7/9 Standing Firm

2 Cor 1:24 …it is by faith you stand firm.

There is incredible and formidable power in your faith. You cannot lose. This provides everything you need now and forever. Everything hinges on this and with it eternal life. You are very secure in it. You are untouchable to the enemy of your soul.

You will overcome this life and every difficulty. You will see your family and the souls of others rescued from death. You will destroy the enemy. You will see him suffer for all he has done. You will reign with your King in eternity. You will be an overcomer and victor and this all due to your faith in Jesus. Party now!

7/7 Yes

2 Cor 1:20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

It is so important for you to remember what the Lord has said to you. He has told you how he feels about you and what he has in store for you. Fill your heart with this as you labor. Look forward to the prize. Put what is happening now in the context of these promises.

How important and affirming his promises are. List them. Meditate and pray over these. They will nourish and strengthen you. Speak them. Speak them to your brothers and sisters. Thank him and rejoice.

 

6/21 Fellowship with his Son

1 Cor 1:9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

You can depend on him. He is unlike anyone you have met. He can do whatever he has promised. Nothing can get in his way. He will keep his promise. With these two unchangeable facts you can rest. What he has given, none can take away. And what is this?

Is it not the best he could give? From the hand of an infinite, loving God, you have been bestowed the greatest gift in Heaven and creation. This is fellowship. This is fellowship is with his son. This guarantees all other possible good things.

Rest! Rest in his faithfulness. Rejoice and thank him. Wait patiently. He will come for you soon.

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6/13 Nothing

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

This is a rhetorical question. The answer is obvious ”nothing.” Nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus. This is great but you must dig deeper to appreciate this and use it. You must use this scripture to your spiritual health for faith survival!

Since “nothing” is the answer, and he lists various possible scenarios, (trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, or the sword) it is clear that the love of Jesus is certain. No situation is too great. Note two points in this scripture. One, that “nothing” means “nothing” with a caveat and that you will face trials.

First, in the faith, as you live in his truth, you will excel under difficulty because you know Jesus love is real and tangible in the spiritual realm. You can be sure that your faith will stand. Depend on it. He is true, so trust him and you will stand.

Second, trials are inferred in the text as things that can happen to you. The list is not exhaustive. You are not immune to problems due to faith. Actually, you are more at risk. This should give you a sober view of the future and keep you from being surprised at difficulties. This is a hedge not to be minimized.

Remain in the Spirit through the Word, meditation and prayer. Love as guided and expect difficulties. In this, nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus. Remember this and you will have victory.

6/11 Spare the Son

Rom 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

What a devotion he has to you. He didn’t say he loved but showed you. People have done some nice things for you and I’m sure it made you happy and was followed by much gratitude. However, those around you have a limited ability to love and give but what about God?

He gave his Son to you. The Father put him on the cross for you. He gave you everything else offered through the sacrifice. The blessing from that which the Father did is now and eternity.

Thank him. When in a dark place trust him. Look at what he did for you with Jesus. Never doubt his love and devotion. Know it is real, active and tangible. See with spiritual eyes his love for you. Remember the cross!

 

Physically Fit with a Box of Doughnuts

body modelBeing fit is hard work. It requires discipline in exercise, sleep, and diet. If you have ventured any distance into the realm of fitness this is what you will discover. Six days a week in the gym, a balanced diet with lots of protein and good sleep habits. The body you are looking for is on the other side. It is for anyone who wants it.

However, because we all want a short cut to a great body, businesses are grown and money. They know we would all like to be fit and amazing looking without the gym and of course lots of goodies! We do not want to diet but only want a pill. If you look into magazine from “Men’s Health” to “Body and Fitness” you will find beautiful people posing by a supplement bottle or a weight loss concoction. This is to sell you fitness in a bottle.

Ones see a beautiful person next to a miracle formula, guaranteed to burn fat and give you a six pack. What you do not know is that the body model in the add works hard in the gym and does all that I previously mentioned. Right before the photo-shoot they cut weight. This is why they look so great. Who knows whether they took the supplement or medicine? Through this they can sell you a miracle elixir; fitness in a bottle. They know what you want and make a lot of money.

It is bought even though it sounds too good to be true. You can’t take a pill, eat a dozen doughnuts, watch Duck Dynasty endlessly and have a lean, cut physique.

Being a Christian is the same. We want spirituality without the corresponding discipline required to get it. We want to be like Apostle Paul but we do not want to do what he did. Through asking Jesus into our heart, baptism, convenient theologies, church service, and other mixtures we hope that we will be that spiritual man or women we read about in biographies.

It doesn’t come. It won’t; it can’t! What will come, are disappointment and lethargy; spiritually fat and flabby. You may just conclude that God doesn’t have some great task for you or that he doesn’t want to use you in a spiritual way for his Kingdom. This causes you to do less. One simply leans back and expects nothing, doing only some minor exterior Christian religious acts…or go to another conference!

One wants to be like these spiritual greats, like Jesus, as cheaply as one can. This is a problem and a danger. It is a problem because this isn’t how it works. One can get a lot of knowledge in the process of being a “Christian” and feel they are mature in the faith. This is a well-supported delusion. However it is only pride in a disguise.

One can be part of a church and even be elevated to higher position and responsibility, but still be spiritually dwarfed. Others of lower rank in the Church look to that person as a spiritual giant and emulate them. The result is reproduction in kind: spiritually immature, biblically knowledgeable people with tenure.

There is a danger also. The threat is that one may find themselves, just close enough to the spiritual realm, that when Satan discovers a right time, he will destroy them. Even with all the assets just mentioned, one cannot stand against the enemy. These will be vanquished. One may respond “But, isn’t Jesus protecting me?” “I’ve read that somewhere in the Bible.” The answer is “Yes!” he is, however he protects one through a spiritual connection which once initiated is maintained.

There is only one way to get to spiritual fitness and continuous growth. This comes in a co-laboring process with the Holy Spirit. It is outlined in the scripture and it goes like this. Faith is initiated. One reads the Word, gets counsel from the more mature, and takes each thought captive to Christ. This is a good start. They use meditation and prayer to remain in a state of spiritual awareness. This is “Walking in the Spirit.” One must meet with other believers regularly to encourage each other in the faith. While meeting one must provoke and be guided to love and good deeds. Finally, one must carry out the will of God generated from love.

One must be aware that there is an Adversary and he works in the mind to destroy trust in Jesus. This must be kept in mind always. The spiritual in Christ must put themselves in a place to walk with the Spirit as I previously described. This is how he protects and guides the Christian.

In this process there are many spiritual trials that Christ uses to harden faith and develop higher levels of protection. The result is greater faith and intimacy with Jesus. From here spiritual maturity is gained. Acts of spiritual valor in Jesus name are displayed and spiritual power is exhibited.

There is no pill. No elixir will do it. The special conference won’t change you. Only the diligent application of the spiritual tools he has provided will cut the spiritual fat and give that nice cut look of the beautiful Spirit of Jesus. Through away the pills. Just say no to the box of doughnuts and sweat a little.

6/9 He Has a Plan

Rom 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

You are a Christian. You love like Jesus. You have passed from life to death and are journeying toward you destiny. It is working itself out daily. He is acting with a particular goal in mind: Conformity. You are being incrementally and completely transformed to be like Jesus. It is first in heart and later in his glory.

He has vowed, powerfully and determined, to do this work in you. Who can stop him, this Creator of the Universe, from making you and building you to be like the God-Man. You have a manifest destiny and it is occurring before your very eyes, a metamorphosis to be like him and with him for eternity!