Walking in His Footsteps, in Glory

Walking in His Footsteps, in Glory

Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make HIS FOOTSTEPS our pathway.  (Ps 85:13 – emphasis added) 

This verse has captured my heart on more than one occasion.  This Psalm is a prayer that God will restore favor to the land. 

A few verses previous to verse 13, the Bible states that God’s salvation is near to those who fear Him that glory may dwell in the land. (see Ps 85:9)  The very fact that we are born again—SAVED by the grace and the plan of God—means that glory does dwell in our land! 

How?  My view is that God’s own life in us—His glory in us—IS the glory in the land.  (See Ro 8:18; 2 Co 1:20; Eph 1:6) 

By His grace we are saved.  (Eph 2:5; 2:8; 2 Tim 1:9)  According to Ephesians 1:6, there is GLORY within the grace of God.  Since His grace has been poured out upon us, and since He lives within each one of us, it is logical to come to understand that God’s glory has been placed within each believer. 

As we live our lives in obedience to God and to His Word, and as we display God’s unselfish love to all mankind, we bring Him glory, honor and praise.  We literally walk in His footsteps and in His righteousness always–living life according to His personality, His Word, and His standards.  We also follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.

What an unfathomable and precious honor we have been given.  Living life in continuous praise and thanksgiving to God.  Let each one of us shine brightly for Jesus, O glorious ones!

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 2

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 2

This is a continuation of our previous article. 

According to 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV), we WERE already healed by Jesus’ stripes.  The past tense is used!   If the fourteen passages from the Bible that were shown in the last post do not make an impact upon your spirit, your soul, or your heart, then I encourage you to check out these additional verses in the Word concerning healing:  Matthew 4:23, 24; Mark 1:34; Luke 4:18-19, 9:11; John 5:1-9, 14.

The Lord reminds us that He is happy to give us the desires of our hearts. (Ps 37:4) 

God withholds nothing from us that is GOOD.  (Ps 34:10b; 84:11; 103:5) 

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits [blessings], the God of our salvation!  (Ps 68:19 – emphasis added)  God blesses us every single day!  Expect it and rely upon it, watching for God’s provision for you in many different ways.

God’s answer is always “Yes” to us when we base our request upon His Word.  (see 2 Co 1:20)

GOD KEEPS HIS WORD:

  • God [is] not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Num 23:19)
  • So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Isa 55:11)
  • Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jer 1:12 ESV)
  • And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. (Ro 4:21)

If divine healing is a completely new concept to you or if this is not what your church teaches, please keep an open mind.  Ask the Holy Spirit, who is our Teacher (Jn 14:26), about these articles because He will guide you into His truth. 

If you know someone who believes in healing and miracles for today, please seek that person out and show them these articles.  Ask them what they think about these ideas.

I pray that you are a follower of Jesus who is open to and hungry for everything that Jesus suffered, died, and was resurrected in order to give to you.  May God continue to richly bless you!  

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 1

Healing In the Atonement of Christ, Pt. 1

The Scriptures are very clear about this topic, and we can’t be ignorant of this truth of the Gospel of Christ.  Remember, God never changes! 

Here are some Scriptures to consider.

  1. For I amthe Lord who heals you.  (Ex 15:26)
  2. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.  He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.  (Ps 107:19-20)
  3. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health [healing, medicine] to all their flesh.  (Pro 4:20-22 KJV)
  4. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  (Is 53:4-5)
  5. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound . . . (Is 61:1, emphasis added)
  6. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (Mt 8:17 – emphasis added)
  7. Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Mt 9:35 – emphases added)
  8. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.  (Lk 6:19)
  9. So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Lk 9:6 – emphasis added)
  10. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. (Acts 9:34)
  11. . . . how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38 – emphasis added)
  12. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.  (Jas 5:14-16 – emphasis added)
  13. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Pet 2:24 KJV – emphasis added)  Notice that this verse says “were,” meaning that it has already been accomplished.  

Meditate upon these verses and ask God to reveal Himself and His truth to you.  

Please see our next post for the completion of this article.  Blessings upon you!

On the Way to Glory

On the Way to Glory

“But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight,” says the Lord.  (Jer 9:24)

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (Ro 8:18)

There is only one thing in which all believers are permitted to glory.  It is the fact that we understand and know the God of our salvation!  What a privilege that we have been given. 

Paul refers to his present sufferings in Romans 8 and states that they fade into insignificance when compared to the glory that will be revealed in him.  (If you would like to remind yourself of some of his sufferings, read 2 Corinthians 11:22-33.)   

Nevertheless, in spite of all of his trials, Paul continued to serve His Savior.  He did not regret his conversion to Christianity; rather, he seemed to revel in suffering, as this next passage will demonstrate. 

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  (2 Cor 12:7-10 – emphasis added)

Paul is clearly talking about our need to depend upon and rely upon God’s grace and strength in order to carry us through every circumstance in our lives.  God upholds and sustains our lives.  (Ps 3:5; 54:4; Isa 46:3b-4) Without Him, our lives would have no meaning or sustenance.  It’s clear from the next excerpt from the book of Philippians that Paul had set his priorities straight, and that he valued knowing Christ above all else.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  (Phil 3:8-11 – emphasis added) 

It appears to be the case that on our way to glory, we will experience sufferings or trials of various kinds.  We can be reassured by Paul’s experiences, and know that God will be with us through everything, and He will amply supply the grace that we need to persevere. One day, we will receive the glory that has been promised.  In the meantime, let’s highly value and appreciate the fact that Jesus is our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord!

You Are Loved

You Are Loved

Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  (Ps 121:4)

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, and to those who have NO MIGHT, He increases strength.  (Isa 40:28-29)

Encourage yourself with the knowledge that God does not grow faint or weary.  God does not sleep, but He watches over us protectively and lovingly.  He doesn’t forget about us or lose interest in us!  We are “on His mind” continuously because of His great love for each and every one of us. 

Here are a few ways in which God showed His love for us:

  1. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. (1 Jo 4:9 – See also, Jo 3:16-17; Ro 5:6-10)  God loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world so that we could live through Him.
  2. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 Jo 3:1-2)  He calls us His children.
  3. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ro 8:38-39)  Nothing can separate us from His love!

You are loved!  Let’s share that love with someone else today.

Authority & Power

Authority & Power

Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is!  For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”  (Lk 4:36)

So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her.  And immediately she arose and served them.  (Lk 4:39)

When Jesus ministered to people while He was on earth, He ministered with authority and power, according to the verses shown above.  Jesus performed miracles and healed hundreds of people because of the authority and power in which He walked.

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.  (Mk 16:20)

We know that the disciples of Jesus also had authority and power, because they performed signs and miracles.  (See the verse above.)  We understand that they had power and authority because of what is stated in the following Bible passages:

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.  (Mt 10:1)

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.  (Lk 9:1)

 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.  (Acts 5:12)

The Lord does not change.  (Mal 3:6)  Jesus is the same now as He was when He was on earth, ministering love and healing to people.  (Heb 13:8)  God is still endowing His people (us) with authority and power so that we may have signs and wonders following us!

The reason that He wanted us to have authority and power was so that we could perform signs, wonders, and miracles so that we would bring glory to God.  He wants us to represent the Kingdom of Heaven accurately—showing God’s love and mercy to humanity.

Go ahead and share the Good News of salvation with friends and loved ones. You will have given them the best gift for which they could ever hope! 

With God, All Things Are Possible

With God, All Things Are Possible

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Mt 19:26, underscoring added)

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”  (Mk 10:27, underscoring added)

For with God nothing will be impossible.  (Lk 1:37, underscoring added)

But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  (Lk 18:27, underscoring added)

Each of the Scripture verses shown above state that “with God” ALL things are possible.  “Possible” means achievable, doable, or workable.  How delightful it is to recognize that with God, no solution or answer is hopeless or unattainable.  But how, you may ask, do we know that we are “with God”?  The Scriptures point the way.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .  (Rom 5:1) We are at peace with God thanks to salvation through Jesus.  Hallelujah!

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God . . . (Rom 8:16)  We are children of God and joint-heirs with Jesus.  Since we are His children, we know that we are “with God.”

As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  (2 Co 6:16)  God tells us that we are His people, and that He dwells within us.  That means we are definitely with God—we actually carry Him with us wherever we go!

Thanks to the God who lives within each one of us, nothing is impossible.  Trust Him and know that you WILL receive answers to prayer.  (Is 65:24; 1 Jo 5:14)  You can receive and experience signs and wonders produced by the power of the living God!