Getting to Know Jesus Up Close and Personal.

Jesus is a real Person, therefore in order to know Him personally, we must obviously enter into a relationship with Him, just as we would with anyone else we desire to truly come to know. 

The greatest commandment Jesus gave us, is to; “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength”, (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27). Therefore, It’s impossible to truly love the Lord unless we come to know Him intimately. Loving Jesus begins with our willingness to surrender all we are and ever hope to be completely over to Him and His special plans for our lives, setting Him always before us (Psalms 16:8). In so doing, we have made a conscious decision to seek Him and His righteousness first above all other relationships, ambitions and material things, thus making Him our Lord (Matthew 6:33; Romans 10:9–10. 

Seeking, Learning And Knowing More About Jesus And Enjoying Fellowship With Him.

The nature of God is so vastly complex that no human being can ever fully come to know everything there is to know about Him, but the more we seek Him with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13), and learn of Him, the more we will come to be like Him, and enjoy sweet, intimat fellowship with Him, thus counting everything else we thought was of value a total loss (Philippians 3:8).

So, Can We Honestly Say We Have Truly Come To Know Jesus intimately, Or That We Only Know A Few Things About Him?
Chaplain Mike


What Is Sin?

What is sin, and what exactly was the high cost that had to be paid for it?

Concerning Sin, Billy Graham said this: “A sin is any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect, and anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin.”

Sin has also been accurately described as: “Breaking of God’s law. It is a transgression, an iniquity, an unrighteous act. Sin is a deviation from the will of God. It is a form of evildoing since it is in opposition to God’s decrees and desires. It is not a merely a deficiency. It is an open rebellion and disobedience to what God has declared is right.  

Sin can only be properly understood in relationship to God since God is the holy one (1 Peter 1:16) and all sin is unholy. God’s standard of moral perfection is what we are all obligated to obey and when we do not, we have sinned. God has revealed His moral character in the law as the standard of good and to violate that standard is sinful.”

Therefore brothers and sisters in Christ, in essence, anything that is not of Him (Jesus) is SIN!

The next time we even think about committing another sin, we need to think even harder on what the cost of that sin is going to mean; Death. Before sinning again, we must make certain we have embedded in our minds the image above of Jesus hanging upon the cross in our place, exactly where we deserved to be hanging. 

Romans 6:23 says; “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The wages of sin was death to our Savior Jesus, and the wages of sin is always death to everything it touches; marriages, other relationships, employment, finances, our physical health, our bodies and ultimate death to having fellowship with God. 

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved (Ephesians 2:1-5).

Jesus loved us enough to die for us even while we were dead in our trespasses and sins, the questions is, now that we know what sin is and what it cost Him, do we love Him enough to live a sinless life?

Chaplain Mike 

Digital Idolatry.

 Above, is something I read a earlier this morning, and I hope it speaks to you, just as is has spoken to me regarding our new, deep and ever increasing dependance upon modern technology, and the way we have in many cases come to idolize it, rather than idolizing our Heavenly Father, and being completely depend upon Him to meet our deepest nerds; spiritual, emotional and physical.

Someone just last evening asked me the question below, that I am now asking you.
“Have you ever considered that your iPhone, iPad, computer and other such electronics devises, along with social media which you use several hours each day, may have become an idol to you?” 
What are some modern forms of idolatry?

All the various forms of modern idolatry have one thing at their core: self. We no longer bow down to idols and images. Instead we worship at the altar of the god of self. This brand of modern idolatry takes various forms. 
First, we worship at the altar of materialism which feeds our need to build our egos through the acquisition of more “stuff.” Our homes are filled with all manner of possessions. We build bigger and bigger houses with more closets and storage space in order to house all the things we buy, much of which we haven’t even paid for yet. Most of our stuff has “planned obsolescence” built into it, making it useless in no time, and so we consign it to the garage, with all our cars, or other storage spaces we fill with all manner of mostly more useless stuff, not even worthy of selling. Then we rush right out to buy the next newest item, garment or gadget and the whole process of stuffing and storing starts all over again. This insatiable desire for more, better, and newer stuff is nothing more than covetousness. 

Second, we worship at the altar of our own pride and ego. This often takes the form of obsession with careers and jobs. Millions of men, and increasingly more women, spend 60-80 hours each week working either within or out of their homes. Even on the weekends and during vacations, our laptops are humming and our minds are whirling with thoughts of how to make our businesses more successful, how to get that promotion, how to get the next raise, how to close the next deal, as a means of getting more stuff. 

In the meantime, our children are starving for attention and love. We fool ourselves into thinking we are doing it for them, to give them a better life. But the truth is we are doing it for ourselves, to increase our self-esteem by appearing more important and successful in the eyes of the world than we actually are. 

This is just so much self-delusion and foolishness. All our labors and accomplishments will be of no use to us after we die, nor will the admiration of the world, because these things have no eternal value. As King Solomon put it, “For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:21-23). 

The tenth commandment tells us not to fall victim to coveting: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17). God doesn’t just want to rain on our buying sprees. He knows we will never be happy indulging our materialistic desires because it is Satan’s trap to keep our focus on ourselves and not on the Lord.

All idolatry of self has at its core the three lusts found in 1 John 2:16: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” If we are to escape modern idolatry, we have to admit that it is rampant and then reject it in all its forms. Idolatry and all our self-indulgence are not of God, but of Satan, and in all our things, we will never find true fulfillment. This is the great lie and the same one Satan has been telling since he first lied to Adam and Eve. Sadly, we are still falling for it.

May we worship, idolize and follow God alone, and not all the things of this world, which now also includes modern technology. 

Chaplain Mike

The Battle Belongs to The Lord.

 “The Battle Is Not Ours But The Lord’s”

As long as we live here on earth, each new day will produce new battles for us to fight along the way, therefore let us all keep in mind what the Apostle, Paul, wrote:

“The weapons of our warfare are not physical (weapons of flesh and blood). Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).

Jesus Supplies His Followers With Sufficient Strength For Every Battle. 

Whenever we discover ourselves in the heat of any battle; spiritual, emotional or physical, we are not to cower in fear paralyzed with worry doubt and anxiety. We are also not to use worldly techniques, devises or weapons with which to fight, or even attempt going around our temptations and other battles. Rather, we are to squarely face them all in the mighty strength of our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to go through each challenge, test, temptation and difficulty, knowing full well that Jesus is right there personally strengthening us with all we ever truly need to be victorious in Him (Philippians 4:13).

This Is What The Lord God Says To Those Who Are His.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

For Those Who Belong To God, “The Battle Is The Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47).

Those who belong to God in Christ, need never fear, amen? Amen!

Chaplain Mike

Worried or Resting?

Are you anxious, worried and fretting over your finances, employment, health issues, marriage, children or any number of others issues we all face from time to time in this life? If worrying about our problems would fix, or make them disappear, then we obviously wouldn’t have any problems, and should worry all the more, right? Wrong! 

The fact is; worrying about our problems not only does not make them go away, it only serves to make them even worse. Worrying is also sinful, why; because when we’re anxious and worried about virtually everything under the sun, it proves that we’re not trusting in God to take care of us, and not trusting in God is not only sinful, but insulting to Him. 

When our children come to us with their concerns and problems, how might we feel if they continued to be anxious and worried, going without sleep and constantly wringing their little hands, which demonstrates they somehow do not trust in us enough to be believe we are able to comfort them and supply their need. I just can’t imagine what God must think about our blatant lack of trust in Him, to be able to solve our problems and do what He knows is in our very best interest; what about you?   

Jesus said: “You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it” (Matthew 6:27). ERV.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). NLT.

And, the Apostle, Paul, said: “Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have. And because you belong to Christ Jesus, God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds” (Philippians, 4:6-7). ERV.

“I leave you My peace (Jesus Said), it is My own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don’t be troubled. Don’t be afraid (John 14:27). ERV.

So brothers and sisters in Christ, we have a couple of choices we can decide to make, we can either continue to sin against our loving Heavenly Father by worrying all of the time about everything, or we can do as our Lord says; simply trust in Him to meet all our needs and be at peace.

Chaplain Mike

“Nothing in My Hands I Bring, Only to Thy Cross I Cling”

My Dear Lord Jesus: 

I do not have even one thing I can possibly offer to you, except my broken heart and my surrendered life. I love you Lord, and I am grateful beyond what my words are capable of expressing, that you suffered and died, even for such a sinner as I. 

“Nothing in my hands I bring, only to thy cross I cling.”

While You Intervene In Prayer For Your Lost family And Friends.

Above is an Image of when your family and friends hold an intervention for you because of your love for Jesus.

While you continue to intervene to God in prayer on behalf of their lost souls, your family and friends are holding an intervention for you, because they believe you have totally lost your mind over your deep commitment to love and follow your Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (on their way to hell), but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

A Life Giving Perfume, or The Stench of Death?

“To those who are perishing, we (who love Jesus) are a dreadful stench of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. . . (2 Corinthians 2:16).

Jesus Will Never Force Himself Into Our Lives. 

If they only knew that it is they who actually need the intervention of Jesus in their lives, but that’s something He will never force upon them. 

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; IF anyone hears My voice AND opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me: (Revelation 3:20).

The Door Knob Is On The Inside.

Jesus is standing outside the door of your heart continually knocking, but because there is no door knob on the outside, you will need to turn the knob within, and allow Him entrance into your heart.

Will you open your heart and life to Jesus that He may save your soul and give you abundant life here, and then after your body dies, eternal life in Heaven with Him?

Chaplain Mike 

Are You Ready to be Taken Up?

Are You Looking Up, Packed Up And Ready To Be Taken Up.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Be Among The Billions Who Will Miss The Boat.

Jesus Himself Said: 

“As it was in the time of Noah so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man. Everybody kept on eating and drinking, and men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the arc, and the flood came and killed them all. 

Jesus continues: 

It will be as it was in the time of Lot. Everybody kept on eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. On the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and killed them all. That is how it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).

Today, just as it was in Noah’s and Lot’s day, it is business as usual. Even with the threat of war with North Korea, and Iran, and with serious issues concerning China, Russia and radical Islamic terrorists, and with a host of record breaking natural disasters taking place, all that coupled with every manner of sickness, pain and suffering around the world, non the Less, the Stock Market is at its all time high, as the peoples of the world are fast asleep concerning their sins and the soon Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Are you absolutely certain you’re sins are covered by the blood of Jesus, and that you are safe and secure in THE Ark of Christ, or will you also be caught off guard and miss the boat? Look around and see if we’re not truly living in the last days, that time Jesus described and predicted, just prior to His soon and sudden return to in the air, to remove His true church, His Bride, His faithful followers from the earth.

Without A Moments Notice Jesus Will Return For Those Who Belong To Him. 

Will you be among the billions of people around the world eating, drinking marrying and living a life of sin, comfort and ease when Jesus, without any warning returns (Matthew 24:42-46), or will you be caught completely off guard and left behind? 

Are you among those few in number, who are ready to go Up, in what is known as the first stage of His Second Coming the “Rapture” when The Lord Himself descends from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and sounds the trumpet of God? (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  

The reason Jesus said we are to “Be Ready” (Matthew 24:44), is because when He comes, there Will be absolutely no additional warning signs, and therefore no time to get ready. So the question is; Are You Ready?

Chaplain Mike

Within Only Four Weeks, We Have Witnessed Record Breaking Hurricanes, Floods, Mass Murder, Fires and Much More.

With all these so called “natural disasters” and murders taking place within the United States, one might now ask themselves, as I am asking myself, if God isn’t actually beginning to judge this nations many individual and national sins, starting with the ongoing sinful, evil murders of the most defenseless among us, the unborn?

“If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). 

Are you one of God’s people?

Today, do you seem to be in a tough place with no way out?

Remember to never stop trusting in your Lord to make His way clear for you, because He is The Way (John 14:6). 

When God makes our way clear, nothing and no one can block it, and with complete confidence in Him, then we are able to trust, enjoy and relax in His perfect, peaceful presence, timing and provisions.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Brothers and sisters, as we look at the world today, have we become so concerned, that we have forgotten God’s perfect love and peace, the peace that passes all comprehension? (Philippians 4:7). 

Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love casts out all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love” 
(1 John 4:18).

Are your thoughts fixed on trusting in God to clear the way for you, or on something or someone other than Him?

Nothing can ever separate you from the love of your Heavenly Father (Romans 8:38-39).

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3).

Chaplain Mike