The Great Exchange

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This Week’s Scripture Verses:

“For indeed in this house we groan,

longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,

inasmuch as we, having put it on,

will not be found naked.”

2 Corinthians 5:2,3

Jesus Christ—

The Son of God,



King of kings,

holy, righteous, sinless,

Clothed himself:

  • in flesh— the son of man to come to us,
  • in mortality to face death,
  • as the creature to share in our weakness,
  • as the servant of servants to show us how to live before God.

He became naked, shameful to look upon as He hung on the cross before a gawking world. He took all this on himself that we could put on His heavenly garments and not be found naked before the Father.

“He made Him who knew no sin

to be sin on our behalf,

so that we might become

the righteousness of God in Him.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

For Thought: Meditate on the weight of our shame Jesus carried. What have we gained through His sacrifice?

Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, we offer up a voice of praise for,

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power and riches and wisdom

and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

Revelation 5:12.

May we live clothed in Jesus and his righteousness. May we bring Him honor, glory, and blessing as we walk in his power, riches, and wisdom. For He has taken our shame and given us glory.

Going God’s Direction

2 Corinthians 4: Going God’s Direction

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This Weeks Scripture:

“Therefore, since we have this ministry,

as we received mercy, we do not lose heart.”

2 Corinthians 4:1, NASB

Saul breathed persecution against the early church. He determined to destroy those he believed blasphemed God. It was his ministry—until the Lord redirected his life. His real ministry or service to the Lord would be to bear the name of Christ—

“before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel…

And the ministry would include great hardship.

 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

Acts 9:15,16, NASB

Not many receive such a direct call to ministry as Saul, who was called Paul. Most have not heard the audible voice of the Lord. But we have all been called and chosen to minister to the Lord by ministering to those He directs us to. Our ministries vary in the how, who, and where but all are grounded in the written word as He has revealed it to us. Our ministry is the product of saving faith given by the Lord’s design.

My ministry or service to the Lord finds its foundation in 1 Peter 3:15, and to complete the sentence I’ll add verse 16.

  • “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
  • and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear;
  • Having a good conscience;
  • that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers,
  • they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” KJV

For Thought: What is your ministry/service to the Lord? How has He redirected your life?

Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for the mercy you have shown us. When we were your enemies you saved us and made us your own. You have given each of us purpose in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. May we honor your gifts by using them for your glory. And when discouraged may we be strengthened by the perseverance of Christ and those who have gone before us. May we never lose heart.

Victory In Jesus

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“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14(NASB)

I have a bit of a competitive nature when it comes to games—I like to win. But then who doesn’t? Actually, I like to play and have fun, winning just makes it more fun. I don’t think I’ve met a person who wants to lose. Knowing this, I don’t understand why more people don’t choose to follow God—

“Who always lead us in His triumph in Christ …”

Life is no game but a battle and the stakes are high. Apart from Christ we lose. In Christ we win. That is the,

“simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

(2 Corinthians 11:3)

God’s Promises to those who are In Christ:

“God … always leads us in His triumph in Christ.”

Even when the battle of life appears to bring defeat, we can stand strong in God’s word, knowing He will bring us to victory.

“Just as it is written,


But in all these things

we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor principalities,

nor things present, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth,

nor any other created things,

shall be able to separate us from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord…

 For whatever is born of God

overcomes the world;

and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

And who is the one who overcomes the world,

but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

(Romans 8:36-39;1 John 5:4-5, NASB)

Our Praise to God:

“O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

For the LORD most high is terrible;

he is a great King over all the earth.

He shall subdue the people under us

and the nations under our feet …

Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

For God the King of all the earth:

sing ye praises with understanding.”

(Psalm 47: 1-3,6-7, KJV)

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there arose loud voices in heaven, saying,

‘The kingdom of the world

has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ;

and He will reign forever and ever …

We give Thee thanks,

O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast,

because Thou hast taken Thy great power

and hast begun to reign.’”

(Revelation 11:15,17, NASB)

Right now, we look with eyes of faith to the fullness of Christ’s triumph. We have read the end of the book—He wins! And so do we who are His—Hallelujah! Until then—

We offer our sacrifice of thanksgiving, Our Prayer:

To Him who—“manifests through us the sweet aroma

of the knowledge of Him in every place.”

Heavenly Father, for all your wonderous works, we offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, living out the sweet aroma—an acceptable sacrifice—of Christ in us through the giving of ourselves to you.

“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,

to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,

acceptable to God,

which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Romans 12:1, NASB

May we, “Through Him then …

continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God,

that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.”

Hebrews 13:15, NASB

That wherever we go we will cause,

“They name to be remembered in all generations;

Therefore the peoples will give Thee thanks forever and ever.”

Psalm 45:17(NASB)

For Thought: Christ has won the war of life and death. Don’t be found fighting a lost cause. Stand in the victory He has already won. Where will you stand when the victory is fully realized?

You Are Adequate

2 Corinthians 2: Are You Adequate?

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“But thanks be to God,

who always leads us in His triumph in Christ,

and manifests through us the sweet aroma

of the knowledge of Him in every place.

2 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)

Last Wednesday’s post, “Comfort” introduced you to a man who refused the sweet aroma of Christ. As far as I know, he perished in death’s stench. To him my words and life proved to be,

a fragrance of Christ to God … an aroma from death to death …” (16)

But there is another who lived in his house.

The phone rang. “Donna?” A breathless pause filled the receiver before the laboring voice continued. “Can you come help me? My oxygen isn’t working.”

“Sure, I’ll be right over.” With a quick prayer I walked next door and entered being sure to breath through my mouth. It was better to taste the smell than breath it in. I only knew to call her Granny. At 67 years of age she lived in the body of one bearing 107 years. A hard life covered her flesh. And she lived with the burden of her son abusing her grandchildren and she was powerless to prevent it. The aroma of death surrounded her. But her story didn’t end there.

“For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

to the one,

an aroma from death to death,

to the other,

an aroma from life to life.

And who is adequate for these things? “

2 Corinthians 2:14-16(NASB)

After 12 years of the children living in unimaginable circumstances, The Department of Children and Family Services removed them from the home and arrested their father. He dropped dead 2 months later and 30 minutes after being released. His release came because authorities failed to charge him. During that time Granny was hospitalized.

A stirring in my heart urged me to visit her in the hospital. I didn’t want to go. The Holy Spirit would not let go. Peace alluded me as I tried to ignore the prompting. Finally, I went.

The hospital bed swallowed the frail frame of a woman. A nurse stood to one side checking ivs. The figure lay lifeless, eyes shut, breaths labored.

“Can she hear me?”

The nurse nodded and said, “If you touch her hand she seems to respond to touch.”

I laid my hand over hers and prayed silently to know what to say. Then I began to tell her of God’s love and that’s when the Lord spoke to my heart. “It’s not about what you’re saying to her but what I’m saying to her.”

The Lord was with us and in that moment I knew this woman who was perishing, now had received the fragrance of Christ—the aroma from life to life. Through the Spirit’s witness to mine, I knew I could tell her grandchildren their Granny would be in heaven and how they could see her again.

And who is adequate for these things? 

The apostle Paul tells us—

“Not that we are adequate in ourselves

to consider anything as coming from ourselves,

but our adequacy is from God,

who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant,

not of the letter, but of the Spirit;

for the letter kills,

but the Spirit gives life.”

2 Corinthians 3:5-6

It was never about me but the fragrance of Christ, the aroma of life, He uses us to leave in another’s life.

Not everyone Paul went to received the fragrant word of the gospel to life, but they all had the opportunity. God has chosen us to carry the fragrance of Christ through the lives we live, and He makes us adequate for the task. Not everyone will receive the sweet aroma of life—but some will.

For Thought: Do you ever feel you are not enough for speaking the gospel to another? Or for a task the Lord has called you to? How can 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 help you?

Our Prayer:  Heavenly Father, as you have given us life in Christ, may we carry the sweet fragrance of life to all who will hear. May others see Jesus in us. May they know we have been with Him, that our lives bring no discredit to the ministry of the gospel. Help us be bold in love for you have made us adequate for the calling.

A Worthy Prize

1 Corinthian 9: A Worthy Prize

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“Do you not know

that those who run in a race all run,

but only one receives the prize?

Run in such a way that you may win.”

(9:24, NASB)

Measured breaths, eyes on the finish line, and a silver dollar dancing in my mind. My small 8-year-old frame set on long legs was built for sprinting. The whistle blew. My blonde pigtails flew in the breeze. The silver dollar became mine. The story would have ended differently had the race been a marathon.

A writer, who has written for any length of time, understands the run to publication is not a sprint but a marathon. To finish one keeps her eyes on the finish line and the prize. The trick comes in recognizing whether the prize is worth the discipline needed to reach the goal. For me, the goal has been to encourage and give hope to my readers as the words written point them, or even the one, to faith in Jesus Christ. Publication is the method by which the more can be reached with the gospel.

Paul explains his goal to the Corinthians:

“For though I am free from all men,

I have made myself a slave to all,

that I might win the more …

And I do all things for the sake of the gospel,

that I may become a fellow partaker of it.”


Then Paul tells them to —

“Run in such a way that you may win.”

  • Run exercising self-control in all things.
  • Run for a worthy purpose—that I may by all means save some.
  • Run to receive the imperishable prize—that which is eternal.

The silver dollar I won in that sprint disappeared years ago. Recently, I received a prize in the writing marathon­—a publishing agreement for my novel. I look at this prize as a down-payment on the imperishable prize to come. For I pray it points the readers to the One who gives us an eternal victory.

Whatever race you are running be sure an imperishable prize waits at the finish line.

For Thought: Is your life a series of quick sprints with immediate rewards that fade in time? Or are you pacing yourself to run the distance and receive the victor’s eternal crown?

Today’s Reading: Philippians 3:7-14; What is the greatest prize Paul was striving for? What other prizes are contained in the one? What is the final goal?

Our Prayer: Father, you have made yourself known to us through the coming of Jesus Christ. May our hearts and minds be set on Him as our greatest prize; our goal to one day see Him as He is. On that day, may we be found clothed in His righteousness. Until then, be our strength to press on toward the prize.

Don’t You Know?

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“I thank my God always concerning you,

for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,

that in everything you were enriched in Him,

in all speech and all knowledge …”

1 Corinthians 1:4,5

When studying chapter 6, a key repeated phrase came to my attention, “do you not know”. An idea popped into my mind-this usually scares most people. I am one who enjoys games and having fun. So, I made up a game for any who would like to participate called, “Don’t You Know”. Below are several statements and questions from 1 Corinthians built around what Paul thinks we as believers should know. Each statement has at least one blank for you to fill in. I used the KJV for the scriptures. I did give references and word choices at the end, but before using those see what you know.

Paul says in the first chapter we are enriched in Christ in all knowledge. This should be easy, right? Here we go.

  1. Do ye not know that ___ ______ shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge ­______? how much more things that pertain to this life?
  2. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save ______ ______, and him _________.
  3. Know ye not that ye are the ______ __ ___, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
  4. Know ye not that the _________ shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
  5. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little __________  ____________ the whole lump?
  6. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your______ is not in vain in the Lord.
  7. Know ye not that your _______ are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one ______? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
  8. What? know ye not that your body is the ________ __ ___ ____ ______ which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
  9. Do ye not know that they which ________ about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
  10. Know ye not that they which ____ in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may ______.
  1. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the _______ that are freely given to us of God.

WORD LIST: Temple of the Holy Ghost; bodies; the saints; things; unrighteous; labor; body; run; angels; minister; Jesus Christ; obtain; temple of God; leaven; crucified; leaveneth

So, how did you do? Knowing facts is good. But they can lead to a proud attitude apart from understanding the things freely given to us by God, what they mean in our relationship to him, and how we are to live. Facts in our minds alone make our heads grow but not our hearts.

For Thought: Which “Don’t you know” would you like to understand better? Which one means the most to you?

Today’s Reading: 1John 5:10-13; Do you know you have eternal life? This is the most important “Do you know” question of all.

Our Prayer: Father, you have given us all we need to share in godliness. You have made us your own through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, your Son who died to pay for our sin. May we learn all the things you have given us and walk in that knowledge to your glory. May we forever praise your name.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: All in 1 Corinthians – 6:2,3; 2:2; 3:16; 5:6; 15:58; 6:15-16; 6:19; 9:13; 9:24; 2:12

The Door to Abundant Life

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In my last post you were asked what it means to live an abundant life. I thought on this for myself. If I ask you a question I need to be ready to answer it. Jesus made it clear he is the door to an abundant life when he said,

“I am the door:

by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,

and shall go in and out and find pasture …

I am come that they might have life,

and that they  might have it more abundantly …

He that findeth his life shall lose it:

and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

John 10:9,10b; Matthew 10:39

Living the abundant life involves losing self and gaining Christ. It occurs when we live the life we know God has created us for.

My Story of an Abundant Life

Two words of Jesus began my walk of an abundant life. “Follow me.” More than several years ago, the Lord’s words started me on a journey I never imagined. My journey included college, a family, teaching, and whatever else came along. My journey and God’s weren’t exactly alike. I envisioned life one way and God saw it another. College didn’t happen. But the Lord has given me a family. He did make me a teacher, not in the public schools but in his church. Here I have taught children, teens, and adults the word of God. He even opened the door to mission work that weighed in my heart; He lead the way to open a camp for teens and children, of which, I am working in this week. And as I share this, tears fill my eyes for the abundance of grace He has poured out in my life for letting me share in his work.

This week we have seen God dissipate the storm that threatened our first day of Day Camp. In its place, He gave us a day of unusually mild temperatures and filled these last days with sunshine and more mild weather. The Lord also blessed us with the volunteers we needed when it looked like we might have to turn children away. He even blessed us with a wonderful fun day through the gifting of a church with a blow up waterslide. We all had a blast. But today, today was the best. Two children believed the gospel and received God’s greatest gift of Jesus Christ. Three others made clear their desire to draw nearer to Him. This is living the abundant life of grace.

That’s how the Lord answered the question in my life. Here is how He answers it for us all: Israel, the church of the Old Testament, and for us, the church of the New Testament.

“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee,

  • but to fear the LORD thy God,
  • to walk in all his ways,
  • and to love him,
  • and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12
  • AND WITH ALL THY MIND.” Matthew 22:37

Jesus is the open door to abundant life. It begins by walking through the door, receiving God’s gift of love in Jesus Christ, and losing your love for self to loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

Do you want an abundant life? Jesus’ arms are wide open ready to receive you and begin giving you that very thing. What holds you back?

Out of This World

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“I am Alpha and Omega,

the first and the last:

and, What thou seest, write in a book,

and send it unto the seven churches…

Write the things which thou hast seen,

and the things which are,

and the things which shall be hereafter;”

Revelation 1:11,19

Over the past twenty plus years my husband and I planned, prepared, and packed as we organized mission trips for a group of teens. We saw some amazing sights, learned many valuable lessons, and saw lives changed.

In the Book of Revelation we witness the risen Lord Jesus Christ. He is the bridge taking us into chapters two and three revealing the church age – the things which are. Here He teaches us how to prepare for the greatest travel adventure his followers will ever have. It will be a trip out of this world and He is the bridge to take us there. He reveals “the things which shall be heareafter.”

Personally, I believe after the church age*, after –

“the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,

with the voice of the archangel,

and with the trump of God:

and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain

shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,

to meet the Lord in the air;

and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

1Thessalonians 4:16,17

Our passage for this trip comes at a high price – one we could not pay. But the one who, “loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” He paid the price.

He is the Lamb found in Revelation 5:9,10 who –

“wast slain,

and hast redeemed us

to God by thy blood

out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

And hast made us unto our God

kings, and priests:

and we shall reign on the earth.”

Preparing for our mission trips includes deciding our destination. What John is shown in Revelation 4 describes our destination and the first one he saw.

“behold, a throne was set in heaven,

and one sat on the throne.

And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:

and there was a rainbow round about the throne,

in sight like unto an emerald.

And round about the throne were four and twenty seats

and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,

clothed in white raiment;

and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices:

and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne,

which are the seven Spirits of God.

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal;

and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne,

were four bests full of eyes before and behind.”

Notice only one sits on the throne. Those around him worship him for He is  –

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,

which was, and is, and is to come …

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:

for thou hast created all things,

and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Revelation 4:8,11.

He was in the beginning. He is with us now. He will come back to set up his kingdom. Is He the one sitting on the throne of your life?

On this journey in the things which are – the church age – we are being prepared for life in the things hereafter. The salvation, justification, and sanctification which is ours when we receive Jesus Christ,  God is working in us today for the day of our glorification. On that day our voices will join the voices , the thousands and every creature –

“Saying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,

and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth,

and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying,

Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,

be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,

and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

And the four beasts said, Amen.

And the four and twenty elders

fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”

Revelation 5:12-14

In preparing for the trip that will take us out of this world, let us join John being in the Spirit, and seek to learn to worship our Lord in spirit and in truth.

“But the hour cometh, and now is,

when the true worshippers

shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:

for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

God is a Spirit:

and they that worship him

must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23,24

Father, may we who are now, be immersed in your Spirit and in your Truth that we may see you as you are, hear your voice, and walk in the power and fruit of your Spirit. May we learn to worship you, the Almighty and the Lamb for you alone are worthy.

*I know there are varying beliefs on the church’s being caught up/raptured. One day we will all know the truth. Until then let’s not let it be a dividing point. For one day it will happen and we who follow Christ, will all meet Jesus in the air. God bless.

Things Seen

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“Write the things which thou hast seen,

and the things which are,

and the things which shall be hereafter;”

Revelation 1:19

We portray snippets of our lives through the pictures and words posted on social media. We travel with our friends and followers to places near and far. We share their joys and their sorrows. The Bible is God’s social media posts to us. It’s where He shares snippets of who He is with us until the day comes when we see him face to face.

Over the passed couple of years we have journeyed with Jesus from Genesis to Jude filling in our picture of Jesus.  Our journey began with His words and sights before time.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…

In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

(Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-4)

Jesus took us on visits with Abraham, Moses, the prophets, priests, and kings.

“And God said unto Moses,

I am that I am:

And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,

I Am hath sent me unto you …

Jesus said unto them,

verily, verily, I say unto you,

Before Abraham was, I am.”

(Exodus 3:14; John 8:58)

We saw the birth of God’s people Israel – their victories and their defeats. We saw what the prophets longed to see – the advent of Messiah.

“I shall see him, but not now:

I shall behold him, but not nigh:

there shall come a Star out of Jacob,

and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel…

These all died in faith, not having received the promises,

but having seen them afar off,

and were persuaded of them,

and embraced them,

and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth”

(Numbers 24:17; Hebrews 11:13)

We walked with the Son of man through Israel and heard His teachings with the disciples. We walked with him to Calvary and saw our sin nailed to his cross.

“And when  they were come to the place, which is called Calvary,

there they crucified him…

Then said Jesus,

Father, forgive them for they know not what they do…

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

It is finished:

and he bowed his head,

and gave up the ghost.”

(Luke 23:33,34; John 19:30)

We saw him die but then came the morning of victory. The tomb was empty.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead;

and behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen;

and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Revelation 1:18.

We saw him rise on the clouds as he returned to the glory he knew with the Father. And we heard the promise of his return.

“And when he had spoken these things,

while they beheld, he was taken up;

and a cloud received him out of their sight…

two men stood by them in white apparel;

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee,

why stand ye gazing up into heaven?

This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,

shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 1:9-11

We continued our journey with Jesus through the eyes of Peter, Paul and various other disciples as we witnessed the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the birth of Christ’s church. We received yet another promise.

“Then Peter said unto them,

Repent, and be baptized every one of you

in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,

and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For the promise is unto you,

and to your children,

and to all that are afar off,

even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Acts 2: 38,39.

These faithful men wrote their own “posts” by inspiration of the Holy Spirit within them to help us see who we are in Christ.

“Ye are a chosen generation,

a royal priesthood,

and holy nation,

a peculiar people;

that ye should shew forth the praises of him

who hath called you out of darkness

into his marvellous light;”

1 Peter 2:9

These are a few of the things we have seen on our journey walking with Jesus through the word. They have brought us to where we are – the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Through the eyes of John we see Jesus in his glory.

“And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks

one like unto the Son of man,

clothed with a garment down to the foot,

and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;

and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;

and his voice as the sound of many waters.

And he had in his right hand seven stars:

and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:

and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

Revelation 1:13-16

He is –

“Jesus Christ,

who is the faithful witness,

and the first begotten of the dead,

and the prince of the kings of the earth.

Unto him that loved us,

and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;

to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Revelation 1:5-6.

Our journey does not end here. Next we travel with the risen Lord to visit the things that are. I hope you will join us. His best posts are yet to come. .

What has Jesus shown you in your journey with him?

No Fear

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Are you thrilled at the opportunity to walk across the 680 ft.  Gatlinburg Sky Bridge in Tennessee? Did I mention it has a glass bottom in the middle at its highest point? Have you toured the glass walkway hanging over the edge of the Grand Canyon? If these adventures are for you, you might not want to invite me to join you. I’m not afraid of heights but my knees buckle with fear at falling. I need something solid under my feet.

In the bible, Jude’s short letter tells us of one who is able to keep us from falling.

He is Jesus Christ, God our Savior.

“Now unto him

that is able to keep you from falling,

and to present you faultless

before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

To the only wise God our Saviour,

be glory and majesty, dominion and power,

both now and ever. Amen.”

Jude 24,25

Jude shares with his readers things and people who might present a danger of falling to the followers of Christ.

They are –

  • “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness[evil],
  • and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (verse 4)
  • “spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear:
  • clouds they are without water, carried about of winds;
  • trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
  • Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
  • wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” (verses 12,13)
  • “murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts;
  • and their mouth speaketh great swelling words,
  • having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” (verse 16)

Jude makes it clear there are those among us who are –

  1. false teachers of the word denying God and our Lord Jesus Christ,
  2. people who speak enticing words but bear no fruit being twice dead,
  3. and those who tell us anything that sounds good
  4. encouraging us to give them money for blessing;

What steps can we take to keep from falling into their rhetoric?

Know what you believe and

“earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (verse 3)

Keep on keeping on through remembrance.

“I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this,

how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” (5)

Remember the words of Jesus. He knew these times would come.

“But, beloved, remember ye the words

which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time,

who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

These be they who separate themselves, sensual,

having not the Spirit.” (17-19)

And through Jude’s letter He gives us instruction.

“But ye, beloved,

 building up yourselves on your most holy faith,

praying in the Holy Ghost,

Keep yourselves in the love of God,

looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ

unto eternal life.” (20,21)

There we have it –

  1.  Know what and in whom to believe;
  2. Remember the end and keep on keeping on;
  3. Remember Jesus is never taken by surprise and He has equipped us to stand;
  4. Be diligent to continue building up our faith,
  5. keep praying,
  6. keep abiding in the love of God
  7. keep looking for the mercy of the Lord revealed through the eternal life that is ours.

And when our knees begin to buckle from fear of the chaos in this world or in our personal lives, remember it is not by our strength we stand. We can go forward with no fear of falling for we are –

“sanctified by God the Father,

and preserved[saved] in Jesus Christ,

and called …(Jude 1)


“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,

and to present you faultless

before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

To the only wise God our Saviour,

be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

Jude 24,25

We have the word of God. He will complete what He has begun in us. (Philippians 1:6). If He is not able no one is. And one last word – should we stumble He has made provision for us in 1 John 1:9 – 2:2.

How do you build up your faith to stand when things get tough?

This post brings us to the last book in our journey walking with Jesus through the scriptures. I do hope you will join us.