My Heart, His Home
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” Colossians 3:16
Think of every word concerning Christ – His instructions on love, serving, giving, forgiving, healing, being anointed by the Holy Spirit and the kingdom of God – and go after them, filling your heart with them like you would fill a dump truck full of gold bars. Make your heart a place for His Word to dwell in you in abundant measure.
Scripture reading: John 15:1-17
Christianity Is Not For Wimps
“Only be thou strong and very courageous…” Joshua 1:7
All throughout the Scriptures God commands His people to be strong and courageous. Never does He ever suggest that we should be cowardly and shrink back from satan or the circumstances of life. The English word “courage” has its roots in the Latin and French words for “heart.” To have heart is to face up to any challenge, adversity, problem and even the threat of disaster or death, stare it in the face and defy them; even deny the right to run one off in fear. God can encourage us to be that way because He knows Who He is on behalf of His people and He also knows what He has invested in us – Himself. He has made us more than conquerors and proclaimed to us that He, in us, is greater than the one who is in the world. He has given us His armor to wear and the Word of God to come forth from our mouths. He proclaims repeatedly that He is on our side and that He is our Helper. So, as Christians, we are to face every single adversity with courage, not run as cowards. We can do that because we know Who He is and we know who we are!
Scripture reading: Joshua 1:1-18; Psalm 118:6-17; 2 Corinthians 2:14
Shine Your Light For The World To See
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1
We are at a place today in which the Holy Spirit is opening our eyes to the reality of many truths in the Word of God. He is delivering us from the traditions of men and doctrines of demons. He is helping us to refine our prayer lives and become accurate in the Scriptures. Most of these things have to do with the authority that God gave to man in the Garden of Eden and especially now, the authority that has been given to the body of Christ. One of the major areas that we are seeing and that we will see more clearly as time goes on has to do with the areas of revival and outpourings of the Holy Spirit. For so many years and for so many people the thought has been that revival and outpourings will come as we pray for God to release something that He “seemingly” is holding back until we get enough prayer mustered up to where He says, “Ok, I’m releasing My Spirit.” We must realize that His Spirit has already been poured out into the earth and the responsibility for manifestations of His Spirit is now in the hands of the Church, the body of Christ. This Scripture tells us that we are to rise up and shine because our light has already come. Other Scriptures also bear this out. We are to pray in the Spirit, pray the prayer of intercession for others, binding the spirits of darkness and releasing the light of God into the lives of others, and then let our lights shine so that others will see and experience through us the glory of God. We all are a vital part of this and the time has come for us to renew our minds to these things and become accurate so that we can properly function in the light of the Bible.
Scripture reading: Matthew 5:14-16; Ephesians 3:8-11; Philippians 2:13-16
Stand For The Truth, Church!
“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
As the church, the Body of Christ, we must realize how important we are to God and His plan, to the world and to one another. God has invested His truth in the Church – we are It! If the world, or the universe, for that matter, is going to understand what truth is, they are going to find it out from the Body of Christ. Paul tells us in this Scripture that we are the ground, the support, the prop, the mainstay of the truth. We must see how vital it is for us, especially every Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher, to search out the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit’s help so that we have the exact truth of God and represent it properly. Then, we must all get on board with the truth, guard it and protect it from error so that God is properly represented. We must all humble ourselves and search out what the Father has ordained as truth.
Scripture reading: John 7:16-18; Ephesians 3:7-11; 2 John 6-8
Call On His Strength
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.”
I would venture to say that there have been times in all of our lives when we just didn’t think or feel as though we had the strength to make it to the next day, or to resist a temptation, or complete a God–given task. This may be the case with you at this very moment. There is strength available to you and me that goes far beyond this natural strength that we tend to rely upon so much. It is a supernatural strength that comes from God Himself and this strength is already resident on the inside of every believer. A key to drawing on it, just like anything else, is by learning how to talk. God says for the weak to “say” they are strong. Paul said when he was weak, that is when the power of Christ would rest upon him. In times of natural weakness we must say that we are strong and we must expect the power of Christ to rest upon us and we must expect to be strengthened with might by His Spirit on our inside. Summon the strength of God by declaring what He has said with your mouth. A supernatural strength will rise up and upon you from within, that will go even beyond your own mental understanding. Put that strength in motion right now by saying, “I am strong and I can do all things through Christ Who strengthen me.” Hallelujah!!!!
Scripture reading: Philippians 4:13; Joel 3:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Chosen By Jesus
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you. John 15:16
Every now and then it is good for us to remind ourselves of the fact that we are chosen by Jesus. We did not initiate anything having to do with redemption or having a relationship with the Lord. We may have responded to His call, but long before we were ever thought of, He had set His plan in motion. We were chosen in Christ; the Holy Spirit drew us, convicted us and imparted life to us. Then Jesus ordained us to go and bring forth fruit that would never die. Keeping these things in mind will give the grace and goodness of God space to overwhelm you and you will receive glimpses of just how much you are loved by the Father.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:1-6