Archive | September 2015

Affirmations And Admonitions

These are either directly from Scripture, or based on Scripture Truth. Speaking them outwardly or inwardly transforms your consciousness – which is where creativity begins, within the mind. God’s mind over all matters, His truth, becomes my truth. Affirming His truth must be proclaimed and embraced to thwart the streams of propaganda (especially within religion, politics, and other control systems) today, which are being used to create mindsets of fear, insecurity, and unbelief in the Good that is in God through Jesus Christ’s redemptive work, which is His intention for all mankind. Scripture indicates that the Lord extends His good to all, and that His tender mercies are over all the Earth. Let’s begin with that! Glory to His name! No one need be absent from the Redemption.

I stay the course in Christ Who has set me free from all evil in His redemptive work. It is finished! Steady as she goes!

I enjoy God’s Good, right here, right now; this does not change. All other views are lies and illusions.

Although the adversary of truth comes to kill, steal, and destroy, I dwell perpetually in the life abundant which Christ brings to me – free from every threat.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

As I delight myself in the Lord, and He always gives me the desires of my heart.

I am able, not feeble! For as I wait upon the LORD, He renews my strength; in Him I mount up with wings as an eagle; I run, and am not weary; I walk, but do not faint.

No evil befalls me; nor does any plague come near my dwelling.

The righteous shall never be moved.

The Lord gives good things to those who ask.

I have no anxiety about anything, as I commit my way to the Lord and trust in Him.

I dwell in the strength of the Lord Who who satisfies me with good so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The righteous holds to His way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.

Lord, you have made me glad through Your work: I triumph in the works of Your hands.
I sing of Your power; yes, I sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning, for You are my defense and refuge in the day of trouble.

God promises this to me – “those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth”.

Now is come to me salvation, strength, the kingdom of God, and the power of his Christ, for the accuser is cast down which accused me before God day and night. I overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of my testimony; and I loved not my life unto the death.

Having died in Christ, I am a new creation. The old has passed away; all things have become new in Him and the power of His resurrection.

My trust is in You, for You have promised me this: that because I revere Your name, the sun of righteousness arises with healing in its wings; thus I go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.

The Lord God is a sun and shield for me, and the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Since I am risen with Christ, I seek those things above where Christ is.

I let the peace of God rule in my heart, and I am continually thankful. I let the word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom, communicating in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. I sing with grace in my heart to the Lord. Whatsoever I do in word or deed, I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

(More can always be added!)

May awareness of all blessings that are ours in Christ become your everyday experience, Dear Reader. To dwell in His Good brings glory to His Name, as well as the evidence to the world that a better life is not only possible, but the will of a loving Creator and Father of all for all Humankind.

Originally published here:

Forever Free

No star, no sun, no totem guide

has power over me;

No ghost, no demigod, no wraith

can have authority.

The universe is not my god –

its “will” can have no sway;

Sin’s corrupting inclinations

no longer have their way.

With Christ in heavenly places,

in His holiness I dwell,

above all other entities,

or names, or powers of hell!

This is my one confession, now and for eternity –

That by the blood of Jesus Christ I am forever free!

Originally published on my blog

Works For God, Or Works Of God?

A few thoughts about the Creator’s creative work in us –

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

“The true expression of Christian character is not in good-doing, but in God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine characteristics in your life, not just good human characteristics. The secret of a Christian’s life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God, and the experience of this becomes evident in the practical, everyday details of life.” –Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest

I want to make this quote from Oswald Chambers into a plaque to be seen in my home as a daily reminder! This is the difference between flesh/works righteousness and the righteousness of God, the difference between doing things for God and the works of God.

Sometimes I think this is a tough point for Christians to comprehend. I know it was for me for a long time. Unfortunately it’s not always understood by clergy who encourage works for God, rather than the work of God as we offer ourself to the Holy Spirit, motivated by the Holy Spirit.

Consequently many Christians either lapse into an easy believe-ism modality, where – because “Jesus has saved me” – I can go on being a reprobate – or it becomes a matter of external pietistic behavior or ritualism, or church work, without a mighty Holy Spirit sea change within.

What it boils down to is that there isn’t anything along those lines that we can offer to God, but He has His own righteousness to apply to our inner man – the very thing we need that we cannot of ourself produce in any acceptable manner.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

What it boils down to is this: it’s not just a “faith position”; it’s a living spiritual reality where Christ takes His rightful position in us, and we in Him.

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How Do We Know Truth?

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31,32)

Many ask the question, How can we know truth in a world that has so many “options”, where everything is “relative”, or “that’s your opinion; this is my opinion.” Jesus answers that clearly in the foregoing passage. Oswald Chambers expands on the thought in his usual amazingly simple fashion in the following remark.

“Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. Spiritual confusion can only be conquered through obedience. As soon as we obey, we have discernment. When our natural power of sight is devoted and submitted in obedience to the Holy Spirit, it becomes the very power by which we perceive God’s will, and our entire life is kept in simplicity.”

Discernment and knowing the truth are essentially one and the same. A lot of people seem to have a corner on the market of saying, “The truth shall make you free.” They do not realize that what has become a pop meme is prefaced within an “if-then-and” statement from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Knowing truth – what is good, real, and right – is contingent on faithfulness in discipleship, to hearing Jesus and following Him. It is a result, per Jesus. We learn and discern truth by hearing and obeying what God says.

We must learn to hear what Jesus is showing us. It starts with the written word. We ask the Holy Spirit to reveal it to our hearts. Gradually we learn to recognize that Still Small Voice. A disciple is one who not only hears and learns but who obeys. This builds discernment and leads to knowledge of truth. “…blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28).

At the end of the day, it is not about debate, or defending the “truth” the way I see it, or a lot of high sounding philosophy. Obedience in the disciple – the fruit of the Holy Spirit – is observed by the world, and is far more convincing than argumentation.

See: – Arguments or Obedience by Oswald Chambers

More supportive cross references to Luke 11:28 found here:

I Promise

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” (Psalm 37:1-3)

Lately there seems to be an almost incredible amount of angst in the air. The word means an unfocused and vague yet deep sense of anxiety or dread, most often concerning the human condition or even the state of the world generally.

After all, it seems inordinately difficult these days to connect with any good news!

I have to admit that in these times very often I find myself in this vague and relentless uneasiness. Sometimes it seems like what a hunted creature must feel when it senses it is being stalked by a cobra. There are times when this sense of dread comes on even as an overwhelming fatigue.

Many people are feeling this to an unusual degree. One has to wonder, what time is it really? Is this “the” end time, or at the very least an apocalyptic moment in the cosmos? Frankly, at this defining moment, anyone with his eyes open can see that evil has the upper hand in almost every area of the world. Maybe it’s been hiding in the bushes all along, but now it has shown itself in blatant obviousness.

I won’t rehearse the litany of how all that looks here and now. The angst seems to be exacerbated by everything from personal issues to international politics and more – all at the same time!

Enough people seem to have the job of being the harbinger of the bad news, whether “mainstream” or “alternative”. Perhaps I listen too much to too many distressing reports. It doesn’t help. One stops watching television, only to have reports come through “friends” via electronic social media.

Yet should we stick our heads in the sand and pretend, as some do, that none of this exists and go on in our myopic, self absorbed pretense? Or should we send around cute little memes which romanticize and marginalize the situation with pictures of fairies and butterflies. “Don’t worry; be happy”? Not very effective approaches.

As I walked past the little table where my Bible sits next to a pad of paper, it was somehow opened, two chapters beyond where I’d stopped in my meditations on the Psalms, to the above verse on a day when I’d been unable to stop fretting about the general pervasive evil, with its gaping mouth open to devour our nation and even our world. It’s as if the angst could not be shut off! No “panic attacks” for me – just this low level roar of some rising tsunami within.

Why can’t I see you, Jesus, walking across that storm and taking command of it?

When my eyes fell upon it, it was like that command – “Fret not thyself! I’ve got this!”

Again I was reminded about how often we need to simply hear His promises – and there are many, applicable to all of our “impossible” situations. It’s not always a matter of simply reading them, but there are moments when He comes along and that Still Small Voice inwardly reminds us, as He reminded Elijah in his overwhelming distress, “And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (1Kings 19:11,12)

Not only did He amply provide a strong reminder today that He was not in any of these troubles or the troublemakers, but He will use all of that to reveal His glory and power, and to make good His promises to provide for His own, and will, one way or another, put an end to the causes of distress.

His words to disciples: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin… your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Taken from Matthew 6:25-34)