July 21, 2019
In Acts 2:26, (Message Bible) “I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.” In our darkest hour, we need to realize that in reality, we do live in the land of hope. The helmet of Salvation or the helmet of hope is part of the spiritual armor described in Ephesians 10. We actually received salvation when we accepted the Gospel of Jesus and chose Heaven as our eternal home. But the Ephesians’ passage instructs us to put on this helmet. So, Salvation must be 2-fold, meaning that we do receive redemption from darkness with our confession and belief that Jesus Christ is Lord and application of this truth restores, protects, and shields us from Satan’s daily attacks. The amplified brings this into even better perspective. “Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly: moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope (will encamp, pitch its tent and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection.)” Verse 32 says plainly, “this Jesus God raised up and of that all we (his disciples) are witnesses.” I bet some of you are thinking, “what does this have to do with Me?” Well,I’m glad you asked! The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you. So that same powerful, dynamite power of God is producing life in your mortal body even now. And because of that, you and I can also say, “We’ve pitched our tent in the land of hope.” no matter what circumstances we are facing. Take the challenge to face each day with joyful expectation of good as you continue to live in the land of hope!
July 13, 2019
Many times, we speak about life’s priorities and the most critical issue of life which is faith. Today, I want to bring your attention to the scriptural basis for making place for God’s Word daily, and also, you will see how it is supreme in power concerning the faith factor. As Jesus, the Christ, lived on Earth for a short time, His main concern was discipling a few followers, and as we walk with him through the pages of the gospels, we see His concern and constant teaching of truth. Matthew 11:28-29 (Message translation), “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Being tired and worn out is a complaint I often hear and you probably do too. But, notice, Jesus’ invitation is to recover your life by simply getting away with Him. He even says, He will show us how to take a real rest, which is interesting to me, because it seems sometimes that it just doesn’t happen, even with a good night’s sleep. For us to find out about this, we are to walk with Him and work with Him, and He will show us how to do it. Imagine, “unforced rhythms of grace,” instead of being uptight, stressed, and working overtime to solve life’s problems. The company we keep and the books we read are noted as the 2 most influential contributions to our success or unsuccess, and we’ve been invited by the King of Glory to keep company with Him. He promises not to lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on us. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have on clothes that aren’t exactly right, nothing is good until I change. An ill-fitting lifestyle is the same way, and the Savior of the Universe wants to direct us to what’s suited for us. Let me encourage you to recommit to daily time spent with God, so you can enjoy the unforced rhythms of grace. And as a bonus faith comes……..by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
July 7, 2019
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and So it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” As Christians, we embrace true freedom because of our heritage in Christ Jesus. And it is daily refreshed as we abide in Him! “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 One of the eight compound names of God in the Old Testament is Jehovah-Shammah, meaning “God is there or ever-present.” Just imagine for a moment the feelings Jacob must have had as he fled from his home after deceiving his father Isaac into pronouncing the blessing on him which belonged to his brother Esau. Fear of the unknown as well as fear for his life were most likely “ever-present” or “there with him.” And the Lord spoke to him in a dream and said, “ Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Jacob left that place of despair because of the Heavenly Father’s word that came to him. Everyday, let us realize afresh, that Jesus is God with us! As we praise Him as Emmanuel, we are reminded that He left Heaven to bring His kingdom to us and set up His throne in the hearts of men. Let’s leave our places of despair and rejoice that His light has come and shines in each of us.
June 27, 2019
Faith and Provision Genesis 22:13-14 13 “Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” This scripture is all about what we could call a “faith test”. Imagine Abraham becoming the father of his promised son, Isaac, at the age of 100, and then following God’s instructions, makes this journey to do whatever necessary to be obedient to God. Isaac is probably a teenager by this time, and asks the obvious, “where is the sacrifice?” To which Abraham replies, “the Lord will provide.” Not a glib expression as some would make in a religious attitude, but genuine faith-filled words about God and provision. “Jehovah-Jireh” is the compound covenant redemptive name for God in this passage, and one which you and I should call on in our time of need. Someone once said that it actually means the Lord, Himself, looks ahead, making sure whatever we need is provided. In this light, it’s really more about trusting and believing God is sufficient for each circumstance, rather than asking that it be so. Now that presents you and me with a faith test. Can we walk so close to God that, no matter what, assurance is our constant companion? “.... for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12
June 21, 2019
Following are my all-time favorite scriptures. John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJ) Here’s the same verse from the Message Bible, “Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you." As Jesus speaks with those who are following Him, He is giving them the very key to freedom which has been searched for since the beginning of time. It’s really not a difficult instruction, but this task requires embracing a daily habit of living life with God- focus. At Liberty Church, we put priority on the Word of God simply because it is the key which opens the door to freedom for us. Although we will all be presented with many opportunities to alter or change our lives by exiting off the freeway of the Word, let me encourage you to be one who CONTINUES. Persist in the process of following the promises of God to the lifestyle of liberty. Remember faith is the most critical issue of our lives, and it comes to us by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Church is vital to us, but our success and victory is a result of what we do everyday. Enjoy a generous amount of spirit-food daily as you feast on the Bible, God’s Word to us!