Spiritual Blog - God's Way

Psalm 121:1 – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?”  NKJV

I love working with wood and creating things although I am not as proficient as I’d like to be in the area of finish work.  There are times I see what needs to be done but lack the skills to efficiently perform the required task and that is troubling.  I am always impressed and appreciative of fine craftsmanship and sometimes stand in wonder as the various stages of carpentry take place and begin to see the finished product.  That is exciting for me.

When I consider things like the Pyramids of Egypt I realize they are an architectural wonder and were erected in a time when most would consider primitive. Every rock fits perfectly and withstands the ravages of time.  Each of those stones had to be hewn to do a specific and special job.  No rock, once chiseled could fit into any other position or location.  That is fascinating! 

That brings me to a TRUTH that is inspirational and has been beneficial in my walk as a Christian.  I am convinced that is exactly what God wants for His children.  He is anxious to fit us into His Church as Living Stones and put us in the unique place and position He has chosen for us and in that position, we perform a vital service that no other stone provides.  We read in Ephesians 2:19-22 – “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”    Please pay particular attention to verse 21 – “In whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord…”  WHAT?  A building growing?  How can that be?  In the natural with natural stones, it would be impossible but we are LIVING STONES and God’s Building, His Body, His Church is always growing because it is alive!

When you consider the stones of the Pyramids or other buildings you find, big stones, small stones, odd shaped stones, perfectly square or rectangular stones, hard stones, and soft stones.  Simply, VARIETY.  All types are needed, providing they FIT TOGETHER and are placed in the proper place in the building.  That is incredible and should be inspiring that God, the Master Builder would order the stone masons to chip away at each rock or stone UNTIL he makes it a PERFECT FIT.  That’s what God is doing in your life.  He is chipping away those things that keep you from being a perfect fit. That’s not always comfortable or pleasant but necessary.

In the natural, the stones never resist being placed in their chosen position. They do not have mind, will, and emotion and cannot rebel, but in the spiritual, WE CAN and too often WE DO.  In God’s building, every stone must become content where it or they are placed.  The little stones must become satisfied to fill the gap he/she was chosen to fill.  The big stones must be willing to endure the stress and pressure by being responsible for the support of others. The odd shaped stones must learn patience in waiting for the perfect spot to be placed.  But, know that the LORD has chosen that perfect spot for you and desires to fitly frame us and ‘fit us together’ so that we complete His building and provide the service and function to which we were called.  In a large building, some stones are not visible because they are in the foundation and hidden from view. I would suggest that the intercessors are just such stones.  The problem is that too often we want a more supposedly prominent position and many insist on being the cornerstone.  Without the proper cornerstone, the building would collapse but that place is reserved for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dissatisfaction is a problem in today’s world and church.  I saw a report some years ago that indicated the reason for the high turnover ratio in the business world was directly connected to dissatisfaction.  That research indicated that 80% of people with full-time jobs were dissatisfied with their job.  Going into the full details would be too time-consuming but the bottom line is people are not just dissatisfied with their jobs they are dissatisfied with their lives.  Some want to do more, some less, and some are in a never-ending search for that perfect place, perfect job, perfect home, or perfect mate.  If that were only a problem in the secular world it would be bad enough but it is also prevalent in the church.  Many Christians never develop a clear picture of what their purpose in life is and become frustrated.

There is a remedy!  In a nutshell, it is coming to grips with God’s will for your life.  It is learning to be content with God’s purpose and plan and realize that it does not matter if we are called to be big stones, little stones, or odd shaped stones our purpose is to Glorify Him and Manifest Him to the world.  We are truly epistles that are known and read by men and we should desire that the story of our life is JESUS and Him Crucified, Resurrected, and Ascended. He is the Way, the Truth, the Life, and the Door to God.

I want to delve into this a little more but will pause here and pick up next time on God’s Remedy for Life’s Problems.  Blessings abundantly as you walk in Him today!



Spiritual Blog - Prescription

1 Kings 8:37-40 – “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is;  38 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: 39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men), 40 that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.”  NKJV


Individuals, families, communities, states, businesses, and nations all face times of difficulty and distress.  There are no exemptions!  Some have more stress and distress than others but all face tests, trials, temptations, and difficulties.  God, in numerous places throughout Scripture, gives a clear and definitive prescription and remedy.  It is a remedy that is too often ignored, overlooked, or unknown and people are left to struggle in perilous times unnecessarily and needlessly.

We often insist that if enough people would unite in prayer, God would turn the tide and release us from the captivity of the distress.  I want to suggest to you that is correct but also incorrect.  There is one specific element in this prescription that I missed for years and once I saw it a spirit of rejoicing leaped in my heart.  How could I have missed that?  We know and quote Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, God will raise up a standard against him.”  Not IT, but Him!  The enemy is not it, the enemy is a him and that him, is the devil.  God has promised to build a hedge of protection around us and keep us in all our ways.  Yet, so often we feel that the blame for the tide not turning is that there are not enough concerned and praying and we languish in that difficulty.  Let me offer a word of encouragement and hope.

Notice in verse 37, the prophet describes some incredibly difficult times for a nation that could be applied to individuals and churches.  Then notice in verse 38 an amazing statement and promise from God through the prophet.  Read it.  It says, “whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by ANYONE, or by ALL your people…”  Did you hear that?  Whatever prayer or supplication is made by ANYONE or by EVERYONE.  Read on, “…when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple…”  His prayer was that God would HEAR IN HEAVEN the prayer of ONE or the prayer of MANY and turn the tide and release from the captivity.

I believe that the troubles in America and the world today can be changed, healed, and restoration can transpire if ONE WILL PRAY or if ALL WILL PRAY but the key is that we PRAY and pray with 1 John 5:14-15 in mind and as a foundation.  “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”  Remember the declaration of Isaiah 55:10-13 that the rain and snow come and waters the earth causing it to bud and produce so that it gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater.  That reality is a reminder that God’s word will not return to Him without fulfilling His purpose and promise.  The result is that we can then go out with joy and be led by peace!

What are we do in the time of trouble – CALL UPON THE LORD!  We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.  We sing to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  We run to Him, our high tower.  We are gathered under his wings as a mother hen gathers her chicks.  Rather than despair and lament about the trial rejoice in the promise of God and PRAY!  Remember the Bible says that it is the effective and fervent prayer of the righteous that avails much.  Declare with your mouth and believe in your heart that what God has promised He will perform and accept the invitation to come boldly before the throne of God and ask what you will, knowing He hears you, cares for you, and loves you!

God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!


Spiritual Blog - Life

Philippians 3:12-14 – “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  NKJV


Life is filled with choices and we make choices every day and multiple times if not thousands of times every day.  Where we are today is a compilation of the choices we have made subsequent to this moment in time.  Who we are is the result of the myriad of choices we have made.  Yes, God wipes the slate clean and gives us a brand-new start at salvation but the formation of our character, condition, and position in life is directly related to our choices or if you will allow the direction to which we look.

Paul was addressing difficulties of life, suffering, trials, tests, and temptations in his and their ministry.  He was highlighting the need and desire to always reach for a life that is pleasing to and representative of God and His Grace.  He was focused on Spiritual Perfection or Spiritual Maturity to the point and degree that he and they could walk victoriously in all things and at all times without imperfection.  You may say, “Roy, that is an impossible dream” and I would not argue with you that on this earth we will likely never reach that point.  But Paul makes a poignant point and calls to mind something that I’m not sure we do not miss or overlook.

He acknowledged that He had not attained spiritual perfection or completeness.  His heart was crying out to lay hold or apprehend Jesus just as Jesus has laid hold of or apprehended him.  The word used means to seize, eagerly possess, and suggests a unification and becoming one with.  The Psalmist described that heart condition in Psalm 84:2, “My soul longs, yes even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the Living God.”  In Psalm 63:1, he cried, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek you earnestly; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and a weary land where there is no water.”  Paul is describing a longing and thirst that can only be quenched by the Water of Life that Jesus gives, that water our Lord said would spring up within us and be like a River of Living Waters flowing out from us.

He knew his position and condition and then reminded them that although he had not attained he knew what he must do.  He spoke of Two Looks in Life that determine our destination.  He says, “one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal of the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Paul’s One Thing has three parts:  I do not dwell on the Backward Look.  I focus on the Forward and Upward Look.  I determinedly, doggedly, and devotedly PRESS TOWARD that which is ahead.

He considered that a mark of maturity that we forget the past and focus on the future in God.  He considered it a necessary quality of a believer that we turn our hearts and minds upon the things of God and as he told them earlier, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ.”  That mind was void of selfishness and self-centeredness. He demonstrated a servant’s heart and a mind to serve.  If we look at what was and dream about what might have been we will lose sight of what is, what can be, and what will be if we PRESS TOWARD THE MARK and KEEP PRESSING TOWARD THE MARK.  You have a choice in life to follow the BACKWARD LOOK or the FORWARD and UPWARD LOOK.  Which look do you choose?

God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him.


Spiritual Blog - God and Us

Colossians 3:1-4 – “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”  NKJV


In this Christian walk, too often people are waiting for God to do it without giving consideration to our part of the equation.  Paul told the Philippians to “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and do His good pleasure.”  Here in Colossians, the apostle uses the infinitely powerful two-letter word “IF” as a qualifier for his life instruction.  He says, “IF then you were raised with Christ…”  IF here is an identifier more than a question and although used rightly it could easily be SINCE.  His instruction is for those who have received Jesus as their savior, died to sin, and experienced the New Birth and been transformed as New Creations, those who have arisen from spiritual death to spiritual life.

As a Christian, the focal point of our life is to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” as Jesus instructed.  Paul says, “seek those things which are above…”  Those things that are current realities where Christ is, as He sits at the right hand of the Father.  He reminds them of the Promise of our Lord to return for us and that “when Christ who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”  That is the ultimate objective, prize, and goal – ETERNITY WITH HIM!

Yet, the apostle does not stop there with a forward look and longing but gives some definite instructions as to OUR PART in the equation.  The things that God will not do for us but will help us achieve.  The things subsequent to salvation and our reception of His Saving Grace.  He gives an instruction and a basis for it.

  • You SET YOUR MIND on things above, not things of this earth.

Become heavenly minded.  Yes, we have all heard people say, “Don’t become so heavenly minded you are not earthly good.”  However, I would argue that if you truly focus on the things of heaven or the things of God rather than becoming no earthly good you will be of the optimum good.  Why?  Because of the transformation in your heart, mind, life, and actions.  Why are we to do this?  Because we are DEAD and our lives are hidden with Christ in God.  We have been REDEEMED and TRANSFORMED.  We are now strangers and pilgrims on this earth and just passing through.  Our citizenship has been transferred to His Kingdom and because of that, we need to think the thoughts of Heaven and hear the words of Heaven so we can function more perfectly on earth.

  • You PUT TO DEATH YOUR MEMBERS which are on earth.

What members?  Read what he says next and you will have no question as to what he is referring.  Fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness which is idolatry.  Why?  These things corrupt and defile and divert our attention from Heaven’s Purpose to gratification of the flesh and its desires.  To avoid the wrath of God and come out from among them and be separate.  We to be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and present a witness that is other than that of the world.

  • You PUT OFF all these.

          All What?  Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  Stop telling lies to one another.  Why or How can you do this?  Because you have been redeemed and by the Grace and Mercy of God have put off the old man.  You are a New Creation, the old is dead and you have been resurrected to newness of life spiritually.  You are not the same as the old you.  You have a renewed mind and in that, your knowledge is transformed and renewed making you LIKE HIM.  You are no longer sectarian but view all mankind as one and make no distinction based on race, color, or creed.

  • You PUT ON these.

          Put on what?  Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with or being patient with one another, and forgiving one another.  That is a tall order and rather than waiting on God to do it for you remember HE HAS DONE IT in you and therefore it is up to you to walk out what He has done on the inside.  How is that possible?  By REMEMBERING.  Remembering what?  That you are forgiven!  How can you make this a reality in your life?  PUT ON LOVE, which is the bond of perfection.  LET THE PEACE OF GOD rule your heart.  Always be led by peace. We are one body, saved by the same grace and created by the same God.  LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU.  Not just dwell in your but dwell in you richly.  That means you give and are given wisdom, teaching, admonition and one of the most powerful ways for that to occur is through Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, singing with Grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

Whatever you do and that means EVERYTHING whether in word or deed do it in the Name or as a representative of Jesus and do it with a thankful and grateful heart!

           God, bless you richly is my prayer and desire!



Spiritual Blog - Bible

Genesis 50:15-21 – “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17’Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”‘ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

 18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.”  NKJV


I love the statement of Joseph in verse 19 and have used it to encourage myself on more than one occasion.  What men mean for evil, God will take and order it for good.  I believe that is the basis of what Paul said in Romans 8 that “all things work together for good, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Not that all things are good, and all things Joseph experienced were anything but good but the finished product was good and God demonstrated His willingness and ability to take the schemes of evil and produce something of beauty and fulfill the purposes of God.

In studying the life of Joseph and the history of Jacob (Israel) there are some things that make my heart leap for joy as I see, once again, how God deposits little hints and insights into his purpose and plan.  He does little things that seem coincidental but with God, there is nothing coincidental.  In the New Testament, I find that Jesus began His public ministry at the age of 30.  In Genesis, we find that Joseph was elevated to his position of power at the age of 30. Joseph began his ministry of purpose to preserve the Seed Line of Jesus at the same age that Jesus began His public ministry designed to Redeem mankind.  Joseph, in that sense, is a type of Jesus.  I find that more than a little interesting and it resonates with me and speaks to my heart that God is so detailed in His plans for us and wants us to be able to glean truth from His Word so He continually leaves breadcrumbs along the way to get our attention and encourage our hearts.

If you will examine the record you will find that 66 souls (people) came with Jacob to Egypt and if you look at the number of books in the Bible you find 66.  I do not believe that is coincidental but intentional and gives validity to the Christian Bible as the inspired Word of God, complete and entire.  Then if you add the 66 that came with Jacob to the 4 that were with Joseph you have 70 and that is the number of elders that Moses appointed and the number mentioned in Luke 10 that Jesus sent out.  What does 70 mean?  What is the significance of 70?  The number 7 represents perfection and the number 10 completeness and if you multiply that by 7 you find ULTIMATE PERFECTION and COMPLETION.  Jesus has finished the work and now empowers us and sends us out into His harvest.  Israel spent 70 years in Babylonian Captivity before returning to the land.  Jerusalem kept 70 Sabbaths while Judah was in Babylonian captivity and seventy sevens are 490 years as prophesied in Daniel.

God is faithful and keeps His word and covenants.  God has a plan and He leaves us little breadcrumbs throughout scripture to encourage us and open our eyes to His truths.  May the Lord inspire your heart to dig a little deeper into His word and mine the nuggets of truth He has placed as handfuls on purpose for us.

May the Lord bless your richly and enhance your work, walk, and warfare!


Spiritual Blog - Appearance

1 Samuel 16:7 – “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  NKJV

             This is an incredibly powerful and important truth that too often the church has missed or ignored.  Through the years of ministry, I have often been amazed at how God will take someone who is not polished and does not have the credentials or physical appearance or speaking ability and use them mightily.  I have watched young men and women pursuing ministry and many of those I associated with would gravitate toward the one that LOOKED THE PART rather than WATCHING THE HEART.  That is a temptation and tendency I have been guilty of as well, so I am not faulting them only noting that this happens too often.

Based on the statements of Paul about his physical appearance and possibly his speaking voice I doubt that he would have been the one that many congregations today would have gravitated toward.  I don’t know what Paul’s physical appearance was nor how he sounded when he spoke but I do know what his heart was, based on the written word and result.  Samuel was looking, as do most of us, for the most desirable to the natural eye but God was looking beyond the external to the internal.  God ALWAYS looks at the heart or the inside of the cup, not the exterior.  God wants a heart that is broken, tender, and pliable in the hands of the Holy Spirit.

Many of the historic reports of a mighty Man of God, Jonathan Edwards illustrates what I’m saying.  Many of his contemporaries and those following described his preaching as monotone and that he would stare at a rope at the back wall of the church without any gestures, and virtually read his manuscript word for word. He had none of the fiery eloquence of George Whitfield according to many reports.  Whether this is the complete picture or not, I do not know, but I know from the historic report the result of his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and how it impacted people’s lives dramatically and brought many into the kingdom.  That would lead me to say it is ANOINTING not ELOQUENCE or APPEARANCE that is most impactful in preaching.  I have sat under preachers whose grammar was terrible but the Power of God was on them mightily.  They did the best they could with their limited education but as with the disciples, they may have been ignorant and unlearned but it was evident they had been with Jesus.  When they spoke, you could hear Jesus speaking as clearly as if He were standing there.  When they prayed, you could hear Jesus praying as surely as if He had been there in person.

In today’s world, even in the church, too often we required entertainment to whet our spiritual whistles.  We have a TV mentality and need short bursts with commercial breaks to accommodate our attention span.  We are looking for eloquence, polish and appearance to soothe our conscience and when we hear someone who is clearly not eloquent, polished, or cut from the cloth of a model we turn them off.  God is not looking at the external He is looking at the heart.  When God finds a heart that is tender before Him, contrite and broken, and pliable He will take that heart and burn His message into it so that “Christ in us” shines forth.  If you only see the external you will miss the best God has to offer.  If you think you have to step out of GQ Magazine to be used of God, you will miss what He is trying to do.  No, I am not saying you should be unkempt and not work on speaking properly and follow proper etiquette but eloquence and appearance are not anointing.  If you want to turn your Jerusalem upside down for God get in His presence and give Him your heart.  He will do the rest!  Be who God made you to be and you are comfortable being and ask Him daily and continually to “Create within you a clean heart, renew in you a right spirit, and never take His Holy Spirit from you.”  My daily prayer in addition that is, “Lord, let the mind be in me, which was also in Christ Jesus.”  I long to know Him more deeply all the time and want Him to guard my heart and my mind so that I think His thoughts and my heart remains tender and pliable.

May the Lord be with you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!


Spiritual Blog - Readiness

2 Corinthians 8:10-12 – “And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. 12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.”  NKJV


Please forgive me for taking a thought that is not totally consistent with the context and moving beyond the activity of this verse to convey a message that I believe is valid for all areas of life.  The Corinthian church had promised an offering and had neglected to fulfill their promise.  Paul reminded them of their promise and urged them to honor their commitment.  In this, he made a statement that transcends this matter to all matters of life.  He spoke of a “readiness of desire” and reminded them that desiring is not enough there must be action to correspond otherwise it remains a wish not a reality.

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been told by a fellow believer of some ‘desire’ or ‘dream’ they held in their hearts.  They would say, “I want to do this or that for the Lord.”  Over time I felt compelled to ask, “When are you going to do it?”  Often the response would be, “When the Lord provides or opens the door.”  I agree and disagree with that mindset.  Yes, we need the Lord to make provision and open the door but there are times when the matter has been placed in our hands through the desire.  If God put it in your heart to do it and you’ve been praying and waiting for an OPEN DOOR or MIRACULOUS PROVISION and they have not materialized you might want to consider another possibility.  No, I am not saying abandon the desire or dream but maybe, just maybe God wants you to step out on your dream and BEGIN DOING IT.  Maybe it is time, that you start walking toward that dream.  Maybe it is time, that you take steps to complete that desire and make it a reality.  Maybe it is time for you to PURSUE YOUR PURPOSE.

I applaud WAITING ON GOD for that is the right thing to do.  We need to WAIT until we know He has placed the dream or desire in our hearts and made our hearts ready with desire.  Every journey begins with a first step or first mile and the end is not completed from the beginning.  If you are waiting on God to do what He is waiting for you to begin you are going to wait in disappointment for a very long time.  Virtually every ministry that has accomplished great things for God began with a first step.  I know millionaires who have related their journey to that financial plateau and each of them began with taking a desire or dream and launching out.  Most of them began small and over time found that each new step resulted in incredible increase until they found they were engaged in an enterprise that was colossal.  But, none of it would have happened had they not first had the readiness of desire and then added to that equation ACTION. 

Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything and sometimes it is time to cease WAITING for God to do it and launch out expecting Him to fulfill His promise to NEVER leave or forsake us.  Maybe God has placed in your heart to feed the hungry but your vision is feeding thousands and you know that will require facilities, personnel, and money that you do not have at your disposal.  Let me suggest that since you have the readiness of desire but lack the wherewithal to fulfill the vision why not feed ONE hungry person or TWO or THREE?  As you reach out in whatever ministry is in your heart, taking small steps I believe you will find that God will take your readiness of desire when coupled with your actions and reward you with HIS PROVISION.  If He birthed the desire, He will provide for its fulfillment IF you step out and begin walking toward the dream, desire, or promise.

            God, bless you richly is my desire and prayer!