IF Jesus is anything, He must be everything.

“Faith in Jesus is more than a match for worldly trials, temptations, unbelief, and overcomes them all. The same absorbing principle shines in the faithful service of God; with an enthusiastic love for Jesus, difficulties are surmounted, sacrifices become pleasure, sufferings are honors.” – Charles Spurgeon

“There are Two”

Life is a journey that offers two roads. It is “either/or” rather than “both/and.” There are two perceptions of reality: the supernatural and the natural. There are two conflicting kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. There are two entry points: the wide gate leading to destruction and the narrow gate leading to life.

While the World leads more to the “both/and,” scripture tells us that we must choose one. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Matt. 6:24

We say the words He is our everything but is He?
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He is Able

If I were to challenge you to get in the Word and write down every miracle, every time that God done something supernatural and i’ll tell you about a God that still performs those miracles to this day. Jesus opened the eyes of a blind man, when He raised the dead He still does, when He calms the storms He still does. When all of your life has changed so much He hasn’t, why? God never changes. And because He is a never changing God, He is able to perform those same miracles in your life.

“For I am the LORD, I change not” – Malachi 3:6

Even though we may change. As the years pass by we will face some hard times. Some mountains, but yet we will survive, we will endure. We will flourish and we will look back and see all that God has done for us. All that He asks is that we abide in His word. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” – John 15:7,8

If we abide in His word and not move with every passing wind and we hold onto the Rock which is Jesus Christ and believe that what we ask in His name it shall be done!

I believe why we don’t see God perform as much as those same miracles is that we don’t let Him, we try and put God in a box. We become content at the place where we are at in God. Even though His spirit is bidding us to come closer, we stay back from the fire, we have lost that burning passion that we once had. But God is able.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”
Ephesians 3:20

As Paul came to this great height (what can there be higher than the fullness of God?), it is logical to ask how this can ever be. How can something so far above us ever become reality? It can only happen because God is able to do far beyond what we ask or think.

Do you have a need that God has not met you with yet? Don’t have doubts, keep trusting! If it is His will for you to have in your life, God will deliver!

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Why Keep Praying?

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”

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Without prayer you will be powerless. Plain and simple. Jesus has called us to build His Kingdom, without prayer there will be no vision, no insight of what God is doing in your life. Without prayer, there is no communication! I couldn’t imagine not talking to my parents only twice a week. God longs for a personal relationship. Just like you are.

 

Why be persistent? When you pray a prayer request over and over, it’s not to remind God. He doesn’t need to be reminded! It’s to remind yourself who the source of your answer and all your needs is.

If every prayer you ever prayed were instantly answered, two things would be true. Prayer would become a weapon of destruction in your life and you’d never think about God because He would become a vending machine.

Every time you get results all you’d think about is the blessing. He wants you to think about the blesser!

Ever since the age of 19 I had prayed for a soul mate. And He gave me a vision that night while I was in bed. Tears started to flow when I had seen the vision and even though it lasted for a few seconds, it had burned in my memory and I’m so joyful that the vision is coming to pass. I’m twenty eight but I never let go of that promise.

Prayer is a faith builder. In the waiting God begins to grow you even more. So don’t let go of your prayers, keep on trusting in the blesser.

 

 

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A Prayer of Urgency

uI’ve been praying more than I ever have because I have been asking God more than ever to create in me a burden for the lost. And I’m starting to get His attention. I’m feeling an urgency to pray more, not that I have to but I’m wanting to. For Him to create in me a pure heart and actions that follow.

A couple of days ago God had directed me to Matthew 9:13 “For I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Got it God! I asked Him ” Show me what this really means…in Gary terms.” He spoke ” I AM Mercy.” God is love, and love comes from God. Like the prodigal son who went away for a while, lived his life the way he wanted to and found out that the grass isn’t greener on the other side. God, just like a parent who would want His child back uses His people who are in Him to call out to those who are lost. Simple, but some of us have a hard time with this.

We become busy bees losing track of the time. We have to ” Work while it is day; night is coming, when no one is able to work.”

On a Thursday morning at 6 a.m. out of no where my computer started playing worship music. I staggered into my office still half asleep to turn it off. The presence of God was strong but I was so tired and did not feel like praying. As I began to walk back to my bed God spoke to me and said ” I am coming very soon.” Should I have prayed? Of course but that bed sounded pretty good and the comforts of life got to me that time. What does all this mean? It means that God so desperately loves His children so much that He wants them to be saved. It’s not God’s will that any should perish but have everlasting life.

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Who Are You?

“The Testimony of John the Baptist And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (John 1:19-23 ESV)

John, a man that was nearly unstoppable to get closer to Jesus. A man that let nothing get in his way to declare and announce Jesus as Lord of Lords. Humbled in every way that made his soul cry out, “Make straight the way of the Lord”

What is your life story crying out?

We learn that John was sent from God to bear witness about the Light (John1:6-8) His purpose in life was to announce the coming of the Messiah. What is one of our purposes in life? When the Jewish rulers had asked John who he was John denied himself and pointed to the Messiah. Are we pointing to ourselves more or to Him? Are we making ourselves bigger or Jesus? Our job, our passion, our desire in life is to magnify Him through all things in all things and every circumstance should His name be lifted high and not ours or our actions depicting that we ourselves has made it this far within our own power.

John was a carrier of His Word, His Presence, Truth and Light. What are you carrying?

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Following our Heart

We’ve all heard it before, “Do what you think is right, go ahead and follow your heart” or “trust yourself” & “follow your instinct”

Advice given is sometimes advice taken and to someone who does not know better will take that upon themselves and live a life that they will find out later on how much destruction can come from following our heart, or trusting in ourselves.

Proverbs 3:5,6  tells us “

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

6  In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

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Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
The famous poem titled “Invictus” was wrote by William Ernest Henley in the late 1800’s.
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If we follow our heart, we will be the captain of our soul and that is a scary thought.

As a ship without a captain is the same analogy of ourselves trying to steer through life without Jesus,
Or we may want to take a different direction in life that He is trying to steer us away from and we grab the wheel and this is what follows.

1 My son, keep my words
and treasure up my commandments with you;
2keep my commandments and live;
keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
3 bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and call insight your intimate friend,
5 to keep you from the forbidden woman,
from the adulteress with her smooth words.

6For at the window of my house
I have looked out through my lattice,
and I have seen among the simple,
I have perceived among the youths,
a young man lacking sense,
8passing along the street near her corner,
taking the road to her house
9in the twilight, in the evening,
at the time of night and darkness.

10And behold, the woman meets him,
dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
11She is loud and wayward;
her feet do not stay at home;
12now in the street, now in the market,
and at every corner she lies in wait.
13She seizes him and kisses him,
and with bold face she says to him,
14“I had to offer sacrifices,
and today I have paid my vows;
15so now I have come out to meet you,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16I have spread my couch with coverings,
colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,
aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;
let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey;
20 he took a bag of money with him;
at full moon he will come home.”

21 With much seductive speech she persuades him;
with her smooth talk she compels him.
22 All at once he follows her,
as an ox goes to the slaughter,
or as a stag is caught fast
23 till an arrow pierces its liver;
as a bird rushes into a snare;
he does not know that it will cost him his life.

24 And now, O sons, listen to me,
and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;
do not stray into her paths,
26 for many a victim has she laid low,
and all her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol,
going down to the chambers of death.

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What we desire at times does not change the heart of God just because we want it or thinking that we need it, whatever it may be.
Let God “instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
Psalm 32:8

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What Distracts You?

What is it, that one thing that ends up taking your eye off the prize? A certain temptation, a sin, a weight?

We all get distracted from time to time. More like everyday. Our busy schedules, our deadlines and commutes to and from work is enough to put the normal Joe in a tight spot. But how are we supposed to live distraction free?

The book of Hebrews who was written by, well the author is unknown but many scholars believe it would be Paul, explains in the twelfth book “

 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

There we have it, lay aside every weight. Whats weight? Spiritual weight like a burden that you have been carrying around, stress can be a weight, being anxious and other little weights can be a hindrance which will lead to a distraction. The enemy is very crafty and sneaky at what he does. Spiritual road blocks are what I call them. Those out of no where temptations or circumstances that challenge your faith.

What are we to do?

{Luke 10:38-42}

 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.
 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”
 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
 
– We can clearly see that Mary is soaking up every word that Jesus is speaking, which who wouldn’t ? Only if you were distracted! Martha is preparing  a meal and being mad that Mary is not helping her.
“One Thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion…”
               
What will you choose? A focused life or one that easily becomes distracted?
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All Access

ALL ACCESS

Just think for a moment, that if  you could have an all access pass to that one band or an individual that you have always wanted to meet, who would it be?  The person that I would like to meet would be Kari Jobe, to have all access to visit her in backstage or even a cup of coffee and just hang out would be awesome. So what is the point of this blog post?  That band, or a specific individual that you would like to meet, even me meeting Kari Jobe does not even compare, come close to having all access with only person that transformed my life. So who is this person?

We live in a society where people want the latest scoop about a celebrity’s life. If it’s something that they can model after, they will. From haircuts to fashion, they must have the latest trend to “fit in”. I have a different outlook on that.

A little over 2000 years ago a man named Jesus Christ chose to suffer on a Cross for you and I to have all access. He tore the veil that kept us from having a one on one relationship with God, He is the way! So when you’re looking for the latest trend or somebody to model after, He is the one to model after. After all, who wouldn’t want all access to the God of this universe?

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Having Godly Character

HAVING godly character
Let’s face it, we are all human, we are all flesh and with that being said we all have and will make mistakes in our life. Even the Bible clearly says that we are not perfect. “For we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory” . With that being said that doesn’t give us a license to sin. My point today is how to achieve and maintain Godly character, the person who we really are even behind closed doors when no one is looking. Are we fake, or genuine?
Meanings of Character

1. The way someone thinks, feels and behaves. 

2. One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual. 

3. A set of qualities that make a place or thing different from other places or things.

The moment we said yes to Jesus, all of our past was erased, washed away by His blood! We are saved, sanctified, redeemed in the blood of Jesus! We are set apart from this World, Don’t act like it live it!

1. Achieving Godly Character

Character cannot be bought, produced by man or having good moral qualities. It is fabricated from the heart of God.

“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” – Charles Spurgeon

Are you best known by being a Godly person who shows the compassion and love of Christ no matter what circumstance you’re in? Or is it just on Sunday’s? Charles says it best when he puts ” A good character is the best tombstone.” Meaning that Godly character is solid, it’s a foundation in which a person builds on. “Carve your name on hearts…” I believe as Christians as we continue our walk with God, Godly character will be worked into our personality, and before you know it, you will do something that shows the love of God without even knowing it, without wanting your own praise or acknowledgment!

2. Maintaining Godly Character

 Our actions do speak louder than words. And that’s why it is important to maintain Godly character, but how?

As I ask my junior high-class, who is your focus, who are you pursuing? The same question I ask to you.

Ephesians 2:10 ” For we are his workmanship, created in Jesus Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

If we have our focus on Jesus, and to do His will we can and will maintain Godly character.

1 Kings 9:4 God instructs Solomon to walk with “integrity of heart and uprightness” as his father did. David says in 1 Chronicles 29:17, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.”

 

Is God pleased with your character?

 

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Pursuit

One of my favorite types of Worship groups are those who were born from a church, not just any church but a spirit filled church that is isn’t scared of pursuing His presence in an atmosphere that could break any addiction off a persons life just by them walking in the doors! That is this church. In Redding California you find a church that I had just described. Jesus Culture is one of many groups that has emerged out of this location, from Brian and Jenn Johnson to Bryan and Katie Torwalt are just a few to name that has dynamically set the stage for powerful anointed worship. Jesus Culture has many great songs that pierce the heart, but one in particular that is different from the rest titled “Pursuit” from the “Live From New York” with Martin Smith album. I can’t stop listening to this song, i’m pretty sure i could listen to this song on repeat all day and i would not get tired of listening to it…ever. A title of a song that is simple but yet powerful “Pursuit”. Made me think for the moment that I am in. God is leading me on this roller coaster ride of self ambitions that I have always wanted to accomplish during my lifetime. I have dreams like every body else and it seems like as is they or one of them is coming true at this moment, this season, this time of my life that I am getting to experience.

I love working, I always have ever since I started when I was 16, I like being able to look back and see completion in what I do, I am a firm believer for whatever you do show the pride in doing so, and be good at it. And i love what I do for my full-time job. But I always had the urge, the risk of starting my own business that I could pursue myself. I already have Nitty Gritty Auto Detailing (nittygrittyautodetailing.wordpress.com)  but that is seasonal and I don’t stay as busy with it like I would like to be. I was wanting something that held more responsibility, something that people would keep coming back too, and that everyone likes of all age groups. I had been working on my day’s off helping a friend of mine that is a vendor for Little Debbie and we started talking. He told me that I should start in the bulk candy biz. He showed me the number’s and I took off. I knew my dad had wanted to retire in the next three years and thought that this would be something that would keep me and him busy at. I showed him the numbers and he took off! We both were stoked and started Farris Vending on September 14th of 2013.

We are never to go by feeling’s whenever we have a decision such as this arises or with anything else. Yes, I was in prayer before I “took off”. One evening I was in the prayer closet asking God “Is this for now? Do I have your favor?” and I heard the spirit saying “You are capable” That was the assurance that God had favor in this situation. And the cool thing about it, whenever I close a sale with an owner of a business I feel God’s presence reminding me that He is in favor of what I am pursuing.

Whatever you are pursuing in your life, remember this one thing to keep God in pursuit at all times, let him be your guide in every decision that you make.  Just because it feels “right” doesn’t mean that it is going to work out that way.

“Go for the maximum, not the minimum. Choose to go after more than just the bare minimum God has to offer you. Make your faith about more than just trying to escape hell and get your ticket punched to heaven. Invite God to completely transform you: bending your will, awakening your conscience, breaking your heart, transforming your mind, overcoming your prejudices, soaring in your spirit, and conforming you into His glorious image.” – Crosswalk.com

Contentment vs. Coveting

“In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.”
― Henry Ward Beecher

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Have you ever stopped what you were doing and seen all of your possessions around you? Are you amazed of what you have?

For some, we take the American Dream too far. We may look at someone who we look up to and think “why don’t I have what they have?” I work just as hard as they do! I deserve this __________ Insert one of the following items. ( Car, House, Outfit, Body, etc. )  When enough is not enough we take it in our own hands and do whatever it takes to move from contentment to covetous.

Stepping out of His Will into the unknown.

We begin to lose focus of our blessings whenever we covet; crave or desire a particular item. We begin to  see all these materialistic things that we crave for. The fashion world, the car world, the body world, the whatever you covet world is just what it is. It’s a “world” that is fake but leads you in that direction of believing it would make your life easier and better. Many have found this “world” of their obsession to be financially, mentally and for some physically straining say the least. All for us to say look at me, look what I have, look at what I’m driving, look at me! All to make yourself feel better about yourself or to make your neighbor that you don’t care for jealous. We find ourself distraught at this. The World is telling you, “You will be better off by having it.” It’s an “IT.” And God is whispering the opposite.

 

“Your Surrounded by beatitudes”

definition of beatitudes –  Supreme blessedness.

The word “beatitude” comes from the Latin beatitudo meaning “blessedness.” The phrase “blessed are” in each of the beatitudes implies a current state of happiness or well-being. The expression held powerful meaning of “divine joy and perfect happiness” to the people of the day. In other words, Jesus was saying “divinely happy and fortunate are” those who possess these inward qualities. While speaking of a current “blessedness,” each pronouncement also promises a future reward.

“Your surrounded by beatitudes” is what God spoke to me one time when i was distraught at something that I wanted to have. He began to show me the difference between our needs and wants in life and to be content with what we have, let’s realize it, what we have are the blessings that He has bestowed on us.

1 Tim 6:6-10

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

 

Very commonly, Christianity is presented today on the basis of what you will gain by following Jesus: personal success and happiness, a stronger family, a more secure life. These things may be true to some degree, but we must never market the gospel as a product that will fix every life problem. When the gospel is marketed this way, it makes followers of Jesus who are completely unprepared for tough times. After all, if the “Jesus product” isn’t working, why not try another brand? Also, this sales approach takes the focus off Jesus Himself, and puts the focus on what He will give us. Many have their hearts set on the blessings, not the One who blesses us. – enduringword.com

God teaches all of us to be content of what we have when we continually surrender the temptation of wanting more. That’s the key, continually, not just sometimes but always when we ever strive to have something we don’t need. Now don’t get me wrong, i’m not a minister that believes whatever money you have left over should go to the church; just be smart about your financial decisions and never forget what God has given you.

Matthew 6:28
“And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin.”

“For He is Good”

Nothing can satisfy the entire man but the Lord’s love, and the Lord’s own self. To embrace our Lord Jesus, to dwell in His love, and be fully assured of union with Him this is all in all. Dear reader, you need not try other forms of life in order to see whether they are better than the Christian’s: if you roam the world around, you will see no sights like a sight of the Saviour’s face; if you could have all the comforts of life, if you lost your Saviour, you would be wretched; but if you win Christ, you would find it a paradise; should you live in obscurity, or die with famine, you will yet be satisfied with favor, and full of the goodness of the Lord. – Charles Spurgeon

God’s love for humanity cannot be understood in the mind of those who has already accepted Him only by looking at the Cross. Henry Ward Beecher describes it best. ” Love in the soul is like perfume in the garments. Heat cannot melt it nor cold freeze it, nor the winds blow it away going forth or coming home, it scatters itself but is not wasted; it is forever going but never gone. And the love of God shed abroad in the soul surpasses all fragrance, in inexhaustible diffusiveness.

Are you infatuated with His love?

2 Chronicles 5:13,14
13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.”

I find myself in question for those who don’t allow for God to embellish them in His presence. Is it because of a trial that has overtook your life so that we place your our trumpet on the ground? It’s only when we raise our voice to the Heaven’s when we find the room filled with His glory.

You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit. – Job 10:12

“Blessed are the pure in heart”

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”. – Matthew 5:8

I must see that my ways please the Lord. Even then I shall have enemies; and, perhaps, all the more certainly because I endeavored to do that which is right. But what a promise this is! The Lord will make the wrath of men to praise Him, and abate it so that it shall not distress me. When I meet death, who is called the last enemy, I pray that I may be at peace. Only let my great care be to please the Lord in all things.
Charles Spurgeon

What a great privilege to know when we breathe our last breath here on earth that the next breath we will enter into is Heavens rest. The contamination of the sin that some harbor in their hearts is only leading them away from the presence of God rather than closeness and intimacy that you could not even imagine by being free from these pollutions.

What a pure heart person can see:

– The heart-pure person can see God in nature
– The heart pure person can see God in scripture
– The heart pure person can see God in his church family
– The heart pure person can see something of God’s true character.

What is in your heart?

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“In a World that will fail, His love will always remain.”