Saturday, October 10, 2015

Our Father

Galatians 4:6 - "Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!'"
Some of us have never experienced a strong father-figure in their lives. A heart that cannot give itself to God is handicapped to understand God’s Fatherly love for His children. However, we all have the opportunity to learn from the Spirit that lives within us, regardless of our earthly experience. While the Holy Spirit comes alongside us and teaches us, the Spirit of Jesus imbuing our inner man shows us how to speak and interact with His Father.
In order to know God in this way, we need to ask the Spirit of Jesus to tutor us how to be a child of God. More importantly, we must give Jesus the permission to speak intimately with His Father within us, instructing us on sonship. This simple wisdom will result in us crying “Daddy, Father” along with the Spirit within. May we rejoice with the Perfect Son in the revelation He gives us!

Friday, October 9, 2015

God's Burden

Jeremiah 12:11 - "It has been made a desolation, desolate, it mourns before Me; the whole land has been made desolate, because no man lays it to heart."

This verse explains why America is in apostasy and not in revival. Because we the church have not laid it to our hearts. Nineveh, a godless, barbaric empire of over 120,000 souls was spared because the people fasted and put on sackcloth in mourning over their great sin. THEN, when news of this reached the king's ears, he did likewise.
Beloved, we must not wait until those in power are moved to repentance. The church must move them to the fear of the Lord as we lay our country's sins to our hearts. Washington will never move us to revival, but we must move Washington to its knees. This will only happen if we accept God's burden and declare, "Give us America lest we perish!"

Thursday, October 8, 2015

God's Prosperity

I Peter 4:14 - "If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you."
Adversity, not prosperity, is often the way to determine whether a child of God is blessed. Revelation of the sweet savor of Jesus Christ in a man or woman's soul will often come through reviling. A friend or a loved one or a co-worker may say we are stupid, ignorant, and simple-minded to believe in God by faith. It is our privilege, at this juncture, to offer Christ's patience and love toward the unbelieving.

Christian Apologetics will not win most unbelievers to Christ. However, love which unapologetically demonstrates Christ's heart to the world will. If we are loving people as Christ did and have been reviled for His sake, may we know we are truly a blessed people!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Giver of Life

II Samuel 14:14 - "For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him."
God is the Great Creator, not a destroyer. It is in His nature to create, restore, and redeem. The devil will always seek for us to run from God when His arms are always open so that we might run to Him.

Isolation equals destruction and the enemy is good at getting God's children to do it. However, no matter what we have done or where we have been in our self-banishment, God wants us back. He puts no qualifications on our return, but tells us to come exactly as we are and surrender to Him. May we all draw near the Throne of Grace today and partake of His great mercy!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Preparation for Life

I Peter 1:13 - "Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

Preparation always involves planning. If we believe we can live as Christ's followers without understanding the need to turn our gaze upon Jesus for our strength, then we are deceived. A prepared plan to overcome involves taking every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus.

It is impossible, beloved of God, to stumble through life without being vigilant about the schemes of the devil. Once we set our minds on the Lord, our emotions will follow. As a result, our hope will be steadfast toward Christ's revelation in our lives. May we keep standing firm, turning our gaze upon the Beloved. There is only hope in Him.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Painful Relief

Job 6:10 - “But it is still my consolation, and I rejoice in unsparing pain, that I have not denied the words of the Holy One."

Few of us have experienced loss such as Job. Yet, he was able to say that he rejoiced in "unsparing pain." This boggles the natural mind to comprehend how Job could praise God in the midst of such calamity as losing his family and health. The secret lies in the second part of this verse. To the degree we embrace or deny "the words of the Holy One" in our day to day walk with the Lord, will be to the degree we understand embracing the pain of loss.

Rejoicing is different than joy. The former allows the latter to flow unreservedly. However, without joy our rejoicing will soon dry up, having lost the power of its Source. Those who possess the joy of the Lord through God's presence (Psalm 16:11), cannot avoid its escape through rejoicing. We must first know God through His word and allow the knowledge of the Holy One to teach us to embrace loss as He did. The Father's relationship with His Son in death is our prime example. We should understand there is indeed a great reward on the other side of the pain of suffering if we will but trust in God.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Godly Pride

II Chronicles 17:6 - "He took great pride in the ways of the LORD and again removed the high places and the Asherim from Judah."

Are we proud of Jesus? It is one thing to bring a bible to work and place it on our desk, or to display a bumper sticker on our cars. However, are we living out what we proclaim? Do we fear the Lord rather than fearing what others think? Saying we are a Christian yet not behaving like one is worse than hypocrisy, it is treason against our Lord. To partake of gossip or to listen to an off-color joke is to engage in idolatrous behavior. The writer of Chronicles goes on to say in verse 10 how the "dread of the Lord was on all the kingdoms around Judah so they did not make war against Jehoshaphat."

Have we created an air of "dread" with those we know who are unbelievers? Or do they feel comfortable behaving worldly because they feel unchallenged in our presence? We can accept all men with love but they should also know our boundaries and what we deem acceptable. If we are not creating conviction through the Holy Spirit in our relationships, then we should possibly do a self-examination. When we get right with God, the Holy Spirit within us will once again lift up the standard of Jesus and remove the "high places" that seek to separate us from Him.