Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vickie and I send greetings and prayers for a wonderful holiday to our entire church family and those beyond the borders of Cliffdale. This is a special and unique time and never before have we had greater reason to give thanks to God for Who He is and all He has done.

We are very thankful to the Lord for you and the blessing that you are to us personally and to Cliffdale Christian Center!

There is so much to look forward to in the days ahead, and we're very grateful that we have the privilege of sharing our lives together. May God bless you bountifully as only He can do. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stepping Out In Faith, Part 5

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I pray you are doing well and enjoying God's promises coming to pass in your life today and in the days to come. My wife and I are certainly praying for restoration, safety, and protection for all those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we would ask you to do the same. We also really appreciate all of the prayers, love, and support we've received from so many following the passing of my mother.

At the close of my last blog, we were looking at the effects of distractions in the life of a believer. We're going to pick right back up with that same subject. Basically, we have to deal with this carnal mind. It can be our biggest hindrance. If the enemy wants to bring division in our homes, it just takes one minor distraction. Yes, one tiny little distraction can bring so much division, and it's all because of our carnal minds. The carnal mind is at enmity against God, so once again we see the importance of Romans 12:1-2.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It can be anything in life, and yet, it affects every area of our lives. When we're sick and in need of healing, our perspective determines everything. Is our perspective based upon the Word of God, or is it simply based upon the way we feel? What are we thinking about? What are we meditating upon? We might look at our finances and begin to doubt God's provision because we're carnally minded. Then we may feel guilty because we're not doing something right or we're doing everything wrong . . . or God loves him more than he loves me . . . or the devil this or the devil that, and half of the time it ain't even the devil! It's because of the decisions we make. Our decisions are based upon the way we think, and the way we think comes from our perspective.

We are where we are because of decisions we have made. That's called personal responsibility and accountability. We have to take responsibility. I don't care if we're talking about our health, wealth, or relationships. It's amazing to me how many Christians think that it's not necessary to take care of his or her body in order to remain healthy. Sheer foolishness. We think we can eat whatever we want to without any negative implications.

I like to use the example of ol' Jack Daniels. If you think you can consume whatever you want to eat, stick nothing but poison in your system, and believe that it's not going to affect your physical body, then I challenge you to go to ABC Liquor, get a quart of good ol' Jack Daniel's Whiskey, pray over it, and ask God to remove the alcohol. See, some people will pray over their food asking God to remove the sugar demons. There ain't no sugar demons! No, you're addicted to sugar and that poison has an effect on you! "Pray for my diabetes." I pray for so much diabetes sometimes (and don't stop coming for prayer), but I just want to smack some folks up the side of the head, spiritually and in the natural. How about you change your diet? "Well, the doctor said . . ." Do you mean to tell me that you love your sugar more than you love life? Huh? You have to change something! You have to take steps.

Many of our challenges and hindrances to progress are due to our own choices and perspective. Oftentimes, it truly boils down to personal responsibility and accountability. Let's become more cognizant of the effects our choices are having in our lives and make a commitment to move full-steam ahead and not "one step forward, one step back" any longer!

In Him,