Friday, December 28, 2018

God's Peach with You

God’s Peace with You
Philippians 4:9 KJV
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

Meditating and delighting in the Word of God is a great remedy over worries, health issues, family concerns, or plain ole stressing out. Being grateful to God with inner tranquility and a thankful attitude gives a Christian confidence that the Lord is able and willing to do what is best for His children (Romans 8:28).

The peace of God has many by-products and one of these is that it will transform the thought-life of the Child of God. Meditating on the things that are true, honest, pure, lovely, things of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy is a formula for staying away from sinful thoughts that disturb the inner peace God has given through prayer. Through all of our trials and testings, our many frustrations and fears, Paul gives to us encouragement in saying: “do the things you have learned, received, seen and heard of me, and you will have God’s peace with you.” If Paul could experience the peace of God as a prisoner, how much more could the people of God be able to experience in freedom?

If you are walking by faith with the Lord and living in the peace of God, then you are obeying Him and His Word. When peace is gone and life seems overwhelming––go back to the place where the decision was made to have an anxious spirit, and where worry and doubt entered into your heart. Begin to worship, praise and thank the Lord for all He has done and continues to do in your life. This place of quiet rest is where you will find God and His peace. The key to overcoming fear, anxiety, and feelings of uncertainty is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear.

Lord, may I learn to meditate on Your Word that transforms my thoughts-life and rest in Your peace.


Friday, December 21, 2018

Born a King

Born a King
Luke 1:26-33

We sing the wondrous songs of Christmas and declare that the baby born in a manger has come to be the King of Kings. The song "Joy to the World"  says, "The Lord is come, let earth receive her King." The wise men asked, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"  This question emphasizes the great reality of the birth of Christ, that He is in fact born a King. In the book of Revelation John says, “...for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:” (Revelation 17:14). He is the greatest, the most supreme of all kings.
Matthew gives an account of Christ’s lineage through His father, Joseph. And in Luke, His lineage came through of his mother, Mary. Mary was a descendant of King David, through the lineage of David's son, Nathan who never reigned, but nonetheless was of royal blood. It is through Mary that Jesus is the real son of David. Christ was born of a virgin therefore, Joseph had no part in His conception. God’s seed was planted by the Holy Spirit of God in the womb of Mary. It was essential that she also be out of the line of David or He would have carried no royal blood. Joseph's line is the legal right to the throne which always comes through the father. Jesus received His royal blood through Mary and the legal right to the throne from Joseph. When people referred to Jesus as the Son of David, they meant that He was the long-awaited Messiah, the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.
Every detail has been worked out for the world to see that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His birth was supernatural and his lineage amazing. As the excitement of Christmas approaches, may we be amazed at His magnificent birth and reminded of the honor and glory fitting His name. Christmas is to be commemorated with great exuberance and rejoicing that Christ,  the “New Born King,” has come.

Lord Jesus, our King forever!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Why Hate Sin?

Why Hate Sin?
Ephesians 2:1-10

Have you ever stop to think why you hate sin? Is it because of what sin does to you after it has had its way with you? Are you attempting to remove sin or the repulsive effects of it? What do you think would happen if there were absolutely NO negative consequences to your sin? Have you passionately gripped the fantasy that joy in Christ is only found when sin is absent? 

Christians do not hold this abhorrence for sin’s destruction alone. Social justice is an attempt to reduce sin’s grip on humanity. Societies for thousands of years have taken extreme measures to reduce the full expression of sin. If you were offered a city that had a zero crime rate, the best vegetation, a clean water supply, and the most advanced medical services, would you turn it down? No!

The absence of sin is the reality of heaven. No pain, no sorrow, no tears, and the recreation of the perfect world. That means no negative aftermath of sin. This is often the way the world envisions life after death. They want all the benefits of heaven but refuse to acknowledge the Master who lives there. 

What you don’t realize is that you have been seduced into believing the same concept. Your disgust for sin is not because it distorts the beauty of Christ, but because it brings you discomfort. You are fully trapped in the cycle of self-worship and motivated by anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ. Sin's pleasure appears to be more fulfilling than the person of Christ. 

The Apostle Paul said, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8). Nothing can bring lasting fulfillment except Christ. The key that changes one’s life is the shift from pursuing freedom from the consequences of sin, to enjoying and loving the person of Jesus Christ. Sin is the only thing which God hates and yet He bore our sins for us (I Peter 2:24).


Lord, thank You for loving me.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Without Faith


Without Faith ~ John 8:12-59
Jesus is teaching in the temple during the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles (Booths) and begins to speak of Himself in saying, “I Am the Light of the World.” He is claiming to be the “I AM” from Exodus 3:13-15. Levitical law says to pick up a stone and kill Him (Leviticus 24”10-16). Jesus is connecting Himself to God the Father and tells them, “Whoever follows me will not live in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

For most people, the Bible has become only an instructional Manuel but we need more than instructions or an example to follow. We need someone who will rescue us from our prison of sin because we are unable to free ourselves from that sin debt. Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

John’s focus is on faith and spiritual slavery. Whoever practices sin is in slavery to sin, the sin of unbelief. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”(Hebrews 11:6). “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). Once one puts their faith in Jesus Christ all of sins power is broken. 

Jesus accuses the Pharisees of being children of the devil (John 8:42-47).  He tells them that the reason why they don’t hear what He is saying is because they are not of God. The Pharisees could not bring themselves to faith. Believing the lies of Satan blinds us to the truth of the Gospel (Ephesians 2:1-3). To obey the words of Christ in John 8 is to put one’s faith in Christ.  Our hope in salvation does not rest in our faithfulness but in His faithfulness alone. We are saved because Jesus saves us.


Lord, thank You for faith.