The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

We are all sheep. We are all led by something or someone. You might say, “I’m no sheep! I follow no one!” I assure you, some belief system or worldview is guiding you and informing you in your decisions. No one acts truly independent.

One evidence of this is our insatiable appetites; our longings, desires and wants. They never stop! These desires prove our dependence, our need. We don’t get to call the shots. We don’t tell our stomachs, “I’m just not going to feed you anymore”, and then expect our bodies to function normally. We don’t decide the order of day and night. We don’t go without oxygen and expect our hearts to keep beating. If, in the material world, we are clearly dependent and are subject to absolute truths, how much more the spiritual need?

Do we think the spiritual is not ordered like the material? Do we think truth is relative in the spiritual?

Jesus tells us, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

The Message translation puts it like this, “You’re blessed when you are at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and His rule.”

There is another evidence to prove there is truth and order in the spiritual realm. This evidence is our conscience. Is this not evidence that we aren’t in charge? The law is written on every heart of man. Why feel guilt if I’m truly in charge?

Some philosophers have said, this was a product of religion or society making us conform, and that the only way to be free is to break the bonds from this societal and religious oppression. History has proven that this has not worked.

Psalm 2:3 says, “Let us burst their bonds apartand cast away their cords from us.” The psalmist shows here the world hates the law of God, hates righteousness and wants nothing to do with it. The lust for power and control rages all the greater when the conscience has been suppressed and seared. Our conscience acts to restrain evil. It’s a warning system. So we don’t need to cast off the bonds of religion as if they are holding us back from true freedom, it is indeed the opposite. We are slaves to our lusts and wants and it is this that keep us bound in chains and keeps us from experiencing true freedom.

Sin is following and obeying anything other than God. If we stay out of step with God’s order and harmony, we will continue to be slaves to chasing after these wants. It’s exhausting and it robs us of true joy and peace and ultimately the end is our destruction.

As soon as we acknowledge Jesus, our true shepherd and we turn away from our sin, we will find the shackles of that bondage fall off. We will find true freedom and we can finally say, “I shall not want.”

Our insatiable desires are filled up in Him. He meets all our needs and we begin to desire Him and His will more and more. We are finally fulfilled.

Jesus in His great love made a way for us to be set free from this bondage. God, took our sin upon Himself on the cross. Jesus, the spotless lamb of God takes away our sin.

Will you confess and turn? Who or what is your shepherd? And if the Lord is your shepherd, what “wants” have you maybe not surrendered?

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” Philippians 3:8

8/12/12 My Letter to God

This day 10 years ago I wrote a letter to God and to this day I carry it around with me in my wallet. It’s not a superstitious thing. I just like having it in my possession. Before I get to the contents of that letter, I’ll take you back briefly to the 30 years before.

I grew up in a Christian home, a pastor’s kid in fact. I am so thankful for this privilege and grace in my life. I really didn’t know a day without Jesus. I grew up going to church. I was taught to honor the Lord and was trained up in His Word. This was a foundation more precious than gold. For my childhood, things were smooth and I felt safe, protected and loved. When I was a young teen, I was sexually abused by a male teacher over the course of a year. My life took a pivotal dark turn. I felt shame and guilt. I was depressed. Being an adolescent, and in this situation, I felt feelings I didn’t even know how to process. As I marched onward through my teenage years I had a hard time trying to navigate through my feelings. I did the best I could. I felt devalued. An innocence was lost and I carried a lot of shame. The way I coped was through intellectualizing everything.

Through my early 20s, I went down a road of bad choices, and destructive behavior. Simply put, I rebelled. I knew better, and I just didn’t care. It wasn’t until the dawn of my 30s that I realized I could no longer resist the grace of God. God was wooing this prodigal back home.

I began to read and study. I desired truth and I wanted to be back in that loving and protected place that I had walked away from. I happened upon, by the grace of God, a workbook by R. C. Sproul called “The Holiness of God” and I looked him up on the relatively new YouTube and I found the video series that went with the workbook. I woke up every morning and watched those videos and filled out my workbook and my mind was being transformed.

I had been trying to be holy on my own, but I very quickly realized that was unattainable and I just gave up and gave in to sin. The “Holiness of God” book and specifically Isaiah 6 taught me, holiness is only found in God. For the first time I really understood grace. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” I realized, yes, I am a wretch, but Praise be to God he doesn’t accept me based on my righteousness, but Jesus’ righteousness and His sacrifice on the cross. It is by His grace that I am given new life and restored fellowship with God. I realized the utter poverty in my soul and it was clear to me how God was accomplishing within me the work he had already begun in me long ago. After a few years of the Lord really working in my heart and bringing me back to Himself, I woke up on Sunday morning Aug 12, 2012 11:42 A.M. and I wrote out this prayer to the Lord……

“Father God in Heaven,

Holy, Holy, Holy, You are Holy! I will praise you forever. In all that I do, I want to glorify you. You are my life, my love. I want always, your light, to shine brightly through me, so that I may not be seen, but only You!

It is not my will, but yours. I am your child, lead me through the good times hold me up in the tough times. Be my rock and my comfort. Thank you for loving me, for forgiving me, for taking me in from the cold.

Whatever this life has in store, I will walk with you. This life is meaningless without you. I will return to your feet to get another step closer to your presence until the day that I am fully transformed. I long for that day to know you in all your glory! And until that day, I will press on.

In Jesus name!

Amen “

It is only by His grace that I stand. Thank you Jesus for rescuing me.

This is my testimony, my story and I share it to testify to the power of the risen Savior and to declare the good news found only in Jesus. He brought me to life and He will do the same for you.

8/12/12 My letter to God

The Sanctifying Race

This past Sunday morning as I was getting ready for church, I was listening to a Christian podcast and they were talking about the fight for holiness and that this is our biggest fight as Christians on this earth.

I’m not going to lie, I was saying Amen because I know this to be true, but on the other side of my mouth I was saying “it’s too hard Lord, I have some other ideas for some fights though.”

The biggest fight isn’t political, cultural, or even being the theology police. Lord, you are telling me the biggest fight is my holiness and taking up my cross.

Then at church, I’m hit with a sermon about getting out of your comfort zone. It was a hard hitting sermon on Matthew 25 the final judgment, and the goats and the sheep. After leaving church, I knew it was a great sermon but very convicting.

The night before I was struggling with negative thoughts, I felt all my short comings piling up in my mind like my daily “to do list” that I sometimes feel overwhelmed with that I seem to never accomplish. I seemed to be confronted with all my sins, past and present.

In my spirit, I was feeling like they say, “lower than a snakes belly.” No one would have known it though. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other.

I did not feel like going back to church for evening service, in fact, I felt I didn’t deserve to be there, but knowing this to be a way for the enemy to deceive me, I got up and went. I had a hard time singing the songs, but I did. In the sermon the preacher preached from Philippians 3 and in this passage, Paul was addressing the church about the false gospel. Philippians 3:3 says, ….”We are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.” Yes! That’s right! No confidence in the flesh! My righteousness doesn’t come from the law it comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”(Philippians 3:9)

As I had my Bible open during the sermon, in the margins I had written before, “I am not perfect, but I PRESS ON! Why? Because Jesus made me His own!(Philippians 3:12) Never give up the pursuit of holiness.”

I don’t press on because of the good I do or the progress I think I’m making. Whatever good I do, I lay it all down at the foot of the cross. I don’t have a tally sheet of wins and losses with my name on it; my score card says, I am bought by the blood of the lamb. Jesus has made me His own! He is working all things together for good in my life. (Romans 8:28)

So the short of it is, once again, God revealed my utter need for Him, and as I walked in faith, despite my feelings, His grace, mercy and love poured over me.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Beware, the world, the flesh and the devil will never tire in proclaiming another gospel, a false gospel. Hold fast to Jesus alone! Walk in faith. Don’t rely on feelings. His Truth stands and His grace abounds. Sanctification is a life long race. The way we run the race is to keep our eyes on Jesus. We don’t compare our lot with other saints. We work in the sphere God places us in and do all to the glory of God. Giving thanks in all circumstances. Fight for holiness; in the power of the Holy Spirit, we work to mortify sin and walk in obedience and faith. Glory be to God!

Count the Cost. Follow Jesus

In the middle of last year, the verse that popped into my head upon immediately waking up was this one, “Foxes have holes, birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay its head.” Matthew 8:20

Why did this verse, seemingly, out of left field, come into my head? I literally opened my eyes, and as clear as day this verse was there rattling off in the forefront of my mind. I hadn’t been thinking of this verse or read this verse recently. My first reaction was, well that’s weird, “why did that verse pop up?” My next immediate thought was, “Ok Lord, I will make a point to take note and remember it.”

The next several months began a big journey into, what does it really mean to follow Jesus? Get ready! Following Jesus is costly but worth everything! When you start following him, the battle begins with the world the flesh and the devil.

Is there a spiritual restlessness here on this earth that we are more aware of when we choose to follow Jesus? Are we more aware of our alienation from this world and wanting to be rid of sin?

Augustine said, “Our souls are restless until we find rest in Him”I have always loved this quote, but something of what I was going through made me say “wait, I thought I’m supposed to be resting easy now. Why is the struggle so much greater now?”

So what is the difference between restlessness of not knowing God, not following Jesus as our ultimate fulfillment and, restlessness of our alienation in this world and longing for the next and the spiritual battle we face as followers of Jesus? Job said, “oh that my vexation were weighed and all these trials laid in the balance.”

There is a battle raging, and though we can have peace in the midst of the battle, we need to know what this looks like as a Christian soldier. Walking in faith as a Christian soldier requires courage, and what is the pre-requisite for courage? Fear. Do you think soldiers ever experience anxiety? You bet! A Christian soldier requires obedience. We have direct orders from our commander. We trust and we obey. What is the prerequisite for obedience? Submission.

A dog is the most happy, confident and content when it’s in submission to its master. The dog can even do the job it’s trained for such as a military dog or a police dog, the dog is not afraid to do the work and get in the struggle because the dog has submitted to his master and is confident. We have a master as well, a perfect, sovereign all powerful, all knowing master, and when we are in submission to Him, we can have full confidence that His providential hand is guiding us. We can face the battle courageously.

In war, I wouldn’t describe soldiers as comfortable, but they are steadfast. They are resolute. They are faithful. They are focused on the victory. They act in assurance that there is no other option to win the battle but to persevere. Our peace as a follower of Jesus in this pilgrimage is dependent on our response. Will we choose to be like Daniel saying, I will pray publicly and openly no matter the cost or like David, courageously facing the giant. Or will we be like Jonah, who chose not to obey and in his restlessness ended him in the belly of a fish. Jonah tried to hold on to his own comfort, and the comfort he thought he had, that was taken from him. Our Lord said, “Whoever saves his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake will gain it.”

Biblical comfort and peace look different in light of eternity. Worldly peace and comfort is false security. Following Jesus is the only way. It will be costly but it’s too costly not to; your life depends upon it. Choose to follow Jesus no matter the cost. He reigns victorious and we can trust Him. He is making all things work together for good. Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. If you have chosen to follow Jesus, nothing can separate you from the love of God! Nothing!

Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Amen!

Freedom? Why the Weight?

Let me share my recent feelings and experience.

I haven’t been sleeping well at night. There is a heavy weight. I will doubt myself. I’m constantly examining everything. Did I say that right? Did I do that right? Did I have the right motivation? And usually it’s no, no and no and then I get depressed and feel like a failure. I start praying and praising and reading His Word to pull me out of it. I want to be like Jesus and I hate the sin I see in myself and just sin in general.

This is my response to myself…

The gospel doesn’t weigh us down. Our sin weighs us down. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. Although, the true gospel makes us more acutely aware of our sin and the weight of it. The burden of sin is heavy, but the gospel is our freedom.

We have been justified by faith. His righteousness is counted to us. The debt is paid through the work of the cross, but this doesn’t mean all our troubles go away.

Pressing on through this life we are being purified. We are being conformed into the likeness of Him. We will go through fire. Just like a diamond has to go through the fire to become brilliant and radiant how much more do we? This won’t be always comfortable, and easy, but rest assured His burden is light in comparison to carrying the weight of our own sin.

Looking ahead, we await our final freedom from death and decay where the struggle with this weight of sin is no longer.

God’s grace is carrying us all the way. My identity is not in my performance. My identity is in Him. “My sheep hear my voice.”The Christian life is one persevering step after another. Be steadfast pressing on to the goal. The goal is the final glorification, being rid of sin and being in the presence of the Lord for eternity.

When our sin trips us up and our flesh gets the best of us, let us not waste a minute to run back to our Shepherd. He is a God of abounding grace and mercy. He knows our weakness. Ask Him for forgiveness and know that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Do you feel the weight of sin?

Rest assured that is a good thing. CS Lewis said, “A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.”

Let our hearts and minds not become desensitized and comfortable with sin, but instead take that weight and lay it at the foot of the cross, where we will find our peace and comfort.

Press on brothers and sisters.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Hebrews 12:1

I Love To Tell The Story

THE WALKING DEAD

The angels appearing to the women when they were at the empty tomb of Jesus said, “Why are you seeking the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5

One commentary had this to say, “The angels’ question made a point: the living are not to be found among the dead. We should not expect spiritual life among those who do not have it. Many look for Jesus in dead things—religious traditionalism, formalism, man’s rules, human effort and ingenuity. We find Jesus only where there is resurrection life, when He is worshiped in Spirit and in truth.”

CHAINS OR FREEDOM

Remember old Jacob Marley in Dicken’s A Christmas Carol? He appears to Scrooge as a ghost all bound up in heavy weights and chains. Our life without the resurrected Jesus is chains, but where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The biggest lie, is that if I follow Jesus, He will take away my freedom and fun. Jesus is the only one who gives us freedom. When we are in rebellion against the One who created us, all we will produce is death. When we try to walk in any other way the puzzle piece doesn’t fit, it’s like putting a round peg in a square hole. Jesus is the chain breaker. When you taste the water of Life that Jesus gives, nothing else will compare.

ABUNDANT LIFE

This is offered through Jesus. He is the life giver. He is the way maker. He is the chain breaker. He makes the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the lame to walk. He removes the veil from our face. How can this be? We are conquerors because Jesus conquered sin and death by shedding His blood on the cross for us. That was our penalty and He took it upon Himself. He conquered death at the resurrection. No grave could hold him down. So, we are more than conquerors over sin and death because of the blood of the lamb, the word of our testimony, and because we denied our own way and life to follow Jesus. Revelation 12:11

EXAMINE YOURSELF

Where are you looking for Jesus? Traditionalism, empty religion, morality, trying to do good, going along to get along, the golden rule, mysticism? Have you experienced this resurrected Jesus? Are you weighted down in chains by your own sin? He died for you to give you life, you also must die to yourself to have this resurrection life. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25

The old self has to be put to death. There is no other way. You can’t serve two masters. Jesus wants ALL of you. If you have trusted in Him as Lord, the old self has to be put down, your thoughts, your ways, your philosophies, your ideas, your vices, your pleasures, all your idols, your pride? The Lord will continue to work in us to kill all the things that are standing in the way of the abundant Life found only in HIm. Are you clinging to something that you are not willing to crucify?

“I have been crucified in Christ, it’s no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

He Will Bring Forth

We love because, He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

How can we love? Not by looking at anything we can do, in fact don’t even be concerned with how. Instead, focus on Him— His love for us. When I genuinely focus on how much Jesus loves me and the way he demonstrated His love to me, love will come as an outpouring that He brings forth in me.

Psalm 37:4-6 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”

I’d like to stop and look at this scripture closely. We do have key words that have promised results.

Delight! Get into His company, sit at His feet, learn of Him. We will find our desires begin to reflect His. Our heart’s desires begin to transform. We begin to desire the things we didn’t before and we let go of the things we once held tightly; all because He first loved us and we acknowledged and confessed this love. Christ’s love is brought forth in us.

Commit! Transfer your way to God’s way. Hold nothing back. Are you clinging to anything of your own? What have you not committed to God that may be holding you back from experiencing His love more deeply, and more abundantly? Is there a fear you are holding on to? Is there a resentment in your life? Was there a past wound that you are holding onto and you are saying “you can have all Lord, but that. I’d like my own way in this area, I know best.” Are you clinging to your intellect? your possessions? your health? your comfort? your pride? your status? man’s approval? The gifts God gave you? When He says “Commit” He means EVERYTHING!

Trust Him! We are in His company, and we have laid it all at His feet transferring our ways to His ways. Trust Him. “Faith looks away from itself to the object of faith, even to Christ” SpurgeonBy keeping our eyes on Him, our faith grows, not by looking at faith itself. We can’t look at faith itself. When Peter stepped out of the boat, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he was able to walk without sinking, but as soon as he took his eyes off of him and started looking at himself and his circumstances, he began to sink.

He will bring forth! When we delight, commit and trust in Him, He will bring forth. I want to stop there, because He is the one that compels, He is the one that enables, He is the one who brings forth, not me. What will He bring forth? My righteousness because, I am covered in His righteousness and it becomes my righteousness. He will bring forth His light in me so that I can shine for His glory. Our acts of righteousness are a direct result of His bringing it forth in me. I will find that my love for God and others will be a direct outpouring of Him bringing it forth. I love because He first loved me. Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in steadfast love.”

Do you know this love that Jesus has for you? There is nothing you can do to earn it. You could never do enough. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags. Even though you were far off. Even though you were alienated from Him. Even though your heart rejected Him. Even though you rebelled. All have gone astray, everyone has turned to his own way (Isaiah 53:6). Out of love, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). He gave us a way back into relationship with Him, by His sacrifice on the cross. He took our sins upon Himself and paid our debt so that we could be rescued from the judgment of God. We now are free in Him and have peace with God. This is a free gift. Do you acknowledge and confess this gift?
God brings forth life and love.(John 11:25-26)Sin brings forth death.(James 1:15)
We were dead in our sins, BUT GOD! God in His great love for us made us alive (Ephesains 2:1-10). We were dead and He brought us forth out of death. He removes our heart of stone, and says, “Come forth” We can then give glory to God, I was once dead, but now I am alive! I am set free from death! Read the story of Lazarus( John 11)

He will bring forth!
Let us simply, acknowledge and confess Jesus as Lord of all. Delight, commit and trust in Him all for the glory of God alone! To Him be praised!

How To Have Joy Through Integrity

Joyful are the people with integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord” Psalm 119:1

“The meaning of “joyful” here may include happiness, but it’s deeper than that. It’s contentment, peacefulness, gratefulness, no matter our circumstances.

We all want this and we search for it in all kinds of things except nothing fits and satisfies that this world can offer.

St. Augustine said, “O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

We were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

The psalmist gives the solution to a life of Biblical joy.

“Joyful are the people with integrity”

First let’s talk about the word “integrity”

We say things about integrity, like “doing the right thing”, “he has honest character” Why do we makes these statements and on what grounds?

We all acknowledge in this statement that there is a right and a wrong, and there is a true and a false.

Integrity can’t live in a world of relativistic thinking.

Integrity can only operate if there really is an absolute truth that exists. There would be no logical explanation for it otherwise.

As C. S. Lewis showed us, “A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.”

The Psalmist doesn’t just say “Joyful are the people with integrity”

The Bible doesn’t leave open equations for you to figure out your answer.

The answer is, “who follow the instructions of the Lord.”

Which instruction manual are you following?

When you follow an instruction manual to build something, you know you can’t follow the wrong manual or else it is going to be a big mess.

God created us to worship and follow Him and Him alone and we have the instruction manual, His Word.

So how are we to be joyful? Have integrity. And how do we have integrity? By following God’s Word.

God With Us

God is holy and perfect and demands perfection. This may sound harsh, but the truth still remains.

Being good is not good enough.

No matter how much good we do, on its own it will never be good enough.

We are not better than the next person because of all the good things we do and all the bad things we don’t do.

So how in the world can we satisfy this perfect God?

This is how:

Philippians 2:5-7

Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], 6 who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].

Ephesians 2:5-7

even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment).(A) 6 And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus, 7 [and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].

The short answer is we will never meet the standard, but God in His great love gave us a rescue plan, a Gift and that Gift is Himself.

God entered into our humanity. In the beginning was the WORD and the Word was WITH God and the Word WAS God. The “Word” is Jesus. Read that again and replace “Word” with “Jesus.”

God entered into humanity becoming one of us, fully man, but He remained fully God. He was fully man but without sin.

He came for one purpose, and that is to die.

Because we could never be good enough or holy enough to meet the judgement that was upon us, God the Son sacrificed himself in our place to satisfy the debt we could never pay.

We just have to repent which means surrender and turn around, and accept the free gift and believe. We are then given abundant life free from the chains that bind us.

If you are burdened by trying to meet the standard of good to earn your way and you are tired and weary…Jesus said, take my yoke upon you and I will give you rest. Harness up to Jesus, He will lead you, you don’t have to go through this life alone.

During this upcoming Christmas season think on this:

In the words of the sacred Christmas carol, O come O come Emmanuel. Emmanuel means God with us.

Trust in Jesus today! He loves you.

Two Lenses; The Sacred And The Secular?

I am a Christian, Christ follower, and it’s not just a belief/faith, it is my identity—my whole self.

I hear some Christians talk as if there is a secular/sacred divide. For instance, I go to church and I do these things in my sacred life and than my work and play is over here in this secular corner. Even more concerning is Christians whose worldview is separated from God’s Word. For example, those that say politics, culture and what’s going on in the world is in my secular corner and should not mix with my sacred life.

How does this make any logical sense? This idea may be the main reason Christians can be ineffective in their influence in the world.

Yes it is true, we are Christians living in the world not of the world but that doesn’t mean that our view of the world is to be seen through a different lens.

C.S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.”

Our identity in Christ will shape our worldview. It is through this identity that we can discern and see everything else.

It would make no sense that the Creator of the universe would have us view the world through different lenses. The Bible(God’s breathed Word) is our guide.

The closer we align ourselves with God’s Word the more His Word is living through us, in our beliefs, thoughts, actions and motivations across our entire lives. It will help me to discern in all areas the Truth from the false.

When we stray from keeping His Word as the central lens then this is where we will easily be led astray from His Truth. Beware of adding to or taking away from the authority of Scripture.

If you are finding contradictions, and holes in your worldview, don’t let it go and pass that off as, “oh that must go in the secular corner.” Do the work. Pray. Wrestle. Let the Light of God’s Word shine His Truth on it.

His Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.
Seek and you shall find! Knock and the door will be opened. Seek Him first.