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November 25, 2014 1 Thessalonians 2:13 - For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. We are about to enter one of our favorite times of the year where we voice our thankfulness and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We wanted to take a moment to thank each of you who have read our posts, shared those posts with your friends and family and sent us encouraging comments. God’s desire was for us to share His word through writing. Our prayer is that His Word will continue to do a great work in all of our lives and that He will get all the glory. Join me in thanking Him for His promise in Isaiah 55:10-11 - 10 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Please remember that if He said it, He will do it! We thank God for each of you and we pray many blessings in your and your families’ life. Happy Thanksgiving! In His Grace,
November 20, 2014 Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? We have been given the Holy Spirit as our Helper. John 6:63 tells us that it is the Spirit who gives life; while the flesh profits nothing. We can start our journey by relying on Him but then we can be tempted to complete God's plan for our life using our fleshly efforts. A perfect example of this is given in Genesis 12. God promised Abram that He would bless all families through Him. Abram starts his journey toward the land of Canaan in faith but then there was a severe famine. In response, Abram and Sarai returned to Egypt but Abram asked Sarai to tell Pharaoh that she was his sister so he would not lose his life. Telling part of the truth was Abram’s answer to his situation. He responded out of fear. Would the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Truth lead us to tell a lie or part of the truth? Has God given us a spirit of fear? The new creation in Christ says “No” but the old man from Adam says “Maybe” We face choices like this every day. Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Is your walk with the Lord in the Spirit or in your flesh? If you have tried to complete your spiritual journey by relying on the things of the flesh, please know that it is never too late to start walking in the Spirit. In the middle of Abram’s failure, Genesis 12:17 tells us that – “But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife. Abram didn’t have to do anything to earn this grace. It is a free gift and available to us because of what Jesus has done for us. Hebrews 4:15 reminds us "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need". May you begin and finish by the Spirit! In His Grace,
November 13, 2014 Hebrews 4:10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His One of the major battles in the war between the Spirit and our flesh is our call to enter into His “rest”. This “rest” does not mean to just to stop activity but it is the spiritual act of putting off the old man and walking as the new creation in Christ. It is trusting in His finished work. Before Christ, we did it “Adam’s” way because our old nature hates to wait and we love to be in control. If we don’t see the results that we think we should see within a certain timeframe we will do a “Sarai”. You might say what is a “Sarai”. It is depicted in the Genesis 16. God had promised Abraham that he would have descendants from his own body that could not be counted but “Sarai", Abram's wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.” Sarai gave her maid to Abraham that they could have a son. Ishmael was born. This is such a clear picture of us taking the situation in our own hands and trying to give birth to the promises of God by our own efforts. How many of us know that this will never work and we pray that we will never go down this path "again". If you do, say “Amen”. This is the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Are you resting in Him or are you still trying to make things happen your way? Galatians 2:20 reminds us “"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me". It is in context of this truth that we see the promises of God manifested God’s way. Only when we die to self do we truly enjoy His blessings and He gets all the glory. May you enter into His rest today as a new creation in Christ! Amen
October 31, 2014 Judges 6:12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." If you read Judges 6:12 out of context you might conclude that Gideon was a warrior with many victories against his enemies and his reputation was well known throughout the region. After all, the angel of the Lord called him, “mighty warrior”. In fact the opposite is true. Israel had been disobedient and was in captivity to the Midianites. Gideon was secretly threshing wheat when the angel of the Lord appeared to him because he lived in fear that enemy would take any resource that the Israel could secure. Israel lived in caves and forts, counting lost instead of gain and being reduced to “grinding poverty by Midian”. This was how God’s people lived for seven years but they cried out to God. Look how God answered Israel’s cry for help. He didn’t give Gideon an account of all the wrong that they had done because the bible tells us that God as Love keeps no record of wrong (I Corinthians 13:5). The Message Translation says Love “doesn't keep score of the sins of others”. He called Gideon as he saw him. In the same way, God sees us as complete in Christ and each he time He calls us, it is a declaration of our position in Christ. Although the Lord saw Gideon as a “mighty warrior”, Gideon had a hard time believing it. Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Do you believe God has called you “a new creation in Christ; “the righteousness of God or are you paralyzed by your past and you call yourself the name that is reminder of your failures/sin? The old man from the line of Adam hangs on to the past and we live in fear and spiritual, physical, financial poverty. The new creation in Christ is confident that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. The new man believes Philippians 3:13 which says “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: "FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND AND REACHING FORWARD TO WHAT LIES AHEAD". The new man presses on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. As the body of Christ, let us press on toward that goal! Amen! Bless us by sharing who you are in Christ in the comments section. God Bless You,
October 15, 2014 Deuteronomy 6:10-12 … to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build ... 11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill ... and you eat and are satisfied, 12 then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD. This scripture reminds us how abundantly God provides. The Israelites are going to live in cities which they did not build; enjoy the good things which they did not supply. They will eat and be satisfied. Jesus stills does that today! Our self-sufficiency can never provide what God does through His grace. Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Are you expecting more than you can ask or imagine about your situation? We should anticipate God's provision because Ephesians 3:20 tells us that He does abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. When God blesses us, we are also given a warning. If the enemy can’t get us to doubt that God will bless us, he will tempt us to forget God AFTER He blesses us. The flesh only focuses on the blessings that God gives us. Here’s the beauty of being of a new creation in Christ. We can praise God for His blessings and know that He also gives us the gift to enjoy them. Ecclesiastes 5: 19 tells us “Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.” Amen! Praise Him for who He is and thank Him for all that he does for us. We serve a Great Saviour! Amen!
October 1, 2014 Nehemiah 2:15 Then they said, "Let us arise and build." Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the king of Persia. He asked Hanani, one of his brothers and some men from Judah about the Jews who had escaped and had survived the Babylonian captivity, and about Jerusalem. They told him that "The remnant there in the province who survived the captivity are in great distress and reproach, and the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates are burned with fire.”(Nehemiah 1:3) Nehemiah wept and cried out to God with mourning and fasting. What would make the people of God live in such distress and reproach! To gain, some insight, let’s take a look at their history. First, they failed to live by faith under God’s covenant and as a result had gone into Babylonian captivity for 70 years. I am sure that the enemy added layers of guilt to their disobedience. Even after they had been set free from the physical captivity, they were still enslaved in their heart and soul. Secondly, they had lived in reproach with their walls burned down for almost 100 years after the first captives came back to the Promised Land; and some 150 years after the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. Thirdly, they had tried to rebuild the walls some 75 years before, but had failed. You might say that they were only existing. Many times we become so accustomed to existing that we lose sight of what God really has in store for us. Here is the question that the Holy Spirit has for today - Are there walls in your life that are “broken down” and causing you to just exist? Today you can arise and rebuild! We start to rebuild by “forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13). We put the “old things” under the blood of Christ and walk in the power of His resurrection. As a new creation in Christ, we rest in the new covenant of grace with all of God’s precious promises. As part of the Body of the Christ, we know that we have victory in Him and it is only as part of His church, we see the fullness of God. As we walk in His Sabbath rest, you will see Him rebuild all that He has intended for you. The Holy Spirit reminds us “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM." (1 Corinthians 2:9) Amen! Be prepared to see the Goodness of God as you declare "Let us arise and rebuild! In His Grace,
September 11, 2014 John 1:16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. Do we create our own grace? Although this may sound like a silly question, some of us think that grace is fashioned by us. The truth is that grace is divine and only comes from Him. Romans 11:36 tells us that “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things”. When we think about certain relationships, we might think there shouldn’t be any more grace extended to certain people because they have had their last chance. John 1:16 tells us that grace is born out of His fullness and out of Him flows “grace upon grace”. When I find myself thinking that grace is limited, I realize that it is the old man thinking he/she is the grace manufacturer and is responsible for its storage, preservation and management. I don’t have the ability to create or manage grace. Grace only comes from Him. As a new creation in Christ, I draw from His Fullness as I remember that God wishes no one to perish. (2 Peter 3:9) What does His fullness look like? His Fullness says these words "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34) His Fullness is unconditional love in spite of what the world might be doing to or saying about Him. His Fullness may not see immediate change for everyone but there might be one criminal who responds and says "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" (Luke 23:42). His Fullness is patient. His Fullness is personal. When we think about grace, we sometimes feel that it is for everyone else because there might be an area where the old man still is in control in our life and the enemy has convinced us that there is not enough grace to apply to that area. Ephesians 1:7-8 reminds us that He has lavished the riches of His grace upon us. His grace that flows out of His fullness is for you! The question that the Holy Spirit has for us today is “Will you accept the grace that comes out of His fullness and allow it to breathe life in the new man or woman that you are? I pray that you will because it will unveil the testimony about His love and glory in your life. Remember that your new life is a building block for the body of Christ as all of us attain to the unity of faith and the knowledge of the Son of God (Ephesians 4:12-13). Our call is to rest in all that He has done because of His grace! My prayer is that we walk in His grace and experience His rest that flows from His fullness. May God richly bless you with grace and mercy! Amen! In His Grace,
August 21, 2014 Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Except God initiates His love for us through the Holy Spirit, we would be condemned and eternally separated from Him. Our life before Christ can be described like the “earth” was described in Genesis 1:2 – “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. Thank God for His grace because just as the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters during creation, the Spirit moves over each person's life and convicts us of our unrighteousness. In His love, in spite of that unrighteousness, He speaks "Let there be light” and we behold His son, Jesus Christ. By faith, we become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Did we do anything to make God do this for us?. NO! John 15:16 makes it very clear - "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you”. Romans 5: 7-8 describes the depth of His love perfectly. It says that “For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die, but while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Praise God for His unconditional love! Now that we are sons and daughters of the One True, Living God, here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Are we demonstrating God’s unconditional love to others? The Spirit of God wants to use you and me as His ambassador of reconciliation. We must love those that He puts in our path in the same way that He loved us - unconditionally. The only way to love others in this manner is to love them with His love and that love is not ignited by outside influences. It is poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5) and is only available to the new man. The flesh does not know how to love unconditionally. The flesh will always seek a benefit for itself and will try to express love with activity, programs and traditions. Remember what Paul tells us in I Corinthians 13 1- 3 “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. It is our prayer that all of us will know the depth, height, the breadth and width of His love (Ephesians 3:18-19) and that we share that Love freely. After sharing, we must rest in His truth that ”Love never fails” (I Corinthians 13:8). Although it may look as though it is not working, we must declare by faith that "Love never fails". May His Love touch everyone who crosses our path! Amen!!
August 13, 2014 Daniel 6:3 “Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom.” This is the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. Daniel had an extraordinary spirit so the king planned to appoint Daniel as governor over his entire kingdom. The other governors started a plan to discredit Daniel. They convinced the king to sign a 30-day decree that if anyone bowed down to any god or any man except the king, he would be thrown into the lion’s den. What did Daniel do? Scripture tells us in Daniel 6:10 that “when Daniel realized the decree was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” The king’s decree didn’t change God’s decree in Daniel’s spirit. There are two decrees that are resident in a Christian’s life. One decree is written with ink with rules and regulations on tablets of stone and the other decree is written in our new spirit by the Spirit of the living God. Daniel gives us some insight about the impact of the spiritual decree that Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 3:3. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:3 that “We are the letters of Christ written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” Daniel is showing us the power that God’s decree has in our lives if we walk as a new creation by faith. The only way to victoriously face the Lion’s Den in our lives is to rest in the spiritual decree that has been written by Holy Spirit in our spirit. We cannot respond with fear and doubt that resides in our crucified flesh. We can’t even respond with positive thinking. We must respond from eternity’s perspective as a new creation in Christ. During those times of crisis we must be confident of what He has written in our spirit. He has written that "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you," 6 so that we confidently say, "The lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. what will man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6). He has written that in this world we have much tribulation but take courage, I have overcome the world (John 16:33). He has written that If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:1). Remember He does not write these things in our flesh; our flesh does not understand the things of God. Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Which decree are you abiding in? Are you listening to the one written by man that is temporary or the eternal one written by our heavenly Father in your spirit. When things seem impossible, I pray that we will follow Daniel’s example and rest in Him who has all authority. Daniel told the king in Daniel 6:22 "My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you. May you see God’s mighty hand in the Lion’s Den just as Daniel did! Amen!
August 6, 2014 John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." Jesus declares in John 19:30 that everything that the Father had sent Him to do is finished. There is nothing more that we need to do - nothing we need to add. As believers, we are called to rest in the finished work of Christ. Hebrews 4:10-11 tells us 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience “ You might be asking yourself - How do I enter that rest? There is only one entrance to that rest and that entrance is through faith in Jesus Christ. The new man/woman enters that rest but the old man CAN NOT enter because he or she is all about self-sufficiency and is always working to add “something” to the “finished” work of Christ whether it be programs or traditions. There is a great story in 2 Kings, chapter 7 that shows us what it means to enter that Sabbath rest. In 2 Kings 7:3-20, there were four lepers who stood at the entrance of the gate during a time of war between Israel and the Arameans. They said to one another “"Why do we sit here until we die? "If we say, 'We will enter the city,' then the famine is in the city and we will die there; and if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us go over to the camp of the Arameans. If they spare us, we will live; and if they kill us, we will but die.” The lepers went to the camp and when they got to the outskirts, there was no one there. 2 Kings 7: 8 tells us that the lepers entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried from there silver and gold and clothes, and went and hid; and they returned and entered another tent and there was more blessings. Do you know why? The Lord had already been there. He caused the army of the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and they fled and left everything behind. No matter where God is leading you, He will always go before you. He sets us up for victory in Jesus! AMEN! Just think, earlier that day, the lepers had been contemplating whether they would die or live as prisoners. When they stepped OUT in faith, they stepped INTO the finished work of God. God had gone before them and supplied them more than they ever imagined. As they were enjoying the fruits of God’s finished work, they realized that they needed to share the good news. The lepers went to the gatekeepers of the Israel and told them about all that they had found. The king did not believe them. It was too good to be true and thought that it was a trick so he posted a gatekeeper who died and never enjoyed all that God had for him. This is such a picture of the old man. Your old man in Adam will never experience the blessings God has in store of us. The old man will always doubt. That doubt kept the Israelites out of the promised land and that doubt will keep you from the Sabbath rest in Christ. Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for you today – Will you enter His Sabbath rest by faith as a new creation in Christ? I pray that you will. You will be in awe of all that He has in store for you. May you take that step of faith and enter His Sabbath rest today no matter how bleak the situation may look! Amen! In His Grace,
July 22, 2014 John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” Before Christ, I only knew the flesh and thought that I just needed to work at getting better – doing more of the good and less of the bad. After Christ, I tried the same thing – do more good than bad and do it in my own strength and will power. In Philippians 3:4-6 Paul says” If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. But then he realized that the flesh profits nothing so Paul said that he now counts everything loss for the sake of knowing the power of Christ’s resurrection. To live the abundant life, we must walk in His power. It can be so easy to fall and walk in the flesh even after victory. Peter gives us a perfect illustration of this. Most of us are familiar with the story of Peter denying Christ during His ministry. You might remember that Jesus had told Peter that he would deny him before the rooster crowed three times. Peter told Jesus that He was wrong because he would never deny Him. Matthew 26:75 tells us that Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." He went out and cried and cried and cried. We see such a remarkable story of grace and restoration in Peter’s life. All Peter had to do was believe and receive that grace. Of course you would never think that Peter would struggle with denying Christ again but we see in In Galatians 2:11 Paul had to confront him about that same situation. Galatians 2:11(Message Translation) " Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. 12 Here's the situation. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. That's how fearful he was of the conservative Jewish clique that's been pushing the old system of circumcision" . I like this example because it shows us how easily we can follow the dictates of our flesh even after victory in Jesus. Our flesh is triggered by something bound in this world. For Peter, it was fear of rejection and acceptance by others. Do you know which triggers are paramount in your life. The bible calls it the “sin that so easily entangles us" (Hebrews 12:1) It can be something as subtle as self sufficiency. Here’s the question the Holy Spirit has for us today. Are you relying on the flesh to get better in that area that trips you up? It will never happen. The only answer is to realize that your flesh is dead and you must look to the Spirit that gives life. Ask Him to fill you everyday with His resurrection power. Ask God to make this truth real to you. Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Praise God for His life in and through me! I am a new creation in Christ walking in His power and grace. May we all do the same! Amen! In His Grace,
July 14, 2014 1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God. This promise is for all Christians. Someone may be asking “How do I become a Christian? We start by admitting that THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; 11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; All of us have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10-23) That is our verdict! BUT there is good news. Our great Savior has stepped in and paid for all of our sins through His death on the cross and sealed our victory over death by His resurrection. The work is finished and we are free. The Bible tells that if we confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Roman 10:9-10) As a Christian, we are given the Spirit of God. His Spirit is not of this world but is from God Himself. Through His Spirit, we find out that there are things that He has in store for us but these things are not seen by the eye or heard by the ear; and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9). We can never know these things as long we walk in our flesh. The old man cannot understand the things of God. The Bible tells us the old man has been crucified with Christ and that we are a new creation Christ. Before I would read about the old man being crucified and then being a new creation in Christ but never really got it. My life resembled unfinished projects and false starts. I was a Christian but it seemed that the enemy could stop me or circumstances would always pull me back. As a result, I walked in fear that the next time I tried to walk in faith I would make a wrong turn or decision. As a result I thought I would never see the fulfillment of God's plan for my life. I cried out to God and He revealed that I was trusting in my own strength, my own strategies and my own works. He told me in Psalm 33:16 The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength. 17 A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His loving-kindness. He told me to rest in Him. I confessed to Him that I did not how to rest. He began by teaching me to recognize when I was walking in my own strength or when I was walking in the Spirit. The more I listen to Him, the more I walked in the Spirit. When I planted and watered where He wanted me to plant and water I would rest. Guess what, I found more rest. When I was working as the old man, I was expecting the “wages” of my efforts and I was always trying to figure out the new thing I had to do. BUT when I began to walk as a new creation in Christ, I learned to receive the things that were freely given to me. May the Spirit speak to you about “receiving those things that are freely given” rather than working at it or for it. "Freely given" doesn't involve our work. Because I am resting in Him, I can now enjoy the things that He has given me. I am amazed at all that I am seeing with my spiritual eyes. The Holy Spirit wants to ask you if you know the things that are freely given to us by God. You can! They are only appraised by the spiritual man. May you walk as new creation in Christ and see the great things that He has in store for you! – AMEN! In His Grace,
June 27, 2014 Mark 8:5 And He was asking them, "How many loaves do you have?" And they said, "Seven." This scripture tells us of one of the accounts when Jesus fed a large crowd with only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. Mark 8:1 says that Jesus called His disciples and said “I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.” He goes on to explain that He knows that if He sends them away that they will faint on the way. This is a beautiful reminder that Jesus is concerned about and has compassion on us. This is also such a perfect example of how God takes care of our needs even before we ask and how He answers sometimes by using the little things we have. According to Mark 8:6 he directed the people to sit and He took the seven loaves, gave thanks and started to hand out the food through the disciples. Notice the scripture says that Jesus took the seven loaves. He only takes what we willingly give Him. My experience has been that there are times when I don’t trust Him with my “seven loaves” (all my efforts) because I am not sure what He will do specifically in the situation. As a result, I “tighten my grip” on loaves. When I do this, I may see results but they don't compare to what I see when I put the "loaves" in His hands. Perhaps you have something that you are holding onto that you are afraid to put in His hands. Those seven loaves can represent anything – your marriage, your children, your choice of college, your relationship with best friend, your relationship with your girlfriend or boyfriend, your singleness. The Holy Spirit wants to ask us this question today. Are you willing to trust Him with the “seven loaves” that you have? If you are, then give them to Him, stop worrying. He will direct you to sit; to rest in Him. You will be blessed because He will minister to you and you will be satisfied. Mark 8: 8 says “And they ate and were satisfied; and they picked up seven large baskets full of what was left over of the broken pieces. 9 About four thousand were there; and He sent them away”. I pray that you will put whatever it is – the good and the bad in His hand and see Him bless you abundantly above all you think or ask according to the power that works within you (Ephesians 3:20). Ephesians 3: 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen! In His Grace
June 20, 2014 Mark 5:19 - And He did not let him, but He said to him, "Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you. This scripture tells us about a man known as the Gerasene demoniac. He lived in the tombs and was tormented by a legion of demons. Mark 5:5 depicts his situation - “Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.” Nothing could hold or control him until he meets Jesus. The first question that the demons asked at that meeting was “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” This is a significant question because it reminds us that light and darkness will never have fellowship (2 Corinthians 6:14). Although they knew that it was Jesus, darkness never becomes Light. (John 1:5 - Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.). The good news is that Light eliminates darkness and Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12). Praise God! Through His Light, God has made us a new creation, has given us a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). As a result we are in Christ and He is in us and we are one with God (John 17:21). Just as Jesus set the demoniac man free, He has set us free. We are now called the Light of the World and the Salt of the Earth (Matthew 5:13-14) When God does great things for us, we want to stay in His presence but He will not let us. He tells us to go to our neighborhoods, our schools, and our place of employment and tell others the great things that the Lord has done for you. You may say that it is hard to do that with so many restrictions on what can be done or said in our schools or workplaces. You are so right but don’t under-estimate the power of the Holy Spirit as He works through a genuine smile or a kind word given to the person that the He puts in your path. Just as the demoniac man was “constantly” hurting himself, we as Christian must “constantly” tell others. It is not something on a list of things to do; it is allowing the living waters to flow through your new self. Start today by remembering all the great things that He has done for you. Rehearse them in your spirit and be ready for the Holy Spirit to use you to share your good news about Jesus Christ with a person who needs to hear just what you have to share. The question that the Holy Spirit wants to ask you today is – Will you answer the call to go and tell others about the great and mighty things God has done for you. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16) Amen! In His Grace
December 31, 2014 Zechariah 4:6 - Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Each year we make resolutions for the New Year. University of Scranton research suggests that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. I believe that I have failed in the past, because I have listed my resolutions BUT I did not ask God about His plan for the New Year. It's okay to have a plan with new goals, but we can never leave Him out. Proverbs 16:9 reminds us that "The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps". Here is the question that the Holy Spirit has for us. Will you start 2015 by asking Him to show you what He wants to accomplish through you and for you in 2015? We must know that His answer is the best and will not be accomplished by our own self effort but by His Spirit as we walk with Him.. God doesn't keep His plans a secret. He wants us to know those things that He has freely given us. Remember I Corinthians 2:11-12 tells us - “Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God". . Thank You Father in the name of Jesus! Happy New Year In His grace,
December 19, 2014 Luke 2: ; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." I pray that you are filled with joy and hope this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior on December 25th. In addition to His physical birth, I also praise God for all of the spiritual births that happened in 2014 because someone heard the good news that a “there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Thank God that He came to pay for our sins and give us new life. Isaiah 53:4-5 reminds us that “4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. How sad it would be if His death was the end of the story but it is not. Praise God that on the third day of being in the grave, Jesus overcame death through His resurrection. Now we say “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3) Join me in praising God by sharing how Christ was “born” in your life. Please share in 1-3 sentences in the comments section below. We thank God for you. Praise God for the greatest gift ever given, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!
November 6, 2014 Genesis 39: 21 But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. God’s favor is a manifestation of His grace and loving-kindness. To give you some background about our scripture today, Potiphar’s wife had looked with desire at Joseph and she said to him, "Lie with me." Genesis 39:8-9 tells us that Joseph refused and said to his master's wife, "Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. 9 "There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?" Bottom line, Joseph said YES to God and NO to sin. You would think that there would be a great celebration and outpouring of blessing on Joseph as a result of his obedience but he was still wrongly accused and thrown in jail. But God was with Joseph. Isaiah 41:10 reminds us of God's promise - 'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' God gave Joseph favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer put Joseph in charge of everything including the prisoners. Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for you today. Do you need God’s favor in a particular situation in your life? We encourage you to confidently pray for His grace and favor. Proverbs 22:1 says that the favor of God is better than silver or gold. We know that God will show you great and mighty things as He bestows His favor on you. As you walk as a new creation in Christ, may you experience His favor as He works on your behalf. Amen! In His Grace,
October 22, 2014 Isaiah 26:4 "Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock Trust is relying on someone's integrity. Trust was the first confrontational issue recorded in Genesis. Remember Satan convinced Adam and Eve to trust him and his counterfeit claims more than the Lord’s. This still happens today. Satan will use anything to convince you that our Lord can not be trusted. Did you know that the FBI identifies counterfeit money by studying real money? They don't spend time looking at counterfeit bills. Because they know the marks of "real" money, counterfeits become obvious. We must use this same principle in trusting Jesus. We have to know the real thing, we have to know Him. John 17:3 tells us that "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. He is Lord and Savior forever. He willingly paid the price to restore our relationship with Him because He loves us. It cost Him everything. He is same yesterday, today and forever more. He is Love and His love casts out all fear. When we accept Him as Lord and Savior, we are called the children of God. He is grace. He is our Father and He provides for our every need. He is the Spirit of Truth and cannot lie. He is merciful and I have a new beginning in Him because of His mercy. He is steadfast! I trust all of His answers because they are evidence of the depth, width, breadth and height of His love in a way that I would not have ever known before. Does that mean I am never disappointed when He says No or Wait? Yes, I am. But as His answer unfolds, I have to say what Job said "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; (Job 42) Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today? Will you trust Him with everything in your life? We stand as living trophies that He is trustworthy! Join us in praising Him by adding comments about who He is in your life . Amen! In His Grace,
October 8, 2014 Hebrews 8: 12 "FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." Throughout the Bible, we find the promise that anyone can know God from the least to the greatest (Hebrews 8:11; John 6:45; I John 2:27). The reason that we can have this relationship with Him is because of what He has done for us. He has shown us His mercy and He has made a choice to remember our sins no more. What a wonderful gift! Isaiah 44:22 expounds on this truth. It says "I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud And your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you." Who has done the heavy lifting and the redeeming? It is Jesus. This is grace! Why would He do that for us? He tells us in John 3:16 that it is because of His love. What are we told to do in response to this unconditional love? We are told to “Return”. Return in faith by accepting this truth. We are believe in our heart and confess with our mouth! What happens if someone searches for any evidence of our past sins? Jeremiah 50:20 says 'In those days and at that time,' declares the LORD, 'search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.' The same is true for us as His church. Ephesians 5:27 tells us that “He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Are you standing firm in the grace of God knowing that you are holy and blameless. Although the accuser of the brethren will tempt you to remember the past, you can use your shield of faith to quench his flaming arrows of accusation (Ephesians 6:16). We can rest in all that He has done. It is finished! May you rejoice with us knowing that when we are in Christ, we have His mercy and He remembers our sins no more! In His Grace,
September 24, 2014 Genesis 33:34 - Now Rachel had taken the household idols and put them in the camel's saddle, and she sat on them In this scripture, Rachel, Jacob’s wife steals her father’s idols and hides them as they travel back to Canaan. Although her father searches for them, they are not found and Rachel takes them into the land of Canaan. This is a living example of what can happen to us when we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ but we walk in our flesh. The Bible tells us that we are a new creation in Christ and that all things are new; old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17) but sometimes we make a choice to keep stuff from our old nature around because “it” is familiar to us. This stuff seems like it will fit in with our new life, but it is deadly because it deceives us into taking less than what God has planned for us. Look at what Jesus says in Luke 5:39 "And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, 'The old is good enough." For example, you may think that God wants you in a godly relationship but after drinking from a dysfunctional one for so long, you began to settle and say “This is good enough”. You might think God has another career or direction for you but your “fear” tells you to “just settle” because what you have is better than nothing. Here’s the question that the Holy Spirit has for us today. Are you settling for second best because you refuse to let old nature go? Sometimes we can allow the old nature to impact our everyday life for so long, it is difficult to recognize it for what it is. If you want the abundant life that is in Jesus Christ, start by praying these words - “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” (Psalm 139:23 - 24). He will reveal if you, like Rachel have taken any of the household idols into the new land. He has already set us free from that old nature because He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly! (John 10:10). Now may you walk in the Spirit! Amen! In His Grace,
September 2, 2014 Matthew 27:66 And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone. After Jesus was crucified, the chief priests, the Pharisees and Pilate were discussing some of Jesus’ claims. They remembered Him saying “After 3 days, I am to rise again”. As a result, the chief priest and Pharisees asked Pilate to make the grave secure until the 3rd day because His disciples might come and steal Him away and tell the people that He had risen from the dead. They assigned the guard and set a seal on the stone of His grave. Just as they put a guard and sealed the grave in this scripture, we know that man still tries to stop you and me from following God’s plan by placing seals in our path. Their seal is any strategy designed to employ death in certain areas of our lives. Those seals and guards remind us of failures, lack of what is needed, missed opportunities or they initiate fear. They are authors of doubt. But Praise God, there is Matthew 28:5-6! All Christ followers rejoice when we read the words that the angel spoke to the women - "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying.” AMEN! Let us remember Matthew 28 as we look at the man-made seals in our lives. My prayer is that as you are reading this, you can sense the Holy Spirit renewing His nudge in your spirit to follow His plan and His calling on your life. Here is bottom line. Your old man can only focus on the “man-made seals” but your new man is thirsting to walk in the power of His resurrection. Here’s the questions that the Holy Spirit has for us today. How are you going to walk – in the flesh or in the spirit? Start by rejecting the old man’s thoughts and seek revelation in the NEW MAN from God about His plan. Be encouraged that the man-made seals CAN NEVER stop the power of His resurrection that resides in you. He is alive and your calling is alive in Him. It is never too late because "the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). Please don’t lose another minute by not following Him by taking that step of faith. The body of Christ needs you! Ephesians 4:15 tells us that “… we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Verse 16 assures us that each individual part (that’s you and me) supplies something important to the body of Christ. As a result, His body, the Church matures and builds itself in love as we walk in His calling! I rejoice in the great things that He is going to do through your life and for His Church! Amen! In His Grace