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September 6, 2016, 11:56 PM

Testimony

Testimony: On August 10th I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, I came home and began to battle extreme depression, I could not hardly drink any of the liquids due to nausea and to top it all off a week later I became extremely dehydrated and found myself in the hospital with kidney stones and problems with my kidney function...the kidney issues were not related to the surgery necessarily but because of the restriction of the sleeve I could not get enough fluids in. This time was a literal Hell on Earth, I have never experienced that kind of pain nor had I ever experienced the hopeless that I was feeling.

People were praying and God helped me to pass the stone(s). I was still struggling with the liquid diet and I knew I wasn't getting enough of what I needed...I knew I needed to be started at least on soft foods but was not wanting to progress myself until my Doctor released me which according to him would be another 1.5 to 2 weeks...I wasn't sure how I was going to make it because I physically could not handle the liquids that I was supposed to be intaking. Some things with my Doctor had transpired during my stay at the hospital and they had upset me and I had planned on dealing with them but I felt that God told me to be still and turn the other cheek when I went back for my 1.5 week checkup. I basically told God "Ok but I need you to work on my behalf, I need to be put on soft foods even though I'm 2 weeks away from that"...I put it in His hands

I walked in for my check-up and the nurse came in and said "The Dr. is going to progress you to food today"....I never had to say a word.

The Doctor came in and was so kind, he was so sorry for what I had been thru and he reiterated what the nurse said about putting me on food...however they were not releasing me to soft food but rather they were releasing me to any food that I felt I could handle.

Prayer Answered and I never had to say anything.

I came home, started on food but was still battling some physical issues and still fighting some depression due to just not feeling "normal".

I had dropped 29 lbs in 3 weeks but my energy levels were depleted, my stomach was still giving me some trouble and I was having some other issues.

I was severely weak, could not hardly walk for more than a few minutes at a time without feeling completely drained

Sunday, August 28th we had a mighty move of God in our AM service. The Holy Ghost hit that place and God started using me to pray for people...I felt like I was in a fog as I walked across the building praying for people...my Dad told me "you might need to sit down, you are white as a sheet" but I continued on...

...I kept feeling like I was going to pass out but at the same time I felt like someone had their hands inside my stomach and was working on things inside me...I finally made it to the steps and eased down on them while service finished out.

After service I went out to eat and for the first time since the surgery I actually ate and felt satisfied....even though it was maybe 1 ounce of food lol. I went home and tried to rest but I was so keyed up that I couldn't nap...I finally dozed off about an hour before time to get up for church

When I woke up for evening service I felt like a whole new person, I walked into the church and had that spring in my step, had joy in my heart and I felt great. Since that time I haven't looked back.

So far I have not found anything that I cannot tolerate food wise...well except those Popeyes grilled tenders that tasted like they had a whole can of red pepper dumped on them lol. As long as I chew, chew, chew, as long as I slow down and as long as I stop before the sleeve is completely full I have been able to tolerate everything I've tried.

People who have had the sleeve are amazed at my energy and my tolerance of foods and I know that it is just God...He literally pushed me miles down the road with whatever He did inside of me that Sunday Morning.

I haven't looked back since...I overdid it a little at the gym last week but besides that I haven't had any more complications, I feel normal again, my mind is right, no kidney pain and I'm 40lbs lighter.

I just wanted to share this and give God ALL of the Glory for His Healing Power!! He can heal the body, the mind, the emotions, the Spirit...and yes the Gastric Sleeve 😀

Thank you to everyone who prayed for me during the struggle, I very much appreciate it.

Thanks to the support of my Sweet Wife Beth, she has been my rock along with my parents Kenneth & Tammy Smith and all my kids Tori, Trace, Theoden, Kayla & Lisa. Thanks to my church family and all my friends for their prayers, encouragement and support.

I know I made the right choice, I know that in the long run I will be a better Husband, Father, Son & Pastor

I know that God is the Healer! I know that God is for me

#vsg #vsgjourney #GodIsForMe




June 8, 2016, 2:30 PM

The Beauty of the Battle

Legend:

Define Definition: To determine or identify the essential  qualities or meaning of

Refine Definition: Remove impurities or unwanted elements from a substance,  to improve

 

Many times we find ourselves rebuking the Battles that enter our lives

We find ourselves looking for a way out of the Battle instead of pressing forward

We find ourselves looking at the Battle as a negative rather than a positive

May I offer this to you...there is a Beauty in the Battle

The Beauty of the Battle is that Every Battle Defines You and some Battles Refine you

 

In the Word of God all of David’s battles defined or refined who he was 

David’s Battle with the Bear and the Lion defined him as a protector of something that did not even belong to him (His father’s sheep)

David’s Battle with Goliath defined him as a leader among men and a defender of the most High God

David’s psychological Battle with Saul defined him as a protector of God’s anointed and a man of great Character, it showed that he knew when to lay down arms and trust in God.

David’s failed battle with Lust which led to his adultery with Bathsheba and the premeditated murder of her Husband defined him as Weak in the area of Lust thus causing him to learn where his guard needed to be, it also showed him the forgiveness of a merciful God.

Every Battle that David went through defined him or refined him and he emerged a “Man after God’s own Heart”.

It defined him as to who he was and it refined him into who he would be.

It defined his life in the “here and now” or it refined his life by casting a light on those things that needed to be removed and improved for the future.

 

One could say that David’s life would have possibly been more peaceful without all of those battles.

Agreed but then what is Peace without Purpose.

David might have had Peace but he would have never found his Purpose.

David’s Purpose was to be the greatest King that Israel would ever have and a man after God’s own heart and every Battle he won showed that he had the Character of a King and the battles he lost refined the areas of his life that needed to be purified.

David’s Purpose was not only to be the greatest King of Israel, not only to be in the lineage of Jesus Christ but also to be one of the Greatest Examples of “humanity living a life for God”.

David’s purpose was not just for the time that he lived in, David's life would be forever immortal in the hearts and minds of all Christians to come after him.

David’s purpose was to encourage us, to show us how to forgive, how to treat those who treat us poorly, how to repent, how to war and how to seek “after” God’s heart.

 

So whatever Battle you are In, don’t rebuke it...embrace it for it may be that which defines and refines you.

Battles whether won or lost define and refine who we are and that definition and refining is for us and for those that come after us.

Someone is watching you war and they are learning from it, teach them right, show them victory...even in your defeats.

How is that possible you may ask...simple...

When you fall get back up and stay in the Battle.

When we lose a Battle it should cause us to look inside ourselves and define the areas that we are weak, the areas where we are unprotected, the areas where we are not allowing God to train us and grow us for war...this is when the refining process must begin...allow God to rid you of those things which are unfit for a Christian Soldier.

When we win a Battle it should cause us to look inside and define the areas where we are strong, the areas which we have protected, the areas where we have allowed God to train us and refine us for War.

 

The Beauty of the Battle is that every Battle defines or refines you.

Don’t Rebuke the Battle, Embrace It.

  • Allow God to train you for Battle.
  • Allow God to hone your Skills.
  • Allow God to shine a Light on your Weaknesses.
  • Allow God to trust you with the Battle.
     

Psa. 144:1Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: 
 

  • God is looking for Teachable Soldiers.
     
  • God is looking for Soldiers who will not run from a Battle but rather run towards it and meet it Head On...Win or Lose...Live or Die...
     
  • God is looking for Soldiers who will Mature in Battle thus knowing when to take up the sword and when to lay down the sword.
     

So whatever your battle... 

Whether it be physical, spiritual, psychological or emotional.

Whether it be some struggle with sin such as bitterness, fear, lust or doubt,

Whether it be the battle of feeling inadequate, having no self-control or friends and family betraying you.

Don’t rebuke the Battle.

See the Beauty of the Battle.

Trust God, Trust Your Training.

Don’t quit in the Battle.

Let the Battle Define You.

Let the Battle Refine You.

You will emerge better for it.




January 29, 2016, 10:14 PM

The Dragon

 

Disclaimer: I do not know who the original author of this story is. I did not write this nor do I seek any financial gain from it. I do however hope that it will encourage, bless and help those who have struggled with "Secret Dragon Rides". You don't have to deal with the Dragon any longer.

 

The Dragon

"There was once a great and noble King whose land was terrorized by a crafty dragon. Like a massive bird of prey, the scaly beast delighted in ravaging villages with his fiery breath.

Hapless victims ran from their burning homes, only to be snatched into the dragon’s jaws or talons. Those devoured instantly were deemed more fortunate than those carried back to the dragon’s lair to be devoured at his leisure. The King led his sons and knights in many valiant battles against the dragon.

Riding alone in the forest, one of the King’s sons heard his name purred low and soft. In the shadows of the ferns and trees, curled among the boulders, lay the dragon. The creature’s heavy-lidded eyes fastened on the prince, and the reptilian mouth stretched into a friendly smile.

"Don’t be alarmed," said the dragon, as gray wisps of smoke rose lazily from his nostrils.

"I am not what your father thinks."

"What are you, then?" asked the prince, warily drawing his sword as he pulled in the reins to keep his fearful horse from bolting.

"I am pleasure," said the dragon. "Ride on my back and you will experience more than you ever imagined. Come now. I have no harmful intentions. I seek a friend, someone to share flights with me. Have you never dreamed of flying? Never longed to soar in the clouds?"

Visions of soaring high above the forested hills drew the prince hesitantly from his horse. The dragon unfurled one great webbed wing to serve as a ramp to his ridged back. Between the spiny projections, the prince found a secure seat. Then the creature snapped his powerful wings twice and launched them into the sky. The prince’s apprehension melted into awe and exhilaration.

From then on, he met the dragon often, but secretly, for how could he tell his father, brothers or the knights that he had befriended the enemy? The prince felt separate from them all. Their concerns were no longer his concerns. Even when he wasn’t with the dragon, he spent less time with those he loved and more time alone.

The skin on the prince’s legs became calloused from gripping the ridged back of the dragon, and his hands grew rough and hardened. He began wearing gloves to hide the malady. After many nights of riding, he discovered scales growing on the backs of his hands as well. With dread he realized his fate were he to continue, and so he resolved to return no more to the dragon.

But, after a fortnight, he again sought out the dragon, having been tormented with desire. And so it transpired many times over. No matter what his determination, the prince eventually found himself pulled back, as if by the cords of an invisible web. Silently, patiently, the dragon always waited.

One cold, moonless night their excursion became a foray against a sleeping village. Torching the thatched roofs with fiery blasts from his nostrils, the dragon roared with delight when the terrified victims fled from their burning homes. Swooping in, the serpent belched again and flames engulfed a cluster of screaming villages. The prince closed his eyes tightly in an attempt to shut out the carnage.

In the pre-dawn hours, when the prince crept back from his dragon trysts, the road outside his father’s castle usually remained empty. But not tonight. Terrified refugees streamed into the protective walls of the castle. The prince attempted to slip through the crowd to close himself in his chambers, but some of the survivors stared and pointed toward him.

"He was there," one woman cried out, "I saw him on the back of the dragon." Others nodded their heads in angry agreement. Horrified, the prince saw that his father, the King, was in the courtyard holding a bleeding child in his arms. The King’s face mirrored the agony of his people as his eyes found the prince’s. The son fled, hoping to escape into the night, but the guards apprehended him as if he were a common thief. They brought him to the great hall where his father sat solemnly on the throne. The people on every side railed against the prince.

"Banish him!" he heard one of his own brothers angrily cry out.

"Burn him alive!" other voices shouted.

As the king rose from his throne, bloodstains from the wounded shone darkly on his royal robes. The crowd fell silent in expectation of his decree. The prince, who could not bear to look into his father’s face, stared at the flagstones of the floor.

"Take off your gloves and your tunic," the King commanded. The prince obeyed slowly, dreading to have his metamorphosis uncovered before the kingdom. Was his shame not already enough? He had hoped for a quick death without further humiliation. Sounds of revulsion rippled through the crowd at the sight of the prince’s thick, scaled skin and the ridge growing along his spine.

The king strode toward his son, and the prince steeled himself, fully expecting a back handed blow even though he had never been struck so by his father.

Instead, his father embraced him and wept as he held him tightly. In shocked disbelief, the prince buried his face against his father’s shoulder.

"Do you wish to be freed from the dragon, my son?"

The prince answered in despair, "I wished it many times, but there is no hope for me."

"Not alone," said the King. "You cannot win against the dragon alone."

"Father, I am no longer your son. I am half beast," sobbed the prince.

But his father replied, "My blood runs in your veins. My nobility has always been stamped deep within your soul."

With his face still hidden tearfully in his father’s embrace, the prince heard the King instruct the crowd, "The dragon is crafty. Some fall victim to his wiles and some to his violence. There will be mercy for all who wish to be freed. Who else among you has ridden the dragon?"

The prince lifted his head to see someone emerge from the crowd. To his amazement, he recognized an older brother, one who had been lauded throughout the kingdom for his onslaughts against the dragon in battle and for his many good deeds. Others came, some weeping, others hanging their heads in shame.

The King embraced them all.

"This is our most powerful weapon against the dragon," he announced. "Truth. No more hidden flights. Alone we cannot resist him."




March 20, 2014, 12:22 PM

Find Rest

 

In this time we live in it is very vital that we find time for Physical Rest & Spiritual Rest.

When your body is weary then your Spirit will become weak

When your Spirit is weary then your body will become weak

Physical Rest & Spiritual Rest work synonymously yet they are different

Many people try to fix Physical weariness with Spiritual Rest and this does not work

Many people try to fix Spiritual Weariness with Physical Rest and this does not work

They each have a set of steps that must be followed

  • Let's look at Physical Rest for a moment                                               

 

It's real simple - Find time to rest

  • Go to bed early
  • Take a napFind a day where you can sleep in                                    
  • Relax
  • Read a Book
  • Watch a Movie
  • Just Chill
  • Take a day out with your family

You may say "I can't afford to" but I say "You can't afford not to"

Whether you are male or female you have a family depending on you and if you crash and burn then they are left to pick up the pieces.

Find a place of rest....for your sake and for your family's sake

  • Then there is the matter of Spiritual Rest

Spiritual Rest is one of the most important things in the Kingdom of God

God is very concerned with us keeping our Spirit right and for our Soirit to be Right it must have Rest

Jesus said in Matthew

Matt. 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The word labor here denotes active travail and the words heavy laden relates to weariness.

Many that will read this blog are at this moment in situations where active travail, warfare and weariness abounds

Many times we are working for the Kingdom of God but we are doing it the wrong way

I hope I never forget what my friend Rev. Paul Jacks told me, "You can find yourself doing the right thing the wrong way"

If you are growing weary in well doing then you are "well doing" wrong

The Bible tells us twice to not grow weary in well doing

Gal. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not

2Th. 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 

In order to not grow weary in well doing we must take time for Spiritual Rest

There is a "fix all cure" for Spiritual Rest in the Kingdom of God

It's not new answers, it's the same answers that we have had for thousands of years

1. Consistent Prayer

  • Communication and Intimacy with the Source

2. Consistent Bible Reading

  • Guidance from the Source

3. Consistent Devotion

  • Focusing my mind upon the Source

4. Consistent Church Attendance

  • Assembling with other followers of the Source to hear the Source’s Spoken Words

That’s right, no new answer.....just consistency in the answers we already have

The truth is we must pray, we must read His Word, we must have devotion time and contrary to what the World and many Post Modern Christians say we must attend church faithful....consistency in these things will go far in finding Spiritual Rest

Before I end this blog I want to share with a 3 step way to become consistent in Prayer, Bible Reading & Devotion

Here we go

 

1. Days

  • Don’t worry about length of time here rather worry about days
  • Get consistent to praying/reading/devoting daily

   Let's say for example that you start out with 15 minutes. If you pray 15 minutes, read 15 minutes, do devotion 15 minutes for (30 days) you have become consistent in days (You have spent 45 minutes daily with the Master for a month)

2. Time

  • Once your days have become consistent now move on to your time

    If 15 minutes was your time....go up 15 more minutes....raise your time in 15 minute intervals one month at a   time...don't get crazy here, take it slow

    If you pray 30 minutes, read 30 minutes, do devotion 30 minutes for one solid month you have become consistent in days (You have spent 1.5  minutes daily with the Master for a month)

3. Depth

  • Once your days and times are consistent now work on depth
  • Take your prayer deeper with prayer lists, intercession, etc
  • Take your Bible Reading deeper with studying instead of just reading

  Find devotions that are more in depth about God....that stretch you a bit further

 

If you will become consistant in these things you will have an edge over Spiritual Weariness

I am at peace the most when I am praying consistently

I am in tune with Him more when I am reading His Word

My mind is more free when I am spending time in devotion

In this End-time the soldiers of God's army must have time for Physical & Spiritual Rest

Weary Foot-Soldiers are of no avail in this army

Let's Rest

 




January 26, 2012, 12:00 AM

"Hard" Religion vs "Heart" Relationship


 

"Hard" Religion vs "Heart" Relationship

 

I have seen people who quit church because it's not a hard-nosed church that preaches against everything including breathing fresh air….that is a skewed view of living for God 

 

People who need "Hard" Religion never developed a "Heart" Relationship

 

"the church don't preach it hard enough so I will just quit"….sadly there is something wrong with that picture?? What are you in it for? A relationship with Christ or Man-made Traditions that you can't even live up to in the first place?

 

If your having to be hung over Hell to stay saved something has gone terribly wrong in your relationship with Christ

 

Nothing wrong with having standards, convictions or guidelines....I'm all for that but in the middle of all of that if there is no "Heart" relationship then there is nothing to back those standards, convictions and guidelines....this is why people pile up rules but never seem to be able to live them so they change them......if you change it then it was probably never conviction but rather conformity or some legalistic lifestyle that you felt you had to live

 

True convictions do not change for anything or anyone

 

We must get back to the "center" and the center is Jesus Christ and His grace

 

Don't make this thing about the law, Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law. Jesus came so that we may experience grace and liberty through His blood

 

We are not justified by the law but rather by faith in Jesus Christ

 

Gal. 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 

 

Gal. 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 

 

Gal. 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 

 

Gal. 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 

 

A relationship with Christ will produce the convictions you need and they will be heartfelt convictions rather than laws that someone placed on you or that you have placed on yourself

 

Anything done outside of Christ is moot and border-line idolatry, many times people who are living "Hard" religion are not even living it for Christ. If you are not living it for Christ then who are you living it for? Could it be that you are serving another god? A god of your own making? A god of man-made traditions rather than heartfelt convictions? This is idolatry

 

Keep Jesus at the center and he will make sure the balances are right

 

Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 

 

If you lay yourself down on the altar, if you are being "Crucified with Christ" then you will live a life with the "right" convictions....daily visits to the cross will produce the life that you should be living

 

Don't frustrate the grace of God, don't cause His death to be in vain by having to have some "hard law" to live by

 

Gal. 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. 

 

Rather move forward into a relationship with Him, a true relationship that will produce "God-Inspired" convictions rather than "Man-made" rules

 

Because of His grace we can access this kind of relationship with Him

 

We are under the grace of God, let it work in your life

 

This does not give us a license to sin but rather it allows us to live for Him in Liberty

 

Rom. 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 

 

If you get a "Heart relationship" you will not desire to sin and you won't need some "Hard" religion or some set of "laws" to keep you right….you will desire to walk with him 

 

We have the ability to overcome sin and enjoy a "Heart" relationship rather than "Hard" religion

 

I personally don't need hard religion but I do need a "heart" relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

 

Let's "Engage" our hearts and follow His lead…..He will lead you down the path you need to take and it will be right.


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