Sunday, March 25, 2012

God can not Bless you past your last act of disobedience!

Job 42:7-10 (New King James Version)
7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job. 10 And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

I start this day with these words about Job and his friends to speak about something that is very dear to me, God's Blessings. Most of the time we decide that God has chosen not to bless us because we are not good or because he possibly just does not care or He just does not know who I am. I believe that this kind of doubt coupled with a lack of understanding of God's word leads us to believe that God will just Bless someone else and not me.
We get angry at God and begin to make an argument that maybe God does not exist. We ask God to help us and nothing happens, which leads us into further doubt and disbelief. We determine within ourselves there is no God. We begin to believe our own Eliphaz's, and Bildad's and Zophar's and reason amongst our friends that there is no hope and we should just give up.
So enough about the problem, let's take a look at the solution. I first want to tell you that the problem is us. We are the ones who live in disobedience and denial. I have stated and believe that "God can not Bless you past your last act of Disobedience." that's right can not. We sometimes confuse this as will not instead of can not. it is totally God' will to bless you, but he can not if we continue to live in disobedience.
Everyone likes to look at Job and see that God considered him a good servant, a just and upright citizen. We believe that these qualities will bring God's blessings and nothing else matters. But, it was not his life that brought the blessing in the end it was ONE act of obedience (v.10) when he prayed that God restored or multiplied or however you would like to consider the increase, He was Blessed because he obeyed.
Now if you have been living in disobedience and God's blessings have been cut off from you, Repent from the disobedience and allow to God to direct your path and instruct you into a course of action that leads to obedience. You are probably right now beginning to see things that you can do. i say do them and stop withholding God's Blessings. Remember it is totally God's will to bless you, but He can not Bless you past your last act of disobedience.
May God Bless,
Pastor Ron

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The "Sexperiment" and The Truth!

2 Timothy 4:2-4
New King James Version (NKJV)

2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

The other evening I was watching the local news when I saw a news story about a local church's pastor and his "sexperiment". I thought about the idea of this being used for saving marriages and families by the startling concept that was presented, but I soon began to hear the Word of God speak to my heart about how in the last days, we will seek out teachers who will design their ministries to please men and draw in men to hear their fresh new revelations and directions and inspirations from "God".

I do firmly believe (and I have preached) that God made the marriage bed to bring us closer to Him. The experience of "making love" with your wife or husband is as close as one can get to experiencing the intimacy that God wants for us to experience with Him. My point is that there is no experiment necessary for men and women to find romance in their marriages. The answer to a long and satisfying marriage bed is drawing in close to God and Loving Him with all you heart, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

There is nothing new under the sun. Trying to draw attention to yourself will not glorify God to the point that the lost come to your church to find God. The spectacle of lying in bed with your spouse on top of the church for 24 hours, is not founded in scripture or sound doctrine. This so called "sexperiment" will only cause people to want to see you in bed with your spouse.

So I ask, have we heeped unto ourselves teachers, having itching ears? Have we turned away from The Way, The Truth, and The Life, which is God's Word? I say pointedly, Yes we Have! But I am also saying that I have to preach!

I have to preach the truth! I have to preach Jesus! I have to tell you that only Christ can save you, only the Holy Spirit can draw you in.

I like what the scientist Galileo said "All Truths are easy to understand, once they are discovered. The point is to discover them".

I say discover the truth in God's Word. God does want us to have satisfaction in our marriages. God loves us more than we really know, but you can get a glimpse of His love in your spouses eyes. The Church does not need gimmicks and publicity stunts to reach the lost. The Church just needs to get back to preaching The Truth. Seek men of God who are not afraid to preach the Truth.

I just have to preach!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Loving Others

As a member of the human race, I am always amazed at how hard it is for people to Love each other, especially people who are of the same family. I have one of the most dysfunctional families I know. Some are estranged for reasons only they know, and won't share because they are just not speaking with each other. Some are speaking, but their speech is harsh and full of hate and cruelty. then there are the those who just choose to stand by and wait till the rest of the family self destructs.
I see all this and realize that this is also a pattern found even between countries around the world and neighborhoods everywhere. I do not pretend that I have the answer that will bring Love and Harmony back to all the families, neighbors, and the world's nations, but I do know that Love is the key.
1John Chapter 4 has much to say about this matter.
v. 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is Love.

I hear these words in my spirit all day and find that it is really easy to express love to all who come my way. You may say Pastor, that is your job. I would say to you that maybe once upon a time, my expressed love was because of my vocation, but now I know my expressed love is because of who I have become, which is more than just my job. We can all be filled with His Love which can be perfected in us.

v. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as He is, so are we in this world.

v.20 If someone says, "I love God" and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he he has not seen?

Strong words of truth that will set a man, a neighbor, a nation, and a world free. I will choose to start by loving you. I love my family, my friends, my church, my country and my God. Will you show someone that you may have never showed love to, who you are in Christ. The bible teaches us and I seek to remind all that is by the way that we love one another, is how all men will know that we are His disciples. The Bible tells us to greet each other with an Holy Kiss, here is mine to you 'X'!

God Bless,
Pastor Ron

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Reason for the Season, Jesus Christ Our Saviour

Merry Christmas! God Bless you all and may your new year bring you many wonderful blessings.

Pastor Ron

Luke 2: 1-20

1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Daily Bible Reading

Today I thought I would post a segment of Scripture from Paul's writing to the Romans. I will let the scripture speak for itself if you will read and listen with you heart. Just allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through the Word.

Romans 12 (New King James Version)

Living Sacrifices to God

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Ron

Monday, November 2, 2009

Today, We are Chosen!

1 Peter 2:9 (New King James Version)
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

What a wonderful word of encouragement this is. Proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light. My friend of many years Bro. Hank Dunkerson prophesied today that praising him openly will open up Heaven and His blessings will come down. Hank saw an escalator going up with the Praises of His people and Blessing and Mercy and Grace and Riches were coming down. I believe that is a beautiful revelation of the reality of what God does when He hears our voices or sees our voices (in print) as Sis. Judy Warner expressed.

There is no doubt, that with all that is happening in the world today and right here in our own country. The global and national economy, unemployment, H1N1, poverty, government socialism of the banks, automakers and soon health care. We are certainly a Chosen Generation for sure. But we must realize that we are chosen for a purpose. Each of us must find our purpose and be obedient to His call on our lives. Let us together examine the four parts of this verse together.

1. A "Chosen Generation", I believe we will see the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Prophesied and promised for all generations but we are the chosen generation that will experience the Gifts of the Spirit, Miracles, Restoration and Renewal. Faith will be our guide as we seek His will in the Holy Scriptures. His Word is alive and speaking to all who will open it's content and receive. Chosen, to bring the message of deliverance and salvation to all the world beginning at home first. As for me and my House we will serve the Lord!

2. A "Royal Priesthood", I believe we are God's children and Jesus is our Brother and this gives us a priestly privilege with the gifts of God and His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. God is not selfish nor is He withholding a portion for a rainy day. God has made us a joint Heir with Jesus and we can participate in His spending plan. TARP Funds? Stimulus Plan? Bailout? No! God's supply in our lives is not temporary or short term. There are no loans with interest due, just a free flowing outpouring of all that He has and all that we can receive. You can not out give God. He said that He would cause men to give unto us. I have a need that God has already answered and I am remaining obedient to be able to receive the blessing. I will walk in the Royal Priesthood that God has established for us all, will you?

3. A "Holy Nation", I believe that this nation was established to be the epicenter of evangelism to the world, but it seems as though that we have lost sight of that. We are constantly at battle to keep prayer in our schools and government meetings, the sanctity of human life is diminishing. Atheism is prevalent everywhere and we act as though we have "IT" all going on. The church as a whole is expressive of the phrase "having a form of Godliness, but denying the Power thereof". We pray in tongues, lay on hands, preach the word, baptise in water and nothing is changing. People are leaving their "Houses of Worship" and they are still not healed, they are still broken, they are still lost, they are still needful, and we do not know why. I am brought to remember what Jeremiah asked " is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no Physician there? Surely you know that Gilead was where the physician was and the balm to heal their wound. But Jesus is the great Physician and His supply of Balm is plentiful. This nation must return to the Word of Truth and not just preach the word, but let it come alive in the lives of those who read and hear. John said in Revelations "blessed is he who reads these words" understanding is not a requirement to be blessed, Faith unwavering in the Word is though. A return to Truth will make us a "Holy Nation" once and for all and bring healing to the church. It was once said "so goes the home, so goes the church. So goes the church so goes the nation. I will dwell in His Word and allow it to be alive in my voice. Again as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

4. His own "Special People". That really sums it all up, but most of us do not realize how special we are. Jesus gave His life on the Cross for us. He gave, so that we can receive. We are Special. We are set apart from the world, we are only in this world (passing through) and not of this world. We are aliens in an unfamiliar world and we need to realize that God has chosen us to be His own Special People. I thank God that He chose me. and as you read this, I hope you will realize that He has chose you as well. You are Special!
Your in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Ron

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sowing The Word of God

When a person first comes to know Jesus as personal Saviour and Lord, they want so eagerly to share with all what God has done for them. We speak out loud about salvation and death and it's penalty or reward. We want God's Will for our life and we want it now. We sometimes cause ourselves to encounter great reward and also great discouragement. I remember when I first entered into the ministry, how my enthusiasm got me in trouble.
I wanted everyone to know Jesus and I was asking everyone about their salvation and the condition of their souls. I was untrained and unchecked by my own mind, as well as the leaders in my Church. One day, while I was working for James Robison, I was on my way to the Post Office when I was stopped by a Police Officer for running a traffic light (not once, but twice). I was busy talking to a hitchhiker I had picked up on the way and was not paying attention to my driving (imagine that). Well not to create additional problems, I quickly confessed my guilt and promised to cooperate completely if He would allow me to ask Him a question when he was finished. He said "Okay". What a mistake that was on His part. I had Him right where I wanted Him. I could hardly wait, when suddenly He was giving me back my drivers license and a ticket. Oh My God, it was now my turn.
Without any hesitance I opened my mouth, the officer drew His gun, I was spread across the hood of His car, and He was calling for backup. All I asked was "If you were to die today, do you know if you would go to Heaven?" He said that He was in fear for His life, I was in fear of going to jail. All I had done in my mind was care about someone I did not know. Well, I did not go to jail and I did not even get the ticket, the Police Chief showed up and let me go. Yes, a bad question for sure. But, the problem was not the question, it was my expectation. I was trying to reap a harvest without even sowing a seed.
LUKE 8: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
God's Word has the answer to my enthusiasm and my willingness to be humiliated at times. Most of the time I wanted to know what was going to happen to everyone I met. Were they going to Heaven like me? Did they confess Jesus as Lord? I was too busy trying to judge the outcome of God's Word and the answers the Bible provided that I wasn't sharing the Word of God with anyone. I was on a reaping whirlwind. No sowing just reaping. It took a lot of discouragement and heartache to finally discover the truth on God' Word about the seed. Jesus said "A sower went out to sow his seed". This is the last time in this parable that the sower is even mentioned. Nothing is said about where he went or what planning went into His day, or as to how much seed He would sow. Jesus never suggested that His sowing was careless or misplaced. He only said He went out to sow His seed. The sower never judged the soil, or the lack thereof, or never showed discretion about the outcome of His seed. Jesus is the only Judge of the seed in this parable. He explained what happened to the seed to his followers and even gave them a little extra insight. We can examine this passage of scripture and find the answers we may be looking for today.
LUKE 8: 9 Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?”
10 And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that
‘ Seeing they may not see,
And hearing they may not understand.
Remember Jesus said "He who has Ears. Let Him Hear".
We need to open our ears to hear God's Word being told from our own mouths. Jesus tells His followers that the seed is the Word of God. We need to busy sowing the Word of God, because this is His Will for our lives. Sow and do not try to predetermine the outcome. Do not look for better fields to sow in. Listen and repeat what God has said. God's Will for me today is to be a Sower.
Today I have found another answer from the Bible. Obedience, remember, brings God's Blessings.
May God Bless you.
Ask Pastor Ron