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All The Goodies You Could want in Just One Chapter

Do you need a pick-me-up? I was astonished today as I read through Romans 8 again. In my Bible, it’s highlighted, underlined and notes scattered throughout. It’s really beautiful, but then today as I simply and without notions of study read the words my mind came alive. This is HOW God wants us to live, it’s how He thinks about us. It’s so remarkable. It was true the verse in Jeremiah.

 

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Here for your enjoyment, Romans 8, take what you need for a great day today.

(Oh and I added some context and literal translations in parenthesis for better clarity.)

Rom 8:1-39 KJV

  1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God

6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (blow to smithereens) the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) waiteth for the manifestation (the bringing out)  of the sons of God. 20 For the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) was made subject (put under the authority) to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, 21 Because the creature (all creation, heaven and earth) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption (the devil’s dominion) into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. 34 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 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 creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God bless you today!

How Protected Are You In This World?

 

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In the days of Jesus Christ,

many cities used walls to defend themselves. They didn’t have missiles, guns, or nuclear weapons back then, so they surrounded their most precious population with high walls. You can see the people riding donkeys on the bottom of the picture, these are massive structures. There were guardsmen on the top of each outcropping watching day and night for enemies approaching. In in most cases, the gates were closed every evening. If someone came to the gate, they had to declare their name, business and intended length of stay.

Take a look at these gates.Rhodes walled gate

Would you feel exposed while explaining yourself at these gates? Arrows were aimed down at you as you spoke, waiting to fire and take you out?

Once inside the city, you could feel safe, although your conduct was scrutinized by the residents living there, you could feel like you were in a safe place. You were protected. If you lived there you knew that the safety of your family, livelihood and future depended on the careful screening of input and inflow at the gates.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10 

Jesus Christ came so we could have…

  1. Life
  2. More life
  3. And Life more abundantly.

Life is the Greek word, “zoe” which is: life lived to its vigorous fullness and veracity. I should say it differently to catch the meaning.

Jesus Christ came so we could have LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!! and a more abundant LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you see? It’s big! It also includes protection of that life. Life is the opposite of death, disease, sickness and decay. Abundance is the opposite of lack, poverty, famine, and need. What does this tell us about God? God wants us to have those things. When we don’t, something is wrong. Something or someone is stealing, killing and destroying us. There are gaping holes in our walls. So how do we diagnose the problem? How do we fix it.

 

It goes back to before Jesus Christ. 

In the following record, God’s children were struggling with tremendous lack. (Something akin to what we see in the church today) Finally, God had his minister Malachi say something about it.

“Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation” Malachi 3:9

He saw their problem.

The whole nation was hurting and it was bad. Then He tells them why. They robbed God. Whoa, robbed? What does that mean? God doesn’t use money, or need food or clothing or even houses or land. God is a Spirit. How could they rob Him? You are right! They couldn’t rob God Himself. But they kept back their tithe and used it for their own lives. The tithe (is a tenth of your gross income) was, and still is, meant to feed and help the ministers of God doing God’s work here on Earth.

I don’t get how that made them cursed?

Let’s read on at what giving would do for them.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delight-some land, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:10-12

 Do you want the devil rebuked by the God and Maker of all the Universe? How about a good reputation? How about God pouring out a blessing that you don’t have room enough to receive. Ha! That sounds GREAT to me!

It’s not that you’ll be cursed if you don’t do it. It’s just plain ol’ consequences. It’s like a car that has water put in its gas tank. Eventually the water is going to get in the lines and clog everything up. You’re car needs the right fuel. Your abundance and protection need it too. And we do this out of a thankful and grateful heart for all the stuff God does and DID for us already.

Today we went over part one of this topic tomorrow we’ll cover part two. There is one more thing that if you don’t do, you’ll only get partial results, which for most of us is still pretty awesome.

In the mean time,

God bless you today!

What a Wonderful God We Have!

God is so good to us! Yes, He is good. Did you know that He has always been good? Even in the gritty Old Testament.

You may ask, “What about all the killings, famines and wars Terri?”

That was a terrible time, yes. But God did not change, I know because of one little figure of speech called the “Idiom of Permission”.

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I grew up believing that if I didn’t keep myself completely together and pure, I would get hit with the “Wrath of God.” I knew if I screwed up my life would become God’s personal batting practice. No really. I think at some point I even thought during some of the more rebellious moments, “If I’m going down, I might as well have fun doing it.”

But that isn’t God at all. And if you believe that you have learned and become acquainted with His counterfeit. The devil is always trying to counterfeit the one True God. And here’s how I know.

I found and article with much detail and clarity, much more than I would take the time to go into here. I recommend reading it twice and then bookmarking it in your browser so you can re-explain or re-visit the topic again and again.

God is Always Good

God bless you today!

I Hate to be the One to Tell You But…

Our society can’t tell the difference between light and darkness.

They can’t tell the difference between truth and error.

I know this because, this last week, I used myself as a human test subject. Here’s what I found out.

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They say that a culture’s thoughts and heart are revealed by its media, art, music. I figured I was as good a test subject as any. I have a strong renewed mind, I’m disciplined to read the Bible and I’m convinced or persuaded about what God has in there. So I started by soaking up the Top 50 Pop and Country tunes. (And immediately noticed a common theme. Brokenness, death and theft.) I stopped reading everyday in the Word and tried to stop thinking about God. (Dangerous experiment…I know)

Here’s what happened. Every step away from the Word, was a step out of the light and into the dark world around me. Confusion resides out there. Neglect is the king of our culture including hopelessness and even physical pain. Yesterday, at the END of my experiment, I was told that many thousands of dollars was removed from my bank account without my permission. Confusion, anger and physical pain hit me in waves. Literally, I had chest pangs and a migraine. I went reeling out of control in my mind. Who had the permission to do that? Who would be allowed? How could they have stolen thousands of dollars, well let’s be honest, there wouldn’t have been that much for them to take. But still what the $*#! Within seconds, my heart rate climbed and my blood pressure was in the stratosphere.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105

Okay, back to my experiment.

How could the little ‘ol Bible have helped me here?

How would this seemingly antiquated book have been a practical means of literally keeping me safe?

“Trust in the Lord with all then heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

I would’ve stopped and asked God first if this was something I needed to worry about. Right? Ha!  If I had, He would have said something like…”It was a typo, and a misunderstanding both, on the party involved. Stay calm and just take care of it.”

Instead of FrEaKinG out. I could have had peace. So here’s what I realized. I was standing just outside the light of God’s Word and I wasn’t asking God what to do in situations that come up, as a result my “Truth-o-meter” was disabled. I couldn’t tell what was true and what was error.

Have you ever had a big stinky pail of muddy compost and dirt in your possession? One that was too big for you to just dump out and refill. How would you clean it up? You’d have to begin the process of filling it with good pure clean water and over time all the mud would be gone. When we allow the devil to fill our minds with his putrid, smelly disgusting ideas tainted with error and half-truths, we essentially allow him to vomit into our mind. Before long, we are filled to the brim and only we can decide to stop him and start filling our minds up with that good pure clean truth of the Word of God. What benefit is there? EVERY BENEFIT you can imagine including and deeply important, your own peace of mind.

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear (respect) the Lord and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8

When you are tight with God, you can tell the difference between light and darkness and truth and error.

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” 1 John 4:6

Has it been awhile since you picked up your Bible? How about a daily routine of study? It is never too soon to have peace in your life. It is never too late to have a victory.

God bless you today!

A Strong Argument vs. A Strong Relationship

There was nothing more important to me, when I was a young Christian, than to prove my point and win every argument. Now, as I have gained a few well-covered gray hairs, I realize that “a” relationship is more important than “a” notch on my Bible. People don’t care what I know until they know that I care. You and I have the distinct and rare joy of fellow-shipping around the richness of the Word of God together. It is an addiction for me, and a constant learning process. I love it! It reminds me of that verse in Psalms.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalms 1:1-3

Together we revel here along in this bubbling burbling water enjoying every mouthful and scenic sunset in the land of God’s treasured abundance. Dangers pass by us, leaving us unharmed. We grow every year taller, more expansive and wide. Our roots break through rock and hard earth miles below the surface and we live a grace-filled life. But this is not how it has always been. I remember the time I’d fight for every scrap of revelation. I’d over think every possible sign from God not knowing He was big enough to just tell me Himself. I remember fearing for my life, and moments so dark I didn’t think I’d come out of it alive. I fought for every ounce of understanding from God that I gained. You could call me a scrapper for the Lord. In actuality, I was half-starved spiritual transient searching for something that made sense. If someone came to me with their logic, I would fight every angle, poke holes in their theory, and rip their believing to shreds. I was not a fun audience. I’ve been removed from Sunday school classes for asking too many questions, and walked out of sermons when no one was allowed to leave. Even as a feisty teenager, I required proof. Especially then. What I really wanted was Love. God’s love. Agape is the most powerful weapon known to the universe. No other weapon formed against it will prosper. It’s really all I ever needed. If, now… NOW that I have my hard evidence and plenty of love, if now I expected any less from my feisty audience, I would be a fool. If I jumped back in the ring and thrashed around beating up their believing and pulling out their confidence in God I would be just like the Pharisees. The Pharisees tried to rip Jesus Christ’s faith to shreds, yet he continued to walk in love towards them. Sometimes agape has teeth too, but 95% of the time it walks in when the world walks out. Think of all the miracles he did. So often they were given to spiritually starved paupers, desperate for any attempt to save them. Lazarus was DEAD! How desperate was that situation? Yet the Pharisees continued to plot, to cajole, to steal the seeds of the Word of God from Jesus Christ’s ministry and life. They tried to chop down his mighty oak planted by the rivers of water and prospering in His way and time.

“The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” vs. 4-6

I guess I just have one question. Are you trying to win every argument? Or are you loving people like God wants to love them. Nothing in your life will be more fulfilling then when you give. Nothing will transform and grow you like planting yourself in the Word and winning those relationships for God. Agape love is not an emotional human love like the other loves are. It is God’s love. God is spirit. We must make a freewill decision to ask for guidance when loving like God loves. The answers come from above, they are outside our limited 5-senses understanding and will not, often times, make rational sense to us. But over and over, when I have loved this way, somewhere another spiritual scrapper puts down their boxing gloves for a time. River Glimmer Start with yourself. Ask God, “God if you were me, what would you do today to bless ME?” Then go to your loved ones and sphere of influence. Ask that question about every person you come in contact with. Practice, practice, practice. All your really doing is putting down deep roots on the edge of the river of LIFE. God bless you today!