Archive for January, 2016

God’s Light

Posted in Blogroll on January 28, 2016 by activeinspiration

1 John 1:5-7 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. ESV #Bible

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Where am I? Am I in the light, or am I living in darkness?
God’s light has no darkness, and the darkness has no light.
If I’m living in darkness I can’t see what’s around me. I have no idea what’s coming my way.  My only option is to group around feeling, rather than seeing where I am going. I am left in dark ignorance wandering in darkness.
Being with God, in His light, is to have the ability to see far off. To observe anything coming my way, walking with a sure step, not prone to stumbling. I am informed by God, I know what is real, I’m not left to the fear of my imagination in darkness.
I am able to see who my friends are, and know I am not alone, having fellowship with light walkers.
We know God and we understand His Truth, His Word iluminates our understanding, rather than existing in the ignorance of darkness void of God’s influence. And our Saviour Jesus the Christ cleanses our sins through the blood of His sacrifice on our behalf, which is discovered in God’s Light. We are grateful for God’s Light, and we understand.

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Slow

Posted in Blogroll on January 27, 2016 by activeinspiration

Proverbs 16:32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. ESV #Bible

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We all know that when we loose our temper, and our veins are popping out of our heads, or our face wrinkles, and our nose is blowing air or snorting like a bull, we have lost it.
Being slow to anger is to infuse our wisdom into our anger, using caution, and clear thinking to guide our anger into motivating us to a good action.
Naturally this characteristic of being slow to anger, does rank us with, or even better than the mighty person who by his great strength accomplishes great feats.
We don’t have to accomplish out task with bruit strength, but with wisdom, and intelligence, and God’s Grace, which is far superior to bruit strength.
God has told us from the book of Genesis onward, that we can master and rule our own spirit’s. So as we are slow to anger we have embarked on ruling our own spirit, mastering it in all facets of our lives. This is as important as capturing a city, we capture our own spirit’s.
I believe this is only possible with God’s help and guidance. As we have in the past so in the future, we would fail greatly without Jesus the Christ our Great Sheppard leading us. Praise the Lord.

Suffering

Posted in Blogroll on January 22, 2016 by activeinspiration

Philippians 1:29  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, ESV #Bible

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It’s evident from the beginning of our salvation that we Christians experience persecution in one form or another. To a seasoned Christian we understand persecution runs hand in hand with our salvation, like its a package deal.
Here we see the Apostle Paul revealing the fact that just as we have been granted for the sake of Jesus our Messiah, our salvation, so our suffering for Him also.
Experience tells me that in my suffering for Christ, it brings a sensitivity to the greatness of the gift of my salvation, and its evidence and reality of being true.
This suffering, as salvation, has been granted to us. It has been given to us from someone greater than ourselves, meaning from God Himself.
For those who cause our sufferings it is the proof for them and ourselves that perdition awaits them.

Love

Posted in Blogroll on January 21, 2016 by activeinspiration

1 Corinthians 13:2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. ESV #Bible

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If we could see the future, or like Sherlock Holmes decipher all mysteries, even master all knowledge, and possess all faith so as to accomplish any feat, even to remove any mountain and throw it into the sea. It would mean nothing, or be worth anything.
Without love those capabilities would be worthless, they would only bring despair, and leave you wanting for more.
In the beginning, when God created all things we find in this reality, human beings recognized God’s influence, His presence in what He created. They knew that a greater being than themselves existed, and that it was wise to fear and honor Him and worship Him for who he is.
There were those human beings who chose to disbelieve and rebelled, dishonoring God and His creation and even themselves, rejecting God’s soul purpose, His Love.
God’s Love was the motivation for His act of creation, His Love is the driving force behind everything He does.
God’s Love is Jesus, the Lamb of God who God sent to this planet to save us from our rebellious sins.
Any power, any ability, knowledge, or anything else on this planet comes to nothing, if it is not empowered and motivated by a God like Love. All will end up as a wasteland of effort. To look at God’s Love which is dripping like honey from all He has created, it is only viewable with honesty and acceptance. We must first realize God’s Love for each one of us saint or sinner, before we can do anything that will last beyond our time, even to eternity.

Prudent

Posted in Blogroll on January 20, 2016 by activeinspiration

Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. ESV #Bible

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What an ability it is to master the tongue. It seems the mouth never runs out of words.
Interestingly the more words used to communicate a point only creates more confusion and misunderstanding.
Then there is the assumption that the one you are talking to knows what you mean rather than what you are saying.
Just in these points made, I can remember times when the communication or discussion turns into an argument and some times an out right fight. That’s where transgressions happen.
Restraining our lips for me is to take time to think, not only about what I want to say, but how it will be received. That in it’s self is a difficult task, and I have been working on this pretty much my entire life.
The best suggestion I know is those wonderful words “Lord Jesus help me”. With God’s help we can accomplish many things we think are impossible, and that’s prudent.

Believe

Posted in Blogroll on January 19, 2016 by activeinspiration

John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. ESV #Bible

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To believe in Jesus is to consider, to trust in, to rely on, to depend on, be assured of and have faith in Jesus to be the one and only unique Son of God, the Messiah.
It’s understandable in the beginning that being moved by a desirous hunger in our  hearts, we believe by our God given faith in Jesus.
As time goes on in our relationship with Jesus through His Holy Spirit we gain experience with and a knowledge of Jesus. As we study the Word of God we learn more about our wonderful Saviour, and our belief grows stronger.
If one chooses through examination, or opinion to not believe, as they live, they are condemned all ready. There is no need for them to die or stand before God pleading, because their disbelief is the witness and proof of their condemnation.
God has left the decision entirely up to us, we make the choice to believe or disbelieve. So there is no blame that can be held against Jesus, or God, we hold the entire responsibility to live forever, or die, meaning separated forever from Jesus.
If you feel inside that God is real, than the only way to God is through Jesus.
Believe and be saved from the deadly separation that awaits those who disbelieve.

Gracious Power

Posted in Blogroll on January 13, 2016 by activeinspiration

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ESV #Bible

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He, meaning Jesus said to the Apostle Paul. Grace, meaning mercy, joy, loving kindness, good will, and favor for a few examples.
God’s Grace covers all possibilities or experiences in this life. Grace is sufficient to handle anything and everything that comes our way, like raising a hedge or barrier about us to protect and preserve us. God’s Grace is always more than enough.
The Miraculous Power of Jesus the Christ poured out through His Grace to us is a force, an invincible strength that is completed, and perfected in our weakness, our failures, our frailties.
The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in its power goes beyond even the limits of our reality on into Heaven even to eternity. Yet it is perfectly completed in our weakness.
For us I believe it becomes visible, or tangible in our weakness.
Paul’s reaction is to boast about his weaknesses in order to have the power of Christ to rest upon him.
We Christians need to understand that just as Paul the Apostle has discovered, so we to need to discover the limitless boundaries of Gods Love found in His amazing Grace and enjoy the adventure towards Heaven and eternity. We Christians are well kept by our Savior Jesus the Christ. Amen.