One of the
main goals here at Crossroads Mission is to spread the
Gospel of Jesus Christ, to share the good news of his
miraculous birth, his remarkable life, his sacrificial death
to give humanity the gift of salvation, and his triumphant
resurrection. We try hard to ensure that each guest
hears the Word of God at least once. (Visit our
Ministry page for more on what
goes on at Crossroads Mission.) Our Executive
Director, Myra Garlit, is personally involved in making this
happen as she continually teaches on God's basic principles
for our life, to both guests and employees.
created this page in efforts to continue to spread the
Gospel, and to share with you some of our staff and Myra's
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are the March 2013 devotions that were submitted by
Crossroads staff and board members in honor of
Easter and this year's theme of "About My Father's
Business". We hope you enjoy reading them!
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March 28 2013 - By Gordon Block, Treatment Director
NAIL IT TO THE CROSS
do not want to come across by preaching because that
is not what I am about. I am not an ordained
minister, deacon or much of a church goer…I can only
share my story for that is all I got…
When I was introduced to the
bible I was taught that it was most often written in
a problem solution manner. Describe the problem,
what to do about and what the results are. I related
to this method of writing, it sounded scientific;
mathematical of sorts.
I had heard of the Fruit of
the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) that the Holy Spirit
produces this kind of fruit “Love, Joy, Peace,
Patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self control.” I saw this in other
people and desired what they had. But I did not know
how to receive such FRUIT. So I went back to the
problem solution manner of reading and read the
verses before the FRUIT (Galatians 5:19-21).
I found out when I follow by
own nature, based upon my own thoughts and by own
means the results were very clear; immorality, lust,
hostility, jealousy, anger, envy, drunkenness, wild
parties and the list could go on. I identified with
the problems and problems owned me. They consumed me
and I was obsessed. I was living a life that could
only result in ruin and I was already a wreck.
Something had to Change…
Then the Solution…
“Those who belong to Christ
Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their
sinful nature and crucified them there” Galatians
And I love what the Bible
tells us at the end of the Fruit of the Spirit,
“There is no law against these things! (Galatians
March 27, 2013 - By Azucena Solorzano, Graphics
Scripture: And now, dear
brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your
thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right,
and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about
things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
I was a teenager and first started going to church
there used to be monthly "business meetings" I had
to attend. I felt that this was my responsibility as
an "official" member of the church. The phrase of
being "about my Father's business" found in Luke
2:49 was very clear to me… or so I thought. Over the
years I've learned that my Heavenly Father conducts
his business anywhere and everywhere - not just once
a month inside a church. As a result, my concept of
being involved in God's "enterprise" changed
Today I'm about my Father's business when I decide
to help rather than ignore. When I decide to forgive
rather than forever hold a grudge. When I decide to
love rather than to hate, or simply dislike. When I
decide to do the right thing rather than what I want
to do. All of these things are what being involved
in God's kingdom is all about. Is it easy?
Absolutely not! Believe me, I want to stay mad and
throw tantrums. I want to feel self righteous and
superior. But it's a daily, each-and-every-moment
decision to do my best to BE like Jesus.
The business of being a Christian begins in the
mind. When we fix our thoughts on God the rest will
follow. Decide today to love, to forgive, and to go
after righteousness in your life. Go out and BE
ABOUT God's business.
Prayer: "Heavenly Father, thank you for your love.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be
involved in your business here on earth. Help me to
love like you love and to forgive like you forgive.
Give me of your wisdom to conduct myself in a way
that pleases you. Give me courage and boldness to
proclaim you and honor you. May today be all about
you! In Jesus Name - Amen."
March 26, 2013 - By Gordon Block, Treatment Director
GOD GAVE ME BRAINS TO USE
the Bible and other Christian Authored books I have
read and I have learned that the most powerful
action that I can personally take on is prayer. In 1
Thessalonians 5:17 the message says, “Pray without
Ceasing.” But what if the answer does not come? I
pray again! And it the answer does not come… I pray
again…and if the answer does not come? Just what am
I to do?
I make a decision because God
gave me brains to use. I may want to talk to someone
about my decision and rely on their experience as
well as my own. But if I read the verse before and
after it says, “Rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians
5:16) and “in everything give thanks; for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1
Another author writes, “A sign
of Spiritual Maturity is to be glad for all things;
good and bad!” A prayer I frequently use, “My
Creator I am now willing that you have all of me,
good and bad… “
So if I make a decision and it
is bad, I will learn from that decision and do not
take the actions from that decision again. That just
might be the answer for my prayer in the first
place! I have learned a lesson. If I make a decision
and it is good I rejoice to God for giving me brains
March 25, 2013 - By Chris Bolin, Activities
Galatians 6:9- And let us
not grow weary while doing good, for in due season
we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
easy for us to quit before we have achieved our
ultimate desires. We often fall short of the
ultimate good, of the things in life that would
bring us ultimate joy. In doing so we trade the true
desires of our soul, for the things that we can have
now. Anything in life that is worth having will take
time, work, and perseverance. (Easy is the way to
death and destruction, but hard is the way that
leads to life. Matt. 7:13-14.) If we chose the
things that will bring us immediate satisfaction we
are choosing temporary happiness over lasting joy.
Jesus himself was tempted to stop short of the
ultimate good. In Mark 14:36 Jesus cried out, “Abba
father all things are possible for you, take this
cup from me.” Jesus was scared. Jesus was tempted to
choose immediate satisfaction. He did not want to do
what he knew that he needed to do. In the same verse
Jesus also said, “Not what I want but what you
want.” Jesus had faith in the fact that by not
losing heart, by perseverance until the end, He
would achieve lasting joy. Fight for what is good.
Do not lose heart, and do not cast away your
confidence which has great reward.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for all that you
have done in my life. Thank you for the relationship
that I have with you. I desire to do what is
pleasing to you Lord. Help me have the courage and
the commitment that I need to have to live the life
that you desire for me. Help me to continue to make
the sacrifices I need to make to achieve the things
that I want to achieve. Thank you Father.
In Jesus name I pray, amen.
March 22, 2013 - By Hazel Best-Shaw, Human Resources
Scripture- Hebrews 11:1:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.” (KJV).
are times in our lives that we look around us and we
see a world that is flecked with uncertainty, doubt,
and discontent. In a world where resources are
becoming more and more limited, and the unfortunate
and disenfranchised have to look harder for material
sources that can help their loved ones survive, hope
is a necessity. This is where we come to a
crossroads and we look within ourselves to find a
source that has never forsaken us – no matter how
hard the times have gotten. So, this is Faith. Faith
that He will never let us go; Faith that He will
never let us suffer any more than we can handle;
Faith that life is a gift from Him and it is the
most precious gift that anyone can receive; and
Faith that He did not die in vain, and we are saved
from our sins.
For all our sorrow and all of
our joys, we truly must believe that the things we
hope for that are good and righteous, are ours to be
had. Why? Because of our unconditional faith in God,
who has never left us or let us down. He awakens us
each morning to a new and better day. He heals our
bodies; clears the path less trodden, so that we
don’t stumble and fall; and loves us, too,
unconditionally. So, why do we doubt Him? Why do we
question Him when things don’t go our way? Well,
remember when you were a child and you believed that
your earthly father would never let you down; that
he would always be there to catch you before you
fell. Well, that’s the kind of faith we must sustain
as Christians. This faith can propel us toward a
life of peace and security, because He has told us
that it will be. So, with each breaking dawn, we
know that our Heavenly Father has loosed His power
to show us His love for us. And, with each act of
kindness that we show to another, we show Him our
unconditional faith and love.
Beckon Him through prayer:
Dear Lord, we thank you for all that you do to
sustain us. We thank you for the gifts you give that
we don’t readily see, but we know that you have
provided. We praise you for all your kindness toward
us. We praise you for the love that you show us with
each breath that we take. You bring us joy with each
new day, and we give you all the praise and glory.
Dear Heavenly Father, grant us a place in your
kingdom when our earthly days are done, so that we
may bask in your love for all eternity. Faith is our
sustenance. We ask you these blessings in your son
Jesus’ name. Amen.
March 21, 2013 - By Ralph Williams, Board Member
CONVERSATION TO REMEMBER
Once, the Apostle Paul was in
Athens. At the time Athens was a leading center for
intellectuals. The discussions among the learned men
were lively. There were two prominent schools of
philosophical thought. One school taught that the
best way to live was to seek happiness by indulging
in as many pleasurable activities as possible. The
other school taught that the best way to be happy
was to avoid both pleasure and pain.
Both philosophical schools and most Greeks worshiped
many Gods. Their Gods had both divine and human
characteristics. The people built monuments to
better worship their idols. Paul was disturbed with
their practices and the “men of Athens” were curious
about what Paul was teaching. They were not afraid
to engage in a discussion.
As an object lesson, Paul pointed to one of their
monuments, which was labeled “To an Unknown God”. He
pointed out that they could get to know this God who
was not known to them. This God created the world
and everything in it. He is the giver of life and
breath. This God desires that all people seek him.
We are all God’s offspring. As such, we should not
try to capture his image in gold, silver or stone.
He commands all people everywhere to realize who he
To seal the deal, he sent his only son, Jesus, to be
his representative on earth. The fact that Jesus
lived among us did not seem unusual. He shook up the
power structure of the day, by proclaiming that he
was the long promised Messiah. It was the Roman way
to execute trouble makers by crucifixion. Both the
Romans and the Jewish leaders thought that they
would not hear of Jesus again. But this God, who was
not known to the Greek philosophers, performed the
most remarkable thing that has ever happened. He
raised Jesus from the dead.
Some of the men and women of Athens joined Paul in
his belief. Others rejected his message. We can look
for the same message today in Acts, Chapter 17,
verses 16 through 34.
March 20, 2013 - By Melanie Barnett, JOBS
Matthew 5:16 “Let your
light shine before men in such a way that they may
see your good works, and
glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
take this as, let me live by example what God’s will
is my life. Let me strive to be like him and to
share through my acts, the love of Christ. Let me
show my faith in him by trusting his word, and let
me glorify him by serving his people. I know that I
may touch people’s lives through my actions and I am
honored to be able to do so. Just like someone first
showed me the unconditional love of Christ, that I
was worthy and deserving of, I hope to show others.
I believe that God’s will for me is to share what I
have been given and to honor him every day by being
an example of how he can change the lost and
faithless into believers. I pray that I may inspire
someone to open up to what God has planned for them.
Let me strive to show his works through mine and to
give all the glory to God.
“Lord let your will be my will and give me guidance
and courage to reach out to others in all the ways
you have showed me. Give me strength and knowledge
to overcome the evils that attack me. Lord keep me
focused. Show me how to love others unconditionally
as you do and let me be a vessel of your light,
March 14, 2013 - By Gilbert Taeger, Spiritual
‘must’ you do? I must get to work on time. I must
get encounters done. I must get my one on one daps,
group daps, assessments, etc. done and done
correctly. I MUST GET MY FIX’EMs DONE, AND DONE ON
TIME. But there are greater must’s to be done in
view of our appointed assignment by God.
Luke 2:49 KJV (Jesus
speaking to his parents) “Did you not know, I must
be about my Father’s business?” “Be in my Father’s
house. Be involved in my Father’s business?”
Scripture explained: Jesus was
only 12 years old and his parents had left Jerusalem
and traveled for one day before they realized HE was
not with them. They returned and three days later,
Dr. Luke says, they found Him in the Temple talking
with the religious teachers. In His reply to His
parents he used the little word ‘dei’ translated as
‘must.’ In means in part, that which is of moral
necessity, that which is absolutely necessary, that
which must be done, accomplished. Jesus also said in
John 3:7, “You must be born again.” In John 4:4 HE
said, “I must needs go through Samaria.” He had a
divine appointment as you recall with the ‘woman at
the well.’ Jesus used this powerful little word many
times to emphasize how important it was for him to
go and do what the Father led Him to do. He said in
Luke 4:43, “I must preach the kingdom of God to
other cities also, for therefore I am sent.” Also
again in Luke 24:7, God’s Word says, “Remember Jesus
said, “The Son of Man must be delivered into the
hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third
day rise again.”
Reflection: Are you like me,
very elated Jesus had some things HE ‘MUST’ Do? And
HE did them? YES, I say YES!!!!
Actions to take! First,
everyone must be born again, Jesus stated. I have
been born again, how about you? Read all of John 3
if you need to be ‘born again.’ Ask for help if you
need to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer.”
Second action to take! Based
on the Bible, what ‘must’ we, you and I, do? WE must
be about our Father’s BUSINESS. We must allow Jesus
to make HIMSELF known through us at CRM. I believe,
WE MUST LIVE AND SHARE JESUS daily.
March 12 & 13, 2013 - By Chris Hoppstetter, Board
Scripture: And He said to
them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did
you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”
age twelve, Jesus went to Jerusalem with his parents
for the Passover. Instead of departing with them to
Nazareth, He stayed behind talking with the teachers
in the temple. When they found Him, He responded to
His mother's question saying: "Why is it that you
sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My
Father's business" (Lk.
The fact that
Jesus said "My Father's business" denotes that there
is business that is not His Father's. John says: "In
this the children of God and the children of the
devil are manifested: Whoever does not practice
righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not
love his brother" (1
In other words, those who are practicing
righteousness are about God's business, but, those
who do not practice righteousness are about the
think about these questions:
Whose child am I - God's or the devil's? Am I about
God's business or the devil's business?
of being about God's business.
must prepare to be about our Father's business. Have
you ever met an earthly son engaging in His father's
business without training and preparation? A son
generally has a special place in his father's
business. As a part of being about his father's
business he engages in an intensive training program
perhaps going to college and working in the factory,
administrative offices, inside sales, and outside
sales. A son about his father's business faithfully
looks out for his father's interests.
those involved in their Father's business must
endure suffering. Jesus is our example of suffering:
"For to this you were called, because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you
should follow His steps: 'Who committed no sin, nor
was guile found in His mouth'; who, when He was
reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered
He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him
who judges righteously"
And Paul says: "Yes, and all who desire to live
godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution"
strengthens us to do His will
while rejoicing in trials and tribulations
God has set in motion the spiritual forces of the
universe so that no temptation can overtake us
without their being a way of escape provided
He works all things together for good (Rom.
abundantly supplies for every good work
The only reason for not being about our Father's
business is a lack of desire, commitment, and
devotion toward God.
there is a reward for those about their Father's
business. On earth, a son about his father's
business receives a reward - an inheritance. But, a
son not about his father's business does not receive
a reward. Likewise, those about God's business
receive an inheritance - eternal life. Paul says:
"For I am already being poured out as a drink
offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I
have fought the good fight, I have finished the
race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid
up for me the crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that
Day, and not to me only but also to all who have
loved His appearing" (2
Are you about your
Father's business? Are you enduring the
trials, tribulations, and persecutions of this world
to accomplish His will in your life? Are you a
faithful child of God sealed with the Holy Spirit of
promise guaranteeing your inheritance
March 11, 2013 - By Teresa Gribble, Executive
Scripture: For I am not
ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is God’s
powerful method of bringing all who believe it to
heaven. This message was preached first to the Jews
alone, but now everyone is invited to come to God in
the same way. This Good News tells us that God makes
us ready for heaven- makes us right in God’s sight –
when we put our faith and trust in Christ to save
us. This is accomplished from start to finish by
faith. As the Scripture says it, “The man who finds
life will find it through trusting God.” - Romans
1:16 & 17
Mission’s theme for the month of March is “about my
Father’s business.” What is my Father’s business?
The resurrected Jesus before He ascended into heaven
told His disciples (I am a disciple of Jesus Christ)
in Matthew 28:18-20 to go, tell and make disciples.
To share the gospel of Jesus Christ (the Good News)
that is the Great Commission given to all
Christians. As a teenager in the early 1970’s, there
was a song I would sing in church written by Baynard
L. Fox entitled “I’ll Tell the World That I’m, a
Christian.” The lyrics go like this.
I’ll tell the world that I’m a Christian – I’m not
ashamed His name to bear;
I’ll tell the world that I’m a Christian – I’ll take
Him with me anywhere.
I’ll tell the world how Jesus saved me, and how He
gave me a life brand-new;
And I know that if you trust Him, that all He gave
me He’ll give to you.
I’ll tell the world that He’s my Savior; No other
one could love me so;
My life my all is His forever and where He leads me
I will go.
I’ll tell the world that He is coming – it may be
near or far away;
But we must live as if His coming would be tomorrow
For when He comes and life is over,
for those who love Him, there’s more to be;
Eyes have never seen the wonders that He’s preparing
for you and me.
What is my Father’s business and my job? It is to
invite YOU to go to heaven with me.
Do YOU want to know more? Please ask
prayer: “Holy God in Jesus name help me not
to be ashamed or afraid to share the Good News of
Jesus Christ and His salvation with others. May
anyone reading these words be led by the Holy Spirit
to seek, ask and be saved by the cleansing blood of
March 8, 2013 - By Summer Mellon, Board Member
Scripture: And whatever you
do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name
of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
through him. Col 3:17 NIV
love this scripture because it reminds me to get out
of my own perspective and look at circumstances
through Jesus' eyes. Every large or menial task that
I do can be in my strength or His. Where I choose to
focus my heart and spirit determines which. Do not
miss that every moment of our lives carries in it
the opportunity to honor God and bring glory to HIm.
It isn't something that we do once the day's work
and challenges have been met. Instead it is choosing
to be tuned into His "heavenly" channel as you face
the circumstances of each day. Something as simple
as making a PBJ sandwich for your child, performing
maintenance on a building or having courtesy toward
others can be an offering to God and being His hands
and feet in this world. It all depends on how we
choose to approach it. Be encouraged that He desires
to be in every moment with you if you choose to
include Him and that everything that we do can bring
honor to Him. What an awesome thing to look back at
your day and say, "I served God and brought honor to
Him with this whole day just by turning the business
of my day, into being about His business".
Heavenly Father I thank you so much for each new
day. Open my eyes to see the opportunities of this
day to serve you and my brothers and sisters in
Christ. Grow my strength and faith to remember that
you are with me in every challenge and triumph.
Through Jesus you have saved me with selfless love
and I am overwhelmed. Teach me to do everything in
your name. I desire to bring honor and glory to you.
I dedicate this day as an offering to you, teach me
to be about your business. Amen
March 7, 2013 - By Myra E. Garlit, Executive
Scripture: Luke 2:49 And he
said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye
not that I must be about my Father's business? (KJV)
has many programs and services for the homeless, the
hurting, the neglected, the abused, and the
addicted. With these programs, come a range of
requirements from the State and Federal government.
Many times these audits and reviews are extensive
and complex exercises of paperwork. Recently, staff
members told me that no matter what we have to do to
meet the requirements; we still have the great
privilege and responsibility to minister to those
who seek services from Crossroads.
That reminded me of the scripture in Luke 2. Mary
and Joseph realized that Jesus wasn’t with them well
into a trip they were taking. They had assumed that
he was in the crowd of folks traveling with them.
Three days later, they found him in the temple. I
can just imagine the anxiety that Mary had been
suffering. When she questioned him, his response was
basically, “didn’t you know that I’d be ABOUT my
Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49, KJV)
We can get lost in the day-to-day requirements of
work and home but our bottom line is that we should
be “about our Father’s business”. In the last
chapters of Matthew and Mark, we read that Jesus’
last commandment to his disciples was to “go into
the world and preach the gospel to every living
creature.” (Paraphrased) Crossroad’s theme this year
is “…About My Father’s Business”. We always want to
be reminded of our Father’s business!
I hope you enjoy the devotionals for this March.
Please remember Crossroads in your prayers as we
continue to be About Our Father’s Business.”
Prayer: “Dear Heavenly Father: Help us to be ever
mindful of the work that you have called us to do.
May we always role model the heart and attitude of
Jesus Christ. Help us to continue to minister to
everyone who walks on the grounds and into the
facilities of Crossroads. We are here to spread the
good news of Jesus Christ’s redemptive salvation for
May 17, 2011
The Race is On
Sometimes, I get bogged down with so much
“stuff” that I have a hard time deciding what really needs
to be done. I haven’t blogged or put anything online for
the “Gospel” link on the Crossroads web site for months.
Conviction finally won out and I’m working today to get
caught up with several things that have been put off for way
Don’t take me wrong! It’s not like I’ve been
sitting around with nothing to do. I know that I have
accomplished many tasks over the past few months. Many of
those tasks have been centered around the family shelter
project, funding for the recovery program, audits, reports,
and mountains of other requirements. It seems that every
task has a deadline. At Crossroads, we are in constant
motion but we should never be so busy that we can’t put
prayer, reading the Word, and fellowship as priorities in
our lives. Keeping fit spiritually must be a priority. As
a Christian, I must set my priorities and keep them to keep
spiritually fit. I find it too easy to put off what’s good
for me. While God has ordained my position in this daily
“race”, it’s up to me to make sure that I’m making every
effort to keep myself spiritually fit.
In 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul is speaking directly
to Timothy. He’s telling Timothy that he’s “fought the
good fight” and that he finished the race. He kept the
faith. Wow! That gives us every indication that when we
keep THE faith we will have fought a good fight and will
finish the race. Notice he doesn’t say that he came in
first. He says that he finished the race!
Over the past few months, keeping the faith
for me has been difficult at times. When we had to reapply
for the million dollar grant for the family shelter; when we
were facing funding cuts from the state; when the economy
was in a crisis state and the requests for services
increased dramatically; and that list could go on--many
times I just plain lacked faith. Suddenly, I found my
“spiritual tank” needle running into the red zone and
seeking faith from my reserve tank that was empty! I
immediately turned to the source and that was prayer to the
giver of all my resources, God the Father!
For a certainty, I am human! I am determined
to continue this race until God tells me I’m finished with
this one. Hebrews 12:1 reads of the “great cloud of
witnesses” that we can follow as examples of others just
like us who have also fought a good fight. Those folks were
just like me and you but we esteem them as being so special
that we think that we could never be like them. That crowd
of witnesses included Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, Moses and others. They were no different than
everyday people like you and me. Paul’s referring to them
and encourages us to “run with perseverance the race marked
out for us”.
My prayer: Dear
Heavenly Father: Help me to persevere, to fight the good
fight, and to cast off anything that will hinder me like
procrastination. Thank you that you have the race marked
for me and are with me every step of the way!
Therefore, since we are surrounded
by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us,
September 20, 2010
Doubt Free - Be Sure of Your Salvation
brains are powerful! The human brain is the most complex
object in the universe. Each one of us carries within our
skulls a three-pound lump of fats and proteins with the
consistency of jelly that we call a brain. Our brain
contains 100 billion neurons that link to one another in a
pattern more complex and unique than our fingerprints. Our
brain has the power to learn new languages, perceive beauty
and remember tens of thousands of individual bits of
information. The vast and incredible power of the human
brain is only beginning to be understood by scientists and
Our brain holds information from experiences and perceptions
of life happenings that can affect our self-esteem. We are
basically logical beings who have the ability to think,
imagine, and to question. God made us to be free-thinkers.
We’re not robots. We have the ability to make decisions. We
can hate or we can love. We can choose what is evil or we
can choose what is good. With this basic makeup, doubting
seems to come natural to us. Some of us doubt more than
others. Doubt is the opposite of certainty.
Doubt affects many people’s ability to have or keep a life
in Christ Jesus. I’ve talked to numerous people who want to
or have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior only to later
reject the idea or doubt their experience of salvation. If
you are one of the folks that doubts your salvation or if
you think that you can’t be saved because of the bad things
that you have done—give that thinking up! Stop doubting! You
can take action to move you from doubt to certainty!
First John 5:12 says “Whoever has the son has life.
Whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
YOU CAN BE ASSURED OF YOUR SALVATION. Say the
sinner’s prayer: Father, I have sinned and I ask you to
forgive me of those sins. I believe that Jesus Christ died
for my sins and rose from the dead victorious over death,
sin, and hell. Now live in that prayer. Tell someone
Then in the next verse (1 John 5:13) we read: I write these
things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so
that you may know that you have eternal life.
You can live your life doubt-free. Now you can stand on the
confidence that you are saved. If you feel that you're weak
and may not have a “doubt-free” existence, memorize that
scripture and others that can increase your faith which will
bring you to certainty.
I like this analogy by Bill Hybels who wrote Too Busy
Not To Pray, IVP, p. 113.
Sometimes when you're in an airport, observe the
difference between passengers who hold confirmed tickets and
those who are on standby. The ones with confirmed tickets
read newspapers, chat with their friends or sleep. The ones
on standby hang around the ticket counter, pace and smoke,
smoke and pace. The difference is caused by the confidence
factor. If you knew that in fifteen minutes you would have
to stand in judgment before the Holy God and learn your
eternal destiny, what would your reaction be? Would you
smoke and pace? Would you say to yourself, "I don't know
what God's going to say--will it be 'Welcome home, child,'
or will it be 'Depart from me; I never knew you'?
Are you a pacer or are you confident in your salvation?
Sometimes we just have to believe. Many of you remember
Dorothy holding her dog Toto, in The Wizard of Oz. The
secret was in her ruby, red shoes. She had been told that
when the time was right to click her ruby, red shoes
together and she could get back to Kansas. She started
clicking those shoes together and with her eyes closed, she
started saying “There’s no place like home! There’s no place
like home.” She got back to Kansas. Silly illustration but
it’s a good illustration on that first step of faith.
Dorothy had to act on what she had been told. She took
action and got home.
Where faith is weak, doubt can creep in. By definition faith
is “a trust in God: belief in and devotion to God. We see an
excellent example of faith in Matthew 8:5-13. The centurion
came to Jesus because his servant was sick.
5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to
him, asking for help. 6"Lord," he said, "my servant lies at
home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."
7Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."
8The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you
come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant
will be healed. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with
soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and
that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do
this,' and he does it."
10When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those
following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found
anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that
many will come from the east and the west, and will take
their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in
the kingdom of heaven. 12But the subjects of the kingdom
will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will
be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
13Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done
just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed
at that very hour.
When Jesus told him that he would go heal his
servant, the Centurion said that he wasn’t worthy of that
kind of act. He said the understood authority. He knew that
all Jesus had to do was to say so and his servant would be
healed. Even Jesus spoke of being amazed at his faith.
Do you live in doubt? There’s nothing wrong with doubting.
Doubting is in our DNA. When doubt cripples us and we can’t
act or fail to act, we need to step out past those doubtful
thoughts. Do you doubt that you can be saved? Do you doubt
that Jesus will hear you if you call? Do you doubt that you
are worthy of being saved?
Memorize First John 5:12-13 and say it every time the doubt
of your salvation comes into your mind.
“Whoever has the Son has life. Whoever does not have the
Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you
who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may
know that you have eternal life.”
Live in certainty of your salvation through Jesus Christ
sacrifice. After all, you were bought for a price! That
price was Jesus dying on the cross.
August 9, 2010
Ordinary Disciples for an
I attended a leadership conference this week that was
refreshing, encouraging, and filled with help for church
leaders -especially pastors. As the director of a rescue
mission, I can see how my job is much like that of a
pastor. There’s always counseling to do, staff hiring,
firing, development, budgets, fund raising, seeking donors
who will come along side the mission of the mission to help
support our cause, and many more important aspects of
running a church. Most important is ensuring that we
witness as Jesus called us to do so that people aren’t lost
to sin and go out of this world to an eternity of hell.
Some people get it; some don’t. Many sessions of the
leadership conference spoke to my heart!
One of the
speakers at the conference talked about how Jesus took
ordinary men to help establish his purpose on earth. His
purpose was to bring a new way to look at the Old Testament
rules. He preached and lived a life of nonviolence with an
attitude of "love your neighbor as you love yourself". He
taught that the greatest commandment was LOVE. His
teachings ignited great controversy among the Jewish
people. He was on the “outside” of what was considered the
“normal”, traditional Jewish way of life.
The Jews were very
rule-bound and followed strict rituals. Basically, they had
two different categories of laws: moral law and ritual
law. Moral law is about what is right and wrong and about
the way we treat God and other people. Ritual law or
ceremonial law were rules that the Israelites were to live
by simply because they were God’s people. They didn’t
necessarily mean that they were right or wrong but if
someone failed to follow these laws, they were deemed
“unclean” and couldn’t join others in worshiping God until
they were "clean".
purpose to be on earth was to teach others the New Testament
way of living and to die as the ultimate sacrifice for our
sins. He knew that from an early age. He knew his intended
purpose. We don’t read of any hesitation on Jesus part on
his intended purpose. Early in his ministry, he began
selecting those men he wanted to follow him. His purpose
for them was to spread the word of salvation long after his
death. That word continues through today because of the
impact he had on them and then the impact they had on the
world! But who were these men?
Let’s take a quick look
at those twelve.
Brother of Andrew;
Most prominent of the 12;
A natural spokesperson after Christ’s death
Was originally the disciple of John the Baptist; one of
the three that were closet to Jesus; identified himself
as the "one whom Jesus loves".
Only disciple to die of natural causes
Worked with his brother John and father; was in
partnership with Peter and Andrew
He would be the first disciple to be martyred
Brother to Peter;
He brought Peter to Jesus
Close friend to Andrew and Peter
Was mentioned the four times that the list of disciples
is written about in the Bible;
Not much else is known about him
The author of the Gospel of Matthew; the first book of
the New Testament.
When Jesus appeared to the disciples after his
resurrection Thomas wasn’t with them. Later on when the
disciples told him, he could not believe them, until
Jesus showed himself a week later.
James (the Lessor)
Called the lesser
Son of Alphaeus
Also called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus;
Not much is known about him except he was on the lists
of the disciples
Simon the Zealot
member of a party later called Zealots; the Zealots were
a group who opposed the taxation from the Government and
were prone to aggressiveness to make their voices heard
Treasurer of the group
Money minded; Iscariot meant man from Kerioth which was
south of Judah; after his betrayal of Jesus he was
greatly grieved for his action and committed suicide; He
is always mentioned last in the list of apostles.
Now isn’t it interesting
that when Jesus set out to choosing those who would follow
him, he chose ordinary men. He didn’t go to the Jewish
leaders or those in power or those with influence. He chose
those people who were common people, poor people, people who
were despised, people who were just ordinary. Jesus picked
ordinary men of meager means.
The tax collectors were hated because they really worked for
the Romans. The fishermen were smelly and hardened by the
elements. He was leader to a pessimist, an antagonist, a
loud-mouth impulsive man. I can just imagine the ones that
we don’t know much about were shy or liked staying in the
background but yet he picked them to be those first chosen
Look at Peter for instance. His given name was ‘Simon”. He
was bold, aggressive, inquisitive, outspoken and
self-confident; he had the characteristics of a leader.
Christ molded him and once told him he was the “ROCK” on
which he could build his church but there was other times
that he rebuked Peter even saying to him “Get behind me
Satan!” because Peter was shooting off his mouth and didn’t
know what he was talking about. I think it’s funny that when
Jesus was going to rebuke him, he always called him Simon
and not Peter. That’s just like our parents when they called
us by the name that we knew we were in trouble.
I am gripped by the fact that these twelve were ORDINARY
people! They were no different than you or me. Jesus was
here to establish a new way of thinking and didn’t go to the
top for the leaders. Fascinatingly, their leadership skills
really didn’t develop until Jesus was no longer with them
but that’s a topic for another devotion.
June 21, 2010
I read with interest the
Crossroads advertisement in the local paper which was
entitled “Heat Advisory”. The desert brings dangers each
summer: snakes, spiders, scorpions, and HEAT! Each summer,
we start a heat advisory campaign to make sure that the
homeless understand the risks of not staying hydrated and
staying out of the sun. We normally close the shelters from
7 AM until 2 PM but during this season the shelters remain
open. How tragic it would be to die from heat exhaustion or
As I contemplated the
advertisement, I thought about the scripture in Matthew
10:42. Jesus was sending the disciples out to continue his
good works. his final words in that chapter are: And if
anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little
ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he
will certainly not lose his reward." How astounding that
Jesus was interested in giving someone a cup of cold water!
At Crossroads, we want
to make sure that everyone who is in any danger gets the
help they need at anytime and not just in the summer time.
We sometimes forget that the greatest danger of all is the
“heat advisory” we send out about HELL! In Luke 16:24 (NIV)
we read So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on
me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water
and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire. The
rich man had not paid attention to the “heat advisory” and
was calling out from hell.
Some of our homeless
folks don’t pay attention to the heat advisory. Many folks
from the community don’t pay attention to the heat
advisory. Many folks refuse to pay attention to the “hell”
advisory. We know that it’s “appointed for men to die and
after that the judgment.”
about you? Have you paid heed to the hell advisory? If you
died today would you be with Jesus or would you be with the
rich man crying out for water? Salvation through Jesus
Christ is as easy as A, B, C. Accept, believe, and
confess! Accept Jesus as your savior; believe that he rose
from the dead; and then confess that to someone. There’s no
dues, no fees, only a promise of hope for eternity in
heaven! God bless you and please stay hydrated during these
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May 30, 2010
A Nation Whose God is the Lord?
This Memorial Day we face many problems as a
nation. Wars, immigration issues, poverty, national debt
now listed in the trillions, terrorists that have been born
and raised in America—the list can go on. Our politicians,
no matter their affiliation, are scrambling to make this
“ship” upright again. Debates, controversy, and everyone
entitled to their own opinion are making for many news
stories. What can we do?
That answer is easy. As a nation, we
have gotten away from our Christian roots. This country
was founded and grounded in Biblical standards. Now, we
are far from those roots. As Christians, we have allowed
leaders and people who exercise their right to voice their
opinions to use the very laws that made us strong against
us. Now we are seeing the results of our silent voices and
“let someone else do it” attitudes. We’re a nation under
siege, held hostage by sin that has run rampant. Our
history shows our tracks of getting away from our
I’m quoting some facts from a brochure I read
printed by *America, Living Waters
USA today reported that 50 to 60% of married couples admit
According to the Oklahoma State department of
Health, 45 million individuals are infected with virus that
causes genital herpes. That’s one in five people in the
UPI News in 1997 reported that video rentals
soared to 665 million in 1996. That’s a little over 13% of
all video rentals in America.
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reported
1,267,415 abortions in 1998. There have been
over 40 million abortions since Roe vs Wade. That’s since
estimated that theft costs this country $500 billion each
Focus on the Family reports that Americans visit casinos
more often than they attend professional sporting events.
As a nation, we loose in excess of $50 bill each year to
lotteries, horse and do tracks, casinos, and through other
According to FBI statistics, more than 18,000 people were
murdered in 1997. We had an average of 20,000 per year
during the 1990s.
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association estimates that
the social costs of alcohol addiction amounts to $100
billion with loss in productivity and health care.
Hate crimes, spousal abuse, child abuse,
elder abuse, racial prejudices, child pornography, sex
crimes, trafficking in humans are all symptoms of the
“disease” of our nation.
All of these
situations make it seem hopeless for our nation on
this Memorial Day, 2010. It is very fitting and right
that we remember the ones who paid the full price for our
freedom. It is fitting and right that we offer up
prayers of thanksgiving for those who fought for our
freedom. It is fitting and right that we NEVER
forget the price of freedom. It is also fitting and
right that we remember where we came from as a nation of
heritage rich in Christian laws and traditions.
As Christians, we have a duty to hold this
nation up in prayer. We need to
speak out as Christians and become actively involved by
sending e-mails and letters to our senators and
representatives whether at the state level or national
33:12 Blessed is the nation whose
God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord! Can you
make a difference? I believe that you can! The Bible
promises us in
Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are
called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek
my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear
from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their
land. It’s our responsibility as Christians. Please
remember this on Memorial Day, 2010.
My Words: A Reflection of My Heart
a pet peeve which isn’t surprising to all who really know
me—I have several. The one that bothers me the most is
swear words, curse words, bad language, and filthy words.
Call it whatever you want, it bothers me. I’m not pious
over this type of behavior. Curse words are not beyond my
behaviors. I can let them fly that’s for sure but I feel
badly when I do. I always try to ask for forgiveness right
away. I know that when I was living a sinful life I thought
that language added “salt” to what I said. Those words made
me look worldly, mature, and tough! Now that I’m much older
and much wiser and with a heart for Jesus those words sting
when I hear them. I think they sound harsh and depending on
what’s going on at the time, they sound violent.
attending a seminar just recently. A beautiful woman in her
late forties was speaking about her life. She “peppered” her
speech with words that I felt were offensive. I lost the
focus of what she had accomplished, the things that she had
been through, and the injustices that she had suffered
because of her language. She overcame a lifetime of problems
but it was all lost to me. It was a good lesson for me.
Watch my adjectives!
worked in the restaurant business for many years. I was
amazed at the old folks who came in for service. Many used
swear words as freely as they breathed air. When I worked
in a nursing home, I was shocked at the elderly who were at
death’s door but used swear words almost every other word
they spoke. They were often bitter, hateful people who had
many few people visiting them. I wondered if there was a
direct correlation to their words, attitude, and people who
were left in their lives.
was the principal of a charter school and the “scholars”
were referred to me because of their bad language, I would
often ask them if their mother taught them to talk like
that. Did their dad teach them that language? I remember
one young man’s answer when I asked him if his grandma had
taught him that kind of language. He thought for a moment
and then answered, “Well, yes!”
After using those kinds of
words during my rebellious twenties and my non-conforming
thirties, I decided that those kinds of words make the
initiator look very uneducated. Don’t get me wrong. I
still struggle with those words. I find that the more I’m
around others who talk like that the more those words remain
on the surface of my thinking. They’ll slip out if I’m not
especially careful about what I’m going to say. I don’t
want to be caught up in that language anymore. It’s old
behavior for me and it is something that I struggle to
overcome. Most importantly, I understand that the words
that are coming out of my mouth are a direct reflection of
what’s going on in my heart. When I’m not spending time
in prayer, when I’m not fellowshipping with other believers,
when I don’t meditate on the Word, I gravitate toward the
Word abusers, who get
caught up in using four-lettered words, are limiting their
vocabulary. My mom told me that every word that we speak is
bottled up and we will give an account of those words when
we stand at judgment! Ugh! I pity everyone standing in line
behind me because it’s going to take a while when it’s my
turn! I don’t know if that’s scriptural or not but I want to
be judged on my encouraging words; words that I used to lift
up people. Seriously, the Bible tells us in Psalm
19:14 (NIV) “May the words of my mouth and the
meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my
Rock and my Redeemer.”
of us “practice” at using swear words when we first start
that kind of language. We think if we add that word here or
put this word in there it will give us some authority, some
respect, like we’re in control. I believe that the things
that we put into our minds can get bolded just like
the “bold” key we use on the computer. When we bold stamp
those words on our brain they remain there. I know! I have
to apologize for my language. I ask God to help me before I
speak. I ask for forgiveness when I slip. Most
importantly, I know when I memorize scripture, when I
increase my vocabulary by learning new words that are good
words, when I practice thinking before I speak; I do a much
better job at speaking. That woman I told you about earlier
could just have easily been me. I don’t want to be
remembered for my filthy mouth. I want to be remembered for
being positive, educated, and eloquent when I speak. I want
to reflect Jesus Christ through my language. Proverbs
8:8 “All the words of my mouth are just; none of
them is crooked or perverse.” And one last thing my
grandmother taught me, “Keep your words soft and sweet,
because you never know when you’ll have to eat them!”
God bless you!
Devotions, June 3,
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Being Blessed and the 10 Commandments
like other parents. He wants to do good things for His
children. God’s love towards his children isn’t earned; you
can’t work hard and get God to love you—He loves you
anyway. You can try to be the best you can be and fail at
it—He loves you anyway. He desires that we love Him because
He is God or Abba Father. (Abba Father is only used 3 times
in the Bible. It is a Hebrew term which doesn’t translate
well into English. The closest translations mean expressing
“warm affection and confidence”.
love for us, God set down rules that we need to follow.
What parent doesn’t give their children rules that need to
be followed? Those rules for God’s children are the 10
commandments. Interestingly, when we follow those 10
commandments, we are blessed by Abba Father. God has a plan
for our lives. We can live outside the rules and will most
certainly suffer consequences. We can live inside the rules
and be blessed. God doesn’t promise that we won’t have
troubles or trials but he will bless us.
live our lives within the boundaries of God or under that
“umbrella of blessings” and invite those blessings from Abba
Father. We have a will and God allows us to follow that
will. He doesn’t make us do anything. He wants us to love
Him and worship Him, and obey
His commandments because we
living by honoring God to how you lived as an adolescent.
We knew when were “good” our parents would be different
toward us. If we weren’t good, there was friction or
disapproval and you could just feel it in the air. Remember
how your mom would call you by your name. If she used your
first name, you probably weren’t in trouble. But if she
used your first name and middle name, you knew something was
up. If she used your whole given name, your heart might
sink to your toes because you knew you had done something.
Most of you knew exactly what to do to stay in or get back
in the good graces of your parents.
whose love is perfect, loves His kids but in perfection. We
can’t understand this kind of perfect love. As the perfect
parent, He wants to bless His children. Blessings follow
obedience. When we obey God, we’re saying that we trust Him
and agree that He has the best plan for our lives. When we
disobey Him, we are saying that we disagree with His plan
and that we don’t need Him. We want to take control of our
own lives. When we live in obedience we open up those
parental possibilities of being blessed.
“rules” to follow for God’s blessings are simple. The 10
Commandments were given years ago. When you get those 10
RULES in your mind and learn to live them, you are going to
be blessed by Abba Father.
Exodus 20, we can read the Ten Commandments (paraphrased):
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself a cared image…
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother…
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your
You shall not covet…
people I talk to think that it’s too hard to follow the 10
Commandments. But I want you to really think about how hard
this is to do. There are some of these things that many of
you will not do today—or any other day for that matter.
of you going to commit murder today? Are any of you
planning on committing adultery today? Since it’s not
Sunday today, you don’t really have to worry about keeping
it holy today although every day should pay honor to the
Father. Are any of you planning on lying about your
neighbor today? Are any of you of planning on stealing
Personally, I think the first commandments are the hardest
ones to keep. Take the first one. You might think that’s
an easy one to follow. You shall have no other gods
before Me. When you first think about it, you might
think there’s no way you’re going to break that one.
BUT…what do you pay honor too? What takes up space in your
brain? What is it that you devote your time too? Sports,
food, electronic games, television and this list could go on
first commandment falls into line with the 2nd
one: You shall not make for yourself a carved image.
When you think that there are only 10 commandments and
God has made a special effort to emphasize not having any
god above him or making other gods, you might want to take
special note that He means business about that!
a man speaking on the 10 commandments and he said that the
first commandment was for God. If we followed that one, we
wouldn’t need the other 9. God was just giving us more
detail on what the rules were because we’re human and need
to have it explained! Think about that! If we choose to
live without any other gods before us, would we covet; would
we commit adultery, would we murder, we would honor our
father and mothers. That’s amazing!
New Testament, Jesus teaches that the greatest commandment
is “to love your neighbor as yourself”. I believe that this
love commandment goes with 1 and 2: if we have no other
gods before God we’re in right relationship with the Father
and we will love our neighbor.
everything that God does, He has a plan for our lives. He
wants to bless us. When we love Him because He first loved
us; when we learn to live within the boundaries of His
rules, blessings are assured.
December 12, 2008
Ambassador’s Praise and
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Seek Him! Seek Who? Seek Him!
Are you curious
Do you feel
that something is missing in your life?
Do you feel
that everything is okay and you just want to be you?
Have you asked
yourself who God is?
wondered who you are in Christ?
What is your
Are you where
you should be spiritually?
Can you grow?
Do you want to grow?
Do you feel
your life would be better if you were closer to God?
Are you truly
Do you have
Do you have
that you find at least one of those questions thought
provoking. I’ve been praying for guidance to help employees
with character building qualities that are pleasing to God.
The only way to please God is to seek Him! We get so
caught up in what we should get done that we don’t take time
to do the one thing that will help us get everything done
and that’s seeking God!
Galatians 5, Paul is writing about being free in Jesus
Christ and not being bound by slavery. While we don’t
experience slavery in our small world, we do become slaves
to many “things”: food, sex, shopping, drugs, alcohol,
television and the list goes on. Paul cites being bound by
a yoke of slavery. When we seek God, we desire to throw off
those yokes of bondage and to be free. Repentance is moving
away from sin.
says in verse 16 that we must live by the Spirit and then we
will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. I
believe that when we truly seek the face of the Father we
want to move away from sin.
ever played with your children when they walk up behind you
and you refuse to look at them? You can turn your head and
move all around. They take their little hands and will
literally grab your face to turn it towards their face.
They are seeking the face of their “father.” They sense
that importance of getting that connection with the facial
expressions; the eyes, the mouth, or the “look at me”. They
want to be able to have their parent look directly at them.
There’s a connection going on; a physical connection and an
want to see the face of our Heavenly Father, we do much the
same as our children. Many of us wait to seek His face when
we have trouble, when we’re depressed, or when it’s on our
time. Our heavenly Father wants us to seek Him. As we seek
Him, we make that connection with His face much like that of
faith increases. We think more on good things. We’re not
as easily distracted by evil. When trouble comes we don’t
have to be ashamed of going to the throne to ask for help.
Many of us wait so long to approach the Father that we are
shy, ashamed, and even guilty because we haven’t made an
appearance. We haven’t sought His face! As we seek His
face, we learn that “Greater is He that is in me, than He
that is in the world.” (Good and evil can’t inhabit the
same dwelling place. God is good.)
seeking God’s face takes determination, diligence, a desire
for that physical and emotional connection. It’s not
difficult to seek God’s face. As we accept Christ as our
Savior and have that seed of faith spring forth in us,
growing spiritually becomes important. It’s a hunger
planted in us. IF YOU DON’T FEEL IT, PRAY FOR IT! THEN
tells the Corinthians in 3:2 that he “gave them milk, not
solid food, for they weren’t ready for it.” We can’t get
to the SOLID FOOD until we’ve made it past the milk. In
Hebrews 5:12 the writer says that someone “needs to teach
you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.” He
tells them they need milk, not solid food! In Hebrews 5:13,
he goes on to say that “anyone who lives on milk, being
still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about
righteousness.” Seek Him! In I Peter 2:2, “like newborn
babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may
grow up in your salvation.” Seek Him! Follow the Holy
Spirit’s leading to communicate with God through prayer and
meditation. Seek Him! SEEK that hierarchy of spiritual
seek Him in truth, determination, honestly wanting to know
God, we don’t want to gratify the desires of the sinful
nature. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious according
to Galatians 5:19:
impurity and debauchery,
idolatry and witchcraft,
fits of rage,
factions and envy,
who live like this will not make it to heaven.
But ultimately, when we seek His face, we seek that spiritual
freendom in Him, we spend time with the father, we can’t
help but repeat the fruits of “hanging with His spirit:
Him is living by the spirit. Living by the spirit gives us
that voice of “watch out,” “danger” “go back” “turn around”
and “come closer” “seek my face”.
Are you seeking Him?