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Realization


Psalms 44:3 We didn’t fight for this land; we didn’t work for it-it was a gift! You gave it, smiling as you gave it, delighting as you gave it.

What a great revelation when we come to the realization that we have

  • Salvation,
  • Eternal Life,
  • victory,
  • strength,
  • wisdom,
  • knowledge,
  • understanding,
  • blessings,
  • healing,
  • soundness,
  • salvation,
  • and so much more,

because of God and His grace, not our own intellect and physical ability. What a revelation that God uses everything at His disposal to answer prayer, including avenues we are incapable of thinking up on our own.

How miserable is the believer that refuses this knowing and continues in his ways by his own strength, limited intellect and myopic perspective. How sad the life of prideful work that relies on self and lays aside the power of their covenant with God.

Humility and Holiness


Psalms 85:10 Love and Truth meet in the street, Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss!11 Truth sprouts green from the ground, Right Living pours down from the skies!12 Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty; our land responds with Bounty and Blessing.13 Right Living strides out before him, and clears a path for his passage.

Although we have strength, abilities, giftings and knowledge, Who made all that possible? Who created the muscle to grow strong through rigorous exercise? Who created the intellect to grow richer in knowledge and gain wisdom from experience and observation? Who gave man any of his abilities, avenues to gain accomplishments, grow in all ways productive and prosperous? Then doesn’t the same “WHO” deserve all the glory and honor for everything good, right and prosperous in our lives?

When we humble ourselves before God and honestly surrender that it is through Him that all good is realized. Yes He gives us talents and abilities. Yes He has given us a mind to think with. Yes He has given us an intellect to develop and utilize. Yet, each of us has proven on our own how just using these things unto ourselves produces outcomes that aren’t always good or prosperous. When we take the exact same action, and funnel all these gifts through Jesus and HIS MIGHT (Eph. 6), do we realize true victory, prosperity and honor. We get the good results, He gets the glory, because without Him, what would we have?

Forsaken


1 Samuel 28:6 Saul prayed to God, but God didn’t answer-neither by dream nor by sign nor by prophet.

I’ve been there, and recently. In a few short months we lost everything to homelessness, twice. I lost my career in marketing and management, my ministry, our home, all our savings, all our retirement (investments), and the confidence my wife and children had in me. We moved into a rental house; evicted.

Homeless, my wife, two of our children and I lived with an aunt and uncle for several months. Moved into another house rental; evicted (after being fired for the third time). Homeless again, and lived for a while with a friend of my wife’s. Moved into our present apartment complex where now my wife manages these same apartments (praise God for His deliverance).

My sin? Pride, arrogance and presumption. God took it all away. I felt fired and forsaken by God. My wife and children lost all respect for me and ran from God as fast as they could. Today, they confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior, yet won’t attend any church, and their service is limited.

I sinned, and after a 8 year bout with very deep depression, God finally got through to me in my own personal revival. Little by little have I been restored to the covenant relationship we once had, but far less than what we had. We have a roof over our heads because God gave my wife favor with the management company. I had obtained my Health Insurance license and sold for a while. That dried up and I remain unemployed. However, God did arrange for me to see the light of the VA and now I have health care and military disability. I also have a very small income from doing some advertising for other properties.

I know what it is to feel forsaken. I was the problem, not God. I write this only for the people who are headed in the same direction I was. Humble yourself before God now, repent and realize your own revival. DO IT QUICKLY because judgment has already begun in the House of God.

Divide and Conquer


Given the news of the day regarding all that is going on in North Africa and the Middle East, a question keeps nagging me. Could it be that some smart Muslim, somewhere in the Middle East has come up with a strategy based on, “Divide and Conquer”?

Imagine someone saying, “If we get all these riots going on all over the nations that have Islam dictators who are oppressing their people, and get them to start demanding freedom; would America come to the rescue of those people when the Islamic governments starts killing and punishing the rioters?’

America is hurting financially now, and they have a leader with no leadership experience, and who is on the record disliking the military. It appears that their woman (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others) are making the decisions for him. If we start enough of these and America responds with their military in each State, with NATO and the U.N., could we get them so stretched, so thin, that we could launch an attack on America and they would not be able to defend herself?”

Just asking questions. Could it be?

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