The Liberty of the Spirit

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

The Liberty of the Spirit by Toni M. Babcock

“…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17 KJV)

The liberty of the Spirit implies exactly that – the liberty of the Spirit.  If the Word of God says “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17 KJV),   then it is God’s liberty I am to be primarily concerned about, not my own.  With this in mind, if the flow of my service to Christ becomes clogged by some obstacle, the liberty of the Spirit to use my life for the glory of God must of necessity become stopped up as well.  So the question becomes, am I willing to shine the light of truth on myself and figure out what is robbing the liberty of the Spirit from freely working and moving within my life and out to others?

Once we understand and resolve the problem of attempting to serve Jesus while binding and grieving the Spirit and His work in our lives, we will be one step closer to experiencing true revival, for the joy of salvation is not the liberty to live as we choose, it is the liberty of the Spirit of God to live and reign within us as he chooses.  David wrote, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners will be converted unto Thee,” (Psalms 51:12-13 KJV).

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Riches In Glory

 by Lisa Clewis

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Our magnificent God and Father wishes above all things that we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. Believe in the Father and his unconditional love for us. He is able to make all grace abound toward us. He is able to do more for us than what we could ever imagine.

Jesus tells us in Matthew chapter eight that we are to seek first the kingdom of God, and all his righteousness; and we will have the things we need. Our heavenly Father feeds the birds of the air and clothes the grass of the field. How much more will he do for us, his children?

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Perfect Peace

 by Lisa Thampikutty

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in You – Isaiah 26:3

Jesus told us that in this world we would have many troubles. When going through trials it would do us good to remember that Jesus also said that He has overcome the world and that in Him we may find peace. Jesus is the only means for peace while living in this world. He gives us a peace that passes all understanding so that in the midst of the storm we may say “It is well with my soul” because our mind is “stayed” on Him. We need to trust Jesus’s words and His promise to carry us through for the One who called us is faithful.

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Days of Purpose

 – by Karen Pourbabaee

“You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in Your Book” Psalm 139:16 The Living Bible

It’s an awe-filled moment contemplating such a word from You, Lord. When You thought about me, even before I was born, You knew my exact purpose. Why I was needed in this world. You planned how many days it would take me to live out my purpose. And You wrote it all down!

Lord, Your thoughts fill me with wonder …

Then You knit me together in my mother’s womb with marvelous workmanship. You designed me just perfectly to fulfill Your plan. You created in me all that was necessary for a life of meaning and fulfillment.

“The Lord created everything for His own purpose…” (Proverbs 16:4)

Lord, I seek Your purpose…

I wait to hear Your purpose for my day. If You planned each day, recording it in Your book, it’s an important day. Every day links together as the pages of the book are turned, creating a life that is pleasing to You. A life that honors Your intention.

Lord, speak, I am listening…

“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately…” (Ephesians 5;15 Amplified Bible)

Lord, let me live days of purpose. Amen.

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Contentment

by Jeff Hertel

Where do we find contentment?

Is it in material things, like a better computer or a more advanced phone or a fast car? When we make a purchase of these items, are we doing it for the right reasons? Is there a need? Or are we doing it because we think we will have a more satisfying life with newer, bigger or better things? What about our jobs? Are our lives more rewarding because our focus is on how far we can move up and how much money we can make?

In the book of Philippians, the apostle Paul makes some incredible statements. In Philippians 3:8 he says, “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” The first time I read that verse, I was amazed. He was solely content on knowing Jesus, nothing else. Then in Philippians 4:12, Paul also says “ I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

This secret of contentment Paul is talking about is found in Jesus. We were all created to have fellowship with him. He fills are hearts with peace and when we have a deep relationship with him, we are truly content and thankful for all we have in our lives. That contentment in Jesus as our Lord and Savior is what gets us through every tough time in our lives, not contentment in material things or accomplishments and wealth in our jobs. Jesus tells us himself, in John 10:10, that he came to this world so that we “may have life and have it to the full.”

God doesn’t want us to find contentment in things or in wealth. 1 Timothy 6:17 says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth , which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” Finding contentment in Jesus is the best decision we can ever make. A personal relationship with him is all we need for true contentment.

Beauty For Ashes

by Karen McKenney

Believe for God to take the ashes of yesterday’s ruin and give you beauty in every area of your life! Isaiah spoke of it prophetically before the proclamation was uttered from the lips of our great High Priest, Jesus, when he promised:

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified (Isaiah 61:3). God wants to give you beauty for ashes!

Throughout the Old Testament, men and women who were confronted with crises and paralyzed with problems sat in sackcloth and ashes before the Lord. Take, for instance, King David who became an adulterer and murderer then sat in sackcloth and ashes before the Lord in repentance for his sin.

Job, whose children had died, his fields were pillaged and his house was burned, bowed in sackcloth before the Lord. But it was out of the ashes of his life that God was able to bless his latter end more than his beginning (read Job 42:12 for yourself).

The fire in your heart for God may seem to be growing cold. The love for your spouse may seem but a flicker. The hope and belief for any future good may seem but a remnant of bygone days. But from the smoldering embers of your past God is smoldering the ashes and rekindling His promise of hope in your life. He is restoring unto you the joy of your salvation. (See Psalm 51:12.)

For your ashes, the Lord will transform you with beauty. In return for the spirit of heaviness, He will cover you with the garment of praise.

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JUST RECEIVE

 – by Linzy Bruno

He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness uprightness and right standing with Him-not for my earning it, but for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 Amp)

I love the way God gradually teaches me His ways. As I continue in my journey with Him, He teaches me through my experiences with Him and through learning His Word. I’ve learned to meditate on His Word throughout the day in order to stay connected to Him, and it always fills me with joy when I do. However, He has also taught me that when I allow myself to get upset for whatever reason, it’s not a sin, but I won’t be able, in my frenzy, to meditate with enough focus; therefore, it isn’t satisfying, and I feel lost and alone. So what do I do God? I finally ask, being so distracted with my racing,overwhelmed, human mind. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, hours or even a day (if I’m really in a funk) and in my heart, I hear His answer: Just Receive. His answer, in that case, is to let Him calm and soothe me first, then I can go back to my meditation later, when it can be an enjoyable and satisfying time spent with Him.

Oh yeah, silly me , is usually my next thought, and then I throw my hands up to Heaven, close my eyes, or look up and pray.

Thank You Lord for reminding me when I am weary that I can receive Your healing touch. Make me feel right again in my mind, my spirit, and my body, as only You can, Lord! Oh Lord thank you; I receive Your divine way of making all things better within me right now. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Love Is

By Pastor Eugene Whited, Blackey Baptist Church

First we must establish where does love come from?

This was one of the biggest discoveries for me; I had always said I love you. But not realizing where it comes from. I was living without Christ in my life and I was just imitating what others that knew where it came from so I was doing as they were doing.

So where does Love come from?

1 John 4:8

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me

You have to ask Jesus into your life and then and only then can you start to Love.

In the same manner we start an earthly relationship we have to have a desire to want to learn how to love, a desire to be a better person.

We usually do this in reverse order, we seek out a relationship with others first and then if we have time we might start seeking a relationship with Jesus or when things go bad.

The order he wants us to follow is:

We go back into Genesis the first relationship has always been with God first and the secondary relationship is others.

 Genesis 2:7

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living [a]being.

Genesis 2:21-25

21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The Lord God [a]fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
[b]She shall be called [c]Woman,
Because [d]she was taken out of [e]Man.”

24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed

So we see that God is interested in us and our needs, but he wants us to have the relationship with him.

John 14:6

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me

John 15:12-1

12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends

We see real quick that true love comes by way of sacrifice!

Sacrifice-The act of giving up something highly valued for the sake of something else considered to have a greater value or claim.

“To the exact extent that you are not willing to sacrifice for our spouses is to the extent that your spouse will not feel love by you. “ (Word of God Counseling)

Sacrifice is something that Jesus expects and he expects us to show that same sacrifice to those we love.

If we want others to know how much we love them sacrifice for them, give them your time, offer them something without any expectations, or put their needs before yours.

Jesus gave us the greatest example of love, he became the ultimate sacrifice!

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Abiding in Grace

by Rev. Brian Mathis

Do you understand that in your salvation you were given gifts? Not just Grace and mercy but spiritual gifts that are to be used to edify the church and grow the kingdom of God. Often we see individuals in the altar and they find salvation but they quickly fall by the way and fail to mature in their personal walk with Jesus. Paul addressed that issue right in the beginning of the letter to the Corinthians by reminding them that He was thankful for the blessings and gifts they had received even if they were not.

4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:4-8 (ESV)

Sometimes we need a reminder that God has blessed us with His gift of Grace and in that gift he has also promised to sustain us through each day and in every trail we might face. You see He has not only given us grace but as we walk with him each day Paul tells us that we have been enriched in speech and knowledge through our testimony that we now have about what Jesus has done for us and what he will continue to do. Today I just want to remind you that we have been saved through the power of the Holy Spirit in that salvation we have been strengthened and gifted so that we will carry on till Christ’s return. In this we can find comfort because He is always near to us that call upon His name and we have promise after promise that he will not leave us nor forsake us. If you feel today that God does not know or care where you are let me assure you he never moved. We must make the conscious effort to abide with in Him if we want to grow closer to Him. I want to borrow an example of what it means to abide from James Merritt Founder of Impact Men’s Conferences. He explains that to abide is like a teabag in a cup of water the longer the teabag remains in the water the darker and stronger the tea becomes. That is what we need to understand about the grace and peace found in a relationship with Jesus Christ it is only as strong as the amount of time you spend in His presence. He has given us gifts and provides us strength; learning to trust in that means we must abide in His presence. Have a blessed day as you walk in the light of God’s Word.

CHEER UP

 by Robert Valleau

Jesus said in John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.”

Jesus had just finished telling His disciples some things that, at that time, they could not fully understand. But, He didn’t leave them clueless. He made a statement of fact: “In this world you will have trouble.” He doesn’t say our troubles will go away. He doesn’t say we will no longer be plagued by fear or doubt. Instead, our solution to a troubled heart, is to find peace in Him. But, He takes that a step further by saying something strange. He tells us to, “take heart,” or, “cheer up.”

So, when we are lonely or depressed, have doubts about our faith or feel the weight of the world pressing us down, we are to “cheer up”? This makes no sense until we read our Lord’s last statement: “I have overcome the world.”

We win our battles when we surrender to Jesus who has already fought them for us. We free ourselves from a bag full of burdens when we lay it at the cross and leave it there. We find peace, in the midst of life’s storms, when we rest in the One who walked upon the water and said, “Peace! Be still.”

He, who was rejected and despised of men, is now our Overcomer. That is definitely something we can all cheer about.

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