Saturday, September 1, 2007

I Have Good News!

I Have Good News! That’s right! I have very, very good news for ALL men! It is a message of hope! It is a message of Life!

An angel told Peter to go and tell the people the whole message of this life! The whole message of this life? What was that? What is that?

Put simply, I believe the whole message of this Life is summed up in Jesus the Christ! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! He is the good news! He is the full gospel!

This good news- the whole message of this life- is so good and so full. It is constantly increasing and bearing good fruit! As the Holy Spirit of God leads me through the scriptures, I see so many promises and so many blessings- So much good news! My friends, what was it that the Apostles preached? What was it that they were showing the people and offering to them? What is it that is being offered to us? What can we offer to others? Are we offering good news?

The angel proclaimed to the shepherds: I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all people! For today, in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Good news of great joy! Good news for ALL people! Great joy for ALL people! Glory!

What is the good news that we are most familiar with? I would guess that most of us would say that through the blood of Jesus we have forgiveness of our sins. Yes, this is good news!
This is great news!
We can be free from the awful feeling of guilt! We can be free from the awful weight of sin! Because of what Jesus did, we can now be holy and blameless and beyond reproach! This is the hope of the gospel. And it is good news indeed. But the good news does not end there! *More* awaits us as we enter into the whole message of this life. Jesus is so full and He does not end!

I could never within the pages of this writing unfold to you ALL that He is. I can only give a glimpse right here and now. But part of the good news is that you don’t need me too!
Part of the good news is that you need no man to teach you!
We can sit at the feet of Jesus- now!
We can sit at His feet and be taught.

What did Jesus do?
Jesus wiped out the law of commandments.
He cancelled out the death certificate. He has taken it away and nailed it to the cross! Free! Free from the law and free from death!

Through this message- this good news of life- we are able to be complete- Complete, whole and made new! It is an amazing yet true fact that we died with Him. We were buried with Him. And we were raised with Him!

We are not only forgiven. We are not only set free. But we are a part of him. We are a part of what He did!

God being rich in mercy made us alive in Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly places! Heavenly places- now! Wow! We don’t have to wait… and wait… to “go to heaven” some day. We are in heavenly places- now! Can you see this? Can you feel it?
God used the apostles to bring to light that which had been a mystery! But it is a mystery no more! Christ in you is the hope of glory! We don’t have to travel to Jerusalem or wait for Him to come to us. He is here- now- in us and us in Him!

Christ may now dwell in our hearts by faith- His faith! There is a true wealth that comes- an understanding- a true knowledge of Christ HIMSELF!!! We can now KNOW Christ- Know Him!

All of us can now be sons of God! God can be our Father and we His children. Not only forgiven. Not only set free- But we can be a part of His family. And we can be a part of His body on this earth! He now lives and moves- through us!

The good news is that we can pass out of a life of darkness and into the kingdom of Light! We can be enlightened- we can see! We can be filled with light and be the light of the world! Whoa!

The good news is that we can have His wisdom! We no longer have to rely on our own ability to figure life out. We have His wisdom! We can know His power and be strengthened with it! His power is… very powerful! And it can be known- by us. Whew!

The whole message of this life is that we can now be rooted and grounded in love instead of hate. The God who is love- resides in us! Love multiplies! Love increases! Love is! We are able to know the depth of God’s awesome love- To know it! This is no small thing!

The good news is that we can now walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and please Him! And we can be filled with the knowledge of His will! We never have to doubt! We never have to wonder or wander.
Thank you, Lord.

The good fruit of His Spirit is able to abide in us and flow through us. We can be vessels- containers for His glory- Us!
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, meekness and faith can be a part of our very being! This fruit can be a part of our daily life. We never need to go hungry! It is fruit for the nations!

Oh! there is more- so much more. But go, look for it yourself in the scriptures. Approach the scriptures with the eye of the Spirit. Approach the scriptures with an ear open to hope. Look for Him to teach you and nourish you and fellowship with you. Go and enjoy the whole message of His life!

Good Talkin To

Do you ever give yourself a good talkin' to?
No? I do...
I gave myself this one today.
(Or was it the Lord?)
Well, whatever the case,
maybe you need to hear this talk too...

Come on!
Get a grip!
It's just another test.
Yes, it might be a hard one.
In fact, it might be the hardest one yet.
But that doesn't mean you can't pass it.
In fact, YOU WILL pass it!
Don't shake your head, “no."
You will pass it!
It's God's will that you pass it.
You CAN do it.
It is not the end.
You belong to God and you will not give up.
You can't give up.
You've walked with God this long
and you will continue to walk.
Don't think about how you will make it through tomorrow or any other event you might be dreading.
Just live today.
Faith *IS* the victory that overcomes the world.


Depths Of The Riches

~Oh the depths of the riches both of the wisdom
and knowledge of God! ~ (Romans 11:33)

Let the following phrase from scripture minister to your spirit.


Depths- that means deep! And I guarantee you, it is very deep!
Riches- that means rich! And I'm telling you, that's plenty!
God is abundant in all things- ALL THAT WE NEED!
We can rest assured that because of this depth and because of these riches- God knows. HE KNOWS!
God is rich in knowledge.
He knows each step you take
and the steps you'll take tomorrow.
He also has wisdom. He has deep riches of wisdom!
He has the wisdom for *your* situation.
Sometimes His knowledge and wisdom seems hidden from us and sometimes He shares it with us in *His* time.
Whatever the case, God IS in control.


I rejoice to say to you today that I have been set free!
By Christ Jesus my Lord, I have been set free from the law of sin and death!
If you find yourself tempted, don't give up.
If you find yourself faltering, don't despair.
*You* have been set free- free indeed!
Don't doubt it.
Believe it and your joy shall be full!

In the presence of the Lord there is joy forever more!
Rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord oh, my soul!


One quiet morning this week while reading the scriptures I came across something very amazing!
I read that I am able to be a *partaker of His divine nature*.
Wow! Me? Partaker of something divine?
I will admit that there are times that I certainly do not feel divine- rather I feel like a tough, old, battered bird and very much a partaker of the things of this earth.
But God has said that through the knowledge of Him,
I am given promises- and that by those promises I might be a *partaker of the divine nature*. (2 Pt. 1:3-4)
So, if I know Him and I know His promises.... I can taste of the heavenlies. I can be holy just as He is holy. Amazing!
I CAN walk in the Spirit and NOT fulfill the lust of the flesh.
I can live a humanly impossible life! And you can too.
Don't fall for the accusations from our enemies.
You can follow wholly after the Lord Jesus Christ just like anyone else!
You *can* be a partaker of His divine nature.

What Is Christianity?

What is Christianity?
What is it?
Is it a belief system?
Is it a Just another religion?
Oh- the world has had their fill of that!

Well, what is Christianity?
It is Christ! It is Christ!
Jesus the Son!
Jesus, the hope of all creation!
Christianity should be- Christ!
All that men should see- is Jesus the Christ.

Christianity is not a *right* way of believing.
It is not a *right* way of being.
It is Christ revealed- in us!

He Has Chosen You

He has CHOSEN you BEFORE the foundation of the world that you should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLAME before HIM. (Eph. 1:4)

What a calling! What a mystery! Me?
Holy and without blame? Yes! Me and you- through HIM.
We should be to the praise and glory of HIM. Whew!
Let's be done with the lower things of selfishness and self– pity, grumbling, complaining, criticizing and judging.
Let's put on the new man and LIVE in HIS glorious truth today. Faith IS the victory that overcomes the world!
And HE will complete the work HE has begun in you.