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The Fear Of God Is Directly Connected To Obedience

[Adapted from Joy Dawson’s “Intimate Friendship With God“]

It is the kindness of God that brings us to repentance.  The fear of God is directly connected to our obedience.

When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in obedience to the voice of the LORD, the angel said to him, “Now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” (Genesis 22:12)

Many times we hear testimonies that go like this: “After arguing with God for a while I finally gave in.”  These testimonies reveal the lack of the fear of God. Continue reading “The Fear Of God Is Directly Connected To Obedience” »

Born-again To A Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Brothers and sisters, before Christ came into your life, what did you put your hope in?  What did you pursue to give your life value?  What did you seek to make you happy?  What did you do to feel good about yourself?  What did you do to look good in front of others?  What did you put your faith and trust in?

I struggled with addiction my whole life.  Since the age of twenty-two, I completed seven treatment programs for alcohol and drugs in the states of New York, Minnesota, Illinois, and Arizona.  I spent twenty-three years in and out of 12-step programs like AA and NA.  Each time I was willing to surrender my addiction, but I didn’t know that I needed to surrender my pride, my lust, and my greed.  At the end of an AA meeting we would circle up and say the Lord’s prayer—but how can you have a Lord’s Prayer without a Lord? Continue reading “Born-again To A Living Hope” »

What Have You Been Delivered From?

What has the LORD delivered you from?  What have you been delivered to?

When the Holy Spirit made His home in me four years ago, I had a sudden awareness that Jesus is Lord; that Jesus is my Savior; that I was forgiven, and I had passed from death to life.  I grew in understanding and realized that the Holy Scriptures revealed to me the true condition of my heart in order for me to see my need for salvation.

I came to the knowledge that the cross of Christ wasn’t a revelation of my sin but a revelation of my value to my Father in heaven.  Jesus, the risen Christ, provided the ultimate act of love–one man dying for another; cleansing me and reconciling me back to my heavenly Father, that I may know Him and know life, destroying the works of the devil. Continue reading “What Have You Been Delivered From?” »

Obedience Is Rooted In Love Of God

Luke 6:46

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”

You were created to be a lover.  We are wired to love God.  Do you recognize His grandeur?  His majesty?  His authority?  His wisdom?  His tenderness?  If you are not loving God you are loving someone or something else–who or what are you loving?

Have you claimed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?  Do you find comfort in His laws and commandments?  Do you find joy in following His instruction?  Is obedience something you want to do or have to do?

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

You have been set free from your performance (self-righteousness) that you may trust in a Person (righteousness).  Do you love Him?  Do you delight in Him?  Then trust in Him.  You will find great joy in following and serving Him.  Walk with the faith of a child and see your desire to obey the Lover of your soul.

Love God!  Love God!  Love God!

Luke 10:27

27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Do this and you will live.

An Urgent Call, Part Three – Charisma Media

This is Part Three of: An Urgent Call To Christian News Publishers

Another “Christian news” publisher using ad networks that dishonor the name of Christ is Charisma Media.  If you are not familiar with this organization they publish websites like CharismaNews.com, CharismaMag.com, and MinistryTodayMag.com.  Here is a description from their corporate website:

“Charisma Media is a leading creator of diversified Christian resources that empowers believers for God’s purpose. Our vision is to inspire people to radically change their world.”

Continue reading “An Urgent Call, Part Three – Charisma Media” »

An Urgent Call, Part Two – Salem Web Network

This is Part Two of: An Urgent Call To Christian News Publishers

Another Christian News website publishing ads that dishonor and profane the holy name of God is ChristianHeadlines.com.  This website is published by the Salem Web Network and here is a statement from their corporate website:

“Salem Web Network’s mission is to connect with Christians through emerging technologies. Whether it’s on the web or mobile computing, a dedication to our users, ministries and the Gospel is at the heart of everything we do.”

Continue reading “An Urgent Call, Part Two – Salem Web Network” »

An Urgent Call To Christian News Publishers

In October of 2016 I was led to contact Christian Media Corporation International about ads on some of their websites that dramatically lacked reverence for God; in fact, they dishonored Christ and profaned His holy name. If you are not familiar with this organization they publish websites like ChristianPost.com, ChristianToday.com, and GospelHerald.com. Here is a description from their corporate website:

“Christian Media Corporation International (CMC Group) is a faith-based digital news, entertainment, and resource company with over 100 websites based in 6 continents.”

Continue reading “An Urgent Call To Christian News Publishers” »

We Are Overcomers In Christ Jesus

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

Overcoming the giants (shame, fear, lust, greed, pride) of this world is freedom over the lies, false beliefs, selfish desires, and demonic bondage binding every soul who does not know God.

Who is an overcomer?  Christ Jesus!  And all who believe in Him…  all who believe in Him obey Him; all who obey Him surrender to His will; all who surrender to His will and submit to His lordship overcome the world, the flesh, and Satan. Continue reading “We Are Overcomers In Christ Jesus” »

More Light, Lord

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

God gave us divine weapons–love and truth, and together they form light.

Behold, the life of Christ is the light of men.

It is faith in Christ that activates the light, enabling us to believe and share the gospel; empowering us to speak life into souls.

It is prayer that releases the light–sowing seeds of love and truth with power from on high.