"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me." Galatians 2:20
Are we allowing ourselves the full power of CHRIST within us? We all want lives of happiness, joy and prosperity, don't we? Then why don't we listen better to the Spirit of JESUS within us? If we accept that CHRIST lives within us then why don't we listen to His will and not ours - or why don't we give Him full authority over our will? This is the challenge for maturity in CHRIST. Too often we set Him aside and ignore His presence or simply say, "No, I am going to do what I want."
Yesterday my wife and I were making our way home after being on the road for two weeks. We were traveling down Interstate 95 in our route to Southern Georgia. I had it in my heart to make a side trip to a favorite place of ours - Beaufort, S.C. It seemed simple enough, but the day before I had a strong compulsion in my spirit that I should not go to Beaufort. Why, I didn't know. I sensed it was of GOD but honestly couldn't understand why He wouldn't want me to go there. In His word it tells us that His ways are greater than our ways. For me, that means that sometimes we don't understand but we need to be obedient anyway.
I thought logically, there is no reason for my wife and I to not go to Beaufort. So when we came to the appropriate exit on the Interstate I took it and off we started. Yet, as I made that turn I remembered the feeling in my spirit the previous day. Forty minutes down the road I realized I was headed in the wrong direction. To that point our day seemed great, we were feeling good and everything was going well. When we discovered our mistake and had to redirect ourselves and drive an additional hour back, well, we were not real happy and the day didn't seem as bright as it did. So there we are rerouting ourselves and as we draw close to the final intersection towards Beaufort I see flashing blue lights behind me and I pull over. A sheriff comes to the passenger door and I roll down the window and he proceeds to inform me that I was going sixty-six mph in a fifty mph zone. He was very pleasant and I gave him an honest response. He returned to our vehicle and said he was giving me a warning - that's right, no ticket! To say the least I was happy and thanked our LORD greatly. But I still didn't get it!
I pulled out and was on my way to our destination when not more that three miles down the road we could see smoke billowing up towards the sky. As we drew near we saw a truck in the road in flames. The road was completely blocked by this truck and all of the emergency vehicles around it. Traffic was at a standstill. As I sat there I thought to myself - this is three things that have blocked us from going to Beaufort and I remembered the feeling that I had in my spirit the day before. Then a "spiritual light bulb" went off and I told my wife that we were going to make a u-turn and head home, which we did.
I cannot tell you why the LORD didn't want us to go to Beaufort, it is a great place to visit, but that was the case. We arrived safe at home and we give thanks for the safe travel. I confronted myself with the reality that I had not listened as I should have to GOD's movement within me. One of the main ways that we can understand if we are doing GOD's will is whether or not our spirit is at peace. The previous day my spirit "very much pushed back at the idea of taking that side trip to Beaufort." The fact is, I set aside GOD's will for my own and it put me in harms way.
GOD, being the gracious GOD that He is, reminded me in a not too painful way that I needed to hone my senses to His presence. We can be very faithful people but sometimes we get off course and need to recalibrate our senses.
A warning - the sheriff said, "This time I am giving you a warning." As I reflect on this, those words are to my spirit the words of our LORD - pay attention!
How often is GOD speaking to you and you, like me, ignore it. He means "All Good for Us". To follow His will is to take the path of joy and prosperity. We may not understand some of the turns in the road but His will is essential for our well being.
A short time ago I heard of a study that said that about 85% of Christians don't believe in miracles. More than surprised by this, I was dismayed. I, and many Christians, know the reality of miracles. This book is a response to those Christians who are in need of experiencing this reality.
This book deals with the reality of miracles in our present time and yes, it is supported by biblical understandings and teachings.
JESUS said in John 11:40: "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"
This writing will give you a new vision through which to understand miracles and will lead you into the understanding of living a miraculous life. It offers teachings on how to enhance your awareness of miracles and to understand them through the eyes of JESUS. Above all, miracles are a part of a vibrant Christian life and to miss this reality is to fall far short of the joy that JESUS wants you to experience - that is, seeing "the glory of God."
"Gordon writes out of rich personal experience, Some talk - he walks. Some write it - he lives it. Some question - he obeys. His vibrant experience of listening to the Holy Spirit's voice comes through wonderfully in this book. As you read it, you will be challenged to a deeper, closer walk with Jesus. 'My sheep know my voice.'" Rev. Bob Moon, Pastor and Elder of the United Methodist Church
"It is a great book ...I took a lot away from reading this book...the stories helped me better understand that God and His Miracles are in virtually all of our day to day activities...if we will just look. If God lives "in us" we will be able to see Him, His grace and His miracles as we walk thru life each day." Rusty Griffin, A Saint in the LORD and Retired Businessman.
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"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
One Bible - One Message; JESUS is the GOD who is present, who engages, who manifests His Love and Grace, who empowers. The first verse is from the Old Testament and the second is from the New Testament - they are both the same message. There is only one main message in the Bible - that is, that JESUS effects His Holy Love and Grace upon our lives if we will allow Him to do so! How beautiful is that! Miracles are a reality when walking in the Grace of JESUS CHRIST (See my recently printed book, Miracles Abound: Are You Walking in the Path of Miracles? on this page).
The key to "perfect peace" in our lives is to be 'linked' into the reality of JESUS and we do that by first, giving our hearts to Him completely - through faith. Then we make Him the main focus of our lives - by giving His authority over our minds, not just giving that authority but by assisting Him to have that authority. In other words, we become advocates for JESUS. Being a Christian is not a 'bystander' position, quite the opposite, it is about being fully engaged. This is done through many means that I will discuss in a following blog. The main point here is that 'perfect peace' in one's life is a miracle offered by JESUS, because He is alive and present with us and wants the very best for us and He has the power to deliver!
I participate in prison ministry and one of the songs that we sing is "Stayed on JESUS", it goes something like this: "Woke up this morning with my mind, with my mind, stayed on JESUS, Hallelu - Hallelu - Hallelujah!
Focus has always been the key and it will be until the return of JESUS - now you don't have to wait until JESUS comes back to have an intimate relationship with Him - He is already present with you - you just need to get closer to Him, so He can bless you abundantly!
You are invited to learn about the path of miracles and joy us in the process of discovering the fullness of joy that the LORD JESUS has set before us.
"For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power." 1Corinthians 4:20
We come together in the unity of CHRIST JESUS to act as a platform for this empowering truth and as a forum to grow in this truth, as it is our blessed reality. We offer the opportunity for each of us to learn, to share, to explore, to be encouraged and to uplift others. All of this is provided in the realm of JESUS' present and heavenly Grace.
"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love" Colossians 1:13
Here you will find a path to grow and learn what it means to be empowered by JESUS and to have His peace upon your spirit. You will be guided into this realm of His kingdom presence and be enlightened as to its present benefits and joyfulness. This will happen in real time with real purpose.
"To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27
Each of us lives in the "NOW" of CHRIST JESUS. He has prepared our blessings and we are given the opportunity to grow into these kingdom blessings. Together we will experience this reality. As a forum we will share this reality and celebrate the joy of its meaning in our lives. For some this may be an encouragement and for others it may be an opportunity to share. Come and join the celebration!
I have now traveled with JESUS for 35 years of my life and have been a pastor for 20 years. I have never ceased to be in awe of His amazing "present" Grace. It is my hope that you will join us and become part of our family to journey in the excitement of this present and love filled power. My personal life reflects the reality of this wondrous Grace. I started my seminary training at the age of 50 and received by Doctorate at the age of 63 - all by His Grace; as prior to that I had experienced a severe brain injury - but only by His Grace did I advance through it and surmounted it.
May I always be guided by the HOLY SPIRIT and engulfed in the Grace of JESUS, the "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS". It is in this spirit that I join with other saints to offer this site. It is my earnest hope that you will be blessed by it.
Healing comes through the power of JESUS's Love and leads us into a path of personal growth. This is discovered in the writings of JESUS and through personal experience. Come and join the journey to life fulfillment, as JESUS said in John 15:11, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy would remain in you, and that your joy may be full." What are you waiting for - come and discover the fulfillment that Christians have known for centuries.
When we give ourselves to JESUS He will lift each of us to new heights as He says in Psalm 91:14, "Because they have set their love upon Me, therefore I will deliver them; I will set them on high, because they have known My name."
Here I stand at the equator on route to Eldoret, Kenya to visit a pastor friend. Not only does JESUS expand our geographic boundaries but also the boundaries of the human heart with His expansive love. He joins us into His heart of love with all of His children and allows us to share in this wonder of unity. We at Life Advance Network are about traveling in this path of His Grace and sharing the excitement that He graciously gives each of us.
The kingdom of GOD present abounds with life and joy, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Here as I traveled halfway around the world with Rev. Bob Moon, we were blessed to share the present love of JESUS with these orphan children. Through Life Advance Network you will have the opportunity to join us in the support and encouragement of the less fortunate. In this way our hearts are expanded in His love and it is one of the main source of our spiritual growth.