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Defying Your Adversary

28 May

Image result for picture of someone falling downMost of us don’t wake up each day looking for opportunities to fall short. Yet, because we live in a fallen world, chances are, we too will fall from time to time, due to our Adamic nature. (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23)

However, the good news presented by the gospel tells us that as followers of Christ, we are not defined by our failures. As new creations who have trusted in Jesus, we are now defined by the word of God (II Corinthians 5:17)

What does the word say about our falls or sins, to be exact? “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” ‭‭(I John‬ ‭2:1‬). ‭How awesome it is to know that Jesus is our advocate with Father God. Even when we sin, Jesus does not leave us. Instead, He makes intercession for us. (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25)

However, Satan, the accuser of the brethren, attempts to keep us down when we’ve fallen. ( Revelation 12:10)). Our adversary uses the weights of guilt and condemnation in attempts to prevent us from getting up again. His goal is to kill, steal and to destroy us. (John 10:10)

God is so good that He desires that we have continual fellowship and communion with Him, despite our inability to be absolutely perfect. He beckons us to come boldly (not ashamed) before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

The question is, whose report will you believe, the Advocates’s or the adversary’s? The adversary constantly says, you’re guilty, you’ll never get it right, you’ll never change, sin dominates your life. The Advocate says,  “But He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed”. (Isaiah 53:5)

Defy your adversary. Believe the report of your Advocate. Though you fall, you can and will get up. Keep pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. You are more than a conqueror through Him that loved you. No matter what the day brings, believe the Advocates report! (Philippians 3:14, Romans 8:37)

Today!

3 Jan

I live in an area that has alternate side parking. Vehicles are ticketed by the city when parked on the side designated for street cleaning on specific days of the week.

Since I was blessed to travel during this holiday season, alternate side parking was definitely on my mind. The week before I left, I constantly reminded myself that I had to leave the car parked on the Tuesday side of the street in order to avoid getting a parking ticket while I was away.

Ironically, I was so consumed with parking on the correct side of the street before going away, that I forgot to park on the correct side before my vacation started. I received a ticket the day before my vacation began.

Instead of being annoyed with the city, or myself, I grabbed hold of the lesson learned through this experience. Sometimes we can be so consumed with tomorrow until we actually miss the gift of today.

How can we apply this lesson within this New Year? It’s wise to begin by being thankful that God has blessed us and brought us through one year and into another. We do not, and can not give ourselves life, only God can (Genesis 2:7, Acts 17:25). Let’s be thankful for all of our yesterday’s (Psalm 107:1).

Secondly, may we become so conscious of now, of today, this gift of the present, that we thoroughly enjoy every moment of it. Of course we should always plan wisely for the future. But Lord help us not to be soooo consumed with the future, that we relinquish the the benefits the Lord loads us with each day (Psalm 68:19). Those benefits include family, friends, and even the responsibilities of TODAY!
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Righteous Anyhow!

15 Nov
Close your eyes for a moment, and imagine everything you've 
ever done or said wrong throughout your life all crammed into 
your body, your soul, and your mind at once. Now imagine all 
of your sins being taken from you and placed upon Jesus. 

At the cross, JESUS BECAME SIN.

Can you fathom becoming sin? Jesus took upon Him not 
only my sins and yours,the sins of everyone were poured 
onto Him all at once. He became sin.This must have been 
one of the most gross experiences ever.  

Nevertheless, Jesus went through with this revolting, guile, 
disgusting experience with a purpose.

YOU HAVE NOW BECOME RIGHTEOUS!

Just because you don't always feel righteous or act righteous 
doesn't mean that you aren't. Even if you must repeat this 
statement to yourself countless times each day, renew your 
mind by receiving it!

Yes we are Saints. But we still fail. When we do, lets get up, 
repent (turn from the sin to the Lord for power over the sin). 
(Hebrews 4:15). Lets believe what God says about us, and 
press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 3:14)

God did not send His Son Jesus to die for us in vain! “For 
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might 
become the righteousness of God in Him.”‭‭ (II Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ 
‭NKJV)‬‬. Let's receive this blood bought righteousness, and let 
go of sin today!

Opposition Plus Prayer Equals Change

7 Aug
Few of us actually like the challenge of being opposed. 
Nevertheless, there are some benefits of dealing with 
opposition that we may tend to overlook. One of the benefits 
is that we get to know a bit more about ourselves and our
faith. Opposition also provides us with an opportunity to
know more about the Lord and how He works. Lastly, we
might be changed for the better!

Recently, I was in a situation in which I had to interact 
constantly with someone who seemed to be looking for ways
to oppose me and to find errors in what I said or did. Initially, 
I was discouraged and dreaded being in that persons 
presence.

I was prompted to pray more for myself, and I prayed for
the individual. I needed to forgive the person, and
stop focusing upon their negative behaviors towards me. 
As I prayed, the strife that had managed to settle within me 
began to dissipate and my perspective changed. My peace 
was restored. God enabled me to begin to treat the person 
as though they were kind and caring as I prayed for them 
and for myself.

Not long ago, someone else became angry with this person 
who had time and again opposed me. My first natural thought 
was not good. However, when I opened my mouth to speak, 
positive words of peace came forth. The Lord actually used 
me to help bring peace between the two individuals.

This entire scenario reminds me of the scripture that 
instructs us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, 
which surpasses all understanding, will guard your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬. 

My anxious thoughts had led me to a place of unrest. But 
when I began to really press in through prayer, the peace 
of God was once again, mine. This peace did
surpass my own understanding as I was used to assist 
the person, who for a time, was my opponent. When 
through the power of prayer, I no longer saw this person
as an enemy, their behavior improved, and so did mine. 

Are you experiencing any strife in your life. Begin to pray 
differently. Release Your anxiety through prayer. Pray for
blessings upon the life of your opponent and see if the Lord
won't change the situation, and change you during the 
process! (Matthew 5:43-48)

Free Food & Drinks!

26 Jul

Day in and day out routines can leave us feeling dry. Caring for family, paying bills, commuting to work, and work itself, can all be draining factors.  Sometimes we become so exhausted until we’re running on empty.

When we don’t take the time needed to replenish ourselves, we are no longer able to give our best, or even be our best. Our entire attitude can become tense and irritable as we maneuver through life on dry air.

But there is a place that we can go to be refreshed. A place where money is not needed, yet huger and thirst are required to enter. In this place, we are filled to the overflow to thrive, not just survive! 

Just where can we find this secret place (Psalm 91:1).  Some call it their quiet time, while others call it meditation. The name, matters not as much as the action of getting away with The One who refreshes, Jesus Christ (John 14:4).

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ invites us – “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.”

The only food and drink that truly satisfy are  found only in Jesus who is the Way, The truth and the Life (John 14:6).  Come and cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you (1Peter 5:7).  Get away to that secret place! Read the Bible and allow it to speak to you. Pray, sing unto the Lord.  Or just come and be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). Come and be satisfied. The food and drinks are on the house!

Hidden Life?

12 Jul
Although you may be a Christian, have you ever felt that
your life was missing something grand? Does your whole 
being cry out for more? Have you sensed that there is 
some unique thing that you should be doing that escapes
you?

In the stillness of a "must be more moment", I 
sensed a whisper that said "hidden with Christ" (Colossians
3:3) But what does that really mean? Did God hide the very 
thing that He sent His Son Jesus to die for; this thing called
life. Jesus said, "I came that you might have life, and have 
it more abundantly" (John 10:10). So if Jesus not only 
came that we might have life, and He even died so that we 
might have life, why is life hidden?

As Matthew Henry's commentary states "It is hid with Christ; 
not hid from us only, in point of secrecy, but hid for us, 
denoting security. The life of a Christian is hid with Christ".
Our lives are hidden, or secure with Christ.

But the question goes back to, how can we actually 
allow that abundant life that is hidden with Christ to 
be felt, experienced and expressed daily?  

Jesus Christ, the one with whom our lives are hidden, said 
that we are to "Love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, 
soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves"
(Luke 10:27).  

While this may not be the entire answer to our 
question of more, going back to the two greatest
commandments on which the whole law rests is 
a very good place to start in finding the "more"
that our hearts long for.

Love more! Focus upon seeking the Lord and loving
Him, as well as loving those people that have 
been placed within your circumference more. As we follow
these two commandments, we open our lives to
greater possiblities of abundant living for and with
Jesus Christ, with whom our lives are hidden and secure!

To Our Father!

21 Jun
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be Your great name
The
name that You are not ashamed 
To associate with us
With me 
Though I have
not been all that I should be
Daily you give us victory
Over sin over
shame
Eradicating guilt by Your great name
You gave us Your Son
Our souls to
save
Jesus, the name above all
A new way made 
For us
If we'd only believe
and receive
New destiny, new destiny
More life now
And then eternally
You are
the best Father 
Everlasting is Your name 
Always loving, not ashamed
To call
us Your own
And on this day 
All praise to You 
Happy Father's
Day