Showing posts with label Surrender. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Surrender. Show all posts

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Let Go, Let God – A Mindful of Christ Encouraging Word - Purity 1188

Let Go, Let God – A Mindful of Christ Encouraging Word - Purity 1188

Purity 1188 11/02/2023 Purity 1188 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo is a view of the sun surrounded by clouds in a pleasant blue sky that comes to us from yours truly as I took this quick pic from my car while sitting in my car yesterday at the end of the workday.  

The first day of November was a wild weather day in the 518 yesterday as several of the northern areas saw a light dusting of snow – yup, even though I didn’t say the dread S-word two days prior on the blog - the “prophecy” – even though I said I didn’t want to see it until December – came to pass.  I don’t watch the weather, so I don’t know if it was expected or not but when I wrote about not wanting snow a couple of days ago – maybe that was the Holy Spirit giving me a heads up? I don’t know but in the 518 you have expected the unexpected and deal with the weather that we get.  

Of course, we are not always prepared to face unexpected trials or when situations that are going bad naturally get worse.  In my walk I see people overcome addictions and problems and I also see people who suffer and don’t seem to learn from it. 

This morning I received some not-so-surprising news that caused me alarm and concern.  It's not so surprising when people who are not doing what they should get worse, and their precarious situations get more precarious because of their failure to act and do what’s right. 

While “doing nothing” is always an option, it's usually not the best option, and if you choose to take that option continually problems tend to get worse.   So I was thrown off my normal routine this morning to express my concern and offer advice to “do what’s right” again.   And the process has drained me….

So I am choosing to “do nothing” in terms of writing any more than this admission this morning and am once again going to share from my friend in the UK, Lauren Roskilly’s blog on  ( – whose “Word for Wednesday”, yesterday, is once again oddly appropriate for my current situation. So I thank Lauren for her faithfulness to the body of Christ as we turn to her encouraging words, reminding us to “Let go and Let God”. Lauren writes:


Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

This well-known verse is easy to remember but how do you actively apply this to your life?

We can know in our minds that we are to trust the Lord, but do you fully trust Him in your heart of hearts? I mean, in EVERY part of your life.

Sometimes we, as humans, want to understand and find sense or logic in a situation, I know I can be prone to this too!

But there are things that we won’t ever understand as much as we try to.

Perhaps you’ve been waiting for an answer to prayer for years or decades, perhaps you’re waiting for healing, or perhaps the suffering in your life or the world around you is beyond your comprehension and understanding.

Or perhaps there’s a situation or even a person you are trying to be ‘in control’ of. Yes, you have responsibilities but you don’t have to take everything on yourself!

Whatever it is that you are currently battling. Maybe, the Lord is telling you to let it go, just wait, sit with Him, and trust him. Maybe you’re not meant to know the answers either now or ever whilst you’re on this Earth.

God is the one thing in this universe that never changes and is consistent. Including His love and plans for you!

So, whatever is bugging you, whatever it is you need to let go of it, give it to the Lord and trust that He’s got not only this world but YOU in His hands.

Joyce Meyer’s famous phrase “Let go, let God” is helpful here. But how do you “let go?”

This is when the Serenity prayer comes in handy!

Here is the concise version:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.”

Pray it, repeat it, meditate on it and this verse.

Whatever it is you are struggling to understand right now, give it to God and trust Him with it.

What do you need to let go of and trust God with today?”


What indeed! The Lord knows and I surrender it all to Him.  Thank You, Lauren!  

To receive more encouragement from Lauren Roskilly - to be encouraged and to find courses and Lauren’s books, like “Christian Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”, “Breaking Chains”, and “Indestructible Faith” that can help you to overcome your “hurts, habits, and hang-ups” go to


For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. ( )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Blame Shifting.

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)
1  "Judge not, that you be not judged.
2  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3  And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4  Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Today’s verses fall under the third and final point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Blame Shifting.

 3. Do not judge others while you fail to acknowledge your own sin.

Today’s verses, again oddly appropriate, remind us to not judge others as we will be judged by the measure we judge them.   So sorry this is not “do not judge”, like so many out there misuse it.  Jesus is telling us not to be so “self-righteous: to judge others by a high standard when we have issues in our own lives. 

Sure some people aren’t doing what is right and they are suffering for it, and it makes us angry and make us want to “tell them what for!” But we don’t always do things right, all the time, either.  Thus Jesus’ advice to take out the log in our own eye before dealing with the speck in our neighbors.  

This is a call to personal responsibility and sanctification. Jesus is in essence telling us to be concerned with our own sins before attempting to help people with others.  Jesus is telling us not to be a busy body with others before we get busy cleaning up our own act.  Essentially he is calling us to be compassionate. By convicting us of our sins, Jesus is trying to elicit a loving response to our neighbor, which is not always easy why.  

So before we start pointing out the sin in others and blame them for all the wrong they do, should pause and reflect on all the things we fail to do perfectly so we can share the truth in love and help them rather than just chastising and judging them.  


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we are sharing from A. W. Pink’s – The Arthur Pink Anthology  - a collection of A.W. Pink’s tracts brought together in one book and dispersed here on the blog for your encouragement.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for free as a PDF at many sites, but printed copies of collections of A.W. Pink’s books are available for purchase wherever Christian books are sold. 

The Arthur Pink Anthology – 2

Another Gospel – Part 1 of 5

Satan is not an initiator but an imitator. God has an only begotten Son—the Lord Jesus, so has Satan—“the son of Perdition” (2 Thess. 2:3). There is a Holy Trinity, and there is likewise a Trinity of Evil (Rev. 20:10). Do we read of the “children of God,” so also we read of “the children of the wicked one” (Matthew 13:38). Does God work in the former both to will and to do of His good pleasure, then we are told that Satan is “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Eph 2:2). Is there a “mystery of godliness” (1 Tim. 3:16), so also is there a “mystery of iniquity” (2 Thess 2:7). Are we told that God by His angels “seals” His servants in their foreheads (Rev 7:3), so also we learn that Satan by his agents sets a mark in the foreheads of his devotees (Rev. 13:16). Are we told that “the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:10), then Satan also provides his “deep things” (Greek—Rev. 2:24). Did Christ perform miracles, so also can Satan (2 Thess. 2:9). Is Christ seated upon a throne, so is Satan (Greek—Rev. 2:13). Has Christ a Church, then Satan has his “synagogue” (Rev 2:9). Is Christ the Light of the world, then so is Satan himself “transformed into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). Did Christ appoint “apostles,” then Satan has his apostles, too (2 Cor. 11:13). And this leads us to consider: “The Gospel of Satan.”

Satan is the arch-counterfeiter. The Devil is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. He is seeking to prevent the growth of the wheat by another plant, the tares, which closely resembles the wheat in appearance. In a word, by a process of imitation he is aiming to neutralize the Work of Christ. Therefore, as Christ has a Gospel, Satan has a gospel too; the latter being a clever counterfeit of the former. So closely does the gospel of Satan resemble that which it parodies, multitudes of the unsaved are deceived by it.—

It is to this gospel of Satan the apostle refers when he says to the Galatians, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another, but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:6, 7). This false gospel was being heralded even in the days of the apostle, and a most awful curse was called down upon those who preached it. The apostle continues, “But though we, or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” By the help of God we shall now endeavor to expound, or rather, expose this false gospel.

The gospel of Satan is not a system of revolutionary principles, nor yet a program of anarchy. It does not promote strife and war, but aims at peace and unity. It seeks not to set the mother against her daughter nor the father against his son, but fosters the fraternal spirit whereby the human race is regarded as one great “brotherhood.” It does not seek to drag down the natural man, but to improve and uplift him. It advocates education and cultivation and appeals to the best that is within—It aims to make this world such a comfortable and congenial habitat that Christ’s absence from it will not be felt and God will not be needed. It endeavors to occupy man so much with this world that he has no time or inclination to think of the world to come. It propagates the principles of self-sacrifice, charity and benevolence, and teaches us to live for the good of others, and to be kind to all. It appeals strongly to the carnal mind and is popular with the masses, because it ignores the solemn facts that by nature man is a fallen creature, alienated from the life of God, and dead in trespasses and sins, and that his only hope lies in being born again.[1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Arthur Pink Anthology (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2005).

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Rebel’s Surrender and Care of the Temple - Purity 805

A Rebel’s Surrender and Care of the Temple - Purity 805

Purity 805 08/09/2022 Purity 805 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a “Cotton Candy Sunset” over Lake Ontario comes to us today from Celestial Blue Photography who captured this scene in Oswego NY back on August 5th.  I just love how God lights up the sky to keep our gaze upward and to lead us to ponder the origin of our existence, a search that if pursued logically will lead to the conclusion of a self-existent Creator and if coupled with God’s grace will lead us to our surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  

So many ponder the vastness of the universe and know that there must be a God but they stop short of pursuing the truth in the Bible that would lead them the rest of the way to the answer of life and death.  Some hear the truth and lament that they “wish” they could believe but they refuse it claiming a variety of reasons that merely mask their rebellion to surrender the authority of their life to God.  

I get it! Oh brother, all my life I questioned authority and although I wasn’t a known troublemaker, I was too smart for that, I was positively anarchistic in terms of defying standards, rules, and regulations in my heart because all I needed to see was one drop of hypocrisy or one iota of self interest or a desire to control and I would see that those in authority didn’t know what they were doing or were doing it for selfish reasons. 

Ironically, these insights in my youth should have led me to the perfect government of God’s kingdom and to embrace the measures He ordained to establish and maintain the limited amount of good, justice, or stability that we have on earth, rather than inwardly screaming “Anarchy!” and seeking to defy authority in anyway I could that would give me the personal satisfaction that “I knew better” or “I was in control of me!” A nine inch nail song’s lyric, summed up my secret heart: “I’d rather die than give you control!!!”

Well, the good news is I did die! It is only through my faith in Christ, and dying and being raised to life with Him that I am not currently hung over and angry about having to face another day working for “The Man”.

I never should have been a rebel because of the imperfections of mankind to establish God’s peace on earth. Instead of trying to tear things down, I should have used my insights to make things better. I should have been a reformer rather than a rebel.  But boy am I glad I didn’t.

What? Yeah, if I had taken that path I would have really been full of myself, and my self-righteousness was bad enough as a rebel. Could you imagine how inflated my ego would have been if I had sought to be “good” in my own strength and with my atheistic /secular humanist bent would have been even more convinced that I didn’t need God.  

But oh well, if we understand reality and God’s grace, we have to understand that we shouldn’t “Monday Quaterback” our lives, even on a Tuesday. We got one life to live. We can’t go back. We made our choices and we can’t choose a different path way back when in the past, to even contemplate these ideas is in truth a tremendous waste of time, but instead we can choose to follow a new path, prayerfully God’s path, today.  

But even if we do play “Devil’s advocate” and contemplate “what if” with our pasts, we have to realize that if God wanted us in His kingdom, no choices we would have made would have made a difference in terms of coming to Christ. Thank you God!   So if you do that “what if” stuff, stop supposing and start living, starting now.   

Anyway, as I was working out today an older, not that old, worship song came on and it reminded me of the earlier days on my walk and how I need “more faith” because even though I did believe, I still struggled with sin and unbelief. 

The song was “Give me Faith” by Elevation worship. I am sharing a link to a lyric video on YouTube on the blog if you want to check it out (   Any way the lyrics say:

“I need You

To soften my heart and break me apart

I need You

To pierce through the dark and cleanse every part of me


All I am, I surrender


Give me faith to trust what You say

That You're good and Your love is great

I'm broken inside, I give You my life


I may be weak but Your Spirit's strong in me

My flesh may fail, but my God, You never will


This is an awesome song to proclaim over your faith walk.  But to live it requires that surrender and as the lyrics indicate it is a total surrender.

Do you understand the implications of a life surrendered to God’s will and ways? 

Well, let’s just say they are far reaching and the depth of which know no limits. 

If you are ever “bored” in your Christianity, it is because you haven’t answered the call to repent, to follow the Lord, and to totally surrender your life to God’s will.  

One of the things we see in any faith system is a division between clergy and laity and with the laity there are those who practice their faith devoutly and those who don’t.  

All these division are man made for the most part. God calls us all to be a royal priesthood, but I get it some are called to l’sad, or serve different functions in the body and some aren’t.  So very well, clergy, God word actually ordains it in terms of teachers, pastors, overseers, and deacons.  So I understand leaders and different functions within the body of Christ, the term I prefer over “church” because of the confusion surrounding that word because of our “church” traditions and cultures. 

I teach Freedom in Christ and encourage a lifestyle of discipleship, following Christ, and although we will all have different levels of spiritual maturity, unlike the clergy division, there really shouldn’t be a division between Christians who practice their faith and Christians who don’t. 

Christians who don’t practice their faith should truly worry about their salvation, I know I did when I was a member of a liturgical church.  I might have been in the church building but I don’t know, pretty sure I wasn’t, in the Body of Christ until 2010 when I put my faith in Christ alone and began surrendering my life to God’s wisdom and ways.  

When we surrender, not only do we discover that our life in Christ causes us to reduce or abandon our obvious sins, all at once or little by little, it can also cause us to pursue good works or to do service for God’s kingdom.

Okay, stop evil, do good right?   

But as we walk this surrendered life out we will discover that Holy Spirit will give us a heightened sense of “goodness” – a fruit of the Spirit – which will spill into the ways we view things and choose to live.  Things that aren’t “good” for us are increasingly exposed by our maturing spiritual discernment and our hearts desire will be to increasing do what’s “right” in all kinds of areas of our lives.  

I’ve shared that one of the areas that this has poured into my life is the care of my body, specifically in terms of trying to be a healthy weight and to not experience pain from my poor choices.   It also includes getting enough sleep.   I’m increasingly learning and repenting from my health “sins”. 

My job takes me all over the capital district and I am often called to do install or repair of telephone service in nursing homes.  As I have said before, it’s not how you start but how you finish, and if you want to be convicted about the importance of your health go to a nursing home or rehabilitation center and look at the consequences of poor choices played out over time.  

Not only do we have to foster our mental and spiritual health on this path or discipleship, we have to take care of the temple of the Holy Spirit. We have to care for our bodies.  

The other day I was walking through a nursing home and a woman was in a wheel chair with her feet elevated. It easy to see that her feet were in rough shape and she was crying and literally calling for “God in heaven” to help her as she was calling out to anyone who walked by to cut her toe nails, which were huge. Yup, including me. I couldn’t help her of course and it was heartbreaking.

I had foot surgery a few years ago to get rid of growths, mitosis, and after that experience I decided to take care of my feet and used lotion on the every morning for quite some time but as things got hectic with the blog and podcast, I stopped doing it. 

But not anymore, after seeing this woman’s pain, I am more convicted to take care of my body so I be healthy and be used by God to give Him glory for as long as He gives me on the earth.  

So as part of my faith walk, I am lotioning my feet again. I want to be good steward of what God has given me and be fully surrendered to Him in everything I become aware of. 

I may never be perfect in my walking and talking with God, but if I see something in my journey that indicates I should change, I will try to be diligent to surrender it to the Lord and use His strength and guidance to change it.  

So Lord, give me faith to trust what you say, because You’re good, and Your love is great, although I have been walking with you for sometime now, there are still parts of my life that are broken. I give you my life. I may be weak but Your Spirit is strong in me, my flesh may fail but my God, You never will. 

I surrender.


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Hebrews 8:12 (NLT2)
12  And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

Today’s verse reminds us that God forgives our wickedness and promises to never again remember them.  

Of course I have to point out that God’s knowledge is perfect and today’s verse doesn’t tell us that God has forgotten our sins. His “never again remembering our sins”, means that He has truly forgiven us and He won’t hold them against us.  

God calls you to be a saint, His adopted child.  He doesn’t call you a sinner.  

So if you call yourself a “sinner saved by grace”, I recommend you agree with God and give yourself a break and “never again remember your sins” if they will cause you to feel condemned or shy away from proclaiming the gospel. 

Yeah you sinned, you messed up. Guess what? Everyone has.  But in Christ we have forgiveness and a new life with victory over sin,  so instead of beating yourself up about your old life, before you died,  mourn it and rise to life by following Christ and living differently. 

There is no condemnation for those in Christ, so believe it and live your new life where God will lead you in the way you should go.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Clinton E. Arnold’s “Powers of Darkness”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Clinton Arnold’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

Spiritual Warfare As Proclamation

Spiritual warfare is not only defensive; it also takes the offensive. Paul called the soldiers of Christ to advance on enemy territory by proclaiming the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ Just as Christ bound the strong man in order to plunder his house, so too the body of Christ plunders Satan’s kingdom by proclaiming the promise of divine rescue to captives in the kingdom of darkness.

There is one part of the soldier’s gear that is not a weapon, but it is a furnishing that enables the soldier to take an offensive posture in the battle—good footwear. A typical soldier would journey for miles as his army advanced to the battlefront and then pursue the enemy (This was certainly true when Xerxes led his armies all the way from Persia in an attempt to conquer Greece!). The footgear of the Christian needs to be “the readiness to announce the Good News of peace” (Eph 6:15 TEV). Believers need to be prepared to share the good news of Christ wherever God may lead them.

Many commentators have correctly observed that the only offensive weapon in the entire panoply is the sword (Eph 6:17). While it is used as a part of a believer’s resistance, it is also a weapon of aggression. The Word of God and the work of the Spirit are the means by which the people of God step out in defiance of Satan and rob his domain. They are the means by which God draws people to himself, transforming their lives and bringing them into relationship with himself.

Thus, according to Paul, the primary aggressive action the Christian is called to take in the world is to spread the gospel—the good news of salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ. The gospel represents “God’s power to rescue people from [the devil’s] tyranny.”

The whole course of Paul’s ministry is a model of this aggressive proclamation. The church should follow Paul’s lead. Luke seemed to understand this point and wrote his account of Paul’s missionary outreach in a way that would inspire zeal and courage among the believers who read it. At the same time, Luke did not minimize the amount of conflict Paul faced in his proclamational mission. Luke interpreted much of this conflict, as described in chapter one, as powerful demonic opposition. Yet the Christian who depends on God’s power, as Paul did, will overcome enemy hostilities, and the gospel will continue to advance, with more and more people being saved out of the dominion of darkness.

Even here, in the context of Ephesians, Paul personally was concerned with the mission of the church in spite of his imprisonment. He wanted God’s enabling power to be imparted to him through prayer, not necessarily for a demonstration of the gospel’s supernatural character through miraculous events. He sensed a need for God’s touch so he could proclaim it fearlessly and boldly! Even after all the years of successful preaching, Paul still felt a great need for a divine infusing of power to give him the nerve to proclaim the gospel fearlessly. He pleads, “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should” (Eph 6:19–20). Paul’s incessant readiness to proclaim the good news was a hallmark of his life. Likewise, it should be of paramount importance to believers in subsequent generations. This is the mission of the church![1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] Clinton E. Arnold, Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul’s Letters (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 1992), 156–158.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Christian Paradoxes - A Time for Wonder – Taking Control and Surrendering - Purity 635

Christian Paradoxes - A Time for Wonder – Taking Control and Surrendering  - Purity 635

Purity 635 01/22/2022  Purity 635 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a blazing sunset nestled between a cover of clouds and a tree line fading into darkness comes to us from the love of my life as she was returning home from work on January 15th and had presence of mind to capture this blazing example of God’s creative beauty.  Shortly after she became a student of my discipleship classes, TammyLyn started to get up earlier than usual to pray and to take walks at sunrise.  Her eyes were opened to the presence of God in her life in a way they hadn’t been before and just like this sunset her spirit’s soared above the darkness of her past and suddenly she was experiencing a life of wonder and she began sharing photos like this one and encouraging posts on Facebook.   

Well it’s Saturday and for most of us, not me, it is a day of recreation and rest.  The temperatures in upstate New York are going to be cold but there is supposed to be some sun.  Sometimes life can be a paradox – something that is seeming contradiction but can somehow be true. So today you could be freezing your hindquarters off out in the elements and be roasted by greenhouse like conditions in your heated car. 

While some of us may be perfectly content nestled in our homes and will love the cold as an excuse to not go anywhere, others may be suffering from cabin fever and a seasonal depression.  I know some people who are in the latter category, and they are not quite their regular selves.  

To those friends, I encourage you to go out and take a drive, do some winter sports, or do some other indoor activity.  You can enjoy the sights of a sunny January day and never leave the warm confines of your car, or I suggest going to a mall, a museum, or some other venue outside your home where you can engage your body, mind, and spirit to proactively get out of the cabin fever funk.  There is bowling, roller skating, gyms, and mall walking as options to move the body.  There are movie theaters, libraries, and museums to engage the mind.  

And with whatever you pick, I suggest you bring God along for the day and just thank Him for your ability to change your circumstances with intentional thoughts and actions.  God cares for you and wants you to know the abundant life that comes from living in His presence.

I am a huge fan of the singer, Malik Harris, and in one of his songs he sings about being proactive to rediscover the wonder of life. His song, “Time for Wonder” says: 

And I know
Yes I know
I gotta get up
When feeling low
But I just hope
That there's somebody to wake me up
'Cause I been calling

  (Chorus) I'm tired of hoping things get better

I'm tired of hoping things will change
It's time for wonder
It's time for wonder, yeah

That chorus repeats and then it says: 

“It's time for me to take control
It's time for me to break the walls
It's time for me to take it on
And make you watch out for me


I have a Christian worldview and I know that God is in control, but we have a choice to decide to live with Him or not. We can choose to forsake the world system and live continuously in the fruit of the Spirit when we decide to live with and for God.  

As the song says, if we’ve been calling and hoping  that there’s “somebody to wake me up” we have to decide to “take control… and break down the walls” because it is time to “take it on and make” God watch out for us, by surrendering to His wisdom and ways to discover the abundant life that He calls us to. It’s “time for wonder”! 

The question is:  will you take control? Will you break down the walls by surrendering and coming under the protection and authority of the only One who can make things better, of the only One who can make things change? 

To my friends who are feeling “Blah!”, or who are hoping things get better, or that things will change, I encourage you to seek the Lord and follow Him.

When you walk and talk with God as a continually practice, you can discover the wonder of life that surrounds us even on days where the blazing sun is challenged by icy temperatures. Receiving power when you surrender and taking control by coming under the authority of a Higher Power is just another paradox of our Christian faith, one of those things that seem like a contradiction but can be true. The word of God encourages these things and even though these ideas can challenge you, God’s word can be trusted to be true.       


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT2)
6  So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”  

Today’s verse encourages us to be strong and courageous and assures us that the Lord will prepare things for us and protect us.   

This verse speaks to the nation of Israel and encourages them to go into Canaan to take possession of the promised land, a daunting task but God’s encouragement was backed up by their previous victories and His miraculous provisions. God was to be trusted and He encouraged the nation of Israel to trust Him again.   

So that’s the context, and some scholars would say that this verse isn’t necessarily to be used to encourage us as Christians today but while I could see their point I would disagree and say the principles behind today’s verse endure for all generations of those who follow the Lord.  

While we can’t use this verse and expect that everything we try will be blessed by success, we can find hope and encouragement in the facts that God does go before us (He is over and above all time and space after all) and that He will never abandon us or fail us because through Christ we have a new and eternal life that keeps us in His presence forever.      

I think today’s verse is a fitting compliment for my encouragement to “take control” by surrendering to the Lord’s way of living, to choose to live a lifestyle of Christian discipleship.   The pathway of Christian discipleship is counter intuitive to the world’s ways and when we pursue it we will face opposition so we will need to be strong in courageous and trust that the Lord will go before us and never abandon us or fail us when we seek His will and purpose for our lives.   

So be strong and courageous and represent God’s kingdom by answering the call to a life of Christian discipleship.  When you surrender to the Lord and walk by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit you will not only experience the fruit of the Spirit you will also be able to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the promises of God in the Bible like today’s verse really are true for people today, like me and you.  

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Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we continue sharing from Chapter 5.   

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Because of abusive authority and legalistic teaching, the term submission has a negative connotation for many people. To them, a submissive person is a doormat who never questions those in authority. Some accept the doormat role and identity, while others deeply resent all authority figures, including God. But God is not like the abusive authority figures they have known. He has our best interests at heart. Submitting to His will and His way is the only means by which we can have any sense of social order. Little would be accomplished in our marriages, families, churches, businesses, and governments without some authoritative structure. When none exists, there can only be anarchy. The authority of God provides for the peaceful coexistence of His people, who are called to live and work together.

The Apostle Paul instructs wives to be submissive to their husbands, and then he says that we are all (both men and women) to “be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”107 This means that all Christians are to be willing to cooperate in their relationships under God given authority structures. Everybody is under the authority of somebody or something, and we are all subject to the needs of one another, because we are all called to love one another.


What do Paul and Peter mean when they teach that wives are to be submissive to their husbands?108 Why do some women rebel against the idea of submission? Why do some men abuse the authority God has given them in the home? Why do Peter and Paul remind men of their responsibility to lovingly meet the needs of their wives?109 These are critical questions that we all encounter when treading into the minefield of role relationships in marriage. Much of the confusion and virtually all of the emotional energy that fuels the debate comes from buying into a wrong view of the source of our identities and significance. People tend to get their identities from the things they do and their significance from their positions and titles. They wrongly conclude appearance, performance, and status equals significance.

Our identities are not determined by what we do; they are determined by who we are in Christ. It is not what we do that determines who we are; it is who we are that determines what we do. Before coming to Christ, we did get our identities from our natural heritage, professional work, and social status. But now that we are in Christ, “There is neither Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian and Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all,”110 and “neither male nor female.”111 These passages do not eradicate social roles or eliminate authoritative structure. It clearly teaches that our essential identities are found in Christ, and we are to live out our roles in life as children of God.

Our significance is not determined by our worldly positions and possessions, but by our position in Christ and the riches we possess in Him. When the mother of the sons of Zebedee was trying to get her sons seated next to Christ, our Lord used the occasion to instruct us concerning positions of ministry. “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”112 Every leader is subject to the needs of those who serve under him. Headship in the home is not a right to be demanded; it is an awesome responsibility, and the same holds for any role of social responsibility.

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