Three little letters of the alphabet: H – O – W
When the letters are placed in alphabetical order, we read the word HOW.
But, if we rearrange the letters, we create WHO.

We have the tendency to want to know HOW more than WHO. That is because we consider ourselves to be the WHO. When we are WHO, we assume we know HOW to do the task before us. However, if we allow God to be WHO, then we do not have to know HOW. The HOW is in God’s hands rather than ours.

Paul says in Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.God is WHO provides us with the HOW. If we think of ourselves as the WHO, we will fail because we will not know HOW to accomplish the task. We are able to be WHO only when we allow God to empower us with the knowledge and ability of HOW.

Jesus says in John 5:19 says, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” He continues in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.

In John 5, Jesus emphasizes that His Heavenly Father is the WHO through whom He is able to perform the HOW. In John 15, Jesus applies this principle to us. We can become WHO God uses, when we rely upon Him to help us know HOW.

In Matthew 4:19 NKJV, Jesus summons Simon Peter and Andrew, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They know HOW to fish for fish but have no idea HOW to fish for people. Throughout the next 3 ½ years, Jesus set an example of HOW they could fish for men. After His resurrection and before His ascension, Jesus tells the disciples in Luke 24:49, “And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But remain in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” The disciples needed the Holy Spirit, the WHO, in order to do what Jesus was calling them to do. They did not know HOW until they received the WHO. The same is true for us today.

In Luke 11:1, one of the disciples asks Jesus to teach them HOW to pray. Jesus instructs them as recorded in Matthew 6:9-10. “So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ In essence, Jesus teaches them to ask for God’s will to be done according to HOW God desired. They also learn WHO to direct their prayers towards. Jesus teaches the disciples to pray because He desired them to be those WHO prayed.

Jesus also wants us to pray. When we are among those WHO pray, we must surrender our pride of thinking we know HOW to do everything. Praying is not our opportunity to tell God HOW to fix the world. II Chronicles 7:14 is good example for HOW we are to pray. “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.When we pray in this manner, we are reaching out to the One WHO hears and knows HOW to answer.

In Matthew 10:19-20, Jesus warns His disciples about persecution. He says, “But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.They did not need to know HOW ahead of time. They simply needed to know WHO to rely upon.

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.Throughout life, we will endure trials. We may wonder HOW we are going to endure the difficult times. Timothy gives us some insight in II Timothy 1:2. “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.” Timothy states that he knows WHO he has placed his faith in. And, he knows that God, as the WHO, will be with him and help him with the HOW. We, too, can be confident WHO will help us. We need not worry about HOW we are going to do it. I John 2:27 NLT says, “For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true—it is not a lie.

God calls us to fulfill His plans and purposes. (“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11)  However, we do not know HOW to do it! We find our assurance in Ephesians 3:20. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.God is WHO will help us do what we do not know HOW to do. In order to know HOW to fulfill God’s plans, we must rely upon the Holy Spirit’s power. We are not WHO is actually doing the work!

During the past few months, we have found ourselves, our nation and our world in situations no one knows HOW to overcome. Jesus told His disciples, and tells us, in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.If we rely upon ourselves to be WHO resolves the pandemic and the violent riots, we will fail. Only when we turn to God for HOW we are to act and react, will we overcome the evil one behind the turmoil. The Lord says in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. When we trust God, He will accomplish what we cannot do in our own strength. The Lord is our WHO and HOW.

When we don’t know HOW, let us rely on the One WHO can do it. Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.Our situation may be bigger than we are, but it is not bigger than God. He is the One WHO will help us learn HOW. John 14:26 says. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

God is WHO knows HOW. God is WHO helps us know HOW.








Two Roads Traveled

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost

Our nation has been traveling some rough roads the past few months. The terrain traversed by our nation has also affected the paths we are personally traveling. As a nation and individually, we are walking down roads not previously experienced. Routes probably not our first choice. Unlike Robert Frost, most of us prefer familiar paths. However, I believe God will use our journeys upon the difficult roads for our good and His glory. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

I am reminded of two roads highlighted in scripture. The Road to Emmaus and the Road to Damascus. I see messages for us as we currently walk down similar roadways.

Luk24:13-25, gives the account of two men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They shuffled along and discussed their quandaries regarding Jesus’ death and resurrection. These men knew Jesus was a powerful prophet. However, He had been crucified. Now some women were saying He was alive. What was really happening? They didn’t understand.

These two men may remind us of our nation and ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have not understood everything that has happened. Worldwide medical experts continue to ask questions regarding how to combat the coronavirus. It may appear as if leaders are shuffling along being hesitant to give answers. However, they have moved slowly because of uncertainty. Everyone is traveling down a road previously not taken. During the national shutdown, we felt like we had no roads to travel. We still have our questions. Why do we have to be so careful about being with loved ones who are sick and dying? Does social distancing really help? We get tired to washing our hands.  Do we really have to wear masks?  Can’t a medicine be found that will heal those who have acquired this disease? When will a vaccine be developed so we can return to the road of life?

Back to scripture. The men traveling the Road to Emmaus were joined by another individual. He wanted to know what they were talking about. It was really Jesus who was with them, but they did not recognize Him. They shared their story.

It is good to remember that Jesus is traveling with us even when we may not be acutely aware of His presence. He hears our questions and understands our struggles. Jesus says in Matthew 28:20, “Surely I am with you always.

When the three travelers reached their destination, the two men asked their companion to stay. Only when Jesus broke bread with them did they recognize Him. This is a picture of our sacrament of holy communion. We may become broken while traveling the roads of life’s journey. However, let us remember Jesus’ words at the Last Supper with His disciples. Luke 22:19 says, “And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, saying, ‘This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’”

In Acts 9:32, the men commented about how their hearts were strangely warmed when Jesus spoke to them. Let us be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Romans 8:5 says, “Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

After their encounter with Jesus, the two men returned to Jerusalem. This time, they quickly ran down the road anxious to tell the disciples that Jesus was alive. No more shuffling with doubt. They were running with confidence. Let us remember Proverbs 3:4-5. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

The two men almost missed Jesus on the Road to Emmaus because He showed up in a way they did not expect. Let us be watchful for Jesus while traveling Emmaus-type roads.

There is another road in scripture that we may travel. In Acts 9:1-10 Saul walked the road from Jerusalem to Damascus. When he took his first steps, his heart burned with anger and he was determined to persecute those who believed in Jesus. He believed lies rather than the truth proclaimed by Jesus. (In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”)

On the Road to Damascus, Saul looked for an opportunity to express the bitterness that raged within him. As a nation, we have encountered men and women who have similar feelings. People have lashed out at people. Wounds of prejudice and inequality and disrespect have erupted into lawlessness. Bottled anger has exploded violently. Protests against inequality and authority have not stopped. A mixture of lies and truth continue to be voiced.

Saul’s intent was to find and kill those who believed in Jesus Christ. However, God had a detour planned. Not just a minor road detour, but a major itinerary life change. The light of the Lord flashed before his eyes. Saul hit a roadblock that knocked him to the ground. He remained blind until Ananias prayed for him. The route he would travel throughout the remainder of life was changed dramatically.

There are constructive changes that need to be made within our nation to eliminate racial inequality. However, our country would also benefit from a restoration of respect for law enforcement. Destructive riots are not the way to achieve God’s plans and purposes. While Saul encountered physical blindness, our nation encounters mind blindness. I John 2:11 says, “But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.Then II Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.We need the light of Jesus to take away our blindness. Jesus says in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.This is true for us as individuals as well as for our nation.

The United States would benefit from a Damascus Road experience. We need an encounter with the Lord to get us on the right track that will glorify Him. Also, as individuals, we can benefit from Damascus Road experiences. There are times when we need to draw closer to the Lord and allow Him to recalibrate our motives and actions. He may choose a different route. James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Saul encountered Jesus on the Road to Damascus. He became a new man named Paul with a new mission. Let us be aware of Jesus when He appears to us on the Damascus-type roads we travel.
II Corinthians 5:17 tells us that if we are in Christ, we are new creations.

Myterium tremendum” is a phrase that describes how we feel in the presence of the holy. I believe the holy presence of God was experienced by the two men on the Road to Emmaus and by Saul/Paul on the Road to Damascus. Let’s anticipate the Lord’s presence as we travel the roads ahead of us. We may discover that the road less traveled is the most blessed route. Acts 17:28 says, “For in Him we live and move and have our being.

Family Fun

During the COVID-19 pandemic and near national shutdown, our daughter’s family has been creative. Many evenings the family has participated in group competitions organized by our grandson. The event has become known as the Corona Quarantine Classic.

One evening, our grandson set up an obstacle course throughout a couple of rooms in the house. Maneuvering through an obstacle course always offers an adventure. However, this one presented a unique challenge. One person had to walk through the maze blindfolded. The other team member had to guide his/her partner through the obstacles by verbal commands.

Allow me to have some fun with the names of our grandchildren as I make a spiritual application to this evening’s activity. The participating grandchildren are Charity, Grace, Faith, Justice and John. I admit that I may be taking a few liberties in what follows.

Teams were set up. While one person traversed the terrain blindfolded, the other team member shouted out commands. The help of a guide was a necessity. No turning to the right or the left until told to do so. It was a little chaotic!

Justice had placed himself at the end of the course. Everyone had to seek Justice.

Grace and Faith were a team. Faith was blindfolded and discovered she could not walk by sight. However, she knew Grace’s help would be sufficient. They made it through the maze’s stumbling blocks when Grace was saved by Faith. Faith was sure of what she hoped for – she hoped to reach Justice unscathed even though she could not see.

Charity was patient and kind (at least most of the time) when she listened to the voice of John. He was able to see, or witness, where she was going. Charity believed what John revealed to her. When Charity removed her blindfold, she could see the light again. She was not too boastful or proud about her accomplishments. Neither was Charity envious of her siblings who had managed their way through the maze.

Even Mom and Dad participated. The kids learned that obeying the directions of their parents was not a bad thing – especially when the kids were blindfolded.

Not only did these teams have to work together giving and following directions, they also were timed. There was a time for everything. The goal was to find out which team could finish the course in the shortest amount of time with the fewest mistakes.

Who won? Everyone! There had been some bumps and wrong turns along the way, but everyone reached the destination. Light was shining again and they no longer needed to walk in darkness. As revealed by John, the attributes of Charity, Grace and Faith were needed to achieve the goal of Justice.
The Hinman’s Corona Quarantine Classic event reveals wisdom for walking through life as well as a message for COVID-19 moments. Listed below are scriptures referenced in the story.

* But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. – John 15:26
* But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. – John 16:13
* Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 31:10
* Learn to do right; seek justice. – Isaiah 1:17
* For we walk by faith, not by sight. – II Corinthians 5:7
* But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – II Corinthians 12:9
* For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. – Ephesians 2:8
* Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
* Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. –I Corinthians 13:4
* There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe. He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. – John 1:6-8
* Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. – Ephesians 6:1
* There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. – Ecclesiastes 3:1
* When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12

Pushing Buttons

Today, I want you to imagine a screen of multiple buttons placed before you. Unprecedented times have caused numerous buttons to be activated in our lives. Some buttons have been pushed automatically. Most likely, we have clicked upon a couple of optional ones. There are more buttons waiting to be pushed.

Your pad of buttons may have some of the following labels: Hibernate – Sleep – Pause – Help – Refresh – Restart – Resume – Reset – Shut Down – Turbo Boost

Healthcare workers, medical experts, research scientists and first responders are people who have experienced the turbo boost button. I applaud all of you and thank you for your services! I am well aware of the demands placed upon you the past couple of months.

The sleep button is interesting. Those being forced to work long hours because of the medical emergencies would cherish being able to push this button. Their hours of sleep have been deprived. The sleep button may be the only button those infected with the coronavirus have been able to push. The sleep button may have become a way of escape for people experiencing depression or disappointment. For others, a less structured schedule may have allowed them to catch up on some much needed rest. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

The pause button has been mentioned numerous times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Only essential businesses have been allowed to remain open. Many people are still required to work from home. Schools are now closed for the remainder of the term. Churches have had to temporarily shut their doors. Social distancing has become a necessity. The list goes on. Let us declare Psalm 31:15,My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.

How have you been using your time while the pause button has been activated? “Selah” is a word found at various points throughout the Psalms. It means “an invitation to pause and reflect.”

Selah is declared at the conclusion of the following verses.

* But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain.” – Psalm 3:3-4
* Who is He, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty– He is the King of glory.Psalm 24:10
* You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.Psalm 32:7
* Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.Psalm 62:8

Pause and meditate upon each of these scriptures. Selah.

Lisa Vawser is the author of A Time to Selah. The book is described as “God’s prophetic invitation to step out of crisis and enter into His perfect peace.” Lisa speaks prophetically that God is calling His people to be aligned, refined and purified. Very applicable!

While the pause button continues to be pushed, you may be experiencing more “free time”. I pray you have been using it wisely.

You have been given the opportunity to spend more time with your family. Everyone is home for meals. Engage in quality conversation while seated around the dinner table. Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Have you been spending more time with the Lord? Robert Reeves, our pastor, recently encouraged us to submit our schedules to the Lord. Prayer must be a priority for us if God’s will is to be done. Take time to hear God speak. Do not feel like you have to do all the talking. II Chronicles 7:14 reminds us, “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Read God’s Word. Look for selahs. Meditate upon what you read. Allow scripture to become more than just familiar stories. Fulfill Psalm 19:14 NLT. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Read a book or listen to a message online. Hear what God’s people are saying today. Listen to what God is saying more than to what the news is reporting.

Do not yield to the temptation to click the hibernate or shut down buttons. Remember the promise of the Lord in Psalm 91:14-15. “Because he loves Me, I will deliver him; because he knows My name, I will protect him. When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him.

The help button is always available. Jesus promises in John 16:7, “I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. You are never alone. No quarantine can separate you from God. Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

The refresh button is at your fingertips. Let this be a time of refreshing. The Lord promises in Jeremiah 31:25, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.

In some areas, the pause button is beginning to be released. As the time comes to click another button, be careful which button you push. Don’t just hit resume or restart and go back to your former lifestyle. Learn from this time of pause.

The reset button is a better option. The Lord says in Revelation 21:5, “I am making all things new.” Reset with a new outlook on the busyness of life. Reset with a deeper relationship with Jesus. Reset with new priorities for your life. Romans 12:2 NLT says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Chris Overstreet shared on the Elijah List, “Keep looking up, Church, God has pushed the reset button.” Chris continues, “The reset button is being pushed and courage is being transmitted into the hearts of the people of God to ask the question, ‘What does Jesus want to do?’ This question, I believe, will become the quest of the Believer.” He senses that God will birth a greater love across the Body of Christ.

Buttons abound. What button is Jesus asking you to activate today?



Aone but Not Alone

Quarantined! Isolated. Social distancing. Remain where you are. Wait.

Not our favorite words. However, they describe our current situation created by COVID-19. Negative connotations come to mind. But, God may have other things in mind. We will look at two situations in scripture where God used isolation. We might even say that God occasionally quarantined people.


The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist is recorded in three gospels. (see Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:3-11, Luke 3:21-22) The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus and He was sent into the wilderness for 40 days. (see Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-14, Luke 4:1-13)

The Spirit remained with Him while He was in the wilderness. When He returned to Galilee, He went to the synagogue. There He picked up the scroll and read Isaiah 61:1-2. Jesus declared in Luke 4:18-19, The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

The Holy Spirit was with Jesus. Jesus was prepared for ministry.


After Jesus’ resurrection and before His ascension, He had a few instructions for His disciples. Acts 1:4-5 says, “And while they were gathered together, He commanded them: Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift the Father promised, which you have heard Me discuss. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’” I wonder, was Jesus quarantining the disciples?

In Acts 1:8 Jesus reveals why He was asking them to isolate themselves and wait. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.Jesus had plans for these men to share the gospel throughout the world. However, they needed the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill His plans. They needed some isolation before invading the world.

The disciples were obedient to Jesus’ command. Acts 1:12-14 says they returned to Jerusalem and stayed in the upper room. While being set apart from the daily activities of the city, verse 14 says, “With one accord they all continued in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.They spent more time in prayer since they were not interacting with other people. Good idea!

The disciples were quarantined in Jerusalem until they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:1-4 says, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

In Acts 2:14-39, Peter preached his first sermon under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He referred to Joel 2:5-8 saying, “In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. . . . And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

All the disciples were now ready to go into all the world and share the gospel. In Jesus’ name and with the power of the Holy Spirit, they were able to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, and lay hands on the sick who would recover. (see Mark 16:15-18)


The disciples’ quarantine was climaxed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. A note in the Spirit Filled Life Bible says, “The Book of Acts is the story of the disciples receiving what Jesus received in order to do what Jesus did.”

Our current time of quarantine and isolation in our homes may be the setting where we will receive what Jesus received in order to do what Jesus did.

COVID-19 has caused us to be separated from the world. Let us use this time as an opportunity to receive a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. Social distancing requirements allow us space to cultivate intimacy with the Lord. Both Jesus and the disciples experienced the help of the Holy Spirit during times of isolation. So can we! Jesus said in John 14:15-17, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.” “Forever” includes 2020.

We can no longer count on what we previously took for granted. Income, health, social activity, employment are insecure. I believe God will use this isolation time to teach us to rely only upon Him. He is our Savior Provider – Healer – Protector – Deliverer.

While we are separated from the world, we can be more attuned to hear the Spirit speak. There are less distractions because scheduled commitments have been erased from our calendars.

Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Marilyn Hickey has pointed out, “The Holy Spirit causes us to want to walk in righteousness. The Holy Spirit bears an inner witness that gives us peace. There is a bubbling of joy in the Holy Spirit that nothing else in this life can bring.”

May we take time to soak in the oil of the Holy Spirit and be permeated with His presence. The Spirit is preparing us for what is yet to come. We are alone, yet we are not alone.