Certainty in an Un-Certain World

Are You Certain of Your Future?

Are You Certain of Your Future?

Fortune tellers have been telling futures for people for hundreds of years.  Yet, there is no Certainty with those predictions.  But there is one Certainty that you can rely on as you go through life and that is the Certainty of God’s Mercy and God’s Grace in the life of the Believer.

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Is there a real God ?… excerpts from Mere Christianity by cs lewis

Good and Evil cartoonish 3 combinedYou got to know that you need saving before you’ll except the Savior.

Here is a little of what C.S. Lewis said about that in Mere Christianity.

You are going too quickly. Only a Person can forgive. And we have not yet got as far as a personal God—only as far as a power, behind the Moral Law, and more like a mind than it is like anything else. But it may still be very unlike a Person. If it is pure impersonal mind, there may be no tense in asking it to make allowances for you or let you off, just as there is no sense in asking the multiplication table to let you off when you do your sums wrong. You are bound to get the wrong answer. And it is no use either saying that if there is a God of that sort—an impersonal absolute goodness—then you do not like Him and are not going to bother about Him.

For the trouble is that one part of you is on His side and really agrees with His disapproval of human greed and trickery and exploitation. You may want Him to make an exception in your own case, to let you off this one time; but you know at bottom that unless the power behind the world really and unalterably detests that sort of behavior, then He cannot be good. On the other hand, we know that if there does exist an absolute goodness it must hate most of what we do.

That is the terrible fix we are in. If the universe is not governed by an absolute goodness, then all our efforts are in the long run hopeless. But if it is, then we are making ourselves enemies to that goodness every day, and are not in the least likely to do any better tomorrow, and so our case is hopeless again.

We cannot do without it. and we cannot do with it. God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible-ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again.

They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger—according to the way you react to it. And we have reacted the wrong way.

Now my third point. When I chose to get to my real subject in this roundabout way, I was not trying to play any kind of trick on you. I had a different reason. My reason was that Christianity simply does not make sense until you have faced the sort of facts I have been describing. Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need any forgiveness. It is after you have realized that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power—it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk. When you know you are sick, you will listen, to. the doctor.

When you have realized that our position is nearly desperate you will begin to understand what the Christians are talking about. They offer an explanation of how we got into our present state of both hating goodness and loving it. They offer an explanation of how God can be this impersonal mind at the back of the Moral Law and yet also a Person. They tell you how the demands of this law, which you and I cannot meet, have been met on our behalf, how God Himself becomes a man to save man

from the disapproval of God. It is an old story and if you want to go into it you will no doubt consult people who have more authority to talk about it than I have. All I am doing is to ask people to face the facts—to understand the questions which Christianity claims to answer. And they are very terrifying facts. I wish it was possible to say something more agreeable. But I must say what I think true.


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Despair – Turning Defeat into Victory

What am I Going to Do?

What am I Going to Do?


  1. 1.
    the complete loss or absence of hope.


    So what do you do when you lose all hope.

    Here is something that might help.  

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Jedi Mind Trick – Victory or Defeat

These are not the Droids you are looking for

These are not the Droids you are looking for

Are you living a victorious life or does it seem like you are always coming up short in life.  That the “cards are stacked against you”, that no matter what you do, things just seem to turn out bad.

Then if that is you, then perhaps you should use your “Jedi Mind Trick” to help you change your life.

Read Here: Mind Trick Victory or Defeat


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Stupid is as Stupid Does

Forest Gump on BenchRemember Forrest Gump?

Remember what his Mother told him… “Stupid is as Stupid Does“?

Do you know anyone who goes through life where bad things seem to always happen to them?

Then perhaps this article “Stupid is as Stupid Does” is worth your reading.

Taken from Oswald Chambers Upmost.org series.


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Vision & the Darkness

When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him.Genesis 15:12



Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in “the shadow of His hand” (Isaiah 49:2). The saint’s duty is to be still and listen. There is a “darkness” that comes from too much light— that is the time to listen. The story of Abram and Hagar in Genesis 16 is an excellent example of listening to so-called good advice during a time of darkness, rather than waiting for God to send the light. When God gives you a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on His timing. Never try to help God fulfill His word. Abram went through thirteen years of silence, but in those years all of his self-sufficiency was destroyed. He grew past the point of relying on his own common sense. Those years of silence were a time of discipline, not a period of God’s displeasure. There is never any need to pretend that your life is filled with joy and confidence; just wait upon God and be grounded in Him (see Isaiah 50:10-11).

Do I trust at all in the flesh? Or have I learned to go beyond all confidence in myself and other people of God? Do I trust in books and prayers or other joys in my life? Or have I placed my confidence in God Himself, not in His blessings? “I am Almighty God…”— El-Shaddai, the All-Powerful God (Genesis 17:1). The reason we are all being disciplined is that we will know God is real. As soon as God becomes real to us, people pale by comparison, becoming shadows of reality. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever upset the one who is built on God.

Comment: We’ve all been there where we have been given a vision or a divine direction from God only to find us in the dark. By “Dark” I mean that we were given a general understanding of what God wanted us to accomplish, but no direction of how we were to accomplish the task or a crystal clear understanding of what the task was to be, exactly. We just know that God stirred our soul on a particular subject. It is normal to want to get started immediately on pursuing these visions, but God doesn’t work withing the confines of what we think of as normal. No, God has his own way, his own methods and his own timing over all things. It is our job to wait, seek him and wait on clear conscience instruction. Hard to do in our own limited way of understanding things. God want obedience and that requires patients, prayer and seeking divine guidance.

Dave Gilliland – Monroe, LA – davegilliland2@comcast.net – 318-343-9992

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The Sword – Ultimate Joy


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Never be sympathetic with a person whose situation causes you to conclude that God is dealing harshly with him. God can be more tender than we can conceive, and every once in a while He gives us the opportunity to deal firmly with someone so that He may be viewed as the tender One. If a person cannot go to God, it is because he has something secret which he does not intend to give uphe may admit his sin, but would no more give up that thing than he could fly under his own power. It is impossible to deal sympathetically with people like that. We must reach down deep in their lives to the root of the problem, which will cause hostility and resentment toward the message. People want the blessing of God, but they can’t stand something that pierces right through to the heart of the matter.

If you are sensitive to God’s way, your message as His servant will be merciless and insistent, cutting to the very root. Otherwise, there will be no healing. We must drive the message home so forcefully that a person cannot possibly hide, but must apply its truth. Deal with people where they are, until they begin to realize their true need. Then hold high the standard of Jesus for their lives. Their response may be, “We can never be that.” Then drive it home with, “Jesus Christ says you must.” “But how can we be?” “You can’t, unless you have a new Spirit” (see Luke 11:13).

There must be a sense of need created before your message is of any use. Thousands of people in this world profess to be happy without God. But if we could be truly happy and moral without Jesus, then why did He come? He came because that kind of happiness and peace is only superficial. Jesus Christ came to “bring…a sword” through every kind of peace that is not based on a personal relationship with Himself.

Comment: Isn’t it funny that sometimes we seem happy and other times we don’t? How would it be if you were happy all the time? Many say that is impossible… but, doesn’t the scriptures say that “all things are possible through God”?

Those who say that you can’t be happy all the time are operating on their limited understanding. That is, for us to be happy, we must have things in our lives that make us happy. Like money, a good job, a good relationship etc… and the advoidance of things that make us unhappy. What I call “things”… and things can’t make you truly happy.

The “Joy of the Lord” is constant. It remains the same when things are good or bad in our lives because we know that our unhappiness is about to change and that our unhappiness (from things or lack thereof ) is only temporary. We always have that hope because our hope is not wrapped up in things of this world but from the promises of the Lord. And if we don’t have the hope of the lord, we will encounter times when we are up against things we can not fix… then what are we going to do? that is called despair. No hope. We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we know who holds it.

Dave Gilliland – Monroe, LAdavegilliland2@comcast.net318-343-9992

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Blueprint – How to Change Your World


Want to change your world and perhaps the world for those around you?  So, let’s make a list of the things we want to change… let’s do that on the left-hand side of a blank piece of paper. After making the list, go back and take each desired change one by one. Out to the right, write what you can do to affect the desired change. Then go to the second one, third and so on. When you come to an item where you can not write anything that you can do to effect the desired change, mark it off the list. Those are things you have no control over. Talk to God about these perhaps, but spend no more time or mental resources on these items… it is pointless. You can not change them. Rather, spend your time doing and thinking about the ones where you have written something on the right-hand side of the page. These are things you can change. This is a tool to help in keeping with the Serinity Prayer, is it not. Here is an example.



Two things, 1) you will find out that it is really hard not to be able to write something we can do on the right-hand side. 2) some of those things will be direct changes and some will be indirect changes. The nex to the last item, “People to Love Each Other More” is an example of indirect change. Maybe we can not affect the outcome directly because it deals with how others treat other people. We can, however, show them kindness. That may well, in time, have an impact on how they respond to others.

The first class postage… we can not change. We don’t work for the US Postal Service. We can’t help them control cost, profit margins and product pricing… so, put a line through it and forget it.

You have got to simplify your life. To do that you have to accurately define the problem at hand (things that hinder desired changes), formulate a plan that address that problem, implement the plan and check the progress of your results. And you have to take each one individually. You can not just say I have problems… you have to break them out, one by one and identify what you can do to effect changing them and producing the desired result. Did you hear that… one by one. You can them prioritize them in order of importance and zero in on the one that will make the most difference in your life today. Then the next one and so on. As my mom always said “It’s hard by the Yard… It’s a cinch by the Inch”. One at a time… otherwise you get over -whelemed and noting changes. You will quit because you won’t see progress… and if you never make the change table, you will never get started because you don’t know what to start. Again, take it one step at a time. Do not skip any steps and be diligent and persistent in doing these things daily, weekly etc.

If we will do this exercise, we will see change… positive, desired change.  I promise you.

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We Ought to Think Jesus

when-he-was-on-the-crossSometimes I feel like I can do much. Sometimes I feel like I can do little.

Sometimes I feel like I have enough money to meet my needs and a few of my wants.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough money for anything.

These are basis fears that many people have. I just happen to be on of them.

I think that, sometimes, I am losing my mind. Conflicted in my thinking, my feelings, in my soul.

Then I come full circle back to the basics; what I truly feel in my core and that is, I was never suppose to feel any of those ways in the first place. We ought not to think too highly of ourselves and our “station” in life and at the same time, too lowly of ourselves. We ought to think Jesus.

Do you know anyone who is caught up in their careers and making money. Moving up the ladder. Buying stuff like new cars, new “big boy or girl” toys, fine jewelry and traveling all about and not really going anywhere? And as much as it seems that they have, they have nothing without Jesus.

For whatever you have, it can all be taken away from you. Take for example folks that try to have a bunch of stuff. Much of it is financed. They depend upon the continuance of their income, at the levels they are accustomed to as a means of supporting their habit. Luxury living I suppose they would call it. But what if something happened and their income was reduced or taken away? Their Luxury living would be taken away and since they have placed their happiness in “things” and since those things were rented, their happiness can be taken away also. Then what? Depression, Despair or something like that?

My Christian teachings tell us not to place our happiness in things, here on earth where it can be destroyed, stolen or taken away but rather to store our treasures in heaven where it can never be lost. (Matthew 6:20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6:20&version=KJV ) Now, I don’t want to get into a study of the scriptures and I am not a Biblical scholar, but there you have it. Rather, I want to appeal to your personal experiences, logic and reason. Don’t you know someone like I am describing here?

And even if these folks never lose their “stuff” due to economic changes, are those folks really happy. They always want more stuff. They never truly find happiness. It’s like, well if I only had a bigger house, more expensive car, whatever. Things don’t make you happy. Only the peace that transcends all understanding can do that. (Philippians 4:7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+4:7&version=KJV )

So it would be reasonable to spend time seeking those things that provide real happiness and, as important, teach others around you to do the same. That way, you can surround yourself with people who are truly happy. Other wise, you may find yourself emerged around some of the most unhappy people who are always trying to be “one up” on everybody. Those type of people will be the “back stabbing”, lying, cheating types. Is that what you want. If so, maybe you need to run for a political office in Washington.

What do you think. Leave a comment and lest us open the discussion for “more true happiness”.

Dave Gilliland – Monroe, LA – davegilliland2@comcast.net318-343-9992

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Meet Joe Girard

I get asked all the time, who is Joe Girard?

Well if you are in sales, he is someone you should know about.  Why?

Because  he is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s greatest salesman.  Knowing what he did and how he did it could well change the trajectory of your sales success.











A lot of things have changed since I first entered the sales industry in 1975. I bet you feel the same way, looking back on your life.

People, however, haven’t changed. They all want to feel special and appreciated. That’s what our Referral Marketing system does.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Could a system like Joe’s double your referrals and significantly increase you results?

“the Proof is not in the Pudding… It is in the Taste”

And until you try it, you can’t know.

Fortunately, there is a system that helps you do what Joe did and works on “autopilot”.

Want to “taste” the system.  I’ll let you do that for free… really free.  No credit cards, no auto responders … just send a card on me for free.  I’m paying for it.

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Want to contact me with questions.  Contact me.  My contact details can be found on the Page “About Dave”.

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