Living By Faith = Using Technology At It’s Highest Level

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No man — using only his own mental resources — ever built a road, constructed a bridge, figured how to make a plane fly, built a computer, or created the software that makes a computer work. Nor did he invent the wheel, the gasoline engine, the watch, or anything else by using only his own brain power. We give people credit for these discoveries and inventions, but, in truth, it would have been impossible for anyone to have come up with them using only the finite mind of the human being — awesome and amazing as that finite mind is.

No, the truth is that everyone of those concepts and the deux ex machina necessary to bring them into manifestation and make them usable came out of the mind of God. Check out Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God …” The Spirit God didn’t turn to anyone else for ideas – or for materials to work with. When He wanted a universe – and a planet full of people to love – and a human race to love Him back – He looked within Himself and drawing out of what He already was, He brought everything else into being.

Just as He is the source of all light and life, so He is also the source of all true intelligence. And there has never been a great idea, an invention, or a successful process for doing anything that came into being except that He passed it on to His creation. Now, that doesn’t meant that every great thinker and creator was a Christian – or even a godly person. The Creator who gave us life, gladly gives us all the wonderful benefits of His supernatural intellect with which to enjoy that life and live it successfully – and even bear fruit for His kingdom — and it’s available for anyone who will take advantage of it.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t take much advantage of what He pours out in the areas of using our brains and being creative. But those of us who do crave the experiences of thinking more deeply, experimenting more thoroughly, searching for understanding that goes beyond our limited human educational feats, do eventually come into contact with what our Creator has poured out upon us. And when we make that connection, we see great advancements in science, the arts, industry, and technology.

So when we’re sitting at our computers, enjoying the amazing benefits of programs like Microsoft Word or Open Office – or we are traveling by plane to destinations thousands of miles away and enjoying the movie while our pilot sips his coffee in the cockpit while the machine he’s flying through nothing but air stays right on course — we need to take a lesson from the technology we’re enjoying: All this scientific technological ‘stuff’ came to us from God. Yeah – the Spirit God who created everything we can see and hear and touch. So that means God is the ultimate scientific, technological genius. There’s nothing He can’t do, make, or fix from His position of the Spirit Ruler of the entire universe.

What does that mean for us as believers? Well, to begin with, it means that believing – operating by faith – really is scientific. In fact, it’s as scientific as we can get. Because the one who created every scientific/technological concept, and the way to make it work, is the God who gave us faith and told us to live by it. We are the equivalent of the most sophisticated computers, living on this earth – as ambassadors of God’s Kingdom. He has placed into us His own peculiar software: Faith and His Word. That software makes us able to download everything from the spirit realm that He has already made ready for us.

The Word shows us how to do it and provides the input data. Then faith takes hold of that word and applies it to every problem, every storm, every need, and every dream and vision, pulling from God’s Kingdom Internet all that is necessary to deliver, heal, repair, overcome, and create. Whatever we need in this physical realm has already been paid for by Jesus and is sitting in “The Cloud” of the Kingdom of God, waiting for us to hit the “Enter” key by prayer and thanksgiving.

Living our lives in prayer and faith is not living — as some describe it — being so “heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good.”  No, indeed! Living by prayer and faith is making the scientific use of the most advanced technology at its highest level.



 

Encouraging Words from Wigglesworth

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Healing Evangelist Smith Wigglesworth wrote these Spirit-led, encouraging words in December of 1922. They are still the Holy Spirit’s admonition to us today.

“When one dares to trust God on His bare Word, then peace flows freely, wavering is passed, there is nothing to be done, all is finished, and you enter into possessions that cannot come in any other way. … There is nothing impossible with God. All the impossibility is with us when we measure God by the limitations of our unbelief. …

“God giveth liberally. He that asketh receiveth. God is willing to bestow on us all things that pertain to life and godliness. Oh, it was the love of God that brought Jesus. And it is this same love that helps you and me to believe.”



 

Who’s Testing Our Faith???

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There is a doctrine that flows through parts of the Body of Christ that says God sends or brings problems, trouble, and painful events into our lives to “test” us or to “try our faith.” Supposedly, those tests are made up of sickness, handicaps, financial problems, accidents, natural disasters, and any number of other destructive things. We have plenty of scripture to nullify that teaching, yet it persists throughout many groups of believers.

The truth is that God’s Word clearly says in Galatians 3:13-14 that all the things included in the curse of the broken law (Deuteronomy 28:15-68) have been laid on Jesus Christ in our stead, and that we have been redeemed from all of them. Now, to be sure, the enemy tries to lay them on us still yet, but when we know the Word and live our lives daily in faithfulness to it, we can throw off those attacks and walk free the way the Lord intends for us to do. Whatever the Lord already laid on Jesus, He is not bringing upon us now — nor is He giving the devil “permission” to bring those things on us. For God to deliberately cause or allow those things to be placed on us now would be a slap in the face of Jesus and a rebuttal of all that He suffered in our place.

Actually, even under the Old Covenant, before Jesus took it all for us, God still did not use sickness, financial problems, natural disasters, or tragedies to “test” the faith of His people. While under that Covenant, there was no grace provided by Jesus’ redemptive work, so God had to deal with every situation through the law. But even then, there is no time recorded anywhere in the Word where God sent any of these evils onto His people to “test or try their faith.” To be sure some of these things came on them as punishment for deliberate rebellion, but that’s a whole different story — and as we said earlier — thanks to Jesus’ taking our punishment, that situation no longer exists.

We gave the devil permission to act on this planet when we chose to believe him rather than God in the Garden of Eden, and he is free to act against us if we will let him get away with it. The Lord tells us repeatedly in His Word that we are the ones who open the door to the enemy or close the door to him, and we can tie God’s own hands by not staying in obedience and faith. We can actually keep Him from being able to help us. Even Jesus could not do what He wanted to do in His own home town to deliver and heal people because the people were in rebellion and unbelief. (Matthew 13, Mark 6). So Christians need to stop blaming God for the evil things that come into their lives and stop copping out of their own responsibility to take a stand in faith against the attacks of the enemy.

A careful reading of God’s Word will show that the Lord used only two methods of “trying” or “proving” the faith of His people. He either offered them something of great value or power and waited on them to decide how they would respond to it (as He did with Solomon) or He calls  them to take a great step of faith and move onto another level spiritually (as He did when He “tested” His disciples by telling them to feed the 5,000 + people.) He never puts things that are from the curse of the law (sickness, plague, pestilence, defeat by enemies, natural disasters, etc) on us to test or try or prove our faith.

We have further evidence of that in Jesus’ own words to us in John 10:10. He tells us clearly that He is the Good Shepherd, who came in by the legal door (being born as a human being into the earth). He also identifies Satan as the thief who has come in illegally because he was not born into the human race. Then Jesus lays the facts on the table and states emphatically that it is the thief who “kills, steals, and destroys.”  But it is God who “gives life, and not just life — but abundant life.”

We get another confirmation of that fact in the epistle of James, chapter 1, verses 13-17. The Lord tells us here not to say when we are tempted (and that word is also translated tested — it’s exactly the same word.) that the temptation or the test is from God. This fact is true when we are talking about being tempted to sin, but it is just as true when we are talking about being in a battle with any kind of evil, hurtful thing, because that kind of battle is always a “temptation” to turn from God. None of those things comes from His hand. Jesus has already said so. If it kills something in your life, if it steals something from you, if it destroys something good in you or your life — brothers and sisters — it is NOT from God. We have His Word for it.

But there’s even more good news. Not only does God not send things our way that will tempt us to turn from Him or to be disobedient to His Word and His will, but even when the enemy brings those things against us, God will always provide a way for us to overcome them and escape them without being defeated by them. He will give us the victory every time, if we will follow His Word and His Spirit. (1 Corinthians 10:13).

So the next time you find yourself in the midst of a trial of your faith, dear one, grab hold of these promises and stand your ground until you have the victory. Let these words live big inside of you and renew your mind with them. Remember: it’s the enemy who brings the tests. It is God who brings you the victory.



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A Page From My Journals # 5

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Jesus’ words to the 10 lepers who came to Him for healing in Luke 17:14:
“GO and show yourselves to the priests.”

Jesus’ words to the centurion who asked for healing for his servant in Matthew 8:13:
“GO your way; let it be done for you as you have believed.”

When we believe His Word, the work is done. Then as we go on our way and go about our normal lives, continuing to believe Him,  He sees to it that the work comes into manifestation.


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Flying By the Seat of Our Pants — Or By Our Instrument Panel?

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A few years ago, I heard Pastor Bill Winston, of Chicago, Illinois, sharing about his training to become a pilot. He talked about what he learned when going through his Instrument Flight Rules training, blindfolded. While working in the flight simulator, he thought that his plane was straight and level, but when he took off the blindfold, he discovered that it was actually upside down. That was when he learned just how important it was to learn to use – and to trust – the instrument panel on the plane. He then made this statement: “God’s Word is our instrument panel.”

As soon as he said those words, the Spirit of God just sort of leaped inside of me, confirming how true that statement was. And then I heard the Lord say this in my spirit. “Yes, My Word is your instrument panel, and the Holy Spirit is the control tower operator.”

Wow, that lit something up inside me. It was another great confirmation of how faith works and how completely we can trust the tools God has given us to get through this life successfully.

We are often navigating this life without being able to see things clearly enough to know what the next move should be. We cannot see what’s ahead most of the time, and we can’t see all the difficulties and enemies around us on all sides. Sometimes it’s like being in a storm, with clouds so heavy we have no idea which way is up, let alone north, south, east, or west. Sometimes our problems so overwhelm us that there’s no way to see the sun, the north star, or any lights on the ground.

But none of that matters. As long as we have an instrument panel in good condition, we can navigate this journey right onto the correct runway and make a safe landing every single time. We can find the solution to every problem, no matter how impossible it looks, as long as we follow the instructions for using that instrument panel.

And the first important point to be aware of is that we must trust that instrument panel. We must believe that what it’s telling us is the truth. If we do believe that, then, if we’ve spent time in training to learn how to use it, we know exactly what to do. And we get the results we wanted.

Let’s be sure we spend ample time training with our instrument panel – God’s Word. We need to read it, meditate it, pray over it, and let the Holy Spirit who wrote it help us understand it. Then we have to make up our minds that it is true – no questions, no doubts. When Pastor Winston was in that training session, his own intellect told him his plane was upright, straight, and level. If he had looked at his instrument panel, it would have told him the opposite. He would have had to make a choice at that point: trust his own intellect – and what he thought he knew – or trust his instrument panel. If he had been in a real flight situation, trusting his own thoughts and feelings would have meant certain destruction. But trusting the panel, which told him his own thoughts and feelings were way off, would have meant safety and success.

When it comes to a decision about whether what we see in God’s Word is true – or whether our own ideas, traditions, doctrines, or feelings are true – we’d better make the right choice. We’d better side with our instrument panel. And the great thing is that we don’t have to lean on those dials and gauges alone, because we also have a control tower operator – the Holy Spirit Himself – who will talk us through understanding those gauges even better and will help convince us that we really can trust what the control panel is telling us. Moreover, He’ll tell us how to apply what we are seeing there and how to respond for the best results.

So let’s practice every day using our God-given instrument panel. Let’s learn to trust it above all else. And when we find ourselves flying through a storm so dark and vicious that we can’t even tell which way is up, locking our eyes on that instrument panel will be second nature to us, We’ll read the gauges of God’s Word and tune in to our Control Tower Operator and let Him talk us right through that storm and into a safe landing every time.


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It’s February — Time for a Great Love Story

VALENTINE SPECIAL:  February 1 — February 14 

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What do the Biblical story of Ruth and the 21st-century novel, Jonah’s Song, have in common? Well you’ll have to read both stories to find out. Of course most people know the basic story of Ruth, so that leaves just one story left to read.

I’ll give you a hint: Ruth’s story has an important lesson that Jonah McDaniels and Valentina Rosswell (the novel’s hero and heroine) need to study and take to heart if their own love story has a chance at a happy ending.

Actually, even the Lord has His hands full trying to work things out for these two lovers. That’s why He had to take advantage of Ruth and Boaz along the way. If we stretched our imagination just a little, we might even say that by making sure the story of Ruth was included in the Bible, the Lord sort of “planned ahead” for when He’d need it as a teaching tool.

If you’re a true romantic – and enjoy the tingle of a touch – and a tear now and then – and catching your breath at the passion of a kiss – and using God’s Word to work out life’s problems – this story is definitely for you.

Although Jonah’s Song is the 4th book in the Smoky Mountain Series, it — like all the books in that series — can stand alone as a complete story.  Although many of the characters progress from story to story, readers will not be confused or disappointed in any way by reading one book before the other.

This book makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie.

I’ll include some brief excerpts below, and here’s the link to find JONAH’S SONG and place your order – for yourself – or for the one you love.


EXCERPT: JONAH’S SONG, pp. 1-4

Valentina’s aquamarine eyes popped wide open. She sat bolt upright, her heart beating erratically, as she looked around her at her bedroom, realization dawning on her. She let out a gusty sigh. “Oh! … I knew it was too good to be true!” She sighed once more. She’d been dreaming — again — about Professor Jonah McDaniels — again!

She fell back against her pillows once more, running her hands through her long, loosely curled hair. As she felt it flow between her fingers, she recalled the scene from her dream where Jonah had buried his hand in her hair. She closed her eyes, wanting to relive the whole dream and hold onto it as long as possible.

Jonah had been standing a couple feet away from her, his conductor’s baton in his hand, his eyes burning with his feelings. Finally, he laid down the baton closed the gap between them and took her, somewhat roughly, into his arms.

Valentina swallowed, trying to get back the breath his sudden embrace had stolen. Her heart beat wildly as his eyes moved to her lips. Without conscious thought, she glanced down to his mouth, his full, sculptured lips – one of the first two things she had noticed about him the day she’d met him – the other being his deep violet eyes . . .

The exhilarating scent of his cologne sent her senses whirling, and the warmth of his breath as he brought his face close to hers was so sweet she couldn’t resist closing her eyes. Her lips were parted slightly, her breath almost suspended, and as his mouth reached hers, his lips were bold and strong as they molded hers to his own. Everything in her melted as she gave herself up to this kiss she’d wanted for so long, but had never dared hope for.

He deepened the kiss, and she clung to him. When he finally pulled back for a moment, she uttered his name, once, breathlessly. “Jonah.”

“Hey, Vallie!” That shout came from Katey, one of the two girls Valentina shared the apartment with, and it was coupled with a pounding on Valentina’s bedroom door. So much for wallowing in her dream. “You’d better get a move on if you don’t want to be late for rehearsal. You know what Dr. McDaniels will say if you walk in late.”

“Oh, no!” Vallie had forgotten about the string ensemble’s rehearsal this morning. Just the thing she didn’t need: facing Dr. McDaniels right after that dream. . . .

She stood in front of her mirror in her pajamas. It was time for the lecture again. She looked at her reflection sternly, and pointed her finger at the mirror. “This is just your junior year, Valentina Rosswell. You still have three months left of this year and your whole senior year to go. And next year is going to be full of performances, a good many of them with Dr. Jonah McDaniels conducting. Do you want to end up making a total fool of yourself? … Now, you go out there and act like the musician that you are! You treat this Dr. McDaniels like any other stuffy, old college professor.”

Suddenly she was picturing him dressed in a baggy sweater, the lower part of his face covered with a beard, his hair gray and in total disarray. She shook her head and sighed loudly. Even like that he looked good enough to melt her bones.


EXCERPT: JONAH’S SONG, pp. 213-215

She let out a long sigh, looking toward the windows herself.  “It’s a gorgeous evening out, isn’t it?”

He glanced back to the windows now, noticing that night was making rapid advances, twice as many stars showing up now as when he had been standing there looking out.  “Yes, one of the loveliest we’ve had.”  He turned back to face Vallie.  The light in the room was dim, but he could see Vallie’s face quite well since they were standing so close.  Her eyes were luminous, and he couldn’t resist the magnetism in them.

He stepped closer and spoke in barely more than a whisper.  “But not even such an evening can compare with your loveliness, Valentina.”  As he spoke, he slowly lifted his hand and touched the tips of his fingers to her cheek, gently gliding them along her skin.  He felt her tremble slightly at his touch.  “You’re so very beautiful, you know.”

She shook her head, a barely perceptible move, as if to say that she hadn’t known.

“Oh … yes,” he replied, still in that quiet voice.  “Indeed you are … and not just beautiful to look at … but equally as beautiful to know.”  Not actually conscious of what he was doing, he moved his forefinger gently to her mouth and began to trace the outline of her sensuous lips, his own beautifully sculptured mouth opening slightly as if in anticipation of what he wanted to do next.

Valentina held her breath.  She could hardly believe what she was experiencing and wondered fleetingly if she were dreaming again, because she knew that Jonah McDaniels wanted to kiss her — was moving toward her even now to do so.  His face was only inches away from hers now, and she could feel the sweet warmth of his breath against her skin.  Oh, this was exactly the way she’d dreamed it again and again.  Oh, please, don’t let me wake up yet, she thought, as her eyelids drifted closed of their own volition.

Suddenly, she felt space between them and without opening her eyes, knew that he had drawn away and even taken a step back.  She did open her eyes then, looking at him with the confusion she felt showing plainly on her face.  But she hurried to camouflage it, embarrassed enough that he obviously knew she had expected to be kissed, and he, evidently, had changed his mind.  This was no dream, but it had ended just as unhappily as all of those dreams had.  She dipped her head slightly, focusing on the floor for a moment to try to collect her thoughts.  All she knew at this moment was that she wanted to get away from him as quickly as possible.

“Well,” she said, needing to clear her throat to go on.  “I guess I’d better be getting back.” She looked right at him for just a moment and somehow mustered up a small smile.  “I hope you get all your problems worked out.”

He shoved both of his hands in his pants pockets and glanced down at the floor momentarily.  Then he looked back at her with a rather grim smile that she could barely see in the gathering darkness of the room.  “I’m afraid that isn’t too likely, Valentina.  Not every problem has a solution, you know.  … Some of them just have to be endured with as much grace as possible.”

“I … I’m sorry, Jonah.  … I wish … I wish I could help somehow.”

He laughed out loud then, but it was a bitter laugh, and he choked it off quickly and looked into her eyes. When he spoke, it was so quietly she had to strain to hear the words clearly.  “Go home, Valentina.”


EXCERPT: JONAH’S SONG, pp. 237-239

Cameron paused, looking at his brother, who walked back to his chair, but only leaned on the back of it.  “I think Vallie loves you, and personally, I think your love is exactly what she needs … and wants.”

“Then why don’t I feel that way about it too?”

“Because you’re letting your head rule instead of your heart.  You know, God uses our hearts to lead us into His will much more often that He does our heads, Jonah.”

Jonah stood there with his elbows resting on the back of the chair, looking at his hands clasped in front of him.  “It’s interesting you should say that.  A few nights ago, when I was really wrestling with all this, I picked up my Bible and just opened to wherever, and the first passage I read was from Proverbs three.  The fifth verse says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

“That’s it, Jonah.  You’ve been leaning heavily on your own reasoning about this thing and not on your heart at all from what I can see.  You’ve served God faithfully all of your life.  Surely you can trust that He has a strong enough hold on you by now to lead you where He wants you. And to keep you from taking wrong turns. If something – the same something – keeps showing up strongly and consistently in your heart, and it’s something that doesn’t go against God’s Word, then it’s most likely the Lord Who planted it in your heart in the first place.” . . .

. . .   Jonah took his seat in the chair again as Cameron continued: “What you have to offer may be the very things that Valentina needs most in a husband.  You need to at least give the Lord … and Valentina … the opportunity to put in their two cents worth, rather than just deciding everything in your own finite mind.”

Jonah grinned at his brother’s bluntness, but then he sighed and leaned his head back against the chair, closing his eyes.  After several minutes, he spoke softly.  “I composed a song to her, did I tell you?”

“No.  When was this?”

“A couple of weeks ago.  I was so close to drowning in all that I was feeling for her … and wanting from her…  that I just picked up the violin and began to play it out.  After I’d played it several times, I decided I needed to get it written down so I wouldn’t lose it.”  He laughed lightly.  “As if I could lose it. … It‘s as much a part of me as my breath.”

Cameron looked at his brother, whose eyes were still closed.  His heart swelled with pride in this older brother who was able to create such beauty with his gifts.  How like Jonah to release the love he felt in the creation of a beautiful piece of music that millions of people could one day share and enjoy.

“Have you played it for her?” he asked now.

Jonah opened his eyes and looked at Cameron.  “No, I haven’t.  … And I don’t think I ever intended to.”

“Then you’re an idiot.”

Jonah’s eyes widened.  His brother had never spoken to him that way before, and he wasn’t sure what to make of it.  “You sound pretty convinced.”

“I am.  …


EXCERPT: JONAH’S SONG, pp.275-279

On the night of October 20th, which was supposed to have been her wedding night,  Vallie couldn’t get to sleep, so she finally got up and went into her parents’ living room and sat down on the sofa, curling up into the corner, trying to think of some way to get her mind off Jonah and how she ached for him.  She huddled there, hurting, but trying not to cry anymore.  But all her efforts were in vain, because the tears slipped out anyway, and as the pain insisted on pulsing through her, the sobs started again.  She had tried to be as quiet as possible, but her father had heard her go downstairs, and then he heard her sobbing again, and decided it was time his little girl’s daddy did something to change things … somehow.

He slipped out of bed and put on his robe as quietly as possible so as not to wake his wife.  He knew she was hurting almost as much as Valentina herself — just because mothers who really loved their daughters did that — and he slipped downstairs.  He turned on one of the table lamps before he sat down beside Valentina and put his arm around her, calling her by his pet name for her.

“Hey, now, Valentine, it’s time you listened to your daddy and listened good,” he said, handing her a handful of tissues and giving her a little shake with the arm he had around her.

Vallie took the tissues and began to blow her nose and wipe her eyes, even though a river of tears still streamed down her face.  “I … I’m sorry I woke you, Daddy.  Did I wake Mom too?”

He shook his head.  “No, she’s still asleep.  And you don’t have anything to be sorry about, Valentine.  You’re hurting … hurting badly … and that’s what family’s for … to help ease the hurt.  Or if we can’t ease it … then we can at least be there to hurt with you until the Lord eases it.”

Vallie gave him a watery smile at those words and leaned her head on his shoulder for a minute.  “Oh, Daddy, I don’t think there is any way to ease this hurt.  It just goes so deep … and it seems so final.”

He pulled back a little so that she raised her head and looked at him.  “Now you listen to me, little girl, there’s nothing final about any of this,” he said sternly, pointing his finger at her.  “This whole thing isn’t over by any means, and I don’t want you giving up and believing it is.”

“What do you mean,” she asked, still wiping every other minute at her nose and eyes.

“I mean just what I say.  So your man went back to Chicago saying he wasn’t going to let you be tied to him when he’d just be a burden to you.  Does that mean everything’s over?”  He shook his head, and continued. “You’ve got to understand that a man just feels like he has to do that … he has to protect the woman he loves from suffering if at all possible, and that’s what Jonah thinks he’s doing.  Plus the fact that his stubborn male ego can’t stand to think that he might have to be really dependent on you for something he feels he has to do for himself. All of that’s just part of a man’s make-up, Valentine.

“But, little girl, that’s just the first phase of what Jonah’s going through. He’s going to come to a time when that ego isn’t going to be as strong … or as stubborn. It’s not going to be enough to pull him through the loneliness and the terrible need he’ll be feeling without you.  Now, if he’d never allowed himself to open up to the truth that he loves you and wants a future with you, he might have been able to go on for the rest of his life at least halfway satisfied with his life without you in it. But not anymore. Now that he’s admitted to himself that he loves you and needs you to make his life complete, there’s no going back.”

“Do you really believe that?”

“Oh, I don’t just believe it, Valentine. I know it. I’m a man myself, you know,” he said, grinning at her now.

Vallie grinned back.

“Now … here’s the thing, Valentine.  When your man finally comes to the place that pride and ego aren’t enough to keep him going forward in this decision he’s made, the only thing left will be his feeling that he still has to protect you.  And that’s where you have a chance to turn this thing around.  When that time comes, he’ll be vulnerable enough that you’ll have a chance to convince him that instead of protecting you, he’s only hurting you, and that you’d rather be with him in his handicap than to be without him the rest of your life … that is,” he said, pausing to look right into her eyes … “if that is the way you feel about it.”

“That’s exactly the way I feel about it. I couldn’t have put my feelings into better words myself.”

“Well, then, I’d say you’ve got your work cut out for you.”

“Exactly what are you trying to say, Daddy?”

“Well … I don’t think it’s for me to tell you exactly what you ought to do, but I’ll tell you this.  Yesterday, in my quiet time with the Lord, I opened my Bible up to the book of Ruth and began to read.  I hadn’t read that book in a long time, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.  And as I read through those chapters, I couldn’t help thinking about you from time to time … I guess because it’s kind of a love story, you know, and Boaz is considerably older than Ruth, and so on.  But … anyway … I noticed one thing in particular that stood out to me more than it ever had before.” . . .


All excerpts from Jonah’s Song. Copyright © 2005 by Sandra Pavloff Conner

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My Dad’s Book ‘Following In The Father’s Steps’ now available on Amazon

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My dad, Ted Pavloff, spent his whole life ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a multitude of places, using numerous methods and media. He’s with the Lord now, having left us at the age of 88, but before he went to receive his rewards, he had served the Kingdom of God for more than 70 years.

When he was 12 years old, he was walking home from church one night, crossing a little bridge, when the Lord spoke to his heart so strongly that Dad stopped right in the middle of the bridge and surrendered his heart and his life to Jesus. There was never any looking back.

He preached his first sermon at the age of 15, and a year later, he was licensed to preach by the denomination he belonged to at the time. Right after Pearl Harbor was attacked, when Dad was only 17, he joined…

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A Page From My Journals # 4

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“Rejoice in the Lord always: And again I say, Rejoice!”  (Phil 4:4)

“Be glad in the Lord and rejoice.”  (Psalm 32:11).

“A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22).

A grateful heart = a joyful heart.
A joyful heart = good medicine.
Good medicine = good health.
Therefore:  I will maintain a grateful heart so that it will help me stay healthy.


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A Page From My Journals # 3

GRAPE ARBOR - WITH CLONINGJohn 15:1-2:  “I am the true vine.”

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples as He was instructing them for their work in spreading the Gospel of His Kingdom. He wanted them to understand their relationship with Him and their dependency on Him for any fruit bearing. Describing Himself as the “True Vine” is important because one of the definitions of the word “true” is “honest.”  So Jesus was telling them, “I am the Honest  Vine.”

Jesus is the “Honest Vine.” What does that mean? It means He does not lie. He does not promise something and then fail to produce.  We can count on every word He has said being true and coming to pass for us if we will be true and honest in our faith in Him.

And equally important is that we be “honest” branches on that vine. We must not just look like we are attached to Him, but must be truly and permanently attached so that we will not fail to produce His fruit.

But Jesus continued His teaching:  “I am the vine; you are the branches. … Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Oh, may I remember that truth every day of my life: Apart from Him I can do nothing.

Apart from You, Dear Jesus, I can do nothing!


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A Page From My Journals # 2

In some of my journals, I draw or paint something that relates to the meditations and truths the Lord is sharing with me that day. I did that for this particular entry.


GOD'S TREE

The Gospel In A Tree

A tree was the instrument man used to rebel against God and cast the whole human race into a cursed state of enmity with its Creator.

So a tree was the instrument the Father chose to use to provide the means by which Jesus carried out His sacrifice to redeem His creation from its sin and the curse.

And a tree — of life — will grow eternally in the city of God, with health and life for everyone who will receive: an everlasting testimony to the victory of the Father’s tree.


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A Page From My Journals # 1

FOUNTAIN PEN, BOOK -- edited

During my 50 plus years in ministry, I have filled multiple notebooks and journal pages — and little loose pieces of paper — with the thoughts and truths the Lord has quickened to me as I studied or meditated His Word. I did finally try to stop using those “little pieces of paper” because it was so hard to keep track of them, and I’d spend too much time hunting for them when I started to think again about what I’d written on them. I switched to legal-pad notebooks — especially for planning Bible lessons — but even they tended to get lost or turn up. So in more recent years, I’ve tried to record all my thoughts and devotions in journals so that they would be easier to find and less likely to get torn or scattered far and wide.

But I often find myself re-reading pages of these journals and feel blessed by the encouraging things the Lord had me write on those pages. I’ll then consider what other material I’ve written — in other journals — that go along with that material to make a great Bible lesson. My next thought is that I need to get all those pages together and get the lesson written so it’s ready to teach at a meeting or on my  website or YouTube channel. Unfortunately, when I make that decision, that puts a hold on my sharing because I have to do all the work of rounding up all the parts of the material  and getting them organized — and maybe studying to add a few other bits and pieces to tie it all together — and that means I post much less often.

But this week the Lord seemed to stop me in the middle of such thoughts and suggested that I start creating posts where I share just what’s on one particular page of one particular journal each time.  If the truth that He shared with me was a blessing to me — apart from an entire lesson — then surely it could be a blessing to others as well. I felt He said that I don’t always have to teach an entire lesson, but can just enjoy passing on one important thought or one valuable revelation from His Word and His heart. After all, most of the wonderful things I’ve learned about Him have come to me in little bits at a time.

So I’ve decided to begin this series “A Page From My Journals” as a way of posting much more often and sharing some of the wonderful, enlightening, comforting, and sometimes life-changing things the Lord has given to me, small segments at a time. Today’s post is the first in that series, and I’m making it particular short since I’ve written so much here today already. I hope this series blesses you.


SUNRISE OVER GREEN FIELD -- super brightTheDigitalArtist

A Page From My Journals:

My Father is Light, and there is no darkness in Him. Therefore, I am a daughter of Light, and there should be no darkness in me.  ( 1 John 1:5).

My Father is the Father of Light, and there is no variableness or shadow of turning in Him. Therefore, I am a daughter of light, and there must be no variableness or shadow of turning in me either. (James 1:17).

I am spirit. I have a soul, and I live in a body. I (my spirit man) has been born again and has become the righteousness of God, so my spirit is full of light. (2 Corinthians 5: 21). But there is still darkness that must be cleaned out of my soul and body. I cannot cleanse that darkness out myself. But as I soak up God’s Word — which is light — the darkness is gradually washed away and replaced. When my focus is on Him alone, my eye is single, and His light can then fill all of me. (Matthew 6:22).


journal photo courtesy of Ulleo @ pixabay.com
sunrise photo courtesy of The Digital Artist @ pixabay.com

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