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Please Read – “Anthology” The Life And Times Of Thomas L. Craft

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photoAnthology – The Life And Times Of Thomas L. Craft

 

I just finished reading Anthology the biography of Bishop Thomas L. Craft and loved it. I would encourage every one of my readers to do the same.

The Ballestero family has loved and cherished the friendship of Bro. Craft since I was a small child. My father referred to him as his 5th Friend. (It’s in the book.)

Once in a lifetime God may allow you to meet a man like Bishop Thomas L Craft. No one ever met him or heard him and walked away the same. He is truly a Pentecostal treasure and an unchanging landmark on the Gospel Highway.

  • What a Burden for souls!
  • What a Vision!
  • What a Passion!
  • What an Accomplishment for the Kingdom!
  • What an anointing!
  • What a Godly man!
  • What a Preacher!
  • What a Friend!

It’s a Life Honor to call him Friend!

 

 

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Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I Have Entertained An Angel

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I Have Entertained An Angel

 

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

The Scripture presents the concept of realizing that it is possible to have someone near you that is Heaven sent.

It is possible to talk with them, laugh with them and enjoy their companionship. That is exactly what has happened to me.

imageI came in contact with an angel once, when I was young. That angel transformed my life and stole my heart. She has been a Gift of God to me.

She is Mercy and Kindness wearing a beautiful dress.
She is Love and Hospitality in high heels.
She is Forgiveness and Long-suffering wearing a charming smile.
She is Godliness and Purity carrying a big purse.
She is Holiness and Holy Ghost from the top of her beautiful hair to the tips of her toes.
She is Fun and Laughter with a Twinkle in her eye.
She is all an Angel could ever be.

She is an Angel. The Prettiest and Sweetest Angel of all. She is The Gift of God to my Family and to me in particular. I have entertained an Angel. Her name is Marcia June Starr Ballestero.

July 16th is her Birthday and I needed for her to hear me say:

Happy Birthday My Love!!

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July 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

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The Worst Part Of Being Wrong

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The Worst Part Of Being Wrong

The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

  • It is very easy to believe a lie and be confident that you are walking in truth when in fact you are not.
  • Just because you go to church doesn’t mean you are saved.
  • Just because you live a moral and good life doesn’t mean you are saved.
  • Some will never know or ever admit they are wrong.
  • They may not ever be convinced until The Judgment Day.
  • But by then, it will be too late.

 

It Is Even Possible To Pray About Your Life Choices And Feel That God Agrees With You.

  • Just because you feel good about your choice after praying, makes you believe God approves and agrees with you.
  • Be careful and don’t make a mistake here. The will of God is not always comfortable for you.
  • Balaam felt he was right too. But he died with the enemy.
  • Saul felt he was right as well, but God had to knock him to his knees on the road to Damascus before He could turn him around and open his eyes to the truth.

 

Every Way Of A Man Is Right In His Own Eyes

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

  • First is the rationalization of your decision. You rationalize your choice and point out the negative in those you walk away from.
  • Then comes justification. You justify your every action.
  • Then comes defensiveness. You defend your every way.
  • Then comes arrogance. You cut off those that don’t agree with you.
  • You refuse help and Godly counsel.
  • You feel good about everything and no one can convince you otherwise.
  • Just because it’s right in your eyes, doesn’t mean it’s right in God’s eyes.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

  • A backslider’s heart is flooded with his agenda, his dreams and his desires.
  • There is no room left for God in his heart.
  • For the backslider, it is all about him, and not about God.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

Some Evidently Have To Learn Hard Way.

  • It is sad to watch those who appear to be determined to learn the hard way.
  • They’re right in their own mind. The pastor, and their family are all wrong.
  • They are the ones who are right.
  • Even when they go against Biblical instructions and warnings, they feel good about their choices.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

Watching Friends And Loved Ones Self Destruct

  • They seem to be happy with their life away from truth and the safety of God’s House.
  • The devil has blinded their eyes.
  • Your heart aches as you watch them destruct and turn their back righteousness.
  • Is like being a thousand miles away from home and hearing that the water pipes have just burst in your basement. You feel helpless to fix the problem. You may make a few emergency calls, but that’s about all you can do.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

If Our Gospel Be Hid…

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

  • If truth is hid, it is hid to them that are lost.
  • Who is hiding the gospel or the truth from the lost? Satan.
  • The reason they can’t see the truth about themselves is because the devil has blinded their eyes and they refuse to admit it or see it.
  • As a result, they have easily believed a lie.
  • They’ve deceived themselves.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

Acknowledging The Truth About Yourself

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

  • This is not just talking about doctrinal issues.
  • This includes praying that the sinner will see the truth about themselves, their errors, their sins and their ways.
  • Paul used the word peradventure. That means, he had no guarantee the wayward would ever admit their wrong doing or that God would forgive them, but that in meekness, Timothy should keep reaching for them.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

There Is A Way That Seemeth Right

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

  • What seems right to you may also destroy you.
  • There may not be a problem you can see now, but at the end, eternal death awaits.
  • The Pharisee praying in the temple thought he was the one that was approved by God. How wrong he was even though he felt right.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

Many Churchgoers Are Lost Because Of False Doctrine And Yet Feel Saved.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

  • They even ministered in the name of the Lord and still were lost.
  • They were believers
  • They no doubt were Spirit filled.
  • They cast out devils,
  • The saw signs and wonders,
  • They prophesied and it came to pass,
  • They used the name of Jesus in their ministry,
  • Yet they were still lost in eternity.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

Compromisers

  • Say they are glad they have been delivered from bondage.
  • They say they never felt better.
  • They feel sorry for those ignorant folks still in bondage to standards and doctrine.
  • Like a dog going back to it’s vomit and a pig to its wallow, they’ve returned to the world and feel good about their soul.
  • The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

Fools Blame God For Their Circumstances And Refuse To Repent

Revelation 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

The worst part of being wrong is thinking you are right.

 

The Prodigal Came To Himself

A parent’s and a pastor’s prayer is that those they love who are doing wrong will come to themselves like the prodigal son did.

 

How To Keep From Making Bad Life Choices And Mistakes

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

  • Your understanding and high IQ is not enough to keep you safe. Admit that to yourself.
  • Call on the Lord for direction in every choice.
  • Include your pastor in your major decisions.
  • Kings even did that in the Bible. They asked the Prophet to enquire of the Lord for them.
  • In ALL your ways (decisions and choices) ACKNOWLEDGE Him. Include God in your everyday life and He will direct you path.
  • When God directs your path and you walk in it, only then will you begin living a mistake free life.

 

Remember, The Worst Part Of Being Wrong Is Thinking You Are Right.

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

When The Bible Calls You Stupid!

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When The Bible Calls You Stupid!

We were taught since childhood to avoid calling someone stupid. That advice is still sound and worth heading. As adults we realize not everyone acts very smart all the time. A few days ago, I saw this bumper sticker on the bumper of a beat up pickup truck.

0228.1267

 

The way of the transgressor is hard. Stupid ought to hurt!

Ask Esau

Ask The Prodigal Son

Ask Baalim

Ask Lot’s Wife

Stupid really does hurt!

 

To make matters worse I found an album of pictures showing, “Why Women Live Longer Than Men.” These photos prove that men can do some stupid things.

 

As a lover of the King James Version, I seldom read any other translations or versions. A quick glance at the NIV and the Good News Bible shows man’s stupidity in stark reality:

Proverbs 12:1 (NIV) Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:15 (Good News Translation) Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.

There Is A Name For Those Who Hate To Be Corrected And Always Think They Are Right! Stupid.

When The Bible Calls You Stupid, It Very Bad!

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June 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

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A Nursing Father

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A Nursing Father

A Nursing Father? Yes! That’s how Moses saw his own role as leader of the Children of Israel. He saw himself as a nursing father to them. They were often rebellious, unwilling, unbelieving and hard to control. Yet, he constantly nurtured and guided them. He mothered the people of God.

Sure he depended solely on Jehovah to direct his every word. Yes he daily had to ask for Divine guidance and support. But it was up to Moses how and in what manner he dispensed the instructions of righteousness. He had to nurse them all into understanding and believing. He mothered them from a promise to a possession.

  • They craved their old life in Egypt.
  • They wanted idols like the heathen had.
  • They complained about the manna.
  • They fussed about Moses’ authority.
  • Yet they were helpless without him.

1. Moses Felt Like He Was A Nursing Father,

Numbers 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that thou shouldest say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as a nursing father beareth the sucking child, unto the land which thou swarest unto their fathers?

Moses did not ask for this role. It was imposed upon him. God saw his heart and knew this would be the man who would nurse and nurture the Israelites.

  • As a nursing father, he nurtured a nation into the Promised Land.
  • As a nursing father, he provided guidance and strength for them during the harshest of times.
  • As a nursing father, he gave of himself completely.
  • As a nursing father, he pled for their very lives and survival before God.
  • As a nursing father, if God had killed all the disobedient Israelites, he was willing to die with them.
  • As a nursing father, he gave his very life for them.
  • As a nursing father, he has been remembered by Israel to this day as their hero and their father.
  • He nurtured them even though they were a thankless group of people.

Moses went to school in the wilderness and trained to be a nursing father for forty years as a shepherd. As a shepherd under God, he provided guidance, protection and provision for Israel when they couldn’t take care of themselves.

2. Job Was A Nursing Father

Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Job prayed and sacrificed every day to God for his children, just incase one of them might have sinned or thought bad thoughts. His life was an example of love, thoughtfulness and righteousness to his children.

3. Joshua Was A Nursing Father

Joshua 24:15 … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

  • As a nurturing father, he chose the proper life for his children.

4. The Apostle John Was A Nursing Father

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

  • Nothing makes a nursing father happier than to know his children are living for God.

5. A Pastor Is A Nursing Father

There are a lot of pastors and teachers in the church world, but not many of them are fathers.

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

A pastor is not called to be neither a politician, neither is he to be a lord over God’s heritage. With Divine guidance, a pastor is meant to nurture new babes in Christ into spiritual maturity.

  • He teaches the flock over which God has given him the oversight.
  • He cares what happens to every one of the flock.
  • He prays daily for those in need.
  • He visits the sick.
  • He prays in the altar with the wayward and the sinful.
  • He goes a fast with those that need a miracle.
  • He prays for God to give him a word of comfort for those in pain.
  • He speaks to the wayward and directs them back onto the right way.
  • He gives his life for those God has given to him.
  • He doesn’t preach the love of God with a closed fist.
  • He doesn’t try to run see how many he can run off, but how many he can get in.
  • He doesn’t throw souls away.
  • He will even be standing beside every one God has given to him in the Judgment giving an account.
  • He is to all who hear him, a nursing father.

Thank God For Our Pastor, Our ‘Other Father’

6. As A Dad, Are You A Nursing Father?

Heaven gave you precious little lives to provide and to care for. A father is deemed to be a good father when he loves his children and provides a good home life and example for them.

  • A father protects his children from all harm.
  • He guides their little minds and their lives in the ways of right.
  • He shows them how to live for God.
  • He displays tenderness and affection to their mother and to them, and thereby defines to his children the role of a nursing father.

As A Nursing Father

  • He walks the floor with his fretting baby at night.
  • As a nursing father, he provides for his family, regardless of how well he feels.
  • As a nursing father, he willing sacrifices for his family.
  • As a nursing father, he cries with his hurting children.
  • As a nursing father, he comforts and holds his babies when they need him to.
  • As a nursing father, he sometimes has to say no, to protect them.
  • As a nursing father, he provides reassurance of love, even in correction. (Especially in correction.)
  • As a nursing father, he is not harsh, but loving, not weak, but gentle.
  • As a nursing father, he is firm, but not mean.
  • As a nursing father, he provides protection and safety for his home.

Some fathers do not become involved in their children’s lives. What a loss and what a shame!

The Commandment To Be A Nursing (Nurturing) Father

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Love them babies like your heavenly father loves you. Life’s greatest joy of fatherhood is the loving and the nurturing.

Thank God For Nurturing Fathers!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

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The Greatest Trial Of Your Life

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The Greatest Trial Of Your Life

Tears are no a stranger to any of us. We came into this world crying at the top of our lungs. For some, not much has changed, except where they now choose to cry.

Many events in life can bring us almost unbearable pain. We cry out to God for help and solution to our problems. We beg Him for relief and consolation. Our emotions crave His comfort and resolution of our problems.

Every one of us seeks to be happy. Even the founders of our great country wrote about the pursuit of happiness.

 

Mr. Webster Said ‘Trial’ Was The Opposite Of ‘Joy’

Dictionary

joy - noun

A feeling of great pleasure and happiness: tears of joy | the joy of being alive.

Thesaurus

Joy – noun

Whoops of joy: delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture; enjoyment.

ANTONYMS – trial.

 

The Apostle Declared The Source Of His Greatest Joy

 

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 

If This Is True For Us, Then The Opposite Is True As Well.

 

We Have No Greater Trial Than To Know Our Children Do Not Walk In Truth!

Praying today to every mother, father and grandparent whose very heart is crushed with the knowledge that the ones they love so dearly have walked away from God. All we can do is pray and have faith.

(If you close the door to your home to them, you might have just closed the door to the church at the same time.)

May God Hear Your Prayers For The Restoration Of Your Lost Loved Ones!

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Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

“Lest They Be Discouraged”

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“Lest They Be Discouraged”

Every one is grateful for a kind word of encouragement. Dreams and ideals can be very fragile and easily destroyed, especially in the early stages of life.

Most find it easy to gravitate towards those who look favorably upon us. Not many can thrive in an environment of constant criticism, hostility and contempt.

I have never met a person sick enough to rejoice over discouraging someone from accomplishing that which is good. Neither can I believe a good father would be happy he made his child so discouraged they quit going to church.

My mind cannot imagine a Spirit-filled father treating his children so horrible that they lose all desire to go to church because of him.

No generation of believers has evidently been exempt from stupid acting fathers. It was a problem big enough to be mentioned In Paul’s writings to the Colossians and the Ephesians.

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

No father in his right mind would say he chose to talk his child out of living for God. Evidently then, when strength turns into harshness, un-repairable damage could be done.

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 

There Is No Room In The Kingdom Of God For Harshness.

  • Not in the pulpit
  • Not in the church or out
  • Not between husbands and wives
  • Not between fathers and their children

Dads? We don’t show strength by being harsh (strict is what we might think) Harshness isn’t wisdom, it isn’t love, it isn’t mercy, it isn’t the fruit of the Spirit, it isn’t productive, and It isn’t pleasing to God.

Harshness kills love, it kills respect, it kills hope, it kills family structure, and it kills every pleasant memory of childhood.

One time, when my oldest children sons were up in their teens, I made a strict ruling in my home. Within two days I saw the hurt that my ruling had caused for all of my children.

mjb1990's_0059I began to meditate and pray about the problem and felt the Lord impress me to repent to my children. My first reaction was to be repulsed at the thought. I could only imagine what negative thoughts my children would think of me if I did that. My very next thought was… “What will they think of me if I don’t repent?”

I called a family meeting and we all sat down in the living room. I looked at my five beautiful children and wife, and I began to be filled with great sorrow for what damage I had already done. Things would only get worse if I didn’t humble myself and repent now.

I began if sorrowful tones: “I made a bad ruling two days ago that has brought much pain to my family. I am changing that ruling right now. I was very wrong. What I did has hurt you, the very ones I love.

I am so sorry! Would you please forgive me? I never want to make a decision again that would ever bring pain to any of you. I love you!

  • Next came tears in the room.
  • Next came the hugs and smooches.
  • Next came sweet comments, some said aloud and some whispered in my ear.
  • Next came a room filled with seven teary-eyed smiling people expressing love for each other.

 

The Fruit Of The Spirit Includes Gentleness

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

God’s Wisdom Is Peaceable And Gentle

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Godly dads don’t discourage their children in living for God. Godly dads live so that they create a craving in their family’s hearts to live for the Lord too.

If a man yields his strengths to God’s ways, submitting himself and his emotions. Then will he manifest the Fruits of the Spirit, transforming his home into a place of comfort, peace and delight.

Daddy? Go Make This A Very Happy Father’s Day For Your Family!

(You’re Kids Are Watching!)

Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

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