Meditation: March 7

“For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9). 

The initial light of God leads us to greater light. We see Him as Redeemer and we are saved from the penalty of sin. The entryway into His grace has been provided as His light has shined upon us. There is also light shining on the path inviting us to enter in. It is not enough to enter in a park at the gateway of all that has been provided for us in Jesus Christ. The things that accompany salvation are awaiting us within the vast areas of exploration of blessings and joy that can only be experienced once we have passed beyond the Outer Courts and are willing to enter into the Holy of Holies. The further we are willing to be led, the deeper the level of intimacy we are enabled to experience. His light leads to the fountain of life. We are able to drink from the fountain that springs forth into everlasting life. When Jesus Christ becomes life to us, we can then live the abundant life. The pleasure of knowing the Father, as He is known by the Son, is made known to us. Lord, lead us to the greater light, so that we may be able to see You and be blinded to the distractions of the flesh, the world, and the devil. 

The enmity between us and God has been removed. Now, we are at peace with Him. But the light shines brighter and brighter as we focus our attention in the direction from which the light is shining. It is the revealing of His grace that enables us to see the path before us. Then we are enabled to continually see the path on which we are to remain. His light leads us to Jesus Christ as Savior. Then we allow Him to be Lord over every area of our lives as we follow Him. The path on which the light is directed leads to life in the Light of His love. His is the light of life. 

Life is more than eating and drinking, apparel or occupation. Many are bored in their quest for life’s meaning. Many are in search for a meaning for their existence. Their lives are usually defined by their occupation or the reputation gained by what others may think of them. Life can be so narrow and meaningless without a deeper understanding of purpose. The dead cannot see the Light of Life. 

Dark rooms are the places of sightless men and lifeless graves are places where death rules as king. There is no light in those places where the Light of Life is absent. Many search for light in caves and wander into deeper levels of darkness. What do the sightless do since they cannot see? They feel their way through life. And when they feel nothing, they wander in the dark. 

Meditation: March 6

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1Corinthians 10:13). 

Is it possible for a faithful servant of God to be tempted? Experience provides evidence that all are tempted. Yet, temptations do not have to overtake you. The objective of the Tempter is to overtake the lives of those who do not deliberately fight against what has come to mind. When it becomes a thought that is difficult to erase from the memory, it is easy to yield to the temptation exclusively tailored for you. Nevertheless, there is a way of freedom to cancel thoughts that would otherwise translate into actions. It does not lie on the surface, but must be sought after. He reveals His sacrifice of life and love in contrast to the current offer. Only then will you be provoked to respond rightly. On the other side of the temptation is the evidence of true love, expressed from your heart as a sign of gratitude. When you bear up under the pressure of temptation, you are providing evidence that you love Jesus more than any object of affection or attraction that is there to replace what He alone can give. 

Meditation: March 5

“But from this day I will bless you” (Haggai 2:19). 

Looking forward, the outlook is much brighter than the past for the children of the Most High God. Even though many of the things promised have not yet come to pass, God is still true to every one of them. The seed is still in the barn. The seed that is to be planted must be scattered before the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, or the olive tree is able to yield its fruit. The laborers must sow in the time of sowing before the reapers can come and reap the harvest. There is a future ahead of us that only God is able to bring to pass. Yet, each of us must diligently work in the season that is to be rightly occupied by those who are fully aware of times and seasons. While we may be waiting on God, God is also waiting on us! 

Meditation: March 4

“Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day — but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness” (2 Peter 3:12-13 MSG). 

The coming of the Lord will attract the attention of those who eagerly await His return. While all things around us are being shaken, and nothing appears to have any degree of stability, there remains a constant focus in an upward direction in spite of all other things that would otherwise be disturbing. God has promised that He would send His Son again to the earth. If the earth could not receive the words of the prophets, and the world rejects His standard, it is not the world on which His kingdom will be established. He will descend, but above the earth, while the heavens and the earth are burned with fire. He will establish a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will reign. But then, it will be under the rule of those who are kept by His power and anticipate His return. They will hardly notice the destruction of the old because they so eagerly wait for God to replace it. Sin is now running its course, but do not be discouraged. God will restore all that is now being destroyed by sin and those who have given their souls over to it. When those things are completely removed, His day will have fully come! 

Meditation: March 3

“For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned” (Hebrews 6:7-8). 

What we have experienced and participated in with God is not merely for ourselves. He allows us to experience His goodness in order to provide healing for others. Either we will bear healing herbs for wounded, restless, and reckless souls, or we bear thorns and briers to further wound them. The deepest wound is caused by sword-handlers who are unskilled in spiritual warfare. They cannot effectively interpret God’s grace in ways to benefit the wayward. We have been enlightened, tasted of the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the age to come. Therefore, we are the ones who are to bear herbs useful for those by whom they are cultivated. The fruit of our lives is for those who wish to know the source and purpose for our being alive. Then, we are able to live our lives as a blessing to others and a praise unto the Lord. 

Meditation: March 2

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). 

Consistency always appears to be the problem when there are so many things that have a beginning. But, they fall apart over time. Words often fade and their meanings are altered by those who feel differently when circumstances shift in a different direction. Who is able to keep his word when his word is based on conditions that are uncertain? The only way to be certain about life and things pertaining to it is that one must know what comes before and what will come after a commitment is made, a value is embraced, or a message is believed. He (Jesus) is before all that exists. All things have their origin in Him, and He will be after all things have come to an end. But, between what precedes and what follows are our lives and our conditions. We can trust His knowledge and His strength to guide and protect us into the future. He gives meaning to life. All things are considered from eternity past to eternity future. 

Meditation: March 1

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). 

A new commandment is given because a new power is made known. It is a power that existed in eternity but now is being revealed in time through Jesus Christ. He makes known to humanity a selfless love with the power to transform lives. It begins with the willingness to receive the love of Jesus Christ. He loved us first, but that love does us no good unless we first receive it. Allowing ourselves to be loved by the Lord is the first step. Then we are empowered to love one another as we are loved. It is a matter of allowing His love to flow through us, along with His strength to do so. Those who are loved can be released from the bondage of self and Satan. We experience the presence of the Lord when we are instruments in His hands, fulfilling the Lord’s command. 

“Springtime and Harvest” – Pastor Woodrow Walker, II

Gen 8:22 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”

 Seasonal changes occur in life with reasons that are beyond mere observation. In terms of biblical understanding, the time for a particular thing provides the opportunity for a work to be accomplished, but that does not guarantee the completion of the assignment. The work of planting requires the effort of the farmer. It was in this season that the epidemic Covid-19 resulted in a shutdown of an epic and global proportion. The uncertainties of a novel virus caused governmental officials, scientists, and clergymen to seek answers for a remedy, where each was required to provide what he/she could contribute. The outcome of what was planted in 2020 has now grown to fruition in 2021. Movements have increased to amplify the voices of people-groups demanding to be heard and conspiracy theories have gained the attention of many, who have allowed rumors of wars, to engage in fighting against phantom enemies.

While many were so engaged, the real enemy behind the conflict was given a pass and permitted substitutionary lies to compensate for the absoluteness of truth. The seeds planted in the past have now become the hybrid seed for the future. Not only are we required to uproot the deeply established and institutionalized racism and idolatry of yesterday, but also the new hybrid seed of today includes all that was in the past with a religious expression that even those who would otherwise be more discerning fully defend and embrace. The truth is, a more sophisticated deception has hijacked the traditional church and given permission to justify lawless modernism within Christendom. “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way” (Matt 13:25-26). While we were being quarantined, or while others defied the requests to wear masks and stay at home, a voice was given to the enemy to rethink whatever course the Lord had ordained for His Church.

Where might we stand a year later? Should we come out of this dilemma stronger and wiser than when we entered in? The 12-month challenge was in fact a test. The quality of the seed will be proved through the yield of the fruit. The Seed of the Word brings to the surface what resides within the hearts of individuals. As we look into the Word as in a mirror, we are being introduced to our truest selves. The religious veneer is removed so that the quality of our faith can come forth as pure gold. Unfortunately, there were many who caved in under pressure, and without the ceremonious gatherings, their faith waned. Their appetite for the Truth was not strong enough to uphold them against the stormy tidal waves of peer pressure. A political party or some other cultural affiliation forced them into conformity. Yet, among others, the Word spoken has sustained them through this spiritual battle because all that has occurred was a burgeoning war against their souls.

The seeds of yesterday are now budding in the Springtime of today. During this time of the year, the season is changing. Seedtime is Springtime. Now it is our assignment to plant the good seed of the Word of God into the good ground of the hearts of those who are seeking to know who and where He is. The Lord is in the midst of all things concerning those who have put their trust in Him. The Seed that has now germinated in your hearts through your experiencing Him is contained within the Fruit of the Spirit within your life. This is now Springtime! Let us plant good and healthy seed in this season!

Meditation: February 28

“Therefore, I say to you, ‘Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’ ” (Mark 11:24).

The condition of the heart qualifies one for answered prayers according to the will of God. He brings us into compliance with His will in order for us to see with Him what He sees, thus desire the same things that He desires. Only then is it possible to enter into the very prayer life of Jesus. When the Holy Spirit controls our passions and desires, the Father who always hears the voice of His Son will also hear Him speak through us. This should be our passion to reach that place of faith where there is nothing in us other than the will to fully please the Father. Then we can ask what we will and it will be granted to us.

Meditation: February 27

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).

Authority is given by God in order for it to be used in ways that honor Him. When He is dishonored, authority is then corrupted and His face is veiled by those who make decisions independent of His counsel. Prayer is necessary for all, that the Holy Spirit may guide the heart of our leaders and if necessary, turn their hearts in the right direction. There are many decisions to be made and God has full knowledge of the end of each one. Some may appear to be right but the end may be death or even damnation. More than ever, God must be sought and our hearts surrendered to His will. There are leaders chosen by God, but people must choose to follow them. They lead their followers to righteousness, justice, and peace. The Lord can then receive the honor and the people will rejoice because His favor will come upon them.