Jesus Paid it All

When Lucifer rebelled in heaven, God cast him to the earth. He had no power or authority until Adam sinned and turned over the dominion of the earth to him. Thankfully, Jesus stripped Satan of all of his power when Jesus laid down His life on Calvary’s cross and rose again from the dead (Matthew 28:18).

Satan’s only tool now is deception. Weak-spirited people often fall for his wiles (1 Peter 5:8). Sadly, they think his thoughts are their own. They truly believe they are following their heart, but it is Satan’s wishes they are serving. He wraps his thoughts in silver, but it ends up being tin foil. He embellishes his ideas with money and power, but they wind up as addictions, which ruin our life.

Once we come to Christ, we realize that we are now dead to addictions and alive to God (Romans 6:11). We lay our idols at Jesus’ feet. We are crucified with Christ. We no longer live according to our ideals and goals, but in God’s will by faith in Him who loved us enough to suffer the horrendous torture of Roman cruelty (Galatians 2:20). Jesus paid it all, and now we are free to walk in His new life (Romans 6:4).

Our focus changes to eternal values and we look forward to sitting at God’s right hand with Jesus (Colossians 3:1). We read God’s Word and see His ministry in the life of His Saints, who are just like us, mere mortals with a heart after God (Acts 13:22). Realizing that we do not need to earn God’s love, we rejoice in His free gifts of salvation, redemption and sanctification (Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16-17).

With each new day we fall more in love with our Redeemer and our heart gushes with love and gratitude for all He did, is doing and plans to do for us (Hebrews 9:12). Intimate fellowship with Him fills every moment of our day and night, even in our dreams He speaks to us and we pour out our love to Him. Our favorite past time is praying, Bible reading and listening to His voice.

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for taking the form of a man and allowing Jesus to open the way to the Most Holy Place for us to enter (Matthew 27:51; Hebrews 10:19). We do not avail our self of this privilege as often as we should, because we focus too much on this life. Remind us that You dwell in us by Your Holy Spirit, and that He is the wind in our sails, which moves us through life according to Your will (Ephesians 2:10: Psalm 139:13)

Thought for the Day:
Fulfillment only comes to our life when we surrender all to God and rely only on His Spirit within us.

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Wholly Filled

God has no need for buildings made with human hands – no church, temple, mosque or cathedral, regardless of how ornate or expensive. He made the natural resources we use to build our buildings, so He does not want to dwell in man-made structures (Acts 7:48, 17:24). His temple is the human spirit. However, God only dwells in those who honor Him with a humble heart and a repentant spirit (Isaiah 66:1-2).

The Trinity created us in their image with a body, soul and spirit (Genesis 1:1). Then, God made us male and female (Genesis 1:27). Even with the angels for company, God wanted to share the universe, Heaven and New Jerusalem with human beings. God is our dwelling place, and we are His Temple (Psalm 90:1; 2 Corinthians 6:16). He knows us infinitely better than we know our self.

God gives us many opportunities to enjoy intimate fellowship with Him. He created us in order to love us and for us to give love, His love, back to Him and to the world around us (John 3:16-17). Jesus died to restore our unity with God, and His Spirit conforms us to His image (John 17:26; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

God fashioned us to enjoy a personal union with Him, greater than any human relationship we could ever experience, because it comes from within us. There is nothing on this earth that the authentic Believer desires more than to be immersed through all of our being with all of the fullness of God, and to receive the richest measure of God’s presence until we are completely filled with Him (Ephesians 3:19).

Prayer:
Father God, we bow to You in humble adoration, thankful to be in Your family and to receive the glorious riches You provide. Thank You for strengthening us with the power of Your might by Your Spirit and for giving Jesus to dwell in our hearts. Root us and ground us in Your love, so that we can understand just how much You do love us. Fill us with Your fullness, so we can be like You (Romans 8:31-39; Ephesians 3:14-19; Philippians 3:10). You are our eternal Father and Your Spirit in us is proof that we are Born Again and wholly filled with You (1 John 4:13).

Thought for the Day:
Jesus is the image of God, which is expressed to the world; and His sacrifice opened the door for us to enjoy this heart-felt union and communion with the Creator of the universe.

The Ebbs of Life

The Ebbs of Life

As we mature in Christ, Satan has little victory in tempting us to sin; therefore, He tries oppressing us with a religious demon or he sets us free to work in our human effort until we spiritually, emotionally and physically burnt out. He knows we are set free from the Law of Sin and Death, by the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). So, He impedes our walk with God by keeping us too busy to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25). Submit to God, resist Satan and He will flee (James 4:7).

Our service for God becomes a major detriment to our obedience to God in the ebbs of life. There is no need to over-schedule our day or to pursue anything, which God does not ordain for us to accomplish (Ephesians 2:10). Let God plan your day, so you can walk in His Spirit, doing only those things, which He preordained for you to accomplish (Ephesians 2:10). We can live in God’s rest and enjoy the blessings of His wonderful love every moment of every day (Hebrews 4:10).

Spend time with God, not only on your knees, but in personal communication with Him as you traverse His schedule for your day and night. God desires this intimate relationship with you now and always. He wants to live as your very best friend (Proverbs 18:24), your mate (Isaiah 54:5) and your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9). Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25) has nothing to do with human effort and activities, but only on the leading of God’s Spirit.

Some people envy Adam and Eve for visiting with God in person in the garden. I look forward to living with Him in eternity, but I cannot imagine feeling any closer to Him than I do right now. God lives IN us. He is currently closer to every authentic Born Again Believer than we are to our own self. We have this intimate relationship with the Living Lord of all, and we often fail to take advantage of that. Seek the Lord right now, enter His presence and never leave.

Prayer:
Father God, allow me to walk according to Your Spirit today as You direct me, rather than to sit passively and impassively or to burn out by my own hectic schedule. Show me Your path and teach me Your ways (Proverbs 3:5-6). Once we live in Christ Jesus, by surrendering to the cross, we realize we can no longer earn our way to heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9). You have a holy standard for our life and none of us reach it without the perfect, sinless person of Jesus Christ living in and through us each moment of the day.

Thought for the Day:
Too many people today are trying to get into heaven by their own merits and religious works, and it just cannot be done.
– Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23