Go Back and Get It

At this time last week our family was is Detroit, Michigan preparing to celebrate the marriage of our brother Will. On the way to Detroit we stopped at Wendy’s in Chesterton, Indiana to grab a bite to eat. My wife wore a denim jacket into the restaurant because it was a bit cool. While eating she took the jacket off and placed it on the back of her chair. We ate our meal and returned to our travels.

When we had travelled approximately 15-20 miles my wife says “oh no!” I immediately knew something was wrong. I asked her what was wrong. She exclaimed “I left my jacket on the back of the chair at the restaurant.” I told her we had gone too far to turn around to get it but we could stop on the way back on Sunday to see if was still there.

The rest of the weekend was wonderful. We spent time with family we don’t often get to see. We rekindled relationships with relatives. We even met new family members. It was a wonderful weekend capped off by the beautiful wedding of Will and Katrina. After worship on Sunday we loaded into the car to make our return trip to Milwaukee.

As we travelled I reminded Marla that we would stop at the Wendy’s to see if her jacket was still there. As we neared Chesterton we were all a little anxious to see if the denim jacket was still there. We took our exit and pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant. We all went in (some taking advantage of the stop for a needed restroom break). Marla went to the counter while Lydia (our daughter) and I made our pit stops. When we returned from the restrooms my wife greeted us with her denim jacket draped over her arm. She had safely retrieved her jacket with no damage (only the strong smell of fried food!).

Why did I share this story? Many times in life we lose things that we need. Not natural things per se but spiritual things. Things like joy, hope, and peace. This return trip to Chesterton to retrieve Marla’s jacket taught me a spiritual lesson. When we lose our joy, hope, peace or any other fruit of the spirit we simply need to return to where we left it and get it back.

Joy, hope, peace, love, and all other fruit of the spirit are in the presence of God. If you have lost any of them today, go back to God’s presence and get them.

In Psalm 16:11 we find these words recorded “You will make known to me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy; In your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Go back and get it in His presence today!

Blessings,
The People Builder

Expectation!

Well Holy Week has come and gone. Resurrection Sunday is nearly a week past. Now the church prepares herself for Pentecost. It is in the spirit of Pentecost that I write this post.

In Luke 24:49 Jesus instructed the disciples thus “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

These disciples, who still struggled with believing Jesus had truly resurrected, were told to wait in expectation of being filled with power from on high when the promise manifested. Pentecost is the place and time at which the promise was fulfilled. Acts 2:1 states “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” These disciples with all their doubts and fears gathered in one place in expectation of the manifestation of the promise from the Father.

Today many no longer live in expectation. They do not expect God to endue them with power from on high. They do not anticipate ever having the power to live out their purpose completely in the earth. Many have forgotten the promise of Pentecost.

I take time during this season to remind us of the promise, power, and purpose of Pentecost. Pentecost is the time and place at which God releases the power necessary to live victoriously and to complete His purpose in the earth. It is to be greatly anticipated and waited for with expectation.

Pentecost happened fifty days after Passover. The resurrection occurred the first Sunday of Passover. So approximately 46 days after Jesus resurrected the Holy Spirit filled the disciples on the Day of Pentecost. I pray that in the next 40+ days, as we live in expectation of the manifestation of His promise, we will be filled anew with power to fulfill God’s purpose in the earth. I pray that our expectation of manifestation and impartation would be elevated to a new level.

May we the people of God live in expectation in this season.

Get excited the Promise is coming!

In expectation,
The people builder

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Due Season

As I write this blog I am able to look out my window and see the sun. It is a beautiful sight! After enduring one of the harshest Winters in recent history most people are overjoyed with the rise in temperatures we have experienced in Milwaukee over the past few days. It seems that Spring has finally arrived.

The fact is that Spring began three weeks ago on March 20. Yet for nearly three weeks the Winter seems to have hung on refusing to let go. I called it Winter’s last kick. While the calendar said Spring was here the weather said not quite yet.

As we endured the final days of cold weather I would say Spring is here, Winter has to let go. I knew that the seasons would change no matter how long Winter attempted to hold on. It’s good to know that God created the earth with an unbreakable order. One season has to give way to the next. That’s how God made the earth!

Waiting for Spring to finally arrive reminded me of a verse of scripture-Galatians 6:9. This verse has often given me encouragement in the midst of challenging and trying times. In it the Apostle Paul reminds the saints at Galatia to keep moving forward in their faith. He encouraged them to remain faithful even in the face of hardship.

The verse reads in the New King James Version “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lost heart.”

Did you see that phrase–due season. That is a reminder to every saint that just like the seasons of nature change, the seasons of life also change. No matter how hopeless a season seems it will come to an end. Perhaps you find yourself in a Winter season right now in which everything seems cold and dead; don’t give up your due season is coming. Perhaps you are in the hottest part of your Summer season and it feels as if you are being scorched to death. Don’t quit, your Fall is coming when the coolness of the Son’s presence will replace the heat of the sun.

Whatever season of life you find yourself in right now don’t give up. Due season is coming. Seasons have to change. Rejoice in knowing that your due season is coming!

Enjoy Him Today,
The People Builder

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The Power of Presence

Today I am reflecting on the power of presence. As I do so I am reminded of a passage of scripture found in Luke 8:40-56 in which Jesus is seen walking in a crowd on his way to Jairus’ house in response to his request to heal his only daughter. While Jesus is walking to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter a woman presses through the crowd to touch his garment. Jesus instantly knows power has been released from him because of someone’s touch of faith. He asks “who touched me?” After declaring the woman whole, Jesus then proceeds to Jairus’ house despite the fact that men have come and told them the daughter is dead. Jesus goes to the house and raises the daughter to life. What a awesome picture of the power of presence!

These encounters reveal that Jesus was present with people on at least three levels during his earthly ministry: physically-he was in the crowd; spiritually-he felt the power released from him; and emotionally-he recognized Jairus’ pain at the news of his daughter’s death.

I am convinced that the helpless, hopeless, and hurting in our communities today need men and women of God to be present in these ways in their lives. If we are to be used by God to transform lives and change our world, we must know, understand, and utilize the power of presence. Decide today to move forward utilizing the power of presence.

There are broken people waiting on us to show up so God can use us to change their lives!

Let’s be present!

Here I am!

Hello Blogasphere,

I’m finally here. In this blog I will share some of what God is downloading into my spirit. My goal is to provide an encouraging word to help build the faith of those who choose to read my blog. I pray that God will use my words to strengthen and build. Negativity will not be allowed! You can disagree with my opinion but you must do it in a agreeable manner!

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1)

Peace,
Pastor D