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“Faith As The Grain Of The Mustard Seed”

“Faith As The Grain Of The Mustard Seed”
Author: Pat Aman

I have learn that when you step out on faith, God can do great and mighty things.

(Matthew 17: 14-20 NIV), says, ” And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, knelling down to Him and saying, “Lord have mercy on my son for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples but they could not cure him.”Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, why could we not cast it out? So Jesus said to them, “because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

God has a way for getting your need met. Your problem solved. That way is rooted in your faith’s becoming a seed.

Seed Faith. When you plant a seed, God changes the nature of that seed so that it becomes a plant, and the power of life surges in that tender young plant to such a great extent that even a mountain of earth cannot stop it from pushing upward.

Jesus says our faith in God is like a seed. When we put our faith into action, that is, when we release it to God, it takes on a totally new nature. It takes on the nature of a miracle in the making.

What is the mountain in your life?

Loneliness, loss of a job, disease, a wounded relationship, trouble in your home? Something else? Be encouraged! Jesus shows the way to see that mountain removed.

First, God says that you have a measure of faith (Romans 12:3 NIV) says, “For I say through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” It is resident with you.

Second, God says that this faith comes alive by hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17 NIV) “So then faith comes by hearing, and haring by the Word of God.”

Third, God says that you can apply your faith to see your daily needs met. How? You do something as an act of your faith. You sow the mustard seed smallness of your faith into an action of love. . .

(Matthew 17:20 ) So Jesus said to them, “because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Then, when your faith has been planted and is growing, speak to your mountain and watch God set about its removal.

Father God hears the prayers of His children.

This is a true story that I read in Readers Digest a few years ago. There was an elderly woman who had to cross a mountain to go to church. Each Sunday and Wednesday she would walk over the mountain until she soon with age was not able to attend to the hard task. She begin to pray and ask God to remove the mountain so she could go to church. Every morning for one year she would get out of bed, go to her door and say “thank you God that you have move the mountain.” The one morning a year later she was awaken by aloud noises out side her door. She jump up, went to the door and saw a line of bull dozers and trucks. She got dress and went out side to see what was taking place. The contractor told her that they were taking the mountain down to build a mall.
Hey guess what? God not only removed the mountain, but he gave her cement to walk on all the way to the church. Oh yea, and a place close to her house to go shopping.

See, God does not do it half way. He is a loving God. We may not understand why things happen, but God knows the whole picture.

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What Would Jesus Do?

What Would Jesus Do?
Author; Pat Aman
June 1, 2019

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Tonight I want to give memory and honor to where it is due.

My brother-in-law, J.B. was, and my sister, Ruby is one of the best-hearted people I know. It did not matter when friends, family, church, community, town or parish called them they were there, as soon as possible, no questions asked, and they never maked anyone feel like they were a bother. They were just that way.

They were hard workers, who worked a big farm.

But, one thing I remember is J.B. did not just plant a garden for them, but big enough for the community.

I have personally seen their living room floor covered with peas, butter beans, corn and anything else that could be put in their and others freezers for the winter months. And sitting around that living room would be neighbors shelling peas, or putting up corn.

At the end of the day or week, people’s freezers were full.

They would even let people pick on halves. In other words, you go to field and pick, and however much you pick you just bring half by the house for Ruby to put up in her freezer.

I was visiting one fall, when three grown men’s came to visit Ruby. J.B. has already made his heavenly journey home. These men came by to visit Ruby and thank her and J.B. for planting and sharing those vegetables with them and their mother.

They told Ruby, when they were young boys, they were not honest with her. And they wanted to apologize for not giving her what was agreed on. They said, we left some in the field and picked them up after we settled with you.

Ruby said, “I already knew you were doing that, but, I just let it go.

J.B. and Ruby even furnished nice houses for their farm workers. And Ruby cooked every meal at lunch for them. They would come from the field, and sit at their table and eat. Even their wives and children came and ate.

Now because of Ruby’s health she is in a Senior Care Facility. She cannot walk, but she just turned, 87 on May 28th. But, even though she cannot walk on her own, she has a Hot Rod Lincoln wheelchair. And daily she goes up and down the halls, checking on all the residents, and praying for them.

One individual who could not make it to the facility in time, told her daughters that Ruby did not let her mother died alone. Ruby was holding her hand as she took her last breath.

So, again I can say, Ruby knows what Jesus would do.🥰

Listen, I am bragging a little, but, I can honestly say, “ J.B. and Ruby knew the meaning to What Would Jesus Do!”

They did not judge people. They did not belittle people. They did not lie about people. They had a servants heart.

Tonight, I watched the movie once again, “What Would Jesus Do?”

A small town falling apart because of slander and greed.

But, a homeless man, came into the town, and with just a few words touched the hearts of the people.

Each person started thinking, is my decision going to make a difference? They started saying, “What would Jesus Do?”

I can tell you that J.B. And Ruby listened to God’s voice when it prompted them to do something for someone. They have been known to go against the better judgment of others around them and help people in need. They always gave the person a chance.

They have helped people in their community who needed help, in physical sickness, and financial problems, not asking for anything in return.

They were Good Samaritans….

Again, they knew, “What Would Jesus Do?”

In Luke 10:30-37, Jesus talks about another person who was stranded on a lonely stretch of road between Jerusalem and Jericho. Some thieves had stripped him of his clothes, wounded him, and left him half-dead. Can you imagine how demoralized he must have been? We don’t know how long he had been lying there, but after a period of time, a priest happened to walk by. I can just imagine that if the poor man had enough presence of mind to be coherent and see the priest, hope must have risen in his heart. A priest! Surely he would stop and help him and minister to his needs. But, do you know the priest did just the opposite of what you and I would assume he would do? When he saw the wounded man, he crossed over and walked on the other side of the road! Did he pretend it wasn’t happening? Did he feel a twinge of conscience as he left the man lying there? Did he think if he moved to the other side of the road where his cries for help weren’t so easy to hear, he would be excused of his moral obligation? Whatever his line of reasoning, he failed the poor man miserably.

Later, a Levite happened to pass by. Ah! Surely this time help had arrived! Levites were of the strictest religious order! They knew the law inside and out and followed it to the tee. So, that part about loving your neighbor as yourself, surely they knew it by heart, right? But, do you know what the Levite did? The Bible says, “when he (the Levite) was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.” He looked on him! He saw his condition! And he made the choice to walk away. How could he know the law so thoroughly and yet feel that he was justified in not carrying it out in everyday life? Did he happen to look over his shoulder and feel any remorse? Did the wounded man’s eyes plead with him for mercy and send a sting of guilt into his hardened heart? Whatever transpired, he kept walking, and the man kept suffering.

Then along came another person. I can just imagine the wounded man hearing footsteps coming nearer…and nearer…and with each sound of a step, his hope must have increased! But, what disappointment as the traveler drew near enough to see his face! A Samaritan! Hope was gone, he would never stop. Everyone knew Samaritans and Jews didn’t speak to each other. They didn’t interact; they avoided one another at all costs. There had been generations-long feuding between Jews and Samaritans, so why would this one be any different? But, wait! He was slowing down his pace. He was looking at him! What would he do? Would he finish him off and leave him all the way dead? Would he laugh when he saw his helpless plight? Or would he see the seriousness of his condition, then cross to the other side of the road like all of the others? Maybe the wounded man didn’t even want the Samaritan’s help, maybe he recoiled to think of him even touching him, so fierce was the hatred between the two races.

Whatever the thoughts in the two men’s minds, the Bible says, “…and when he (the Samaritan) saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.” This man went over and beyond the call of duty. He couldn’t ignore the injured man’s cries. He could not walk away and pretend it wasn’t happening. He couldn’t let their differences stop him from doing what was right.

Jesus went on to ask, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among thieves?” The correct answer was, “he that shewed mercy unto him”. Jesus replied, “Go, and do thou likewise.”

Sometimes, our neighbor is our enemy. Sometimes, our neighbor is different from us. Sometimes, our neighbor is one who has hurt us in the past and caused us pain. Sometimes, our neighbor is a stranger. Whoever it is, Jesus wants us to show mercy. It is much easier to turn away than to get involved in messy situations. But, did Jesus do that? Do you ever read of someone undesirable coming to Jesus and Him looking at them, then turning and going as far away from them as possible? Did He ever hold back His mercy just because the person was different or unfavorable? Has He ever been merciful to you, my friend? “Go, and do thou likewise”.

Maybe, we need to make a mental note in our hearts and mine, and start saying, “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?”

Song
What Would Jesus Do?
Adam Gregory

They stopped saying prayers in school yesterday
And there’s a boarded up
Run down church
Down on third and main
The Mission’s overflowing
And the crime rate just keeps growing
And I’m not sure where it’s gonna stop.
But man, this world is all we got.
What would Jesus do in time like these?
Would He walk among the sinners,
Fall to His knees?
Heal the sick,
Save lost souls the way He used to?
Would he threw up his hands and just walk away?
Cry a tear for a world that’s gone astray.
I’m not sure, but God, Iwish I knew,
What would Jesus do?
What if He appeared right where you stand?
Could you look Him in the eye,
Reach out and take His hand?
Show Him how we are changing this place
Day by day with his amazing grace?
It doesn’t look like heaven on earth
So I have to ask,
Are we doing right?
What would Jesus do in time like these?
Would He walk among the sinners,
Fall to His knees?
Heal the sick,
Save lost souls the way He used to?
Would he threw up his hands and just walk away?
Cry a tear for a world that’s gone astray.
I’m not sure, but God, Iwish I knew,
What would Jesus do?
Would he threw up his hands just walk away?
Cry a tear for a world that’s gone astray.
I’m not sure, but God, I wish I knew,
What would Jesus do?
What would Jesus do?

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God’s Got The Other End!

God’s Got The Other End!
Author: Pat Aman

Sometimes just living a Christian life is hard. And it should not be.

They feel like they are holding on to a frayed rope. And the rope is slowly slipping away.

A lot of times it takes a person hitting bottom, before they reach up to Father God.

Then when people hit bottom they get serious about situations in their lives. They not only pray but they realize it is time to fast.

I know I have ask for myself, Why? Yes, when wondering why bad things happen to good people.

I guess is it just human nature to ask why?

I wonder why my colon had to rupture and because of it, I had to go through seven major surgeries since it happen.

But see God sees the big picture, where I only see the present.

Just living a Christian life is not always easy. Sometimes it is just down right hard, and I feel that being in the ministry is double hard lately, because as I try my best to lift others up, I sometimes need lifting up myself.

I know that being in the ministry I have suffer all kinds of things. And I have prayed Lord, why must I suffer these things.

I have also told God that I didn’t particularly care to suffer these things. And He told me that He didn’t care for me to suffer that stuff either. Boy, does God’s answers blow your mind.

But God then told me, yes, things should have been different, people should have treated you better, your circumstances could of been better, but He then said, remember I will hold them accountable for it, as I hold you accountable for things when you do not listen to me.

You just preach the Word of God, and I’ll take care of you and your circumstances, and I’ll take care of ones who may cause you harm.

And He will too. God remembers all the sacrifices you and I have to make for Him in life. He’s keeping track of the way people treat you and me, and things we may go through that we cannot understand. And, He’s going to reward you and me for bearing it.

The Bible says, ” God keeps every one of your tears in a bottle.” (Psalm 56:8)

So if God can keep track of all our tears, don’t you think He sees all the little things we do through?
He certainly does, and one day He will reward us openly for our sacrifices.

But as we do go through, not so good things in our life, we need to study God’s word and seek direction. We need to not only pray, but then we need to tarry at the alter long enough to listen to His answer for us.

And sometimes we even need to fast and pray.

In (Daniel 1:8 and 17) Daniel did a 3 weeks fast. This fast was to show that God would take care of Daniel and his friends and make them healthier, more knowledgeable and skilled in learning, wisdom and understanding of all visions and things.

And in (Daniel 10) Daniel fasted for 3 weeks and God gave him understanding of things to come.

(Daniel 1: 8, 12 and 17) says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank, there he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Prove they servant, I beseech thee, ten days, and let them give us pulse ( In Hebrew pulse means something sown, vegetable) to eat, and water to drink. And for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding i all visions and dreams.”

(Daniel 10:2-3) says, “In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, (In Hebrew pleasant was a root, and bread is grain)neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

We know that Jesus fasted 40 days and nights in the wilderness to get ready for His ministry. And there are times that we need to set our face before God, with our mouths shut, so that we can receive wisdom, knowledge and understanding and direction.
If today, your facing life’s challenges and you feel that you are just holding on. Grab hold of that Rope tie a knot in the end and just hold on. Because God is holding on to the other end of the rope and He is not planning to let go.

Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

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Are you Ready To Meet Jesus?

Are you Ready To Meet Jesus?
Author: Pat Aman – June 4, 2019

Please do not get left behind. Jesus is returning in the blink of the eye. Are you ready?

I watched, “Left Behind” again tonight.

People knew the Word Of God, but they were too busy living their own lives. They did not have time for God. They were even attending church.

I started thinking are people ready for Jesus to return to get His bride, the church? Are people ready to meet Jesus if they would take their last breathe tonight?

I hear so many say, “I got baptized.”
But, did they get saved?

Baptism is just an outer sign of an inward change.

Baptism is letting the world know you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I see individuals who are attending church, but, I see no change in them. I do not see in fruit bearing.
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John‬ ‭15:1-8‬ ““I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
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Let’s look at the church at Laodicean. The church has nothing to commend it. Jesus begins the message with condemnation: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:15-17). Jesus emphasizes their “lukewarm,” apathetic nature three times. As a result of their ambivalence to spiritual things, Jesus would have nothing to do with them. He would “spit them out,” as the people of Laodicea would spit out the tepid water that flowed from the underground aqueducts to their city. With their apathy came a spiritual blindness; they claimed to be rich, blessed and self-sufficient. Perhaps they were rich in material things. But, spiritually, the Laodiceans were in a wretched, pitiful condition, made all the worse in that they could not see their need. This was a church filled with self-deceived hypocrites.

I have had more than just a few asked me, “Pastor Pat, I don’t know if I’m ready to die.”

What gives the person such uncertainty that they’re not sure they are ready to die? Well it’s the thing that’s behind dying. It’s the sin and the guilt that they know of from their own life and it terrorizes consciences and hearts, bodies, flesh that knows that it’s dying. It terrorizes your body and your mind too.

Even when it’s someone else that you love, it’s a pain and a struggle because you know that the same sin that is doing that to their own body has you in its crosshairs too.

How would one know that they are ready to die?

The forgiveness of sins. The taking away of the power behind death, of the body, that’s what makes a person ready.

When the aged Simeon in the temple, right after the baby Jesus was born, held Jesus in his hands Simeon knew he was ready to die. He said “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, …For my eyes have seen Your salvation.” (Luke 2:29-30)

Simeon held baby Jesus in his hands and he knew he was ready, at that moment or any moment to come, to go away in death but in peace. He had the forgiveness of sins in that little child.

When the Christian leaves the altar, the altar, they have received into themselves the body and blood of that same child, that grew into a man and took all our sins upon himself. He was the sinless Son of God.

Salvation is a gift that is made available to those who repent, believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He died and rose from the dead to save us all (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10).
This gift cannot be earned through good deeds or by simply being “good” (Ephesians 2:8; 1 Timothy 1:9). It is a matter of faith (acting out on what you believe according to God’s Word concerning salvation).

Please pray this prayer, if you want to be saved.

Father God,
I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9, 10. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” I do that in this very moment. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. In Jesus Name Amen”

1 Thessalonians 5:2 2for you know very well that the day of the LORD will come like a thief in the night.

Revelation 16:15 15″Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

1 Corinthians 15:51.Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed- 52. in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.

I Wish We’d All Been Ready
Jordin Sparks with “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” is a ballad from the soundtrack of the movie “Left Behind”. In the lyrics of “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”, Jordin laments that not everyone was ready to “leave” this world as they still had things to do and conflicts to resolve. The song was written and previously released by artist and writer, Larry Norman in 1969

I Wish We’d All Been Ready

Life was filled with guns and war
and everyone got trampled on the floor, I wish we’d all been ready

Children died the days grew cold
a piece of bread could buy a bag of gold, I wish we’d all been ready

There’s no time to change your mind the son has come and you’ve been left behind a man and wife asleep in bed she hears a noise and turns her head he’s gone I wish we’d all been ready

Two men walking up a hill
one disappears and one’s left standing still I wish we’d all been ready

There’s no time to change your mind the son has come and you’ve been left behind life was filled with guns and war and everyone got trampled on the floor, I wish we’d all been ready

Children died the days grew cold
a piece of bread could buy a bag of gold I wish we’d all been ready

There’s no time to change your mind how could you have been so blind the father spoke the demons dined the son has come and you’ve been left behind

You’ve been left behind
You’ve been left behind

Remember! Are You Ready?
THE A.B.C.’s Of Salvation …

ADMIT
You have Sinned…
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. – James 2:10
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; – Romans 3:10
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

BELIEVE
On Jesus Christ
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”- John 3:16-17
…The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel. – Mark 1:15
Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” – Acts 19:4 NKJV
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. – 1 John 3:23
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

CONFESS
Christ Publicly
…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. – Romans 10:9-10
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. – Romans 1:16

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REVIVAL IN OUR SOULS…

Revival
Author: Pat Aman…

I remember growing up, at lest twice a year, we would sing the old song,
“Revive Us Again.” Why? It was time for Revival.

How sad, when we should be singing it everyday. Revive us again, Lord,
revive us again.

Then we would not have so many people jumping from one church to another, because when they finally get a true Revival within themselves, they
become a happier person and they stop running from church to church searching for something.

WOW! What a thought, people that experience true Revival and then they are ready to help build the Kingdom of God.

Yes, then they are able to reach the lost and dying world, by staying where God has them and start doing His work. Yes, because they have experienced true Revival.

I have the words to the song at the end of this devotion.

Psalm 85:6 Wilt Thou not Thyself revive us again, that Thy people may
rejoice in Thee?

Revival is one of those interesting subjects that everyone talks about, but few understand. It is for this reason that I would like to spend a little time looking at revival historically, and with a view to a response of Christian devotion.

Revival is a phrase that is applied to the spiritual state of a community.
A town is said to be in revival.

The mark or evidence of a revival is a escalation or surge in the hearts of individuals with concern over the condition of their souls.

Religious concerns, however, do not make a revival. Revival takes place when those religious concerns are married with a visitation of God’s Spirit, coming to a church, town, community or nation and awakening believers, reclaiming backsliders, and converting sinners.

This is why we can not plan revivals. The greatest misconception regarding revival is that we can have a yearly, or semi-annual revival in April or/and October. Churches fall into this trap all the time. They, in a sense, announce to the congregation that God’s Spirit will visit on this or that weekend in this or that month, and therefore, “we will be having a revival.” On Monday morning, after a planned revival, everything for the individual in the congregation is often back to normal.

This is NOT revival!

Revival is the spontaneous and unplanned, flowing of the Holy Spirit into the lives of the unsuspecting in such power, in such glory, that the world takes notice. In a revival in Windham, Connecticut in the early 1730’s the effect was so extensive, so pervasive, that there was not one household in the town that did not have a member in the local church. Every house was effected. Every person in that town and all the surrounding towns knew that something beyond human design was happening.

Are you in need of revival?

As noted above, revival awakens believers who have become comfortable in their circumstances and walk with the Lord, it reclaims backsliders, who have fallen into sinful practices and customs, and it converts sinners. Revival does these things to such an extent that in a town that experiences revival, all the bars, gaming houses, and similar dens of sin shut down their operations because there are no patrons.

Everyone of us fits into one of those above categories. We either need to
be converted, reclaimed, or awakened. Revival is not something that we can create in ourselves, but we can pray for it. Since we can’t create it, we
can attempt to “pray it down.”

Would you like to have all the people in
your town or city concerned with the state of their souls?

Well, then, revival has begun with you, for you know the value of concern for your soul. Go now to the Lord and beg Him for a special visitation of His Spirit upon you, upon your church, your town, your state, your nation!

Revive Us Again

We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.

Refrain

Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.

Refrain

Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Refrain

Love, Blessings, and Prayers
Pastor Pat

Pastor Pat Aman/©1996/2019 CWPM and Christian Faith Publishers…

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Do You Truly Love Each Other?

Do You Truly Love Each Other?

Author: Pat Aman

Luke 6:32 If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners love the people who love them.

Love, ah… it’s easy for us to love each other. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s easy to love members of your family, of your church, and it’s easy to love friends. But how about the hard-to-love?

What about the person that has wronged you? The person who has talked bad about you, spread gossip, rumors? The person that did you wrong in a business deal, at school or at a social function? How about that person you truly feel you cannot love anymore, because of the hatred they have shown to you? 

Maybe you have had judgmental people in your life that seem to sit high up on their self built pedestal and judges everyone. They remember everyone’s short coming from 100 year ago. But, never look at their own sinful life. 

We all have them, don’t we? Or am I the only one? 

Jesus says,  “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:44-48 

Notice how the love of Christ turns the “world’s” value system upside-down. The world says, “hate your enemies;” Jesus says love your enemies. But how do we do it?

I remember one time someone ask my daddy, “hey do you like me?”  His answer was, “as a human man I do not like your ways, but as a child of God, and my brother in Christ, I love you.”  WOW!

Now as the sentence above states, Jesus says love your enemies. But how do we do it?

Ready for the answer? Hang on to your hats! 

Pray! 

Yes, prayer. Simple answer yes, but a powerful solution. Pray for that person who has wronged you. Now don’t go and pray like I used to pray, “Lord get back at that person. Lord, make them pay for what they did to me, or Lord, give me a chance to blow him out!”

You really don’t think God wants us to pray to change God, do you? Prayer doesn’t change God; it changes us. In my opinion, God uses prayer for two reasons. One — to allow us to participate in His plan and two — to change us. Pray fervently and earnestly for someone that is hard for you to love, and God will change your heart toward that person. God will show you what He Himself sees in that person.

How will the world know us Christ-Followers? They will know us by our love that flows from our love of Jesus Christ.

John 13:34-35  I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.

Well… tough stuff, but we need to do it, folks — and we can do it — armed with His love.

Love Pastor Pat

Pastor Pat Aman/©1996/2019 CWPM and Christian Faith Publishers…

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Come On Now!!!

Come On Now!

Author: Pat Aman

I would like to start by saying I was raised Southern Baptist.

After Joe and I married, we went to a Freewill Baptist Church and later a Methodist Church because He was raised Methodist. But we ended up in a Pentecostal Holiness Church where I went thought seminary studies and received my Ordination Credentials. 

(Thank you Pastor King White for being my mentor. You have gone back home now, walking on the streets of gold. I know you had a beautiful crown to lay at the feet of your Savior.)

Anyway,  I love to read and study about the history of the Christian church.

John 1 The Word Became Flesh :1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

As many have started to get ready for Easter, you will begin to hear people talking about the ways different religious institutions celebrate this Easter season. And people will begin to also disagree and fuss over the teachings of God’s Word.

Now please bear with me on a little history today, because I need to share some things, to make a final point about how words that people speak can touch people’s lives.

I have had to handle situations through the years on Christian Celebrations. 

I have never cared to argue the Bible with anyone. But when I have been faced with those situations, I held fast, and only lost it one time. 

But, when someone tells you that you are not smart enough to know what you are saying, you kind of sit up in your seat. 

Well, really they were saying that all preachers, teachers, evangelists, and just people saved by the blood of Jesus, are dumb, believing in illusion.

You know that is when you want to say, “Lord, can I just lay hands on them one time? I promise I will pray for their healing afterwards.”

Now people remember to laugh, because the word says, (“Nehemiah 8:10)“The Joy Of The Lord, Is Your Strength.”)

I have had conversations with people who says the Bible was written by man for man’s own use.  

Also, there is a God, but Jesus was just a man who was on earth, did a good job while he was here, but that was the end of Him.

I will tell you that during these words of conversation, I so wanted to lay my Bible aside for just a few minutes, but I stood fast and worked hard at sharing with the person what God was telling me to share.

They would come back and say, well, who wrote the Bible? And who did this? And who said this? And we need to remember that evil is inside of us to do as we see fit.

I would used scripture after scripture, but they would come back and say, ‘Tell me the answers to my questions, without using scripture.’

Boy, oh boy, it just seem to deeper and deeper until I realized that Satan was wasting my time.  

See, Satan knows God’s Word also, and he even used it in the wilderness when temping Jesus.  He took it out of context, and quoted it to suit his own needs, but Praise God, he lost the battle, and Jesus was victorious.

Quickly, let me get something straight, and do not take me wrong when I said it was wasting my time. I pray that maybe I said something that will one day sink in, and the person or persons will turn their lives around. I will not give up on the them, I will continue to pray for them and I told them I would.  I told them that I pray they meet the Jesus I know, and then they would know without a doubt that the Word, (Bible) was with God, and the Word was God.

I explained how God, through the Holy Spirit, uses visions, and so many other ways to speak to man, (giving solid Scriptures again)  to write His Word for us. I even tried to explain that the only way over forty men could write the Bible and there be no contradiction, should be enough to know the Bible was and is the inspired Word of God.

I do read a lot of books, and I study many great theologians of all denominations. I have studied Charles Haddon Spurgeons (know as the Prince of Preachers) sermons, not all of them, I have a long way to go.

I have study the workings and history of Benjamin H. Irwin, of Lincoln, Nebraska, a former Baptist preacher, who organized the body into the national Fire-Baptized Holiness Church at Anderson, South Carolina in August of 1898.  By this time, Irwin’s group had organized churches in eight U. S. states and two Canadian provinces.

Abner Blackmon Crumpler, a Methodist Holiness evangelist in North Carolina,  founded the Pentecostal Holiness denomination in 1897,  as the inter denominational North Carolina Holiness Association. The first congregation to carry the name Pentecostal Holiness Church was formed in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in 1898. Pentecostal was dropped from the name in 1901, but was restored in 1908.

Gaston B. Cashwell,  a minister of the Methodist Church, joined the Pentecostal Holiness Church in 1903. He became a leading figure in the church and the Pentecostal movement on the east coast. In 1906, he traveled to Los Angeles to visit the Pentecostal revival at the Azusa Street mission.  Upon returning to Dunn, North Carolina, in December of 1906, Cashwell preached the Pentecost experience in the local Holiness church.

And I have studied many more great theologians.

But a statement that was made by Karl Barth caught my attention, and really touched my heart.

Karl Barth is considered by some the greatest Protestant theologian of the 20th century, and possibly the greatest since the Reformation. He went to a college to speak. When it came time for the question period, a student asked him,”Rev. Barth, what is the greatest thing the Bible ever taught you?” His answer was plain and simple, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

People, that says it all.  That is what the Bible is all about. Yes, it tells us of history past, and of things to come, but most of all, it tells us that Jesus Loves Us, This I Know.

Amen and Amen

Please take time to read your Bible. Take the time to dig deep into why we as Christians and many other religious organizations celebrate Easter and Christmas.

Do not just take for granted what you have heard others say and preach. Research and talk to God and let the Holy Spirit teach you. 

So, when you are faced with questions from others, you will know the truth. 

Below is a little study of Easter celebrations. Maybe it will help you begin your research and study. 

Love Pastor Pat

Pastor Pat Aman/©1996/2019 CWPM and Christian Faith Publishers 

The first Christians, Jewish and Gentile, were certainly aware of the Hebrew calendar. Jewish Christians, the first to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, timed the observance in relation to Passover. Direct evidence for a more fully formed Christian festival of Pascha (Easter)begins to appear in the mid-2nd century…

The Christian Liturgical Calendar:

Until the 4th century CE, Easter and Pentecost were the only two holy days that Christians observed. Easter Sunday was the main day of celebration, formally recognized by the Council of Nicea in 325 CE. Pentecost Sunday was also observed as a less important holy day, 7 weeks/49 days after Easter. Other occasions related to Jesus’ execution were gradually added to the church calendar:

Lent (in Latin: Quadragesima): This was a period of spiritual preparation for Easter which typically involves fasting, penance and prayer. It was originally established by various Christian groups as an interval ranging from a few days to several weeks. It was eventually fixed in the 8th century CE at 40 days. (The number 40 is one of many magical numbers with religious significance in the Bible. 40 days recalls the interval that Jesus, Moses and Elias spent in the desert. Other magical numbers were 3, 7, 12, and 70).  Among Roman Catholics, Lent lasts for 38 days spread across six and a half weeks before Easter; it starts on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Thursday, and does not include Sundays. Other Western traditions observe Lent for 40 days, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday and also do not include Sundays. Among the Eastern Orthodox churches, it is a full eight weeks.

Mardi Gres (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday): This is  held on Tuesday, the day before the first day of Lent. The reference to “fat” refers to the custom of eating righ fatty foods on the evening before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

Ash Wednesday: This is  held on the first day of Lent, a Wednesday. 

Holy Week: the week before Easter Sunday: 

Palm Sunday (a.k.a. Passion Sunday): This is held on the Sunday before Easter Sunday and begins Holy Week. It recalls Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem one week before his execution.

Holy Monday commemorates Jesus’ cleansing of the temple, when he committed aggravated assaulted against money changers and other commercial interests who had tables within the Temple. Some believe that this triggered his arrest and crucifixion. It certainly would have been considered an act of insurrection by the occupying Roman Army, particularly because it occurred so close to a Passover when nationalistic feelings among Jews were at an all-time high.

Holy Tuesday recalls Jesus’ description to his disciples on the Mount of Olives of the destruction of Jerusalem.

Holy Wednesday (once called Spy Wednesday) recalls Judas’ decision to betray Jesus in exchange for 30 pieces of silver.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, Jesus agony in the garden and his arrest. “Maundy” is derived from the Latin “mandatum” (commandment of God in John 13:34-35 For centuries, people in authority have washed the feet of their followers on this day.

Good Friday recalls Jesus’ death on the cross. The origin of the word “good” has been lost. Some claim that it is a corruption of “God” and that the early Christians called this day “God’s Friday.” “God” morphed in to “good” just as “God be with you” has become “goodbye.” Others claim that “good” refers to the blessings of humanity that Christians believe arose as a result of Jesus’ execution. 

“A fourth-century church manual, the Apostolic Constitutions, called Good Friday a ‘day of mourning, not a day of festive Joy.’ Ambrose, the fourth-century archbishop who befriended the notorious sinner Augustine of Hippo before his conversion, called it the ‘day of bitterness on which we fast’.” 10

Holy Saturday (a.k.a. Easter Eve) is the final day of Holy Week and of Lent.

Easter Sunday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection. In the early church, converts were baptized into church membership on this day after a lengthy period of instruction. This tradition continues today in some churches…..

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The Foolish Things of this World

The Foolish Things of this World.
Author: Pastor Pat Aman

God’s word, the gospel is real, it is radical, it is life changing.

The Bible says He uses the foolish things of this world, preaching to bring about racial change in people’s lives.

1 Corinthians 1:27
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.”

Psalm 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Today I pray that I can touch a spark off in each of your lives, through Jesus and God’s word to bring about change in your life.

I pray you through the word will forget about who you use to be, and what you use to be, before you connected to the gospel, because when Jesus cleans you up, you’re cleaned up.

If you have excepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you do not act or look like you used too.

Even though Jesus brings us through hardships, gossip, false accusations, lies and gives us the strength to have the ability to speak to demons, working through other humans, and they be delivered from Dominic powers, we must remember to stop and give praise to God.

Jesus gave us His POA to use His Name and people be delivered. But, those persons must want deliverance. Some have lived their entire lives and become comfortable and even happy, continuing to live under the powers of satan.

When it seems we try to live a Godly life is when satan uses the mouths of others to try and bring people down. Even to the point of sending curses out.

You must study, fast and pray to keep your life a shining light for others to see Jesus in you.

Maybe you feel you are not qualified to minister to do God’s work, when you feel the enemy is beating you up with condemnation, and you feel like your mistake has disqualified you, and you feel that you have to manipulate and lie to get people to do things for you, my friend you do not have to do this, because, because God can take our shortcomings, our failures and He can make us whole to be what he wants us to be.

Your mistakes do not disqualify you, but they actually qualify you to do his work.

It is the things you have been through, brothers and sisters that make you able to stand, and help reconcile people back to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We must remember that we must use our past mistakes to help others not to make those mistakes.

And remember the ones falsely accusing you, will be handled by and at the hands of God.

Jesus shook the church world. When he stepped on religious people. If you have to live a life that you cling to religion more than you cling to Jesus, then you’re not really ready for Jesus either.

If you have a tradition or a concept you have to hold on to, or a concept you have to hold on to more than Jesus, he will tear up your concepts, he will confuse your tradition, he will blow up everything because he is soveriegn and he does not have to read and go my your man made bylaws. He does not have to read your bylaws, he does not have to read your manual, he does not have to go through your doctrine before he moves, he will more if you want him to or not. He is God all by himself. He does not need you to do his work. He can do it himself, he is a sovereign God.

Do you really understand he is a sovereign God?

All power is in his hand. He can move the wind, he can say peace be still and the winds obey his voice. He can say to the mountain be removed and it will be done. There is nothing that happens on this earth that he cannot control. He gives the sun permission to shine, and the rain permission to fall. He can tell that giants in your life to fall down with one word and it is done.

God does not need to wait on us to move before he moves. He gave us our breathe in increments so we could understand, if he does not give us our next breathe, we cannot breath without him.

He is God, he is the alpha, he is the omega, he is the beginning and the end, he is here, you cannot hire him, you can not fire him, You cannot vote him in you can not vote him out, He is God. He is everything.

They could deal with him in the streets, they loved him in the streets, but when he hits the church that was an all to different story, because they did not know what to do with him.

It was the drunkards; it was the prostitutes, for they loves him because he loved the sinners. They loved him

It was the religious people, it was the church folks, who could not deal with him, they could not deal with his anointing, there are people who cannot deal with YOUR ANOINTING. So, they are giving you crap on earth, because they themselves live an unhappy crappy life. It is called jealously.

Jesus spent a lot of time teaching the church folk, because they had been forever learning, but never coming into the truth.

So he set in the synogod, teaching the saints of God, who knew the acts of God and the ways of God

The Bible says they were dull of hearing because their ears were uncircumcised. It simply meant that their hearing was dismished because excess flesh. Their ears were uncircumcised. They were constantly trying to catch and judge others, but never judge their own self righteousness.

And let’s take it a step further, How would the Pharisee who claim to holiness, know where to go to catch someone in sin, say like adultery?
Because they themselves live a sinful life.

You would be surprised to know just how many people constantly try to get just a little dirt on you.

Not a whole lot, it does not take a whole lot, something they could use against you, just waiting for you to have some kind of inconsistence in your walk with God. They are waiting for you on your job, so they can say, I thought you were a Christian, now how come you are acting like this. They are just waiting for you to have a bad attitude. They are lying in wait to catch you acting like an uncircumcised Pharisee.

It is bad when sinners do it to you, but it is terrible when the family and church folks to it to you.

They lie to your face, others faces, because they have done it so long, they believe it themselves. They have let the spirit demon of lying and confusion live happily in their lives so long they are comfortable with their living arrangements.

I know today that God is so displeased because your mistakes and low self confidence has made a job for you. You are continuing hurting others along the way. You need to stop and see who you stepping over on the ladder of ladder of life to get your name out there.

Accusers are more interested in destroying others not realizing they are hurting themselves, because that maybe accusing God, by accusing his child.

I am sorry to say, but today, you better watch people with their words, because they maybe just trying set you up they are just trying to flatter you like they did Jesus by calling him master. They were convincing, they were sly, they were being deceitful in their doings. This is how demonized people act.

There are a big difference between the facts and the truth.

You cannot base your life on the facts because sometimes the facts are not the truth.

The truth is the reason the devil is always rehearsing the facts, in your hearing is because he cannot deal with the truth.

The bible does not say you shall know the facts and the facts shall set you free, but you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

And here we are. People maybe bringing the untrue facts, but the truth is turning his back on the facts.

What do you mean the truth, he is the way the truth and the life.
He brings the facts to the truth and the truths turns it back on the facts.Because real truth is always able to ignore the facts.

When you start walking in real degrees of truth people will not always agree with you, some will think you have lost it.

Because they kept talking about the facts and your talking about the truth. Real truth always ignores the facts.

Remember, the devil side is saying justice and the other side is saying mercy. The mercy of God.,

Justice may say death, and mercy says live.

You see that is why I love Jesus, because when I should have been condemn, Jesus said wait one minute, because again justice said condemn but mercy showed love.

Even when justice wanted to condemn each of us. Jesus sets us up high in the secret of the tabernacle.

Jesus-gives us beauty for ashes, he gives us the oil of joy for mourning. The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

In Galatians 6:1 If you find your brother overtaken in a fault. Restore such a one. Remembering yourself.
Ye which are spiritual do not stone them but fix them. Restore them and I will be checking them you are restoring them with meakness, remembering yourself.,

So that tells us before we can restore ourself, we must remember where we came from.

YOU, cannot minister with the mind and heart of God, if you are constantly lying and trying destroy others.

People need people who love them.

Look where you came, you cannot help restore people in their mess if you cannot remember your mess and where you came from. Stop judging people

There has got to be something that keeps you in check that teaches you compassion and love🥤

God came to earth to give compassion.

John 3: 15 – 18

“that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:15-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You cannot redemn what you are not related too

Don’t comdemn people, but labor to touch someone.

Be someone who will touch others and help them out of their mess.

Worship God and become like him

In the Bible when the so called religious people wanted to stone the women caught in adultery, Jesus knelt down and starting writing in the dust. He was giving them a chance to remember where they came from, then asked which of you have not sinned throw the first stone.

Remember, Just when you get tired of helping somebody I charge you to remember you ton drop the stone.

Then listen to them quietness of your heart.

Drop the stone and remember you.

Remember how many times God had to work with you and minister with you and tell you, your going to make it. How many times he bought you out.

Stop judging others.

What stones are you trying to throw.
Whom are you accusing.
Whom are you trying to deceive.
Whom are you trying to get over something on?

I can say, I love and can put up with the unsaved. I do not like their sin, but I love the sinner.

And yes, just like God, I agitated and hate the so call religious unbelieving person. People who call themselves Christians, but daily walk in a demonize life….

“A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:12-19‬ ‭

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” & “Christian Faith Publishers

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The Quilt

I want to share tonight a devotion I posted back in 2002. Please take the time to read The Quilt.

I think I needed to read this devotion tonight. I needed to remember, that even in times I fail, and fall flat on my face, Jesus picks me up.

Whether it be in actions or words, we all at times do not reach the mark.

But, in the end, can we say Christ shined through us.

God bless you,
Pat

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭

The Quilt
Author Unknown

As I faced my Maker at the last Judgment,

I knelt before the Lord along with the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives, like the squares of a quilt, in many piles.

An angel sat before each of us sewing quilt squares together into tapestries that represented our lives.

As my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I had endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. No one else had such squares.

Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and bright hues of worldly fortune.

I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty.

Finally, the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light. . . the scrutiny of truth.

The others arose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries.

So filled their lives had been!

My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to arise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes. I had had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and death,
and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it.

I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I had spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully; each time offering it up
to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the critical gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it had been.

I arose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air.

I gazed around at the others who stared at me with eyes wide.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image. The face of Christ.

Our Lord then stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, “Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine
through.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” & “Christian Faith Publishers”

The Quilt: Author Unknown

Bible Verses: The New King James Bible
Devotional Notes: Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible

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It’s Party Time

Its Party Time 

Author: Pat Aman

I have gone back and refreshed myself with some old devotions. I am re-reading the book of Revelations. Mostly the first four chapters.

Does Your Life as a Christian make you feel like dancing?  It should. 

Being a Christian should be joyous. 

Revelation 2:4 

4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Revelation 2:4 (The Message)But you walked away from your first love – why? What’s going on with you, anyway?” 

I am including next a quote from Mike Yaconelli. 

(Mike Yaconelli once observed, “It doesn’t take much to make most of us realize that we have become too serious, too tense, too stressful. Theresult is that we have forgotten how to live life…What happened to the gleam in our eye? What happened to that joyful, crazy, spontaneous, fun-loving spirit we once had? The childlikeness in all of us gets snuffed out over the years…the sign that Jesus is in our hearts, the evidence of the truth of the Gospel is that we still have a light on in our souls.”) The End…

How can someone walk away from their first love, lose that gleam in their eye? 

Could I walk away from my husband of 42 years? By all accounts, mylove for him is not same as that June day in 1977 when I walked down the aisle at our wedding. Since then we have had two daughters, careers, personal successes and tragedies and a growing walk with the Lord. nothing else, today my love for him is stronger and more intimate than in those precious and heady days as newlyweds.

Yet as I claim a stronger relationship with the Lord during this time, Ihonestly know that I have been living in Ephesus when it comes to my walk with God. Just as human relationships have plateaus, I must confess that I have not sought out the depth of God, pursuing the love and fellowship I knew in my early days as a believer. This is what is going on: I have walked away from my first love and forgotten how to live life!

I made a remark today to the receptionist at the eye doctor. If I were not saved and walked into some of the churches today, I would never get saved. 

Why? 

Because even our churches have walked away from their first love.

They are all doing their own things. Not the God things. Priorities have been misplaced in our personal lives as well as 75% of our churches today.

Regaining the life I seek with Him, returning to a childlikeness, requires intimacy. I know full well the intimacy I seek with Him willbenefit from improved spiritual disciplines (such as more time in His Word and in prayer). But I cannot rely on these activities alone, otherwise I have fallen under the Law and am practicing faith by works. Relationships grow out of intention and communication as well as in following through with responsibilities. Any life with Him begins and ends with making God the priority, not just one of many pressing concerns in my everyday living.

Living this life means adopting a willingness to live His life, not myown. Returning to my first love means saying “no” to all the competing interests and consistently putting the needs of my Beloved before my own. 

My marriage is no different and it suffers when attention and intentiongive way to selfish living. When my priorities are restored, the joy returns to the relationship.

It is the same with our relationship with God. When it  is not where itneeds to be, and when attention and intention gives way to selfish living, our intimacy with God gives way to hurt, grief, sickness. 

Why? 

Because we have left God out and let the devil sneak in.

I find hope and direction in Yaconelli’s concluding thought: (“Christians are not just people who live godly lives; we are people who know how to live, period. Christians are not just examples of moral purity, we are also people filled with the everyday challenges and joys of life.) The End

Christians not only know how to practice piety, we also know how to party. I believe it’s time for the party to begin.”

With the reminder of from Ephesus and hopefully a gleam in my eye, I know it is party time! We need to let the world know that we as Christians are happy and not just a long face, sad, bunch of people just attending a building one to three times a weeks just because of it being a habit. 

Jesus love to laugh as well as share the truth of His Father God to the world. 

Let us as Christians get busy. Yes, it is Party Time.

Devotion Written By: Pastor Pat Aman Book © 1996/2019 “Coffee With Pat Daily Devotionals” & “Christian Faith Publishers”

Bible Verses: The New King James Bible

Devotional Notes: Dake’s Annotated Reference  Bible