A Collection of Topical Articles

I love to write through chapters of the Bible or spend time on thinking and writing through Biblical topics. Here is that collection, arranged easily to be able to find what you are looking for. Here is the list of things I have written on.


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Chose to Offer Your Body to the Lord—Romans 6:12-13

"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness" (Romans 6:12-13)

Perception changes everything. We act and live out of what we perceive to be truth. Biblical truths are absolute, but unless we identify them as truth we will not live by them. That is why understanding the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ should take priority in your life. The difference between living a victorious Christian life and a defeated Christian life does not depend upon God. He has done absolutely everything imaginable for us to experience this victory each and every day of our life. The victorious Christian life comes by knowing what has been provided for you and choosing to operate in it. That is why we need a perspective change rooted in the scriptures for transformation to occur in our lives.

In today's passage this transformation comes when we understand that we have the power to choose how our mortal bodies are used. The fact is, that Jesus broke the power of sin over our lives. This took place in our spirit and manifests in our flesh when we renew our minds to this absolute truth. The old nature only has power over us if we choose to give it power. In the same way, our new nature only manifests in our flesh if we let it. The choice is ours but Jesus already provided it. When we understand this, then our outlook of circumstances change. And with this new perspective change, we will experience new life in every aspect of our being.

When we understand that sin has no control over us then based on this revelation we will change. A perspective change dictates how we act based on what we know to be true. Once when understand our new nature then we will choose to live according to it. Paul teaches us in today's passage that since we have been freed from sin, choose to offer your bodies to the Lord for his use. This takes faith. Faith is an action based on what we believe. Faith is substance ( Hebrews 11:1 ). It takes faith to believe that we are freed from sin and operate that way. The Amplified Bible puts it this way, "Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness." ( Romans 6:13 Amp ) If we believe we have been release from sin, then why would we continue to operate as though we were in bondage to it. However, if we know that we now are alive in Christ and freed from the dominion of darkness, then we will choose to operate as agents of the kingdom of light. If we won't give sin any control or place in our lives then our body will not be subject to it.

Our lives and bodies can be instruments of righteousness based on whether or not we offer it for use. They have been deemed holy and set apart for special use. So understanding this will open unlimited possibilities to bless the kingdom of God operating in His behalf. Paul urges us in Romans 12, to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to the Lord, stemmed from a revelation of His great mercy. Today, I pray that you understand this truth with your sprit and start operating in faith accordingly to His perfect will for your life. With this you will experience freedom in every way imaginable. Amen


Previous: Romans 6:11  Next: Romans 6:14

Original article published October 19, 2009.

Consider Yourself Alive in Christ—Romans 6:11

"In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Romans 6:11)

Romans 6 is a beautiful expose of how Jesus broke the power of sin over our lives. Through studying this passage we can see how completely free we are from our old nature. This of course took place in our born again spirit. So the trouble comes when we experience sins residual effects, left over from of our previous nature still operating in our lives. It can cause a little confusion unless we understand how to operate in our freedom. It is easy to get stuck and frustrated with what we see in the natural realm unless we know how to overcome it. Paul gives us the key to unlocking this freedom in our physical bodies in today's passage.

Paul masterfully teaches us that in the same way that Jesus is dead to sin, consider yourself after the same manner. Consider yourself completely freed and delivered from sin. Your emancipation happen the moment you were born again. So now just consider it complete. That is step one, settling this in your heart once for all . Make a decision to believe God. Put His word and His seed into your heart and let it grow.

Secondly, do not focus on being dead to sin, just consider it done. There's a difference. If I focus on being dead to sin, then I am focusing on self and where I am failing in those areas. If I focus on the areas that the lingering effects of the old nature are still apparent, then I am actually strengthen it's power against me. However, If I am considering it done, then when I see the something that resembles my old sin nature operating in my life, I can disregard it as contrary to who I really am and subsequently not affording it any power over me. It is broken unless I give it power, but renewing my mind to the fact that it is done away with strengthens me to operate in faith.

Lastly the most important step to overcoming sin in our natural bodies is to focus on being alive with Christ. This is key, you cannot be swayed by something you have no investment in. If we focus on living in Christ then everything flows out of that. Jesus said in Matthew, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" ( Matthew 6:21 ) He knew that a house divide cannot stand. If we focus on God and what pleases him, then our lives become an extension of that. Change does not come by a decision or work, change comes from the heart. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." ( Luke 6:45 ) In our heart [spirit] is where the good things of Christ reside. So by focusing on the Lord, those things will spill out into our lives and change will come quickly. The effects of our previous nature will disappear because our lives will solely reflect who we are inwardly in our spirits. So focus on Christ and being alive with Him. Focus on what pleases Him and you will experience outward change with absolutely no work. Today, may this bless you as you seek the Lord and experience newness of life overflowing from your born again spirit. Amen!


Previous: Romans 6:8-10  Next: Romans 6:12-13

Original article published October 18, 2009.

Jesus Made a Public Spectacle of Death—Romans 6:8-10

"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God" (Romans 6:8-10)

It is an amazing thing to know that we will live with Jesus for all eternity. The reason we know this is because he completely defeated sin and death upon the cross and it has no claim over us. All power death had over Jesus while he was on this earth in human form has been broken once for all. Colossians chapter 2 tells us that he made a public spectacle of all powers and authorities upon the cross ( Colossians 2:13-15 ). He did not just defeat them, but he paraded that defeat through the heavenly realms. Somewhere along the lines, the church has missed this parade, and we're suffering for it.

In the Old Testament, when a king and kingdom were defeated, the winning side would cut off the thumbs and big toes of the captives, including the defeated king. Then strip them down until naked and parade them around from place to place announcing their defeat. Letting them soak in their shame and humiliation along the way. This parade accomplished several things. First, since they did not have thumbs they would never be able to hold a sword again. Secondly, since they did not have big toes, they would never be able to stand and fight again. Lastly, they were discredited. After being marched around naked, they were humiliated and shamed in front of everyone who might have previously been intimidated by them. Instead they jeered, laughed and hurled insults at the defeated kingdom. If the defeated king ever did muster up another attempt at an army, multitudes of people would remember their complete defeat and discount them as a threat. Extreme as it was, it was quite effective.

At the time of Jesus' resurrection from the dead that parade of defeat happened and we are witnesses to it. When He arose from the grave, he made a public spectacle of the defeated enemy. He marched Satan, death and his entire dominion through the streets in shame, defeat and discredited them in every way imaginable. They were so defeated that there would never be a hope for them to recover. Death has no dominion over Jesus because it was completely defeated. Jesus rose to live eternally as our high priest before God making intercession for us. "The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God." ( Romans 6:10 ) On the cross he completely ended his relationship to sin by condemning it once for all. Since then, He is living a life in unbroken fellowship with God and he offers that fellowship and union to us as well.

In the same that death has no mastery over Jesus because he defeated it, it has no control over us either. When we trust in Jesus as our conquering King then we are a part of the winning team. All control and claim that sin and death had on us was removed with Jesus purifying blood. The problem comes when we fail to recognize what happened. However, Paul makes it clear that we will live with Christ, he has conquered death and has reunited us to God the Father. Today it is my prayer that you will renew your mind to these truths and celebrate this victory instead of being subjected to sin's domain. I pray that you find glorious freedom in this revelation of scripture. Amen!


Previous: Romans 6:5-7  Next: Romans 6:11

Original article published October 17, 2009.

Renewing Your Mind is Key to Living Free—Romans 6:5-7

"If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin" (Romans 6:5-7)

Through Christ's death and resurrection on the cross we have been freed from the things that held us captive in the past. Things like sin and death. However, the problem with being set free, is that it only works if we know we are free. A canary, use to his cage, could be oblivious to an open door and the chance at freedom if he doesn't recognize the opportunity to fly clear of his captivity. The same is true for born again believers, if you don't know you've been freed from these things, then chances are you are not going to experience any freedom from them.

Hosea 4:6 says, "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge" ( Hosea 4:6 ) Meaning a lack of knowing these truths will keep you from realizing who and what you are in Christ Jesus. Satan will continue to keep you subjected to his domain if you don't know that you are freed of it. Even though we have been freed from our sin nature and are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ, it is our knowledge or perception of truths that control our physical emotions and experiences. So even though this is true in our born again spirit, we will not see evidence of it in our soulish realm unless we renew our mind to these truths.

For instance, in today's passage, Paul tells us that our old self, or sin nature was crucified with Christ so that it could be completely done away with. Meaning it was completely destroyed in the process of our rebirth and we were freed from that old nature permanently. However, you will hear Christians says things like, ‘I am constantly dying to self', or ‘I am struggling with my sin nature' when in fact this is not in accordance with what the scripture teaches. The Bible says that we have died to the old sin nature. Their comments come from observation of the flesh. They are assuming that their sin nature is driving them to sin, but Paul said we have died to it. So in reality the reason that Christians tend to sin is not because of their old nature, but because of an unrenewed mind. We have to reprogram our mind to the Word of God to change our behavior otherwise we will continue to operate in the nature of this world even after we have died to it.

Our dead sin nature left behind it's remnants upon our unrenewed mind. Just as a body is left when a person dies, even though the spirit and soul do not remain with the body. Only the physical body remains. In the same way, our sin nature has died and is gone, but it left behind remains in our thoughts and emotions. The only way to remove these traces is to renew your mind. Romans 12: 2 says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will..." ( Romans 12:2 ) The traces of this old nature will be cleaned out and removed the more you renew your mind to the truth. And the more you know the true, the more freedom you will experience.

The Bible truly offers effortless change because it opens our eyes to what has been accomplished through Jesus. He has done it all and there is nothing left for us to do. We don't have to master sin, Jesus did it and as a gift freed us from it as well. The difference comes about when you know that you are free. It is truly liberating to know that it is not in my nature to sin, I chose to do so. Therefore, change will come once I start renewing of my mind to who I truly am in Christ Jesus. Amen!


Previous: Romans 6:4  Next: Romans 6:8-10

Original article published October 16, 2009.

We Are Seated in Heaven with Christ—Romans 6:4

"We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life" (Romans 6:4)

As Christians we look forward to a time when Jesus will come back for us and we are united with him. We frequently sing songs to that end... "when we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" While it is okay to look forward to this time, the reality is, that we have already been united with Christ and we are currently living a new life in Him. The Bible teaches that these things concerning a new glorious life are past tense. Meaning that they have already happened and we are living a present tense version of this truth. Born again believers currently have a new life in Christ Jesus, it is not something we are waiting for.

Paul teaches us in Romans, that when we died with Christ, we were also raised with him. This took place the moment that you accepted Christ as your Savior. He said the same thing in Ephesians 2, "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus..." ( Ephesians 2:4-6 ). Ephesians concurring that this event happened in the past and is not something we are waiting for when we all get to heaven.

I remember the first time I read this and took notice of it. It caused me to stop and meditate on these verses until I understood what Paul was saying. Understanding came when I looked at these passages with spiritual eyes because that is the only way for this to make sense. Understand that there is more to life than just what you can see, touch and experience in the natural world. We are made up of one-third spirit, one-third soul and one-third body. ( I Thessalonians 5:23 ) Now your body is just the physical shell of who you are. It will go along with whatever you let rule you. Your soul, for simplicities sake is your consciousness. Your attitude, your thoughts, your personality, it is everything that makes you unique. Your spirit is what gives you life. It is the part of you that is sealed and redeemed and raised with Christ and seated in the heavenly realm. When you are born again, you currently possess this new spirit of Christ and if you currently possess it, then you have it. If your spirit was raised with Christ to newness of life, then so are you. It is one-third of your make -up.

Therefore, since this is accomplished in your spirit, you cannot look at what you can see. You have to go along with what you know to be true. For instance, do you feel saved or do you know? If I look at the physical realm then I look like a filthy sinner. That is why I cannot look there to know that I am born again. I have to look into the my spirit and see the righteousness that God has bestowed upon me. Then, I can look in to the word and confirm what I know in my spirit. I know it is who I am because the Bible tells me so. If I rely on feelings and letting them dictate what I know, then I am in trouble. I will doubt my salvation, I will question whether or not I'm worthy of it, I will focus in the areas that I fail constantly. But if I am settled and assured in the truth of what God has said, then physical circumstances do not matter... you can't talk me out of the fact that I am saved. Overall, the church has done a good job of teaching this, so that we understand when we ask Christ into our lives, we are saved and our circumstances and unworthiness do not matter.

However, this same process is true for this truth. The fact is, you have been raised with Christ Jesus and are seated with him in the heavenly realm. You have a new life through association with him. If I look around and decide this isn't true because of what you see, then you will get into unbelief and doubt and that will keep you from experiencing this new life that Paul is talking about. In your spirit, you are raised with Christ and have new life. To the degree that you think, believe, and act like who you are in your spirit, to that degree you will experience the life of Christ in your flesh as well.

There is no need to sing a song celebrating a future event that has already taken place. We can look forward to heaven, but God wants us to experience eternal life right now on this earth. Jesus said in John 17:3, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." ( John 17:3 ) and since we can experience Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in this world, then we can rejoice in where we are right now, seated with Christ and made alive through his death on the cross. We don't have to wait until we get to heaven to experience this.

So how do we practice this? Paul said in Colossians, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:1-3) We can experience this resurrection life that Paul describes by adjusting our minds and setting our hearts on kingdom things, where Christ is the center. And then you will see the result of this truth in the natural realm. See how important this is? Today, I pray that you are so blessed by this revelation. May it change your entire life. God bless you!


Previous: Romans 6:3  Next: Romans 6:5-7

Original article published October 15, 2009.

The Believers Baptism Took Place By The Spirit—Romans 6:3

"Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?" (Romans 6:3)

In order to be separated from the default nature of this world, the nature we were born with, the sin nature inside of us has to die. Paul made an amazing statement that the born again believer has in fact died to this nature and consequentially sin. His argument supports that Christians should not continue in sin merely to show the extent of God's grace, because our old nature, or sin nature has been crucified with Christ. If we have died to sin, like the Bible teaches, then the question becomes, when did this death occur?

The answer is found in today's passage of scripture. We died to the sin nature when we were baptized into Jesus' death. Now, many people assume that references to baptism in the Bible refers solely to water baptism. However we know that Hebrews 6:2 speaks of the plural form of baptism, meaning that their is more than one. However many people fail to recognize this and as a result assume that baptism is only accomplished through water. Consequently, that is why this passage is used to support the doctrine of water baptism as a means to obtain salvation. However we know, through our study of Romans so far, faith in Christ and what he did, is the only thing required of us. Our salvation is based on his grace and mercy and our faith in Him... period, nothing more, nothing less. So if water baptism is not what Paul is talking about in Romans 6:3, then we must look at what baptism we were baptized into when we died with Christ, so that we can understand how we died to sin.

John the Baptist referred to this same baptism that Paul is talking about in Matthew 3:11 when he said, "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." ( Matthew 3:11 ). John's baptism, which was a water baptism signifies an outward sign of an inward change. He baptized for repentance. Repentance merely means to turn around and go in the opposite direction. A change of direction of this magnitude can only occur with a change of heart. This change of heart cannot occur with water, it has to occur by the Spirit of God. That happened the moment you accepted Christ Jesus as your personal savior. What happened took place in your spirit not in the natural realm. Everything that is, first started in the spiritual. We only see manifested in the flesh what already exists in the spiritual. Because the spiritual gives birth the natural. So, there is a benefit to being baptized with water, but again, it is only an outward show of an inward change that occurred first in the born again spirit by the Holy Spirit at Salvation. This is the baptism that Paul is referring to.

II Corinthians 12:13 says, "For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. ( II Corinthians 12:13 ) So to answer our question today, we died to sin when the Holy Spirit baptized us into the body of Christ. Our old nature was buried with him so our new nature could then arise with him in the same manner. In Summary, we cannot take advantage of God's grace by continuing to sin according to the nature that was put to death with Christ upon the cross. Our old nature is gone, it was buried with Christ and then we were given a new nature when we were baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit and that is why we can't continue in sin. It is contrary to our new nature.

Today, I pray that you take the revelation of this verse to heart and then God will enlighten it to your mind. May your spiritual eyes be open to see how completely free you are in Christ Jesus at this very moment. May you use that freedom to bless Him and the world which He created. Amen!


Previous: Romans 6:1-2  Next: Romans 6:4

Original article published October 14, 2009.

Can We Continue to Sin Based on This Grace?—Romans 6:1-2

"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?" By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" (Romans 6:1-2)

This is a valid question if you have ever heard the true gospel as Paul preached it. Throughout the book of Romans, Paul makes it abundantly clear, that we are completely justified by faith in Jesus. Justification means, that you are returned to a state that is just as if you had never sinned. God's grace completely covers each and every sin you have ever committed or will ever commit. The writer of Hebrews concurs with this amazing statement when he said, "But when this priest [Jesus] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice has made perfect forever those who are being made holy." ( Hebrews 10:12-14 ) So if Jesus only made one sacrifice for all sins, for all humankind, for all time, then every sin, past, present and future has been paid for and forgiven. In other words, sin cannot keep you out of heaven, that barrier was bridged two thousand years ago. Sin is not an issue with God. Since God has provided the means and the way to him through his son Jesus, the only thing that can keep you out of heaven is unbelief. According to the gospel, The only thing required of us, is that we must accept this free gift of grace by faith in order to be translated into the kingdom of heaven. At that time, God puts his born again spirit inside of us and this is where the transformation of righteousness takes place. (for more reading on this, please visit these blog posts: Romans 2:12-13 - Being Declared Righteous Before God, Romans 3:21 - A Righteousness Apart From the Law, Romans 3:25 - The Sacrifice of Atonement, Through Faith in His Blood)

This righteousness through trusting in Jesus as your personal savior has been the theme of the entire book of Romans up until this point. That is the gospel, the true gospel, the gospel in which Paul preached. So if you know that the sins of the entire world have been eradicated by Jesus, then the question naturally arises...does that mean, it is okay for me to continue on in sin? Unless you ask this question, chances are you haven't heard the entire gospel as Paul preached it.

Paul's answer... an emphatic NO! Paul's logic? We can't continue in something that we have died to. We were dead under the law by the accusation and guilt that permeated us. However, Christ made us alive through faith. ( Colossians 2:13-15, Ephesians 2:5 ) Christ defeated and triumphed over the sin nature and because of it, when we were born again, he replaced our default nature with his nature... pure, holy and righteous. ( II Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 4:24 ) Since we died to the old nature, we have no obligation to it to continue operating as if we belonged to it. ( Romans 6:11, II Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 2:20 ) Therefore, we cannot continue in sin because it is completely foreign to our new nature which is the nature of Christ.

Our born again spirit is where we have the nature of Christ. Trouble arises if we look to the natural realm for Paul's statement to make sense instead of the spiritual realm. We may look around and see the effects of sin and the daily struggle with sin, then question the validity of Paul's statement. If the sin nature is still so apparent in our lives, how can Paul's statement be true? To understand this concept we have to understand the what part of our make up Paul is talking about. Paul is talking about our born again spirit. That is the part of us that has been completely sanctified, sealed and redeemed at the time we accepted Christ as our savior. If we see evidence of the old nature or sin nature, then we are looking into our soulish realm and focusing on the flesh instead of what is in our born again spirit. This difference between our spirit, our soul and our body is a key factor to understanding this passage.

To defeat sin in our natural realm we must overcome it by living by the spirit. The Bible stresses the difference between living in the flesh rather than living according to the spirit. Paul says that we have died to sin, and since is no longer our nature, we cannot continue in it. He is talking about our born again spirit. Even though we see in the natural realm our struggles with sin, the spiritual side trumps the physical side of our being. Reality is not our struggle with sin, reality is that we have victory over sin and that victory exists in our born again spirit. To bring further clarity to this, lets look at Romans 8 says, "Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ" ( Romans 8:5-9 ) So if we are struggling with sin instead of experiencing life and peace, then we are not living according to the spirit or living out of our new nature.

How do we live by the spirit? By works? By resisting sin? By controlling your desire to sin? Absolutely not. Colossians 2:6 says, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him..." ( Colossians 2:6 ) How did you receive the Lord? By works? By resisting sin? By controlling your desire to sin? No, you received the Lord by faith. So living by the spirit is living by faith. Another important key to living by the spirit is fellowshipping with the Lord and reading his word. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." ( Romans 12:2 ). Which means that renewing your mind in the Word brings effortless change causing the remnant of the sin nature upon your natural self to disappear. That is how you continue in faith and that is how you live by the spirit, and that is how you see the physical manifestation of the death of your old sin nature.

Today it is my prayer that "he who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion" ( Philippians 1:6 ) and that journey encompasses faith in the Son. May you be blessed as you recognize grace to which you were called and the complete victory that is yours through Christ.


Previous: Romans 5:20-21  Next: Romans 6:3

Original article published October 13, 2009.

Hope is the Catalyst of Faith—Romans 5:5

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us" (Romans 5:5)

Tonight at my small group, we were discussing the importance of hope. Several examples were use of how hope carried a person through a tough situation. The hope stemmed from believing a certain thing then that belief moved them towards that goal. In the end, we agreed that hope was the necessary vehicle to achieve desired results. Hope is a must!

Hoping in the promises of God will never disappoint us because God is faithful to deliver on the promises spoken in his word. Abraham's hope, activated his faith and became the catalyst to receive the fulfillment of the promise. In the same way, our hope can trigger our faith into action. For without faith we will never realize victory. Without hope for the victory we will never initiate our faith in the first place. The two work together hand in hand.

Hope is a crucial thing. Paul is reassuring us that we are hoping in something that won't disappoint us. He is basing this solely on God's love for us. Chapter five in the book of Romans delivers an amazing expose on God's love for us. That is evident in the first couple of verses by the fact that God has given us his Holy Spirit, deposited into our hearts testifying to this very fact. The Holy Spirit confirms with our spirit that we are his own. Knowing this should settle once for all any question about the depth of God's love for us.

Because God loves us and has demonstrated his love to us through his Son Jesus, we know that nothing stands in the way of relationship with Him. Through faith in Jesus we are completely justified by his grace. Today I praise God that he has given us this blessed hope and that hope is based on who he is. Just as the scriptures say, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." (Romans 10:11)


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Original article published July 22, 2009.

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The Gospel

How To Know Without a Shadow of a Doubt that You Have Eternal Life

There is a way to know for sure that you have eternal life. John 20:31 tells us that, "these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name"

God wants you to know, believe and experience abundant life on this earth. He does not want you to go through life unaware of the truth. He went through great pain to make sure that you could know and rest assured in Him.

We find the answers to our questions in the Bible. He has written complete volumes documenting His love extended towards you through the person of Jesus Christ. Today as you read this, I pray that you will recognize the truth written below so that you may know without a shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life... God Bless you!

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Jesus Is the Light Of Men

Jesus Is the Light Of Men

The other night the transformer that supplies power to my neighborhood caught on fire. The electricity in my house flickered on and off for several minutes until finally it shut off. Everything that ran on electricity fell powerless and the house was completely dark. I looked out the window, the entire neighborhood was also dark and quiet. No street lights, no house lights, no light at all except the illumination of the moon.

I fumbled into the kitchen and found the drawer where the flashlights were kept. I pulled out the biggest and the most powerful one and turned it on. The flashlight gave enough light to walk around without running into things but not enough to continue on with life as normal.

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