Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Here is the second part of the video


Here is a link to my You Tube video: Grace Manifesto

Be positive, you’re a winner! Ok, just kidding. I was once given the opportunity to speak in front of a large group of kids that had been the victims of tragic accidents. The speaker that spoke right before me poured his heart out telling them that he sympathized with their pain and how important it was for them to spend the rest of their lives with a positive attitude, positive thinking, and using positive speech. It was ok, from a worldly viewpoint. However, when I took the stage, I basically said, “What you just heard might get you limited results, but if you want to see real results and live a life of fulfillment, joy, and peace, you need to meet Jesus.” I shot a quick glance at the guy who just spoke, and he just glared at me. I figured, what’s he gonna do? I weigh 230 pounds, and I came here to break bricks and snap baseball bats!  Ha ha it was funny. You could say I had confidence on two fronts: confidence in who I was in the flesh, and confidence in who I was in the spirit. I understand that placing confidence in who you are in the flesh is not a good thing, but let’s face it- we’ve all done it. We can see a very good example of these two kinds of “confidences” in the life of Peter.

The way I see it, Peter was a man’s man- a man of action. He was bold, outspoken, and a natural leader- although a little rough around the edges. He was a fisherman, tough, and not highly or formally educated. I love it how God uses the simple to confound the wise. If people ever feel disqualified for ministry they should read 1 Cor 1:26-29: “For you see our calling , brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” I love that passage of scripture – it is the great qualifier. Simply put, the simple don’t have a lot going on for them(in the natural), and confidence in self is not going to get in the way of God’s plan! The more we decrease and let Him increase; the more we yield, the more He can use us. Now let’s get back to Peter. Before Jesus’ crucifixion, He said to His disciples, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:” (He then quotes Zech. to verify). But Peter exclaimed, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble” (Matt 26:33). Jesus replied, “Assuredly…before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”

So what did Peter do? He puffed up- he manned up, and boldly declared, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”  So, was he all talk, or was he serious? You better believe he was serious – a man of action. In fact, he tried to lop off the High Priest’s servant’s head, but luckily he ducked, losing only an ear. He had confidence, but it was misplaced, it was a confidence in the flesh – not the spirit. I believe that either Peter was ready to go out in a blaze of glory, or he was expecting the mighty right hand of the God to save them against all odds- much like all the stories in the Old Testament. Or perhaps, he believed that now was the time for Jesus to restore the Kingdom of Israel, and he was going to help move things along! It must have been confusing and embarrassing to watch as Jesus reattached his handiwork. “For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God”(James 1:20). That killed his confidence, and he went on to deny Him three times. The problem was that Peter’s confidence in the flesh was greater than his confidence in the spirit or Word. He couldn’t/didn’t know how to stand with Jesus spiritually partly because he wasn’t praying with Jesus in the garden as he was instructed. How many times do we automatically look to a natural solution instead allowing the Holy Spirit lead us into the spiritual solution? In Peter’s defense, his “bible” only contained Old Covenant: eye for an eye- tooth for a tooth- ear for a Messiah -principals. However, he should have taken Jesus at his words- which are Spirit and Life. Plus Peter had experienced the power of the Holy Spirit, but had not yet been baptized, or endued with that power. He did not yet have that still small voice that would bring to remembrance the words Jesus spoke to him.

In Conclusion: Peter was reminded of the power of God’s spoken word. Jesus said it; it came to pass. Later Peter learned of a new kind of confidence. After receiving the baptism of the HS, he boldly stood up and preached to the very people he was so afraid of. He went from totally denying jesus to: “nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”(Acts 4:12). When we decide to lay all of our gifts and talent at the feet of Jesus, and realize that it’s not by might, or by power, but by His Spirit working through us, we will get awesome results. We should place all of our confidence in who we are in our born-again spirits. We should identify completely with who we are in Christ. Let’s quit talking about our shortcomings and failures, and start seeing ourselves the way God sees us – in the spirit.  Are we not holy, righteous, justified, blameless, and above reproach in God’s eyes? Are we not joint-heirs with Christ? Do we not have the same Spirit inside of us that raised Jesus from the dead? If that doesn’t inspire confidence, nothing will. Now go out and be a believing believer!

Become an Eye-Poker

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Jesus was not the somber, serious, ultra religious and unrelatable figure that He is often portrayed. He was a friend to tax collectors( the lowest of the low j/k) and sinners, preferring their company to that of the religiously elite of his day. Although Jesus did leave us with a serious mandate; spreading His Gospel, He also left us with His joy. “These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (Jn 15:11). I believe it is crucially important for all believers to make sure that we let nothing or no one steal our joy. I used to work in the construction industry (Iron worker), and despite all of the physical hardships the job entailed, we always knew how to have a good time. My “crew” laughed a lot, which was an effective tool we used to distract us from the fact we were walking thirty feet off the ground on a four-inch beam. I like to think Jesus and His motley crew of fishermen, tax collectors and such passed much of the day laughing and being joyful as well. The Bible says that Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness more than His companions (Ps. 45:7). Why was that? In the presence of the Lord there is fulness of joy! Jesus- the human side of Jesus, spent His time in communion with the Father – of course He was full of joy. Jesus is no stranger to this human condition. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15). He walked among us and is familiar with the challenges of this world; therefore, He desires for us to have joy, and not just joy, but fullness of joy. If you think about it, Christians are the only ones who really have anything to be joyful about!

Unlike joy, happiness is an emotion that comes and goes, and is usually tied to circumstances. In order to make sure your emotional state doesn’t fluctuate on temporary circumstances, don’t focus your mind on earthly things. Instead, keep your mind stayed on the Rock which is Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a Christian, or what level of maturity you believe you have attained; everyone has equal opportunity to become depressed. How? By taking your eyes off of Jesus and magnifying your problems. This world is full of problems, and I bet we could all sit down and start a list of all the unfair or bad stuff that has happened to us, or all the things that are wrong with our spouses, bosses, in-laws etc. I seriously believe that anyone has the propensity to become severely depressed if they allow their mind to go there. This is why we are told to bring all of our thoughts into captivity to the obedience of Christ(2 Cor 10:5). Phil 4:8 tells us to meditate on things that are true, noble, just , pure, lovely, virtuous, or praiseworthy. We’d do good to keep an eternal perspective on life and endeavour to see things the way God sees them. Don’t stress about the teeny tiny dot on the never-ending timeline of your existence. Recognize an attack to steal your joy, and the source of the attack. So why does the enemy want to steal your joy?

Because the joy of the Lord is your strength! Joy is one of the strongest weapons we have against the depression and discouragement. It is also an offensive weapon to use against the devil. Too many Christians take a passive-reactive approach to life instead of an offensive-aggressive one. Some times it’s fun to stick your finger in the devil’s eye to remind him you have power over him. Let me explain: Pride is what caused Satan’s original sin; he wanted to be like the Most High God. The one thing reserved for God alone is worship, and the devil has always sought that. If he can’t be the one to receive worship, then he tries to turn others away from giving true worship to God. He does this by trying to keep you down/depressed. He’ll use the same old tactic he used with Eve by telling you that God is withholding something from you- you lack something. Your t.v. will confirm this message telling you that you must have X,Y, or Z to be happy – to be complete.  “In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,” and “we are complete in Him” (Col 2:9-10). We are in this world, but not of this world. Nothing in this world can compare to the excellence of the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord. Our relationship with God is the most prized possession. The ability to enter into the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God, to come boldly to the throne of grace saying Abba Father- Daddy, Daddy – What on this stinkin’ cursed earth can compare with that? We lack nothing.

So every time we truly rejoice and praise and worship the Lord in the midst of trouble, you are basically twisting your finger in the devil’s eye. Keep giving God what the devil always desired- worship. Keep your focus where it belongs, and depression will never be named among you. Remember joy is a fruit of your born-again spirit, not something you must obtain. You can, at all times, remain full of joy. We must never let ourselves get too focused on the daily grind, and let the cares of this world choke out the Word in our lives. In the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy- can anything that doesn’t belong in you or on you (depression or sickness) remain in His mighty presence?

As a Christian, your life should reflect the fact that you serve a living and powerful God. There ought to be a clear distinction between the results you get, and the results your heathen friends are experiencing. Paul put it best when he told the Corinthians that he could not speak to them as to spiritual people, but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. He said he had to feed them with milk instead of solid food because they were still carnal and behaving like mere men (see 1Cor 3:1-3). If you are living life more focused on the natural: what you see, feel, taste, touch, or hear, instead of the spiritual realities – the truths of God’s Word, you are living like a mere man/woman. My purpose is not to condemn anyone, but to encourage everyone to live a life of supernatural results. If you’re life’s not supernatural, its superficial. Surely God has called us, and equipped us to walk this earth as vessels of His Spirit with divine purpose and power. Rom 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Examine yourself – test yourself. Can you think of an area of your life that’s not experiencing life and peace? If so, chances are, you need to change your thinking to focus on spiritual truths in that area. It takes practice, and it is by reason of use that we are able to exalt the Word of God above every natural circumstance. Truly the shift from superficial to supernatural starts with renewing your mind.

Here’s my point: we’re never going to get to the “these signs shall follow those that believe..” or, “the works that I do, you will do…” of we don’t rise above this plain of natural thinking and reasoning that is based on our five senses. Really, it all boils down to truly believing the Word above personal experience, emotions, preachers (even the ones on t.v. in shiny suits appearing in coveted time slots), friends, family, or your own “stinkin thinkin.” Because of the finished work of Jesus, God has already blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Eph1:3), and given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge if Him who called us (2Peter1:3). We need to believe that all of the blessings have been deposited into our new born-again spirits, and work them out into this natural realm by faith: thus, supernatural results. Someone needs to shatter the mold of what it means to be a “normal Christian.” I personally reject the status quo of what the church has been offering lately. We all have access to the same Book, revealed by the same Spirit. Who’s gonna believe it- all of it? Who’s going to take God at His Word and rise up? Have you read the Great Commission? Did you notice what’s attached to it? “And these signs shall follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mk 16:17-18). Guess what folks, “normal believers” should be getting supernatural results. How? By what power? Look at verse 20: The Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.

It must be noted that it is not until a believer is endued with the power from on high, by receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that they can walk in the fullness of His power. Jesus did not do any miracles before the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and remained upon Him( Jn 1:32). Although Jesus sent out the Disciples before the Holy Spirit was given, the Holy Spirit did not remain with them until after they had tarried in Jerusalem, and He fell on them all. This is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:17). Those of you who have received (attention all tongue talkers) remind yourselves that “God does not give the Spirit by measure” (Jn3:34). That means you have received the fullness of His power. What kind of power is this? Resurrection Power! That means power over all forms of death; power to speak life into dead things – restorative, creative power. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20). Why would God give us raising-the-dead power? To fulfill the Great Commission. Shouldn’t we use the same tools Jesus and His disciples used? It doesn’t matter if you always “feel” like you have this power in you. If you have received the baptism, you have received power that does not come and go, but remains. When Peter and John came to the blind man at the temple, Peter said”Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Every Spirit-filled believer has the same power. Believe it, and act on it!

Finally, like any of the gifts, or anything supernatural, it must be motivated by love. Even faith works by love. We can and should be moved by the same compassion that Jesus was moved by. He wrought many miracles after being moved by compassion. Remember this: God’s compassion has resurrection power in it! Look how Jesus was moved with compassion and wept after seeing the effect Lazarus’ death had on his family. I believe He also wept just seeing what a horrible effect death had on the human race. So what did He do – He showed everyone what He meant when He said, “I Am The Resurrection And The Life! Let me end by quoting Paul: “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…” (Phil 3:10).

Most Christians would agree with the title of this post in theory, but not in practice. My goal in writing this is to prove to the reader that our adversary is truly a pathetic loser. I once told an old retired denominational preacher that I liked to keep the devil where he belonged – under my foot! The preacher gasped and sucked half the air out of the room before he replied, “Be careful what you say, he was one of God’s most powerful angels!” He, like many people, has a false belief that the devil is a powerful enemy. My number one response to the devil nowadays is to simply laugh at him. I believe you will too once his weapons are exposed, and your authority in Jesus Christ is revealed.

At one time, Lucifer was a powerful anointed angel, his power did exceed that of a mere man. However, after iniquity was found in him (the fall of man), he fell from heaven like lightning, and said goodbye to his angelic powers. He was now referred to as Satan, and had successfully traded his angelic powers for what God had given Adam – authority and dominion over this earth. He used this new-found authority for a time, and was able to inflict misery upon God’s creation. I bet Satan was very proud of himself, knowing that God would not violate the integrity of His Word, and just “give” authority back to Adam. You’d think he’d realize that he couldn’t outsmart God, given his former occupation and his eyewitness to the glory and majesty of the Almighty God. However, He was blinded by pride. Well, God’s perfect plan for the redemption of mankind was already in motion, and God was making a way to restore the fellowship with man that He created us for, by removing the barrier of sin that kept our hearts far from Him. When Jesus came, He fulfilled the commandments and ordinances that were against us, and contrary to us, by taking them out of the way and nailing them to the cross (see Col 2:14). Jesus fulfilled the law on our behalf, and made peace between God and man by bearing all of God’s wrath toward sin. He actually become sin for us, therefore made a legal way for Him to descend into hell. (Now for the good part)

While down there, Jesus whipped the devil’s butt (for lack of a better term). He threw him a beating like none other: “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:15). The devil was disarmed on two fronts: First Jesus took away his number one weapon which was condemnation over our inability to keep the 10 commandments, having fulfilled the law for us. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Secondly, what power he did have (namely the power to steal, kill, and destroy-look what he did to Job) was completely stripped. Heb 2:14…”that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Jesus basically pulled out all the teeth of the devil, so that now he walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The good news, is he can only devour those that are ignorant of God’s Word – especially to the truth that he has been disarmed- he’s toothless!

Even though the devil is a loser, the Bible warns us not to be ignorant of his devices. Now, his biggest tools are fear and deception – he’s a liar. Any time he tries to attack you, he basically has to “bluff.” He will wait to see if you know the truth of God’s word concerning the matter and “call his bluff,”  or if you are ignorant or have received false teaching, and accept his bluff. If you accept his bluff by claiming whatever form of death he brings against you (ex: oh no, I guess I have cancer/arthritis/diabetes… now), then he has stolen your authority. You see, the only power he has now, is when someone yields their authority to him by believing his lies. This is why it is so important to know the difference between a blessing and a curse. Read Deuteronomy chapter 28 and remember that the curses listed have nothing to do with you because Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us…that the blessings of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:13). Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you(James 4:7). You must know that the source of attack is not from God in order to actively resist the devil. You must also be sure to see past the people who are cooperating with the enemy, realizing that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places’ (Eph 6:12). Then remember that Jesus already disarmed them, and call their bluff!

Finally, take the shield of faith which will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one! Walk in love – because it never fails. Be bold, and don’t be afraid to swing the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. The battle’s been fought and won. Now go enforce the victory with the mighty name of Jesus – who went about doing good, destroying the works of the devil! We have the Greater one on the inside of us – let’s believe it, and act accordingly!

Stupid Free Will!

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Have you prayed a prayer that you knew was in line with the Word of God and the will of God, but still took forever to come to pass – or hasn’t yet come to pass? (I’m talking about praying for something that we already have a right to possess- things that Jesus has already obtained for us: healing,deliverance, Biblical prosperity.)So what gives? We know that His Word is perfect and proven. Take note that there is nothing wrong with His Word, and by faith in Jesus, there is nothing wrong with you. So what is the variable? Traditional teaching would tell you that it must be God’s timing. I disagree. Of course God has His master time line, and certain events are ordained for certain times, but I believe people have been missing many blessings, by blaming the wrong variable (God’s timing). Instead, lets look at the one thing God gave man that no amount of prayer can completely influence: Free Will.

Paul dealt with this when he spoke of his “thorn in the flesh” which was a messenger of Satan sent to buffet him lest he be exalted above measure due to the abundance of revelations he was receiving. Here’s my take on the issue. Surely, if anyone (after Jesus) knew how to get results from prayer, it was Paul. No one could doubt his relationship with the Father, or his ability to hear His voice. The man wrote over half of the New Testament. Some say Paul missed it, and couldn’t receive healing for what could have been an eye condition. That’s not scriptural. Like all Spirit-filled believers, Paul had the permission and authority to use the mighty name of Jesus – the Name that is above every name, principality, power,  might, or dominion. If Paul’s problem was physical healing, believe me, the name of Jesus and faith in that name was more than sufficient for victory. No sickness, no demon, no disease can stand up to the name of Jesus. Also no spiritual weapon formed against Paul could prosper. Therefore, I believe he was dealing with the one thing he did not have authority over: people’s free will.

When a person choses to yield their life over to Satan, they give him an instrument (body) to operate through. The problem with Paul, was that everywhere he went, there were plenty of people yielded to Satan. Let’s say that Paul recognized the demonic power behind the person that was persecuting him. Even if he were to cast it out, would there not be plenty more for it to enter? Also, these people who were yielded to the enemy by their own free will, were ultimately just persecuting him. The term “a thorn in the flesh” was a term Paul borrowed from Old Testament scripture that always referred to the negative/destructive influence ungodly people had on righteous people (see Numb 33:55, Josh 23:13, Judges 2:3). Paul suffered constant, unrelenting persecution from people who were a messenger from Satan himself, who tried to make following Paul’s Gospel of Jesus Christ less attractive. Jesus said that we would suffer persecution, but His grace is sufficient. And Paul’s three prayers couldn’t violate a person’s free will to cooperate with the enemy.

Many times our breakthroughs hinge on other people being obedient to the voice of God. God uses people to accomplish His will on this earth- people who have yielded to Him. We have been given great power and authority, but we can not “pray a person to salvation” because this would violate their free will. If we can’t minister to them, we should pray laborers across their path, which is the Biblical example. People have to hear the Gospel, then receive salvation by faith and on their own free will. “God’s perfect timing” is often the scape goat for God not being able to violate a person’s free will. Again God has ordained events to happen in your life at certain times, but things He has already given us such as your healing ( By Jesus’ stripes you were healed) are a believer’s blood-bought right, and will be yours as soon as you believe and receive by faith. “Behold, now is the accepted time, now is the day of Salvation” 2Cor6:2

Spirit of Infirmity?

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Healing
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What is a spirit of infirmity?

Every disease has a life- a germ, which causes it to function. That evil life in
the germ did not come from God because it kills and destroys human life. It is
from Satan. It is that evil life: or spirit of infirmity that gives life to the
disease, or growth, just as your spirit gives life to your body.

    Just as your body, when the spirit leaves, it dies (James 2:26) and returns
to the dust, so your disease, when the spirit of infirmity is cast out, dies and

    We all grow from a tiny cell. The life of that cell came from God. The body
lives because the life in the cell or "spirit of life" which God caused to
exist- grew and developed until it became a complete human body. So long as that
life, or spirit, remains in the body, the body continues to live. But as soon as
the spirit leaves the body, the body is dead; it decays and returns to dust.

    Many human sicknesses and diseases begin from a tiny germ, an evil Satanic
life, sent to live in and posses the human body and to destroy it. As long as
that life- that spirit of infirmity exists in the body, the growth or disease
lives and continues its destructive work. But as soon as the evil spirit- the
evil life or spirit of infirmity has been cast out of the body in Jesus' name,
that disease or growth becomes dead. It will decay and pass away from the body.
This is the process of healing.

    Dr.'s agree that a cancer is a living thing, and if one could expel the life
from cancer, the effects of that cancer would disappear from the body. But two
lives are warring against each other: the evil life of the cancer, and the
divine life from God which is in your body. Any medical method of destroying the
life of the cancer jeopardizes the life of the body.

    What is the answer? Only faith in the supernatural power and authority of
the name of Jesus! Command that spirit of infirmity to die and come out in
Jesus' mighty name, and it has to obey. I have seen this work over and over

Matt 8:16 "When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were
demon-possessed and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were

Listen up Men

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
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They way I see it, men that desire to live a Godly life on this earth actually have it pretty rough. It’s never easy to walk against the tide or go against the grain. The cares of this world can really weigh a brother down if he lets them. Married men in particular face an abundance of expectations and pressures. Simply put, a family man has responsibilities. 1Tim 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Yikes! Just as a recap:

I must love my wife as Christ loved the church.

I must be concerned about pleasing her.

I must provide for my household.

I must be the spiritual head/leader of my house.

I must bring my kids up in the training and admonishment of the Lord.

On top of all that, there’s work, taxes, college funds, retirement planning, and oh yeah: fulfilling God’s plan for my life.

All of this can wear on a brother causing stress, pressure, and just being loaded down with care. The cares of this world can seem overwhelming at times.We know that stress-free and care-free is the way to be, but How do we get there? How do we get to where Paul was when he said, “Although I am pressed from every side, I feel no pressure in my heart” – and actually mean it?

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all of your care on Him, for He cares for you. It sounds so simple just cast all of your care on Him. But how? Jesus told us that we should take His burden which was easy and light. You cast your care the same way you bail out of a squat: dump the weight right off your back. The truth is, you never should have unracked it to begin with. Is it light? Is it easy? No? Then it was never yours to bear – don’t squat it!

The Answer: Verse 6 + 7 are not separate; there’s only a comma. The first thing we have to do to be care-free is humble ourselves. The only reason that we don’t cast ALL of our care upon Him is because we think we can handle some of it. That is actually pride. A care that we won’t let go – won’t cast, is a care that Jesus can’t carry for us. We were never designed to carry care or worry. Jesus said over and over “Do not worry” because worry brings fear and fear involves torment. We have to let God be God in our lives. We don’t have to figure everything out with our human brains. If we do, we will be limited to only natural results. Do you want to be mere men, or do you want supernatural results?

Humble yourself and admit that you can’t carry around your cares. We must decrease so that He can increase in our lives. Don’t be a control freak and give God the reigns. If you’re worn out, there’s a good chance you”ve been carrying around cares that you were never designed, or empowered to carry. (to be continued)