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When We Get Our Just Reward …


I bet our last message about our crowns got you thinking about other rewards heaven? Are there any others? Boy howdy! The rewards God has in store for His faithful are unimaginable. Let’s look at some of the “biblical facts about rewards”, in your bible turn over to;  1 corinthians 3:10-14, if you don’t have your bible handy just click on the address and it should bring up the scripture.

Scripture not only supports the idea of eternal rewards, but it also spells out the specifics. In 1 Corinthians 3:10–14, I find three primary facts about rewards.

10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.

  1. Most rewards are received in heaven, not on earth. Now don’t misunderstand. There are earthly rewards. Even the world provides certain people with special honors: the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Peace Prize, Academy Awards, Emmy, Tony, Grammy—and we all know that athletes win All-American honors or All-Pro or the Heisman Trophy. The military also offers medals of bravery, like the Navy Cross, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Medal of Honor.

But when it comes to servanthood, God reserves special honor for that day when “each man’s work will become evident” (3:13) and “he will receive a reward” (3:14). Most of the rewards servants will receive will be given after death, not before.

2. All rewards are based on quality, not quantity. Did you notice this principle in those verses from 1 Corinthians? “The fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work” (3:13, emphasis added).

We, humans, are impressed with size and volume and noise and numbers. It is easy to forget that God’s eye is always on motive, authenticity, the real truth beneath the surface, never the external splash. When He rewards servants, it will be based on quality—which means everybody has an equal opportunity to receive a reward.

The dear older lady who prays in private will be rewarded as much as the evangelist who preaches to thousands. The quiet, faithful friend who assists another in need will be rewarded as much as the strong natural leader whose gifts are more visible. A cool cup of water given to a hurting soul, bruised with adversity, will be rewarded as much as an act of sacrifice on the mission field. God, our faithful Lord, promises to reward the quality of our work.

The glory may be postponed until eternity, but it will come, which leads me into the third fact about rewards.

  3. no reward that is postponed will be forgotten. Make no mistake about it, the Bible clearly teaches that each of us “will receive a reward” (1 Corinthians 3:14). God doesn’t settle His accounts at the end of every day. Nor does He close out His books toward the end of everyone’s life. No, not then.

But be assured, when that day in eternity dawns, when time shall be no more on this earth, no act of serving others be it well known or unknown by others will be forgotten.

You don’t have to be a courageous soldier in battle or a well-spoken statesman to be remembered. You can be a “nobody” in the eyes of this world, and your faithful God will, someday, reward your every act of servanthood. Rewards may be postponed, but they will not be forgotten forever.

Unlike many people today, God keeps His promises. What a time we’ll all have when we see Jesus. I can’t help but think that alone will be the greatest reward of all … to gaze into His eyes and know we are home.

Until we talk again; Be blessed my friends, stay safe, and …KEEP LOOKING UP!

My prayer for you:

O’ father, our world need s you so much, our country has gone off the tracks and needs your abundant mercy and grace to put it back on so we can continue our journey toward a righteous nation doing your work to help others. I pray Lord, the satan driven responsible for our countries troubles will be brought to light and the truth revealed.

Lord, in Jesus’ name I ask for wisdom and strength be given to the righteous leaders so they can bring our country back to you. Forgive us Lord and help us to start again.

Heavenly Father, I ask in Jesus’ name for an answer to this COVID-19, a stop to the suffering and healing to begin. We thank you for the work already being done and give you all the praise and glory …

In Jesus name, we pray,



Heavenly Crowns …



Each day is a gift from God even though most of us take for granted we’ll wake up the next day. We make our plans (in our day planners) and look to the future. I hope each day as you do this you do it in pencil because God has the eraser.

In this message I’m speaking of time, precious time (James 4:14) we have to complete God’s plan for us on earth (Psalm 39:4-13). If we as Christians follow His plan and work diligently to further His kingdom and live our life the way He prescribes His word speaks of rewards in heaven as if just being in heaven is enough. More specifically we’ll be teaching about the crowns we receive for our faithfulness and trust in Him.  Let’s get started … 

Crowns God Sets Aside for His Servants

1 Corinthians 9:24-27Philippians 4:11 Thessalonians 2:19-202 Timothy 4:7-8

As those who serve the living God, we occasionally need to consider the eternal “crowns” being set aside for God’s servants. What an intriguing study!

There are at least five crowns promised in the Bible. For our purpose here, I will simply list the eternal crowns mentioned in the New Testament and offer a brief explanation of each.

1. The Imperishable Crown (1 Corinthians 9:24–2724 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. )

This reward is promised to those who victoriously run the race of life. Taking into consideration verses 26 and 27, that is, the “buffeting” of the body, it is clear that this reward will be awarded those believers who consistently bring the flesh under the Holy Spirit’s control, refusing to be enslaved by their sinful nature. In other words, those who carry out the truths of Romans 6:6-14. knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Even so consider your selves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

2. The Crown of Exultation (Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. 

1 Thessalonians 2:19–20   For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.)

This crown will be one over which its recipients will glory and rejoice! This is the “soul-winners crown.” It is claimed by Paul regarding two bodies of believers whom he had led to and discipled in Christ Jesus . . . the Philippians and the Thessalonians. Our Lord will distribute this crown to those servants who are faithful to declare the gospel, lead souls to Christ, and build them up in Him. And remember: the rewards at this judgment will be based on the quality not the quantity of our earthly works (1 Corinthians 3:13  each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test [a]the quality of each man’s work.).

3. The Crown of Righteousness( 2 Timothy 4:7–8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing.)

The crown of righteousness will be awarded those who live each day, loving and anticipating Christ’s imminent return . . . those who conduct their earthly lives with eternity’s value in view. Kenneth Wuest captures the complete meaning of verse 8 with these words:

To those who have considered precious His appearing and therefore have loved it, and as a result at the present time are still holding that attitude in their hearts, to those the Lord Jesus will also give the victor’s garland of righteousness.1

Those who qualify for this crown anxiously look for His return daily.

4. The Crown of Life (James 1:12 12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has [a]been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.)

This wonderful reward awaits those saints who suffered in a noble manner during their earthly life. The significance of this reward is not only related to the words perseveres under trial but also the words those who love Him. This crown is not promised simply to those who endure suffering and trials . . . but to those who endure their trials, loving the Savior all the way! Therefore, loving the Lord and having the desire that He be glorified in and through the trials become the dual motives for the believer’s endurance. Those saints who qualify (and the Lord is the Judge!) will receive the crown of life.

5. The Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:1–4 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.)

This reward is promised to those who faithfully “shepherd the flock” in keeping with the requirements spelled out in verses 2 and 3. Those under-shepherds who fulfill these qualifications (willingness, sacrificial dedication, humility, an exemplary life) will receive this crown of glory.

After receiving these crowns, what then? Look at:

Revelation 4:9–11 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created.”

What a scene! All God’s servants are before His throne. What are they doing?

  • Strutting around heaven displaying their crowns? No.
  • Separated from one another, like peacocks, proudly displaying their tangible trophies? No.

The servants are bowing in worship, having cast all crowns before their Lord in adoration and praise, ascribing worth and honor to the only One deserving of praise—the Lord God!

There is no place in scripture that speaks of retirement from the army of God. Where ever you are in life (young or old) there’s still work you can do for His kingdom … What have you done lately?  Praise God you’re reading this, now pass it on … see how easy this is? You’re working for God and didn’t even leave your chair. I hope you’re smiling. What I’m trying to say is you don’t need a stage or an audience to spread the word. One on one is great. After all, think about it … Right now it’s just you and me and of course God.

KEEP LOOKING UP my friends until we get together next time … Dusty

My prayer for you:


Here we are looking to you for your mercy and grace and are thankful for your Son who willingly gave His life for us. We certainly don’t have a chance without Him. Through Him, we have a way to your throne and all the riches you have for us in heaven.

We ask Lord, for our hearts to be healed and minds brought in line with your word.

We need your hand on our country’s leaders to stop the lying and deceit. We need the knowledge you’ve given the scientists for the vaccines to cure this virus from hell to be brought to light without all the political interference. Lord, we need a miracle!

We give you all the praise and glory for all you do and realize you are a sovereign and all things are in your time, not ours.

We ask these things in Jesus name,







From Bruce to You …



Propsectors For God Brochure


The Land Flowing with Milk and Honey… or The Land of the Giants

On July 25th a few minutes past 11:00 AM our brother(Pastor) and friend left on the greatest adventure of all … he went home to be with Jesus. After a month-long courageous battle, his heart gave out.

I thought it would be appropriate to bring forward his last message he wanted all believers and non-believers a like to read and take to heart. I know he loved all of you.

In November, when the visitors return, we will be having a celebration of life in his honor, the exact time and place will be announced later.

Peace to all … Keep Looking Up!


This is my first post, but I believe it is one that needs to be written for these uncertain times.

In the book of Numbers, chapters 13 and 14 we read about the children of Israel being given the land of Canaan, as promised by God. Moses was to choose one man from each tribe to spy out the land and bring back a report. (Numbers 13:17-21).

After 40 days, the men returned and gave a report on what they had found. They brought back fruit to show the congregation of Israel the bounty of the land. (Numbers 13:23). They even reported that the land flowed with milk and honey (Numbers 13:27), just as God had promised. Ten of the spies reported that the land also was inhabited by very strong people, with large fortified cities. There were also descendants of Anak. The Anakim/Anakites were a formidable race of giant, warlike people (Deuteronomy 2:10, 21; 9:2), who occupied the lands of southern Israel, near Hebron, before the arrival of the Israelites (Joshua 15:13). The Anakim’s ancestry has been traced back to Anak, who at that time was regarded as the “greatest man among the Anakim” (Joshua 14:15).

The two remaining spies, Joshua and Caleb confirmed what the others had seen. However, they were confident that God would deliver the land into the Israelites hands (Numbers 14:6-9).

The Israelites were encouraged by Moses not to fear the Anakim (Deuteronomy 1:29-30), but they refused to trust God’s promises (Deuteronomy 1:32-33). As a result, God became angry (Deuteronomy 1:34-35) and prohibited the “evil generation” from entering the Promised Land; Joshua and Caleb were the only exceptions, plus those who had no knowledge of good and evil (Deuteronomy 1:36-39). Because of their fear of the Anakim, and their rebellion against God, the children of Israel were forced to wander for another 38 years in the wilderness.

During the conquest of Canaan, Joshua expelled the Anakim from the hill country, and Caleb finally drove them out of Hebron completely. However, a small remnant found refuge in the cities of Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod (Joshua 11:22). Many Bible scholars speculate that the Anakim’s descendants were the Philistine giants David encountered (2 Samuel 21:15-22), including Goliath of Gath (1 Samuel 17:4-7).

God has given us another future “promised land” – Heaven. Jesus declared that no one comes to the Father, but through Him. (John 14:6). Through obedience and not rebellion, we can have that promise fulfilled in our lives. Just like many of the Israelites of old, everyone has a choice to make. You can live your life your way, and suffer the consequences, or enter into the Promised Land. How can you make the choice to enter the “Promised Land”? Follow what it says in Romans 10:9-10.

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No Place for Arrogance


How many times have you sat and listened to a speaker, Christian or otherwise, that came across as an arrogant know it all? Come on, I know that’s being blunt, but we’ve all been there. Most of the time they try to make you believe what they are saying is the only truth, the only answer.

Wasn’t my last message about humility? When Jesus taught did He come across as a know-it-all?

You can know and recite scripture all day, but if you take them out of context and put your own spin on them you have become a hollow tree … no roots and no fruit.

Let’s see if we can put this in a biblical context, and discern who we should be listening too. Head over to;  2 Corinthians 11:5; 12:11 

When you get those passages in your mind, go ahead read the rest of this message.

Having “humility of mind” is really an attitude, isn’t it? It’s a preset mentality that determines ahead of time thoughts like this:

“I care about those around me.”

“Why do I always have to be first? I’m going to help someone else win for a change.”

“Today, it’s my sincere desire to curb my own fierce competitive tendencies and turn that energy into encouraging at least one other person.”

“I willingly release my way this day. Lord, show me how You would respond to others, then make it happen in me.”

Now, before we get neck-deep into this unselfish lifestyle, we need to determine if it is, in fact, promoted in Scripture. Does the Bible come right up front and encourage living like this? I’ll let you determine the answer. As you examine these few New Testament passages, read them slowly . . . and don’t skip one line!

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. (Romans 12:10)

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. (2 Corinthians 4:5)

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)

Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)

Those words (there are many others) have a rare ring to them, don’t they? In fact, some who read those verses might misunderstand and think I’m advocating inferiority. For your sake,  a couple more biblical passages are needed:

For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles. . .  I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. (2 Corinthians 11:5; 12:11)

There’s the balance we’re looking for. Authentic humility in no way should be confused with incompetence or lack of self-esteem. As a matter of fact, it is doubtful that anyone who wrestles with an unhealthy self-image can correctly and adequately give to others.

Inferiority and unselfishness cannot coexist. Self-assurance isn’t arrogance, and sharing the word is certainly not being a know-it-all. We’re supposed to go and spread the gospel (Mark 16:15) the way Jesus did, humbly with a servant’s heart. 

You decide, do you listen to someone for their looks, personality, charisma, status, or maybe some other person’s opinion. Just because they’re on TV or center stage doesn’t make them right (look at the fake news). One sure thing, if you follow Jesus and try to stay in His will you can’t be misled. 

Whether you’re a believer or not, someday you will meet Jesus, it could be today, tomorrow or next week, but it’s coming. It’s you’re choice! Get on board or miss the train. We’ll be praying for you, May God’s Glory and Grace follow you all the rest of your days.

Until we meet next time, many blessings and … KEEP LOOKING UP!      Dusty

My Prayer for You: 

Heavenly Father,

fill our minds and spirits with knowledge of you so we can better be a servent and humbly spread the Word of your saving grace and glory to all we meet. Lord, give us boldness, not arrogance to pray for one another, never proclaiming how much we know, but using and sharing all we know to further your kingdom, giving you “all” the praise and glory.

We ask Lord for wisdom, Looking to you for direction, not man.

We ask for forgiveness and strength to do you will, not ours.

 In the name of Jesus,  Lord, heal our sick, the brokenhearted, relationships, and our land.

Lord, protect those that are in harm’s way who are trying to help those in need.

We love you lord and thank you for all you do, giving you all the praise and glory!

In Jesus name, we pray




Are You More Like Jesus? … Or are you …?


Wood Cross

I know  as Christians we’ve been told or taught, maybe by some old salt who believes they know all about being a “Christian” and they’ll say … You should be more Christ  like.” … Well are you, is the one telling you this practicing what they preach? Let’s see what Jesus, Himself says about being ” Christ like”.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11, 16-18

10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.


16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Americans like things to be logical and fair. We operate our lives on that basis. Meaning this: If I do what is right, good will come to me; and if I do what is wrong, bad things will happen to me, in other words, right brings rewards and wrong brings consequences.

That’s a logical and fair axiom of life, but there’s one problem. It isn’t always true. All of us have had the unhappy and unfortunate experience of doing what is right yet suffering for it. And we have also done what is wrong on a few occasions without being punished. The latter we can handle, but the former is a tough pill to swallow.

This can even happen in a life of servant hood. You will give, forgive, forget, release your own will, obey God to the maximum, and even wash dirty feet with an attitude of gentleness and humility. And after all those beautiful things, you will get ripped off occasionally.

The Bible doesn’t hide this painful reality from us.

 In 1 Peter 2:20–21 (addressed to servants, by the way—see v. 18), we read:

For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.

If a person does wrong and then suffers the consequences, even though he or she patiently endures the punishment, nobody applauds. But—now get this clearly fixed in your mind—when you do what is right and suffer for it with grace and patience, God applauds!

When you feel as if God is taking things away, maybe He’s just trying to make room in your life for better things that He wants to give you.

 A Self-Description of Jesus

Matthew 11:28-29

In all my studies I’ve found only one place where Jesus Christ—in His own words—describes his own “inner man.” In doing so, He uses only two words. He doesn’t say: “I am wise and powerful,” or “I am holy and eternal,” or “I am all-knowing and absolute deity.” Do you know what He said? Hold on, it may surprise you.

Matt. 11:28–29 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls” .

I am gentle. I am humble. These are servant terms. Gentle means strength under control. Humble in heart means lowly—the word picture of a helper.

Frankly, I find it extremely significant that when Jesus lifts the veil of silence and once for all gives us a glimpse of Himself, the real stuff of His inner person, He uses gentle and humble.

When we remember that God wants us to conform to His son’s image, we realize he wants us to have qualities like Jesus had. We must let gentleness and humbleness emerge.

We are never more like Christ than when we fit into His description of Himself.

Do the the people dictating to your life fit into this description, … do you? Listen to what you watch and hear, is it furthering the kingdom of God or some other agenda. Our schools are teaching their political agenda, brain washing our children (Matthew 19:14), and our so called political correctness way of life is undermining Christian beliefs … Look around you, open your eyes… It’s not to late!

Love one another and save a life today … tell them about Jesus. 

Until next time, stay safe and KEEP LOOKING UP!     Dusty

My prayer for you: 

All mighty God, we come to you with praise and thanks giving in our hearts, asking for your grace and mercy. Forgive us of our sins and teach us to become more Christ like each day.

Lord, shine your light of truth on those that would try to destroy your people and bring them to “your” justice.

Father, protect those in harms way that are doing their jobs to protect us, all our first responders, and military. In the name of Jesus I claim 1 Peter 2:24  for my Brother Bruce and for all suffering with this virus.

Father, your word says to come expecting, so show us a miracle. We give you all the praise and glory!

In Jesus precious name we pray.




Is Today’s News God’s Wrath? … You Be The Judge


Do you think we’ve been abusing God’s Patience?

Has being politically correct followed God’s commandments or a liberal agenda to lead our nation away from him?

How many things can you think of off hand that has either been made legal or condoned that is against the bible?

While you’re doing that I’ll finish putting my thoughts together and maybe the message will help you decide your answer. Let’s first go to;  Romans 2:4-5

4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance

5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God   

Have you ever ignored the press of conviction upon your heart? Maybe you rationalized your wrongdoing with the thought that if God were really upset, He’d put a stop to things by disciplining you.

Psalm 50:21 “These things you have done and I kept silence;
You thought that I was just like you;
I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.

This reminds us that the silence of heaven does not mean approval. Remaining in sin is an abuse of the Lord’s patience.

When God seems slow to react, we might hope He’s overlooking our transgressions–we’d like to continue in sin because the momentary pleasure is more appealing than obedience. But thankfully, the Father knows our weaknesses, our innate carnality, and the state of our spiritual growth, and He therefore measures His response. Motivated by love and a desire to gently restore His children to righteousness, God refrains from doling out immediate punishment. Instead, He waits for the Holy Spirit’s prodding to impact the believer’s heart. The weight of conviction is actually an invitation to turn from wrongdoing and return to godliness.

However, we’re a stubborn people. There are times when we persist in sin because the sentence against an evil deed isn’t executed quickly (Eccl. 8:11 because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.).

In this dangerous situation, it’s possible to immerse ourselves in sin and harden our hearts against the Lord. Then the Holy Spirit’s call to repentance falls on spiritual ears rapidly going deaf.

As we learn and understand more about God and His ways, we are increasingly responsible to live righteously. The Lord is not slow; He’s patient. Do not abuse His patience with callous disregard for His statutes. Repent and be holy in the sight of the Lord.

This is a lot said in a short message, but it’s to the point. Doesn’t His word say; (2 Chronicles 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will heal their land.

Isn’t it about time we stand up and become the army of God we’re suppose to be?

Here’s a fact you have to decide on … are you going to be politically correct or biblical y correct? You can’t be both, (Revelation 3:15-16) that’s not from me, it’s scriptural fact…. You decide!

God love you all … He’s your Father, honor Him, talk to Him … He’s listening.

We sure would like any of your comments and if you have prayer need be sure and go to our contact page so we can include you in our prayers. Until next time stay safe and KEEP LOOKING UP!

My prayer for you:   

Most loving Father,

We acknowledge our sin and ask once again for you forgiveness. We ask for mercy and healing and know that only through the shed blood of Jesus can this be given. We thank you for always being there, even when we don’t ask for your help you send angels to see us trough the rough times. Father I pray  your people come to you with repenting hearts and seek your forgiveness and guidance in their lives.

Lord, we ask for for my brother Bruce, who is suffering in the hospital with covid-19 to wake up, touch him Lord with your Holy Spirit and bring him back to us, Heal him Lord we pray in Jesus name.

We pray for our president and our countries leaders to seek you Lord in all they do.

We pray these things in the precious name of Jesus


Does your Desire Of The Heart Line Up With God’s?


Jesus Blessing Soldier

Wouldn’t it be interesting to listen in some time on the prayers lifted up to the Lord, I mean just the ones concerning the desires of the heart? In this time of so much strife, I can just imagine the anxiety of waiting on unanswered prayer. Wondering why nothing is happing, is God hearing my prayers?  … Yes, to both of those questions, but are they the answers you want … Well…

Let’s get into today’s teaching and see if we can find out what’s going on. Go over Psalm 145: 17-21 to start with.

17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20 The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

If you could have anything in the world, what would it be? Your answer reveals a lot about who you are. The psalmist writes, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm. 37:4). There is nothing wrong with desires–they motivate us to achieve great things. But not all of our yearnings come from God.

 Consider your aspirations and what they say about who you are: Do you hope for a position of authority in order to be in control? Longing for personal advancement in order to manipulate others reveals a lack of integrity, whereas a godly person craves righteousness.

 Do you dream about wealth and fame? Perhaps there’s a void in your spirit that you’re trying to fill. But only God can meet the insatiable needs of the human heart.

 Are you afraid to ask the Lord for what you want? Maybe you think He won’t listen, but God tells us to approach His throne with boldness and confidence (Heb. 4:16).

 If the Lord doesn’t respond affirmatively to your prayers, ask Him to make your desires conform to His will. Whatever you do, don’t take matters into your own hands and go after what you want. There is always a high price to pay for rebelling against God.

 God cares for us bountifully, but that doesn’t mean we can expect Him to deliver whatever we want, whenever we want it. Only when our dreams align with His plan for our lives does He fulfill them. The thoughts that preoccupy us are an accurate barometer of the state of our relationship with Christ.

A Godly Heart

Psalms 37:1-8  A Psalm of David.

37 Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
For they will wither quickly like the grass
And fade like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and [
a]cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as to the noonday.

[b]Rest in the Lord and wait [c]patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.


  1. Psalm 37:3Or feed securely or feed on His faithfulness
  2. Psalm 37:7Or Be still
  3. Psalm 37:7Or longingly

The Lord promises to give us the desires of our hearts. But many people take this passage out of context, forgetting that their own mindset plays a vital part in bringing it to fruition. As my grandmother once said, “Where your mind goes, your feet go, so be careful what you think about.”

What is your responsibility when it comes to claiming promises from God?

 Delight yourselves in the Lord (Psalm. 37:4). Christians should rejoice in God and desire to walk in obedience. The Lord must have first place in your life before you can claim the promise in this verse.

Commit your way to the Lord (Psalm 37: 5). Allow God to change any aspect of your ambition that is not His will.
Remember that when He doesn’t answer a prayer as you wished, it is for a reason.

Trust in Him (Psalm 37:
 5). God is merciful, all-knowing, kind, and generous. You can trust Him with your hopes and dreams.

Rest in Him (
Psalm 37: 7). Resting in the Lord means trusting Him to answer prayers in His timing or transform your aspirations so they conform to His will.

Wait upon the Lord patiently (Psalm 37: 7). Jesus waited three decades before beginning His three-year ministry on earth. According to His example, waiting is one of the key principles of Christian living.
Do your desires align with God’s purpose and plan for your life? He longs to give His followers abundant blessings and fullness of joy. So allow your dreams to be conformed to the Lord’s will, and follow His guidance faithfully. Only when you surrender to Him will you experience God’s best for your life.

I hope this teaching helped you and calmed your heart. Even though the world is in chaos know that God is in control and rest in Psalm 37:7. Remember, everything is in God’s time … not ours.

Be blessed my brothers and sisters, until next time stay safe and KEEP LOOKING UP!

My Prayer for You:  Kneeling Man

Heavenly Father,

We come to you with humble hearts and ask your forgiveness of our sins. We pray that the message you gave us today will bring peace to our troubled hearts and strengthen our faith and trust in you.

Lord, we pray for our president and other leaders for godly wisdom in ALL their decisions, that there not self-serving, but for the true good of the people.

Father, we claim your word for healing the sick with this virus from hell created by satan himself and we command it to go in the name of Jesus. We give you, merciful Father, all the praise and glory, and thank you for your love.

In Jesus Name


Understanding a Deceitful heart … Part 3


Jeremiah 29:11


This has certainly been inordinately long teaching but I feel a very necessary one. We must always be vigilant of our own hearts and actions and be aware of the people around us,  being able to discern their hearts and motives. Are their motives (or laws) Godly? Do they really have their fellow man in mind or are they out to get what they can and to further their agenda?

Good questions, let’s finish this teaching up and then maybe reassess our thinking and get more aligned with how God wants us to lead our lives.

II Timothy 1:7-8  For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be you partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.

I do not know whether you have ever thought of all of these characteristics, these qualities that appear in II Timothy 3:1-5, that they are evidence of insanity. I am looking at this from God’s point of view. If we look at it from God’s point of view in considering the illustrations and so forth that I gave at the very beginning of this teaching, and how God looks at our heart, you can begin to see elements of why God would say that His Spirit is the Spirit of a sound mind. There is a difference between being sound and being unsound, and He is implying pretty clearly there that before we were converted we were unsound. There is some degree of mental illness in a heart able to do good things, but at the same time having the propensity within it to do all nineteen of those things, and worse. All of those characteristics are evidence of some degree of mental illness.

These characteristics are the very mental and conduct instabilities we come out with and are those that we are to overcome during our Christian life. We all have elements of them as part of our character, and they must be challenged and put out.

I discovered a very interesting thing as I was preparing this teaching. It was interesting to me anyway. It is that a number of newer translations of the Bible replace the word “sound” with a different word. First, understand that the King James is not wrong. It is an okay translation. There is nothing wrong with it, but some modern translations have changed that reading to “self-discipline.” “God has given us a mind of self-discipline.” To me, that was really interesting, and I feel that “self-discipline” more directly expresses what Paul was instructing. Again, even my Bible has a marginal note that says, “A sound mind is a disciplined mind.”

The word “discipline” has several applications of usage in the English language, and I am going to give you what Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary says regarding this word: “1. Discipline means a punishment; 2. It means instruction; 3. It means a subject that is taught; 4. Discipline is training that corrects, molds, or corrects the mental faculties or moral character; 5. Discipline is control gained by enforcing obedience and order.”

Now either of those last two fits what we are looking at here in II Timothy 1:7, but I feel that the fifth one—”Discipline is control gained by forcing obedience and order”—fits. What verse 7 then means is that the godly person has his spirit under control and he does not permit human nature to express itself in a way that is not godly. He puts a cork on it and holds it until it is overcome and it is no longer part of his character, is no longer part of his nature.

Paul is not implying that the person disciplines himself without any deviation. Paul is just giving a generality. We see right here one of the things that Timothy had to overcome. He was a timid person by nature, and fearful, and that is what Paul mentioned there. “Do not be ashamed.” “Do not be afraid.” “Do not fear.” “Go on.”

On page 18 of his book The Road Less Traveled, the author M. Scott Peck suggested four broad areas of human behavior that he feels are absolutely essential to produce stable well-rounded productive people who can overcome life’s problems and produce good relationships. Our problem in our relationship with God is keeping human nature corked. Now God has given us the tool to do it: His Spirit. And He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

  1. Scott Peck strongly urges everybody who reads his book to inculcate these four disciplines, or whatever, in themselves and in their children as a means of achieving good mental and spiritual health. He calls these disciplines “the basic set of tools needed to solve life’s problems.” We all have problems that need to be solved.

Besides calling them “disciplines,” he also calls them “tools” and “techniques of suffering.” That last one is a good one. Do you know why he calls it that? Everybody, when facing problems, suffers, and we need a technique to handle that suffering. There is going to be suffering in some way and of some measure connected to solving problems. I think that you will agree that life is filled with problems that create pressures that are interspersed with short periods of peace. We call these problems “stress,” and each of these trials produces some degree of anxiety, of mental anguish, or we might even use the term “suffering” for a period of time. When these things begin, that is when we have a tendency to let human nature run in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, many people, as we would say, gradually crack under the stress and become to some degree mentally ill. Do you know why they crack? The simple answer is because they fail to solve the problem to the degree that they can, and they become so self-concerned about their failures that they become mentally ill, and react badly. It is the extreme self-centeredness that is the real problem. Those who handle these stresses best are those who are the most mature.

Peck calls these disciplines “tools of suffering” because they are the means by which we can experience the pain of problems in such a way as to work through them and solve them successfully.  I was struck that these are some of the very qualities that God is working to instill in us in order to bring us to maturity. We should be working on our children to instill these qualities in them. Here they are:

Tool number 1: We need to learn the delaying of gratification.

Tool number 2: We need to learn the acceptance of responsibility.

Tool number 3: Dedication to the truth. (I personally feel this is the most important one, considering our deceitful heart. If we are not dedicated to truth, nothing is going to work. I can guarantee that.)

Tool number 4: Balance (I prefer the term “Wisdom.” This last one is the longest one coming because it takes life’s experience to have wisdom.)

As important as child-training is, these qualities have a far more important direct connection to God’s purpose. Brothers and sisters, He has called us to be problem-solvers.

John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions [offices, rooms, abodes]: If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

In conjunction with many other verses, it is revealed that we are going to be established in positions, offices, rooms, places of responsibility in a world totally devastated by horrific nuclear warfare and populated by people spiritually, mentally, and emotionally scarred from experiencing those horrors. I am talking about that period of time after we are resurrected or changed, and God says, “Okay. Go out there and straighten up this mess!”

We are going to be faced with problems like you never saw before, and God wants people working out there who know what they are doing and are disciplined enough, and responsible enough to carry it out. He wants them to be so dedicated to seeing the truth established that nothing will deter them. They will handle that responsibility with balance and wisdom, and not be an oppressive ogre just throwing his weight around, but will deal with people with kindness and with honor and a deliberate love to lift them up out of the muck and mire of what the world has become.

I want you to go now to Luke 8:14. Jesus is giving the parable of the Sower and the Seed, and He says:

 And that which fell among thorns are they which when they have heard go forth, and are choked with care and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

It is the word “perfection” that I am looking at right now.

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.

Ephesians 4:11-14  And he [Christ] gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: [Why?] That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.

All three of these words rendered perfection, perfect, or perfecting, with one exception, are related to the same root verb teleiooTeleioo is synonymous with our English words “to complete,” “to finish,” “to accomplish,” “to consummate,” “to perfect,” or in these contexts, “to bring or come to maturity.”

God is perfecting us. Why? So we can be changed and work in the family business.

That one exception is in Ephesians 4:12, where the word “perfecting” is appropriate, but it should really be translated “equipping.” God is equipping us to handle the responsibilities that are coming. So what is our involvement in this Christian life? It is the bringing of us to maturity where we have been completely subjected to human nature to where we can control it by the power of God’s Spirit and truth to where it is no longer driving us around by the nose. Instead, we are, by our own will, submitting ourselves to God and His truth, revealing to Him that we are being perfected, that we are becoming mature.

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8 says that we are saved by grace through faith, but then he goes on to say that we are being saved for the purpose of working works that God has ordained. God has already set it up for us. We know at least the outline of what He is doing, but He is preparing us to do those works He has ordained us to do. Right now the work He has given us to do is to yield to Him so that we can become mature and grow up from being a child to being a real true adult.

Did not Paul say in the “Love” chapter there was a time when he was a child, and when he was a child he spoke as a child, he thought as a child; but when he became a man he put away childish things? That is what faces us. We are to aim for the character and the mind of God. We have the tool in His Spirit. We have the truth to apply ourselves, but human nature is present, and God has left it there so we can struggle against it and overcome it and get the benefit of all the experiences of learning how to work.

Do you know what the failure to delay gratification does? It produces procrastination. That is its product. Yet we keep putting off the hard things and always do the easy things. The failure to delay gratification produces procrastination. It is always fun to do the easy stuff. We get a reward right away. Do you know how the person who will not delay gratification reacts? I will give a simple illustration. This is the person who, when he gets his dessert, eats the icing first. He wants to be gratified first. That is a little thing, but it shows the inclination of the mind. I am going to try to put together a teaching on those four qualities, but it is going to be hard I think. It will be quite a challenge.

All I want us to understand out of this is that those qualities in II Timothy 3:1-5 are active within us to some degree. They are not just lying there latent. They want to spring out and control. We must come to the place where we can control them, but know this, that the labor and the sacrifices that need to be made to keep those things under control are for our good. God allowed them to remain within us so that they could be met and challenged, and from this: good fruit will be produced.

We can do it,  you can do it, not on our own but through the help of the Holy Spirit. He is the answer to All the problems we face, He is the only answer. Any answer we can come up with without Him is only a band-aid, it won’t last.

Have been to the Roman road yet? What are you waiting for? Romans 10:9-10 opens the door all you need to do is walk through. Are you ready? IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!

I’m here to lend a hand if you need it, my contact information is at the top of the page under contact.

Until next time, see ya down the road!    Dusty 

My Prayer for You:  Prayer For Healing

Father, we ask forgiveness for our sin and ask for a new heart and strength to do your work.

We give thanks for the healing going on in brother Bruce’s body and know your hand is on him.

Lord, this virus needs to end and the pain and suffering to stop. Your word says where two or more agree it shall be done (Matthew 18:19-20) and I claim that word in Jesus’s name. We thank you for it and give you all the praise and glory …

In Jesus name, we pray



Understanding a Deceitful Heart … Part 2


Let’s get started today with our teaching about a deceitful heart by using  II Timothy 3:1-4  as our guideline.

What we are going to do now is look at each of these defective qualities, at least in an overview, so that we can understand them a little bit better, and then maybe use them for continued self-examination as we go through the Days of Unleavened Bread and beyond. Nineteen characteristics are given in II Timothy 3:1-4. The very first defective characteristic or quality mentioned for the perilous last days is that men shall be “lovers of their own selves.” This is the heart’s primary characteristic.


One of the problems with “being lovers of their own selves” is that the perception of the self-absorbed is narrow and limiting. Making judgments of those people tends to be harsh. Included within this is narcissism. Narcissism is an over-riding preoccupation with the self that warps one’s sense of value so that everything in life is judged according to feelings. One of the outstanding bad characteristics of this is that it produces a strong drive to control and to seeking praise and flatteries.

You have read stories about “Sleeping With the Enemy.” You have read stores of other people who maybe did not do quite the same thing, but boy! they had a strong drive in them to control. Those people are narcissistic. They want everything, to an extreme, according to their pleasure. Human nature is self-absorbed and narcissistic to such a degree that it is hard for us to imagine, and is indeed embarrassing.

It seems to be that the psychologists have arranged this in three stages. First, human nature is just naturally self-centered. That is the least dangerous of the three. Then they use the term “self-absorbed,” which notches things up a bit. There the self-centeredness is taken a degree or two higher with more intensity, more demanding than just merely being self-centered. In many cases, self-centeredness can be fairly easily controlled by comparison to self-absorption. But the worst stage of all is narcissism. There is such a preoccupation with the self that these people are mentally ill.

Regarding the statement in verse 2—”lovers of their own selves”—William Barklay says, “Love of self is the basic sin from which all others flow. The moment a man makes his own will the center of life, divine and human relationships are destroyed. Obedience to God and charity to men both become impossible. The essence of Christianity is not the enthronement, but the obliteration of self.”

The Interpreters Commentary agrees by stating the following on the same verse: “Self-love is the fundamental sin and source of all others because it substitutes sinful man for God. The truly godly man puts God at the center of his life.”

The Expositors Bible Commentary states something similar in Volume 8, Page 464: “Love in the truest sense demands abandonment of self to God, and God alone is the adequate incentive for such abandonment.”

I do not know whether you caught it, but all three of these statements imply that self-love is the source of idolatry. It is the generator that produces idolatry, because the heart then pushes man to consider himself more important than God, and it will seek its gratification rather than give God what pleases Him.

All the rest of these evil qualities are merely acts of the way the love of self is driving the person to express himself. God allows us to love ourselves, but if it is permitted to drift into extremes, it becomes the source of all forms of mental illness. Now God, on the other hand, gives us the spirit of a sound mind—a mind that is not sick, and we will get to that just a little bit later.

As we proceed through this listing, I want you all to notice the focus on self-gratification, covetousness, pride, impatience, and sheer foolishness, regardless of the circumstance in which they might occur. I also want you to notice that you will not see in this list murder, adultery, fornication, and things of that nature. Do you know why not? This actually reinforces the fact that this was written really to warn the church about itself, as well as warning the church about the world. Paul says in I Corinthians 6 that some of us were those things, but by the time he wrote this, it became very apparent that those big obvious expressions of human nature like murder, fornication, adultery, and so forth, were behind. The people were controlling those things. What is important is that we understand what was generating those kinds of things. While those things may not be in the same class as murder, fornication, adultery, and whatever, they are still nonetheless sin.


I do not know exactly what your Bible says, but the first expression is “the love of money” and what it will buy. I do not mean that these things are necessarily in order of importance. They were probably things that just came to Paul’s mind.

The first expression after “the love of self” is “avariciousness”—the more modern term. This is the drive to accumulate. Synonyms might be covetous, rapacious, greedy. It is interesting that one of the cynical descriptions of this age is that when life on earth is all over, everything blows up, and the one with the most toys wins. If you want evidence, consider the horrific indebtedness of the average American and his national government.

At times indebtedness occurs through no personal fault, but mostly it is evidence of covetousness, avariciousness—the desire to have something and gratify one’s desires before one actually has the money to pay for it. A significant effect of greed is that these people lose the sense of proportion as to what is truly important in life and end up trampling all over relationships in order to satisfy their desires, and if taken to an extreme, they will sell their soul for gold.


This characteristic is a natural outgrowth of one centering his thoughts on himself, because “a lover of self” knows no one better. The Greek word is normally translated into the word “boasting” and means “over-swollen.” They are puffed up about themselves. In the book of Jude, it is translated as “great swelling words” in talking about the False Prophet. Thus these people will work to turn every conversation to eventually focus on themselves, their experiences, their knowledge, and what they have accumulated in whatever area. But it does not stop there, because people of this nature are driven to talk about anything that has them as its focus.

Now do not misunderstand. God allows us to love ourselves. Self-concern is not unimportant, but it becomes a sin when allowed to so focus on the self that it is oblivious to the needs of others. In one commentary I looked into (I believe it was the Interpreters’) the guy who wrote the article said, “These people do not even see the other person’s need. It never even comes to mind.”


These people will take every opportunity to show themselves above others. When expressed in this manner, it indicates a degree of arrogance. It is not merely “puffed up” in feeling about the self as better than others, but it carries this thought out with an aggressiveness moved to actually put the other person down. Do you know how it appears in the application? It appears as sarcasm about somebody else’s characteristics, whether it happens to be their looks, the way they dress, or the inflections in their voices, or whatever. Vanity drives human nature.

Many commentators feel that pride is the father of all other sins, and so the proud person is the kind of person that God, through James and the book of Proverbs, says He resists. It is said in such a way that He cannot stand them. This is really a bad sin. He cannot stand their self-centeredness. Where is the humility? So in terms of a relationship with God, the proud person resists subjecting himself to God and to other humans. And human nature attempts, in varying degrees of intensity, to control every situation in its favor. This is especially noticeable in relationships. The proud want to be served.


Blasphemy is a natural outgrowth of pride because those who are blasphemous cannot seriously consider that others may be their equal, or better. This specific word means that in their speech they are insulting to God and to fellowman. Most of us tend to think of this blasphemy in terms of taking God’s name in vain. However, the term is not restricted to God. Included in this is the making of sarcastic remarks, which I mentioned before. They are put-downs of others’ characteristics and conduct that one might find beneath them as something that should be made light of.


That one is pretty obvious. I will not go into that at all, because I may mention portions of this later on.

UNTHANKFUL (or Ingratitude):

Probably the Old Testament’s outstanding example of ingratitude is expressed in Ezekiel 16 in the story of how God found Israel as an abandoned waif. He cleaned her up. He gave her wealth. He clothed her. He gave her food, and so forth. He gave her all the good things of life, and what did she do? Before the chapter was over, she turned on Him in ingratitude and prostituted herself to anybody who came along.

What a hard heart we have in our failure to recognize that every blessing, every blessing of the air we breathe, is a gift from God because He manages His creation. That is what it says in Hebrews 1, that everything is held up by the word of His power.

God freed Israel from Egypt. They came out with a high hand exalting in their liberty, but even before they got to Mount Sinai, Israel had forgotten and wanted to go back to their bondage in Egypt. That is hard to reconcile, even to intelligence.

One of the outstanding examples of ingratitude in the New Testament occurred when Jesus healed the ten lepers, but only one of them turned and came back and thanked Him. Here this horrible disease disfigured them and made them look hardly human any longer because fingers fell off, toes fell off, maybe whole hands fell off, a nose fell off, or maybe pieces of an ear or whatever fell off. Whatever this disease was, it just left them completely disfigured, and Jesus made them whole in the blink of an eye. But that is the way the heart is. It is nowhere near as appreciative as it needs to be.

Ingratitude indicates the failure of one to recognize indebtedness to God and other people who have made possible what one has. It too is an expression of one’s pride—so proud and arrogant that they think they did it all themselves and that they owe others nothing.


This term “without natural affection” is rather interesting, but it is pretty much a synonym of our English word “indecent; shameless.” This phrase indicates someone who has no respect for common norms and traditions within a culture. It includes people who cannot speak the King’s English, but they know every foul swear word in several languages, and that is used indiscriminately.

When walking through a crowed mall you can hear people swearing in different languages as well as English. They knew them all, but that is the way the human heart is. It is indecent. But it spreads out from that because it includes the way one dresses in public by exposing too much of one’s body. It includes pornography and sexual abuses even to one’s own children. What a sin that is becoming today.

These are people who smoke in non-smoking areas in a public restaurant or become out of order at some public gathering. These are people who flaunt commonly-accepted rules and family traditions. Even normal family love is dissipated in them. The family means almost nothing to those without natural affection. They will even cast aside normal pleasures to involve themselves in perversions because they cannot get enough enjoyment from what is within the bounds of decency.


A better fit is the English word “implacable” in today’s use of the term. It indicates a person who is not easily calmed down, the result being that he is relentless, unforgiving, inflexible, and irreconcilable—insisting that he is right and that there is no other way of looking at things. The fruit of this is divorce and the breaking of other kinds of covenants.


This is interesting because the Greek word is “diablos“—Devil. These people are slanderers—people who deliberately set out to destroy the reputation of others. Slandering is most commonly done through gossiping. The emphasis in the word is on the deliberateness of the operation, not in the quality of the information. The cure for that is to think before you speak.


We know what incontinence is applied to. It might be old people. Little babies are incontinent. They do not care where they go. But incontinence indicates somebody who is without self-control, which is a lot more serious. They are irascible (prone to outbursts; easily angered). They are people who cannot restrain themselves. James says that the religion of a person who cannot bridle his tongue or control his temper is an empty pretense. So these are people who let their temper run wild. These people are addicted to an evil trait that injures both themselves and others.

Now, this you have got to get. The emphasis in this word is on addiction. This sin reaches out to include things such as over-eating, alcoholism, and other forms of drugs, and even reaches out to include such things as nymphomania. In that case, a person’s sexual drive is beyond control. There is no love in it. It is just like he is a dog or a cat, and insatiable. Incontinence has serious consequences.

FIERCE: (or as the King James says, “Despisers of those that are good“)

These are people who have lost the distinction regarding things of quality. In other words, any old thing will do rather than striving to seek the best in friends, in quality of life, in quality of conduct, in language, in entertainment, and in education. These people consistently downgrade everything and always sink to the bottom. They do not upgrade themselves. They do not upgrade their companionships. They seek out fools rather than the wise. They are despisers of those things that are good.


Traitors are those who are treacherous. They cannot be trusted to keep their word or a friendship for that matter. They sell out their country for power and money.


Heady indicates people who are reckless in word and action. It indicates people who are driven by passion, by impulse, and the thrill of the moment. They are not known for considering the consequences of their actions. They just do it, whatever it is.


High-minded means swell-headed; supremely self-confidence filled with conceit, filled with their own self-importance (politicians). They very much lack humility and fail to even consider their faults and actual qualifications. They just push themselves in.


Verse 4 brings us back to where we started because this is basically a rephrasing of “lovers of self,” but it is a little bit more specific.

“Pleasures” does not directly refer to always seeking entertainment, though it touches on that concept. It is evident from the word though that entertainment plays a large part in what occupies peoples’ time. Pleasures refer to whatever concerns the self. It could be a person’s business. That is interesting to think about because men have a weakness of loving their work more than anything else. Is it not interesting that in the book of Ephesians God has to command men to love their wives? If there were not something interfering in the man’s mind with loving his wife, God would never have to say that, but He knows that men can get easily jerked off to the side with their work.

Men have a propensity to love work. It makes them feel as though they are accomplishing something. So God says to a man, “Hey! Love your wife. She is more important than that job.” That is included within this “lovers of pleasures.” “Pleasure” indicates that which the person holds important in his mind. It could be something like playing golf. It could be studying some subject. It can be anything that has caught the person’s interest. Thus the hard part to control is that this person’s time is given to his interest rather than to God. The time is not rightly divided in a way that will please God. You might notice I used the term “rather than.” It is interesting that right in the margin of my Bible it says “rather than.”

In the New Testament Commentary by Hendrickson and Kistermaker, they strongly insist that the verse should be understood “lovers of pleasures rather than God,” not “more than God” as the King James Version translators originally show it. Now, why? Again, Hendrickson and Kistermaker say it is because Paul is actually not saying denying in the sense that it is something in process, but that they do not love God at all! God has been pushed out completely.

David backs this up in Psalm 10:4 when he says of the unconverted, “God is not in their thoughts.” He means, “AT ALL!” God is not in their thoughts for conforming to His purpose. They might think of God once in a while, but not for conforming to His purpose, and so these lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God are unlike Jesus who always did what pleases God.

It is interesting the Kistermaker and Hendrickson stated in that commentary that these people had infiltrated the church. I think all of you understand that as the first-century church went along and aged, they were invaded by Gnostics, and those people were attending right along with the truly converted Christians, but they had their own ideas about God that were not scripturally correct, but they were there.

I spent a little bit of time on this last one. I might not have done as good a job of expounding on it as I would have liked, but this one we need to be especially concerned about because of the time we are living in. I want you to turn to Revelation 3:14-18

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.

The “faithful and true witness” is a prelude to the testimony that He is now going to give to these Laodiceans about their status before Him.

Revelation 3:15-18 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich: and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.

What we have here is a vivid description of a people who are in the church in terms of actually having been regenerated by God’s Spirit, but who are in the process of losing their way. They have not lost it completely yet, but they are still in the church. They are still converted, or Christ would not be saying what He is to those people. Their conduct and attitude is not something that they have no power over, because they are converted, or Christ would not have ordered them to repent.

Consider this: Christ does not give people impossible tasks to accomplish. In fact, in I Corinthians 10:13 He promises to always provide a way of escape. The stark reality is that what they are doing in their life is giving testimony of their lack of interest in Christ. Mark that well. What is happening is that the deceitful heart is regaining the upper hand it had before conversion, and it is influencing these people back to a life of self-absorption.

Now notice again what the description says. Christ now represents all of the elements of God’s purpose being worked out in their lives, but the description is showing the deceitful heart is working, and these people are rejecting Christ by saying by their conduct—by the way, they are living—that they no longer need what He has to offer because they already, in their own self-estimation, have enough. “I am rich, and increased with goods.” They consider themselves spiritually rich, and so they have turned life’s attention away from Christ and back to what the deceitful heart feels more comfortable with.

The truly tragic thing here is that they are in the church. Every relationship is a two-way street. Every relationship requires sacrifice, but the carnal heart has convinced these Laodiceans that Christ has no more to offer them and is turning their time and attention back to its own self-centered interest. They are lovers of pleasure; not necessarily entertainment. Pleasure simply refers to one’s own interests rather than lovers of God.

I just mentioned that every relationship requires sacrifice for it to be successful, and we are involved in a relationship.

I hope this teaching, so far, has been a benefit and a blessing. Sometimes facing the truths about one’s self can be hard but self-examination can and should be the start of the cleansing we all need. I pray what you learn her doesn’t bring fear because it’s not meant to do that, trust me, the answer is yet to come… The truth will set you free …

Our next teaching will start with II Timothy 1:7-8, See ya later!

My Prayer For you:  Man at the Cross

Wow! Father,

What a responsibility and privilege you have given me to pass on to my brothers and sisters this message. We all need this teaching and I pray it penetrates to the deepest part of the soul.

We ask your forgiveness Father and ask for strength to follow your commandments for our lives.

We know that only Jesus was perfect but through Him, we can be washed as white as snow and someday join Him in Heaven. We know only through His death and resurrection did any of this become possible.

We give you all the praise and glory and thank you for our breath and being.

Lord, we ask for wisdom for our president in all the decisions he makes for our country, and day by day strengthen his faith in You.

I ask in Jesus’s name, healing for our land, and an end to this virus blanketing this world.

We asked these needs the precious name of Jesus



Understanding A Deceitful Heart … part 1


Luke 12:16-21

16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

In this time in our country of fake news, misdirection, and deceit our minds and hearts are anxious for answers of truth,  not this constant political rhetoric of lies and agendas taking our country further from God will for our land.

Yes, I know we are all born with sin but God sent His Son to die for us so we had a way out. Through Him, we can change our hearts and the direction this country is heading.

I’m starting this three-part series to give you insight on what it takes to recognize a deceitful heart and the steps it takes to change it. We are going to begin this teaching in Jeremiah 17:9.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can 

This verse is among the best-known of all verses in the Bible by us. Though we surely know the words is it possible we do not grasp some of the depth of the practical everyday application of what Jeremiah is trying to convey here?

The Hebrew word translated “deceitful” is #6121 in Strong’s Concordance, and interestingly comes from exactly the same root as the name “Jacob,” which gives a bit of insight into the mindset and character of that same Bible character in his pre-conversion days, because God has a habit of naming things what they are.

The word is used only three times in all of the Old Testament, and it indicates a swelling, a humping up, and thus a knoll or a small hill. But when it is used in relation to human traits, a personality, it falls into the area of prideful vanity—something distasteful, useless, corrupting, and intensely self-serving. It is something that puffs a person up.

Again, according to Strong’s, it indicates something fraudulent—an intentional perversion of truth intended to induce another to surrender, to give up something of value. If you can just think what Jacob did to Esau twice, you can get a pretty good idea of its practical meaning.

Today we might say that our heart is attempting to con us into something that is not, by any stretch of the imagination, good for us. Its inducements may indeed appear on the surface to be attractive, but further examination would reveal that its appeals to us are fraudulent. They are lies. In fact, its appeals are not only downright dangerous, it is incurably set in its ways.

The Hebrew word in Jeremiah 17:9 is translated “deceitful.” The other two times that it appears in the Old Testament it is translated “corrupted” and “polluted.” It is a word that should give us a clear indication of what God thinks of our hearts. It is something foul in every sense and should be considered as something belonging in the sewer or the septic tank.

You can probably recall the place in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus, in speaking to the people there who were ordinary people, said to them that they were evil. He hardly knew a single one of them, except some who might have already been His disciples, and He flat-out called them evil. He then went on to admit, “Yes, you can do good things, but that does not change My original evaluation.”

The King James translators choose to use the word “deceitful” in the English translation, and just about every modern translation has followed its lead, and it is a good synonym. Now “deceit” is a cognate; that is, it is related to “deceive,” and “deceive” means to mislead, to cheat, to give a false appearance or impression, to lead astray, to impose a false idea, and finally, to obscure the truth. Thus “deceitful” indicates the heart to be full to the very brim of these horrible descriptors. This is a far cry from what we like to think of ourselves, but what we think of ourselves is a product of our heart which has deceived us into thinking we are an awful lot better than we actually are.

To finish off the descriptors in this verse is the term “desperately,” which is #605 in Strong’s, and it indicates something so weak, feeble and frail, that it is at the point of death. Thus most modern translations, including the margin in my King James Version, have opted for the word “incurable.” In another place, God calls it “a heart of stone.” Do you know what that indicates? It indicates something that truth has a very difficult time penetrating. It is an interesting illustration that He uses because it is as though rigor mortis has already set in even while it is still alive. In other words, nothing can be done about it. God has to give us a new one. It is set in a pattern of influence that cannot be changed for the better, and so this is why God promises that those He calls will be given a new heart which He describes interestingly as “a heart of flesh”—one that will yield to His way of life.

We can understand all of these descriptors. It is good knowledge to have, but they can only give us what amounts to book-learning on this very important topic. It is what its problems are in practical situations in everyday life that makes God so dead-set against it that He declares that it is incurable. It cannot be fixed. I will illustrate that this way:

What are the two great commandments of the law? First, we are to love God with all of our heart, our soul, and our mind. In other words, we are to love Him above all other things. We are to respond to God’s wonderful generous love toward us with a love employing all of our faculties in order to attempt to match His love toward us. Jesus further stated the following in Luke 14:26.

If any man come to me and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Do you understand the practical application of it? It means that we are to make whatever sacrifices are required of us, even to the giving of our life, in order to submit in obedience to any—even the least—of God’s commands. That is one tall order for our deceitful heart, and if at any time we even put ourselves on equal footing with Him, we have actually put ourselves over Him, and committed idolatry.

The second of the two great commandments is that we are to love others as ourselves. This one is not quite as stringent as the first, but it is still a very high standard. Jesus said that on these two commandments everything else hangs. That is, that love and law are inextricably bound together and cannot be separated in our relationship with God, but right here lays the problem.

Keeping them is impossible for man, as he is now encumbered with this deceitful heart. Our heart will not permit us to do this because the heart is so self-centered and absolutely cannot consistently obey either of these commandments; thus no character of any value to God’s kingdom can be created in one with a deceitful heart. The heart is incurably self-centered, self-absorbed, and narcissistic in its concerns about the activities of life.

I am going to give a number of scriptures as to why this needs to be of special concern to us at this time in the current life of the church.

II Timothy 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax [or grow] worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

I want you to understand that human nature itself is not going to get any worse than it already is or already was in Paul’s day as we approach Christ’s return, but rather the expression of its evils will intensify and grow in numbers as we close in on Christ’s return.

As the heart’s evil acts increase, it provides more and greater inducements and opportunities for everybody to be involved in its sinful ways. Remember that Jesus said in Matthew 24, that just before He returns, it will become as in the days of Noah, and you know how bad it was then, where it says “every thought of man was evil continually.” We are approaching that. So the combination of many factors in the times that we are living in will create the environment for the heart’s evil propensities to intensify. In other words, as the numbers of sin increase, the moral quality of the culture begins to come down, and the inducement of everything that is evil that is going on tends to pull people to believe it is all right to do that. “Everybody is doing it!” It is the mob mentality that begins to draw others into it like a magnet. That is why Paul said it will “grow worse and worse.” Again, please understand and do not forget that the heart was just as evil and deceitful in Paul’s day as it is today, but the culture is somewhat different, and the number of sins is increasing. That is what he was really driving at.

Let us go back to verse one of this same chapter. This appears just before what Paul said there in verse 13.

II Timothy 3:1-5  This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

The word “perilous” indicates something difficult, threatening, dangerous, and ominous. There are a number of things to consider so that these verses are best understood. The term “last days” does not specifically mean the times that we are living in at this moment, because Paul clearly felt he was living in the last days. He expected Christ’s return was imminent while he was alive. Many verses prove that point. I Thessalonians 4 and II Thessalonians 2 was written before these books we are reading right now. He meant his instruction to Timothy to apply immediately. Just as soon as Timothy received them, they were already going on.

Now if he did not feel that way why would He tell Timothy, in verse 5, to withdraw from such people as he just described? If Paul did not intend for that to apply right at the moment, was Timothy going to live all the way to Christ’s return? Not in the least. Paul meant it right then. You look at the list that is given there, and you see that Paul was talking about circumstances in his day. They already existed. They still exist right to this time, because every one of these nineteen qualities is expressions of our deceitful heart.

The Greek gives the sense of conditions or expressions of human nature that come and go, like waves of increasing expressions of these characteristics’ resistance rather than something that is constantly occurring. You know the way it is. Those of you who are older know that when we were living in the late 40s and through the 50s that the culture in the United States was a great deal different. People were generally much more law-abiding, respectful of government, respectful of the law, and concerned about things many would consider today to be really odd or weird. But once we passed through the 50s and began to get into the mid-60s, and the Hippie Movement was taking place, and the Baby Boomers were coming along and developing their own culture, things went downhill and into the sewer quite quickly.

What I am getting at here is that cultures come and cultures go. Any of you who have read the book The Fourth Turning know this is true. These men show that there are four general cycles in history, in Britain and in the United States especially, goes through repeatedly. They come and go. That is exactly the sense of what Paul has written in II Timothy 3, and so we see then why Paul would write something like he did in verse 13. They are going to intensify, and then they will ebb. And then they will increase, and then they will ebb, and so forth, but they are always there regardless of when Christians live.

Let us connect this though with what Jesus said because in Matthew 24 He said that when we are approaching His return things will become similar to, parallel to, the days of Noah so that we know. We are warned in our time that these things are going to hit their peak in terms of being prevalent all over the place. It is as though the moral standards and spiritual standards of a whole culture are sinking all at once.

Paul did not intend to say that everybody would express all of these characteristics all the time either; rather that all of these elements would be in each person, because he is describing the elements of everybody’s deceitful heart, but the intensity of their expression would vary from person to person. Not everybody has exactly the same problems is what he is saying. Some people have problems with stealing. Other people have no problem with stealing, but fornication and adultery is their problem. Do you get the point? Everybody is not going to express all of these, but yet all of them are part of the deceitful heart, and they could be expressed by anybody.

As we come to understand this context, the threatening and danger implied to church members is not their bodily injury and death, but the danger of their becoming drawn into what everybody else is doing. It begins to become popular and easier to give in to human nature when everybody around you is doing it. As the standards sink, what used to be horrible becomes normal and acceptable even though, in God’s eyes, it is all sin, and all earns death.

Now here comes a shocker. This provides fuel for us to understand that these characteristics are right in the church; therefore, this begins to really become pertinent to you and me. It is not like we are standing up here looking at all these people on the outside. Brethren, where did we come from? We came from the same world, the same mess of stew out there like everybody else. This then gives us the opportunity to see that we are capable of expressing these. Again, we will not be expressing all of them, but the possibility is there for us to express some of them.

Let’s stop here and in the next segment, we’ll take a look at each of these defective qualities.

I hope our teaching will help and encourage you and strengthen your walk with the Lord … His love for you is more than you could ever imagine.

Until next time we meet stay safe and KEEP LOOKIN UP!!!

My Prayer For You:

Almighty Father,  We come together to ask your forgiveness and we ask that you continue to teach us how to become more Christ-like each day and follow the path you have set before us.

Give us the discernment to detect the deceit being given to us by fake news and self-serving politicians.

Lord, we pray for an end to the attempt to overthrow our government and our way of life, I pray you open the eyes of the unbeliever and reveal your truth and glory and bring your Godliness back to our land.

Father, stop this virus spreading throughout the world and heal the sick. We claim, in Jesus’ name, 1 Peter 2:24  and Isaiah 53:5 for all needing your touch from the top of their heads to the bottoms of their feet.

We pray for hearts to change and become filled with the Holy Spirit and love for one another.

Hear our prayers O’ Lord!

We ask in Jesus precious name