Sunday, September 30, 2012

TRUE LIFE



‎"Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of TRUE LIFE."
Proverbs 4:23 CEV

WISDOM & REVELATION ABOUT THIS NEW LIFE from Grandma Ivy in the movie "Pure Country"

Grandma Ivy, "Well, sometimes the tree grows too fast and the roots don't develop, and sometimes you have to chop off the top of that tree to let the roots catch up."
The Drummer Earl, "But do you know where he's at?
Grandma Ivy, "No, but I expect if you follow the roots, you'll find him."
The Drummer Earl, "Grandma Ivy, in all the years I've known you I've never heard you answer a question directly."
Grandma Ivy, "There are no answers. Only the search."

My Thot is in order for me to find this Abundant Life, this Real Life, this New Life, this TRUE LIFE, I had to come back to my root! (Spiritually, Physically, Mentally, & Emotionally) Friends go back to your roots... Stop trying to do things your way, & learn to do things God's way. He has the best plan for you, What I thought was Plan A for my life burned up like ash, and blown in the wind. What I thought was Plan B was actually the Plan A that God has always wanted for me. Life is a journey enjoy it!

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Monday, September 3, 2012

WHO'S IMAGE DO YOU SEE?


Today as I was sitting here I was reading Gen 1: 26,27 out of the NLT version. 

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them."

I read this verse over and over and then I repeated it audibly about 5 or 6 times. What are you trying to show me Holy Spirit I asked? What is it that I am to learn from this? I settled down to listen and what I got was who's image do you see? Do you know who's you are or do you let the world tell you, direct you, steer you into become who your not meant to be? 

One of the 10M's that is taught and published in Dr Bill Hammond's Prophetic books is: 
"God makes the man before manifesting mighty ministry"  I have modified this to say, God has to make the Man or Woman first before manifesting mighty ministry (Life).  

My Thot today is simply to ask you. who's image do you see in the mirror? Do you see the image of a great God working in and through you or do you see the worldly, destructive influences of life that people are running to?  I have inserted a Video from Israel Houghton's song "I Know Who I Am" for your enjoyment.


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

THE PORCH


A few months ago I started a “New Journey” a “New Beginning.” I have been concentrating only on my personal health in the areas of physically, spiritually, emotional, & yes finically. Many days after I come home from water aerobics I like to go sit on the front porch and drink a cup of coffee. During this time I like to read, pray, & reflect on life or my health. The other day I was thinking about this wonderful covered porch and the awesome benefits it provides. I want to share a few of these insights with you the reader.

The Porch and the life lessons I have learned are nothing new, but just a good reminder of what being in the shadow of the almighty, or under the wing, or under the arm of God is. First, even though it may be hot outside, there are always ample amounts of shade to cool you under the porch canopy. Second, the porch always provided a place of protection from bullies. No matter how many neighborhood bullies would come and pick on my friends & I out on the street corner I could always run to the porch for protection. Third, just like number two the porch was always a place of security. Again against bullies or strangers you don’t know. Finally, I thing of the porch always as a great place that provided shelter in the most terrifying of storms, whether thunder and lighting, hale, or even snow. The porch was always a great place that brought my friends, family, and me great comfort, joy, peace, safety, and hope.

My Thot for today is: If you have a porch, take the time to enjoy it and let it be a sweet remembrance to you of how the heavenly father covers us, shadows us, and provides protection safety likewise. So come pull up a comfy chair and join me on the porch.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

HERE’S YOUR SIGN


The other day I blogged about how over this last year you the readers have been subjected to my life’s vast experiences. If you recall I spoke about having everything from health issues to a failed marriage, to losing family, friends, job, & ministry. I have been down at the crossroads and I have had to make many hard changes and decisions. Has it been painful? Oh yeah! Like I said I have lost everything in my life! During this new season of change God has had me on a comeback trail to being made complete, whole, and well.

If you remember I told you about the awesome story in the Bible found in John 5:1-9 of a man that had an issue for 38 years. From time to time an angel would come down and stir the waters and the first person to get in the pool was made whole, delivered, or made well. The man in this story was just sitting there and Jesus walks by and said, “Do you want to get well?”

I am going to stop here for a minute and laugh, because I think of the Blue Collar Comedian “Bill Engvall” who does a standup bit where he makes the point that people ask the dumbest questions that they already know the answer to. (Example: A truck driver gets his 18 wheeler stuck under the overpass and a cop says hey you get your truck stuck? “…The truck driver says, NOPE just delivering the overpass. Here’s your sign!) We as people ask some of the craziest questions that we already know the answers too. I believe Jesus is asking this question not because He needs the answer or a sign, but because Jesus wants to see this man’s response. Look throughout scripture this type of questioning is found. Do you want to be made well? What do you want the father to do for you? What do you have need of? Jesus already knows what’s wrong with us He does not need us to explain what’s wrong. Again, I believe the questions are asked as a natural point of contact or a natural point of our faith in God can be seen.

My Thot is: if God is asking you this question don’t act as if He does not know about you or your issues, but realize he is trying to meet you where you’re at, a natural point of contact where the mortal meets the eternal. He loves you and wants you to be made whole. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?


Over the last year you the readers have been subjected to my life’s vast experiences. Everything from my health issues to a lost marriage, family, friends, job, & ministry. I have been down at the crossroads and I have had to make so many changes, choices and decisions that have been painful, but where for the best. I have lost everything in my life! Yet Praise God, because He was then able to move me to the place I needed to be in. Since November 7, 2011 God has had me on a comeback trail to be made complete, whole, and well. There is an awesome story in the Bible found in John 5:1-9 (MSG) of a man that I have affectionately called “Withered Willard.” His story is goes like this:

"1-6Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, "Do you want to get well?" 7The sick man said, "Sir, when the water is stirred, I don't have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in." 8-9Jesus said, "Get up, take your bedroll, start walking." The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off. 9-10That day happened to be the Sabbath. The Jews stopped the healed man and said, "It's the Sabbath. You can't carry your bedroll around. It's against the rules."

Do you want to get well? DUH!!! What a stupid question. What do you think? I have been here waiting for 38 years of my life. I am broken, mangled, mess, and every time the angel comes and stirs the water I don’t have time to get down to the pool before someone else gets in. Look dude, I don’t have anybody to help me down to the water. So what do you think? Duh, of course I want to be made well. I write this with some harshness and humor because I can see Withered Willard wanting to answer Jesus in this strong manner or yet maybe it was just me and my response to these verses as the cry of my own heart. Trust me I have read theses verses over and over and cried out “I WANT TO BE MADE WELL” “I WANT TO LIVE, I WANT TO LIVE.” You betcha and I can identify to Willard living with his issue for 38 years after all I too will be 38 in a few weeks so trust me this has been a process and hits me hard.

My Thot: is you and I don’t have to suffer 38 years. We need to be open and respond to Jesus’ question with Yes I want to be made well! I want to live, I want a good life, I want to be healthy, I want to be a productive member of society, I want to serve you God to the fullest, You betcha. Then we need to realize that we don’t need to wait for any person, because he is that person, His that Man, that God-Man that we need.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

DREAM: SUMMERTIME BLUES




Ok, so I woke up around 3:30AM. I found myself singing “Summertime Blues” performed by country artist Alan Jackson. I don’t know where this song came from. I mean, I haven’t heard this song in about 12 years. I dreamed about the video for this song and then I woke up singing it. Was it a prophetic dream or just too much asparagus last night with my dinner?

There are a few things I know about dreams from personal experience. First, always pray and see if this is a dream from God. Second, if this dream seems too farfetched I push it away from my thoughts and if it comes back then I move to the next step. Third, I write it down in my dream journal. I do this to keep not only a written record but as a visual reminder in front of me as I pray and even fast over the dream. I don’t sweat it if the dream does not come to pass in a reasonable amount of time. It may be years or months before these dreams come to pass, but I have seen dreams come to pass within days as well.

Scripture is full of awesome stories of God’s people receiving dreams and visions. Scripture is the ultimate teacher of how to deal with your Dreams & Visions and If you get time this week check out the story of Joseph, Daniel, even Paul in the New Testament. I want to take a moment to recommend a book by author Jane Hamon called “Dreams & Visions” you can pick up a copy at Amazon.com. This book has been a great help to me over the years to develop how I deal with God given dreams and visions. I believe this will be a great resource in your library too.


My Thot is to encourage you to not be afraid of dreams or visions that you the reader may have. Sometimes the dreams are nothing more than over active imagination and other times God is speaking to you about events, issues, & life. I would recommend that you listen to your heart and the promptings you may get. 

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CAR WARRIORS











One of my favorite weekly shows on SPEED channel is “Car Warriors” It comes on Wednesday nights at 9PM. The show pits two teams that are known throughout the customizing car world to race against a clock of only 48 hours to take an old beat up car and build a fully custom ride that the shows judge would be proud to own and drive.  What a rush to watch as these two teams scramble to get the old engines out, develop a concept, new engines in, work on interior, do body modifications and finally paint the car all before reassembly.  Did I mention that all of this is to be done in 48 hours?  This would even make the best-of-the-best customizers a little squeamish, at least I would be.


While making breakfast and having my coffee this morning I am thinking about how we as Christ followers have all been transformed and gone from one state to the other, or as Paul says we go from “glory to glory, or faith to faith.” We are ALL in Process.  As Christ followers God don’t just save us and leave us alone. NO! He is continually changing us on this journey called life.  I said the other day to enjoy the process. It may seem uncomfortable and a lot of pain at times but the reward is great.  If you have been following this blog over the last year you have read about my Crossroads experience and most if not all of the stuff I have been through.  As a Christ follower my life is transparent and I have nothing to hide. I want the readers to know that I am human, I do hurt like everyone else, but the awesome thing is that Jesus has never let me go alone in this transformational process.

My Thot today is simply, to let God have his way in your life. Don’t worry or be in a rush to get to the end of the process. It takes a life time of us transforming before we become the end product or finished results that God has seen from the begin of our lives.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

STONES IN MY PASSWAY















Last evening I heard a song by the late blues player Robert Johnson. Eric Clapton redid a great version of this song called “Stones In My Passway.” I am not sure what Robert intended the song to mean but as a Christ follower I am thinking of the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 8:9-12 it reads…

“But fortunately God doesn't grade us on our diet. We're neither commended when we clean our plate nor reprimanded when we just can't stomach it. But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track. 10For instance, say you flaunt your freedom by going to a banquet thrown in honor of idols, where the main course is meat sacrificed to idols. Isn't there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused—maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong. 11-13Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn't you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn't really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn't worth it at the cost of even one of these "weak ones." So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there's any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.”

Don’t be a “Stumbling Block”, or let the “Stones in your Passway” hinder others. Obvious we don’t live in a time where our meat is offered to strange idols as it was in ancient times, but we can look at the implications of this passage and bring it up to date and look at it from our cultures perspective of drinking, smoking, getting tattoos, or even the music or movies watched. Now, understand I am not a legalistic Christ follower at all because I am FREE in HIM. Yet there are things I choose personally to stay away from because it’s my choice. I choose personally to give up something’s in order to set an example to others of what Christ has delivered me from. Listen I am not against people taking a drink of wine with their pasta or a cold beer with their steamed crabs but for me I would rather have a bottle of water or sweet ice tea. Same thing with tattoos, if you want one go ahead but just because I am an Artist doesn’t mean I want one. Besides, I dislike the idea of little vibrating needles penetrating my flesh. The issue of smoking, it does not send you to Hell, but it will make you smell like you have been there. Again, I choose personally not to do these things because of where I came from and what God has delivered me from.

My Thot for today is ask the Holy Spirit to show you things that may hinder another Christ follower from the things of the faith, or even someone who is exploring the claims of Christ for the first time. It would be terriable if we hindered someone from coming to the new found freedom only found in Christ all because you wanted it your own way. I got news for you, this life is not like Burger King, you can’t have it your way, Its God’s Way! Enjoy this YouTube clip of Eric Clapton performing “Stones In My Passway.

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

FIRE UP THE GRILL



It is Spring and I am so excited “grunt, grunt, grunttt, ohhh yeaahh” in that wonderful Tim Allen manly grunt from the TV show Home Improvements. In the spring time the grills are firing up and that fresh smell of charcoal or propane gas fill the air for a brief moment as the wonderful aroma of cooking flesh is serried with a generous portion of garden vegetables & sweet pineapple and all sorted kinds of fruits hit the metal grates.  This smell fills the sky and the backyards of thousands of people during the spring and summer with this elixir of yum, yummy, yummyness.  Can you tell I like to grill?

The wonderful preparation that goes into making a grilled meal can be as simple and quick as a15 minute marinade or a whole day of lovingly, methodically, and painstakingly prepping vegetables, fruit, and a verity of protein source from beef, chicken, pork or a family favorite seafood. There is something about FIRE and MEAT; it’s very primal in essence, “Fire, Fire, Fire” in the voice of MTV’S Beavis, from Beavis & Butthead.

I am reminded of the story about the 10 virgins waiting for the Bridegroom to come in Matthew 25: 1-13 (MSG) It reads: “The kingdom of heaven is like what happened one night when ten girls took their oil lamps and went to a wedding to meet the groom. 2Five of the girls were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps, but no extra oil. 4The ones who were wise took along extra oil for their lamps. 5The groom was late arriving, and the girls became drowsy and fell asleep. 6Then in the middle of the night someone shouted, "Here's the groom! Come to meet him!" 7When the girls got up and started getting their lamps ready, 8the foolish ones said to the others, "Let us have some of your oil! Our lamps are going out." 9The girls who were wise answered, "There's not enough oil for all of us! Go and buy some for yourselves." 10While the foolish girls were on their way to get some oil, the groom arrived. The girls who were ready went into the wedding, and the doors were closed. 11Later the other girls returned and shouted, "Sir, sir! Open the door for us!" 12But the groom replied, "I don't even know you!" 13So, my disciples, always be ready! You don't know the day or the time when all this will happen.”

My Thot for today is twofold. First, you never know when the Lord’s return will be and like it says in verse 13, so always be ready!  My second Thot, is be like the wise virgins who brought enough lamp oil and who were prepared even if there was a long wait. For us life is like a fine meal that takes time to marinate and prepare. Don’t rush God, Let Him work in you after all He knows what He is doing. You will not be sorry or half baked. I think of the plaque in my old kitchen that says, “Life is a journey, enjoy it.” Friend as much as it hurts at times enjoy the journey your on!

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

HOW’S YOUR METER?


How’s your meter Peter or should I say Paul? I like to laugh at this question it just sounds funny to me but in reality I am talking about our faith meter.  It is an internal meter we all have. God has given us ALL a measure or fuel tank (a.k.a. our heart) that is to hold this faith and YES, it should be full of faith. It is up to us to keep it replenished through the Word, prayer, fasting, fellowship & serving.  I understand this can be difficult and problematic since life happens. We get bogged down with problems, issues, and other things that make life and our faith seem to weaken, wan, & even feel low.

As I sip on some Coffee this morning I am remind once again of how Paul tells us to stir up the gift inside of us through praying in the spirit.  You could say, stir up your faith through prayer.  I am not talking about the Gift of Faith where it’s like God unscrews you head and pours out all your doubt and disbelief and then takes his jug marked “God-Faith” off the shelf and replace, or refills us with His supernatural faith.  Don’t get me wrong there is a place for this and many of us have tapped or began to flow in this gift and probably didn’t even know it. I am talking about simple faith where you believe Gods Word. You don’t let the problems of life sweat you because you know that God is in control and He is still sitting on His thrown.  

My Thot for today is that if your faith meter is reading low or empty it’s not too late to be refilled. Go for it ask God to refill you, to fill up this faith tank within you, He Will! Ask and believe and you will receive.

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