Archive for February, 2015

Take Up Your Cross February 28th 2015

God promises to deliver the righteous from all spiritual ill.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalms 34:19 KJV)

Yes there are many spiritual illnesses that affect both those living for the things of God and those living in enmity to the things of God.  There is a difference in being spiritually afflicted for trying to do the right thing and being plagued and distressed for living against the things ...

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Take Up Your Cross February 27th 2015

There are spiritual traps, persecutions, and desert-like conditions but God is always near.

Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness. (Lamentations 4:19 KJV)

I have had the great pleasure of watching large groups of eagles gracefully flying through the air and coming into coast upon the water for fish just underneath the surface of the water.  Eagles are graceful and beautiful birds with ...

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Take Up Your Cross February 25th 2015

Sin and rebellion against God is quite popular in the world today.

Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: (Isaiah 30:1 KJV)

The attitude of ungodliness and rebellion is quite popular with today’s youth.  Boldness and brashness proliferate the air as teenagers and young adults seek answers and advice; but not from God or ...

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Miriam the Prophetess, sister of Aaron, and a sinner

A Woman Covered in God’s rich grace and mercy from the Women of Grace Series

Miriam was an Israelite, not just any Israelite, but the sister or Aaron the priest.  She, along with thousands of other Jewish people had just witnessed a great triumph as Pharaoh and his army had fallen into the sea and the waters crowded in around them; breaking apart their chariots and sending the entire army to a watery grave at the bottom of the sea.

Miriam and ...

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Take Up Your Cross February 24th 2015

Do you allow God to test your faith or are you a spiritual wimp?

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. (Hebrews 11:17-19 KJV)

Abraham was tried and tested ...

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Take Up Your Cross February 23rd 2015

Man cannot talk his way or work his way into the kingdom of heaven.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (Matthew 7:21-22 KJV)

This ...

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Take Up Your Cross February 22nd 2015

Mankind should not ignore the cost of living in sin because God cannot disregard, take lightly, or dismiss man’s choice to sin.

Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: (2 Timothy 4:14 KJV)

Evil does flourish in this world as it did in ancient biblical times too.  Sin is present especially near those who strive to live in obedience to the standards God has set forth.  Paul had once been a party ...

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Take Up Your Cross February 21st 2015

Sin is sin; whether it is public or resides privately in the depths of your soul; or whether you are aware of its presence inside you.

And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity. (Leviticus 5:1 KJV)

There is a sinful silence.  Sin is sin and is always an offense to the holiness ...

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Take Up Your Cross February 20th 2015

Your life is a witness of the spiritual condition of your heart.

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  (Hebrews 11:4 (KJV)

This verse in Hebrews provides proof that both Cain and Abel understood exactly what offering God was looking for.  This and this verse says “By faith Abel offered unto God a ...

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