I Must Be About My Father’s Business

A father and his daughter

Every day I think of my father and the words which he had spoken to me on our last visit. Sacred words. Only now, do I realize that my heavenly Father is helping me to carry out his final wishes.

With so much care to every detail, I can see how the Lord has orchestrated the events leading to my mother landing in my home. It may not have been pleasant, at first, but it was necessary.

As I look at life, I realize it is just an incredible maze of threads that don’t seem to make any sense at all. Then all at once they seem to tie together. We don’t see the whole picture. It seems to be something terrible happening and yet, the Lord tells us, “All things work together for good to those who love Him.”

When we place our trust in Him, and let Him guide us through the rough seas, we can find in the end, there is hope. And incredibly, I was able to remember, the promise made to my father.

“Give my love to your mother.” In this way, every day, I see that I am carrying his love forward to her. It is God’s way of providing for her as my father was not able to.

Just the other day, I was talking to her and telling her what a wonderful mother she has been. “Oh, I had to do those things.” She said. “No, you didn’t.” I said. “Some mother’s don’t care about those things at all. So I just want to tell you that I love you for being there for us. When you went through so much, you were so strong and you put us first. You tried not to hurt us, even though you were hurting.” All of a sudden, I felt her little hand on my arm, as I began to cry. For my mother, this small gesture, is huge. “Well, I love my kids.” She said.

We began talking about all the things her grandmother taught her. She loved her grandmother. I always wished I would have known her. “Yea, your grandmother would say, “don’t you worry about those people gossiping about you. If they’re talking about you, that just means, they’re leaving some other poor person alone!”

Who couldn’t love someone spouting wise words like that all the time? Man, I think I’d love hanging out with her. She sound’s like some kind of Virginia Woolf character. I think about her quote; “Use words to soak up life!”

Yes, words are creative power. The Lord told us they have the power to bless or curse. He created us in His image and we know that He created heaven and earth by the spoken word. This is why we should start the day with His Word.

If we don’t, we have all kinds of negative words coming at us, from every direction. The enemy loves, to turn the tables. Whatever problem he has, he makes it our problem. This is why we walk and talk in the word.

“I have hid your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

But the most important lesson is that we must, “be about our Father’s business.” We have no time to be distracted. The harvest fields are ready and we need to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers. The time is short…very short.

My earthly father gave me specific instructions before he left and I was to fulfill his wishes. If you listen to the Spirit, you know that all things natural speak of the spiritual. So, you will know what the Spirit is saying.

So stop fighting and speaking words of division. Bless each other and bring peace and unity. Put your hands to the plow, break up the fallow ground, so that seed can be planted in the hardest of hearts. This is what our Father wants. “The hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse. (Malachi 4:6)

Imitate Me, As I Imitate Christ (1Cor.4:16)

I am very aware of the power of examples. Christ taught in parables that the layman could understand. If He was speaking to fishermen, He would use the examples of fishing. If He was speaking to builders, He would use the example of building, etc. And He was always comparing the minds of little children to the kingdom of God. So we can see that the children are very important to Him. He tells us that “the least of these shall be the greatest in the kingdom of God.” He also tells us “that unless we become like a child we will not see the kingdom of God. ”
Knowing this, it makes sense that we must look to the children for our understanding of the deeper truths. We mus also be careful in the way we raise our own children, since He will hold us accountable when we return them in the end.

Yes, we only have them ‘on loan’ until His return. So, it is imperative that we are not walking as hypocrites, because we know our children are always watching and they will follow what they see, not what is taught. We must learn to walk in the way that Jesus walked

My son came home from his youth class at church last Sunday and he was very excited to have me read what was given to him in his class. He told me to read it out loud and as I came to the end, I began to cry at the beautiful example that was in this story. It was extremely interesting and touching to me, also because I had flown in and out of O’Hare airport, thousands of times and never heard this moving story. I  would like to share this with others and it certainly points to the power and ultimate sacrifice of an example that is lived, rather than taught.

The Story of Butch O’Hare:

During the course of World War II, many people gained fame in one way or another. One man was Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. One time his entire squadron was assigned to fly a particular mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. Because of this, he would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to leave formation and return. As he was returning to the mother ship, he could see a squadron of Japanese Zeroes heading toward the fleet to attack. And with all the fighter planes gone, the fleet was almost defenseless. His was the only opportunity to distract and divert them. Single-handedly, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes and attacked them. The American fighter planes were rigged with cameras, so that as they flew and fought, pictures were taken so pilots could learn more about the terrain, enemy maneuvers, etc. Butch dove at them and shot until all his ammunition was gone, then he would dive and try to clip off a wing or tail or anything that would make the enemy planes unfit to fly. He did anything he could to keep them from reaching the American ships. Finally, the Japanese squadron took off in another direction, and Butch O’Hare and his fighter, both badly shot up, limped back to the carrier. He told his story, but not until the film from the camera on his plane was developed, did they realize the extent he really went ot, to protect his fleet. He was recognized as a hero and given on e of the nation’s highest military honors. And as you may know, O’Hare Airport was named after him.

Prior to this time in Chicago, there was a man named Easy Eddie. He was working for a man you’ve all heard about, Al Capone. Al Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic, but he was notorious for the murders he’d committed and the illegal thing’s he’d done. Easy Eddie was Al Capone’s lawyer and he was very good. In fact, because of his skill, he was able to keep Al Capone out of jail. To show his appreciation, Al Capone paid him very well. He not only earned big money, he would get extra things, like a residence that filled an entire Chicago city block. The house was fenced, and he had live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.

Easy Eddie had a son. He loved his son and gave him all the best things while he was growing up;clothes, cars, and a good education. And, because he loved his son he tried to teach him right from wrong. But one thing he couldn’t give his son was a good name, and a good example. Easy Eddie decided that this was much more important than all the riches he had given him. So, he went to the authorities in order to rectify the wrong he had done. In order to tell the truth, it meant he must testify against Al Capone, and he knew that Al Capone would do his best to have him killed. But he wanted most of all to try to be an example and to do the best he could to give back to his son, a good name. So he testified.Within a year, he was shot and killed on a lonely street in Chicago.

These sound like two unrelated stories, but Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son.

(Author unknown)

When I had come to the last line of the story, I cried. What a powerful picture of a man “laying down his own life for the life of his son.” My teachings to my son are that anyone can say anything, but the power is in the way they live. And once you lose your integrity, it is very difficult to get it back.

This is what I want my son to know and I pray every day that I have the grace as a parent to make the right choices and walk as Christ walked. This way he will see my example and not hear me speaking vain words.

And men, I would like to remind you that your calling is the very highest. In the Garden of Eden, God Himself, laid down the governmental authority and men are to be the head that submits to Christ in that order.

This is how important it is the the Lord. He even tells us that the “sins of the father, are passed to the sons of those that do not love God.” So I would remind you, if you have children; before you take that next step, remember, little eyes are watching you.

How Do We Pray?

spiritual-warfareI see you…

We had the G20 covention and all the world leaders coming together to try to solve the world problems. Most of them were pointing the finger and it seemed to rest heavily on the United States.

The strange thing is that not one of them had this word; Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and PRAY and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their LAND!

Why are people making things so difficult? Most natural men do not know how to pray. Jesus gave a pattern of prayer to start us off. It is to be used as an example. It’s imperative to understand that we don’t repeat it over and over again, as the Lord told us that this is just vain repetition. We must learn how to pray in that manner.

Christ was showing the disciples how to enter before the Father’s throne of grace. Then to ask, that “His will be done.” Well, to ensure that the Lord’s will is carried out it would be clear that you should speak His own words. This is His divine  will and we know Jesus did this when the devil came to tempt Him in the desert.

Each time that Satan began his sentence, it was, “it is written.” So we know that Satan does know the words of God. Of course he does. He lived with the Lord  before being cast down. The problem with his delivery of the word to Jesus, was that he cast doubt on the deity of the Father. He did the very same thing in the Garden of Eden, by questioning Eve, about the God’s Word. Paraphrasing, “come on Eve, did He really say you couldn’t  eat of that tree?” Then of course Eve totally blew it, because not only did she quote the words but she added to them, which is equally deceptive.  Paraphrasing her, Yes, He said we can eat of all the trees, but that one we can’t eat from and we can’t even touch it! ” Hmmm, the devil got ahold of her tongue because she was already lying.

We can see that his schemes do not change. In fact Paul tells us as believers, “that we are not ignorant of Satans devices.” Jesus Christ, being, the living Word, repeated the Word of God back to him and struck down the lies and doubt that Satan was trying to entice Him with.  Now, Jesus didn’t tell him to go back to the place he came from. Nor did he kick his butt. So we must look at how Jesus handled Himself in the midst of spiritual warfare. You fight deception with the truth of God’s Word. You don’t add to it and you don’t take away from it. The Lord said, “the sum of thy Word is truth.”

After you’ve been studying the Word of God long enough, these words will become your everyday speech. You don’t have to quote scripture and verse, although I’ve always admired people that can do so. It is powerful when the enemy comes at you and the Holy Spirit brings the Word forth in your own spirit that strikes down every falsehood. This is why the Lord referred to this as the “sword of the spirit.” Paul said this is how we battle. Not against flesh and blood. Some people are under the control of these spirits and you should pray that they come out and escape the snare of the evil one.(2Timothy 2:26)

As I said, praying the Word of God is very powerful and a great book for anyone that wants to understand this principal is called      Prayers That Avail Much. I’ve had mine for years and it is small but carries a lot of power. Learn it and speak it. God’s Word does not return void. It is powerful enough to save a person’s soul.

Because God created man in His image, we must realize the power our own words carry. He created the heavens and the earth with the spoken word. Now we are in His same image and we know from scripture that there is tremendous power in our words. We can bless and curse, by the power of our own mouth. Scientists have already studied and found that there is much healing power in prayer, although they do not understand why. Well, of course it can’t be analyzed.

I would see how sacred this moment was when I would visit the aids ward in the hospital. People that were all alone at times and seemed to be gripped with the fear of dying. I knew that this was something I had committed to do after my own brother died. I saw miraculous things happening in those rooms. No matter what station of life a person is from, they are all reduced to one common denominator when they are about to meet their maker. One evening I went to see a girl that I had known and she was all alone. As I crossed the threshold I could see terror in her eyes. The oxygen mask on her face and her fear was heavy in the room. I felt the Lord meet me in that room as I grabbed her hands and pray for her comfort. The Lord brought her a peace as I sat with her.

Now when I meet people that have lost loved ones and they are upset because they think they died alone, I can reassure them. That is not always true. You never know what messengers the Lord sends to your loved ones and even at that, he says that the heavenly messengers are dispatched to them.

Prayer can change the course of God’s own plans and we can see this in scripture as well. In Numbers 14:13-19, Moses interceeded for God’s mercy and the Lord heard his cries.

Not only can we alter or halt God’s hand in circumstances by the power of prayer, we also are called, “co-laborer’s of the harvest.” Jesus told us “to pray and ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest field.” It is imperative that we do this before any work is done. “Unless the Lord build the house, we labor in vain.”

Also, before drawing close in prayer we must repent of our own sins. “The prayers of a righteous man avail much.” In the Old Testament the High Priest had to be ceremonially clean before entering into the Holy of Holies. He had to make sure he had no sin that he hadn’t accounted for.  A rope was tied to his ankle as he went about his duties and there was a bell on the rope. The priest’s outside the curtain, thereby knew if he was alive or dead. If he was unclean, the Lord would strike him dead and the priests had the job of pulling him out by the rope. Great job. He moves up to the top of the corporate ladder and steals one matzo and he’s vaporized! Don’t even mention the offering plate. Corporate management should get a lesson on this! Our whole country would change if this was the type of punishment inflicted. Thank God that Jesus Christ became the High Priest when he died on the cross and all of our sins were placed upon Him. This became the dispensation of grace. Yet, this unrepentant sin, still prevents our power in prayer.

Now the pattern of prayer is very simple. The Lord tells us that if we ask anything in His name it shall be given and He also tells us that where two or more are gathered together in my name I am there.  So you see He’s also telling us that since His own resurrection, we need to know that His name is above every name and the access to the Father. Also, He’s telling us that there is tremendous power in unity! This is what Satan most hates for anyone to understand. There is so much power in unity that God Himself took down the tower of Babel and confused peoples languages. He actually came down and saw this tower and said, “if as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then NOTHING they plan to do will be impossible for them.” That is amazing to me! God stated this unity was so powerful that it had to be destroyed. It wasn’t the unity that was a problem, but just as today, they were trying to accomplish something without the need of God. Of course we don’t have to worry because you can’t get Democrats and Republicans to agree on the same things, let alone the whole world! Which brings me back to this summit meeting. The only unity that brings power, is the unity of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost the Lord filled these men with His spirit and they spoke in different languages  and yet, everyone understood each other! (Acts 2)It was the opposite of what happened at Babel. Babel, was a form of paganism and left God’s plans out. Pentecost was the beginning of allowing God in, by the power of the Holy Spirit as He filled people.This happened because, as it states in scripture, they were in one accord.” Which again speaks to the power of unity.

 This is going to happen again and in a more profound way than at Pentecost. Three thousand people were baptised that day. But His promise is that the “latter house will be greater than the former house.” So as the world seeks answers, we pray and in unity for the power of the Spirit to fall on all men. We will pray that all men will come together and invite God as part of the plan. Then as we pray in unity, we will see the miraculous happen!