Saturday, September 17, 2016

Keep the Fire of the Spirit Burning Bright

The fire of the Spirit must not be allowed to go out in our lives!
We who are friends of God must continually seek to know His heart and be focused on His presence. 
We must ask:
1. Is His pillar of fire (which represents His presence and glory) standing still or preparing to move? 
2. Are we more concerned with His laws, precepts and ways than our ideas on how to further His work among us?
3. Do we diligently seek Him though prayer, His Word and passionate worship throughout our day?
4. When we lay down at night are we open to His Spirit speaking to us in dreams, visions and should He desire awaken us with direction to pray, seek Him in His Word or just quiet ourselves so that we might hear Him speak?
5. Our ways are not His and as a result our wisdom on any issue must align with and be shaped by His Word and Ways!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Deliver Us from the Seat of The Scornful

Have you noticed that many people are becoming a part of the bickering, slandering and thoughtlessly critical of others? The news, Facebook, Twitter and everywhere we look or listen. Not only are we nasty toward one another but also we lack wisdom in our communication. While honest disagreement is natural the way we communicate our disagreement has grown cancerous.

If someone states an opinion that we believe is wrong we criticizing it and him or her. If later they begin to change their opinion toward what we though was good we do not say great they have come around to a wiser position we criticize the change instead of complementing them on being wise.

We have become so consumed with criticism that we have become mockers and nasty to the point that we become even viler than the people or ideas we are critical of.

Jesus was hard on those whom put on the face of righteousness and goodness while being hate filled and vile. Some today do this and think that it allows them to be hateful and nasty toward others

WE have moved beyond that to outwardly being harsh and claiming that our harshness is actually kindness, goodness and truth.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where those who violate God’s ways, nor sits down [to be comfortable] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. Psalm 1:11


Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

America has a long history of military members who have shown extraordinary courage, with many willingly giving their lives to secure the freedoms our nation enjoys, freedoms we often take for granted. On Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) we honor the sacrifice of these brave men and women.


World War II (1941-1945) was an especially deadly war, with over 400,000 Americans being killed in famous military engagements such as the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day as well as in many otherlesser known battles. Each life lost, whether in a major or an obscure battle, helped win peace and end tyranny. There were many heroes in that war, sung and unsung. 
One amazing example of heroism occurred during the Campaign of Guadalcanal (August 1942-February 1943). Sergeant John Basilone and his handful of men were responsible for holding back a Japanese assault of thousands on October 24-25, 1942. Basilone, throughout this engagement, personally repaired and manned multiple machine guns. At times, he was unable to shoot his guns over the piles of dead Japanese who fell at the brink of his hill. When his small detachment ran low, Basilone fought his way through the Japanese lines to resupply critically-needed ammunition. The Americans eventually won this long campaign. As a result of his actions, Basilone was awardedthe Congressional Medal of Honor. (The picture on the left is of a magazine personally signed by Basilone, one of the many World War II treasures we have in the WallBuilders library.)
Later in the war at the Battle of Iwo Jima(February 19-March 26, 1945), Basilone came ashore with the first wave of Marines. Shortly after landing, his unit was trapped by machine guns from Japanese blockhouses. Basilone worked his way around one of these blockhouses and single-handedly destroyed it. Later, as he was making his way towards an airfield, he came across an American tank trapped in a minefield. While under fire, he guidedthe tank out of the minefield and to safety. He was later killed by flying shrapnel. Basilone was awarded the Navy Cross for his courageous actions during the battle.
There are many additional stories of heroic and noble acts by American soldiers throughout our history. This Memorial Day as we remember the military members who lost their lives in battle, let us honor the courage they showed.
(By the way, if you're interested in reading some early sermons about Memorial Day, check out these from the WallBuilders library.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SON OF GOD, SON OF MAN

 
From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Twenty-Two, Day Three
The Name
Like the Father, Jesus is God. He always was, always is, and always will be. But unlike the Father, Jesus is also a human being. Though  charged with blasphemy and crucified for claiming to be one with the Father, Jesus' resurrection validates his claim to be God's Son in a unique way. When we confess our belief that Jesus is the Son of God, we share in the love the Father has for the Son, becoming adopted children of God.
Though Jesus was the Son of God, he was also the Son of Man, a title that emphasizes both his lowliness and his eventual dominion. Near the end of his life, when the high priest asked him whether he was the Son of God, Jesus no longer avoided the title but said that he would one day "see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 26:64).
When you pray to Jesus as Son of God and Son of Man, you are praying to the One who is your Brother and your Lord.
Key Scripture
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven." Matthew 16:15 - 17
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Wednesday
Praying the Name

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God. . . .' " And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!" Matthew 27:41 - 43, 50 - 54
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27
Reflect On: Matthew 27:41 - 54 and Deuteronomy 33:27.
Praise God: For sending his beloved Son.
Offer Thanks: Because God considers you his child.
Confess: Your faith in Jesus as the Son of God.
Ask God: To deepen your sense of being his son or his daughter.
Have you ever played a game in which you let yourself fall backward into someone else's arms? It's difficult not to hedge your bets, not to sneak a look around to see whether the other person stands ready to catch you. Now imagine a more difficult challenge. This time you stand with your back toward an open grave and your task is to fall backwards into it. Your friend has assured you he will be there to catch you as you fall. The success of this venture depends on two things: your trust and your friend's ability to keep his promise.
I imagine that Jesus' death must have been something like that. Though he was God, he had to fall back helplessly into a human grave, trusting that the Father who loved him would raise him up. To do this, Jesus had to have been absolutely secure in his identity as God's Son. In fact, Jesus never called God by any other name than Father, except once, when quoting directly from a psalm. Over and over, it was always "Father":
Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?
Father, protect them by the power of your name.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.
Abba, Father, everything is possible for you.
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
Jesus was crucified for one thing — for claiming to be God's Son. So it is interesting to note that when the earth shook at the moment of his death — the exact moment when the Son, falling into the grave, had need of his Abba's all-powerful arms to raise him up — the centurion and those with him guarding Jesus exclaimed in terror: "Surely he was the Son of God!" (Matthew 27:54).
Abba, a word derived from baby language to describe Almighty God! A word that would have sounded shocking to pious Jews! This is how Jesus expressed his relationship with Yahweh — as my Daddy, my Dear Father. It is the way he wants all of his followers to think of God.
Listen to what Paul says to the Galatian Christians:
"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father' " (Galatians 4:6).
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name." How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! If you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Because of what Jesus our Brother has done for us, we too have become children of God. As his sons and daughters, we can be absolutely confident that underneath our deepest griefs will always be the everlasting, ever-loving arms of God our heavenly Father. 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Bible Dictionary You will Want to Use

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary: New and Enhanced Edition is a delightful update to it predecessor.
I love the ‘How to use this dictionary’ in Bible Study section at the beginning of the book. It provides a guide on how to use the vast amount of resources included within.  If you are unfamiliar with using a Bible dictionary it can be confusing and a little intimidating.

If a Christian believer can only have three books, they should include a good cross-reference Bible, a comprehensive concordance and a good Bible dictionary. With these you can understand the Bible for your self and family, teach a Sunday school class or proclaim the good news publicly.

When you compare the structure and content of this new and updated bible dictionary with others on the market today it stands out as one of the best. I have personally spent many hours comparing them and appreciate the fact that Book Look Bloggers provided me with a review copy of this one.


This is a great and invaluable resource. Get yours today!

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

What Attributes of God Do We See in Jesus?

In Jesus we see God’s attributes of love, wisdom and grace. In 2 Timothy 2:11–13, Paul mentions some other divine attributes that Jesus clearly possesses. Verse 12 declares God’s justice: if we reject Christ, then God has no choice but to also reject us. God’s moral purity (see Isaiah 6:3-5 necessitates his justice; he cannot, will not and does not ignore sin. Jesus also possesses moral purity. As both Hebrews 4:14-15 and 1 John 3:5 attest, Jesus lived a sinless life. God the Father also endorsed Jesus’ moral purity (see Matthew 17:5).
Following the stern warning of 2 Timothy 2:12, Paul highlights Jesus’ faithfulness. Although we may turn away from Jesus, he gives us many undeserved chances to be reconciled with him. God’s faithfulness is well chronicled in the Old Testament’s accounts of the Israelites’ cycles of disobedience that were met with God’s mercy.
Both God and his Son, Jesus, possess moral purity, justice and faithfulness. These traits could not belong to an ordinary human but rather describe God incarnate. The fact that Jesus possessed these traits gives powerful testimony to his claims to be.
This devotion is from the NIV Case for Christ Study Bible 

Sunday, March 06, 2016

DISCERNING THE VOICE OF GOD

Do you feel that the ability to hear God's voice is for other people and not for you? Is it only for people who lived in Biblical times?
Not at all! The God who loved you enough to die for you loves you enough to talk to you. And wherever you are in your spiritual walk, God will find a way to speak to you in a way you will understand.
Become acquainted with the Voice that has spoken from a fire and a cloud, with visible signs and an invisible Spirit, through a burning bush and burning hearts. Hear from some of the most well known Christians in history about how God speaks to them, and discover for yourself how you can discern the voice of God.
One of Priscilla’s bestselling titles, Discerning the Voice of God is now completely revised with updated content and reflection questions. Each section contains insights that will aid you in your desire to hear Him speak. Discover the treasure of recognizing how God keeps in touch with his beloved people.


Realize the Way He Speaks
1. IfYou’reListening 17 
2. InsideInformation 37 
3. WhatDoYouWant? 51 
4. What’sBetterThanaBurningBush? 63
Part 1:
Recognize the Sound of His Voice
5. HeIsPersistent 77 
6. HeCommunicatesPersonally 91 
7. HeBringsPeace 105 
8. HeWillChallengeYou 117 
9. HeExudesTruth 127
10. HeSpeakswithAuthority 143
Part 2:
Remember What He Wants to Accomplish
11. TheBettertoKnowHim 157 
12. SoundsLikeaPlan 167 
13. Yes,Lord 181
 14. GreaterExpectations 197
Sources of Quotes 213 
Acknowledgments 215 
About the Author 217 

https://www.moodypublishers.com/books/evangelism-and-discipleship/discerning-the-voice-of-god/

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Standing in Awe of God



Observations of a fellow Pilgrim on the Amazing Goodness and Faithfulness of God, 'The Great I Am' Hebrews 11:13
There is a song by Kim Walker Smith entitled "In Awe of You" it starts with these words,
    What do you do when you're lost for words?
       They all fall short, so I just stand in awe
                      Stand in awe of you
              https://youtu.be/IdGsOJ7HGxk
If we knew the Goodness and Faithfulness of God in the life of each person who knows Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior we would be at a complete loss for words and we would simply stand in Awe of God!
     His Goodness, Power and Mercy in our lives, is the very fabric of the Hope that is within us.
Our Story begins…. Luke 19:10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and save Sodzo to restore or mend as well as to Redeem. But is our salvation just deliverance from sin and its penalty, death? Romans 8:18-25 adds context
      What did Jesus come to Save/mend? To discover this we need to ask another question. What was Lost in the Garden?
But even more important than the beginning is what happens afterward Philippians 2:12 work out your salvation
2 peter 1:10, 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Ephesians 4:1 Make your calling and election firm.
Transformation comes as the soil of lives is prepared, purged and nurtured by the Holy Spirit and Word of God. In addition the Community of believers building up one another is a critical if we are to Run the Race that is set before us without faltering.
Running this Race in God requires that we learn and apply Spiritual Disciplines everyday. Much like the Olympic athlete or professional athlete doing the basics day in and day out develops "Muscle Memory" in our Spiritual Life as well as our mind and emotions Spiritual Disciplines make our Life in God thrive.
Life is full of twist and turns, ups and downs. One day your the hero and the next the villain. One day your basking in the joys of life the next storms are swirling all around you with no way out visible.
Take time to Review some of your own High and Low points and you will see God’s faithfulness in every valley and on every mountain top.
Our challenge is to Stand in God. To not only Stand but to please God in all we do, to Thrive and Be all that God created us to be
So as Ephesians 6:13 tells us, “Having Done All Stand”
Copywrite (c) 2015 Wayne Newcomb, From my Message at SW AG in Lakewood Co. Artwork: Pilgrim in Pilgrims Progress

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Avoiding America’s Need to Turn back to God.

We hear many Christians today who want to Make America Great Again. That phrase is even one political candidates theme.
NOW what follows has nothing to do with politics but is the bedrock foundation of how America became great.
The USA started out as a small group of people desiring to serve God and live a Biblical life without the control of the King of England and the church he controlled. Today we have almost completely ignored and hidden the Biblical Life and thinking of our founders and we replace the truth our founding with our understanding of freedom without Biblical boundaries "Using our freedom as a License to sin."
1 Peter 2:16 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
16 '[Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God.' 
Most of what we hear our freedom defined as is pure selfish thinking and political manipulation. We were not great when we started but became great because we sought God and designed a nation built on Biblical freedom and law that flows from Him. Once we began to turn from Him and the truths our founders embraced be began to lose His favor. 
America's Greatness Flows from its Biblical Foundations which when applied to the Government of a People have brought us Greatness. No political leader or Party can accomplish this only our repentance and Turning back to God will accomplish this.
2 Chronicles 7:14 and My people, who are called by My Name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land. Amplified Bible (AMP)
Below are additional resources to get you started started on your road to discovering America's Biblical Foundations.You will also find many more video and book resources at  www.Wallbuilders.com/
The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible
http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=8755
The Bible and Our Founders
http://kirkcameron.com/u-s-constitution-and-biblical-princ…/ gives these quotes.

If Interested in Learning more I recommend you buy a copy of the Founders Bible and read through it cover to cover. (Click on the see Inside header) https://thefoundersbible.com/

First study God’s Word itself about what makes a person or nation great.
Second, while reading the Bible through you will also find readings from many of our original documents.
You will discover how very much we are great because God honored our trust and reliance on Him to become a Republic in whose freedoms are based in the Bible, our source of truth and freedom. 
You will discover how our founders prayed for guidance even quoting scripture to one another in deliberating our founding and our documents which were designed for us to rely on God for our freedom and truth, The quotes from our founders as well the statements of our leaders over the past few hundred years point to our Godly Biblical heritage and the source of our freedom. 
The Founders Bible Introduction.
"America stands at the crossroads of human history, teetering on the brink of disaster. If ever there was a desperate need for us to rediscover the vision, passion, and wisdom of our Founding Fathers, it is now! Signature historian David Barton sets the record straight, unveiling the true and forgotten history of America’s founding and the unwavering commitment our Founders had to the importance of the Word of God. The Bible was central to their lives as individuals, essential for shaping and guiding our society, and foundational to our unique system of government that has produced the most enduring legacy of freedom any nation has ever known. The Founders’ Bible uses the trusted, updated New American Standard Bible (NASB), recognized by scholars as the most accurate, word for word translation of the Scriptures in the English language. With over 900 pages of in-depth culturally relevant articles, insightful Biblical commentary from the Founders on a wide range of topics, and some of the most inspiring history of this nation’s founding and the destiny and purpose God intended. The Founders' Bible will renew your hope and reignite your passion not only for America, but also for the Word of God. It could be likened to a modern day ‘Geneva Bible’ for this generation in terms of its scope, content and significance. No other book brings together your history, your government and your Bible all into one amazing resource. The Founders' Bible is destined to be an unrivaled, invaluable textbook for university students, home-schoolers, and all those who want to learn the true and forgotten foundations of what has made America great.
Never before has the epic saga of the founding of America been told from the point of view that God had a plan for this nation and a yearning for freedom. Over and over, God’s miraculous intervention on behalf of our Founding Fathers, the Forefathers, and this fledgling country demonstrates that the dream of freedom would not be thwarted. Beginning with America’s discovery by courageous Europeans to its providential settlement, from the Pilgrims’ escape from tyranny and persecution to the colonial expansion and spiritual awakenings, from the initial fires of Revolution to the impossible victory of a ragtag bunch of farmers and freedom fighters over the most powerful military force the world had known, from the stirrings of civil unrest and the injustice of slavery to the horrific but necessary struggles of civil war, America has been on a path of divine origin and destiny. Before the remarkable words of our founding documents were ever penned, they were first preached from the pulpits of New England as people wrestled with the Scriptures for themselves as to ‘how then shall we live.’ This is the remarkable story of our deep spiritual heritage and the largely unknown historical foundations that produced a nation that once held the admiration of all the world. It’s also a roadmap we can follow so as to once again become that “shining city on a hill,” a beacon of hope to the world around.
In the Founders' Bible signature historian David Barton shares the true story of how God used the brilliance of the Founding Fathers and generals to unite the colonies and lead them through the long, hard Revolutionary war. These men believed resistance to tyranny was a Christian duty because they were defending God-given rights. Such men as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin established the firm foundations of the soon-to-be country; they made sure it was steadfastly planted in the Word of God. These great, God-fearing men were put in just the right place at just the right time by the hand of God to fashion a nation that would promote freedom, discover equality, honor faith, and providentially be a source of great blessing to the nations of the world! As a nation, with our backs to the wall, facing a looming cliff of disaster, we would do well to rediscover the wisdom of the Founders. These were the men who courageously laid the groundwork and built the foundation that made our nation great. The Founders' Bible uniquely illumines the very passages of Scriptures that inspired our Founders and formed the basis of our constitution, government and its guiding documents. Examine the Bible verses that provide the seed bed of understanding for justice, our legal system as it was intended, and the individual God-given rights and freedoms we possess. See what chapters inspired them in the fight for independence and freedom. Understand the sacrifices they made because of their Biblically-based beliefs and learn about how America is most assuredly a Christian nation. You will be amazed at the rich, Godly legacy that permeates the soil of this great country. May we return to those paths and find ourselves amidst another Great Awakening!"

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Are You Avoiding Getting Alone with God

Has it been a while since you have had time alone with the Lord? Is the hectic pace of life militating against your relationship with Him? Do you need to schedule some “alone time” with God as soon as possible?

     Please don’t feel an ounce of condemnation as you consider this issue. I have to admit that I regularly answer “yes” to all the above questions. The pace of life is often so frenetic that it seems impossible to get a breather. During those rare moments of down time, other pressing options usually push aside the prospect of spending extra moments with the Lord.

     I’m not bringing up this topic to make you uncomfortable. Instead, let’s take this letter as an opportunity to dig a little deeper in a commonly neglected area of our spiritual lives.


The Best Option

     Recently, my wife, Cindi, and I were having lunch with Christian friends who are partners in ministry. At the time of our get-together, I had begun some study on the theme of being silent in the Lord’s presence—and my thoughts were starting to gel.

     At one point in our conversation, the Lord confirmed to me that writing an article on this theme might be on target. It was when our friend, Karen, referred to a decision she needed to make: “I could talk with a number of my friends about what to do. But really, I just need to get alone with God to find out His answer.”

     I don’t remember much else of what was said in the next few minutes. I was too busy scribbling a note to myself for the title of this letter: “Getting Alone with God.”

     What are the benefits of having private time with the Lord? What outcomes can we expect when we intentionally seclude ourselves with the Lord? There are as many possible results as there are reasons to draw apart. We see this point in one particular chapter from the life of Jesus which sheds additional light on this need in our lives.


The Need for Time Alone

     In Matthew 14, we read how Jesus responded to the disturbing news that his cousin, John the Baptist, had been beheaded by wicked King Herod. “When Jesus heard it, He departed from there by boat to a deserted place by Himself” (v. 13).

     Why did Jesus insist upon getting away? Perhaps He needed interaction with the Father to process this news, to grieve in solitude over the loss of His cousin, or simply to strengthen Himself in prayer. Without question, John’s martyrdom was a solemn reminder of what lay ahead in His own life and ministry. We don’t know all the reasons for the seclusion, but Jesus’ first instinct on this occasion was to be by Himself with the Father.

     Was Jesus able to get all the “alone time” He needed? Unfortunately not.

     Similar to what we often experience, the demands of everyday life pressed in on the Savior. The crowd of people seeking His ministry inserted themselves into His private time—and true to His compassionate heart, Jesus did not ignore them. Instead, He responded to their need, feeding the multitude who had tracked Him down.


A High Priority

     It is significant to note what Jesus did immediately after that “interruption.” What was His next step after ministering to the hungry crowd? He made sure that He got right back into isolation with the Father.

     “Immediately Jesus made [invited, strongly urged] His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray” (vv. 22, 23).

     By this time, the Messiah must have been exhausted. Yet time alone with the Father was such a high priority to Him that He went right back to it. We see this as a recurring pattern in the life of Jesus. Even after a full day of demanding ministry, our Savior would find a secluded place to be together with the Father—sometimes for the entire night.

     Is there a secret here that we need to see for ourselves? A missing element of great value for our own spiritual growth and well-being? What if we were to set this same priority—carving out time alone with the Lord, no matter how hectic our schedules might be? We might be amazed by what the Lord says to us when we do.


Unexpected Answers

     Early in our marriage, Cindi and I experienced a surprising, somewhat undeserved outcome from drawing near to the Lord. At that time in our lives, I was not the most sensitive or spiritually mature husband, and Cindi herself was going through a rather dry season. As we talked about our struggles, she said, “I just feel really distant from the Lord right now, like I can’t even approach Him. Would you pray for me?”

     Somewhat reluctant to pray, and not being in the strongest condition myself, I began a rather halting, but honest prayer for my wife: “Lord, we’re not in the greatest shape here, and Cindi is feeling far from You. So, we don’t know what else to do right now except to simply come to You.” A few moments of silence ensued, and then Cindi began to weep.

     “The Lord just spoke to me,” she said, still weeping. "He said, ‘I missed you.’”

      Who knows what answers will come when we draw away to be with the Lord? What unexpected encouragement might the Lord supply? Maybe—as in the answer to Cindi—we will realize the Lord is even more eager to be with us than we are to be with Him.


A Direct Message

     Derek Prince deals with the priority of getting alone with God in a teaching entitled “Taking Time to Wait on God.” It is a unique message—containing a wide variety of helpful topics laced with very direct language that occasionally borders on stern admonition.

     You will pick up a little of the flavor of Derek’s tone in the excerpt below. (Later in this letter, we will let you know how you can have this entire helpful message for your own.)

     Clearly, one principle reigns supreme in all Derek shares here: the primacy of making our relationship with Jesus Christ the foundation of our entire lives.


     Let no one ever interfere with your personal connection with the Head [Jesus Christ].

     Pastors are wonderful people, but they cannot take the place of Jesus. The function of a pastor is not to be your head—it is to help you cultivate your relationship with the One who is your Head. It is not to tell you the answers to all your problems—it is to show you how to find the answers for yourself from Jesus.

     Some people are lazy; they just want some human being to solve all their problems. It doesn’t work that way. And some leaders are despotic; they want to take control of people. I have been through all that and, thank God, I’ve come out of it. I have no desire to be in it again.

     You have to have your own personal relationship with Jesus. You have to be able to hear Him speak to you. You have to be able to be directed by Him. You have to have something inside you that tells you when He’s pleased and when He’s not pleased. You have to be sensitive to the Head.

A Key to Our Relationship

     Are you sensing a growing conviction that you need to spend more time with the Lord? My goal in asking is not to make you feel bad. As Derek himself said in another part of the message quoted above: “And so, my desire is to help you. Not to accuse you; not to condemn you—but to help you.”

     Through what has been shared so far, you may feel the need to prioritize getting alone with God. If you sincerely desire to commit yourself to that pursuit, let’s tell the Lord together by making the following declaration. Are you ready?


     Lord, You are in charge of my entire life. My life’s purpose will become clearer only as I get in Your presence and receive strength and stamina to carry me forward.
     Dear Heavenly Father, You and I need to spend more quality time together. Please forgive me for neglecting that aspect of spiritual discipline in my relationship with You.
     With this declaration and prayer, I place getting alone with You at the top of my priority list. With Your help, I will carve out specific times to spend with You—both to listen in silence and to pour out my heart to You.
     Please help me follow the example Jesus set for all of us in His relationship with You, Father—finding time to be alone with You to confirm Your will and direction for every aspect of my life. I want to—and by Your grace, I will.

     Starting today, I make this solemn commitment to You. Amen.

Every Step We Take

     The step we have just taken is going to require a dose of added discipline in our lives. The good news, as you and I know so well, is that every step taken to deepen our relationship with the Lord results in unexpected rewards—both earthly and eternal. Who knows what will emerge from the declaration and prayer you and I have made today?

     Such a significant commitment has to be reinforced—and we want to help in that regard. The teachings of Derek Prince can provide substantive encouragement as you set your face to move forward. It is our privilege to make these materials available to you—so please take us up on our offer to help.

     Let’s start with a free audio offer for “Taking Time to Wait on God.” As I said, this message may surprise you with its variety and candor. Often, Derek refused to pull any punches in what he shared—but he always spoke out of love and concern. Please click here to download this message, and soak in it to reinforce the pivotal step you have taken today.


Stronger Relational Ties

     You and I are called together for such times as these—and to fulfill His purposes for us, we will need to prioritize time alone with the Lord. We hope you will continue to rely heavily upon the resources we can provide, sharing your testimonies of the progress you are making. Your continuing involvement with us—especially through your prayers and financial support—represent a strong bond of relationship between us in the family of God. It is an honor to stay in touch with you in these significant days.

     Our prayer is that you will grow increasingly stronger in your relationship with the Lord, serving Him faithfully in the days ahead. As you well know, stability in the Christian life doesn’t come without a price. But from the example set by Jesus, our Savior, we have discovered one of the main components we need for growth and progress.

     Are you ready to put this principle in place? Jesus modeled it so clearly for us—one of the pivotal factors in a flowing relationship with the Father—getting alone with God


by Dick Leggatt
President, DPM–USA Derrick Prince Ministries