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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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Coram Deo

Posted on June 14, 2019 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

WALKING YOUR FAITH DEVOTIONAL

1 Corinthians 10:17 “For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” NKJV

Friends in Christ,

The Body of Christ is truly amazing as millions of believers all over the world come together with a common goal of sharing the Gospel. When the church, the body of Christ, is functioning correctly, the world around it is blessed as people are fed, clothed and given the life-changing Truth of God's Word. Unfortunately because of division, worldly pleasures or indifference, the church can lose sight of the lost as well as the One we are serving.

John 17:20-21 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” NKJV

Before Jesus was arrested, He prayed asking the Father to make all true believers one as He and His Father are One. When Christians come together as the body of Christ, we come together with different likes and dislikes, personalities and social statuses. We have all been forgiven by a gracious God and we call Jesus Lord. With this as our banner, we can stand in unity as one body for the sake of the lost.

Walking your faith? There is a special relationship between people who are truly Christians. Shalom!

Sovereign Holy God,

Thank You for the body of Christ. Thank You for loving brothers and sisters who are there to encourage and challenge me in my faith. Lord, I pray that You would help unite us as one body, so that we may be used in a powerful way to take Your Gospel to all the nations. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Chaplain's Blog

Posted on June 4, 2019 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

WALKING YOUR FAITH - CORAM DEO 

Daniel 5:25-28 “And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of each word. Mene: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; Tekel: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; Peres: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” NKJV 

Friends in Christ,

The King Belshazzar was afraid. The hand with fingers appeared out of nowhere in the midst of a party where he defiantly mocked the God of Israel and celebrated the false gods of Babylon. We can all easily look at this and think, "Silly king worshiping idols." But friends, we know in The Word that coveting leads to idolatry (See Ephesians 5:5). Is there anything that we put before the Lord? Is He first in your time, talent, treasure, and circumstances? If not, what is first? No matter how good it may be or noble that thing is, if it is before the Lord it is an idol. Perhaps the Lord has revealed something to you that you have allowed to slip in front of Him in your life. Are you reading His writing from His Word before He issues His corrective and loving judgment against that idol? The Lord loves us so much that He graciously, many times allows us to judge ourselves in light of His Truth before bringing a corrective hand into our lives. 

1 Cor 11:31-32 “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” NKJV 

Walking your faith? Beware of the corrosion, corruption, and compromise that comes from covetousness. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank you for revealing Your righteous judgments and Truths to me from Your Word. Please forgive me when I prioritize my time, talent, and treasure towards something else instead of You first. Please grant me the grace and the ability to be Your disciple that I may allow Your Spirit to direct me and to be disciplined to walk in Your Truths continually. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Chaplain's Blog

Posted on May 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith

Gen 17:23 “So Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his house and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very same day, as God had said to him.” NKJV

We see the Lord working incrementally more and more in the life of Abram as he is obeying God. The Lord is establishing him to receive the gracious promise of the Father in his life. He leaves his home at God's direction. (Genesis 12:1-3) He is promised by God to have his descendants multiplied then builds an altar to worship God. (Genesis 13:14-17) God formally seals the covenant in Genesis 15. Then in Genesis 17 we see Abraham given circumcision as the sign of the covenant and he obeys with his whole household. As you look at the timeline from the promise issued to Abram by God to multiply his descendants we see 24 years passed before the promise was realized. 

We also see that God, as he establishes Abram in this covenant, gives him a new name. He goes from Abram to Abraham. The H in the Hebrew is a picture of the window which reveals. The "H" began to be known as the revealer symbolizing the Holy Spirit who reveals and gives strength. Prior to God's enacting of His promise to Abram and Sarai what did we see? They acted alone, and in the flesh they could not fulfill their destiny. With the Holy Spirit, they could do anything.

How could they be fruitful in this promise? It was the "H" – the Holy Spirit difference that would allow them to reproduce spiritually.

Friends, what do you do when you do not yet see the promise of God realized in your life? Have you raised your children diligently teaching them the ways of the Lord and not yet seen them walking with the Lord? Have you been giving consistently but don't yet see the overflow of God's blessing pouring into your life? Have you prayed for peace in your marriage, relationships, and work place only to feel dry and frustrated? Friends, take heart, continue to be faithful, obedient, and be filled with the Spirit and don't lose hope. He will come through because He is able to keep His promise in His perfect timing. 

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” NKJV 

Walking your faith? Happy are the people of God when they learn to walk in obedience. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank you for the examples of seeing You continually coming through with Your promises in scripture. Please forgive me when I tend to want to give up or figure things out in my own reasoning. Help me to remain obedient, faithful, and filled with Your Spirit to lead, guide and direct me in all things. I pray in Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Chaplain's Blog

Posted on May 11, 2019 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith

Psalm 119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” NKJV

Jeremiah 29:13 “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” NKJV 

Beloved in Christ,

The word of God is so very important, friends! I encourage you to read your Bible every day, asking God to reveal Himself to you as the light of His word shines on your heart. The whole Bible speaks to us of Jesus – the Old Testament and the New Testament. To understand God's plan of redemption, we consider all things in the Old Testament in the light of Jesus and the New Testament writers. The Old Testament points forward in time, preparing the way for the work of Christ which is described in the New Testament. Together they give us the greatest understanding of God's amazing plan and the enduring truth of His word. "The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed." I love this statement by Saint Augustine. It highlights the remarkable way the two testaments of the Bible are so closely interrelated with each other. 

God says in His word that when we seek Him we will find Him when we search for Him with all of our heart. Friends, do you need more of God's light and love and strength and joy in your life? Dig into your Bible and seek Him with your whole heart. He will show you things you've never seen before and enlighten and renew your mind.

Walking your faith? "The new is in the old concealed; the old is in the new revealed." – Saint Augustine

ABBA, Father God,

Thank you for Your Word and the wonderful way You reveal Yourself to me in it. I desire to know You more and love You more. Please help me commit my heart to seek You and grow in my understanding of who You are and how much You love me. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen. Shalom!

Chaplain's Blog

Posted on May 3, 2019 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith

Eph 1:1-2 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” NKJV

Loved Ones in Christ,

In his various letters to people or christian congregations, grace always comes first in Paul's greetings. It is always grace followed by peace. In his letters to Timothy and Titus he added mercy; "Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord." This is a beautiful lesson for us. You see friends, we need God's grace to have peace with Him. We, by His grace, are invited to abide in Jesus as our Savior and through our faith in Him we are saved. Now we are forgiven and at peace with God! Grace and then peace! God shows us great mercy and love in this.

You can have much greater peace in your life if you give more grace to all of the people in your life. Forgive those who have wronged or hurt you. Be merciful. Love. Give them grace like God granted grace to you... you will lighten your emotional load and the joy of the Lord will be your strength. You want more peace in a relationship? Put more grace in the relationship. Grace is like gravy, it goes on everything and makes everything better. Every relationship you have can be improved with grace.

Walking your faith? We have to know God's grace before we can know God's peace. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank You so much for Your grace to me. Thank You for Jesus. I am sorry for the times I have lacked grace and destroyed peace. Please help me give grace to the people in my life. Show me how to be merciful and loving to them like You are to me. As I give grace, please bring peace to my relationships. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Chaplain's Blog

Posted on April 28, 2019 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith

2 Tim 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” NKJV

Loved Ones in Christ,

Friends, are you reading your Bible? I hope you are. Especially in these days of disasters, massacres and global tension. God breathed it out, literally. He loves you and wants to help you. His ways and wisdom are in your Bible. It is your manual for life. It directs you in the way you should go and points out where you may be going wrong. It corrects your course and teaches you how to stay on the right path, His path. It equips you for the challenges you face every day and it prepares you for eternity.

God has a good plan for your life, to give you a hope and a future! He has written to you words of life. Read them. Do them. Be blessed. Shalom!

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” NKJV

Walking your faith? God promises that His word that He sends forth into your life will accomplish the good purposes He intends it for.

ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for the Bible. Thank You for the good purposes You are going to use Your word to accomplish in my life. I ask You to forgive me for all the times I have looked other places for direction and comfort and help. Please grant me a greater desire to read Your word and for the ability to understand and apply what You speak to me from it. May I be granted eyes that see and ears that hear and a heart that is willing and able to understand. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Chaplain's Blog

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith Devotional

1 Corinthians 10:16 “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” NKJV

Loved Ones in Christ,

Communion is a blessed time for any believer. Each element presented is a picture of the ultimate sacrifice of our loving Savior. As we take the bread, we remember our Lord as He was beaten by soldiers and spit upon by those who hated Him. When we look at the cup, we catch a glimpse of the blood that was shed on the cross so that the Holy Father’s Wrath against sinners could be quenched. These two elements help followers of Christ to understand the penalty of their sins while rejoicing in a God who has made a way for them to be justified, even while all they've done wrong.

Luke 22:19-20 “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you." NKJV

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus accepted the cup that was placed before Him by the Father. It was the cup of our sins and the punishment that we deserved. Now in its place, Jesus offers us a new cup. The cup He offers is a cup of blessings, hope and eternal life. We may try to drink from other cups in this world, but only one leads to salvation. Drink deep my friends; taste and see that the Lord is good.

Walking your faith? Be careful what cup you drink from.

ABBA, Father God,

I know that I have sinned against You. I realize that when You died on the cross You were taking the punishment that I deserved. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Please forgive me for all the things that I have done wrong. I desire to drink deeply of Your cup – the cup of blessings. Each time I take communion, may I remember the sacrifice You made for me and may it lead me to tell others about Your amazing gift. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Chaplain's Blog

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith Devotional 

1 Corinthians 9:25 “And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” NKJV

Loved Ones in Christ,

Would you run a race for celery? As foolish as it sounds, in ancient times there were athletes who would workout and train just so they could cross the finish line for a crown of celery leaves. You may laugh, but the same happens to this day. Every few years, we watch as athletes from all over the world compete to gain a medal. Now I can hear some of you saying, "Well gold is a little different than celery." Is it? Friends, when this life is over and you are before the Sovereign Lord, no medal or riches are going to matter. In fact, that gold medal you thought was something special is simply Heaven's asphalt. 

If you are a follower of Jesus and know Him as your Savior, then you are part of this race to the eternal finish line. It can be difficult at times, but just like an athlete, you must train hard. The rewards are far greater than anything this earth may offer. As you step out in faith and begin serving and walking in obedience to His Holy Word, you begin storing up treasures in Heaven. So friends, are you storing up heavenly rewards? Did you know that your act of love, giving or Word of Truth may impact the life of another human for eternity? This alone is worth the price paid, but God in His infinite love then credits our eternal account so that one day, He will present to us treasures beyond what we can think or imagine. 

Walking your faith? We should live for eternal spiritual rewards. What we do in this life matters... forever. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for Jesus and Your salvation that comes by grace through faith. Because of this free gift, I have hope of Heaven and life abundant. Sovereign Lord, help me to focus on the eternal things and live in obedience to You. Guide me as I seek to serve You and serve others and in turn store up heavenly rewards. May I be so heavenly minded that I impact this earth for all eternity. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.


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