Now That Is Something I Can Applaud❗️ – Poem

Don’t be so raw that you’re hard

Words so sharp they cut like a chard

We need people that speak truth

Bring back that old phone booth

Super Man lost his cover

It’s time for us to rediscover

Jesus died for your heart

He took the shot like a fiery dart

Satan tried Him

God saved Him

Rose again like a boss

But you too busy shopping at Ross

Looking for a bargain

Meanwhile Jesus rose again

He wants to save you

Ring that up, that is true

Stop trying to blow money on worldly things

Salvation is better than a diamond ring

No matter how many times

I keep spitting the same rhyme

It falls on death ears

Too busy drinking them beers

Does the truth hurt

You to busy trying to flirt

Looking for love in all the wrong places

But even CSI can’t find any traces

Love is not found just anywhere

Love is it found at the fair

Love is not found in any pair

Jesus died to remove the despair

Jesus is love

He came from above

To take it all on the cross

To give you access to come across

There is only one way

Don’t let anyone lead you astray

Jesus is the only

Stop falling for the phony

The one true God

Now that is something I can applaud❗️

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Do You Remember When…


Do you remember the first time you received bad news? Last week my wife was in the hospital with what everyone thought was pneumonia. The doctor did a bronchoscopy and didn’t find any tumors so we thought we were in the clear. The biopsy takes a couple of days to come back. I was the first one to get the phone call and the doctor said, “it is cancer.” I was immediately in shock, I didn’t know how to respond, well how could I other then scream internally and question God why why why?

Kristeen’s mom died from lung cancer that metastasized to her brain about 3.5 years ago, but her mom smoked and was much older. I couldn’t comprehend how this could be happening to such a young woman. My wife has been such a giving person of herself and her time to so many people. I immediately thought God I am not ready to give my wife to you, I need her here, my kids need her here.

Yesterday we met with the oncologist and he gave us what the treatment options are. Of course I wasn’t thrilled with our options or the fact that this cancer is not cureable according to modern day medicine, but I still hold on to the fact that I serve a miracle working God and just because the doctors say there is no way doesn’t mean that God can’t do it. My dad was told he would never walk again and he has been walking for many years still.

The prognosis was very scary, I won’t lie about that, but I had to ask what the doctors thought about how much more time I would have with my wife. Some of you may know and understand that Kristeen is at stage 4 and the cancer has spread from her lungs, to her bones, and even to her brain. I try not to focus on the time we have left, but instead leave time in God’s hand while I take in every moment I have left with my bride. I love my wife and wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world.

I will leave everyone with this, don’t take anything for granted and be thankful for everything that God has blessed you with because in an instant everything can change.
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No More Tears Of Sorrow – Poem


Have you ever felt battered?

Have you ever felt tattered?

Have you ever felt scattered?

Like nothing really mattered?

Pushed to the edge

Forced to recite a pledge

Yet not understanding

How am I even still standing

How can I get out

Trying to scream and shout

No voice comes out

Feeling nothing but doubt

Flooding to capacity

Can you believe the audacity

Who can I tell

That I am living in hell

Burning with emotion

Like a raging ocean

But all you see is

Nothing but bubbles & fizz

There is more than you know

Can you see the plateau

Things continue to come up

Life is full of buildup

One thing after another

Have you told your brother

Keeping it all in

Is like trying to hide sin

It continues to boil

Until it smells spoiled

Rotten, stinking like day old fish

Whatever happened to my wish

The truth is the devil is a liar

He tries to make you walk the wire

High above the world with nothing below

To soften the blow

As he tries to repeatedly knock you down

Turning your smile into a frown

He knows how to push your buttons

Until all of a sudden

You fall off the wire

Into his well kept fire

He loved when you would admire

Yourself, & change your attire

Until it was all about you

No God No friends just little old you

Separated we will surely fail

No one there to post bail

But yet there was one

Everyone called Him the Son

A man who came into this world as a baby

Will you accept Him, well maybe

Why are you not sure

Didn’t you read the brochure

Jesus died for the lost

To pay the cost

That no one could

Because who else would

Give up their life for what

There is no other shortcut

There is only one way to Heaven

Even though false preachers make up 7

Do you know the truth

It is sweeter than a Baby Ruth

God’s plan to save all mankind

You just have to open your mind

Read the gospel and receive His word

Now you can never say you never heard

I try my best

To share this treasure chest

My hope is in the Lord

It is time to get onboard

Make the decision and let Him reign

Let Him remove all the pain

No more tears of sorrow

He holds tomorrow

If this wasn’t true

Then I would have blew

My brains out long ago

None of this is show

One day I sat on my bed

Wishing I was dead

I had the gun

Was ready for it to be done

But God did stop me

He opened my eyes to see

That suicide was just an excuse

That I shouldn’t choose

He had more for me to do

And today I know this is true

Nothing in life is easy

I pray my poem did not make you wheezy

Nothing more true than salvation

That is available for every tribe & nation

God I pray You continue to use me

Use me to share Thee

With You Lord we can overcome

All these feelings of being numb

Every day is a gift

Hold my hand so I never drift

Keep me in Your will

Until the day You come to fill

The prophecies have been told

Help me to remain bold
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Copyright 2017 KNG Music and Praise First Publishing

Why I Dumped Tupac – Testimony


Let me explain how this topic came about. Without using any names, “a minister of the gospel” posted a picture of Tupac with something he said on it. I felt led to confront her about the post and how she is all over the board with what she posts from scriptures, to suggestive sexual pictures, to posts that have no purpose. In doing so, someone else responded and said they like Tupac because he spoke truth.

Now let me share my background before I dig any deeper. I grew up in California or as we like to call it – Cali. I went to a school in San Diego that had Bloods and Crypts. I witnessed people getting “jumped into” a gang outside the school grounds. I loved Tupac’s music and bought every album that came out and even the underground and never before released albums after his death. I could sing every song, every curse word, and I could even do the moves from his music videos, so yes you can say I enjoyed his music very much.

One day God convicted me of what I was listening to. I felt God press upon my spirit, how can you listen to music that incites anger and hostility? How could you support music that speaks down to woman like they are nothing and disrespects them constantly? I tried to reason with God and say but I like the beat.

James 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

How many times when God points out a sin in our lives do we try and reason with God and bend His rules? His rules are set in place to help us see and understand the necessary boundaries for our lives, to help us grow, to help us learn how to be more like Christ. I had failed at being a Christian, could I really call myself a Christian and listen to such filthe?

Revelation 3:15-16 I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

I share my past and my own personal conviction to help expose the fact that God wants better for us. How can I speak such vile words and then turn around and praise God with the same lips? It doesn’t work that way, I am only deceiving myself. So let us be true to ourselves and examine our own hearts. Are you listening to 50 cent, 2 chainz, Drake, Lil Wayne, etc (and yes I had to look up these names because I left that scene a long time ago)?

Over the years God continues to show me the errors in my ways, the Holy Spirit convicts me, and opens my eyes to the changes that I need to make. If you have taken the time to read this please pause and examine your own walk with God and the music you listen to. I can’t make the decision for you, but if you ask God if the music you listen to is good or bad, He will let you know.

So for the young lady that helped inspire me to share my past tonight, thank you. I know you didn’t want to hear me say we shouldn’t support Tupac because you feel his words are truth, but the reality is that the only real truth we have in life is the word of God. When man speaks “truth”, he is merely sharing his thoughts, feelings, and emotions but it has no weight on helping us be saved. Jesus Christ died on a cross so that we could be freed from our sins and have a new life. Remaining trapped by listening to explicit music is like telling Jesus I don’t care that you sacrificed your life for me. Do not deny the Lord your God.

Matthew 10:32-33 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

I pray that the testimony of my past has helped you to reexamine your walk with God. Every day is a struggle against evil and we can overcome evil because of the saving grace of Jesus. Don’t remain stuck in your sin because you don’t want to give up what you like. That is your flesh talking and your fleshly desires will only lead you down the wrong path.

Give it all to God and let God work mightily in your life today❗️

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Destruction Today But The King Is Soon Coming – Poem


Attacks are all around us

Nobody wants to discuss

Why some are killing

Because others are not willing

How many must die

For you to open an eye

What if it came to your doorstep

Would you just sidestep

The world Is dark & gloomy

It used to be really roomy

Population continues to grow

With no signs of slow

But what will tomorrow hold

If today you are not bold

Will disasters become the new norm

Because we didn’t want to face the storm

Maybe my words are just lost

Because you don’t want to pay the cost

Your time is too precious to you

My words cut when they are true

How many bombs will it take

For you to wake up & partake

The world can’t be changed by just one

Unless that one is God’s only Son

But today He is not here

He chose to disappear

He said He shall return again

Those words have been penned

But how would you know

If you never take the time to grow

I love to share Bible verses

But you are still stuck on the curses

Words that tarnish the heart & soul

Because today everyone is a troll

Attacking those who speak truth

Because they never left the ways of their youth

Lord, I cry out to You

We need You to pull us through

My heart is heavy

Ready to break like a levee

Filled to the max with sorrow

Because there might not be a tomorrow

Jesus today I call upon Your name

Without You we are filled with shame

You healed the lame

Took all my blame

But today I need more

Today I need You to pour

Let the Holy Spirit fall like rain

Let nothing we do be done in vain

Give us strength to maintain

Your blood washed away our stains

Lead us not into temptation

You are our strong foundation

God break down all these walls

Let the Spirit flow like Niagara Falls

Time is running out

We need You to knockout

The rest of this sin

Flex on evil & show them who wins❗️
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Hope Through Suffering – Sermon Notes

Thank you for joining us again at Faith Matters.  We are happy that you are here today to listen in to what God has placed on my heart.  For those of you that caught the last message, my leg is healing up nicely praise God!  I keep looking up at that tree and each time think of how it could have ended much differently, but God’s protection prevailed.  Today I don’t have a lot of back drop to share with how my week has been, but what I am going to share today is straight from my heart, please do not judge or hold any ill will against me, I think it is a must for me to share the struggles that I have been going through for the last 100 days.

Let’s open up with prayer.  Dear Lord, I pray that what I am about to discuss hits home with those who need this message.  Your people are battling some of things that I am going to cover on a daily basis.  Lord, help each of us to learn how to become more patient, slow to speak, slow to anger.  Without You Lord we can’t do it, but with You ALL things are possible.  God I thank you for pricking my heart and nudging me to share my story.  I pray that it helps others who are struggling.  Lord continue to use me, keep me humble, and let my words bring forth truth and give justice to the word of God.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

I wanted to share today the definition of broken:

  1. having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order.
  2. (of a person) having given up all hope; despairing. (defeated, beaten, subdued)

Broken can mean a lot of different things to different people.  What I want to talk about today is not an easy subject for me.  For the past 100+ days my wife has been battling with a headache that will not leave.  She has been seeing what they call “starbursts” in her vision.  She has been very weak, her skin has been sensitive just to a regular touch, and her feet have begun to hurt such that she can’t stand in place without have to lift one foot to give the other foot relief.  Instantly at this point you might say, “well, have you taken her to the doctor?”  Doctor visit has been her new middle name.  I wish we could buy stock in the doctor office because we have been there so many times this year.

What should have just been a possible sinus infection turned into so much more.  We went to our primary doctor to try and figure out what was going on.  The normal medicine didn’t seem to kick what we thought was a cold or maybe a sinus headache.  The pain in her head just kept going on and on.  The doctor began to order up the many different blood tests, she did a x-ray of her lower back where there was pain.  Lower back came back with some deterioration, but nothing out of the norm for a woman of her age.  All the blood test came back negative.  The doctor then ordered up a MRI and sent us to a neurologist.

The neurologist reviewed the MRI and compared it to the previous MRI and said that he couldn’t see anything wrong.  For most people this would be exciting, but for my wife it was nerve racking because the doctors still couldn’t explain her pain.  The neurologist advised to do some physical therapy on the neck at least once a week.  The physical therapy hasn’t really helped at all and the pain still continued.  I mentioned to her, “let’s get your eyes checked and see if the prescription needs to be updated.”  She scheduled that to be done and got her new pair of glasses, but that hasn’t helped the headache.  It is almost like no matter what we do, nothing is helping.  Have you ever been at that point?

As I am describing all of this to you, my wife has posted a few blogs about what she is facing.  Many people have offered prayers and that has been wonderful to see.  Some people expect that their prayer should heal my wife and the reality is that only God can heal her.  Don’t take this the wrong way, but if it is God’s will for her to suffer in this season then it won’t matter who prayers for her.  I say that with a grain of salt.  I don’t want my wife to suffer any moment longer and I have tried whatever I can, but to no avail at this point.  I told my wife, “what if God needs you to suffer right now so that you can reach and help others who are suffering?  So that you can share your story and bring them hope?”

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Paul’s Visions and His Thorn

12 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 5 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— 6 though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. 7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

If Paul was allowed to suffer then how can we expect that God wouldn’t allow anyone of us to suffer also?  You see in pain our emotions become weak, but in that same weakness, God can show His strength.  Let me say that one more time.  You see in pain our emotions become weak, but in that same weakness, God can show His strength.

I don’t wish any pain upon anyone, but at least we should know that God is with us.  God will not give us more than we can handle.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Now this particular verse refers to temptation, but if we are weak, in pain, hurting, does our flesh not want to give up and fall to that temptation?  It is only in Christ that we can have the strength to not adhere to our flesh, but instead overcome the struggles.
Through all of this my wife has been a warrior.  She has not given up, she has battled and fought hard, but as this condition has set in, it has taken it’s toll on her.  The doctors have most recently come back and said that she has fibromyalgia.  For most of you, you probably are wondering what is that?  Don’t worry, I had to look up exactly what it was also.  As stated by the Mayo Clinic,

“Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help.”

Even with that last statement being said, “there is no cure for fibromyalgia”, I serve a powerful God.  I know that if and when God wants to heal her from this He can do it.  I will continue to seek Him and pray for my wife.  This battle is just another chapter of the book the Lord is writing in my wife’s life.  I pray that God uses her testimony for help many others see that God is good and that God can still be found in the midst of this storm.

Now that I have tried to explain to the best of my ability what is going on with her life, I want to turn this story slightly.  Many times we hear about a story from the perspective of the person that is suffering from a disease, sickness, or illness, but we don’t always hear from their spouse.  This is not about me, look at what I am doing, or trying to get any glory, but instead open a door to a situation that many never see or hear about it.

When my wife tells me she is in pain, I am a guy and my built in instinct wants to fix her.  Guess what, I can’t!  I have tried and tried and tried some more, but I have still failed in trying to help heal my wife.  It hurts my heart to know that she is struggling.  Have you ever seen a wounded dove and another dove stays behind to help her?  That is me, I am here trying to help my wounded spouse recover, overcome, and get through the day to day tasks.  Each day it is becoming harder and harder to see my wife suffer.  I thought this was only a temporary headache; the longer it has gone on, the more concerned I have become.

Many times I have ask God why her?  My wife has done a 180 degree turn since I met her, she got saved, found a whole new meaning to life in Christ, started singing, released an album, serves in a small group, volunteers at numerous events, worked in nursery, serves in our youth group, Lord why her?  You see, this is the struggle that you never hear or see.  The spouse who wants to help, but the circumstances are much bigger than me.  Only God can do this, I can only pray and seek His face.

When my wife is sleeping in bed, I pray for her, I look at her and wish there was something more that I could do.  Many times she has thought I didn’t care about her symptoms, but really I couldn’t let her see me cry and breakdown.  If I am not strong for her then I feel like I am failing her.  I struggle with the fact that I am helpless.  In any other situation I could protect her, but from this illness, I can only watch from the sidelines.  Sure I do what I can around the house like cooking, cleaning, and laundry because she hasn’t had the energy, but is that really enough?  The next thing we wanted to do was adopt a child, we are currently at the final stages, and yet I am here thinking can we really handle another kid in this household?  Will God give me the strength to care for another?  I have plenty of love to give, but will I have the strength to carry my family plus another?  So many questions swirling around in my head, yet I know that God will carry me through.  I continue to pray and ask God for His direction.  I don’t want to step off His path, the plans that He has, but it can be so difficult.  This verse helps me get through:

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
You see when things get rough, when it looks like there is no way out, my option is to turn to God, to turn to Him in prayer.  Just ask the Lord to help.  The mind is a crazy thing, it can wander, it will tell you that you are not good enough, it will tell you that you can’t do this, it will tell you to give up, it will tell you to turn and run, but my God is not that way.  God brings me peace about this; God is the only thing that is keeping the joy in my life. I am looking at it from a whole different perspective and looking at Lord there has to be a reason and a purpose for this. Lord, there has to be somebody who has to hear her testimony, how she has battled this pain, how she has overcome it, how she has continued to look to You to get through.

This has nothing to do with me.  I am merely her support, I am merely here to help her when she gets down, I am merely here point her back to God when she thinks she can’t do it anymore.  But I am still just a human, I am still just a man and sometimes I can let doubt creep into my own life.  And I have to turn back and say alright Lord I need you to right my path, I need You to hold me up, I need you to give me everything that I need to get through today.

For those of you out there struggling, with so many different diseases and syndromes, lots of different things out there, I am not going to try and name them all.  There are so many different ones that people are battling from.  There is ones that I can’t even pronounce.  I saw someone the other day talking about this disease that they have and trying to encourage my wife and that they have been overcoming.  I have never even heard of the disease.  It can be scary, there are many things out there that the enemy will try to use to bring us down and keep us down.  You got to get back in the word, you have to read the scriptures.  The scriptures will bring you peace, the scriptures will give you strength, the scriptures will cause you to rise up and continue to stand tall, continue to stand upon the rock of the Lord.

I am going to close us out with prayer.   Heavenly Father I thank you, thank you for this opportunity to speak and really speak from my heart.  To expose the pain, trials, and suffering that I am going through in my own life Lord.  This was such a difficult message to write.  I have so much of my own pain and emotion that I have not let out and I have just been bottling it in and if I keep bottling it in then eventually I am just going to explode like a volcano.  Lord I pray for all of those out there that are suffering.  Whatever they are suffering from, I pray for them.  I pray for those who are trying to help them deal and cope to get through that suffering because they also need our prayers Lord, they also need Your strength.  Lord please be with us, be with us every day Lord and help keep us strong and help guide us Lord.  In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

I want to thank you for taking a moment to listen.  If you need to reach out to me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or on our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com  I hope that things that we are posting are encouraging you.  One of the biggest things that we are trying to do is be real.  It is so easy to look at a preacher or a pastor or someone on TV and see all the good moments, you never see the bad stuff and think of wow they have such a perfect life.  There is no such thing as a perfect life; there is always something that we are going through as people, as humans, even as a Christian there is always a battle, there is always a struggle.  If you read through the Bible you will see it, it is never an easy road, there is always something going on, there is always a lesson that had to be learned.  There is always something that someone had to overcome.  Whatever you are going through, you are not alone, don’t give up, and keep pressing forward.  You found this message for some reason, and I hope that encourages you.  I hope the things that we are doing is not just so you can like it, RT it, or share it with someone else.  I hope it is encouraging, I hope it causes you to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord.  That is the real goal, purpose, everything to point people to Jesus, to point them to the truth.  Teach them how to go back, look at the scriptures, read it, absorb it, and use it to help build them up.  Well, before I start preaching again, let me just close it out.  Thank you for joining, have a blessed day.

This was my wife’s next blog post after listening to my podcast:

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Tomorrow Is Too Late! – Poem

Jesus came to break every chain

Why is your face still beaming with pain?

The evangelist keeps screaming for you to change

You keep acting like that’s so strange

We walk along

Trying to remain strong

Sin attacking like a bomb

We try to remain calm

Pretending like we are not affected

Meanwhile we are no longer connected

Feeling dejected

Satan reminds you how the world 

rejected

Every day we are being dissected

Torn apart by lies that are collected

How much longer will you be subjected

Jesus died so you could be perfected

Will you change today?

Or will you make another excuse and say no way?

Interesting how many times we ignore the call

Like we keep dropping the ball

We expect to make a half court shot

To keep us out of hell that is hot

But the truth is the buzzer is coming

I hear the drummer drumming

The alarms are sounding

You keep expecting to be rebounding

At some point the game will be over

No more 4 leaf clovers

Your luck will run out

Your cup will pour out

No one to blame

No one left to exclaim

Give me one more chance

I am not ready to dance

On the hot coals of remorse

You wanted the divorce

Turned your back on God

Without even giving Him a nod

Just turned and left

No one to blame for theft

You tossed away your life

Remember, you never cared about the afterlife?

Jesus said I love you

You said that’s not true

No matter how much He held

You pushed away and yelled

But this is all for tomorrow

Don’t wait to receive that sorrow

I beg of you today

Jesus paid a debt you could not pay

Accept Him

Before the light goes dim

Today is your last chance

Give Jesus one more glance

Awaken from your trance

The Bible is a romance

A story that was foretold

So you can proclaim it and be bold

How Jesus died on a cross

For you, me, & everyone who was lost.

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Copyright 2016 KNG Music & Praise First Publishing

An Apple That Started It All – Poem

Adam & Eve lived in a garden that was wide

Looking cockeyed

They did backslide

Good & Evil did collide

The Sneaky Snake tried to broadside

Told Eve to ignore God’s side

Take a bite in stride

Adam looked at his bride

The fruit they both eyed

Adam & Eve tried

Then they tried to hide

Sin did enter in because they applied

The downfall of man came like a landslide

God’s wrath went worldwide

The knowledge of good & evil was classified

God had clarified

You both have now untied

Now you must remain outside

Your birthing pains will be amplified

That is just one downside

No longer dignified

Adam looked horrified

God had to change the tide

No longer will man be tied

Jesus preached on the hillside

He told of the upside

Crowds gathered along the roadside

The solders fortified

Jesus was identified

Judas stood beside

A kiss which mortified

Mary cried

Jesus died

Three times Peter denied

Satan had lied

Jesus died so you could be qualified

Your sins have been purified

The past has been ratified

Are you not satisfied?

The word of God has specified

What you must do to be set aside

God must be magnified

Let no man try to override

Even if they are mystified

Jesus died so you can be verified

When is the last time you testified?

Get off your backside

Your name written in the book of life has been certified

Together as Christians we must be unified❗️

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Are You Listening? – Sermon Notes

areyoulistening
Are you Listening?
Hello welcome back to Faith Matters, I am your host and I am super excited to be able to bring this next message to you.  Before we dive in I would like to open up in prayer.  Heavenly Father I appreciate the out pouring of your Holy Spirit in my life over this past week.  I have been a part of a major move of God within my church and I thank You for answering our prayers to You.  Today I ask that the words spoken speak the heart of those who hear.  I never asked to be a messenger, but You oh Lord knew the plan for my life.  I had no idea how You would take control, but yet in relinquishing my control to You, You have blessed me more abundantly.  Let those who have ears to hear be open to Your word, in Your name I pray, Amen.
Earlier this week my wife posted something on twitter that said “God is listening.  Are you talking?” #WhyWait  I personally read this tweet and was caught off guard.  How profound is it that we frequently say “God is not talking to me” but have we stopped to think that maybe He is not talking because He is listening?  Did you catch what I am throwing at you?  God not talking is not ignoring you but instead waiting for you to speak to Him.  This hit me like a ton of bricks because I have received many inquiries recently from people saying that they can’t hear God anymore in their life.
To take this even a step further Rita who is a follower of my wife on twitter responded back by saying “Many years ago I told the Lord, I’m doing all the talking & He said, “and I’m doing all the listening.”  Yet again, another conformation that when we don’t hear God speaking in our lives then we should be lifting up our voice in prayer to Him.  I am a firm believer that God wants more for our lives then we can even being to comprehend.
After all of this transpired I was inspired to tweet my own spin on this and I posted “what if God has a perfect plan for your life but He can’t reveal it because YOU aren’t ready to receive it yet? #Speechless” God is moving, God is working, God is listening, God is speaking, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION!!
I am not talking about Sunday morning in the pew but each and every moment of your life.  As you are driving to work God is there.  When you are at work and your coworker is depressed, God wants to use you to reach out to them.  When you go out to dinner and the server looks hung over, God wants you to speak life into them.  When you are in a meeting and the important topics have all been discussed yet someone wants to talk about explicit TV shows, God wants you to speak up.  So many times God is nudging and again nudging us to get us to speak up!  We must speak up, we can’t back down, we can’t hide in a corner, the gospel should mean more to you than anything of this world.  If we aren’t living for Christ then why are we living?  What is your purpose.
John 8:47   Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
  • The word of God itself clearly states that whoever is of God can hear the word of God
  • If you can’t hear Him today stop everything you are doing, before you go to bed, and give God some of your time
  • Don’t tell me “I’ll just do it tomorrow”, I am declaring this right now “Tomorrow is guaranteed to now man”
  • We keep trying to steal time from the future because we don’t want to face the tasks at hand
Mark 4:24  And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
·        Are the people that you surround yourself with positive and uplifting or negative and drag you down?
·        Can I be open & honest with you today?
·        My brother came to visit
How much weight to we put upon the words of other people?  Don’t let the opinions of others be what drives you forward.  The words that come out of people who are negative are list a vapor that disappears.  Did you catch that?  The words they say vanish once they speak them unless you capture them and bring them into your life.  The only words that should mean anything to you are the words of God.  His words should be lifted to utmost peak of reception and kept at the highest regard.  God speaks truth & love, He embraces His people with loving tenderness.
With that being said I have to share this next verse. I want you to know that I love this next verse.  Are you ready?
Revelation 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
·        I want to serve you up a picture of what this looks like
·        Imagine Jesus standing outside your front door.  He has to knock, do you know why?
·        There is no handle on the door for Him to open it, He has to wait for you to answer the door and invite Him in
·        Picture Jesus being trapped outside in the brutal cold, patiently waiting for YOU to realize how much you are hurting Him by continuing in your ways
God is calling us back to Him.  The reason most people can’t hear His call is so simple.  Everything of this world is keeping them too busy to hear The Lord knocking on the door.  The TV, the Radio, the DVR, Sports, Bar, Parties, you name it, it is probably causing a stumbling block for someone.  God is ready, He wants to help you.  Are you ready to make the change and begin a new journey today?
Psalm 25:4-5   Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
·        I love reading the Bible because the scriptures are not just words but there are so many illustrations to help paint the picture
·        How do you know which path to take?  For example a new job opportunity, do you take it or stay where you are?
·        God has planted you and you should grow where He plants you, but He can unless lift you up and replant you someplace new
·        I have found that the best way to hear God’s direction for our lives is to PRAY for His will
·        This was extremely difficult in the beginning, I wanted to pray for what I wanted yet I would get upset if I didn’t get what I prayed for
·        Sound familiar?  I want a oompa loompa now?
·        God doesn’t need your laundry list or in better terms shopping list of your wants, He already knows your hearts desires
·        Pray for direction, pray for wisdom, pray that the Lord shall lead your path and that your feet shall never grow weary
How many of you listening know that the path God sets us on isn’t always straight?  I bet some of you are laughing right now because that is so true.  I am speaking from personal experience of course.  All I wanted was to find one woman, get married, and then live happy ever after like a Disney Movie ending.  If you have been listening to my testimonies then you definitely know by now that my life didn’t end up like that at all.  God had to bring me back to reality, I thought I knew the path and I ran ahead of Him.  Have you done that?  Only to find out that the path I took had a sharp cliff at the end of it.  I still have to give God all the glory for pulling me out of the traps that I set for myself.
Where are you at today?  Is life going great, are you excited about God, do you talk about God daily, do others know you are a Christian?  If your answers are NO to any of these questions then ask yourself what else can you do to make a slight change back to the lighted path that The Lord has for you.  In terms of movement, the Bible says take up your cross and follow Him.  Picture Jesus walking the path, that means He is constantly moving in a direction.  If you are not following Him then you are falling away from Him.  Let me repeat that one more time.  If you are not following Him then you are falling away from Him.  If you are standing still in your walk with God then you are lagging behind The Lord as He continues to move.  Don’t be left behind, don’t put other things before your own salvation.  Get right with God, nothing else is more important than where you will spend eternity.  You may think there is more time, but when the heat is on and fire is clipping your heals, you will wish there was one more day to cry out to The Lord.
I greatly want to thank everyone for listening.  God has been so good to me, He was opened my eyes to see what He is showing me.  I want the same for each of you.  If you don’t have a ministry that you are involved in please take a few minutes and volunteer your time at your church or create a nitche on Social Media.  A few minutes a day, post a Bible verse a day, it could make all the difference for those that are within your circles.  God started me out on making a simple music video and then it has turned into so much more.
Lord I pray for those that are lost, I pray for those that say they can’t hear your voice, I pray that today they will pull out their Bible and being to read the word of God.  Lord fill them with the Holy Spirit as they begin to sacrifice the things of this world in order to make time for you.  Every second with you is worth it.  I pray that those who listened today were blessed and decided to seek your face.  In your name we pray, Amen.
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