August 3, 2019


2 Corinthians 12:8-9, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away… Each time he said, “MY GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER WORKS BEST IN WEAKNESS.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

What was Paul’s “Thorn in the flesh?” No one is really sure. Maybe the Holy Spirit has purposefully left it vague in order to make it easier for us to fill in the blank with our own thorn. SO WHAT IS YOUR THORN? What have you begged God to change, to heal, to take away? Do you have an infirmity you’ve begged God to take away, but he hasn’t … at least, not yet? Have you learned that the weaker you are, the more you need to lean on God? Paul said, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take away” my thorn. He didn’t just pray for help, he pleads for it, begging repeatedly. And what was God’s response to His most faithful and trusted servant? “MY GRACIOUS FAVOR IS ALL YOU NEED. MY POWER WORKS BEST IN YOUR WEAKNESS.”

You know what; in the midst of his suffering and God saying “NO” to his prayer, Paul continues to preach about the goodness of God, and the power of God. Friend, you gotta get this; he still has the thorn, but it never prevents him from glorifying God. AMAZING! Anybody can say they are happy when the birds are singing and the sky is blue and the bills are paid. But when tragedy hits you, can you still give glory to God? It’s great to praise God for miracles. But let’s not forget to praise Him even when He says “NO!”

July 27, 2019


James 1:2 (The PASSION), “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!”

James is saying that an outward trial, rather than being a reason for unhappiness, can be a ground for “YOUR GREATEST JOY.” That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Sometimes you read something in the Bible and you say to yourself, “If I had read this anywhere else, I wouldn’t have believed it.” YET THE WORD OF GOD IS TRUTH! Let me illustrate it for you: Several years ago Pastor Lloyd John Ogilvie, in his book titled, “Drumbeat of Love”, tells how he underwent the worst year of his life. His wife had undergone five major surgeries, plus radiation and chemotherapy, several of his staff members had departed, large problems loomed, and he was so discouraged. But he wrote: “The greatest discovery that I have made in the midst of all the difficulties is that I can have joy when I can’t feel like it—artesian joy. When I had every reason to feel beaten, I felt joy. In spite of everything, [God] gave me the conviction of being loved and the certainty that nothing could separate me from him. It was not happiness, gush, or jolliness but a constant flow of the Spirit through me… JOY IS ALWAYS THE RESULT OF THAT.”

Whenever waves of doubt and concern threaten to overcome you in times of trouble, remember that GOD IS YOUR SOLID ROCK, and that the trials can serve a purpose, to prove and improve your faith and to give you an attitude of joy.

July 29, 2019


2 Samuel 18:33, “The king was overcome with emotion. He went up to the room over the gateway and burst into tears. And as he went, he cried, “O MY SON ABSALOM! MY SON, MY SON ABSALOM! If only I had died instead of you! O ABSALOM, MY SON, MY SON.”

King David had just heard the news of his son’s Absalom’s death. What you’re hearing is the cry which comes from a heart overwhelmed with grief and sorrow. CAN YOU FEEL THE PATHOS? Have your eyes watered with tears recently? The things that make you cry tell a lot about your value system. Our Lord Jesus wept openly twice. The first time was at the tomb of Lazarus. There He wept quietly. Then He wept openly over the city of Jerusalem. Jesus knew what was in their future. He knew that within 40 years the city would be devastated and hundreds of thousands of people slaughtered. IT BROKE HIS HEART! Watch this; the Greek word that is used to describe His weeping this time, speaks of bitter anguish as though one were mourning for a dead spouse. His disciples must have been amazed.

When was the last time you cried before God about something that breaks His heart? MAYBE IT’S TIME TO TAKE YOUR SPIRITUAL TEMPERATURE? If you haven’t wept before God in a long time, maybe you need to repent of a hard heart. You know what; the harder your heart has become, the deeper you will need to repent. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a sensitive, repentant heart that weeps over the things that grieves the heart of God.

July 13, 2019


Romans 8:38-39 (The PASSION), “So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love…There is no power above us or beneath us— no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!”

Tell me something precious Saint; DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE ETERNALLY SECURE IN THE LOVE OF GOD? If there were no other verse in the Bible that dealt with eternal security, then these would cover every base. Here we see Paul ransacking the universe to find a single thing, situation, or circumstance that could ever separate you from the love of God. AND HE FOUND NOTHING! Scottish minister, teacher, and author, Dr. David Smith, said that the Apostle Paul, “Conjures; he marshals before him; he names over in all their greatest horror every conceivable trouble which afflicts the soul of man; he calls them up and he passes them in review before him, and he bids them do their worst, and sets them all at defiance.” In other words, NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING will ever separate you and me from God’s eternal, unchanging love!

Somebody says, “What happens when I sin?” Watch this; the mistakes you make and the sins you commit after you have accepted Jesus Christ do not separate you from God’s love. The Holy Spirit will convict you of these sins so you can confess them, repent of them, be forgiven, and then you change your future behavior for your good. BUT YOU WILL NEVER CEASE TO BE GOD’S BELOVED CHILD! So I ask of you: Is this your testimony? Have you been persuaded of these truths, just as Paul was? Can you say, “I no longer have any doubts? I know that my God loves me and He will keep me safe until the very end?”

July 6, 2019


Psalm 3:5-6 (The PASSION), “So now I’ll lie down and sleep like a baby— then I’ll awake in safety, for you surround me with your glory…Even though dark powers prowl around me, I won’t be afraid.”

You know what it feels like when troubles keep you awake at night? Has fear robbed you of sleep lately? You toss and turn with your mind racing a mile a minute. Or you just lay there staring out into the blackness as time ever so slowly passes into what seems like an eternity. King David was under such intense pressure fleeing from his own son Absalom, who was in hot pursuit to kill him and take the throne. You would think that under such circumstances that sleep might be impossible, but David slept like a baby. How could he sleep at a time like that? What is the secret? Here it is: SLEEP IS GOD’S BLESSING TO US! Psalm 127:2 (AMP), “He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.” Can you just hear David saying, “God, I’m not going to sweat over it. You take the night shift, I’m going to sleep.” Friend; you can also receive God’s blessing of sleep even in the most troubling times. Some precious Saint wrote this prayer: “Begone, dull, worrying care! Let me rest sweet Faith and Hope, close mine eyes and still my heart. Jesus, give me sleep, and in sleeping give me my heart’s desire, that I may awake and be satisfied. Amen!" LET GO, AND LET GOD SHOULDER THE BURDEN!

June 29, 2019


Genesis 25:21, “Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins.”

How is you prayer life today? Most husbands today would probably criticize his wife for not being able to bear children. Some might even go out and have affairs. But Isaac loved his wife and prayed for her that she might have a child. He didn’t just pray once, or twice, or for a month, or for a year, but he kept on praying for twenty long years. The Bible declares, GOD ANSWERED HIS PRAYER AND REBEKAH CONCEIVED. But watch this; if Rebekah does not conceive, Jacob is not born, and there will be no Twelve Tribes, which was to form the nucleus of the nation of Israel through which the Savior would come. Isaac did not know all of that, but he knew enough to pray about Rebekah’s problem. My precious friend; prayer lays the groundwork for God to step in and bless your marriage, to bless your children, to bless your home, to bless your finances, to bless your health. He can bring life to those unresponsive areas of our lives in ways we never imagined. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER QUIT PRAYING!

June 22, 2019


Romans 1:16 (The PASSION), “I refuse to be ashamed of sharing the wonderful message of God’s liberating power unleashed in us through Christ! For I am thrilled to preach that everyone who believes is saved— the Jew first, and then people everywhere!

Has Jesus come into your life and radically transformed your heart, and He has been continuing this “GOOD WORK” in you ever since? After such a miraculous encounter, is there a fire of conviction building within to share your faith? It almost feels like you’re compelled to share what has happened to you, but it goes deeper than that. You’re desperate to see others find and enjoy the same freedom in Jesus Christ that you have found. After the Prophet Jeremiah had his encounter with God, he felt a kind of “HEARTBURN” and he couldn’t keep quiet. He wrote, “BUT IF I SAY, ‘FORGET IT! NO MORE GOD-MESSAGES FROM ME!’ THE WORDS ARE FIRE IN MY BELLY, A BURNING IN MY BONES. I’M WORN OUT TRYING TO HOLD IT IN.” (Jeremiah 20:9) My friend, share your faith every chance you get. The results will not be due to your own abilities, or powers of persuasion; but, rather, to the power of the message of Jesus Christ. IT’S THE GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYONE! St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying, “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words!”

June 15, 2019


Matthew 6:9, “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.”

Do you feel like you have to wrench a response from a reluctant God when you pray? That's a lack of knowledge of the the God of the Bible. Jesus taught us to come to Him as our kind, loving, generous, and understanding “ABBA FATHER.” Do you know what that means? It means “DADDY, FATHER.” Have you ever thought about God as a DADDY? We pray to our Heavenly Father Who desires to be intimate with us, because He loves us with a love that surpasses all understanding. Watch this; prayer is not something we have invented. JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY! “DADDY FATHER” WANTS US TO PRAY! So go ahead, precious child, lift your heart up to “DADDY, FATHER” under all circumstances and in all situations. He loves to hear His children pray and loves that we all expect help from Him. BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!

June 8, 2019


Zechariah 9:12, “Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope…”

Are you a prisoner of despair, or a PRISONER OF HOPE? There are so many hearts today that are held in bondage by Satan, sin, circumstances and a host of other things. But there is a special invitation from God Himself if you’re living in despair today: “RETURN TO YOUR FORTRESS, O PRISONERS OF HOPE.” Friend, take courage, however desperate your circumstances appear and find hope in the word of God: “Those who hope in the Lord will be happy and pleased! Our help comes from the God of Jacob! You keep all your promises. You are the Creator of heaven’s glory, earth’s grandeur, and ocean’s greatness. The oppressed get justice with you. The hungry are satisfied with you. Prisoners find their freedom with you. You open the eyes of the blind and you fully restore those bent over with shame. You love those who love and honor you.” (Psalm 146:5-8) Somebody said: “The Bible is a window in this prison of hope.” The prisoners of hope are those who, even though still enduring difficulty, continue to hope in God and his promises. Prisoners of hope, your liberator Jesus Christ is near. Trust Him and be set free! And watch this; HE PROMISES TO RESTORE TWICE AS MUCH TO YOU!

June 1, 2019


2 Corinthians 12:9, “…My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness…”

Are you now enduring a season of confusion, suffering and pain? You’ve prayed, and prayed some more, with tears, yet you’ve received no answer. Perhaps you’re tempted to think that it is not the will of God to answer, or you may think that the days when God answered prayer, if He ever did, are over. NOT TRUE! Rather than complain or become angry at God, remember the Apostle Paul and how he joyfully submitted to God’s will. He discovered that God’s grace truly was sufficient, even in the midst of pain, suffering and turmoil. The promise of Jesus still holds true: “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ALONE, NEVER! AND I WILL NOT LOOSEN MY GRIP ON YOUR LIFE!” My dear friend, He may not make your problems go away, but He will be with you in whatever crisis, nourishing you with Himself, sustaining you by His amazing grace and vitalizing you by the awesome power of the Holy Spirit. Then, like Paul, you can also say, “I WILL CELEBRATE MY WEAKNESSES, FOR WHEN I’M WEAK I SENSE MORE DEEPLY THE MIGHTY POWER OF CHRIST LIVING IN ME.”

May 26, 2019


Proverbs 10:22, “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”

Money in and of itself is not evil. What is wrong is to misuse one’s wealth. Paul tells us in 1 Tim. 6:10 that it is the ‘LOVE OF MONEY’ that is ‘a root of all sorts of evil’. For example, some people pursue wealth at the expense of family, worship, and rest. Many try to get rich by deceiving and defrauding others. They forget that a just God is watching over their business transactions. God is the owner and source of all wealth. The Bible teaches that it is beneficial to have wealth and that it is God who gives the power to get wealth. Abraham, Job, David, and Solomon all enjoyed great material blessing from God. Watch this; you want to be rich? LET GOD BLESS YOU! “It’s the blessing of the Lord makes a person rich.” So get to the place where God’s blessing will flow to you. Somebody says, “What’s the pathway into the blessing of God?” Are you ready for this tremendous truth? Here it is. The pathway to blessing and prosperity is: YOU GIVE, or SOW A SEED. The Bible says that God will restore, replenish, pour back and continually exponentially increase your harvest. You give to God, He gives back. YOU CAN’T OUT GIVE GOD!

May 18, 2019


Are you enthusiastic believer in Christ, but you're battling cancer? There is nothing more bewildering than doing what is right and then watching things fall apart. Or what about adversity that comes as a result of things over which you have no control? Some people have had irreparable damage done to their faith as a result of adversity. But others have demonstrated that their faith grows stronger and their spirit remain triumphant. Somebody wrote this poem to encourage weary souls:

Cancer Is So Limited:
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the Spirit,
It cannot lessen the power of the Resurrection.

Pray healing based on Isaiah 53:3–5
Surely He has borne ________’s griefs
And carried ________’s sorrows;
Yet ________ esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for ________’s transgressions,
He was bruised for ________’s iniquities;
The chastisement for ________’s peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes ________ is healed.

May 11, 2019


Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

To “TASTE” is, as we say, to “TRY” a mouthful of something, with a view to experiencing and appreciating its flavor. So it’s been justly said that, “A Christian with an experience is never at the mercy of an unbeliever with an argument.” Do you want to know how good God is? TASTE HIM! Somebody said, “Praise is the taste buds of the soul.” You have taste buds in your soul for tasting, for experiencing spiritual things. Taste and experience that God is good! Watch this; we have a tendency to say, “If I can see it, then I’ll taste it.” But the Lord’s way is TO TASTE IT FIRST, THEN YOU’LL SEE IT. You see, when you praise God, God responds. God reveals Himself to you as you lift your heart to Him in praise. And when this happens, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU KNOW, THAT GOD IS GOOD! Have you tasted and seen for yourself yet? Spend time with Him TODAY in the shade of His presence, eating of His fruit. OOOOH, HOW SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS!

May 4, 2019


PSALM 34:17–19, "The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time."

Russian novelist and historian, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: "It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirring of good. Gradually, it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes, not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through all human hearts. SO, BLESS YOU, PRISON, FOR HAVING BEEN IN MY LIFE." My precious friend, what has your crisis done to you or for you? Let me share a prayer I read with you: "May God himself surround you with tender mercies and divine strength. May He heal your broken heart and restore your sense of hope. May He give you precious times of rest while you work through your grief. And may He show you that He’s not finished with you yet. He has a beautiful plan that will bless your heart. He’ll restore and redeem every lost thing! Rest in Him today." I BLESS YOU IN HIS WONDERFUL NAME!!!

April 27, 2019


Psalm 136:1, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

Maybe you had a bad experience in church some years ago, or someone misrepresented God somewhere along the line to you, or you had some type of a bad experience and you think that God is out to ruin your life. Maybe you came from a broken home where your father neglect you, mistreated you and even abandoned you. And perhaps you have taken that same baggage, so to speak, and you have transferred it onto your heavenly Father. One thing that is clear in the Bible is that GOD IS GOOD. He is the ultimate standard of GOOD and all that He does is worthy of approval. But the Bible also says that GOD IS LOVE. Not merely that God has love. Or that He is loving. But it actually tells us that GOD IS LOVE. God’s love is unchanging. It is consistent. It is inexhaustible. Here’s the good news … HE LOVES YOU! YES, YOU! Just as you are, right where you are. He loves you no matter what you do. He loves you no matter how you feel. You need to remember that. Don’t run from Him. His plans for you are good and wrapped in enduring love.

April 20, 2019


Mark 15:24, “And they crucified Him…”

What incredible restraint! Especially when one considers that death by crucifixion was of all deaths the most shameful and most horrible death of horror; and one only inflicted on pagans and on those of whom it was meant to make a horrible example. Cicero said, “IT IS THE CRUELEST AND MOST HIDEOUS PUNISHMENT POSSIBLE.” This was the death inflicted on Jesus, the Son of God, WHOSE ONLY CRIME WAS GRACE, TRUTH, MERCY, AND WHOSE MISSION HERE WAS ONE OF REDEEMING LOVE! Colossians 2:14, "For in the Son all our sins are canceled and we have the release of redemption through his very blood." Watch this, under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, Mark does not does not play on our emotions when he describes the crucifixion, as modern writers might do. He simply records the facts, for that is enough to move us. Is the glory of the Cross the happiest beauty to your redeemed soul?

April 13, 2019


Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God … I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?”

When was the last time you told God how deeply you yearn for His presence? The Psalmist did! Maybe it was in a dry region he saw a deer drinking water from a stream and he began to feel emotionally and spiritually dehydrated, which prompted him to cry out to God from the bottom of his heart: “LORD, THAT’S EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. MY HEART IS THIRSTY. MY SOUL IS LONGING FOR YOU, MY GOD.” It was St. Augustine who said: “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” Does your soul feel like a parched deer searching desperately for water in the wilderness? My friend, your soul is craving the energizing STRENGTH, HOPE, and JOY found only in the Lord. Come to the Lord. DRINK OF HIM. DRAW NIGH TO HIM and He’ll draw nigh to you!

April 6, 2019


Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered … I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!”

Have you ever thought that God is fully aware of you? The God of perfect knowledge is attuned to you and to your every thought and movement. Because He has searched you, and He knows your situation so perfectly, you can trust him to work in you His good and perfect will for your life. Watch this; God’s means of guidance are infinite, so He doesn’t play games with us. He does not look down from Heaven at our struggles to navigate life, or to know His will and say, “I HOPE YOU MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND FOLLOW THROUGH.” Not at all! Rather, in His time and in His way, He will lead you in the perfect path He has chosen just for you, before the world was even created. My dear friend, remember God is aware of everything, and He is especially aware of you. Trust Him to guide you. He will lead you all the way BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT … ALWAYS

March 30, 2019


Psalm 23:5, “You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies … My cup overflows with blessings.”

How do you view God? As a bearded grandfather seated in Heaven, wagging his finger at your feeble attempts to survive the pressures of life? Watch this; in the presence of your enemies, surrounded by adversity, inundated with imminent danger, your God prepares a table … A FEAST FIT FOR A KING. Why? Because He is generous! So we lack nothing we need. Don’t miss this; we may not have riches, BUT WE WILL NOT LACK. We may not have what our neighbors have, BUT WE WILL NOT LACK. Our Faithful Shepherd supplies all our needs. My dear friend, have you accepted His invitation to be the honored guest at His banquet yet? Do you know that He does more than simply provide for you? He also protects and supports you strongly against whatever enemy that dares to come against you, and if all that wasn’t enough, He lavishes His blessings on you!

March 23, 2019


Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

The fact that God speaks at all to His people indicates His wonderful grace. HE DOESN'T MAKE SUGGESTIONS! His WORD is an infallible guide for living. For example, you know what it feels like when you gradually may become disoriented, and seem to lose your sense of God’s care and love, and maybe even begin to wonder if He exists. God understands your frailty in these times and provides you with the sure and certain guide of His WORD to direct and uphold you. You can cling to God’s Word when “DARKNESS OF THE SOUL” threatens. Without this guidance, life is empty and disappointing. Listen, if you truly want to know God, receive a constant source of encouragement, instructions on how to have hope in hopeless situations, and be able to walk in His victory when defeat seems imminent, then SATURATE YOURSELF IN HIS WORD!

March 16, 2019


Nehemiah 8:10 “… Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Before I came into a relationship with the Lord, I thought that the Christian life was boring. NO FUN AT ALL! But when you “KNOW” Christ, when He is present in your heart, He does three things: He convicts of sin, He forgives sin, and He offers PERSONAL INTIMACY AND JOY. It’s the JOY that springs up in your heart because of your relationship to the Lord. It’s a God-given GLADNESS found ONLY in communion with God. But how is the joy of the Lord is your strength? It’s like this; when you “KNOW” that the Eternal, Almighty, ever Loving God is FOR YOU and that He is always present WITH YOU and His eternal love for you that CANNOT BE DESTROYED and He supervises all things for YOUR BENEFIT. My dear friend; if you can’t be joyous over that and face life with His Holy Spirit inspired boldness ... CHECK YOUR PULSE!

March 9, 2019

Numbers 23:19 (The MESSAGE), “God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?”

This tells us a wonderful truth about God. It tells us, dear friend, if God says He will do it, you can bank on it. God cannot lie. Do you know what a good definition of men is? THEY LIE! We live in a day when man’s word means little, whether it’s a treaty between nations, a business contract, or a marriage contract. Sometimes it’s just a scrap of paper that a so-called “good lawyer” will help you to disregard. But I want to tell you, when God speaks, He’ll make it good. He has the integrity to keep His Word. He doesn’t tell us these things to make us doubt. He tells them to us so we’ll believe them and always be a prisoner of hope, because HIS WORDS, HIS PROMISES, ARE ALWAYS FULFILLED! Whose WORD are you banking on?

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