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Are You Dedicated to God? . . . Really?

April 28, 2018 by Richard Lee McGuire

"Dedication." That's a heavy word. Or at least you'd think it was because of the

e-x----t--------r----------------e--------------------------------m--------------------------e LACK of it in the Body of Christ. Wow! The way that the Blood-bought ones are so intensely INactive, INsecure, INconsistent, INattentive, INsensitive, INadequate, INcapable, INconcise, INgracious, INsipid, INstable, INsufferable, INtolerant, INcivil, INconsiderate, INconstant, INdelicate, INdifferent, INeffective, INelegant, INert, INferior, INflexible, and INept when it comes to honoring the teachings, the commands, the WORD of ALL-mighty God, you'd be hard pressed to recognize that which they truly A-R-E "in": IN Christ (Romans 3:24; 8:1-2; 12:5; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:26, 28; Ephesians 1:3; 2:6, 13; 3:6; Philippians 2:5; 3:3, 14, 21; Colossians 1:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2:1; 3:12).

What brings the word and the thought of "dedication" to mind is my over four DECADES of S--E--E--K--I--N--G out those who have such a heart to be about the things of the One that they love. Unfortunately, though, what I've found farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr too frequently are people who fit the following two verses like size-10 feet sardined into size-8 shoes: "'These people SAY they honor me, but their HEARTS are F-A-R away!" (Matthew 15:8; The Living Bible [TLB]); "'Why do you keep on SAYING that I am your Lord, when you REFUSE to DO what I SAY?'" (Luke 6:46; Contemporary English Bible [CEV]).

"Dedicate" means "To T-O-T-A-L-L-Y COMMIT to the WORSHIP of God." If that "G" on "God" were "g," those people would have it right...and MOST times, THEY'D be that "god." Sad. Really, truly sad. But oh so true.

To determine how dedicated YOU are to God, "Check on yourselves. Are you REALLY Christians? Do you pass the test? Do you feel Christ's presence and power more and more WITHIN you? Or are you just pretending to be Christians when actually you AREN'T at ALL?" (2 Corinthians 13:5; TLB). "(3)...[H]ow can we be SURE that we belong to [God]? By looking WITHIN ourselves: are we REALLY trying to do what HE wants us to? (4) Someone may say, 'I am a Christian; I am on my way to heaven; I belong to Christ.' BUT if he DOESN'T D-O what Christ TELLS him to, he is a L-I-A-R. (5) But those who DO what Christ TELLS them to will learn to love God more and more. THAT is the way to K-N-O-W whether or not you ARE a Christian. (6) Those who CLAIM to BELONG to him M-U-S-T live JUST as Jesus did" (1 John 2:3-5 [TLB], 6 [New International Reader's Version (NIRV)]).

In order to see how Jesus lived so that we may pattern after Him, let's explore the components laid out in the following Scripture dedication blueprints: "(48) '...The very

words I have spoken[,' Jesus said, ']...(49) I did NOT speak on my own. The Father who

sent me commanded me WHAT to say. He also told me HOW to say it. (50) ...[W]hatever

he tells me to say, I say!'" (John 12:48-49 [NIRV], 50 [TLB]). "Jesus replied, 'The Son can do NOTHING by himself. He does ONLY what he sees the Father doing, and in the SAME

way" (John 5:19; TLB). "(28) ...I DON'T do ANYTHING on my own.... (29) ...I ALWAYS do what pleases him..." (John 8:28-29; CEV). "(41) Jesus...prayed, (42) 'Father, if you are

willing, please take away this cup of horror from me. But I want YOUR will, N-O-T MINE'" (Luke 2:41 [CEV], 42 [TLB]).

Jesus was soooooooooooooooo dedicated that He N---E---V---E---R said or did ANYTHING unless the Father said or did it. And as was already stated in 1 John 2:6 (TLB), "Those who CLAIM to BELONG to him M-U-S-T live JUST as Jesus did." He's our example of dedication. Fortunately for us, WE don't have to be dedicated on our OWN strength. God the Holy Spirit STRENGTHENS us so that we CAN do it (Ephesians 3:16). Merely ALLOW Him to do that. EVERY second. Of EVERY minute. Of EVERY hour. Of EVERY day. Of EVERY week. Of EVERY month. Of EVERY year. For the rest of your life.

Dedication to the things of Almighty God is NOT an "option." It's a C-O-M-M-A-N-D!

Treat it with the respect it's due and watch how radically your life transforms into one in which The Lord reigns. Truly. Really. Dedicatedly.Non-Christians are basically limited to psychs, psychics, and psychos to help them TRY to shrink THOSE types of mountains into proverbial mole hills . . . at best. Christians, on the other hand, have a God-given, Spirit-directed and empowered, nitroglycerin-like weapon which—when used to its fullest, consistently, persistently—GUARANTEES that their personal “Mount St. Helens” will be obliterated like a drawing on a shaken Etch-O-Sketch: faith. (“. . . God hath dealt to EVERY man THE measure of FAITH” [Rom. 12:3; KJV].) The good thing is that it only takes a mustard-seed-sized piece of faith to demand that the volcanic mountains LEAVE your life. (“. . . [If] you have faith AS SMALL AS a MUSTARD SEED, you can S-A-Y to this MOUNTAIN, 'Move from here to there' and it WILL move. NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE for YOU” [Mat. 17:20; NIV].) Please note that you do NOT need a MOUNTAIN-SIZED piece of faith to move a MUSTARD SEED!

Now, determine WHICH mountains need to be removed from your soul's landscape and target each one by SAYING the appropriate verse(s) from God's Word--MIXED with FAITH--UNTIL they're no longer even ANT hills under your feet. (". . . [If] ANYONE S-A-Y-S to this MOUNTAIN, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and does NOT DOUBT in his HEART but BELIEVES that what he S-A-Y-S WILL happen it WILL be done for HIM" [Mk. 11:23; NIV]; ". . . [The] gospel . . . ; . . . COMBINE it with FAITH" [Heb. 4:2; NIV].) Let's say that the mountain you want to tell to go jump in a lake is “fear.” Here's what to say to it: "'God has NOT given me the spirit of FEAR, but of power, love, and a sound mind' (2 Tim. 1:7; KJV), therefore, FEAR, I command you to leave my life NOW, in the Name of Jesus." Now, THINK, SPEAK, and LIVE like you're no longer under the mountain of fear's shadow and watch IT FLEE in fear! Never forget: If you THINK in your HEART you are _____(Fill in this line with that which you THINK you are in your HEART)_____, you ARE!

If You Think You Are, So You Are

April 28, 2018 by Richard Lee McGuire

If you've dwelt upon a particular thought for any length of time, you've caused it to grow and groW and grOW and gROW and GROW within you until it's become a virtual mountain bursting forth from the womb of your heart. ("As a man THINKETH in his HEART, so IS he..." [Prov. 23:7; KJV].) Let's face it, you've given birth to so many "mountains" in the course of your everyday life that you have whole ranges of them peppering your soul's landscape! Unfortunately, though, far too many of those mountains are either lava-spewing, Earth-scarring, life-smothering volcanoes, or they're headed in that direction.

Non-Christians are basically limited to psychs, psychics, and psychos to help them TRY to shrink THOSE types of mountains into proverbial mole hills . . . at best. Christians, on the other hand, have a God-given, Spirit-directed and empowered, nitroglycerin-like weapon which—when used to its fullest, consistently, persistently—GUARANTEES that their personal “Mount St. Helens” will be obliterated like a drawing on a shaken Etch-O-Sketch: faith. (“. . . God hath dealt to EVERY man THE measure of FAITH” [Rom. 12:3; KJV].) The good thing is that it only takes a mustard-seed-sized piece of faith to demand that the volcanic mountains LEAVE your life. (“. . . [If] you have faith AS SMALL AS a MUSTARD SEED, you can S-A-Y to this MOUNTAIN, 'Move from here to there' and it WILL move. NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE for YOU” [Mat. 17:20; NIV].) Please note that you do NOT need a MOUNTAIN-SIZED piece of faith to move a MUSTARD SEED!

Now, determine WHICH mountains need to be removed from your soul's landscape and target each one by SAYING the appropriate verse(s) from God's Word--MIXED with FAITH--UNTIL they're no longer even ANT hills under your feet. (". . . [If] ANYONE S-A-Y-S to this MOUNTAIN, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and does NOT DOUBT in his HEART but BELIEVES that what he S-A-Y-S WILL happen it WILL be done for HIM" [Mk. 11:23; NIV]; ". . . [The] gospel . . . ; . . . COMBINE it with FAITH" [Heb. 4:2; NIV].) Let's say that the mountain you want to tell to go jump in a lake is “fear.” Here's what to say to it: "'God has NOT given me the spirit of FEAR, but of power, love, and a sound mind' (2 Tim. 1:7; KJV), therefore, FEAR, I command you to leave my life NOW, in the Name of Jesus." Now, THINK, SPEAK, and LIVE like you're no longer under the mountain of fear's shadow and watch IT FLEE in fear! Never forget: If you THINK in your HEART you are _____(Fill in this line with that which you THINK you are in your HEART)_____, you ARE!

You're Right Where You're Supposed To Be

May 1, 2018 by Richard Lee McGuire

I'm no different than you, you're no different than me, we're no different than anyone else when it comes to proclaiming the works of our God, our Savior, our LIFE--yes, our VERY L-I-F-E! There are people right there where YOU are--ALLLLLLLLLLLL around you, actually--who are crying out for someone to love them, to forgive them, to encourage them, to acknowledge them, to support them, to smile at them, to assist them, to befriend them, to correct them, to instruct them. In other words, to be Jesus to them. Over the course of my life, God has ALWAYS had someone to whom I could minister . . . or someone who could minister to me. Therefore, I proclaim unto you, diligently S - E - E - K how our loving Heavenly Father would use YOU in the PRECISE position that you are in. Get your focus OFF of yourself and see the hearts, the needs, which surround you. Allow Him who knows EVERYTHING to intertwine you into the lives, the very HEARTS, of the people who encompass you. And WATCH--yes, WATCH--what WONNNNNNNDROUS things that shall unfold before you.

The Bible is steeped in this one particular truth: Put OTHERS' needs BEFORE your OWN, and God will grant you the very desires of your OWN heart (John 14:15; 1 Corinthians 10:24; Psalm 37:4)! Go for it! Be His representative right there, smack dab in the middle of YOUR sphere of influence. Watch as He speaks through YOUR lips, uses YOUR tongue to form the words that HE plants within YOUR mind. And watch as people MELT under the warm glow of God's radiant love which emanates forth from you. For it S-H-A-L-L, oh yes, it most certainly SHALL!!!!!!! How can I state this so assuredly? Because as I type these words out, I'm doing so under the anointing of Almighty God. He is the one who has birthed these very words and, therefore, it shall be HE who shall fulfill that which has been stated right here! You can take THAT to the bank!!!!!

NOTHING is done without purpose. NOTHING! When Joseph (Genesis, Chapters 37, 39-50) was sold into slavery and then placed in prison for rape, it was all a part of The Master's master plan to get him where he NEEDED to be at the right time. You see, in order to fulfill the dream that God had shown Joseph when he was a teen (Genesis 37:5-11), God knew that there were going to be twists and turns in his life which would look like God had made a mistake, that God had abandoned him, that God was having fun at his expense, that God was cruel, that God . . . well, you get the idea. But in all actuality, God knew that Joseph NEEDED to go through each and every single one of those experiences; they either taught HIM or he taught SOMEONE due to them (Psalm 37:23).

In order for God to have His PERFECT way done in, to, and through Joseph's life, it required that Joseph be pruned, educated, corrected, guided, strengthened, and increased in both knowledge and wisdom. The events of his life provided that AND M-O-R-E.

If Joseph HADN'T been in prison, then he COULDN'T have interpreted the cupbearer's and baker's dreams (Genesis 40). If Joseph HADN'T been in prison, the warden of that prison WOULDN'T have known the power of Joseph's God (which showed forth so fluidly that the warden basically turned the day-to-day operations of the prison over to the PRISONER Joseph) (Genesis 39:20-23)! If Joseph HADN'T been in prison, then God WOULDN'T have been able to show forth His AWEEEEESSSSOOOMMMMMMME power by freeing Joseph from that very same prison in such a dramatic way. Oh, and by the way, PROMOTING him to the SECOND most POWERFUL position not only in Egypt (the nation of his bondage), but in the known W - O - R - L - D (Genesis 41:1-44)!

When Joseph later exposed who he was to his brothers, he told them some VERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY powerful words. He said--and I quote from Genesis 50:20 (New International Version [NIV]): "You intended to harm me, but GOD intended it for good to accomplish what is NOW being done, and the SAVING of M-A-N-Y lives." Who knows what--according to the FULLLLLLLLNESS of God's PLANS--the purposes of God may be for YOUR current, and subsequent situations. Ride out the storms which rumble into your life and you'll see that EVERYTHING will "get sweeter and sweeter as the days go by, oh what a love between my Lord and I, I keep falling in love with Him, over and over, and over and over again" (These lines are from the Gospel song, "I Keep Falling In Love With Him").

One last thought on the above topic. Moses (Exodus 2:1-3:10; Acts 7:30), the deliverer--(liberator)--of the Israelites, went from being a child of an oppressed people to being the son of royalty. He was trained in the finest school, with the finest teachers, wearing the finest clothing, eating the finest foods, sleeping in the finest bed, and having all of the rights and privileges of royalty at his beck and call. All because he was fished out of the drink by Pharaoh's daughter. He, according to the history books, had been a general in Pharaoh's army. He even has a couple of battle victories under his belt. You'd think that all of that would've prepared him for leading the future nation of Israel out of their present dire straits. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. God said, "Hey, General Moses, I have a troop for you to lead. They're all in 'uniform,' and they're so much like the troops that you're used to guiding into battle. But they're stationed WAAAAAAAAAAAAY over on the back side of the desert. Report for duty, soldier!" Yes, God had the great, victory-winning general of Egypt, Moses, overseeing the lives, micromanaging the daily affairs, of a flock of wool wearers: sheep. And after 40 Y-E-A-R-S of instructing THAT troop, God finally said, "Okay, Moses, you've done well. NOW you can lead My people into the Promised Land." And he did.

What I've been trying to say throughout the past few paragraphs is that you MAY need to CHANGE how you've been looking at your current situation. You see, to your eyes, things might look bad. And they may BE bad. But DON'T allow the Devil to steal the VICTORY that The Father has hidden for you right in plain sight. Trust me; I've had more than my share of experiences in which I lost sight of the one tree that He wanted me to focus upon and allowed my eyes to drift onto the REST of the trees of the forest.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) states His battle PLANS not only for YOU, but for the world at large, for those who are HIS: "'For I KNOW the PLANS I have for YOU,' declares the LORD, 'PLANS to PROSPER you and NOT to HARM you, PLANS to GIVE you H-O-P-E annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd a F-U-T-U-R-E.'"

Lastly, check out these words that Esther's uncle told her about why she may have been made queen out of ALLLLLLLLLLLL the beautiful ladies there were at the king's disposal: " . . . 'And who knows but that YOU have come to the kingdom for such a time as THIS and for THIS V - E - R - Y occasion?'" (Esther 4:14; Amplified Bible). And likewise for YOU; who knows whose life YOU may infiltrate and the subsequent results of that meeting. Hmmmmm. These are some words to think about and LIVE by.

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It was my pleasure to go to Kenya December 7, 2018, through January 8, 2019, as the keynote speaker at a mega conference to train 6,000 bishops, pastors, and church leaders from 13 African countries. Then I traveled throughout Kenya, teaching, training, and otherwise ministering to hundreds of bishops, pastors, district leaders, tribal chieftains, widows, and so many more. It was an awesome time in the Lord.

Please allow me to share with you a few things which transpired upon my return from my month in Kenya. Texting takes too long to explain everything, so I won't waste your time giving you all the details, but let's just say that the devil has been busy trying to destroy the things of our God just as he usually does.

When I arrived back in Grand Rapids, Michigan, (USA) my phone exhibited a virus type of effect on it. After I had been back a couple of days and had a couple of different people look at the phone to see if they could repair it, I finally had to have it factory reset. In the process, pictures and videos of my time in Kenya which had been sent to me on WhatsApp were lost.

The cameraman that I had been working with for The Liberator International Ministries (The ministry it is my honor and privilege to oversee) decided that he was not going to be able to work for us and the church I attended at the same time. So he dropped us. He told me this the very day I was supposed to take the SD cards and flash drive and pictures I had on my phone and do his work on them so I could have good photos and videos available from my Kenya trip. But since that has not happened, the SD cards and flash drive are still in my possession. Now I once again have to find somebody who can extract the photos and videos from them.

A wonderful Christian friend whom I'd known for roughly 15 months informed me that she was not interested in being ONLY my friend, so she has moved on.

Lastly, I require $7,000 US dollars BY FEBRUARY 10 AT THE L-A-T-E-S-T in order to pay for 2 visas; 2 rental cars; fuel for both cars for roughly 21 days; plane tickets from the US to India, from India to Pakistan, and from Pakistan back to the US. I am to hold evangelistic meetings for several thousand people altogether in both India and Pakistan from approximately February 26 through March 17, 2019.

If you know of anyone who may be led to donate towards these needs, please have them go to the Events Page on our ministry web site and follow the instructions for donating, or have them get ahold of me:

Pastor Richard Lee McGuire

Earthly Executive Director

The Liberator International Ministries

P. O. Box 9863

Wyoming, Michigan 49509-0863 USA

theliberatorinternationalministries.org

[email protected]

+1-616-914-4165

Please know that "The Lion"--me--is still roaring in spite of the obstacles listed above! 😇