September 23, 2016
Ephesians 5:22, 24
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it…
Did I tell you that I love today?
Did I tell you that I loved you by the way I greeted you today?
Did I hug you and tell you how special you are in so many ways?
Did I do those special little things to serve you and bless you?
Did I look into your eyes, hold you and say, “I love you?”
So often I am rushing through life with so many things on my mind.
I so often fail to communicate and to cherish our special time.
People, work, business, payments, bills, so many pressing things,
I tend to forget how special you are and why I bought that ring.
Forgive me for treating you so ordinary when you’re so extraordinary,
When I think about all of the things you do for me it is exemplary.
What fool runs through their garden and doesn’t stop to smell the flowers?
What gardener doesn’t pull the weeds, nurture the plant and pray for showers?
You are the blessing of my life, so why do I provoke bickering and strife?
So many little hurtful things that I say and do must cut you like a knife.
Life is too short to spend on the things that divide and keep us apart.
Let every morning be brand new and the gift of a brand new start.
It isn’t riches that will make our hearts glad; it is the simple things.
Taking walks, holding hands, just holding you, gives life such meaning.
The visits over a cup of coffee, sharing a book, sharing what touches you.
These are the simple things that bind us close and make our love like glue.
Did I tell you that I love you today and that you’re special in so many ways?
I want you to know I appreciate you and I cherish you every day.
Did I tell you that I really want to work on giving you all of my heart again?
I want to remember at the end of life all that it was, not what it might have been.
I Love You!
September 22, 2016
The Choice of Forgiveness
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
Forgiveness is only a gift and a pardon that can be given by the offended. Through the course of our lives all of us have been offenders wherein we have hurt or wounded another in some capacity. All of us have been the offended wherein we have been hurt or wounded by another in some capacity. I guess we could define forgiveness as the act of releasing pardon to someone who has offended, even though they may not deserve it. It is saying, “I no longer hold this offense to your charge, you are released, it is put away and we go on from here with a clean slate.”
We know through God’s Word, our conscience bearing us witness, that we have all sinned and offended our God and creator, not just once, but many times over. As Romans 3:23 says, “For all havesinned, and come short of the glory of God.” God through His great wisdom and love has desired and made a way to release His forgiveness toward us for our offenses. We have come to know Christ and His cross as the means through which God has forgiven us and released us from the curse and judgement of sin. As Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while wewere yet sinners, Christ died for us.” So God is our example of forgiveness and when He forgives what does that mean? In Jeremiah 31:34 the Words says, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Hebrew 8:12 and 10:7 both say, “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Often we hear the phrase, “I’ll forgive, but I can’t or won’t forget.” According to the Word is that true forgiveness?
Jesus has made a strong statement in Matthew 6 in that He tells us that we must forgive to be forgiven. Our forgiveness of others releases forgiveness to us.
Right now, there are those of us who are really wrestling with forgiving. Someone has hurt and wounded us deeply. It is very painful and when we think upon it makes us very angry with the person who has done this. Can we just forget it and pretend it didn’t happen? No, it is very real and after all we are the victim here not the perpetrator. While a victim doesn’t deserve the hurt they receive it does become their responsibility to heal and recover from that injury. If someone shoots me and I am wounded, they can’t heal me and cause me to recover; only I can do that. Often it has a great deal to do with time. It often takes time to work through emotional as well as physical pain and suffering. Realistically, when some has deeply hurt us, we can’t just say, ” I forgive you” and then just forget it. The memory is too raw and the wound is too fresh. This is where we operate out of a higher principle than our emotions and feelings. We act out of our will by faith. We make a choice to forgive, not because we feel it, but because it is the mind and will of God. We know that we could have never deserved God’s forgiveness and yet He provided it for us. If we choose to hold on to unforgiveness then we place a roadblock to God’s forgiving us. We have a break in our relationship and fellowship with Him that is never worth holding on too. When we hold on we give place to a root of bitterness that will trouble us and can defile the many (Hebrews 12:15).
Peter asks Jesus one time in Matthew 18:21-22, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” Jesus spoke of a divine principle of Jubilee wherein we operate out of a spirit of release and forgiveness of debts and offenses. It doesn’t have limitations. Even as God has forgiven us as often as we have repented and turned to Him, we must operate out of the same principle toward others. When Jesus hung on the cross, some of His last words were, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Today, if you are struggling to forgive, give it to the Lord. Make it an act of obedience to Him. It may help to write down on paper all the offenses and hurts you are feeling and then, in faith, by choosing obedience to the Lord, act out of His love and burn those hurts and offenses. Let them go and in essence remember them no more that you can be set free, even as you have set your offender free. What God has done for us in great measure, forgiving us much, we must do for others in smaller measure, forgiving and releasing them of their offenses.
September 21, 2016
After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Whenever God opens the heavens to man something is revealed or released. What is it that God wants to release into us in this hour? In Mark 7:31-36 it relates, “31Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis 32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. 33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”). 35At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. 36Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” In this miracle when Jesus looked up to heaven it resulted in a deaf man hearing and a dumb man speaking. As we come to Jesus in our humble state we are as this deaf and dumb man. As we cry out to Him the Lord will open the heavens through our mouth and through our ears. He will cause us to hear the revelations and the secrets of heaven. He will give to us wisdom and understanding as we respect and obey His Word. He will put His fingers in our ears and when He brings them out we will begin to hear new and wonderful things that we have not known and comprehended before. He will unstop our spiritual ears that we may hear the mysteries of heaven.
When He spits and touches our tongue it will loose within us a heavenly tongue that is able to communicate God’s love and His good news in a greater and more effective way. We will in fact become the heaven that is opened to mankind and out of us will issue the words and the actions of life.
‘God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent; has He spoken and shall He not make it good.’ Begin to pray and ask God to open the windows of heaven in your life and in your ministry. All things come by faith to them that ask and believe.
There was a day that Jesus stepped forth and began to do the works of His Father and speak the words that He commanded and gave Him to speak. This is the day that He now wants to bring you into where you will do the works of the Father and you will speak whatever it is that He gives you to speak. You will begin to function, speak and live out of His life in you and no longer that which you have called your own. Know that when this begins to happen and heaven opens, hell will also open her gates and launch assaults against this holy manifestation of God. Persecution will come and opposition will be the order of the day. Never the less mighty things will be accomplished, many will find salvation and multitudes will be set free.
You will no longer live in your comfort zone, but you will be on the cutting edge of faith and trust. Every movement and every word you speak will be reliant upon the Lord to provide it. You will not fear what man may do to you, but you will fear the Lord and Him only will you serve and obey. He will be mighty in you even in the midst of your enemies. When the heavens open the power, the revelation and the anointing will be released upon your life. He is not revealed to the weak in heart, the doubter or the one who would forsake Him. He is revealed to Him who truly believes and acts upon God’s Word.
Begin to pursue and cry out for the heavens to be opened in your life, but be ready for a radical change when it comes to pass. Nothing will ever again be the same. Jesus is speaking over you “Ephphatha!” (Be opened!”)
September 20, 2016
“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
The Light of His Presence
Jesus is the light of the world and He came to illuminate the world with the light of His physical presence. Today we long and await the manifestation of Christ in us in order to light up our world and make known the riches of His life. We cry out from the position of our weakness to lay hold of His strength. When His light comes it won’t be our flesh fabricating another religious move; it will be the reality of His substance and life. As a woman in travail we yearn within our spirits to bring forth that which we are pregnant with. It is with this vision and purpose that we live and press into Him. When He appears we will be like Him. 1John 3:2 says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” A Monarch butterfly is still a Monarch butterfly even when it is in the larva stage. It just hasn’t yet appeared what it fully is. A transformation or metamorphosis must take place for it to come into its fullness. 2 Corinthians 3:18 speaks of this transformation within us, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Romans 12:1-2 again speaks to us of that transformation, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Our eyes are now becoming fixed on who we are and shall be, not on what we were. Old things are passing away and behold all things are becoming new. We have seen that great light that is in Christ and as He is filling us and working in us, the shadows of sin and death are fleeing away. We have a hope in Christ that drives our faith to believe Him for what is humanly and naturally impossible. He has a great work of purpose to be worked through His people, but it can not operate out of a people who live in doubt, fear and unbelief. When we have finally come to that place where we have truly abandoned all and there is no longer the fear of earthly loss of possessions, position, family or even life itself, then we can be truly free to be filled with the purpose of God. When our love for Christ exceeds any other earthly passions, then His kingdom has place to come. Jesus has called His disciples to forsake all other affections in the light of Him. It is the cost of discipleship. It is not that we can’t love our family and others, but when it comes to Christ there is no question to where the fullness of our love and loyalty lie. The world will always encumber us with its cares, worries and agendas. It is not easy for us to break free of the economy of this world that we may enter into the economy of the kingdom of God. In His economy we find a freedom and a peace that we won’t find in this earthly realm. There He is king over all and everything in His kingdom finds its supply, provision and rest in Him. Are we willing to grasp Him with both hands so that He is able to lift us out of our weakness and defeat? Most of us only want to extend one hand to God while we hold on to our earthly affections and treasures with the other. God it wanting to pull us on up into Him, but we have to be willing to let go of what is in the other hand. It is in that place that we become the bright lights shinning in a dark place and all shadows will flee before us.
September 19, 2016
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
The weather is so typical of life; as we live we see sunshine, we see rain, we see many little storms and occasionally we encounter the really catastrophic storm that literally turn our lives upside down and shakes every fiber of our existence. The amazing thing is, just a few miles above the earth, nothing changes; the sun is always shining and the stars are always out. Isn’t that like God, always eternal, unchanging and ever faithful. When we have particularly gloomy and stormy spells, we may begin to wonder if there even is a sun above. The light is very dim and sometimes we wonder if this weather will ever pass. Devastating things can touch our lives, our loved ones, our nation and our world, but God is ever eternal upon His throne and nothing shakes Him. He is still the same, yesterday, today and forever. If we are in His hands then all of hell may be unleash against us, but God still holds us. We find such a scripture of encouragement and hope in Romans 8:28-39, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Whatever your storm is today, be assured that the sun will still be shining, whether you can see it with your natural eyes or not. Sometimes we may make a comment like, “the sun hasn’t shone for days”. We may not have directly seen it for days, but in truth we know that the sun has never stopped shinning, it has only been obscured by the clouds of our circumstances. Look through the clouds with the eyes of faith and trust. Know that God is your light even in the darkest day. Never doubt Him or His love for you. We don’t have to understand why; we just have to trust that He is and always will be, and that His Word is our world and foundation that cannot be shaken. Never stop trusting Him; He will see you through your storm.
September 16, 2016
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
This is the Way, Walk Ye in it
Day by day we walk with ears and heart open, straining that we might hear that still small voice that speaks unto us the mind and the will of God. As we abide and spend time in His Word we listen as the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts, convicting us, teaching us, exhorting us and imparting unto us wisdom and understanding in the revelation and knowledge of Him. Each morning we come to Him and we humbly say, “Father, give me this day my daily bread.” We know so well that we can not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
What does God speak to us about walking in Him and His ways? Deuteronomy 5:33 gives us a commandment with a promise. “Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye shall possess.” We are still possessing that land today. It is the land of promise and inheritance that we have in Christ Jesus. It is a land filled with the life, the nature and the character of God. It is His kingdom come in the earthen man to fill us with the glory and the knowledge of God. Each day we walk this land, exploring the scenery and the landscape as we listen, watch and obey the still small voice within us. Some days we walk or stumble in dusk and darkness as we stray from the light of His Word and truth and look back to that from which we came. The Lord exhorts us, ‘don’t look back to Egypt and the world from which you came, for you were no one and I have made you my own. I have called you out of darkness into My marvelous light and life. Here you will find abundant life if You will abide in Me.’
Jeremiah 7:23 says, “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” We are the sheep of His pasture and the children of His calling. In Matthew 18:33 Jesus speaks, “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” As trusting, relying and obedient children we must trust and daily rely upon the Father to lead us in the way of righteousness. Each day as we trust and give our hearts to Him anew in faith He will lead us step by step into our destiny and calling. Often that is not a direct route, but He may take us by the way of the wilderness so that He might teach us, prepare us, season us and establish us, before He ever really uses us. Many of us tend to faint in the heat. We begin to murmur and complain. Far too often we can allow fear, doubt and unbelief to fill our hearts. When we do, we grieve the heart of God. It is not important that we understand why God does what He does, it is only important that we remember what Romans 8: 28-30 teaches us. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” The call of God is upon you and I to walk with Him day by day in all His ways, for He is leading us in the pathways of life.
2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” The proof of our love is that we embrace the commandments of God, His truth, His principles and His ways and that we walk in them day by day. Our spiritual life and health are dependent upon the way we walk. Are we walking the High Way of Holiness or have we diverted to the low road of death and destruction.
God is holding out to us His word of Life and saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.” It is not an easy walk and it is not always what our flesh would want to choose, but it is the way of life and we don’t have to walk it alone. We have the Holy Spirit, God’s own voice and presence, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
September 15, 2016
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire
When the Books are Opened
Every day a record is kept of our lives. We can never deny what we do, or say, or think doesn’t make a difference, because we are held accountable for our lives and what we have done with them. I am sure there will be a lot of folks that will be trying to fix the blame for their faults or failures on someone else. When it boils down to it, you and I have a free will we alone are accountable for our own lives and what we have done with them. While each one is judged according to his works, there is another book that we don’t want to fail to be found in. That is the book of life. This book is not a book of works, but of those that were found washed in the blood of Christ and in relationship with the Son of God. It won’t be about those who did the most works or the ones that were the most religious; it will be about those who lived in the faith of the Son of God. For any that are not found in this book it carries the most sobering of consequences, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” We can try to explain that away any way we want too, but the bottom line is, that it is what it is. Our responsibility and our purpose in Christ is to make sure our name is there through salvation that we have through acceptance by faith of the shed blood of Christ. Beyond that, it is also our responsibility to be His instruments in bringing as many other names into this book as we are able to through the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately many of us really have the mentality that it is just about me, the wife, the two kids, us four and no more. We fail to have a vision and the heart of God for others. The bottom line is that we are God’s players in the earth. If we don’t fulfill our commission and calling a lot more people will face that lake of fire. Their blood will be upon our heads. That is not to condemn us, it is to wake you and me up to the sobering fact that our life has to be about others and how we can affect their destiny for eternity. These may not be issues that we care to think or talk about, but someday we’ll be standing before God giving account as to why we never spoke or gave the gospel to those that we worked with or interacted with in our lives. Will we be so different than the servant who when that master went away he gave him a talent to invest and to bring increase, but this servant went and buried his in the ground. He hid it, he didn’t share it or invest it and when he had to give account for his actions he was cast out and his talent was given to another more faithful.
Life is about many things, but most of all it is not about what we can get, but what we can give. The most precious gift you can give any person is to share your witness and testimony with another and have them come to Christ as a result. That is the greatest miracle and it is in your and my power to give it. Sharing Christ isn’t always easy for us, but it should become a way of life as we share Him through our actions, our words and our lives. Our whole life should be a testimony to Him.
Let us take time to think about when these books are opened and what they will have to say about us. Each day we are writing upon the pages of those judgement books. Allow Christ to be seen on every page of your life and may our legacy be that we brought many with us into the kingdom through our lives and our witness for Christ.
September 14, 2016
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God Outside Your Box
Don’t we all tend to like to make nice tidy boxes that we can nicely put God within the realms of our understanding, summations and definitions. Wouldn’t we all feel so much more in control if we knew that in this situation God was going to do this and in that one He would do that, but we are in God’s box, He is not in ours. Despite all of our theologies we cannot harness God. He defies our test tubes and analysis. Yes, there are things that we do know about Him. We do know that He is love, justice and holiness. We see so many of His attributes revealed in His Word and know that these wonderful attributes are what He acts out of. We know His Word is that which we can depend upon and which He will fulfill. Even though He is the same yesterday, today and forever, we can never limit Him to our understanding or fully grasp what there is to know about Him. If our God has limitations it is only because He has placed them upon Himself for our benefit and out of love for us.
Isn’t it ironic that God has given us a free will? Through that free will we have rebelled and sinned against Him. We have often denied Him, forsaken Him and judged Him. Yet when we see the hurt, destruction and death that our sin brings upon the earth we want to turn and blame God for allowing this to happen. We say He is not doing anything about it and yet He has already done it through His Son Jesus Christ. He has made a way, but it is still our choice and choosing that leads us out of the path of sin and destruction. Even though we are Christians and have made the choice for Him it doesn’t negate the effects that this sin-laden world can have on our lives. We can still experience its calamities and trials just like everyone else, because in this body we are still part of this fallen race.
While in this body we still experience the limitations of our humanity, but what is different about us is that within our spirits we also experience an unlimited God. We often struggle with the fact that God doesn’t seem to act in our behalf the way we often think that He should have or that we prayed that He would. Does that make God in effectual or does it just mean that God is working in ways that we don’t understand and fully comprehend? Is God truly indifferent to our needs and cries or is there something of a higher order at work beyond what we see, feel and experience? How many times have we looked back in our experience or that of others to see that the tragedy, failure or the calamity that we felt God failed us in was the very thing that shaped our lives? It may have been the very thing that led us into the destiny and calling of what He had called us to be? This is why we mustn’t judge God prematurely when we don’t think things are happening according to our understanding and our ways. Often God is at work outside of the box of our understanding moving in ways that are infinitely higher than our immediate cognizance. What God asks of us is that we trust Him. Even when we don’t understand His hand we must trust His heart. God is working all things after the counsel of His divine will and purpose. Life will have its tragic and painful moments. Know that God is not insensitive to those places of our deepest hurts, but those are sometimes the birthplaces of our greatest miracles and triumphs. It is not necessary that we always understand what God is doing or why He does or does not move in the way that we pray. We must not make the mistake of trying to limit God to our understanding. He sees far beyond all that we could ask or think.
We often wrestle with why bad things happen to good or innocent people. Often it has do to the principles that operate in a world where sin has been sown. Just as God rains upon the just and the unjust, so sin and tragedy happen to both as well. What we are learning is that we don’t live according to the principles of this world, but in our spirit and out of our spirit we are living according to principles of the kingdom of God and His dominion. In that place we trust in His Lordship and His sovereignty, not always according to our understanding, but according to our faith. Can you still trust God even when you don’t understand and He doesn’t fit within your box?
September 13, 2016
There is a Way that Seems Right to a Man
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
In a world filled with so many ideas, philosophies and religions who can know who is right and who is wrong, who will go to heaven and who will go to hell? How does one hear the voice of truth in the midst of so much calamities? If the Maker of the universe stood before us as a man today would we recognize him? Most people believe in some sort of deity, deities or higher state of being. Some people may even believe that they are it. Most everyone, at some point in their lives, wants to know certain questions like, “what is truth”, “why am I here” and “ is there really a God?”
Our quest is to discern the voice of truth in the midst of so many voices of deception. Many even take the attitude that there are many roads and many truths that lead to God. Is that God’s definition or ours? Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Since most of us are in the pursuit of life and truth, the way of death most likely isn’t the way we would want to take.
The Bible teaches that in the fullness of times God sent a man. Who was the man? Was it Mohammed, the Maharaja or a guru? Who was this man?
First God sent a man, who was not the light, but his name was John and he came to bear witness to the Light and to prepare his generation to receive it. At this time the Light was in the world, but had not yet been revealed to the world. It says, “He was the same light which lights every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world knew Him not. He came to His own, and they that were of His own received Him not, but as many as received Him, to them gave He the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on His name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God.” So the Light of God was sent in the world, but many did not discern Him or believe Him to be such. There were those who did hear the voice of Truth, they accepted and believed Him to be the Son of God. John 1:14 goes on to say, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.” “The Law came through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
Many will come and distort, pervert, deny and reject the Truth, but that cannot nullify who the Truth is and what He says. Jesus, the Truth, warns in Matthew 24:4, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” The Word says, ‘that if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived’. What prevents deception except possessing the truth and walking in it?
Many voices are proclaiming to be the truth and have the truth, but the One who is TRUTH says this, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man come unto the Father except through me.” We may consider that a narrow concept, but that is God’s way and if it is Him that we are after then we must do things His way. Many religions accept Jesus as a prophet and they believe that His words were truth and yet they cannot truly believe that Jesus is truth when they would reject what He says. We live in a world that wants to be tolerant, politically correct and doesn’t want to offend anyone. The Word teaches us that we will either receive the Truth or we will be offended by it. Jesus gave His life for the world and all that would receive Him, but the world was never His friend and it can never be ours. If the world hated Him, it will hate us also if we are of Him. Not everyone will hear and receive the Truth, but that can never change what and who it is. It is Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
September 12, 2016
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All 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.
A Call to Godly Perspective
We are naturally inclined to see, hear, smell, feel and taste. We tend to analyze and evaluate our world from a natural perspective. God has brought us into a spiritual sense. The Apostle Paul is talking here about no longer evaluating and seeing your world from a natural, self-centered perspective, but from God’s perspective. Paul is saying here that even Jesus, the Christ, whom you knew after the flesh, it is not His flesh that we relate with now, it is the Spirit.
What is the spiritual perspective of God? It is that He was in Christ reconciling sinful man back to Himself. The Lord Jesus fulfilled the act needed for man to be reconciled and now we are His ambassadors, His expression of love and truth to express the intent of God to man, as He has expressed it and made it real to us. We who have experienced Christ and His love and salvation working in our lives are now God’s voice to the world around us saying” Come and be reconciled to your God. Come to know Him through the shed blood of Christ that has made atonement for your sin so that they will not be counted against you.” We must see men, no longer after the flesh, but as spiritual beings in need of the message of reconciliation. The mission statement of the God is summed up in verse 21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” God is imploring us and He is imploring others through us, “Be reconciled to God!” We should carry this message of reconciliation to the world around us, if we do nothing else. Regard those around you as spiritual beings, lost and searching for the answer as to their existence and purpose. We find it when we are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. God in Christ is making this appeal through us. Let us be faithful to live out of this godly point of view.