Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis

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He Cares

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

How many people are living with realities that are making them want to react adversely or respond without surrender to the Holy Spirit?

How many people are making decisions out of their pain, striking back at people because they’re so fatigued of being struck, giving up on divine assignments because of opposition and difficulty?

How many people want to walk away from opportunities and possibilities because of anger and disappointment?

How many people want to settle back into what is not good for them, never has been, and never will be?

How many people are thinking about defeating, depleting, and draining things, not realizing that things are about to change?

Jesus teaches us that when these realities bump up in our lives and grip us tight, and you are on your way to bury your dreams, your goals, your aspirations, and your energy, He is saying to you, “Child of God, not just yet. You’ve got to wait on Me. I’m a God who can turn things around. I can make things happen.”

Jesus is sensitive to our pain and our losses. In fact, you are so loved by God, that when your heart is broken, it affects Him. He feels so deeply about:

  • what you feel
  • what you’re experiencing
  • what you’re managing
  • what you’re trying to survive
  • what you’re stewarding
  • what you’re trying to juggle
  • how you’re trying to sift it all
  • and what you’re trying to recover from

He doesn’t leave us out in the cold and anguish. He comes alongside us and meets us in our pain. What an amazing God He is.


Living in the Spirit

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

As we submit to the presence and the influence of the Holy Spirit, it doesn’t mean that we won’t have to face challenges or fight giants or overcome obstacles or deal with opposition in any way. But it does mean that in not one of those areas does the enemy get to decide our choices. The enemy does not get to decide how we manage the stewardship of our responses to life’s circumstances.

When we live in Jesus, we live convicted that He wants us to be happy. He wants us to be whole. He wants us to be well. He wants us to be productive. He wants us to have the joy of the Lord as our inner strength.

The enemy doesn’t get to decide my choices. He can shape weapons, and he can release them. He can toxify environments. He can invade the mind and try to crush the heart. He can infect my exchanges with other people. He can entice people to betray me. But I have to make the choice as to whether I forgive or seek revenge, whether I surrender to anger or decide to dispense grace and mercy.

And here’s the point: Jesus says, “Child of God, I’ve established My kingdom inside of you. And because the kingdom lives inside of you, you are more than a conqueror. I am with you. And Me with you is more than the world against you. Don’t say what you cannot do, because in Me, you can do all things.”

Isn’t that amazing to think about? Doesn’t that fill your praise? Doesn’t it deepen your love? And doesn’t it make you want to express it? Each of us is loved so much by Jesus that He will respond to our needs and give us His joy and a peace that surpasses understanding. 

Staying Steady

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

One of the key lessons of the Christian life is learning to live steady.

Praying with patience, asking for endurance, disciplined for the long haul, resilient and defiant, hopeful, trusting, faithful, and determined—we must learn to live steady.

Our focus should not be on attempting everything with speed and strength, but with steadiness. Not everything fast, but attempt everything faithful.

This is the discipline that we have to nurture because we are all in the race of life and no one is exempt from it. It’s not strength that determines the quality of our finish. It’s not speed either. Both of those things can be halted, hindered, or hampered.

But I tell you, it is hard to still the steps or destroy the vision of a child of God who is determined to stay steady even if the ground shakes beneath them or the enemy tries to block them. It’s hard to defeat a determined disciple when endurance is the offering they bring to their human pursuits.

There’s something about the commitment to living steady that helps us to cross the bridge that separates our plans from God’s providence. You will make more progress. You will accomplish more. You will achieve more. You will become what is more enriched and vibrant and complete and robust.

I’m not denying that it’s possible to nurture strength and develop speed, but staying steady is the crucial component for finishing well:

  • Waking up every day to honor your spiritual gifts and to glorify your sovereign God.
  • Treating people with grace and mercy in your everyday exchanges.
  • Not being so quick to become angry or easily pushed to a place of wrath.
  • Speaking the truth in love.
  • Taming the spiritual tongue.
  • Leaning on empathy and compassion.
  • Trusting God with all your heart.
  • Forgiving others because you can’t forget that you are forgiven.
  • Opening doors for people because every door you open for them pushes you into the next tier of opportunity and potential.

We all have learned that speed and strength and wisdom and cleverness and skill can help, but they don’t guarantee success. The secret lies in staying steady.

He Is Risen!

By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
1 Corinthians 6:14 (NIV)

From Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM until early Sunday morning, Jesus's body lay in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea just outside the walls of Jerusalem. Many had concluded, no doubt, that the ministry of Jesus had now ended. The movement was over. The leader was never to return. All the spiritual and social progress He made was now in jeopardy.

But early Sunday morning, there was an earthquake, just as there had been on Friday when Jesus died. The stone was rolled away from the mouth of the tomb. Jesus, having folded neatly the linen coverings that were draped over His body and His face, triumphantly emerged from the tomb.

Two angels were stationed at the tomb as witnesses and messengers. This was especially and specifically important since those that had ordered Jesus's death would respond to the report of His rising by spreading false reports. They would say that the disciples slipped into the tomb and stole the body of Jesus. Opposing leaders of our Lord would supervise these lies because they didn't want to deal with the reality that Jesus was and is exactly who the prophets said: the Son of God—and now the resurrected Lord.

Those two angels spoke to the women who had come to the tomb to minister to Jesus's body, and when they arrived, this was said to them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen, just like He said He would. Go and tell His disciples that He's alive. He intends to meet them in Galilee.”

The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. Everything in your life must be filtered, sifted, strained, and interpreted based on this monumental event.

The resurrection changes everything!



How Are We Treating Jesus?

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalm 24:3-4 (NKJV)

Jesus is not in our lives to be pushed around by our urgencies. And while He may respond to them, while He may minister to us in them, He teaches us that He is extremely intentional about how He is to be treated.

Jesus has emotionality when it comes to us. He can be angered by us. He can be blessed by us. He is acquainted with our grief. He has emotionality.

We live in a climate and culture where everybody views and interprets and sifts religion on what Jesus offers to us, how the Lord treats us. But have you ever considered that while the Lord is so good to us, we have an expectation by Him of how He also wants to be treated?

For example, Psalm 24 asks and answers: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.” In Matthew 16, Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Psalm 100 instructs us to “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” The Lord is specific in how He is to be treated by us.

Matthew 9 tells of two blind men who cried out to Jesus for healing, but He made them follow Him into a house and asked them about their faith before He healed them. It’s almost as if He is saying to them, “I could have healed you on the road. I could have healed you before your first expression to me. But I wanted it to be clear that I am not pushed and manipulated by human urgency. I moved by divine synchronicity. And there are some things that I do because it has to fit within God's timing, and it has to fit within the pedagogy that I am dispensing to your life.”

Jesus is extremely intentional about how He is to be treated. It matters how He is approached. It matters how He is viewed. It matters how He is responded to.