Friday, October 12, 2018

Moses, an Old Testament Picture of Jesus

Moses, an Old Testament Picture of Jesus
Deuteronomy 18:15 
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen.

There are a number of ways in which Moses was an Old Testament picture of Jesus. Moses, with great power, led the children of Israel out of Egypt and out of physical bondage. Moses stood before Pharaoh and said, “Let my people go” (Exodus 5:21). Jesus, with greater power, leads people out of spiritual oppression and slavery to sin.  Jesus came “to proclaim liberty to the captives. . . to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18).

Several of the miracles of Moses is like Jesus’ miracles, most notably, the provision of bread in the wilderness which was called, Manna (Exodus 16:32-35). This miracle is comparable to Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1-13). “When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, ‘This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!’” (John 6:14).

Moses was like Jesus in that he would intercede for his people. Exodus 32:11-13, 30-32 tells us that when the Israelites sinned, Moses was ready to plead to God and ask for forgiveness for their sins. Moses’ intercession was only temporary. Our Lord’s intercession is everlasting. “. . . But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (I John 2:1). Jesus is now “at the right hand of God,...interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).  Jesus “always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Moses was like Jesus in that he held intimate conversations with God.  “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11). Jesus had a relationship with the Father which was beyond compare. Matthew 11:27 says, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son.”

Lord, thank You for the Messianic Prophecy of Jesus through Moses.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Where is Thy God?

Where is Thy God?
Despondency and Depression are Tumultuous Emotions

Psalm 42:1-3 KJV

As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?  My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?  

There is a conflict that runs between our faith (spiritual realities) and sight (our human emotions). As we read Psalm 42, notice the psalmist struggling with some depression and the feelings of isolation from God. These emotions may have come from an absence of fellowship or discouragement from other believers, or by relentless unbelievers. Whatever the cause, these sentiments are real and recorded for our benefit. 

Some have assigned David to this psalm with his heart longing for the worship he knew in Jerusalem. He has left his home, the throne on which he ruled and now is fleeing from his son, Absalom, in great despair. Eating nothing because of his extreme grief and the bitter words expressed, his heart is overwhelmed. The Psalmist feels it is important to be honest with God about his doubts and struggles with a heavy outpouring from his heart. The writer is responding to the oceans of trials in which he seems to be drowning in and alleges that God is ultimately responsible for each turmoil.

Have you wrestled with the emotions expressed in this psalm? Has your soul been “cast down,” within you? Are you facing challenges at this time and want to rely on God to work in your life? Psalm 42 reveals the character of God and ways He will help you to “walk by faith,” when you are downcast, in despair and depressed. Remind yourself, “Hope in God, He is your help!” Give thanks to God for His saving power and His mighty hand working in and through your life. He is the Lord God of all Truth (Psalm 43:11). You can trust Him.

Lord, thank You for Your presences in my life.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Our Highest Focus

Our Highest Focus

                                                     Ecclesiastes 12:13 


“. . . Fear God and keep his commandments, because this applies to every person.”

Is there true satisfaction in the things of this world? Are some of man’s greatest and most notable achievements only efforts ending in emptiness and pride? It has been incredible what man has accomplished, yet God is rarely given the acknowledgment due to His name. The theme and purpose of the book of Ecclesiastes are revealed through the reflections and experiences of just one man, King Solomon. He was the wisest man that ever lived and declared he had seen everything “under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).  In his conclusion to the whole matter, Solomon determined that man’s existence was filled with futility and hopelessness. All that he had sought after in life, and in his pursuit of the real meaning of human life was meaningless.

The apostle Paul wrote about all he had accomplished religiously before he was confronted by Christ on the road to Damascus (Philippians 3:4-6). His conclusion, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Paul’s greatest desire was to: “...know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to His death;” (Philippians 3:10).  

Our purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy fellowship with Him. Because of the fall of man, fellowship with God has been broken and man struggles to find peace and joy. Only through faith in Jesus Christ, can purpose in life be discovered. To exalt God is to fear and obey Him while keeping our hearts fixed on our future home, heaven. His purpose for our lives enables us to experience true and lasting joy–––the abundant life He desires for every believer. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).



Lord, may my greatest achievement in life be to trust You and love You with all my heart.

Friday, September 21, 2018

No Confidence in the Flesh

No Confidence in the Flesh
Philippians 3:2-11 
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh...

Paul encourages the Philippians to worship God and have no confidence in their flesh. He gives a religious rundown of his attributes prior to salvation and refers to himself as being a righteous man, “blameless,” which was, useless or rubbish, compared to the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ. To know Christ was not an intellectual knowledge but it was to know Him through the experience of faith, “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). In trusting Christ, Paul was turning his back on Judaism and Phariseeism and then he literally, “suffered the loss of all things,” to gain Christ.

Paul desired a sincere personal intimacy and deeper knowledge of Christ. He realized the Supreme power of His resurrection, and the intense sufferings Christ had experienced. Paul was willing to suffer loss for the cause of Christ exchanging death for life while expressing and demonstrating a passion for the Gospel to those who were lost.

Are you resting in the hope of your salvation in a past event or in the power of the Gospel to convert sinners? Is your confidence in yourself because you think you are a good person? “All have sinned, and come (fall) short of the glory of God”(Romans 3:23). Does your life show distinct signs of a transformed life or are you living a false or dead faith (James 2:14-26)?  I pray that you truly know Christ and are living the Christian life by faith so that others may see the light of Christ and bring glory to His name.


Lord, may I put my confidence only in You.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dwelling in the Secret Place of God

Dwelling in the Secret Place of God
Psalm 91:1-2,14-16 KJV
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. . . He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

What does Psalm 91:1 mean, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty?” The Word of God says we are to abide in Christ (John 15). To abide means to be in a state of spiritual rest, regardless of outward circumstances. How near do we have to be in order for His shadow to fall upon us? As we draw closer in our relationship to Christ, we grow nearer to His shadow which is a metaphor speaking of His provision and cherished promises.

God promises He will answer our prayers and comfort us in times of difficulty. He promises to remain with us and protect us when we are troubled. Can anyone claim these treasured promises? No! They are promises only to those who “know my name” and love Him (Psalm 91:14). A personal relationship with Christ is required to have such special promises. We do not have to leave our responsibilities, or our relationships to dwell in the secret place.

Are you dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and do you abide beneath the shadow of the Almighty? The Most High God is Elohim, the true God of absolute authority and supremacy. To abide under the shadow of the Almighty is to be in the presence of El Shaddai, the ever-existent One, the One mighty to nourish, supply and satisfy.

Lord, I’m blessed to know Your name.


Friday, September 7, 2018

A Spiritual War

A Spiritual War 
2 Corinthians 10:4,5
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

In 2 Corinthians 10:4, the Bible speaks of fortresses or spiritual strongholds which hold people captive by the forces of evil. How can one dispel the satanic assaults that the prince of darkness promotes? Can a person demolish the influences of the evil one and defeat falsehood? Only by the Gospel, can one be rescued from the lies and deceptions of hell (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). 

Wrong philosophies, false teachings, and those that oppose the Word of God are the enemies of Christ. They are fortresses that seal off the mind, damage good reasoning, and assault one’s purpose in life. If we allow ourselves to be taken in by deceptive doctrines and distorted theories, we will find ourselves in a battle called, spiritual warfare. 

Be careful what you allow to influence your mind through books, articles, internet, etc. As a Christian, you should seek to keep your heart pure through the reading of God’s Word and sound teaching. To permit untrue ideas into your mind is dangerous and threatens your ability to view God correctly. “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). When the world tries to say, “There Is No God,” beware!

We are not instructed to fight demons or wage an attack on Satan himself, according to the New Testament, but we are called to dispute error with truth. Only the truth of God’s Word can conquer the fortresses that hold people captive, shattering the chains of sin and making them free  for eternity (John 3:36; 8:36-40).


Lord, may the influences in my life, help me to spread the Gospel of Christ.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Satan, Our Enemy

Satan, Our Enemy
Ephesians 2:1-3

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience...
James 4:4 
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

When attempting to work with women in addiction, one can see how hard Satan works to deceive, destroy and kill those that have been captured by his lies. My heart was moved as I entered a courtroom a while ago to see twenty to thirty men and women restrained by chains around their wrists and ankles. As they shuffled across the crowded room to their seats, their faces were unresponsive. They were then ordered not to have eye contact with anyone seated in the courtroom. While listening to the charges brought against them and then having the question posed,  “How do you plea?” the answer, “guilty” was quite overwhelming!

What a picture of the ugly chains of sin mankind has been shackled with throughout human history. A man has no hope without believing in the truth of the gospel; that Jesus did for them what they could never do for themselves. Satan has bound them with his lies and will utterly destroy them unless they believe in Christ and trust Him by faith (John 3:36). 

If you are struggling with the chains of sin my friend, trust Christ today. Repent of your sins and put your faith and trust in what Jesus did for you on the cross. The gospel of Christ is the truth that will set you free from the bondage of sin, and He is the only One who can promise eternal life to all who believe.  (John 6:47) “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.”


Lord, I put my faith and trust in You.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Can We Forget Our Salvation?

Can We Forget Our Salvation?

2 Peter 1:5-11 KJV
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity... But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins...

Peter wants us to remember the reality of our salvation. He is saying that our salvation is abundant and everlasting. To know the richness of our salvation is to understand who we are in Christ and what we possess in Him. "According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue by which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, . . .” (2 Peter 1:3,4). 

Saving faith redeems you, sustains you, and gives you all you need in Christ. When you became a believer, you instantly possessed all things that pertained to life and godliness. All of God is in Christ and all of Christ is in you. You can rest in the gospel and righteousness of God making sure of your standing in Christ. Even though you sin, the gospel will encourage you with unrelenting grace towards you.

Living a virtuous and excellent life fulfills the highest potential of God in man. Living a life that controls passions adds to your life of faith the excellence of Christ's likeness. We are to portray a life of wisdom, goodness, knowledge and brotherly affection, with genuine love. The riches of your salvation has given to you a hungering and thirsting for the knowledge of Christ.  It will make sure your calling, your salvation, and if you practice these qualities, you will not stumble into doubt, questioning your salvation.


Lord, if I live out the gospel knowing the precious promise of eternal life is from You, my life is enriched.

Friday, August 17, 2018

God's Divine Plan

God’s Divine Plan
Ephesians 5:21-23 KJV
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 
The prevailing spirit of all relationships should be one of submission. “Wives, submit  yourselves unto your own husbands." There is a limit to what is suitable for the role of submission. It does not mean that a woman submits to her husband in things that dishonor God. In Acts 5:29, the apostles said when commanded not to preach, “We must obey God and not men.” If circumstances reach a point where you are faced with dishonoring God, you have to choose to obey God rather than man.  
Do you have a husband who is frustrating to you, either because he's unsaved or he's a disobedient believer? Dear one, all the more reason to be submissive and demonstrate to him a meek and a quiet spirit. This is a picture of a virtuous woman and demonstrates a respectful kind of behavior towards him. Remember to adorn your heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle spirit which is precious in the sight of God (I Peter 3:1-7).
Respond to your husband submissively, as if you were responding to Jesus Christ. When a wife does not submit, there is separation from the plan of God causing the relationship between the husband and wife to be dysfunctional. God, in His infinite wisdom, has created the body to respond to the head and has designed the husband to be the head of the wife. When you see a body that does not respond to the head, it is not normal. Likewise, when a wife does not respond to her husband properly, it is against God’s design. When you submit to your husband, you are conforming to the will of God.
Lord, I submit to Your authority in obeying and submitting to my husband as unto Christ 


Friday, August 10, 2018

Are You Committing Spiritual Adultery?

Are You Committing Spiritual Adultery?

So often, prostitution is referred to as the "oldest profession” in the world. It has always been a common way for women to make money, even in Bible times. God forbids such involvement with a prostitute because He knows this attachment is harmful to both men and women. Satan’s work of seduction begins with its words of deceptive flattery. The lips of honey should be meant for one’s true love in marriage and not for anything outside of this sacred bond. The tasting of the adulterous women’s lips is said to be, “bitter as wormwood” and “as sharp as a two-edged sword,” symbols of suffering and death (Proverbs 5:3-5).

Prostitution not only destroys marriages, families, and lives, but it destroys a person’s physical body and leads to spiritual death. We are to keep our bodies pure to be used as tools for His service and glory (Romans 6:13) The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body (I Corinthians 6:13b).

Being in spiritual adultery is dangerous and deadly just as being a prostitute, or being with a prostitute is hazardous and extremely risky. Spiritual adultery is unfaithfulness to God and having an excessive fondness for the things of the world (James 4:4). The one who is an enemy of God is seen throughout Scripture as an unbeliever, one who has a deep and intimate longing for the things of the world and not for God. 

The Bible says if we set our mind on the flesh it is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile and in opposition towards God (Romans 8:5-7). Allow Christ to transform you by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). The love of the world is primarily an attitude of the heart. To avoid spiritual adultery, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

Lord, may my heart and mind be fixed on You.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Do You Resolve Conflicts by Yelling?

Do You Resolve Conflicts by Yelling?
Proverbs 15:1 
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Are you a yeller? Do you yell when you’re frustrated with your children, things, or problems? Does it seem like the only time your children fight, have needs or start getting loud is when you’re on the phone? Most of the time, as a mom, you find that you are away from the conflict that has been brewing in another room for a while.  You’re cooking, cleaning, or changing a diaper and the battle over toys, clothes, or you name it begins. You yell out in frustration from wherever you are, “STOP, your yelling or fighting!” You know that yelling doesn’t work either and so you begin to give a long list of ultimatums. I know what you’re thinking. And “No,” that doesn’t work either.

Just like the children in the classroom need the attention and gentle touch of the teacher, so do the children in your home. I realize that it is hard to stop in the middle of what you are doing and go to where your children are quarreling or engaging in hand-to-hand combat, but it is most beneficial if you do. 

Things That Will Help You in Settling Quarrels

    •   Being self-aware of your urge to yell is a starting place 

    •   Calm yourself before entering the war zone

    •   Speak in a low voice and bring the child/children close to you

    •   Realize anger causes an increase in quarreling and bad feelings

    •   Try to be consistent when discipline is needed

    •   Encourage children to forgive each other

    •   Help children solve the problem

These are just a few things that will help you settle quarrels between siblings and friends. Make sure you are getting closer to the problem and not yelling out instructions from another room. Children need to see your face, feel your gentle touch, (not squeezing their shoulder) and hear a soft voice instruct them. 

Lord, give me the wisdom to help instruct my children in settling quarrels and forgiving one another.



Friday, July 27, 2018

What Fills Your Mind?

What Fills Your Mind?
Philippians 4:8 KJV
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

You could consider the above verse to be highly important in your life. Because there are thoughts that occupy your mind and become more critical as time passes, your thoughts will determine the extent of your love for God, and your love for others. Your life, as you know it today, is a result of your process of thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think and do today.

A healthy thought life comes out of a close relationship with Christ: reading His Word, praying and being obedient to what the Bible instructs. This is essential! As a believer, you need to be sure your ideas about God are accurate, biblical, and true. Inaccurate and unbiblical views about God and the gospel of Christ are damaging to your faith.

When we view ourselves through the lens of God’s Word, we can replace the negative, self-defeating thoughts with His truth. We are worthless sinners, and without Christ, we are unquestionably lost in hopelessness and despair.  Remembering what Christ has done for us and what is TRUE according to the gospel is essential. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”  (I Corinthians 6:20). It is in Christ that our heart is guarded and secure.

The capability to think biblically, and live out the gospel message in our lives, comes only through the influence of the Holy Spirit. Don’t waver in your faith being tossed to and fro thinking opposing and unfruitful thoughts. The Apostle Paul taught in Philippians 4:8 that Christians are to reflect on things that are true, honest, just, etc., for in your human weakness God’s grace is still sufficient for all.


Lord, keep my mind stayed on You.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Witnessing with Boldness

Witnessing with Boldness

Acts 14:8-15

Paul and Barnabas are in the city of Lystra giving the gospel. We see Paul’s boldness in his witness for Christ and his humility. There is no mention of a synagogue in the city so most likely, he is preaching to a crowd of people gathered in the marketplace or town square. As Paul begins to speak, he looks upon a man that has been crippled from birth–– “perceiving that he had faith to be healed.” Paul commands the man to stand up and immediately the man leaps up and walks.

When this miracle took place, the men of the city cried out in Lycaonian, “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men!” According to tradition or folklore, the gods Zeus and Hermes visited Lystra incognito. They asked for food and lodging but everyone turned them away except one old man and his wife. This so displeased the gods that they took vengeance upon the people of the city, drowning them by a great flood. The couple that took them in was spared this plight. Their humble home was made into a temple where they served as a priest and priestess. The people of Lystra believed Barnabas to be Zeus, Jupiter, and Paul to be Hermes, Mercury.

Paul and Barnabas didn’t become proud or desire the praise of men; but cried out to the people, “stop this ritual we are men as you are.” They preached the gospel to them telling them of the Creator of heaven and earth. After restraining the crowd from offering sacrifices for them, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came to Lystra persuading the crowd to stone Paul. One minute they were desiring to sacrifice oxen for Paul and Barnabas and then were plotting to stone Paul. They dragged him outside of the city, leaving him for dead. Paul survived the stoning and continued to the city of Derbe, to preach the Good News. He believed that proclaiming Christ was his sole purpose for living.


Lord, may I boldly give the gospel of Christ.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Teaching Your Children (Part 2)

Teaching Your Children (Part 2)
Training children is not an easy task, but it is extremely rewarding. We, as parents, are instructed to train up children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” We are to love, discipline, and instruct them in the precepts of the Word of God. We are instructed never to provoke, annoy, or anger our children with unreasonable demands or criticisms. But, we are to bring our children up to respect the ways of God as a foundation of life in godliness, with blessings.
Teach your children to obey –– Proverbs 1:8, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law (teaching) of thy mother:” Proverbs 6:20-23, My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law (teaching) of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.  When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law (teaching) is light; and reproofs of instruction (discipline) are the way of life:”
It is an unbelievable thing to watch young mothers today trying to get their children to obey. They stroll through the store with a screaming child while they count to numbers that mean absolutely nothing. They attempt to threaten or intimidate their children into obedience but never succeed. The parent continues to ignore the fit that has proceeded throughout the store, and the child has not yet obeyed. Is that a picture of “Teaching your child to obey?” No! Teaching a child to obey takes time and discipline on the part of the mother/parent. Sometimes, it’s the embarrassment that causes a mother to just say, “forget it!” We can’t do that if we want our children to learn the godly aspect of obedience. Teaching a child to obey, mom and dad is important and biblical because it guides a child into the practice of obeying God as they mature and grow older.

Lord, help me to train my children to obey.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Teaching Your Children (Part 1)

Teaching Your Children

Deuteronomy 6:5-8 KJV
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. . .

The book of Proverbs is a practical guide for mothers and fathers to impart to their children the wisdom of God. There are wonderful lessons for your children that will serve them well their entire lives.

What is a healthy fear of God? Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” There are two kinds of fear mentioned in the Bible. One fear is the fear of the Lord, which is good and to be encouraged. The second kind of fear is a "spirit of fear"  (2 Timothy 1:7), which is a hindrance to one’s faith in God.
What does it mean to fear the Lord? To have a correct view of God with an attitude of respect and awe. This includes His unfailing love, mercy, power, and His glory. The fear of the Lord contains many blessings and benefits one of which is true salvation. Also, this fear leads to wisdom and brings genuine rest and contentment (Proverbs 19:23).  
What does it mean to guard the heart? Children need to be taught to protect their minds. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” To watch over their heart means a parent needs to be a safeguard regarding their minds, their emotions, and their will. The heart is like a depository and parents are to be careful about what their children watch, read, and listen to. Their minds are simple, uncomplicated and somewhat unaffected by the things of this world. That’s why they need guidance through their formative years in the things that enter the eye gate –– impacting the heart.

Lord, I pray for wisdom to be able to guide my children in the fear of the Lord.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thank You for Freedom


Thank You for Freedom

Galatians 5:1 KJV
 Stand fast therefore in the liberty (freedom) wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (slavery).

There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience the freedom from sin and death that You, Father, have provided through Christ Jesus. Today my voice and my heart are free to praise You for this, and I am immensely grateful. Forty-five years ago, I was “Born Again” by the Spirit of God working in my life. This was the first truly free Fourth of July celebration I had ever experienced and I will forever be thankful.

On this Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me never take my freedom for granted, physically or spiritually. May I call to mind my freedom was purchased with an immeasurable worth, others’ lives. Thank you, Father, for giving the ultimate sacrifice, Your perfect sinless Son, for a sinner like me.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to my God for allowing me the awesome opportunity of being an American and for the wonderful life Christ has given me. I am free from the bondage of sin according to Galatians 5:1, and privileged to live in the land of the free. Though the men and women that have given their lives for freedom’s sake were not my personal friends, I am thankful for their extreme sacrifice, and love of liberty. The sacrificial death of Christ upon the cross was an expression of Jesus’ love for me and evidence of His selfless mercy and infinite grace He has freely given. 

 ~ Famous Quote ~

On God's side ~ "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side." — Abraham Lincoln


Lord, bless those who continue to give their lives for my freedom and grant me the opportunity to lead others to true freedom that can only be found in knowing You through the Gospel of Christ by faith.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Walking in Fellowship with the Father

Walking in Fellowship with the Father
Ephesians 5:1,2,8,15,16 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God . . . Walk as children of light.

If we are the children of God, then we ought to fellowship with the Father. We are to walk as children of light, in wisdom and purity. The word “followers” in verse 1 of the King James Bible is the word mimics so that we may say, “Be ye therefore imitators of God, as dear children.”  Paul gave several purposes why we should walk in fellowship with the Father.

We are to walk in fellowship with the Father in love. Walking with God and in fellowship with Him, teaches us to love Him and others as He loves. Without His abundant love abounding in our hearts, we cannot truly love others as we are commanded to do.

We are to walk in fellowship with the Father as children of light. Since we are to imitate the Father, then we should walk in the light having nothing to do with the darkness of sin. It is beneath the dignity of a saint of God to indulge in the sins which Paul names in Ephesians 5:3,4. Walking in fellowship with the Father is walking in the light of the Word of God, “called out of darkness into His marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9).

We are to walk in fellowship with the Father in wisdom. See that you walk carefully, circumspectly, with guidance from the Word of God. The word circumspectly comes from two Latin words which mean, “looking around.” Only a fool drifts with the wind and the tide but a person that walks in the fellowship of the Father walks in the knowledge and understanding of God’s word. 

To fellowship with the Father is to follow Him as imitators of Christ that He may transform our minds through His glorious Truth.


Lord, may I walk wisely in the fellowship of Your marvelous light and love.