The Rescuer


 

Isaiah 53

Rescue – “to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil”
dictionary.com

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”Matthew 26:52-56

In the above scripture, Jesus is telling his disciple Peter, He has no need of his rescue, but rather Peter is in need of His.  Jesus was hours away from laying down His life to rescue everyone who would take hold of the Truth, and surrender to God’s way of salvation. Jesus had two options; escape from the Father’s rescue mission or surrender to the Father’s will. His escape would terminate any hope for our salvation and seal the fate for our destruction. For God is Holy, and sin has no place in His presence, and there is no escape from His wrath except through Jesus.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

They say in order to save a drowning person, you either throw out something he can hold unto, or you jump into the water and pull him to shore. Either way, the drowning person has to do something in order to be saved. In the first case, he must grab hold onto the hand or thing reaching out to him. In the second case, he must give up the struggle, and surrender to the one who is pulling him to shore.

Jesus plunged into the depth of all our sin to rescue us from eternal death, and in the process, gave up His life in return. But He overcame death by His sacrifice and walked out of the tomb in victory. His death means the guarantee of sins forgiven, His resurrection eternal life secured.

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13

Jesus rescued Peter in the midst of his doubts and fear.  ( Matthew 14:22-33 )

“ But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 

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Superficial


Luke 10: 25-37

Shallow

Superficial:  Concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer    Dictionary.com

In my last blog, “The Spiritual Reflux Disease” I used the Lord’s metaphor, “The Vine and the Branches” to demonstrate how a believer must abide in Christ’s love to allow the power of His love to flow through us to others. The analogy of the vein to the branches makes sense in the fact that He uses His vessels (branches) attached to Him to bring the source of His cleansing blood to those who need forgiveness and healing.
Unfortunately, the Venaseal procedure I mentioned for the treatment for the Venous reflux disease resulted in a contraindication called, “Thrombophlebitis” – a blood clot that develops in a surface vein. This is one of the risks of the procedure, along with an allergic reaction to the Venaseal glue. I had both.
The area became swollen, infected, inflamed, and painful, therefore, I lost confidence in going forth with any more procedures.  I also was running a slight fever. I prayed, asking the Lord to give me wisdom on what to do.  So, I called my physician and he prescribed an antibiotic.  I took the medication for two days and was reexamined. The inflammation had spread, and it was determined that I was probably experiencing an allergic reaction to the glue used to seal the diseased vein. He then prescribed Benadryl and compression to the weakened area to allow increased blood flow. The combination of compression and Benadryl produced a decrease in swelling, pain, and inflammation. But the Superficial Thrombophlebitis remained. I am grateful for a physician who listens and is willing to see things from my perspective and do whatever is necessary for the healing to take place.

The word “superficial” got my attention in regard to how I have approached relationships. It’s hard to come clean, but the truth of the matter is I usually approach people from my perspective instead of looking closer and listening, more attentively. I also constrain myself in going only so far in my involvement with them.  That sounds pretty callous, but it’s the truth, and I am sure there are those who sense this about me and turn away. How can I ever think to represent Christ and allow His love to flow into someone’s life if I am not willing to lay down my perspective, and go all the way?

I know I don’t have the gift of discernment in all of this, but Jesus does, and He is willing to share it with me if only I would ask. And what’s wrong in asking for His empathy for someone who is hurting. The story of the Good Samaritan comes to my mind as I reflect on all of this. It was only one who took the time to notice the wounded man and was willing to stop, be inconvenienced,  and then do all that was necessary to help him. He didn’t take the wounded man home with him, but he took him where he could get the care he needed. There was always the risk of losing something in the process, but his compassion told him, it was the right thing to do.

Sometimes it only takes a kind gesture, or word to let someone know of God’s love.  I pray I’ll  be willing to go as far as it takes to bring someone to Jesus, Who is always willing to meet all of our physical and spiritual needs. (Matthew 8: 1-3)

 

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Spiritual Reflux Disease


“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. John 15: 5

Scripture Meditation: John 15

Definition: Reflux- A flowing back
Words Related: decrease, decay, waning, lessening, retreat, withdrawal
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I woke up with the Lord’s voice speaking to my heart. “I am removing everything not of me.” From that time and for many days I experienced a scourging exposing my life pattern and the reasons for the lack of God’s power in my life.

I have been experiencing problems with blood circulation in my legs and feet. Whenever I stand or sit for a long period of time, my feet turn purple.  I become fatigued and there is cramping in my feet. That limits how long I can stand and walk.  Wounds take longer to heal in my legs, and this has been the worse symptom.  I have been diagnosed with Chronic Venous Insufficiency, whereby, some of the blood vessels carrying the blood back to my heart are weak, and lack the ability to return the blood efficiently.  So there the blood lays dormant, while in the meantime, that part of my body lacks the oxygen needed for strength and the blood resource to heal.

The treatment I am undergoing is called Venaseal which works to seal the vein causing the problem, so the blood will start flowing through the healthy vessels, instead. This procedure is uncomfortable and a little painful, but is necessary to bring about healing.

This reminds me of how Christ compared those who believe in Him as His branches. His life’s blood flows through his branches to produce the fruit or result intended. But if the branch is unable to abide in Him, then His life source is unable to be carried where needed. As the blood has to return through the blood vessels back to the heart to be oxygenated and continue to flow, so do we as His instruments need to remain connected. It is not an off again, and on again occurrence,  but an abidance of permanent attachment, whereby the believer and Jesus Christ become one and the believer learns to keep His commandments of love. (John 14:20, 2 John 1:6)

There are things in the believer’s life that block the steady flow. Sometimes it is sin, and other times it is fear or complacency. Whatever stops the flow of the power of His love working in us to bring others to Christ, He must address. In His metaphor of the Vine and the Branches, Jesus says He must remove the branch that quits producing. This is not a permanent removal but a temporary time of isolation, one which brings about healing, and His vessel is made available again. This process of healing takes place through Christ’s discipline Who cleanses and refines our motives and purpose. (Hebrews 12: 5-6)

To become a branch in the Everlasting flow of God’s grace, acknowledge your sin, asking for His forgiveness. Believe in His Son who died on the cross for your sins, and was resurrected from the dead. Then, you will be eternally connected, sealed with His grace, by His Holy Spirit with the living water flowing from His heart to yours.
(John 3:16, John 4: 13-14, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 7:38-39)

By allowing Christ to examine our hearts and expose sin and possible wrong motives, we can have His love flowing through us again, and be empowered to bear the fruit of His character and His work. For “apart from Him, we can do nothing.”
(John 15:5, Psalm 139:23)

Resources:

Bible Hub: biblehub.com

What it means to abide in Christ

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Behind the Lost of Our Religious Freedoms


We hear so many times how the phrase, “Separation of Church and State” is used to prevent someone from exercising their religious rights. What they are referring to is the 1st Amendment of our constitution. But did you know there is no such clause found in the religious section of our Bill of Rights? But if we do not bother to read what is actually written, how do we know for sure, and is it possible we have been deceived? We most certainly have! And those propagating this lie are convinced and assured the majority will not bother to find out for themselves. And they are right.

1st Amendment

“Congress shall make nolaw” (my emphasis) respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

People like to also say when referring to scripture that the Bible says, “God helps those who help themselves”. Did you know that quote is nowhere to be found in the Bible? Did you look to find out for yourself, or did you take it for granted it must be there? It is a quote from Benjamin Franklin. But quite the contrary is true. Throughout scripture, it is obvious God’s unconditional love and help comes about not by any self-worth but only through His mercy and grace.

Our constitution has provided the foundation to live a life of freedom which is inherent of all who love righteousness and live a moral life:

Quotes by our Founding Father, John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

John Adams

Diversity and inclusion is the subject taught throughout the curriculums in most of our public schools, colleges, and universities. And our country is made up of many diverse cultural backgrounds. But it was never intended that these cultures once assembled into the American mainstream, remain distinct and separate. But rather, the integration of these cultures would be a “melting pot” whereby they would reflect this country’s ideals built upon the values of Judeo-Christianity.  Nationalism is not a bad word, the responsibility of our elected leaders is not global as some persuade.

Our country’s foundation depended on the unity of culture and ideas. Without the agreement and ratification of the constitution by the states, the United States would have been nonexistent. It was, therefore, the European Culture, Christianity, and a people who cherished freedom endowed by our creator that birthed one nation, indivisible, under God. Currently, this truth is not taught in most of our public schools today, rather there exists an ideology bent on destroying these ideals while taking power from the people and giving it to a corrupt few.  Such idealogues pride themselves on being progressives, and their objective is to destroy our constitution through change.  The push for diversity and inclusion has nothing to do with including all races and genders, but rather to accept and force inclusion of immoral lifestyles, such as homosexuality and transgenderization.

Lack of knowledge concerning God’s salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ will result in eternal death. And ignorance concerning our inheritance as a free nation will result in the loss of that freedom and bondage to an immoral government led by those who depend on our ignorance.

In all things, we are to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness, and in doing so, we will receive His provision and protection. (Matthew 6:33)

God’s Word is His Truth, and our rights as a people of these United States are guaranteed by our Constitution. There is no excuse to be ignorant of either, for, in this age of access to information, it has been abundantly made clear. To ignore the truth is not ignorance. But rather a choice that is detrimental to life itself. Romans 8: 20

“Then you will know the Truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32

 

 

Founding Fathers Quotes

Bill of Rights

Separation of Church and State – Wikipedia

History of Separation of Church and State

What does the Separation of Church and State Mean

Origins of Church and State

Everson v. Board of Education

 

 

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Because They are No More


Completed in Heaven

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18

The above verse came to me in the early morning during my time of devotions and prayer. As I reflected on the millions of unborn babies who have been slaughtered, and the threat of many more, I mourned, and there was no comfort, because the innocent continue, to be destroyed.

“They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.” (Psalm 106:38)

King Herod feared the birth of Jesus, the everlasting King because he feared the loss of his kingdom and power. (Matthew 2)

Similarly, I believe, those who favor funding abortion with our tax dollars, see it as an investment to hold onto their seats of power, for the execution and the selling of innocent life has become an American commodity.

But How is it possible, men and women who choose death instead of life have been deceived to believe, they will be better off, if they sacrifice their own?

Was it not the fearless parents of Moses who chose to hide him away to protect his life?
Moses’ life was spared, and he grew up as God’s chosen instrument to deliver His people from Egypt. (Hebrews 11:23)

And wasn’t it the unselfish prostitute who gave up her baby to save his life? And in return, she received him back. (1 Kings 3:16-28)

And wasn’t it the virgin mother of Jesus who did not fear rejection or disgrace, and believed God, and bore the Son of God the Most High?
Jesus Christ was born our Savior and took away the sins of the world. (Matthew 1:18-25)

They Do These Things Behind Closed Doors

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:18

Behind the close doors of the abortion facilities across our nation, thousands of precious babies each year undergo the pain and suffering of:

  • dismemberment,
  • burning away of their skin
  • having their brains sucked out before their small, precious bodies, can leave their mother’s birth canal
  • The selling and experimentation on their body parts

Pro-Life Movies: Unplanned, Gosnell, Bella

Information Concerning Abortion Procedures:
Experimentation on Aborted Babies
Partial Birth Abortions
Abortion 24-30 weeks and harvesting body parts for profit.
Methods of Abortion

On Good Friday of this year,  (2020) the governor of Virginia, Governor Northam lifted restrictions on abortion facilities.  See Link: Bill Removing Restrictions on Abortion

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Governor Cuomo of New York signed into law a bill legalizing late-term abortion. The Reproduction Health Act (S.240) which he signed in January of 2019, allows non-doctors to perform them. In giving women the right to kill their unborn child, they have also been given the right to destroy themselves. Here is the deception: Because abortion is legal, women believe it has become safe.

Making abortion legal has increased the physical risks and sometimes death for women who choose it and years of mental and emotional distress.  Will God continue to protect a nation that destroys the innocent yet protects the powerful corrupt?

The Reproduction Health Act
Memorandum Against the Reproduction Health Act
Late-Term Abortion Legalized in New York

Have we moved so far from God we refuse to hear the cries of our children in death chambers of Planned Parenthood, and other abortion facilities, disregarding in defiance His Commandment “ Thou shall not murder”?

I pray our merciful God will lay it bare before our eyes.”

God has allowed ultrasound prenatal imaging technology to prove that the life of a developing baby does exist within the womb. A heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks gestation, and the developing child feels pain. But though it has been mandated in some states to be given prior to an abortion, abortionists do not advocate for it and many discourage women from viewing their unborn child.

For many years, in these United States, many have prayed the priority in our courts and congress would be about protecting innocent life.

“It’s about protecting innocent human life, not the economy.”

We now have a president who pledges to defend innocent human life. That is why those who profit from their destruction are in fervent pursuit of destroying his presidency.

When will the majority in congress and those who sit on the Supreme Court defend our constitution and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves?

President Trump’s Remarks on Protection of Innocent Human Life

“Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die”.
Proverbs 31:8

God’s  Promise and Warnings

“When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace,  the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land
(my emphasis).
  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”
2 Chronicles 7: 11-16

My Prayer

Dear merciful God and Savior, thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ who took upon Himself the punishment for all our sins.  There is no sin that you will not forgive, except unrepentance and unbelief in your salvation through Jesus Christ.  We pray for the millions of women who were deceived, and repented, to receive your forgiveness and comfort and to come to faith in your Son, Jesus Christ for salvation. Lord, please bring us to the place, as a nation,  where all of our eyes are opened to this reality and truth.  And may we refuse to be comforted until the legal destruction of innocent life is “No More”.


Then, may, “God Bless America!”

 

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What’s Behind the Motivation


Tower of Babel

  “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

Personally, in writing this blog, I was in need of an honest inspection behind the motivation for sharing this biblical truth. Is it because I wish to make a name for myself? Do I believe I possess knowledge no one else has privy (Romans 12: 3-5)?  Or do I sincerely desire to shed light on a subject which may help both you and me. It still may benefit you, if it is the truth, but if my motivation is for the sake of appearance or making a good impression, I will suffer losing my reward found in Christ.
Philippians 1: 15-18

Examples of Wrong Motives
There are two examples the Word gives concerning someone doing what they think is right but with wrong motives. One example is how an unrepentant nonbeliever may do good works and even evoke the name of Christ, but has never come to faith in God’s salvation and Christ’s sacrifice ( Matthew 7:22-23 ). They know about Him, but have never come into a personal relationship with Him. The other is the believer, who testifies of Christ with wrong motives, through self-effort and vain-glory. (Philippians 1:15-19)

Scriptural Examples
Scriptural examples of this are found in both the old and new testament. In 1 Samuel, King Saul tried to battle the Philistines by making his own sacrifice and through self-effort, instead of  trusting and waiting on the Lord. 
The other, is found in Genesis 11; how a people attempted to reach heaven by building a tower, for self- glory, and for the purpose of making a name for themselves. In 1 Corinthians 11 in the new testament, there were Christians who were misrepresenting Christ by continuing to sin, refusing His discipline and unrepentant.
Genesis 111 Corinthians 11: 23-34 ,   1 Samuel 13

 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Examining Our Self-Motive
Examining our motivation is very important .  In everything there can be a hidden element of vain glory.  I need to allow the Lord to examine my heart to determine my motive, whether it be praying (Matthew 6:6), teaching , or even doing a good deed. It would be prudent of me to first ask myself the question, “who is this really benefiting,  or how is this honoring and serving the Lord?”
(Psalm 127:1 Corinthians 3:11-15, Jeremiah 17: 9-10)

One scripture ascertains to this concept; whereby, even if I were to give everything up and even sacrifice myself in the process, it is in vain, if God’s love and purpose is not the motivating factor.
(1 Corinthians 13:3).

Christ’s Righteousness or Our Own
Our righteousness is nothing compared to the righteousness required to approach a Holy God. But Praise God, we look to Christ’s righteousness alone, who has given us entrance into the presence of God through His sacrifice. All our righteousness are like filthy rags, and I can only be made whole through faith in Christ’s righteousness.
Isaiah 64:6( Proverbs 2:6-9)

Personal Testimony
When I was young I sought to do what was right in my own eyes. In the beginning I just wanted to serve the Lord, content for Him to receive all the glory. Then, little by little pride crept in and God’s purpose paled in comparison to my own. It’s possible to be at times, ignorant of our own desire to serve Christ. The Lord was merciful by allowing all my work to go up in flames, while restoring me back to Himself, once again, cleansing my motivation and purpose.
I would like to say, I never again got off track, but I have, again and again. I realize, I cannot trust my own heart, but try earnestly, to be cognizant of every word and action,bringing all under the Holy Spirit’s scrutiny and examination.
( 2 Corinthians 10:5)
1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1-2  James 7: 13-20
(Isaiah 55:9, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 3: 5-6, Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11,
Genesis 11:1-9, 1 Peter 4:18, 1 Corinthians 3: 10-15, Deuteronomy 30

Representatives of Christ Jesus
As never before, as believers and servants of Christ, we need to be in check as to how we are representing our Lord. The best preparation is by reading the Word, Listening to His Voice, and bringing everything to Him in prayer. As believers, we are first accountable to Christ, then ourselves, then the Body, and also to those who do not yet believe.
(2 Corinthians 10:17, 1 Peter 5:5 James 5:16)

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Appealing to the Throne of Grace


Luke 18:1-8

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“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?”

Today, It is the worse of times and the best of times with a present spiritual revolution in overthrowing the strongholds of principalities and powers on high.
(Ephesians 6:12)

Our Nation’s Strongholds

For a long time, governmental policies, corrupt leadership and power hungry politicians have held an upper hand in dismantling our constitution and perverting justice. But now we are eyewitnesses that in the fullness of time God is hearing our prayers, exposing the darkness as we turn back towards the light.

For many years, God’s people have prayerfully interceded, concerning the false indoctrination in our schools, the lost of innocent human life in abortion mills, the attack on free speech and religious liberty and the perversion of justice in our legislative branch and judicial system. Roles have reversed. Legislators are misrepresenting the constitution and rendering judgments while the Judiciary seeks to legislate law.

The enemy has occupied these high places of authority too long and in the fullness of time God has ordained to act on behalf of our prayers.

A Call to Prayer

Many times, I have heard the call to prayer in the scripture,  2 Chronicles 7: 14 recited with one important phrase left out. Here is the scripture in its entirety:

 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

To Seek God’s face is to seek His presence. In this verse God promises if we turn back to Him by desiring His presence and repent of our sinful ways, He will hear our petitions and restore us again to live righteously and restore our land.    Where we live is the place where we are to occupy for His purpose and glory. What usually is left out as part of this conditional promise is this phrase:

                   “ turn from our wicked ways”.

How can we begin to intercede for the injustices and sins of our nation when we refuse to acknowledge our own?

Representing Christ

It is a serious matter to say we believe in Jesus and represent Christ and continue sinning. When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior we also except Him as Lord. God cannot hear our prayers when we refuse to hear him. (Psalm 66:18-20)

Many of us in the body of Christ are presently resembling the world. Yet, we are called out of the world’s standards to embrace God’s Kingdom principles:
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21

Not of this World

We are in this world but not of this world and are admonished to come out. We are not to blend in and compromise nor be politically correct in order to save ourselves.  We are to stand firm in our faith representing our Lord by practicing His righteousness. The world is looking for genuineness. If we blend in with the world then we obscure His light and the Truth.  (John 17:15-21)

                                                            His Word is Truth
Many in the body do not read the Word of God and are led astray.
(Hosea 4:6, 1 Peter 2: 2-3).  We need to return to our first love and place Christ first above all ambitions and desires (Revelation 2:4).

God Judges His People

Judgment first begins with the household of God. When we recognize our own sin and repent, we then can see how to intercede for the sin we see in our nation and others.
(1 Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:5)

My Testimony of God’s Grace and Mercy

Almost 40 years ago I was ensnared by the devil by changing my ambitions to serve Christ to serving myself.  It was a subtle process. My heart was to follow Him but along the way I became enamored with building a ministry where I was also tempted to share in His glory. It soon developed into making a name for myself. Like those who began building a tower to heaven, I became confused and my works were burned up while I escaped through the trial of fire and God’s discipline and judgment
( James 5:9, 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15). God had my attention and through His mercy and grace I saw my sins and repented.

“Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:67-68

No Condemnation is Christ Jesus

Ephesians 1: 13-14

I believed at the time I could lose my salvation and when the devil began to accuse me, I accepted his accusations. I didn’t understand until much later there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, and when we confess our sins God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (Romans 8:1-2, 1 John 1:9) In my trial I experienced God’s judgment and discipline but also His forgiveness and restoration. If we are to be effective witnesses, representing His righteousness, we must respond to His discipline and turn from our wicked ways.  (Hebrews 15: 5-6)

How are we any different from the world when we allow circumstances to shape our faith. Do we doubt and fear? Do we wink at sexual immoralities and excuse it by practicing it ourselves?

This is the time, we, the body of Jesus Christ need to get serious and surrender all for His sake.  We need to truly represent Him and receive the power from on high as witnesses and instruments of Christ to shine as lights to a generation and a world who are seeking to know the Truth.

 

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Where there is hypocrisy, let there be straightforwardness. Where there is fear, let there be courage. Where there is dishonesty in presenting the gospel, in any way, let there be integrity and your Truth, without compromise.  Lord bring us to the place where it is done not by might, nor by power but through your Holy Spirit. Lord, revive your Body today, in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, waiting for the Power from on High. to accomplish your will, this hour, this day.

 

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Accepting God’s Perfect Gift is Accepting His Love


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“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16

I once thought it’s how I love others that determines whether or not God accepts me at any given time. But I have discovered it has nothing to do with how I love but rather how He loves and He loves me unconditionally. He loved me by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for all my sins, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Now that I am confident of this truth, knowing there is nothing that can separate me from His love, ever, I feel free to love others. Romans 8: 38-39

I can not add anything to what Christ accomplished on the cross by what I do or don’t do. After He suffered the consequence for every sin, He proclaimed that the work He came to do was Finished. His love was so perfect; His Work so complete that there is nothing I can do to add to His Perfect Salvation. To do so, is to not believe in His work but my own. But all my righteous acts are filthy in comparison to His pure love which has nothing selfish attached. If it required any good works of my own, then it was in vain that Christ died, and therefore the work He came to do in reconciling me to the Father is incomplete.

So what is perfect love. Perfect love is unconditional, complete,lacking nothing. He first loved me. When I accept His unconditional love, by faith in His salvation through Jesus Christ, then I also accept His gift of eternal life. 1 John 4: 18-19

What person after given a perfect gift of love, says, I cannot accept it as it is, it’s not good enough, let me add something to it to make it more acceptable?

But we have not been given an inferior gift, but one which was taken right from the bosom and heart of God – His Beloved Son.

Now I know why the Apostle John referred to himself as the one in whom the Lord loved. He discovered His unconditional love and was content to simply accept it, and was confident in it  lest he forget. “Jesus loves me, this I know.”
John 13:23

There have been occasions while receiving a gift I’ve felt guilty or because of my pride I could not accept it unless I could give something in return. To simply receive a gift and enjoy it is hard for me. I have no problem giving gifts. In fact I delight in it.

God has given His very best through sending His Son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins, and then sending me the gift of His Holy Spirit to guide and direct me in all my ways.
John 14: 16-17

How could I say to Him, no, I can’t accept your gift unless I can give you something in return. What could I possibly give Him to equal what He has given?

What could I possibly give back to God in exchange for His Great Salvation? How could I possibly match His Love?

In all  I do or don’t do, God can’t love me any less or more because His Love is not determined by who “I am” but WHO HE IS. John 8:58, Exodus 3:14

And as I allow His Love each and every day take hold of all I say and do I pray I can express His Great Love to others. John 14: 15-17

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,”
Ephesians 3: 14-17

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Spiritual Conception


“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

Spiritual HeartGod’s Word + Faith = New Birth

 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3: 3

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him, He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1: 10-14

     When the angel, Gabriel appeared to Mary, he came with God’s “Word”.  She was to become the dwelling place for God’s only begotten Son- Jesus Christ. Mary was a virgin and did not know how this could be possible.  All the prophets born had an earthly father.   What the angel was telling Mary was that God Himself would be the Father. This was beyond Mary’s comprehension, but she believed and accepted “His Word”.  The moment she believed, God’s Son- Jesus Christ was conceived not only in her womb but in her heart.  If she had not believed she would not have been the dwelling place of the “One” who had left heaven to dwell with mankind. But because God knows all things, He knew she would.

     Jesus is the seed that left heaven to penetrate our heart with the “Truth”. The soil or the heart that receives the seed is the dwelling place for its development.   Every seed contains its own predestination purposed by God (Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:29).  A seed that comes from a fig tree can only develop into a fig tree and produce fruit.  So it was with the seed that was sown in Mary’s womb – predestined to develop into the “Son of God”. 

Just as Mary received God’s Son and saw the evidence of her faith through His birth, we also, are called to be the dwelling place for God’s Son. As He abides with us and we with Him, He manifests Himself in our life (John 15:4 1:27). Our flawed nature (dna) changes into God’s divine nature (DNA) which is predisposed and predestined to develop into His image (Genesis 1:27).  God’s divine nature begins to mesh with our sinful nature until our sinful nature is less recognized as we yield to Him (Ephesians 5:18). Just as every seed that God has created is predestined to become what He has purposed, so has He predestined everyone who “Believes” to become His child.

      Our part is to believe and receive.  His part is to transform us through the work of His Holy Spirit. The soil that is cultivated by a repentant, receptive and believing heart is the heart that is covered by Christ’s blood. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).  When we receive God’s plan (Word) for reconciliation to Himself a “Holy” God, the “Seed of Truth” will not lay dormant but grow up reaching into heaven and into eternal life.  Just as the womb must be covered with blood in order to receive the implant of the father’s seed meshed with the mother’s seed, thus does it occur, spiritually.

So how does one become born again? How does one leave the dominion of this world and enter God’s Kingdom?

It is “only” through faith in God’s “Only” begotten Son who shed His blood and paid the penalty for our sins. There is only one path to birth, and one birth canal that leads to eternal life – “Jesus is that path ++++++++++++ and the father waits eagerly to “Deliver”. (John 3:16)

“The TRUTH which is conceived in the heart through faith will develop into a “new understanding” of the divine perception, transforming into the very nature of God. DF

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Inexpressable Joy!


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“But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you 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.”
Romans 10: 8-10

Let’s imagine you were searching for a way to pay off your debts and also the debts of those you love. And one day you discovered in your own back yard a gold mine. Would not the prospect of how this discovery would enrich your life bring you much relief and joy? You could hardly contain your excitement and wouldn’t you be overcome to share the awesome news? Matthew 13:45-46

This is exactly what occurred with two of Jesus’ disciples on the day of His resurrection. They were leaving Jerusalem walking to a village named Emmaus discussing the crucifixion and how it was said by some women Jesus was no longer dead. But either they did not recall His promise to be raised from the dead, or they doubted His Word. Suddenly, Jesus appeared unrecognized and walked with them, asking them the reason for their sadness and the event of their discussion. When they expressed their disappointment concerning His death He began to admonish them for not believing what the prophets had said in the scriptures concerning why He had to suffer and die and then be raised alive after three days. Along the way, He expounded the scriptures and pointed to the prophets who foretold His coming. When they finally arrived at their destination they were no longer in doubt but “believed”. (Luke 24)

While they shared a meal, Jesus broke the bread and suddenly they recognized Him before He disappeared. And so it was just as Jesus broke the bread and blessed it, He also broke open the Word to their understanding of what was said about Him throughout the scriptures. Their excitement and joy was so great they returned to tell the other disciples what they had heard and seen.
So it is when someone comes to the place of recognizing God’s Word as the Truth concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of their sins, they also realize the debt of their sin has been paid and they can’t wait to share with someone the good news.
It is not a legalistic work concerning confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior but rather the natural response from someone who has first believed it with their mind and heart. It is the evidence of someone “born again” into the Kingdom of God where there is inexpressible joy! For out of the mouth of babes there is much praise.
(Luke 19: 37-40, Matthew 21:16)

Do you believe Jesus Christ is Lord with the assurance of the forgiveness of your sin which guarantees you eternal life? Or do you doubt this Truth? If you believe, there will be a time you will also confess it, for you won’t be able to contain the good news.

 

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