What Can God Do With Someone Whose Life Is Totally His?

What can God do with someone whose life is totally His? I think that I have caught a glimpse of that.

When you think back across your life, who are the people who stand out? Who do you remember the most? Were they your parents? Your teachers? Ministers? Neighbors?

When we think deeply about this question, we can almost always come to “ah-ha” moments which pinpoint individuals. Our religious views, our character development, and our career choices probably were influenced by a person or persons who encouraged us – or enlightened us – or, well, you get the point. Continue reading “What Can God Do With Someone Whose Life Is Totally His?”

Why Has God Blessed America?

A major election cycle is about to begin, and many politicians are emerging as possible presidential candidates. There will be declarations of intentions – and many views espoused concerning the keys to a successful future for our country.

There has been – and will be – lots of babble in the mix. Some of the babble will be about the importance of keeping religion out of government, implying that our forefathers set it up that way. But let’s not be deceived.

Our country has been the greatest country ever to be established for one reason, and only one reason. Our country has been blessed by God.

Now I know that the imperfect humans who started our great nation made some terrific mistakes. Some of the treatment of Native Americans was horrendous. As was the practice of slavery. Yet in the middle of those errors, there were many of the founding fathers who were true to their Christian beliefs, and they looked for God’s blessing on the entire endeavor.

One of the main reasons the first settlers endured the hardships of travel to arrive on our shores was that they were seeking religious freedom. The government of England had encroached on those freedoms to the point where these brave Christians were willing to tackle the harsh journey for the sake of having that freedom. That freedom was sacred to them.

Now, nearly 250 years later, we hear many people babbling falsehoods concerning these original intentions. And unfortunately, others begin to believe them. That’s the power of a lie. Even if it isn’t true, there will be those who believe it.

So what am I saying? I am saying that we should look for ourselves. Let’s take a look at some of the early writings of our forefathers. What did they really say? What were their intentions? As we look at these quotes from men of old, we will see for ourselves why God has blessed America.

God has blessed us. Over the years he has corrected us. And in our future, if we will turn our hearts back to Him, we will see Him continue to bless our country with His grace and peace.

Today is the first in a series of posts featuring the words of our American ancestors. May you be enlightened by these, and may you be encouraged to stand up for your God in these days ahead.

May He continue to bless America.

Now let’s hear from John Adams.

JOHN ADAMS

SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; JUDGE; DIPLOMAT; ONE OF TWO SIGNERS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS; SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.1

The Holy Ghost carries on the whole Christian system in this earth. Not a baptism, not a marriage, not a sacrament can be administered but by the Holy Ghost. . . . There is no authority, civil or religious – there can be no legitimate government but what is administered by this Holy Ghost. There can be no salvation without it. All without it is rebellion and perdition, or in more orthodox words damnation.2

Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell.3

The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.4

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!5

I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.6

Notes:

1, Thomas Jefferson The Writings Of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, DC: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol. XIII, pp 292-294. In a letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813. 2. Letter from John Adams to Benjamin Rush, from Quincy, Massachusetts, dated Dec 21, 1809.  3. John Adams, The Works Of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1856) Vol X, p 254, to Thomas Jefferson on April 19, 1817. 4. John Adams, Works, Vol III, p. 421, diary entry for July 26, 1796  5. John Adams, Works, Vol II, pp 6-7, diary entry for Feb 22, 1756  6. John Adams, Works, Vol X, p 85, to Thomas Jefferson on Dec 25, 1813

Everything Seems New

David-sHave you noticed that there is a lot of “newness” around these days? It’s the new year, of course, but it’s more than that.  As I have been talking to people, there is a freshness and excitement in the air.

There are new assignments and new challenges. Many have felt a fresh presence of the Lord as they have gone about their lives.

There is a sense that God is about to do some things in the earth which will demonstrate His love and His purposes.

I love it!

So what do we do to seize the moment? Several things, I think. Continue reading “Everything Seems New”

Life’s Greatest Mystery

 

In Colossians 1:26-27, Paul speaks of a great mystery which has been “hidden from ages and generations, but has been revealed to the saints.” It’s this mystery which makes Christianity so totally different from any other religion in the world. Yet this mystery seems to be misunderstood even by many Christians.

So what is it? It’s “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It’s the absolute indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit in the inner most part of you, leading you, empowering you, changing you, and growing you to reflect the attributes of God Himself.

All other religions have laws – lists of do’s and don’ts – which, if followed, are supposed to bring people into perfection. But our faith is different. In our faith, our lives of sin are forsaken at the cross of Jesus. We accept His sacrifice for our sinful nature – and then we accept the empowerment of His Holy Spirit to  walk away from sin and into the life He has for us.

That’s why we know that we have authority over sin, sickness, and poverty. The “Greater One” lives on the inside of us and causes us to overcome the evils of the world…if we are relying on Him and not ourselves. Continue reading “Life’s Greatest Mystery”

Do You Want To Be Blessed Like Abraham?

indigoThere is a great mystery involved when we make a covenant with the Creator of the Universe. He created us, yet He wants to make a covenant with us. Isn’t that amazing? He wants to make an agreement – a sort of contract- which will benefit both of us. This is the amazing part: He lets US decide how big the partnership will be.

God’s kingdom principle of sowing and reaping is a major teaching throughout the Bible.

Luke 6:38
Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, they shall pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

Your “standard of measure” will determine your walk with the Lord. Because of your free will, YOU get to decide how much of God’s involvement you have in your life Continue reading “Do You Want To Be Blessed Like Abraham?”

Faith Is the Key

chickadee1-600Even a surface reading of the Bible shows us that faith is important in prayer. Jesus marveled at the great faith of the Roman centurion who came to Him (Matthew 8:10), and rebuked His disciples when they showed lack of faith (Matthew 17:17).

In Mark 5:25-34 a woman who had suffered with a “hemorrhage” for twelve years, touched Jesus and received her healing. Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.” When the Syrophoenician woman asked for the Lord to heal her daughter, Jesus said, “O woman, your faith is great, be it done to you as you wish.” (Matthew 15:28).

Okay, we could go on with examples of faith’s importance all day long, so we know that we need faith. But the question is, “How do we get it?”

Continue reading “Faith Is the Key”

God’s Hidden Secrets Are Revealed

11-6-25-gold finch-crI hope that you have been following the posts. If you have, you might have wondered why, when we said that we were going to be talking about prayer, we have been seemingly talking about everything else.

But hold on. We have a plan. We are laying a sure foundation for a prayer life that will literally change the world around us. For us to be certain about our prayers, we have to establish three things. We have to know Jesus as our Lord, we have to have faith in God’s love for us, and we have to believe in the Bible. Continue reading “God’s Hidden Secrets Are Revealed”

Some Words You Can Count On

Cardinal-babies-600In January 1981 I had a life-changing experience. It had been two years since I had committed my life to the Lord and I had spent a lot of time praying and reading the Bible. After an evening of reading, I had barely drifted off to sleep when the Holy Spirit jolted me back to consciousness. At the time, Iranian rebels had overthrown the American Embassy there and were holding many Americans hostage. For more than a year these people had been held captive and our government seemed unable to secure their release.

That winter night the Holy Spirit spoke with almost an audible voice: “What if you could send a coded message to the hostages in Iran-a message containing a perfect plan of escape? The plan would be understood by the captives, but the guards wouldn’t be able to decipher the code.” Continue reading “Some Words You Can Count On”

The Blood of Jesus Says, “Not Guilty”

bluebird-600Okay, I’ve heard you!

Many people want to join us on the prayer initiative, but because of busy schedules can’t keep up with intense study everyday. So I’m easing up a bit. I will be blogging a couple of days a week..

Those of you who have more time will be able to delve more deeply into the topics we introduce.

So here goes.

Do you ever think of something you did or said 10 years ago – something you wish you hadn’t done or said- and feel a wave of guilt flow over you? I have. In fact, there have even been times when I would wake up during the night with such things on my mind, and not be able to go back to sleep. Have you?

Well God wants us to cut that out! Continue reading “The Blood of Jesus Says, “Not Guilty””

You Are One of God’s Favorites

White-Breasted Nuthatch-600We have begun our Journey To a Confident Prayer Life. We are starting with the very basics, yet everything we are covering is essential for a great prayer life. First we have to be honest with ourselves and determine where we are in our journey. Then we have to make sure that Jesus is truly our Lord. We want our eyes open to God’s plan and we can only do this if we do it His way. For our prayers to be answered the way we want we have to have faith in God, so every step we take is part of the process of building our faith.

Continue reading “You Are One of God’s Favorites”