God is Not Deaf

936000_683879594970777_1307781314_nAs Christians, we take our concerns to God in prayer and many of us make it a daily routine as we bring the same situation to God day after day. Our first prayer begins with humility and reverence, but by the millionth prayer for the same issue we wonder if God is even listening to us as our petitions get stronger and our faith gets weaker. What we don’t seem to understand is that He heard us the first time – God is not deaf.

God hears the prayers of His children and we know this because Proverbs 15:29 says, “He hears the prayer of the righteous.”  So, is He so busy that our prayers are in a waiting list to be answered? No. God is Omnipresent, which means He is everywhere at the same time and He is not confined to our time or place. He’s Omniscient, which means He knows everything about everything and is very able to answer every single prayer on an individual and personal level.  God is Omnipotent, which means He is all-powerful, supreme and unstoppable, so there is nothing and no one who can stop Him for doing anything.

So why doesn’t He answer our prayers when we pray? There are five basic reasons why prayers don’t get answered right away and the onus for each one is on us – not on God.

1) Are You a True Christian?

Many people refer to themselves as Christians. They have a vague knowledge of God and Heaven and accept that He’s up there somewhere and when they need help on earth they pray because that’s what they are supposed to do. But they don’t know God. They aren’t part of the Family of God and they just assume that this Creator will stop what He’s doing every time they have a need or desire and just cater to them. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. God does not acknowledge the prayers of the unsaved.

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.” … Proverbs 15:29

Who are the righteous? They are the Christians. They are the 311648_715477408477662_866568947_npeople who realize that they need a Savior because they have sin in them and that with that sin they cannot approach the Holy God of Heaven – ever. They are the ones who realize that with that sin they will not go to Heaven when they die, but rather they’ll go to hell and on Judgment Day will be cast into the Lake of Fire [Revelation 20:15].

They are the people who accept that Jesus is the Son of God who came down from Heaven to be a man so that He could take upon His own body all of their sins. They’re the ones who know that He suffered the beatings, torture and brutal punishment for those sins and that when they nailed Him to the cross and He died, He took those sins down to hell on their behalf.  They’re the ones who know that God raised Jesus from the dead and that He lives forever more and is their King.

Christians are people who love God, who praise God and who worship God for loving them even when they didn’t know Him. They are the ones who know that His love toward them is so great that He would actually take on a human body just to pay the punishment for their sins. And they know that He did this so they would not have to endure the wrath that He has already established and will come to those who have sin in them.

Christians are the ones who are born again because they accept944431_692565744102162_465147567_n Jesus as their Lord and Savior, repent of their sins and turn away from the world. Christians are filled with His Spirit who comes to live in them and give them a new life. They know that the Holy Spirit will now teach them His ways and give them revelation knowledge of His Word as they study the Bible. They are the ones who God hears when they pray. They are the ones who talk to God as a child would talk to their father, and they present their needs to Him and truly thank Him before they see the answer.

God provided a way for you to become part of Him and no longer part of this sinful world. When you are a Christian who loves the Lord and who lives for the Lord, then you will see that He answers the prayers of the righteous.

  1. Do you have faith or doubt?

4257830784_f5c9efb2f9_mMany Christians are true Christians, but they don’t know God very well and so they don’t have the faith in Him to trust Him or believe Him for help. It’s unfortunate that in this world people have become conformed to its ways and understanding and so aren’t able to take their eyes off of their situation and put them onto God.

The only way to know God is to study the Bible and learn about Him [2 Timothy 2:15]. The New Testament is all about God, who He is and who Christians are in Him. The Old Testament is the background that leads to Christ because everything the people did and everything that was prophesied is directed toward the coming Messiah – Jesus Christ.

Christians who truly know God will easily be able to put their faith and trust in Him because they love Him, believe Him and totally trust Him with their lives. So, they walk by faith. But Christians who get saved and then don’t take the time to know the God of their salvation walk by sight because they don’t have any faith or trust in their Savior. So when they pray God hears them, but they don’t look for the answer because they really don’t have faith in God to provide it.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” … 2 Corinthians 5:7

3) Maybe the Answer is ‘No’?

It’s very easy to assume that you know everything and that all God needs to do is trust your judgment and give you what you’re asking for, but sometimes God doesn’t want for you what you want for yourself. Sometimes even Christians will pray and ask God to let them win the lottery, for example. They think that’s okay because after all, God wants them to live life abundantly [John 10:10] and the lottery would sure do that. But God sees into your future and knows whether or not this would be a blessing or a curse. Perhaps too much wealth at one time would send you away from Him and cause you to not seek Him or that it could even eventually cost you your salvation, and so He won’t grant you the petition of your prayers.

Some Christians attend funerals and wonder why God would let that person die. When they get to Heaven they’ll know the answer, but for now they’ll have to accept that God knows what He’s doing and they’ll have to trust Him. There have been countless incidents where people were saved at funerals and that it’s because of the funeral that they got serious with God and with the afterlife of Heaven. Life on earth is for only a few years and eternity is forever, so when Christians lose loved ones here, they keep the joy they share because they know that the person is still alive and in God’s presence. And one day they’ll will be with them again – only this time it will be forever.

4) Are You Praying According to God’s Will?

thinkerSometimes Christians live only in their own little space and don’t want to see the big picture. God has His plan for this world already set out and it’s going just the way He said it would. The book of Revelation tells us what we can expect and what the outcome of this world will be. Satan brought sin into God’s world through Adam, and God has provided the defeat of sin and death through Jesus to all those who believe in Him.

When Christians have an ongoing, loving relationship with God and they study the Bible diligently, then they know who God is and they know how to pray according to His will. They don’t just pray every day for things and hope for them to happen; they pray for the things that they know God wants and they look for them to happen.

Jesus told us in John 14:14, “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  As Christians grow in the Lord they become like Him and their heart and their concerns and their priorities become the same as God’s. They won’t pray for lavish expensive cars so they can show off their riches, but rather will pray for a good car to meet their needs. They won’t pray for an abundance of money so they can live well, but will pray for the needs of the poor and the sick so they can live well. [James 5:14]

5) Are You Praising God and Thanking Him?

God is not deaf nor is He unable to do anything. In Matthew 19:25 Jesus tells us, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” You need to trust Him.

7939_692592870766116_1823059502_nSo, once you’ve asked God for something you don’t need to ask Him again. He heard you the first time. What you need to do is start to praise Him and thank Him that He hears and answers prayer – that He’s already answered your prayer. Praise Him and thank Him for being a loving Heavenly Father who cares for you enough to die for you. Worship Jesus for being your Savior and for saving you from the wrath of God to come, and for making YOU part of His wonderful family.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” … Philippians 4:6

God loves to hear from you, to talk with you, to communicate with you. He wants you to cast all your cares unto Him because He cares so much for you [1 Peter 5:7]. The devil wants to stop this relationship [John 10:10] because of his hate for God, but Christians don’t need to fear the devil or run from Him. Jesus has already defeated him for you. Praise the Lord!

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Christians, Wake Up!

4015126591_2737b0a037_mMany so-called Christian churches today are filled with myths and deception and literally force the people away from God and into a false religion that mocks the God of Heaven. And although many people feel that they are sanctified because they attend church, the truth is that attending church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than strolling through a beautiful landscape makes you a gardener, and if you think it does then you will join the millions of souls who will cry out to God on Judgment Day as He turns you away from Heaven. It is time for people to stop trying to bring God down to their sinful ways and to begin to know and give honor to the real God of Heaven. It’s time for Christians to wake up!

Christianity is about Christ; nothing more and nothing less. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul tells us, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”  Paul is telling us to study and to learn the gospel that He preaches because it is the only gospel that Christians are to follow. Paul adds in Galatians 1:8, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Many of the deceptions that come through preachers, teachers and televangelists red guyare that God has a different agenda for us today than what the old church taught; that God has changed and wants to meet us where we’re at; that He’ll accept us just the way we are so we don’t need to give up any bad habits because they’ve all been forgiven at the cross. Many false teachers like Kenneth Copeland  teach a prosperity message and twist the scriptures to make us believe that today’s Christians can have all the wealth they want, and that it’s their inheritance here on earth and all they have to do is tithe, claim it and quote scriptures to get it. These actions have nothing to do with Christ or with Christians or with the real gospel of Christ.

We live in a world that’s controlled by Satan and overrun with sin and corruption, and so to be a Christian you have to realize that you’re a minority and that the world is against you. Jesus never promised that life would be a bed of rose; in fact, He said just the opposite:

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” … John 16:33

And because Jesus has overcome the world through His death and resurrection on the cross, we also can have the victory through our trials and tribulations when we give them to Him and let Him guide us through them. But we will have them.

“Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.” … Psalm 27:11

God does not want us to be sick or to have lack of finances or to go through marital problems or to have issues with raising our children, but the influence from this world distracts us and forces us to take our eyes off of the Lord and onto our own abilities and inadequacies. But through prayer and trust in God, we can and we WILL get the victory even though the answers might not be what we expected. And that’s because God is molding our lives for His purpose when we let Him.

Many so-called “Christian” leaders today are not teaching us the real gospel of Christ, but are instead teaching us what we want to hear. We want to hear that we don’t have to change our lifestyle or study the Bible or get to know Jesus personally because He’s an easy-going God who just accepts us just as we are and who wants us to prosper in this world. But this is lie because to be a Christian we need to accept Jesus as the Son of God who died on the cross in our place and who paid the punishment for our sins and who rose again and who now sits on the right hand of God in Heaven, waiting for Judgment Day.

WaquasWe need to read the New Testament and understand what the gospel of Jesus really is – and it’s not about me and it’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. It’s about a loving God who took on the form of a human body and suffered in death so He could fulfill the promise and defeat hell and death. And every single person who accepts this and loves Him will be forgiven of their sin and will receive His Spirit and live with Him forever.

What a promise! And yet churches have filled their pews with people who ignorantly follow their doctrine and their protocol, but who have no idea who Jesus really is or what His gospel is really about.

Christianity is not about being good or doing good works. It’s not about being faithful to the church pastor and fluent with physical gifts. Christianity is about knowing Jesus and becoming like Him and carrying on the mission that He began when He was here. Christianity is about loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and in turn, loving people with the same love that you have for yourself.

Christianity is making Christ the highest priority in our life so that everything we do, think and say is to His glory and for His benefit. The only way any of us are going to know Jesus is to study the scriptures, especially the New Testament, because Jesus filled Paul with all knowledge of Himself and Paul teaches us who God is and what He expects from us and what rewards He has for us.

There are far too many man-made rules inside the church organizations that mislead people and take them away from the Lord. We need to learn to discern the truth from the deception so that we can focus our heart and our purpose on Christ, alone.

I have written a book on these very issues and it will be released in just a few weeks, in the fall of 2014. It’s called:

Christians, Wake Up! How to find the real gospel in a world of false doctrines”

This book, which I was originally going to title, “In Search of the Real Jesus”,  answers many of the questions that new and immature Christians have about rules, doctrines and practices that are spreading throughout the churches today, and hopefully, it will allow you to see the difference between religious doctrine and the true gospel of Christ. You’ll learn how the scriptures have been twisted and changed into a religion that serves the devil, and  you’ll see that we serve a mighty and a powerful yet very loving God who is filled with grace, slow to anger and quick to forgive.

We will all stand before Christ one day because this world is not our home; we are just passing through and our final destination will be Heaven with Jesus, or hell without Him. Don’t be deceived because now is the time:  Christians, wake up!

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:10-14

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Jesus is Our Only Hope!

john teshWe all have days when everything goes well and we feel happy and free, and then there are other days when it seems as if Murphy’s Law just takes over. We get frustrated and stressed, and we feel that everything we’re going for in life is just not going to happen. We take our eyes off of God and put them onto the problem and we get frustrated because we cannot see that Jesus is our only hope.

We tend to take on the responsibility to rise above the things that come against us, and let’s face it, we don’t always have the wisdom or the strength or the ability to get the victory over everything that comes against us. We try and we fail. And while this failure is a major stresser on its own, the fact is that what we do or try to do also has a great impact on those around us, which creates an even more “hopeless” situation.

When we look at the various circumstances through our own eyes – the eyes of carnal man – we have no hope. This corrupt world is out to get us and if our confidence and our hope is in us alone or the people around us, then we eliminate the One person who can help, who does have the wisdom and the ability to overcome.

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” … John 16:33

As Christians, our hope must always be in the Lord. Our very existence is totally dependent upon what Jesus accomplished on the cross, and our hope must extend far beyond the struggles of life that we endure; it must go far beyond His love and protection over us in our daily lives.

Jesus took ALL of OUR SINS upon Himself at the cross. He was pure because 5578273602_79073a7036_mHe was God in the flesh, but at that cross God withdrew His Spirit from Jesus so that He could absorb our sins and take them to hell on our behalf. But death and hell could not keep Him there and through God’s Holy Spirit Jesus rose out of hell, and after a short stay on earth to encourage His disciples, He rose to Heaven where He lives forevermore as our King and Savior!

Every one of us who accepts this gospel message will go to Heaven when we leave this earth because Jesus took away the sin that would have otherwise sent us to hell. If we believe in Him, then we are saved.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” … Romans 10:9

The Bible says that Jesus has made a place in Heaven that’s just for you and just for me.

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”         …John 14:2-3

This is our hope; that Jesus will come for us and take us home to Heaven to be with Him for evermore. This world is not our home; we are just passing through because our home is in Heaven with the Lord.

431832_669162449775825_1904920909_nBut when this hope is not embedded deep into our soul, we tend to depend more on ourselves and less on Him, and after a while we take our eyes off of Jesus and we lose that hope. We must protect our heart and NEVER lose that hope because once it’s gone, nothing else matters. If we can’t trust Him with our eternal lives, then we lose the inspiration to live for Jesus on earth, and we become like the world and just struggle and get defeated through life’s parade of trials.

This Friday is what we know as “Good Friday” and we focus on that dark day when Jesus was nailed to the cross for us so we could be restored to our Heavenly Father. Sunday is Easter Sunday and we remember that Jesus rose on the third day – Easter Sunday – in what is referred to as the first resurrection. We are all part of this first resurrection when our hope is in Jesus because He WILL come again to take us Home. Many Christians have already gone Home; their hope has become a reality.

Where is your hope? Is it in Jesus? If it is that’s wonderful and one day we’ll all meet in Heaven and praise the Lord together for saving us. But if you don’t know Jesus, it’s never too late to say, “I believe. Forgive me Lord Jesus and wash me clean of all the sin that’s in me and fill me with Your Spirit so that I may be with you in Heaven throughout eternity.”

Our hope is in Jesus! Praise His name forever more!

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
4 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
9 And He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bear the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. … Isaiah 53:1-12
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The Gift of Faith

4170784163_15ef641842_mHave you ever wondered just how it is that Christians got saved in the first place? What turned them away from a worldly lifestyle that seemed to offer everything and drew them to the foot of cross? How did that atheist ever find God in a world of denial? It happened because it’s not their doing; it’s a miraculous call for salvation that begins with a gift of faith.

The very first step toward anyone getting saved is hearing the message of Jesus and how He died for our sins. He has instructed us in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” This is our commission, our ministry as Christians. We don’t want to keep the goodness of God to ourselves – and we can’t because the love of God within us compels us to share it. The more we know Jesus, the more we want to share His love with others, and so we live our lives as testimonies of His love and we joyfully tell others about Him.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:6 that salvation is a three-step process:  “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” In other words, one person preaches and plants the seed or the interest about Jesus in someone, another person comes along and elaborates on that message so the interest is sparked to the point of submission, and then God gives the increase. What is the increase?

The increase is the gift of faith that is needed to actually believe in God,3050307072_c298faf2d2_m in the cross and the gospel of Jesus. It’s one thing to hear it and be interested, but it’s another thing to actually want it. When the message makes sense and the heart wants to try it, God gives that person a gift of faith. And this is called grace.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” … Ephesians 2:8

We cannot come to the cross on our own even if it sounds like a great idea. We cannot become a Christian on our own enthusiasm or good intentions. It is a gift that God gives to each and every person who hears the true gospel of Jesus and who decides in their own heart that they want it instead of the world. At that point, God gives them the gift of faith that allows them to accept the truth so they can repent and invite Jesus into their heart.

It’s an overwhelming feeling to know that Jesus died for all of us while we were still sinners and didn’t even care about Him. When He was nailed to the cross, He took upon himself every sin that we have ever committed or will commit. Regardless of what it was; whether we stole something, cursed someone, mocked God, killed an unborn baby or abused someone, He took it all for each and every one us and He paid the price of death for it all.

Some people would easily give their lives to protect the ones they love, but no one would give up their own life so that the evil people of the world could become good, or so that a brutal murderer could have a second chance. No one has that much love in them to want anything good for them. Yet, Jesus did that for us.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Jesus is the Son of God; the lamb that God sent from Heaven to save all of us and He did it because He loves us. God knows that no person can come to Him without faith, and so to all those who hear the Word and want to change and become saved, God gives this special gift of faith.

Does this mean that once we accept salvation we’re always saved? No, and this is a lie that many people believe. It means that when we heard the truth and wanted it, God gave us a gift of faith to accept it. But not everyone will keep the gift and use it wisely. In Matthew 25:15-30, Jesus refers to the gift of faith as talents:

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

What He’s saying in a nutshell is this: when we are given the gift of faith to believe, we can lose the salvation opportunity that was initially given to us through this gift if we don’t act on it.

2111610578_2194ff573a_mSome people, like the servant with ten talents, will spend his or her life living a Godly lifestyle and preaching and teaching others – and a good example is Billy Graham. He is committed to God and so God gave him a very large responsibility to preach to millions, and Mr. Graham accepted the responsibility and spent his life serving the Lord.

 

The second servant was given five talents and he could be compared to a husband and father who loves the Lord, but who has to work and provide and care for his family so he can’t be as committed as the first servant. Yet, he loves God with all his heart and lives a Godly lifestyle, so he preaches and shows God’s love to everyone around him and gives what he can to help others.

The third servant was given two talents, but sadly had the attitude of, 4701911204_6fda84b3bb_m“once saved, always saved”, and he didn’t care to live for God or to tell others about Him. This selfish person thought that the gift of faith to believe was sufficient to get him into Heaven, and he didn’t care about sharing it with anyone else. He continued to live his own life and felt that as long as he was saved that was all that mattered. This same lie and deception of false preaching affects many people who think they’re saved, but are not. And this is why God says, “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Yes, you CAN lose the initial gift of grace if you don’t truly appreciate that it cost Jesus His life to give it to you. It’s a priceless gift that comes around to every person at least once in a lifetime; some people are given it several times and it’s usually because someone else is diligently praying for their salvation.

As we share the gospel of Jesus with others, we need to pray that their hearts be opened to accept this precious gift of faith, and that they’ll treasure it. The message goes out to so many, yet only a few will hear it, accept it and thank God for it.

For many are called, but few are chosen.” … Matthew 22:14

Let’s keep the message going out and pray for a harvest.

2407960698_667f19de7b_mThe Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised;19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” … Luke 4:18,19

**An encouraging book of faith is one that I wrote under God’s anointing last year when I cried out to Him to make my faith strong during a nasty battle with cancer. It’s a daily devotional that’s loaded with scripture and it brought me through a very dark place in my life and into victory – and I want to share it with you to help you get the victory over situations in your own life.

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God is Still in Control

2544952310_6458b28874_mThe world today is in great turmoil and there’s a path of doom spreading across every nation as the media persistently blasts news of global adversity. It’s plagued with economic failure, political deception, global warming, devastating wars, horrendous crimes, deadly diseases and recurrences of destructive natural disasters. People everywhere are asking if God is still in control.

These sorrows are intensifying, and people who don’t know God think that He doesn’t care or that He can’t do anything to stop them. They get caught up with the grief that ripples across the globe and miss the reality – God IS still in control.

People are living in the last days of this great Christian age and 2 Timothy 3:1 warns that perilous times will come. The sins of this world have corrupted not only the heart of mankind, but of all the elements of this earth and it has driven this world into a state of chaos and destruction. Yet, through it all God has provided a way out so they can be saved from this relentless devastation.

When Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself the sins of ALL mankind so that whoever would accept His sacrifice would be redeemed back to God and would no longer carry the sin of this errant world. He died for everyone as John 3:16 says, but only a few will truly believe it and make Jesus their Lord.

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Jesus says repeatedly in the New Testament that sin in this world will become increasingly worse as the time of His return draws closer, but He also says to trust Him. In John 16:33 He says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

He reminds Christians in Matthew 21:22 that if they will pray and believe Him for the answer that they’ll receive whatever they ask Him for. God takes care of His children who ask for His help, so if you pray He will answer you and He will protect you.

Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

Many Christians know that they can come to God in prayer about personal needs, 162134757_4f6edd2950_tbut are hesitant of His sovereign ability to intervene in global traumas. They can’t understand why He doesn’t stop devastating storms that leave thousands of people dead and millions more homeless, or why He doesn’t provide a cure for the horrendous disease of cancer that is killing thousands of people every day.

God has the answers for the whole world, but they only come to those who repent and conform to the lifestyle of Jesus. Most people don’t want to change; they just want the cure.

Christians need to obey 2 Timothy 2:15 and study the Bible now while they can so that they can know God and learn about what’s going on in the world and why. In 2 Thessalonians 3:3 the Lord says that He is faithful and will establish you and guard you from the evil one. So even though disasters will happen all around you, if you keep your eyes and your heart on Him, He will bring you through them all.

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” … Psalm 18:2

People of this world don’t know God so they curse Him because their human emotions react to sorrows such as the starving children, and they think the world is out of control or that there is no God. They haven’t read the Bible to know that sin has corrupted everything on this earth and that we are headed for the battle of Armageddon, the final encounter between the devil and Jesus when God will overthrow sin.

So, perhaps people should seek God while He can found and pray for those who can’t pray for themselves. This world is dying and it will soon end, but it’s all part of the big picture …..

 ….. and God is still in control.

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” … Matthew 24:3

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To know the response that Jesus gave, please click here.

 

Faith Isn’t Always About “Me”

Often when we’re standing in faith and believing God for something, be it healing, finances, a relationship, a job, whatever it is our focus is on us because it’s our need. Our every thought is directed to strengthening our own faith and trust in God for the answer, but we need to step outside of our own little space and realize that faith isn’t always about “me”.

While we are going through our trials there are many people right around us who are also hurting and looking to God for help. We can get so involved with our own issues that we don’t even see what they are going through and we don’t perceive that they need our help and our prayers so that they, too, can have faith and begin believing for their own victory.

We need to realize that when we are standing in faith, God is with us and working on our behalf. Our victory won’t come any sooner with us just staring at ourselves in the mirror and waiting. We need to step out of our own circle of needs and help others, and we can do that by reaching out and praying for them and encouraging them. (Don’t Quit Your Day Job)

Praying for others not only builds up our own faith even more, but it gives us the confidence in God to be able to encourage the ones we’re praying for. As we step out and apply our faith to help others get their victory, we become advocates for His will and others can see His truth through us.

The more we give of ourselves to others, the more we reap in our own victories. We don’t use this as a selfish formula for personal gain, but we use it as a growing process so that the faith that is in us will spread to others to make them strong; to make the body of Christ stronger.

This world is attacking too many people with disease, tragedies and struggles, and as Christians we want to be able to reach out and help as many as we can – and we can start by praying for the ones right around us who we know need God’s help. We can speak to people and encourage them in the Lord, help them to see what was accomplished on the cross, and stand with them as they step out in faith and become stronger.

And as they become stronger, so do we. When our focus is on others, our own faith grows and any doubts we had will fall to the wayside.

When Jesus was on the cross, He had every reason to cry, to be angry, to be totally stressed out. But He didn’t cry; He wasn’t angry and, in fact, He never even fought the soldiers or the crowd that scorned Him. His concern was His mother and He asked John to take care of her. (John 19:25-27) In all His agony and humiliation, His thoughts were not for Himself. He knew what His purpose was, what His goal was, and He knew that He had a mighty victory waiting for Him – and for us.

We have to accept that our faith and trust in God for our situation will bring the victory over it, and we need to use the “waiting” time to help others. We cannot be so focused on just us that no one else matters, because they not only need our help but they are part of our healing process. Our faith gets stronger and others are helped when we reach out and raise others up to the Lord because faith is not something that we hoard all to ourselves. Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1) and when people around us don’t have that hope, we need to reach out and share it with them because faith isn’t always about “me”.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

 

 

 

The Heart of Christmas

The spirit of Christmas can be the greatest feeling in the world, and the hype of shopping along with the traditional Christmas carols and glittering decorations set the perfect atmosphere for the season. Family gatherings and great feasts add joy and excitement to the hearts of everyone, whether they are Christians or not.

This is because we are programmed to accept that Christmas season is the time for being friendly and for giving a little extra money to charities. It’s the time to forgive and forget and to make new starts in life. It’s when most people are prepared to be happy, to experience the joy that comes with the season and to help their fellow man.  Even in a secular world, the feeling of the season comes with great peace.

But Christmas is also the time of year when people who are hurting will experience the most pain, realize their greatest losses and become burdened with intense emotional loneliness. It’s the time when many people realize that their lives are missing the joy that others are sharing and it can be very difficult for them to enjoy any part of Christmas.

If the love and joy that comes with Christmas could last all year ’round, this world would be filled with peace and happiness. There would be no more wars and many of the sorrows that we see around us would be gone because the kind hearts of others would extend their passions to the poor and to the needy. What a wonderful world this would be if the heart of Christmas could be experienced every day.

Christmas for Christians is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, even though according to the Jewish calendar He was not really born on that particular day.  It’s the time when praise is shouted out and carols are sung in honour of the Lord. We decorate our homes, prepare great meals and spend excessive money on gifts, and it’s all because we are celebrating the reason for the season.

But this feeling of sharing and giving, and of joy and peace should never be limited to one day. It should be part of our character, of our natural being, so that we can LIVE the peace and joy of God everyday, and so that we can SHARE the peace and joy of God every day.

We should live every day with the celebration of Christmas in our hearts so that others can see the love of God in us every day and not just one day of the year.

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts.”…Colossians 3:15