Great people prepare their heart to be Servants



Leadership is leading the way. Israel rejoiced and had a better life when their leader prepared his heart.

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11

We read these words and want to be a servant. Becoming an effective servant begins with preparing your heart to by seeking the Lord early in the morning.

During the time period in Israel’s history known as the Divided Kingdom there were 19 kings in the north and 20 in the south. All of the kings in the north did evil because none of them sought the Lord or prepared their heart to seek Him. Of the 20 in the south only 8 prepared their heart to seek the Lord.

Look what happens when there is no leader.

In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25

Now consider when there is a leader that does not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.

And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD. II Chronicles 12:14

Here is a leader who spent the time to prepare not only his heart but the hearts of others.

For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. Ezra 7:10

Ultimately we can’t even consider what God has in mind for us when we prepare our heart to seek Him early in the morning.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

We conclude that serving makes us great but worshiping makes us godly. Consider being a great godly leader by starting each day preparing your heart in worship to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

The greatest leaders that have ever lived consistently looked up to God and looked out for those under their care.

Are you in constant fellowship with God throughout the routine day until someone needs your service? They may need you to take care of a responsibility or they may ask what they need to do to have what you have.

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What is Worship and How do we Serve?



True worship knows God sees and knows everything, lives inside of them and then lines up their life in accordance and takes it everywhere they go.

Worship initiates with recognizing God’s Presence.

  1. Moses took his shoes off in God’s Presence. Exodus 3:5
  2. Moses hid his face in God’s Presence. Exodus 3:6
  3. Come into God’s Presence ready to write. Exodus 34:1
  4. Come early in morning into God’s Presence. Exodus 34:2-4

Worship escalates to enjoying God’s Presence

  1. Study in God’s Presence for His approval. II Timothy 2:15
  2. Meditate in God’s Presence for His success. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1
  3. Sing in God’s Presence for His pleasure. I Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22
  4. Give a testimony in God’s Presence for His glory. Revelation 12:11

Worship culminates with being in God’s Presence

  1. Raptured into God’s Presence for eternity. I Thessalonians 4:17

Worship is greatly misunderstood. I have heard people say worship is

  • Bowing the knee in God’s presence.
  • Singing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
  • Going to church

True worship will lead one to do these three things but in of themselves they are not worship.

True worship is when one recognizes that God not only sees and knows everything he or she does but that He lives inside of them and then lines up their life in accordance with this reality and takes it to church and everywhere they go.

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26

God is not telling us to hate anyone but is explaining that our love for Him should be so far above that by comparison it would seem like hate. Jesus told us the second great commandment is to love people.

An unbeliever can

  • Do religious works
  • Feed the poor
  • Clothe the naked

Only those who know Jesus as saviour and worship Him in the beauty of holiness can love people. Consider the relationship of those listed in Hebrews 11 had with the Lord. Charity is the love of God expressed to mankind through a worshipper of the LORD.

Jonah was swallowed by a whale because he did not want to give the love of God to a people that he did not love. Moses was nibbled on by millions of “minnows” because his worship of God continued to grow as he spent more and more time with Him.

How is your time with the Lord?


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Easy Believeism vs. Salvation

Before #1


Turn from your sin and believe in Jesus is an example of “Easy Believeism.” How does an unbeliever turn from sin? I tried for weeks as a 9 year old boy. We do not have the power to turn from sin until Jesus comes in.

Salvation is Repentance which is a change of mind by simple definition but is a whole lot different than turning from sin. Repentance is a “Paradigm Shift” that begins when the Holy Spirit reveals that Jesus is the LORD, the promised Messiah, God in the flesh and the one receiving this epiphany trusts Jesus as their only hope for heaven.

This person has become a new creation, II Corinthians 5:17. The new believer receives the Holy Spirit who will work on him to make life changes. There is no proof of salvation. If there were it could be counterfeited. All religious people make changes to conform to their religion.

The world is looking for miracles. Many churches tell of miracles happening regularly. Be careful. The Holy Spirit is holding back the counterfeiters from doing miracles until the rapture. Then multitudes will flock to the Man of Sin who does more miracles than have been done since the ascension of Jesus. First in that group will be those who were “almost persuaded” by the gospel but rejected the truth and now believe the lie of Satan. Then all of the religious will buy into his lie.

True believers often get sidetracked, backslide, and grieve the Holy Spirit that lives inside of them. God saved you for an eternal relationship with Him.

How is that working out in your life? Are you enjoying your life in Christ or enduring? Are you looking forward to a cottage in a corner of heaven or a mansion close to the Lord?

Lordship salvation vs. The Lord becomes my Saviour and my Lord

The Lord my Saviour is my Lord


One must first come to the knowledge that Jesus is The Lord, The Creator, and God who came in the flesh before he cries out to Him to become his saviour. Some tell you that you must accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. You will not find that order suggested anywhere the gospel is presented in the Bible.

Lord means boss therefore to accept The Lord as your boss before accepting Him as your saviour would be works for salvation. Theologians call this lordship salvation. They will make statements like “if He is not Lord of all He is not Lord at all.” Sounds spiritual but actually breeds confusion. Whether you believe it or not He is in control of the universe but He gave mankind freewill to choose for himself.

The choice to make Jesus Lord is not a once for all decision, it is a moment by moment choice. Salvation is a once for all choice to be born into a family. My children will always be my children but they do not always obey me.

When a person receives Jesus as Saviour God becomes his father and his Lord. Because we are all often slow to respond He must discipline us as His children. Read Hebrews 12:5-11 to see this concept in the Bible. You will see that He is your Lord from the day of salvation and continues His work on His children to get them to bow to their Lord.

There are many evidences of salvation but no proof. All “evidence” can be counterfeited that is why we are told in II Corinthians 13:5 to

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

There is no external evidence for another to prove his faith that holds up to the scrutiny of the scriptures. Everyone grows at a different rate. Growth is a lordship issue and salvation is a prerequisite but you cannot turn the equation around.

So the scriptural statement is “trust The Lord as your Saviour and grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. Titus 1:4, II Peter 3:18

Have you received The Lord as your Saviour?

Are you bowing your knee daily to Him as your Lord?

The Priority of our Relationship to God

Putting Relationships in order


Our highest priority in life is to love God. To love God we must know Him first as saviour then experientially by a relationship revealed through His word. After the assurance of salvation received by faith in Jesus then we pray that God will open the eyes and the ears of our understanding so that we can perceive what He wants to reveal as we read, study, and meditate in His word.

We pray first knowing: The devil is a liar, a thief, and a murderer, the flesh is lazy, lustful, licentious, and has a lifestyle that creates our theology which is the essence of idolatry (“I did it my way”) and the world is not stupid but lost, confused by the crowd (because everyone is doing it), and blinded by the god of this world and their own bitterness.

Then we read with a pad of paper and pen to record what He says to us. We need to come into His presence with expectation believing that He has something for us to record and do something with it. Sometimes we will need to study a subject that we have read. Other times we will need to meditate on a passage He gives us.

Matthew 22

36.  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37.  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all    thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38.  This is the first and great commandment.

39.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

These two commandments describe the highest priorities God gave to men but number one is way above the other and will dictate:

  1. How we start our day
  2. The convictions that shape our lives
  3. What and how we pray
  4. How we treat other people
  5. Who we build relationship with
  6. How we build those relationships
  7. Who we avoid
  8. What we avoid

Luke 14:26

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

This verse is not talking about hating anyone but is explaining a comparison. Man’s relationship to God is to be so much higher that by comparison to anything else it would look like hate.

I John 4:20

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

This verse says we cannot hate anyone. If we have a problem with anyone we need to get that cleared up.

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Most need to take another look at this verse. What is second? There is no second. He wants to add everything else and will do so when we prepare our hearts to seek Him first. This is how it is done:

  1. Pray for understanding
  2. Get into the word of God
  3. Give thanks for what He has revealed
  4. Put into practice any and all new direction; this is how your walk of faith is worked out.

On a practical basis what we typically do is like Abraham (called the Father of the Faith). We take one step at a time. We believe something came from God and try it out until we are convinced and then it becomes a conviction. Young believers need to hear from someone else and that is okay because faith comes by hearing.

Just because you hear a preacher say something does not mean that it is so. You need to be like those in Thessalonica who “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11

Someone has wisely said “the proof is in the pudding.” Above is the recipe now it is up to you to prove you have a relationship with Jesus by the way you treat others.

How are your relationships?

Expert Witness

Priority 7


Winning the lost to faith in Christ is at the end of our priority list. The Bible says Jesus came to win the lost. So why isn’t it at the top of our list?

I do believe that we should look for opportunities every day to win the lost. I believe that we should be sensitive to statements and questions that open the door to present the gospel. I believe that we should pray for opportunities to appear where God has prepared someone and He needs someone to communicate the gospel. I believe that we should pray for God to prepare those we know to receive Christ.

So why is it last? We need to earn the right to present Jesus. That does not mean that we wait. It took me one week after I knew that I was saved to lead one to faith in Christ and a total of 60 in the first six months. I lived in a small community and people saw the change in me. Some came right away and others waited and watched.

The family lawyer was Jewish it took four years for him to receive Jesus. He was very resistant the first time but after 4 years when he said he was ready he shock me and I said are you sure and he said yes I am ready.

Years ago I was invited to be an expert witness for a new house that was being challenged. The lawyer picked me out of the yellow pages as an expert stair builder and asked me to come to a meeting. Present at the meeting:

  • General Contractor
  • Superintendent
  • Forman
  • Framing Contractor
  • Lawyer
  • Home owners
  • Me

As the expert I was shown the house, the model that the house was to be like and was told to give a price for tearing out the existing stair and starting over. I was told not to give any price or even bring up the possibility of saving the staircase and just changing the framing below that would have rectified the situation.

The lawyer wanted to take the contractor to the cleaners and have him pay for all kinds of things that it would take a lawyer to make up the list.

I managed to get the home owner aside and explain that he had actually been given a free bonus because the closet had been enlarged and it did not interrupt the view of the waterfront.

The homeowner that had been bitter for months was now ecstatic. All it took was someone who could take a lemon and turn it into lemonade. He offered to pay whatever I asked and was told to expect that by the lawyer. I had every right to receive payment for services offered but I was so happy that I told him to keep his money it was my gift to him.

The contractor was happy. As you can imagine the lawyer was furious. I think that is just what happens every time we win one to faith in Christ. Our Advocate is happy and our Adversary is mad.

You may never have been called in as an expert witness but God wants you to be an expert witness for His glory. You become an expert witness with practice so go out there and practice on the lost. They are already lost. They will tell you how you are doing. Don’t let your feelings be hurt. Ask God for boldness. Ask the Holy Spirit to prepare their heart and go by faith believing that He will do it.

Isn’t that the way faith functions? Isn’t that what He told us to do?

Prayer is Talking to God & Receiving a yes, no, or wait answer



Are you prepared to talk to God?

Some are not prepared to go that high

Ezekiel 22 30

God found that man in

  • David writing the Psalms
  • Job after he learned to pray for his friends
  • But not in Lot who did not stand


Men are designed for battle; young men on the front line and the mature men directing the battles. Because men know they are designed for battle they like power. Boys will fight virtual battles on a computer, kill thousands of aliens and never break a sweat. That is the wrong battle boys.  It is time to grow up. You need a real man directing you to the battle front where you see the whites of their eyes and win them to faith in Christ.

At which level is your prayer life?

  • I do not pray
  • I pray only when I am in trouble
  • I have a daily prayer time
  • I pray explicitly and wait for the Lord to answer
  • I pray with thanksgiving, adoration, confession, supplication and intercession
  • I have a written prayer list, record answers and have an attitude of prayer throughout the day



Training Obedient Children

Ducks in a row


Obedience training begins with leading by setting the right example always but ultimately you must explain why.

I remember several years ago zipping around a curve on a country road and seeing a mother duck leading about a dozen ducklings in a perfectly straight line. She looked at me as if to say; do you know how long it takes to get your ducks in a row, you better not mess this up! I drove on a little slower.

Do you believe that Jesus was born of a virgin? Why?

If your answer is because the Bible says so then you have a simplistic answer. If your answer is Isaiah 7:14 then you have a verse for your simplistic answer. You might just be learning the rules instead of the principles. If you do not teach your children with more depth they will be led astray with science falsely so called.

God told us that there would be many false Christs. How did He make it impossible for a counterfeit? A close counterfeit may pass many tests but for the one with a discerning eye it will not get by.

Many things in the OT make no sense until we get to the NT. One example in Number 27 we read about “the daughters of Zelophehad.” These ladies appealed to Moses for an inheritance among their brethren because their father had no sons. Moses goes to God and God says yes.

About 1450 years later the angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary. Her father, Heli, had no sons and she was in the legal line and without the curse of Jeconiah. One clause of the law provided that she marry one of her own tribe, Judah.

In Jewish tradition a couple married but did not come together as man and wife typically for a year. During that time the husband would go to prepare a house for his bride and when the groom’s father said it is time then he would go collect his bride and bring her home.

God knew about the curse of Jeconiah in advance. God looks at all of time at once because He lives outside of time. It took the devil by surprise. We need to explain to our children that God knows what is coming and He is preparing us for all of the obstacles. We may see immediate failures but God sees the outcome.

Matthew and Luke both trace the genealogy of Jesus. Matthew is writing about Jesus as the King of kings. So he traces the lineage back to the first Jew, Abraham. Luke writing about Jesus as the perfect man traces him back to Adam. Both genealogies are the same until we get to the sons of David. Matthew follows the kings. Luke takes a turn to another son of David which is the second surviving son of Bathsheba; Nathan, and on until Heli who is Mary’s father.

Joseph is the legal father but without the biological connection giving Jesus legal right to be king. Mary is in the blood line from David but no curse from Jeconiah on her side of the family tree.

How does one get to the deeper level of walking with The Lord?

  • Teachers
  • Mentors
  • Asking God why
  • Focusing on principles
  • Meditation
  • The time that it is most difficult to get up is the most rewarding

Faith believes God in spite of the circumstances. Are you living under the circumstances or walking with the Lord by faith?


What comes first? It’s not the chicken or the egg



Everyone has priorities. Most do not have them written down. Everyone’s priorities are observable by their actions. Those who do not prioritize may not see what others see. If you don’t have written priorities you are wasting a lot of time just trying to figure out what comes next most of the time.

God left us here with a mission to populate heaven. If we forget our higher priorities we will fall flat on our face when we go after the lost. It is a higher priority to train others to win the lost than to go win the lost by myself. Tell them what you are going to do before you go. Have them pray while you are talking to the lost and run interference for any unique needs. Then explain what happened afterwards.

Adopt the fighter pilots methods for going on a mission.

Fighter Pilots

Ready Room

  1. Strategic mindset for the mission is the big picture
  2. Identify the target
  3. Outline commit criteria
  4. Identify the tactic, the focused picture before us
  5. Set up tactical employment
  6. Mid-course guidance
  7. Exit plan


  1. Kick the tires:        Check all externals, breath mints, attire, transportation, gospel tracts, & Bible.
  2. Light the fires:       Pray for “hedge” and salvation of lost; II Peter 3:9, and emotional challenge.
  3. Take down empires (See Ephesians 6:12)


  1. What went wrong; quarterbacks don’t linger long here.
  2. What went right; stay encouraged.
  3. How to improve

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but

against principalities,

against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world,

against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The above list of enemies is what I call levels of devils. They can all be taken out of the way with our “air power” which is prayer. We are not the Air Force we are just borrowing their thinking for going into a mission. After prayer we are the ground force and need to make sure that we have the power of the Victor controlling us.

Galatians 6:10

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

This verse and for the purpose of multiplication are two reason believers are higher on my list of priorities.

When is the last time you explained the gospel to someone?

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Someone once gave me a list of priorities to work through in the early 80’s. I shared my testimony of it being the most powerful external thing I had ever worked through. One pastor came back and said I was not exaggerating and it did the same for him.

If you keep priorities in focus you will overcome a lot of frustrations.