Monday, November 30, 2015


Proverbs 3:7 “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” (KJV)


Washed -- Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed                         by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

Inspired -- 2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:               but holy men of  God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

Sensitive -- Proverbs 16:21 “The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the         lips  increaseth learning.” (KJV)

Engaging -- 1 Corinthians 2:4 “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of       man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:” (KJV)

            Everyone has an opinion! Anyone will freely offer unsolicited advice! Someone thinks he understands; but, No One is asking God for His wisdom.

            As the Christmas season has now begun, and actually has been in full swing since Halloween, we effectively skipped Thanksgiving! Our celebration of that holiday has morphed into an exercise in gluttony.  I am struck with the thought, “We as a society have replaced appreciation and thankfulness with greed and self-importance.” This world is lacking God’s Wisdom and we have become puffed up with knowledge instead on being built up in love.

            According to the Psalmist, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”, so the invitation is graciously extended. Today join me on the journey to become wise. We can be renewed by the washing of God’s word through our minds. We will be inspired as His Spirit moves among us in a fresh outpouring of Pentecostal Power. Sensitivity to the needs of others develops as we respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit, our ministry one to another is engaging as the manifestations of the power of God are demonstrated by His LOVE at work in us.



Friday, September 11, 2015

Ready or Not Christ is Coming Again

Acts 1:11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” (NASB)

            Christ established His church upon the revelation that He was, is, and always shall be, the Messiah. He is the deliverer of all who put their trust in Him. The church has been Christ’s ambassadors on Earth for centuries, and yet, we have continually focused our attention on the wrong question. We have been asking, “When will Christ return and take us into Glory?”

            Our focus should be, “Are we ready for His return?”

            Because I believe the return of Christ is imminent, the focus of my messages for the near future will reflect the theme READY or NOT. Jesus promised when the “Son of Man” comes He will bring justice, but He questioned the presence of FAITH when He returned.  It is past time that we stop asking “When will Christ return?” and start asking, “Are we ready for His return?”

            READY or NOT Christ is coming again! The first step in being READY is living a repentant life-style.

Repentant – Psalm 51:16-18 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. (KJV)

            To be ready for the return of Christ we must humble ourselves. God is more concerned with the condition of our hearts than in the abundance of our offerings. He will openly receive us when our hearts are broken over the same things His heart is broken over. God’s desire is that ALL would turn to Him and accept the Gift of salvation through Christ. When we recognize our wickedness and turn away from our desires God will create in us a desire to seek and serve Him.

Excited – Acts 15:2-4 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

            Disagreements and arguments are not a 21st century arrival within the church. People can always find issues to divide us. However, if we are living a repentant life-style, excitement about all that God is doing in and through us breaks down the dividing walls we construct. Being enthusiastic about the life changing power of God unifies us. Repentance and excitement propel us into the realm of servanthood. Step one, be repentant! Step two, get excited about what God is doing! Step three, make yourself available!

Available – 1 Samuel 3:7-9 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (KJV)

                        Isaiah 6:4-9 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. (KJV)

            These two examples demonstrate the willingness of God to use those who make themselves available to Him. Samuel was an answer to prayer for his mother. Out of obedience she gave him back to the Lord to serve in the temple. Even before he knew the Lord God called him. He answer the call.

            Isaiah had an unmistakable experience in the presence of the Lord. He (Isaiah) recognized his inability to stand up to God’s holy standard, and yet he accepted the purification offered and willingly answered God’s call.

            We hesitate to put ourselves in the position of these two prophets. We can readily list reasons God will not use us, but the truth is God is looking for willing servants. He is not interested in our excuses! He is well able to sanctify and empower us to answer the call. God wants to use you! The fourth step, is being devoted to God’s purpose.

Devoted – 1 Chronicles 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the Lord. (KJV)

            Building the sanctuary of the Lord has been transformed from a physical building. It is the knowledge that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God has chosen each of us to respond to His calling. He is building us into a royal priesthood of all READY believers. The final step, allow the yearning for God’s Kingdom to grow within us. We need to hunger for the things of God.

Yearning – Romans 8:23-26 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (KJV)

            Our weakness, our lack, our inability is overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit! READY or NOT Christ is coming again! My prayer for all of us is that we be READY when He comes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.’” (KJV)

Energy Allotted Satisfying Yourself

            It is probably true; each preceding generation says of the next, “They just don’t know how easy they have it.” Advancements in technology make our lives increasingly easy. Comfort and convenience are two very strong motivators, but have we stopped to examine the price we pay chasing the easy life?

            We spend vast amounts of time, energy and financial resources to ensure our comfort. We seem to measure our commitment to every task based upon the convenience of its accomplishment. We like things to be EASY. When events in our lives do not seem to run as smoothly as we plan we question every aspect of our lives, usually arriving at some level of doubt and disbelief.

            Where are you right now? The question is not reflective of your physical location. It seeks to expose your spiritual position and state of being. Personally I’m facing the most difficult challenges of my life. Crises in my Pastoral Ministry, aging parents with all the “joys” of declining health, and career confrontations as an educator in the public school system, all converge to create huge stress in my life. Oh, how I wish life could be EASY. The sheer pleasure of Energy Allotted Satisfying Yourself is not without appeal. Strangely, that attraction is in direct opposition to following Christ. He says, “deny” –– NOT “satisfy yourself”.

            The conflict between discipleship and the EASY life drives us toward deeper dependence upon God and a feverish search of His Word. Or, it pulls us into an ever-increasing spiral of destruction. Most often we look for answers that will eliminate our discomfort, but the situations we face are not new problems. Everyone — Prophets, Kings, Priests, and common people throughout history have all wrestled with denying their desire for what is EASY and had to balance the demands of natural life with spiritual life. These verses from Isaiah may help us understand and apply God’s answer to our dilemma. (Isaiah 49:3-4)

            We search for destiny and purpose. God answers our questions with a reminder that He is Master of our destiny. He is using our lives to bring glory to His Name. We make the counter point that all our hard work and sacrifice is worthless. We do not see the value in anything we have done, yet we begin to accept that God is keeping score –– not us. He will reward faithful service. Depression and disillusion is a common problem in contemporary society. In my opinion, it is worsened by the need for instant gratification, but God in His love holds the solution.

            God is aware of everything that is going on in our lives and He will be glorified. What we have done to advance the Kingdom Of God is the only thing that will ultimately matter. Do not derail your life by accepting what comes EASY. Energy Allotted Satisfying Yourself will not bring about the glory of God and cannot result in a Crown of Life. The cosmic clock is ticking away and time is at an end. Jesus is coming and He is coming soon. The popularity or lack of popularity the message holds does not enhance nor diminish its truth. We are not qualified to judge our own lives. Our perceptions and expectations color our judgment, but scripture says: (Revelation 22:12)

            Faithfulness, commitment, and persistence in service are to be valued and God will both honor and reward them in us. We must overcome the tendency to go with the flow and accept the path of least resistance. Often we measure our success or failure by our evaluation of the lives of others. We mistakenly believe God ignores our need.

            Whatever you are facing rest assured God knows all about it. Financial distress does not shock God. Physical illness and disease cannot scare Him. Emotional entanglements do not confuse Him. He does not have favorites. He does not have a switchboard operator saying, “Please stay on the line and your call will be answered in the order it was received.”  (Romans 6:12-13)

            God is not indifferent to your need. He will answer it in the way that allows the maximum glory to be given to His Name. When we seek the EASY way we run headlong down the path of sin. Energy Allotted Satisfying Yourself denies the Lordship of Christ and allows us to slide into the wickedness that is a sign of the times in which we live. However, sin is not new and wickedness has been around since the dawn of time –– no doubt it will continue until the end. In fact, it has been the catalyst responsible for divine judgment on more than one occasion during recorded history. (Genesis 6:5)

            The EASY road leads to judgment. First Satan was cast out of heaven for attempting to exult himself above God. Then Satan began his long campaign to corrupt mankind. Adam was influenced and took the EASY way. God judged mankind for Adam’s sin of disobedience. Cain took the EASY way and allowed jealousy to become murder. God judged Cain and he became a marked man. Sin increased and the world was purged of wickedness by a catastrophic flood, and still we gravitate toward what is EASY. Energy Allotted Satisfying Yourself will lead to destruction. The cities on the plain were destroyed for sexual sin and drunkenness. The vast and varied languages of the world were created as a result of a man’s desire to exult his throne and bring himself to God’s level.
            The antidote to the problem of sin is committing our lives to Christ. Remembering where we started this conversation, Jesus calls upon us to follow Him by denying ourselves. Once we make that commitment we no longer fall under the condemnation of sin; however, we have a daily struggle to overcome the pull of the EASY way. (Romans 8:1-3)

            Living according to the Spirit is not a once-and-for-all magic transformation. It is a daily choice to accept the grace of God, follow His plan for your life, and allow His Lordship to override your desire for comfort and convenience. The righteous requirements of a godly life do not vaccinate us from difficulties. They simply equip us to face them with faith, hope, and perseverance. Energy Allotted Satisfying Yourself leads directly to an eternity of suffering and separation from God. Spending time in the study of the Word of God, fellowship of believers, and heartfelt worship leads to joy, fulfillment and life everlasting. I know on which road I want to be.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


2Chronicles 29:26 “And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.” (KJV)

Reliable Energetic Anointed Leaders

            Modern life pulls and twists us in so many directions at the same time that it feels we are in a perpetual game of twister. You remember twister that game which was played on a mat with colored spots, a spinner and a group of people all trying to accomplish the task of putting their hands and feet on the colored spots which were called without falling down. “Right hand blue, left foot red, left hand yellow, right foot green” — well I was always the first to fall down. Life in a bizarre turn of events resembles that game. We always seem to be chasing some impossible dream, but as Christians we need to be reliable, trustworthy, dependable and sure-footed. The apostle Paul instructed Timothy to avoid worldly pursuits.

            It is that avoidance that allows us to demonstrate reliability to a lost and dying world. Chasing success in this world leaves us empty and most often undependable; on the other hand, chasing after God and the righteousness He offers gives us stability. Through the attributes God brings into our lives we become reliable witnesses of God’s glory and grace.   (1Timothy 6:11-12)

            In this world there is no shortage of broken promises. Everything is unreliable. At the most basic level of human interaction, marriage by the world’s standard, once an unbreakable covenant, is now an optional contractual relationship. Everything from career choice to product warranties leaves us empty, hurt, and searching. God is inviting us to be REALReliable Energetic Anointed Leaders. God is the only one keeping promises today. Because of His promises we are able to be reliable. The promises become our source of energy and anointing. God supplies all that we need according to His purposes. (2Corinthians 1:20-22)

            Authentic exercise and expression of our faith demands that we live up to the standard set in God’s word. Our lives should reflect what we believe. One key element in a life that is pleasing to God is reliability. The Pastoral Epistles, 1st and 2nd Timothy along with Titus, repeat the phrase, “This is a trustworthy saying” over and over as the Apostle Paul offers practical advice on living to please God. Today more than ever we (the church) run the risk of too close an association with the world. Are there any REAL Christians?

            Reliable Energetic Anointed Leaders are produced by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. God calls men and women, boys and girls, young and old to an encounter with Him. There is a spiritual battle going on all around us. Yet, we with increasing regularity heed not the warnings and walk starry-eyed down the wide road that leads to hell. Under the banner of tolerance and political correctness we turn a blind eye to sin and fall deeper and deeper in love with the world. Here is the warning, let it ring loud and clear in your ears and penetrate deep into your heart: (1John 2:15)

            Do we sing “We’ve Got The Power In The Name Of Jesus” and secretly ask ourselves where did it go? Is it any wonder the Church has lost its ability to be the agent of change in this world? The power of God, the truth of Hs word, the anointing that sets the captive free is invested in the messenger with the right message. Satan has brought the battle to us and we missed the battle cry. (1Corinthians 14:8)

            It is time to face the truth. We as a church have lost some battles. We as the people of God have missed the mark a time or two. It is time to repent and get REAL with God. Today become the Reliable Energetic Anointed Leaders God has called us to be. We know the power of God. We’ve walked under His anointing, but somehow we’ve been distracted somewhere and we’ve taken our eyes off Jesus. The hope we have is still alive. The fire of our faith has not been snuffed out. We just need some practical advice on how to be REAL.

            Recently, I told a friend, “I’m definitely not Jesus, and I have no desire to be Moses, but once in a while I’d still like to be Peter.” After mulling that statement over in my mind, I understand why I admire Peter so much. He was a man who made bold attempts because of his faith. He made a royal mess of things a time or two, but when he finally got it right, he was a man under a tremendous anointing. He is the one who can tell us how to get REAL.  He was a Reliable Energetic Anointed Leader and a precious piece of his advice can be found in 1 Peter chapter 3 verses 15 and 16.

            Re-establishing the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives, securing our grasp on the hope of heaven, as well as exercising both gentleness and respect as we deal with others are the three actions that enable us to be REAL Christians. These three actions working together in us strengthen our resolve to stand firm in the Lord and they will silence all the malicious talk against the body of Christ. They (the world) will become ashamed of their slander against the Church as we press on following the instructions of Solomon, who teaches us to continue our work while we are living. (Ecclesiastes 9:10-11)

            We do not usually focus our attention on the second half of verse 10 but the truth is if God holds off the coming of the Lord long enough we will all fall into the long sleep of death. If our message is going to be Reliable we must live what we say we believe. Focusing our attention upon what we can accomplish with the strength the Lord supplies to us, forces us to be Energetic. Actively exercising the authority Christ has given us, by definition makes us Anointed. Stepping out in faith, realizing that God is in control within every situation, and offering clear Godly alternatives in our lifestyle that people can follow makes us Leaders. Being REAL sometimes makes us a target. That is why we are given this warning. (1Corinthians 16:13-14)

            Problems in life seem to attack us without warning, but God does not want us to be taken by surprise.  First Corinthians chapter 16 verses 13 and 14 encourage us to take five actions that prepare us for victory in every circumstance. 1) Watch out! The enemy is real and he is looking for any weakness or any distracted moment to strike. 2) Stand in faith. In order to see the victory God has promised we must be able to stand in faith. Many times belief in God’s promises is all we have. The strength of our resolve and the force of the commitment we have made, to the cause of Christ, enable the Spirit of God to work in our lives for His glory. 3) Be courageous! No victory has ever been won without courage. The willingness to step, out into the unknown, faith in the promise, and the strength to take action, each work together to build up courage within us. If we do not lose heart, we will see victory. 4) Be strong. There is no easy road into destiny. Beyond the point of our faith and past our initial courage to step out into the fulfillment of our calling, our resolve will be tested. The warning to be strong says, “This will take time! There are no instant winners.” The final element that insures victory is love. 5) Take Action because of love! REAL Christians, Reliable Energetic Anointed Leaders, do what they do because of the love of God. Love is the driving force within our faith. Without love there is no desire to take action and any action taken lacks the power to bring about change in our lives.

            Love is both the reason for action and the power behind the anointing. The result is preaching a life-changing message with hope and conviction. As children, most of us played the game of hide and seek. Do you remember the last line the seeker would say before beginning the search? “Ready or not here I come!” Ready or not the world is coming to the Church for answers. They need to find REAL Christians, Reliable Energetic Anointed Leaders, who are not afraid to share their faith and the reasons for the hope we have in Christ. (2Timothy 4:2)

            Preaching the Word will change lives. Being ready at all times to correct, rebuke and encourage requires great patience. Careful instruction in righteousness is not an easy task. The goal of our preaching is building up of the body of Christ. (Titus 3:14)

            Building a community of faith that leads productive lives in today’s society seems to be increasingly difficult.  It can only be accomplished through the anointing. No matter who you are, or how long you have been a Christian, God is calling us to be REALReliable Energetic Anointed Leaders. (1John 2:27-29)

Friday, July 24, 2015


Matthew 6:19-20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”


Living in the desert we almost never see squirrels rushing around collecting nuts and raiding bird feeders, but Michele and I have just returned from the North Woods of Wisconsin. The landscape and climate there is vastly different than Southwestern Arizona. Small woodland creatures are abundantly active.

As I was driving Michele to work yesterday, listening to America’s Morning News, planning my day, and contemplating the stages of life, for some unknown reason one of Aesop’s fables burst onto the scene in my mind. Before its arrival I had been thinking of three things: Aging, Retirement, and the imminent return of Christ.

Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

None of us can pinpoint “the hour of our death.” We cannot, by worrying over all the unforeseen circumstances in life, guarantee the avoidance of ALL tragedy. So, what can we do?

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

The only thing we can do is select temporal opportunities rewarded eternally. We must choose to STORE up our treasure beyond the reach of calamity. With the time God has given us, we must use every opportunity to “bless and NOT curse.” The benefits of a life lived to the glory of God can and will be evident in the physical realm, but the reward is eternal. Invest your time, talent, and treasure in the Kingdom that is without end!

Yes, I do jokingly refer to our vacation as: The Garlit Shop Across America Tour, but it reminds me what is of primary importance and I hope you remember as well:

 Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Where will your tomorrow be spent? Select Temporal Opportunities Rewarded Eternally!

Before you go I’ve included the fable just for fun. A fable by Aesop, The Grasshopper and the Ants

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”


Recently, a set of shocking statistics came across my desk. The fellowship of ministries I am part of is preparing for their annual conference and I received an invitation to attend a Discipleship Ministry luncheon.  Within that e-mail, these statistics were presented.

The Barna Group reports:
7% of Assemblies of God pastors are satisfied with the state of discipleship in their churches
84% of people know at least one committed Christian
15% of people think the lifestyles of those Christians are significantly different than the norm.

"In virtually every study we conduct, representing thousands of interviews every year, born-again Christians fail to display much attitudinal or behavioral evidence of transformed lives." (David Kinnaman)

Okay, I’m in the 93% of pastors who are dissatisfied with the state of discipleship within the church I pastor. We need more relevant, life-changing, educational ministries.

The shocking message of these statistics is 85% of people cannot recognize any significant difference in the lives of Christians and Non-Christians. If we are the SALT of the Earth, this is a huge warning beacon that we have LOST our ability to flavor the world around us.

It is time to re-establish Christian values and stop re-defining our behaviors to accommodate this world’s expectations.

2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

1 Peter 2:12 “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

When I was growing up, the question was asked, “If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” We seem to be rushing into a world where True Christianity is becoming a crime and sadly many of us may not be convicted based upon the evidence.

Where are we as a nation is an important question, but the most important question is who are we as individuals!  Are “WE” Christians? Can “WE” be Saints Actively Living Transformation?

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Romans 9:15-16 “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (KJV)

Maximum Effort Radiating Christ (in) You

            Who among us does not relish being on the receiving end when MERCY is being passed out? We flourish and thrive when we feel love, encouragement, and heart-felt compassion. Our lives are richer and more rewarding as mercy flows. Every blessing in our lives, in fact our very lives, depend on the mercies of God. None of us can say we deserve His mercy, and no one can explain why we experience His mercy. We can only enjoy the mercies of the Lord.

            We cannot buy, trade, control, or change the mercies of God. His mercy does not depend upon us, but we cannot survive without it.  As a child growing up in church, there were many quips and catch phrases that were designed to help shape us into what God was calling us to become. They could be heard in any conversation with believers. “Stay under the spout where the glory comes out” is a favorite. Looking back on that time in life it is impossible to recall anyone really teaching how to accomplish that goal, and no one ever explained how much work it was to stay under that spout. Staying there takes maximum effort. It does cost something. MERCYMaximum Effort Radiating Christ (in) You calls upon each of us to work at maintaining relationship. Staying under the spout where the glory comes out requires us individually to make the effort, carry the weight, build the Kingdom, and support each other. (Romans 14:19)

            Those who have been blessed by the mercies of God have the responsibility to keep that blessing flowing. The floodgates of God’s mercy are open. We cannot control the flow. We cannot choose the direction of the flow; but we can cut ourselves off from it. We are to radiate Christ. According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, the word means to give forth or spread out something — heat, light, love, happiness, etc.  These all flow from a central location. For us, as Christians, the source is Christ in us. (Colossians 1:24-27)

            God has chosen to reveal His truth in two ways, first through the written revelation communicated to every generation, and second through our lives as we live them in light of that revelation. His word in its fullness is proclaimed by our actions. Christ in each one of us is the hope of glory. The glorious riches of His grace are to be made known through us as we live our faith.

            Our individual relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ, shine in the darkness of this world and we reflect the perfection of our Heavenly Father. Together we are the body of Christ. The testimonies each of us shares make the individual important. Christ in you is the hope of glory. Christ in you incorporates you into the body of Christ. Christ in you meets every need. The church is built up, encouraged and strengthened as we fill up what is lacking by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit — Christ in us. Every person has a unique calling and gift set to employ in the Kingdom of God. The responsibility is ours. The effort in preserving the unity of the body is ours. The love, glory, mercy, and grace are His. (Matthew 5:43-48)

            The standard of behavior set for us goes beyond the standard set for non-Christians. Jesus taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. It is by those actions that we are recognized as children of God. There is a level of dependence upon the Holy Spirit that is not easily achieved. We rarely think of the amount of effort it takes to let go of our human nature. We do not count the cost of perfection. Jesus, as our example, emptied Himself in our behalf. He had the authority to act differently. He had the power to do just whatever He desired to do; yet, He emptied Himself and was obedient to the will of God. (Philippians 2:5-8)

            Too often we attempt to make ourselves something and miss the plan God has for us. Maximum Effort Radiating Christ (in) You – MERCY, will bring every individual to the point of emptying themselves in order for the glory of God to shine out of their lives. We will stop pushing, shoving and trying to make ourselves something and realize – Christ in us is everything. (Luke 6:27-31)
            God chooses who He will have mercy on according to His sovereign will. We cannot change it. He does not depend on us to let Him know who is worthy. He does not consult us for our opinion at all concerning His plan. He simply offers us the opportunity to carry out His will, and treat everyone, as we would like to be treated. He offers us the privilege, as His children, to show His mercy, grace and love to a world in need of a savior. He allows the hope of glory to shine in us drawing the world to Jesus Christ. We all depend upon the MERCY of God and we make every effort to radiate Christ through our actions. MERCYMaximum Effort Radiating Christ (in) You; Let that be our challenge today and every day. (Colossians 2:9-10) 

Monday, June 22, 2015


Matthew 24:12-13 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (KJV)

Fully Activated Courageous Teaching

            Conditions being what they are in the world it is increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction in the media. Advertising leaves heads spinning an image, according to one popular slogan, is everything; but where does that leave the people of God? We are called to be the “salt” and “light” in this world (Matthew 5:13 & 14). Looking at our lives, people should get a clear picture of “godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2). Are we fully activated or running on half power?

            The Apostle Paul warned Timothy about the sheer magnitude of godlessness that would exist in the last days, and I ask myself, “Are we there yet?” or “Can it get much worse?” The real truth is I don’t want those questions to be answered because I’m afraid it can get worse (2 Timothy 3:1-5). So, we need to address another question. What are we (the church) doing about the condition of the world? We basically have two responses: 1) complain or 2) get involved. Of the two responses, getting involved holds the most promise of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18)

            As a child, I was a T.V. addict and I always loved police dramas. Does anyone else remember “Dragnet”? One of the two main characters was Sgt. Friday. In order to get involved and address what we should be doing, please allow me to borrow his tag line. “Just the facts, ma’am.” We need to approach ministry in FACTFully Activated Courageous Teaching. (Acts 1:8)

            As the Body of Christ, we cannot afford to attempt to minister without the full power and anointing of His Holy Spirit. There is only one way to get that anointing and allow it to flow through our lives. It’s actually a simple two-step & one giant-leap process. Step one: (This is the easy part) Ask for it. Step two: (Here’s the HARD part.) Wait for it! And now for the giant-leap (Are you ready? This part is REALLY HARD!) Act on it! The promise is you WILL receive. (Luke 11:13)

            How long will it take? Just as long as it takes for us to fully yield to God. Here is my story — I’ll try to keep it short — But I am a preacher so hold on. I grew up in a Christian home, went to church almost all my life, and felt the call to preach at thirteen or fourteen. My family has always been involved in Full Gospel churches. By that I mean we are Holy Rollers, Tongue Talkers or whatever descriptive phrase you may call Pentecostal believers. From the time I asked Jesus into my heart I also asked for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Fast-forward a few years and I’m studying for the ministry — struggling with “Are you filled with the Holy Spirit?”. It was Thanksgiving week and I had not yet experienced the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. That is the deal breaker as far as I was concerned — You cannot be a Pentecostal ministry without it. I had sought the infilling and baptism for years and it was really weighing heavy on me to think I was about to throw away my life’s goal. (God must just laugh at my stupidity all the time.) On the drive home I learned it was all about yielding.

            Right there on the 55 Freeway in Irvine, California, God filled me and taught me a lesson.  Whatever you’ve heard about California drivers, it’s true and probably only half the story. This guy starts pulling into my lane and cutting me off and there is NOTHING to do and NOWHERE to go so I prayed, “God, what do I do now?” There was nothing I could do so I let go — not of the steering wheel but of my preconceived ideas about the infilling of the Holy Spirit. I prayed in tongues. God made room for a car where there was none and I learned the lesson of yielding to the Holy Spirit. FACTFully Activated Courageous Teaching. (Isaiah 30:21)

            Wherever the Spirit of God leads us we can go with courage. Being fully activated by faith strengthens our teaching. God lays out the facts. We only yield to His leading. The message may grow more and more unpopular as the wickedness of this world increases, but the power of sound biblical doctrine is never diminished. God will accomplish what He sets out to accomplish and He has given us His Spirit as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

            The Word of God has not lost its effectiveness. In most cases we simply stopped applying it to our lives. The time has come for us to be courageous teachers of biblical truth. We are commanded by scripture to be ready, always to “give an answer” (1 Peter 3:15). The answer we are offering is not based upon our feelings. It is the product of our faith. The faith that has the power to save is active. We must be ready to take the giant-leap and act on the leading of the Holy Spirit every time we have an opportunity. FACT Fully Activated Courageous Teaching calls us first to study His Word and then to take action.

            When I was growing up, camping, boating, and water-skiing were big on the list of summer and weekend activities. My Dad taught my sisters and all my cousins how to water-ski. I was unable to learn because (Well let’s face it.) I have always been clumsy or sports challenged. The funny thing about my Dad’s ability to teach this skill is at that point, HE HAD NEVER been up on skis behind a boat in his life. He simply knew the principles and had confidence that it was possible. Applying that lesson spiritually, I realize many of the experiences recorded in the Bible; I personally have not had. However, I have confidence in their possibility and I fully accept their reality in principle.

            Courageous teaching means that we accept the Bible as fact, believe and teach sound doctrine. We will have access to just the right gift at just the right time as we hold up the biblical standard of conduct. As the people of God we have a responsibility not only to get involved but also to be the agents of change in this world. The pastoral epistles, First and Second Timothy and Titus, clearly explain what to teach. We must be examples of the grace of God. Are we dealing in FACT Fully Activated Courageous Teaching? (Titus 2:11-12)

            Fully Activated Courageous Teaching relies upon the Holy Spirit to provide the power. Truth is the standard to be met every time. Jesus said, And ye shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.(John 8:32 KJV Emphasis added) The prerequisite is that we truly be His disciples. If we really hold to and apply His teachings to our lives, then we will freely share those teachings with others and we are His disciples. The end result is in His hands.

            Be encouraged today because Jesus also said, “everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40) He is our teacher and we can be like Him. According to scripture He went about doing good and healing anyone who came to Him. That, for us, takes some courageous teaching but it is possible when we minister in FACT Fully Activated Courageous Teaching. Go in the power of the Holy Spirit. Speak the TRUTH in love. Witness the life-changing presence of God. Be courageous not foolhardy — walk in the gift of discernment. Continually be filled with His grace.

Friday, June 19, 2015



“To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, all I ask is to be like Him. All through life’s journey, from Earth to Glory, all I ask is to be like Him.” So says a chorus from my childhood and yet we seem to be suffering a chronic case of laryngitis – The church has lost its voice.

The message of Christ – awe-inspiring, compelling, life-changing – all on its own, without gimmicks, high-pressure tactics, or flashing lights. Are we facing a midlife crisis as the body of Christ?

The message to the church that lost its way in the book of Revelation was to remember the height from which it had fallen and to return to its first works. The work of LOVE! 

(Revelation chapter 2)

What do we really value?

“Lord You are more precious than silver. Lord You are more costly than gold. Lord You are more beautiful than Diamonds and nothing I desire compares with You.” We sing it. We proclaim it – But do we practice it?

We observe holidays, and celebrations, but do we observe and identify Christ-Likeness?

(Matthew 10:24-26)

Many people today see the church as a business. Christ-Like Enterprises have nothing to do with profit and loss on a financial balance sheet. If we are going to find our VOICE, we must involve ourselves in compassion not compromise – in goodness not greed.

(John 14:11-13)

Find your VOICE!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Psalm 71: 17-18 “O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.” (KJV)


Generations Reaching Our World Through Holiness

            There is a church that has adopted the name Generations and it should be understood, this message is not an advertisement for that church. It is a call that rings out from Heaven that we, the people of God should reach every generation with the truth of salvation and the power of the resurrection. God has done mighty works in our lives, miracles in our families, and delivered each of us from a life of sin. He has taught us His way and commanded that we teach others. Jesus is the bread of life! (John 6:32-33)

            He came to give life, teach holiness, and reconcile mankind’s relationship with God our Creator. The great commission is that we take His message to those who have never heard it. Jesus said, “… Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NIV) He is with us as we step out to teach every generation and church growth is the result.

            GROWTHGenerations Reaching Our World Through Holiness, depends on the divine power of God being manifest in our lives. That power offers anything we need for a life of righteousness and true holiness. It leads us into a life of integrity and purpose.  We live in a world that does not understand or accept our values. Many of us work in environments that push our spirituality, faith and patience past the point of human endurance to test and approve our call. It cannot be accomplished through our effort it must be the power of God.

            This year has been one of those testing years for me. It began with my father suffering a massive stroke. From there everything went from bad to worse as he, and the rest of the family, rode the roller coaster of personal care in and out of hospitals, skilled care facilities and back home — only to wind up back in the hospital. Add to that an ever changing secular work place and a full-time ministry that can only be fulfilled after the workday is completed — now you are beginning to appreciate my struggle. Teaching in a public junior high school, serving as Pastor in a home missions church, being a loving husband and devoted son all offer me countless opportunities for GROWTH. Yet, I often feel like a failure. Is your story much different?

            The purpose we strive to attain is shining with and for the glory of God no matter what the world sends our direction. Standing only in the strength of God’s grace allows us to reach out with compassion to those around us. We reach out to the world with the hope of salvation because God has given us great and precious promises — Not because we have attained perfection. Our struggle and our most dangerous downfall becomes attempting to reach His goals in our own strength. We all suffer the same temptations and none of us can experience spiritual GROWTH without God’s intervention. (1Corinthians 10:12-13)

            We have been offered an escape from the corruption that surrounds us. We share that offer with others as we live a life of righteousness. The world will notice the difference in us and be drawn to the presence of God, not our preaching. They will be drawn to the love of God, not our condemnation. Is it possible to be talking about two aspects of GROWTH at the same time? On one hand, we are addressing numeric growth, which is near and dear in the heart of every Pastor. On the other hand, we are discussing spiritual growth; both are vital to the life and health of the church. Generations cannot be busily Reaching Our World Through Holiness if there is an absence of personal spiritual growth within the individual believers who make up the church.

            Developing Godly character through the free exercise of faith, goodness, self-control, and kindness facilitates growth both spiritually and numerically. Possessing these qualities ensures our effectiveness and productivity within the Kingdom of God. Our personal relationship with Jesus prevents spiritual blindness if it is a living, active, and growing relationship. Our corporate involvement in the church prevents spiritual atrophy. Believers are equipped for every good work and every generation has the responsibility to reach our world through holiness. Our participation in the act of evangelism is the product of His power at work in us. (2Peter 1:3-11)

            We are all called to be productive members of the body of Christ. No matter how young or old we are there are people we can introduce to the Savior. We have been cleansed from our past sins for a single purpose. We must allow the truth of the Gospel to shine through us. This acrostic should speak to us the reality that everyone can minister to someone. Generations — every age group of people, Reaching — actively ministering to the needs of people, Our World — the place in time and space we occupy, Through Holiness — complete submission to the authority and righteousness of Christ.

            Effective ministry today will not look like the effective ministry of the past. Generations change, style, language, expectations, musical taste, they all evolve into a unique mix called culture. Ministry that inspires and cultivates GROWTH must address these issues. The only constant is the message of the cross and the offer of a vibrant relationship with the living God. Reaching people with the news of salvation can only be accomplished as we meet real needs in contemporary society. The outward appearance of holiness that has been promoted by the church has become a principal point of division when it should be the foundation of unification within the body of Christ.

            Holiness comes from the inside. It cannot be manufactured by strict adherence to an outdated list of rules and codes of conduct. The key is submission to the Lordship of Christ. Keeping our spiritual eyes focused upon Him guides us according to His light. Serving Him faithfully in every area develops holiness in us.  (Matthew 6:22-23)

             Exponential and explosive GROWTH happens as it always has through devotion, fellowship, and the presence of God. The New Testament Church experienced phenomenal growth for three reasons.  1) The disciples were devoted to the message. 2) The fellowship and identification as the family of God brought unity in their actions. 3) The presence of God was established by their praise and God’s power was evident through His demonstration of signs and wonders. (Act 2:42-47)

            Stepping back to examine GROWTHGenerations Reaching Our World Through Holiness, in the first century church, we notice three things. First, every believer was devoted to the teachings of the apostles. Those teachings are the New Testament as we have it today. So, they were devoted to the Word of God. That devotion took on a personality of its own and was demonstrated both corporately and individually.  Second, every believer was committed to fellowship. Their devotion to the Word of God developed a deep emotional bond with other believers. The familial bond between believers formed a sense of community. They shared everything with each other. We can understand the vast amount of love required for that level of commitment if we think back to our last holiday meal. Now imagine maintaining, or rather, extending that spirit of love and generosity daily. It would be impossible without the intervention of the Holy Spirit. The Third and final reason for explosive church growth during the Apostolic Age was the outpouring of God’s divine power. God’s power is part and parcel with His presence. The presence of God is established through praise; therefore, we can conclude the New Testament church was filled with praise directed toward God. Anytime the people of God employ praise and worship the presence of God descends and needs are supernaturally met. Because God is the same yesterday, today and forever, it is available to us even in our contemporary setting.

            Do you desire GROWTH in your personal life, church family, or professional experience? It all flows from your relationship and submission to Christ. Generations Reaching Our World Through Holiness begins with personal revival. Examine the three elements that led to explosive evangelism and exponential growth in the early church. How do we as a community of believers measure up? It is time to praise the Lord. Drawing His presence near through praise will infuse us with energy, devotion, and excitement for the things of God. It is time to re-establish unity and a sense of Christian community. It is time to demonstrate our devotion to the Word and will of God by exercising our ability to worship and serve. The power of God to supernaturally meet needs flows from His presence. His presence is easily recognized in an atmosphere of praise. GROWTH follows revival and revival is a deeply personal experience — Not a corporate emotional high generated by a dynamic speaker. Generations — every age group of people, Reaching — actively ministering to the needs of people, Our World — the place in time and space we occupy (contemporary society), Through Holiness —complete submission to the authority and righteousness of Christ. Answer the call to discipleship today and begin to experience phenomenal spiritual GROWTH

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Genesis 41:15-16 “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (KJV)


Deliverance Revealing Eternal Arrangements Mysteriously

            God has used dreams to communicate His plans to mankind several times. One of the most dramatic examples we have is the story of Joseph. As a young man God gave Joseph two dreams. Those dreams revealed to Joseph God’s plan to elevate him to a powerful and extremely important position. Later, Joseph’s ability to trust God for the interpretation of dreams allowed him to be instrumental in the deliverance of both the children of Israel and the Egyptians. 

            Listening to the prophetic voice of Joel we come to the understanding that God is not abandoning the practice of revelation through dreams. In the “Last Days” God has promised to pour out His Spirit upon anyone — young, old, male, female, rich, or poor. The Holy Spirit is available to every believer. (Joel 2:28-29)

            There are a few truths we need to accept lest we venture too far out on the limb of insanity and leave conventional spirituality. Not all deliverance unfolds before us in the form of a dream, and not every dream is spiritual. Not every dream brings a revelation with it, but a God-given dream is powerful, revealing, and mysterious.  God-given dreams are powerful. We are shaken by these dreams and we arrive at a new level of awareness. God-given dreams are revealing. We see things more clearly and the heart of a matter is exposed beyond the confines of time and space. God-given dreams are mysterious; they show us the arrangements God has made in advance. They reveal an eternal purpose; so, we present this acrostic as a means of understanding: DREAMDeliverance Revealing Eternal Arrangements Mysteriously.

            Deliverance and Revelation are both specialties where God is concerned. In the case of Jeremiah the Prophet, his life was threatened and without the direct revelation offer by the Holy Spirit he would have suffered the loss of his life. This passage does not specifically say the revelation took place in a dream; however, God has spoken many times to the Patriarchs through dreams and visions. (Jeremiah 11:18)

            There are, no doubt, even some reading this who can say with assurance, “God has spoken to me through a DREAM.” These dreams always lead us in a direction that defines the path for our lives. The Magi were warned in a dream not to return to Herod. Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary as his wife. God uses dreams.

            Probably none would argue Jacob’s personality and character had a few flaws — he needed a new direction — but how many of us would admit that we need a DREAM. We need a new direction. If we recall the story of Jacob, he tricked his brother out of his inheritance, tricked his father out of a blessing and was later tricked himself by his uncle who was also his father-in-law.

            When people begin to meddle in God’s plan things get more than a little confusing. You see, at Jacob’s birth, the plan of God was clearly revealed. He would inherit his father’s possessions and be blessed. But, Jacob, like many of us, just couldn’t wait for God’s plan to unfold. He started making his own arrangements and ended up with more than a few problems along the way.

            If we have caught ourselves in the same boat, meddling in God’s eternal arrangements, we need to stop. The truth is: God has a plan for our lives and He will work out all the details! Our life, once we have committed it to Him, is eternally set. The Bible teaches us our value in God’s eternal plan by these expressions of importance, “… I am fearfully and wonderfully made …” (Psalm 139:14 NIV), “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered …” (Luke 12:7 NIV), and “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart …” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV). Each of these passages allows us to understand that before we knew God He was interested in us. We became part of God’s Eternal plan through submission to His will. The Arrangements, in our lives, work best when they are left to God. Our salvation is only as secure as our submission.

            Some people get all tangled up in the mysterious aspect of dreams and others dismiss all dreams as the outcome of an upset stomach. Whatever we believe about dreams, God reveals Himself and His plan Mysteriously. God loves each of us deeply. He desires a personal relationship with us. He will reveal Himself and His plan. Are we willing to accept His revelation? (Genesis 31:11 & 13)

            In Jacob’s life the Mysterious leading of the Lord produced financial blessing, physical protection, and reconciliation with his estranged family. God is able and willing to do the same in the life of every believer. Follow the DREAM God gives you and it will get you where God desires to take you. God’s choice to work in our lives is not based on our wisdom, wealth, or position. He offers us a DREAMDeliverance Revealing Eternal Arrangements Mysteriously, for two reasons — His righteousness and His desire to reveal Himself to us.

            Daniel was a child of God living in exile under the Babylonian King. He was dragged into exile in Babylon. His youth and intelligence marked him as a valuable asset to the Kingdom of Babylon, but it was his faithfulness to God even in exile, which promoted him to a position of leadership. During this process the King had a dream that troubled him and he commanded his wise men to tell him the dream. They could not produce the interpretation and were about to be put to death. Daniel asked the King for time; took the matter to prayer and was given the interpretation. (Daniel 2:19 & 30)

            Like Daniel, from time to time we are called upon to help others understand the DREAM they have been given. God is always faithful to bring the interpretation; however, it is with great care and reverence we wait for the revelation of the matter. DREAMDeliverance Revealing Eternal Arrangements Mysteriously, God has deliverance of us. Yet, in today’s society we feel surrounded by Godless people who continually show their corruption. We see the truth of Psalm 14 everywhere we look, but we wait in hope and we rejoice as God gives us a dream to follow. We must remember to call upon Him and allow Him to become our refuge. (Psalm 14)

            The world experiences dismay, but the family of God lives in hope. The world is overrun with dread, but the company of the righteous enjoys the presence of the Lord. Our Deliverance is at hand. God is Revealing His plan. The eternal kingdom of His glory has been promised. The Arrangements for our participation in that Kingdom have been established. Mysteriously, God is working His wonders in our lives. Do not lose heart. Do not give up. Keep following the DREAM. Trust God’s plan. He knows why you’re here and He knows what He is doing. The prison was not comfortable for Joseph. The fiery furnace did not start as a “walk in the park” for the three Hebrew children. Our lives are filled with uncomfortable, tragic events, but our submission to God and our faith ensure ultimate victory. Believe in the God given DREAM.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Building a House of Prayer pt6

Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. (KJV)
The Power of Prayer
Spontaneous ­ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-­18
Powerful ­ 2 Corinthians 10:4-­6
Intersession ­ Romans 8:26­-27
Righteously ­ Titus 3:5-­7
Inspiring ­ 1 Samuel 10:10
Togetherness ­ Colossians 3:8­-15

We are our brother’s keeper. As Christians we have a responsibility to each other. Our task is to uphold the faith and encourage everyone to stay on the path leading heavenward. When we are troubled, discouraged or suffering, we pray for each other. If we have reason to celebrate we share our joy. Prayer offered in faith will yield results. We even have the ability to restore those who have chosen to set off the path of righteousness. Offering compassion, love and mercy to those struggling foster forgiveness and allows everyone to experience the grace of God. If we desire to see the real, unfailing, power of God in prayer we must embrace the Holy Spirit. (see James 5:13­-20)

Prayer filled with power is Spontaneous. Scripture tells us to “Always be ready to give an answer to anyone for the hope within us.” We are challenged to “Pray non-stop, rejoice always, and give thanks for everything without worry.” God has a plan and it is revealed to us in prayer. The power of prayer is SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit work through those who yield to Him. Fan the spark into a roaring flame. Be spontaneous respond to God in prayer. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-­18)

The greatest weapon we have been given is prayer. The sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith defend us as we use them, but prayer in the Spirit provides us the long-range battle plan. It pulls down enemy strongholds, and allows us to discern the needs of our brothers and sisters in the battle. The Holy Spirit is powerful. He will lead us in prayer. (2 Corinthians 10:4­-6)

Spontaneous, Powerful, Intersession, Righteously, Inspiring, Togetherness: According to scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray even when we do not know the specific needs. Often He makes intersession through us with groans and thoughts that cannot be spoken. Praying for others in the power of the Holy Spirit brings God’s will into our intersession. (Romans 8:26­-27)

The house of prayer God has built is a place where everyone can meet Him in His fullness. There we can experience grace not because of our righteousness, but because God is HOLY. There we can be transformed. Everything He does is done righteously. (Titus 3:5-­7)

            Nothing is more inspiring and unifying than the Holy Spirit. God freely offers this gift of the Holy Spirit to ALL. He is calling us into togetherness. Allow God to use you. Become a house of prayer. (1 Samuel 10:10 & Colossians 3:8­-15)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Building a House of Prayer pt5

Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. (KJV)

The Pattern of Prayer (Matthew 6:9­-13)
Glorify God ­ Verse 9
Recognize His authority ­ Verse 10 & 13
Acknowledge our need ­ Verse 11 & 13
Confess our sin ­ Verse 12a
Exercise forgiveness ­ Verse 12b

            Our previous explorations into the construction of “a House of Pray” began with the foundation or purpose in prayer as RESTRepentance, Encouragement, Strength, and Transformation.  The strong walls of our house of prayer were erected by the process, STANDSeparate from evil, Talk to God from your heart, Allow God time to answer, Never lose hope, Devote yourself to prayer daily. Windows and doors were added into the mix with the passion of prayer, MOVEMeet God on His terms, Overcome doubt and fear, Vanquish the enemy, and Exalt God’s majesty and glory. The roof protecting our house of prayer as well as offering God’s provision for us through prayer is  SUPPLYSupernaturally, Unlimited, Promised, Potential, Lovingly, Yours.

            It’s time to furnish our house of prayer by employing the pattern of prayer designed by, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Generally in full gospel circles we are not invested in programmed prayer. Most of us do not script our conversations with God. We probably have all been taught “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” – A prayer which causes me to wonder how any of us can sleep at all. Think about the words to that prayer for a moment. “Now I lay me down to sleep…I pray the Lord my soul to keep…If I should die before I wake…I pray the Lord my soul to take.” We send our children to bed with thoughts of death and tell them to have sweet dreams – That’s sad.

            The pattern of prayer Jesus gave us is GRACE – Step one: Glorify God. Look at Matthew 6:9b where the Lord’s Prayer is located.

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (KJV)

            First we glorify God. Next we recognize His authority. GRACE – Step one: Glorify God. Step two: Recognize His authority. We can see aspect of prayer in verses 10 & 13 of Matthew 6.

Matthew 10 & 13 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)

            As we read through the Lord’s Prayer both verse 11 and verse 13 remind us to acknowledge our needs. God does not meet our needs a month at a time, nor does He meet them a week at a time. This is a daily conversation between our God and us, individually.

Matthew 11 & 13 Give us this day our daily bread…13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)

            GRACE – Step one: Glorify God. Step two: Recognize His authority. Step three: Acknowledge our need. Verse 12 of this passage deals with sin and forgiveness.  It talks about our sins and also the sins of those sinning against us. Dealing with sin always requires confession and forgiveness. GRACE – Step one: Glorify God. Step two: Recognize His authority. Step three: Acknowledge our need. Step four: Confess our sin. Step five: Exercise forgiveness.

Matthew 12a And forgive us our debts, (KJV)
Matthew 12b as we forgive our debtors. (KJV)

            When we employ GRACE as the pattern of our prayers the House of prayer will be furnished with all good things.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)