God Wants Men to Restore Families

Because Father’s Day comes this month, I am moved to exhort men to rise up as the champion of the family and savior (small “s”) of the home.

The city of God had walls broken down and the gates burned, but God raised up Nehemiah to restore things. In chapter 1, he trusted God; 2, acted on his faith; 3, loved God through obedience; 4, committed to family; 5, restored justice in financial matters; 6, shows authoritative prayer leads to the walls being fully restored; 7, registration of people is established; 8, the law of God is remembered by “True sons” who repent. 

Then, in chapter 9 he brought a second remembrance of God’s intervention on behalf of His people despite their sin.  This concludes with…

Neh. 9:36-10:1 36 “Here we are, servants today!  And the land that You gave to our fathers, To eat its fruit and its bounty, Here we are, servants in it!  37 And it yields much increase to the kings You have set over us, Because of our sins; Also they have dominion over our bodies and our cattle At their pleasure; And we are in great distress. 38 “And because of all this, We make a sure covenant and write it; Our leaders, our Levites, and our priests seal it.” Read more…



Hope Draws Near

Hope Draws Near

Abraham believed that God who promised (was willing) would perform what He had promised (was able). The verb tenses of faith and hope are often ignored to the frustration of the power of the gospel.  Ignorance of them is like pulling on an endless rope that is not sure and steadfast – not anchored on the other end. 

God, Himself is the object of faith.  His promises are the object of hope.  Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  So, find the promise of God (Hope) and trust Him to perform it (Faith).  Look at Abraham as the prototype for your “Walk by faith”: Read more…



The Militancy of Prayer

The Militancy of Prayer

Mat 16:18-19 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Jesus pledged to build His church and authorize it to operate above hell’s ability to impede its growth or the establishment of His ever-expanding Kingdom.

AMP Mat 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. Read more…



God Has a Business

 

Father is in the business of changed lives:

Luke 2:49 49And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

John 9:4 4I must work the works of Him who sent Me

Jesus was busy with His Father’s purposes and plan and, before leaving, He said:

John 20:21 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

During His teaching, Jesus often touched on the subject of our service to God: Read more…



Excuses Must Leave

EXCUSES MUST LEAVE

When things don’t go our way, our subconscious minds offer up excuses. We try to pin our failures and bad habits on factors outside our control – our genes… our upbringing… our busy schedules…our bad luck. We never really accept personal blame.

Escaping blame might make us feel better for a moment, but soon we start to accept our excuses as truths about who we are, what we are capable of and how the world works. Once this happens, excuses become mental viruses, limiting what we can accomplish.


Accessing the Grace God Offers

Accessing the Grace God Offers

Either you stand for something or you fall for anything. You must take a stand! How do we do that?

Ephesians 6:10-14 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

1 Corinthians 15:1 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,

1 Corinthians 16:13 13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Galatians 5:1 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Philippians 1:27 27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,

You take a stand by taking up God’s armaments, not yours. You stand “in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

Where do I take this stand and how? Read more…



Christmas Means God Cares

Christmas does not mean shopping or glitz.  It does mean God cares!

Luke 2:21 21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

You shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins.”

God has always had a plan.  From the beginning He said He would work it out:

Genesis 3:15 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.  {God with us}

The birth of Jesus is recognized at Christmas which is the compound of Christ (the Anointed One) and mass (meaning celebration).  It is the celebration of the arrival of the Anointed One.

John 1:14 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Read more…



Growth in the Spirit

Growth in the Spirit

We should persistently pursue growth. Why? 

Ephesians 4:11-14 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 

Eph 4:11-12 AMP And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers. 12 His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), Read more…



Established Again In The Truth

Established In the Truth

2 Peter 1:12 12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established {grounded and stabilized} in the present truth.

We must know and be settled {fixed} in God, Himself, and in the Word of God.

See what a fixed (set; established; grounded and stabilized) heart brings:

Psalms 112:1-10 1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. 2His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3Wealth and riches will be in his house, and His righteousness endures forever.4Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion.6Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.7He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.8 His heart is established; he will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. 10 The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.

God gave His Word to settle and establish you, to fix or set your heart. Read more…



Intergenerational Faith

God introduces Himself as the multigenerational God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – but men often ineffectively pass on their intimacy with God and the associated power. 

There was a generation that saw and experienced the move of God – Abraham. Then a generation that saw the move of God but didn’t experience it – Isaac.  Then a generation that neither saw nor experienced the move of God – Jacob.

Judges 2:7 So the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.

Judges 2:10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.

The first generation knew the Lord of the work. The second generation knew the work of the Lord. The third generation knew neither the Lord of the work or the work of the Lord.

The Azusa Street revival was a hallmark for the Pentecostal church. Its greatest distinction was powerful encounters with God – manifest without restrictions. Converts found their purpose in knowing God in His power and in fellowship with Him.

They wanted God to be an active participant, not a mute observer.  They introduced the world to a real God but fell short in one crucial obligation- transitioning generations.

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren,

We must transfer our God-experience to the next generations. Consider Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the generational decline in relationship with God: 1900-1940; 1940-1980; and 1980-2020. Read more…