Happy Saturday!

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Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday! I’m not sure about all of you but this has been a stressful week. At my job they have completed one round of layoffs and on Monday morning I find out if I am part of the second. Part of me is ok if I am because the severance package will be nice and I have been praying for a fresh start. Whether or not this is in God’s plan and timing, I guess will be determined in a couple of days.

In either case, I will do my best to find joy in the decision; these are unprecedented times and the one thing I am sure of is God’s plans are WAY better than mine.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

Psalm 51.10

Its funny because when I sat down to write this message, I really had no idea what to write about. With so much going on, I could literally talk about thousands of relevant topics. But when I looked back at my verse of the day; it hit me as to exactly what God wanted me to talk about. (Usually this is when God has the biggest impact when I just let His Spirit guide me and stop trying to control it.)

Years ago, I was hit by a car as I darted across the street. Even from this early age of 13, the Evil One was trying to take me out. I won’t get into all the graphic details, but all things considered I fared pretty well. But one of the things that happened still sticks with me today and leads me to what I believe God wants me to share with you all.

So, I was unconscious for about 10 hours; any longer and the doctor said there could have been serious issues. But with God’s Grace I awoke and once I got my wits about me and what had happened, my arm REALLY hurt. I had quite a few injuries but this one in particular REALLY hurt. So when I gathered enough courage, I looked down and my forearm was basically completely exposed down to the bone. It was bloody, full of gravel, and was the worst pain I had ever felt. Then the fun part came….

The nurses came in with this peroxide stuff and what was essentially a scrub brush. I’m thinking, what are they going to do with that?? Well, they said, “we need to get out all the gravel and dirt so your arm doesn’t get infected. Then we can stitch you up”. I’m like, YOU COULDN’T HAVE DONE THIS WHILE I WAS UNCONSCIOUS?????

In any event, they did what they had to and all was well. I do have a reason for telling you this story and here it goes. See the Scripture above is the Psalmist asking God to create a new heart and a new spirit within him. For those of us that are disciples of Jesus Christ, we should be asking the same thing. The thing is though, be careful what you ask for because just like my how my arm needed to be cleaned out to avoid infection, when God goes to clean out your heart, it also will cause some pain.

Things that you never realized will come to light as God uses His “scrub brush” to clean out your old heart and spirit. Just as the doctor was preparing my arm for healing, God is preparing your heart for not only healing but Heaven! Every time the doctor took a swipe at the opening in my forearm the pain was unbearable, but in the end, it saved my arm. In the same way, every “swipe” God takes at your old and wretched heart and spirit, it WILL cause you pain, but in the end, it will save your SOUL.

Yes you are a new Creation in Christ and by believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have gained Eternal Life. But it doesn’t stop there! There isn’t some magic event that happens that make you perfect. From that point on God, if you let Him, will continue to purge that old, wretched heart, and replace it with a new pure one that is ready for your next life. (And makes the current one better as well)

May God bless each of you today and know this above all else; God loves you more than you can possibly imagine and as those of us that are parents understand, sometimes the best thing for His children is to allow some temporary pain to bring out lasting transformation that will make us better than ever before.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen

 

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It’s Jesus Time

Good morning everyone! Welcome to Friday! I know that is has been a while since I have written in this blog. Needless to say 2020 has been a bit distracting. However, I was blessed enough to get a really nice laptop that my wife agreed to and so I am back with my first post in a while. Forgive me if my writing skills have faded a bit, I’m sure they will be back shortly…

So, 2020, we have just about seen it all. Plagues, riots, economy in shambles, you name it, we have seen it. Never before in my life have I seen our country, heck our world, in such disarray. For me as a Christ Follower, however, it is not unexpected.

See, the Bible has predicted all of this thousands of years ago. That the world would go through a time like never seen before. A little secret though; this is nothing compared to what is coming. The “birth pangs” that we are seeing now are just a reminder of what is to come. So, what now?

Well, the way I see it two things are on the horizon:

*The stage is being set for the Beast of Revelation to come on the scene and “unite” the world.

*Or, a revival is getting ready to sweep the globe like never before.

Thing is; even though eventually the first option WILL happen, I think we still have the ability to see the second option materialize. How is that David? Simple. Love. And not just any love, but Agape God’s Love…

1 John 4:9-11 NIV

 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

The thing that many of us forget, yes even you Christian of 30 years, is that love is not a feeling but an action. An action that Jesus Christ demonstrated to us by His sacrifice on the Cross. He didn’t stop there either; He commands the same type of sacrificial love from us to others! (Obviously not on a Cross, save the emails). That is where we must begin…

Revival is possible but we have to start by being the Light; by being the example that Christ set forth for us and by asking the Holy Spirit to guide us along the way. Its not about your political stance, its not about Church membership, its not even about YOU. There are souls to be won for the Kingdom and that can only be done through the Love of Jesus Christ.

So, the decision is up to you. As always, we have free will to make a choice. Will that choice be to simply stand in the corner, feet planted, mind closed to your favorite political candidate? Or will you open your heart to Christ who has the power to bring some much needed love to our land. Choose wisely, the fate of many depends on it…

Love and blessings to you all

In Jesus name,

David

Still Here?

Hello my friends!

I know I haven’t been as active on here as I used to be, but I’m thinking about putting more time again into this blog. If you are still here following this and are interested in more content from me here, please comment below.

God Bless everyone!

Transparency

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Hello everyone! Its been a minute as the younger generation says. I will say right off the bat that if you are looking for a feel good message today, this post may not be for you. My wife and I have been going through alot and honestly at first I wasn’t even going to write anything. But my oldest son reminded me that I have always been transparent with my readers and that is partially what makes me relatable so with that I guess my open book continues…..

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that being a follower of Jesus is easy. I swear that is one of the biggest lies ever told. It is like some preach that the minute you become saved the heavenly lights open up and all is rosey and clear from that moment on. WRONG! (Not to mention Jesus never promised that so stop preaching it folks). Anyway, with that as a backdrop things for the last two years have been just one train wreck after another in my life. My bride and I have been in and out of the hospital with surgerys, near death experiences, career problems, family issues, I mean its like the book of Job all over again except not as many people have died. Maybe train wreck is too soft an expression for what we have been through in the last two years. Even our vacation we were so looking forward to wasn’t what we had hoped because of our health issues. And of course the inevitable question of “where is God in all of this” keeps popping up. I get alot of the usual Christian one-liners from folks because that is what they are programmed to say but real, physical action, not so much. And all the while it just seems like God is sitting up there on His hands watching the carnage unfold…..

I told you this wouldn’t be a pleasant post right? Oh and I forgot to mention that we just moved in with my in laws to help them out of a financial jam. That too is going swimmingly…..So what now, what do I do? Well God knows my displeasure with all of this happening and two things have come to me this week which I will share with you now. (Maybe this will help someone out there that is also suffering with life..) 

1. Jesus also suffered. Suffered greater than me or anyone else ever would. Why? To save the world. If we are supposed to do all things through Him would it not make sense that we also would suffer to serve a greater cause? Even if unlike Jesus we don’t know the end result?

2. I have always told my oldest son that my life is alot like Moses’ was; I was to lead this family to the Promised Land but that I would never actually see it; that the next generation of my family would be the one. Then a couple of times this week Jesus whispered to me “why not you?” Then I thought, well, maybe that is why the Enemy is pulling out all the stops on us for he fears what my bride and I have on mission coming from God. Maybe that is the same for you today? Maybe its just life in an evil world but I’m convinced God has something special in store for all that seek Him…

Even knowing these two things hasn’t made this time any easier; we just want a break I guess. Then again, so did Jesus….Jesus could have used a break from all that suffering He went through but never got one until it was finished. Maybe our break will come sooner, maybe it wont but of everything I am not sure of, which is just about everything, the only thing that keeps this life upright most days is knowing that Jesus really is there at the finish line just cheering us on. One day all of this pain will be a distant memory; one day the suffering will no longer exist, one day all of our tears will be wiped away. Oh how I yearn for that day……

Agape Love,

David

Transparency

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Hello everyone! Its been a minute as the younger generation says. I will say right off the bat that if you are looking for a feel good message today, this post may not be for you. My wife and I have been going through alot and honestly at first I wasn’t even going to write anything. But my oldest son reminded me that I have always been transparent with my readers and that is partially what makes me relatable so with that I guess my open book continues…..

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that being a follower of Jesus is easy. I swear that is one of the biggest lies ever told. It is like some preach that the minute you become saved the heavenly lights open up and all is rosey and clear from that moment on. WRONG! (Not to mention Jesus never promised that so stop preaching it folks). Anyway, with that as a backdrop things for the last two years have been just one train wreck after another in my life. My bride and I have been in and out of the hospital with surgerys, near death experiences, career problems, family issues, I mean its like the book of Job all over again except not as many people have died. Maybe train wreck is too soft an expression for what we have been through in the last two years. Even our vacation we were so looking forward to wasn’t what we had hoped because of our health issues. And of course the inevitable question of “where is God in all of this” keeps popping up. I get alot of the usual Christian one-liners from folks because that is what they are programmed to say but real, physical action, not so much. And all the while it just seems like God is sitting up there on His hands watching the carnage unfold…..

I told you this wouldn’t be a pleasant post right? Oh and I forgot to mention that we just moved in with my in laws to help them out of a financial jam. That too is going swimmingly…..So what now, what do I do? Well God knows my displeasure with all of this happening and two things have come to me this week which I will share with you now. (Maybe this will help someone out there that is also suffering with life..) 

1. Jesus also suffered. Suffered greater than me or anyone else ever would. Why? To save the world. If we are supposed to do all things through Him would it not make sense that we also would suffer to serve a greater cause? Even if unlike Jesus we don’t know the end result?

2. I have always told my oldest son that my life is alot like Moses’ was; I was to lead this family to the Promised Land but that I would never actually see it; that the next generation of my family would be the one. Then a couple of times this week Jesus whispered to me “why not you?” Then I thought, well, maybe that is why the Enemy is pulling out all the stops on us for he fears what my bride and I have on mission coming from God. Maybe that is the same for you today? Maybe its just life in an evil world but I’m convinced God has something special in store for all that seek Him…

Even knowing these two things hasn’t made this time any easier; we just want a break I guess. Then again, so did Jesus….Jesus could have used a break from all that suffering He went through but never got one until it was finished. Maybe our break will come sooner, maybe it wont but of everything I am not sure of, which is just about everything, the only thing that keeps this life upright most days is knowing that Jesus really is there at the finish line just cheering us on. One day all of this pain will be a distant memory; one day the suffering will no longer exist, one day all of our tears will be wiped away. Oh how I yearn for that day……

Agape Love,

David