Breathing the air of prayer

My heart continually
Cries out to the living Jesus.
Grasping and gasping, it travails
With a fanatically fixated focus
Because it knows no other
Solution for life’s situations
Or healing for its pain.
My brokenness ignites
My prayers with passion
And keeps me calling
Day and night
On the One who loves me most.

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What is cussing?

Profanity is often:

  • a weak attempt to appear strong.
  • an insincere use of words that ignores their literal meaning.
  • insult language that can easily create a hostile environment.
  • an intimidated attempt to appear intimidating.
  • a lack of self-control.
  • an irrational and subjective use of the power of speech.
  • a way to alienate people who want to keep their mind positive.
  • adolescent talk masquerading as adult language.
  • a limited vocabulary.
  • a coverup for fear.
  • the way to cuss and provoke a fuss.
  • a way to use words without thinking.
  • a means of making a phrase sound like a tantrum.
  • the compulsive attempt to appear in control.
  • a way to get rid of people who want meaningful conversation.
  • the manifestation of a desire to bully.
  • a bad habit that a lot of people would like to overcome.
  • a sign of insecurity.
  • a lack of originality.
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Slavery/human trafficking (past or present) is evil

To be antislavery is to stand against the immorality of slavery. Slavery is now legally wrong almost everywhere. I believe that it has always been an evil thing.

It violates what Jesus said is the 2nd greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Nobody wants to be a slave and to have their free will continually denied by force and brutality. People who hold (or held) a person in bondage and claim them as their property, aren’t showing them love. There is nothing loving about human trafficking!

Whether it is present day or in the past, there’s one thing I know about human trafficking. It is cruel and immoral! Search for: Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind. Thank you.

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The joy of inner objectivity

Self is subjective. There’s no objectivity without self-denial. Subjectivity tries to defend what we want. Objectivity tries to discover what is really true, even if we don’t want it to be so.

People’s thoughts, feelings, and desires can be objectively tested against reality. They don’t have to be subjectively accepted. To identify people by their self-proclaimed feelings and desires is subjective. Their feelings and desires don’t define who they are!

Without honesty there can be no objectivity. When the human conscience says, “Be honest,” it’s being objective! If you’re unwilling to openly go against your feelings, desires, and opinions, you can’t be objective!

If you consistently see things as you want them to be, you’ll wander in deception. You’ll seldom stumble into truth.

Cherry picking facts that confirm your feelings and desires is a weak attempt to make subjectivity seem objective. Subjectivity interprets life as you want it to be. Objectivity tries to interpret life as it is. Pride interprets things subjectively. It requires genuine humility to things as they really are.

My own inner voice is subjective. It twists things to please me. The inner voice of Jesus is objective. It tells me the way things really are, even when I don’t want to know.

People who follow the risen Jesus aren’t living by their own rules. They deny their own rules and self-focused desires in order to obey Him.

The purpose of
The Gospel story
Isn’t to supply material
For boring sermons.
It’s to empower people
To live in God’s glory!

Life becomes amazing when you open your heart to Spirit-led visioning. Christianity becomes “a spectator sport” when no commitment or responsibilities are expected, and no Spirit-led objectives set.

If you’re a Christ-follower your heart should be full of live wires flowing with the risen Jesus, not dead power lines that carry no current. If it’s not your primary objective to hear, follow, and obey the living Jesus, it won’t “just happen.”

Faith without implementation is empty, religious speculation. Christianity was never intended to be aimless sitting in church. Jesus said: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

Christians aren’t called to defeat people. They’re called to defeat their own temptations and ungodly desires.

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The power of mutual submission

Here’s some good news: The kingdom of God is one invisible nation, indivisible, with deliverance and healing for all who will humbly receive it.

When we’re radically submitted to the risen Jesus as citizens of God’s kingdom, living in humble, ongoing obedience to His will, we begin to walk in mutual submission to and heart-felt service to one another. We begin to “Consider others better than yourself,” and “Submit to one another.” That consideration and submission “is fitting in the Lord.” It means being full of love for others and without harshness.

Christians today have trouble embracing mutual submission because church for many centuries has tended to follow an authoritarian model. Although we say that Christ is the Head, functionally He’s actually a figurehead, while a pastor literally runs the service and operates as if he is the head. Jesus gave an alternative model. He said: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”

A great person serves others without pulling rank, exploiting positional power, or boasting in titles or credentials. For example, a great husband serves his wife, and a great wife serves her husband. When members of the body of Christ gather as His Spirit-led town hall meeting, God’s kingdom comes and brings submission to God and to one another.

In the light of the Cross of Christ, there are no human rights. None of us are entitled to anything. We’ve earned nothing. We’re doing better than we deserve. Everything we have is through grace and mercy. Now we need to show grace and mercy to all people, because God so love the world that . . .

The pride in me causes me to resist humbling myself. To be truly humble I must resist and die to my pride. “Consider others better than yourself” today.

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Discipleship goes beyond religious rules, methodology & theology

The only way a human can continually manifest the character of Jesus (the fruit of the Spirit) is by denying and dying to the desires and demands of sin and of self (the flesh) and instead, being continually led by the Spirit (the living Jesus). That goes beyond theology and methodology. It’s an ongoing choice to embrace love, sacrifice, surrender, obedience, and relationship, and to follow “Christ in you” no matter what the cost.

It’s not enough to be inspired and informed by Scripture. We must be inwardly transformed by it–overcome and undone. “Let the word of God dwell in you richly.” “Be doers of the word, not hearers only.”

The living Jesus isn’t subjective. “Christ in you” isn’t your whims or opinions. He’s real and He speaks objectively within human hearts! Listen. Humans also have an inner objectivity that often resists personal feelings, desires, or opinions. It’s called conscience.

Religious methodology and theology cannot mend this heart of mine, but the living Jesus does! When we self-identify as human, we’re all in the same boat.

The New Testament is full of “one another” commands. I’m so glad God has given me committed, radical Christ-followers to walk in the Spirit with! I need other humans to help me walk with Jesus. Jesus is building communities of the heart–people who are connected heart-to-heart with Him and with all who love and obey Him.

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All skin-colors are created equal!

People who propagate
The idea that skin-color
Is a justification for hate
Desecrate
Human rights.

Search for:
Off the RACE Track--From Color-Blind to Color-Kind.
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Should worship be more than songs & a sermon?

When you continually hear and follow His voice, Jesus becomes more than a religious belief system. He becomes both your Lord and your friend. Hearing Jesus requires no skill. It only requires your willingness to hear.

If you’re not excited about Jesus, you’re probably not hearing Him speak to you. The first step to hearing Jesus is being willing to hear Him. If you don’t want to submit to and obey Jesus, you won’t be willing to hear Him speak to you.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. –Colossians 3:16.

Sermons are easily forgotten. Passively listening to one man talk, week-after-week, isn’t a very effective way to create sold-out, surrendered, and sacrificial Christ-followers. Perhaps you’re on to something. Songs make us want to participate, not just spectate. Singing faith-filled songs from the bottom of your heat is powerful! When I’m at home, I’m frequently asking Alexa to play whatever Christian songs come to my heart. Then I sing along and pour my heart out to the risen Jesus. What a blessing! Anointed songs release joy that causes us to want to sing along, but sermons compel us to be passive (even board) members of an audience.

The phrase, “teach and admonish one another” is one of the more than 50 “one another” commandments in the New Testament. It appears that early Christianity was participatory, not passive! Let’s free up modern Christians to “teach and admonish one another” rather than always being taught and admonished by the same person, week after week. 1 Corinthians 14:26 tells us that everyone can have something to share when we come together. “When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, . . .” Jesus wants to speak through everyone present, not just through one special person.

When we gather in Jesus’ name, let all God’s people sing. Let them all testify. Let them all share what God is revealing to them and what He is doing in their life! Because churches have neglected to train their members to be “led by the Spirit,” many don’t even know what it means. (See Romans 8:14.)

People cling to the belief that Jesus only speaks in special ways to special people because that relieves them from the responsibility of hearing Him for themselves. However, according to the Bible, true Christians are supposed to hear Jesus and are led by God’s Spirit. (John 10:27 and Romans 8:14.) If you’re unwilling to hear and obey Jesus, you can’t follow Him.

Debating doctrine is divisive. Hearing and obeying the living Jesus brings Christians into heart-felt unity. You can’t give your total loyalty to your nation (or anyone or anything else) and to the risen Jesus at the same time. Caesar and Jesus can’t both be Lord.

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Life is like bowling (inner peace is too)

When anxiety strikes, get busy. Spare no time knocking down its pins. You can’t knock down the bowling pins of anxiety if you let your mind roll into the gutter.

“Life’s like bowling. A pinsetter keeps setting up pins–negative thoughts, tormenting emotions, and destructive desires. Our job is to keep knocking them down.” Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” The way to experience His peace and not be troubled is to use the spiritual weapons that He has freely gives us and knock down the devil’s pins that constantly try to disrupt our inner peace. Doing that we can refuse to let our heart to be troubled.

My heart is frequently tempted to be troubled, but I use God’s spiritual weapons to resist and knock down the pins of trouble. I use weapons like continual prayer, brokenness, humility, resistance to all things demonic, faith, honesty, confession, repentance, staying focused on the risen Jesus, daily heart-felt Bible reading, praying with other people, asking people to pray for me, thinking on godly things, pursuing holiness and God’s kingdom, frequently reading anointed Christian writers (most of them already in Heaven), speaking in tongues, refusing to watch or listen to sinful media, taking communion, listening to and worshiping with powerful praise music, telling Jesus I love Him, listening to Jesus and doing what He tells me to, etc.

Counterfeit peace consists of the mere distraction of our attention away from our anxiety and/or various attempts to deny or medicate our angst. I sometimes turn to various types of clean entertainment in a futile attempt to find peace. However, it never gives me anything but temporary distraction.

Jesus is the Illuminator. Seeing life through His eyes makes it bright and filled with light!

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Too many labels & attempts at identity

Last week I met a stranger named Person and someone gave me a bottle of water simply labeled H2O. Perhaps we over label people! Then I read where someone had posted: “The Bible calls us to leave behind all the old earthbound categories.” Over categorizing things complicates life, and too much labeling of people limits our ability to show them love, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Trying to feel better about our wrongful behavior by comparing our “badness” to other people’s “immorality” is a false measure because we “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” so much that none of us deserve the label “good.” The Bible even states that “All your righteousness is as filthy rags,” and “There is none righteous, no not one.” Self-effort can never make a person good. Instead, we need a supernatural change in our inner nature. We need to die to our unholy self and let the living Jesus live in, transform, and direct us.

Although we like to categorize degrees of immorality, in reality there are no hierarchies of sin. Whether someone kills one person or a million people, he is a murderer. Whether he tells one lie or a million lies, he is a liar. Whether he commits one sin or a million sins, he is a sinner. We are all dead in trespasses and sins. The only way out is to be born again into Jesus’ resurrection life.

To achieve and maintain sanity is one of life’s most important goals. Over labeling doesn’t help. All dishonesty is a twisting, distorting, and denying of reality.

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