Meditation: June 12

“for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1John 4:20). 

There is that moment in the life of every Christian when love is indiscriminately distributed. This is the mark of true conversion that one has passed from death unto life. It does not mean that the person will remain there, but if he has never been there, he has never received conversion. All too often very little is required of the seeker that limits his expectations of God. If God does not require the whole heart of the individual, how can that individual expect to receive the fullness of Christ? The test is openness to others with a heart overflowing with love. We cannot contain the authentic love of God for its objective is to be given away. Our mission is to fully follow after Him allowing His love to be shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. If we love Him we will love our brother—love, and keep His commandments. 

Meditation: June 4

“For He says, ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation, I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; and behold now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). 

When the gospel of Jesus Christ is heard, the day of salvation and the accepted time of deliverance comes. Eternity is interjected into time in order to produce within the soul what would otherwise be impossible. It may appear to be so simple, and often it is taken for granted and generalized among many other statements that are made but not fully understood. But something more dynamic has happened. Its entrance is so subtle that those seeking the spectacular will often miss it. The grace to become what the Lord has promised is introduced through such simple words as these. They prepare the heart and soul to be with Christ and to reign with Him throughout eternity. We have been given the assignment and the authority to deliver salvation to a dying world. As the Holy Spirit so directs us, we can speak His Word with power and at that very moment a life-changing experience occurs among the hearers. We cannot afford to be silent. God will use somebody. Why not us? 

Meditation: June 3

“You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). 

In an age of diversity, tolerance, and political correctness, to speak exclusively that One would stand out among the crowd condemning all others beside as false, lifeless, and insignificant is seen as intolerant. So it is with God who has no respect for other gods. None other is to be worshiped than the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. What is most difficult to many is to understand the effect of original sin. None had access because of man’s nature as sinners. When sin is ignored then the need for a Savior is unnecessary. But thanks be to God, a provision was made through the death of His own Son that we might be redeemed! Idolatry is the pursuit of a god that is either after Him or in place of Him. He must stand alone if He is to be worshiped. Renounce any idols in your life that may be competing for your exclusive obedience to Him. 

Meditation: June 2

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Revelation 3:8). 

The faithfulness of the saints will provide endless opportunities in the future. Our future is determined by the decisions we make now. An open door is set before those who know the name of the Lord. When His character is known and given expression He can then work through that individual without the objections of the flesh. The Holy Spirit’s assignment is to make Christ known to us. He reveals Him in the midst of even the most trying circumstances. When He is known in truth, He will not be denied. We must maintain a steadfast faith in Him even though doors may be closed before us. He can open doors that no man can open, and He can shut doors that no man can close. Little strength from us is enough when His strength is at work within us. He will do His work among the weakest for His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. 

“Show Us The Father”-Pastor Woodrow Walker, II

Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us” (John 14:8). Philip asked in simple terms, “make Your Father known to us.”  Jesus would regularly reference God, the Creator of all things, as Father. This was strange and unfamiliar language to all who worshipped Him, or even acknowledged His existence and authority. His references were relational rather than jurisdictional, and the request was to reveal to them what had been revealed to Him. The acknowledgement was apparent that He was the only One who could make Him known in that manner. He then disclosed to them a major component of His earthly mission by saying, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father. Have you been with Me this long and known this?”  

The role of fatherhood is shrouded in mystery. God wondrously allows his seed to become a life that can live apart from its origin. What is in the father is in his children, and his DNA is a self-replicating material that can continue from generation to generation. Philip’s request is akin to the request of Moses when He asked God to show Him His glory. The difference between the two is that Moses would have to die if he saw it, but Philip would live by seeing what he requested. Jesus is the glory of the Father! He said, “if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” 

Likewise, a prophetic picture of Christ is presented through the prophets who spoke to fathers and communicated God’s Word to their families. In these last days, He speaks through spiritual fathers that serve as shepherds and lead His people on a predestined path. Spiritual fathers are to make Christ known to earthly fathers for the sake of raising healthy children and maintaining a happy home. They are obligated to know the Father through His Son for the sake of their relational health. Unhealthy relationships, however, are formed when the original structure is either compromised or abandoned. The eternal Father/Son relationship of God in Christ is extended by the same DNA as Christ and His Church. To see God as Father, He must be seen through the lenses of His Son, as fatherhood on earth is intended to reflect the relationship established in Heaven. To see Christ as the Son of God is to see ourselves from the perspective of God’s ultimate intentions for us, where His intention is for us to become sons and be led into the blissful state of eternal sonship. There, His love is completed among individuals who are positioned to receive the full effect of His love.

Meditation: June 1

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48). 

God expects a return on His investments. The gifts of God are given to each person in order for all to profit as the result of His distributions. It is not based on what most would consider as the criteria for God’s judgments. God is not equal in His judgments, but He is equitable. Grace is freely given, but God determines who will receive what is being distributed. Yet we may covet what we deem as necessary, but it must only be for the advancement of His kingdom and not our own. When our hearts yearn to do more for God and we feel powerless to fully participate with Him in what He wills to do, it is in order to seek Him for the empowering gifts that would further qualify us. Yet in our earnestness to receive, it does not obligate Him to any measure to give us what we consider to be necessary. He will give us what He knows is best for us as well as what’s best for others. But, the warning is not to frustrate the grace of God. What God gives must be used as He wills for it to be used. God requires faithfulness of His servants. Only then are they obedient and not wicked. 

Meditation: May 31

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1Samuel 16:7).

The external things may be impressive and rewarding to those who would settle for less than God’s approval. Men celebrate success and imitate the lives of those who appear to have accomplished what they, one day, wish to achieve. It is often that gifts and talents may carry a person where character cannot maintain them. Their truest nature will all too often peek around the corner and betray them, thus exposing their motives. We cannot fool ourselves, nor will ourselves into having the heart of Christ. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to change our hearts so that our will is to do His will. All other works are rejected because the motives are not pure. We must pray that God will give us a clean and pure heart and a steadfast spirit. Then we must constantly pray that nothing will enter into our hearts to turn us away from remaining pure before God.

Meditation: May 30

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1Peter 1:6).

Faith is placed on trial when you are given a seemingly legitimate reason to rebel against God as the result of current circumstances and the decisions of others. Logically the thing to do would be to disobey God and partake of the forbidden, or curse God for relief that does not seem to be on the horizon or even a part of the plan. One is for self-gratification and the other is to remedy the effect of constant misery. Faith rises in the midst of trials as being more precious than whatever the outcome would have been if you had relented in the midst of your greatest and most fierce battles. It is precious because in the end, God will prove Himself to be faithful. He will reward those who do not cave in under pressure, and will avenge them from their enemies. It is also the proof of character to further convince you of the Holy Spirit yet working in you in spite of the challenges you may be facing. You will see Jesus Christ in a way that would otherwise be impossible unless you had passed the test. It is worth it to maintain your focus in the midst of trials. There will be great rejoicing on the part of the faithful.

Meditation: May 29

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6-7).

Words give expression to the disposition of the heart. Eventually, not always immediately, the mouth will be engaged in speaking the truest feelings that reside deep within the soul. It is never a matter of merely guarding your words in order to sound off appropriate expressions. The issue must be addressed at its root. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When the heart is rightly governed, the tongue is sure to follow. But what comes out of a man defiles him for when he speaks he spreads the contagion to others. You are responsible for how you influence the people with whom you come in contact. Not just your body, but the whole body is defiled and set to follow the course of nature. It is what you have heard in the past that has influenced your future. Sweet water must flow from a pure fountain for no bitter water is contained there. God gave you a new heart in order for His Word to be given expression through a new creature. Now guard your heart so that the old references are no longer your conversation.

Meditation: May 28

‘‘Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low” (Isaiah 40:4).

God reaches down to valleys in order to lift them up and pulls down ever-exalted mountain. He encounters the mighty when they trust in their own strength. Nothing is able to stand above Him. These mountains stand to challenge His authority. His is the power to uphold mountains, and He has the right to remove them. By His Word mountains quake and the earth trembles. He is awesome in power and majesty. Yet He dwells in the high and holy place with the humble and the contrite. He exalts the valleys. The same power that brings mountains down is the power that lifts valleys up. The purity of their hearts permits them to see God. Their perspective is not the same as those who have lofty goals and are selfish in nature. They possess His heart. Their wills are in synch with His will. The way up is down and the way down is up. So different from the nature of fallen man, but the way of life that leads us down the path of life.