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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The Crown of Anointing

Day 48 (Category: Anointing)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 21-22 & Matt. 28

Today’s Reflection: Lev. 21:12 Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.

I see here a setting apart of God’s man for the sole purpose of ministering in his delegated place. This represents sanctification for the New Testament believer; a setting apart for God’s use and purposes. The trouble we have today, I believe, is that too many who are called to serve do not set themselves apart to that end. Please understand that, unless you identify God’s purpose for your existence and pursue that purpose, then you cannot possibly expect God to crown you with His anointing oil. The crown can represent many things, but I will focus briefly on two. First, approval, and second, authority. In an earthly kingdom, we understand that one is not given the crown who is not first approved and thereafter given authority to operate under that crown. The same works for the Kingdom of God. But, before you get too caught up in thinking that the only reason God anoints you is because He approves of you, be sure you understand that it is not your abilities that please God, as much as it is your availability! Remember, God created you; He designed you for a specific purpose; He doesn’t need you to try to impress Him, but He does want you to obey Him! In other words, learn how to follow orders, and do exactly as God says, and God can bless you. Now, look again at our text. It says, “…for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him…” Question: are you functioning in what you PREFER to do, or what you are ANOINTED to do? You see, the anointing cannot flow where the anointing cannot go, and if you’re operating outside of the place that God has for you, then no wonder the shortage of anointing in your life. For example, God tells the preacher in 2 Tim. 2:15a, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God…” Now remember what we said? The crown represents approval and authority. This means that if God does not approve, then no amount of man’s approval will bring on God’s anointing in your ministry. So, what again does he tell the preacher? STUDY! This speaks of preparation for, and anticipation of, future assignments for which God will anoint the preacher to accomplish. However, too many are not willing to pay the price of preparation & separation in order to receive the fullest measure of God’s anointing to minister in the place He has assigned them. May God help each of us as His servants to seek only the crown of HIS approval, because NOTHING is worth losing the anointing over!

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The Shelf Life of Blessings and Opportunity

Day 47 (Category: Blessings)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 19-20, Matt. 27:51-66

Today’s Reflection: Lev. 19:7 And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted.

Today I want to write about the shelf life of blessings and opportunity. Simply put, there are some things in life that God places there, which come with expiration dates! This concept is very consistent with how Jesus taught us to pray in Matt. 6:11, “Give us THIS DAY [emphasis added] our daily bread.” God does not simply give us one blessing that lasts a lifetime, putting us on some sort of spiritual cruise control until He calls us home. Rather, He set us up to where blessings come as needed, uniquely tailor-cut for each situation, as it arrives. This keeps us humble, keeps us praying, and most importantly, gives God an unlimited amount of opportunities within our lifetime to make Himself known to us! Please understand, then, that many blessings He puts in our lives are seasonal in nature, meaning, they have a beginning and they have an end. This also goes for divinely appointed opportunities that come our way; they come and they go, so we better cease them and use them while they are here. Sometimes I’m afraid we get so caught up in looking for tomorrow’s blessings or tomorrow’s opportunities that we fail to see the things that are right in front of us, right now, today! As a matter of fact, it could be that each blessing or opportunity, if taken advantage of before its expiration date, can be exactly what leads to the next breakthrough you need in your life. Think of it this way; God puts a series of events, situations, provisions, etc. that, if responded to correctly, serve as stepping stones to your next place in life, ultimately leading you to your destined place of service. It kind of works like a chain reaction, or a link in a long chain of events that are designed to lead you to where you need to be, and any break in the chain, or any missed opportunity, or any squandered blessing, can dramatically slow your progress, or prohibit you from fulfilling God’s ultimate purpose for your life. As the old saying goes, you better strike while the iron is hot! Now, that said, what do you do when you’ve already missed a lot of opportunities, or allowed the expiration date to creep up on you before you decided to take action? The answer is simple; redeem the time (Eph. 5:16)! In other words, make up your mind that from now on, you’re going to make up for lost time by committing yourself to NEVER wasting another opportunity or forfeiting another blessing, or burying another talent in the ground. Get engaged NOW, for the night cometh, when no man can work (John 9:4)!

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Casual at the Foot of the Cross

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Day 46 (Category: Salvation)

Today’s Reading: Lev. 17-18, Matt. 27:27-50

Today’s Reflection: Matt. 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there;

When I read this verse, I am confounded. Knowing the gravity of the hour, and understanding that at this very moment in history, the Christ child is giving His life a ransom for many; knowing that, as The Lamb of God, He is paying our sin debt with His own blood, the text seems to suggest a disturbing level of casualness amongst the soldiers who nailed Him there. So, on one hand we have the single most significant moment in all of time and eternity, and on the other hand, we have those looking on, as if totally clueless to what is actually happening. Dear reader, is your soul also at ease beneath the foot of the cross? Do you also, with rested posture and careless ease, look on as if Christ’s death is but another pointless day in the life of a soul grown numb to tragedy and pain? Oh, but listen! Do not make the tragic mistake of watching the Lamb while missing the opportunity for redemption. While you look upon Him, understand that your sin put Him there, and that His blood will wash away that same sin in a simple prayer of repentance and faith. While you are so close to Calvary’s flow, be plunged in His blood and be made as white as snow! Not one unrighteous soul has come with his sin for cleansing, only to return disappointed. No, all who come with all, leave with none! He will not only wash some of you, but all of you! Friends, we are not just to watch Him there; we are to embrace Him there. In this moment of time, perhaps the greatest scripture of all is fulfilled in Christ, namely, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus taught us here in John 15:13 what the greatest level of love would look like, and then He set the example by living out what He preached. Do you realize the depth of Christ’s love for you as He hangs there on the cross while you watch? If it ever occurs to you, like it has so many others, you too will be forever changed by His love. For, you see, while you are watching Him die on the cross, even more importantly, He has been watching you! Can you see the love in His eyes as He watches to see when you might give your heart to Him? Know assuredly that if you will call on Him today while He is near, He will save you by His grace, and your gazing at the cross will turn to your redemption!

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