Blog 199 for January 23, 2021





I have had the experience of flying in some smaller private planes through the years. My friend, Roy Wall, from Lubbock, Texas, volunteered to fly me in his plane to speak in conferences in Texas and Oklahoma several times. It was something he really wanted to do. Even though I was accustomed to flying to speak across the country in big jets, I could tell he would be honored to fly me in his small plane, so I agreed. It really did give me an opportunity to have a wonderful fellowship with an outstanding layman in Lubbock First Nazarene Church. 


Roy’s plane was not equipped with an automatic pilot. If it had been, I probably would have been nervous in my journeys. I have read about the yoke in automatic pilot planes almost mysteriously turning the plane. As a matter of fact, it might look to the casual observer as if the plane was out of control and turning on its own. I can tell you that would really make me nervous! The fact is, an outside power would be directing the plane through a radio signal from the airport of our destination, guiding the flight, and drawing the plane closer and closer to itself, steadily being directed toward the goal. 


In recent times I have been tempted to think that our lives, our nation, the whole world are out of control, with no direction or destination. I must admit the big concern in my heart leading up to the elections on November 3rd and January 5th was political conservatives to be elected to office. That has been Bess's and my prayer every morning in our devotional times for months. The results of the elections have become one of the greatest disappointments I have ever experienced. There is no doubt in my mind that the price is going to be great for all of us in the future.


I have convinced myself that God is in control. My Lord gave me a tremendous promise from Isaiah 48:17 {NKJV} on Friday morning January 8 that is powerful! 






I am very excited to declare that God is sitting at the controls! God does everything with a careful plan and perfect design. He has planned carefully for each of us, arranging Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, even before the foundation of the world! Doesn’t it make sense for us to cooperate with God so His plan works in our lives as He intended? Without one doubt, the time is right for a mighty spiritual awakening to sweep through our nation and around the world! Do not forget this glorious fact: “Prayer is the key to heaven, and faith unlocks the door!” Can you begin to realize what would happen if God’s people would rise up in a revival of prayer covering America? Here is God’s promise I am continuing to stand on. Will you join me?


  • “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves,
  • And pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways,
  • Then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”   2 Chronicles 7:14


In a few days, on January 28 (Thursday) at 10:00 a.m., I will be preaching at the Florida Holiness Camp Grounds on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. This is leading up to the 96th annual camp meeting that begins on February 21. It has always been a joy to speak to the many friends that spend the winters on the camp meeting grounds every year. Many of these people attended the services at Lake Gibson Church during my pastoral ministry. 


Dear Lord, send a great revival in my soul!


Charles Kirby




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Blog 199 for January 23, 2021 



“Hocus Pocus” or the Real Thing?


We’ve just recently celebrated Christmas and the New Year.  Many youngsters received a myriad of surprise gifts.  In my mind’s eye, I can just see the light, the sparkle in their eyes, and the smile on their faces when they opened those gifts!


Charles, at times in his pastoral ministry, liked to perform magic for the children.  It was a delight for us to see their eyes “pop wide open"...and their faces glow in wonder and amazement as he said, “Hocus Pocus."  Some of the children even cried, “Do it again!!!"


God doesn’t do magic.  He doesn’t give us “Hocus Pocus” delight, but He does perform MIRACLES.  And those are needed every day by millions in His amazing world.


I wonder what’s on your heart today?  What miracle do you need? I know for sure that I need the real thing; not some “hocus pocus” trick.  Let me tell you, having traveled on the narrow road for about 65 years, that Jesus cares for us. He will not forget His own. He sees what we are going through. He sticks closer than a brother, a sister, a mother, or a father. He will never leave us nor forsake us.


Whatever your need is today, as you read this blog, hold those shoulder high, as you lift your eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh your help. There’s a miracle in the making for you.  Rejoice in the Lord.  This is the day that He hath made.  “Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim; in the light of His glory and grace.”


         Read these wonderful promises of God and be blessed.


Matt. 7:7 “Ask and it shall be given you, seek…, knock…”


John 13, 14 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.”


Eph. 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”


James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.”


Hebrews 13:5 "...I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”


There are yet thousands more wonderful words of life.  Find them in God’s Word.  Enjoy the song “Wonderful Words of Life”  



 Bess Kirby




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