Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Catch That Vision For 2016!!

     How many of you have New Years resolutions?  What it boils down to is "Do you have things in your life that need to change?"  Is any of our lives perfect? No, not one person on this earth is perfect. For we all have fallen short of the glory of God.  All of us have made mistakes, and all of us have chosen to do things we are not proud of...

     If you think you have arrived, think again my friend. Just maybe one chapter is closed, and the next one is just starting.  The book will never be finished as long as you live on this earth. You can not only see changes but you can make them with the help of the strength of God's grace.

      I am sure that there is those things that you would like to change or to see changed.  The word of God says that "Without a vision the people perish."  You have to "see those changes changed."  In other words, you need to "catch the vision of seeing yourself in faith living within that change..."  You have to see yourself changed in that imperfect area of your life making the changes and resolving to be diligent -- to "stay there in that place" where you have seen those changes.

     But all too many times we fall back into old sinful habit patterns, that is what they truly are.  For the word of God states that if you know to do it, and do it not, then it is as a sin before the eyes of God.

     I wonder though, how many of you have lost your vision?  Just possible you do not see things in a 20/20 vision like you once did. My prayer is that you allow Jesus to come into your life "so much" this next year, that you will draw closer to Him to change your life...You really need to refocus and allow the Holy Spirit to give you a vision that is bigger than yourself.   We need to really gaze into the eyes of our God and connect with Him in a greater measure.  There, my friend is the vision God desires to give you tonight.  

     However, many of our resolutions are to be thinner, or to read the Bible, or even to pray more...etc, etc,etc.  What if your resolution would just be to allow Jesus to change your perspective of who you are.  Who are you? Do you struggle daily with your identity?  Are you so sin-stained that you only see yourself as a undeserving sinner who will never change. I am here to tell you folks you can be washed, you can be renewed and cleansed of every sin by the blood of Jesus. Finding that place in God where you are washed in the blood of the Lamb... As you come near to the Spotless lamb of God who was slain for the sins of the world, you will be made whole where you have been broken by the weight of sin...

     Are you so sin-sick that you never see your life changing? Are you so drunk on selfishness and the deceitfulness of sin in your every day life? Lay down your burdens and cast all your cares at the feet of Jesus.   Yes, leave them at his feet, and not the cross.  Only by the atonement of Jesus can we be wholly atoned for our sin, rescued from ourselves!!!   

     We can come to him by the grace of His blood.  The veil has been torn my  friends, so enter in and come to Jesus with your whole heart. Yes there He is. sitting at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

    Why not now? What are you waiting on? Tomorrow you may take your last breath. This is the day and this is the hour to die to self, and worship God will your whole soul, body, and Spirit! 

     "I hear that mighty shofar of God trumpeting across the land....He is assembling us for worship! Are you going to be there, or get left behind?" It is going to happen as you come to Jesus to make those changes you are unable to do. He will make them, as we prepare to come to the mountain to worship our Bridegroom...







Sunday, December 20, 2015

Listening within My Presence...

Listen closely...can you hear his heart?  

    What is hindering you from knowing Him?  

Unbridled, unrelented worship before Him with your all might.  

     Dancing before him and being swept away by the abounding grace of His very presence!   

His heart is for you, and not against you. 

     He has not judged or criticized you, or condemned you. 

He is beckoning with all He has and is, all He desires is for you to come forward and worship Him...

     Listen closely...can you hear it now

"You must go past the veil of the flesh

and be swept away by His Spirit...

to hear My heart-beat

pass the veil of sin and shame...

Can you hear it now?

Come closer

into that holy place..."






Saturday, December 19, 2015

It is Time to GO...

     Maybe you have come to realize where you need to be in God is not where you are
at in life.

     Maybe things have become complacent and cold, and not lining up.

     Maybe your priorities are not in place.

     Maybe you dont pray and read the bible like you should.

     I'm here to tell you that God knows where you need to be in Him, and He is
going to get you there. Stay open, humble and submit to His plans for your life.

     You can't cross a mountain without taking the risk of falling, but you get up and go
again, its okay to rest every once in awhile,, you shouldn't feel guilty about
that or if you think there are others ahead of you.... God has it all in His
hands.

     If you feel bogged down, tell God to get you out of the drudge, He will
show Himself strong on your behalf. I can not tell you this if i havent been
there myself. I am going through it right now, I am making it.

     Someone somewhere may need to be reading this who is going through the same thing. Hold
on, hold out, and hold to the hand of God, and He will lift you from the pit of despair. He will not leave or forsake you, though He may seem that He has, He will never give up and we should never give up either.

     Praise God Im going to the next level. Who is going with me? Thank you Jesus for your awesome grace that you pour on your brothers and sisters. Thank you Father for such a grace as sending your Son to die in my place.

     Thank you for that place in grace where we can run into the arms of our Father in Heaven, and He will never reject us or treat us like a reproach. He enjoys us and we should enjoy Him. I am talking
hold of His hand. Are you?

Come and go with Me to the Fathers house, there is more than enough room!

He will Lift You Up!!!

 Imagine if you will, being in a muddy pit in your life.  It is so slimy that you are unable to even stand up.  You just keep slipping and sliding and they does not seem to be a way out. This could even relate to getting stuck in a vehicle for some of  us. 

     You realize you can never get out on your own. You need additional help to overcome the mess you have caused...but no one is in sight to help you out.  At time good intentional people just do not know how to help you when you really need it. Someone helped them but they cannot see to help you out of your pit of despair. 

     It would be nice if God Himself would supernaturally bend down scoop us up and wash us off and put us back where we should have been all along. 

     Actually He did do this by sending His son Jesus Christ to this earth, to die a cruel death so you could be saved. A lot of times we get our eyes on the things of this world, and the people around us can only go so far to help us. No other person except  Jesus, no other man can help the way He can.

     At times God does send the right people along the way to help us. Yes, those are the ones who don'd mind getting a little dirty to come right where we are in our mess and lift us up out of that miry clay. Is not that what the Gospel is really all about? Helping those who cannot help themselves.

Psalms 40:2 says, "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand."

      God really does have enough grace to help, we have to trust and wait on Him to lift us out of that pic.

Do not give up! Keep seeking God,  Jesus will be that good Samaritan. Take hope and faith and be encouraged that help is on the way. Forgive those who have given up on you. God will cause your soul to sing, "I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth."  Psalms 121:1-2

Monday, December 14, 2015

What are you Asking For??

     God does not give us power to use it toward selfish gain.  The only power we can display in our lives is the power of the Holy Spirit. Without Jesus we are nothing...we will float around useless and without hope, lost without any remorse.  Are your waiting to spend eternity in heaven or hell?

     We have to be yielded and empty vessels, surrendering and submitting to the awesomeness of the power of the Holy One, the maker of the Heavens and the earth.  How can we not choose Jesus Christ in our life and invite him into our hearts, and thus in our everyday decisions that we have to make. It's all in your hands, you have make the choice (no one else can do that for you)...to just read this in passing, or to take a quality decision to accept Him this day.  

     The floodgates of all that Heaven contains are always open and available to us as Christians.  The only thing that blocks His spirit from moving in your heart is the willfulness, selfishness and stubbornness and the rebellion of man.  

       If we have not the Spirit of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob we will live a defeated and powerless life.  We will never come to the point of victory in our Christian walk if we are not truly born again. 

     Do you know that you really know the Holy Spirit's power in your life?  May you be filled by the resurrection power this day... Mary knew the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Scriptures say that rhe life of Jesus was conceived within her womb. There are many signs and miracles of the Holy Spirit moving in the holy scriptures. Ask, seek and know, for you will not be disappointed.  My He fill your life each and every day!!!

     Today I am asking for the Holy Spirit's power to fill us with His overcoming grace. The scriptures say that we are as trees that beareth fruit. Where we are weak let Him be strong!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tearing Down Your Idols...

     The end of time is closer than we know. Are we really ready for those final end days or are we taking a blind eye to what is going on around us?  Our government is a sinking ship with no land in site.  The final hour has been set in motion, and hastens toward the destination. The world is on the brink of total disaster and we are seeing glimpses of even worse pestilences!!

     We do not know if tomorrow will be our last day or not. So I come to you with this message in this hour. I hope that you do take heed, and that my words will cause you to turn from your sins.

     My message is simple..."Its high time we do what we can to tear down our idols."  

     We need to pray that God will grant us the powerful strength to demolish them once and for all...if we do not do anything, our idols will turn and crush us!

     I do not think I need to define the word "Idol." If  there is anything erected in our lives obscures our view of God, then there you go... but its way more than that. 

     Idolatry causes you to be distracted and miss out on the special blessings that God has for you! It causes  your spiritual walk to be stale and lifeless. 

     Christ did not give up His life for you to not have a life in His life!! Praise the Lord!!! Yes, we must bear our cross, but oh the joy when we finally tap into that river that never runs dry   Father I pray that the gushing waters of His Spirit would flood our soul!!

     I am speaking for myself as well...We must "tear down" those things in our life that keeps us from serving God..that causes us not to have the joy in serving God....There is such a joy I believe in truly surrendering to that call, that only God can give.

     There are many things in our lives that could serve as a idol...anything you invest more time in than being with our Abba Father in heaven.   

     Selfishness is  just one of those idols. I'm not saying that we should not love who God has created us to be. Our bodies are temples that house the Spirit of God.  When you are full of self, how can you serve the Living God?  When you are full of the flesh, how can you truly operate in the gifts and callings of God?

    My prayer is that God would now reveal those things so that you can now tear them down.  It will not be easy.  You will not be able to take anything with you when you leave this earth.  

    Some people claim that we should not have any emotions or trust in emotions. Well I serve an emotional God. He laughs and cries right along with us in our daily lives. He smiles and I gather at times He does frown. I don't want any idol obscuring my view of such a heavenly face.  I want to see all as He is.

I want to feel his smile like sun shining down on my face
I want to feel his tears like rain flowing down on his cheek
oh the Joy of seeking His face, of being with Him
of hearing his voice as sweet as the singing of the birds
feeling his warmth as He shelters us with His feathers of loving-kindness

Father help us I pray, reveal those obstacles that stand between us and you! Give us the resources we need from you Holy Word to be rid of our idols once and for all. Help us I pray to be the light that you have called us to be, do not let us hide behind the darkness of a idol...we allow your holy life and love to break through those clouds of gloom and doom to see our final destination. our heavenly home, where one day we will rest forever with Jesus!!!!




Saturday, December 5, 2015

Heartly the Cat

     After our beloved cat, Priscilla passed away we were distraught.  We vowed we would never get another cat. But one day my wife spied a cat hiding under the vacant house up the street from us.

     The cat had a broken leg.  We were able to catch it, and took it to the vet.  The doctor did surgery on the leg. and was able to put a very small pen rod about the size of a paper clip into the back leg of the cat.

      the main task we had was to keep the cat in a kennel for a month so that the rod would set up in the leg of the cat. It was tough to keep the cat in the kennel  but we did our best until the day the doctor said it was well enough. 

     We couldn't keep the cat in the house it would run out when the dogs did, it was a very sneaky cat. 

     One day as I was sitting in my office I had a blinds open to where I could see out into the back yard. I saw Heartly climbing up our chain-link fence. I could not believe my eyes. Our disabled cat has full ability in his hind leg and one could never tell that the leg had a rod in it.



     I am amazed to see this cat up and around and happily living life as our new beloved pet cat.

     I am reminded of times I have given up on life so easily and thrown in the towel. I thought I would never make it in this life, and several times in life I have sadly turned my life away on God.

     Our animals have amazing ability to teach us many earthly lessons....that no matter what, we need to keep on going and not give up.  We get hurt so easily and are so apt to throw in the towel.

     I am thankful for the tenacity and persistence of Heartly have full use of the leg that was almost amputated...climbing and having full use of His leg.   That is a great miracle that God uses everytime that I see him overcoming such a big obstacle.

    Such a great pet we have today, and a living, breathing and walking testimony of seeing Heartly, and that giving me hope that no matter what happens to me If I am persistent I too can walk in areas of possbility. For all things are possible with God!!



Monday, November 30, 2015

Its the Most LONELIEST Time of the Year...

      Remember that old Christmas classic?!  With the one exception is that loneliest should be wonderful....Why are you not having a wonderful Christmas every year? Maybe mom and dad are gone...maybe you are the only living relative..There is a whole slew of excuses to moan and groan like a scrooge. Maybe you once had some much to live for and now you do not feel like living anymore...Depression has took over and your heart is hurting so much, that you ache from what once way...

     I pray that this post may reach at least one person who doesn't have anything left to live for. maybe you think of yourself as a book that has been written and read.  The Lord wants you to know that He never ended your life. If you are alive there is always something to live for...It might be a grand opportunity to volunteer or serve in a community service.  

     No matter what, if you are alive then God has not finished with you yet!!!  Give more of  your heart to God than ever before.  Let him be the writer, there are still many more pages and chapters to your book...

     The holiday season is the best time to get the focus off of yourself. DON'T GIVE UP!!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Obeying the Call!!

     "My biggest downfall is not praying like I should. I confess this here and now to God and ask for His mercy in forgiveness, in not praying like I know I should be doing."

     It just seems that I get easily distracted in the events of the day and at times fail to even try.  

     For me it is easy to get my eyes on Him in worship, but having a heart stirred to compassionate intercession for others, is what the Father looks for...for someone to stand in the gap as His Spirit leads us...to pray that hedge of protection...

     In every christian's life, prayer is one of the toughest things to be committed daily to.  

     There are seasons in life when our prayer life seems to be barren and dry.. We know we are not where we should be in praying for others... 

     We desperately need a strong touch of God's Spirit to awaken our heart to intercession! Now is not the time or place to have a dormant prayer life.

      Dormant is defined as inactive, as in slumber, inoperative. Let us be sober-minded and alert to intercession.

     The enemy of our souls has set out to destroy us from making time to pray and actually doing it. If we really get down to it, how many of us would confess this.  

     Worship is not prayer. Worship is getting our focus redirected, thus getting our eyes off of ourselves and going into the very throne-room of God coming before Him in worship and praise.   The next step is intercession for the needs of others.   why stop at worshiping?   Divine communication with God  is like allowing that incense to rise to His throne laying our petitions down at His feet!!

      Prayer is giving of yourself. How many of us have that problem? We pray selfishly instead of making time to pray for other's needs.. Our motives are not rooted deeply in praying the way God intends. One sentence prayers are not going to get it .  when we get to heaven, we will be held accountable for our prayerlessness and not lifting up the true needs for others. 

     Do you believe your prayers will not be answered?? How many say,  "I will pray for you," and never do??? Your prayer could be a big difference in someone elses life!!  

     Father please help me, I need a deep reworking of my heart, to see the needs of the world, and to lift up the people around me. Open my eyes to the needs of the world around me, and help me develop such a compassion that I am drawn by Your complete love to intercede for all people.  I need the Holy Spirit to help me to pray like I should. Come Holy Spirit take over my heart and my tongue, I pray in Jesus name. Help me intercede like I have never done before. 





Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Part 1: Taking off Your Disquise!!

     True grace in its purest form is not a easy place to find and to stay in  that continual fellowship with the Holy Spirit...  Abiding in God's all-consuming presence is even paying a higher price in shredding that sin that easily entangles and suffocates our spirit.

     The grace of God is not a license to sin giving you free reign to do as you please...I believe that some Christians take that to mean that they can keep sinning.  Now that is nothing more than the worst kind of delusional thinking - by thinking you can get away with it, and calling it grace.  You will not escape the stronghold of whatever sin you believe you can get away with. There is no "easy grace" to lean on.  If you do not repent and ask and receive God's forgiveness you will not escape the wrath and destruction of sin's devastation.

     The grace of God does not exempt you from reaping what you sow, good or bad...you will reap the consequences of the results of the awful stain of sin within your soul...with out the shed blood of Jesus, there is no "remission" of sins. Only by that blood will we truly find grace. Only by that blood washing your soul will we find that stain completely healed and cleansed of all defilement.   The life and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only truest form of grace we will ever see on this earth.

     Sin and the grace of God is very different, and can be related to tracking in mud on a freshly mopped floor. If you think about it, there is no such place in grace that the effects of sin can touch. Grace cannot look sin the face and vice versa. The two are vastly different.  I believe there is such a divine place in the sacredness of His grace that you will not desire to commit any sin or to continue in its destructive path.  YOU have to desire to get to the place of grace.   Sin affects the soul of man, grace washes it clean and sets you in place to be king and priests of the Most High God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob!!!

     It is high time to take off those muddy boots before attempting to walk into you holy vocation -- the very holiness of God in all His grace! You are only robbing your own soul, and calling it grace when you so willingly give in to sin's destruction?

     What a tragedy waiting to happen to you! Such a travesty!!

     On a side note, I looked up the definition of travesty. Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives me tough words. This points me to the dictionary to get a picture of those words.  Here is what I found, and I believe it to be the truth.

     "A travesety is a cheap mockery, usually of something or somone serious, such as a travesty of justice.

     A travesty is a silly imitation, like a tall young man dressed up like a little old lady.  Travesty and transvestite both come from French travesti meaning "dressed in disquise," so it helps to remember the definition of travesty by thinking of that football player in drag.

     A travesty can be more than that, though.  A travesty of justice, for example, is a court case that makes a mockery of the system, or so you might think if the verdict isnt in "your favor."

      So let me give this to you straight... You are making a mockery of God, trying to justify your continual sinning, and disguising it as your own free grace. That reminds me of a hypocrite. I hope this makes you really think....that is the purpose I feel inspired to share this very strong word to you.

     In that sacred place of grace, you come to experience the eternal qualities of God and His abiding presence. You come to know His power and holiness and freedom  from the strongholds of sin's grasp. He gives us the power to say no and resist the temptation that would weigh us down in bondage.

--to be continued--


Monday, November 9, 2015

Healing Grace - Testimony

 What I don't tell people up front, is that I struggle with a mental illness.   I have received so much of a negative reaction in the past that only select few have known.  

     I have had 3 mental breakdowns since I was 22 years old. I have been in and out of  hospitals on various occasions. 

     In 2002 I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, after such a severe breakdown that left my marriage of twelve years in shambles.  That was very awakening and sobering day when I realized that I had a malady that could be treated.  

     I went without a diagnosis and medicine for many years.  It never occurred to me or anyone else around me, for me to get outside help from a doctor and take medicine for it.   Besides the point I had associated half my life in a denomination that believed you have to look for demons behind every corner...

     I can not spend my life afraid of the devil, God has given me a sound mind by me "taking my medicine" to combat and overcome all that the enemy can throw at me. 

     There is no sense for me to go into all of the details and try to pick apart those period of times when I had each breakdown.   What I can tell you is that I experienced excruciating mental anguish hearing audible voices yelling inside my mind and outside of my brain.  

    You might ask if I heard from God in all of that?  I want to say I did. I want to say I heard from angels during a very intensified moments in my life.  He led me in a different direction for a reason, to a treatment and counseling center, and I have been going to a doctor since then.

     He also lead me to get involved in a mental health support group that I have been attending since 2011.

     I have some to realize that I am not defined because of my illness. I haven't thrown in the towel so to speak, and given up on my life or who and whose I am. On the contrary, I am a child of the most highest Jehovah God. The same God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob!    I believe Jesus did save my soul in 1982 and that one day I will cross over into heaven. I havent a shadow of a doubt there.

     I am now 52 years old, and there are still periods of time that I struggle with secluding myself and pulling away from relationships in the body of Christ.  I have days riddled with bouts of depression and anxiety, unable to cope with stress. In so many ways, I still live a sheltered existence, but I am doing better than I have in my younger years.  

     My Lord Jesus has brought so much peace and contentment into my mind and soul. He has helped me to get remarried since 2010 to a wonderful women who really understands my ups and downs because she is a nurse and ha seen my days of stuggle with this illness. 

     He has also set me into a great body of believers...I still have a great desire to be used by God to minister the grace that He has lavished on me and fulfill the calling on my life.  

    Many churches I have attempted to be apart of during those very trying years were not prepared to minister to me. Some have asked me to leave, others just was not equipped to handle people with a mental illness. Schizophrenia, for me has been a very silent killer, because I have such a difficult time with holding things in and not talking about what is going on inside of my mind..

     I do know that some of my sisters and brothers in Christ mean well when they ask me casual questions about "where I work."   I had to retire from the workforce world in 2002.  I  really have to reconstruct and watch what I say to avoid the stigma of getting shunned by the body of Christ.  I have been shunned, judged and rejected by church leaders and even members in the past. That is why I am so reluctant to share this testimony in church. It is part of my calling of the Lord to share my story though, not hid it. So for now the people who read my blog on the internet. I can only hope it will be received with support, and love and grace.

     The desire of my heart is to lead a quiet and serene life. I also desire to be used to serve and minister to those in the church body.  

     God's peace has soothed my heart and given me relief and tranquility from my illness by regularly staying persistent on a good treatment plan as well as staying diligent on taking my medicine. Plus the fact it gives me the space to work on my relationship with God, and to be soothed by His grace and peace.

     My prayer is that this makes you more aware of who I am and where I am at in this journey called my life, that you see the glorious and wonderful testimony of the healing hand of the Father's heart of grace!!

     My prayer is that you experience all that God has for you. Maybe you suffer mentally. You may be overcome by depression and anxiety.  You may be secluded. God desires to change all that. Come to Him and have true healing peace that surpasses all understanding!!

Maranatha,
Richard

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