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Why Would Anyone Choose Death?

“Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die…I don’t want you to die,” says the Sovereign LORD. “Turn back and live!” Eze. 18:31, 32. NLT

Let’s first consider that everyone will die. For the souls of the followers of Christ, that death is but for a moment. For the unbeliever / sinner, death is eternal and excruciatingly conscious  – unless they get a new heart. 

Yet, the majority of those exposed to the gospel choose death. Why? The answer is simple. They put more value upon their worldly obsessions (sins). We can’t do anything for those who won’t come to Christ; but, let’s make the case for those that may…

Obviously, the above scripture is not talking about upgrading your blood-pumping organ. You only get one of those. God is referring to going after a new ‘spiritual’ heart. 

The Spiritual heart is the fountain of spiritual life, it is that deep-seated, but voluntary preference of the mind… Charles G. Finney

The scripture says that it is possible for you to get one; but it does not come from changing anything corporeal about yourself. It comes from learning the gospel, accepting Jesus as your Savior, and then living in obedience to God’s word. 

So, it is made manifest in the character and behavior of the believer, as he or she strives for godliness in the present, as well as maintaining a focus on things eternal – all the while, bringing God glory. It is something, that, to the best of our ability, we are responsible for doing, through a continuing series of free-will decisions. 

With the help of Christ, through the Holy Spirit, we are doing our best to evolve from self-centeredness to selflessness, living for a joyful life that is the fruit of our submitting to God’s will. 

This is not to say that our journey is not without labor. Through Adam’s sin, (when he turned his back on God and rebelled – defiling his spiritual heart), our hearts were corrupted:

“For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slander.” Mt. 15:19 CSB

Thus predisposing our need for conversion, and the continual nurturing of it. All the while, we must remain aware of the duplicitous nature of the devil, who is always telling us that it’s okay to abandon our path, or at least indulge in ‘little deviances.’ The pursuit of these indiscretions returns our heart to its original corrupt condition. 

We will slip, but we are so blessed with a loving and forgiving God. When we approach Christ in earnest confession and repentance, our spiritual heart will be restored. Moreover, we are divinely strengthened, in order to persevere after the renewal:

The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. Ps. 19:7 NLT

Yes, by staying in God’s word – be it in personal study, listening to the Holy Spirit, or listening in church, as well in leaning on the Holy Spirit, our troubles will be minimized: 

…each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Jas. 1:14 ESV

“Get up and pray, so that you will not give into temptation.” Lk. 22:46 NLT

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Cor. 10:13 NASB

If you remain in trouble, then you’ve chosen a different master. However, a far better case can be made for doing the right thing, because your life will not be crippled with the ravages of sin. In addition, the scripture clearly tells us that we have the God-given strength to exercise our will to do so. 

Therein lies the divine formula: The salvation and strength of God + the obedient strengthened will of the believer, with right action = spiritual deliverance through a new heart. 

Willful, rebellious sinners cling to that corrupted Adam-inherited heart, nurturing it through their own set of free-will choices – which will, (without intervention), lead to their eternal demise. 

That should motivate believers to try to lavish the gospel, in word and deed, to as many potential children of God as possible, for the sake of helping them grab hold of their new hearts.

And that new heart, is buried inside of them, waiting to be set free:

It was of HIs own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself – sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes]. Jas.1:18 AMP

God will never make a sinner turn from his or her sins. They must be in a place to understand what a right relationship with Him can bring, as well as the horror of refusing it. He wants to love all of us, but we first have to open our arms to receive it. Then, reconciliation can begin, as the work of the Holy Spirit commences. 

A rebel cannot feign ignorance. He or she knows when they are sinning; that knowledge is innate

“My Spirit which is upon you [writing the law of God on the heart], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth…,” says the LORD, “from now and forever.” Is. 59:21 AMP

The Holy Spirit convicts them, children of God or not. He wants to draw them home. As we saw in the opening scripture, God doesn’t want anyone to perish.

Why would anyone choose death? Perhaps, even though they know they sin, they don’t know that it leads to death. Maybe they’ve been discouraged by the devil, as he tries to divert their eyes from the light. Finally, they may just prefer the flesh. Regardless, they are choosing death. 

That is not what we do. Thank God for His grace. I think we should tell them that it’s time for a new heart: 

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life…” Dt. 30:19

Goodnight and God bless. 


Keeping Godly Company – part 2

Last time, we looked at transcending individual church denominations, (without judgment), to come together as a cohesive peaceful and loving force for Christ and His kingdom. This time lets investigate how we can increase the quantity of our godly company. 

First, we must do away with our opinion of the quality of the people that we meet: 

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the face of all the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us… Acts 17:25 – 27. NKJV

Everyone is created by God; and He wants every one of them to embrace His salvation. Jehovah does not turn anyone away. Neither should we. Otherwise, we are practicing judgment. Judgment can be applied towards actions, but never towards the people who act. We don’t know how life may have stepped on them. Remember, it’s not about what we think about others, it’s about what God thinks. 

This is just as relevant in our treatment of brothers and sisters in Christ who may have fallen out of faith, or, are practicing their faith in the framework of ‘situational ethics;’ i.e. considering some sins as being acceptable. 

We must lovingly approach them to see where their attachment to the world remains, how they think a particular sin behavior benefits them, to search for any hidden roots of pride or envy, or to discover how they might perceive that God has let them down. 

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Gal. 6:1 NLT

We need to show them the grace of God in our behavior towards them. Believe me, they already feel convicted. We must try to follow the example as our Lord: extending mercy and compassion, using the word of God to bring healing love and restoration, and pray with them that they might be in right relationship with God again – to the God who always forgives. Then they can continue on in their life on the highest and best path, with the indwelling guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The second way we can increase the quantity of our godly company is to answer our ‘Great Commission,’ to win new souls to Christ. Everything we’ve looked at so far, should be incorporated with our approach to a secular potential child of God as well; except this time, we must begin with a clean slate. 

We must ask them about themselves first. What is their occupation? What do they do for fun? Ask about their family. How do they think life is treating them? Get to know them and procure a feeling of how the world has shaped this individual. 

Keep in mind that they may not even know that they practice sin:

Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Ps. 19:12 CSB

Then ask the big questions (e.g. How did life start? What happens when you die?). For a very detailed treatise on the gospel and the giving of it, see my previous posts Christ’s Foot Soldiers, posted from 6/5/19 – 7/14/19.

The irony is, that if you are lovingly speaking the gospel, the sinner will feel convicted; but that’s what is required so that they can see the need for salvation. 

Some may even take offense, because they don’t want to give up their lifestyle. God will gather who He gathers. We must be purposeful in our zeal, because an eternal separation is coming. 

If they are unwilling, they will live out eternity in the presence of their master – the accuser. At that point, you’ve done your best. It’s between them and God. You must separate yourself from a willful sinner:

“As you go into the house, give it your greeting [that is, ‘Peace be to this house’]. If [the family living in] the house is worthy [welcoming you and your message], give it your blessing of] peace [that is, a blessing of well-being and prosperity, the favor of God]. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not welcome you, nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or city, shake the dust [of it] off your feet [in contempt, breaking all ties].” Mt 10:12 – 14. AMP

“Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin.” Nm. 16:26 NASB

‘Sinners cannot walk with Saints.’ Charles G. Finney

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs. They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” Mt. 7:6 NLT

Ah, but for those willing to embrace Jehovah and the gift of His Son, hallelujah. God has opened their hearts through you, so that they can understand what must be done to live the life that opens the door, so that the Holy Spirit can take residence:

For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness. 2 Pt. 1:4 – 6. AMP

Yes, if you cry out for insight, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek skillful and godly wisdom as you would silver and search for her as you would hidden treasures; then you will understand the [reverent] fear of the LORD [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] and discover the knowledge of God. 

For the LORD gives [skillful and godly] wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores away sound wisdom for the righteous [those who are in right standing with Him]; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity [those of honorable character and moral courage], He guards the paths of justice; and preserves the way of HIs saints (believers). 

Then you will understand righteousness and justice [in every circumstance] and integrity and every good path. Pr. 2:3 – 9. AMP

Pretty soon, you’ll have godly company on every side…

Goodnight and God bless. 

Keeping Godly Company

Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? Amos 3:3 NLT

We keep harmonious company with followers of Christ, who, is our primary focus; and together, we bring as many people of the world to His kingdom. That’s the way it was in the very first church of Christ:

All these with one mind and one purpose were continually devoting themselves to prayer, [waiting together]… Acts 1:14 AMP

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:46, 47. NASB

And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul… Acts 4:32 NASB

So it should be with all the children of God. Yet, as long as we have egos that we are attached to, there will be differences and judgments. Indeed, out of them were born all of the church denominations – something I feel is injurious to the church yet is probably not going to go away until the church of Christ is united in heaven.

We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of whether we sprinkle or dunk, pray on our knees in church or standing with our hands outstretched, with reserved preachers or those who are pulpit-pounding, fire-and-brimstone clergymen, or be it hymnal based or a bit of rock and roll. It doesn’t matter. What matters is God’s grand vision of loving Him, others and ourselves, and winning souls for Jesus, bringing God glory – all of which will plant us all smack dab in His heavenly eternity.

Not one of us is the same in our perceptions and understandings and how we act on them. This is why there should always be striving for loving dialogue between Christian believers of all flavors. 

We can’t do that if we judge one another regarding our approach to God’s word, our sacred rites to honor the Father and the Son, or over the way others might worship, (as long as they do not run counter to scripture). In fact, God clearly prohibits it:

Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but don’t argue about disputed matters. One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not judge one who does, because God has accepted him. Who are you to judge another’s household servant? Before his own Lord he stands of falls. And he will stand, because the Lord is able to make him stand. Rm. 14:1 – 4. CSB

Therefore, let us no longer judge one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in the way of your brother or sister. Rm. 14:13 CSB

So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another. Rm. 14:19 CSB

Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice. Rm. 15:5, 6. CSB

We can come together as Christians, regardless of our denominations, if we can cling to the real Truths together, as brothers and sisters, in times of adversity or joy, helping each other, by touching God together. 

We are all united in the presence of God. We can get past the elementary ‘like attracts like,’ which pervades the denominations, and remember who we are in Christ, respecting each other’s way of reaching out to God and bringing hope to the hopeless masses.

The apostle Paul was a great example of a chameleon-like transformer in order to effectively preach the gospel. He never would have let denominations get in his way:

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law, I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside that law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 1 Cor. 9:19 – 21. ESV

We have a great big wonderful job to do, and we need all the help that we can get…

Goodnight and God bless.

Can We Follow Jesus?

“I am the Light of the World; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” Jn. 8:12 NASB

“If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross daily [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].” Lk. 9:23 AMP

If we follow Jesus then, we must be walking in the light, i.e. not in the ways of this world; and that’s a tall order:

…present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. Rm. 12:1, 2. AMP

The keyword in the above scripture, is ‘holy.’ If we are to follow Jesus, we must do our best to walk as He walked. Christ walked ‘sinless,’ and He was the only person to have ever done so. 

In the Hebrew, ‘holy’ means to be ‘set apart,’ dedicated to sacred purposes,’ morally pure,’ and ‘sinless.’ Other than Jesus, (and His Father), do you know anyone else who is like that? Neither do I. Yet, what does God ask of us?

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 1 Thess. 4:7 ESV

…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love… E[h. 1:4 NKJV

What’s the problem? Our sin nature. We focus on overcoming it, but we can’t do it on our own strength. 

Sometimes, we look at some of our sins as being just little trangressions that don’t count. And yet, God Himself cannot brook the presence of any sin; and He demands that in order to come into HIs presence, we must be sinless. Is that possible? Can we conform to the image of God and His Son? 

…both Jews and Greeks (Gentiles) are all under sin; as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one..” Rm. 3:9, 10. NASB

Yet, what is the defining demand that is laid upon us?

Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness – without it no one will see the Lord. Heb. 12:14 CSB

Okay. God never asks anything of us, that is not possible to achieve. To be holy is to be steeped in continual righteousness. How does that work out for us from our own efforts?

But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags… Is. 64:6 NKJV

So, we cannot do it on our own. We need Jesus:

He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship which Him by His gracious lovingkindness]. 2 Cor. 5;21 AMP

It is the only way that we can come to the Father:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jn. 14:6 NKJV

Again, we can’t do it by ourselves. Why? because salvation isn’t achieved by works, but by the grace of God through Christ. (Eph. 2:8, 9.; Gal. 2:16; Titus 3:5) 

Why do we need Jesus? Because our sin persists. Praise God for His intervention:

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed… Rm. 3:23 – 25. NKJV

However, we are not without responsibility:

For if we deliberately go on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. Heb. 10:26, 27. CSB

We must do our best not to willfully sin, we must adopt new attitudes – those which promote living a life that pleases God. Part of that includes having faith in Him and His Son:

And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Gn. 15:6 NKJV

When we do sin, (and that will be more often that we like), we must approach our Savior immediately with confession and sincere repentance. That way, we can remain in a justified, sanctified state, where God can use us for His higher purposes:

So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Tim. 2:21 CSB

This way, we can remain in adherence to the will of God. 

In addition, we must be on the alert for the devil’s attacks. The more we seek God and His will, the greater Satan will come against us – trying to get us to believe that we aren’t good Christians, and that we are not really saved. 

The way to get around that is to examine everything that you do, and ask yourself, “Does what I am doing conform to God’s will?”

It is common to be discouraged because we tend to cling to our ‘favorite’ sins. Just because we have accepted Christ, does not mean that Satan is giving up on us. He wants as many of God’s children as he can get, to join him in the lake of fire.

We must find our strength to resist him by focusing on what God has done:

For He has rescued us and drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son… Col. 1:13 AMP

Yet our sinful nature still resides within us – creating an ongoing war between the spirit and the flesh: 

“If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” Gn. 4:7 AMP

In our pre-saved life, we developed a propensity, a predisposition to sin. We chose and still choose to sin. It’s not something that we can’t help; it is a willful act. We can also willfully choose not to, because God has given us an ‘out.’ We just have to be aware and look for it:

No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word – He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]. 1 Cor. 10:13 AMP

Realize that in spite of our salvation, our sin nature is not going away:

“…the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth onward.” Gn. 8:21 CSB 

But we can call upon the Holy Spirit, who now lives in us, to expose those rebellious urges so that we can do our best, (with Jesus), to overcome our insatiable flesh. The other thing we can do is to avoid the encounters where we are vulnerable. 

Satan is the great deceiver. He wants you to be ‘cocky,’ filled with a phantom confidence that you can coexist with your favorite sin, that you have it ‘handled.’ Never.

For whatever reason, this struggle against temptation is a battle God has seen fit that we all wage. Yet, as we’ve seen, it is a series of skirmishes that have the potential for victory. We can call upon the entire Godhead to deliver us before the damage is done. 

“Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him; I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no never].” Ps. 91:14 AMP

Because He Himself [in HIs humanity] has suffered in being tempted, He is able to help and provide immediate assistance to those who are being tempted and exposed to suffering. Heb. 2:18 AMP

But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. Gal. 5:16 AMP

We are in battle with the world. To prevail, we need to arm ourselves with a continual immersion in the word of God and exercise prayer to be able to resist the prince of the power of the air and his realm. 

Before you engage in any questionable activity, ask yourself 4 questions (from The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges):

1. Is it helpful – physically, spiritually and mentally?

2. Does it bring me under its power?

3. Does it hurt others?

4. Does it glorify God?

You would surely be able to qualify if something is potentially sinful by engaging in this inquiry. 

Sin is not going to give up; and you will fall from time to time. Yet, we can work on putting on behaviors that are contrary to the nature of our favorite sins. Learn to say ‘no.’ Stay away from environments, habits and people who entice you. Cleanse your thoughts. 

You are what you think:

For as he thinks within himself, so is he. Pr. 23:7 NASB

…if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Phil. 4:8 CSB

And then, act those thoughts out. Go on the offensive. Make no exceptions. You can walk a holy walk of obedience to your God. Let others know that you are a Christian. It puts you on the spot for God, and that’s a good thing.

You were chosen for this. Yes, you can follow Jesus…

…God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth… 2 Thess. 2:13 NKJV

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Cor. 7:1 ESV

Goodnight and God bless

Are You Baptized in the Spirit?

Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Jn. 3:5 CSB

Jesus told Nicodemus that a water baptism was required. It is a symbolic enactment of being born again. The immersion signifies burying your old sinful self, and the ascension from the water implies your new birth as a cleansed holy child of God by the cleansing blood of Christ. It does not sanctify you, but it is a public declaration of your discipleship to Jesus that God requires for you to enter His kingdom – baptized in the name of Jesus for remission of sins.

But what’s Jesus talking about when He refers to being ‘born of the Spirit?’ It is synonymous with being ‘baptized with the Holy Spirit’ or ‘filled with the Holy Spirit.’ We are first introduced to this concept by John the Baptist as he was baptizing, prior to the inauguration of Christ’s ministry:

“As for me, I baptize you with water because of [your] repentance [that is, because you are willing to change your inner self – your old way of thinking, regret your sin and live a changed life], but He (the Messiah) who is coming after me is mightier [more powerful, more noble] than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to remove [even as His slave]; He will baptize you [who truly repent] with the Holy Spirit and [you who remain unrepentant] with fire (judgment).” Mt. 3:11 AMP

Obviously, it includes the endowment of the Holy Spirit. The believer generally seeks this out after the water baptism, commonly facilitated by the prayers of a church elder. Some churches expect the receiver to begin talking in tongues. We’ll come back to that. Others are content to accept the prayers and claim their Holy Spirit baptism. However, the Bible suggests repeatedly that this Spirit baptism does involve a ‘certain ‘experience.’ It is also said to be the time when whatever gifts of the Spirit are conveyed upon the believer as an enhancement for their part in advancing the kingdom.

It is a volitional request to the Holy Spirit to dwell within in us and have free and total reign over our spirit. Jesus attested to the Holy Spirit baptism as an event of great change:

“I am sending the Promise of My Father [the Holy Spirit] upon you; but you are to remain in the city [of Jerusalem] until you are clothed (fully equipped) with power from on high.” Lk. 24:49 AMP

Indeed, the first time the Holy Spirit manifested upon the first church, all the recipients did speak in tongues – declaring the gospel in multiple languages in an environment filled with travelers from other nations. Thus, the church was advancing the kingdom.  

But, don’t get hung up on speaking in tongues. Everyone receives different gifts from the Holy Spirit:

Now there are [distinctive] varieties of spiritual gifts [special abilities given by the grace and extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit operating in believers}. And there are [distinctive] varieties of ministries and service, but it is the same Lord [who is served]. And there are [distinctive] ways of working [to accomplish things], but it is the same God who produces all things in all believers [inspiring, energizing, and empowering them]. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit [the spiritual illumination and enabling of the Holy Spirit] for the common good. 1 Cor. 12:4 – 7. AMP

It is the Holy Spirit who determines what gift(s) that you get. Be content with that:

But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 1 Cor. 12:11 NASB

The most important thing to remember is that the Holy Spirit, who even know what God thinks (1 Cor 2:10, 11.), gives you the gift that best serves you in serving God:

“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NASB

The Bible tells us that the apostle Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit on multiple occasions when he was advancing the kingdom. Some biblical scholars suggest then that we should pray for that filling before every use of our ‘gifts’ to do God’s work – not because He’s not there, it’s to petition His power:

Don’t neglect the spiritual gift within you, [that special endowment] which was intentionally bestowed upon you [by the Holy Spirit] through prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands on you…Practice and work hard on these things; be absorbed in them… ! Tim. 4:14, 15. AMP

So now we’re ready. What must happen to receive this Holy Spirit baptism? Let’s go back to Peter again:

[This process is a paraphrase of a 1910 book entitled The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, by R. A. Torrey, that inspired this post and the two others before it. If you’re interested in an in-depth exposition, it is a FREE read online at The Project Gutenberg; (Gutenberg.org)].

“Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 CSB

The framework within your repentance* and confession must rest then, is your faith in who Christ is, and the salvation He provided on the cross, which also positions you to receive the Holy Spirit. *And the repentance must be your best attempt to avoid allsins, for the Holy Spiritbaptism to take place. So, ask God to reveal any sin that you may be clinging to, so that you may walk in your best obedience, coming from your greatest effort to surrender to His will.

Next, you must have a sincere yearning for a Holy Spirit baptism, coming from your realization that you need it:

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, who those who believed in Him were to receive… Jn. 7:37 – 39. NASB

Yes, we do receive the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus, but the Holy Spirit baptism, as we have looked at, is an additional aspect, whereby the Spirit fills you with your spiritual gifts to forward the kingdom. For this to happen, you petition God in prayer:

When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31 CSB

Lastly, (but concurrently through the whole process), we must apply our faith in the receiving of our prayerful appeal:

This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 Jn. 5:14 – 15. AMP

You’ve met all the requirements. As with your faith in your salvation, even though you may not feel any different, so it may be with your Holy Spirit baptism. For myself, that was the case; and yet, within months afterwards, I began to discern that I was gaining a gift of ‘teaching’ the word of God, (Eph. 4:11-13), writing and coming back to re-read it, knowing that I couldn’t have written that by  myself. Your gift will manifest when it is time. No one has the exact same experience. You were promised your Spirit baptism, you will receive it…

Goodnight and God bless. 

Why Do We Need the Holy Spirit?

Last time, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is. Now, we’ll examine why we need Him by virtue of what He does for all those who accept Christ as their Savior.

1. As we alluded to last time, He is involved along with Jehovah God and Jesus in the creation process of everything. (Jn. 6:63)

In the beginning God (Elohim) created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void or a waste and emptiness, and darkness was upon the face of the deep [primeval ocean that covered the unformed earth]. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. Gn. 1:1, 2. AMP

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. Ps. 33:6 NASB

And, it’s an ongoing process:

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. Ps. 104:30 NASB

2. He brings to our realization the state of our sin and the need for salvation through Christ:

“And He when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged.” Jn. 16:8 – 11. NASB

Left to their own reasoning, most people cannot or will not recognize their own sin. We need the help of the Holy Spirit for better discernment concerning the condition of our souls, and to empower us to help the unsaved understand their plight.

3. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to Christ. See the apostle Peter making the declaration that He is a witness of Jesus and His doings and teachings, to the apostles and all other believers:

“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Acts 5:32 NKJV

“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but will speak whatever He hears [from the Father – the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.” Jn. 16:12 – 14. AMP

In fact, we cannot even begin to see Jesus for who He is nor testify about Him, without the Holy Spirit:

…no one can say, “Jesus is [my] Lord,” except by [the power and influence of] the Holy Spirit.” 1 Cor. 12:3 AMP

4. Along with the blood of Jesus, the Spirit is integral to the process of our redemption, and was promised to us by Christ:

He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit… Titus 3:5 AMP

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Jn. 7:37 – 39. CSB

And because you belong to him (Jesus), the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Rm. 8:2 NLT

…God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through the sanctifying work of the Spirit… 2 Thess. 2:13 AMP

And, it is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to evangelize with regards to that outcome, as our service to the Lord:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. We also speak of these things, not in words taught or supplied by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual thoughts with spiritual words [for those being guided by the Holy Spirit]. 1 Cor. 2:12 – 14. AMP

Furthermore, we also testify our redemption by living out our transformative behaviors – empowered by the Spirit:

…the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control. Gal. 5:22-23. AMP

…walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. Gal. 5:16 CSB

5. The presence of the Holy Spirit within us forms the space where He can channel Christ through us as well:

May He (Jehovah) grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. Eph. 3:16, 17. AMP

And that, makes us redeemed children of God as we saw in section 4 above:

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] the we [believers] are children of God. Rm. 8:15, 16. AMP

6. The Holy Spirit guides you to your eternal destiny:

…if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rm. 8:11 NASB

So, we have seen that the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead that comes to live within us when we accept Christ as our Savior. He is a major part of every aspect of our spirituality, as well as being vital to our very lives – at inception, now, and eternally.

Thank our Lord Jesus Christ for petitioning the Holy Spirit for us, and thank our Creator, Jehovah God, for granting that petition. Thank all three for preparing us for eternity, as we briefly discussed in #4 above, regarding the Holy Spirit baptism. That discussion was very concise due to me trying to keep the length of this post manageable. It requires an in-depth review in and of itself. Next time…

Goodnight and God bless. 

Who is the Holy Spirit?

That’s right. I said ‘who,’ not ‘what.’ The Holy Spirit is a Divine personage of the Godhead. When Jesus first refers to Him to His apostles, (yes, a ‘Him’), He says this:

“…the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor – Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” Jn. 14:26 AMP (Emphasis mine.)

We see too then that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ. See also the apostle Paul’s benediction to the Corinthians:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Cor. 13:14 AMP

Christ also enumerates the Holy Spirit as one of the tripartite components of the Godhead when He declares the ‘Great Commission’ to His followers:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” Mt. 28:19 AMP

The Holy Spirit is not just a ‘force,’ but He is an actual ‘intellectual’ entity:

…for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding]. For what person knows the thoughts and motives of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So also no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Cor. 2:10, 11. AMP

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit exhibits an individual will, as well as powers, when He (when we ask Him) intercedes for us by strengthening our prayers in a way that far more enhances our petitions:

…the Spirit also helps in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Rm. 8:26, 27. NASB

This Divine person also resides within the children of God:

Do you not know and understand the you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]? 1 Cor. 3:16 AMP

And He also possesses a love-filled personality that is intimately affected by the host whom which He loves, by what they do or do not do:

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin]. Eph. 4:30 AMP

If we are pleasing the Holy Spirit, we are doing so by the same way that we please the Father and the Son – through obedience:

For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Rm. 8:14 AMP

Should we wonder about the divinity of the Holy Spirit, we can return to 1 Cor. 2:10, 11; whereby we see that He knows the thoughts of God, therefore the Holy Spirit knows all things.

Likewise, the Holy Spirit has eternal life, just like the Father and the Son:

…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal [Holy] Spirit willingly offered Himself unblemished… Heb. 9:14 AMP

Also like the Father, the Spirit is everywhere at once:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there…If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me… Ps. 139:7 – 10. NASB

The Godhead has been described in a manner the portrays God as the designer, the Son is who speaks the design into existence, and the Spirit gives the creation life:

“It is the Spirit who gives life…” Jn. 6:63 NASB

In addition, the Holy Spirit speaks for Jesus (see Jn. 14:26 above) and for God:

…for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. 2 Pt. 1:21 NASB

Finally, like Christ, the Holy Spirit is divinely equated with God:

“Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit…? You have not lied to people but to God.” Acts 5:3, 4. CSB

Yet, He is ultimately subordinate to both the Father and the Son, sent to us from both.

The Holy Spirit also grants us spiritual gifts, working in harmony with Jehovah God and Jesus Christ:

Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good…One and the same Spirit is active in all of these, distributing to each person as he wills. 1 Cor. 12:44 – 7 & 11. CSB

In addition, the Holy Spirit facilitates our entrance into the kingdom of God:

“Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Jn. 3:5 CSB

…if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God.] Rm. 8:9 AMP

That facilitation is a gift from the Father and the Son:

Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this [blessing] which you both see and hear. Acts 2:33 AMP

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts… Gal 4:6 NASB

The Holy Spirit also becomes a protective covering when worldly forces come against us:

If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 1 Pt. 4:14 NASB

Our Holy Spirit is far more than a ‘Ghost.’ He lives in us and God and His Son move through the Spirit and grant us a redeemed life that does not end. Everything that God provides for us is wondrous and grand. Amen.

So, what does the Holy Spirit do? Next time.

Goodnight and God bless. 

The Devastation of Unforgiveness

‘The LORD – the LORD is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin.’ Ex. 34:6, 7. CSB

As always, God provides us an example to model – this one for forgiveness. Moreover, He also tells us how to access His forgiveness:

“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chr. 7:14 NKJV

God demands forgiveness from His children as well. There is a dire penalty laid upon those who don’t:

“For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.” Mt. 6:14, 15. AMP

The devastation of unforgiveness then, is a situation where your sins are unforgiven, which, if you remain in that state, will receive the ultimate penalty: eternal separation from God and His children. Where you would reside, should you continue in your sins, is with the devil – the one who suggested that you sin in the first place.

So, how do we get to a place where we find ourselves withholding our forgiveness? We get there because someone else hurt us, or we think that they did. Usually, that someone is close to us; otherwise, we wouldn’t care. We perceive ourselves as wounded, and that wound begins to fester and transforms (with some tweaking by the devil) into anger and bitterness.

We don’t confront the offender because we are still reeling from the fact that someone who should care about us has harmed us in this manner. Thus, we never have a chance to clean up what was most likely a misunderstanding. (That’s not to say that there aren’t people who deliberately attack; yet, confrontation is still the answer). 

Then, we feed this wound, and in time it becomes a torment of imagination that far exceeds the original insult. 

Confrontation, done in God’s way, a loving way, serves both parties:

The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient and tolerant when wronged. He must correct those who are in opposition with courtesy and gentleness in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and be led to the knowledge of the truth [accurately understanding and welcoming it], and may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. 2 Tim. 2:24 – 26. AMP

Misunderstandings are cleared, wounds are soothed, relationships are restored, all by doing it God’s way, through acting out His word. And, you get to stop playing the victim!

You only withhold forgiveness when you judge; and God gives us a moral imperative against that:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged…And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” Mt. 7:1 – 3. NKJV

If we didn’t judge, then we would not blame; subsequently there would be nothing to forgive. 

Judgment is a chronic stream of mental chatter that the devil uses – lies, which if you believe them, will bring you a life filled with dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Within that chatter, you’ll find ‘He did, she did;’ ‘They can’t, I can’t;’ ‘Life is horrific;’ ‘They made me / my life this way;’ etc. What happens? You view your life and others through the lens of your personal preferences – predilections constructed from the afore-mentioned satanic deceptions, that are shaping a false reality. 

You mold your judgments within your self-constructed tunnel vision: images of how you think the world should be. This is all rooted in a blindness that we take on, when we shift our focus from God to ourselves. Ironically, when you judge, the only thing you accurately define is yourself, and you surround yourself with clones of your dysfunctional behavior and your cycles of relationships are simply ‘rinse and repeat.’ 

The tendency to judge is perpetuated by an attachment to being ‘right,’ exhibited by your tenacious clinging to your own point of view as being the ‘gold standard.’ 

When we can suspend judgment, then the burden of self-judgment is also lifted. Only then can we have a space for repentance and forgiveness. 

There are some people who seem to us to be unlovable – ungrateful, unappreciative, cold, cantankerous. Yet, God loves that person, and He wants to love them through you as well; otherwise, He would not have put them in your orbit. 

It’s obvious they are running their own mental schemes as well. Loving them as God loves them, builds your character, gets your mind off of yourself and your expectations, gives the other person a chance to find freedom from themselves, and see an open door to their Creator.

“But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seeks the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Mt. 5:44 AMP

For those people who did actually and purposely cause you injury, forgive them, (staying away from them if a safety issue exists), and remember God’s place in this situation:

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in scripture], “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. Rm. 12:19 AMP

Keep in mind that just because we come to a place where we can see how we have been being and what we have been doing, and how our judgment is antithetical to what God wants for us, we are still human. In spite of our best efforts, we will still sin, we will judge. When our God-given conviction kicks in, so must a new cycle of forgiveness:

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Col. 3:12, 13. ESV

Sometimes, the tendency to judge is seemingly impossible to turn away from – especially if someone does something that you perceive not to be in your best interest. The truth is, most people are not intentionally injurious. They only know how to exist the way that they are being at that point in their lives, because they believe that behavior is vital for their survival. 

We need to be compassionate towards them, forgiving them for projecting their inner suffering outwards. We just happened to be a convenient target.

When you don’t forgive these ‘injuries’ and the stories that you build around them (your judgments), they hold you in bondage. How does God want you to respond?

…you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise, such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow…reaffirm your love to him. 2 Cor. 2:7, 8. NASB

Our Father in heaven places such a high priority on forgiveness, that He will not even hear your prayers until you make reconciliation with your object of unforgiveness. (Mt. 5:23, 24.) Christ told us to forgive everyone perpetually. (Mt. 18:22)

There is never an excuse for judgment where others are concerned. We are condemned spiritually, and our lives will suffer every time we practice it. 

Forgiveness begins in the mirror. After all, most of the things we don’t forgive in others, are the same things we don’t forgive in ourselves. Without forgiveness, we create a barrier between ourselves and our Creator. 

Forgiveness comes from the heart; it is a Spiritual endowment, completing our relationship with ourselves, God, and all other people. Forgiving is the highest act of giving: where we give our love away, regardless of whether we think it is deserved. After all, who doesn’t deserve love?

Forgiveness emulates the character of the Father and the Son. Christ went to the cross for our forgiveness. When we forgive, we honor His sacred sacrifice – acknowledging that it was enough…

Goodnight and God bless 

You Can’t Have Too Much Jesus

Why? Because He was present at the beginning of time. He spoke into existence all that Jehovah designed, (who designed it with Jesus in mind). And Christ nurtures and maintains the universe, until He returns to usher His Father’s children into eternal paradise. (Jn. 1:1; Col. 1:16, 17; Mt 25:34.)

We can’t have too much Jesus because He came to fill a need that we could not meet – the need to live a sinless life, to be able to pass over death into eternal life. Jesus showed us that it could be done because He did it. Yet He was no ordinary human being. No other person in history was / is able to follow His example.

Praise God for His grace though Jesus Christ. He allowed His children to co-opt His Son’s righteousness so that they appear acceptable to Him through our faith in Christ’s sacrifice:

…be reconciled to God. He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness}. 2 Cor. 5:20, 21. AMP

In this process, we are forgiven our transgressions, and bolstered in our faith by the resurrection of Jesus, so that we never feel the sting of death:

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” 
Jn. 11:25, 26. NASB

Jesus was offered for all people when He was on the cross. Yet even when we’ve received Him, the enemy never lets up. However, Christ is always by our side:

“…I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:20 AMP

We were made to give God glory; and Christ came to position us to be able to. We need Him to strengthen us to do so, because we are weak. We fall prey to the devil and his suggestions. Yet if we stay in God’s word, we are walking with Jesus, which opens the door for Him to use us to fulfill our godly purposes:

“My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough – always available – regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9 AMP

…the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thess. 3:3 NASB

We can depend on Jesus. We can reach out when we’ve lost our way. He empowers us to be what God intended us to be. Our focus is changed from the temporal to the eternal as we move and have our being through the eyes of Christ, submitting ourselves to His directives.

In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. Jn. 1:4 AMP

He will bring me out to the light, and I will behold His [amazing] righteousness and His remarkable deliverance. Mic. 7:9 AMP

You can’t have too much Jesus, because He is the original template for the human heart. When we connect our heart to His we can climb out of our adversities and walk the godly walk that brings truth, peace, joy and love – a love that does not ever let you go:

“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” Jn. 10:10 AMP

And that same love brings Him back:

“…they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Mt. 24:30 NKJV

“Surely I am coming quickly.” Rv. 22:20 NKJV

You just can’t get too much of Jesus…

Goodnight and God bless.

Sometimes Your Place in the World Brings You Down

You know what I’m talking about. It happens to all of us when we go through the ‘valleys’ of our lives – when you shake your head in disbelief, despair, fear, frustration, maybe even anger. You find yourself lamenting, ‘Oh God, why me?’ Or worse, ‘Have you left me God?’ 

And yet, God is exactly who we want to reach out to. He is always watching and always ready to help:

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven… Eccl. 3:1 NKJV

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that no one can discover anything that will come after him. Eccl. 7:14 CSB

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not look anxiously about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Is. 41:10 NASB

‘Even to your old age I will be the same, even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you.’ Is. 46:4 NASB

God is not idly sitting on the sidelines. Whatever is happening in your life, if you are a child of God, (in right relationship with Him), there is a purpose behind it, that many times we cannot fathom. (Is. 55:9) Nevertheless, He is always just a prayer away, waiting to come to your aid to get you through your trials. 

…they cried out to God in the battle, and He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him. 1 Chr. 5:20 NASB

And yes, sometimes it looks like your prayers are not being answered; but that’s where your faith is being tested and strengthened. While you wait, ask the Author of your faith for that strength:

He gives strength to the weary, and to him who has no might He increases power…those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] will gain new strength and renew their power; they will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like the eagle [rising toward the sun]… Is. 40:29 & 31. AMP

“I do believe; help [me overcome] my unbelief.” Mk. 9:24 AMP

The foundation for faith comes from our trust in our all-powerful, truth-telling, ever-delivering God:

“For I am the LORD, I do not change [but remain faithful to My covenant with you]… Mal. 3:6 AMP

Now, we must also consider that some of the valleys in our lives are of our own manufacture – especially when we fall back into the ways of the world. There is always a price to pay:

Disaster pursues sinners… Pr. 13:21 ESV

“With reproofs you chasten a man for iniquity…” Ps. 39:11 NASB

That’s why we want to get those slips handled immediately by going forward in humility to the God whom we have sinned against:

Tremble [with anger or fear], and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still [reflect on your sin and repent of your rebellion]. Offer righteous sacrifices; Trust confidently in the LORD. Ps. 4:4, 5. AMP

The LORD is near to the heartbroken and He saves those who are crushed in spirit (truly sorry for their sin). Ps. 34:18 AMP

The LORD is good and upright; therefore he shows sinners the way. Ps. 25:8 CSB

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you. Ps. 86:5 NKJV

And when you are back on track, God starts helping you journey towards your new ‘peak’:

His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. Ps. 30:5 NASB

God is the only one who can deliver you from your trials, be they your fault or not. There is not any other kind of ‘idol’ (e.g. money or addictions) that can. They only leave behind hell to pay. 

Our Creator knows what He’s doing. Jehovah God has a good plan for each of His children; and as long as they stick with Him, He will make it come to pass. Furthermore, in a way that only He knows, God will dovetail the elements of your experience that were necessary for you to encounter, in a way for you to gain an ultimate eternal benefit:

…God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son… Rm. 8:28, 29. NASB

God’s grace in Christ is forever moving us through our peaks and valleys, toward our eternal redemption to an eternity that is unimaginable. Meanwhile, we need to keep our eye on that prize, and not on the moments of our life’s discontentment. For help in that process, we can lay our sufferings regarding the parts of them that we seem to have no control over, at the feet of our blessed Savior:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Mt. 11s:28 – 30. NASB

In fact, our entire focus should be on Jesus, and then all the aspects of our life will come together. He is the source of our satisfaction (Jn.6:35), He is the only way to the Father (Jn. 14:6), our doorway to heaven and eternity (Jn. 14:2; 8:51.) and the living Word of God that gives us all the answers and bolsters our faith, (Jn. 1:1; Heb. 12:2.)

We were put on this earth to do certain things that only we can do, to bring Him glory by reflecting it from ourselves to others in those deeds, which ultimately have their roots in loving the Godhead, ourselves and all others. (Mt. 22:37 – 39.) We do that by giving of ourselves in spite of what is going on in the world around us. 

All of a sudden you will notice, that those valleys in life will not be so deep or protracted as your problems shrink in the light of your servitude. And your life begins to take on the unbridled joy of your eternity, where your place in the world can no longer bring you down – because that place is God’s place…

Goodnight and God bless.