Known by Tauren Wells

Tauren Wells

This will be my shortest post yet.  I want to share a song with you that the Lord used to comfort me many times through my suffering.  The song is called “Known” off the album “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells.  I know many of you feel alone.  Please know that you are not alone!  You are fully known by God and He loves you so very much!

If you have never heard of Tauren Wells, please listen to this young brother sing to the Lord and may your heart be lifted up a thousand times over, in the Precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

Known by Tauren Wells

1 John 3 verse 1

 

 

 

TobyMac Encouragement!

TobyMac quote 2

I was so encouraged by this today that I wanted to share it with all of you!  I first saw these TobyMac #SpeakLife quotes on David Fischer’s site!  What’s up brother David!  I found this one searching the net this morning, and it is a gem!

If you don’t know who TobyMac is, well, he is one of the old school Christian music artists (DC Talk) and he is still making some great music for the Lord!  Not only that, he has helped many other Christian artists like Jamie Grace and Hollyn in their careers as well.  He is one on fire brother in the Lord and God has been using him to encourage all of us for a long time!  So, big shout out to TMac–we love you brother!  Be sure to check him out on YouTube!

Here is a great song of his:

Feel It

Here is the Scriptural Truth that TobyMac’s encouraging note comes from:

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

Praise the Lord forever!  God is always working for the good of His people!

“For he will command his

angels concerning you

to guard you in all your

ways;

they will lift you up in their

hands,

so that you will not strike

your foot against a

stone.”

Psalm 91:11″

Amen and Hallelujah!  This one about angels is literal folks!  Ask me about it sometime!

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.”

1 John 5:13-15

God hears us and Heaven is most definitely holding conversations about you…for your good…for all eternity!  We truly can rest in that!  Amen Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace to you all!

Heaven sign

 

 

 

Jesus Prayed For Us

John 17 v 17

Did you know that before Jesus died He prayed for us?!  Yes, Jesus prayed for all the future people who would believe in Him!  His prayers are still being answered in our time!  That is pretty cool if you ask me!

Just moments before Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested in the olive grove, He prayed a mighty prayer for anyone who would believe in Him.  His prayer is also a promise and the Lord always keeps His promises.

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.”

Psalm 145:13

Garden of Gethsemane Olive Grove
Garden of Gethsemane Olive Grove in Israel

So, what did Jesus pray before He was arrested to be crucified and slain to forgive the sins of the entire world?  It is a mighty prayer and it echoes throughout eternity impacting our lives even today!

“My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.  I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

John 17:20-26

Amen Lord Jesus!  There is a lot of power in that prayer and there are a lot of deep ways God answers that prayer…even today!

He prayed we would be one just like Him and the Father!

He prayed that we would be in Him and the Father, so the world would believe God sent Him!

He gave us His glory, and prayed we would be brought to complete unity, so the world would know God sent Him, and we would know God loves us just like He loves Him!

He prayed that we would be with Him where He is (up in Heaven) and see His glory!

He prayed that He will continue to make God known to us, so that the love God has for Him will be in us, and that even He will be in us!

Amen, Amen, and Amen to everything Jesus prayed for us!  May it be so Lord Jesus and may Your will be done!

Grace and peace to you all!

Romans 6 v 23

Romans 10 v 9

 

 

 

 

Ask the Squirrel About God

Squirrel 1
Ruby the Squirrel (Picture by Rhonda Callahan)

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.  Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?  In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

Job 12:7-10

That is Ruby the squirrel in my Mom’s backyard in Illinois.  My Mom emailed me about her this morning.  Look at how peaceful she is in God’s loving hands.  She knows the Lord takes care of her and just by watching that little squirrel, we can see a testimony of God’s love!

Here is my Mom’s email:

“The other day, after doing a little yard work, I decided to get some ice tea and go sit in the swing.  I was swinging when a young squirrel approached me and kept getting closer, too close for my comfort, so I moved to the lawn chair.  It climbed up to a tree branch and immediately chattered at me, then walked over to the beam of the swing to lay down. It laid there for over a half hour and even fell asleep!  It did the same thing later that day and your Dad saw her do it too  Yesterday it walked to me again!  Cute!”

Squirrel 2
Ruby takin’ a nap (picture by Rhonda Callahan)

That little squirrel sure let my Mom know she wanted to take a nap on her swing!  Awww, little Ruby–she’s good!  She knows who takes care of her and she is at rest.  Let that be a testimony of God’s love and provision for all of us!  As the Word of God says, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you.”

Grace and peace to you all!

Romans 11 v 33

John 3 v 16 big

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

I would like to thank Melissa McLaughlin for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award!  All Glory to Jesus!  He deserves worldwide recognition for dying for us!

Melissa has a wonderful site of inspiration and encouragement in the power of the Holy Spirit!

Check out her awesome blog here: Melissa McLaughlin

Here’s how the Award works!

Do a post to show your award

Thank the blogger that nominated you and give a link to their site

Give a summary of how your blog started

Give two pieces of advice for any new bloggers

Select 15 other bloggers for this award

Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post

How did my blog start?

This blog came to be after I suffered terrible pain and anguish from Celiac Disease for over 6 years (since 1-6-12).  During my time of suffering, the Lord prompted and urged me to write a book about my very strange supernatural life.  I wrestled with God and His calling on me for a few years while I fought the disease.  Finally, in March of this year, I published “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life” on Amazon.  It is my personal testimony of how I came to Jesus, and my personal memoir of the intense and life changing supernatural events I have lived through.

After I published the book, I felt a strong sense from the Lord that I was not done yet.  I have had a burning passion to share the Gospel ever since I got saved in 1996, and the Lord was increasing the heat even more!  He led me to research blogging, and after praying in the power of the Spirit and giving it to the Lord, this blog for Jesus was born!  This blog is a ministry where I minister to a lost and hurting world in the power of the Holy Spirit!  It is a peaceful place of hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love!

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers

Well, since I have only been blogging since 8-10-18, I am fairly new myself.  However, I have been a writer for a very long time (started writing in college in the 90s), and I am a 40 year old father of two who has been married for 17 years (as of 6-23-18), so hopefully my advice can help someone.

My two pieces of advice are:

Write with an open and honest heart and don’t be afraid to speak the truth.

Meeting and chatting with other writers is awesome.  Don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t be afraid to reach out.  We all like our introverted cozy writer’s dens, but blogging is about reaching out and letting our writing touch souls!  Amen!

My 15 Nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award

Becoming His Tapestry

Kristi Ann’s Haven

Beauty Beyond Bones

Sealed in Christ

Notes from Vanaprastha

The Devotion Cafe

Valerie Cullers

Among All the Nations

The Word

Karla Sullivan

ROCKY ROAD FAMILY

Abidings

Pure Glory

GodInspiredArt&Quotes

God Speaks

Grace and peace to you all in the powerful Name of Jesus!

Jeremiah 29 v 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Spirit Transport

Acts 8 v 26-40

I love this section of Scripture!  It is about a man named Philip, also known as Philip the evangelist.  He was a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit and he served Jesus well in his time.  He is also a man who had incredible miracles happen to him and through him by the power of the Holy Spirit during his ministry!

This Philip is not the same man as Philip the Apostle who Jesus called in John 1:43.  Philip the Apostle was the one who answered Jesus regarding the bread for 5,000 people in John 6:5-7.  Philip the Apostle is also the man who asked Jesus to “show us the Father” in John 14:8.  He is mentioned only once in the Book of Acts in 1:13 after Jesus ascended into Heaven.  The other Philip spoken of in the rest of Acts is Philip the evangelist.

Philip the evangelist was one of the seven men appointed by the Twelve Apostles in Acts 6:5 to serve and minister in Jerusalem.

“Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.  We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group.  They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.  They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

So the word of God spread.  The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”

Acts 6:3-7

After the great persecution of the Christians broke out in Jerusalem, Philip went to Samaria and started a church there.  The Lord used him in mighty ways and many people were healed and saved!

“..On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.”

Acts 8:1-2

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.  Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.  When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.  With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.  So there was great joy in that city.”

Acts 8:4-8

Yeah, that brother was filled with the Holy Spirit big time!  After the Lord used him to minister in Samaria, he had another experience of the Holy Spirit that is incredible!  Many people of that time walked or traveled by horse or chariot.  Philip, however, had a different kind of transportation!

“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road–the desert road–that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”  So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians.  This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet.  The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

Acts 8:26-29

Philip map

Desert road
The desert road from Jerusalem to Gaza.

 

I love how Philip responds to the Holy Spirit in the next verse!  I pray that all of us who believe in Jesus will be this in tune to the Spirit and this excited to obey!

“Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet.  “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”  So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”

Acts 8:30-31

I love that!  Philip didn’t walk, he ran!  So, what was the eunuch reading and how did Philip help him?

“The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,

and as a lamb before the

shearer is silent,

so he did not open his

mouth.

In his humiliation he was

deprived of justice.

Who can speak of his

descendants?

For his life was taken

from the earth.”

Acts 8:32-33

That passage is from Isaiah 53:7-8, and the eunuch did not understand that the Prophet Isaiah was prophesying about Jesus.  Good thing the Lord sent Philip to explain it, and praise the Lord that what happened next was recorded in the Bible for eternity!

Philip and the eunuch
Bible Art

“The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”  Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus Christ.

As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water.  Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”  And he gave orders to stop the chariot.  Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.  When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.  Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.”

Acts 8:34-40

That’s right!  The Holy Spirit picked Philip up, he disappeared before the eunuch’s eyes, and then he was transported by the Spirit to the town of Azotus, which was about 20 miles away!  What did Philip do after this amazing event?  He just kept on preaching the good news about Jesus Christ!  I love it!  That is the power of the Holy Spirit folks!

Ancient ruins of Azotus in Ashdod, Israel
Ancient ruins of Azotus
Ashdod, Israel Port
Azotus is now Ashdod, Israel. It is Israel’s largest port accounting for the majority of Israel’s imports.

We see Philip mentioned again at the end of Acts where he is still living in Caesarea.  The Apostle Paul and his companions visit Philip for a few days.   Philip had four daughters by that time, and guess what?  All of his daughters were filled with the Holy Spirit too and all four had the gift of prophecy!

“Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.  He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.”

Acts 21:8-9

Caesarea
Ancient ruins of Caesarea about 58 miles north of Azotus (Ashdod, Israel)

Philip was a man who lived in the power of the Holy Spirit!  He experienced incredible power and miracles, and he served God faithfully.  That same power is still available to all who believe in Jesus today!  Has the Holy Spirit ever picked me up and transported me to another town?  No, but I know God can do it!  He cast out a demon through me by the power of the Holy Spirit, so He can do that too!  If He needed me to be somewhere quickly for a purpose of His, then He would transport me in the Spirit just like Philip!  I believe that with all my heart!

Grace and peace to you all!

Acts 1 verse 8

 

 

 

Living Water

John 7 v 38 nice picture

That is a powerful statement by Jesus!  He promises all of us on earth that whoever believes in Him will have living water flowing within them.  I like that promise!  I’d like to explain what Jesus was talking about.

Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit.  At the time Jesus said this, the Holy Spirit had not come down yet because Jesus had not been crucified and glorified yet.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor, after He ascended into Heaven.  In the next verse John explains what Jesus meant in verse 38.

“By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.  Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”

John 7:39

The Holy Spirit has been with us since the Lord sent Him down on the day of Pentecost in 33 A.D. recorded in Acts chapter 2 (that is 1,985 years from that time to this point in 2018).  The Holy Spirit has been on earth for a very long time!  So, how did the Holy Spirit come to earth?

Pentecost Holy Spirit fire

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

Acts 2:1-4

That is how Jesus sent down the Holy Spirit from Heaven to earth after He arrived in Heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father!  Boom!  I love that!  That is the living water through believing in Jesus!  We still have access to the Holy Spirit through believing in Jesus our time too!

Romans 10 v 9

Upon believing in Jesus, you are immediately filled with the Holy Spirit!  I am not promising you that it will be like tongues of fire in Acts (although that could happen), but you will be filled with God’s peace and His streams of living water will flow from within you just as Jesus promised.  Your soul will be saved and you will rest in His forgiveness forever!

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

From experience, I can tell you having the Holy Spirit inside of me is like a constant flowing river of wisdom, comfort, strength, conviction, joy, and encouragement that I can dip into at any time.  It never runs out and it never runs dry.  Even in the worst of pain and circumstances, that river still flows steady and strong.  Jesus Christ is inside of me by the power of the Holy Spirit!  He is in all of His followers.  He is pure refreshment for our souls!  That is what Jesus meant when He said:

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

John 7:38

You can have that too!  It is true and all you have to do is receive it by faith!

“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”

Revelation 21:5-6

Jesus loves you!  He will make you brand new with His living water flowing within you!  That is a promise and the Lord always keeps His promises!

Grace and peace to you all!

2 Corinthians 5 verse 17 flowers