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February 29, 2008        "A Promise"

save them.” (Psalm 145:19)

The promise is that God will fulfil the desire of those that have this Godly fear.  When we fear the Lord, our desires will
be after righteousness and not after wickedness.  Our desires will fall in line with the Word of God.  God cannot fulfill
anything that is against His Word or His nature, but those that fear Him will have Godly desires and those are the ones
that He will fulfill for He is faithful that promised.

February 28, 2008        "Mercy and Fear"

Behold, the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;”  (Psalm 33:18)

It would seem that the mercy of God and the fear of God go hand in hand.  Whenever we fear the Lord, He will have
mercy on us.  Those that fear Him will have mercy bestowed on them.  When we say that we fear the Lord, we are
actually saying that we hope in his mercy, that we have the privilege or authority to be able to hope in his mercy for if we
did not fear Him, then how can we expect God to be merciful?  In fearing the Lord, we have the right towards receiving
mercy from the Lord as His Word tells us that “
the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon
them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children
”  
(Psalm 103:17)
The Lord has mercy on us regarding iniquity and evil done to us when we fear Him.  In bad circumstances, God will be
merciful towards us who believe and He will deliver us because our hope is in Him whom we fear.  Below are the
Scriptures that speak of mercy and of the fear of the Lord.  

But as for me, I will come [into] thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: [and] in thy fear will I worship toward thy
holy temple.
”  (Psalm 5:7)

For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”  (Psalm 103:11)

February 27, 2008        "Fear the Lord"

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the
LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for [there is] no want to
them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any
good [thing]. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
”  (Psalms 34:7-11)

I learn that the angel of the Lord encamps round about us when we show Godly fear.  This means, the angel pitches
his tent (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries’ explanation of ‘encampeth’) there and he abides by us all the day
long.  When any trouble comes our way, he delivers us out of them.  
It tells me in this verse that there is no want for them that fear the Lord.  Thus, there is no lack and no good thing is
withheld from me because I am standing in Godly fear.  

It is still our choice if we will have this fear, so we need to be teachable, or hearken, to learn to fear the Lord as
children.  Jesus taught us saying: “
Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the
kingdom of heaven.
”  (Matthew 18:3)

February 26, 2008        "The Lord has Secrets"

The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” (Psalm 25:14)

When one reveals his secrets to another person, it is usually with trust and confidence in that person.  One cannot
have confidence in someone if they have not proven faithful or loyal to you.  Also the sharing of secrets denotes
friendships.  Friends are faithful and loyal to each other.  Therefore, if we have a holy fear towards the Lord, we are
showing our faithfulness and loyalty to him as He has already shown His faithfulness and loyalty to us, His children.  

It says in Amos 3:7:  “
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the
prophets.
”  Also, in Isaiah 45:3 we read:  “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of
secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call [thee] by thy name, [am] the God of Israel.


God will show us his covenant.  He reveals to us his secrets to show us that He is the Lord.  By faithfulness, love and
the keeping of His promises he establishes His covenant with His people.  Just looking at the story of the Israelites
coming out of Egypt is a story of faithfulness and love.  God reveals who He is through revealing His secrets to those
who fear Him.

February 25, 2008        "The Fear of the Lord is Clean"

The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous
altogether.
”  (Psalm 19:9)

The fear of the Lord washes out every desire and love for sin and unrighteousness.  It is not mixed with the world but
is pure and holy, sanctified by fire as is gold.  

It shows us in the Webster’s Dictionary what the word ‘clean’ as an
adverb means: “In a general sense, free from
extraneous matter, or whatever is injurious or offensive; hence its signification depends on the nature and qualities of
the substances to which it is applied.” and “4. Free from moral impurity; innocent.


Therefore the fear of the Lord is clean, perfect, innocent, pure, moral pure and it keeps us in line with the will of God
and the Word of God.

February 24, 2008        "His Salvation"

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to
you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
”  (Exodus 14:
13)

The commandment in this verse is: "FEAR NOT" but to stand still and to see the salvation of the Lord.  I see three
things here.  1. We are to be without fear.  2. We are to stand still.  3. We are to see the salvation of the Lord.  This is by
faith because the salvation did not happen yet.  It tells us in this verse that today we will see it, but we don’t see it yet.  
So by faith we see it.  By faith we stand still without wavering or doubting and by faith we choose not to fear.  We accept
the peace and joy that comes from the promise of salvation that is appointed for today.

Another thing I see here is that the Israelites were in a tight spot at that point in time.  They were stuck between the
Red Sea and their enemies.  Their pathway went between two sets of high mountains that opened up at the
seashore.  The Egyptians were behind them and the Sea in front of them.  They could not turn left or right because of
the mountains.  I think they probably thought to try and set up an army and go back or even yield themselves to their
enemy, but God said to just stand still and to fear not.  This could be very difficult if you are ‘between a rock and a hard
place’ especially for a nation of people who are not used to God’s miracle working power.  God did deliver them by
setting a hedge of fire between them and their enemy.  The Israelites did see the salvation of the Lord that very same
day.  Then more miracles followed; the Red Sea parted and the Egyptians were drowned in the Sea.  

Do not limit God's delivering power to what you think it could be.  God always work above what we think is possible.  
Expect God to move the mountains and start envisioning His salvation for you today.

February 23, 2008        "Peace"

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the
sea; and there was a great calm.
”  (Matthew 8:26)

Jesus calls the disciples: “
Ye of little faith” because of their fear.  Fear strips us of our faith.  Fear causes us to lose
hope and to lose faith.  Love is an opposite of fear because of the Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear, but
when there is no fear, there is a peace that comes in its place.  As Jesus rebuked the storm, which was the cause of
the fear in this verse, a great calm came on the waters.  I believe that there was a great calm in the minds and the
attitudes of every person present on the boat.  Instead of the fear that was overtaking them just a minute previous now
a special peace overtook them just as the peace was on the waters.  Peace has a lot to do with faith.  If you don’t have
peace, it is hard to believe and have faith.  Rebuke the cause of your fear (just like Jesus did) and receive God's peace.

February 22, 2008        "Rest from your Sorrow"

And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and
from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
”  (Isaiah 14:3)

God promises rest from sorrows and from fear.  Fear puts a person into bondage and this brings sorrow. God
promises rest and deliverance from the bondage that fear puts us in.  
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby
we cry, Abba, Father.
”  (Romans 8:15)  
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7) Fear
drains us of energy, power and our authority in Christ.  It causes us to be selfish and without love.  It gnaws at our
minds because it makes us blind to the destruction we put ourselves and others in.  Fear has torment as it says in 1
John 4:18; “
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth
is not made perfect in love.
”  But this verse also shows us that God's perfect love casts out all fear.  Allow God's love
to be made perfect in you.  Verse 16 and 17 says "
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we
may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
"  
1 John 4:16-17
Receive God's rest from your sorrow when you allow His love to go deep into your being.  The fear and the sorrow will
have no place to reside in your life when God's unfailing love is present.

February 21, 2008        "Vengeance and Recompence

Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even]
God [with] a recompence; he will come and save you.
”  (Isaiah 35:4)

The promise is that God will come with vengeance and recompense for the purpose of salvation.  
To me [belongeth] vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in [due] time: for the day of their calamity
[is] at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
”  
(Deuteronomy 32:35)

When God talks about vengeance he is not talking of revenge.  God is not a cruel God but He will take vengeance on
His enemies for justice because He is a just God.  God will take back what His enemies steal from His bride and He
will bring recompense.  He will not allow the glory to go to His enemies, but He will be victorious over those that
appose Him.  This He will do out of a heart of love.  This is the promise we hold of salvation from the works of the
enemy.  

‘Vengeance’ according to Webster’s Dictionary: “
The infliction of pain on another, in return for an injury or offense.
Such infliction, when it proceeds from malice or more resentment, and is not necessary for the purposes of justice, is
revenge, and a most heinous crime. When such infliction proceeds from a mere love of justice, and the necessity of
punishing offenders for the support of the laws, it is vengeance, and is warrantable and just. In this case, vengeance is
a just retribution, recompense or punishment. In this latter sense the word is used in Scripture, and frequently applied
to the punishments inflicted by God on sinners.


‘Recompense’ according to Webster’s Dictionary: “
1. To compensate; to make return of an equivalent for any thing
given, done or suffered; as, to recompense a person for services, for fidelity or for sacrifices of time, for loss or
damages.  The word is followed by the person or the service. We recompense a person for his services, or we
recompense his kindness. It is usually found more easy to neglect than to recompense a favor.  2. To require; to repay;
to return an equivalent; in a bad sense.


In essence, God is saying that we should not be fearful because He will deal justly with his enemies and He will
recompense or compensate and return an equivalent value of that which has been stolen or suffered wrong.  He is
giving us a reason why we should not fear. Rejoice and know that God is will deliver you out of your situation with
vengeance because vengeance belongs Him, and when He has delivered you He will bring recompence.  Give your
troubles over into His hands.

February 20, 2008        "What did God's Word Say?"

Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up [and] possess [it], as the LORD God of thy fathers
hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
”  (Deuteronomy 1:21)

The two attitudes we must not show is fear and discouragement.  If we fear and become discouraged, then we are
going against God command.  What did God do with those that feared and became discouraged?  When Moses sent
out spies to search out the promised land they came back with the bad report and so they influenced all of Israel. Only
two of the spies believed the Word of the Lord, but the rest of the Israelites chose to believe the evil report.  With this
disobedience all of Israel, except the younger generation, was denied the right to see the promised land.  All God
required from them was their trust and faith in His Word that said that they should not fear or be discouraged.  

This means that there will be opportunity to fear and there will be opportunity to be discouraged. We have the choice
not to fear or be discouraged when the temptation comes.  We have to choose to believe in God’s Word else we will
not see the promises fulfilled for our lives.

February 19, 2008        "Walk in His Authority"

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my
name, he will give [it] you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy
may be full.
”  (John 16:23-24)

At this point in time, the disciples had not ever asked anything in Jesus’ name.  But now that Jesus has given the
authority, we can now come to the Father in Jesus’ name and we can receive that which we ask.  If we have not the will
of God in our hearts and in our minds, we cannot and will not be able to walk in that authority.  Therefore we will not be
able to receive what we ask for.  That means we need to stay tuned to what the Spirit of God is saying and keep our
hearts and minds to '
will to do according to His will'.  Then we can step into His authority and we can walk out that
authority.  When we are walking out our authority, we better be in prayer or the devil will take us out.  That authority is
there for a purpose.  It is not there to look good in and neither has it been given to exercise control over others.  But we
have that authority to accomplish His will.  Being then in His will, we will receive what we ask because whatever we
ask will be according to His will.

February 18, 2008        "Walk Circumspectly"

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”  (1 Peter 4:7)

As soldiers in God’s army, we are to walk circumspectly and stay alert.  We do that by staying in prayer.  When we are
in prayer, God can show us the things that might be of danger to His kingdom.  This does not mean that we walk
around in fear of what might happen, but instead we are walking circumspectly and alert to find out the plans and
devices of the enemy in order to annihilate them.  We can only do this and be successful at it when we are in prayer
and tuned into the Spirit.  Stay tuned and keep your mind fixed on Him.

February 17, 2008        "Call On To Him"

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  (Jeremiah
33:3)

God says that He will answer us when we call to Him.  He will not only answer us but He will show us great and
mighty things that we have never seen or heard before.  When we call on Him, we usually are in great need.  These
great and mighty things are then that which God will do on our behalf (things we have not thought possible) that will
take us out of our need.  The names of God can be inserted here for example: Jehovah Jireh, my Provider.  Jehovah
Shalom, my Peace.  Jehovah Rapha, my Healer. “
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
saved.
” (Romans 10:13) If I then call upon the name of the Lord as Jehovah Rapha, then He will save me by healing
me.  Or if I call upon the name of the Lord which says Jehovah Jireh, then He will save me by providing for me.  So in
calling unto Him, He will answer me and show me the great and mighty things that will deliver me from my situation.  
Do not put your hope in a specific way of deliverance because God's way is above what you thought possible.  

February 16, 2008        "Ask, Seek, Knock"

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  (Matthew 7:7)

The promise we have in this verse is that when we ask, it shall be given to us.  When we seek, we shall find.  When
we knock, it shall be opened to us.  There is a key though that will unlock these promises.  The key is that we must
ask, seek, and knock in accordance to the will of God and not in accordance with our own will.  God will never give
something that is not in His will.  If He does that, then He will be working against Himself.  When we pray according to
His will, God will give it to us.  He teaches us to ask.  He teaches us to seek until we find.  If we seek, we will find His
will.  He teaches us to knock at the door of His heart so that we may be saved.  

February 15, 2008        "The Vineyard"

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”  (John 15:7)

The promise is that we can ask whatever we will and it shall be done for us.  The condition for this is to ‘abide’.  We
need to abide in Him and by doing so we will allow His words to abide in us.  It is abiding in the Vine.  Jesus says in
verse 1 of this chapter that He is the Vine.  Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches.  The branches cannot bear fruit
unless it is part of the Vine.  We cannot bear fruit of ourselves.  We need to be ONE with the Vine and abide in Him.  
We abide in Jesus when we allow His Words to become part of us.  Meditating on His Word will help us to allow it to
abide in us.  His desire is that we be one with the Father.  The Father, as the vinedresser or the husbandman requires
a vine that is free from branches that doesn't bear fruit and He will see that it be cut it out of the Vine.  Jesus, as the
Vine cannot have bad fruit within Himself.  This is not a possibility.  Therefore when we truly abide in Him, then all the
bad branches will be rooted out of our lives.  When we don’t have any bad branches, our motives will be pure and our
motives and desires will be what the motives and desires of the Vine are.  Then with the right motives and right
branches, we will ask what we will (for our will, will be the Father’s will) and it shall be done unto us.  
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And
if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
”  (1
John 5:14-15)

February 14, 2008        "LOVE"

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or
a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow
all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me
nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth
not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity,
but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity
never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease;
whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that
which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I
understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see
through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
"
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

February 13, 2008        "Forgiveness - A Way to Freedom"

Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
”  
(James 5:16)
Confessing our faults to one another is a beautiful way of freedom.  When we have ought against another and we take
offence because of one thing or another, then we open the door to the enemy for destruction.  We can get sick
physically, but more so, we can get sick in a way that we build up walls and defenses in our hearts which put us into
bondage.  It will not get better but only get worse if we don’t do anything about it.  More opportunities for offence will
come our way and we will be weak in that area and fall prey for the destruction over and over again until we have
formed a negative mind set about people or specific situations.  This is one of the enemy’s strategies to bring
contention and strife within the body of Christ.  But if we choose to humble ourselves before the Lord and before men
and speak out our faults of taking offence or being the person that gives the opportunity for offence to someone else,
then in that way everything that is in darkness (the enemies plan as well), will be brought to light.  

There is so much freedom in this light, because when forgiveness can flow, we will be able to bear with one another
as it tells us in the love chapter (“
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1
Corinthians 13:7).  Christ love covers all things.  It covers a multitude of sin (“And above all things have fervent charity
among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8)  Now the important thing to remember
with this is that we need to learn to recognize every time an offence or a fault comes so that we can get rid of it as soon
as it comes.  Then, when we confess our faults and shortcomings to one another, we can understand each other and
be able to bear with one another much easier.  

February 12, 2008        "Harvest"

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”  (Matthew 9:38)

Jesus was talking to his disciples and he said “pray therefore”.  This means that there is a reason why we need to
pray.  There was something else He was talking about.  We see this in the previous verse that says: “
Then saith he
unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few.
”  (Matthew 9:37).  Therefore,
because the labourers are too few in number for the great harvest, we need more labourers.  For this reason, we must
pray to the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.  This also signifies that if we pray like
this, we must realize that we are labourers ourselves and we can do this work of harvesting.  We only need to be
willing to do it.  If we are not willing to do this work, then we cannot pray this prayer.  The fields are ripe unto harvest,
we must, as labourers then also pray that the Lord of the harvest enable us to do our work with success and
excellence so that we can redeem the time for the harvest to be gathered while it is ready, before we lose the crop.  By
praying this prayer, we are in essence praying that He will send us out in the areas where He wants us to be and He
will make ample provision for employment of His labourers in the fields that they will be most successful in.  

I want to encourage those of you who feel like you are not ready to 'do' the great commission.  The Word of God says
that we need not think of what we will say "
for the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to
say
." Luke 12:12  The Lord of the Harvest is with you, and His perfect love casts out all fear.  Let His love for the lost
set you on fire to do what He has called you!

February 11, 2008        "Pray"

And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”  (Luke 22:40)

I truly believe that if we can crucify the flesh and be in a constant state of prayer, then we will be able to come to a place
of perfection, separated from the things of the flesh.  Surely temptation will come because the devil, as a roaring lion
goes around seeking every possible way he can devour.  But when our spirits are strong through praying, then our
spirits lead our flesh and we will be able to say: ‘No’, without difficulty, to temptation instead of entering into temptation
and be carried along with it.  When we pray, we build ourselves up in our ‘most holy faith’.  (“
But ye, beloved, building
up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
”  Jude 1:20).  When we are built up in holiness,
then we are breaking down unholiness.  As our spirit-man gains strength through prayer, we will gain control over the
flesh.  A strong spirit-man gives ability to crucify the flesh.  “
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me,
and gave himself for me.
”(Galatians 2:20).
When we are built up in our most holy faith, we will be able to live this life by the faith of the Son of God.  We pray
without ceasing through faith that works by love for He, Jesus, loved me and He gave Himself for me.  
Crucify the flesh and nail it to the cross, so that temptation can no longer have a hold on you.

February 10, 2008        "Love"

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
”  (Matthew 5:44)

Jesus was saying to His disciples to do the opposite of what the world tells them to do.  The world says that we
should stand our ground and fight back in order to win.  But Jesus says that we are to bless those that curse us.  We
are to do good despite people hating us and then we are to pray for those who do evil against us.  This is showing
forth the love of Jesus.  This is what Jesus would do.  This love can only come through Jesus, because our flesh will
want to say otherwise.  Our flesh wants to get mad and angry and frustrated.  But when we have the love of Christ and
when we have an understanding of who Jesus is, then we will be able to bless our enemies and do good to them and
pray for them.  We will be able to love them in return for their evil.  What good will this do?  First, it will work in us to love
and to be obedient to Jesus and the Word.  It will also help the enemy to come to the knowledge of the love of Christ.  
What Jesus is saying here is that prayer is stronger than responding in anger.  Prayer can bring us further than our
fleshly, human nature will.  In our flesh, we will just bring more strife if we want to respond to prove ourselves right, but
we will bring peace and good to both parties if we respond in prayer and in blessings.  It says in Proverbs: “
Surely the
churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath
bringeth forth strife.
”  
(Proverb 30:33)
Don’t allow yourself to force wrath, but choose to force LOVE by praying for and blessing your enemies!

February 9, 2008        "Prayer"

Pray without ceasing.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

There is no other verse that can show us more clearly that we are to pray all the time.  How is this possible since we
cannot do two things successfully at one time? If we have to obey this one scripture fully in our carnal mind sets, then
we have to be disobedient to other scriptures.  We cannot even read the Word of God because we cannot pray while
reading.  We can not preach and pray at the very same time.  It is true, though, that we are able to be in a continual
state of prayer.  This is different from having to disregarding everything and set aside time for just prayer.  Yes, there
are times for that, but obviously it is impossible for it to be without ceasing.  But if we can learn to be in a state of
prayer, and thereby pray constantly, then we can be obedient to this scripture.  We can also be delivered from the flesh
by praying always.  But most of the time we first have to put the flesh down, before we can ever start praying.  We can
do what this verse says when we pray in tongues often.

February 8, 2008        "His Love"

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast.
”  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We should remember that it is not we that saved ourselves, but the grace of God and through faith.  We have to know
that there is nothing that we have to do in order to obtain or keep our salvation except believe and confess Jesus and
Him crucified.  It is not by works that we are saved but through faith.  (“
Knowing that a man is not justified by the
works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be
justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be
justified.
”  Galatians 2:16).   Salvation is the gift of God that was freely given to us because of His great Love.  Jesus -
Love Himself took our death and gave us LIFE!  Let nothing hold you back from his love "
for I am persuaded, that
neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
"  Romans 8:38-39

February 7, 2008        "The Passover Sacrifice"

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our
passover is sacrificed for us:
”  
(1 Corinthians 5:7)
Christ is referred to as the Passover sacrifice.  He is also the unleavened bread for there was no sin in Him while
before He was crucified.  Just as a lamb was to be sacrificed during Passover to take on our sin , so was Jesus, who
was without sin, sacrificed for our sin.  He took on Himself our sin and became sin for us so that we can live.  Just as
Jesus was sacrificed, we are to sacrifice ourselves and die to our flesh in order to stay unleavened and pure and holy
before Him.  “
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
”  (Romans 12:1)

February 6, 2008        "The Way is Open"

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given
for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new
testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
”(Luke 22:19-20)

Jesus wanted the Disciples to continue the Lord’s Supper because it represented the new covenant or the new
testament which is in His blood.  He said that whenever we do this we do it in remembrance of Him.  Therefore, in
doing it, we can partake of the atoning blood and of the sacrifice that was given for us.  We take part of Jesus and we
take part in the New Covenant.  I like the fact that it says that the new testament (which is the cup) was ‘in’ His blood.  It
portrays a picture in my mind of the New Testament being dipped and soaked in the blood of Jesus, the same blood
that was shed for us, so that we don’t have to come and give a sin offering.
The Lamb of God was the sin offering.  It says in Leviticus 17:11: “
For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have
given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement
for the soul.
”  Throughout the Old Testament, blood was the only acceptable offering in order to make atonement for
sin.  This is God’s institution for redemption from the beginning.  A sin offering or a lamb had to be slaughtered and
burned on an altar of sacrifice before the Lord.  God’s orders were very strict on this offering and there were a lot of
regulations that went with it.  
With all of this, we could only have atonement for our sin and nothing more, but God still desired fellowship with His
people.  This is why Jesus came and this is also the reason why we call Jesus the Lamb of God.  Jesus shed His
blood on our behalf and opened the way to communion with Him and the Father.  It is through Him that we have
freedom from ‘works’ and rules and regulations.  That is why we have freedom to commune with Him when we come
and take of His body and eat of His blood.  Allow nothing to hinder you from coming into His presence!

February 5, 2008        "Fellowship with Jesus"

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  
(Acts 2:42)
The word used to describe a benefit for believers to meet together for this ordinance was “fellowship”.  It truly is
fellowship, because we come together most of the time for this ordinance even though the we should also do it
privately, because Jesus says: "
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death
till he come.
"   (1 Corinthians 11:26)
Just like Jesus gave us the example of how to take communion it was around the dinner table and everyone was
fellowshipping with each other.  This is what the disciples continued doing.  When we partake of the ordinance we are
also fellowshipping with Jesus himself as we do it in remembrance of Him.  This is why we can do it privately by
ourselves because we are then communing with Jesus alone.  We are in fellowship with Him as we sup with Him.  
Truly, it is a benefit to believers to fellowship together as we come together before the Lord in the unity of the Spirit.  

February 4, 2008        "The Main Meal"

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup.”  (1 Corinthians 11:28)

The next verse explains to us why we are to examine ourselves.  It says: “
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily,
eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
”  (1 Corinthians 11:29)
In verse 31 it says: “
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”  
For in examining ourselves we are truly judging ourselves and every thing that is within us.  We judge to find out what
the motives of our hearts are and to find any wicked way.  When we have then found an evil way within our hearts, we
can then repent of it in order to receive forgiveness.  We also need to take the elements with the proper respect for the
Lord's body and not as we would take ordinary bread. We are to receive of His body and to receive of His blood to live
free from the old covenant and free in the new covenant of His grace.
What purpose would there be for the communion if we just drink and eat of it without truly realizing for what purposes it
is and what freedom it holds?  We would fall into religious rituals if we do it this way.  We cannot blindly just partake of
it, because it is costly.  Jesus paid with His blood and with His life.  If we just take it as if it is a MacDonald’s
hamburger, then it is cheap to us and we don’t care for it or care to know of its value.  This is not caring for His
suffering.  But if we first come and examine ourselves, then we have found worth in it.  We have found the purpose of it
and we are partaking of its purpose.  We are partaking of Jesus’ purpose in coming to the earth.  We are partaking of
Jesus.  We are doing it in remembrance of Him and for what He did for us.

February 3, 2008        "Forgiveness"

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body
and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup. For
he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
"
(1 Corinthians 11:27-30)

The taking of communion has in itself healing attributes.  If a person needs healing, then he can take of the elements
and find himself healed, because his heart will be clean (because of the examination) from all offences that could
have a cause in his illness.  Unforgiveness opens the door to the enemy to have access to our lives.  Forgiveness
goes along with healing in many cases as is also seen with Jesus in Mark 2:9 (“
Whether is it easier to say to the
sick of the palsy, [Thy] sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
”).

If a person has an offence in his heart or ought against a brother and take of this healing, then the opposite would be
in effect because he truly is making the statement that God would still forgive him his trespasses despite the
forgiveness that he himself has to do.  This is incorrect, for how can he think this if Jesus himself prayed and said:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  (Matthew 6:15) We
are to first forgive before we can expect forgiveness from God.  If we choose not to forgive and then take that which is
holy, then we will be damned with illnesses upon ourselves.  God is a holy God.  He cannot stand in the presence of
sin.  If we have ought in our hearts against another person, then we are in sin.  “
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord,
and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
”  (1 Corinthians 10:21)  
We cannot come into His presence and think we can ‘commune’ with Him, while we are in sin.  
Take care of the sin first and forgive as we are taught in the Word of God, then we can be free from all bondage and
offences and come boldly to the throne of grace in humility.  With that we can be healed in our hearts and in our bodies
and stay free from weaknesses and sicknesses.

February 2, 2008        "Love"

If I then, [your] Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have
given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if
ye do them.
”  (John 13:14-17)

‘These things’ that are mentioned in John are what Jesus had just taught the disciples.  So if He taught them, then
they should know it.  But it is not enough to know it.  If we do that which we have been taught then we will be happy.  
Verse 16 gives us the answer which exemplifies verse 15.  It says “
For I have given you an example, that ye should
do as I have done to you.
”  (John 13:15) “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither
he that is sent greater than he that sent him.”  (John 13:16) Jesus was making clear, also by the example that we are
to stay humble in all our doings, as servants to each other, and as messengers sent out by Him with instructions of
love to accomplish His will.  If we do these things in obedience, then we will be blessed with the promises of the Word
of God.  If we do these things, we know and understand His love for us.  If we don’t do these things we are in fear and
we don’t trust Him nor do we trust His love for us.  His love is perfect so it will not humiliate us as long as we stay
humble.  He will bless us with exaltation in our humility, because we love as He loved us. Let the motives of our hear
be His Love!

February 1, 2008        "Love"

"By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”  (John 13:35)

Living by this New Commandment will prove that we are Christ’s disciples.  People will know what we are or what we
are not, by the love we show towards each other.  If we are not showing love towards each other, then people will not
see Christ in our lives.  We will then be just like those that are not disciples of Jesus.  We will be no different than the
world.  This shows us that often times we do not even have to give any verbal messages.  Showing love towards
others is like non-verbal communication.  Let us make it clear as day that we are not of the world but of Jesus.  Let us
live by the New Commandment to love one another so that men may know that we are His disciples.  

"
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
heaven.
"  (Matthew 5:16)
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