Archive for May, 2013

Fruit Exchange

“She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.”
(Genesis 3:6 NLT)

Quite often we come across people who offend us. We may even ask what causes so much conflict in this world? The original conflict also known as sin occurred when Eve ate the forbidden fruit and gave it to her husband Adam to eat also. Breaking God’s law is at the root of all relationship conflict that we have today because future generations inherited this sinful nature. Jesus died on the cross to redeem us from our sins and we become a new creation filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23) Ironically humanity’s problems began by giving the wrong fruit but now our relationships can be restored if we exchange the right fruit of the Spirit to one another.


High to Low

“After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil.”
(Matthew 3:16-4:1 NLT)

Recently I was blessed to have a fantastic two week vacation but on the day I returned home to my disappointment I discovered a small flood of water on the floor, my air conditioning unit was not working and my car would not start. I have often noticed in my life that after a great blessing something happens to try and smother my satisfaction or steal my joy. This should not surprise us because the Lord Jesus experienced the same thing. Christ Jesus was incarnated in human form to be an example demonstrating how we should live. The Spirit descended upon him and he heard the audible voice of God confirming his identity. After this intense supernatural experience Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Immediately following an incredible high he went through a spiritual low. After the best comes a test. Diabolical harassment often follows a great blessing as Satan retaliates to steal our joy but the real joy of the Lord is not dependent on our external circumstances because there is no high like the most high God!


Fan Into Flames

“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.”
(2 Timothy 1:6 NLT)

It’s always nice to go camping but when the sun goes down you will have to make a campfire to keep warm. To start a campfire first you need to gather dead wood together and light a few corners with a flame. To spread the flames to the entire pile you gently blow on those pieces of wood already burning. With a good fire started you leave in search of more dead wood to add to the blaze. The Lord wants his people to burn with the fire of revival. To start the revival fire first you gather together those believers who have died to their sinful ways. A few believers will start burning baptized by the fire of the Holy Spirit. The spoken Word of God gently fans into flames the spiritual gifts in all those who surrender to the Holy Spirit and this spreads the blaze to the entire group. With the revival fire burning strong you can leave in search of more people who are willing to sacrifice their lives for Jesus to add to his holy fire.


Heaven’s Barns

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere” -Jesus
(Acts 1:8 NLT)

Everyone wants to have the power to perform better in life. The disciples of Jesus received the power of the Holy Spirit when tongues of fire descended on the faithful remnant who remained waiting in prayer in an upper room. This occurred on the day of Pentecost which was 50 days after the Jewish feast of the first fruits at the time of the small initial Spring field harvest. God empowers us with the Holy Spirit when we cooperate with his mission by offering him the small initial fruit of our labor of lost souls from earth’s vast harvest fields. Many people want God’s power to move in their situations but have no inclination to serve God with that power. The Holy Spirit empowers us for service in God’s mission fields. The Fall harvest is much greater then the Spring harvest and so great power of the Holy Spirit will be invested in the mission field laborers who are willing to fill heaven’s barns with souls for the Kingdom of God.


Good News

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
(Romans 10:14 NLT)

Various forms of media bombard us with messages all day long. In the post modern world people rely less on printed newspapers and more on video media for receiving the daily news because many viewers prefer to watch important news from a newscaster. News is more effectively delivered in person because the messenger animates their report to capture the attention of the audience. God came to earth as Jesus incarnating his Word in human form to capture the hearts of his people through his great love. Today believers embody the Good News of the Gospel for the world to see God’s message of salvation through their loving actions towards others. “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)


Always On Time

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Making travel arrangements can be very stressful especially when airplanes are involved. A lot of money is spent on airfare so you want to be sure not to miss your flight. Now imagine relying on friends that had been out partying the night before to take you to the airport the next day for an early morning flight. There is a substantial risk of missing your scheduled flight and not arriving to your intended destination. Trusting in more reliable family members would be a wiser choice. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior he considers us to be family. Putting our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ ensures that we will arrive safely to our eternal destination in heaven always right on time.


Set Free to Sail

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31, 32 NLT)

I love sailing. I live on the ocean and watch the sail boats freely move along in the wide open waters without restraint subject only to the mercy of the wind.

People are like vessels afloat in the sea.
Most are tied up but a few are set free.
A cross and three nails.
Has put the wind in their sails.
To leave behind sinful waves.
That once beat them like slaves.
Because God sacrificed his Son.
All the effects of sin are undone.
And the shining light of a new day.
Illuminates these vessels to sail away.
-Adrian Lunick

Dear Lord Jesus thank you for setting us free from sin and death by your great sacrifice on the cross. Please give us the strength to remain faithful to your teachings.


Sinful Steps

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
(Psalms 37:23 NLT)

Young adults spend thousands of dollars a year on booze, bars, and night clubs. Many detailed preparations are usually required to look good. The latest hair style, fashion trends or fragrances are obtained so that they might be popular or appear attractive when visiting the most popular social hot spots. All these plans are made to organize their social lives in order to have a great time with friends or a chance to hook-up. After the night is over they have nothing to show for all their efforts except for a few silly looking social media nightclub photos that maybe three or four people might like on Facebook. People often delight in planning all the details of sinful excursions but spend no effort stepping towards their eternal destination. Would the Lord take delight in the detailed plans that you are making today? Seek the Lord and let him direct your steps.


Passions and Desires

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
(Romans 8:13, Galatians 5:24 NIV)

I was at work recently celebrating a coworker’s birthday and of course there was a birthday cake. They cut the cake and started passing out pieces but I declined to eat my slice. I avoid cake because the average piece of cake has between 300 – 400 calories including about 20 grams of sugar and 20 grams of fat. Sure the cake may be delicious momentarily but soon after you pay the price feeling sluggish from a drop in blood sugar and your productivity rapidly diminishes. I chose to be healthy rather than satisfy my fleshly desires eating cake. For good physical health we exercise self control over the desires of our flesh and avoid putting junk food into our mouth. For good spiritual health we exercise self control over our tongue and avoid letting trash talk come out of our mouth.


Timeless Victory

“Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.”
(Exodus 7:7 NKJV)

Many people live their lives in mediocrity going about the daily routine like robots. Deep inside there may be a hope to fulfill a greater purpose but there never seems to be any breakthroughs. In the Bible there was a man named Moses who struggled with finding his purpose in life. He was educated as a young man with the best available training in Egyptian royalty. He attempted to liberate the Israelites from Pharaohs oppressive regime in his own strength but failed miserably and had to flee into the wilderness where he lived a mundane existence tending sheep for 40 years. At the age of 80 God broke into his life and commissioned him to deliver the Israelites from Pharaohs hand using God’s miraculous power. Sometimes the Lord purposely calls us years in advance for his service. The long passage of time humbly weakens our physical abilities but invigorates our spiritual strength as we wait patiently on the Lord in faith. Just when we think that God has forgotten his promises he breaks into our mundane routine with power. After weakening our own self sufficiency he receives all the glory for his timeless victory.


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