December 22, 2021 -Let Us Humble Ourselves

God's overarching goal is that He be glorified in ALL the earth. The only way to do that in this world is through broken men and women. He says He will do it, and He will.

To our spoiled Western mindset, we might think that God humbling Nebuchadnezzar and causing him to go insane and eat grass like a cow for seven years was cruel and unusual punishment (though his kingdom was restored to him even greater than it was) - Daniel 4.

We might think in our spoiled western mindset better horrific tragedies that Job went through were cruel and unusual punishment (though what he went through was only a couple years of his life, if that) - Job.

No discipline for the moment is pleasant! But afterward, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness (Heb 12). With God's discipline, the end result is a changed life & the proclamation of HIS GOSPEL in ALL THE EARTH (Dan 4:1-3,34-37)! “He does as He pleases!” He lifts up one and puts down another. And He can lift up AGAIN the one He put down! (Could it be? YES!)

Nebuchadnezzar had it all, but God humbled Him because God resists the proud! It is amazing how God chose Nebuchadnezzar, who has a complete pagan, and worked with him even after he made a golden image of himself for others to worship instead of the true living GOD and even after GOD revealed himself again in the events of the fiery furnace… the Lord takes us where and how we are and forms the character of Christ in us… The best thing that we can do is humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and allow Him to lift us up! Even when we see Him place absurd fools in positions of authority, we must walk in humble obedience to the Lord God - even if we have to be disobedient to the ungodly degrees of the wicked ruling. God has a reason in it all; the end of it all will be that GOD IS GLORIFIED. Therefore, let us TRUST HIM, showing it by walking in obedience to Him and His ways. O God, help us to do so when we see such wicked people even usurping positions of authority in our land! Humble the proud. Lord, you are the One who inspired Paul to write Romans 12:19: “…never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the LORD.” DO IT, O GOD, and give us the GRACE to walk in Your peace by truly TRUSTING you!

In Daniel 4:24,27 it is very instructive how Daniel interprets the prophetic dream of Nebuchadnezzar’s great humbling to come but then gives his advice for Nebuchadnezzar to stop sinning, in order that the prophecy of judgment will not occur. Just because there is a prophecy, does not mean that it is necessarily going to take place… Our response CAN result in God changing his mind... In this case, Nebuchadnezzar did not repent of pride or neglecting the poor (Daniel 4:27; Galatians 2:10; Ezezial 16:49-50; Matthew 25:40,45; James 2:1-10). Let us not close our hearts to the poor. There are plenty “working the system,” but there are also those who need a hand up…ESPECIALLY in developing nations!

BUT, in the case of Hezekiah, when Isaiah prophesied for him to get his things in order, that he was going to die, that he would not recover from his illness (2 Kings 20:1), Hezekiah cried out to the Lord, and the Lord added 15 years to his life (2 Kings 1-7)! God is Sovereign, but He is not a fatalist. He is a God of cause and effect, and yet, He will see that His will does come to pass!

Since He IS going to resist the proud, let us HUMBLE OURSELVES. We CAN do that, for He tells us so… And RESIST the devil, and he will FLEE from you (James 4:7)!

 

 

 

November 2, 2021 -Hear About Chip's Recent Trip to Congo!

 

 

October 13, 2021 - Hausa Language Update

October 7, 2021 - Moses Found Favor with God

September 28, 2021 - Upcoming Congo Trip

September 7, 2021 - Abundant Life

August 27, 2021 -
He Wants Us to Enjoy ABUNDANT LIFE, FOREVERMORE

We are “commanded” to live “according to the truth” (2 John 1:4). Why? Because God knows what will result in life or death in our lives (Deuteronomy 30:19-20), and He wants us to enjoy ABUNDANT LIFE, FOREVERMORE!  Abundant life does not mean a “Cush-Cush” existence, but a victorious existence in an intimate love relationship with the God of the Universe as our Abba, full of courage and completely devoid of fear. True faith is obedient, for faith trusts fully in who God is, His love and power.

2 John 1:6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another...

Do you mean love is not a feel-good fleeting emotion that we need to be codependent to maintain? NO. Love is an act, an act of obedience to demonstrate love to one another, even as the Lord demonstrated love to us...giving Himself up for us, literally.

David said, “I will not offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing” (1 Chronicles 21:24). Will it cost us something to love as Jesus loved? Yes. It will cost us our lives (Matthew 18:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 14:33; Matthew 10:39; 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33; John 12:25; Philippians 2:17)! Jesus came to deliver us from fear of death (Hebrews 2:15), but it seems what we have today are many imposters who claim to be followers of Christ but have never died, evidenced by following after their own appetites, the things of this world (Phil 3:18-19). I know a man in Malawi who ministers among the Yao Muslims there. He received murder threats by text for some weeks, and then one called him to tell him he was going to kill him. My friend responded, “You can’t kill me. I’M ALREADY DEAD!” (Romans 6:4) Are we dead to this world but alive to God through faith in Jesus (Galatians 6:14-16)? Then let us live like it.

If your “theology” states that you cannot fall into deception, you are already deceived. There would not be so many warnings to beware of deceivers, antichrists if being deceived was not a possibility (2 John 2:7-9).

IT IS LOVE to NOT “invite a person into your home or give any kind of encouragement” who “does not teach the truth about Christ,” BECAUSE love OBEYS GOD’S COMMAND, and GOD HAS COMMANDED IT (2 John 1:6, 10-11).

July 26, 2021 - Reconciled by Christ

July 6, 2021 - A Testimony of Healing

June 23, 2021 - What Fruit are You producing?

June 16, 2021 - We Have Been Raised to New Life with Christ

We have died with Christ and must quit living as if we are alive to the elementary principles of this world, which are a mere shadow of Jesus who has come, WHOM WE HAVE BEEN RAISED TO NEW LIFE WITH (Colossians 2:20-3:4). Come out of the shadows and live with Christ! Follow Him! That means changing our behavior, not as a LAW, but from the midst of our heart. Learn to live from your heart, which can only happen as we renew our mind, spend time with Christ in prayer and receive instruction in His Word. Inside we want to “be like our Daddy!” Jesus is the physical representation of Him. When we see Jesus, we see what our new Daddy is like!... In Colossians, Paul spends the rest of the chapter showing what life in Christ looks like, and how to go about it. We are not enslaved to sin anymore. Therefore, let us live by the Spirit, and put away the sinful deeds of the dead flesh! Look up to Him!
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Colossians 2:20-23 (NLT), “You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.”

Colossians 3:1-4 (NLT), “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

 

June 8, 2021 - Hannah and the Promise

May 26, 2021 - What is Live School?

May 15, 2021 - JEHOVAH KANNA

Exodus 34:10 (NASB), "Then God said, "Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.

So many think "God could never use me, like so-and-so." Actually, God, BY HIS GRACE, can use anyone. Moses was a murderer; so was Paul! There was nothing innate about them that made them "special" compared to you. It is ALL ABOUT HIM, not us. Let us not discount God's power to use us by thinking that we aren't good enough, anointed enough, or have enough charisma. "...I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me...," (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Don't say "no" to God. Agree with Him. Make yourself available to Him. Walk by faith IN HIM.

It has been said, "The anointing will get you there; godly character will keep you there." When secure in Him and His love, we won't fall for the temptation to steal His glory to be someone "special," for we are special. We are BELOVED children of God (1John 3:1-3)! Our identity is in Him and His love for us! Get rid of "the pride of the worm." Don't disqualify yourself for fear of robbing His glory. He has qualified You (Colossians 1:12)! Walk in the obedience of relational faith with Him. Receive His love, every minute of every day, and let Him be your ALL IN ALL (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:23; 1 Corinthians 15:10, 28).

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JEHOVAH KANNA
JEHOVAH KANNA is a lesser-known name of God but it contains an important faith-building aspect of His character. It is often assumed that jealousy is a negative trait. Certainly, when we talk about envy of the possessions and achievements of others it is a trait to be avoided. However pure jealousy is something different. It relates to an exclusive devotion based on a deep personal relationship ... God is jealous for us and He has traveled from heaven to earth, even facing death on the cross to rescue us from the evil forces that hold us captive. Thank God He is jealous!

May 2, 2021 - Come & See

April 26, 2021 - He is With Us Wherever We Go

Matthew 11:1 (NLT)  When Jesus had finished giving these instructions to his twelve disciples, he went out to teach and preach in towns throughout the region.

Jesus sent the 12 disciples out, and THEN WENT OUT TO DO THE SAME HIMSELF. He does not ask us to do anything He will not also do. In fact, He is with us WHEREVER WE GO! What general does that? President Deby, in Chad, recently went to his army fighting the rebels in Chad that had come down from Libya and was wounded and died as a result... BUT JESUS ALREADY DIED AND WAS RAISED FOREVERMORE. HE IS THE FIRST BORN OF A NEW CREATION AND BECKONS US TO FOLLOW HIM. He came to DELIVER us from fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15), by OVERCOMING it! We are saved in hope of the resurrection of the dead (Romans 8:24-25), a hope He has made sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:17-20), being the first fruits of it (1 Corinthians 15:20,23)!

Matthew 11:2-3 (NLT)  John the Baptist, who was in prison, heard about all the things the Messiah was doing. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?”

John the Baptist, whom Jesus said was“greater than any man born of a woman” (Luke 7:28) before the resurrection doubted Jesus, whom he had even earlier declared was “the Lamb of God” (John 1:29,36)! Such is the influence of the prevailing world view (culture) on us! All the more, we must renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2) to be a useful vessel for the Lord.

As radical and aligned to the truth as John the Baptist was, he was rocked, because the Messiah did not come according to the prevailing world view of the day, namely Jesus coming to crush Rome and re-establish the Kingdom of David.  WHAT ABOUT US?  I’ve found that the Lord ALWAYS does exactly as He says, but it very rarely, if ever, happens according to “the spin” that I put on it.

Once we have surrendered our lives to Christ, we are no longer our own. We have the responsibility to reprogram our “stinking thinking” to God’s thoughts (Romans 12:1-2; Isaiah 55:6-13; 2 Corinthians 2:16). Let us DO IT!

Matthew 11:6 (NLT)  And he added, “God blesses those who do not fall away because of me.”

You are going to have opportunity to be offended following Jesus, because His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-11). He will do just as He has said, but it won’t be as we envision it. “Blessed are the flexible, for they will not break.”

Faith is not passive (Matthew 11:12). And don’t scoff at another until you see the fruit! “Wisdom is shown to be right by its results” (Matthew 11:19).

And to whom does the Lord choose to reveal the Father (Matthew 11:27)? To the “childlike” (Matthew 11:25; Mark 10:15) to those who come to Him who are weary and heavy laden and are willing to learn from Him, who have come to the end of themselves and humble themselves before Him, who submit to His Lordship. That’s who (Mattew 28-30).

April 8, 2021 - Welcome to Our Vlog/Blog

March 31, 2021  - “ARE WE PASSING IT ON?”

1Corinthians 15:3 (NLT)  I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.

1Corinthians 15:2 It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you...

Romans 10:17 (NLT)  So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

We have been “COMMANDED” to pass it on; we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to pass it on. Are we “burying the talent (thing of most value given to us) in the ground or investing it/planting it in the soil of the hearts of men, women and children? Walking in the obedience that comes from trusting Jesus and His love is the most exciting, life-giving way to live (John 10:10). For sure, EACH of us will give account (2Corinthians 5:10). Don’t procrastinate. That is a manifestation of doubt and unbelief. Rather, GET OFF THE FENCE AND PUT HIS WORD TO PRACTICE IN YOUR LIFE AND WATCH THE FRUIT COME.

We will not be able to make an excuse or play the “victim card” in that day of accountability! Look at Paul. He “worked harder than any of the other apostles,” yet was “the least of all the apostles...not even worthy to be called an apostle” for the way he was so “right” and got it 100% wrong...FAILURE. Yet, God chose him and taught him to not rely on his own performance, but to trust in Christ and His performance on his behalf, which resulted in a decision to BELIEVE IN HIS HEART THAT JESUS WAS LORD, LOVED HIM, DIED AND WAS RESURRECTED FOR HIM SO HE COULD BECOME GOD’S SON, BE BORN AGAIN. HE CONNECTED THE DOTS.

IF THAT IS TRUE, THAT GOD LOVES ME NOT BASED ON WHAT I DO, THEN I MUST TRUST HIM TO DO WHATEVER IT IS HE ASKS OF ME.   PAUL FOUND OUT THAT WALKING IN THAT DIRECTION WAS MET WITH “ABOUNDING GRACE,” GOD’S OPERATIONAL POWER BEYOND HIS WILDEST DREAMS. HE WAS THE WORST FAILURE, BUT BECAUSE OF THE MERCY SHOWN HIM, BECAME “ALL IN!”

WHAT ABOUT YOU AND ME? ARE WE “ALL IN?

Our commitment to follow Him, obey His voice, & renew our mind/change our STINKING THINKING reveals how much we are persuaded that He loves us & how much power we believe He truly has. We may say He is Lord, but do we allow Him to be Lord in our lives, or do live as if we are our own god? We cannot explain away the Word of God. It is our “rule for faith & practice.” In ALL things, we should ask ourselves & search out, “WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY,” not do whatever the spirit of this age says (the god of this world - 2 Corinthians 4:4). Don’t be deceived. The wisdom of this world is FOOLISHNESS! The fear of God is the BEGINNING of wisdom. When we come to Christ HE IS OUR WISDOM (1Corinthians 1:30-31; 2:13-16). If we continue to live as we did “in the world” after “coming to Christ,” we will get the same results. To “do” the same thing and expect a different result is INSANITY. LET US RENEW OUR MINDS, THAT OUR BEHAVIOR MIGHT CHANGE, resulting in bringing glory to God IN OUR BODIES (Romans 6:6, 12-16; 1Corinthians 6:19-20)!

If we “receive the grace of God in vain” (1Corinthians 6:1; 7:1; 1John 3:1-3; Galations 5:1-7), THEN we are under the Law...N

1Corinthians 15:56 (NLT)  For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.

There is NO GOSPEL WITHOUT THE RESURRECTION (1Corinthians 15:13-55). And BECAUSE THERE IS INDEED A RESURRECTION, let us “be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1Corinthians15:58).  AND KNOW THIS, in order for a new plant to grow, the seed of it must die and be planted in the earth. OUR LIVES NOW ARE MERELY A SEED OF WHAT IS TO COME! NB. PAUL DIED DAILY (1 Corinthians 15:31); DO WE? The ONLY way to experience the ABUNDANT RESURRECTION LIFE CHRIST GIVES is first to be crucified.

Luke 9:23 (NLT)  Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.