Feelings of Guilt

Acts 9 : 1 – 2, Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. - NKJV 2 Corinthians 7 : 2, Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. - NKJV Before the Lord saved Saul of Tarsus, he persecuted and imprisoned believers who were of the Way. The Way was the name of those who were a part of the early church. It was Saul who held the coats of those who stoned Stephen. His crime: He preached the truth that struck deeply into their hearts and for this, he died. Saul had done so many horrible things to Christians, and they greatly feared him. He was passionate about his belief in Judaism.  He viewed the spread of Christianity as a threat to his religion; however, all that changed while he was riding to Damascus t

Bringing Clarity to Confusion

Hosea 4 : 6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. - NKJV 2 Corinthians 10 : 3 – 5, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ… - NKJV If you are a believer in Christ, it is imperative that you become a disciple of His teachings. As we learn from the verses above, the enemy will try to pull us away from the life that is contained in God’s word that he might destroy our lives. Jesus tells us in John 17 : 3, eternal life is to know the true God and Jesus Christ, whom God sent into the world. The only we can know God, and Jesus is through His written word. One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to reveal and confirm the truth to us from scripture. As we come to know the truth, we will be able

Insatiable Desire

James 4 : 1 – 3, Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. -NKJV Isaiah 55 : 2, Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. -NKJV The Apostle Peter writes in his letter that Satan goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Jesus teaches in John 10 that He has come that we might have life and enjoy it to the full. You will notice that God wants us to have life and to be satisfied. On the other hand, Satan wants to devour our lives as a lion consumes its prey. The way that we can allow Satan to consume our lives is through evil desire.

Learning How to Process

Romans 7 : 18 – 20, For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. - NKJV After we accept Jesus as our Savior, there is a process that we undergo where the Lord begins a work in our hearts. Our Father wants us to grow beyond “being saved”. He wants us to become Christ-like. In our natural understanding and strength this process will seem impossible.   Nevertheless, God knows what He’s doing and how to get us to the place in our life so that He can perform His good pleasure in our hearts. Paul teaches in Philippians that God will see to completion the work that He has begun in us. He also writes in the same letter that it is God who works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure. It is at this po

Caught Up in the Moment

Romans 12 : 1 – 2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. - NKJV Luke 10 : 40 – 42, But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." - NKJV There’s nothing like watching children play with their new toys on Christmas morning. The excitement level in our sons would increase as the moment to open the gifts drew closer. Finally, the moment arrived, and the

A Brand New Person

2 Corinthians 5 : 14 - 17 , For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJV I’m grateful that God gave Paul these revelations about the difference between our old nature and our new nature. Paul is a wonderful example of how powerful the grace of God is toward sinners who humble themselves before the Lord. Paul was once called Saul of Tarsus. As Saul, he killed and imprisoned many followers of Christ because of their faith. Therefore, if anyone could write about the spiritual transformation that occurs in the hearts of believers w

The Power of the Cross

Romans 1 : 16 – 17, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." –NKJV   As we prepare for the day when believers celebrate the resurrection of Christ, let us be mindful of all that Jesus did for us on the cross. Jesus was not ashamed to be seen with sinners and tax collectors. He walked freely among those who were leprous, as He healed them. He didn’t shy away from those whom society had rejected; He reached out to them with compassion. Even when the woman who was found in the act of adultery was brought before Him, Jesus defended her. We can truly say, without question, that Jesus wasn’t ashamed of us when we were sinners.   In today’s passages, Paul boldly declared to the church in Rome that he wasn’t ashamed to preach the gospel of Jesus C