June 17, 2018
- Sun Jun 17, 2018
Rooted in Mutual Cooperation
"Jesus said to them, 'My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.'" John 5:17
The free exchange of feeling and thought between Jesus and the Father was a synergy of purpose the world had never seen. It was the Father & Son Redemption Co.; Building the Kingdom since 33 A. D. Because the Father loved the Son so deeply he revealed His plans and purpose to him. And the Son obediently carried them out. Jesus would say things like:
“My food is to do the will of Him who sent me”, “I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me", “These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me", “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.”
Multiple statements like these reveal the unwavering commitment of Jesus to the Father’s purposes, to garner His affection. For Jesus it was a direct outcome of personally experiencing, seeing, and assigning importance to the Father’s purposes as a willing agent of expression. We see Jesus who is functionally attached to the Father’s will and free to make it His mission. He experienced love and acceptance; He was secure, knowledgeable, ready, sent, and focused.
So what about us? What is the connection to us? According to Jesus the exact same dynamics apply, custom designed to produce the same high octane and spiritually healthy commitment. “I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me”. (John 17:23)
Father, thank you for preparing every good work for Jesus and me to do.
June 16, 2018
- Sat Jun 16, 2018
He Is a Person
“The word became flesh” John 1:14
Keep reminding yourself: He is a person. He knows the difference between willing cooperation by a man of compliance and hesitant cooperation by a man of resistance. One is “want to” connect and relate; the other is “have to” comply. There’s a huge difference. The voice of the Holy Spirit voice should be a welcomed, needed, and respected interruption for us no matter the situation, issue or moment. Being disposed and ready to listen means increasing measures of life and peace for God’s man. Resenting, ignoring or muting his voice results in chaos and destruction personally, spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.
The enemy of God and man puts great energy into persuading you to not think in these terms. God’s thinking on your relationship with the Holy Spirit is straightforward: “Since we live by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25). God’s man cannot afford to play nickel poker with the Holy Spirit when the stakes are life and death. That is why all of us must face the control issues in our lives honestly, squarely, and biblically. We simply must ask who’s in control. The answer is either (a) The enemy of God or (b) the Holy Spirit.
Maybe you can relate to this dynamic. When I want, I don’t want to think. When my mind is made up, I have direction and a set of expectations. I don’t want anyone slowing down my process or hindering me from getting what I want. It’s called having your mind made up “come hell or high water.” That is why we have to make a commitment to God’s will in advance of our day–to-day battles and in a strong way frequently and privately with Him. My impulsive decisions are not best. In fact, they usually give me a hangover of conscience.
Thank you Father for reminding me to be prepared for all my decisions.
June 15, 2018
- Fri Jun 15, 2018
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power,” Ephesians 6:10
The goal is to stay strong in God and stay in the zone of His mighty power flowing in my life. How do I do that in this epic spiritual battle between God and Satan? I’m in the middle of it. Here’s how, in Ephesians 6 it says “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes... for our struggles are not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
Your self-determination or will power is like chaff in the wind. You do not have the ability to win a spiritual battle. It is not a physical or mental battle; sin has to be overcome with power from the power of the Holy Spirit given by God the Creator. God gives you the ability to act out of His love He puts in you. You no longer have to be good enough. You are declared good enough the moment you accept His gift. You now live life through His total forgiveness supplied by the sacrifice of Jesus, one time only, on the cross. By faith you now act with His power.
Make no mistake, there is a spiritual war and you are in the middle of it. The only way you win this battle is through the gift that God wants everyone to experience. Thank God for accepting you sins and all. Now, ask God to open the hearts of those around you so that your influence will overcome Satan and his minions.
Thank you for your promises Father.
June 14, 2018
- Thu Jun 14, 2018
Give What You Have Been Given
“The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus comes and outlines the battle, the spiritual battle that every person is in engaged in. There’s a dark one and his agenda is to steal hope and kill motivation and destroy life. That’s his purpose and that’s his agenda and he can do that in our lives very easily. There are a lot of ups, but there are more downs than ups and in those downs Satan wants to drive us even further down. But, Jesus counters that and says, “I came that you might have life and have it to the full".
We will listen to one voice or the other. When we ourselves are unwittingly participating with the dark one by our distance, rejection and lack of compassion, love and acceptance of other people that we find unacceptable, we steal their hope. In the Spirit of Christ we embrace those in front of us, know that we were sinners needing grace and were able to receive the grace of Jesus, then we can give grace. I NEED GRACE, I RECEIVE GRACE, I GIVE GRACE. That’s the beauty of the New Testament, the beauty of knowing Jesus Christ that is for all the places that you fail, for all of your mistakes and where you need grace so that you can come back. You received it but now Jesus tasks us with giving it, giving grace.
Undeserving favor is the definition of grace. Many of the people who have harmed us are undeserving of our favor. Christ knows this, and He demonstrated it for us. Jesus would not teach us something that would harm us. On the other hand it is clear his antitheses would.
Father thank you for teaching us truth.
June 13, 2018
- Wed Jun 13, 2018
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world." Ephesians: 6:12
Demons are patient and persistent in their quest to gradually insinuate their influence on your thinking to gain control of a piece of your life. They will work against you just as your flesh and the world will. They will encourage gray areas and complaints about discomfort or loss, and then they will offer easy solutions. They will exploit your conflictedness and pounce on your negative emotions with a laundry list of suggestions provided by Satan himself. They will help you arrange your thinking in such a way so that sin looks really good and totally logical. They like to intrude and invade your life with a lot of bad thinking. These guys are not from the neighborhood. They are salesmen that have been studying your film. They know the character of men and exactly what to play to among our fantasies, pride and insecurities. They learned from the master. They are on your porch because they smell disagreement and rebellion in your spirit. Like bloody chum attracts a school of sharks.
You know it’s Satan and his murderess angelic beings when the suggestions, thoughts, fears, discouragement, temptations and core conflicts are getting magnified in your imagination. Then there will be an offering of the reality that is better than any God is offering. It’s not just a solution; it’s a voluptuous solution—that plays into your feelings and overrides your faith. There are no cease fires, no lulls, no moments of relaxation, and no truces. The reason is that the ever present flaws in your character can produce conflicts that change your relationships with God and people.
Father you have given me the power of the Holy Spirit and a choice.