Get Ready To Know Him!

This morning I brought a message titled, “Get Ready To Know Him!” at Grace Chapel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In this upcoming Shofar, God Himself will trumpet the new year by announcing His presence. Our preparation for His presence must include a repentance for anything in our hearts that resists knowing Him and that distracts us from knowing Him. Nothing pleases God more than our hunger to know Him. “I covenant with you that you will know Me” (Jeremiah 31:31-34). We enter this Feast with a drive that His covenant with us will be fulfilled. This message prepares us for the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles season.

His Spirit Will Free Us From Consequences

This morning I brought a message titled, “His Spirit Will Free Us From Consequences” at Shiloh, Kalona, Iowa.

As we approach the Day Of Atonement, we find ourselves in a time of repentance. History and the Scriptures show us that God was angry with the children of Israel because they did not fully appropriate His provision of the Law and sacrifices. The same is true for us today. We have forgiveness through Christ, but our bodies are still dying as a consequence of sin. It angers God when we refuse the perfect provision He has made for us.

However, the Scriptures also teach us that a day will come when His anger is abated, and He will put a new spirit and heart in His people so they can walk with Him. This is what we should seek as our experience on the Day Of Atonement: to be washed clean by the blood of the Lamb and to trigger the outpouring of God’s Spirit on all flesh.

You Understand Enough To Walk By Faith

Last night I brought a message titled, “You Understand Enough To Walk By Faith” at Shiloh, Kalona Iowa.

When we encounter tragedy or circumstances that we do not understand, our tendency can be to ask the Lord, “Why?” However, we are not always capable of receiving the answer because God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. Our response to Him should be trust; we walk by faith, not by sight.

What this generation must grasp is not an understanding of circumstances, but rather, that the Lord has placed you on the earth for a purpose beyond your scope of awareness. You have an eternal destiny in God, and He is creating you into His image. However, you also have an adversary, the devil, who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Therefore, exercise carefulness in how you walk. Stay sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and seek His guidance in all that you do.

He Is Creating You In His Image

This morning I brought a message titled, “He Is Creating You In His Image” at Grants Pass Community Church, Oregon.

In these days of repentance and preparation for the Feast of Tabernacles, the Lord is teaching us how to respond to tragic and challenging events which cause us to ask, “Why?” The better question is: “What? What are You doing Lord?” And God’s answer to us will always be: “I am creating you in My image.” Jesus describes God in Mark 12:29, saying: “The Lord our God is One Lord.” We are predestined to be conformed to the image of God, which is One. If you mistrust God, then you refuse oneness with Him and He can no longer create you in His image. This is the same tactic that satan used against Adam and Eve in the Garden.

Jesus not only died for your sins, He also died for your mistrust. In His final hour, He asked, “Why have You forsaken Me?” But His response was not mistrust; He finished with, “Into Your hands, I commit My spirit.” We appropriate Christ’s provision to bleed worship and respond to adversity with trust.

A Tribute to Dottie Forbes: An Eternal Relationship with God

This afternoon, I was with the congregation at Grants Pass Community Church to honor Dottie Forbes, a dear and close friend to Marilyn and me and a spiritual mother to many in The Living Word Fellowship. I brought a short message titled, “A Tribute to Dottie Forbes: An Eternal Relationship with God.”

While there is much we don’t understand about a loved one’s passing, we can celebrate what we do know from the Scriptures. Dottie exists in her eternal life, having received the reward of her faith. And, as I Thessalonians tells us, whether we are asleep or awake, we live together with Him. Dottie is still here, with the cloud of witnesses, to be an encouragement to you. Don’t end your relationship with her; begin it anew in faith.

From Faith And Hope Into Love

This morning I brought a message titled, “From Faith And Hope Into Love” at Grace Chapel of Honolulu, Hawaii.

First Corinthians 13:13 tells us to abide in faith, hope, and love. Faith results in works which were prepared beforehand for us to walk in. When we come to the end of our faith, we transition into hope. Hope releases the creativity of God which brings into being that which did not exist. However, love is greater. Eye has not seen nor ear heard what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Faith and hope have been stepping stones to bring us into love, and now is the time for us to fulfill the great commandment: to love the Lord our God with all our heart and come to know Him even as we are fully known by Him.

Father, I Do Not Want Fulfillment Without You

This morning I brought a message titled, “Father, I Do Not Want Fulfillment Without You” at Grace Chapel of Honolulu, Hawaii.

We are in a time of repentance to move into a new level with the Lord, seeking His perfect will and His presence.

When the Israelites sinned in the wilderness, the Lord declared that He would still fulfill His covenant to give them the Promised Land, but His presence would not go with them. However, Moses interceded that the promise not be fulfilled unless the Lord’s presence remain.

We can receive salvation and even the Kingdom, but that is no guarantee that the Father’s presence will dwell with us. We do not want to receive the promises without His presence. We are to be a people with one drive: to be pleasing to Him. Christ made this possible, but we have to take the initiative, like Moses, to demand that the Spirit of the Father dwells with us.

Do You Find Fault With God?

This morning I brought a message titled, “Do You Find Fault With God?” at Grace Chapel of Honolulu, Hawaii.

During this time before the Feast of Tabernacles, the Lord is leading us into repentance that brings us into a new level. Everything God is and does, even in judgment, is a manifestation of His goodness. However, we, like Job, often question what the Lord is doing in our lives, and how He decides to do it. God is looking to remove everything in our spirits that would find fault with Him and challenge His will (Job 40:1-8).

We humble ourselves before the Lord. Like Job, we put our hands over our mouth, and stop voicing that which we don’t understand. Let the Lord bring us to a place of trust where we honestly trust His goodness and everything He is doing.

Family – The Key To Retaining the Promise Of God

This morning I brought a message titled, “Family – The Key To Retaining the Promise Of God” at Living Word Chapel in Palmer Lake, Colorado.

The apostle James, prophesying out of the book of Joel, speaks of an outpouring of the Spirit that is yet to come. There is going to be a moment when God pours out His Spirit to bring forth the precious fruit of the earth, but it will not happen until the Church becomes a family. God promised Abraham that through his family all the families of the earth would be blessed. Family is the atmosphere that God is waiting for. It is the vessel that can retain the outpouring of the Spirit that will release the mature sons of God.

We give ourselves to becoming a family, and we continue to pray and prophesy that the whole Body of Christ recognizes the importance of family.