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 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.

Overcoming Discouragement Part 1

By on April 24, 2019

Everybody in the world gets discouraged once in a while, and the devil will use discouragement to get you out of the will of God. He’ll use discouragement to cause you to speak wrong and to act wrong. You notice here that it says, Jesus will have the spirit of God upon Him, and it says that He will not fail nor be discouraged until He finishes the work God gives Him to do. He said, I’m going to set My face like a flint, and I refuse to fail. I refuse to be discouraged. I’m going to do what My Father sent Me to do.

You know, that’s the attitude we ought to have. We ought to be little willows that bend over with every wind that comes along. We ought to be strong oaks or mighty red woods that cannot be uprooted. The devil wants to send discouragement. We ought to resist discouragement. He’ll discourage you in many ways, but Jesus said He will not be discouraged nor fail until He has finished the job.

Notice what God says about Him and He says it about us: I have called You. Thank God His call has come to us. I have called You in righteousness. I will hold Your hand. No use to be discouraged. He’s going to hold your hand. I will keep you. Well, that’s enough. If He’s called you and holds you by the hand and says, I’m going to keep You, well, let discouragement come. You can whit it every time.

Many of you of you may be concerned and discouraged about your family, finances, business, circumstances, about yourself, about your body or even about people. People have a way of discouraging you. Children have a way of discouraging you. Husbands have a way of discouraging wives. Wives have a way of discouraging husbands. But what I want you to know is that we are well able as children of God to overcome all discouragement.

You know, the Bible talks about people – and I’m going to give you examples of people who got discouraged in the Bible and they overcame it.

Paul the apostle got discouraged. You know, it’s almost unthinkable that this great apostle could become so discouraged. But then again, we are made out of flesh. So, you CAN get discouraged. But you don’t have to stay discouraged.

Now, listen to what Paul says. He said, “For when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest. We were troubled on every side. Without were fighting’s, within were fears.” Paul had to fight fear.

Here’s this great apostle and he said all these troubles upon – we’re getting discouraged by the hour. Nevertheless God that comforteth those who are cast down – I want to say that to you.

God is the God who comforts those who are cast down.

Are you cast down today? Has something come into your life to discourage you? God is the God who comforts those who are cast down.

You may be cast down. You may have fighting’s without and fears within. You may have trouble on every side; but be of good cheer, Titus has come. I’m here as Titus to bring you comfort that Jesus will see you through.

So, we have Paul as one example. He fought discouragement.


Numbers 21:4-5 says, “as the people journeyed, they became greatly discouraged.” You’re making a journey through life all the way to heaven; and on that journey sometime, you can get mighty discouraged. Nobody is beyond discouragement. And as they journeyed, the people became greatly discouraged.

Don’t get discouraged and give up. Keep your mouth shut if you’re discouraged. The Bible says, and the people on their journey were greatly, much discouraged; and they spake. That’s the biggest mistake you can ever do, is start speaking your mind when you’re discouraged.

The Bible also says, they were much discouraged and spake against God and against Moses. See, when you’re discouraged, if you’ll just keep your mouth shut, you won’t get into trouble. But if you open your mouth, you’re going to say, “Why God?” “Why did you do this to me, God?” “Why did you let this happen to me, God?” People today are shaking their fist in the face of God. Why? Why? Why? Let me ask you something: Don’t you know there’s not only a God, but there’s also a devil.

When you open your mouth and you’re discouraged, you’re liable to blame God and then you’re liable to blame the preacher. For goodness’ sake, don’t take it on me.