Season Changes

How we long for the spring time in the midst of winter chill and dark evenings! Much like we long for God’s grace in times of soul darkness and cold. Seek the Lord while he may be found; work while it is day, for the hour soon comes when seasons will change, windows of opportunity slam shut, and the search for his face and grace proves fruitless.
Even when we feel cold in our relationship with God, there are reasons to pray hard! A dearly beloved brother clinging to life after a horrific automobile accident needs YOUR voice lifted to heaven. A dear brother or sister caught in the grip of cancer and fear needs YOUR scream of intercession. A sacred Nation facing extinction needs YOUR prayers for survival.
Pray HARD for others; for needs higher than yourself, and your sweet relationship with Jesus will return. PRAY NOW! Step into YOUR new season change.

As we navigate the road of life…

Dear Readers;

This journey we call life is moving faster than we expected, isn’t it? Daily our challenge is to rein in the galloping moments. Our focus on the eternal destination must be protected.

We will never forget Reverend Johnny King’s message at West Coast Conference: Sing Me One More Song About Heaven. That message drove home the truth: many of us have lost the focus on Heaven. Our worship songs no longer speak of the streets of gold or the Lamb as the Light. We do not focus on how everybody will be happy over there, or how they tell us of an unclouded day.

So, the tragic result is that the next generation are raised up know worship as the beat of a fast song instead of the depth of verse after verse of memorized lyrics about the glory land way. And we sleep as it happens.

I am writing this note so those who get it will search for the old hymnals and pull them out for their children and grandchildren. Let them learn to speak the words and sing the melody of the songs about our eternal home. Give them hope of the victory in Jesus of which we will one day partake. For, when the role is called up yonder and we are there, we will understand it all by and by. The children need this hope and the joy these lyrics impart.

Please do not let these great songs die with the baby-boomer generation of Christians nearing their reward. Soon and very soon we are going to see The King, and we want to see you all, young and younger, cross the mighty Jordan on that great homecoming day. We get what we think about. Energy follows thought. Let’s think and sing about heaven.

I love the modern songs, many of them are very edifying; it is the old paths, the ancient landmarks that we must look to, however if we are to preserve this great truth, and triumph in these great and final days.

Please, sing me one more song about heaven, and teach them to the children. We are running out of time. Look up.

Deep Calleth unto Deep

There is a place in prayer where all the fake goes away and we stand before God in complete honesty and openness.  This is the true place of repentance.  When God sees this honest inner searching, it gets his attention.  He draws nearer to us as our honest repentance draws us nearer to him.

It is here, this nearer relationship, that prayers for others can be fervent and effective.  As long as we have the slightest chunk of pride, arrogance, indignation, or anger clogging up the well of life, the depth is missing and the prayer less than effective.

When we pray, do we ask amiss desiring to consume the answer according to our own lusts?  Do I really pray for my lost loved ones because my heart breaks to think of them in the eternal realm of the damned?  Or do I pray for them to return because it will make me look good?  Do I pray to be led to a lost and hungry soul to teach because of the burning burden birthed in the depth of my prayer life, or because growing the Church is my obligatory calling?

It is  time to perfect with carefulness the depth of our prayer and to truly seek God with a heart of repentance.

Those baptized in Jesus name are the ones who are called by his name.  Look slowly at that important chronicles verse: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  Of all the times in history, America needs deep prayer!  Of all the times in history; of all the people and generations, this time and this generation demands our best.  For this is the generation upon whom the ends of the world are come.

America has turned its back on God.  We have removed him from the schools; from the hearts of the next generation.  America has killed its unborn for years, and now openly turns its back on Israel.  Just how much do we expect God to tolerate before he dishes out the judgment our nation deserves?

Yet, his mercy endures unto al generations IF those called by HIS NAME will repent, turn to him in humility, and PRAY!

There is a rhetorical question asked in the scripture.

Does the crown endure unto every generation?  The understood answer is, no.  Perhaps we are the last generation that will carry this crown of salvation.  Perhaps it is truly up to us to usher in his return AND A NATIONAL HEALING AND REVIVAL with our devotion.  In any case, it falls to us to carry the torch, to pass the sword to the younger runners, and to see to it that this Apostolic Gospel endures.  This great and lofty responsibility is born on the bent shoulders of our deepest repentance.

Let the spot light of the Holy Ghost search out every little thing that might displease the One for whom we live.  And may He grant us repentance as we seek it with all of our hearts of pure intent.  In Jesus Name; and then open the windows of Apostolic Revival to heal, and save.  Our hour is NOW; before it comes that no man can work.  Let us seek Him.

Some ideas for

Depth

 Schedule special times to pray deeply.

 Live your day with a goal to pray.

 Eat your meals slowly and thankfully.

 Leave bibles open around your house and pause to read a verse or two.

 Ask Jesus to lead you to a hungry soul before you leave your house each day.

 Pray for the saints and your Pastor.

 Use the concordance to look up the meaning of some biblical names and places.

 Weep over your bible in prayer.

 Repent and search the self for flaws.

 Repent again.

Who are “They” Anyway?

We all know people that trumpet their woes in life.  Shirking personal responsibility, fault is placed elsewhere as these people puff out their dissatisfaction with this or that circumstance, accusing the faceless, nameless “they.”

“They cheated me!”

“Landlords are unfair, they are all alike!”

“They lied to me!”

“They will be sorry they messed with me!”

“No one at that place cares; they are just after my money.”

And on and on it goes; the heart expressions of those with the mentality of a victim.  Their sense of reality says everyone is out to get the poor, misunderstood innocent in this evil and heartless world.

The victim mentality is forever seeking an adversary; looking for a fight; determined to validate the unfairness upon which their reality rests.  In recent years, this character trait seems to be more and more pervasive.  Victims make excuses. Responsibility is avoided by magnifying imaginary blame, and by pointing fingers at the nameless, faceless ‘they.’  And, it becomes a habit.

Lots of people jump into the victim box unconsciously.  So addictive is the focus on perceived injustice and the foot-stomping adrenalin produced by the same, that victim-hood becomes a literal ‘drug of choice.’  This just makes me want to stand on something tall and shout to the whole wide world “You are not a victim!”

For in truth, the imagined ‘they’ so targeted for blame are actually just other people doing their best to succeed.  ‘They’ have faces and families; ideas, plans, hearts and souls.  ‘They’ have decisions to make, and sometimes those decisions are difficult.  Here is an example:

Recently, we made a purchase.  We paid half down and financed the remainder with a promised 0% interest.  Next, ‘they’ wanted our checking account information so the remaining payments could be automatically withdrawn.  This is a practice in which we never participate, so a phone call was made requesting a coupon payment book.  ‘They’ said that would be fine but would add a 2% interest on the balance.  At that point, listen, at that point…I had a decision to make.  Was I going to puff and snort, pay the 2% and accuse ‘them’ to any listening ear for the next six months?  The victim mentality would have done that.  Or, was I going to gently but firmly stand my ground?

“That isn’t going to work,” I heard myself say. “We do not participate in automatic withdrawal with any company, and we also will not be paying a 2% interest.”  My tone was soft, kind and determined.  I was not starting a fight, looking for an adversary, or displaying an ugly spirit.  The truth was simply spoken, and the ball passed to the ‘they’ on the other end of the call.  We tossed the ball back and forth a few times as ‘they’ stated their position, and I restated ours.  Always my gentle but firm tone was maintained.  Then ‘they’ said, “Let me see what I can do and I will call you right back.”  The coupon book is in the mail, the worker went home that night satisfied that he had had a good day at work, and we will pay 0% interest on the remainder of the purchase.

What is more important is the fact that no one was victimized.  No one walked away with an ax to grind and adrenalin pumping.  We both won.  The issue was solved for us, and ‘they’ felt satisfied in their customer service.  All is well.  Here is another example:

As people go through life working for others, they often have no concept of what it takes to own and manage a business.  Having never made a payroll, some employees are quick to blame employers for any transgression; real or imagined.  When payroll taxes go up and less money appears on their check, it is the evil employer who is ‘cheating.’

Some employees do not realize the cost just to stay in business.  The insurance and paperwork involved; the taxes and regulations imposed, and the responsibility for the health and safety of each worker falls on the shoulders of the ‘they’ that sign the front side of paychecks.  Employers are constantly looking over their shoulders to make sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed.  Running a business is a challenge and a huge responsibility and cannot succeed without loyal and talented employees.  But there must also be an element of trust so no one feels like the victim. This mutual trust is a treasure born of mutual respect and effort; and comes from a heart of love, not a mind set on accusations.

The difference between a victim mentality and the mind of a victor is as stark as the difference between light and dark.  Each of us must decide to be victorious.  Accusing the faceless, nameless ‘they’ is easy.  Assuming responsibly for our own behavior, now there’s the proof of character!  Maturity derived from the soul-searching intent to give love, respect and trust makes us all victorious.