Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Greatest Privilege of All


He (Jesus) replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”  Luke 10:19 NIV parentheses mine.

Jesus appointed seventy-two believers and sent them two by two to preach the gospel and to heal the sick and cast out demons in his name.  These “sent-ones” enjoyed enormous success. They returned with joy and said to Jesus that even the demons submit us in Your name.  

Our Lord's response was intriguing.  On one hand he encouraged them; he affirmed them by declaring the authority that was given them over Satan.  But he also told them they were to rejoice that their names were written in heaven not because of the authority they possess through the name of Jesus.  Jesus was pointing out that their relationship with the Father was to be their number one concern. 

At this time, Jesus beamed with joy and said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” (Luke 10:21 NIV)  It takes someone with a childlike heart to believe that God has given us power to defeat the enemy; it takes someone who has a genuine relationship with the Lord, someone who is not wise in their own eyes to find victory in spiritual warfare.  Psalm 8:2 says, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”  Here the Scripture refers to praise as one of the weapons we have against the Devil, but also notice that this victory is given to children and infants or to those with a childlike heart before God.

Let's embrace the authority that the Lord has granted us.  When we pray in faith, mountains move and demons flee in terror.  But let us not glory in the power that has been delegated to us; rather, let's glory in the intimate relationship we have with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, we have been given the greatest privilege.  We now have free access into the throne room of God; for knowing Him is the greatest privilege of all!

Dear Father God,

I praise You and worship You.  I thank you for giving me victory over the enemy.  But Lord I am filled with praise and awe because You chose me to have an abiding relationship with You. Help me to know You more and more intimately as I walk with You.  In Jesus name, Amen.



Monday, June 4, 2018

My Peace


Here is a prophetic word I gave at church last Mother's Day.  I hope it is a blessing to you...
 

Peace to you - My peace.  My peace passes all understanding.  Where my peace is, you can rest. 
Where my peace is, wholeness dwells.  I want my peace to reign in your hearts.  Cast your cares on Me for I care for you.

I will envelop you in My love.  You are righteous before Me, because of the blood of My Son Jesus.  Know that you are right with Me.  Confess any sin to me and know that I forgive.

I have come to give you peace.  Receive My gift of peace to you this day for I am a good God, and I love you immensely and infinitely. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Power of God's Word

Here is a devotion of mine on the importance of God’s Word that was published today at christiandevotions.us.
I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

He Causes Me to Triumph


I spent the night in the desert
Resting on thorns
I felt the heat of adversity
Burning my skin red
I saw the face of evil
Heard the voices of those with forked tongues

Yet You were with me
You guided me in the night
You brought me to a safe haven
You gave me victory
I rejoice in my triumph

The enemy, not man, desired to do me in
I was on his agenda
But the Holy Spirit comforted me
He gave me the words as a weapon
To annihilate my adversary

Praise be to God, who always causes me to triumph!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

This Great Adventure


The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor… Isaiah 61-1-2a

Jesus partially fulfilled this prophesy through His ministry.  I say “partially” because those that follow Him also have a part to play in living out this word.  We are called to reach those that don’t know the Savior.  We have been chosen to share our testimony and the grace-filled gospel to those in darkness.

You and I can proclaim liberty for the captives.  We can see lives transformed by the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.  Each of us are ambassadors for Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:20).  We do not have to be ashamed of the gospel.  Ask God today to fill you with His Spirit.  Ask Him today to make you bold for Him, then step out in His ability. 

Reach out to the people in your world that do not know Jesus.  Look for opportunities to winsomely share your relationship with the Lord to others.

Living like this not only changes others, it transforms us as well.  Being used of the Lord in this way is both thrilling and rewarding.  If you haven’t already, won’t you join me on this great adventure. 



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I am Free


I am a free man
No longer caged behind bars
I am a free man
I now can soar above the stars

Chains that held my ankles and wrists
They dissolve from a solid to a mist

Jesus Christ He bore my sin
Freed my heart from bonds within

Joy unspeakable and full of glory
I love to tell salvation story

I'm free, I'm free, I'm free
My Master liberated me

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Savior of the World


You’re body was raised and suspended
The focal point of the ages
The vertical beam
Bridging heaven and earth

From one bloody hand on the left
To the crimson-stained hand on the right
Your suffering forged the way for forgiveness
Between family members
Between races
You purchased our unity

They mocked You as Your
Torn flesh writhed with pain
The masses were violently opposed to You
And the Father looked away

They gambled for your garments
But you forgave the thief
You paved the way for him to dwell in Paradise

You asked the Father to forgive us
For we put You there on that cross
It was our sin and supreme insensitivity that nailed You there

The sky grew dark 
Then you said, “It is finished!”
And the world will never be the same.
Because of what You did on that cross
That tool of execution
And because of Your resurrection,
Billions of chains were broken

Those that trust in You are a new people
Free to live and free to love
But most of all, free to know You
Savior of the world