Category Archives: Spiritual

Amazing events.

So I was reading my book , as I am reading I am told to look up, the first person you see smile. So I look up. Make eye contact with the woman across from me and I smile. The woman smiles back and lit up. I then nodded and I looked down and continue to read. Just so happens we get off at the same train station. She asks me are you reading the a bible? I said not really, I am reading a book about women in the Bible. She said while watching you read you looked so peaceful. She introduces herself, tells me she’s Christian also Pentecostal, she goes to church in dean street. I to share in my sisterly upbringings, yes I too am Christian and Pentecostal.
She begins to open up to me and tell me that she needs prayers, she is on her way to see her pastor, then says she’s tired and she knows that it’s the enemy. She was back and forth on whether to go see the pastor or not for that one stop as we crossed the bridge. As she tells me her story, I tell her follow your instincts. It’s telling you to see your pastor for a reason. The Holy Spirit didn’t nudge you for no reason, this encounter was not by chance. I was told to smile not knowing what your needs were. Now i know I was supposed to smile st you to remind you that you need to make it to see your pastor. We then started talking about my book, about the many women in the Bible and how significant they are in church history. I kind of felt like I was being quizzed in what I was reading. Yet I was grateful nonetheless knowing that I was retaining the knowledge I was reading.
My stop came in for my transfer and before I got out the train I said god bless you, again follow your gut, you need to see your pastor. I got off the train and started transcribing this encounter on my phone. After I finished transcribing I said a little prayer for her.
Father in heaven, thank you for using me to have Claudette vent her worries and her fears. I sense she needed an extra push to seek your house today, I hope I did my job. Dutifully. I am thankful to have been listening to you and that I did not ignore you. For only you know how bad she needed to release her worries. God you know her circumstances, you know her story, you know the bit of her story she shared with me. I ask that you wash away that feeling of fear. I ask that she finds the strength she needs to face her battles. I could tell she’s new in the faith and that she’s hungry, wanting more of you. I’m glad she took a picture of this book. Help her find this book so she can be empowered by the women in the gospels whom have contributed to Christianity as we know it. May Claudette and her family be protected and blessed always. In the name of the father, the son and Holy Spirit Amen.

wake up

“Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭ASV‬‬
The Bible says An unbeliever cannot understand spiritual things. To understand spiritual truths we need to understand them i the spirit not in the flesh.
We need to understand that we are subjected to sin. We are surrounded by sin. We always look at things in the flesh.
When we are told to open our eyes, we think, hey, my eyes are open. Those are not the eyes we are told to open. When we are asked to open one’s ears to listen. Some respond um I am listening. No you are not. Your Spiritual senses need to be on alert. We will never receive messages or blessings from the spirit if we are not spiritually intune with our spiritual senses. This is the only way one can understand spiritual truths.
The blind shall see.
Those that are blind, will only see, when they are spiritually awaken.
Many of us are spiritually blind. You will never see unless you open your eyes.
You too shall see.
The times we are living in are difficult ones indeed.
Leaders are corrupt.
Sin is considered good.
We are living the days of Sodom and Gomorrah again.
Yet I feel worse.
To be religious is subject to scrutiny.
Many are being wrongfully criminalized.
We need to wake up, and see things from a spiritual perspective.
We will all face judgement one day.
The supreme court will not decide our fate.
The Lord will.
Father God I ask you to anoint me with your spirit. To wash over me so that I can see, Hear, feel, smell, your presence. I was once blind, but through my trials and tribulations I see. I was once deaf, but now I hear. I pray dear lord for an awakening in our communities. May our people see, and hear your greatness. May the understand they need to be ready for the spiritual warfare when we are under attack. May we be able to discern your voice and be able to follow through. Amen.

What Does the Blood and Water That Came out of Jesus’ Pierced Side Mean?

What Does the Blood and Water That Came out of Jesus’ Pierced Side Mean?
 This article was sent to me awhile back….wanted to share.  I do not remember the source…but I will not take any of the credit for this work other than sharing it.
John 19:32-34 includes details about Jesus’ crucifixion not recorded in the other three Gospels:
“The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man and of the
other man who had been crucified with Him. But coming to Jesus, when
they saw that He had already died, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.”
Hours after the Lord Jesus was crucified, the soldiers broke the legs of the
two criminals who were crucified with Him. The Romans routinely broke
the legs of crucified prisoners to hasten their deaths, but since Jesus
had already died, they left His legs unbroken. One of them, though,
pierced His side with a spear, and out came blood and water.
Whatis the meaning of these details found uniquely in John? Why did he
include them? Some think it was simply to prove Jesus had died. But John
already established the fact that Jesus had died by writing that the
soldiers saw He had died and therefore didn’t break His legs. So why did
John include this word about blood and water? What does it mean?
The emphasis of the Gospel of John
To answer this question, we first need to see the emphasis of John’s
Gospel. The four Gospels form a complete biography of our Lord Jesus. In
Matthew we see Jesus as the King with His kingdom; in Mark we see Jesus
as the slave of God who came to serve God and man faithfully; in Luke
we see Jesus as the unique man who expressed God through His fine
humanity; and in John we see Jesus as the Son of God, that is, God
Himself, coming to bring divine life to mankind. The emphasis of the
Gospel of John is life.
Pictures in John
The
things of divine life are deep and mysterious, so John uses pictures
throughout His Gospel to reveal them. For instance, John 1:29 records
John the Baptist saying of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” We know the
Lord Jesus isn’t a literal lamb with four legs and fluffy coat, but the
picture of Jesus as the Lamb of God shows us something beyond words
alone. In it we immediately recognize the meekness, gentleness, and
guiltlessness of the Lord who sacrificed Himself for us, even without
any explanation.
Some
other pictures in John include the heavenly ladder, the serpent on a
pole, the living bread, the living water, and the vine with the
branches. These pictures help communicate deep spiritual realities more
adequately than a thousand words alone could. What spiritual reality,
then, does the blood and water from the Lord’s pierced side convey?
The picture of blood and water
The note on blood and water
in the New Testament Recovery Version is tremendously helpful in
understanding this picture. (We’ll focus on just some of it in this
post, but you can read the note in its entirely here.)
“Two substances came out of the Lord’s pierced side: blood and water. Blood is for redemption, to deal with sins (1:29; Heb. 9:22) for the purchasing of the church (Acts 20:28). Water is for imparting life, to deal with death (12:24; 3:14-15) for the producing of the church (Eph. 5:29-30).
The Lord’s death, on the negative side, takes away our sins, and on the
positive side, imparts life into us. Hence, it has two aspects: the
redemptive aspect and the life-imparting aspect. The redemptive aspect
is for the life-imparting aspect.”
This
note helps us see that the blood and water signify two important
matters: redemption (blood) and the imparting of life (water). In
another post, we discussed the Lord Jesus as the Lamb of God
who shed His own blood on the cross for us. Christ’s redeeming death
accomplished a marvelous redemption for us, giving us the forgiveness
and washing away of our sins. We can never praise and thank Him enough
for His redemption! This is the significance of the blood.
But God doesn’t simply want us to be clean. He wants us to be living. Sin brought in death,
making us dead in our offenses and sins. So while an unsaved person
needs forgiveness for his sins, forgiveness only solves part of his
problem. A sinner needs forgiveness, but a dead person needs life. We
need life. Christ’s death absolutely takes away our sins, but it also
imparts life into us to make us living. This is the significance of the
water.
Jesus’ death released the divine life
Jesus’
death made it possible for us to have divine life imparted into us.
Let’s read another section of the note mentioned above:
“…the flowing water and the unbroken bone mentioned by John in vv. 34 and 36 are signs that relate to the life-imparting aspect of the Lord’s death (see note 261). This death that imparts life released the Lord’s divine life from within Him for the producing of the church, which is composed of all His believers, into whom His divine life has been imparted.”
In
John 12, Jesus referred to Himself as the grain of wheat that would
fall into the ground and die. A grain of wheat is a seed. Within the
shell of a seed is a life force, a life element; but as long as the seed
remains whole, the life within stays confined to that one seed. For the
life to be released, the seed must fall into the ground and “die.” That
falling into the ground may seem wholly negative, but actually this is
the only way the life confined within the seed can come forth and bear
much fruit.
In
the same way, the Lord Jesus is the Son of God who became a man in time
and space. Within this wonderful God-man was the divine life, confined
within a human shell. From the beginning, God’s desire was that we would
receive His divine life as our life. But to get into us, the divine
life in Christ had to first be released from within the shell of His
humanity. So Jesus’ fell into the ground and died, and through His
death, life was released!
The
water that issued out of the Lord’s pierced side is a picture of the
released divine life that can now be imparted into us. Praise God, life
was released in Jesus’ death!
Two fountains
Today,
as the Lord’s beloved church purchased with His blood and produced with
His life, we have the blood and the water to enjoy forever. Let’s read
the last paragraph of the note:
“The Lord’s pierced side was prefigured by Adam’s opened side, out from which Eve was produced (Gen. 2:21-23). The blood was typified by the blood of the Passover lamb (Exo. 12:7, 22; Rev. 12:11), and the water was typified by the water that flowed out of the smitten rock (Exo. 17:6; 1 Cor. 10:4). The blood formed a fountain for the washing away of sin (Zech. 13:1), and the water became the fountain of life (Psa. 36:9; Rev. 21:6).”
Praise
the Lord for His redeeming and life-imparting death, for the blood and
the water. His death opened two fountains to meet all our needs:
Zechariah
13:1: “In that day there will be an opened fountain for the house of
David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.”
Psalm 36:9: “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.”
At the fountain for sin we can continue to be washed from our sins by Jesus’ precious blood by confessing anything that comes between us and God. As we’re cleansed by His blood, we can receive more of the divine life by drinking of Him, the fountain of life. Thank the Lord for His wonderful death for us!
Revelation 21:6: “I will give to him who thirsts from the spring of the water of life freely.”
All
verses and quoted footnotes in this post are from the Holy Bible
Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. Bibles for
America gives away free copies of the New Testament Recovery Version.
You can order yours here.

Melchisedec

Melchisedec: A Character Study Robert W. Dallmann
I recently read this book and decided to share with my Pastor.
This book is an interesting comparison of Melchisedec and Jesus Christ.
The author sheds light on this mysterious character in the Bible,
Melchisedec is only mentioned a mere handful of times in the Bible, 2x
in the OT and in one entire chapter In Hebrews in the NT.
I would recommend all to read this.
Many times we remember the stories of the Biblical historical figures that
are constantly spoken of (Abraham, Lot, Noah, Moses, Jesus, John, Luke,
Mark, Mary, Samaritan woman, etc ) yet we forget the roles of other
individuals whom were of significance.
I ended up sharing this book with my Pastor, because I know he would read the study, enjoy the study and probably give a sermon or even a bible study lesson on this character which many are unfamiliar with. When I gave my Pastor this book, he as excited and said, wow, Not many people do studies on Melchisedec, I can’t wait to read this.
I gave him my insight, told him the synopsis of the story as well as my own take.
I gave him a list of questions concerning the Theophany and the Christophany discussed in the book.
From the book: here is a synopsis of Melchisedec.
Melchisedec – king of righteousness king of peace. Priest if the most high God.
It is believed he is a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus.
Some feel he is Jesus
Some feel he is Michael the arc angel
Some feel he is Shem son of Noah
Some feel he’s just an ordinary human.
Mentioned in:
“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of God Most High. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth: and blessed be God Most High, who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him a tenth of all.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭14:18-20‬ ‭ASV‬‬
“Jehovah hath sworn, and will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭110:4‬ ‭ASV‬‬
“as he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek.
named of God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭5:6, 10‬ ‭ASV‬‬
“whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:20‬ ‭ASV‬‬
Psalms 110, Hebrew 5&6 speak of Jesus as being a priest after the order of melchisedec.
A whole chapter in a book dedicated to him:
“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God), abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the chief spoils. And they indeed of the sons of Levi that receive the priest’s office have commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though these have come out of the loins of Abraham: but he whose genealogy is not counted from them hath taken tithes of Abraham, and hath blessed him that hath the promises. But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there one, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And, so to say, through Abraham even Levi, who receiveth tithes, hath paid tithes; for he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him. Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it hath the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are said belongeth to another tribe, from which no man hath given attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord hath sprung out of Judah; as to which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priests. And what we say is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest, who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life: for it is witnessed of him, Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek. For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness (for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God. And inasmuch as it is not without the taking of an oath (for they indeed have been made priests without an oath; but he with an oath by him that saith of him, The Lord sware and will not repent himself, Thou art a priest for ever); by so much also hath Jesus become the surety of a better covenant. And they indeed have been made priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing: but he, because he abideth for ever, hath his priesthood unchangeable. Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such a high priest became us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; who needeth not daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people: for this he did once for all, when he offered up himself. For the law appointeth men high priests, having infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was after the law, appointeth a Son, perfected for evermore.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭7:1-28‬ ‭ASV‬‬
I will not delve too deep in the contents of the book because it can be controversial. I recommend you read it, draw your conclusions, seek your pastoral leadership for guidance and confirmations as I did. When I hear back from my pastor, after he gets a chance to read it I will give a follow up on this. Hopefully he does a sermon on it, then I could rally do a follow up.
Father God Thank you for this opportunity to further study your word. To further engage in conversation on your word and to be enlightened by your teachings. Thank you for instilling in my heart the notion of sharing the knowledge I just aquired. You are worthy of all praise, You are worthy of all study. If this study could be of a blessing to someone else, to be able to provide insight, answers, by them reading this book, dear lord I encourage them to do so. I was blessed by seeing these perspective and topic at hand. I thank you dear lord again. Amen.

Crying Woman

The crying woman
What does it mean?
A while ago I had a dream, this dream resulted in me getting up, reaching out to someone and praying for them.
I wrote this to the person:
I’ve been meaning to text you all day.
I hope all is well… not sure the obstacles you may be facing but as you know God is in control and if you are facing obstacles it shall soon pass.
The reason for the random text well is because you’ve been in my spirit and mind all day.
I am resting on Med’s and every time I go to sleep, no matter what I am dreaming you have been appearing crying. You talk to vent, though in each dream I couldn’t hear what you’ve said, you continued to cry. Each time I’ve told you the same thing. It will be ok, it will pass. You are stronger than you realize, and I am here for you and love you.
Each time I have woken up from my medication induced naps…I got on my knees and prayed for you. Maybe that’s what you need. Prayers, but know I am here for you.
I do love you!!
I just wanted to share with you.
The recipient responded back with details of their struggles.  Thanked me for the words.
Those words were what she was asking for to be told that it will be ok, and to be reminded that her struggles will pass, she needed to be reminded that she is strong and loved.
What was the point of me writing this?
There are reasons beyond our control why we have certain dreams.
There are reasons beyond our control as to why certain individuals pop up in our mind.
Sometimes we have to follow the instructions.
Reach out to the person and relay the message.
You never know what someone is going through.
You never know the needs that they might have.
You never know what words they need to hear.
What we do know is when we are instructed to do something, we are to follow suit.
We are to listen carefully.
Doing so we can provide exactly what that person needs.
So the crying woman, what does it mean?
It means God put a vision in my sleep of someone I know, who was going through something.
God knew she needed additional prayers.
God knew she needed to hear the words I told her.
God used me to do so.
God can do the same with you.
When I reached out to the person, I had no idea what they were facing, what their burdens were nor their troubles.  When I finished hearing back, I was happy knowing that a difference was made in that person’s day.
Be that difference when the lord speaks to you or shows you signs.
Father God I thank you for any opportunity to do your will.  I am thankful for another day. Thankful for the love you give.  Your are gracious, kind, knowing, omnipresent and omnipotent.  I want to continue to be a vessel for your greatness.  I want to continue to do your great work.  In the name of the father, the son, holy spirit. Amen

Coat of Arms

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Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And
don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
(Romans 13:14)
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I recently began reading a book that has been so enlightening. Mind you I haven’t even fully delved deep into the book and have already found this to be so transforming, so riveting so inspiring and life changing. I will write about the book once I finish reading the full book while making biblical references and completing the self reflection pieces within the book.  This may take some time for these reflection pieces are not only for spiritual understanding but spiritual growth as well.
The book is called:
Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study
By Ann Spangler, Jean E. Syswerda
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Today as I read this verse, I can not help but think about the passage I read just this morning during my commute from this book.
The Passage states the following:
“This week take some time fora wardrobe check – make sure you aren’t missing anything vital, without which you will be more vulnerable to attack. Here’s a quick checklist for the well-dressed spiritual warrior:
The Belt of Truth – have any small dishonesties crept into your life?
The Breastplate of Righteousness – Are you cooperating with grace to become more Christlike?
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace – The gospel reconciles us to God and others. Are you willing to receive it, live by it and share it?
The Shield of Faith – Are you responding to life with faith or in a way that shows you really don’t think God is quite as loving or as powerful as he says he is?
The Helmet of Salvation – Salvation is a gift. But like any gift, it has to be received.
The Sword of the Spirit – God’s Word wounds the enemy and thwart his purposes. Reading and praying through Scripture helps us take the offensive.”
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The author included a prayer which i will share at the very end of this piece (before my closing prayer).
In Roman’s we are told to clothe ourselves in the Lord’s presence. We are reminded to stay away from evil desires. Our goal is to be Warriors of Christ.
How else are we to do so without knowing how to dress like these spiritual warriors. I love the description that Spangler provides in her Book on how to do a wardrobe check. What both Paul (the author of the book of Romans ) and Spangler are saying is that we need to be better equipped.  This recipe that she gives us is provided in Ephesians 6, where we see how we are to arm up.  We need to be always ready. We need to check ourselves and our evil desires and put on our coats of arm. We are spiritual warriors of the most high God. Our war is not a carnal war but a spiritual war. The only way we do not become vulnerable in an attack is if we are properly equipped.  The bible provides everything we need to be fully equipped for battle.  We need to just pay attention and listen.
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Check one selves.
Dress accordingly. (Spiritually).
Make sure you not indulging in Sin.
Put on your “Belt of Truth”.
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Put on your “Breastplate of Righteousness”
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Put on and shine your “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “
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Grab and shine your “The Shield of Faith”
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Secure your “The Helmet of Salvation “.
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Sharpen and carry “The Sword of the Spirit”.
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Spangler’s Prayer:
“Lord, help me to be ready so that any moment I can stand against the enemy and even deal a decisive blow in the battle. Give me courage, discernment, and wisdom and help me to stay close to you in the midst of the fray. Amen.”
My prayer:
Father God your timing is precise. Thank you for being amazing in all that you do and all that you provide. Your timing for this passage in the scriptures and this passage in the Book is purposeful and not of a coincidence. I ask you to help me be ready, I ask you to help me thwart evil desires and sins. I ask or redemption and forgiveness If i have failed you. I want to be ready for battle and not be vulnerable for attack. Help me to help you in the battle field with fellow warriors. I want to stand firm against the enemy and be of use in your ministry. Give me courage, strength and wisdom to carry on your works and to not loose sight of your greatness. I will dress accordingly, arming my self as your spiritual warrior. I will Put on my “Belt of Truth”. Put on my “Breastplate of Righteousness”. Put on and shine my “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “. Grab and shine my “The Shield of Faith”. Secure my “The Helmet of Salvation “. Sharpen and carry my “The Sword of the Spirit”. In the Name of the father, the son and the holy spirit Amen.
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​ God’s salvation

God’s salvation
I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have read the book of Romans.
Every time I read a study guide, hear a sermon, or receive a devotional I learn something new.
I see a new perspective.
I am opened up to The spirit speaking in a way I didn’t hear before.
A few weeks ago I received this devotional essay in an email. I was moved and read it and I knew from the depths of my heart that I needed to share this.
Romans 8:14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
The author writes that in their previous posts they have discussed how God’s wonderful salvation for us. I know in my own personal posts I have done justly the same. The author continues that in his writings they includes both our redemption and salvation from eternal perdition.
In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul unveils the salvation of God in full.
With the help of some notes in the New Testament Recovery Version, let’s gain an even broader, deeper view of God’s salvation.
Here is the text from the blog/email.:
Romans and God’s salvation
In Romans 1:1-4 Paul tells the believers in Rome that he has been “separated unto the gospel of God.” The Recovery Version note on Son of God in verse 4 gives a brief summary of God’s full salvation shown in Romans, which begins,
“This book tells us that God’s full salvation is to make sinners (3:23), even His enemies (5:10), the sons of God (8:14).”
The rest of the note is rich with important truth and well worth reading,
but in this post we’ll get into three big points from this first
sentence: sinners, enemies, and sons of God.
Sinners—Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
All have sinned. In unsparing detail, Paul makes it clear in the first
three chapters of Romans that we all are sinners. He leaves us no escape
from the light exposing fallen humanity’s real condition. Our words,
behavior, deeds, and thoughts are infected with the poison of sin.
No matter who we are or what our culture or background is, no one can
stand sinless before God. Whether we’re moral or immoral, ignorant of
God or religious keepers of law, the Bible clearly states that there is none righteous before God, not even one.
Even our good deeds are included in this verse, since having sinned is paired with falling short of the glory of God. A note on glory in this verse helps us see what this means:
“God’s glory is God expressed.
Whenever God is expressed, His glory is seen. Man was made by God in
His image that man might express Him for His glory. But man has sinned
and has contradicted the holiness and righteousness of God. Instead of
expressing God, man expresses sin and his sinful self. Hence, man falls
short of God’s glory. This falling short of God’s glory and expression is sin.
Sinners are not only under the requirements of God’s holiness and
righteousness but also under the demand of God’s glory. All have
offended God’s holy being and have broken God’s righteous law, and all
are short of God’s glory. Therefore, all are under God’s condemnation.”
God created man in His own image so we could have His life and express Him.
But man fell, and fallen mankind can’t express God. Yes, we have sinned
by our evil actions that violate God’s holiness and righteousness. But
we have also sinned by our good actions done without God as their
source. Thus they cannot express God. Falling short of His glory, His
expression, we’re unable to fulfill the purpose God created us for. In
every way we’re ungodly and under God’s condemnation.
Enemies—Romans 5:10
“For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled.”
As fallen sinners, we’re not only under God’s condemnation; we’re even enemies of God.
An enemy isn’t just someone you have a little disagreement with. An
enemy is someone who’s actively hostile to you, opposed to you, and
whose whole attitude is against you. That’s how we are as enemies of
God—in utter discord with God, with no inner peace. This is a big
problem for us and for God, but the note on reconciled in this verse explains what Christ did to solve it:
“Propitiation and forgiveness of sins are adequate for a sinner but not for an enemy. An enemy needs reconciliation, which includes propitiation and forgiveness but goes further, even to resolving the conflict between two parties. Our being reconciled to God is based on Christ’s redemption and was accomplished through God’s justification (3:24; 2 Cor. 5:18-19). Reconciliation is the result of being justified out of faith.”
What a state we were in before we believed in Christ! But thank God, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us, dying as the spotless Lamb of God
to satisfy God’s righteous demands. Because of what Christ did—not
because of anything we’ve done—the righteous, holy, and glorious God can
forgive us and spare us from eternal judgment, and we can be reconciled
to God!
Such a truly magnificent salvation isn’t aimless. Our God is a purposeful God, and His salvation is part of His eternal purpose—to
be one with man and expressed in man, as He originally intended. For
this, God is making sinners, even His enemies, His sons.
Sons of God—Romans 8:14
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Incredibly, God doesn’t stop with us simply not being His enemies anymore. He wants to make us, those who were His enemies, His sons.
The New Testament refers to believers in an interesting progression: as
God’s children, His sons, and His heirs. The verse above speaks
specifically of sons of God, not children. What’s the difference? And why does God want us to be sons? Let’s look at the note on sons of God.
“The central thought of the book of Romans is that God’s salvation makes
sinners His sons, who have His life and nature so that they can express
Him, that they may become members of Christ to constitute the Body of
Christ for His expression. Hence, sonship is stressed in this chapter (vv. 15, 23). Sons here indicates a more advanced stage of growth in the divine life than does children in v. 16, yet not as advanced as heirs in v. 17. Children refers to the initial stage of sonship, the stage of regeneration in the human spirit. Sons are the children of God who are in the stage of the transformation of their souls.
They not only have been regenerated in their spirit and are growing in
the divine life, but they also are living and walking by being led by
the Spirit. Heirs are the sons of God who, through the transfiguration
of their body in the stage of glorification, will be fully matured in
every part of their being. Hence, they will be qualified as the legal
heirs to claim the divine inheritance (vv. 17, 23).”
John 1:12-13 tells us that we who have believed in the Lord Jesus have become children of God. This happened when we were reborn with the divine life of God in our spirit, the deepest part of our being. We can boldly say that we’re children of God.
That was our beginning, our divine birth as God’s children. But children
need to grow. A little baby certainly has the life of his parents and is
a joy to them, but he doesn’t yet express them much. As he eats and
drinks and breathes, he grows, and a trait of his father, or his
mother’s smile, begins to appear. He grows from a little child into a
son, expressing more of the life he received from his parents.
We received God’s life in our spirit, but our soul—our mind, emotion, and will—is how we express ourselves.
In His full salvation, God wants to spread as life into each part of our
soul so our thoughts, feelings, and choices are one with Him and
express Him.
How does this happen? Just as a child needs to eat, drink, and breathe in order to grow and change physically, we need to eat God’s Word, drink the Spirit, and breathe the Lord in prayer in order to grow and change spiritually. This is our growth and transformation
in the divine life, through which we go from being children of God to
being sons of God. The more we grow and are transformed, the more we can
express God as His sons.
If we continue to grow, we will become heirs of God. An heir is a fully
mature son. When the Lord returns, we’ll experience
transfiguration—God’s life spreading beyond our soul into our body—and
will be matured heirs of God, saturated with the divine life in every part of our being, wholly expressing God.
Becoming sons of God today.
God’s full salvation isn’t just for the future; it’s for us today. Seeing
that God wants to make us His sons, expressing Him in every part of our
being, makes us aware of our need to grow in His life now, today, and
every day.
Where are we in our growth? If we’ve believed in Christ as our Savior, then
we’re certainly children of God, reborn in our spirit. But are we daily
becoming sons of God in our soul? How much of the divine life has spread
into our thoughts, our feelings, our decisions? How much has our soul
been transformed into the image of Christ?
We have to admit, none of us expresses God fully quite yet. But eventually, as we choose to spend time with the Lord in our daily lives,
He will transform us—who were once sinners and God’s enemies—into the
many sons of God who will express Him together as the one Body of Christ
for eternity.
Praise God, He’s making sinners, even His enemies, the sons of God!
All verses and quoted footnotes in this post are from the Holy Bible
Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. Bibles for
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I want to add, God’s salvation is not just for the future as the author mentioned, it is for us, now, today, this second, this instant you could be saved.
Romans 10:13
“Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This is you. You can be saved.
If you are feeling lost, feel that anchor weighing you down, feel that you want to be saved and let go of that anchor, no longer be lost, I have a simple prayer that I would love for your to recite if you are willing able and trusting to do so in order for you to be saved.
Take a moment, say this prayer out loud right now:
“Heavenly Father, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I
acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him
as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I
believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I
accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation
from sin right now.
I am now saved. Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father
God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You.
Amen!”
Just like that…you are saved.
Please find a congregation within your area with a strong bible study and fellowship services.
You are going to shine bright.
They will help you grow.
They will help you build a relationship with God.
They will guide you to where you need to grow.
Father God I thank you for this word, for this blog, the opportunity to share this with others who may be in need. Lord you have asked us to spread your words to the four corners of the earth. Using this platform I have every intention to do so. I thank you for the lives I may have touched, For their blessing is also my blessing. Guide these individuals dear lord so that they can find the home church they need to continue their journey and walk with you. In the name of the father, son and holy spirit. Amen.

​ Christ as Our Forbearance

Christ as Our Forbearance
A few weeks ago I received this email. I thought wow, let me hold on to this. I want to share this.
“If we live Christ as our forbearance, it will not be possible for us to be
anxious. Anxiety is an impossibility for those who have Christ as their
forbearance. Do you know why we are anxious and why we worry? We are
anxious and worried because we do not live Christ. The words live Christ
may merely be a doctrinal term, a way of speaking, not our actual
living in a practical way. But when we live Christ day by day, anxiety
has no ground within us.”
A Life of Full of Forbearance but without Anxiety by Witness Lee, published by Living Stream Ministry (mass-distribution ed., p. 59).
What a way to put things into perspectives. Our natural reaction in many circumstances is to become anxious. Anxiety is not from Christ. He was never anxious, he was calm and collected. He didn’t freak out and have a panic attack when he was taken to judgement, trial, down the path to Calvary nor hanging st the cross. He took it all with grace and strode.
We need to live like Christ. He is with us after all. We should Chanel him, at all times regardless of the circumstances and not succumb to our anxieties. Do not get me wrong it is normal to be anxious. We need to apply more faith and trust in God so we do not have to go through the carnal stages of anxiety.
When we live a life filled with fear, insecurities, doubt and worry we create a life constantly anxious. How do we make Christ our Forbearance?
The author from both excerpts points out that our Anxieties hold us back. Our Anxieties are not natural. We need to live a life with Christ as our forbearance, meaning, we need to remain calm and collective know that he got this. Reassured by the fact that he will take care of us. We will and may stumble; but he got this. Its not just about talking about what we need to get done or how we need to act in doctrinal terms, but to live it. We need to live with Christ as our forbearance. We need to apply our faith, love and trust in him so that anxiety does not take over us.
Father God I thank you for another day, I thank you for the breath of air I am able to breathe. God you are loving, kind and merciful. God I thank you for being so compassionate with me and my loved ones. You have blessed us beyond words can ever compare. God you know my troubles, my worries and my anxieties. I want to live With you as my forbearance. I want to be free of anxieties. I trust in you wholeheartedly. In the name of the father, the son and holy spirit. Amen.

Satisfied

Psalm 107:9 esv
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
I recently wrote about how we tend to use vices and materialistic items to complete us. To fill the void we feel exists in our lives.
What we continuously fail to realize as mentioned in this psalm is that He satisfies the soul; and if your are hungry for what has to offer; he will provide you the good things you need.
You do not need your vices, your addictions, the cars, the jets, the material items to fill any voids.
Like our children, they constantly go through phases with what they “need” in order to survive.
Right now Power Rangers and hot wheels are their necessity to survive (or so they think).
They are constantly trying to figure out how they can get a new toy, book, video, dvd, game on these items just so they can be satisfied (for the moment).
These “want’s” and “needs” that we so desperately crave (whether toys or vices) are only temporary.
They give you those 5 minutes of equilibrium that the mind and body wants, then, you are still searching for more, because it wasn’t just quite enough of what you needed. It just wasn’t enough of what you wanted. It didn’t do anything but placate and pacify you for a mere short amount of time. Now you are back in this vicious cycle of tiring to get your “fix” of gratification.
As we constantly forget, God has all we need.
Psalm 16:11English Standard Version (ESV)
You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
All this superficial, artificial, temporary joy is nothing compared to the joy you can get directly from our creator. You know why?
There will always be a new toy, a new car, a new outfit, a new drink, a new whatever. That new whatever which we will claim to need to complete us will only do so but for a short amount of time.
Like back to my kids. Right now they are in a hot wheels and power rangers phase. When they went through a ninja turtle phase, minion phase, super hero phase, Mickey Mouse phase and Elmo phase we purchased them everything under the sun that we could find to keep them happy. Guess what happened? You already know what happened, your probably going through it too, they played with their toys for a short period of time and boom it was over. On to the next phase. Toys have moved from accessible to reach to somewhere in the toy chest. Never to be looked at, played or seen ever again. That is….. until mommy and daddy wants to do an overhaul of unused things. Suddenly the urge, the want the need comes back. Just like the first time they got their toy fix and filled that void, what do you think happens? They need more. They need another because as I told you before …. the void that joy fills. Is only temporary.
Yet God is not temporary.
His love is eternal.
The void you can fill with him is permanent.
The lord knows our path like psalms 16:11 states; his presence provides all the joy we will need.
Jesus even told the Samaritan woman that he is all we will ever need.
John 4:13-14English Standard Version (ESV)
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[a] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
As our children grow, let us all teach them that nothing, absolutely nothing, can substitute for faithfully walking with Christ.
Teach our children to seek more of him.
Teach our children to constantly build their relationship with God. To take time out of their day to have a one on one with God. The spring that comes from God is all we need. If we can teach our children that, they won’t care about the trivial stuff.
Father God I thank you today for your love, compassion and mercy. Thank you for being so gracious and kind. Thanking you filling my heart, my mind and soul. You are all one needs to be fully satisfied. Only you can fill the void many try to substitute with other worldly things. Help me, guide me, help the person reading this to only rely on you and you alone. You have told us we shall never thirst as long as we drink from your living waters, it’s your waters I want to be able to only drink from. Amen.

​ Time for change

Time for change
“The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit…”
(Proverbs 27:18, NIV )
I read this devotional from Joel Osteen and the entire devotion I’m just like wow. So true, so much perspective in this simple devotional.
He writes:
It’s easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking that if only your circumstances would just change, then life would be better. You might think, “If I got a new job, or a new house or had better friends, then I would really be happy.” But I’ve learned that oftentimes, God changes us before He changes our circumstances. We are thinking, “If only my circumstances would change,” when God may be thinking, “If only your attitude would change!”
Today, if you’ve been thinking, “If only,” it’s time to turn your thoughts around. Don’t allow negative thinking to direct your attitude or affect how you treat others. Instead, begin to thank God for what He has planned for you. Bloom where you are planted. Tend to what God has placed in your hand. If you will focus on what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have, then God can bless you, multiply you and lead you forward into the destiny He has in store for you!
I began crying while reading this. I am feeling this as I’m continuing to write. These past few days with what I’ve been going through I’ve been feeling exactly that…. “if I had a better….”. “If only ….. was different”. “If only i could change ……”.
Maybe I’m the one that’s changing.
I’m the one that’s viewing things differently.
I’m the one that wants a peaceful life with God and am willing to do what he needs me to achieve this walk.
I want things to be different, but maybe, just maybe God asking me to be different.
I’m happy in some aspects of my life. I know other areas could use some work. I know I’ve changed. I also know God had made some changes in my life, the thing here is am I willing to accept and embrace the changes God has put before me to get out this “if only, what if” rut that I am in.
Joel Osteen was on the money with this devotional. The timing of when I read this was perfect. god l knows what he is doing.
Father God thank you for your goodness and grace. Thank you for my life and the changes you brought forth. Today I ask you for guidance first lord, help me embrace the changes before me, he’ll be trust more in the path your directing me to. I will be faithful knowing that you have set this path for me, knowing that there is something specific in my life you want me to focus on. God I know you have a plan,i know you have greatness in store for me and I will trust in you. Thank you father. Amen