Yours or His (Part 1 of 3)


I actually delivered this sermon to my church family about a month ago. The Spirit hit me with a three-fold revelation concerning Moses, Jonah, and Peter. This particular installment is concerning Jonah and is titled “Yours or His?” meaning Your Will or God’s Will. I pray that this is a blessing to any who may read it.

Subject: Yours or His? [“I Ain’t (Peter), I Can’t (Moses), I Won’t (Jonah)”]

Text:Jonah 1:1-4, 11-12, 15; 17

Sub-text: Jonah 2: 1-9; 3:1-10

  • History:
    • Jonah’s name means dove. God’s prophets are to be as gentle as doves
    • Jonah’s father’s name (Amittai) is translated to mean “the truth”
    • Ninevah was the Metropolis of the Assyrian Empire.
      • Was a great city that ruled over the kings of the earth for many years.
      • Downfall was that they did not know God.

Scripture Breakdown

  • 1:1-4 (Yours)
    • What was running through Jonah’s mind?
    • How far did he have to go in order to outrun the Sight and Word of God?
    • Why did he not want to go to Ninevah? (Path to Ninevah was very dangerous… was Jonah a coward or stupid brave?)
    • His disobedience immediately put others in danger. He had an obligation to the crew to be up front with them and let them know that danger followed him.
  • 1:11-12, 15 (Yours)
    • Jonah came clean after the fact. He almost cost the merchants their lives.
    • Jonah accepted his fate but not his mission.
  • 1:17 (Reservation received)
    • God used the whale to preserve Jonah and redirect his path. Jonah needed a bit of a timeout first.
    • The miraculous happens after the 3rd day.
  • 2:1-9 (Foxhole prayer, but still Yours)
    • Jonah was having an “If you save me from this one” moment.
  • 3:1-4 (leaning toward His)
    • Revelation that he could not get escape the orders that were given.
    • Jonah didn’t understand that his disobedience was blocking his own blessing.
    • He was not carrying his own anointing but that of a great nation. The power of life and death was in his tongue.
  • 3:5-10 (full revelation of His)
    • When Jonah finally did as the Lord had bid him, the citizens of Ninevah revealed the proper response to a commandment from God.
    • Jonah’s obedience led to deliverance from sin and ultimately to salvation.

Conclusion:

The free will that God has given to us is a very dangerous thing. We can use it for our betterment or for our detriment. The gifts and talents that God gives us are not to be used for our own profits, but rather that we can be a blessing to others. In order to get anywhere in life, you have to learn how to build others up instead of tearing them down. The Bible tells us that we should pray for even our enemies (coal). Be obedient the first time… if not, repent and get right as soon as possible. When God calls you to action, how will you respond?

Published in: Uncategorized on September 23, 2013 at 13:33  Leave a Comment  

Many Blessings


I am finally starting to understand that even through all of my trials, God’s grace and mercy are ever present in my life. God continues to make a way out of no way. He saw it fit to give a wretch like me another day, another hour, another minute and for that I am so eternally grateful. I cannot understand why, but I am thankful that none of it is based on my understanding.

I have been overwhelmed, stepped on, taken for granted, abused, misused… but through it all, God has me. No matter that obstacle, God helps me overcome. I don’t always pass with flying colors. However, I don’t make the same mistake twice. Praise God just for being God.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 23, 2013 at 12:51  Leave a Comment  

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May the Lord continue to bless you exceedingly and abundantly beyond what you could ever ask or think.

Published in: Uncategorized on June 22, 2013 at 20:04  Leave a Comment  

It has been a long time since I …


Have posted a sermon or a topic of study here on the site… in my absence, I was able to complete my Bachelor of Theology Degree and begin my Master of Divinity degree. I plan to resume posting at some point in the very near future… there may be times where multiple posts are made within a few days of each other. While this will not be the norm, it should not also be counted as odd that this takes place.

For some reason, the Spirit directed me back to this place. As such, I plan on sharing what is revealed to me as the Holy Spirit gives utterance.

May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you in all that you do.

-JJ

Published in: Uncategorized on October 24, 2012 at 17:19  Leave a Comment  

There is a plot, to kill the witness


Subject: Plot to kill the witness

Text: John 12:9-11

Focus: If they plotted to kill Jesus, what makes you think they have not plotted to kill you?

9Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.

 10But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

 11Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus. (John 12:9-11, King James Version)

I pray that the Lord is with me while I seek to reveal the importance of this passage of scripture…

When initially looking at this passage, it took me awhile to understand why many of the Jews wanted to come and see Lazarus. It finally hit me… we as people are very curious. In modern times, we hear of people being resuscitated and get that confused for being resurrected.

Lazarus had been dead and had laid in the tomb for several days. He was swaddled as was customary during those times. This was not a situation where he had been exposed to some gas and had passed out, he was actually dead.

Now, imagine living in a time of sorcerers and all other types of black magic and such. One of the things that the folks of Jesus’ time had not seen was a dead person brought back to life.

Naturally, those who knew of Lazarus’ passing had to go and see it for themselves when they heard that Jesus had brought him back from the dead. Undoubtedly this was two-fold: first of which being to see a dead man walking… the second being to see the person who had the power to bring him back. In those days they didn’t have telephone or telegraph… all they had was tell a friend, who would tell another friend, and so on. This news spread throughout the land quickly. This was a HUGE deal, a person was actually brought back from the dead and was now functioning like nothing happened. He, Lazarus, was socializing with his sisters and friends like his death and resurrection was a common place thing.

Now here is the kicker… Why in the world would the chief priests want to kill Lazarus? It is easy to understand why they would want to kill Jesus but why Lazarus.

Follow me if you will for a second. Today, we have to have metal detectors in our emergency rooms. We had to install them because of all of the violence that was happening in our streets. A person would get shot and be critically, but not fatally wounded. They would be transported to the hospital for treatment. The person who did the shooting didn’t want to be identified and go to jail, so they would find out what hospital the victim was in and send a crew to take the witness out. Taking the witness out ensured that there was no testimony or living proof of the incident. A dead man can tell no tales.

In essence, the chief priests wanted to removed the evidence of the miracle of Jesus. The last thing that they needed was for Jesus to get more followers and continue to diminish their power and status. You see, Lazarus was a living witness, a walking testimony of the power of Christ.

If you had gone to the funeral or memorial services of Lazarus and heard a report that he was now alive, you might do a double take. You would be really hesitant to believe whoever it was that delivered the message to you. Your doubt would be so high that you would be compelled to go and see it for yourself. As was also the case with many of the Jews… they wanted to see Jesus because they had heard so many things about Him. But in truth, all of the things that they heard about Him were miracles that He performed but they had not been fortunate enough to see.

In the case of Lazarus, if they saw him breathing, walking, talking, eating… doing those things that living folks do, the power of God could not be denied and they would be moved to belief in the God of Abraham, the God of Issac, the God of Jacob.There would have been no way for the chief priests to explain this one away and those who were not believers would have become believers. So, in their true form, the chief priests extended their plot to kill not only Jesus, but Lazarus also.

Now you may be wondering why this is important to us today. Without witnesses, how does the Gospel of Christ continue to be spread throughout the world? The witness in this case is not a first hand account, but it is none the less people who had experienced God in ways that left no question as to whether or not God existed. We are charged with testifying of the goodness of God. We are tasked with spreading the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection.

While we may not have Sadducees and Pharisees like we did back in the day, we still have the spirit of the enemy present today. Every time we win a soul for the kingdom, we diminish the effectiveness of the enemy. Satan has been doing this for years and realizes that his time is short. As a result, he has upped his game. It used to be really subtle but now it is pretty obvious.

The devil does not discriminate when it comes to recruiting soldiers for his army. He will take the elderly as well as the youth. Here is a prime example of how Satan will use an everyday tool against us.

In our society, the economy is so bad that both parents have to work. This means that we have to leave our kids with babysitters, most of whom are kids themselves. Babies end up watching babies. Well the teen generation gets so distracted with television, telephone, telecommunications devices that they don’t focus on training us children in the way they should go. Parents have been largely removed from this equation as well. So the television becomes the babysitter, the telephone becomes the teen sitter, and the computer becomes the adult sitter.

We are inundated with pornography, alcohol, gambling. Everywhere you turn on the TV, you see commercials and television shows filled with sexual innuendo, foul language, glamorization of gambling and other immoral activities. Look at the video games that our kids play, they come with warning about the content. Most parents don’t even pay attention to that or are easily talked out of it because of the silver tongues used by our kids, “awe mom/dad, they put those warning on all the games today… they only say the “d” word in the game and you know how the lawyers are today all sue happy and such. I promise that I won’t repeat what I heard because you taught me better.” My question is this, how can they not repeat what they heard or saw when it is all they see and hear all day long?

As I said, the enemy is not so subtle nowadays. We have become so desensitized to his methods that he doesn’t even have to try to hide the fact that he is corrupting and polluting not only our minds, but also the minds of our children. Satan doesn’t desire to kill you, only to kill your witness. If he can reset your GPS to keep you off the course and path of righteousness with minimal effort, then he has in essence taken you out of the fight.

The battle is already won but apparently Satan didn’t get that memo. The game has changed since the beginning, but the players and tactics are still the same. Good thing for us is that the plot of the enemy doesn’t have to be the outcome for our lives.

We serve a mighty God who has already given us victory. We have to continue to seek after Him with our whole hearts… we have to strive to be perfect like our Father which is in heaven. Continue to desire and do the things to keep you in right standing with the Lord and you can rest assured that your prayers will be answered and that the blood will keep you.

Don’t fall prey to the enemy. Stand for God instead of falling for the enemy.

It is my sincere prayer that all would come to Christ. Unfortunately, time is running out. The decision needs to be made today…. not tomorrow… not the day after. The Lord’s Word says:

34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8:34, King James Version)

Won’t you come to the Father today?

Righteous and heavenly Father… You alone are worthy of all of my praise… You are God alone and I am so grateful to be called one of your children. Lord, I present myself before you and ask for forgiveness of all sins that I have committed, those known and those unknown… I give you thanks for all of the things that you have already done in my life and all of the things that you have already set into motion to be done but that I have not yet seen the fulfillment of. Finally Father, I ask that you continue to reveal your Word to me and to others who desire a personal relationship with you. I ask that you continue to answer my “knee-mail” with the blessings that you rain down from upon the throne. Father, I know that I can count these things as done and I will continue to give you all the Honor, all the Glory, and all of the Praise in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.

Published in: on July 19, 2011 at 21:00  Leave a Comment  

If your Caller ID read “God”, would you answer?


Text: Joshua 1:16-18

Subject: If your Caller ID read “God”, would you answer?

Focus: Will you answer the call?

 16And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.

 17According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.

 18Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage. (Joshua 1:16-18, King James Version)

What if we had the same attitude as the 12 leaders that Joshua commissioned to carry out the commands of God? What if we had the courage to do whatever was commanded of us and go wherever we were sent?

Let’s talk about going to wherever we were sent first. It occurred to me that many of us Christians think that once God has delivered us from a place that He won’t send us back there. For example… if God brought you out of the casino, surely there is no way that he would send you back in there. Wait… not so fast… what is the most effective way to witness to someone? I was always taught that it was by example.

So let’s use the casino example again. Surely while you were in there you would have made some acquaintances, maybe even a friend or two. Now what better way to bring them out and to God than to go back in and present yourself as a living witness to the power of God’s deliverance… to show them firsthand the works of God in your own life.

Now let’s deal with doing whatever God tells commands you to do. What if you were told to walk away from something, let’s say a relationship. Would you have the courage and strength to deny your flesh and walk in the spirit… or would you be too busy trying to negotiate for more time?

We want God’s Will in our lives when it is convenient and not when it is ordered. However, the steps of a good man are ordered by God. So understanding that, we have to believe that God is the General, He is the teacher, He is the author, He is the finisher, He is the Alpha, He is th Omega, He was before the beginning was and will be after the end has passed.

Turning your attention back to the topic of the sermon… if your caller ID read God, would you answer? More importantly what would you say? Would you find yourself trying to make a defense of your actions… “see what had happened was… I didn’t do it because such and such said they were going to do it”… problem with defending yourself is that God hadn’t even uttered a word yet…. just seeing His name already convicted you.

Good news is that while there is still air in your lungs, He has not issued the final verdict on your life and is still giving you the chance to answer the phone and say, “Yes Master… how may I serve you today and every day? What would you like me to do? Where would you have me to go?”

We have to know fully that we can trust the plan of God even if we don’t understand the plan of God. God will put more on us than we can handle, but there is nothing that is impossible when we lean on Him and His might instead of our own devices.

Refusing to follow the Word and Will of God is disobedience. Disobedience is sin. The wages of sin is death.

Following the Word of God is obedience. Obedience keeps you in right standing (righteousness). The reward is everlasting life.

So now you are faced with a choice… choose ye today who you will serve…

I have made my choice… have you? If you have not yet invited Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Saviour, what better time than right now? Jesus says to us in Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Open the door to your heart and let Jesus come in. I can promise that your life will never be the same.

Go where you are told and do what you are commanded right now… those leaders didn’t say they would do it when they had time. They pledged unconditionally to God. They didn’t say it was easy, but they stepped out on Faith…. Won’t you come…

If you need help in understanding what God has in store for your life, start searching for a church. Ask God to show you what house he would have you worship Him and do the work of the Kingdom. It will be revealed to you.

To God be all the Honor, all the Glory, and all of the Praise… may our Lord allow me to continue to decrease in self and increase in the knowledge of Him and His Word… Amen

Published in: on July 13, 2011 at 11:06  Leave a Comment  

What condiment are you?


Hmmm, weird question?  Well, think about it.  We call ourselves alot of things.  We are “cool as a cucumber”, “sweet as pie”, “a hot dog”.  There are so many I could continue forever almost.  I’m sure you could to.

But here’s one I want you to think about, salt and light.  Salt and light.  What does that mean, and why would we be called that?  Read this  verse with me…

Mat 5:13 – 16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

I want to share some thoughts with you.  We are to be salt and light in a world filled with darkness.  As Christians we are to be different, set apart, but still a very real part of the world.  How do we do that?  How do we strike that balance?  Think about it like this.  Salt is secret, light is open; salt is the unseen Christian influence we are to be, light is the open Christian influence we are to be. 

Here’s one example from my life:  In my job there are many colorful people with very colorful language.  It really, really gets to me.  I’ve spoken with my supervisor, but not much has changed.  I don’t run around screaming, “Look at me, I’m a Christian.”  But I don’t hide it either.  I have a Bible on my desk that is more than show, I read it all the time; I bring in Bible studies I am working on and I go into detail (depending on the person) when asked what I have. 

One day last week there was once again some very bad language bantered about.  I was on a call with a customer as I heard my supervisor walk by and tell one young man that he had “a pouty mouth” and he should clean it up.  The guy called back that he didn’t have any soap.  I muted my phone and looked over at him with a small smile and said, “I’ll loan you some.”  He told me, “For you I’ll work on it, because you are so nice.”  I’m waiting for the day when he will see it’s not nice, it’s Jesus.  Till then, I’ll be a secret, silent influence as well as an open, verbal influence. 

So, come on, join me.  Let’s move through our lives, shaking some salt and shining some light.  Let’s focus on pointing up, not out.

 

Published in: on March 25, 2011 at 22:35  Leave a Comment  

Will you go to the power, or will the power come to you?


Text: Mark 5:22-43

Subject: Power

Focus: Will you go, or will it come?

Good morning Saints, it has been a long time since we last gathered. There have been many end of year activities going on that have kept me away from the computer. The most important of these activities has been my intense biblical study of the book of Numbers and the Gospel of Mark. This leads me into our topic today: Power. Let’s explore a brief passage of Mark and look at the theology behind the passage and pray for the anointing that was experienced by those involved.

The Bible reads as follows in Mark 5:22-43

22And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,

23And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

24And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

25And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

35While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?

36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

37And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

38And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

39And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

40And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

41And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

42And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

43And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat. (Mark 5:22-43, King James Version)

Now we can see from the beginning of this passage that some “not so normal” things were occurring. The first of which was that a Jewish Religious leader came to Christ to ask for a miracle to be performed. It was not customary for Jewish religious leaders to seek Christ. Rather, quite the opposite would usually occur. Most religious leaders, upon learning about Christ, sought him to find something wrong with His doctrine or His claim of authority.

Here, we see that Jairus sought out to Lord because he believed that Jesus was indeed the Messiah and had the power to do all the things that he had heard about. We know that the Lord has compassion upon those who diligently seek Him and choose to follow Him with their whole hearts. This was the case with Jairus. Jesus did not make special concessions for Jairus, but rather saw another one of His children with a need that only He could fill.

However; along the way, a woman was in need of a Master physician. She came to Jesus and was fortunate enough to get through the multitudes to touch Jesus. The woman had been sick with a condition of blood for twelve years. She had gone broke, that is to say given up everything that she owned in order to receive the proper treatment in order to make her whole. She gave up confidence in man and finally understood that she needed to place faith in the Master. Her faith was so strong that when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, He felt virtue leave him.

Dictionary.com defines virtue as follows: “moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.” Virtue

The Lord felt His excellence leave Him for a brief moment. This was only allowed to happen because of the extreme faith that the woman possessed. When confronted about touching the Master, the woman confessed and the Lord said to her, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Glory be to God. This woman knew that she had a need, and instead of waiting for goodness to come to her, she went to that which was good and received her blessing.

After this miraculous event, Jairus received bad news from one of his servants. A report came in that Jairus’ daughter had passed away. The servant went on further to say that there was no longer a need to bother the Master with this affair. Oh ye of little faith. Jesus immediately turned to Jairus and said, “Fear not, only believe.” Can you imagine how hard it would have been to hear that your daughter has died from someone who you knew and trusted for years, but to be told to believe and have faith in someone you were meeting for the first time? Surely Jairus had been touched in a way that we can only pray for. Maybe he had an anointing that we were unaware of.

Nonetheless, when Jesus arrived at the house He went about the Father’s business and resurrected the young lady. All who saw it was astonished beyond belief. They still had confidence in man instead of faith in God (reference is Psalm 118:8).

Now it is easy to get caught up in the details of both miraculous actions and rejoice for the Power of the Lord is without question. But how many of you realized that whether you go to the Power, or the Power comes to you, you will be made whole? Jesus said that they which are sick have no need of the Master Physician.

I am grateful to the Master Physician for making house calls in addition to taking walk-ins. You do not need a special invitation to go to Christ or to have Christ come to you. All you have to do is receive the Lord and make the decision to seek after him with the whole heart. Don’t be deceived, that is only the beginning of your journey. I can personally testify that once you have been touched by the Power, you will never be the same. The change is forever.

If you are still waffling on whether or not to accept the Jesus into your life as your Lord and Saviour, I strongly encourage you to make the decision immediately as the clock is ticking. One guarantee of this life is death:

26For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:26-28, King James Version)

However, death is not the end. Life with Jesus is eternal… everlasting:

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, King James Version)

Death is but the portal to eternal life with the Father:

24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24, King James Version)

Are you ready for the Power of Jesus?

6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (Isaiah 55:6, King James Version)

Published in: on January 2, 2011 at 12:38  Comments (1)  

Happy Thanksgiving


As we prepare our hearts and our stomachs to receive the bountiful feast placed before us… please remember to say a prayer for all of those who couldn’t be with their loved ones this Holiday. This would include, but is not limited to: The Men and Women of our Armed Forces, those who may be doing mission work that takes them abroad, and any other person who is rendering services to others.

Please ask the Lord to continue to use them to do His divine will. Ask that He bless their families. And finally, give thanks and ask the Lord to keep you during the rest of this holiday season and into the next year.

“Father God, we come before you humbly submitting ourselves to give You Honor, Glory, and Praise. We are thankful for those that you called to serve so that we might be able to gather together on this day. We are thankful for all things that You have seen fit to place before us. We accept all things knowing that only You can make them all work together for Your greater good.

We confess our transgressions and forgive others who might have trespassed against us. We ask that you bless the assembling and gathering of our loved ones under the same roof to be on one mind and on one accord. We ask that You continue to draw us every closer to you.

And Father, as we part our separate ways never dismiss us from Your presence, giving us the blessings and safe journeys to meet again at the appointed time and at the appointed place… and we will be careful to give You all the Honor, all the Glory, and all the Praise…

We submit these our humble prayers in Jesus name,
Amen and Amen.”

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 12:26  Comments (2)  

Let me be a witness…


of His saving power!

I have not been in the main stream job market in a long time.  I must say that this new job I now have has taken alot of adjustment.  I work in a call center and we all have our cubicles.  I am in constant contact with many, many  non-Christians. 

I have not hidden the fact that I am an un-ashamed Christian.  I boldly stand for Christ and the Christian way of life.  Hearing all the language has been one of the hardest things to adjust to.  And the base behavior of the unsaved sends me reeling at times.  But you know what?  God is still God, and He will be glorified!

I sit by a young man that has a very bad mouth.  Just last week he told me, “Thanks for sitting beside me.  You make me try to stop cursing so much.”  Across from me is a young man that is really sweet, but not saved.  Yesterday, he stood up and looked across at me and said, “Mrs. Pat, pray for me.  I have put in for time off to leave at 9:00 p.m. tonight.”  I said, Sure thing.  My prayer was very simple.  I prayed, Father God, please grant this prayer.  Grant it so that You would be glorified in this place. “

You need to know also that for the past few days anytime any of us in my immediate location put in for what we call “etop”, IF it was granted, it would be from 9:52 pm to 10:00 or 10:30.  Never the full amount we had asked for, for whatever reason. 

Time goes on, and I hear a WooHoo!!!!  This guy’s time had been approved, AND for the full amount!!  I stood up and just grinned over at him.  He looked at me and smiled and said, “You make me believe just a bit more.”  I told him, It’s a God thing!

It brought to my mind the jailer that almost took his own life when he thought Paul and Silas had broken out of jail.  You remember the story from Acts 16.  In those days, if a jailer lost prisoners, that person was killed.  As you remember, an angel opened the door to the jail, but Paul and Silas remained in their cell.  The jailer came and fell at their feet asking, “What must I do to be saved?”

And remember when Paul was brought before King Agrippa in Acts 26.  In verse 28, Agrippa says, “…You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” 

Friends, people are watching you whether you know it or not.  Stand tall, secure in the love of the Heavenly Father.  Be bold, be strong.  Today could be the day that you by your life point someone to the One that saves. 

Think about it, but more than that, act on it!

Published in: on November 23, 2010 at 20:03  Comments (1)  
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