“All the promises of God in him are yes and in him amen, to the glory of God through us," 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us.
Jesus made it possible for us to claim every privilege, provision and potential of the Lord. He forged for the believer a new and living way, an exciting lifestyle with tests and trials to strengthen and teach us plus deliverance from and dominion over every work of the enemy to bless us.
Take God at his Word today and receive abundant life!
Perseverance isn’t easy. Setbacks, unexpected negativism and adversaries drain our enthusiasm and energy. What do you do when such come up on you?
Well, David gave this instruction: “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalm 27:1).
God will help you see the spiritual battle surrounding your circumstances. He’ll show you new ways to proceed and warn you whom and what to avoid.
This week of Veterans Day, we recall how the disciple Jesus loved says, “This is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith,” in 1 John 5:4.
Jesus states he has overcome our fallen existence in the Gospel of John. Our belief in Christ and practicing it allows us to rise above. Looking to the Lord gives us access to the intelligence and wisdom that formed the earth and heavens, and living as our Lord says results in the abundant existence he promised.
Likewise, our military veterans have gone forth to maintain our freedoms found in the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment promises us "free exercise of religion," which some forces oppose these days.
If we are willing and obedient, then God can bring good for us and him out of any situation. Being unwilling and disobedient lands us square in the middle of the world's spiritual sludge. Those serving in our Armed Forces deserve our blessing for fighting decisively for the cause of democracy regardless of theater or danger.
The choice is ours: overcome or be overwhelmed. For 243 years, the USA has overcome. Let us pray it will for many more.
“I will sing aloud of your mercy; … you have been my defense,” Psalm 59:16 says. God is always forgiving us, bailing us out of trouble and hedging us off from enemies.
Think of the times he's come through for you. If you're like me, the number of occasions of his mercy will overwhelm you.
In reaction, we should shout of his goodness every chance we get. He's worthy of all glory, honor and praise.
"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace," Exodus 14:13 says. Moses says this to Israel as its ranks complain to him with the Egyptians closing in at the Red Sea.
The leader does not know how his people will survive, but he knows God and his love for the Hebrews, so he speaks this in faith.
The very next verse, the Lord tells Moses what to do: stretch forth his rod and move forward. The sea parts, Israel is saved, and the Egyptians drown as the waters crash down behind the Jews.
Sometimes, we simply must speak, think and act on whom we know God to be without anything tangible to go on. That's the true test: Will we walk by faith, not sight?
The most famous of the 12 original apostles writes, “Do not be afraid of threats, nor be troubled,” in 1 Peter 3:14. This section of Scripture deals with suffering for our beliefs vs. judgment for our wrongdoing.
While there certainly are sins among believers, the spiritual climate undoubtedly is souring toward faithful Christians. In the West, there is social liberalism, while the Middle East houses radical Islam's atrocities and the Far East the brutal atheism of totalitarian communism. Here in the United States, long the bastion of Christianity, the born again are beginning to lose jobs, money and lives for their beliefs. (Read of a key indication here.) I have suffered persecution from several sources myself.
Staying true to Jesus is hard amid such pressing on every side, but remember that God has shortened these days of testing so that the elect may stand. He will make a way out of no way.
As Christ said in Mark 5:36, "Do not fear; only believe."
“He who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen,” Jesus Christ says in John 3:21.
Ever dread opening a letter in the mail or answering a ring on your phone for fear of what it held for you? We all have. But this verse teaches us we needn't be afraid of illumination, whether it seems to be for the moment bad or good.
Knowing the truth lets us in on how to pray, act, organize and answer to the best of the ability God gives us. Staying in darkness and its murkiness is the real problem.
Halloween, originally "All Hallows' Eve," is almost here; will your children be trick-or-treating?
The occasion is not Christian in origin. It comes from Samhain, a Druid harvest festival. That people group believed in leaving doors open so spirits of the dead could easily come and go and other superstitions of the occult.
That type of thinking a Christian should fight: "principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness," as Paul outlines in Ephesians 6:12. Many kids dress as ghouls, goblins, witches … very seldom Jesus Christ, the apostles, or believers of renown.
My view is that churches should have a positive, fun program to counter Halloween. I applaud those who do, as they show youngsters that we in the light can have a good time without the help of the unseemly elements of darkness.
We're looking at a tough command today. “To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin,” states James 4:17.
Ever had something that kept going to mind you knew you ought to do, but couldn't bring yourself to perform? That's what this verse is talking about.
There are sins of commission, adultery, stealing and gossip, to name a few. There also are those of omission, such as not giving to a ministry we should or failing to speak when God prompts.
Don't fear; be bold! If we do all God leads us into, we'll never have any regrets.
God is calling us higher. “Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires,” says Paul in Galatians 5:24.
Sanctification isn't our work. It is that of the Holy Spirit in us. However, we can choose to respond to the Spirit's leading or hamper it. We can pray for change or slough off the conviction of God.
At the same time, let's reach out and bring others along on this journey. “Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you,” Jude 2 says. The believer should have a heart to bless others.
Life is hard, but we in the Kingdom must be good to each other. We need to pray, encourage, support and come alongside those doing God's will on earth as in heaven.
Let's look at one of Jesus' favorite commandments. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength," says Deuteronomy 6:5.
This kind of love we can't put on in an act. Only a true relationship with the living God will empower us to unify our whole existence in fellowship with him. Our affection, priorities, communication, and all else are affected when we truly know him.
Once the Lord becomes the primary focus of our days, then this alignment begins to take place. Let's pray to center upon the Almighty and let him do the rest.
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"The Lord your God is with you wherever you go," Joshua 1:9 says. The old saying is, "You can run, but you can't hide." Many a biblical personage tried to flee from God's presence, yet not one was able to do so. Neither can we.
The Lord is everywhere at once; as a famous psalm declares, he is at the top of the mountains and in the depths of the sea, and all places in between. He has made us and not we ourselves, so why would we desire to escape him?
God's heart toward us is to bless, restore, guide and provide. Let us seek more of him rather than less, and we shall be thankful beyond our wildest imagination.
A famous verse goes, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). But how so?
When we say we believe there is a God, we become witnesses there is something more than what we call (mistakenly) "everyday reality." In changing our walk out of that knowledge, we give the Lord a tangible, visible presence on Earth. We make the world without excuse as to its Creator. How will people hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14).
We cannot simply speak things into existence, but we can be obedient and faithful to God's unction and thereby see them come to pass. That's what this verse implores us to do: be living, breathing, striving disciples who see their prayers and the Bible come to life.
"The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God,'" Psalm 14:1, is still as valid today as ever. My column on apologetics this week has led quite a few atheists to comment, insisting no intelligent person could believe in the Lord. However, most refuse to engage in mature dialogue.
We Christians should always be willing to calmly discuss our beliefs. I will answer queries so long as they aren't foul-mouthed, hateful or trolling. I do not have time to waste on those just wanting to hear themselves talk, but I welcome those genuinely interested in exchanging views.
We should not discuss God with people who continually disrespect us and/or the Lord. Likewise, when we talk about Allah, Vishnu or other deities with their followers, we must insult neither gods nor men. Rather, we are to bring logic, facts, and Christianity to bear.
Remember that our responsibility is only to witness, not make people accept Jesus Christ as Lord. That is up to each individual and God.
Our work tends to define us. One of the first questions people ask upon meeting a stranger is, “What do you do for a living?” That’s a way to pass the time, but it only tells us a little about someone.
Think about Paul. He made tents to bring in cash, but his true calling was as an apostle. Moses tended sheep in a forlorn spot in the desert, yet to God he was a chosen vessel for leadership.
Next time your station in life gets you down, remember that you are who the Lord says you are: “a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). It’s the best job you’ll ever have.
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