2016 VISION

On Monday January 4th, I was in prayer and had this vision.

I saw a very large tree being violently shaken. All the dead branches, leaves, and fruit fell to the ground. Then the shaking stoped. The branches that were left, were covered with green bulbs and saplings. As if this tree was about to burst into life!

Allow the Lord to reveal to you its meaning (Hebrews 12:27).

God's Best

Kings and Priests

 

God Is In Control ..... Really?

"God is in control." Have you heard that said by others, or even preached? or "If God is really in control, he has things in a real mess." We are going to look at some scriptures from the Word of God today. They will bring more clarity to this religious statement.

 

Turn your bibles to Hebrews 2: 7-8 amplified,'For some little time You (God) ranked him (man) lower than and inferior to the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of Your hands. For You have put everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to man, He left nothing outside (of man's) control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to him.' The word is saying here, that the authority (dominion) over the earth really belongs to us. Turn to Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Dominion means to prevail against, reign (make to) rule over, take. God made the earth and told Adam (mankind) to take care of it. Adam then committed high treason, and gave that place of authority to Satan in Genesis 3. That transfer of dominion is confirmed in 2 Corinthians 4:4 where it says, 'In whom the god of this world (satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.' In the beginning God gave dominion of the earth to Adam, and Adam disobeyed and gave that position to the devil.

 

Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, that place of Dominion was restored back to man. Matthew 16:19 [amp.] Jesus says, " I will give you [believers] the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven." Our restoration of authority is described in Ephesians 1:19-23. It gives a great description of what happened for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the head and believers are His body. We have the same authority, that Adam did; before he fell. Glory to God!

So do not blame God for what is happening in the world. Also do not be passive and say, "God has some mysterious reason, why things are the way they are." Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit therof." You can speak God's Word, boldly in faith; and your circumstances will change. Then God can do miracles for You! This is a "Heavenly Partnership" and is the best relationship.

 

Now if you still believe that God is in control, then think of it this way. Who is in control of Heaven?......God. How is Heaven operating?.......perfect, prospering, paradise. How is the world operating?..... it's a mess. Then it cannot be God in control. In Matthew 6:10 Jesus prayed,"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." This should be our prayer also.

 

Step out in this truth today.

 

 

Holiness

This word once struck a great reverential worship towards the Lord's house, His presence, and the believers life. Now holiness is just for those special people in ministry. In Isaiah 35:8,9 it says, 'And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it .... but the redeemed shall walk there ....' The very way that leads to eternal life, is called holiness. This is the way our Heavenly Father speaks and acts from. One needs to locate their position on the highway of holiness; or be relocated.

 

We see that holiness starts and ends with our Father God. Psalms 99:9 says, 'Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.' Psalms 47:8 says, '.... God sits upon the throne of His Holiness.' When a king is on his throne, any judgment and decision is going to be deceived; that will affect the whole kingdom. The Lord's judgments are not only just but also holy (Psalms 108:7). Holiness is also mentioned with God's deliverance of His people. Obadiah 1:17 says, 'But your mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall posses their possessions.' In fact holiness is smack down in the middle of salvation, for all through Jesus Christ. Romans 1:4 says, 'And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.' Holiness also carries a calling to all who are born again. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 says, 'For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.'

 

Holiness means being separated for God. Since the Lord is holy, men of God should have proofs of His holiness in their life. Romans 6:22 says, 'But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.' We see again that the path to eternal life, is a path of holiness. One may ask what is holiness? The bible describes holiness by listing what it is not. In Romans 6:19 it says, 'I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even now yield your members servants to righteousness and true holiness.' Members is one's body and mind, no longer having fruit unto uncleanness and iniquity. Ephesians 4:24 says, 'And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.' One's spirit at the new birth is created to walk on this path of holiness, but there is still a individual choice. Either to let the flesh of the past dominate one's future, or the new spirit man in Christ Jesus; forever more. There is a discipline to living holy, that comes from the Father who is holy. Hebrews 12:10 [amp.] says, 'For [our earthly fathers] disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastised us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness.' We think of holiness as a consecration or separation, like following Jesus to the Father, and our back to the unholy world (no turning back).

 

Every scripture that we have looked at, is written to the believer, not the unbeliever who is unholy. Holiness is not some moral code of ethics. That one has to strive to fulfill with all their might. Holiness is the root of spiritual character, planted in every child of a holy, righteous, loving God. One may be asking why? Hebrews 12:14 says, 'Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.'

 

Holiness is the only way

To receive one's eternal reward

From the hand of the Lord.

 

 

What Do You Have: Religion or Relationship?

These two concepts have only one thing in common: they both start with the letter R. The differences are great and vastly opposite each other. While religion is popular, accepted and comes in different forms; relationship with God pleases God and has no limitations. Keep this in mind, as we look at religion vs. relationship in the Word of God.

 

The Webster's Dictionary definition of religion is: 'An organized system of beliefs and rituals centering on a supernatural being or beings.' Jesus gave us a warning a long time ago to watch out for religion, through the prophet Isaiah. In Matthew 15:6-9 Jesus said, ".... You have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. You hyprocrites, well did Isaiah prophecy of you saying, this people draweth near unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Religion says from the pew, "yes , amen, that is the truth;" but when it comes time to prove it out in one's life, they are full of excuses or human reasonings. Being a hearer only, without intention to do what one hears - makes one's prayers powerless. Relationship with God brings you to the truth, and the truth will make you free. Where there is no obedience, there's no love of God at work in one's heart. There is no heart of love for God in religion. It keeps one lukewarm and distant from God.

 

We see religion defined in Colossians 2:8 [amp.] it says, 'See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies, and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding (the teachings of) Christ (the Messiah).' Religion starts in the mind of man and stays there, never connecting to God. Religion keeps a person trapped in the soulish realm of the mind, will, and emotions. Religion is man-made. Anything made from man has limitations and restrictions. Relationship with God removes those limitations and restrictions, "But with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

 

The Webster's Dictionary defines relationship as: 'a relation connecting participates together in a relationship or a kinship.' I heard this question asked once, "Why did God make us and for what purpose?" God is a father and He wanted children. God desires to have fellowship with us as His children. God is love, and Love needed someone to give to. He gave His children the world as our inheritance. In John 14:23, 'Jesus answered and said unto him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." This example of divine relationship can happen on the inside of a believer - 24/7. Religion knows about God, but relationship knows God personally. In fact stop right now and start praising and thanking God. If you are born again, then talk to God. He is your Father!

 

There are two keys that this divine relationship is based on - love and obedience. God is perfect, and has done His part; but we have to participate with Him, by being doers of the Word of God. Remember the greatest commandment is found in Matthew 22:37, 'Jesus said unto him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." Real love activates obedience from the heart. Just to do a bunch of do's and dont's will create a religious robot, and will not produce relationship. On the other hand being born again, is the beginning of a relationship with God. Over time there should be a increase in this sweet, wonderful relationship from year to year. If not, then we are the ones who need to conform our lives more to the Word of God. As you read your Bible in the days ahead, take note to those scriptures that represent religion or relationship. Here is a example, Romans 8:14, 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.' (relationship); and Luke 6:46, "And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say?" (religion).

 

The best time is now, to make the change from religion to relationship. Repent and be honest with God, and purpose in your heart to become a doer of the Word today.

 

 

Love of Money, Root of All Evil

The money tests. If one fails, their life could be bankrupt. If they pass, they are thrust into their destiny in Christ. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, 'For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.' This is a fork in the road of life for all. Allow the light of God's Word, show us the right way to go.

 

Money is just like a hammer, a tool. One can build something good and sturdy. And yet tear down and destroy. Thus it depends on how one uses money, like a hammer. In Luke 16:13 Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Mammon means wealth, assets. One loves God, by the building up the Kingdom of God on earth. Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, "But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Money is just a tool to be used to build God's Kingdom. When one keeps first things first, there will never be a shortage.

 

To love money, simply means to be covetous. When the desire to take from others, is greater than the desire to add to others; no matter the cost. In Luke 12:15 Jesus said, "Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possess." Then in verses 16-21, Jesus lays out the perfect picture of a covetous man. Take time to read and study this passage of scripture thoroughly. It is one's heart connection to money, that our Savior an Lord is warning us about. Mark 7:20-23 Jesus said, "That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornicators, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." The Lord judges the heart not ones outward appearance. One can be covetous with ten dollars, as well as a million dollars.

 

How does one keep money as a hammer and not a master? Being led by the Holy Spirit in all decisions, not being led by money. Romans 8:14 says, 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.' Another fail proof action that can be taken, to keep one from being ensnared by money. Give. Luke 6:38 Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Love for God, will also keep selfish, greedy, evil intentions. That attach to one's life through the root of loving money. Matthew 22:37,39 Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Money is not a issue with our Heavenly Father, and neither should it be with His children.

 

Do not miss God's Best!

over green paper, coins or stuff.

 

 

What Does It Matter What I Say? ....... Everything.

Our words are very powerful, and are creating our future. They are not just a bunch of noise or harmless comments or jokes. In the Word of God, there is much teaching about the words we say and how we say them. I encourage you to turn with me in your bibles, as you read the rest of this blog.

 

This is a word planet, created by words. This is proven in Genesis chapter 1, the creation story. We read in:

Gen. 1:3 says, "And God said, 'Let there be light': and there was light.''

Gen.1:9 says, "And God said, 'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let dry land appear, and it was so."

Gen. 1:24 says, "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."

And God said, and God said and God said...... over and over in Genesis chapter 1. He has put that same creative power in our mouths. That is how we exercise dominion over the earth. This is the same authority God gave to man.

 

Proverbs 18:20-21 [amp.] says, 'A man's (moral) self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied (whether good or evil). Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for death or life).' We see very clearly here, that it is our mouth that creates our life, present and future. It is not the economy, not politicians, not family members nor friends; but our own words. Galatians 6:7 says, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' Sowing and reaping is a universal law. For example if one says, "This time every year I have the flu, and will be miserable for three weeks." Sure enough at that time of year they will get the flu for three weeks, and be miserable. You are the prophet of your own life!

 

Words create the atmosphere around you. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to sense when strife filled words have been spoken in a place. Likewise we can also sense when peaceful and loving words have been spoken. Be aware of the words being said around you. Words paint a picture on the inside of your heart (or spirit). For example, the news media is filled with negativity; is it no wonder people walk away feeling anxious or angry after listening. However you can use words to create a positive atmosphere and blessing instead. When the kids start having challenges in their school work, do not speak the problem. Do not say, "What's wrong--, why can't you figure it out kid?" Instead speak the solution and say, "My kids are quick, sharp and bright according to Isaiah 11:3." And watch those grades come up.

 

In Proverbs 23:7 it says, 'For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ...' What you think is what you say. What you say is what you believe. What you believe is what you do. What you do is who you become. What is inside, will eventually be seen on the outside. So check up on what you are saying, and ask yourself, "Do I really want that to happen?" In Matthew 12:34 Jesus says, "...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." In fact, read and meditate Matt. 12: 33-37. God created the world and universe with words. We create our world with our words.

 

What we need is to become full of the Word of God. In John 6:63 Jesus says, "It is the spirit that quickenth; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." As you speak the word of God, His words will begin to produce a new life on the inside; that will be seen on the outside. Jesus said in John 10:10 [amp], "......I have come that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." Therefore we have a role to play in how much of this abundant life we experience day to day. We have to believe and speak the Word of God out of our mouths or no abundant life. Here is something you can say right now, "The Lord shall increase (me) more and more, and (my) children" -Psalm 115:14.

 

Remember, God is on the positive channel! So change the words that you say. You have the power to do so. Blessing and life is right underneath your nose.

 

 

It Is A Gift

In James 1:17 it says, 'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.' Gifts from Heaven are freely given to all. Thus those gifts are to be enjoyed to the fullest. One must willingly receive them by faith, taken as theirs and kept. Otherwise there is no exchange of a gift from the giver, to the one the gift is for.

 

Salvation is a good and perfect gift for all men. Romans 5:18 says, 'Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.' One has to take this great gift of salvation, Romans 10:9,10 which says, 'That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.' One cannot receive this gift or be accounted of being saved; unless they do these scriptures.

 

Receiving the gift of salvation, being born again, opens the door to many other beneficial gifts. Forgiveness of all iniquity and sin (Psalms 103:3). To receive that gift of forgiveness, 1 John 1:9 says, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'

Healing from all diseases (Psalms 103:3). To receive the gift of healing, one must believe 1 Peter 2:24 which says, '..... by whose stripes we were healed.' Being redeemed from destruction (Psalms 103:4). The gift of divine protection, Psalms 91:10 which says, 'There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.' A renewed life (Psalms 103:5). The gift of a strong and renewed life, Isaiah 40:31 says, 'But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.' Waiting for the Lord's guidance causes the gift of a good, renewed life to spring forth.

 

Even though one has received these gifts and walking in them, these gifts have to be honored and valued. Philippians 3:12 (amplified) says, 'Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestion], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).' To continually experience the benefits of these gifts: simply Love God with all and Fear the Lord.

 

Every Good and Perfect Gift

Can be yours for ALL TIME!

 

Where Is Your Trust

 

In the world that we live in today, this question needs to be settled. We seem to trust in what temporarily calms our fears, or what has worked in the past. A true trust is found in the Word of God. Trust means absolute confidence in the word of another; that those words will not fail. The Word of God always has the answer, so grab your bible and let's go.

 

Some trust in the government, their job, their family, their wealth, their church denomination, their friends, or their own ability to save them. People put their trust in a lot things that are temporal. However, there is a strong warning in Jeremiah, about where we should put our trust. In Jeremiah 17:5 [amp.] says, 'Thus says the Lord: "Cursed (with great evil) is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man, making weak (human) flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord.' This verse is talking about someone who knows the Lord, but has chosen to turn away from trusting in God. When circumstances give us the option not to step out in faith upon the promises of God; we now have a choice. At this point we can either do it the world's way or God's way. For example, we say God is our source, yet we go to the bank for another loan or make another purchase on credit. Instead of obeying God's steps, we choose the easy way out. The person who does will put themselves into a vulnerable position, and may experience the curse in their life.

 

However, Jeremiah 17:7-8 [amp.] says, '[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out its roots by the river; and he shall see and fear when heat comes; but his leaf shall be green. He shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall he cease yielding fruit.' We see that trust in God will produce peace, abundance, freedom from fear, and prosperity in the midst of hard times. These blessings of trust in God, far outweigh anything the world can give. Let these verses be your reality check. For where you choose to put your trust, will affect your life.

 

The Word of God is true and trustworthy. Psalm 18:30 [amp.] says, 'As for God, His way is perfect. The word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him.' For centuries God's word has always worked for those who put their trust in Him. The earth and sun were created by God's words. See Genesis chapter one. We are not staying up at night worrying if the sun is going to come up in the morning. We subconsciously trust that it will. And it does, because God said "Light be!" We should put this same trust in what God's word says about our health, finances and family.

 

The benefits of trusting in God include blessing, protection, strength and salvation. The Lord has blessed us with heavenly blessings. Proverbs 28:25 [amp.] says '....But he who puts his trust in the Lord shall be enriched and blessed.' He has also given us divine protection. Psalms 91:4 says, 'He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings shall you trust; His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.' He has also given us supernatural strength and salvation. Isaiah 12:2 says, 'Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.' God and His benefits are unlimited. Trusting in God, is a key to bringing these benefits into manifestation in your life.

 

There are some anxious days coming on the earth, but do not let circumstances, pressure or fear dictate where you put your trust. Isaiah 26:3 says, 'You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him: because he trusteth in God.' Trust in God and His word to uphold you, and you will live on the victorious side of life! In First Corinthians 15:57 it says, 'But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.'

 

I trust God with my all!

 

 

Do Not Be Moved

What is happening in the earth today? Everything that was stable seems to be shaking. What is good, is being called evil and what is evil, being called good. So what is the position a man of God is to take today? The apostle Paul in Acts 20:24 says, 'But none of these things move me ..... ' What a place of strength Paul stood in! When the whole world seemed to be against him, he having the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, was not moved. Second Corinthians 4:18 says, 'While we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen: for the things that are seen are temporal; but the things that are not seen are eternal.' Nothing that can be seen, felt or reasoned out in our mind. Can compare to the eternally established and unchangeable truth of God's Word. When this truth becomes more real in your heart than the screen you are looking at. Then you will not be moved by the ever changing, temporal shifts in the world or society. If these things did not move apostle Paul, they do not have to move us either.

 

Our trust in God cannot be moved. Psalm 125:1 says, 'They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abides for ever.' Zion is not only a natural mountain, but also a spiritual mountain. This image of trust, God uses for the believer to have in Him. Trust on the inside of us like a unmoveable mountain, always stands strong against the tide of circumstances. All we have to do is be engaged and focused on trusting in the Lord. Second Corinthians 1:10 says, '..... in whom we trust that He will also deliver us.' When trust in the Lord is more real than what we see or hear then deliverance is assured. You will not be shaken by the seen, but secured in the unseen trust in God.

 

Our joy in God cannot be moved. John 16:33 Jesus said, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Jesus said; rejoice, be happy, laugh ha ha ha ho ho ho he he he! Christ is in us and He overcame the world. This makes us world over - comers (1John 5:4). Nehemiah 8:10 says, '.... for the joy of the Lord is your strength.' The strength that will carry you through any tough time you may find yourself in, is in the joy of the Lord. So let that joy bubble up from your heart and you will be clothed with supernatural strength.

 

Our faith in God cannot be moved. First John 5:4 says, 'For whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.' When one is born again, we have access to world overcoming faith. What an insurmountable force is our faith in God. A great man of God named Smith Wiggelsworh said this, "I am not moved by what I see or feel, I am moved only by what I believe." This would be something to write down and put in a place you can read daily. Habakkuk 2:4 says, '..... but the just shall live by faith.' Our abundant life in God is released by our faith in His Word. We are in this world, but not of it. Every so often look up and read only scripture that talks about faith. This will create an "I - cannot - be - moved" faith in you.

 

Our peace in God cannot be moved. Isaiah 26:3 says, 'You [God] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him [God]: because he trusts in Him.' Keeping your mind on the Lord is not some positive thinking tactic. This peace is a lifting up, a place beyond the world. Where we can actually live in perfect peace, undisturbed. Philippians 4:7 says, 'And the peace of God, that passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.' The peace of God that keeps the heart and mind, happens when we cast all our care upon the Lord. This truth is a peaceful reality, every believer can walk in.

 

Our trust, faith, joy and peace in God cannot be seen; but are unseen forces which are eternal. Do not let the seen temporal world move you, but allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of the unmovable God establish you forever. Then your testimony and life will shine bright for Christ.

 

None Of These Things Move Me!

 

 

Be Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving

Three big words, that can be hard on the flesh and mind to practice. This is the fruit of God's nature towards mankind. Ephesians 4:32 says, 'And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.' As born again men with the same nature as Father God. Then these fruits should be more and more manifested in their life. With no compromise of holiness, godliness or uprightness, in their walk with Christ.

 

Be kind, means to be gracious, good towards another. Luke 6:35 Jesus said, "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." Why be kind to our enemy? Romans 2:4 [amp.] says, '.... that God's kindness is intended to lead one to repent (to change their mind and inner man to accept God's will)?' Bible kindness is to be used as the Holy Spirit leads, for the purpose of salvation of another. Not to lay down, roll out the red carpet, and let your enemy take whatever they want. 2 Peter 1:7 says, 'And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.' We see that kindness is next to godliness, they go together. Otherwise kindness is just a good work with no change of heart of life.

 

Be tenderhearted, means being compassionate. The action of God's love towards us, causes a dramatic change in us. Matthew 14:14 says, 'And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.' Jesus the healer is in each of us to heal others. Tenderhearted is an unction from the heart, that carries a powerful effect, not just feelings and good wishes. Jude v.22 says, 'And of some have compassion, making a difference:'

 

Be forgiving, means to cancel one's debt. The very heart of the Gospel is to forgive. Exodus 34:7 says, 'Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin...' So it must be an act from the heart of a believer, to forgive and forget. Colossians 3:13 says, 'Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.' Forgiveness is not just a light matter one can just brush off, because they have heard it said over and over again. Mark 11:25-26 Jesus said, "And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any: that your Father also which is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in Heaven forgive your trespasses." The Father has forgiven all men through Jesus. They just have to receive it and be born again. But when one is saved, they now have a responsibility to forgive others. Unforgiveness is sin and like all willfull unrepentant sin: leads to eternal damnation. One may be saying, "But God is merciful and forgiving." The mercy and love of God, will not change His Word. We have been commanded to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another. My pastor said he has made a new law for himself called: predetermined forgiveness. He has already forgiven those he meets, before anything has been said or done against him.

 

Let one be quick to obey this truth

And secure their eternal destiny.

 

 

Need A Oil Change

Just like our vehicles need a 3,000 mile oil change, so the engine runs at its peak performance; our soul and spirit need a fresh refilling and cleansing from the Word of God on a regular basis. Each day the world tries to contaminate and break down our faith in God. The best place one can go to get this spiritual oil change, is to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. We know that 'God is Love' (1 John 4:8) and 'faith worketh by love' (Galations 5:6). To keep functioning at a high spiritual level, we need a constant renewing of the love of God. All you have to do is read it, meditate upon it and do it. So pull up to the station and let the word of God clean you out, fill you up with divine love, and keep your faith working at its peak performance. So let's get that spiritual oil change right now, Amen.

 

1 Cor.13:4 says, 'Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.' Endurance is needed during a span of time in which circumstances and/or people are irritating to our flesh. At times change for the better comes at a very slow rate. If you can identify with this, feel free to say Amen. Patience and kindness are high octane additives that keep your endurance running smoothly. Oh, and do not forget to avoid the bad driving habits of envy and jealousy. If your neighbor is driving the car you always wanted, then praise God and be happy for him. Sow your seed, stay thankful and believe you have received (Mark 11:23-24) and God will lead you to a car that is better than you could imagine - debt free. Then you will have a testimony for your neighbor of how good God is!

 

1 Cor.13:5 says, 'It [love] is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [ it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].' Natural love is always selfish and fickle, but divine love always wants to help the other guy succeed also. This is a lifestyle of forgiving and forgetting. When you choose not to forgive, bitterness and anger set in. Letting anger and unforgiveness fester can harden the heart and cause serious issues down the road of life. It may even cause you to get stuck on the side of the road. You may have to flush your radiator (mind and heart) out, with 1 Cor. 13: 5 several times a day.

 

1 Cor.13:6 says, 'It [love] does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.' This is a another high octane additive to our oil change. Negativism is a result of what we think and fellowship with. For example, you can overhear a conversion at the water cooler and walk away being mad at someone you do not even know. Now the "check engine" light comes on unexpectedly. The "check engine" light says "walk in love, you do not know all the details." Monitor the type of intake you allow yourself to be exposed to. Remember God is on the positive channel.

 

1 Cor.13:7 says, 'Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].' Bearing up under anything and everything that comes, takes faith. You will have to 'walk by faith and not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7). Meditating on God's promises will keep that red light of worry and fear from coming on in your mind. And it will keep the fluid level gauge always set at, 'Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ ...' ( 2 Corinthians 2:14).

 

1 Cor. 13:8 says, 'Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]....' Now this is the warranty that comes with every step of obedience. So do not put off this oil change; but read, speak and do the Word of God today. Romans 5:5 says, '... the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost ...'. Keep the love of God flowing and leave a mark in the earth for Christ.

 

Regular Maintenance - Better Results

Praise God for His Love!

 

 

Why So Far Away? Draw Near

We men strive to do our best in all the roles we fill. Spiritual head, husband, father, leader, provider, protector, etc. James 4:8 says, 'Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.' One can say, "See God, I am doing all that is good and right." Even though their heart if far from Abba Father. A great man of God said, "God doesn't need me for anything, but I need Him for everything." Only Father God can take care of everything, but will we allow Him to be near?

 

Before one can draw near, one must remove what separates them from God. Sin always causes a separation between us and a Holy God. Even Father God turned away from Jesus, when He became sin for us, on the cross. Matthew 27:46 says, 'And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?" Another sign that sin is separating one from God, is their prayers are not answered. Psalms 66:18 says, 'If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.' Before one can draw near to God, they have to clean up their life. This starts by being a doer of 1 John 1:9 it says, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.'

 

How does one draw near to God? Psalms 51:7 says, 'The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.' A humble and honest heart will always have the Father's attention. Psalms 100:4 says, 'Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.' This should be a daily occurrence in one's life; not just at 10:20 am Sunday. Hebrews 4:16 says, 'Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.' Run to God, for He is your Father and He loves you. Even if one has to fall down on their knees, lift up their hands and cry out; "Oh God, I need You to help me, thank you and bless Your Holy Name!" Hebrews 11:6 says, 'But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a re warder of them that diligently seek Him.' One has to believe to receive all that God has said and promised, He will do.

 

Now do not make drawing to God, a seven step do it yourself home project. One draws near to God out of a whole hearted love for the Father. Psalms 42:1-2 says, 'As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God' Draw near with an intense, driving love. To walk and talk with God in the cool of day, like Adam did. Whatever the Father commands of you do it with exceeding great joy. No bible outlines, devotionals, study material; just be a man after God's own heart. Psalms 73:28 [amp.] says, 'But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.'

 

I will never be drawn away -

When pursuing to be near, my Father God.

 

 

What Are You Thinking?

The battle field of the mind is a daily battle. The world, people and circumstances battle for our thoughts and attention. These distractions can draw our attention away from, and keep us thinking contrary to the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, 'For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.' Only feeding on the Word of God, can give us a strategy to win this battle of the mind. When we change those old thought patterns and get the mind of Christ, then we can dominate by thinking God thoughts. So let's get God's thoughts flowing.

 

In Proverbs 23:7 it says, 'For as he thinks in his heart, so is he .....' Life happens from the inside out. Our thinking paints an image on the inside, that is eventually seen on the outside. Someone who sees themselves as poor on the inside, will make choices that keep them in lack. On the other hand, someone who sees themselves as successful will have a hard time failing. If we want to change the outside, we have to change the inside first by renewing our mind. Romans 12:2 says, 'And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.' A mind conformed to the world's thoughts brings weakness, uncertainty and a lot of, ... "I'm afraid so." Renewal of the mind begins by meditating in the Word of God. This action gives vision to what God's will for your life is. Meditation brings revelation. Revelation activates a transformation on the inside. This transformation creates a strong, growing faith in God.

 

There are clear steps in the Word of God, one can take to renew the mind. The first step is 'casting down' thoughts that are contrary to the Word of God. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 says, 'For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.' I know it seems extreme to take every thought and see if it lines up with the scripture. But to have God's best in your life, that is what you must do. For example, I say this when negative thoughts come, "I rebuke that thought in the name of Jesus. The thoughts of the Righteous are pure and true, and I am the righteousness of God in Christ." My mind becomes clear and those negative thoughts leave. Sometimes those negative and unbelieving thoughts are persistent. Then you have to be even more persistent in your confession of the Word of God. Hebrews 4:14 says, ......'let us hold fast to our profession (confession)."

 

The next step is replacing negative thoughts with God's thoughts. Philippians 4:8 says, 'Finally, brethern, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are a good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.' This is God's strategy to win the battle over the mind and create a life that glorifies Him! We can replace the negative thoughts with God thoughts and have victory everyday. The Holy Spirit will help and teach you how to think this way. Praise the Lord! Think on these things!

 

What is the benefit to changing the way we think? Romans 8:6 says, 'For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.' I think all of us could take some more life and peace, right about now. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, 'For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.' That is a calm, well balanced, disciplined and self-controlled mind. This path of victory is for everyone who will believe and do these steps. I cannot think of any reason not to put these truths into practice every day.

 

Until next time, be a do-er of Colossians 3:2 [amp.] which says, 'And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.' Think of the word 'set', like cementing a post in the ground. You and your thoughts cannot be moved.

 

Higher thoughts lead to a higher life.

 

 

Transformed Into Another Man

When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon a man, for a period of time, they appear to be another man. A vessel totally used and filled by God. 1 Samuel 10:6 says, 'And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man.' This was a prophecy by Samuel to Saul, who later become the king of Israel. Are you a transformed man, since being born again? And continually being transformed?

 

In 1 Samuel 10:9 it says, 'And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.' That is what happens when one is born again. The very Spirit, nature, person of Abba Father is birthed in them. Ezekiel 36:26,27 says, 'A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them.' Even with all those supernatural signs Saul experienced. He still ended up going down a path of disobedience and early destruction.

 

A believer today can fall away, it that transforming experience doesn't continue. Romans 12:2 says, 'And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.' The mind is in the soul part of man, and needs to be renewed on a daily basis, with the Word of God. Otherwise being conformed to this world; will be the end result. Renewing one's mind is a two step process, to being continually transformed. The first step is meditation. Joshua 1:8 says, 'This book of the law shall not depart out of my mouth; but you shall meditate it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and have good success.' Meditating the Word, is simply taking one verse from your bible reading and thinking and saying it all day long. The second is obeying what God's Word says. Day by day one begins to think and act more and more like their Heavenly Father.

 

In Ephesians 4:23-24 it says, 'And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.' This is how the Lord is going to use us in powerful ways; by the renewing of one's mind for transformation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.' Going from the old man to the new man is a miracle. The complete transforming of one's total being is a work, a task, an assignment. After a few weeks, one will not recognize themselves, and likewise those who knew them from before.

 

Do not fall into conformity.

Rise to be transformed in Jesus Christ!

 

 

How Do You See Yourself

Much of what our lives look like is a result of how we perceive ourselves. Proverbs 23:7 says, 'For as he thinks in his heart, so is he!' That self image, either positive or negative, is created through different channels. Image is created by what we see, hear, our past experiences, our culture and people we associate with. Over time what we believe and what we say produce the boundaries or limitations in our lives. Life flows from the inside, the 'unseen'; to the outside, the seen. The Word of God can create a heavenly image, that is extremely different from the world's image for you. Genesis 1:26 says, 'And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.....' Come let us get back to looking at the Word, and living like our Creator desires for us to live.

Many people suffer from a poor self image. Now if we have a self image that is negative and not positive, then let's look at the source. The world says positive thinking, exercise and a healthy diet can help to change a poor self image. The truth is that our self image starts on the inside not the outside. What you do in your own strength cannot bring eternal change inside. Only the Word of God can bring a total transformation of one's inner self image.

The Bible's step by step, daily program, for image change is found in Proverbs 4:20-27:

'My son attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from you a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from you. Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.'

Step 1. 'Keep the Word of God in the midst of your heart.' Prayerfully spend time seeing, hearing and doing what the Word of God tells you daily. (Joshua 1:8.)

Step 2. 'Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.' A continual upkeep and strengthening of this godly image is a must. Our life's success, increase and prosperity flows from the heart. This image building has to be priority, even more important than old associations that were negative. (Psalm 115:14.)

Step 3. 'Put a froward mouth away from you.' Our mouth is a amplifier of what is on the inside. A negative mouth can hinder the building of a positive godly image. (Matthew 12:34.)

Step 4. 'Remove your foot from evil.' Make your decisions on what the Word of God says, and not on your own understanding or the opinions of others. (Psalm 119:11)

There is so much more that can be shared about these scriptures. I do encourage you to take these verses before the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit open up your understanding, and apply them in your life. You will begin to live a life that is beyond anything you could imagine.

Here is another powerful key, to creating a royal godly image. Romans 13:14 amplified says, 'But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provisions for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts).' I am not telling your what you can or cannot do. You humbly go to God yourself. Ask Him to show you those things that hinder your relationship with Him. Be bold enough to make the change. These changes will open your eyes to see yourself as God sees you. James 4:6,10 says, 'But He gives more grace. Wherfore he says, God resisteth the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.' As you conform your life to the Word of God, the supernatural grace and favor of God will manifest in your life. Meditate and confess Philippians 4:13 which says, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' Until next time, keep your eyes on the Word of God, and be conformed to the image of Christ, (Romans 8:29).

 

Praise God for His image of me.

 

Are You Born Again?

This is not some esoteric, theological, uninterpretable question with some ulterior meaning. Are you born again? Yes or no, that is all that needs to be said. If the answer is yes, then a confident smile should be seen on your face. If the answer is full of explanations such as, 'I go to this church', or 'My family history has been in a certain denomination', or 'I believe there is a God', or 'I have a bible' ..... and so on; then the need to get this eternal question answered is of high priority. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, '...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.' Praise the Lord! There is good news in the third chapter of the book of John for you today.

 

In the gospel of John 3:1-21, Jesus is having a conversation with a Pharisee leader named Nicodemus. In John 3:3 Jesus says, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.' The Kingdom of God does not make sense to our five natural senses or to our mind. Being born again is what happens to our spirit on the inside. In the miracle of the new birth, the Holy Spirit recreates your spirit (the real you) into a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.' That is not just made over, but made totally brand new. You are not just a old sinner saved by grace. You are saved by grace through faith, and now you are more than a over-comer in Christ. Now you have the very life and nature of God in you.

 

Nicodemus could not understand this truth with his highly trained religious mind. Nicodemus's spirit was not reborn, or made new. If it had been, then the reality of the kingdom of God would not have been a mystery to him. We could say that he did not have his radio (or spirit) tuned to the God station. In John 3:6 Jesus says, 'That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.' You cannot contact God in fellowship using your mind only. God is a spirit, not a state of mind or a feeling. In John 4:24 Jesus says, 'God is a spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.' Remember that we are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). God is spirit, and so are we. We are either spiritually dead or spiritually alive in Christ.

 

You may be asking, how do I become born again? Romans 10:9-10 says, 'That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart, man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.' Think of your relationship with God like a partnership. We do the natural and God does the supernatural. In the new birth, we believe with our heart, and confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and then we receive righteousness and salvation from God. Second Corinthians 5:21 says, 'For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.' You have to believe the Word of God in your heart by faith, and believe that it is the truth. Then you confess with our mouth: "Father God, I come to You in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I repent and ask You to forgive me of my sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will live my life for you, forever! Amen and Amen! Now you immediately inherit eternal life and your spirit is reborn. 1 Peter 2:9 says, '{He}...who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.'

 

Now Jesus shows Nicodemus the heart of God. In John 3:16 Jesus says, 'For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' This everlasting life does not just mean some day, way up in heaven, but it's for you today. That means zoe life - the God kind of life, right here and right now for you. What a new birth! What an amazing love! What a new life! Stay saturated with the Word of God daily. Keep as much of this world's words, thoughts and beliefs far from you. In John 6:63 Jesus says, '...the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.'

Can I get a witness?

 

You Have Resurrection Benefits

We are getting to that time of the year, when the story of our Lord's death, burial, and resurrection is in the forefront of our thinking again. Why do we need a special day on the calender to stir us up about God's love? Colossians 3:2 says, 'Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.' Let us set our minds to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross and the meaning of His resurrection from the dead. Join me in meditating on this living truth and its benefits today.

 

In Psalms 103:2-5 it says, 'Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all our iniquities; who heals all our diseases. Who redeems our life from destruction; who crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies our mouths with good things; so that our youth is renewed like the eagle's.' What a prophetic psalm the Holy Spirit gave to King David. This psalm speaks of the benefits that Jesus paid the price for us to have today. These promises are made available to us by faith in Jesus Christ and in His resurrection. I want to look at each of these benefits in the light of the new testament. How these benefits work in our relationship with God (spiritually) and with others (naturally).

 

'Who forgives all our iniquities.' Iniquity is the same as sin, committed against God and others, in disobedience to the Word of God. In the resurrection our past sins are wiped away by the atoning blood of Jesus (Heb. 9:22). Romans 4: 7,8 amplified says, 'Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.' Our wonderful God not only forgave us, but also forgets our wrong doing. Ephesians 4:32 says, 'And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christs sake has forgiven you.' Whatever wrong has been done to you, forgive and forget it. Having a chip on your shoulder or wearing your feelings on your sleeve, only leaves one weak and hindered in life.

 

'Who heals all our diseases.' Yes, God said, "All of them!" That means all disease, from a headache to the incurable disease. Matthew 8:17 [amp.] says, 'And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah. He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases.' At the cross, Jesus took all pain and suffering that disease causes, so we do not have to have it. The healing power of God is available all the time. Confess, "By His stripes I am healed according to 1 Peter 2:24." And believe in your heart, that this promised benefit is yours. Hold fast to what you say and believe, until your healing manifestation comes. James 5:16 says, 'Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.' Sometimes receiving our healing can be hindered by unforgiveness towards another. Forgive and be healed. Then you can be used by God to minister healing to others.

 

'Who redeems our life from destruction.' In the resurrection, Jesus took our place, bore the curse of the law and redeemed us from destruction. With this promise, everything now comes out for our good, not for evil. Galatians 3:13 says, 'Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:.' That curse is not on us or in us any longer. We are redeemed from the curse. Praise the Lord! Colossians 4:5 says, 'Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.' Our witness to this living truth can draw those without Christ to Him - out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

'Who crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies.' In the resurrection, we were made alive together with Christ and crowned with His unmerited favor (Eph 2: 4-6). God has given us undeserved favor and blessings. Titus 3:5 says, 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.' God's love and mercy for us is always available to us. In Matthew 5:7 Jesus says, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." We reap mercy from others, when we sow mercy to others.

 

'Who satisfies our mouths with good things.' Through the resurrection, the curse was destroyed that the blessing of Abraham could come upon believers in Christ (Gal 3:14). By faith, we have no more lack or need, for we have more than enough in Christ. Second Corinthians 8:9 says, 'For we know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.' This is not to be covetous, but to give much to bless many. Acts 20:35 says, 'I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." '

 

'Youth is renewed like the eagles.' This is a supernatural strength. Romans 8:11 says, 'But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.' Meditate on this verse, and weariness will leave. Hebrews 10:24 says, 'And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.' Encouraging each other to pursue God, can also renew our strength.

 

By faith, the benefits of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross and resurrection flow from God to us and through us to others. Everyone is blessed and becomes a beneficiary of the love of God. Here is a quick review of our Godly benefits in Christ.

1. Practice forgiveness, for God forgave you.

2. Do not accept any disease or sickness, for by His stripes you were healed.

3. Stand firm in your faith, that you will always be delivered and put out of harms way.

4. If you fall, you can always get back in fellowship with God. God's mercy and love is always there for you.

5. Declare that, "Good, great and marvelous things are always happening for me. God is good and He loves me!"

6. You are a lot younger on the inside, than how you may feel, despite your age. The supernatural life of God is in you now.

John 10:10 Jesus says, "The thief comes, but to steal, and kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

 

Live the Resurrection Today!

God's best be yours.

 

 

What Is Your Position?

Being born again puts your life in a special place in God, where you never were before. Colossians 1:3 [amp.] says, '[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love.' Being born again puts you in the kingdom of God, and no longer under the authority of darkness. You have switched completely from one side to the other. We all start from the same position in the Kingdom of God. Oh! and what a high and glorious position it is.

 

When you are born again you now occupy a new spiritual position in Christ. Colossians 3:3 [amp.] says, 'For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.' Let's compare this verse with the sport of baseball. Imagine a baseball, a glove and a fielder. The baseball is flying through the air and is caught by a fielder with a glove. The baseball is us flying through the air of life. The fielder represents God reaching up with His glove. The glove represents Jesus Christ catching us as a fielder catches the baseball. You cannot see the baseball after it goes into the glove. The fielder pulls the glove to Himself, and wraps His arms around the glove. Your life is now hidden in Christ in God, just like that baseball in the glove. Your position has changed. You now dwell in Christ in God. Praise the Lord!

 

Having your life hidden in Christ, makes the Lord your caretaker. Now you have access to His strength, His ability and His wisdom. An image of your life being hidden in Christ in God, is seen in Ephesians 2:4-6 where it says, 'But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;) And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.' This is a truth that we need revelation knowledge to begin to see and live. Revelation knowledge comes by meditating in the Word of God daily. Did you see that three letter word in verse 6.... 'made us SIT in HEAVENLY PLACES'? Not only are we in heavenly places by faith, but we are also sitting down. We are no longer strangers, but now we are of the family of God. Everything Father God gave Jesus to have, we have in the name of Jesus.

 

This is not a passive position, sitting on a cloud up there somewhere. This is an active position of authority which covers all areas of our lives. Exercising this authority produces a victorious, overcoming, prosperous life. And how high is this position in Christ, compared to everything else? Ephesians 1:21 says, 'For above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.' This is a place of authority and rulership in Christ Jesus where we are seated in heavenly places. In Christ in God you can handle anything. In Christ in God you are far above it all. This is your born again position now and forever. Do not let anyone talk you down.

 

Being seated in Christ in heavenly places does not mean you can coast through life challenge free. No, the tests and trials of life come to everyone. In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus said, "Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and if fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, that built his house upon the sand; And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." The rock is the Word of God, and the Word is Jesus. (John 1:14.) This is why it is so vital that you conform your life to the Word of God. This is done by daily bible reading, praying, meditating scripture; as well as getting quiet to listen to God and doing all that He tells you to do. When the rain is coming down, the wind is blowing and the floods are arising in life; you can have a dry and secure place to stand. Psalm 34:19 says, 'Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.' This is a good time to shout!

 

Hear, believe and obey the Word of God today. Deuteronomy 28:13 says, 'And the Lord will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and shall not be beneath; if you hearken unto the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command to you this day, to observe and to do them.' Amen. Until next time, meditate and speak Deuteronomy 28:1-14 over your life, again and again.

 

Praise The Lord! Mighty Men of God.

 

Is God With You?

We hope and pray that God is with us; in our plans and life goals. 1 Chronicles 17:2 says, 'Then Nathan said to David, "Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you." There are biblical signs in one's life that prove, God is with them. As their savior and lord. Let one examine this question personally, or be fooled by assumption, that God was with them.

 

There is favor and prosperity, to bless others. Genesis 39:2,21 says, 'And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master Egyptian.' 'But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.' Favor and prosperity was in Joseph's life, whether in prison or the palace. That sounds great, but how does one know that God is with them? Luke 17:21 Jesus said, "Neither shall they say, look here: or, look there: for behold, the kingdom of God is within you." God being with us is not for some select chosen few. Divine favor and supernatural prosperity is already loaded into every born again man. A steady proof should be seen by all. Zechariah 8:23 says, '....... we will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.' When people see God's favor on one's life, they want to be around them.

How about the sign that God is with one in protection. Isaiah 8:10 says, 'Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.' Whatever the threats or plots of the enemy against one, they shall all come to nothing. Romans 8:31 says, 'What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can stand against us?' There is no one in Heaven, Earth or hell that can defeat them, when God is for them.

 

There is a display of power, authority, and dominion in one's life, just like Jesus. John 3:2 says, 'The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him.' Miracles are not uncommon for the man God is with. Acts 10:38 says, 'How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.' Evil has no right to afflict the one who the Lord most high is with. Who resists the devil in faith.

 

Even though one has God within them. The outward proof of favor, protection, and power is still the responsibility of the believer. 2 Chronicles 15:1-2 says, 'And the spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Obed: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, "Hear me Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; the Lord is with you, while you be with Him; and if you seek Him, He will be found of you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you." God's ways and word has not changed. They are eternally just and true. Seek, love, obey, and stay true to God; and He will be with you always.

 

God is with me!

Shall be your testimony today.

 

Can You Forget?

How do you keep the past from limiting your future? This is one of those "easier said than done" things. We all have a past and there are things said and done, that we would rather not think about. Yet there are days when those past images or actions, greatly effect the present and the future. The Word of God imparts to us a supernatural forgetting ability, that overrides past facts with bible truths. As we look into the Word of God today, receive God's empowerment to forget the past and remove all limitations out of your life.

 

One of the definitions of the word "forget" in the Webster's dictionary is, 'To be unable to remember'. Isaiah 43:25 [amp] says, 'I, even I, am He who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.' Wow! Father God who knows everything about everything, decided to forget our past sins, shortcomings and mistakes. God chooses to remember only good things about us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.' This sounds like a loving parent talking about their children. God thinks and plans His best for us; not according to what we have done, but according to His love for us. Amen!

 

In Philippians 3:13,14 it says, 'Brethern, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.' This is the Apostle Paul writing to the Philippian's church, telling them what he does about his past. We know that Paul was once a murderer and zealous persecutor of Christians. He tried to stomp out the preaching of Jesus. After he was born again on the Damascus road, he had to forget all that he had done, and others opinions of him, in order to obey God. Past failures can cause one to live within the boundaries of inferiority and condemnation. Thus making what the Word of God says about them; hard to believe, act upon and experience its reality.

 

One can find ourselves just hearing the Word and not doing the Word. James 1:25 says, 'But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the wor[d], this man shall be blessed in his deed.' Nobody drives their car forward looking in the rear view mirror, right? When we set our focus on who God says we are, not what the past mistakes say we are; then we are doing the Word. Colossians 3:2 [amp] says, 'And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.' Consistently believing, saying and doing what the Word says, will wash away all of the limitations of your past for good.

 

This action of forgetting our past allows 'the Love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost' (Romans 5:5) to manifest in our relationships with others. First Corinthians 13:5 [amp] says, '...Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].' When we forget our past, then we also can forget how others have wronged us in the past. Allowing negative past experiences to linger in our memories, causes unforgiveness, bitterness and envying to harden our hearts against others. An antidote is found in Romans12:2 that says, 'And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.' Renewing our minds with the Word of God will cause that forgetting power to manifest. Now, thoughts of unforgiveness if not dealt with by forgiving and forgetting, will ultimately separate us from God. The bible definition for forgiveness is to forget. In Mark 11:26 Jesus says, 'But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your tresspasses.' This is no light matter!!

 

A great verse to meditate on is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, 'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.' Let this Truth set you free!

 

Glory to God!

 

Trouble? Sin or Ignorance

We know in this temporal world, there is going to be trouble. Also the easiest way to explain the trouble, is to blame somebody else. While doing some self examination and increasing one's understanding, of how the spiritual realm works. A lot of those constant nagging troubles can be removed from any one's life. Psalms 46:1 says, 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.' Let us receive help to remove trouble by God's Word and the Holy Spirit.

 

Sin is the open door for trouble. Especially when one knows, that their actions are biblicaly defined as sin. There are lists of sinful actions in Galatians 5:19-21 or 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and others in the Bible. Romans 6:23 says, 'For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.' The wages of sin can be paid out in many troubles in one's life. Galatians 6:7 says, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.' Why would one keep sinning and adding more trouble to their life? So repent, get it under the blood of Jesus, and make those righteous changes. 1 John 1:9 says, 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' The greatest help one can have in the midst of trouble, is the good shepherd. Psalms 66:18 says, 'If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.' The Lord will not hear one's prayer for help, and be of any help; if known sin is still being willfully practiced.

 

One can say, "Why is this happening to me?" Hosea 4:6 says, 'My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because they have rejected knowledge ......' One cannot claim ignorance for their trouble, when knowledge has been rejected. One has to make it their personnel priority to know the truth. There are a lot of christian influences one can have in their life. Even though those people want to help, they are limited to what they know. James 1:5 says, 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upraideth not; and it shall be given him.' Ask, study the Word of God, seek through prayer, and revelation by the Holy Spirit. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 which says, 'Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.' Mr. Trouble is always looking for cracks of ignorance in one's knowledge of the Truth. In, who one is and their rights in Jesus Christ. One has to be aware and alert of those 'devices'; in thoughts, assumptions, lies, feelings, and temptations.

 

Trouble - Sin and Ignorance = No Trouble

 

 

Check Up On Your Focus

The changes in this present day seem to be coming at us like water through a fire hose. Day to day needs are shouting at us for our undivided attention. The believer has to be vigilant in keeping his focus on what is really important; that is, the advancement of the kingdom of God in the earth. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, "But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." This phrase "seek first the kingdom of God" from our Savior and Lord was not a suggestion, but a command. If we have allowed anything else to steal our focus, then let us make those adjustments by looking into the Word of God for clarity.

 

Focus is defined in the Webster's dictionary as 'a center of interest or activity.' Where we place our attention is where we direct our focus. Jesus tells us where to place our focus - 'to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.' This is the core or bedrock of our christian life. Here are some questions that will help locate our center of focus. Am I doing everything I can to help spread the gospel over all the world? What is my part in God's master plan? Am I renewing my mind to think God's thoughts? The answers to these focus questions can bring peace and direction to our lives. When our lives become too busy then our focus gets distorted. James 1:8 [amp.] says, '[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].' You may have so many irons in the fire, that you find yourself asking if you will ever have enough time to seek God and obey Him. This is a place of instability and unanswered prayers. James 1:6-7 says, '..... for he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he will shall receive anything of the Lord.' Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Focusing on what God's Word says is priority for answers in life. Just being busy, creates a cloud of uncertainty.

 

One the ways of spreading the gospel is by giving finances to the gospel. The kingdom of God operates by sowing and reaping. We give to God not when we can, not when its convenient, not when we win the lottery; but as the Holy Spirit directs. Follow the leading of God, and do not let needs or pressures change your giving to God. Philippians 4:19 says, 'But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' If the Holy Spirit tells you to give a certain amount to a ministry, then obey and allow God to bless you. God can handle the rent and the light bill. In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again." If you focus on the kingdom of God, stepping out in faith to obey God; then He becomes your care-taker. First Peter 5:7 says, 'Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.'

 

The kingdom of God is all about people coming to a saving knowledge of God. In Matthew 9:37,38 Jesus said, "...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest." Focus on your witness for Christ, in word and deed. Whether you are near or far, whether you send or go; it is all for one purpose, for others to know Christ!

 

Is your focus in this life a little hazy and is it hard to see clearly? Hebrews 12:1,2 will clear things up, 'Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.' Heaven is full of those who did not lose their focus on the kingdom of God. They made it, so can we.

 

Let your focus be a Heavenly focus!

 

 

Biblical To Do List

With fall approaching, comes a list of things to do before winter. In following the Lord, we also get a to-do list and a not-to-do list. Often with more emphasis on the 'not-to-do list'. This not only invites rebellion, but can lead to condemnation. These things short circuit the power of God in our lives, preventing us from doing the 'to-do list' successfully. Focus on doing the "do's," and you will not do the "don't's".

 

Let's look at I Thessalonians 5:15-22 [amplified version]. Here is a 'to do list' that will keep one far away from trouble and problems. Verse 15 says, 'See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.' Approach every one with the thought of blessing them, no matter what they did or said to you. For our heavenly father acts and thinks this way towards us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.'

In verse 16 it says, 'Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always).' So lift up your hands and shout," Praise The Lord, God is so good to me!" This keeps you strong and unmovable in this life. Nehemiah 8:18 says, '... for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'

 

In verse 17 it says, 'Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly].' Stand in faith believing what the Word of God says in prayer, until the answer shows up. In Mark 11:23 Jesus says, "...and he shall have whatsoever he saith."

 

In verse 18 it says, 'Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [The Revealor and Mediator of that will].' We are not to be thankful for the negative and evil things. We are to be thankful for the promises and the goodness of God. If you are weak, say "I am strong in the Lord." If you are sick, say "By Christ's stripes I am healed." If you are in lack, say "God is providing abundantly for me."

 

In verses 19-20 it says, 'Do not quench (surpress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit. Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhorting or warning].' Check everything you hear by the Word of God. Check your own heart to see if that word brings life and blessing or not. Stay teachable and humble. The best way to flow with the Spirit of God, is to be a doer of the Word of God (James 1:22).

 

In verse 21 it says, 'But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.' We are encouraged in Hebrews 10:23 says, 'Let us hold fast the profession of our hope without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised).' Hold fast to God's Word no matter what may come your way. In John 8:32 Jesus said, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

 

In verse 22 it says, 'Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind, it may be.' You will be swimming up stream on this one. You may even find yourself standing alone. James 4:4 says, '..... know not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?' We must stay on God's side on all the issues of life in these last days. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, 'I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:'

 

What is the benefit if one consistently does this to-do list in their life. Look at I Thessalonians 5:23,24 it says, 'And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.' This to-do list will set you free, not stress you out.

 

Meditate Joshua 1:8

Be Blessed!

 

 

Turn The Light On

Have you ever said to anyone or had it said to you, "Turn the light on!" When the light was turned on you found what you were looking for. The word light is used in many ways. Today I want to use the word "light" to describe the Word of God. Psalms 119:105 says, 'Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.' There are answers to life's challenges when we look at them in the light of the Word of God. So join me today in getting rid of those shadows and seeing more clearly the way we should go.

 

I find it odd how those of us who are Christians, will go to great lengths to try solve our own problems. Despite our failed attempts, we continue to do the same things over and over, thinking next time it will work. We stub our toes, twist our ankles only to later fall on our faces. Then finally we turn to the Word of God as a last resort; when that should have been the first place we looked. Psalm 119:130 [amp.] says, 'The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.' Every time you open your Bible to read, you are receiving light and understanding from God. Yet we treat the Word as a 'ten minute devotional' in our daily routine - like brushing our teeth. This is like trying to find something in a dark room by turning the light on and off over and over. We have to keep the light on to really see. Psalm 119:133 says, 'Order my steps in thy word ...' Spend time in the Word until the Word speaks back to you. Then up from your spirit you will hear "Yes I can see that now." Praise the Lord! You have turned the light on. Now you know what to do, where to go and what to say.

 

When you have the "light" on, it shines in your spirit and causes the life of God (or zoe) to be activated in you. "Zoe" is the divine empowerment of God within us or the God-kind of life.* In John 6:63 Jesus says, '.... the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.' There is life in the Word of God. A chain reaction occurs when the light of the Word of God hits your spirit. When we receive the Word into our heart and mix it with faith, then revelation comes forth. God's revealed Word produces direction, wisdom and blessing immediately in our spirits. In John 10:10 Jesus says, '.... I am come that they might have life (zoe), and that they might have it more abundantly.' This abundant life is found in the light of the Word of God.

 

Now this verse about the light will "light" you up. First John 1:7 [amp.] says, 'But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].' Walking in the light is simply walking in obedience to the revelations that we have received from the Word. We receive a two-fold benefit by walking in the light. First is fellowship with one another in a honorable, pure, and holy way. Second is a continual cleansing by the blood of Jesus that we may not even be aware of. Things begin to work for our good. We begin to have favor with others. Our negative attitude turns positive, and discord turns into peace - effortlessly. It's just like flipping on the light switch. Glory to God!

 

In First Peter 2:9 it says, 'But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.'

 

Keep walking in the Light.

Hallelujah!

*(See Kenneth Hagin's book "Zoe: The God-Kind of Life)

 

 

"No Offence"

As believers we have great liberty in Jesus Christ. Yet now we are examples to the world; what a changed man speaks and acts like. A misrepresentation can cause others to be offended, and turn their back on God. Acts 24:16 says, 'And here in do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward man.' There is a responsibility to one's testimony, not to offend.

 

It is somewhat accepted as a social rule, not to offend others. In Acts 24:16 we are instructed not to be an offence towards God first, and towards man second. In Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment." Loving God is obedience and walking in the truth. Offending God is disobedience and living in sin. Psalms 66:18 says, 'If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.' Known hidden sin is a offence towards God, leaving prayers unanswered. Romans 6:1-2 says, 'What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?' Less of God's grace and favor, when sin is unchecked in one's life. Offence towards God, leads to a offence towards others. Just like no love for God, no true love for others.

 

Men who are unbelievers expect a believer in Jesus to act, talk, and live. In a complete opposite way of themselves or others; who follow the world's standards. Romans 4:17 says, 'Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.' Now when one represents the truth in word and deed, not everyone is going to be happy. Luke 17:1 Jesus said, "It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, though whom they come." Let the world be mad at the Jesus in you, and keep walking in the truth. One way to keep from offending others, is a forgiving conscious. Luke 17:3-4 Jesus said, "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother tress pass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns again to you saying, I repent: you shall forgive him." The other way to be offence proof is in words. James 3:2 says, '..... If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body.'

 

To maintain Heaven's help in this life and a impactful testimony for Jesus Christ to others. First no offence towards God and second no offence towards man. Is a life of true freedom and liberty.

 

No offence towards no one

Is our standard of living.