The Wisdom of Fearing God

Fearing God is found throughout the Bible. The Old and New Testaments tells us to fear God. And for good reason. Contained within God’s Book are many examples of the way he disciplines disobedience.

God wrath isn’t subtle. He gives us every opportunity to repent. The Old Testament is full of God’s patience in allowing the Israelites to change their sinful ways and live in obedience. The Lord was fair with them before acting on His judgment for their defiance. And God has given us their recorded history to remind us the penalty for disobedience.

When God delivered Christ to the world, this changed the way He deals with unfaithful actions. Jesus is God’s last covenant with humanity and without believing in Christ, no one will enter heaven. Once a believer places faith in Christ; then the wisdom of fearing God becomes understood.

The fear of God isn’t one that pushes us away from Him. It draws us closer to Christ because the knowledge of God’s judgment becomes real. Christ is the one who teaches us the way God will handle unbelievers, and the Book of Revelation is the blueprint to God’s final judgment. Don’t be mistaken; everyone one will face Christ’s verdict.

The good news is fearing God paves the way for our eternal inheritance. God shows us through Christ the rewards for following His commands. Our Father makes sure we have a place in heaven. We are fortunate to be chosen by God!

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:7)

Do you fear God?

Fearlessness in Times of Terror

God is remarkable. He gives us a way to be fearless in a world riddled with corruption. The moment God anointed us with His Spirit, he placed us in Christ. This provided us with courage to face temptation through Christ’s strength. Fearlessness is turning to Christ in times of fear and putting our faith in His hands. And when we trust in God without reservations, then we overcome our fears.

The world is full of frightening circumstances aimed at causing fear to the human psyche. God’s enemy is hard at work trying to create an atmosphere of terror. And without God’s protection, the panic plays havoc with the human spirit.

Today we are facing a powerful force of evil. This wicked threat isn’t new. When sin entered the heart of Adam and Eve, it corrupted the human mind. No matter how one tries to avoid this unpalatable truth the destruction sin causes doesn’t go away.

God created us with the ability to understand not to risk our lives by placing ourselves in life-threatening circumstances. He gave us instincts to prevent us from walking into danger. But Satan uses unpredictable conditions to keeps us afraid, and this makes it imperative for us to devote ourselves to Christ.

We are blessed to be chosen by God and experience His grace. Faith is the antidote to the paralyzing grip of unreasonable fears. Our belief in Christ unlocks the door to a courage Satan can’t touch because Jesus has defeated evilness. Pick up your cross, walk with Christ and watch fear fade away.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 How do you overcome fear?

Belonging to God’s Remarkable Kingdom

Belonging to something is one of my most cherished experiences. In my past being a part of something intrigued me. Even though I wanted to belong to social circles, I never was comfortable around others. I feared rejection. And these insecurities grew stronger as I entered adulthood.

Today I’m grateful to share with you God has open Christ’s door, and I now belong to His kingdom. This eternal revelation taught me when I fail to rely on Christ then my sense of worthlessness returns with a vengeance. Without being a part of Christ my actions and behaviors become unmanageable causing me to react to life in evil ways.

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God’s calling is the most significant and dynamic message of my life. He made belonging to His Church (Christ) the greatest joy of life. Nothing brings me more enjoyment than living with Christ. God has taken my soul, given it to Christ and united it with His Spirit. I owe everything to God.

The Lord gave me eternal hope secured through my faith in Christ. And when I’m living in God’s will He showers me with His Spirit letting me understand I belong to Him forever.

Before God rescued me, self-centered fears got the best of me. My outlook on life was negative. I lived in isolation and never could shake my loneliness. And the more I relied on myself, the worse my life spiraled out-of-control.

When my life became hopeless, God snatched me out of the darkness and into His Light. God awakened me to His truth, and Christ removed my self-centered fears replacing them with Christian confidence.

God’s invitation to join Him is remarkable. It’s gratifying belonging to Christ’s church, and nothing the world offers matches this unbelievable joy. Nothing in the world satisfies my love for God. I owe everything to the Lord.

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One of the neatest awareness of being a part of God is I’m never alone. Since the day God anointed me with His Living Spirit, my loneliness has taken a back seat. Every day I’m blessed to experience His presence and understand Christ is with me.

Don’t misunderstand me; I have times of discouragement but God never leaves me alone. His Spirit is alive inside me,   and He never leaves without being connected.

Today I’m comfortable living in my skin without the fear of inadequacy. Now that God has placed me in Christ this gives me a spiritual courage strong enough to walk in Christian confidence. And when I keep Christ as my primary focus then my unwarranted fears melt away giving birth to a life anchored in eternal security. God will do the same to you!

Another excellent awareness of belonging to Christ is the connection I experience with other faithful followers. Many times I have felt God’s Spirit radiating through the hearts of others. Every time I share God’s words with my brothers and sisters in Christ the closer I become with God. And this experience motivates me to carry Christ’s Gospel. I’m grateful for the brotherhood and sisterhood God has brought to my life.

God’s world is incredible! I hope you are experiencing the joy of having Christ as your savior!

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Kindness in Times of Tragedy

God designed kindness as a way to comfort others during times of disharmony. Christ understands the cruelty of the world and uses goodness as the means of easing the unremitting suffering sin causes to the human heart. The way people mistreat each other makes it tough to reach out in kindness. But as a Christian, I must try my best to help ease the pains of life.

To be polite is easy because it doesn’t take much effort to say nice words. Kindness is an action requiring personal exertion to reach out in selfless service. Christ takes notice when our actions speak louder than our words. And the more we serve others without expecting a reward God blesses us with His love.

It may appear being kind is pointless in a world riddled with atrocities. Even though the world may reject our good-spirited actions, we need to remind ourselves we are living for Christ and not ourselves. God’s grace has placed us in Christ and when show kindness the Lord is glorified. God is pleased when we stay kind regardless of the way others respond to our goodness.

The tragedies caused by evilness is an invitation for us to reach out in kindness and show others God’s grace. Christ is in us, and He guides to show compassion in times of cruelty by extending our love to others. Embracing others with our kindness comforts the hearts of others and helps heal the human spirit from the wicked acts inflicted by evil doers. Remember, God loves those who cast aside preference for serving His purposes.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

How do you show kindness in times of tragedy?

Working for the Divine Craftsman

We are privileged. Chosen by God to work for Christ. This divine honor has eternal treasures. Christ paid our price and freed us from sin. Our labor (faith) allows us to experience God’s grace. And for as long as we stay faithful our inheritance in heaven is secure.

The joy of salvation is losing our lives for Christ (Matthew 16:25). It’s in Christ’s body we enjoy living in obedience to God. Christ is our Master Craftsman showing us the spiritual tools necessary to building our eternal foundation.

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In God’s toolbox, we find the tools needed in fixing our broken lives. God’s specialty is providing the precise Christian instruments in repairing the damage sin causes to humans. And the one handing us them is Christ. Without Christ, we can’t diagnose the problem.

In Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians we find an indispensable message for becoming Christ’s workers.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” (Ephesians 2:10).

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God united us with Christ making us acceptable in performing His work. God doesn’t force Himself on humans; He uses His chosen ones to make the world see His hands working for the good of humanity.

If I’m not willing to leave my comfort zone and do good for those I want to avoid; then I must examine if I’m working for Christ. I can’t be selective because everyone is God’s creation. Christ reminds me He came to save sinners. It’s tough doing right for selfish people, but the rewards from God are incredible.

God created good deeds to lead us away from sin. He planned for us to show the world His holiness by using righteousness as an attraction to the gracefulness of a spiritual life.

It’s the light of Christ that shines the spotlight on those we are to help. Often we fail to see them because we are too busy or look the other way so we won’t become bothered by the countless people begging for help. Christ, Himself tells us not to be blinded to anyone in need of aid (Matthew 25:35-40).

Working for Christ means making personal sacrifices that are tough but necessary. When God saved me, my life changed. He granted me apprenticeship into Christ’s kingdom and now Jesus is showing me the blueprints of discipleship.

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God leads me to a way of life where unconditional giving outweighs my concerns about how the recipient will use the help. I take the action and leave the results of Christ’s hands. I’m not perfect and fail but the moment I’m willing to act God is pleased.

Each day we awaken to a new opportunity to stay on God’s roll call and receive our daily bread. Christ knows we won’t have perfect attendance since God understands we become weak in faith. But the moment we become willing and report for work then Christ finds a spot on God’s roster. No matter how sinful we become working for Christ will always nurse us back to spiritual health.

Are you working for Christ?

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Freedom of Truth

God’s truth isn’t complicated. It’s simple yet elusive. Many words define truth, but the only one acceptable in God’s dictionary is—-believing in Christ. This five-letter one-syllable word brings the biggest freedom known to humanity; Christian eternity.

Honesty is good, but it doesn’t go far enough to secure us a place in God’s kingdom. Unbelievers have the ability, to be honest. God designed everyone with the sense of honesty.

God’s truth requires making painful sacrifices unpopular to the world. Those personal sacrifices don’t compare with the one God made—the death of His Son. And the truth of Christ’s resurrection frees us from sin.

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When we admit to our innermost self the truth of Christ, then God steps in and showers us with His Spirit. This spiritual cleansing purifies our heart and frees our souls from Adam’s original sin. You can’t find a greater freedom than being freed from spiritual death!

One thing I’ve learned from Christ’s truth is I’m not perfect. I sin. But when I repent; God keeps me free from its devastating consequences. Repentance is a great liberator because Christ knows it isn’t comfortable living on the road of redemption.

Christ tells us this:

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)

How has Christ’s truth freed you?

God’s Spirit of Freedom

July 7, 2016

Everyone experiences times when life becomes tough. Physical illness, emotional instability, the death of a loved one, financial troubles, and other life’s terms are typical human circumstances. No one can avoid the problems created by Adam and Eve’s great fall from God’s grace.

Are you experiencing problems today?

I understand how to suffer the pains of trials. It isn’t easy applying faith in troublesome times. In my times of tribulations, I have to remind myself to keep my focus on Christ and devote myself to God’s word. When I stay willing to rely on Christ during the storms of life, then God shows me His Spirit of Freedom. Waiting on God’s grace is worth it because the peace from receiving His compassion is astonishing.

The Greatest Freedom

The biggest freedom known to humanity is God. God’s love for humans is remarkable! Our Father wants to give us eternal life, free from too much sin and full of spiritual life. Every time we follow Christ we are liberated (redeemed) from sin and become worthy to glorify God.

Don’t give up in times of distress because Christ will free you from your woes and bless you with God’s grace. Remember, on the other side of tribulations is Christ’s peace where serenity is abundant. God always frees the faithful.

The Apostle Paul shows us the value of God’s freedom:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Have you found God’s Spirit of Freedom?

Eternal Freedom

July 6, 2016

My life before salvation consisted of constant emotional turmoil and an inability to find spiritual freedom. Entangled in uneasiness and full of fear. Everything, I tried on my own only made my dilemma worse. Nothing the world offered could relieve me from my self-imposed prison. And the harder I tried to force man’s solutions to my problems the deeper I fell into the black hole of hopelessness.

God knew it would take extreme circumstances to grab my attention. When my spiritual life became bankrupt, and I wanted to die, then God rescued me. It wasn’t until God blessed me with His grace, anointed me with the Holy Spirit and introduced me to Christ that I understood spiritual freedom. I’m grateful Christ has taught me the difference between freedom and bondage.

Freedom without Boundaries

The spiritual freedom Christ brings is second to none since it’s not from the world but God. Christ’s death and resurrection freed us from sin and is a great revelation. Our eternal liberty separates us from the secular world and places us in God’s church—Christ.

God’s freedom had no boundaries and experienced under every life predicament including incarceration. Once you discover Christ’s freedom then you have the strength to live free from sin. Christ paid the price for our salvation and this makes us accountable to live by faith.

Christ spoke these words:

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

Has Christ freed you today?

A Troubled Celebration

Today, the United States of America celebrates its independence from Great Britain. Two hundred forty years ago they ratified their Declaration of Independence. They paid a heavy price (war) to break free from English rule. This wasn’t easy and took many human casualties to win against their mighty opponent. Their relentless pursuit of freedom secured the victory.

I’m grateful to live in the United States of America. My entire life this country has allowed me to make personal choices with little government interference. I know other countries don’t rule the same way, and this shows me how fortunate I am to live in a nation with good intentions. Even though the USA has problems, it still attracts people to its borders.

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I try to avoid discussing what’s wrong with our nation, but many of my family and friends ask me my views. So, I took this opportunity to share them with you.

The founding fathers of the USA incorporated a set of Christian standards as the way to rule their citizens. Their faith in God helped shape the way this country conducted themselves. They wanted to show their citizens a new and improved government where expressing spiritual beliefs matter.

It’s sad but over time the U.S. moved away from acknowledging God to a nation anchored in secularism. This subtle shift started when they overtook the Native Americans (Indians) and stripped them their freedom. Civil war, capitalism, mistreatment of citizens (African Americans) and liberalism give evidence to the spiritual decline it shows, and a nation centered in ungodliness.

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In Biblical times we see how God treated nations who reject His rule. The  Old Testament gives excellent examples of God’s justice. Many ancient empires came into contact with God’s wrath. Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia and Persia couldn’t defeat God and experienced His mighty power (Psalm 9:17). And now the U.S.A. is showing God the same rejection.

God’s enemy is cunning and uses leaders to help separate people from Christ. Unbelievers are blinded to the devil ways because they live in spiritual darkness and believe government can solve cultural problems. Their deception keeps them from knowing God. This outlook is shallow since it blocks them from understanding Christ solves humanity’s problems.

The United States has forgotten their roots. Abortion (murder), same-sex marriages and transgender behavior are accepted and glorified. Racial hatred, incarceration of innocent people and poverty continue to make national headlines reminding us the ungodliness this nation has become. These are the facts and no matter how much someone denies them the truth stays the same. No country can change without God.

Don’t misunderstand me. God uses this nation to do well, and I’m grateful to notice the kind acts it shows. But my salvation isn’t contingent on governments. I must stand firm on my faith and live according to Christ’s will or face spiritual death. This means sharing my faith and help spread the Gospel. Every time I live in God’s purpose, the rewards are remarkable. Christ is amazing!

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Carrying God’s Message

The world is full of messages. Most of them centered in ideas where self-serving objectives are expressed to encourage personal excellence. They highlight human attributes and use self-reliance as the primary means of getting success. This communication is selfish because it leaves out the greatest news known to humanity—God’s truth.

A carrier of God’s message begins with understanding His language. It’s imperative for us to hear the Lord’s call because without knowing His dialog our ears miss His voice. Once we become receptive to God’s speech, we receive His message.

What is God’s message?

The most prominent part of His announcement is heaven. Yes, salvation is, God’s ultimate truth, but He has other valuable words for us to digest (1 Peter 3:8-12).

In my journey with God, He has shown me two vital Christian actions crucial to salvation. They are love and forgiveness. When God saved me, He let me experience His love and forgiveness. This purification of my heart placed me in His church (Christ’s Body) and made me worthy to carry His message of eternal hope. I now know God wants me to show the same mercy to others (Luke 6:36).

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Love: God’s Greatest Message

Love is God’s most cherished emotion. His greatest demonstration of love was sacrificing Christ’s life sparing us from spiritual death. God’s unconditional compassion for humanity paved the way for eternal life. Christ holds love as God’s top commandments (Matthew 22:34-40).

Once we receive God’s love, then it becomes our responsibility to express it to others. This includes loving people we despise because real love is letting God judge those who disobey. It’s in loving difficult people we are most effective in sharing Christ’s compassion because Christian action speaks volume sin God’s eyes.

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Spreading God’s message of love is the finest way of comforting others because we embrace them with Christ’s compassion. And with Christ’s affection that makes living in a world riddled with hatred worthwhile. God has given us this gift of love to help others live a better life. But the most rewarding experience of loving others is receiving God’s promise of covering our sins (1 Peter 4:8)

I have struggled to love uncaring people. Every time Christ gives me the opportunity to love disturbed people, and I fail it cuts me off from God’s spirit. This causes my heart to harden and my faith fades away. When I behave this way, I’m showing God my prideful intentions. And the more I stay unwilling to love them the tougher it becomes to stay focused on living holy. But, the moment I repent (Matthew 5:44), God steps in and blesses me with His grace.

I’m grateful to share with you those times when I don’t love are becoming less frequent. God is awesome!

Forgiveness: Christ’s Ultimate Sacrifice

Forgiveness is high on Christ’s list of commandments. God made forgiveness as significant as love. Remember, Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension forgave us for sin. Christ is the way God forgives us, and now it’s our turn to do likewise. It’s in forgiving others we receive God’s pardon for our sins (Matthew 6:14).

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One way God communicates is through forgiveness and the benefits He hands out for forgiving others shows up in a remarkable way. The biggest dividend in letting go of hurt feelings is the peace Christ releases inside our spirits. Forgiveness prevents bitterness from hijacking our hearts and removes personal conflict with our neighbors. This is a great freedom.

As God’s messenger, our lives must show others a regenerated spirit where sin takes a backseat and living in Christ body becomes our primary focus. God’s invitation to join His Church (Jesus) holds us accountable to His standards. Our faith makes us acceptable to God and in return our conviction must radiate the internal holiness Christ brings into our hearts. Remember, God has called us to become Christ’s sheep and granted us the privilege to carry His message.

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