Good, Good Father


Worship is just prayer without asking for stuff. Since worship is prayer, and prayer is a conversation, and conversation is with a person, that’s why worship is so important. Anytime I talk to a believer about his walk with Jesus, I ask about his prayer life. 


If you’re not praying, you don’t have a relationship; you have a worldview. Prayer reminds us that we’re talking to somebody who is listening. And worship reminds us that when we pray we need to be thankful as well as needy. So worship is a chance to go to God and thank him for what he’s done and for who he is.


Yet many of us feel we’re not worthy to worship God because we misunderstand our standing before him. People tend to pray more when we’re being good and pray less when we’re being bad. A lot of times in worship we feel that we’re not in a good standing with God because of what’s going on in our lives, and we think, “Who am I to sing this or to have God hear me say any of these things? I’m not living a life that reflects these words. God, I don’t deserve to sing this to you.”

But God is a good, good Father who loves you past what you’ve done and where you’ve been, and he loves you not because of what you’ve done but because of what Jesus did. Many believers find it difficult to rest in the truth that it’s not our performance that matters but what he’s done for us.

This song also reminds me that, as the lyric says, “I’m loved by you.” That’s who I am. I think we come into worship thinking, “God, I’m not who I told you I was going to be and I’m still doing the things I told you I wasn’t going to do. I haven’t followed through on all the commitments that I made and I just don’t feel like I’m justified in talking to you right now.” 

That’s how we see ourselves: I am what I’ve done. We often think that since we haven’t done Christian things this week and don’t feel faithful, we are therefore failures. But the Lord uses this song to remind us, “Your very best would never be good enough. But I really am a good, good father, and you really are mine.”

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Joy is Not Based on Circumstances


Joy is not the same as happiness. While happiness is momentary, joy is not fazed by your circumstances. What’s going on around you shouldn’t determine your joy.
In Psalm 27 David is in trouble. He says though an enemy may encamp around him, he will not fear. It takes a lot of distress or discouragement to feel like the world is against you. And while David might feel like he’s in a tough spot, he offers up shouts of joy.
How is this? What’s his secret to joy in the difficult? It’s prayer and communion with God. Joy endures when we connect with God and look to Him. We know in that safe place–under the protection of His tent–God is for us and will take up our cause.

We are called to give thanks in all circumstances. Jesus modeled this during the Last Supper when he gave thanks, knowing he was about to endure the cross. 
Jon Bloom shares, “Jesus’s thanks was not based on his present circumstances. He was about to endure the worst possible horror. He felt thankful to the Father for the grace and glory that was coming because of the cross and this gave him joy.”
Joy is not based on our circumstances but is based on our ability to be thankful.
Whatever you might be going through today, know that when you look to Him you are His. Know that whatever is going on around you cannot stand against Him. Find the joy that endures the circumstances because the joy is in Him. 

What Are the Consequences of Your Decisions?


In the fall of 1982, James Burke, the chairman of Johnson & Johnson, faced the biggest crisis of his career. J&J learned from a reporter that their flagship product, Tylenol, had been linked to seven poisoning deaths in the Chicago area. No one knew how or why the capsules had been poisoned, and Burke didn’t know how widespread the danger to the public might be.

What would you do?

The Bible suggests we should start the decision-making process by considering the potential consequences of our actions. Deuteronomy 28 shows that some actions bring blessings while others bring curses. What actions could Burke take to save his company from potential curses? How could he bless consumers and the Tylenol brand for the future?

Burke quickly considered the consequences of several strategies, with a focus on keeping customers safe. Though it cost Johnson & Johnson $100 million in the short term, Burke convinced J&J shareholders to recall all Tylenol capsules. Burke also directed an expensive media campaign to warn consumers against taking Tylenol until it was deemed safe again.

The effort was costly for Johnson & Johnson in the short term, but it saved the Tylenol brand in the long term. After J&J launched a new tamper-proof packaging, Tylenol quickly regained its lost market share. The public rewarded Burke for the trust he had built up during the crisis through his transparency and ethical decision-making.

When you face a tough ethical dilemma, think about the potential consequences of each of your choices. List all the consequences you can think of, both short term and long term. Does one choice yield more blessing?

Prayer

Lord, give me your insight into the consequences of my choices. Guide me towards blessing and away from curses. Amen.

Unearned Credit


Unearned Credit: Justification by David Feddes

How can I be right with God? I can’t ask myself a more important question than that, and neither can you. What would you say if you were to stand before God right now, and he asked, “Why should I let you into heaven?” Would you be tongue-tied? Or do you have some reason for thinking you’re right with God?

If you haven’t thought about this before, it’s high time you did. Maybe you’d rather avoid the subject, but you can’t avoid it forever. Like it or not, the time is coming when you will stand before the Judge of heaven and earth. Jesus is coming again, and even if he delays his coming for many years yet, the fact remains that you are going to die, perhaps sooner than you think. You can’t avoid the day of reckoning. You will have to stand before God, and you need to be right with him before that time comes.

So how about it? If you had to stand before God right now and he asked, “Why should I let you into heaven?” what would you say? Could you give an answer? Would it be an answer that God found acceptable?


Martin’s Story

Here’s the story of someone who wrestled with this very problem. Martin was a brilliant young man. At age 21 he already had a master’s degree and was headed for a career in law. But Martin’s thoughts were on more than just his career. He often thought of God and of heaven and hell. He wanted to be right with God and have a place in heaven, but he wasn’t sure how. The thought of meeting God terrified him. Martin was part of a church, but his church didn’t do much to ease his fears.

One summer day, Martin was walking along when the sky become overcast with black clouds. The lightning flashed, the thunder rumbled, and the rain began to pour down. Suddenly a bolt of lightning struck so close to Martin that the impact knocked him down. In his terror he cried out, “St. Anne help me! I will become a monk.”

You see, Martin’s church taught that the saints could help a person gain favor with God, and the church also taught that if you joined a monastery and became a monk, you had a better chance of making it to heaven. And so, unlike many who make promises in a panic and later forget them, Martin kept his promise. He gave up his career and entered a monastery to work on his salvation.

There Martin devoted himself to prayer, singing, study, and meditation. He did so well that in less than two years, his superior selected him to become a priest. But even this did not give him peace with God. As he was saying his first mass, he had another crisis. During the mass, he found himself reciting the words, “We offer unto thee, the living, the true, the eternal God,” and as Martin later told the story,

At these words I was utterly stupified and terror-stricken.  I thought to myself, “…Who am I, that I should lift up my eyes or raise my hands to the divine Majesty? The angels surround him. At his nod the earth trembles. And shall I, a miserable little pygmy, say ‘I want this, I ask for that’?  For I am dust and ashes and full of sin and I am speaking to the living, eternal and true God.

The young priest was shaken. It took every ounce of his power just to stay at the altar long enough to finish saying the mass.

After that Martin worked even harder to earn God’s approval. He prayed even more than the rules of the monastery required. He studied theology for long hours; he got his degree as a doctor of theology. He fasted, sometimes going three days in a row without eating a crumb. He went to confession constantly, in accordance with his church’s teaching that, in order for your sins to be forgiven, you had to confess them to a priest. But he knew that there had to be some sins he was overlooking. If his salvation depended on his ability to recall every last sin and confess it to the priest, then he was lost.

Martin kept searching for peace. It frightened him to think of God, so he thought of God’s Son, Jesus. But he knew that Jesus would return to judge the world, and that frightened him all the more. He turned his prayers to Jesus’ mother Mary; he hoped she might be tender and compassionate and put in a good word for him. It didn’t help. He chose twenty-one dead saints as his special patrons, three for each day of the week, and he prayed to them. But that didn’t help. There he was: a priest, a theologian, a monk, completely devoted to the practice of religion, and yet no matter what he tried, it couldn’t put him right with God.

Then came the discovery. Martin began to study the Bible book of Romans, and he kept coming across a phrase that puzzled him: “the righteousness of God.” He took the phrase to mean that God is righteous and acts righteously by punishing those who are wicked. That was a terrifying thought. Martin wrote,

My situation was that, although an impeccable monk, I stood before God as a sinner troubled in conscience, and I had no confidence that my merit could assuage him.  Therefore I did not love a just and angry God, but rather hated and murmured against him…Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the righteousness of God and that statement [in Romans] that “the righteous shall live by his faith.”  Then I grasped that the righteousness of God is the righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise. The whole of Scripture took on a new meaning. This passage became to me a gate to heaven.

Martin Luther had discovered how to be on good terms with God: not by good deeds or church rituals or prayers to saints, but by trusting in God’s free gift of righteousness in Christ. Luther wrote, “If you have a true faith that Christ is your Savior, then at once you have a gracious God, for faith leads you in and opens up God’s heart and will, that you should see pure grace and overflowing love.”

What Luther found in the book of Romans transformed his life. It also transformed the life of the church. On October 31, 1517, Luther launched a public protest against church abuses and teachings that were clouding the Bible’s message of justification by faith. His protest sparked the great movement known as the Protestant Reformation. I mention all this, not just as a history lesson, but because you need to face the questions Luther faced and discover the answer Martin Luther discovered in the Bible.


Justified by Faith

If God asks you, “Why should I let you into heaven?” and you say, “I’m basically a good person” or “I’ve gone through the right rituals” or “I’ve tried my best,” you will be lost forever. Your best isn’t good enough. In order to be right with a perfectly righteous God, you need nothing less than perfect righteousness. And you’re not perfect. You’re a sinner.

In order to be right with God, you need to give up on your own qualifications and accept the perfect righteousness of Christ as a gift that God freely credits to those who believe. The Bible makes this absolutely clear in Romans 4:5, which says, “To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” In other words, being right with God is a matter of unearned credit. It’s a matter of believing, not achieving; of faith, not works.

The Bible says in Romans 3, “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood” (3:21-26).

If God asked you, “Why should I let you into heaven?” what would you say? You might say, “Well, I’m basically a pretty good person.” But God would say, “No, you’re not. There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). You see, to qualify for heaven, you have to be sinless. And if you think you’re sinless, you’re fooling yourself and you’re calling God a liar. As the Bible puts it, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us… If we claim we have not sinned, we make [God] out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives” (1 John 1:8,10). If you’re counting on your own goodness to get you into heaven, I guarantee you on the authority of God’s Word that you’ll never get there.

In order to be justified (or given a right standing) by God, you must give up on what you’ve done and trust in what Jesus Christ has done. Instead of working to earn God’s favor, trust a God who justifies the wicked, and God will credit your faith as righteousness.

This gospel of unearned credit, of justification by faith, is not a new message. It wasn’t new when Martin Luther came upon it almost 500 years ago. Luther found it from the book of Romans, written by the Apostle Paul 1,500 years before Luther. And it wasn’t even new in the book of Romans. This is how God has always dealt with his people, including those who lived thousands of years before Jesus came. Even before the New Testament book of Romans was written, even in Old Testament times, righteousness was a matter of unearned credit, of faith and not of works.

Paul made this discovery in his own life when he tried to earn salvation by works. His religious fanaticism turned him into a hater of Jesus and a killer of Christians. But then Jesus appeared to him, and Paul put his faith in Jesus and was made right with God through faith. After thinking things through and taking another look at the Old Testament Scriptures, Paul found that justification by faith had been God’s way of salvation all along, even in Old Testament times.

Abraham and David

In Romans 4 Paul shows this by looking back at two of the leading figures in Old Testament history: Abraham, the father of God’s people, who live 2,000 years before Christ; and David, the great king who lived 1,000 years before Christ. Paul writes:

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (v. 1-3).

Did God declare Abraham righteous because Abraham earned it? No, God made some promises to Abraham, Abraham believedthose promises of God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Paul then brings out the full significance of this. He says,

Now, when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited to him as righteousness.

There’s a big difference between a wage and a gift. When you punch the time clock every morning and put in a hard day’s work, do you consider your paycheck a gift? Of course not! It’s something you’ve earned. You’ve worked hard for it. You deserve it. Your boss isn’t giving you a gift; he owes you that money.  “When a man works,” says Paul, “his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.”

However, that’s not how salvation works. The Bible doesn’t say “Abraham worked hard, and God gave him credit for the righteousness he had earned.” No, it says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Apart from any achievements on Abraham’s part, his faith was credited to him as righteousness. He was credited with something he hadn’t earned. It was a gift.

Abraham’s faith is proof, says Paul, that “to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited to him as righteousness.” But, you might wonder, how can the Bible use Abraham as an example of God justifying the wicked? Wasn’t Abraham a great and godly man? Well, keep in mind that before God called him, Abraham was an idol worshipper. And even after he came to know God, Abraham was a sinful man in need of forgiveness.

The Bible tells the story of what happened while Abraham and his wife Sarah were staying for a time in Egypt. Sarah was beautiful, and Abraham was afraid the king might want her and that the king might have him killed in order to get her. Abraham was willing to lie and pretend that Sarah wasn’t his wife. He was so concerned for his own skin that he was willing to let another man sleep with her. God kept it from happening, but it certainly wasn’t because Abraham was so noble or courageous (Genesis 12).

And if once wasn’t bad enough, Abraham did the same thing again later on, this during a stay in Palestine. He again pretended Sarah and he were not married because he was afraid of the king. Again, he was willing to let his wife become part of the king’s harem, and it was only God’s intervention that kept it from happening (Genesis 20).

It was this Abraham—Abraham the former idol worshiper, Abraham the cowardly liar who was willing to let another man have his wife—it was this Abraham who believed God and was credited with righteousness. According to Romans 4, Abraham is proof that “to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited to him as righteousness.”

And Abraham isn’t the only Old Testament example. What about the great King David? According to Romans 4,

David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to who God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him” (v. 6-8).

If a right standing with God depended on a perfect record, David didn’t have a chance. David committed adultery with Bathsheba. David had her husband Uriah killed. David took no action when his daughter Tamar was raped by his son Amnon. But although David was sinful, he admitted his sinfulness and trusted in a God who credits righteousness apart from works.

Both Abraham and David discovered the very same thing: righteousness is a matter of unearned credit. “To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” Already in the Old Testament, God’s people were saved through faith and not works. They found that the Lord didn’t count their sins against them, but that instead, he credited to them a righteousness they hadn’t earned.


Blood-Based Righteousness

How could God do this? How could he be a just judge and still leave the sins of people like Abraham and David and countless others unpunished? Because he had already determined to send his Son to pay the just penalty for their sins. Paul says, “God presented [Christ] as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished” (Romans 3:25-26). Instead of condemning Old Testament believers for their sins, God was adding their sins to Christ’s account until the day when Jesus would pay the price on the cross, and God was crediting to those Old Testament believers the righteousness that Jesus would someday earn for them.

So you see, God’s way of salvation has been the same throughout history. For Abraham, 2000 years before Christ, and for David, 1000 years before Jesus came, it was a matter of faith and unearned credit based on the future work of Christ. For Paul, writing not long after Jesus’ death and resurrection, and for us, 2000 years later, it is a matter of faith and unearned credit based on the completed work of Christ. No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter when in history you live, the answer to the question, “How can I be right with God?” is always the same.

If you could go to heaven and ask people there how God accepted them, you’d hear the same refrain over and over. If you asked Abraham, “How did you get here?” he’d tell you, “I was an idol worshipper, a liar, and a coward, but I trusted a God who justifies the wicked, and he credited me with a righteousness I didn’t earn.” If you asked David, “How did you get here?” he’d say, “I was an adulterer, a murderer, and a failure as a father, but I trusted a God who justifies the wicked, and he credited me with a righteousness I didn’t earn.” If you asked Mary Magdalene, “How did you get here?” she’d say, “I was an immoral, demon-possessed women, but I trusted a God who justifies the wicked, and he credited me with a righteousness I didn’t earn.” If you asked St. Paul, “How did you get here?” he’d say, “I was the chief of sinners, a proud blasphemer, a killer of Christians, but through Jesus Christ I trusted a God who justifies the wicked, and he credited me with a righteousness I didn’t earn.” If you asked Martin Luther, or anybody else in heaven, how they got there, you’d hear the same refrain.

So how can you be right with God? The very same way as every other person whom God accepts: by admitting your own sin and putting your faith in the perfect obedience and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. What happens is this: God takes your sins and transfers them to Christ’s account. The price of those sins is fully paid through the infinite suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. God then takes the perfect obedience and holiness of Christ and credits that to your account, so that you are counted as having the perfect righteousness required to enter heaven. Christ got what you’ve earned, so that you can get what Christ has earned. That’s the miracle of divine bookkeeping. In the words of the Bible, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).

That’s why God sent his only Son into the world: to purchase unearned credit for the people he loved. “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The only way you can be right with God is by accepting the blood-bought righteousness of Jesus.

So let me ask you again: What are you counting on to make you right with God? Are you hoping you’re good enough to please God? Or do you put your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ? “To the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” If God is moving you to accept his unearned credit right now, then make these words of a Christian poet your own personal prayer.

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;

not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.

Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;

not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

 

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;

your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.

No other work but yours, no other blood will do;

no strength save that which is divine can bear me safely through.

“Love Yourself”


​By: Mike Foster

Before I accepted my identity as God’s beloved, I was never enough. What I accomplished was never enough. And whatever good was there in front of me was impossible for me to take pleasure in, because I was trying so hard to be good that I could never just embrace the good.

To everything there’s a time and a divine season; truth in the Lord God an He’ll see you through.

I was always bringing a false self to God, but God can’t love a false self. So I was unable to experience God’s love. I had no idea who I was. And in that confusion a light dawned, dim but sure.

I knew I needed to love myself again. The real me. I needed to present my real self, with all its flaws, all its mistakes, all its failures, and all its cowardice and cruelty, to God. I needed to feel my heavenly Father wrap his arms around the real me and say he loved and accepted me by his grace.

It can sound a little selfish and touchy-feely to say that self-love is the answer to our deepest needs. Isn’t this just more positive psychology hoo-ha? Nope. We see the principle right there in the words of Jesus.

When Jesus was asked to pick the greatest commandment, he actually offered up two commandments from two Old Testament scriptures and then fused them together into a one-two punch of how to live a powerful life. He said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39).

I’m no Bible scholar, but I can’t help but notice those last two words: “as yourself.” In one statement Jesus links the ideas of loving God, loving your neighbor, and loving yourself. In my experience, this rings true. All three of those loves tend to rise and fall together. The more you love one, the more you love the others. People who never learn to love their true selves are often also limited in their love for God and others.

What if the person who you need to be kindest to is yourself? What if the enemy you need to forgive or the prisoner you need to release is your true self? That is why God redeemed you.

How can you begin to love yourself better today?

There Is Not Peace To The Wicked


It’s such a wonderful thing to know God is right in the very mist of those who’ve truly made Him their resting place in Christ Jesus. 

After all, they’re resting from all their fleshly works; in order, that they might follow in the fool steps of the Word of God in every area of their life.

It’s because of their relation with Jesus Christ. That, the anger of the Lorf God isn’t resting upon their personal life as a child of God. 

For the Word of God states: for thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)

For everyone who’s confessed Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior. The Lord God has a really great plan for their life, a purpose, which leads to a blessed future in Christ Jesus. 

But, it’s not so with the wicked of this present dark world system, as well as, any who’re living in unholy agreement with the living wick one’s. Hear the Word of God concerning this important matter: 

But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. (Isaiah 57:19-21)

There is no peace to the wicked according to the divinely given Word of God beloved one. This is why Jesus Christ was manifest that He might destroy the works of the devil. 

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

Whosoever is born of God doeth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: 

Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (1 John 3:8-10)

Now, this explains why God’s love so abides upon those who walk in the light of the truth of the Word of God. To these God truly gives His divine care and peace. 

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (John 1:6-7)

Well, I pray this short blog message has enlightened each of you by way of God’s divinely inspired written Word. God bless. 

Alive In Christ Jesus


​I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)

Paul explains to the church of the region Galatia that once they have surrendered their lives to Christ, they live by His grace. They no longer have to follow the religious laws in order to achieve God’s righteousness.  

The religious laws revealed our need for a Savior because no man other than Jesus could follow them completely and fully. Now that we have a Savior who has freed us from the bondage of the law, we are to live by faith in Him. 

We no longer have to earn our righteousness. We must trust that Jesus Christ has done all the work for us on our behalf.  When we doubt what Jesus has done for us, then His death was in vain. Our lives are the product of Jesus’ great sacrifice and His great love for us. 
Therefore, our lives, our work, and our service to Him should overflow with His great love that fills us and with gratitude for His sacrifice.  
Does your life reflect overwhelming love, joy, and gratitude from Jesus Christ’s work on the cross?  

Are you struggling with completely accepting God’s grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ?    
Father God, You are the author and finisher of my faith. Lord, help me to accept what Jesus has done on the Cross on my behalf without hesitation and without reservation.  
When I find myself creating a spiritual checklist to earn Your approval or to cover up guilt or shame, remind me what Jesus has done on the Cross on my behalf.  In Him, I have been approved and have no guilt or shame. When I find myself using willpower to follow religious rules to remain in right standing with You, remind me what Jesus has done on the Cross on my behalf. 

In Him, my salvation is secure, my righteousness is sealed, and Your love is everlasting. Lord, fill my heart with the love, joy, and gratitude that comes with knowing that I am loved so deeply by You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Lord God Has You In Mind


Each of us have things which happen in our lives. Some of these things can cause us to become over run with a deepened sence of unhealth fear. 

But, there’s good new in store for those who’ll place their total trust in the divine care and control of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

In the book of Jeremiah chapter 29:11 state the following concerning the Lord God’s divine will for those who truly trust in Him. 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” 

In other words; the Lord truly does have your best in mind here when it comes to the involvement of His hands in your personal. 

Therefore, today take a stand against all the dark powers of sin which try to overcome your faith walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. 

After all, remember, He knows the thoughts He has concerning your personal relationship with Himself. God bless. 

Joy In The Ordinary


​Joy in the Ordinary
It’s hard to imagine what exactly King David was emotionally experiencing in this psalm. 

It’s believed that when David wrote this, his son Absalom had run him out of the palace in an attempt to force him off the throne. Betrayed by his son, he fled for protection. David felt betrayed, alone, and hurt.

When I read the words of Psalm 4 I feel deeply convicted. David is potentially in hiding while his son and thousands more seek to overthrow him. 

While he is shut up somewhere in obscurity, those who are against him are down enjoying the plenty of harvest. While he has little, they enjoy much. Yet in all their indulgence, David has more joy in his ordinary.

I’m deeply convicted because those who live for this world find (momentary) enjoyment in their indulgences. Imagine the thrill of spending a day, buying whatever you want. Yet we are supposed to find more joy in our emails, voicemails, meetings, diaper changes, cleaning, and errands than the best day anyone in this world could have.

I believe joy is the beginning for you today. Wherever you might be and whatever you might be up against, find joy. Have the maturity to seek joy in the ordinary and difficult, and believe that God hears you and will make room for you. God bl
ess.