Meditation: March 11

“Blessed is he who takes no offense of Me” (Luke 7:23). 

The offense that occurs among men is the contradistinction between His deity and His humanity. Some would view Him as not being human enough to understand man’s dilemma and the challenges that all men face, while others would reduce Him to being just a man, the son of a carpenter. Then there are those who view Him as being an impostor who proclaims to be God. The paradox of His life as being fully God and fully man is the reason for many taking an offense to Him. But blessed is he who has received from the Holy Spirit the revelation as Peter received, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In this statement, both His deity and humanity are genuinely and fully expressed. Flesh and blood cannot make this known. Only the Father in heaven can reveal this to us thus positioning us to receive the revelation of the Father through our surrender and obedience to Him. 

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. 

“Christ as the Center of Change” – Pastor Woodrow Walker, II

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

I do not remember the source, but someone once said that “Christ is our eternal contemporary!” He is always in vogue and current as the remedy to the most current issues facing life. It is amazing to know that the same Person with the same word can address the most unusual situations. While many things are erupting from unexpected places, the solution resides in the Eternal One. Yet we are obligated to seek Him with humble hearts in order to discover the answers that await us.  “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” (Romans 5:20). His grace anticipates the modes and movements within society at whatever age they may occur. None of these things were able to take God by surprise as things have changed and are constantly changing. God’s perfect world, where He pronounced His goodness upon it, was corroded when the innocent blood of Cain was absorbed into it. 

Now many generations later, the sin of humanity has caused further erosion upon and within the crust of the earth. Sin is an intrusive force that corrupts everything in its path, and when the creative Word of God is reinterpreted, ignored, or trampled upon, negative changes occur to disrupt His creative order. Unfortunately, one of the results of the Fall in the Garden of Eden was the corruption of the minds of Adam and Eve. Even this present generation is left with creative but corrupted minds. Innovations like Artificial Intelligence (AI), space exploration, areas of art, education, and sciences have catapulted to a level beyond any other generation in recorded history. However, because of their affluence, there are many people that have rejected or denied God completely. 

  God was in the middle of change as He provided the antidote to man’s dilemma in the Garden of Eden. It was blood for blood—the Blood of His Son in exchange for the self- deprecating blood and suicidal blood of murdering one’s own brother. Each act of sin is an act of rebellion against God and every act of rebellion against God is a self-inflicted wound against one’s own soul. Jesus Christ came to redeem mankind from the penalty and judgment that comes from God against sin, and tendencies of self-annihilation. 

There are many movements today orchestrated by well-meaning groups of people with the intent to address the offenses in history against people-groups and society as a whole. The cry for justice is growing louder as many become more aware of the atrocities measured against fellow human beings with the same magnitude of Cain who slayed his brother Abel. Throughout history, human life has been minimized among the ignorant who unknowingly lose their own dignity and cheapen themselves in the process. Yet amid all the stirrings, the Lord is prompting hearts to seek after Him in revival. He alone is able to set the record straight and change hearts in a new direction. He alone is able to restore and compensate for the years destroyed through slavery, by Jim Crow laws, and all forms of racial discrimination that exist, even to this present hour. Let us pray for revival among the churches first for cultural stability, and then by the church, may all come to the realization that without Christ we can do nothing. But with Christ, we can do all things as we receive the strength that He alone provides. 

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.

Meditation: February 26

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28-29).

A healthy fear is necessary for a balanced life. It helps one avoid carelessness and reckless living. Yes God is love and He initiates the process by loving us first. But unless we first fear Him, it is impossible to appreciate how far down He had to reach in order to save us. We are saved from the wrath of God. His wrath is measured against all ungodliness among those who suppress the truth. They are within the aim of His wrath. A healthy fear would cause concern as to whether we are in God’s will or out of it. It is when we receive His forgiveness are we able to respond in pure love. It flows to us and from us as it is received from the Lord. The assumptions of many lead to a brazen attitude interpreted as boldness or worldly wisdom. But the wise consider their state and desire to walk worthy of their calling.

Meditation: February 25

“Think of it! One solitary man when I called him, but once I blessed him, he multiplied” (Isaiah 51:2 MSG).

Abraham was blessed to be called and called to be blessed. He was one man standing alone but obedient to God. He was awaiting his assignment after having received the promise of blessings. When our future is in His hands, we can rely on His promises regardless of the current circumstances. God calls us alone. He calls us to Himself to personally respond to whatever He commands. Only then are we in the position to proceed. Some are waiting for the party to join them before they move beyond their present state. The blessings accompany us along the way even if we have to travel down the lonely road less traveled. He is with us to guide us along the way. Then He will bless with blessings that none can take away. The continual blessings of God will go from generation to generation.

Meditation: February 23

“How is it you do not understand?” (Mark 8:21).

Every act on the part of Jesus has a much deeper meaning than we have yet come to realize. It was not just the feeding of the five thousand on one occasion, nor the four thousand on another. He was instructing them to trust Him for their provisions when it appeared there were none. The miracle of Jesus took place as He distributed the fish and the loaves into the hands of the disciples. But the miracle was compounded when the fish and loaves were multiplied as they had more than enough to feed the multitudes. There are multitudes that are hungry for the living bread of life. We are to feed His sheep and feed His lambs. Even when it may appear as if we do not even have enough for ourselves, when we distribute to those we are commanded to feed at the end of the day, there will be basketfuls to take home. He will allow His miracles to be performed through our hands.

Meditation: February 22

“And yet I show you a more excellent way” (1Corinthians 12:31).

The order of the Church and our lives is to be arranged by the Holy Spirit. He guides us through the gifts that were given to the Church on the Day of Pentecost. Many gifted people have not fully understood what it would take in order to get the most out of what was left after Jesus’ ascent into heaven. We are to earnestly desire to be endowed with the blessings, which are the extension of His work on the earth. He works through His Body, which is the Church. When gifts are given, the potential for change is present. The gifted are the called, which are endowed to be a blessing to others. But the way they are used may be to the best of their abilities yet they may still fall short of God’s intended results. When the gifts are given, the way to use them must be shown—a way that is better than the best we ourselves are able to offer. It is the way of love. Only then can we employ the gifts without taking ownership of them. It is then God working in us to do what He alone is able to do. He loves through us and reaches the hearts and lives of people that He is willing to touch. There are ways known and unknown to us, but we must allow ourselves to be shown a more excellent way.