Christ Didn’t JUST Come Down; He Moved In

“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood…” ~John 1:14 (MSG). Think of a neighborhood you’ve wanted to move out of or wouldn’t want to move into. He didn’t just come to clean us up; He desires to dwell with us, long-term. The God of the universe moved into the middle of the mess we made for ourselves. That’s commitment. That’s love. {Lev. 26:11-12; 2 Cor. 6:16; Rev. 21:3}

You Were Claimed Before Being Cleaned

The good news of the gospel isn’t just that God loves you, but that He loves you as much as He loves Jesus, and that when He looks at you, He doesn’t see your sin; He sees His Son. It’s good news that Christ cleanses us, but even better that He claimed you before cleaning you. He saw your mess and said, “You’re mine!”{Rom. 8:17; Jhn. 17:22-24; 1 Jhn. 3:1-3; Isa. 43:1}

“Hanging upon the cross, Christ was the Gospel.” ~Ellen G. White

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Fight Again, Win Again

“Some time later King David attacked the Philistines again, defeated them, and ended their control over the land.” 2 Samuel 8:1 (GNT) AGAIN. The enemy will try to make you think that because you’re still fighting, you didn’t win the first time. You already won. We already win. Some battles you’ll have to fight again in 2017, but don’t be discouraged by the warfare, be encouraged that you win. Be ready to fight in 2017. Be ready to win.

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LIVE the Word

Hebrews 4:12 – For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…

I’ve had a few interactions this week regarding God’s Word and how it’s manifested in our lives. The conversations have basically centered on seeing God’s promises fulfilled. One question raised, was “What about when we DON’T see His Word being manifest in our lives?” Well, I can tell you relevant things I believe about God, like that His Word does not return to Him void, but it accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent (Hebrews 4:12). I can give a litany of biblical facts that would still require only our belief. However, I have another idea: let’s actively LIVE the Word, instead of passively waiting for it to cloak us.

Shall we not be doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22)? Instead of looking for the promises we want GOD to fulfill, consider how WE can manifest God’s Word, daily! We can bless the Lord at ALL times and let His praise continually be in our mouths (Psalm 34:1). We can comfort others with the same comfort with which we have been comforted (2 Corinthians 1:4). We can rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). We can go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations(Matthew28:19)The list could go on, but you get the point. Live by the Word and LIVE. THE. WORD!

While we may feel broken and want to see God fulfill the promise that by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24), we should also want to see James 5: 16 manifested in our lives – that we should confess our faults one to another that we might be healed. We must consider that our present trials are also an indicator of God’s Word being manifest in our lives – that in this world we WILL have tribulation, but hallelujah for the remainder of that text. We can be of good cheer, because He’s overcome the world (John 16:33)! So even when we don’t see all of the promises of God fulfilled, let us find hope in what we do see, and persevere in our petitions.

Continue faithfully petitioning our Father as Jesus admonishes us to do in Luke 18:1-8. He gives a parable of a woman repeatedly pleading her case before a Godless judge who eventually grants her request because he’s had enough of her, and how much more will God answer His children, whom He loves, who cry out to Him day and night. In conclusion, He asks when He returns, “Will He find faith?” Will WE be faithful? Will we persevere in praying and praising, persevere in His Word when we don’t see His way? I’ll leave you with a declaration that has become a daily mantra of mine:

I declare that all God’s promises I’ve yet to see fulfilled will find me expectantly waiting and ever worshiping! For ALL the promises of God are yes and amen. Worship while you wait!

John 17:17 – Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth