WE ALL NEED JESUS!

by BG O’Neal

As I sit here in tears, I cry out: We all need Jesus! When’s the last time you were moved with great compassion? For your world! For your family and friends! For your pastors and worship leaders!

Prayer: God, break my heart for what breaks yours!

Yeah! We do!
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GOD MAKES ME HAPPY!

by BG O’Neal

Please allow my indulgence as I share my view on the following scriptures!

“Lord, you strengthen me and it makes me happy. You always give me victory through my Lord Jesus Christ. All that I want is to be closer to you Lord! Your presence is what I long for. That’s what I ask! Thank you for your perfect peace! How can I praise you enough? You have given me such wonderful blessings.

You crown my head like gold with beautiful family and excellent friends! My life here is so blessed and I am ever grateful for eternal life! You lead me to victory after victory! For that I bring you great glory! I am so honored to proclaim your name. I desire for you to have all the fame! You give blessings that will last forever.

You have given me the joy of being near you. I trust in you LORD and your faithful love, oh God Most High. You will keep me from falling! Lord, you will show all your enemies that you are strong. Your power will defeat those who hate you. All their works will burn up completely!

The memory of the wicked will one day disappear! All their evil plans will come to naught. But, your people will praise you forever and ever! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! For the LORD God omnipotent reigneth! Lord, we lift you up with songs of praise and worship. We sing and play songs about your mighty power!” Psalms 21:1-13 Paraphrased.

Enjoy this beautiful song:

God is so good!

HEAR US OH GOD!

by BG O’Neal

God, we are living in trying times! Our faith is stretched, and our families are torn! Finances are out of whack! We are all hurting. We rejoice with each other in every victory!

“May the LORD (Yahweh) answer you in the day of trouble! We will sing for joy over your victory! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Save us O LORD! Psalms 20:1, 5-6, 9 NASB1995 Portions with italics added!

Our prayer oh God is that You hear our heart cries. So, we trust You, God! You have anointed us to live for You. We believe we are appointed for such a time as this. Save us by Your power oh God!

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

Prayer: Father God, we thank You that You give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! You do always cause us to triumph in Christ! Your mercies are new every morning! Your compassion it fails not! What time we are afraid, we trust in You! We thank You for Your unfailing truths that are active, powerful, alive and working in us! You are not only a good good Father, You are the greatest! You will never leave us nor forsake us! Your tender mercies are new to us each moment! We submit to Your lordship and your authority!

You reign supreme upon the throne of our hearts Yahweh Elohim! It is in the all powerful name of Your Son, Yeshua Hamashiach, we believe and receive every tender compassionate act You bestow! We accept Your forgiveness and we cry Bo Ruach HaKodesh, Welcome Holy Spirit! We, Your people are thankful for the blood of Jesus! We thank You for the Word and Your Spirit that agree in us as one! We declare liberty for every captive soul in the mighty name of Yeshua! AMEN! You, oh God are a Faithful and True King! You will never forsake Your children! We love You, Lord!

HERE I AM! SEND ME! YOU SURE?

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by BG O’Neal

How often have I heard the message preached, Here am I, send me! Really! Really? Are you sure you want this calling on your life? This was not an evangelical call to get everybody saved. No, rather, it was a prophet of God who volunteered to go speak for Him. He had no sweet sugary message.

It was the voice of judgment. Be careful what you get all hyped up about. Don’t be doing stuff to just be doing it! It’s a grave responsibility to speak on the Lord’s behalf. Did you count the cost or are you living in the land of regret? You should always seek God for his will and timing before stepping into ministry of any kind!

You will fall flat on your face without proper counsel. But, on the other hand we want the attitude of here I am, send me before we take the very next step. His word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path! The word and the spirit, they agree! Be in unison with God’s plan, then just follow.

Don’t do anything on a whim or tell yourself, I’ll just give it a shot! You may get shocked! Just practice listening to that still small voice. He will let you know if you’re the man or the woman for the job!

“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not;

and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long?

And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.” Isaiah 6:5-12 KJV.

Commentary: Is anyone crying out about the great forsaking in our land today! God be merciful unto us!

Will I go? Will you go?

DAY AND NIGHT!

Day and night! Night and day! Let incense arise! Lord, you are worthy of all the praise!

by BG O’Neal

Our God from on high shares the glorious skylines with us. How can you say there is no Creator? The glorious stars, sun, and moon display his glorious creation! He lights up our world!

Every day is fresh and blessed. It sheds new light on our path. Each day has its own story to tell. So does the night display his glory. Is this not what he does for us in our spiritual life as well? We have the sun to brighten our days. And who can describe the moon on a star lit night? How great is our God?

His eyes watch over his children and his ears are ever open to our cries! How great is Yahweh our God! We have his light in our lives 24/7. What a loving Abba Father! Daddy God we praise you from the depths of our hearts. You are worthy! Worthy! Worthy!

“The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies announce what his hands have made. Each new day tells more of the story, and each night reveals more and more about God’s power.” Psalms 19:1-2 ERV.

You deserve the glory God!

THE GOD WHO HELPS ME!

by BG O’Neal

Here we see David giving God some due praise for delivering him from his enemies and from Saul. How about you today? Can you think of one instance that God brought you through? Our refuge is in the Lord. Let’s call out to Him for his ears are open to our cries! Say with me, I love you Lord and I lift my voice! Be encouraged this very moment!

“The LORD is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock— I take refuge in him!— he’s my shield, my salvation’s strength, my place of safety. Because he is praiseworthy, I cried out to the LORD, and I was saved from my enemies. In my distress I cried out to the LORD; I called to my God for help. God heard my voice from his temple; I called to him for help, and my call reached his ears.” Psalms 18:2-3, 6 CEB.

Strength Of My Life!

SO YOU THINK GOD HEARS YOU?

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by BG O’Neal

*The key verse is Psalms 17:6 where David is praying a priestly prayer!

When’s the last time I confessed a fault or failure to a brother or sister? I mean sincerely wanting help to change not just a temporary reprieve. I will only do this to be healed and changed. Then I know my prayer is as effectual when I’m honest with God and others!

I say, I know God always hears me! Well, He is listening. What will the end result be? Does my faith or actions have any bearing on getting an answer? I pray hard and long prayers or short sincere prayers! Sometimes silent prayers! It’s not about praying, but it is the position of the heart! My prayers cause things to happen! Right? Really?

Oh, how God receives glory when I am transparent with Him! First, I gotta have faith that He exists. I must know that he hears me when I am seeking him. Seek the kingdom first! Right? I can now be assured that he will reward me. He gives me what I really need! Joy, peace, mercy and compassion! I can share it with others!

Do I honestly think the heavens are always open? Or, are they like brass when I am sinning and living lawlessly? I don’t continue in sin so that God can show grace! He is grace! May I honor him for that with my dedication. Living in the light of his word!

One thing I am told is not to be repetitive with my words. Do I think because I repeat it enough that makes it so? Is it what God desires or am I asking outside of his will? It’s like trying to kill an enemy, taking stabs in the dark. And, not very effective! So, I line up my thinking with the scriptures about prayer! I do want God to hear me!

“I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.” Psalm 17‬:‭6‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬.

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 KJV.

“But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 AMP.

“If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me];”Psalms 66:18 AMP.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:7 ESV.

Commentary: So, I think God hears me! Do you think he hears you? Let’s Pray then with confidence like David did in Psalm Chapter 17. I recommend you read the whole chapter! Shalom!

Lord, I’m amazed by you!

WORLD’S CRAZY! WE HAPPY!

Happy! Happy! Happy!

by BG O’Neal

“Lord, my God, this world has gone crazy. I need you to protect me. I am running into your loving arms! I don’t have one good thing unless it comes from you. I love hanging with your kids. They are a happy and wonderful bunch of folks. At least they worship you LORD, the one true God! I am with them God!

We ain’t bowing to the gods of this world! Lord you are all we want. We feel safe with you! With you life is pleasant and good! Our future looks bright. We trust you to guide us through the darkest night! You teach us to have great peace in all our turmoil. You’ve not given us a heart of fear. That’s why it is always so easy to celebrate you!

Thank you for choosing me and giving me rest. I appreciate the longevity of life you have granted me. I walk in your path with likeminded believers. Your nearness makes us all glad. We live by your authority! There’s the reason we have abundant joy. We love you Lord!!!” Psalm 16:1-11 BGV, BG’s Version.

I’m So Blessed!!!

We are admonished in scripture by Apostle Paul:

“Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭11‬ ‭AMP‬‬.

HOW GOOD ARE YOU?

by BG O’Neal

Do you have a “gilded ticker?”

Which of us dare think we deserve to be in your presence LORD because of our goodness? Only those who have deep passion, live trustworthy and seek truth would even dare think of it. We will despise evil and choose good. We will not be bribed to deny truth and we always stand firm!

Change me Lord!

“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt and does not change; He does not put out his money at interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” Psalm 15‬:‭1‬-‭5‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬.

WE SING REDEMPTION’S SONG! – Part 1.

by BG O’Neal

I will begin this two part blog with a role reversal. I am addressing somewhat the last verse first. It is an evident fact for Christians that we can do nothing without Jesus. Please don’t blow the following reference out of proportion. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me! Philippians 3:14.

“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.” Psalm 14‬:‭7‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬

May I share an example of what the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cooper, TX shared at chapel in the military! I was stationed at Aschaffenburg, Germany at the time in 1975. This pastor made the statement to this effect: If my pastor tells us all to climb on the roof to the steeple and jump off, “I’m not going to do it! It will kill me!”

So, I understand that I can do all things through Christ as pertaining to salvation and godliness. So don’t think you can walk off the edge of a cliff and step over and not get hurt even mortally wounded! My dad, Billy Jackson O’Neal always said, “Son, use your head for more than a hat rack!” Though a plain and simple statement, it was profound as it has protected me greatly throughout my years.

Now, Jesus is the Captain of our salvation, the Author and Finisher of our faith! He is our Messiah sprang out of Israel from the tribe of Judah “praised.” He is the head of Israel, even unto that spiritual kingdom called the church, metaphorically speaking, Zion. We are come unto Zion, that Holy Mount! Read that again!

As the spiritual seed of Christ, we trust him from the beginning of salvation to the culmination when one day we rule and reign with him! Aren’t you glad you have received, “The Good News!” I have been Redeemed! Let the Redeemed of the Lord, say so! Say so!!!

*John Gill’s Exposition on Verse 7: O that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!…. By whom is meant the Messiah, the Saviour of Israel, of all the elect of God, whether Jews or Gentiles; and who is so called, because the salvation of them was put into his hands, and he undertook it; and because he is the Captain and Author of it, and it is in him, and in no other.

He was to come out of Zion, out of Judea, from among the Jews; Zion being, as Kimchi observes, the head of the kingdom of Israel; see Romans 11:26. Accordingly Christ did come of the Jews, and salvation was of them, Romans 9:4; and for his coming from hence, or for his incarnation, the psalmist most earnestly wishes: he was one of those kings, prophets, and righteous men, that desired to see the days of the Messiah, Matthew 13:17.

And what might move him so vehemently to wish for it, at this time, might be the sad corruption and depravity of mankind he had been describing, and the afflicted and distressed state of the saints;

when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people.

The people of God are, in their unregeneracy, in a state of captivity to sin, Satan, and the law; [the work of the Messiah, when he came, was to proclaim liberty to the captives, to set them free, to deliver them from their spiritual bondage: and this Christ has done];

he has redeemed his people from all their sins, and from the curse of the law, and from the power of Satan, and has led captivity captive; and which has justly occasioned great joy in the redeemed ones, according to this prophecy:

Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad; that is, the posterity of Jacob and Israel; not his natural, but spiritual seed, such who are the true sons of Jacob, Israelites indeed;

these having faith and hope in the plenteous redemption of Christ, rejoice in the view of their interest in it; they the song of redeeming love now, and these ransomed ones will hereafter come to Zion with joy, and everlasting joy upon their heads. {The Jews refer this to the times of the Messiah}.

In Part 2, we discuss verses 1-6 of Psalm 14. I hope you will enjoy the read!