Archive for January, 2014

“Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.”
(Proverbs 9:8)

God used a donkey to rebuke a man and save his life!
TRUE FREEDOM is being able to receive correction from anyone,
even those we esteem least.


I know that a lot of people are concerned with issues of justice and poverty, and seeing those in poverty breaking out into freedom. If you are truly concerned about this, you might consider the comprehensive approach. Jesus was a very smart, strategic person. And because of this, He spent a lot of time pouring into a few people. There is so much wisdom in this.

It’s easy to spread yourself very thin when working with those in poverty, because the needs are so great. But I think you will see more lasting results if you focus on helping a few people, more comprehensively.

Before I was married, I would take in a few men at a time (I would only encourage single men to minister this way — you don’t want a bunch of potentially-sketchy men in your home with your wife or kids). They slept on my four couches. I would feed them, pray with them, counsel them, help them get important documents for work, etc. Of course, even this more focused approach is not guaranteed. Some will always choose the way of sin and the world, regardless of what you pour into them. But I think this is a good model for making a more lasting impact among the poor.

Just a thought.

“Forsaking all other lovers, so long as you both shall live…”

A lot of people equate HOLINESS with purity. And I think purity is marvelous and necessary — but it seems to me that purity, as wonderful as it is, is merely a beautiful symptom of what true holiness really is: radical, exclusive PASSION for Jesus.

I know that there are times when we just have to be militant and war against our fleshly appetites and not let them win, because we know it is the right thing to do. But the BEST times are when we are so in love with Him that other “lovers” just aren’t an option.

“They OVERCAME him [the enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;” (Revelation 12:11)

It seems to me that there is a sustaining grace that is embedded within our testimonies. And sometimes, when we are feeling depressed or oppressed or afraid, the best and most effective thing we can do is share our testimony with someone who needs to hear it.  Because when we do, we not only bless that person, but the Prophetic Presence of Jesus within our testimony breaks forth and pushes back the darkness, and we once again OVERCOME and are overcomers.

“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy .” (Revelation 19:10)

Hey everybody – we need to cast off the shackles of fear and doubt and unbiblical
tradition and finally begin to believe and trust in a very very big, amazing God!