Turn Around

Do you have that innate ability to look in the natural and see what seems to be beyond repair? Whatever “it” may be, it’s neglected and/or left for dead, and in that view, you don’t see the ruins? You see the rising of a dream home, the training of a star athlete, an incredible singer, a car awarded, First Prize in a show, or a champion dog who just happens to be sitting in a shelter? Are you able to see the fruition of a well-laid plan instead of a nightmare?

Many of us, if you pulled us aside and asked what we thought of an investment, we’d inform you of how you just threw your money away. Many see broken marriages, financial struggles, fragmented relationships, addictions, and abuse and say, “What a nightmare! What a shame! I don’t see how that will ever change.” As believers, we should see possibilities, messes that God can turn into messages. For every test that is overcome stands a testimony.

You may be in the middle of that mess, looking at a wreck of a home, a wreck of a marriage, a wreck of your finances, a wreck in your relationships? God is asking you the questions… Well, what do you think? Can I help? God has a plan for you: a dream house, a dream relationship, a dream bank account and blessings beyond measure. Just look at Malachi 3.

God doesn’t look at your situation and see ruins. God sees the ability to create, to provide, to heal, and to deliver. In other words, God sees an opportunity to be God.

When God gets involved in things, He doesn’t simply fix the leaking roof. He makes all things new. When God sees chaos, He speaks order. When God sees darkness, He can’t help Himself but to send light.

In the beginning (Gen 1:1), God entered into darkness and showed off His power and authority.

He spoke words that turned darkness into light. He spoke words that turned emptiness into fullness. His words took chaos and created order. His words took the dust of the earth and created the majestic birds of the air and the beasts of the field, as well as our ancestors! (Genesis 2:19-22)

From this point on, our enemy, Lucifer, has made it his mission to take the order God created and turn it back into chaos. The words of Jesus tell us of the intent of our enemy. In John 10:10, it states that he comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is the polar opposite of what Jesus came to do, which was and is to heal, find, and restore.

This the battle of the ages: God turns it around and the enemy does all that he can to turn it back around. Satan got man to turn authority back over to him in the Garden of Eden. He thought he had won the battle, but along came a baby born in a manger, the greatest turnaround story in history. This baby restored hope for all mankind and returned authority back to the sons and daughters of God. God gave us power to confront and defeat the enemy each and every time he attacks. God turned it around. What you need to do today is remind Satan exactly who’s in control of the turn-around!


The Opportunity To Be God

No death, no curse, no enemy can prevent God from being God in your life. We cannot allow our circumstances to compromise what we believe and what we have already received. Christ paid the ultimate price for what we have. We don’t dare back down now!

We were headed to eternal damnation but we encountered the blood. We have received eternal life. We were headed for destruction, but now we are reconstructed as the body of Christ. We were without hope and now have hope! We were without joy and now we have joy, joy that is unspeakable and full of glory! Get that in your spirit today as we seek to remind ourselves that we just need to let God be God!

We were at war with God, but now have peace with Him (Romans 5). We were denied access, but now have access through Him. We are changed forever. We simply have to let Him do His work through us. Job could testify that God is Who He says He is. The same with Joshua, Moses, Gideon, Peter, Paul, and Thomas. What about you? Can you testify that God is God?

We’ve tried it our way, right? Let’s give God the opportunity to be God.

God doesn’t exactly approach situations like we would. In Isaiah 54, He tells a distraught, barren woman to sing and shout for joy because more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife. Here God required action. He used that action to turn this life around. The action of singing and shouting for joy is the perfect example of this woman lining up with the promise instead of the problem. We can’t sing for joy and complain in misery at the same time.

God knew this woman needed to hear something different in her ears than just the sound of her problems. Can you relate? He wanted her, and He wants us, to hear the sound of victory!

God wants us to sing in the struggle because the struggle is not the end. Our barrenness is not the end but rather the beginning of you allowing God to be Who He is, God, in your life.


Wreckless God? 

Are you struggling with a critical spirit? Even Jesus was criticized for how He responded to people in need.

After all, He rubbed spit and clay into one guy’s eyes. Probably not the way you might have tried to help him.

He took some poor kid’s lunch; yes, to feed a huge, hungry crowd, but still…

Jesus also waited 4 whole days to go see His friend Lazarus’ grave. What in the world took Him so long? What could have possibly been more important?

In the Old Testament, 2 Kings 4, a woman with nothing is told to go find more empty vessels that could be filled. Don’t you wonder if she was thinking, “But my house already has empty vessels. I don’t think you understand the problem here.”

In 2 Kings 5, a man named Naaman is instructed dip himself into a river 7 times. You may not have spent much time in rivers, but you probably know that they’re not considered clean bodies of water. A dirty river cleanses a dirty disease. Huh?

1 Kings 17 tells the story of a starving widow using her last tiny bit of flour and oil to make the prophet of God a meal.

Reckless it would seem, crazy to some, but these are the instances by which God’s power is shown to the whole world.

Isaiah 61:1-3 lets us know that God’s spirit rests upon us for a specific purpose. We have purpose! He has anointed us, you and me, to turn around the desolate circumstances, to bring those who are broken wholeness, and those who are imprisoned freedom. We are called not just visit the captive, but to free the captive! We are not called to simply remove the ashes, but to replace them with a crown of beauty!


The idea of self-diagnosing is not necessarily a new one and I’m quite fond of doing this, especially when it comes to the condition of my eyes. There is an “admission” of aging that is associated with heading to the optometrist to get my eyes checked. I deal with a slight stigmatism that causes objects to blend together. Over the past year, I noticed my vision was worsening, especially in my right eye. I found myself diagnosing myself. I’d close my right eye while driving, then my left. “Yes, it’s definitely my right eye that’s worse”, I’d think. Convinced my left eye was doing “double duty” I set up the appointment.

I really wanted to go through the tests and let him find the problem, instead of just being forthright about the situation. Secondarily, I wanted to see just how good this doctor was. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that the issue was in my right eye. Now, I would just sit back and see if the specialist concurred.

After all the testing, conversations, and a few trial pairs of contacts, I was dead wrong. He proved it! It was my left eye. Through all my self-diagnosis, I knew there was an issue, but was completely wrong about the root issue.

This is what we do with our Creator so many times. Believe that the issue lies in one area and then God gives the truthful diagnosis. Then what do we say? “Prove it.” Then what happens? He does, time and time again. We go through trials, in order for God to prove to us that He, indeed, is correct.

Do you see how ridiculous that is? Wouldn’t it be better to allow God to fix the situation from the beginning? How much time would we save? We spend weeks, months, and years, in trials, circling the same mountains,convinced that the issue lies somewhere else versus where God found it. God knows the very thoughts and the intentions of every heart. (Jeremiah 17:10) When will we trust that He is never wrong?

So often, we feel there is something amiss in our walks with God and in our hearts. We go through the process of self-diagnosis. The problem with that is that we cannot accurately know our own heart.(Jeremiah 17:9)

One of the issues with self-diagnosing is that we begin to feel that if we can accurately diagnosis ourselves, then we can also treat the disease. After all, we ARE that good, right?

Pride rises up within and unfortunately, there’s little room for God in this scenario. God doesn’t need us, remember; we need Him. Without Him, we are sick, bothered, depressed, the list goes on and on. And with Him, we are healthy, whole, and happy but only if we let Him be Who He is: Jehovah Rophe ( Healer) and so much more.

Let the Creator of the universe diagnose the issue, and through His word, He will prescribe the perfect solution, allowing us to leave His office, healed, delivered, and set free forever!

BE-Attitudes (3 of 3)

In Matthew 23, we find that the last public sermon Jesus preached was not a message regarding salvation and invitation. By contrast, He spoke of condemnation and denunciation against the religious hierarchy of the day. Jesus didn’t hold back, calling the Pharisees names like “fools” and “blind guides,” while powerfully pointing out their brand of hypocrisy. These authoritative teachers of their day failed to follow their own precepts.

Jesus’ last sermon was in stark contrast to His first. His earthly ministry began by pronouncing eight blessings that came in the form of the Beatitudes. Each of these stand as a measure in stark contrast to what Jesus saw in the Pharisees.

Looking at the various attitudes over the next few days, we see there is a clear right vs wrong and there’s little room for question regarding which attitude we are to have.

  1. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 (KJV)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Matthew 23:25, 26 (KJV)

*A pure heart doesn’t block vision. If your desire is to see God, then start with getting a pure heart. Read Psalm 51 as it’s a great example dealing with the heart. Don’t be like the blind Pharisees.

  1. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 (KJV)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Matthew 23:27, 28 (KJV)

*At the same time the Pharisees claimed to be men of peace, they secretly plotted the murder of the Prince of Peace. Notice it doesn’t say there that the peacekeepers are blessed; it is those that will make peace. That means in the most difficult of circumstances you need to find a way to make peace.

  1. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness; sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 (KJV)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Matthew 23:29–35 (KJV)

*Jesus said, “Blessed are the persecuted and woe to the persecutors.” The Pharisees stated “If they had been alive in our day, we wouldn’t have killed the prophets.” But their claim was inaccurate, at the very moment they told Jesus this, they sought to execute Him, the One whom the prophets spoke. We must be careful that we aren’t just hearers of the Word, but that we actually practice what is preached. Live it out, regardless of the cost! Don’t ever go along with the crowd; instead, choose to follow after His righteousness. If you hunger for it, you’ll be filled with it. Therefore the Kingdom is yours.



BE-Attitudes (2 of 3)


In Matthew 23, we find that the last public sermon Jesus preached was not a message regarding salvation and invitation. By contrast, He spoke of condemnation and denunciation against the religious hierarchy of the day. Jesus didn’t hold back, calling the Pharisees names like “fools” and “blind guides,” while powerfully pointing out their brand of hypocrisy. These authoritative teachers of their day failed to follow their own precepts.

Jesus’ last sermon was in stark contrast to His first. His earthly ministry began by pronouncing eight blessings that came in the form of the Beatitudes. Each of these stand as a measure in stark contrast to what Jesus saw in the Pharisees.

Looking at the various attitudes over the next few days, we see there is a clear right vs wrong and there’s little room for question regarding which attitude we are to have.

  1. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 (KJV)

Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Matthew 23:16–22 (KJV)

*Blessed are those who want for integrity, truth, and simplicity. The Pharisees weren’t hungering after righteousness; they desperately wanted power and control, manipulating the Word to fit their modes of operation. We, as the people of God, must hunger and thirst after righteousness. We cannot have revival while we hunger after our own will.

  1. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 (KJV)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Matthew 23:23, 24 (KJV)

*According to Leviticus 11, the largest unclean animal was a camel and the smallest was a gnat. Jesus said the Pharisees picked gnats out of their soup but missed the big camel swimming around. They had everything in order and the details down to the smallest one. They even tithed on their seeds of cumin (can you imagine counting those out to get to a tenth?) but missed the much larger, more important issues. What about the issues of love, mercy, and righteousness? They didn’t hunger after those. If you want to obtain mercy, love, and righteousness, then you must extend them.

to be continued…


In Matthew 23, we find that the last public sermon Jesus preached was not a message regarding salvation and invitation. By contrast, He spoke of condemnation and denunciation against the religious hierarchy of the day. Jesus didn’t hold back, calling the Pharisees names like “fools” and “blind guides,” while powerfully pointing out their brand of hypocrisy. These authoritative teachers of their day failed to follow their own precepts.

Jesus’ last sermon was in stark contrast to His first. His earthly ministry began by pronouncing eight blessings that came in the form of the Beatitudes. Each of these stand as a measure in stark contrast to what Jesus saw in the Pharisees.

Looking at the various attitudes over the next few days, we see there is a clear right vs wrong and there’s little room for question regarding which attitude we are to have.

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew5:3 (KJV)

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13 (KJV)

*Jesus said the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit, the Pharisees were proud in spirit. “I thank You, God, that I am not as other men,” they prayed (see Luke 18:11). We must be careful that our attitude or spirit doesn’t prevent us from inheriting the kingdom of God, nor should it prevent others.

  1. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Matthew 23:14 (KJV)

*Jesus promised that the mourners will be comforted. The Pharisees, however, manipulated those who mourned. We shouldn’t take advantage of people who are in crisis, or manipulate it to our advantage. Instead, we are to mourn, with those who mourn, and comfort those that need comforting.

  1. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (KJV)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15 (KJV)

*The meek were to inherit the earth. The Pharisees, on the other hand, were trying to convert the earth to their legalistic, hypocritical, religious system. They were recruiting into a system where you could teach it, but not have to follow it. Instead, Jesus said the meek, those that had power under control, were to inherit the earth. We must use the power and the authority that God has given to us, in a manner that is acceptable to God.

Passionate Prayers

Passionate Pray-er’s

Most children who have wandered away have had an encounter with Jesus. One does not forget an encounter with Jesus. The distance for each to return is the same, no matter how steeped in sin we feel they are. It will matter little how far away one is from Christ when He returns, the result will be the same.

Jesus stated in the book of Revelation how little he cared for to the church at Laodicea, that He would that they were neither hot nor cold, but rather lukewarm, and for their lukewarmness they would be spewed out of his mouth (Rev 3:14-22)

Today there is a stirring, a reviving, and a renewing of the cry of parents for their children. We need a change in our cities and our nation, but that begins with the restoration of the family. It is about our sons and daughters. It is breaking the chains and demonic strongholds off of our children.

We must have persistent, passionate, and bold prayers for the vision we have received. The vision that includes the return of that which has been taken or that which was promised to us. The Bible overflows with these precious promises. His word will accomplish what it is intended to accomplish. J​ eremiah 1:11-12

It’s high time that we band together, in a unified force, and reclaim what is rightfully ours and promised by God.
What brings our victory? God didn’t use sleek marketing or celebrities or TV programs to accomplish His vision.

Instead this battle is won in the trenches of our prayer rooms, prayer closets, and our obedience to the Holy Spirit. It is a battle against an enemy who seems to have entrenched himself, deep in the hearts of our children.
There is no defense against prayer.

Joshua faced a similar battle over the future generations and the promises of God. He arrived at Jericho, a well-fortified city, that seemed to have a defense for every area of attack. In Joshua 6:12 and 15, we read: 12A​ndJoshuaroseearlyinthemorning,andtheprieststookupthearkoftheLord.1​5B​utitcametopasson the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. They had the promise and the instruction, so they arose early in the morning.

Let’s take back the break of day and bombard the enemy and the heavens with prayers early. The enemy has no defense against prayer.

Be Strong

Conversations with God are always interesting. We speak to God within the realm of prayer, but the communication found in Joshua 1 is a little different.

Consider a statement you’ve most likely heard before: In our weakness, He is made strong. So, take a moment to visualize God saying the same words to you as He said to Moses’ assistant.

The Lord commanded Joshua to “Be strong” three times. If God Himself is telling you to be strong, you better believe that you’re going to need strength for a difficult, arduous, and long journey. Whatever is coming your way is far from smooth-sailing. Joshua wasn’t just told to be strong then left to his own devices. God didn’t walk off and leave him in his trial. Instead, Joshua found His strength in the promises God had made. God told Joshua, I have given you the land. God didn’t say, I​ will g​ive you the land. It was already said and done. That is exactly why you can be strong in the fight. You will not find strength in yourself, so stop looking.

Our strength comes as it did with Joshua; the Lord your God is with you and He has already finished it.

Is it possible that the circumstance you face right now could be a test; a test revealing how strong you can be? Could it be that God has allowed this in your life so that you discover Who truly gives you the strength?

BE STRONG, you can do all things through Christ who will give you the strength. Now do like Joshua did, and grab hold of those promises because they are yours!


One of the greatest stories of impact is the story of missionary John Geddie. Geddie was called to the islands of Aneitum. When Geddie first reached Aneiteum, there were two Samoan teachers, Simeona and Pita, on the island but there was not a single native convert. The people of Aneiteum, like those throughout the New Hebrides, looked like savages.The people also acted like savages. The female sex was very degraded. The wife was practically the slave of her husband and to her lot fell the drudgery and hard labor. The practice of killing unwanted babies was common. When a man died, his wife was immediately strangled so that her spirit might accompany his to the next world, and any children too young to take care of themselves suffered the same fate as the mother. If there was a grown son, he was expected to perform the act of strangulation.The revolting practice of cannibalism was prevalent on all the islands. The natives confessed that they considered human flesh the most savory of foods. It was considered proper to eat all enemies killed or taken in war. It was a common occurrence for chiefs to kill some of their own subjects to provide a cannibal feast, if the bodies of enemies were not readily obtainable. The missionary knew a man who killed and ate his own child! The people were steeped in moral degradation. Licentiousness was rife, revenge was considered a sacred duty, forgiveness was a word not to be found in the language and the spectacle of a happy heathen family, bound together by ties of love, was unknown. And their religious beliefs were not calculated to elevate them. Their deities included idols and spirits called Natmasses. Their sacred men were invested with remarkable powers, such as producing thunder and lightning, causing hurricanes and inducing disease. “Can we indeed expect anything good from the poor heathen,” wrote the missionary, “when their deities are supposed to be such as themselves, or, rather, are conceived as having attained to a more gigantic stature in every form of vice than man can possibly reach?”What was the force that compelled John Geddie to live in circumstances so desolating and that sustained him amid scenes so harrowing? And what was the message with which he expected to touch and transform a people so debased? In one of his home letters he wrote: “The love of Christ sustains us and constrains us. My heart pants to tell this miserable people the wonders of redeeming love.” And when the day arrived on which he was able to preach to the natives for the first time, what was the momentous theme of his message? “I thank God,” he wrote in his Journal, “that I have been spared to see this day when, for the first time, I can tell perishing sinners of the Saviour’s love.” Again he said: “If ever we win these benighted islanders, we must draw them with cords of love. I know of no power that is adequate to transform their lives except that which transformed my own life, namely, the power of the living Christ who ‘loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood.'”

Geddie was on a mission, a mission that would impact this island with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He had been impacted by the love of God, and in turn wanted to make an impact, with the love of God. John Geddie was unremitting in his endeavors to win the Aneiteumese. There were many obstacles, many trials, many distractions. Yet, he wouldn’t be stopped until there was a lasting impact of the Love of God. Not long after he settled on Aneiteum, Geddie wrote in his Journal, February 9, 1849: “In the darkness, degradation, pollution and misery that surrounds me, I will look forward in the vision of faith to the time when some of these poor islanders will unite in the triumphant song of ransomed souls, ‘Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.'”

This was the text that captivated his heart.
This was the text that animated his labors.
This was the text that irradiated all his days.

When, after twenty-four years of missionary work, he answered his Lord’s final call and left the earthly scene, December 14, l872, a monument, prepared in Sydney, was placed behind the pulpit of the church in Anelcauhat where John Geddie had preached. On it was the following inscription:

“In memory of John Geddie, D.D., born in Scotland, 1815, minister in Prince Edward Island seven years, Missionary sent from Nova Scotia to Aneiteum for twenty-four years. When he landed in 1848, there were no Christians here, and when he left in 1872 there were no heathen.”


That’s making an impact! Arrived to an island, where not a single person, knew Christ. Upon leaving there was not a single heathen. May we be so impacted by the love of God, that we make a lasting impact with the Love of God!