“Are You Sure”

November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away and then Christmas is just around the corner. That got me thinking of what Joseph and Mary were going and had gone through for the past 8 months.

Matthew 1:24 “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”

Can you imagine the ridicule Mary and Joseph received? They lived in a small town. Everyone knew everyone’s business. The men in the community were probably siding with Joseph and calling him a fool. “Yea right Joseph, Mary didn’t have sex with anyone and then poof, she is pregnant.” “Are you going to believe that nonsense”. “Come with us we will find you a wife that doesn’t lie”. Can you imagine Mary’s parents, especially her father? Honor was everything. “Did you hear that Mary is pregnant and she isn’t married yet? I wonder who it could be. I can’t imagine Joseph sticking around.”

I don’t care who you are, we have all said hurtful things to others. I am sure that both Mary and Joseph had many, many hurtful things said to them by their closest friends and the looks they received would have said it all. But God was near. He knew the hearts of Mary and Joseph. That is why he sent the angel to comfort them and to tell them of things to come. The Bible briefly talks about this, but this couple lived with mean looks from others for quite some time. Actually I would have to say that some of Mary and Joseph’s friends and family ridiculed them till after the resurrection of their son, Jesus. Mary and Joseph had other sons but in the back of everyone’s mind was that first pregnancy.

But here is what we have to take away with us today. Do what God desires of you to do. Don’t do things to please man which will never be enough, BUT work for man to please God. Mary and Joseph knew their mission and what a mission it was. They were to protect the Savior of the world till it was time that Jesus could take care of himself. We do so many things in this life to make people like us that will never give us the time of day. It is called “Trying to fit in”. For those of you who are a Christian you will never fit into this world if you follow Jesus. Some of you try to do both, follow man and God, but it cannot be done. YOU have to choose. Many of you lack joy in your life and it is because of this very fact of affirmation by man. Make today the final day you stop the merry go round of trying to get people to like you. You are not here on this earth to be a friend of this world. You are to serve Jesus in a humble spirit and to lead others to Him, even your enemies.

Don’t follow man, Jesus can be your full and pleasant portion.

Have a great day.

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Brad

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“We Are Never Alone, Even In The Darkness”

In praying what to read the Lord gave me, by His Spirit, a calling to read John Chapter 1. Many of us are being refined right now and that is good. Does it hurt? You bet it does. But it is the only way to become sharpened for battle. When you give out of abundance that is not to difficult? But when you give (With Joy) when you have nothing but God, then that is truly giving. It is easy to give your time and money when, you have time and money.

​But in order to have a heart like this, you need to see God as good, perfect and for you, during any trial.

John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

I don’t know why I have never seen this before but stay with me. Most of us have read this verse many times knowing that God is the word. BUT, the verse highlighted above says “He” was with God in the beginning. For some reason I had pictured God alone. It also says that not only was Jesus with God in the beginning but “through Him ALL things were made”.

I have struggled that past 6 years and I have felt God to be silent. I have many times felt I had done something wrong or lost favor with Him. But those are lies. I have allowed our financial hardship to be used by the devil to bring my countenance down. That is why God brought me to this verse.

If you are saved by Faith in Jesus Christ then YOU can claim this with me.

1. Since the Holy Spirit, Jesus and God are one then OUR spirit now has a front row seat to creation.
2. Our spirit has a front row seat to all the wisdom we desire IF we seek Him.
3. NO EVIL DARKNESS can ever overcome the true light of the Lord. That is our hope and our promise.

While our outside circumstances may be downright awful, please know that God is working full time on His perfect plan for you. 🙂

No matter what comes your way, pray through all discouragement and trials.

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Have a great day everyone. Give someone a big smile today.
Brad

“A Strange Dilemma”

November 15, 2019

If you have ever felt that God was silent please read this Psalm from David.

Psalm 22:1,2 “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, so far from my words of groaning? I cry out by day, O my God, but You do not answer, and by night, but I have no rest.

Even the Lord Jesus said this to His Father.

Matthew 27:46 “About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

If these two pillars of the faith said this then don’t be to hard on yourself. God may be silent at times

BUT HE IS ALWAYS WITH YOU. HE NEVER LEAVES NOR FORSAKES YOU.

Please pray for the Ultimate Decision as we are in such a dilemma.

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Have a great weekend Warriors.

Brad

“If God Leads You, Risk It Big”

November 14, 2019

Life is all about risks and rewards. The higher the risk the greater the reward. But the opposite is also true. The bigger the risk the bigger the failure.

I have failed a lot and I have won a lot. But I have to tell you I have learned way more from my failures than my successes. If your company has huge cashflow, that can hide a lot of problems. It isn’t until everything comes to a screaming halt, the water mark goes down and then you see all the hidden boulders and tree stumps in the water.

I used to say that I hate our financial position. You all know our story. But let me run a scenario by you. In heaven we will be perfect with no more pain or suffering. On the earth God controls all things. You cannot learn patience unless you are put in a position to learn patience. There have been so many times in my walk with God that

WHEN GOD DELIVERED ME AS HE ALWAYS DOES, I WISH I HAD MORE FAITH AND JOY IN THE STORM.

The only time we will be able to truly experience God’s grace and grow in our faith is when we are in the flesh. Also, when in the flesh and the storm is raging. I know you want to do and be more. I know you want to take both feet out of the boat. We are on this earth such a short period of time so please don’t be afraid to risk it big in your faith. No matter how many are against you there is One for you that truly controls all things AND He loves you. The next time the trial comes, try to learn to rest and not fret.

AGAIN, please pray for us. That is all I will say. IF God leads you to do some thing or nothing remember that WE together are Warriors.

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I am so thankful to all of you and OUR Lord.

Take care

Brad

“No Matter What Happened, Hallelujah”

November 13, 2019

I don’t do this often, but I NEED YOU to this listen to this song before the devotional.

There are some verses about David that then revert to Bathsheba and for Delilah and Sampson.

Hallelujah – used to express praise, joy, or thanks Merriam

2 Samuel 6:14 “And David, wearing a linen ephod, danced with all his might before the LORD, 15while he and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and the sounding of the ram’s horn.”

“Praise, joy and thanks was exhibited by David WITHOUT any regard for who saw Him. He was King as was supposed to act like a King. But in this instance, he threw off whatever the kings’ duties were to honor the true KING. Even David’s wife was embarrassed at his humility. With all David’s failures he still LOVES THE LORD.”

From the original writer of Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
“Cohen’s lyrics and harmony leave a lot to the imagination – which is maybe the whole point. He himself said that he chose the word ‘Hallelujah’ because it means so much in so many ways.” VEVO

When I was in the 5th grade my dad made me play the Coronet. It is a cousin to the trumpet. I practiced and practiced even though my love was catching the winning pass in football. Before football season began, I was 2nd string in the Trumpet Squad. It was Freeport High School in Freeport, Pennsylvania, The girl I had to beat out was Debbie Gugino who was one of our babysitters. Pressure, Right? I never beat Debbie but I learned the incredible sound of music and sound that infiltrates every part, EVERY part of our soul.

As I had said a number of devotionals ago, David played the harp to ease the pain from Saul’s evil spirit. I do not have ADD but ADDDDDDDDD. I am doing a video on how to cook a Thanksgiving Turkey. I had a friend named Tina Lowe who sent me a T Shirt that said, “It is a tough day, what are you going to do, WHERE IS THE CHICKEN” So forgive me for going from King David to a chicken. Music transcends generation and millenniums. God invented music to hit that personal part in or soul that makes us laugh and cry. I usually cry.,

OK, FINALLY getting back to the song Hallelujah, I am reminded of many things.
1. I have failed miserably
2. I have failed immorally
3. I have not put God first
4. I have not put my family first
5. I have, I have, I have

So where is the hope in all of this. Heaven is our real home, not here on earth. That is not an excuse to do whatever we want. But the prince of earth RIGHT NOW is Satan. If you try to do good in the Lord’s name Satan will try to crush you and I. Satan, WHO CARES.

1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Our ability to cope, to have mercy, to love and show grace comes from within us where Christ is residing.

Even though Jesus calls Satan the prince (small p) of this world there is hope. If YOU are saved the One who is in you is far greater than the little prince. I know, I will pay for that. So please pray for me and my family and please UD warriors pray for one another. When we get to Heaven we will truly say Hallelujah. Until then. Keep pressing and keep on keepin on ONLY in the name of Jesus. Hallelujah.

Brad