Write it down

I’ve decided to post my devotion for today because I believe this is something we should be doing as Christians everyday. I don’t go to see old Oswald or visit any stream in the desert, because I believe only the Bible is the Inspired word of God. I don’t see anything wrong with the daily devotional stuff at all, I just prefer to get fresh bread from the hand of the Holy Spirit. So I use the Bible and journal what speaks to me. So having said that here is my devotion for today the 27th of November 2013.


Rev. 1:19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”

What is more important to remember a business meeting, or meeting with God? Obviously it’s the latter. This is why you journal. God speaks to you and you write it down just like John. You write it down so you will have it for today, and what will come tomorrow.

That’s what I wrote in my journal today in order to remember the importance of writing down what I’m hearing from God! Because His voice is the most important voice we can hear! So write it down!


My Cross is too heavy!

If you have been a christian for any length of time you’ve read, or heard read  “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  What if your cross is to heavy? Every time you look at it you think I can’t do it, I can’t carry it, I’m to weak and wounded.

How do we face such a situation? Believe me these situations will come, pretending they won’t is foolish.  In fact you maybe there now struggling to pick up a cross that seems to get heavier, and heavier by the second. There is an answer you know. We find it in the Life of our Lord who also had a cross to pick up. His was a literal physical weight. (Though our emotional, and physical problems can be just as heavy.)

We find the answer in a couple of different places.

First here in Luke 23:26  As they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country. They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus.

The second is here in Mathew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Jesus couldn’t carry His cross because He was to weak and weary, so let me ask you this, why are you trying to carry yours? Jesus is our Simon of Cyrene the difference is that Simon was forced to carry the cross, and Jesus longs to carry it for you.

Why not go to Him in prayer crying out to Him when you feel the weight, and let him take it for you. Don’t try to take it back! He has strength to carry what you can’t.

One more quick thing

While writing this I remembered that David Wilkerson has already said this far better than I did so here is the link to His article.


Doubt can’t kill us!

1 John 5:4 because everyone who has been fathered by God conquers the world.  This is the conquering power that has conquered the world: our faith.
I read this and was reminded of something I read last night from the puritan writer William Gurnall. This is from his book “The Christian In Complete Armour”.
Here is what he say’s about faith and doubt in the midst of trials.
“When you are in the midst of testing, do not give up in despair. Faith is a dogged grace! Unless your soul flatly denies the power of God, this courier-faith-will beat a well worn path to the throne. Doubt cripples but does not incapacitate faith. Indeed, even as you are disputing the mercy of God and questioning in your mind whether He will come to your rescue, faith will make it’s way, if haltingly into His presence. And the message it delivers will be, “If you are willing you can make me clean!””

Doubt can wound us, cripple us, and leave us battered, however it can not kill us unless we abandon the belief that God is indeed for us in-spite of what the circumstances we face seem to indicate.

The only thing that can really destroy our faith is our abandonment of God and His purposes. A real man of faith will go into the presence of God and cry out for the bread of life until he receives it. Just like this man in Jesus’ parable:

Luke 11:5 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 11:6 because a friend of mine has stopped here while on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 11:7 Then he will reply from inside, ‘Do not bother me. The door is already shut, and my children and I are in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 11:8 I tell you, even though the man inside will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of the first man’s sheer persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
11:9 “So I tell you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

If you are in the midst of trials, then begin to cry out in the power that conquers the world your faith until you have your answer.
Scriptures are from the NET


Skip the Beer

While watching a talk show one morning, I saw country music artist Thomas Rhett singing his song “Beer with Jesus”. As I listened to the words I couldn’t help think as he sang the chorus “You don’t have to wait for the answers to the questions you are asking, because Jesus answered them already.”  Allow me to parody how this conversation might go in a question answer format.

 Q: How’d you turn the other cheek, To save a sorry soul like me?  

A: Because I love you, Listen to my  word. John 3:16 “For this is the way 36  God loved the world: He gave his one and only 37  Son, so that everyonewho believes in him will not perish 38  but have eternal life. 39  3:17 For God did not send his Soninto the world to condemn the world, 40  but that the world should be saved through him.” My love for you drove me to turn the other cheek and lay down my life and pay the penalty you deserve.

 Q: Do you hear the prayers I send?

A: Yes, I do hear them especially the ones you whisper when you don’t think any one can hear. I hear your prayers, see your tears, and long to save your soul if you would only believe in me.

 Q: What happens when life ends?

A: That’s an easy one. When you die if you have believed in me as the Lord of your life repented of your sin (Repentance is turning from your sin and walking in my ways) then you join me in heaven. If not then you are judged for your sin an sent to hell. Again hear my word: John 3:18 “The one who believes in him is not condemned. 41  The one who does not believe has been condemned42  already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 43  Son of God”.

 Q: And when you think you’re comin’ back again?
A: I’m not telling you this. I am coming back so get your life right and be ready. Because after my return for the Church, and the 7 years of tribulation there will be no repentance and you will be eternally condemned. Mankind will be judged and punished for sin. My grace is here and now so repent and believe.

 Q: How’d you change a sinner’s heart?

A: I shed my blood and apply it to their hearts when they repent of their sin and believe in me. At that moment they become new! All of what they have done and what had been done to them is washed away and they are new creations! HAHA! Listen to my the words I spoke through Paul:  “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away 32  – look, what is new33  has come!” 2nd Corinthians 5:17 I love doing this! It’s so much fun!

 Q: And is heaven really just beyond the stars?

A: Don’t worry about where heaven is just worry about getting there.

 Q: What’s on the other side?
A: Heaven or Hell.


 Q: Is mom and daddy alright?

A: They are fine, they want you to be with them here.


 Q: And if it ain’t no trouble tell them I said hi.
A: No trouble at all.

The end.

I’m of course making up the end, however I believe Mr Rhett would be better off to skip the beer and pick up his Bible, and so would we.

Again this is a parody of what might take place during this supposed conversation. I take a strong stance, and believe Christians should not drink because of the appearance of evil it gives.


Swallowing Camels

I wonder sometimes if we aren’t swallowing camels and straining out nats.


Jesus accused the religious leaders of his day of doing just that by referring to the practice of straining wine, and other drinks through linen, or another filtration median in order to strain out small insects that might make them unclean by swallowing on accident. They would tithe the smallest amount but neglect the most important, and just like them we sometimes neglect the more important things like justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Oh sure we’ll tithe, attend, and sing with gusto, but then forget to show kindness to the store employee, waitress, or gas station attendant afterwards.

My full time job requires me to work half of the Sundays in a month, and I have discovered something about my brothers and sisters in Christ. They are extremely rude and condescending to people who work on Sundays. For example One Sunday afternoon a fellow coworker received a cussing from a person whom he knew was a deacon in a local church, then was given a gospel tract by that same man a few days later.  (Gulp, Gulp, Gag! I wonder how many calories were in the camel that the dude  had just swallowed!)

Here is what I’m driving at. You can tithe, sing, and pray all you want while in church, but if you don’t truly care about the more important things like justice, mercy, and faithfulness, your slamming the door of heaven in the face of the unsaved.

Your swallowing camels.

So quit choking them down, because camels don’t taste good, and aren’t heart healthy. I know this because just like you, I’ve choked down a few myself. So may God in His grace help us to realize that we’ve got a camel in our glass.


Matt 23:13 “But woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven!

Matt 23:23 “Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you neglect what is more important in the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You should have done these things without neglecting the others. 24 Blind guides! You strain out a gnat yet swallow a camel!



Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible (Mt 23:13). Biblical Studies Press.


Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible (Mt 23:23–24). Biblical Studies Press.



Saying Goodbye (The Hope)

I’ve been reading in my spare time a book called “90 Minutes in Heaven” it a book about a Pastor who was killed and went to heaven for a brief period of time. And then miraculously was restored to life. It’s a true story of courage and how to deal with pain and when life gets altered.

It has served (along with my theology) to remind me that for Mom this life is passing away, dementia right along with it. See we often act as if this life is all there is. It’s not! Mom is a Christian, so once this life passes away she will start the next in the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ! Victory will be her’s because first it was His!

Jesus told us that “He goes to prepare a place for us”  John 14: 1-3. This is GREAT NEWS!!!! Jesus Christ Himself has prepared Mom’s place for her, so We have hope. The other thing we know for certain is that there is no sickness or disease, this means that all the people she is. and will be forgetting. she will know and remember.

The point is this: Death has no victory over a Christian, it holds no sting for those who have placed their hope in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! It does however hold victory over those who aren’t Christians.

I believe in divine healing, I know God heals today just as He did in the Bible. I pray for Mom’s healing, however God might just decide that He wants her ultimate healing in Heaven. That is just fine with me, because I trust my Savior to have prepared the perfect place for Mom.

Besides I will see her again!



Wish I had the Luxury ( Saying Goodbye 3)

I had a friend tell me the other day that he wasn’t going to go see a dying relative, because he wanted to remember him the way he was, and not how he is right now. I thought “Wow I wish I had that luxury!” in reality it’s more of an excuse than a luxury.

Let me explain what I mean.

A very close friend of mine passed away a little over a year ago from cancer.  I saw him several times before he passed. The last time I saw him was three days before he died. Yes, I remember him being sick, but the things I remember most have nothing to do with his cancer. I draw memories from the things we did together, and the laughter we shared. The weakness of his disease is not what I draw from in my memories. I remember it, it’s just not the most important memory.

See, I’ll remember Mom as she is. That’s true, but there are far more important memories of her than what I now see, or will see. My memories are of a Mother who prayed for each of her five children  Or the Mother that kept going after her husband, and the father of her 5 children died at age 41.

I’ll remember the Mother that worked to provide and loved us unconditionally, the Mom that let us get dirty, and hosed us off in the grass before we came inside. The Mother that would laugh with us at a joke, and cry with us over the loss of our father. The memories we have of Mom as she was before she started loosing her identity are far more important to me, than the current ones.

So while I said I wish I had the luxury to use an excuse to avoid the uncomfortable, may be true from time to time. I don’t have that luxury, so I will be there for her in her hour of need. Regardless of the personal discomfort, or pain I may have now. Because she was there for me then regardless of her personal pain and discomfort.

I don’t begrudge anyone the luxury of using the memories excuse to avoid the painful and uncomfortable. My family and I just don’t have that luxury.