I Still Believe

Jeremy Camp, a Christian music recording artist, wrote a song called “I still believe” following his first wife’s death to cancer. All of us, in one form or fashion, will face life-changing events. These events will shake our very foundations. The shaking is not what will define your life. It is where you land that will.

When Jairus’ daughter was sick, Mark 5:23 says that he went to Jesus. He began well, believing she would be healed. Then came the press. A mob of people crowded Jesus slowing him down on their journey to his daughter. While he waited, others were healed.

Then came the report. Jairus, your daughter is dead. Don’t bother Jesus anymore. The voices from within and without will tell you it’s time to quit believing. Don’t pray about that anymore. But when you travel with Jesus, He hears the report too. Verse 36 says, “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he said unto the ruler of the Synagogue (Jairus), Be not afraid, only believe.”

For Jeremy Camp, continuing to believe led to a new beginning and full life with a new wife and three children. For Jairus, it meant his daughter would live. Both of these men had something in common. They were walking the journey with Jesus.

Your journey may take you through rough terrain, and the elements may fight against you. But Jesus is still the one who say’s, “Peace, be still.” He is still the one who puts out the mockers and silences the doubt so that you can say like these men, “I still believe.”

Don’t lose hope. Keep walking with Jesus. He has not left you. Even when it seems others have received their answers instead of you. Jesus is still headed to your house. He won’t disappoint. He knows what He is going to do. Just believe.

Blessings to you and yours,

Jaime Luce

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The Answer To Your Problem

Standing in the middle of the temple surrounded by the top thinkers of His day, Jesus stands poised for the trap they have set. They begin with words dripping and coated in honey. False platitudes of honor and respect are their weapon of choice. Then comes the tangled web of a question meant to silence Him permanently.

But the one who formed and created the mind that thinks with wit and clever imagination could not be trapped. Jesus not only answers but flips the script and silences them with this statement. “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” Matthew 22:29 (NIV)

I can promise you this is why we also error. It still comes down to these two things. We don’t know the scriptures or the power of God. It doesn’t matter what the problem or question in life is. The answer is found in the Word of God and the Power of God.

If the enemy has set a trap for you, there is a way out. There is an answer to the question you can’t seem to answer. Dive deep into the Word of God. Search out the wisdom from the one who is all-knowing and all-powerful. Seek His intervention by knowing the mind of Christ and His great power. There is nothing too difficult for Him. He told us that nothing is impossible to Him that believes. Believes what? The Word and the power of God.

You are not a victim but an overcomer. Today you can silence the enemy with just one Word.

Blessings to you and yours,

Jaime Luce

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Would the real church please stand up!

How dare you be healed at church! I mean, don’t you know we are in a pandemic? You could get others sick. You are so selfish! Wait, before you click off, let me explain. There is obvious division in the church right now over whether it is “moral” for the church to be meeting in person. Ignore that most churches only meet once a week anyway, which is a subject for another day. But the answer to this question is not hard to find. All you have to do is look at Jesus.

The Pharisees and the Sadducees continually harassed Jesus for doing what He was here to do because He broke all their rules. Three of the gospels tell the story of Jesus being in the synagogue on the Sabbath and healing the man with the withered hand. In Luke 13, Jesus is again at church on the Sabbath and heals a woman who had been bent over for 18 years. Why would anyone be upset if someone is healed? The answer is simple. The one accusing of wrong lives a life of lip service and not people service. You may just be a Pharisee.

It didn’t stop there either. You’re fooling yourself if you think it will stop there for the church as well. The church is the beginning. They will complain about what you do in your home too. Jesus was in a house teaching when four people were brave enough to offend the owners of a home by opening up their roof to lower down a man to be healed. Get this. Instead of rejoicing that a bedridden man could now walk again, they were upset that Jesus told the man he was forgiven. Their attack came not just with healing but on the words Jesus said. This is happening right now in our nation. Our choice of words and freedom of speech is under attack.

I saw a post from a friend the other day telling what a wonderful day of ministry they had just had ministering to the homeless. People were healed, delivered, and set free. On top of that, they fed them to fill their bellies as well as their spirits. She posted pictures to show God’s goodness. And wouldn’t you know that the first comment on that post was from a woman who said, “You mean there wasn’t social distancing there?” I wanted to scream what Jesus had said to the Pharisees. “You hypocrites!”
If you are more concerned about laws and regulations than people, well, then you don’t know Jesus. You may just be a Pharisee.

Ministering to the needs of people was the reason Jesus came. He came to heal, deliver and set free all those who were sick and oppressed. And if you are a follower of Jesus, then that is your mission too. Especially in a pandemic. Jesus didn’t run from contagious lepers. And neither should we. He laid His hands on them, and they recovered. If the church would just be the church, we would not worry about a pandemic. We should be telling all those with Covid to come to the church!

In fact, it would be hard for any government to keep you silent and shut up if we were the cure. How are you supposed to call for the elders of the church to lay hands on you and recover if you can’t go to the church where the elders are supposed to be. And if you are a pastor and don’t believe that Jesus still wants to heal, deliver and set free, then you have more significant problems than opening your church. Instead, if the church is open, we take temperatures to tell the sick to stay away. I can only imagine what Jesus is saying about this. Where is the holy reverent fear of God?

It’s time for the church to be the church and stand up! It’s time for the church to be the answer and the cure to the sickness of this world. It’s time to quit bowing to rules and regulations that hurt people, follow Jesus’ example, and keep doing what we are here to do. It’s time to stop giving lip service and be about our Father’s business.
If you are sick, go and find you a church that actually believes the Bible and let them lay hands on you, and you will recover in Jesus’ name!

Blessings to you and yours,


Jaime Luce

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The Battle for Faith

With an army on charging horses racing toward them in fiery fury, William Wallace stands leading his troops. In that moment of fierce battle when his men are terrified of the coming fight, Wallace cries out that now famous line in Mel Gibsons version of Braveheart, “Hold, Hold, Hold, HOLD!” His men hang on every word of his declaration. And with his strategic might they are strengthened.

This same phrase is being declared from heaven even now. To the body of Christ heaven is roaring, “Hold, Hold, Hold, HOLD!” Do not leave your post! Do not run! Hold your ground! What sets us apart from the world is faith in God. Paul warned us that it would take armor to fight this good fight of faith. He told us perilous times would come but Jesus declared in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Now is the time and here is the place of the true church of Jesus Christ. He is coming for a victorious church. The gates of hell may rage against her but they will not prevail! We must hold fast to our confession of faith. We must declare the mighty works of God and wait for his commands. Our victory is certain if we will not lay down our swords! Hold steady. Hold fast. Hold onto the everlasting arms of Jesus and watch God do the impossible.

Blessings to you and yours,

Jaime Luce

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The Unity Hoax

Warning. Proceed with caution. Continue at your own risk or I may have to steal the quote, “I’m afraid the strain was more than he could bear.” (Doc Holiday, TombstoneI’ll just come right out and say it. Enough of this “Christians are supposed to love everyone” nonsense. The people who say this either are timid by nature, have been taught only part of the Bible or have never read it for themselves. The entire book is filled with recorded wars and battles. Whether on the battle field or in society, Christians are fighting for their inheritance and freedom from oppression.

Those who want to dominate and control love to throw around comments like “I thought you were supposed to be a Christian.” or “Jesus is love.” I hate to burst your bubble but Jesus himself said in Matthew 10:34-39 (NKJV) “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” That’s not sweet baby Jesus. That’s the ruler of the whole earth.

Now don’t get me wrong. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Jesus is love. But Jesus is not just love. Nor is He just peace. He is a King. He is Just. He is not a people pleaser. He stood up to and harshly name called the hypocritical Pharisees. He crafted a whip and drove out the money changers while violently flipping their tables over. The only time Jesus allowed Himself to be controlled was at His appointed time to die for our sins. And even then, He handed himself over, allowing them to do what they wanted to do. Had He not done that they could not have held Him.

Jesus knew when to fight and when to heal the sick. He knew when to argue and when to keep silent. He was masterful with His words. He could not be tricked or manipulated. Jesus is awesome!

In like manner, we are to know when to stand and fight and when to keep silent. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV) clearly says not all times are the same.

3 “To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.”

There are those who are crying “Unity.” Unity yes, but first it must be defined. The body of Christ must be in unity in order to function as the body. However, we are not to be in unity with the world.

James 4:4 (NIV) says, You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

We cannot think that if we play nice with those who oppose God that we are pleasing the Lord in the name of Christianity. You are fooling yourself. You make yourself an enemy of God. We are not to be timid and afraid and bow to those who want to rule over us. We are to be like the three Hebrew boys who under threat of death would not bow down. They believed in their God to deliver them. And even if He didn’t, they would not bow down.

Me loving my neighbor is me telling them the truth even if they hate what I’m saying. Me loving my neighbor is wanting blind eyes open both in the natural and spiritually speaking. Loving them is not me bowing to Godless demands and edicts. Jesus said they hated Me, and they will hate you. John 15:18

Now don’t misunderstand. It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. Of course, we are kind in nature and don’t go around starting senseless or meaningless fights. We defend the defenseless and care for the hurting like the “good Samaritan.” But we definitely don’t cower in the name of Christianity. David was a kind shepherd boy but when it was time to fight, he was the only one brave enough and bold enough to run straight at the giant in front of him. He knew this enemy was standing and threatening in opposition and defiance of God. We must do the same.

Do we love? Yes. Are we kind? Yes. But please, do not forget we also fight! Paul taught us to put on armor. We are told to act as good soldiers. Even our faith is a fight and we are told to fight. The freedom Christ purchased for us is worth fighting to keep. Let us not put our swords down and lower the standards of the Word. May we be like Paul when we come to the end and say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV) 

So, let us unite as the body. Not with this world or its corrupt ideas. We have a treasure worth fighting for. We are carriers of the presence and power of God. We are to pray “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) We can only bring healing and restoration through fighting for the Word and fighting for the church. If we don’t fight for her who will? So I challenge you. Pick up your sword and fight! 

Blessings to you and yours,

Jaime Luce

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