The Importance of God’s “Unpopular” Promises

August 17, 2018

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins. (Joh 8:24)

Generally speaking, God’s promises are “popular” with many people. When most of the Lord’s promises are read or taught, people are delighted. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed… Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest… Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Joh 8:36; Mat 11:28; and Mat 4:19).

Promises like these are so often received with favor, because they are so encouraging. They are embraced with approval, because they are so comforting. On the other hand, some of God’s promises are definitely “unpopular” with certain segments of humanity. This type of promise is scorned or rejected, because of its convicting or sobering character. Nevertheless, these promises that are not always well-received have great importance in God’s plan.

One such promise is given two-fold in our present verse. “You will die in your sins… you will die in your sins.” In a tolerant world that wants to deny the reality of sin and its consequences, this is an unpopular promise.

Yet, the promise is true nonetheless. Sin brings spiritual death. From the beginning, this has been the case. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’ ” (Gen 2:16-17). This truth was restated by the prophets of Israel. “The soul who sins shall die” (Eze 18:20 ). It was also repeated by the apostles in the early church. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). Since everyone has sinned, this warning by promise that Jesus gave applies to us all. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).

To escape the inevitable consequences of sin, one must trust in Jesus as the promised, divine Savior. “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” This statement (“I am He”) hints of Jesus’ deity. Shortly thereafter, He openly declares that he is God, the Son. “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (Joh 8:58). Here, Jesus applies to Himself the same name that God revealed to Moses. “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’ ” (Exo 3:14). Thus, this important promise by Jesus warns that only faith in Him as the divine Savior will deliver a person from the certain consequences of sin.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank You for this important warning given by promise. I am delighted to have yielded to its truth and certainty. I rejoice that my sins are forgiven. Use me to pass on this promise to others who need to respond to it, in Jesus name, Amen.

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The Freedom in Christ Extending

August 16, 2018

More on the Promise of Freedom in Christ

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed… How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation. (Joh 8:36 and Heb 2:3)

By the promise of God, true spiritual liberation is available in Jesus Christ. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” If this saving work of the Lord is neglected there is no rescue from the devastating consequences of sin and self. “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.” As we previously noted, this delivering grace of God is so great that it not only provides a rescue “from,” but it also supplies a rescue “unto.”

This great salvation, which is experienced by coming to Jesus in humble faith, includes a setting free from innate sin unto imputed righteousness. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2Co 5:21). This great salvation in Christ includes deliverance from the kingdom of darkness unto the kingdom of light. “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Col 1:12-13).

This great salvation also includes liberation from enmity toward God unto friendship with God. “When we were enemies we were reconciled (turned from enemies into friends) through the death of His Son” (Col 1:21).

This great salvation also includes deliverance from alienation from God unto union with Him. “And you, who once were alienated… For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Col 1:21 and Rom 6:5). This great salvation also includes liberation from our own weakness unto God’s mighty power. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2Co 12:9-10).

Lastly, this great salvation includes a rescuing from a self-produced life unto Christ living in us. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20).

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for providing a rescue from sin, darkness, enmity, alienation, earthly weakness, and self. Praise You for providing a rescue unto righteousness, light, friendship, union, heavenly strength, and Christ! What a great salvation is found in Christ Jesus! I do not want to neglect it through doubt, distraction, disobedience – – or anything else. Help me, Lord, to walk by faith, day by day, Amen.

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The Promise of Freedom in Christ

August 15, 2018

The Promise of Freedom in Christ

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (Joh 8:36)

As mentioned previously, one way to examine the life of grace is to look at living by faith in the promises of God. Let us now proceed in our consideration of God’s “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2Pe 1:4). The promise of spiritual freedom in Christ is certainly a magnificent and priceless promise. Although we have already given considerable attention to the liberating work of the Lord, this promise gives another appropriate opportunity to meditate on this vital theme (which appears repeatedly throughout scripture).

When people come in humility to the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in Him for freedom, they will be genuinely liberated. This is what the saving grace of God is all about. In coming to the Lord for His salvation, a person is delivered, rescued, set free. This gracious freedom that we find in Christ has both a “from” and an “unto” aspect. Those who look to Jesus for spiritual liberation are free to leave old things behind. They are also free to enter into corresponding new things.

Those who come to Christ are set free from death unto life. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (Joh 5:24). Those who come to Christ are delivered from condemnation unto justification. “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life” (Rom 5:18). Those who come to Christ are rescued from hell unto heaven. “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? . . . Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you” (Mat 23:33 and 1Pe 1:3). Those who come to Christ are liberated from the bankruptcy of vain human resources unto the richness of abundant spiritual treasures. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells… Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Rom 7:18 and Eph 1:3)

Dear Lord Jesus, You are the one who has truly set me free. I thank You that I am no longer spiritually dead, condemned, headed for hell, and limited to inadequate human resources. I praise You that I am alive in Christ, justified, headed for heaven, and enriched by all the resources of Your grace, Amen!

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Responding Properly to God’s Promises

August 9, 2018

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By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. (Heb 11:11)

Before we proceed in our consideration of God’s promises, let’s look at some examples of those who responded properly to His promises. This will assist us in the path of living daily by the grace of God. Remember, living by God’s grace and depending upon His promises are two perspectives on the same reality. Both speak of God working in and through the lives of His people.

Sarah responded properly to God’s promises. It is true that she tried to fulfill God’s promise of a son by her own ingenuity. “So Sarai said to Abram, ‘See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her’ ” (Gen 16:2). It is true that she later laughed with incredulity, when the promise was repeated. “And He said, ‘I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him . . . Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also’? ” (Gen 18:10, Gen 18:12).

Nevertheless, she eventually related appropriately to what God had promised to do. “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed.” The proper response to God’s promises is to believe them. All who trust in the Lord to do what He has promised experience God at work in their lives. Sarah trusted God’s promise of a son, and she was enabled by God to conceive and birth that son. “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age.”

Isaac was born in spite of the fact that Sarah did not have the natural capacity to accomplish such any longer. Isaac was born by means of Sarah exercising faith in the promises of God. Note, however, that Sarah’s faith was not merely some act of the human will (like “mind over matter” or “power of positive thinking”). Her faith was based upon the faithfulness of God. “She judged Him faithful who had promised.” She considered what God had revealed to her about Himself and concluded that He was reliable, so she relied upon Him.

Prayer:Dear faithful Father, I confess the many times I have responded to Your promises like Sarah did at first – – scheming to fulfill them myself, or overtaken with unbelief. Yet, when I look in the scriptures, I see Your faithfulness declared regularly and documented repeatedly. Also, every time I trust in You to do what You have promised, You demonstrate again Your great faithfulness. Lord, would You especially fulfill Your promises in those areas where I am as convinced of my helplessness as Sarah was of hers, for Your glory and honor, Amen.

Prophetic Word: The Conquering Of Regions

There is a generation that see past themselves, the are uprooting the past and planting into the future. They hold on to the sacred words of Promise that were before them. They hold on to them to keep their vision clear. These people, have grown deep inwardly with The LORD. They have sought after the promises to come, they have set themselves aside. They have shut themselves inside rooms with prayers and fasting, Declaring the word of the Lord in intercession.

These chosen ones are the new breed rising; the new generals of faith. Not only authority and power over the region is given to them but the gifts of signs wonders & miracles!

They lead armies of young men & women who have devoted themselves for battle of the cities and far off lands. They have been trained up and now released to stare down the enemies of their day, slaying the giants of old and restoring the land to rightful owners.

God has raised a banner over his people in this day, He is beckoning the hearts of the warriors of all generations to rise and take over the regions! He is singing over them with songs of warcrys! He is thundering in the heavens, releasing the call to the hearts who have prepared themselves for victory, destiny & GLORY! This is what the Lord shared to me:

The Lord says, “Your lands to conquer are yet to be overcome. I AM opening up the opportunities to take siege over the lands. I AM giving you a strategic approach in your conquest. I AM visiting you in your sleep with dreams that will strengthen and prepare your inner man. I AM positioning your feet, preparing your heart and planting promises in your soul that you might achieve greatness. I have given you my SPIRIT. I will remind you, teach you, protect you and lead you to VICTORY. I will see my words return back fulfilled. I have commanded you to be of good courage and do not fear. I remind you that I AM with you always, even to the end of age. Have I not commissioned you, have I not appointed you?

Be encouraged dearly Beloved, let not yourself grow tired in doing good. Be wise my children know that plans will come against you, they will not prosper. Know that I have called you out into the depths of barren lands to change to course of regions, to tare down, to plant and to build up.

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Daniel Byzewski

THE COMING KINGDOM

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August 6, 2018

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“Yet I have set My King upon my holy hill of Zion. Happy are all they that take refuge in Him.” — Psa 2:6-12 (R.V. marg.).

THE BASIS of this magnificent Psalm is the Reign of Christ. No king of David s line realized its sublime ideal, but the mind of the singer is borne forward to the reign of the Messiah, to whom it is applied in the New Testament (Act 13:33; Heb 1:5).

There are four strophes of three verses each. In Psa 2:1-3, the nations are depicted as assembling and planning revolt. A widespread conspiracy has arisen against the authority of Jehovah, exercised through the Messiah.

In Psa 2:4-6, by a bold metaphor, the absurdity of man’s rebellion is made clear; but the laughter of the Most High is not inconsistent with the tears and sorrow of Jesus, as He beheld Jerusalem, and wept over it. The strenuous resistance by man can never alter the Divine purpose. The hammer cannot break the anvil!

In Psa 2:7-9, the Anointed King discloses His relationship to the Almighty, and claims universal dominion. The Divine Sonship was an eternal fact, but it was openly certified by the Resurrection (Rom 1:3-4). As He left our earth to ascend to His Throne, our Saviour claimed that all power was given to Him in heaven and on earth. His rule is founded, not only on the glory of His essential Deity, but on His suffering and sacrifice. “He became obedient to death, even the death of the Cross… therefore God also hath highly exalted Him.”

In Psa 2:10-12, the Psalmist urges the rebellious to accept the findings of common sense. It is madness to dream of thwarting God’s purpose. Kiss the hand of Jesus outstretched to you in love and forgiveness, and take shelter in Him from the wrath to come on the disobedient (Rev 6:16-17

PRAYER: Behold, You have commanded me that I should love with all my heart and soul, with all my mind and strength: Grant me what you have commanded, your Father not mine be done. AMEN.

Take Flight & Rise

This is the SEASON to receive INSIGHT & REVELATION on gaining New GROUND. The UNCHARTED WATERS & TERRAIN are yours to discover! SOAR into NEW ALTITUDES above the ENEMY lines. CAPTURE your hopes and dreams!

This is your SEASON to TAKE FLIGHT & RISE!

The LORD wants to take you places you never imagined. Your dreams and desires are intact to God’s heart for you. He wants to see you rise to the potential inside of you. He wants to share with you what you thought you knew. He wants to see you soar and capture the regions. The Lord is teaching you to trust in:

1. HIS WAYS (Direction, Training, and Launching)

2. HIS TIMING (Alignment, Preparation and Strength)

3. HIS PLANS (Wisdom, Revelation and Strategy) so you can TAKE FLIGHT & RISE!

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Scripture Reference: Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

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Prophetic Word for the Month of August 2018

By: Daniel & Roxy Byzewski

SPIRITUAL GYMNASTICS

July 26, 2018

“Exercise thyself unto godliness: for bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come.” — 1Ti 4:7-8

THE RELATION of the body to religion has always engaged the attention of thoughtful religious men. Human opinion has oscillated between two extremes. On the one hand, some have considered that the body was the seat of sin, and have set themselves to degrade and debase it with every indignity and torture. This conception has influenced devoutly-intentioned people in the East, and also in Western monasticism. But sin must be dealt with in the heart and soul, where it has its inception and spring. It is easy to macerate the body, whilst the pride of self-mortification is undetected.

If we deal with bad thought and evil suggestion, we shall not have so much trouble with the body, which is only the dial-plate, registering the workings within. The other extreme was represented in the Greek religion. The temples that stand in ruins: the superb works of art which have survived the wreck of centuries; its poetry and literature, sustain and illustrate the supreme devotion of the Greek mind to beauty.

The Christian position differs from both. To us the body is the temple, the instrument, the weapon of the soul. The Holy Spirit quickens our mortal body by His indwelling, and in the faces and lives of holy men and women we may trace the growing results of the inward power and beauty of pure and undefiled religion. It is good to care for the body, but only as we should care for a complex and fine piece of machinery which is to serve us.

There are gifts in us, which we must not neglect, or it will go hard with us when we meet our Master, who entrusted them to our stewardship. Probably the trials and temptations of life are intended to give us that inward training which shall bring our spiritual muscles into play.

In each of us there is much unused force; many moral and spiritual faculties, which would never be used, if it were not for the wrestling which we are compelled to take up with principalities and powers, with difficulty and sorrow. The Apostle bids us take heed to ourselves, and to live in the atmosphere of uplifting thought and of self-denying ministry (1Ti 4:13-15).

PRAYER: Mold us, O God, into forms of beauty and usefulness by the wheel of Thy providence, and by the touch of Thy hand. Fulfil Thine ideal, and conform us to the image of Thy Son. AMEN.

TIMELINESS

Devotional July 25, 2018

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” — Ecc 3:1.

God’s is outside of time so He Himself is Eternal. However, God is also love. He is so good that He is compassionate towards us when it comes to time.

DO NOT be in too great a hurry. There is time for everything that has to be done. He who gave you your life-work has given you just enough time to do it in. The length of life’s candle is measured out according to the length of your required task. You must take necessary time for meditation, for sleep, for food, for the enjoyment of human love and friendship; and even then there will be time enough left for your necessary duties. More haste, less speed! The feverish hand often gives itself additional toil. “He that believeth shall not make haste.”

Do not be impatient. He who made you has prepared the successive steps along which you must travel to realize your full human development. God knows what you need and will bring you to its fulfilment, only you must wait His leisure with whom a thousand years are as one day, and one day as a thousand years. He can mature events with marvellous rapidity, and you will find that He will perfect that which concerneth you, so that no good thing will fail. He who feeds the wild things of the prairie and woodland, giving to each its appropriate portion, will not fail any one of us. He will supply us with food convenient for us. The Creator is faithful to the creature.

Do not be cast down. Sorrow and trial are only for a time. They have their seasons, and pass. It is not always winter, and God puts bright and beautiful things into our lives which we need not be afraid of enjoying, it being understood that we do not snatch at them, or use them for our personal pleasure alone. Everything is beautiful after its sort and in its season, and every day has some element of goodwill in it, but we sometimes so strain our eyes towards a distant spot on the horizon that we miss the flowers on which we are treading.

God is in all; find Him there! “Every good gift is from the Father of lights.” They were created that they might be received with thanksgiving, and the altar sanctifies the gift. It is only when the gifts of God are severed from the Giver that they do us harm (Ecc 3:13).

God has set Eternity in our heart, and man’s infinite capacity cannot be filled or satisfied with the things of time and sense (see Ecc 3:11, R.V. marg.).

PRAYER: Cause Thy grace to abound toward us, that we may have all sufficiency in all things, and abound to every good work. Help us to fulfil all the duties and responsibilities that this day may bring. AMEN.

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GLORIFYING GOD IN OUR RECREATIONS

“All things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” — 1Co 10:23-31

THE WORD Recreation is preferable to Pastime, for as one realizes the priceless moments, with all their opportunities, getting fewer, one is averse to hear people talk of “killing time.” But “recreation” is a good word, and we all need to find some way of re-creating the exhausted grey-matter of the brain which is being used up in long application to study or work.

We must not be the “dull boys” of the old adage, but as Christians our faces should shine like the morning sun; we should be quick, bright, intelligent, and in no danger of being reckoned among the “back-numbers,” of which the piles are generally shabby and dusty!

“All things edify not” is one of the first conditions of healthy recreation. There is really no limit but this to the recreations in which a Christian person can indulge. He may play at manly games, row, skate, swim, drive a motor, sail the ocean, or scale the mountain snows! The more the better, so long as they are recreative; and are not the end, but the means to the end of a healthy manhood and womanhood. That is, they must edify, build up physique, muscle, brain, to be used afterwards in the main business of life. Nothing is a greater curse than when people neglect their real business in order to get to their sports and games. Then, so far from edifying, these in turn begin to pull down and destroy.

Probably the words “edify not” put in a plea on the behalf of others. We are not to do things which in themselves may be lawful and innocent enough, but which might have a prejudicial effect on those who are watching every movement of our life.

“Do all to the glory of God.” So many seem afraid of joy! They fear if they are too happy, God will send some trouble as make weight. How different is the command in Deu 26:11 and Php 4:4. Even when things do not appear to be good, let us dare to be thankful in all things, and give praise for all. All our Father’s gifts are good, whatever be the wrappings or packing-cases in which they come to hand.

PRAYER: May the Holy Spirit so fill us with Christ our Lord, that there may be no room in our life for anything inconsistent with His perfect purity and love. AMEN.