GOD IS CALLING YOU…WILL YOU ANSWER?

                            https://youtu.be/y7yN6QtedHc (Click to view) (*)

Sometimes when God (Jesus) wants to converse with a person He calls their name twice.  For example, “Moses! Moses!” (Ex 3:4) or “Martha! Martha!” (Lk 10:41), or Simon! Simon! (Lk 22:31) or “Samuel! Samuel!” (1 Samuel 3:10).  Why is that? Could it be because God wants their undivided attention?  Or perhaps it’s because God wants to impart a truth/revelation that impacts the entire universe of people.  OR IS IT BECAUSE OTHERS ARE CALLING OUR NAME, TOO, AND GOD WANTS TO SEE IF WE RECOGNIZE HIS VOICE AND WILL ANSWER HIS CALL?

I, personally believe it is the latter.

Let’s take a closer look at the calling of Moses.  In Exodus 3:4 we read:  “God called to him from the bush and said, Moses, Moses, and Moses said, ‘Here I Am’.”  How does those sentences actually read to you?  Is Moses saying to the ‘voice’ here I am over here OR, over here…I Am!

I bet none of you chose the latter expression.  That’s because when the scriptures were translated from the Greek to the King James Bible the English punctuation marks were incorporated…sometimes mistakenly or in error or not at all.

God, however, rejoiced to hear that Moses recognized just Who it was that was calling him.  Well, maybe not altogether…but at least Moses used God’s real Name…I AM.

Let’s continue with God’s conversation with Moses in Exodus 3:5.  “Do not draw away.  Take your shoes from your feet, for the place were you stand is holy ground.”

Through my in depth conversations with God using scriptures, here is how He has interpreted the above verse for me.  ‘Moses, concentrate on this moment only, fear not.  Remove from your mind all other distracting thoughts.  You have truly recognized Me by the power of the Holy Spirit and your total being is holy ground.’

[As an aside thought, did not Jesus have a similar conversation with Nicodemus one night?  Nick was not born of the Spirit, therefore he could not see God, nor did he know God’s real Name.  Nick addressed Jesus as Rabbi!  The very presence of the burning bush (fire) indicated that Moses was full of the Holy Spirit!!!  Thus Moses knew who God was because he had been drawn from the water and was now communing with Fire!  Jesus had to inform Nick that a man MUST be born of water and the Spirit!  And this feat does not require the womb.]

(I know this is heavy stuff and to some, even far fetched, but I’m led by the Holy Spirit…not man.)

Now please allow me to digress a little bit more.  Many of us have said, ‘When I get to heaven, I’m going to ask God why……..(fill in the blank with your question).  Well, during this conversation between God and Moses, Moses did not have to wait until eternity to question God.  Moses was meeting face to face with God and he was not taking any chances.  Moses knew that lessor gods could also perform supernatural feats and since that bush was not being consumed by fire, Moses wanted to make sure that it was the work of the Almighty.  Moses also wanted his God to proclaim His identify for Himself.

IF YOU, TOO, WILL LOOK AT THIS BIBLICAL INCIDENT THROUGH A NEW LENSE, YOU MIGHT ALSO COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL ETERNITY TO ASK GOD ABOUT THINGS THAT TROUBLE YOU DOWN HERE ON EARTH.  WHENEVER YOU RECOGNIZE THE CALL…HEAR HIS VOICE…BE IN HIS PRESENCE…JUST A-S-K HIM ANYTHING THAT SO EASILY BESETS YOU!!!!

Then answer His Call!

But first, make absolute sure you are communing with the Heavenly Father of all Creation.  Also begin to preference your thoughts with the Names of God.  Not the names that man gives to occupations.  (For God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24)

Don’t take any chances of the enemy slipping in.  Even when you respond to the question of what is your name.  Say, I AM _________ (fill in your name here).   That way you cover yourself with the Blood of Jesus.  Stop saying, ‘My name is ________.’  (This phrase denotes a nomenclature that man gave you.)

My Conversion and Response to the Call

Jesus called my name many, many yeas ago.  I almost missed it.  God called me by a name nobody had ever referred to me as…God called me ‘SOUGHT OUT’.  (Isaiah 62:12).  Like Moses in the video referenced at the beginning of this blog, I rolled my eyes to the left and to the right.  I looked over my shoulder, I glanced upward.  Like Samuel, I went through my house asking everybody and anybody if they had called me.  (1 Samuel 3:8).  Finally I turned to the Great I AM.

“It is I,” the Lord said in my heart…Then I replied, “Speak, Lord, thy servant is listening.”   “You have been Sought Out to do my bidding,” the Father replied.  (The rest is history!)

Yes, I answered the call!  And my fervent prayer is that one day He will say, “Well done, my beloved.  You have been faithful over a few things, now enter through the gates of Glory and take a seat beside Moses, Martha, Simon and Samuel.”  AMEN.

(*) Note:  The book Moses and the Burning Bush can be purchased on Amazon                              The Youtube video is 1:47

Scripture Lesson:  “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)

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God Requires Us To Do Some Research

                                    Wordspector

Try to find the fifteen bible book titles in the story below

Today, my name is Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.  Let’s pretend that I am the wife of Mr. Holmes, who was a fictional character created by a Scottish writer named Arthur Conan Doyle.  My husband first appeared in a novel as a “consulting detective” in 1887.
I, personally, appeared on the scene as a “consulting detective” in 1965 when the Holy Spirit queried me on my relationship with the Father.  (Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?  Acts 19:15).

Even though I was young and inexperienced, many parishioners, laypeople, bible teachers, family, friends and seminar students sort me out to debate or converse with me concerning things of the bible.  And if I did not know or have a biblically based answered, I would research it and get back with them later.  A majority of the time, the Holy Spirit was with me and my response settled the matter.

Unlike Sherlock, I am not a fictional character, but I do have a Creator.  His Name is God.  He first appeared on the scene before anything was.  In other words, He was in the Beginning.
It was during those early years in ’65 I was infusing my spirit with bible knowledge, head knowledge, and methods and mannerisms from my pastor who was a gifted preacher, teacher and researcher of God’s holy word.  Those times of sacrifice have served me well.
So, are you ready to challenge yourself and play Bible Wordspector and search the bible story below to spy out fifteen names of Bible book titles listed from both the Old and New Testaments.
I have given you the results below to check your answers.  Whether you find all 15 titles or just a few, let this be an opportunity for you to have a little conversation with God and ask him to increase your efforts/desire to get to know him better by reading, meditating and memorizing his holy word through scriptures.
THE BIBLE
Once   some   remarks   were   made   about   hidden   books   of   the   bible.
It   was   a   lulu.   Kept   some   people   looking   so   hard   for   facts   and
studying   for   the   revelations   they   were   in   a   jam,   especially   since
the   books   were   not   capitalized,   but   the   truth   finally   struck   numbers
of   our   readers.   To   others   it   was   a   real   job.   We   want   it   to   be
a   most   fascinating   few   minutes   for   you.   Yes   there   will    be   some
that   are   easy   to   spot.  Others   may   require   judges   to   determine.
We   must   also   admit,   it   usually   takes   a   minute   to   find   one   and
there   will   be   loud   lamentations,   when   you   realize   how   simple   it   is.
One   little   lady   says   she   brews   coffee   while  she   puzzles   her   brain.
There   are   fifteen   bible   books.   G O O D    H U N T I N G
 (Read each word separately and find and connect the letters to form Titles)
Mark                 Luke              Kings               Acts     Revelations        James              Ruth         Numbers           Job                Amos            Esther          Judges      Titus       Lamentations       Hebrews

Hopefully, this exercise will help you to become more diligent in the service of the Lord.  By earnestly applying yourself to the knowledge of the contents of the Bible, you will not have to be ashamed when you stand before your Maker.  I therefore encourage you to become an approved workman, correctly dividing the word of Truth.

Scripture Lesson: Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15

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God Said Enough, Already!

Just suppose God were to have a temper tantrum…

Act One

(Hoards of people are stampeding out of the coliseum.  The Main speaker, God, is having a temper tantrum.  All hell is breaking loose.)

“No more letters,” God shouts!  “I’ve had it!  These people make me sick!  Their comments suck!!!”  “WordPress, I’m cancelling my blog…I mean, my Bible!  These fools wont listen! So enough, already.  And out goes my computer!”

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Act Two

First, thank God for Act Two…AND OF COURSE, GOD WOULD NEVER, EVER ACT IN THIS MANNER.  THAT IS, AT LEAST NOT UNTIL JUDGEMENT DAY.

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Act Three

Get your act together people!!!…Here’s how:

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Act  Four

Start reading, discerning and praying about all the many Christian blogs that are published on WordPress.  Follow the ones you like best and are dispensing the truth about God’s business and his holy Word.  Leave a comment every now and again.  Share your experiences.  Pray.  Shout.  Cry.  Laugh.  Give.  Rejoice.  Love.  Discern.  Smile.  Forgive.  Hope.  Confess.  Repent.  Praise.  Humble. Release.  Go.  Be.  Do.  Live.  Embrace.  Receive.  Converse.  Proclaim.  Witness.  Fellowship.  Allow the word of God to penetrate your total being.  And if that’s not enough…

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Act Five

                                                        Trust in the Lord (Lyrics)

                                 Just Click, listen and rock a little and be Blessed!
                                               Trust in the Lord (Lyrics)
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Scripture Lesson:  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

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God Thwarts Off Potentially Dangerous Situations, Unanimously

                             Could this man be a “Leather-faced” Angel?

What’s your perspective about miracles?  Has anything supernaturally happened in your life?  Do you equate a person’s demeanor, lifestyle, or beliefs to the manner in which our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ dispenses His favor?  What’s your take on just pure Lady Luck?

Well, this week’s blog is another true story about a family I  worshipped with a few years ago.  Their names have been altered for security reasons, but the facts are true and worth retelling low these many years later.

Plus, its my way of letting you know that God searches his earth day and night seeking someone to converse with, to bless and to save.  He truly stands at the door and knocks, hoping that because there is no door knob on his side, you will let him come in and sup with you.  (Revelations 2:20)

My personal godly chit-chats over my lifetime in his service have been awesome and from time to time I will continue to blog about them.  But since I also like to write and to interview others, it is my hope that you will also enjoy reading about total strangers who may or may not realize the handiwork of our true Father in Heaven as he desires to direct their lives.  For as you know, when you open the door it can and will provide both opportunities and adversaries that will necessitate his intervention.

So, with the expressed permission of Barry and Glenda McFarland (not their real names), below is my church newsletter article of their encounter with a man Barry refers to as the “Leather-faced” angel.

 Separately, over the past few weeks, I approached Barry and Glenda somewhere in the halls of the church, to find out if they would be interested to re-tell an interesting and inspiring but potentially deadly incident that had happened to their family back in 1993.

I knew of this incident because at the time it happened, Barry was walking around the church in a state of shock and amazement sharing the experience with anyone who would listen.  After hearing his story, I pondered it for a few days, than placed it in the back of my mind.  However, I never really forgot it.  So when I needed a second article for the church’s newsletter, I began my hunt for the McFarlands.

I found Barry a few Saturdays ago in the rear choir room.  He was taking a breather between his counseling meeting with some single parents of the church and the youth department’s rehearsal for the puppet ministry.  It did not take long for Minister McFarland to close his eyes and conjure up images of what had happened that early autumn mourning in October 1993.

“I remember distinctly, it was Men’s Day at the church on October 10th, our son Joshua was two years old; and when we got to church some brothers were here from Redland Baptist Church talking to us men trying to get us to forge a partnership in ministry.  But I am getting ahead of myself.

“At home, about 6:00 a.m. that Sunday mourning, I was awakened by a tremendously loud bang on my front door.  Glenda and Joshua were asleep.  ‘Bang.’ ‘Bang.’ ‘Bang.’  The sound came again and again.  Each knock more furious than the last.  I jumped up, grabbed by shot gun and ran down stairs.

“FIRE! Everybody out!” the voice on the other side of the door was shouting.  There’s no fire in here, I thought.  With one hand I grabbed the front door knob to open it and with the other hand I tossed the shotgun over onto the love seat.  I yanked opened the door.  A leather-faced short man was standing there.  ‘What do you mean, fire. There’s no firrr…’ ‘Ping!’  ‘Ping!’ went the sound of breaking glass behind me.  I turned to investigate the noise, but when I quickly looked back at my leather-faced stranger, he was gone!

“My gawd, how could he have gotten off the porch and across the cul de sac that quickly.  No time to hunt for him now.  I bound up the stairs calling for Glenda to get up and get the baby.  Let’s get out of here.  The house is on fire!  We all got outside safely and just as we got into the family car and was backing down the drive way, the County Fire Department was running across our front yard with water hoses.  You see, the Fire Department is next door to our house.

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“Where is the fire?” one of the firemen asked us as we passed him in the driveway.  We could all see the curtains at the back of the house ignite and hear glass breaking.  The firemen ran around back and the flames were shooting up the rear of the house just below Joshua’s window.

“Thanks to the quick actions of the Fire Department, the flames only did exterior damage and only smoke damage to the interior.  Yet how the fire started remained a mystery.  “How do you think the fire started, Mr. McFarland?” asked the fireman.  ‘I have no idea’, I said.  ‘It’s true we barbequed yesterday, but as you can see, the grille is yards away from the house near the back fence.’  “Well, how did you know there was a fire?” was the fireman’s next question.  ‘Some short leather-faced man knocked on our door and awakened us, but he disappeared.’

“‘By the way, how did the Fire Department know that my house was on fire?’ I asked.  “Some man stuck his head in the front door of the fire station and yelled that there was a fire next door.  When we ran to investigate, we didn’t see anybody, but saw flames coming from the back of your house,” replied the fireman.

At this point, I interrupted Barry and asked if he thought the leathered faced man was his guardian angel.  Barry’s response was, I don’t know about no guardian angel, all I know and this is real clear…that my Father who is in heaven is looking down on me and my family and he keeps watch over us both day and night.

At the beginning of this blog, I asked you 4 questions.  I am now ready to share with you my personal answers to those 4 questions:  Yes, I believe in miracles; yes, numerous supernatural events have happened to me; no, I do not equate who a person is to whether or not he/she receives God’s favor; and no, I do not believe in luck!

HERE’S WHAT CAME OUT OF MY CONVERSATION(*) WITH GOD AS HE EXPLAINED THE MATTER…..

There are just too many references in scripture where the Word explains how God will and has ‘snatched’ someone, as a burning stick, out of the fire.  (See Jude 1:22; Amos 4:11; Zechariah 3:2; 1 Corinthians 3:15)

In our churches and Christian places of worship today, there are all kinds of false teachers, shepherds, leaders, prophets and prophetess, preachers and overseers that are either intentionally, by persuasion or through ignorance perverting the Truth concerning the Gospel.  In most cases, the congregation is innocent and are being duped into these false accusations.  Within the family of God are souls seeking divine intervention as to whether or not to become a follower, an apostle, a teacher or any of the other gifts of ministry.  They are desperately in need of leaders who are true contenders of the faith.

And because there are not enough of us brave and informed souls to warn or thwart off a potentially dangerous situation within the walls of the sanctuary, God himself has to step in and ‘snatch’ the innocent out of the fire by sending a ‘leather-faced’ angel to rescue us out of harms way.  Furthermore, God will say to those false teachers after he has changed their garments, “If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.”  Zechariah 3:7b

 

(*) Note: …came out of searching the scriptures to see what God has already said regarding this matter.

Scripture Lesson:  “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 

“Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”  Jude 1:20-23

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God Answers Formal And Informal Prayers

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This morning was a day for me to thank God for answered prayer

Oh, to be free, to be completely unattached…what wondering I would do.  I would travel to far off places and visit cities anew.  I would live in a dream world and pretend to be a queen who ruled over all the lands, all the people and all the seas. But, Bah! tis nothing but fantasy with no depth, nether reason, nor cause…because truly I am satisfied just the way things are.”

So for this week, I’ve started my blog with a stanza from a poem I wrote many, many years ago.  In those days I was young and my hair was still black and my limbs operated on my cue.  Those days are far spent.  And my worldview has also matured from fantasy to realism and Truth.

“Nevertheless, something in side me keeps crying out aloud…seek love, adventure and excitement and you will thereby obtain power.”

Listen, readers, I learned a long time ago to transfer my dependence from myself into the ever loving arms of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I’ve become the queen in His court, and the apple of His eye.  What gives me such assurance?  The main fact that He answers my prayers either through conversations with Him or by osmosis.  He also causes other human beings to unknowingly relay His messages to me.  And when I put my thinking cap on, I can remember Him using birds, weather, radio and TV commentators and shooting stars to convey His messages to me.

“For then a swelling in your breast will come from joys you’ve never known, as you gaze out upon the world and turn its love into songs.  But, Bah! tis nothing but fantasy with no depth, nether reason, nor cause…because truly I am satisfied just the way things are.”

Yes, in my youth, I kept saying that I was satisfied…but was I.  My family and friends labeled me as a dreamer.  Always thinking of lofty aspirations.  Keep your feet on the ground they all warned.  Remember where you come from.  Get your head out of the clouds.  You’re going to end up just like us.  Living right here in this hick town, getting married and having babies.  OH, but have I surprised them!  I KNOW SOMEBODY!!!

“Yes, because life is not always a pleasure, it causes many persons to dream.  To manufacture make-believe of which things they hold high in esteem.  But Bah! tis nothing but fantasy with no depth, nether reason, nor cause…because truly I am satisfied just the way things are.”

I no longer have to recite that poem I wrote all those many years ago because this one thing I have learned.  My God heard my plea and felt my desire for something greater than what I was living at the time.  He alone understood that Whom I was seeking was Him!  My God finally knitted my will and my heart together and caused me to recognize His proposal.  “Come unto to me  He beckoned me…..”

So now, instead of daydreaming, I have learned to pray and to call on my Savior not only for my hopes and dreams but also for my fears and desires for others.  He has caused me to take my mind off of myself and to embrace life in a much broader worldview.  It’s not all about me.  Its about serving and giving and helping and caring for others.

My God is Real.  He lives within my soul.  Surely, while He was on the cross I was on His mind.  Our conversations get sweeter and sweeter every day.  I see my prayers for my family answered.  I see my prayers for the orphan children I ministered to while on international mission trips become a reality.  (Once I personally met a Russian teenager who had been adopted and brought to Dallas.  I was shopping at Walmart and by happenstance we met and began to talk. She shared how the Lord had placed her with a couple who wanted to adopt a teenager.  I had just been to St. Petersburg on a mission trip and had prayed for the teenagers who had ‘aged’ out of orphanage care.  The Lord allowed me to see His intervention in this situation.  Hallelujah!)

Earlier this morning I received a phone call from my sister exclaiming how our brother had called her and conversed with her as though their riff had never happened.  On another occasion, recently, a severe storm passed over an area in Oklahoma that I was praying for on behalf of a friend’s family who lived there and was in harms way.

I could go on and on witnessing to you how and in what diverse ways God answers prayers.  But I trust you already know them and have tried Him for yourself.  Its true, God responds to our prayers basically in three ways: Yes! No! and Wait!  All I want to say is this;  HE IS NEVER LATE…BUT ALWAYS ON TIME!  AMEN.

Blog God Answers PrayerSo, in summary,  wait on the Lord to answer you. Wait at His door with your prayers; wait at His feet with humility; wait at His table with service and thanksgiving; wait at His window with expectancy that He will open it and pour out many blessings.  Through it all, WAIT.  

 

Scripture Lesson: “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”Psalm 27:14.

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God Can Elevate You to A Higher Dimension of Earthly Existence

                                           Matthew at age 13

For Our World by Mattie J.T. Stepanek – YouTube

Apr 16, 2013 – Uploaded by Jeni Stepanek

One of Mattie J.T. Stepanek’s most popular (and needed) poems. 

Mattie wrote this poem on September 11 …                                            

Did you know that short of leaving this world permanently, you can be changed?  I’m not talking about scientifically or hypnotically or even medically.  I’m talking about spiritually!

That’s what happened to little Matthew J. T. Stepanek, whom I became enthralled with back in our home town in Maryland in 2004.  This young lad became a legend during the thirteen years of his short life.  Mayors, governors, television hosts, U.S. presidents and throngs of people paid him homage at his funeral.  This kid’s light shined brightly throughout the universe while he yet lived.  Let me explain how.  Yes, it was during a conversation with God that he prompted me to write about Matthew and how God elevated him.

For this week’s blog, please allow me to post an article I wrote and delivered to a writing club at the Holiday Park Senior Center in Rockville, Maryland some 15 years ago, about this remarkable young boy who became the town hero.

You will be able to see how God elevated Matthew to a higher spiritual dimension of life while he yet lived among us mortals.  Following is my perpetual tribute to Matt.

A Shooting Star

What does talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Montel Williams, Former President Jimmy Carter (Nobel Peace Price Winner), Movie star Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings”), and a young country singer Billy Gilman have in common?  In a word, “Mattie”!

Who was Mattie?  Just an extra-ordinary 13 year old boy who turned the modern world upside down and was eulogized this past Monday at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church which is located just a few short blocks from this building.

Matthew J. T. Stepanek died on June 22, 2004 in Children’s National Medical Center from a rare form of muscular dystrophy (MDA) at an early age.  He suffered all of his life, yet brought hope, smiles and unspeakable joy to all those who met him.  Mattie was affectionately known as an angel and a messenger from heaven, a shinning star, a boy matured far beyond his years, a poet and a peacemaker.

More than 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the home-going of this special little boy.  Those who spoke in remembrance of him recalled the exceptional organizational skills he used to raise money for MDA; how prolific he was at only three years old, and could compose poetry with such meaning and depth.   How he lovingly babysat and taught the children of a co-worker of his mother; and oh how he dreamed of one day meeting up with Osama Ben Laden and offering a platform of peace for mankind.

Early last Monday, as I listened to the news on my radio and later watched it on TV, I heard the announcer say that sections of Viers Mill Road and Connecticut Avenue would be closed from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. due to the expected traffic volume for this solemn occasion.  I stopped washing dishes to listen more attentively.  Who is this Mattie I asked myself.  Who ever heard of a child’s funeral generating this much excitement and attention from our city government.  Next the announcer read a long list of celebrates and county officials who would be officiating at the services.  I was shocked.  [But not God!]

Obviously, I had never heard of Matthew Stepanek.  But I soon learned that this young man at such an early age had published 3 books of poetry entitled “Heartsongs”, of which the first volume appeared on the 2001 New York Times best seller list.  He had appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and late night TV and had hosted the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Marathon Drive.  Stepanek had also served as a state and national goodwill ambassador for MDA.

As I stood at my sink and marveled at the accomplishments of this fascinating life, and considered his handicap, I could imagine that the doctors, family members and, yes, even total strangers tried to convince the mother of Mattie to abort him early in her pregnancy.  I say this because Mattie had three other siblings who died at early ages from the very same disease.

Mattie suffered, yes.  But he suffered in silence.  In his eulogy, former President Jimmy Carter recalled that Mattie once said he was not afraid of death and encouraged others with this quote:  “Do not weep for me, for I have chosen to live and not spend time dying until death occurs.”

Goodbye, Mattie.  I did not know you in life, but even in death your shinning star continues to light up the lives of all those who come to know you.  You are riding high atop that fire truck, and we all salute you.  Farewell my little angel, go now to join up with your heavenly hosts.

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To learn more about Mattie you can Google his name on Youtube or just Click:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattie_Stepanek

Scripture Lesson:  Young Matthew, with his pain-riddled body reminds us to: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–which is your spiritual worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2

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God Dealt Me A “Royal Flush” This Week

ace-cBlog - God dealt mea a royal flushAn Earthly Royal Flush

As you may know, in a very popular card game known as Poker, the best possible straight flush is known as a “royal flush”.  It consists of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten of the same suit. And everybody knows that a “royal flush” is an unbeatable hand.

But did you know that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, can trump any “Action Jackson” at his game of Poker in a twinkle of an eye.

Now, I’m not a card player, but you just might know somebody who would love to engage you in a conversation about how to win at Poker.  So, let me help you use this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness for the Lord and to allow the Holy Spirit to provide the increase to lead a lost soul into eternity.

First, let’s define what a “Royal Flush” consists of for each Player:

Action Jackson’s Definition              Jesus Christ’s Definition

Ace                                                                 Alpha And Omega

King                                                               King of Kings

Queen                                                           Queen of the South

Jack                                                               Jehovah Jirah

Ten                                                                Trinity: Three in One

Secondly, let’s explain where I am going with the message in this week’s blog:

All this week, the Holy Spirit has put into my consciousness the express meanings for “manna from heaven” and the name Jesus.  It took me well into the first part of the week to begin to understand the connection of the two subjects.  I reviewed Old Testament scriptures about how God fed the children of Israel manna from heaven while in the Wilderness, and I also reviewed several New Testament Gospels concerning the life of Jesus Christ.

And then it hit me.  My conversation with God commenced!

Lord, I exclaimed…I can see clearly now.  Both of these subjects You have dealt me have unique names that have caused others to proclaim…”What?” or “What manner of” thing or person “is this?”

We read in Exodus 16:15 that the heavenly bread (manna) fell, and when the children of Israel saw it they said to one another, ‘It is manna,’ because they did not know what it was.  (‘Manna’ means “What is it?” in Egyptian and refers to food in Hebrew.) (Remember, the children of Israel sojourned in Egypt for a very long time and learned their language.)

We read in Matthew 8:24-27 “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.  And his disciples came to Him (Jesus), and awoke Him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marveled, saying, What manner(*) of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

(*) Note:  The English word ‘manner’ is very similar to manna.)

Now with that back ground, let’s begin comparing the two subjects and be blessed by the similarities and compositions of both manna and the Man Jesus.  But more importantly, with just five cards in your hand, you can witness the authority of Jesus Christ while you engage a skeptical person in a game of Poker.

  • The first comparison you should see is that both manna and Jesus represent a food substance that sustains life.  More succinctly, they are both ‘bread’ provided by God in Heaven for mankind’s survival.  BAM!  That’s the ACE trumped by Alpha and Omega! The physical food was trumped by the spiritual food!  The physical food had yeast in it and was considered leavened, and relates to sin (evil).  The spiritual food had no yeast in it and was considered unleavened, free of sin.
  • The above explanation explains Galatians 5:9 –  “A little leaven (sin) leaveneth the whole lump (a man’s life).”
  • Next comparison – Both ‘breads’ remained with the people until the end of an era.  Manna physically remained with the people until they arrived at Cannan, a land flowing with milk and honey.  Jesus will remain spiritually with us until Judgement Day, a place without end.  God giveth and God taketh away.  BAM!  That’s the physical king being trumped by the King of Kings.
  • Next – The Israelites had to go out daily and receive the manna so as not to starve.  Thus, they had to depend on God daily. We, too, must continually receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as God’s Son so as to live eternally.  But when the people of Israel disobeyed and gathered too much manna, they suffered.  (How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.  Matt. 23:37)  Likewise, when we disobey the teachings of Jesus, we, too, suffer.  (The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23) BAM!  The earthly queen is trumped by the Queen of the South!
  • Next – Manna came in 2 parts; meat and milk which hardened and became a type of flake bread served both day and night.  Jesus’ word is also referred to as meat and milk and is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).  Whichever formulae you are on, its available both day and night.  BAM!  Action Jackson was trumped by our Provider, Jehovah Jirah!
  • In conclusion – In Revelation 2:17 ( The biblical numerology of ten [2+1+7=10]); Jesus promised those who overcome that He will give them ‘some of the hidden manna’.   Because they believe in Him (The Trinity; Three in One), He will continue to sustain us spiritually. His sacrificial, substitutionary death – His flesh, His blood – will continue to give those who trust Him life, forever. They shall remain in Him, and He shall remain in them [John 6:56].   BAM! The hidden manna is the trump card that you get when you pray for it in those times of temptation to do evil and dishonor God. It is the nourishment you receive, the power from on high. It is given to everyone who asks for it, everyone with a longing to be free from sin.  The hidden manna gives vitality and life.

NOW, WHAT DO YOU THINK?  DID NOT GOD CONVERSE WITH ME AND DID NOT HE ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DEAL ME A “ROYAL FLUSH” HAND OF SPIRITUAL TRUTHS?

I dare you to step outside of your comfort zone and reach someone searching for the truth while becoming stagnated in the wilderness.  Do not allow him or her to become drunk with wine, but help them to be filled with a love for Jesus because love covers a multitude of sin.  BAM!

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