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Master Painter

I am so very blessed having been trained by a Pastor who not only had 3 doctorates from Bible college but much more importantly, taught me how to walk by faith in actually experiencing the power of the risen Lord! Many a “formally trained” Minister I have met barely scrapes the surface in their “experiential” understanding of having faith in Christ, Jesus!



 

I could post Bible verses on the things of God and natural understanding – but what good would that do?

I couple of weeks ago, like in this video, I had sorted screws to stock on the shelf of my shop. Not only that, but I just knew I sorted a bag of screws to transfer them back into the box they came in. Yet was frustrated I could not find the bag. So, I decided to shelve what I had and look for them later… After placing the box on the shelf, as soon as I turned around – there they were, on the workbench which I had just come from!

I have always wanted to document these types of things with a video camera – so that people might believe me, yet I don’t believe they would even happen then, as the Lord would know “I was trying to outwit Him and take control” the grace shown to me in trying to capture “His workings”, and that would probably never be allowed until the great witnesses are used towards the end of the age, I would guess?

Perhaps Satan would want that, but not the Lord God of Israel; as this is not about ghost chasing demons – but rather the work performed in grace by the Lord Almighty, who only graces men for their faith, and not personal gain (like the false miracle workers do on television), thank the Lord!

A sketch I made hurriedly when I once saw Jesus watching me!

I have had my back miraculously healed, had a near-death experience having Jesus pushing shoulder to shoulder against me when my heart stopped, looked down at my own ambulance in transport with perfect clarity of mind and vision, and was given the Doctor who invented laser surgery to the heart when my “2” leads became infected behind my lungs and calcified into my heart!

Years ago, I used to worry about being put in the “loony bin – even by professed believers” about my testimonials which I had witnessed while in street ministry; because most Bible-believing Christians lean more to their understanding of the Bible than they do to an understanding of what the book is teaching about, namely our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Father!

I do not wish to sound “Spiritually Proud” (as I’m sure I’ll be accused of) but rather in all humility to simply share my observations of the faith I have witnessed in the past forty-six years!

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Small Miracles

There is a difference in having a form of Godliness, but not the power thereof!

Allow me to opine; years ago after getting out of street ministry, and moving out of the big city where I learned how to walk in the Holy Spirit of God, and fight with Satan and his counterfeit spiritual movements, I fell prey to the flesh and social pressure in not wanting to move in the Spirit for fear of what others thought of me!

I can remember going into my prayer life, in that still quiet place in my room, and suddenly having the window shade spring up while cats battled just outside my window, to spook and discourage me from praying! Being a young man, I yearned for social acceptance, and cowed never to pray that way again for fear people would think me a loon!

In the late 90s, I finally would meet my wife to be, giving direction towards Christ in her battered world in a way that I was never able to function in the Holy Spirit before, and to a certain degree, it scared me very much walking in the Holy Spirit of God almost daily, for about 18 months!

During this time of dating, I knew I needed fellowship, so I tried very hard to gain acceptance in the established “church system” with their systematic theologies. I had even passed the Presbyterian’s course for Elders with flying colors, but only to experience more rejection from a formally educated bunch of stuffed shirts!

This deeply discouraged me, and I vowed to return to my first love, walking in power in Jesus Christ!

Little did I realize, I would stand to lose everything, my Army career, and even my very life!

The church still expected my offerings, and building fund money, plus my service as a Deacon, on an increasingly tight budget, enough so we thought we might lose our house due to medical expenses incurred through a line of duty heart attack in training, just after a year of returning home due to my orders under Operation Enduring Freedom, but ended up spending my time at Ft. Bragg, NC.

Jesus was pressing shoulder to shoulder next to me that day, my heart stopped, as my eyes rolled back in my head! I was defibrillated about a half dozen times, and at one point looked down upon my own ambulance in perfect clarity of mind and vision, I pleaded with God to let me live!

I was not expected to survive the night, and a week later after my emergency stenting, my proximal lad started to clog up again, as they rushed me back into surgery! Not only that, but I thought I was a goner as I told the nurse to tell my wife, she was the best thing that ever happened to me!

The nurse then repeated back to me my private prayer said in my car while driving over the Bay Bridge… She said, “Mr. Dell”, the enemy knows who you are, but this will not stop what God has planned for you!” I was shocked, as I had prayed to be effective for Christ, like Paul and Silos, in that the enemy would know who I was!

I left the organized church and its bunch of “yes men” in my estimation for about seven years, partially because I could not give my testimonial publicly from the church stage, and because the Lord had moved me to walk away from their money-making operation, oftentimes devoid of His leading!

Furthermore, I then spent about 6 years online with a group of Armenians who thought they had a better handle than most in walking in the Holy Spirit, while rejecting others who didn’t fully agree with their methodology and slanted beliefs of being Holy. I, too, would be rejected after 6 years of continued friendship with the leader of this small group, primarily because of my political views, as being “chastened of God” when I needed emergency surgery for an infection of vegetation growing on my (two) defibrillator leads to my heart, which the hospital didn’t want to try and remove!

Praise God, I ended up with the Surgeon, Dr. Love, at Johns Hopkins who had invented laser surgery to the heart! I could go on and on about the small miracles within my life, but will only share but a few more recent ones while one again walking in the Holy Spirit of God.

I finally was led by the Lord to join a small Baptist Church on the Island, who did not reject the leading’s and power of the Holy Spirit, as not conducive to their doctrines and legalisms!

As I strive to “get back” with the Lord after some serious rejection in my life, he has slowly moved more and more in power, by placing items in places I could see them!

One of these events was with my cell phone, I had misplaced it from the table I normally sat it on, and decided after much searching to retire to bed and look for it in the morning. The next morning, as I entered my office to search for it again, it was placed back in the center of the table which I normally kept it upon!

Another event was in not being able to locate the chute key for my small 3/8th inch drive drill, and I had to use the ½ inch drive instead. The next day, it was also at the center of my workbench in my shop!

Then a couple of days ago, I was doing the tedious task of sorting out hardware to shelve in my shop. I just knew I had a bag of deck screws I had just seen to go back into the carton, but I could not find them, so when I turned my back to shelve what I had just sorted; when I turned back around they were on my workbench immediately!

I must say, that spiritual events such as these are scary to the natural understanding, and we will tend to think it was only us who simply overlooked them, but the spiritual reality is that they were not there just a moment ago, and then instantly appeared! You see, this is the reason I didn’t want to walk in the Holy Spirit years before; because the natural mind does not accept the things of God, and to put it bluntly, people will think you nuts, or an emotional cripple!

I have also watched small screws appear when I needed them for a project, and as a former Marine Engineer, I am well aware of the amount of hardware I counted for a job! Furthermore, my mental capacity and brain function was thoroughly screened by the military after my minor brain injury after my heart attack!

The real problem is that most Christians are scared of what they don’t understand, and some don’t have even the faith of a “Mustard Seed” to be willing to acknowledge the moving of God’s power within their relationship with him! It takes a lot of courage to move in faith in this manner, and in no small part as it is often not understood, or even acknowledge by the church establishment for being too mystical, emotional, or even unbalanced!

In today’s world science is god, yet in the times of the past, God was God, and science was just a way to gain an understanding of what God had created! This is only one more reason that people of faith, and particularly Bible believers, are so hated nowadays. Then the question becomes, how willing are you to follow Christ, and at what point will you sell him out towards a hostile world run by Satan?

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The Last Trump?

Even our enemies wanted the Democrats to come back into power!

If Donald Trump were still President, the Taliban could have never come back to power, our military would not have been compromised and still effective, our borders would still be secure, the spread of the virus would still be in check, freedom of assembly would still be possible in; places of worship, schools, businesses, and jobs would be open and encouraged.

As a result; the economy, energy independence would still be booming, law enforcement and security for all would still be functional.

Our laws, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court would still be honored; and an administration elected honorably and above board would be in power, respecting its citizenry, due process, fiscal responsibility, and truthfulness, without manipulation from the media, big tech, and big business interests. All while showing restraint and responsibility for the law, and its people would still be possible!

In my estimation: If only part of what I have written above were realized by another quarter of “OUR” legal population manipulation of the electorate would not be possible, and our freedoms as a Nation would remain secure for our children, and children’s children to come.


Yet it is not, as humanity has turned its back on the Lord God…

2 Thessalonians 2: 3) Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

(2 Thessalonians 2:10-12)

10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

12) That they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Fortunately, I and many of us will not be here, for we have not rejected the Gospel of Christ.

Could it be the “last Trump” of –

1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

As the second coming of Christ? I don’t know, but I would not be surprised as such wickedness abides, and grows ever stronger; only seen by those who still have eyes to see!

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Self Absorbed?

I am guilty myself of being self-absorbed, and of course, it is not deliberate but rather to various extents part of all our natures.

I personally think that Religious self-absorption is the most hideous! The reason for this is that it focuses our attention on particular doctrines and personally held beliefs; that is not usually Biblical, or in some cases what might be called “extra-Biblical”, which is also unbiblical.

How does one discover how far off they might be? The answer is found in the Holy Spirit, the ultimate teacher! At this point, many will stop reading as it sounds like an oversimplification of finding the truth. But in fact, it is the only way to come into a knowledge of the truth!

I have studied my Bible for over 40 years, within the time frame I have been taught what I call extra-Biblical teachings, and like I said, they are not Biblical and oftentimes off balance. This is what so-called cults do, they use the scripture and customize them to their particular stick.

It is very important to have “good” Bible teachers. Even from the time of the Apostle Paul, many ministers struggled to have teaching explained within the proper contexts. Nowadays are certainly no exception! Many well intention people (and institutions) preach questionable doctrines as being from Christ, these are the ones Jesus referenced in Matthew 24:5,KJV: “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many.”

Jesus is speaking about false teachings “particularly” in the “end days” – and not just people claiming to be the Messiah or Savior! This passage describes a spiritual delusion, not just an intellectual one. All glory belongs to Christ the Lord, and not the teachers in other words. Ask yourself, how many have claimed to hold the truth, yet have deceived many?

It takes the Lord time to show us the places that we lack understanding, and I have found that one of the biggest obstetrical in my life has been well-meaning, yet deceived people themselves! This is why we must trust in the Lord, and lean not to our own understanding! That brings me to the point of walking by faith, and not by sight. It is too easy to be instructed by others “the way”, but ultimately we must discover this for ourselves. I am not speaking about some type of pluralistic philosophy based on relativism, I am speaking about being led of the Lord into all Biblical truths!

I have found that the first thing that must go is my introspective self adsorption to leaning to my own understanding. Only then is it possible for the Lord to show us himself and his absolute designing of the events and perceptions we may often misread?

Again, this is a very personal thing that all true believers need to yield to in our lives, as the Lord will not force His will upon anyone! This is not about rigid religious customs, ceremonies, or scriptural dogma, it is about yielding ourselves to Christ!

The problem is that many false teachers walk around today wanting people to follow them. Yet we must not; as that place of spiritual understanding and reproof belongs only to the Lord alone! Yes, there is correction and reproof from Elders in the church, but even being put out of the body, is so that ultimately the Lord will show us what we need to learn! That’s the only way anyone can truly learn anyway, as it’s our spiritual condition the Lord is concerned with, not our doctrine per say.

I once had a brother tell me that he could not teach me any more of the Lord. That was one of the most liberating moments in my life, although I didn’t realize it at the time. This was a painful point in my life, that the brother was removed I had known so well, however, it was so that the Lord himself could show me even greater truths; and by no small part in using even more mature brethren to help me grow in my understanding!

We used to say in street ministry, “don’t put God in a box – he won’t be able to teach you anything!” This holds particularly true concerning bad Bible teachings from people and institutions!

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Couldn’t find it!

This clip is not about theology, it’s about faith. The things of God are as “foolishness to the natural man”. This short video is no exception, about having the faith of a mustard seed!

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