Jesus Will Work Through All

“And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As we see in verses 5 & 6, it was the leaders, scribes, elders. High Priest, and others who were there, seeing and hearing Peter and John.

As all these people heard the words and wisdom of Peter and John, Scripture says they “marveled” because of what they heard. I can imagine they stood in awe, especially the High Priest, and the others who were highly educated, and them knowing Peter and John were uneducated, untrained men, possibly knowing they were “only fishermen”.
But then the realization hit them, these men had “been with Jesus”. Wow, what a realization that would be, but it did not change their lives, as they slipped away to decide what to do.

This same Jesus changes lives today, just as in 1855 Jesus changed the life of D.L. Moody. Dwight Lyman Moody, had grade 5 education, could not find a job, and eventually his uncle gave in and hired D.L. to work in his shoe store, on one condition, that D.L. attend church with him.
The Sunday School teacher at the church, one day stopped in at the shoe store, and spoke to D.L. about the Gospel Of Christ, and Salvation. Shortly after that encounter, D.L. accepted Christ as Saviour.

After moving to Chicago, D.L. became involved in a church, and through an Outreach Ministry, spoke to many children and others of Christ.
Dwight Lyman Moody became one of the best known Evangelists known throughout history, although uneducated, BUT, he had been with Jesus. He had been with Jesus in a different way than Peter and John, but it was still Jesus Who changed His life, and many lives have been changed since that time.

In 2020 Jesus is still with all who call upon Him, and follow Him.
Acts 4:13 is one of my favourite verses, stating how Peter and John were used by Jesus, although they were uneducated. Others noted they had been with Jesus.

Others are to see that in me also. In the Power Of Holy Spirit, I trust they will.
Praise Jesus!

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Waiting on Holy Spirit

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4-8 

The Apostles had been with Jesus three years. They saw all that He did. They were sent out to minister on their own, and returned, reporting to Jesus. Yet, when Jesus was preparing them for His return to Heaven, Jesus told the Apostles to wait…..wait for Holy Spirit to come, and He would empower them to minister. We still need to wait…wait on Holy Spirit to guide and empower us for ministry, for life. So often we have an idea, perhaps even an idea planted by Holy Spirit, and we run ahead with it, on our own, in our own fleshly power, rather than waiting on Holy Spirit to empower us, lead us His way, to the places He has prepared us to be, and people He has already appointed us to see. Holy Spirit will prepare us, before He sends us, we need His infilling, empowerment, before we are able to fulfill His plan and purpose through us. Holy Spirit, thank You that You never tell us to do something, and then leave us on our own to do it. You tell us, then You prepare us. Help me to learn to always wait for Your empowerment before jumping into action, even when You have told me what is ahead to be done. Waiting, preparing my heart and mind in the Word, be cleansed of myself, praying, is how I will be ready to be filled and sent. Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your Gift Of Holy Spirit, so I never am alone to serve You. He leads and empowers, for Your Glory. 

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Hearing /Listening to the Lord! Acting When He Speaks / BREAKTHROUGH

How often have we said this same thing?

“Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.””
‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Then…..do we listen to what the Lord says? Perhaps we have been chosen to lead, but we keep hiding in the wine press, sifting wheat, so we are not seen.

It is time we all listen for the voice of the Lord.

With Pentecost Sunday upon us, this is a perfect time to be tuned, hear, and listen for, and to, the Voice Of Holy Spirit.

Time for Breakthrough.

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Middle of Night Ramblings

MIDDLE OF NIGHT RAMBLINGS!

As we make our way through these COVID19 days, sure we miss getting together with grandkids, other family, and friends as well, knowing all people are going through these times.

But during my middle of the night wonderings and ramblings, I am still thankful to our Lord Jesus for what we do have. We have a home to be safe in, with food and water. We have a son and daughter, with families of their own, who we know are safe also, and they care for us by bringing groceries and dropping them at the door safely.

We definitely are more blessed, or fortunate than some, in that we have a backyard, albeit small, to wander around in safely, and a deck to sit on during warm days or evenings. I do sympathize with any who are in high rise apartments, with no place else to go. I also sympathize greatly with the many people I know, and have known, who are homeless, and now do not even have shelters to go to during the day, due to the pandemic.

Having said all that, and after thinking about it for a while, and praying, my thoughts expanded. Whatever situation we are in, in this country, we are still a blessed and fortunate people.

My thoughts go to persons, in countries in Africa, as well as in the countries of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and many other Eastern and European, Asian countries, where many don’t have a home, don’t have food or water, and are living in downtrodden areas of total disaster, and then have COVID19 to contend with as well.

Many, or families, with young children, as we see on the News. Some are children alone, who have lost their parents through any number of reasons, including war ravaging their areas. Some are young adults, who really do not know what life holds for them, as they see nothing promising ahead at all. They are always on the run, trying to find a better, safer place to stay, but during these days, borders are generally closed to newcomers, blocking their entrance.

So we can imagine, when people in those circumstances get sick with COVID19, what can they do but suffer and mostly die wherever they are at that time.

When I think of all that, and the suffering of children in those conditions, and the thoughts of parents, wishing they could do more for their children, to give them a good life, a better life than they have experienced so far, or even better than their families have for generations, it is heart breaking.

What can we do as a person, a family, a nation, to assist these poor people in other countries. It was not the fault of any of them that they were born in that particular country. Just as it had nothing to do with me that I was blessed to be born in Canada.

Again, I do realize there are many people in this great country of Canada who are suffering in poverty as well, and that is not right either. We have so much wealth and resources in Canada, no one should be in poverty, if we all took on the responsibility to care for one another. I also believe the government should share in the responsibility in a greater way, to care for those in need, as well as many seniors who are living below the poverty line, with no decent dwelling, or enough money left from Old Age Pension, to eat properly.

Even if the government, (and we are the people, the people of the population of Canada, paying taxes), spent our tax dollars in a wise way to ensure everyone in this country had a decent home, and food money, we would still have money to help other countries where their people are in deeper levels of poverty than we as a country have ever experienced.

I have waited until the end here, to state the fact that I and my wife are Christ followers, believing that every human being ever born is a creation of the Lord God Jehovah, our Creator, and the Creator of all. Therefore, He loves all people, all races, all cultures, equally, and Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God, came to earth, born as a baby, grew into manhood, gave His Life willingly on a cross to die for the sin of all mankind, for all who will repent and ask foregiveness of sin. Jesus did not stay dead, for any who may not know, but was resurrected to Life on the Third Day, by Holy Spirit of God, and stayed on earth another 40 days, and then ascended to His Home in Heaven again, to sit on a throne at the Right Side of His Heavenly Father. As Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised to return, and take all those to Heaven for eternity, who accepted Him as Saviour, through repentance and asking for forgiveness of sins, and turning from their sinful ways to live as Christ taught, and as the writers of the Bible taught.

We are looking forward to that day, and yet, the longer the time of waiting, the more people will come to know Christ as Saviour and join He and us in Heaven.

From knowing and believing all that, I know it is the will of God for us to care for one another, and to assist others in this country as well as in far off countries, in every way we possibly can. I also know and believe it is God’s will for us to help those in distant lands who are suffering in poverty, by providing means for them to have a stable life, shelter, food, education so they are able to work. Education in some cases, means being able to care for themselves, grow food in gardens, possibly fish, raise farm animals for food and milk.

There are many good organizations already doing that, it does not mean more need to start, it means more of us need to give a bit more of ourselves, of our finances, time if possible, belongings, so others can go and help, or we can go ourselves if at all possible.

God’s Blessings.

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Technological Advancements “For Such A Time As This”

Read this for Holy Spirit led inspiration, for serving Jesus Christ, and sharing His Gospel. None of us have a reason for not obeying the Great Commission from Jesus Christ. We may have excuses, but we do not have good reasons.

Unshakable Hope

The world has changed so much since I was diagnosed with ALS way back in 1996. Sitting here in my bedroom paralyzed for the last twenty years, I’ve mostly been an observer of these changes. In the opinion of this observer, some changes have been good, others have been bad.

I’m fascinated by the evolution of the Internet and Smartphone technology. In 1996, my cellphone was big, bulky, and only able to make calls. There was no such thing as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and Amazon was a little start-up selling books. Only one percent of the world’s population had Internet access. Today, the overwhelming majority of the world has Internet access, and there are more than 3.5 billion Smartphones in use.

I don’t think we can classify the Internet and smartphones as good or bad. They are merely tools. It’s what we do with them that becomes…

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Salty Christians

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ ESV)

What a sad occurrence that would be if I became so comfortable or complacent in my walk with Christ, that nothing would show in my life any longer, to show people, or draw people to Jesus Christ, if they do not know Him.

Or also, if nothing in my Christian Life would encourage a new Christ follower to dig deeper or desire to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

At that point there would be no value in my Christian walk at all. Evaluation needs to take place periodically, to see if my life is demonstrating a Christlikeness at all.

Christlikeness does not mean “legalism”.

Christlikeness means showing Love, Kindness, Forgiveness, Peace, Joy, Patience, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self control.

Christlikeness means not acting or living on emotions alone, but making proper choices in life, everyday, in every situation.

Being a “salty” Christ follower, means that my life should have an influence on other lives in a positive manner, such as, others will enjoy being around me to learn of Christ, of life, and will not be turned off by words or actions they may hear, see, experience from me.

It is similar to eating salted chips or peanuts. Once started, the hand keeps going back into the container for more, because the mouth and taste buds desire more. Persons should desire more of Christ because they get a taste of Christ in my life.

Now, to live that way continually.

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Holy Spirit Boldness

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭105:1-2‬ ‭ESV

God, the only Living True God, the Creator of earth, and all who are on it, the Creator of all there is, and the Giver of life, is Worthy of all Praise. God has given us much, has done much for us, and continues daily to give blessings, life, breath, with the promise of Eternity with Him, to all who turn to His Son, Jesus Christ, in repentance of sin, asking forgiveness, and changing our ways, as Holy Spirit leads and strengthens us.

God even provided the Way of Salvation, in the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, along with the Ascension and Promise of His return for all who call upon Him. No works of our’s could ever have been enough, or paid the price that Jesus Christ paid.

How can we not “make known His deeds among the peoples”?

How can we not “sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works”?

Holy Spirit, help me, give me boldness as was seen in Peter and John, to speak boldly of my Lord Jesus, so all will know I have been with Jesus, that I had an encounter with Him, and He transformed my life.

Acts 4:13

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Holy Spirit, give me the words to speak, at every opportunity You give, to boldly proclaim the Gospel. Jesus Christ has done so much for me, I want to, and need to tell many.

Ephesians 6:19-20

19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Thank You Jesus.

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THEY TRIED TO WARN US

Mario Murillo Ministries


Oral Roberts heard the voice of God in a vision speaking to the lukewarm American church. God told him,

“THERE IS A WASTING OF MY POWER, THERE IS A FAILURE TO GRASP THE END TIME. AND THE CHURCH: THEY ARE COMING TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING, MOSTLY FOR THEMSELVES. AND THE PREACHERS, FOR THE MOST PART, ARE NOT REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH.

“THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LITTLE GROUP THAT IS THERE. AND THEY SING THEIR SONGS AND THEY GET UP AND PREACH.  WHEN 9-11 STRUCK, THERE WAS A FEAR THAT CAME INTO THE HEARTS OF EVEN MY PEOPLE OF THE CHURCH, AND OF THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH. AND MILLIONS, THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY OR TWO, RUSHED TO GO TO CHURCH.

“WHEN THOSE PLANES OF THE TERRORISTS STRUCK THE TWIN TOWERS IN NEW YORK CITY, AND THEY GRADUALLY CAME TUMBLING DOWN, IT WAS SOMETHING BIGGER THAN…

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Use Of Scripture

This might just be a rant, but I will get it out anyway. Feedback is always welcome.

So often, from some preachers, from lay people, a verse of Scripture is quoted. Many times from athletes also. Particularly after an athlete has had a great game, such as an NFL running back picking up a couple TDs in a game, along with over 200 yards total offence. Some have Philippians 4:13 sewed on a headband, while others have a tattoo or eye shadow signifying this verse, and they boldly declare they are Christ followers. Their declaration of being Christ followers, I love. But I disagree with the use of Philippians 4:13 as being the reason for their victory.

There are probably Christ followers on the opposing team also. Those players follow the same Christ, work just as hard, perhaps harder, but it is possible the entire team is not as talented, or they had an off day, or no breaks.

Sermons have been preached on this, usually heard on TV.  Many people claim this in everyday life, for situations they choose to enter.

The problem I have with this, is that I do not believe one verse can always be taken as a stand alone verse, and build your life and actions on it.

When looking at this verse, it says: 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

So, what does Paul mean when he says “all this”?  We need to look back to the previous verse: 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

(Philippians 4:12-13

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.)

Apparently, Paul learned what it was to be content in every situation he was in. It didn’t say he chose difficult experiences, next to impossible situations, or personal desires, expecting God to look favourably upon him carrying him through all things.

I believe what may be happening, since some of the translations of Scripture do not really specify looking at the context, many people like the look of this one verse, grabbing and claiming it.

Preachers and Teachers should be especially careful as they are instructing, guiding others, especially new, or pre Christ followers, that we cannot choose one verse in a passage, and use it in all situations by itself.

Below are a number of translations of Philippians 4:13. Some are more clear than others for the real meaning of this verse / passage.

I realize this is long, maybe no one has even read this, but I should be finished my rant.

Scripture needs to be used properly, spoken and taught clearly. Otherwise we have confused Christ followers, some who think they are Christ followers but are not, or some driven away because their beliefs are not coming to fruition.

I believe the end of time as we know it is near, and Christ is returning soon. We need to be certain the Truth is understood properly.

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Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do.

Philippians 4:13   Easy to Read Version

I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13  Christian Standard Bible

I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13       American Standard Version

Christ gives me the strength to face anything.

Philippians 4:13    Contemporary English Version

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13  21st Century King James Version

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13   Authorized KJV

I am able to do all things through the help of Christ, which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13   1599 Geneva Bible

I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13   God’s Word Translation

I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

Philippians 4:13   Good News Translation

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13   International Standard Version

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for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. 

Philippians 4:13. Living Bible

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13   New International Version

I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13   New International Reader’s Version

I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13   Common English Bible

I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

Philippians 4:13  Amplified Bible

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Comfort In The Storm

“Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Mark‬ ‭6:47-50‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Just wondering if anyone reading this has had a time in life when you may have been terrified of something seen, happening, or imagined. Also wondering what various thoughts or responses may have been in any of the situations.

It is recorded in Scripture where the Apostles of Jesus Christ had a situation they were terrified in, letting their imagination run loose.

After a busy day, Jesus told his twelve Apostles to go ahead of Him to another town across the lake. He then dismissed the vast crowd of over 5000 He had just fed, miraculously from the five loaves and two fish, and Jesus, as was His custom did go off by Himself to spend time speaking with His Heavenly Father.

Later in the night, Jesus went to join His Apostles, in an unusual manner, He walked to them, on top of the water, even though it was windy, and waves were high.

As Jesus got closer to the boat, He was seen by the Apostles, but not recognized immediately, as they thought they were seeing a ghost, and as Scripture records, they cried out and were terrified.

These big, strong, burly men of the sea, who probably has been through many storms on the water, were now fighting the wind and waves, and thought they saw a ghost. We don’t know why they would think “a ghost”, or whose ghost in particular, if any, but these big tough men were terrified.

Jesus saw, and heard their cries, naturally, and spoke only eight words, eight powerful comforting words:  “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Those words gave comfort to the fishermen. Those same words, from the same Saviour, continue to give comfort to us today, IF we listen, hear, believe.

Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to plant scary, terrifying, intimidating thoughts and ideas in your mind. That is always the intention he has. He is like the wind and rain. 

Jesus is in control.

Whatever situation you may be in, if you trust Jesus, and listen for His comforting words in the midst of the storm you are in, you will hear Him, and when you believe Him, He will take you through the storm.

God Bless.

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