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Monday, September 28, 2020

The Real Meaning of Hope

September 28, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 39:7
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

In the English language, the word ‘hope’ has an element of doubt. For instance, “I hope it won't rain tomorrow” or “I hope I win the lottery.” 

However, that is not the meaning of hope from the Bible.

  • In the Old Testament, hope comes from the Hebrew word batah which means confidence and security. 
  • In the New Testament, hope is usually translated from the Greek words, elipis or elipizo, which originate from the world elpomai, which means to expect or to anticipate. 

How different is the meaning of HOPE when we know it means confidence, security, expectation, and anticipation!

When we say, “My hope is in the Lord” – it’s not a sense of desperation or the feeling of “crossed fingers.” We stand on a sure foundation with joyful confidence and solid anticipation.

As we explore various passages of the Bible about hope, keep these definitions in mind. I think you will be reading these verses with a whole new sense of interpretation!

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, our hope – our confidence and security - is in You and Your unlimited power, knowledge, and dominion. We have confidence that all things will come to pass that are aligned with Your purpose for our life. Make Your plan, Your will for our lives clear, Dear Lord, so our hope in the future becomes clear. We know that no matter what, we have hope in You. We live in expectation of Your blessings for our life, for our country, for our world. Your purpose will not be defeated. May Your plan fulfilled in a timely manner, according to Earth time. May Thy will be done in our lives according to Your riches in glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Monday, September 14, 2020

All Things Are Good in God’s Plan

September 14, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Romans 8:28

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.

When bad things are happening, it’s difficult to grasp that ‘all things work together for good.’ Since the early part of 2020, we have seen entire industries collapse, millions have become unemployed, thousands of businesses burned and vandalized. We’ve seen our children become pawns in this sinister COVID plot and we’ve had our sense of security and life-rhythm turn upside down.

 When God promised to work all things together for good, He didn’t mean that all the things would be easy or good. Some situations and events are decidedly bad. But God uses all things – the good and the bad, weaving them into a good outcome for those who are called by His name. He sees the big picture; He has a master plan. We need to trust the outcome is in His hands, and in His time.

When I think about “staying the course” and trusting God’s outcome “no matter what” what the journey has in store, I often think of the story of Joseph found in the book of Genesis, beginning in Chapter 37.

Joseph experienced a lifetime of bad things. When he was just 17 years old, he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Later, he was thrown in prison under false accusations where he lived in captivity for more than 13 years, until God gifted him the ability to interpret dreams. His skill brought him to the Pharaoh. Impressed, he was given full responsibility to prepare Egypt to be in a state of abundance as the entire region experienced a 7-year severe famine.

When the truth of Joseph’s identity was finally revealed to his brothers, two years into the famine, Joseph said, 

“God sent me ahead of you to establish you as a remnant within the land and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God. (Genesis 45:7-8)...You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people. (Genesis 50:20)

Joseph trusted God with the Plan for his life. He never questioned the separation from his family, the years of slavery, his duties through the years of famine. He lived faithful to God and to God’s plan until he died at 110 years of age

The story of Joseph inspires is to know that when we are “called according to God’s purpose,” all things will work together for good. God’s plan will not fail, no matter what it looks like in our eyes and no matter how long it takes. When we look at today’s current events and trust God’s ability to see the full length of our life, we can be sure that He is working powerfully on our behalf to fulfill His Purpose. 

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, Your Word inspires us every day. Stories from thousands of years ago are as pertinent today as they were long ago. Lord, remove our doubts. Help us to have the courage to trust the plan, Your plan, no matter what it looks like to our human eyes and no matter how long it takes. We may not get what we want, what we ask for, but Lord, we trust that You will grant our requests a “this or something better.” When we keep our eyes fixed on You, we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

God’s Grace Turns Lack into Abundance

September 10, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 Corinthians 9:8 

King James: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

Amplified: “And God is able to make every favor and earthly blessing come in abundance to you, so that under all circumstances, regardless of the need, you will have complete sufficiency in Him in everything you do and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.


Grace comes from the Greek New Testament word charis, which means God's unmerited favor. Recall that Webster's New World College Dictionary provides a theological definition of grace:

"The unmerited love and favor of God toward human beings; divine influence acting in a person to make the person pure, morally strong; the condition of a person brought to God's favor through this influence; a special virtue, gift, or help given to a person by God."

Think about the dictionary definition of grace in relation to the stated verse. God’s grace is able to turn every good deed you do into "complete sufficiency." Sufficiency means that your needs are met. And remember that God promises in Philippians 4:9 that your needs will be met "according to His riches in Glory. Do that little task or that big activity in His name and watch His Grace will shine through.

But what about the times when bad things happen to good people? Here are a few examples, from BibleReasons.com, on how God’s grace can change our perspective, turning lemons – and challenging events – into lemonade, turning insufficiency (lack) into abundance: 

 “God why did I get into a car accident?” 
 By God’s grace, you’re still alive.
 “God I’ve been praying for an answer. Why is there no answer?”
 By God’s grace, the solution will be better than you’ve asked for.
 “God why didn’t I get that promotion?”
 By God’s grace, He has something much better in mind for you.
 “God why am I going through so much pain?”
 By God’s grace, we learn from both physical and emotional pain; He’s with you. 

Seeing God’s grace in everything is simply a matter of perspective. Will you see God’s love and how He is taking care of you in all situations even those you may perceive as “bad”? 

TODAY’S PRAYER

Dear Lord, by grace – the unconditional love from God – You know our deepest thoughts, our every secret, and You love us anyway. When we know You are by our side, it changes how we look at every situation. When we see our challenges through Your eyes, we have no fear. We know that our  Big Boulders are really only small inconveniences in Your eyes. 

Where we see lack, You see abundance. Where we see weakness, You see the opportunity to perfect Your power. Through Your free gift of unconditional love we call grace, You stand by us in out biggest celebrations and through our darkest hours. Dear Lord, help us to see all situations in our life through Your eyes. Help us to wait patiently – and expectantly – for the abundance You have prepared for us. We thank you. We love you. We ask for our lack today be great abundance tomorrow, through your Grace. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

God's Grace Delivers Big Wins

September 9, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 

Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. 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 dwell in me.

Although it is ambiguous what Paul’s plea for relief was about, he asked God three times to remove it. Instead, Paul writes that God said no, and then told Paul to lean in and see God’s grace work in his life during his infirmity or his temptation.

Paul was meant to experience, firsthand, how God’s power is at its greatest when humans are at their weakest.

In other words, it is our physical, mental and emotional challenges that allow us to experience God’s grace and His unconditional love to lift us up during our most trying circumstances.
  • But do we really trust Him when things look bleak? 
  • How much can we let go of the outcome when we’re really scared? 
  • How strongly can we exercise our faith and put the outcome in His hands?  
  • Can we embrace the concept that God’s grace is sufficient in every circumstance, big and small?
This is so contrary to how the world operates.

Instead of surrendering to God's will through God's grace, we operate from, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” We like to show our grit, our tenacity. We feel puffed-up when something works out as we anticipated. We “locked and loaded, buckled down, and won.” We take all the credit for the success.

But God said, “My power is made perfect in weakness.” When God’s grace sustains you, you can’t take credit for the result. When things turn around under impossible odds, He alone gets the glory.

Remember: grace is the unmerited, unearned love and favor of God. 

When God says, “My grace [unconditional love] is sufficient for you” He intends to win big. There are many examples in the Bible about how the “underdog” had no chance of winning or physically surviving without God’s grace. The stories of Goliath and Gideon quickly come to mind.

David was a shepherd boy attacking a giant with a sling and a few rocks. Only God could ensure that David’s aim would literally be deadly. Gideon was only allowed 300 men to slay the largest army of the day, making victory possible only with God’s hand.


God’s power is made perfect in our weakness because it shows that God can deliver in a Big Way. God’s grace – His love - is sufficient for everything.

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, the magnitude of Your grace is beyond our comprehension. Just a small glimpse of Your power allows us to lean in and give You with all our burdens, all our worries, all our consequences. Lord, help us to grow stronger and deeper every day in the knowledge and understanding of Your all-pervasive grace. When we fully trust You and Your love for us, we can truly be anxious for nothing. We know that no matter how large our weaknesses may seem in the flesh, by Your love, power and grace, all will turn out exactly as it should be accomplished for You and by Your glory. Lord, grant us the desires and petitions of our heart – this or something better. In all things, Thy will be done. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Nothing is Too Difficult for God

 August 26, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Jeremiah 32:17

Oh, Lord God! You Yourself made the heavens and earth by Your great power and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You.

 

Perhaps the blowback of all the work done by so many activists across America and around the world is starting to crack the narrative and the truth will prevail. Perhaps all the prayers and petitions we have laid at the feet of the Lord over the last five months are starting to manifest in the physical. 

 

Breaking News Tuesday evening (Aug. 25) out of the great state of Idaho. Today lawmakers in Idaho’s House voted to advance a resolution that ends Idaho Governor Brad Little’s Coronavirus Emergency Declaration. Idaho is now the first state where it’s constituents have voted to remove the insane coronavirus regulations put on by their governor in overwhelming fashion. The resolution effectively lifts all restrictions across the state. Lawmakers voted and passed the resolution 48-20 amid a special session that the Governor called to deal with liability laws and mail-in voting concerns. The resolution now heads to the Senate and if it passes the Governor’s Emergency declaration, that he put in place back in March, is over.

 

There are other cracks in THEIR plan are showing up too:

1. CDC testing recommendations have changed and are not required; testing is inaccurate anyway 

2. China no longer recommends wearing a mask in public 

3. Hugs over Masks protests are gaining attention and traction worldwide

4. The infection rate may drop to tiny levels before a vaccine is ready

5. Therapeutics effectively treat COVID19 - eliminating the need for a vaccine 

6. International flights arriving in America no longer need to adhere to a 14-day quarantine - so lockdowns and home quarantines should be eliminated next 

7. Vaccine showing to NOT be effective


Yesterday, we reviewed Romans 8:31 - If God is for us, who can be against us? 

Today, we review Jeremiah 32:17 - Nothing is too difficult for God.

 

What else needs to be said? 


Today’s Prayer: 

Dear Lord, collectively we have been praying for several months for Your support, Your Healing, Your protection. Today we celebrate the beginning of the physical manifestation of Your power, Your Love, Your providence. For each small victory, we give You the glory, and thank You for hearing our prayers. Thy will be done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

If God is for Us, Who Can be Against Us? - with Charles Pixley

August 25, 2020 - With Special Guest, Charles Pixley

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Romans 8:31 

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 

 

In these challenging times, it seems everyone is conspiring to destroy America and destroy humanity: global governments what want One World Order and One World Religion; local governors who would keep us muzzled and restricted from commerce unless we OBEY their ordinances; even those in our own families that think we’re crazy for fighting for our personal freedoms. 

 

When we pray for our country, for resolution, for security, for financial security ...or more...and we don't see results, we can feel like God doesn’t hear our prayers.

 

But if we remain strong, if we remain close to God, if we humble ourselves and pray, promises will be fulfilled.


Can the Word be any more clear: If God is for us, who can be against us? 

 

Now read Romans 8:32…the very next verse: 

God did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

 

Isn’t God saying to stand on what Jesus said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  (Matthew 7:7) 

  • Are you asking?
  • Are you seeking? 
  • Are you knocking on the door?  
  • Are you believing your prayers will be answered? 
  • Are you frustrated…because you are not seeing answers in YOUR time frame? 

 

Today’s Prayer: 

Dear Lord, we are so grateful to internalize the message - to know in our soul - that You are on our side, You will never leave nor forsake (abandon) us, You hear our prayers…and You answer them according to Your riches in glory.  In Jesus's name, amen. 


Special prayer by Charles Pixley: 

 

In the holy name of Jesus, dear FATHER, I love You and remember You as the tiniest of atoms in this human form, please purify the intentions, clarity and outcome of this prayer.

 

Dear FATHER, bow this Your head, to this Your heart, remove darkness and obscurity from this heart and ignite the flame of Knowledge. Awaken these divine senses, of hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling and touching. Pierce the phenomena to perceive Your Divine activity in the immutable background of Your Creation and help me to understand how to best serve mankind.

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Thank you, God, for watching over our children and grandchildren. Thank You for keeping them safe and free from harm. Thank You that they are healthy, happy, prosperous, and on a straight path to awakening in the Light of Your Knowledge.

 

Thank you, God, for the gifts You have given. Thank You that what we imagine comes true. Thank you that Your Grace brings Clarity, Light, and Peace to our hearts, minds, and souls.  Lord, we thank You for the blessings You have already given and those waiting to arrive at the right time. Thank You for the blessings we understand and those we have yet to understand.

 

Thank you, God, for the guardian angels who surround us and guide us with Love, Joy and help restore and maintain our health and protect me.  Thank you because your supernatural influence makes the veils of confusion and ignorance fall from these eyes and opens new levels of consciousness. 

 

Thank you, God, because Your Knowledge casts out all fear, all illness, and all pain. You permanently increase our joy, our immune system and our life force. 


Thank you, God, that we are living a life where all blessings, abundance and true freedom comes naturally from You. Thank you, God, that we no longer crave alcohol or cigarettes. Because of You, we are physically fit and we are committed to eliminating excess fat and increasing our love of exercise. Thank You for helping us improve our physical form in preparation to receive Your Holy Spirit.  Dear God, come into this body and allow be the director of our self-control.

 

Thank you, God, that Your Goodness creates prosperity and abundance in our lives. Thank you for allowing our house to be built by wisdom and to be established on understanding.  Thank you, God, that Your Goodness and Mercy is in our lives forever.

 

Thank you, God, for aligning us with a soul mission that is perfect and powerful. Thank You that through You, we can create value for the greatest number of people by being the best teachers for the rest of mankind. Thank You for giving us ever-evolving depth love, understanding and PEACE.

 

In the Holy Name of Jesus, we Thank You.  Amen

 

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Did Your Pastor Sell You Out?

August 21, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

 

Proverbs 24:10

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

 

It is obvious the Day of Adversity is here. 


For the remainder of my days, I will always be perplexed as to how the entire world “rolled over” and became enslaved by the Globalists in a matter of a few weeks.

 

Masks. Distancing. Mandatory tracing. Quarantines. Lockdowns. And now, mandatory vaccines. 

 

Today, a group of more than 4,000 Evangelical pastors joined together and signed a pledge that says, “As Christians who uphold the authority of God’s Word and see science as a tool to understand God’s world, we call on all Christians to follow the advice of public health experts and support scientists doing crucial biomedical research on COVID-19.”  

 

The document closes by saying, "Therefore, because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we will:

  • Wear masks – Masks only serve to harm the health of the person wearing it.
  • Get vaccinated - The document claims that, “Vaccination is a provision from God that will prevent disease not only for ourselves but for the most vulnerable among us.” Apparently, they know none of the ingredients found in vaccines, especially the known carcinogens and the cells of aborted fetuses.
  • Correct misinformation – Currently, “misinformation” is defined as anything that is not lockstep with mainstream propaganda 
  • Work for Justice – Social justice, claiming to be doing things for the common good, is an excuse for total state control.


And then the Pope came out a few hours later with a statement calling for universal vaccines to not be reserved just for the wealthiest. Yes...let's be sure to poison and kill all the poor people too...


Let's examine today's verse - Proverbs 24:10 - more closely.

 

What is the definition of faint?

  • Lacking conviction, boldness, or courage; 
  • To be timid 

What is adversity?

  • A state of hardship or misfortune
  • A calamitous event

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What is the definition of strength? 

  • The capacity to resist attack
  • The capacity to resist strain or stress
  • Durability

So, let’s reread Proverbs 24:10 like this:


If I am timid and I fail to have conviction, to be bold, or to demonstrate courage in these days of hardship, misfortune and/or calamity, then my ability to resist external stress and/or personal attacks is small. I have little courage and no durability.

 

That’s powerful.

 

Our church and spiritual leaders have become faint. They are worshiping the god of government and the god of science. Our church communities have become obedient, bending a knee to the god of government and becoming subjects of fear, which is the opposite of faith. They showed NO durability with the first sign of hardship and misfortune. What will they acquiesce to next?

 

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, we know not what is coming to bear upon us next. Many of Your people believe what we are experiencing now is just the beginning of the radical subjugation that will come at Your people next...and very soon. We pray that each of us – all of Your people, called by Your name – will humble themselves, seek Your face, and pray for mercy. We pray for protection and for strength. We pray to find solace in Your Word. We pray that Your love will give us the durability, the courage, the bravery we need for the times of adversity that are ahead. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Encourage One Another – You Are Not Alone

 August 13, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14-23

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing. 

And we exhort you: Warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.

Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Don’t despise prophecies but examine everything carefully; hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.

Now may the God of peace sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We all get discouraged and down in the dumps occasionally – and some times, it’s more than occasionally. We have life stressors: job responsibilities – or looking for work; elderly parents to care for; decisions about school vs homeschooling; struggles with all types of relationships; trying to make sense of it all as a business owner; caring for sick animals; trying to find the time to be a committed activist.......and the list could go and on.

This verse – which admonishes us to encourage one another and build each other up and gives a To Do list for how to achieve this task – is what @HappyHourWithDrT is all about. You can find the discussion LIVE each day, Monday through Friday on Instagram and then later on Disseminate.TV/@HappyHour and here, at www.HappyHourwithDrT.Blogspot.com (please share!)


I created Happy Hour for just this reason – to encourage one another.


When Paul wrote this letter to the Thessalonians, he was sending a strong word of encouragement. He included a list of things to do that will lift our mood and strengthen our spirit....and he closes with a blessing.


No matter what storm you’re facing right now, you have friends here at Happy Hour. Together, we can look to God in the midst of the storms....and we can choose to do one – or all – of these activities. The result will be to encouraging to others - which will pick up our mood! - because we prayed and helped someone else get closer to God. In the end, our spirit, soul, and body will feel better and those discouraging feelings will fade away.

 

Today's Prayer:

Dear Lord, we often get discouraged because our prayers are not being fulfilled or events are not materializing in OUR time frame. 


Lord, patience is NOT an attribute humans are born with. Patience is something we learn within the confines of being human. Thank you that this group of like-minded humans has found each other here at HappyHour. Together, and with Your presence, we can inspire each other to improve and encourage each other when we are sad.


We are grateful to have You to lean on, Lord. We trust Your timing is perfect, no matter how difficult it may be to accept the Human timeline. Thank You for putting Your hand on the steering wheel of each live that is here. Please hear our prayers Lord and deliver our requests, this or something better. And in all things, Thy will be done.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.