Isa 20:2 At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

Walking around without your outer garment in that day was considered being naked. i don’t suspect many of our sports wear and swim suits would have been considered modest. In fact, much of what we wear would be immodest by OT and NT standards or even the standards of 60 years ago or so,

Those taken captive would be showing their buttocks. Scholars debate if Isaiah was just in his undergarments or actually naked. I think they feel God would not embarrass Isaiah like that. If he was to be a sign and wonder, he may well have been naked. A man walking in his underwear would attract attention, but a naked one more-so.

God does sometimes require His people, especially prophets. to do some things that we would consider embarrassing. When you are a dignitary for God your dignity may have to be put aside to accomplish your calling. Are you willing to be undignified to be His dignitary? I don’t think He will ask you to walk naked, but if He did would you do it?

Undignified

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Galatians 4:16  Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

I have asked a similar question to many folks over the years. When they find out I am a preacher, they will often ask me questions and then get mad when I answer because it is not the one they wanted.

Even in college, the lads would compliment me on how fast I took a test and got an A.  Then we would discuss an issue or verse and suddenly I was not as smart in their eyes if I disagreed with their position.

I was especially under a bit of stress when the Sunday Night Bible Study group I was leading wanted to discuss women especially since the question was “why does the Bible have such a low view of women?”.   That is when I started writing out my sermons.  As an Assistant Pastor, I knew someone might disagree with something and speak ill of me to the Pastor.  Thus, I wanted black and white evidence that I handed out to all of my students.

That had already happened once when I taught Hosea at another church and a young lady took offense to something I said because her preacher Daddy taught a different view.  she did run to the Assistant Pastor and came close to accusing me of heresy. Fortunately, he was not of the same opinion as her Daddy so I lived to teach another day, but she was very upset.

I also survived the series on women and those lessons became the basis for my first book.  Still, it is interesting how people react to something different.

I know too many people who quote some teacher and have his teachings in a mental red book like the Chinese have a literal red book by Chairman Mao that they memorize.

I always told people I taught not to do that with me, but If I am wrong, do not leave me in my ignorance.  My only requirements were to be respectful and loving when you come to my office to instruct me and to bring Scripture in content as that is the only thing that counts.  Opinions, feelings, personal convictions, Grandma’s proverbs or Dr. Goodwords’ thought from the media really do not matter if they are based upon sound doctrine.

Just because that is how you always did something or that “ain’t the way I heered it” does not make it wrong.  We heard about many things that were not true like the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus growing up, but we grew up and found out the truth.  Many of our theological ritual, rules, and other traditions can and often do fall into that same category.  Someone meant well when they taught you something like the young lady’s Daddy who said God did not tell Hosea to marry a prostitute, but they could be wrong.

I have always been a questioner, a paradigm challenger, a Maverick and whatever the current fad word for that kind of person is these days.  I want my Kool-Aid cyanide free and I know that the majority is not always right hence we had steam boats, aircraft and space travel contrary to majority opinion.  It is like 20 out of 30 kids in a classroom saying 2+2 is 5 does not make it correct.  Much common consensus is not necessarily common sense.  Indeed, I think common sense has passed away after being in the ICU since the 60’s,

So, if I, or another person, tell you something contrary to your beliefs don’t get angry or smack us with your large print Bible.  Search the Bible like the Bereans  and see if these things are so.  If they ate, thank us for showing you the truth. If they aren’t then come in the right spirit to teach us,  Iron sharpens iron so let us all study to correctly interpret the Word and keep each other safe and accountable.  Maranatha!


We all have moments in our lives that we look back on and ask ourselves what we were thinking or even who was that person.

 
While it is good to reflect and see where we came from to chart a better course for tomorrow we cannot stay in the past. It is dead, archived, kaput and in non-editable format.
 
You can only deal with the present to change the future. Whatever went down badly use it as a lesson, not a mindset. Don’t give up! Look up!
 
The Apostle Paul said that in his flesh dwelled no good thing. If we are honest, we have to concur. Sometimes we may scare ourselves with the stuff we did or came to our mind.
 
Not all that comes to our mind comes from us, but rather the enemy. What we did we own and we may not have done if we had recognized where that thought came from and ran to God for cleansing and a new thought.
 
God has promised to make beauty out of ashes. Gather up all the ashes of your life and put them in an urn of prayer and let God bury the urn.
 
He has promised us not only eternal life because of Jesus, but also abundant life. We just have to choose to believe and receive what He offered. He calls and He gifts and what He gives and calls us to do brings the abundance of blessings if we obey and follow with open hearts and ears even when you have expectations that do not come to pass. You want His expectations. He has the big picture. Just trust!
 
Are you ready to bury the past and make a turn in your life that will rock your world. Bring your urn to Jesus and confess your sinful mess and receive as Lord and Savior.
 
If you are a born-again believer, believe in 1 John 1:9 and come boldly for mercy. Your are dead and your life is hid in Christ. Don’t even leave flowers on the grave unless the card says, “Thank you, Jesus!” Then move on as He directs you. You are blessed! You are seated with Him in the heavenlies. You are a warrior prince(ess) in the kingdom. Put on your spiritual armor and allow Him to lead you in the victory He has secured with His blood. The enemy may mock, but he is defeated. Walk, yea march, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Open your mouth and He will fill it. Ask and He wisdom will be given. Call and He will answer with great and mighty things that you do not know!  Hallelujahfor the Cross and His saving blood! Maranatha!

It Is Not Over!

May 12, 2017


Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

 

Peter had just seen Jesus do a miracle to bless him and the others. As far as he knew Jesus had tossed him to the curb after Peter had denies him. He had no idea that later he would be publicly restored not only as a disciple, but a leader that would be used as Jesus said when his name was changed from Simon to Peter and even shortly before he did what Jesus knew Peter would do.

 

Is this not how we feel when we bungle our walk and not only fumble the ball, but completely deflate it? We tell the Lord to depart from us at the time we desperately need and want Him. We think He cannot forgive whatever i was we did. We fell from grace and we are done.

 

Peter was wrong and so are we when we think like that. His mercies are new every morning. When our sins are as scarlet, He calls us to come to Him and reason together so that he can make us white as snow.

 

Hard to believe? Yes, our grief and our enemy will speak against that kind of love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. There is nothing like it in the human realm. Yet, it was not a fallen human that said it. It was the God who created us and redeemed us. Our works may fail and or faith fluctuate and be smaller than a mustard seed, BUT thanks be to Him that He never changes and He said to come boldly unto the throne in time of need to find mercy! He knows our frame that it is but dust and that without him we can do nothing.

 

Sometimes we need to fall as hard as Peter to quit depending on our good works, our strength, and our understanding. Paul said that they had the sentence of death in themselves so they could not trust in themselves, but in God who raises the dead. Your failure making you feel dead inside and like your relationship with God is dead? Good! Maybe you are now in the position to be willing to receive His strength, wisdom, mercy, grace, forgiveness and to be placed in the ministry He called you to do in His power and not your flesh.

 

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

 

Peter and Moses are perfect examples of this. After both were humbled, they were used in the way they were called to do. When they trusted in their flesh they failed. When they trusted in God and His power they parted seas and won thousand of souls in a day.

 

This may be your day to be positioned. Don’t say. “Lord, depart from me.” Say, “Lord Thy will be done in my life! Use me as you called me in Your power by your mercy and grace!” There are still seas to be parted to bring freedom and they are souls to be saved. You were saved, called and gifted. Your sin created a detour and delay, but at the end of the day God has not changed His mind about you or your mission. Believe and receive! Maranatha!

Modern Day Davids

May 6, 2017


Heard an awesome message today by Robert Kennedy, pastor of Mustang Creek Community Church in Forney, TX. I would strongly urge you to visit if you are in the area. This brother can preach. I am hoping they will make it available on CD or YouTube. I will only give the three points and what they spoke to me. When you are called of God there will be obstacles in walking in your anointing. I. Your brothers will tell you that you are not the man. 1 Sam 17:28,29

David’s brother most likely had a attitude because he was passed over and David was anointed to be king by Samuel. Thus without knowing his father had sent David, he accused him of false motives, It is often those who should be supporting you that are the ones who disparage you, question your calling and may even stab you in the back to discourage you from fulfilling your calling. I remember doing some neighborhood evangelism where the Baptist that opened the door blew cigar smoke in my face and said as far as he was concerned it was the only Baptist church in town. Several doors down the street a Catholic invited my wife in, served us ice tea and was happy that we were out trying to get people to come to church. That was quite a reverse of what you might have thought was the normal.

Sometimes it is jealousy or fear that causes it. The pastor that ordained me thought I was out to take the church from him. I was young enough in ministry and the Lord to not to see his angst when people came to talk to me because my personality differed from his. I was only doing ministry and had not inclinations of seeking to unseat him.

Because the people did not understand after I was ordained that it was a problem to call me pastor. I had to remind them that I was a deacon ordained so I could be a pastor somewhere, but there was not such thing as a Pastor-Deacon so just call me Ron. They were trying to be respectful, but it seemed to eat his lunch. It got so bad that I did have to leave and even two years after I left I had a deacon come and ask me if I was trying to destroy the church though I had no contact with anyone from that church in those two years. If there was trouble it was not because of me.

II. The King will tell you that you cannot do it. 1 Sam 17:32,33

King can be represented as the powers that be. Anyone who has sought a pastoral or other place of ministry knows you have to face deacons or pulpit committees. I never understood what Duke University’s team name was the Demon Deacons until I met a few folks that seemed to have some of the qualification. Often it is a Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. You are too young, too old, too bold, not bold enough, wrong college, not enough college, too much college, wrong version of the Bible. too separated, not separated enough, too deep. too shallow or too fat and I suspect too skinny.

Trying to find that just right position from a human perspective can be very harrowing and seem to be an impossible task. It is no wonder so many pastors quit each month because even after you find what you believe is the place God wants you there are still folks who will criticize everything you do telling you that you are not the man or you cannot do the job.

III. The giant enemy will say, “Are you serious? 1 Sam 17:42,43

Many people are frozen in their ministry or fear to enter into one because the devil will tell them that it is a joke to think that God can use them. They look at the Goldilocks and Good Ol’ Boy system and believe that stuff they are told about themselves is really true. They fail to see that it is the devil is using the bias and less than mature understanding of Scripture to keep them from ministry and them from finding the best man for their church.

The devil will also speak fear, failure.doubt and despair into your life. You must not listen.

Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  No matter what opposition you may face or failure you are called and you are gifted for the call. Step out in your calling in faith and you will find the anointing and power to fulfill that calling.

“Get the stones to face your giant!” – Robert Kennedy When you are down, look for the stones you need. Then rise up in the name of the Lord and fling that sling and drop that thing that is blocking your blessing. Victory is assured in the Lord. David’s aim may have been that accurate or an angel changed the trajectory and speed. It was his faith and stand for God that killed Goliath before he even picked up the stone.

You are called into the kingdom for such a time as this. You are gifted. You have more than a sling. You have the whole armor of God. (Eph 6:10-18) You may need some training to prove the armor, but the same God who taught David for war will train your hands as well. (Psalm 144:1) Slay your giant and empower your brethren for war and victory! It is your duty and your birthright as warrior princes in the Kingdom! Maranatha!