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Owning the Text, Praying Scripture

For lack of a better way of saying it, I use the phrase “owning the text” to mean that whatever Scripture says, you are in agreement with it as you read.  You really want what the Psalmist writes, You really feel the way he does, You understand what he is thinking and feeling about God, life, sin, holiness, Jesus, forgiveness, etc.

You agree with the truth in the text.  Its as if you needed to praise God or express your feeling and the Psalmist or Paul did it for you and the words are your words.  Their feelings are your feelings.  Your heart and their are one.  Thus our hearts are in agreement with the Word of God.

For example the Penitent Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143.  Your thoughts and feelings should agree with the truths the Psalmist is saying.   Its as if you wanted to say the same thing but couldn’t really put it in words but David did.  It’s like David and you are one in agreement with Truth and your heart has a proper response to that truth.  Your thinking what he is thinking and your feeling what was feeling to some degree.

In the Context of confessing sin.  Ps. 51

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I know I deserve the lake of fire, I deserve your Wrath for I have sinned.  I ask for what I do not deserve or have not earned but Christ has earned it for me, I ask You to..

51 “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.”

To own the text

  1. In order to apply this Psalm to yourself what you need to do is where David talks about himself, you should think as if these were your words.  The expression of your heart when thinking of your sin and  sins and desire forgiveness and cleansing.  Knowing the whole time that can only come because Jesus is God’s Son and He bore our sin on the cross in His Body. Was buried and rose again.  Risen to sit as King of king and LORD of lords.
  2. Verse 4 may be tough because you must be thinking to some degree of clarity what David was thinking when he said  “Against You, you only have I sinned”   Now in order for you to own the text you have to have right ideas.  David was thinking about who it was that he sinned against.  He sinned against God.  You and I can somewhat clearly understand that and know that we has sinned against God.
  3. Verse 4 must be thought of in a biblical way.  In some true sense David only sinned against God.  In the sense that David was thinking about his sin as being only an offense against God.
  4. How do we go from not knowing that our sin is only against God so that we could confess with David as he said “Against you only
  5. You have to make some new connections, believe and delight in the Truth.
  6. Here there is a relationship between Creator and creature.  God and man.  God and sinful man.  God and a man who knows that he has sinned against God alone.
  7. Genesis 39:9
    “There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”  Joseph felt that if he would lust that sin would be “a great evil” “against God”  The greatness of the evil is because of the Greatness of God.  Joseph and David are seeing their God Great and their disobedience would be a great evil.  Woe is me for I am undone. I acted unholy and ungodly toward Great God.  The offense to Bathsheba and Uriah were nothing compare to how great his sin was against a Great God.
  8. Get a greatest sense of the evil of sin, while your sin is ever before you in your mind, by understanding that God your Creator is the Great Holy Law Giver.  It is right for you to joyfully love and obey Him.  We do a great evil to disobey His Law!  Against you only have I sinned.  And done such a great evil, in His Sight.  God the Holy Spirit is the one convicted his conscience of sin.  David’s sin was in the full sight of God.  God know everything and judges the thoughts and intents of the heart,  His Word in our heart convicts us.  Against such a great God, none like Him, I have sinned against.  God in Jesus has eyes like blazing fire that see right to your heart. Rev. 1:15  Sin is missing the mark.  God wanted you to hit the mark and you didn’t you sinned.  You didn’t hit the mark and you feel guilty, but now don’t condemn yourself, look to Christ on the cross bearing your punishment, you do not have to fear the Wrath of God,  Jesus Loves you and your holiness of heart.
  9. Thinking of your sin and you feel guilty, this is good, your sin is ever before you.  You are guilty.  But look to Jesus who paid the penalty for your sin.  Think of Him bearing the weight of your guilty and sin.  He felt an eternity of hell in a 3 hour period.  Your sin was transferred to His account and He paid the debt in full and said “It is finished”.  You have sinned and feel guilty, know that your sin is against a Great God.  Infinitely majestic in holiness.  Holy, Holy, Holy,  there is no mixture of evil in Him.  He acts perfectly in harmony with His Son and Holy Spirit and glory.  All of Him is everywhere all the time, God is immense.  Immutably Good and hates evil and those who continue in sin.  God is infinitely Wrathful and Powerful.  Unrepentant sinners will feel the full extent of their punishment in the lake of fire.  Having a high or higher view of God and understanding His great works gave you a view of a Great God, you have sinned against this Great God, and are guilty of a Great Evil.  Worse than you could image, but for the moment you see God Great and your sin, iniquities, transgressions as great, therefore any other sin against a human is nothing compared to how much or great I have offended God who also is the only Law Giver and Judge.  Now go back and read verse 5 with these ideas in mind.

Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight.

Example 1   “Be gracious to me, O God, according to your lovingkindness.”  This is David asking God to be gracious to him.   David prayed this to God.  David was no hypocrite.  God did not want David to sleep with Bathsheba nor kill Uriah.  David sincerely confesses his sin.  So now you with a guilty conscience because you disobeyed a Great God and have a desire to not fear punishment from God nor sense His displeasure but sense only His Love and know Grace through the forgiveness of sin in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.  “Be gracious to me, O God, according to your loving kindness”.   You can’t just jump into “Be gracious to me, O God…”  Your mind and thought need to be in a certain context in order for you to own the text or align your heart with the Word of God.

  1.  I know I have sinned and  I deserve hell, Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your Lovingkindness.”
  2. According to Your Love, be Gracious to me, O God for I deserve the lake of fire forever without a drop of any grace.
  3. Apart from Christ I deserve the hottest hell but in Jesus Name I ask “Be gracious to me, O God, according to your Lovingkindness.”
  4. I see Lord that your Lovingkindness motivates you to be gracious to sinners.  “Be gracious to me, O God according to your Lovingkindness.”

Homework

What God is like?  How attributes of God does David use in the Psalm?

Why do you think David was asking for Mercy?

What is the Mercy of God?

What is the Grace of God?

Why would you need the Mercy and Grace of God?

How can someone today receive God’s mercy and Grace?

What is our relationship to Him?   He is our Creator, God, LORD and Savior.

What is he feeling guilty of?   sin, Transgression, Iniquity, evil in His sight

What do you deserve?

Do you feel this eternal fire to be just? v4

What are transgressions?

Whatever sin or sins you are feeling guilty about must be forgiven, cleansed, then revived by the Holy Spirit.

What are iniquities?

 

 

  1. Now think of the sin or sins you committed that you feel guilty for and want blotted out. and then own the text, put yourself where David uses the words, “I, me and my”.   Then when thinking of your specific sin or sins you know that they are transgressions.   God has drawn a line and you transgressed over that line.

in in to the text so that you get your application.  David has in his mind a specific sin in 51:2 but in verse 3 he has in mind multiple transgressions.  David has right and holy ideas about God, sin, confession etc.    We should think and feel the same way.

So in order to own Psalm 51:1

  1. You must be in a similar context as David.  Read the text over and over to get the idea.  David see’s his sin as a great evil against a great God and wants it blotted out.  So when your conscience convicts you of a sin and you want it blotted out then you go to this verse and apply the truths in the text to apply to your specific sin.  Seeing your sin really really bad and desiring God to forgive you, to allow you to know that He is not Wrathful toward you, but that Wrath was the cup that Jesus drank.  According to your lovingkindness.

 

So when you are in the context of feeling disciplined by God and you are weeping over sin, then you can pray through Psalm 6

Psalm 6

 O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,

Nor chasten me in Your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away;
Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.
And my soul is greatly dismayed;
But You, O Lord—how long?

Return, O Lord, rescue my soul;
Save me because of Your lovingkindness.
For there is no mention of You in death;
In Sheol who will give You thanks?

I am weary with my sighing;
Every night I make my bed swim,
I dissolve my couch with my tears.
My eye has wasted away with grief;
It has become old because of all my adversaries (Satan, the world and my flesh).

Depart from me, all you who do iniquity,
For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication,
The Lord receives my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed;
They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.

What changes are made so that the believer can be guided by thought by thought but as David had enemies.  They were the enemies of God.  So also the Christians have enemies that they have a righteous hatred for.  Which are, Satan, the world and the flesh.

Satan tells us lies. He is the father of lies.  A murderer from the beginning.  He is not for us but against us.  Satan is our enemy.

 

The world and its sinful influences are our enemies.  There will someday be a new world, new heaven and earth where there is only peace and rest for Gods people from their enemies.

Our flesh is our enemy.   The unredeemed part of our soul.  Wrong ideas of God and his ways.  Truths need to replace the lies we believe.  Doctrinal beliefs, our mind, will and emotions are all spiritual.   We must renew our mind in the image of God.  What is left not renewed in the heart is what is considered the flesh, stinking thinking or desires that we still have that war against our soul/spirit/Spirit in us.   At war.  We are at war with an enemy within.  We hate our flesh, it is our enemy or adversary.

Agreeing with Paul’s prayers

Ephesians 3:16-21 (modified to be prayed by any Christian for all of us)

  I pray LORD, that according to your glorious riches that you would strengthen us with power through Your Spirit in our inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that we, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—as we behold His Matchless Glory and Infinite Beauty at the cross, that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Colossians 1(modified for better memorization and prayer for all the saints)

I ask that we may be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that we may walk in a manner worthy of our calling in Christ.  That we may be fervent in Spirit, serving You with all our hearts an in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in grace and knowledge of You.  May we be strengthened with all power, according to Your glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to You, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.  For You rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of Your beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Phil. 1

And this I pray, that our love may abound still more and more in true knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that we may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to You belongs the glory and praise.

 

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Saved in 2000 at age 27. Nearly immediately I fell in love with the Song and grew very fast the first two years memorizing large portions of scripture purifying my mind the started chewing on meat to soon and struggled for 12 years and Christ has me on track like always but I just took the long way around and now I love leading others closer to Christ by seeing His love reflected in Solomons love for an enemy slave girl.

I have experienced God's love to me in the Song in ways that words can't express. There are many portion of the Word where she experiences extra ordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God. If you have a burning desire for a close intimate relationship with God by experiencing His Love to you over and over again at greater and greater heights, depths, lengths and breaths then The Song of Songs is where you need to be.

I can help you with this process of Growing in the experience of God's love. As of 7-23-16 I have experienced everything prior to chapter 8. The Song of Song is progressive in experience. Meaning that if you are mature then you can experience the joys and extraordinary outpourings of God's Love shed abroad in your heart.

If you are not so mature then the delights in the first chapter of the Song will satisfy your thirst for experiencing the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Many Christian are living in sin because they do not know how to experience God's love and get hooked on Loving Him. It feels good to be loved and to love Him. His burden is not heavy and His yoke is light, Jesus said in Matt. 10:28

I believe God wants to use me to help beautify His Bride through the Song of Solomon.

If you see the book literally you will not understand nor grasp the Love God has for you. If you see the book and the verses in it relating to Christ's love to you then I would love to show you how to experience this Love to the fullest. I will pray for you daily and guide you every step of the way.

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I grew up going to church but was a hypocrite. I lived my life how I chose but went to church on Sunday because my family went.

Mom and Dad divorced when I was about 5.

About this time I was sexually abused by "Bob" a made up name. This incident changed my life for the worst. I had no clue how to deal with it.

As I got older I grew in my hatred for Bob. I didn't blame anyone of my family because I was to young to know any better. Some of what happened during the abuse was in a bathroom. So overtime I would use the bathroom and look at my private parts that night would replay in my mind. My hatred for Bob would continue to grow each time.

Now I know this only happened to me one night. I can't image the pain other's go through who have had this happen to them over and over. Even as I write this now I cry with many tears for those hurting. God love you even though you may not know it or feel it. Go to Him in your time of need.

I was a really bad teenager. I only cared about myself and not even my family. I always came first in my mind. Even at the expense of hurting others. I was growing in my hatred for God by now.

I was going to church and was learned that God was in control. I thought well, if God was in control then He must have let me be sexually abused. I didn't understand this, How could a good and loving God allow this. I hated Him for it. My hatred for Bob grew as well. I was still using the bathroom and memories kept coming back. My heart grew even harder for Bob and God. As far as I was concerned God would have nothing to do with my life so I lived even worse. I thought I would be in jail or dead and I really didn't care, I thought it could be much worse than reliving your painful past over and over again. Little did I know that God's plan later would be to use these events to give me a burning passion for the closest most intimate love relationship with Himself through Christ mainly through the love poem in the Song of Songs in the Bible.

I remember hating Bob so much that the only thing that would relieve my pain was actually thinking he would suffer forever for what he did. I grew so much in my hatred for him that I had to continue to think that he would get even worse than what I imaged before. After some time I would only be relieved of hatred for him unless I thought he would burn in a hotter and hotter hell for all the suffering he put me through.

I never told my mom or family what happened, although I think some of them knew something had happened.

I grew up quite rebellious and even went to jail at the age of 20. I was living the fast life pursuing all my sinful desires and wanting more. It never seemed to be enough. I was quite happy in my sin but I just wanted more of it.

I lived life thinking I would die at a young age, riding motorcycle and living on the edge put me in the hospital many times and I should have been dead.

California at age 26.

I moved to California for a job opportunity at the age of 27. While trying to figure out what radio stations to program in my car, I ran across a RC Sproul talking about "people who have the faith that saves and people who only say that have faith" only the people who have the faith that saves will go to heaven. I thought "I don't think I have the faith that saves because my life was so bad." I searched the scriptures to try to get this faith. I found a church and thought people there could help me get this faith that saves. All along God kept showing me how sinful I was and that I deserved punishment from Him for living my life hating Him.

One weekend I read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John desperately trying to find out how to get this faith that saves. By now I knew that if you had the faith that saves that Jesus would be saving you from a life of sin. I still liked my sin and Jesus sure wasn't saving me from a life of sin, so I rightly concluded that I didn't have the faith that saves.

By the time I got to John, I saw "believe" everywhere. John 3:16 and other verses and wow the whole book was written so that you may believe. John 20:31 "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." So at night I would pray "I believe Jesus died for me, I believe, I believe. This was just an intellectual belief. I knew that in history and the Bible that Jesus died for everyone, so I believed it. But this belief did not change my life.

I would go on night after night saying the same prayer only to wake up the next day wanting to fulfill my sinful desires. The prayer wasn't working so I started to word it different each time hoping some prayer would work. After about 2 weeks of this I was fed up with it all, nothing was happening. I still was living in my sin and wanted more of it. A Christian hates their sin and does something about it, and certainly they don't continue to make plans to sin. The prayers weren't working so I gave up. I thought to myself "God, I tried with all my might, I searched the Scriptures, went to church, read the Bible and prayed all to no avail. If Im going to be saved your going to have to do it because I tried."

So I quit praying but still the Bible kept calling me so I read more. 3 Days later I was laying in a tanning bed and God convicted me really hard that I had offended Him by the life I was living. I was so scared of God, where could I run. You can't hide from God. It seemed like forever that I was under these terrors of being punished by a Holy Angry God. This lasted about 10 minutes then this is how I understood it. God let me understand that all that anger that He had for me for all my sin should come my way but He had poured that anger out on Jesus 2,000 years ago. I immediately started weeping an couldn't stop for about 20 minutes. All the sins that I could think of I confessed for that 20 minutes one after another after another, I was so sorrowful and grieved it physically hurt inside.

After I stopped crying I thought that was the weirdest thing that ever happened. I walked out of the tanning salon and stood outside and everything seemed so beautiful, the tree's, the birds, even the air seemed pleasant. Now I was really wondering what was going on.

I pondered all of this as I drove to work that day. I brought my Bible to work and was thinking what am I doing, I want to take my Bible to work so I can read it. As soon as I got to work I started reading my Bible. I couldn't believe what I was reading!! It all was so wonderful. It felt so good to just read my Bible. My client showed up and as I was training them the only thing I could think about was getting back to my Bible. I read all night and slept about 2 hours and was reading again.

I had sinful things in my apartment and I rounded everything evil up and threw it in the garbage. It was weird I was thinking but it felt good so I left it all in the garbage. I called my girlfriend to break it up and she thought I had another girl, I said no, I just think this is wrong we shouldn't be sleeping together. She didn't understand so I told her I was a Christian now and she still thought I had another girlfriend. She said "Im glad your a Christian, so am I" I thought to myself, "I have a strong conviction that sleeping together is wrong and she thought it was okay" I wondered how she could think that. Anyway we broke up.

I kept reading my bible and repenting, there was so much to repent of and I had lived a very sinful life. I was a thief for some part of my life and all the people I stole from kept coming to mind. I owed so much money. I was instantly in debt about $80,000. As I could I paid them back. As of 7-18-2016 I still owe about $25,000 but it sure is a joy to be paying them back.

The first week of being saved a car just about ran me over, they hit me but I wasn't hurt at all. The guy in the car felt so bad. I just looked at him and said "God bless you and have a great day, I am okay" smiled at him and moved on. Now I was really wondering what was going on because I normally would have cussed him out left and right and instead of cussing I blessed him. That was so weird. But again it felt good. I learned to do good by what my conscience told me was good and that it felt good. I got hooked on this feeling good by doing good and did it more often.

About two weeks after being saved I thought of Bob. I immediately prayed for him, something like "Lord help him.." then I stopped praying and said out loud "What am I doing?" I'm praying for a man that I hated my whole life, but it feels good and right, so I did it again. I stopped again midway in the prayer and started pacing around. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and couldn't figure it out. But again it made me happy to pray for him so I did. Bob would often come to mind when I went to the bathroom and each time I would pray for Him. The more I did this the less weird it got. And the greater my love grew for him.

I started memorizing large portions of scripture and this was wonderful because it felt like the words were cleaning my mind and as Proverbs 2:10 "For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul." I wanted more and more of this pleasantness. So I memorized even more and the joy got more and more.

Then this life changing advice came:

A friend from church told me to find a book of the Bible and really understand it. Read through the Bible and pick one and read it over and over and study it and really get it. So I started in Genesis and read through. When I got to Proverbs I really liked it so I thought that would be the book. I started by memorizing all of Proverbs chapter 3. After that I thought maybe there is a better book than Proverbs. So I read on. Then I came to Song of Solomon. I read it with quite some confusion. It wasn't as good as the other books, I didn't know why. So I bought a commentary on it. George Burrowes commentary on the Song of Solomon.

In the commentary I found that George and other saw the book as illustrating God's love to the Church. And not only illustrating it but displaying the Love of Christ better than any other book. This caught my attention big time, because I was having a burning desire for a closer relationship with God and desperately learning about His Love so that I could Love God. You see I had hated Him for so long that God used that old hard heart to spur me on in loving Him. I so much did not want to hate God anymore that I was on fire to learn to Love Him as much and as fast as possible. So here was a book that would help me do that. So I landed on the Song of Solomon. I committed to learning as much of this book as possible.

I memorized the first chapter and would repeat it often throughout the day. I didn't know much of what I was repeating but it sure made me happier and on fire for God. I grew so fast repeating the first chapter over and over again all day, like a dozen times a day at least. It felt so good and I never found any other book that caused me to weep so much. I would often weep everyday just reading it. I was to immature to know what was going on. Even though it hurt to weep so much, I felt like my heart was being cleansed from the filth that was in it by repeating it over and over again so I did. As I read the commentary I understood more and more. What God was doing in me through the Song was greater and faster than any other portion of Scripture so I tended to stay there often. I was so excited about God that I thought it funny that other's in church weren't the same way. Some where happy but it seemed most of them didn't seem to care much about God. They would talk about work, football the weather. The only thing I wanted to talk about was Jesus and God and how can I grow closer to Him.

About this time there was a mission trip to Ireland.

I started to have convictions that I should try to find Bob and witness to him. I kept praying for him but how could he be saved if he hadn't heard the Gospel that has power unto salvation. So I asked family if they had any information. Like me before, my family hated him and thought he deserved hell. After some time I got his name but no location or phone number. Either they didn't know where he was or didn't want to tell me. I prayed some more and then started to get stronger convictions to do something about finding Bob.

So I went on the internet and typed in "his name and child molestation sex offender court" thinking that some court record would have some info leading to where I may find him" I even talked to a private eye and he couldn't help. So I googled some key words and spent hours each day looking through each page. I believed it was God's will for me to witness to Bob. I wanted him to be saved. Really bad. So much so that I thought God would save Bob if I were to witness to him. So I didn't stop searching for him. I kept my computer on each day and went page by page. It took two years to go through about 15,000 pages but I found someone who matched his name in a prison for molesting his grandchildren. I wrote the prison and he wrote back. All kinds of emotions went through my body when I saw his letter from the jail. I didn't open it right away but two hours later God gave me enough courage to face my fears again and I opened the letter. He admitted to being the one who molested me. We wrote back and forth I told him I was angry before but now I was saved and that I loved him and believed God wanted me to talk to him. He read my letters over and over again. I shared the gospel in each one.

I got mad at Bob 2x. Once he said that he love me. I got really angry with him. He didn't love me. That night it was hard to love Bob, I had to call a friend to pray for me to repent, after he prayed I felt greater love for Bob. Then I wrote him back saying "I'm sorry but you can't say that you loved me. You did not love me you lusted after me." He admitted he didn't love as he should have and admitted that it was lust and sinful. Finally some conviction. Yet I only thought he was saying that because I was being nice to him. All his family had left him and he said I was the only "friend" he had.

Wether or not it was true Bob said that he had cancer in his arm and that the help the prison gives was not enough and if he had money he could see a different doctor and get help. I sent him some money and since I was in jail before I knew what it was like to be in there without money, so I sent him money.

About 4-5 months in the economy went down, it was 2008. Work was hard. I still sent him money and I had to work harder. This was a really good lesson for me because I had to "work hard for the benefit of someone who did not deserve it." This was one of the greatest blessing ever because I realized with great certainty that Jesus was in me. This is what Jesus did. Jesus worked his whole life for me and I didn't deserve it!! Christ was in me! This was one of the best feelings ever and it put me in worship for months.

Then a mission trip to Croatia.

Each time I had to leave my business and amazing as it is I was completely okay each time. I am a self employed personal trainer and it is normally absurd to just leave and start over, but each time I had enough work within 2 weeks of coming back. This is a flat out miracle. I trusted God to provide and he did. How many people can start up a business in 2 weeks. Only with the help of God. God was teaching me early on in my walk that as long as I did what He wanted me to do then I had nothing to worry about.

About 3 years saved now.

I Taught the 4 year old's at church Sunday morning for 10 years.

Left my business 2x for mission trips and God miraculously provided when I came back.

I taught 5 x a week plus held a job.

Sunday morning to the kids.
Sunday night with the 5th graders
Friday afternoons at Good News Clubs. Sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Friday Nights with the Kids teaching through Pilgrims Progress, I did this 2x
Teaching Monday afternoons at a nursing home. I taught through the Song of Songs once then John, then Romans then back to the Song again! I love the Song of Songs.
I grew up hating God for what happened to me, and now I love Him because He first loved me. My passion is for children to grow up loving God and not hating Him.

My other passion which has become ever greater is to help others see the Love of Christ to His Church in the Song of Songs!!

I would love to help you, just let me know and I will lead you and pray for you.

God demonstrates His love to us in sending His one and only Son to suffer in our place, taking our sins upon Himself so that whoever believes they get to heaven because of what He did for us will not perish but have everlasting life.

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