Easter Brings Me Back

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new

I love Easter it is my favorite holiday because it is when Jesus won the complete and total victory. I don’t know what it is about me but I love to win. How many of you like to win? I would guess the number is pretty high.

Winning involves risk doesn’t it? Don’t you have to enter the contest or event to have a chance to win. On of the biggest problems in the church today (I know you are saying “Here he goes again”) is most people do not enter in. What do I mean exactly?

You must first decide you are going to join the team and enter into this game of life before you will ever have a chance to win. Jesus enter in over 2000 years ago, He poured Himself into His life and look at the result. Total victory! He conquered, sin, the grave, death, Satan, sickness, disease…you name it He defeated it.

How did He do it? Well the first step was agreeing to become involved. He had to make a decision to first come to Earth, that just got the ball rolling. Every day He had a choice to make, and every day He made the right choice. What an example He left us.

When I look at the life and death of Jesus I see a Man that was focused on a goal. He came to destroy the works of the enemy. Satan had all of mankind bound in sin. In one act, Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary He totally destroyed the grip Satan had on God’s people.

Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, He is making intersession for you and me right it this very moment. I believe He is wanting us to finish the race He has made each and every one of us to run. God made you for a purpose, find out what that purpose is and get in the race (or back in the race if you are like me)

I enjoy writing to this blog but it some times gets a little difficult to find the time and energy. Hopefully it will help to encourage you as you read this, that’s my goal. May God bless you today and every day.

As a side note- I am opening a new Christian Clothing store online, starting to stock it and get everything in order. I am selling Christian T Shirts and Christian hats, basically Christian Apparel. Those of you how know me, know God gave me a vision to take back the clothing industry for His glory. A race I have stumbled and fallen in many times, I was down not out. Go by and check it out (hopefully we will have a Grand Opening Easter…Did I mention I Love Easter?)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Put on Christ Daily?

Glasses on Book

When you have a name like Put on Christ Daily and you post to it a couple of times in the last three months there may be a slight disconnect.  I am reminded when Jesus was talking about a paralytic, asked a crowd in a synagogue, “Which is easier saying your sins are forgiven or take up your bed and walk?”

Which is easier for me, talk about putting on Christ daily or actually encouraging you daily? Well the answer is of course talking about doing anything is always easier than doing it.

Forgive me for my hit and miss posting but if you need an excuse, life has been getting in the way. I will do better.

Today I want to ask you a question and give you my answer.  The question:

Does God micro-manage things in your life?

Let me answer from my personal experience yesterday.  I was about to leave the house to go to church, I grabbed my Bible and reading glasses.  Then I had a thought, “Where is you other pair of glasses?” As I have talked about in previous posts, I simply replied to the thought in my head, “Who cares, I have a pair.” 

The thought came back, “get the other pair of glasses.”  I grabbed the second pair of glasses and left my house not thinking about it again. 

While at church, my Pastor, Denny Duron preached on Romans 10:17; Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  After he finished he challenged us (everyone in church) to read aloud the scriptures in our handout. 

Now I realize this is not life or death but this is what happened next.  The man seated behind me did have a handout, I tried to give him my handout but he said, “don’t worry about it, I don’t have my reading glasses either.  I then remembered, “hey I have an extra pair of glasses”, about that time someone handed him a handout and he was able to participate in the service.

This was a huge faith building experience for me, it also  helped me stay open to listening for God’s voice in my life.  Was it God?  That is for you to decide, I am confident it was God because I have never carried two pair of glasses.  I occasionally have a back up pair in my car or office but I was “impressed” to have two pair with me.  And during the service I found out why.

Let me know if and how God has communicated with you.  Did you listen?  I found it difficult to obey the first time, mainly because it made no sense to me.  But I listened and today I’m glad I did.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Before I teach on personal evangelism for the body of Christ, I must first give you the most important first step in becoming an effective witness for Jesus.

You need to become like Christ.  That’s it, simple enough, right?  Every believer who becomes like Jesus is a powerful tool in the hand of God.  I can hear you saying,”yeah right, I’m not anything like Jesus”.  That is where you and I may disagree.

Know what You are and Who You are in Christ

It is my opinion your spirit, if you are “born again”, is exactly like Jesus.  So 33% of you is exactly like Jesus.  Since you are made up of 3 parts (body, soul and spirit) you need only to get one of the other 2 parts to be more like Jesus and you have a simple majority.

Since the body or “flesh” is enmity with God, you can never change the “flesh”. The flesh is constantly at war with the spirit so by the process of elimination it is your soul that must change.

The soul is defined (by me) as, your mind, will, and emotions.  It is the person you are inside of your body.  By renewing your mind with the word of God you help your soul to think like Jesus.  (This is moving beyond the personal evangelism teaching but some of this needs to be taught.  for those of you new here, I occasionally chase rabbits)

“So what does this have to do with personal evangelism?”, you may be asking. Well, nothing and everything, you are made in God’s image, three parts, all different but the same.  Get to know yourself, what you have, who you are in Christ and witnessing becomes much easier.

Did Jesus have a problem drawing a crowd?  As I read the Gospels Jesus loved and was loved.  He lived with the people, taught in their synagogues, healed the sick and preached the gospel. (Matthew 4:23-25)

I think this simple pattern is the key to growing “the church”, not a church, The Church.  While some focus on numbers only, the simplistic model Jesus used is all we need.  Notice what the Bible says in Matthew 4:24: Then His fame went throughout all Syria…then in Matthew 4:25: Great multitudes followed Him…

Personal Evangelism Starts with Knowing Christ

Personal evangelism starts with knowing Christ and then doing what Jesus did.  Teach, preach and heal, this is the “Jesus” model for the church. (as I see it)  How simple, almost too simple, teach people the Bible, preach the good news and heal the sick.

No church could hold the multitude that would follow this kind of evangelism. Preach (spirit), teach (soul) and heal (body)…we are spirit, soul and body and Jesus touched/ministered to the complete person (all three parts) and the multitude followed.

The church is made up of individual believers, personal evangelism begins when believers spend time with Jesus and then go out “among” the people.  Many today go to church, hear a message on evangelism, feel guilty and then attempt to witness to people.  This is bound to fail, your motivation is okay (help people) but there is no power.

Again look to Jesus, He spent time in prayer with God, so much time in fact He was able to declare God and I are One. (John 17:22-24) When you spend time with Jesus every day, you begin to think like He thinks. (Ever heard of having the mind of Christ)

Here is a real life example: My wife and I spend so much time together we start to finish each others sentences or we know what the other person is thinking.  This is normal with any relationship where time, trust and communication are present.

The difference, between my relationship with my wife and my relationship with Jesus; I can sometimes influence my wife’s thinking. The same is not true when I spend time with Jesus, as I read the word it clearly states God does not change.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  If anyone changes, when you and Jesus spend time together, it will be you.

Want to be more like Jesus? You must believe part of you (your spirit) is already exactly like Him. Part of you (your body) will never be like Him. (Until you get a new body)  The part that can change (your soul) takes time and effort with Jesus to become more like Him.  This is where the battle rages (In your mind, will and emotions) so before you learn to go out into the battle. You must first learn to go into the presence of God.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

Did God send you to save the world?  Me either.   So what are you and I suppose to do?

Jesus “commissioned” us to preach the “good news” to every creature.  Some have taken this to mean, talk to everyone, everywhere, anytime.  People have been “witnessed to” whether they want to listen or not.

Christians seem pushy and self righteous trying to “help” people find Jesus.  What did Jesus mean?  Far be it from me to speak for God or tell you the proper translation of our title verse but I must weigh in.

Jesus commissioned us to share the Gospel but instead of trying to figure out what He means with His words, why not look at what He did?

Jesus walked day by day, healing the sick, cleansing the lepers and making blind eyes see. (Oh yeah, He raised the dead too!)  If we as believers would imitate Christ the world would beg to learn more.

Have you ever been invited to a network marketing meeting?  The person inviting you has been trained to tell you just enough to get your curiosity up.  Don’t mention the name of the company…get them to the meeting.  Don’t try to explain it…get them to the meeting.

Sounds a little like trying to get people to church.  Some believers don’t know enough about Jesus to tell others about Him, so they invite them to church.  They are “afraid” they might mess it up so instead of saying the “wrong” thing…they say nothing.  What is the answer?

In my humble opinion, the church needs to work on its personal relationship with Jesus before they brow beat others about their lifestyle, choices or sin.

Jesus lead by example. The church must also lead.  But here are the facts, the divorce rate, bankruptcy and sickness in the church is very similar to that outside of the church.  Why would anyone “looking in” choose to join the church?

The only reason, as you know, is Jesus.  He is the real and only true God.  Through faith in His name, blind eyes are opened, deaf ears hear again and the dead become alive.  Easy right?  Should be, but in all honesty, most of us are still on the sidelines wondering how to get in the game.

Here is what we believe is our first step, believe the word of God. Notice I did not say believe what I think or any one else thinks…no, I said, get to know the word of God.

Here is the part that will mess with your head, Jesus is the word of God.  The closer you get to Jesus, the closer you get to the Truth (which is also Jesus)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

God, teach me to number my days

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12

Hour Glass

Hour Glass

Have you ever had so much to do you wind up doing nothing?  That describes where I have been the last week with my posts here.

There have been so many different things I wanted to write about and I ended up writing nothing.  FYI, we have some exciting announcements coming in the next few weeks concerning One Drop of Blood.  (See how thoughts just bounce around in your head)

Time is the one thing each one of us has the exact same amount of each day.  Another gift we all have in common is God’s grace and while we are at it, we all have been given THE measure of faith. (Romans 12:13) As I look at time, God’s grace, and the measure of faith the thing that separates people in this world is how we appropriate these three elements into our lives.

What would make you value these “gifts” each day?  I once thought while meditating on God’s word.  God teach me to number my days, and almost immediately I got the thought, “If you had been given 6 months to live you would learn to number your days” . (The number would be 180)

WOW, where did that thought come from?  This is an observation- Older people seem to be in less of a hurry.  The very people with the least amount of time left on Earth are the very people I do not want to get behind while driving.

Why do most older people seem to be more relaxed about “wasting” time?  How can they just sit there on a park bench and watch the birds?  I may not have it all figured out but some of my best days are when I relax into the day, instead of  trying to conqueror the day.

Part of the reason is God made us human beings, not human doings. Try today to enjoy just being here on Earth.  Look at what God created and let the wonder of it all take your breath away.  That is a little more touchy, feely than I like but I feel like it needs to be said.  (Still don’t think I can sit on a bench and watch birds.)

Going to Florida next week, so I am going to try and post some things from my phone. (That will be a huge deal for me, I tend to be technologically challenged)

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

How to discern the “Spirit of Religion”

making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” Mark 7:13

Spirit of Religion

Spirit of Religion

Have you ever seen an evil spirit?  I can honestly say I have not seen anything with my natural eyes, but I believe the spirit of religion raised its ugly head around me twice last week.

You probably have never thought about what a spirit looks like, again I am not going around looking for angels or demons but in a two conversations this spirit came out of nowhere.  Here is how you can know it is not from God, this spirit gets offended when you step out in faith and start believing the word of God.

Paul’s words are so much better than anything I could write on dealing with this spirit, so here is what he is saying to you, as you begin to walk in the power of God’s word.

12 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. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. Philippians 3:12-16

There is a freedom in forgetting those things which are behind; failures, disappointments, loss, pain, suffering etc.  While you forget the bad, you will gain a peace that surpasses all understanding…You simply move on with what God has for you today.

Start each day in the word of God, finish each day in the word and the spirit of religion will not stick to you.  How can you know when you are dealing with the spirit of religion?  This spirit (as is true with most evil spirits) always brings up the past.  “You standing on that promise brother?”  “Well, sister so and so died from that, are you saying you are better than her?”

WHAT? Where did that come from?  I said, “I am going to believe God for healing”.  I am meditating on God’s word, reading when and how Jesus healed all manner of sickness and disease.  I also believe the promise of John 14:12 , I can do everything Jesus did.  Which by the way is, heal all manner of sickness and disease. (One of many promises)

The spirit of religion does not want anyone to actually meditate on the word of God, this spirit wants us to stay busy arguing, defending our position, holding on to “How we always have done it”.  The traditions and doctrines of men, is in a word…Religion.  As I study Jesus’ words in Mark 7 this is exactly what He was dealing with too.

I am choosing the word of God over the words of others, I am not called to argue or defend my position, Jesus has called me and you to heal.  God wants a complete healing, both physical and spiritual healing.

Salvation brings a spiritual healing that was accomplished at the Cross.

Before Jesus died, He took a beating, so when you look to those stripes in faith, physical bodies are healed.  I don’t have it all figured out, but using the name of Jesus, I have seen people healed.  Try it, if you are a disciple of Christ, you have been given the power to heal.  Trust me, it is in the Bible, all you have to do is believe.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

What Makes Jesus Mighty Men Joyful?

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials James 1:2

Drew Brees calls the play

Drew Brees calls the play

Have you ever read a verse in the Bible and wished it hadn’t made the final draft?  (James 1:2-8)  are verses I struggled with…until today.  Most of you have probably already come to this conclusion but for the couple of us that have not, here is what I received today.

I was or might argue, that I am still today, an athlete.  I love the game, the feel, passion, competition, you name it, if it is in the game, I love it.  So this post will be written from that prospective.

Competitors love to be in the game, winners want the ball.  Many hate practice, in fact, some get “injured” so they don’t have to go through the agony of running plays, drills, sprints and conditioning. 

My question to you, do you think Sean Peyton came to work every day and told his players, ‘Don’t worry about practice, we are the New Orleans Saints, we are so good we don’t need to practice.  Sit down, eat these donuts, did you want more pancakes?”

No, I imagine they practiced hard all year. (Here is a side note, you do not become world champions at anything without practice.) I would bet they were still conditioning, and running plays right up to the Super Bowl.

Take that picture of what the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints (Still like the sound of that) did, vs. what you do as a follower of Christ.  Do you dedicate yourself to be the best each day.  The Saints put on their pads.  You should be putting on the full armor of God each day.

Coach Peyton would be fired if he did not push his players in practice.  No one enjoys practice, but it necessary to build champions.  God uses trials like a good coach uses wind sprints.  Think of it as a conditioning exercise to get you ready for the “Big Game”. 

Satan has a team that is coming to steal everything you own, kill everyone you know, and destroy all you have ever been or will every become.  This is your “Big Game”, your life.  Whether you enter in or not, Satan hates you, he will not stop until he destroys you and yours.

God is your Father/Coach, He loves you and will train you with trials until you can defeat your enemy and walk in the “more than conquerors” scripture.  So the next time things get a little “tough”, count it all joy and let God do a work in you.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Praying for eyes to see

 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? Mark 8:18

Praying for eyes to see

Praying for eyes to see

For the last several weeks I have been praying for eyes to see and ears to hear. This post is specifically my prayer for the spiritual eyes to see, I have the natural eyes working every day.

While I was waiting for my answer I was imagining God was going to open up the spiritual realm like He did for Elisha’s servant and I would see the Host of Heaven all around me…Nope.  Our maybe I would see into Heaven… Nothing.

What I got was a simple thought that I would like to share with you.

I am a reader, and when I am reading, let’s say a fictional book, my house could be on fire and I would not know it. Why am I unaware of my surroundings? It is because I am not in my house, I am in the book.  I am the hero of the story or I am right there watching everything unfold.

Have you ever wondered why the book is so much better than the movie?  It is because of your imagination or what I believe Jesus was referring to as your spiritual eyes to see. (Mark 8:18)  Jesus was scolding His disciples for having a hardened heart and not being able to perceive the miracles of the feeding the five thousand. 

Today, we have the same problem, we have hardened our hearts.  I think it is worse today then with the disciples, because we have something the disciples didn’t have, the written word of God.

We can look into God’s word and see the miracles, imagine the dusty roads, see the faces as God heals all sickness and disease. (Matthew 9:35)  We can actually see Jesus when He tells His disciples, all these works and greater works will you do (John 14:12) if we will open our spiritual eyes and see.

Like the book is better than the movie, I believe the Bible is better than actually being there with Jesus.  Remember He is with you right where you are, God said, He would never leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6,8)  

Pray that God will open your spiritual eyes, He has opened mine and He is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34,35)  He will open yours if you ask Him.

God is good all the time, better than you can ever imagine.  Close your natural eyes and think about all the good God has done in your life. See Him as the perfect, kind, loving Father.  He wants to do so much more, talk to God today.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Why clothes Lord?

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy,  because of Your truth. Psalm 115:1

Have you ever asked a question of God and waited for an answer?  That is where I have been for almost 7 years.  The funny thing about this “Christian Clothing Company thing”, is I have had absolutely no attraction to clothes.

That does not mean I am against people being dressed.  No, put me down as saying most people I see need to have on more clothes, not less.  The point I am trying to make is, I never cared about what I was wearing. (Much to the dismay of my wife)  There are many things I care about, things I am passionate about, clothes wasn’t one of them…until now.

Christian Clothing Line

Christian Clothing Line

Clothes were created by God to hide our nakedness. Satan has taken clothes and like everything else God created, he has distorted their purpose.  Instead of a covering, they are now a fashion statement. 

“Clothes make the man”, I am sure you have heard that before.  Do you think that saying can be found anywhere in the Bible?  Let me save you some time…it is not in there.  Satan is a liar, thief, murderer, a master deceiver and he has “owned” the clothing industry. 

I want to go on the record as saying I own the most powerful clothing line in the world.  In fact, when God finishes teaching me all He wants me to learn and releases me, Nike, Under ArmourRalph Lauren, etc. be forewarned, we will totally dominate the clothing industry.  How can I say that you may ask?  I say it because I believe taking back the clothing industry is something God wants to do.  Is anyone in this industry giving God the glory?  Some may give a token mention to God, but our company is being built upon the word of God, Jesus. 

The reason we have “struggled” in the past is not because of God, it is because of me.  I am no longer going to stand in the way of God.  No, I am praying to be released into this arena to do battle for the souls of men.

This company will give God glory (it already does) in everything we do  and accomplish.  It will display the love of Christ and here is the best part, it will help the church bring in the harvest of the lost sheep wandering around without a Savior.  What other clothing line has that as its primary mission? (Can you see why we are confident, God is going to bless us?) 

So here it is February 1, 2010, and we have not yet dominated in any area of the apparel industry, but we will, in Jesus name.  We are excited about what God is doing in our company and we believe you will be too.

Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11

Sharing a God story

Have you ever had a thought that is so “not you”? I recently had such a thought and I believe it is worth sharing. A little background, I rarely read the newspaper. In fact I must also confess I do not watch much TV. So now you know by modern standards I am “strange”. I justify this stance on 2 things, my experience and the scripture in Philippians 4:8 that tells me to think on those things that are of good report. My attitude and perspective is soo much better not engaging in all the negative stuff the media tries to feed me.

So now you have the background, here is what happened Tuesday. I was sitting down to lunch and the Shreveport Times was sitting on the table, it had on the front page President Bush’s visit to Alexandria. I scanned the article and for some strange reason I turned the page. On page 2 was an article about a fallen soldier and how his brother wrote a letter to the President. After reading the article, I was immediately moved to write the President an email to thank and encourage him to continue to see families.

I have never written a letter to any public official before so needless to say I argued with myself for the rest of the lunch. The conversation in my head went something like this, “You need to write the President”. “Write the President? That is crazy, he’ll never see it.” Ignoring my own sound reasoning I had the same thought again, “You need to write the President.” After about 3 or 4 volleys back and forth in my head I got the thought, “It will take 5 minutes, why would you not write him?”

I got up and wrote the President this email.

Dear President Bush,

You are a man of great honor and dignity. The story in the Shreveport Times
today sums up your heart and spirit. Thank you for visiting with the families
of fallen soldiers.

You are called every name in the book, daily, but the one that comes to my mind is honorable. May God continue to bless you and your family in this time of transition.

Rarely do I read the paper but today I had a weak moment and picked it up. I
was drawn to the story about a family I do not know, and will probably never meet, but I wanted to say thank you for giving your time to this family. Travis Nixon gave all he had to America and because of great warriors like Travis I am free to live my life.

You do not have to die to give all and I know you have surrendered 8 years of your life to serve America. Thank you for your service to this great country. While I have not agreed with everything you have done,  (I don’t know of anyone I agree with all the time.) I have prayed and continued to support you because of your great character.

Thank you again, may God bless you and May God bless America.

Your brother in Christ,

Greg Ryan
President- One Drop of Blood
Haughton, LA

I wrote my letter, still not sure why, but I was at least obedient to the thought I had at lunch. That was Tuesday and as Paul Harvey has said so many times but now here is the “Rest of the Story”.

Friday I had a scheduled closing on a house (For those of you who do not know I am a Realtor). My Buyer was a very nice older lady downsizing to a smaller home, the closing was postponed a week because of an additional requirement of her mortgage company.

The closing went great, my lady signed everything and was excited about buying her new home, we were all about to leave when the Seller showed his Realtor a coin. Being across the table I could not see it but his Realtor said something like, “That is so cool, the President gave this to you?” My ears perked up and I jumped into their conversation. “Did you say the President, do you mean the President of the United States?” They said yes and handed me the coin the President gave this man. It was at that time I “came to myself” and notice the name of the Seller…Kurt Nixon. The man that wrote the President a letter and had inspired my email was sitting across the table from me.

Since I represented the Buyer I had no connection to the Sellers other than selling their home. I never pay much attention to the Sellers’ name because I do not ever have contact with them. With that said, I sat there in total amazement of how God put all of this together to minister to me. I told them my story and about the email. (They were also amazed)

When I wrote the email I thought it was to encourage our President. God knew the email was written to encourage me and build my faith. What an awesome God we serve. I am sure He speaks to me everyday. I pray I will become a better listener.

We overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11) We have built a company on helping you share your testimony with people who ask for it. I hope this encourages you, even though you did not ask, I had to tell someone else how God encouraged me. God is good all the time.