A God Of Order

We all know that GOD is a GOD of order. Everything that comes under both covenants has order and commandments that govern all that takes place. Sin has placed us under the curse of the law, the law requires punishment for disobedience. But there is another law…

Romans 8:2 “But the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Jesus Christ fulfilled the requirements of the law under the Old Covenant law of sin and punishment. In so doing, established a New Covenant law. The Law of the Spirit of life in Christ. And by this new law we are free from the penalty under the old law. In Christ we have a freedom those under the Old could only hope for. We need to live in that freedom that Christ bought us with His precious blood. Mike

Words That Flow

Have you ever been in a situation where the words just flowed and every sentence was accurately descriptive? There is a Psalm that describes the Messiah in flowingly descriptive terms. Psalm 45 begins with this verse …

Psalm 45:1 ” My heart overflows with a good matter. I speak the things which I have made concerning the king. My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

Now we don’t often think of our tongue as a pen, but how often do we spit venom or sing praises from our mouths. When we get on a “verbal” roll the words travel quickly from heart to mind to mouth. In our words, in our mouth, there is the power to build up or to tear down, the ability to inspire or to shatter dreams. We can just as quickly assassinate someone’s character as if we physically took their life. My prayer for the coming days is that we use the gift of speech and thought to encourage, uplift and bless those we come in contact with each day. Blessings on the New Year. Mike

Fight Songs

Every school with sports teams has a fight song. “Across the Field” is my favorite. Each branch of the military has its anthem that is sung on specific occasions. “The Marine Corps Hymn” by John Philip Souza means a lot to me. Those are mine, and I’m sure you have yours. They are sung to celebrate victory, commemorate the past and in some cases honor the fallen. The Hebrews had their victory songs as well. The book of Judges has several, notably Chapter 5. The entire chapter is a victory song of Deborah and Barak. I’m focusing on one part of one verse tonight.

Chapter 5:21 says in part,  
“O my soul, march on with strength.”

When the battle seems lost and we’re too __________ to go on (you fill in the blank), we need to tell ourselves “march on with strength”. A worldly wag would say, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Pretty much the same thing. To be sure the holidays are hard on us emotionally, spiritually and physically. And this year has been especially difficult because of all that the world has heaped on top of us. But GOD, gives us the strength to keep fighting, victory comes to those who perserver. So my point (and prayer) is not to give up, GOD is fighting on our behalf, There’s Victory in Jesus, My Savior Forever… That’s who we celebrate this time of year, the birth of Victory!  GOD’S Love and Merry Christmas! Mike

Change Internally

Which is harder; making an external demonstration or changing internally? For nearly all of us changing internally is much more difficult. But GOD demands hard things from us. GOD gave these words to the prophet Joel…

Joel 2:13 “And tear your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God:”…

External demonstrations only impress people, they cannot see our hearts. Only GOD sees our hearts. The “tearing of garments” was to show others how upset you are over something, “religious emotion” that is easily shown. In the context of Joel, it was their sins against GOD. But GOD doesn’t want an external show because He knows they are for show and often hypocritical. The truest test is a change of heart that causes a change of direction away from the world and toward GOD. Praying we make the hard choice of turning our hearts and not taking the easy way out by showing off for others. Mike

What Is Your Tell

Looking over the verses we see a list of actions that are indicators. Card players call them “tells”. They are give- aways as to weather the player is bluffing or not. If we look hard enough we’ll recognize these “tells” in our life. Is our language starting to slip, our thoughts wandering, our jokes having double meanings? It’s the little things that give away the things in our heart. When we start going down that path, it never comes to a good end, continually thinking up ways to “do evil”. And in these things, the result is discord. Maybe the “tell” is discord and that’s the key we need in order to work backwards to reveal the other tells. However we come to recognize the signs, the important thing is that we take whatever means necessary to correct the behavior and get ourselves on the right path. The Wonderful Grace of GOD is vital to every course correction. Praying we recognise the “tells” and turn them over to GOD! Mike

Gravity Of Sin

Today’s thoughts are about our sins and how important we think they are. I mean, how much weight do they carry with how we view our lives. Gravity is the force that holds us on the earth, so perhaps a better way to ask is “how much gravity do our sins bear on our daily life?” Enough to make us want to rid ourselves of the load? Or do we act as if they’re of no great consequence? How we define our relationship with Christ directly relates to how we view the “gravitational influence” of our sin. Christ must have viewed our sin as having a tremendous influence and impact over our lives because He was willing to die to pay our sin-debt. Revelation 1:5 says in part…

Revelation 1:5 “…Unto him that loves us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”

Our sins are of such magnitude that The Son of GOD was willing to die so that they may be erased. Buddha says that good works can erase our sins, Mohammed says GOD is too merciful to punish us, these human lines of thinking serve to please us, to fool us. Jesus Christ doesn’t take our sin lightly, He died for them. We should see our sin as Christ did. Unless we take our sin seriously, we have no hope of forgiveness from the Father. Mike

Where Is The Honor?

In our service for the LORD, there are lots of things that need done, some are highly visible and are noticeable, others are regularly accomplished with little fan-fare, and still others are menial chores that seem like drudgery. The think all of them have in common is who the work done in the service of. Things have a natural sequence in which they must be done. Whether first or last, visible or behind-the-scenes, glorious or menial, everything that needs to be done must be done. Moses wrote in Numbers the following…

Numbers 2:31 ” All who were numbered of the camp of Dan, one hundred and fifty-seven thousand six hundred: they shall set out last, with their standards.”

When Moses was moving the tribe of Israel through the wilderness there had to be order, several million people have to be organised to move. Someone had to be first, someone had to be in the middle and someone had to be last. There is honor in the work, not because of what the work is or the order in which it’s done. The honor is because we’re working for the LORD. And He rewards alI who serve Him no matter what the work is! Grace and Peace, Mike

God Won’t Leave Us…Ever

Storms can bring difficulties. Probably very few of us would disagree. In our part of the country, thunder storms grow rapidly soaring to 50-60 thousand feet tall. They move across the plains at 40, 50, 60 mph for hundreds of miles. They push the air in front of them even faster. Roofs are damaged, trees are uprooted, powerlines are blown over leaving thousands in the dark. Thankfully when the spiritual storms cause us difficulties, we can be sure that GOD won’t leave us in the darkness. Ever. There’s no wind strong enough to blow out GOD’S LIGHT, no rain wet enough to put out GOD’S FIRE, no clouds dark enough to keep us from seeing GOD’S GUIDING BEACON. Psalm 18:28 reads “For you will light my lamp: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”Trust and Faithful Obedience to keep our eyes firmly focused on GOD’S LIGHT will see us through any and ever storm that comes our way. GOD is bigger than anything we will ever face. GOD said it, we can depend on it! Stay Strong!! 💪 Mike

We All Gotta Walk That Walk

The path of life (Psalm 16:11) is one every one of us walks. Psalm 1 shows us that we have two possible destinations, two outcomes. Up or down, smoking or non-smoking, Heaven or hell. Whichever we choose, the one sure thing is that we’ll face adversity of one kind or another. Should two of us face the same challenge, our reactions may be different. One may see the challenge as a way to draw closer to GOD and experience the joy of His presence in the middle of adversity. Another may experience anger, stress and anxiety, choosing to turn away from GOD in bitterness because GOD allowed this adversity to happen. I take comfort in what Jeremiah wrote in the following…Jeremiah 42:3 “That the LORD your God may show us the way in which we may walk, and the thing that we may do.”There are no guarantees that our walk on the path of live will be trouble-free. What the sincere followers of Christ know is that GOD will show us how we’re to walk (our manner of living) and show us where (through the valley of the shadow of death) to walk and even more comforting, HE will be there every step of the way. Praying we stay close to Him today. Mike

Beware Apostasy

Have you ever felt like you’re being hated or mistreated because you’ve chosen to follow The WORD and not the world? GOD tells us there are days coming when people will fall away from the faith, apostasy is the Biblical term. Christ followers will become fewer and fewer and will be despised, persecuted and even killed for the Faith. This is one of the signs that Jesus talks about in Luke 21. But this isn’t a new thing for GOD’S Chosen People. The prophet Obadiah said this about the Hebrew people…Obadiah 1:2 “Behold, I have given you [to be] small among the nations; you are greatly despised.”Now I’ve taken this Old Testament verse and used it to drawn a parallel between the Jewish people and Christ followers. But the same thing that happened to the Jews (and still is) is beginning to happen to Christ’s followers today in our country. Christian churches are closing every week, people professing Christ as LORD are diminishing. We should be concerned enough to bring people in but we should not be surprised that it’s happening. Jesus said these things shall come to pass, then look for His Coming! Be vigilant and most of all, be ready! Mike