Thoughts from Pete’s Message February 16, 2018

The Wings of Eagles

Most men don’t have six good friends who would carry their coffin. That’s why we meet every week to fellowship with our Band of Brothers. We’re here to encourage one another and to build each other up. We’ve been called to “choke in the dust of men who are in hot pursuit of their Lord Jesus Christ.”

Isaiah had a message for the nation of Israel in Isaiah 40. Israel had a record of turning away from the Lord God Jehovah. Then God would allow Israel’s enemies to defeat them and make them slaves. Israel would cry out to God to have mercy and deliver them from bondage. When they repented, God would deliver them. For a time, Israel would live in peace and prosperity. Then they would become complacent and allow the world to influence their thoughts and actions. They would turn their back on God. The vicious cycle would continue.

God allows his people to become needy, desperate, and helpless. This is the point of repentance… When we turn away from our hopeless selves and the bondage of a world of darkness and depression. According to Isaiah 40:26, turn your eyes upon the Lord’s creation and ask yourself, “who created the vastness of the universe?”

Patience and trust is learned in times of helplessness and hopelessness.

Isaiah 40:6 – 15 says, “The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that”“bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance…

God wants to lift us up and give us wings like eagles. To get there, we must go through trials and tribulation. We need to be broken before he can heal us. Israel needed to be brought to her knees in order to turn back to the Lord. Barriers must be removed from our lives before the Word can go forth and accomplish that which he intended in our lives.

We need to own our weaknesses in order for his strength to be perfected in us. As John the Baptist said, “I must decrease so that he may increase.” God has offered us great and precious promises. However, acceptance of God’s promise depends on our believing action. He is longing to pardon us. How far are we willing to go to accept his pardon? Therefore, trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.

When Paul got to the end of his life, he kept his eye on heaven. In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 He said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” According to Philippians 4:13, I press toward the mark of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.

When the Jews looked back, they saw their sin, disobedience and desperation. God still loved them in the midst of their depression. God sent his prophet to comfort them in their time of need. God gives mercy and grace despite our sinful selves. Even when we deserve rebuke and chastisement, he gives us grace. It sets our priorities when we realize that he does not hold our sins against us. He forgives not because we deserve forgiveness but because his nature is loving kindness and tender mercy.

We run to our Lord because he has given us mercy and grace. Our loving master comforts, encourages and builds us up as his precious bond servants. He says despite your shortcomings, you are my prized possession.

As Paul said, “thy strength is made perfect in my weakness, thy grace is sufficient for me.” Therefore humble thyself under the mighty hand of God and in due time he will lift you up. According to Isaiah 40:31, they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount upon wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Thoughts from Pete’s Message February 14, 201

Wings Like Eagles

The end of Isaiah 40 is a refreshing thought from the Word. For they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall soar upon wings as eagles. According to verse 8 of this chapter, The grass withers, the flowers fade but the Word of God abides forever. This message was for Israel, God’s chosen people. They continued the cycle of peace, blessing, victory and plenty. Then they would become complacent and intermarry with the heathen nations. When they turned their back on God, the Lord allowed their enemies to defeat them. When they returned back to God in their distress, God would have mercy on them. The cycle would continue. Israel became distracted by wealth, peace and prosperity. God would allow them to be defeated so that they could return back to him.

In the Old Testament, there were only a few examples of men of God who faithfully walked with God. Others continued in this cycle of prosperity, complacency, defeat, repentance, and renewal.

Despite the vicious cycles of our relationship with our Lord, God is still Sovreign overall. He numbered the stars of the heaven. According to Isaiah, the nation’s are nothing in his eternal perspective. Compared to the vastness of God’s creation, the question is “who am I Oh Lord, that thou art mindful of me?”

Most men are the centers of their own worlds. They become anxious and frustrated when their “rights” are violated. However, the scripture says, “humble thyself under the mighty hand of God and he will exalt you in due time.” Humility is the key to receiving anything from God. In times of scarcity, silence, and drought, these are the times God teaches us to abide with him and within him. He teaches us faithfulness through the lean times. As Mother Theresa said, “God works best with nothing.” We learn his mercy, grace, compassion and the meaning of humility when “we must decrease so that He may increase.”

Continuing in verse 29 of Isaiah 40, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

The devil will tell us that God didn’t answer our prayer because he doesn’t care. He will also say that God is not powerful enough to accomplish it. He says, “God is beyond understanding so you might as well just give up.”

However every problem is inversely proportional to the power required to overcome it. How big is your God? He gives power to the weak and increases his strength when we we reach the end of our own limited ability. As the Apostle Paul said, Thy strength is made perfect in my weakness, thy grace is sufficient for me.”

The ultimate freedom is the ultimate surrender. Those who wait and trust and hope in the Lord shall renew their strength. Security is putting your faith and hope in that which cannot be taken away. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” In times of adversity, you will understand what really matters. The question through adversity is “Lord, what are you teaching me through this trial?”

When Pete and Suzan lost their baby in the delivery room, they meditated on thoughts from the devotional “Come Away With Me.” The passage they read said, “when you acknowledge that you have no control over any situation in life, you must empty your own plans so that he can fill you with His purpose and His will. Adversity will make you an example of putting your trust in His Sovreign will.”

The conclusion is in Isaiah 40:31, “Therefore, they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Thoughts from Pete’s Message February 9, 2018

The Gospel: Good News and Bad News

After Jesus sent out seventy disciples to prepare the cities before him, they reported back excited and on fire that they had performed miracles and cast out demons in his name. Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning… However rejoice not because the demons are subject to you through my name, but because your names are written in the book of life.”

What are you excited about? What sets your soul on fire? If you’re working on works to ignite your soul, then the fire will burn out quickly. According to the Oswald Chambers, the ultimate reality is the “rugged reality” of redemption. Most men do things out of duty to live the Christian life. They don’t eagerly run to their Lord Jesus Christ from a heart of love. The most difficult thing for a missionary is to keep his heart right with the Lord…to say, “here am I Lord, send me. My heart’s desire is to do thy will.”

If you come to the Word of God from duty and obligation, then you’re under law and not under grace. Under the law of obligation everything is a burden. However, Jesus said, “come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Ninety percent of evangelism and ministry is serving from a heart of love.

According to Oswald Chambers in his devotional for February 1, the life of a Christian is on display for his Lord Jesus Christ. There is no running and hiding from the spirit of the Lord. God intended us to be living epistles known and read of all men. For ye are the salt of the earth, ye shine as lights in a world of darkness.

The world will turn its back on righteousness. For that which is of the world is contrary to the spirit of life in Christ. For those who want to be like the world, there is a “Christ-less Christianity.” If the Word of God is not the center of the message in church, then it’s not about him, it’s about “entertainment.” In the church of the living God, we’re living for an audience of one…our worship is for Him alone.

The gospel message is about good news and bad news. The bad news is that we’re sinners and that the wages of sin is eternal death. For it is appointed for all men once to die and then comes the judgement. To come to the Lord, we must come to the point that without God we’re hopeless and helpless in a world of darkness.

After David sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed, David lived in sin for a season. God gave the prophet Nathan a story to tell David. Nathan told David about a man in his kingdom who had only one possession… a little ewe lamb whom he raised and loved like his own daughter. Then a rich man who had flocks of sheep entered the poor man’s house, stole his little lamb, killed it and served it to his rich guests. David was a Shepard so this story enraged David. He said, “the rich man deserves to die.” Then Nathan stuck his finger in David’s chest and said, “You are the man.” This story broke David’s heart. It brought David to the point of repentance.

There are times in every man’s life when God will allow someone to come along side and stick a finger in our chest. This is the prerequisite for repentance. In Psalm 51, David recorded his prayer of repentance…be gracious unto me O Lord, according to your loving kindness and tender mercies. Blot out my transgressions and create in me a new heart O Lord.” When we repent we understand that He loves us not because of what we’ve done, but because His nature is grace, mercy, and love.

The unforgiven heart is an unforgiving heart. Jesus Christ has given us grace. The good news of the gospel is that he who was without sin became the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him. Because we have been forgiven, we can give grace. We can give to others from a heart of love because he has created within us a new heart. The good news of the gospel is that we’ve been called as his living epistles known and read of all men. They may not hear what you say but they’ll read what you do.

An old hymn was written by John Wesley to teach his illiterate congregation the Christian doctrine. He wrote “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” to celebrate God’s salvation. This is the song of a heart on fire for the Lord as his living epistles.

Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious master and my God, Assist me to proclaim, To spread to all the earth abroad, The honors of thy name!

May this be our prayer and our anthem to ignite our hearts to share the gospel of the grace of God.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Thoughts from Pete’s Message February 7, 2018

His Mission: Our Co-Mission

Mama said, “be careful who your friends are, because whatever they’re like you’ll be like.” According to scripture, “bad company corrupts good morals.” In our Christian “band of brothers,” I’m here because you’re here. You make me want to be a better man.

Bryan Craig, Influencer’s National director says our ministry is a Journey for men who want to abide with Christ. Isaiah received revelation about Jesus’ mission.
Isaiah 61 says, “THE Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

Jesus Christ came to fulfill this prophecy. He defined his mission by opening his ministry with a quote from this passage in Luke 4: 17-19. At his first coming he came “to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” He will fulfill the rest of this prophecy at his second coming.

Jesus’ mission was to “Proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound…to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” The process of Journey Groups is designed to set people free as we journey together to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. Influencers Journey groups grow organically as men step up to journey together with their fellow believers in their sphere of influence. As we men grow in our vertical relationship with Christ, our intimate relationship with Christ allows us to live graciously and lovingly with the ones we love.

According to Matthew 28:19-20, the great co-mission is, “go ye therefore into all the world and make disciples of all men, baptizing them ….and lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world.” In Acts. 1:8, the disciples asked Jesus when he would return. Jesus said, “that’s in God’s timing, but ye shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and unto the uttermost part of the world.” The witness is in the new life in Christ when he is the object of our faith.

We’ve been sanctified, and set apart for his purpose when we enter into his presence. Oswald Chambers said the “rugged reality” is redemption in Christ. For we’ve been bought with a price. We’re no longer our own, but Christ lives in us and through us when he calls us according to His purpose. After Jesus said that you’ll be my witnesses, he was lifted up out of their sight.

We’re witnesses by how we react to the difficult times in our lives. Through the trial others will see that He is our peace through the storm…that he’s the healer of broken hearts. Continuing in Acts 1, As the disciples were looking up, two men in white asked them, “Why are you looking intently into the sky? He will come again in like manner.” Our hope is in looking forward to the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile, he’s called us to fellowship with our brothers in Christ. If our commitment is to the great commission, things that used to bother us no longer matter. Hurts and disappointments no longer turn into bitterness and resentment. We take on the new nature of our Resurrected Lord. His nature is grace, mercy, forgiveness and love. Our witness is to walk in the newness of life. Upon this Journey to abide with him and to walk with him, he will change our hearts to be witnesses of the gospel of Christ.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Thoughts from Pete’s Message February 2, 2018

The Mission

It’s difficult for men to decide what they really want. What’s your passion in life? What makes it worthwhile to jump out of bed each morning? When your prayer is, “God, give me the passion to do your will,” God will break your heart for what breaks his. When you ask God for a passion, then he will work with you and in you to will and to do of His good pleasure.

According to Romans 1, Paul knew his mission and his one purpose in life. He began this book by calling himself a “bondservant” of his Lord Jesus Christ. Paul had a dramatic “conversion experience” on the road to Damascus while he was traveling to persecute Christians. He was a devout Pharisee who wanted to stamp out Christianity. Jesus said of the Pharisee’s that they were “whitewashed sepulchers,” tombstones that look pretty on the outside but have dead bones on the inside. Jesus reserved his harshest criticism for the Pharisees. On the road to Damascus he heard a voice from heaven that said, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?” He was called by the Lord Jesus to serve a new master.

A bond servant serves his master voluntarily from a heart of love. Most slaves serve because the “have to” not because they “want to.” In biblical times, slaves were required by law to serve their masters because of a legal obligation for a certain period of time. Most slaves couldn’t wait to be freed from the bondage of their hard task masters. However, a bond slave is one who had paid his debt of service to his master. He returned to his master to plead for his master to allow him to continue to serve, not because of obligation but voluntarily from a heart of love. To mark his bondservant, the master put black ink on his servant’s ear and pierced his ear to the doorpost. This indelible mark told the world that the bondservant was bound by love to voluntarily serve his master from a heart of love for life.

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples, “go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. And I will be with you even unto the end the world.” This “great commission” is the calling of men of God. We are called to deliver the message of the good news of God’s salvation.

The call of God to the Apostle Paul was to preach the gospel. The gospel consists of bad news and good news. The bad news is that “there is none righteous, no not one.” For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. According to Hebrews, It is appointed once for all men to die and then comes the judgement. Most men will reject the message that “sin” is the nature of all men. However, the massage of salvation is not whether we sin, but whether we accept the savior from sin. Those who are committed to share the gospel know that they are not perfect, just forgiven. Not because of our own righteousness but because of His righteousness. For he who was without sin became the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in him. Because we’ve been saved by grace, we have been set apart to deliver the good news of the gospel of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our calling is to preach the gospel of redemption for he has called us as “living epistles”… God’s love letters known and read of all men. Our mission is to demonstrate the good news of God’s salvation.

Sanctification is growing to become more like Christ. It means “separated according to the purpose for which the Designer designed us.” The purpose of our testimony is that we show forth the glory of the one who has called us to his grace, mercy and love. Our purpose is to lift up our Lord Jesus Christ. Our life’s mission is to bless others by demonstrating the love of God.

Most Americans think that the purpose of life is the “pursuit of happiness.” They think that the “good things in life” will make us happy. However, blessings according to God’s standard are different from the world’s definition of happiness. The devil’s original lie was that “man is the center of the universe, not God.” He said “God’s not God…you are. Ye shall be like God knowing good from evil.” However, blessing is not in being served but in serving to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. A bond servant says, “thy wish is my command.” My pleasure is the good pleasure of your will. For it is God who works in you to will and to do of His good pleasure.

God will teach us to love others when we love Him above all. He will use trials, tribulations, heartbreak and pain so that we can know that he is the one who is our comfort and strength…that we must decrease so that he may increase. He teaches to run to him for refuge…casting all your cares upon him for he cares for you. He has called us to preach the gospel and to use words only when necessary….to proclaim the glory of the one who has called us from the darkness of this world and into the glorious light of the gospel of truth.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Thoughts from Pete’s Message January 31, 2018

On Purpose

A man of God needs to know God’s purpose for his life. In Philippians 3:10-11 and 13-14, Paul said, “that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering being made conformable unto his death; in order that I may obtain the resurrection from the dead….forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:5 says, “for if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death we shall be also raised in the likeness of his resurrection.” As believers in Christ, life in this world is so full of suffering, trial, and heartbreak, that unless we look to Him, we forget the purpose for which he called us.

The basic purpose of a man of God is in Romans 1:1. Paul is a “bond servant” of his Lord Jesus Christ. A bond servant is dedicated to serve his Lord, bound not by duty or obligation, but bound by a heart of love. In biblical times, slaves were required to serve their master for a certain period of time to pay off a debt of obligation. Many slaves couldn’t wait to be freed from bondage under their hard task masters. However some slaves after being freed, returned to their master to plead to their master to continue to serve him voluntarily. The bondservant’s master would mark him by smearing lamp-black ink on the bondservant’s ear. Then the master would pierce his bondservant’s ear to the doorpost leaving an indelible mark. This mark told the world that the servant had dedicated his life to serve his master from a heart of love. The master was obligated to meet his bondservant’s needs. The bondservant owned nothing and his sole desire was to serve his master.

According to Oswald Chambers, our purpose is not to be “holy men” but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. The abiding reality is redemption through our Lord Jesus Christ. As God’s servants we need to understand that redemption is the only reality. Paul did not separate himself, rather God separated him to God’s own purpose. It’s not about our own purpose, but His purpose. We’re separated for one purpose…to proclaim the gospel of redemption through our lord Jesus Christ.

We were justified in Christ because of what he accomplished on our behalf. It’s not about our own testimony…rather it’s about his testimony through us. For we preach not ourselves but Jesus Christ and him crucified. For it is the gospel of God unto salvation. He called us with power to be His witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.

A man of God is an example of Psalm 1. He shall be like a tree that is planted by the streams of living water. His leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Christ is the vine and we are the branches. He is the source of our life as we live according to his purpose. We bear the fruit of his spirit when we abide with and within him.

A purpose is the “end to be attained.” According to the bible, “holy” or “sanctified” means “set apart for the purpose intended by the designer.” For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which he has foreordained that we should walk therein. Our purpose is to align our will with His will to proclaim the good news of the gospel of Christ.

Sanctification is a means to an end. The end is to serve our Lord Jesus Christ from a heart of love. The purpose of a bondslave is to do the master’s will. A bond servant says, “here am I Lord, send me. Thy wish is my command.”

We’ve been set apart to spread the good news of the gospel of redemption. When the seventy returned after Jesus sent them to heal the sick and preach the good news, they returned joyfully because of the miracles they were able to perform. Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall from heaven as lightning because of the good news you proclaimed. However, rejoice not because you cast out demons, but because your names are written in heaven.”

Cory Tin Boom said, “no pit is so deep but that God is not deeper still.” Even when we experience the depth of the depravity of this world, we still have our salvation…we’ve still been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. There’s always something that we can be excited about…that our names are written in the book of life. Paul while he was in prison said, whether I’m prospering or in bonds, my life’s purpose is for the furtherance of the gospel. Therefore let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven. The darker the night, the brighter the light shines.

The purpose of a bond servant is to do the master’s will. As the scripture says, delight thyself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. When we, from a heart of love, choose to make God’s desire our desire, and His good pleasure our good pleasure, then It is God who works in us to will and to do of his good pleasure.

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Thoughts from Pete’s Message January 26, 2018

Our Call

A man of God is not one who has everything together. Men of God still struggle with the nature of the flesh that we inherited from Adam. Men of God need to swap their own self esteem for Christ esteem. He gracefully breaks us so that he can lift up our heads. We’re broken by God’s grace so that he can forgive us when we repent. Grace and mercy is not because of what we’ve done but because of what he did on our behalf when he became the perfect sacrifice for sin on our behalf.

In 1 Peter 2:9 it says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”. Today, we’re a chosen generation to make an impact to influence our world for Christ. Our country’s cultural mindset has changed over the last 50 years. The change has been gradual as the cultural erosion has progressed.

We’re a royal priesthood. The priest is the one who speaks to God on behalf of the people. The priest ministers the love and light of Christ in a world of darkness. This is our calling of God.

We’r’e an holy nation because our citizenship is in heaven. Holy men have been made holy… they have been set apart for God’s purpose through the supreme payment of the blood of Christ. Our priestly ministry is a blessing. Our calling is to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel.

We’re peculiar people. We’re not normal…we’re unusual according to the world’s standards. To follow Christ we must deny ourselves to follow him. If any man is in Christ he’s a new creature….called out of darkness into his marvelous light. Our purpose is to reflect and demonstrate the nature of Jesus Christ others. The enemy will tell us that we’re a failure and that we’re hypocrites for professing the standard of Christ. However, the word of God is truth. According to the the truth of the Word, it is God who works in you to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Most men think that they need to seek retribution and to retaliate against those who have violated their “rights.” However, Jesus said “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.” Therefore, recompense to no man evil for evil…be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.

Men are comfortable in the “shallow end of the pool.” However, Jesus says to come unto me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. He bids us, forsake yourself and come unto me. To follow our Lord we must leave the comfort of the shallow end to come and join with him at the deep end of the pool.

Men of God are “outliers” from the world. We’re different because we’re sanctified…separated according to the purpose intended by the designer. Life is too short and the stakes are too high to live mediocre lives. Our challenge is to live a life that’s extraordinary, set apart for the vocation wherewith we have been called.

According to Isaiah, In the year in which Uzziah died, a vision came to Isaiah… a vision of the holiness and the righteous of God. He said, “woe is me. I’m a man of unclean lips.” When we see God’s holiness, we understand our own unworthiness. This is the point of repentance. Like the prodigal son living in the pig pen, he “came to himself.” As the Apostle Paul said, “in me dwelleth no good thing.” The point of repentance is when we come to ourselves and make an “about-face” to turn from our selfish selves and unto our Lord Jesus Christ.

The purpose of the Church is to call others to worship their Lord….to call God’s people into His presence. To turn to Jesus means, “I surrender all.” It’s not about us…it’s about Him. We must live and dwell in his presence to come to know the nature of our Lord. This is the nature of the spirit of Christ in us the hope of glory.

When we call on him when we fall, our gracious and merciful Heavenly Father will correct us. Biblical correction is to restore to an upright position. For if we walk in the light as he is in the light he will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The light of the Word of God disinfects the darkness of the world.

As a man of God, our calling is to hold up the standard of Christ…the word of God living in us and through us. We’re not justified by convincing ourselves that wrong is right. This is justification according to the world’s standard. To “rationalize” is to bring that which is unreasonable into the realm of reason. The devil’s ploy is to deceive and to twist God’s truth. Lying is the native language of the devil. However, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Spending time in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ will keep us holy…set apart for the purpose for which God designed us…

To forsake the sins of the flesh, we must repent. We must acknowledge that he’s in charge and we’re not. Therefore, turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face…and the things of earth will become strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

We’ve been called for such a time as this. For we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation that we should show forth the praises of the one who called us from the darkness of this world into his marvelous light. We’re His representatives… He called us not because of who we are but because of who He is. We proclaim his nature as we walk in fellowship with him through this journey of life. We’re his living epistles known and read of all men. Therefore, proclaim the gospel. When necessary use words. In other words, “give ’em Heaven.”

May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ,
Michael