Deal with your Rebellion before it deals with You!

169372603In the midst of the quiet night my wife shot out of bed with a crying scream, “I am in so much pain”! Those who have experience a dry socket will immediately remember the excruciating pain it can cause. It was after my wife had finished getting a wisdom tooth pulled that she was released to go home and recover with the needed medication. Well, at the crack of dawn I was rushing her back to the dentist’s office because of the unbelievable pain she was in. It didn’t take long for the diagnosis of a dry socket to be made and dealt with.

Once the initial tooth distraction was done and the open wound began to heal on the surface, a small piece of chipped tooth was left and produced infection that quickly spread within the socket causing pressure and a throbbing pain that can bring


Too often people allow their hearts to be defiled and conceive a spiritual cancer that spreads throughout their lives.   (tweet)


a grown man to his knees. The solution is to open the wound and clean out the infection and apply medication down deep so that it can heal from inside to out, instead of healing just on the surface, leaving a festering infection on the inside.

In 1 Kings 11-13, we are introduced to Jeroboam who had a similar problem. We see that because of his giftings and abilities that he was one of King Solomon’s upcoming leaders. In verse 29-39, he is given a word through the prophet that God Continue reading

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Getting the Hindrances Out of your life

Felsengruppe Externsteine im Teutoburger Wald bei Horn-Bad Meinberg, Nordrhein-WestfalenEager to get on the way, we loaded the car and began our journey. The crisp Sunday morning couldn’t have been any more perfect. We were scheduled to minister in a church on the south side of Chicago that morning. So we got an early start for the trip from Milwaukee, to insure plenty of time to get there.

We had already gone a good distance when all of a sudden there was a loud noise followed by a lot of shaking. We pulled over to the side of the road only to find the tire was shredded to pieces. Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes to grab the spare and get back in the car heading for Chicago. This little setback seemed only to confirm to us that God had great plans in store for the meeting ahead.

Halfway to our destination, another loud noise came from the tire that I had just changed twenty miles earlier. The car began to shake in the same manner it did earlier. Once again, I pulled off the road and took a look at the tire, finding that it was also flat and ripped to shreds. Knowing that we were all out of spare tires, I began to get a little worked up and agitated. Yet, we began to feel more than ever that it was God’s will for us to be at that meeting. Even though it now looked as if something was hindering us. We began to be stirred up in our faith and began asking the Lord to move in the meeting. Before I could finish the prayer, a car pulled in behind us to help. To Continue reading

It might look good, but don’t drink the Kool-Aid

629461691Remember how you would tell your parents that all your friends are doing something so why can’t you do it? And your parents would sternly say as they looked at you, “If they were jumping off the cliff does that mean you should do it?” Even if you didn’t like when their answer was in the form of a question, it actually made sense. Didn’t it?

To many people just go along with the crowd uncontested, believing that numbers confirm a right moral action. When in fact, that can be a very dangerous way of choosing your course in life. God has given us His written word to follow so not to


The Bible instructs us to do what’s right even if it goes against the majority.  (tweet)


get distracted. In Prov. 14:12 it says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” NKJV When a man’s ways go outside God’s Word it will lead him down a path ending in destruction.

Our nation was shocked at the unfolding of the events in northwest Guyana on November 18, 1978, where 918 people died in the settlement of Jonestown under the leadership of Jim Jones. The outlandish deception of so many people, including children and adults alike sent a fear of mind control to everyone who heard the news. Soon after the murder of a United States Congressman and four others, who had came to investigate accusations from family members of individuals being held against


Just because everyone is doing it, it doesn’t make it right   (tweet)


their own will. These murders spawned what has been viewed as a mass suicide or as many voices say, including Jonestown survivors as a “mass murder”. This deceptive and murderous act was clothed in a religious tone thinking there was a better life awaiting them if they drank the kool-aid laced with cyanide poisoning.

The evidence is strong that not only were these people coerced, but also many were forced to drink the kool-aid, resulting in over 900 lives dying. This shocking incident of deception and control birthed the saying, “don’t drink the kool-aid” which means to not let anyone deceive you. Yet this phrase shouldn’t be tagged to any authentic move of God. The scripture in 1 Pet. 5:8-9, exhorts us to be alert and Continue reading

People aren’t Satisfied with the Ordinary Anymore!

The church isn’t satisfied with ordinary church anymore! All across denominational lines, you can see people just wanting more! There’s a hunger and thirst in our society that can only be filled by God! People aren’t settling for business as usual! The Bible says in Matthew 5:6 that there is a blessing in being thirsty and hungry. It says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” It’s time to cash in on this blessing and get filled!

It is a natural God-given function when we desire water. It is a sign that you’re still alive when you’re having hunger and thirst pains. Only when we are dead do we surpass the need for water and food. It’s the same spiritually.


There’s a hunger and thirst in our society that can only be filled by God!   (Tweet) 


When we stop having the desire and craving for water, then we have slipped into the “danger zone” and are on the way to death. Sometimes our body is so out of whack that it doesn’t get the message that we need water, therefore bringing it into a very dangerous condition.

I remember being a young first- time parent, and our little baby girl was running a high temperature and not wanting to eat or drink. Being new to this whole parenting thing, we were getting scared. So we called our doctor, and his advice was to make sure she gets plenty of liquids so that she doesn’t dehydrate and to keep a watch on her. Dehydration can be life threatening. It can happen when your body runs out of bodily fluids. Thank the Lord everything turned out fine with our young baby, and she is now a healthy young woman.

In the same manner I’m sure you have been acquainted with young Christians who have become spiritually sick. Often the reason they are spiritually sick is because they have become offended—by the pastor or another Christian. Or perhaps they’re spiritually malnourished. Whatever the case may be, they become spiritually sick, having no desire to drink or eat the Word of God becoming spiritual dehydrated.

Another way we put ourselves in the “danger zone” is by refusing to drink and have more of God. In the past I have ministered in various nursing homes, when occasionally, I would come across a person that had lost all desire to live. They just shut down and will not eat or drink, resulting in their death.

Many Christians also come to a similar place spiritually, shutting down and refusing to feed and drink on the Word of God. It’s often because they don’t go to church or they’re pulled away by the wrong influences, resulting in a faith that is shipwrecked. There’s an old saying that goes somewhat like this: “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” How true that is! I remember riding my horse many different times and when crossing over a creek I tried to make him drink before we went on. Yet, if the horse didn’t want to drink, it didn’t drink.

If young converts won’t “taste and see that the Lord is good” as the Psalmist says in Psalms 34:8 they will never get that desire to drink! If they never get that desire, then it won’t be long before they wither and dry up.

The whole earth is yearning for more. They’re thirsty…they’re hungry for the real things of God. Lets drink and partake of Him.

Knowing God’s Heart

Let’s revisit one of the most encouraging stories in the scriptures I believe—Matthew15: 22-28, the Canaanite woman, who would not settle for anything but a miracle for her daughter. This courageous mother was willing to press in to Jesus no matter what the consequences. Mark 7:25 states that she “Heard about Him.” She must have heard of the wonders and miracles that followed Jesus. It was this deep understanding and undeniable confidence that drove her to humble herself and not take offense. This mother would not give up for she knew Jesus was the answer for her afflicted daughter. I believe she was persistent and unrelenting because she got a glimpse of His heart and knew He was merciful and loving. The end result of this sometimes-misinterpreted story declares His heart is truly to heal and set the captives free.

History has documented mothers, which have done extraordinary things for their children. But, how many mothers today have caught a glimpse of His heart to the point that they are just as willing and persistent for their children’s healing? Our families would be eternally changed if we all caught a revelation of who He is and what is in His heart.

Mary who was sitting at Jesus’ feet (Luke 10:38-42) listening to His words wasn’t there asking for her lists of wants, but was intent on knowing what was in His heart. So often, we spend our precious prayer time focused on what is burning in our hearts. Then we get busy doing things for Him and never just listen to His words. I believe God has so much He wants to share with us and He wants us to partner with Him in His purposes. In John 13:23 I love where it says, “there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” I can imagine John with his head on Jesus’ chest wanting to understand the secrets of His heart. To me this is such a good picture of the kind of deep spiritual intimacy that we should have with Jesus. I believe as we commune with Him in prayer that He invites us through His great love to lay our head on His chest, and hear His heartbeat and learn of His will. That is the greatest honor and privilege that we will ever attain to—knowing what is on the heart of our Creator and King.

Paul himself reveals this same desire as he writes to the Philippians saying, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,” (Phil. 3:10). He didn’t want the shallow acquaintance and unhealthy religion that he was raised with. He desired a understanding of what was on God’s heart. In other words, Paul wanted to know everything about Him, whether in His suffering, His death and definitely in His powerful resurrection.

Do we have that same hunger to know Him? Or, are we so caught up in our life goals and religious duty that we aren’t really concerned about His heart. The scriptures clearly reveal God’s desire to be among us. Communing with His children has always been at the center of His heart. The Holy Spirit woos us to seek after Him and pursue knowing Him as He knows us. Only then will we be as the young gentile mother and never be discouraged or offended at Him.

I am So Thirsty My Tongue is Cracking

Have you ever seen where water puddles dry up and the ground begins to buckle? I remember growing up my brother and I would come across these dried-up water holes with delight in our eyes. We would pick up the buckled mud like plates and throw them at each other. They would fly like Frisbees and then crumble into nothing as they hit their destination. What a blast it was! We could play like that for hours on end. Yet, at that moment, the effects of not having any water to drink hadn’t sunk in. When we got thirsty, we just quit what we were doing and headed for the house to get a cool thirst-quenching drink of water. Just like most of us, we don’t realize how blessed we are to have water until we’re without it.

Some time ago, my family was going with me to the Los Angeles area from Dallas. As we began to enter the Mojave Desert, we were astonished at the destitution of this desert and how severe the real desert can be. We noticed they had emergency phones on the roadside every couple of miles and big signs warning of the distance before the next gas station. They evidently knew to be stranded in this desert could be life threatening. It was a complete wasteland with no sense of life of any kind. The heat was so sweltering that you could actually see the heat waves on the horizon. Even though we were in an air-conditioned car, just the sight of this dry and destitute ground made us thirsty.

I know a big portion of the body of Christ is at this place in the spiritual realm. The Church has come through times of dryness and spiritual drought, just like the children of Israel did on their journey. Psalms 107:4–5 says, “They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.”


We were made to drink of the living water that flows from the throne of God. (tweet)


Many believers have withered spiritually in the desert season, and others have come kicking all the way. One thing for sure is that it has brought a remnant of God’s people thirsting for more of him. David’s words say it well in Psalms 42:1–2. “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” I don’t know if you have ever seen a deer panting for water or not, but most of us can relate to a dog on a hot day or after chasing a car. Their tongue hangs almost to the ground as they slowly come dragging in for a drink of water. When they reach the water , It looks and sounds as if they can’t get enough to drink, panting in between every drink. Even, laying down right in the midst of the watering hole, just trying to satisfy that seemingly unquenchable thirst. They can’t live without water and neither can we!   Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” (John 7:37) He is the only source that will satisfy us. We were made to drink of the living water that flows from the throne of God. As we commune with Christ, in talking, walking and reading His word then our thirst is quenched and we will never thirst again.

Asking for what’s on God’s Heart

IMG_2431In Ezekiel 36 we read a fascinating statement from the Lord to the children of Israel. God lays out His will and promises of mercy and love for His people. “Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock,’” (v. 13). This scripture reveals that God wants us to ask for His will to be done. He invites us to inquire of Him for revelation and fulfillment of His promises!


As we seek Him, He reveals His heart and His promises to us so that we, in turn, can ask Him for them. (Tweet)


It is His desire that we would know His will. Too often, we miss God’s great promises because we never knew they were for us. On the other hand, we might know of the scriptures but haven’t ever been taught that we must inquire of God for them. As we seek Him, He reveals His heart and His promises to us so that we, in turn, can ask Him for them. It’s like Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet listening. Knowing His heart empowers us to have confidence to ask for His will. Yet, we miss out by not communing with Him.

In Ezekiel 36:13 God reveals that His people should seek him and His promises with faith and expectancy. We also read in James 1:6-7 that the man who wants to receive from the Lord must pray with expectancy. The person who asks with unbelief will end up empty handed. It says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” Prayer that is not seasoned with faith is nothing more than worthless religious jargon. It is impossible to catch the attention and favor of the Lord without a believing heart. God reveals His heart and will to those who incline their ears and seek Him. In return, we are invited to be a part of the manifestation of His promises.

We see this same principle working in the book of Daniel 9:2-3. Daniel received revelation through the Word that the seventy years of the Jews’ captivity had ended. However, their release was not yet manifested. Therefore, Daniel began to set his face toward the Lord in prayer and fasting. This empowered him to be confident in intercession since he now knew God’s heart.


God reveals His heart and will to those who incline their ears and seek Him. In return, we are invited to be a part of the manifestation of His promises (tweet) 



God promises that He will put His desires in our hearts when we live in communion with Him. (Ps. 37:4) His heart will become ours, transforming us to think as He thinks. God wants us to know His will and pray in agreement with Him. Too often, we want God to jump on our bandwagons of self-will instead of us connecting with His will and His heart’s desire. When we follow our own heart it leads us away from Him into idolatry. We become servants of our selfish wants and desires.

When we have discovered what’s on His heart and what His will is, then we can come into His presence with boldness and confidence. In I John 5:14-15 we read that if we ask anything in His will, that He will hear us. It goes on to say if He hears us then we can have the confidence to expect answers to those petitions. The key to answered prayers in our lives is to pray according to His will and purposes.