Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

CHRIST, THE HEAD

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Day 266

“You have been given fullness in Christ,
Who is the head over every power and authority”
Colossians 2:9-15

You are complete in Him and out of His fullness you receive grace upon grace. You have everything when you have Christ. He is the Source of your blessings, provision, strength and all that you need for this life. And above all, He is a Provider that will never fail.

Christ cancelled and blotted out the charges against you. He took your list of sins and destroyed it on the cross. Then He disarmed the powers and authorities and took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin. The victorious Christ became the head over every power and authority.

Listen, Saint; Jesus is God and He surpasses all created beings. He adopted you as His sons and daughters and as such share in His high position. He has blessed you in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. Your enemy has been defeated. He no longer has any power over you. You are free in Christ. Rise up and praise Him and declare His glories.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated
at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:1-2

LIGHT AND DARKNESS

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Day 264

“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man”
Revelation 1:12-13

You may never have considered this before; we still live in a dark age. We are surrounded by darkness. One only has to listen to the news to be aware of the darkness and it seems to be increasing. With the advent of literacy and education, we have entered an age of nihilism. Humanity believes it has escaped the ‘dark age’ because it is now educated and has knowledge.

When God chose to reveal Himself He sent His Son to become man. Light came to the earth for the first time since the fall. Jesus revealed the Father and His divine plan. He bore witness to the Light and was the Light. John says, “The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:5). When Jesus completed His mission, He ascended into heaven and the earth continued in darkness.

With Christ’s ascension, He made provision for the Light to be here on the earth. The seven golden lampstands is the church and His children are the light in the world. In the midst of the church stands the resurrected Christ. We bear the light, testimony, and the message of reconciliation to those still in darkness. There is hope.

“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests
to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory
and power for ever and ever! Amen.”
Revelation 1:5b-6

THE BREAD OF HEAVEN

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Day 253

“This is the bread that came down from heaven. Our forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever”
John 6:58

He is the source of our life. we will live forever if we eat the bread He gives us. Feeding on Christ not only imparts life, it continuously sustains our life in Him. We are nurtured through His life in us. Those in the desert died. We will not because the new manna banishes death.

God miraculously fed manna each day to the Israelites in the desert. This bread sustained them throughout their whole journey and lasted until they possessed the promise land. As in the desert, where God rained manna on the Israelites from heaven, Jesus Christ has come to us from heaven with new manna every day. So, as we are met with new grace and mercy each day [Lamentations 3:22-23], He also imparts sustaining life to nurture us with His bread.

Consider this today; why do we rush to the latest books to feed us and show us the way? Why do we look to reports of God moving here and there and desire to be there? There seems to be a restlessness in Christians to “find” greener grass. Yet, the very living God, His Son Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit lives in us, the hope of our glory. He has given us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness. Every day is new in Him. Yesterday’s manna is dead. This day He has new manna for you.

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richness of fare” Isaiah 55:2

THE GOD OF MUCH MORE – PART 3

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Day 246

“…it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved [daily delivered from sin’s dominion] through His [resurrection] life” [vs 10, Amplified]
Romans 5:6-10

At one time, we were enemies of God. Our life now is in Christ as His friend. While we were God’s enemy, Jesus died for us. How much more now that we are His children and friend will He do for us? Now we are objects of God’s love [Ephesians 5:2];

  • God’s grace [Ephesians 2:8-9];
  • God’s power [Philippians 2:13];
  • God’s faithfulness [Philippians 1:6];
  • God’s peace [John 14:27];
  • God’s consolation [2 Thessalonians 2:16-17]; and,
  • God’s intercession [Hebrews 7:25].

There is more:

  • He lives in us;
  • He has blessed us with with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  • He continues to deal with sin in our life by delivering us daily (Romans 5:6-10);
  • He meets us each day with grace and mercy Lamentations 3:22-23);
  • He has established us in Him (Ephesians 1:11);and,
  • He has sealed us for our inheritance in Him (Ephesians 1:13-14).

All praise and glory to Him who has rescued us.

“If God be for us, who [can be] against us?—Who can be our foe, if God is on our side? He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” Romans 8:31b-32, Amplified

HE GIVES LIFE

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Day 236

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life”
John 6:63

Sadly, not all who follow Jesus will stand the test of being true believers. Jesus Himself said there are some (of the followers) who do not believe. Many followed Him because of signs and wonders. Today are many who are pseudo-believers. They have never given themselves to Christ and the true gospel.

Christianity is radical. Jesus said, “. . . the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force” [Matthew 11:12], and Acts 14:22 states, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Does this sound strange to our ears? A careful reading of the gospel clearly reveals only those who break away from human tradition and ways, no matter what the cost to them, will possess the kingdom of God. Timothy 3:12 declares, “And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

True life comes from the Spirit. Our flesh will profit nothing. Yet, how easily we slip back following our understanding, so carefully planning our earthly security, making plans, taking care for tomorrow. In the past hour 17 Christians were martyred, part of the 156,000 martyred this past year. More than in 100 AD. Christ has given us life—everything we need, but only to serve the Kingdom of God, not ourselves.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2

HE FREELY GIVES

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Day 182

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered
Him up for us all, how will He not also with
Him freely gives us all things?”
Romans 8:32

We are subject to many passions, moods, emotions and feelings. It is our state and none escape, even in maturity. These areas of our life often are enemies of who we are Christ. We tend to judge and measure our position in Christ according to our current state. Have you ever doubted your salvation? God’s forgiveness? His love? His protection?

As powerful as salvation and grace are in our lives, it is amazing how we see our performance related to our acceptance by God. Consider the verse today and the depth of what God has done for us. First, He made a sacrifice of His own Son for you – ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’ Yes, God Himself did not spare His own Son. And on the heels of that powerful and compelling truth, another great declaration is made – God our Father and His Son will freely give us all things! Do you realize what this means?

He will give us all that is necessary to keep us from now until we are called home. His Fatherhood and powerful love will not permit human weakness, demonic activity, sin, trouble, hardship, persecution, or any other thing separate us from Him. Saints, listen; He did not shed the holy blood of Christ to lose us or for waste. He is determined to rescue, restore and perfect us until the day of Christ Jesus. You are His forever.

“Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid”
Isaiah 12:2

SALVATION AND MORE

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Day 181

“I have given you an example to follow.
Do as I have done to you”
John 13:15

There is no question that God’s salvation is the greatest gift anyone could receive. It has set us free from sin and death, made us new, partakers of His nature, His children, personal friends of our Lord and Savior and residents of a greater kingdom than any other on earth or in the heavens. What we’ve gained is endless. The height and depth of it is not measurable. His love is the foundation and basis for this great salvation.

Christ’s love that brought us salvation is not a one time act. The power of His love equips us to not only live, but grow every day in Him. He has given us the means to make our salvation rich and full. How? “Do as I have done to you,” He said. And He showed us how by example. It could not be seen more powerfully then at the last supper when He girded Himself and became a humble servant washing the feet of the very people He created!

How is God glorified; by walking in His love with humility. “We should please others” [Romans 15:2]; “Live a life filled with love for others” [Ephesians 5:2], “You must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy … You must make allowances for each other’s faults … the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony” [Colossians 3:12-14]. Oh, how rich and full our salvation is by loving Him and our brethren!

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because
He laid down His life for us, we ought to
lay down our lives for the brethren”
1 John 3:16

THE POWER OF LOVE

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Day 179

“Overwhelming victory is ours
through Christ, who loved us”
Romans 8:37

God is love. God’s power is the power of endless love. How do we know this? Because He first loved us when we were unworthy and unable to love Him. Incredible as it may seem, God brought us His love in humility, gentleness and servanthood.

Christ’s kingdom and all its power is manifested by love. It is love that brought Him, the second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God, to take on the nature of us on this earth. It is love to have lived among us for His 33 years. It is love that called twelve men and made them the first leaders of His church. He invested His life to train and show them God the Father. And it was love that brought Him to the cross to die for us.

And how was this love demonstrated? With great power, thunder, lightening? No, it was in servanthood. The Last Supper told it all when He girded Himself as a servant and washed the feet of His disciples. The Son of God, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, girded Himself as a humble servant to wash the feet of men! And He instructed us to do the same. Here is His glory: we are more than conquerors in Him who loved us.

“I am persuaded that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
No height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate
us from the love of God, which is
in Christ Jesus our Lord”
Romans 8:38-39

FOOLISHNESS AND THE IMPOSSIBLE

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Day 175

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than
man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God
is stronger than man’s strength”
1 Corinthians 1:25

Peter was a fisherman, Matthew a tax collector, Paul an eloquent statesman. Moses murdered a soldier in anger. David was a very young teenager, Gideon was farmer, Ruth a foreigner whose husband died, Rahab a prostitute. The list goes on, but each person was chosen and called of God and the end result was He used each one in a way that was opposite of who they were at the time He called them.

We are always trying to put God in a box. He will escape every time. We become victims of our own nature by believing we know everything. Our doctrine is perfect, theology correct and practice consistent, but in the end we know only in part and all of our wisdom is foolishness. We believe ourselves invincible and self-sufficient, but in the end all our strength is weakness.

No man has seen God. No man knows God wholly. We know in part. He has given us His wisdom and His strength. We will walk in righteousness if we lean on this. And more than all, He has revealed His grace and mercy to us through love. What more could we ask? His glory is our resting in Him, living our lives through Him, knowing and relying upon His love.

“I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”
Galatians 2:20

CHRIST IN US

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Day 173

“Christ is all that matters”
Colossians 3:11

When all is said and done, Christ is all that matters. But, we are so occupied with life, details, news, relationships, business, family matters and everything else, we get lost in it. Instead of focusing on Christ we focus on the temporal. Yet, Christ is the only issue.

God the Father sent His son to redeem us. He paid a great price that defies understanding. Why the God of the Universe, who can command the armies of heaven and legions of angels to do His bidding, lowered Himself into human flesh and lived in humility among us is beyond comprehension. And why He would even consider us wretched people to be His sons and daughters defies all logic and reason. But, He did. And He did it out of love.

And now to us who are weak, unworthy, untrustworthy, lacking love and sometimes just outright sinners, He sends Christ who lives in us. It wasn’t enough He did all this for us, but He chose to take residence in our hearts. And He doesn’t jump in and out of us according to our condition of life. Cold, dull, don’t care, sinful, He is living us. He’s ready to reveal Himself to us. He’s ready to strengthen us and give us power. He is ready to do the impossible and make all things possible. Yes, when all is said and done, Christ is all that matters.

“And be sure of this:
I am with you always”
Matthew 28:20