LET’S TAKE A ONE-WAY VERSE DOWN A TWO-WAY STREET…


Proverbs 21:19 – “It is better to live in a desert land than with a contentious and vexing woman.” NASB

Proverbs 27:15-17 – “A constant dripping on a day of steady rain and a contentious woman are alike; 16 He who would restrain her restrains the wind, and grasps oil with his right hand. 17 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  NASB

Ladies I am not trying to pick on you here as you will hopefully see.  The Wisdom of Solomon shines forth in these passages about relationships and can be or should be viewed in light of what Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:25-33.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.” NASB

First, if the husband loves his wife in the manner and to the degree that Paul described, I would not be afraid to say that she will not be as Solomon described her.  If she is then heed Solomon’s words and take to heart the old saying, “If Momma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy.”  But if you notice Solomon added in verse 17 “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” 

He said that as he was talking about a contentious woman. Therefore, was he talking about men with men, or was he talking about the husband-wife relationship?  Frankly, I believe it applies to both.  It is incumbent upon both parties in a loving relationship to care for the other. 

If we husbands love our wives as Christ loves the Church, then the wife can and should feel completely comfortable with recognizing our position in the family and responding with loving support.  Adam and Eve were created and placed in the Garden of Eden as co-regents of the planet.  They were a pair, a team, or as Genesis declared ONE FLESH but two separate people.

Wives if you are guilty of being contentious, nagging, and complaining STOP IT!  Husbands, if you are not loving your wives as Christ loved the church BEGIN IMMEDIATELY!  Before anyone protests, remember it begins with a CHOICE!  You have to choose to love, choose to be loving, choose to not be contentious, and choose to be godly in your relationships.  It is your choice!  If you make that choice God will respond by providing you with the help, encouragement, and guidance that will make it possible.

Attention, men!  If you are in a relationship where the wife is contentious before you condemn and criticize ask yourself if you are “Loving her as Christ loved and loves the church”?  But above all make your relationship a matter of serious prayer and soul searching.  It is too precious to you and God to just allow you to stumble along from day to day.

God bless you as you go through your day!

IT IS SIMPLE – WHEN GOD SAYS, JUST SHUT UP AND LISTEN, THEN LISTEN…


Matthew 17:4-8 – “Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”  8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.”  NASB

I know that my title is not exactly how this is phrased but the meaning is clear.  Peter, in his exuberance and ecstasy, was blabbering about what they could and should do.  His ramblings and exhortations were heard in the Throne Room of Heaven. 

It is clear that the Father was not particularly overjoyed with Peter, at the moment, so He spoke from heaven and said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”  Before you protest notice that He said of Jesus “with whom I am well-pleased” and that is in contrast to Peter’s ravings.  He also said, “LISTEN TO HIM!”  In East Texas vernacular“Hush up and listen!”  So, to me, it is clear that the Father was essentially telling Peter and the other disciples “Shut Up and Listen!”

I know you have heard it said, “God gave us two ears and one mouth so we should listen twice as much as we speak.”  There is a ton of truth in that adage and one that we would do well to adopt into our lives.  Most of us, too frequently, want to be heard rather than to hear!  We have our revelation and want others to hear it.  We feel our importance or need our significance to be validated and feel that to do so we must be heard so we speak. 

I have been in a number of conversations where the other person was so anticipating their opportunity to speak, they failed to hear what was being said, as they planned their response.  That negates effective communication and opens the door for misunderstanding and misinterpretation.  Here God is telling Peter and the others – “Hearing what Jesus has to say is far superior to anything that you might say or think at the moment so LISTEN!”

It would behoove all of us to be calculated in our speaking and careful in our listening.  I believe that if we are to be effective in communicating truth, we have to be not only willing but adept at listening.  It is important to HEAR what is being said not what we think about what is being said.  There can be and often is a world of difference between the two. 

It reminds me of the saying that I heard once in a conference on communication where the person speaking said, “I know you believe you think you understand what you thought you heard me say, but I am not sure you realize that what you thought you heard is not what I said or meant.”  Do you see where there could be a problem if we assume or presume, we know what is being said without actually HEARING what is being said?  That is so true with the Word and things of God – We need to HEAR GOD not what we thought or wanted Him to say!

Therefore, learn that there are times when you need to just be silent and still and LISTEN!  The Holy Spirit will effectively communicate God’s Word, Will, and Way to your heart if you will LISTEN!

God bless you as you go through your day! 

Addendum:

I know that God does not speak to everyone saying ‘shut up and listen’ but He has to me before and when I asked why He told me to put on my big boy britches and listen.  I protested more and He asked, “Did I get your attention?”  I said, “Yes sir.”  To which He responded, “Do I need to explain more?” 

God does not speak to me in King James English or use flowery language or sound like He is a professor at Oxford, Yale, Harvard, or Cambridge.  He speaks to my heart in the language I speak.  Just as the Holy Spirit did not divest the writers of the Inspired Scriptures of their own personalities God speaks to us in a uniquely personalized manner.  He knows what will get your attention and speaks thusly.  Just wanted to add that!

Enjoy your day in Jesus!

THE QUESTION IS – ARE WE POSSIBILITIES OR PROCRASTINATORS???


Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”  NASB

As the song of years gone by, ‘Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die,’ we often live our lives with a sense of permanence that is deceptive.  Most people I have dealt with or worked with in my years of ministry seem to believe that they will have ‘more than enough tomorrows’ to do the things they either did not do or did not want to do today.  Too often people neglect the vital, focus on the important or trivial, and demonstrate little concern because they believe that they will have time to do it later.  We call that Procrastination!

Any student of the Bible knows that there are promises from God in His word that are seldom claimed, appropriated, and stood on in individual lives.  It has been my observation that too many live ‘beneath their privilege’ in God.  I have had people tell me that I focus too much on God’s Promises.  I do not consider that a flaw, but I believe that God gave the promises because He wanted us to enjoy, appropriate them, stand on them, and live them in this present world.  I believe that with each step closer to becoming “like” Jesus we find more Spiritual Power in our lives, touch more Souls of men, and experience more Victory in our daily lives!

This Psalm is attributed to Moses.  He was interceding for God to remove the curse that every Israelite over the age of twenty would die before the nation could enter the Land of Canaan.  He even identified that most were dying at seventy though some are reaching eighty years of age. 

If verse ten could somehow be attributed to us as a gauge of longevity it would produce an interesting possibility.  [80 years or 16 – 5-year segments].  You could make that 100 years and you would have 20 – 5-year segments. I wonder how we would live if we evaluated our lives in 5-year increments?  How many have you lived?  How many do you have left?  (Please understand I do not believe that this means we only can live 70-80 years, but I use it as an illustration).

Time is either the greatest asset or enemy that we have.  Paul urged his listeners to redeem the time.  Time is one thing we must learn to use effectively if we are to become the most effective in our lifespan.  We are notorious time wasters, at least most of us are.  In order to tap the resources available to us and utilize the ability and power, God has given us three things that must take place.

PERCEPTION – – – We must Perceive.

We must perceive ‘Who we are.’  Initially, we were sinners in need of God.  We are created in the image of God and as John 1:12 tells us we are sons/daughters of God.  Romans 8:17 identifies that we are heirs of God and Galatians 3:29 that we are heirs according to the Promise.  We read of the Promises of God in Deuteronomy 28 and find in Hebrews 8:6 that we have a better covenant established on better promises.

We must perceive ‘Where we are.’  Or the condition or level of maturity we find ourselves.  Some of us are like the little boy that fell out of the bed and when asked why he replied, “Because I stayed too close to the edge.”  Some of us have stayed too close to the condition we were in when we first came to Christ.

We must perceive ‘Where we are going.’  That applies both spiritually and in this natural life.

PREPARATION – – We must Prepare to get where we are going.

It is vital that we know the Promises of the Book (Bible).  It is imperative that we understand that the Bible is a tool, a weapon, a light, and a resource. It is vital that we know our inheritance as children of the Most-High God.  We must prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually.

PROCEED – – We must Proceed Along the Planned and Purposed way.

It is important that we see our potential in God, understand and believe the possibilities, and trust God!  If God says we are to be a Moses, Elijah, Paul, John, Peter, or Daniel why can’t we?  The thing that made them unique was that they were fully surrendered and teachable.

It is important that we believe we can be overcomers because God says we already are in Jesus.  It is important that we believe that God can work miracles through us.  Remember who God says you are – – “A Child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”  Remember that His charted destiny for you is to do His will in this generation.  Therefore, it is important that we allow God to guide and guard our hearts, thoughts, and lives.  Remember, except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.

So, as you go through the rest of your life will you go as a POSSIBILITY or PROCRASTINATOR? The choice is yours.  

May God be with you as you go through your day!

IT WOULD BEHOOVE US TO GIVE THIS SOME THOUGHT…


Ecclesiastes 11:1-4 – “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. 2 Give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. 3 If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.  4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” NIV

The Bible is not lacking in references to hospitality and charity, and this is one of them.  The writer tells his listeners to “cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.”  I believe this is an illustration that could be visualized in the rice being sown on flooded ground and then trampled into the soil with the feet, then after a time, it would return in a bountiful harvest. 

Spiritually we find if we have tried, that you cannot out-give God and that when you give you receive and the reception is “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.”  You receive what you sow, later than you sow, and more than you sow. 

The thought of charity and hospitality continues in the next verse “give portions to seven, yes to eight, for you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.”  Your hospitality, generosity, and charity will not be forgotten in the days that follow and you do not know when you might be the one in need of a helping hand.  However, I contend that should not be the reason for our hospitality but a result of it.  We should be hospitable, charitable, and generous because of our love for God and our fellow man and in so doing we will experience the rich blessings of God as a side benefit.

He then asks a question that is transformed into a statement and an answer in the next verse, “If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth.”  I understand this as a comparison of our hospitality and generosity to the natural clouds that are full of water.  The result is rain which is nourishment to the land and the people will be the result.  We are blessed to be blessings and we dare never forget it. 

He then makes two incredible statements that should reach the core of our being and spur us to take stock of our condition and our position.  “Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.”  This is a direct reference to the fact that only in this life while we are alive can we chart our eternal course.  In the condition or state that we die that is where we remain.   

He follows that with a charge to action in the next verse, “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”  If you allow circumstances, obstacles, attitudes, and conditions to determine what you do you will suffer spiritual paralysis.  God can speak to the wind, and it will obey, and if we fear the rain we will never reap.  It is time that we move out of our boxes and into the world God has set before us fearless and full of confidence that God is God and always will be God.

May God be with you as you go through this day!

JAMES – Are You Crazy?


James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” NASB

Consider or count it ALL Joy when…   It would be easy to think that James had to be stark raving mad to suggest that we are to count it ALL Joy when trials and troubles come our way.  We work so hard to avoid conflict and difficulty and here one of the disciples tells us to consider it a good thing. 

James tells us:

The Testing or Trying of our Faith produces ENDURANCE.

If we are going to run a marathon, we must have endurance.  If we are going to harvest a crop, we must have patience and endurance.  If we are going to hold true to the end, we must have endurance.  Therefore, endurance is desirable, and James says that it is produced by tests and trials. 

Let ENDURANCE have its perfect result making us COMPLETE.

If we need anything it is to be complete in Jesus.  When Jesus went to the Cross He said, “It is Finished” or “It is Complete.” The work has been done.  So, I ask “How complete is complete or how finished is finished?”  There is nothing that needs to be added to what Jesus did on the Cross.  There is nothing to be added to His Grace.  So, endurance enables us to move into the Grace of God and become spiritually mature.

As we encounter tests and trials how we respond to them is critical with regard to what they produce in our lives.  If we resist and fight, kicking and screaming all the way we will miss what God is allowing to happen.  I am not suggesting that we passively and eagerly look for trouble to come into our lives – HEAVEN FORBID!  

However, when the difficulty or test comes, we need to constantly be looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.  We need to be continually lifting our eyes to see the hand of God move on our behalf.  We need to be taking stock of the Power of God in our storm and that will enhance our faith, bolster our courage, and shore up our resolve and those are good things.  It will give us landmarks to look back on and say, “I encountered this or that storm and God was faithful.”  It will be a benefit to us and to those we influence.

So, as you go through this day instead of becoming frustrated by the tests and trials that you encounter, lift up your eyes to the hills and know that your help is coming from the Lord.  He has promised to not leave you orphaned so rejoice the trials and tests are just bumps to help us climb higher and give us traction. 

May God be with you today!

ALL YOUR HEART – What Does That Mean?


Luke 10:25-29 – “And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?”  27 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”  29 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” NASB

There are several messages that could and should come from this passage, but I want to focus on the ALL in “All Your Heart.”  All means all of what it is talking about and here ALL means TOTALITY.

Jesus was being challenged by a lawyer about eternal life.  The lawyer, like so many, was looking for some means to discredit Jesus’ message and to establish a means whereby to justify himself.  He asked, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  

Jesus, as He often did, answered the question by making the man think saying, “What is written in the Law?  How does it read to you?”  The man gave a correct response – “You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, and with ALL your soul, and with ALL your strength, and with ALL your mind; and your neighbors as yourself.”  Once Jesus acknowledged the correctness of this statement, he continued to look for a loophole and asked, “Who is my neighbor?”  Wrong focus leads to wrong conclusions and wrong destinations.

Back to the response – With ALL your heart, soul, strength, and mind – – Simply with your ENTIRE BEING!  Love Him with everything in you and at all times.  Love Him supremely above everything in this life. 

With that kind of devotion to the Lord, you will find that it is easy to follow his directives because as you love God you draw near to God.  And as you draw near to God you come to know God.  And as you come to know God you grow in love for or with God.  In that state of love, you can love your neighbor as yourself because you see your neighbor as God’s creation, and loving God you love His creation.  You may not like their actions or even ideology, but you can and must love them.

Loving God enables you to love His word.  Loving God enables you to love others.  Loving God enables you to hate sin.  Loving God is the beginning point of spiritual life and without that foundation, there is no development spiritually.

May God be with you as you go through your day!

THE BASIC GUIDE FOR LIFE…


1 Corinthians 10:31 – “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” NASB

How many of us do this?  Please be honest with yourself and before the Lord, do you?  Do you all the time or just some of the time?  As I read this my heart was smitten by the Holy Spirit and my mind instantly focused on a violation of this in my own life recently.  I wish I could say that was the only occasion, but I would never lie.

No matter what you are doing in life it is to be done “to the glory of God.”  That covers everything and without saying it would suggest that some things are not to be done because they cannot be done “to the glory of God.” 

If my life is characterized by bringing Glory to God, then my life is of such quality that it impacts others positively.  People observe far more regarding Christians than they do any other group of people. If a person has publicly and openly professed that Jesus is their Lord that person will be under a microscope everywhere that is known about them.  That is not a bad thing but something that some seem to forget. 

That reminds me of the story I heard about a lady who was giving the driver in front of her fits with hand gestures, waving her arms, shouting, and beating on the steering wheel when a policeman turned on his red lights and pulled her over.  When he came to the window she asked, “Officer what on earth did I do? I was breaking no laws.”  He said, “Ma’am based on the bumper sticker on your car I thought the vehicle might have been stolen.”  She had a honk if you love Jesus bumper sticker.

Make it the goal of your day to bring “Glory to God” today in all that you do.  Even if you fall short of 100% you will have touched some lives positively that you might not have otherwise touched. 

May God be with you as you go through your day!

GOD’S PLAN IS – – REFRESHING AND RESTORATION…


Acts 3:19-21 – “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,   21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.” NKJV

With so much going on in the world many Bible scholars and prophecy teachers are struggling because things are changing almost daily and each change either solidifies a particular idea (theory) or creates holes in the theory.  It is never safe to assume anything regarding God. 

Can we take the Bible at its word? Absolutely!  The problem is not in the Bible but in our flawed interpretation, as we view things through our particular grid of understanding and belief.  Could we be wrong in certain areas?  The answer is not only yes but likely are, have been, or will be.  We have more “theory-logians than theologians” today.

Some have dismissed the Work of the Holy Spirit in the miraculous for today saying that we do not need it because we have Science and Medicine.  Others have deemed many of the things of the Early Church and before as outdated because they state that those were only needed to get the church initially established and we now have the Full Written Word.  Yet not one of us can say with 100% assurance that we have rightly interpreted EVERY PASSAGE in the Bible.

At the risk of angering those who disagree with my unwrapping this passage, there are some things in this passage worthy of note.  Let us consider them:

Peter, in the New Testament, often says some of the most profound things and yet says them with such simplicity that anyone can understand.  I know that is the inspiration and anointing of the Holy Spirit, but I cannot overlook that He is using Peter’s style and personality in communicating.

  • Peter Calls for Repentance and Conversion. 

Repentance is absolutely essential for anything from the Lord.

  • He Identifies That This Will Result In “Times of Refreshing” From the Presence of the Lord.

I do not know about you, but I need “times of refreshing” as I traverse this maze, we call life.  I find myself weary and worn – battered and bruised at times.  I need the Divine Presence of the Lord to flow over me in a Refreshing that renews my Spirit.  I love serving the Lord, yet I must confess that at times it is demanding work and quite laborious, and a time of Rest and Refreshing is needed.

  • He Touches on Something That Causes Great Controversy in Religious Circles Today in the next two verses.

Out of our Repentance and Conversion, the Refreshing that comes from the Lord.  Peter says an additional benefit is that the Father will send Jesus “whom heaven must receive UNTIL the TIMES OF RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS, which God has spoken by the prophets.” 

I have no desire to get into a debate as to what all that includes, but suffice it to say that God is Restoring today!  He is restoring lives!  He is restoring hope!  He is restoring vision!  He is restoring things that the Church lost sight of through its willingness to rely on the Arm of Flesh.  God is bringing His people back to a place of Commitment, Confidence, and Dependence like we have not seen in generations.  In my view, that is not only a good thing but an essential thing for us to see The Last Days Harvest the Bible foretold.

If you are not where you should be with the Lord, my plea is that you run to the foot of the Cross and cry out in repentance and receive His refreshing and renewal.  Then begin the upward look for God’s Restoration of ALL things in your life and world that are needed to produce the Abundant Life He promised and the ability to go into all the world He ordered.

May God be with you as you go through your day in Him!  Blessings abundantly

THE DIRECTIVE IS – – TO BE TRANSFORMED NOT CONFORMED


Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” NKJV

Much is said in today’s political world and even in religious circles about Compromise.  There are some things in both those arenas where compromise is not acceptable and, in this passage, we find one of those cases. Our objective and desire should be to become like Christ not accepted by the world.

Notice the apostle Paul is telling the Roman Christians that they are to present their bodies as “living sacrifices” to God.  He then tells them a two-fold bit of instruction that I want us to consider:

  1. Be not CONFORMED to this world.  

If we follow political correctness to its full desired goal, we will be forced to abandon the basic principles of our Faith and the Bible and Compromise.  We would use the world that is reflected in today’s society as a guide to the detriment of our core beliefs and that would result in the tolerance demanded. 

There are many, non-religious and even some so-called religious people who believe that we should accept every religion and teaching that comes down the pike and that there are many roads to heaven.  The Bible differs from that view and clearly identifies that Jesus is the Door and is the only access to the Father.

Paul tells those listening and those of us reading today, whatever you do refuse to be “conformed” to this world and its philosophy or ideology.  You are in this world but through Christ not of it.

  • He then takes the second step and tells them to be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of their minds. 

The mind plays a much more significant role in the Christian walk than most are willing to acknowledge.  It is not a mindless following of Christ that the Bible asks us to do but a well-thought-out evaluation and examination of Truth.

Our minds can be compared to a computer and sometimes when viruses, malware, and spyware infiltrate we need to reprogram to eliminate them.  Sometimes we need a Holy Spirit purging of the philosophy of Egypt or the World and return to the core foundational principles taught in God’s Word.  In that place, we come to know the “will of God.”  The will that is “good, acceptable, and perfect.”

Therefore, instead of being intimidated to cast away your principles in the interest of Political Correctness or Religious Tolerance, hold on to your biblical convictions they are worth dying for.  Hold on to the basic principles of God’s Word they are worth living for.  Allow the Holy Spirit to reprogram or renew your mind so that you are so in tune with the Spirit of God that you easily and clearly hear the still small voice saying, “This is the way walk in it.”

May God bless you as you go through your day!

MEET MY ATTORNEY – HIS NAME IS JESUS…


1 John 2:1-2 – “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” NKJV

In this passage, we see one of those words in the Bible that many look at, read and pass by without giving a lot of thought to – PROPITIATION. John tells us in this passage that his purpose was to help them come to the place where they “do not sin.”  However, he also recognized that they were human beings and subject to stumbling and succumbing to temptation and thereby entering into an “act of sin.” 

The pastor heart of John compelled him to address the truth that “if we do sin (or as someone said – “when we sin”) we have an Advocate (someone to plead our case in the legal court of heaven) and that one is Jesus who paid the price for our redemption.  No greater Attorney could be found than Jesus Himself.  His standing with the Father is unequaled by any.

John tells us that Jesus was the “propitiation for our sins.”  Simply He is the ATONEMENT.  He paid the ultimate and complete sacrifice or price for our redemption.  Jesus came among us and lived as a man subject to all temptations like we are and lived above sin.  He satisfied the demands of divine justice and became the sacrificial lamb for the Sin of the Word. 

Through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension He has fulfilled the legal requirements of divine justice to break the hold and power of the devil on our lives.  We no longer belong to the devil we belong to God and any time we fall short and miss the mark the devil is Johnny on the Spot to remind us and God of that fact.  That is where Jesus comes in.  He receives our repentance and presents us before the Father and identifies His work, the covering of His blood on our sins, and our repentance.  He is our Attorney!

Therefore, instead of allowing the devil to beat us up over sin, realize that we have one pleading our case that is worthy – Jesus!  So instead of giving up and throwing in the towel saying it is no use recognize that it is “in Him” and “through Him” that we live and move and have our being.  Our hope is not in our ability but in Him.  Our hope is not in our perfection but in His.  Our hope is not in our reaching a point that we have no flaws but in Him who is flawless.

Therefore, as you go through this day and refuse to allow any sin to beset your course.  If you sin, immediately go to your attorney – Confess that sin, receive His pardon, and allow Him to present your case in the court of heaven.  You are part of the redeemed of the Lord so rejoice!

May God be with you as you go through the day!  Blessings!