Set Your Sails & Go for It!

Acts 27:40 (KJV) 40  And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

There’s a saying in the world about not putting off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today. In other words, don’t procrastinate! How many times have we been guilty of procrastinating?

Imagine what we could get done if we didn’t procrastinate! Some things are insignificant but others are a matter of life and death. Sometimes it’s the anchors in our lives that hold us back. Things that weigh us down, keeping us from fulfilling the plans and purposes the Lord has for us. We need to get rid of the anchors and commit ourselves to getting the job done.

Salvation is one of those life and death things that we cannot procrastinate about. We have to make a decision for the Lord or we’re headed for destruction.

So, just what are these anchors and weights that weigh us down and hinder our walk with the Lord?

Luke 21:34 (KJV) 34  And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) 1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Surfeiting refers to overindulgence. It doesn’t necessarily mean evil, sinful things. It can mean spending too much time and energy on things that distract us from what we’re to be doing. For example: too much time on hobbies, sports, TV, etc. Excessive time spent on these things interferes with our time with the Lord.

Weights refers to similar things as surfeiting but can also include wrong attitudes and actions. These are things that weigh us down like a heavy load on our shoulders.

Sins are self-explanatory, doing things we shouldn’t be doing but also not doing the things we should be doing.

James 4:17 (KJV) 17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

The cares of this life refer to things in our everyday life that seem to burden us with worry and care. We need to trust the Lord to help us and roll that care onto Him. We were never meant to carry the “weight” of the world on our shoulders!

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 16:3 (AMP) 3  Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

So you see, there are a multitude of things that can hold us down and hinder our walk with the Lord. We need to de-clutter our lives so that we can have time to spend with Him. How else are we going to hear from Him if we’re so busy, busy, busy with the cares of this life? Actually, if we’d spend more time listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading and direction, we’d be so much better off and avoid a lot of heartache.

Purpose in your heart to de-clutter and spend quality time with your Lord and Savior, listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading and revelation and live the victorious life God has planned for you.

— Pamela


























Love is Four-letter Word!

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you know that God commands us to “love one another” as Jesus loves us. But how do we do that when so many people are so “unlovable”? We can’t do it in our natural flesh, as many try to do and fail. We need God’s empowerment to love the way He wants us to – to love with His love! Wow—that’s a mouthful!

John 13:34 (KJV) 34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 13:35 (KJV) 35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

The first thing we need to understand is that God’s love and human love are not the same thing. Human love is carnal, fleshy, sense ruled, touchy-feely, and changes at the drop of a hat! What we feel is what we do.

God’s love is not that way. He loves us the same way He loves Jesus. And He expects us to love others with the same love – His love.

John 17:23 (KJV) 23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

God would never, and I mean never, command us to do something we are incapable of doing. We can love the way He wants us to because His love has already been shed abroad in our hearts. 

Romans 5:5b (KJV)  … because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Let’s look at the great love chapter and find out what the God-kind of love is:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (KJV) [Charity means love in this passage. It indicates a giving kind of love.]
4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

Now let’s look at the Amplified Bible rendition, which gives us a bit more insight:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (AMP) 4  Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5  It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8  Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].

From these passages, we see that love has nothing to do with “touchy, feely” love. It has to do with how we act and how we treat others. We’re to be patient, kind, forgiving, merciful, rejoicing in others’ accomplishments, not envious or jealous. And not gossiping about each other! In other words, we’re looking out for the other person. And if everyone did that, we’d all be looking to bless one another and getting along. What a way to live!

— Pamela


Feelings: Can You Trust Them?

Feelings come and feelings go, but how significant are they? Do they really matter? Or should I ask, “Should they really matter to us?”

First of all, we all have feelings. That’s the way human beings are. But feelings are not the do-all, end-all of everything as some might think. Yes, they’re real and yes they seem to over-power us at times, but what should we do about them and how much credence should we give them? These are important questions and I will attempt to address them in light of God’s Word because His Word is our benchmark for all we do, right?

Let’s begin with the fact that we are tri-partite beings, made up of three parts: spirit, soul, and body. We are actually spirit beings, we have a soul – our mind, will, and emotions – and we live in a body – our “earth suit”.

Feelings are considered our flesh, our carnal selves. They are not spiritual and can never be spiritual. That’s what makes them so dangerous because they seem so real, yet have little, if any, bearing on reality. God’s Word is the true reality.

Feelings can be controlled and even taught to do the right thing, but they can never be depended upon to lead you spiritually. They are fickle, changing at the “drop of a hat”, and can scream louder than anyone cares to hear!

Hebrews 5:14 (KJV) 14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5:14 (AMP) 14  But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.

Even our minds can be renewed to the Word of God to do what He tells us. In fact, we must renew our minds if we’re going to grow in the Lord. We need our minds siding in with our spirits so that our flesh (feelings) just naturally goes along with doing the right thing.

Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

On the other hand, if our mind is not renewed to the Word of God and His way of doing things, it will naturally side in with our flesh and two against one means our spirit will take a back seat. This is not a good thing.

So, what do we do? We cannot let our feelings lead us. Feelings are not the engine but the caboose. They will go along with whatever we choose to do by following the Word of God. Too many times, people let their feelings rule them, not knowing that they’re really playing right into the hands of the enemy.

God says that the carnal mind (the flesh) is enmity against God. When you’re in the flesh, you’re being led by your feelings. When you’re in the spirit, you’re being led by your spirit, not your flesh.

Romans 8:6-8 (KJV) 6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:6-8 (AMP) 6  Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].
7  [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot.
8  So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.

Feelings can never be counted on to do the right thing. Have you noticed that when you’re being attacked by the enemy, it always “feels” like it will never get better? That’s your head talking. But in your heart – your spirit – you know that God’s Word always works and that His Word has never failed – not one time! Keep standing on the Word and you will come through.

 1 Kings 8:56b (KJV) 56  …  there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

We need to be extra cautious that we don’t judge God by our feelings. Many have made that mistake and ended up shipwrecked. God’s Word always has to be the final authority for all we think and do. He is faithful, faithful, faithful and always will be. Let’s renew our minds to His Word and walk in the victory Jesus bought for us.

— Pamela



















Bandaids & Flat Tires

Matthew 15:13 (KJV) 13  But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

Have you ever experienced driving on a flat tire? It’s not easy and feels so-o-o uncomfortable. Or, have you ever had a cut and put a bandaid on it to keep it clean? The bandaid doesn’t actually heal, but just keeps the cut clean. I think everyone knows what I’m talking about even if you never had a flat tire.

The point I want to make is the cut needs to be attended to and the flat needs to be fixed. Yes, you can drive with a flat tire, but it will hinder your journey and possibly damage your car. I think I’ve made my point.

But, just as flat tires are not effective in driving, so it is with obstacles and hindrances in our lives that hinder us from accomplishing what the Lord has for us. Bandaiding the problem does not solve it. You have to get at the root: dig it out and receive your healing.

Another example is when you dig dandelions or other unwanted weeds. If you just pull them out they’ll grow back. You have to dig out the roots if you want to get rid of the weeds. That’s how it is with issues in life. You have to attack the root cause and dig it out in order to be free.  And as I’ve said, bandaiding the problem won’t work for the long  term.

Let’s be more specific. If you’ve been praying about the promises of God and haven’t seen much success, what do you do? You need to seek the Lord about the hold-up. His promises are always YES. So, why aren’t you seeing the manifestation of the promises? There’s something clogging your pipeline and you need to get rid of it in order to free up the promise to get through to you. It’s not God withholding. It’s something blocking it.

Many times the problem is STRIFE! Strife is a promise killer and will even destroy you and those around you if you let it. Not only that, strife is a faith killer and without faith, you can’t connect to God and His promises. You can’t bandaid the strife and expect godly results. It won’t work. it takes major surgery!

So, what do you do? Repent of the strife, resist it in the Name of Jesus, and root it out of your life. Stand on the promise that what God has not planted shall be rooted out (Matt. 15:13). Take your stand, keep enforcing strife’s defeat, and watch the promises come to pass in your life. 

2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

James 3:16 (KJV)
16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Romans 12:18 (KJV)
18  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

— Pamela













Who Needs Some More wisdom?

How many times have you ever had to make a decision of some importance and weren’t sure if you would make the right one? I think most of us have been there. Fortunately, there’s a way to consistently make the right decisions, with no regrets. Wow! Can this be? Yes – read on.

1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

As you can see from the above scripture, Jesus is our Wisdom. When we got born-again, Jesus became Wisdom unto us, just like He is our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. I don’t think anyone would argue that He is our redemption. We know and believe that. Therefore, if one part of the scripture is true, then the rest of it is also.

Remember, as I always say, God’s Word has to be the “benchmark”, the final authority, for all that we do. If we need wisdom, we need to go to God’s Word and find out what He has to say. 

First of all, if you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will always lead and direct you by his Spirit. We are told to ask if we need something and it will be given to us (Matt. 7:7-8; James 1:5). God’s will for us is to know Him and His ways. He wants us to be successful and victorious in this life. That’s why He has so provided for us via His Word. Every answer you’ll ever need is in the Word of God. That’s His part. Our part is to dig it out, partake of it and be the overcomers and the “more than conquerors” that He intends for us to be.

Remember, what God says, is! You can count on Him to always make a way for you. The Holy Spirit is your Guide and He will direct your path. Yield yourself to His wisdom and believe to be in the right place at the right time to make the right decisions.

Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV) 7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

James 1:5 (KJV) 5   If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

James 3:17 (KJV) 17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

— Pamela








Whose Report Will You Believe?

Romans 10:16 (KJV) 16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

There are always at least two reports that confront you any time you have to make a decision.  In any given situation, we always have the choice of whether to believe what our senses say, or to believe what God has already said in His Word.

Sense knowledge is knowledge based on the five physical senses: what you can see, hear, taste, smell, or feel. Spirit knowledge – the God-kind of knowledge or Revelation knowledge – is the knowledge that you get from God and His Word. So far so good? Keep reading.

Yes, of course, we need sense knowledge to function in this world because we are human beings. But, sense knowledge is not the do-all, end-all of everything. Remember, there are two realms that we deal with: the physical realm and the spirit realm. The spirit realm is the higher realm because it created the physical realm.

Continuing on. To be led by the physical senses only, is to set yourself up for defeat because the Word says to be carnally minded (senses ruled) is death. God can’t be much clearer than that. But He also says to be spiritually minded is life and peace. And isn’t that what we want?

So, how do we be “spiritually minded” instead of “sense ruled?” Simply by seeking God’s way of doing things instead of the world’s way. I like to say it this way: The Word of God has to be the “benchmark” for all you do. Whenever a situation or circumstance confronts you, always go to the Word – what does God have to say about this thing? He knew about your situation before it even confronted you. He’s already got it covered.

God has so graciously provided everything we’ll ever need on planet earth for us to be victorious. But, our part is to seek out His way of doing things and then DO IT! Just knowing the answer won’t get results. You actually have to DO IT! 

Remember, God is our loving Father, out for our good, and He is faithful, faithful, faithful!

Romans 8:6-9 (KJV) 6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV) 33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33 (AMP) 33  But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

— Pamela



We Live by the Word of God

Matthew 4:4 (KJV) 4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

1 Samuel 2:30b (KJV) 30  …  for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, His response was, “It is written!” And then He quoted God’s Word. When He said that man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the the mouth of God, what did He mean? Let’s check it out.

John 1:1,14  (KJV) 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1 Peter 1:23 (KJV) 23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Here we see that Jesus is the Word of God. He is the incorruptible seed and therefore, His Word is incorruptible seed. When we make God’s Word our final authority, our benchmark, standing on what He has to say about any given situation, we can know that we’re on good ground. We can know that His Word will see us through because Jesus is the Word. 

Too many Christians turn to the world’s way of doing things, the world’s solutions, instead of going to God first, to see what He has already said in His Word about their problem. Yes, the world has some answers that might work, but there is no assurance that they’ll always work or that they’ll always have a solution, as we know.

God has an excellent, impeccable track record. Not one Word of His has ever failed, nor will it ever fail. People will fail, but it’s never been God’s Word that failed.

1 Kings 8:56b (KJV) 56  …  there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

As I’ve said before, faith is the access road to all the promises of God. Everything we do must be done in faith, according to His Word, if we want results that always work.

It’s not hard. It’s actually quite simple to hear God’s Word, believe it, and do it. He has made it so do-able that many have missed it because of its simplicity. Proud people want something complicated. That’s why the gospel is preached to the humble because they’ll receive it and it’ll work in their lives.

We must value God’s Word above all else. His Word has to be the final authority in our lives, no matter what. When it is, God will honor us and we’ll walk in  the victory that He has provided for us. 

Job 23:12 (KJV) 12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.


















































Seeing is Not Believing!

We’ve all heard it. “Seeing is believing or, when I see it I’ll believe it!” But, actually, that’s not true. If you have to see it to believe it, then it’s really not believing it! So, what am I saying?

Having to see something before you’ll believe it is the world’s way of “looking” at things. It’s not God’s way. He says that believing is seeing. With God, you have to believe it before you see it in order to actually see it. How can that be? Keep reading.

Take God for example. You can’t see Him, so the “seeing is believing” won’t work with Him. You have to believe that He is and then you’ll “see” Him with the eyes of your faith. Faith is believing before you see results. Once you have the results, you don’t have to believe for them any longer. You have them.

Too many times people want to understand everything before they’ll believe the truth in God’s Word. It doesn’t work that way. You have to first believe the Word is true and then the understanding opens up to you. Anything else is not faith. And without faith, it’s impossible to please God. 

Take the New Birth. You really can’t understand much about it until you make a commitment to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. When that happens, a whole new world opens up to you and understanding starts to flow. But, you have to step out and believe with your faith. Then your spiritual eyes open and praise the Lord, revelation starts to flow.

All of God’s promises work the same way. You have to step out in faith and believe that what God says in His Word is true and then understanding comes.

God is faithful and will always back up His word. You can count on it!

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1 Kings 8:56b (KJV) 56  … there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

— Pamela














Honoring God

Just what does it mean to honor someone? How do we do that? Some of the ways are to give medals of commendation, honorary degrees, certificates of accomplishment,  promotion, and even monetary remuneration. ln other words, we bless those we want to honor.

But when it comes to God, how do we honor Him?

1 Samuel 2:30b (KJV) 30  …  for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

God says He will honor those who honor Him. So, let’s look into how we can honor God. 

Honor means to value, count as precious, show high regard for. Hebrew tells us that we please God by our faith. That means that when we use our faith, He is pleased and that honors Him.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

But there’s more. When we please God with our faith it means that we not only have faith in Him but we have faith in His Word. Having faith in God’s Word honors Him. That means that we believe His Word and act on it, expecting results. You can’t say you believe God’s Word and be passive. Faith is action. Faith is what causes His promises to manifest in your life.

Faith is an action word because it always produces. We need to honor God by honoring His word and when we do that, He said He will honor us. Wow! God will honor us and you can know that when Almighty God honors you, you’re honored!

Believing the lies of the devil dishonors God. Never let yourself sink to Satan’s level by believing his lies. When the devil says you’re weak, you say you’re strong. When he says you’re sick, you say you’re healed by Jesus’ stripes. When he says you’re poor, you say your God supplies all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. When he says you’re going to die, you say you’ll live and declare the works of the Lord.

Always say what God says and that will honor Him. All things are possible with God and to those who believe Him. We are blessed and we need to walk in all the blessings we’ve been given.

— Pamela















Real Faith for Today

Too many times when FAITH is mentioned, it’s received negatively. Why is that? I think it’s because people really don’t know what it means to “have faith.” Perhaps they think it means to really, really, really  want something to happen or not happen.  

For example, they might really want to be healed so they “have faith” that they will get healed. Or they might be afraid that something bad will happen but they “have faith” that all will be well. Is this really the God- kind of faith that we see in the Bible?

Faith, the God-kind of faith is not wishful thinking, it’s not strong desire, and it’s not even a feeling. The God-kind of faith is simply believing that what God has said in His Word is true and then acting that way. It’s our positive response to what God has already freely given to us by His grace.

If we truly love the Lord Jesus, then we, of necessity, must love His Word because He is the Word of God. And if we truly want to please God, We MUST develop our faith by getting into His Word and walking in it because without faith it’s impossible to please God.

We need to find the promises given to us for every situation we’re in and stand on them. Let’s do all we can to develop our faith to where we are pleasing God and moving the mountains in our lives.

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

John 1:1 (KJV) 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

Mark 11:23 (KJV) 23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

— Pamela