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The Right view of Jesus Changes Everything

55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him.
58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

When we have an accurate view of Jesus, everything else then is weighted correctly. Some of the things we once loved and longed for have become meaningless and some of the things that were meaningless and trivial become most important. Stephen knew this, and Acts 7 gives the historical account. Stephen was filled with the Spirit and saw Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. As men gathered stones to put him to death, Stephen calmly stood without fear, without anger, without retaliation, he was fortified by an accurate view of Jesus. He begged not that God would intervene and protect him, not that fire would fall and devour these men where they stood, but that these men who would stone him would be forgiven. Once you have an accurate view of Jesus, fear fades, hatred is halted, and death no longer permanent becomes sleep, to which we now know, we will once again be awakened from. My prayer today is that we will see Jesus most clearly as he truly is, The Lover of Our Souls. I wonder the conversations that took place in the homes of these stone throwers after they witnessed Stephen’s prayer? Did Stephen’s reflection of love impact even one? Maybe, just as Jesus’ death impacted the soldiers that witnessed his love at the cross and were transformed so these men also may have been moved by Stephens death. One thing I know for sure, Stephen’s message was not diluted, he did not compromise his stand, he didn’t do what was politically correct, even to the point of giving up his very life. When we have a accurate view of Jesus, we can trust whatever circumstance we are facing that He is in control.

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Just Because

Just because I came to Christ does not mean that my trials did end, no quite the contrary thats when my real trials just began. I found there were days when the enemy attacked with a fierceness I did not know, there were times of tempting I thought I could not bear, and moments of shame that grieved my soul. Through every trial, and every temptation, and every grieving moment too was my Savior there with me because that’s what The Lord Jesus does do. He doesn’t always take away the circumstances that hinder my walk but when I’m going through them he often helps me along the way. Today I’m thankful for the Jesus that I have grown to know, for the testings and trials, that bring me to a deeper fuller faith in his faithfulness. I pray you will know this Jesus too. Amen.

Spoken Word

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just.
The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip. Psalm 37:30-31

Do you ever wonder what the world would be like if but only those who stood in the righteousness of Christ Jesus would speak wisdom? I don’t know if we can even begin to understand the fullness of power we have been given by the words we utter. God created everything by speaking it into being and in creating us with the ability and authority to follow likewise. We too can create or destroy based on the words we choose to use. There is great power in the binding and loosing by speaking thus and so. We who are in Christ, having the Holy Spirit,are also endued with authority in the spirit realm that often goes without ever being tapped into because we are so absorbed in matters of the flesh.

Oh that we could trust the words of those we know personally, those who serve in governmental authority, those who own and operate businesses, those who serve alongside us in ministry, if only those who proclaimed Jesus as Lord would speak wisdom and justice our world be so much more relevant to the King of Kings and so much more pleasant a place for us to live too. I love this word just because it speaks of our discernment – you cannot speak justly if you don’t judge correctly. This gives credence for the need to know a perfect standard by which to judge. The LAW of God needs to be inscribed on our hearts in order for us to be able to judge justly. The fact that the law is in our hearts shows our admiration and determination to hold to the standard that never fails. What I love about the Word is that it was never intended to only be memorized and kept but memorized and lived. It is the application of God’s word that will cause our pathways to be lit and afford us a life’s walk without slipping.

Lord I pray today that we who are called by Your Name would speak faith filled words of wisdom and justice over this nation. That we would use Your standard as our measure to govern our personal lives and to judge those things of which we speak. Keep us Lord from slipping any further than what we already have as a nation of people and hold us to the path of righteousness for You namesake. Amen

Be Doers of the Word

There is a pattern in scripture that points to the application of God’s Word in our lives…Jesus said his mother and brothers were those who done what he commanded…also blessed are they who not only hear the word but do it…James says be doers of the word not hearers only…Paul says much the same. The pattern is clear that the word of God is to be more than just a set of memorized scriptures, that we have learned in the Hebrew and Greek translations.

There seems to be a division that shows a sharp contrast between the hearing of and the doing of God’s word. Let me be clear, it is not enough to hear only. What if you told your child “do your homework” only to come back an hour later to hear your child say “I memorized what you said, you said do your homework”. Obviously the child heard what you said but your demand was not to memorize your words but it was to accomplish a task. Now don’t get me wrong here we need to have God’s word hidden in our heart but just not so deeply that it never appears in our actions.

When I stand before God, draped in the robe of righteousness that was bought by the blood of Jesus – forgiven – cleansed – His grace glistening off every aspect of the salvation I am perfected in,; I want to have a confidence that says the seed He sowed in my life was to His glory. I want to be able to say because you loved me enough to die for me, I did my best to live for you. I really believe with every fiber of my being that what we learn from God’s word should translate into our living.

Let me encourage you today, be Jesus to someone…speak words of life into someone’s heart, pull someone out of the pit where they have fallen, change a flat, feed a hunger, contribute to a cause, find a need and meet it with the love you have been shown. Yes being Jesus is sacrificial, it will cost you time, money, and maybe even emotional transference. The rewards however of following Jesus are magnificent and eternal. I am often taken aback when I read scripture at how few people actually followed Jesus after they considered the cost. I wonder are you a follower or just a fan?

Lockstep

Few if any are those things that hold us in lockstep with the Heavenly Father. It’s not that those things have not been provided just that we fail to take advantage of them. We are such creatures that desire to satisfy the cravings of our carnal man that disciplined life that remains selfless is impossible for us to imagine, let alone live. Jesus however, gave clear example as he proclaimed he could only do what he saw his Father do or heard his Father say…Jesus was in lockstep with the Father even to the point of going to the cross. His example was shown in the times he sought solitude for the purpose of crying out to the Father. Even on the very night he was to be betrayed we find him alone in prayer. Prayer was the master key that unlocked the Divine will of the Heavenly Father. If Jesus the Son of God did pray what then does the Holy Spirit do to stay in lockstep with the Father? Ephesians 6:18 reminds us to pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers. Romans 8:26 says it is the Spirit that helps us in our weakness when we do not know what to pray. The Spirit intercedes on our behalf. So you see, it is true also of the Holy Spirit even as it is of the Son that prayer is the master key to unlocking God’s will. If we are ever to obtain a life that is indeed one considered to be in lockstep with the Father, it will be a life submissive in prayer. The hard discipline of prayer is a work that the carnal man detests and is seldom as consistent as it should be even when we know its vital importance to our lives. Prayer is a work that requires careful diligence to insure that it is given priority. Separation from the distractions that would move us from the quiet waiting is never easy to obtain but it is always worth the effort. It has been my experience that we allow our our hearts and minds to wander, to stray away in the very moment when God begins to speak. 

If only we could gain discipline without effort would not our prayers be more frequent?
Lord I submit this flesh of mine is weak, yet the Spirit is willing, teach me to pray rightly. Amen.

How do you value yourself?

I have a friend with a huge shop filled with a variety of objects. Occasionally I will meander through and randomly pick up something and ask what he thinks it might be worth. Sometimes I can see a value in the terms of dollars that he never considers because to him everything he has is valuable. This fellow of whom I speak always tells me where he got the object, and I have come to realize

 that the value of his objects is found not in the object itself but rather, the relationship from whom he got it. Today I would like us as we pray for this nation to consider that even as beauty is found in the eye of the beholder so too is the real value of something found in its owner. Our value to God is not based on our greatness, our goodness, or our righteous works; no we are valuable to God because God values the relationship we have in Christ Jesus so our value is really him. When I think of the value of these States United, I am reminded of the relationships that have been established in the freedoms we share. I wonder if it had never been the nation we have known, would people have valued it so highly as to die to keep it free? Would foreigners and dissidents have breached her walls and found welcoming friendships in a melting pot of difference? I think not. For I do not see or know of other peoples trying to gain access into Russia, China, Islam, France, or any other country such as they do here in the good old USA. 

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. 
Psalm 4:1