The Tree

27 Feb

The Tree…

When man fell, the Tree of Life was sealed up from his sight, never to be partaken of again. So what happened to the Tree of life? It disappeared. And yet it has come back in disguise – it’s the cross.

The cross looks like the tree of death, but it’s really the Tree of Life. When you partake of the cross, you’re partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Life; true life, everlasting life, and you come out with grace, with a new beginning, and with freedom.

The cross seems hard at first; to give up your life, die to self, love your enemy, forgive, and sacrifice your own will. But when you give up, you gain; when you surrender, you win. When you lose your life, you find it. When you die to self, you come alive. Your tears and sorrow turn into rejoicing.

Don’t be fooled; the cross only looks hard, but every time you partake of it, it’s going to bear you fruit upon fruit; love, joy, peace, faithfulness, gentleness, and goodness. For the cross is none other than the Tree of Life in disguise.

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Revelations 22:14

Today, take up the cross, the harder path, the sacrifice – knowing that it’s a tree of life – and it will bring forth blessings.

Walk daily with God at your side!

The Problem – The Test – The Blessing

26 Feb

The Problem – The Test – The Blessing…

Matthew 4:1 says that the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested of the devil. Strange. The Spirit led Jesus to the devil? The devil is the voice of evil.

Jesus is going to be confronted with evil: evil motives, twisting of scripture, the desire to stop His ministry, and for His destruction. It was a test; the Spirit led to it because, in the end, Jesus would come out of it approved and prepared for ministry.

In your life, you may have been hit by the enemy, by bad things, evil things, people, circumstances, words, and events in your life, but God is and will use these things for your good. In fact, He will even use it to grow you and prepare you for the ministry and the calling that He placed you here for.

When you go through that trial, that test, remember it’s not an accident. So don’t get discouraged, but pass your test. It is all being used for your good. God is so awesome that the devil’s worst will be used for God’s best to prepare you for your calling and ministry.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Roman’s 11:29

Today, see every problem as a test, and every test as a blessing waiting to begin – and pass that test!

Walk daily with God at your side!

Nothing To Lose

25 Feb

Nothing To Lose…

In 1519, Captain Hernan Cortez, after arriving in Veracruz on his conquest mission, ordered the destruction of his ships so there would be no turning back. His men had to go forward and fight all the way. With no retreat, no way back, the only way was to win.

As a believer, you’re in a fight. Do you want to win? Then have the same attitude. There’s no option but Jesus. I’ll enter the battle, and I will win the battle.

That’s how David won against Goliath. He ran to him! That’s how the disciples overcame the world. God wants a people with nothing to lose. The truth is, we have nothing to lose and everything to gain in Jesus.

Burn all bridges to the past, to the dark, or to going back. Burn all ships that would leave you the option of wavering or retreating. Then press on as if there was no other choice but to move forward in God, move forward in faith, forward in love, forward in the Spirit. Because there is no other choice, for the only thing we have is what lies ahead.

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

Today, burn the ships of doubt and fear. Live as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by pressing forward in Jesus.

Walk daily with God at your side!

The Midnight Miracle

24 Feb

The Midnight Miracle…

Have you ever been in a situation that seems like a dark jail cell of circumstances? Paul and Silas were in prison, and yet instead of getting depressed, or being miserable in the darkness, they praised God. They worshiped God! They thanked Him, and the whole prison changed because of it.

The world is never going to be used to the light. That dark situation is never going to be used to the light, but you need to shine your light anyway. When it’s hardest to shine your light, that’s when you have to shine it anyway.

When you don’t feel like it, that’s when you need to shine. When it makes no sense, when it seems naturally inappropriate, when it’s going to cause a commotion, or when it’s completely uncalled for, shine your light.

Praise Him, rejoice, and lift Him up. Do the right thing anyway, and shine your light. No matter what your circumstance, no matter what your problem, make a commotion of praise.

Start a disturbance of faith. Begin an uproar of righteousness and cause an explosion of light and let the world deal with it.

As for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14

Today, go against what feels natural. Take it to the spiritual level and start a commotion of praise. Praise no matter what. Overcome the darkness.

Walk daily with God at your side!

The God Quest

21 Feb

The God Quest…

In the Scriptures, Jesus commanded unclean spirits. They heard His command once and immediately obeyed. The demons were more responsive to the Lord than a lot of believers are today.

Many believers struggle with obeying the Lord. We argue with Him. We delay obeying Him. We ignore Him. We put off doing what we know is His will, or we justify not obeying Him. But the demons obeyed Him instantly, without a long struggle.

If demons, the enemies of God, obey Him without delay, without ignoring, without putting off, without rationalizing, how much more must we?

If God is calling you to something, telling you to do something, or His Spirit is prompting you to something, but you’re not doing it, you’re only hurting and hindering your own life.

The demons don’t get any blessing in obeying Him, but you do. Just do what He says. Go where He leads. Trust and obey. For there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey. Beyond that, we have to have a better witness in our obedience to the Lord than demons.

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:18

If God is prompting you to do something, listen to His direction and just do it, go where He leads you.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Dropping Your Nets

20 Feb

Dropping Your Nets…

In Matthew 4, Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee and saw Simon and Andrew fishing. He said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

Why did they immediately drop everything over a man they’d never seen before? The key is that it was not the first time. John 1:40 tells us that Andrew was already a follower, but apparently, he had settled back into fishing.

This is the second calling, but this time it’s going to change his life. The true disciple doesn’t just say yes to God once, but again and again and again. You need to choose Him every day. Become a disciple, pick up your cross, forsake everything, and surrender every day.

Seek Him more every day. It’s not the one-time answer that makes a disciple, it’s the continual, increasingly progressive answer. Even if you’ve said “yes” before, you can say yes today.

That yes can change your life as if it was the first time, because, for the disciple, the call of God, the answer is always for the first time.

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Today, drop your net and give Him a new yes whole heartedly and surrender yourself as if it was the first time.

Walk daily with God at your side!

The Omega Oath

19 Feb

The Omega Oath…

In Luke 1:55 and 1:73, Mary and Zechariah make references to an oath that God made. Zechariah means God has remembered. His wife’s name, Elisheva means His oath. Put together, it says, God has remembered His oath.

What oath did God make? In Genesis 22, on Mount Moriah, God made an oath, when Abraham offered up Isaac. Verse 16 says that God swore by Himself. It’s amazing for God to swear by Himself because when you swear by something you’re offering it up.

Thus God is offering up Himself. Verse 14 says, in that mountain, it shall be provided. What mountain? Mount Moriah, which is also Calvary. God swore by Himself to Abraham, and 2,000 years later on that same mountain, He fulfilled His oath by offering His life on Calvary.

All the promises of God rest on His oath, and that oath rests on Calvary. You can depend on Him. Whatever He promises in His Word, His love, His faithfulness to you, He will do it. He swore it by His own life which He offered up for you in the land of Moriah on a hill called Calvary.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20

If you are in a situation that looks impossible, have faith that God will accomplish His Word in you. He will never forget His promise.

Walk daily with God at your side!