Do You Know Him?

You can do the following and still not know Jesus as Savior:

-Go to church

-Pray

-Go to Seminary

-Say your a Christian

-Read your Bible

To know Jesus as Savior you must be born again and repent of your sins. Yes you will still mess up but your desire must be to please God!

Do you KNOW Him?

-David

Happy New Month!

Happy New Month! As we begin a new month, maybe we need to start off back to the basics.

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-You have worth

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-You are special

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-You are loved

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-You have purpose

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-You are important

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-You are forgiven

Have a great day everyone! To God be the Glory!

-David

Anger and Judgment

Proverbs 15:1 -“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

More to come on this in my upcoming blog post. Always remember that we accomplish more with a Spirit of Love and Grace than we do with anger and judgment. 🙏❤️

Impatience

RAY KROC is who I blame. Yes, the founder of our notorious McDonalds is who I blame for all of it. All of what you ask? Just look back at the title; Impatience!

Psalms 27:14- “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord..

Fast food is what started it all; then of course technology reached a new level and that is all it took. We have become slaves to speed and to heck with the results. I see this in my job all the time. People are in such a rush to get things done, that accuracy no longer matters. It’s all about how fast we can get it done and look amazing to others.

It’s not just at our jobs though, its in the rest of our lives as well. We rush to eat, we rush to work, we rush to bed, and sadly we even rush to God. I’m guilty of it, we all are.

Another example, how many minutes did you pray yesterday? There are 1440 minutes in each 24 hour day, how many of those minutes did you give to the One that Created, Saved, and Loves you more than anything? I can tell you I gave about 2 minutes; morning prayer that I do every day, then a couple of seconds here and there. Yet I gave work, 480 minutes. I watched TV last night from 7-10:30 so I gave TV 210 minutes. You starting to smell what I’m cooking?

Rush, rush rush…

The thing about all this rushing we are doing is that we are not living anymore. We are just passing through existence until one day it will all come to a screeching HALT. That chest will tighten for the last time, that headache will turn into something worse, that fight against cancer will finally overtake you. Then all of time will simply stop….What then? What at that exact moment will matter? One thing I can probably say that I would think of is, “Why didn’t I have more time?” God gives us plenty of time, we simply have stopped living it and living it the right way.

My friends, anyone can rush through life, however the Psalmist here tells us that to be patient is to be Brave and Courageous. Are those traits that you strive for? I can promise you that God has a plan for you and His plan is best carried out in HIS timing. Stop being in such a hurry for God has it all worked out! Or you can keep relying on McDonald’s and Technology to carry you to disaster.

As always, the choice is up to you; choose wisely….

Blessings,

David

Don’t Go Without It

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”- Ephesians 6:11

EVERY TIME that I don’t follow Ephesians 6:11 I fall. Does not matter what the situation is if I don’t follow this verse, I fall. Can anyone relate? I mean, it makes perfect sense when you fully understand the situation we all are in; especially as believers…

  • We are in a War with the Enemy of our souls; if that isn’t obvious now to us, it never will be.
  • When you are in a war, you do not run out in your underwear, you run out with full gear and weapons ready to go.
  • Even if we are fully prepared, sometimes we will lose a battle or two but we will never have a chance against the schemes of Satan (and that is what your problems come down to) if we are not locked and loaded so to speak.

So what kind of armor and weapons are we talking about? Well for each type of battle, soldiers are equipped with different types of armor depending on the battle. For THE battles that we encounter, they are spiritual; you may not be able to see them but as I can attest, you can feel their effects. So how do we possibly prepare for this? See what the Scriptures say.. (This portion of content courtesy of Bibleinfo.com)

1. Belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14)

“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,” Paul says. Truth is the belt that holds all the other pieces of the armor in place. There are two ways in which truth is a part of the armor of God.

First, it refers to the truths of Scripture as opposed to the lies of Satan. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (verse 32). The great truths of the Bible—the love of God, salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, the Second Coming, forgiveness of sin, grace and power to live for Jesus—these truths set us free from Satan’s lies. Satan would have us believe that we are sinful, lost, and without hope. The truth is that God’s love and salvation has set us free from sin and death.

The second way that truth serves as a belt, holding together the full armor of God, is our personal commitment to truth—to living a life that is upright, transparent, and without deceit. Integrity and honesty are vital to your Christian life. People should know that they can depend on you to be a person of truth and principle.

2. Breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14)

The breastplate covers the heart and shields it and the other vital organs. The Bible says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). That is what Christ’s righteousness does for you. It protects you against all of Satan’s accusations and charges. This righteousness is not made up of the good deeds you do. The Bible is clear that none of us are righteous in ourselves (Romans 3:10).

The breastplate of righteousness is entirely the righteousness of Jesus which He gives us freely when we accept Him as our Savior (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 3:9). It is Christ’s righteousness—not our own righteousness—that covers and protects us.

3. Shoes of the gospel (Ephesians 6:15)

Soldiers marching into battle must have comfortable shoes. As soldiers of Christ, we must put on “gospel shoes” that will allow us to march wherever our Lord leads. The apostle John says, “He who says he abides in Him [Jesus] ought himself also to walk just as He [Jesus] walked” (1 John 2:6). Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, . . . and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Satan will try to place obstacles in our path, but in Jesus’ strength we can walk forward, following our Lord, obeying Him, and advancing the gospel.

4. Shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16)

In listing the different pieces of the armor of God, Paul says, “Above all, . . . [take] the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16). When Satan attacks with doubts, the shield of faith turns aside the blow. When temptations come, faith keeps us steadfast in following Jesus. We are able to withstand all the devil’s fiery darts, because we know whom we have believed (2 Timothy 3:12).

This faith is not something that comes from within us. It is God’s gift to us. He gives each of us a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Then as we walk with Him, that faith grows and develops until it becomes a shield, protecting us and allowing us to live a victorious life in Christ. This was Paul’s experience. He said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). And at the end of that life of faith, he declared, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). That can be your experience as well, as you use the shield of faith to turn aside everything Satan hurls at you.

5. Helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17)

The helmet protects the head—perhaps the most vital part of the body since it is the seat of thought and the mind. When we have a sure knowledge of our salvation, we will not be moved by Satan’s deceptions. When we are certain that we are in Christ with our sins forgiven, we will have a peace that nothing can disturb.

Can we be certain of our salvation? Can we be sure?

Yes. “If we confess our sins, He [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life” (1 John 5:11, 12).

6. Sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17)

The sword of the spirit is the only weapon of offense listed in the armor of God. All the other parts are defensive in nature. God’s Word—the Bible—is described as “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus used this weapon when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness. To each of Satan’s efforts to lead Him into sin, Jesus replied, “it is written. . . “ and proceeded to quote Scripture to destroy Satan’s temptations. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). That is why it is so powerful. That is why it is so important that we study the Bible and become familiar with its truths and its power. David wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). The sword of God’s Word both protects us and destroys our enemy—the devil and his temptations.

7. Prayer (Ephesians 6:18)

Although prayer is not one of the pieces of the whole armor of God, yet Paul closes his list by saying, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). Even when you are clothed with the armor of God, you need to bathe it all in prayer. Prayer brings you into communion and fellowship with God so that His armor can protect you.

So friends, this may seem like a like but if we apply these pieces of armor to our lives every day, we may not win every battle, but at least we will have a chance. Some battles we are destined to lose for there are lessons to be learned sometimes, but more than not by applying our armor, we will be able to fight our Enemy not with our abilities but His. Amen?

Have a blessed Sunday everyone,

David

Don’t Go Without It

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”- Ephesians 6:11

EVERY TIME that I don’t follow Ephesians 6:11 I fall. Does not matter what the situation is if I don’t follow this verse, I fall. Can anyone relate? I mean, it makes perfect sense when you fully understand the situation we all are in; especially as believers…

  • We are in a War with the Enemy of our souls; if that isn’t obvious now to us, it never will be.

  • When you are in a war, you do not run out in your underwear, you run out with full gear and weapons ready to go.

  • Even if we are fully prepared, sometimes we will lose a battle or two but we will never have a chance against the schemes of Satan (and that is what your problems come down to) if we are not locked and loaded so to speak.
  • So what kind of armor and weapons are we talking about? Well for each type of battle, soldiers are equipped with different types of armor depending on the battle. For THE battles that we encounter, they are spiritual; you may not be able to see them but as I can attest, you can feel their effects. So how do we possibly prepare for this? See what the Scriptures say.. (This portion of content courtesy of Bibleinfo.com)

    1. Belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14)

    “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,” Paul says. Truth is the belt that holds all the other pieces of the armor in place. There are two ways in which truth is a part of the armor of God.

    First, it refers to the truths of Scripture as opposed to the lies of Satan. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (verse 32). The great truths of the Bible—the love of God, salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, the Second Coming, forgiveness of sin, grace and power to live for Jesus—these truths set us free from Satan’s lies. Satan would have us believe that we are sinful, lost, and without hope. The truth is that God’s love and salvation has set us free from sin and death.

    The second way that truth serves as a belt, holding together the full armor of God, is our personal commitment to truth—to living a life that is upright, transparent, and without deceit. Integrity and honesty are vital to your Christian life. People should know that they can depend on you to be a person of truth and principle.

     

    2. Breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14)

    The breastplate covers the heart and shields it and the other vital organs. The Bible says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). That is what Christ’s righteousness does for you. It protects you against all of Satan’s accusations and charges. This righteousness is not made up of the good deeds you do. The Bible is clear that none of us are righteous in ourselves (Romans 3:10).

    The breastplate of righteousness is entirely the righteousness of Jesus which He gives us freely when we accept Him as our Savior (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 3:9). It is Christ’s righteousness—not our own righteousness—that covers and protects us.

     

    3. Shoes of the gospel (Ephesians 6:15)

    Soldiers marching into battle must have comfortable shoes. As soldiers of Christ, we must put on “gospel shoes” that will allow us to march wherever our Lord leads. The apostle John says, “He who says he abides in Him [Jesus] ought himself also to walk just as He [Jesus] walked” (1 John 2:6). Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, . . . and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Satan will try to place obstacles in our path, but in Jesus’ strength we can walk forward, following our Lord, obeying Him, and advancing the gospel.

     

    4. Shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16)

    In listing the different pieces of the armor of God, Paul says, “Above all, . . . [take] the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16). When Satan attacks with doubts, the shield of faith turns aside the blow. When temptations come, faith keeps us steadfast in following Jesus. We are able to withstand all the devil’s fiery darts, because we know whom we have believed (2 Timothy 3:12).

    This faith is not something that comes from within us. It is God’s gift to us. He gives each of us a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Then as we walk with Him, that faith grows and develops until it becomes a shield, protecting us and allowing us to live a victorious life in Christ. This was Paul’s experience. He said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). And at the end of that life of faith, he declared, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). That can be your experience as well, as you use the shield of faith to turn aside everything Satan hurls at you.

     

    5. Helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17)

    The helmet protects the head—perhaps the most vital part of the body since it is the seat of thought and the mind. When we have a sure knowledge of our salvation, we will not be moved by Satan’s deceptions. When we are certain that we are in Christ with our sins forgiven, we will have a peace that nothing can disturb.

    Can we be certain of our salvation? Can we be sure?

    Yes. “If we confess our sins, He [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life” (1 John 5:11, 12).

     

    6. Sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17)

    The sword of the spirit is the only weapon of offense listed in the armor of God. All the other parts are defensive in nature. God’s Word—the Bible—is described as “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus used this weapon when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness. To each of Satan’s efforts to lead Him into sin, Jesus replied, “it is written. . . “ and proceeded to quote Scripture to destroy Satan’s temptations. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). That is why it is so powerful. That is why it is so important that we study the Bible and become familiar with its truths and its power. David wrote, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). The sword of God’s Word both protects us and destroys our enemy—the devil and his temptations.

     

    7. Prayer (Ephesians 6:18)

    Although prayer is not one of the pieces of the whole armor of God, yet Paul closes his list by saying, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18). Even when you are clothed with the armor of God, you need to bathe it all in prayer. Prayer brings you into communion and fellowship with God so that His armor can protect you.

    So friends, this may seem like a like but if we apply these pieces of armor to our lives every day, we may not win every battle, but at least we will have a chance. Some battles we are destined to lose for there are lessons to be learned sometimes, but more than not by applying our armor, we will be able to fight our Enemy not with our abilities but His. Amen?

    Have a blessed Sunday everyone,

    David

    Sin!

    what-is-sin

    Hello again! Hope everyone’s Saturday is going well so far. I have coffee in hand and am about to discuss a subject with you that may cost me some peeps. I preface this message by saying I also include myself in it and that it is all coming from a place of love but yet urgency. So, if you are easily offended or not up for real talk, I will give you a moment to leave……

    Ok! For those still here, THANK YOU! I know that each of you here have many choices and millions of blogs you could be reading so I truly appreciate the fact that you are here and giving me just a few minutes of your day. So Sin…a touchy subject and vastly misunderstood. Misunderstood for a myriad of reasons but for our purposes here I will focus on three;

    1. We have forgotten how sin came into this world
    2. We have definitely forgotten just how powerful it is
    3. We most certainly have forgotten the way to break free from it.

    *We have forgotten how sin came into this world. Well I can assure you that Eden was a real place and Adam and Eve were real people created by God. I can also assure you that when God created them, the world was a much different place. It was perfect in every way; a place with no Sin and one where God walked in His creation. (Again, not the place to give support for this but trust me its true). In fact, there was only one rule from God at the time and that was not to eat from a tree called The Tree of Knowledge. There are some debates why God imposed this rule but at the end of the day if the Creator gives you ONE rule to follow, you might want to listen. Well they didn’t listen, Adam had no idea where his bride went and so when Satan tempted her to eat from the tree, she did; and so at that moment the world was forever changed and Sin was born.

    *We have forgotten just how powerful sin is. Let’s look at this from two aspects shall we?  -First, the perfect world was no more. Adam and Eve realized they were naked and now had to work for a living. It was also the beginning of the decay of the world physically; the perfection that was there could no longer be. Why? Simply because God can’t be around Sin; it is the opposite of Who he is and so the world started its Fall right there.*

    -The second aspect  of this would be in our own lives. Now for those of you that are believers in Christ, how do you feel when you KNOW you have done something sinful? I can tell you that when I KNOW I did something against God’s Word, I feel like a semi truck ran over me, stopped and came back, then did it again. Oh and repeated this process over and over again for the rest of my day. Tell me I’m not the only one here….Yes some of it is guilt but much of it is because Sin is powerful! Almost the most powerful energy in the Universe; second only to Love. Make no mistake, this feeling is straight from the same Enemy that laid the path for our ancestors to make the same mistake*

    *The final aspect I want to share with you is that we have definitely forgot that there is a way to avoid it altogether and BREAK THE CHAINS of Sin in our lives. That way is through the Blood of Jesus Christ! This is why I always say to new believers, you MUST understand Sin before you can truly appreciate the need for Christ and why God HAD to send Him to pay the penalty that should have been paid by us. As a believer God has given you the ability to speak directly to Him (without anyone in a collar) and confess with our mouths that we are sinners and pray for His Holy Spirit to guide us AWAY from our sinful desires. Today though I believe we do the opposite….

    I believe that many of us just have “Hell insurance”. We said some words and now live however we want. Yet still wonder why our lives are all jacked up. I’m not talking about living by some legalistic rules which are not even biblical; I mean totally surrendering our lives to Jesus and embracing the victory over Sin that He won on that Cross of Calvary. Are you ready for that today? Are you ready to BREAK THE CHAINS of Sin that bind you at every turn? I don’t mean perfection either; until Jesus returns the sad fact is that we live in a sinful world and we are not yet perfect. However, we can get awfully close but ONLY when we live through Him!

    In closing, remember that even when you do fall to Sin and its temptations, you are still forgiven! Get back up, dust yourself off, and embrace the forgiving arms of Jesus. Amen? Thank you all again and I pray that this message resonated in your soul; time is short my friends….

    Love in Christ,

    David