I Have a Friend – 21

Can you imagine having a friend with whom NOTHING is impossible?

He Talks to Trees

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

My Friend is most unusual; not strange or weird, but most unusual.  While there are many, and I am one of them, who strive to be like Him, He is, without doubt, the most unusual of all human beings.  He was with Jehovah God in the beginning.  He was, and remains, one with Jehovah God.  He worked along side the great God Jehovah when man was made from the dust of the earth.  All things were made by Him, and without Him, nothing that exists was made.  He was the fourth man in the fire with the Hebrew children.  He closed the mouths of lions to save Daniel.  He walked on water, turned water to wine, multiplied loaves and fish to feed multitudes, healed all manner of sickness and disease, cast our devils, and became the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of man.  And becoming so, no further sacrifice is needed.  He did all that was necessary to save all once and for all.  No one else is like Him. 

When He spoke, the worlds were created.  When He spoke, demons trembled.  When He spoke, swarms of quail flew into the snares of Israel in the wilderness.  When He spoke, ravens fed the prophets.  When He spoke, mulberry tree trembled.  When He spoke, walls of cities crumbled.  When He spoke, the earth shook.  When He spoke, fish swam into waiting nets in daylight.  When He spoke, water became wine.  When He spoke winds blew, and at other times, they ceased.  When He spoke, it rained, and when He spoke again, rains ceased.  When He speaks, the sun and moon stand still in the heavens.  When He speaks, the wildest elements of nature get into line to obey His will.  When He speaks, all heaven comes into full agreement.

But now, in this age, in the time of the Church, He has delegated His authority to us to exercise His Name and live with full power of attorney, doing the works He did, and according to His Own words, “greater works” than He did.  My dear fellow believer, they church, as a whole, is no where near having a clear vision of who the believer is in Christ.  We are to be imitators of Him now in this life, for it is as we imitate Him that we fulfill our role as the light of the world, illuminating those struggling and dying in darkness.  He is more awesome, by far, than any thing of this natural world will ever perceive.  Oh, and did I tell you, I have a Friend, and He talks to trees . . . fig trees, mulberry trees, but especially to you and me, the trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Mark 11; John 14:12-14; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Isaiah 55:8-13; Isaiah 61:1-3; Psalm 91; Revelation 22:2

I Have a Friend – 20

There is something so special about fellowship with a dear friend over a delicious and nourishing meal.

He Dines with Me

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

One of the great joys I have found in life is to sit with a good friend, dine with him, fellowship with him, share with him, and listen to him.  I have learned that when I provide the meal, whether in my home or in a restaurant, as the host, I take upon myself great responsibility for the food, the flavor, the service, and the comfort, and the atmosphere.  Did I tell you that I have a Friend Who dines with me?  in fact, I have a number of friends with whom I dine whenever possible.  Sometimes I am the host, and sometimes my friend is the host.  I enjoy it either way.  But there is one friend in particular with Whom I dine daily, and regardless of where I am, He is always the host.  And I can assure you that He takes His responsibility as Host very seriously.  He ALWAYS takes care of all the cost.  Let me tell you about Him.

When we dine together, He ALWAYS provides the place, for He owns it all.  He ALWAYS provides the fire for cooking, for He is never present without the consuming presence of Holy Ghost.  He ALWAYS provides every element of the meal, cooked and seasoned to perfection.  He ALWAYS provides the meat; that is the meat of the Word.  He ALWAYS provides the bread, His body; the bread of life.  He ALWAYS provides the water; the water of life.  He ALWAYS provides the wine, His blood; the wine of the Spirit.  He ALWAYS provides the oil, His anointing; the oil of His Spirit.  He ALWAYS provides the seasoning; the salt of the earth.  He ALWAYS provides the light for the occasion; the light of the world.  He ALWAYS provides the seating; raising us up to sit with Him in heavenly places.  He leaves nothing out, and every occasion is supernaturally blessed.

When dining with my Friend, He always reveals more of Himself in our fellowship.  He never fails to increase the depths of my revelation, understanding, and knowledge.  He ceaselessly challenges me to grow, to stand taller, to do those things that please our Father, and to be a man filled with courage and faithfulness.  He is never short on edification, always building me up in Him, bringing me ever closer to living in the unity of the Spirit, and attaining to the fullness of His stature.  Oh, what a Friend He is.  There is no other like Him.  He is the greatest friend I have, and He has already laid down His life for me, and given me ultimate victory by taking His life up again, and raising me up with Him.  I have a Friend Who dines with me.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; John 21:12; Revelation 3:20;               Luke 10:38-42; Luke 11:37; Luke 14:12-24; Luke 19:1-10

I Have a Friend – 19

Is it not wonderfully delightful when those who love you most rejoice over you?

He Rejoice Over Me

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

In my 51st year of ministry, I am delighted to say that I am having the time of my life in ministry.  I love to teach and preach the Word of God.  I love to expound on the truths of God’s Word, especially when I can witness the results of those truths being fruitful in the lives of those who  hear it.  I am also fulfilling one of the greatest dreams of my ministry in having the joyous opportunity to train and teach Christians in the art of Christian leadership.  I am so honored to be serving my God and His Kingdom.  I am fully convinced that the blessings in my life come from the Lord Jesus Christ, my Friend, my Brother, my Savior, my Redeemer, Who loves me supremely, gave Himself for me, and now honors me with the privilege and responsibility to carry His Word to lift up, encourage, edify, and train leaders in His kingdom work.  And while I truly rejoice in that work, I believe that He, too, rejoices with me in that work.

I constantly remind myself of Father’s Word concerning me in Zephaniah 3:17.  There He states that He “joys over me with singing.”  It has become a driving compulsion in my life to live, grow, learn, and shine in a manner that causes Him to do so daily.  And all the while, in my heart, I look for the day when I may hear the voice of the Lord singing over me with joy.  One of the proven truths of leadership is that people will generally rise to the level of success that those who love them most believe of them.  The basic core of this principle lies in the concept that the one who loves them has the opportunity to demonstrate that love, and that such love is received.  Sadly, there are far too many people who have not been taught of that love, whose faith is developed in that love, and who will allow that love to be manifest in their lives. 

That, my dear friend, is the great work that is set before us.  We are to demonstrate His love and faith to everyone we encounter, regardless of our place in the body of Christ.  Whether in the five-fold ministry or not, whether talented in some artistic manner or not, wherever we find ourselves in the body of Christ, and whatever we find ourselves doing, we must remember that we are always and in all places ambassadors of Christ.  And it is when we shine in that role that He rejoices over us with singing.  May we all serve Him so well in that role that we may hear Him singing over us with great joy.  He is our Friend, you know.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 51:11 & 55:12; Luke 15:4-10

I Have a Friend – 18


What is the purpose of light?

He Makes Me Shine

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

More than six decades past now, a comedian of note jokingly asked, “Why is there air?”  He responded to his own query saying that air “is for blowing up footballs, basketballs, and soccer balls.”  While he was only joking, I am not.  Why is there light?  First of all, humankind cannot live without it.  Green plants require it to grow.  We need light for our work, learning, and play.  We need light to illuminate our paths.  We need light to enjoy our lives.  All these are clear and very evident reasons for light in our world. 

Now for my second question.  Are you a child of God?  If so, then you are light.  According to the Word of God, Jesus has declared that you are the light of the world.  He has made you that for a purpose, and as a result has commanded you to, “Rise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”  We have been further commanded to “let your light so shine that men may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  The bottom line of our discussion to this point is this.  You ARE light.  God made you light.  Light is to shine, and it is absolutely necessary for life.  You have a divine purpose in this world.  You are to shine, bring light wherever you go, pierce the darkness so the oppressed may go free, and to clearly illuminate the path everyone should follow to come to, and ultimately walk with the Lord in this life.  That, my dear friend, is a true divine purpose for your life.  Never, NEVER question whether you have a worthy cause for your life.  If you belong to Him, you most definitely have divine purpose.  You may have to study, pray, and learn by Holy Spirit the specifics of that purpose, but know this, right here, right now, YOU HAVE DIVINE PURPOSE

Knowing that, shine, my friend, shine.  Study, meditate upon, memorize, read, and obey the Scriptures so that the washing of the water of the Word keeps you clean from this world, and always shining with the glory of God that has risen upon you.  Jesus was that light while He was in this earth.  Now, as His body, you are that light.  As Father sent Jesus, Jesus has sent you.  And as Jesus is at this moment, so are you in this world.  You have no need to hang your head.  Lift it up, for your redemption draws near.  You have no reason for your hands to hang down.  Lift them up in honor to the King of kings, and insert your hands into the glory with which you have been crowned.  Shine through and with your Friend.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Isaiah 60:1-3; Matthew 5:14-16;        John 8:12 & 9:5; 2 Peter 1:19; Numbers 6:25; John 1:5, 17:18 & 20:21; 2 Corinthians 4:6;          Philippians 2:15; 2 Samuel 22:10

I Have a Friend – 17

There is much that needs to be taught about wisdom, and Who it is.

He Is My Wisdom

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

If ever there was a time in the history of mankind that wisdom for life is paramount, it is today.  Of course, if we acknowledge the truth, it has been every day that man has lived.  But I am not speaking of wisdom as mankind has come to define it.  You see, in this present age, mankind has turned so many things around until much of the world is completely backward in its approach to the most important of issues.  For instance, in our 21st century world, most people, including Christians, put feelings before faith.  According to the example give us by our “father of faith,” Abraham, faith, true faith, always trumps feelings.  Remember, Abraham was a man who did not consider his 100-year-old body as an obstacle to his becoming the “father of nations.”  Instead, he chose to believe God, and his faith was accounted to him as righteousness.

Once again, so much of the thinking of our 21st century world is backward.  In the world’s system of thinking, one begins with (natural) knowledge, advances to (natural) understanding, and finally arrives at (natural) wisdom.  I suppose that might be acceptable for painting the doghouse, but regarding the human life, and our body being the temple of Holy Ghost, that is by no means acceptable.  In God’s kingdom, which is all backwards.  Consider what I say by examining the Biblical definition of wisdom.  According to the words of Jesus in Matthew 7 and Matthew 25, wisdom is defined as simple obedience to the Word of God.  It has nothing to do with understanding all the Word says, or even a commandment given, but to obedience to the Word (commandment).  It has nothing to do with revelation knowledge of the Word of God which, in truth, follows understanding of God’s Word.  Wisdom, in God’s eyes, is obedience to His Word. 

Add to the definition of wisdom as presented by Jesus the truth that walking in obedience to the Word of God is walking in the love of God (as defined in 1 John 5:3).  It’s truly not complicated.  If the gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those who are blinded by Satan.  God’s intent for His people is very simple.  By obeying His commands, one walks in wisdom and love, and so assures the successful operation of their faith by which they please Father.  And if one pleases Father, victory in life is assured.  OH, what a joy is mine in believing and knowing that Jesus has been made unto me “wisdom.”  Yes, I have a Friend, and He is my Wisdom.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Matthew 7:24-27; Matthew 25:1-13;        1 John 5:3; Acts 6:3; James 3:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10; Romans 4:13-25

I Have a Friend – 16

The Word commands us to sing to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Not all are written.

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He Gives Me Songs to Sing

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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I’ll just come right out and say it.  I have a Friend Who gives me songs to sing.  Over my 73 years of life and 51 current years of ministry, numerous are the songs my Lord had given me.  Songs in the morning, songs in the midday, songs in the afternoon, and yes, songs in the night.  I have had the joy of writing many of them down, and the added joy of sharing them with others in times of music ministry.  And there are songs too numerous to count that came at times when I was praying and worshipping in the Spirit, singing in the Spirit, and glorifying God in the Spirit.  I have received, by the same Spirit, an interpretation of many of those songs, and my soul was edified.  And there have been many for which no interpretation came, but my spirit man was greatly edified, and I knew it was by singing in the Spirit.

I had songs come to me as a child, and as a teenager.  I will admit that I did not know what to do with them in those very formative years, but I still found myself being edified, drawn closer to the Lord, and on some occasions, kept from falling prey to some device of the enemy.  And in my earliest days of walking in my ministry, I learned how that worked, and that it was a tool the Lord used for the very things I have mentioned.  I am so thankful that the Lord knew how to get to me, help me, even save me, when I had no idea of what was going on.  Oh, did I tell you that my Friend loves me. 

I have written songs of exhortation, saying to those who needed to hear, “Get ready, for the Lord is coming your way.  Whatever you need, be it silver or gold, or Holy Ghost fire to make you bold, get ready, for the Lord is coming your way.”  I have written songs of testimony extoling that truth that “King Jesus Is His Name.”  I wrote of that King Who “I adore, how He changed my life completely, and so much more.  He cleansed and sanctified me, and then He filled me with His love, and baptized me in His Spirit, that He sent from above.”  I have written songs of Jubilee about the temptations of Jesus and His anointing He has shared with us to preach the year of Jubilee (the acceptable year of the Lord).  And of all that song said, we can see it the Scriptures that “It is written.”  I have a Friend Who gives me songs to sing.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16;  Job 35:10; Psalms 33:3, 40:3; 98:1, 144:9, & 149:1

I Have a Friend – 15

Having a friend whose prayers for you are consistent, and always answered, is marvelous..

He Prays for Me

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Jesus never prayed a prayer that was not answered, for He never prayed a prayer that was not the perfect will of His Father.  And knowing that He is Lord, and that He is seated on the right hand of the Father gives me reason to stand, regardless of circumstances with my full faith and confidence in Him to exercise His full authority of Lordship over me in love.  Now, knowing the truth of God’s Word, consider the following.

When Jesus came to the earth for His first advent, He came to seek and to save that which was lost.  Upon His return to be seated on Father’s right hand, He gave the responsibility for carrying that ministry to the next level, that being “going into all the world,” to the Church, His body.  From that moment in time when Jesus sat down on Father’s right hand, He entered into what remains His current ministry work, and that is one of intercession.  Hebrews 7:25 makes that very clear.  It says He ever lives to make intercession for them (those who come to the Father by Him).  Think of that.  Our greatest Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who never sleeps or slumbers, is seated in that greatest place of power in existence, holding rule over all power in heaven and earth, and He is seated there interceding for us, His body, at all times, in every circumstance, regardless of the obstacle we may face.  When you’re facing your darkest hour, He’s interceding for you.  When you are at your greatest crossroads of life, He’s interceding for you.  When you facing the greatest deception man has ever encountered, He’s interceding for you.  When the odds against you are at their maximum, He’s interceding for you.  When your greatest opportunity of life presents itself before you, He’s interceding for you.  And in all His intercession, being the perfect will of Father for us, is designed to fulfill His Word regarding what He has made us to be. 

His intercession is to give us victory and full success as the righteousness of God, joint-heirs of God, ambassadors of Christ, kings and priests.  His intercession for us is always to make manifest in our lives the Word of God from 1 John 4:17 where we read, “as He is, so are we in this world.”  Oh, my dear fellow laborer in Christ, read this, believe this, receive this, and rejoice in this.  Our Friend, Jesus, the King of Glory, wants us to live our lives here in the earth as if we were already in heaven.  In His pattern of prayer He gave us, He prayed, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”  I have a Friend, and He prays for me.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; John 17; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Ephesians 1:15-23; Philippians1:3-4; Colossians 1:3-14; 1 John 5:14-15

I Have a Friend – 14

Can you imagine our great Lord trusting you with power such as His Own?

He Empowers Me

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

It is a promise of the Father and of the Son.  It is the complete desire of our God that every child of God be filled with Holy Spirit and thereby, be made a recipient of the power of God that can only be known through Holy Spirit.  And there is supernatural empowerment that belongs to the child of God in additional ways.  We have been given the Word of God that is the power of God unto salvation.  And His Word is that power that works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.  He has given us “the measure of faith,” and that measure is the same measure Father used to raise Jesus from the dead.  And there is one another point that needs to made here.  He has given us His Name, the Name of Jesus, that if we will believe on that Name, when we use it, we have the God-given privilege and responsibility to use the Name of Jesus to invoke the full power of heaven now in this life.

I cannot begin to relate to you the joy and excitement in my spirit when, having learned the elements of power, and how they came to be mine, I discovered the words of Jesus in John 14:12-14.  There, Jesus said that if we believed on Him, that we would do the same works He did, and even greater works, because He went to the Father, where He was seated on Father’s right hand, and raised us up to sit with Him in heavenly places.  Oh, what a great honor is ours, to be children of God, heirs of God, joint-heirs with Jesus, and if we will allow Him to grow us up in Him, to be manifest sons of God in the earth today.

So, here we are, my fellow believer.  We are living in what is surely the final stages of the church age.  We have been empowered as kings, priests, lords, ambassadors, and sons of God.  All power in heaven and earth was given to Jesus, and He, in turn, has exercised His authority and given us the power of attorney to use His Name and accomplish all His earthly works and greater.  There are multitudes in the valley of decision at this hour, desperate to hear the glorious gospel that can save their souls.  We can deliver that gospel, seeing them made alive in Christ.  There are likewise multitudes that are bound and need deliverance, healing, and provision of abundance, all so they can glorify our Father and Lord.  Thank you, my Friend, for empowering me.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Acts 1:8; John 7:37-39; Luke 10:19;  Mark 16:15-20; Romans 1:16; Ephesians  2:10; Ephesians 4:11-12; John 14:12-14

I Have a Friend – 13

There is much more to be discovered about the anointing.

He Inspires Me

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

In a world that appears to be satiated by every possible plan, type, and even schemes of motivation, oh, to be inspired.  I am not saying that motivation is evil, or even not good for you. There have been many times in my life when, had it not been for motivation in some form, I could have, and in some cases, probably would have given up, failed, or stopped short of success.  I thank God for motivation, and especially for those people who have been a source of motivation in my life.  

But I have found that motivation is, at best, temporary.  Even when motivation has helped me to cross the finish line in victory, once that race was over, so was the motivation for that particular race.  Still, I am thankful for the right motivation I have received in my life.  but as I have discovered that motivation is temporary, I have found something even better than motivation, and that something is by no means temporary.  It is eternal.  It is called inspiration.  You see, motivation may push me forward at a time when it seems my strength is waning.  But inspiration breathes life into me that enables me to push myself.  Inspiration enlarges the reason to move on or upward, allowing the vision Father has placed in my heart to grow and expand to a scale that far surpasses anything my own imagination could conceive.  It is by the work of inspiration into our lives that we come to understand the truth of Father’s word in Ephesians where He declares He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that is at work within us.  And that power of Ephesians 3:20 is the Greek word dunamis, and it is the same word used in Romans 1:16 speaking of the “gospel of Christ” which is “the power of God unto salvation.” 

I am so thankful for the inspiration that He continually ;pours into my life.  When I am reading, studying, and meditating in the Word of God, He inspires me.  When I am talking to Him in all manner of prayer, He inspires me.  When I’m talking to others about Him, His character, His Word, His majesty, and His power, He inspires me.  When I lift my voice in thanksgiving, praise, and worship, He inspires me.  Even when I sleep, there are nights when He speaks to me in a dream, what some call night visions, and there He inspires me.  I first experienced His inspiration when I was born again, June 17, 1959.  Since that day, I have reveled in those precious times when He has breathed into my spirit man again and again.  Oh, how I love Him for His inspiration.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Genesis 2:7; Job 32:8; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 20:22; Ephesians 3:20

I Have a Friend – 12

There is much more to be discovered about the anointing.

He Anoints Me (b)

Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Today I write again about my Friend Who anoints me.  David’s words in Psalm 23 should thrill the heart of any Christian, especially in the light of Psalm 133, and Luke 4:18-19.  In Psalm 23 we read the words, “Thou (the Lord) anointest my head with oil.”  When we read those words in light of our previous discussion about the light of the anointing, we see a supernatural follow-up to the anointing, and that is, “my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord.”

I urge you to put all these passages concerning the anointing together in order to get a clearer and deeper look into the truth of anointing, and the heaven-sent, God-ordained, Scripturally-based truth of God’s Jeremiah 29:11 “thoughts toward you.”  That which God ordains and anoints, when it positions itself aright in the eyes and plan of God, has made available to it all the power of heaven and every promised blessing.  Nothing of which the Lord has spoken and ordained for that anointing will be withheld,

For every good work ordained by our God in which you should walk, you are anointed.  Please consider the words I write to you.  Jesus was anointed in Mary’s womb.  Jesus was anointed at His birth.  Jesus was called the Christ child (anointed child) when the wise men came bearing gifts.  Jesus was anointed at age 12 when he confounded the elders in Jerusalem at the Temple.  Jesus was anointed when He was 29 years of age.  So, why is it that Jesus did not do any might works until after He was baptized at Jordan, had ended a 40-day fast, and overcome Satan in the temptations?  It was because it had taken those 30 years for the anointing that was upon Him to teach Him all He needed to know to walk in His highest calling for His earthly ministry. 

That same truth must be applied to every child of God.  Anointing always precedes the coming of God’s power upon you; that point in time when you have allowed the anointing given to you to teach you how to flow in the power of the Spirit.  It is then that it could be said the hand of God will come upon you to enable you to perform that “good work” which God “has ordained” for you to accomplish.  This explains what so many mean when they mention “God’s timing.”  It’s not about God’s timing.  It’s about your willingness to yield to your anointings as they prepare you to fulfill God’s calling.  The more quickly you allow the anointing to train you, the more quickly you will see the power of God unleashed through you.

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Psalm 23, Psalm 91; John 17;           John 20:21; 1 John 2:18-27; Psalm 133; Habakkuk 3; Luke 4:18-19; Ephesians 2:10