Timing is Everything…and of the Essence

Good Day Readers:

Friday is here and I am so happy.  I’ve got coffee as usual, so I’m ready.

Normally, I would post the sermon that I preached the day after it was done but, today, I need to share this.  This has me so PUMPED right now.  For those that would like to know where I was coming from last night, see 2 Kings 3:14-17.  Once again, God knows just what to do so, this is not by chance that this meeting happened to take place.

I had just arrived at the church last night and was gathering my things to walk inside.  As I locked my car and put on the alarm, a young man (I say young because he is in his 20’s) walked up to me to ask me the time.  I looked at my watch (I was already late), and told him it was 7:14pm.  He thanked me and then burst into tears.  Immediately I thought that he was in some sort of trouble.  I asked him if he was ok and began to think that he needed money or something.  He then begins to tell me that he was hurting because he was going through a rough time in his life.  He said that he lost his family and had nowhere else to turn.  He had been going to a church but for some strange reason he was still unsure of his salvation because of what he was being taught at the church he was attending, which happened to be across the lot from the church where I was to preach.  We talked some more and then he said that he knew he was on the wrong path and that he needed to turn back to God.  I asked him what he was unsure about.  He said that he was being taught that he needed to confess to the person that was the pastor of the church what he had done and that he was to pray and pray and pray some more in order to be saved.  I assured him that that was NOT what was needed in order to be saved.  He said that he had walked across the field to get to his church and found an iPod on the ground.  He picked it up and listened to it and heard some really good Gospel music.  It was at that point that he knew he needed God’s help.  I asked him if he wanted to come inside and he said that he wasn’t dressed.  I made me him very aware to not let the suit that I was wearing fool him because we are all filthy rags in the sight of the Lord and that the Blood of Jesus is what is covering us.  He needn’t worry about his appearance.  He said that he was afraid to go in because he had so many problems that people wouldn’t be receptive to what he was going through.  (DO YOU SEE HOW THE ENEMY WILL USE EVERY SINGLE TRICK TO GET YOU OFF YOUR FOCUS ON GOD?!)  I assured him that EVERYONE inside that building, from Pastor to Pew, has problems.  After a few more minutes, he finally agreed to come inside with me.  As we walked in I also saw one of the Pastors that was also in attendance and let him know if this situation.  He, in turn got the Pastor of the church we were in and we all went into the office to talk.  The bottom line was that this man was not sure of his salvation but after we finished talking to him, showing him Romans 10:9-10 and having him read it, he knew exactly what to do.  He confessed that night that he wanted to be saved and I am happy to share with you today that he is now covered by the Blood of Jesus!!

All of this happened because he asked me what TIME it was and because I took TIME to share with him.  It’s all about time, folks.  Sometimes we have to MAKE time in order to bring at least ONE MORE person to Christ.  Sure, I told him that because he is now in Christ, that the battle is really getting started.  The enemy has you from birth and wants to keep it that way.  He knows that once you give your life to Christ, he needs to work that much harder in order to get you to lose focus.  Remember though, that once you are in Christ, you are covered.  God will fight your battles and He will protect you.  We have to stay in prayer for those that are not saved, as well as those of us who are.  The enemy knows he can’t win and he wants to bring as many people down with him as possible because he knows that TIME short.

I’m feeling really good right now…

Until next time…

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Open Blog to Self

Self:

I hope things are going well for you today.  Something tells me, however that they’re not.  I don’t want to pry but, something is just not right.  We need to get you back on track.  When was the last time you went into prayer?  What did you pray for?  Did you listen to God?  You need to be asking yourself these questions because you need to know what you’re doing when you pray.  The way I see it, prayer changes things and it works.  I know I should be the last one telling you this but, take it from me, I’m speaking the truth to you.  You’ve got a lot on your plate right now and recent events are just adding to it.  You’re in a position now that requires you to really be steadfast.  You will get through whatever it is you are needing deliverance from…With God’s help, of course.  Just promise me that you will at least stay in prayer.  God hears, sees, and knows all but, remember, He still wants to hear from you.  He really does.  I know, you’re saying, “I need this now”, but you can’t put a time on God.  He will answer your prayers according to His will and according to his riches (which is a lot, I might add). 

“I’ve prayed for patience…” , you said.  Great, because we all need it.

“I’ve prayed for peace…”, you said.  Even better because peace you need that peace in your heart and soul.

“I’ve prayed for peace of mind…”, you said.  Your mind will play tricks on you so that’s a good thing too.

“Every time I turn around, I’m praying for something…”, you keep saying.  Well isn’t that what it’s all about?  Constant communication with God is a good thing. 

So you see, you have been talking with God.  What’s wrong then?

“What’s He waiting on?”  Ok I’ll tell you.  He’s waiting on you to be sure that, whatever it is you’re asking for, it what it is you’re asking for.  Like I said earlier, He knows, sees, hears, all but are YOU listening to yourself?  Are you seeing the goal you want to reach?  Are you hearing your own prayers?  Do you know what you are REALLY praying for?  More questions to ponder.  Read this again and we’ll catch up next time…

Me

Monday Rant…Raining

Good Day Readers:

Hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was nice.  I started my class on Windows Se7en on last Saturday.  I had a great time there.  Yesterday was long.  It was our church’s 104th Anniversary.  Now it’s back to work for another adventurous week. 

I’m scheduled to speak on the 27th of this month and I am excited about that.  I am asking for prayers that God will use me the only way He knows how.  The weather here has been hot but, the rain finally came.  I’m one of those people that don’t mind rain at all.  There are actually some people out there that despise rain.  I have yet to understand that.  To me, when we get rain, that’s a sign of cleansing.  It washes away all of the dirt and all of the stuff that accumulates over time.  Sort of like life.  Over time, we get a lot of stuff put on us whether we realize it or not.  Then, all of a sudden, the rain comes to wash it all away.  To be clear, the rain may seem like an inconvenience but, once the rain has stopped, everything looks cleaner.  To quote a song from Johnny Nash from the 70s (yes I am dating myself yet again).  If you’ve ever listened to this song, it’s quite catchy…  

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
Its gonna be a bright, bright
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright
Sun-Shiny day.

Until next time…

Questions and Answers…I want to hear from you.

Good Day Readers:

So glad to see you all again.  I am praying that you are having a great day so far.  Me, well as always, I have coffee and I am ready. 

I want to pose a question since I do like to hear comments from you.  Actually I want to hear comments from you all the time but, if you’re just reading the blog, I’m still thankful for that.  Here goes:

What is the one thing that you have prayed for?  Is that thing that you’ve prayed for the hardest prayer you’ve prayed?  Ok, I will go first. 

As you may be aware, I work in the IT industry and decent jobs therein can be hard to come by.  Well, I have been praying for an opportunity to not only enhance my financial world but also my experience as well.  I was one of the unfortunate ones that were laid off over the past three years.  Some of my friends that I have had the pleasure of working with are still searching high and low for some kind of employment (I am asking for prayers for them because we all need work).  Well, I have prayed and prayed.  Waited on God to do what He does best, and stayed focused on that.  The time has come where He is ready to do it yet again.  I am relying on my faith in Him to get some good news today so I ask that you pray along with me as I pray for you so that we all can get the blessings of God according to His riches.

Ok, Your turn….

Let’s Dance…Let’s Shout!!!

Good Day Readers;

It’s another exciting day, full of all kinds of good things.  Let’s go get them!

Let’s take a look at Psalm 30.  I was actually going to look at something else but this is where I ended up, thank God.

4Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

   5For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

We’re all too familiar with the second clause of verse 5.  I, like countless others have even repeated it so myself as well as others.  However, there is more to just that verse that has a lot of meaning for me as of late.  Verse 4 says that we should SING unto the Lord.  Now, speaking for myself, I’m not a singer by any means but, I believe, that when the writer says to SING, it means to shout.  Shout without caring who’s watching or saying anything.  Shout to the Lord and be thankful as well as remember He is holy.  While we haven’t been the best we should or could be, we still need to shout and say thank you.  Yes, when you do wrong, he will chastise because he is just as well as sovereign but, his anger will not last forever.  As powerful as God is, rest assured that He has the option to wipe out anyone or anything that He chooses but, that’s not something that God wants.  “…in His favour is life…” says that He favors LIFE; for all of us.  That takes us to Lamentations 3:22

 

22It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Do you see that?  Read that again…lol  God is SO awesome that even though you may feel like it’s really RALLY dark outside, JOY comes in the morning because His compassions don’t fail BECAUSE they are new EVERY morning.  You get new mercy EVERY SINGLE MORNING!!! 

TALK ABOUT POWER!!!

Verses 11 and 12 of Psalm 30 sum it up quite nicely. 

11Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

   12To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever.

After we have endured that weeping in the darkness, we should be more than happy to DANCE knowing that God has removed our sadness; the mourning that comes from life’s difficulties, the frustration that we go through, the arrows from the enemy’s quiver that are constantly shot at us.  When MORNING comes, the MOURNING ends!!!

SHOUT! DANCE! It’s MORNING TIME!

Until next time…