It’s My Right!


Today I discovered the greatest, and the most destructive, of my prisons.

Really, I did not discover it.

Jesus took me there.

This is the prison of my rights.

It was a deep and subconscious penitentiary; a moated and lofty castle of my rights, my life, my control, my religion, my opinions, my beliefs, my expectations, my dreams, and my plans.

This was the one castle I would not allow God in.

I had constructed it when I had been hurt as a child, and fear and mistrust came in.

It was a towering fortress for me protecting myself. In this bastion of my rights, no one and nothing could hurt me.

Not even God, Himself.

From here I controlled my life, even my death.

The dilemma though, is that because I am born in sin, it blinded me, and the path that I designed ended in destruction.

A blind man cannot see.

I had a glimpse of this mental fortress.  It was a little drought stricken piece of land, exceedingly dry and cracked.

Rain had not fallen upon it for many, many years.

There was one tiny sickly plant that had broken through its cracked terrain.

That little plant represented my rights, I had vowed to defend.

It had shut me in, oppressed, and separated from my loving Creator.

I prayed today, and felt a stone hard place in my soul, close to my heart, where this land resides for all people.  It’s named, “hardness and embitterment of heart.”

Everybody owns it.

It’s the created place of past pain, where everybody vows not to be hurt again, and now dwell deceptively protected in this “the land of the hardened heart of my rights.”

If left long undealt with enough it becomes a birthplace for “would be murderers.”

As I interceded in earnest, Jesus opened the padlock to this prison and let me out.

I know now that I can be healed and freed.

Every person partakes of this prison. Every human lives in the parched and barren land of his rights. He will do anything not to relinquish it.

He might even go to hell claiming this land, even if all he has, is its memories.

“Not even God will I let in”, he swears.

It’s all about protecting this little parched piece of land. It’s the little place of safety.

We believe that we know better than God, as we pace back and forth in absolute darkness, in this our tiny castled dungeon, feeling very right, justified and smart.

“I know that God is out to steal this dungeon right from under my feet; He is such a bully”, another protests.

What God has is so much more extravagantly massive, yet in the blindness of pain, we clasp to our detention house.

We are on a miniscule sandbar in the middle of an enormous ocean of blessings that God has for us, but we are so intent on holding on to the sandbar of our rights, that we never look up to see the waters that surrounds us.

“The sandbar is mine”, she says.

“It’s my rights, it’s my opinions, and it’s my life.”

So we give up the colossal for the minuscule, and justify ourselves in doing so.

In reality, the only rights given to us are the right to worship and obey God.  I mean, God is the only one who is not blind.

Many will die in this prison, clenching this tiny dust bowl with the last gasp of breath.

I wish that I would have surrendered earlier to the One who can be fully trusted, and who longed to get me out, and not served a miserable 57 year sentence.

I praise God that I am finally out, though.

When will you be done with your sentence?

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How A Hurricane Taught Me God’s Voice


My first encounter with hearing God’s voice occurred with Hurricane David on August of 1979.

I had just given my life to Jesus Christ.

We lived on Key Biscayne Florida, which is an island surrounded by water.

My father, and my now deceased mother, were getting divorced and my father had left our home.

When Hurricane David was tracking across Santo Domingo, I I heard the voice of God, for the first time.

He told me that David would not hit Miami.

I told my parents that God had spoken.

Many people are shocked when hearing that God speaks personally.

I don’t know why that is so strange.

If He created the mouth, why should He not also speak?

I was an impulsive young man, full of faith in the God who had captured my heart, with His love.

David, however, was zeroing in on Miami.

Forty eight hours before arriving, the Key Biscayne Police Department drove through the island recommending everyone to evacuate.

I told my family!

“I am not leaving, because God told me that the hurricane is not going to hit. I am going to prove to you that God talks to me.”

We boarded up the home and my mother, brother, and sister left for a Holiday Inn, just outside Key Biscayne.

I remained with my Living Bible, a weather radio, and a few flashlights.

With the eye of the hurricane now 10 hours away, light rains began.

I watched TV and read verses from the Bible.

The winds and rains strengthened.

Suddenly the power went out!

With the lack of noise, I could plainly hear the ever-increasing winds.

My mother telephoned and pleaded with me to come to the Holiday Inn.  I panicked.

I got the keys to the car to leave.

When I opened the front door, violent winds and horizontal rains bombarded me.  There was no way out.

Trying to phone my mother, communication had dropped.

I did not know if I had heard a demon or God!

It was 1:00 AM.

The eye of David was to hit Miami at 6:00 AM.

My weather radio also lost power.

The only sounds were the screeches of the winds which became more boisterous by the minute.

I was petrified.

I got my Bible and the flashlight and read from the Book of Job.

It’s when we step out unto the fragile limb of faith that the Lord acts.

With flashlight shining on the giant print Bible I read.

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

God spoke to Job out of the whirl wind!

God was now speaking to me out of the whirl wind!

Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

The behemoth in the King James Version is cattle or a water buffalo, or a rhinoceros.

But as I read this scripture, my flashlight hit a darkened part of the wall, and landed upon a huge white moth!

Behemoth….moth!   The timing could only be God’s!

At 3:30 AM the winds increased all the more.

I got angry at God. I ranted. I climbed on top of a chair and shook my fist.

“You told me that the hurricane was not going to hit.” You are lying to me, I am going die out here.”

God answered Job and me from the whirlwinds.

He rebuked me for my panic attack!

 Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

7  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

8  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

9  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Then in Job 42.

Job 42:8  Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

When I read “my servant Job shall pray for you”, I dropped the Bible, fell on my face and unto the cold white tile.

“Oh God, please forgive me, I was wrong. Please make the hurricane turn around.”   

For ninety minutes I prayed, face on the icy floor.

The winds intensified the more.

I increased my prayers.

After an hour, with my face still buried the winds began to decrease.

By 5:00 AM there was a substantial reduction in the wind speed.

I kept on praying.

By six o clock the winds were only 50 miles per hour.

The eye of hurricane should have been on top of Miami.

I had no electricity or phone. I had no idea what occurred.  I fell asleep exhausted.

Later I learned that at 5:00 AM when David was over the Bahamas, its steering currents shifted and prodded the hurricane northward.

What a miracle!

This is how I began to hear and learn the voice of God.

In the photo, notice the slight jog of the hurricane to the north very close to Florida. This is when I was praying.

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How to Get Out Of The Cell of the Wide Open Door?


Col 1: 13  He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred (physically relocated) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

Colossians 1:13 uses the aorist tense for the verbs, “delivered” and “transferred.”

The Greek aorist is called the photographic or punctiliar tense.

It defines a past event, not in the context of what it means, but in its occurrence.

The event is labeled simply as a photograph or a punctuation mark on history’s time line.

Hence the terms, photographic or punctiliar.

So for those in Christ, we have once and for all being rescued from darkness’s jurisdiction and have been physically relocated, transported and re assigned to God’s kingdom.

So why do we still struggle so much with the dominion of darkness?

In my life, the reasons are varied.

All of them have to do with the devil’s tactics.

For one, I believe that my ancestors were into Santeria or witchcraft.

Generational sins or demons are a complex issue.

I know  little about it.

Suffice it to say, that stuff coming down my family line, have clobbered me.

I’ve had to spend time in prayer to break them all.

Secondly, is the issue of the demonic strongman.

I’m convinced that every person and every Christian has an assigned strong man demon which afflicts them.

Though we have been relocated to the kingdom of God, the schemes of the strong man do not automatically break.

For observed freedom to come, one must identify his or her particular strong man and figure out his lies.

This is can be an extended but crucial process.

But what I submit to you today is the “prison of the wide opened door.”

Relocation from the devil’s jurisdiction to God’s kingdom is the conclusion of your prison sentence and subsequent release back into society.

But for many, I included, we continue to sit in the cell, with the door in front of us, wide opened

How can this be?

The trickiest obstacle to freedom is the prison created by our imaginations, and the knowledge which exalts itself over God’s, of who we were before Christ, and who we are now in Him.

It has taken me months of prayer to work through the entangled thoughts that have kept me in the prison of the wide opened door.

I don’t have an answer for your journey.

But, I will tell you why solving your dilemma is so vital and yet so darn difficult.

It’s the toughest thing you will ever do.

Rom 3:27  Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. Through what law? Of works? No, but through the law of faith.

Faith is a law.

A law is defined that under specific circumstances, specific results always take place.

Faith works with positive and negative circumstances. It’s a law!

If you believe that you are in prison, and don’t realize that the door is opened, and that you are free, you will remain in it.

What is worse is this!

The devil has been defeated.  But as the father of lies, he feeds on lies, just like a tick feeds on blood.

The biggest lie, which he has propagated on humanity, is to make it believe that he does not exist.

If you faith is that you are still in prison when you are not, you will remain in it, because of the law of faith. You have believed the lie.

And the old devil will indulge the errors of your way, by endlessly attacking you just like if you were still in bondage.

If you are not experiencing at the beginnings of resurrection life, I counsel you to dedicate serious time to finding out why you still sit in your cell of the wide open door.

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The Faith of Abraham


Romans 4:17  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead (corpses), and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

This verse tells us that the nature of our God is to call forth the things, which are still not physically in existence as having the same reality and essence of things, which are in existence.

This is one of the facets of faith!

Abraham’s faith in God was so great, that out of corpse like circumstances, and out of things, which in reality dis not exist, God made Abraham into a father of many nations and millions of people.

This is called the faith of Abraham.

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What Is The Great Catalyst?


Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and ACCESS with confidence by the faith of him.

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have ACCESS by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

CONFIDENCE in the voice of God is the great catalyst of energy which releases the gifts and the power of God.

It gives us the boldness to access the realities of God’s kingdom.

The amount of confidence that we have in obeying God, or giving a word, or praying for someone, is directly proportional to the access that we will have to the anointing, the power, the gifts or to the grace of God.

Confidence by faith gives us boldness with God and most important of all, ACCESS into the things of the kingdom of God.

“ACCESS” in the things of the kingdom of God is the right to obtain or use or take advantage of something (as services or membership).

Five minutes of prayer with absolute confidence in the voice of the Spirit does more than a month of praying in doubt!

Any incremental increase in our confidence will exponentially increase ACCESS into the things of the kingdom

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Powerful Biblical Search Features!


I have been using the Online Bible program since the 1990’s.

I believe that it is the first of the free downloadable Bible programs.

The Online Bible has served me well for twenty years.

First, download the program unto your desktop.

http://onlinebible.net/downloads/program

The advantage is that you do not need the internet to use it.

On an airplane, or in Africa, you can benefit  from this excellent program.

I want to teach you some great “Search” features of the Online Bible.

Open your program.

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On the screen shot as well as in your program you will notice in the available choices on the top; “Window”.

Click on it and select “Tile as a single window.”

On the screen shot you note icons inclusive of a red bible, a lamp and a flashlight.

The flashlight is your search figure.

You can also use it by the F7 button.

Click on the flashlight.

Then tap the “set range” button.

Click on the “New Testament” circle and tap ok.

This sets your search to only the New Testament.

In the search box, write “word” and tap ok.

The one hundred ninety seven verses where the word, “word”, shows up on the New Testament are displayed.

The Online Bible uses the King James Version as its default.

The King James by exceedingly far is the most connected translation to all Greek and Hebrew resources.

Now hit the letter “S.”

This brings up the Strong’s Concordance.

You will note as I you can see in the screen shots and the program itself numbers bracketed in between <> or ().

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The <> are your Strong’s definitions.

The () are only included for verbs and are represent their parsing.

You will note that the word, “word” verse list has such numbers as # 3056 # 4487 and # 2036.

This is why it’s vital to have a basic understanding of Biblical languages.

In the English, we read the word, word.

But in the Greek the meanings of these words are very different and very important.

For example, #3056 is the “logos” word which focuses mostly on God’s written word.

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The word # 4087 which I have delineated on the screen shot is the “rhema” word which focuses mostly on God’s spoken word, through the voice of His Spirit.

Scroll down to Matthew 4:4.

This is an instance of the rhema word.

No click with your mouse on the < 4487 >.

The Strong’s Greek definition opens up.

Study it.

Now click on your flashlight or F7.

Type 4487.

This displays the sixty seven verses where the rhema word appears.

Now you can perform a study on the Word of God through His voice.

This is an extremely powerful word study.

Click on the flashlight and type “wor*”

The * sign performs a search on the root “wor.”

A verse list of 808 verses including “ word “, “words”, “worship” “worlds”, etc. pops up.

The * function is important in performing root searches.

Hit the flashlight and type “ word” & “ faith.”

The & is the and sign

The program displays eight verses where the words “word” and “faith” both show up.

Now type “word | faith.”

The | is the “or” sign.

The program now displays 418 verses where either faith or word is displayed.

You can also type in the Strong’s number for faith.

Faith is # 4102

Try it out.

Our type in 3056 & 4102.

You now get ten verses where 3056 which is the logos, the written word and faith show up.

You get the picture.

Your searches can be infinite and your knowledge of God’s word which sets you free, exponentially increases.

My Fathers Day Message


This was my Father’s Day message delivered at my church a few years back.

A FATHER AND HIS CHILDREN

Don’t try to mold your children into your image of a Christian.

Trust God and let Him mold them into what He wants for them.

A father must  forgive and  ask for forgiveness when wrong.

I have asked my kids to forgive me many times.

Your family is a team. Your family is your first ministry. God will not give you church ministries until you learn to minister to your family.

Communication is vital. Be transparent before your children.

Preach little and live your life before your family. Have a good time with them.

Support the dreams of your children. Be available for their special occasions.

Your children are not particularly called to follow our dreams.

Be a servant to your children.

Let your children know that God and His will, comes first.  The blessing upon a family is proportional to putting God first.

A father who puts his family above God’s will run into problems. This is when he makes his family an idol. This is a huge problem in the church

Put your family second after God, but always before job, church, and ministry.

Let your children know that even in their very worst sin you  love them, and will not reject them

It’s diabolic when family members cut each other off for any reason, including money or politics.

Welcome your kids to stay and live at home as long as they want to, even if it’s till marriage

Even when married let them know that this is their home.

If so, they will never seek a home somewhere else.

Let your kids know that you are their best friend. Children who know their parents to best friends will never look for wrong friends.

Let them share all things that they do, even the very worst and let them know that they will never be rejected. Then they will not keep secrets from you or do harmful  things in  wrong places.

If a child knows that they can come to you with anything and everything he won’t be tempted to do things in the company of evil men.

A FATHER AND HIS WORLD

Pr 29:25  The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Be free from the fear of man but always fear God.

Not obeying God the first time is disobedience.

Be willing to lose your earthly reputation as a man pleaser. Become a fool for Christ.

Ga 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet sought to please men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

A father is not a people please but a God pleaser.

A father is not politically correct but God correct. He is a world changer and a revivalist.

A father does not compromise the Word of God under any circumstance.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

A father is a student of the Word  and disciple of Jesus Christ. The lack of a foundation God’s word in the church is her greatest problem.

If your Bible studies are limited to a smart phone you will never be free.

A father is at the minimum a faithful  tither. He who does not tithe will run into financial problems.

A FATHER AND HIS SPIRITUAL CHILDREN

Ac 1:24  And they prayed and said, “Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts ( the heart knower of all) of all men, show us which of these two Thou hast chosen,

A father is not religious but  a listener and knower of all hearts.

He must embrace and accept unconditionally.

He does not embrace the sin, but the sinner.

He loves unconditionally and accepts unconditionally. That is not  acceptance of the sin but of the person.

He is authentic, and is not scared to make mistakes for he knows that he will  correct them.

Jas 1:19   Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

A father is a good listener. He must learn to speak less than what he listens.

Ps 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Transparency is  a sign of wholeness. Be real to yourself. Let people know you for who you are. A father is on his way to wholeness.

Nothing brings wholeness quicker than knowing the Word of God and spending time in God’s presence.

The opposite of pain is laughter and joy. The presence of Jesus is the pinnacle of laughter, pleasure and joy. There is point in Jesus where pain caused by sin and brokenness leaves. This should be the goals of fathers.

A father does not legislate Biblical morality to the sinner but draws people to Christ by demonstrating the Father’s love .

A father can deal with a variety of  people and demonstrate God’s love to them.

A father does not become easily offended. He rises above the offenses of others and never cuts off anyone because of sin.  Even when hurt by another he will not shut them out.  He will be there in the midst of his own hurt.

A father must focus on younger generations. There is a responsibility to pass the baton.

You and I will die. We must make disciples of those behind . This is part of the legacy of a father.

2Ti 4:2  preach the Word. Be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

A father lovingly confronts, rebukes and reproves with all authority.

The love of God is not icky sweet and sugary.

A FATHER AS A LEADER

God is looking for fathers who will be leaders.

I am sick of seeing men in  church whose wives have to lead  and pull them up by their bootstraps. This is demonic and is an attack on the family.

Every father should forge his own way with the Lord. Don’t be as follower. Blaze your own trail. Make a difference, leave a legacy.

You have something great to give. Don’t copy somebody else’s message.

Php 3:12  It is not as though I had already attained it, nor were already perfect; but I follow after, that I may sieze hold of that for which Christ Jesus also seized hold of me.

Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Be a doer. Don’t waste time. Redeem the time because the days are evil.

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