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!

RECIPE FOR A MIRACLE!

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?”

 

Oh how Peter is so much like us!

Here he is in the midst of the presence of God and he struggled with the thought of doing the impossible.

Are you praying for a miracle?

Are you hoping for salvation for anyone, even yourself?

Can you see yourself performing the miracles of Jesus to bring people into his bosom by faith in the miracle?

Does it ever bother you that you’ve never performed a miracle?

Well, here’s some good news.  You are a miracle worker!

You can cast out demons. You can receive a prophetic word from God and present it to someone at the perfect time.

You can heal the sick.

You can overcome any obstacle the enemy puts in your path.

And here is the recipe!

First, let me say that Jesus told the disciples something extremely important: DO NOT BE AFRAID (Matthew 14:27)

Don’t fear the impossible. It’s God doing all the work anyway.

All he needs is our RISK.

Peter heard the voice of the Lord standing on the water in the midst of a storm.

He believed Jesus was who he said he was.

Peter received the word of the Lord to NOT BE AFRAID and that emboldened him to “step out” of his “reality” and into God’s reality, where nothing is impossible.

And here’s what Peter did that we all can do:

  • He asked Jesus if it was his will (“bid me come unto thee on the water” vs. 28)
  • Upon hearing God’s “YES,” Peter “stepped out on faith.” (vs. 29)

It’s that simple!

He asked for confirmation.

To paraphrase, Peter basically said, “Jesus I feel in my heart that I can walk on that water too. Can I come out there?”

When Jesus said “Come” Peter didn’t hesitate.

Often, we’ll hear the Holy Spirit tell us to do something. Here are a few examples:

  • Tell someone about Jesus
  • Give your testimony
  • Ask someone a specific, perhaps personal question
  • Release a prophetic word
  • Give someone a scripture
  • Send someone an email
  • Call to check on someone
  • Ask someone if they know Jesus
  • Give someone a gift
  • Give our life to Christ with true surrender

Many times we’ll feel uncomfortable doing these things spontaneously. We might feel they’re weird or we don’t have “that kind of relationship” with the person.

But God does!

We can’t be afraid. Hear the Holy Spirit.

DO NOT BE AFRAID.

Notice what happened when Peter got scared in Matthew 14:30!

He began to sink.

We have to trust God. If He’s telling us to do something in our heart of hearts, it’s best that we “JUST DO IT.”

The most encouraging part about Peter’s bout with fear is what Jesus did next:

 

Matthew 14:31
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him…

 

We can rest assured that Jesus won’t let us get hurt.

He’s our shepherd, our protector. Remember, God has all the angels, countless in number, at his disposal.

They are his ministers. And they are on YOUR side!

So step out on faith.

Do the miracle.

It’s the shortest recipe I’ve ever seen!

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!

THE VOICE

John the Baptist is one of my favorite saints in the bible because he’s so bold and on fire for the kingdom. The brother lives in the desert. He wears a camel hair outfit. He eats only locusts and honey! – All of that, because he wants to live a pure life for God, to hear the Lord and be heard. Talk about boldness.

When he’s confronted at the Jordan river by people asking “who are you?” He says,

John 1:23

“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness…”

He was so certain about his calling. He knew who he was and he did not divert from it. He lived intimately with the Holy Spirit daily from birth. He was anointed to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a way maker, or a bridge builder

I want you to know you have the same calling. You are the voice. You have the Lord inside of you. If you know Jesus, he wants you to express his love everywhere and to everyone.

There’s this show on NBC called “The Voice.” And the imagery is incredible. There’s a contestant singing in what’s called a “blind audition.” And four judges have their backs turned to the contestant. As the singer presents their message, the judges decide if they like what they hear. If they do, they push a button and turn around. There’s a light that comes on that says “I Want You.”

What a great illustration of the Lord crying out for us. You know, when we’re not intimately involved with God, we’re basically blind. We can’t see where we’re going. We don’t know who we are.

But that doesn’t stop God from sending His message of Jesus and forgiveness. Just like John the Baptist was sent preaching repentance, we’re sent as messengers to the blind. It’s up to them to hear us. But we have to first be willing to be the voice.

So the judges on The Voice TV show are like the people who are trying to find their way, but basically have their backs turned to God.

At some point, the Lord hopes your message of love, or your gesture of compassion, or a word of encouragement, or a gift, or the sweet word of God will cause them to push some invisible button and turn around.

It’s like a light switch. It’s the moment when a person’s heart hears the word of God and they’re pricked. They realize life should mean much more and they’ve been living a dark and/or empty existence and there’s more to life. They turn on the switch that says “my heart’s available to change. I want to change.” And the light of Christ is then turned on in their heart.

They turn around, just like those judges. And they say “I want you!” to Jesus. And just like the contestants’ parents are clapping and crying and screaming off-stage, the angels in heaven – even our own brothers and sisters in Christ rejoice! It’s a party because a soul has come home!

I pray this will encourage you to sow seeds of love and truth into the hearts of those around you!

God bless you.

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!

PERFECT BALANCE

Hello, brothers and sisters!

This is the first of what will be weekly bites of encouragement from Evangelism Minister Frank Mickens.

Take these as food to fuel your own ministry to the lost and broken.

I pray it will bless your soul!

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Proverbs 3:3

“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”

This scripture from the book of Proverbs encourages us to tie mercy and truth around our necks and write them on our hearts.

What I’m getting from this scripture is this:

We have to always remember God has mercy and he is full of truth.

This is nutrition for us when we fail.

That means you always remember that he will not throw us away because we’re not perfect.

But it is also a reminder for us that God doesn’t take short cuts – that we are to take his word at face value and not add anything to it or take anything from it.

These principles provide safety for us and security and peace.

We’re not to live our lives like we’re tossing on waves. We are to be emotionally stable and secure in the arms of Christ.

The fact that the Bible tells us to write mercy and truth on our hearts indicates that we’re to have a perpetual connection to these principles. We can not afford to lose them.

That’s just how important they are!

Without revelation about God’s mercifulness, we can find ourselves depressed because we can’t get things right.

Without submitting to God’s truth we can find ourselves living in a way that does not give glory to God and in fact, is hurting us and the people that we love.

Evangelists are to live in purity or we can not be effective.

It’s vital that we allow God to convict us and turn away from sin.

It’s just as vital that we allow God to release us from our mistakes and that we don’t hold on to them.

We have to maintain a balance so that we can always seek God with our whole heart. You don’t want to hide from Him when you fail. We don’t want to run away from his truth.

We want to exalt his truth and share it with others!

Be encouraged today that you are a part of God’s perfect plan! And that mercy and truth are always available.

Our Father which art in heaven, my prayer is that we will always seek a perfect peace. And then we will live in the center of your love. So that we can experience that love in the fullness thereof and share it with people so that they might be transformed and renewed in their minds. Save us all God from ourselves. And show us how to help you save others.

In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen!

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