Learning to Hear the Voice of God: Intimacy

Intimacy with God in prayer is the foundation of hearing and knowing his voice.  Knowing God’s voice doesn’t just happen.  It requires a commitment to communion.  Much like our relationships with the people that we love, we must foster a relationship with God through constant communication (prayer).  Prayer is the birth place of intimacy with the Father, and it is here that we meet to commune with him and learn his voice.

When we spend time with the people that we love, whether our spouses, children, or parents, knowing the sound of their voices is a natural outgrowth of intimate interaction.  The more time we spend with them, we begin to pick up on the finer nuances of their voices.  We know when they are happy, or upset.  We learn the difference between sarcasm and true emotional distress just by spending intimate time with them.

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Grave Clothes

The Gospel of John chapter 20 recounts the morning of Jesus’ resurrection as seen through the eyes of Mary Magdalene and Peter.  The angel had just appeared to Mary announcing the resurrection of our Lord.  Upon her arrival to tell the rest of the disciples, Peter had to go and see for himself.  When he arrived to the tomb where Jesus was buried, he found it empty with only his burial linens lying off to the side.  Jesus had risen!!!

On this Resurrection weekend, I am encouraged to know and understand that Jesus came to die in my place.  The punishment of sin was viciously enacted upon his broken body as he carried the weight of death for me.  He experienced separation from the Father so I wouldn’t have to, and for this I live my life in worship as a “thank you.”

Because Jesus discarded his grave clothes, I don’t have to be bound by mine anymore.  God has given us the power to walk away from the dead things in our lives to live a resurrected life in Jesus Christ.  We no longer have to be bound by what once held us captive.  We can be free from the sting of sin and the grave of guilt through the finished work of Christ.  When we die to ourselves God resurrects us to new life in him, and we don’t smell or look like death anymore.  Praise be unto God that we don’t have to wear what we died in.

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  Amen!!!

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God’s Recycling Plan

There is no waste in God’s kingdom.  He knows how to turn every event in our lives into something he can use for his glory.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  It matters not how dirty, stinky, and mangled our lives appear, God’s recycling plan is designed to make us beautiful in HIS time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  Inevitably, life will bring pain to our doorsteps.  How we manage our pain will determine the level of future glory we experience.  God’s presence is the healing ointment that helps us recover from the deepest wounds.  Only in His presence can we find “fulness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

We have been given a divine invitation to come to Him and drop everything that is too heavy for us to carry on our own.  “Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you” (1 Peter 5: 7, TPT).  Allow God to recycle you in His presence.  He wants to take your mangled trash and turn it into the sparkling treasure that will ultimately glorify Him.  “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Our scars may cause us to feel worthless and ashamed, as if God will never again have anything to do with us.  Don’t believe this lie.  God loves turning trash into treasure for his glory.  He never discards us or anything that we have gone through.  Today, allow God’s presence to recycle your pain and release His power deep within you.  Keep living!  YES…glory will come even from this.

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The Circuit of Purpose

In high school, one of the first major projects I was assigned was to successfully build an electrical circuit.  I started by connecting a huge battery to a light bulb using copper wiring.  I also added a lever to open and close the circuit, making the light bulb flash on when the lever was closed.

I learned the technical terms for each part of the circuit.  The battery was the “source,” the copper wiring was the “conductor,” the lever was the “switch,” and the light bulb was the load.  The load is designed to receive all the power generated from the source through the conductor, to produce an action or a result.  In the case of my makeshift circuit, the action was light.  All of the parts of the circuit had to connect perfectly before the light bulb, or the load, would light up.

In much the same way, our lives are like spiritual circuits.  When we are connected to our Source (God), we have the power to light up this world.  Our connection to God the Father through the finished work of Jesus Christ gives us the ability to release that power into the lives of others.  Matthew 5:16 (KJV) states, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  When we are connected to our Source, His power flowing through us generates the light of life that draws men to Him…that’s how this circuit is designed.

There is one more step to closing the circuit of purpose in our lives.  We have been created to live in union with God to fully maximize our potential as lights in this world.  For this to happen, we must ensure that the circuit of our heart, head, and hands align perfectly.

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) states, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  Our hearts are like the conductors of God’s power. He built them to be receptive to and conduct His love and power.  Our minds act as the switches of this powerful circuitry.  What we think on a daily basis can either help or halt the flow of God’s power through our lives.  Our internal dialogue creates our reality, even if the dialogue is not true.  Finally, our hands carry out the work of the ministry as our hearts connect with our heads to close the circuit, thus creating the light of life that can only be found in Christ.

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Prescribed Burn: The Refiner’s Fire

Not long ago, I came across a local news story announcing preparations to intentionally set a forest fire.  The nerd in me immediately perked up to learn more about this curious endeavor.  Why would someone intentionally start a forest fire?  I quickly cracked open my laptop and began foraging for answers.  What I discovered was life-changing.

According to the National Park Service, the technical name for this intentional torching is said to be a “prescribed burn.”  Normally, when we think of forest fires, we tend to only think of the death and destruction left in their wake.  Prescribed fires, on the other hand, pose a reduced risk because they are monitored and controlled throughout the entire process.  Every phase of the fire is managed by fire authorities to ensure it never burns beyond the scope of its prescribed purpose.  In other words, there are boundaries for the burn.

Malachi 3:1-2, AMP states:

“”Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will prepare and clear the way before Me.  And the LORD [the Messiah], whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts.  But who can endure the day of His coming?  And who can stand when He appears?  For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap [which removes impurities and uncleanness].”

Many times, the crucible of life can turn up the heat through our circumstances and challenges.  God does allow certain things to happen in our lives that can be very painful.  At times, the heat can be overwhelming as we pass through the flames of pain and disappointment.  While going through these difficult times, we must never forget that God is the Almighty Refiner who faithfully monitors the flames of our circumstances to ensure they never consume us.  God has a purpose for everything that afflicts us, even if we never discover or understand that purpose.   One of my favorite passages

Romans 8:28, AMP states:

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

When God initiates a prescribed burn in our lives, it is symbolic that he is preparing us for increase and favor.  I know it does not feel like it at times.  Remember this…If we never experience the pain of the test, we will never experience the power of the testimony.  YOU WILL SURVIVE THIS!!!

There are three characteristics of God’s refining process that prepare us for our destiny.  God’s process is always planned, purifying, and productive.

The Process is Planned

Every prescribed burn has a purpose or a prescription before it is ignited.  Conditions must be right and the experts must be in place to ensure a safe and successful burn.  Many factors are taken into account such as weather and public safety.  Likewise, God’s refining process in our lives is also planned.  God is intentional.  He never begins anything in us without first having a plan to manage it and finish it (Philippians 1:6).  God will not allow you to be consumed.

Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV states:

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

The Process is Purifying

One of the benefits of a prescribed fire is to burn off dead leaves and tree limbs that have fallen onto the forest floor in previous seasons.  These dead things can ignite under the right conditions contributing to even more destructive wildfires.  Death can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.  Not everything that is good to us is good for us.  Some things are detrimental to our destiny, and God’s refining process removes the debris that can cause bigger issues for us down the road.  A prescribed burn can change the landscape of our lives so that we may gain a fresh, new perspective about who God has called us to be.

The Process is Productive

One of the most intriguing lessons I learned about prescribed burns is not the fire itself, but how some trees have adapted to the fire.  There are some tree seeds that are buried in the soil of the forest floor that can only germinate when activated by fire.  That’s right!!!  Fire is actually the catalyst that initiates reproduction.  One such species of tree is called the Lodgepole Pine.  The seeds of these trees will lie dormant in the soil until activated by a fire.  The heat does not destroy the seeds, rather it helps them germinate.  In essence, these seeds were built for the fire.  Although it may not feel like it at times, we too were built to withstand the fires of life.  The fiery trials that we endure were not designed to consume us, but they were designed to activate what is already lying dormant inside of us (1 Peter 4:12-13).

In the furnace of tribulation, we find comfort in knowing that God has a plan to always purify and purge us making us more fruitful.  He promised to never leave us to endure the heat alone (Isaiah 43:2).  Like a refiner, God manages and controls the burn as we trust in him.  Embrace the flames, because in the midst of the fire is where the seeds of greatness are activated.


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Unbottled Water

Have you ever noticed the nutritional contents of a bottle of water?  If so, you may have wondered why something that contains 0g sodium, 0g fat, 0g protein, 0g carbs, and 0 calories is essential to sustain life.  Furthermore, why does Jesus compare himself to such a drab drink?  In the Gospel of John, Jesus states:

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”~John 7:37-38, KJV

To gain a better understanding of this comparison, let us examine some common characteristics of water, and how they compare to the nature of God’s spirit that lives within us.

Water Sustains

Plain ‘ole water has no color, smell, or taste, and many people will reluctantly admit they do not drink the recommended daily amount (8 glasses) according to experts.  Though this may be true, I think we all can agree that the consequences of not drinking water is definitely undesirable, and can contribute to some pretty nasty health issues.

According to Curiosity.com, our bodies are roughly 60-70% water.  Of course, this percentage can change based on factors such as age, sex, and body composition.  Most of our bodily functions depend on the presence of water.  Without it, we would overheat, lose brain and digestive functions, and eventually die of dehydration.  When God created us, he made us in his image and after his likeness, which means he literally placed himself inside of us via his spirit.  Apart from God, we lose the capacity to be the best versions of ourselves.  We become dried-up raisins instead of fresh, juicy grapes.  God’s spirit animates us and gives us life.  Paul states in the Book of Acts:

“For in him we live, and move, and have our being…”~Acts 17:28, KJV

Water Fills

Water is known to take the shape of its container.  If it is allowed access, it fills all spaces and voids regardless of shape.  When God created us, he intended to fill us with himself.  For that reason, he created us with a void that was designed to be filled by him and him alone.  This is why it is futile for us to fill ourselves with things that will eventually evaporate and leave us dehydrated and empty.  Only God can truly satisfy us throughout the entirety of our lives, and perfectly fill the void.

Water Cleans

Whenever we prepare to clean anything, water is usually one of the first things we need access to due to its unique ability to dissolve and dilute particles.  Similarly, God’s spirit cleanses us from the stains of sin and dissolves the particles of iniquity.  David knew this quite well as he penned,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.”~ Psalm 51:10-11, KJV

Notice the reference in this verse to the holy spirit of God, and how he cleans us through and through.  Like water, God’s spirit is the cleaning agent that daily washes us as we enter into his presence in worship.

Water Flows

Though water is essential to life, it can also be extremely destructive.  For example, a small leak over time can wreak havoc in our houses.  A tsunami after an earthquake can instantly level an entire city.  When water is allowed access into a particular space, it seeks to fill that space completely due to its forceful flowing properties.  This is what Jesus meant when he said from our bellies shall flow “rivers of living water.”  In John 7:39, the Bible expressly states that Jesus was referring to the Holy Ghost.  As God’s spirit fills us, eventually he seeks to fill the other voids around us, because he cannot be contained.  If there are voids in our relationships, or our finances, or our ministries, he desires to address those issues, and to bring his healing hydration to everything that is connected to us.

In summary, Jesus could have chosen to compare himself to anything, but now we see why he chose water.  He is simply the essential ingredient to life.  No flashy colors or sweeteners.  He simply is, and he wants to fill us and flow from us to others.  Beloved, be filled with the spirit of God today.  We were designed to hydrate the world with God’s love and his spirit.  Every wound that life has inflicted upon us releases the flow of God’s spirit and affects the lives of others.  The deeper the wound, the greater the flow.  So, today, allow God to take off your cap of pride, pour you out, and hydrate the world!


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Embrace Your Cocoon

Yes…I’ve contemplated suicide. Why, you may ask?

Honestly, there is just something seductive about ending it all when the pain you’re living in becomes unbearably excruciating.  For me, without becoming too transparent, it was an attempt to salvage the last iota of control I felt I had over my life…to control how and when I was going to die.  My apologies…I know this is not a pleasant thought; however, when pain of any variety becomes chronic, it tends to produce this type of negative, destructive thought pattern, even in the strongest of us.  Unfortunately, far too many people fail to make it out of this downward spiral before crashing and going up in flames. I’m so grateful to God for pulling me out of this destructive pattern, into a place of hope and empowerment in Him.  For this reason, I feel compelled to inspire others, and to share this hope with everyone I possibly can during my tenure on Earth.

During my darkest hours, my greatest encouragement has often come from choosing to change my perspective, in order to see God in everything.  I’ll be the first to admit, this can be very challenging.  However, in my experience, God always leaves trails of bread crumbs that feed our hopes, if our hearts remain open to His voice.

An example of such bread crumbs happened during one of my nature hikes not long ago. As I was entering a shaded section of my trail, I found myself under a beautiful canopy of trees with lush, low hanging branches.  As I looked around to breath it all in, I noticed what seemed to be a cocoon hanging from a tree branch.  I couldn’t tell if a butterfly was actually inside the cocoon, but it was quite the spectacle.  I immediately started to wonder about what actually takes place inside this silken structure, so I decided to do a little research.

As nature would have it, butterflies are actually born caterpillars, whose primary job is to eat (I like that job).  Although the caterpillar is unassuming, and to many people, somewhat repulsive, it’s born with everything it needs to become a butterfly.  According to ScientificAmerican.com, caterpillars are born with “imaginal discs” which ultimately become butterfly parts, such as wings, eyes, and legs.  One may think this transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is a rapid one, but the converse is true.  Caterpillars undergo a series of molts, before spinning and entering the cocoon.  As the caterpillar eats, and eats, and eats some more, it grows.  The larger it grows, it literally becomes too big for its skin, and has to shed, or molt.  This happens several times before the little guy enters the cocoon for the big reveal.

I believe the agony that we feel is our soul’s way of telling us that it’s time to molt or grow again.  It just may be a signal that you’ve gotten to big for where you currently are.  The more we grow, the more we must shed and leave behind our old restrictive skin. Everything that we have experienced in our past (good and “seemingly” bad) is meant to be used as fuel to become bigger, better, and stronger.

To me, the most fascinating aspect of the cocoon experience is what happens inside. Hidden from public view, the caterpillar molts for the last time forming the cocoon, or chrysalis, and there is where it literally digests itself.  Yes…the caterpillar digests its previous body in preparation to become something spectacular.  It spins the cocoon to encapsulate the digestive process, and thus begins the metamorphosis.

Remember those “imaginal discs” I mentioned earlier?  Well, they are the only things that survive the digestion process.  While in the cocoon, these discs are pre-programmed to interact with each other to miraculously form the new symmetrical butterfly structures.

God has placed components of our future greatness inside of us, but we must die to our old nature before those components become visible.  We’re encouraged to abide in Christ (John 15:4), so that He can give us the necessary strength to commit a figurative suicide of sorts, as we slay the carnal and inferior nature that keeps us bound to the ground.  We simply cannot do this on our own.  We were not destined to be bound to the lowly estate of ground-living.  We were destined to become new creatures, able to fly above our circumstances, and overcome our limitations.  2 Corinthians 5:17 states:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

According to Butterflyschool.org, once the butterfly emerges from its cocoon after about 10-15 days, it doesn’t just spread its wings and take flight.  It first practices flight drills by flapping its wings to dry them out, and to build strength in its primary flight muscles.

It takes special muscles and skills to manage success.  The degree of success we experience greatly depends upon what we eat during our “caterpillar” years.  Too often, people try to fly before they’re ready.  Their muscles haven’t been properly developed, which makes their flight awkward, sloppy, and short-lived.

What are you doing to develop your muscles?  What books are you reading?  What are you watching?  Who are your mentors?  Are you surrounded by people and things that feed and nourish you?

Are you simply waiting to die, or are you dying to live again?


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5 Life Lessons I Learned From Rudolph

DreamWorks Animation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The classic holiday special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new DVD and Blu-ray, featuring brand-new bonus features. It’s available Nov. 4, 2014. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(c) and (r) The Rudolph Co., L.P. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated program(c) Classic Media, LLC. All rights reserved. (PRNewsFoto/DreamWorks Animation)
  1. When life gets dark, that’s when you’ll understand why God gave you a shiny nose.
  2. Although others may laugh and call you names, eventually someone will come along that actually likes your glow…so let it shine.
  3. You will never “go down in history” until you learn to market YOUR mystery…you have that nose for a reason, so find out why.
  4. Eventually, you have to grow up, and stop playing little reindeer games.  So what, they won’t let you play…create your own game with your own rules.
  5. Finally, embrace what makes you different…you just may end up leading the whole darn sleigh because of it.



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Autumn: Acrostic Poem

Autumn breeze and Autumn leaves

Unite in august harmonies

Towering trees in tailored suits

Uniquely clothed in Heaven’s hues

My favorite time of year is here

New season brings new joy and cheer


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Serpent Killers

While indulging my curiosity about a particular biological topic of interest, I recently encountered a startling statistic.  According to the World Health Organization, it is reported (read here) that an estimated 20,000 people worldwide are killed by snake bites per year.  This information immediately piqued my interest, which of course spawned more research.  Even more fascinating to me was what I found out about how snake venom kills its victims.  Without getting too cerebral, our bodies are not equipped to metabolize the plethora of toxic proteins contained in venom.  One bite from a venomous serpent, can deliver enough neurotoxin to paralyze the muscles of our respiratory system, ultimately causing death by suffocation.

Though this is true, there are cases where people have survived snake bites.  Much progress has been made in the field of toxicology, as it relates to creating anti-venom.  By using the very thing that causes death, scientists have been able to formulate a remedy for what would otherwise be a lethal snake bite.

Though envenoming could mean certain death for us humans, amazingly, there are other species of animals that are immune to these deadly attacks.  I like to call them the “serpent-killers.”  You may have seen some of the viral videos of the honey badger, and how incredibly tough this dude is.  Snakes, bees, and many other vicious carriers of venom have little to no effect on this freak of nature.  This guy is so bad, he is able to withstand a deadly snakebite, then kill and consume the entire snake from head to tail.

How you may ask?  The secret is in its blood.

According to a study (read here) conducted by evolutionary biologist, Danielle H. Drabeck, the honey badger’s blood prevents the neurotoxins found in snake venom from binding to the receptors in the muscles.  This prevents paralysis of the respiratory system enabling the honey badger to metabolize the venom just like any other substance.

Of course, my mental wheels started to turn the more I digested this information.  Coming from a more spiritual slant, we all have been envenomed, because of sin.  It all started with a lethal dose of sin’s venom injected into humanity’s bloodstream by the initial “bite” from Satan, “that old serpent”~~(Revelation 12:9), in the Garden of Eden.  Satan and the seed of the woman (you and I) have been in an epic battle ever since.  Even though you and I didn’t experience the actual “bite” in the garden, because we were born in sin, we are still subject to sin’s venom.  The enemy awaits our entry into the earth via birth to try to envenom us as soon as he can with the pain of traumatic experiences and disappointments.  He knows that this will likely cause the paralysis and fatal abortion of our dreams and precious potential.

Much like an anti-venom, Jesus came to block the effects of sin’s venom in our lives.  The Bible says:

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:3, KJV)

When Jesus came to Earth, the Bible records that he came in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh.  God took the very thing that kills us, and created the anti-venom.  Jesus was bitten by the enemies of sin and death so that his perfect blood would contain the life-saving antibodies necessary to heal us of the venom that was coursing through our beings.  When we are born again by accepting the finished work of Jesus, we immediately receive a spiritual blood transfusion.  We are now immune to the effects of sin in our lives.

Our response to all these things, should be a sincere devotion to Jesus, and a commitment to honor God in the spirit of obedience.  When we honor God by seeking Him and His kingdom first, I believe God will honor us.  We are victorious through Christ who loves us, and we have been given power over all the power of the enemy, according to Luke’s Gospel:

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19, KJV)

We have overcome Satan and his demons by the power in the name of Jesus.  One of my favorite scriptures is found in the book of Revelation:

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death (Revelation 12:7-11, KJV)

Through the blood of Jesus and by the words that we speak, we are born “serpent-killers” through Jesus Christ our Lord.




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