"My Pain"

"Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins."(Psalm 25:18)

There are many of you who will read this that are suffering with pain. There are many different kinds of pain. Predominately when the word "pain" is mentioned we think of our physical pain. Other pain in our spirit and soul man is more of a toxic memory or some type of traumatic experience. Today let's face the fact that some of us have bodies that are racked with pain while others have no clue what we are talking about. If you fit into the "No Pain" category, stop what you are doing, get on your knees and give thanks to God that you are pain free! To those of you that deal with pain on a daily basis, I feel you and I pray God's Healing touch in your life. The verse today has the word "pain" in it but it also refers, in Hebrew, to our toiling because of the discomfort caused by pain. The word "affliction" is a reference to our depression, being pressed down or being overwhelmed by some struggle we are facing. The world, the church and our lives are full of pain, painful memories or toxicity of some kind. David is asking God to "Look" upon his pain, affliction and sins. "Look"means to see, to gaze or to have a vision of; David, very openly, says to God, "Please take a Look!!!" The word "Forgive" in this passage means to
"LIFT", so I join David and say "Lord Lift this off Me"...... Do you need something lifted off of you today? The word "cry" is found often in the scriptures, we automatically associate cry with pain so cry out today for God to lift it off you. The word "forgive" in the Hebrew in this passage also means "ease"; Lord, please "EASE" my affliction, my pain and my sins today, today I cry unto you!!! "A Psalm of David. Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit."(Psalm 28:1). Let's just take the mask off, let down our front, wash off our church perfume and cry today. The Tears of the Spirit will wash away all of our yesterday's, the Bloody Stripes of Jesus will heal our bodies and God Himself will lift our sins off of us today. Today is the day that God does the impossible.

I Believe,
Pastor Scott L. Boatner

Be Thankful anyway......

If the heaviness of darkness has settled on you like fog on a mountain, you have nothing too lose so just get an "attitude of gratitude"!!! BEING THANKFUL, anyway, WILL MOVE THE DARKNESS AND THE MOUNTAIN THAT HAS YOU AT A STANDSTILL!!!
Just haul off and try being thankful.....let me hear from you!!!

Not "for" but "in" everything "GIVE THANKS!!!

1Th 5:18  IN EVERYTHING give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

They were wrong...

Have you ever been criticized? Have you been told that you would never accomplish anything? If you weren't told by someone's voice, you could feel it emitting from their judgmental spirit or maybe the way they looked at you. Were you bullied in school? Are you intimidated now? Did you have to hang out with the "unpopular" group because you weren't "cool" enough to hang out with the self-proclaimed"cool" people? Today, you are an adult with a load of toxic memories that haunt you especially when you see certain people in public!!
The "elephant in the room" is never discussed but quietly left under the rug. When you see them they do one of two things, go down the isle your not on or stop and talk as if nothing ever happened....THEY WERE WRONG then and THEY ARE WRONG now!!!! You can be or do anything God has purposed for you. There should be a dream deep down in your Spirit that God placed there many years ago but because of what "they" said and say, you keep your future repressed. You take it out and look at it, dream about it occasionally but then you put your dream back in its cage. The reason you do that is because those toxic memories are just as real today as they were when you walked the halls of your high school. Let it out, turn it loose and let it lead you in the way that God created for you!! Yes, you are gifted, talented and one of a kind that God created for a special place in this world!!! THEY WERE WRONG then and THEY ARE WRONG now about you. Don't let anyone or anything hold you back.

"Hope deferred (prolonged) maketh the heart sick: but when THE DESIRE cometh, it is a tree of life.
THE DESIRE accomplished is sweet to the soul:"
(Proverbs‬ ‭13:12, 19‬a KJV‬‬)

Don't let someone else control your life when God has so much in store for you!!!

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Are we bearing this fruit?

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:"(self-control)
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭

If we are not bringing forth fruit of this nature, it could be a "root" issue??

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

I thank You All Day/Everyday for Your BENEFITS!!!

"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with BENEFITS, even the God of our salvation. Selah."
‭(‭Psalms‬ ‭68:19‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his BENEFITS:(Psalms‬ ‭103:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner


Ask yourself these questions;

Did my "feelings" get hurt or have "I" been hurt?
Has our "relationship" been violated?

There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between getting your "feelings" hurt and having your "relationship" with someone violated!!! A heartfelt "I'm sorry" will fix our feelings most of the time, if we are mature enough to process the difference between daily feelings and the depth of long term relationship. If a long term relationship gets violated, trust breaks down and that type of hurt is something far deeper than just "feelings"!!!
Just by definition, the word "violation" is going to be much deeper within our inner man that just '"feelings"!! It is a must to categorize our relationships and our hurts!! Do we know one another because we work together, go to church together or are we bound by vows of marriage or family?
Our relationships with others whether they be a spouse, parent, sibling, children, coworker, church or recreation are like assets, either solid or liquid. A liquid changes depending on the container but a solid holds its shape!! What is the context of the relationship? Is the relationship seasonal or life time? Did you get your feelings hurt or have YOU been hurt deeply? Please consider these thoughts before making permeant decisions concerning relationships. JESUS IS MY HEALER!!!!!

"but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."
Proverbs‬ ‭15:13‬b KJV‬‬

"....but a broken spirit drieth the bones."
Proverbs‬ ‭17:22‬b KJV‬‬

".....but a wounded spirit who can bear?"
Proverbs‬ ‭18:14‬b KJV‬‬

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

"Show someone some love today!"

"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in DEED and in truth."‭‭(1 John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

Let people see and feel your love today!!

"Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins."
‭‭(Proverbs‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

God Is Able!!!

Whatever you are facing today, please know that your VICTORY is in the STRENGTH OF GOD!!!

"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is NOT to the swift, NOR the battle to the strong, NEITHER yet bread to the wise, NOR yet riches to men of understanding, NOR yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
‭‭(Ecclesiastes‬ ‭9:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

God doesn't have bad days!!!

Aren't you glad God doesn't have bad days? Even when we are not so strong in our faith, He doesn't change!!!

"For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." (Malachi 3:6)

Our daily faith status update may have an extreme impact on our day, but has no impact on the nature and intent of our God. I'm very happy to know that even when I can't seem to get it together, He's got it together for me. I'm at peace knowing that God has my name tattooed in the palm of His hand.

"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands;" (Isaiah 49:16)

He holds me in His hand, safe from the enemy!!!

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." (John 10:28).

No matter what happens on this planet, in this life, I cannot perish because my God has got me in His hands, holding me safely.

"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee." (Psalm 91:7).

Nothing can separate me from the Love of my Heavenly Father. Thank You, God!!

"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself."(2 Timothy 2:13)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

When I feel the cold of winter.....

When I feel the cold of winter 
In this cloak of sadness, I need You 
Oh the evil things that shake me
All the words that break me I need You 

Over the mountains, over the sea 
Here You come running, my Lover to me

Do not hide me from Your presence 
Pull me from these shadows, I need You 
Beauty wrap Your arms around me 
Sing Your song of courage, I need You

Over the mountains, over the sea 
Here You come running, my Lover to me
Oh, through the valleys, through the dark of night
Here You come running, to hold me till it's light

I'll come running, I'll come running, I'll come running back to You 

(Song of Solomon/Jesus Culture/Martin Smith/New York Live)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Is your life a wreck?

Draw a line in the sand which will be a boundary, by default, it will create a perimeter around your life and once again, by default, it will create a structure, then you will have what is called context in your world!!! Your marriage has a different context than your job!! These disciplines define what you do at home, work, school, church or you will just do random all day creating confusion and unnecessary stress in your life. You must have structure or your children would have no idea which school bus to get on after school, worse yet, what house is their home? Is your life a wreck, if so, I advise you to read the Book of Proverbs until the merry-go-round stops, then get off and go home where it's safe!! If you have stress at home, work, church and school, you must stop the madness or the madness will stop you from enjoying your world!!!

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe."‭‭(Proverbs‬ ‭18:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬))

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Looking Good!!

Everything that looks GOOD TO YOU, may not be GOOD FOR YOU!!!

The Forbidden Fruit on the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" looked good to Eve, smelled good to her, tasted good to her but wasn't "GOOD FOR HER"!!!!

"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."
‭‭(Genesis‬ ‭3:6-7‬ KJV)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

"Yesterday or Tomorrow?"

"Which one do you want, you can't have both!

All your hurt, pain and sorrow is behind you!!! I'm sure you are hurting, but today is a 24 hour Time frame God has given us to connect to tomorrow but if you take all that emotional baggage with you, you will never be free of the emotions of yesterday so you will never truly experience tomorrow!!!! You cannot have both at the same time!!!

We are so addicted to our emotions that we can't go very long without having to look back at the pain someone caused us to get our EMOTIONAL FIX!!!!! We go to church, shed a few tears then we leave thinking we've met with God but there is a big difference between the "Presence of God" and our human emotions being stirred over our past!!!!

Yesterday or Tomorrow, Which will it be???

"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,"
(‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

"Grace, The Gift of God!"

In 1760, a self-proclaimed wretch penned the hymn, "Amazing Grace", his name was John Newton. Mr. Newton, with God's help, gave the church a great Hymn. A song that we still sing today about the Grace of God!!

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: "Ephesians 2:8

This passage of scripture leaves our religious point systems out of the picture. Humanity, unfortunately, inherited it's religious nature from Adam and Eve. What did Adam do when he sinned against God? He tried to fix it with some fig leaves, leaves that soon withered and exposed his nakedness. Our fig leaves are a pathetic excuse for the Grace of God but our religious nature still goes for the fig leaves instead of repentance. We are saved by the Grace of God, plus nothing--minus nothing!!
I can assure you that I was saved by grace, it had nothing to do with my being good and churchy. Sure, I walked the church isle, cried, got baptized and hugged all the good church folk almost every time I got in trouble!! Guess what, that's not salvation. Salvation is meeting Jesus and meeting Jesus is simple faith in Him as Savior. On January 31,1982, 35 years ago tomorrow, I met Jesus Christ my Savior, He radically changed my life!! It's sad that people are still wearing fig leaves today to try and cover their sin. Please quit wasting your time trying to please God enough with your good deeds to get to Heaven. The road to heaven is not paved with good intentions but with the Blood of Jesus, The Lamb of God!!!

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Put your faith and trust in Jesus today. Ditch your fig leaves because they will wither in a few hours and you'll have to gather some more anyway. Life would go a whole lot better for all of us if we would spend our time bragging about what God has done for us rather than what we've done for Him.

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Show Respect or wipe your tears and say goodby!!

 Respect is more than a common decency, it is imperative in every aspect of relationship! Whatever the context, if you don't respect those in relationship with you, you will lose what really matters!!! You cannot keep what you will not respect!!!

Luk 12:48  "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:"

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner

Alone in the Darkness!!!

If you feel alone in the darkness, it's simply because you can't see in the dark!! If you could see in the dark, you would know that your dark room is filled with others just like you!!!! You are not alone......Jesus is The Light in a dark world!!!

"He revealeth the deep and secret things: HE KNOWETH WHAT IS IN THE DARKNESS, and the light dwelleth with him."‭‭(Daniel‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner
Preacher of The Gospel

"Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!"

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee."
‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭122:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

I Believe,
Scott L. Boatner
Preacher of the Gospel