When I was a young Christian, I was very hungry for God and I followed people who claimed to have had revelations, visions, and dreams.

Much if my understanding of God’s word was based on those revelations, vision, dreams, and supernatural experiences. I had two personal mentors who I spent much time with. The end result was confusion. My understanding of God’s word and spiritual things was an absolute mess.

It truly took me years to get free from the things I had learned, but the more I sought God for the unadultrated truth and studied the scriptures, I found myself fellowshipping with God and the light of God’s word shined on my understanding. The truth of Christ grew in me, and it was clean, holy, and pure.

As I fellowshipped with God in his word, I found that God’s truth sounded nothing like the claims of the many teachers I followed or the two mentors I learned from.

Eventually, I did come accross the writings of Andrew Murray, who was an wonderful expositor of God’s Word. God used him to nurture me.

It took a long time to untangle the things I had learned, but God’s Word grew and multipled, and today, I am strong in the Lord because of his word.

When ministers who claim to be apostles, prophets, etc., teach their visions, dreams, revelations, and experiences with the intent that their followers would accept it as “divine truth”, be on your guard because error follows such people.

Dreams and visions should only serve to help better understand those things that are clearly supported by the sound doctrine given to us in scriptures.

Though I have had many dreams where I saw symbolic representations of spiritual things, I do not preach or teach those things as doctrine for people to follow. I teach the scriptures.

Once when I was young, I had a dream in which I saw Jesus. I do not preach or teach this, I teach the Bible, nor do I serve the Jesus I saw in the dream. I serve the Jesus that in the scriptures that the Holy Spirit ministers to my heart.

That dream was wonderful, but I seldom think about it and I hold it accountable to the written Word of God. The Jesus in the Bible is of divine authority. The dream I had is subject to scrunity.

Don’t follow the visions, dreams, or experiences of anyone who claims to have had divine revelation.

If I have a revelation in a dream, I am not called to teach it as doctrine for Christians to follow and herein is the problem with the teachings of those who teach thier experiences as divine revelation.

A person can literally make “any claim” and that is a dangerous path to go down.

Stay with the Word of God, and learn the scriptures in context and don’t follow the visions, dreams, and so-called supernatural experiences of those who want to preach and teach thier personal revelations as divine doctrine for Christians to embrace.



Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. ~ Hebrews 10:19-22

When I was 19 years old, or in my early 20’s, the Holy Spirit revealed a truth to me about the power of the blood of Jesus from Hebrews 10:19

If this revelation had not been given to me, I probally would have been overcome in my mind by the darkness that was opposing me.

Many times when I would get overwhelmed, I would hear the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart, “the blood.” These were calming words, and strenghting words. They were words of hope, life, and victory.

The truth the Holy Spirit revealed to me about the power of the blood of Jesus, became like holy hook in my soul. No matter how dark things became in my struggle, the darkness could not overcome me because of the light that was in me through this very personal revelation from the Holy Spirit.

It’s one thing to know a truth, it’s another when the Holy Spirit makes it personal to you, and thanks be to God, that it doesn’t belong to me only, but to all who will call on the name of Jesus.

The blood of Jesus is always victorious over sin and darkness and there is nothing that can stand between you and God when you have sincere faith in the blood of Jesus to cleanse you and make you clean in the sight of God.

It doesn’t matter what you have done, God will always honor the blood of his Son Jesus when you cry out to be cleansed. God so desires to make you holy and pure in his sight that he gave his only Son to die for it.


If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? ~ Matthew 7:11

Nothing speaks more to the liberation of Jesus’s doctrine in contrast to that of the scribes and the Pharisees as the words of Jesus referenced above.

The people had been held as prisioners under the religious doctrine of the scribes and Pharisees for so long, they must have thought of themselves as “evil”, for who could live up to the religious demands of the scribes and Pharisees?

Often the pure in heart feel as if they are evil because they can’t live up to the demands that religiously sanctimonious leaders imposed on them. Unlike the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus’s words gave life.

When Jesus says, “if you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children”, it seems contextally, to be a play on words, for in the beginning of his sermon he addresses the poor in spirit, the meek, the mourning, the pure in heart, and those who were hungry and thirsty for righteousness. Certainly these are not traits of those who are evil.

I don’t think Jesus was really calling the people evil, but but driving home a point to those weary with the religious beat down of the scribes and Pharisees. Just maybe Jesus smiled as he says, “if you being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more does your Father in Heaven know how to give good gifts to his children?”

Imagine the hope and joy that must have resonated in the  hearts of the people when they realized they weren’t the evil servants of a harsh God, as proclaimed by the scribes and Pharisees. Instead, they were the blessed children of a good God, who was their loving Father!


Just days before Smith Wigglesworth suddenly passed away, he sit with a young man of whom he was mentoring. Mr. Wigglesworth wept as he looked at all the invitations of those who wanted him to come speak at their churches and or ministries.

He said to his young friend, “people have their eyes on me, God will take me out of the way.”

A week or so later, he was dead.

Today, people continue to put their eyes on men they esteemed as “great” and they even do so with Smith Wigglesworth. Yet Wigglesworth was broken that people had their eyes on him in such a manner, rather than having their eyes on God.

When Joshua became the leader of Israel after the death of Moses, God said to Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel…as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” ~ See Joshua 1:1&3

There is a reason why God buried Moses himself. The people of Israel were prone to idolatry and most likely would have made a shrine to Moses, breaking the very first two commandments that God gave them through Moses.

During the time of Zechariah the prophet, God said to his people, “Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the Lord. YOUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY? AND THE PROPHETS, DO THEY LIVE FOREVER? But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the Lord of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us. ~ Zechariah 1:4-6

People die – aposltes die, prophets die, pastors die – they all die. God alone remains. Serve the Lord, and get your eyes off of people!

Men are mere servants of God and no man is worthy of being exalted except the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the God-man! He is the ONLY MAN who is worthy of glory, honor, and prasie.


Destiny and purpose have become two of the most popular expressions that professional ministers use to entice unstable and immuture Christians.

For many, the Christian experience revolves around their own personal sucess, or “spiritual satisfaction”, and this is a misguided pursuit.

In the New Testament, the meaning of the Christian life is laced throughout Paul’s teaches to the Gentiles. Though Paul made it clear that he was an apostle called of God and sent to the Gentiles, Paul did not view his calling as an apostle as the great purpose for his Christian life.

Paul’s pursuit was to know Christ, and to be conformed to the likeness of Christ. And for Paul this was the “high calling” of which he was in pursuit.

Consider Paul’s words from the book of Philippians:

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:12-14

Forgetting those things that are past is contextually a reference to those things mentioned by Paul in the previous verses of which he could have boasted. Paul had many credentials to boast in.

Yet Paul considered these things as nothing in comparison to “knowing Christ”, which Paul considered to be the prize and high calling for which he was called.

Unlike so many today who parade themselves as apostles and prophets, suducing their followers with the proverbial “carrot of destiny on a stick”, Paul’s view of the meaning of the Christian experience was found in knowing Christ: a pursuit that is basically non-existent among the “purpose and destiny” preachers.


And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son. ~ Genesis 24:48

Worship is an act of homage in the presence of royality. Bowing in reverence is one such example. In the text above, Abraham’s servant declares that he worshipped and blessed the Lord.  Many of us know something about the meaning of worship, but what does it mean to bless the Lord?

There are many texts throughout the Bible which speak of blessing the Lord. For example, Psalm 63:4 says, “Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.”  In Psalm 66:8, the Psalmist says, “bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard…”

Also, consider the following from Psalms 103:

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits… ~ Psalm 103 :1-3

Blessing the Lord is not exclusive to the Old Testament. In the New Testament we find Zacharias (the father of John the Baptist) blessing the Lord as he prophesied.

And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people… ~ Luke 1:67-68

In Luke 2, we read of Simeon, an aged man who was filled with the Holy Spirit, who blessed God when he saw Jesus.

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. ~ Luke 2:25-32

In his first espistle to Timothy, Paul refers to the gospel as “the glorious gospel of the blessed God”, and refers to God as the One “who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords…” ~ 1 Timothy 1:11 & 6:15

According to the scriptures, God is blessed, and can also be blessed! 

Consider the following from the book of the Revelation.

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. ~ Revelation 5:11-15

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Revelation 7:11-12

There are many other texts that could be given, but at this point I would like to answer the question, “what does it mean to bless the Lord”?

When the Bible speaks of blessing the Lord in the Old Testament, it is often, if not always, the same word which is used when God blesses. It is a very powerful truth that we can actually “bless” the Lord in a very real and personal way. In Acts 13 the Bible speaks of those who ministered to the Lord.

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. ~ Acts 13:2

We bless the Lord when we truly worship him from the heart, and God knows who they are who are a blessing to him. True, undefiled worship is about him. It’s not about us, and it’s not about the feeling we get from the “worship experience”.

True worship is not about an experience so that we will be blessed. True worship comes from the heart that is completely taken up with him, and it is all about “blessing him!”



Someone recently said the following to me: “The Abrahamic Covenant is an unconditional covenant. God made promises to Abraham that required nothing of Abraham.”

The person who made this statement did so in defense of his position on Israel, but is he correct? Did God make a covenant with Abraham that required nothing of Abraham?

What if Abraham had not obeyed God and not left his father’s house? What if Abraham had not believed God’s promise to make him the father of many nations?

The gentleman who made the statement above, also said the following:

“The problem that rises from this issue is that most people do not comprehend the concept of a covenant. A covenant is an agreement between two parties. There are two basic types of covenants: conditional and unconditional. A conditional covenant is an agreement that is binding on both parties for its fulfillment. Both parties agree to fulfill certain conditions. If either party fails to meet their responsibilities, the covenant is broken and neither party has to fulfill the expectations of the covenant. An unconditional covenant is an agreement between two parties, but only one of the two parties has to do something. Nothing is required of the other party.”

This simply isn’t true. If it were true, God would save everyone whether they believe the gospel or not, but salvation requires something of the beneficiary, namely, faith.

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. ~ Galatians 3:6-9

Abraham became the father of many nations because he believed God. Nowhere in your Bible will you find any text that teaches that nothing was required of Abraham.

For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. ~ Hebrews 6: 13-15

Notice that Abraham obtained the promise after he had patiently endured.

The covenant God made with Abraham was not one sided. It was as much dependant on Abraham’s obedience and faith as it was God’s promise, for the covenant God made with Abraham was the promise of the gospel. Truthfully, there is no such thing as an unconditional covenant in scritpure, which requires nothing of one of the parties. The very nature of a covenant is that it requires something from both sides. In Abraham’s case, it required both faith and obedience. After Abraham obeyed God and offered up Isaac, which he did by faith (James 2:21-23), God said to Abraham, “in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. ~ Genesis 22:18

Abraham’s faith was the result of his obedience to God’s instructions.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. ~ Hebrews 1:8-10

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. ~ Hebrews 11:17-19

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. ~ James 2:21-23

There is absolutely no language anywhere in your Bible that claims that God’s covenant with Abraham was unconditional and required nothing of Abraham.

On the contrary, when the Lord appeared to Abraham in Genesis 17, God said to Abraham: “I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” ~ Genesis 17:1a-2

Later in Genesis 22, God required Abraham to offer up his only son, and Abraham obeyed God!


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ… ~ Ephesians 1:4

Have you ever wondered what these spiritual blessings, of which Paul speaks in the text above, actually are?

If you have, and you’re still not sure, I believe I have the answer for you.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is constructed in much the same way as his letter to the Colossians, which is more of a condensed version of his message to the Ephesians.

In Ephesians, Paul speaks of the “spiritual blessings” in heavenly places in Christ (1:4). He also speaks of our being seated with Christ in heavenly places (2:6-7).

In Colossians, he says something similar:

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. ~ Colossians 1:1-4

What exactly is Paul talking about with all this language of “blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places” and “seated with Christ in heavenly places” and “dead with Christ” and “your life hidden with Christ in God”?

The answer is found in Paul’s teaching of the old man from which are redeemed, and the new man we are called to be.

In Colossians 3:5, Paul begins to unwrap what he means by saying, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth…” (v.5)

Paul then gives a list of the sins of the flesh which we are to put to death in our lives, and refers to this as “putting off the old man.” He then says that we are to put on the new man created in the image of Jesus Christ (3:10) by walking in love, forgiviness, kindness, peace, etc.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. ~ Colossians 3:12-15

Paul goes into much more detail about putting off the old man and putting on the new in his letter to the Ephesians where he employes the same language of peace as the calling of the believer.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:1-3

This is the heavenly life to which we are called.

Sin is why Christ died, and the expression of sin is the old man of which we are instructed to “put off.” In Paul’s theology, the old man mentioned in Romans 6, as well as in Ephesians and Colossians is not some “mystical thing.” It is a direct reference to the person that sin causes us to become, and Christ died to save us from our sins, which make us murderers, liars, thiefs, blashpemers, adulterers, etc. Paul describes our old man being crucified with Christ as “destroying the body of sin.” ~ Romans 6:6

When we choose to surrender to Christ, we choose to live after the life of Christ, and thus we crucify the old man of sin: who we were in our sins.

Christ died and rose again, to set us free from our sins and to give us power over sin, that the life from above could be freely expressed in us.

The virtures of the new man in Christ, ruled by the peace of God, is what Paul is speaking of when speaks of the spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus and those things which are above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

The Holy Spirit comes to us with the glorious life of the enthroned Christ, empowering us to live in this dark and sinful world as true ambassadors for Christ, with a life and peace that is only heaven can give.


In the book of Romans Paul does not disqualify the law. In fact he says the complete opposite: “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” ~ Romans 3:21

Paul never disqualifies the law in any of his epistles, but skillfully explains the purpose of the law. According to Paul, the law was weak through the flesh. The written code with it’s commands, decrees, and statues, as was given to Israel, was weak because it could not put a stop to sin, it could only regulate it.

Only by the power of Christ can sin be permenately dealt with, and only by the power of Christ can we live victorious over sin. Those who are changed by the power of Christ are not under the written code of law as the Israelites were, because their law was given to regulate sin, not deliver them from it.

Does this mean that we are without any law now that we are in Christ? Absolutely not!

Serving Christ doesn’t mean we are now lawless. That for which the written code was given is fulfilled in us by the power of Christ. The goal was never the command, but the purpose for which the command was given. The goal of “thou shalt not kill” was “love your neighbor.” The goal of thou shalt not covet or steal is “love your neighbor.”

When Christ came, he did not come to abolish God’s law, but to fulfill it, and those who follow Christ fullfil the law as well, for they do the will of God from the heart.

God’s law is fulfilled in those who live according to the power of Christ. This is why both Jesus and Paul tell us that love fulfills the law.

The virtues of godliness such as kindness, self control, patience, peace, etc., are the very things to which the Law gave witness. The law (the written code) had no strength to free us from sin and empower us with righteousness. Nor did we have this strenght in ourselves, for we had become servants to our own sins. Thus Paul says, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” ~ Romans 5:6

Now that Christ has come, we have the strength to please God from our hearts and the law does not condemn us, for we are justified in Christ!

God’s law has not been abolished, but the administration of it in written code has. God’s law is now made manifest through those who have the power of Christ ruling their lives. The goal of God’s law wasn’t to keep us from murdering our neighbor, it was to teach us to love them.

In Romans 2 Paul speaks of the work of the Law in the heart and speaks of the same when he tells the Thessalonians, “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. ” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:9

The Law of God is eternal, but the administration of his law has changed. No longer is it the ministation of death in written code. It is now inscribed on the hearts and minds of those who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. ~ See Hebrews 10:16-22

Now it is administered as the commandment of love which only Christ can give, and properly know as “the law of Christ”!

Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. ~ 1 John 2:7-8


Once you really get it, that the New Covenant replaced the Old, you’ll never read the Bible the same again. It will become a new book to you.

The Old Covenant, by definition is the law given to Israel under Moses. This is what the New Covenant, established by the blood of Jesus, replaced.

The New Covenant, was promised to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In the Biblical narrative of the story of Israel, the coming of Jesus Christ (not his second coming, but his first) is the main event! It is the climatic ending of national Israel’s history under the first covenant which held them in bondage under a curse.

The New Covenant was God’s promise to the house of Israel and the house of Judah in the day he would deliver them from their ungodliness.

Salvation for Israel is not somthing in waiting, which hasn’t happened yet. Salvation for Israel has already come in the person of Jesus Christ, and this is why the announcement of Christ takes center stage in the story of Israel.

It was so grand, that God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Israel’s redeemer and to make the announcement to Israel that this man is the Son of God: the one we have all been waiting for!

Yet, not all those who were of Israeli descent accepted the message, and just as the Israelites who sinned and rebelled against God under the law were judged, even so those who rejected Jesus were also judged and cut off from covenant with God just as Moses said they would be. ~ See Acts 3:22-23

But there is good news! God is able to graft them in again, if they will believe the gospel. ~ See Romans 11:23

Once you understand that the gospels and the book of Acts belong to the narrative of the story of Israel, the Bible will become a new book to you.

The coming of Jesus was not an intermission in God’s dealings with Israel. The coming of Jesus was the salvation God had promised to Israel by his prophets, who also declared that when Israel was saved, the whole world would be invited into the blessing!

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. ~ Romans 15:8-12

Salvation for the Gentiles is not a dispensational interruption in God’s dealings with the Jewish people. Salvation for the Gentiles was promised to come when God would save his people Israel.

The message of the Kingdom of God is the same for the Jew as it is for the Gentile: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!