Spiritually-Minded

Romans 8:6   (KJV)  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

As God’s children, we think godly thoughts. We enjoy life and peace now, and we’re looking forward to life and peace with our Father for eternity. We understand we still have choices. We believers don’t lose our free will even after surrendering the throne of Competitionour lives to our Lord Jesus. We choose the focus of our thoughts. We’re also very much aware of the huge implications and repercussions of our choices. Our heavenly Father doesn’t spoil His children.

I pray that this won’t be an issue of intrigue; my prayer rather is that it will be a thought to at least ponder on. Jesus has already borne the penalty of our sins on the cross. In fact He Who knew no sin was made sin for us. That Jesus has taken the death penalty for us is an absolute truth. What is this death then that results from being carnally minded? It’s easy to choose one and reject the other. In doing so, others explain away whatever they prefer to reject.

Forbid the thought that they would question the efficacy of the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice, so the trend is to deal with the death that results from carnal-mindedness. We’ve heard others interpret and teach that as death of a physical kind. And there’s no doubt, some sinful or even wrong choices can reap physical death as a consequence. But although there’s truth in it, it also misses the fact that physical death also comes even to the spiritually-minded people.

On the other hand, if the consequence of our godly thinking is life of the physical kind, what’s the necessity since we’re already physically alive? Unless it simply means continuation of our physical existence in our present condition, the other and I believe the more logical conclusion is that it also refers to life of spiritual kind. This becomes obvious when looking at the context of the passage. The entire chapter deals very much with our spirits. Without disrespect or preference of any denominational distinctive, we can safely conclude: 1. It’s absolutely and undeniably true that Jesus paid the sin-penalty of death; 2. It is also absolutely true that to be carnally minded—having our sinful nature control our mind—is or leads to death.

Whatever each of us believe; we may not all agree on one line of understanding, but the non-negotiable mandate or exhortation we can all agree and focus on is this: shun sinful nature that produces sinful thoughts, and yield to the precious Holy Spirit Who produces good, spiritual, right, and godly thoughts.

It’s Time

Deuteronomy 2:25   (KJV)   25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.

There is a day for our miracle. Fully believe, patiently wait.

When God says it’s time, He will move people and nations, and if need be, heaven and earth, to bring about His plan for us—His people.

deuteronomy-2-25-its-timeWe’ve learned: God doesn’t violate our free will. How can He cause dread and fear in the hearts of people while preserving that principle? How can He direct a king’s heart like a watercourse to bring it to His expected end? Does He do it by orchestrating the course of nature and turn of events? Probably; those things don’t have free will to violate. We may not fully understand all of the divine dynamics, but this one thing is sure: with God, all things are possible.

Did you hear that? Cheer up; yes, God can always make things happen for us.

We have people who consider us as their enemies. We love them. If we’re faithful in our calling, our enemies can’t deny us our destiny. God’s in control of that. He can stop them, remove them from our path, cause them to respect us, or simply turn them into friends.

Why can we live without worry? It’s because our God is awesome in power, perfect in wisdom, and is constantly with us. We know He does whatever needs to be done to whatever situation and whoever is involved; we know His timing is impeccable; we know He’s with us through the entire process: beginning, waiting, and winning.

Two things “alone” are enough to awaken others to reality of our wonderful life: Who the God is Who is in us, and who we are in God. The first focuses on how awesome God is, the other focuses on how awesome God makes us and our lives to be. Heheyyy.

God is Able

Numbers 11:23   (KJV)   23 And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

The Lord’s question is rhetorical. There’s not a moment when God’s power has ever drained. There has not failed one word of all His promises. All His promises, in Christ, are numbers-11-23-god-is-able“yes” and “amen.” We have confidence in Him; there’s no reason to murmur, complain, or be disappointed. He still provides a road in the wilderness; He still pours down rain from heaven, and He still makes the sun to shine.

“His eyes are on the sparrow, and I know He watches over me.” He watches over us. His hands still always give us light in the darkness, salvation from our sins, peace in the middle of chaos, protection from all dangers. That’s why we’re fearless—whatever happens to the world, whatever others do to us. His mighty arms are still able to prepare a table before us even in the presence of our enemies. We may be surrounded by those who want to do us harm, but our hearts beat quietly and we sleep peacefully through the night.

Unshaken

Psalm 16:8   (KJV)   8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

The Lord is in control of all things; that’s absolutely true; He isn’t at our beck and call. We don’t dictate to Him how to conduct Himself. We don’t tell Him where He should position Himself. To set the Lord always before us isn’t to give Him a mandate; it’s to psalm-16-8-unshakenconscientiously think about the continuing abiding presence of the Lord. He’s always before us—guiding: He’s always beside us—protecting; He’s with us; He’s in us.

In God, we’re always protected. It’s not a question of whether or not He can; it’s a given—He’s able. It’s Him we go to. He powerfully protects; He sufficiently provides. I admire godly people; I follow their examples as they follow Jesus; they know what they’re doing; they’re wise; I love watching them as they go about their Christian journey—often quietly—in fear of the Lord, without fear or men, as the Lord prospers the works of their hands and blesses their every step. They walk without paralyzing trepidation.

We’re not moved; we’re steadfast. Life-threatening dangers obviously abound; persecutions against believers are real—they’re increasing. The voices of those who dislike us are bold and loud. They call us intolerant and hateful as they cowardly attack us from behind—no longer just with words but physically—openly. But with all these, we rest in the fact that God allows only what we can bear. Death itself isn’t defeat for us. How can those who hate us truly hurt us? Often, God surprises us by raising people of influence, authority, and power who fights for us.

We won’t be coaxed into violence; we won’t give in to their call to unrighteousness—we won’t be intimidated into it. God alone is our choice. He is the right choice. I pray for people to realize this so they too can enjoy His precious presence—a presence that brings protection, provision, and peace.

Dayspring from Heaven

Luke 1:78   (KJV)   78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

Because God, our heavenly Father loves us infinitely much and is immensely merciful to us, He brightens our days and lights our paths. Our precious Lord Jesus, the Dayspring from on high, the Morning Light came “to give light to them that sit in darkness and in luke-1-78-79-dayspring-from-heaventhe shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:79). This is one of the clear and vital meanings of Christmas or His incarnation.

We humbly admit the obvious: we are imperfect. We’re surrounded by ever-expanding and deepening darkness. There are unanswered questions and unexplored roads ahead. These seemingly daunting realities render many people fearfully paralyzed. Many are stuck or are sinking deeper in despair and desperate circumstances. But Christmas is a message of hope and God’s powerful yet lovingly gentle intervention.

Our Father, our Lord God Who has made heavens and earth by His great power extends His mighty and inviting arms to us. There, we find grace and mercy that’s able to cover the multitudes of our sins. There, darkness flees; there, death is powerless; there, troubles are calmed. We don’t fear treading on our future. We may not know what waits, but we take comfort in the truth that the Rising Sun—our Lord Jesus—lights our way and indeed brightens our day.

Have Faith

Matthew 14:31   (KJV)   31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

It’s our sincere prayer and deep desire for us to be men and women of faith—not just any faith, but a big, strong faith. That’s the kind of faith we as God’s growing children ought to have. A mustard seed-sized kind of faith is enough, just not any smaller. A mustard seed-matthew-14-31-have-faithsized faith in our Lord is enough to move mountains. We live by faith, not by sight, not in doubt. It doesn’t matter how bad situations are, we know that we know: our God handles them with no problem.

That’s it, for God no situation is a problem situation; situations are only problems to us—the limited us. But our trust is in the Lord. He created the entire universe. That’s why it’s easy for us to believe He can part the mighty seas; He can bring the dead back from the grave; He can heal the sick; He can walk on water; He can deliver us from any and every bondage; He can save us from and through any situation.

Doubt is a natural result of no faith or little faith. It indirectly magnifies the problem and assaults God’s ability. It is doubt in God Himself. But why doubt the Almighty, All-wise and All-present? God can make us walk on water; He can make us fly above the most trying and most adverse of situations. He can make us overcome and rise above whatever problem or difficulty we’re facing even now. We don’t doubt Him. There’s no need to look at the bigness of our problems because we’re focused on the bigness of our God.  Is there really anything, any situation, any enemy, any hardship, any trouble that God is unable to safely carry us through? We all know the answer. That’s why despite all the scorching heat of trials coming from unbelieving people and fallen world, despite the winds and waves brought by powerful storms of life, we live in untouchable and immovable inner peace.

Blessed Nation

Psalm 85:12   (KJV)   12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

That our land will be righteous and blessed, that our land will be good and godly, that our land will be healed, that our land will prosper, this is the cry of our hearts. It’s possible; despite the direction its going right now, our nation can be a country that fears God again. This can happepsalm-85-12-blessed-nationn; nothing is impossible with God. The good and increase of our nation depends solely on God. All blessings flow from Him. All good and perfect gifts come from Him.

We’re praying for revival. In the Name of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus, we pray and believe and declare: revival is coming to our land. God longs for the nations to turn to Him. He’s not pleased with a backsliding people. It hurts Him terribly. He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us living in deception or lie; He doesn’t want us lost. He longs to gather us back under His wings. There, in the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty; we find refuge and strength.

God in His goodness has given us a clear pathway to healing, restoration, and revival. His blessings are available to those who love and fear Him–people who recognize their rebellious ways and truly repent from them. We declare: America (and/or) other nations will again be filled with God’s glory. We share the conviction of the Psalmists: “10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. 13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps” (Psalm 85:10-13 KJV).