Thought of the Day 10-5-15

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: (2 Corinthians 5:14 KJV)

The word constrain means “to grip tightly.” Paul was motivated by Christ’s love flowing through him. God’s love was the driving force that led him. It is the very power of living in godliness. I encourage people to focus on God more, not trying harder to overcome sin.

Many people are driven by fear instead of by affection for God. When fear comes, we need to respond with love. The freedom, power and pleasure of this is within the reach of every Christian, because it is the work of the Holy Spirit in the human Spirit. The Holy Spirit pours out God’s very affection into the human heart regardless of where we’ve been wounded or broken. It’s a supernatural activity that transcends the human heart.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:5 KJV)

As we position our hearts to make love the first thing, we will be lovers before we are workers. We will be worshipers before we are warriors. Through Christ’s loving embrace, He will show us that we are to be a bride before we are an army. Make it a point to be driven by love.

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Thought of the Day 9-17-15

They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. (Psalms 36:8, 9 KJV)

Fatness means “fertilizing showers”. Drink means “intoxicated with”. Pleasures means “Eden”.

David was drinking from the rivers of God’s pleasure and touching the very being of God. David understood that God was a fountain of passionate desire and he was tapping into it.

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11 NKJV)

David articulates the theology of God’s pleasure for His people that burns in His heart and His pleasure that He imparts to people in His embrace. This scripture describes a divine river of fiery passion. 500 years after David speaks of the river, Daniel speaks of that same river.

“I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9, 10 NKJV)

It was God Himself in burning desire and love sickness. God will destroy everything that hinders love. 500 years after Daniel, John appeared on the scene.

Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Acts 2:3 NKJV)

John was touched in the upper room, he was touched by the fire Daniel talked about. John experienced the river of pleasure that David speaks of and wanted to drink from and swim in.

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.” (Revelation 15:2-4 NKJV)

John talks about a sea of fire. In this passage, the river of God overflows into the sea of fire.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalms 149:4 NKJV)

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Thought of the Day 9-10-15

And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (2 Samuel 6:14 KJV)

Michal, the daughter of Saul, saw her husband dancing before the ark of God and despised him in her heart. He ought, she believed, to maintain his dignity as King, just as her own father had tried to do. But David viewed things differently. In the presence of God he saw himself as base and contemptible, having no special standing whatever. Though on the throne he was Israel’s KingAnd David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. (2 Samuel 6:14 KJV), before the ark of God he was on the same level as his subjects.

Even after God had rejected him, King Saul had sought to save his face by asking Samuel the prophet to honor him before the nation. Now Michal was making the same mistake. Born in the palace herself, she considered that David merited the dignity of King in God’s presence. Perhaps, like her father, she too had her own majesty to think of. That way lies fruitlessness. The one who wields true authority is otherwise. He will not be high-minded, grasping to preserve his position, but meek and humble before God, a model to his people.

 

Thought of the Day 9-2-15

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. (John 4:34 NKJV)

A wonderful feature of spiritual ministry is that it refreshes the one who engages in it. Take, for example, the incident of Jesus at the well of Sychar. He was genuinely thirsty when He asked the woman for a drink, but in His concern for her as a needy sinner He ignored His own condition. Instead He engaged her in a conversation that ministered the water of life to her spirit.

Then the disciples returned. To their surprise, the Lord looked so refreshed that they began to ask another where this provision had come from. The answer was, of course, that in giving another to drink of the living water, He himself had found His own thirst satisfied. Life in the Spirit and ministry in the Spirit are always like this. .category {

Thought of the Day 8-17-15

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (Ephesians 5:25 NKJV)

The theme of this verse is not so much the coming of Christ to die for sinners as the giving of himself to them in love. John tells us how at the cross the soldiers came to examine Jesus. They found to their surprise that He was already dead, but they pierced His side and there flowed out blood and water. This suggest symbolically the two aspects of the work of Christ; namely, the shedding of blood to redeem us from our sins, and the flowing out to us the water of life.

To die for sins is one thing, but to die for love is more. Christ died for us in order to give Himself to us. The vital issue of our new birth lies just here. It is not repentance which makes us a part of Christ, neither is it confession of our sins, nor even our faith. It is the life of Christ imparted to us by a divine act, which alone makes us a part of the Church which He loved and gave Himself up for.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (I John 4:10 NKJV)
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Thought of the Day 8-12-15

“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. (Matthew 12:31, 32 NKJV).

All sin is serious, and to some degree challenges and attacks the character and authority of God. But six sins are specifically identified as sins against the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit is a person. He may be sinned against. Since He is also God, it is an extremely serious matter to be guilty of sinning against Him. These six sins are blaspheming (Matt. 12:31-32), lying or tempting (Acts 5:4,9), despising (Heb. 10:29), resisting or striving with God (Acts 7:51), vexing or grieving (Eph. 4:30), and quenching (1Thess. 5:19) the Holy Spirit.

Because of the severity with which Jesus describes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, some people unnecessarily fear that they may have commitment the unpardonable sin. One of the characteristics of such sin is that the Holy Spirit ceases to convict of sin in one’s life, the fact that someone may be concerned about a particular sin indicates he is not beyond grace. The keys to not sinning against the Holy Spirit are to (1) be led by the Spirit, (2) be filled with the Spirit, and (3) be illuminated by the Spirit.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13 NKJV)

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Thought of the Day 8-11-15

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

The uniqueness of the Christian experience results from the Union of Christ and the believer. This is expressed in Scripture as Christ being in the believer and the believer in Christ. Ten times Paul uses the Greek preposition sun (together) to describe this relationship. Believers were crucified (Gal. 2:10), dead (Col. 2:20), buried ( Rom. 6:4), quickened or made alive (Eph. 2:1-5; Col 2:13), raised (Col. 3:1; Eph. 2:6), seated (Eph. 2:6), and glorified (Rom. 8:17) together with Christ. Jesus used the image of the vine and its branches to describe His union with the believer. The Christian can conquer sin because Christ lives in him.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (I Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)

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Thought of the Day 8-6-15

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)

“The book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth” that’s the first element of supernatural success God gives us in this verse. I like to say it this way: Talk the word. When I say talk the word, I don’t mean just every now and then when you’re feeling spiritual. I mean continually. In Deuteronomy 6:7, God said, “you should talk His word”. When you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV)

That pretty much all the time, isn’t it? At home, at work, in the grocery store, wherever you are. Keep the word of God in your mouth. Roman 10:17 tells us that “faith comets by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” So when you’re continually talking about what God says, what He’ll do and what His promises are, you’re going to be growing in faith because you’re hearing the word from yourself all the time. You believe you more than anybody else. Try this and see what begins to happen.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 NKJV)

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