Wednesday, July 30, 2014

God's Gracious Liberty!

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed. (Rom. 6:6)  

I remember one hot and humid Houston afternoon back in grade school when our teacher gave everyone permission to go barefoot after lunch. We got to pull off our socks, stick'em in our sneakers, and wiggle our toes all we wanted to. During the afternoon recess that extra freedom added great speed to our softball game on the playground. . . . 

Isn't it strange then, now that you and I are grown and have become Christians, how reluctant we are to give ourselves permission to do . . . to think . . . to say . . . to buy and enjoy . . . or to be different and not worry about who may say what? 

Even though our God has graciously granted us permission to be free, to have liberty . . . and to enjoy so much of this life, many in His family seldom give themselves permission. 

The Finishing Touch

There are so many benefits that we can enjoy because of the liberties that have been given to us by God through our Founding Fathers. The picture of the Bible on top of the US flag is perfect in that it reflects the fact that our country has been established on Biblical principals. As a US citizen, I'm very happy for the freedoms that have been provided to us. More importantly, I will be forever grateful to our military men and women who constantly serve on behalf of our country in an effort to maintain those freedoms. With that said, our freedoms are never free and come at a price.

As Christians, we have also been provided certain freedoms as well. The irony of our freedoms in our case is that they have also come at a price. The price that was paid on our behalf costed Jesus His life. Jesus' crucifixion provided us a different kind of freedom in the form of God's gracious liberty. God's gracious liberty has broken the chains of sin over our lives when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. God's gracious liberty has empowered us to carry the gospel to the four corners of the world.

My dear friends, God's gracious liberty allows us to freely share the love of Jesus Christ to everyone we meet. God's gracious liberty also enables us to anticipate the second coming of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Unlike our own liberties as world citizens, God's gracious liberty could never be influenced by those things and people that have been corrupted or compromised in an ungodly manner. For those of you who have yet to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, I encourage you to seek Him and incorporate Him into your life so that you can then experience God's gracious liberty in our present lives and in the life to come when we stand before God and eternity. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Radical Decision!

Keep sound wisdom and discretion. Then shall you walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble. (Prov. 3:21, 23) 

We are like tiny islands of truth surrounded by a sea of paganism, but we launch our ship every day. We can't live or do business in this world without rubbing shoulders with those driven by the world's desires. God calls very few to be monks in a monastery. So we must make a practical decision not to be conformed while we are in the system, and at the same time, we must make a radical decision to give God the green light to transform our minds. 

At the deepest level, even though the majority may not want to admit it, most people are conformists. That is why it is correctly termed a radical decision. Only a radically different mindset can equip folks like us to stand alone when we're outnumbered. 

It takes courage to think alone, to resist alone, to stand alone---especially when the crowd seems so safe, so right. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

For those of us in the leadership community, making decisions can be very stressful. Decision-making requires major critical-thinking skills. Critical-thinking forces us to put things into proper perspective. It will force us to consider the weight of the decision and the impact it will make on not only ourselves, but on those in our lives. 

A radical decision will vary from person to person, but the one thing we will all have in common is that it will make a huge impact in our lives in either in this life or in the next. In light of eternity, the most radical decision you will ever make is your decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. This kind of decision will make a huge impact in both this life and in the one to come. 

Over 23 years ago, I made this radical and have never looked back. Little did I know that this radical decision will become such an amazing adventure. In the course of this amazing adventure, there have been numerous struggles and victories. There have also been a number of radical decisions that had to be made in order for me to continue to grow and mature spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. The creation of this blog was another radical decision. 

My dear friends, I can go on and on about all the major decisions that I have made in my short lifetime, but I won't. I want to encourage all of you to make that radical decision, regardless of what the decision is with courage and godly wisdom. Ask God in prayer, read His word, consult with godly family and friends about that radical decision. As you grow in spirit and in truth, God will enable you with the wisdom necessary to assist others that may be in need of direction in their process of making a radical decision. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).   

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Root Out Rebellion!

Happy is the man that is reverent always: but he that hardens his heart shall fall into calamity. (Prov. 28:14) 

In a world hell-bent on having it's own way, it is terribly difficult to cultivate the right attitude toward authority. The "QUESTION AUTHORITY!" mentally is so interwoven into the fabric of our society, it seems impossible to counteract it. Realistically, about the only place we can come to terms with it is in our homes. Are you doing this? Be honest, now. Within the walls of your dwelling are you maintaining the controls? Maybe these three warnings will encourage you to stay at it . . . or start today. 

Childhood. A rebellious nature is conceived in a home where parents relinquish control. 

Adolescence. A rebellious spirit will be cultivated among peers who resist control. And if it isn't curbed there, it culminates at---

Adulthood. A rebellious life must be crushed by God when He regains control. 

And take it from one who experienced it and deals with it week after week, nothing is more painful to endure. 

Strengthen Your Grip 

In my honest opinion, rebellion is like a double-edged sword. Huh? How is rebellion like a double-edged sword? Rebellion, in my opinion, is like a double-edged sword from the perspective that it can be both a good and bad thing. That all depends on the motivation and the cause behind the rebellion. 

Anyone who rebels against God and His children are doomed with trouble unless they encounter the living Christ and repent of their rebellion. In spite of all the negativity that surrounds the word rebellion, there is a different type of rebellion that is actually positive in nature. That kind of rebellion happened on the day when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

There were moments that clearly stuck out where Jesus went against the grain of society of His time. One such moment came when He walked into the temple and turned over the tables and threw things around as He accused for converting God's house into a den of robbers. He also rebuked the Pharisees too. Remember that?! In the eyes of both the non-believers and the religious establishment, Jesus was essentially a rebel. The only difference is that Jesus was a "rebel" with a cause. What was Jesus' cause (purpose)? To bridge the gap between the lost humanity with His heavenly Father. Jesus is my kind of "rebel" and the type of rebel that I would love to continue to emulate in every single area of my life.

Would you like to be that kind of "rebel"?

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Perfect In Him!

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight. (Col. 1:22) 

Living as we do in product-oriented culture, we like to package our faith, too. We prefer to sell a slick, shrink-wrapped version of salvation that includes happiness and peace, and happiness here and now, and heaven by and by. While there is nothing wrong with good marketing techniques or teaching principles of authentic success, there is something wrong if we neglect to mention the process, which must inevitably include times of defeat and failure. . . . 

What I'd like to know is who erected such a happily-ever-after standard of perfection in the first place? God knows very well we aren't able to produce perfection; that's why Jesus, the perfect Son of God, placed us in His family. That's why He gave us a position of perfect righteousness in Him, reminding us by contrast that our own daily experience will constantly fall short. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

I don't know how many times I have said that nobody is perfect. To a very large degree, that can be totally true regardless of how much we try in our lame pursuit of perfectionism. Perfection can only be found in Christ. It cannot and will not ever be found in anyone else except Him. 

But. . . . 

Perfection can be attained. As far as the Christian is concerned, perfection can only be attained through the righteousness of Christ. It is only when we abide in Him where Christ's perfection will shine through us. So friend, if anyone tells you that nobody is perfect, please feel free to lovingly correct them by telling them that you are perfect in Christ. 

My dear friends, never be ashamed nor afraid to tell your friends and family how much you love Jesus and love having a truly intimate relationship with the only One Who is perfect. There's going to come a day when we will be perfect in every sense of the world when we get caught up and eventually taken to our real home, heaven. That day will one day be upon us when we least expect it. Be ready to encourage your friends and family to have an intimate relationship with the One Who is not only perfect, but Whos righteousness will make them perfect in the eyes of an imperfect world. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Cluttered, Complicated World!

Lo, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they have sought out many devices. (Eccl. 7:29) 

Everything around us works against reordering and simplifying our lives. Everything! Ours is a cluttered, complicated world. God did not create it that way. Depraved, restless humanity has made it that way!

Advertisements have one major goal: to make us discontented, woefully dissatisfied with who we are and what we have. Why? So we will acquire what they offer. And acquire we do! The watchword of our consumptive society is very loud and assertive---more! Enough is never enough. . . . 

Not only do we acquire . . . we keep, we accumulate. Furthermore, we don't simply compete . . . we are driven to win, always win. And not only do we want more, we must spend more time maintaining those things. Staying ahead of that maddening pace leaves us strained, fretful, breathless. 

Surely, God is not the author of such confusion. 

Intimacy with the Almighty 

With over 7 billion people on this planet and growing continuously, this world has become a cluttered, and even more complicated world. The world outside of Christ is already bad enough as it is. Our way of life as Christians has also become more cluttered with more focus on the activities we do than on the actual worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Things within the Christian community have also become more complicated with various churches who claim to be Christian warming up to those who live lifestyles that are an abomination before the Lord. 

For those of you who have been reading my posts for some time should already know that I'm not the type to sugar-coat any ungodly compromises within our churches. For those of you who have just followed me more recently, will gradually get used to the hard stand I usually take when confronted with ungodly compromises in our churches and lives in general. Today's Christian is exposed to all sorts of unhealthy philosophies. Everything ranging from the humanistic to new age has infiltrated our church and our lives. Many Christians still think that it is ok to listen to certain songs from certain Christian music artists that have knowingly or unknowingly incorporated the occult into their music. The same also applies to the books we read. What is really lacking in today's Christian is discernment. Discernment to know the subtleties of evil. My dear friends, let us gather together in prayer wherever we are in asking God to help to recognize the subtleties of evil in everything we do.  As a Christian blogger, I'm responsible before the Lord to convey a message that will challenge you, encourage you, and hold you (and myself) accountable to one another so that we do not stray from the Lord and further divide the body of Christ when it's already fragmented as it is. Are you with me friend?

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Great-Hearted Souls!

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matt. 5:9) 

Peacemakers release tension, they don't intensify it. Peacemakers seeks solutions and find no delight in arguments. Peacemakers calm the waters,  they don't trouble them. Peacemakers work hard to keep an offense from occurring. And if it has occurred, they strive for resolution. Peacemakers lower their voices rather than raise them. Peacemakers generate more light than heat. Blessed are such great-hearted souls! . . . 

Make no mistake, however; peacemaker is not a synonym for appeaser. This is not peace at any price. There are limits. . . . Smiling at wrongdoing or erroneous teaching doesn't simplify life; it complicates it. 

When Christ blessed the peacemakers, He was extolling the value of doing all we can to maintain harmony and support unity. His interest was in making peace where peace is an appropriate objective. 

Simple Faith 

Are you a great-hearted soul? 

This is a question I often ask myself. Not because I have doubts of having  a great heart. In my mind, heart, and spirit, there are absolutely no doubts about who I am in Christ. There have been numerous occasions where I was given the chance to be a peacemaker. That opportunity to be the peacemaker often presented itself during the hardest times of my life.

Before making peace with others, we must first make peace with ourselves. Have you made peace with yourself? Has there ever been a moment in either the distant or recent past that has prevented you from being able to forgive yourself and as result not find peace in yourself? To be very honest, there will never be enough space in this post to go in depth on this subject matter. With that said, I'm confident in the Lord that beyond the couple of questions that I have asked, God will enable you to probe into those questions in your quest for peace in not only your life, but so that you can become the peacemaker in the lives of those around you. 

My dear friends, we must make every effort with God's grace to become peacemakers. Peacemaking of any kind, whether it's with ourselves or with someone else or even as a third party is a very serious matter and never to be taken lightly. Being a peacemaker requires God's grace. I encourage all of my readers to ask God for the grace to be the peacemaker Jesus has encouraged us in His Word  accordance with Matthew 5:9.  Are you willing to be that peacemaker?

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Dead-End Road!

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Prov. 16:18) 

What is it that drives us on so relentlessly? Are you ready? Take a deep breath and allow yourself to to tolerate the one-word answer: PRIDE. We work and push and strive so we can prove we are worthy . . . we are the best . . . we deserve top honors. And the hidden message: I can gain righteousness all on my own, by my own effort, ingenuity, and energy. And because I can, I must! And why is this heretical? Because ultimately this philosophy says: (1) I really don't need divine righteousness (after all, God helps those who help themselves, right?), and (2) I will find lasting joy in my own achievement. This will bring me ultimate  satisfaction. 

Both are dead-end roads found on Fantasy Island. 

Laugh Again 

There is absolutely nothing good about dead-ends. Dead-end roads impede progress. All of us at one time or another have run into a dead-end road. Chances are, we have lost our moral and spiritual compass and as a result have lost our sense of direction along this truly adventurous path of wisdom. 

When our righteousness is centered in self, we will not only be hopelessly lost, but we will continuously run into one dead-end road after another. God's righteousness is our ultimate GPS. His righteousness has a greater vantage point than any altitude we can achieve. 

In your travels down the path of wisdom, who's righteousness are you totally dependent on to get you to where you need to go? Is it God's righteousness? Or is it your righteousness? Keep in mind friends, our own righteousness is centered in pride. And pride will always be the source of our downfall. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Take It By Faith!

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa. 55:9) 

Despite all of our searching and all of our study of the Scriptures, we'll never be able to see everything clearly, to fully grasp and understand and answer all the questions. They are beyond our comprehension---a puzzle, a mystery. 

In Keep a Quiet Heart, Elisabeth Elliott says, "Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now."

Much of what happens in life we simply have to take by faith. Answers will not be forthcoming. These are the tensions of reality, and if we get marooned on the tensions, we will not be able to travel further. That is as our heavenly Father planned it. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

Hebrews 11:1 tells us the following. . . . 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

I'm a very hopeful person. So hopeful that with God by my side, I can overlook my present circumstances with the faith and expectation that God will enable me to fulfill the divine plan He has for my life. I have learned after so many years to always speak things into my life by faith. Even when it looks like my circumstances will never change, my faith continues to grow and grow. 

There will be moments when our faith will be stretched to the point of questioning God's involvement in our lives. I have personally been there many times. I have often wondered if God truly cares about me. There were millions of questions in my mind and I was continuously bombarding God with them. As the years passed and there have been very little to no changes happening in certain areas of my life, my faith went from passive to more aggressive. 

Yes friends, my faith grew more aggressive with each passing day, week, month, and year.  Let's just say that my faith has gone beyond the passive to a stubborn-like faith. When I stubborn faith, the closest example I can think of off the top of my head would be the kind of faith that Jacob exercised when he fought the angel for his blessing to the point that his hip was dislocated in the fiasco. That kind of faith is very revealing from the perspective that Jacob truly cared about receiving the blessing almost to the point of paying the price of the faith with his life. 

My dear friends, are you willing to pay the price of your life for this kind of faith? Are you willing to let go of the political correctness of the society we live in to live out your life with stubborn faith? All of us (including myself) need to act like the way Jacob acted for the blessings God has for our lives. The more radical (and stubborn) our faith is, the more radical (and miraculous) our blessings will become. What it really boils down to is how bad we want that blessing that God has for us. How bad do you want the blessing God has for you? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in your quest to grow in faith and to take life BY FAITH!JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Grace For Every Shade Of Sorrow!

You are in heaviness through manifold trials: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. (1 Pet. 1:6-7) 

Trials come in various forms. The word various comes from an interesting Greek term, poikolos, which means "variegated" or "many colored." We also get the term "polka dot" from it. Trials come in a variety of forms and colors. They are different, just as we are different. Something that would hardly affect you might knock the slats out from under me---and vice versa. But God offers special grace to match every shade of sorrow. . . . 

This variety of trials is like different temperature settings on God's furnace. The settings are adjusted to burn off our dross, to temper us or soften us us according to what meets our highest need. It is in God's refining fire that the authenticity of our faith is revealed. And the purpose of these fiery ordeals is that we may come forth as purified gold, a shining likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. 

Hope Again 

Here's a question for you. . . . 

How do we find grace during times of darkness, distress, and hardship? 

God's grace can definitely be seen in various colors. In the case of sorrow, God's grace may actually be seen in colors ranging from gray to ivory white from a purely hypothetical standpoint. One may easily assume that the darker the sorrow, the brighter God's grace will shine. The dimmer the sorrow, the darker His grace becomes. The whole point to this is that God's grace always trumps the sorrow in our lives. 

The above question is indeed a good question because it is often very difficult to find God's grace in the midst of hard times. This in no way, shape, or form means that His grace is not available to us during those times. His grace has to be sought out. What makes this difficult to do is that we can become too absorbed in our sorrows. 

My dear friends, I strongly encourage all of you (including myself) to get before God and seek His presence so we can find His grace in the midst of our sorrows when times become really hard and it feels that there is no way out of the situation we are in. Instead of claiming the sorrow for our own, we must give our sorrows over to God so His grace will enable us to make through that difficult time. It will always pay to remember that His grace is available to us at all times and under any kind of circumstances. Don't take my word for it! Take His Word for it!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Our Will Or God's Will?!

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go. (Psalm 32:8) 

Following the will of God requires faith and action, which in turn call for risk and release. This is where things get very personal; this is where we persevere and flesh out the will of God. 

I have come to the conclusion: Doing the will of God is rarely easy and uncomplicated. Instead, it is often difficult and convoluted. Or. . . mysterious. Because we don't know where He is taking us, we must bend our will to His---and most of us are not all that excited about bending. We'd much prefer resisting. That's why Christian life is often such a struggle. I don't mean that it's a constant marathon of misery. It's just a struggle between our will and His will. Someday, when we are caught up with the Lord in glory, we finally be all the things we have longed to be. Until then, we live in this never-ending tension of give and take, push and pull. 

The Mystery of God's Will

Following God's will has to be by far the most difficult thing anyone can do during their Christian walk. God's will usually opposes our will and that is the part that can easily frustrate us. Acknowledging His will, as well as living out His will in a timely manner can be very complicated and difficult to understand at times. The mystery of God's can be as plain as black and white as well as very elusive too. 

I will admit, following God's will in contrast to my own can be both very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. I will openly admit that I have sought out my own will over His will on many different occasions. As a result, I have always found myself in a rut because of my ignorance in understanding God's will for my life. By God's grace and His grace alone, I have developed a better understanding of God's will for my life. Yes, His grace was most evident during the times that I had experienced the greatest amount of trial and error. 

My dear friends, don't let the enemy of your soul (Satan) attempt to pull you away from God's perfect will in your life. God has a wonderful plan for you and your family. Don't let the trials and errors of life discourage you from seeking His will for your life. Don't make the same mistake I made in leaning on my own will! God's will will always override our will every time. His will always knows best. We could never have it any other way. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Leave It To God!

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. (Isa. 32:17) 

Can't seem to get where you want to go fast enough? Leave it to God

Worried about your kids? Leave it to God

Living in a place you'd rather not be? Leave it to God

Looks like you won't graduate with honors? Leave it to God

Found a lump and you see the doctor tomorrow? Leave it to God

A mid-career change seems scary? Leave it to God

You did the job but someone else got the credit? Leave it to God

Day by Day with Charles Swindoll 

Leave it to God.

It's a whole lot easier said than done. Right? Our tendency to wanting to do things our way. It is either my way or the highway. Man, we can be such selfish creatures sometimes. Our human nature is the complete opposite of God's nature. While God loves to take His time and operate in His own will, we have a microwave mentality. That explains the advent of fast food restaurants. 

The Bible is riddled with stories of how people had to lose everything before God decided to intervene in that person's life. The losses of life doesn't just pertain to our heroes of the faith, that also applies to us today. That is why we must leave whatever it is we are facing to God. All of us are confronting some type of struggle right now as we speak. At this present moment, we have one of two choices to make. We could either leave it to God or we can attempt to try to handle the struggle on our own. My dear friends, my hope and prayer is that we will surrender ourselves to God and let God deal with all of our cares. 

In order for us to truly leave our cares to God, we must first acknowledge that we have a desperate need for God's intervention in our daily lives. We must get before God's presence with a humble spirit. In essence, we must come to an end of ourselves. Once we have come to an end of ourselves, we will be in prime position to see God move on our behalf in ways that we would never imagine. Have you come to an end of yourself? Have you left whatever concerns you to God's care? If you have answered yes to these questions, then you are in prime position to see a miracle in your life. If not, then I highly recommend that you take a closer look at your relationship with God. One thing is for certain is that God will never force Himself on you and your situation if your don't want Him involved in any way. Food for thought! 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

God Made Me!

For you have formed my inward parts: you have covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14) 

The word formed literally means "originated or created." God reached into my life when I was merely a tiny embryo and began to shape me within. He originated me. He began to put me together while I was still in the soft silence of my mother's womb. It was there my "inward parts" were originated by God. . . . 

The nine-month interweaving work of  God included my likes and dislikes, my personality as well as my perspective on life. . . . 

As I analyze my body and see the way I have been put together, I join the psalmist in praise and gratitude to God, my Creator. . . . 

Mother Nature didn't make me. Fate did not shape me, neither was I just a biological combination of mother and dad in a moment of sexual passion. Nor was I conceived through blind chance. You, God (and no other), made me! 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

To be honest, this post has the potential of being one of the most personal posts I have ever written (and may ever write). I happen to be born on December 18, 1973. This was the year that the whole abortion debate was born. This was also the year where the subject of abortion was brought to trial through a case called Roe v. Wade. 

It was during the Roe v. Wade trial where abortion became legalized. Without getting too far into the subject, abortion is essentially the killing of a fetus during the very early stages of a woman's pregnancy. The legalization of abortion comes into play when the woman who chooses to go through with this has been violated in some way, shape, or form (rape is an example). 

In the eyes of God and those of us who are loyal followers of Jesus Christ, the life of every human being begins at the fetus, maybe sooner. Aborting a child at any stage of conception is considered murder in the eyes of God. Does that imply that God is not capable of forgiving those who have gone through with such a horrendous act? No. God is indeed capable of forgiving those people and I'm confident in Him that He has and will continue to do so. However, this does not mean that there will not be any consequences of such acts. Since 1973, there have been over 60 million babies killed. This is over ten times the amount of Jews that was killed during the Holocaust (6 million). 

My dear friends, it's about time that we all begin to recognize that God has made us with the intent and purpose of fulfilling the plan that God has laid out for our lives. God has made us with the precision and care that only He can have. God has made me to express the love of Jesus to everyone who reads the words of this post and every other post before and after this one. God has made me to bring eternal value into your life and for you to do the same in the lives of those around you. God has made you because you are loved, valued, and cared for. There are millions of other reasons God has made us. Wow! What a comforting thought!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Sovereign Potter!

But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand. (Isa. 64:8) 

By now in our Christian walk we hardly need the reminder that life is not a cloud-nine utopia. It is a terribly unrealistic view to think that Christ helps you live happily ever after; it's downright unbiblical! Most of life is learning and growing, falling and getting back up, forgiving and forgetting, accepting and going on. 

We know the sovereign Potter is working with our clay as He pleases. I've watched a few potters at work. And it's a funny thing. I have seen them suddenly mash the clay down and start over again. Each time they do this, the clay comes out looking entirely different. And with gifted potters, they can start over and over---and each time it's better and better. 

He is the Potter, we are the clay. He is the one who gives the commands; we are the ones who obey. . . . He is shaping us over into the image of His Son. 

Day by Day with Charles Swindoll 

There's not an ounce of doubt that God is the Sovereign Potter of my life. I have seen God's hand come in and out of my life on numerous occasions throughout my life. I have seen His hand in the good, the bad, and the ugly. God's hand has molded in so many different ways under various circumstances. When times are extremely good to me, His hand has would incubate me with lots of tender love and care as He would smooth out the parts of me that was gradually hardening. 

When times were both bad and ugly, He would continuously break me down and rebuild me slowly, but surely. It was (and is) during those times when God's purifying fire would harden the glaze and provide a brilliant, glossy look to my character. Any blemishes that have been found in my life would be removed by fire. It is only by fire where we would be tried. How we respond to the fire in our lives will determine the quality of our character. 

My dear friends, what is the quality of your character? Has God Himself been the Sovereign Potter of your life? Have you allowed Him to mold you and make you into the image of His one and only Son? These questions are there to encourage you into drawing yourself into a closer relationship with God. A relationship where hope, faith, trust and a number of other qualities can be brought forth when God's hand is actively involved in your life regardless of what it looks like at the presence moment. God loves you so much and longs to be as actively involved in all of our lives as possible. Remember friends, He is sovereign!

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wisdom Just In Time!

Take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. (Matt. 10:19) 

Do you know what I've discovered about the Lord? He doesn't give wisdom on credit. He doesn't advance you a bundle of insight. . . . Do you know when He gives us words and wisdom and insight? Right when we need them. At the very instant they are required. 

If you're a parent, you may have experienced this phenomenon. You find yourself in a situation you never anticipated, and couldn't prepare for. Suddenly, you're at one of the critical junctures of life where you're the mom or dad, and your child is looking into your eyes, depending on you for a right answer. Not always, but often, you are given the words you need. Later you realize that they were words beyond your own wisdom. At that quiet moment, you breathe a little prayer of thanks. "Praise You, Lord. That's exactly what needed to be said." 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Access to God's wisdom is available to us at a moment's notice. Wisdom for a wide variety of situations can be found for us in His Word. My mentors told me the importance of memorizing Scripture so I can be prepared for certain moments that develop in my life. They also point out the importance of being continuously connected to the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has an uncanny ability to "quicken" us so that the revelation can be fresh in our minds to share (or impart) that bit of wisdom to anyone that needs to hear the Word from the Lord. 

Some due diligence in doing our part in the reading of the Word alongside the spirit of discernment will help assure us that wisdom will always come to us JUST IN TIME. Wisdom is an extremely vital attribute in our lives and will literally guide us in making wise choices in some of the most important situations that we will ever face. With so many of these "important" situations that vie for our attention on a daily basis, wisdom is desperately needed. 

Wisdom that comes just in time is very refreshing in that it provides us with the capacity to make the informed decision to either help ourselves in decision that is being made or that is would be beneficial to the person who is need themselves of a wise (and timely) word of advice in their time of need. Always remember friends, when asking for anything from God, always ask Him to provide you with timely wisdom while at the same time empower you with due diligence and apply the due diligence in the reading and memorization of His Word. When you accomplish this, you reveal to the entire world what it is that you give utmost importance to. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Beautiful In God's Time!

He has made every thing beautiful in its time. (Ecc. 3:11) 

Among Christians a favorite verse of Scripture is Romans 8:28: 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

The key part of the verse is "work together." That verse does not say "all things are good"---just as Solomon's comment does not say "everything is beautiful." It says, "All things are good as they work together for His purpose." This says, "He makes everything beautiful in its time." And I've got news for those who struggle with God's timing. You may not live to see God's time completely fulfilled. You may live to a ripe old age, carry out your reason for existence, and die before the full program of God has reached its ultimate and completed purpose. But His promise stands---He will make everything beautiful in its time. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

When something or someone is considered beautiful, it is because that thing or person is full of beauty. Beauty surrounds us in some many different forms, shapes, and sizes. The stereotypical beauty is found on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine or on a brochure of Ford Modeling Agency. As much as we can appreciate that kind of beauty, that kind of beauty is superficial at best. 

The most interesting kind of beauty is our inward beauty. Inward beauty can best be cultivated over an extended period of time. Our inward beauty is not continually exposed such as our external beauty. Our inward beauty is totally dependent on the kind of experiences we have throughout our lives. Our inward beauty is also dependent on the unseen. Is our inward beauty going to be rooted in Christ? Or is our inward beauty going to be forsaken and left to the vices of the enemy? The choice is obviously up to us. My hope and prayer for all of you is that we will be beautiful for Jesus in God's time. 

My dear friends, in the same way the bride prepares herself to be beautiful for the groom. The Bride of Jesus Christ must also be beautiful in God's time in preparation for her Groom. Don't wait until the Groom shows up and then try to look beautiful. No. Now is the time to look beautiful my friends! Be encouraged and know without a shadow of doubt that you will be beautiful in God's time and not in anyone else's. Amen. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).