As We Attempt to Rid our Life of Sin…

After being set free in Christ, it’s easy to become a bit confused as we set our minds to do right. As we attempt to rid our life of sin, we often turn to good works in the hope that they will somehow offset the sin demerits we sense accumulating against us. So it’s not hard to slip into the very thing true faith should avoid at all costs—works righteousness.
        This link between good works and sin is really important, because it’s here that Satan focuses his efforts to destroy us. It’s his primary strategy to rob us of all God has to offer. When the devil convinces Christians to earn their way instead of simply walking in God’s free gift of grace, he handcuffs us, cheating us out of God’s great prize—freedom in Christ. And if Satan can accomplish that, he may just be successful in getting us to walk away from the truth altogether.

God Hates Sin’s Destructive Power

Our freedom in Christ doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do everything we can to say no to sin. It would be foolish to let sin run rampant in our body while waiting for change to happen within our heart. Rather, these principles work hand in hand with each other. Only when we renounce sin in our flesh and then couple it with the pursuit of healing and change in our heart do we stand a chance of genuine transformation.
        God hates sin because of its destructive power in people’s lives. A fungus on a tree doesn’t simply live its life innocently on the bark. It feeds on the tree, invading it within, draining the life right out of it. This is precisely what sin does in people. Sin’s festering presence has the invasive power to bring about death, robbing God of the lives He holds so precious, and for which He has created such wonderful purpose.

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Fulfillment

My child, you will never feel fully satisfied or completely fulfilled here on earth. This is not your home. Your spirit longs to be with Me, but I have you here for a purpose. As long as you keep your eyes fixed on Me and your heart fully surrendered to Me, I will fulfill My desire through you. You can experience joy, peace and blessing and have a sense of accomplishment as I work through you, but do not expect total fulfillment or complete satisfaction. That is reserved for you  in heaven. Long for that day, but be productive in the mean time. I have a plan and it is good. 

Revival Is Coming

My child, revival is coming like never before. It will not look like times past. I am doing something new. Keep your eyes fixed on Me. Do not look to the right or the left. I am drawing a people to Myself. It is by My hand and by My power that My bride will come and return to her Lord. Pure and spotless she will return. Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:2-4

A New Year’s Prayer

Lord, give me 20/20 in 2020. Just as healthy eyes are critical to seeing clearly, so my spiritual eyes need your touch so that I can understand You and Your purpose without hindrance.
        What are you up to at this stage of my life? Am I living every moment for You? Or am I subconsciously pursuing my own desires while using You as a cover. I know that many frailties are embedded in the reality of my human condition, but I also know you want to give me 20/20 spiritual vision so that You can fulfill your purpose for me this new year.
        You say in Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” Help me in my weakness, O God. Help me to see You in a new way, and pursue You with a whole heart in 2020 and beyond.

Confusing Faith and Hope

We often get hope confused with faith in our thinking. Hope is different. Hope is first born in our heart when a promise is given. Hope is defined as a desire with some expectation of fulfillment. We only hope for what we want. Anticipating something you have no desire for would be senseless! And so would expecting that which has no chance of ever happening.
       Hope is the great motivator; no accomplishment—or even action—in life is possible without it first being there. Hope first comes alive through the promise of the Gospel. Then God gives us the gift of faith by which we are able to act on that hope.
       We receive His promise through faith. Justification and redemption are ours solely by the grace of God as we act on His promise by receiving Christ. But ultimately the fullness of God’s promise is obtained through a lifestyle of obedience—the proof that our faith is genuine.

Why Does God Hide Himself?

Faith is at the very heart of God’s plan for us. By faith alone we are saved. Through it we obtain His free gift of righteousness. But faith doesn’t come naturally to us. The problem is that God doesn’t reveal Himself in a way that our physical senses can perceive Him. I’m not suggesting that God doesn’t allow us to be aware of His presence; He does. But our experience of Him comes by spiritual means—not physical.
        Why would God keep Himself hidden at all? Wouldn’t it be much easier to simply appear and tell us what He wants? Well, that wouldn’t require faith, would it? Our inability to grasp God by our natural senses makes faith indispensable. The Bible says that it’s impossible to please God without it. Yet because faith is so contrary to everything instinctive to our nature, believing God the way He wants will never be all that easy. Apparently He never meant it to be!

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Attempting to be Justified by Law

God’s law did not originate with the Law of Moses. Law was first introduced when God said, “from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.” So law was there in the Garden—just not “the Law” as it was later given. And sin was also around from the very beginning, but sin could not be charged unless law existed to identify it (Romans 3:20).
         The pursuit of righteousness through obedience to law is what Paul called the “elementary principles of the world.” Man has an inbred penchant for attempting to justify himself in this way. It’s absolutely fundamental to our thinking about God. And why shouldn’t it be? It just seems so right!
        But making people work for righteousness was never God’s intent for law. Even in the Old Testament, obeying God was meant to be an act of faith, not merely an attempt to accumulate enough points to somehow satisfy Him.

The Mind of Christ

My child, the world does not accept the things of My Spirit. They cannot understand because My ways are Spiritual. But you have My Spirit in you. You have the mind of Christ. You are in the world but not of it. You understand and see and know the Truth because My Spirit reveals it to you. Walk in My Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh and pray for those who are in darkness, that the eyes of their hearts would be open.