Help Is Here


 

 There is a song for Psalms 121.  The first time I heard this song I was singing in the choir of my church home here in Georgia.  Miss Carol sang the song so beautifully and I was absorbed by the spirit of the song as I was learning it in rehearsal.  At that time in my life I was transitioning from my home state of New Jersey to Georgia.  It was a tumultuous time in that I was separated from my wife and children for what I thought would be indefinite.  
This was a valley experience and there were steep hills and mountains all around me. I was overwhelmed with the devastation of the situations that led up to our separation.  Dealing with failure, powerlessness and unmanageability honestly for the first time in my life, this was the beginning of the tearing down of some major strongholds in my life during the end of 2000.  I had to get real with God about the issues that were destroying the goodness that He provided in my life.  I would go to church every Sunday and the more I showed up the more I heard  The Spoken Word of God.  My sin-sick soul needed to get the willingness to let that Word penetrate from my head to my heart.  It took the repetition of being around the Word of God during those months in order for it to become alive and at work in me.  These were painful times but they were Heavenly times.  
The song presented me with the truth of the source of my help.  It gave me the confirmation that all along my journey to get to that place of healing, the Lord was my keeper, the Lord was my shade upon my right hand.  He was preserving my soul even forever more.  MY HELP, MY HELP, MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD.  
At that time I needed help to get up and walk by faith and not by sight.  Life had beat me down to where I was not walking spiritually.  I was crawling because of the affects of manifest sin at work in me.  When you do not stay in fellowship with El Elyon – The Most High God — The Possessor of Everything Heavenly and Earthly – by way of His Word, you are destined to live in sin.  Over time, if you are His child, that lifestyle makes you have to yield to Him.  In those moments of initial ascent towards Him you will be met with God’s Help.  He desires to help his children always.  
Being more than a conqueror means having the acceptance that God is God all by Himself.  He does not need you to guide Him; YOU NEED HIM TO GUIDE YOU!!  He makes it possible for you to realize just how proficient He is at leading when you begin to abide in Him by staying in His Word and allowing His Life to affect EVERY aspect of your life.  This is how you live as “MORE THAN A CONQUEROR”.  
This song ministers to my spirit the message of God’s Determined Will at taking care of His children.  Though it was addressed to the Nation of Israel, the principles of God depicted in this chapter are applicable to us today as Christians since we are ALL God’s children today because of the Blood of Jesus.  
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Perseverance is Boss


 I continue to experience the reality of God’s Sovereignty in and over my life.  You know what I mean? There are times when things come up and you have to immediately respond.  Sometimes you may deal with the change willingly – with a peaceful tone; but when you are engrossed in the current situation and God allows something to surface that requires your immediate attention, a harsher response is often times the case.  Why is that? 

Change is not comfortable.  Change is not always the best choice.  However, CHANGE IS NECESSARY.  If one is not changing that begs the question “are you living?”   In my life the matter of change can surface with simplicity.  I can be walking one moment and needing to sit down the next.  Now I want to continue to walk but pain will cause me to have to stop walking.  There is nothing I can do about that other than SIT DOWN.  Amazingly, I have put myself through so much more difficulty because of this dilemma of not wanting to change.  See I had worked hard at gaining the momentum in my mobility. I had a particular goal in mind and my walking was required for me to arrive at the planned destination.  So I learned the importance of perseverance.  
That principle helps me to keep God present during the hardship and endure it like a soldier engaged in battle.  When the battle becomes intense the soldier can’t just lay down and say “I am not going to fight any more!!!”  He has to stand in the circumstance, realize his mission and persevere through the intensity and employ all of his skills and training to emerge victoriously.  Being More Than A Conqueror means that, just like the soldier, you too stand in the situation – REALIZE YOUR MISSION (trust God, stand on His Word), ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO INFLUENCE EVERY THOUGHT, DECISION, PLAN AND GOAL, and  BELIEVE THAT, just like Christ resurrected from the grave, WE ARE ABLE TO CONQUER ALL HARDSHIPS VICTORIOUSLY.  “If God be for us, WHO (what) CAN BE AGAINST US.
You know how you get when you are NEEDING to call someone and talk?  The friend I call on is Jesus  I did not get to complete my message about “MY Friend”.  Just review the words to the hymn “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”  
  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
  3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.
  4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
    Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
    May we ever, Lord, be bringing
    All to Thee in earnest prayer.
    Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
    There will be no need for prayer—
    Rapture, praise, and endless worship
    Will be our sweet portion there.
I pray that you will develop a thirst for the Word and a hunger for His Presence. I also hope that you will continue to support this ministry as it develops.
God bless you.

Faith Works When You Work It


Being more than  conquerors is a spiritual principle that keeps you hopeful on a daily basis.  It requires continuous action.  Faith is the action Conquerors use daily. With all of the issues we deal with today – economic uncertainty for one – discouragement, by way of distraction, is a design to disrupt faith.  Dismay breads fear. It is extremely common for me to walk through the course of any given day and get overwhelmed by some situation that is not going the way I expected it to. Any circumstance with designs to overtake my faith and replace it with fear becomes an opportunity for new faith to develop.
Atlanta Skyline
Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Here in Atlanta 

the traffic can create varying results. Anger, stress, rage and distraction are in the forefront for me. Using MARTA does have its advantages. When I have left home two hours earlier to get to my destination on time and I have to encounter “a parking lot” on the interstate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  No matter how much I try to control the outcome and be efficient, I am forced to STOP! It is in this state of “stop” that being more than conquerors begins to minister to me. The traffic, i.e. hindrance to get where I THINK I need to be at the time I THINK I need to be there, is an opportunity to reaffirm who I am in Christ and my real purpose through allowing His Sovereign will to “be” the driving force in and over my life. Can you relate?

I must remember that I am “more than a conqueror through Him that loved us” by any means necessary.  I can live victoriously, not arrogantly.  Victorious living is derived from my spiritual condition and my spiritual position; arrogance is directly linked to my ego.  Biblical truth keeps my ego in check and it keeps me sane.  We can actively engage in ALL that we do as  “more than conquerors.” God has given us this infinite gift – JESUS CHRIST our LORD.

The scriptures will continue to serve you as a source of encouragement in these perilous times we live in.  I have created this site to actually assist you. Keeping my commitment to defining the “conqueror lifestyle” is a goal that God has given me and I will share it with you in various ways through Conqueror Ministries. This work is getting done one person at a time, one day at a time.  Your support by regular use of ConquerorShots and your personal willingness to learn to live a conqueror lifestyle will serve others as well as you. 
I am excited about hearing from you and learning how this principle works in your life as well.  Tell your friends, acquaintances and loved ones to join in.  Together we can stay in the race. 
Endeavor with me to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.