God’s Goodness

I recently experienced a very trying time in my life. I prayed throughout the situation and trusted God to help me with it, which he did. Looking back on this time and I can now see how “what the enemy intended for evil, God used for good”. I know that God doesn’t cause the evil to happen, I also know that He uses the enemies plans and turns them on him for good in our lives. There are times I can look back and see how God used these situations, and there are times where I just don’t understand why things happened the way they did. Regardless, I choose to trust God with every detail of my life, whether I understand what is happening or not!

Never Give Up Praying

Our son has struggled with making poor decisions throughout his life. He had been living in Las Vegas for the past three years and was going from job to job. He called us a few months back and shared that he was abusing alcohol and heroin and had been hanging around with some dangerous people. We didn’t hear from him for about a period of three months so we decided to file a missing person’s report with the police department. They suggested that we call the hospitals and the morgue, my wife called the hospitals and I called the morgue. I thank God that he wasn’t there!

To make a long story short, we eventually ended up getting in contact with him. He had been homeless for some time and had reached a place in his life where he was ready and willing for a change. We bought him a bus ticket back to Kansas City, he had no I.D. but by the grace of God, they let him on the bus anyway. A friend had told us to contact the Hope Center, (it’s a Christian recovery center) and that maybe by chance they would be able to help him. I called and they said that someone had recently left the program and that there was an opening. I was told to bring him in the day after he arrived in KC. I did so, he has been there for a few short weeks now and has chosen to serve and walk with God, what a miracle!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sharing about my son’s life and all the crazy things he has done. The point I want to get across is “don’t ever give up praying for your loved ones”. We’ve been praying for years for our son who is now thirty-nine years old. We wondered if we would ever see him change in our lifetime, but with God all things are possible. He is on the road of recovery and seems to have made a true heart change.

Simple but profound

I just recently came back from vacation and while driving to work I saw that my engine light was on. I could ignore this, but the damage from doing so could possibly be catastrophic.

The same goes for our emotional well being. I had ignored (my emotional engine light) and pushed down my negative feelings for years and paid the price for this in many ways. I could write a book on this one but will spare you the details. My wife and I have now learned to invite Jesus into the issues of life that confront us.

We just recently faced a situation that was extremely difficult and our stress levels were very high. We talked about our feelings with this situation and then chose to invite Jesus into it. We simply asked Jesus what He wanted us to know and then we quietly waited. My wife saw Jesus sitting next to us at the meeting we were going to attend on the following day. Jesus told her that He had everything under control. I sensed Jesus telling us that He would be there with us and would help us through the situation.

We did experience some stress the following day, but nothing like we would have experienced had we not invited Jesus into this. Thank you, Jesus, for wanting to be a part of everything we do!

Life on Planet Earth

Every once in a while I come across facts that open my understanding just a little more about how great God is and how great His love is towards us, His creation. Our galaxy-sun-earth-moon system had to be precisely fine-tuned for life to exist on this planet. These specifications listed in the link below and explained further in the video link (just the ones we know about) give us an idea of the complexity required for sustaining this life. 
 
We will spend an eternity exploring and learning about our Father’s greatness and then would have only scratched the surface. 
What an awesome God we serve!
 
Privileged Planet:

“Wait” for God

 One day I happened to do a word search for the word “wait” in the Bible. This reference to “wait” is used numerous times in the Old Testament when referring to “waiting on the Lord.” There are many Christians that still believe we have to wait on God and that He will reveal Himself once we have done our part of waiting. The only reference I could find in the New Testament about waiting (waiting on the Lord) is when the apostles were commanded by Jesus in Acts 1:4 to wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Jesus changed access to God forever

When Jesus laid down His life for us it changed our access to God forever! He paved the way for continual fellowship with God. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you no longer have to “wait” to have fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

No More Waiting 

Ephesians 2:18 (ESV) – “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

 

We are the temple of God – Listen to Him

1 Cor 3:16 (ESV)- “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”  Since He dwells in me he is always available, I don’t have to wait but I do have to listen and hear so I know Him.  John 10:27 (ESV) – “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

 

You have a direct line to God through Jesus – Act on it

At E6 Ministries we use this direct line to God by practicing “listening prayer” and you can too. Jesus longs to talk with you. Practice talking to your Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. One good way to do this is by asking questions and then quietly listen for God.

  • Father, what do you think about me?
  • Is there anything I have to do to be loved by You?
  • Jesus, what would you like me to do today?
  • Holy Spirit, what do you want me to know about those people at work that I struggle with?

Healing is for today

Did you know the Greek word for salvation is Sozo.
The definition is: to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
  1. one (from injury or peril)
    1. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to healthBy this definition alone, if we have faith for salvation we then have faith to be healed. It is a package deal from our Father. Salvation and “healing” are for today! I have prayed for many people over the past few years and have seen most of them healed. I share this not to brag but to tell you that I’ve learned from God’s word that there is a way to pray that makes a difference. I now understand why my prayers had little effect when it came to healing. I was asking, pleading and sometimes begging for Jesus to heal. All this time He was waiting for me to act on the authority He gave me. I can’t find even one example in the Bible of the disciples asking Jesus, the Father, or the Holy Spirit to heal anyone. They went out in power and authority given to them by God and they commanded those they prayed for to be healed and set free. They didn’t pray for Jesus to heal them for He already did his part on the Cross. Jesus commanded “us” to lay hands on the sick and heal them.I came across this video and found it to be a great example of Christian’s sharing God’s love and powerIt blesses me every time I view it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KnLDsq4XXA

      We at E6 Ministries would love to pray for anyone in need of healing.