SEEK TO SEE

There are two types of believers.

Christians who see Jesus.

And Christians who do not see Jesus.

The disciples at the empty tomb didn’t see Jesus. So they walked away.

The scripture says hey didn’t UNDERSTAND the word of God that declared Jesus is ALIVE!!!!

Mary Magdalene didn’t see Jesus either.

But she was determined to see him!!!

She didn’t leave that tomb.

She wanted to know where he was.

This was the same Mary Magdalene who some say poured precious ointment on Jesus as an act of adoration and love.

She craved his presence.

This is the same Mary some say sat at the feet of Jesus while her sister Martha was busy doing chores.

She loved the presence of Jesus.

And at this tomb she refused to believe he was gone forever.

When Jesus arrived she didn’t recognize him.

He was new.

He was all Spirit.

Often we don’t recognize Jesus in our midst.

We have preconceived notions about how and when and why the Spirit of God will show up.

But when Jesus said her name, “Mary” she recognized his voice!!!

She turned around and became the first person to witness the risen Lord.

It was her heart to see him that brought him to her.

It was her determination to find him that brought him to her.

So here’s what we can learn.

It is not our holiness or our money or our name or our position that bring the presence of God.

Mary was not an apostle.

She was not the mother of Jesus.

She was not a church leader.

She was not a pastor.

She was a woman who adored Jesus.

He had set her free from seven demons.

He had taught her and taken notice of her despite her reputation as a prostitute.

He cleaned her up and set her free from sin.

And she couldn’t get enough.

She couldn’t leave his side.

She was grateful and she was authentically repentant.

She knew her old way of life led to nothing but pain and disappointment.

But Jesus brought her joy and peace and true friendship.

We must seek the presence of Jesus.

We must turn to him and remind ourselves of what he’s set us free from.

We must appreciate out depravity and our helplessness without him.

What has he done for you?

Do you remember?

What was life like without him?

Is there even a difference?

If so, then your heart toward him.

Mary just had a heart to be with Jesus.

Seek him like that and he will speak to you.

He will announce his presence.

While others might not see him, you will.

And he will fill your life with joy.

Mary was ecstatic. She wanted to touch him.

She wanted to feel him to confirm she wasn’t being tricked.

Jesus will give you that same excitement.

He wants to spend time with you.

Just don’t walk away.

Stay and wait for him.

Sit at his feet like Mary Magdalene.

Read his word.

Pray.

Ask questions.

Listen for the answers.

Write them down.

Ask for help.

Ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to empower you to see him and walk with him.

Your heart to adore him and spend time with him will bring him to you.

And you will witness the risen Lord for yourself.

God bless you.

FM

Text: John 20:10-11 KJV

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre

GLORIOUS SATISFACTION

What a tender thought.

That all Jesus wants to do is satisfy us.

He wants to satisfy the deep and unquenchable desires of our hearts.

He comes for the disciples.

He follows them to their point of disappointment and confusion.

What are we to do now? They ask…

They go fishing.

They don’t know they were created for a much greater fishing expedition.

They can’t see the glory that awaits them.

But Jesus can.

He knows why they were created.

Only he knows how to shepherd them toward the satisfaction that will calm and soothe their restless souls.

We are all like wild horses.

Full of power that is initially unbridled.

But Jesus comes to us in our wild nature and stubbornness and confusion to lead us to our life’s calling and greatest desires.

He weaves our dreams into our reality.

It is only by his grace and mercy and his voice and his leading that we find peace.

No purpose. No peace.

Jesus asks one question that shows his desire to bless us.

He calls them “children” when he asks, do you have anything to eat?

Of course he knows the answer.

They are empty and void of success.

They are hungry to feed their bodies, but more so to feed their souls.

We can not adequately interpret our hearts’ desires.

We think we can.

But scripture says our hearts are deceitful.

We need Jesus to guide us to the undiscovered yearnings and groanings of our innermost being.

He knows us and he grows us.

He was hurting for them.

He wanted them to be satisfied and it hurt him to see hem floundering and without success, searching for something that was right in front of them, something they couldn’t see because they were focused in their pain and focused on what they just lost.

They thought God had forsaken them and left them.

We know he will never leave us or forsake us!!!!

Jesus shows them how to feed their bodies by giving them the strategy to pull in the food they hungered for.

But he brought far more than they could have caught on their own.

He wants to bless us to overflow!!!

And if we listen for him, he will satisfy us and more than enough!!!

And notice that when they caught that abundant catch, he already had food waiting for them.

He had fish and bread.

He had the meal they wanted already prepared.

They were flailing and failing while all they had to do was look for Jesus.

The meal was waiting for them.

The fish had already been caught and cooked.

They didn’t have to toil for it.

It was ready to eat!

But they couldn’t see it before. They were focused on their inability more than the Lord’s availability.

He’s always available to feed us and satisfy us to the utmost!!!

After he showed them the meal that awaited them, he asked them to bring what they caught to the table.

Jesus not only wants to feed us, he wants to bring us along with him as he completes his purposes.

This is how he shows us our calling.

As we allow him to feed us and he walks with us and satisfies us, he empowers us by the Holy Spirit to add to his purpose and plan and do what only we can do together.

He reveals that through him and relationship with him we can bring in a bountiful harvest of souls and abundance in every area of our lives.

He wants to partner with us.

It’s not just about him doing all the work.

He wants us to do some of the heavy lifting and share in the bounty.

We are called to save souls and enjoy the fellowship among the new believers with Jesus.

The family grows as we grow with Jesus.

This is why Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?” … “Then feed my sheep.”

If we love Jesus we will allow him to use us to bring more people to love Jesus.

He will do most of the work.

But we are called as his ambassadors to reconcile unbelievers to Christ by his power.

And we are to look to him for satisfaction the whole while!

Have no fear.

Jesus is making your meals right now.

He will sustain you.

He will sit and spend time with you.

He enjoys your company.

He enjoys feeding you to empower you and showing you your heart’s untold desires.

He enjoys blessing you to be a blessing to others.

He enjoys loving you to love others.

He enjoys giving you life to give life to others.

He is a God of relationship.

Sit at the table and eat.

And watch him show you how to bring your own abundance of fruit to the table.

And abundant inflow of more souls to love and spend time with Jesus.

Just don’t let disappointment and doubt stand in the way of you recognizing Jesus’ love and his presence.

Call on him.

Look for him.

You will find him.

And you will find rest for your restless soul.

God bless you.

FM

Text: John 21:5-6

Then Jesus saith unto them, “Children, have ye any meat?” They answered him, “No.”
 
And he said unto them, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

THE TIME IS NOW!

1.12.15

THE SET TIME

II Corinthians 6:2 NKJV

“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

There are certain seasons, certain times that the Lord has
declared for a certain work.

And He always chooses to work grace in seasons of grace

When He determines to save us, He saves us

But it is at a set time.

This verse from 2 Corinthians 6 quotes a verse in Isaiah 49.

In that verse, the word “acceptable” in the original Hebrew means delight, goodwill,
favor, kindness, willfulness, grace.

A voluntary, arbitrary decision.

So we can look at this verse as saying, “Behold, now is the time of my voluntary decision to act by my choice in delight, goodwill,
favor, kindness and grace – arbitrarily. It’s simply my decision to do it now.”

Wow!

God is always good.
But apparently there are seasons that His goodness truly outdoes itself!

Perhaps this requires certain prescribed actions by the recipient, like humility or repentance.

Maybe it’s just a prescribed date.

It looks like neither is necessary.

It’s just a time He decides for no assistant reason to bless us!
No matter what, when the ingredients are there God has made up His mind to act.

This should give us new perspective and appreciation for the goodness of God for two reasons:

1. He loves us so much that He has declared predetermined zones of time when He will say enough is enough and He will step in to save us despite what we’ve done to get ourselves out of line.
2. He will enact grace. It’s just a matter of time. He is gracious. Period.

What this means for us is that we should be humbled by the fact that our very existence is so full of soon and destitution that it requires this safety net.

Consider this.

Where would we be without His safety net!?
We’d be certainly lost.

We must be careful not to “give up” on someone we know is our of the loop. someone who currently does not stand among believers and behave with righteousness and understanding. We must remember there is a set time for their freedom just as much as there was a set time for us!
We are warned by Paul not to accept this grace in vain.

He’s exorting us to appreciate the
fact that we don’t deserve these grace time zones and God could have chosen to let them pass without pulling us out of the fire.

II Corinthians 6:1 NKJV

“We then, as  workers together with  Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”

So Paul says we should be careful not to find ourselves engaged in unrighteousness as if we have no appreciation for
God’s decision – the fact that He CHOSE to save us.

It’s like bailing someone out of jail and they go right back to the save behavior.

You might as well have let them stay on jail!

There hasn’t been a renewing of the mind. The hasn’t been a change in posture toward consequences.

There hasn’t been an opening of
the eyes about the goodness of the giver.

Do you appreciate God’s grace?

Then accept it and use it as motivation to get even closer to the giver!

THE TIME IS NOW!!

Use the gift of grace as a chance to grow into someone who follows grace instead of squanders it.
The fact is time is always ticking. And it’s always running out.

God didn’t let the clock run out on your salvation.

So don’t let the clock run out on your discipleship.

You don’t have long to live the abundant life. Get the most out of grace and serve the One who is gracious.

If you have not accepted His grace and put your faith on Jesus
Christ, know this – Jesus died as a perfect sinless sacrifice so he could VOLUNTARILY accepted the punishment for your sins.

Sin must be punished.

That is what makes God a just God.

But at a SET TIME God allowed Jesus to come down here from heaven to be born of a virgin, relinquishing his place on heaven momentarily so he could die for you.
That’s grace!

But because he never sinned, a just God raised Jesus from the dead!

He’s alive and wants to live inside of you.

Because of Jesus, everyday is a day of salvation!

And you can spend eternity with him.
Simply talk to him and say:

“Lord I’m a sinner and I need your grace. I ask your forgiveness. And I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and change me from the inside out. Lead me into your peace. In Jesus name, amen!”

It’s that simple.

Now find a good church and live for the giver. Don’t accept His have in vain, only to live the same life.
Send me a message or email at sayhellohope@gmail.com and I can help you find a church or pray with you.

You can also find me on Facebook at “Hello Hope – Minister Frank Mickens.”

God bless you.

FM

DO YOU LOVE JESUS?

John 14:15 KJV

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Yeah, let that one soak in.

This scripture is not meant to make you feel bad.

It’s meant to make you feel.

Jesus spoke these were words.

The savior who died for us. He never sinned, but took our sins upon him.

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

So he had cachet. He has sway. He has the right to require this of us.

So the question becomes…

Do you LOVE Jesus?

This verse says the way we show the Lord we love him is by doing what he says.

Because we trust him.

Because we surrender.

I want to say something I hope is just as profound to you as it was for me.

God doesn’t tell us to do stuff because He can or because He’s just hard on us.

He tells us what to do because He cares.

John 15:10

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

He wants to protect us from disappointment and pain.

He wants to guide us into a fruitful and beneficial future.

But most of all, He’s showing us how to have a real relationship with our daddy.

Our creator.

God himself.

He wants that more than anything!

How do I know?

Because God came down from a comfortable seat in heaven to rescue us from our innate sinful wretched nature.

To save us from the stuff we’re ashamed of.

Romans 8:1-2

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”

He would rather tell us the truth and have us struggle with it.

Better than never telling us the truth.

I want to invite you to do something radical.

And this time it will be worth it.

I want to ask you to take a chance and ask Jesus to take over your life.

This requires you to embrace the feeling you get when you read the scripture at the top of this page.

Do you love Jesus?

If not, cool!

Because all it takes is you giving in to the guilt.

You can ask forgiveness from God and He will respond.

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

But then the rubber has to meet the road.

Ask Him to help you do what He asks.

Love Him just like He loved you on that cross.

Give in to the rapture of His consuming love knowing full well you won’t be disappointed this time.

You can pray this prayer:

Father, you alone are God. I need you in my life. Please forgive me for my sins (you can list whatever sins are on your heart. Even the worst stuff). I turn away from my old life and I want to love you. I want to feel your love. Come into my heart Jesus. I’m yours.

If you pray that prayer and mean it, you’re saved!

Read the bible. I recommend the gospel of John first.

Join a church to learn and be molded by experienced Christians.

And your life will never be the same!

God bless you!

IS THIS YOUR BEST FRIEND?

Proverbs 18:24

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

John 15:15 KJV

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

If you really take the time to think about it are best friends are people who we go through struggles and trials with.

Our friends who are not so close to us may not even know some of the most challenging times that we face.

With that in mind, where is Jesus in your life? Jesus in John chapter 15 calls us his friends. What a glorious exclamation! And I would imagine he’s not just calling us his friends but also he’s saying he’s close to us and he wants to be our best friend.

So how are we approaching that relationship? Do we communicate with the Lord? Are we even seeking the Lord? Do we doubt the Lord’s promises?

For a believer, the question really becomes how much time are we spending with Jesus? Do we pray? Do we read his word?

Or look at it this way, are we reading his love letter? And do we love him?

The Bible says that if we love Jesus then we will obey his commandments or a baby he is advice.

There are 2 ways to look at this. If you are not currently in a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can be his best friend in an instant if you just pray and asking for give you a few seasons and you repent And then you commit your life to love him and trust him and follow him.

If you already made this move toward salvation, you have the opportunity to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ.

Begin to set time aside to spend with him. Read his word.

Tell him about your troubles and look in his word for advice on how to take care of your problems.

Look at it this way, if you have a best friend and you’re going to a problem you’re most likely to tell them about it and ask him for advice.

If Jesus is God came to save us in created us in love this more than we can imagine, then surely we can trust him enough to tell him my troubles and seek His Word and His will for solutions.

My prayer is that you will accept him fully today!

You can hold Jesus’ his hand and trust him with everything in your life. He tells us in the Bible that he’s knocking on the door waiting for us to answer.

Don’t doubt that you’re not important to him. Because you are. He is your daddy. He’s your best friend.

He wants to be closer to you than a brother!

THIS IS WHO YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!

Luke 19:1-10

“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

This fellow Zacchaeus had a funny name and he was short. But his story is huge.

He was a sinner.

He stole.  He stole from the poor. He oppressed them. He was hated.

Yet he was rich.

There came a time in his life when the money and pleasure and “fun” wasn’t enough.

He was empty.

He knew something wasn’t right.

Sure,  there was guilt. But he wanted to live well because he just knew what was right.

So he heard about Jesus. People talked about him. He was a miracle worker.  He saved people from their sins.

Zacchaeus had never met Jesus, only heard about him.

But when he learned there was hope, h3 jumped at the chance.

He was just so empty. He couldn’t ignore it anymore.

What would it hurt to try Jesus?

If it didn’t turn out that the witnesses were true, he could always back out, right?

So he made a decision to go all out. Anything to relieve this emptiness.

He had to be on earth for something more than this, right?

So he paid back those poor folks he stole from – four times what he stole. He gave half his wealth to the poor.

Money wasn’t making him happy anyway, right?

What the heck?

And when he heard he could actually meet Jesus, he jumped at the chance!

The crowd was too big.  He was too small.

But he didn’t let lies in his mind tell him he was insignificant.

He didn’t care what people were going to say about him. That they were going to judge him.

He was just so empty.

He had to out his whole heart into it. No regrets.

He climbed a tree because he had to get close.

He heard so much. Why can’t he experience it himself? He was just like everyone else, after all.

And when Jesus saw him – the sinner, the thief, the oppressor – Jesus didn’t say anything about that.

He wanted to sit with Zacchaeus, to share God’s love with him. He even wanted to go to Zacchaeus’ house!

Oh how the people judged him. “Why would Jesus want to spend time with HIM?”

Jesus answered their question simply and common sense.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

No one is beyond saving. We all need a savior.

It’s just so empty without him.

Seek him with all your heart.  I guarantee you, it will bring Jesus into your house – even your heart.

Father, in Jesus’ name I thank you for loving us no matter what. If only we could be like that! Lord, I pray for my brother who is looking for relevance in his life. I pray for my sister who wants a fulfilling relationship for a change. Bring them into your bosom. Show them they’re not ugly or worthless. Help them to accept your abundant and free love. Amen!

SET FREE

Below is an exerpt of an email I sent to our Evangelism Ministry before a big outreach event on July 4th.

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Recently, a man by the name of Lamonte Armstrong was released from prison after 17 years. He was wrongfully convicted of murder. So you might be wondering what is a have to do that evangelism? Well I think it’s extremely prophetic. When you consider Mr. Armstrong, sat behind bars for years and have no way out. But it took someone working on his behalf looking at the evidence to make sure the wrong person with in serving time in serving the consequences for someone else’s crime.

There were attorneys and teachers and professors and still working on behalf of Mr. Armstrong looking at the evidence trying to determine what had been missed that the prosecutor and the judge would have to consider and prove that he is innocent.

We are called to do the same thing as disciples of Jesus Christ!

Each of us are called in to see on behalf of people were living in the midst of God’s grace and don’t know what there is evidence the date been set free but it hasn’t been discovered by their heart yet.

Our job as their defense attorneys or their professors and teachers is to bring them into the bosom of God’s love. Every case is different. Just like every person is different. Every past is different.

We can plead their case with the judge in prayer and plead with the unbeliever one-on-one and tell them that they don’t have to serve time living in anguish and broken hearted any longer because their advocate, Jesus Christ, has already won the victory for them!

Think about it this way. There have been nearly 300 people set free as a result of the nationwide Innocence Project. And this is in a matter of the last 10 to 15 years.

It is not only miraculous in terms of what we can see with the natural eye. But it is also a prophetic example of what God is about to do!

He is giving us a glimpse of how He is preparing to set freak out was people who is not yet had their appeal in court because they have not yet as Jesus Christ into their hearts.

They’re living in prison. But He has already prepared for their freedom!

Let us walk in love and expectation on July 4th.

I invite you to fast and pray with me using Isaiah 61:1 as our focus scripture.

Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound”

Declare this anointing over yourself!

And get ready for some fireworks in the Spirit!

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