Precious Are God’s Thoughts About You

The following verse is not just a promise if you are in Christ Jesus, but a fact. Please let it sink into your inner most being:

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalms 139:17 NLT)

Wow! God not only loves you, but He thinks about you!


This website attests to the fact that I have a passion to study the Bible deeply, and in so doing, fill my head with theology. But lately, the Holy Spirit has been turning my head back to the simplistic bedrock facts rather than the deep intellectual aspects. Let me illustrate. I try to walk at least 3-6 miles every day on the peaceful country roads where I live. It is a great time for praying and singing to my LORD. Since the first day of the New Year, I find myself starting off my walks by singing this simple childhood song I used to sing to my children as they were growing up:

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”

It doesn’t stop there. My whole being is being reshaped at almost 61 years of age, having been a Spirit-Filled Christian for most of it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE is what it is all about.

Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37‭-‬39 NLT)

“We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NKJV)

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1‭-‬3 NKJV)

If I ever want to have an impact for Jesus, the rock-solid truth that ‘I am loved and must love in return’ has to be at the very center! But this is the one truth that we Christians have a harder time grasping than any other. We think we grasp it, but many of us are only fooling ourselves.

The core of the New Testament is that God Loves You! Problem is that most of us only grasp that in our head and it never sinks down into our heart. But it must be grasped in the inner most depth of our heart. How do we know when it is taken seat in our heart? John, the Apostle of Love, tells us:

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18 NKJV)

As the limitless riches of God’s love sinks into my heart day after day, there is no room for fear, anger, regret, jealousy, pride, unforgiveness, hate, anxiety, depression, bitterness, etc. All these nasty things that the devil wants to fill me with are driven out. My thoughts are literally revolutionized. My actions follow.

I would like to quote Gary Wilkerson:

“I want that kind of life—-one that loves God and loves people. Not one that keeps a list of to-do’s from the Bible, or chases theological mysteries, or talks about the Father’s love only to other Christians.”

I would like to leave you with the following music video by Jason Gray that not only reminds me, but all of us, of who we really are to Jesus Christ. May it touch you the same as it touched me. There is a whole world out there needing LOVE. Let’s get moving!

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Obstacles to a Christian’s Progress


It is very easy to get caught up with the demands of everyday life as a Christian. Call it a ‘rut’ or what you will. In so doing, we tend to look at the distractions from life we engage in as either being sinful or not being sinful. We try to live our life accordingly in order to maintain our Christianity. For example, drinking alcohol. Scripture is quite clear when the Word of God is rightly divided, that drinking a beer or glass of wine after a hard day at work is not sinful. At the same time, we can all agree that drinking too much and getting drunk is sinful. But this article is not about drinking alcohol per se. What I want to do is show you the subject of ‘obstacles to a closer walk with Jesus’ in a whole new light. Read carefully the scripture below:

“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1b KJV)

Look at the word ‘weight’. I am not looking to cover the subject of what is sinful (Holy Spirit conviction should take care of that). Instead, I want to look at the weights that so easily beset us. You can call these weights what you will: distractions, hindrances, obstacles, road blocks, etc. These weights, even though they might not be sinful, can be just as disrupting to having a close communion with the LORD. Anything that keeps us from having a closer walk with Jesus should flash a warning in our spirit, but oh how often it is ignored.

I am sure that if I was to ask you, “Do you want to walk closer and closer with Jesus as each day goes by?”, you would answer yes. Look carefully at the verse below:

Treat her (your wife) as you should so your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7b NLT)

Look at the word ‘hindered’ in the verse. Wow! The Bible reconfirms that there are things that can hinder our walk and talk with the LORD. Nobody but yourself can judge and take action on these hindrances.

Did you ever wonder about the following verse and how you can live it out?:

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV)

I will share with you how I wasted many years until I finally learned how to do it. I lived as a righteous Christian, but I always felt I could be closer with the LORD. I do not like sweet drinks, so I liked to have a beer or wine with my meal. I was not convicted that it was sin, but I felt  that I was not living to my full potential. Not until I gave it up along with a few other odds and ends, that I felt myself catapulted into another realm. I finally had the freedom to truly learn what it means to ‘pray without ceasing’. Every waking minute is an exchange with the LORD of my life.

I remember when I used to run professionally for a major shoe company many years ago. I was so obsessed with having the lightest weight on my feet so I could turn in the fastest times that I got caught wearing a competitor’s shoes in a race that I won and had to do some explaining for my actions. Shouldn’t I have the same zeal while in the spiritual race I am in?

I hope this challenges you to truly examine what is in your life that is weighing you down and I pray for you to have the strength to cast it off in order to run unhindered!


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Spiritually Healthy and Challenging


I want to get your attention from the start in this article. If you are a true child of God, you will be obedient to His Word:
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23‭-‬24 NKJV)

If you are obedient, then you will not forsake having fellowship in a local body of Christ as commanded:
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24‭-‬25 NKJV)

You can watch a Christian teaching on your TV, computer, or smartphone, or listen to one on your radio. But this has absolutely nothing to do with fellowshipping according to the command above. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with watching a teaching on your electronic device as long as it agrees 100% with the Bible and as long as it is only a supplement to your fellowshipping within a local church. Problem is that there are so few good sound teachers out there on the air waves, cable, and internet anymore. Most are deceptive and spiritually damaging. Most are addictive because they twist the Gospel and itch people’s ears. They keep people out of their local Church services and keep people in their comfort zones. Very few are spiritually challenging and healthy for us.

The danger is that most target your mind. They keep you pumped-up and motivated, but do little to nourish your spirit. Before I became born again in my spirit, I believed in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. There were no doubts in my mind. But I was still lost, even though I didn’t know it.

With much regret, I am compelled to relate what has transpired over the past two weeks. I was contacted through Twitter to start a conversation with the head of a major worldwide ministry. I was then asked by her to switch over to Google Hangouts so she could continue the conversation. I obliged. After the first day of conversation I felt very uneasy in my spirit. I found myself awake in the middle of the night asking for Holy Spirit discernment. Sure enough, the next day I was contacted again (I realized at this point that it was probably a representative of the Ministry—–>which would make the whole thing a lie and the Ministry was operating in fraud). I already knew beforehand how the conversation would go by the LORD’s ‘still small voice’. I have both days’ conversation recorded in the following PDF so that you can see for yourself how the woman tried to usurp authority over me as a man, and how the bottom line was money:


After I was initially shocked and ceased conversing, there were continued attempts on their part that shocked me even more. Notice the lack of concern of who I am by not knowing how to refer to me (Brother/Sister). The clincher was when I was spoken down to as if I were an inferior who had to answer to them:

Continued Attempt.PDF

Once the original conversation ended on the second day, I was led to the following article, written by a pastor of a church in Southwest Utah, that cemented my conclusion from the conversation:

Called Out.PDF

The LORD is so good when we truly search for Truth! A few days afterwards, I got the following newsletter in the mail that breathed fresh air into me:

God’s Baptism of Love

Friend, please examine what is feeding you as a Christian. Is it spiritually healthy and challenging? Are you fellowshipping in a local church so you can build others up, just like they can build you up, and where you are able to share each other’s burdens in life?

“Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21‭-‬22 NKJV)

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Church Service Essentials


Two key ingredients when baking are flour and sugar. It is the same in any church service, where two ingredients are essential.

I hear of so many inventive ways that churches resort to in order to bring people through their doors, especially the ones that target the Millennial Generation. This is very commendable as long as there are these two essential ingredients:

“If we CONFESS OUR SINS, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and HIS WORD is not in us.” (I John 1:9‭-‬10 NKJV)

To reiterate, the two ingredients that are essential in any church are the fact that SIN MUST BE DEALT WITH and HIS WORD (the BIBLE) MUST BE IN US.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1‭, ‬14 NKJV)

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV)

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 NKJV)

As you can see from these verses that there is inseparability between faith in Jesus and the ‘CONFESSION OF SIN’ and the ‘BIBLE’.

A pastor can speak about a man named Jesus all he wants to and he can preach a social message that hits home with these Millennials that bring them back week after week. But unless they are led to meet their SIN head-on and have to make a life changing decision, they are no better off in the light of eternity. Not only that, they will be powerless to meet the pitfalls of life that lie ahead. The same goes with the BIBLE. It must be presented in a way that they will devour it as the life-giving nourishment it truly is.

The following verse is a real eye-opener to make us realize that we must be preaching and teaching, no matter what generation it is, the essentials of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. (James 2:19 NLT)”

Cornelius Plantinga reminds us of this immutable truth: “For the Christian Church (even in its recently popular seeker services) to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally uninteresting.”

I have written an article that shows how each one of us must meet the reality of SIN face-to-face and deal with it the only way that God the Father has ordained in His WORD:

I have a second article that shows how each one of us must devour and absorb the BIBLE in an ongoing process that will carry us on into eternity:

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Chocolate Bar Salvation


The following is the way I like to share the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a non-believer. I explain that salvation in Jesus Christ is like a chocolate bar. If I hand them a chocolate bar as a free gift, the normal reaction is for them to unwrap the chocolate bar and to eat it and enjoy it. Of course, they can refuse it, they can throw it away, they can put it in their pocket and let it melt, they can give it to someone else, or they can read its ingredients and wonder if they should eat it or not. It is the same way with salvation. All that someone has to do to enjoy salvation is to simply accept and believe that Jesus loves them and died on the cross for their sins the same way as unwrapping a chocolate bar and simply enjoying it.

Thank God that the salvation message itself is very simple that even a child can respond to it and accept Jesus as their savior:

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV)

But a full understanding of salvation and what is behind it is not necessary to enjoy salvation. Besides that, a full understanding of it is beyond man’s comprehension:

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.” (Ephesians 3:19 NLT)

“Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.” (1 Timothy 3:9 NKJV)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 NKJV)

Calvinism and Arminianism are two systems of theology that attempt to explain the relationship between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility in the matter of salvation. So, in the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate, who is correct? It is interesting to note that in the diversity of the body of Christ, there are all sorts of mixtures of Calvinism and Arminianism. Both systems fail in that they attempt to explain the unexplainable. Human beings are incapable of fully grasping a concept such as this. Yes, God is absolutely sovereign and knows all. Yes, human beings are called to make a genuine decision to place faith in Christ unto salvation. These two facts seem contradictory to us, but in the mind of God they make perfect sense.

In the following example, there are three factors that brought a woman named Lydia to salvation. First Paul had to preach the Good News of the Gospel for her to hear. Second, the Holy Spirit opened her heart. Third, Lydia unwrapped the chocolate bar and ate it. And as you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed it and shared it with her family:

On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She and her household were baptized, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed. (Acts of the Apostles 16:13‭-‬15 NLT)

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Presence Of God Above All Else


So you have the date written down of when you were saved and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. You also have the date written down of when you were baptized in the Holy Spirit and received power from on high. That is good.

This article is to wake you up to the fact that you may have been saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit, and on your ordained way through life. But somewhere along the way you stopped seeking the LORD’s Presence. You became satisfied to be merrily on your way to whatever brought contentment to your eyes and flesh.

Moses and Paul were different. They were concerned with having the Lord’s presence go before them above all else. I want to show you by examining what Scripture records about them that this concept spans both the Old and the New Testaments:

The Lord said, “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are  a stiff-necked people.” Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Then Moses said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And Moses said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:3‭, ‬7a, 11a, 15‭, ‬17‭-‬23 NKJV)

Now when they (Paul and companions) had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:6‭-‬10 NKJV)

Many people come to Christ with a great, initial burst of faith. Yet over time their zeal wears thin, and they begin to neglect the Lord. They lightly esteem His commands and turn back to their old, sinful ways. Yet they still believe God’s Presence remains with them. No – that is a hoax, a lie, a delusion! The Bible makes it clear: If you forsake Him, He will forsake you!

God’s promises never fail. But some – like the covenant of His Presence – are absolutely conditional. They require more than merely our cooperation. Of course, God will never abandon us or stop loving us. But if we remain in sin, His Presence will not be with us – and our lives will no longer be an instrument of His powerful presence. We will live according to the flesh – striving, floundering, with no power or guidance! Only when God’s Presence is upon us can we behold, see and understand His Glory.

Proverbs 16:9 says, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”  As we commit ourselves to the Lord, we know that He will lead us day by day. His favor will be present as a testimony. God’s strategy will prevail. But, if we do not commit our ways to the LORD, we will find ourselves adrift. His Presence will not go before us. Just as a ship adrift in the ocean often finds itself in peril, so will be our lives.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV)

I will leave you with this quote and verse:

“To place ourselves in range of God’s choicest gifts, we have to walk with God, work with God, lean on God, cling to God, come to have the sense and feel of God, refer all things to God” (Cornelius Plantinga)

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:15‭-‬18 NLT)

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