Friday, March 30, 2018

While on the Cross

While on the Cross
Matthew 27:51-54
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain. . . and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose. . . Now when the centurion . . . saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 

Scripture records for us many supernatural phenomena which occurred while Jesus was hanging on the cross. The darkening of the sky was the first miraculous sign that preceded Jesus’ death. Christ was taking our place as the wrath of God was being poured out on His Son. Before Christ’s last breath, He cried out with a strong and loud voice giving His life over to the Father’s hands. A life not forced from Him, but freely given. The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom at the moment of His death. Evidence that the Father had removed the barrier between God and sinful man. The redeemed would be forgiven forever by the once-for-all sacrifice of God’s perfect Lamb. 

An earthquake, so powerful that it split rocks in half at His death showing God’s divine judgment. The dead were raised from their graves. Many of the tombs around Jerusalem were opened and saints were raised from the dead. This proved Christ would conquer death, not only for Himself but for all saints of all the ages in the final great resurrection. 

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy miracles that took place at the moment of Jesus’ death was the conversion of the centurion, overseeing the crucifixion of Christ. His death was unlike any crucifixion the Roman Centurion or others nearby had witnessed. This man, Jesus, the One whom they called, “The King of the Jews,” was praying for those who crucified Him. Salvation, a wonderful miracle that occurs in the life of a sinner when they are “Saved by His wonderful grace.” 



Lord, my heart is filled with gratitude when I recall Your extreme sacrifice for me.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Why Are We Tempted?

Why Are We Tempted?

James 1:13, 14 
 Let no man say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”. . . But each one is tempted when he is drawn away (carried away) of his own lust and enticed (by his own desire).

Why is it so difficult for us to say no to temptation and “yes” to God?  Is temptation so attractive and powerful that we make decisions based on our lusts? God does allow us to be tested but does not tempt us to sin or indulge in the desire. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “. . . God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability . . . he will provide the way of escape . . . to endure it.” 

Why do we experience temptation? Temptations serve as a kind of test to prove the validity, depth, and strength of our faith. When the trials come, and they will, don’t be surprised, God has allowed it. The Apostle Paul wrote, “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me(2 Corinthians 12:9). Experiencing God’s sufficient grace is certainly something we don’t deserve. His power is perfected in our weakness, in our temptation and He gives us the strength to overcome sin’s pull and devastating control.

What sin is it that keeps holding you captive? Is it: pornography, adultery, gluttony, homosexuality, an addiction of any kind? Maybe it’s a very private sin, the one in your mind: pride, fear, bitterness, envy, anxiety, jealousy, or hatred. God will provide the way of escape–––that you may be able to endure the temptation. The Lord knows that the flesh lusts against the Spirit; they are contrary to one another. This means you cannot do the things you want to do unless you are led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:17,18). Believers are engaged in a conflict and their earnest desire is that grace may obtain the victory.


Lord, Your grace is enough.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I Am Nothing Without Love

I Am Nothing Without Love
Read I Corinthians 13

We need to ask ourselves this question, “Are we loving?” That could be a hard question to answer. Maybe we should ask, “Are we patient? Are we kind? Are we trusting?” These types of questions are more a matter of the heart. Can we measure ourselves according to these qualities of love? The Word of God says, “If we don’t have love, we are nothing.” 

Jesus said in John 13:35 KJV, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Making the choice to love others is a command given by our Lord to those who would call themselves Christians. 

The Bible never defines love but describes it. Love is an action word and love is only love when it acts. The true Christian is one who loves when he is hurt, wounded, or taken advantage of without seeking revenge. Abraham Lincoln made a lot of friends and he also made some enemies during our great Civil War. Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, during President Lincoln’s administration was said to be; rude, explosive, dogmatic, and obstinate. Yet, Lincoln chose him for that particular job.

History teaches us though Stanton was rude and abrasive, he couldn't resist the patience that Lincoln showed him. Stanton couldn't resist the non-retaliating spirit of the man called, Lincoln. Love forgives seventy times seven when it has been wronged.  Long-suffering endures the insults and injuries of others and kindness pays them back only with deeds of goodness, and unfeigned love.

The night of Lincoln’s assassination, in the little room where the President's body was taken there stood Stanton. He was peering down into the silent face of the President in all its ruggedness and is reported to have uttered this famous remark, "Now he belongs to the ages." Stanton knew the kind of man President Lincoln was and appreciated the kind-hearted spirit he shared with those that served with him.


Lord, may I learn to share my love by what I do and not only by what I say.

Friday, March 9, 2018

God's Wisdom

God’s Wisdom
Romans 11:33-34 
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?

God is infinite (limitless) in wisdom and knowledge. He always knows what is best for us and He knows the best way to bring it to pass. God’s unlimited wisdom is shown through His Divine purpose. He not only knows what we need in our lives but when we need it. We most definitely can learn through the trials God has allowed in our lives. But we must recognize that His Word teaches all people will suffer some kind of adversity in their lifetime. 
Have you ever felt that your prayers seemed to go unanswered while you‘re experiencing the greatest trial in your life? Have you asked, “Is all that I am going through really good for me and will I be able to thank God for all that He’s brought into my life?” The Bible tells us that we are to give thanks for all things for they are the will of God (I Thessalonians 5:18). Whether we see or experience beneficial results in this life or not, we are still to trust God. In His love, He wills what is best for us and in His wisdom, He knows how to bring all things together for our good.

There are times when we question God’s ability to cause all things to come together for our best and debate within ourselves if these circumstances will be profitable. Have we missed the point in all that God has allowed? Have we missed the learning possess that God desires for us to grow through? Each circumstance in our life, whether we think it good or bad, is for the purpose of gaining knowledge, acquiring understanding and obtaining wisdom through God’s Word. In the Lord’s providential care for us, He orchestrates everything in life to accomplish His will even through suffering and pain. 

Lord, I trust Your wisdom in every circumstance of my life.




Friday, March 2, 2018

Do I Ask for More?

Do I Ask for More?
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Do I need to ask God for more joy, peace or love, in my life?”  Have you secretly envied people who appear to have everything going for them? Are you laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside? Are you waiting to enjoy life when your circumstances become perfect? Be careful what you allow in your heart, it can poison the understanding of whom God is while in His very presences.
We, as believers, will experience real joy and peace when we are obedient to Christ. True peace is unknown to the unsaved world, but God’s peace is already given to us at salvation to dissolve our greatest fears. God’s love for us as believers, has been poured out in our hearts to the point of overflowing. He has planted in our hearts the knowledge that we belong to Him. Christ’s love is so immense, we can never be separated from His deep affection (Romans 8:39). No need for us to ask for more joy, love or peace, God has already given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
What Scripture does encourage us to ask for is wisdom (James 1:5). Only such divine wisdom enables believers to be joyous, submissive in trials (peace), and to experience the great love of God. There is wisdom in abundance when we ask in faith, knowing He will provide the wisdom needed for every situation. If you are in doubt, you will be like the restless sea, being tossed to and fro never able to rest. Ask God to give you wisdom for life’s journey, and He will guide you through every circumstance of life (Psalm 119:105).


Lord, I’m asking for Your divine wisdom in directing my feet along this darkened path that I may be obedient to You.

Minding Heavenly Things

Do I Ask for More?
Read ~ James 4:2 
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Do I need to ask God for more joy, peace or love, in my life?”  Have you secretly envied people who appear to have everything going for them? Are you laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside? Are you waiting to enjoy life when your circumstances become perfect? Be careful what you allow in your heart, it can poison the understanding of whom God is while in His very presences.
We, as believers, will experience real joy and peace when we are obedient to Christ. True peace is unknown to the unsaved world, but God’s peace is already given to us at salvation to dissolve our greatest fears. God’s love for us as believers, has been poured out in our hearts to the point of overflowing. He has planted in our hearts the knowledge that we belong to Him. Christ’s love is so immense, we can never be separated from His deep affection (Romans 8:39). No need for us to ask for more joy, love or peace, God has already given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
What Scripture does encourage us to ask for is wisdom (James 1:5). Only such divine wisdom enables believers to be joyous, submissive in trials (peace), and to experience the great love of God. There is wisdom in abundance when we ask in faith, knowing He will provide the wisdom needed for every situation. If you are in doubt, you will be like the restless sea, being tossed to and fro never able to rest. Ask God to give you wisdom for life’s journey, and He will guide you through every circumstance of life (Psalm 119:105).


Lord, I’m asking for Your divine wisdom in directing my feet along this darkened path that I may be obedient to You.