Update: Still Need Prayer

Sometimes I wonder if my seemingly incessant trials will ever ease up.

My daughter went to the Dr. yesterday (female doctor), and they are running some blood work.

Also, I haven’t previously mentioned this, because I just haven’t paid attention. I have been feeling really tired lately, and having stomach issues. I woke up this morning feeling REALLY dizzy. Just for kicks, I checked my blood sugar on my son’s meter. It was 378. I checked it again 5 minutes later, thinking, “This must be a mistake”, and it was 373. So now, I am on my way to the Dr. to determine if I have diabetes…

Pray for me, PLEASE. I am just going through it!!! Pray for my family!!! With all that is going on, this is just one more thing!

I’ll admit it… I’M OVERWHELMED right now!!!

Asking for prayer today

Please pray for my family today.

My daughter has an appointment (a female appointment). She has some issues going on that could be serious.

Also, please pray for my family. Our lease is up on the house we are living in at the end of this month, and we literally have no place to go. We need God’s provision and grace in this matter. It’s a unique situation… I can’t afford to pay more than I pay now, and with my credit, I don’t even know if I can secure a place.

Never Enough

I was thinking this morning. (Scary, to be sure 😯😯😯) It’s so easy to get an attitude with God when things aren’t going our way. We get this attitude that God OWES us something because we serve Him, or because (“I’m a king’s kid). Some Churches actually TEACH that God MUST do something because you are His child! And just because we have served Him faithfully, that we should somehow get all our prayers answered, and have health, wealth, and blessings with NO trials! And when trials DO come, we think God OWES us something! It is this thought that inspired my musings du jour.

What Do I OWE Thee?

If I could die a million deaths..

If I could do a million good deeds..

If I could amass the ENTIRETY of all the fortunes and wealth of the ages throughout history.

If I could pray a million prayers..

If I could go through infinite lifetimes of trials…

It would STILL not EVEN COME CLOSE, to what I OWE THEE!!!

All of my sacrifices! All of my good deeds! All of the wealth of this world!!! It is, and will NEVER BE ENOUGH to pay the PRICE that has SAVED ME!!!!! ALL OF MY SIN…FOR ONE DROP OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST!!!

And the GRACE that has been, and CONTINUES to be APPLIED to my life!!!

ALL I COULD AND WOULD DO…It is NEVER ENOUGH!!! It WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!

With all of this… I DARE NOT question the SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD, by saying “Thou MUST DO! THOU OWEST ME!” To do so, is such GRAVE SIN!

I can only but offer PRAISE! THANKSGIVING! WORSHIP! ADORATION! SERVICE! OBEDIENCE!

My lot in life is troubled. My situation at times, dire! But my SALVATION!!!! SECURE!!!!!!

-Paul Martin (2/23/21)

Why the Mess?

This blog was inspired by bornagain732.

We wonder why the Church in America is messed up. When the Church bows to the world instead of Christ, we are left in the state we are in. Why?

We have traded:

Truth for Trend

Doctrine for Dreams

The Bible for “New Revelation”

Christ for Culture

Discipleship for “Discover your spiritual gifts”

Sin for sentiment

Repentance for Remorse

Remorse for “God just wants to Bless you”

Church attendance for “I’ll serve Christ my own way..at home”

Evangelism for “We all worship God in our own way”

And we DARE wonder why we are in a mess!!!

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.” (Prov 21:2)

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God , “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord .”(Amos 8:11)

…. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”(Luke 18:8b)

Filled with the Spirit?

All believers should want to be filled with God’s Spirit. Our infilling is directly proportionate to the surrender of our hearts to Him. When we ask for more of His Spirit, we must be willing to surrender those things in our lives that grieve Him. If we’re not willing, then we are guilty of just praying empty prayers before the Lord. We can have as much of His Spirit as we want. We will never come to the end of Him!

“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.”
(Jn 3:34 )

Powerful Message!

This is from a preacher from my hometown of Monroe, Michigan. I never went to his church regularly. I went to a different church. But I was home from Church this week because of snow, and happened to catch this message.

I have nothing to add to it… I just ask that you would watch this and ask God to open your heart! Ask Him to search your soul!

Here is the link:

Preaching begins at 44:55.

Cheap Grace

There is a false gospel being preached today. It is common in many churches today. It basically involves a nod to the truth of God’s word and raising a hand to “accept Jesus”. However, the context of the salvation is often more about wanting to make a person better, rather than new.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor 5:17)

People go to churches that are “seeker friendly” and presume that just because they’ve said a prayer, they are saved. People want a “get out of Hell free” card, without a change of heart or lifestyle. They often will make a “profession of faith”  without a possession of faith. They want redemption without even seeing their true need for it. Often, the preaching of the Gospel in many churches is nothing more than emotional hype. “Do you feel lost?” they say. “Do you want to connect with God?” and “Do you want to go to Heaven when you die?” But they OFTEN don’t let the people know that they ARE ALREADY LOST if they don’t know Christ!!!!

And they want to connect people with God! How?????!!! By offering them coffee, donuts, and rock music? By having a great “singles” ministry? By having a great VBS in the summer, and a great youth group???!!!

And all you gotta do, “with every head bowed, and every eye closed” is make a mental assent to Jesus by lifting your hand!!! And “Do you want to go to Heaven?” Just pray a prayer, join the church, and you’re IN!

NOOOOO!!!!!!!

Salvation involves more than just a prayer. Salvation MUST be accompanied by sanctification! Sanctification is basically the process of God removing “us” out of us, and making us more like Him! It is a lengthy process that will last us our ENTIRE Christian walk! And guess what, a person that is REALLY saved will LONG to be like Christ! (I can almost hear people accusing me of being a legalist and preaching a “works” salvation here… But I’m NOT preaching that, and I don’t care what people think 😂)

If we are in Christ, then we will align ourselves with what his Word says! If He says something is a sin… It is a sin! If you’ve made a “profession of faith”, and your life hasn’t changed, then your profession of faith may have been little more than a mental nod in an emotional moment! If you can agree with things that the Bible disagrees with, then I would be suspect of your commitment to Christ! I certainly am not speaking about new Christians here. When someone gets saved, they are not automatically right in theology. They need to be discipled. But if you can confess Christ and still be ok with sin, then I will question your commitment to Christ.

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” (2 Cor 13:5)

The problem is that we are afraid to judge! Yep! I said it! I don’t mean a condemning judgement! I mean telling people what the word of God says! (See Gal 6:1, 1 Cor 5:11-13) The most oft quoted scripture in the secular world is “Judge not, lest ye be judged”. The sad thing is, it is becoming the most popular verse quoted in the Church as well! Why? Because we don’t want to offend anyone. Pastors don’t want to lose the “tithers”. Some pastors don’t even want to preach about the blood, sin, or trials!!!! And many sermons nowadays are more about what you can get from God, rather than what and who you can be FOR God!

In the name of evangelism, these pillow prophets preach nothing but positive things. And they’ll use gimmicks to get people in! They will use rock music, fog machines, laser shows, drama presentations, and premium coffee bars! And worship is catered to how it makes YOU feel, rather than how we are to worship HIM!!!!

And the Jesus that they preach is NOT the Jesus of the Scriptures! This Jesus doesn’t care about your lifestyle. He just exists to make you feel better! He doesn’t care whether or not you come to church. He doesn’t care if you are a practicing Christian. He accepts ALL lifestyle choices! And, this Jesus will supposedly take everyone to Heaven that “believes” Nevermind the scripture: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! (Jam 2:19)

Cheap Grace is nothing more than slapping a fresh coat of paint on a house that’s destined to be condemned! And it will send MULTITUDES who think they are saved to a DEVIL’S HELL! I understand that we all mess up and fail God. If we fall into sin, that doesn’t negate our salvation. But when we do fail, we need to make it right! And we cannot continue in sin. There is a difference between falling into sin and practicing it. That is another issue than what I am mentioning here.

I am talking about preachers who are preaching an easy-believism Gospel that is devoid of repentance, commitment to Christ, or holiness.

Home Sick, and Homesick

I find myself off of work today due to being under the weather.

I am home sick. I hate it when I don’t feel well. I hate it when I have to miss work. Financially it is hard for me to miss even one day. Being sick is a reminder of the fall of man. It is a reminder that some day, we are going to die.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
(Gen 2:16‭-‬17)

If there were no God, our sickness and trials would just be reminder of the futility of life. But in Christ, we have the hope that even though this life is fleeting, our TRUE hope is is in the life to come!

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:17)

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Cor 4:16)

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (Jn 5:24)

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (Jn 14:2‭-‬3)

I am a whiner. It is easy to complain when I don’t feel well. We all WANT to live and feel well… But the truth is, we’re falling apart slowly, and our body reminds us from time to time. But at these times, I long for the day where there will be no sickness, no pain, and no trials of life! And the bill was paid LONG AGO on a cross at Calvary! On these days when I’m home sick… I find myself homesick!