Secret Codes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  1 John 4:4-6

Recently, i finished reading an incredible book, authored by Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson, called Lone Survivor.   The book is an autobiography from Luttrell’s experience in the United States Navy Seals and his horrific encounter with the Taliban. In honor of the veterans and servicemen and women throughout our country, I would first and foremost like to state my gratitude and thankfulness for these people. From years before us and years to come the American Military continues to amaze me by their sacrifices and dedication to our freedom.

During the book, Luttrell does a great job of describing many facets of the Navy Seals that would normally go unknown to the common public. Additionally, he describes some techniques of communication used by our forces as well as the enemy and other tribal communities that he got know while on his mission. The majority of these communication techniques are so elite and elusive to others that those untrained with the specific outfit, would have absolutely no idea of what message was being relayed.

During the story, among massive trauma and danger, Marcus used coded signals via the Navy Seals as well as witnessed specific languages techniques used by the native tribesmen to save his own life. At a time of absolute desperation and loss of lives, these successfully coded messages resulted in his rescue and the recovery of MANY fallen heroes that lost their lives for us on that mountain. I have been earnestly moved by Luttrell’s story along with so many other veteran’s experiences and as I read my daily verse from this morning… it really hit home.

There is a way among the Navy Seals, and the Airborne Rangers, and Green Berets, and elite warriors such as these. There is a training and regiment that is so tight and intense and specific that NO ONE outside of the groups can truly comprehend. This creates not only incredible skills and strength during times of chaos but also and INTENSE BOND that cannot even be broken by death. Again, earnestly moving to me as I continue to learn how to love well, protect the lives around me, and contribute to my community.

I encourage you to read the story of Marcus Luttrell and his experience on that mountain, but see the verses here from 1 John as well:

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  1 John 4:4-6

This reminded me of the “coded” messages used in the story. How many times have you tried to share the Good News and received little back but silence? Or on the contrary, how many times have you heard someone “of the world” say something that to you may have sounded completely foolish, yet everyone else seemed to receive it so well? ELITE FORCES know the difference. Verse 6: WE are from God.  I gather a good majority of the readers on this post may already be in the King’s Army, if you will. And if so then you know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. For the one on the fence, looking for the answers my prayer is we continue to live a life of LIGHT and SPEAK the news of the gospel daily!  Yet, there will be struggle. There will be losses and destruction, and even at times, you may feel as though you have reached your end, much like Marcus did. ELITE FORCES know the difference. You have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

Thank you Marcus Luttrell and thank you Jesus for installing such hearts of strength and courage that fight for life and freedom.

 

Satan demanded you?

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, bSatan demanded to have you,4c . that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but dI have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again,e    .    strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter5 said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both fto prison and gto death.” 34 hJesus  6said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until  you deny three times that you know me.”  LUKE 22:31-34

Hearing this passage this morning, before the modern America had even finished it’s dreams…. it hit me pretty hard… Did Jesus just tell Peter that

Satan demanded to have you 

That he might sift you like wheat… 

but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail”

There are so many other things wrapped up in this short passage of Jesus predicting Peter’s future denial … yet hear this one thing this evening…

Jesus told Peter that Satan demanded him. That alone should be enough to stir our hearts into preventative action of faith based mission. But Jesus goes even further, to describe the delightful torture that Satan will partake in.. sifting him like wheat? This is scary. Yes, we have faith, yes there is immediate salvation for EVERY LOST SOUL… but really… this is scary..   and think just a few paragraphs earlier we read that SATAN ENTERED JUDAS !  Was not Judas privy to all this teaching and love of Jesus just like the other 11?

Guys, if Judas had Satan enter him after the amount of time that he spent with Jesus .. the amount of miracles he PERSONALLY witnessed? Come on man! This is scary… We walk out into the sin stained world rarely thinking of this evil adversary lurking in our paths? Am i alone here?

Fine, maybe not…

But here is what i am going to sleep on this evening. On an evening just 3 days after a man walked into a countryside church service and tore up life through ungodly murders… here is what i am going to sleep on.. and wake to tomorrow…

“Brenden,  I  have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.   And when you have turned again,   strengthen your brothers.”

Who else but Jesus can claim this protection and love over us and yet still love us enough to explain we will fail Him again and He knows it? YET STILL HIS LOVE….  BROTHERS.. YET STILL HIS LOVE… HIS MERCY…. HIS GRACE… 

It is simply scandalous …  HEAR THIS… Jesus says to you tonight:

“Brother,  I  have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.   And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

 

 

 

 

 

Words matter

The words of a wise man’s mouth uwin him favor,3

but vthe lips of a fool consume him.

13  The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness,

and the end of his talk is evil madness.

14  wA fool multiplies words,

though no man knows what is to be,

and who can tell him xwhat will be after him?

15  The toil of a fool wearies him,

for he does not know ythe way to the city.

16  zWoe to you, O land, when your king is a child,

and your princes feast in the morning!

17  Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility,

and your princes feast at the proper time,

for strength, and not for adrunkenness!

18  Through sloth the roof sinks in,

and through indolence the house leaks.

19  Bread is made for laughter,

and bwine gladdens life,

and cmoney answers everything.

20  Even in your thoughts, ddo not curse the king,

nor in your ebedroom curse the rich,

for a bird of the air will carry your voice,

or some winged creature tell the matter.

Ecclesiastes 10:12-20

 

I know we can all use a little practice when it comes to the words we speak.

Speaking to myself today, the statements by Solomon are wise counsel for us. For every time we open our mouth we are choosing to bless or break. The power of words has such an impact often we allow them to fly out of our mouths without thinking and seldom remember back to think through how they may have been received. Even something as simple as the Barnabas Man blog was itself created for this very purpose. What if every relationship a man had was from someone that was blessing them with words of encouragement, constructive criticism, building up of his soul and consistent accountability?  Would those not be words we would like to hear?

Perhaps we look at our posts on social media or our responses at home to a wife or child? If the tape recorder was catching everything that came out of our mouth would the Lord we serve be honored? Simple as it may sound to break it down like this but friends, simple it is not. Understanding and heartfelt effort to think through our speech BEFORE it reaches our lips will serve us well.

Again, I am speaking to myself here. This past weekend i failed at representing a man that loves others as Christ loves the church. Thankfully I have today to be forgiven. I have a spouse that takes effort to reach out to me to repair and replace the words I choose with words of grace and patience.

hear this last part of Solomon’s Statement:

Even in your thoughts, ddo not curse the king,

nor in your ebedroom curse the rich,

for a bird of the air will carry your voice,

or some winged creature tell the matter.

We have to start as far back as the mind before the words are turned from our thoughts! and yet even be careful still to avoid gossip as the wind may carry  our words away.

Lord, get before us today in thought. Get in front of our words and our tone and arrest the negative and selfish within us Father. We long to speak to others as you speak to us, love, patience, grace, kindness, forgiveness. Lord, the more we practice this we know the more you can do in our lives. Be our voice God that we may reflect you. Amen

Eye in the Sky

Apologies for the late post…  While reflecting this afternoon, my message came to me..   This is an add to Justin’s post from yesterday…

The Eye in the Sky..

This morning Sam and I made the trip to pick up his new firearm. As the afternoon came about we planned out our trip to a local 604 Acre Public Hunting ground. Being the yankees, we are, it has taken some time for us to “Catch Up” to all of the rules and regulations of the Texas Wildlife and Recreation Rules, but  I’m thankful through the help of others and online, we are learning quickly.  In Texas, with a Type II annual permit added to my hunting license, I am granted the right to hike & hunt specific game at specific seasons on specific PUBLIC land owned by the State. Fortunately for us, 2 of the public land plots are very close to our house in Celina. We hopped in the car with the maps and 20 minutes due north later we arrived at plot #1 and pulled the car into the grass of the gravel road.

As we loaded our ammo, packed the headphones, and grabbed the pocket knives, I noticed the sign stating the “rules” of the area and made quick to read through. Sam and I finished and as we got to walking through the plot, a helicopter buzzed past the sky above and flew on out of sight. With the car locked up we headed out down the trail and took a few plink shots here and there as we walked. This was our first experience carrying guns DURING hunting season on a hunting property and to be honest I felt a combination of incredible freedom, incredible obligation, and incredible hesitation at the same time. We burned through some ammo, saw some beautiful views, and headed back toward the car to check out the other plot #2. As we pulled out, the same helicopter rounded above us connecting for the second time with our line of vision.

5-6 minutes later we found the other plot of approx. 500 acres and parked the car again and took to the foot hike. This plot was MUCH less over grown with thorns and thistles and made for easy walking and eventually led us to a water hole amidst a hilly meadow of  mesquite, cactus, and grasshoppers buzzing around everywhere.  Sam and I continued to unload rounds into the water, earth, and a few tree stumps as the rules stated no “target” practice. Had I known that before we arrived at plot number one, I would have re-thought the afternoon plans, so instead of target practice we simply walked and aimed at dead targets, hoping it was ok with the state. To be out there, the two of us with the sun shining and not a soul around was truly refreshing. As we hiked back to the car, (about an hour or so had passed) we started up the A/C and brushed off the burrs and double checked each other for bugs/ticks. I had about 9 rounds left in my magazine, so as we were about to close the day, Sam mentioned I might just enjoy firing off my remaining rounds. I walked to the back of the car, turned towards the dirt 15 feet away, and bam, bam, bam. I cleared the chamber, discharged the clip, and threw the .45 into the case in the trunk and shut the hood. As i looked up there he was again. Same Helicopter, a bit closer, watching my moves, and then off headed to the south…

As I got in the car Sam asked me again if I saw the chopper and I answered in affirmative. Dad, “Would that be a game warden?” .. Duh, of course. And so carried on our conversation on the 20 minute ride home of the review of the rules and regs and what we may have or have not done properly on our first visit. We didn’t really share any fear of shame or guilt, just healthy discussion on the “do’s and the don’ts” and how much fun we had as well.

Look, I don’t know who was in the chopper. I couldn’t see his face. I couldn’t even make out the decals on the side with the searing sun in the sky. But i know this… it was the same one all three visits, and they could see us and KNEW where we were.  Tonight, I think about the Father and His vision, outlook, perspective, and eye in the sky. This is not to leap any theological hurdle by any means, and I KNOW God can see everything and everyone all the time… but the chopper…   They were FAR MORE aware of us than we were of them … because of perspective… they had the vantage point of the land…. they probably had WAY MORE in their perspective than simply Sam and I this afternoon… Like God does….    But He is watching… despite being with us one on one, in body and in room, presence of all kinds, this helicopter just made me ponder how the Father truly is the Shepard, the Protector, The EYE in the SKY.

Sam and I had to make the choices to abide by the state’s regulations. We could have crossed the lines or dismissed the law… but we didn’t know on occasion this afternoon that chopper was even up there.. whether blocked by the trees, or couldn’t hear from the headphones, whatever,  every so often, peek – a – boo, there he was.

How much more is God watching friend? How often does that thought in our mind say just this once, or I can have this right quick without harm to anyone…    I don’t know that answer for you… but I know there is God our Father that has His eyes on us and cares to see us well. He cannot look at us and relate to us in our uncleanliness… thank you to Jesus that He does not have to … we are seen by Him as He sees Christ.  So remember He is there, remember He is here now. Right here reading the message with you, right here ready to speak to you and listen to you and BE YOUR SHEPARD.

Father, help us to be Christ-like even when there is no one around. Especially when there is no one around. Help up to understand that YOU do not see things wrong with us but you only see us in Christ and want what is MISSING in our lives to be filled. Thank you for always being here with us and yet having the perspective of the greater picture. Father, we need your protection and guidance and will not walk without you. 

Mr. Game Warden, we are learning, thank you for protecting the land and the law.

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Rooted

The man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.
– Jeremiah 17:7-8 HCSB

Happy Wednesday brothers, some of which I have known well and those whom I have yet to meet.  The topic of trust has surely been touched upon in previous posts yet I feel this verse above to steer my thoughts here midweek into the same topic. How does a man TRUST in the Lord?  Honestly, I often doubt my own ability to fully “let go” and give everything thought, moment, and item to Him, yet, we are to live this way.  Or is that the appearance we provide to the world? A few years back I would say yes, I “appeared” to trust fully and embrace His FULL WILL in all things in my life. Today I can see that was not the case at all. It may have been my want or my desire for that FULL trust to be present but looking back I am sure there was far less trust present.

Why bring this up on “Happy Wednesday”?  Not quite sure, but as we grow in our faith and experiences, and I read this passage in Jeremiah, I find strength. I have read some posts and heard real life stories the last few days of sadness, grief, anguish, “vexed” spirits, and loss. These stories from friends and neighbors and co-workers of who I should be the shining light too…. right? The people that are counting on us most to say the right word or place the hand on the shoulder or give a hug perhaps?   Yet, often the word isn’t there, or I miss the golden moment to embrace a hurt or fear… yet trust…. it is above the emotions and the circumstances.  It is beyond the here and now and transcends time and place when it really starts to take ROOT in your heart.

Listen friend, to hear someone say they wake everyday and NEVER fear or worry or fret or anguish about every day life sounds really cool. I TRULY believe God, in his majesty and divine ways can free men to be amazing and trusting and SUPER POWERFUL FAITHFUL CONSISTENT SOLDIERS of the Kingdom.  I’m not so sure those FULLY TRUSTING are always transparent about every scenario that comes their way. Listen, i’m talking to myself here, but I think trust comes in other ways as well. In the quite thought when isolation creeps in and a man is tempted to look at something evil, and he doesn’t. When the time is available to skip out from a promised function that may not interest you but YOU GO, and participate. Each moment you catch captive the thought that may have changed to sin or drop the dollar on the family item or budget instead of spending on yourself. Or whatever, I’ll fill in my own blanks…… right?

Brother, blessing from the LORD comes in MANY different forms. As one of my favorites, (The Grateful Dead) would sing, “one mans garbage is another man’s gold.”  We all have very different needs and wants and the Father seems to be incredibly skilled at consistently filling the spot or void with His blessing WHEN WE TRUST.  Read it again once more, but slowly…

“The man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.”

Can we sit on this passage today together? Can we search for the streams that our roots may be deep and strong and fervent lines of HOLY SPIRIT packed energy and strength. That source of life, that standing on the ROCK, is the shelter from the storm, the green foliage in the drought, and the fruit producing.  Be patient man, be consistent, be engaged, and press IN…   that we may be ROOTED in the Everlasting Light, His name is Christ. 

Father, help us to trust you. In the high and the low and the thick and the thick, we need you! Set our roots deep Lord and keep us straight in the high wind. We love you Father. 

Vexed, Oppressed, & Obsessed

1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank  into the sea and drowned in the waters.  – Matthew 8:29-32

 

“The Devil made me do it”    

“I’m really fighting some demons here”  

“I can feel the enemy pulling at me”    

“The devil’s got a hand in this” 

 

Have you heard some of these sayings? Perhaps said some of these yourself? With a piggy back (no pun intended) on Jeff’s post yesterday I’m offering three platforms in which we battle the devil this morning… vexed, oppressed, & obsessed.

Vexed – The devil is chasing us, attempting to disrupt our lives, searching for his shot at a failure or hang up that he can use against us.   Pretty common right? Happening all of the time in a “non-stop” effort of his to catch soldiers of the King off guard.

Oppressed –  the devil caught up with you. He’s there throwing darts and daggers and some of them may feel like they are penetrating. it may be overwhelming, it may be exhausting, it’s dangerous and feels as though you cannot see the win.

Obsessed – Influenced completely by the devil, overcome and OCCUPIED by the demons.

See in the verses of Matthew when Jesus cast out the demons from ONE man He sends them into a HERD of pigs. This is to show us the VASTNESS of one human soul. What demons may take residence in ONE human soul can fill an entire HERD OF PIG! But see here…   NO ONE who claims belief in Christ is OBSESSED with the devil or by demons. Christ allows NO ROOM for the demons in His Temple. (AKA your soul!) That is a lie to believe it and a false truth to engage in the thought that the devil or a demon may take up residence in a believer. God does not share his children.  Therefore, obsession by demons or the devil will never happen to the believer.

“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

You, I, we are filled with the Power of God. The Holy Ghost is IN US. Believer you have everything you need and as we read yesterday, the devil wants to oppress and vex those working in the Kingdom yet see here …. THERE IS NO WIN for them. This battle has been fought and won the day God sent Christ to the cross and hence He conquered death there…

The Power of the Holy Ghost is in your heart, in your hands, in your mind, in your pinkie toe!     Though vexed and often oppressed, you are the victor in Christ against demons and the devil. Additionally, with the MIND OF CHRIST, you have the resources and the ability to fight and conquer. Think no different than this brothers. We need to spend more time using the Holy Spirit than we do fearing the battle. God does not instill FEAR in any of His Sons and you are no different. You are created for righteousness and glory and a holy communion with eternity in which you shall celebrate this morning. Brother you got the power and the devil is quivering when the words of Christ leave your tongue. Your foot rests on his neck against the ground in a continuing strangle hold awaiting the earthly return of Christ our brother. Let today be the end of wavering in thought and battle.

“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”

Father, thank you for Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for giving us the way to glory and the answer for everything in yourself. Father forgive us for the hesitation and self-imposed fears and worry that we KNOW IS NOT FROM YOU. Give us the desire to REACH INTO YOUR SPIRIT more and FIGHT and may our feet press stronger on the neck of the devil crushing his ear to the ground. We know the way to you God, through He who is in us greater than he who is in the world. 

Tuesday Timing

Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico.  None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by oat least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered  from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits,and they were all healed.  Acts 5:12-16

I always enjoy the Tuesday after a Monday Holiday. Everyone, it seems, is running on a different clock for the week and it always seems to carry on into Wednesday, Thursday, and usually leaves us with a quick week and an early Friday! I love it!  Although the holiday yesterday, our men’s group still met and the theme for the evening rounded around 2 points…    #1 – We are now living “In Christ” …. and #2 – “Be Watchful” … 

I touched on the #2 point last week, but this morning in Acts this verse here jumped out at me and I’m not sure why i never noticed this before… The setting is the Apostles are performing miracles, healings, and witnessing across the region. Many signs and wonders were regularly done; of course, they were “In Christ”, we expect this of those in Christ and I believe this to still be the case today. Miracles and wonders are taking place every day through the Lord and His children, lest how often we choose not to notice them, they are there regardless.  But see next…. “None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.”

Wait, what? None dared join them? This is hanging me up a bit here friends. Perhaps imagine IF WE WERE THERE…   here are these MASSIVE healings and miracles taking place, we are watching them happen with our own eyes, we are even getting BLESSED perhaps by some of them being performed over us, yet we DARE NOT JOIN THEM?

How much does that sound like a couple dudes you may know?  Let’s role play that out a bit more…

Friend – ” oh my life is just a wreck, so hectic, so much chaos… i just can’t get on top of stuff lately”

Barnabas Man – ” Man, that sounds stressful for you, perhaps you can join my family next week at church, you know we’d be happy to go there together with you.”

Friend – ” oh I know that’s been in your life for awhile, I’ve seen what your like around Bob and Tony.  Thanks anyhow, I’m just not a religious type guy…”

 

You play it out with those around you. People are watching your life. They are watching my life…. they see what you are inside and out and when you are IN CHRIST, over time HIS LIFE starts showing up more and more to the unbelievers, and even to the believers. YET THEY DARED NOT JOIN THEM…. why? Are they IN CHRIST?   are they embarrassed of the KING, the Great I AM, the Wonderful Counselor?    Did they not hear from someone of His exact intent of restoration for their life?   Did i forget to act the witness that I claim for myself?

It is so hard to imagine anymore to wake up one day and NOT WANT TO WALK under HIS REIGN, for we are IN CHRIST. Over time, although we still are in our flesh, our walks WILL resemble His Kingdom in every way. If they do not I am wondering if we “dared not join them.”

Father, I pray for your will in our lives this morning. Please give us the mind to dismiss babble and ignorance, and to move onto POWER and Strength and Boldness. Lord give us the miracles and the wonder and the awe of YOU and keep us from EVER thinking we have it figured out on our own or need not be watchful for our brother.  We are fired up for you God and want the missions. We yearn for more of you and expect your greatness to resonate in our lives as we obey through surrender of ourselves.  Father, please keep us pushing toward the cross for each person we influence and make your glory our want. You are the One. You are the One. You are the One. 

 

 

Watchdog

Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.   2 John 1:8-10

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. – Revelation 3:10-11

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:13

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:41

But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. Luke 21:34

Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:16

These 6 passages are just some examples of the hundreds of places in Scripture we we are told to “watch” or “guard” or “hold” on to our faith, purity, integrity, etc. So many reminders… repeating again and again… watch yourself, hold on to your faith, guard your heart, heed these words…   over and over again from the beginning God has had to remind us to PAY ATTENTION to this. Our surrounding tend to crowd in and how quickly do we “lose sight” of the Father?

Just this morning, after getting up early on a Saturday, sharing private time with God, a workout, and then a short “peek” into the upcoming’s weeks bill schedule and it happened. My wife walked into the den with her morning welcome and not 5 minutes into our conversation, my mind set turned and I allowed a few words of negativity to block our communication. She did nothing to create this, I just had a thought in my mind that i allowed time to develop and BLAH… puked the thought out loud and ruined what would be a great Saturday morning.

Watch yourself…   stand guard….   HOLD FAST….    this is the idea for Barnabas Man. This is the life of a believer living in a condemned sin stained world. We get lost in it… when we are not careful. Often I ask God for the ultimate Super Christian Hero Power to be absolutely perfect and righteousness ALL THE TIME….  I am sure you can see He doesn’t answer all my wishes with a firm YES, of course. But why not?

My growth and repentance comes from the hang ups. This morning’s failure just showed me (and unfortunately my wife) that i need to practice patience, and resolve, and communication. This mornings blunder will become this afternoon’s blessing. Granted, I had to go outside and pull weeds with the gnats and bugs ticking me off for about an hour before I was ready to come back inside and lay down my ego and apologize.  Regardless, the words of repentance and the asking of forgiveness came forth…

Watch yourself… Stand guard…   HOLD FAST….   “I AM COMING SOON, that NO ONE May seize your crown”

Brothers, every day, every moment, until we hear that trumpet sound and see the Mighty King coming down on the Stallion, watch yourself, stand guard, HOLD FAST.

 

Father, forgive me for impatience and poor words. Forgive me for thinking I have my junk together and can relax. Implant within us MORE BOUNDARIES and MORE HEDGES and MORE STRENGTH and MORE PROTECTION. Lord, rid me of my negativity and selfishness. Empower us with yourself Father and speak your will through our lives. For the Barnabas Men across the world, and for those yet to know you, We lay down our lives for your name. AMEN

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