|Posted on July 18, 2019 at 4:45 PM|
It is exciting to know that God knew you before you were even born which gives value and importance to your journey here on earth. Knowing that God sent you here with purpose and destiny gives reason and motivation to run and finish the race set before you.
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4-6 NKJV
The truth of God’s revelation in His creation of you will only be activated and fulfilled as you acknowledge Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior and come into agreement with God’s Word that you are created by God, a very special treasure to Him, and empowered by His grace to become what He created you to be.
So I would encourage all to read and meditate on the Word of God in order to have a true understanding of your value, worth and insight of who are in Christ Jesus. This will change your whole perspective of yourself and your life to the glory of God.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! Psalms 139:13-17 NLT
(This blog post was previously posted in September 2014.)
|Posted on July 4, 2019 at 5:15 PM|
Today we celebrate the birthing of our nation, United States of America, which was founded on the fundamental truths and principles of God’s Word. Independence Day is a day where this nation should express praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving to God for releasing His mercy and grace upon its people and granting them liberty and freedom and breaking the bondage of the tyranny of government control. As a result, the people of this nation could experience liberty and freedom; and as individuals, they could become whatever they desired to be.
Faith in God, freedom, and liberty are the basic truths, central core, and thought in America. The Declaration of Independence declares the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution is set in place to secure our God-given liberty. Though we celebrate our independence from man and cultural control, perhaps we should also celebrate and commit our lives and country to the dependence on the Creator God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the source of America's independence. True liberty and freedom only come from and are sustained by God. "Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36 NKJV). One can never take this liberty and freedom for granted which was miraculously given by God.
The time has come for America to wake up for tyranny once again crouches at the door of the Republic looking to exercise control and rule over a people that have been given liberty and set free by God. Religious freedom and the liberty of free speech is being extracted from our lives. The only answer at this point is for the people of this great nation to turn again to God, to seek Him out and repent. By returning to God, America will continue to have the liberty and freedom granted to us by God.
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7 NKJV
|Posted on June 27, 2019 at 5:10 PM|
When one considers and contemplates life’s journey, it is imperative to have a proper understanding of the importance of a healthy and properly directed mindset. One’s mindset will determine the direction, quality, victory, and outcome of their life’s journey. The mind denotes the faculty of knowing, the seat of understanding and reflective consciousness, and the process of thought and perception which activates one’s reason, judgement, and determination. A person’s mind is one of the most powerful forces within the human soul coupled with the emotions and will dictate, influence, and condition the heart which in return governors thought life. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7a NKJV). Mindset is the exercise or activation of the facilities, perceptions, and thoughts of the mind in order to set, establish, and fix one’s attention upon something or someone which will cause clarity of focus and direction for one’s life. Scripture instructs each believer of Jesus Christ to “set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2 NAS).
Many believers are searching for a life full of love, joy, and peace with a desire to know God’s will and purpose for their life. However, they are confronted daily with internal conflict, condemnation, volatility, instability, and lust of the flesh as well as a sincere desire for a relationship with God. The answer is to develop a spiritual mindset that is focused on God and His kingdom rather than the flesh and the kingdom of this world. Scripture declares “for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5 NKJV). Every believer must choose to set their mind on Spirit which is life and peace for to be carnally minded is spiritual death and enmity against God (Romans 8:6-7). For those who attempt to set their mind on both Spirit and the flesh will be cast into conflict, condemnation, confusion, and a constant battle of Spirit and flesh. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Galatians 5:17 NKJV).
For a believer the condition and focus of their mindset will determine whether one has spiritual life or death, internal peace or conflict, stability or instability, and a spiritual life pleasing to God or a fleshly life which separates one from God. When a believer has not firmly established a heavenly or spiritual mindset, one opens themselves to be tossed about with every wind of doctrine and the trickery of man, the cunning craftiness of the enemy (Ephesian 4:14) and will be unstable in all their ways (James 1:8). To prevent an unhealthy mindset, Scripture instructs the believer to be transformed by the renewing of their mind (Romans 12:2), be renewed in the spirit of their mind (Ephesians 4:23), gird up the lions of one’s mind (1 Peter 1:13), and understand one has the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Scripture presents the believer with a constant contrast between those devoted to God with a life in Spirit or those devoted to the world with a life in the flesh. The prophet Elijah asked the people of his day “how long will you falter between two opinions” (1 Kings 18:21 NKJV). The same type of question could be asked of today’s believer, how long will you falter between two mindsets? A believer is known by a spiritual mindset and a life in Spirit.
|Posted on June 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM|
God created all things; and all creation exists because of God’s Word, will, and power. Upon creating the heavens and earth, God saw that all was good and then created mankind in His own image (Genesis 1). On the seventh day, God ended His work and rested from that which He had done (Genesis 2:2). Through creation the all-powerful God established His sovereign will, rule, and authority over the natural world, mankind, and the spirit realm. God’s creation was good, holy, and perfect in every way and designed to fulfill His purposes, will, and eternal plan in the establishment of His kingdom. Creation denotes that something is initiated, established, and formed out of nothing which implies an action by which something that has not existed before is brought into being. Scripture declares, “by faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Hebrews 11:3 NLT).
God existed before all of creation and set in order the design of the heavens and earth. After creating mankind in His own image, God gave specific instructions to man (Adam) to tend, cultivate, and manage the earth; nourish the heavenly atmosphere; sustain the oneness of heaven and earth; preserve the relationship between God and man, and safe guard the free flow of God’s presence. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘from any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die’" (Genesis 2:16-17 NAS). However, mankind (Adam and Eve) did not follow God’s instructions which changed God’s divine order, caused division between heaven and earth, and severed the relationship between mankind and God. Scripture declares “for the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope” (Romans 8:20 NKJV). All creation through disobedience was placed in a state of separation, darkness, confusion, corruption, decay, and death temporarily because God provided for a redemptive hope of deliverance.
In the current culture, certain segments of society, politicians, and environmentalists are expressing a concern and sounding the alarm about the condition of society and the condition of the environment. However, their reasoning in identifying the cause of the deterioration of society and the demise of the environment is misplaced and their solutions will do more harm and exasperate the problems. The redemptive hope of deliverance for creation, society, and its environment does not and cannot depend on mankind, their politics, methods or natural remedies. The redemptive hope of deliverance does depend on the sovereign God and His people. Scripture declares that all creation has an earnest expectation for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19). This is a crucial spiritual truth because God said that if my people would humble themselves, pray and seek His face, turn from their wicked ways that He would hear, forgive them and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). All creation waits expectantly and longs for God’s children (sons of God) to arise and exercise the authority and power granted to them as believers of Jesus Christ and citizens of heaven. “Because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21 NKJV).
Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created. Revelations 4:11 NAS
|Posted on June 13, 2019 at 5:00 PM|
In order for believers to achieve a victorious and fulfilled life they must have a knowledge and understanding of spiritual weapons and their applications and purposes. With this knowledge and understanding one will establish a relationship with God though Jesus Christ and be effective in handling the issues of life and every challenge set before them. Spiritual weapons are fundamental, imperative, and necessary for a believer to be properly equipped, developed, and empowered to walk in Spirit (Galatians 5:25), be an overcomer in all things (Revelations 21:7), and be victorious in the daily battles of life (1 Corinthians 15:57). ‘Spiritual’ identifies God’s divine presence and power which enables believers to facilitate their faith, belief, and strength in order to press through all aspects of life and defeat the forces of evil. ‘Weapons’ symbolizes tools, instruments, and methods utilized in one’s relationship with God to defeat the enemy, dislodge the flesh, and bring forth the kingdom of God.
Believers must properly activate and become proficient in the use of spiritual weapons to become a force and an instrument in God’s hand to bring forth His kingdom. Scripture declares “for the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4 AMP). Many believers shy away from the term ‘warfare’ and consequently never develop the weapons needed for their life. Warfare is often used as a metaphor which represents life with its everyday trials, mountains and valleys, various battles, overcoming the enemy, and one’s flesh.
Spiritual weapons are made known by God, His thoughts and ways, and identified in His Word and empowered by Holy Spirit. Here are seven spiritual weapons that are available to all believers to be activated and utilized in their lives on a continual basis. (1) Prayer: develops and solidifies relationship with God; opens a line of communication; reveals God’s heart, desires and will; activates heavenly forces; and releases spiritual power. (2) Praise: focuses the heart and soul of man towards the Lord, encourages one to declare God’s name, His purposes and will; and actively releases His power and presence that He might be glorified in all things. (3) Worship: positions one’s life before the Lord with reverence, devotion, and allegiance; brings honor to His name; and releases His glory in every realm of life. (4) The Word: solidifies the truth, cleanses the heart and soul, establishes faith, and equips to combat the enemy and all his evil forces. (5) The name of Jesus: establishes and releases God’s authority and power and the heavenly forces. (6) The fire of Holy Spirit: operates as an offensive or defensive weapon, purifies the good or destroys the evil, and demonstrates God’s power and His glory. (7) The truth: confirms the facts, defines reality, and sets the standard which are established by the Spirit of Truth.
There is an abundance of spiritual weapons available to the believer according to the Word of God and one must seek the Lord to determine which weapon will fit the strategy and plans God has for their triumphant and victorious life.
|Posted on June 6, 2019 at 7:20 AM|
From the beginning, God has instituted and established many covenants between Himself and mankind that would guide, direct, and nourish a two-way relationship. One of the most significant covenants established by God is the one of marriage between a man and woman being joined together as one flesh in a covenant agreement between them and God and between themselves.
But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. Mark 10:6-9 NAS
The foundational principle of a covenant is the coming together of two or more parties for the development and implementation of an agreement with its promises, stipulations, authorities, and responsibilities. God has ordained marriage to propagate the development of mankind, establish His body on earth, and to fulfill His desires, purposes, and plans.
The covenant of marriage is one of the greatest gifts God has granted to mankind and is a type and shadow of man’s relationship with God through Jesus Christ. To have a victorious, glorious, and blessed marriage there must be first a total commitment to the Lord and total commitment to each other. This type of commitment involves making the right choices on a daily basis to pray for one another, to love one another with the love of God, to forgive one another when forgiveness is needed, to respond to one another rather than react, to prefer one another over one’s self, to build and encourage one another in and through the issues of life, and pursue together God’s destiny for one another and one’s family.
Today my wife and I celebrate 55 years of marriage. We are grateful to the Lord for His mercy, love, grace, keeping power, and the continual fulfillment of our marriage covenant made on June 6, 1964.
|Posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:10 PM|
All creation was created to be a praise and to bring glory to God Almighty. Each individual was created, designed, and assigned by God to be a vessel of praise that God’s glory would be released in all the earth. A vessel of praise is one who has a relationship with the living God and has a continual flow of praise, adoration, and honor springing forth from their heart which enables them to experience and release the power of praise. The power of praise denotes one’s ability, willingness, and commitment to declare God’s name, purposes, and will and to release His power and presence in, through, and over all things for His glory. Flowing in the power of praise gives one access to God, activates His kingdom, enables change within the individual, solidifies the relationship with God, influences the atmosphere, and defeats the enemy. "The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My praise” (Isaiah 43:21 NAS).
The power of praise is sorely needed in a cultural environment where robust and radical praise has been greatly diminished and, in some cases, completely eradicated. Praise is one of the most powerful weapons in the advancement of God’s kingdom because praise disrupts the realm of darkness, silences the devil, dismantles strongholds, sabotages sinister schemes of the enemy, and depowers the forces of evil. The power of praise enlightens the soul, replaces the spirit of heaviness, energizes hope, breaks the bondage of the flesh, and instills a heavenly mindset. One of the greatest forces and influences that effects the climate, changes the atmosphere, and creates a godly environment is the high praises of the body of Christ (the ekklesia) which reflects the light, glory, and goodness of God.
Praise consists of a sincere acknowledgment, thankfulness, and recognition of God’s presence which includes His attributes, His promises, His perfections, His works, and His glory. God’s Word instructs believers that it is their duty, responsibility, and act of obedience to have praise at the center core and essence of their heart as a daily celebration expressing honor, glory, and recognition of God Almighty. “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17 NKJV).
When believers praise God, they declare their trust and faith in Him and strengthen their inner being with the resolve to stand for the Lord no matter what and to perpetuate the flow of God’s presence and power in all aspects of life. “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name” (Hebrews 13:15 NLT). A sacrifice of praise is something that one continually offers to God regardless on one’s station in life, issues, situations or events. Scripture instructs each believer to “rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NAS), “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NAS), and “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Ephesians 5:20 NAS). For each believer to have a life in Spirit, victorious life, healthy heart, and heavenly mindset, praise is not an option.
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! Praise him with a blast of the ram's horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalms 150 NLT
|Posted on May 23, 2019 at 5:50 PM|
From the beginning of time God has established His truths, standards, and laws for creation, the world--its culture and people with a clear distinction between good and evil, light and darkness, and sweetness and bitterness. Without these clear distinctions being rooted and established in the foundation of creation, the world--its culture and people, there will be perversion, distortion, and confusion of God’s truths, standards and laws. For God’s people there is a stern warning about good, light, and sweet. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20 NAS).
Those who fail to distinguish between good and evil; who excuse the actions of one and reproaches the other; who mock righteousness and embrace unrighteousness; who call evil men good and good men evil; who speak in praise of drunkenness, gluttony, all carnal pleasures, and fleshly lusts; and who has contempt for godly worship and service have little relationship with God. Failure to recognize the difference between good and evil will give way to adversity, affliction, calamity, displeasure, sorrow, trouble, wickedness, and chaos instead of joyfulness, gladness, righteousness, truthfulness, peacefulness and pleasure before the Lord God. Judgement will be upon those who blur, obscure, and diminish the clear lines of good and evil established by God. It is always good to remember that “a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Matthew 12:35 NKJV).
Those who fail to distinguish the light from darkness and substitutes darkness for light diminishes their ability to be enlightened and receive God’s revelation and wisdom giving way to ignorance, error, false doctrine, destruction, oppression, and crime. Scripture declares “that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19 NKJV). It is crucial that every believer in Jesus Christ understand that they have the light (John 12:35), are the sons of light (1 Thessalonians 5:5), and are to walk in His light [Ephesians 5:8]. To walk in the light signifies a life in Spirit, bringing forth the glory of God, being a beacon of light for the kingdom of God, and allowing the Word of God to be a lamp to one’s feet and a light to their path (Psalms 119:105).
Those who fail to distinguish between sweet and bitter reveal the true condition of their inner man and are guilty of reversing standards of morality, causing depravity of character, weakening a sense of righteousness resulting in a hard heart and unstable soul.
Warning. In the last days the forces of culture under the direction of the god of this age will seek to blur the lines between good and evil, light and darkness, bitter and sweet thus creating a gray zone where relativity of truth is questioned; morality, ethics, and righteousness are ignored; and political correctness governs the vocabulary which influences the atmosphere. A gray zone is an intermediate state which comes and exists between two realities and truths that has not substance, principles or standards. Believers in Jesus Christ must not reside in the gray zone of life for they will become lukewarm (Revelations 3:16), be like salt with no flavor (Matthew 5:13), be the light covered by a basket (Matthew 5:15) or have a form of godliness yet deny its power (2 Timothy 3:5).