See You at the Pole

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One young man. One voice reaching the Throne Room of God. Nothing disturbs him. He stands in the Holy Presence of his Savior.

He prays for his classmates. He prays for his teachers. He prays for his community. He desires for God’s work in their lives. He desires peace and hope for them. It touches his heart.  He trusts God. He knows God is faithful. Though sick with allergies, he wanted to pray. How steadfast is this young Man of God. He knows God’s Word and he believes.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 NKJV

Don’t believe me. Believe God!

 

Brother George. How are you?

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These are words that I cherish.  As often as I see Gary, he utters these sweet words to me.  Love is stirred in my heart and I remember how many hours he spent with me along with his wife Diann when I became a believer.  Gary led a Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study every Sunday morning before our church service.  As a new believer I was like a sponge.  I wanted to hear everything.  My dear friend Mark from my workplace spoke to me one critical day about Jesus and you can say the rest is history.  I was now being discipled.  Gary has become a dear friend. Then things changed on July 4, 2019.  Gary was clinging on to his life.  Gary has a massive heart attack and his brain was not receiving any oxygen.  His son Jason said, (paraphrase) “He has suffered through two cardiac arrests, a lengthy lack of oxygen to his brain, seizures, broken ribs, a punctured lung, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, kidney failure, multiple medically induced comas, a tracheotomy, among other things”  Prayers began for Gary. A lot of prayers.

Over the next several days and weeks, many people joined the family in prayer for Gary’s health and healing, for strength for Diann and their sons Scott and Jason.  We prayed for their entire family for God to pour out His supernatural presence by His Holy Spirit.  Gary was hooked up to hospital devices that would lengthen his life, but the prayer for Gary was complete restoration.  Oh, I wanted to hear those words from Gary again, “Brother George. How are you?”  I couldn’t imagine not being able to see Gary and Diann in church each Sunday, encouraging others to simple believe God’s authority over all things including healing.  I’ve prayed along with them for many other people.  Believing God for the promises in His Word.  Faith rose up to a level I’ve not witnessed before.  God manifested His Holy presence and said, “It is finished”

Jason followed with this in one of his updates on his dad.  “BUT today he gets to go home. His prognosis was so grim and chances of recovery so small, BUT today he gets to go home. When he began to come out of sedation, he wanted two things: water, and to go home. The guy who’s known in medical circles as “miracle man” will get his wish today. He gets tired quickly but can do many things on his own and will continue to build strength from home. He will return to his beloved chair where this all began, only this time with quite the story to tell instead of read.”  A miracle testimony.  Gary is  the “Miracle Man”. But God…

 

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We must remember God’s promise, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV}  

Through it all, God’s been good.  Through the hundreds and hundreds of hours Gary’s family spent with him in the hospital, their strength was upheld by God’s strong right hand. The family began to speak the many promises of God.  And God delivered Gary.  God is faithful.  God said, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

I rejoice that Gary is alive and ready to tell the world of God’s miracle healing.  Gary’s the “Miracle Man”.  God is the giver of life and he gave Gary a second life.  I’m reminded of Lazarus.

Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.”  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”  The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” (John 11:38-44 ESV)

I’m looking forward to seeing Gary and Diann tonight with my wife, Nancy.  Oh what joy I will have when I hear those words again. “Brother George. How are you?”

Don’t believe me. Believe God.

 

Faith as small as a Mustard Seed

“He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt 13:31 ESV)

This won’t be a teaching on the size of the actual mustard seed and how God would move even if your faith was that small. If you will be so inclined to allow me to just write about faith as I see it day to day from my point of view.

My eyes are focused on the promises of God’s Word, but sometimes not fixed on the promises. What I mean is that I know that the Word of God is absolute truth and the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV) But sometimes what happens is that I lose my fixation on the promise and let circumstances and my human thoughts pull me away. I think that most of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior can say we’ve done that. It’s a weakness we have because we’re human.

So many things have been happening in my life, my wife’s life, my family’s life and with my friends that it seems that it is overwhelming. It is there that I need to stop and talk with God. I do that sometimes, but certainly not every time. But even in my human inadequacies, God moves in my situation. It is there that I am consumed in His love and find myself humbled and weeping before the Lord. I ask why can’t I just give it to the Lord from the beginning. Why do I fail Him so easily?

But you see I’m not failing God. God doesn’t feel that I’ve failed Him. He is my ever present help in time of need. (Psalm 46:1 ESV) Even when I don’t realize it. It’s not about me wanting to be perfect or the one that needs to carry the burden alone. Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:30 ESV) But I would save myself a lot of grief if I would just stop and pray. If I would just take a deep breath, focus on the presence of God, settle my heart and have a conversation with God.

I believe in the Power of Prayer and that it changes everything. In fact I have witnessed so many miracles as the result of prayer. However, should we forget to stop first and pray, God has it. Really. God is faithful. We can trust in Him. The Bible says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV) We can put our faith in God. And yes, it’s true that if our faith is as small as a mustard seed, we can speak to our mountains and God will move them. I’m so glad for that.

Don’t believe me. Believe God.

What can I do?

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A few nights ago, I wasn’t able to sleep. So I thought that I would finish some work for my church. I sat down to my computer, logged in, and the screen went black. I dropped my head in sorrow knowing that my completing this work was important. I tried numerous times to reboot my computer but nothing worked. It was without life. Then I thought about what God’s Word says.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—” John 14:16 NKJV

So I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to help me. I asked Nancy to join with me in prayer of agreement. After a few minutes of prayer, I attempted again to turn on my computer and it came alive. Nothing was lost. Everything was restored. Thank you Holy Spirit.

Why do I tell you all this? Isn’t this like our lives? We are broke down sometimes. We try and try and try but feel dead in our efforts. We’re lost. But God loves us so much that He gave.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJV.

We also have access to our “helper”. Who resides in us to help and intercede for us to bring us back to life. Jesus is Alive and His Holy Spirit is in us ready to guide us along the path to fulfill God’s purpose.

Yes. My computer works again. Seems small and it is but the Holy Spirit not only helped me but took me through a life lesson. I pray you too will rest in the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is your helper, but there are so many people lost who are wandering around dead. We can show them the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And they too can receive from God eternal life and His Holy Spirit. They’re living with a black life but can be restored and come alive in Christ and be a bright beacon of love and hope to others.
Goodnight.

Don’t believe me. Believe God!

Where are we going today, Lord

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Life is a challenge.  I think everyone would agree.  The times we live in are ever-changing.  There are things happening in the world that sometimes shock and amaze me.  I read the news via electronic means (no more newspapers) and find something new or outrageous every time I log in.  I don’t necessarily think that is weird.  It’s just the time of the season. The one thing that fascinates me the most is how we get from point A to point B.

Movement and travel from place to place has gotten pretty easy nowadays.  And it seems everyone is in a hurry.  Got to go, now!  I don’t have time to talk to you.  I got to go!  I’ll meet with you later and we can talk.  Ask my assistant to make an appointment for you.  I’m sorry, but that time won’t work.  Can you make it tomorrow?  I’ll have more time.  I have a meeting to attend and I can’t reschedule.  Life goes on and on and on and on.  Where is there time to stop and take a breath?  Should there be times of rest?  Maybe there isn’t time to rest.  Is that normal?  Is that the standard?  I hope not.

I find choosing not to sleep at night.  Why?  It’s not because I have insomnia or a sleep disorder.  I do wear a C-PAP mask.  It’s very attractive.  Just ask my wife.  Seriously, my time to take a breath at the end of the day is when everyone else is sleeping.  Now you might say that this sounds ridiculous.  If it’s the only time I have to desensitize myself from the world, why not just put on the mask, settle down, close my eyes, and go to  sleep.  It’s because this is my time to spend talking to  God.  Don’t read into this.  I talk to God all day.  He is on my mind all day.  I talk to Him while I’m walking, driving, sitting at a table.  I talk to Him while watching television.  We just talk.  I even at one point had an old chair on my front porch and that’s where I would go to chat with God.  The chair finally broke and had to be sent to  the trash, but I think you get my point.

So why do I say that at the end of the day I spend time with God and not sleep.  Because as a prayer intercessor, I feel His presence over me.  In the darkness of the room, I see His light.  I feel His touch.  I hear His voice.  That’s my life as an intercessor.  It may not be something that you would do, but this is my life.  I do this every night.  Without fail, I lay in bed and begin to get with God.  It’s funny.  Just ask some of my friends who get a text message from me after midnight asking them if they are ok.  That’s because I felt the Lord tell me to pray for them.  It’s  amazing how God works and my friends tell me that they were really struggling with something and wanted someone to just listen to them.  That time is the most precious to me.

Recently, I have been feeling God leading me into a deeper understanding of intercession and the deep levels of praying and travailing before God.  I even sense a feeling that God is leading me into a greater understanding of His Throne Room where I can boldly come to Him in my times of need. (Hebrews 14:6)

So you may ask, “What is intercession?”  Well, briefly it’s a relational time spent in prayer with God seeking His response to prayer for another person.  Yes, it’s relational.  Prayer is worship and is completely relational.  Jesus demonstrated this clearly in John Chapter 17.  This is where Jesus prays at Gethsemane.  Jesus prays for Himself, but also prays for His disciples and for all believers.  He intercedes.  He fully knew what was ahead of Him.  He knew of the torment and torture He would face.  He knew that the Cross awaited Him.  He knew, yet He set aside His needs to intercede for others.  That my friend, is intercession at its deepest level.

So that’s what I’m hearing from the Lord.  God gave me a dream the other night of me on a bus.  The bus would stop and go and stop and go.  Over and over again.  The bus was filled with people of the world from all different backgrounds.  They were waiting to get off the bus at their stop.  Finally, God told me to get off the bus.  Look for the sign with your name on it.  When you find the sign, you’ll find me.  So I got off the bus and the Lord said to me, “Follow me.”

Friends, my life calling is to pray.  Do I get tired of carrying loads and circumstances of others so that I can effectually pray?  Sure I do.  But God says this.  “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  (James  5:16)  I’ve decided to take the narrow road into deeper levels of prayer with God.  I don’t know what I will encounter.  I don’t know what the enemy will do to try to  stop me.  I only know I must go.  I must go into the deep, deep, realm of prayer.  Isaiah said this,  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)  I am crying out to God the same answer.  Send me.  

If you have a calling for the ministry of prayer, I beseech you friend to go deeper.  Go to where it’s only you and God.  Hear His voice and move in obedience.  I love and appreciate all of  you who have taken the time to read this.  God bless you!

Don’t believe me. Believe God.