I wish it were possible to anoint the head of every Christian preacher so that he would never sin again while the world stands. Perhaps some would consider that a happy way to deal with the subject. But, in fact, if any person can be removed from the possibility of sin, he or she can only be some kind of a robot run by pulleys, wheels and push-buttons. A person morally incapable of doing evil would be, by the same token, morally incapable of doing good. A free human will is necessary to the concept of morality. I repeat: If our wills are not free to do evil, neither are they free to do good….A.W. Tozer
I loathe public speaking. My palms sweat, my hands shake, my voice wavers, and I imagine my face is covered in every shade of crimson, when I am asked to do so. That being said, I find myself in a season of stretching, in which each time I have been asked, I have known the nudging was to say “yes“, despite my personal disdain. It seems no matter how I pray, I do not become queen of confidence when it is my turn to speak. His grace gets me through it, but I physically feel shaken.
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – (2 Corinthians 12:9) Though we know not what Paul’s “weakness” was, it was something that tormented him and made what he did, more difficult. Despite the rejection of his request for it’s removal, he chose to rely on Christ and what He had given – power in his weakness. I have found this to be a great encouragement, as I have asked many times to not be so fearful when it comes to public speaking. Though the physical reaction has not been removed, His grace has been present each time I have trusted Him to meet me in this place, and people have made a point to let me know that they received something from what I had to share. If that isn’t His power present in my weakness, I don’t know what is.
whatever You ask;
regardless of size,
or mountainous task.
For I know You’ll be,
wherever I am;
so I need not fear,
on You, I depend.
Use Lord, my weakness,
to show Your great strength;
equip me to move,
and go to great lengths.
May I boast in You,
of Your mighty grace;
Your goodness and love,
and faithful embrace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your grace is sufficient. Thank You that You are more than enough. Thank You that in You, Your power may be made known in our weaknesses. Forgive us for our fears and doubts, and for our disdain for our own weaknesses. Help us to see our weaknesses as opportunities for Your strength to be shown, and allow us to embrace the power that You place in us to do as You ask. Lead us to love as You love us, and may many come to know You as their perfect place of peace, as they choose to invest in a lasting relationship in You. May You be made evident, even in our weaknesses. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Struggles, sickness and the sorrows in this life, can suck the fight out of even the most resolute. So many around me are facing battles far bigger than seem possible for them to endure. If the fight were their own, that would surely be true; however, they are not in the battle alone. Each has a Defender, Physician, Comforter, and Friend who is able to see them through. Regardless of the outcome, in Him, our hope is secure. Despite what we see, Love is more. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – (I Corinthians 13:7) I want to love like that – always.
If we hope to love as we are loved, we must be invested in Him who is love. When we know Christ, we more clearly reflect His love and light into the world. I don’t have the answers as to why some people suffer with sickness, while others remain the picture of health their whole lives, but I do know that He who created us all, does. God uses every trial for the good of those who love Him, when we place our trust in Him. Again and again I find myself in awe of just how quickly this comes to pass, after weathering one of life’s storms. Though I have my moments of questions and doubts, I know where I can turn, and on Whom I can depend, to be my Safe Harbor through every storm.
as life’s storms come our way;
may we trust our Safe Harbor,
our Strong Tower, Safety’s Stay.
In struggle or in illness,
or in sorrows of this life;
may we know Who is fighting,
and trust You to end all strife.
For You alone are always,
before, now and forever;
steadfast, faithful and loving,
promise to leave us NEVER.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, our hope is secure, regardless of what is going on around us. Thank You that we don’t have to understand the “why” or “how” things happen as they do, we need only know the “Who” that we can always run unto. Thank You that You use our past experiences of pain to come along side another to bring comfort and offer hope. Forgive us for our fears and doubts when we are in the throes of the storm, and help us to hold fast to You, our Anchor and Safe Harbor, regardless of the storm’s intensity. Father, please give comfort to all those who are in the throes of the fight, and may we be people to come beside them to be You hands and heart made tangible, and help them to know that it is You in us that brings comfort and peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, as a result of our obedience. Be exalted in all that we say and do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Strong Tower by Kutless is the song on my heart this morning. Click the colorful title to have a listen.
Today, many of us are blessed with an extra day off. The intent of this day is that we might honor veterans, both those whom have served, and those who are still serving. An automatic response of mine, anytime there is such a day, is to make some sort of personal connection so that the day is more meaningful. My mind instantly drifts to images of my late grandfather. Though he is no longer with us, he was an incredible example of one who was willing to lay down his life for the good of his country, family, and friends. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army, and then went on to serve as a prison guard at one of the toughest penitentiaries on the West Coast. Despite his ability to command the respect of men, he was tender, gentle and kind with his grandkids and loved ones.
Several of my former students have also gone on to serve in our armed forces. I am so grateful for the sacrifices that so many men and women are willing to make, in order to preserve the freedoms we know and love. As I read in I Corinthians this morning, the following verse is lived out daily, by those who serve: “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” – (I Corinthians 10:24) May we listen for His voice, so that we too, may know how He would have us seek the good of others.
For freedom they fight,
so we may enjoy;
all that we now know,
our rights to employ.
This freedom’s not free,
cost much sacrifice;
time, blood, sweat and tears,
oft ultimate price.
Take not for granted,
these freedoms we know;
remember the cost,
and gratitude show.
Thank you all soldiers,
and those who support;
today we honor,
come close and consort.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the men and women who have answered the call to protect our country, near and far. Please protect every service member, and help them to know how very near You are. May each veteran and serving soldier feel honored today, and may we as a nation, be more supportive of our troops. Forgive us for taking our freedoms for granted, and help us to do whatever You call us to, to honor and support those who are serving our country, and their families that are left behind. Teach us how to trust You more, so that we may love like You in all things and at all times. May the love that we show lead many to a lasting relationship with You. Above all, be glorified through our every action. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Media, pop culture, and that which is widely accepted in today’s society, is a lure to legalism and a thief of joy.
This can hold true in two extremes. First, there are those who attempt to fit into the world to win the world, but alas, the draw of the world’s wooing becomes too much. On the other hand, those who shun the world and create a laundry list of “thou shall not’s”, have allowed their joy to be removed through a return to legalism. Neither option places the focus where it ought to be – on Christ.
The joy of our salvation stays present in struggles and sorrow when we hold fast to our faith in the Father. Christ does not use guilt to correct, but rather He shows us in love. Our Creator wants humility, not self-hatred. God is all about relationship, not performance. Our Father wants to show us how far we have come by the grace of His Son, not how short we have fallen.
Let not your joy,
be taken away;
avoid the lures,
presented each day.
Don’t allow guilt,
to direct your path;
God guides in love,
turn away from wrath.
Look to relate,
to the Lord above;
not to perform,
freely He gives love.
Don’t dwell on faults,
or on past mistakes;
look to the cross,
and move on in faith.
(Responding to Galatians 4:8-20)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to make the way for us to have life in You. Thank You Jesus, for showing us how to love God and love people. Thank You for taking our place on the cross, so that we are now covered by Your grace. Thank You that we do not have to perform to be pleasing to You. Thank You that You love us, unconditionally, as sons and daughters – coheirs with Christ. Forgive us for falling for any form of legalism, as it attempts to steal the joy of our salvation, and help us to grow in our faith through Your glorious grace, so that we may more clearly reflect Your radiance as we hold steadfast to the security of the joy found in You alone. May many come to know You as the Lord of their life. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19, 20 NIV)
The Word tells us also:
•The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
•From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
•Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:4, 20, 21 ESV)
So after chewing and digesting, how did it taste? Is it worthy to be spoken toward someone? Is it edifying or will it tear down? There are no “paybacks” if you are trying to tear someone down. Vengeance belongs to The Lord!
Think about it.
Trustworthy and kind,
honest from the start;
willing to listen,
with all of her heart.
One who will stand up,
when things are not right;
she’ll know when to fold,
and when she’s to fight.
One who truly sees,
beyond my brave face;
extends hands and heart,
creating safe space.
Able to share laughs,
and stay close through tears;
willing to speak truth,
despite her own fears.
She loves at all times,
even when it’s hard;
’tis a blessed choice,
in highest regard.
For such friends to us,
make Christ seem so near;
may we too go forth,
“A friend loves at all times…” – (Proverbs 17:17a)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of friends that You have given to us. I am continually in awe of how much of You I see in those around me through their kindness and love. Thank You that You love us so much that You give us one another to demonstrate more of Yourself to each other. Forgive us for withholding what we were meant to share, or not honoring another as You would call us to do. Please show us how to see all people through Your eyes, so that we may extend the same love and grace that You give to us, and that we might honor and encourage each other in the purpose You have placed in us. May our love for others lead many to a lasting relationship with You, our Father and Friend. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
by the one who hears;
the truth of God’s word,
with wide open ears.
Beyond just hearing,
we too, must obey;
lay hold of the hope,
found through Spirit’s stay.
For love is not love,
if it’s held at bay;
it is only love,
when given away.
The light He has placed,
in believing hearts;
is meant to shine bright,
show others the start.
Let’s rise up and shine,
may His love flow through;
let hearts be open,
so they may see You.
“He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – (Luke 11:28)
“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand so that those who come in may see the light.” – (Luke 11:33)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who dwells in the hearts of all who believe. Please go before us and prepare every heart that will hear, and each voice that will speak. Grant us courage and strength to share the words You have placed on our hearts, as we celebrate and remember Anne today. Forgive me for my fear of using my voice, audibly, and please strengthen and steady my heart, mind, hands and voice, so that I might honor Aine and glorify You, through every word I speak. Let hearts that know You not, truly hear You calling them to come close and allow You in. May many be moved toward what matters most, and embrace the grace that You freely offer. Lord Jesus, be near to every heart that will hear. All glory to You, our Love and Light that leads us home. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:13)
Yesterday we considered our total consecration to God using the first verse of the sweet hymn “Take My Life and Let It Be.” Today we look at verse two.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
This verse considers the use of our hands and feet, and by implication our entire bodies. They can be used in ways that grieve God, but He created them and their proper function is to glorify Him. God desires that we employ our physical abilities to worship Him and serve others, not to please ourselves or engage in sin. He declares, “I will that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8). “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15).
Conversely, “these six things doth the LORD hate . . . A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief” (Proverbs 6:16-18). A fruitful follower of Christ will avoid these things.
He has promised not to let us wander aimlessly. He gives us protection as we go, for “he maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places” (Psalm 18:33). We also have His “roadmap”: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). How can we fail? JDM
“For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
A person who thinks he is a Christian, or hopes he is a Christian, probably isn’t a Christian. One should know, when it comes to this most important of all questions. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). It’s a matter of who you know, not what you know. Paul said: “I know whom I have believed”—that is, he knew the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
But just how can we know that we have eternal life? In the first place, we know because He has said so in His Word. Furthermore, He knows us! “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28).
We also “know . . . that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13), which “beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). If the Holy Spirit truly has become a part of our lives (as He surely has if we genuinely came to Christ as lost sinners, trusting Him alone for forgiveness and salvation, and yielding our lives and eternal souls to Him), then we will also come to love the Word which He inspired. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. . . . But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (1 John 2:3, 5).
There are many other things we can know when we know we are saved. Best of all, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans8:28). HMM
The Lord is very creative when it comes to revealing what’s in our hearts. He is gentle, and has a sense of humor as He helps us see what’s hidden so well that we can not see it for ourselves.
This is one method He uses with me:
Beating, ever beating
Picking, ever picking
at the splinters I see in others’ eyes.
When I do
I knock them senseless,
leave them bleeding -
Their specks but fragments
of my offending plank.
I love watching dramatizations of Scripture. They helps me to see a book as one continuous story, instead of lifting a verse off the page here or there, as we are used to doing. Once such movie is Matthew. It is the entire book (NIV) in living color. Bruce Marchiano has the role of Jesus and portrays our Lord in a way I’d never imagined He could be.
The above poem is inspired by Bruce’s portrayal of the plank/speck section of the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 7:1-5. As Bruce presented this teaching, he held a log in his hands and talked about the plank we have in our eye. The scene made me laugh…then made me realize how silly we are when we try to help someone remove a splinter from their eye; and club them to pieces with the beam that protrudes from our own. See it for yourself (they show the scene I’m talking about at 44 seconds):
The first time I saw this, I realized that the splinter and the plank are made of the same material. What I see in them is a tiny bit of what is a big fault in me.
Now, knowing what I need to confess is as easy as looking at that for which I’ve criticized others. If I’m willing to be honest, I usually discover their sin lurking within my heart – even if my actions don’t yet reflect my thoughts. The negativity (i.e.) that I spot in others bugs me because, deep down, I know I am guilty of this myself. The Lord uses the “gift” of “sin-sniffing” to show me something He wants me to admit to – and surrender to Him.
Become a “Christian scientist,” take this to the “lab” and test my theory. The next time there’s an opportunity to criticize someone, stop and ask the Lord, “Is this something I’m doing as well?”
Dare to lay your heart open before Him.
Like me, your question, “Am I…” will probably, in time, be exchanged for this request: “Okay, Lord, show me where I am guilty of this same sin!”
Two things will happen: you’ll become a cleaner vessel; and you will be able to remove others’ splinters…
…now that you’re not workin’ around your log!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20, 21 NIV)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
King James Version (KJV)
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; (Proverbs 2:1-10 ESV)
It is worth counting the cost of having godly wisdom. God’s Word gives us valuable words of wisdom that can keep us from going in places and speaking of things that can impact us greatly. Ask yourself “Where is my treasure stored up?” I am reminded of King Solomon and all the vast wealth that he had yet the one thing that he wanted the most was wisdom.
That impressed me.
When I came to read about him long ago I really don’t think that it hit me until a few years ago when I was really wanting more of the Lord in my life and seeking for His ways that were holy and righteous. It came to me like a panting deer in search of water. I wanted this wisdom. I needed this wisdom. So with that said I asked the Lord for it. I have been gifted with some great things from the Lord but I wanted this wisdom with all my heart. What a treasure indeed it has been in my life.
Let me share an excerpt from the Bible in regards to King Solomon request for wisdom….
Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom
3 Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. 2 The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.
3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (1 Kings 3:1-14)
How does that grab you?
Now we may never mount up to become a king or queen somewhere but who we are in Christ Jesus is just as prestigious. Actually more prestigious in my opinion. In the Bible there were great rulers yet they went down in destruction. Having knowledge is one thing and yet having knowledge and wisdom is another. To have both is rewarding especially when they come from the Lord. Who wouldn’t want that? Acquiring these things are weighty, yes, but they are truly valuable. Indispensable.
The choices we make in life can cost us greatly. The path we take will lead us in a direction of good or evil. This is basic and fundamental information for all whether we are born again believers or not. Integrity is on the line. I choose the way of the Lord and I pray you do as well. We are human and we will make mistakes along the way but if we intently seek the Lord with all our hearts wanting His guidance for all that we say and do than let us go forward in His strength and power trusting that we will receive all that we ask for in His name.
Jesus tells us believers “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV)
Today I hope I have shared a word with you that makes you think. The Lord wants the best for us as His children. Will we choose to do right? Will we choose to make wise choices and use discernment on a daily basis? I pray so. May the Lord bless you this day.
Peace and love in Christ Jesus
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matt 6:21, Luke 12:34 NLT)
* Dear Readers, I am sharing this post of mine from my new website: livingabundant.us The Lord has spoken to my heart and I can only be obedient. I do pray that you will continue to follow my blog over there. I am still in the beginning phase of this transition so please know that this site will still be left up and active because I am still being fed by your ministries. I love the community I have here. I have been blessed with many new brothers and sisters in Christ and have grown tremendously from insightful writings that you all have shared. I am looking forward to all that He has in store for me in my ministry for the kingdom. God bless you with love in Christ , Terra
“Lord, ‘I want to be among those who worship.’ I’ve been guilty at times of going through the motions, and I pray that today You might fill me with a brand new sense of genuine worship. Amen.” A.W.Tozer
“Heavenly Father, I thank you for waking me up with a sound mind thirsting to get my day started in You. Lord, I thank you for shaking my soul to cry out in prayer for the precious sheep that are dearly loved by Thee. Lives are living in despair, hopelessness, bondage and fear. This is not how You would have us to live. Day in and day out we can choose You! Day in and day out we can choose to have our thirst quenched from the pain and sorrow, the anger and frustration that we endure from this old world. Father, I don’t want to see your people give up. I do not want to see them live in mental torture. Our physical bodies shall perish one day but Lord our minds can be kept in You. I know this to be true. Hallelujah!! I am standing on faith that those who are parched and weary come to You. I pray that no matter what life brings that we can find the strength to crawl and receive rest, regain a new strength, a peace of mind of mind just beyond the river. Jesus, Your precious Son, is waiting for us! This is our hope. He is our Hope. We will not be left nor forsaken. It is time to come. It is time to stop trying to do things on our own. We need you Lord. We need you right now. May the lame, the deaf, the leper, the sinner, the prisoner, the one fighting addiction, the one who is trapped in their mind come. Let all who are sick and in need of a Savior come. He’s waiting to take us in His arms to love on us and heal us. Just beyond the river we will find rest. Thank you Father God for waking me up and stirring my spirit to call on You. Not just for myself and my family within my walls but for all of Your children around the world who are crying out and are lost. Receive my prayers this day O Lord in the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”
Jesus says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
My fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, I come lifting you up in prayer praying for your strength and steadfastness in the Lord to be a light in this world sharing the love of Jesus with many. Pray for the nations, pray for the hearts that have turned away from the Lord for whatever reason. Pray for yourselves that you would not lose hope on your own journey with Christ. Though we all grow a little weary and parched at times we know where to go. Jesus is our eternal rest and peace. He will quench our thirst when we are running low. This is a time of refreshing! Let us all follow through with the purpose that God gave each of us. Let us feed His sheep. This is His will. We would not be where we are today had it not been for someone sharing the Gospel with us however it came to us. He chose us so let us show our love and faithfulness back to Him out of obedience and draw men unto Him for salvation, peace and rest in Christ Jesus. Much love to you I send this day,
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14 KJV)
God grants us each,
some spiritual gifts;
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 NKJV)
Our “ticket” to heaven or hell is given by God himself. There are no “get-by” passes or a friend standing at the pearly gates “hooking you up” to live in comfort and leisure up in heaven when you leave this earth while you have not done a self check and most importantly given your life to Christ for the sake of receiving salvation and forgiveness from He who is our Lord and Savior. It’s not that kind of party. God does not operate like that.
We choose the route we want to take in life. As well, we choose to do either right or wrong. The decision is ours. Scripture tells us “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13, 14 NKJV)
I need to be squeezed. Don’t you?
Often I find myself asking of the Lord in regards to reproof and correction. I surely am not one who is perfect and I claim to not be perfect though I am made perfect in Him. We all have sinned and continue to sin in some sort whether in word, thought or action consciously and subconsciously. I want to know the error of my ways so that I can change. I want to be forgiven of my sins. I want to be made over daily.
I NEED TO BE SQUEEZED.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16, 17 NKJV)
Many succumb to the ways of the world without fighting for what right. It’s easier to pleasure and please man because we don’t want to hurt their feelings or because we want to fit in rather than stand out for God who has been nothing but good and merciful toward us, who loves us without conditions and who gave us a way out and a way in that we may be washed, cleansed and approved to be united with Him forever where no more tears and sorrow shall reign in eternal glory in heaven. As believers and followers of Christ we are not called to life a life of such. We are not to conform to the ways of the world. (Romans 12:2)
We were made to stand out. We were made to let our light shine for the world to see. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (I Peter 2:9 NKJV)
Unfortunately this place we live in is full of evil and lust. Temptation is always knocking at our door. Will we answer?
Not one of us came into this world without sin so I pray we don’t walk around as if we have never done wrong. God knows all and sees all. He’s merciful and forgiving. He’s loving and patient. This is how we should also be towards others who have committed sin who are in the Body of Christ as well as the sinner who has not turned from his ways and who has yet to receive Christ into their life. The Word tells us:
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)
Are you feeling the squeeze yet? I’m not here to condemn one soul but I will not shy away from the truth. I will not accept what God says is wicked and abominable in this world and the ways of it so if I have to walk it alone to be seen as righteous and holy before The One who holds my life in His hands then I will. Temporary pain in this life is far from comparison to the eternal joy I will have in my Fathers kingdom.
I pray this for you too dear Reader. Fight the good fight and don’t give in. You can do it and come out victorious in Christ Jesus. He is our strength, shield, deliverer, protector and provider. Nothing is too mighty for God to do. Amen? Amen!
“Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit for being my path and light. I thank You for being my all and leading me in truth. May I cling to Your truths and convictions and lead a life that’s pleasing and honoring. You work as one but in unity giving leadership to all who will receive. Praises I sing on high for You are worthy my God to be praised! In Jesus name I pray. Amen”
Preach the Word
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (II Timothy 4:1-4 NKJV)
Christ came to save sinners,
of whom I am the worst;
showing me His mercy,
removing sinful curse.
His unending patience,
shown for those who believe;
our salvation promised,
and ready to receive.
Now to eternal King,
unending and unseen;
the one and only God,
what glory forever means.
All honor to the Lord,
now and forevermore;
hold onto blessed hope,
we have through heaven’s door.
(Responding to I Timothy 1:15-17)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to make the way for sinners to be saved. Jesus, thank You for enduring what we deserve, in our place, providing the path that leads to permanent dwelling in Your presence. Forgive us for not embracing the fullness of Your grace, and help us to walk boldly before You, as we seek You, hear You, and obey all that You ask. May many come to know You, personally, as they see You in us. All glory and honor to You forever. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)
According to the New Testament, there are two broad categories of Christian believers, carnal and spiritual—that is, those whose actions and decisions are mainly governed by the “flesh” and those who normally are governed by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Paul noted this fact when he wrote to the bickering Christians in the church at Corinth. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:1).
Even though true believers can behave carnally, the fact that they are “babes in Christ” confirms that they are “in Christ.” They just need to grow up, as it were, into spiritual maturity through partaking of both the milk and the meat of the Scriptures. Note 1 Peter 2:2 (“desire the sincere milk of the word”) and Hebrews 5:14 (“strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age”) for the God-given principle of Christian growth.
But our text also has a warning for spiritual Christians! When confronted with the fact of a “fault” (that is, literally, a willful sin) in the life of a Christian brother, we must remember that our own spirituality does not guarantee that we ourselves are immune from sin. We must be careful to help rather than to condemn such a weak brother because we still can “also be tempted,” even though we usually try diligently to obey God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
It is vital, the apostle reminds us, that “ye which are spiritual” maintain a true “spirit of meekness” in our interactions with fellow believers, as well as with the unsaved. HMM
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