Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Did Not Benefit Them

Hebrews 4:1-3 (ESV Strong's)

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.


One aspect of fearing the Lord is the fear of not reaching Him. Once we see the light and blessings that lie ahead, we should be eager and intent on making that journey. The Holy Spirit will lead the way, just as Christ has shown us the way. Both are sent to us to bring us to the Father. 

The experience of the Israelites in the wilderness serves as example that faith is needed to complete the journey. Beginning the journey is an awesome and wonderful thing. Finishing the journey is the awesome and wonderful thing that is beyond our imagination. 

The key to our salvation is faith. It is placing our faith in Christ and keeping that faith. It was predetermined before the foundation of the world that we would come to Him by having faith in His power and grace. That we would choose Him. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

On The Top Of The Mountain


Numbers 20:24-28 (ESV Strong's)

24 “Let Aaron be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land that I have given to the people of Israel, because you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son and bring them up to Mount Hor. 26 And strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron shall be gathered to his people and shall die there.” 27 Moses did as the Lord commanded. And they went up Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.

Not every mountaintop experience with the Lord turns out well. Our obedience and trust in Him will determine how we will be judged. 


Hebrews 10:31 (ESV Strong's)

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Sovereign Choice

1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV Strong's)

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—


To love God is the sovereign choice of mankind. The sovereign God has given us that choice. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Falling Away

Hebrews 3:12-19 (ESV Strong's)

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

It seems that we can believe, yet lose our way due to unbelief. Sin ranges from the blatant rebellion that lies within us all to a subtle deception that appears innocent in the beginning but whose fruit becomes bitter yet needful. Our confidence and faith comes from the Lord, but we must do our part in receiving and nurturing the gifts of Christ. 

The Israelites who witnessed the wonder and power of Almighty God soon forgot what they had seen and would fall in their wilderness journey to rise no more. They would never receive the promised land that was their inheritance because they lost sight of who they were and where they were going. 

The same temptations are common to all mankind and we can become distracted and hardened by the deceitfulness of sin so that we fall short of our destination and destiny. 



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Astray In Their Heart

Hebrews 3:7-11 (ESV Strong's)

T7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,

on the day of testing in the wilderness,

9 where your fathers put me to the test

and saw my works for forty years.

10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,

and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;

they have not known my ways.’

11 As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

Our time on earth is a time of testing. Will we find ourselves? Will we find God and follow Him? Will we find life in life? This is the journey of each person in the wilderness of the world. If we overcome the world as Jesus did, we will find His rest. 

The world is filled with good and bad, and the knowledge of good and evil. God is our reference and measure to know the difference. To forgo God is to wander astray on this earth, for He is the only way to find His rest, which is only found in our hearts and is the world to overcome. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

God’s House

Hebrews 3:1-6 (ESV Strong's)

1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Those who have answered His call and are in Jesus have become the house of God. He is the builder and cornerstone of the dwelling place of God, which is the body of Christ. 

Moses built the tabernacle of the tent of meeting according to the pattern given to Him from heaven. He was faithful in God’s house as a servant. It was but a shadow of that which was to come. 

Jesus builds the living temple filled with His everlasting life of those who are faithful in God’s house as His sons. He is the heavenly tabernacle manifest on the earth. 

The least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than all who dwell on the earth. It is a heavenly calling and a work of God. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Your Portion

Numbers 18:20 (NASB Strong's)

Then the Lord said to Aaron, “You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the sons of Israel.

We in the Bride of Christ are a royal priesthood whose inheritance is the Lord, for we are sons of the living God. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Down Or Up?


Jesus chose to die on the cross for us. He could have come down at any time, but He didn’t. 

We can choose to die to self on the cross for Him. We can come down at any time, but will we?

He persevered the cross as He looked beyond the cross to the glory to come. 

Those who overcome the world of self will go up to join Him in the glory of the Father. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

My Rest

Hebrews 3:7-11 (ESV Strong's)

T7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,

on the day of testing in the wilderness,

9 where your fathers put me to the test

and saw my works for forty years.

10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,

and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;

they have not known my ways.’

11 As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

Our time on earth is a time of testing. Will we find ourselves? Will we find God and follow Him? Will we find life in life? This is the journey of each person in the wilderness of the world. If we overcome the world as Jesus did, we will find His rest. 

The world is filled with good and bad, and the knowledge of good and evil. God is our reference and measure to know the difference. To forgo God is to wander astray on this earth, for He is the only way to find His rest, which is only found in our hearts and is the world to overcome. 

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Mystery Disclosed

Romans 16:25-27 (ESV Strong's)

25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

The mystery of God is Christ Jesus. He has been revealed in the flesh of His Son and is being revealed in the flesh of those who place their faith in Him and are being perfected in obedience to God. Our flesh is in union with Him. He became one of us and we are becoming one of Him. 

It is to His glory and for His glory that God chooses to reveal Himself in Jesus Christ. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A Heavenly Calling

Hebrews 3:1-6 (ESV Strong's)

1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Those who have answered His call and are in Jesus have become the house of God. He is the builder and cornerstone of the dwelling place of God, which is the body of Christ. 

Moses built the tabernacle of the tent of meeting according to the pattern given to Him from heaven. He was faithful in God’s house as a servant. It was but a shadow of that which was to come. 

Jesus builds the living temple filled with His everlasting life of those who are faithful in God’s house as His sons. He is the heavenly tabernacle manifest on the earth. 

The least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than all who dwell on the earth. It is a heavenly calling and a work of God. 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

In Every Respect

Hebrews 2:14-18 (ESV Strong's)

14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Flesh and Spirit meet and are joined in the body of Jesus. Our flesh and His Spirit become one in the body of Christ. He became like us in every respect so we might become like Him in every respect. This is where heaven and earth become one, which is the finished work of God in creation. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

To Call Them Brothers

Hebrews 2:10-13 (ESV Strong's)

10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,

“I will tell of your name to my brothers;

in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

13 And again,

“I will put my trust in him.”

And again,

“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”

We who follow Jesus are made perfect in yielding to the cross.  We follow by giving our life for His, as He gave His life for ours. 

Just as Jesus was born from above as the Son of Man through the Holy Spirit, so are we reborn through the Spirit from above as sons of God. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A Little While Lower

Hebrews 2:5-9 (ESV Strong's)

5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere,

“What is man, that you are mindful of him,

or the son of man, that you care for him?

7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels;

you have crowned him with glory and honor,

8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

The manifestation of God in creation is through the Holy Spirit and Christ Jesus His Son. The light and life of God filled the heavens. In the fullness of time they would enter the darkness of the natural earth and the dust of man. 

The Holy Spirit would enter into the waters of mankind through an ordinary young woman named Mary and the Son of God would become the Son of Man. He took our flesh so that we might take His Spirit and transform our flesh. This takes place when we become one with Him in the body of Christ. We are betrothed to him and become the Bride of Christ. 

Jesus returned to heaven in the glorified flesh of man and returned to earth as the Holy Spirit to glorify the flesh of all those who will believe and follow Him. 

John 14:15-17 (ESV Strong's)

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

John 16:7 (ESV Strong's)

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

He has been crowned “with glory and honor,” and now waits for us to join Him on His throne and receive the crown of life. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lest We Drift Away

Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV Strong's) 

1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

The good news of the gospel is that salvation can be ours if we stay the course in following Jesus. If we drift away in neglect of what we have heard, we face the danger of running aground on the rocks and reefs of the earth that lurk just beneath the surface of the waters of man. It is a dark and unpredictable sea and the ship that bears us to our salvation might run aground, break up and sink, drifting to the bottom below. 

Many bore witness to the life and miracles of Christ Jesus. They listened to His words of the news of salvation and believed. Today we listen to the Holy Spirit from within, bearing witness to our spirits with the power and truth of God. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Difference

When we meet Jesus at the foot of His cross, we find forgiveness and salvation. This is the body of Christ. 

To become one with Him we must join Him on that cross. This is the Bride of Christ. 

Just as Eve was fashioned from a small part of Adam’s body, the Bride of Christ will come from a small part of the body of Christ. 

There is a difference. Just as we choose to save us, we can choose to join Him in His life. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Lord Of Both

Romans 14:9 (ESV Strong's)

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Christ has walked as the Son of Man and the Son of God. He has made the way for us to be both as well. He is Lord of the dead and living, for He has experienced both. 

He chose death so we might choose life. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Fulfilling


Romans 13:10 (ESV Strong's)

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Jesus fulfilled the Law. When we take His image for our own, we are made in the image of God. We will be known for our love because we are born from God. 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Message We Heard

Hebrews 4:1-3 (ESV Strong's)

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,

‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

One aspect of fearing the Lord is the fear of not reaching Him. Once we see the light and blessings that lie ahead, we should be eager and intent on making that journey. The Holy Spirit will lead the way, just as Christ has shown us the way. Both are sent to us to bring us to the Father. 

The experience of the Israelites in the wilderness serves as example that faith is needed to complete the journey. Beginning the journey is an awesome and wonderful thing. Finishing the journey is the awesome and wonderful thing that is beyond our imagination. 

The key to our salvation is faith. It is placing our faith in Christ and keeping that faith. It was predetermined before the foundation of the world that we would come to Him by having faith in His power and grace. That we would choose Him. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Jewfish Rapture

Ezekiel 37:11-14 (NIV)

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord. ’”

This passage speaks of what might be seen as the “rapture” of all of Israel. The Lord will “open your graves and bring you up from them;”. They will receive “my Spirit in you” and “settle you in your own land.” Their journey through the wilderness to the promised land will be fully accomplished at last. 

Then they will know even as they are known. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Seven Lamps

Numbers 8:1-4 (ESV Strong's)

1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.” 3 And Aaron did so: he set up its lamps in front of the lampstand, as the Lord commanded Moses. 4 And this was the workmanship of the lampstand, hammered work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was hammered work; according to the pattern that the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.

The seven churches in Revelation represent the lamps that gave light outside the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle. Their light illuminates the way of the Lord. 

The Lord gave Moses the pattern for the lampstand and Jesus tells the churches in. Revelation the pattern of life He expects from the living lampstands. The tabernacle was a physical manifestation of the word of God and things to come. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Transforming

Romans 12:2 (ESV Strong's)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

We do not conform to the pattern of this world by transforming into the image of God, replacing our nature with His, and yielding to Him.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Consigned All To Disobedience


Romans 11:32-33 (ESV Strong's)

32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Why did God place the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden? For mercy’s sake. Verse 33 tells us that His judgments and ways are beyond our understanding, but consider this. Disobedience brings the need for God’s mercy for mankind to be forgiven. Mercy is a choice of the one asking and for the other to grant. Both choose each other in the seeking and giving. The door to that bridge over troubled waters is the cross of Christ. It is open to all who would come. 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Renewal Of Your Mind



Romans 12:2 (ESV Strong's)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

We are what we think. Transform your mind and conform to the reality of God. Be made in the image of God who is Spirit. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

At And On His Cross



One can agree with Christ and believe in Him. This describes the body of Christ. We meet Him face to face at and on His cross. It is here we begin to know Him and become one. This describes the Bride of Christ. 

In doing so, we leave the kingdom of the world behind and begin walking in the kingdom of heaven. He is with us and we with Him. We will inherit where we walk, like Abraham walking the length and breadth of the promised land. 



Thursday, August 22, 2019

To Be With Him

We meet Jesus at the cross we share. We must climb up with Him to be with Him. In doing so, we leave the kingdom of the world behind and begin walking in the kingdom of heaven. He is with us and we with Him. We will inherit where we walk. Come and see where He’s staying. 


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Work Of God

John 6:29 (ESV Strong's)

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

God is doing a work in us, a new and marvelous thing. Our necessary work is to believe. To persevere is something we do. The work of God requires our agreement and action. 



Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Has Prepared

1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV Strong's)

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Jesus is preparing us to receive what God has prepared “for those who love Him.” This is the work of the Holy Spirit, a renovation that will transform us into the image of Christ. Then we will see and hear the heartbeat of God. We just need to follow the leading of the Spirit to get there. 


Monday, August 19, 2019

Everyone

Romans 10:13 (ESV Strong's)

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

While everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, not everyone will be ready for the wedding when the bridegroom comes. Consider the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25. 

Eve was fashioned from a bone on the side of Adam. The Bride of Christ will also be taken from a small part of the body of Christ. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

People Of The Earth

Numbers 1:47-49 (ESV Strong's)

47 But the Levites were not listed along with them by their ancestral tribe. 48 For the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 49 “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not list, and you shall not take a census of them among the people of Israel.

Those in the body of Christ are not counted among the people of the earth, for they are holy unto the Lord. They are a royal priesthood who have become the living tabernacle of our God. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

You Have Healed Me



Psalms 30:2-3 (ESV Strong's)

2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,

and you have healed me.

3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;

you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.

The Lord heals us with life. We walk among the dead until we walk with the Lord. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Walk

Walking with Jesus is transforming into His image. We are saved from the curse of the old man for the becoming of a new creation of God. He is our beginning and our end. 


Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Living Creatures

Numbers 2:1-2 (ESV Strong's)

1 The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers' houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.

The four camps of the Israelites around the tabernacle correspond to the four living creatures under the throne of God in heaven. They will likewise surround the throne of David when Christ assumes His throne on earth. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Among The People

Numbers 1:47-49 (ESV Strong's)

47 But the Levites were not listed along with them by their ancestral tribe. 48 For the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 49 “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not list, and you shall not take a census of them among the people of Israel.

Those in the body of Christ are not counted among the people of the earth, for they are holy unto the Lord. They are a royal priesthood who have become the living tabernacle of our God. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Shall Be Holy

Leviticus 27:9-10 (ESV Strong's)

9 “If the vow is an animal that may be offered as an offering to the Lord, all of it that he gives to the Lord is holy. 10 He shall not exchange it or make a substitute for it, good for bad, or bad for good; and if he does in fact substitute one animal for another, then both it and the substitute shall be holy.

If we vow, or confess, and give ourselves to the Lord, we are holy to the Lord. 

Jesus has substituted His life for ours, and we are both holy. We are to act and live like it. 

Monday, August 12, 2019

All He Had


Matthew 13:45-46 (ESV Strong's)

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

To access the kingdom of heaven we must trade our current life for the life of God. In John’s vision of the New Jerusalem he sees the gates of that city as being made of a single pearl. It is there we will find the riches of heaven and the meaning of life. 

We enter the city of God through pearly gates of our faith in Christ Jesus. It costs nothing, yet it costs our most valuable possession, our lives. 



Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Lampstands Of God

Leviticus 24:1-4 (ESV Strong's)

1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil from beaten olives for the lamp, that a light may be kept burning regularly. 3 Outside the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting, Aaron shall arrange it from evening to morning before the Lord regularly. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations. 4 He shall arrange the lamps on the lampstand of pure gold before the Lord regularly.

The lamp in the tabernacle corresponds to the lampstands in Revelation. The oil for the lampstands In Revelation is the Holy Spirit who feeds the light burning in the children of God. 

We shine as the light of the world outside the veil of the Holy of Holies. We are in the world, but not of the world. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Ancient Paths

Jeremiah 6:16 (ESV Strong's)

Thus says the Lord:

“Stand by the roads, and look,

and ask for the ancient paths,

where the good way is; and walk in it,

and find rest for your souls.

But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’


Jesus has made the way, but we must take it to find God. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

God Has Prepared

1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV Strong's)

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Jesus is preparing us to receive what God has prepared “for those who love Him.” This is the work of the Holy Spirit, a renovation that will transform us into the image of Christ. Then we will see and hear the heartbeat of God. We just need to follow the leading of the Spirit to get there. 


Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Work Of God

John 6:29 (ESV Strong's)

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

God is doing a work in us, a new and marvelous thing. Our necessary work is to believe. To persevere is to be made in His image. The work of God requires our agreement and action. 



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Take My Yoke

Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV Strong's)

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Rest in Jesus does not mean sitting down. It means replacing our works of a self righteous life that leads to death with the works of Christ that lead to life. We trade one yoke for the other. We just head in different directions. It’s good for the soul. 




Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Gravity Of The Natural

No matter how bright or clever someone is, they will never experience the Truth of God unless they encounter His Holy Spirit. They will be bound by the gravity of the natural. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Leading To Sanctification

Romans 6:19 (ESV Strong's)

I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

We have been washed clean of sin by the waters of our baptism in the death of Christ. We now are immersed in the righteousness of Christ that leads to the perfection of a pure life. This is the sanctification into the eternal life of God. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

In Your Inner Being

Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV Strong's)

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

There is someone who has entered our inner being to join with us individually inside the world of who we are. The light has entered the darkness within us and is at work to reveal that which is hidden by the darkness and bring us into the life of Christ. 

Adam was placed in the Garden to work the ground and multiply. The ground of our Garden is the love of God in which we are rooted and nourished to grow and be filled with the fullness of God. It is a work of God that coincides with our work in the ground of our earth. We must walk together with Him to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and the limitations of man. 

He will answer the questions we don’t know to ask and bring us to a place we cannot begin to imagine. He is the answer and we will know we are home. What He has begun, He will finish. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

My Statutes

Leviticus 19:19 (ESV Strong's)

“You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.

Keeping the statutes of God meant they would not marry into the peoples around them, but of only their kind. The seed is the word of God and is not to be mixed with the leaven of the world. The statutes of God would clothe them with the linen of His holiness which were to be then free from the threads of the world. 

Today we call this “putting on Christ.” We are in the world, but not of the world. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Be Holy

Leviticus 19:1-2 (ESV Strong's)

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

The Law revealed how unholy we are. Jesus fulfilled the Law and makes us holy with His presence. We then strive to live a holy life here on earth as we walk with Jesus in His light. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Morning Stars

Job 38:4-7 (ESV Strong's)

4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Tell me, if you have understanding.

5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!

Or who stretched the line upon it?

6 On what were its bases sunk,

or who laid its cornerstone,

7 when the morning stars sang together

and all the sons of God shouted for joy?


Revelation 2:26-29 (ESV Strong's)

26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

God set the cornerstone of the earth when He said “Let there be light.” The light would take the shape of the man Jesus who is the exact image of God. We shall be like when we meet Him face to face. 

When we receive the morning star, we join Him and the angels as the sons of God. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Righteousness Of God

Romans 3:20-22 (ESV Strong's)

20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction. 

The righteousness of the law shows us the unrighteousness of man. Jesus made the way for us to enter the righteousness of God. The road through the wilderness of the world is “through faith in Jesus for all who believe.” 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Their Uncleanliness

Leviticus 15:31 (ESV Strong's)

“Thus you shall keep the people of Israel separate from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by defiling my tabernacle that is in their midst.”

To be unclean before God is the natural state of man. We are after all created from the dust of the earth. We can only enter His presence in the body of Christ. 

Jesus was born of man and we are reborn of God. We meet in the middle and become one. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

We Shall Live

Leviticus 18:1-5 (ESV Strong's)

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. 3 You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. 4 You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.

When we follow the Lord, we leave the ways of the world for the ways of the kingdom of heaven. Walking with Him in the world takes us to another place. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Meek

Luke 18:13-14 (ESV Strong's)

13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Matthew 5:5 (ESV Strong's)

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Being humble or meek before the Lord is a necessary element of the repentance that leads to salvation. The beatitudes are not  impossible marks or attributes we can never attain, but a description of life in the body of Christ. We are not perfect, but are a work in progress undertaken by the perfect Lord. His word will not come back empty. It will accomplish His purpose and will. 

Those who overcome the world will inherit the earth. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

One Flesh

Genesis 2:24 (ESV Strong's)

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

What God has joined together becomes the body of Christ. We are of one flesh. 

There is no higher or more profound relationship. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

In Passing



Isaiah 40:7-8 (ESV Strong's)

7 The grass withers, the flower fades

when the breath of the Lord blows on it;

surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers, the flower fades,

but the word of our God will stand forever.


We are but a creature in passing unless we find the surpassing grace and life of Christ Jesus. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Resembling Mortal Man

Romans 1:22-23 (ESV Strong's)

22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

God took the mortal image of man and raised it as the image of God. Mortal man is full of himself, while the children of God have received the fullness of God in the Holy Spirit. We look the same on the outside, but on the inside the light of the world has entered the darkness of man. We will be revealed and made visible by that light. 

God sees us from the inside out. We see each other from the outside in. 


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Set Apart



Romans 1:1-6 (ESV Strong's)

Greeting

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

We, servants of Jesus Christ, called to be disciples and set apart in the gospel of God- the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His earthly life a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Him we received grace and discipleship by answering His call for the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake. We are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.  

We are set apart and belong to Jesus Christ. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Became

1 Corinthians 15:45 (ESV Strong's)

Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

We all participate in the tale of two Adams. We are born a living being and can be reborn in the Spirit of life. We begin in the natural and can choose to end in the supernatural which is the beginning of no end. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Our Daily Bread

Matthew 6:11 (ESV Strong's)

Give us this day our daily bread,

Our daily bread is the bread of heaven. It is the body of Christ which has become our own with the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is the provision of life for the living. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

To Fulfill Them

Matthew 5:17-18

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

The Law did not disappear when Jesus came, but was fulfilled in Him. He brings it into the hearts of His disciples. No longer constrained to tablets of stone, but written on our flesh. This allows us to embrace the righteousness of Christ and to be made in the image of God. It is the word of the body of Christ. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Repent

Matthew 4:17 (ESV Strong's)

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The doorway to the kingdom of heaven is repentance. The only way. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Hand Of God

John 10:29-30 (ESV Strong's)

29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

No one can prevent us from going into the Father’s hand. Neither can anyone snatch us out of His hand. Our coming or going is our choice. The Father has reached out His hand to us through His Son Jesus and God lifts us into His life. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

Unless Reborn

John 3:5-7 (ESV Strong's)

5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

The Old Testament is the account of God dealing with the flesh of man. The New Testament is the account of God dealing with man in the flesh of man. He enables man to be reborn and enter the kingdom of God. This is the only way. 




Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fundamental Truths

Our conversion and confession is not a onetime word, but an ongoing conversation which translates into our transformation into His image. 

 Following Jesus means making Him the Lord of our lives. 

You are not a disciple of Jesus unless He is Lord of your life. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Lead Me In Your Truth


Psalms 25:4-5 (ESV Strong's)

4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;

teach me your paths.

5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,

for you are the God of my salvation;

for you I wait all the day long.


Psalms 25:9-10 (ESV Strong's)

9 He leads the humble in what is right,

and teaches the humble his way.

10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,

for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.


James 1:25 (ESV Strong's)

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

He will teach and lead all who obey the law of liberty, which are the commandments of Christ. We humble ourselves by making Him the Lord of our lives. He does so through the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth. This is the mind of Christ Jesus. 

1 Corinthians 2:16 (ESV Strong's)

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

To Prepare A Place

John 14:1-3 (ESV Strong's)

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

The Father’s house is made up of the hearts in which He abides, the new temple that was raised from the tomb of death. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for you. He is doing so through the Holy Spirit given to each believer in the body of Christ. We embark on a journey of sanctification until He takes us to Himself to join Him where He is. He is with us. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

So He Consecrated

Leviticus 8:30 (ESV Strong's)

Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and of the blood that was on the altar and sprinkled it on Aaron and his garments, and also on his sons and his sons' garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments, and his sons and his sons' garments with him.

We in the body of Christ have been consecrated by the blood of Jesus and anointed by the Holy Spirit. Thus we’ve been cleansed and purified to wear the white robes of the righteousness of Christ. We serve as a royal priesthood in the temple of our Lord.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Free Slave

John 8:35-36 (ESV Strong's)

35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

We are slaves to righteousness until we are revealed as sons of God. We will receive a glorified body like Jesus and be with Him forever. 

To be freed by the Son is to rise from the confines of man into the freedom in the divine. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Way It Works

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV Strong's)

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

One cannot do any work that will bring him or her to God. At the same time, one cannot be with God without doing good works. 

That’s the way it works. 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Gift

So what does God get in return for the unmerited gift of His only Son for all mankind?

Some will offer Him in return the only gift we have that He desires: that of ourselves. 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

That He May Come In

Psalms 24:7-10 (ESV Strong's)

7 Lift up your heads, O gates!

And be lifted up, O ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

8 Who is this King of glory?

The Lord, strong and mighty,

the Lord, mighty in battle!

9 Lift up your heads, O gates!

And lift them up, O ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

10 Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

he is the King of glory! Selah

Revelation 3:20 (ESV Strong's)

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

The ancient door of our hearts is the only place in creation that the King of glory has to knock before He can enter. This is the door He will wait for us to open and invite Him in. 

The bread of life has two key ingredients. They are the wheat harvested from the fields of mankind thoroughly mixed with the divine life of the Son of God. It is a meal to be shared. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

Other Garments

Leviticus 6:8-11 (ESV Strong's)

8 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 9 “Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering. The burnt offering shall be on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be kept burning on it. 10 And the priest shall put on his linen garment and put his linen undergarment on his body, and he shall take up the ashes to which the fire has reduced the burnt offering on the altar and put them beside the altar. 11 Then he shall take off his garments and put on other garments and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.

Jesus was wrapped in linen grave clothes and placed in the tomb as our burnt offering of atonement. There in the darkness of death He would lie until His resurrection as the morning star of creation. 

Having performed this offering as our high priest, He left behind His grave clothes, folded the cloth that had veiled His face and rose with the new garment of the first resurrected body.

The body of Christ of today will undergo the same resurrection as we follow Jesus to that clean place of pure light. Jesus will give us the morning star if we remain in Him until the end. 

Thursday, July 4, 2019

And Confesses

Leviticus 5:5-6 (ESV Strong's)

5 when he realizes his guilt in any of these and confesses the sin he has committed, 6 he shall bring to the Lord as his compensation for the sin that he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin.

They say confession is good for the soul, but it is essential for the life of the soul. Confession of our sin to Jesus brings us to the repentance necessary to receive His mercy and forgiveness. This is the washing of our feet that cleanses us from the dust of the world we unavoidably collect as we walk on this earth. 

He has made the atoning offering for our sin with His own body. We bring our body and soul to Him, the priest and mediator of the body of Christ, and we are healed by His light.