Jesus Christ Loves You and You Should Never Forget It!

Dear Beloved, 

The first thing you need to remember is that you are greatly loved by The LORD. 

If no one is on your side or can understand you, He certainly can. 

Do not try to resolve any issue without praying and consulting with Him first. Seek Him daily so that you are victorious in even the unseen battles. Prayer and the Word is the key to this. 

You know that you will face obstacles, unbelievers and haters, but you MUST NOT FOCUS ON THEM.

Switch your focus to Your Life, Your Goals, and most importantly, Your Life. 

The LORD planned everything before you were born and you can be sure that He has in no way been surprised by any battle or setback you’ve encountered. 

The Powerful & Life-Changing Power of Your Pain

Pain is universal.

It does not discriminate based on class, income, education, age, gender or race.

Pain is a part of life -- an essential part of life.

We can't avoid it. We actually need it.

It is a signal, an indicator that something is wrong or something needs to be changed. Pain speaks a universal language that ALL can understand, and forces us to act.

It is the same in our spiritual walk with Christ. Some have misunderstood their new life in Christ and believed they would escape pain or somehow just breeze through it. 

Our new nature in Christ equips us to look at pain differently and use it differently than the world, however it does not make us immune to it.

Exodus and How God Delivers Us From Sin

I felt a strong urge to begin re-reading the Book of Exodus the past few days. It is always amazing how scriptures we read while studying the Bible can minister to us in different ways, no matter how many times we read them. 

I have read Exodus before, but there are many things I noticed this time that I may not have paid much attention to before.

Exodus is when God really makes Himself known to His people, instead of individual men as before. 

He introduces Himself to the Israelites with signs, wonders, and precious promises. It is not a sugar-coated account either because you can see many sides of Jehovah in the book. 

  • He is Jealous for His people. 
  • He is vengeful towards their oppressors. 
  • His anger is kindled more than once when they try Him and refuse to believe Him. 
  • He shows His power to deliver, to heal, and to set free. 
  • He also shows His power to kill, to chastise, and to keep His word about disobedience. 

The Real Meaning of The Rainbow is in The Bible

After the monumental decision by the Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples to marry, I knew it was yet another inch closer to the days Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24, and His imminent return.

Let me first say that this post will not attempt to sway you in your views about the Supreme Courts ruling. It would be a waste of time as those who belong to God know and understand the sanctity of marriage and how it originated already.

I want to discuss the rainbow and its true meaning. The rainbow is one of those wonders that God created in the Earth that not only reminds us of Him, but also reminds Him of us. The true meaning of the rainbow comes from the Bible.

Genesis 9:13 says:
I set My bow [rainbow] in the cloud, and it shall be a token or sign of a covenant or solemn pledge between Me and the earth. (Amplified version)

What Do You See? The Lord has Given You the Promised Land, Do You Receive it?

When the children of Israel sent twelve spies to the Promised Land, there were 10 that came back with what the Bible calls "an evil report," while Joshua and Caleb reported that they were well able to conquer the land.

It is intriguing that the twelve spies went to the same land, saw the same giants, and spent the same amount of time surveying the land, yet only two had a good report.

Numbers 13:32-33 says:
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eat up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. 
The Bible calls the report of the other ten spies evil because it was contrary to what God had already told them.

Whose report will you believe when faced with "facts" and "circumstances?" Are you like Joshua and Caleb who view the circumstance based on God's Word, or are you like the majority who fail to see things the way God says so and ultimately expect defeat?

How we view what we are going through is extremely important to the outcome. It was Joshua and Caleb who ultimately led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. They were also rewarded with more land for them and their families because of their faith in God's Word.

Our families will be positively or negatively impacted by our faith or lack thereof. But we cannot have faith in God when we do not read His Word. It is impossible.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.

Patience: The Necessary Character Trait for Victory

Living in our present time of instant gratification and instant results has in many ways been a hindrance and a bit misleading. It doesn't take a Believer in Christ long to realize that GOD does not do many things instantly. GOD is more concerned with the quality and completion of the work than the speed. 

James 1:2-4 says it like this:
My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into diverse trials; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Why Your Plans Will Fail, But Everything Will Work Out By GOD's Grace

I was meditating on a few things this morning and thinking about the wisdom of GOD. There are countless times when I have made a plan and what I planned just did not work out that way. No disclaimers, my plan simply failed.

This has not always been the case. There are a few instances where I can actually recall my plan working out just as I planned - but this is the exception, not the rule.

Why do our plans fail? How can we have peace when they don't come to pass? Proverbs 16:9 says:
A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.
My best explanation for plans failing is based on the fact that we as humans do not have enough information to actually make plans. Think about it:

  • We do not know the future
  • We have no way to plan for the unexpected circumstances that might occur