God Reigns - posted 7.2.20

         “God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne” (Psalm 47:8 NAS). The image of God sitting upon the throne in heaven and Jesus Christ at His right hand is a central and important biblical truth. This truth gives assurance to all mankind of God's sovereignty, rule, and dominion throughout the ages, from generation to generation, and connects the past, present, and future to His divine and eternal plan. Throne is defined as the seat of government, honor, authority, matchless glory, transcendent power, and absolute sovereignty.

        There should be an acknowledgement and realization that whatever time, season or environment one finds themselves in there will be instability, ever changing culture, division, darkness, and uncontrollable events affecting lives and that the Lord is ever present and will never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). In today’s current atmosphere and climate, each believer in Jesus Christ needs to know with confidence that God’s throne is established, all enduring, unshakable and that God is from everlasting (Psalm 93:2). Having this kind of confidence should enable each believer to gain the right perspective of God's kingdom and align with the truth that "the LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all" (Psalm 103:19 NKJV).

        The reign of God flows from His throne and is founded upon His word, righteousness, and justice. Scripture declares that the Lord shall reign forever and ever (Exodus 15:18). The word 'reign' means to rule over; exercise authority, power and dominion; fulfill the functions of a ruler or king; be a commander-in-chief of an army; and govern. Each believer of Jesus Christ needs to come under the authority and reign of the triune God who has given all authority to His Son, Jesus, in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). God's reign and authority supersedes any laws, ordinances, religious rules, and dictates that are contrary to the word of God and His will. Heaven is God's throne and the earth is His footstool (Isaiah 66:1).

        The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble [with submissive wonder]! He sits enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! Psalm 99:1 AMP

        Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Revelation 19:6 NAS  

Activating the Power of God's Word - posted 6.25.20

        There is a powerful solution to life’s issues and the desire to be connected to reality, to know the truth, and to have stability in one's life. This powerful solution is through the activation of God’s Word in every aspect and level of life, culture, and society. From the beginning, God’s Word was and is intricately woven into every aspect of creation, sustains the existence of creation, and brings life and stability.

        Activating the power of God’s Word in one’s life would be to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, become His disciple, represent Him as His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20), and be His special people who proclaim the praises of Him (1 Peter 2:9).

        God gave Jesus Christ who is the living Word [logos] (John1:1). Jesus sent Holy Spirit who brings forth the spoken word [logos] (John 16:7). The Greek word logos is defined as the conveyance of thought, communication, identifying a cause, divine revelation, instruction, divine doctrine, and spiritual declaration. We also receive the word of God by reading the written word (Bible) that has been recorded and translated for us.

        There is an exciting dimension and revelation of God’s Word which is inspired by Holy Spirit and identified by the Greek word rhema. A rhema word is the communication of a particular portion or revelation of the whole word [logos] which is revealed and propels a believer into action.

        Activating the power of God’s Word through both logos and rhema is the duty and responsibility of every believer of Jesus Christ. Each believer must recognize and accept God’s Word as the word of truth, the living word, and the inspired word as well as the source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding concerning the various facets and realities of life. Here are some key steps in activating the power of God’s Word: develop a relationship with Holy Spirit; be a hearer and doer of the Word; sow His Word as a seed; declare with boldness His Word; and allow His Word to activate His truths, principles, ethics, commandments, and the execution of His will in every aspect of life.

        For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NAS

        (This blog post was previously posted in November, 2018.) 

Kingdom Culture - posted 6.18.20

        There is a culture that will literally shift, change, and transcend this current day of darkness, chaos, and destruction which is the culture of God’s kingdom here on earth. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NAS). The kingdom of God brings forth an atmosphere and environment of righteousness, peace, joy, order, rule, and authority which is foundational for a healthy and wholesome way of life.

        Kingdom can be defined as a sphere which designates the rule, reign, dominion, royal power, and sovereignty of a king. The King of God’s kingdom is Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). God’s kingdom is not limited by that which He created or the natural laws that He established. God makes things that are not seen into things that are seen (Hebrews 11:3) and creates from nothing and transforms what is in existence. The kingdom of God offers abundant life, provision, health, strength, and life eternal.

        Culture is the result of the completion of or the by-product of something cultivated, programed, or planted to reach a particular end or to fulfill a designed purpose. The dynamics, nuances, and make-up of a culture is a deliberate and methodical process of creating, cultivating, and establishing a set of beliefs, social standards, and regulations of individuals and religious or social groups. The strongest influential forces of a culture will set the values, ethics, truths, attitudes, and practices which construct, determine, and dictate the quality of life.

        Unfortunately, in America there exists today a prevailing situation where many people have turned from God and embraced a culture that is controlled, influenced, and manipulated by the god of this age and a humanistic philosophy and mind-set that has attempted to remove God and His Word from every aspect of life which leads to destruction, darkness, and evil. The only hope to end division, hated, lawlessness, deception, and evil is the infusion of God’s kingdom, His presence, His ways, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ into the heart of mankind and society. “[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13 AMP).

        Kingdom culture can be activated, empowered, and established when believers speak forth the word of the Lord, are obedient to Holy Spirit, and are doers of God's Word. Here are several areas where believers can change the prevailing situation that exists today: rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; when there is darkness, bring light; when there is unrighteousness, stand for what is right; when there is no hope, bring hope; when there are storms and chaos, bring peace; and in the absence of love, love. The result of activating a kingdom culture will produce new life, hope, wholeness, righteousness, peace, joy, and an atmosphere of unity and love. Lord make it so for your glory. Amen  

You are the Light - posted 6.11.20

        Surrounding today’s culture there seems to be a penetrating and bold darkness that has a devastating grip on mankind and society as a whole. God always has a solution and remedy for the gross darkness the god of this age has perpetuated and forced upon culture and society. God declares in His word and instructs all believers of Jesus Christ that they are to be a source of light like a city set on a hill for all to see. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14 NKJV). Believers are to shine the light of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world and guide all those who are covered by darkness or maneuvering their way through the darkness. The word ‘light’ signifies a source of illumination which shines, emits, and makes manifest rays of light which identifies and causes things to appear; darkness to dissipate; and enlightenment, truth, freedom, and hope to come forth.

        The source of all true light is God and was demonstrated when He spoke and declared, "’Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3-4 NAS). Light permeated all creation with its brilliance, brightness, and goodness bringing life revealing the essence of God’s kingdom on earth. When mankind sinned and was disobedient to God’s commands and yielded to the voice of the devil then darkness covered the earth and penetrated the heart and soul of mankind. Mankind also surrendered their authority, rule, and reign to the god of this age. God again moved to reverse the power of darkness upon the earth and mankind’s heart and soul by sending His Son Jesus Christ to separate light and darkness once again. For Jesus declared “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life" (John 8:12 NAS).

        When Jesus ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), He did not leave the earth without light. For the body of Christ (ekklesia) is in the world who are the sons of light and sons of day (1 Thessalonians 5:5) and who function as the illuminated light of Jesus Christ separating light and darkness. All creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19) to bring and release light in a darkened and lost world.

        Every believer is a source of light and called, instructed, and empowered to bring the light of Jesus Christ into culture, society and its people. Believers receive and derive their light from God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the word of God which exposes a believer’s walk and identifies their lifestyle. The word of God is a powerful guide to direct and enable each and every believer to live and walk as children of light.

        For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:8-13 NAS

Heart Condition - posted 6.4.20

        The condition of the heart will determine the entire relationship with the Lord and the quality of spiritual life. One of the most dangerous places any believer of Jesus can be is to have a hard heart which will block the voice of Holy Spirit (Hebrews 3:7-8, 15), will lead to an evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12), and will result in going astray not knowing God’s ways (Hebrews 3:10). A hard heart is a place where sin, iniquity, and transgressions will manifest and is the playground of the enemy. The Lord addresses the condition of the heart in Hosea 10:12 NAS with the instructions to “Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” The fallow ground of the kingdom of God has already been tilled, plowed, harrowed, and sown. Now the question is--does the ground of each believer’s heart have the same consistency and quality of soil as found in the kingdom of God.

        There is one area in Hosea 10:12 that needs to be brought forth which is the term fallow ground. The word fallow describes ground that has been slightly plowed or has not been tilled or plowed at all which produces a hardness of the ground and then renders it unusable. Spiritually this condition means having a hard heart not capable of producing any good fruit or righteous results and allows the hardness to block the voice of Holy Spirit. Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Hebrews 4:7b NAS

        In the New Testament Jesus addresses the condition of the ground of one’s heart in Matthew 13:18-23. At the end of this section of Scripture in verse 23, Jesus describes the proper condition of a believer’s heart and what it will produce. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

        (This blog post was previously posted in January, 2015.) 

Spiritual Fruit - posted 5.28.20

        As people begin to emerge and society begins to reopen from being shut in, there is new hope, fresh aspirations, and great anticipation for the future. How people emerge and their interaction with each other are extremely important for the nation, communities, churches, and families. Believers of Jesus have a vital role in the resurgence, recovery, and revitalization of society and normalization of life by being a light set on a hill (Matthew 5:14), an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), and a bearer of God’s spiritual fruit (Matthew 7:16). It is the responsibility of the body of Christ (ekklesia) and each believer to be on the forefront of re-establishing the atmosphere, ushering in a new culture, reopening society, and reconnecting relationships by being instruments in the hand of God in the demonstration and releasing of His spiritual fruit. 

        As people move forward, there will be a tremendous need and longing for truth, stability, assurance, understanding, and compassion. Recognizing and grasping the magnitude of these needs will give each believer an opportunity to “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3 NKJV). The tree represents one standing strong, deeply rooted, drinking from the rivers of life, and bearing fruit that nourishes, encourages, strengthens, and brings life to the spirit, soul, and body. In Scripture the tree symbolizes the believer and decrees that every tree is known by its own fruit (Luke 6:44). The fruit that emanates from the life of a believer is identified as the fruit of Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV).

        Because of the separation from others and change in daily routines, believers have been provided space to review, evaluate, and identify the nature, quality, and value of the fruit in their life. Fruit represents the outward manifestation of a person’s belief, faith, heart condition, and relationship with Holy Spirit thus revealing one’s behavior, demeanor, and true nature of their heart. During this time, I believe God has been working on His spiritual trees (believers in Jesus Christ) checking the roots, examining the branches, clearing the dead ones, and pruning the healthy ones in order to have a healthy harvest of spiritual fruit.

        Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.  John 15:2-5 AMP 

Your Path Forward - posted 5.21.20

        During these uncertain times of the pandemic, God has provided a great opportunity for each believer of Jesus Christ to examine, review, and determine their path forward. Life beyond these times will require decisions and choices to be made on the type of path one is willing to embrace and travel on. “Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright” (Proverbs 4:25-26 AMP). There are several paths one can choose from to establish their future and their relationship with God.

        First, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to return and rejuvenate the past and pick up life as it existed prior to these times would reveal that there was no reflection, change or transformation of the characteristics and quality of one’s life or their relationship with God. When a believer chooses to return to an old pathway with no change, it will ensure that their future will be shaped and molded by their past which will leave one unprepared, ill-equipped, captured by old habits, and entangled by external forces preventing a move forward in God’s purposes and design for their life. Scripture instructs one to “throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:22-23 NLT). Moving beyond one’s past and progressing forward is particularly crucial for a believer to have a quality and righteous life. “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:62 NKJV). 

        Second, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to continue to be under the current atmosphere and culture without a renewed and refreshed perspective, faith, and hope in God and His kingdom will severely hamper and impede any forward progress and development in one’s life. Staying planted within this current situation and being influenced and controlled by fear, insecurity, forced limitations, and the opinion and science of man will severely weaken one’s faith and spiritual stamina. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8 NKJV). To have a constructive path forward one must remember that the theory, facts, and truth of science will change in the future; however, the facts and truth of Jesus Christ will never change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV).

        Third, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to forge, create, and establish a path forward with a fresh relationship with God, perspective of life, vision of who you are in Christ, and boldness of belief, faith, and hope will enable experiencing the fullness of His kingdom. For the Scripture declares "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 NKJV). For each believer there is available a new liberty and freedom to create a wonderful path forward for those who allow God’s word to be a lamp under their feet (Psalm 119:105), are guided in all truth (John 16:13), walk in Spirit (Galatians 5:16), obtained an inheritance being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11), and understand that God has a plan, purpose, and destiny for every believer.

        You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11 NAS

Heavenly Perspective - posted 5.14.20

        With everything transpiring in the world today including rapid change and the condition of culture, one of the greatest battles in one’s life is to have and maintain a proper perspective. Perspective identifies how one views, perceives, envisions, and discerns life; the capacity to evaluate one’s surroundings; and the capability to anticipate the future. Understanding and having a proper perspective is critical in one’s life because it molds, shapes, and defines ultimately determining how one responds and reacts to the elements and issues of life. Also, perspective will influence and direct a particular mindset which will bring about a realm of thinking that creates vision and viewpoint and determines focus and positioning in life.

        Scripture instructs believers of Jesus Christ to focus and position themselves in such a fashion that their view of life will be from a heavenly perspective and realize they have been raised up and are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), exhorted to seek those things which are above where Christ is sitting (Colossians 3:1), and encouraged to set their mind on the things above (Colossians 3:2). From this heavenly position believers can visualize their life, the culture they live in, and the world around them through God’s eyes which aligns with His will, agrees with His Word, and paves the way for the releasing of God’s kingdom on earth. God’s will for His people is to place their attention, focus, and sight toward the glorious and spiritual realm of heaven and align themselves with the Lord’s prayer which declares that God’s kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

        Without a heavenly perspective one will misinterpret and misconstrue the issues, details, and events of life. For example, when one experiences hindrances, blockages, mishaps or setbacks, they are considered a nuisance, a failure or an attack of the enemy which are meant to be a deterrent, resistance or destructive force in one’s life. This is a stark contrast to a heavenly perspective where one knows and understands that God causes all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28), is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9), will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), and makes all things possible (Mark 10:27). Having a steady gaze and focus into the realm of heaven will bring about a heavenly perspective resulting in the release of mercy, peace, grace, and joy even in midst of suffering.

        A heavenly perspective is developed and established by changing one’s viewpoint and focus from worldly and dark forces to the eternal spiritual realm of heaven. This is accomplished by one’s continual discipline to seek the Lord and His strength (Psalms 105:4), pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), focus on your position in Christ (Colossians 3:2), walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of Holy Spirit, and be encouraged to live a pure and righteous life.

        (This blog post was previously posted in March, 2019.)

Pray God's Glory across the Earth - posted 5.7.20

        During this time and season with the plague (coronavirus) and today being the National Day of Prayer for America, I am reminded of E.M. Bound’s writing on prayer is essential. “It must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. His hand is ever on the throttle of human affairs. He is everywhere present in the concerns of time. His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men. He rules the world just as He rules the church by prayer." The importance of this year’s theme “Pray God’s Glory across the Earth” cannot be underestimated or overemphasized in its effectiveness, potency, and power in shifting the current conditions of instability, circumstantial upheaval, and infectious fear that exist in the world today.

        The theme this year for National Day of Prayer is based on Habakkuk 2:14 and brings to light God’s care and promise, "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” There was a time when God’s people were covered by darkness, evil, and disobedience from the culture and the prophet Habakkuk cried out for hope and help from God. God responded to the prophet with a promise that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Within the promise that God gave to Habakkuk was the prophetic insight of declaring that the knowledge of His glory would be revealed through Jesus Christ and His body (ekklesia) which also aligns with 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 

        The knowledge of the glory of God is not theoretical, speculative or conjecture but authentic, absolute, and factual truth that reveals and identifies who God is. God’s glory is the beauty and perfection of His character. God’s glory is His visible presence, greatness, Spirit, love, faithfulness, power, and light. The glory of God acknowledges His supremacy, sovereignty, authority, and governance of heaven and earth. When God responds to the prayers of His people, His glory will be revealed, made evident, exhibited, and established in and through His Son Jesus Christ. “And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once” (John 13:21 NLT).

        The National Day of Prayer provides a great opportunity for every individual to pray for God's will and destiny to be brought forth in America and throughout the world. Every believer of Jesus must remember that "whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive" (Matthew 21:22 NKJV).

        Whenever and wherever the glory of God is manifested, there will be a dramatic change for the good yielding a new lifestyle of righteousness, faith, and hope.

Declare God's Glory - posted 4.30.20

        Currently in today’s culture there is an abundance of information, thoughts, and narrative on the difficulties, concerns, and uncertainty due to this plague (coronavirus). There needs to be dramatic shift in the atmosphere that governors, directs, and forms one’s focus, thoughts, and quality of life. One of the most edifying and powerful ways to shift the atmosphere within culture is for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to begin to declare the glory of the God. “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples” (Psalms 96:3 NKJV). Declaring the glory of God within a society will facilitate a shift in the atmosphere, cause a change in one’s focus, change and prioritize the order of things, and bring alignment in the affairs of mankind according to the desires and will of God. Because God’s glory has been declared, people are enabled to experience God’s miraculous wonders in their midst. In a society where there is no release of God’s glory, there will be disorder, chaos, and destruction which is the result of mankind trying to gain glory for and unto themselves. God alone is worthy of all praise, honor, and adoration and above all else has the capacity to handle the weight of receiving glory.

        God provided a pathway for every individual through His Son Jesus Christ to know, receive, and experience His glory. Upon accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, each believer now has the capability to reflect and demonstrate God’s majesty, greatness, splendor, and worthiness in their daily life and declare openly and boldly the glory of God throughout the world

        Describing and defining the glory of God is this limited space is practically impossible, however here are some areas of consideration or reflection. God’s glory is the beauty and perfection of His character. God’s glory is His visible presence, greatness, Spirit, love, faithfulness, power, and light. The glory of God acknowledges His supremacy, sovereignty, authority, and governance of heaven and earth. “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven” (Psalms 148:13 NKJV). When a believer of Jesus declares the glory of God, there is a releasing of the totality of who God is and the essence of His glory which is weighty, heavier, and greater than anything or anyone in existence either in the natural or the spirit realm.

        It is the responsibility of every believer and the body of Christ (ekklesia) as a whole to shift their focus from chaos, darkness, fear, negative thoughts, and destructive environments and begin to declare the glory of God wherever they go, whatever they do, and whoever they meet. It is time to release the power, force, and authority of God’s glory into the atmosphere over all destructive forces and powers.

        Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the LORD]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the LORD has risen upon you. For in fact, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness will cover the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you [Jerusalem] and His glory and brilliance will be seen on you. Isaiah 60:1-2 AMP  

Confidence in God - posted 4.23.20

        During this time and season with the plague (coronavirus), it is crucial where one places their confidence. One needs to place their confidence in someone or something that does not change and is trustworthy, faithful, enduring, and steadfast because it will affect their mental state, approach to life, and quality of life. If one’s confidence is placed in or derived from worldly and human sources which originates from the outside of their being, it will only produce insecurity, unbelief, and anxiety and will fail in the long term.          

        Many individuals find it difficult to understand the concept, principle or process of placing their confidence in God. Developing confidence in God is a process which begins the day one accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This process includes a believer’s life being transformed from glory to glory into the image of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18), led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18), sanctified by the Spirit (2 Thessalonians 2:13), and solidified in the truth of God’s Word (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

        Confidence in God is central and essential in a believer’s life in order to live and walk by faith (Hebrews 10:38, 2 Corinthians 5:7). Confidence is a multifaceted word that exists in the belief system and thought life of a believer which enables one’s faith; creates trust and assurance in God and His Word; promotes courage, boldness, and determination in the development of one’s relationship with God; and enhances one’s dependence on His mercy and grace. Confidence is also realized through one’s conviction and surety of their purpose and destiny.

        “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV). The confidence referred to in this passage refers and relates to prayer. The key to petitioning God in one’s prayer life is to come into agreement with His will. A believer can have confidence in their approach to God because He hears from heaven and responds to the prayers and cry of His people. “When the righteous cry [for help], the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their distress and troubles” (Psalm 34:17 AMP). The Lord encourages and emboldens each believer to come to Him in all circumstances with all supplications and requests.

        For each believer, confidence in God is not limited to prayer but needs to extend far beyond prayer and be found and demonstrated in every area, aspect, and level of their life.

The spirit of fear - posted 4.16.20

        As our nation (USA) faces mounting pressures and chaos due to this plague (coronavirus) and economic fallout and its effect on one’s daily life, the spirit of fear has infiltrated every segment of society seemingly without restraint. The discourse during this crisis from the news media, governmental authorities, and politicians has reached a high level resulting in fear, hopelessness, and anxiety which only produces weakness and vulnerability to the forces of darkness, destruction, and control. Whenever one encounters the grip of fear it keeps them from experiencing the fullness of God’s love, mercy, and grace. Scripture declares, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NAS). Thankfully, there is hope, deliverance, and freedom from fear that gripes the heart of mankind through the revelation and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

        Every believer of Jesus must understand the difference between the fear of the Lord and the spirit of fear. The fear of the Lord is devotion, respect, awe, reverence, and submission to God. The spirit of fear is an invading force from the god of this age that is destructive and detrimental to a believer because it changes one’s focus from God and allows their faith, belief, and dependence on God to be questioned. A believer who has been influenced by the spirit of fear, and in some cases captured by the spirit of fear, has traversed from the realm of the Spirit into the realm of the soul. The nature of the fear in the realm of the soul is painful, emotional or passionate which is stirred and stimulated by the expectation of evil or the apprehension of impending danger, anxiety, failure, and dread leading to a negative mindset and a depressed state.

        The word of God always has a solution for every destructive force against God’s people and fear is no exception. The apostle Paul declares to Timothy that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). God has not given the believer a timid or cowardly spirit causing one to be fearful and afraid of man or the devil and his demonic forces. A believer who is fearful and afraid allows discouragement to set in; sinks under pressure; and is deterred from worshipping God, declaring His Word or work in the kingdom of God. God has given the believer a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. Of power--because each believer is endued with power which strengthens one to stand against reproaches and persecutions, encounter foes and dangers, bear up under trials, and do the will and work of God. Of love--because it is the very essence of God’s nature imparted to the believer which inspires courage; brings strength, assurance, and boldness; and sets mankind free because perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Of a sound mind--because it causes one to have a sober, quiet, and peaceful mind grounded in the truth, principles, and promises of God’s word and an intimate relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit under the authority of God’s kingdom.

        It is time for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to shake off the dust of the world; break the shackles of the spirit of fear; and rise up, exercise one’s faith, trust in the Lord, and be bold witnesses for the furtherance of the kingdom of God.  

Celebrate the Resurrection - posted 4.9.20

        The message of life, hope, and victory is sorely needed in our current time. The world is faced with a plague (coronavirus) and economic shutdown that has caused total chaos in every aspect of life with such magnitude and surpasses one’s ability to comprehend, create solutions, control or determine its longevity. Taking into account all that is happening in the world today, one might consider and interpret that this is a sign, shaking, and call from the God of heaven to get mankind’s attention so they will listen and hear His voice and cause mankind to pause, look up, and respond (Hebrews 12:25-26). When one understands the sovereignty of God, His mercy, grace, and unrelenting love, one’s perspective will change from being burdened, hopeless, fearful, and in darkness to a perspective of liberty, hope, faith, belief, light, and life in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

        In light of all that is transpiring in the world, the recognition and remembrance of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ should cause a much deeper reflection and pondering in one’s approach to this sacred observance. Perhaps a paradigm shift is needed for one to reach beyond the normal trappings of man-made rituals and materialism to have a life changing encounter and experience with the living God. This paradigm shift consists of entering this time of celebration with the intent of examining the makeup, contents, and devotion of one’s life; seeking God and yielding to Holy Spirit in order to bring about a deep repentance; turning from one’s evil and wicked ways; returning and drawing near to God; and experiencing an everlasting transformation in one’s life with a renewed relationship with God.

        By faith each believer in Jesus experiences resurrection life which enables and empowers one to be transformed from a child of the flesh, who is under the law of sin and death, to a child of promise, who is in the law of Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). Resurrection life is a pathway to become united with Christ, joined and connected in such a way that His death becomes the believer’s death and His life becomes the new life of the believer. The resurrection life is manifested as living and walking in Spirit.

        Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior], will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 AMP                

Focus - posted 4.2.20

        The urgency and seriousness of this time and season in the world today makes one’s focus in life extremely important in order to have the proper perspective. The focus of one’s life will become their reality and determine the new normal of the future. God has presented mankind with an opportunity to refocus their life; reprioritize influences that form their thought life; and break established habits, bondages, and addictions that control one’s life and separates them from God. In this highly technological and fast-pace culture, it is so easy to get caught up in the daily routine, get distracted, and lose sight of one’s true purpose in life. God’s word identifies purpose and admonishes one to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37) and to worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). This is truly the time for everyone to change the paradigm of their focus from the instability, uncertainty, and ever-changing world to God who is sovereign, all powerful, ever-present, and does not change (Malachi 3:6).

        To focus means to direct one’s attention and concentration, cause a clear perception or understanding, and develop clear sight or vision of something or someone. Focus is where rays of light meet that create an image and a process of concentrating one’s interest, effort, and activity resulting in a clear vision and direction in one’s life. The Bible teaches that “if then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV). To seek those things above and to set your mind on the things above means that one’s focus of life will shift to a heavenly mindset and viewpoint. If one is focused on Jesus Christ then He has their attention, concentration, and devotion which then influences, occupies, and establishes one’s thought life. Because of this, one is able to fulfill the instructions in Romans 12:2 which is do not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

        Each believer of Jesus on a daily basis faces multiple distractions in their life which destroys and hinders the ability to properly focus on God and His Word with a degree of consistency. As a result, one often finds themselves wavering under pressure, is caught by the philosophies and teachings of man, is questioning God’s word and tossed around and about by the issues and concerns of life. To establish, develop, and nourish a clear focus in life one needs to have the discipline to adjust or separate themselves from everything that detracts, diminishes or separates one from a solid relationship with God. Drawing closer to God is the way to gain and solidify clear focus of the Lord and His kingdom. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8a NKJV). 

        Focus can be developed by beginning each day with God, having a life of repentance, being in God’s word daily, having a consistent prayer life, always rejoicing, abiding in Christ Jesus, serving with a pure heart, and having a heart of thanksgiving.

        Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:8 AMP

The Sufficiency of God - posted 3.26.20

        Currently in this season of time and cultural disarray many are searching for something or someone of sufficiency to bring a semblance of order, solution, and successful conclusion to this plague (coronavirus) and chaos. There appears to be a loss of confidence, belief, and hope and an increase in uncertainty of the future and the effect on one’s daily life. One needs to be reminded that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26 NKJV). The sufficiency of God means that He is sovereign, all powerful, and all knowing and possesses within Himself every quality, authority, ability, and dominion which is never-ending and eternal. Scripture identifies the sufficiency of God in Isaiah 48:18 NKJV “For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’”

        To experience the full sufficiency of God one must have a relationship with Jesus Christ and abide in Him. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4 NKJV). Scripture declares “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV).

        Understanding the sufficiency of God through Jesus Christ is a fundamental pillar and foundational truth in the life of a believer in developing a proper belief system of faith. Each believer must settle in their own heart that Jesus Christ is all powerful and full of strength or He is not, that He is the One that each believer needs to lean on and depend on or He is not, that He through His grace can enable each believer to walk in faith and stand or He cannot. God’s sufficiency through Christ is an all-or-nothing principle and each believer must decide to come in agreement and embrace this truth or not.

        And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP 

Trust in the Lord - posted 3.19.20

        Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

        There has never been in our lifetime such a challenge to our way of life, who we are, and the way one views human existence. Since creation there have been plagues and catastrophic events that have taken place which have had a dramatic effect on mankind and its culture. This plague or coronavirus is no different than what has transpired in the past. The way one comes through and out of this time will reveal much about their life and relationship with the Lord. The Bible distinguishes between those who have placed their trust in the Lord and those who have not. “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:6-7 NKJV). One can conclude from these verses that David was boasting and remembering the name, glory, promise, and covenant of the Lord God. Those who rely and depend on the natural provision or strength of chariots and horses (man’s strength, force, power, and wisdom) and put their confidence and trust in them will be overcome. However, those who put their confidence and trust in the Lord and remember the name of the Lord our God will triumph and experience victory.

        Due to the current atmosphere, uncertainty, and chaos every believer of Jesus Christ is encouraged to seek and set your mind on the things above where Christ is seated and not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2). By focusing on the things above each believer will be able to discern the flow of overwhelming information, negative facts, and dark influences that at times are so daunting that they weaken one’s trust, faith, and resolve to stand and not be moved.

        The word of God admonishes every believer “to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13b). To stand, be strong, be courageous, and be without fear is the posture of one who has their trust in God. Having trust in God means one has confidence, belief, and faith in His plans, timing, purposes, and reasons even though they are not always clear or understandable. It is imperative that each believer yields, surrenders, and pours every ounce of their trust into God’s hands. “Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will also do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own]” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 AMP). The sovereign God is faithful, full of compassion, all knowing, trustworthy, and knows one's need before they do. He is the Lord God Almighty, our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

        Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! Psalm 62:8 AMP  

Grateful - posted 3.12.20

        In the current climate and atmosphere that exist in the world today being grateful to God for His goodness, grace, mercy, and provision will bring peace, contentment, and confidence in one’s heart and assurance to their soul. Being grateful is the quality of having a heart of gratitude and being appreciative, content, and thankful for the blessings, benefits, and provision one has received.

        A life of being grateful should be particularly true for every believer of Jesus Christ where one has received eternal life, true liberty, the promises of God, the kingdom of God, and the provision of God in all intangible and tangible things. One who is grateful opens the gates to a wholesome lifestyle, brings access to God’s promises and His rest, and allows continual peace to reign in the inner man. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 NKJV).

        A believer who is grateful will have their emotional state solidified, their focus redirected to the things above, and their self-centered lifestyle shifted to a life-giving relationship with God. A grateful heart will allow one to experience God’s mercies and compassions which are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and to approach each day with new hope because they have learned to be content with what they have (Hebrews 13:5).

        When a believer has a grateful heart, it is indicative of a life of obedience, loyalty, and devotion to God revealing the indwelling of God's kingdom and His Spirit. One who is grateful will yield spiritual fruit such as joy, peace, faithfulness, self-control, and many other fruit and rewards in Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). However, when a believer has an ungrateful heart one demonstrates the characteristics of rebellion against God with thanklessness, covetousness, idolatry, jealousy, and other works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). Each believer needs to understand that one who is grateful can change their whole perspective and perception of life. With a grateful heart one can touch the very heart of God and open the gates of His kingdom.

        To face this life with an unshakable faith is to have a grateful heart knowing who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will do. One of the purest forms of worship and praise is to give thanks to the Lord with a grateful heart. 

The fullness of Christ - posted 3.5.20

        In this demanding and high paced culture many are diligently seeking and earnestly desiring a sense of fullness in their life. It is extremely important for one to understand that the fullness of life can only be obtained through God’s Son Jesus Christ. Oftentimes a believer of Jesus is tempted to look to or seek out various sources, venues, and experiences to obtain fullness in their lives. However, the only fullness that satisfies, nourishes, completes, and touches one’s spirit, heart, and soul with life and wholeness can only be found in the fullness of Jesus Christ. “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9 NKJV). 

        All of life’s fullness rest and exist in Jesus Christ because God created all things by Him, through Him, and for Him and Jesus is before all things and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-18). Fullness describes one who is in the state of being filled to capacity and the quality of being complete and whole. The Bible states that the believer is complete in Him (Colossians 2:10 NKJV).

        The fullness of Christ contains and encompasses God’s nature which includes love, goodness, faithfulness, grace, mercy, patience, light, power, and much more and is available to all those who live and walk in Spirit. Christ in all His fullness brings power, authority, rule, and God’s kingdom into the life of every believer and is activated and energized by Holy Spirit who dwells within enabling each believer to experience a wholesome and abundant life in their relationship with God. When a believer receives the revelation of Christ’s fullness, one will be propelled forward in the process of being transformed from glory to glory into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18) and attain “to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13 NAS). 

        For a believer to live in and experience the fullness of Christ one must spend time nurturing and developing their relationship with Him by becoming more familiar with and aware of Holy Spirit who dwells within, by being in God’s Word, and by hearing and being obedient to His voice.

        For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:19-20 NAS

Forgiven and Empowered to Forgive - posted 2.27.20

        One of the most powerful events that can happen in one’s life is to be forgiven. Knowing one is forgiven will break bondages, dismantle captivities, and release freedom within the inner man. To be forgiven touches the spirit, heart, and soul and brings life, hope, and peace to one’s whole being. The word 'forgiven' can be defined as a victorious conclusion of the process of forgiveness resulting in a full pardon, absolution, and remission of all guilt. Forgiveness is available to everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and trusts in the finished work of the cross and Jesus' sacrifice. "When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He [God] made you alive together with Him [Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions" (Colossians 2:13 NAS, emphasis added).

        Being forgiven is very liberating and freeing however carries a responsibility, requirement, and demand for each person to forgive others particularly those in the body of Christ. Scripture is very clear in this matter, "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14-15 NAS). There is a story in Scripture where the master of a servant was moved with compassion to forgive the debt owed by his servant. The servant having been forgiven for his debt could not find the same compassion to forgive one who was indebted to him and refused to forgive. When the master was informed of his servant refusing to forgive, the master removed his forgiveness and required full restitution (Matthew 18:27-35). One of the benefits of receiving God’s forgiveness is that it enables a believer to extend to others what has been given to them and forgive without restrictions. Scripture tells us that our forgiveness doesn’t come from seeing God forgive others, but as an overflow of God forgiving us.

        A believer who is unwilling to forgive opens a door for the enemy to come in and establish unhealthy and negative situations in their life. Unforgiveness can cause one to fall short of the grace of God giving room for the root of bitterness to develop in one’s heart which leads to destruction, defilement, and sickness within their being. Living a life of forgiveness demonstrates one's maturity, relationship, and commitment to God. One must always remember that forgiveness does not come without repentance and is connected to God's forgiveness. “Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us” (Matthew 6:12 NLT).

        Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:12-13 NLT

Greater is He - posted 2.20.20

        Most individuals desire a life full of hope, promise, and possibilities which is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Bible teaches that God dwells within each believer by His Spirit whose power, strength, and grace enables one to activate a life full of hope (Romans 15:13), God’s promises (2 Corinthians 1:20), and a life full of possibilities (Mark 9:23). Because of this indwelling every believer is able to conquer, overcome, and have victory over all external forces, life issues, cultural demands, and all the schemes of the devil. For the word of God declares that, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NKJV).

        Sometimes during prayer and faith affirmations or decrees it is declared in believers’ lives that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world with little understanding of the power and authority of their words. It important for a believer to define and understand who the “He” is that is greater. The “He” is Holy Spirit that dwells and rests in the very core of a believer’s life guiding one in all truth (John 16:13), enabling the discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10), revealing the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10), and releasing of God’s power (2 Peter 1:3) in all aspects of life. The “he” who is in the world is identified as the ruler of this world (John 12:31); the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4); the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2); and the devil who walks about seeking whom he might devour (1 Peter 5:8). The enemy of God influences the hearts of men directing and indoctrinating their lives with bondages, rebellion, lies, schisms, darkness, and the spirit of antichrist.

        Every believer who understands the depth and power of Holy Spirit dwelling within their being and that this is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11) will embolden and strengthen their belief system and faith. This kind of belief and faith will enable a believer to eradicate fear; erase doubt in one’s inner being; and acknowledge and recognize that no external force, life issue, difficulty, problem or power is greater than what God by His Spirit has placed in them.

        You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NKJV

I Believe - posted 2.13.20

        What a person believes will shape, mold, and determine the character and substance of their life. To believe means to place one’s confidence, reliance, and trust in someone or something and be fully persuaded of its authenticity, truthfulness, authority, and legitimacy. Where one places their belief will be instrumental in influencing, conforming, and causing one to be transformed into the very nature and image of the subject of their belief. By being transformed one will also embody and exemplify the mannerisms, characteristics, and qualities of the subject of their belief and will determine their quality of life. 

        Deep within the core of an individual there is a need and desire to believe in something or someone bigger than themselves. The source of what one seeks to believe in needs to be founded on a firm foundation, established in truth, consistent, reliable, secure, and able to offer a quality life. There is only one entity or source that could possibly fulfill this kind of need and desire in one’s life and that would be a relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6 NKJV). When God created mankind, He placed within the very core of the inner man this need and desire to believe and then shaped and framed life in such a manner where only one person would meet that need and desire. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).

        Once an individual accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord they are given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), enabled and empowered to believe that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20), able to believe that all things are possible (Mark 9:23), able to receive God’s kingdom within and its power (Luke 17:21, 1 Corinthians 4:20), and will not perish but will have eternal life (John 3:15).

        These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13 NKJV

Provision Ahead - posted 2.6.20

         When God created mankind, He made provision for each individual to have a life in Spirit full of love, joy, peace, goodness, and liberty regardless of external conditions or circumstances. For any individual to experience this provision of God, one must be born again making Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord. Once an individual is a believer of Jesus, God’s provision becomes available, accessible, and expansive because Spirit of the Lord now dwells within them, brings new life, and releases the provision of the kingdom of God.

        Provision in one’s life oftentimes refers to the act or process of producing, receiving or providing something of substance which in today’s culture generally means economics, finances, and the supply of something. This type of provision is conditional, temporary, and dependent on the condition of culture and external forces.

When a believer contemplates their future and what lies ahead of them, one needs to understand that the substance, quality, and nature of their life depends more on the invisible, intangible, and spiritual provision of God opposed to any provision created or produced by the systems of the world or mankind. The provision of God is determined by a believer’s relationship and obedience to God, His Word and voice, which is governed by one’s life in Spirit. To look ahead for God’s provision and a life in Spirit, one is encouraged to have faith, trust, and confidence in the Word of God for it states that the promises of God are assured (2 Corinthians 1:20), the “Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8 NKJV), and “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).

        Since the provision of God is spiritual, a believer’s life in Spirit is key in identifying and discerning God’s provision and the ability to receive it. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV). The challenge is for the believer to see and recognize God’s provision in their life even though it appears different or contrary to what was expected. In understanding the provision of God, each believer must accept and reconcile that God is God, His ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).

        God’s provision in a believer’s life can come forth in a multitude and unexpected of ways whether one is on the mountain top or in a valley, during good times or hard times. When a believer has a preconceived or predetermined notion or mindset on how or what God’s provision should look like, the method used to fulfill it or the timing involved to accomplish it can cause one to miss the very provision God has provided. It is God’s will and desire for all believers to experience the enabling grace of His provision in every aspect on their life both in Spirit and in the natural.

        By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 NLT 

The Name of Jesus - posted 1.30.20

        Every name has a definitive meaning and can communicate something of value and significance which is why parents are so particular in the naming of their children hoping that the meaning of that name will affect their life. So, it was with God the Father in His instructions through an angel to Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS’” (Luke 1:30-31 NKJV).

        There is only one name that is above, surpasses, and outweighs every other name and that name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV). It is by the name of Jesus that believers of Jesus are empowered, authorized, commissioned, and instructed to bring forth God’s kingdom here on earth with authority to represent Him, to declare His Word, carry out His will, release His power, and usher in His presence.

        The name of Jesus Christ is a central truth in the life of a believer because it is the gateway to salvation and eternal life for the word of God declares “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved" (Romans 10:13 NKJV). It is by the name of Jesus that believers are baptized for the forgiveness of sins and receive the gift of Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). It is by the name of Jesus that the Father sent the Helper, Holy Spirit, to believers to teach them in all things and bring them to remembrance of all that He said (John 14:26). It is by the name of Jesus that believers are granted the authority to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, and lay hands on the sick for healing (Mark 16:17-18). It is by the name of Jesus that believers can perform miracles (Acts 3:6) and gain favor to ask and receive for “whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14 NKJV).

        For believers the name of Jesus is not some mystical, magic word that is used to bring trivial or ungodly matters to fruition. One does not call on the name of Jesus in order to entertain, exploit, or elevate one’s spirituality or standing. When a believer uses the name of Jesus and a victorious result occurs, it is for the glory of God and the furtherance of His kingdom. Believers are encouraged to call on and have faith in the name of Jesus for hope, strength, provision, protection, and comfort. Also believers can through the name of Jesus reach out to others, be a blessing, and bring forth the kingdom of God.

        And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 NKJV 


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The Future...2/19

Posted on February 21, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Each individual must realize that what transpires on a daily basis in one’s life cannot be separated from their perception of tomorrow and what one believes the future holds. In order for an individual to have a meaningful and fulfilling life, one must understand that the influence of the present determines and defines the future. For the believer of Jesus Christ to have a life full of hope and purpose the eyes of their understanding must be enlightened that they may know the hope of Jesus’ calling and the glory of His inheritance (Ephesians 1:18) paving the way to a proper view of the future. The eyes of the understanding are the influence of the Spirit of wisdom, revelation, and the enlightenment to the heart and soul of man enabling one to see clearly what is transpiring in the present and what lies ahead.


There is a truth that operates in every individual’s life and is preeminent in a believer’s life who has the indwelling of Holy Spirit. The truth is how one views and interprets the future on a daily basis will govern their life, determine their thoughts, dictate their actions, and shape their future. Scripture instructs that one should “not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself” (Matthew 6:34a NAS). Many have misinterpreted this Scripture saying that it is referring to not caring about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself and have ignored or dismissed any view of the future thus removing themselves from the purposes, plans, and destiny of God. Without the proper view and perspective of the future, one’s life will lack substance and stability giving way to a careless, undisciplined, and frivolous lifestyle. Daily life with no rhyme or reason gives into a mindset of carnality and a self-centered individualism that is conformed to the world, controlled by the god of this age, and leads to death and destruction.


Having a proper perspective of the future is important for every believer in order to live a life of faith as it affects one’s pathway ahead. How one views the future will affect their daily life. What one does and how one lives on a daily basis effects and shapes their future.


“For I know the plans I have for you” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT


I Agree...2/19

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM

 One of the greatest Kingdom principles in operation is the power of agreement which releases God’s Word, liberty, freedom, Spirit power, and God’s promises in your life, in your circumstances, in culture, and in your home.


The Lord created the earth and mankind to be in unity and agreement with heaven and His Kingdom. When we embrace this revelation and understand this truth, then we will endeavor to come into unity and agreement with the Lord at all cost. Heaven will be released here on earth. Scripture declares in Amos 3:3, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" and in Galatians 5:25, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." In order to walk, you must agree.


In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will, so that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory! Ephesians 1:11-12 AMP


It is God who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will.


(This blog post was previously posted in May 2014.)



Posted on February 7, 2019 at 5:05 PM

     There will be a dramatic and substantial transformation and shift in the world when individual believers and the body of Christ (the ekklesia) embrace and align themselves with God’s truth and Word. Scripture declares that “you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32 NKJV). The truth referred to in this scripture is the Word of God and the power of that truth will make and keep one free. One of God’s fundamental truths in His Word was declared by Jesus when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV). The essence of being made free and breaking the shackles of bondage only transpires through receiving the truth of Jesus Christ and the release of His power which leads to redemption, becoming a child of God, experiencing the person of Holy Spirit, and having eternal life.


In order to know the truth, one must have a relationship with Jesus Christ who is the truth. The source of all truth is from God the Father who sends the Spirit of truth, who is Holy Spirit, and will guide you in all truth according to John 16:13 NAS, "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come." To be rooted in the truth, one must have a relationship with Holy Spirit and brought forth by the word of truth as stated in James 1:18 NAS, "In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures." Scripture declares that one should buy the truth and do not sell it (Proverbs 23:23) for truth is a force which enables each believer to live of a life of power, righteousness, integrity, accuracy, truthfulness, and stability.


In the world today there is growing battle over the vitality of truth and the increasing concern whether truth can prevail and be triumphant. Some believe in this global information age that the world has reached a post-truth era. There has developed a belief system that declares and teaches that truth is relative and encourages mankind to conduct their life with variable standards, moral judgements based on man’s opinion, and a morality that fits into the culture. Relative truth is based on the teachings and doctrine of men. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8 NKJV). When life is without God’s truth and its sustaining power, one will develop faulty foundations made up of pieces or elements of truth and be subject to various spiritual and worldly bondages, the forces of darkness, unstable belief system, and weakened faith producing instability, uncertainty, confusion, and disorder in their life journey. Those who serve the god of this age cannot stand in the truth because there is no truth in him (John 8:44b).


There is only one standard of truth that is absolute which rests upon the foundation of Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8]; the cornerstone of faith enabling one to align their life with God’s truth (1 Peter 2:6); and a sure foundation giving one the ability to solidify their life on the solid rock (Isaiah 28:16).


For we cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth. 2 Corinthians 13:8 NLT

A Life of Honor...1/19

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    The principle of honor operates and functions in every aspect of life whether in the spiritual realm or worldly culture. Honor is vital to the civility of mankind and is linked to behavior patterns, character, and moral stature which includes honesty, fairness, integrity, ethics, and proper respect. To honor someone is to esteem them highly or bestow value upon them. In God’s kingdom, the focus and attention of honor is directed toward God, His Son Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, and His kingdom rather than man and worldly accomplishments--wealth, power, political influence, or celebrated status. For Scripture declares that God is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power for He created all things and by His will they exist and were created (Revelations 4:11).


All believers are to honor the triune God through their acknowledgement, recognition, and confession that He is the one and only God for Scripture declares “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3 NKJV). Godly honor originates in one’s heart and reflects the value placed on someone or something. God is honored when one respects His Word and does those things that please Him (Exodus 24:7, John 8:51). God is honored when one obeys spiritual and governing authorities treating them with due respect (Romans 13:1, Hebrews 13:17). God is honored by giving of one’s income and first fruits (Proverbs 3:9). Believers are encouraged to honor one another above themselves (Romans 12:10) and to honor all people (1 Peter 2:17).


Honor and dishonor are two powerful yet intricate forces that either build and establish mankind and their culture or destroys it. The word 'honor' means to show respect, consideration, reverence, dignity, and high regard which results in encouragement, exhortation, and edification in one’s life. Whereas 'dishonor' means to bring disgrace, shame, a reproach; lessen the value of; and destroy worth. Dishonor is one of the most powerful strongholds that exist today that is destroying the fiber of society--authority, governance, laws, communication, and the cohesiveness of mankind. The tearing down and replacement of this stronghold of dishonor can be accomplished by the introduction of honor into every aspect and level of life and returning honor to God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit.


Questions to ask ourselves are: (1) Do I honor or dishonor the Lord in my relationship with Him? (2) Do I honor or dishonor my family? (3) Do I honor or dishonor my fellow believers? (4) Do I honor or dishonor the people I work with? (5) Do I honor or dishonor through words and thoughts that flow from my heart?


Honor and majesty surround him; strength and joy fill his dwelling. O nations of the world, recognize the LORD, recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong. (1 Chronicles 16:27-28 NLT)


God's Supernatural Power...1/19

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 6:35 AM

  There are many individuals who are curious and desire a greater understanding of the forces of power that influence, dictate, and determine the dynamics and direction of their life. With all the various forces of power flowing in and through one’s life, there is only one force of power that transcends, rises above, and overpowers all others which is the supernatural power of God. One cannot have the right concept and understanding of God without recognizing the He is supernatural in His nature and sovereign--all-powerful, all-wise, and all-knowing. God’s very nature demands the release and execution of power to fulfill His divine will, purpose, and destiny.


There is a paradigm shift taking place in believers of Jesus Christ in their concept and view of God’s power by obtaining the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God (Ephesians 1:17), having the eyes of their understanding enlightened in the reality of His kingdom (Ephesians 1:18), and the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2). The supernatural power of God is described as His might, strength, force, and dominion required to accomplish and fulfill His will, divine plan, and Word. The power of God is that which establishes His goodness, brings life, and reveals all the perfections of His being, authority, and nature.


God’s supernatural power is available at every level of life which includes the individual believer, family, church, and culture. Many believers have been taught, have knowledge of, and heard and read about various accounts of the moves of God’s supernatural power; however, they have never experienced the kingdom reality of God’s power in their life. The Apostle Paul describes how God’s power can change the very essence of the inward working in one’s life. Paul was experiencing a profound and prevailing physical problem in his life and asked God three times to remove it. This is how God answered him, "’My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’” And this is how Paul responded, “Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NAS). The truth of this Scripture is that God’s power is perfected in weakness so Paul embraced his weakness knowing that the power of Christ will dwell within him making him strong.

Each believer must receive the revelation of God’s power working within them and allow and embrace the inner workings of Holy Spirit. “Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3 NAS).


God not only instructs us how to live according to His Word, He grants us the grace through Holy Spirit to live and walk in supernatural power with the primary purpose of bringing the reality of heaven to earth which crashes into and crushes worldly problems and overpowers dark forces while His people (the ekklesia) live and move in the realm of signs, wonders, and miracles for His glory and His kingdom.


The God who does Suddenlies...1/19

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 5:15 PM

   Each individual through their life’s journey will experience unexpected and unforeseen happenings and events that suddenly take place which changes the dynamics and direction of their life. How one responds to the suddenly that occurs determines one’s growth and victory as a result of that suddenly. God’s desire and will is for all believers of Jesus Christ to recognize and embrace any suddenly that occurs in their life as an opportunity or means to draw closer to Him which will enhance their relationship and dependence on Him who is sovereign and supernatural.


Those who are believers in Jesus Christ must understand and capture the revelation of God’s supernatural power and the way God works. Suddenlies are created through God’s supernatural power and activated by His Word, His spoken voice or execution of His will. Hebrews 1:3 declares that God through His Son Jesus Christ upholds all things by the word of His power. All Jesus needs to do is speak God’s will and His power will accomplish the designed purpose of a suddenly for God’s glory and the furtherance of His kingdom. To understand the suddenlies of God who is sovereign and supernatural one must recognize that His thoughts and ways are higher than mankind’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:9); His invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature are made visible by what has been made (Romans 1:20); and He gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist (Romans 4:17). God’s suddenlies are always full of His divine plans and purposes.


A suddenly is defined as something happening without previous or little notice, something unexpected, occurs instantly, and happens quickly. Suddenlies that occur in the natural world are occurrences or events that happen with no design or purpose and are sporadic causing shifts and changes in life’s journey. God’s suddenlies are the result of supernatural happenings, events or changes that are an integral part of His plan, design, purpose, and will and His response to the prayers and supplications of the saints. The execution and effects of God’s suddenlies are supernaturally demonstrated through signs, wonders, miracles and power which shift and cause believers to concentrate on the things above (Colossians 3:2), break the dependence and conformity to the world and transforms by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2), and molds and transforms into the image of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).


In God’s kingdom and the realm of the Spirit, suddenlies are God’s method of implementing His divine plans, executing His purposes, delivering His judgments, activating His Word, guiding and directing His people, and responding to the prayers, needs and wellbeing of His people.



Posted on January 10, 2019 at 5:05 PM

   Every believer in Jesus Christ can have a dynamic and powerful life by placing their trust, hope, and faith in God who is sovereign--all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, and supernatural. God has revealed His supernatural realm through the creation of the universe and humanity, deliverance of His people (Israelites) from Egyptian bondage, parting of the Red Sea, leading of His people (Israelites) by a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night, birth and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, changing of mankind’s hearts of stone to hearts of flesh with a new spirit, and empowering of His people (the ekklesia) with Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is important for each believer to capture the revelation that God does not change for He declared "For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6 NKJV). God is and always will be the supernatural triune God of the universe.

Supernatural is defined as something invisible, spiritual or a force which is demonstrated through an event, a person or happening which surpasses the natural or material world. The supernatural can be good or evil, positive or negative. The supernatural realm of God is much more than signs, wonders, and miracles it is the essence of who He is--His all-encompassing power, divine nature, marvelous character, and consuming presence.


God’s desire and will is for all believers of Jesus Christ to recognize and embrace His supernatural realm. A life in the supernatural realm of God is implemented by the believer learning to live and walk in the Spirit. “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 NASB). One cannot live and walk in the Spirit and neglect the supernatural available through Holy Spirit. Each believer must discern the difference between the natural and the supernatural in order to live and walk in the Spirit and be an instrument of God’s kingdom. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV).


In today’s culture understanding the supernatural realm of God is relevant and necessary in order to discern between the natural and the supernatural in light of the advancement of technology, the digital age, and media imagery.

God continues to demonstrate and reveal His supernatural realm today as He did in the beginning of creation by releasing the authority and dominion of His kingdom and empowering His people (the ekklesia) through Holy Spirit.


All things are possible...1/19

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 5:15 PM

Life is full of possibilities--knowing the right source makes them possible.


It is very common to hear people use clichés, old sayings or phrases such as “anything is possible” or “all things are possible”. The intent for most people is to bring hope and encouragement which will cause one to press on in life. The challenge is the concept and understanding of the word 'possible' when it is based on the capacity, wisdom, and workings of man and their ability to produce without a guarantee of lasting results. Approaching what is possible from a natural realm and humanistic perspective will cause many unanswered questions and raise the level of unbelief.


Those who are believers in Jesus approach the subject of something being possible from a spiritual perspective. After a discussion between Jesus and His disciples in reference to a rich man entering the kingdom of God, a question was asked by the disciples, "Who then can be saved? But Jesus looked at them and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'" (Matthew 19:25-26 NKJV). The contents of this Scripture refers to salvation; however, this truth is a kingdom principle which can be applied and activated in all areas of life for each believer.


The words from Matthew 19:26 "With men this is impossible" refer to the natural realm of mankind when considering what is possible. There is an inherent belief that through positive mental attitude, work ethic, and strategic planning that one can accomplish anything. Also there is a belief in many circles that man’s power lies within themselves, and they can affect and manipulate even the invisible forces to further advance their demands and desires. The deception is that one’s power, influence, and position is based on natural forces, structures, and systems which are temporary, weak, and without a solid foundation.


The words from Matthew 19:26 "but with God all things are possible" refer to the limitless, eternal, and all powerful presence of God exercising His will to fulfill all that He has set in motion. Possible is a derivative and compared to dynamite and dynamo meaning strong, mighty, and powerful. God releases His divine power in and through each believer increasing their capacity and ability to breakthrough and accomplish whatever is set before them. Scripture identifies the key and condition needed to experience the possibility of God. In Mark 9:23 Jesus said, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." The possible of God is activated by believing--to place confidence in God, to trust and commit totally to God. God will do nothing in our favor without belief and faith.


One can approach life and enter each day full of hope, certainty, and confidence that all things are possible. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).


(This blog post was previously posted in February 2017.)


New Year Compass...12/18

Posted on December 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM

 It is time to look forward to the new year where possibilities are endless to serve God and expand His kingdom. As one would set course using a compass for guidance and direction on a natural journey in order to reach a destination, setting course using a compass would apply when embarking on one’s spiritual journey in the new year.


A compass is an instrument used to determine one’s direction and utilizes a freely rotational magnetized needle that indicates direction and identifies the magnetic North with guidelines that govern space, limits, range, and scope of activity. A compass assists in locating the four major points of direction--North, South, East and West. Each spiritual compass uses a freely rotational powered needle known as Holy Spirit who always indicates and directs all believers in Jesus to God and His kingdom.


In this year of 2019, believers must utilize their spiritual compass to effectively navigate their way through a dark, chaotic, and turbulent culture in order to bring forth the light, power, and life of the Lord and His kingdom. Each believer needs to press on, reach forward, and forget those things which are behind (Philippians 3:12-14). In this new year believers cannot allow their past to dictate or determine the parameters of the present which will hinder any forward movement.


It is time to believe for God’s best, capture the treasures of God's Word, trust in the Lord's enabling grace, commit all your ways unto the Lord, and expand one’s tent pegs. Everyone must realize that the best of God and His kingdom are awaiting those who seek Him. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NASB).


This new year will be defined by the relationship one has with God through Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit determining the paths one takes, the fruit of the Spirit one produces, the victories one obtains, and the blessings one will be to others.


Unto Us a Child is Born...12/18

Posted on December 20, 2018 at 4:50 PM

There is no stronger message needed in the world, our nation, and culture as a whole than that God has granted life, hope, and peace in the birth and life of Jesus Christ. This is the time of year when mankind and culture has established the celebration of giving of gifts to express their love and appreciation for those in their lives. There is a gift that was given and keeps on giving for everyone who receives, opens, and accepts it. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16 NKJV). This divine gift of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is eternal; gives everlasting life; releases light, love, mercy, and grace; and reveals the keys to a miraculous spiritual existence in the kingdom of God.


Believers of Jesus Christ must not be distracted at this time of year but must be focused on what God has done with the invasion of heaven and the incarnation of His Son rather than what man has created through lights, glitter, and festive celebrations. As a result of the fall of mankind, death and separation from God was man’s portion; however, there was a day when light and life came into the world who was the seed of Abraham, the Word, and the Spirit of the Lord to break the curse over mankind. This light and life was God’s plan from the beginning--for there was a Child born and a Son given to us.


The original intent in the establishment of Christmas celebrations was to bring to remembrance the birth of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God. The coming of Jesus Christ has been declared from the beginning of time. Upon the fall of mankind, God declared to the enemy “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" (Genesis 3:15 NKJV). God declared to Abraham that he would establish a covenant and promise regarding his seed. “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ” (Galatians 3:16 NKJV). God declared by the prophetic word of Isaiah the coming of the Christ Child. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NAS). God through an angel declared to shepherds in the field that the Christ Child had come. An angel of the Lord suddenly stood before the shepherds who were attending their flock in the fields at night and declared “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord’” (Luke 2:10-11 NAS). Let there be a declaration and a shout of good news from God’s people to all the people of this day as the angel did to the shepherds of their day that Jesus Christ the Lord has come.


The miracle of the child born depicts God placing His seed in humanity and that seed is the Word which became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). A Son given establishes the fact of His deity as Son of the Highest (Luke 1:32) and called the Son of God (Luke 1:35) establishing His relationship with the Father and revealing the Father to mankind. Because of Jesus’ sonship the government was placed on His shoulder to rule and reign over the kingdom of God and to establish it with judgment and justice forever (Isaiah 9:6-7).


But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV


Be a Beacon of Light...12/18

Posted on December 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM

 Surrounding today’s culture there seems to be a penetrating and bold darkness that has a devastating grip on mankind and society as a whole. God always has a solution and remedy for the gross darkness of the god of this age which is His light and glory. God declares in His Word and instructs His people “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NAS). God has prepared a beacon of light which shines the brightest when darkness covers the earth and its people. This beacon of light is the redeemed and Holy Spirit endowed believers of Jesus Christ who are filled with His presence, light, and glory. Scripture declares that the believer is the light of the world and a city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).


Every believer is a beacon of light who is called, instructed, and empowered to shine the light of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world and to guide all those who are covered by darkness or maneuvering their way through the darkness. When light is manifested, darkness must flee. Light and darkness cannot exist together. Jesus Christ declared in John 8:12 NKJV, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." Every individual who is in Jesus Christ has defeated the power darkness from the inside out. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:8-11 NKJV).


As a beacon of light, one must know and understand the source, power, and flow of that light in order to shine consistently with the illumination of the light of Christ and His glory. There are three sources of light that we draw from - God Himself, the Word, and the indwelling of Holy Spirit in the believer. One of the revealing lights which exposes the walk and identifies lifestyle on the pathway is the Word of God. The Word of God is a powerful source to guide, direct, and enable each and every believer to walk as children of light.

What the world needs now is each believer and the body of Christ collectively to be that beacon of light that is so bright that its rays penetrate the denseness of darkness. Scripture encourages and instructs the believer to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).


Cultivating Spiritual Fruit...12/18

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

     The true nature and essence of a believer’s life is not formed by external forces or life issues but is determined by the condition and content of what exists in the heart. "Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life" (Proverbs 4:23 AMP). Knowing and understanding how God sees and develops the heart of a believer is vital to the development of one’s character and fruit. One’s heart can be likened to a garden with soil that needs to be cultivated for the planting of the Lord. The first seed planted in the garden of the heart is the Word of God which produces the nature of Christ in one’s life. Once God’s Word has been sown or planted in the soil of one’s heart then Holy Spirit begins to prepare and work on the garden to receive the seed of the spiritual fruit. Scripture identifies the spiritual fruit planted by Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 NAS, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”


After the Word of God is planted in the soil of one’s heart and Holy Spirit has prepared the soil and sown the seeds of the fruit of the Spirit, it becomes the believer’s responsibility to tend to the soil and cultivate the seed. God’s instructions to the believer are the same as in the beginning of creation when God instructed Adam to tend and keep the garden (Genesis 2:15). Tending and cultivating the garden of one’s heart is accomplished through a developed relationship with Holy Spirit and the release of His power in and through the believer. It is vital to yield and allow Holy Spirit to nourish and develop the spiritual fruit in one’s life because the believer is identified and known by the fruit that flows from the inner man (Matthew 12:33).


The particular condition, nature, and type of soil in the garden of one’s heart is paramount for the proper development, nourishment, and growth of spiritual fruit. There are four different types and conditions of soil or ground in which seed is planted. First, is the wayside soil where seed is sown on harden and beaten pathways of life which are traveled by those are who are too busy, occupied, distracted, and neglectful in hearing and responding to any seed sown. Before any fruit can be established the enemy comes and destroys its development and growth. Second, are the stony places where seed is sown on hard and impenetrable ground preventing any root to take hold. This type of ground is where one receives the seed and has hope to experience the fruit of the Spirit but because the root is unable to be established there can be not sustain growth. Third, is ground not properly prepared, cleared or cultivated and is infested with weeds, thorns, thistles and briers. This is where spiritual fruit begins to grow and flourish but cultural pressures, issues of life, and the cares of the world choke the life out of any healthy fruit of the Spirit. Fourth, is seed sown in well cultivated, prepared, and properly nourished soil. This is where good seed is planted in good soil which bears and produces healthy, vibrant, well developed, and mature fruit of the Spirit which reflects the very nature of God and His character in their life (Matthew 13:18-23).


Each believer must understand that the fruit of the Spirit is produced by the Spirit, not by the individual. In order for a believer to have healthy, productive, and life-giving spiritual fruit, they must cultivate the soil of their heart on a daily basis to ensure the proper development, growth and viability of a fruit bearing life.


Cultivating the soil of one’s heart and bearing life-giving spiritual fruit is made possible by abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in us. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4 NKJV).


Activating the Power of God's Word...11/18

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 5:10 PM

 There is a powerful solution to life’s issues and the desire to be connected to reality, to know the truth, and to have stability in one's life. This powerful solution is through the activation of God’s Word in every aspect and level of life, culture, and society. From the beginning, God’s Word was and is intricately woven into every aspect of creation, sustains the existence of creation, and brings life and stability.


Activating the power of God’s Word in one’s life would be to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, become His disciple, represent Him as His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20), and be His special people who proclaim the praises of Him (1 Peter 2:9).


God gave Jesus Christ who is the living Word [logos] (John1:1). Jesus sent the Holy Spirit who brings forth the spoken word [logos] (John 16:7). The Greek word logos is defined as the conveyance of thought, communication, identifying a cause, divine revelation, instruction, divine doctrine, and spiritual declaration. We also receive the word of God by reading the written word (Bible) that has been recorded and translated for us.


There is an exciting dimension and revelation of God’s Word which is inspired by Holy Spirit and identified by the Greek word rhema. A rhema word is the communication of a particular portion or revelation of the whole word [logos] which is revealed and propels a believer into action.


Activating the power of God’s Word through both logos and rhema is the duty and responsibility of every believer of Jesus Christ. Each believer must recognize and accept God’s Word as the word of truth, the living word, and the inspired word as well as the source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding concerning the various facets and realities of life. Here are some key steps in activating the power of God’s Word: develop a relationship with Holy Spirit; be a hearer and doer of the Word; sow His Word as a seed; declare with boldness His Word; and allow His Word to activate His truths, principles, ethics, commandments, and the execution of His will in every aspect of life.


For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NAS

Called to Pray...11/18

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 4:55 PM

 God made provision and created a method of communication that builds and develops a relationship and connects each individual to Him. This provision and powerful method is prayer. Prayer is the means by which one enters into conversation, communion, and fellowship with the God the Father, Jesus His Son and Holy Spirit to build relationship and establish trust in the sovereign God of heaven.


Every believer of Jesus Christ is called to prayer. God has established prayer to set in motion activities of the Spirit, release the supernatural, empower mercy and grace, facilitate the flow of things from heaven to earth, work miracles, and elevate faith. “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it" (Matthew 21:22 NLT). The call to prayer transcends one’s position in life--their education, economic standing, spiritual experience or how long one has been a believer. Scripture instructs each believer to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV) and declares that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16 NKJV).


The basic understanding of prayer is to ask, request, and entreat the Lord for something. However, there is a much deeper meaning to prayer which involves being personal and intimate and building one’s relationship with God. Prayer also means hearing the voice of Holy Spirit and committing to know and understand God’s will and His divine purposes.


The call to prayer needs to be a high priority in one’s life and cannot be replaced by family, career, the issues of life, cultural busyness, or good works in a needy world. Currently in this fast-moving culture and the demands of society, time has become very difficult to manage because of the pressure to perform and to serve others. There are times when one must turn away from all the busyness and demands and turn to God who is above and distinct from all things and over all things. “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2 NAS).


Responding to God’s call to prayer is vital to every believer’s spiritual wellbeing because of the union of one’s heart and soul with God’s heart. The following are a few reasons for and purposes of being called to pray: Prayer is seeking the Lord with all one’s heart and soul demonstrating the desire to know Him--His heart, nature and will (Deuteronomy 4:29). Prayer enables the renewing of one’s strength (1 Chronicles 16:11). Prayer is an avenue for one to seek healing (James 5:15). Prayer is releasing God’s power to transform cultures and nations (2 Chronicles 7:14). Prayer prepares the heart for spiritual worship.


The scope of the call to prayer for every believer is personal as well as participating in corporate prayer in the church. “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18 NAS).


Created to Worship...11/18

Posted on November 8, 2018 at 5:15 PM

      Every individual was created and designed by God to be an instrument of worship. Having worship as an integral part of the internal makeup of mankind indicates that each individual will inherently worship someone or something whether it will be equal to them, beneath them or above of them. God’s purpose for placing worship in each individual was and is today to bring glory, reverence, and honor to Himself. “But the time is coming—indeed it's here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23-24 NLT). The reality of each person’s life will become like, take on, and resemble the nature of what they worship.


It is important to have the knowledge and understanding of the significance, power, and influence of worship as it has an integral part in the development and makeup of the heart, mind, and identity. Believers of Jesus Christ are called to be spiritual worshippers--they are the ones God seeks out and separates to bring worship, praise, and adoration to Him as His body. Those individuals who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord can in no way enter into spiritual worship or come before God and worship Him according to His standards or requirements. Scripture declares that we “who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3 NKJV).


True worship begins with knowing, acknowledging, and accepting God as the only true and sovereign God. Worship is defined as one who prostates themselves, pays homage to, and shows honor and reverence to Almighty God. Also, worship means to bow down in obedience and submission to the one being worshiped. Worship should be in accordance with the Word of God, with who God is, and with the revelation of God’s lordship, majesty, and reign as the majestic ruler of the universe. Oftentimes there is some confusion about worship because it is equated as music and/or a worship service as the true form of worship. Actually, worship is a lifestyle of bowing, submitting, and showing reverence and honor in every aspect of daily living in a believer’s life. Worship is an expression of the heart of mankind conveying one’s love, devotion, submissive respect, adoration, and reverence to the God they serve.


These are exciting and fulfilling times with the abundance of worship music, the access to worship songs online, many worship ministries, various worship events both large and small, and many churches willing to embrace and engage in spiritual worship to the glory of God. Many individuals, articles, and ministries have labeled this current worship expression as emotional and entertainment; however, whenever God’s people gather together to lift up the name of the Lord, it is a good and glorious thing. The challenge is that the life of a worshipper transcends the music, the events, and even church services and is demonstrated in their daily lives. True worship comes from a submitted and contrite heart living and conducting their lives as unto the Lord. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17 NAS) and “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31b NAS).


Who will not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed. (Revelations 15:4 NAS)


Posted on November 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM

   From the beginning God has provided a sovereign lifeline which gives opportunity and enables mankind to connect with God and have eternal life. Every individual has been given by God a free will and liberty to identify and choose a lifeline that will run through, direct, and determine their life. In the beginning God planted two trees in the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9) -- the tree of life with a lifeline which leads to life and the tree of good and evil with a lifeline which leads to death. God gave a clear and concise instruction for access to the trees in the garden. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’" (Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV). Through deception and disobedience, man choose to disregard the instruction about the tree of good and evil causing death and separation from God. However, God being full of mercy, grace, and love would never leave His creation (mankind) without a lifeline, pathway, connection, and relationship to Himself and His kingdom.


God is sovereign, knows the beginning from the end, and designated His Son, known as the Word, to be the eternal lifeline who would redeem, restore, and deliver mankind from darkness, evil, and death. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NKJV). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through the shedding of His blood, enduring the cross, dying, being raised from the dead, and seated in heaven is the lifeline for life and connection to the Father. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV). In the beginning as with the tree of life and throughout the ages, God continues to give every individual a free will and liberty to identify and choose a lifeline that will run through, direct, and determine their life. Unfortunately, through deception and disobedience many continue to reject and disregard Jesus Christ as their lifeline causing death and separation from the God.


All believers who are embedded in the lifeline of Jesus Christ have the responsibility to develop a lifeline cord to strengthen their relationship, commitment, and position in Jesus Christ. This lifeline should consist of a threefold cord of worship, prayer and the Word which cannot be easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Worship is a believer’s expression of reverence, honor, and devotion to God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and Holy Spirit. The believer’s worship is the acceptance and acknowledgment of God from their heart which is expressed in every aspect of daily life and a praise to God in and for all things. “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24 NKJV). Prayer is communicating or communing with God in fellowship building the personal relationship with the Godhead. Also, the believer’s prayer is making known one’s requests, needs, problems, concerns, and the issues of the heart and life. “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22 NKJV). The Word is the inspired words of God which are beneficial and effective for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). For the believer, the word of God is where one plants themselves to be rooted in the lifeline of Jesus Christ, who is the Word (John 1:1,14).


From God’s perspective this lifeline is always open, ready to engage, and consistently bringing life, relationship, growth, and answers.


God's Standards...10/18

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    God established standards thru His Word and Spirit for all of creation to direct, govern, and guide mankind and their cultures according to His will, purposes, and plan. These standards would require mankind to align, agree, follow, and conform to God’s voice, word, instructions, and commandments. Life without standards would be full of uncertainty, anxiety, confusion, mediocrity, and no direction and adrift with no anchor and blown about with worldly winds and issues.


The quality, strength, and stability of any individual, organization or nation is established by foundational standards. Standards are established by an authority as a rule, model or principle that are used as the basis of measurement, judgement or grade of the value, merit or quality of life. Standards also include the establishment of morals, ethics, habits, guidelines, rules, and principles which aids and promotes a righteous and wholesome lifestyle. For all believers of Jesus Christ, the Bible is the standard of truth in which one views and evaluates all things according to the Word of God. Every believer has the responsibility to prove everything they see and hear by the Word and by the witness of Holy Spirit. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard” (John 16:13 NLT). It is prudent for all believers to prove, examine, and discern all things carefully and hold onto and possess that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).


Currently in all levels of society and culture the standards that God has established to guide, direct, and assist mankind have been weakened, discarded, cast aside, and in many cases outright rejected. Standards illuminate the gateway and path which leads to life as described in Scripture, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 NAS). In today’s culture individuals, organizations, governments and even churches have chosen the broad way with no enduring, abiding, and steadfast standards. It is apparent in today’s culture that there is the same mindset and philosophy that was prevalent in Israel’s time of the judges which was “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6 NKJV). A return to unified foundational standards based on God’s Word would limit and correct the self-centered approach to life for the greater good and glory of God. “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NAS).


Every believer of Jesus Christ should understand the importance of applying the proper standards in their daily activities. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17 NAS) and “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31b NAS).


Kingdom Identity...10.18

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 5:15 PM

 The manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth will be enhanced or hindered by the believer’s understanding of their identity, position, and responsibility as God’s children in the operation of His kingdom. In Isaiah 61:6 believers are described and identified as priests and ministers. ’Priest’ meaning one, who officiates, actively executes priestly duties, and puts on priestly regalia (priestly garments). ‘Minister’ meaning one who is a servant, attendant, helper and worker first to God and then to His people. Priest identifies who the believer is, and minister identifies the function of the believer.


In 1 Peter 2:5 there are several other identities of believers of Christ and His kingdom. Believers are known as ‘living stones’ meaning active, quick and lively materials which constitutes the building of God’s spiritual house. As living stones, they make up the structure and bring continual life and strength to God’s house. Believers are also known as ‘a holy priesthood’ meaning in part to continually offer up spiritual sacrifices of worship and praise before the Lord.


But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV

It is crucial in this day and age that every believer understand and embrace the truth that they are an intricate part of the kingdom of God. On a daily basis there should be the demonstration of their identity, position, and responsibility as God’s children for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.

(This blog post previously posted in January 2016.)



Posted on October 11, 2018 at 5:00 PM

   Regardless of what one’s station or position is in life the degree of obedience and to what one is obedient to will determine their quality and substance in life. Currently in modern day culture the true power and significance of obedience has been greatly diminished and misconstrued. “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness” (Romans 6:16-17 NAS)?


The force and power of obedience was demonstrated in the beginning of time when Adam through his disobedience cause mankind to fall and the earth to be cursed. The force and power of obedience was demonstrated when through the obedience of Jesus Christ mankind was saved, delivered from darkness, and the curse was reversed. “For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19 NAS). God gave specific instructions to Adam on what could and could not be done; and Adam failed to hear, was careless, and was not disciplined which caused rebellion towards and distrust of God. God gave specific instructions to Jesus Christ, the last Adam; and Jesus was focused, in one accord, in agreement, and attentive to His mission with total trust and reliance upon His Father. "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19 NAS).

For one to have a proper perspective of life there must be a clear understanding of the meaning and purpose of obedience. The modern interpretation of obedience is simply to submit, do what you are told, line up with and comply to current societal edicts, rules, governing power, and cultural forces. A life of obedience consists of the internal nature, character, and substance of one’s heart and soul which enables one to walk and live in what is known to be true, factual, and genuine. This is particularly true for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. God empowers each believer to develop a life of obedience for has He declared, "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NAS).


For each believer, obedience is a willful choice to trust, submit, obey, and be attentive to God’s truths and principles, God’s voice, and guidance of Holy Spirit. Obedience requires personal commitment, resolve in one’s belief, definitive activation of one’s faith, a bold prayer life, and unwavering adherence to God’s Word. Obedience is the key to knowing God’s will, opening the heavens, changing the atmosphere, inviting God’s presence, producing the flow of God’s anointing, releasing God’s power, allowing the flow of spiritual rivers, and bringing forth God’s blessings and favor.


…we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:5b-6 NAS


The Wise & The Fool...10/18

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 5:05 PM

 The stability of any individual, organization or nation is determined by the strength and solidness of its foundational truths, principles, and identity. One’s stability is evident and demonstrated by the distinctive qualities, attributes, and habits which determines whether they are among the wise or among the foolish. Scripture declares and instructs that each one should walk circumspectly--purposefully, worthily, and accurately--not as fools but as wise (Ephesians 5:15-16).


The word ‘wise’ means one that is learned, is skilled, and has the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or false, right or wrong, proper and improper, and prudent or imprudent. The pathway to be truly wise is through a relationship with Jesus Christ as He declares in Scripture, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27 NAS). When one establishes a sure foundation on the rock of Jesus Christ, their life will be stable, secure, and endowed with the wisdom of God.


The word ‘fool’ means one who has little to no fear of God, denies the reality of God (Psalms 14:1), and has a disregard for the Word of God, the eternal principles, and the authority of the kingdom of God. One who lives in the realm of a fool is not so much lacking in mental powers but misuses and manipulates them. A fool is without reason, lacks commonsense, and clouds the perception of reality of things both natural and spiritual. “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26 NAS).


There is a vast difference of one being wise according to the flesh and worldly standards and one being wise according to the Spirit and heavenly standards. “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:18 NAS). The challenge for mankind is that they have elevated worldly wisdom as the standard, rule, principle, and authority for life and society. However, the truth is that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness’" (1 Corinthians 3:19 NKJV). It is always good to remember that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25 NKJV).


To discern the realm of the wise or the fool, one must examine the lifestyle and fruit demonstrated in one’s life (Matthew 12:33). “A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is arrogant and careless” (Proverbs 14:16 NAS). “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly” (Proverbs 15:2 NAS). “The wise will inherit honor, but fools display dishonor” (Proverbs 3:35 NAS).