Saturday, March 28, 2015

Radiating God's Light

Luke 11:36 - If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. (KJV)

Living a transparent life can seem daunting. It means not allowing any compromise whatsoever in our hearts to the Lord. Even as rays of light are linear by nature, it is our nature without God to create crooked pockets of darkness within where light cannot reach through linear penetration.

We must make the crooked ways straight in order for His light to invade every area of our lives. We do this through confession and surrender. May we all allow God's light to shine its rays into those dark recesses, allowing us the honor to radiate His nature to a dark world.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Redeeming Our Time

Ephesians 5:15-16 - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (KJV)

Walking in the Spirit is tantamount to doing what we want with our time. We should always be conscious of how we use our time for the Lord and for His kingdom. God wants us all to live joyous and free and not under bondage to do this or that. However, when we are spending our time doing the will of the Lord, life will seem like a romance and not drudgery.

The only thing that we can give God is our time. He owns everything else. We must therefore jealously guard every waking minute and not squander God's inheritance on our own selfish ends. When we redeem the time He has given us then we return to the Father what is rightfully His in the first place. This is the love of a true son and daughter of the King.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Genuine Kindness

Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (KJV)

Kindness and forgiveness come from the heart of God. They are God-given and not merely actions that can be acted upon from man's heart with impunity. They are granted from hearts that are endued with God's Spirit. Those not born again of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, can often times behave kindly and forgiving. However, it is impossible for these to come from the root of love unless they are drawing from God Himself. Anything less than this is a counterfeit. Remember, Satan can never create, but he always mimics.

Solomon tells us what is desirable in a man is kindness (Proverbs 19:22). True kindness can only come from God and the forgiveness that comes from it. We should be wary of those who act kind to us and yet do not know the Savior. Remember, Jesus did not entrust Himself to men because He knew their hearts (John 2:24-25). Mankind’s kindness is only a copy of the original and may turn on us at the opportune time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Avoidable Injury

Luke 10:19 - Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (KJV)

Whether we believe the Lord's statement regarding our position in Him is superfluous regarding the reality. The reason why many Christians are continually getting "injured" by the enemy is because of lack of faith through obedience. If we obey God, He will give us faith to remove mountains (see Luke 17:5-10).

Once we start obeying, trust becomes evident, whereby faith can flow. Injury -- physically, emotionally, or spiritually -- is not the heritage of a child of God. It usually comes through unbelief rooted in sentimentality that God is not able to do what He says.

May we all trust and obey and watch faith heal all perceived injuries as we trample the enemy of our souls.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Getting Out of This World Alive

Romans 6:11 - Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)

We will all someday die. Our mortal bodies will either decay in the ground or be transformed through His resurrection power. The Bible tells us there are two resurrections and we are blessed if we are partakers of the first rather than the second. The first means life everlasting -- the second means death eternal! (Revelation 20:5-6)

The only way we can know for sure which resurrection we will someday be part of is to put our trust in Jesus Christ. We must first surrender to God and tell Him we are heartbroken over our sin. Then, we must consider ourselves dead to sin, and alive to Jesus Christ who lives within those who have trusted in Him.

Want to get out of this world alive? There is no other way then through Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no man goes to God except through Him (John 14:6).

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lavished Grace

Ephesians 1:7-8 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; (KJV)

The King James Version says that his grace "abounds" to His beloved. However, the intoxicating effect of how He "lavished" His grace upon us from the New American Standard version creates a vivid picture in the mind of a believer. The Greek for this word in both translations is "to exceed a fixed number of measure." Isn't that just like the Eternal Father to withhold not his immeasurableness, but to give us an infinite amount of His grace?

Beloved, do you feel lavished upon by God? Regardless what we might "feel," it is a completed fact. If we know the Savior, Jesus Christ, then He has lavished His grace upon us in a way that if we understood, just in part, it would make us swoon with overwhelming joy.

Lord, reveal Your grace to us all ... may we experience the understanding of Your great love toward us!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Doing Good For God

Galatians 6:9 - "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary."

Doing good for the sake of making the world a better place is a commendable thing to do. However, will it have eternal consequence? The only way to know for sure is to do it from the heart of God. Those born of His Spirit, who have the indwelling Son of God in their hearts, possess the fundamental Root of Jesse which produces God's fruit within our respective lives (Romans 15:12).

Beware and refuse to listen to the lie that other religions are working for God. Jesus said "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). That is why without Christ, "do-gooders" will eventually "lose heart." We must continue to know our Source for goodness, submit to Him, and allow the Vine to produce fruit in us according to His will.