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Blog 199 for January 23, 2021

 

 

I AM GLAD GOD IS IN CONTROL!

 

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 THE LORD YOUR GOD,

WHO TEACHES YOU TO PROFIT,

WHO LEADS YOU BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 198 for January 16, 2021

Bartow Regional Medical Center

 

 

MY RECENT HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE

 

I began an unexpected hospital experience on Monday, December 28. Dr. Remmer, my priority care doctor, after special examinations, had determined I needed hospital

Dr. Remmer

attention immediately. Since Bartow Regional Medical Center was the closest to our condo, I chose to go there. I was instructed to check-in through the emergency room. Can you believe this? The person that checked me in said, “You don’t recognize me, but I know you. You were my pastor for ten years in Winter Haven.” She told me I had her wedding, and that she really missed me and my ministry. I remembered her family and asked her to say “Hello” to her mother Lois, who is now 85. That was over 30 years ago. 

 

I spent the week there in the hospital until mid-afternoon on New Year’s Day. I really did receive excellent care during my stay. When I have visited church members when they were patients there, I was always impressed with the care they were receiving, and the beautiful new building and location on U.S.    Highway 98 North.

 

On Thursday morning December 31, I thought I was going to heaven. It really is impossible for me to fully describe what was happening in my body that morning. It seemed my heart was vibrating and I was trembling. Since Bess was home and not allowed to visit until 1:00 p.m. because of Covid - 19, I called her several times to ask her to pray for me and to send out a prayer alert. To say the least, she was frightened. By now a heart machine was rolled in to check my heart vitals. I could tell that there was concern written on the faces of the nurses and the doctor when he arrived. 

 

It was obvious when Dr. Jesus took over. The vibrating and trembling ceased and the facial expressions of the doctor and nurses changed. Once again my incredible prayer army had come to the rescue! I called Bess, who by now had just arrived and was parking. It goes without saying, we really did have a celebration! 

 

Florida Holiness Campmeeting Grounds

 

In a few days, I will be preaching in an assignment leading up to the 96th year of the Florida Holiness Campmeeting.  At this event, it is always heartwarming to see and worship with a very wonderful group of dedicated followers of our Lord!

 

Our God is still on the throne!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 197 for January 9, 2021

 

 

THE 4 KEYS TO SUCCESS IN 2021

 

There is a movement that is trying to remind all of us of the need for constant improvement. Yet we seem to be so mired in our past that we struggle with being all that God wants us to be. Let us look at the third chapter of Philippians as the apostle Paul reminds us of some keys to success as a Christian.

 

CONCENTRATE ON ONE MAIN GOAL - VV. 12-13

This has to do with our focus. We have so many projects and things we dabble in; but to be a success for the Lord, we must concentrate on one main goal in life. The main thing must always be the main thing.

 

CONCENTRATE ON CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT - VV 12-13

We never arrive. Even the sanctified life is one of constant growth and spiritual development. We are on dangerous ground when we feel we have arrived and there is no area in which we need to grow. God is continually stretching us and causing us to be conformed to His will and purpose.

 

FORGET THE PAST - V. 13

To forget the past is a constant, deliberate discarding of any thought of past attainment or past failure. A major challenge is to bury the defeats of the past and to reach forth unto those tremendous victories of the future. 

 

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE - VV 13-14

There is only one way to really forget the past, and that is to focus on the future. Where is our focus? Is it one of past sins and past failures? God wants us to focus on what we can become if we follow Him and focus on His grace and His possibilities for our lives.

 

The main goal for the new year and the main challenge in our life is to look to God for His help each day and to seek to be all that He intended for us to be as we are running life’s race.

 

Now is the time to plan for a great 2021.

 

Charles Kirby 

    

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 196 for January 2, 2021

 

 

SEVEN DAILY RULES FROM GOD FOR 2021

 

If we really want to experience a great New Year we must go to the source that will make it all possible. Our Lord gives us 7 keys, 7 daily rules to live by in 2021.

 

1. WAKE UP

Decide you are going to have a good day every day.

Psalm 118:24 “Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

 

2. DRESS UP

The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. It is a very inexpensive way to improve your looks.  I Samuel 16:7 “The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the

outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

3. SHUT UP

Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.

Proverbs 13:3 “He who guards his lips guards his soul.”

 

4. STAND UP

Stand for what you believe. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for In due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

 

5. LOOK UP

Look up to the Lord. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

6. REACH UP

Reach up for something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 

7. LIFT UP

Lift up your prayers.

“Do not worry about anything; pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6

 

At the beginning of another New Year, I find myself praying more and more for our Lord to hasten His return for His waiting and expectant family.  Without a doubt, it is the only answer for a world that continues to fall apart. “Evan so, come Lord Jesus” is my daily prayer. All of us need to keep our lamps trimmed and burning. I really do believe our Lord’s return could be at any moment. Are you ready and expecting His return?


Charles Kirby

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 198 for January 16, 2021 

 

 

MY HUMANITY IS SHOWING!

 

I got up one morning with the blues still filling my spirit.  All I felt like doing was crying…..crying over lots of stuff; crying over our leaders of government, including President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden. I’m crying over the misguided words of our mouths and the failures of our Christian influence on our culture. What has happened to the body of Christ? Have we put down our weapons of warfare, causing our enemies to triumph? And, I’m crying over all the things I can’t even phrase. I feel like I’ve cried a river of tears. The only thing that gives me the courage to keep on keeping on, is that TEARS are a language God understands.  I’m reminded that Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Surely HE must be weeping over these United States of America, as well as other countries of the world. He must also be weeping over the chaos in so many of our families and the closing of our churches.

 

As in my yesterdays, I am today, not just soaking in my own tears, but my spirit is being called into action. I am praying. Calling on God to defeat our enemy...to heal our land...to strengthen us for what’s ahead...to restore the church again...TO SAVE THE LOST, to put HIS thumb in our backs, preachers and laymen alike…to shine through us...to protect us with HIS royal blood, keeping us safe ‘til the storm passes by, and even so, to COME QUICKLY, LORD JESUS.

 

 

This is just verse one of this great old hymn, written by Martin Luther. Verse 2 tells us who THE RIGHT Man is, who is on our side. He’s the MAN of GOD’S own choosing. HIS NAME IS CHRIST JESUS, LORD SABAOTH. HE MUST WIN THE BATTLE.  AMEN. AMEN. AMEN. 

 

Praise our Mighty Fortress. He inhabits the praise of HIS people.  “The prince of darkness grim - We tremble not for him. His rage we can endure, for, lo, his doom is sure…”  “.....GOD’S TRUTH ABIDETH STILL. GOD’S KINGDOM IS FOREVER.” Whew!!! GLORY! GLORY! GLORY!  I’m standing in the gap; how about you?   

 

Enjoy this great old song on YouTube video. 

 

BESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 197 for January 9, 2021 

 

 

WHY REPEAT?

 

Repeating can be good! Just listen to music and often lyrics are repeated.  Think about directions to someone’s home.  They are repeated numerous times. In cooking, a chef may repeat the combination of spices many times in his meal preparation.  Reading the Bible over and over and over is a blessing!  I’m glad you agree that repeating can be a good thing.  It can be profitable. So, here goes...a blog from last year.

 

ON ANY GIVEN DAY…

The skies may be overcast.  The sun may refuse to shine.  And you may be sinking low.

 

ON ANY GIVEN DAY…

The storm clouds may appear.  The rains may fall.  And you may cry a million tears.

 

ON ANY GIVEN DAY…

The weeds may take over.  The flowers may die.  And you may despair.

 

ON ANY GIVEN DAY…

Insects and animals may destroy the garden.  The food supply may vanish.  And you may break down.

 

ON ANY GIVEN DAY…

God may walk right in and solve your difficult problem, hear your cry.

 

And, ON ANY GIVEN DAY…

God may turn your deep mourning into great joy.

 

Our God is faithful.  He will mend your broken heart.  He will dry your tear-stained eyes.  He will supply your deepest needs.  He will make a way for you.  

 

ON ANY GIVEN DAY, you can always count on HIM.  

 

Written by BESS KIRBY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 196 for January 2, 2021 

 

 

 

LET’S START THE YEAR OUT RIGHT!

 

1.  Begin with a firm foundation.  Be settled in your faith. If you don’t already know Jesus as Savior, get to know Him.  Read His Word, the Holy Bible.  Call upon Him in prayer.  Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand.  Read Ephesians 6:10-18 at least once a week, especially until you get rooted in Christ.

 

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

 

2.  Get established in God’s Word.  Read it every day. Love both the Old and the New Testaments.  Find the “do’s and don’ts." Look for those 10 Commandments. Live by them.  Find God’s promises. Be encouraged by them.  Promises like, ”I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”  Being established in God’s Word means knowing it and living it.

 

3.  Grow as a Christian believer.  You are never too young or too old to grow in Christ.  Growing is a by-product of the law of seedtime and harvest. “Study to show yourself approved…” Learning and putting it into practice is growth.  Human perfection is unattainable.  There is only One who is perfect.  That’s God. But we are made to grow, not only physically, but also spiritually.

 

4.  Get into a Bible Believing Church. You might even join a Bible Study Group.  Listen to the instructor, the preacher, the teacher.  Listen to the discussion.  Take it all to God in prayer, praying for wisdom to discern the Truth.  Read the scriptures.  Use Bible resource books such as commentaries.  Even consider memorizing scripture. In our youth is the best time to memorize the scriptures.  That way we will have His Word hidden in our hearts all the days of our lives. (But, even in old age, memory is good for us.)

 

5.  Learn to pray.  Listen to the “old-timers” as they pray.  Feel the Power. Read “The Lord’s Prayer."  Find many other scriptures in the Bible about prayer.  Ephesians 6:18 says “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…”  Supplication means earnest, urgent entreaty.

 

6.  And finally, Walk the Talk.  If you profess, then, by all means, possess! Live like a believer.  Practice what you preach!!!

 

Enjoy the Mark Trammel Quartet singing “Your Walk Talks,” about this subject...your talk matches your walk.     

 

 

Bess