Supernaturally Committed to You

The Gospel According to Paul: God Gave His All for You, and Nothing Can Separate You From Him. Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, April 30, 2018

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“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35–39).

A Word of Encouragement

I have great news for you today! God loves you. He absolutely adores you. God gave His all because He cannot stomach the idea of living eternally without you. This is why He created you; to be with Him forever.

Quite frankly, it does not always feel like God loves us. It’s not that God stops showing us His love; He doesn’t. It’s that the trials of life get in our way. They cloud our vision and disrupt our connection to God at times. Paul wanted to make the point clear, that there is nothing that can make Him love you any less. In the context of Romans 8, He rescued you from eternal death.

You are now walking in the power of His Holy Spirit, free from condemnation and you are receiving the blessing of Jesus’ victory and example of holiness. Today you are benefitting from the Holy Spirit’s interpretation of your prayers so the Father can answer them for His glory and your benefit. You have already begun to realize that the temporary trials of this life cannot be compared to the eternal blessings that come after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. You are already experiencing the power to mortify the evil deeds you used to enjoy when you were trapped by sin. Now, you need a little encouragement.

He Put It All On the Line For You

Can the trials you will suffer for Christ’s sake separate you from God’s love? No! Can those who hate and persecute you separate you from His love? No! Can the fact that God’s people are not immune to death separate you from His love? No! Can evil spirits, principalities and powers on earth or in the supernatural realm–though you cannot see them– separate you from God’s love? No!

Why can’t anything separate you from His love, my friends? There’s one reason we are bound to His love when He rescues us from sin—He laid it all on the line, changing heaven and earth forever by giving His Son for us. Since He gave all, to show His love for us, He cannot be anymore committed to that love. He gave His best for you. Will you continue to give your best for Him?

I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, are you?




The Fruitful Truth

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, March 21, 2016

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“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” (Ephesians 6:14).

As we said in our opener yesterday, the battle in which we are all enlisted is fierce. The stakes are high and casualties are many. If we hope to be victorious, we must use heavenly armor. The battle is supernatural; therefore, victory must be also.

It is interesting that Paul would begin his description of the heavenly armor with our loins being belted in with truth. You will find all sorts of articles and great commentary with the armor context that explain how this part of the equipment ties the entire armor together. However, I would like to focus our attention slightly differently. I like how the KJV says, “loins” rather than simply saying that we should have a belt around our waist. It signifies, in part what area is also being protected. To the Hebrew mind, the loins held the key to posterity. That is, from one’s loins came generations of people. From the loins were born kings, queens, and all of those who would represent the family line. I don’t know if your realize this or not, but one thing the devil cannot do is procreate. He can cause people to lose focus of God, and generations of people could choose to live according to that evil mindset, but that’s it. But human beings are given the privilege to literally procreate after our kind. This is a heavenly quality.

What if your power to procreate and your power to be creative in all you do were protected by truth? What if your children, and your children’s children were fully guarded against evil? What if all that you did on a daily basis that required any level of thought or creativity were first passed through the filter of truth? What would be the fruit? While evil people influence their children to do evil, and dream up ideas of ways to lie, cheat, steal, scam, tap into people’s rage, and cause havoc, the people of God whose creativity and power to procreate are safely belted in by truth, bear fruit that resembles the seed from which it was born.

What is truth? The Bible teaches that the Word and Ten Commandments are truth (John 17:17; Psalms 119:151). Do the Scriptures have anything else to say about truth? Let’s see. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). So, the Word is truth. The Ten Commandments are truth. More importantly, Jesus Himself is the Truth!

I will ask you again, “What if all that you did on a daily basis that required any level of thought or creativity were first passed through the filter of truth?” Do you get the picture? If all we are and all that we do are moderated, informed, and inspired by Truth, we are safe! If all we are and all that we do are moderated, informed, and inspired by Truth, the fruit or outcome will be a product of its heavenly origin!

In all you do today, try to have a special focus on the fact that your Jesus is willing to undergird all of your thoughts, intentions, and activities. He is there to protect the essence of who you are, and the power of your influence and creativity. Is your armor on?




The Secret to Good Rest

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Based Upon Exodus 20:8

As time rapidly spirals into the future, our lives become cluttered with so much activity that many of us are completely burned out. We sometimes suffer from diseases related to overwork with far too many things competing for our attention. God knew that humans would be so bogged down with everyday life, that we would need a respite; a reprieve. Simply taking a vacation or several breaks throughout the day is just not enough for this machinery to be well-rested and prepared to meet the rigors of everyday life. With wars and rumors of wars, fear of the unknown, and incurable diseases pressing in on our psyche, we need supernatural rest.

The Lord in His great wisdom devised a plan to give us the rest that we need.

Jesus bought our salvation on Calvary and is now putting the finishing touches on the gift in the way of intercession in heaven in order for us to enter the salvific rest of God. We do not labor for our salvation. Rather, we rest in the perfect work of Jesus Christ.

In order to remind us of the great work of creation and re-creation, God has a commemorative time, week after week, for us to rest. The command to rest says that we are to labor for six days and on the seventh, which is Saturday, we rest. This rest is worshipful in nature. This rest recognizes God as the only Creator and Savior of the universe. This rest is for the people of God to consummate their growing love and relationship with God. No other time than the time the Lord has set aside will satisfy that need, because no other time was specifically blessed and sanctified by Him. We daily worship the Lord during the week leading up to the only day that God has sanctified as holy when we can focus on His goodness, uninterrupted by the mundane chores of life.

Isn’t it wonderful that God has the answer to our need for spiritual and physical rest? Please do not forget what God said to remember. Enter into God’s rest.