#6 — DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

#6 — DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
So far, I have shared some Hurricane Harvey highlights about my two sons, Jared and Josh. We also have a daughter, Courtney. Her and her husband (Jayce), along with their three-year-old daughter (Adalie) and their one-year-old son (Judah)… live right down the street from us. I’m glad they live close by because Courtney is a nurse and Jayce is a fireman/paramedic. He also helps us around the house. Of coarse, Adalie and Judah are the icing on the cake… they keep us young.

A few weeks before the Hurricane hit, Courtney dropped her iPhone in water… again. She was upset and frustrated. I told her to calm down and TRUST God. Before I could blink-an-eye these words jumped out of my mouth, “Courtney, you already did everything you could do to fix your phone. And it still won’t turn on. So, go home and pray for God’s help. You need to TRUST Him. Don’t try to figure out how He will fix your phone. Oh, call me tomorrow morning, ON YOUR PHONE, and tell me the good news.”

What happened? Well, she called me ON HER PHONE! When we TRUST God we can SEE whatever we’re believing for. If we are “trying” to figure out how God will solve our problems, we will only see frustration and stress. TRUSTING is always better than TRYING.

What does that story have to do with Hurricane Harvey? It was a set-up! A good set-up from God. Courtney has what I call a “REALationship” with God. When we have a REALationship with our Heavenly Father, He loves to provide and bless us beyond measure. In fact, He wants to bless all of His children beyond measure… but He wants our TRUST first. Courtney trusted Him with the phone and she saw the result of trusting God. After the Hurricane she (and Jayce) trusted God to find them a place to stay while they were repairing their house, which flooded. God really delivered on this one: a spotless, immaculate, luxurious RV. Plus, they didn’t have flood insurance so they asked God for favor, and once again He delivered and blessed them. FEMA gave them some money, but God went the extra mile by directing some generous people who reassured Courtney they would cover whatever she and Jayce couldn’t.

I found this quote on Courtney’s Facebook that sums up this message……

“When you trust God with every detail of your life He will ALWAYS take care of you! Feeling an over abundance of His favor today! God is good, people!!! HE IS GOOD!”

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

It’s time to know Him.

Over the last 30 something years I’ve noticed so many well-meaning Christians are more interested in, “What we are supposed to do for God?” than we are about “Who He is.” We get it backwards. We are all wrapped up in the works and to-do’s of our walk (with God) instead of being wrapped up in the One who gave us the works and to-do’s. Does this make sense to you? We need to pursue KNOWING the Lord first. Get to know Jesus and His Father because they know the purpose and plan for every step of our life.

And that is what I did, I began to know Jesus and His Father. Little by little, I was beginning to see this intimate time of knowing God would produce change in my life. The more I stepped into my relationship with the Lord the more I desired to know Him. The more I began to know Him the more He began to show me who I am and what I was to accomplish in my life. With each day, the purpose and plan of God for my life became clearer. The best thing about it was the satisfaction and peace that comes when God directs instead of me.

People make a big splash into the world of Christianity when they first give their lives to the Lord. At that point and time, if they are anything like me, they are hungry to find out who this Jesus is that just entered their life. Eventually though, when the newness wears off, people often slip into the mode of knowing “about” Jesus, instead of knowing HIM. Then, unfortunately they tend to lose their passion for Him. If this continues for any length of time there can come a harsh reality of having “lost their first love.” It doesn’t mean they are a bad person. It just means they have drifted away from the Source of the life that changed them in the first place. I don’t want to see this happen to anyone, especially you.

If we keep doing what we have always done, we will end up with the same results we are getting now. That’s why there has to be a change. And in order to change our life, we first have to change our daily routine. I am writing this in hopes that something will spark that change. Life is too short. You have an open invitation from Jesus and His Father… Get to know God and His Son, and everything else will fall into place.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

I will be sitting at His feet.

God uses people in different ways for various things. It’s obvious throughout the Bible that God did not do everything Himself. In fact, after creation, He actually moved through people more than He did by personally visiting them Himself. Pastors, teachers, prophets, friends, family, bosses, and even enemies can all be vehicles that the Holy Spirit will use to speak to us.

Is that God’s favorite way? I am not so sure about that. I am glad God speaks through me to others; after all, I am a preacher. However, I wonder if He would love to speak the majority of what He says directly to the people themselves. Think about it. Do you and I always use a spokesperson to talk to our spouse? Well, why not? It’s because we want to have a relationship with them ourselves, and it starts with conversation. Hmmm, I wonder if God feels the same way. Often times, we are so busy in our own things that we make no time to listen to God.

God has sent a host of people throughout my life and He used them to shape my life with new principles. These principles are now a part of my life. I even had lots of spiritual activity, good things……. and yet I’ve had trouble with the most important spiritual activity of all, Time With God. No matter who you are, or how spiritual you may think you are, YOU are truthfully no more spiritual than those you hang out with the most. Period.

That’s why God needs to be in that first place position in our lives. There can only be one first place; anything else is second. None of us can give away what we do not possess. We cannot impart what we are lacking. I know I have Jesus in my life, but I want a constant flow of the Holy Spirit working through me at all times. I desire something fresh to impart to people. I don’t want a plastic, counterfeit kind of love. I want the real love of our God, who IS love, to flow through me. If He wants to talk to me, He doesn’t have to search for me. All He has to do is speak; I will be sitting at His feet.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

WHAAAAT?

Today, I really DID finish reading the entire Bible. There’s something spiritual that happens when we read the whole story of God’s Word. The greatest thing is the TIME and the “understanding” He will give along the way. “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalms 119:105)

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In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen

#5 — UNDER CONSTRUCTION…. THERE IS A BIG HEART

#5 — UNDER CONSTRUCTION…. THERE IS A BIG HEART —
Sometimes, the only way to see a person’s heart is to see them while under extreme pressure. In fact, “the true character of a person is revealed when pressure is applied.” And that’s what happened to my middle son, Joshua, better known as, Josh. He has a construction business called, KinPro, well, now it’s called, AlignPro. While we were in Dripping Springs, Josh and my son-in-law, Jayce, borrowed a flat-bottom boat so they could rescue people in distress. As I watched the news and followed people on Facebook, it felt like I was an outsider looking at the set of an end-times movie production. The devastation was heart-wrenching as I watched videos and saw pictures. So, what about, Josh? Keep reading…

If you follow Josh on Facebook, then you know he has no filter… especially when it comes to God, guns, and politics. Some may not like that side of him, but at least he’s passionate about what he believes in, and you always know where he stands. There is a good thing about “having no filter.“ When Josh puts his heart into something, like rescuing people during a hurricane, he gives his all and doesn’t “filter” who he helps or how hard it will be. I think it was 4 days before he stopped long enough to take a shower. No filter, just caring for people. One of the rescues he made was for a lady that was very pregnant. Someone wrote that the lady went into labor a few hours after the rescue. I asked Josh, “Who was the pregnant lady?” He replied, “I have no idea what her name was.”

OK, last thing. As I was looking at pictures of our water damaged home on Josh’s Facebook… I came across this:

“Thank you to everyone who came and helped at my parents house. They are more than thankful. The people that took my dad out during the storm thank you. I hope that one day I will have people who have my back like the people who take care of my parents. The fact that so many people support my parents and help them shows me that they live the life that God called them to. If you helped my parents through the last week I will be forever grateful to you.”

Speechless.
Grateful.
Humbled.
Proud.
NO FILTER.

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen