Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV – God is able. Really able.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

God is able.  Our Heavenly Father is truly able.  He spoke and all things became.  That’s pretty awe inspiring.  Now suppose we understood this truth in the deepest areas of our hearts.  Not just our mind, but in our heart.  How much more would we believe for God to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”?

Exceedingly and abundantly; words I like.  Above ALL that we ask or think. This means beyond our understanding or human capabilities to comprehend.  How?  By the power that works in us, the Holy Spirit.  For whose glory?  God’s glory.  How long?  Forever and ever and ever and ever.  Eternally.  Really, Forever?  Yes.  For all eternity, God makes this promise to us.

Now let me ask you again.  Suppose we understood the truth of our foundational verse in the deepest areas of our hearts.  What would hold us back from praying to the God of the universe, Creator of all things?  I mean really taking hold of the power of the Holy Spirit in our prayers and allowing Him to work in us.  Then believing God hears us and will answer our prayers.  How much more would we see and experience the magnitude, the glory, and the miracles of God.  I believe that we are only seeing a small fraction of what God wants to accomplish for His glory in His Church.

Scripture says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalm 34:8 NKJV) Here the psalmist describes his personal experience of God’s goodness. God is alive. Knowledge that God is alive comes from personal encounter of the goodness of God. You might ask, “When have I had any personal encounter with God?” If you have been saved and renewed by the Holy Spirit, you have had a personal encounter. In me, that encounter was exceedingly, abundantly above all that I could ask or think.

Friend, you and I are only one defining decision away from a totally different life. One decision. Will we choose to believe in the power of God to answer prayer or not? The size of our prayers should be relative to the size of our God. And if God knows no limits, then neither should our prayers. God is able to do more, provide more, heal more, equip more, restore more, renew more, and to save more than ALL that we can ask or think.  Let’s just believe.  Hallelujah!

Great and mighty God.  You are above all things and You desire to answer our prayers beyond our ability to understand or comprehend.  May we, Lord, fully take hold of this promise and allow Your Holy Spirit to work in us so that we can experience the magnitude of You.  Help us with our unbelief, God, that You are truly able to do the impossible.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

2014 in review – See what God has done!

WordPress.com prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  Praise God for all He has done through this blog page.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Isaiah 58:8 NKJV – When your circumstance becomes God’s answer

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”

Christians face troubles and problems just like anybody else. We are human as well. We suffer pain and have sickness just like others. Our difference lies in that we have the righteousness of God. We carry the Holy Spirit in us and God’s majestic glory and light is shown to the world through the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

No sickness or disease is too small for God to take care of. No matter what the world says about your illness, if it’s a big deal to you, it’s a bid deal to God. Several months ago, I had to seek medical care for a sickness and go to the Emergency Room for care. My wife and I had been praying for God’s intervention the entire week. People from our Prayer Ministry began to pray for God’s healing touch. Our faith in the power of God never wavered. And God intervened.

What I was facing would seem very small in comparison to someone facing a life threatening illness. The world’s standard would say that I was making a mountain out of a mole hill. But I had been suffering for a few weeks, and it just got worse. The medication I had been taking was not helping. So my wife and I prayed to the Lord and asked Him to give us wisdom to understand what He wanted us to do. We went to the Emergency Room. God placed the doctor and nurses in the Emergency Room that day to care for me. And God answered our prayer for wisdom and provided healing through these medical professionals.

Now I sit here testifying that God heard and answered the prayers offered to Him by my wife and I and the others who were praying. There is no level, no measurement that can adequately define the Power of God to heal. God is true and faithful to demonstrate His power through faithful prayers. Faithful prayers depend on the willingness and submission to trust in God’s faithfulness to His promises. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV)

It is God’s desire that all people should seek after Him. Those who seek God with all of their heart are rewarded. We sought God and others prayed in agreement with us. And God revealed His glory to us. My healing sprang forth speedily and the Lord was my guard. God’s promises and rewards are found by those who seek Him. “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” (Proverbs 8:17 NKJV)  “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” (Matthew 21:21 KJV)

Friend, we all face circumstances when we need God’s intervention. Seeking God begins in the heart. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV) That’s when our circumstance becomes God’s answer. Let’s submit to God’s authority, God’s faithfulness, God’s promises and God’s power.

Precious Lord, when I called upon Your Name, you heard me. When we gathered in one accord to pray and believed, You responded. You knew in advance what I would be facing and You placed others in my path to help. Thank You Lord for my healing. You are my redeemer. I give You praise. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Hebrews 7:26 The Message – No One Higher

“So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself.”

God is set apart from all other things. God is holy; His nature is holy; His name is holy and His dwelling place is holy. As I lay in bed last night, the thought of God being above all things resounded in my mind. God is far above, beyond and outside all of created order.

And in the midst of our imperfections, God calls us to be holy as He is holy. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1 NKJV) God’s pattern of thought and attitude of His heart is holy, righteous and good. It is expressed in His Word and also in the outworking of His mercy and grace; ultimately beyond human understanding.

But there is hope. We as believers have the mind of Christ. “For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV) Through the Holy Spirit, we have understanding of the things of God. The mind of Christ reveals the essence of God’s nature; including God’s holy nature. Having the mind of Christ leads to holiness. Believers are enabled to grow in holiness on account of the sacrifice Jesus paid on the cross and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

What should our response be to God’s calling us to be holy? We are to have a repentant heart, obedient to God’s call, and driven by faith.

1 John 1:9 NKJV – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 1:22 NKJV – Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.

Galatians 5:5 NKJV – For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Friend, the holiness of Jesus Christ is seen in His divine nature and work, as He stands apart from and above the created world with divine power, authority and purity. Recognition of the holiness of Jesus leads both to a realization of sin and unworthiness, but also it leads us to worship and adoration of Him. Prayer is the highest form of worship. Why? Because it sets God in a place where He is higher than all things. Prayer says, “Holy God, we acknowledge that it is only You who can answer this prayer. Meet me God at my need.” Think about this friend. Our Holy God wants to gather up your prayer and take it Heavenward to be captured by His mercy and grace and to be answered for God’s glory and your good. Hallelujah!!!

Precious Lord, You are higher than all things and we praise Your Holy Name. Help us Lord to live a life of praise to You. Thank You Lord that You give us Your mind and by Your Holy Spirit we have understanding of the things of God. Teach us to grow in holiness through repentance, obedience, and faith. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV – Do you believe?

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Oh Lord, thank You. Jesus charged his disciples to reach the world in the name of Jesus. What an incredible charge; blessed with a promise that He would never leave them. I’d like to share what a dear sister in the Lord. Jennifer, shared with me when I posted Matthew 28:18-20 on social media. Her reply and understanding of this scripture was a great blessing to me.

“I love this verse. If most people are like me we have always read and focused on the first part of this verse – making disciples, baptizing them, but less focus on what it says “teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you;” This part is sooooo important. So what does that mean for us? We are the beneficiaries – one of the disciples who have come from this commandment to our time today. I am one of the disciples that Jesus told his disciples to make, baptize and teach…. What did He teach His disciples to do? I’ll leave that up to the reader to look and see for him or herself. I want to do everything that Jesus commanded the disciples to do because I am one of them!”

This scripture verse is all about obedience to what the Lord commands. I have called Jesus my Lord and Savior for 15 years. His Word has taught me a lot about being a disciple of Jesus Christ. God’s Word has taught me that I can walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit. That I don’t have to worry about my own strength and power because the Holy Spirit lives and resides in me. When told His disciples, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 NKJV), He was talking about the Power of His Holy Spirit living inside of His disciples and equipping them to do even greater things. What was the requirement to bring this to pass? “I say to you, he who believes in Me”.

That’s you and I when we believe in Jesus and call Him our Savior. Do you suppose that there would be a great change in believers if the true message of this verse would reside deep in our hearts? Not our minds, but our hearts. Do you suppose that we would have a much greater impact in serving God and His Kingdom if we only believed and were obedient? I mean, really believed and really obeyed. Do you suppose that our prayers would change to be prayers of faith spoken and declared in the Name of Jesus? Do you suppose that God would manifest His promise of greater things if we only believed? I do, on all counts.

Thanks Jennifer so much. I too, want to do everything that Jesus commanded the disciples to do because I am one of them. Friend, join me in believing and then being obedient to the commands of Jesus in His Word. Join me in praying like we’ve never prayed before, expecting and anticipating a miracle. Remember, revival starts in us. And remember this too, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Precious Lord, thank You for the promise that You will be with us always. Thank You for instructing us in Your Word so that as one of Your disciples we too, can make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that You have commanded. Help us Lord to discern those opportunities You give us and may we be obedient to Your call. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t’ believe me, believe God!

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV – Let’s go for a ride

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

I can be impatient. That is an area of my life where God has put a lot of time in. He has walked with me and taught me about patience. I’ve needed to learn some things when praying. For those of us who can be impatient, there are attitudes in prayer that need to be adopted and one of those attitudes is patience. What I’m saying here is there is an importance in putting your trust in God.

We must trust in God’s power and strength and not our own. The understanding of God’s power and strength comes from time studying God’s Word and time in prayer. In contrast to our human strength, God is the source and supplier of all spiritual strength through which we can do all that God’s asks. “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:9-10 NKJV) We are also taught here that as we wait, the Lord shall renew our strength. You know what this means. We are not renewed in strength by our own strength. God doesn’t renew us that way. God renews us with His strength. The same power that conquered the grave and raised Jesus from the dead lives in us.

We shall mount up as to fly like an eagle. I don’t know if you know this, but eagles use very little of their own effort to soar. God has placed in them the ability to soar for dozens of miles without any real effort. They fly on the tops of columns of heat that arises from the earth. They’re called, “thermals”; a column of rising air in lower altitudes of the earth’s atmosphere. The warmer air near the surface expands, becoming less dense than the surrounding air mass. Thermals are one of the many sources of lift used by eagles and even gliders to soar. When we take hold of God’s strength, it is the same thing. We are enabled to soar not by the earth’s rising heat but by God’s power so that we can rest. Rest on His glorious power and strength.

Human standards of what defines strength and weakness are overturned by God’s perspective on things. When that happens and God gets a hold of us under His power and strength, He is glorified. Our weakness demonstrates the power of God. Our power, our strength, and our hope are grounded in our confidence and expectation in God’s goodness and care even in the face of trouble.

A relationship with Jesus through prayer brings us to the realization that it is God who will carry us. Through prayer we realize that we can run this race and not be weary. Through prayer we capture God’s attention and He is given opportunity to carry us in His power and strength and give us a ride! Hallelujah!!! I don’t know about you, but I desire a ride in the power and strength of God.

Precious Lord, may we wait patiently upon You Lord and allow You to strengthen us in Your mighty power. Carry us Lord in Your strength so that we may be renewed. Teach us Lord not to rely on our own power and strength but to trust in Yours. Forgive us Lord when we think we can do this alone. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Luke 12:7 NKJV – His eye is always upon you

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

I am blessed almost every day with the realization of God’s incredible providence. How He cares for us, takes care of our needs, and gives us exactly what we need when we need it. I recall the song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. Especially the first verse, it says,

Why should I feel discouraged,

Why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart by lonely

And long for Heav’n and home?

When Jesus is my portion,

My constant Friend is He;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He cares for me;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

There have been times when I felt the need for the understanding that God is watching over me. That He cares. Recently I experienced that thought, that feeling. I just needed to know that the God I serve, cared. And then He reminds me that He is faithful. He cares so much that every hair on my head has been numbered. He knows every detail of my life. He knows my fears, my struggles, my joy, and everything in between.

One day while at work, I felt so overwhelmed and out of touch that I just sat back in my chair. With a big sigh, I began to weep. It was a point where I just needed to know that God was near. I had no one at that instant of time who I could cry out to accept Jesus. And then He touched me. Not physically, but I knew He touched me because not too many minutes later my office phone rang. The person on the other side of the line told me that they were thinking of me and prayed for me. God is faithful. He loves and cares for me.

When we don’t think God is near, He is. When we don’t think He sees us as we are, He does. When we don’t think anyone can take what we face away from us, He delivers. When we think we have no way out, He leads us. When we don’t think anyone could care, He shows up and He touches us.

How is this related to prayer? I’ll tell you how. If God is in every part of our life that He knows exactly what we need and is faithful to provide it without any effort on our own, how is it possible that God would not answer every single prayer we pray? My friend, God’s eye is upon you and He will never turn away.

Let not your heart be troubled,

His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness,

I lose my doubts and fears;

Though by the path He leads me

But one step I may see:

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

Lord, I thank You for always keeping Your eye on me. Even when I don’t think that You are even near, Your faithfulness rises up and touches me. Help me Lord to always know that I can call on You and You will respond. Touch me Lord as many times as You desire. For within Your touch I am restored. In Jesus Name. Amen.

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

 Don’t believe me, believe God!