To all of God’s
children, I pray as you dedicate time and space to get into God’s Word,
grace & peace will be multiplied to you and yours. I pray you may grow in
the knowledge of God our Father and of Jesus His Son and our Savoir.
I pray you will
know by His Divine Power, He has given you all things you need to succeed
in life and godliness, through the Knowledge of Him.
understand God has given you Exceedingly Great & Precious Promises, that
through them you may be a Partaker of His Divine Nature and Escape the
Corruption of this World.
You are blessed
and God wants to use you to be a blessing unto others. Until next time Be
Encouraged, Stay Encouraged and Encourage someone else to continue
fighting the good fight of faith.
First and foremost
I have to give thanks and praises to the one true and living God, our
Father and Creator of all things, to His Son our Savoir, Christ Jesus our
Lord and to the Holy Spirit our Comfort and Guide who lives and moves in
us to fulfill the Cause of Christ.
Much love and
affection to my wife and best friend, for your unfailing love, support,
prayers and fellowship in the Word. I will be loving you for forever and
Grace and peace be
multiplied to Lady Brigitte Eaton and Faith Forever Foundation for your
faith in my call, gift and ministry as an Exhorter to the Body of Christ.
I am eternally grateful for the space and opportunity to share God’s Word
on the World Wide Web.
appreciation and gratitude to Sir Thomas Chandler; Lady Olga Grey; and
Lady Lisa Niestadt and her family for your fellowship in the Word and for
reviewing the weekly words of encouragement.
To my mother who
taught me how to share the love of Christ by giving of my time, talents
and treasure to better the lives of others.
May God always
cause His face to shine on you and yours. In Jesus Name. Amen
Peace & Blessing
in all that you GROW THROUGH!!!
It is my hope and
prayer that you will receive Encouragement for your Heart and Life from
this Corner of your bookshelf. I endeavor to encourage you as it concerns
who you are as a Child of God, what you Posses as a believe in Christ and
what you can do through the Power and Presence of God’s Word and Spirit.
I’m sure some of
us remember watching “School House Rock” on Saturday mornings as we were
growing up. One of the mottos was and still is, “Knowledge is Power”.
This is true in all aspects of life. The more knowledge we have the more
able we are to accomplish any given task. The more knowledge we have of
our Position, Possessions & Promises in God through Christ the more
empowered we are to fulfill God’s will for our life. God has given each
of us a Purpose and He has a Plan to help us fulfill His Purpose for our
life. Below is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians and it is my prayer for
each of you:
to you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the Knowledge of Him, so the
Eyes of your Understanding can be Enlightened, to Know what is the Hope of
His Calling, to know the Riches of the Glory of His inheritance in the
Saints, and what is the Exceeding Greatness of His Power Toward us who
Believe, according to the working of His Mighty Power which He Worked in
Christ when He Raised Him from the dead.” Eph. 1:16-21
Notice, if you
will, Paul’s hope and prayer was not for them to receive material
blessings, although God wants to bless us with material wealth that is not
Paul’s concern. Nor is it my concern, for I know and understand as you
grow in the Knowledge of God in His fullness as Father, Son and Holy
Spirit, all other things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
I realize as we grow in our Knowledge of Him the more we learn to obey the
sound of His Voice and He promised that when we diligently obey His Voice,
blessings would just come upon us. The more we grow in the Knowledge of
Him the less we have to ask God to bless us, for our knowledge and
obedience will cause the Blessing of God to overtake us (Deuteronomy
The Hebrew word
for overtake literally means just that…picture, if you will, watching a
Sunday Afternoon Football Game, the center hikes the ball, the quarterback
drops back in the pocket, spots an open receiver to his left, as he turns
to throw, he loses sight of the defender coming from his right. As the
quarterback cocks his arm to release the ball the pursuing defender hits
him hard from behind. So it is when we take our eyes off of what God can
do for us and focus on what we can do for Him in service to others that
the Blessing He has in store for us will OVERTAKE US!!! We need not ask
God for His blessing; we need only listen to His Voice and Obey His
commands as they concern our own individual lives and the Blessing WILL
follow. Again, I endeavor to encourage you from this Corner of your
bookshelf to seek first God’s Kingdom & His Righteousness, in all that you
do and watch how God will bless you.
“Provoking Devotion in Thought
The bible has been called our
and I believe it is our blue print for our life and our roadmap to
fulfilling God’s purpose and plan for our life. If we are to know who we
are and what we are created to do we have to ask God and search His Word
and He promised, we would discover His will and way for us individually.
In Psalm 1 the
Psalmist paints a picture of one who has dedicated time and space to
search the Word of God and discovered God’s will, way and walks
accordingly. The writer says this person delights in the law of the Lord
and in it He meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-6). The
word delight indicates a person who finds deep enjoyment in the Word of
God. The Hebrew word for law expresses the idea of how God uses His Word
to point out His chosen path for our individual life and fellowship with
Him (Psalm 19:7-11)
The word meditate
means “to mumble” or “speak to oneself” and biblical meditation is
focusing on scripture and rolling it over and over again in our heart and
mind (Psalm 4:4; Psalm 77:6). The psalmist said empowered
is the person who delights, meditates and walks in God’s Word and time
spent in personal devotion provides strength and wisdom to do just that.
Personal time in
devotion helps us fully surrender our heart and life to the truth of God’s
Word, Will and Way. Daily devotion let’s God know we are serious about
growing into the image of His Son. I encourage you to devote more time to
dig deeper into God’s Word and study harder to discover and develop your
God given potential for greatness.
Patient Pursuit of Perfection
“Let us run with patience the
race marked out for us and let us fix our eyes on Jesus”
If we are to
continue to maintain the ground Christ gained for us and keep moving
forward in the Grace of God in our Pursuit of Holiness, it is necessary
for us to allow patience to have her perfect work within us (James
1:4). We have to pray God develops within us the dedication,
determination and drive to follow after Him until we see His destiny for
our lives manifest.
Some will tell you
that we will not obtain perfection until Jesus returns and changes the
corruptible into incorruptible. I am writing to exhort you, through the
testimony of scripture, God says Pursue Peace with ALL men and Holiness
for without these no one can see Him (Hebrews 12:14).
Remember Paul said Christ put some in the Body to help us grow into
Perfection and reach the Fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16).
God would not tell
us to pursue Peace & Holiness if He had not placed in us what we need to
be successful in those endeavors (Philippians 4:13).
Although we are to Patiently Pursue Perfection, we must remain in Pursuit
of Holiness. Not just in passive pursuit, but in HOT PURSUIT of God’s
Will and Way. The word pursuit means to run or hasten after
something or someone. This is not a sprint, but a race of endurance, that
we must run at a constant and steady pace.
passively sit by while time continues to go on, without earnestly
contending for our faith and maturity in God (Jude 3).
Never forget the race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the
strong, but to the one who will endure to the end (Ecclesiastes. 9:11).
We must holdfast to what the prophet said, it is they that wait
on (actively serving as a waiter in a restaurant serves a customer)
the Lord who will renew their strength, run and not get weary, walk and
not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
Now we have need
for patience in our pursuit for it is only through patience that we are
able to persevere and only through perseverance does perfection in Christ
come (Romans 5:1-5). I think it is important to mention at
this point, that the perseverance I speak of here is in God’s Word. We
have to know and understand that perfection, maturity and holiness only
come through enduring in God’s Word (Mark 4:10-20).
trials tend to make us forsake studying and meditating on the Word, but it
is during those times of hardship and struggle that we need to be even the
more dedicated, determined and driven to search the scriptures for Divine
Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding. We need to remember when we pray for
patience and endurance to Pursue Perfection, trials and tribulations come
to Grow, Develop and Mature our faith with patience. For truly it is only
when we patiently endure in Christ, God’s Word, that we develop Strong
Faith and it is strong faith that produces Perfection or Maturity in
Christ Jesus our Lord (James 1:5-8).
Keep your head
up (Psalm 121)
Keep your heart filled (Ephesians
Keep your mind focused (Colossians
This first section
is divided into five parts, with each part representing one week (5
weeks for the five days God took to prepare the earth for mankind and for
His gift of grace found in Christ). Each day set aside time and space
to read the devotion and to study the scriptures (7 days for God rested
on the seventh day for His work of creation was complete and by the Grace
of God we have rest and are complete in Christ). Enjoy your
journey toward Perfection in Christ!!!
“Consequently, faith comes by hearing
God’s message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ”
“God has given to each of us a measure
“Make every effort to add to your faith
II Peter 1:5
Faith Toward God
There are many
definitions of faith, many beliefs on how one is to express his/her faith,
and there are many teachings on the different levels of faith. The
greatest expression of faith toward God I believe we can have is expressed
in the song, “He is all over me”:
He’s on my
right, on my left, in front, in back, under me, over me, and He’s living
down inside. He’s all over me and He’s keeping me alive!!!
To truly have
Strong Faith in God is to know that He is Omniscient (all
knowing), Omnipotent (all powerful) and Omnipresent
(present in all places at all times) and thus He is able to meet
our needs whenever and wherever we are. When we have Strong Faith towards
God, we are able to trust in Him, even when we can’t trace Him (figure out
what He is doing). Proverbs 3:3-6
To develop Strong
Faith we have to continue growing in the Knowledge of how we can trust Him
for being for/with us, among us and in us. It is our faith toward God
that He is all over us, that keeps us alive in the midst of sin and death.
Faith towards God becomes this, “Believing that He is God, whether
that is God with us, God among us or God in us”.
Levels of Faith
In the Old
Testament the people’s faith towards God was strengthened as His presence
moved with or upon them (II Chronicles 20:17).
In the New Testament the disciples’
faith was strengthened in the Lord, because He took on human form and
walked among them (John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8).
Lastly, we can see in the letters
to the churches, our faith should be strengthened in the Lord, because He
now resides within every born again believer
(I Corinthians 3:16; II Corinthians
My prayer is that
we will Grow in the Knowledge of the Three Levels of Faith towards God.
It is our belief that every born again believer should walk in all three
levels in order to have Strong and Secure Faith in our Father. If we have
faith that our Father is for us, it matters not who is
against us and nothing that comes against us shall destroy us
(Isaiah 54:17). If we have faith that God is among us,
we know that we are never alone, for He promised to never leave us nor
forsake us (Joshua 1:5). If we have faith that God is
in us, we know nothing can stop us for He is greater than the
world against us (I John 4:4)!!!
Strong in your faith towards God and Believe that He
is able to do what He said He would do In you, For you and Around
Good Fight of Faith
We are admonished
to fight the good fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12),
which is fought in the spiritual realm and with spiritual weapons (II
Corinthians 10:3-5). It is high time that we take heed to
earnestly contend for our faith (Jude 3) for only when we
overcome the battle within can we effectively as a nation under God walk
in true victory.
As the eyes give
sight to our body and hope gives sight to our faith, our thoughts give
sight to our will, therefore what we set our mind on is what we will see
come to pass in our lives (Colossians 3:1-3). Our mind is
the battlefield on which the enemy of our soul does wage war against us,
therefore we cannot afford to have faith in our own reasoning and
Our heart is the
center of our personalities and where we make the decisions that govern
our lives. As the bridge on a ship, the driver’s seat in a car, so our
heart directs our life and whatever we have in our heart is what we will
become (Proverbs 4:23; 23:7). It is very important for us
not to trust our feelings and inclinations for they will always lead us
If faith is being confident of what we
hope for and sure of what we can not see (Heb. 11:1) we must
direct our faith and trust toward God (Heb. 6:1) and hold
fast to the fact God is who He says He is and He is faithful to fulfill
His promises (Heb. 11:6). If we are to walk by faith and
not by sight (II Cor. 5:7) we must not be moved by the many
troubles life blows our way. Test and trails will cause our carnal nature
to panic (having a sudden sense of overpowering fear), but
my sisters and brothers let's not allow are old nature to creep up and
cause us to forget the life changing truth of Gods Word.
The scriptures speak of Job as being
blameless, upright, one who feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:1).
What scripture doesn’t say is Job was a man of Great Faith. It was faith
that empowered Job to endure & overcome his test and trails. I can only
imagine Job must have thought God was slowly taking his life, but in
chapter 13 verse 15 Job makes a bold statement of faith, that we all need
to make today…”Though He slay me yet will I trust Him”.
To have faith like Job we have to be
willing to trust in the goodness and mercies of God, even when your
circumstances say others wise. During struggles and hardship we have to
keep our faith in God’s Word and His Promises if we are to see God turn
our Misery into our Ministry.
Patiently Walk In Faith
When we are faced with issues that
bring about a sense of panic, as I am certain Job’s situation did, it is
crucial that we speak to ourselves and encourage one another according to
God's Word and Promises (Eph. 5:19,20). We must remember,
no matter what/who comes or goes our God has not given us the spirit of
fear, but He has given us a Spirit of power, love and a sound mind (II
Tim. 1:7). Only God's Word can remove the spirit of fear and
doubt and cause us to patiently walk in faith and cause us to experience
the inheritance God has promised each of us.
Know and understand my friends that God
is at work in our lives through the good and the bad. He is at work in
all things, so we can count it all joy when we encounter our hardships and
struggles’, for it’s the trying of our faith that brings about patience.
When we allow patience to finish her work in us we will be mature in the
things of God. We will be complete, able to be used by God and lack
nothing we need to live an abundant life here in the earth (James
My, my, my what a Mighty God we
serve...angels bow before Him, heaven and earth adore Him...WHAT A MIGHTY
GOD WE SERVE!!! Somebody ought to give Him some praise for the marvelous
things He has, is and will do for us!!!
Misery becomes Ministry
I am sure at one time or another
everyone has felt like Job...overwhelmed with self-pity, in search for an
explanation of why God allows us to suffer so. We can learn a lot about
how to endure and overcome by studying the life and sufferings of Job, for
it reveals the troubling questions, the terrifying doubts and the anguish
of one who is suffering (Job 3:1-3 11; 21).
The Book of Job helps us to see God's
perspective of our sufferings and how God relates to us during those times
when we are surrounded by troubles. Some of you have and are experiencing
the losses that Job did so many years ago. Truly some of you are smack
dab in the middle of a Job Experience! Job lost everything, even the
respect from his wife, for she wanted him to curse God and die (Job
The Book of Job shows that he wasn't a
"fake it until you make it saint", one who puts on a face and acts as if
all is well, when inside they are broke up from the floor up. Job stayed
real with God and openly communicated with God about how he felt about his
situation. It shows how Job struggled with his emotions and feelings, how
he was patient yet impatient, as we are today and God welcomed that from
Job (Isaiah 43:26). Be encouraged and know God is in the
process of turning your misery into ministry.
Preparation for Ministry
Job shows us how God rains good and bad
into the life of everyone and none of us are exempt from suffering, but
God uses our suffering to bring about His will for our lives (James
1:2-4). When we learn to submit ourselves, as Job did, under
God's Almighty Hand and accept by faith that He has planned for all the
bad to work for our good, it is then that God is able to turn our
situation and life around for His Glory (I Peter 5:6-7).
It is when we learn to seek God on what
it is He is bringing about through our sufferings and what is required of
us, that God will give us a vision of how our Misery will become our
Ministry. See, we need to know and understand, God sends us through
things, so that once we have come through, we will be more effective in
helping others endure and overcome as well, that’s ministry. Jesus told
the disciples, that satan was going to try and break them down like wheat,
but He had already prayed for them, that after they had been tried and
their faith failed not, they would be able to strengthen their brothers
and sister in the faith (Luke 22:31-32).
How do we turn our Misery into
Ministry? The same way Job did...he took his focus off of himself and
what he was going through and prayed for his friends (Job 42:10).
We have to learn to see our sufferings as God's preparation for us to
minister to others.
“We walk by faith and not by sight”
II Corinthians 5:7
“I urge you to walk worthy of the
calling by which you are called”
“We pray that you will walk worthy of
the Lord and please Him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work”
The Battle Within
Like the cartoon
character with a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other, our
natures battle for our attention, wanting us to yield to them. In the
beginning everything God created was good, and man had no inclination to
do evil (Genesis
1:26-31). But after the
fall of Adam and Eve they inherited a nature to do evil and thus so did we
(Genesis 3). But, thanks be to God for Jesus Christ, His Son, and
Our Savoir, who died that you and I might have a right to the Tree of Life
and created in us a Clean Heart and renewed the Right Spirit.
The key to winning
the battle that wages on within us is to realize we don’t have the
strength to stand on our own, admit we are sick with sin, and finally we
need to put on the whole armor of God, that we will be able to stand
against the tricks of the enemy (Ephesians 6:11). Jesus Christ
truly is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 10:6). He came that
we might have life and have it more abundantly and not be enslaved to our
old nature, but live unto our new nature in Him.
We can win this
fight, but it has to begin within…as Mother Teresa once said, “Love
begins at home and then is shed abroad.” Change and victory begins
within each of us as individuals and then we as a Nation under God can
walk together in the victory Christ obtained for us!!!
Christ on our mind (Philippians
Christ in our heart
Clothed with Christ
Mission of Love
While Christ walked the earth He was
the Expressed Image of God and through faith in Him we have become His
Ambassadors to continue His Mission of Love (II Corinthians 5:16-21).
Christ stated, when we do for the least it is then we are actually doing
for Him (Matthew 25:40). He becomes the source of our
giving and His love and dependability becomes present in the life of the
least by the compassion, love & kindness we give to one another (John
If we are to be effective in our
Mission to Spread the Love of Christ throughout the world, it is
imperative that we learn to trust one another in Him. He left us behind
that He could always be present with the Father in Heaven and with mankind
in the earth through His Church (Matthew 5:13-16).
We must learn to trust the "New Man" in
Christ. We must learn to trust the Spirit in the lives of other
believers. We must trust that our enemies are going to remain the same
until God brings about a change. The key to us learning to believe in one
another is to continue to trust God regardless if we can trust the
“imperfections” of others (Romans 8:9-11).
Sowing a Seed of Trust
We have to trust God will not allow us
to be ignorant of the tricks of our enemies and He will reveal to us how
much trust to sow into the lives of others (II Corinthians 2:11).
Jesus sowed a level of trust in Judas, when He knew He would be
betrayed. Jesus sowed a level of trust in Peter even when He knew He
could not trust him to control his temper. Jesus sows a measure of faith
into all believers even though He knows we will fall short of His grace
and He can do that because He knows God’s Word will not return unto Him
void (Isaiah 55:11).
Again, if we are to be effective in fulfilling the Cause of Christ, we to
must learn to trust others even when we know they can't be trusted as far
as we can throw them. The key is to be sensitive to God's Spirit & Word
and only sow the level of trust He leads us to sow (Matthew 7:6).
It is only when we sow a Seed of
Trust, water and nurture that Seed with
faith (the substance of
things we hope for), hope
(trusting God to fulfill His Word & Promises) &
providing others with what they need instead of what they deserve) that
God will be able to help us be trustworthy & learn to trust one another (I
we never sow trust how can we expect trust to grow??? How can we grow
into the Bride, the One Body, The Unified Church of God in Christ, if we
don't trust one another??? "Trust Man To Be Man…Trust God to Be God!!!"
Love Delivered Me
Many know or have
heard the great old song, Love Lifted Me; it is in the words of this song
that we can see the salvation of the Lord explained.
“I was sinking
deep in sin far from the peaceful shores, very deeply stained within,
sinking to rise no more, then the master of the sea, heard my despairing
cry, and from the waters lifted me, now safe am I. His Love Lifted Me.
It can also be
sung, Love Delivered or Freed me, because that’s what Salvation really
is. God’s love for us delivers and frees us from the Penalty, Power and
Presence of sin.
The word Salvation
comes from the Greek word, soteria, which means to save,
deliver or preserve. It is used of material and temporal deliverance (Luke
1:69, Acts 7:25,
34; Hebrews 11:7) and of
spiritual and eternal deliverance (Acts 4:12; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 1:13)
God does not wish
for any of us to perish, but that we all come turn away from sin (I
Pet. 3:9) once we repent of our sins, believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ, God begins the Process of Salvation within us and He will continue
that process until the Lord comes back (Philippians 1:6).
We believe the
scriptures reveal a 3-fold Salvation (Our Spirit is Saved, Our Soul is
being Saved and Our Bodies will be Saved) for a 3-fold person (We are a
Spirit, that has a Soul and lives in a Body) (1 Thessalonians. 5:23, 24).
Our Spirit has been Justified by Faith in Jesus Christ, Our Soul is being
Sanctified by God’s Spirit & Word and Our Body will be Glorified (or
changed) at the Second Coming of our Lord & Savoir.
If we are to
Rejoice in the Hope of Christ we must know that our spirits have been
justified before God, through grace, by faith in the work and person of
the Lord Jesus Christ. Another way of looking at it is we have been Freed
from the Penalty of sin (Romans 6:23).
We have been Justified and are no longer condemned for our sin because of
Jesus’ death on the cross (Romans 8:1-17). The word
justified comes from the Greek word, dikaloo, which is a
legal term meaning to remove ones guilt and penalty for a crime (Romans
3:28; Galatians 2:16; 3:22-26).
I am convinced
that our God will complete His Good Work of Transforming us into the
Likeness of His Son. We can have unshakable confidence in fact that God
will fulfill His promises and there is a time coming when He will
completely finish the Good Work He started when we first believed (Philippians
Sanctified Through Service
As stated before,
we are from the school of thought that there are 3 levels to our
Salvation, because we are 3 part beings (I Thessalonians 5:23).
When we except Jesus into our heart and life it is at that point,
We Are Saved From the Penalty of Sin, Sealed with the Holy
Spirit and Our Spirit is Delivered from the Judgment of Sin (Ephesians
Once we are Sealed
with the Holy Spirit it is then through Faith and the Word, We
Are Being Saved from the Power of Sin, and our Will, Emotions,
and any Unresolved Issues are being Sanctified and Purged by God’s Word
and our Works (John 15:1-3; Ephesians 2:8-10; Acts 15:9).
The Third Level is We Are Going to be Saved from the Presence
of Sin and Our Bodies will be Changed from Corruptible to
Incorruptible, when Jesus returns (I Corinthians 15:51-58).
of the First and Third Level of our salvation belongs to God and God
alone, but we have a major part in the Second Level. We have been born
with a Purpose to fulfill here in the earth and it becomes up to us to
Present ourselves to God, as a Living Sacrifice, for Him to use to save
souls (Romans 12:1, 2). It is our responsibility to Study
God’s Word and be led by His Spirit so as to be Workmen/women that need
not be ashamed of being unprepared for service (II Timothy 2:15-21).
Work it Out
Although there is yet purging that
needs to take place within our heart, mind and life, this purging,
cleansing and sanctifying comes through our Faith. And faith comes by
hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17)
and through our Works/Service, because faith without works is dead (James
So it is through the process of
Working, through Faith that which God placed in us (our gifts,
calling and ministry) that we are being transformed into the
likeness of Jesus (II Corinthians 3:18).
Know and understand that Salvation is a
Gift from God and no amount of work can save us, but we are encouraged to
Develop and Work Out our Salvation, but not to Work For our Salvation (Ephesians
As we walk in our gifts, calling and
ministry we are being sanctified for greater works, we are being delivered
from the power of sin, we are being cleansed from the effects of past sins
and we are being purged of any unresolved issues (Colossians 1:28-29).
“The weapons we fight with are not
weapons of this world, but we have divine power”
II Corinthians 10:4
“All scripture is God-breathed…so God’s
people can be thoroughly equipped for every good work””
II Timothy 3:16-17
“The Word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword”
Sanctified by the Word
“I Pray for them…I do not pray that You
take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil
one…Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth.”
Sanctify means “to
set apart” or “separate”. Jesus prayed and is still praying not only for
our hearts to be kept from evil, but also that our lives will be set apart
from the world and our sinful nature (Hebrews 7:25).
In essence Jesus
is praying that all of God’s Children would advance in the Righteousness
of the God. He is praying for us to be set apart to serve Him in Building
up the Kingdom of God here in the earth. He is praying for God to cleanse
us with the washing of His Word (Ephesians5:25-26).
Jesus has great
confidence in the Power of God’s Word to separate our new nature from our
old. We too can take great courage and confidence in studying and hearing
God’s Word. He promised His Word would not return to Him without
accomplishing what He sent Christ to do.
“Be diligent to present yourself
approved to God, a Worker who does not need to be ashamed, Rightly
Dividing (an exhausted study of) the Word of Truth.” II Timothy 2:15
Work the Word
The Apostle Paul
encouraged us to “Work out Our Own Salvation” (Philippians
If we are to be effective in working towards sanctification, we cannot
depend on the studying of others, we have to get in the Word and study for
ourselves. We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ, for Good Works.
If we don’t study the Handbook for our Mission and Ministry how then can
we be prepared for Good Works, for every thing that is good comes from God
and is found in His Word (James 1:17).
“For the Word
of God is Living and Powerful, and Sharper that any two-edge sword…”
In and through the
Word of God we find the Greatest Power for change and sanctification of
our hearts and lives. God’s Word is alive and active in the heart and
life of every born again believer and the more Word we have the more God
is able to separate us from the world and set us apart to serve in the
Kingdom (Hebrews 6:1-3). I have to be honest with you and
talk about me for a minute…it is not enough to read the Word we have to
Apply the Word to our everyday life. Know and understand that if you are
born again and studying God’s Word, the Process of Sanctification is at
work in you. Now it is up to us to Work the Word that is at Work within
us (Colossians 1:28-29).
Sanctified through Warfare
II Timothy 3:12
As we continue to
Work the Word and Walk the Walk we must be prepared for persecution, which
literally means, “to be hunted”. The closer we draw to God the more the
enemy of will fight against us. The more we stay in God’s Word and apply
it to our lives the more the enemy will try and choke the Word out of us (Mark
God has not promised us deliverance from persecution but deliverance
through persecution. It is through the things we suffer that we learn to
obey the voice of God (Hebrews 5:8). It is through
spiritual warfare that God develops within us the ability to reign with
Him in His Kingdom here in the earth
(II Timothy 2:11-12)
“You therefore must endure hardship as
a good solider for Jesus Christ…that you may please Him who enlisted you
as a soldier.” II Timothy 2:3-7
are given for our sanctification and faithfulness to God. Our walk is
often presented as us being soldiers in the Army of the Lord. Effective
service calls for a singleness of mind and purpose (Colossians 3:2).
When you see or hear a soldier you know they are soldiers by their
appearance and by their conversation. Their has to be a visible
difference between us and the world and if we do not separate ourselves,
if we do not sanctify our lives before God and man, then God will use
trails, tribulation and things that we suffer to do it for us (Hebrews
War on the Inside
There is a war
raging not outside of us, but within our own bodies and within our own
minds. The enemy’s battleground is within the mind of every born again
believer. That is why it is imperative that we find ourselves Working the
Word that is within us by the Power of God’s Spirit (John 16:12-15).
This conflict between the flesh and the spirit confused the Apostle Paul
and confuses many of us today, because what we want to do we don’t do and
what we don’t want to do we do. But we can take courage and know that God
will cause all things, good and bad, to work together for our good (Romans
Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God…” II
If we are to be
separated from the world and set apart for God’s use and purpose we can
not use worldly ways and worldly means to fight the Good Fight of Faith.
We have to use the Power of God’s Word and Spirit to fight for our Soul
Salvation and this we will do with the help of God through all that we
suffer and GROW THROUGH!!! (Zechariah 4:6)
Living Today Preparing for Tomorrow
created in the Image of God, we should have a deep longing to transcend
our mortality by knowing God’s Purpose and Plan for our lives (Ecclesiastes
1:13). The life we live here on earth is only a brief moment of
our life in the grand span of eternity. This world is not our home and
this body is not our house (II Corinthians 5:1-8), but there
will come a day when we will transition from life as it is, into life as
it should be…Life without End!!! On that Great Day of Transition, sin,
sickness and death will be swallowed up and Righteousness, Peace and Joy
will spring forth eternally (Romans 14:17).
So life now is to
prepare us for our New House and Home in eternity with God (II
4:16-18). God is at
work in all we experience, preparing our Hearts and Lives for our life in
eternity. The world tells us to live for today and seize the day as if it
were the first day of the rest of your life, but as Believers we need to
live for tomorrow and seize the day as if it were the last day of our life
6:34). We should live
and work as if we know Christ will return tomorrow. We should live as if
the Only Bible people will read is the life of love we live and the
goodness we share. Now is the time for all of God’s people to search out
God’s Purpose and Plan and not just life here, but the life we will
experience in eternity (Romans 13:11-14).
We need to
understand our purpose on earth is directly connected to God’s Plan for us
in eternity. Jesus said He was going back to the Father to prepare a
place for us, that where they are we would be too (John 14:2).
If in fact we believe Jesus is with the Father preparing a Place in
Eternity for us, should we not be about the task of preparing ourselves to
live in that place???
With that we must
understand what we do for God here in the earth, will directly affect the
life we experience in eternity (II Corinthians 1:22).
Our experience of eternal life in Christ is being determined by how we
invest our God-given Time, Talents and Treasures while here in the earth (I
We also need to
know and understand while we are preparing ourselves and others for our
eternal tomorrow, we need not worry about whether or not we will be ready
when Jesus returns (Matthew 6:33-34). God promised that if
we would Feed, Exercise and Rest our Faith toward godliness to Workout our
Soul Salvation, He would finish the work he began when we first believed (Philippians
1:6). He promised, though we don’t know what we shall be or when
our complete transformation will be complete, we can take courage in
knowing that when He returns, we shall be just like Him (I John
Knowledge of Christ
shared that the first step in Preparing Today for our Eternal Tomorrow is
by presenting our bodies to God daily as living sacrifices. The second
step is to learn to think like Christ and continually think about Christ,
which is found in the last part of Romans 12:2:
conformed to this world, but BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of
23:7 says “so as a
man thinks in his heart so he will be.” If God’s ultimate purpose
for us on earth and His plan for us in Heaven is for us to be conformed
into the image of Christ, then the more we THINK ABOUT CHRIST (Luke
22:19) the more we become like Christ. The more we THINK
LIKE CHRIST (Philippians 2:5) the more we will live like Christ in
our relationships with others.
the Church at Rome to not conform to the world, by thinking like the
world, but for them to be transformed by the renewing of their mind. He
was encouraging them to watch their way of thinking and what they were
thinking about. We need to know and understand that what we think about
and the way we think forms who we are and what we do. (I John 2:3-6).
“Put on the whole armor of God to stand
against the devils schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and
“I give you these instructions…so that
by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a
I Timothy 1:18-19
“Fight the good fight of the faith and
take hold of eternal life to which you are called”
I Timothy 6:12
Knowledge is Power
Paul also tells
the Church at Colossi to “seek those things which are above, where
Christ is, for our life is HIDDEN IN CHRIST.” (Colossians 3:1-4)
Why should we seek to know more about Christ and change the way we think
to think like Christ??? Because the more we learn of Christ (Matthew
the more we become like Him and discover who we are in God.
Since our lives
our HIDDEN IN CHRIST, God’s purpose and plan for us is found in Christ as
well. When we seek to know Christ, in order to be like Him, it is then
and only then God’s will for our individual lives becomes clear
(Colossians 1:9, 10).
Remember Paul said
in Romans 12:2, that through the process of renewing our
minds (by thinking like Christ and thinking about Christ) we are able to
PROVE what God’s GOOD, ACCEPTABLE and PERFECT WILL is for
our life. When we know and understand God’s will and way for us
individually we are then empowered to fulfill His will and walk in His
way. It is then we are truly empowered to Prepare others and ourselves
Today for our Eternal Tomorrow.
The world says,
“Knowledge is Power”, but I here to tell you that it is the
“KNOWLEDGE OF CHIRST THAT GIVES US TRUE POWER TO LIVE AND LIVE LIFE TO THE
FULLEST!!!” (John 10:10)
Steps are Ordered but Actions are Options
Psalm 37:23; Romans 6:13
As stated before,
as believers we are to Live Today in Preparation of our Eternal Tomorrow,
which means we are to seek God daily for our Purpose on earth and His Plan
for our lives here, and in eternity. The very first step in Preparation
for our Eternal Tomorrow is Presenting ourselves to God today and everyday
as Living Sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2).
Instead of using
our human limitations to try and figure out what our life’s purpose is, we
need to look to the Sovereignty of God to lead us in the way that we
should go (Proverbs 16:1-9). We can plan, dream and hope,
but we need to know and understand that the final course and outcome of
our lives is up to God (Proverbs 19:21; Jeremiah 10:23)
We cannot depend
on fate or our own intellect, but we have to learn to trust God with all
our heart, lean not to our own understanding, acknowledge Him and He
promised to direct our path and lead us down the path of righteousness (Proverbs
3:5, 6; Psalm 23:3). In learning to trust God with our lives we
come to realize that regardless of what/who comes or goes our Father is in
control of our seemingly chaotic situation. He uses every
circumstance/situation to help us fulfill His purpose and plan, which is
to be conformed into the Image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28).
God’s sovereign power and wisdom in predetermining the length of our lives
and we can see through the testimony of scripture our course has been
predetermined as well (I Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:12-16;
II Timothy 4:6-8). Now it is up to us to humble and offer
ourselves to God daily for His Praise, Honor and Glory (James 4:7-10).
Regardless of the plans we come up with or the decisions we make the
ultimate plan and decision has already been made.
“Whoever desires to come after Me let
him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever
desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My
sake and the gospel’s sake will save it.” Mark 8:34-38
So the steps that
God has already laid out for us to walk in are the Steps of Christ. God
has purposed everything and everyone in our lives to help us to mature
into the Image of Christ. Our actions on the other hand are choices that
we have to make on a daily bases (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
We have to choose to separate ourselves daily for God’s use, we have to
choose to live a life of sacrificial love that is pleasing to God and we
have to choose to present our lives, daily to God which is the only
rational reaction to all the good gifts God has showered on us (Romans
As stated before,
God’s ultimate purpose and plan for us on earth and in Heaven is for us to
be conformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29),
and remember Paul stated we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.
If we are to be effective in fulfilling God’s will and walk in His way, we
cannot allow the world to mold and shape our values and character. We
have to know and understand that our complete spiritual transformation
starts in our mind and heart (Romans 8:5, 6).
When we focus on
the concerns of the world we are tossed back and forth by the waves of
change, but when we focus on God’s truth, which is found in His Word, we
are able to stand firm in God and who we are in Him (Philippians 4:8,
9). “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and
sharper than any two edge sword, piercing even to the division of soul and
spirit, and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:11, 12
God’s Word is the
measuring stick He uses to determine whether we are conforming to the
world or being transformed into the likeness of Christ. God’s Word is
alive and active and the more we meditate on His Word the more it is able
to transform our character to be like Christ. God’s Word distinguishes
what we produced from our old nature and that which we produced from our
new nature and by His Spirit He helps us with our weakness (Romans
Destined for Greatness
“Blessed is the man…who delights is in
the Word of the Lord, and in His Word he meditates day and night.” Psalms
states that instead of finding purpose in the entanglements of this world,
a believer finds his or her purpose in the things of God, especially the
Word of God. For it is in His Word that God directs and orders our steps
in fellowship with Him.
It is God’s Word
that brings light and life to our dark and dead existence and helps us to
accomplish the purification of our souls (I Peter 1:22).
Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1-14), so the more we
think about His Life (Relationship with others), Death (Sacrifice for
others) and Resurrection (New Life for others), the more Christ like we
God’s Word and Spirit are both
essential for our Spiritual Transformation, for it is the studying of
scripture that makes us complete and capable of fulfilling God’s will and
walk in His way. But it is not enough to know God’s Word, it is essential
that we apply God’s Word to our daily lives, by the power of His Spirit (II
Remember, thoughts influence actions, actions produce habits, habits
determine character and character will determine one’s destiny.
ARE DESTINED FOR GREATNESS IN CHRIST!!!
The Mind of Christ
In learning to
Think Like Christ, the scriptures encourage us on how to Think
about Christ in Philippians 4:8. Those are the very
characteristics of Christ, after all He is the Truth, He is Lovely, He is
Pure, He is Honest, and He is full of all Virtue and all Praise.
Thinking on these
things help us think more like Christ and less like our own carnal
(worldly) minds. The more we learn to Think About Christ the more
we will begin to Think Like Christ because all of His attributes
will become a part of who we are. As Proverbs 23:7 states, as a man
Thinks so is he.
If we are what we
Think, when we learn to Think Like Christ, the more we Become
Like Christ and others will begin to see the Christ In Us.
They will see Christ in our conversations, not just what we say, but more
so in what we do. They will see Christ in the Spirit of Peace we walk in
toward all mankind and they will see it in the Love that we have for one
another (John 13:31-35).
We are encouraged
to put on the Mind of Christ, which is to Love God more than self, which
is seen when we Unconditionally Love Others. Christ loves the Father so
much that He endured the pain and shame of the cross to reclaim the world
for God. In turn Christ left us behind, with the Power of His Spirit and
Word, with the Ministry of Reconciliation, to be Witnesses of God’s Love (II
Our Greatest Witness
I can say, by the
grace of God, most of my witnessing for Christ was not through knocking on
someone's door or passing out tracks. My greatest opportunities to be a
witness of the Love of God were when someone saw something in me that was
different from the rest (Matthew 5:13-16).
Witness is not in what we say, although others should hear Christ in what
we say; our greatest witness should be the Life of Love we live. In
II Corinthians 3: 1-3, Paul said we are Living Epistles or Letters
Written by the Spirit of God, known and read by men.
Again if we are
what we think, when we learn to keep our minds Stayed on Christ, then we
learn to Put on the Mind of Christ and thus learn to Think Like Christ.
The bible states we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds,
which comes by hearing and reading God’s Word (Romans 10:17).
Since Christ is
the Word of God and He lives in us by His Word, we can't help but Think
about Christ, which will influences us to Think Like Christ,
then and only then are we empowered to Live Like Christ, which is a
Life of Unconditional Love for the World, to include the earth and her
inhabitants (Mark 10:45).
“They that wait upon the Lord shall
renew their strength, mount up on wings as eagles, run and not get weary,
walk and not faint”
“Come to Me, all who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest”
“We have confidence in God and receive
from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases
I John 3:21-22
The Righteousness of God
Not only are we to
prepare ourselves, today, for our eternal tomorrow, but help bring to past
God’s will for sending Christ in the earth…to prepare the Body of Christ
to spend eternity with God and to Reconcile & Restore the world back to
God (II Corinthians 5:18-19). The only way for us to
effectively accomplish this is to Think about Christ, which
influences us to Think Like Christ, which in turn empowers to
Live Like Christ. We are to imitate the life of Christ, which
was a Life of Unconditional Love for the World, to include the earth and
her inhabitants (Ephesians 5:1).
The Apostle Paul,
in Ephesians 4:20-24, compared Living Like Christ to
stripping off the dirty clothes of a sinful past and putting on the snowy
white robes of Christ Righteousness. The Old Testament concept of
righteousness speaks of a proper relationship between God and His people.
Righteousness is an attribute of God; He alone is truly righteous, for He
remains faithful to His promises, His covenants and His Word.
In turn He has
left us behind with the responsibility of exemplifying His righteousness
in the earth. Now Jesus is the only one who can truly stand before the
Father, Righteous and Holy, but by placing our faith and trust in Christ’s
death, burial and resurrection, God declares us to be His Righteousness in
Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:20-21). We have this
righteousness that has nothing to do with our own works but relies on
Jesus’ sinless life and His sacrificial death for our sins (Ephesians
Putting on Christ
By faith in Christ
we are to put on God’s righteousness, realizing that we have already died
to our old nature and by the Power and Presence of God’s Word and Spirit
we are able to walk in Newness of Life (Romans 6:3-13). The
Righteousness of God is about our relationship with Him and others.
In the Old
Testament to be Righteous meant obeying God’s Word (Exodus 20:1-17)
and in the New Testament Jesus said the Law of God can be summed up in Two
Commandments, Love God with all that we have and Love our neighbors as we
love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40).
Putting on Christ
is to live a life dedicated to Presenting the Good News of the Kingdom of
God to the world (Matthew 5:23), which is Righteousness,
Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). We have to know
and understand that spiritually our flesh and old nature have been
crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20),
but it is up to us to die daily to the passions (affections) and desires
(lusts) of our old self (Galatians 5:24).
It is only when we
learn to keep our focus on God that we will learn to lay aside everything
that hinders us from Putting on Christ and Living a Life of Sacrificial
Love, to help prepare the world for our soon coming King (Hebrews
"O My Father, if it be possible, let
this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as You will."
Have you ever hoped and prayed, to the
point of despair, that God would remove you from a situation, relationship
or maybe a job??? Maybe it was a prayer for deliverance from a sickness,
a temptation or sinful habit and regardless of how long or how earnest you
may have prayed things did not change, but remained the same??? Maybe you
are like me and feel bad when you get to the place of "Having taken all
that you can take" and feel as if you have failed in your faith or let
God down. But, I just want to encourage you on today..."Be encourage
and know that we have a High Priest, in Jesus, that is able to understand
our weaknesses, for He was tempted in everyway that we are" (Hebrews
As we can see in
the above scripture, as Jesus prepared for His betrayal and crucifixion,
He admitted that His soul was very sorrowful even to the point of death.
He not only ask God once, but three times to remove the cup of the cross
from Him. Jesus is our example of faith toward God. He is our example of
obedience toward God (I Peter 2:21), for in the midst of His
heart being troubled about going to the cross, He looked past His
immediate circumstances and saw that His sacrifice would bring eternal
life to others (Hebrews 12:2).
Notice, if you will, what the Apostle
Paul said in Hebrews 12:1-3: "Seeing that we are surrounded by so
many witnesses (in the Bible & in this life) whose lives tell us what
faith means. We should get rid of everything that gets in the way and
holds us back from running the race that is set before us with patience.”
In order for us to endure hardship as
Good Soldiers of the Lord, it becomes important for us to look into the
lives of witnesses in the Bible and those around us and how they held on
regardless of how difficult things may have gotten. It becomes important
for us to look to the example of Jesus and how He overcame the temptation
not to endure the cross by focusing on the plan and purpose of His Father
The hesitation on the part of His humanity was overcome by the compassion
of His divinity and that compassion made it easier for Him to bear the
sins of the world on the cross as opposed to bearing the thought of our
hopelessness without His sacrifice (Colossians 1:24-29)
My prayer is that you will be strong in
the Lord and in the Power of His Might, that after you have been tried you
will in turn be a source of strength and encouragement for someone else (Ephesians
6:10; Luke 22:31,32).
Strength in times of Weakness
In Deuteronomy 3:23-26 we
see Moses begging God to allow him to enter the Promise Land, but because
of Moses rebellion in Numbers 20, he was excluded from
entering Canaan. God told Moses to speak unto a rock and water would flow
from it to provide the Children of Israel with something to drink in the
desert. Instead of Moses doing exactly what the Lord told him to do,
which was to speak unto the rock, he hit it with his rod, but Moses
happily submitted unto God's will for him not to enter the Promise Land
and God allowed him to go to the top of Mount Pisgah and look out over the
In II Corinthians 12:8 (read
verse 7-11) Paul says he begged the Lord three times to take a
problem away. The problem Paul's spoke of was a "Throne in his flesh",
which he stated was a messenger from satan, sent to beat him and keep him
from being prideful about all the visions and revelations he was receiving
He goes on to say that, since God's
Power becomes great in him when he is weak, he is happy during insults,
hard times, sufferings and any kind of troubles, because He realized that
whenever he was weak, that's when he was truly strong. Most times God’s
answer to our prayers of deliverance is not to eliminate the trouble but
strengthen us to endure and overcome it (Luke 22:31-32).
We all have our own cross to bear (Matthew
16:24, 25), but we can take courage in knowing that God will never
place more on us than we can bear and with every temptation He will
provide us with a way to escape (I Corinthians 10:11-13).
Know and understand that when you get tired from laboring physically,
emotionally, and spiritually the Lord said you can come unto Him and find
rest for your soul (Matthew 11:28-30).
God’s kind of Rest is found In His
Peace and we are encouraged to Rest In the Peace of God (R.I.P.).
How do you do that with a cross on your back, a cross on your emotions, a
cross on your job, a cross on your finances, a cross on your
We heed Paul’s exhortation to the
Church at Philippi, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
through prayer and supplications let your request be made known unto God
and the Peace of God, which is beyond your understanding, shall guard your
heart and mind against the tricks of the enemy (Philippians
Now that’s rest to
help you sleep through the night and wake up renewed. Paul exhorts us to
be diligent to enter into God’s rest, which tells us God’s kind of rest is
not automatic, but takes determination on our part (Hebrews 4:1-11).
We have to be determined to laying aside everything that keeps us from
Resting In Peace.
Hour of Need
Finally my friends, know and understand
that God knows your every need and promises to provide for them and when
you bring your request to Him He will give you the strength to endure
through every struggle, challenge and hardship (Philippians 3:19).
Regardless of where you may find
yourself, God is only a prayer away. He is your strong tower that you can
run into and find shelter from the storms that rage in your lives. Rest
assured that God is faithful to His Word and answers the prayers of His
people (Numbers 23:19).
His answer may be yes, it may be no, or
it may be wait. When you pray for help in trouble or for healing in
sickness, or for deliverance in persecution or temptation, God may not
give you the answer you are looking for because it may not be His wise and
loving will for you (Psalm 143:1-2).
He will answer your prayers in His own
way and in His own time, but He will not let you down in your hour of
need, for He promised to never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)!!!
Celebrate Our Hope
As we journey
through life and this walk of faith, let us never forget the Hope we share
in Christ. Let us never forget He came that we might have Life and have
it more abundantly. May we never forget He lived that we might have an
example to live by. And may we never forget He was born only to die, that
we might be delivered from the Penalty, the Power and the Presence of sin
In all we may hope for, all believers
have One Hope in common, that is the Hope of Salvation through Faith in
Christ. When we accept Jesus into our heart & life it is at that point “We
Are Saved from the Penalty of Sin” and sealed with the Holy Spirit
(Our spirit is delivered from the judgment of sin)
Once we are sealed it is then that through Faith and the Word, “We
Are Being Saved from the Power of Sin” (Our will, emotions and
unresolved issues are being sanctified and transformed through Gods Word
and our Works) John 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; Acts 15:9. The
third level is “We Are Going to be Saved from the Presence of Sin”
(Our bodies will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible)
when Jesus returns, I Corinthians 15:51-58.
The responsibility of the first and
third level of our salvation belongs to God, but it is the second one that
the responsibility falls on us. We are born with a purpose and plan to
fulfill here in the earth and it becomes up to us to present ourselves to
God as a living sacrifice for Him to use for the saving of souls (Rom.
12:1,2) and study to be an approved workman that needs not be
ashamed of being unprepared for service (II Tim. 2:15, 21).
There is yet some purging that needs to take place within our heart, mind
and life and this purging/cleansing/sanctifying comes through our Faith,
which comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17) and
through our Works/Service, because faith without works is dead (James
So it is through the process of
Working, by Faith, with Hope that which God placed in us (our Gifts,
Calling and Ministry) that we are transformed into Jesus' likeness
with ever-increasing glory (II Corinthians 3:18).
Finally as you walk in your gifts, calling and ministry you are being set
apart for greater works, you are being delivered from the power of sin,
you are being cleansed from the effects of past sins and purged of any
This is the Hope we have in Christ…”The
Good Work He Begun in Us…He is continuing to perform and will do so until
He returns and when He returns we will be just like Him!!!” (Philippians
1:6) May God bless you and yours with much peace and many
blessing as you Patiently Pursue Perfection in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Brother Caleb & Lady Drake