Meditation: July 6

“And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1Thessalonians 1:10). 

The posture of the follower of Jesus Christ is anticipation for what lies ahead. The word of God the persecution of trials and the tests that come against him. It has the ability to stabilize us even when the circumstances remain the same. It is word upon word that increases faith and raises the level of expectation for the return of our Lord. Nothing could be more valuable than this. Jesus, whom He raised from the dead provides for us a model of what awaits our future. He was delivered from death through death. The wrath of man measured against us in this world is nothing in comparison to the wrath of God. We must endure the intermediate in order to experience the ultimate. He has delivered us from the wrath to come against all unrighteousness and now we are a part of His kingdom where righteousness reigns. Our deliverance is as result of hearing and obeying the message delivered to us from heaven. It was delivered to us to deliver us from the wrath that is sure to come. As we wait for the return of the Son of God who is in heaven, we must patiently wait for Him to turn the tide in His favor. All things are working together towards this end. 

“Living A Life of Freedom”-Pastor Woodrow Walker, II

 “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.” Gal 5:13-26 (MSG)

The progression of freedom can lead to two conclusions—either to greater degrees of freedom or to a freedom that leads to bondage. When one becomes encumbered in expressing liberties independent of the Liberator, his actions will eventually inhibit his freedom of expression. “He who the Son sets free is free indeed.” The opposite is also true, as he who seeks freedom outside of the will of God will be ensnared with unexpected entanglements. The saga continues to repeat itself from history to this present time. Adam and Eve chose to yield to the temptation by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The eventual consequences of their choice led to the discovery of their nakedness. The end result of their liberation was not only nakedness alone, but also self-consciousness and the fear of being exposed without a covering. True liberation demands taking a leap of faith into the unknown. It is freedom from the familiar into a new experience and a new life. It is required of those who seek after freedom to have a goal and a vision for a bright and glorious future. The question is, who will be there to catch you when you take the leap of faith? The children of Israel were set free, but ended up wandering in the wilderness. What would have been a short journey required forty years of uncertainty. “Without a vision, the people cast off all restraints.” 

Additionally, pursuing freedom for freedom’s sake is a misnomer. Israel was being set free to worship God in the wilderness. They were to turn the wilderness into a sanctuary, and God proved Himself by providing for them while they were there. Yet, much more would have been provided if they had understood their reason for being in an unfamiliar place. The freedom to worship God sharpens one’s perception of reality. It postures the worshipper to receive the revelation and insight to navigate through life and to lead the way for others. When we are free indeed, we are free to love others. And as result of loving others, we are free to serve them. A difference is made through those who are truly free. Only the Son of God can make you free by releasing you from the bondage of self, Satan, and all other entities that offer pseudo-freedoms but cannot deliver on their false promises. 

Meditation: July 5

“Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14). 

The way that leads to life remains as the road less traveled. There are rabbit-trails along the way often taken by wayward travelers who get sidetracked by petty issues. Then there are dazzling streetlights with flashing signposts captivating the attention of those who follow after crowds. Without thought it would be much easier to flow with the traffic. But who are the ones who pause long enough to ask the question, “Where are we headed?” The way which leads to life must be deliberately chosen. It does not just happen by chance. With eyes wide open one is able to see from a distance a sight that heals blindness and is a sight for sore eyes. The life of God through Jesus Christ our Lord awakens one from the deadness of a zombie-like state to a clear discernment of all things. We have entered through the narrow gate, not as a thief but as a welcomed traveler. Then the Holy Spirit can continuously guide us throughout the journey from new life to eternal life. 

Meditation: July 2

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

What a marvelous work must have taken place in the life of Apostle Paul to now be at a place of devaluing what once was measure of his boasting. Now things had changed for him. Things that were measured as advantages had now become deficits. If they remained his central focus or if he took pride in any other thing, it would diminish the opportunity of knowing Christ as being far superior to any other thing. It is a matter of prioritizing our lives where Christ becomes all and other things are subordinate to our seeking to know more of Him. This can only happen among those who once knew that they were boastful. Pride has many disguises. Some would say that they are proud of the fact that they are not proud. This oxymoron hides behind a thin veneer of humility. When we become aware of our pride, we then give the Holy Spirit opportunity to free us from it. The test of true humility is when we determine not to know anything but Christ and Him crucified. There we harness the energy used to project a positive image and radiate Christ as being our life. When we know Him by revelation, then His glory is revealed in and through us. 

Meditation: July 1

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (1Corinthians 1:27). 

God very often uses simplicity in order to convey complexity. One’s rationale may cause them to miss out on the most important and profound things in life. They are hidden in the mysteries of God. He discloses Himself among the poor and the downtrodden. He may even be found among little children rather than professors of higher learning. If we are not careful, we may miss Him when He speaks of things pertaining to issues we would feel to be unimportant. God whispers His Word in the midst of the shouting voices of our day. His quiet gaze may be the extent of His message among the fanfare and excitement demanding the attention of the masses. He has chosen foolish things and foolish people who do not make much sense to us. Their message is strange when we have more important things to do. Our wholeness may be sought with vigor, while the key to it rests within the simple act of solitude and surrender. When we are still before Him and not too busy seeking what we ourselves are able to find or achieve, God can then show us what we were incapable of seeing alone. The world is blind to this, but His children are the only ones who have been enabled by His Spirit to see and possess that which comes exclusively from Him. 

Meditation: June 30

“And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs” (Mark 11:23). 

Jesus expected figs out of season as He approached a tree bearing leaves. For those close to Him, time is no longer the measure for seasons of change. His presence is sufficient to cause flowers to blossom and fruit to be borne. Seasons are a means of measuring natural things. The almanac records planetary alignments and climate changes. The time for planting is different from the time of reaping. Therefore, what grows must mature before it is ripe for harvest. Yet Jesus expected fruit to be produced before harvest time. Since nothing but leaves were there He cursed it so that nothing would ever grow in it again. The lesson was for His followers. There is a moment in time allotted to us by God that must be seized. If not, the heart is hardened and the mind is fixed to remain as it was. He says to us, seize the moment while the Word and the Spirit combine to bring in a new day. God awaits the opportunity to show Himself strong on our behalf. The fruit of our lives is there to serve the world and in particular, this present age. If we do not bear fruit we will be condemned to never bear any. We are to bear much fruit and our fruit is to remain. 

Meditation: June 29

“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel” (Philippians 1:12). 

The trials of the Apostle Paul were sent to destroy him on the part of the enemy, but allowed to prove him on the part of God. Faith is not a mere idea of the mind, but a disposition of the heart. It is able to withstand the onslaught of challenges that would otherwise wear one down. When we are tried and pass the test, on the other side of that victory is a special grace useful in the furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can then all the more identify with the price He paid by enduring much more than we could ever face in this life. There is a message preached by some who are void of experience that may stir the emotions and impress its hearers. But there is another message deeply rooted in experiences aligned with the sufferings of Christ. That message is able to make a deep impact upon its hearers because they not only hear it but see it. We live our message much louder than we speak it. There were things Paul wanted them to know. He wanted them to know that things that happen are not isolated incidences. Everything serves a purpose in the overall plan of God. He uses it all as a means of building within us a message that can reach and transform the hearts of others if we are totally committed to His purpose. 

Meditation: June 28

“The ordinary and disreputable people who heard John, by being baptized by him into the kingdom, are the clearest evidence” (Luke 7:29 MSG). 

When ordinary and common people are awakened to the message, the clearest evidence is presented. It is not the theologians or religious experts who will readily embrace the truth. They have to work their way through too many intellectual arguments before their hearts are finally penetrated. We should not close our minds and blindly feel our way into faith. But there is a place deep within the soul that can identify with the Truth and serve as a cause for rejoicing. The void is filled there. What has been missing is finally placed in the deep hole that nothing else was able to fill. Ordinary people are more aware of their need than those who are self- confident, pious, and proud. They need everything while the proud need nothing. They seek out a better and more fulfilling life while most aristocrats only need an addendum to what they have already received. There will be a major movement among the ordinary people and those who were hopeless. They will see the Light sought after but never realized. Their response will be genuine because they have nowhere else to turn. Yes, Christ is for losers. Unless we lose our lives, we will never find eternal life. Otherwise we will be embracing a false security plunging rather than rising thinking we have arrived. 

Meditation: June 27

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). 

The fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins. It is the acknowledgement of God’s existence and His divine power. Even 132 

though He is invisible, the evidence remains that God is Almighty. Many have lost their fear of the Lord and either disrespected and ignored Him altogether or reduced Him to a level that makes Him common. As important as it is, the fear of the Lord does not constitute salvation. Even the devil believes that there is a God and trembles. The second must accompany the first. We must keep His commandments. An attempt to keep His commandments solely on the basis of fear will lead to a Pharisaic and legalistic form of obedience. It is the motivation of love that provides consistency in our obedience to Him. If we love Him our will is to obey Him. The Royal Law of love provides a constant flow from our hearts to the object of our faith. Then it is distributed towards the assignments given to us. We must see the objective from beginning to end. Then our path will remain straight because our intentions will remain pure. 

Meditation: June 26

“Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life?” (2 Peter 3:11 MSG). 

How quickly things can change from what we have grown accustomed to into something with which we are totally unfamiliar. The transitions occur as a judgment against every standard that opposes what ought to be established. The infusion of sin and the reinforcement given to it by an ever expanding majority opinion hastens the Day of the Lord. When right appears wrong and wrong appears right, God alone must vindicate His honor. He brings to naught systems and all under the authority of the rebellious and reestablishes in their place newness. Do not be alarmed at the destruction of the wicked. These things must be if ever the Lord is to be glorified. Opposing and competing forces cannot coexist. The strength of the strong will overtake the weak, and the wisdom of the wise will befuddle the foolishness of the foolish. Since it will happen immediately, we should apply our hearts to live a holy life. The signs are before us now. The rapidly changing situation is our alarm as to how uncertain all things are. God alone is the constant that we can depend upon.