GOD Knows Your Future

A neighbor, who was a very close friend of our family; she and her husband lived a few doors from us and they visited often to play cards. His wife was able to foresee the future. She would tell my mother what was going to happen and it did. I could relate a number of examples. It was just plain spooky how accurate she was! I am completely convinced that there are psychics that can tell the future. I believe it could be of the devil. One thing I believe: the devil or anyone else, other than God, can’t tell our future unless we allow it. And neither can you be hypnotized unless you allow it. Scripture teaches we must not allow anyone to tell our future as it is not pleasing to God. There are people who can prophesize and I believe that comes from God. If some humans can see into the future, God knows from the very beginning, they will be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Many believe that you cannot be saved unless God chooses you. Yet, Scripture tells us that God wants everyone to accept Christ as their Savior. How do we explain the “elect” or God’s foreknowledge? If God knows prior to a person’s birth who will become a Christian, is it He who chooses or the individual who He knows will not accept? We are also told that there will be no excuses not to accept God. Therefore, should we not conclude that everyone will be given the opportunity to accept but most will refuse? Is it difficult to understand God chooses only those who He foreknows who will accept Christ as their Savior and they become the elect?

Deuteronomy 7:6 – 11 – “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh King of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction;
he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him. Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.”

Christians, as God’s new chosen ones, were also given rules to live by and in most cases similar to the requirements that were given to the Jews who refused to be obedient and rejected God. I Thessalonians 4:8 – “Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.”

1. We are to live according to God’s Will and live to please Him.
2. We are to fulfill the purpose we were put on this earth to do.
3. We are to be responsible and accountable by living a life of service.
4. We are to share the gospel with everyone. Israel had been unwilling to spread God’s Word.
5. We are to actively witness for Christ.

These are just examples to show that what the Israelites were unwilling to do, Christians have been given the mission. Christ came to confirm what God expected.

These are important goals for people, especially if they find themselves in troubling times being tested and going through life’s trials. We are to have an attitude of prayer at all times. How else are we to develop a relationship with God? As Evil tempts, the bad decisions we make or problems coming from others never come from God. However, God allows what happens in our lives. But no matter the circumstance we find ourselves in, as believers, the Holy Spirit is with us to encourage and guide us through it. We are to give thanks that God’s Spirit is there with us. His Spirit can give us peace and joy. God’s WILL can be fulfilled by each of us. We must learn to trust God completely and in all things. We must believe, if we are committed, God will continue to open and close doors in our life to keep us on His plan. I have experienced this many times in my life. However, I did not realize His purpose for me until years after becoming a Christian. I always had the attitude: God whatever you want me to do open that door and He has.

I turned to a Christian friend and asked: “How much do you rely on prayer and the Holy Spirit?” I was talking to a person who has been a Christian for many years about the world problems in general. It didn’t take long before I asked him about how the Holy Spirit was working in his life. It was kind of like: “Well I have the Holy Spirit, but what do you mean?” I replied: “Do you realize the power that is within you having God’s Spirit to direct and check you?” He answered: “I know the Holy Spirit is in me because the Bible is very clear about that. But what are you getting at?” I told him: “What do you think the Holy Spirit is in you to do? Don’t you believe that God’s Spirit wants to help you just as much as you would want to help your own children? The Bible is very clear that salvation allows us to become adopted into God’s family and a part of God comes to live within us and help us live by God’s plan.”

There is a term called “The doctrine of election”. God gives salvation to whomever He pleases. For example, God chose Abraham and his descendants as His special people. He then indicated that the earth will be blessed through Abraham’s people. They were given land, they received His Word and were to convey that Word to the entire world. God knew, before He chose them, they would be a disobedient nation and fail to present His Word to the world. John 4:9 – “The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?’” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jews would not associate with most gentiles. How could God spread His Word without human help? Therefore, He sent His Son to establish a New Covenant in which followers of Christ would spiritually change the world by spreading God’s message of grace. We are part of God’s plan and each may be given a different direction.

This is why we have sent missionaries throughout the world to accomplish what others were unwilling to do. The supernatural experiences many of these missionaries have, has confirmed that this is what God has expected of Christians. But there were times when Christians stopped spreading the Word. The vacuum allowed the spread of pagan religions. If Christians refuse to spread the Word, the devil will fill the gap.

Don’t ever think God doesn’t know who we are and what we are doing every minute. Is God seeing us focused on the world and ourselves or on Christ and eternity?

Christians Open Your Hearts To GOD

Years ago before children had the toys that are available today there were soap box derbies. Dads and sons would build racing carts and enter them in the soap box races. They may be made out of orange crates on short two by fours with axles and wheels. They had a steering mechanism and brakes. That was the total racer.

Most of the contestants were eager youngsters who leaned forward or hunkered down in their carts hoping to decrease wind resistance thereby increasing speed. One youngster was visibly frightened at the prospect of going too fast down a long hill and compensated by riding the brake to keep his speed under control. He finished last.

In my younger days, some of our relatives would go to the Pacific Ocean for a weekend and would dig clams and have clam chowder. To this day it is my favorite soup. I remember wading out into waist deep water, standing mesmerized as a huge wave approached, broke and knocked me flat in a swirl of sand, saltwater and tangled arms and legs. My next try resulted in a repeat of my first humiliation.

I use these two illustrations to describe the Christian’s frame of mind when the first few steps of faith are taken. A fully committed Christian is like a youngster who takes his foot off the brake and goes full tilt down the steepest of hills. The committed Christian is also like a person who wades into the surf, dives headlong into the first wave and swims into the vast Pacific Ocean.

The problem that exists is once the initial wave of enthusiasm passes, and it will, there is an inclination to settle into a kind of treadmill mentality. Once the excitement has passed, life returns to dealing with the day to day pressures that surround us. So before any more steps are taken we need to learn how to maintain momentum and stay charged.

If you have been reading my blogs, almost everyone will tell you that you must develop a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and be tuned into His presence. I use the word “tuned in” because it is not always a conscious awareness. But when something noteworthy happens, whether it is considered a good thing or a not-so-good thing, the presence of the Holy Spirit comes to mind and is cause for celebration. He is your inner partner when someone aims a six-shooter between your eyes; He is present when the roof caves in or the stock market crashes as we have seen or He is with you when oil is discovered in your back yard. Recently, I spent two days in the hospital and prayed without ceasing knowing that God would heal me.

It is His partnership that is energizing. It’s the difference between sitting in a foxhole alone and scared or sitting in a foxhole with the Joint Chief of Staff right there with you. It has been my experience that many Christians, when it comes to stepping out in faith, ride the brakes or only put their toe in the water. If they only knew what God has in store for them and what they may be missing, they will only know when they get to heaven. But what an exciting life we could have if we just put our faith into action.

We as Christians have a tremendous advantage. We have been assured that we can always enjoy beneficial circumstances and it enables us to transform the most hopeless looking position into a favorable position. However, it is all based on the condition of our spiritual heart which determines the kinds of decisions we make.

Every one of us has a worldly nature and a spiritual nature. The two natures are in conflict with each other because the worldly nature is self-serving and the spiritual nature is God-serving. Therefore, the condition of our spiritual heart determines the kinds of decisions we make. Business decisions, job decisions, family decisions and personal decisions are all affected by our true nature or heart.

Countless Scriptures make the point that spiritual health is a direct outgrowth of our spiritual natures winning the conflict taking place within us. Galatians 5:17 – “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.”

Which nature are we allowing to win? Is our worldly nature saying “Keep your foot on the brake; you may risk losing everything”? Or are we willing as committed Christians to hunker down, with our foot off the brake saying I am willing to let it all hang out that I might fulfill God’s will in my life. And that might require taking a risk! It may even require swimming with the sharks.

Can You Be Assured Of Eternal Life With GOD?

Most people who believe there are a heaven and a hell do not want to go to hell. For those who believe Scripture is the truth, realize that heaven is a more preferable place than hell. There is a test that we can take to prove that the Holy Spirit is in our lives. Since we have accepted Christ as our Savior and our lives have changed, we should become more Christ-like in the way we live.

Ephesians 1:4–13 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,”

We must realize that prior to our birth, God chose us to become an adopted member of His family. However, we have a choice to accept or rebel by choosing the devil’s ways instead of God’s ways. The result of that choice, we find ourselves going to heaven or hell when life is over.

Once I accepted Christ as my Savior, my life changed totally. The worldly things I believed were fun and important diminished. I think it can best be described by I Corinthians 13:4–7 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

I noticed a difference in my heart and started to see a love that became patient and kind. It didn’t happen overnight, but it gradually improved. I had a problem with anger and had a short temper. I became more considerate of other people and a lot less judgmental. I developed a desire to be more kind to others.

You should find yourself overcoming jealousy and having no desire to control or manipulate others or envy what they had that you didn’t. As you grow older and realize that people with confidence need not brag and that no longer becomes a problem. Some people who lacked confidence and struggled with a low self-esteem have a problem dealing with pride or self-righteousness.

The Holy Spirit helps you to interact with people that may provoke you to the point you want to retaliate. We must never get even with someone doing evil things to us by getting even. I do not see the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of many who are running for political office. Scripture says it is God who will deal with those who do evil to you.

Love does not rejoice in evil but in the truth. We must make it a practice to never lie to anyone. You may not help giving out information that you believe is true and later find out it was inaccurate. But we must never intentionally deceive someone.

Love protects, always hopes and always perseveres. Our love must choose to trust and believe the best in people. Often times, people will disappoint us. Over the years I have worked with thousands of people and have learned that people come from different backgrounds, with different temperaments and personalities. In most cases they are doing the best they can with what they have to work with.

Test yourself! Since being saved have you noticed any change in how you live and do you now love differently? Could you have made the changes without the assistance of the Holy Spirit? If you passed the test, you can be assured of eternal life with God and Christ. You should now have no doubt where you will spend eternity.

You Can Be A Saved Christian But Are You Sanctified?

Scripture has promised you can have a happy, prosperous and an abundant life. As a new Christian, I would go to prayer meetings and hear people witness to being saved and sanctified. When I asked how to become sanctified, no one could really define sanctification to my satisfaction. I was told it meant to be separated from the world. It also meant to be set apart for serving God. I wanted to know if you were sanctified, would that give you a life that was happy, prosperous and abundant. I then asked: “How do you become sanctified?” I was told, you give your life to God and then pray that God will sanctify you. I did that when I was saved but I didn’t feel sanctified.

I had just been discharged from the US Navy and had started going to church with my uncle and aunt and was staying with them as I had a new job. Prior to then, I had only rarely attended church. Two months after accepting Christ, I enrolled in a Christian college.

The second semester I signed up for a class that taught how to obtain sanctification. I read the book, listened to every lecture and talked personally to the professor and could never understand what was required, to my satisfaction, how to receive sanctification and once I received it, how would it change my life. That was more than fifty years ago.

What I have learned over the years, if you have a problem or need a question answered, ask God for the answer. When I started reading the Bible daily and praying for an answer, I finally understood what it took to be sanctified and how it would change me. Once a person is saved by repenting and having a pure heart, the next step was to become sanctified and live a holy life. Sanctification will completely change your life.

I Thessalonians 4:3 “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;” Romans 15:16 “to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.” John 17:19 “For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”

The word sanctified can also be interpreted as to become holy. It means we are to live a holy life to be sanctified. But it also means ‘to be set apart for a special task’. It means we are to be equipped, by the Holy Spirit, with the qualities of mind, heart and character which are necessary to live to please God. We must have some of God’s goodness and God’s wisdom in us. Scripture tells us that if we surrender our flesh to God and allow the Holy Spirit to direct us, God will equip us with the qualities necessary to live for Him. It requires that we are to love and obey Him and bring His message to others. A sanctified person does not lie, take advantage of others, miss treat their spouse, their children or parents and family members. You must be loyal, disciplined and reliable.

Galatians 5:19–21 “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

We must emphasize, sanctification is not something we can do on our own without the Holy Spirit’s help. We are told to be givers and Christ says there is no limit. We must make restitution and reconcile with anyone who has wronged us. We cannot have hate in our heart. We must not have a spirit of anger. We can become frustrated but we must control one’s temper. You cannot rob God by refusing to give tithes and offerings. We must live a life of total obedience to God. How do we treat others? Do we live by the Golden Rule?

I John 3:12–24 “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

I find that God continually blesses us and I look expectantly daily to see what He might do that will make my day special. If you don’t live expecting a blessing, you will probably ignore or say: “This is my lucky day.” The result was: God blessed us with a peaceful life with prosperity and met all of our needs abundantly. I hope I have defined and explained sanctification as I have experienced it.

I Thessalonians 4:1–7 “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

What may you expect once you have received sanctification: a peaceful life, a positive attitude, humble in spirit, aware of God’s presence, Generous to God and others, thoughtful of others, unselfish, friendly, willing to witness Christ to others, eager to pray and read the Bible daily and we become merciful to others.

We realize that God protects us and keeps us healthy if He has more for us to do. In 1984, I had a major heart attack and bypass surgery. Once I recovered, I begin exercising every day and walking at least one-half mile each day, at least 360 days a year. In 2007 I had another heart attack and bypass surgery. My family was told I had about a 10% chance of living. My last physical checkup, the doctor said I could pass for a person 15 years younger. Had I not had those surgeries, I would not have exercised and walked every day. I believe God allowed my surgeries to make sure I took care of my physical health. This is a another reason that for five years I have written two Christians blogs a week hoping to be a part of God’s ministry. If you are not sanctified, I hope my experience will make you a believer in living a holy life. WE ARE IMMORTAL UNTIL GOD IS THROUGH WITH US.


Scripture tells us a faithful Christian life can only be lived under the direction and power of the Spirit. That means we must walk by the Spirit and be lead by the Spirit. Otherwise, the desires of the world, our carnal self-centered nature, can consume us. Once we accept Christ as our Savior and make a commitment to follow His ways, we then must live by the Spirit. That does not mean we are to work our way to heaven. But, we must have a repentant heart that is willing to be of service to God and others.

Galatians 5:16 – 18 – “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

Our love for God and others, our commitment, obedience, how we live our lives and how well we trust in God will determine the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. There may be times when we will fail but, if we live by the Spirit, we will have a supernatural power that will help us overcome our selfish desires and lusts. You may wonder, how can one determine the power of the Holy Spirit in their life? I have found those who are truly committed, by reading their Bibles daily and having daily prayer, continually sensing supernatural events occurring in their lives. It requires a believer to expect these supernatural things to happen and recognize them and thank God for each one. We have friends that each time we meet we ask: tell us what has been a “God Thing” that has happened recently. They will then tell us things that have happened. A problem many Christians have is not trusting that the Holy Spirit will allow or cause certain things to happen. If you don’t expect the Spirit’s power, chances are you would not recognize when it happens. I believe, if you do not sense the Holy Spirit working in your life, you are not where you should be spiritually.

We have also realized that the Holy Spirit will urge us in our commitment to loving God and others. If this is not happening, you may be having a problem with your self-centered nature in conflict with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Our self-centered nature will put ourselves before everyone else. We may also find it difficult to surrender daily to being more Christ-like.

Often new Christians must be made aware that a war begins within them to see who will be allowed to guide their lives. (Romans 7:18 – 19 and 21 – 23 – “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing”….” So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.”

This causes many Christians to feel unworthy because of the war that is being waged within us between our self-centered nature and the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is why I continually stress that being a Christian is not about feelings. It is about God’s promise to each believer. Once we receive the Holy Spirit we become God’s child and our inheritance is eternal life with Him.

Galatians 5:19 – 21 – “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Bible reminds us that most evil originates from within us and not always from Satan or the outside world. We may believe we were born morally good. However, the Bible tells us the opposite is true. We are inherently corrupt and depraved in every aspect of our being. Success, power or fame can do nothing to solve man’s basic problems of the sin that we have within. We know that salvation forgives our sins but it does not remove our self-centered nature.

Does the Bible tell us if we commit one of the above sins we will go to hell? It tells us if we practice or are an active participant we will. However, many Christians deal with hatred, jealousy, fits of rage and selfish ambition. If you are having problems with acts of a sinful nature, you should check your relationship with Christ and where you are spiritually.

Scripture goes on to help us measure our spiritually as found in Galatians 5:22 – 26 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

Our self-centered nature, without control, permits a person to commit acts of a sinful nature. If we are filled with the Spirit, we will receive the fruits of the Spirit. Scripture tells us that a person filled with the Spirit and walking it the Spirit’s guidance will produce the fruits as described. It is an outward measure also of where we are spiritually. For it provides an indication of one’s salvation.

We are to become like Christ, who gave us an example as to how everyone should live.


Christ wants us to have an abundant life. Our environments can determine who we become. We may need to change our environment so we can think bigger and live more abundantly. Probably with many Christians they don’t believe that God will give them more than they would ever expect. To have the abundant life Christ promises requires bigger thinking. Get rid of a limited vision. God created us to have tremendous abilities and potential.

John 10:10 – “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Scripture is referring to the devil who comes to defeat us. But God has a better plan. Scripture tells us, God’s purpose for us is never an afterthought; it was planned prior to our birth. This has always intrigued me. What was God’s purpose for my life? If I knew that, I am sure doing that which I was created to do, would make my life different and more meaningful. I continually searched for the answer. (Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”)

The Bible is very clear that God has a purpose for us and he created us with the abilities to fulfill whatever that purpose might be. Satan has an agenda to keep us from performing what God had intended for us. Satan plants the seeds of insecurity, low self-esteem, unworthiness and even fear to stop us from completing what God intended. He may use parents, siblings, teachers or employers to put us down. It seems he finds ways to discourage and defeat us, but only if we allow it. Most people live lives with God-given gifts that they have never developed or used. What would the world be like if we all sought God’s intended purpose and we used our God-given talents to go with it?

After years of searching, I found that there is a difference between God’s purpose for our lives and what the talents that we were given, if used correctly, would give a successful career and life fulfilling accomplishments. God’s purpose was that every one of us would not perish but become a part of His family. (Matt. 18:14)

God created us to worship Him and develop a relationship with Him. He wants us to accept Christ as our Savior and become like Him. God wants us to serve through the church. We were created to minister for Christ and share the gospel to the world. This we can do. What about the type of job we should have or what our goals should be? I found that consistently praying for God to guide me, I happen to find jobs I really enjoyed doing and was able to achieve success. God opened doors and He closed a few. I had some jobs I disliked and knew that I would never be successful working with my hands. I worked one summer as an electrician’s helper and one summer logging for Weyerhaeuser Lumber Co. My talents were to use my head and not my hands when looking for future employment.

Normally as children we just grow up. We go through grade school and enter high school. We get a driver’s license, finish school and possibly get married. We then start the cycle over again for our children. How often do we stop and think: what is my purpose in life and what direction should I be taking? Why have I been put on this earth? I am told that many older people close to death often wonder what their purpose on earth was and did they fulfill it? Wouldn’t it be better to know why God put us on this earth and then live for years accomplishing that purpose? When our final day comes we can say we did our best to fulfill our purpose and helped others succeed while we were here. I know some parents whose greatest achievement in life was raising their family. Because of them, their children made the world a much better place.

One thing I learned was the importance of preparation that the Apostle Paul continually stressed. It was the key to success. I learned the seriousness of trusting in God’s promises. I became aware that the Holy Spirit was given to us that we might have confidence and comfort in what we were doing, a guiding hand to do it well and to know when we were fulfilling God’s purpose in our life. God had opened doors through which we could chose to enter. Yes, there were times that doors slammed shut and probably kept me from going in the wrong direction.

Another thing I learned was found in James 1:5 –“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” I found that it was necessary to overcome my wrong thinking and think positively as the Bible states. Once I started living the life God tells us to live, my life changed drastically. I am old enough to tell you that what God promises is available to every Christian that commits their life to trying to live as Jesus demonstrated. THINK BIG! Become what God has planned for you.


Having been a church leader in the past, we were always looking for good leadership. There was always a need for Bible teachers and ministerial staff. Whether we were selecting a man or woman, we used the following Scripture:

I Timothy 3:1 – 7 – “If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be over fond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.” (Message)

In business, I used the same principles in selecting leaders, whether they were men or women. I believe it is a standard that all of us should use in our daily lives to determine if we qualify. A good leader needs to have high ethical standards and have a good reputation with others. He or she should be a person who is living a life that is blameless and fair to all. This person should have only one wife or one husband and refrain from any affairs. A leader should do things in moderation, having limits, controlling excesses and not be seen as being extravagant. They should have enough self-control to resist temptations and would not become addicted to anything.

We should be able to make reasonable and sane judgments. A leader must be respected by others. One’s decisions and behavior determines a person’s character and presents a lasting impression. Respect is earned and does not come with one’s position or status. I have found that a disrespected leader can only obtain a limited amount of productivity. They usually must lead by fear to gain maximum results. I have worked for an individual that only knew how to manage by using fear. It was difficult to give 100% or more.

A leader must be a gracious host and have a servant’s heart. They would never ask someone to do something they were not willing to do themselves or pitch in and help if the situation warranted. We must be able to teach and communicate in ways that others can understand. It is important to have a mission statement in order for everyone to be on the same page. If a leader has no idea what they want from those under their authority, probably they would have little idea either.

Who would want to be under the direction of a drunk? People often use drink as an escape. Normally, a person who becomes drunk has personal problems. A good leader is able to overcome their anger. A leader can be stern and use discipline without raising their voice or going into contortions. Anger can cause words to be used that can destroy employee’s moral. A person with a gentle spirit can be just as requiring as an ogre.

Some leaders have quarrelsome attitudes. No matter what is said they need to state their opinion. In many situations they need to prove that their way is the only way and others cannot do it as well as they can. They limit one’s ingenuity and the employee will not do someone else’s way as well as they would do it, if it was their way. They may have wished to have done it slightly different.

Money must be a by-product that we receive from services rendered. If money is our goal it can become our god. No matter what job or career we have, our boss must be God. Make your job your ministry. If you do not know what that means, it is to put others before ourselves. We should be in our job with the purpose to help others. How much we initially earn is not as important as assisting others. If we do the best we can we shall be rewarded. We must live by the Golden Rule of doing to others as we would have them do unto us.

A leader must be able to manage their family. If he or she cannot manage their family, chances are they will not do well as a supervisor. To lead it takes compassion in leading and governing. Too many times parents can be authoritative, domineering, cruel, overly stern or abnormally protective. Thus, they cause those they lead to become dependent upon the leader to provide their purpose and direction.

Parents and good leaders must show firmness, mercy and compassion. They must be fair and have balance in their decision making. They must be responsible role models and earn the respect of those they oversee. If those whom we lead do not respect us, they will not submit to our authority. Over the years I have learned that we should lead people and our family in very similar ways. Having a family can be a training ground for leading in the church or a business.

Often becoming a leader can make a person over-confident and self-absorbed. Power can make us conceited. Having a boss who has allowed power to go to his or her head can be very demoralizing. It is best that a person have time in service and understand what needs to be done and how to do it. A Christian leader should not be placed into a leadership position until they are well-founded in the faith and truly understand Scripture. They must not allow pride to make them believe they are more important than they are.

Christian principles can be a tremendous benefit in becoming a leader and being successful. Many of us have learned to become leaders by seeing the mistakes of bosses or supervisors for whom we have worked. Some of us have worked for imperfect, overbearing or incompetent bosses and realize that they can drain our energy and all but destroy creativity. Creative, competent and independent-thinking people have a tendency to challenge questionable decisions and this is intolerable to certain bosses. Or have you worked for a boss whose decisions were capricious, arbitrary and seldom predictable? This is why I believe what Scripture teaches, can be so helpful in developing a leadership attitude and abilities.


Let me define the meaning of a God thing. A non-believer would call it luck or a coincidence. When you can’t explain something very unusual happening, a believer might call it supernatural or divine intervention. A Christian believes it is a sign from God letting us know He is with us every second. Each time a God thing occurs it builds our faith that God really does love us and cares about our lives.

If something very unusual happened and I couldn’t find a reasonable explanation, we called it a God thing. From then on, anytime I felt or sensed possible divine intervention, I would tell my family or if it happened to them, they would say: a God thing happened today.

My granddaughter was driving home from church Saturday evening to celebrate her brother’s birthday and she was rear-ended by another car. She called her sister, who is close by and asks her to phone 911. She follows the young man and video records him driving away very erratic. She has the documentation that she needed when the police dispatcher called her to find out where she was so she could send a police car. She finally lost sight of the SUV that hit her. The dispatcher called to find out where she was and what was happening. She was told to go back to the place where it happened as she was miles away. She called her sister to tell her where she was. At that point her phone battery went dead.

Her sister, on her way to meet her, happened to spot the SUV passing her and she followed. When he stopped she confronted him and asked why he had hit her sister and drove off. It was apparent he was DUI. She had her cell phone on and he confessed to hitting her but knew he should not stay at the scene with the condition that he was in. He drove off and she called 911 and told them where she was and what happened. A few minutes later a policeman drove up and arrested the individual. It was at that time her phone battery also went dead, with all of the information needed, just as the police stopped him.

When both phones went dead and they were no longer needed and the individual was apprehended, it was like God saying: “I was there to help you!” I made sure your phones worked and knew that there was police close by. God made sure that her sister was able to see him and get the information needed on her phone and protected her from any harm. This is how you will know I am with you at all times.

Last week, a similar accident occurred to a husband and his wife. When the man stopped, the woman got out and confronted the driver. He gets out of his car and shoots her husband, who dies and then drives off. We haven’t heard whether he was apprehended. This is why I am very careful about confronting anyone anymore. I don’t even honk my horn!

Please comment: Was she lucky, was it a coincidence or was it a “GOD THING”?


Every Christian must know that God’s will is that we continually grow spiritually. His will is that we emulate the life of Christ. This is not possible unless we study the Bible to know why and how Christ lived. Reading the Bible is also for our protection. It provides knowledge that protects us from false teaching that can get us sidetracked from maturing spiritually.

I Peter 1:13 – 16 – “So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” NLT

Holiness begins with the proper preparation of our minds. Our minds must be holy if our behavior is to be holy. For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7) – Our minds must be under the control of the Holy Spirit. We are to live a life of hope by faith. We are not to be negative, pessimistic, judgmental or even fatalistic. We must live our lives as God intends: We are to have a life of joy with the knowledge that our rewards in heaven will be determined by our deeds.

A holy life is based on a lifestyle of active obedience. If we are disciples of Jesus, we must overcome our self-centeredness and follow Christ’s teaching. We are told that we must not let our prior desires control who we are and our behavior. We must recognize the source of holiness comes from God’s love. Scripture specifically points out that we can only become holy as we become more like Christ and we cannot be holy on our own. It comes by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.

God wants to develop a relationship with us. He cannot do so if we lack knowledge. Yet, many Christians fail to read and study the Bible. Chances of developing a relationship will not happen if you do not know Him or have the faith to believe His promises. Without knowledge you may be led astray by false prophets. There are those who will lead you to believe there is nothing wrong with worldly pleasures. If these influence you, it could cause a Christian to doubt God and you then may disobey Him.

Is there any god that comes before the true God? Do you allow money, prestige, power or other worldly pleasures to become your god? The more I learn from the Bible the more I become aware of my weaknesses and achieve a desire to overcome them. I know how important it is to have a heart that is quick to repent and ask for forgiveness.

Earth is only a temporary place where we live. When we become a Christian we are given a citizenship in God’s kingdom and it is eternal. So we are actually asked to live as strangers in this world but under the rules and regulations specified by the Bible. That does not mean we ignore our U.S. citizenship requirements.

II Peter 1:4 – “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”

Christ has given us the power of life. Christ gives us this promise: Believers can participate in the divine nature. Christ promises that we can become Christ-like with a divine nature. It is with our divine natures that we build our relationship with God. However, we are not divine in the way God is divine. The promises encourage us to take action to grow spiritually. Participation in the divine nature enables believers to escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. He tells us how this can be done in the following Scripture:

II Peter 1:5 – 7 – “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” NIV

Believers are to use God’s power and every ounce of determination to add goodness to their faith. Christ gives us the divine nature and power but it is up to each of us to make every effort to set aside our sinful desires and actively seek the qualities the Bible describes. Goodness means we are to be generous and be cooperative. Knowledge is to lead us to salvation and enable believers to live a godly life. Self-control strives to obtain complete mastery over sinful human desires in every aspect of life. Perseverance is the ability to endure suffering of evil without giving up one’s faith. We are to face adversity at all times with the knowledge that God’s Spirit will assist us. Godliness is an awareness of God is in all of life and a lifestyle that exemplifies Christ and is empowered by Him. Brotherly kindness is an intense love to brothers and sisters who are Godly believers. Love is to be unconditional. It is to love with no strings attached. It is the love that God gives to believers.

Examine yourself! Are you growing spiritually as a Christian? The more we grow the more we want to give of our time, talents and resources. As we grow we should sense more of God’s love. Watch and see God will prepare us for greater tasks once we can be trusted to do His will.


Central Christian Church, LV a small traditional church was concerned about the many lost souls in Las Vegas. For months we prayed, asking God how do we reach those lost. We received the commission to spread the Gospel as described in Scripture. We changed our entire worship service and the unchurched came in large numbers. As many were becoming saved, there seemed to be little change in how some lived. Church leaders recognized that salvation was more than just forgiveness. It means a new life. More than that, John 10:10 told us: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”

It seemed too many were becoming saved to stay out of hell. Salvation is more than an insurance policy. Unless we understand our nature and purpose we will not understand salvation. It is more than taking away the risk of being lost forever. New converts needed to be taught how to live a Christian life. Matthew 28:18 – 20 – “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” We were to teach new disciples to obey all the Commands Jesus instructed the Apostles to live by.

We encouraged them to become a part of a Sunday Bible class that would teach them how to live a holy life. When we ran out of room, we started small Bible groups that met in homes. Too often, more time was spent socializing than Bible study. We continued to see too little change in one’s lifestyle taking place. Here is what we learned in helping new converts mature spiritually:

Man was created in the image of God and God is a Spirit. Man is a spirit inside of a body that has inherited a self-centered nature with a disobedient will. He was given freedom of choice. He could follow the purpose God created Him for or do his own thing. He is capable of loving and obeying His Creator or loving himself and rejecting God. We know that one must be born again. We had a choice of who we allowed to control our mind, which controlled our life. Was the body going to be in charge or would our spirit? Since we were made in the image of God, God wants us to reject the bodies control and allow our spirit to be directed by His Spirit that He places within the body of a new convert. Do you think this is as easy as it sounds? Who wants to start life all over as new people giving up control of themselves to a Spirit they do not know or cannot converse with? Who, initially, has that much faith?

Christ tells us we cannot serve God unless we love Him. We cannot love Him unless we know Him. We cannot know Him unless we have faith to believe in Jesus Christ who, as His Son, represents the nature and character of God. Jesus, very carefully, stated that to satisfy the total law, we are to love God with everything we have and others as ourselves. It is also implied that we are to love ourselves and God requires self-acceptance, self-esteem and respect. We must not fear that God will diminish our individuality. Love ends bondage and fear. It is the love of God and others that becomes a part of our new spiritual nature. Keep in mind that we were created to be a shadow of God. He has given us His Spirit that we might become what He planned for us to be.

When we are told to live a holy life it means to have a pure love, a personal and mutual love between God and man. It also requires we have the same love for others. Love is the most powerful motivation that man has. Therefore, we are told that sin is a distortion of love.

To help prepare a person for spiritual maturity it can best be described in the 13th chapter of I Corinthians as follows:

I Corinthians 13:1 – 3 – “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

If we possess all the spiritual gifts but do not have love the gifts are useless. We may understand all mysteries, have all knowledge and faith to move mountains but do not have love, it may prevent our ability to produce results. We may have the gift of giving but, if we give out of duty and not out of a passionate love for the cause, our treasures in heaven may be less than we expect.

I Corinthians 13:4 – 7 – “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

Scripture defines love as being unconditional and expecting nothing in return. Love is having patience with people but not necessarily with normal events of life. A Christian who is unkind lacks love. Love does not envy. Envy can means, if we can’t have it we do not want others to have it either. A person with love will not boast. Love keeps us humble and it never offends. Love looks for the good in people.

I Corinthians 13:12 – 13 – “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

When all the thing we take pride in pass away we will still have love. The one thing that Satan can never take away is God’s love for man and man’s love for God. Without love we will never know the mysteries of God or live with Him eternally. Faith without love can be cold. Hope without love is the potential to missed opportunities. Love is the passion that gives us faith and hope. For those who ask: After salvation what is next and were instructed in knowing the importance of love had a complete life change. It is too bad; more Christians did not realize that it is primarily love that will help us become what God intended for us. They are the ones who struggle being a Christian. In eternity, God wants people who will be obedient to the lifestyle Christ lived while on earth. Love is MANDATORY!