Knock-knock — Jesus is knocking!

Knock-knock. / Who’s there? / Jesus. / Jesus who? / Jesus Christ–the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Jesus is always knocking. He wants you to hear, open up, and continually interact with Him.

All of the inner knocking in your soul isn’t dysfunction or depression. Some of it is Jesus trying to get your attention.

The unopened door of the heart keeps people isolated, lonely, amd self-obsessed. We heal when we let Christ amd caring people come in.

Jesus knocks, offering the opportunity of a lifetime — forgiveness, freedom from inner torment, and reconciliation to God. Jesus doesn’t stop knocking, but many people stubbornly stop hearing His knocking and try to believe that He has gone away.

A guilty conscience fears Jesus knocking, but He knocks to bring grace, healing, and power over sin, not condemnation. When Jesus knocks, too many people say, “Come back later.”

Some people respond to Jesus’ knocking by locking their door. Try not to do that.

Temptation attacks, but Jesus knocks. Too often we surrender to tormenting attacks while ignoring Jesus’ loving knocks.

Jesus persistently knocks, trying to find open doors so that He can break through into today. (Revelation 3:20.) It’s hard to hear Jesus knocking when the sounds of self-interest are shamelessly shouting in your soul.

Even church can train people to ignore Jesus. When church is outwardly focused on programs, performances, and pulpits, it can distract people from hearing Jesus’ inner knocking.

Learn to listen carefully to Jesus. Daily life tends to drown out His knocking. Jesus is knocking on your heart’s door, even when you’re distracted and don’t hear Him. Just slow down and listen.

Heaven’s knock-knock, knocking on your door. Right now!

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Where do you go to Jesus and His invisible Spirit?

Jesus is present today as the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is invisible. The Holy Spirit isn’t a doctrine to be taught but Christ’s presence to be listened to and obeyed. To be led by the Spirit we have to learn to follow invisible leadership.

Too often Christians treat the Holy Spirit like a myth instead of as present reality. Ignoring the Holy Spirit is one way of quenching the Spirit.

God’s invisible leader doesn’t speak from the front of a church service, but from within the heart. Follow the Spirit. A meeting where everybody is free to hear and obey the Spirit will demonstrate the reality of invisible leadership.

Visible Christian leaders need to train believers to follow and obey the invisible Leader in their heart — the Holy Spirit. Christ-followers are full of powerful spiritual apps that they’ve never learned to fully use.

True faith knows Jesus, grows in relationship with Jesus, and flows in the Spirit with Jesus. It’s takes less focus to live by habit than it does to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit.

Every Christian has a testimony about how the Spirit has worked in her/his life, but only a few are being told. Untold testimonies cripple Christinaity by keeping mighty works of God hidden in people’s hearts.

For me, the existence of a Creator of everything is much more logical than the idea that nothing produced everything. Everybody has the right to disapprove of other people’s beliefs & behaviors, but nobody has the right to be mean to people. If you respect yourself you won’t need to use a title to try to get other people’s respect but you can humbly follow the Spirit.

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Some desires are bad!

The strength of a desire isn’t the measure of its correctness. Every desire isn’t desirable. Desires that defy your conscience should be resolutely refuted, resisted, and repulsed.

Letting desire, rather than wise deliberation, lead in decision making seldom results in good choices. Wrong desires not resisted eventually entrap us in persisted wrong behaviors.

Uncontrolled thoughts, feelings, and desires produce inner torment in human beings. What you allow to go on inside you has more impact on you than what is going on around you.

The invisible thoughts and feelings that you allow to operate within you, exert great control over your life. Emotions are invisible realities. Although intangible, they are powerful motivators of behaviors, beliefs, and facial expressions.

Every time a veil in a human heart is torn (even a little) fresh insight flows in. Experience the rip that reveals.

Christianity isn’t supposed to be a religious curriculum, but a Spirit-led lifestyle.

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SEEING INVISIBLE LOVE IN ACTION

SEEING INVISIBLE LOVE IN ACTION
A heart touched by invisible love
(An unseen human heart,
Not a physical one),
Is in various degrees,
Moved by healing, tender emotion,
Changed, and rearranged.
Love isn’t taught by lecture.
It’s caught by open sharing
And caring interaction,
When we listen
To one another
With our heart
Wide open
To love’s invisible
Touch.

True insight is heart-sight!

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DARE TO READ A SLAVE NARRATIVE

Every American should read
At least one slave narrative,
The personal account of someone
Who courageously escaped
The brutality of human trafficking inflicted
By men history usually considers honorable,
And get the other side of the story of slavery.
There are more than 200 full-length books
By runaway American slaves,
Plus thousands of other accounts,
Graphically describing the horrors
They experienced.
This American literature
Has been ignored too long.

For more about “the other side of the story of slavery,” search for: Off the RACE Track book.

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Short Bible quotes & 1 powerful sentence about each 1

The Holy Spirit is the inner Counselor whose sessions are continuous unless you stop Him. “Quench not the Spirit.”

Look! Christianity is about invisible reality: “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.”

When Jesus said, “Deny yourself,” He didn’t leave much room for choice and preference.

You see the phrase, “The Spirit said,” in the New Testament, but never the phrase, “The pastor said.” Why is that?

The Bible says, “The Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purposes for themselves.” Try not to do that!

“Prepare the way of the Lord” in your life. It’s not someone else’s responsibility to do it for you.

You can’t follow pride and follow Jesus at the same time. Jesus said: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.”

It’s the role of the Holy Spirit to lead believers; our role is to actively and continually follow His leadership. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

Jesus warns; “Watch out for false prophets,” telling us there is spiritual junk food. To recognize and avoid it, stay in the Bible.

When Jesus said, “Judge not,” He wasn’t saying that we should approve of everything people say and do.

The Bible says God has “called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” He hasn’t just called you to hear sermons about Him.

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Has there ever been anyone who doesn’t deserve to go to Heaven? yes, everyone.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Heaven’s not just a place to go after death. It’s a way of life to implement in the present. (Read the Sermon on the Mount.)

“Follow Me.” If you don’t want to let God take over and run your life (and church services), you might be pretty uncomfortable in Heaven.

The Bible says God has “called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,” not just to hear sermons about Him.

Heaven’s not only a supernatural location for a future life but a supernatural lifestyle that can be enjoyed today. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

People never become angels, but they can become citizens of Heaven who have voluntarily surrendered their free will to Christ. “Your citizenship is in Heaven.”

Here is a Bible verse for mental health. “Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, think on these things.”

Jesus said; “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you.” Detractors are good for you.

The Bible says, “The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom.” Perhaps churches should try the open sharing of 1 Corinthians 14:26.

Good people are hard to find. Jesus said: “No one is good–except God alone.”

Consumerism: Handle with caution. Jesus said: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.”

Jesus said: “Everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” The goal of church should maturing and releasing people. (Somehow the main image of church became one person speaking, rather than many people ministering to one another and praising God.)

“And He 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.”Today’s 5-fold ministry: senior pastors, associate pastors, administrative pastors, worship pastors, youth/children’s pastors. (Somehow church diverged from the 5-fold plural ministry gifts of Ephesians to a singular pastoropoly.)”

“Upon this rock (of direct revelation from God) I will build my ekklesia.” The three Rs of the New Testament ekklesia. It was real, raw, and revolutionary.

It’s all coming to the light. Jesus said; “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed.”

Feelings are frequently faulty, flowing with falsehood. Follow truth, not feelings.

If you are a Christ-follower, God wants to use you to preach His Good News everyday in words and actions.

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Remembering some of America’s forgotten mothers on Mothers Day

We’ve forgotten the millions of mothers in America who were brutalized by legalized human trafficking.

We’ve forgotten the 4,000+ American mothers whose son or daughter was murdered by racist lynchings.

We’ve forgotten the millions of American mothers treated as inferior and legally separated because of their skin color.

For 350 years (1619-1969) the infrastructure of racial tracks in America was laid in the direction of inequality and oppression.
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Those tracks left by 350 years of legalized racial oppression left tracks of scars in the American psyche that need to be removed and healed. Check out my attempt to help bring healing at this link.

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