Today begins a new offering to the Lord and to you. It will be an irregular sacrifice called:
The Fire of His Presence
It’s the result of a lot of prayer, repentance, and deep cleansing from the Holy Spirit. Actually, at this point, I am merely recognizing how much cleansing still needs to be done in this 41-year-old believer. Since the Lord called me out of my drugged stupor January 15, 1974 it has been a wild ride. He’s accomplished a lot.
But in many ways, He’s accomplished more in me over the past few years than he did in the first four decades. Minnesota 2005-2015 has been another wilderness experience for me, much like West Virginia was in 1978-80, New Mexico was in 1983-91. As you can see, stubborn that I am, it’s taken a little longer each time [because, of course, I thought I was in good shape].
Presenting yourself as a living sacrifice
“I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.” Romans 12:1 MEV
Silly me! I thought I’d been doing that. But then a sacrifice dies, and my old man was still kicking and screaming. So, I’ve been asking the Lord to kill it off completely. More and more I want to be a tool in His hand (the Master builder/carpenter/craftsman/Creator).
So in the coming days, weeks, months, and years, I intend to share what He’s doing. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.
A list of posts: Newest to Oldest
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Today, I want to talk about this reality: Born of God just imagine — really. How many of us spend most of our lives merely thankful to Jesus for saving us? We pray to Him, talk with Him, and watch Him … Continue reading →
I found an enjoyable relaxing read as Elvensty gives excellent Christian fiction — yay! Though I missed the redemptive and Spirit-filled aspects of the faith, the reality of Christian living shows through this seductive fantasy. I’m not talking about sex but the empathetic, … Continue reading →
After the wedding yesterday, I was struck by Bishop Curry’s sermon, like many were. But my take was a bit different, as you might expect by now. I was reading in I Corinthians this morning and was struck by the … Continue reading →
I don’t like writing reviews like this. I joined a Goodreads Christian book review group. This is the book I was assigned. But, Nod by Brannon Hollingsworth makes me sad. It’s a well-written, exciting, and entertaining little tale. If it were a … Continue reading →
Feelings were mixed as I opened the review copy I received from Bethany House of Darkwater Saga 3 Patrick W Carr The Wounded Shadow. Bethany has been sliding away from the faith for quite a while. I was afraid that Carr … Continue reading →
Yes, there’s a Major Rochester NY move coming. It might help you to know that my presence might be a bit sparse until late June or so. We have sold our house. It closes on May 25. And by the grace … Continue reading →
Yes, heathen freedom remains a confusing illusion. How free are you before you’re reborn? Most people are completely unaware of the spiritual world before they are born again from above. Did you know anything about this before Jesus entered your … Continue reading →
The normal Christian life centers on Hearing Messiah’s Voice. One of largest areas of damage during the Great Falling Away shows in the scarcity of teaching about hearing the Lord. In my reading today, I was stopped by the Lord in … Continue reading →
Again, we need to cover rarely taught reality: Discipleship teaches discipline and applies Truth to develop character. This remains a central truth in the Christian walk. We rejoice in our suffering—knowing what it teaches. It’s a PITA (pain in the … Continue reading →