The Krew of Chaos

March 31, 2020

Isaiah 26:3
23 “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stead on You, because he trust in You”

Testimony: We were at the D’Iberville Parade in Mississippi during the last week of Mari Gras 2020. We were in the staging area getting ready to pull out into the street at the start of the parade. I’m not sure how many floats there were in this parade, but we were around number 40 or 41.

The float sitting off to our right was a smaller float, but they were playing their music extremely loud and it was right at our ear level. It was so loud that we could not get a sound check on our float. We do live music, and it takes a few minuets to get our sound right. I wanted to go say something and ask this guy if he could give us a few minutes to get ready, but I felt in my spirit that it would only cause more trouble than to help the situation.

Our float is called "Heaven Bound Crew." This guys float was called "Krew of Chaos." And chaos it was! We positioned everything on the float as best we could, and then I set my mind on God seeking peace and I found it even in the middle of this chaos. When we pulled forward to start the parade we left chaos behind us, and God moved us out into one of the most positive responsive crowds I have ever witnessed in my 32 years of ministering at Mardi Gras.

Father, we are setting here in the middle of one of the biggest chaotic, horrific situations that our generation has ever witnessed. Fear seems to be screaming in our ears as it tries to take away from us any hope of getting through this mess. It says in Your word that You give strength to Your people, that You bless us with peace. So, Fear, you have no hold on us, and we will follow God's peace. We cast all of our anxiety on You, Father, because we know that You care for us. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.

Jesus Is the Answer for the World Today

March 30, 2020

John 3:14-15
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;
15 that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life.

It is easy for me to see how this scripture is relevant to what we, the people of the world, are facing today. There is a cure for this virus, and it is available to anyone who believes in their heart that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God then confesses Him as their Lord and Savior.

In the Book of Numbers we see a rebellion against God that caused a plague of fiery serpents. Anyone who was bitten by one would get a fever that ended with death. The people cried out for mercy. So Moses, under God's instruction, made a brass serpent then placed it on the end of a pole and lifted it up in the camp so that anyone that looked upon it was healed.

"The Bronze Serpent"
Numbers 21:8-9
8 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will live.”
9 So Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. If anyone who was bitten looked at the bronze serpent, he would recover.

Father, I pray that through an act of faith that comes by hearing Your word we will began to look at our eternal salvation that comes through Your Son, Jesus Christ. That we will ask for the forgiveness of our sins, and that You would bring and end to this plague like You did when Moses lifted up the brass serpent before Israel. I pray for a world-wide revival to burst forth as we focus on Jesus, who became sin for us when He was lifted up on the cross for all the world to see so that we might be saved. Thank You for giving us hope for the hopeless. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.

Ordered Steps

February 21, 2020

Rejoice, for the steps of a righteous man they are ordered of God!

Psalm 37:23 (KJV)
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

This song come up in my spirit this morning as we prepare to go into the streets of the cities:

"Rejoice for the steps
Of a righteous man
They are ordered of God
They are ordered of God
Rejoice for the steps
Of a righteous man
They are ordered of God
(Repeat)

"In the time of trouble
God will uphold him
God will preserve him
God will sustain him
In the time of trouble
God will lift him up
So rejoice, your steps
Are ordered of God"

Today there are men from around the United States who are gathering in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Father, gives us wisdom on how to be effective in sharing Your love with those that You directed the path of their feet. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Blessings on the journey for the best is yet to come. So keep looking for it.

Put On the Garment of Praise!

February 19, 2020

This word come up out of my spirit as I settled down in a moment of silence to prepare myself for this devotional. We are leaving on Thursday to go share the Word of God with people up and down the Gulf Coast for our annual outreach during Mardi Gras.

Isaiah 61:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

I am filled with numerous mixed emotions as I search through the Word of God to help me deal with what waits for us when we arrive there; both for the people that will be in our camps as well as those that are on the streets.

We are anticipating something good is going to happen, and that sets my spirit on fire. We are told to put on a garment of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness. So let's just do that!

Father, it is Your desire, Your plan, that we would become an extension of Your hands of mercy to reach out to those that are suffering under a great oppression dealt to them by the forces of darkness. We ask that You would pour out the oil of gladness of praise to You, Father, and remove the burdens of heaviness as we lift up our voices and magnify Your holy name. That name that is above all names, the name of Jesus. Fill us with Your love and Your compassion. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come. So keep looking for it!

God's Plan

February 18, 2020

This quote was taken once again out of "The Miracle of the Scarlet Thread:"

“God’s plan says, 'Although the penalty for sin is death, you don’t have to pay it. I’ll come to earth and pay it for you. I’ll purchase your salvation with my own blood.'

"This is God’s provision. This is the ‘out’ God ordained for man because it satisfies His perfect love without violating His perfect justice.

"From the beginning, God determined that He would provide Himself, His own blood, as the evidence that the penalty had been paid. All who have believed and accepted God’s plan in their heart have been saved from the sin penalty by looking to the time when God would literally come to the earth and cut the covenant by the shedding of His own blood.”

1 Peter 1:18-20 (KJV)
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.

Father, in all true humbleness, I come before You, and I am so grateful for Your unfailing love and faithfulness to save a wretched sinner like me.

I'm so humbled by how faithful and good You are to us. Thank You for giving us a way out of all that the enemy placed before us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come. So keep looking for it.

Abraham Believed God

February 17, 2020

Genesis 15:6, KJV
6 And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.

To think that God made a promise to Abraham that he would be a father to many when he didn’t even have a son makes a great statement about Abraham's faith in God and His word. It has been noted that this was not the beginning of Abraham's faith, but it was a continuing belief that he already had in God.

God called Abraham out of being a pagan, idol worshiper into a covenant of love. How is it possible for any sinful man or woman to possibly be counted righteous in any way by a perfectly holy God? We can see that God kept His word to Abraham, and to all of his descendants who became the nation of Israel, the uncountable people of God.

Galatians 3:6-8, KJV
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Thank You, Father, for counting us through faith blessed. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come. So keep looking for it.