Saturday, May 24, 2014

2014 East Coast Pastors Conference

I recently returned from the Calvary Chapel East Coast Pastors Conference. I was so blessed by attending last year and was excited to get back. For the last several months we have been receiving emails to be praying for God to pour out His Spirit. As I returned this year I went with a sense of expectation. The Lord did not disappoint. The messages were a blessing, the panels were great, but for me, Tuesday evening was my favorite time. After the Word was shared we went into a time of worship and waiting upon the Lord. It seemed like the entire room of 1200 men were in one united cry for God to pour out His Spirit upon us. 
I can honestly say that I have attended many conferences over the years that have blessed my life. But on that Tuesday evening I witnessed, and was blessed to be part of, a great outpouring of Gods Spirit. If you have ever been in a a setting like that you know that words are inadequate to describe what takes place. All I can say is, thank you Lord. I am excited to see how the Lord will answer our prayers from this conference as all the men return back to their churches to serve the Lord. Ministering on the West Coast I felt a great unity and likemindedness with the men who serve the Lord on the East Coast. I am now praying for our upcoming conference here in Southern California, that the men here would experience a greater work of Gods Spirit as well. We need it in these last days. 


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Trust

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which cannot be moved but abides forever.  
Psalms 125:1


The word for TRUST is the Hebrew word, batach. It is a word that is defined as, to trust in, to have confidence, to be bold, or to be secure. As we place our confidence and trust in the Lord we are assured that we will not be moved. This means we will not be overthrown or toppled. As we trust in the Lord He promises to keep us and hold us up. We tend to trust people who are faithful. We have a greater confidence in those who are consistent. There is no one who is as faithful as the Lord. He is trustworthy, and He does not change. Maybe today you feel a little shaky, or unstable. Things in your life are beginning to move. Trust in the Lord. Rest on the promise that He has made in His Word, that you will not be moved but abide forever. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Above and Beyond


King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked much more than she had brought to the king. 2 Chronicles 9:12 



King Solomon was one of the wisest men that ever lived. It was because of his God given wisdom that people came from far and wide to meet with him. The Queen of Sheba came to see Solomon. While she spent time with him she was amazed at the splendor of his kingdom. She was astounded at the answers he gave to her difficult questions. She marveled at the provisions and work of his servants. In fact the queen was so dumbfounded that she declared that "the half of the greatness of Solomon's kingdom had not been told to her." The queen also brought gifts to present to Solomon, of which he used within his kingdom. Yet in return King Solomon gave her more than she had brought to him. I see a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus in this encounter between a king and queen. 
When we come to the Lord and see Him for who He is our lives are never the same. We marvel at His grace and mercy that He bestows upon His servants. The love that He has clearly demonstrated on the cross of Calvary. The wisdom and direction that He provides through His Word for our lives. So often we feel like only the "half has been told to us." Even more wonderful is we have received from our KING above and beyond what we could ever give to Him. Oh the joy of being a servant of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. What a glorious day it will be when we dwell in His kingdom forever. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Does Anything Last Forever?

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 
1 John 2:17 

When John writes that the world is passing away it means that the world is going out of existence it won't last forever. The psalmist made a similar statement in Psalms 144:4 "Man is like a breathe and his days are like a passing shadow." The world is a like a parade that is passing by, but one day the parade ends. Yet even though the world is passing away and will not last there is something that lasts forever. Those who seek to do the will of God abide forever. Doing the will of God implies a habit of life. It does not mean that we are perfect but our direction in life is following after Jesus and living for Jesus. Jesus said, "For what profit is it to a man if he gain the whole world and loose his own soul, or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matt.16:26 What a promise to hold onto today that if we live for the will of God we will abide forever.

Take the world, but give me Jesus
All the earths joys are but in name
But His love abides forever
Through eternal years the same.