Archive for March, 2014

Have you ever felt this way? If so you have justifiable reasons. We you would, if God really expected, YOU, on your own, to live this Holy life. He would definitely be an unreasonable God.

But God is not unreasonable. Gracious and merciful, but certainly not unreasonable.

Check this out

I, in addition to being a pastor, am also a house painter. I have owned my own painting company, which I started at the ripe old age of 15, for over 30 years. I have been very successful. I have even been featured on TV four times. In my service area, I am considered one of the best. All of my work comes from referrals. I have never spent a dime on advertising.

Your Turn

What if you decided you wanted to open your own painting company, but you were not sure what that entailed? Friends and family might try to talk you out of it. They would correctly inform you most businesses close within a year. 95% are gone within five years.

Maybe you don’t even know how to paint. You just know that people don’t like to paint and usually hire someone. And every house in America needs to be painted.

Take mine

What if instead of starting your own painting company, and struggling through trial and error and fear of failure, you could call me personally and I gave you my one and only company? The one I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into?

What if I moved into your house with you and brought with me, all my talents, abilities, and expertise to the table? What if I shared everything with you, constantly equipping you to be a success 24/7?

What if I told you where to find work, what to say, and how much to charge? What if I worked side by side with you, explaining how to complete the job properly?

What if, when faced with a difficult situation, I came along side you and walked with you through it? What do you think your chances of success would be? Do you think you could achieve the same level of success I have enjoyed?

If you did everything I told you and imitated all my actions, you would indeed find success.

God moved in

This is exactly what God did for us. He gave his one and only son for us. But it did not stop there. His Spirit, the very Spirit of God, moved into our very being. The Holy Spirit guides us.

The Spirit empowers us to live the life God calls us to.

You are not alone

As I said in the beginning, if God expected you to live a Holy life in your own power, He would be unreasonable. As you can see, He has a vested interest in your success. He sacrificed His life for you. And He gave you His very Spirit to walk with you. And that my friend is an amazing God.

I’ll leave you with these

But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring you all things and remind you of everything I have said.                John 14:26

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26

And I will give you a new heart, and a new Spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Ezekiel 36: 26-27

You are not alone. God’s Spirit has made your heart, His home

Embrace Trials

Posted: March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

You probably read the title of todays blog post and thought, Yeah right. You may even be thinking that I can say this because I have never faced trials. I can assure you, nothing would be further from the truth. I have faced more trials and heartache then I can even remember.

I came from an abusive, broken home. I suffered sexual abuse from a close relative before I was even ten years old. After my father left, we suffered extreme poverty. I was bullied at school. I was arrested for the first time at 11 years old. I know the pain of infidelity. I suffered when my children’s mother absconded with them and I did not see them for over 18 years. And just a short time ago, my younger brother whom I loved with all my heart, hung himself. I know what it is to face trials of many kinds.

That’s why I can say with complete assurance that those trials prepared me for the calling God placed on my life. Just like Joseph, for such a time as this. These trials were not easy but necessary.

James tells us to consider it pure JOY, whenever we face trials. Say what? Joy? Really? And notice he did not say if you face trials but whenever, as in it will be more then once.

So let me get this straight. Not only am I going to face trials but I should be joyful when I do. Why?

Because these trials have a purpose. According to James, they develop perseverance. And perseverance MUST finish its work, (in us), so that we can be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

Did you catch that? These trials are necessary. Yes the very trials that cause us to question God’s sovereignty or calling on our life. The trials that cause doubt to creep in. The situations that would have us believe God is asleep at the wheel are actually allowed by God for our benefit to bring about His will in our life.

Sounds messed up I know. But James tells us to embrace these trials because they are vital to our growth. He goes so far to imply, without these trials, we cease to grow. If you take nothing else from this, catch this, James says the testing of your faith develops perseverance and perseverance MUST finish its work so that we may be complete.

Without trials we would be incomplete.

The next time you face trials, Satan would have you believe God is turning His back on you, but remember, God is perfecting you.