The Future - posted 9.9.21

        Each individual must realize that what transpires on a daily basis in one’s life cannot be separated from their perception of tomorrow and what one believes the future holds. In order for an individual to have a meaningful and fulfilling life, one must understand that the influence of the present determines and defines the future. For the believer of Jesus Christ to have a life full of hope and purpose the eyes of their understanding must be enlightened that they may know the hope of Jesus’ calling and the glory of His inheritance (Ephesians 1:18) paving the way to a proper view of the future. The eyes of the understanding are the influence of the Spirit of wisdom, revelation, and the enlightenment to the heart and soul of man enabling one to see clearly what is transpiring in the present and what lies ahead.

        There is a truth that operates in every individual’s life and is preeminent in a believer’s life who has the indwelling of Holy Spirit. The truth is how one views and interprets the future on a daily basis will govern their life, determine their thoughts, dictate their actions, and shape their future. Scripture instructs that one should “not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself” (Matthew 6:34a NAS). Many have misinterpreted this Scripture saying that it is referring to not caring about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself and have ignored or dismissed any view of the future thus removing themselves from the purposes, plans, and destiny of God. Without the proper view and perspective of the future, one’s life will lack substance and stability giving way to a careless, undisciplined, and frivolous lifestyle. Daily life with no rhyme or reason gives into a mindset of carnality and a self-centered individualism that is conformed to the world, controlled by the god of this age, and leads to death and destruction.

        Having a proper perspective of the future is important for every believer in order to live a life of faith as it affects one’s pathway ahead. How one views the future will affect their daily life. What one does and how one lives on a daily basis affects and shapes their future.

        “For I know the plans I have for you” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

        (This blog post was previously posted in February, 2019.)

the Beginning and the End - posted 9.2.21

        Every form or entity of life has a beginning and an end. Life is like a book with a beginning cover and an ending cover and within the pages of that book is the substance, content, value, and purpose expressed by the writer and the intent of the author. Jesus said in Revelation 22:13 NKJV “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." So, every individual’s life whether one recognizes it or not is contained within the pages of life with Jesus Christ as their beginning and ending cover. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of mankind. And the Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not grasp it” (John 1:1-5 NAS).

        Once a disciple of Jesus Christ knows and understands that their life has a beginning which is Jesus and has an end which is Jesus then their life will have a sense of worth, purpose, and destiny. Knowing that one’s life journey from the beginning to the end is under the governance of Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s predestined purpose, be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, and be called, justified and glorified (Romans 8:29-30) will yield a life full of God’s mercy, grace, faithfulness, and lovingkindness.

        The will of God for every disciple as they travel through the times (pages) and seasons (chapters) of their life (book) is to embrace one’s significance, importance, and quality in Christ enabling them to be bold, be full of confidence, and have enhanced strength in their life’s journey granted to them by God the Father, authorized and empowered by Jesus Christ, and guided and directed by Holy Spirit. The focus of a disciple’s life needs to be on what God has called, instructed, and purposed in their current time or season of their life. “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34 NKJV).

        In this current age and culture there is much evidence that many disciples of Jesus Christ have turned their focus and attention from living everyday unto Christ to believing the narrative of the end times--doom and gloom, negative and depressive thoughts of darkness, fear of the anti-Christ, the mark of the beast--which is hindering their walk, weakening their faith, and destroying their hope. If the disciples of Jesus Christ would spend time studying the word of God, seeking the kingdom of God, developing their relationship with Jesus, and being transformed by Holy Spirit then their journey through the times (pages) and seasons (chapters) of their life (book) would be full of hope, light, and faith. God’s word declares “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV).

        I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all). Revelation 22:13 AMP

The Transformed Life - posted 8.26.21

        A transformed life is one of the greatest and miraculous acts of God which demonstrates His love, mercy, and grace to all who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3: 16 NAS). From the moment one gives their life to Jesus Christ, an internal transformation begins to take place from their innermost being. "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and bring it about that you to walk in My statutes, and are careful and follow My ordinances (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NAS). Whenever transformation takes place through a relationship with Jesus Christ, one will receive new life and hope because they become a new creation--old things passed away and all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

        Every individual will be faced with two opposing forces that will shape and mold their life and determine the quality, direction, and longevity of life. First is a life that is conformed meaning to bring into compliance with prevailing standards, attitudes, and practices of a group or society. Second is a life that is transformed meaning to radically change one’s condition, nature, character, disposition, and heart and to reshape one’s being according to the will of God and His word.

        First, there are the external forces of the world, its culture, and the god of this age which shape, mold, train, and indoctrinate mankind’s mindset to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2). Any individual who has been conformed will not have a solid foundation or standard that can be trusted to place one’s hopes, dreams, and the fulfillment of life upon. The external forces of the world will only produce an uncertainty or a battle within one’s life where there is conformity of issues, circumstances or events creating an image or mindset which is contrary to God’s word.

        Second, there is a transformed life from the inside out and secured by the Creator with everlasting life and a firm foundation with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6-7). God establishes and begins the process of a transformed life by Holy Spirit who dwells within each disciple (1 Corinthians 3:16), establishing one as new creation (2 Corinthian 5:17), and instilling hope as an anchor of one’s soul (Hebrews 6:18-19). To be transformed is to be brought into the likeness and image of the Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). God is always looking for a disciple that is willing to be transformed into a vessel that can be used and stand between heaven and earth. History is rich with people who had the desire, passion, and willingness to allow Holy Spirit to transform their lives for the advancement of the kingdom of God.

        Transformation is evident in one's life when they receive, embrace, and apply the identity God has created which agrees with and enables one’s calling, purpose, and destiny. There are some distinct characteristics of a transformed life in Christ that demonstrate a life which is loyal, committed, and surrendered to the will of God and His kingdom. Some of these characteristics are demonstrated by a life full of trust, peace, rest, humility, righteousness, mercy, grace, belief, and faith.

        Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:2 AMP

Called to Pray - posted 8.19.21

        God made provision and created a method of communication that builds and develops a relationship and connects each individual to Him. This provision and powerful method is prayer. Prayer is the means by which one enters into conversation, communion, and fellowship with the God the Father, Jesus His Son and Holy Spirit to build relationship and establish trust in the sovereign God of heaven. 

        Every believer of Jesus Christ is called to prayer. God has established prayer to set in motion activities of the Spirit, release the supernatural, empower mercy and grace, facilitate the flow of things from heaven to earth, work miracles, and elevate faith. “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it" (Matthew 21:22 NLT). The call to prayer transcends one’s position in life--their education, economic standing, spiritual experience or how long one has been a believer. Scripture instructs each believer to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV) and declares that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16 NKJV).

        The basic understanding of prayer is to ask, request, and entreat the Lord for something. However, there is a much deeper meaning to prayer which involves being personal and intimate and building one’s relationship with God. Prayer also means hearing the voice of Holy Spirit and committing to know and understand God’s will and His divine purposes.

        The call to prayer needs to be a high priority in one’s life and cannot be replaced by family, career, the issues of life, cultural busyness, or good works in a needy world. Currently in this fast-moving culture and the demands of society, time has become very difficult to manage because of the pressure to perform and to serve others. There are times when one must turn away from all the busyness and demands and turn to God who is above and distinct from all things and over all things. “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2 NAS).

        Responding to God’s call to prayer is vital to every believer’s spiritual wellbeing because of the union of one’s heart and soul with God’s heart. The following are a few reasons for and purposes of being called to pray: Prayer is seeking the Lord with all one’s heart and soul demonstrating the desire to know Him--His heart, nature and will (Deuteronomy 4:29). Prayer enables the renewing of one’s strength (1 Chronicles 16:11). Prayer is an avenue for one to seek healing (James 5:15). Prayer is releasing God’s power to transform cultures and nations (2 Chronicles 7:14). Prayer prepares the heart for spiritual worship.

        The scope of the call to prayer for every believer is personal as well as participating in corporate prayer in the church. “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18 NAS).

        (This blog post was previously posted in November, 2018.)

What's Your Testimony? - posted 8.12.21

        One of the most important questions for a disciple of Jesus Christ is “What is your testimony?” Each disciple will have a testimony working on the inside of them to be declared on the outside. What many disciples fail to recognize is that one’s testimony is living, developing, and growing by the work of Holy Spirit transforming one’s life from glory to glory into the image Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). A testimony is what a disciple is willingly attesting to; when a disciple gives evidence or proof of their personal relationship with God; a declaration of a disciple’s experiences with God’s miraculous intervention and work in their lives; a description of various encounters with God’s Spirit; and how God’s word has affected the life of a disciple.

       A disciple is a living testimony of Holy Spirit dwelling within (Romans 8:9) which confirms the evidence, affirmation, and proof of the work of Jesus Christ; establishes one as the living temple of God (2 Corinthians 6:16), and recognizes one as the living epistle which is known and read by all men (2 Corinthian 3:2). Scripture declares that creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19). Part of this revealing of the sons of God would be to uncover and bring to light the testimony of Jesus by His Spirit working sovereignly in one’s life bringing forth a wholesome kingdom lifestyle. One of the greatest weapons that is available to each disciple in order to be an overcomer is the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11).

       One of the challenges facing the body of Christ currently is that disciples do not believe they have a testimony or those who have a testimony are reluctant, unwilling or afraid to share or declare what God has done or is doing in their lives. Scripture is clear that God has not left Himself without a witness (Acts 14:17). In today’s culture a disciple’s life, word, and actions serve as a witness and a testimony to the acts, workings, and moves of God.

        Every disciple is called to discover and develop their testimony and to declare what God has done in their life. To develop a testimony of the goodness of God, one needs to change their perspective and have a heart to see God’s hand in every aspect of their life. To capture God’s perspective, each disciple must realize they have been raised up and are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6) and that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). To have a proper focus a disciple must direct their attention, desire, and passion upon the things of God and His kingdom thus developing a clear vision on how and why God is moving in their life. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2 NKJV). For the proper heart condition, one must have a profound dedication and a faithful devotion to fill one’s heart with God’s word, presence, goodness, love, mercy, and grace. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). One’s testimony should flow as rivers of living waters bearing witness to God’s glorious and majestic work in one’s life journey. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38 NKJV). 

Truth - posted 8.5.21

        One of God's foundational truths is that mankind cannot live by the wisdom of man, but that mankind can live by the demonstration of God’s Spirit and power. Our faith must not be in the wisdom of this age or of men but in the wisdom and power of God. Two fundamental elements of a victorious life are to know God's Word and to know God's power.

        Deep in your spirit lies the mysteries of God to be revealed to you by Holy Spirit. The heart and spirit of mankind must hear the voice and receive the revelations of the Lord to be guided in all truth.

        Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

        (This blog post was previously posted in August, 2013.)

By My Spirit - posted 7.22.21

        From the beginning there is an indispensable truth and fundamental principle that is tightly woven throughout God’s word so that His design, will, and plan are created in such a fashion that only by His Spirit can be fulfilled. A glaring example in the Scriptures of this truth and principle is the word of the Lord to Zechariah for Zerubbabel, a very powerful governmental official, who was instructed that all the visions of God that were given to him could only be fulfilled by the Spirit of God, not by his power or strength or any other efforts of mankind. “Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts’” (Zechariah 4:6 NAS). Might depicts one’s strength, power, force, substance or wealth and power depicts the exercise of might by one’s authority, position or capacity to obtain or accomplish something. Only by God’s Spirit can God’s design, will, and plans be done.

        The truth and principle spoken for Zerubbabel back in his day is alive, active, and applicable to a disciple of Jesus Christ today. All that mankind has discovered, developed, and built still cannot complete, fulfill or accomplish what God has designed, willed, and planned--it is only by His Spirit. "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26b NKJV). There is an alternative mindset that besets and afflicts mankind (especially the religious) which is the belief that one can bring to pass God’s will and plan for their lives for Him. This belief that mankind can do anything or accomplish the things of God without Him actually brings opposition to His word and will. Many disciples through a strong self-will, pride, and fleshly mindset with good intentions set out to do something for God by establishing ministries or works or programs forgetting the lesson that God gave to Zerubbabel. For a disciple to taste victory in what God has for them there must be a clear understanding and acceptance that God’s ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts are higher than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

        Currently disciples and churches are being hindered, broken, discouraged, overwhelmed, and weakened by the lack of trust and reliance on God’s Spirit. Disciples declare that they trust God and then proceed in their own might and power to accomplish only what God can do. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6 NAS).

Goodness of God - posted 7.15.21

        No matter where one finds themselves in life whether the mountain top or in the valley of despair; in the abundance of plenty and victory or financial debt, hardship and failure; or in basking in the utopia of rest and peace or caught in the web of stress and chaos the goodness of God is always present, never waivers, is constant, and forever faithful. The sovereign God who is all-powerful, all-consuming, and ruler over all creation is the same God who has goodness as an intricate part of His nature bringing great comfort and encouragement to each disciple of Jesus Christ. The goodness of God consists of righteousness, holiness, justice, kindness, grace, mercy, and love. Goodness is also one of the fruit of the Spirit and should be evident in the life of every disciple (Galatians 5:22).

       The goodness of God can be viewed as an attribute intricately woven into God’s nature who is inherently good. “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (Psalms 34:8 NKJV). God is the foundation of goodness which is established in His everlasting, immutable, and enduring nature which was true in the beginning, is true today, and will be true in the future (Psalms 52:1). The goodness of God is evident and emanates from God which includes His decrees, creation, laws, and word in directing all the nuances of creation and the affairs of mankind which is all good. “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31a NKJV).

        One of the greatest demonstrations of God’s goodness is that He overlooked the iniquity, sin, and transgressions of mankind and sent His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16) to redeem mankind and remove the curse from creation. One must always remember that the goodness of God leads you to repentance (Romans 2:4b NKJV). One cannot work, earn or position themselves for God’s goodness for it is available to all regardless of life’s position, history or affluence.

        The goodness of God is inherent in a disciple’s life by dependence and trust in God. For it is the goodness of God that keeps and sustains each disciple in their journey through life. Since God’s goodness endures forever, we ought never be discouraged. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7 NKJV).   

The Holy Spirit in You - posted 7.8.21

        God’s design and plan for the deliverance, redemption, and restoration of His creation from the curse of sin will flow through the triune God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and the empowerment of the body of Christ through Holy Spirit within each one in the body. The Father creates all things according to His will; the Son, Jesus Christ, delivers and redeems mankind and creation; the Holy Spirit is sent by the Father to teach, empower, guide, counsel, and unable one to live and walk in the Spirit; and the body of Christ given the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20). God has equipped each disciple of Jesus Christ with an immutable, unstoppable, and unwavering force within them.

        There is a major deficiency and failure in many disciples’ lives preventing them from having a stable, solid, and assured walk with the Lord and His kingdom. These deficiencies and failures consist of the lack of knowledge and understanding of God’s Spirit dwelling within their being. God’s plan of redemption was not only to give a pathway to heaven but also to prepare, sanctify, and create holy temples to house Holy Spirit. It is essential for a disciple to understand God’s infinite and boundless love, mercy, and grace as He demonstrates His will to redeem, regenerate, and restore broken down temples, flawed vessels, and dilapidated houses which represents humanity and turning them into the dwelling place of Holy Spirit. “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you” (1 Corinthians 3:16 NAS)? God Himself by Holy Spirit has come to live and reside inside every disciple to transform and empower their inner man so that rivers of living water flow freely and abundantly (John 7:38).

       In the current religious culture disciples often use spiritual words, religious cliches or statements, and buzzwords with little to no understanding of the meaning, substance or indwelling truth. For example, one might declare having received Holy Spirit or having been baptized in the Spirit or being filled with the Spirit yet there is no evidence that one’s life transcends, exceeds or goes beyond simple spiritual words, religious cliches or statements, and buzzwords. So let each disciple seek the truth about what is spoken about their spiritual life. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32 NKJV). The truth will move one beyond lifeless word titles and religious vocabulary into a new life of the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19), being transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18), and experiencing the abundance of Holy Spirit--His gifts, fruit, counsel, truth--and a powerful, eternal, and intimate relationship with the triune God. 

        Let us ponder on this spiritual truth that each disciple is the dwelling place, sanctuary, and the residence of Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Holy Spirit, who is God, actually lives and exists within each disciple [selah] along with His nature, character, authority, power, and presence. Yes, the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8:11) and where the Spirit of the Lord there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Seek the Lord for the revelation, truth, and reality of who lives in you and give yourself to Him.

        …that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians (3:16-19 NAS)

Your Kingdom Come - posted 7.1.21

        Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 NAS

        The antidote, solution, and remedy for the chaos, upheaval, and general condition of society ultimately rests in these Scriptural truths--God’s kingdom being ever present and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. There is a cultural belief that has been propagated among mankind that the issues, problems, and situations in life are far too complicated to be solved with simplistic answers that are derived from the word of God. Scripture declares a very simplistic truth, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NAS). The instruction is that a disciple of Jesus Christ needs to set their attention on God’s kingdom, live by the word of God (Luke 4:4), live and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25), practice righteousness in every aspect of life (1 John 3:7), trust that God knows your need (Matthew 6:8), and believe that God will supply all that you need (Philippians 4:19).

         When a disciple asks for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, one must have knowledge, understanding, and revelation of the kingdom they serve and its power, magnitude, authority, and dominion over the other kingdom. Kingdom can be defined as a sphere which designates the rule, reign, dominion, royal power, and sovereignty of a king. The King of God’s kingdom is Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). God’s kingdom is not limited by that which He created or the natural laws that He established. God makes things that are not seen into things that are seen (Hebrews 11:3) and can create from nothing and transforms what is in existence. The kingdom of God offers abundant life, provision, health, strength, and life eternal.

        For God’s will to be done there needs to be a concerted effort by a disciple to yield to God--His pleasures, desires, and plans--through obedience to His word, respect for His laws, living a righteous life, being holy, and knowing what is acceptable to Him.

        There is an inherent danger when a disciple who is in God's kingdom does not comprehend the enormous power, authority, timeless and limitless dominion, and eternal glory of the King. Because of a lack of knowledge, the disciple can be destroyed (Hosea 4:6) and caught between two kingdoms unable to serve and be devoted to either one. Without realizing and recognizing that the kingdom of God is greater than the kingdom of darkness then there is not a plausible or conceivable solution to changing the condition of society. One must be reminded that "the things that are impossible with people are possible with God" (Luke 18:27 NAS).

        For the kingship and the kingdom are the Lord's, and He is the ruler over the nations. Psalms 22:28 AMP

Divine Connections - posted 6.24.21

        The only real stabilizing force that exists in this chaotic atmosphere and cultural upheaval is one’s divine connections with the sovereign God and His kingdom. These divine connections are the only dependable and secure way in establishing a stable, reliable, and assured lifeline to a victorious life. Divine connections are established when a disciple of Jesus Christ focuses and gives attention to the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and seeks the Lord with the knowledge and understanding that His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).

        It is the disciple’s responsibility to get God’s attention and draw near to Him and He will draw near to you (James 4:8). Through divine connections one will create a lifeline that joins each disciple or a group of disciples to God which can be accessed at any time. From God’s perspective this lifeline is always available, open, and ready for each disciple to activate in order to bring a consistent lifestyle, solid relationships, continual growth, and needed answers. In the culture that exists today a disciple cannot afford to be tossed about by faulty doctrine, the trickery of men, and cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting (Ephesians 4:14). Conversely, each disciple must be anchored with a divine lifeline connecting them to God’s promises, immutable counsel (Hebrews 6:17), the word of God which is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12), the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4), and the hope that is set before each disciple (Hebrews 6:18). These divine connections are sustained by one who rejoices always, prays without ceasing, gives thanks in all things and does not quench Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19). 

        Every disciple through divine connections is empowered, enabled, and anointed to live life on a higher level than in the natural realm and is able to surpass the culture of mankind and the dominion of the god of this age because each disciple is seated with Christ in the heavenly places. "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV).

        For a disciple to have healthy, wholesome, and sustaining connections with the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--on a daily basis, there must be a commitment, effort, and time invested in their relationship with God and position themselves to receive His wisdom, capture His perspective, walk in the Spirit, and activate the principles of the kingdom.   

The Fear of God - posted 6.17.21

        Fear is one of the most powerful forces and determining factors in society, culture, and every individual’s life. Fear will guide, encourage, and enhance one’s development and create a lifestyle that is wholesome, constructive, and victorious or fear will lead to a lifestyle that is destructive, full of upheaval, encased in bondage or embedded in failure.

        Each disciple of Jesus Christ must have a clear knowledge and understanding that there is an immense difference between the fear of God and the spirit of fear. The fear of God (of the Lord) is an inherent truth which is expressed in Scripture from the beginning to the end and is absolutely central to having the right relationship with the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and is essential in developing a kingdom of God lifestyle. 

        The fear of God is fundamental in a disciple’s life in identifying and revealing the dynamics of God’s character and nature that He is love (1 John 4:8) and also a just God (Isaiah 45:21). A disciple’s fear of God is identified as reverence, awe, and the admiration for the love, mercy, and grace of God; however, equally important is the fear and awe of God who reigns supreme, rules the universe, and exercises godly justice. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29 NKJV). 

        Fear in a worldly setting carries a much different origin and concept then the fear of the God. The origin of this negative force of fear is the god of this age who uses sources such as society, culture, government, and mankind to initiate control, manipulation, anxiety, despair, and bondage. One living in the atmosphere of ungodly fear is subject to the spirit of fear which produces painful apprehension, undisciplined emotion, misplaced passion, lack of resolve, weakened faith, anticipation of harm, and the expectation of failure. Any individual caught in the grip of this ungodly fear can be set free by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and placing their trust in Him. For Scripture declares “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

        One might ask why fear God? The reason a disciple of Jesus Christ must have the fear of God (of the Lord) is because He is the sovereign God with matchless power as the Creator of all things and all people (Psalms 33:6-9), continually exercises His authority and power over His creation and mankind (Mark 4:39-41), alone is holy (Revelation 15:4), is manifesting His glory before mankind (Matthew 17:1-8), grants forgiveness for the sins of mankind (Psalms 130:4), and is the word of truth (Psalms 119:160). 

        Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27 AMP

Whose Report Will You Believe - posted 5.27.21

        In today’s culture there are many contrasting and contradicting reports. God through His word, Spirit, and body of Christ will bring forth His report and the god of this age and his designed worldly system will continually declare a different, contrasting, and often time contradicting report. Whose report will you believe? Isaiah 53:1a NKJV states the question, “Who has believed our report?” The word ‘report’ is simply defined as the message, news, information or voice that is heard and believed. Isaiah is asking or determining what people are hearing, receiving, and believing from the servants of God.

        The body of Christ has a challenge today of knowing the true report of the Lord and discerning all other reports, news, messages or voices whether from man, media, government or deceptive lies of the enemy. Scripture is clear, “know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32b NKJV). It is a necessity for the disciples of Jesus Christ to develop and maintain the proper relationship, commitment, and passion towards the Godhead (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). A disciple needs to know God’s word, hear His voice, and embrace His will which enables one to persevere, evaluate, and discern all reports.

        In order to discern the report of the Lord, each disciple and the body of Christ as a whole must be rooted and built up in their belief in God, His word and kingdom. When being properly rooted and built up, a disciple will have the assurance of their faith, the knowledge that no weapon formed against them will prosper, and understanding that “the things which are impossible with men are possible with God" (Luke 18:27 NKJV). With this kind of knowledge and understanding a disciple will develop strength in their inner being with an immutable conviction, steadfast confidence, and a well-grounded doctrine enabling one to deliver and bring forth the report, news, information, and message of the gospel with boldness, tenacity, and unrelenting faith. The report of the Lord given or received is greater--more potent, powerful or persuasive—than the narrative of the enemy, mankind, and other ruling forces. 

        A disciple of Jesus Christ must believe the report is from the Lord, true, and grounded in Scripture in order to give a believable report.

        But they have not all heeded the Gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed (had faith in) what he has heard from us? Romans 10:16 AMP

We Will Not Be Shaken - posted 5.20.21

        Currently in our society there are forces at work that are causing an atmosphere of confusion and instability which produces much uncertainty in many lives. A disciple of Jesus Christ whose life is firmly placed on the rock (Luke 6:48), who stands on the sure foundation of God (2 Timothy 2:19), and who knows that God is not author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) will stand on the truth and declare that “We Will Not Be Shaken”.

        God’s desire for each disciple of Jesus Christ is to become an unshakable force in a very confused and unstable world because they have been given a kingdom which cannot be shaken. Scripture declares that the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21) and that kingdom cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28). Scripture also admonishes disciples to stand fast in the Lord (2 Thessalonians 2:15), cast all your care upon the Lord (1 Peter 5:7), and believe that the battle is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47).

        To live a life that cannot be shaken each disciple must have the knowledge and understanding that according to God’s word that Holy Spirit who is an immutable and unshakable presence and force dwells within them. Holy Spirit through the baptism of fire will establish the kingdom of God within each disciple which cannot be shaken. The phrase 'cannot be shaken' speaks of one that cannot be moved, flustered, jolted, or overcome. To ensure and secure a life that cannot be shaken one must know that the word of God abides within (1 John 2:14), the word of God is effectively working in you (1 Thessalonians 2:13), one must abide in the Lord (John 15:7), and one must embrace the work of Holy Spirit within them and understand that no external power, presence, force or entity can cause one to become shaken, unstable, overcome or undone.

        Remembering that God is sovereign and works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11), any shaking that takes place is under His authority and control. Scripture declares in Hebrews 12:26-27 that the Lord will shake both earth and heaven to remove those things that can be shaken and those things that cannot be shaken will remain.

        Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 NAS

Peace - posted 5.13.21

        God’s peace is a life-giving quality that every individual needs at the center or core of their being whether on the mountain top or in the valley of despair. God’s peace is a multifaceted dimension of who God is--His presence, nature, and character--made available to everyone through His Son Jesus Christ. For each disciple of Jesus Christ, the peace of God is fundamental in experiencing the fulness of God’s kingdom which is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). The peace of God often refers to the inner tranquility, calmness, serenity, and poise of a disciple’s life whose trust is in God through Jesus Christ and the presence of Holy Spirit. Isaiah had a revelation and understanding of the coming Messiah (Isaiah 9:6-7) and spoke of this peace as a composite and blending of trust, hope, rest, and the quieting of the soul as result of reconciliation with God.

        When a disciple of Jesus Christ develops a mindset, discipline, and lifestyle of accepting and affirming God as their refuge (Psalm 46:1), one begins to experience the peace of God in every aspect of their life. While experiencing the blessing of a mountain top lifestyle with victory, abundance, and accomplishment, the peace of God will keep one focused on Him and not give way to the emptiness of material things or momentary and temporary pleasure. For each disciple must have the understanding that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17 NKJV). For disciples who are experiencing the challenges, issues, and failure of the valley of despair, God knows your every need (Matthew 6:8), will never forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), and His peace will invade and change the elements and makeup of one’s storm, chaos or upheaval and bring about order, uniformity, and rest. For the disciples whose journey is currently normal, God’s peace will enable one to experience life without all the highs and lows. According to the Scriptures, God will make the high places to become low and the low places to become high and the crooked places become straight (Luke 3:5).

        Scripture declares in John 14:27 NKJV “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” God will bring peace to a disciple of Jesus Christ in every situation, issue, challenge, and aspect of life as one places their trust in Him. 

        So long as we are preoccupied with any other thing than God Himself there will be neither rest for the heart nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters into our lives coming from His hand, then no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings--whether in a hovel or prison dungeon or at a martyr's stake--we shall be enabled to say, "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places (Ps. 16:6). But that is the language of faith, not of sight nor of sense.” [quote by A. W. Pink]

        Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 AMP  

Pray and Trust in the Lord - posted 5.6.21

        Currently what is transpiring in America is the development of a cultural unrighteous divide in the land that can only be closed, repaired, and healed by its people returning to God. Scripture declares "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25 NKJV). The result of this great divide is that our nation has lost its way and identity and continues to disregard the Constitution which is a covenant with God; is no longer motivated by the spirit of excellence; has embraced an entitlement mindset; gives way to political correctness and tolerance in the name of fairness; and justifies unrighteousness. One focus point to be utilized in the observance of the National Day of Prayer for America is for God’s people to totally and completely put their trust in Him and follow His instructions. “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In” (Isaiah 58:12 NKJV).

       Can you imagine what would happen in America if everyone who calls on the name of Jesus Christ would come together, be the repairs of the breach, and restorer of the streets. So, let all disciples of Jesus Christ come in agreement, trust in the Lord, and pray for mercy and grace that His will be done. In Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV we are instructed, "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." God will respond as the body of Christ repents and is unified and in one accord having one voice and standing in the gap between heaven and earth seeking the Lord and interceding for America.

       Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly] 1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP

       Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. Proverbs 3:5 AMP   

Knowing God - posted 4.29.21

        Life’s journey is filled with opportunities, situations, events, and happenings which are all designed to introduce and connect one’s life with God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. All things whether good, bad or indifferent are meant to draw people to God, transform their lives, and reflect God's design and purposes. It is God's will and desire for all to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and be submitted to the governance of His Spirit and the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11). “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV).

        “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV). Understanding this Scripture will cause a paradigm shift in one's focus and assist in searching for and experiencing God's will and purpose in every opportunity, situation, and event that happens to them. No matter what state, circumstance or position one finds themselves in, it benefits them to seek, discover and encounter God and His Son Jesus Christ as well as to experience the workings, dealings and molding of Holy Spirit. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV).

        Currently in today's culture there is a major hindrance in the quest to know and experience God. The challenge is that many believers do not understand the difference between having knowledge of and about God and actually experiencing the reality of God--His actions, grace, mercy and love. For example having knowledge and studying about God’s love is different than experiencing His love. A believer’s life that is based solely on the knowledge about God will focus their attention on the hand of God--things, results, and needs--instead of life changing experiences, mercies, and grace that transform the inner man into the likeness and image of Jesus Christ.

        Scripture instructs believers to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33 NLT). Regardless of any situation that exists God instructs the believer to seek Him, His Kingdom and righteous living for two reasons: (1) to create a belief, reliance, trust, and relationship with Him and (2) to build character, strength, faith, and experience in knowing Him.

        The instruction to King Solomon should also be embraced by every believer. "As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. (I Chronicles 28:9 NKJV)."

       (This blog post was previously posted in April, 2017.) 

Break Free - posted 4.15.21

        Currently in today’s atmosphere and environment many restraints and controls have been implemented in society that have made changes in the lifestyle of many Christians. This atmosphere and environment give the appearance that life is at a standstill, the future is bleak, and hope is fading. Disciples of Jesus Christ should not allow these natural changes to invade their relationship with God and their spiritual life. The time is right for every disciple to break free of restraints, hindrances or controls that has affected, intruded or encroached on their spiritual life. At the same time each disciple is called to elevate their expectations, empower their belief system, and expand their faith by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17) and stretching out their spiritual tent pegs (Isaiah 54:2).

        When a disciple does not have discipline and allows their spiritual life to be restrained and controlled by external forces and does not break free from them, then eventually they will succumb to the development of strongholds and enable these strongholds to take root in the inner man causing a deep-seated change within the makeup one’s identity. Strongholds, fortresses, and walls are being built at an alarming rate in the lives of people because of self-preservation, insecurity, vulnerability, various forms of abuse, a continuing development of a godless culture, and the lingering fear and effects of the plague (coronavirus). Strongholds are mind-sets, attitudes, and ways of thinking that have been developed, believed, and accepted over an extended period of time. The influence of strongholds upon a person's soul and thought process will over time lead to being controlled and manipulated by life circumstances and not being able to live a fulfilled life.

        Breaking free of the restraints, controls, and strongholds of man is essential for a disciple to elevate their life to the proper spiritual level, rise up in the light of His glory, have a new zeal for the things of God, and fresh fire of the Holy Spirit. A disciple must embrace the truth that they are governed by the rule and reign of God’s kingdom which is within them and are guided, directed, and empowered by the indwelling of Holy Spirit (John 16:13, Romans 8:9). No matter what restraints and controls are put in place externally in one’s life there needs to be understanding that breaking free originates in the inner man and then extends outwardly. Let each disciple step beyond the normal Christian routine by stepping into the rivers of God’s Spirit, embracing the spiritual life from within, being the spiritual force and light in the world, and releasing the kingdom of God.

        For a disciple to live a break free life they must abide in Jesus Christ and His words (John 15:5,7) which enables the giftings, anointing, and power to break all strongholds and bondages and eliminate hinderances that prevent one’s freedom to live and walk in Spirit because when Jesus sets one free, they are free indeed (John 8:36).

Transcendent Light of God - posted 4.8.21 

        The intrinsic and penetrating darkness that exists today in individual lives, culture, and the affairs and governance of mankind can only be eradicated by the transcending light of God and the radiance of His glory. Darkness has been on the earth since the beginning of time. The earth was full of darkness both spiritually and naturally until the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the deep (Genesis 1:2) and God spoke light into existence which penetrated the darkness (Genesis 1:3). 

        Scripture declares that darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people. However the Lord through the radiance of His glory and His transcending light will arise upon His people and His light will be seen by all (Isaiah 60:1-2). “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 NAS). God in His eternal plan for mankind and creation sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the source of His transcendent light upon and in the world. Jesus declared "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" (John 8:12 NKJV) and also declared “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world" (John 9:5 NKJV).

        The eternal plan of God was that Jesus would not remain here on earth but would ascend to His rightful place as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords seated at the right hand of His Father. The miracle of God’s transcending light is that Jesus who is the light of the world would transform and empower His disciples to be instruments of His light throughout the world. Scripture declares to each disciple of Jesus Christ in Matthew 5:14 NKJV “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Now the one light of the world becomes a multifaceted light as it is released through multiple vessels which is the body of Christ. (As the graphic demonstrates--a single ray of light passes through the hand of Jesus and multiple rays of light come through the other side.)

       In today’s culture I hear a continual dialogue and discourse in the body of Christ as to the amount and depth of darkness that has been released into society without realizing that they are the answer. Disciples of Jesus Christ need to stop focusing on the darkness and be the light to the world as instructed by Jesus. "No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light” (Luke 11:33 NKJV). One can only imagine what would happen if the light of each disciple came in oneness within the body of Christ to shine the light of Jesus Christ into the dark, evil, and corrupt world and destroy the dominion, power, and hold that darkness has on the affairs of mankind. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NAS). When light shows up, darkness must flee.

       For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10 NLT

  

The Resurrection - posted 4.1.21

        The season is upon us of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s look beyond the normal trappings of man-made rituals and materialism to capture a life-giving truth -- that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Receiving revelation of this truth enables each believer to live and walk each day in the Spirit and newness of life.

        Resurrection is the central doctrine of being a Christian affirming that God raised Jesus from the dead on third day (Mark 10:33-34). Without the resurrection, the entire belief system is faulty and preaching of the Word and faith are in vain (I Corinthians 15:14). So important and significant is the resurrection of Jesus Christ that without it there would not be the remission of sins (1 Corinthians 15:17).

        As the body of Christ celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ annually, every believer should celebrate it daily. "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23b NKJV). Every day as we yield to the power of the cross there is a perpetual flow and release of the power of the resurrection.

        Remember that "the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you" (Romans 8:11 NJKV). Through the cross, resurrection, and renewing life of Holy Spirit we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

        Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:4-5 NKJV

        (This blog post was previously posted in March, 2016.)

The Power of Words - posted 3.25.21

        The desire of many disciples of Jesus Christ is to have a quality and productive life both spiritually and naturally thus fulfilling their life purposes and dreams. For every disciple there is one common component in life which is instrumental in determining the scope, content, and value of their life which is the quality and nature of the words that proceed from their being either spoken or written. Understanding the nature and power of words is crucial for the development of one's character, mindset, and disposition.

        Scripture stresses that it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man but what come out of the mouth that defiles and man (Matthew 15:11). In this modern era of communication, much of the written word via social media has replaced the spoken word but has the same results as spoken words. The outlook, effectiveness, quality, and character of one’s life is the sum total of words spoken or written whether to the good or bad. This is why King David prayed "Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips" (Psalms 141:3 NAS). The essence of David's prayer is that God would guard him from the temptation of speaking anything rashly, unadvisedly, and improperly and not allow any unrighteousness to come from his mouth. “Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification according to the need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29 NAS).

        Words are one of the most powerful and potent forces that are available to mankind and particularly a disciple of Jesus Christ. Words have creative power which will ultimately bring life or death. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit" (Proverbs 18:21 NKJV). Each disciple must understand and realize that by words we honor God and define ourselves as ones who have been given a new heart, new spirit, and the indwelling of Holy Spirit. A disciple’s words that are spoken or written without the governance of God’s word, guidance of Holy Spirit, the discernment of one’s inner being (heart), and temperance of one’s thinking will lead to double-mindedness, unstable spiritual life, and words with no value or substance.

        At no other time is recent history has the importance and relevance of the spoken or written word been scrutinized, examined, judged, and tested. The god of this age has released a war on the spoken or written word where entire lives, careers, families, and government are being manipulated, changed or destroyed with an aggressive agenda to regulate or eradicate the liberty of one exercising the right of free speech. In today’s culture a disciple of Jesus Christ must have the resolve, tenacity, perseverance, and steadfastness to stand firm in one’s commitment to God’s word, be guided by the Spirit of Truth, have the internal fortitude to speak or write the truth, and be obedient in communicating God’s word.

        Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalms 19:14 NKJV

Buy the Truth - posted 3.18.21

        Much emphasis and value are placed on the ability to buy tangible items. There are large amounts of time, effort, and money spent in order to obtain, acquire, and maintain material things that have little value and a limited life span. God makes available a very powerful and influential intangible item that one can buy that has no limits and is eternal--the truth. Scripture instructs to "buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding" (Proverbs 23:23 NKJV). Anything that has intrinsic value, worth and importance that is connected to God and His kingdom will have a corresponding cost. For example, King David declared “I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing” (2 Samuel 24:24b NAS). Such is the case with the truth. In order for a believer to buy the truth there will be an inherent cost to them.

        For one to buy or acquire the truth there must be an acknowledgement of the Spirit of truth (John 16:13); an acceptance of the word of truth; and a commitment to God’s ways, principles, requirements and commandments. Currently in the church culture there is a belief and mindset that one can rent or borrow the truth without ownership, cost or sacrifice. This is highly deceptive. This kind of deception is what leads to manipulation which weakens, compromises and changes the truth to line up with cultural demands, man’s doctrine, and justification of the lifestyle of mankind. To take ownership of truth requires the implantation of that truth into one’s life and to keep the integrity and ethics of that truth regardless of cost or personal sacrifice.

        Once one has bought and committed to the truth it is very dangerous to exchange that truth (Romans 1:25) for something of lesser value or a lie for personal gain. Truth is founded and established on the Word of God and the execution of His will. Any exchange in the truths found in God's Word would be classified as selling the truth. In the current culture, truth is open for debate, divided into acceptable and unacceptable, used as a means to gain the favor of man, and compromised to be relevant. A believer either stands in and for the truth at all cost or they sell out and exchange the truth.

        For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3 John 3-4 NKJV)

        (This blog post was previously posted in August, 2017.)

Our God is Faithful - posted 3.11.21

        Exiting from a very turbulent year and entering the unfolding of this current year, it is extremely important where one places their trust and confidence. One needs to trust and have confidence in someone or something that does not change and is trustworthy, faithful, enduring, and steadfast because it will affect their mental and spiritual state, approach to life, and quality of life. Proverbs 3:5 NAS instructions are to “trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Knowing the fundamental truth about God’s faithfulness is essential for one to place their trust in God with the understanding that God always does what He has said and fulfills what He has promised. “Everything about God is great, vast, incomparable. He never forgets, never fails, never falters, never forfeits His word. To every declaration of promise or prophecy the Lord has exactly adhered, every engagement of covenant or threatening He will make good” (A. W. Pink).

        God is faithful to the covenant with His people who love and obey Him. Faithfulness is the quality essential to His nature without it He would not be God. "Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments" (Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV). Each disciple of Jesus Christ must understand that because God is faithful does not mean that He is predictable or can be anticipated. Many relationships with God are weakened or destroyed because of this misconception or having a preconceived notion on what God will do which leads to presumption, faulty expectation, weakening of faith, and gross disappointment. Every day disciples must “seek the LORD and His strength” (1 Chronicles 16:11 NKJV) and “trust in the LORD, do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” (Psalms 37:3 NKJV).

        God’s faithfulness contrasts sharply with mankind’s unfaithfulness and rebellion. “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is” (2 Timothy 2:13 NLT). Mankind is prone to be unfaithful due to the condition of their heart and soul which causes them to break vows, violate trust, undermine confidence, and not have the substance of faith to sustain commitments and promises. One of the greatest fruits of regeneration is the transformation of the inner man moving them from being unfaithful to being faithful.  

        When the Scripture declares God is faithful, it means that He is dependable, loyal, stable, steadfast, trustworthy, secure, firm, and enduring. God is true and will adhere to all His promises with consistency. The root word of 'faithfulness' comes from the word 'Amen' meaning “so be it.” The faithfulness of God and His word is an unbreakable, immutable, and everlasting covenant promise. God’s faithfulness is far beyond what one could achieve on their own. Here are some wonderful benefits that God’s faithfulness will accomplish in a disciple’s life. God’s faithfulness is instrumental in bringing change, giving value, providing protection, satisfying hope, establishing faith, demonstrating His power, and reaffirming His love in the life of His people.

        God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:9 AMP 

It is Time to Seek the Lord - posted 3.4.21

        In the current environment and atmosphere, mankind and society have entered into a time and season which is seemingly void of understanding, filled with uncertainty, riddled with fear, and lacking surety of the future. One must come to the understanding that God is sovereign, all powerful, omnipotent, faithful, everlasting, and nothing is too great for Him. "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God" (Luke 18:27 NKJV). I declare to every disciple of Jesus Christ that it is time to “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6 NKJV). The Scripture declares that “He (God) changes the times and the seasons; He (God) removes kings and raises up kings; He (God) gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He (God) reveals deep and secret things; He (God) knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him” (Daniel 2:21-22 NKJV emphasis added).

        Scripture is very clear for each disciple and the body of Christ (ekklesia) to prioritize and set their attention, concentration, and lifestyle to seeking those things which are above and not be entangled or deceived by focusing on the things on the earth (Colossians 3:2). Considering all that is transpiring in this time and season, it is evident that many have placed their focus on the things on the earth, man's systems, requirements of culture, limited resources, and under the control of the god of this age. Making a conscious choice of turning one’s heart toward the Lord will change a misplaced focus.

        What does it mean to seek the Lord? It means to pursue; place one’s attention, concentration, and devotion into knowing the Lord--His nature, character, and attributes; and experience His presence. In seeking the Lord, one ultimately is seeking His presence which literally means seeking His face. It is time to seek the Lord for within Him rests all the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to navigate one’s way through this time and season. Scripture teaches that “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV).

        Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face continually. Psalms 105:4 NAS  

The Fear of the Lord - posted 2.25.21

        The fear of the Lord is a foundational truth that sustains, guides, and preserves society and its culture. This truth is particularly crucial in the life of each disciple of Jesus Christ in order for one to live in righteousness and holiness before the Lord. Holy fear is the key to unlocking the mysteries of God, treasures of salvation, life in the Spirit, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God’s kingdom and its lifestyle (Isaiah 33:5-6). “Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm” (Proverbs 19:23 NLT).

        Currently in today’s environment the Scriptural concept of the fear of the Lord is troubling and disconcerting to those who do not understand that it is a command of God. When Scripture refers to the fear of the Lord, it means for one to have a deep respect, high esteem, and reverence and awe of God’s presence, power, and authority. The fear of the Lord leads and causes one to be drawn to God rather the be frightened or afraid of a relationship with God. The fear of the Lord acknowledges God’s good intentions (Exodus 20;20), is brought forth through God’s word (Psalms 119:38), brings activation of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7), is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10).

        Each disciple’s life is enhanced by a clear understanding of the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord leads to life, brings understanding of the consequences of disobedience, keeps one’s tongue from evil and their lips from speaking deceit, enables one to depart from evil, strengthens one in time of temptation or trials, causes harmony with spiritual laws that governs life, enables obedience to God’s commandment, guides one’s life according to His word, and motivates one to do good and to seek and pursue peace.

        Without the fear of the Lord, one will not take seriously the word of God, their lifestyle, the propensity of sin or willful disobedience which have enormous consequences which lead to a broken or dysfunctional relationship with God. As for a society and its culture when the fear of the Lord is ignored, discounted or outright rejected, then evil, catastrophic, and bad things begin to happen such as destruction of communities, failed education systems, increase in crime, deadly viruses, economic upheaval, corrupt government, dismantling of structural truth, and increase of dark and demonic influences. The lack of the fear of the Lord is very prevalent throughout the world and is eating away the very fiber of society and its culture. “LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you” (Psalms 130:3-4 NLT).

        But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day (Proverbs 23:17b NKJV)   

God's Presence - posted 2.18.21

        Throughout Scripture the Lord responds when His people gather together as one and in one accord, worship in Spirit and truth, pray fervently, and keep His word. It is encouraging and exciting to see how God has responded to His people such as in 2 Chronicles when His people came together as one, making one sound, "that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God" (2 Chronicles 5:13b NKJV). In this verse the cloud speaks of the Spirit of the Lord and the glory speaks of His presence filling the temple. A second reference found in 2 Chronicles is when Solomon finished praying, fire came down, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple (2 Chronicles 7:1-3). God's response in both is that the Lord's Spirit came in and filled the temple with His glory and manifested presence.

        In the New Testament, God's people were instructed in the book of Acts to gather in one place and wait for Holy Spirit. Being obedient to the instructions of the Lord, they gathered in one place, in one accord, and prayed. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2 NKJV). Also in the book of Acts it states how again God responded to the prayers of His people. “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31 NKJV).

        God's response to His people is the same in both the Old and New Testaments when they are unified in one accord, gathered together, obedient to His word, exercising genuine spiritual worship, and fervently praying. The one difference is now the temples to be filled with the Spirit of the Lord, His manifest presence, and His glory are the believers of Jesus Christ who are the dwelling place of Holy Spirit.

        God is eager and desires to fill every temple with His fullness as He has in the past, as He will today, and as He will in the future. This should encourage every believer to worship, pray, and be obedient to His word so that their lives are filled with the presence of God.

        (This blog post was previously posted in September, 2015.)

The Right Perspective - posted 2.11.21

        The right perspective governs one’s mindset, attitude, and faith which influences and determines what is possible or impossible. Perspective is the way one views life, interprets the issues of life, determines one’s mental state, and prioritizes their lifestyle. Scripture is quite clear in reference to life’s possibilities “with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27 NKJV). Often one’s perspective is shaped, molded, and formed by life experiences, family history, culture norms or worldly forces which influences how one perceives, reacts, and handles their life journey. When an individual receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, their perspective begins to be altered, shifted or changed from man-centered, cultural driven, fleshly oriented lifestyle to one of Christ-centered, kingdom driven, and spiritually oriented lifestyle thus creating a godly perspective.

        For a disciple of Jesus Christ to create and develop the right perspective there must be a realization that one has been raised up and seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), is exhorted to seek those things which are above where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1), and is trusting in the Lord with all their heart, and leaning not on their own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). There must be an understanding that each disciple’s position has been established by the Lord and that God is able to govern, rule, and demonstrate through Holy Spirit His eternal power, everlasting promises, and kingdom principles. The right perspective is God’s perspective which will always move one from the impossible to the possible.

        In today’s culture many disciples have the wrong perspective and give way to clichés, old sayings or phrases such as ‘anything is possible’ or ‘all things are possible’. The intent of these type of comments for most disciples is to bring hope and encouragement which will cause one to press on in life. The challenge is the concept and understanding of the word 'possible' when it is based on the wisdom, capability, and workings of man and their ability to produce without a guarantee of lasting results. Approaching what is possible from a natural realm and humanistic perspective will cause many unanswered questions and raise the level of unbelief.

        Disciples of Jesus Christ must have a godly perspective with the understanding that all things are possible because the limitless, eternal, and all-powerful presence of God is exercising His will to fulfill all that He has set in motion. Possible is a derivative of power and compared to dynamite and dynamo meaning strong, mighty, and powerful. God releases His divine power in and through each disciple increasing their ability to breakthrough and accomplish whatever is set before them. Scripture identifies the key, condition, and right perspective needed to experience the possibility of God. In Mark 9:23 NKJV Jesus said, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." The possible of God is activated by believing and placing confidence and trust in God with full commitment to His ways, will, and word.

Hope - posted 2.4.21

        Hope is one of the most crucial, vital and powerful ingredients in a person’s life. Hope is so important that a person cannot have a sustained faith without it. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). Hope keeps the inner man stable and prevents a lifestyle of being tossed to fro. Hebrews 6:19 declares that this hope--the promise of God's unchangeable purpose-- is an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast. The meaning of hope is for one to have a confident and favorable expectation, something yearned for, and anticipation of good that is based on a solid foundation and certainty.

        Currently there are many challenges which have caused hope in people's lives to be diminished and in many cases destroyed. This is happening because people place their hope in various sources which are unreliable and unstable such as human philosophy, ever changing culture, man-made promises, and entities with no foundation. Hope is not based on positive attitude, optimistic outlook or wishful thinking but must be based on the truth of the unchangeable, immutable character and nature of Jesus Christ who is our hope.

        Every believer’s relationship with the Lord is directly connected to hope and their understanding that God is hope (Romans 15:13) and without Him the eternal, limitless, true hope does not exist. There is confidence and expectation in the God of hope because Romans 5:5 NKJV declares, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” 

        Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 NKJV

        (This blog post was previously posted in August, 2015.) 

Truth - posted 1.28.21

        Truth is an extremely important concept in culture today which shapes our individual lives, family dynamics, careers, and church life and directly affects the world we live in. More importantly truth determines and shapes our relationship with God, His word, and our belief system which directs every aspect of life. Life without truth is full of bondage, driven by darkness, full of doubt, fictitious, and contains no surety or stability. However, life which is rooted in truth will demonstrate reality, sincerity, accuracy, integrity, truthfulness, and is totally dependable. Scripture is very clear in John 8:32, "and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 

        In order to know the truth one must have a relationship with Jesus Christ who is the truth. As stated in John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'" The source of all truth is from God the Father who sends the Spirit of truth, who is the Holy Spirit, and will guide you in all truth according to John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come." To be rooted in the truth one must have a relationship with Holy Spirit and brought forth by the word of truth as stated in James 1:18, "In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures." 

        In the world today, truth is often looked at with disdain and manipulated to produce bondage, to bring forth doubt, create uncertainty, crush hope, promote darkness, perpetuate a false narrative, and create a culture that is contrary to the will of God and opposes His word. The antidote to today's approach to truth is to know Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, and the word of God which will enable every believer to discern what truth is and what it is not. 

        (This blog post was previously posted in February, 2015.) 

Light of the World - posted 1.21.21

        Surrounding today’s culture there seems to be a great deal of uncertainty regarding the forces of good and evil and light and darkness. God declares in His word and instructs His people “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). The only answer to the uncertainty within today’s culture is the penetrating light of God. God is the light that radiates and transmits rays of light throughout all creation and invades the very fibers of darkness. “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 NKJV).

        To ensure the world and all creation that darkness would not rule or prevail with its dense, destructive, and evil forces, God gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16) to bring everlasting life and light. Jesus declared that “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life" (John 8:12 NAS). So, the light of the Father is now in the world though Jesus Christ who challenges and invades every realm of darkness.

        Scripture declares that Jesus has given to his disciples that which the Father gave to Him (John 17:8-11). Jesus has commissioned each disciple to be the light of the world. "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14 NAS). Every disciple is a beacon of light who is called, instructed, and empowered to shine the light of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world and to guide all those who are covered by darkness or maneuvering their way through the darkness. When light is manifested, darkness must flee. Light and darkness cannot exist together.

        Throughout history evil and darkness have existed because the heart of mankind is inherently evil and dark (Mark 7:21-23). The evil and darkness which is evident in today’s culture is not new and awaits the disciples of Jesus Christ to let their light shine (Matthew 5:16). “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV). God declares in His word and instructs His people “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NAS).

        In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. John 1:4-5 AMP    

The Solid Rock - posted 1.14.21

        These are tumultuous times where the very foundations, life principles, authenticity of truth, and viability of life’s norms have come under severe attack, shaking, testing, and trial. As one navigates their way through these times, there must be a focus on the sustaining truth which is declared in Scripture—"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2 NKJV). Understanding the power of this Scripture reveals the immutability of God which means He does not change (Malachi 3:6) and is not subject or affected by anything outside of Himself. He is immovable regardless of any actions of creation, the rule of man, the influence of the enemy, and darkness.

        There is no other place a disciple of Jesus Christ can stand for the assuredness of life than the solid rock of God and then the attribute of the immutability of God starts to develop in their heart and soul. They will become immovable when it comes to the word of God, His principles, His righteousness, and His holiness and no longer will be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. Ephesians 4:14 NKJV states “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting.” 

        With God and in His kingdom, there are things that cannot be shaken and will remain forever--for example, God’s word; His everlasting principles of truth, law, and righteousness; and His eternal promises and purposes. These are not altered or modified by time, circumstances, human opinions, or laws and remain the same from age to age and generation to generation throughout the world. Man’s opinion or doctrine cannot change them, the power of government cannot change them, cultural pressure or force cannot change them or the god of this age cannot change them. 

        The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, the Rock of my salvation! 2 Samuel 22:47 NKJV  

Awaken - posted 1.7.21

        The dawning of a new year is upon us and with great expectation we enter the gates with thanksgiving and the courts with praise (Psalms 100:4). It is time to look forward to a spiritual awakening where the possibilities are endless to serve God, experience God’s presence, and expand His kingdom. As one sets their course under the guidance and direction of Holy Spirit and formulates their plans for this year, one needs to focus on the things above (Colossians 3:2), press towards the call of God (Philippians 3:14), seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33), and yield to God’s purpose (Revelation 17:17) and will for their life (Ephesians 6:6).

        The remedy for cultural and worldly concerns, issues, and challenges is the release of God’s presence and an awakening where God’s Spirit sovereignly moves upon the hearts of mankind resulting in a harvest of souls and a change in the atmosphere and climate. The prelude to an awakening is for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to humble themselves, pray, seek His face, turn from their wicked ways (2 Chronicles 7:14), awake from their sleep (Ephesians 5:14), come out of their slumber (Proverbs 6:10), rise and shine (Isaiah 60:1), and be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). Every disciple of Jesus Christ is exhorted, encouraged, and admonished to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV). So, disciples can boldly say "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV).

        Awake and arise is a call and instruction from the Lord our God to every disciple and the body of Christ as a whole. Many desire to experience the presence of God and awakening in the Spirit and heart, renewal in the soul, and the light of Christ. However, they do not recognize and embrace the call and instructions of the Lord. A disciple is a co-laborer with God in any move of God, awakening or revival, for God established a covenant between Himself and His people (Genesis 17:7-9). Jesus re-established a covenant relationship in John 17:22-23 NKJV, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” An awakening by God will have little effect or meaning unless each disciple lives and walks in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

        Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago. Isaiah 51:9a NAS 

Light Invasion - posted 12.24.20

        Christmas is the celebration of the kingdom of light invading the kingdom of darkness. Scripture declares in Isaiah 9:6 NKJV “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” While there is attention focused on the description of the Child born, there was also an enormous invasion of the kingdom of God and its King. Scripture also declares that this Child is the Lord of lords and King of kings (Revelation 17:14b).

        When the Christ Child came, the kingdom of darkness had to yield to God’s Son and His light. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5 NLT)

        The miracle of Christmas was that the Lord placed the seed, called the Word, and the Word became flesh inside of a human being (John 1:14). The heart of man is where Father God would set his kingdom in motion. In the same fashion every believer has had a spiritual birth inside of them which brings forth the kingdom of God and its light. Luke 17:21b NKJV declares "the kingdom of God is within you." The miracle of Christmas lives on because the light of the Lord and His kingdom is in the heart of every believer to shine in a very dark world.

        You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV)

        As the lights of the Christmas season shine bright, penetrating the darkness, celebrating the joy and hope that the Lord Jesus Christ brings and releases to all creation, remember that you as a believer are living lights of the kingdom of God.

        (This blog post was previously posted in December, 2015.)  

What a Mighty God We Serve - posted 12.17.20

        It is a marvelous blessing that at the conclusion of every year each one is given the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God which brings new hope, faith, and expectation in entering the gates of the year to come. This past year has been very tumultuous, turbulent, and unsettling; however, much praise must be given to God for His infinite mercy, grace, faithfulness, and sustaining power extended to each disciple of Jesus Christ during this time enabling each one to end this year with a celebration of the King of Kings and Lord of Lord. This celebration of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords sets the hope and atmosphere of great expectation as one approaches the new year.

        As one enters the gates of the new year with a thankful heart and the courts of daily life with praise (Psalms 100:4), a disciple of Jesus Christ can draw from the worship song entitled “What a Mighty God We Serve” to encourage each one to move forward in representing the kingdom of God. Some of the encouraging words of this song are: “What a mighty God we serve - Angels bow before Him - Heaven and earth adore Him - What a mighty God we serve - He holds the winds in His hand - And He is the great I AM - He is the bright and morning star - And without Him I would fall - What a mighty God we serve.” Let each disciple of Jesus Christ enter the new year with fullness of faith, trust, boldness, and assurance in our God who is mighty.

        This year’s journey has caused many to encounter situations, issues, and experiences that are larger, greater, and more powerful than oneself which required one to surpass the known status quo, conventional thinking, standard methods, and cultural norms and to be challenged to go beyond what appears in the natural world. Understanding and embracing God’s sovereignty, authority, and mighty power will require a paradigm shift in the belief system and level of faith of each disciple. "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God” (Luke 18:27 NAS). Turning to the Lord changes one's perspective causing the transformation of man’s reliance on systems, doctrines, finances, and power structures to God’s principles and ways, a Spirit led life, the activation of the word of God, and trust in God for His provision.

        There is a truth and principle that works in conjunction with the mighty power of God. When there is a force and power in existence, it can only be altered, changed or destroyed by an equal or greater power which overcomes and replaces it. God with His mighty power will transform every life circumstance, issue, and battle to victory for His glory. When there is a battle, Scripture declares that the battle is not yours but God’s (2 Chronicles 20:15). When the cares of this world tend to become overwhelming, Scripture declares that each disciple is to cast all their care upon the Lord, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). When the needs of life or a particular need are great, Scripture declares that the Lord knows your need before you ask (Matthew 6:8) and He will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19). When there is no rest, Scripture instructs one to come to the Lord and He will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). These are just a few examples of transformation when God's mighty power overcomes and brings victory. What a mighty God we serve.

        And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength Ephesians 1:19 AMP    

A Living Hope - posted 12.10.20

        The sustaining power of living hope resides within every disciple of Jesus Christ. Each disciple’s future is secured and satisfied by God through His Son Jesus Christ who is one’s source of hope. “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27 NKJV). Living hope is a light that penetrates, extinguishes, and quenches the power of darkness that exists in the world and releases a beacon of light within each disciple empowering one’s faith to overcome and surpass the various issues and challenges of life. When living hope is active in a disciple’s life, one is able to set their mind on the things above (Colossians 3:2), know that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that one could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20), understand that God knows things you have need of before you ask (Matthew 6:8), and believe that God is compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in mercy and truth (Psalms 86:15). “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3 NAS).

        Hope is one of the most crucial, vital, and powerful components of a person’s life. Hope is so important that a person cannot have a sustained faith without it. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV). Hope keeps the inner man stable and prevents a lifestyle of being tossed to and fro. Hebrews 6:19 AMP declares, “This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells].” The meaning of hope is for one to have a confident and favorable expectation, something yearned for, and anticipation of good that is based on a solid foundation and certainty.

        In today’s culture and atmosphere of the pandemic, cultural upheaval, political uncertainty, and economic issues, hope has been weakened, diminished, and in some cases destroyed. This is happening because people place their hope in various sources which are unreliable and unstable such as human philosophy, ever changing culture, man-made promises, and entities with no foundation causing continual disappointment and discouragement. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12a NAS). Living hope is not based on positive attitude, optimistic outlook or wishful thinking but must be based on the truth of the unchangeable, immutable character and nature of Jesus Christ who is our hope.

        Every disciple’s relationship with Jesus Christ is directly connected to hope and their understanding of the God of hope (Romans 15:13) and without Him the eternal, limitless, true hope does not exist. There is confidence and expectation in the God of hope because Romans 5:5 NKJV declares, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” 

        Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 1 Peter 1:3 NAS

Stand Firm in the Faith - posted 12.3.20

         If there ever was time for the disciples of Jesus Christ to stand firm in the faith, now is such a time. Disciples of Jesus Christ are instructed and called to stand firm in their faith and be strong and courageous in their walk and life. For Scripture declares “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13 NAS). In the midst of uncertainty, upheaval, corruption, evil, and gross darkness that currently exist, it is time for each disciple to activate their faith and be strengthened in the light of His glory (Isaiah 60:1-2). It is time to awaken and arise, trust in the Lord, and hear the instructions of the Lord by His Spirit to live as true disciples with His power, anointing, and strength to bring forth the authority, righteousness, and light of Jesus Christ.

        In this current season there is a testing or trying of the faith of the disciples of Jesus Christ which will reveal the true substance, level, and depth of their faith. It would benefit each disciple to accept, embrace, and welcome the testing and trial of their faith to be properly equipped (Ephesians 6:16) and make a stand for the kingdom of God. Scripture instructs each one to “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you — unless indeed you fail the test” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NAS). An examination of one’s faith will determine whether their faith is based on the physical and natural realm which allows the external forces to govern the level, substance, stability, and steadfastness of one’s life which determines how long one can stand on what they believe. Or whether one’s faith is based in God’s word, will, purposes, and the indwelling Holy Spirit enabling one to stand no matter what the external forces are.

        For a disciple of Jesus Christ to be stand firm in their faith, one must understand the correlation of faith and the unseen or invisible world. Scripture declares that God framed the world through His word so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3). Scripture also captures the essence of the principle of the unseen when it declares that “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17 NKJV). Every disciple who stands firm in their faith and activates their faith will be able to live and operate in the realm of the unseen and have the ability to bring what is invisible into the realm of the seen. It is imperative for every disciple to realize that they have been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). The real issue in standing firm in one’s faith is their courage and determination to develop, establish, and expand and increase that measure of faith given by God.

        Every disciple of Jesus Christ must know and understand the vast difference between positive attitude, wishful thinking, and declaring something compared to a disciple’s faith which is rooted or anchored deep within a relationship with the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and a total reliance on both God’s voice and written word. Steadfast faith enables one to stand firm in the assurances of God’s promises and eternal hope that “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NAS).

        Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 AMP 

Thanksgiving Proclamation - posted 11.26.20

Thanksgiving Proclamation

        Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

        Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” 

        Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

        And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

        Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

        (This blog post was previously posted in November, 2013.) 

Stand Fast in the Lord - posted 11.19.20

        Currently in today’s atmosphere there is a testing of one’s faith, a challenge to one’s beliefs, and a shaking transpiring throughout the body of Christ which is the preparation and prelude to the outpouring of Holy Spirit, awakening, and revival. Scripture admonishes the disciples of Christ to stand fast in the Lord (1 Thessalonians 3:8), stand still and see the salvation of the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:17), cast all your care upon the Lord (1 Peter 5:7), and believe that the battle is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47).

        There might be an appearance that God is not moving, the forces of darkness are prevailing, and hope is fading. So now is the time to acknowledge the Lord, stand fast, and declare His word. The appearance of something can be very deceiving for life is never at a standstill. God’s creation is perpetually moving forward to fulfill and accomplish His plans and purposes. Holy Spirit is always moving. The river of Holy Spirit’s presence is continually flowing and is available in the life of each disciple rising hope and the belief that all things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23). This is the reason Scripture instructs the disciples of Christ to “stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1 NKJV). 

        'To stand' is a military term which means to stand one's ground, be alert, be watchful, be prepared, and be fully equipped to fight at all times. "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13 NKJV). 'To stand fast' requires the gathering and focusing of one's thoughts, motives, decisions, and action which determines one's integrity and character and releases the spiritual dynamics to stand fast in the Lord (Philippians 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 3:8).

        A disciple of Christ is admonished and encouraged to stand fast in the faith, be brave and be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13) and to stand against the wiles, schemes, and lies of the devil (Ephesians 8:11). For a disciple to stand fast, one must have an understanding and assuredness of the substance on which one is standing. Is the disciple standing on the rock of Christ or sinking sand, the word of God or the opinion of man, the voice of God or the voice of the enemy? The Prophet Elijah when he was on Mount Carmel stood in front of the people and said, "How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him” (1 Kings 18:21 NLT). The same type of question could be asked today, how long will the disciples of Christ waver between the authority of God and the authority of man, the word of God and edicts of man, the voice of God or the voice of man, the voice of God’s prophets or the false prophets of Baal, and the kingdom of God or the kingdom of this world.

        In this season we all find ourselves in one needs to stand fast in the knowledge that God was in the beginning and is in the end and all that is between. Jesus Christ, the son of God, declares “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8 NKJV). God’s Spirit is on the move--the future is bright and hope is ever present for Jesus Christ is the hope of glory. 

The Sovereignty of God - posted 11.12.20

        Currently in this season of time with cultural disarray and uncertainty having the knowledge of God’s sovereignty and understanding that God has the last or final word in the affairs of mankind, governing forces, and existing authority is imperative for every disciple of Jesus Christ. The sovereignty of God transcends and surpasses all of mankind’s thoughts, words, deeds, and agendas allowing and bringing forth all of God’s will, purposes, and plans for the furtherance of the His kingdom.

        Scripture identifies the sovereignty of God in Isaiah 45:18 NKJV “For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other.’” God’s, the Father, sovereignty is manifested through His Son Jesus Christ. “For by Him [Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV emphasis added).

        Knowing and understanding the sovereignty of God is a foundational principle of life which identifies the substance, purpose, and omnipotence of the living God. God’s sovereignty signifies that He is the one who rules and reigns all creation. God is supreme, has preeminence in all things, directs all things, and works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. Divine sovereignty means that God is immutable in His counsel (Hebrews 6:17), unchangeable in His promises (2 Corinthians 1:20), and unlimited in His power toward all who believe (Ephesians 1:19). God declares “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me” (Isaiah 46:9 NAS) and “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10 NAS). Once a disciple of Jesus Christ comes to acknowledge and embrace the sovereignty of God, their view of life, spiritual walk, belief system, and faith will be dramatically changed enabling one to experience the fullness of God’s kingdom.

        There is a truth that brings stability--God is sovereign--nothing happens in the heavens, upon the earth, in every spiritual kingdom, in all creation, and in every person’s life without the full knowledge of Almighty God.

        I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things. Isaiah 45:5-7 NKJV

I AM WHO I AM - posted 11.5.20

        God Almighty is the supreme ruler and sits upon His throne exercising supreme and independent authority over all forces, activities and events. The sovereignty of God is absolute, immutable, irresistible, and infinite and does not change, adjust or react to any other force whether good or evil. God is sovereign, all powerful, all seeing and all knowing. God rules as He pleases, is not under any laws outside His nature, and is accountable only to Himself. God Almighty, the great I AM, is here and ever present in this world governing the affairs of mankind and ruling over all good and evil.

        God demonstrated His greatness and power when He instructed Moses to go before Pharaoh and declare to Pharaoh the release of God's people. Moses questioned his own validity and by what authority he had to stand before a worldly king and God’s people. God said to Moses "I will certainly be with you" and "I AM WHO I AM" and "you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you'" (Exodus 3:10-14). Jesus said that "before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58); and "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). Each believer has the same I AM with all His majesty present for them in everything, every way, and every day. As it was with Moses, the majority of Christians are asking the same type questions today because they do not know who they are or who is in them. Every Christian needs to capture the revelation that the Spirit (Holy Spirit) of the great I AM resides in them (Romans 8:9) granting them a new identity and authority to release the kingdom of God here on earth.

        In the midst of all the chaos, evil, and manipulation in this world, God has not lost His identity. However, mankind under the influence of the god of this age has attempted to change and redefine God’s identity here on earth. By changing how people perceive God and reducing His nature to a manageable state to fit their limited and carnal mind, culture, and self-centered agendas. Then people wonder why they do not see or experience the move of God's Spirit or His kingdom on earth. A relationship with the great I AM through Jesus Christ and the power of Holy Spirit has no limits or restrictions and is timeless and eternal.

        The great I AM brings transformation and reformation to every believer who releases their lives to Holy Spirit to be changed from the inside out receiving the revelation that they are now God's I AM here on earth and releasing the full manifestation of God’s presence and kingdom. The great I AM is as present with each believer as He was with Moses. Wherever the believer goes and whatever they do the great I AM is with them.

        "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8 NKJV

        (This blog post was previously posted in November, 2016.)   

Spiritual Discernment - posted 10.29.20

        The stability and character of any society and its quality of life is dependent on the willingness of its people to take responsibility and have discernment. This discernment includes knowing right from wrong, good from evil, light from darkness, and truth from falsehood and then having the fortitude to stand, build, and create a wholesome atmosphere and climate in which to live and grow.​

        Spiritual discernment is particularly important for disciples of Jesus Christ for they have been given life, truth, light, and God’s word. Every disciple is responsible for their level of discernment and for developing and empowering discernment to the fullest extent. “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil “(1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 NAS). There is a similar warning and instruction given in 1 John 4:1 NAS, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." Discernment is not optional for a disciple of Jesus Christ--it is required because each one has been given Holy Spirit who brings life and leads in all truth.

        Discernment for a disciple of Jesus Christ in this current age has become clouded, arduous, and difficult because of the infusion of mass communications, social media, cell phones and the dissemination of information which is designed to continually to infiltrate, occupy and control one’s mindset. One must understand discernment is the power or faculty of mind and spirit which enables one to have sharp perceptions, exercise judgment, and determine the ethical and moral substance of something. Simply put discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide and make careful distinctions between two or more forces such as good or evil, light or darkness, and truth or falsehood.

        For a disciple of Jesus Christ, discernment takes on a whole new dimension, degree of importance, and spiritual significance because of the indwelling of Holy Spirit who is to each disciple the Spirit of truth (John 16:13), wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17), understanding and knowledge (Isaiah 11:2), and counsel and might (Isaiah 11:2). Every disciple has the capability and insight to know, understand, and discern God’s will and desire for them in every situation; to identify the true nature and spirit of things; and to discern the atmosphere and climate in which they live.  

The Body of Christ - posted 10.22.20

        The body of Christ is a term used to describe the collective body of believers of Jesus Christ who are designed to function as one body known as the church (ekklesia) under the headship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Colossians 1:18). “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12 NAS). God’s design and plan for His spiritual body on earth is for a unified body functioning as one organic entity. Mankind and the god of this age have separated and segregated the body of Christ into individual parts functioning by itself with their own agendas, purposes, and plans. Also, in this current age the digitizing of communications has exasperated and intensified the independent approach to the one body in Christ. Oneness and unity are so important for the life and functionality of the body of Christ that Jesus prayed and petitioned God the Father “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:21 NKJV).​

        The principle of unity and oneness of the body of Christ existing, operating, and thriving as one entity is rooted in the word of God and requires every believer to understand that first and foremost they are a citizen of the kingdom of God and under the authority and reign of its King, Jesus Christ (I Timothy 6:15). Individualism is the breeding ground for division, disagreement, and disunity preventing the whole body from being in agreement with God’s heavenly purposes and plan. “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed” (Amos 3:3 NKJV). The challenge that presents itself today is the mindset of members of the body of Christ who believe that whatever affects or happens to them does not have any bearing on the body as a whole. Scripture is very clear “so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 NAS). When God answers prayer, performs a miracle or moves by His Spirit on behalf of an individual it is not only for that person but also for the encouragement, benefit, and strengthening of the whole body of Christ.

        The health and welfare of any society will be dramatically affected by an active, vibrant, and dynamic presence of the body of Christ in their midst. Throughout history whenever and wherever the body of Christ has come together as one unified entity there has been a move of God that has transformed and reformed every aspect of life. The body of Christ and individual members of it are light bearers to a dark, evil, and lost world. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14 NKJV). The body of Christ is called to bring light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death (Luke 1:79), to be instruments of God’s truth that freedom may exist and flourish (John 8:32), and to be peacemakers in the midst of a chaotic and turbulent world (Matthew 5:9).

        The most unstoppable force on earth is the body of Christ united as one under the banner of its King, Jesus Christ.

        Now you [collectively] are Christ's body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function]. 1 Corinthians 12:27 AMP  

The Greater Voice - posted 10.15.20

        There are two prominent voices that will dramatically influence, affect, and transform the atmosphere and environment of society and its people. First and foremost is the voice of God the Father who speaks to all creation through Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, the angelic host of heaven, and His prophets. “The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty” (Psalm 29:4 NKJV). Second is the voice of the body of Christ (ekklesia) who are called to be vessels of God’s voice to mankind, society, and all creation. The key for every member of the body of Christ both collectively and individually is to hear God’s voice; receive, agree, and respond with an obedient heart; and release and speak forth what God has said into the lives of all mankind.

        God predominantly uses the disciples of Jesus Christ as instruments to speak forth His word because they have within them Holy Spirit who knows and discerns the deep things of God. “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10 NAS). For this reason, the voice of a disciple of Jesus Christ is extremely important because each disciple has been given the responsibility and instruction to communicate God’s will, desires, and word with clarity and understanding. The voice of God through the disciples of Jesus Christ brings knowledge, understanding, truth, and the power of His word. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV).

        Every culture is shaped, molded, and formed by a predominate voice whose influence and power is stronger and greater than any other voice. For the kingdom of God, it is the voice of God and His people; and for the world, it is the god of this age who is Satan and the ungodly. The word 'voice' is defined as a sound, vibration, and audible noise formulating a pattern of speech which transforms thoughts, ideas, messages, and agendas from the invisible realm to a visible material realm. Every voice seeks to be heard, occupy space, and seek expression in order to bring forth the fullness of influence and power for good or evil. In order for any voice to take root, there must be receptivity of the voice and agreement with the voice. The battle is which voice will be heard and dominate in order to reach the hearts and minds of mankind.

        Once a voice is manifested and takes root it will become more powerful and increase in influence until confronted by an equal or greater voice. In today's culture the most predominant voice that rules and influences is the god of this age which opposes the manifestation of the kingdom of God here on earth. When disciples of Jesus Christ are passive, are weak, are lacking in knowledge, and do not discern the voice of the god of this age but accept the voice without a challenge, they give power and strength to the voice and it becomes very contagious and destructive in ruling the hearts and minds of mankind. There is a greater voice—the voice of God the Father which by the power of Holy Spirit is released through the body of Christ (ekklesia). “To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice” (Psalm 68:33 NKJV).

        In this current age, it is time for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to activate their voice, be an oracle of God, come forth with boldness, and steadfastly declare that the kingdom of God as at hand.  

Awake / Arise - posted 10.8.20

        Awake and arise is a call and instruction from the Lord our God to every believer of Jesus Christ. "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." Ephesians 5:14 NKJV

        Many in the body of Christ have a desire to experience revival in the Spirit and heart, renewal in the soul, and the light of Christ. However, they do not recognize and embrace the call and instructions of the Lord. AWAKE and ARISE are prerequisites in the preparation for a move of God.

        Awake means to rouse up from sleep, stir up, come out of slumber, and awakening out of slothfulness (Proverbs 6:9-10). Why does a believer who is active--taking care of their family, going to work, attending church, etc.--and loves the Lord need to be awakened from spiritual sleep and slumber?

        The Lord showed me that many believers are in a spiritual sleepwalk. Sleepwalking is the condition and state of a person who is asleep yet walking and functioning as if they were awake. Spiritual sleepwalking means that a person is functioning in life without discerning and detached, seeing but not perceiving, hearing but not understanding, and touching yet out of touch. This condition produces instability, weakness, vulnerability, and opens the inner man to be attacked in the very substance of its belief. If asleep, one cannot stir the Spirit and stir up spiritual gifts.

        Being awakened by the Lord will have little meaning unless the believer rises up and walks in the Spirit. The second prerequisite in the preparation for a move of God is to arise from being spiritually dead. Arise means to spring up into action, become operative, be visible, present yourself, and come out from a lower to a higher place or position. Arise is an activation word calling for believers to wake up, come alive, report for duty, and allow Holy Spirit to flow in and through their lives.

        Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. Ephesians 5:14 NKJV 

        (This blog post was previously posted in July, 2015.)

The Dwelling Place - posted 10.1.20

        God’s dwelling place has no limits and is infinite because the sovereign God is omni-present throughout all heavens and creation. Throughout the ages, God has created and chosen places where He has established special dwelling places for His purposes and pleasure. God created the earth as a dwelling place with mankind (Genesis 1: 1-9) then came the fall of mankind destroying the purity of that dwelling place. After the fall God established several dwelling places where He could place His presence and be among His people. The tabernacle of Moses was built with specific instructions in order for God to meet with His people (Exodus 26-30); then the tabernacle of David was erected as worship unto the Lord (2 Samuel 6:17-18); and the temple of Solomon was established as a more permanent structure (I Kings 6).

        Each dwelling place of God was established as a foreshadow and typology of the coming forth of a specially designed, sanctified, and consecrated temple to house the Spirit of God. Every individual who accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord has become that dwelling of the Lord (Romans 8:9). Also the disciples of Christ collectively known as the body of Christ is the dwelling place where Holy Spirit resides (Ephesians 2:22). “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16 NAS) So, the dwelling place of God is within the heart of every disciple of Christ where worship, prayer, and the word is released and where an abiding relationship is established with the triune God.

        A dwelling place is where one resides over an extended period of time in order to live, abide, and inhabit that is conducive and compatible to one’s life. The dwelling place is of the utmost importance because one needs a place of belonging, rest, habitation, liberty, comfort, and freedom to express one’s identity, personhood, lifestyle, and life’s ambitions. God equally desires and values a place of dwelling where His Spirit can dwell in order to express and release His nature and presence and to develop a relationship with His people to fulfill His desires, will, purposes, and eternal plan. Through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, God has established and developed a special dwelling place for His Spirit within the heart of a disciple of Christ. “May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts!” (Ephesians 3:17a AMP)

        The Apostle Paul identifies the disciples of Jesus Christ as the dwelling place of God. “Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit who lives within you, whom you have received [as a gift] from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19 AMP). Being the temple of God carries the duty and responsibility of maintaining the condition, quality, atmosphere, and purity of one’s life which leads to holy (1 Peter 1:16) and righteous (1 John 3:7) living. The key to maintaining God’s temple is for one to abide in Christ. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4 NAS). The word abide means to dwell--you dwell in Christ and Christ dwells in you.

God's Remnant Rising - posted 9.24.20

        There are people beginning to rise up in this current age who have divine wisdom and knowledge and are empowered by the Spirit of God to affect change in the atmosphere of darkness, chaos, and upheaval in the world today. These people are identified as God’s remnant which consists of disciples of Jesus Christ who are dedicated to bring forth the kingdom of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world, light into the darkness, order into disorder, peace into chaos, and rule and authority into lawlessness. The truth is no matter what transpires in the world God always has a remnant.

        The remnant can be defined as those who remain after all is said and done and have been chosen, preserved, kept, and set aside by the mercy and grace of Almighty God. The remnant is formed into a nucleus of disciples who are committed to the Lord, stand in faith, and trust in God. The survival of the remnant rests totally on God's steadfastness, providence, and Word which is the result of His goodness and faithfulness toward His chosen people who are established in the divine covenant of promise. “In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice” (Romans 11:5 NAS).

        For the remnant to be effective, each disciple of Jesus Christ must rise up and be activated in the realm of worship, prayer, the word of God, and the daily operations of God’s kingdom. The stature and condition of the remnant is maintained by disciples that know that the gospel is true, are developing a righteous and strong character, are being witnesses of Christ, and are influencing those around them with a lifestyle demonstrating godly attributes and spiritual fruit. The remnant is anointed, commissioned, and empowered to bring forth the word of God declaring His will and good pleasure to bring heaven on earth, to release God's authority, and to effectually change the atmosphere and spiritual climate of the culture.

        In 1 Corinthians 15:58, there are four keys to the stability of the remnant. (1) Each disciple is to be "steadfast" which means to be firm, strong, and confident in the faith and embracing God’s truth at all times. (2) Each disciple is to be "immovable" which means to have a solid and impenetrable foundation, be persuaded and fixed in God’s truth, be incapable of being moved, and be permanently cemented in the gospel of Jesus Christ. (3) Each disciple is “always abounding in the work of the Lord” which means to be a doer of God’s word and will, active in all that the Lord requires, diligent, and righteous and prudent in representing the character, presence, and glory of the Lord. (4) Each disciple must know that their "labor is not in vain in the Lord."

        The rising remnant of God empowered by Holy Spirit is being quickened, awakened, stirred, and revived to bring peace to the storms of chaos, to calm the seas of trouble, to release the light of God's glory, and to eradicate the power of darkness that covers the people. The light and brightness of God's glory upon the remnant will draw men to the Lord.

        Arise, shine; for your light has come. And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:1-3 NAS   

What Has Defined You - posted 9.17.20

        Every individual has been defined is some fashion in their life which has shaped, molded, and determined who they are, their purpose, and their direction in life. In creation God created and defined mankind in the image and likeness of Himself to reflect, represent, and demonstrate His nature and character and have dominion and authority over all creation (Genesis 1:26-27). God’s process of defining an individual began before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). God’s process continued by one being woven together in the womb (Psalm 139:14-17), breathing life into one’s being (Genesis 2:7), and giving detail instructions and commands (Genesis 2:9-17). Upon the fall of man, God enhanced His plan to define mankind through the life of His Son Jesus Christ and the indwelling of Holy Spirit.

        There is a real identity crisis that exists in individual lives and the body of Christ (ekklesia) which has created a wilderness mentality causing people to live with no definition. There is a concerted effort in this current age to define people by categories in order to fit a particular narrative, agenda or belief system. Once defined, then there is an expectation for each person to conform to a defined image, behavioral pattern or persona which is meant to manipulate and influence one’s life and align their inner being to external forces.

        It is essential and imperative that every disciple of Jesus Christ have a clear and distinctive understanding of who they are as a child of God and not give opportunity for any worldly, humanistic or demonic forces to define them. Scripture is clear that a disciple of Jesus Christ is “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 NKJV). Each disciple must not be defined by external forces for God predestined each one to be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29), transformed by Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18), and identified with the triune God (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

        There is a definitive reason Scripture instructs each disciple of Christ to humble themselves and cast all their cares upon God (1 Peter 5:6-7); set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2); be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man which was created according to God (Ephesians 4:23-24); and understand that God knows the things you have need of before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8) as it will aid and assist each disciple from being defined by external forces or powers. There are many forces seeking to define people by their politics, economic standing, level of education, health issues, race or religion and looking to change one’s perception and opinion of themselves and create an identity that separates and alienates one from God and His people.

        God has created, designed, and defined each disciple of Christ with a predestined purpose and destiny. “In Him also we have received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:11-12 AMP).  

Being an Overcomer - posted 9.10.20

        Being an overcomer is an achievement that every individual aspires to, desires, and pursues in every aspect, endeavor, and facet of one’s life. The foundation of one who overcomes is their relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus declared that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV). Overcomers are disciples of Jesus Christ who are victorious in resisting the power, temptation, and cultural norms of the world’s system. An overcomer is not perfect, sinless or blameless but one who prevails, is steadfast, and is determined to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), press on (Philippians 3:12), and run the race (Hebrews 12:1) until the end or finish line. One does not turn away when times, issues or life get difficult or become a backslider or defector.

        Overcoming requires total trust and belief in the sovereignty of God; complete dependence on His Word, voice, promises, direction, and purposes; and faith to follow His plan for one’s life. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NAS). To overcome means to rise above, conquer, subdue, vanquish, overpower, and prevail against any conflict, issue, obstacle or challenge that stands in the way of one being obedient and fulfilling what God has called, instructed, and purposed. A believer who overcomes is known as one who is obedient (2 Corinthians 2:9), is faithful to God’s Word (Titus 1:9), is steadfast and immovable (1 Corinthians 15:58), finishes the race (Acts 20:24), and endures to the end (Matthew 24:13). “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21 NAS).

        Being an overcomer is more than wishful thinking or hoping for something, it necessitates a decision and a choice to live by faith (Romans 1:17), have a strong and vibrant belief system (Mark 9:23), be a doer of the Word (James 1:22), and work out one’s salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Scripture declares that “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7 NKJV). Every believer of Jesus Christ has been equipped and empowered by God through His Word and His promises, giftings, and instructions to be an overcomer in every aspect of life.

        For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5 NAS

        (This blog post was previously posted in September, 2019.)

Faith is Motion Activated - posted 9.3.20

        With all that has transpired and taken place in 2020, there is good news to be discovered in the midst of disturbance and upheaval. In order to take full advantage of that which God has provided during this time of a pandemic, economic uncertainty, and civil unrest, the grace of God will aid, encourage, and motivate a disciple of Jesus Christ to activate their faith. Oftentimes problems, situations, and events in one’s life are meant to engage one’s faith, build trust in God, and to reveal the dynamics and depth of one’s relationship with God. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NAS).

        Every disciple’s faith needs to be activated because faith without works is useless or dead. “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead)” (James 2:17 AMP). Faith with no motion to it is like a body with no life, a computer with no power, a vehicle with no gas or life without a purpose. Faith must be activated, developed, perfected by works, and empowered by action. Faith is so essential to the life of a disciple that God will test, try, and examine the dynamics and substance of faith in one’s life. “So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed” (1 Peter 1:7 AMP).

        Every disciple needs to accept and embrace every challenge, problem, situation, and issue of life as an opportunity to develop their faith, resiliency, mindset, and belief system and renew and reestablish a trusting relationship that is pleasing to God. Scripture instructs all disciples that “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV).

        The time has come for every disciple of Christ to activate their faith with spiritual tenacity and boldness that requires one to be steadfast, firm in purpose, unwavering, and established with conviction in their beliefs and God’s kingdom. When a disciple has activated their faith, they will shed unbelief, doubt or fear and will demonstrate a life of courage, strength, and confidence in the execution of their faith.

        You see that a man is justified (pronounced righteous before God) through what he does and not alone through faith [through works of obedience as well as by what he believes]. James 2:24 AMP

God of the Breakthrough - posted 8.27.20

        God’s perspective is dramatically different than mankind’s perspective. As daunting, chaotic, and frightening the situations and conditions are that currently exist, there is nothing too large, encompassing or difficult for the sovereign God. “Ah LORD GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You” (Jeremiah 32:17 NAS). 

        Who is this God of the breakthrough? He is the sovereign, triune God who rules and reigns over all creation. The triune God is the Father known as Jehovah, Yahweh, the Great I AM, the creator of all things. The triune God is Jesus Christ, the son of God, who is the redeemer and savior of mankind, light of the world, source of life, head of all principality and power, the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and the vessel though which all things were created. The triune God is Holy Spirit who is the eternal Spirit of God; Spirit of truth; Spirit of counsel; Spirit of wisdom, understanding and knowledge; the one who hovered and brooded over the waters of darkness before creation; and raised Jesus from the dead. “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome” (Deuteronomy 10:17a NKJV). 

        How can an individual become connected and aligned with the God of the breakthrough and experience His wonder working power, saturating presence, divine deliverance, and abundant life? The first step is to acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord for He is the only pathway to the God of the breakthrough. The next step is to acknowledge the indwelling of Holy Spirit within their being who guides one in all truth, causes eternal transformation, and aligns their life with God’s purposes and will. Then as a believer of Jesus Christ, one must change and be transformed into a new image, have a clear understanding of who they are in Christ, discover and unfold the purposes of God, be committed to a journey of faith, and be dedicated to walk and live in Spirit. When a believer develops a relationship with the God of the breakthrough, one will realize that their life has gained a new dimension of worth, significance, and value before God, His kingdom, and mankind.

        Once a relationship is established with the God of the breakthrough each disciple will recognize that they are redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), bought with a price (1 Corinthians 7:23), delivered from the power of darkness and placed in the kingdom of His Son (Colossians 1:13), a son of God (Galatians 3:26), a heir of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17), and granted kingdom authority (Luke 10:19). For the Scriptures declare that in a disciple’s life “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NAS) and “no weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV). 

        Let each disciple of Christ rely and trust the God of the breakthrough. “For the sovereign Lord is awe-inspiring; he is the great king who rules the whole earth!” (Psalms 47:2 NET) 

God's Word, Our Foundation - posted 8.20.20

        When there is a firm and solid foundation established upon God’s word, the body of Christ (ekklesia) is able to firmly stand without wavering on the fundamental truths, principles, and statutes of God’s word and will influence, affect, and change what is currently transpiring in the world, culture, and its societies.

        The first step in the construction of any building is the alignment and laying of the foundation to support the type and size of the building. A large building built on a small or faulty foundation cannot stand and will collapse. Also, the makeup and substance of materials used in the foundation will determine the viability, strength, and duration of the building. So, it is with every disciple of Jesus Christ, one can only become what God has intended and purposed in life with a solid and firm foundation. The only foundation that is capable of supporting and sustaining a disciple’s life is the word of God. A disciple’s ability to fulfill and accomplish God’s will and purpose is tied to His word. The foundation of a disciple’s faith rests in the word of God. Each disciple of Jesus Christ must stand firm on the foundation of God’s word and Jesus Christ who is the Word (John 1:1-2).

        All who have God’s word as their foundation will by the grace of God stand, endure, be strong, and be resilient in and towards the issues, conditions, and storms that present themselves. When a disciple’s life is founded on a firm and solid foundation (2 Timothy 2:19) with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6-7) and firmly planted in the word of God (James 1:21), they will not be moved, harmed, hindered or altered in their commitment and devotion to the Triune God (Father, Son, Spirit) and His kingdom. Having the foundation of God’s word at the center core of a disciple’s life will enhance their ability to stand, be alert, be watchful, be prepared, and be fully equipped to execute and perform God’s will according to the guidance and counsel of Holy Spirit.

        The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 NAS   

Times and Seasons - posted 8.13.20

        In one’s journey through life everyone will be presented with various times and seasons. “To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP). God has established seasons for every disciple of Jesus Christ. Each season is a span of time in one’s life that exists for an extended period to teach lessons on strength, endurance, growth, faith, and trust. Spiritual seasons come into our lives just like the earthly seasons God brings each year. Times are contained within a season which are shorter in nature and filled with events, circumstances, and various conditions to bring forth God’s desired outcome for that season. As a disciple travels through their various times and seasons, one must realize that all things are designed to bring one into God’s plan and destiny for their life. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NAS).

        Times and seasons are crucial, significant, and essential in the process of development, maturity, and growth in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. How one reacts or responds to the various dynamics and nuances of each time span or event within a season will determine their forward movement, degree of accomplishment, fulfillment of God’s purpose, and the furtherance of God’s kingdom. One’s journey through the various times and seasons of life will have highs and lows; however, as John the Baptist declared in the preparation of the coming Messiah that “every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:5-6 NKJV).

        Each disciple of Jesus Christ should be encouraged and understand that their times and seasons are ordered, planned, and instituted by God to bring about and affect change, to release grace for transition, and to create internal reformation within one’s life. The process within times and seasons is to fulfill God’s predestined plan and purpose of transforming one’s life into the likeness and image of Jesus Christ for the glory of God the Father (Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18).

        It is the responsibility, obligation, and duty of every disciple of Jesus Christ to discern the times and seasons in their life and not be as the religious leaders were in Jesus’ time when they discerned natural signs but could not discern the spiritual signs of the time (Matthew 16:3-4). God is looking for disciples to take on the mantle and anointing of the sons of Issachar “who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32 NAS). What is needed today are modern day disciples who discern and understand the times, with knowledge of what the body of Christ (ekklesia) should do to further God’s kingdom.

        There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NAS  ​

Moving Forward - posted 7.30.20

        In today’s culture and environment there is an appearance that life is at a standstill, the future is bleak, and hope is fading. The appearance of something can be very deceiving for life is never at a standstill as it is always moving and always has a future and hope through Jesus Christ. God’s creation is perpetually moving forward to fulfill and accomplish His plans and purposes and the establishment of His kingdom. One must remember that God was in the beginning and is in the end and all that is between. Jesus Christ, the son of God, declares “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8 NKJV). So, life is not standing still, the future is bright, and hope is ever present for Jesus Christ is the hope of glory.

        It is essential that every disciple of Jesus Christ realize and understand that they are first a citizen of God’s kingdom which is not governed by worldly culture, the events that surround them or the governance of mankind. Each disciple of Jesus Christ is governed by the rule and reign of God’s kingdom which is within them (Luke 17:21) and are guided, directed, and empowered by the indwelling of Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9, John 16:13). A disciple can live in an environment, atmosphere, and culture full of chaos, disorder, darkness, and evil and with no forward movement and not be hindered with moving forward because of the perpetual flow of God’s kingdom, His eternal purposes, living in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25), and the renewing in the spirit of one’s mind (Ephesians 4:23).

        The forward movement of a disciple’s life is coupled with their view of the future and the level of faith to make the future a reality. A quality life is always moving forward, is unharnessed from the past, does not stand still, and captures through faith the freshness of God’s plans and purposes. In moving forward, one does not need faith for what was or what is. Faith is needed for what will be and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal” (Philippians 3:13-14a NKJV).

        There is a certain persona about a committed disciple of Jesus Christ whose life is forward moving. Their life oftentimes reflects that of an athlete competing for a victory who is focused on what lies ahead, committed to navigate any obstacle, disciplined to conquer their own weaknesses, organized with acute precision to hit the target and win the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27), and equipped with stamina to remain fluid in forward movement to finish the race (2 Timothy 4:7).

        "For I know the plans I have for you” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT  

Be Strong in the Lord - posted 7.23.20

        God has instructed, called and in some cases commanded that each believer in Jesus be strong and courageous in their walk and life before the Lord. It is time to wake up, stand up and hear the instruction of God by His Spirit to live as children of God in His power and strength and be ambassadors of Christ in His kingdom. “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10 NAS).

        The Scriptures instructed Joshua and each believer in Joshua 1:9 NKJV “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord our God is with you wherever you go." The word 'strong' means to be courageous, valiant, established, firm, fortified and mighty. This is the image and identity the Lord has ordained for his people to live in and be known by.

        Those who are living according to the flesh and outside the Spirit of the Lord present an image and identity of being weak and in most cases are dictated by life circumstances forcing them to turn to self-preservation. However the Bible teaches that we are to live and walk by the Spirit, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16 NKJV). 

        As each believer lives and walks in the Spirit the weakness which is sustained by the flesh and has dominated their lives starts to give way to Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and His strength. There is a process of transformation of the inner man where God's strength overpowers the weakness and becomes strong in the power of His might. Every believer can then declare where I was weak in the flesh I am now strong in the Spirit of the Lord. When the inner man is strong, one will be courageous, firmly established, fortified, full of strength, mighty and a useable force in the kingdom of God.

        (This blog post was previously posted in July, 2015.)

God is Able - posted 7.16.20

        Knowing that God is sovereign, all sufficient, and full of glorious power as described throughout Scripture, each believer in Jesus Christ needs to accept, embrace, and understand that "God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV). Understanding the ability of God is a critical issue in one’s life and will change one's entire perspective in the formation of a belief structure, way of thinking, execution of faith, and degree of dependence on God.

        Those who depend and rely on the ability of man will live with cultural limitations, be controlled and hindered by man's agenda, and be affected by an unstable and insecure environment. One who relies on the ability of man will strive to fulfill God's Word and live up to God's principles and standards and will inevitably come up short because of human frailty and inadequate resources. Praise be to God who is able to establish you, paves the way for you to believe, and enables you to rely upon His power and might.

        “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV). This Scripture demonstrates the fullness of God’s mercy, grace, and abundance. Because God is able, every believer should be emboldened and encouraged in their reliance and trust in Him in every aspect of their life. God is able to do above and beyond whatever man can imagine and think with no doubt. "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23 NKJV). Whatever one may ask or think, God is able to exceed all expectations.

        There is no limit in identifying what God is able to do and perform. Here are some examples of His gracious love, power, and grace: God is able to save (Hebrews 7:25) - God is able to deliver (Daniel 3:17) - God is able to fulfill His promises (Romans 4:21) - God is able to make all grace abound (2 Corinthians 9:8) - God is able to bring comfort to the afflicted (2 Corinthians 1:4) - God is able to call those things that do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17). No matter the issue, situation, or challenge one encounters through life, God is able to supply all of one's needs to fulfill His will and purpose.

        (This blog post was previously posted in June, 2017.)

Freedom - posted 7.9.20

        Through a cultural mindset which is an external influence, an individual can be led into captivity or bondage of heart and mind. People will no longer be able to have certain beliefs, speak freely, and have core convictions with the freedom to express them openly or publicly. There will be a dramatic shift and change from a cultural mindset when an individual accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and is set free from the inside out with a new spirit and new heart which brings life (Ezekiel 36:26). The Scriptures declare, "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36 NKJV) and “wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17 NLT).

        When one’s freedom is derived and obtained from external forces then that person is in bondage. Bondage speaks of one’s internal make up, mindset, habits, and lifestyle that is shaped, molded, and manipulated by external entities, forces or powers. These external influences will cause a believer to be bound, brought into involuntary servitude, restrained, unequally yoked, and severely weakened in their free will thus causing one to be subservient to an ungodly master.

        For any individual to be released, set free, and delivered from worldly and spiritual bondages one must understand the true source of genuine freedom. Genuine freedom can only be obtained through and by the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Jesus delivers mankind from the bondage of sin; releases the sense of guilt; heals the brokenhearted; sets the captive free; breaks the bonds of the oppressed; comforts those who mourn; and instills life into the spirit, soul and heart (Isaiah 61:1-3). Once the process of Christ’s freedom takes root in one’s life with the indwelling of Holy Spirit each believer is given the privilege of knowing God and being known by God.

        After freedom has been established and deeply rooted within the believer, there is a responsibility for that believer to stand against and resist worldly influences, enticements, temptations, and wiles and schemes of the devil that can infiltrate, infect, influence, and cause turmoil within the inner man. It must be realized that internal freedom is a privilege to be guarded and protected with an eternal commitment, devotion, and servanthood to the triune God.

        For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 NAS   

God Reigns - posted 7.2.20

         “God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne” (Psalm 47:8 NAS). The image of God sitting upon the throne in heaven and Jesus Christ at His right hand is a central and important biblical truth. This truth gives assurance to all mankind of God's sovereignty, rule, and dominion throughout the ages, from generation to generation, and connects the past, present, and future to His divine and eternal plan. Throne is defined as the seat of government, honor, authority, matchless glory, transcendent power, and absolute sovereignty.

        There should be an acknowledgement and realization that whatever time, season or environment one finds themselves in there will be instability, ever changing culture, division, darkness, and uncontrollable events affecting lives and that the Lord is ever present and will never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). In today’s current atmosphere and climate, each believer in Jesus Christ needs to know with confidence that God’s throne is established, all enduring, unshakable and that God is from everlasting (Psalm 93:2). Having this kind of confidence should enable each believer to gain the right perspective of God's kingdom and align with the truth that "the LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all" (Psalm 103:19 NKJV).

        The reign of God flows from His throne and is founded upon His word, righteousness, and justice. Scripture declares that the Lord shall reign forever and ever (Exodus 15:18). The word 'reign' means to rule over; exercise authority, power and dominion; fulfill the functions of a ruler or king; be a commander-in-chief of an army; and govern. Each believer of Jesus Christ needs to come under the authority and reign of the triune God who has given all authority to His Son, Jesus, in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). God's reign and authority supersedes any laws, ordinances, religious rules, and dictates that are contrary to the word of God and His will. Heaven is God's throne and the earth is His footstool (Isaiah 66:1).

        The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble [with submissive wonder]! He sits enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! Psalm 99:1 AMP

        Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Revelation 19:6 NAS  

Activating the Power of God's Word - posted 6.25.20

        There is a powerful solution to life’s issues and the desire to be connected to reality, to know the truth, and to have stability in one's life. This powerful solution is through the activation of God’s Word in every aspect and level of life, culture, and society. From the beginning, God’s Word was and is intricately woven into every aspect of creation, sustains the existence of creation, and brings life and stability.

        Activating the power of God’s Word in one’s life would be to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, become His disciple, represent Him as His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20), and be His special people who proclaim the praises of Him (1 Peter 2:9).

        God gave Jesus Christ who is the living Word [logos] (John1:1). Jesus sent Holy Spirit who brings forth the spoken word [logos] (John 16:7). The Greek word logos is defined as the conveyance of thought, communication, identifying a cause, divine revelation, instruction, divine doctrine, and spiritual declaration. We also receive the word of God by reading the written word (Bible) that has been recorded and translated for us.

        There is an exciting dimension and revelation of God’s Word which is inspired by Holy Spirit and identified by the Greek word rhema. A rhema word is the communication of a particular portion or revelation of the whole word [logos] which is revealed and propels a believer into action.

        Activating the power of God’s Word through both logos and rhema is the duty and responsibility of every believer of Jesus Christ. Each believer must recognize and accept God’s Word as the word of truth, the living word, and the inspired word as well as the source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding concerning the various facets and realities of life. Here are some key steps in activating the power of God’s Word: develop a relationship with Holy Spirit; be a hearer and doer of the Word; sow His Word as a seed; declare with boldness His Word; and allow His Word to activate His truths, principles, ethics, commandments, and the execution of His will in every aspect of life.

        For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NAS

        (This blog post was previously posted in November, 2018.) 

Kingdom Culture - posted 6.18.20

        There is a culture that will literally shift, change, and transcend this current day of darkness, chaos, and destruction which is the culture of God’s kingdom here on earth. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NAS). The kingdom of God brings forth an atmosphere and environment of righteousness, peace, joy, order, rule, and authority which is foundational for a healthy and wholesome way of life.

        Kingdom can be defined as a sphere which designates the rule, reign, dominion, royal power, and sovereignty of a king. The King of God’s kingdom is Jesus who has been given all authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). God’s kingdom is not limited by that which He created or the natural laws that He established. God makes things that are not seen into things that are seen (Hebrews 11:3) and creates from nothing and transforms what is in existence. The kingdom of God offers abundant life, provision, health, strength, and life eternal.

        Culture is the result of the completion of or the by-product of something cultivated, programed, or planted to reach a particular end or to fulfill a designed purpose. The dynamics, nuances, and make-up of a culture is a deliberate and methodical process of creating, cultivating, and establishing a set of beliefs, social standards, and regulations of individuals and religious or social groups. The strongest influential forces of a culture will set the values, ethics, truths, attitudes, and practices which construct, determine, and dictate the quality of life.

        Unfortunately, in America there exists today a prevailing situation where many people have turned from God and embraced a culture that is controlled, influenced, and manipulated by the god of this age and a humanistic philosophy and mind-set that has attempted to remove God and His Word from every aspect of life which leads to destruction, darkness, and evil. The only hope to end division, hated, lawlessness, deception, and evil is the infusion of God’s kingdom, His presence, His ways, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ into the heart of mankind and society. “[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13 AMP).

        Kingdom culture can be activated, empowered, and established when believers speak forth the word of the Lord, are obedient to Holy Spirit, and are doers of God's Word. Here are several areas where believers can change the prevailing situation that exists today: rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; when there is darkness, bring light; when there is unrighteousness, stand for what is right; when there is no hope, bring hope; when there are storms and chaos, bring peace; and in the absence of love, love. The result of activating a kingdom culture will produce new life, hope, wholeness, righteousness, peace, joy, and an atmosphere of unity and love. Lord make it so for your glory. Amen  

You are the Light - posted 6.11.20

        Surrounding today’s culture there seems to be a penetrating and bold darkness that has a devastating grip on mankind and society as a whole. God always has a solution and remedy for the gross darkness the god of this age has perpetuated and forced upon culture and society. God declares in His word and instructs all believers of Jesus Christ that they are to be a source of light like a city set on a hill for all to see. "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14 NKJV). Believers are to shine the light of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world and guide all those who are covered by darkness or maneuvering their way through the darkness. The word ‘light’ signifies a source of illumination which shines, emits, and makes manifest rays of light which identifies and causes things to appear; darkness to dissipate; and enlightenment, truth, freedom, and hope to come forth.

        The source of all true light is God and was demonstrated when He spoke and declared, "’Let there be light’; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3-4 NAS). Light permeated all creation with its brilliance, brightness, and goodness bringing life revealing the essence of God’s kingdom on earth. When mankind sinned and was disobedient to God’s commands and yielded to the voice of the devil then darkness covered the earth and penetrated the heart and soul of mankind. Mankind also surrendered their authority, rule, and reign to the god of this age. God again moved to reverse the power of darkness upon the earth and mankind’s heart and soul by sending His Son Jesus Christ to separate light and darkness once again. For Jesus declared “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life" (John 8:12 NAS).

        When Jesus ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19), He did not leave the earth without light. For the body of Christ (ekklesia) is in the world who are the sons of light and sons of day (1 Thessalonians 5:5) and who function as the illuminated light of Jesus Christ separating light and darkness. All creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19) to bring and release light in a darkened and lost world.

        Every believer is a source of light and called, instructed, and empowered to bring the light of Jesus Christ into culture, society and its people. Believers receive and derive their light from God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the word of God which exposes a believer’s walk and identifies their lifestyle. The word of God is a powerful guide to direct and enable each and every believer to live and walk as children of light.

        For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:8-13 NAS

Heart Condition - posted 6.4.20

        The condition of the heart will determine the entire relationship with the Lord and the quality of spiritual life. One of the most dangerous places any believer of Jesus can be is to have a hard heart which will block the voice of Holy Spirit (Hebrews 3:7-8, 15), will lead to an evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12), and will result in going astray not knowing God’s ways (Hebrews 3:10). A hard heart is a place where sin, iniquity, and transgressions will manifest and is the playground of the enemy. The Lord addresses the condition of the heart in Hosea 10:12 NAS with the instructions to “Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” The fallow ground of the kingdom of God has already been tilled, plowed, harrowed, and sown. Now the question is--does the ground of each believer’s heart have the same consistency and quality of soil as found in the kingdom of God.

        There is one area in Hosea 10:12 that needs to be brought forth which is the term fallow ground. The word fallow describes ground that has been slightly plowed or has not been tilled or plowed at all which produces a hardness of the ground and then renders it unusable. Spiritually this condition means having a hard heart not capable of producing any good fruit or righteous results and allows the hardness to block the voice of Holy Spirit. Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Hebrews 4:7b NAS

        In the New Testament Jesus addresses the condition of the ground of one’s heart in Matthew 13:18-23. At the end of this section of Scripture in verse 23, Jesus describes the proper condition of a believer’s heart and what it will produce. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

        (This blog post was previously posted in January, 2015.) 

Spiritual Fruit - posted 5.28.20

        As people begin to emerge and society begins to reopen from being shut in, there is new hope, fresh aspirations, and great anticipation for the future. How people emerge and their interaction with each other are extremely important for the nation, communities, churches, and families. Believers of Jesus have a vital role in the resurgence, recovery, and revitalization of society and normalization of life by being a light set on a hill (Matthew 5:14), an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), and a bearer of God’s spiritual fruit (Matthew 7:16). It is the responsibility of the body of Christ (ekklesia) and each believer to be on the forefront of re-establishing the atmosphere, ushering in a new culture, reopening society, and reconnecting relationships by being instruments in the hand of God in the demonstration and releasing of His spiritual fruit. 

        As people move forward, there will be a tremendous need and longing for truth, stability, assurance, understanding, and compassion. Recognizing and grasping the magnitude of these needs will give each believer an opportunity to “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3 NKJV). The tree represents one standing strong, deeply rooted, drinking from the rivers of life, and bearing fruit that nourishes, encourages, strengthens, and brings life to the spirit, soul, and body. In Scripture the tree symbolizes the believer and decrees that every tree is known by its own fruit (Luke 6:44). The fruit that emanates from the life of a believer is identified as the fruit of Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV).

        Because of the separation from others and change in daily routines, believers have been provided space to review, evaluate, and identify the nature, quality, and value of the fruit in their life. Fruit represents the outward manifestation of a person’s belief, faith, heart condition, and relationship with Holy Spirit thus revealing one’s behavior, demeanor, and true nature of their heart. During this time, I believe God has been working on His spiritual trees (believers in Jesus Christ) checking the roots, examining the branches, clearing the dead ones, and pruning the healthy ones in order to have a healthy harvest of spiritual fruit.

        Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.  John 15:2-5 AMP 

Your Path Forward - posted 5.21.20

        During these uncertain times of the pandemic, God has provided a great opportunity for each believer of Jesus Christ to examine, review, and determine their path forward. Life beyond these times will require decisions and choices to be made on the type of path one is willing to embrace and travel on. “Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright” (Proverbs 4:25-26 AMP). There are several paths one can choose from to establish their future and their relationship with God.

        First, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to return and rejuvenate the past and pick up life as it existed prior to these times would reveal that there was no reflection, change or transformation of the characteristics and quality of one’s life or their relationship with God. When a believer chooses to return to an old pathway with no change, it will ensure that their future will be shaped and molded by their past which will leave one unprepared, ill-equipped, captured by old habits, and entangled by external forces preventing a move forward in God’s purposes and design for their life. Scripture instructs one to “throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:22-23 NLT). Moving beyond one’s past and progressing forward is particularly crucial for a believer to have a quality and righteous life. “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:62 NKJV). 

        Second, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to continue to be under the current atmosphere and culture without a renewed and refreshed perspective, faith, and hope in God and His kingdom will severely hamper and impede any forward progress and development in one’s life. Staying planted within this current situation and being influenced and controlled by fear, insecurity, forced limitations, and the opinion and science of man will severely weaken one’s faith and spiritual stamina. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8 NKJV). To have a constructive path forward one must remember that the theory, facts, and truth of science will change in the future; however, the facts and truth of Jesus Christ will never change. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV).

        Third, coming out of these uncertain times for a believer to forge, create, and establish a path forward with a fresh relationship with God, perspective of life, vision of who you are in Christ, and boldness of belief, faith, and hope will enable experiencing the fullness of His kingdom. For the Scripture declares "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 NKJV). For each believer there is available a new liberty and freedom to create a wonderful path forward for those who allow God’s word to be a lamp under their feet (Psalm 119:105), are guided in all truth (John 16:13), walk in Spirit (Galatians 5:16), obtained an inheritance being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11), and understand that God has a plan, purpose, and destiny for every believer.

        You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11 NAS

Heavenly Perspective - posted 5.14.20

        With everything transpiring in the world today including rapid change and the condition of culture, one of the greatest battles in one’s life is to have and maintain a proper perspective. Perspective identifies how one views, perceives, envisions, and discerns life; the capacity to evaluate one’s surroundings; and the capability to anticipate the future. Understanding and having a proper perspective is critical in one’s life because it molds, shapes, and defines ultimately determining how one responds and reacts to the elements and issues of life. Also, perspective will influence and direct a particular mindset which will bring about a realm of thinking that creates vision and viewpoint and determines focus and positioning in life.

        Scripture instructs believers of Jesus Christ to focus and position themselves in such a fashion that their view of life will be from a heavenly perspective and realize they have been raised up and are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), exhorted to seek those things which are above where Christ is sitting (Colossians 3:1), and encouraged to set their mind on the things above (Colossians 3:2). From this heavenly position believers can visualize their life, the culture they live in, and the world around them through God’s eyes which aligns with His will, agrees with His Word, and paves the way for the releasing of God’s kingdom on earth. God’s will for His people is to place their attention, focus, and sight toward the glorious and spiritual realm of heaven and align themselves with the Lord’s prayer which declares that God’s kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

        Without a heavenly perspective one will misinterpret and misconstrue the issues, details, and events of life. For example, when one experiences hindrances, blockages, mishaps or setbacks, they are considered a nuisance, a failure or an attack of the enemy which are meant to be a deterrent, resistance or destructive force in one’s life. This is a stark contrast to a heavenly perspective where one knows and understands that God causes all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28), is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9), will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), and makes all things possible (Mark 10:27). Having a steady gaze and focus into the realm of heaven will bring about a heavenly perspective resulting in the release of mercy, peace, grace, and joy even in midst of suffering.

        A heavenly perspective is developed and established by changing one’s viewpoint and focus from worldly and dark forces to the eternal spiritual realm of heaven. This is accomplished by one’s continual discipline to seek the Lord and His strength (Psalms 105:4), pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), focus on your position in Christ (Colossians 3:2), walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of Holy Spirit, and be encouraged to live a pure and righteous life.

        (This blog post was previously posted in March, 2019.)

Pray God's Glory across the Earth - posted 5.7.20

        During this time and season with the plague (coronavirus) and today being the National Day of Prayer for America, I am reminded of E.M. Bound’s writing on prayer is essential. “It must never be forgotten that Almighty God rules this world. He is not an absentee God. His hand is ever on the throttle of human affairs. He is everywhere present in the concerns of time. His eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men. He rules the world just as He rules the church by prayer." The importance of this year’s theme “Pray God’s Glory across the Earth” cannot be underestimated or overemphasized in its effectiveness, potency, and power in shifting the current conditions of instability, circumstantial upheaval, and infectious fear that exist in the world today.

        The theme this year for National Day of Prayer is based on Habakkuk 2:14 and brings to light God’s care and promise, "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” There was a time when God’s people were covered by darkness, evil, and disobedience from the culture and the prophet Habakkuk cried out for hope and help from God. God responded to the prophet with a promise that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Within the promise that God gave to Habakkuk was the prophetic insight of declaring that the knowledge of His glory would be revealed through Jesus Christ and His body (ekklesia) which also aligns with 2 Corinthians 4:6 “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.” 

        The knowledge of the glory of God is not theoretical, speculative or conjecture but authentic, absolute, and factual truth that reveals and identifies who God is. God’s glory is the beauty and perfection of His character. God’s glory is His visible presence, greatness, Spirit, love, faithfulness, power, and light. The glory of God acknowledges His supremacy, sovereignty, authority, and governance of heaven and earth. When God responds to the prayers of His people, His glory will be revealed, made evident, exhibited, and established in and through His Son Jesus Christ. “And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once” (John 13:21 NLT).

        The National Day of Prayer provides a great opportunity for every individual to pray for God's will and destiny to be brought forth in America and throughout the world. Every believer of Jesus must remember that "whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive" (Matthew 21:22 NKJV).

        Whenever and wherever the glory of God is manifested, there will be a dramatic change for the good yielding a new lifestyle of righteousness, faith, and hope.

Declare God's Glory - posted 4.30.20

        Currently in today’s culture there is an abundance of information, thoughts, and narrative on the difficulties, concerns, and uncertainty due to this plague (coronavirus). There needs to be dramatic shift in the atmosphere that governors, directs, and forms one’s focus, thoughts, and quality of life. One of the most edifying and powerful ways to shift the atmosphere within culture is for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to begin to declare the glory of the God. “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples” (Psalms 96:3 NKJV). Declaring the glory of God within a society will facilitate a shift in the atmosphere, cause a change in one’s focus, change and prioritize the order of things, and bring alignment in the affairs of mankind according to the desires and will of God. Because God’s glory has been declared, people are enabled to experience God’s miraculous wonders in their midst. In a society where there is no release of God’s glory, there will be disorder, chaos, and destruction which is the result of mankind trying to gain glory for and unto themselves. God alone is worthy of all praise, honor, and adoration and above all else has the capacity to handle the weight of receiving glory.

        God provided a pathway for every individual through His Son Jesus Christ to know, receive, and experience His glory. Upon accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, each believer now has the capability to reflect and demonstrate God’s majesty, greatness, splendor, and worthiness in their daily life and declare openly and boldly the glory of God throughout the world

        Describing and defining the glory of God is this limited space is practically impossible, however here are some areas of consideration or reflection. God’s glory is the beauty and perfection of His character. God’s glory is His visible presence, greatness, Spirit, love, faithfulness, power, and light. The glory of God acknowledges His supremacy, sovereignty, authority, and governance of heaven and earth. “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven” (Psalms 148:13 NKJV). When a believer of Jesus declares the glory of God, there is a releasing of the totality of who God is and the essence of His glory which is weighty, heavier, and greater than anything or anyone in existence either in the natural or the spirit realm.

        It is the responsibility of every believer and the body of Christ (ekklesia) as a whole to shift their focus from chaos, darkness, fear, negative thoughts, and destructive environments and begin to declare the glory of God wherever they go, whatever they do, and whoever they meet. It is time to release the power, force, and authority of God’s glory into the atmosphere over all destructive forces and powers.

        Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the LORD]; for your light has come, and the glory and brilliance of the LORD has risen upon you. For in fact, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness will cover the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you [Jerusalem] and His glory and brilliance will be seen on you. Isaiah 60:1-2 AMP  

Confidence in God - posted 4.23.20

        During this time and season with the plague (coronavirus), it is crucial where one places their confidence. One needs to place their confidence in someone or something that does not change and is trustworthy, faithful, enduring, and steadfast because it will affect their mental state, approach to life, and quality of life. If one’s confidence is placed in or derived from worldly and human sources which originates from the outside of their being, it will only produce insecurity, unbelief, and anxiety and will fail in the long term.          

        Many individuals find it difficult to understand the concept, principle or process of placing their confidence in God. Developing confidence in God is a process which begins the day one accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This process includes a believer’s life being transformed from glory to glory into the image of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18), led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:18), sanctified by the Spirit (2 Thessalonians 2:13), and solidified in the truth of God’s Word (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

        Confidence in God is central and essential in a believer’s life in order to live and walk by faith (Hebrews 10:38, 2 Corinthians 5:7). Confidence is a multifaceted word that exists in the belief system and thought life of a believer which enables one’s faith; creates trust and assurance in God and His Word; promotes courage, boldness, and determination in the development of one’s relationship with God; and enhances one’s dependence on His mercy and grace. Confidence is also realized through one’s conviction and surety of their purpose and destiny.

        “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15 NKJV). The confidence referred to in this passage refers and relates to prayer. The key to petitioning God in one’s prayer life is to come into agreement with His will. A believer can have confidence in their approach to God because He hears from heaven and responds to the prayers and cry of His people. “When the righteous cry [for help], the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their distress and troubles” (Psalm 34:17 AMP). The Lord encourages and emboldens each believer to come to Him in all circumstances with all supplications and requests.

        For each believer, confidence in God is not limited to prayer but needs to extend far beyond prayer and be found and demonstrated in every area, aspect, and level of their life.

The spirit of fear - posted 4.16.20

        As our nation (USA) faces mounting pressures and chaos due to this plague (coronavirus) and economic fallout and its effect on one’s daily life, the spirit of fear has infiltrated every segment of society seemingly without restraint. The discourse during this crisis from the news media, governmental authorities, and politicians has reached a high level resulting in fear, hopelessness, and anxiety which only produces weakness and vulnerability to the forces of darkness, destruction, and control. Whenever one encounters the grip of fear it keeps them from experiencing the fullness of God’s love, mercy, and grace. Scripture declares, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NAS). Thankfully, there is hope, deliverance, and freedom from fear that gripes the heart of mankind through the revelation and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

        Every believer of Jesus must understand the difference between the fear of the Lord and the spirit of fear. The fear of the Lord is devotion, respect, awe, reverence, and submission to God. The spirit of fear is an invading force from the god of this age that is destructive and detrimental to a believer because it changes one’s focus from God and allows their faith, belief, and dependence on God to be questioned. A believer who has been influenced by the spirit of fear, and in some cases captured by the spirit of fear, has traversed from the realm of the Spirit into the realm of the soul. The nature of the fear in the realm of the soul is painful, emotional or passionate which is stirred and stimulated by the expectation of evil or the apprehension of impending danger, anxiety, failure, and dread leading to a negative mindset and a depressed state.

        The word of God always has a solution for every destructive force against God’s people and fear is no exception. The apostle Paul declares to Timothy that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). God has not given the believer a timid or cowardly spirit causing one to be fearful and afraid of man or the devil and his demonic forces. A believer who is fearful and afraid allows discouragement to set in; sinks under pressure; and is deterred from worshipping God, declaring His Word or work in the kingdom of God. God has given the believer a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. Of power--because each believer is endued with power which strengthens one to stand against reproaches and persecutions, encounter foes and dangers, bear up under trials, and do the will and work of God. Of love--because it is the very essence of God’s nature imparted to the believer which inspires courage; brings strength, assurance, and boldness; and sets mankind free because perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). Of a sound mind--because it causes one to have a sober, quiet, and peaceful mind grounded in the truth, principles, and promises of God’s word and an intimate relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit under the authority of God’s kingdom.

        It is time for the body of Christ (ekklesia) to shake off the dust of the world; break the shackles of the spirit of fear; and rise up, exercise one’s faith, trust in the Lord, and be bold witnesses for the furtherance of the kingdom of God.  

Celebrate the Resurrection - posted 4.9.20

        The message of life, hope, and victory is sorely needed in our current time. The world is faced with a plague (coronavirus) and economic shutdown that has caused total chaos in every aspect of life with such magnitude and surpasses one’s ability to comprehend, create solutions, control or determine its longevity. Taking into account all that is happening in the world today, one might consider and interpret that this is a sign, shaking, and call from the God of heaven to get mankind’s attention so they will listen and hear His voice and cause mankind to pause, look up, and respond (Hebrews 12:25-26). When one understands the sovereignty of God, His mercy, grace, and unrelenting love, one’s perspective will change from being burdened, hopeless, fearful, and in darkness to a perspective of liberty, hope, faith, belief, light, and life in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

        In light of all that is transpiring in the world, the recognition and remembrance of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ should cause a much deeper reflection and pondering in one’s approach to this sacred observance. Perhaps a paradigm shift is needed for one to reach beyond the normal trappings of man-made rituals and materialism to have a life changing encounter and experience with the living God. This paradigm shift consists of entering this time of celebration with the intent of examining the makeup, contents, and devotion of one’s life; seeking God and yielding to Holy Spirit in order to bring about a deep repentance; turning from one’s evil and wicked ways; returning and drawing near to God; and experiencing an everlasting transformation in one’s life with a renewed relationship with God.

        By faith each believer in Jesus experiences resurrection life which enables and empowers one to be transformed from a child of the flesh, who is under the law of sin and death, to a child of promise, who is in the law of Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). Resurrection life is a pathway to become united with Christ, joined and connected in such a way that His death becomes the believer’s death and His life becomes the new life of the believer. The resurrection life is manifested as living and walking in Spirit.

        Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior], will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 AMP                

Focus - posted 4.2.20

        The urgency and seriousness of this time and season in the world today makes one’s focus in life extremely important in order to have the proper perspective. The focus of one’s life will become their reality and determine the new normal of the future. God has presented mankind with an opportunity to refocus their life; reprioritize influences that form their thought life; and break established habits, bondages, and addictions that control one’s life and separates them from God. In this highly technological and fast-pace culture, it is so easy to get caught up in the daily routine, get distracted, and lose sight of one’s true purpose in life. God’s word identifies purpose and admonishes one to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37) and to worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). This is truly the time for everyone to change the paradigm of their focus from the instability, uncertainty, and ever-changing world to God who is sovereign, all powerful, ever-present, and does not change (Malachi 3:6).

        To focus means to direct one’s attention and concentration, cause a clear perception or understanding, and develop clear sight or vision of something or someone. Focus is where rays of light meet that create an image and a process of concentrating one’s interest, effort, and activity resulting in a clear vision and direction in one’s life. The Bible teaches that “if then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV). To seek those things above and to set your mind on the things above means that one’s focus of life will shift to a heavenly mindset and viewpoint. If one is focused on Jesus Christ then He has their attention, concentration, and devotion which then influences, occupies, and establishes one’s thought life. Because of this, one is able to fulfill the instructions in Romans 12:2 which is do not to be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

        Each believer of Jesus on a daily basis faces multiple distractions in their life which destroys and hinders the ability to properly focus on God and His Word with a degree of consistency. As a result, one often finds themselves wavering under pressure, is caught by the philosophies and teachings of man, is questioning God’s word and tossed around and about by the issues and concerns of life. To establish, develop, and nourish a clear focus in life one needs to have the discipline to adjust or separate themselves from everything that detracts, diminishes or separates one from a solid relationship with God. Drawing closer to God is the way to gain and solidify clear focus of the Lord and His kingdom. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8a NKJV). 

        Focus can be developed by beginning each day with God, having a life of repentance, being in God’s word daily, having a consistent prayer life, always rejoicing, abiding in Christ Jesus, serving with a pure heart, and having a heart of thanksgiving.

        Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:8 AMP

The Sufficiency of God - posted 3.26.20

        Currently in this season of time and cultural disarray many are searching for something or someone of sufficiency to bring a semblance of order, solution, and successful conclusion to this plague (coronavirus) and chaos. There appears to be a loss of confidence, belief, and hope and an increase in uncertainty of the future and the effect on one’s daily life. One needs to be reminded that “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26 NKJV). The sufficiency of God means that He is sovereign, all powerful, and all knowing and possesses within Himself every quality, authority, ability, and dominion which is never-ending and eternal. Scripture identifies the sufficiency of God in Isaiah 48:18 NKJV “For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’”

        To experience the full sufficiency of God one must have a relationship with Jesus Christ and abide in Him. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4 NKJV). Scripture declares “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV).

        Understanding the sufficiency of God through Jesus Christ is a fundamental pillar and foundational truth in the life of a believer in developing a proper belief system of faith. Each believer must settle in their own heart that Jesus Christ is all powerful and full of strength or He is not, that He is the One that each believer needs to lean on and depend on or He is not, that He through His grace can enable each believer to walk in faith and stand or He cannot. God’s sufficiency through Christ is an all-or-nothing principle and each believer must decide to come in agreement and embrace this truth or not.

        And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP 

Trust in the Lord - posted 3.19.20

        Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

        There has never been in our lifetime such a challenge to our way of life, who we are, and the way one views human existence. Since creation there have been plagues and catastrophic events that have taken place which have had a dramatic effect on mankind and its culture. This plague or coronavirus is no different than what has transpired in the past. The way one comes through and out of this time will reveal much about their life and relationship with the Lord. The Bible distinguishes between those who have placed their trust in the Lord and those who have not. “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:6-7 NKJV). One can conclude from these verses that David was boasting and remembering the name, glory, promise, and covenant of the Lord God. Those who rely and depend on the natural provision or strength of chariots and horses (man’s strength, force, power, and wisdom) and put their confidence and trust in them will be overcome. However, those who put their confidence and trust in the Lord and remember the name of the Lord our God will triumph and experience victory.

        Due to the current atmosphere, uncertainty, and chaos every believer of Jesus Christ is encouraged to seek and set your mind on the things above where Christ is seated and not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2). By focusing on the things above each believer will be able to discern the flow of overwhelming information, negative facts, and dark influences that at times are so daunting that they weaken one’s trust, faith, and resolve to stand and not be moved.

        The word of God admonishes every believer “to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13b). To stand, be strong, be courageous, and be without fear is the posture of one who has their trust in God. Having trust in God means one has confidence, belief, and faith in His plans, timing, purposes, and reasons even though they are not always clear or understandable. It is imperative that each believer yields, surrenders, and pours every ounce of their trust into God’s hands. “Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will also do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own]” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 AMP). The sovereign God is faithful, full of compassion, all knowing, trustworthy, and knows one's need before they do. He is the Lord God Almighty, our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

        Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! Psalm 62:8 AMP  

Grateful - posted 3.12.20

        In the current climate and atmosphere that exist in the world today being grateful to God for His goodness, grace, mercy, and provision will bring peace, contentment, and confidence in one’s heart and assurance to their soul. Being grateful is the quality of having a heart of gratitude and being appreciative, content, and thankful for the blessings, benefits, and provision one has received.

        A life of being grateful should be particularly true for every believer of Jesus Christ where one has received eternal life, true liberty, the promises of God, the kingdom of God, and the provision of God in all intangible and tangible things. One who is grateful opens the gates to a wholesome lifestyle, brings access to God’s promises and His rest, and allows continual peace to reign in the inner man. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 NKJV).

        A believer who is grateful will have their emotional state solidified, their focus redirected to the things above, and their self-centered lifestyle shifted to a life-giving relationship with God. A grateful heart will allow one to experience God’s mercies and compassions which are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and to approach each day with new hope because they have learned to be content with what they have (Hebrews 13:5).

        When a believer has a grateful heart, it is indicative of a life of obedience, loyalty, and devotion to God revealing the indwelling of God's kingdom and His Spirit. One who is grateful will yield spiritual fruit such as joy, peace, faithfulness, self-control, and many other fruit and rewards in Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). However, when a believer has an ungrateful heart one demonstrates the characteristics of rebellion against God with thanklessness, covetousness, idolatry, jealousy, and other works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). Each believer needs to understand that one who is grateful can change their whole perspective and perception of life. With a grateful heart one can touch the very heart of God and open the gates of His kingdom.

        To face this life with an unshakable faith is to have a grateful heart knowing who God is and what He has done, is doing, and will do. One of the purest forms of worship and praise is to give thanks to the Lord with a grateful heart. 

The fullness of Christ - posted 3.5.20

        In this demanding and high paced culture many are diligently seeking and earnestly desiring a sense of fullness in their life. It is extremely important for one to understand that the fullness of life can only be obtained through God’s Son Jesus Christ. Oftentimes a believer of Jesus is tempted to look to or seek out various sources, venues, and experiences to obtain fullness in their lives. However, the only fullness that satisfies, nourishes, completes, and touches one’s spirit, heart, and soul with life and wholeness can only be found in the fullness of Jesus Christ. “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9 NKJV). 

        All of life’s fullness rest and exist in Jesus Christ because God created all things by Him, through Him, and for Him and Jesus is before all things and in Him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-18). Fullness describes one who is in the state of being filled to capacity and the quality of being complete and whole. The Bible states that the believer is complete in Him (Colossians 2:10 NKJV).

        The fullness of Christ contains and encompasses God’s nature which includes love, goodness, faithfulness, grace, mercy, patience, light, power, and much more and is available to all those who live and walk in Spirit. Christ in all His fullness brings power, authority, rule, and God’s kingdom into the life of every believer and is activated and energized by Holy Spirit who dwells within enabling each believer to experience a wholesome and abundant life in their relationship with God. When a believer receives the revelation of Christ’s fullness, one will be propelled forward in the process of being transformed from glory to glory into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18) and attain “to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13 NAS). 

        For a believer to live in and experience the fullness of Christ one must spend time nurturing and developing their relationship with Him by becoming more familiar with and aware of Holy Spirit who dwells within, by being in God’s Word, and by hearing and being obedient to His voice.

        For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:19-20 NAS

Forgiven and Empowered to Forgive - posted 2.27.20

        One of the most powerful events that can happen in one’s life is to be forgiven. Knowing one is forgiven will break bondages, dismantle captivities, and release freedom within the inner man. To be forgiven touches the spirit, heart, and soul and brings life, hope, and peace to one’s whole being. The word 'forgiven' can be defined as a victorious conclusion of the process of forgiveness resulting in a full pardon, absolution, and remission of all guilt. Forgiveness is available to everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and trusts in the finished work of the cross and Jesus' sacrifice. "When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He [God] made you alive together with Him [Christ], having forgiven us all our transgressions" (Colossians 2:13 NAS, emphasis added).

        Being forgiven is very liberating and freeing however carries a responsibility, requirement, and demand for each person to forgive others particularly those in the body of Christ. Scripture is very clear in this matter, "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14-15 NAS). There is a story in Scripture where the master of a servant was moved with compassion to forgive the debt owed by his servant. The servant having been forgiven for his debt could not find the same compassion to forgive one who was indebted to him and refused to forgive. When the master was informed of his servant refusing to forgive, the master removed his forgiveness and required full restitution (Matthew 18:27-35). One of the benefits of receiving God’s forgiveness is that it enables a believer to extend to others what has been given to them and forgive without restrictions. Scripture tells us that our forgiveness doesn’t come from seeing God forgive others, but as an overflow of God forgiving us.

        A believer who is unwilling to forgive opens a door for the enemy to come in and establish unhealthy and negative situations in their life. Unforgiveness can cause one to fall short of the grace of God giving room for the root of bitterness to develop in one’s heart which leads to destruction, defilement, and sickness within their being. Living a life of forgiveness demonstrates one's maturity, relationship, and commitment to God. One must always remember that forgiveness does not come without repentance and is connected to God's forgiveness. “Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us” (Matthew 6:12 NLT).

        Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:12-13 NLT

Greater is He - posted 2.20.20

        Most individuals desire a life full of hope, promise, and possibilities which is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Bible teaches that God dwells within each believer by His Spirit whose power, strength, and grace enables one to activate a life full of hope (Romans 15:13), God’s promises (2 Corinthians 1:20), and a life full of possibilities (Mark 9:23). Because of this indwelling every believer is able to conquer, overcome, and have victory over all external forces, life issues, cultural demands, and all the schemes of the devil. For the word of God declares that, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NKJV).

        Sometimes during prayer and faith affirmations or decrees it is declared in believers’ lives that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world with little understanding of the power and authority of their words. It important for a believer to define and understand who the “He” is that is greater. The “He” is Holy Spirit that dwells and rests in the very core of a believer’s life guiding one in all truth (John 16:13), enabling the discerning of spirits (1 Corinthians 12:10), revealing the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10), and releasing of God’s power (2 Peter 1:3) in all aspects of life. The “he” who is in the world is identified as the ruler of this world (John 12:31); the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4); the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2); and the devil who walks about seeking whom he might devour (1 Peter 5:8). The enemy of God influences the hearts of men directing and indoctrinating their lives with bondages, rebellion, lies, schisms, darkness, and the spirit of antichrist.

        Every believer who understands the depth and power of Holy Spirit dwelling within their being and that this is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11) will embolden and strengthen their belief system and faith. This kind of belief and faith will enable a believer to eradicate fear; erase doubt in one’s inner being; and acknowledge and recognize that no external force, life issue, difficulty, problem or power is greater than what God by His Spirit has placed in them.

        You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NKJV

I Believe - posted 2.13.20

        What a person believes will shape, mold, and determine the character and substance of their life. To believe means to place one’s confidence, reliance, and trust in someone or something and be fully persuaded of its authenticity, truthfulness, authority, and legitimacy. Where one places their belief will be instrumental in influencing, conforming, and causing one to be transformed into the very nature and image of the subject of their belief. By being transformed one will also embody and exemplify the mannerisms, characteristics, and qualities of the subject of their belief and will determine their quality of life. 

        Deep within the core of an individual there is a need and desire to believe in something or someone bigger than themselves. The source of what one seeks to believe in needs to be founded on a firm foundation, established in truth, consistent, reliable, secure, and able to offer a quality life. There is only one entity or source that could possibly fulfill this kind of need and desire in one’s life and that would be a relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6 NKJV). When God created mankind, He placed within the very core of the inner man this need and desire to believe and then shaped and framed life in such a manner where only one person would meet that need and desire. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).

        Once an individual accepts Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord they are given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), enabled and empowered to believe that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20), able to believe that all things are possible (Mark 9:23), able to receive God’s kingdom within and its power (Luke 17:21, 1 Corinthians 4:20), and will not perish but will have eternal life (John 3:15).

        These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13 NKJV

Provision Ahead - posted 2.6.20

         When God created mankind, He made provision for each individual to have a life in Spirit full of love, joy, peace, goodness, and liberty regardless of external conditions or circumstances. For any individual to experience this provision of God, one must be born again making Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord. Once an individual is a believer of Jesus, God’s provision becomes available, accessible, and expansive because Spirit of the Lord now dwells within them, brings new life, and releases the provision of the kingdom of God.

        Provision in one’s life oftentimes refers to the act or process of producing, receiving or providing something of substance which in today’s culture generally means economics, finances, and the supply of something. This type of provision is conditional, temporary, and dependent on the condition of culture and external forces.

When a believer contemplates their future and what lies ahead of them, one needs to understand that the substance, quality, and nature of their life depends more on the invisible, intangible, and spiritual provision of God opposed to any provision created or produced by the systems of the world or mankind. The provision of God is determined by a believer’s relationship and obedience to God, His Word and voice, which is governed by one’s life in Spirit. To look ahead for God’s provision and a life in Spirit, one is encouraged to have faith, trust, and confidence in the Word of God for it states that the promises of God are assured (2 Corinthians 1:20), the “Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8 NKJV), and “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).

        Since the provision of God is spiritual, a believer’s life in Spirit is key in identifying and discerning God’s provision and the ability to receive it. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14 NKJV). The challenge is for the believer to see and recognize God’s provision in their life even though it appears different or contrary to what was expected. In understanding the provision of God, each believer must accept and reconcile that God is God, His ways are higher than your ways and His thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).

        God’s provision in a believer’s life can come forth in a multitude and unexpected of ways whether one is on the mountain top or in a valley, during good times or hard times. When a believer has a preconceived or predetermined notion or mindset on how or what God’s provision should look like, the method used to fulfill it or the timing involved to accomplish it can cause one to miss the very provision God has provided. It is God’s will and desire for all believers to experience the enabling grace of His provision in every aspect on their life both in Spirit and in the natural.

        By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3 NLT 

The Name of Jesus - posted 1.30.20

        Every name has a definitive meaning and can communicate something of value and significance which is why parents are so particular in the naming of their children hoping that the meaning of that name will affect their life. So, it was with God the Father in His instructions through an angel to Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS’” (Luke 1:30-31 NKJV).

        There is only one name that is above, surpasses, and outweighs every other name and that name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV). It is by the name of Jesus that believers of Jesus are empowered, authorized, commissioned, and instructed to bring forth God’s kingdom here on earth with authority to represent Him, to declare His Word, carry out His will, release His power, and usher in His presence.

        The name of Jesus Christ is a central truth in the life of a believer because it is the gateway to salvation and eternal life for the word of God declares “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved" (Romans 10:13 NKJV). It is by the name of Jesus that believers are baptized for the forgiveness of sins and receive the gift of Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). It is by the name of Jesus that the Father sent the Helper, Holy Spirit, to believers to teach them in all things and bring them to remembrance of all that He said (John 14:26). It is by the name of Jesus that believers are granted the authority to cast out demons, speak with new tongues, and lay hands on the sick for healing (Mark 16:17-18). It is by the name of Jesus that believers can perform miracles (Acts 3:6) and gain favor to ask and receive for “whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14 NKJV).

        For believers the name of Jesus is not some mystical, magic word that is used to bring trivial or ungodly matters to fruition. One does not call on the name of Jesus in order to entertain, exploit, or elevate one’s spirituality or standing. When a believer uses the name of Jesus and a victorious result occurs, it is for the glory of God and the furtherance of His kingdom. Believers are encouraged to call on and have faith in the name of Jesus for hope, strength, provision, protection, and comfort. Also believers can through the name of Jesus reach out to others, be a blessing, and bring forth the kingdom of God.

        And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 NKJV 

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Faith Forward...10/19

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 5:25 PM

   The forward movement of a believer’s life is coupled with one’s view of the future and the level of faith to make the future a reality. A quality life is always moving forward, is unharnessed from the past, does not stand still, and through faith captures the freshness of God’s plans and purposes. One does not need faith for what was or what is. Faith is needed for what will be and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal” (Philippians 3:13-14a NKJV).

 

For a believer to have a faith forward mindset, one must understand the correlation of faith and the unseen or invisible world. Scripture declares that God framed the world through His Word so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3). Scripture also captures the essence of the principle of the unseen when it declares that “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17 NKJV). Every believer of Jesus Christ through the activation and exercising of faith can live and operate in the realm of the unseen with the ability to pull those things into the realm of the seen. It is imperative for every believer to realize that they have been given a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). The key issue in the forward movement of one’s life is the development, establishment, and building of that measure of faith given by God.

 

Each believer who desires to press forward through the gateway of the future may encounter numerous situations or challenges in their pathway which will affect, build, and establish their faith to overcome. One should take courage because the Scripture declares “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4 NAS). There are some fundamental truths that will enlighten and encourage each believer in their walk of faith and enable one to lay hold of their future and “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NAS). Faith is the reflection of what is in one’s heart, a deep conviction of an internal belief that produces corresponding action, a force that works from the inside out not the outside in, based on a promise not a problem, and the eternal hope of God’s Word being worked out as one moves forward.

 

Being discerning and conscious of the atmosphere, environment, and cultural pressure in one’s life that enters the soul assists in knowing how the belief system and level of faith is affected. Having discipline as to what enters one’s soul will establish, activate, and elevate a believer’s quality and level of faith as they move forward. One must be mindful that the gates of entry to the soul are connected to what one sets their eyes on which creates mental images, allows the ears to hear which establishes patterns of thought, declares from their mouth having creative power, sets the tone of one’s life which affects the condition of the heart. It is one’s responsibility and role to understand these gate areas and how they affect your life which ultimately determine your walk with the Lord and the level of victory and success you attain with the completion of your destiny.

 

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