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Thursday, February 22, 2018

LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”1 John 4:18
                God is not encumbered with human emotions like mortal man. Fear doesn’t exist in God’s realm, but it happens to be prevalent in the world. This is because 1) we are not perfect, being subject to everything the world throws at us; 2) Satan is the Prince of this world and wishes to trip us up.  One way he can accomplish his mission is thru fear.  We, as followers of Christ, must come to the place where we realize once and for all that we have been freed from the power of the devil and are no longer subject to all he has at his disposal. This toothless lion would like nothing better than to trick us into thinking we can do nothing about our fears and all the other things that discourage us. God’s love casts out all fear. We must understand that this isn’t an instantaneous transformation, but rather a progressive development that materializes in your behavior over time.
            If we focus on God’s love we cannot be in fear because they cannot coexist. We will never be perfectly like Christ this side of heaven, but the sooner we start the sooner we will overcome that which is binding us. Since God is the very essence and Christ was the embodiment of love, we are in good company if we walk with them down the pathway of life laid out before you. Fear not; only trust in God. He will do for you all he has promised in his word. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Reformation Study Bible.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

GRACE GREATER THAN ALL MY SIN

"My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." –      2 Corinthians 12:9
         God’s grace – favor we can’t earn and definitely do not deserve. It’s favor that comes by association, given freely as a gift.  The Lord is Almighty, while we are not. We are weak by comparison, every one of us. It’s my opinion that the weaker we are, the more God can use us. That’s probably because our ego doesn’t get in the way of God when he is moving. Men pride themselves for having Doctorates in Divinity, yet the first disciples were largely unlearned fishermen. (Except Luke, who was a physician.) In truth all we really need is a willing heart and a penchant for yielding to the Spirit as he ministers to us for us to be effective for the Lord. After nearly 39 years I still don’t have that down, but I haven’t given up.
          Grace leads us to receive the remedy for our gravest need, forgiveness from all our sin. Forgiveness causes our faith to explode and our trust to take hold. Knowing we have a complete do over without strings attached is humbling. We do nothing but accept God on his terms where we stand. Forgiveness lies in the blood of Christ, grace comes from the heart of God. Never make his grace a cheap thing. Without it we’d die in our sins and be separated from God forever! Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing! rlkeller

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WE MUST BE CHRIST

“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” – Proverbs 17:9 NLT
            There are times in all our lives when loving people is extremely difficult. Human kind in general can be a pretty unlovable group. I have learned thru the years that imitating Christ has a lot to do with what we do NOT say rather than what we DO say. I have also learned that those who shun or make fun of believers in God are often the ones who need unconditional love the most. I’ve learned that there are times when we are done in by friendly fire. The conclusion I have recently come to is that it is godlier to endure the verbal onslaught and love the antagonizer anyway. Every time we forgive, we become a little more like Christ.
            God’s general will for all believers is to allow our character to have an overhaul. We must strive to be like Jesus and Jesus would forgive any and every assault and love that individual anyway. He loves us in spite of ourselves. We are human and will make mistakes. God knows this which is why he says in 1 John 2:1 essentially that it’s God’s desire for us not to sin because of all the teaching we have heard, but if we do sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. We are loved unconditionally in spite of anything we might think, say or do. None of us deserve it, but that is exactly what grace is. Those we are at odds with don’t deserve it either, but remember, we’re not judge and jury … we must be Christ to them. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

1 John 2:1  “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”

Monday, February 19, 2018

LOVE AS GOD LOVES

“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”1 John 4:12
            The love of God is found in the embodiment of Jesus Christ. He was God in human form. Those who saw Jesus with their own eyes saw Almighty God. Those who saw who Jesus truly was were changed from the inside out. It mattered not where they were from, what they wore or what they did for a living, for God looks at the heart of a man, not the externals.
            How are we to love others, namely those God brings into our lives. As I have been saying, it is by imitating Christ in our daily lives. This isn’t an easy thing for us because we weren’t born followers of God. We sought a divine association with the Almighty once it had become clear to us that we were in need of forgiveness for all we had done outside his will. Followers of Christ have the Spirit of God living within them. All of mankind doesn’t have God within, only those who invited him into their hearts and lives. Their destination is heaven, their salvation assured. Those who are on the outside of God’s family gaze upon the metamorphosis that has taken place in us and either curse us or desire what we have. Some who curse us the most vehemently may be the ones who secretly desire it the most.
            Be Christ to those you encounter. Feed on his word and become familiar with that we are called to accomplish in this life. We cannot know all God knows; it isn’t possible. But we can become a living ‘show & tell’ of God’s loving kindness simply by living out the scriptures as best we can with the help of the Holy Spirit. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; Matthew Poole’s Commentary on the Bible.

Translation used: The New Living Translation.

Thoughts From a Random Mind

            I was sitting outside in the backyard yesterday afternoon enjoying the cold, clean air when I thought of something I found interesting. As I look about I saw the barren, lifeless trees all around me. It reminded me of the barren, lifeless heart of an unsaved man. Without Christ in one’s life there is nothing worth living for if you want to be honest about it. Everything in this world either breaks down or dies at some point and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. The barren trees also symbolize a dying, decaying world that is mired in sinfulness, which is a festering sore on humanity.
            It is no surprise to me that Easter or Resurrection Day is in the springtime. It’s the time when trees sport their new buds and flowers begin to bloom. This is representative of new life, just as Christ rose to new life and we rise to new life when we receive the forgiveness of God.  The new life all around gives us all reason for hope. The beauty of the blossoming trees and the blooming flowers shows us what that new life looks like.
          Once in full bloom we represent all that is good and right about God. The thought of all this made me smile for I realized that I was loved deeply by my Heavenly Father and nothing would ever change that. I am no longer a barren tree. I am alive and well and living as his vehicle to teach and write about godly living in an ungodly world. May God bless me that I might be a blessing to others and may he do the same for you. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing! rlkeller

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:12-13
            The Philippian church didn’t seem to have a problem following the teachings of Christ while the Apostle Paul was in their midst, but how would they do once he moved on? Paul is telling them here they need to be diligent in their pursuit of godly living, thus showing the results of their salvation to an unbelieving world.
            The portion of verse 12 that speaks of obeying God with reverence and fear simply means that we are to treat our God with awe and with all the respect due him. I know I can’t do what he can do and I know you can’t either, so that fact merits an incredible spirit of inner and outward humility. Nothing pretentious for we are no different or better than anyone else, we are just forgiven. We did nothing to achieve that status except believe and receive. It was and is a gift as a result of God’s grace (undeserved favor).
            If we allow, God is working and will complete that work over time (Phil 1:6). In spite of what we may think, we are weak willed, frail individuals who cannot do anything of any eternal value without the Spirit of God guiding and enabling us. We must learn our lessons well. Tune in to the Spirit of God and do far more listening than talking. We learn nothing new when we speak, only when we listen. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; www.biblehub.comNOTE: Most translations of verse 12 say, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling … “. I was curious just exactly what that meant to us today as believers and I came across the verse in the New Living Translation, which you see up above in red letters. rlkeller


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Thoughts From a Random Mind

While there is only one way to get to heaven, there are a myriad of ways for it to take place. Your spiritual transformation can take place anywhere on this earth … it doesn’t have to be in a church. There doesn’t have to be a clergyman present. It doesn’t matter what posture you happen to be in when it takes place. The wonderfully special thing about salvation is that God will meet you wherever you happen to be. You don’t have to clean up for him, for the only necessary cleansing takes place within your heart.
          Once forgiven by Almighty God, your spiritual maturation is up to you. While the Holy Spirit does the inner surgery, we must allow him to do his work in us. God doesn’t go where he is not wanted and will not do that which you do not want done. We must submit our will in favor of his so that we might become all he knows we can be in his name. This is the path of the Christian. rlkeller