Archive | September 2017

Colossians 3:8 ” But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Ephesians 4:22 tells us to put off our old selves…or rid ourselves of our old ways.  But it’s almost impossible to do if you’re still hanging out with the same wrong friends… at places that got you in trouble before.  Putting aside our old ways  means we have to disarm our sins…exposing them to God’s truth and confessing them, but then ridding ourselves of whatever necessary to make a clean break from the past.

Genesis 12:1 ” The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.’ “

It takes huge faith to respond to God’s call when He says, “Go!”   And it takes tremendous trust to say “Yes” when you don’t have a clue what’s to come.  But without that faith and trust in God…you’ll never fulfill His plan and purpose in your life.   Sometimes, God will ask you to take a leap of faith, but know that He’s there ready to catch you…you just have to jump.

Philippians 3:10 ” I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

To know the Lord Jesus Christ…is to live for Him.  And in knowing Him…we will become more and more like Him, for we conform ourselves to His image.  Knowing the Lord though is a life long journey of dying daily to our old self and deliberately becoming more like Him.  But in the end, when people look at us, they won’t see us…they’ll only see Jesus.

Isaiah 45:22 ” Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

Come back to Me,  says the Lord.   Isaiah 44:22 says, “Return to Me, for I have redeemed you”.  The Lord Jesus Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer…our Savior, and redeemer of our souls.

Luke 18:41 ” ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see, he replied.’ “

The blind beggar was sitting by the side of the road near Jericho.  As Jesus walked near, the crowd brought the blind man to Him.  Jesus knew the beggar was blind, so why did He still ask him that question? “What do you want Me to do for you?”  It says in Matthew 7:8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  The Lord wants us to ask Him for the desires of our heart…even down to tiny things that only we care about.  Asking the Lord for something to be given to us isn’t unspiritual or lacking faith…it’s quite the opposite.  The Lord delights in us asking.

Proverbs 24:14 ” Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

Wisdom speaks only truth to your soul.  It will guide you on the right path, and fill you with hope.  And with wisdom comes future hope … that can never be destroyed.

Revelation 3:3 ” Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wakeup, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”

The Lord is saying, “Be ready!”  Come out of that spiritual stupor and complacency you’re in.   For you have been lulled into a false sense of security by your apathy towards God.  Telling yourself that you’ll get right with God when you’re old, or when you’re done sowing your wild oats is risky business…for all we know,  you may not live to see the sunrise tomorrow.  Jesus said it best in Luke 12:40, “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”  Today is the day of repentance… and a new moral reorientation of your soul.