One Step Is Enough

18131B5E-8AB9-4A2A-B94F-D1D4A63004B0

One Step is Enough. One step begins your journey with the Lord. When God challenges us to take a step in uncharted territory remember, all great things are accomplished one step at a time. God commands us to be strong and courageous. The saying, ‘the third time is a charm’ must have come from the Bible. God knows we are a timid people. He told Joshua 3x’s to cross the Jordan and he would be with him like he was with Moses. Is there anything God has commanded you to do and you remain timid and unsure? Remember one step in the commanded direction will lead you to your finish line.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬

“That assurance-which we may all have if we cling to Jesus, in whom God comes to be 0391271B-7143-4099-8C4A-65896EF6C43Cwith every believing soul-is the only basis on which the command to Joshua, thrice repeated, can wisely or securely be rested. It is mockery to say to a man conscious of weakness, and knowing that there are evils which must surely come, and evils which may possibly come, against which he is powerless, ‘Don’t be afraid’ CAF1F4E5-2A86-4F89-8DD3-CE01E47AFEBAunless you can

show him good reason why he need not be. And there is only one reason which can still reasonable dread in a human heart that has to front ‘all the ills that flesh is heir to,’ and sees behind them all the grim form of death. He ought to be afraid, unless-unless what? Unless he has heard and taken into his inmost soul the Voice that said to Joshua, ‘I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee: be strong and of a good courage,’ or, still more sweet and peace-bringing, the Voice that said to the frightened crew of the fishing-boat in the storm and the darkness,’ It is I; be not afraid.’ If we know that Christ is with us, it is wise to be strong and courageous; if we are meeting the tempest alone, the best thing we can do is to fear, for the fear may drive us to seek for His help, and He ever stretches out His hand to him who is afraid, as he ought to be, when he feels the cold water rising above his knees, and by his very fear is driven to faith, and cries, ‘Lord, save; I perish!’”* 

49904C56-9805-4F1A-BD26-B38C1CDD02AE

As I mentioned in the last Post, Caught in the Thought, our focus for the upcoming days, maybe weeks is, ‘dependence upon the Lord’. We can do nothing without the Lord. Our full submission to the Word is the only way we will become active Christians, Christian Warrior’s if you will. It is the only way we can develop radical faith and take the first step as commanded. As we walk with Jesus just as Moses, Joshua, Peter, and others did, we will become confident and strong because we will rest in knowing he is always with us.

Billy Graham was one such man, he was walking down a dusty road to work when Jesus called him. Will you follow the Lord? Add your name to the list.

Images-Google Images
Scripture-Bible.com
* The New Leaders Commission. Joshua 1:1-1:11. McLaren’s Expositions. www.biblehub.com

If you like what you are reading, follow me and receive the daily inspiration in your inbox, go to lisasdailyinspirations.wordpress.com and hit follow.

The Trinity, Consecration and Lent

christ-crucified-in-the-cross_1048-1889

As we enter the Consecration or Lenten Season and ponder God’s Word in our lives, consider this: the Trinity was created before the Creation. This is an odd introduction to Consecration and Lent, but it explains why both exist today. Without the Crucifixion of Christ, there would be no New Testament and no Trinity. There would be no Consecration or Lenten Season.

God spoke in the plural explaining the genesis of man. He said, let us make man in our image. Key Words – us and our. Us and our are plurals, indicating more than one being. This is perhaps the revelation about the coming of the Trinity. God is masterful, this was all part of his plan. 143316F3-D84C-465C-9841-8BF7FC69DE5F

 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
Genesis 1:26 KJV

We are in the season of the Crucifixion of Christ, Easter. Upon his death, we entered the New Testament dispensation, the actualization of the birth of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our Father made all there is, Christ came to free us from sin, and the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Christ) came to indwell in us and guide us upon Christ’s departure. Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit.

15“If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you… 25All this I have spoken while still with you–. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
John 14:15, 16, 17,25-26 NIV

As Christians, we believe in the Trinity. Annually many of us take this special time to ‘thank God’ by entering Consecration prior to Easter. It is our time to earnestly Seek the Lord, and strengthen our relationship with him through fasting, prayer, praise, and worship for a specific period.

Consecration is derived from the word, consecrate meaning ‘to dedicate’, in Romans 12:1, the scripture says, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.

IMG_5941Consecration is not so much a ceremonial time as it is a commitment, a time of inspiration and gratitude. Lent is more sacrificial, in that Catholics and some Protestant denominations use this time to attain God’s blessing, which is antithetical because the New Testament teaches that grace cannot be earned, grace is the gift of righteousness.

“But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!…For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!”
Romans 5:15, 17 NIV

Consecration is our opportunity to search ourselves and strengthen our relationship with the Lord as we simultaneously reach toward spiritual maturity. Consecration is the basis for every spiritual experience. We are giving ourselves as a living sacrifice, we are to live out our lives as a “holy” and “royal” priesthood to the glory God, for we are God’s people.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 NIV

17A11A6D-6A7F-43B4-8267-0552577EEE5AIn essence, we give up our own claims on ourselves and put ourselves in Gods hands.

IMG_5946

Lent is not listed in the Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. According to GotQuestions.org, Lent began as a way for Catholics to remind themselves of the value of repentance. Over the centuries Lenten observations have developed as a much more “sacramental” time. Many Catholics believe that giving something up for Lent is a way to attain God’s blessing. Which, as explained above cannot be reached because we do not live by works, we live by grace. There is nothing we can do, no work we can offer that will reward us in the eyes of God. It is through His righteousness that we live by grace.

The Catholic Encyclopedia describes Lent as: “The aim of Lent is, above all else, to prepare man for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. The better the preparation, the more effective the celebration will be.” The idea is to imitate the struggles Jesus faced when he was in the wilderness for 40 days and had to fast. People try to get penance and forgiveness from their sins, with some choosing to fast and others trying to give up something they enjoy for the duration of Lent.

77AECBE5-55C8-4695-B1D2-81410B87A242

Scriptures – Bible.com
Images – Google Images
Research – Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary; Google.com; Blog.Bibleforamerica.org; metro.co.uk; gotQuestions.org; West Angeles, COGIC; Bible.com

If you like what you are reading, follow me and receive the daily inspiration in your inbox. Also visit my website, youngchristianwarriors.com and find lessons to help you and your loved ones become stronger in the Word.

Living Through the Muck and Mire of Life

44E59644-75FF-4E7E-ABA7-1315E5DF7F31

Over the past week or so, we have been talking about our dependence upon the Lord and how he works wonders in our lives, not because of anything we do, but because of his unconditional love for us. Just think how life would be if we did not interject our own wants and desires that derail us. Our Free Will causes problems when not in alignment with the Word. Our Free Will hears the voice of the Holy Spirit telling us what to do but ignores it, it falls on deaf ears. Free Will carries consequences. We head off blindly down a trail, not a clearly defined road, and when we look up, we find ourselves in the muck and mire, or according to the King James Version of the Bible, mud and mire.

15BA717B-8E7D-4216-BF44-D771ADBD473B

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2 NIV 

Think of muck and mire being something like quicksand, or a horrible muddy pit at the worst and a muddy hole in the road, at the least. The Lord plucks us out of the pits we fall into – the muck and mire of destruction. While we’re in the pit wallowing in the mud, we often feel that our situation is beyond hope, beyond help, beyond recovery. We find ourselves slipping off the rock we are attempting to perch ourselves on to stop the slippage, still trying to be in control of our destiny; and in a ruinous state of sin and guilt, unable to save ourselves.

AE9886D5-0BA8-44A2-BA08-F0F2622CCAAA

And, while we are slipping and sliding, seeking solid ground and exhausted, ‘in steps God’. Christ is our rock, and he takes us by the hand and plants us back on solid ground. He re-establishes our steps and leads us to safety. Whenever we find ourselves caught in the muck and mire of life, remember Psalm 40:2. Like a parent, he picks us up, cleans us off and stands us back up.

 

As Christians, we continue to grow in a relationship with our Lord, and we will continue to follow Free Will that diverts us from our path. We will continue to find ourselves in situations that nudge us to become more and more dependent on our Lord and Savior. Our experiences are lessons that cause our ears to become more inclined to hear the quiet voice that says do not turn to the left or the right; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:27 NIV.  Branches on the Canyon

The direction we take is of our choosing. We choose to follow the Lords’ voice, and we also choose the way of the muck and the mire. As Christian Warriors we must learn not to depart from the prescribed path but listen to the quiet voice behind us saying, this is the way. We must learn to tame our Free Will to stay out of the muck and mire,  however, when we find ourselves there, call out to the Lord. He is patiently waiting for us.

Our Lord is a Lord of multiple chances. As long as we are in a relationship with him, he will never turn away from us.

 

 

 

 

 

Images – Google Images
Scripture – Biblehub.com

If you like what you are reading, follow me and receive the daily inspiration in your inbox.

Thank you!

Valentine’s Day – Temporal Love

Today is Valentines Day. It is the day to display and recognize a loved one, but not in the agape kind of love, the Christ-like love, the outpouring of love for all of humanity, kind of love, it is – temporal love.

The topic of love, agape love, is hard to achieve yet mandated by God. It is one of the main reason Jesus was sent to earth.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all men will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.”
‭‭John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭NASB‬‬

This type of love can only be accomplished through Jesus Christ. We have to be dependent upon him and his love to even begin to love others, even those that have hurt us, lied to us or abandoned us in some way.

We need him because it is impossible for us to love others, as we love ourselves. Most of us do not love ourselves and, therefore, cannot love others without him.

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭NIV

Gods perfect love and unmerited favor are the only way we can love others and let others see God in us.

“And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love”. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭13‬ NIV)

Can we take this step today and ask God to be present in us and help us live a life that demonstrates agape love?

 

Additional explanation of AGAPE LOVE

1. More about agape love definition from Wolfram Alpha.com

Agape love –  selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual and nature.)

2. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, 1996, pp. 371, 382.

Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, 1 John 4:9, 10… Christian love as God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all and implicit obedience to his commands, John 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10; 1 John 2:5, 5:3; 2 John 6. Self-will, that is, self–pleasing, is the negation of love to God.

Agape love, as used of God, expresses the deep and constant “love” and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects producing and fostering a reverential “love” in them towards the giver, and a practical for“ left towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to see together.

Scriptures – YouVersion, Bible.com, 2/14/2018
Images – Google.com, Safari.com

Want to read more from Lisa? Visit youngchristianwarriors.com

Follow or subscribe to Lisa’s sites: lisasdailyinspirations.wordpresss.com

From Punishment to Correction and Healing

Healing

I was scrolling through the cable stations the other day, and I heard something that caught my attention, to paraphrase, “The Lord does not punish, He corrects. The intention of one is to destroy, and the other is to heal.” This is profound because we tend to blame God for punishing us when things do not go the way we want them to go. We are audacious enough to accuse the Lord of punishing us, when the reality is, we are looking for someone or something to blame.

2 Peter 3:9 (CJB) states that God does not punish, “the Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some people think of slow; on the contrary, he is patient with you; for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins.”Yahuwshuwa-synagogue

The important concepts are:

  • God is patient, He does not want us to perish.
  • His purpose is not to destroy us or allow us to be destroyed.
  • God’s desire is for us to have eternal life and have it more abundantly, to receive salvation.

God wants to give us the chance to change our lives. He is allowing us to live through our mistakes and heal. How do we heal? Emotional healing requires that we acknowledge our faults and learn how to overcome them. We heal through correction. Spiritually, we repent, ask for forgiveness, and work hard to stop committing the sin. Our actions rarely change overnight. Correction requires time. I read somewhere that when changing habits it takes six months of continuous correction before it is embedded in your psyche.

Before and After the Cruxification of Christ

In the Old Testament God punished us for our sins. There was no opportunity to overcome and heal from them. Sin was a type of death sentence, you suffered spiritual and often physical death when you sinned, but God does not want us to perish. He no longer wanted to punish us for our sins, but to ensure that we have the opportunity to changeJesus-Christ-on-the-Cross. He reconciled our relationship with Him by sacrificing His son, Jesus Christ, who bore our sins at Calvary.

We are fortunate to live in the New Testament dispensation. God gives us the opportunity to learn from our misgivings, repent and move on. He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12 NIV. He will cast all our sins into the depths of the ocean! Micah 7:19 ESV. We can recover from our sins and heal.  This process is a test of our faith. We must learn that everything in life is a test of faith. Hebrews 11:6 NLT states,

“Without faith, we do not have the opportunity to learn through our trials, and we do not have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the Lord.”

Without faith, we are lost, without faith, we are subject to life’s failings, trials, temptations, and tribulations. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7 NLT h correction, you can taste the Lords kindness.”                          1 Peter 2:1, 3 NLT

What should we look out for? Most refer to sin as failing to follow the Ten Commandments. I think sin is much broader. Sin is failing to act like Christ, failing to engrain His behavior in our actions. These behaviors are listed in the Bible as the Fruit of the Spirit. Fuit of the Spirit 1When we fail to follow them, we suffer the consequences. Here are some examples: We decide that cutting corners at work will increase the profit margin; we fail to be honest and trustworthy. We cheat on a test in school; we are not honest or trustworthy. We mistreat loved ones, constantly bringing up their faults and disrespecting them, we are not showing love or kindness. You see someone in need, and you rush past them trying not to look them in the eyes, you are not showing affection, love or kindness to others. You are fraught with anxiety and worry when everything is falling apart; you are not demonstrating peace. You want everything today and rush through life; you are not patient; another word for patience is forbearance. Your speech is colored with cussing, and gossip is part of your conversations, you do not walk in integrity. When you are hard and legalistic, you are not demonstrating meekness or being gentle. You are not disciplined, you succumb to bad habits, large and small, deadly and barely perceptible, you lack self-control.

Our failing to use Christ-like behaviors cause us to suffer in two ways, 1) through our failings to apply the characteristics of Christ in itself and, 2) living with the consequences. How often do you hear a quiet voice (of the Holy Spirit) holy-spirit- and man or feel that something is not right when you are getting ready to say or do something out of character?  When we sin, we suffer. When we suffer, we should examine our motives and actions and compare them to the Fruit of the Spirit and determine how we sinned, which is part of the process of correction. It is not God’s intent to punish us. God’s intent is to allow us to learn and correct our actions and through this process, it is His intent to allow us to heal.

We are no longer in the dispensation of punishment, we are in the dispensation of correction and healing.

The Holy Spirit is glowing within all those who receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and are saved through grace.glowing_people

Images-Google Images
Scriptures-Biblegateway.com
Concept-Jimmy Swaggert

Greater Than Kryponite

Through the crucifixion of Christ, we received the most powerful gift we can ever be given, the Holy Spirit, and now he lives in everyone that has accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Knowing this, we have the most powerful element of life within us all the time, even when we don’t feel his presence. The Holy Spirit is like kryptonite to Satan. To put this in perspective, kryptonite is a fictional mineral that deprived Superman of his powers. Our kryptonite, the Holy Spirit (not fictional) denies the evil one from destroying us. Our kryptonite, the Holy Spirit, takes away the evil one’s power over our lives. When we rely on Jesus and him alone (in a state of dependence), there’s no stopping us because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to reside in us in his absence. We’ll be challenged and tested but remain victorious in the Lord. When we know we are in a struggle but hold fast to our faith; we are victors. Our challenges test our faith and produce perseverance, endurance, and patience, all things that equip us for the battles of life. If we have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, how can we fail? The power is ignited by our faith.

“We will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us, and we will be his witnesses.”  Acts 1:8 NIV

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.” Luke 17:6 NIV

The Holy Spirits gives us the words to speak to our troubles and command them to move, to leave, to evaporate.

There is a God-given lesson in each of our life’s experiences. Faith shifts our perspective and you will see the beauty of the struggles and even losing a battle from time to time. The struggle is God preparing us to continue our journey more empowered through the testing of our faith and the lessons learned.

We are Christian Warriors and part of a strong army whose leader dwells within us. Our kryptonite (power) lives within us. It is the Holy Spirit, who is always glowing brightly within us, and through us for others to see. We are his powerful witnesses that have kryptonite within us. It is through the Trinity that we live. The Holy Spirit is one part of the Trinity: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • God is our Father.
  • Jesus, our Lord and Savior, sits with The Father and intercedes on our behalf.
  • The Holy Spirit lives in us to direct and maneuver us around the traps of the evil one.

Image from: Google Images
Scripture from: BibleGateway.com