Set Yearly Goals and work them!

Set Yearly Goals and work them!
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I am a disciple of Jesus Christ! The word disciple, means: ‘disciplined one’. My aim, my passion, my destiny, my calling, is to fully obey Him, and make a radical, eternal impact upon this world, through my obedience and love….

I read this quote, and it encourages me today:

“Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions… No one can take it from you. It is not something that can be stolen. And no one receives either more or less than you receive. Moreover, you cannot draw on its future. Impossible to get into debt! You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you.

You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness — the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends — depends on that.

If one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one’s whole life indefinitely. We shall never have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.”

Arnold Bennett, Bits & Pieces, March 4, 1993, p. 18-20
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We are now beginning 2017! New years resolutions, or many of us actually put together a battle plan to get where we need to be. Thought today might be a great day to reflect on where we are at, and to perhaps rethink if we are spending time doing the critical, or have we allowed ourselves to become so busy, that we have drifted off course from our dreams and God given vision?

I see this here in Pauls letter to the Corinthian church:

1 Cor 16: 6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.
8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost..

Notice here Paul was planning out his year, scheduling what he would do, and what he would not…

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

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Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg.
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In Jan, I pray, fast, and set yearly goals for the next 12 months. So far, so good, the Lord has honored my faith, and I am on track pretty much for what I set out to accomplish in 2016. Truthfully, I missed a couple fitness goals, because I did not rest enough…and so we learn, adjust, implement, and move forward.

Jesus is welcome to change any of my plans or schedule at any point, but for now, I am walking out, and working towards my goals, trusting Him to do the impossible, daily. It has been said, that it is better to shoot for the stars, and only hit the moon, than to aim at nothing, and hit nothing.

Or, you can shoot for the moon, overshoot, and land among the stars…
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Set measurable concrete goals, now. Plan your work, and work your plan, daily reviewing your plan, to keep yourself on track.

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https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/thoughts-words-and-deliberate-deeds/

Then, each time I complete a project, or portion, I can go back to the blueprint for the year, and begin focusing on the next level of excellence I need to achieve.

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Susan Ertz.
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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

 Henry David Thoreau

How well I have learned the truth of these verses:

James 4:

13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

When we began our company, we produced a 400 page business plan, on what we thought we would do with our business. For grins and giggles, 2-3 years into it, we would read it for humor. What we actually HAD to do, to feed our families daily, was a far cry from our fantasy dream. Then, we produced a 60 page business plan birthed in prayer and real life experience. It worked, and our company grew from doing 150K a year, to 550K in a couple years.

Then we studied, my business partner took his business degree, and we had a team of MBA students do a competitive business analysis on our company, and they produced a 300 page booklet for us, that was awesome, setting a realistic path to grow us to 5 million/year over the next 5 years. We grew it to 1.1 million over the next two years, (that took us almost 8 years to accomplish)  then at my office one night, I had an ‘open-heaven’ experience, where Jesus clearly called me to walk away from the company to do this full-time, and I have obeyed. Yet, I am convinced, that had we continued on the business plan we set out, we would have made it to the 5 million/year mark, as long as we, the leaders, were willing to continue to grow and learn how to survive and effectively manage the growth.

Yet the principal remains: In order for our organizations to grow, we must grow! We must always be bigger on the inside than whatever challenges life throws at us, and this takes faith!


I would love to say this was my idea, but I heard it taught both at Victory, and again in Tom Leding’s meetings.

Faith, without works, is dead.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12
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Let’s Pray:
‘Father, you have a perfect plan for each of us this year. Please show us clearly what that is, and help us to align ourselves with what you desire for us, then stay the course, and faithfully work at what you have shown us to do, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/02/09/timing/

If you do not yet know Jesus, then here is how to begin your journey with Him:https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/

Developing the Human Spirit

How to Train the Human Sprit

Title: How to train the Human Spirit.

 

Just as God is Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so we are a triune being, created as a spirit, with a soul and a body. Our soul is our mind, intellect and reason, and much in the earth is devoted to its development. Health, fitness, and diet help in the development of the human body, but where can one learn to develop one’s human spirit?

 

Proposition: Just as the human mind can be developed intellectually, so the human spirit can be trained spiritually. Our spirit can be built up even as our body can be built up. God will use our spirit to guide us.

 

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

 

Text: Matthew 12:22 ¶ Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

 

What happened here? Jesus was called upon to heal a man born blind and dumb. The Scripture tells us that the reason for this man’s condition is that an evil spirit had caused this condition. Now, not every physical condition involves the direct presence of an evil spirit, but this case did. Jesus cast out the devil, and was accused of doing this supernatural feat by the power of Satan himself.

 

Jesus made it plain that what was done was performed by the presence of the Holy Spirit, but I need you see verse 29.

 

Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

 

He refers the healing of this man to a spiritual act of war. First the devil in charge of the man had to be defeated by faith, then it was easy to get the man healed.

 

We are beginning a study on the inner life of a Christian, specifically how to discipline and develop your human spirit.

 

Proverbs 11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

 

Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

 

We see here that it will take a strong spirit to retain money and prosperity as God gives it to you, and it will take spiritual force to overcome sickness and disease in this life. Jesus said to ‘occupy til I come’, that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. Today we are going to look at four ways to strengthen and develop your human spirit.

 

Our main texts will be Joshua 1:8, James 1:22, Proverbs 4:20-22

 

In short we will look at how to meditate in the Word of God, Practice the Word of God, How to give the Word first place in your life, and How to instantly obey the voice of your spirit.

 

I Main Division

 

Scriptural Support: Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

 

Explanation: When God anointed Joshua to lead the children of Israel after Moses death, God told him at the outset the importance of meditating in the Word. Another way of saying good success in Josh 1:8 is ‘you will be able to deal wisely in the things of life.”

Argument: Obviously we would not have good success if we did not ‘deal wisely in the things of life.’

 

Illustration: The most deeply spiritual men and women who have ever lived have learned this principal of “Giving time to meditation of the Word of God”. Buddha had scriptural principal here in his way of life, however he did not have truth that sets free. He taught meditation and principal, but his meditation was not specifically on the Word of God.

 

There was the story of a pastor who flew all over the continent attending church growth seminars, visiting larger churches, studying their methods and seeking to discover what made them successful. He tried again and again to apply their methods to his ministry, but they never seemed to work.

 

After he heard this teaching on meditating on the word of God, he decided to try it. Instead of asking God for things, he deliberately set aside a certain part of every day simply meditating upon the Word of God. Not seeking God for anything, simply resting and listening to what the Holy Spirit would say to him.

After thirty days had passed, one Sunday morning, God moved him to give an alter call. More people were born-again and touched by God that one service, than in the entire two years of ministry. The people were revived, and the pastor began to have good success.

 

Application: Obviously, not all of us are called to be pastors, yet the Word of God will work wherever it its put to work. I suggest you begin this week taking 15 minutes a day, every day, turning off all the other voices in your life, and deliberately meditate upon the Word of God. Begin the development of your spirit.

 

Well, when I swam on the swim team at Carleton University, we called the process of meditation, visualization. Where we deliberately took time in one practice each weak to focus our mind on our stroke drills, and our race techniques. Yet, mental focus was not enough. We had to spend hours actually swimming. So it is with this spiritual discipline, we must practice the Word of God.

II Main Division

 

Scriptural Support: James 1:22 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 

Explanation: Practicing the Word is what James calls ‘being a doer of the Word.” Some people think that doing the word is the keeping of the Ten Commandments, but as Christians we are under a higher law, one simple commandment. The law of love.

 

Argument If you love some one, you won’t steal from them, you won’t lie about them. If you walk in love, you will fulfill all of the Old Testament laws given to curb sin. Love is the fulfilling of the law.

 

Illustration: For example: Phil 4:6 says: ‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I like the way the Amplified Bible says it “Do not fret or be anxious about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition (definite requests) with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known unto God.

Most of us live right here. We don’t mind the part of this verse where it tells us to pray, but if we only practice one part, we are not doers of the word.

 

Let’s look at this. First the Lord said not to fret. If we are going to fret and worry, it isn’t going to do us any good to make requests. If God said not to fret or worry, that means we can do it. God is a just God; He won’t ask us to do something we cannot do.

 

Here’s a way to be a doer of the word. Let’s say, like the other night my precious Keila had coughing fits where she would wake up crying in the night. I’m a new dad, and I not only prayed, but I got worried about my princess. Yet, this verse says not to worry or fret, so I decided to do what it said. I prayed, laid hands on her, and then began to meditate on all the times God has healed people here in the church I pastured.. As I lay there fighting the battle of worry in my mind, I began to meditate on the Word of God. James 1:4 came to my mind, ‘if any man lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives liberally to all who ask’ Well, I was quite prepared if necessary to rush Keila to the hospital, she will never become a faith experiment, but I decided to ask God for wisdom. Gently, I knew what was the matter. She was teething, and her front two teeth coming in were causing her nose to run, causing the coughing. It hurt, so she cried. Next time she woke up, I prayed specifically for her teeth, and Karen put Anbesol on her gums. She went back to sleep, and has been fine ever since. You see, I had to decide not to worry or fret, and to do this verse. God will never leave me nor forsake me. I made my request known to God, and began to cast the care of the situation over upon Him. Then I made my request known to God, and began to thank Him. This quieted and pacified not only my troubled spirit that the devil would try to make my family and me have. When the inner turmoil persisted, I simply went back to this verse, and asked for wisdom. I kept claiming it. Then the provision of the promise was mine. I got wisdom, Keila got healed, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, kept my heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

 

Application: We all need peace within and without, especially during the storms of life. The education of our spirits comes by practicing the Word. Can you reap the results of peace without being a doer of the Word? No, you really can’t. Be a doer of the Word, and you’ll grow spiritually.

 

Well, now we’ve learned that we need to meditate in the Word of God, and we need to practice the Word of God. Now let’s learn how to give the Word first place in our lives.

III Main Division

 

Scriptural Support: Proverbs 4: 20 ¶ My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 

Explanation: With so many different voices surrounding us, it is difficult to stop and listen to the voice of the word of God. Family and friends are always ready to give us their opinions and advice. However, an essential part of training the spiritual man is learning to listen to what God’s Word says to us. It is giving the Word first place in out lives.

 

Argument: In these verses God tells us to do three things with the Word of God: 1)listen to it;2) read it; and 3) memorize it. In verse 20 we read “incline thine ear unto my sayings”

 

Illustration: Anytime the Bible is being read aloud – here in church, in family devotions, on a radio or television program – give careful attention to its words.

 

Application: Let them not depart from our eyes. In other words spend time alone reading God’s Word. Let it sink deep into your thoughts and heart. Memorize as we read in v 21 Keep them in the midst of thine heart. If we do all of these things, we will discover that God’s words are “life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”

 

Man in car accident. Paralyzed from the neck down. We surrounded him with the Word of God. Bought posters and wrote healing promises on them and plastered them on the walls, ceiling, everywhere he could see. Told him to turn off his television. Gave him copies of my healing tapes. Gave him a copy of healing prayers. Filled his eye gate, mouth gate, and ear gates with the Word of God. Within a week he had regained enough strength to be moved out of bed into a wheelchair, and soon he had use of his hand enough to operate a joystick so he could move around. That is the last we saw him, but God is true, if he continued in the Word of God, he would have received total healing.

 

If you need physical healing, especially from a medical condition incurable by modern medicine, Do this: Pray, Let us pray, and work your faith on purpose by surrounding yourself with the Word of God, day and night. God cannot lie. You will be healed.

 

Rule 4: Instantly obeying the voice of Our Spirit.

Your spirit has a voice. We call that voice conscience. Sometimes we call it intuition, or the inner voice of guidance. It is the voice of our spirit talking to us.

 

When you are born-again, your conscience becomes a safe guide, because in the life of the believer, God has come to live inside of you. Your body is now a temple of the Holy Spirit. Paul said he obeyed the voice of his conscience (Act 23:1)

 

Everyman’s spirit has a voice whether he is born-again or not. Remember Adam in the garden, he had fallen away from God when he ate the fruit, his spirit was separated from God, yet God still spoke to him, “Adam, where are you?” Maybe God is speaking to you today, as He did Adam, asking you the same question “Where are you?” He’s not mad at you, He loves you, but he knows your heart, your thoughts, and your life. He wants you to experience his love. He wants to have a relationship with you both in this life, and He wants you to go to heaven when eventually we leave this earth,

 

Jesus came to earth as a helpless babe. Immaculate conception. God became man, the Word became flesh in Jesus Christ. Yet, the little baby we celebrate at Christmas did not stay little. He became a man, and at age thirty separated Himself from His earthly responsibilities to spend three and half years healing the sick, raising the dead, walking on water, and showing us how to love God and each other. Then He did what no man could ever do. He went willingly to a cruel cross, beaten beyond human recognition, nailed between heaven and earth to utter the most powerful words ever uttered “It is finished!” As he hung his head and died, the earth split, dead people came out of their graves to testify, the sky became black as night, and the veil in the temple that had separated the presence of a Holy God from a sinful humanity was torn from top to bottom. They laid His body in a borrowed tomb, but His spirit flew from earth, to Abraham’s bosom, then descended into the lowest hell, so that you would not have to. For three days and nights his body lay in the grave, but on the third day, He ascended out of hell, rejoined his body, and rose from the dead. He is the resurrection and the life. For fifty days, he appeared to over five hundred eyewitnesses. Then, just before the feast of Pentecost, after his last command to his disciples, two angels appeared, and He ascended bodily into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father, judge of the living and the dead. He is king of kings, and Lord of love.

 

In short, He came, He lived, He died, He rose, and He reigns!

 

Will you have this man for your king? All of what I have said is meaningless without this one thing established in your heart and life. He must be your Lord. You must be born-again.

 

We see in the Word of God, that developing our human spirit takes discipline. Like exercise, we must work hard, rest, eat correctly, and be consistant to get into good physical shape.

 

Our spirit is similar, we need to take time to feed upon the Word of God, meditate, pray, and worship God.

 

My praying for you is not enough. I could pray all day that you get in good physical shape, but it is you that must actually get to the gym, control your diet, add vitamins and supplements to your life, and to rest so that your body correctly recovers from each workout.

 

So it is spiritually. You must exercise your spirit through prayer, thanksgiving and worship. You must have a correct diet of the Word of God, and meditation upon the Word of God, and you must receive anointed ministry into your life (supplements) from anointed five fold ministry.

 

Lets get in shape this year, physically, but above all spiritually, for a lost and dying world desperately needs what you have to give. GO FOR IT!

From Faith to faith, Strength to Strength

From Faith to Faith!

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No man is fit to command another who cannot command himself.
Wm. Penn

If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong:

Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

Ro 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

I am in an interesting season of my life, pressing towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, and God is teaching much through physical fitness.I have set two goals for this year: 1. To break 25 mins in a 5km run 2: To bench press 360lbs.

https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/05/09/set-yearly-goals-and-work-them/

In each sport, running and weight lifting, I need to organize and discipline my life around my work outs, correcting my diet, my training, and my rest, to be able to consistently improve in each sport.
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Initially, it was easy, because I had no concrete goals that I was working towards, so I could go to the gym whenever it fit into the schedule, and do whatever I felt like in terms of a workout, and for awhile, I was still making some improvement in overall fitness, but after a couple of years, I had reached a plateau, where I was not running any faster, nor getting any stronger in the weight room.

The definition of insanity is to keep doing what you always do, and expecting a different result.
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I needed instruction and discipline, and as I began to ask questions at the gym and while jogging, I began to get answers, not all of which I particularly liked.

If I wanted to improve, I needed to change some things, and it has been hard. Had to watch my diet, deliberatly get more sleep, add vitamins and supplements, and then I sought out training partners who were my age, and who were currently achieving what I wanted to be able to do. They did not only instruct me in what I needed to do, but actually worked out with me, at a level that I did have the ability to perform at yet.

Result: I became stronger, healthier, faster, and more flexible than I have been in 20 years!

Yet, getting off the discipline cost me six months on my goals. I came into the gym late one day, and skipped warm up and stretch, and jumped into a heavy set on bench. I hit my max weight of 315 easily, then decided to add little tiny 2.5lb weights on either side, so I could break it. The weight came down, and SNAP, something broke deep inside my left shoulder. Been 8 months of stretching, prayer, and light weights trying to get my strength back. I benched 275 last week, but with some pain. Now, fear and caution are my friends. I have to listen intimately to Holy Spirit in each work-out, to know when I can push, and when it is time to back off to avoid injury.
Chris Karen Walsh's photo.Now, let’s take this to our walk with God:

In order to get stronger, fitter, faster, to excel I had to:

Had to learn to stay rested in life and ministry:
Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

In order to achieve a result I had never achieved, I had to hear and instruction I had never heard before.
Ro 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I had to do what I learned to do, even though it was difficult.
Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Jas 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

As I began to do what I needed to do, I was not alone in doing it, I had coaches that help me, who had already gone before me. While I learned much from these mentors, they did not get me where I want to be. Why? I had to learn what worked for them, and then process it in prayer, and then apply what I learned, that was working for me.

Coach Jesus

http://chrisaomministries.com/2015/08/13/run-the-race/

Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Yep, I had to lose 45 pounds just to start!

Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

I had to change my diet and learn to eat new foods

Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

When people are right with God, they are apt to be hard on themselves and easy on other people. But when they are not right with God, they are easy on themselves and hard on others.
John Newton

I again seem to fight for rest and prayer time, but am back on track with my fitness goals again. It is good to work-out, it is good to be strong. It is better, to be right with Jesus, passionately pursuing Him!

Let’s Pray:
‘Father God, please show me how to excel in every area of life. Bring to me words that will build my faith, and bring me to the next level of victory in my life. Show me how to stay rested in you, and bring coaches, mentors, trainers, that are stronger than me, that can both show me, and train me to walk in a new level of anointing, power, and obedience to you, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

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The Discipline of Kings…

Kingly Discipline

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Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Well, Romans 5:17
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Job 36: 7  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8  And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9  Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I've read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That's the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today's Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God. 
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. 
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.
In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God. Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor. One of my friends in our cell group, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”. Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture. In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context? 
This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us? 
De 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Pr 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children: When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction. 
Unless they disobey.
Then what?
There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”
Still, the correction is in words.
What if they directly defy us as parents?
Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?
It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.
Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience we give them are simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:
2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.
Dr. B.J. Miller once said, "It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it." 
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.
Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gently course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline  in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’'

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

So we see that when Jesus rose from the dead, when we received Him into our born-again spirit, we were positionally raised from the dead with Him, and granted royal rank and privilege before His throne.

royalty
Well, Romans 5:17 reads:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

While He is forever Lord and King of the Universe, He is King of all kings (that would be us) and Lord of all lords (again, that is us, his royal family)

Job 36: 7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

I’ve read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That’s the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today’s Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God.
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it.
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.

In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God.

Lord build
Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor.

One of my friends, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”

Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture.

In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context?

This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us?

De 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

Pr 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
wealth obey
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children:

When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction with tender words.

Unless they disobey.

Then what?

There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”

Still, the correction is in words.

'Kingly Discipline
Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Well, Romans 5:17
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Job 36: 7  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8  And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9  Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I've read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That's the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today's Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God. 
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. 
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.
In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God. Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor. One of my friends in our cell group, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”. Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture. In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context? 
This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us? 
De 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Pr 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children: When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction. 
Unless they disobey.
Then what?
There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”
Still, the correction is in words.
What if they directly defy us as parents?
Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?
It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.
Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience we give them are simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:
2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.
Dr. B.J. Miller once said, "It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it." 
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.
Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gently course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline  in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’'

What if they directly defy us as parents?

Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?

It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.

Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience root them in truth, simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
manhood roots and wings

Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:

2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.

Dr. B.J. Miller once said, “It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.”
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
obey whatever He says
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gentle course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
We are called for the kingdom, and are being trained for eternity. The disciplines He places upon us, are for our good, and the good of all those around us. Embrace the process!

obey1
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’

'Kingly Discipline
Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Well, Romans 5:17
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Job 36: 7  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8  And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9  Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I've read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That's the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today's Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God. 
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. 
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.
In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God. Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor. One of my friends in our cell group, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”. Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture. In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context? 
This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us? 
De 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Pr 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children: When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction. 
Unless they disobey.
Then what?
There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”
Still, the correction is in words.
What if they directly defy us as parents?
Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?
It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.
Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience we give them are simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:
2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.
Dr. B.J. Miller once said, "It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it." 
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.
Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gently course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline  in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’'
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Run the Race

Run the Race

run

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

Most of you know, that I serve Jesus, determined to grow in spiritual maturity, academic excellence, and physical fitness.

Each day, it seems Holy Spirit places His finger on one of these areas, and challenges me to step up.

Monday, we knuckled down and disciplined ourselves (my 13 year old princess Keila and I), and disciplined ourselves to complete the publication of our book we have been pecking away upon for several months. Got  the cover designed, and everything submitted to the publisher…Mission accomplished. Yet, while that went well, my work-out at the gym was lack luster, and not really focused and intense.

For those of you who do not know, I have a yearly fitness goal of being able to run under 25 mins in a 5 Km run, while maintaining a bench press of 315lbs. I have never been able to do this yet. While my bench is now at 315, to get there, I had to do much strength training and bulked up, and I let my running schedule go.  I had my running time down to 25:22, but still have not broken that 25 min barrier again. No small challenge for a 54 year old husband, father, missionary, and author…I call it ‘The Great Balancing Act’

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

So last week, we decided to walk two ½ mile laps, of a local pond, before breakfast, to burn fat. Instead of lifting weights on leg day, I jogged, painfully, a couple miles up Turkey mountain here in Tulsa. Tight, brutal miles, in 100F heat through the woods.

Turkey Mountain

Yesterday was legs day again, so I prayed, and felt impressed to again run the mountain. Yet, the way the schedule worked out, I had to run at 1PM, in the hot midday heat here. As I asked Jesus how far to run, clearly, Holy Spirit said: ‘I want you to run yellow trail, all the way around, without stopping.’

In years gone by, we loved that 4.3 mile loop around the mountain, but that was when we ran 3-4 times/week. I have not run over a mile since January, last week’s 2 mile run was painful…

Furthermore, my rational mind kicked in. When we run the mountain, we do it early in the morning, before the searing Oklahoma heat kicks in, in the cool of the day. Even when I was in running shape, running at midday was not wise…

Yet, I felt Holy Spirit tell me I could do it, so humbly, and intelligently, I asked him: ‘How?’

I was reminded of one hot 105F summer day in years gone by, I was scheduled to run, and decided it was definitely too hot! Yet, while picking up some supplies for work at Home Depot, I saw a guy out running!  He finished right at Home Depot, so I commented to him: ‘A little hot for running?’ With fire in his eyes, he said, ‘Nope, just got back from  my tour of duty in Iraq, and we ran every day in 140F, this is just warm, not hot yet.”

hero scared

So, that day, I kept my training schedule, and ran a couple miles. (Thank a serviceman or vet today for freedom!)

Gently, I felt Holy Spirit instruct me to drink a full water bottle before I drove the ½ hour over to the mountain, and that I should listen to Him throughout the run.

So, I drank my water, and arrived at the start of the trail.

It was hot, and I was intimidated!

So, again I asked Him for instruction. Gently, He told me to set an easy pace, and not to blast the steep inclines, but to simply ‘keep on moving without stopping.’

This was to become my battle cry.

keep moving only way

As I started into the woods, I thought through the upcoming run, the descents, the ascents, and the long winding sections, and planned my attack.

From my study of native worship, I immediately sensed the presence of God, when a butterfly circled me several times as I entered the woods, a black ‘morning glory’ that spoke to me of the immediate presence of God with me, creation speaking of our Creator, the beauty of the butterfly reminding me of the abiding presence of Holy Spirit with me.

butterfly morning glory

As I approached the first steep hill, about ½ mile in, Holy Spirit gently instructed me to take the long way around, with a steady effort, avoiding the steep hill, and to ‘keep moving after you hit the top’.

Never was I so aware of Him as my personal trainer, my coach, leading me to fitness, excellence, and to push hard in training, without overextending.

In a full sweat now, I crested the top, and when my mind and lungs screamed for me to stop and run, my head pounding from the heat, I remembered His instruction, to ‘keep moving forward after hitting the top’. Amazingly to me, I was able to do this, and as the trail leveled out again, I was able to regain control of my breathing again, and settle into a steady pace.

The open sections between the trees were searingly hot in the direct sunlight, and I noticed this, and immediately, my coach said: ‘Stay to the shady sides of the trail, and avoid direct heat where you can.’

voice today

And so it went, with Him gently encouraging me over the rougher spots in the trail, and then, as I smelled the stench of the sewage treatment plant near the turn-around, I knew I had to climb the mountain again. My doubts reminded me that this was the very place several years ago where our beautiful golden retriever Rusty had collapsed and died, and that I needed to stop, walk, and cool down on the steep incline, it was too hot to run it. So, I asked Holy Spirit what to do.

Immediately He reminded me of His original instruction, to simply ‘keep on moving without stopping’ so I asked Him for strength to keep jogging up the hill. As I came to the looming Hill, that exploded into a section of direct scorching sunlight at the top, I was intimidated, yet decided to try anyway. As I began my ascent, His voice came to me clearly again, “No heroics here. Just a steady effort throughout the hill, and keep moving at the top’

So, I did what He said, rounded the turn-around, and with lungs bursting, head pounding, exploded out of the trees into the 100 yards or so of heat at the top.

Yet, I managed to keep moving, and eventually regain my rhythm and pace as I reentered shade of the trees, to begin the jog back. As I did, again, a beautiful morning glory butterfly circled me, and I immediately breathed out a ‘Thank-you’ to my intimate never failing God. I felt His pleasure as He replied: ‘Not many notice, when I send my creation to encourage them, I’m glad you noticed…’ I found myself asking His forgiveness for the hardness of my own heart, in the times I know He had done this for me…and that I did not recognize Him until much later.

creation speaks

My body was feeling it now. Over two miles had gone by, and I was hot. He sent a breeze!

Ahead of me was a long open section of path, with no shade!

Yet, the footing was good, and the trail pretty level overall. My legs were hurting, but I had found my stride, and got into my rhythm of grace.

Before I knew it, I was at ‘Heartbreak Hill’. I’m not sure if this is the actual name of this incline, or simply one we have given it over the years. Here is why we call it that. On yellow trail, you circle the mountain, and have descended, and ascended it, so that the final half (If you run it counterclockwise like we usually do) is along mostly the ridge of the mountain. Yet, after 3 miles, when you think you should begin to descend, there is this rough ascent, with loose rocks, that climbs about 100 yards with some tricky footing as you go up. I find this stretch the most mentally tough part of this run, because you have just completed a mile or so of smooth, easy trail, and by that point, you simply want to descend, and head back to the parking lot.

Again, I felt His presence remind me: ‘Keep moving forward, do not stop, just a solid steady effort’, solidifying my resolve to actually complete this training assignment, and finish this run, without stopping.

Made it to the top!  Head pounding, a throbbing headache my reward, lungs screaming: “Stop and walk for awhile!”

Yet, suddenly, I was surrounded by a swirl of tiny orange butterflies!

painted

Like a victory celebration, I felt His joy, that I had made the top of the hill without stopping, and had actually sent these beautiful little creatures to remind me of His pleasure in my accomplishment.

My quads were hurting now, but I knew I could not stop now. It was only flat and downhill from here, with a little over a mile left to go.

I rounded the corner to the right, for the last stretch before the cut-off to the left that descended all the way down to the parking lot trail.

I was tired now, and knew it; my shirt was a dripping ball in my hand from wiping the burning sweat out of my eyes, my body running rivers of perspiration,  but was beginning to believe I might actually make it!

As I saw the trail cut off to the left, Holy Spirit cautioned me: ‘Be careful descending!’ Suddenly, I saw the danger: I was slightly dizzy from the heat, and there is some treacherous footing headed downhill there. I had to nimbly choose my footing, with legs that felt like tree trunks, that were not wanting to be nimble at all.

Furthermore, descending was excruciating! Why does it hurt muscles so much to descend, rather than to ascend? Each step down, felt bone-jarring, as I felt the impact throughout my entire body.

Yet, I made it to the concrete block trail divider, and picked my way down the steep trail, to the final ½ mile jaunt back to the parking lot.

Again, my guardian butterflies were with me, signaling my victory over the mountain!

I did it! By the grace of God, I did it!

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
victory1

Another training milestone laid, in my yearly fitness goal, another mental barrier crushed.

In every area, I am convinced that Jesus would give us victory, if we would trust Him, lean upon Him, and learned to fully submit to the leadership, comfort and coaching of the Holy Spirit along the way.

He doesn’t call the qualified, but He does qualify the called….

Just for fun, here is the picture my precious daughter took of me actually managing to get 315 on bench!

315

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, show me your plan, purpose, and destiny. Reveal to me the academic, fitness, and spiritual goals I need to set, and give me Your plan to work on all of these simultaneously. I ask this, knowing You love me, You hear, You care, and answer, for I ask in Your mighty name Lord Jesus, Amen’

Do You Talk Too Much?

Do you talk too much?

Proverbs 20:19 (NLT)19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
so don’t hang around with chatterers

Cell phones!

In my moving and shaking days, I used 6000 minutes/month spinning the dial on my IPhone, and hustling up work for the crews of men working for us. Then, Jesus got ahold of me, and dealt with me about trusting Him for my support, and using His words to get things done, not my effort.

smart phone

Proverbs 10:19
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise

Tripped by the lip, Hung by thier Tongue!

Learned to spend way more time talking to God instead of people. Save a lot on the phone too, because I rarely use more than 300 minutes a month talking to people.

Use your words wisely, and God will watch over them to perform them.

Jesus said: Matthew 12:36

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.The sense here, is of chatter. Idle words being non-productive, non-working words.

blah

Put Your Words to Work for YOU!

You have been given kingdom authority and responsibility, and you can submit to the Lord, and have Holy Spirit literally create things through you: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/let-your-spirit-free/

design create

Then, as you use your faith on purpose, with rein of the Holy Spirit upon your mouth, you will discover:

Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right

You will put a smile on King Jesus face!

He will cause you to rise above your circumstances, and lead and feed many!How?

With your faith-filled words!

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Recently, I have spent many days with a pastor, who is also a Christian contractor. I have been greatly blessed by his cell-phone etiquette. He is always loving, courteous, and pleasant on the phone, and brief, to the point, and almost blunt in ending calls. Yet, He has more business than he could possible desire. He knows what He is doing, He is using his time and words correctly, on-purpose, and clearly, God is working with him in it.

The lips of the righteous feed many:

Let’s Pray:

Father God, set a rein upon my mouth, my words! Holy Spirit, flow through my speech, to create Your plans, provision, and vision for my life and family.  I ask this, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen’

Working on Goals….

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Just like God is trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so are we. We are a spirit, have a soul, and live in a body.

Each of these areas need to come under the Lordship of Jesus, and I must admit, I have let my fitness level over the years go to the point, that I had a stroke in 2009, mostly because of violating natural law. Can’t work 80 hour weeks, live on fast food, coffee and energy drinks for a couple years, and expect good results. I’ve now lost 45 lbs, and am yearly, setting fitness goals, as well as spiritual goals.

I have noticed that strength training is all about 3 things: Brutal workouts, clean eating, good rest. Seems as a missionary, it is very difficult to control these three all at once…

My fitness goals are simple: 1. Be able to bench 315lbs, 5 times, 2. Run a 5km run under 25mins.

So, as I read:
Ecclesiastes 11 (AKJV)

11 Cast thy bread upon the waters:
for thou shalt find it after many days.

2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight;
for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

3 If the clouds be full of rain,
they empty themselves upon the earth:
and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north,
in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow;
and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap

You can’t wait for perfect conditions, to do what you can with what you’ve got. Pyramided up and got 315 again on bench this week – one time. Would like to be stronger, but it is better to be doing something with what I can do, than nothing, waiting for perfect conditions…

Whatever your goals are, do SOMETHING towards them, today.

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Let’s pray:

‘Father God, You created me, and You gave me today, a clean slate to write upon. Jesus, I submit to Your Lordship, and Your plan for my life, and ask You for direction, wisdom, strength, health, and clarity, to set and work on Your plan and goals for my life today. Amen’

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Teach us to number our days….

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12.

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Redeem your time!

I guess I could subtitle this article as ‘How to make an Eternal Impact with your Life!’

Is Jesus Lord of your time?

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Today we are going to talk about the Lordship of Jesus in our personal lives. We see here that making Him Lord, is a condition for salvation.  If Jesus is the Lord, He must be our Lord. If His is our Lord, we must do what He says.

Previously, I have talked about the Lordship of Jesus in our personal lives. We saw how the first commandment, commanding us to love God, precedes service. We talked about seeking first the kingdom of God, before doing anything else. Making Jesus our personal Lord. We ended with ACTS, as a simple method of placing Him first. What does ACTS stand for?

ACTS

Adoration: Praise and Worship

Confession – Confess God’s Word back to Him, expecting Him to perform it in your life.

Thanksgiving – Thank Him for your life, your family, His Word, for answered prayer, for this church.

Supplication – Ask Him for those things you need that day. Wisdom, strength, courage to make changes in your life, to talk to others about Him. For your daily needs.

Again, this is not a legalistic formula, the question is simply one of the heart: Are we seeking first Jesus and His will for our lives, today?

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Okay, today we are going to look at another aspect of Jesus Lordship. Today we are going to see from the Word of God if Jesus is Lord of our time.

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Do you realize that this age, the church age, is the greatest season any person serving God has ever seen upon the earth?

God is not just for us, but lives in us. Our bodies have become His temple. When He decides to act in the earth, He has obligated Himself to work through one of us!

Daniel 11:32 (AMP)

32 And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].

 That would be you and I!

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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Jesus has redeemed us, is redeeming us, and will redeem us. At the cross, He said “It is finished.”

Yet Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

He is redeeming us. Changing us, molding and making us into His image and likeness.

Soon, whether by way of the grave or with the triumphant shout of an archangel, we will see Him face to face.

He will redeem us.

Yet in this verse it clearly states that we are to redeem our time.

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It has been said that the average Canadian spends 2-1/2 hours each day watching Television. Probably, here in the United States it is greater, because of the internet, and the availability of programming.

80% of Hollywood executives think there is a link between TV violence and real-life violence.

– 91% of children say they feel upset or scared by violence on television.

– 12 medical studies since 1985 link excessive television-watching to increasing rates of obesity.

– 202 junk food ads are generally aired during four hours of Saturday morning programming.

– TV-Free America

– 200,000 – the number of violent acts the average American child sees on TV by age 18; 16,000 – the number of murders witnessed by children on television by age 18.

– 10% of youth violence is directly attributable to TV viewing.

– 73% of Americans believe TV and movies are responsible for juvenile crime.

– TV-Free America

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….

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2-1/2 hours per day. That is 912.5 hours, or 38 days every year, laying there in front of the TV! There are only twelve months in every year. That means that Canadians spend over one month of every year, feeding their flesh.

Sure it gets cold outside, but there are tons of winter activities that are fun, good fitness, and free!

This message was originally preached while we pastored five years in Canada. Where temperatures often hit -30C, where there was often two feet of snow on the ground. Yet, here, in Tulsa, clearly people still spend hours in front of the screen, and this time could surely be spent more profitably for the kingdom of God.

Now, if every Canadian were watching two and half hours a day of good anointed television ministry, what a difference we would see.

For it is written: Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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If what you are watching is not true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of a good report (the news is not generally a good report), full of virtue (not lies), does not cause you to praise God, do not watch it.

It is not bringing life to you, but is taking life from you.

Even one of our favorite family activities, Facebook, can quickly become an electronic tabloid, broadcasting what satan is doing in the earth, instead of glorifying God. Yes, our Social Media need to bow to the Lordship of Jesus!

Psalm 101:3(KJV)

 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me

It is sucking the anointing, joy, fruitfulness,presence and prosperity of God out of you, like a giant leech.

Killing your dreams, desires, vitality and polluting your mind.

Kill it, before it kills you!

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I asked my congregation at one point, for all of us to take a television fast. To spend our daily TV time in the Word, job hunting, volunteering, taking a course, reading our Bible (what a concept), or telling someone about Jesus.

If you seek Him first, and 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

So, you have made Jesus your Lord, you are praying every morning, seeking Him, craving Him, diligently reading His Word and seeking to do what it says. Your due time is coming. He will exalt you.

Now, we need to do something. You must act. Now!

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Faith is an act!

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” – Eccl. 11:4 (NLT)

Proverbs 14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

NOW faith is, and His name is I AM! Our ever-present help in time of need!

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Confession alone will not bring godly success, we must do what we confess. We need to begin the do’s of the gospel.

The most important thing we can do is to share the gospel. Only the gospel has the power to turn men from darkness to light. To separate them from hell to turn towards heaven.

In Reinhard Bonnke’s book ‘Time is running out” he makes this statement:

“If 10,000 people live near your church, according to statistics, four of them die every week. Is it satisfactory then, if only one of the 10,000 is saved every month, or even every week? I find it is impossible to exaggerate the urgency of sharing the gospel! The greatest work on earth is to preach the good news, and the greatest need in the world is the need of the gospel.”

We believe in healing around here, but Jesus taught, preached and healed.

If you want some simple ways to share the gospel, you are reading this on-line. Here are some articles I wrote to allow you to simply cut and paste these links, to share eternal life, the power of God in speaking in other tongues, or the message of divine healing. You must know someone on-line, you can share one of these with, NOW!

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/is-speaking-in-other-tongues-of-god/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/be-healed-jesus-wants-you-strong/

First of all he went.

Perhaps all God would have you do today is cut and paste one of these articles, or one of the links above to one of your friends, that you know needs eternal life…

Honestly, are you comfortable with them going to hell?

This can affect your finances, as you get involved in God’s work, He gets involved in your business.

Deuteronomy 8: (KJV)

18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day

Acts 1:(KJV)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

We believe in financial prosperity around here, yet the power to get wealth is ‘to be my witnesses.’ In the earth.

We must use our time to win souls for eternity.

This life is but a dressing room for eternity.

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People we know are going to die. We could of shown them the love of Jesus, fed them clothed them, served them, given them money, even healed them, yet if they are not born-again they will go to hell. Hell is not some theological concept but a very real place.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
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We are called with a purpose. We are redeemed. Yet, there is a time to grow up, and recognize our responsibility to the family business. Our Father in heaven is in the redemption business. Everything we are or hope to be must revolve around that.

I heard a minister state that the secret of successful people is in their daily routine. Stephen Covey, a leadership expert talks about 7 Habits of Sucessful People. The secret of your success is in your daily routine, the daily disciplines that create incredible realities over time.

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12.

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Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

God uses people according to their ability.

1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Yet abilities can change. You take a night course to improve your ability. Take a college course, or take a course on-line through one of the great Bible schools in the earth:

http://www.vbctulsa.com/

http://www.rbtc.org/

http://www.elim.edu/

You deliberately find someone gifted in a certain area, and ask them to teach you what you need in that area. When I ran our construction companies, I deliberately cultivated relationships with skilled mentors.

Do  like me, endeavor to read a new book every week…All that college taught me is how to learn, to research, to grow…face the truth: we are all students for life!

What is you daily schedule? Do you just get up and let things happen? Or do you deliberately decide that this week is going to be different, that you are going to make changes for the better.

Are you seeking First Jesus and His Kingdom? Nothing else works unless He is our personal Lord!

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There are several great books written on the power of daily disciplines. May I recommend just two? ‘The Slight Edge’ by Jeff Olsen, and ‘The Compound Effect’ by Darren Hardy. I do not know if these guys know Jesus, but they have sure figured out the secrets of daily disciplines that produce success!

In summation:

Win souls!

Get involved with something that actually presents the gospel to an unsaved person.

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The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise
Think Harvest thoughts! I have learned that everything in the kingdom of God revolves around the harvest. If you are spending your life reaching people with the love of God and the gospel, you will see the presence and power of God daily, and your life will be blessed of heaven.

Improve yourself. Apply for a better job. Take a night course. Improve your ability. If you want a change, you need to make a change. The second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. If you don’t take time to develop yourself, your neighbor is in trouble!

Don’t know how to start? PRAY!

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come..
God will show us things to come! You have specific, unique fingerprints – and a specific, unique destiny and calling upon your life. As you seek Jesus, He will lead and guide you, to maximize your impact in this life, for eternity – yet, always remember, that He walks with you in the journey, His joy is relationship – He is drawing you to Himself, in the incredible pilgrimage of life, and life more abundantly – you were never designed to be alone, nor to do life alone.
John 3:27  John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

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Question: What are you going to do with your time tomorrow? How are you going to use it to affect eternal result and reward?

Let’s pray:

‘Father, teach me to number my days right. Make my life count for eternity! Use me today to make a difference in someone’s life. Deliver me from time-wasters! I ask, knowing I am heard, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen!’

If you enjoy my thoughts on leadership, from a Biblical perspective, read my book:

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Or, If you are a Christian Leader, here are some articles that I will use in my next book: Feel free to preach, teach or use them as you see fit:

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/leadership-bullets/

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Give in faith!

1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?

1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.

Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.

I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…

As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.

Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….

I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.

Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:

Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies

It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!

Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!

Why Should I Start a Bible School?

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