But Only Speak a Word!

But Only Speak a Word!

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. – Mat. 8:7-8

I had hoped Jesus would come into my apartment, like I had heard He did in other people’s lives. I believed He would just walk in with provisions in His hands, touch us, and keep us safe. What Jesus told the centurion showed a much greater faith than mine. He was telling him; you do not even have to come. Just speak a word and my servant will be healed. As the Spirit illuminated this scripture, I heard, “Have faith in me, my daughter. I am here now, always.”

Recognizing His presence became a daily pursuit. At His feet, I could walk. Without Him, I could not. As I grew in fellowship with Him, my faith grew. Provisions were still lacking in the natural, but I began expecting them, trusting the Lord’s ways: the unexpected check in the mail from a stranger at church, a $10 bill placed in one of my coat pockets, and much more.

Great faith is having no need to see Jesus to know that He is there, or to see the provisions to know they are coming. We receive the manifestation before we see it. Great faith looks unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Great faith does not let the circumstances dictate our expectations. Let’s walk by faith, from glory to glory!

Remembering Spirit, Soul and Body

Remembering Spirit, Soul and Body

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thes. 5:23 NKJV

Paul prays that our spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless in view of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are a spirit being, who has a soul and lives in a body. Keeping these three areas in view helps us keep our priorities in order and deal with the battles we encounter. 

Our spiritual growth comes first. It is by the spirit that we can walk in authority over our thoughts and learn to take our body into subjugation. When attempting a diet, therapy plan, or making choices, we should seek God’s wisdom and guidance. When we feed our spirit man first through the Word of God, prayer, and worship; our care for the rest of our being is more effective. 

In times of illness or overwhelming trials, we find grace and strength, knowing nothing can hinder our spiritual identity. In those times, we cannot question our spirituality; we need to trust it. It is human to go through things, but it does not determine our spiritual state. When we are weak, the Spirit of God living in and through us remains strong. He helps us rise stronger and stronger, from glory to glory

One Moment for the Lord

One Moment for the Lord

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.- Ps. 62:8

One tactic of our adversary is to hinder us from seeking the Lord in our daily steps. We might get too busy or distracted and only turn to the Lord after our endeavors, instead of before. Taking one moment, even a few seconds, to yield to the presence and power of the Lord before we do things makes way for His ability to flow through us. 

In the natural, we do not have time for that extra moment, but in the spirit it is necessary. As soon as we take that moment, time is extended. God redeems our time and enables us to complete our tasks with grace. Just one moment before we speak, proceed to an important task, or confront a conflict.

Wherever we are, right now, let’s take that moment. Lord, thank you for your presence. I yield to your wisdom, ability, and grace. Help me fully trust you. I receive your love, strength and peace, as I walk with you,  from glory to glory!

Do YOU Believe This?

Do YOU Believe This?

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’- John 11:25-26.

Do we believe this? Let us ponder on the validity of our Lord’s resurrection and reflect on our faith so we can rejoice with our whole heart. Jesus’ crucifixion symbolizes the payment of our sins, and His resurrection, the receipt of that payment. It proves His victory. Resurrection results from eternal redemption. Our Savior conquered sin and death.

Because Christ is risen, our faith is not in vain, and our witnessing is true. Jesus’ resurrection also guaranteed our future resurrection. Hallelujah! We are on our way to an upgrade. God will raise our body from corruption to incorruption, from weakness to power, and from a natural body to a glorious body. (1 Cor. 15:42-22)

We can also have faith in the power of His resurrection to work in our lives today, regardless of our hardships and difficult circumstances. His victory guarantees ours. Hallelujah!

Do we believe this? Yes, Lord, we do and give you praise, honor and glory! We love You, worship You, and surrender all to You, trusting You take us, from glory to glory!

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say so!

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say so!

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, – Psalm 107:2

Jesus is your redeemer. Hallelujah! Our Savior. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose on the third day. The message of the cross manifests the power of God. There is no greater message. We believe it happened, but as we come to understand what it means, our faith grows in all its benefits, from faith to faith. 

We cannot celebrate the resurrection of Jesus without understanding His crucifixion. Comprehending it also enables us to reckon, identify with His crucifixion and His resurrection. Our co-crucifixion and co-resurrection are a reality that is life transforming. 

Jesus gave His life a ransom for us. With His own blood, He obtained eternal redemption. He delivered us from the penalty of sin. We are currently being delivered from the power of sin through the Holy Spirit and will be delivered from the presence of sin eternally. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

We believe in our redemption, reconciliation, and righteousness through Christ. The Lord wiped out the handwriting requirement that was against us and nailed to the cross. Let’s rejoice in our salvation and give God praise, honor, and glory. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, from glory to glory!

Behold All Things Have Become New

Behold All Things Have Become New

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2nd Cor. 5:17 nkj.

Walking as a new creation in Christ unfolds as we recognize the old things have passed away. Because we do not fully understand what the new is, we may reach for the old. The key to stand against that temptation is to surrender to the Lord’s guidance and direction, trusting His goodness and faithfulness.

The battle between the old and the new comes from the battle between the flesh and the spirit. We must die daily to our flesh, yielding to the Spirit. Remembering Jesus has gone before us and has overcome gives us strength and encouragement. Knowing that He conquered sin and death helps us trust we now have eternal life. Hallelujah!

Let’s reflect on the significance of the cross and the new life it brings to those who believe in it. Behold, all things have become new. Let’s surrender our old selves and embrace the transformative power of Christ’s death and resurrection. May we walk daily in the newness of life, being shaped by the power of the Holy Spirit, from glory to glory!

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