The Windy City

Almost 3:00 am here in the Windy City our room on the 37th floor blessed by His grace to sleep much closer tonight to the Father than normal.. you know what I mean!

In awe, full of great reverence while staring at the miles and miles of the beauty of His creations; deeply grasping how much more He the creator even more divinely beautiful.

Still, the sirens are going off every 5 minutes screaming throughout the city, still this city not totally asleep đź’¤ wondering if it will ever get to be..

God Father I call unto You to hear my prayers 🙏🏻 proclaiming Your mighty name to be victorious over this City..come and have it Your way, come bring Your Rushing Wind to refresh in peace and love ❤️ this Windy City.. pray like Jesus, hope like Jesus for “everyone” without any conditions without any selfish expectations..it is simply the right thing to do..why waste another day..I know the One who gives Freedom and blesses who calls the Wind and calms the seas and moves the mountains..my King and savior, redeemer..Emmanuel my God forever and ever will be in control in who is in control. Amen!

Staying In Good Shape & Healthy 

Why I try hard to stay in good shape & healthy?!

I try very hard to stay in good shape and healthy based on the motivation that I must be in good shape and healthy to be able to pursue the Father’s heart continually and through Faith I will be able to serve Him and be fruitful worker in His vine by doing His preassigned good works for me toward His peoples and become transformed to be like Him in the process.

I try hard to stay in good shape and healthy to honor and to respect His temple and image and to prepare for His Holy Spirit who is always ready for much deeper indwelling in me.

I try to stay in good shape and healthy so I can stay tuned in and in constant connection with the Father, raising and praising His Holy name “Elohim” which is above all names.

I try to stay in good shape and healthy to keep my heart alive and a true source of the springs of life.. for Jesus says “23 (Above all), watch (guard) over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

I try hard to stay in good shape and healthy to be able to stay humble and hungry and strong and courageous and never be dismayed; preparing for His second kingdom to come for the Lord says “Yes, I am coming quickly” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Rev. 22:20

Be Whole, Be Strong and Courageous 

Men!!!
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but “YOU” shall be the miracle.” Phillips Brooks – US Episcopal bishop (1835 – 1893)  

Be whole, be strong & courageous for He carried the cross in complete agony, but voluntary died in our behalf. “Nothing” – Absolutely Nothing, is compared to you God. Who always  collects our broken pieces and make us whole once again, who heals our bleeding hearts and cleanse them to make them white as snow once again.

Carry your cross like Jesus did, Be Glories and victories, humble men of honor – men of God like a child honoring his own Father through worshiping, continually without ceasing raising and praising His Holy name by (Spirit & Truth).

For we are so privileged to have been created by Him and for Him; For through this knowledge comes responsibilities and accountability; to live a life sharing the words and fighting the wars for the benefit and the welfare of His upcoming Kingdom-ship..  

How deeply more wonderful can it be, how more humbling will it feel to believe that we are created to be His Sons and daughters and when we love Him supremely, have faith, trust and complete obedience we make our heavenly Father smile and these acts do delight Him so much, even when “We Feel”  He is a million mile away!

Let no one but God defiles you or shortchange you from knowing the true promises in God’s inspired and breathed words (The Holy Bible) by editing and sugarcoating these inspired words to inrich their earthly ministery; rather study, meditate, be inspired and get transformed by the powers of the Holiness of All these breathed words. Let no daylight end without declaring from all of your heart, all of your soul, mind and strength your pure love to Him and others specially he family members of His Faith.

Be Joshua 1:9 
(God repeatedly commanded Joshua by saying ) “Have I not COMMANDED YOU? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

“Do not bring the Word of God down to the level of your ministry (whatever it is), rather be strong and courageous to bring your ministry up to God’s inspired words, which is what we are called to do and what honors and pleases the Father.” – Pastor Crawford Loritts The call to courage

Forgiveness Christ-like

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
Forgiveness Christ-like:

We must realize that God is at work even in the bad things that happen to us. God is at work in the midst of situations where people have wronged us through actions or words. God is sovereign, and He can take evil and bring good out of it. We can either focus on what has been done to us in the past or we can focus on what God can do through what has happened to us.

How refreshing to see an example of true Christ-like forgiveness. When we forgive as Christ forgave us, others are refreshed. There is love, unity, and joy. Unforgiveness and bitterness poison relationships (Hebrews 12:14-15) “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled”.

Accepting back into our lives a person who has wronged us is usually the last thing we want to do. We would rather build a wall and shut that person out. But Jesus asks us to accept that person (Romans 15:7) “7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God”.

Onesimus returned to his legal owner (Philemon) and asked for forgiveness. But we are to take others back and forgive them even if they do not ask for forgiveness! Why?!!

Because that is what Jesus did. He hung on the Cross and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
LeRoy Bartel – Prison Epistles

Fatherhood Relationship

But the relationship (With the Father) established by creation is of a far greater dependence, so that nothing God has made can exist without His support. Out of human acts it is only music that bears some resemblance to this, for when the voice is silent there is no longer any song.

God, then, is within all creation, because He is its cause. He is within every stone and leaf and child. Nothing, with life or without, evil or good, can fail to contain Him as the source of its energy, its power, its existence; He is “the soul’s soul.” Not only, therefore, must I train myself to see with reverence that everything contains Him, but I must especially realize His intimacy and relationship to myself.

The Abiding Presence of the Holy Ghost in the Soul – BEDE JARRETT, O.P. 1918

The Empowerment of the Holy Spirit 

We can not assume that a few nonbelievers are ready to receive Christ just because a Christian knocks on their door, presents them with a gospel tract or video, and challenge them to a salvation decision or public call for decision at the alter!!.

The body of Christ must be based on believers who are empowered by the Holy Spirit – effective witnessing especially with people we know well, requires faithful prayer, patience, and genuine love while gently sharing the gospel starting with

  1. Who Jesus is?
  2. Why He gave His life?
  3. Who Jesus is not?

For many, it can mean years of witnessing and discipling before they come to faith. Following Christ is a journey, and it begins (before the decision) takes place.

The Holy Spirit prepares a person’s heart for the gospel message; persuading nonbelievers to make immature Faith or Salvation decision is a big mistake. Only God can and will do God’s works, our commission is to share and proclaim the gospel relying on the Holy Spirit empowerment to do the rest!

We have to meet them where they are at in life and share with them Who Jesus is? Why He gave His life? Who Jesus is not? Without judging or condemning rather genuinely Love them. In most cases addiction is the real mask of deep years of hurts, frustrations and sufferings; this is why we gently should be seeking the change of hearts first (healing the poisoned roots) before attempting to seek the change of behaviors, and together live and walk hands in hands the solution from the beginning and every step of the way.

The Father commands us not to get overwhelmed or disappointed if we don’t get followed “it is not all about us”, rather rely on the Holy Spirit to do His work which may take years to come to revalation. Remember, we should be seeking change of hearts first then change of behaviors and change of lifestyle will follow.

Love this testimony from Pastor Steve Dodson (AG):

Many apples were left behind. Some had fallen out of the bucket when the harvesters came through. Others were discarded, because they were damaged and had (scars or bruises). Steve gave some of these (Neglected Apples) to some of the women in the church. They peeled and canned the apples. Later, they made beautiful pies.
Through this experience, God revealed to Steve that many people in the community were like those apples, waiting to be gathered. (Neglected people) are passed over by Christians who look on the outside and conclude that the people are unreachable. Steve shared his experience with his congregation. It energized the church. Believers began gathering neglected people, and a variety of newcomers visited the church. Some were neglected as children. Some were addicts and alcoholics. They were scarred and bruised by sin and suffering. God made something beautiful of them. They began to take part in the life of the church. Some are now deacons in the church.

The decision to follow Christ is not the finish line, but an open door to a life devoted to following Jesus. The goal of evangelism is not just a salvation decision but also a life of discipleship; making new disciples..of every tribe, every tongue, every race and every nation at every corner of this broken, hopeless and corrupt world.

May His Holy Spirit guide us, inspire us, be our strength and our shield while doing His works. Amen!

Faith

Faith is the beginning never was designed to be the end!

Does Faith in the Lord means just believing that He is who He says He is, the true I AM? The solo creator of all the seen and unseen, the known and the unknown, our One almighty God who reigns above all, The “Emmanuel” who is always with us commanding us daily to be strong and courageous and to never be dismayed but be His disciples who go out and through His mighty Holy Spirit make disciples.

Then what does faith truly means, how can we obtain it and sustain it, and if it is not just believing in who God says He is, then what?

Faith: According to Wikipedia is defined as confidence or trust in a being, object, living organism, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. Faith may also refer to a hope or belief, rational or irrational, in a certain outcome. Faith refers to a belief as it is not based on proof.

Faith: According to C.S. Lewis: “We must not encourage in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which, if we succeeded, we should describe as “faith”, with the idea that this will somehow insure the granting of our prayer…. The state of mind which desperate desire working on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense. It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.”

Faith: According to the Bible is believing in what is true, and has two elements:

  1. Being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things, and
  2. Believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing the truth.

Heb 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Mark 17:20

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ”

Abraham, an Example of Faith

Rom 4:22-25 (Phi) This was the “faith” which was counted unto him for righteousness. Now this counting of faith for righteousness was not recorded simply for Abraham’s credit, but as a divine principle which should apply to us as well. Faith is to be consider as righteousness to us also, who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered to death for our sins and raised again to secure our justification.

Vassilios Papavassiliou – Thirty Steps to Heaven

Faith: Is Step 30 to Heaven, and “is part of the 3 virtues of Christianity, these 3 virtues are (Faith, Hope, Love) are the Holy Trinity to our spiritual life…

Many People do not understand why faith is a virtue, for faith is usually understood as nothing more than “Believing” in something that cannot be proven. But when we speak of faith as Christian virtue, we are speaking of something more specific than this. It is not virtue to believe.. .Unfortunately many think of religious faith in this way. But that kind of faith is far too rudimentary to deserve a place at the top of the ladder of Christian virtues. Faith as “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1) is the beginning of Faith, but not its end.

Faith, like hope and love, describes our RELATIONSHIP with God. The reason faith lies at the summit of the ladder is that it both shapes our relationship with Him and, at the same time, is the FRUIT of that relationship. It is therefore better understood as TRUST, FAITHFULNESS, LOYALTY, and DEDICATION. The more we come to KNOW GOD, the more we TRUST in Him and the more we dedicate ourselves to Him. And yet, the greater our faith, the more we GROW in the other virtues. We cannot begin to ascend the ladder without faith, and yet the higher we ascend, the more faith INCREASES”

We are NOT Alone!

Love is near, without ceasing casts away our fear!

Your Majesty,
Breath, let your heavens gates open.
Unleash your rushing wind, let your Holy Spirit come.
Wave your finger, let your kingdom come, let thy well be done.
Speak, let your voice move & bring again new life to this place.

Standing still in awe, we proclaim You our Powerful Mighty King, to come & take over this place.
Join your heavens & this earth in one, fill them up with your pure Love & amazing Faith.
Our Great God!

In your name, Almighty Lord we declare
Our Faith in You,
Our trust in You alone,
Our Powerful & Merciful God

Until then,
Day & night, Night & day
We will worship & sing to
Your Majesty..

Void – Inner Void

Only the love of our almighty God can fill it through His Holy Spirit indwelling in us!
I pray & pray more whenever I feel this way! This is one hard & old mankind’s condition.

The Psalmists even felt this way
Psalm (51:10-12 NIV)
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
Amen

Balancing the equation between Speaking & Listening

It took Samuel three times before he realized that it was the voice of God who was calling “Samuel”..

Then he said “Speak Lord for your servant is listening”

After all, the struggle of balancing the equation between speaking & listening is not new,
Isn’t it?!
Then,
– How much do we actively & spiritually listen & talk?!
– How much through Faith & good works we serve the only Lord Jesus Christ?

They say “There has to be a work of God in our lives before we can do something for Him. We need to see our position in Christ, seated with Him in heavenly places, before we can learn to walk the Christian walk.”