The Undivided Heart

Justice Kavanaugh vs. Isaiah 5:20 – The Shocking Truth about 21st Century Religion and Politics

We continually hear about the various government leaders of America, the vicious and alarming hatred flooding the political streets of our nation, and everything that God hates about sinners in our culture today. But surely there is a bigger picture, right?

Certainly God has not abandoned us in such a terrible way, as evidenced by the malicious strife surrounding the nomination, investigation, and eventual confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Supreme Court justice, right?

Where is our hope, really? What does God truly have to say about this kind of hatred, division, and chaos amongst the highest authorities in our land? And, finally, is God’s “order” in Washington, DC, truly over, or will He give us more time to reconcile?

God’s opinion about Judge Kavanaugh and his rocky road to becoming an associate justice will shock both Republicans and Democrats. Around 2,400 years ago, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about what’s happening right now in the White House—and it actually happened for the first time 2,000 years ago. So we ALL need to be paying close attention to what God says about what’s going on.

The first step in comprehending God’s perspective about the Kavanaugh drama is to better understand the often misunderstood word hypocrite. According to Wikipedia, a hypocrite is “a person who practices hypocrisy.” And, in turn, hypocrisy is: “the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence, in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham. Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another.”

A hypocrite is therefore someone who “practices” hypocrisy, in the same way a doctor “practices” medicine or an attorney “practices” law. With that in mind let’s now dig into the Bible and discover from God’s perspective whom the word hypocrisy was created for. (more…)

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President Trump and God’s “Backward” Ways

We know from the Bible that Satan is considered “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NASB), meaning that he orchestrates the worldly, sinful order that dominates every culture on Earth. Then there is God’s divine order, which is not of this world and stands opposed to the work of Satan.

Naturally God’s order—the way of His kingdom—often goes against what worldly people consider the norm. But it also often doesn’t make sense to “religious” people, or those in political leadership who we often think have all the answers. We can see this throughout the Bible. Let’s start with Elijah. He was a prophet of God, but he wasn’t at all “religious.”

So who was this Elijah anyway? When he showed up in the palace of Israel’s king, Ahab, and his wife, Jezebel, in 1 Kings 17, the Bible hadn’t even mentioned him before, so he wasn’t exactly among the well-known prophets of his day. But Elijah approached King Ahab and prophesied of an upcoming drought that would stand in opposition to all the efforts of Israel’s religious and political systems, including meeting the basic needs of the people. Not to mention, this “nobody” prophet Elijah was basically declaring war against God’s own chosen people. (more…)

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Redemption Management

I want to make it clear that the purpose of this post is not to hate on the Christian Church.   In this post, I am only touching base on a topic I have been studying for 10 years—the demon of religion. I am currently writing a book on this that will delve much deeper than what you find in this post. I believe that even as the various Christian denominations disagree, in sometimes very aggressive ways, that God has revealed facets of Himself to them all. I believe the problem is that each religious institution believes that God has revealed Himself entirely to each of them. The teacher preaches that his doctrine describes Him perfectly and they are responsible for managing Him. I believe that is one of the most deceptive forms of pride and pride restricts the Holy Spirit and limits the teacher to whatever truth they do have and nothing more. The teacher is basically holding up his or her most pure doctrine and declaring “Look! This describes Him perfectly and there is nothing else!” I don’t believe it and I have not witnessed it either. Nor do I believe the He has revealed Himself entirely to me. At some point, we as believers will need to humble ourselves and consider that maybe we haven’t discovered all of Him.   Through this humility we will subject each other as teachers and the children of God to receiving additional facets of His Glory. We will discover that redemption is of many colors and goes deeper than we can possibly comprehend. It took the Son of God to bring redemption to earth and it takes the Son of God to manage it.

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The Hell Cell

Imagine with me a drug addict in a prison cell. He is dirty, wearing tattered clothing. This prisoner is sitting on a concrete sidewalk with his back up against a brick building. His sleeves are rolled up and you can see bruises on his arms from all the needles he has used to inject drugs. Empty syringes lay scattered around him. Demonic beings lurk about him to his right and left, appearing to be half-animal, half -human. The addict lives in his own private “prison cell,” and he cannot do anything without the approval of the demons. They even grant him the desires of his heart to continue using drugs. And when he’s unable to get the drugs, he is overwhelmed with horrible thoughts and physical sensations.

The addict is twenty-four now, but his years have been hard almost from the beginning. His father sexually abused him from the time he was five until thirteen. When the young man was fourteen, his dad committed suicide. His mother was a junkie and sold her body for heroin. She disappeared not long after Dad died.

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Prayer for America

Father, we just want to take a moment and thank you for not leaving us in this world without Hope. Thank you for sending your precious Son Jesus Christ to earth with us in mind. His suffering was unimaginable, but we know that we are the reason He did not complain of the pain and persecution. We understand that Jesus was quiet on the cross because it was worth it to Him to suffer in such a horrible way then so that He could reach us right now. We understand that there is a reason you instructed us in Hebrews 4:16, “ Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. His suffering was the precursor to this opportunity for us to approach You now with every need. Thank you for showing us why we are to come to you boldly! It is because Jesus suffered enough to cover it all and we should be confident when approaching you! We should be bold and we refuse to allow the power in His suffering to be diminished because of our lack of faith. We believe! We believe in miracles! We believe that it is your great pleasure to reveal Jesus Christ to the world and (more…)

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Judging Others

Have you ever met anyone called to the unique “ministry” of judging others? I’ve been around people so gifted in identifying sin in the lives of others that it was difficult to see a need for Jesus in their own life because their path was seemingly so straight and narrow. The only clue that sin may be in the life of those called to this ministry of judging others is the huge banner that hovers over their head everywhere they go. It reads, “Don’t judge me by my appearance. The sin is in my heart. Do you hear it coming out of my mouth?”

It would be safe to say that all people have been guilty of judging others at some point. I can’t speak for everyone, but I would suspect that it’s true. I have found from experience that being wrongfully judged, or even rightfully judged, can be very painful. I can also say that being judged by Christians has been more painful than being judged by those who do not know Him. The purpose of this post is not to judge, but to shed light on what it means to judge others so that we can get it into perspective and grow together as believers. I only share this post because I have been that Christian judge and it was humbling to learn more about me through His Word. (more…)

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The First Assignment of Jesus Christ

I would like to start out with a brief note about my faith. As many of you already know, I am a Christian author who wrote The Depth of Grace, Find Hope at Rock Bottom, and I am now working on three additional titles: The Depth of Words, The Depth of Religion and The Depth of Comfort. One objection I have heard concerning my writing efforts is that I do not have any special degree in religious or biblical studies. It’s true that I’m not a pastor, and my walk is probably considered unusual, given I have been alone in His Word for over 13 years now. When I started studying the Bible, I was a full-blown drug addict who sold drugs to support my habit. I was also considered one of the most violent men in Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana.

So, yes, the truth is that I can’t offer up an impressive list of degrees in biblical studies to intrigue readers. However, I can honestly say that when I started studying the Bible, I studied as if my life depended on it. There wasn’t one aspect of my life that I could be proud of when I began searching for Him. I didn’t trust people and didn’t trust the church, so I was very alone when I began my studies. I can tell you today that, since then, I have walked with Jesus and have come to know Him personally. I have not had guidance from any religious institution, but I have witnessed miracles and I believe. I know Him.

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The Depth of The Sacrifice

To truly understand the more basic principles regarding Jesus being the Lamb of God crucified is to never again postpone repentance for any reason, especially shame and guilt. It seems that the more fortified religious institutions today can delve so deep into scripture during a teaching that we almost have to be biblical scholars to even understand. Today, lets scratch the surface regarding Jesus who was and is the crucified Lamb of God so that we may be fully convinced of the raw power in His blood regarding repentance and forgiveness.

While reading my bible one-day years ago (as a drug addict), I noticed in the Old Testament that during the Jewish Passover celebration, God’s people would choose their best lamb for a sin offering so that their sins could be forgiven. Once they picked the perfect sacrifice from their flock, they would bring the animal to the priest who served in the earthly tabernacle. The priest would then examine the sacrifice to make sure it was worthy to cover the person’s sins. If the sacrifice were without defect, the priest would offer forgiveness for their sins by the shedding of the blood. Take note that the priest never examined the person. He always examined the sacrifice. If the priest found the sacrifice worthy, their sins were forgiven. (more…)

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Forget as God Forgets

This concept, forgetting our failures as God forgets them, is one of the most freeing and powerful lessons God has ever taught me. There is nothing more discouraging than living with our past mistakes as if they will always be with us. The truth is that we need to somehow learn to remove our past sins from our minds so that they no longer keep us bogged down. This is possible and this post of one of many to come that will help us all get free from past mistakes.  Myself and all readers in some way are found somewhere in the blended 1000s of different christian belief systems.  At the end of the day we all need encouragement.  We all need comfort, mercy, grace, love, and the same goes for everyone around us.  If this post touches your heart please share with a friend for family member.

“Because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:7). You’ve heard me quote this verse more than a few times, right? Well, it’s time to delve a bit further into this Scripture for better understanding. The word for comfort in this Scripture is intended to produce a particular effect: “comfort, exhort, desire, call for, beseech.” It is derived from a word that means “an appeal, encouragement, exhortation, consolation, comfort.” This comfort is received from the Father: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17 kjv). This comfort is everything made available to us through the blood of Jesus Christ. (more…)

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The Undivided Heart: Blog Introduction

Is it possible for God to truly give His people an undivided heart? If we take a step back, maybe a hundred steps back, and look at the Christian church, it is safe to say we are divided beyond measure. We are currently dealing with hundreds, if not thousands, of different Christian denominations, depending on how various researchers define denomination.. This same truth has been researched and studied by prestigious scholars on every Christian front for hundreds of years.

So I’ll ask the same question again: Is it possible for God to truly give His people an undivided heart, as He proclaimed in Ezekiel 11:19 (NIV)—I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them”? This brings me back to one of my favorite verses 🙂 —It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings (Proverbs 25:2 NIV).

My intent for this blog is to open dialogue among Christian leaders, everyday Christians, backslidden Christians, and people who might not know God but are curious and have questions about Him. One purpose for this blog is for everyone who feels a desire or need to communicate can do so here. I do not believe that God needs people to have a master’s degree in theology or a PhD in biblical studies to truly reveal His heart to the world, although I do respect and appreciate each of our biblical experts. But I’ll prove here and now that we don’t have to be scholars to share God’s love with the world: His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 3:10 NIV). (more…)

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