John 17:24 Jesus says, “Father, I want them with me-these you have given me-so that they can see my glory.” Christ appreciates us because we are a gift to Him from the Father. Jesus knows that the Father gives only good gifts. Yes, we are imperfect, but Christ sees us in our ultimate completeness. Seeing the end from the beginning, He joyfully receives us. What kind of gift are we? Are we a reward or, perhaps a challenge? No. We are His bride!
Lord, forgive me for the inconsistency of my commitment to You. Grant me power that I might truly abide in You; grant me obedience that I might sustain Your abiding Word in me. With all that I am, I desire unbroken fellowship with You! Shape me and fit perfectly into your presence, that I might dwell in oneness with You. Francis Frangipane
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it was by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, nor of works, lest anyone should boast.” May we never lose the wonder of His amazing grace! How many times did you hear the gospel before you received Jesus? Most people hear the gospel many times before they receive the Lord. That is grace! He doesn’t give up on wooing us to Himself. We all know, He is the God of second chances; and oftentimes a thousand chances. Some of us were saved at an early age, while others were saved later in life. Whether you are 5 or 85, it takes the same amount of grace to deliver us from sin!
Some Christians struggle understanding they have been saved by grace, but they still want to pay Him back with good works. Know this, God’s love for us flows from His character, not ours; it is not dependent on anything we have done or will do. In fact, if you do nothing to serve Him the rest of your days, He will not love you any less. You can’t do anything to make Him love any more. And you can’t do anything to make Him love you any less!
Sin cannot destroy you relationship with God, but it can surly damage your testimony and your fellowship with Him. I am overwhelmed this morning with His amazing grace! God’s Riches At Christ Expense. Enter His throne of grace this morning. Nobody checks you out. You don’t have to stand in line. You don’t even have to make an appointment! Just come and enjoy the presence of you Heavenly Father who show us grace every day. God bless you and your family today!
1 Peter 2:11-12 Paul’s says this, “Dear friends, I urge you, as strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” In other words, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourself cozy in it!
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on it’s stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” If you want to give your Father His praise today, then let your light shine! Let this world see the difference Jesus makes in ones life! I want to encourage you to not be ashamed and conform to this world. God has called His Church to walk in holiness and conform to his likeness. Let your light shine bright today so that it will give Him glory! Take care and God bless you and your family.
Romans 6:20-23 says this, “As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have the right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end. But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more life on the way. Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus!”
There is freedom in a life that is sold out and fully surrendered to Jesus Christ! Discover the delight of walking in the presence of our Heavenly Father. I have made mistakes along the way as a father. Yes, I have even told my children “I am sorry,” for acting out in anger or frustration. But our Heavenly Father is perfect in all His ways and loves us with a perfect love. A life of sin will leave you alone and empty! It’s time to make a change. Walk away from the emptiness, pain, and sadness. Seek His face, and walk in His presence, and discover real life. Happy Father’s Day!
How can I say thanks to the man who taught me so many things? To say I am grateful is a huge understatement and a debt I could never repay! When I think of my dad, I will always remember his hands. They were always ruff, calloused, and strong. Those were the hands that held me tight when I was a little boy. To this day, I can still see him drawing up a play in the palm of his hand as we played football in the front yard. How can I ever forget watching him build on to our house or closing in the garage to give us more space to live. He never asked for help, but it never stopped him from getting a job done. Those hands taught me discipline and how to be a man.
Watching my dad also taught me how to be a godly husband and a caring dad. I saw him sacrifice so many thing for the sake of his family and never blinked an eye! When you shook his hand, you knew he was a man’s man. But, there was always love in Daddy’s hands! Happy Father’s Day to my hero in life. Thank you for the great example you have given me to follow. God has given me a blue print to follow and it looks like you PaPa. You are the best. Never forget, you are so loved! God bless.
Have you ever been asked, “What are you wearing?” Let’s be honest, if you have been married over a year, you have been asked this question multiple times. If it was up to me I would wear jeans and a T-shirt everywhere I go. My wife and I will go out to a nice restaurant, and we both will start getting ready. I clean up a little and I put on a clean pair of jeans and fresh T-shirt, and I am ready to go. So I sit down and watch ESPN while she gets ready. After an hour goes by, I go to the bathroom to speed her up, because it is time to go. I walk into the bathroom and then I get that look! Guys, you know that look! Then she asked the question, “What are you wearing?” That means I have to take my jeans and T-shirt off and put on something a little nicer.
Romans 13:11-14 and says, “The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Paul was asking the Roman Christians and He is asking us today, “What are you wearing?” So many times we confess one thing and live another. Professing followers of Christ living no different from the world. Take off the ways of the world and put on Christ today. Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ! The hour has come Church, wake up from our slumber. I hope you have a great Friday!
Justification. Now there is a good churchy word that we hear all the time, but not fully understand what it means. Justification is a process by which sinful human beings are made acceptable to a holy God. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I am not a Greek scholar, but I do google things when I have questions about a word! 😁 The Greek verb tense used in this verse means a once and for all transaction. You see, we have been justified, we have been declared not guilty once and for all! The process of declaring us not guilty starts and ends with the Godhead. Romans 6:23 tells us this, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Imagine you are in a court room setting. Satan, our accuser, seeks to prosecute. Without hesitation, he points out to the Judge why we are condemned. But our Advocate, or Lawyer for our defense, pleads our case. The Bible calls Him our paracletos or the “One who is call alongside. He says, “My client is not guilty! Exhibit A is My nailed pierced hands; Exhibit B is My nailed pierced feet; Exhibit C is the wound in My side.” As Satan screams, “I object!” the righteous Judge will respond, “Objection overruled.” Why? Because Jesus became the perfect Substitute. He paid the penalty and the one who receives the pardon by faith is fully justified! The verdict? NOT GUILTY! Who is your defense attorney? God bless!
Hatred, deceit, hurt, and pain. This world is full of these four things! To say the least, our world has never seen so much division and strife. I believe there are those who love to spread this virus of hate, calamity, and confusion. There is nothing they wouldn’t do to see this world at each other’s throats! They live hiding in the dark corners and watch as their virus of hate spreads. You see, we live in a world where evil is promoted and praised, and good is pushed aside and keep quiet.
Sometimes I lose hope and I feel like things will never get better. But the Holy Spirit speaks and tells me to stay strong and never give up! Keep fighting with love and passion. Trust in the One that created it all. Dive into the encouragement pool of God’s Word and begin to pray bold prayers! Red, yellow, black, and white; We are all precious in His site! 1 John 2:9-11 says, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing to make him stubble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.” Expose the darkness of hatred and lies, and spread the hope, and love of Jesus Christ!
1 John 4:18-21 tells us this, “There is no fear in love. But perfect live drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a lair. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” This is His truth! See through the eyes of Christ and love the way he loved. Then and only then, will you see a difference in this world. God bless!
David writes Psalm 121:1-2 and says, “I lift my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” There is a place of protection for the believers of Jesus Christ. A spiritual fortress in Christ that protects us from the attacks of Satan. The more we possess a true knowledge of our Father, the more accessible His provisions for us become. David knew of this stronghold. David writes in Psalm 18:1-2 and tells us, “I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” He knew the Living God as a spiritual stronghold, a place of safety, and a mighty shelter.
Where do we find this shelter? It all begins by loving Jesus! John 14:21 Jesus says, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by the Father, and I to will love him and show myself to him.” If we pursue Christ in love and obedience, He promises to progressively reveal Himself to us! There is so much more to this relationship with Jesus than we can ever imagine. The Lord continually watches over our lives. He cares for us and He loves us with an everlasting love. He sees our unspoken thoughts and He knows the motives of our hearts. He know everything about us. But, He loves us anyway!
He is not only Creator, but He is our Father. We belong to Him, even when we don’t sense His presence. He is watching, working, and guiding us to Himself. His greatest priority is to renew us in His image. Where does your help come from? Who do you turn to when life seems to fall apart? I want to encourage you today to turn to the One who loves you the most. I have seen His strength, I know His heart, and I have experienced His love! Know what I this; He will not keep you from hard times, but He will see you through the hard times. Trust Him!