The Lord of Hosts

The Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord grants favor and honor. He does not hold back any blessing from those who live innocently.

Psalms 84:11 GW

Dear friend, you are showing your faith in whatever you do for other believers, especially when they’re your guests.

3 John 1:5 GW

This is the kind of fasting I have chosen: Loosen the chains of wickedness, untie the straps of the yoke, let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke.

Share your food with the hungry, take the poor and homeless into your house, and cover them with clothes when you see ⌊them⌋ naked. Don’t refuse to help your relatives.

Then your light will break through like the dawn, and you will heal quickly. Your righteousness will go ahead of you, and the glory of the Lord will guard you from behind.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer. You will cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am!” Get rid of that yoke. Don’t point your finger and say wicked things.

If you give some of your own food to ⌊feed⌋ those who are hungry and to satisfy ⌊the needs of⌋ those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.

The Lord will continually guide you and satisfy you even in sun-baked places. He will strengthen your bones. You will become like a watered garden and like a spring whose water does not stop flowing.

Isaiah 58:6‭-‬11 GW

You can carry the weight of this world on your shoulders, or you can start over.

Is there anything worse than living in isolation?

Humans are social creatures.

Healthy social relationships are essential to a joy filled life.

The enemy of our souls knows this.

Think about the temptation of Jesus.

After being baptised in the Jordan River by John the Baptist and hearing the Father declare that He was His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased, the Spirit led Jesus out into the desert.

He didn’t eat for 40 days and 40 nights.

Then, when He was isolated, alone, hungry, weak and tired the devil came to tempt Him.

If there was ever a moment that He might crack, apart from the Garden of Gethsemane, this was it.

But for every temptation the devil tried to snare Jesus with, He rebuked the enemy with Scripture.

It is written.

It pays to know Scripture.

That way when temptation comes your way, you can stand on the truth and resist.

Often we memorize Scripture passages so that we can encourage ourselves and others.

What if we all memorized Isaiah 58 and practiced fasting in a way that pleased the Lord?

What would happen if we actually did what Scripture tells us to do?

I don’t want to have mediocre faith.

I don’t want to live a watered down life.

I desire the pure word of God like babies desire milk.

The Lord is with the righteous.

He opposes the proud and arrogant.

His favor rests upon the humble.

I’m a humble man living in humble circumstances.

I don’t have much.

But whatever I do have, I share with others.

Who knew a sparsely furnished one bedroom apartment could become a place of safe harbor for some believers with no place to lay their head?

I’ve been homeless before.

I know how hard it is.

I have compassion because I am familiar with suffering.

When my brother in the Lord called me needing a place to sleep, I didn’t even hesitate to think about it.

Of course, my floor is available.

I had no idea what a blessing it would be for me.

Now, we can have nightly prayer sessions and fellowship.

We can dig into the Word and share what the Lord has been doing in our lives.

I’m refreshed spiritually as he gets to be refreshed in the natural.

God’s in the miracle working business.

More often than not, He works those miracles through believers.

Our God is the Lord of Hosts.

We are hosts.

We host the Holy Spirit in these temples made of flesh.

Lord, be my guest.

Have Your way with me.

It’s a blessing to be a blessing.

And think about this.

These acts of kindness and mercy will never be forgotten.

I’ve had numerous people help me free of charge in my walk of faith.

I wouldn’t be here today without the blessings of others.

No man is an island.

We cannot exist in isolation.

Give and it will be given unto you.

Great things are happening.

The Spirit of the Lord is on the move.

When we quit worrying about ourselves and instead care for others, somehow all our needs get met.

And that’s Scriptural, too.

Don’t worry about what you’ll eat or drink or wear.

Your Father knows you have need of them.

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness and all these things will be given unto you.

It’s true.

It is written.

And I’m living proof that it works.

Trust and obey.

The Lord does not withhold any blessing from those who live innocently.

Won’t you join me in doing the Lord’s work?

What is that work?

Loving others as ourselves.

It’s not complicated.

Only our selfish desires complicate it.

To die to self is to live for Christ.

He gave His life so that we all might inherit eternal life.

Can we not give of ourselves so that others can simply make it through the day?

All praise and glory and honor belong to the Lord our God.

I’m not doing anything special.

I’m just a worthless servant doing what I was told.

Do I deserve any praise for obeying the commandments?

Of course not.

I’m just following Jesus.

He is the One who deserves all our praise.

May your love and encouragement help others see brighter days.

May the love of Christ so overwhelm you that nothing can steal your peace and your joy.

Until He comes back or we go home, be blessed in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

In Loving Memory of Bill Rexford, a gentleman and a saint.

Show Love

Love each other with a warm love that comes from the heart. After all, you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a sincere love for each other.

1 Peter 1:22 GW

We understand what love is when we realize that Christ gave his life for us. That means we must give our lives for other believers.

Now, suppose a person has enough to live on and notices another believer in need. How can God’s love be in that person if he doesn’t bother to help the other believer?

Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.

1 John 3:16‭-‬18 GW

Above all, love each other warmly, because love covers many sins.

Welcome each other as guests without complaining.

Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.

1 Peter 4:8‭-‬10 GW

I know I’m not crazy when I read the Bible.

It confirms what the Lord has taught me.

He’s taught me to love others as myself.

We are all members of one body.

We should live in harmony with each other and share everything that we have with those in need.

Believers don’t consider any possession as their own.

Now, in today’s corrupt world, greed, worldliness and selfishness have corrupted the Church.

That’s why we must lead by example.

When a believer in need comes my way, I help them to the best of my ability.

After all, that’s what I’d want someone else to do for me.

I believe that’s called the Golden rule.

As in, if you can’t remember anything else, just treat people the way you want to be treated.

I treat friends, acquaintances and strangers alike.

I believe that’s how Jesus conducted Himself.

Now, the level of trust and confidence in those people is different, but my love doesn’t change.

All of my friends used to be strangers.

I like talking to strangers, you can always learn something new.

Jesus commanded us to stop collecting worldly treasures and to do good things.

Our Western culture is the antithesis of how believers should live.

We should have all things in common.

We should be meeting in each other’s houses daily.

We are all one family.

I consider our culture to be toxic to humanity, civilization and the environment.

That’s why we’re called out from the world to live lives of faith.

We’re in the world, but not of the world.

Anyone who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God.

I’ve been to some megachurches that encourage people to conform to the pattern of this world.

That’s the doctrine of demons.

I know I’m different from most people and that’s perfectly okay with me.

As long as I’m pleasing my Lord, I know I’m storing up treasures in Heaven.

I also know I’m not alone.

There are others out there with the same conviction to live lives that conform to Scriptural truth.

The world is going to hell.

People that love the things of this world are also going to hell.

To hell with worrying about what they think.

They are deceived and the truth does not live in them.

There are dark days ahead.

The light will shine even brighter as the darkness increases.

It’s going to get so bad that if God doesn’t burn it all up, none of us would endure until the end.

Show love.

Do it in practical, tangible ways.

There will come a time when people won’t listen to Christ’s teachings.

Has that time already come?

Becoming Christian

Join me in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:3 GW

Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won’t need anything.

James 1:4 GW

All the believers kept meeting together, and they shared everything with each other.

Acts 2:44 GW

Forgive me in advance if this word cuts too deep; I’ll try to be gentle and build you up in love.

I’m the guy who says what needs to be said.

I’m not here to win friends and influence people.

I’m here to win souls and honor God.

What will define the end time revival?

People actually becoming Christians.

You can’t have unity without maturity.

You can’t have maturity without humility.

You can’t have humility without enduring suffering.

Christians by definition are people who have Christ-like character.

Those who believe in Jesus must live as He lived.

They must live in total submission and willful obedience to their Heavenly Father.

They yield to the leading of the Spirit.

Believers in Jesus don’t immediately become Christians when they first confess their faith.

That’s when they get born again of the Spirit of God.

Does a new born baby have the maturity and strength of a grown man?

No.

They act like babies.

They need lots of attention and daily care.

Spiritual maturity takes time, experience, suffering and endurance.

You will suffer for Christ.

Most evangelists won’t tell you that upfront.

But I’m not like most evangelists.

I’m not interested in numbers.

I’m interested in developing depth of character.

I’m interested in making disciples.

It took 3 years of almost constant instruction from the Son of God to create the first disciples.

They had the best Teacher the world has ever known.

And now, through the Holy Spirit, we each also have a personal tutor in living a godly life.

If only we would listen.

That’s why we still need our brothers and sisters in Christ to help shepherd us into the fullness of Christ.

What are believers?

We are servants.

We serve the greater good.

The greatest among you will be a servant to all.

Our lives are living sacrifices.

I’m not here to boast about myself.

Anyone who boasts must boast in what the Lord has done.

I boast in my weaknesses, because when I am weak, He is strong.

I’m a believer.

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

I’ll let someone else accuse me of being a Christian.

Honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing.

But I’m stepping out in faith and trusting that God will take care of everything.

What’s the worst thing that could happen?

I could physically die and then go home and be with the Lord in Heaven for eternity.

That doesn’t really seem to have much downside.

After all, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

There are spiritually dead people walking all around us.

Someone needs to wake them up to the Truth.

Someone needs to be sharing the Gospel with the lost.

They say don’t become a preacher unless you have to.

Why?

Because you have to sacrifice your selfish will everyday in order to do God’s will.

Everyday I’m seeking the Lord.

Lord, what do You have for me this day?

Believe.

Believe that I’m making all things work out for good for those who love Me and are called according to My purpose.

Believe that your destiny is hidden in Christ.

No one has seen God.

But we believe in God.

That’s why it’s called faith.

Can you see Christ?

No, the anointing is invisible.

But the effects of the anointing are plainly evidenced.

These signs will follow believers…

If healings, deliverance, miracles, signs and wonders aren’t following you around, then perhaps you’re not walking in Christ.

The Gospel is so simple you need someone else to help you misunderstand it.

What are all these denominations out there all about?

Each denomination represents someone who failed to be a peacemaker.

Division is from the enemy.

Men who long for glory, power and authority without being submitted to God have fractured the Church.

There is only one Church of the Living God.

And the Church isn’t a building.

We are temples of the Holy Spirit.

We carry the Good News inside of us.

Everywhere we go is an opportunity to have a church meeting.

My quest is to become Christian.

I want to be exactly like my Savior in regards to love.

We are called to show no partiality.

The sin of partiality is to treat different people differently.

It’s called discrimination and even the laws of man recognize that it’s an offense.

We’re supposed to treat everyone the same way.

We’re supposed to love everyone with God’s self-sacrificing love.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

In this way you’ll show that you are children of God.

Jesus didn’t die for just those who loved Him.

He died for all.

He is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.

We need to be reminding people that they have a Savior.

Not everyone will choose to believe it.

But everyone needs to be told.

And then the end will come.

The great and terrible Day of the Lord is fast approaching.

It’ll be great for believers.

It’ll be terrible for those who reject Jesus Christ as Messiah.

Judgment is coming.

Are you ready?

What condition is your soul in?

We only have so many breaths to breathe in this life and then it’s over.

What are you wasting your breath on?

Our mouths were created to give praise to God.

Lord, I pray that You wake us all up to the revelation of who You are.

Set our hearts aflame with passion for Your Name.

Let us be Your children who resemble the God who calls us each by name.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen and amen.