The Good Book

The Good Book

Journal Entry Dream Date: 2/8/13

BibleSome close friends and family members had read a really good book that was timely, filled with simple truth, and so refreshing that is changed their life, and they wanted me to read it too. I took the book and began to read it and just as it did with them, it changed my life. The book was so enjoyable and brought everyone who read it great joy and happiness. It had great examples of life and explained things in a simple joyous way. It was truly the “Good Book”.

Then I walked into the church I used to attend and selected to sit by a young man I had mentored from time to time. He was sitting with his face to the wall, staring at three unlit communion candles, which were about one foot directly in front of him. He didn’t acknowledge that I was there due to his complete concentration on his religious duties. As I scooted by him to take my seat, I knocked the communion candles over. I chuckled inside with the sight of the religious ritual being disrupted. However, he quickly set the candles back up, refocused his concentration and starred away. Then I noticed that he was holding the same book I was reading in his left hand.

Then the preacher began to teach out of the “Good Book”. In fact He had the whole church reading the same book. However, the more he spoke the less I recognized the book I had so enjoyed.  I even questioned that he was reading the same book that I and my friends had just read. I said to myself “Who would want to read this book the way this man is teaching from it. He had taken away the simplistic message, all the joy, and the refreshing meaning away.”

Then I reached over to the man I had just sat down by and asked to look at the book. He gladly handed it to me. I just had to verify that this was the same book I had read. As I opened the cover, I immediately saw page after page of colorful, worldly material had been inserted into the original text. The pages were brightly colored, like that of the funny papers you get in the Sunday edition each week. Someone had added so much of their material to the “Good Book” that it had lost its ability to bring joy and refreshment to the reader. No one wanted to read it and there was no true joy among his congregation.

Then someone in leadership came up behind the man sitting beside me and poked him in the back and said, “Come with me.” Then the man in leadership pointed at the unlit communion candles and told me to sit there and watch the candles. As I continued to sat there and listened to the preacher preach about everything but the simple truths the “Good Book” has to offer, I saw why people had lost their joy. The meetings were no longer refreshing because they had left the simple truths. This man was preaching his own doctrine.

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Meaning:

Hand ReachingThe Bible was given to mankind to instruct, refresh and bring great joy with its simple to understand and follow truths. When I say simple I don’t mean it in a disparaging way. Simple means easy to understand and follow. The Bible is filled with hundreds and hundreds of uplifting Psalms and promises which were given to mankind by Almighty God, so that we may prove out to be good, wise, fruitful servants of the most high God. To live out simple truths that aren’t burdensome. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Oh what joy He is too!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones. Pro 3:5-8

Holy Spirit is our teacher and will illuminate spiritual truths found in the text to anyone who is seeking truth. On the other hand, man has chosen to lean to his own understanding, which by adding his own doctrines to the Bible, has taken away the refreshment that only simple truths can bring to your life. Are you tired of the “Ten Steps to Prosperity”? How about “Twenty Things to Do To Get Victory Activated In You Life”? These kinds of teaching are burdensome. Try, try as we may we can’t live by the letter of the word. We must live by the Spirit and be led by the Spirit each day. In so doing you begin to sense a small river of living water flowing from you to others. Oh how we need it!

Years ago when first starting out on this walk, I found my personal, daily walk so fun and refreshing. However, when I attended church and heard the message given by the preacher, I often left depressed, sad and condemned. The message wasn’t God’s message for the people, but man’s perverted doctrine which had been added spoken.

All the additions to the simple truth of the Bible, read The Additions | Walking In the Supernatural have taken away the joy and refreshing message away. It is estimated that there are over 38,000 denominations in America alone. Each one of them believes differently from the others, which means they have added their understanding to the simple truth.  There is only one truth and that is given to us by Holy Spirit.

Some years ago when studying about what true evangelism entails, I asked the Father what a church on every corner meant to Him. Immediately He responded with one word, “Division.”  Then I asked, “What is theology to you?” He responded with, “It is man’s attempt to explain what he doesn’t understand.”

Your joy and refreshing will come from an intimate, live, active relationship with Jesus Christ and learning to see Him and all the wonder of His creation throughout each day of your life. As you take the focus away from yourself and begin to focus on the needs of others you will begin to sense a refreshing joy come into your soul. When you are kind to others and lend a hand, even a cup of water to who thirst, it is the same as giving it to Jesus Christ.

The Challenge

Couple Holding Shopping BasketWhat if every church canceled one meeting a week? Each congregation was instructed not to come to church that day but instead take the money (they were going to give into the church system) and go find people in their family or community that need help and give it to them with no  alternative motive but to help. No intent to grow their congregation whatsoever, just help people. What a difference it will make in the people who give of themselves to others, even more than the ones who receive. Read The Abandoned Harvest

Some years ago, my wife and I volunteered to work in the needy children program in our city. We would box up food, along with some nice toys and take the goods to the needy family on our distribution list. This was our holiday fun event each Christmas. On one particular trip we took a large amount of toys and food to some kids who were were in the care of their grandmother due to their mother being in prison.

We parked in front of their house and I grabbed the bags of toys and began walking towards the house. The kids were excited to see us and came running out of the house directly at us. I was dismayed when the kids ran past me, and my booty of toys, and went to my wife which was caring some of the bags of groceries. The oldest child said, “Now that’s what I’m talking about!” Kids not interested in toys? What is this? I’d never seen such hungry kids. They wanted food more than toys? This really touched us. We didn’t know kids were going hungry in America.

 We left there and went back to the administrator of the program and told her that this family needed more food that we brought to them. As it ended up we made another trip that day, taking more food to these hungry little souls. They even put the family on a weekly grocery program so they wouldn’t go hungry.

The feeling of giving and helping others brought such a warm, loving, joyous meaning to our lives. So, If you want refreshing and joy to return to your Christian walk, then find the heart of Jesus Christ and Father God and go help souls in your family and your own community. Take what’s in your power to do and put it in the hands of those in need.

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:15-18

May it be so!

Bro. Bill

Scripture References:

Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. Jer. 9:23-24

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD [is] gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Ps, 145:7-8

Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: The LORD openeth [the eyes of] the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down. Ps. 146:7-9

“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I
say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” Mat. 10:42

Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God. 1 Cor. 4:5 (note…in this verse darkness means the secret areas where you good deeds are hidden where only God can see them. It’s not an evil darkness at all.)

 



  • To Be With Him

    Journal Entry: 9/9/2010

    Dream: Just To Be With Him

    kitty quiet time smlI was driving down the hi-way and was half-way between two small towns. I pulled my vehicle off to the side of the road onto the grass and got out. I walked to the rear of the vehicle and saw my cat (named Kitty) who is a dear family member.  She apparently had walked fifteen miles to get where I had stopped my vehicle. At first I didn’t like it that she had left her safe home until I realized how much she just wanted to be with me which was displayed by the great effort it took to come be with me. I picked her up in my arms and put her in the front passenger seat. She sat up tall and gleamed with joy because she was with me and I was very happy to be with her as well.

    Then the scene in the dream changed and I was sitting in the front passenger seat of my natural father’s vehicle. I always loved being with him although he didn’t speak that much to me. I was just so happy to be with him as he steered the vehicle onto a side road to show me things he found interesting. I looked over at him as he rode with his elbow sticking out the window and he pointed out things he wanted to show me; I loved every minute of it. Somehow, I knew he enjoyed it as much as I did.

    End of Dream:

    Meaning of dream:

    The dream is about how our heavenly Father loves for us to come to be with Him.  As much as I was touched by the effort my cat made to be with me, so does our heavenly Father appreciate our effort to be with Him. The thrill I felt when I realized that my cat risked everything by coming so far to be with me melted my heart. She gave up her safety, comfort, resources and family to follow me; I was so touched. The Lord impressed upon me that this is how He feels when His children come just to be with Him in fellowship.  He loves us being with Him and looks for those who will come spend time with Him. Few will make the effort but those who do are greatly rewarded.

    Many times when I have been before the Lord I experienced the supernatural things of God which would not have happened if I hadn’t disciplined myself to spend intimate time with Him. Many people are seeking the supernatural of God but aren’t seeking Him for Him alone.

    I can remember just sitting in the same room with my natural father just because I wanted to be with him. I wasn’t necessarily expecting anything from him each time but when he did open up and share mysteries of his life it made me want to know him all the more.

    Our heavenly Father is much like that in regard to wanting us to be with Him and if He chooses to open up, you will want to keep coming back time and time again to be with Him, wanting to know Him all the more.

    I promise you if you will make the effort to be with Him in a steadfast, faithful manner, He will reveal Himself at a time of His choosing. After all He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Heb 11:6

    Jesus taught it is necessary to deny ourselves and follow Him which is key to knowing the things of God. He also declared that we will be known by our fruit.

    priest praying“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”So then, you will know them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many  miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Mat 7:18-23

    How do you get to know someone? You spend time with them as often as you can. You exchange thoughts and learn about one another. Over a period of time you build a relationship that truly is wonderful and unique. We hear how it is important to know God and most take that to mean read the Bible and learn about Him but that is only part of the equation. Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 7 verse 23 that he will declare to them, “I never knew you”.

    I can read about the president of the country but that doesn’t mean I know him. I only know about him. However, if I spend time visiting with him, eventually I can say I know him and he knows me.

    Relationship is the one thing that is threaded into God’s word from Genesis to Revelation. From the beginning of man in the Garden up to now God is looking for people who want to know Him in a true relationship. That is what it is about…RELATIONSHIP! When the Lord showed me Mat 7:18-23 some years ago and what He would do with those who use Him to self-promote their ministry I heard Him clearly say to me, “It’s about RELATIONSHIP”! I have kept true to that revelation ever since no matter what I’m going through I go through it in a pure relationship with my Lord.

    I believe relationship is the one key thing that is missing in the messages preached today. Relationship is the true foundation of walking with God and being pleasing in His sight. In a few verses just after Jesus said, “I never knew you” He teaches about building your house on the rock so you can stand when the floods come and they will come.

    Relationship goes beyond just knowing the scriptures because He is the incarnate Word. Just knowing the Word won’t keep you from perishing in Hell but being known intimately of God will. If you read the book by Mary K. Baxter, “A Divine Revelation of Hell” you will never be the same person again. You will be amazed at the revelation which she brings from her journeys there and how many lost souls speak scriptures in the flames of their torment. You can search the Internet and find the book, audio or soft copy version. The Start of Audio version: Part 1 of 14.

    Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” Mat. 16:24

    And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” MK 8:34

    relationshipAnd He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:59-62

    Jesus spoke about the sower of the seed and how the devil would come to steal the Word of God from the heart. The rocky ground is where the roots of the seed couldn’t go down deep enough to survive the heat and dry climate and the thorns which grew up to choke out the plant representing the cares of the world.

    We live in a busy world and have things on our plate but we must make time to be with the Father. It is the key vital part that is missing in most Christians walk. Many people try to substitute attending church as being with the Father but that isn’t the same. Is being in a public meeting with your spouse the same as being alone with them in an intimate setting?  Of course not and neither is your public display intimate time with the Father. It can be part of your walk but God never intended it to replace time alone with Him.

    He wants us to come and desires it more than we know. Think about how you feel when your spouse, kids, dear friends or pets come to you just to be with you and how that makes you feel. Now imagine how the Father feels when you come to be with Him for no other reason than you just want to spend time together. Relationship is the true foundation of the believers walk and truly isn’t an option with God. Think about that statement for a second. If you want the things of God you have to be known of God and that requires a relationship with Him.

    I hope you will make the necessary changes to your walk and make relationship with Him a priority. It will forever change you!

    Be Blessed In a Fruitful Relationship with Him,

    Bro. Bill



  • Dear One (Letter One)

    This is the first interactive letter in response to questions and inquiries I receive about the supernatural and how to walk deeper in God. People want to know how to increase in the anointing of God. Over the course of time I will share what I have learned and experienced in my walk with God. Take these letters as your own personal writings and apply the wisdom to your life and you will see over time a remarkable difference in your relation with God and man.

    Dear One,

    wordFirst of all I thank you for loving God. He is wonderful and He has wonderfully made each one of us for His good pleasure. I would encourage you to pursue your artistic passion which by your own words you laid down so long ago. I read somewhere when first grade children were asked, “Who here is an artist?” The entire class raise their hands, when asked the same question years later, few raise their hands. Why do you suppose that is? Often children are told they are not an artist so they quit believing it. Perhaps they told themselves they were not talented good so they laid down a developing gift.

    I often get the question of how to go deeper into God. It all starts with a solid, daily prayer life, setting aside an appointed time as often as you can. I prefer early in the morning before my mind or my day gets busy. It’s better to put on the armor of God before going to battle than wait later in the day to get filled don’t you think?

    God understands our busy schedules and allows for us to do the things we have to do but only for a short amount of time will He allow us to continue to “skip out” on Him before we will get chastised for being absent. Our pursuit must be for Him, to know Him and better said, “To be known of Him.” How do you get to know someone? We get to know them by spending time together of course and God is no different.

    genesisGod builds us up in secret and reconstructs us to the point that we don’t identify with our old self any longer. He is the potter and we are the clay. A young man I mentored kept asking God, “What do I have that you so want that you called me to you?” This went on for days and one day he heard the Father say, “Absolutely nothing.” He was quite taken back by that response before he realized he was in pride before God.

    This walk is about one thing and that one thing will keep it fresh, alive, exciting and fun. It’s about RELATIONSHIP and nothing else, nothing else matters to Him. Understand that God has many people who are doing, and want to do great things for Him, but He wants people to spend time with Him. Few do, few will, few understand because they get caught up in their gifts, their self accomplishments, making a name for themselves or other vain aspects of life. After all we are human beings not human doings.

    I want to accomplish what He assigns for me to do. Some of the things He has assigned to me I wasn’t His first choice because He told me others were appointed but refused. I will do anything He asks of me and just say, “That’s OK with me Lord.” We’ve become closer over the years and so can anyone else who desires to.

    We must study the word! A couple of weeks ago when conversing with the Lord I said, “Father there are so many churches that have pastors and teachers that don’t know You or understand the depths of Your word.” Immediately He corrected me by saying, “2 Timothy 2:15.” It’s up to each believer to get into His Word, not only memorize it but to know it, to know the audience, to know the context, and learn the wisdom of God, to know and understand the correlation to other verses so strange doctrines aren’t created. The Word…He watches over His word to perform it.

    oilI recommend to all Christians who want to grow into the depths of God, to read the classic Christian authors such as Francois Fenelon, Michael Molinos, Madam Jeanne Guyon and Bro. Lawrence. These wonderful Christians lived in the 1600’s and teach about dying to self, about meditations and bringing God in to the simplest daily task like no other authors I’ve ever read! You can never finish these books; they just keep revealing the depths of dying to self more and more. I don’t say this to frighten you but to encourage you to enter deeper into the hands of God. He calls you to deep!

    I love your words about Jesus and that He only did what He saw the Father do. As Christians, if we could only grasp the depths of that statement and to pursue God, to wait on Him and to allow Him to show us His works. It seems like you have a ministry to the deaf, a gift and a big heart to share God’s Word through pictures to them. What a wonderful thing this is, for the word of God changes lives!

    In His Name,

    Bro. Bill



  • The Way of Escape

    trustIt is said that there are three kinds of Christians at any one time in the body of Christ, those who are about to enter into a trial, those in a trial and those who have just come out of a trial. Today, I fall into the last category of just coming out of a trial; Allow me to explain.
    About ten days ago I found my faith and my assignment being challenged by a demonic attack that appears to be sweeping across the body of Christ. This demonic assignment is to separate us away from our appointed assignment in the local body, it’s very much a spirit of abortion for the body of Christ. While under the influence of such an attack I found I couldn’t even put forth a word to describe this feeling.
    I laid my heart before God and called His remembrance to all His promises to the believer that are in His word. I would go for walks in the park declaring my faith before Him and keep my heart open before Him. I declared, “Father if there be anything in me that isn’t pleasing to you, show it to me that I may repent of it!”
    I prayed in the Spirit allot during the course of the week and I did all I knew to stand under such an attack. I heard Him say, “You have to trust me that I can keep you.”
    1 Cor. 10:12-13 says, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
    I asked the Father, “How did I get in this place? What did I do to end up here?” I cried out to God for mercy. I remember six years ago I felt as though the grace band around me had been lifted, I felt as I had never known God’s peace or forgiveness, all I could do was to trust Him and stand in faith that I was saved. Then three days later He called me into my secret place and restored me. He was so excited to be with Me again. This current trial lasted for five days, five long days! Then, as suddenly as it began, He restored me with an amazing exuberance and wonderful peace. It must be hard for such a loving God to hide from His children for so many days, but He does it to teach us to be steadfast in Him.
    When I woke up last Wednesday morning I knew this attack had lifted. I felt the joy of my salvation once again and I knew that I had endured something meant to take me out of His will for me. I am stronger today for it, so what happened?
    Early this morning God gave me a dream and in this dream one man on my right, which represented Holy Spirit, was talking to two men on my left. One was an older man and right beside him was a younger man which was his son. The man on the right said to the older man, “Remember when you couldn’t get a ‘threshold’ and it looked like all progress on the projects would be halted?” The older man said, “Yes, so I made my own.” This older man (Father) was a master carpenter as well as his son (Jesus), I wanted to talk with them but I kept quiet knowing my wisdom couldn’t possible add anything to the conversation.
    In this attack of the enemy I was eventually given a ‘threshold’ or a way of escape that the Father provided me. He said in 1 Cor. 10:13 that He would provide the way of escape also, so that I would be able to endure it.It’s the resistance that makes us strong, just like a body builder. The very thing that is resisting us, is what is causing us to become stronger and stronger.In my quiet time this morning I heard Him say, “You were in a battle and it was fierce, but you kept fighting with spiritual prayers. Then I provided a threshold where there was none before and you escaped the enemy’s attack. Didn’t I say I’d make a way of escape?” Well, there is a great example!
    To try and put words to how I feel today would be difficult so I will refer to this quote, which was made by someone that I don’t even know, but surely they have been where I have just returned.

    “There is a moment when the words inscribed on a page so precisely reflect the pursuit of human truth that the chasm between us and the Divine is bridged, and we are changed!”

    Scripture References: 1 Cor. 10:12-13, Heb. 2 1-35-39