December 29, 2014
I am ending this year as I usually do—looking back to see what worked and what didn’t, and looking forward to see what is to be done in the new year. I feel satisfied with some things, and I feel frustrated with others. I will be talking with the Lord about all of this over the coming days.
As I also grow a year older and seem to be approaching the end of this life as I know it, I am taking a moment to review my life. Please don’t think that I am being morbid or that I am depressed. I am most certainly not! I just feel the shortness of time, and I want to be sure that I make the most of it. If I could have done one thing differently though, it would be that I would have studied the Bible more. I can see many decisions that I made that are contrary to the principles in the Bible. I can see many mistakes that I made because I did not know what God has already said. I can see that I have not thought about myself as God thinks about me. While I cannot do anything about the past, I can do something about the future. I am determining to read my Bible more, to study the principles I find there, and to begin to put into practice what I learn each and every day. It won’t be long until I see Him face to face, and I desire to be the best that I can be. The Word is the way that I can do this. 2 Timothy 2:15—Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
My challenge to you this month is to do your own review. Remember the past cannot be changed so don’t let it hold you captive. And the future will be only as bright as your knowledge of the Bible. Read, study, meditate the Word! And remember—Jesus is coming soon!
October 14 , 2014
I woke up Sunday with revelation flowing through my heart – revelation of the goodness of God. Last month I wrote you about the character of God so I guess this letter continues along this line. I so enjoy when God speaks to me in the small moments of my life. Good—God is good, and He wants to do good to me!
In the beginning God created, and each creation was good. Even when man chose to sin, God was good when He removed man from the Tree of Life. If He left man in the garden to eat of this tree, then man would forever be in his sin state. I am thankful I do not have to remain in my sin. When God’s plan for man to have a good life seemed doomed, God sent a Savior and then sent Holy Ghost. A Savior – to take our sicknesses and diseases upon His own body, and to pay the price for our sin by going to hell. Holy Ghost – to live inside us to comfort us, to teach us, to guide us, to remind us of God’s words to us. If we are not experiencing the goodness of God, it is not God’s fault, it is ours. Many people look at God as Judge, and they become fearful because of their sin. I look at God as Judge, and I am joyful because He wants to do me good! 2 Corinthians 5:19 – For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. God is not holding my sins against me! Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” God gives a future of good and hope! John 14:27-28 Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again.” I have no reason to fear anything! Jesus is coming back for me!
My challenge to you this month is to meditate on the goodness of God. If you are born again, if you are saved, if you are a Christian, God desires to do you good. Begin to get a mindset regarding this. Begin to look for the good that comes to your life. Begin to rest in the goodness of God. And remember—Jesus is coming soon!
September 15, 2014
I had made up my mind to write to you this month to encourage you in the perilous days that are before us as we live out the end of the age of Grace. But on the way to church yesterday morning, God spoke to me about something else, so here goes. I enjoyed growing up in a family, knowing my folks loved me. Nothing can replace knowing you are loved. As I grew into adulthood, I also enjoyed getting to know my parents as the people they are. Daddy died when I was 21 so I didn’t have much adult time with him, but Mother lived long, and I was able to know the woman she is.
Comparing this in the spiritual realm, it is wonderful to be loved by God. Nothing can replace knowing He loves you, but to enjoy the full benefits of the Christian life, we need to know God for who He is. We need to move into a knowledgeable relationship with Him, knowing His thoughts, knowing His ways, and knowing His character. What are some of the thoughts of God about us? Ephesians 1:6 tells us that we are accepted in the Beloved. Colossians 1:14 and 2:13 tells us that we are forgiven of our sins. Romans 6:18 tells us that we are made free from the clutches of sin. All God’s thoughts about the believer. What are some of God’s ways? Matthew 6:14 tells us that if we forgive others, then God forgives us. Galatians 6:7 tells us what we sow we will reap. Proverbs 23:7 tells us as we think so we are. God’s ways are to forgive, to sow to the good, and to think about what we are thinking about. What actually is the character of God? In Genesis, we see that God provided everything the man needed to live an abundant life. When mankind fell God moved man out of the garden so he would not eat of the tree of life and live forever in his fallen state. This was an act of love. Throughout the Bible we see that when we stay close to God, things go well and when we depart from God, things go bad. In Revelation, we see the ultimate close of time, that slice of eternity in which God is dealing with mankind. Read the end of the book—we as believers will live with God in eternity forever. He will do what He says He will do. This clearly reveals God’s character.
My challenge to you this month is to begin to know God for who He is. Enjoy the fact that God loves you, but also begin to develop in your knowledge of His thoughts, His ways, and His character. And remember—Jesus is coming soon!
August 11, 2014
I have NOT fallen off the face of the earth! My computer crashed, and it has been a struggle getting myself up and going again while not spending money the ministry does not have. But I am now “restored”, and it was a blessing that you were not lost in this crash! I trust you are well in spirit and in soul! Many things have happened in my life and in the prisons during the time I was down, but it will be impossible to share these in my short letters. We will just start again this month, and talk about fighting the good faith fight.
1 Timothy 6:12 tells us to fight the good fight of faith. What exactly does that mean? I believe it means hanging on to the Word of God in the midst of reports from the doctor, news from across the world, or family tragedies. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Our minds are our minds, and we are responsible for what we allow in there. When thoughts come to us that are contrary to the Word of God, we are to take authority over those thoughts and cast them down. Throw them away! Toss them out! If we do not take control of our minds, we open ourselves up to the deception of the devil. Deception is thinking we are right when in truth we are wrong. Evil spirits whisper in our ears, and thoughts enter our minds. This is the place of battle. We are to resist these thoughts and bring our minds in line with what the Word of God actually says. So train yourselves. When wrong thoughts come, open your mouth and say—shut up and get out of here! By the grace of God never think the devil’s thoughts. Cast down those evil imaginations that take you away from God. If you don’t let thoughts and feelings come into your mind to rule you, you won’t get down, you won’t get depressed, you won’t get bitter, and you won’t get angry.
My challenge to you this month is to check yourself out. If there is an area in your life where you are constantly defeated, then you probably have not cast down the imaginations and thoughts from the enemy. Determine today to take control of your mind and line your thoughts up with the Word of God. Fight the good faith fight! And remember—Jesus is coming soon!
NOTE: I had the unfortunate experience of my computer crashing. In trying to save money I got caught up in a situation that delayed my getting up and going for way too long. Learned a lesson though – count the cost. I lost a great deal of productivity, and I lost the monthly connection with inmates I minister to in the letters I write.
April 21, 2014
I was recently reading in my Bible Psalm 37:4, Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Beside that scripture I saw something I had written there on December 15, 1980—four things that were the desires of my heart. I cannot tell you the joy I experienced when I realized that I have received every one of those desires. For several days the joy filled my heart, and I gave thanks to the Lord. It was then that God said to me, now what are the desires of your heart? I am pumped that God still wants to do me good!
I don’t want you to get the idea that I think of God as Santa Claus or a sugar daddy. He is my father, and He enjoys bringing me pleasure. Father provided everything man would need before He put man in the garden. Since man fell into sin, Father was there to provide a Savior, the Lamb of God. With the beating, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, we see Father making further provision. Healing through the stripes Jesus bore, payment of sin by Jesus descending into hell, freedom from sin through His burial, life residing within us through His resurrection. You would think that would be enough, but Father was not finished. When Jesus’ work on earth was complete, Father sent Holy Ghost to be our comforter, our teacher, our helper, our guide. Father continued to provide our care when He spoke by Holy Ghost through godly men to bring us the written word. Through this written word we learn His thoughts, His ways, and His heart. This word tells us how to live the Christian life—how to deny our flesh, how to be different from the world, and how to think like Father thinks. We also learn about our armor that gives us defensive and offensive weapons; we learn about the fruit of the Spirit; and we learn about the gifts of the Spirit. (Scripture references below.)
My challenge to you this month is to meditate on God as your Father. Think of what it means to be a father to sons and daughters. Think of the heart of a father. Think of the pleasure that is experienced by a father when the child is joyful and satisfied. Relax and receive the Father’s care. And remember—Jesus is coming soon!
Romans 8:15-16 Romans 8:11
Psalm 35:27 Romans 6:4
Hebrews 11:6 John 14:16-17
Genesis 1:27-28 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Revelation 13:8 Romans 12:1-2
1 Peter 2:24 Ephesians 6:10-17
Romans 6:23 Galatians 5:22-23
Acts 2:31 I Corinthians 12:1-11