Divine Appointment

I had what I would call a “divine appointment” today!

I was shopping in a local clothes store and went to the counter to purchase my items.  As the young sales girl walks up to help me –she grabs her back and says,  “My back hurts so bad!  I’ve taken all kinds of medicine and nothing helps!”

(Well, the Lord opened the door-so I walked through.)  I asked if I could pray for her back and she enthusiastically said, “Yes!”

We held hands and I prayed for her right at the counter.  Need I say it was out loud. 😃.

When I was done, she was so thankful, and as I left I said, “I believe the Lord will continue to heal your back as you are working today!”

Ah Lord!  Thank you for this precious encounter!  May this young lady come face-to-face with Your healing Power and Love!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!


TRUST HIM!

I am in the midst of preparing to lead a 75 minute Equipping Session at the Aldersgate Renewal Ministries Conference in Lexington Kentucky, June 29-July 2.

My usual preparation for teaching/leading large groups in ministry is to write down everything I will say. (I don’t do this for a small group Bible Study).   I usually begin by reading/speaking what I have written.  But, usually sometime during the ministry, God takes over and I walk away from the “paper” and the words flow. God gives me the words to say!

I know that in my preparation God is guiding and leading me, but I have desired to “unchain” myself from the words on the paper and simply connect to the words that the Lord has put in my heart and spirit.

Even last Sunday, as I was preaching while my pastor was out of town, I had my iPad “paper” in front of me and I was reading what was written. But, in my prayer time the Lord had let me know exactly when I was to stop and walk away and let Him “put the words in my mouth.”

I have felt a “shift” as the Lord is writing His words on my heart!  His “ink” is much stronger than the ink of the printer!

Yes, I am still preparing for my Equipping Session. He is giving me an Outline of what I will talk about and I have Scriptures that are foundational to the teaching. But, every time I think about typing what I will say…I feel a “stop” in my spirit.  The Lord is gently raising me to a new level of trust. Do I trust Him to put the words in my mouth?  Do I trust in His ability to guide me as I speak?  Can the Holy Spirit speak through me?

I absolutely believe the answers are YES to these questions – and have even taught on it. But, now the LORD is encouraging me to put “feet” to my belief!

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.   1 Corinthians 4:20

The theme of the Conference is THE POWER OF GOD and the title of my session is An Empowered Life!  It’s interesting that the Lord chose this period of time to release me into a new season of walking out His empowerment in my life!  LOL!  I won’t just be teaching on His Power in us – I’ll be living it!

What has the Holy Spirit been leading you to do that will take a new level of faith and trust to accomplish?  I am here today to say to you:

TRUST HIM! Trust Him to accomplish in you and through you more than you can dream or imagine!  TRUST HIM!

 

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More Than You Can Handle!

I see so many times people making the statement, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”  Actually this is NOT a true statement!  I understand why people say it. They are trying to make someone who is going through a hard time feel better. So they will be encouraged that God knows they can “handle it.”

But, God DOES give us (or allows) us to have more than we can handle on our own so we will realize we need Him to do it!

If we can handle everything on our own – we don’t need Him.  If you look at the Scriptures, you will see many, many examples of people doing amazing feats that they would be incapable of handling “on their own.”

Whatever you are going through…God is MORE THAN ABLE to see you through it! He is with you every step of the way!

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PENTECOST SUNDAY
Acts 2:1-21

Come Holy Wind…Come Holy Fire…may we declare the wonders of God in boldness and power! May our sons and daughters prophesy! May our young men see visions and our old men dream dreams! May ALL your people prophesy and may ALL who call on the name of the Lord be saved!

Pour out Your Spirit upon us, O God! May we radiate with the power of the Holy Spirit within us and around us! Set Your Church on fire, O God, so our hearts will burn with love for those that do not know you!

Blow on the smoldering embers of our hearts and bring us to a roaring blaze of Your power and love! We wait with open hearts, open spirits, and open arms!

Come Holy Spirit!!

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HE LOVES YOU!

As I was walking into Walmart after church one day, I found myself entering on the heels of four teenage boys – laughing and decked out in low-riding jeans and tattoos.

I found myself overwhelmed with the Love of God for them.  So much so, that I felt that I should tell them how much He loved them.

But, as we walked into the main entrance and began to separate, I kept silent.  They went to the left and I went to the right.

Feeling a little guilty, I said to the Lord, “Okay, if You want me to tell them You love them…bring them across my path again, Lord!”

Well, within 10 minutes, there they were walking almost beside me as I was going down an aisle!

I walked into the middle of them, smiled, and said, “As I was walking behind you as we were coming into the store, I was overwhelmed with the Love that God has for you!  He wants you to know that He loves you very much!  Have a great day!”

As I was walking away, I heard one of them yell after me, “Thank you!”

Later, as I was in the car, I began thinking that I should have talked to them longer.  I should have found out if they knew Jesus.  I should have…

But, then the Lord interrupted my thoughts. I heard Him say in His quiet, loving voice, No, I just wanted them to know I loved them.

Sometimes we try and complicate and over-think things.  Sometimes He just wants us to let people know that He loves them…