Principles of Fear

March 22, 2018


Principles of Fear


1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.


Fear can be a dreadful thing, a strong motivator, a real or imagined substance and an object of reverence and respect.  I went through and looked at all of the scriptures that dealt with fear.  Did you know that fear occurs some 400 times in the King James Bible?  I would say that makes it something we have to deal with and do deal with.  We have all known fear and in different forms.  We have known fear in a scary sense, an awesome and respectful sense, a sense of reverence, a dreadful sense and in the sense of terror.  So this one word fear can have different connotations to us, just like the word love can.  It doesn’t carry the same meaning and context in every situation.   What is more, is that I was surprised to find that the Word of God deals more with the fear of the Lord than any other fear.  We might not think of fear as having positive and negative effects, but it does.  If we looked at love as a comparison; the highest form of love being the love of God and the lowest form of love being hate.  The highest level of fear is the fear of God and the lowest level of fear is terror.

When we read the context of scripture here in 1 John we might well question, “Why does the Word tell us so many times to ‘fear God’ and then turn around here and tell us that ‘there is no fear in love’? “ As I was meditating on these things the Lord brought to mind when I used to be an electrician in a power plant.  Before I became an electrician and didn’t understand a lot about electricity, it was a lot scarier to me.  Without understanding there was ignorance and ignorance gave way to fear.  I didn’t know exactly how electricity worked, but I did know it could be dangerous and that it could hurt or even kill you.  The more I learned and worked with electricity the less fearful I became and the more confident I was to work with it.  Electricity can be a lot like God, it can have awesome potential and power, but it has principles and laws that it operates by.  In order to work safely with electricity I had to learn the laws, principles and ways that electricity worked and respect those laws.  If I became complacent, careless or disrespectful of those law then I was opening myself up to hurt.  While I didn’t have to be afraid of electricity in a dreadful sense, I had to always maintain a respectful fear of it.  Even though I couldn’t see it, if I violated it, it could definitely hurt me or kill me.  My safety and my peace were in obedience to the laws and parameters with which I worked with electricity and its related equipment.  The same holds true of God.  He has given us an instruction manual and codebook to know what the principles of God are and how we are to relate with Him.  The more I come to know, experience and live with God in my life, more comfortable and at peace I can feel with Him.  I can never lose my respect for who He is and what violation of His principles and laws will bring.  Now I no longer have to fear God in terror, because I am operating out darkness and ignorance, I am learning to fear God in the highest form of His love.  My obedience and submission to God has moved from being motivated by fear to being motivated by love.  Jesus says, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.”  As I am caught up into the love of God it supersedes the fear of God.

Let’s take it a step further.  Have you ever wondered why birds can land on power lines with thousands of volts going through them and not be killed or even hurt?  It is because their body becomes that same potential as the power line.  As long as they are at the same potential no harm comes to them, but if they had a long enough legs or wings to reach over and touch and another phase wire or ground they would be toast.  In our unity and oneness with Christ we are at the same potential as He is.  We are conducting His power and life, but if we take that God life and identify it with the flesh, now we have a problem.  Spirit and flesh are at two different potentials and they don’t mix without problems.  We short circuit God’s Life in us and then we become the problem and no longer the solution.  Thank God for the blood of Jesus that is the insulator and the repairer of those conflicts, but it is not the permission for them.  Sin brings us out of the fellowship of love and back into the realm of fear.  Maybe you see how the perfect love of God cast out fear because it can bring us to that place of being at the same potential that He is.  That doesn’t make us God, but it does make us the conduit and transmitter of His life and love.  The potential that exists with us in this place is far greater than when we were on the ground.  As long as we stay in the flow of His love, walking in the Spirit, submitting our whole selves to the principles of His Life, we are operating at an unlimited potential because of that Life that is flowing through us.

Hopefully this illustration helps to see how the fear of God and the love of God come together




Daniel 4: 4-8

I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. 5 I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in my bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me. 6 So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret the dream for me. 7 When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners came, I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me. 8 Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.)


Where do We Find Guidance and Understanding?


The secrets and mysteries of God are hid with God in Christ.  Isn’t it funny how men and even Christians will seek other sources to reveal these mysteries and guide their lives?  How many of us read horoscopes, listen and read other philosophies, listen to spiritualist, talk show host and look to other sources to guide us and give meaning and interpretation to our lives?  Instead, how many of us are seeking out the wisdom of the Spirit?  Even this powerful king of Babylon recognized and acknowledged that there was only One that could interpret the mysteries that he had dreamed.  Why is it that whenever so many of us have needs or lack understanding God is often our last resource rather than our first?

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 teaches us this, “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: 16″For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

We are not so unlike Daniel in that we also have the Spirit of God abiding in us and it is this same Spirit that gave the interpretations to Daniel that now reveals the mysteries of God to us.  The natural mind can’t comprehend and process such things because they are spiritually discerned.  We often quote the verse in this passage that says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”, but rarely do we complete it when it goes on to say, “10but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.”   Paul goes on to say here that we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit of God that we may understand what God has freely given us.  That is what God wants us to grasp today, what He has freely and abundantly given us in Christ Jesus.  Among those things are the spirit of wisdom and knowledge.  How do we know the mind of God?  Verse 16 says, “But we have the mind of Christ.”  It is in this mind that we can walk in the Spirit and comprehend the things of the Spirit and know the mind of God in a matter.  Paul says that he speaks this message among the mature, those that are stable and grounded in their faith.  When we have the mind of Christ and understand what we have then we don’t have to look to other sources for guidance in our lives, we look to the Lord first and foremost.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Acknowledge whose you are and whose mind you possess and then walk in the revelation of that knowledge and wisdom.



The Power of Our Words

March 20, 2018


The Power of Our Words


Matthew 12:30-37

30“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 31And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

33“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”


Words are powerful utterances that have the power to work not only in the seen realm but in the unseen as well.  This scripture here tells us that words are pretty important because by them we are judged and must give account.  “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”  Why are words so important?  Words are the expression of the heart and it’s condition.  If our heart is evil, our words will reflect that and if our hearts are pure and just, our words will reflect that as well.

In the first part of this study let’s begin to look at the power of God’s Word.  There is a creative power in words that cannot be denied.  Perhaps the greatest and foremost of these is seen in John 1:1-5, “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.”  All of creation is held together by “the Word”, which is Christ Jesus.  He was the spoken Word of faith proceeding out of the Father’s mouth that set all of creation into being.  That Word has expression through a person Christ Jesus who is the divine mouthpiece of God.  Jesus even said in John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.”  What Jesus spoke in this earthly ministry was not idle chatter; they were the foundational building blocks, the DNA of eternal life.  Our faith in those words and the God-man that spoke them is the essence of our faith and the hope we have in eternal life.  It is the power of God’s Word that has the power to change and transform our hearts and lives.  Again in John 14:10 Jesus says, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”  Jesus again confirms that His presence and His expression are the extension of the Father and not His own as a separate entity.  Through our unity in Christ Jesus and common faith in Him, He has joined us to Himself for us to, in turn, be the expression of His Word.  Our unity and alliance with the Word is seen in our obedience to it.  Because Christ was the Word, His life lined up with it in total obedience.  Jesus tells us our lives must do the same if we are a part of that Word.  In John 14:23-34, “23Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.””

Jesus expresses His mission and what His Word is to accomplish in and through us in John 17:6-8, ““I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.”  Then in verses 14-19 Jesus prays, “14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”   We should begin to grasp how central God’s Word and truth is to all that He is imparting into the believers.  Words are a creative and dynamic power we will continue to expand on as the Lords leads.




March 19, 2018




2 Kings 2:19

Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard [thee], saith the LORD.


What is the condition and state of my heart today?  As you and I ask that question of ourselves today, what is the true answer?   Through our life experiences, choices and decisions, we can find our heart in many different states.  It can become hardened because of sin and willful living.  It can become broken from abuse, disappointment and hurt.  It can be elated with life and living or it can become cold and unfeeling.  Life and experiences can have a lot to do with shaping the condition of our hearts, but so can the choices we make with what comes to us in life.  It would be safe to say that no matter what befalls us in life our safe place is a place of a tender heart before the Lord.  That is the condition of the heart that touches His heart.

Sometimes life can be so devastating that we feel like we are like a tree that has been cut down and all hope of life is lost.  Yet even Job, in his state of abject suffering and loss makes this statement in Job 14:7-9, “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; [Yet] through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.”  I believe a tender heart toward God is our hope in every circumstance of life.  Only the Lord can take that which bad and turn it for good.  Only He can bring life out of death.  Only He can take the crushed grapes of our life’s sufferings and trials and make sweet wine.  James 5:11 makes the observation about the condition of God’s heart toward us when we continue in a place of obedience and tenderness before Him. “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

Jesus is the Rock and it says that with Him one of two things can happen, either we are broken upon the rock through a tender and repentant heart or we become broken by the Rock through a rebellious and hardened heart.  What is the state of our heart today?

Isaiah 66: 1-2 says, “Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”  The Lord is looking and desires above all our sacrifices and the works of our hands that our hearts are right and tender before Him.  If He is ever going to manifest His presence and perform His works through a people, it is going to be a people who have a tender and contrite heart before Him.  2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him…  “No matter what life has dealt us let our hearts become tender, broken, pure and right before the Lord.  This is the condition of heart we need to have in order to experience His visitation and presence.  This is the place where we find the rest and the true fast of God.  This is the ground that is broken up and is ready to yield the fruit of His divine life.



Are there Any Who Understand?

Psalms 14:1-3

The fool says in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

2The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand,

any who seek God.

3All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good,

not even one.


Are there Any Who Understand?


While God has made Himself known in so many ways, often men will not acknowledge and worship a God that they can not bring to their own level. So they make false gods after the imaginations of their own minds and thinking. They worship even their own corrupt ways and become a law unto themselves. The fact is, we all have been conceived in iniquity.

“The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.” In Romans 3:23 Paul says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” In Ezekiel 22:30 God says, ““I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” “All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one (Psalms 14:2).”

Do you suppose God ever feels like the rejected parents who have poured out their life, their love and their very best to their children only to be despised and rejected? The children rebel and that which you poured your heart and soul into now turns to rebel, despise and reject you. Parents that have experienced this from their children know the heartbreak experience of that person which was created in your image now turning their back on you and rejecting the love you have for them. How grievous and wounding it is.

The fact that the human race is still in existence today is a tribute to God’s unconditional love and grace toward mankind. Thank God, He had a Son that was willing to stand in gap for us and intercede on our behalf. He was not only willing to intercede for us, but to take His own Holy life and become sin for us that He, who alone was able, might receive upon Himself the just recompense of our sin and in turn impart unto us by faith His very own righteousness. Romans 5:6-11 declares, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

Father is looking for those who will return to Him. He is looking for a heritage and a legacy of those who live by faith and obedience to His name. Those He can call His sons and daughters. Those who will honor, fear and revere the Mighty God of their salvation and redemption.

You who have embraced Christ with all of your hearts are such a people. 1 Peter 2:4-5 describes us, “As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” If we truly recognize the destiny unto which we have been called then we realize the high and holy calling that is upon our lives. By God’s grace let us live into the sons and daughters of the Most High that God has called and created us to be. We have the privilege of honoring and worshiping the Wondrous God that so many others have despised and rejected. Yet we know as parents that the heart of a father always longs for the return of his wayward children. We are Father’s instruments of love and reconciliation to that wayward world that we might extend again Father’s great love and forgiveness for them. His heart never stops beating for them, because His love is without condition. May we be the ones that stand in the gap today, ever making intercession and proclaiming God’s love and reconciliation to them that whosoever will may come in.



His Church

March 15, 2018


His Church


Ephesians 5:25-30

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body.



We, the Church, the loving bride of Christ, are taking in our hands the faces of the world’s wounded, downtrodden and outcast.   We are the voice of God’s love and good news to those that are looking for direction and purpose in their lives.  At some point, I think most people come to the realization of how shallow and empty that life is without God in it.  Some would scorn and say we just use God as a crutch, because we aren’t able to think for ourselves and have no mind of our own.  I am just so thankful that I have the wisdom to recognize how lame I am without Him. They are right I have no more use for my mind, because I understand how much greater it is to have the mind of Christ.  Yes, the world and its spirit will often mock and ridicule us, but in the end what do they have but themselves, a meaningless life and an eternity of darkness.  Mock the church if you will, but a least she is full of light and hope.  She has purpose for living and being.  She is more than just the expression of humanity; she is the expression of God’s redemption working in humanity.  Yes, we will find in her many cracks and flaws if we are only looking on the outward vessel, but contained within her is a treasure beyond measure.  It is the awesome presence of God’s Holy Spirit and Life.  So many and varied are her members, all of them unique and different, but each one reflecting some aspect and dimension of God’s nature.

The Church is the redeemed of the Lord.  It is the blood of Christ that now courses through our veins with the life-flow of God’s life, love and forgiveness.  His mind is renewing our mind.  His thoughts are becoming our thoughts.  His eyes are becoming our eyes as we see our world from a kingdom of heaven perspective.  As we hear with spiritual ears the world’s voice, we are moved to compassion for the hurting and the weak.  We are moved to indignation over the world’s sin and antichrist behavior, but in it all, we are the salt of the earth.  We are the ones that season it with the flavor of life and godliness.   We are the ones who bring hope and the message of God’s love and reconciliation.  Our world is perishing before us as we speak, but are we speaking God’s life and His love?  Are we communicating with our world only on its terms, or are we communicating in a manner that our world is seeing something different in us?  It doesn’t take us standing on a soapbox, preaching hell, fire and damnation to communicate God to people.  It takes living a life that is like His, full of self-sacrifice, compassion, righteousness tempered with humility.  It is not about us being lifted up or us being better than others, it is about us rolling up our sleeves and being willing to get down in the mud and dirt so that we lift someone else up.  God didn’t place us in the position of looking down on others. He has placed us in the position of servanthood, of being the least that we might serve the greater.  People won’t care about what we have to say until they know we really care.

It is sad when see so much of the church caught up in the outward show of things, in crowd appeal, pomp and splendor.  You are more likely to find the greater presence of the Lord in some small nobody minister of the Lord who is simply in the fields of humanity laboring for the kingdom.  His notoriety is not in the way he dresses, or performs, or orates, it in the likeness he has to Christ and His nature.   He stands out the way Mother Teresa stood out.  These people are a unique breed who have lost their life in expressing His.

Is that who we are today?  How much of our life is still about us?  Most of us would have to admit an awful lot of who and what we are is still about us.  This is not to condemn us, but it is not in living for us that we will find God’s highest and His richest blessings.  We have to become about serving others and that doesn’t mean letting everyone manipulate you into what they think you should do.  It is in being humble and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit to direct you in His purpose and His plan.

The Church is a beautiful woman, but she is not yet without spot or wrinkle.  It will no doubt take the fuller’s soap to cleanse her and the fire of God to iron out her wrinkles, along with the washing of the water of the word.  Each one of us is a part of what makes up God’s church and His bride.  How are we living out our part?



The Darkness of Hate

March 14, 2018


The Darkness of Hate


1 John 2: 9-11

Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.



Matthew 5: 43-44 says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

There are some of us that have been offended, hurt, defrauded, cheated and taken advantage of.  There are some of us who have hate in our hearts and who feel so strongly about it that Christianity or no Christianity, it is our right to hate this person or persons and no one is going to take that away from us.  “If they had done to you what they did to me you would hate them too.”  We are convinced we are justified and in the right, but somewhere deep down has to be the realization that hate is now your master and you are its slave.  Maybe you are determined to get revenge and right the wrong, pay back evil for evil and hurt for hurt.  When that is all done will your spirit be healed, will a relationship be reconciled and will you feel good about yourself again?

Hate is darkness when it possesses us.  It often overrides rational and clear thinking because it is only fixed on one thing, revenge.  Forgiveness isn’t even in our vocabulary at that point in time.  It is ironic that nothing can destroy hate like forgiveness and nothing can bring a greater retribution than love.  While hate will shut us down to the Spirit of God and allow us to be driven by the passion of our emotions, if love and forgiveness are given place, it changes the dynamic from destruction to construction.  Hate perpetuates itself and only serves to destroy all who take it into their soul and hold on to it.  It is like a cancer and infection that only breeds more sickness and disease.

What if Jesus just happened to know what He was talking about when He said, ‘love your enemy, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you. ‘

The Father is telling us that when others offend and hurt us, then they are answerable and accountable to Him for hurting His kids.  He is telling us, “you don’t have to hate and get justice; you let Me take care of that”.   Romans 12:17-21 says, “17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  If you want to get to your enemy then do the opposite of what they expect, love them and forgive them.  Even go so far as to do them good and bless them.

Hate destroys and damages the hater far more than it hurts the object of the hate.   Our hate and unforgiveness puts a wall up that holds back God’s forgiveness for us.   In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus tells us, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  When you fall into hate you further allow that person you hate to damage you more by hurting your relationship with the Father.

You may be saying, “I can’t help the way I feel and this person doesn’t deserve my forgiveness.”  You and I didn’t deserve the Father’s forgiveness, but it says that, ‘while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.’  We were the enemies of God.  Our sin had a part in putting to death Jesus upon that cross.  We as much as nailed His hands and feet to the cross.  As Jesus hung their dying and having all of the reason and excuse in the world to hate His enemies and what they had done to Him, he said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  If Jesus could forgive you and I, do we have a right to not forgive one another?

When you are able to go beyond your emotions and feelings, and despite your feelings pray in faith for forgiveness for those that have hurt you, it will begin to set you free.  It may well take time for your emotions and feelings to catch up with your act of faith and obedience to God’s word, but you have opened the door for Him to begin to heal the hurts and offenses you have held in your heart.  It is not saying that the person you have hated was at all justified in their actions toward you, it is saying that in spite of that you choose love and forgiveness.   Release whatever hate and unforgiveness you have been harboring in your heart and give it to the Lord.  Allow Him to be your judge and vindicator.   Allow the light and love of God’s forgiveness to once again release your soul from the darkness that hate has held you in.  Come into the light and love of His forgiveness as you release yours.



New Creation

March 13, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!


New Creation


Do we really believe what this passage is telling us?  How many of us are still focusing on the old, expecting it to somehow change or become better.  So many Christians spend their lifetime trying to change and perfect an old creation man.  Just because you see it there doesn’t mean that it any longer has to define who you are and what you are becoming.  Through our religious mindset we keep trying to change ourselves from the outside in.  We think if we do enough good works, go to church, keep the ten commandments or all of the outward things we try to do to prove our piety and goodness that it will change us into a new creation.

My Bible reads that when I am in Christ, I have become a new creation.  To me that means there is something more to me now than what I see in the mirror.  It means that Christ has taken me into Him and made me a part of Himself.  He has changed the whole dynamic of what life used to be about.  What He wants me to realize is that it is the identification with who I am in Him as a new creation man that will transform and change the rest of me.  It is no longer based on what I can do outwardly.  The good works that I now produce should be the fruit of who I am in Him, not my efforts to please Him or earn His favor.  The new creation that I am already has His favor, because it is His nature and Spirit that makes us this new creation.

It says, “the old is gone and the new is come”.   It is not based on what I see or feel.  It is based on what His Word declares and says to be so.  My responsibility is no longer trying to change into what I already am, but to act upon the faith of what He declares I am and am not.

A new creation man is in the likeness of Christ Jesus and as such should have their focus the same place as Jesus had His, on the Father.  From the time we read about Jesus at age twelve we find He was about His Father’s business.  That is the focus of our new creation, it is about the Father’s business.

What is the Father’s business?

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 tells us, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  God, in Christ Jesus, reconciled us to Himself so that He might impart through us the ministry of reconciliation.  He made us the messengers and ambassadors of reconciliation.

When I reconcile my check book what do I do?  I balance it.  I bring it into alignment and reconcile the debits from the deposits.  The truth is we all know is that we are all overdrawn in our spiritual accounts.  Our sins far outweigh any claim we might have to goodness and deserving God’s favor and acceptance, but the blood of Jesus makes the deposit on our behalf that cancels out all of our debt.  He reconciles us back to the Father and brings atonement or at-one-ment with the Father.  We are simply blessed with the privilege of being able to share this life changing message with all of those around us.  That is the message and ministry of reconciliation.  It reunites God’s creation back to Him so that in Christ they might become a new creation in His image and likeness.  This new creation man has the privilege and ability to become the righteousness of God, because Jesus was willing to become sin for us and balance our account.

The new creation man is not the product of the work of our hands or our efforts.  It comes forth in the nature of what it is, as we simply live in the Father, operating out of the Holy Spirit as we are about the Father’s business.   It is our intimacy and relationship with our Papa that will produce the likeness of His life through us.  He loves you.  He has already accepted you in Christ and Christ, who is the author and finisher of your faith, will finish the good work He has began in you.  Just abide in Him



What Do We Value?

March 12, 2018

Matthew 13:46

When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!


What Do We Value?


Today I was considering values.   What is the value that we place on something or someone.  Often we try to measure value in dollars and cents, but in reality some things of the greatest value are not about money at all.  Who can put a value on God’s Word or the Holy Spirit that helps reveal God and His Word to us?  Who can put value on the cross of Calvary or the price that Jesus paid for our sins.  Can salvation even have a price? Yes, it was the price that Jesus paid. It was the suffering and sacrifice of God’s very own life for us.

So much we have in life has great value and yet we may take so much of it for granted.  Often the only thing that gives us the relative value of something is when we can experience and understand what it is to be without it.  What we have in abundance we rarely value.  What we perceive as an entitlement we rarely give due honor.

Much of what God allows us to go through in life is to teach us to respect and honor godly values, provisions and blessings.  How can we fully understand the value of light without knowing its absence in darkness.  How can we fully appreciate warmth, until we have been truly cold and how can we understand the value of being filled, until we have been truly empty.

Christ Jesus became our high priest making intercession for us, because He came in the weakness and frailty of human flesh and experienced it outside the dimension of heaven and being God.  Now we know that He understands our infirmities, our weaknesses, our temptations and even our failures.  Though He walked through them perfectly as an example for us; He knows and appreciates what they are because He has experienced them.  What Jesus did and gave of Himself was for our sake.  Often what we go through in our life experiences through hardship, pain or suffering is God training us up to intercede and be in a place to minister to others.  What we overcome through our faith and perseverance, God can use to impart that strength to those who follow us.  What we often lose sight of as Christians who have endured trials for many years is that we are overcomers, not because we have been delivered out of our afflictions; we are overcomers because we hold fast our faith even as we await the promise.  How can we even be overcomers unless there is something in our lives to be overcome.  The overcomer holds God’s standard and His Word as being the authority and in that authority he or she submits their life.  It is not based on what they outwardly see or experience, but they abide believing and walking in the promises of God.

When we pay a price for something we value it far more highly than that which we get for free.  God’s salvation is a free gift, but it is in the walking out of that salvation that we truly learn its value.  When we truly acknowledge and recognize what God has delivered us from, then we most value what He is bringing us into.  If we only value our salvation for the sake of getting to heaven and missing hell, then we don’t really have a revelation of what our salvation is about.  Ultimately God saved us to be saviors.  I don’t mean that  in the sense of usurping the position of Jesus, but rather being the completion and instrumentation of what was began in Jesus and is completed through the many-membered body of Christ with Jesus as its head.

It is God’s identity that He has given us in Christ that speaks to the nature and character of who we now are.  It is our position in Christ, seated at the right hand of the throne of God, that speaks to our authority, royalty and heavenly administration.  It is our purpose for which God created us that we, in Christ, should fulfill His purpose in destroying the works of the devil and setting creation free.  We are the instruments not to take His glory, but to be the expression of His glory.

How can you put a value on that?  There is no monetary means of purchasing so great a gift and calling, but do we truly honor and value what our Papa has given us?  Do we fully realize and appreciate that which we carry in these temples?  One day His train will fill the temple and “on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. (2 Thessalonians 1:10)”

Let us truly value, honor and walk into what we have been given.



Joshua 3:10-16

Joshua said, Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you and that He will surely drive out from before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites.

11Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan!

12So now take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.

13When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord of all the earth shall rest in the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan coming down from above shall be cut off and they shall stand in one heap.

14So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,

15And when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were in the brink of the water–for the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest–

16Then the waters which came down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt [Dead] Sea, were wholly cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho.


Confidence in the Lord Alone


A miracle of God often starts with an act of faith.  We have to act upon what God commands us to do and most likely that isn’t going to make much, if any sense, to the natural mind.  When we are willing to believe in the seemingly impossible and we are willing to act in obedience to the authority of God’s Word, then we are going to see His power operate in miraculous ways.

Those who bear Christ in their lives, the priests of God in the Spirit, are the ones that go before.  They tread where no one has ever tread before.  Had anyone else tread through the midst of the Jordan at this point.  No, and especially not at a time when the banks of the river were overflowing.  The natural mind is saying, “Are you crazy, you can’t do that.”  Whatever God says we can do, we can do if we act in faith in His time and place.

Something we are all learning is to move with God when God moves and where God moves.  We often miss it, either because we try to move ahead of God or God moves and we stay behind.  Either way we miss the will of God.  We want to develop our spiritual senses to act in God’s time and according to His divine purpose and plan.  God is raising up a leadership that can show His people the way into His kingdom purpose.

I believe in these last days that we will see many signs and wonders, but they will not all be of God.  Many will be deceived because they are led by the natural eye and senses.  They will get their eyes and hearts upon a man and they will put their faith in him rather than in the living God.  Those who are spiritually discerning know that you never put your eyes and your confidence in man, no matter how gifted, charismatic and miraculous they may be.  Unto God alone belongs the glory and while He may operate His glory through men, they are never to become the object of worship or our confidence.  We would set our eyes upon Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith.

This day at the Jordan God validated Joshua’s ministry, calling and leadership.  When God validates us by His miraculous workings through us or the words that He gives us, we must walk all the more humbly before Him.  When God honors us by using us as His vessels, then we must be all the more diligent to honor Him with all the praise and the glory.  We never want our faith to be put in another man and we never want other people to put their faith in us.  We are simply the channels of God’s blessing and power.  Nothing can clog those channels faster than pride.

Keep your eyes upon Jesus.  Honor the gifting and the workings of God through yourself and others, but let your confidence be always in the Lord and not in man, for He alone can take you where you have never been before.



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