Sustained Forgiveness

50e3f7c73cfd4c88069d675b33c14241There is much written on forgiveness, including my own references to the blessings that flow to us as we forgive those who mistreated us.  One of the most astounding statements ever uttered and lived out by Yeshua was, “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6: 35).  This statement confounded the world, it convicted the state of fallen man, and it opened the pathway to Father God.  This is truly love defined and Yeshua fulfilled this in His brief life on earth.  He arose from the dead and has no equal. He was, is and remains the Son of the Living God Almighty.

We know the truth of the Word and by His grace believer’s have a measure of faith.  In this world we have ample opportunity to forgive, bless and pray for the prosperity of those who mistreat us, who are our enemies without cause, who despitefully use us, and otherwise do us harm.  We speak forgiveness and we change our perspective to bless rather than curse.  Still, the enemy confronts, taunts, tempts and lures us to give in to hatred.  He suggests all sorts of reasoning to justify our contempt, anything that will keep the hurt and pain fresh in our mind. We typically, reaffirm our forgiveness and seek to move on with the Lord and love.

I had an event recently that called for forgiveness and the location was a frequent reminder. Passing by, I recalled the injustice I experienced.  Then the Holy Spirit seemed to say, “You’re thinking about this because you are looking for revenge.”  He was right, I had fallen into a trap. I would not consciously say, I want to get even with this guy, or I want to get him back for this, but my natural mind was struggling to find a resolution. That resolution is revenge, irrespective, of the platitude given to it.  Scripture is clear, we are not to seek revenge. (Rom.12: 19).

I believe Yeshua came to set us free and He said, “So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8: 36).  A wise lady at our church put it very well, “He knows how to take out the garbage.”  When we are hurt we need to go to the Lord and lay down our pain and surrender ourselves into His care.  He is the great physician, so He can take away any pain, fear, hurt, or injury.  Yeshua will not turn us away, and there are things that are too great for us to bear alone.  Forgiveness is right and love is the best way, but He does not leave us to ourselves. He knows how weak and broken we are in the natural.

When we have been set free and healed of the hurt, the memory may remain, but the pain and emotion will be gone.  Forgiveness will be sustained and flow out of the love God pours into our heart.  Mary, a friend of Yeshua, found a place at His feet.  He commended her for choosing what was best and reminded Martha that only one thing is needed.  That one thing is to be with Yeshua at all times.

The Defense of Marriage

gen2_24Congress passed a law with this title and purpose.  The Supreme Court set it aside, concluding Marriage between a man and a woman was not protected by the constitution. In the beginning God established marriage.  “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” [1]The Bible records that people were participating in marriage before Noah’s time. [2]Marriage between a man and woman is commendable as per the Bible.  “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” [3]Part of the reason for this is because marriage promotes the family and healthy godly children. [4]There are many benefits of marriage to both society and individuals.  Marriage is used as an illustration of the bond between Yeshua, Messiah and the Church. [5]Nevertheless, Marriage is limited to life on earth and does not extend into eternity.  “When 

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My Beloved

e98be046927618eb15a23418a7d093fd--christian-quotes-christian-art“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24.  When a Christian man finds his bride he is charged to “hold fast” to her and the wife likewise to her husband as they literally become one flesh in the eyes of God (very romantic if you think about it).  A good wife is a gift directly from the Lord.  “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.” Proverbs 19:14.  A man is to treat his bride as his “Beloved” and always show her that she is loved and well taken care of while the wife is charged with the duty to respect and obey her husband.  “However, each one of you also must lov

e his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”  Ephesians 5:33.  “Wives, obey your husbands as you obey the Lord.”  Ephesians 5:22.  

The reward for a couple following God’s commands is a satisfying

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A Free Flowing Fountain

john-7-out-of-his-heart-will-flow-rivers-of-living-waterGod the Lord is an unending source and flow of goodness to the righteous.  We may go to the fountain of life and drink deeply to our hearts content.  Every true believer is a child of God and has been reckoned righteous, granted righteousness as the direct result of Yeshua’s substitutionary death on a Roman cross approximately 2018 years ago in Jerusalem, Israel.  Yeshua is the Messiah, Son of Father God, who lived a perfect sinless life and paid the spiritual price as ransom for all who believe on Him.  The testimony, evidence, and assurance we have for this great gift of life eternal is in the Hebrew prophetic scriptures recorded over thousands of years, but fulfilled in minute detail during the life of Yeshua as recorded by faithful witnesses in the Bible. Secondly, Yeshua proved all he said 

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Maturity In Yeshua

pentecostesThe Apostle Paul went to Ephesus and started talking about Yeshua and the one true God. Ephesus was predominately pagan and their idol was called, Artemis.  Paul found a few disciples of Yeshua and asked them, ” ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?’  They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’  So Paul asked, ‘Then what baptism did you receive?’  ‘John’s baptism,’ they replied.  Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance.  He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  When Paul placed 

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Be Ready

BHM_Eblast_ReceivetheMightyPower_668x400Time tricks us and confuses what is really  important.  We think our time is very valuable, but it is what we do that gives it worth.  We consider God a subject of time as are we, but He moves with infinite speed, in the future and the past, a thousand years is as a blink of the eye.  However, amid all our longing, yearning, wanting, and manipulation there is His  promise – He has prepared good works in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10).  Instead of seeking the breeze that cools our brow and thrills our senses, we can focus on the promise we are set to do.  We can be certain that it will be good, because God

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Incomprehensible

ClMr788WkAAX7pwIt was asserted that Sigmund Freud didn’t attempt to cure his neurotic patients through psychoanalysis, but merely help them to accept the world as it is.  He was not a believer – an agnostic, but he properly assessed the capability of man.  To heal is the work of God, which He accomplishes through doctors, right living, and his miraculous intervention. Just because He uses men in His work, the cure does not cease being His.  Just as the prophetic word (1 Cor. 14: 24-25), preaching, acts of lovingkindness, or teaching may be used of God in His work – salvation is through God alone. Read More »

God’s Way of Peace

John-14-271There are many who seek peace today, and peace is good, but at what cost and will the actions taken actually bring about peace?  While we may not be in open war there is hostility on many levels.  The major media corporations promote a secular humanistic world view that foments division in politics, ethnicity, religion, social values, social norms, and the American culture.  Hostility in the Middle East and Eastern Asia, together with threats and terrorism all produce tension, fear, and a desire for true peace. Read More »

The Night Watches

09decp343ba800x5001“I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.” Psalm 16:7.  “My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.” Psalm 63:5-6.

Many times I find myself waking up from sleep with a word from God or a praise to God in my mind.  I know it was not initiated by my own thinking because it is in my mind the moment I wake up before I have time to get oriented to get my mind working myself.  It has always been clear to me that this was placed there by the Holy Spirit Read More »

Blessings Flow

image-1 Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host: Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

This hymn is well supported in scripture.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1 :17).  God is all about blessing His people and even those who scarcely deserve it, but really no one deserves anything.  Love flows from God as seen in our provision, our relationships, our very life.

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A Plan For Man

UnknownAnyone would be wrong to think that he could comprehend God’s full plan. (Ecclesiastes 3:11). However, we can see part of His purposes from what He tells us in scripture.  We know that God placed two trees in the garden of Eden, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; fruit of the later was forbidden to eat.  The fall of man happened as Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command and ate the forbidden fruit.  They became self-aware knowing good from evil and were banished from the garden and no longer had access to the tree of life and God’s direct presence. (Gen. 3:22-24; Gen. 3:8).

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A Charge For Today

1_26_Paul_ordaining_Timothy-478-x-500When younger men are given authority by their Fathers, Elders, and predecessors, it is right to charge them with the responsibility they are assuming together with such authority.  It takes humility to advance in one’s career and life calling, so Fathers should be called upon to join in this charge and properly establish a sound foundation at the start.  Colleges do this at graduation ceremonies in a very impersonal mass process, but it is something, at least.  Other organizations do this including the church.  Paul the Apostle does it best with Titus, his spiritual son.  After he articulates, in brief, the power of the gospel message, he concludes, “These, then, are the things you should teach.  Encourage and rebuke with all authority.  Do not let anyone despise you.” (Titus 2:15).Read More »

Does God Repeat Himself?

simeonWith all respect, I ask because it has a bearing on whether, or more specifically, to what extent we rely on Him.  This is more than whether He says the same thing twice.  I think the scripture repeats many essential themes numerous times in various ways in order to convey a more full and deep understanding of what the Lord is communicating. We have four different accounts of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Yeshua. Mankind has repeatedly committed the same failings, rebellion, wickedness and unbelief, to which our patient Father God has graciously restated and demonstrated His love again to each generation.  We usually associate a negative view of repetition, but is often the only way we actually learn and understand.  It was God’s design to have day and night repeating themselves endlessly.  But what about the nature and character of God Himself, can we conclude rightly that if God did a certain thing to reveal His nature in ages long past, might He do the same or similar thing in our day?  The scriptures say that God does not change, that He is the same. (James 1:17). 
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Resigning Self

judging-othersDo you know right from wrong?  Yes, instinctively, most would respond.  As children of Adam, we have within us the knowledge of good and evil.  It is evidenced by our conscience, which is an inner voice that creates remorse and convicts us with guilt when we do wrong.  There are other voices as well, the voice of temptation urging us to do what we want and what seems pleasurable.  The voice of providence and wisdom may have been instilled within us from loving parents, wise counselors, instruction or discipline.  Believers have the voice of the indwelling Holy Spirit that directs, protects and corrects us with a presence and power that transcends all other counsel.  Perhaps you have seen a cartoon that depicts a small satan behind one ear urging the character to do evil, while an angel offers restraint and right thinking in the other ear.  The tempter always seems to prevail in the cartoon and the fallen human nature does as well, except where the power of the Holy Spirit is working in the life of a believer. Read More »

The Bright Glow of Christians

17116-proverbs-4-18“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, be shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.” Psalm 37: 23-24.  “Blessed is the man who … delight(s) in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1: 1-2.

When we delight in the way of the Lord by mediating on and honoring His Word He promises to establish and protect us.  We will still have times of failures, due to our own fallen nature or other circumstances that come against us, but we will never be cast headlong, out of control, with the Sovereign God always in control of our lives.  “The Lord upholds Read More »

God’s Care

imagesThe God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob sees individuals.  This is another distinction from the religions of the world that are dispassionate to the masses, even though a prophet or select person may have been specially acknowledged.  Throughout the Bible we see accounts of God’s dealings with individuals low-born, humble, Jew and gentile, weak and prominent.  Consider Ruth a foreign-born woman whom God selected to be the grandmother of King David, part of the lineage of Israel’s Messiah.  God put humility, loyalty and devotion into Ruth and He chose her individually for His purposes.  Consider Esther to whom He granted beauty, courage, and wisdom.  She was a Jew born in captivity, but rose to be a queen who held fast to her destiny and identity.  She discerned the plans of wicked men and courageously spoke out so that God’s providence could bring salvation for His people.  Consider Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, in whom God displayed His might and sovereignty.  Hebrews chapter eleven contains a list of people who demonstrated faith in God, faith of individuals that was rewarded, acknowledged and affirmed by God.
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Haman, Enemy of the Jews

300px-Esther_Denouncing_HamanHaman was a noble in the Mead and Persian empire.  The King, Xerxes, honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.  Accordingly with this honor people at the kings gate bowed down to him, but a Jew named Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.  Eventually, this was brought to Haman’s attention. When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.  Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai.  Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.  Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate.  Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.  If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will give ten thousand talents of silver to the king’s administrators for the royal treasury.”  So the king took his signet ring from his finger and gave it to Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jewsyoung and old, women and childrenon a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.  A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day. Read More »

Answers For Hope

UnknownThe world is lost, just as we believers were at one time.  The great news is that today is the day of salvation and the Lord is drawing men to Himself still.  He said, “When I am lifted up I will draw all people to myself.” (John 12: 32).  This has at least two meanings, 1) that He would be lifted up on the cross to die for the penalty of our sins, and 2) as we exalt the truth that Yeshua is Messiah, Lord and Savior, then He will draw all men to Himself.  He offers forgiveness to those who believe in Him.  The power of the name above all names, Yeshua and the blood is the Lamb of God is power unto salvation. Resurrection power is in the Name of Yeshua, Jesus.  This power opens the eyes of those blinded by the world and God creates a new person that is a living child of God from one dead in sins.  This is God’s  mighty power at work today.

He also causes His Spirit to dwell in each new believer.  The Holy Spirit empowers the believer with supernatural insight Read More »

Bless Our Revilers

11“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” I Peter 3:8-9.  This passage is not suggesting approving of false doctrine or failing to stand for the Truth of God’s Word to maintain unity among Believers but have, as William MacDonald in the “Believer’s Bible Commentary” states, “in fundamentals, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in everything, love.”  Further, we are to always have love for and have sympathy with (“suffer with”) all persons while always maintaining a tender heart sensitive to the needs and feelings of others with a spirit of humility.

As Christians, we are not to revile anyone but rather be persons who bless others. This is not to bless someones sinful life or wrongful acts but “to speak well of” a person to the extent possible while desiring their well-being.  The old Read More »

With All My Heart

jars+of+clayThere is a foundation in your faith that supports all the rest.  This foundation was laid when you abandoned your self and accepted King Yeshua as Lord and Savior.  It was as small and hidden as conception, like a seed germinating deep in the dark soil.  Yet in this spark was life and power beyond anything seen in the natural world, greater than earthquakes, volcanic eruption, hurricane winds, lightning strikes.  The work of salvation, new birth, redemption, through the resurrection power of the blood of the lamb is solely the work of God’s hand.  The Holy Spirit impartation to the new believer is the same power of God hidden in jars of clay.  It is resurrection power that produces a new creation, in Messiah Yeshua.

Our faith is grounded in the unchanging all-powerful God.  Our God is a jealous God.  He wants all of us, everything we are and will be.  All He starts comes to fruition and finds completion in His perfect will.  That immovable Read More »

Deliver Us

b283b17077177d75e7595870d2897a1cWhat fellowship is there between light and darkness? The clear answer is nothing, as to being able to seeing.  If you wish to see, full light is always best.  If you desire to sleep or hide, the shadows or even total darkness will be your best choice.  Twilight is not so much a mixture of light and dark as it is the dimming of the light until the sun light passes completely beyond the horizon.  Yet, Paul’s point is not about physics, but about purity in our fellowship, friendship, associations, communion, and relationships.

There is a real division of practice when it comes to the application of living a consecrated life in community.  One driving view is that we are to go “out” into the world sharing the gospel with everyone and to be an influence of God Read More »

Pray With Confidence

maxresdefault“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him”. I John 5:14-15.

This passage in I John encourages Christians to make their requests known to God in confidence.  He promises to grant our requests that are made according to His will.  Our duty is to walk close to God
to be better able to better ascertain what God’s will is, with the help of

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God of Love

Moral-GovernmentThere is a love story that will be completed in heaven. This story is an epic story that is as vast as time and deeper than human emotion can contain.  It is a story worthy of Heaven and exalts the only true God who is love.  It starts with the perfect love that exists between Father God and His one and only Son.  God’s desire is to make mankind in His image, male and female, and for them to dwell in His presence.  In the Garden of Eden He had a perfect relationship with His people.  However, an enemy lied to His people and they fell out of relationship with their God, dying physically and spiritually. All manner Read More »

Holy Spirit Light

PrayerGroupI’ve noticed something about the Holy Spirit in believer’s relationships.  You may have observed this as well.  When the Holy Spirit is given reign in the prayer gathering He brings a unity that can only be described as communion.  One prays in the Spirit over a matter or word of God and another will have the same impression in their heart and mind (Spirit) at the same moment.  So, there is supernatural agreement in the prayer. There are no limits to what the Holy Spirit will and can do when He is placed in authority and everyone is submitted to Him.  I have seen Holy Spirit lead a spiritual battle with the word of God against the powers of darkness.  One after another would be given a Scripture prayer that worked together with the one before so that God’s love and character were exalted over circumstances.  This could not be Read More »

Your Cross to Bear

aslanEveryone has a cross, the instrument of our own destruction.  We were made to die as a result of our fallen human nature.  We may live seventy years or so, maybe a little more, but our body and/or mind begins to breakdown.  The stress of life finds the weakest and most vulnerable point and that is where the serious trouble of death begins. Just forty years ago it was not uncommon to here that a person died of old age, now doctors give a more specific reason, but it’s still the same root cause.  This is just the natural consequence of living – we die.

However, physical death is not the death to which Yeshua is referring when He addressed His disciples, “Whoever does not take up their cross Read More »