Appreciating Calvary!

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.” Luke 23:33

When approaching this subject and talking about “Appreciating Calvary,” I am speaking of the finished work of the cross that Christ Himself accomplished in that place.

One of my favorite hymns to sing, written by William Reed Newell, says, “Mercy there was great and grace was free, Pardon there was multiplied to me, There my burdened soul found liberty – At Calvary!”

Calvary is that place we sing of.  Calvary is the place of the skull.  That same Calvary in our beloved hymn is the place which was also known as Golgotha Hill.

It was the place where the condemned were taken.  A place where life was taken.  It was a place of pain, and where life would come to an end.  No one who mounted a cross in that place expected to leave that cross, except by way of death.

And Calvary, a place just outside of the walls of Jerusalem became a place synonymous with that suffering.  It became a place known for its executions.  In that, it also became the place for the most wellknown execution of all time, that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why is this so important?  Because He was, and is, so important.

History doesn’t record the name of others who died on that hill, for many have lost their lives in that place.  Calvary was not new to having blood flow down its hills.  Calvary was not new to having bodies bolstered high on its hill, exposing the shame of the condemned to everyone who walked by.

Calvary was not new to what the torture felt like that was carried out on its hills, but it wasn’t until Jesus became the one who walked up Calvary, His body already dealing with the pain of the scourging and whips; it wasn’t until Jesus, being fully submitted to the Father’s will, laid down His own life on that old rugged beam, that Calvary started to mean more than what it was used for.

I don’t know who died on that hill before Jesus.  And although some try to put names to the two thieves hanging next to Him, the Bible doesn’t mention them by their names (they are only noted by their actions).

But there is only one Man’s actions that made Calvary a significant place in history, and that’s Jesus.  It is only one name that climbed that hill that was worth remembering, and that’s Jesus.  It’s what Jesus did at Calvary that makes us appreciate it.  It is what Jesus performed on the cross on that hill that makes us want to pay attention to it and study it.  We want to know about Calvary because that’s where Jesus died for my sins and yours.

Before Jesus laid on that cross, He said, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24).

Before Jesus carried that beam up that hill, He said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  This he said, signifying what death he should die” (John 12:32-33).

Before one nail ever entered His flesh, He once told His disciples, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:17-18).

Before He was sentenced to death, Jesus confidently told Pilate, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. . .” (John 19:11).  You are not taking My life from Me!  I know what I came to Calvary to do!  I came to Calvary, at this appointed time, in this appointed place, to do the will of My Father!   Before the foundation of the world, I was appointed here to offer mankind so much more, and Calvary was the place to make it all happen.

Calvary is the place of fulfillment.  Calvary is the place where the Passover Lamb was sacrificed.  Calvary was the place where things would be different now.  Calvary was the place where all things would be made new.  All because of what Jesus did on Calvary!

There, He hung and bled.  There, He cried out and died.  Because of what happened there, the veil was torn, the dead were raised, and souls would be released from eternal bondage, and so much more!

How much more, you may ask?  Let me show you what Jesus, Himself said from that place on Calvary.

On Calvary, Jesus showed us what true forgiveness looks like, saying, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Instead of ranting and raving; instead of cursing and trying to get even; instead of hating those who put Him on the cross, Jesus prays to the Father for their forgiveness.

The pain He was feeling would not stop until He did.  Even when His body is finally put in the grave, the unbelievers would still be mocking Him, but He didn’t let that deter Him, His heart was set on forgiveness!

On Calvary, Jesus also gave the offer of something better.  The offer of heaven was given to the repentant thief.  Jesus said from the cross, “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).  While He was losing His life, Jesus showed just how important souls are to Him.  Heaven is waiting for those who believe!  Heaven is yours if you are repentant!  What this world throws at you does not have the final say!  The promise is there!  The promise is for us.  There is a place referred to as Paradise and Jesus offered it to this previous sinner.

Your sins do not have to keep you where you are!  Jesus showed us on Calvary, that there is something better waiting for us ahead!  “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).  Calvary showed us, that something better is waiting on the horizon!

On Calvary, Jesus showed us that relationships matter.  On Calvary, Jesus shows how much He cares for and takes care of those He loves.  Looking down from the cross we are told, “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’  Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’   And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home,” (John 19:26-27, NKJV).

He had to go.  He had to die.  But that didn’t make it any easier for His mother to comprehend.  It was already prophesied to her, “(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:35).  It didn’t soothe the heartbreak at all.  A mother’s love does not work like that.  It is a special connection of the heart that starts at the time of conception and never leaves her.  Jesus knew she needed special care.  This woman who had raised Him and loved Him through it all needed to be looked after in a special way.

In His time of desperation, it is a blessing that He shifted the focus and thought about Momma!

And in His time of desperation on that cross at Calvary, He shifted His focus from Himself, and thought about you, and took care of you, because He loves you: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  His relationship with you matters to Jesus, also.

On Calvary, Jesus fully felt the infirmity of mankind.  “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46, KJV).  Whatever the agony He felt in the garden that caused Jesus to sweat like great drops of blood during prayer (Luke 22:44), it wasn’t nothing compared to this moment.  Whatever agony His body felt as He hung with those nails impaled in His hands and feet, it was nothing compared to what He was feeling right now.

Placing all our sin upon Him, it is said, God turned His back on His Son.  He turned His back on Jesus, and Jesus felt the worst thing He had ever felt before separation from God.  He had a moment of not feeling the Father’s presence with Him.  When the Bible says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), that is exactly what it means.

Jesus not only knew what it was to live in the flesh, but Jesus knew what it was to die in the flesh.  Jesus knew what it was like to live in the presence of God.  And through this moment, through this agony He currently felt, He felt the fullness of what man would feel if there was no reconciliation through His blood.  He felt man’s lost state.  He felt what man would feel like if God were to turn His back on them.  Jesus felt it all and refused to come down from that cross.  He refused to sin against the Father’s will, even in this!

On Calvary, Jesus fulfilled every prophecy.  From the cross, He said, “I thirst” (After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. – John 19:28).

Not even the smallest of details were overlooked on the cross.  What may seem like an insignificant thing, Jesus fulfilled it all because your salvation is important and my salvation is important, and that we are able to trust in His salvation is important.  One can only trust a God who keeps EVERY WORD, even down to the simplest, “I thirst”.

If it is prophesied, “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death” (Psalm 22:15), Jesus said, I’ll fulfill it.

If it is prophesied, “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Psalm 69:21), Jesus said, I’ll not leave this cross until I fulfill it.  The details of the prophecies are too important.  The details of the promises this cross would heal and give are too important.  Even the little details, I will do.  People have to know that even the little promises from the Father matter the most because they matter the most!

So, in the brokenness of His body, Jesus said, “I Thirst!”

On Calvary, Jesus spoke, “It is finished!”  The time of victory is almost here.  In Matthew 5:17-18 Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

Jesus didn’t tap out.  Jesus didn’t give up in the middle of the process.  Jesus didn’t let people, discouragement, or pain stop Him from fulfilling everything that that moment on Calvary was asking for, or for everything the Father asked of Him, because for Jesus, it wasn’t over until it was all over.

He didn’t stop!  He had every right to.  When they mocked Him, when they spit on Him, when they blindfolded Him, and slapped Him, and said, “Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?” (Luke 22:64), Jesus still didn’t stop.  He kept going.  He kept enduring everything the crucifixion was throwing at Him.

Jesus didn’t let none of it frustrate His purpose for coming to this earth.  He let none of it get in the way of the salvation it would bring.  Jesus let none of it stop Him from being able to utter those words “It is finished!”

Genesis 49:10-11 says, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.  Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:” “It is Finished!”

And finally, on Calvary Jesus spoke these words: “Father, into Your hands, I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).  Speaking these words, Jesus fulfills Psalms 31:5 which says, “Into thy hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD GOD of truth.”

1 Peter 2:23 tells us of Jesus, “When He was reviled, reviled not again, when he suffered, he threatened not; but committeth himself to him that judgeth righteously.”

He put it in the hands of God.  He trusted God for the outcome.  He did everything He was supposed to do and to God, He was leaving the rest.  What a lesson for us to follow!

In John 16:28, Jesus said, “I came forth from the Father, and I am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.”

In Psalms 23:4, it promises, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

Isaiah 12:2 confidendently tells us, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”

Jesus knew His body would see pain and death, but Jesus also knew that He body was promised not to see corruption.  This body that hung on the cross today, was going to be resurrected on the third day.  Therefore, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!”  Release!  It was time to get out of here!

On Calvary, Jesus fulfilled every law.  On Calvary, Jesus fulfilled every requirement against us.  Everything we needed for a new life, started on that cross at Calvary.

In Christ, we are restored!

In Christ, we are blessed!

In Christ, we are made free!

In Christ, we are made new!

It had to happen!  It had to happen on Calvary!

My friend, today we are living on the other side of Calvary.  What our Lord Jesus did on that historical day that we call Good Friday wasn’t for Himself.  It was for you.  It was for me.  That indescribable gift of the life of Christ was laid down there in that place that we might one day rise in freedom.

Appreciate Calvary!


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Before Your Throne, I Come!

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Before Your throne, O God, I come. With praise in my heart and supplications on my lips, I come.

  • “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” – Hebrews 13:15
  • “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” – Ephesians 6:18

I come and lay at Your feet every burden that is held in this heart.

  • “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22
  • “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

I come and pray for my family (Click here for 8 Ways to Speak God’s Blessings Over Your Children)

  • “. . . as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
  • “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, sculptured in palace style,” – Psalm 144:12, NKJV.
  • “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” – 3 John 1:4

I come and pray for my nation.

  • “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12
  • “He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.” – Job 12:23

I come and pray for the souls of this world.

  • “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” – 1 Timothy 2:1
  • “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
  • “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” – Acts 26:18

Father God, You hear the cries of our hearts. Our prayers are not far from Your ears. They are open and attentive to the needs and the pleas of Your children.

So, before the throne, I come, with a heart resting in the full assurance of who You are in my life and all of Your glory.

  • “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” – Psalm 8:1
  • “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” Psalm 115:1
  • “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 4:11

I come, knowing the tears I shed and the words uttered are taken into account by You.

  • “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” – Psalm 18:6
  • “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” – Psalm 56:8
  • “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” – Psalm 139:17

I come, committing everything into Your faithful hands knowing that You are “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20.

  • “Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.” – Psalm 89:13
  • “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” – Isaiah 41:13
  • “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23

I come, thanking You, Father God, that You always hear me and I am believing in Your just grace and mercy to see me through another day.

Thank You, for working in my life. Thank You, for holding my hand every step of the way. Thank You, for hearing me when I call.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN!

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Who Shall Disannul it?

Isaiah 14:27 asks the question, “For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” Furthermore, Psalms 33:11 states, “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”  When God has a set course marked out for your life, or for anything for that matter, it shall come to pass.  It would be futile for any to try to work or speak against His plans.

Our world is inundated with all kinds of ways to get rid of what we don’t like or agree with.  Hence, the infamous delete button.

Don’t like what you see?  Delete it.  Don’t like what you hear?  Delete it.  Don’t like whatever is before you?  Somewhere, somehow there is a way to delete or ignore what it is.

That’s the world we live in.  Sadly, the convenience of the delete button has skewered many people’s views about the world, God, and the way things truly are or work.

But let me let you in on a little secret God’s Word is bond.  It cannot be broken.  It cannot be altered.  And it cannot be annulled.

In the midst of “cancel culture,” this is a good thing.  This should be a great encouragement to us because it literally means that not only will every standard of God stand, but it also means every promise of God will also stand.  No matter what, it cannot and will not be erased, wiped out, abolished, or made void.  God, and His Word, will never be canceled!

While the thoughts of man are vain and futile (Psalm 94:11), God’s Word is a sure foundation to build your life on, to hope and believe for every good and perfect thing He says to you.  “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.” – Numbers 11:23

“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.  Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.” – Psalm 119:89-90

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11

“Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” – Jeremiah 1:12

“For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 12:25

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” – Hebrews 10:23

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Ornamental Christianity

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We are in July!  Can you believe it?  It seems that this year has gone by so fast and pretty soon the heat of the summer we are experiencing will be a faded memory, put on the shelf in lieu of seasonal changes and holiday greetings.

It is during this month that a lot of people fantasize about the coming Christmas season.  “Christmas in July” sales start popping up along with shows trying to get us into the holiday spirit before it’s time.

Can I say, enjoy this season because that season will come.  Before long, you’ll be pulling out the decorations, complaining about hanging the lights, and putting up the tree with the various ornaments upon it.

Some ornaments are purely decorative, bought at a big box store.  Some have sentimental value attached to them, being handed down through the family lines or bought to commemorate something or someone special.  Some may be handmade by a child with the parents proudly displaying the gift of Christmas cheer on the tree.

Regardless of the types of ornaments, where or whom they come from, or how they were made, they all have one thing in common – they are just for show.  For most, they come out only during this special time of the year to be put on display so that all who enter the house might take in its beauty or meaning.

I have found that many treat Christianity as that ornament, only to be put on display at certain times.  We are called, my friends, not to put on a show here and there, but to be authentically real for Christ through and through.  That realness then becomes the mark of who we are and Who it is that is living inside of us.

At every turn of life, and in every season, we are to display His glory in our lives.  We are to show the world the Christ in us.  We are to be light, not seasonal or wishy-washy ones, but lights that will daily shine for our God as Jesus commanded: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Ornamental Christianity is not to be a thing.  We are designed to shine authentically for Christ in every way and in every area of our lives.  Not just in opportune times or seasons.

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Your Word Has Given Me Life

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“This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.” Psalm 119:50, NKJV

The richness of God’s Word can never be underestimated in our lives.  When sought after wholeheartedly, it becomes more than we could ever hope for.

As we peruse the pages of Scripture and happen upon those words that speak directly to our hearts – that speaks directly to our situation – that speak, in some way or form, directly to us personally – those words give us life.

They animate us from the inside out.  They stir something beautiful and special in us, a sweet meditation of the heart that is full of His Spirit and fuel for our life because the living Word is not only about what is written before our eyes on those glorious pages, but it dwells in the very center of our being.

You cannot have a satisfactory and full, beautifully flourishing relationship with God if you do not have a relationship with His Word, who also our Lord Jesus Christ is described as (John 1:1, 14).

Scripture doesn’t just tell us stories of a long-ago time for us to glean wisdom and encouragement from.  My friend, it is so much more.  The very Word is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) and anointed, and powerful beyond what the ink of my pen or my understanding could write here today.

Nourished by the Word, it seeps like butter over fresh out-of-the-pan hot pancakes into every crevice of our heart, mind, and soul.  It enlivens us and awakens our spirit in a way that nothing else can.

I implore you, do not neglect the gift and the life found in the Word.  Hold its precepts, its correction, its instructions, and its encouragement like the treasure it is (Psalm 119:11; Colossians 3:16).  Keep it close to you and never let it go.  When you have nothing and nobody else, the Word will be your friend, your advice, your guide, your love, your inspiration, your hope, and your life.

In a previous article, Relationship With the Word, I jotted down some of my favorite “Word” verses found in just Psalm 119, NKJV.  That chapter alone is a treasure trove of verses to learn about and be inspired by God’s Word. I will place them here as well in the hope that they will inspire your heart to find life in His Word.

Pick up these treasures and let them breathe life into your day:

  • “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!” (vs. 2).
  • “You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently,” (vs. 4).
  • “Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes,” (vs. 5).
  • “Let me not wander from Your commandments!” (vs. 10)
  • “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You,” (vs. 11).
  • “I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches,” (vs. 14).
  • “My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times,” (vs. 20).
  • “Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end,” (vs. 33).
  • “Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it,” (vs. 35).
  • “Establish Your word to your servant, who is devoted to fearing You,” (vs. 38).
  • “Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness,” (vs. 40).
  • “Remember the word to Your servant, upon  which You have caused me to hope,” (vs. 49).
  • “Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments,” (vs. 66).
  • “I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right,” (vs. 75).
  • “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven,” (89).
  • “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction,” (vs. 92).
  • “You are my hiding place and shield; I hope in Your word,” (vs. 114).
  • “Direct my steps by Your word,” (vs. 133).
  • “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble,” (vs. 165).

In many dark times, and even on the good days, the Word is what shines a light brighter than any sun.  In the Word, we find comfort, solace, and peace no matter the prisons that try to hold us. We need the WORD!

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A Place for Everyone!

“And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among youand they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.  And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 47:22-23

It is great when God’s promises overflow.  Here, we see not just those included in the tribes of Israel being blessed by God with an inheritance, but the “strangers” will reap the same rewards as God’s people for hooking up with them and Him.

Isaiah teaches, “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD . . . Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer . . . for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people” (Is. 56:5-7).  All people!

“God’s thinking for salvation was too big in scope and depth for His heart to settle for reaping the souls of just a single kindred or nationality of folk.  As far as His love (which can never be measured by human standards) reaches – that’s how far He wants to grab a hold of people and love them as His own.  He couldn’t rest with just saving some, but He wanted the sum of humanity to have a chance to experience this awesome deliverance” is what I previously wrote in an article titled God Wanted More!

Part of the original promise given to Abraham was, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,” (Genesis 22:18).  Paul teaches in Ephesians, “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” (Eph. 3:6).

There is a place for me and a place for you in God’s heavenly inheritance!  It is promised!  All we have to do is be on board with God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, and we are there!  How awesome is that!

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” 1 Peter 1:3-4

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The Water We Need

It is dreadfuly hot in our area right now.  The need to stay hydrated and well-watered is not just a good idea, but it is essential to staying healthy and safe during these extreme fluctuations of temperatures.

“Come to the waters,” is something I once wrote, with the invite to “Step into the abundant life He so offers (John 10:10).  Come and let your soul be spiritually satisfied.  Come and take the offer of His salvation for yourself.” (Come to the Waters)

The truth is, the heat of this life affects us all and we all need that saving water.

One day Jesus was walking with His disciples and He felt compelled to go through Samaria (John 4:4). Whilst there, He spoke with a woman He happened upon at a well.  He asked her, “Give me to drink,” (John 4:7).  Her response was, “How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans,” (John 4:9).

John 4:10, 14 says, “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” (emphasis mine).

Furthermore, it is expressed in John 7:37-39, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me [Jesus], and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Water is life-sustaining. Water is necessary.  No matter what climate or environment one dwells in, water is a mandatory need that has to be met in order for one to thrive.  For Jesus to identify what He had to offer as “water springing up into everlasting life” is a triumphant statement.  It means He meets the needs and satisfies all that is required for one to enter into life everlasting.

Take of Him today, my friend, drink of what He has to offer and you have this promise: “And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not” (Isaiah 58:11).

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).  

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The Treasure of Years

“With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.” Job 12:12

Culture bulks at the idea of aging.  Instead of embracing and welcoming the wisdom of years, it’s fought against from the outside in.

I must ask, how much do we value those who have had many years that have walked the paths of this earth before us?  Previously, I wrote:

“Elderly wisdom is a treasure unlike the words we read in books.  It’s a life of experience that takes time to sit with you and care for you just to invest in your future.  Elderly wisdom has seen it all and has been through it all and can show you the paths to walk that they have already tested ahead of you.

Their words are not to be shunned or taken lightly with a roll of the eyes.  With a life well lived, they have nothing to lose by telling you the truth of how it is and how it should be.  Deaf ears be wary of missing their words for it may be the sentence where you find hope, healing, and direction to stay on the right path.” (Elderly Wisdom)

One thing I really dislike is when people out and out disrespect the senior members of our society.  If we were able to view the whole of their past lives, oh what a story they could tell us.  Many today think they live on the edge of adventure, and have more, and know more, but I reckon we don’t have anything on those who have gone before us.  They are our pioneers if you will, and although we may have the technology and all the amenities these modern marvels bring us, this precious group has so much more.  There is a treasure in the years they carry and if we will allow ourselves to listen, they could instill some very beautiful nuggets of truth and wisdom in our lives.

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More than we could ever imagine…

“Behold, God is mine helper…” Psalm 54:4

Prayer does not have to be hard.  Previously, I published an article titled, “God, I need Help” and revisiting that article, I think, ain’t that the truth.  

The simplicity of our hearts crying out to our God, is really all it takes.  There is no reason to have some convoluted plan to try to “persuade” God (if that’s the way we want to think of it) into hearing and responding to our prayers.  As our Heavenly Father, not only does He hear, but He personally concerns Himself with every area of our lives.

Isn’t that a wonderful thought?  

But, He doesn’t stop there.  

God also gives us more help than we could ever imagine because we are more important to Him than we could ever imagine.  And I think this is where many allow their faith or lack thereof to be swayed like a pendulum, swinging between belief and unbelief of just how much God cares for each of us individually.

 Swing and sway no more, my friend.  Today, let us just focus on trusting God enough to simply ask and believe?  

That is really all it boils down to, a simple ask with a simple belief. 

David, in the above psalm, after praying, “Save me, O God, by thy name… Hear my prayer, O God” (Psalm 54:1-2), simply says, “God is mine helper.”  Do you see the confidence in that statement?  Do you see how personally he knew that God was for Him?  When others were after him and still others sold him out, David remained assured in his faith that God would see him through every trial and work out what he wasn’t able to.  David knew, through past experiences, just to believe God in the midst of whatever he may be facing.

“God is mine helper.”  Is that your declaration today?  If it’s not, it can be.  Don’t overcomplicate your needs, your prayers, and the ability of your God to help.  Simply ask.  Simply remain confident.  Simply believe.  And just hold on and let God work it out.  God knows what He’s doing. 

God is for us more than we could ever imagine.  “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).  “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6).   


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Marveling at Great Faith

“When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.  And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.” Luke 7:9-10

Jesus was not amazed at the situation or the people who spoke on the Centurion’s behalf.  Jesus was amazed at the Centurion’s response.  He had not met anyone in Israel, among His fellow brethren, who had so recognized His authority and power as this man; someone who willingly gave himself over to total abandon to trust Jesus to heal and believe that He will.

Astounding!  This was the true epitome of “great faith!”

When one’s faith is centered on Jesus, healing can take place.  Not just physical healing, as we see here.  But emotional, spiritual, relational…, in every area of life that needs restoration, Jesus is able to heal.  But it only comes about by faith.  The Bible reminds us, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).  The Centurion filled this faith criterion.  Beyond a shadow of a doubt, he knew that Jesus was able to do all that he had known of Him, and he sought Him with an open heart of belief.

Jesus spoke highly on his behalf, saying, “I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”  If we were to put our spiritual thermometer in the waters of faith, how would we measure up?  Would we be found on the “greater than” side of faith or on the “less than” side?

Faith is the access key to everything God wants to do through us and for us.  Jesus once taught, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.,” (Matthew 21:22; emphasis mine).  One must believe, as the centurion did, with total abandon, that Jesus can do this for you, too.

Adapted from The Centurion’s Great Faith previously published here on

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