in life, our faith in God waivers in and out. We might roll our eyes when confrontation
is before us and shun the real strength we prayed for in difficult times. But then
we return to the very spot we waivered from in the beginning. Our Almighty God always
remains with us, though, with welcome arms and forgiveness of our bad decisions.
night my eyes were opened a little wider by a word God whispered to my
conscience. I woke in fear of trying to comprehend His message. So I picked up
my Bible for protection and tried to find the meaning of the word He sent me. As
many knows, I’m a man of great faith. I’m not a Bible scholar by any stretch of
the imagination, but I do my digging when times like this are derived from God.
I tell you what the Holy Spirit spoke to me, you must know this word is written
in scriptures only three times. It was used in the Old Testament in 543 B.C. by
Samuel. He, too, was a man of great faith who led the Israelites to a battle with
the Philistines for over forty years. The Israelites lost twice, but then
Samuel looked to God and set up an Ebenezer between two mountains. He said, “Lord
God, You are my stone of faith, my rock I shall not break.” (1 Samuel) Scriptures
say, “The Lord thundered loudly against the Philistines that day and threw
them into such confusion that they were defeated by the Israelites.” From
that day forward, Ebenezer became the name of an altar for God to protect the
the bigger question is, why did God send me the word Ebenezer? Is it
because I, too, am fighting two personal battles, and God came to tell me it
will be Ok? Is it to inform you that your struggles are being watched over by
the Lord? Yes, all the above is true! Remember, your enemy is not greater than
God. He can make miracles occur with a stroke of His hand.
word for the day, Ebenezer, is the moment you realize you could not have
made it through the fires without God’s help. Your faith is like a stone, and
only God can bring you through these impeachable battles.
Ebenezer is as powerful of a word today as it was with Samuel in the Old Testament. We all bear our crosses, and as Christians, we must realize it is only God who protects us. Our awesome Father will come to our rescue in times of need. All you have to do is humbly pray for His help. May your Ebenezer be an altar as it was for Samuel. God bless.
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The empty colosseum
is packed full of reservations, and seats fill with great expectation. It’s a historical
day spectators longed to watch, so bets are placed in back alleyways. Peasants
mutter amongst themselves, “There’s no way this guy can win… just no way!” The
upper echelon dressed in their finest apparel. Shoes are shined, and the gloves
are donned. A gasp from the crowd signifies the arrival of dignitaries. Today,
May 1, 1884, a significant event in history will occur!
Hours before the gates opened for the crowds, Moses Fleetwood Walker stood alone on home plate. He leaned on his personal bat and knew he would be fighting Goliath. Moses was the first African-American man to play in Major League Baseball. No black man ever stepped foot on a baseball field. It was a fight to be a part of this lustrous history-making moment. The battle is on!
We must face
constant challenges in our life. Some battles we think we can never win, and yet
some are so great as was the case for David. He walked into the arena to fight his
opponent. Though David was a poor, peasant man, he was rich in his love for
Christ Jesus. His strong faith, just like Moses, was on his side, so how else,
but in God’s name, could he lose?
Moses Walker, too,
stood at home plate and looked over into the right field. He knew what he had
to do if he was going to conquer the masses. Would anyone accept a black negro
playing baseball? Moses, like his protégé, was about to change the world
forever and all by himself.
I leaned back in my chair and thought for a moment. Is there a way one man can make a difference in the world we share? I thought of Noah first, and then the Moses in the Bible. Some great inventors with blessed imaginations struggled with hardships. And… even Jesus ascertained the difficulty of changing the world. So, he encourages us to fight our Goliaths by staying in prayer. Believe God’s wonderful promise for He is always in control of your life. David knew he couldn’t lose if his faith stayed strong for we all must fight the earth’s serpents. This is how we can make a difference!
Many people suffer
from health issues which only a miracle can cure, and some struggle with finances.
Others fight the system while a few battles the governing authority despite their
honesty. Every living thing on earth grapples with trying times, but it’s how
you respond to the Goliaths that count. Remember, it is God’s purpose for you
to experience the adversities. What will you learn from them?
The shouting now
grows louder beyond the gates of the stadium. Moses Walker stands alone, just like
the Moses’ and the David’s before him. Armored with only a baseball bat and faith,
he is about to take on the world. How can he win? It’s simple – God, perseverance, and prayer. He is ready for
the pitches adversaries throw at him from every direction.
As the sun awakens
the long shadows, cast your doubts out the window. Perhaps say this prayer with
“Father, we ask You to be here with us in our times of dissolution. Help us focus on our future. Give us protection, Lord, while we stay in prayer and think of you. Help us discern the lesson You wish to teach us through every hardship. Thank You, in the name of our Father, for helping us fight the Goliaths of everyday life. Amen.”
It is only God who can bring us a promise and our greatest gifts. Faith is the internet messenger which sends prayers far beyond our imagination. While we stand on our own home plate, remember… you can’t make a home run if you don’t swing! Give it your best, in the name of the Almighty.
We found our way
around the yachts parked in their cradles. An empty spot was right next to the
dock. We quietly got ready to embark, and the cloudless skies made us wonder
how far off heaven was from the pier. The snoozing seagulls perched on the post
tops. As we set sail, the gentle breeze bellowed the fabric, and God became our
propulsion. The shores of the water looked so endless. It was a beautiful
Saturday morning, and no place would I’d rather be than with my love and God at
the helm. He created this perfect world of pristine water, and all we had to do
was sit and watch Him work.
Sometimes it is
difficult to accept God is with us day in and day out. Just as sailing into the
open blue, we do not realize we are always at His mercy. Many times our sails
luff and we pray as though we ran aground. As hard as life is, even doctors can
do little to relieve discomfort. In the distress of my wife’s health, I’m left
standing in a vacuum for everywhere I look, I see the remnants of the doctor’s
So, I turn to God
and ask Him if He has a minute. The hardest thing to do is… listen and wait for
His messages. Our faith is only part of the process. Listening for His answers
and reacting accordingly is the trick, so we must have a seeking heart. We
should talk to Him as though he is a brother and reveal our frustrations,
fears, and doubts. God will teach us how to recognize the difference between His
voice and just our thoughts.
Find a location to
be with Christ and His great mercy. The Lord always has a place open to sit
with me, especially on this endless journey my wife and I have encountered
today. I wish I could run away and take her sailing to the place called heaven,
but it’s not time yet. God gave us responsibilities we must partake and fulfill.
Instead, I will sit with God and try to
understand what advice I need to listen to and praise His great gifts. He united
the two of us for some much-needed healing in our difficult road of life. So, I
will carry her in every way I can possible. In His strength, we will travel as far
as the Lord’s work will need us to go for He isn’t done with either of us yet.
The hardest thing to do is listen for God’s words, but if you acknowledge His involvement in your life, you will always recognize His heaven sent voice. Praise God! It’s our intimate relationship with Him that counts.
My windows were wide
open, but tears resonating from the house next door hampered the refreshing molecules. I wondered…
what kind of man makes a wife cry? The sobbing was an every night occurrence. He
arrived home again and again, in the wee hours. She told me he worked late, but
I doubted it.
He opened the door
and kissed the kids goodnight while they stood at the mirror, brushing their
teeth. Without a kiss for her, he told his wife he was going out back to work
in the shop. “It relaxes me after a hard day’s work,” he claimed. She made
dinner, so he grabbed the plate of food and headed to his hideout. The pain
sharpened as a dagger twisted, once again, by his careless appearance. The back
door slammed again and silence.
He locked himself away
safely in the shed and pulled out a knife to snap off the top of a bottle
buried in the chest. Whittling his world away, he hid his sorrows in the bottom
of a longneck bottle. His state of mind included carving the names of his exes
in the bottom of his soles so he could save himself from sin. Several hours
later, he staggered to bed and slammed the door shut again. So, the screaming
begun behind the blinds. It’s a horrible life for a wife to witness and endure,
and only God could save the innocent from the terror of his conscience.
What kind of
Christian man puts his family on a bus Sunday morning and stumbles to the shed
for his own benediction? He opened another bottle for his personal communion. As
he stared at the ground, he chuckled at the buried empties; meanwhile, a poor twenty-something
mother of three, put on a face and filed into the aisle of a sanctuary. She has
no money for the offering plate and seeks only the strength to make it home.
I ask God in
heaven for His mercy. My heart is wrenched by a man named Christian who carves
his past in the bottom of his boots. His days are numbered… he will soon
discover if God doesn’t show His wrath first, then the bottle will. His wife bears
a name she hates so much, and her three little ones will have to endure the
legacy of their father’s misfortune. Are there prayers in heaven for a man who
calls himself Christian? I wonder…
The day will come
when the blood he bled will be no more. Three little children will have to fend
for themselves while their mother struggles to support their mere existence. Her
sacrifice is to put on an apron and do her best every single day. The kids now sit
on the porch and carve their past into the treads of their own little world. I
watch and pray God will bless this mess – the man called Christian, now left beneath
his unmarked tombstone. A coward at best, he carved his memory into his
children, and his reputation branded them for life.
I have changed the
names in this story. I ask God, in the name of Jesus, to save this family. God
bless the innocent, abused wife who slaves her life away and waits for Christ’s
return. She prays for the forgiveness of the hatred boiling inside her for a
man she thought she knew named Christian.
Allow me to ask
you Christian women and men, does this resonate in your heart? Or does it
familiar? Please use these verses to enlighten your soul and know you are not
“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” Colossians 3:19
“A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence” Proverbs 13:2
“Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways.” Proverbs 3:31
“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught” Proverbs 3:24-26
“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” Isaiah 61:1
under the cross motionless and watched her son’s holy blood dripping upon her
feet. Bitterness and tremendous grief overwhelmed her soul while she stayed
with Him until the last minute. The reverence of heaven exists as we can only
imagine what it’s like to witness your child brutally crucified at the hands of
haters. But, Mary, according to scriptures, remained passive and resisted the
temptation to protest the unfairness of Jesus’ prosecution.
often said there is nothing worse than outliving your child. I can attest to this
as I watched my grandmother sob while her son laid dying on a hospital bed. I
can only imagine Mary’s anguish as she witnessed the excruciating pain Jesus
suffered from the stakes in His feet and hands. In her glorious strength,
still, Mary fought off her own inhibitions to be first, a mother. She knew she
would make the ultimate sacrifice when she accepted God’s invitation to give
birth to a Savior for Simeon warned her of Jesus’ fate.
the quintessence of faith in God. As an inexperienced, pregnant mother, she knew
the truth about her son’s existence. It was her destiny to deliver a child who
would save the world. Throughout Jesus’ life, Mary often feared for her son’s
life, but her intuition spoke He was in God’s hands. However, on Good Friday,
she must have questioned why Jesus was sent to earth to save sinners, only to
be killed by them. I’m sure she also wasn’t prepared for the method of His
my observation, though, Mary is to be the ultimate example of strength for
parents who lose their child to senseless religious crimes. When we defend our
Creator, it becomes a movement towards the only ray of light which exists in this
world’s darkness. We stand under the cross to eliminate chaos and bitterness, spreading
the love of God. How can it be wrong?
could have easily fallen into the trap of screaming and attacking evil-doers at
the presence of Jesus’s injustice. But, she walked with loyalty to the Lord in
gentleness, forgiveness, and peace.
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”
a model of discipleship Mary portrays to Christians today! Let us stand in
strength, under the weight of the cross, and resist the shadows of evil.
highlight of my Easter season, when I was a child, was watching the nail-biting
TV movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” I remember my tears flowing as Dorothy handed
Toto over to Miss Gulch on the bike. But today, I look at this Academy Award
Nominated motion picture in a different light. From a Christian writer’s
perspective, the underlying message and morals in this movie are phenomenal!
Let me take you for a walk down my yellow brick road…
Dorothy was a character on a soul-searching mission. She was an orphan, adopted by her aunt and uncle in Kansas, yet she appeared to have a deep-rooted longing to find a true home. Insecurities plagued her because she didn’t fit in with the older relatives, and a mean Miss Gulch wanted to take her only friend, Toto, away from her. Auntie Em became frustrated with Dorothy’s antics and yelled, “Find yourself a place where you won’t get into any trouble.” Dorothy picked up Toto and said, “Is there such a place Toto? Not a place you can get to by boat or train.”
most of us looking to fill an empty spot inside our soul – a place where there
isn’t any sadness? Always seeking, we get mixed up in wrong relationships,
addictions, and false idols. When we finally accept Jesus Christ into our
hearts, we soon realize we have everything we need daily; and it’s not a place
you can get to by boat or train.
Dorothy, like so many people, run from their problems. A tornado swept her from
safety, and she entered another world. Her only path home was down the yellow
brick road. The Good Witch of the North, Glinda, warned her to never venture
off its path for darkness loomed in every corner. What a great metaphor! We must
walk through life on God’s golden road only for Satan will quickly invade if
our guard is down. Temptations of sin can fog a mind when difficulties become
overwhelming; prayers are the answer to tackle the troubles. Seek God first
before using your own solution.
theme of the movie centers on Dorothy’s quest to go to the Emerald City; she
sought the Wizard of Oz’s help to take her back to Kansas. Along the way, the
Wicked Witch of the West and her minions attack her and her friends. This is so
like Satan trying to intervene in our life! By the end of the film, Dorothy
discovered the Wizard was a phony, a false idol if you will. She is devastated
until Glinda (her guardian angel, perhaps?) magically came to her rescue. “Dorothy,” she said, “You’ve always had the power to go back to
Kansas.” What lesson did she learn from the whole experience? A heart’s
desire isn’t any further than your own backyard (or in my case, a bible). The
love and acceptance she wanted were always at her doorstep.
moral of Dorothy’s story is God’s power makes our life fantastic for He is
greater than any physical object or place we seek on our own. As we come to
know Jesus Christ, we understand He promises to guide us because the love for
His children is eternal. When we resist the enemy, we draw closer to Him, and He
becomes our home. The solution to our problems is right under our nose.
SCARECROW AND A BRAIN
first friend Dorothy met on the yellow brick road was the happy-go-lucky
scarecrow who wanted the Wizard to give him a brain. It’s quite funny, often throughout
the movie, he acted as though he had a brain and common sense. How frequently
do we take action as if we don’t have sense? We beat ourselves up for the
mistakes we make along the way and we lose forgiveness in the shuffle of
stupidity. God forgives us our sins so why hold on to regrets? Did you ask God
to clear your heart and mind of all the clutter which pulls your progress down?
Did you diligently pray for forgiveness?
the end of the show, it’s quite ironic the Wizard actually did not fulfill the
scarecrow’s wishes. He only gave him a diploma of higher thinking. This character
simply lacked self-confidence. The Scarecrow sought a higher power to confirm
he could be smart. Little did he know, confidence comes from a relationship
with Christ. Yes, we must be secure in God’s Word and not in our flesh. He
gives us hope in times of adversity.
THE TIN MAN AND A HEART
second character who befriended Dorothy was the rusted Tin Man. He wanted the Wizard
to give him a heart, hence emotions. The Wizard of Oz told him “a heart will never be practical until it is
made unbreakable.” The Tin Man
quickly learned what a broken heart was when he said goodbye to Dorothy.
hearts is a common thread among humanity. We have to trust God has a better plan
for our life, thus healing us from the inside out. He replaces the feelings of
rejection and abandonment with a sense of renewal. All we have to do is pick up
the Bible and allow His words to soothe our soul. Once we connect with Jesus,
everything changes and nothing or no one has the same power over us again. God
forms a shield to protect our innocence.
THE COWARDLY LION AND COURAGE
to Emerald City, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Dorothy trotted arm-in-arm.
Suddenly a large curly-haired lion jumped out from behind a tree and tried to
scare the trio. The ferocious lion growled and snapped at them until Dorothy
slapped him. “You should be ashamed
of yourself!” The lion quickly retreated behind his own tail and cried.
Throughout the movie, his fear reared its ugly head. Could the great Wizard
give him courage?
experience scary situations in life – perhaps bullying, roadblocks, and other
fear factors. Hard times are unavoidable, but we can count on God to pick us up,
dust us off, and help us through these failures. An important message from this
is Satan instigates fear. My favorite saying is, “Where there is fear, there is
no faith.” Let us rely on God for strength to conquer our personal battles for
He is always in control and will not abandon us. Be of good courage for the
Lord is with us every step of the way!
OUR CHRISTIAN WALK
The Wizard of Oz, though not written with religion in mind, can teach us about our Christian walk with God. We should examine our relationship with the Lord and strive, every day, to be more like Him. Draw on the intelligence of our brain; maintain a heart open and sincere and pray for the courage to stand up for our belief. If we stray along the way to the Emerald City, known as heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ will be there to lift us up. Just as Dorothy had to “learn it for herself,” our journey helps us grow to be the best Christians we can be for eternal salvation. Everything we need is in the power of God, not the ruby slippers.
The next time you watch this excellent motion picture, look for the hidden Christian parables – you will be amazed at how many you’ll witness!
approached the corner of a gorgeous, stately community. A large sign didn’t show
which direction to proceed, and its definition confused me. Marveled by the
message, I wondered if God was trying to tell me something. Dare I make a wrong
turn because some things seem so inviting yet sin lies just around the corner?
makes it abundantly clear we need to listen to His messages, but sometimes our
spirit disagrees with the subconscious mind. Second thoughts might lend
themselves to be valid than reality. God didn’t really place the sign but whoever
did, might be sent by Him. Sitting with my foot on the brake and profusely
sweating, how do I know for sure if it’s His warning sign?
is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that
you are not of God.”
instant, my car rumbled to a halt. Was it trying to tell me something? My mind went
in reverse as God made His presence known. I cried out for Him to save me
before I traveled further down the wrong road. I’m confident He saved me from a
you imagine the magnitude of our mistakes if we did not have a close
relationship with the Lord? We live in a world filled with signs, some good and
some bad. The sole way to distinguish the best ones is to have a heart committed
to understanding His words. This requires a heart fully surrendering to Him and
plenty of prayers. In our moment of silence, God will relay His guiding words.
the engine again and regained my composure. The car behind me honked his horn, so
I made a U-turn. I smiled at the driver and politely acknowledged I was in the
wrong with a hand signal. God also knew where I might be if I not heeded the
a safe bet to acknowledge God tries to save all His children who hang on the
brink of self-destruction. His voice speaks to us through the Bible, a friend, and
yes, even a sign now and then. But don’t be tempted to look for a quick answer
to the warning signs. God may not be finished revealing a situation to you. It
is all in His perfect timing.
important to understand the Bible has many stories of people doing exactly what
God wanted them to do, yet they still suffered hard times, persecution and even
death. After all, His idea of success will not be your own, and sometimes there
will be plenty of pain to endure along the road. Even in the darkest highways
of life, we still need to stick to His plans. This is obedience to His word!
sure of your directional heading? Then turn to God who needs to be your driver.
Follow the biblical legend, Jesus Christ, for the only way to get to heaven is
with an invitation from Him. I pray every day the heavens gleaming light will radiate
in your heart. The passion from heaven will transform you making life’s little
temptations so much easier for you to handle. Learn to read the warning signs. Christ
is here to help you if you let Him….. just don’t obey the warning signs of
your subconscious mind.
All our life we live like we’re playing in a scrimmage game – time is on our side to make things right. But, along the way we suffer multiple hurts and wounds. We stumble and fall because we never really learned to walk in forgiveness.
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In my younger years, I believed, somehow, God and the
Bible would magically erase my aches. Yet the pain I suffered, and inflicted on
others, was crippling to my soul. The art of putting one foot in front of
another was difficult to grasp, especially with forgiveness.
The Bible is full of verses about our mental health.
Forgive others and yourself, and it stabilizes your disposition; for only the
strongest shall learn to walk in the presence of God’s holiness. It may not be
part of your daily curriculum, but it’s the healthiest antidote for your mind, body,
Forgiveness is a complex thought and requires many baby
steps, but God is absolutely clear about it:
when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so
that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins”~ Mark 11:25
“Bear with each other and forgive one another
if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
I was confused the first time I read the first verse. Why
should I forgive someone who terribly wronged me? How could I say to them, “I
forgive you?” To clarify this bible verse, forgiving others does not justify
the deed or the person; nor does it offer God’s forgiveness for their actions.
It also doesn’t mean coming face-to-face with someone to tell them you forgive their
behavior or action. Instead, we are to move forward from our past, silently asking
God to forgive them. Allow Him to handle their sins. Then you will release
the deep hurt and heal from the inside out, taking your first step in learning
to walk with the Lord. After all, we are all sinners and need God’s forgiveness.
A true testimony to forgiveness was a murder trial aired on TV and the internet last year. A mother’s son was brutally murdered, and she suffered for a year with anxiety, hurt, and anger. She sought professional help from her minister who explained to her the true meaning of forgiveness. As the convicted assassin took the stand for his death sentence, she spoke to the courtroom; she told the murderer she forgave him because that is what God desired for her heart. Then, she stood up and hugged him! She later told the media that as she spoke the words to her son’s killer, God at once filled her with peace. Ideally, the Lord does not wish for us to confront an abuser or sinner, but for this broken-hearted mother, it was the answer to her prayers. Here is her story: https://www.today.com/news/how-do-you-forgive-killer-mother-moves-past-tragedy-4B11203330
The flip side of forgiving others, and the most difficult, is forgiving ourselves. God promises to pardon us if we believe in Jesus Christ, and our sins are no more. (Jeremiah 31:34) Some sinners, though, never heal from their self-inflicted pains; they limp along in life carrying the guilt of their own misgivings. Yesteryears become part of their present life while anger, hatred, self-pity, and depression lurks just around the corner. It’s exhausting! The energy they give to negativity robs them of the good deeds they need to become the person God wants them to be. Look for a silver lining because “what doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger.”
God sends the lessons we learn from our mistakes. The storms might be furious in nature, and some may be hurdles still left unfinished, but He placed them there to teach us a lesson. Learn from the shadowing experiences, pray for forgiveness, and move forward… never to repeat the errors.
Learning to walk in unison with our Father takes great maturity and courage, but necessary to heal the pain. Stop beating yourself up and accept God’s hand. Experience His peace for Peter exclaimed, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34). You are free!
God watched an accident happen to a family of four, and by
His grace, the innocent victims walked away. I acknowledge the fact many do not
believe in miracles, but you may change your mind when you read this story. First,
let me state, a miracle is an event that would be impossible by natural law but
occurs by the power of God. It defies any rational explanations. With this
said, let me reveal a true event…
A house sat remotely on top of a high hill. This young
family cleaned up their yard, mowing the grass and weed whacking, while
enjoying a beautiful day of sunshine. A long hard day meant retiring to bed early.
The husband awoke in the wee morning hours to go to work. He was at his
employer’s facility when he received a frantic call from his wife. Their yard
was on fire! Hardly a way to start a day.
A worn extension cord, used for the weed whacker, laid across a metal threshold. Still plugged into an outdoor socket, it coiled across the lawn. In the calmness of the early morning light, a smoldering spark ignited. It burned and disintegrated sheds, fences, and all their personal items. Worse yet, their car was parked a mere two feet away from a propane tank which sat next to the melted shed. Bless the neighbors who lived at the bottom of their hill! They called the fire department while the wife and children tried to put out the fire with buckets of water.
Satan created this fire to interfere with their life. Raging
flames were seeking fuel, so it looked for a new direction; should it take aim
at the dwelling or the means of transportation? The fire miraculously looked
away and turned towards the woods on the hillside. Firemen jumped out of their
trucks with flame retardant attire and extinguished the flames jetted down the
The husband rushed home to meet the fire chief who rubbed
his brow and said, “Your family is lucky!” In a deep voice, as if from God
himself, he exclaimed, “Fires don’t burn downhill young man. This was a miracle
You must understand with every 10 degree of downhill slope, a fire will halve its speed. So, why did the flames move away from its fuel sources (a car and a propane tank) and go down a steep decline instead? Our loving Father, more powerful than Satan, safely guarded this family and home.
Though we may not give God the glory all the time, He still
never leaves our side. Today, my friends, I elaborate this true tale of valor as
His works are hard to deny in this situation. The stories of His miracles are
not just in the Bible. He still performs the unimaginable and the unexpected
today. I’ve witnessed more than I can count. If the Lord reveals His blessings,
such as in the account above, that is a testament to His grace.
Sometimes, our Father wants to bring us to our knees in prayer. Acknowledge and praise His name, and more than ever, give thanks.
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God howls calling all His children to come sit and comprehend His words. But, most of the younger generation pays little attention. The innocent become caught up in a triangle of apprehension while trying to cope with the ways of the world. Do they not know the Ten Commandments are a guideline for spiritual development – a oneness in God? This is an age of crime, adultery, hatred, and dishonesty; yet I want to share a positive story about a loved one who, amid his surroundings, God silently spoke to him.
This young man, bless his heart, lived a hard life. He
fought his way through the damnation of a city’s streets. Along the road of
hard knocks, he trudged a lost path of following the wrong crowd and perhaps
engaging in activities less than moral. As a result, many disrespected him along
with the family and friends who once comforted him. It’s a sad state of affairs
but a prevalent trend for most youngsters today. One day, though, his situation
changed in a matter of minutes.
Now married and struggling to support a household, he
worked a blue-collar job. He observed stealing and lying by employees in his
workplace, and a few even planned to frame him for the theft. Soon God spoke to
this young man’s heart. Stealing was not only illegal and a dead-end street, but
against the seventh Commandment which addresses honesty and truthfulness.
The changed man, (it is not essential to reveal his name),
resolved himself to approach management about the situation. Kids will be kids,
but God touched this one. His world made a huge turn after the pivotal moment
of telling the truth to his company. It’s been two years since this incident, and
with God’s continued blessings, he will continue his course up the corporate
See, God has a way of creeping into our lives when we
least suspect it. He plants seeds in our soul and they whisper messages to our
subconscious minds. Oddly enough, I don’t think this child has put two-and-two
together yet for he still struggles mentally with past mistakes. Someday,
however, he will connect the dots and realize it was God who saved him from an
ultimate disaster and even prison.
Today, it is my greatest pleasure to watch this young man
blossom into a person with great character, while holding God’s hand. He is one
of God’s chosen children, selected to be an example to many others who walk a
crooked line looking for their next tragic fix. When faith is lost, so too, are
How can we turn this around? The first step is to become
a believer again by reading the Scriptures and becoming re-familiarized with
God’s Word. It requires obedience and repentance through prayer. Absorb the Ten
Commandments all over again. Parents must pray for their child to discern God’s
This generation must understand their wicked ways has a
ring leader named Satan. They should realize the confusion and feelings of anger
stem from Satan’s presence. If only they
would listen to their inner voice when they know something doesn’t feel right
because it is the Holy Spirit speaking in their ear. God howls to them through
the blackness for he hates the evil penetrating their being.