No More Excuses

The thing perhaps that I like most about God, is His certainty.  His absoluteness, He either is or isn’t, you either believe in Him or you don’t.  There is no in between with God, you can’t be lukewarm, you can’t believe in Him today and doubt Him tomorrow.  Oh you can, most do, but, if that’s the case for you don’t even bother ever believing because God won’t accept that as faith.  In short, that won’t cut it.  You see, it’s the certainty that’s your offering, it’s your belief in the face of adversity and overwhelming fear that constitutes your faith in Him.  In other words, it’s all or nothing at all.  Anybody can believe in God when all is well even sinners do that.  Oh, they might believe He exist, they just don’t have need of Him.

We tend to be like that too, when everything is going our way, God is alive and well, but let the table turn, then all of a sudden the God we profess to love, is standing on shaky ground.  Is God really real?  Does He really love me?  Why then is this happening to me?  Everything about Him, it seems, is subject to condition.  Well, here’s the deal, you have to trust God in the midst of your adversity, hurt and sorrow, just like you did in the good times.  You can’t waiver, doubt or give up, the sincerity your faith is at hand, it’s on display for all to see, especially God.  I have little doubt that is why these things happen.  How else might He judge our faith?

He’s either honored and praised or abandoned and mistrusted.  Remember that we demonstrate our trust in God thru Faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (But without Faith it is impossible to please God., for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6)

That statement alone says to me, that it’s all, or nothing at all.

Trust Him and He will reveal Himself to you even more.

In His Name

Chaplain Dewberry

Waiting and Doing It Willing

Willing to Wait

He sends forth springs in the valleys; they flow between the mountains; they give drink to every beast of the field. – Psalm 104:10-11

Today’s Scripture reminds us of Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”

Many people waste time rushing here and there because they don’t have an eternal perspective. Their minds are landlocked; they haven’t discovered who they are in Christ. They may have a plan in mind for their lives, but they lack purpose, which makes all the difference in the world.

When life becomes emotionally difficult and stormy, God wants to be the One we turn to for help. He is the only Person who has the ability to provide for our needs. However, many times, instead of seeking Him in prayer, we push past Him and hurry off to do what we think is best.

One of God’s greatest desires is to meet our needs—physically, emotionally, and mentally. When Lazarus died, Jesus was totally aware of the situation. He understood the hurt and disappointment that Mary and Martha were facing (John 11). After all, Lazarus was His friend.

However, the Savior waited until the appropriate time to go to the family because God had a greater plan in mind. Jesus had healed many people, but Lazarus was the first person He called out of the grave. This miracle foreshadowed His death and resurrection and provided a window into the infinite power and faithfulness of God.

The Lord may choose to answer your prayers in a way that’s totally different from what you had expected. Always be willing to wait for Him, knowing that something even greater is about to unfold. If He feeds the birds of the air, He will take care of you.

Always be willing to wait for Him, knowing that something even greater is about to unfold.

When we out run the Plan of God we are also out running God. Waiting isn’t so bad as long as you know the one that you are waiting on is Faithful. Until we meet Him.
In His Name
Chaplain Dewberry

Forgiveness Is Due All Including YOU

Forgiving Freely

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

One of the most exciting things you can do in your Christian walk with the Lord is to keep a journal of all that He’s teaching you.

People have joked that we could be really happy if it weren’t for other people. People have a way of messing up our lives. The problem is, you and I are people too, and wherever we go, we keep running into even more people.

The slave Onesimus discovered that when you run away from some people, you run into others (Philemon 10-11). Do you know what I’m talking about? You change jobs to get away from troublesome people, and you run smack into other bad-news people on your new job. The same thing often happens when people change churches.

We humans are here to stay, so we had better learn how to relate to each other. Fortunately, we have God’s Word to guide us. Relationships are one of the most important topics in the Bible, particularly in Paul’s letters to churches where people of all sorts were rubbing shoulders.

Philemon was a prominent person in the church at Colossae. He had a slave named Onesimus. From what we can tell from today’s passage, Onesimus stole money from Philemon and ran away. The punishment for a runaway slave in the Roman Empire was death. But Paul urged Philemon to forgive Onesimus and be reconciled to him as a brother.

Has anyone ever hurt or offended you? God tells us in His word that we can forgive others because of our love for Jesus Christ and the forgiveness God granted us through His death on the cross. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Be kind to one another.

In His Name
Chaplain Dewberry

Accountability At The Highest Level

Holding God Accountable

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

One of the most important things we can do as Christians is to pray according to our covenantal rights. But we often don’t do this because we misunderstand what prayer is.

Let me define prayer by first saying what prayer is not. Prayer is not simply talking to God. Instead, prayer is asserting earthly permission for heavenly interference. Prayer is earth giving heaven authorization to intervene in the affairs of earth as heaven has previously stated it would. That permission is granted based on your legal position and rights. That’s why it is essential to study the Word of God and to know the rights He has granted you through His Word.

It is essential to study the Word of God and to know the rights He has granted you through His Word. If you’re being held in bondage by an illegitimate force in your life, cry out to God. Pray to Him for deliverance by appealing to Him based on your covenantal rights. God has a legal obligation to respond to you because you have a legitimate agreement with Him found in His Word.

Go through the Scriptures and read everything that relates to your stronghold and pray it back to God. When you do that, prayer is no longer just a spiritual exercise or something to check off of your Christian to-do list. Rather, prayer becomes a legal meeting where you and God get together in agreement on the same covenantal arrangement. Prayer becomes an act of holding God accountable, in the right sense of the word, to what He holds Himself accountable to: His Word.

God is the author of His Word therefore hold Him accountable to every portion of His word so you are able to receive all the BENEFITS of His Word.

Until we meet again

In His Name

Chaplain Dewberry

The Standard Is Set

God’s Standard

One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. For not one of us lives for himself. Romans 14:5-7

Many issues of personal preference are not mentioned in the Bible, and people have varied opinions about them. Some of these issues are movies, dancing, makeup, dress style, card playing, sports on Sunday, the Sabbath, certain kinds of music, and even which vehicles to drive. Some of the concerns are regional; some are universal. Nearly all are cultural issues.

All issues on personal preferences and opinions can be stumbling blocks for us. God doesn’t proceed with our spiritual growth in cookie-cutter fashion. Everyone grows spiritually at different rates and in different ways. If we are judging others according to our own preferences, we have a long way to grow spiritually ourselves. The standards we live by shouldn’t be based on our preferences, but on the absolute standards in the Scriptures.

God doesn’t proceed with our spiritual growth in cookie-cutter fashion. “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (verse 4). Once we meet God’s standards, we can differ in many ways.

In His Name

Chaplain Dewberry