Sir Francis Drake’s Prayer

6-15-20

My brother sent me this email; it was so powerful that I had to share: 

I am reading a book titled Becoming Your Own Banker, which introduces a new concept and I will let you know what I think once I read further, but I wanted to share this prayer from the book that resonated with me.  It speaks volumes and is a great reminder to put God first.

Disturb us O Lord when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us O Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity. And in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, O Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storm will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push us in the future in strength, courage, hope and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.

— Sir Francis Drake’s prayer before he set out to be the first man to circumnavigate the world.

Portsmouth, England 1577

“And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

— Deuteronomy 8: 17-18

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Reflections of Seneca

Seneca a Roman stoic philosopher, tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero has some keen insights into human nature that I believe would align with the teachings of Yeshua.  I cannot speak for the character and all saying of Seneca.   I am sharing some wisdom from a secular person that struck me.

All cruelty springs from weakness.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution.

No one can lead a happy life, or even one that is bearable, without the pursuit of wisdom, and that the perfection of wisdom is what makes the happy life, although even the beginnings of wisdom make life bearable.  Yet this conviction, clear as it is, needs to be strengthened and given deeper roots through daily reflection; making noble resolutions is not as important as keeping the resolutions you have made already.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

It is the characteristic of a weak and diseased mind to fear the unfamiliar.

It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business, and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. 

Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind. 

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

 

Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods. 

The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man’s ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company. 

He is most powerful who governs himself.

 

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.

Shall I tell you what the real evil?  To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.

We are members of one great body.  Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life.  We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.

We are mad, not only individually, but nationally.  We check manslaughter and isolated murders; but what of war and the much vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.

The mind is never right but when it is at peace within itself.

To err is human.  To repeat error is of the Devil.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we ‘have a fever,’ when really the fever has us. 

There is nothing the wise man does reluctantly.

There is no evil that does not promise inducements.  Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause.  Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.

The Fates guide those who go willingly.  Those who do not, they drag.

The willing, destiny guides them; the unwilling, destiny drags them. 

It’s all in your head, you have the power to make things seem hard or easy or even amusing.  The choice is yours. 

What difference does it make how much you have?  What you do not have amounts to much more.  

What need is there to weep over parts of life?  The whole of it calls for tears.

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed?  What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. 

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?

The best cure for anger is delay.

Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind. 

Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

He who asks with timidity invites a refusal.  

Do the best you can. . . enjoy the present. . . rest satisfied with what you have.  

True friends are the whole world to one another; and he that is a friend to himself is also a friend to mankind.  Even in my studies the greatest delight I take is of imparting it to others; for there is no relish to me in the possessing of anything without a partner.

Money does all things for reward.  Some are pious and honest as long as they thrive upon it, but if the devil himself gives better wages, they soon change their party.  

Study rather to fill your mind than your coffers; knowing that gold and silver were originally mingles with dirt, until avarice or ambition parted them.  

In every good man a God doth dwell.

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

When I think over what I have said, I envy dumb people.

The bad fortune of the good turn their faces  up to heaven; the good fortune of the bad bows their heads down to the earth.

Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.

Everywhere is nowhere.  When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.

He who is brave is free.

He who dreads hostility too much is unfit to rule.

Ignorant people see life as either existence or non-existence, but wise men see it beyond both existence and non-existence to something that transcends them both; this is an observation of  the Middle Way.

You want to live-but do you know how to live?  You are scared of dying-and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?

As the mother’s womb holds us for ten months, making us ready, not for the womb itself, but for life, just so, though our lives, we are making ourselves ready for another birth…Therefore look forward without fear to that appointed hour- the last hour of the body, but not of the soul…That day, which you fear as being the end of all things, is the birthday of your eternity.

 

 

 

Thank You Heavenly Father!

Good and bad will pull at you, but when God wants you to do something HE will get your attention!

One night a few days back my sister and I spoke on the phone as we usually do when I remembered a very significant time in my life – 2005. The week of June 18th, 2005 to be exact. God gave a message to a complete stranger to confirm what He had already put on my heart to do!

A few years before, my sister joined a church that I periodically attended. After a couple of years, she decided to get baptized in the summer of 2003. After witnessing how God worked in her life, several family members decided to get baptized: Our Dad, brother, myself, as well as I decided to dedicate my son to God. We started our six week Bible study to prepare for baptism at the end of April or early May. Our pastor wanted to ensure we understood fundamental things in the Bible and that life wouldn’t magically get easier. God will allow us to be tested.

We finished our six week Bible study and looked forward to my son’s dedication to God on June 18th, 2005.  Then my dad, brother, and I would be baptized the following Sabbath. A week before my son’s dedication, my husband said lets find our own church. We can go to a few churches, see which one feels right for us, and then get our son dedicated. I was completely shocked! This was coming from my husband who believes in God but doesn’t practice his religion. He never attended church as an adult.  He always declined my offer to go with me because I worship on Saturday. I told him “NO, I’m not going to cancel our son’s dedication! I feel like this is what God wants me to do.”  Everyday that week before the dedication my husband asked me “Are you sure? We can find another church if you just wait.” He even called me at work saying he felt like I was “just doing what I wanted to do and didn’t care what he wanted for our son.”

At this point I felt torn between obeying God’s words to me and my husband’s words to me. I wanted my husband to feel what I felt: that the dedication of our six year old son to God would become the best thing we as parents can do for our child. When I left work that day, I felt overwhelmed and drained.  I found myself fighting a battle, but I felt unequipped to fight!

On my way home my best friend Crystal called and asked me if I could take her by her church and drop her home. When we arrived at her church, Crystal’s aunt was in the parking lot with a friend of hers. We said hi and spoke for a moment before we went inside to printout some papers. On our way out, the lady with Crystal’s aunt stopped me.  She said she felt afraid to tell me when I first arrived, but she knew she couldn’t let me leave without speaking what God put on her heart to say.  she said, “Whatever you are planning to do, do it.” She didn’t know what but whatever it was God wanted me to follow through. “Don’t let anyone change your decision.” I stood there absolutely shocked! She went on to say “don’t worry about fitting in or if people who may not even know you don’t like you. Their evil spirit makes it impossible for them to like you.”

My flesh felt confused like how would this person know such a thing. Then instantly I felt overcome with love and amazement! God would use a complete stranger to get my attention. He instantly confirmed what He already put on my heart to help me from wavering from the path He designed for my son. I couldn’t help but to cry with joy. The lady gave me such a comforting hug. When I told her what I was struggling with, she was in awe! Our faith grew even stronger that day!

When I got home I spoke with my husband and told him what happened. I couldn’t perceive for sure if he completely believed me, but he didn’t question our son’s dedication anymore. That Saturday, June 18th, 2005 we woke up and went to the church as a family. We stood before God giving Him charge over our son’s life and asking for His guidance and protection each and every day.

Looking back over this experience, I realize how blessed I am. That God would get my attention in the midst of all the chaos! Letting me know that what’s on my heart came from HIM! Thank you, thank you, thank you heavenly Father for your love!

A Lesson In Powerlessness

We all come to stages of life with varying points of view.  Over time, our points of view on an entire range of matters, issues and concerns are shaped by our life experiences.  As we gain more experiences, some views and opinions may solidify (hopefully not ossify).  Others may change, but in many cases, as we reach a certain stage in life, our core beliefs and values…those beliefs and values that govern how we view the world hopefully reach some measure of consistency if we have been mindful, thoughtful, open to a certain amount of new and useful information from time to time, and constantly curious.  As the Word says hopefully, “we are not blown to and fro” (Ephesians 4:14) by the latest fads, doctrines and unsound ideas.

 

Over my now almost 50 years, God at various times revealed to me a number of things through the experiences of my life and my seeking to find a Christ-centered context for them.

 

One of the most potent areas of perspective is what it means to have power, lack power, and our relationship to power…or proximity to power…as some would phrase it.   As a younger person, youth and then young adult, I was almost always in some sort of leadership role.  That was (and still is) natural for me.  That is one gift I think God gave me a blessing…leadership ability.  So I didn’t understand all of that early on…it sort of just happened and was a natural occurrence, whether that being an elementary school patrol captain, a high school student body president, or an Army officer.  All these roles were successively more responsible and were positions of authority.  Now to be clear, even as a young Army officer, that authority has (and had) well defined limits.  There was a hierarchy of leadership, and I definitely was not at top of it.  I had to take orders and execute them…as well as give some.  For example, I did have a defined position of authority where I had the ability to order, direct and command actions and activities.  This is an empowered point of view.  I had very little exposure or experience with “lack of power” or lack of ability to make independent decisions regarding my own direction and associated well being.

 

So in that respect, my entire world view was seated in a “power centered” place.

Without going into too many details, for the sake of brevity, I will share that from about my 27th year forward, for a number of periods of my life for upwards of the next 20 years…and even up until today,

I had many, many, many times when I felt utterly powerless.  Sometimes that was a mental state, but in other times it also was accompanied by circumstances, be they personal, professional or otherwise.

At first…in the very early years…I did not clearly discern the differences between the “empowered” state and the “disempowered” state.   My default setting, fairly firmly placed into my mind’s eye up until that point was a “power perspective”.  Even in situations where I truly lacked power, I still brought a rather naïve “power-centric” (“Eurocentric”) thought process into my observations and decision-making.  Many times, this lack of temporal wisdom and perspective did not serve me well as it resulted in, at times, some irrational or sub-optimal decisions.   It took quite some time, and a number of painful failures for me to “unlearn” my “power-centered” (“Eurocentric”) perspective and truly appreciate my situation from a vantage point of “powerlessness” or “lack of authority”–facing reality.   Then, when I was better able, perhaps not completely, but better able to understand this, I began to develop some true insight and wisdom.  In addition, this insight helped me be much wiser and more effective in relating to other people, managing my daily concerns, and making better decisions.

 

Also, it allowed me to forge a deeper and richer relationship with King Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last.  

 

When we really examine the context in which King Jesus (Yahweh) brought himself into our worldly space over 2000 years ago, it began…as it end…in a position of utter powerlessness with respect to the world system of hierarchical power and power as the world understands it.

 

He was born in a stable in and laid in a manger, for there was no room for them in the Inn.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born; and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket[a] and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.  [Luke 2:6-7 Living Bible (TLB)]

 

In the end, he hung on a cross, the most demeaning, powerless and degrading method of execution practiced at the time.

 

He was never a member of any religious or political organization.


He labored in obscurity as a humble carpenter’s apprentice then carpenter for likely almost the full 18 years between our last record of Him questioning the teachers at the Temple in Jerusalem at the age of 12 and then His appearance and Baptism by John the Baptist at about the age of 30, from whence His earthly ministry begun.

 

And during that ministry, though he demonstrated immense supernatural power from time to time in revealing the truth of who He was (and is) and reflecting the glory of heaven, He never leveraged that power to overturn the earthly systems and hierarchies in which He existed.  He only used His power to demonstrate how ultimately weak, futile and insufficient those earthly power structures were (and are) to save humanity and meet the deepest needs of God’s children.

 

So back to my story and my reflections.   It was not until I was forced…for YEARS…into positions of powerlessness, limited power, lack of power and at times professional subordination to individuals in power over me…some of whom were (and are) competent…and some of whom were (and are) not very competent at all (subject of a whole different essay)….that I really began to understand the beauty, dignity, true power, truth, love and wisdom of King Jesus.  It made me want to love and honor Him all the more.  And serve Him better.

 

What it also reminded me of is that King Jesus reminds us “my yoke is easy, my burden light”.

28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30 Amplified Bible)

When we follow King Jesus, at times it is going to bring us into conflict with the world we inhabit.

We don’t always have to go looking for that conflict.  If we are on the straight and narrow path following King Jesus…sometimes the conflict will find us!   Our task is to stay committed in the middle of the storms as much as we are in the times of peace on the placid seas.  It is at the stormy times in our lives that King Jesus can truly reveal His glory not only to us, but through us…and let His light so shine before mankind that nothing can cover it up!

 

So, in the end, I am thankful for every experience God has put into my life…and ESPECIALLY when He has taken me to the “low places” the “empty” places, the places of no power and sometimes fleeting hope.  It is there…in those valleys that He revealed Himself and the depths of His love.  It is there that He picked me up, dusted me off, reminded me that “the game isn’t over!” and pushed me “back into the fight” so to speak.    I am thankful.  I know I still have such a long, long way to go to ultimately be the person God created me to be.  The one who Jesus can use for His Kingdom.  But I know by God’s grace that He has shown me where I was and what He has done, what His mighty hand alone can do, by His own hand and no other!  I have that confidence in me now that though the winds may blow, and the seas may buffet, so long as I stay firmly founded and firmly anchored down in the truth of King Jesus I may be shaken, but never defeated, tormented, but never completely taken out…AND…there will be times of great victory and celebration.  It is to know the balance between those two and the ability to keep them in perspective…always still focused on King Jesus to climb “higher, higher”….(on Jacob’s Ladder).

 

Amen.

 

7 Healing Steps To Walking In The Spirit

Would you like healing not only for your physical ailments, but true healing for your soul?  Would you like to see the kingdom and walk in the kingdom of God?  How about the ability recognize the voice of God when He speaks to you?  

True healing can come to your present circumstances with God directing your life.  With discipline, perseverance and a deep reliance on God and His word, you can live in freedom from the effects of sin.  Discipline yourself by obeying all of God’s commands, follow the 7 steps and discover the healer (God’s Holy Spirit) living within you.  

1) Keep all ten of God’s Commandments–Exodus 20 Amplified Bible.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15 (KJV)

 ” For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished.

So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:18-19 

Remember the Sabbath (seventh) day to keep it holy (set apart, dedicated to God)….”  Exodus 20:8, 9, 10 and 11

We choose each day by the way we live our lives to say yes to God or NO!  Remember, He gave us ten commandments on tablets of stone–not ten choices.  

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For an insightful understanding of how to keep the fourth commandment you can click on Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary (on Exodus 20) for verses 8-11 in bold.

2) Flee sin: simple yet so hard! 

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (King James Version)   1 John 3:4   

You first take responsibility, recognize sin, obey God’s commands, refuse to participate in sin and run when the opportunity presents itself.

3) Pray and ask the Lord to help you overcome sin.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.   John 14:14  (KJV)

It’s an arduous journey to overcome sin within.  Nevertheless, freedom is within reach if we persistently strive to obey God.  God says we have not because we ask not.  Ask God to help you overcome all sin in all areas of your life–on bended knees humbly before your creator.

4) Ask God to forgive you for all your sins with a humble and sincere heart (knowing he hears you).

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  1 John 1:9 

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18  

If you earnestly seek God with a humble heart and ask Him to forgive you, He will.  You will see the results of your prayer impacting your life.  

5) Acknowledge your sins, tell God you cannot free yourself (though you’ve tried) and ask Him to break the chains of sin from around your life.

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.  Proverbs 28:13  

“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.”  Psalm 107:14 

You should admit and talk to God about your sins–problems you struggle to overcome.  He will do the work in you that you cannot do on your own and set you free.  You will reject sin and live in peace.

 6) Go before the Father on your knees standing on His promises, reminding God of His words and trusting in Him.

Psalm 34:15  The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.  John 14:14

Dear God, I beg you to set me free from all my sins.   I’m sorry for all my sins against you.  Please forgive me and help me to live pleasing before you.  I thank you for hearing my prayers and answering me.  Amen.

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7) Wait expectantly upon God to answer your prayers.

Micah 7:7  But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me.

He will answer your sincere heartfelt prayer–wait, watch and see for yourself!

In conclusion when things appear complex, we must to take them to God.  I’ve experienced the living God for decades–these innumerable empirical data substantiates for me that God is real.  Their is a genius (God’s Holy Spirit) operating within if you authorize Him to do so. The Holy Spirit corrects, guides and makes Himself known.  You likewise can possess a profound peace in the midst of life’s storms by discovering the healer! 

 

 

God answers Heartfelt Prayer

We ought to respect Yahweh (and His children) by honoring God’s words. We can cherish Yahweh by reading, believing and applying His words to our daily lives. Respect conveys a feeling of deep admiration for Yahweh elicited by His abilities, qualities, and achievements. How few of us truly take the time to ponder and appreciate both God’s creation and the Holy Trinity.

 

For example, I remember as a youngster lying in bed one night on my back wondering in my mind’s eye about God. I searched for the Almighty beyond the ceiling and four walls of my bedroom one night. In my mind with my eyes shut I went searching for the Creator into the vast and black limitless universe passing innumerable stars in a never-ending ocean of darkness. I kept searching, exploring and watching the stars fly swiftly by for just more to reappear over and over again in the hopes of locating the Great Spirit. So this went on and on until my little mind determined I would not find Jehovah in such a manner. Thus, I trailed off to sleep never to run that type of experiment again.

Yahweh did in fact reveal Himself to me looking back as an adult, but as a child I did not recognize Him.  

My grandmother at age seventy-seven suffered a second and final stroke that left her comatose in bed. I walked into my grandmother’s room and asked my mother if my grandma was dead. My mom said grandma was alive but sleeping. My mother got a small hand-held mirror to place under grandma’s nose. She pointed out the condensation or moisture on the glass on the mirror from each breath to reveal to me that my grandmother remains alive. My mother silently left the room, and I stayed behind with my grandmother watching over her at the foot of her bed. There I stood thinking about our times spent together.

Suddenly I heard my grandmother speaking to me initially responding to my question posed in my mind or a thought I pondered upon. Then, she asked me a question and I responded. This continued for a few minutes I would surmise–perhaps 5-10 minutes. The conversation went on and on in our heads through thought. We conversed about our experiences together and posed questions to each other to see if we recalled certain occurrences-smiling and chuckling at times. Finally, the discussion subsided naturally, and I said goodbye grandma. She said bye. The room became silent (no more dialogue flowing between us). I turned around and quietly left my grandmother’s room.

I stepped into a living room filled with people huddled together in a big circle. I felt trapped by adults shoulder to shoulder talking or praying in the middle of my home. I couldn’t leave the front door nor the back door unless I could somehow break through the grown-ups. So I stood still trying to figure out what to do. I could return to my grandmother’s bedroom or hang out in my parents’ room where I probably knew my father rested.

As I stood trying to decide what to do, I heard within seconds a voice immediately speak internally to me in a soft, slow and assertive way saying go back into your grandmother’s room. I responded, I just came out of there. The voice quickly spoke a second time in a louder and more powerful fashion to get my attention saying go back into your grandmother’s room! I responded saying that I don’t have anything to do in there. The voice without delay and surprisingly spoke a third time in an authoritative and urgent manner declaring, “Go back into your grandmother’s room!” I said okay walking swiftly into the room. I instantaneously screamed out loud “Grandma is dead!” as I got inside the room.

I heard my mother immediately shout back, Grandma is sleeping! She had recently checked on her five to ten minutes ago and she was in fact alive. I, however, shouted back even louder and more insistent: “Grandma is dead!”

Suddenly my mother rushed into the room, grabbed the same hand-held mirror, placed it to my grandma’s nose and discovered I was in fact right. She did not believe the mirror so she checked a second time. After looking at the hand mirror without condensation, she confirmed Grandma died. My mother sadly left the room to inform everyone.

My mind could not begin to contemplate what happened that day. I, however, never forgot the incident thinking over that day for the next fourteen years when recalling memories of my grandmother. I would recollect the supernatural events of that day that I could not explain away in any natural way. I literally communicated with my comatose grandmother via thought! I knew I did not imagine this! That was not even a question or doubt in my mind! Neither did I conjure up something or someone internally telling me to go back into my grandmother’s room.

As a science major with a bachelor’s degree, I am very analytical and practical. So what I experienced was in fact true though science cannot explain what happened to me.

My senior year at college my father dropped me off to school. On the way there he told me about his own history at the time his mother died (my grandmother Lilian). He did not want to see his mother starve and suffer before she died. Her brain hemorrhaged and the doctors sent her home to pass away not able to do anything further for her–no way to feed her at that time.

My father humbled himself, got on his knees at his bedside and begged the Lord to take his mother home if she would not come out the coma healthy and alive. He could not bare to watch his comatose mother suffer. He told God if she would not come out the coma to please take her home! My father said as soon as he finished praying (still on his knees), he heard the voice of an angel scream twice that his mother died. He said he raised both his hands looking up towards the sky in his room, and said thank you God!

I quickly interjected, “I screamed grandma is dead not an angel!” He surmised it was an angel because the answer came at exactly the point when he finished his prayer. God intercedes in our lives! I believe my grandmother departed this earth in peace in the presence of God. She left us all knowing God better due to her many prayers for her son (my father). The last time my grandma spoke to my dad before the stroke she said, “Son, I want you to know that my last prayer will be for you before I die.”

She told my mother that my Dad would preach God’s words when he got older. He is preaching! She knew. God I believe told her to ease her mind regarding her son (my father).

My grandmother loves God. God loves my grandmother.

When we respect Yahweh, God will respect our wishes. My grandmother prayed innumerable prayers for her son over the years wishing he would come to respect and honor the Lord with his life. My grandmother a faithful woman believed God would answer her endless prayers on behalf of her son in His time. The Lord heard that last prayer of a dying mother who knew her only child and son did not walk in a manner pleasing to God.

My father now preaches the word of Yahweh to family and friends–anyone willing to listen. My dad is a devout follower of Yeshua. You cannot separate him from Jehovah and His word. The Holy Spirit of God intervened in my father’s life because of the countless prayers of his mother for him.

As a matter of fact, this website arose from hearing my father preach Yahweh’s word. I wishing to share the love of Yeshua with those lost, deceived, hurting and alone led me to help direct God’s people back into the kingdom of the Almighty. We want to guide God’s people to know that the Creator who established everything we see around us is alive! We can discover more about our Maker in the pages of His word: the Bible! You do not need to search the universe for the Great Spirit although you can try. You can observe the Holy Spirit of Yahweh in your heart and within you. If you look for God there, you will become aware of the existence of God.

There is no limit to what God can and will do for you if you seek him with a humble and pure heart like a child trusting his or her parent every word.

I believe God through His Holy Spirit, quickened my grandmother and took her home. She is not dead; she lives! You and I can live too!

I felt the kingdom of God upon me that day. I heard the voice of God. I could do things that only happen within the kingdom of God–communicate with others via thoughts as well as with God’s Holy Spirit. I, also, recognize God’s presence better now when He speaks. For those who do not know Yahweh, I want you to recognize that you can come to know the Maker by following the manual written in His book to us: the Holy Bible.

7 Key Points From the Story of the Centurion and Widow

 

Step #1: We need to take our burdens to God with humility.  There are some struggles we cannot overcome on our own no matter how hard we try.  The sooner we realize this fact, the quicker we will turn to God to help us.

Let’s look at the heart of the Centurion requesting help from Yeshua to heal his elderly servant who was dear to him, sick, near death and ready to to die–Luke 7:2.  A Roman army unit of 100 back in the time of Yeshua was led by a Roman officer known as a Centurion–“centurion” in Latin means 100. The Centurion’s officer’s humility and desperation really struck me.  When Jesus approached his house, he sent friends out to Jesus to say the following:

Luke 7:6-7 “…Lord, trouble not yourself: for I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof:  Where neither thought I myself worthy to come unto you: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.”

Luke 7:10 And they that were sent, returned to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

He was so humble he didn’t even think he was worthy enough to come to God.  Well God wants us to cry out to Him so He can help us overcome sin and death that binds us.  He wants to free us from the penalty of sin and death that we deserve and that causes us to suffer.  When we like the Centurion exhibit sincere and heartfelt humility, faith and cry out for Yeshua to help us, we like the Centurion will see miracles too!  

 

Step #2: Faith in God is essential.

The Centurion’s faith amazed Yeshua because he didn’t need to see or touch Yeshua to believe.  He knew Yeshua’s power. Do you know Yeshua’s power?  Yeshua praised and marveled at the faith of the Centurion.  He said to the people around Him in Luke 7:9 the following:

I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.

God can speak life back into both dying and dead individuals!  What state are you in? The three states are the following:

1)Dying

2) Dead

3) Alive in Christ by the power of God’s Holy Spirit living in you

 

Step #3) God sees our tears and loves us.

God does not want to see us weep.  He is here for us to help us overcome our struggles.  Like any parent, God wants the best for His children.  Luke 7:12-13 states,

Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 

And When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said unto her, Weep not.

Then in Luke 7:14 Yeshua speaks life into her dead son.  [*A bier a movable frame on which a coffin or a corpse is placed before burial or cremation or on which it is carried to the grave.]

And he came and touched the bier*: and they that bare him stood still.  And he said, Young man, I say unto you, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak.  And he delivered him to his mother.

The truth is that God does not want to see us suffer.  Our bad choices caused us suffering.  He is waiting upon us to humble ourselves and cry out to Him.  He wants us to repent and say that we are sorry that we sinned against Him.  He is waiting for us to ask Him to break us free from sin and suffering and tell Him that we want to live a life free from sin with His help.  Then, He will intervene in our suffering and stop our weeping once we discover the true cost of sin. 

 

Step #4: God shows us compassion and sets us free from bondage to sin.

Yeshua saw the widow’s tears, struggles and showed compassion.  The widow represents us.  We are alone with our problem.  Only God can stop our weeping and suffering and bring life back to us.  

 

Step #5 Yeshua calls us to arise from our dead state.  

The widows son came back to life when Yeshua touched him and called him back to life.  God likewise calls us to emerge from darkness and enter back into life with Him.  We possess an opportunity to arise from our old life of death and sin and to walk in newness and righteousness.   Yeshua’s Holy Spirit gives us life and empowers us from within.  

 

Step #6: An Encounter With God. 

Yeshua heals blind eyes, deaf ears, lame legs, lepers and dead people.  He brings real life and real hope of eternal life to us.  We no longer need to walk in darkness, sin and death.  We can walk in newness of life with God.

Have You Had This Life Changing Encounter With Yeshua?

 

Step 7: God visits His People.  

We know God and God knows us.  We have a friend in God.  God’s name does not offend us; therefore, we become blessed.  We sought God out and discovered that He is with us.  When we follow the six steps to Yeshua, we discover the wonderful truth: God’s word is true and God is real.  He is who He says that He is; He can do what He says He can do.  We discover what the phrase means: the joy of the Lord. As a result, we can recognize Yeshua has stopped by to see us.  We can share this story of God’s visit with us and testify of God’s goodness.