It is time to WORK your faith!

Day 57 (Category: Faith)

Today’s Reading: Num. 12-14 & Mark 5:21-43

Today’s Reflection: Numbers 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

Wow! Has God ever given you a shout-out like that? “But my servant Caleb…” First, that God would distinguish Caleb from the rest as His servant, implying that all others who were of doubtful disposition were NOT His servants, is worthy of noting in and of itself! But He did not stop there. He goes on and tells us more about this choice servant of His, “…because he had another spirit with him…” Hmmm, another spirit? YES! A faith-filled spirit! Caleb REFUSED to adopt this foul-spirited, pessimistic, doubtful attitude that had infested most of the camp. He stood out above and beyond the crowd, so much so that in verse ten they wanted to stone him, along with Joshua, for being of this different spirit. Isn’t it amazing how so many people will join the band wagon of stoning anyone that dares to be boldly and courageously different in their attitude? ESPECIALLY those who are of the true household of FAITH! If you want the most enemies both in the natural and spiritual realm, just DARE to believe God, stay positive, and maintain a pioneering spirit with a courage that will not back down to the giants of normalcy and status quo. You see, Caleb was a mover and shaker. Just because things were as they were, did not mean they had to stay that way. Caleb chose to trust that obedience and faith in God would shift things around to where the things that were in the way, such as the giants, would be quickly removed and a new order would come into play. Caleb did not take the passive approach that things should just remain as they are. No, but instead, he insisted to effect positive change in the right direction, even at the high cost of effort and advancement. You see, the truth is, we want our faith to do all the work for us after we are saved, but honestly, “serving faith” is different than “saving faith” in that “serving faith” requires you to put some effort into that for which you trust God to help you accomplish. Israel, up to this point, experienced “saving faith”; that is, salvation by God and not of their own works. But now, after their deliverance, God wants to teach them how to implement work into their “serving faith” in order for that faith to be fully activated, functional, & fruitful. Caleb was now willing to illustrate his faith through his efforts, believing God to help him win the battle. He no longer expected God to just spoon feed him anymore. It was time to WORK that faith! May God help US to be of this same spirit!

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No Sinner Too Vile

Day 56 (Category: Salvation)

Today’s Reading: Num. 9-11 & Mark 5:1-20


Today’s Reflection: Numbers 9:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover unto the LORD.
There were certain ceremonies with which the unclean were not permitted to participate under the Mosaic law of the Old Testament. It is, then, no wonder that the question was raised to Moses exactly what to do in a situation where a man touched a dead body, thereby defiling himself. The inquirer no doubt had concerns that, should he make an assumption either way that was not the will of The Lord, then his very life might be endangered. So, to be sure, he asked Moses, and Moses in response asked The Lord, and our text verse is The Lord’s response. I selected this to be the verse of focus today because of the long term and prophetic elements and implications found herein. Know first that the Passover was a shadow of the work that Christ would complete on Calvary. Just as the death angel passed by those who had the blood applied to their doorposts, so eternal death in hell passes by all who’s hearts have had the blood of the Lamb of God applied by faith! If you look at verse twelve, you will also notice that, just as they were not to leave any of the Passover unto the morning, even so the Bread of Life who hanged on the tree was not left over night, but was taken down to be prepared for his temporary burial. Also, you will note that just as not one bone would be allowed to be broken, so also not one of Christ’s bones were broken on the cross, so that He would fulfill the prophecy of Scriptures as THE Passover Lamb that would take away the sins of the entire world. Now, having said that, I can now point out to you the reason why verse ten is so significant. It is significant because, even as the defiled were required to still participate in the feast of the Passover in the Old Testament, so also are the defiled required today to participate in the redemptive plan of Calvary for remission of their sins. In other words, your defilement or your uncleanness does not eliminate your ability to become a recipient of the benefits of Christ’s sacrifice, but rather they are the reason you CAN partake of His grace! Sinner friend, do not think that your defilement or your distance are too filthy or too far for God’s reach. Just as you are, right where you are, Christ the Passover Lamb will cleanse you of your sins and make you accepted in His beloved family, if you will with repentant heart confess your sins to Him, and receive by faith His forgiveness and salvation.

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Learning to Wait on God

Day 55 (Category: Kingdom of God)

Today’s Reading: Num. 7-8 & Mark 4:21-41


Today’s Reflection: Mark 4:26-27 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the grund; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

“He knoweth not how.” Have you ever wondered to yourself, “How DOES God do that?” Amazing, isn’t it? How that God would require our faith by which to initiate His work, and how that the work (like a seed) matures from start to finish when it is birthed in faith, as if it had a life of its own. God never ceases to amaze me! That said, I am again reminded today of what life is truly like as we serve God in His Kingdom. We often expect immediate and spectacular results as we serve God, and much like the man in our text who, though he gets some sleep, still rises night and day in an antsy, impatient kind of way, awaiting a harvest for which his worrying hastens not at all! If there’s one thing I have learned while serving God, it is this: You can’t rush Him. I will admit that I have a tendency to get really fidgety when I’m anticipating something exciting. For example, I had my perfect evening all planned out, back in the day when I was planning on asking my girlfriend (now wife) to marry me. I had already purchased the ring, and had an event on the 4th of July in 1998 that I was planning to bring her with me on, and I was going to “pop the question” underneath the fireworks show. BUT, because of my uncontrollable desire for immediate gratification, I just simply couldn’t wait that long…it was DAYS away!! We laugh now, but because of my stubborn tendency to resist delayed gratification, I asked her to marry me, in not so romantic an atmosphere, behind a commercial building…in front of a jail house…after work. Now don’t get me wrong, fireworks were still going off in my heart when she said yes, but a few days later when we actually went to see the real fireworks show, I couldn’t help but wonder how much more meaningful and romantic the event would have been had I waited just a few days later. I’m glad that our marriage was not scarred, and that we are happily married, but I hope you get my point…some things will be better waiting for than forcing in the moment. So goes the Kingdom of God. Don’t try and force what can only happen over a process of time, as God knits it all together. Your fidgeting isn’t hurrying the process, only frustrating your soul. Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart! And, rest assured that, as I heard one preacher put it, your seed is right on schedule.

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Cracking the Kingdom Code

Day 54 (Category: Kingdom of God)

Today’s Reading: Num. 5-6 & Mark 4:1-20


Today’s Reflection: Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

There is an understanding of scriptures that only comes to those who receive Christ and His Word by faith. It is almost as if the truths of God’s Word are written in some sort of code language, only to be understood by those who are given the keys of understanding. I would like to call this the “Kingdom Code”. Christ here plainly says to His disciples that unto them it is given to KNOW the MYSTERY of the kingdom of God, or in other words, for the mystery to be revealed to them. Then He distinguishes His disciples from “them that are without”, meaning, those who are not in the Kingdom of God. You see, in Christ’s teachings, particularly in Luke 10:9, He reveals to His disciples that to those who receive their ministry and message, “The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.” In Romans 14:17, the Word says, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Therefore, after careful observation of these passages, as well as others, we understand that we enter into the Kingdom of God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the embodiment of the Righteousness of God. Once having done so, we are given the Holy Spirit, who then begins to lead us and to guide us into ALL truth. In other words, He becomes our teacher, whereby we are given the understanding of the Scriptures. Only then does the “Kingdom Code” begin to be revealed to us, as we study the scriptures and as the Holy Spirit opens up our understanding of them. This would explain why the unbeliever does not and cannot understand the Bible at all on a spiritual level. He or she may grasp some historical data and facts from the text, but the true meaning and application will not be known without first receiving “with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). However, for those of us who are truly born again, we have the Spirit of truth guiding us and teaching us the Word of God (see John 16:13). We therefore live by a different code…the Kingdom Code! We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7), and that’s why we build our faith by HEARING the Word of God (Romans 10:17). When WE hear the Word, we hear not with the natural ear, but with the spiritual ear (see John 10:27). That’s why Rev. 2 says, “he that hath an ear, let him hear…” If you want the ear to hear The Spirit, receive Christ by faith today! Tell me, do you hear what I hear? If not, you can!



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When your Friends become Critical of your Faith!

Day 53 (Category: Jesus Christ)

Today’s Reading: Num. 3-4 & Mark 3:20-35

Today’s Reflection: Mark 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, he is beside himself.

Here, the earthly ministry of Jesus is in full throttle. He has just picked out and ordained His twelve disciples, and as He is teaching and preaching throughout the countryside, they can’t so much as eat a bite of lunch without being overtaken by massive crowds who are eager to hear Christ preach or to behold His miracles at work. In either case, it has gotten to the point to where Jesus’ very own friends think it’s time for an intervention!! They believe it has gotten out of hand, so to speak. They have said of the Master, “He is beside himself!” They assumed that just because what Jesus was both experiencing and causing others to experience was not normal, must have meant that it was crazy. I am perhaps as fascinated as anyone else concerning the life and ministry accomplishments of Christ our Lord, but I never would have thought to accuse Him of being beside Himself…or being out of His mind! As a matter of fact, I’m frustrated that His FRIENDS of all people would accuse Him of being such! I mean, why go to the extent of saying something so condescending of someone who heals the sick, casts out devils, and raises the dead? I can think of a lot of words to describe Him, but crazy is not one of them! However, to a world full of doubtful onlookers, the supernatural which they don’t understand is often categorized in their minds as that which is insane or crazy. It’s a quick psychological fix for an otherwise complex reality. You will either have to come to the conclusion that Christ was and is exactly who He claimed to be (the Son of God), or that He was absolutely the most insane person that walked the planet. I, for one, choose to believe that He is the former! But that said, what kind of practical lesson can we learn from Christ’s experience with His friends in this text? We can learn that when we operate in the anointing given to us to fulfill God’s call for our lives, many people including our close friends will not understand us! As a matter of fact, some of them will try to stop us, while simultaneously thinking they are doing us a favor. They simply do not understand (and neither did Jesus’ friends at first) what drives us to do what we do. They may have even said the same thing about you that Jesus’ friends said about Him…that you’re crazy! Regardless, as Jesus learned to ignore the pleas of His critic friends to tone it down, in like manner so should we resolve to do the same! The truth is, Jesus loved His friends too much to lower His performance to their limited level of understanding.

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Backed Up Blessings!

Day 51 (Category: Blessings)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 26-27 & Mark 2

Today’s Reflection: Lev. 26:10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.

Backed up blessings are a wonder to behold! God promised His people that if they would walk in His statutes, keep His commandments, and do them (v. 3), then among other things, He would bless them SO much that they would have to eat of their old store. They would have so much new coming in that it would get backed up, and the old would waste if they did not consume it first. Now THAT is being blessed! Earlier I wrote about the expiration dates of blessings and opportunities that God puts in our lives, and we see that principle rise to the surface again here. However, in THIS text, we learn more specifically about the MANAGEMENT of blessings. This means that with blessings come responsibilities, and the truth is, if we don’t get ready for it, the blessings can overflow and overtake us at such a pace, that we won’t have either the room or the natural ability of processing it all completely and efficiently. BUT, in this text, it seems to imply a certain level of wisdom on how to manage those blessings so that they are all utilized without any going to waste. That is my focus for today; are you receiving not only the blessings, but also the wisdom and discipline with which to manage them efficiently? I believe that, according to these principles, no blessing should go to waste. This should make each of us search our cupboards for outdated blessings that have gotten covered up and forgotten by the newer, more recent blessings. Some of us are SO blessed, in fact, that we fail to thank God for every blessing. We’re sometimes like the nine lepers who failed to return to Christ to give thanks for their healings. We should learn from these thoughts that it is important to be not only thankful for, but in remembrance of, each blessing in our possession, with a willingness to use it for its God-intended purpose, without overlooking its importance. Furthermore, when you use up your blessings in the order of the oldest to the newest, it gives your blessings some shelf-life, which can be a season of planning and preparation to seek The Lord for what His purpose is in placing those blessings into your life. Unless it’s needful or obvious, don’t be so quick to spend up those blessings that you may not need to utilize today. Bath their intended purpose in prayer, and plan to use them according to the guiding and leadership of The Holy Spirit. Who would have thought that God would bless you not only with what you need, but with an entire management philosophy to maximize its use!

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When Location Doesn't Matter!

Day 50 (Category: Discipleship)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 25 & Mark 1:23-45

Today’s Reflection: Mark 1:45b … Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

People will go to where they know they can get help! Question: Are you a place people know they can go to for help? What about your house, or your church? These are important questions for those who are truly interested in being effective in their witness for The Lord. You see, the fact of the matter is, although there are many who are not looking for God, at the same time, there are many others who are, and those are the ones we can help if our testimony is honoring to God. Take Jesus for example; He had a reputation of healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out devils, preaching the Gospel to the poor, etc. Word got out that wherever Jesus was, good things happened! As a matter of fact, His ministry became of such demand that He could no longer go into the cities for the sheer size of the crowds that would be physically unmanageable. That said, He began to go out of the cities into desert places, as if to avoid the potential dangers of being overcrowded by the people. However, even at that, the Bible says that they still came to him from every quarter. Why? Because they knew that if they could just get to Jesus, they would get the help they needed from Him!! I wish to point out here that when it’s made known that Jesus is in town (or outside of town for that matter), geographical location is not an obstacle for those hungry for His help. This speaks volumes to us of what we can expect of others seeking out real answers for life’s problems. If they have a need, and they hear you are able to minister the Word of God in such a way that they will be blessed, then they will travel the distance to get to where you are, if they think they can get help! Why is this important? It is important because you need to understand that your effectiveness is NOT limited by your location! As the old saying goes, “Word travels fast!” So, if your testimony is Christ-honoring, then when people hear tell of what God did for you, and what God is doing through you, it’s just a matter of time before people will start searching you out for answers to their problems. It is at that point that we have the privilege of leading them to the only One who can really help them…Jesus Christ! So, what about it? Are you letting your light so shine before men, regardless of your location, so they may see Christ in you? Or, are you waiting to be in a more convenient location before you reach out to others? Because if you are, you’re wasting precious time!!! Get busy!!!

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A Different Kind of Preacher

Day 49 (Category: Preaching)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 23-24 & Mark 1:1-22

Today’s Reflection: Mark 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

I see here a DIFFERENT kind of preacher! Jesus’ preaching and teaching SO stood out, that the supposed leading experts of that day were astonished; that is, they were amazed, confounded with fear, and surprised at the truths He brought out of the Bible. This begs the question, “Why the surprise?” One can only conclude that, though these “experts” had studied the scriptures literally their entire lives, they had never really understood them the way Jesus understood them, so when Jesus spoke, it was like brand new material to them. Not only were they amazed at the truths that He preached, but also the raw power with which He preached them! For Him to speak with authority meant that He spoke not only with power, but also with competency and mastery. He was so well knowledgeable of the scriptures and their meanings, that He kept them tripped up, even as early as when He was only 12 years of age! Furthermore, the Bible makes the distinction that when Christ preached with this authority, it set Him apart from the other scribes who did not speak with such authority. The scribes hardly qualified to speak, if at all, once the Master unpacked the text before them. It was astounding to say the least. Now, that said, understand this; that’s the kind of preaching that will change the world today! We need the kind of God-honoring, Christ-lifting, Spirit-led preaching that is delivered in Spirit and in truth! I understand that none of us can preach as good as Jesus, but we are given the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16), and the power of the Holy Ghost (Luke 24:49) in order that we might deliver God’s Word with life-changing force (Rom. 1:16)! Sadly, it doesn’t take a lot to be an average, ordinary, ho-hum, powerless “preacher” today. NEWSFLASH: Mediocre preaching never turns the world upside down!! Let us pray for a revival of outpouring of The Holy Spirit of God upon His men who are truly called to preach, that they will stand upon, and declare unashamedly, the truths of God’s Word, to a lost and dying world. Then and only then will we ever restore hope of Revival in America or around the world. It should be noted that Jesus’ message was so powerful that it stirred up the religious but lost, spiritually blind and dead of His day. So, may we as preachers of the Gospel model our preaching after Christs, and preach until some THING or some ONE is moved. Powerful preaching demands change; anything less isn’t preaching.

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