Next Steps…

If you have just believed the Gospel and been born again I want to encourage you with the following message.

To be continued…

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A Start

I’m not really sure how I begin this, so I’ll just step out in faith.  I started this website because I believe the Lord has asked me to do so.  It is my faith that the Father will use me and this website as a means by which he will be glorified through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 19:10 says, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”  I believe the Lord is calling me to prophesy by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ so that the dead might live by faith and the body of believers might be built up and sanctified through this same faith in his finished work of the cross.

I am not the pastor of a church, a seminarian, a theologian or even a member of the clergy.  I have no experience in church leadership in any way, shape or form but I am trusting in the steadfast love of the Lord to be sufficient for me.  Where I am weak, he is strong.

It is my testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God and it is in this power that I pray this ministry will rest.  Paul wrote to the Romans declaring this truth saying, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16)  It is my sincere prayer that as the gospel is preached through this website that the Holy Spirit would go with it and through the super natural working of his power, he would do two things.

First, that those who do not know Jesus and have not obeyed his gospel, that the Spirit would grant their dead hearts repentance and the faith to believe this good news so that they might be saved to the praise of the Father in heaven who is working all things according to his purpose.   Second, that the body of Christ (that is the church) would be built up, edified and sanctified by faith in this good news of Jesus Christ as his soon return quickly approaches.

Further it is my prayer that this website and it’s author be wholly submitted to the direction and will of the Father who is in heaven, on behalf of the Son, by the present ministry of the Holy Spirit.  I pray that the words that are shared on this site would be pleasing to the Lord and that only that work which he has prepared for me to walk out (gold, silver and precious stone) would be made manifest and that any error, false teaching or sinful fleshly work (wood, hay and stubble) that I may preach would be quickly exposed and destroyed in his refining fire.

“Heavenly Father, I come to you now in the name of your Son Jesus and it is by his shed blood that I am able to enter into your holy presence, praying in the Spirit.  For this Father I praise you and worship the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world and is worthy of honor and glory and praise for what you have purposed Father has come to pass.

What you have declared has been made so.  For your glory Father, Christ Jesus has overcome and now lives and intercedes on behalf of the saints as a High Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.  Father, I thank you for the present ministry of the Holy Spirit whom you have sent to us as a seal and a guarantee of our inheritance in Christ Jesus.  It is by the Spirit that we cry out worshiping you in spirit and truth that your Son Jesus might be made preeminent in all creation to the praise of your glory Father.

Lord you are holy, you are good and just and merciful, abounding in steadfast love.  I long to know you fully even as I am now fully known.  Hear your servant Father.  You have made a home for yourself in my very heart, you have made it your place of dwelling.  Fill my heart then Lord with the knowledge of you; that your servant might know you more fully to the praise of your glory and the fullness of your servant’s joy.

Lord, thank you for your obedience to the will of the Father on behalf of the saints, obedience to the point of death, even death on a cross that I might be reconciled, a sinner, to Holy God.  What is this wonderful thing you have accomplished for me?  How can I possibly sing full your praise?  Worthy is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  Thank you Jesus for the cross!  Lord, intercede before the Father on your servant’s behalf, that my life might serve as a pleasing sacrifice to you as I share in your cross, your suffering King Jesus, ever increasing in faith in the finished work you have achieved.

Holy Spirit, your presence and power are a comfort and joy.  Shelter me Lord in you as I walk out the work God has ordained for his servant.  May I be used of you as a willing and joyful servant who seeks only the will of his Master that God might be glorified and his servant may know him to the fullness of his joy.  Holy Spirit, speak for your servant so that the words of my mouth be pleasing to you Lord.  Bind my tongue if it seeks its own will and consign my heart to the will of the Father who is in heaven.  Counselor, I pray, go with your servant in power and grant me boldness to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the dead and the living all to the praise and glory of the Father who is in heaven.  Amen.”

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This is a test post

Trying to get the hang of this thing.

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