“Pastor Ballard” has been in the lives of the Knapp’s since the early 90’s. He has walked with us through thick and thin and raised us up in the Lord, encouraging us and building us up in the faith. Here is what he has to say about Dr. Knapp and his book:
Lord, I’m sorry for failing to be grateful for all the wonderful blessings You have given me. First of all, thank You for sending Jesus to show me Yourself and Your heart, and to purchase my wonderful salvation. Thank you for the body of Christ, and for all the wonderful people You’ve placed in my life. Continue reading →
Steve Jobs said, “Focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
It is my heart and desire to allow God to clear me of anything that is not set on pursuing Him. It is simple to serve God. It is complex not to.
The value or worth of an object is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for it. My value and worth is determined by how much God was willing to pay for me. I am worth everything to him. It cannot be said enough: My God loved me so much that he gave from himself his Word, his Son Jesus, to become flesh and live and die for me. He did this so that I could believe and receive Him, His nature and His reward. He traded himself in for me and I trade myself in for Him. He took my sin-dead life and made me alive, eternally in the Anointed One (Ephesians 2:5).
The picture above comes from Lester Rosebrock on a trip to Ethiopia in 2011. I was not on that trip, but I have been to Ethiopia since then and spent a fair amount of time there. My dad talks about one of his experiences in Ethiopia in a previous chapter. I included this picture and place primarily because there are many impoverished people there and it was a tremendous blessing to be able to give in a place with so much need. I do, however, want to point out that just because a place or a people appear to be impoverished in the physical sense of the word, it does not mean that they do not have tremendous riches in other areas.
Lord, give me grace to receive your revelation (vision, knowledge, impartation and prophetic insight into what You have for me). Also, give me grace to begin to expect and prepare for great things from You in me. Show Yourself to me in such a way that it will bring transformation and transfiguration into and “according to the image of the One who created” me (Colossians 3:10).
Often times I find myself asking and then forgetting, seeking and then becoming distracted, knocking and well you get the picture. Giving up on the promises God has given me comes from a lack of commitment. We all need grace to obey the following Scripture, to “ask and keep on asking,” to “seek and keep on seeking.”
What a picture—asking God to examine and investigate our lives; inviting the One who knows everything about us to come and show us what is inside of us; inviting Him to convict our hearts and to lead and guide us on the this journey to His heart.