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Don’t worry, I got you!

open heavens

The other night I was praying and seeking the Lord’s will on two specific things.  He showed me a vision of myself looking through a small tube and then it changed to a door peephole.  He said, “I will open and close the doors.”  What this vision meant is that I see things through a limited perspective, while He sees things through an eternal, omniscient perspective.  In a way He was saying, “You can trust me and I will speak through your circumstances.”  Immediately I had revelation on one of the issues.  Then the very next morning I woke up and had a text message that confirmed an open door for the other.

I can’t help but think, “If only He would speak this loudly in response to all the questions I ask Him; life would be so much easier.”  I’ve found that at some points God can be quiet, but have confidence that He will speak when He needs to.  He also speaks much more clearly when we are in a state of rest and stillness.  Actually, I think it’s more correct to say we hear Him much more clearly when we are in a state of rest and stillness.  I’ve been seeking His will on these things for a couple weeks now, and Satan had really been getting me distracted and worried about stuff that I didn’t need to be thinking about.  The negative, downward spiral thinking of my past was creeping back in, but I took notice of it and purposed my thoughts back on Christ (see 2 Cor 10:5).  As soon as I got my head straight and out of that mess I heard from God.

Let this be a testimony that God is in control of whatever situation you are worrying about right now.  You really don’t have to worry and I speak encouragement to you now in Jesus name.   Take those thoughts captive and turn them into praise!

God is saying, “Don’t worry, I got you!”

Lies and Distractions

sunset bella vista CA

It is much more important to study and pay attention to the ways of God than the ways of Satan.   The ways of Satan are lies and distractions.  That is all you need to give attention to.  Anymore and you have fallen for his trap.  He will try time and time again to distract those who are called to impact the Kingdom for the glory of God.  Don’t waste your time analyzing his schemes.  The second you recognize one of his distractions bind it in Jesus name and move your eyes swiftly back to Christ and what God is doing.

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith… –Hebrews 12:1-2


Six Steps to Overcoming Sin

A relationship with Christ is not about doing the best you can to avoid the sinful things you want to do, it’s about being so overwhelmed by the love of Christ that your desires supernaturally change and sin is no longer desirable.

If you find yourself constantly desiring to sin then please take this advice:

First – Trust the Lord

Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. –Proverbs 3:5.

Believe God’s word which says you are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17) and sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 5:14).

Second – Stop condemning yourself

For where sin abounds grace abounds much more! (read Romans 5:20).
There is a reason God sent His only Son to the cross—a final sacrifice for your sin!  Yes, you personally.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

So believe it brethren.  God has already paid your debt and you are redeemed!

Third – Spend more time with Jesus

We are called to be conformed to the image of Jesus! (read Romans 8:29).  Have you ever noticed that the more you hang out with someone the more their ways rub off on you.  It works the same with the Lord.

Now the Lord is Spirit so to hang out with Jesus just sit quietly in His presence.  Pray or put on worship music.  Go sit outside in the middle of His creation at a field, beach, forest or even your backyard and meditate on God’s presence all around you.

Fourth – Ask God to change your heart

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting. –Psalm 139:23-24

This is probably the most important because this is humbly admitting our need for Jesus.  It is admitting we need His help and cannot do this thing called life alone.  It’s saying, “I can’t fix myself Lord.  You must do this.”  Often it can take time to honestly reach this point.  We can be very carnal, prideful humans and naturally want to “do a good job” and “fix ourselves.”  Ask God to expose your motives.  Have you been trying to beat sin on your own to earn grace?

Fifth – Memorize scripture

Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You. –Psalm 119:11

The best defense against the enemy is God’s word.  The enemy knows God’s word and will try to twist it and lie to you saying that it is not true.  The first question in the Bible is Satan questioning God’s word. “Has God said?” (read Gen 3:1).   God never lies, He is always faithful and His word is always true.  Knowing scripture will help you defend yourself against sin.

Sixth – Delight yourself in the Lord

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart. –Psalm 37:4

If you follow the first five steps this one will happen naturally.  You cannot force yourself to fall in love with God but by growing in a relationship with Him I would say that you cannot stop yourself from falling in love with God.  As you delight yourself in the Lord He will change you and your desires will supernaturally change so that you start to want what He wants.

Disclaimer: We are all at different stages in our walk with Christ and I believe sanctification to be a life long process.  Some find breakthrough in certain areas very fast and others it can take years.  So regardless of what stage you are at, whether you have been fighting for a few days or for ten years, I want to encourage you to remain in faith and have confidence in Jesus who by His own shed blood has purchased your freedom!  He will take you there.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.

-Jude 1:24-25

To the Believers

To the believers,

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them [antichrist spirits], because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. –1 John 4:4

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that Jesus said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) not, “It will be finished.”

He also said, “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) not, “I will overcome the world.”

Paul said, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2 Cor 5:17) not, “If anyone is in Christ he will become a new creation.”

God is so much more powerful than Satan and his demons but sometimes we don’t act like this.  We walk around afraid of the enemy’s next attack.

It’s time to start believing what God says about you.  You have been redeemed and are completely forgiven and blameless in the eyes of God.  You have been set free from sin and given the gift of eternal life by the grace of God!  Jesus is equally yoked with you and is there to walk with you and give you comfort through every aspect of life.  God loves you more than you could ever understand! (Col 1:14, John 3:16, Rom 6:18, Matt 11:29, Eph 3:19)

Greater is He who is in you!  Believe it and walk in it.

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. -1 John 5:13

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Love the Struggle

Joy in Forgiveness of Israel’s (my) Sins

Praise the LORD!

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
–Psalm 106:1

It has been just over a year since I made the decision to accept the call of God as an adult.  This past year has had more ups and downs than any other year of my life.  In my pursuit of God I have moved across the country, met many new people, switched jobs a few times and completed a semester of Bible College.  I’ve had many different struggles—some spiritual, some mental, some physical (body, mind, soul) and some all three.  To be honest sometimes I hate the struggle and ask myself, “What am I doing here?”

I recently had a very clear call from God to ministry.  Immediately after Satan’s wretched arrows begin to sting like hell—literally.  I have been under spiritual assault from the enemy for the last month.  He is trying to rob my joy and sanity.  He is trying every trick in the book to convince me to question the word of God—and often to question the existence of God at all.  He tells me I don’t deserve the favor of God and that I am not worthy of God’s grace.  And you know what? He’s right.  I don’t deserve the favor of God and I am not worthy of God’s grace but that does not mean God’s grace for me does not exist.

Time and time again the Lord has reminded me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  Thank God He is strong because there have been times this last month that I have felt weaker than ever before.  I have realized that I literally cannot fight any battles alone.  I myself am not capable of beating these struggles—but yet I set out on my own again and again.  We are very predictable creatures.  We never learn from other’s mistakes.  We insist on learning from our own experiences.   This is our human nature—to be curious and yearning for new experiences.  We are not satisfied with complacency even when in a place of peace.  I am not satisfied with one little taste of the Lord’s grace.  I cannot sit and be fine with the grace I experienced last year, and so I ask again, I seek again, I knock again.  I pursue God.  The struggle comes when I am pursuing God and thinking I’m doing everything right but not seeing the results I am expecting.  God does not work that way.  One thing I’ve learned is that if you’re expecting God to work one way then you can almost always expect it to happen differently.   This is life—it never goes according to our plans, it goes according to His plan.  Peace will be found when we accept this:

Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. –Proverbs 3:5

I recently heard it said, “Don’t hate the struggle; love the struggle because the struggle means you’re His.”  As long as we are being used for the furtherance of the Kingdom there is going to be a struggle.  There will be a struggle because hell is not happy when we grow up or mature spiritually and get closer to God.  Love the struggle!  Giving up is easy but giving up is not what we were made for.  It’s not who we are.  We are His!  We are the children of God.  Raise your hands and give thanks for though we fail again and again the Father’s love for us endures forever!

So He led them through the depths,
As through the wilderness.
 He saved them from the hand of him who hated them,
And redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
-Psalm 106:9-10

Deliver Us!

Do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. –Matthew 6:13

I can see it in the air. The smoke is thick.  Demonic forces have attacked and damage has been done, but there are those of us who still stand.  Deliver us Lord, deliver us!  Victory is on the horizon and hell is not happy.  Don’t give up.  Do not give up.  The Lord our God is with you.  Discernment is the word I hear.  Lord, please bless us with the discernment we so desperately need—true godly discernment!

There’s so much chaos and disorder.  What am I to do Lord? “Be still” God says.  “Be still and know that I am God.”  I know others are feeling the same.  The enemy will try to single us out to make you think as if you are fighting a lone battle but it’s a lie!  You are not alone.  We are here with you—your brothers and sisters in Christ.  God is here with you and He will deliver us.

And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” –Deuteronomy 31:8

Digging Trenches (Finding Hope In Depression)

“The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”
-Psalm 29:11

Two weeks ago I started a new part time seasonal job with a termite and pest control company.  The bug season hit early this year and they needed extra help because of the amount of business that was coming in.  After the first day on the job I realized I was basically hired to be a trench digger.  To treat a house for termites a trench is dug around the perimeter, we fill the trench with a chemical and then fill the trench back up with dirt.   Now this is some hard work and the weather we’ve been having in GA does not make it any easier.  Before I get off track, my point of writing this is not to complain to you about how physically exhausting my job is, my point is to relate what the Lord taught me through the process.

First day on the job about 2 hours in the first scripture comes to mind:

 “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground.”
-Genesis 3:19

The Holy Spirit couldn’t help but rub this one in as I sat there drenched in sweat…  I got a chuckle out of this and it gave me some joy to keep diggin.  Soon after the next scripture popped in my head:

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Ok, I can be thankful here” I said.  I really was thankful that the Lord had provided a new employment opportunity for me.  This job works perfect with my schedule and brings in some much needed extra money with just recently moving to GA a few months ago.   So I kept digging with a thankful attitude praising God for the work He had provided.

Day two on the job comes and we are on our second termite job of the day.  This is by far the hottest it’s been yet and the hardest house to trench.  I’m underneath a crawl space surrounded by cob webs and dust trying to trench around the foundation pillars.  On top of that the ground at this house is not soft at all.  The third scripture pops in my head:

“Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
-Colossians 3:23

“Really Lord?  I’m digging trenches.  I’m supposed to have the attitude that I’m doing this for You?”  “Yes” He replies and so, I keep digging.

Now I thought about writing this post over a week ago and just leaving it at that, but I sensed—though these verses do give a good message together—that the Lord had not finished speaking.  So I waited…

I waited a week and in that next week rather than hearing the Lord I stopped hearing Him.  Rather than feeling His presence I started feeling alone.  Rather than hearing His voice I started hearing a different voice—the voice of one who says, “You are all alone.”  “You do not know what you’re doing.”  “You are lost and there is no hope because God does not exist.”  Oh my heart sank.  What was happening to me?  I was past this I thought.  How did I ever get so uncontrollably tossed back in to the pit?  The voice told me “You have dug your own trench and now you will lie in it in misery alone.”

I was around other believers but never asked for help.  That’s the scary thing about depression is that the loneliness makes you think that there is no help.  It makes you think that it’s your fault you are depressed and that no one can help.

Lies, lies, LIES!

I mustered up the last ounce of spiritual strength I had and cried out:

“AWAY FROM ME SATAN!  Come Lord and rescue me from the pit!  Help me Father please!”

I got enough strength to pull out my phone and pulled up my Bible app.  I was led to Psalm 29 which I read and the last passage was so simple but really stood out to me:

“The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”

Reading this scripture I cried out, “Lord I am not feeling your peace right now.  Please hear me and bless me with this peace your word promises!”

I didn’t feel better.  The voice came in again saying “these are lies, there is no peace” but I held on to the scripture and kept going back to it.  That evening I did find some strength.  It was not total healing strength but it was strength to talk.  I told my wife how I had been feeling.  Now my wife is no scholar with a doctorate of theology, she is a woman of simple faith which I admire so much.  I’m always caught up in my intellectual thoughts as if I’m actually going to come up with any answers to life’s big questions in my own finite brain.  She doesn’t over analyze things.  She believes because Jesus has touched her heart and that is it.  She told me the simple words, “We live by faith.”   Simple words, but powerful words! 

 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
-Romans 1:17

I was not completely out of the pit yet but I was feeling much better.  Just being open and honest with my feelings took a huge burden off my chest.  I wasn’t alone anymore.  And so I went to bed still confused but starting to look on the bright side of things.

The next morning (yesterday) I felt so much better—almost normal.  I then had strength to reach out for prayer and help from another woman of faith in my life—my mother.  Now my mom is what you might call a “prayer warrior.”  She would never boast in herself but I will boast about my mom.  She is a woman of God!  If there is anyone I know that is close to God’s heart it is my mother.  I am very grateful for her and she prayed for me on the phone with the Spirit of God providing the exact words I needed to hear.  I was encouraged again! Faith was rising and the peace that surpasses understanding was settling back in to my heart.  I wept and prayed and felt Psalm 29:11 coming to life. 

To top it off I go in to church this morning and our Pastor informs us we are going to do things a little different.  He tells us the Lord has put it on his heart to do a different service and that the family of our church needed to be strengthened in the Lord.  “Yes!” I thought, “God is so faithful!” The service was amazing.  Instead of two services we did one long continuous service intermixing prayer, scripture, people sharing testimony, teaching, and worship.  The presence of God was among us!  He strengthened His people today!  He blessed His people with peace!  Amen and thank you Lord Jesus for you are so good to us!  I love you Lord, I love you Veronica, I love you Mom, I love you Pastor Josh and Calvary Chapel Northwest.

The moral of the story: ask for help!  When you’re feeling down go to God’s word and ask for help from other believers.  Through the power of God light will always prevail over darkness!  To whomever the Lord is speaking to now know that Christ is with you and He loves you.  The Lord will give strength to His people.  The Lord will bless His people with peace!  Hallelujah!

“Where are you Lord?”

And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. –Deuteronomy 8:2-3

Have you been going through a time of struggle and hardship in your walk with God?  Has your faith been tested leaving you in trial and temptation so that you cry out, “Where are you Lord? I need you!”  If so, this is probably exactly where God wants you.  

Immediately after Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit drove Him into the wilderness where He was tempted for forty days.  What’s significant about this is that Jesus had to go through this process before He could start His ministry.  This was not an easy time for Him.  He was tempted, hungry, humbled, and completely dependent on the word of God to overcome Satan.

Matthew 4:3-4 says:

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

He quoted the words that Moses had said about God teaching the Israelites while in the wilderness to be dependent on Him.

If you are in a time of wilderness in your walk with God then rejoice in your trial because God is teaching you something.  He is preparing you so that you might be useful for a greater purpose.   So embrace this trial and run the race with endurance, looking unto Jesus!  Give God all the glory through this process because it’s not about you. Perhaps that’s what God is teaching you.  John the Baptist said it best, He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Hold Fast To The Truth

He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day.
-Psalm 91:4-5

The enemy loves to fling his arrows at us.  Just when we think everything is going good the serpent creeps up and starts questioning God’s word, whispering lies in our ear.  It’s his only trick and he’s been doing this since the beginning of man.  The Bible only accounts of man without sin for about 2 chapters and then we have the first question of the Bible—the serpent asking Eve, “Has God said?”  He constantly questions the word of God because this is all he can do.  He is a liar and a deceiver of many but know if we have the truth of God’s word as our armor he cannot harm us.  His arrows may sting when they hit, they may even bruise and weaken us, but with the armor of God they will not penetrate.  With the armor of God we will be able to defend ourselves.  With the armor of God and Christ as the head to our army we will be victorious!

The Lord gives voice before His army,
For His camp is very great;
For strong is the One who executes His Word.
-Joel 2:11

So hold fast to the truth! Hold fast to the hope that has been placed in you in Christ Jesus! Hold fast to the man you are becoming by the grace and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  For we have heard the voice of the Lord so do not let the enemy rob you.   For “having believed you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Eph 1:13-14) So “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph 6:11)

 Jesus said:
“Behold, I am coming quickly!
Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

Free Your Mind and Welcome Peace!

“I want to believe in God” is the name of this website and blog. I chose this name because it’s a very popular phrase that people often think. I have thought this to myself before. I think a lot of people in their lives and their search for life’s answers often think to themselves, “It would be nice to believe in God.” A very popular Google typed phrase is: “I want to believe in God but I can’t.” Most people who say this will tell you that their rational thinking or their mind keeps them from believing. Today I would like to focus on the mind and encourage you to “free your mind!” Jesus said: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Sometimes very rarely at church I will come across a sermon that speaks so personally to me it’s as if God himself had come down and was behind the pulpit having a one on one conversation with me. When this happens the entire church is blocked out of my mind. It’s just myself and the pastor—or I should say the Holy Spirit’s voice—communicating. The last time this happened to me was when Jon Courson had come to our church as a guest speaker. Jon is one of those anointed speakers and he often goes off of no notes and will speak on a different matter even from 1st service to 2nd service. He told us this is what he was doing today and the Spirit had led him to talk to our specific group on the subject of unbelief. The thing I remember the most from that sermon is the quote: “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.”

This is the quote of a man who says this to Jesus in Mark chapter 9 of the Bible. The man has a demon possessed son and he has come to Jesus and his disciples in hopes that they will cast the demon out. First the disciples tried to cast out the evil spirit and they could not. After having no success with the disciples the man desperately turns to Jesus and says: “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24)

Immediately after Jesus casts the spirit out and the boy is healed. I think we could all agree that the point the father was making by his statement is that he wants more faith and he was asking Jesus for help.

After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:28-29)

From this story we realize the power of prayer and we see that Jesus can help us but you have to first ask for help. If you are like this father today and feel that you need help to overcome your unbelief and you need a stronger, truer faith then please ask Jesus for help. He is right there just waiting for you to do so.

I think the statement “Lord I believe, help my unbelief” is very similar to saying “I want to believe in God but I can’t.” The difference is one is looking at the situation with the glass half full and asking Jesus for help, while the other statement is looking with the glass half empty and giving up. By saying you want to believe in God I would go a step further and say that a part of you already does. There’s an old song by the Christian artist Carman that says: “your desire is the confirmation the destination’s there.” Your desire to believe in God and your desire to have faith means that in your heart you already do. It is your mind that has not yet accepted it. You must free your mind from the lies the enemy has instilled in you.

“He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

Here Jesus is talking about our biggest enemy—Satan. Evil does exist in this world and it is lead by Satan. He is a murderer and a liar and stands for nothing good. He wants nothing more than for you to suffer and to corrupt your mind into thinking it is impossible for God to exist. He is a deceiver and does not want you to know that he exists himself. The first question to ever appear in the Bible is when Satan disguised as a serpent asked Eve “has God said?” He has been influencing humans to question God from the very beginning. He will gladly rob you of your happiness and leave you with an unfulfilled life of misery that appears to have no purpose.

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

There is meaning to life and you can have peace, joy and hope. You can have eternal life! God does exist and He loves you!


“Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Phil 4:8)

Do not listen to Satan’s lies anymore. How can anyone see the stars or a beautiful sunset and say “there’s no God, that beautiful sunset is just a bunch of gases in the sky”? Knowing the science behind something does not explain its beauty and its creation—God does.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20)

If you want to believe in God then take a step of faith and say “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” Cry this out to Jesus in prayer and believe that He will help you. Look at it with the glass half full today and with an expectance of God to fill up the rest because He will and it is His will to do so.

Jesus said: “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but He sent me. Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!” (John 8:42-42)

Free your mind today and welcome in peace. Listen to the advocate and not the adversary. Listen to Jesus and not Satan. Listen to God because He is there and waiting to listen to you.

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:36)

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