All posts by Douglas Thomas


Every good thing we do is a response to something Jesus has done.

We worship because He revealed how wondersful He is. We love because He first loved us. We work because we see Him working. We forgive because He forgave us.

The greater and purer your revelation is of His identity and of His intentions toward you, the more powerfully you will stand, fight, encourage others, admonish others, intercede for others, love, praise, and the grander your expectations will be of abundance of Life.

You need to gain skills and knowledge of practical things. Having those strengths is not as important as knowing Him well, though. If you have to choose between ministering to Him and ministering to His people, choose Him.

There is a mystery He mentioned in Matthew 24 & 25 regarding serving His people: when you serve them, it is Him you are encountering. But you should often serve Him with no thought of them. Read something about what He did, or something He said, and meditate on it. The Holy Spirit wants to cause you to know Him better, and will help your imagination become accurate in that exercise.

Know Him. Then serve Him. Then know Him better. Then serve Him better. Then know Him as He knows you.

Soul Armor

Your soul can’t protect your soul.

You have to be strengthened by the Lord and His power. The enemies you need protection from are spirits. You are, too. His Spirit empowers your spirit to overcome those spirits.

Maybe the armor you need to put on is Him. He is the Truth, the Righteousness, the Covering. Your soul just needs to keep making the decision to allow Him to be your safe place. You can’t muster up enough strength to overpower the rulers and powers that are opposed to His work in the earth by being tough. You have to be in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18).

You can’t even stop smoking tobacco without outside help. BUT –  you have Outside Help inside! Let Him fight for you and through you.

Your soul (mind, will, emotions) just harbors strongholds that give your enemies strength if you don’t submit it to the Spirit of God. Fear, bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, addictions, and more – these are built by and in your soul, and will prevent you from victory by being armor that is against the Spirit of Jesus working to change and use and protect you!

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and be empowered to both effective offense and defense by the Spirit of God in you and on you. Stand – by His strength and His wisdom and His righteousness.

Super Rational

One of my favorite advisors advised me this morning to stop calling myself crazy.

Yes, most of what I believe I am to accomplish before I die is impossible, but that doesn’t mean that I am crazy for expecting it to happen.

Yes, the people who receive the most encouragement through me are people who think the normal Christian Life includes raising the dead and healing the sick and stopping plagues and emptying hospitals and ending poverty and ending stinginess and ending stupidity, but they are not crazy for being that sort of people.

We are not “only human.” We are super-human sons and daughters of the One Who breathed the stars and the sun. We are not subject to nature, but we are supernatural spirits, born of the Holy One.

We are not just rational, every-thing-has-to-add-up people. We are born of God, so it is possible for us to see His Kingdom (John 3:3). We are spiritual people, so ideas and activities that are crazy for natural people make perfect sense to us (1 Corinthians 2).

We are super-rational people. We are bringing the laws of our Homeland into the spheres we have the power and authority to be able to influence. Our influence is going to take the power that is changing us and change our workplaces and our neighborhoods and our towns and cities and states and nations.

Super-rational leaders take 300 super-rational warriors and give them a trumpet, a torch, and a jug and send them out to battle enemies that have them outnumbered a thousand or so to one, and they defend their nation (Judges 7).

Super-rational sons of the king attack an army by themselves and inspire an army of quitters and cowards to rise up and defend their nation (1 Samuel 14:1-23).

Super-rational people like you are going to do supernatural exploits and bring glory to the Name that made you free – because you are like the One Who bears the Name that is above every name.

Spiritual Sowing

Galatians 6:7-10 (NKJV)                                                                                                Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Life that never stops is a valuable harvest. What do I sow to the Spirit in order to reap nonstop Life? Worship? Service to the people of Jesus? Feeding the hungry? Clothing the naked?

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

You need nonstop Life to have the strength to have serious sowing to the Spirit. You need faith and patience from the Spirit to endure til the harvest.

What do you bury in Him with no expectation of seeing again, so that something multiplied in value appears to you later? Is your seed different from mine?

Ask Him what to plant. Ask Him when to harvest. Sow generously.

What Just Happened

What just happened is not NEARLY as important as what happens NEXT!

No matter what just happened, whether it was the biggest mistake you have ever dreamed of making, or the grandest success, what happens next is always more important.

If you made a mistake, and what happens next is not an educational experience that changes your course, then the mistake has changed your course. If you were a genius, and accomplished the greatest thing ever done by man or woman, and what happens next doesn’t build on the astonishing foundation, you have impacted history, but not the future.

In EVERY situation, no matter what just happened, ask the Spirit Who spoke the stars what to do next. His faith, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, wisdom filled idea on how to respond to the failure or success will transform it into an opportunity every time.

Always seek His guidance to empower you with what is next. That will set you up for success in what is after that.


Our God is holding us responsible for administrating His work of reconciliation in the earth
Matthew 18:21-35

God has made it possible for us to forgive by paying for our sins against each other with the blood Jesus shed on the cross
Ephesians 4:31-32

When we begin the process of forgiving, we will be in danger of being deceived into thinking several things that are not true:
*    * When we have to forgive a person more than once for the same event, we cannot be deceived into thinking that we didn’t really forgive the person the first time.
*    * When we still experience pain over an issue we cannot be deceived into thinking that we have not forgiven them yet. Every time I think about a painful event and the pain recurs I must go through the process again of repenting for wanting them to suffer for their error, then ask the Holy Spirit to empower me to respond to the event with His fruit. When I let Him love them through me I will administer His grace to them from the power of the cross.
*    * When our first response to a new sin is not automatically forgiveness, but our eventual response is forgiveness, we need to be encouraged that we are maturing. Maturity is measurable by our proneness to respond to a situation empowered by the fruit of God’s Spirit. At some point I will become mature enough to forgive more easily, but greater tests of our patience or kindness or peace or love will always come, to take us into a greater opportunity for growth and maturity.

When someone has sinned against me, I am in the same position of power that Jesus was in on the cross to intercede for them. Because He had been sinned against, He had authority to forgive. When someone sins against me, and I respond with loving intercession, my God loves it and gives me the blessing I am asking for them.

Under Good Teaching

This is a long post. What you see here is an introduction. If it seems interesting, read the rest of the article at the link at the end of the post.

I was tormented by the Holy Spirit with a phrase for about 4 years. I heard someone say it, but could not believe it. I had been taught that speaking in absolutes was not wise unless referring to Jesus. The phrase was, “Under good teaching, you may learn a lot, but you won’t grow a lot.”

How could it be true that it was not possible to grow in some environment, especially one where there was good teaching? No. It was an easy to assess situation.

Months later, the phrase came back into my mind, even though I was not wondering if it was true, nor was I considering the subject that caused me to hear it the first time. I found myself passing back through the same process of deciding that it could not be true, wondering why I was doing so. I was quite convinced, so why was I wondering?

Again and again for years I heard the phrase in my mind. It no longer sounded like it was spoken by the first voice I heard say it. Now it was sounding like the voice I attribute to the Spirit of God when I believe that I am hearing Him. Becoming convinced that it might be the Lord trying to make me able to believe it, I considered again and again the possibility of it being true. No, it was too absolute. How could it not be possible? Maybe not automatic, maybe not likely, but not possible? No.

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Being a Hero

Hebrews 11:32-38 speaks about heroes of the faith: They were…..”tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mocking and beatings, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented… they wandered in deserts, and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth…. of whom the world was not worthy.”

While still in his 20’s, Bishop Francis Asbury left his home and family forever in England to come to a wilderness called America. The colonies had just declared their independence from England, and were at war to accomplish that independence.

He had to purchase a horse on which he traveled 6,000 miles a year for over 40 years. His financial reward was $60 a year, much of which he gave away or sent back to England to help his parents. He wore hand-me-downs, not tailor made suits. He had no retirement, no insurance, no dental plan, and no 401 k. He set no fee for his ministry.

He traveled on “roads” on which his horse sank many times knee-deep in mud. If a road did not exist, he would lead his horse over the steep, rocky inclines of the Appalachians to reach a pioneer community. Many times, his feet and legs were bloodied and bruised by the fierce journey.

When he arrived in the colonies, there were few Methodist believers and fewer preachers. At the end of his ministry, there were over 200,000 Methodist believers and almost 8,000 ministers. He impacted the lives of thousands upon thousands. He changed the very course of American history.

Among his converts were poor farmers, merchants, Governors of several states, frontiersmen, slaves, Native Americans, State Supreme Court Justices, attorneys, physicians, house wives, children, youth and people from all walks of life.

He gave all he had. He sought nothing for himself. His passion was to bring salvation and the Light of the Gospel to those in darkness of sin.

His qualification was the call of the Savior.

So is yours.


How Will They Know You

Acts 19
Ephesians 6:10-20

*   Do the people who know us best identify us more by our toys or our weapons?

*   What habits or attitudes do they most likely remember us by?

*   Is our initial view of hard situations in our lives that they are from merely physical sources?
.        Sickness
.        Accidents
.        Conflicts with other people
.                At home
.               At work
.                In Church
.                On the highway

*   What are your strategies for dealing with difficulties in these different areas?

Creating Space

Faith is the substance of things hoped for – the evidence of things not seen. It is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. It is a confidence of things hoped for, a conviction of matters not seen.

Three English translations there of Hebrews 11:1

Faith creates a space into which what we are expecting can appear. Some things will not appear if we have not created the opening that allows it. Some things will be left undone or left in place that should be broken down if we do not act or stand in faith.

Read the rest of Hebrews 11 with a fresh expectation that something could be hidden there that explains how faith does what it does. Don’t get distracted by the names or the stories, but be focused on the link that faith was in each example between hearing a word in Egypt and moving into a house you didn’t build in Palestine.

Faith toward people who have failed creates a space into which they can move toward success. Faith toward an enemy can create a space into which your God can become a strong tower, into which you can safely run.

Winning and succeeding and obtaining are not as important as standing, it seems. After all things, stand. Faith creates a space into which you can stand and withstand and refuse to give up.

Stand, therefore.