HOW TO HAVE PEACE IN ALL THINGS…


Philippians 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  NASB

Each of us has experienced a time or times of a troubled spirit and been anxious or worried about something.  I find it most comforting and challenging that the Bible teaches that we can have peace in all things, all the time, in all circumstances.  That does not mean it is necessarily easy but possible and a promise from the Lord.  There is a key to this level of living that cannot be practiced on an intermittent basis but must become a lifestyle if we are to walk on this plane continually.

Here Paul gives us some keys to Peace:

  • Be Anxious for Nothing.

(Don’t fret, don’t worry, don’t fear, don’t become overcome, or overrun by what is happening around you.)  That can be a Tall Order but then he tells us how to accomplish this.

  • In Everything by prayer and supplication with “thanksgiving” let your requests be made known to God.

Prayer – – Communication with God.  (Talking to Him. Telling Him how you feel, what you are thinking, and acknowledging His person, power, and presence)

Supplication – – Here is the petition part of prayer.  This is where you are presenting your needs, desires, and requests before the throne in light of Who He Is!

Thanksgiving – – Without a grateful heart little is accomplished in the Kingdom. 

Without a grateful heart, we will forget To Whom we owe all that we are, have, and will be.  We forget that Without Him we can do nothing.  We forget that our Human Frailty will never overcome the Circumstances of life and the Evil Powers that come against us.  We will never learn to live in a state of Contentment!

It is in this condition that Paul tells us that the Peace of God that is beyond human ability to comprehend or understand floods our hearts, guards our hearts, and covers our minds so that every thought is brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  It is here that we walk Free of Worry and Live in a Continual State of Peace!

We are secure in our relationship, or position, or potential, our promise, and our place in Him.  We then can say with Paul, “To die is gain but to live profitable for you.”  We walk in total confidence in Him In Everything!  This is where the Love of God that banishes all fear fills our hearts and lives and we become so At One with Jesus that when people see us, hear us, and encounter us they encounter Him.  We are then ruled by peace and it is a peace that the world did not give, and the world cannot steal.

May God bless you as you continue your Walk in Him!  Blessings in the Lord of Lord and King of Kings!

HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND… KEEP STANDING…


Ephesians 6:13-20 – “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” NASB

This is a lengthy passage for a short morning devotional, but I want to pull out a few key elements and focus on them briefly.  We live in troubled times and the world around us is in chaos and crumbling from the reality that we have known most of our lives. 

The prophecies of the Bible seem more relevant and imminent than at any time in our lifetime so what do we do?  How do we respond?  What do we think?  How do we live?  We basically have two choices we can live in fear or faith.  We can live in a survival mode mentality or an overcoming mentality.  I believe that is what Paul is addressing here for those hearing him.

It is important to know what the Full Armor of God is, how to put it on and when we are missing an element of it.  That is critical to our survival as well as our success in our labors for His Kingdom. 

Yet he says something that signifies the determination we must have, the commitment we must possess, and the faith/confidence we must embody in these last days.  “…having done everything to stand.  Stand firm….”  Once you’ve done all you know, in Him to do, plant yourself like a granite boulder and refuse to be shaken from your position in Him.  Don’t run in fear, death is not to be feared.  Don’t run in fear, He is more than a conqueror.  Don’t run in fear, His promises will not fail, and He will never leave us Nor forsake us.

We need to focus first and foremost on Him, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He must become the central figure of our universe. 

  • Everything must revolve around Him, His will, His desire, His word, His way, His character, and His Love. 
  • We must invest ourselves in Truth and make it a covering for our lives (for out of it we reproduce). 
  • Our hearts must be anchored in Righteousness because if our hearts condemn us and wickedness is found in our hearts, we are easy targets for the evil one.
  • Our feet (Walk, Way of Life) must be shod with the Gospel for that is our driving force.  He is the truth, the way, and the life and no other way to God but through Him.
  • We must carry the Shield of Faith for without faith it is impossible to please Him much less face the struggles of life that we have now and will have on an even greater scale in the days to come.
  • We must have our minds covered with the Helmet of Salvation.  We too frequently discount the thought processes but in a great measure, salvation begins in the mind.  “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  We are not what we think we are, but we are a product of what we think.
  • We must be committed to Prayer! 

It is not only for survival that we need this but for taking the battle to the enemy and claiming the land for Christ.  We are triumphant in as much as we do these things.  So, do all that you know to do to stand then determine in your heart to keep on standing No Matter What!  He will give you the grace, strength, encouragement, and power to come through the Fire and the Flood victorious. 

Blessings as you go through your weekend victorious in Christ!

THE LORD IS…


Psalms 23:1-6 – “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.” NKJV

I was troubled in my spirit most of the night, not just from physical pain but the pain in my spirit and could not sleep so I arose and spent several hours praying and studying before going for my morning walk.  As I walked the Lord began to speak to me about Psalm 23 and this is what I heard in my spirit:

  • THE LORD IS…   Not has but “is”.  Not does but “is’.  Not might be but “is”.  The Lord IS “my” shepherd.  He is the one watching over my soul and caring for me.  No other person, power, or entity – THE LORD!  I’ve heard people say for all my life, “Well you’ve got to look out for old number one, meaning themselves.”  My take, since becoming a Christian is that “old number one” is THE LORD and He is to be sought above and before everything else including self, family, church, job, relationship, etc.  HE IS!
  • BECAUSE HE IS…  I shall not be in Lack!  He is my provider and as David declared in Psalms 37:25-26 – “I have been young, and now am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful and lends, And his descendants are blessed.” NKJV

Paul echoed that sentiment in Philippians 4:19-20 – “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” NKJV

Jesus confirmed this in Matthew 7:7-9 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” NKJV Therefore, if He Is then among the things He Is, is “my supply.”

THE PROCESS OF HIS CARE AND KEEPING…

  • Causes me to rest in Green (plenteous) Pastures.
  • Directs me to Still (refreshing) waters for nourishment to quench my thirst, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
  • Guides me in Righteous Paths.
  • Guards Me against all enemies (Foreign and Domestic or External and Internal).
  • Even in the Face of Death, He gives a Calm Assurance.
  • He provides not only Grace but the Anointing to accomplish His purposes.
  • I walk the Abundant Life filled with His Goodness & His Mercy.
  • I spend my entire days with my Permanent Residence in His Presence!

That is the picture of what it is like to serve The God Who Is!  It is the picture of the Normal Christian Life!  Most think it is the abnormal and unusual Christian Life that I have described but according to the Bible, it is the Norman Christian Life serving The God Who Is!  Therefore, I urge you to allow the Holy Spirit to immerse you into that life today and learn to live in His Abundant Life and Presence on a daily basis.

Blessings as you enter this day following His footsteps and living under His protective Care! 

THE OLD RUGGED CROSS MADE THE DIFFERENCE…


Galatians 2:20-21 – “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” NASB

I can go back through my memory banks and recall a number of things that dramatically impacted my life, my thinking, my attitude, and my way of living but I can think of none that have impacted me more than THE CROSS! 

The Cross is more than a symbol to me it is the beginning point of my “spiritual walk” with Christ.  It is the beginning point of Life for me.  When Jesus hung on the cross and cried “It is finished” in John 19:30 that signified that He had done all that was, required to satisfy “Divine Justice” and had reclaimed the birthright of humanity from the devil. 

He had paid the Full Penalty for Sin and now through His shed blood on the Cross would open the door for “whosoever will” to come from darkness into the light, from sin to salvation, from bondage to freedom.  He paid a debt He did not owe so that I could go free, pardoned of my sin!  The Cross is a treasure!  Paul identified its value in 1 Corinthians 1:18 when he declared: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  NKJV

The writer of Hebrews tells us:  Hebrews 9:22 – “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” NKJV At the Cross the debt was paid in full by the precious blood of the Lamb of God.  At the altar, we gain access to the pardon that was purchased there.  As we allow Christ to live in our hearts and live His life through us, we walk in liberty and freedom that the world cannot comprehend nor imagine.  No wonder Hebrews declares: “A how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?”  Hebrews 2:3 NASB

It is the cry of my heart to walk in the fullness of Him who loved me and learn to live as Paul described:  Philippians 3:10-11 – “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” NASB Nothing less will suffice.  Nothing less will satisfy.  Nothing less will enable us to see this world transformed by His Grace!  Truly, the Old Rugged Cross made the difference in my life and for it, I am eternally grateful.

May God bless you richly as you continue your week.  Blessings abundantly, be safe!

WHAT IS PERFECT PEACE?


Isaiah 26:3-4 – “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. 4 ” Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” NASB

In considering this passage I find it interesting to look at the Hebrew “in perfect peace” [Shaalowm] = “peace, peace” i.e. – {peace upon peace -all kinds of prosperity-happiness in this world and the world to come.” 

It depicts the ultimate of peace, calmness of the mind, body, soul, and spirit.  It is an absolute steadfast assurance.  It is a rock-solid ability to stand in the face of anything and everything.  It is more than being “steadfast” it is being “concreted” in with a sure foundation.  It is something that will weather all the storms of life.  PERFECT PEACE!  How many have known this type of peace for more than brief moments in their lives?

Of course, there is a key to having this peace:

  1. You must have a STEADFAST MIND. 

Your mind cannot be fixed on the Lord, seeking Him first at one moment and in “fret-land” and “worry city” the next.  You must be consistent, constant, continual, committed, and consecrated.  You must become like Jesus when His face was set like a flint determined that He would move on to the next point of mission and ministry.  There must be a fixation of the heart and mind upon the Lord.  “Seek first the Kingdom…. Seek second the Kingdom… Seek third the Kingdom…. But seek the Kingdom of God.

  • You must TRUST HIM. 

That is not a mental assent and a verbal assertion that you trust Him but a demonstrated life that says, “God is my source, my strength, my sustenance, my life, my foundation, my core.”  Without Him, I can do nothing, but through Him, I can do all things.  If He says it, I believe it and it is forever settled in my heart, mind, spirit, and soul.  He does not, cannot, and will not lie, therefore CASE CLOSED!

  • Remember that our God is an EVERLASTING ROCK. 

Nothing can move Him, overcome Him, defeat Him, change Him, or usurp His authority or power.  HE IS GOD!  He is “I AM, THAT I AM!”

In considering this passage last night and this morning as I walked my heart began to cry out and say, “Lord, I’ve known that place and I want to make my permanent dwelling in that place in you.”  I don’t know what it will take but it is the passion of my heart.  I want to be a living epistle, known and read among men demonstrating you!  Therefore, I set my heart to attaining PERFECT PEACE all the time!

May the Lord bless you as you see your week wind down and the weekend looming on the horizon! 

May the richest and best of the blessings of the Lord overflow into your lives on this and every day!

HIDDEN IN HIS PAVILION TENT…


Psalms 27:4-6 – “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent, He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.” NASB

The longer I live, the more things I encounter in life, and the more experiences I have with the Lord and life, the more I recognize the need for God to occasionally take me from the front lines of battle and hide me in His Pavilion Tent.  In the battle, the King would have a tent in the midst of the soldiers to which he could retire, and he would take the weary there for strategy.  God does that in our lives spiritually. 

There are times, we are so battle fatigued, weak, discouraged, disillusioned, and even depressed that we need an infusion of fresh vision and that’s where we find it.  He takes us from the “heat of the battle” into his Pavilion Tent and “refreshes us”.  We are concealed from the enemy, untouchable by the powers of hell and from there we receive the infusion of strength, power, courage, and anointing to go back out into the battle and win the victory. 

Sadly, sometimes we don’t hear the call to come aside for rest and try to be martyrs and push ourselves beyond the limit when He is calling for us to come inside and “rest”.  Some feel guilty, saying – “There is too much to be done,” and “I must work while it is yet day for the night comes when no man can work.” And press on until exhaustion takes over and we lose our strength and are overcome by the forces of hell.  That’s not God’s way and never has been.  Burning out for Jesus is a good-sounding statement but not very productive.

Learn to listen to your body, your mind, your spirit, your heart, and hear the voice of the Spirit of God inviting you to come into His Pavilion Tent and be refreshed.  The time spent there if it is an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year will prove to be far more valuable than staying in the battle when you are no longer at your optimum.  Don’t let the devil shame you into thinking that you are somehow being lazy or sloughtful but realize that it is the Lord’s design to “refresh” you to make you “better than ever” for the battle. 

I have learned that we need to enter the rest wherein the weary are made to rest and when we come out, we are not only refreshed we are emboldened and empowered in a new way.  That is part of learning to lean on Jesus.  As you go into this weekend it just might be that this is a time you need to “rest in the Lord” and allow the battle to rage without you in it.  You will have the opportunity to reenter and to do so with renewed vision, strength, grace, anointing, and power. 

Blessings in your labors for the Kingdom!  Have a spectacular week!

IT’S THE FINISH THAT COUNTS…


James 1:12-18 – “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.”  NASB

Through the years I’ve seen new believers take off like gangbusters and charge headlong into the battle with hell with a dagger when they needed a sword.  Their zeal was inspiring if not humorous at times.  Then I would see them encounter the full-scale battle fizzling and withering under the pressures of the intense warfare.  They had zeal, but not wisdom.  They had the desire but no experience.  They had superficial knowledge but were not deeply established in the truth. 

James tells us that it is the “blessed” man that perseveres under trial and that once he has completed the test the prize is great.  He warns us regarding temptation, to not attribute it to God because God tempts no person.  Instead, temptation comes from within as much as from without.  It comes from the condition of heart, immaturity, and undeveloped character.  It springs forth from the unseen and often unknown lust within the heart and when it is given birth to it brings forth sin and when sin grows to its full maturity brings forth death. 

If we recognize that temptation is an identification of an inside problem, we are better equipped to handle it because we know to run as fast as we can to the Cross and cry out for mercy and grace.  He tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father above who never changes but is consistent, steady, and steadfast. 

We find that God will guide us into real truth, and it will not be wishy-washy but solid and stable.  Then as we become established in His truth, we are able to walk out His will in our daily lives, facing and resisting temptation, enduring the tests and trials, and overcoming the onslaught of the enemy, and become fruits (examples) of righteousness for all to see, thus point to Christ by our lives not just our words.

Growing up is not instant in the natural or spiritual.  Wisdom is not gained by taking a pill or reading a book.  Experience is not achieved by hearing stories of victories.  Life is a matter of living and living is to be done hand in hand with the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Cross and under the covering of the blood of Jesus. 

By His Grace!  Remember, this trial, test, temptation, trouble, or tribulation is only momentary in the eternal scheme of things.  Hold on to what you have learned in Christ and you will walk out the other side in victory!  Blessings as you continue your week in the Lord. 

May God guide you, give you grace, and protect you in your pursuit of His purposes!

PITY PARTY vs VICTORY PARTY…


1 Kings 19:1-10 – “Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ” So may the gods do to me and even more if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” 6 Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So, he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.  9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”  NASB

If you have just followed the directions of the Holy Spirit and won a miraculous victory in the Lord you dare not let, self and fear creep in and destroy your confidence.  That’s where Elijah was.  He “feared” Jezebel more than he rejoiced in the power of God and that is why he was standing in the cave, hiding, and saying, “Woe is me, I’m the ONLY ONE LEFT…” 

He should have been emboldened and ready for the next challenge, but he wasn’t.  He did what God said, saw the victory, then allowed “fear” to fill his heart and saw the devil bigger than God and ran to hide feeling sorry for himself, justifying it by saying, “I’m the Only One!”  That is not only self-righteous but also destructive thinking.  God made it clear that he was NOT the only one and that He (God) was still in control.

We are the messengers and God uses us to bring about His accomplishments on this earth.  We depend on His power and presence to stand against the enemy and therefore need to always remember that if He sends us, He will protect us, provide for us, empower us, and equip us for the job. 

Therefore, we have No Reason to Fear because if they kill us, we win and if they don’t, we win, but either way, We Win!  Our job is to do what He says, nothing more and nothing less.  We are to be where He wants us to be, when He wants us there, doing what He wants us to do, and leave the results in His hands. 

Rejoice that He has chosen you to do whatever it is that He has set before you No Matter What That Is, great or small.  It is for the Kingdom of God!  It is important and it is backed by the Omnipotence of Heaven!  As you begin your week, go, knowing that you are “led by the Spirit of God” and He will not guide you wrong. 

I pray the blessings of God upon you as you encounter the events of this day!

THE GREAT QUESTION OF LIFE IN THESE COMING TIMES…


Matthew 16:24-27 – “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.  25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. “NASB

Most of us have thought about the last days during these current days.  We look at the prophecies and declarations of the Bible and wonder how we cannot be living in the “last days” as spoken of by God’s Word.  In this simple passage, Jesus gives us some clear direction as to what it means to follow Him but asks one poignant question that too often, we read over and do not give thought to.  I want to address that question in this short writing.  The question, “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Through the years, I have seen people sell their souls for money, power, fame, prestige, recognition, relationships, and many other things.  They have sacrificed their spiritual life to gain position, power, and money.  Yet, there will come a day, if the Bible is correct (and I fully believe it is) when we will be faced with answering that question in a very literal sense. 

Phrasing the question, a different way might be, “Is there anything for which you would give up your eternal destiny in Christ?”  “Would you truly be willing and capable of laying down your life for the Name of Jesus and the cause of the Kingdom?”  You well may be faced with that decision at some point in time.  I won’t go into the gruesome possibilities that could be used to coerce you into acquiescing and agreeing to the demands of the evil one, but they are most diabolical. 

The question must forever be settled, and the decision must forever be made that “Nothing is more valuable than your relationship with God – your eternal soul.”  You must live your life knowing that no matter what happens to you, family, friends, possessions, etc. in the final analysis – Eternity in His Presence is more important than physical comfort or even physical life itself.  I don’t mean saying it with head knowledge, I mean determining it to the point that it is a central and integral part of your being. 

I do not mean to become morbid, but we are in “perilous times” and we do not know how far the despots of the world, including this country, will go to take our liberties and attempt to suppress our faith and Christianity.  Your relationship with Jesus is more important than anything and your soul is worth more than life itself on this earth.  Therefore, it is vital that we “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness….” 

I pray the rich and bountiful blessings of the LORD upon you as you reach for the prize of the High Calling in Christ Jesus.  May you enjoy His abundant as you go through this day!

TRAPPED AND NEEDING HELP – – WILL YOU???


Galatians 6:1-5 – “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. 5 For each one will bear his own load.” NASB

I used to read this passage and the first thought in my mind was when someone was “caught” it meant being “exposed” or “found out.”  The more I read it I realized that it could also mean “entrapped” or “ensnared”. 

It is one thing to be found out, exposed and brought to the light but quite another to be trapped in a situation or condition that, at least in your mind, you see no way out.  There is a certain hopelessness there that produces desperation that leads to more and more, bad things, events, conditions, and situations.  The apostle Paul gives us something concrete here to help someone who is “trapped”, the only question is Will We Help?

If we are “spiritual” our objective as is God’s first objective should be Restoration!  Our objective is not to be judgmental, superior, or holier than thou in our attitude.  Tough love does not necessarily mean that we have to be mean or even rough but that we are firm enough, committed enough that we are willing to place everything into the hands of God even if it means the other person has to suffer for a time without our intervention.  Here the apostle gives us a simple process we can follow in our seeking to help the person trapped become free.

  1. We are to work toward restoration in a spirit of “gentleness”.  (Doing some introspection realizing that we too could be and might be tempted by the same thing or something similar)
  2. We are to bear one another’s burdens (often largely in prayer) whenever and however we can to help them get out from under the entrapment.
  3. We are to realize that in and of ourselves we are Nothing and our strength, significance, power, potential, and purpose is in Christ Jesus!
  4. What we do should not be for the purpose of advertising, bragging, boasting, or record-keeping but out of love and for restoration.
  5. We are seeking to help the entrapped person come to a point that, in Christ, they can not only walk free, but help others walk free, and carry their own load and not have to depend on us or anyone other than Jesus.

We have all been “caught” in something at some time, most likely, and the love, prayers, and help of a spiritual friend proved to be invaluable.  I know it has been in my life.  Therefore, as you go through your week allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the needs that are around you that He wants you actively engaged in the process of restoration. 

May the rich and bountiful blessings of the LORD be yours this wonderful day in Him!