasn’t listening. I felt like I had let my family down. My wife hadn’t MARRIED a Pastor, she had married a guy who had his own business and would be able to provide well for her. Now, she was having to work, as well as raise kids.

There were times when I was so emotionally drained that I couldn’t give some of my friends the time and the attention they wanted. So they dropped me. Others just said that I had changed so much, they couldn’t relate to me anymore. I felt so alone and rejected.

I had to take on ANOTHER outside job to be able to cope with the bills and the financial needs of the church. One night, I was making the 45 minute drive home from my outside job, and I was telling God that I felt like a total failure. Nothing was working like I had thought it would.

I felt like I had the Midas touch in reverse. I wanted to just disappear and go to Heaven. Or just disappear, period.

Then God began to work mightily in my spirit. He began to bring powerful scripture verses to my mind. He reminded me of Phillippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” Then, He seemed to be asking me if that was still a true verse.

As I was thinking on all the odds that were against me, God began to ask me whether I could handle it with His help. Then, He gave me some words from the Bible to fill me with faith and boldness. He reminded me that even though I had faith in HIM, He wouldn’t be able to do very much in my life if I also didn’t have faith in MYSELF.

Then He reminded me that ANYBODY can do well when things are going well. When the going is good, anyone can make it. But it takes more strength, and special wisdom to keep going when everything is against you.

See, it’s NOT the storms that wipe you out. It’s how you BUILD. Storms come to everybody. Some stand, and some collapse. The difference ISN’T in the storm. It’s in how we build our lives that makes the difference.

That’s what Jesus was talking about when He told the parable about the two builders. One built his house on the rock. The other built his house on the sand. When the storm came, it hit both houses alike. One house stood and the other collapsed. It wasn’t the storm. It was how the houses were built.

The builder whose house stood had hit bottom first. He dug deep. He got to where he didn’t lean on his own wisdom, he began to use God’s wisdom. He NEEDED God’s answers that enabled Him to be able to go through the storm without the storm going through him.

While I was experiencing the Spirit of God in the car there with me, He also brought me the most powerful way of dealing with the defeats and failures in my life that I had ever heard.

Instantly, I began to be filled with hope and faith. My zeal came back. I felt joy again. I didn’t feel so tired. I was miraculous! It was just two or three little bits of Holy Spirit inspired wisdom that did it.

Since that time, I have NEVER felt like a failure or a loser. Not even for an hour. Sure, the same kinds of things have happened from time to time, but NOW I know better than to feel upset.

Even better than that, my new understanding of this secret of the Kingdom of God (Remember Jesus said, “Unto you it is given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God?)…well, even better than FEELING better is this: Things are so incredibly different now, that it’s mind blowing!

I’m no smarter than you. God just poured into my spirit some empowering and life-changing truths that keep us from experiencing defeat.

Sure. We will ALWAYS have challenges. But, with this simple Bible understanding, those challenges will never have US.

I want to share these simple and effective tips with you. EACH AND EVERY PERSON I HAVE SHARED THEM WITH HAS TOLD ME THE SAME THING: THEY HAVEN’T BEEN DEFEATED EVEN ONCE SINCE LEARNING THIS GOLDEN NUGGET.

I want you to experience how your personality can be touched by Devine power… and how greatness can be released in your life.
I want you to be able to KNOW that you are ALWAYS being divinely guided by the hand and the wisdom of God.
I want you to know that God will always lead you safely to the right turns in the road of your life. I want you to KNOW that your need exists so that God can meet it.
I want you to KNOW that your problem is simply a wakeup call for an inspired solution from God. That He has an answer and a way for you even when it seems like you’re up against the wall.

You Can’t Do It All. But the Holy Spirit Can. What You Need to Know about operating in the Spirit’s Power & Influence.

By on May 8, 2019

I confess. I freely admit it. That there are times when I just don’t feel smart enough to do all the things I know I ought be doing. I don’t feel strong enough. Or capable enough. See, I KNOW how weak and inadequate I am, in myself. I also sense the awesomeness of the things that God would like to do in the lives of people around me. And, I also know that He wants ME to be able to HELP the many hurting and needy people that I come across. That’s when I feel inadequate and weak.

Sometimes when I switch my TV on, it just gets to me. There are so many talented influential and gifted people on TV. I think about how much good they could do for other people if they would just use their resources for GOD. Then I think about how great it would be to reach some of those people who have access to thousands and even millions of other people… and to see them find forgiveness and new life in Jesus.

It really IS easy to envy people who just seem to have it all together – the ones who have the looks, money, incredible abilities and the gift of being able to reach and influence other people so easily. They could do SO much good, if only they could get their lives straightened out.

Then, when we look at ourselves, we feel like we don’t have very much to offer. We don’t know enough people. We don’t have money. We don’t have influence. We don’t have friends in high places. We’re not “holy” enough for God to use. Or too dumb when comes to bible knowledge. Maybe we don’t remember very well. Or we’re not too good with words. So we figured God can’t do very much with us.

But, guess what? If you have the Holy Spirit in your life, you have more power in your big toe than a good looking, powerful, popular, rich, persuasive, intelligent person who DOESN’T have the Holy Spirit.

God doesn’t NEED us to be rich. Or powerful or rich according to this world’s systems. All he is looking for is for us to be available and willing to be used by Him. God can do more through a HANDFUL of people who will yield to Him than He can though a thousand people who think they don’t NEED God’s help. He says in Zechariah 4:6 that what it takes ISN’T our strength, or our power, but HIS Spirit! It’s NOT us, but HIM!

See, when you pray and ask the Holy Spirit of God to deal with someone, He can ALWAYS get right on the job – day or night. There’s no distance with Him, either.

For example, you might wish you could get a word to the President. It could take you years to get a personal audience with him/ her. And even then, he might not really listen to you.

But, when you operate in the Holy Spirit, you have an incredible opportunity: You simply pray and ASK the Holy Spirit to go and speak to the President’s heart. To visit him through a dream; to lead some individual to him that he would really listen to; to put someone on a TV show who would say the right thing when the president is watching; to cause him to read a book or an article in a magazine that the Holy Spirit could speak through!

When you are dealing in the Holy Spirit, you’re virtually unlimited. Jesus said that lots of things are IMPOSSIBLE with humans – but that ALL things are possible with God! And, I want to remind you that when you’re with Jesus, you ARE with God!

On our own, there are a lot of limitations. But, in God, it’s different. The Holy Spirit can go places we can’t go. He can reach people WE can’t reach. He can speak to people that WE can’t speak to. He can accomplish what is impossible to you.

I feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to put something here that I wasn’t planning on putting in. It’s for somebody who needs it. It’s this: You feel like you have so little and are up against so much… you’re tired of fighting and you have about given up. DON’T DO IT.

Listen to what it says in Chronicles 14:11 “Lord it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many or with them that have no power; Help us O Lord our God; for we rest on thee and in thy name we go against his multitude. O Lord, thou are our God; Let no man prevail against thee.”

You feel like you’re a person that doesn’t have much power, and that you are up against people who are smarter than you are and more powerful. Listen! IT IS NOTHING WITH GOD WHETHER YOU HAVE ANY POWER OR WHETHER YOU ARE COMPLETELY HELPLESS! THOSE FORCES THAT ARE COMING AGAINST YOU ARE NOTHING… TO HIM! Ask the Holy Spirit to FILL you with His peace and confidence and to MOVE on your behalf> HE’LL DO IT!

I have NEVER done anything like that in my building before. I just sensed that SOMEBODY needed it. If it helps that ONE person, it is worth it.

God loves you SO much, and wants to HELP you, no matter WHAT you’ve done (or neglected to do). If you can just EMPTY yourself and say, “God, here I am. If you’re REALLY real, fill me with your cleansing… your Holy Spirit… and help me. I give you my life right now…” Then just sit there quietly and let His Spirit do His work. He WON’T let you down.

This Sunday morning, I want to share with you some more things that will HELP you in your walk with God and your relationship with Him. Then, we’ll spend some quiet time in His presence, getting ministered to directly by the Holy Spirit.

If you haven’t been to the Worship Center for a few weeks, I really encourage you to come back this Sunday. The Lord has been doing a genuine work in my heart by the Holy Spirit and in the hearts of our people. His presence is so real, so vivid that I believe you’d be pleasantly surprised.

There has been a Presence of the Holy Spirit in our services in a way that we haven’t experienced here before. It’s deep, it’s quiet and it’s a genuine move by His Spirit. And, it’s very refreshing and enervating.

Pray about it. And if he leads you here, be here this coming Sunday morning at either the 9:15 or 11am service.