"We believe and are sure"......

My course is set, I've stepped over the line and cannot turn back because there is nothing behind!! My hope for tomorrow is greater than it's ever been, so much bigger than the vision I had at day one. The meek shall inherit the earth so the vision must grow by journey's end!! We must not forget the promises of our God!! We can be distracted so easily but our steps are ordered by the Lord. "Will you walk with me", the Lord says? At one point in the ministry of Jesus Christ all the people left the meeting and went home. Jesus turned to the 12 disciples and asked, "Will ye also go away?"

""Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." (‭‭John‬ ‭6:67-69‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

Choose Jesus and Stay the course!!

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Don't judge your future by your past!!!

It may not have looked to good today but things are going to turn in your favor at any moment!!   Just be thankful and the Heavens will open above you!!    "For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."(Psalm 5:12)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

"The Struggle is Real"

If you are trying to find your way home through the storms of life, just look for The Father, He's standing out in the front yard waiting on you.  You can't miss Him, He's The God of The Universe!!   "And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him."(Luke 15:20)
If life is too much to handle at the moment, just run to Jesus!!!

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Supply and Demand!!

I thank my God above that as I face the demands of each day, I can rest assured that His Grace will supply what's demanded of me!!! If you feel like you can't carry the load that is put on you today just process the day with a different perspective. Stop and take a few minutes to make yourself aware of the umbrella of Grace that is covering you. God's Grace will meet the demands of the day for you but you will have to quit trying to meet those demands yourself because "the letter (law) killeth and the Spirit gives Life"!!
Let Grace supply the demands of the day!! "But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil." ‭‭(2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

He's Close!!

If you are hurting today, God is close enough to wipe your tears. You will soon feel His touch!! "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."(Psalm 34:18)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

The Spirit of Fear!!

Fear is the devil's mind game on your playing field!! If he's talking in your head, he is just trying to cause you to fear. "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."(Psalm 34:4)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Today could be the Day!!

Whatever dreams, visions and blessings that God has in store for you, will arrive exactly on time. The devil cannot take them away!! "The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
"(Psalm 37:18)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

"The Intimidated"

The lesser person is always intimidated by the greater.
The unsuccessful person is always intimidated by the successful.
The hypocritical person is always intimidated by the person of integrity.
The one that is bitter is always intimidated by the person that is happy.
The unforgiving person is always intimidated by the forgiving.
The immature person is always intimidated by the mature one.

What? The "intimidated" has to justify their actions and words so they are always whining about something because they have a jealous, critical spirit. Instead of learning from the wiser person that intimidates them they evacuate the room because they don't know how to survive without attention. They live to get attention but if someone else gets their "entitled" attention, they have no idea how to respond. The person that has inner peace, that speaks the truth and lives for God can sleep at night because they don't have anything to prove. The Book that we base our beliefs on is called the Bible, the Inspired Word of God. It is the foundation upon which we stand therefore, in Christ, we can always win!! "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place."(‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ KJV) You should know that the people that intimidate you are probably not even aware that it's happening because they have a spirit of excellence about them and you may be suffering from low self esteem. Read the Gospels, slow and deliberate, Jesus walked in authority answering His critics questions with questions which revealed their own emptiness!! What do you fill yourself with everyday? If you want confidence, you can only get that from the Word of God!

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

"What is Christianity?"

 "Christianity : the religion that is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ"

 The question, 'What is Christianity', was in the comments in response to a devotion I posted on FaceBook. (Social Media has become a very useful tool that enables the followers of Christ to advance the message of Christ.) This question keeps haunting me, yes haunting me, because the answer is easy to locate in the dictionary but it has probed deep into my Spirit. Are we following the teachings of Christ? Do we read the Bible often or do we just casually read a verse here and there? Do we wait until we go to the church of our choice and depend on the preacher to be our complete source of biblical knowledge? Why do we have so many denominations or maybe a better word would be divisions in the community we refer to as Christianity? Do we believe what we believe because it was handed down from our ancestors and we've found verses to validate our belief system or do we really believe the Bible? Do we know what the Word of God actually says for ourselves or do we know what someone told us it said? Have we adapted to a lifestyle we picked up at the church by default or do we grow in grace as we journey by faith? I'm often asked where something is in the Bible and when I say, "Actually, that's not in the Bible", I get the strangest looks, sometime more than strange looks.... So, 'What is Christianity' and are we Christians? 
Read this passage from Acts 11 slow and deliberate, please; 

"Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Greeks, PREACHING THE  LORD JESUS, And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a WHOLE YEAR they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called CHRISTIANS first in Antioch"(‭Acts‬ ‭11‬:‭19-26‬ KJV)

Christianity is a group of people that have been introduced to Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost and the Preaching of the Word of God!! Once introduced, they put their hands to the plow, they don't look back, they take up their CROSS and bear it to the nations of the world!! Have you been called a Christian lately? Are you 'cleaving' to the Lord Jesus Christ with 'purpose of heart'? If you are the only Christian that someone ever sees, how is that going to work out for them in the end? Does our lives portray a clear message or do we send out mixed signals?  Are we fulfilling what Christ wanted us to fulfill?
Just asking myself the hard "in my face" questions, "Keeping it Real"!!

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and GREATER works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭12‬ KJV)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Not Today....

Just like the three Hebrew boys I won't bow to your foolish ideologies which are your gods! I will not shake at your threats nor allow fear into my mind nor spirit but I will stand and "having done all to stand"! I have made my decision, I suggest you make yours, who will you serve? This is America, we are a country of many that should be one!! We cannot fight amongst ourselves and expect peace. Those of you that understand how and why we exist are true Americans but if you don't know, I hope you soon find out what an American is because we are not defined by the color of our skin but by a hope that lives within for something better tomorrow than yesterday!!! One man put it like this; "God created the Nation of Israel because he loved them but America is the ONLY Nation that was created because it's founding fathers loved God!"
I will not be silenced today nor any other day for that matter but I will be a voice of truth in these chaotic days! I pray that most of you have never been in a foreign land where you were certain that you would have to die for your faith, I have, believe me when I tell you that God's Grace is sufficient, so stand up and say something good about this great country!!! I will not be intimidated, no, not today!!! You will have to pry my Bible out of my "COLD DEAD HANDS" but even then you cannot redefine the TRUTH!! Please take a few minutes and read a story from Daniel 3:12-25. It's about 3 Hebrew boys that wouldn't bow to the system so they tried to burn them but they wouldn't burn!!! They didn't even smell like smoke once removed from the fiery furnace!! You cannot destroy the evidence of the Almighty God because His people are faithful till the end!! We cannot be hushed, we won't go away until all is said and done!!

"If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."(‭Daniel‬ ‭3‬:‭17-18, 25‬ KJV)

"Not Today"

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

"It is what it is"

You can cause darkness in all the earth but God will speak four words and completely change the atmosphere. "Let there be light"

You can throw Joseph in a pit, falsely accuse him of wrong and put him in prison but he will become the Prince of Egypt anyway!!

You can overlook, ostracize and oppress David but he will still win every battle he fights and become King of Israel in spite of it all.

You can throw Daniel into a den of lions, but he will sleep just as well with the lions as without them.

You can put the three Hebrew boys into the fiery furnace but at the end of the day they won't even smell like smoke much less burn!!

You can nail Jesus to a cross, put Him in a tomb but He will walk out under his own power, then forgive the people who nailed Him to the Cross.

You can lock Peter in prison but the Angel of The Lord will go into jailbreak mode and release him.

You can cast Paul and Silas into jail but God will shake it down to release them, then save the jailer in the process!!

There is no valley too deep, no mountain too high, no night too dark, no day to long that God's Grace can't get you through it!! IT IS WHAT IT IS ......

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ KJV)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Just a matter of time...

God is an Eternal Spirit, He spoke, created time, earth, man and woman. He created them male and female in order to fill the earth by giving birth after their own kind! There are only two groups of people on earth, spiritually speaking, those that have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and those that don't.. I pray that if you do not know Jesus that you call on Him today because each group has a very certain end.

"But the path of the JUST is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the WICKED is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭18-19‬ KJV)

The "Just" live by Faith and that Faith will bring the Blessing of God into their lives like a magnet to steel. However, the wicked, stumble through life only to come to a bitter end. The Psalmist said the "way of the transgressor is hard" but the "way of the righteous shall be blessed". Jesus Christ spoke of only two ways, not several but two roads to travel.

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭13-14‬ KJV)

Which road are you on? Time is running out so its just a matter of time before you are past the point of no return!! I plead with you to seek Jesus today because He alone can and will forgive you of your sin henceforth bringing you into the Kingdom of God!! We now have over 7 billion people on the planet we call earth, most of which do not know Jesus Christ!! As shocking as it may sound there are millions that have never even heard the Name, Jesus Christ!! Our ministries in India are preaching Jesus in villages where not one person has ever heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ!! Please consider your future today, repent of your sins and call on Jesus!! He will forgive you and give you an eternal peace that cannot be found anywhere but in Him!! Choose Jesus today because "today is the day of Salvation"!

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

America, The Offended!!

Everyone seems to be offended at or over something today!! I would like to, humbly, just make an observation. Since many, not all, seem to claim to be Christians, I would like to discuss the Bible definition of the word "offended" and simply point out that you can live life without being offended.

"Great peace have they which love thy law: and NOTHING SHALL OFFEND them." (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭165‬ KJV)

I know this is going to shock some people but not everyone is like you and there is a good chance that not everyone even likes you!! I'm confident that not everyone likes me. I had to except the fact that not everyone is ever going to like me. You can live your life trying to keep everyone happy but you will be the one that is miserable because if you have to work at keeping people happy, it's not working!! "Great Peace" is available to those that "love thy law" and this peace is the God kind of peace, so it's much more than a warm fuzzy feeling. It is wholeness, nothing missing, everything in its place and it only comes from the criteria in Psalm 119:165! The word "offend" means to be stumbled by someone else's actions or words. In also means to be stopped where you are, so instead of going forward in your walk with God, you stop! You live in the past because you are allowing a past experience to cause you to be bitter and unforgiving. You are allowing other people to completely control you and they probably don't even care, in some cases don't even know they have offended you. Why would you want to give control of your life over to others when you can live free if you get in the Word and let the Word get in you. The word "love" is our word for intimate relationship, so it's not just a casual reading of the Word but a passion to know it and its author!! Your not going to change the past but with the "Peace of God" you can move forward into the future or you can choose to stay where you are at this moment. Are you comfortable, because you are going to be there for a while...
If you continue to feed your offense it will just get bigger in your life until you are defined by it instead of who you really are!!

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Happy Fourth of July!!

(Please take time to read this and may their spirit be birthed in us!! Please make sure your children know this because our populous is "re-defining" all things of integrity and historical character so they can justify their sin!)

The Fourth of July, the day we Americans celebrate the birth of our great country and the freedoms we enjoy. I thought you might want to know what happened to the 56 brave men that signed the "Declaration of Independence". If only we had men like this running our country today!!
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and remember these Patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. They sacrificed everything they had because our Freedom was not Free!! "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (‭Psalms‬ ‭9‬:‭17‬ KJV)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Jesus Christ; The Controversy!!!

"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea." (‭Mark‬ ‭9‬:‭42‬ KJV). Yes, Jesus Christ made this statement, He wasn't voted "Class Favorite" that year!! A millstone is basically a heavy rock, now read the verse again, it will be more of a blessing to you now that you know what a milestone is....

"And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves."(‭Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭15-17‬ KJV) Yes, Jesus Christ, actually did this in the Temple, turned their tables over, threw them out and called them thieves!!! Just deal with it the best you can.

"And they were 'OFFENDED' in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." (‭Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭57-58‬ KJV) After this attempt at ministry in His hometown, Jesus the Prophet, moved up to Capernaum on the coast of the Sea of Galilee and His ministry was coordinated from there the rest of its duration on earth. (Mark 9:33) He offended people on a daily basis!!

"And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed."(‭Matthew‬ ‭16‬:‭3-4‬ KJV)
Yes, Jesus, called these people hypocrites, wicked, adulterous, not because He hated them but because it was the truth!! TRUTH IS NOT HATE but quite the contrary!!

"Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me." (‭Matthew‬ ‭17‬:‭17‬ KJV)
Yes, Jesus, ask these people how long would He have to endure their lack of Faith and their skewed view of things? Ignorance is always such a blessing in any type public gathering.

"Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire." (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭8-9‬ KJV). I know it's a bit harsh but if certain parts of your anatomy are causing you to sin, just cut them off or gouge them out and throw them away! You obviously didn't need them anyway. Jesus was not in the local fellowship of "feel good churches", they didn't care for His sermons, miracles yes, but TRUTH, not so much...

"But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." (‭Matthew‬ ‭23‬:‭13‬ KJV). Yes, He told these scribes, pharisees and hypocrites that they were going to hell and to make matters worse they were hindering others from getting into the Kingdom of God!!! If you want to go to hell while playing your religious games, you can but please don't take people with you. Please fly solo on this trip!!

"And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in THE HOUSE. And straightway MANY were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them." (‭Mark‬ ‭2‬:‭1-2 KJV) They packed in His house to hear him preach the "WORD" unto them because they were words of hope for hopeless, peace for the troubled, help for the helpless, health for the sick, strength for the weak and salvation to all mankind!!!

Just get to Jesus, He will instantly forgive you of your sin and bring you into His Kingdom!!!

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner