Out Of The Shadows Into The Light

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Through The Beloved's Eyes TileWe are focusing on getting to know God from the perspective of John the beloved.

Today’s Scripture Focus: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

The Lord, in His loving kindness to us, sent His only Son to this earth to die the sinner’s ultimate death, so that we might live with God eternally. What an immeasurable sacrifice it was for the King of the universe to give us all of heaven in one gift. Jesus is the best gift this world has ever seen.

He has plans for you

While the Lord loves us just as we are, He never wants to leave us in the state in which He found us. He wants to bring meaningful reform into our lives. Many are the sinful tendencies that He wants to root out of us, making us into entirely new creatures. The process of God purging these debilitating elements is painful, but with holy patience, He makes us whole.

In the process of making us whole, God brings to our consciousness, aspects of truth that we have formerly disregarded. He wants us to follow the example of obedience that Jesus gave to us. It is in His strength that we are to overcome our flesh and be renewed in the Spirit. Many become dissatisfied with the loving process that God employs in order to save them. Instead of coming to Jesus by His power, some hide from Him and His people because their deeds are evil. They cannot stand the idea of their own lifestyle issues being revealed as they really are. They wish to remove themselves from God’s presence because His presence is exemplary and they feel inadequate.

Walk into change

The blessing of God revealing to us our true selves is that as we accept the revelation by His grace, we are in prime position to receive a new and pure life with Him. We have no need to cling to old sinful practices that only hurt us. The Lord offers us the privilege to come out of the prison of darkness and live in His light. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7). It is in walking with Jesus in the light that we receive the much needed life change, and one day we will live with God forever. Don’t hide from the Lord. Rather, come to the light.

The Overcomer’s Diet

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, January 28, 2016

This Week’s Devotional Focus is, “Freedom From Sin.”

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7).

You may recall from the story of our foreparents, Adam and Eve, that God created humankind in a perfect world. The environment was perfect. The holy couple was perfect. All of the fine details of God’s creation were perfect. The relationship between God and humanity was, well, perfect.

Unfortunately, Eve was deceived into accepting the word of the wily serpent over the Word of her loving Lord. Adam chose to jump into sin with his now fallen wife, and they both spiraled downhill toward inevitable death. Thankfully, God had already foreseen their fall (not that they had to fall), and provided that if fallen human beings submitted themselves to God by faith, and continued to grow in love and submission to Him through the righteousness of Christ, they would be redeemed from eternal death.

Some don’t realize that when the Bible says that God stationed an angel with a fiery sword to guard the way to the Tree of Life after Adam and Eve sinned, that He had their best interest at heart. The tree made people who continued to eat from it immortal. That is, as long as one could freely eat from the Tree of Life, one would never die. What if the now fallen couple were allowed to continue eating from the tree? Due to sin, now disease, strife, emotional distress,and bad relationships, had become the lot of humanity. Can you imagine what eternity would be like with Ebola continuing to eat away at your flesh, but you never die? Can you imagine what an eternity of spousal abuse would look like? Can you imagine how it would be if slave masters could continue their heinous, devilish plans forever? I think you get the picture. So it was a blessing that God’s Plan of Redemption included a temporary ban of Tree of Life fruit eating.

Now, here’s more blessing, if you can handle the truth: God is now forming holy characters in the lives of cooperative people. He has promised clean hearts, new minds, humility, love, and the ability to do His will to those who would simply yield to Him as He gives them strength. And He promised that those who overcome our human deficiencies through the power of His blessed Holy Spirit would one day have access to the Tree of Life again. We will be reunited and it will feel so good. Once God has sealed those who have continued loving Him, and Jesus finally returns as He promised He would, He will guide us to that blessed tree, which has 12 manner of fruit and leaves for our eternal healing.

Now imagine eating from the tree with no sin, sadness, pain, suffering, or evil of any kind. How does that feel?

Satisfying Words

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, April 27, 2015
Based Upon Luke 4:21

Today is the day for your spiritual wealth, healing, freedom, and relief from blindness! Today is the day that if you receive the Words of Jesus, whatever He says, that you can rest assured that you can enter into a relationship so satisfying, that you will never hunger or thirst for worldly things again!

Whenever Christ is near to share a message of deliverance, and you wish to receive it, it’s yours for the asking. Unfortunately, so many who have close encounters with the Lord, fail to receive the blessing, because they just don’t believe that His bounties are for them. They “believe” God on behalf of others, but when it comes to them, they become so self-centered that they think their sin is stronger than God’s power to set them free. Others don’t receive the blessing, because they are unwilling to surrender their will to Him. They would much rather control the direction that their proverbial vehicle is traveling, than to yield the wheel to the One who never gets lost and always carries His people safely to the destination He has chosen for them.

Ask yourself these questions: “Am I traveling the roads of life with God? Am I willing and submissive enough to surrender my helplessness to God, so this day can be the day I exchange my life of sin and shame, for eternal life, without sin unto salvation?

Leave Nothing of His Overabundance Behind

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Based Upon 6

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Jesus and His disciples often sailed over the Sea of Galilee; this day was no different. The disciples were in the school of Christ listening to the profound, life-giving words that He spoke, and witnessing, first hand, His miracles. Because of Jesus’ miracles, as they often did, the multitudes followed Him. Jesus understood this, yet He did not discourage them. Instead, “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” (John 6:5). Jesus was getting ready to do something great.

After some interchange between Christ and two of the disciples, Jesus had them bring a young boy and his lunch to Him. “And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.” (John 6:10, 11). Christ performed another miracle. A small lunch was transformed into a great feast that fed five thousand people. “When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” (John 6:12).

From this story, many lessons can be learned. One lesson is that God uses human instruments to accomplish His will on earth. Jesus could have made bread appear from nowhere, and supernaturally, before each hungry person, cause a feast to appear, but He didn’t. He chose to use a young boy, and His disciples to accomplish His will.
Another lesson to be derived from the story is that God uses people to share Himself with others. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35). The disciples amongst the waiting multitude, shared the bread.

The lesson that perhaps may go unnoticed is that God gives an abundance of what we need. The text says that there were fragments left after the multitude was completely filled. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Ephesians 3:20. “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Romans 5:20. Whatever our need, whether it is God’s love or His grace, He gives an overabundance of it so that some will be left. The fragments should be gathered that nothing be lost.

Have you begun to experience the power of God in your life? Do you recognize the abundance? By all means, gather up the fragments, and share them with others. God has not given these precious gifts for them to be squandered. “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8)