Inspired by; God
What a beautiful day! I got up this morning and said thank you Lord for another day and thank you for the break. I have been so busy the last couple of months and this just feels so right. I call it a time of reflection and the opportunity to soak in all the things that God has done in my life. God has done some amazing things for me, and I have seen him perform miracles in the lives of several of my friends. I thank God for all of you, and I would like to thank you for all of the encouragement, support, and inspiration that you have brought to my life. For I know I with out him none of this would be possible. I pray that the Lord continues to touch your life in a powerful way and that he provides you with great understanding. It is my conviction to share the GoodNews with everyone I come in contact with, I am eager to reveal what he has done for me, I give God all Glory!!!!!!
Last time I spoke about laying our burdens down at the cross and stepping out in faith. I encourage people to do this because God created us to be dependent on one another and not independent from one another. It’s this simple, if he created us to be completely independent from one another, why would he have put us all together in this world? The answer, he didn’t, he wants us to rely not on our own understanding but an understanding that is far greater than the human mind can fathom. The reason being, that we may be blessed through our faith and obedience unto him, the Creator of this universe, the beginning and the end, Almighty God!
Not one person in this world who lived, who is living, or will live will be able to say, “I made it all by myself.” That is humanly impossible, and that is a perfect example of a cognitive distortion. That is man believing what he knows is best. Vanity of the mind. There are people like that in this world, however, they will find out the hard way. For example, look at how God humbled many characters in the Holy Bible. He did the same thing to me. I am living proof, he humbled me because my pride and courage was so deeply rooted in the wrong that I did not display any type of respect for the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of any other human being. Who was I? I was a man who thought he knew everything, no one could tell me anything, and I did things my way no matter the consequences. Most of you know that my way lead me to prison for many years. I promise you that prison is not a pleasant place and that you do not want to go there. However, there are no exemptions, it could happen to anyone at any given time. This is what I call tough love. If your parents or your peers didn’t do a very good job disciplining you, then the authorities have no problem doing it for them. It’s important to know that they aren’t doing it out of hate, they are doing it out of love. I know it’s hard to see at first, however, they are only doing what they feel is best for you. Reason being, they want you to be free, they want you to be able to be a productive law abiding citizen. Therefore the Lord put this on my heart as Jesus said in the Book of Matthew. Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19. When you are able to do this will you experience great understanding on what the true meaning of life is.
Wow! Our God is an awesome God! When I first got out of prison the Lord spoke to me and told me to write this newsletter. I have been doing this for quite some time now. When it came to sharing it I prayed about it and the Lord led me to the Cornerstone Christian Bookstore in Ottawa, KS. I know it happened for a a reason my friends. When I first went in there I met a wonderful woman by the name of Lori. She is the manager at the store. She was willing to give the newsletters out and she is truly sensative to the Spirit in a great way. I learned this the more I spoke to her. Then one day I asked her if I could leave some of my cards in there and she said sure. Everytime I have the opportunity to go in there her and I share what God has done in our lives and how we feel about it.
As I began to sing I would get my accompaniment music from there as well. One day I told her I would be singing and speaking at Wellsville days. She said maybe her and her husband would come and listen. Well, they did and they said they enjoyed it. She invited me to Grace Community Church in Overbrook, Ks so me and a couple of my friends went a couple of Sundays ago. We got there and I was just in awe. Overbrook is just a small town of maybe a thousand people, however, they have a congregation of 500 people. That is just truly amazing. While being there I met her husband Mark for the first time and at the end he came up and asked me if I would share a little of my testimony. I knew this was the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit so I said absolutely. I had no idea this was going to happen. There was over two hundred people at Wellsville days to hear me sing and speak and I thought wow! Now I’m standing in front of almost five hundred people. God is good!
Well, God put this on my heart. I know it was him working through this couple, Mark and Lori. God has blessed me so much through this beautiful family. I am truly fortunate to have them as my friends. At the end of the service I met a man by the name of Randall Lipson, he is the director of Timberlake west of Ottawa. After speaking to him and his family out in the parking lot for a while I had the opportunity to pray for them and one of there friends. Then he asked me if I would come sing and speak at Timberlake the upcoming Tuesday night and I said what time. I got there Tuesday night and there was twelve pastors and their wives from out of state. I was speaking to twelve pastors, and several other people, some from Grace Community Church. It was awesome, at the end they all prayed for me.
Because of Mark and Lori’s great act of obedience and faith I would like to commend them for their wonderful example and how the Holy Spirit shines through them. They have been a true blessing to my life and they have been married for 25 years. When I look at them I can tell they love one another more than they did when they first met and that is awesome. The reason being, they have a great God in the midst of their relationship and God has given them two beautiful children as well. Just a beautiful family. Dear Lord, I thank you for your Son Jesus Christ who shed his blood on the cross, I come to you with a repentant heart and ask you for your forgiveness. Lord I pray that you continue to bless this family exceedingly and abundantly beyond their scope of understanding. I pray that you continue to use them in a great way, I pray that you surround them with your warring angels at all times, allow them a provision, continue to lead and direct them, bring them understanding, continue to shine your wonderful light through them, and bring inspiration to their hearts. I ask that you bless Mark’s construction business to the point where he has to turn down work and give him the discernment what work to accept because he is a good man, he loves you, and he is a man of integrity. Lift him up Lord higher than he can imagine. Lord, I ask that you give their children uderstanding as well and give them the ability to be a good example of your love as well. Thank you Lord, I pray in the name of your wonderful Son Jesus Christ, Amen!!!!!!!!
I would like to share this song that God gave me. It’s from and inspired from Psalm 46:10, Be still, and know that I am God.
Inspired by God:
Written by Michael Teter
I give God all Glory!
Be still before me
Says the Lord God Almighty
I give my grace and mercy
Reach out and take my hand
Take my hand
Open your heart, let me set you free
Just trust and embrace the
For I am the TRUTH
Be still before me
Says the Lord God Almighty
Close your eyes and feel my presence,
Talk to me
Talk to me
Tell me what you need
For I will never fail nor forsake you
So lay your burdens down and rest in me
Because I love you, yes, I love you
Be still before me
Be still before me
Be still before me
I am your Lord God Almighty
So praise my name, yes
Praise my name
And be still.
God can do amazing things in our life my friends. You only have to trust and believe without any doubt in your heart. We must trust in the Lord. My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine.
My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Proverb 3:1-12.
When you understand the ways of the Lord, you will be blessed and his favor will rain upon you like you always dreamed of. Because he is the only one who can bring your dream to reality. So I encourage you to ask the Lord to give you understanding and to bring your dream to life. The blood of Jesus makes all things possible if you believe. Praise the Lord!
I thank you Lord for your Son Jesus Christ who shed his blood on the cross for all of our sins. I come to you with a repentant heart and ask for your forgiveness, continue to mold us to your likeness, for you are the potter and we are the clay. Make me the man you want me to be. Lord I pray that your blessings continue to rain down upon, that you allow a provision, shine your wonderful light through, and surround your warring angels around all my Christian brother and sisters, all my brothers in the prison, all my co-workers and Fashions Inc., my spiritual group, all the people at Community Foursquare, Family Worship Center in Wellsville, and my family. Lift them higher than an eagles wings Lord! Lord I pray that you lift up Spirit Ministries, my book Rock Bottom, my singing and speaking, and all around me. I pray that you continue to provide me with your power and strength, joy, your wisdom, inspiration, encouragement, motivation, determination, perserverence, and your understanding. Continue to lead and direct me by your Holy Spirit, and Lord I pray for a revival in Richmond. I thank you Lord, I pray in the name of your wonderful Son Jesus Christ, Amen.