HERE’S PROOF

If you’ve ever wondered how to get the attention of an unbeliever, it’s all about providing proof.

And that proof is in your boldness:

Acts 4:13 KJV

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

Don’t hold back.

Speak life and encouragement in the name of Jesus. Don’t hide who you serve. Don’t hide who is your source. Don’t hide who it is who wants to lavish their love on every single son and daughter.

Lord Jesus I pray you give us all the boldness to preach the gospel by how we live and what we say. Give us precious discernment and grace to release bold and prophetic words of encouragement to the lost. We love you. And we know you leave us alone. In Jesus’ name we pray AMEN.

FM

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HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE?

I recently went out of town to visit family.

And it was a normal day. I was going back and forth between our hotel and family, church, etc.

Until I noticed a man who was walking quite strenuously with a cane.

It was obvious his back was out of alignment.

So, I wrestled with whether or not I should pray for him. The questions running through my mind were quite familiar:

“I mean, would God heal him?”

“Do I have time?”

“He’s a stranger. Will he even talk to me?”

After going through this for several minutes, I surrendered to the compassion of the Holy Spirit and went back downstairs to the lobby.

His name was Kamal.

He worked at the hotel.

When I asked him if I could pray for him, he was surprised and skeptical, but agreed.

He was uncomfortable with me touching him, so I just prayed for the healing.

And then it happened.

God whispered.

“Ask him if anyone has told him about Jesus.”

And so I did.

Come to find out, Kamal had been to church, to a mosque, the Hindu temple, etc.

He had been struggling with the fact he has a disability. And he was searching for God.

Of course, I didnt know this ahead of time.

That’s why it’s a divine appointment.

He was seeking God. And here I was to tell him about God!

“Seek and ye shall find…” Right?

Kamal told me he describes himself as “spiritual.”

He acknowledged there is “a God” but he thinks God “has too many things on his plate” to care about his suffering.

See why we need to sow love into the hearts of people?

I told Kamal God loves him. And the one true God sent Jesus to take away our sins.

I shared with him a scripture the Lord sent to my heart when I was talking with Kamal.

(I always pray as I witness for the Lord to send a word).

John 10:15-16 KJV

“As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”

I stressed to Kamal there is only one sheepfold and only one shepherd.

Jesus was and is our protecter and redeemer.

There is only one Savior.

There is only one family of God.

Kamal told me he heard of Jesus. He said he picks up the bible just as he reads other texts from other traditions.

He told me he had been to a church and a preacher laid hands on him.

But I told him the preacher can’t save him. Only Jesus can!

I shared my testimony and told Kamal how to pray for Jesus to come into his heart.

He wasn’t ready.

But I’ve been praying he will.

Through this story I want to encourage you to give in to the compassion of the Holy Spirit.

Truth be told, you won’t always “feel like it.”

But if you surrender and say “Send me Lord,” the Spirit will give you what you need.

God bless you!

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

If you’ve ever struggled with the thought you can achieve great things in the name of Jesus, or you’ve been challenged by the mere thought of performing the same miracles Jesus did, I want to encourage you.

You have been called to do the impossible for God.

The choice is yours.

Consider what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was at his limit.

Mark 14:34-36 KJV

“And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”

His human nature wanted to save itself.

His God-like nature wanted to save YOU.

What if?

What if Jesus gave in to his human nature?

Thank the Lord we don’t have to ponder for long the utter devastation that would’ve resulted from a Paradise Lost moment.

But what if?

The point I’m making is this: JESUS HAD A CHOICE!

This will certainly cause some confusion because I believe we don’t give it a second thought that Jesus would give up everything to save us.

But listen to the words he spoke:

Mark 14:34-35 KJV

“And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.”

And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.”

It is evident in the scriptures that Jesus was certain to come and was destined to take on the sins of the world for our salvation.

It was prophesied. So it had to happen, right?

Yes.

But we cannot pass over the struggle that Jesus engaged in because it is so apparent he was being tempted beyond his human ability to withstand.

He had to confess his weakness and surrender to the loving Father who wrote out his destiny centuries prior.

Do you believe God’s prophecy about YOU?

John 14:12 KJV

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

We are called to perform miracles – healing people, casting out demons,  speaking in unknown tongues – all for the purpose of bringing people to their Father’s house.

But we have a decision to make.

I can allow my human nature to keep me thinking about ME.

OR…

I can confess my weaknesses to the Father when I’m tempted to ignore my calling,  even for a moment.

And He will certainly provide the strength and boldness and the Holy Spirit to fulfill His purpose for my life!

It’s time we focused on getting to GREATER!

God bless you!

THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU!

Put yourself in Isaiah’s position.

He’s sitting in the glorious presence of God. The room is filled with his goodness and his perfection and his holiness!

Isaiah did what most of us would do.

He humbled himself.

But what he said can be a cautionary side note in this gloriously brilliant encounter.

 

Isaiah 6:5:

“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

 

This powerful and faithful prophet, the same who tells us about Jesus vividly (Isaiah 53), is crushed in spirit at the sight of God.

He suddenly feels inadequate.

Ever been there?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “God certainly doesn’t want to use me to perform a miracle!”

Or…

“I’m not good enough.”

“I’m not holy enough.”

“I don’t know enough scripture or enough about the bible.”

Or how about this one:

“I’ve tried to pray for people before and nothing happened.”

Take this as your new spark.

There’s nothing wrong with you – because, you are connected to the King!

What’s so amazing in this same passage of scripture is how Isaiah is “touched” by God.

 

Isaiah 6:6-7:

“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”

 

In his moment of humility, God presents an angel to “purify” him for the ma

ster’s use. It’s only through our relationship with God – THROUGH HUMILITY – that will position us for miraculous encounters with unbelievers.

We will shine brightly because we’ve relinquished control to the light of the world.

First came humility.

Then came the purification.

And then… came boldness!

 

Isaiah 6:8:

” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

 

Isaiah was emboldened because he knew it didn’t take HIS effort!

It was all God!

All he needed was to recognize his inability to do stuff on his own. God responded with a cleansing touch.

And then Isaiah said – “Here I am Lord! I’m ready for you to use me mightily FOR YOUR GLORY!”

We are no more or no less holy than Isaiah.

Sure, our names are not in the bible.

But God loves us just the same.

Let’s start with humility and let the Lord take the reins!

God bless you!

DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE DIFFERENT!

Peter wanted more!

He knew Jesus was full of power. And he wanted more of it.

But not only did he ask, he took a step. And that step took him right into the middle of a legendary miracle!

We all feel it in our souls. We feel the Lord’s power. We wonder if we’re insane. But it’s there!

All we need to do is ask for the Lord to show us how to use his influence, his love and his wonder working power. And the scripture shows that he will provide it.

I would encourage us all to seek this power for his glory, to build his kingdom and to ultimately bring more brothers and sisters into heaven’s community and family.

Don’t just pray for someone’s salvation. Do something!

Invite them to dinner. Give them a gift from your heart (ask the Lord what you should give.) Speak life and encouragement into their lives prophetically (again ask the Lord to reveal the secrets of their heart.)

And don’t stop praying.

Remember if we mess up, he’s there to catch us. And remember, where there’s no risk, there’s no miracle!

Check out this passage and notice two things: PETER ASKED JESUS TO GRANT HIM POWER TO WALK ON WATER AND JESUS FULFILLED HIS PRAYER and PETER GOT AFRAID WHEN TROUBLE CAME, BUT JESUS CAUGHT HIM!

God bless you!

Matthew 14:28-31

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

WHAT WOULD YOU DIE FOR?

How about that for a question of the day… or a lifetime!

Recently, I heard the Lord whisper to me this question: “What is your life’s work?”

In short, He’s asking me what am I here for? What is there for me to do that only I can do?

It’s not just a question for me, but for all of us.

Let’s use Jesus as the first example. Obviously, he knew what he was here for. He got frustrated with his own mother when she asked him to perform a miracle before it was his time to enter into ministry (see the story about turning water into wine).

He would only say what he heard the Father say. He was totally surrendered to the idea of showing the love of God and providing true salvation and rest to God’s children.

The same devotion and commitment could be seen in the disciples in the book of Acts: Phillip, Steven, Peter, Paul, Silas… the list goes on.

They were willing to boldly go where no one had gone before and take on some huge risks because of one thing: they knew what they were here to do.

Nothing and no one could stop them.

And they were willing to die doing what the Lord asked them to do.

What are you willing to die for?

I would argue that if you can’t answer that question, you don’t yet know what God has called you to do.

A lot of us find our gifts and talents easily. And we harness them into a career or even a hobby.

But what if God wants us to use that talent for His glory!?

In my opinion, our gifts and talents are not just for our entertainment, joy and provision, but also a way the Lord wants to use us to expand the family of God and share the good news of the gospel.

So don’t let me chew on this question alone.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DIE FOR?

I pray you find the answer to that question, of course, with God’s help.

I’m sure if we ask, He’s more than happy to show us.

Be blessed.

ARE WE AS COURAGEOUS AS WE THINK WE ARE?

Persecution in India: Francis’ Response from Cornerstone Church on Vimeo.

What a wake up call!

Thanks to Francis Chan for awakening us to our need for God more than man.

Are we as courageous as we think we are?

I think not.

And I’m asking the Lord for forgiveness.

I recently heard in a meeting I attended someone ask the question, “Whatever happened to people standing up for what they believe?”

And it struck me.

How many times have I hidden my love for Christ?

How many times have I cowered at the thought of saying Jesus’ name in the presence of unbelievers?

What do I have to be ashamed of?

No more.

I’m here to announce the new, authentic ME.

I love Jesus.

He is the Savior of the world!

I love Him. And I didn’t love him first. He first loved me!

Great news!

I pray you’ll ask the Lord into your heart today. I promise you, the Jesus these people in the video are dying for – HE IS REAL. HE IS ALIVE. HE WILL SAVE YOU FROM YOUR SINS.

You know what’s right and wrong.

You feel the guilt.

It’s God’s signal to you that you need Him.

He wired you to feel bad without Him.

That way you’ll CHOOSE HIM over your own desires.

Because, let’s face it. Our desires don’t satisfy us very long. They’re paper thin in reality. They have no substance.

It’s like drugs.

You have to do it over and over again. And each time you get pulled in deeper to the addiction that will never satisfy you.

But Jesus said he came to GIVE YOU REST.

Pray this with me:

“Lord I am a sinner. That doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It just means I need you. I confess my sins and ask your forgiveness. Now invade my life in every place. Help me to see my need for you in every situation and every environment. Plant me in a family of believers who will keep me on the straight and narrow. I thank you for your forgiveness and I give my life to you!”

Welcome to salvation.

Read the bible. Feed your spirit and refuse to let the Devil to take your joy!

I love you.

FM

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