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Walking Your Faith

CORAM DEO ( Living Before The Face Of GOD )

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Posted on November 16, 2019 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Matthew 3:17 "And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."NKJV Friends in Christ, Right after this blessed moment of baptism God confirms Jesus' identity and announces His pleasure. Shortly after this strong affirmation from God, we find Jesus, in Matthew 4:1-10, being tempted by the enemy after enduring a forty-day fast. The enemy immediately challenges what God has spoken by saying , "IF You are the Son of God". Friends, often the enemy's first temptation is to get us to question our identity in Christ. When we receive God's gracious, unearned gift of salvation our identity is sealed in the blood of Christ, which defeats the enemy. Could you imagine an elementary school student coming home with an 'F' on their report card and the parent saying you are no longer my child, change your name and leave my house! Of course not! Neither does the Lord dismiss you or me when we fail because His love never fails (1Corinthians 13:8). If you were gardening and you saw a plant that was drooping and bent downward would you uproot the plant, trash it, and start over? Hopefully not. What a skilled gardener often will do is put a wooden stake in the ground next to it and tie the plant to it, leaving the plant dependent on the wood to grow. This is our life in Christ, leaning not on our own works, but on the grace that God purchased through Jesus Christ on that cross to help us to grow in Him. Walking your faith? The enemy wants you to doubt who you are, whose you are, and to spend time trying to earn what you have already been given. ABBA, Father God, Thank You for Jesus, Your only Son dying for me so I could have identity in You as Your beloved. Please help me to continue to remember the grace You have shown to me at the cross that I might live for You, in good times and bad, all the days of my life. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Chaplain's Devotional

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Devotionally Acts 3:17-19 "Friends, I realize that what you did to Jesus was done in ignorance; and the same can be said of your leaders. 18 But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had declared about the Messiah beforehand???that he must suffer all these things. Now turn from your sins and turn to God, so you can be cleansed of your sins." NLT Friends in Christ, It really is amazing when you stop to consider the scene. Less than two months before, Peter had seen his leader and friend, Jesus, killed in a conspiracy involving these people. Peter could have tried to call down fire from Heaven. He could have proclaimed that they were going to hell and he was glad. He did none of these things. With grace, mercy and love Peter reached out to these people. He called them friends or brothers. He offered them hope and salvation. He cared enough to tell them the truth and then present the Good News to them. Jesus told us to love our enemies, to do good and we will be rewarded (Luke 6:35). Truly Peter was listening when Jesus said to love your enemies. Are you listening now? Walking your faith? Be motivated by love. Shalom! ABBA, Father Lord, Teach me to love. Teach me to love those who have hurt me. Teach me to love those whom I have considered to be unlovable. Change me. Please present me with opportunity to express love to my enemies. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Walking Your Faith

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Devotionally Romans 9:2-3 "My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed???cut off from Christ!???if that would save them." NLT Loved Ones in Christ, We all have a passion for something. It may be for our family, our job or even for our favorite hobby. These are all great things, and we can enjoy sharing these passions with others. Unfortunately, many Christians do not have a passion for the lost. They will rally behind their favorite sports team or spend hours discussing the latest video game to hit the market, but when pressed about those who are without Jesus, they are indifferent. Friend, we cannot be indifferent towards the lost. We should pray for the same passion Paul had for the lost. Paul proclaims in no uncertain terms that he would willfully give up his own salvation so that his Jewish brothers and sisters would be saved. Now THAT is passion for the lost. So how do we gain this passion? I believe, in part, it comes from understanding what the future holds for those who die without Jesus. To imagine any of my loved one's being eternally separated from God and punished for their sins, causes me to tremble. This sorrow leads me into a passionate desire to see them saved. How about you? Together, let's seek out those who need Jesus, share His love and pray for God to continue building His Church! Walking your faith? We should have a sorrow and a passion for the lost. Shalom! ABBA Father God, Thank You for Your salvation and Your love for me. Father, help me to be mindful of the lost. Grant me a passion to proclaim Your name and to pray for those who need You. I pray that You would draw my friends and family to Yourself so that they too may know the peace that comes from a relationship with You. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory Lord. Amen.

Walking Your Faith?

Posted on October 27, 2019 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith 1 John 2:1 "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, The reality is that we all have done wrong. We have sinned against God and others. Without help we are condemned to pay for our wrongs. While this may be true, the Bible says that we have an advocate. His name is Jesus Christ, and He is the One who stands between us and condemnation. How can Jesus stand as an advocate for us? It is because He is the perfect, sinless Son of God. He has done no wrong and even more than that, Jesus has taken our wrong to the grave when He died on the cross. When He rose again three days later, He rose as our redeemer and our advocate. There is one important distinction to also be aware of in regards to our advocate, Jesus. Notice that He is the only advocate we have. There is no other person in Heaven or on earth who can stand before God and plead our case. There is no one who is able to declare our innocence but Jesus, because He is the very one who took our sin from us. He is the greatest Advocate we could ever desire and He promises to never leave us or forsake us for all eternity. Walking your faith? It is the righteous, sinless life of Jesus Christ that makes Him the only viable advocate for us. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I am humbled by the love, grace and advocacy I have in Jesus. Thank You for sending Him to earth so that I could be forgiven and free. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I can live a life that points others to the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Walking Your Faith?

Posted on October 19, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)
Walking Your Faith Devotionally 2 Corinthians 7:4 "Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation." NKJV Friends in Christ, It's hard to think of a trial as a good thing, but in 2 Corinthians 7, Paul indicates that we can find joy in our trials. How can this be? After all, trials are painful. Trials may be painful, but they are also great opportunities to see how God has changed our lives. Remember in school when you took a test and knew the material? You looked forward to it. It was a chance to exercise what you were learning. The same is true in our faith. We can see what we are learning through our trials. Another joyful purpose of a trial is to learn from it. God will use difficult situations to teach us about ourselves or about other people. We can learn how to respond in a situation or how not to respond. Sometimes when we don't learn the lesson, we repeat the trial. We waste time, energy and effort by not 'getting it'. In our relationships, we often think we should part ways at the first sign of conflict. When we do this, we are responding carnally or not spiritually and miss out on a great opportunity to love one another. If every time you have conflict you flee, you will never develop love and maturity in your church relationships, your marriage or your friendships. Use each trial that comes your way to grow in Christ. Friends, as you grow through them, you will be able to rejoice in tribulation because it will draw you closer to God. Walking your faith? Trials can be our chance to show what we know or what we have learned. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for the difficulties in my life. While they are not easy to walk through, I know that they are being used to teach me new things. Help me to depend on You during these times and to learn the lessons You have for me the first time. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Consider This...

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Devotionally Eph 6:7 "with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men," NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, Friends, have you ever had to struggle to sit down to simply watch the news, a sitcom, or a movie on TV? Probably not. But often it???s difficult to accomplish those things that the Lord has called us to do. Spending time in the word of God, being in fellowship at church with other believers, giving faithfully, and serving in ministry regularly is a task that???s tested by our fallen nature, fallen world, and the spiritual enemy of our souls: Satan. Before man fell we lived as spirit, soul, and body. After man fell the order was changed to body, soul, and spirit by our sinful nature (see 1 Thess 5:23). Of course Jesus came to restore that order when we are born again into His kingdom. Eph 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." NKJV Let me encourage you to press on for your eternal investments in the Lord. You get out of life what you put into life. You get out of the marriage what you put into the marriage. You get out of work what you put into work. You get out of friendship what you put into friendship. You get out of church what you put into church. Some people expect to see results in life before they put in the work, ???if you give me some heat I???ll add some wood to the fire.??? Yet it is different with Jesus since we always get more from Him then we could ever give. That???s the beauty of the Gospel friends, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He took the time to give His life for us, let us redeem the time by taking a stand against our flesh, the world, and the devil and allow the Lord to pour back on us more than we could ever ask imagine or think for His Glory in our lives. Walking your faith? We need to press on for what is right. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Please forgive me when I fall into the flesh and don???t prioritize You and stand for You and Your promises in my life. Please empower me in Your strength to do Your will and continue to stand and press on for what is right in Your eyes. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Consider this...

Posted on September 7, 2019 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Gen 22:14 "And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided." NKJV Friends in Christ, Abraham was willing to give his all unto the Lord. In obedience to God he was willing to let go of the next most beloved thing in his life, his son. Jesus said this about our following of Him: Matt 10:37 "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." NKJV What do you and I put in front of the Lord in our lives? Is it our marriage, kids, work, or our own self-interests? God is able to do such an amazing thing in our hearts and lives if we'd simply yield to Him as Abraham did in this chapter. Abraham was willing to offer his only son in obedience, but God instead offered Himself as the sacrifice (Gen 22:8) through Christ who was to come. Abraham was told that his descendants would be as the stars in the sky, basically innumerable. So it is for us in our time of testing. When we yield to the Lord in spite of the pain or difficulty in the current situation, we can trust by faith that the Lord will provide exponential blessing and goodness upon our lives. Walking your faith? Yielding our all to God will yield countless blessings, many of which we may never come to know until we are in the presence of God. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Please help me identify those things that have priority over my heart instead of You. Please grant me the grace to be willing to forsake all and follow You in all my ways. In Jesus'precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Consider this...

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith, Daniel 8:4 "I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great." NKJV Friends in Christ, Daniel is witnessing a vision from God concerning the rise of a couple of great empires in the world. The Medo-Persian empire is represented by the ram (Daniel 8:3-4,20) and Greece is represented following that empire (Daniel 8:5-8,21-22). These are noted in the scriptures as great kingdoms of this world. All that the people of this world could aspire toward is seen in them ??? power, influence, and great wealth. But, what are the things that Jesus tells us about being 'great' in His kingdom? John the Baptist, according to Jesus, is the greatest prophet (Luke:7:28) yet there is no book of the Bible dedicated solely to him. Jesus said this to His disciples who argued who should be the greatest in the kingdom... Matt 20:25-28 "But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave ??? just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."NKJV Whether it's our family, our workplace, our school, or church let us be those who bear the same marks of humble service as our Savior did. Walking your faith? The Greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I thank You for allowing me to be a part of Your Kingdom. Please grant me the power to live as a servant for Your Kingdom in all I do and not to follow the ways of this world. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

CORAM DEO

Posted on July 13, 2019 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

WALKING YOUR FAITH

Matthew 8:29 “And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" NKJV

Friends in Christ,

It's important to know that the enemy is in opposition to us as we step out to encourage our Master’s disciples. The works of Satan continue today just as they did in Jesus time. The enemy's objective is to incite distraction, division, and render us ineffective. One of the biggest keys to understanding these things is asking God to open our eyes to see where He is working. When we do this we see these spiritual battles abound. It's important for us to note also that spiritual battles are being waged whether we see them or not. It's up to us to test the spirits to see if they are from God. 

1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” NKJV

According to a Barna Group poll close to 70% of all churches in the United States have fallen away from teaching Biblical doctrine. As we seek to be vigilant and maintain an active relationship with God we should expect to be attacked by a raging enemy hell bent on undermining the work of God in our lives. So how do we live in light of this? Put on the whole armor of God. Live as unto the Lord having our minds ready to do so.

Eph 4:17-24 “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” NKJV

Walking your faith? As believers, we need to pursue Christ with the understanding that the enemy of our Holy Father is our enemy too and is in direct opposition to our calling to disciple others. 

Sovereign Holy Lord,

Please grant me a fresh measure of Your Spirit, wisdom, and grace to be aware of the attacks surrounding the work You desire to do in my life. Please forgive me when I slip into apathy and become spiritually stagnant. Help me to see Your work and delight myself in You regardless of whatever opposition may come. I know I can't do this alone so I ask for grace and help to submit to You in every way for Your eternal purposes. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Walking Your Faith

Posted on July 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Question: "What does it mean to pray, "Thy will be done"?"

Answer: “Thy will be done” is one of the requests in the Lord’s Prayer. In part, Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9–10). Jesus Himself pleaded for God’s will to be done in the Garden of Gethsemane. Prior to His crucifixion, He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). Jesus was committed to seeing God’s will accomplished, and the prayer “Thy will be done” was a theme of His life.

Most simply, to pray, “Thy will be done,” is to ask God to do what He desires. Of course, we’re praying to the God who said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3), so we know that His sovereign decree will be accomplished, whether or not we pray for it. But there is another aspect of God’s will, which we call His “revealed” will or “preceptive” will. This is God’s “will” that He has revealed to us but that He does not force upon us. For example, it is God’s will that we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and that we not commit adultery (1 Corinthians 6:18 ) or get drunk (Ephesians 5:18 ). When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we are asking God to increase righteousness in the world, to bring more people to repentance, and to further the cause of the kingdom of His Son.

When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we acknowledge God’s right to rule. We do not pray, “My will be done”; we pray, “Thy will be done.” Asking that God’s will be done is a demonstration of our trust that He knows what is best. It is a statement of submission to God’s ways and His plans. We ask for our will to be conformed to His. 

The Lord’s Prayer begins by acknowledging God as Father in heaven. Jesus then models petition, presenting three requests to the Father: 1) That God would cause His name to be hallowed; in other words, as Albert Mohler explains, “that God would act in such a way that he visibly demonstrates his holiness and his glory” (The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution, p. 61). 2) That God would bring His kingdom to earth; that is, that the preaching of the gospel would convert sinners into saints who walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and that God would rid the world of evil and create the new heavens and new earth where God will dwell with His people and there will be no more curse and no more death (see Revelation 21—22). 3) That God’s will would be done “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). In heaven, the angels perform God’s desire completely, joyfully, and immediately—what a world this would be if humans acted like that!

As a point of clarification, “Thy will be done” is not an impassive prayer of resignation. Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane was not passive or fatalistic in the least; He bared His heart before the Father and revealed His ultimate desire: for God’s will to be accomplished. Praying, “Thy will be done,” acknowledges that God has more knowledge than we do and that we trust His way is best. And it is a commitment to actively work to further the execution of God’s will. 

Romans 12:1–2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Understanding who God is, we submit ourselves to Him and allow Him to transform us. The more we know God, the more readily our prayers will align with His will and we can truly pray, “Thy will be done.” We can approach God in confidence that “if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14–15). 

By faith, we know that praying, “Thy will be done,” is the best thing we can ask for. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20–21).

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