Crowned With Glory And Honor…

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John 17:4 (KJV)

“I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.”

The Death of Jesus Christ is the performance in history of the very Mind of God.

There is no room for looking on Jesus Christ as a martyr; His death was not something that happened to Him which might have been prevented:

His death was the very reason why He came.

Never build your preaching of forgiveness on the fact that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. It is untrue to Jesus Christ’s revelation of God; it makes the Cross unnecessary, and the Redemption “much ado about nothing.”

If God does forgive sin, it is because of the Death of Christ.

God could forgive men in no other way than by the death of His Son, and Jesus is exalted to be Saviour because of His death.
“We see Jesus because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor.

The greatest note of triumph that ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ –

“It is finished.” That is the last word in the Redemption of man.

Anything that belittles or obliterates the holiness of God by a false view of the love of God, is untrue to the revelation of God given by Jesus Christ.

Never allow the thought that Jesus Christ stands with us against God out of pity and compassion; that He became a curse for us out of sympathy with us. Jesus Christ became a curse for us by the Divine decree.

Our portion of realizing the terrific meaning of the curse is conviction of sin, the gift of shame and penitence is given us – this is the great mercy of God.

Jesus Christ hates the wrong in man, and Calvary is the estimate of His hatred.

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A Miracle For The Impossible…

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(Genesis 1:2–3, NIV)

“The earth was formless and empty…and God said, Let there be light”

Do you need a miracle in your life for something that seems impossible?

With man it may be, but we serve the all-powerful God, and He can create something out of nothing!
He can make a way when there seems to be no way and open doors that seemed closed forever!

Genesis tells us that in the beginning, God created the heavens and earth, but before He spoke the world into existence, it was formless and void.

If God can make the world out of nothing, He can take the empty places in your life and create something beautiful, too!

He can speak light into your darkest hour. He can take your formless dreams and give them shape. He can resurrect your dormant gifts and talents! He can make your crooked places straight!

Remember, you are created in the image of almighty God.

There’s power in your words, and there’s power when you’re in agreement with Him.

Start saying what God says about your situation. Speak life to your broken dreams today. Speak hope into the hopeless places.

Keep an attitude of faith and expectancy because He will turn things around for you and create something out of nothing!

TODAY’S PRAYER

Father in heaven, I trust that You are willing and able to make a way for me where there seems to be no way in my life. Fill me with Your peace and faith. Give me a vision for all You have for me and help me to always speak Your words of truth and life.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Lukewarm Affection…

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John 14:15-19 (KJV)

If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.19 Yet a little while, and the world beholdeth me no more; but ye behold me: because I live, ye shall live also.

As I studied today’s verses from John’s gospel, I felt convicted about falling short of Jesus’ expectations.

It’s easy to say, “Lord, I adore You,” but there have been times when I’ve used those words while resisting something He was trying to impress upon my heart.

The old adage is true: actions do speak louder than words.

The measure of our love is obedience to God’s commands and principles. Following His instructions is so important that Jesus stressed the point three times in Bible passages (vv. 15, 21, 23). This wasn’t a new concept for the disciples either. They would have been familiar with the scriptural connection between love and obedience (Neh. 1:5; Dan. 9:4). In fact, God has always emphasized that the way to show our devotion is by doing what He says (Deut. 8:11; 10:12; 13:3-4).

Halfhearted commitment can look pretty good to others, but the Lord knows the difference.

Believers may lift their hands in worship, serve vigorously, support missionaries, and even say all the right words. But unless we’re following God’s commands from His holy Word, the most we’re showing Him is lukewarm affection. Words with empty works don’t prove anything.

Loving the Lord means obeying Him.

What I’m about to say might sting a little:

If You Do Not Obey The Word, You Do Not Love God.

The Lord told Joshua to meditate on Scripture day and night (Josh. 1:8). I’m in the Bible every day because that is the only way to stay faithful and show the Father my love.

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Hold Your Peace…

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(Exodus 14:13–14, NIV)

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today…the LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still”

In the Bible, when the people of Israel came out of slavery and were headed toward the Promise Land, they were so happy to be finally free!

But then Pharaoh changed his mind about letting them go and came chasing after them. They came to a dead end at the Red Sea and things looked impossible.

Instead of staying in faith and focusing on the fact that God had delivered them before, the Israelites got upset, fearful and started complaining…

“Moses, why did you bring us out here to die?”

Moses replied, “Stand still and you will see the deliverance of the Lord.” He went on to say…

“The Lord will fight for you if you hold your peace and remain at rest.”

And the Lord was faithful to His Word and delivered them again.

Moses knew he had to get the people out of that negative mentality or they would be defeated, and the same is true for you.

You may be in a storm of life, but don’t let that storm get in you.

Instead, set your focus on God because He is faithful, and He will fight your battles.

Stay calm and remain in peace today because God is going to deliver you and lead you into your promise land!

TODAY’S PRAYER

Thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life.
Help me keep my heart and mind focused on You.
No matter what storm I may be facing, I trust that You are working behind the scenes and ordering my steps to the promise land you have for me. In Jesus’ Name.
Amen.

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Do You Want A Private Life?

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1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV)

“Know ye not that . . ye are not your own?”

There is no such thing as a private life…
“a world within the world” – for a man or woman who is brought into fellowship with Jesus Christ’s sufferings.

God breaks up the private life of His saints, and makes it a thoroughfare for the world on the one hand and for Himself on the other. No human being can stand that unless he is identified with Jesus Christ.

We are not sanctified for ourselves, we are called into the fellowship of the Gospel, and things happen which have nothing to do with us, God is getting us into fellowship with Himself.

Let Him have His way…

if you do not, instead of being of the slightest use to God in His Redemptive work in the world, you will be a hindrance and a clog.

The first thing God does with us is to get us based on rugged Reality until we do not care what becomes of us individually as long as…

He gets His way for the purpose of His Redemption.

Why shouldn’t we go through heartbreaks?

Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us fall and collapse at the first grip of pain; we sit down on the threshold of God’s purpose and die away of self-pity, and all so called Christian sympathy will aid us to our death bed.

But God will not.

He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, and says – “Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine.

” If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.

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The Spiritual Maturity Process…

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1 Corinthians 13:9-13

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.13 But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three;

The apostle Paul wrote that he once reasoned like a child, but he had now put childish ways behind him (1 Cor. 13:11).

He was referring to the spiritual maturity process, whereby a believer’s self-centered ideas are replaced by a healthier perspective.

But maturation is just that—a process—so some immature thinking may linger with the Christian. Based on our childhood experiences, we may wrongly believe . . .

Lie #1—God’s love for us depends on how good we are.
We act as if our behavior can positively or negatively impact His affection for us. But Scripture tells us that the Lord’s love is constant; it never varies.

• Lie #2—Acceptance by others has to do with performance, not who we are.
With this mindset, we constantly try to please other people. But we can rest in the truth that God has adopted every believer into His family; we are fully accepted.

• Lie #3—Our security rests in social status, material things, or some other worldly prize.
This leads to anxiety and manipulation as we attempt to acquire what we lack. The truth is, we’ll experience peace when we realize Christ is our true source of security.

These erroneous ideas represent a “hidden enemy of love,” because godly affection can’t flourish with immature attitudes.

We must replace such beliefs with biblical truth.

Paul calls us to move toward maturity in our thinking and behavior.

Clinging to immature ways can interfere with our sense of peace, security, and joy.

Knowing the truth about God’s acceptance and recognizing that our security is in Him alone will lead to relationships characterized by His love.

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Before You Ever Speak…

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(Isaiah 65:24, NLT)

“I will answer them before they even call to Me…”

Have you ever thought about something you wanted or needed, and suddenly that need was supplied even before you had time to stop and pray?

God knows your needs before you even speak them.

He wants to provide for you and answer the very desires of your heart. Don’t ever think God is too busy to answer you.

Don’t ever think your needs are too small or that you don’t matter. The truth is that He cares about everything that concerns you, and He loves to hear you call upon His name!

When you put Him first in everything you do, when you faithfully follow His commands, He’ll pour out an extra portion of His goodness and favor upon you!

Remember, you are very special to God, and He hears you and answers you.

It may not be in your timing or in the way you expected, but know that He always has your best interest at heart. He is working things out for your good, and He will always answer — sometimes before you even call!

TODAY’S PRAYER

Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life.

I trust that You hear me and that You will answer me. Show me Your ways and teach me to trust in You as I surrender to You every area of life.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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The Delima of OBEDIENCE…

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1 Samuel 3:15 (KJV)

“And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.”

God never speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand… funny how we inwardly think, “I wonder if that is God’s voice?”

Isaiah said that the Lord spake to him “with a strong hand”, that is, by the pressure of circumstances.

Nothing touches our lives like God Himself… especially when we KNOW He is speaking.

Do we discern His hand or only mere occurrence?

Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.

Every time circumstances press, say, “Speak, Lord”; then make time to listen. ..

Chastening is more than a means of discipline, it is meant to get me to the place of saying, “Speak, Lord.”

Recall the time when God did speak to you. Have you forgotten what He said? Was it Luke 11:13, or was it 1 Thess. 5:23?

As we listen, our ear gets acute, and, like Jesus, we shall hear God all the time.

Shall I tell my “Eli” what God has shown to me?

That is where the dilemma of obedience comes in. We disobey God by becoming amateur providences ..

I must shield “Eli,” the best people we know. God did not tell Samuel to tell Eli; he had to decide that for himself.

God’s call to you may hurt your “Eli;” but if you try to prevent the suffering in another life, it will prove an obstruction between your soul and God.

It is at your own peril that you prevent the cutting off of the right hand or the plucking out of the eye…

Never ask the advice of another about anything God makes you decide before Him.

If you ask advice, you will nearly always side with Satan.

“Immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.”

Think about refraining from placing a question mark where God has placed a period.

Luke 11:13 (KJV)
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV)
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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