Grace, Mercy and Miracles

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Who is like our God?  His love is so pure and holy that it is hard to grasp with an earthly mind.  He doesn’t change his thoughts about us.  He knows who we are and how we think and behave, as well as what causes our behaviors.  He longs to help all of his creation reach their full potential in Christ and fulfill the destinies that he planned for each life long ago, but many people have been taught wrong about who God is and how he thinks of us.  I want to share the God that I know with anyone that has never known the living God, creator of all.

Like most people in the world, I was unsure of whether or not there was a God, but I had a deep fear of the darkness and the things that I couldn’t see, so out of fear, I was forced to run to God for help.  God showed up in all of my mess and has been leading me deeper and deeper into His love ever since. Am I perfect, not even close, but I don’t pretend to be anything that I am not with God. He knows all of my weaknesses and all of my faults. That is why he gives more grace and gives me His Holy Spirit to overcome the lies with the truth. There are so many miracles that I would love to share, but the greatest miracle isn’t what God is doing for me, but rather what God did for all mankind when he sent his son into the world to take upon himself all of our wrongs. All of the evil and wicked things we have ever done or ever could do will all find forgiveness in the moment that we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

How can that be possible? Does it seem to good to be true? Well God really is too good for most people to believe that he is real, but that doesn’t change the truth that he is real and he is good always. His love and mercy for us runs so deep and wide that nothing will deter him from bringing us back to his house. He is our Father. We came from him before we were in our mother’s womb. He planned everyday of our lives before we arrived here, and he will never let anyone or anything take us from his hand. I don’t care if you are buried in shame and guilt from a wasted life or if you are a bitter old religious nut, His great love and mercy extends to all peoples, all nations and all backgrounds.

If you have suffered terribly, that means you can expect a great blessing and beauty for all of those ashes of the past that will be burned to nothing in order to bring forth the new life that God calls you to now. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the day for transformation and restoration of all that was lost.

Call upon the Lord while he can be found! Now is the time to turn and receive everything the Lord has for you! Eternal life and redemption can be found in no one else. You must accept Jesus Christ as your righteousness, because all the good deeds in the world will never be enough. Jesus is the ONLY way to be restored fully to the Father and live in Shalom. Completeness, satisfied and glorified in Truth of God’s great mercy and grace which He is ready to pour out through His Holy Spirit.

Pray these words now, and you will receive forgiveness for all of your past sins, and be given the Holy Spirit to provide all that you need to move upward right now;

Heavenly Father, I repent for all of my wrong thinking and selfish living that I did apart from you. I need your covering to overcome and move in the right direction to bring glory to your name. I accept the finished works of Jesus Christ and ask that you come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Lord I want to forgive all that have hurt me just as you have now forgiven me for all of my wrongs. I release all of the people now that ever caused me hurt in any way including those that I wasn’t even aware of. I ask for the beautiful exchange for all of my wrongs, hurt and suffering I release to you now, so you can replace them with peace, hope, joy and a new day with faith, hope and love leading the way. Amen

If you said that prayer, and you are ready to live in a new realm of love and peace, you just made the greatest choice ever! You can begin your new journey by seeking God daily and asking Him to lead you and help you in everything.

There is no part of your life that he doesn’t care about. He promises to fulfill all of your heart’s desires and you delight yourself in him, and he will carry those once heavy burdens for you and make life a peaceful journey that you can share with others by showing them the same love and mercy that you received. Pray for all peoples and nations to be set free from the bondage and corruption of the world, and to be restored to God! Our prayers our vital for the lives of others. Bless everyone and do not curse anyone no matter what they did to hurt you or another.

Cursing only causes more evil, but blessing brings life and love to those that are in need of it!

Love Through God’s Eyes

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I came upon a man about to collapse crossing the street in Mesa, so I stopped my car and asked if he needed help.

I know that most people don’t understand why I feel the need to stop and help people that I see on the streets, but I don’t understand why they don’t feel the need to help.  If I ignore the human lives that are suffering and feel alone and unloved, how will they ever know that they are loved, and that God is able to heal and rescue them from their despair?

The man today looked like he was going to die if he didn’t get help, and I finally insisted that he get in my car before he passed out in the street.  He was barely able to speak, his body was twisted and in constant motion.  I assumed that he was a drug addict or just really sick, but either way, I knew that he needed help.  I have some knowledge on what addictions do to the body and mind, but I have no experience with helping someone that is addicted to heroin, and this guy was in terrible shape, and I figured that it was either up to me to lead him to God, or he would die.

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I prayed over him many times, and I asked him to surrender his life to Jesus, so he could heal him, because nothing that I was speaking was going to be enough. I fed him lunch, and asked God to bless his food to help his body receive the nutrients it needed to be restored enough to at least function long enough to speak a full sentence, but that wasn’t happening in the 3-4 hours that I spent driving around with him in my car.  I finally decided to just play some music that I thought might help to ease his mind from the severe wd symptoms that he seemed to be suffering from at that time.  I guess that the demonic spirits that had his life and body bound didn’t like that much, because he started displaying worse signs of wanting to come right out of his skin. The faces and strange sounds that came from him were not normal human speech or expressions.  He was going in and out of what appeared to be demonic possession as the spirits were fighting to remain with him, so I just started singing loudly and would ask him to repeat the words with me that proclaimed deliverance and being well with the soul.

I told him that I wasn’t going to leave him until he was free from what had a hold on him, and I meant it, because I knew that God would never lead me to this guy if he didn’t want me to help him escape the bondage.  I was thinking that perhaps I should have been better prepared, but I have no idea how to prepare for something like that, so I just gave it all to God to handle when I saw no signs of improvement.  After awhile he sort of came out of some of the suffering and what appeared to be a torturous hell from my view, but he still wasn’t able to sit still in his seat or talk clearly.

I drove him to where he said he lived, and  I thought that he might be okay if I left him there and just continued to pray for him, but then the drug dealers rolled up, and I could tell that part of him wanted to go join them, but he said that he didn’t want to stay there, because he knew that if he did, he would end up at their apartment doing drugs.  I didn’t want that either, but I also didn’t want to force someone to change because I thought that they should, so I told him that it was his decision to make, and I knew that God wanted to help him through the battle that he was in, but I wasn’t sure what that really would entail.

I found a nearby detox center and drove him there, but I had no idea if they would take him or if they would require insurance or even a full name, and I had none of that info to give them, and he wasn’t in any condition to fill out paperwork. At that point, I stopped in the parking lot, and began to tell him that this suffering now was actually part of his healing that would later help him to lead many others out of the same bondage.

He said he was molested by a man when I asked him to tell me his story, but he didn’t say anything else, and he really didn’t need to, because I already knew why God put him with me at that moment.  I told him how I first came to know God was real and that He was able to do big and awesome miracles, and it was when I cried out to God to help the children that were being sexually abused and no one else would listen or help these hurting lives.  I told him how God listened and rescued 168 kids that very night that I prayed for his help.  I told him that God didn’t want him to carry that shame or guilt anymore, and that it was not going to continue to keep him locked in addiction to escape the pain of the past, because God can remove all of that pain and heal him completely.

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We talked about his dreams as a child and how it was not too late for his life to be transformed into what it was meant to be before evil tried to destroy it.  The guy was only 24 years old, but I truly couldn’t tell if he was 20 or 40, because the drugs had messed him up so badly.

When I finally left him, he was almost speaking full sentences, and he no longer had that fear and pain clinging onto him.  I can’t tell you what happened after that, but as I drove away, I started sobbing.  The pain was so heavy on my heart knowing that his struggle was nowhere near over, and that no one cared enough to help him.  I couldn’t find any place to take him that I knew would give him the care and support he needed.

I just cried out to God and told Him that it wasn’t fair that he had to suffer like that because of what happened to him as a child. He would have died if I didn’t pick him up today, and part of me wanted to die knowing that he was just one life that was out there among thousands just like him that no one would see or help.

I asked God to please make sure that his life was surrounded with protection and that he would never be alone again.  I knew that I couldn’t do anything, but I also knew that God could do everything he needed and more, so I gave him to God and told God that I knew that He was the only One that could save that kid, and I knew that He would do just that.

I told two people about my day, and both of them acted upset and concerned more about my safety than that poor guy that was barely an adult, and a very broken one at that.  I told the people that if I was worried or in fear, that would mean that I didn’t trust God, and I knew that God sent me to find that guy before he died on the street.

I just want to say that if anyone ever sees a person in need, and they don’t stop to help them out of fear for their own life, than they need to truly examine their relationship with  God and know that perfect love casts out fear.  God is perfect love, so if you truly trust and believe in God, than please let go of the fear ,and see and hear the people that are suffering all around you everyday.  We are the light that shines out the darkness if we are in Christ and doing the works that He did.

The church isn’t a building, it is the people that make up the Body of Christ, and if the people in the churches don’t start getting outside the walls, the Body of Christ will never rise up!

The people inside the church buildings are saved, so let’s stop focusing on how we can entertain them and get into the streets and find the lives that are dying  without Jesus!

Just The Way You Are

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 Some people have the idea that they need to get themselves all cleaned up before they can come to God, but that is not what God wants from us.  Jesus came seeking mercy and not sacrifice.  He came to win back the lost souls, and He even died to make sure that this was possible.  His death, life and resurrection are what sets us free.  Free from the condemnation of sin; free from the guilt and shame; free from the past mistakes; free to come to the Father just as we are.
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In God’s great mercy and grace, His steadfast love pours out through His Holy Spirit into all creation.  Call on Him, taste and see that He is good!  His love is an everlasting love.  The whole Bible is a book of the greatest love story ever known.
Once you have read the book in its entirety this revelation of love is clear.
It is a story of many lives that walked with God, ran from God, didn’t know God and those that thought they knew God, but never knew Him at all.
God is love; Perfect love that is undefiled and without end.  He created each of us for a purpose.  He doesn’t want any of us to perish.  He wants all to come to repentance and live eternally with Him.  To repent of ones sins means to acknowledge that we are sinners and that we need a savior.  No matter what you have been through or are in the midst of now, God has made a way to bring you back to Him, because He loves all of His creation.  That way is through accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord.  He covers you in his righteousness and cleanses you, so that you can approach the Father yourself.
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I have heard people say that not even God can make a way out of their circumstances, and I want everyone to understand that NOTHING is too difficult for God.  If you don’t believe me, why not give Him a try and see how He can take that broken, shattered mess of a life and turn it into a beautiful story of redemption through His steadfast love.  Read the book of Psalms and read how David struggled through his life with ups and downs, but through it all, God never let him go.  He hasn’t changed since the beginning of time, and He is able to handle anything that you can throw at Him.
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The life of Jesus Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John give a reflection of who God is for all of us to see and understand that God isn’t the one that puts the heavy burdens and laws on our lives.  God is the One that loves us and wants to heal all of our diseases and heal all of our hurts even when it means going against the laws of man.  Don’t let the doctrine of men keep you away from God, because God’s heart is full of mercy and grace for your life, and He wants more than anything to have you with Him.
God will cover you in His love and protection, so that you can get through anything that this world might do to you.  Just know that God is love and all good things come from God. Don’t believe that God wants you to be sick to teach you a lesson, or that He has caused someone to suffer for His plans.  He will take what Satan has meant for harm and use it for good, but He is not the cause of that suffering.
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I included the lyrics to a song that the Holy Spirit put in my mind recently when I was thinking about how I should talk to God.  I know it might sound strange or ridiculous to some, but I assure you that I would never have looked up the song otherwise.  I didn’t really know the song until that day, and I would have never thought that it could be a message from God, but I promise you that God gave me the song when I asked how I should talk to Him.
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Don’t go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore

I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times; I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are

Don’t go trying some new fashion
Don’t change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don’t want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are

I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you?

I said I love you and that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are

Written by Billy Joel • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Love Won’t Condemn, Love Will Win!

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How much is too much for God to redeem?  Where is too far for God to reach?  Some of us walk around consumed by guilt, grief, sorrow, hurt, sickness, confusion and chaos, but what we are not understanding is exactly what we need to understand in order to escape those feelings, because we are under attack when we feel broken and afraid.

We are redeemed in Him!

Jesus Christ is the word of God manifest in the flesh.  He came into the world in order to free man from the punishment and condemnation of sin, and by taking the sins of the world, God is a loving and just God.  He knew that man was unable to ever return back to Him as long as sin was standing between man and God. Jesus died, so that we could have eternal life in him.

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son.  That whosoever would believe in Him, would not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

“I hear You say,
My love is over
It’s underneath
It’s inside
It’s in between

The times that you doubt me
When you can’t feel
The times that you question
Is this for real

The times you’re broken
The times that you mend
The times you hate me
And the times that you bend

My love is over
It’s underneath
It’s inside
It’s in between

The times that you’re healing
And when your heart breaks
The times that you feel like you’ve fallen from grace

The times you’re hurting
The times that you heal
The times you go hungry and are tempted to steal

In times of confusion
In chaos and pain
I’m there in your sorrow under the weight of your shame

I’m there through your heart-ache
I’m there in the storm
My love I will keep you by my power alone

I don’t care where you’ve fallen or where you have been
I’ll never forsake you
My love never ends
It never ends”

The above are song lyrics by Tenth Avenue North -Song Title “Times”

Can the darkness hide the light?  The light will always overpower the darkness, so no matter where you are, or where you have been, God is able to pull you back to Him!

Never let go of HOPE! God is able to do ALL things, and He will never leave you or forsake you!

 

Wounded Dove

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  Why do you call evil good and good evil?

 For the churches that have been dormant and tried to look the other way, in a sea of injustice that has encamped our City and State, there are no more excuses for this lack of love among the people. God sent a fierce flame to burn through the hearts of the church leaders and call into judgment what they have overlooked with mega churches filled with nothing but inward focused lives that have left our streets filled with the most heinous types of hatred and evil. 

My voice is not to condemn  people, but to awaken the churches that are filled with people that are needed to love their neighbors.  Stop focusing on nothingness and get in the streets and find the hearts that need healed, then you will fill your church chairs and grow a community that cares!

Don’t build your church bigger with walls, break down the walls and send the Christ filled believers into the streets to show mercy, compassion and love in a broken and evil world, that is in need of redemption and a resurrection!  

Has God prepared his servants to simply sit and listen to others talk about how good God is, or has He prepared them to go out and show the world how good He is through actions in love and words of life?!  

I speak to every believer today when I say, NOW is your time!  NOW is your day to rise up and give all that you have received to the world around you!! It has taken God your whole life to bring you to this time, and there is indeed a purpose and a plan that He has called you to fulfill right now!  Get out of that church building and get into the broken and hate filled city streets to heal these hurting people!  

Don’t hesitate and don’t look back,  RUN the race that is laid out in front of you and use God’s strength and might through the power of His Holy Spirit within you to do what Jesus commanded us to do in the world; love our neighbors!!