November 2




From the very beginning of man’s journey with God he desired something he could never have; God’s glory! All glory belongs to the creator. Rom 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen

Man shows the foolishness of his heart as he exchanges what belongs to God for a corrupted and faltering image. Rom 1:22-23 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.


Rom 9:22-24 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory.

God’s glory is revealed through His patience and mercy toward us. May we never forget that we are His vessels; the workmanship of His hands and the instruments of His grace.

Within the darkness of our sinful hearts a Light shined revealing to us God’s glory and our hope of forgiveness and salvation. 2 Cor. 4:6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

We are being transformed daily by the presence of His glory as we walk by faith in the living Word He has given to us. 2 Cor. 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. Once blinded by our pursuit of personal glory we can now live with unveiled faces to see His and be transformed by His Spirit.


Eph. 3:16-19 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.

God’s glory is to know the fullness of His love. The strength that sustains us in a world filled with pain and suffering is rooted in the glory of His great love!


Phil 4:19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. God’s glory is infinite! Therefore our needs should never be a concern. We are to be anxious for nothing for the God we serve loves us through the riches of His glory! When anxiety enters our hearts it is an indication that we have resorted to supplying our needs through our own glory.


2 Thess. 1:8-10 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed — for our testimony to you was believed.

On that day when Christ returns He is coming for His church in all of her glory! Will He be glorified through you His vessel of glory when He comes?

God’s glory! Col 1:27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.




October 20



When love grows cold our hearts tend to compromise seeking to find a suitable replacement only to discover there is no substitute for genuine love. Within the hearts of many of us lies a vulnerable definition of love. The foundation of our definition is flawed many times by the number of disappointments we have had throughout the years. With each disappointment we find ourselves redefining our expectations of love only to distance ourselves from ever truly experiencing the fullness of what love was intended to bring.

The Bible gives us a picture of when love grows cold. Matt 24:10-13 “And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. 11 “And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. 12 “And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 “But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.

Why does love grow cold? The thermostat of love is turned down when we begin to turn away from the One who is Love. 1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. Love requires a “knowing”, and without it our definition of love becomes a fabrication. And without “knowing” the One who is love and abiding in Him we will drift further into the selfish lawlessness of the world and our flesh creating a greater chilling effect in all our relationships.

When love grows cold our gravitation to conflicts increases and quarrels ensue. James 4:1-2 What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. When love grows cold it is replaced with selfish ambition. James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. Selfishness brings about a raging war within our own hearts leaving us as well as others casualties of the war.

There is nothing selfish about real love. Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God demonstrated His love for us “while” we were yet sinners, opposing Him at every turn. Selfish love only gives in order to get something back, but Jesus condemned this kind of love. Luke 6:32 “And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

When love grows cold the body of Christ becomes disconnected, dysfunctional and useless as an instrument of reconciliation for the glory of God’s kingdom. Eph. 4:15-16 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Has your love grown cold?

October 12



What are you holding on to that is holding you back from God’s best? It may seem insignificant to you, for you have held onto it for so long it has become a natural every day thing to you. It may be a little thing that has never been an issue or problem and so there has been no reason for you to deal with it, but God sees it in a totally different way.

2 Cor. 11:3 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. The appearance of the insignificant can lead to the greatest deception leading us away from our purity of devotion to Christ. What are you holding on to that is keeping you from following Christ fully? By earthly standards there may be nothing unethical or immoral to the things you are holding on to, but they are hindering you from the simplicity and purity of devotion.   Heb. 12:1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

We are to lay aside “every” encumbrance and sin which so “easily” entangles us. The great deception concerning the question, what are you holding on to can be found in our inability to define those insignificant things in our life as encumbrances or see them as entangling us in any way? They bring us enough pleasure that we are willing to compromise intimacy with our Heavenly Father.

When God commanded the people of Israel not to take anything under the ban, Achan convinced himself that it was an insignificant thing for him to keep just a few things for himself. His choice cost the lives of his fellow soldiers at the battle of Ai. Joshua basically asked Achan, what are you holding on to that has brought this tragedy upon God’s people? Josh 7:19-21 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.” 20 So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”

What we hold on to will eventually bring suffering and shame not only to us, but to those around us. We hold on to those things in our life because we believe we own them. We have been bought with a price and we are not our own, therefore what we hold on to is no longer ours to hold on to. We must renounce (disown) those things before they bring further shame and suffering. 2 Cor. 4:2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. Like Achan, what you hold on to is hidden within the dwelling place of your heart and must for the glory of God be renounced that we may be salt and light to a dead and dark world.

What are you holding on to today?

October 3



Learned obedience is the pathway to an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ! All the Scripture study and memorization in and of itself is insufficient for us to experience the obedience that leads to knowing our Savior and His will for our lives. Obedience is more than following a set of rules or accomplishing a given task; it’s discovering the One who set the rules and is walking with us in finishing the task given to us.

Jesus Himself learned obedience as He walked this earth indwelling human flesh. Heb. 5:8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. If we are to be Christ-like, we must have the same attitude that He had as He lived in faithfulness to His Father even at the cost of suffering for it. Phil 2:5-8 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

The motive and attitude in our obedience is what our Heavenly Father looks for. Learned obedience is a by-product of the love we have learned the Father has for us and our desire to abide in that love. John 15:9-11 “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. Learned obedience will produce a joy that is made full (vs. 11) and as John 15:8 tells us; we will bear fruit bringing much glory to the Father.

Learned obedience is a process as we take the yoke of Christ upon us and learn from Him. Matt 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” If we find ourselves weary in our pursuit of obedience we must humbly confess that we are bearing the yoke of our own self-righteousness. Rom. 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

Not knowing the righteousness of God we will learn the wrong kind of obedience and as a result will live frustrated lives never discovering the abundant life Jesus promised. Rom 14:17-18 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Learned obedience brings us peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!

What have you learned?

September 20



Why am I suffering? Why is this happening to me? Doesn’t God care at all? I thought when I became a Christian He would protect me from all of this!

Even with all the suffering in the world, we still seem to find ourselves preoccupied with our own ills, pains and displeasures. We turn our attention away from the extreme sufferings that flash upon our television screens by turning the channel in order to avoid the guilt of our own self-centeredness.

Why am I suffering? The source of our sufferings come from two distinct sources. I’m either suffering due to the consequences of my own choices or I’m suffering due to the choices that others have made.

Our suffering whether caused by us or another person is the fruit of our own futility. Rom 8:20-21 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Suffering is the tool the Lord allows to reveal our attachments to the temporary things of this world. Matt 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. If we are to be anxious for nothing how are we to view our suffering? Is His grace sufficient for us in every circumstance? Do we believe that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His promise? Can we rejoice in all things for we know that He is in control and sovereign over all things; even our suffering?

2 Cor. 1:3-7 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer. Why am I suffering? In order that I may know the God of all comfort and through knowing Him in my suffering I may share that comfort with the suffering world around me!

Heb. 10:35-36 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Our confidence is found in the God of all comfort, therefore our sufferings are our opportunity to be strengthened in the God who comforts us with His strength, grace and peace. We have need of endurance in this world of suffering!

Why am I suffering? That the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified through this earthen vessel as He molds and shapes me into a vessel of honor.



September 16



We have a culture of performance based lives and that mind set has crept into the church to create a performance based faith.  Our faith should rest on the finished work of Christ and not our religious performance.  Our faith is based upon a relationship that has been reconciled through the death of Jesus Christ and the blood He shed for our redemption.

We are to be doers of the word and not merely hearers who delude themselves, but if our doing is a matter of a performance based faith, we have denied true faith and fallen from grace.  We’ve not lost our salvation, but we have stepped out from under God’s umbrella of sufficient grace.  All the performance in the world will not bring us the desired results we seek if we strive in performing for our acceptance.

Performance based faith and a love relationship cannot coexist.  There is no relationship that can withstand the expectations that are placed within the guidelines of performance.  We will always be left wondering if we’ve done enough or if what we have done is good enough.  With the questions and doubts of our acceptance hanging over our head the heart lacks the freedom to receive real love much less give it away.

If you are part of a church that is dominated by performance based faith; unity will never be achieved, true fellowship (koinonia) will only be superficial and the presence and glory of God will become a cliché.

Symptoms of performance based faith can be seen within a church by the increasing and repetitious set of programs that are focused upon certain desired results, but lack the evidence of deepening relationships.  When we resort to performance to justify our reverential worship, we’ve exchanged the glory of God for the image and glory of man’s own making and God will give us over to our mundane performance based faith.  2 Chron 7:14 “and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways (turn from their performance based faith), then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Gal 2:20-21 “I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 delivered Himself up for me. 21 “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  The life that we now live we live by faith, a faith that is not based upon performance, but by His grace.  Our righteousness doesn’t come by performing the Law, but by the perfect performance based faith of Jesus Christ who completed the work of righteousness on the cross.  Rom 8:3-4 “For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Performance based faith was nailed to the cross; why would you want to take it down and live in bondage again?!



August 31



Everyday has its own conflict, but the hidden area of inner turmoil can lead to the greatest struggle and the most painful end result. We convince ourselves because it is hidden from those around us that we can continue to justify and redefine the reality of our problem. The heart can be so deceiving! Jer. 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

Self-justification is the cancer of every man’s heart and is rebellion against God Himself. Rom.10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. We can have a zeal for God, yet that zeal is nothing more than our feeble attempt to self-justify ourselves before God as we seek to establish our own righteousness.

Conviction and guilt are the pre-cursors of every man’s attempt to justify his inner turmoil. We see this in the rich young ruler’s response in his conversation with Jesus on how he could obtain eternal life. He gives the right answer to what the Law said, but then became convicted by his own answer when Jesus said to do this and you will live. Luke 10:29-30 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?

Even Jesus’ own disciples struggled with this inner turmoil of self-justification. Jesus tells them that one of them would soon betray Him. They all began to question Him whether or not they could be the one to do such a horrible thing. But, as their day progressed they found themselves debating with one another who would be the greatest in the kingdom of God. Their inner turmoil of conviction and guilt led to them to establishing their own righteous standing with the Father.

When we resort to self-justification there is no peace; thus inner turmoil. Rom 8:6-8 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

The answer to our conflict is the finished work of Christ. 1 John 1:7-9 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Our inner turmoil needs the intervention of God’s love and grace within the inner man. Eph. 3:14-19 For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

To know the love of Christ brings peace to our inner turmoil!

July 11



Lives matter! What has happened in our society that we have become so divisive and motivated by anger? When there are circumstances that are wrong within our communities and nation we should be angry with what is happening, but our anger should never be turned onto other people! Why? Because lives matter! When there is injustice, stand up and fight for justice, but the fight should never come to the place that we want physical harm to come to another person! Why? Because lives matter! The very thing that we are crying out for we violate by our actions toward one another.

The divisiveness in our country and around the world for that matter is nothing more than history repeating itself. When God saw that every thought and intention of man’s heart was evil, He brought the flood to cleanse His creation and start over. It wasn’t too long after that, His creation once again had reached the boiling point where they had become so self-absorbed with themselves that He brought judgement upon the land once again. Time and time again our selfishness brings on our demise.

God describes man’s condition in this way; Judg. 17:6 …every man did what was right in his own eyes. When we no longer acknowledge God and when we no longer have absolutes that establish value and worth; we become a house divided. Each man does what is right in his own eyes! The result? Chaos! We become a people and a nation where lives don’t matter!

We profess to be a people of tolerance, but when man does what is right in his own eyes the scales of tolerance become unbalanced and corrupt. The definition of tolerance comes from those who are in power or who are making the most noise. Lives matter only if you are on the right side of those holding the microphone at the time.

Lives matter not because we have convinced ourselves that our group matters more than anyone else’s, but lives matter because we are created by God! Lives matter based upon the fact that we were all enemies of God because of our sin. Yet in spite of our sin He sent His only Son to die on the cross paying the price for those sins and reconciling us into a loving relationship with Him once again.

When we live our lives out of the love, grace and mercy we have been given, other lives matter! Reconciliation is found where lives matter! 2 Cor. 5:14-16 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. 16 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; 2 Cor. 5:19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

When God’s love controls us we realize we no longer live for ourselves and we no longer look at man according to the flesh. Reconciliation becomes our banner because lives matter!


July 7



Jesus’ proclamation of I am the door was controversial in His day as well as ours. Whatever other doors may exist in the imaginations and convictions of others, Jesus’ description of Himself as I am the door was designating Himself as the only door that mattered in life.

When people choose other doors other than Jesus who is the door they have no guarantees what will be awaiting them on the other side. As a matter of fact, we are warned what is waiting behind the door we choose other than Jesus. Gen 4:7-8 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life (I am the door) and to choose any other door but Him leaves us vulnerable to the sin crouching behind the other door.

The only door that is safe enough to pass through is the door covered in His blood. Ex 12:23-24 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. The door that is freely opened to us is the door that hung between two thieves. The blood that ran down the cross that day opened the door to eternal life for those who by faith would enter! One thief walked through that day and the other chose not to!

There are two sides to every door. On one side you will find light, refuge, warmth, love and acceptance. On the other darkness, uncertainty, cold, fear and rejection. It would seem that choosing the right door would be a simple choice, but Scripture says otherwise. Luke 13:23-25 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 “Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.

Many are seeking the right door to enter, but many will be unable to find it. They like many people who remodel homes will desire to widen the door for easier access, and in doing so they make the door something it’s not (making Jesus who He’s not). Any other door, but Jesus is a deception. No other door leads to eternal life. John 14:5-6 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.

No one comes to the Father, but through Me! I am the door! Don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the door!



June 30



I missed it by that much! As we look back on our lives and reminisce on the things that could have been we allow the stones of regrets to build up walls of discouragement, keeping us from moving forward to the things God has prepared. How could we have missed it by that much so many times?

We missed it by that much for we listened to the flesh and did not walk by the Spirit. Gal 5:16-18 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

1 Cor 2:9-10 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. Our flesh cannot see all that God has prepared for us, but He has given us His Spirit to reveal those hidden things in His timing, place and for His purpose.

There is our problem! We’ve missed it by that much because we are unwilling to wait for His time, place and purpose. The flesh sets its desire against the Spirit and in doing so we find ourselves living with regrets that could have been prevented. Just ask King Saul! 1 Sam 13:11-13 But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, 12 therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.” 13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; He missed it by that much due to his impatience brought on by fear!

Fear at varying levels quenches the Holy Spirit leaving us to depend upon the weaknesses of our flesh. Our flesh operates outside of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Without faith we can do nothing that will satisfy our hearts desire. John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. Without faith we are left with life’s regrets.

But, we can take our regrets and turn them into stepping stones of faith as we turn to the Holy Spirit who reveals God’s love for us and gives us a hope that doesn’t disappoint! Rom 5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

We will continue to have missed it by that much, if we miss the presence of the Holy Spirit revealing God’s best for us right now!