Pictured at top is Pastor Pastor Paul Anthony Jaramillo Sr, in this post is me with Pastor Alfonso Antillon of Majesty Worship Center in Albuquerque where I was blessed to preach yesterday and Pastor Alfonso presented me with the gift I am holding which was hand crafted by him. It means so much to me as I was born on July 4th and am a Man of God and Country! Also pictured here is me with pastor Paul and his lovely wife Pat. I was blessed to preach at their Church also in my travels this summer.
As I travel rural New Mexico I find such ‘salt of the earth’ folks. They stand with God not politics. They stand on the Word of God, God Almighty. A very good and honest person or group of people, these folks are the salt of the earth I have been calling for Christians to run for school board, city council, county commissioner, legislator, governor, senators and President…..we need a grass roots effort to get Christians into public office. Cannot you see what is happening? Evil has taken over our government. They act like God is dead. We need mature Christians who put God over politics. Politics is evil. Political fanatics are destroying our country, both sides, the Republicans and Democrats as a majority act like fools. Thank God there is a core of Christians in office who stand for God, but they are the minority. Both parties are responsible for the mess we are in. They go by a political playbook, rather than the Word of God. Wherever I go, people have had it with both parties. Look what has happened in Floyd, New Mexico. The School Board was fired by the state, because the Board stood up to the governor and her team! We need more folks like this, from Floyd and rural New Mexico. I for one am sick and tired of folks from Albuquerque and Santa Fe thinking they run the state. Much of rural New Mexico is also sick and tired of it.
In my travels as a circuit preacher I have met a wonderful man of God, Pastor Paul Anthony Jaramillo Sr of the Open Door Bible Ministry in Los Alamos, New Mexico. I am so super blessed that he is running for the School Board! We need more Pastors to run for office. I have been asked in the past, but God has me where He wants me. It has to be a calling. God does miracles. God does the unexpected, like pulling me out of radio to go into full-time ministry, not as a Republican or Democrat, but as a man of God. I know in my heart that God is not pleased at all with both parties. I am not with the GOP or Dem’s, I am a registered Independent, I am for God and Country. We do not need anymore political fanatics, we need men and women who are God fanatics, we need a third party so very badly in America that stands for God and Country! Is God calling you to run for office? Pray, seek the Lord, you may be shocked! I told a Pastor yesterday to seek the face of Jesus, Jesus may want you to run for office Pastor Jude! Pastors need to lead, not hide! Go with God Almighty! Go Pastor Randall! God has you covered!
This morning from Dr. Jim Denison:
“We must obey God rather than men”
Before Pentecost, when Peter was asked whether he was a follower of Jesus, “he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, ‘I do not know this man of whom you speak’” (Mark 15:71). After Pentecost, when the same Sanhedrin that arranged Jesus’ execution demanded that he cease preaching the gospel, Peter replied, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29) and proceeded to declare God’s word to them (vv. 30–32).
Before Pentecost, when John and his brother James encountered Samaritans who “did not receive” Jesus, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” (Luke 9:53–54). After Pentecost, when John and Peter encountered a crippled man beside the temple gate, they stopped for him, shared Christ with him, and helped him experience Jesus’ healing transformation (Acts 3:1–10).
Before Pentecost, the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane “left Jesus and fled” (Matthew 26:56) and met together behind locked doors “for fear of the Jews” (John 20:19). After Pentecost, they were so bold in their faith that the religious authorities were “astonished” (Acts 4:13).
The difference was simple: at Pentecost, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4).
“The greatest imperative in the Christian life”
To be “filled” with the Spirit is to be controlled and empowered by him. God commands every Christian every day to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). To experience this “filling,” we must take these steps:
- Get alone with the Lord.
- Ask the Spirit to bring to mind anything in our lives that displeases God and is blocking the Spirit’s power in our lives (we will say more of this later in the week).
- Confess all that comes to our thoughts, claiming God’s forgiving grace (1 John 1:9).
- Ask the Spirit to take control of our feelings, attitudes, thoughts, words, and actions. Submit our plans for the day specifically to him.
- Believe that he has answered our prayer.
- Stay in surrendered communion with the Spirit throughout the day. When we face challenges and temptations, pray for his help. If we fall to temptation, pray for him to forgive us, cleanse us, and restore us. When we face opportunities and decisions, pray for him to lead us. Stay “connected” with him all day long.
When I lead study tours to Israel, we always go to the “Upper Room,” a Crusader-era structure located near the place where Pentecost occurred. I always teach the Acts 2 Pentecost miracle to the group and the steps I just outlined.
Then I say to them what I say to you today: “The greatest imperative in the Christian life is to be filled with the Spirit. The greatest enemy of the Christian life is self-sufficiency that resists such empowerment. Self-reliance is spiritual suicide. Spirit dependence is spiritual victory.”
Whether we are facing natural disasters, man-made crises, or the daily challenges of living in a fallen world, you and I were designed by God to depend daily on the power of his Spirit.
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