Monthly Archives: May 2020

So Now What? …

 

   

As a traveling evangelist, we have to be creative in coming up with some means of support. It takes money to keep the wheels turning and food on the table.

Most people see the “TV” evangelists and hear them talking about their planes and see their high dollar wardrobes. By that they figure we’re ( evangelists) all rolling in big donations. After all, don’t they spend a lot of time asking for money on their “shows”?

Not all of us do that. As a matter of fact, most of us struggle to get to the next town to maybe minister at a rehab. facility to bring the light of hope and the gospel of Jesus Christ to people struggling to get their life back on track.

“Well then”, you ask, “What about the love offerings?” … What about them? We came to give. These people are down and out. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t pass the plate everywhere we go.

Most places God calls us to minister are not high powered events. Big names don’t show up. There are usually no ‘atta boys’ or big dollars… You can’t even sell your latest book or CDs. These people need help, not someone taking their last dollar in the name of the Lord.

Then why do we go?…  Simple… God called us. If we were in it for the money, I would have stayed a secular entertainer.

He said ” Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 15:16).

He didn’t say “Go get rich, buy airplanes, big ranches, Armani suits, and fancy cars.” He did say, however, “He would supply all our needs”   (Philippians 4:19).

When we started this ministry several years ago, we hoped people wanting to be of service to the Lord, but not feeling called to go on the road, would come alongside to help us  make a difference… To not make us rich, but share some of the financial burdens. We travel in 2001 motor home and drive a car with well over 200,000 miles on it. Not exactly living the high life.

Still, we are very thankful for the few who recognize our ministry and see God’s hand at work. We thank them for their support through giving love, finances, and most of all prayer. Without them, the struggle would be much greater.

Other than that … unless we are in churches where we receive love offerings (sometimes  only enough to cover fuel expenses) or at a venue paying for a concert, or a special event, financial support is pretty scarce.

We don’t get much attention to this page… no word of mouth going out.  The messages God gives us to write often go unread, and the donation page, of course is totally skipped.

How do we keep from getting discouraged? One word … Prayer

How else do we do it? We work. We own a seasonal outreach restaurant in Quartzsite, AZ. It doesn’t pay all the bills, but it helps.

In the mornings (5 days a week) we have Bible study in the dining room and then we open for food service in the afternoon. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays. This past winter we set up a 60ft. X 20ft. tent on the back of the property and had Sunday afternoon worship services.

The days are long (14 to 16 Hr.) but we are blessed to have a real family restaurant, that not only serves great BBQ, but also dishes out the gospel. The meager amount of money brought in helps support the ministry. the rest of the year.

The people, from whom we lease the building, have been one of our greatest supporters.

He charges us (very reasonably) for the three months we’re open and allows us to leave all our equipment in place in the during off-season. What a  blessing!

Now, unfortunately, that’s about to come to an end.  He’s selling the property.

He gave us first right to purchase. Even though he offered it to us at a bargain-basement price ($295,000), we don’t have it.

The people looking at it don’t want the restaurant.  They just want the property that includes a laundromat and a propane station, so they can resell it at a profit when the market goes up. They see it for what it is. Not the gospel corner it could be.

On the other hand, it could be a great tax write-off for someone wanting to help further God’s kingdom instead of man’s. agenda.

We either have to find a place to move all our equipment or a place to store it.

Please pray for us and for this ministry. I know God never closes a door without opening another … It’s in His hands.

My prayer: 

Almighty Father,

You are in control of the richest and the poorest. Why people have to suffer only you know the truth of it.

Forgive our sins, Lord,  and guide our hearts and minds so we can better serve You.

We can read the Scriptures, give an educated answer (guess) to questions, and ponder what seems like unanswered prayer. But when it’s all said and done, You are the answer. Only You know for certain what tomorrow will bring and why You allow things to happen.

Lord, I pray for all the needs of Your children… to stop their suffering; spiritually, physically, and financially. Bring families together in one accord to serve You.

I pray for strength for the tired ones reading this … put joy in their lives.

I pray for the brokenhearted one suffering in anguish over the loss of someone or something important to them. Take away their tears.

Lord, I pray for our country and our leaders, that they make good decisions, Biblical decisions, to bring our country back to You. Stop the lies and power greed running rampant in Congress and bring the truth to light.

I pray for a new beginning …

In the precious name of Jesus, we pray,

Amen

 

Where’s The Beef? …

 

Here we go again … a manufactured beef shortage, price gouging, and selfish hoarding … sound familiar? By now It should. Do you see a pattern yet? Who’s making all the money? As an out of work American… How’s it working for you?

Depending on where you look or who you believe, either the virus is worse or, if you believe the other side, it says 99% of those who have contracted it have survived. Yes, this virus kills; so do cars and heart disease. I’m not making light of what’s going on. I’m only trying to put it into perspective.

Who can we believe… Who can we trust?

You can get paranoid, hide in fear (the sky is falling) and believe someone in government knows what to do; after all, they’re still getting paid, or you can go to the One who has all the answers …

Open the Word of God!

You haven’t tried that yet?

What have you got to lose?

Even though the government has finally succeeded in closing churches, we still have the right to worship. They can’t stop the church… We are the church!

The Book of Life has the answers; ALL the answers.

Are Christians going to suffer?

There are 30 significant Bible verses that relate to this. Here are just 5 of them; Acts 14:22 .. Revelation 21:1-4 .. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 .. Galatians 6:2 .. Job 2:9-10.

Do Christians die from fatal diseases?  Of course, they do.

Did you read the Scriptures? Just place your cursor over each Scripture and read them for yourself.

We are not immune to death, but as believers, as followers of Christ, we have a guarantee of eternal life. To be absent of the body is to be in the presence of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:7-8)

If you want more to your life and have real security, take a look at the right side of this page and click on the video The Roman Road. Open your heart to Jesus and change your life … If you do, you will never be the same!

Fear is the opposite of faith, and when you truly have faith in Jesus, you’ll have a completely different outlook on those fears you have now.

Trust in Him!… Not the media, the government or anyone else. Give Him your heart … He gave His life!

My prayer:   

Father,

You are our Source, our Healer, and our Creator. I pray for an answer and healing, not only for our country, but in the world.

I pray for our President and our leaders; that they may hear Your voice and follow Your Word. That they would repent and realign this country with Your will. 2 Chronicles 7:14

I pray for those who have lost friends and loved ones in these days of strife.

I pray for the lost, that they may find their way to You. Put someone in their life as a mentor; as an extension of You.

I pray for peace…

In Your precious Name, we pray…

AMEN

KEEP LOOKING UP!

Dusty

 

Following God’s Schedule …

 

Romans 11:33-36

Most of us enjoy feeling in control of our own schedule and grow frustrated when things don’t go according to plan. Yet, if we truly desire to walk in the center of God’s perfect will, we must become willing to cooperate with His time frame.

Consider how you pray about situations in your life. Without realizing it, you may be demanding that God follow the schedule you’ve constructed, according to your very limited human wisdom. Yet, if we believe He is who He says He is, how can surrendering to His way not be to our benefit? Think about His unique, praiseworthy qualities:

  • His all-encompassing knowledge.Unlike us, the Lord has complete awareness about our world and the details of every individual life–past, present, and future.
  • His complete wisdom. God understands man’s every motive, whereas none of us are able to accurately discern people’s intentions. We make choices based on partial information, however, He has the wisdom to take action based on truth.
  • His unconditional love.Our Creator is always motivated by love and constantly has our best in mind. Unless we trust His heart, our view of reality will be distorted.
  • His perfect sufficiency. At just the right time, God will provide us with everything we need to carry out His plan.

Submitting to God’s timetable requires faith and courage. Believe in the goodness of His heart and His plans–and determine to wait until He gives the signal to move forward. Then, as you follow His schedule, you’ll experience the joy of watching Him make all things beautiful in His timing.

My prayer:     

Father, in this time of our lives being turned upside down by this virus, we can see how our making plans can be changed, but Yours are the true plans for our lives. You are in control, even when it seems like everything is out of control.

I pray, Father, we start to listen for Your voice, Your guidance, and follow the plan You have laid out for each of our lives. While we stay at home, even after we get back to work, I pray for a revival to take place in our nation … For the saved, as well as the unsaved, to truly follow You with heart and soul … not just lip service.

O’ Lord touch hearts today and cleanse our nation.

Bless each and everyone with your healing, saving grace …

AMEN

Until we meet again … KEEP LOOKING UP!

In His service

Dusty Guy

prospectorsforgod2@gmail.com  

Answers for Unanswered Prayer …

By now I’m sure some of us, even “Christians”, are questioning … Where’s God in all this?Why isn’t He answering our prayers? People are dying!

Rest assured He is … listening and answering prayers.

It may not be at the speed you’d like or even the answer you want, but believe me, He’s working on it.

Let’s see if I can give you a little insight on how I know this to be true.

Look in your Bible at the book of Exodus. I have it listed the addresses below: 

Exodus 2:22-23 22 Then she gave birth to a son, and he named him Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” 23 Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God.

Chaplain Max Helton prayed beside the car of Dale Earnhardt prior to the start of the 2001 Daytona 500.   Earnhardt told Helton, “Just pray that I’ll be wise in putting the car at the right place at the right time . . . and be able to drive with wisdom.”  Holding hands, they prayed for wisdom and safety.  In that very race, Earnhardt lost his life in a final lap crash.

We have all had the experience of unanswered prayer.  We pray for God’s healing for a loved one.  We pray for God to bring revival and renewal to our churches.  We pray for the suicide bombings to end and for our troops to come home.  Why does nothing seem to change when God has promised us, “Ask and you will receive”?  Is Jesus being totally truthful when He tells us, “If you ask me anything in My Name, I will do it”?

We will never have all the answers to unanswered prayer, but the story of the exodus in the Old Testament provides us with some important perspectives when we are struggling with the silence of heaven.  In (Exodus 2:23), Israel cries out for God to deliver them from their bondage in Egypt.  The people waited for twelve long chapters… a wait that must have seemed like forever, before God completely answered their prayers.  What we learn from their waiting will help us the next time we are struggling with unanswered prayer or God’s answer is not what we have asked for or expected.

I. We need to remember that God is answering our prayers even before we pray them.

Before the people ever prayed for deliverance, God had already begun the process of providing a deliverer.  A baby at the beginning of chapter two is the unknown answer to the prayer at the end of chapter two.  Even when Moses goes from being a prince in Egypt to a fugitive in Midian, there is a reminder that God has a special purpose for Moses’s life.  In Midian, Moses drives away a bunch of bullies who are harassing the daughters of Jethro and he waters their sheep.  It foreshadows precisely what Moses is going to do for Israel — he’s going to confront the biggest bully of all and then spend 40 years of his life taking care of God’s sheep.

When you’re waiting for an answer to prayer, it helps to remember that God already has the answer worked out before we are even aware enough to know our need or articulate the words of our prayers.  God knows the beginning, middle, and end of every circumstance and situation.  Jesus reminds us that “your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  (Matthew 7:11) Israel needed a deliverer and the Lord knew about it before Israel even asked.

II. We need to remember God’s care and concern even when our prayers are not being answered.

God’s complete answer to Israel’s prayer in Exodus 2:23 doesn’t come for twelve long chapters, but notice what follows immediately in Exodus 2:24 — a reminder of God’s concern for His people.  As soon as Israel “groans” and “cries,” God “hears.”  God is immediately touched by the cry of his people.

The name of “Yahweh” is prominent in the book of Exodus.  When Moses asks for God’s name at the burning bush, God answers that His name is “I AM” (the first-person form of Yahweh) (Exodus 3:14).  What does that name mean?  Why does the disclosure of the personal name of the God of the universe sound like the old Abbott and Costello routine “Who’s on first?”  This name, “I am”, could mean self-existence; it could mean eternality. However, those ideas are really too abstract for what is conveyed in this story.  Yahweh is God’s covenant name, and it means that He is the ever-present Helper who is there for His people.  It means that God hears the cry of His people as soon as the cry goes up.

You don’t have to use a magic formula to get God’s attention.  You don’t have to build up enough faith to earn His answer.  You don’t have to weary God into giving in.  God is concerned at the very moment we come to Him with our needs and requests because we belong to Him.

III. We need to remember that when we pray, things may get worse before they ever get better.

In the story of the exodus, the children of Israel prayed and things got a lot worse before they ever started to get better.

In Exodus 5, Moses tells the Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”  The Pharaoh’s response was not to say, “Thank you, Moses, for bringing this gross injustice to my attention.  I’ll start the paperwork to expedite their release right away.”  His response was to take away the straw that the Hebrews had used to make bricks.  Moses’s career as a labor union negotiator did not get off to a brilliant start.  The Pharaoh became more hard-hearted and oppressive than ever.  Right before the ultimate deliverance at the Red Sea, Israel was between a rock and a hard place — the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian army behind them.  God chose not to answer fully and finally until things were as bad as they could possibly be.

God has the freedom to answer our prayers in ways that we don’t anticipate or understand.  Jerry Sitser reminds us that prayer does not normally “send an arrow straight to the target” but rather more often than not “shoots an arrow that curves and ricochets and even appears to fall short.”

We can pray for our children to come back to the Lord and they become more determined than ever to go the other way.  We can pray for God to deliver a friend from an addiction and observe the addiction grips them more tightly.  We can pray for God to meet our needs and watch our bank account get smaller.

We become frustrated or resentful (or perhaps even stop praying) in these situations because we believe that God’s promise to answer prayer is our guarantee of a smooth and easy life, with no bumps in the road.  We trust God and He fills the orders.  The reality is that God sometimes responds to prayer by allowing more difficulty into our lives.  That adversity deepens character, develops faith, and drives us to more desperately seek God.  The difficulty may even become the means by which God answers our prayers, just like it was for the Hebrew slaves down in Egypt.

IV. We need to remember that unanswered prayer is not an indication of God’s lack of power.

The delay in Israel’s answer to prayer had nothing to do with God experiencing a power outage.  God’s power is all over the book of Exodus.  I like to envision the exodus story as a real-life “smack down” between God and Pharaoh, not like those of the fake variety that you see watching wrestling on television.

In this contest, there is first of all a battle of dueling words.  In Exodus 5:1, Moses goes to Pharaoh and announces, “This is what the Lord says — ‘Let my people go.’”  Then in Exodus 5:10, the slave drivers announce, “This is what the Pharaoh says — “No more straw to make bricks for these lazy Hebrews.’”  There’s a challenge here — whose word is going to stand?

The next thing we see is a battle of dueling snakes in Exodus 7.  Aaron’s rod becomes a snake in front of the Pharaoh, but the Pharaoh isn’t all that impressed because his magicians perform the same trick.  But then . . . Aaron’s snake eats up the Egyptian snakes.  What’s the point?  The cobra was the symbol of the Pharaoh’s power, and the Egyptians worshiped cobra-deities that were supposed to protect them.  The Pharaoh isn’t ready to admit defeat, but Aaron’s snake had the first “power lunch” in history.

Then, there is a battle of dueling deities in the story of the plagues in Exodus 7-Exodus 13.  The plagues are not just neat special effects that spice up the story; they are carefully designed to stress the greatness of the Lord over the gods of Egypt.  The Egyptians believed that Hapi protected the Nile, and so God turned the Nile into blood.  They believed that Re was the god of the sun, and so God turned out the lights.  They believed that the Pharaoh was a god incarnate, and so God took the life of his firstborn son.

Finally, at the Red Sea in Exodus 14, there is a battle of dueling warriors, when God the Divine Warrior bares His right arm and destroys the Egyptian army.  The most powerful army on earth in that day was no match for the Lord.  It was said of the Pharaoh of the exodus, “He will make a ruler of the land whom no one can attack.” The Pharaoh found out the hard way who had real power.

Unanswered prayer doesn’t void the omnipotence of God.  There is nothing we can ask God that is beyond His ability to accomplish, but the greatest demonstrations of God’s power are often found in His answers to our unanswered prayers.

Bob Mitchell prayed for the safety of five young missionaries who went to the jungles of South America in order to share the gospel with the Auca Indians. However, Jim Elliott and his four companions were brutally murdered.  Years later, Mitchell attended a conference in Europe and met an evangelist who was one of the Auca Indians that had murdered Elliott and the other missionaries.

Only God could orchestrate that kind of answer to an unanswered prayer.

We see in the exodus that the power of God is not something placed at Israel’s disposal with the flip of a switch or the pull of a lever.  The how and when of God’s answer to prayer is determined by what brings Him the greatest amount of glory.  When God answered, it was done in a way so that even Pharaoh himself could not deny that Yahweh was God over all.  Some of the greatest demonstrations of God’s power we will ever experience come in God’s answers to our unanswered prayers.

We pray to the same God as these Hebrew slaves.  Whether God’s answer to our prayers is “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait,” His answers are always the perfect expression of His love and power in our lives and they’re answered in His time …Not our’s.

Don’t ever give up…He’s there … Wait, trust and have faith … KEEP LOOKING UP!

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My Prayer for You:   

May your life be filled with  blessing from God and may you find comfort in the shadow of the cross, where His Son paid the price for our salvation.

I pray for people, all around the world, to accept this free gift and know the peace of the true and only living God.

I pray for an end to not only this virus, but for all the wrongs that are being done in this world through so much sin and violence.

Father, I pray you will touch the hearts of the lowliest sinner to the major crime syndicates of the world.

Father, I pray for a healing in our country and a revival to sweep across the land.

We thank you, Father, for all You do and give You all the honor and glory in Your Son’s precious name …

AMEN

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