Exploring The Psalms:Psalm 1:1-2

The Psalms are one of my favorite parts of scripture. It has been a habit of mine to read through all of them several times a year. I believe the Psalms to be rich scriptures, that build up the soul. The Psalms teach you how to pray, how to worship, and how to believe God. This is the first of a recurring series, where I will be exploring the Psalms with you. We will go in order through the Psalms, and pull out the treasures within. The Psalms start with the promise of blessing. The person who lives according to the truth found in Psalm 1 will be blessed and prosperous.
What does it mean to be blessed? To be blessed in the most simple form, is to be happy and joyful. Blessing is being filled with the pleasure of God in your heart. To be blessed is to have God’s tangible presence in your life, for His hand to be on you, and to be in His will. To be blessed by God also means that God empowers you to succeed in every area of your life. To be blessed means that you will have a fruitful harvest on every type of seed you sow. Blessing can be explained through prosperity. When you have God’s blessing, He makes you prosperous internally in your inner man, and that soul prosperity flows outward into every part of life. God’s blessing is visible on the outside, because it is overflowing from the inside. Psalm 1 starts like this,

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬

The person who wants to walk in God’s blessing must be very careful about the company they keep. Remember this, Jesus was a friend of sinners, but He had a close inner circle. Be good and kind to everyone, but be careful about who gets into your inner circle. You become like the people you spend the most time with. So be close with godly people.
Don’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. That means be careful with the advice you listen to. Don’t take advice from ungodly sources and expect godly results. God results require godly advice. To walk in blessing, it’s wise to diligently guard the voices you heed in your life. Listen to the people who are like what you want to become. Don’t believe everything you hear, but learn to trust the voice of the Holy Spirit.
You are blessed when you avoid evil in every way possible. That is why the scripture says not to stand in the path of sinners. Maybe you have no intention of living a destructive lifestyle. But if your closest associates are destroying their life, they will almost certainly bring you down with them. A fire spreads quickly in the right environment. So does foolishness and the destruction it brings. If you are on the path of sinners, it won’t be long until you are headed in the same direction. A sinking ship drowns everyone on it, so be careful about whose boat you are on. Jesus died and rose again to set you free from sin, not for you to wallow in it. You are the light of the world. You can’t be a good light if you are constantly walking in darkness. Consider that no one becomes a Christian because of the friend that is just like them, but because of the Christian, who by God’s Grace demonstrates love, holiness, and power. Based on this passage you can be blessed or cursed by the people closest to you, so be wise about who you fellowship with. Guard who you give your heart to.

To be blessed, don’t sit in the seat of scoffers. Notice the progression in the passage. You start off walking according to terrible advice. Before long you are standing still with sinners. You are complacent and coasting, slowly fading from being like Christ, and gradually looking like the lost. Then when you least expect it, you are sitting down. You are in the seat of the scoffer. This negative progression ends up with you doing nothing of value or worth and only living to make fun of, and scoff at those who are walking with God on the blessed path. If you find yourself mocking people who are serving God, it’s a guarantee you aren’t. Brothers and sisters, walk on the blessed path. Go with God, and do His works. Verse 2 shows us where to start.

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭


Verse 1 showed us what not to do. Verse 2 shows the core of how to be blessed. The key to being blessed is to delight in God’s word, and to meditate in it all the time. Don’t get distracted by the word law. The Bible isn’t saying to focus on everything you have to do right to please God. That would be impossible for you to do. Jesus is your perfection. He kept the law for you so that by faith you can be pleasing to God. When you understand the Gospel, you know that the Son of God became a man. Jesus lived a perfect sinless life for you. He kept all of God’s law perfectly and with failure. He died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice to pay for your sins. And He rose from the dead for your justification. So the law of the Lord in your heart is not about your law keeping, but about your focus on the Lawgiver. As you delight in God’s total revelation, you delight in Him. As you delight in God and see who He is, and what He is like, you become like Him. You are blessed, because you become more like God. He is your friend, and in fellowship with Him, you are transformed. The greatest gift you can receive is the gift of God Himself. Walking with God is the key to blessing and prosperity, because you are delighting in Him, and being filled up on the inside with everything you need. Beloved reader delight in God’s word and be blessed.


Unburdened

Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you exhausted from serving God? Do you feel tired of the pressure? Are you being crushed by stress? It’s not supposed to be this way. Let me repeat myself, it is not supposed to be this way. God does not want you to feel the burden of all your problems. He especially doesn’t want you to carry the weight of everyone else’s. God wants you to be happy . He wants you to be free from worry and anxiety. Perhaps you are so tired, because you are doing something different than what God called you to do. When you feel overwhelmed, maybe it’s because you are doing what God hasn’t told you to do. Pride can be a dangerous thing. The biggest problem with pride is that you don’t realize you have it. Pride destroys you while you are focused on everything else. If you think it’s your responsibility to worry over everything, it’s not. It’s God’s job to run the universe, not yours. Only God can carry the weight of the world, and solve everyone’s problems. I would suggest listening to the advice of Peter in the following scripture.

“GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:5b-7‬ ‭NASB‬‬

If you are feeling dry and run down, maybe it’s because you are trying to do it all yourself. Humble yourself under God’s hand, and hand Him your struggles. Anxiety is not God’s will for you. Faith is God’s will for you. God wants you to trust Him with everything, not to bear the burdens yourself. So if you want relief, give it to God and stop grabbing it back.

When you are feeling burned out in your working for God, stop it. God doesn’t want you to work for Him. God wants you to work with Him. If you think serving God is hard, you are wrong. Serving God is easy, if you are doing it with Jesus. Jesus said this,

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Jesus yoke is easy and His burden is light. Jesus does not want you to be weary in His service. He wants you to be at rest in Him. The reason you are so exhausted and burned out working for God, is because you are doing it without God. God doesn’t need you to do it for Him. God wants you to do it with Him, in fellowship, and in love. When Jesus says to take His yoke upon you, that implies partnership. He isn’t looking for slaves, He is looking for partners. A yoke is put on two oxen, not one. If you are yoked to Jesus, it’s easy. He does all the work, because He is way stronger than you. You just get to go along for the ride. Your work with God is a gift, by His grace. If what you are doing for God is a burden, you are cutting yourself off from the source. Don’t stay in your own performance and self effort, rest in Jesus. He loves you and gives good gifts, not curses. Believe that today. Dwell in His presence and be restored and refreshed. And as my pastor Michael Gragg likes to say,” If it’s not good, it’s not God, and if it’s not good, God’s not done.” Work with Jesus, not for Him. Let Him love you in the process.

If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

Patience In The Waiting

What has God promised you? Have you been waiting for a while? It’s hard when you know that you have heard from God, and yet you still don’t have the answer. It’s not easy, in the middle, when you have latched on to a promise in the Word of God, and you don’t see it in your life. Maybe you start to doubt. Maybe you start to doubt yourself. You feel like you are doing something wrong, or maybe you just aren’t worthy enough to receive. Or you doubt God. Maybe you think God doesn’t care about you. Or God doesn’t really love you. Or even worse, maybe you entertain the idea that God isn’t real, even though you have experienced God in the past. Perhaps you start to doubt that the promises in God’s Word are really His will for you.
Let me tell you this, and listen closely, God’s will is to bless you. God loves you and cares about you deeply. If God has promised it, He will do it. The answer is yes in Christ.

“For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:19-22‬ ‭NASB‬‬

In Christ all the promises of God are yes and amen. Jesus is your yes with God, because He has done all the work. If you are born again and redeemed by Christ, all His good works are credited to you. All the good that you don’t deserve is given to you, on Christ’s account. Only Jesus deserves everything good. But if you are in Christ, that goodness, that deserving, is given to you. God blesses you with everything that Christ earned. So that promise you are believing for, is already yours in Christ. God is not deciding if He will grant you the good thing He has promised, He is working in your life now to bring it to pass. Your part is to receive by faith, and trust Him. The author of Hebrews has something to say on this topic.

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭6:11-15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Abraham waited many years on a son. He waited a long time. He had faith, He believed God. And because of that faith, He had patience. That is the key for you; faith and patience. Believe what God has promised, and rest in that. God has never let anyone down. And He will never let you down. Trust God. Have patience in the waiting. Patience is just as important as faith in regards to receiving. Patience in the waiting also allows you to have contentment and joy while you wait. God’s will is not for you to be down and out because you are not holding the fulfillment to His promise. God’s will is for you to have peace, love, and joy the whole time, even when that doesn’t make sense. Never give up your faith. Be patient in the waiting, because God can’t lie.

God is a suddenly God, and the God of the process. God works both ways. Most of the time if you experience a suddenly in your life, it is in fact the culmination of a long process. God loves process. Learn to embrace process with faith and patience. Just when you think it’s all over, and God’s not working, you step into the suddenly, and see that God was working the whole time in the process. God loves process because God loves you. Life is not just about you getting something from God, even though that matters. Life is about God molding you into who He has created you to be, in the process. All the manifestations of God’s blessings are just a bonus. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, have faith and patience in the waiting. God loves you, and when you reach your suddenly answer, you will see that.

Justified

Have you ever felt ashamed? Were you so guilty that you just couldn’t face anyone?The thought creeps into your mind that no one could love you, if they knew how messed up you are deep down inside. You believe that you are trash, worth nothing more than throwing away. Then you think about God. You feel like you are so unworthy that God could never care about you. The weight of your past is holding you down. There is good news to help with all of that.

God knows everything you have ever done wrong, or ever will do wrong. He knows all your quirks, and failings. He sees you how you really are. But God doesn’t run away. He doesn’t even look away. He looks deep into your eyes, gazing into your broken soul, and He feels love. God’s attitude towards you is the opposite of anything you have ever expected. He sees all your sin and brokenness, and it drives Him into a ferocious act of love. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, fully God and Fully man, to die for you.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:6-8‬ ‭NASB‬‬
At your worst God loves you the most. Jesus died and rose again for you. He payed for all your sin, and failure. He took it as far away as the east is from the west. Jesus removed all the negative things that you feel guilty over. All the past mistakes that you are ashamed of, God Himself remembers no more. Not only did Jesus remove all your bad, He gives you all His good.

Jesus never sinned. Jesus never made a mistake. Jesus never even had a bad thought. He always did the right thing. He perfectly kept God’s law, so that He is perfect before the Father. When you stop believing your own bad news, and start believing God’s good news, you receive this righteousness. When you change your mindset( repentance) and trust in Jesus, and what He has done for you(faith), you are credited with all the righteousness of Jesus. By faith you trade your sin and baggage, for the perfection of Jesus. This is called being justified. If you try to justify yourself, that is a dead work. You don’t have the power or tools to be right with God by your efforts, but by faith, God makes you His perfect, holy, child.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭NASB‬‬


This is what justification means; that God Himself declares you ,not only not guilty, but perfectly righteous. If the Creator of the universe, who upholds all things by the Word of His power, and in Whom all things consist, calls you righteous, you most definitely are. Don’t trust your feelings. Trust God’s declaration. Jesus did all the work. Just rest in it by faith.
You are no failure. You are not trash. You are loved. You are special. You are God’s masterpiece. You are justified.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭NASB‬‬
Live like you believe all this. Live like you know the truth that sets you free. Live justified.

If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

Eternal Victory

I don’t know what you are going through, but God does. God’s will for you is victory. God’s desire for you is to overcome. Jesus is the way. He has conquered, and He leads us into victory. Victory in Christ is not temporary, but lasts forever.
Jesus has earned you freedom from sin and death.

“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:13-15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Christ triumphed over all. He perfectly kept the law for you, so that you can be righteous. He earned you perfection before God, so that you can be totally justified by faith. Condemnation and guilt has no place for the one who is born again, because Christ conquered. Christ publicly beat sin, death, and the devil, through His life, death on the cross, and resurrection. Satan’s head is crushed. If you have a relationship with Christ, you have eternal victory.

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

For the believer in Jesus, there is unimaginably good things ahead. There is victory, upon victory for you. Just trust in Him, and look forward to what God has in store.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Whatever you are going through right now is temporary. You struggles won’t last forever. The trial you are in is not eternal. You are eternal. Through Jesus you have been given life and victory. This verse in Romans does not mean a small victory. You don’t barely win. You conquer in an overwhelming fashion. Jesus is your source, therefore your victory is assured. Rest in Him, and be refreshed.

If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”



New Year, Fresh Vision

With the start of a new year comes new opportunity. You have a chance to do what you have never done before. You can be the person you want to be, and take the steps you need to take. What is God calling you to? What is the dream He has placed on your heart?

As we step into this new year, let us set our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith( Hebrews 12:1-2). Let’s gaze upon His glory and be transformed into the same image(2 Corinthians 3:18). Start this year off right by being in fellowship with Him. The dreams you have, and the satisfaction you desire is only found in intimacy with God.

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This is the perfect time to let the pain, struggle, and failure of last year die. Leave the past in the past, and focus on this present moment with Jesus. Move forward with Him, and press in to the good will He has for you.

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God has a good plan for you, and as you journey with Him this year, you will find more. More of Him. More of His blessings. More healing. More grace. All God requires from you is faith, and He will even supply that.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Live this year free. Live in faith. Live in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and everything else will work out. This can be your year, if you keep first things first. So seek the kingdom first, and watch God work.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If you have read this far, and you realize you don’t know Jesus, don’t go any longer on your own. Jesus is God. He became a man for you. He lived a perfect life, so He could give you perfect right standing with God. He died a criminal’s death on the cross to pay for all your sins, and He rose from the dead for your justification. When you repent and believe Him, He saves you. He takes away your sin, and makes you righteous. You become a child of God, and He’ll is no longer a possibility. When you come to Christ, you will be in the presence of God forever. Don’t wait. Come to Him and be saved.

If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

God For The Nobody

A nobody. Maybe that’s how you feel, like you are a nobody. Perhaps you feel unloved, and worthless, like you don’t matter, and no one cares about you. Are you at the bottom of life? Is it like you are invisible, and no one notices you? In this advent season, let me share a story with you that is very encouraging. This story demonstrates that God is the God for the nobody.
At just the right time in history, when God’s voice had not been heard in centuries, God manifested in the world. The Savior Jesus is born. The hope of all time, the coming King who would establish a never-ending kingdom had come. The hope of all the prophets appeared, as the Word of God made flesh.

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
The King of kings and Lord of lords entered history, and do you know who God told first? Did God send angels to tell Cesar? Or the religious leader? Or the wealthy? Or those with position in life? No. The angels announced Jesus to shepherds.

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:8-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


The multitude of angels was sent to shepherds. Now don’t picture nicely dressed, regal sort of folks. Imagine the roughneck type of crowd. Maybe they have beards that are a little too long, and a few too many tattoos. These are not the soft and cushy type of men, these are the types you might find in the bar on a Friday night, that will get into a scrap or two. Hardly model citizens by society’s standards. And definitely not the ones who live in a synagogue. Being a shepherd was dirty, tough, frowned upon work, that required dirty, tough, frowned upon people. Nobodies. Ignored and generally looked down on members of society. These are the last people the world would have picked to tell. The establishment would not have told them at all, and surely the would not care. Right?

No, God saw it differently. God is the God for the nobody. These nobodies were somebody special to Him. The Shepherds were the first outside people to see Jesus, and worship Him. Are you a nobody? It’s possible, but not to God. The lower you are to the world, the closer to receiving Grace you might be.

“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.””
‭‭James‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
Jesus is both Lord and Christ. Humble yourself, and set Him apart in your heart, as Lord. If you are at the bottom, He came for you. Through His perfect life, horrific death, and glorious resurrection, He offers redemption, forgiveness, and transformation, to all who will come to Him in repentance and faith. Will you come to Him. Let Him change you from nobody, to a child of God.

If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

Advent On The Rock


Jesus is the reason for every season. He is both Lord and Christ. Jesus is the king over all creation, and He is worthy of all praise.  Even though He is to be celebrated all year long, Advent is the season where we celebrate Him in a very special way. In Jesus, God became a man. The God of everything knew us, and He also knew this truth, 

“As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:13-14, 16-17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God knew that we could never be good enough, or do good enough to merit Him, or spend eternity with Him. So God did what we could not, as sinful, broken people. God Himself became a man, and that God-man is named Jesus. God identified with you as much as possible, by humbling Himself, and taking on humanity. He entered creation to redeem His beloved creation; You. Jesus perfectly kept the law in your place. He was perfectly righteous. And being perfect, the only one who deserved heaven, He went to the cross for you. He paid for all your sins; past, present, and future. And after paying for all your sins, and experiencing the death you deserve on the cross, He rose again for your justification. This is the Gospel. The Gospel is the Rock. This is the Rock of Jesus Christ; The Rock the church is built upon, and the Rock we build our lives on. Stand firm on the Rock this Advent season, and nothing from hell or earth can prevail against you.

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:15-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:14-16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

Sweet Ecstasy

I have witnessed many wonderful things in my Christian life. I have been saved, rescued, and redeemed. I have experienced transformation in my own life. I have seen supernatural protection of family, friends, and even myself. I have seen people get saved. Many people. I have been graced to visit several different places, all around the globe. Every place has reminded me that God is everywhere, and loves people everywhere, and the whole earth shouts His glory. I have seen miracles so amazing and numerous, that I am blown away by God’s goodness and mercy. Miracles so powerful, and awesome, that if I had not witnessed them, I probably wouldn’t believe them. I have felt the peace that surpasses all understanding, during times of extreme trial, when everything seemed to be falling apart, and destruction loomed certain.

Do you know what the best part of my relationship with God is, and has been? Do you know what I enjoy most?
I enjoy most, those sweet moments, when the world seems quiet, and the distractions of life, fade into the distance, and it’s just my Heavenly Father and me. The lover of my soul and the object of His love. His presence is so sweet that every empty part of me is filled, and the broken parts don’t feel broken anymore. In this moment, there is nothing but God, and His glorious presence. The greatest reality of all comes into focus: that nothing but God, is everything I need, and ever will need. He is the answer to all my prayers, and the actualization of all my hopes and dreams. God is love, and He has set the fullness of His love, the fullness of Him, on me. The majestic flow of the river of His sweet presence is wonderful. Heaven itself could not be sweeter. God’s kingdom has come into my heart, and heaven invaded my soul. These are my favorite moments. This My inheritance, both now and forevermore.

“Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, Nor take up their names on my lips. O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance. I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:1-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

Unexpected

God is the God of the unexpected. He doesn’t do what you think He would, but He does exceedingly abundantly more than you ask or think. And God does His mighty works in unexpected ways. In the season of advent, when we celebrate Jesus, we see in Him the unexpected. 

Before Christ came, everyone was looking for the Messiah. The Messiah was expected to be a lot of different things. A King. A Warrior. A conqueror. One who would destroy all the enemies of God’s people. When Jesus came, He was the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. But He didn’t set up just an earthly kingdom. His kingdom is beyond this world. Throughout this world, redeeming everything it touches. His kingdom is in your heart, if you will worship Him. The Jews looked for a national king, but Jesus is the ruler of the universe. The Jews looked for a great man to be close to God. But in Jesus, God came down to be close to man. Israel wanted Him to conquer nations, but He conquered sin. They were looking for a messiah to fix all their problems in the natural. But Jesus came to fix you. To make you whole, and complete. Jesus came to make you new. 

People expect God to deal with them based on performance.A performance mindset works like this; if you do good, you will get good, and if you do bad, you will get bad. Jesus came to do the unexpected. He came to make you righteous, and Holy before God. You don’t have to bring your good deeds to God to be right. Jesus made you right through His perfect life, suffering and death in your place, and His resurrection from the dead. People expected God to require from them perfect sacrifices, but God became the sacrifice you need. So rest, receive, and believe this advent season.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”