ALOHA SAINTS, FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me,   John 3:16,  Eph.4:11-16


Today’s Scripture   (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)
Look Up and Listen
Hebrews 11 talks about the heroes of faith and all the amazing things they accomplished. They didn’t have a Bible like we do today. They didn’t have the written promises to stand on like we do. They didn’t know how it was going turn out, yet they chose to believe. Think of David, think of Moses, think of Abraham and Sarah. They withstood hardships, endured ridicule, fought giants, overcame enemies. Today’s Scripture paints the picture of a huge heavenly stadium filled with the saints of old, including loved ones that have gone before us, cheering us on in our race.
When you’re tempted do get discouraged in your daily race and losing heart, just look up and listen up. Do you hear it? All of heaven is cheering for you. Just imagine in that heavenly stadium that people are calling out your name, saying, “Run, baby, run! Stay strong. This is your time. You are well able. Leave your mark!”
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the heroes of faith whose lives help show me how to live for You and who are cheering me on from heaven today. Thank You for their messages of perseverance and overcoming hardships. Help me to run my race with purpose and strength. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Comments,
Our focus and commitment is very essential in these days of where the Lust of the eyes, Lust of the flesh and Pride of Life is seen on most publicity and in about ever film or form of entertainment.  We are engulfed in a see of self pleasure and what is in it for ME!!!  Problem is that there is no end of the publicity that can be set in front of us to go for if you think that you can make your self happy that way.  Long time ago I was watching a T.V. interview of J.P. Getty the richest man on earth at the time.   The interviewer was completing a personal walk through of one of the many warehouses full of antiques that Mr. Getty had purchased from around the world.  And as she was leaving, she asked, Mr. Getty a parting question, “Mr. Getty,  How much of this will it take to make you happy?”  And Mr. Getty replied, “Just a little bit more.”

I passed the biggest billboard sign I had ever seen going to San Diego one day, long ago.  And it was a beautiful fireplace scene with an easy chair and table next to the chair.  On the table was a 3′ bottle of Black Velvet and nest to the Black Velvet was a beautiful women dressed in black velvet.  No caption at all.  But also clear to all.  Want the girl, get the booze and a total lie.  Our whole world is filled with this kind of stuff now.  That is why Jesus taught us that the road to haven was straight and narrow and few would find it.  So first we need to know it is the right road and then we need the focus and commitment to stay on it for our life time.  Even at my age of now pushing 90 the girl in the black velvet still looks good but I have learned to stay focused and committed.  Some feel I should be committed but that is a story of another time.  On of the things that helps me stay focused and committed is in realizing that Jesus on earth was also the Son of Man.  That as the 2nd Adam he was totally limited to what I have available to me.  That if I would follow his level of focus and commitment I could enjoy the victories that he enjoyed.   That the anointing that he received from the Holy Spirit at John’s baptism is the same for me if I will grow into that level of faith in HIM.  Most every thing that Jesus taught can be found also taught by the prophets and teachers of the Old Testament.  He knew who he was as he had also learned the messianic scriptures concerning the coming of the Christ.  And there will only be one Christ Jesus.   And there will only ever be one of you or me,  we are all unique.  Jesus taught us that the things that HE did we could do and even greater things than these could we do.  That by Kingdom Faith we could heal, deliver and move mountains and He encouraged us to learn how to do that.  In Hebrews 11 the writer (Paul, I think) tells us that real faith is substance and evidence.  In other words, look at what all these folks were able to do in faith.  We need to learn to walk in Real Faith and have some fun doing some good stuff with it.  Don’t listen to the self justifying folks who tell you what you can not do.  With GOD, all things are possible.  So sit down and write out what you feel God has designed you to accomplish in your life and that HE would like you to do.  After all you were created for a very important purpose in your life time.  Notice that even Samson was included in that list of faith.  If there was ever a mixed up guy concerning women, Samson is the head of the class.  And yet through all of the sowing and reaping in the end he through faith was victorious.  But in each case of victory there was faith, love,  humility and obedience.  Even Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered. Heb.5:8-9 and was made perfect.  So we being in the same school are in the process of being made perfect if we will allow it and have faith for it. 1 John 4:17 (go look it up.)

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><

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