Monthly Archives: October 2008

Keeping Safe

The life that we live in Christ can be filled with danger. The envy of unbelievers will move them to cause trouble. Satan loves to stir up their envy as much as he loves attacking our minds and bodies personally.

The one thing to remember is that we are safe in Jesus. He is greater than all the enemies put together. His love never fails toward us. His love never fails toward the people who hate us. We can love them with Christ’s love and pray for them to turn away from their sin and be saved. Then they will become our family and we will rejoice in their salvation now, and rejoice with them in heaven. 

I would rather have a safe friend than a deadly enemy, wouldn’t you?

For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

When confronted with an enemy, call upon the name of the Lord.  If He says run, then get moving. If He says speak, then repeat the words He gives you out loud. Whatever God says to do, believe that He is operating according to your best interest, and your enemy’s. 

Now, before you expect attack and deliverance, please be prepared. Be surrendered to God so that you can hear Him speak and pray for discernment in all circumstances. Right now –

Lord, we give everything to you today. Our hearts and minds and bodies are Yours and we praise you for your loving watch care over us. Thank you for sending your angels to guard us and minister to us. Bless our enemies and those who persecute us. Give us wisdom and discernment in dealing with them. Whatever you say to do, Lord, we will do this day. You are our joy and our crown. We pray in Jesus’ Name.

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Repentance and God’s Goodness

Have you ever read all the way through Psalm 119? Throughout this Psalm, we are exhorted to love God’s Word and obey His commands. When we do this, we experience God’s intense goodness. 

Since God is good all the time, why is obedience required to experience it? Well, for many facets of God’s goodness, obeying him is not a requirement. He causes the rain to fall on the just and unjust alike, does He not? Crops grow in season for everyone, do they not? A person who has zero knowledge of God may enjoy the beauty of the Grand Canyon or a summer sky filled with clouds. However, when you know God and obey His decress, the rain is more filled with goodness, the crops are tastier, the Grand Canyon has great meaning of what the flood in Noah’s time portended, and summer clouds can give you a deep thrill of Christ ascending into the heavens after His resurrection. 

When you know God and obey His commands, everything in this segment of living is so much MORE than you could expect without God.

The doorway to experiencing the fulness of God’s goodness is repentance. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God died to pay the penalty for our sin. When we trust Christ for His rescue and commit to Him the He is Lord, the door has swung open and we enter new life and the Kingdom of God. To repent means to turn away from the old life embroiled in sin and then we joyfully walk through the doorway to Christ’s Kingdom. Sin and evil and fear and a treacherous road are on one side of the door. On the Kingdom side, there is peace. Obeying God’s commands keeps us from trying to revisit the old road, outside the Kingdom. Once a child of the King, always a child of the King – but you know you are capable of sneaking off to see where you’ve been before you knew Him. 

God’s goodness is so wonderful, it is hard to understand why some people keep trekking back over the roads they traveled before they were saved. Here is understanding: staying in God’s Word and learning His commands and sticking to them is the key to staying on the right road. Make even a small effort to stick to God’s plan and He makes the big effort to keep you safely in it. His is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. He is so good! He is available ALL THE TIME to keep us safe.

Not sure? A word for you – ask the Lord. He will help you read and understand His Word and make His goodness clear to you. It will be immediate, so start reading.

This is an open door. There is no portcullis, no moat, no crossbar, and no guards. Christ is the Door. Walk into His arms and feel His goodness enfolding you.

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When You Are Empty

A prayer that you . . .

 

May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  Ephesians 3:18-19 

Think of this, that God’s love and presence has SIZE: breadth, length, depth, and height. If it has substance, then it can fill you up. Now that you know this, you can reject emptiness when it strikes and reach for the love of Christ. He is love, and He fills you up to total capacity and even overflowing. 

Now, out of your overflow, others will see God’s love, and you will be so busy loving from your endless supply that the emptiness has no more place in your life.

Like all spiritual life, this takes some practice. Yet God is eternally patient, so don’t gve up! Keep asking, seeking, and knocking (Matthew 7:7-8) God’s purpose and plan for your life, and all the things you need to do it. God is faithful, and He will always answer your desire to spread the love around.

Father, today I pray for persons who will read this blog, and all the other blogs where you are honored. I thank you for the readers, each one. I thank you especially for the one who struggles with emptiness and has a little bitterness against believing your Word and what I have written. Will you place your hand on that one’s head right now, Lord, and bless him with you almighty touch. Let the tears and laughter flow to cleanse his mind and and emotions. Teach this one whom you love so dearly to know you and the fulness of your love and power to have godly life. I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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Walk the Walk

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Are you feeling under pressure from enemies? The link above will lead you to another site with information about that. Thanks.

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Holiness

God Almighty, Yahweh, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is above all else, the Holy One. Totally set apart and above all things. 

 

Any person who believes he can do anything to sanctify himself, to make himself holy, is deceiving himself. Only God is truly Holy, and only God can make a person holy. He so desires relationship with fallen, sinful mankind that Christ the Son came to earth to die in our place, for our sin, that we may be reconciled to God. When we confess that we are sinners and receive Christ’s sacrifice for our sin, the Holy Spirit comes to reside in us and begins the process of making us holy.

Sometimes I think we see the promises of God as temporary. For example, when I have a cold, I might take medicine for my cold. I know that in about four hours, that medicine’s effects will wear off and I will need to take more.  Some people see God’s plan to save us and then make us holy as a series of temporary medicines, and somehow we eventually heal up. This is just so not how God works. He gives us His promises in HisWord, such as, that He will never leave us or forsake us, and that He works all things together for our good – there are hundred of promises in the Bible. And God keeps them all! He never changes, and HE NEVER FAILS. His promises never fail, or grow weak, or mask our symptoms. He cleanses us completely when we are saved. Everything He has promised, He will do for us, and that includes making us holy. 

Be assured, that when you seek the holiness of God, you will receive it, and although you might fail, your medicine didn’t wear off. You only need to get back to God to get back into His holiness, righteousness, and truth.

The key: SURRENDER.

Say, “Lord, I give you my life and this  “________________” right now. I don’t want it, because I’ll screw it up. You take it, and make me be who you want me to be. I know that is the perfect way. Thank you, in Jesus’ Name I pray.

Keep it up – you are doing great.

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