Meditation: December 2

“Now this, Yet once more, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:27). 

The voice of God speaks from heaven and the earth is shaken. God’s Word has the power to disturb the false peace that resides upon the earth when it is not according to His design. Our lives must be established on the principles of His doctrine unless we too will have a false sense of security merely to be shaken by the calamities that are sure to come upon all who live their lives in disobedience to His will. He stands alone as the Creator of all things. He has the authority over and the design for the whole of His creation. They are unstable without His Spirit bringing all things into proper order. The Word of God may appear obsolete in our day. The true ministers of God may seem to have lost their significance among much talk and activity that in God’s eyes is meaningless chatter. God has both a heavenly message and gives a heavenly vision to those whom He has called to represent Him on the earth. It is His Church established upon the revelation of Jesus Christ that will remain when all other things have failed. 

“The Word Made Flesh”- Pastor Woodrow Walker, II

The Book of Genesis begins with, “In the beginning God…” Before there was a where or a when, there was the Eternal God. He was both self-existent and self-sufficient. “He was before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). Not only is He self-sufficient, but all things are dependent on His sufficiency. He supplies life to all creation and contains the sufficiency to sustain life to every living creature. God made the universes by speaking them into existence, and they are held together by the Word of His power.

The Incarnation is the embodiment of the Word, where the flesh did not just contain the Word, but the Word was made into something that it had never been before. The Word was made human, lived among its fellow beings, became sinless flesh, and that flesh knew no sin. He became flesh that fully possessed the Spirit of God and possessed the same potency as in creation, but was confined to function within the framework of humanity. The life of this sinless flesh was the Spirit of God who was animated by the full measure of the Holy Spirit. Yet to fulfill all righteousness, He had to engage in what would be required of sinful flesh. Jesus was baptized in water symbolizing the requirement of death for the inherent sin within the members of fallen humanity. There was no need for the Holy Spirit to fill Him, for His Spirit is one with the Holy Spirit.  He descended on Him gently like a dove to confirm His rights and to engage fully in the works of God in the earth realm. The life of His flesh was the Spirit of Almighty God. 

The Word that became flesh then had to become what Christ had never been before. The Messiah, the Christ of God, became sin for us or sin on our behalf. He could only become sin as result of the Word becoming flesh. Then, sinless flesh was then capable of carrying the sins of the world. He came into the world for a worthy cause. Flesh that was eternally separated from God by sin and condemned to die an eternal death was given the opportunity to live. As death was a stranger to humanity before Adam sinned, eternal death is a misnomer to those who only think of life as they currently consider it to be. Eternal death is to be in an eternal state of dying, and the fear and the pangs of death become their habitation. Yet Jesus came to give us eternal life, a life that postures the individual that receives His life to be in a constant state of living and discovering the eternal adventures awaiting those who enter in. What a waste of time if all our hope was in this life only! If discovery and adventure can exist in this miniscule episode called time, how much more must be awaiting us when we explore with Jesus the mysterious and intriguing adventures of eternity? Christ came to give us much more than we can ask for, see, or currently understand. But He must be fully received and acknowledged if we are to live with Him and in Him as enjoying the full benefits of our salvation.

Meditation: December 1

“….By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). 

The promises become our focus rather than other things previously lusted after. It is when faith in God’s promises is real to us that we can rely upon and trust in His Word to deliver all He has said. The bondage of misdirected desires goes deeper into the soul than any pain inflicted upon the body. We have now become a settled and undisturbed people because we have received from the Lord the faith to believe His Word. That pain is no longer a thing to suffer because our hopes are on things that are eternal. We have learned that craving for the forbidden or placing our hope on the temporal erodes the soul. But, thanks be given unto God, we have escaped what once held us in bondage. The reprieve from the penalty of former lusts and the deliverance from being sentenced to only seeing and desiring them have been granted to such an undeserving soul. 

Meditation: November 21

”These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1Corinthians 2:13-14). 

All that is called wisdom may be lacking the potency to change one’s life for the better. There is practical wisdom that may assist in one coping or even managing what is already there. But for a permanent change to occur there has to be the instructions in wisdom that comes from above. Wisdom that comes from above has no earthly references. Nothing can be compared to the depth and wealth of spiritual things. These are the intangibles that affect all that is seen, heard, or experienced. The teacher is the Holy Spirit Himself. He instructs the heart so that it embraces what would otherwise be foolishness to those who think they already have the answers. He first must raise new questions and spiritual inquiries must be made. Without the hunger and thirst for righteousness, God’s standard for living, even His Word will be reduced to what is manageable by man. Because the Holy Spirit has dealt deeply within the heart, there is the pursuit for wisdom that God will never ignore. He gives it liberally and does not reprimand the individual making the request. He walks in the wisdom of God and is over time, transformed into a living expression of it. 

Meditation: November 5

“I, God, will begin by restoring the common households of Judah so that the glory of David’s family and the leaders in Jerusalem won’t overshadow the ordinary people in Judah” (Zechariah 12:7-8 MSG). 

God will raise the common people who trust in Him to a degree of prominence alongside of royalty. God’s love will know no boundaries when He is exalted above all. It will be a day of triumph where all will celebrate the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The restoration of dignity will occur among the least which are often abandoned and forsaken. Efforts of protest will not be sufficient because many important factors may not be given proper consideration. When Jesus said, “The poor you will have with you always,” He was not ignoring the responsibility we must have in the area of benevolence to them. But rather, He made it known that the opportunity to bless them will always be available to us. At that time there was something more important than benevolence because the sacrifice was being prepared for death and burial. When the Lord is honored, He will restore the order that must be established among all of humanity. Even David in all of his prominence would not remain exclusive; Solomon in all of his glory for a greater than Solomon is now here. In our pursuits for a place in this world where our lives will count for something, it will gain its greatest degree of significance when we glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Meditation: November 4

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). 

This was not the initial phase of Paul’s life after meeting Jesus. After having been introduced, he was left with an indelible impression upon his soul. His whole life was spent in an attempt to fully embrace what he both saw and experienced in meeting such a man. He was intrigued by the phenomena of God in the flesh; a glimpse of the glory state of his own soul trusting that the time would come when the Christ that he saw from a distance would totally possess him. It is Christ in us that gives us the hope of glory. All other expressions of life would be so futile in their pursuits after such an encounter because they become mere shadows since the realness of Christ has become so real to us. This is the place the Lord intends to deliver each of us to. Once we are there, a desire to retain anything that would compete with the life in the Spirit is willingly abandoned. No longer is it the pangs of death, but rather the pleasures of willful obedience that is anticipated. A new life springs forth in the place where the old life once occupied. Only when the old has passed will the new be realized. It is faith in the Son of God, our having that quality of faith in Him and what He has done because He loves us that keeps us connected. Then we can glorify the Lord in our flesh through our new lives. 

Meditation: November 3

“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26). 

It is too easy to feel that a particular thing is right and rely totally upon one’s feelings. Many place their confidence in the inclinations of the heart rather than the established truth of God’s word. Our hearts may guide us in the direction away from the things we despise, but will eventually crash against the jagged rocks of reality. The good is often despised if the heart remains unchanged. Nothing is within us to embrace the truth if all we have is an empty heart in search of significance. Nothing within fallen man is able to deliver him from perishing along with the weight of passions sinking him deeper into the quagmire of sin and rebellion. His feet are not established upon any solid substance enabling him to be upheld on shaky ground. He trusts in what is within him and around him. He foolishly stumbles along in life until he utterly falls. But the wise will walk wisely because they are steadied by the power that comes from on high. God is able to lift him above the traps set before him. He is raised up while others are falling down. God sustains him through all that he may face because his heart is fixed on Jesus. 

Meditation: November 2

“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ” (Philippians 3:7). 

What a resolve! What a tremendous position one is placed in when his pursuit for Christ outweighs all the accolades of his past. He is then privileged to know Christ in a way in which he has never known Him before! Whatever value we place on any effort or accomplishment diminishes our view of Christ. It becomes difficult to see Him in the fullness of His glory when we have become so large in our own eyes and feel so important in comparison to the smallness of others around us. We must decrease if He is ever to increase. When we have gained Christ, He is then given full permission to be Himself in us. We have the confidence that we are known by Him and will be with Him forever. If we are to be with Him forever, that implies we will live forever as He lives. To surrender what we currently have is a small thing in comparison to all we will gain as we count all other things as loss. They have no eternal value therefore they should not hold the most prominent place within our hearts. To know Him is to love Him exclusively. And with His love we are empowered to love others. We have so much to gain and so little to sacrifice when we give our all to Him. 

“The Glory of His Grace”- Pastor Woodrow Walker, II

In both Ephesians 1:3 and I Peter 1:3, the salutation is to bless or praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has both blessed, begotten, and fathered us again, thus restoring us to our original state as His children. Giving us the nature of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ, by way of His Spirit so that we might be graced to fulfill our eternal purpose as His sons. We have been justified by His grace and given His Spirit, which leads us to the fullness of His grace and on to the blessed hope of our eternal inheritance. He has given us grace for grace—grace to receive more grace, which leads us to the discovery of blessings in this life as well as the life to come that is reserved for us in Heaven. 

Jesus Christ came to fulfill all the righteous requirements of the Law on our behalf. Then, He died on our behalf so that our requirement was only to believe that His sacrifice was sufficient for our past, present, and future sins. By receiving His Spirit, we can give full expression of the new life that is now ours. This allows us to no longer live unto ourselves, but allows the Spirit of Christ to become life within us. Then as Isaiah 54:14 states, we then can become established in righteousness, the ability to stand before the Father without guilt or inferiority. It is what we now stand for that matters most.

The objective of the true and transformed believer is to glorify the Lord. He does not just believe in Him, but believes on Him. He then can discover aspects of His love measured out to Him in the abundance of His grace in application to life’s experiences. God is then permitted to enter His world as an active participant rather than a passive theoretical idea. Too many people believe in the Lord, but not on the Lord. They do not walk in the Spirit but rather merely give Him an honorable mention. The works of God are but of a past era while a powerless and impotent entity is worshiped in the place of the Omnipotent God.

All creation anticipates the revealing of the sons of God. He provides for us endless opportunities to participate with Him in the work of restoration and bringing the whole of creation into compliance with His will. Spiritual gifts are distributed to us as we mature and grow in grace to understand their proper use. He works in us and through us at the same time, and we are being fit for our future inheritance while receiving a glimpse of His glory. A foretaste of His ultimate promises is demonstrated through us as Heaven and earth meets through His Church. We give thanks for the glory of His grace by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. 

Meditation: November 1

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1). 

The light that God gives illumines the way to our salvation. The darkness of night shrouds the condition of the soul. When people wander in the dark, they cannot see beyond the moment. There is no certainty of purpose or hope for the future. There are some who seek to be enlightened. Their understanding is influenced and fashioned as the result of information gained from many sources. They hope in what appears to be sufficient enough to save them. Yet even if what they knew possessed the ability to advance them beyond their peers, it would still be lacking the power to rescue them from the testing and judgment of all things. The Psalmist proclaimed, “The Lord is my light.” Only His light can lead us to salvation. It reveals the nature of things that would otherwise tempt us away from the eternal. It preserves, and when necessary, restores our souls. If the question of eternity is resolved as the result of walking in His light that has become our own, then whom shall we fear? Nothing within the darkness is able to frighten us because we have enough light to show us what is in fact before us. His light illuminates our path enabling us to walk in the light as He is in the light.