Will You Miss Heaven by 18 Inches?

Hello, My Friend...and Welcome to WaltersHalters. 

What do I mean by that question, "Will you miss Heaven by 18 inches?"    Simply this:  Many folks give mental accent that God is....that He exists,  He knows everything,  He sees everything, and He controls everything.   They have a 'head knowledge' of God,  but not a 'heart relationship'  with God.  That's the 18" difference that determines Heaven or Hell.

They have never been convicted of their sin or  realized their lost condition, never felt sorrow or remorse for their sin, never asked Jesus Christ to come into their lives to save them,and to birth them into His Kingdom.  

The main Purpose of this site to get people to realize that, apart from Jesus Christ,  they are doomed, damned, and destined for a devil's hell.....forever & forever & forever.   And, there is no 2nd chance.  There is no "purgatory". 

Let me try to explain this as simple as I can.   Salvation is as simple as ABC: 

"All have Sinned, and come short of the Glory of God".    Romans 3:23
You must first realize that you have sinned,  and deserve to go to hell.  We all do.  We are sinners by birth and by choice.
No amount of good works can save you.  You can work your fingers down to the bone, and go to hell without fingers.  No one stands before God on his own record. 

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."   Acts 16:31
Each of us must personally believe on,  and receive Jesus Christ into our heart.   We do this as an intentional act of our will.

Confession:  "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,  and shalt believe in thine heart that God have raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."   Romans 10:9  

Believing & confession go together.   In our heart,  we believe that Jesus is our Substitute when He died on the Cross for our sins,  and by prayer,  we invite Him to come into our heart and be our Lord & Savior.  Then,  we confess Him.  Now, confession simply means to agree with God.   We confess to God in our Prayer Closet,  and we confess about God before men.  Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also  before my Father which is in Heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men,  him will I also deny before my Father which is in Heaven."  Matthew 10:33,34

My Friend,  if YOU have never personally invited Jesus into your heart to save you,  please do it TODAY!   No one is guaranteed to live another day.  

     The Greatest Battle You Will Ever Face

"Look at You!  If you were really a Christian, you wouldn't do that!  You Big hypocrite!
Nobody loves you....God has written you off....no one even cares if you live or die..."

And on and on he goes, lying to you about who you are, lying about your worth to God, lying about your influence on your world.  That's the devil, our adversary, the father of lies, and the accuser of our Brethren, as he whispers in your ear -- "You're no good, you can't live the Christian life, you're worthless to God."   He's not only talking to you....he's talking about you, before God.  He's saying, "Look at that child of your's!  Look at him lie, look at him cheat, look at him gossip, look at him, look at him, look at him!"    But, Praise God!  We have an Advocate with the Father,  Jesus Christ the Righteous, He's also in the Presence of God continually, saying,  "Look at me! I died for that child!  I paid for his sins....that one accepted Me as his Lord & Savior....I am their Righteousness....look at me,  look at me,  look at me!"

So, the battle rages on, as it has since the Garden of Eden, the greatest battle you or I will ever face:  the battle to believe....to believe what God says about you....to believe what God says you can accomplish....to believe what God says you can become.  God says you're priceless;  the devil says you're worthless.  Who you gonna believe?   God says, "Thou shalt not...."   The devil says, "Ah, go ahead;  what's one little slip?  God will forgive you." 

Then, when we do go ahead and sin, the devil is right there:  "Look at you!  Look at you!  Now, you've done it!  You've gone too far this time!  God can't forgive you.  You sinned willfully.  You're guilty, guilty, guilty!" 

The fact of the matter is,  God can and does forgive -- He saw your life in its entirety before you were ever born -- and (if you have received Jesus as Savior), He's already forgiven all your sins, past-present-future, through Christ's sacrifice on the Cross.  The Bible makes it crystal clear that we were "chosen in Him before the foundation of the world".   It's the greatest battle we will ever face:  to live UP TO the level of Truth & Light that God has revealed to each of us....to obey God's will as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures,  or to shrink and shun His will and His way,  and travel our own path.

It's a daily battle....sometimes a moment-by-moment battle.  "I know what God says, but..."  but sometimes I think things -- yea, even harbor things -- do things, and say things that I absolutely know are not in keeping with God's will for my life.  Why?  Why do I keep on sinning the same old sin, the sin that doth so easily beset me?  Knowing the Truth and believing the Truth,  why do I sometimes turn and do the exact opposite?  Friends....if you're looking to me to provide some sure-fire, quick-fix answer....I don't have one.  All I can say is,  look to Jesus.  Look to Jesus.  Obey God.  No matter the cost, no matter the sacrifice,  obey God.  Walk in the Light God has revealed to you,  and He will give you more Light.  If we choose to walk in the darkness, we attract to ourselves more darkness.  We always gravitate toward that which we, secretly, most desire. 

The greatest battle we will ever face is a spiritual battle....it takes place within....in the caverns of our soul,  in the privacy of our heart,  and in the regions of our mind.   This great battle in never won in one decisive victory;  it is won moment-by-moment,  as we surrender our mind and our will to Christ, our Commander-in-Chief, and abandon our goals and dreams to His purpose for our lives.

        Eternal Treasure or Everlasting Curse?

I heard about  the story of a wealthy  man living in a foreign land, who wanted  to  come to the United States.  He decided to sell everything he owned and invest  the  proceeds in a huge, beautiful diamond.  When he got to America,  he would  sell  the  diamond and begin to enjoy  the  lavish lifestyle he was accustomed  to  in his homeland.   This he did.   He searched and  found  one of   the world’s  most beautiful  and  exquisite diamonds.  It was worth a fortune, millions,  and  this  was in the days when a dollar was worth a dollar.

He boarded a ship and began the long voyage  across  the sea.  From time to time,  he would take that precious stone out of his pocket and examine it,  hold it up to the light,  and admire its  rare beauty.   Day by day,  he became more careless in how he handled  his  treasure;   he even reached a point where he would show the stone to his fellow passengers,   toss it up in the air,  and even hold it over the side of the ship,  to dazzle the shocked onlookers.    One day,  as he was  doing   this,  the ship lurched, the deck began to slant,  and the precious diamond  missed  his hand,  and was lost over the side in the ocean.

“Walter”,  you say,  “That don’t sound like a true story.    Nobody could be that foolish with such a valuable treasure!”

Well,  true or not,  my Friend,  the  point is….you are even MORE FOOLISH than the man in the story if you have not made Jesus Christ your Lord!   Why?   Because,  you possess a far more valuable Treasure,  a priceless  Commodity,   a Gift of inestimable worth…..your  Soul!    

See….let me explain something to you:   There was a time when you were not,  but there shall never again be a time when you are not.  You are an immortal Soul.  Your  Soul cannot die…it cannot be burned up…it cannot be dissolved…it cannot be disintegrated…it cannot be destroyed.   You will live on…you will have  conscious existence…somewhere…forever & forever & forever,   throughout   all  Eternity!   Time  has  no meaning   in  Eternity.   Suffering   or  Bliss will know  no  end. 

Our Lord put it this way:  “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Mark 8:36,37

My friend,  you better think about this:  You are going to die.  That’s not up for discussion or debate. Everyone has to die.  But,  Death is not the end!  It is just the Beginning!  In the Bible,  death never means ‘cease to be’.  It always carries the idea of ‘separation’   or ‘to be separated from’.    In death,  you will either be separated  from  God & Heaven,   or  from  the devil & hell.     It’s your choice. 

Life is short.  Death is certain.  Eternity is forever.   Yes,  it’s  your  choice,  but you  must   choose now.  Beyond death’s door,  it’s  too  late.  At death,  your Destiny  is  sealed forever and cannot be changed.

Jesus said,  “I am the Way,  the  Truth,  and   the  Life:  no man cometh unto  the Father,  but  by me.” 

For a fuller explanation of the Gospel,  and to better understand the ABC’s of Salvation,  please visit the site,    www.WaltersHalters.Yolasite.com        May God help you to come to Faith in Him!  It is wisest decision any person will ever make,  in their entire lifetime.       Grace & Peace be unto you.   

  "If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me."

The above statement, "If it is to be, it is up to me",  certainly carries a heavy burden of Truth.   However, it is not the whole Truth.
Because, we know, if we use use the mental faculties the LORD has given to us,  that God causes or allows all things, regardless of what our own will may be.   This site is dedicated to God, to Truth, and to Righteousness.   "I shall pass this way but once;  any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show,  let me do it now, let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

     Seven Self-Image Boosters 

                       Principles From the Bible That Will Transform Your Life
 The Bible has plenty to say about our Self-Image if we'll look closely, and by applying    these Rules for Successful Living, we will be Healthier, Happier, and more Holy. 
1. Worship God
"There is in every man a 'God-shaped' vacuum."  My Friend, you were created by God and for God, and until you get in Harmony with God, you will not see yourself as He sees you, and you cannot be fulfilled, nor accomplish your Mission here on earth. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."  Mark 12:30

"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness;  and all these things shall be added unto you."  Matthew 6:33

I don't believe you can worship God unless you love Him.  What is worship?  Don't expect to find a lot of books about 'Worship'  because there are very few books written on  the subject.  So few know anything about it.   Each of us must discover what it means to us, in our heart.  God's Will for YOU is that you know Him Personally.

2. Love & Accept Yourself
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."    Mark 12:31
How you see yourself has a definite & distinct bearing on how others see you.
I want to say that again:  How You See Yourself Has A Definite & Distinct Bearing On How Others See You.   We get a glimpse of this Principle in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 13, the last verse:  "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."           Now,  there must be a Balance,  we must not think of ourselves too highly,  nor too lowly.  "For I say, through the Grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think:  but to think  soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of Faith." 
Romans 12:3
God has made you as you are, my friend.  Accept it.  Trust Him, and act accordingly.

3.  Love & Serve Others
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."  Mark 12:31
True Love always expresses itself in works & deeds.  Faith without Works is dead, read the 2nd Chapter of James.  How are you going to express Love with "doing something"? The great Apostle of our Faith says, "by love serve one another"  Galatians 5:13        I believe that no one can truly be happy unless they are "serving" in some capacity. 

4.  Be Truthful
One cannot have a healthy Self-Image unless they are willing to be Truthful to themselves and others.   The guilty conscience first appears is Genesis 3:9-13, when the Lord asks Adam,  "Where are thou?"   Adam starts  hemming & hawing, shirking from Responsibility, and  blaming Eve. A guilty conscience will make you cower:  "The Wicked flee when no man pursueth:  but the Righteous are Bold as a Lion." Proverbs 28:1   You don't have to Defend a lion = just turn Him loose! 

You have to work at keeping a Clear Conscience:  Paul said, "Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men"
 Acts 24:16    Here's  one of the Best Ways to do it:  "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?  by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  With my Whole Heart have I sought Thee:  O let me not wander from Thy Commandments.  Thy Word have I his in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."  Psalms 119:9-11

5.  Love Your Work
I believe Work is ordained of God,  Genesis 3:23 "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken."    The Bible says there is Profit in all labor, but idle chatter leads to Poverty,  Proverbs 14:23. The Wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon,  said that man should enjoy his Work, and that it is the Gift of God,  Ecclesiastes 3:13.  Paul said that if any would not work, neither should he eat, II Thessalonians 3:10.  James says that Workers will be Blessed in their deed, James 1:25,  and Moses teaches us to Pray about our Work, Psalms 90:17.      Each of us should seek Work that we enjoy and do well at.

6.  Do Your Best
You are going to feel your best, and Be your Best, when you Do your Best.   Again, Solomon talks about Work, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might", Ecclesiastes 9:10.   Paul, in Colossians 3:17 & 23,  essentially, tells us that our Work is our Worship. "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men".  Did you get that:  Our Work Is Our Worship.   Paul did his best, and here is his confession, "I have fought a good fight,  I have finished my course, I have kept the Faith"   II Timothy 4:7  Do your Best, because as you sow,  so shall you reap. 

7.  Never Stop Improving Yourself
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:  but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the Mark for the Prize of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 3:13,14      Paul wasn't looking at his past accomplishments, his faults, or his failures;  he was looking ahead,  to the future, to what God had in store for him in the future.  My Friend,  the past is gone, done, over.  You can't go back and change a thing.  The future is only a Promise and no one is guaranteed to see another sunrise.  Today...Right Now...is all you own.  Make it count. 

Stop beating yourself up. God sees you where you are, how  you are, and accepts you as you are.  Don't try to clean yourself up.  Come to Him.  He will get you right.  Just turn over control of your life to Him.  He cares for you. 

The One Thing We Must Never Cease to Seek Is Intimacy With God.   He will set our Self-Image aright.   "That Thou Doest, Do Quickly" 

WaltersHalters is a site where I talk about Current Events, the Moral Decay of our Society, and how it all relates to God & the Bible.  In my world view,  everything relates  to Spiritual Principles and God's order of the cosmos. In the final analysis, and against the Backdrop of Eternity, EVERYTHING fades into insignificance;  everything, that is, except  our Relationship with God, Who is our Final Judge.  

          Walter's   Vuz   On   The   Nuz

One  of the recent, and ongoing,  Big Flaps is about Guns and Gun Control.   These are
my thoughts, and you can extrapolate:   If Guns Kill People,  Forks and Spoons Make People Fat.  What do Rubber Ducks & Assault Weapons have in common?    I can assault you with a Rubber Duck!    Please watch this Video on what happened in Australia, as a result of the Gov't Gun Take-Away:    
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Don't think it can't happen here;  it's already beginning.   America!   You Better Wake Up! 

A Wise Investment might be to quietly begin  buying bullets for any common Gun, even if you do not own the Gun for which the bullets are made.   If they eventually outlaw or restrict the sale of ammo (which I believe they surely want to do)  anyone having a store of bullets will find a ready & waiting market for them  on the coming Black Market. 

I had recommended this (buying bullets) some time back, more than a year ago, but no one listened to me.  Even now, I feel, this would still be a wise investment. 


                       Date With Destiny

It   was  the  fall of 1971 and  I  was in  my first  year at  South Georgia  College in  Douglas  Georgia.  I was twenty two years old with no clear direction  in my life....a drinking,  carousing   party animal who was  secretly  crying  out on the inside.   Dormitory   life  is  kind  of  like a huge  family  living in  the  same  small house:  everyone  knows  your  business...by  your day  to day words  and  actions, they  know what  kind of  person  you  are.  Everyone  certainly knew  me:  at  the time  I  drove  a  1950  Plymouth  and  the  body  was in  great  shape,  except  for the  paint  job.  All the windows  were  intact  and  I  kept  them  spotlessly  clean.  One night someone  placed  their  hand on  one  of  the  windows and  pushed  it in and  cracked   it.  You  could  see  the  imprint  of  their  hand on  the  glass.  I was enraged!      I  printed   up  a  big,   profanity  laced   sign,   put   it  in  the  broken window,   and  then  parked  it  right  in  front  of   the  Student Union  and  left  it for  several  days.  It’s   probably  a  good  thing  I  never  found  out  who  cracked it.    I’m  sure  I  was  prepared  to  do  something  that  may  have  landed  me  in prison.     The  LORD   had  other  plans. 

As   college  men  are  wont  to  do,  we   often   gathered  at  night in  someone’s dorm  room  to shoot  the  breeze.   Such  was  the case  that  Fall  night, when  Jim Horne of  Elberton  Ga  was  among us.  Jim  was  the  “resident Christian”  in  our dorm;  he  was  always   happy  and  I  remember  him  always  singing  the  words to  this  old  hymn....                                                                                                     
       “When  the  trumpet  of  the  LORD  shall  sound,  and time shall be  no  more,
         When  the  morning  breaks  eternal,  bright  and  fair; 
         When  the  Saved  of  earth  shall  gather  over  on  the  other  shore,
         And  the  roll  is  call  up  yonder,   I’ll   be   there!”

And  then  he  would  look  at  me  and  simply  ask,  “Will   you?”    To  be  real honest  with  you,  he  was  rather  irritating...not  only  to  me,  but  I’m  sure  to  a lot  of  the  other  guys  also.   But,   on  that  particular  night,  he  asked  me  the question  that  led   to  the   statement   that  changed   my   life:     “DO   YOU   BELIEVE   IN   GOD?”

Now,  if  you want  to get someone’s  attention,   ask  them a question.   Ask  them  a question,  to  which  the  answer  is  glaringly  obvious;  ask  them  a  question  that attacks  them at their point of  pride, or  a  question that  erodes their  foundation of confidence.   But.... “Do you  believe  in God?”   My  answer  was  immediate  and  sincere:   “Sure, I  believe  in God...I’m  a  Baptist!”   I  had  been  brought  up  in  the  church;   my dad  was  no  spiritual  giant, but  he  faithfully  took  me  and  my  brother  and  sisters  to Sunday  School  and  church every  Sunday.  At  a  young  age  I  walked  the  aisle,  shook  Brother Lundin’s  hand, and  was  baptised.  And  then,  pretty  much forgot  all about  it.     Anyone  who  knew  me  back  then will  tell you  I  was a   young rebel,   to put  it  mildly. 

"Walter,  you  might  believe  in God...but you’re  not  serving  the  same  God  I’m serving.”   Can one statement  alter a  person’s  life?   I can attest  to you...it can!   That  one statement, by Jim, was  to me  what the  iceberg  was to the Titanic:   it sent  me  to  the  bottom,  emotionally.     I  don’t  remember  anything  else  he  said  that night...nothing  else  was  necessary.  Embodied  in  that  one  Truth  was  what  I  needed to hear:    I   was  guilty  before  a  Holy God,    I needed  a  Savior...not  next  week....not tomorrow...but  RIGHT  NOW!    I  remember  going   back  to   my  own  room  (I could take  you  to  the very spot, right  now),   getting  down on  my knees  beside  my  bed  and praying  a  prayer something  like  this: “God, be merciful to me a sinner!   I have sinned.  I have gone  my  own way;  I know I deserve hell.   Please  forgive me, wash me in   the blood of  Your  Son,  Jesus,  who  died  on  Calvary  to  pay  the  penalty  for  my  sins.  I confess Jesus  as  my  Lord  and  receive Him  into  my  heart as  my  personal  Savior.    Amen!”

My friend,  let  me  ask  you  a  question: “Do you believe in God?”    Well, of course you do.     But,  has  there  ever  been  a  time  when  you - in the  privacy  of  your own  heart - asked  the Lord  Jesus  to  come  into  your  heart and forgive  you  of all  your  sins?    You need  Jesus Christ.  That’s  not up for discussion or debate; you know you   need   Jesus.        I   can  give  you  three  compelling   reasons  why  you  need  Jesus:     you  have  a  past,   you  have  a  present,   and  you   have  a  future.      Think   about   it. 

Are  you  serving  God  with  your  life  right  now?    By   your  words  and  by  your actions....your  family,  your friends,   your  co-workers  know  whether  you  are  or not.   Every  day you’re  preaching  a  sermon;   what does  your  life  say  to others?     Right now...today...God  wants  to  use  you  where  you  are  and  with  what  you  have.   Don’t  wait  for  tomorrow;   tomorrow  is  promised  to  no  man.   God  has  placed  inside you  precious  gifts,  talents,  and abilities....that  no one  else  has.   There  remains  a  work for  you  to  do,  that  if  you  don’t   do....shall  remain  forever  undone.     Even  Voltaire, the  old  pagan  unbeliever  understood  this;  he said,   “Every  man is guilty of the good he did  not  do.”    Quit  playing  games  with  God.   Time  is  short.  Discover  and  utilize  the gift  God  has  placed  in  you.   God’s love...His  care  and  concern,  and  tender  mercies toward  us  are  more  wonderful   than  any  of us  could  ever  imagine!

Ask  yourself  a   question  that  can  change  your  life....  “LORD,  what  wilt  thou have  me  to  do?”                          “That  thou  doest,    do  quickly.”

        Any Where You Look in the Bible, You Find Jesus!

In Genesis, He's the Seed of the Woman
In Exodus, He's the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He's the High Priest
In Numbers, He's a Pillar of fire by day & a Pillar of fire by night
In Deuteronomy, He's a Prophet just like Moses
In Joshua,   He’s  the  Captain  of  our  Salvation
In Judges,   He’s  the  Judge  &  Lawgiver
In Ruth,   He’s  our  kinsman  Redeemer
In Samuel,   He’s  a   trusted  Prophet
In Kings & Chronicles,   He’s  a  reigning  King
In Ezra,   He’s  a   faithful  Scribe
In Nehemiah,   He’s  the  Rebuilder  of  the  broken  down  walls in  our  lives
In Esther,   He’s  our  Mordecai
In Job,   He’s  the   Day  Spring  from  on  high 
In Psalms,   He’s  the  Lord  our  Shepherd
In Proverbs  &  Ecclesiastes,   He’s  our   Wisdom
In the Song of Solomon,   He’s  the  Lover  &  the  Bridegroom
In Isaiah,   He’s  the  Prince  of  Peace
In Jeremiah,   He’s  the  Righteous  Branch
In Lamentations,   He’s  a    weeping  Prophet
In Ezekiel,   He’s   that  Wheel  turning
In Daniel,   He’s   the   4th  Man  in  the  firey  furnace
In Hosea,   He’s   the  Bridegroom  married  to  the  backslider
In Joel,   He’s  the  Baptizer  with  Holy  Spirit  &  fire
In Amos,   He’s  our  Burden  Bearer,
In Obadiah,   He’s  a  mighty  Savior
In Jonah,   He’s  a   great  foreign  Missionary
In Micah,   He’s  a  Messenger  with  beautiful  feet  carrying  the  Gospel   
In Nahum,   He’s  the  Avenger  of  God’s   elect
In Habakkuk,   He’s  a   great  Evangelist  crying  for  revival
In Zephaniah,   He’s  the   Restorer  of  God’s  lost  heritage
In Haggai,   He’s  a  cleansing Fountain
In Zechariah,   He’s  the  Fountain  in  the  house  of  David
In Malachi,    He’s   the   Sun  of  righteousness  rising  with  healing in His wings

The New Testament:
In Matthew,   He’s  the  Messiah
In Mark,  He’s  a  wonder   Worker
In Luke,  He’s  the  Son  of  Man
In John,  He’s   the  Son  of  God
In Acts,  He’s  the  ascended  Lord   Who  sends  the  Holy Spirit
In Romans,  He’s   a  Justifier
In Corinthians,  He’s   the  Gifts  of  the  Spirit
In Galatians, He  sets  us  free
In Ephesians,  He’s  the  Christ  of   riches
In Philippians ,  He’s  the  God  Who  meets  our  every  need
In Colossians,  He’s  the  fullness  of  the  Godhead  bodily
In Thessalonians,   He’s  the  soon  coming   King
In Timothy,  He’s  the  Mediator  between  God  and  man
In Titus,  He’s  a   faithful  Pastor
In Philemon,  He’s  a  Friend  Who  sticks  closer  than a  brother
In Hebrews,  He’s  the  Blood  that  washes  our  sins  away
In James,  He’s  the  great  Physician
In Peter,  He’s  the  chief  Shepherd
In John,  He’s  everlasting  Love
In Jude,  He’s  the  Lord  coming  down  with  ten  thousand  saints
In Revelation,  He’s   the  King  of  Kings  and  Lord  of  Lords

                     Spiritual Healing

I  want to talk about  spirtual healing.....how to remove the obstacales that may stand between you and your getting  through to God,  in your  prayers and  in your communion with Him.  This is simple and won't take long. 

Simple,   but far from easy.  
Consider this verse in Matthew 5:23,24 ---
"Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the alter,  and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee,  leave there thy gift before the alter,  and go thy  way;   first be reconciled to thy brother,  and then come and offer thy gift."   
When you get on your knees to  pray,  what's  the first thing  that pops into your mind?  
That's  probably  the first thing you need to deal with;    is it some sin you're wrestling with?   Is it some sin of  commission (something you did you  know you should not have done?),   some sin of  omission (something neglected or left undone?),   is it something  you  did or  said  to hurt someone  else?   Oh,  you  may not have  meant it to hurt  at the time it  escaped  your lips,   but  as soon as it did,   you  knew  the damage  was done.   You  hurt someone you love very much.
Words  can be  such  hurtful things;    sometimes,   more  than  stripes on our back.   Physical  wounds  can heal  in  weeks  or months;     emotional  wounds  can take years.....sometimes,   never.  
I remember....I was sitting up in the balcony of  First Baptist Church,  Atlanta,   oh,  now,   I guess,   some  thirty  years ago;    I could  take you to the very spot  if that  old building  was still standing....when  a good friend  came and  sat down  right  behind me.     I turned around and  made a pleasant  comment to him,  and  all he  said to me  was  two  words....exactly  two words.
I've  never understood  what he meant by  those two words,   but I've  never forgotten them.   They  were  hurtful words....words  that cut me to the heart.
In the last couple of years or so,   him & I have communicated,  and  I recounted   to him  the  incidence;    he  drew a blank....had no recollection of it.   But,   he did  apologize. 
I wonder....is there something in your life....when you  get down to pray,   does it keep popping up?      It may have been  forty  years ago,     but  you know  that  somewhere....someone  is  holding a grudge  against you  because of something you said or did.    It may have been  said in jest,   you were  just kidding  (in your mind),   and  you  think,   "They  couldn't  possibly  be  still holding  that  against me after  all these years!"
"....and  there rememberest  that thy brother hath  ought against thee....go thy way....first be reconciled to thy brother...."
Let me ask you this:    Can you turn  360  degrees  and  not  detect any  emotional  blips on your  radar?    I'm not talking about  getting overly  introspective;    I'm talking about  getting  right with God....if there is  friction  between you and  another brother or sister,  or  anyone,   you need to go to that  person and  make amends.   Don't make  any difference  who's  fault it is;   if  you go to another person in  humility,  sincerity,  kindness,   and  the spirit of  reconciliation,   and   that  person  wants none of it,    the burden is off you;   you have done your  part.  
It may be that you need to pick up the phone,  and  talk to someone you haven't spoken to, or even thought about,  in years,   to apologize....to ask forgiveness....to admit  that you were wrong....
For some,   these will be some of the  hardest  phone calls you've  ever been called  on to make;    but  make them,   you must.
Ask the Lord,   "Lord,  is there anything clogging  the  pipeline between me and You?" 

"....then come and offer thy gift." 

                               THE  GREAT  LAW

"Dream lofty dreams,  and  as  you dream, so shall you become.  Your  vision is the promise of what you shall one day be:  your Ideal is  the  prophecy of  what  you  shall  at  last  unveil."
Hello,   friends....and thank you for spending a portion  of your very  important  day  with me.   I trust it will be a  worthy  investment of your  time.  
I want to talk to you today about  the  Great Law...the Great Law that  governs your life and mine,  and always  has.
You know,  its interesting...you can  drive down  any  street in your town,  and  from your car,  discern  to some  degree how people  are  applying  or  misapplying  this Great Law.    Drive down to the ocean   and  view the  beachfront  mansions,  with  their  beautiful  spanish  architecture and  tile roofs...the winding driveways and  tree canopyed  yards...and  see that,  consciously or  unconsciously,   these folks  understand and  work with the Great Law.   "But",  you say,  "Some of these people  have to be  drug dealers".     Don't  make   no  difference;  someone  thought they  deserved  all  the  money  and power to acquire these  worldly possessions.   They did something....they  rendered  some kind of  service  in order to  get the wealth  they  enjoy.  
The  Great  Law  holds  true in all places,  at all times,  with  all people.   Oh,  I agree...it sometimes  seems  the Law has been  thwarted or  skirted;  but my  friends,   this is only  temporary...the Great Law is  like a  never failing   boomerang...it must...it has to...and it will  inevitably  come  back  to bite or  to bless. 
"The soul attracts that which it secretly  harbors;  that which it loves,  and also  that which it fears;  it reaches  the height of its cherished  aspirations;  it falls to the level  of  its  unchastened desires,  and cimcumstances  are the means by  which  the  soul receives its own."
"Every  thought-seed  sown or  allowed  to fall  into  the mind, and to take root there,  produces its own,  blossoming  sooner or later into  act,   and bearing  its  own  fruitage of  opportunity  and  circumstance.   Good  thoughts  bear  good fruit,   bad  thoughts  bad  fruit."
"The outer world of circumstances  shapes itself to the inner world of  thought,   and  both  pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are  factors  which make for  the  ultimate  good of the individual.  As  reaper  of  his own  harvest,  man learns both  by  suffering  and bliss."
This  Great Law is  impartial:    it will  slice your  bread  or  cut you to pieces,  depending  on how you  apply it.   It  doesn't  care.
Applied  rightly,   this  Law  will  lift you to heights  unimaginable in  your  reflective moods;   misapplied,    it  will  grind  you  to powder,  and  cause  you  to  wonder,   "What else could go wrong?"
My  spirt  soared,  along with millions of others,    during the Olympics, as I  watched  that   38  year old  mother of a  teenager  run  to victory in the  women's  marathon!   She was  so far  ahead of  the other runners,   they couldn't  even see  her!
You  know  what  got  her there?  The  Great  Law!    An  imbecile  could  tell you that...an  imbecile  could tell you  what she's  been doing with her time.   You  don't  finish a  26  mile race in first place  without  investing  hundreds of  lonely hours pounding  the pavement. 
The  Great Law....so great is this  Law, its  alluded to in the  first  chapter  of the book of  Genesis,  and  also  in the  last  chapter of the book of the Revelation;  in  the   first and  last  chapter of  Proverbs,    and   hundreds of  verses in between.  
Even  animals  understand  the  Great Law...as  do  the  criminals  that  fill  our  institutions. 
"A man  does  not come to the  almshouse or  the  jail  by  the tyranny of  fate  or circumstances,  but by the  pathway of groveling thoughts and  base desires.  Nor does a pure-minded man  fall suddenly into  crime by  stress of  any  mere external force;   the  criminal  thought  had long been  secretly fostered in the heart,  and  the hour of  oppoutunity  revealed its gathered  power.     Circumstance  does not  make the  man;  it reveals him to himself."
Better be careful  what you  pray for,  and  wish for.   You might get it.  "What  things soever  ye desire,  when ye pray,  believe  that ye  receive them,  and ye shall have them."   Mark 11:24
"Men do not attract that which they want,  but  that  which they are.  Their  whims,  fancies,  and   ambitions are  thwarted  at every  step,  but  their inmost thoughts and  desires are fed with their own  food,   be  it  foul or  clean.    The  'divinity that  shapes our ends'    is in ourselves;  it is our  very  self.    Man is manacled  only  by himself:   thought and  action  are  the jailers   of  Fate---they  imprison,  being   base;   they  are also  the   angels of  Freedom---they  liberate,  being   noble." 
Probably,  only about   half of us  can   clearly  and  succinctly  articulate  this  Great Law;  yet,   it  governs  our  every  waking moment,  and even  affects  the  quality  and quantity of our  sleep.   Sadly,  some of us (including  me),  knowing  &  understanding  this Law, sometimes   choose  to   violate it.    We don't  'break'  it...it  breaks us.  
"A  particular train of thought persisted in,  be it  good or bad,  cannot  fail  to produce  its  results  on  the  character  and circumstances.    A man  cannot  directly  choose  his circumstances,  but   he can  choose  his  thoughts,  and  so  indirectly,   yet surely,   shape  his  circumstances."
"Nature  helps  every man  to the gratification  of the thoughts  which  he  most  encourages,   and  opportunities  are presented   which  will most  speedily  bring  to the  surface both the  good  and evil  thoughts." 
"Every man is where he is by the law of his being;   the thoughts which  he has built into his  character have  brought  him there,  and in the arrangement of  his life  there  is  no   element of chance,  but all  is  the  result of a  law  that  cannot  err."
"Walter..."  you  ask,   "What  exactly is  this  Great Law?"    I will  tell you  where to find it  articulated  clearly and  succinctly:  Check out  the  sixth  chapter of  the book of   Galatians,  in the Bible.   You'll  find it. 
And,  it  makes no difference  whether you  believe  the Book or not:  the  Great Law  has  you  in  its  grip...always  has  &  always  will.
"Tempest-tossed souls,  wherever  ye may be,  under whatsoever conditions ye may live,   know this---in the ocean of life  the  isles of  Blessedness  are  smiling,   and  the  sunny shore  of your Ideal  awaits  your coming.   Keep  your  hand  firmly  upon the helm of  thought.   In  the  barque of your  soul   reclines  the  commanding  Master;  he  does  but sleep;    wake  him.    Self-control  is  strength;  Right  thought  is   mastery;   Calmness  is  power.   Say  unto  your   heart,   Peace,  be still!"
 (All quotes   are from  "As a  Man  Thinketh"  by  James  Allen)

                     HOW  TO  OVERCOME  BAD  HABITS
 I  suspect  some of us have some  habits  we  would like to jettison...but,  they somehow stick to us  like  the old  'tar  baby'.       Here is  some  help &  hope  in  overcoming your  bad habits.

1. Engraft Romans 6:1,2 into your mind & heart. Realize specific verses address specific habits. You should begin to memorize all of Chapter six. Also, consider John, chapter 15. "Abide in Me, and I in you." 
 2. Picture myself as dead to sin, Romans 6:11. Consider it to be so. Sin is not my master; Jesus is my Master. I am dead to "that" sin. 

3. Compare the Law of sin to the Law of gravity. A law always operates the same under the same conditions. The key to meditation is memorization. Get a specific verse in the Scriptures to match your specific habit or temptation. "Waiting on the Lord is meditating on the Lord".  

 4. Personalize Romans 6:1,2. "Shall I continue in _______?" , and here insert the habit you want to eliminate. Victory don’t come to the half-hearted. 
5. Make no provision for the flesh, Romans 13:14. Don’t provide the means for temptation to come near you. Translation: Quit sin!
6. Become accountable for consistency. Find someone you can trust.
7. Be alert, and obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Don’t pray for Victory; enter into the Victory that is already your’s. See 1Corinthians 15:57,58.
Read--often & prayerfully--Psalms 107. "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.......Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD." Psalms 107:20, 43.
"Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me."       Psalms 119:133

"For with God nothing shall be impossible." Luke 1:37

Why America is on a collusion course.....and what YOU can do about it.
Lesson # 1:
* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000

Now, let’s remove some of the zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
(The percentages remain EXACTLY the same)

* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts: $385

Lesson # 2:
Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:
You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood....and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.
What do you think you should do ...... raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?

My Friends....Please join me in Prayer for our President & his Family, and our Senators and Congressmen, along with out State & Local Leaders.   

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Thank you and  God Bless You. 




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