Do we need a Doctor?

Luke 5:31 and Jesus answering said to them. They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

We have such a problem when we are sick. We are the biggest babies, but yet we do whatever we can to stay away from the doctor. We could be laid up for days with a horrible migraine over and over again. Time and time again and what do we do? We take pill after pill lay isolated from our family is a dark room prisoned by the migraine. We play a sport and hurt our ankle. For weeks we will limp around on a hurt ankle crying about it. And yet what do we do? We do nothing this pain traps us from doing what we want or what we could be doing. Because we haven’t gone to the doctor in the first place we are trapped in this spot till we do. So we finally get convinced by our own pain and torture that something is really wrong and well maybe just maybe we need some help. We are so blind.

Is this not our walk with Jesus Christ the great Physician? He is the Jehova Rapha the Healer. But we are so quick to decide that we don’t need a doctor yet. Now if something bad goes wrong and I mean real bad we are quick to hit our knees. We fall off the train and relapse we hit our knees and bow to the Great Doctor to heal us once again. We cheat on our spouse, steel money from our family just to buy what we feel we need, or drop divorce papers cause we are to broken ourselves to fix it. Yes we hit out knees in repentance quick. Why because we know we are broken and need a healer.

What about that allergy problem you have? How long will fight that battle with over the counter medicine? To me that is the same as you chasing the legs of yoga pants on every women that wears them. Or the little white lies that we tell over and over. Or that story that we keep saying over and over just to one up our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We still need the healer, we still need to hit our knees. We still need the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. But if there is a constant sickness that is being buried with home remedies like pride, shame, and guilt the Holy Spirit can’t dwell there. When the Holy Spirit is sickness can’t be is the same spot for He is Holy and righteous. And we need him within us every moment of every day. And in that moment He is not that is when we need the great physician to heal us and clean us and make us whole again. You see it’s not just the big illnesses that hit us, but the everyday sweep it under the rug sin that needs to be healed as well.


Love without hypocrisy #2 Patience

You see in order to serve the ones we “Truly Love” you know the ones that are rude and ugly. Those that are failing and lost in their way. For us to have a servants heart and serve the ones we dislike with the same love and eagerness as the ones our hearts belong to we need to have PATIENCE. Patience is the one thing I swore I would never pray for. You see I prayed for it once I believe and now I have 3 daughters. Being the only man in the house will teach you patience for sure

Jesus our Lord and savior gives us this example in the life of Peter. Peter a fisherman who is vial, loud mouthed, arrogant, and probably a bully in his own right. I am sure he was dirty and smelt pretty bad as well. At least I know how I smell after I have been fishing all day. More than likely as history tells us he was probably in massive debt, and could have been on the way to prison. Then the Messiah shows up and in Luke 22:32-34

32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”33 “Lord,” he told him, “I’m ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”34 “I tell you, Peter,” he said, “the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know me.”

So Jesus warns him that Peter will fail him. Jesus at this point has breathed life into Peter. Jesus has spent 3 years with Peter everyday and every night. Peter has seen the Son of God walk on water, he has seen miracle after miracle. The apostle John tells us in 21:15 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if every one of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written. So Peter is witness to all of this and yet Jesus our Lord tells him that he will fail him, and not just fail him but straight up deny him.

Picture this Jesus is standing on the wall overlooking a crowd of people, and he is bloody and bruised. He has been beaten, spit on, mocked, and demoralized. He has been lied about, and stands before a crowd begging for him to be killed. As Pilate is washing his hands of this horrible act the people of Jerusalem are screaming CRUCIFY HIM!! CRUCIFY HIM!! And Jesus looks out into the crowd and makes eye contact with Peter. This happens to be the same time Peter is denying to a little girl that he even knows Jesus. A little girl? How can we hide the truth from a little girl? How can fear of truth grip us that bad?

How often are we hurt and broken by ones that claim to love us? How often our ugly words spoken, how often are we left alone? Why does it seem like when we need someone the most that very moment is when they fail us the most. But just as Jesus had patience with Peter we are to as well with the ones around us. Not just are inner circle but the ones on the edge of the our outer circle as well.

After Peter denies who Christ is, Jesus himself earlier spoke to Peter and said “Upon this rock I will build my church” Matthew 16:18

Why? Knowing that he would deny him, knowing that he would leave him to suffer alone. Knowing that he would hurt him and spit on him. Knowing the pain he would suffer. Jesus saw Peter for what he would be not for who he was. Again Jesus was looking at Peter and seeing the embattled glorified Peter. Jesus was looking at Peter and seeing the one that was crucified upside down. Jesus was seeing the Peter that the Holy Spirit used to bring 3,000 people to Christ after Pentecost. Our Lord Jesus sees Peter as the one He created him to be, not the one the world has turned him into.

What we have to do is see them for who God has created them to be, and not the ones that this world has turned them into. We are all broken, and beaten, and spit on. Every one of us comes into a relationship with bagged. We have to look past the pain, the ugly mess this world has turned them into and see the person that God wants them to be. Yes that does take patience and sometimes a whole lot of patience. Some of us need more patience then others, and sometimes we have to show that patience to others more than we need. But how do we show that patience, how can we show the same patience as Jesus Christ showed with Peter?

He shows us that on the Cross.. FORGIVENESS

I am Back

So 2018 was hard and flowed into 2019. So the past 2 years have been rough on my family and I. Won’t get into it this time but it is coming. I know that the Lord God has bestowed this sight to me for a reason. As I start the journey of trying to stay in Gods will and lead, this will be an outlet for me. I might not get one posted every week, but I will try and post a couple times a month.

This video is about my conversion into truly believing in Christ. I am here to help reach out if you need it. Praise Him in the Storms and Praise him when its forced and Praise Him when you Glorify Him.

Thy Kingdom come?

My question is this .. Is the Kingdom of God a future reality to be hoped for or a present reality to experience now? And is how we live and breathe a product of that belief? So as we dig into this I hope to grow your faith. To allow your eyes to see possibilities, and have even more have faith to believe.

Yes we have blessings here and now, and some blessings are waiting for us in Heaven. We do have some Kingdom powers available to us now, but some powers promised to us will have to wait till Heaven. And sadly the curse of old which some we can overcome but ultimately will be defeated when we are in Heaven. Yes, satan was defeated, sin was defeated, and death was defeated. All of this was defeated by the Atonement of Christ Jesus our savior the His resurrection. Romans 8:32 “He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? You see he promises us that when we are in his will he will grant us anything.

Now if we can get a handle on the presence and future of the Kingdom of God, it will add or increase our faith. Strengthen our relationship with Christ, maybe even perform signs. But it definitely give us the power to suffer at the cross of grief and pain. Col. 1:11 Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. And trust me after the year my wife and I have had I am able to attest to the power God granted me during the most trying times of my life.

Let us look at Luke 17:20-21 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; no one will say, ‘See here! ’ or ‘There! ’ For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst”.

You see when we look at verse 21 what is Jesus claiming? He is trying to clear up the massive misunderstanding of the return of the Messiah. You in that time the Israelites believe that the Messiah would come in and overthrow Rome. That the people of God would finally be vindicated and the physical kingdom set up.

So here Christ is saying the Kingdom is among them. He Christ the ruler of our Kingdom was in their midst. But yet the prophecy of the old testament mostly spoke of him coming in this triumphant grandeur entrance to rule them and all the World. That we would place all their enemies under his foot. So this creates what Jesus calls the mystery of the Gospel or mystery of the Kingdom.

1st Cor. 4:1 the apostle Paul says “a person should think of us in this way as servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God.

Col. 1:26 “The mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.

Ephesians 3:3 Paul says “the mystery was made known to me by revelation.

So the mystery was the fact that he was there, and he would leave and then come back which is the 2nd coming. He explains this in a parable in Luke 19:11 in the parable of the 10 minas. Here Jesus Christ explains how he had to come but leave to gain the authority to be King. But everyone hated him and he would return to see how his servants had done.

Jesus was here left and now he is coming back. So right now where we sit reading this, is the Kingdom of God with us. If Christ told the Pharisees that the Kingdom was in their midst because he was standing with them. Then if he is in us wouldn’t that make the Kingdom in our midst as well? Well let’s look at what Jesus Christ had to say about this mystery then we can decide.

Starting in Matthew 13 Jesus begins to give several parables describing the Kingdom. So for time sake I will just give the scripture then what in means to me.

Matthew 13 1-9 the parable of the sower. Now there are 4 things that happens when sowing seeds. 1. Satan can snatch it 2. Heat from trouble will burn it up 3. It will get tangled and lost in the cares of the world. 4. Good soil produces good fruit. what is sad about this is we only win a 1/4 of the time. Those are not the odds of a betting man but by the glory of God aI am no longer a betting man.

Matthew 13 24-30 The parable of the wheat. This one is kinda scary because this one is focused on the Church. Weeds grow with the Wheat and you can tell sometimes which is which. So a wake up to the church watch how you are following. Just because the read a bible and go to church does not mean they are Christian. People get lost in religion just as much as people get lost in the world.. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP!!

Matthew 13 The parable of the mustard seed. Again he is speaking of the church. WOW what a mustard seed can do. 1 teacher and 12 students 2000 years ago had faith and believed so much they died for it. And look where the Body of Christ is now. It amazes me what a little faith of a mustard seed can truly do.

You see as he taught about the Kingdom they were in the midst of the Kingdom. Our God Reigns Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the herald who proclaims peace, who brings news of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion “YOUR GOD REIGNS”. And he does reign on earth as it is in Heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father. John Piper said it best “The kingdom is present yet future. It is fulfilled but not consummated.”

We are in his presence we are in his Kingdom… I think we should start acting like it.

God Bless Grace of the King

One Night Stand

When my beautiful wife and I first met we both were about as far from God as most people can get. So we often joke about how what we thought would be a one night stand God turn into a pregnancy and 14 years of marriage. And over the last 14 years we have learned so much about each other and still everyday learn more and more. We know the intricate details about each other. She knows the dirty little secrets and the demons I fight daily. She knows more about me than anyone else I have ever met. And I in turn know her demons she battles, strong points and probably (hopefully) more than anyone else on this earth. We confide in each other cry to each other and even yell at each other. But we always love each other and do our best to lift each other up.

When we look at God and we take inventory of our relationship with him how is it?. Was it a drive by prayer to get out of trouble then back to the world? Are you using God as your one night stand when you can’t find a better way?

First check point is prayer life. I admitted the other night to my church that I have been struggling in my prayer life. So I am preaching to myself here. Are we praying like we should with respect and clear heart to the creator? Or are we mailing in our prayers?

James 5:16b The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. So let’s search our hearts ask for repentance get on our knees and boldly seek Gods face.

2nd checkpoint is the sin in our lives.. we must confess and ask for repentance. Look back at the verse the prayer of a righteous person. Not a sinful person. That is righteous in the eyes of God not man. Let’s clear up all that hidden sin. Lets get it out in the open. Let’s lay it at the feet of Christ. That is why he died for you. That is why he was beaten and spit on and hung on the Cross. So that you would not perish due to the sins you committed against God.

3rd check is your heart.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8..

Jesus is not a genie in the bottle he is not going to give you whatever your heart desires. Unless your heart is in line with his. He does not want a drive by one night stand kind of relationship/prayer life. He wants a true deep connection with you. If he was wanting a surface level prayer life and relationship with you do you really believe that he would have gone the the punishment he did for that kind of relationship? Do you believe he suffered staked to a tree for you to have a one night stand I only need ya when I’m in trouble kind of prayer? Let’s get real here. He suffered and died a horrible extremely painful unimaginable death. Not just to rescue you from a situation but to rescue you from eternal damnation. He went through that horrible death to give you life and freedom. And we have a privilege to pray all the time to Him that died for all our sins. That is our life line to the Father and creator. The one that gives you breath. The one that made the stars and moon. The one that formed you in your mother’s womb. Let’s dig deep let’s all become bareans. We need to know Him and pray to him not just use Him for a one night stand.

I almost didn’t go

You see as of late I have been struggling with the calling on my life that God has given me. If you know my story then you know that the calling was placed on my heart when I begged God to take my life but he didn’t. He told me to preach my testimony to whom he desires. So the last year to two years that hasn’t happened. As my precious wife n family have had an extremely hard year the calling on my life had been all but forgotten. My wife started the amazing carrier that God has called her to do. God placed on my heart to start Rise Above ministry. But Rise Above is not the calling for my life that God has called me to.

This past Sunday morning after being up way to late we decided to sleep in a bit. If we woke up in time to make church then we would go. Extremely physically tired emotionally tired we woke up and the thought of not going crossed my mind. Yep a church leader can miss once in a blue moon right? So we go and during worship I heard the voice of our savior ring deep within me reminding me what he actually called me to do. To preach my testimony to whom he deems necessary. And as my beautiful wife Saturday night reminded me it was to recovering addicts. So God started to show me who I need to speak with. The people he wanted me to reach out to. It took everything I had not to crumble at his weight upon me. I lost all train of thought I could not even tell you what song they were singing. Then as pastor preached The Lord was speaking to me through the message. Just reconfirming everything that he has promised me from the past. It took my wife with a bloody tongue not to tell me I told you so on that 10 minute ride home. But even with a bloody tongue I still heard it a few times.

So as I am getting ready for Rise Above God spoke to me once again Sunday night.

Gen 28 12-16 And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground with its top reaching the sky, and God’s angels were going up and down on it. The Lord was standing there beside him, saying, “I am the Lord , the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land on which you are lying. Your offspring will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out toward the west, the east, the north, and the south. All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.”

Wow how powerful is it that the Lord God spoke and promised him and reassured the Abrahamic covenant. How powerful is it when He speaks to us? How powerful is it when we hear his voice and he promises to never leave us to always provide. Wow I have chills remembering when I first heard his voice.

But then what happens?

Then Jacob made a vow: “If God will be with me and watch over me during this journey I’m making, if he provides me with food to eat and clothing to wear, and if I return safely to my father’s family, then the Lord will be my God.

Genesis 28:20‭-‬21 CSB

What is the if’s ?? God just promised him now he had ifs for all the promises from God. Which brings me to my point.

HOW QUICK DO WE FORGET THE PROMISES FROM GOD. Jacob himself it took two verses to forget. If this and if that is what we all tend to do when we don’t receive His promise to us in OUR time.

So after the service Sunday morning a gentleman walked up to my wife and I and asked us to come speak this Thursday and his men’s home. What is crazy is the last vision God showed me to speak to was this man. I know that I am to preach my testimony to whom He deems necessary. And right now Jesus is pointing to drug rehabs in our area.

So pray for my wife and I and tomorrow we speak once again on the grace and mercy of our amazing God. Be blessed my friends and if you need help in knowing the one true King the Savior from the Cross Jesus Christ himself just let me know and I can help.