YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor does anyone 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.

The light in the world is the Lord’s church. Imagine what it would be like if the church was non-existent in the earth. Try to imagine America without the effect of the gospel on the Constitution and her laws. In fact, America would not exist as we have known her. As Jesus produces light in individual lives, whole nations are changed for the glory of God. “You” are the light of the world. Your world is where you have the opportunity to influence others for righteousness. Somebody asked the question, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” I hope so! If so, it would mean that you are a shining light for the Lord.

As the oil of the Holy Spirit is poured into our lives, it fuels the flame that emits the light from within. That light is manifested through your personality, the way you take care of yourself, and reaching out to others in the name of the Lord. His light is demonstrated by your unwavering conviction and obedience to God’s Word, and your faithfulness to God’s people through committed relationship. A life of service and humility demonstrates the work of the gospel in your inner man. Through the ministry of “Halloween Harvest,” which was created by my friend, Mick McCoy, a pumpkin would be used to illustrate the need to first repent and allow the Lord to remove the sinfulness in our hearts, so the Holy Spirit can “light our candle.”

Ask the Holy Spirit for fresh oil. We are leaky vessels and need to be filled afresh regularly, in fact many times in a day. He is present to fill you with His oil so you can keep the light burning brightly.

GOOD FRIDAY 2018

LUKE 23:34 – THEN JESUS SAID, “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY DO.” AND THEY DIVIDED HIS GARMENTS AND CAST LOTS.

ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY IS WRAPPED UP IN THESE WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR

FROM ADAM TO THE LAST ADAM, GOD IS A COVENANT MAKER AND MAN IS A COVENANT BREAKER

THE BIBLE GIVES THE HISTORY OF MAN’S COVENANT BREAKING NATURE

IT ALSO IS THE RECORD OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS AND HIS RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT

GOD’S MERCY IS DIRECTLY TIED TO HIS LAW OF SACRIFICE: “THE INNOCENT DIEING FOR THE GUILTY”

FULFILLED ON THE CROSS IN CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS ONE

RECEIVE HIS MERCY GIFT IN CHRIST AND SIN IS REMOVED

REJECT HIS MERCY AND THERE IS NOTHING LEFT, BUT ETERNAL JUDGMENT

A HOLY GOD MUST JUDGE SIN! 

SIN IS JUDGED AT THE CROSS

LIFE IS GIVEN THROUGH THE POWER OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION

AS IT IS WRITTEN “HE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” THE LAST ADAM BECAME A LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT.

GOOD FRIDAY 2018

LUKE 23:34 – THEN JESUS SAID, “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY DO.” AND THEY DIVIDED HIS GARMENTS AND CAST LOTS.

ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY IS WRAPPED UP IN THESE WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR!

FROM ADAM TO THE LAST ADAM, GOD IS A COVENANT MAKER AND MAN IS A COVENANT BREAKER

THE BIBLE GIVES THE HISTORY OF MAN’S COVENANT BREAKING NATURE

IT ALSO IS THE RECORD OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS AND HIS RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT

GOD’S MERCY IS DIRECTLY TIED TO HIS LAW OF SACRIFICE: “THE INNOCENT DIEING FOR THE GUILTY”

FULFILLED ON THE CROSS IN CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS ONE

RECEIVE HIS MERCY GIFT IN CHRIST AND SIN IS REMOVED

REJECT HIS MERCY AND THERE IS NOTHING LEFT, BUT ETERNAL JUDMENT

A HOLY GOD MUST JUDGE SIN! 

SIN IS JUDGED AT THE CROSS

LIFE IS GIVEN THROUGH THE POWER OF CHRIST’S RESURRECTION

AS IT IS WRITTEN “HE FIRST MAN ADAM BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” THE LAST ADAM BECAME A LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT.

REJOICE AND BE GLAD, FOR YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN IS GREAT

Matthew 5:13 – Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great.

Although there are many challenges in this life, we are passing through to a greater time where rewards will be given for faithfulness in the kingdom of God. Jesus promises a “great” reward to those who have suffered insults and persecution for His sake. “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet is promised a prophet’s reward” (Matthew 10:41). “When you receive a righteous man in the name of a righteous man, you receive a righteous man’s reward” (Matthew 10:41). Even the giving of cold water qualifies one for a reward (Matthew 10:42). “When you lend, expecting nothing in return, your reward is great” (Luke 6:35). Paul says, “Each one will receive their own reward according to their own work “(1 Corinthians 3:8). Works that are built upon an imperishable foundation will receive a reward according to 1 Corinthians 3:14.

Don’t throw away your confidence, because it has a great reward (Hebrews 10:35). John the apostle said, “Watch yourselves that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward” (2 John 8). The Lord Jesus Christ promised that He “is coming quickly and His reward is with Him, to render to every man according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

Finally, diligence carries the promise of reward “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). One does not have to wait for heaven to begin receiving rewards from our gracious Savior. Faithful diligence releases God’s favor throughout one’s life.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you about His reward for you. The Father loves to give to His children. Don’t be bashful about expecting to receive rewards from Him. The Holy Spirit loves to honor the sons and daughters of God in this life. So be in a receiving mode now and in an expectant mode about the future.

ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN

Matthew 6:10 – On earth as it is in heaven.

God’s will is for heaven’s influence to be brought to earth. His plan from the beginning was that His creation man would fill the earth with the righteousness of heaven. He began by creating man in His own image. Because of man’s disobedience in the Garden, sin entered the scene.  In God’s dealings with Adam and Eve, He looked down the annals of time and said, “I will put enmity between you and women, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Genesis 3:15). We have come to understand that the Lord was speaking about the battle between Satan and Christ.

Jesus came to provide redemption for all mankind. In the process, Satan bruised Him through the crucifixion, but Christ the Lord crushed Satan’s ability to stop the advancement of the Lord’s kingdom purpose in the earth. One day, the old earth and heaven will be destroyed and a new heaven and earth created. “The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). This is a prophetic mystery about which the Scriptures speak. We should not get hung up in mysteries and things which are not altogether clear. We need to trust God about the future, while in the present we seek His face to know His will for our daily lives. As long as we draw breath, we are called to affect the earth with heaven’s perspective and heaven’s authority.

Worship and praise must be continual throughout my life, for this is a part of bringing heaven to earth. My daily walk should include intimate fellowship with the Godhead. This is bringing heaven to earth. As I observe needs in the lives of people, I am a ready servant to help meet those needs as God enables me. This is bringing heaven to earth. As I allow the Holy Spirit to fill me and release His gifts through me to others, this is bringing heaven to earth. God’s love for me and God’s love in me released to others in my daily walk, most assuredly helps bring heaven to earth. Keep this phrase in your mind “on earth as in heaven” it will help you to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and His plans.

Father, I pray that my life will be used to manifest heaven’s will here on earth. Please continue to change me into Christ’s likeness. Help me put on the mind of Christ in all that I do and in everything that I say. Lord, You are faithful, so please cause me to be faithful in doing Your will consistently.

WILL OF GOD BE DONE

Matthew 6:10 – Your will be done

There is nothing more important than the will of God. His will reigns supreme above all else. God the Father has invited humanity to cooperate with His purposes.   The will of God is rooted in His purpose. Jesus is the full revelation of that purpose, a new man. Jesus completely fulfilled His Father’s will through His human life. He was led by the Holy Spirit to represent God the Father and lay down His own life for the lost humanity. In His redemptive work, He made it possible for all to be reconciled to the Father. Jesus has made it possible for each believer to do God’s will through the power of His Spirit.

Just as Jesus intercedes on our behalf, we have been invited to intercede on behalf of those yet needing redemption. Peter writes, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God’s will is that each believer be matured in Christ and give testimony of God’s salvation to others. Just think, if every believer was praying for the lost and sharing their faith, how many might be saved.

The Lord Jesus did the will of His Father when He walked on earth. He finished the work when He died for the sins of the entire world. The Father raised Him up through His surpassing power and seated Him in the highest authority at His own right hand. The purpose of our salvation is to be joined with the Lord in doing the Father’s bidding on earth. Yes, we will go to heaven and be with Him throughout eternity, but for now, it is about doing His will. 

God’s will was accomplished through the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only acceptable sacrifice for sin. He redeemed all of mankind once and for all. No other sacrifice is needed, only the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit was given to each believer to help us to be able to do God’s will. He brought conviction for sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is bringing forth a new man in the earth. This new man is known as the corporate body of Christ. He made it possible for the will of God to be done in and through each believer’s life. 

Today, examine yourself and see if you are doing His will. Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of your life that fall short of the will of God. Quickly repent and renounce any of those areas He shows you. Receive the Holy Spirit in a fresh infilling of power and do the work of the Father in your life.