Secret Faults


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Psalm 19:12-13

Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

In this passage of scripture the Psalmist is concerned about the things in his life that are displeasing to the Lord that he is unaware of and doesn’t understand.

Somehow as we grow up we see less and less in our life as being wrong and more and more as being someone else’s wrong and their problem. When a child is two or three years old it doesn’t understand that playing with a venomous snake is seriously dangerous. However when that same child is twenty or thirty years old it understands the dangers associated with venomous snakes. The psalmist was concerned that there was error and secret faults in his life that he could not see.

What the Psalmist did understand was that since God was big enough to create and control all we can see such as the day and the night, He was also big enough to control all that we can’t see. I can see day and night where I am but I can not see day and night on the other side of the world and yet it is perfectly under control and in subjection to the Creator just as my side of the world is.

To apply that to me personally then means that since my Creator is big enough to control and bring into subjection what I do see and understand about myself means that He is also big enough to control and bring into subjection what I don’t understand about myself.

Simply said, Jesus Christ shed His blood, died on Calvary’s Cross, descended into death and hell and was raised from the dead by the resurrection power of the Father. That is sufficient to save me from an eternity in hell and that is sufficient to save me from whatever wrong and error that is in my life that I don’t understand yet.

Matthew 7:11, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” The LORD Jesus Christ is an infinitely better parent than we good ever possibly be. We can trust Him!


Let Not Sin Reign


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Romans 6:12

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

To reign, as used in the passage, means to be king and to exercise kingly power. Christ, through His Word, tells us, “Let not sin reign in your mortal body.” So I have a choice in this matter. I do not have to allow sin to be my king and exercise kingly power over me. However, as life soon teaches you, just because we know what the answer is in a situation and just because all we have to do is make a simple choice to do what is right, doesn’t mean that it is always an easy thing to do. Just because something is simple doesn’t mean it is necessarily easy. What then is the key to making this simple choice to not let sin reign in our mortal body?

The answer is in the preceding verse, Romans 6:11, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” All we have to do to prevent sin from being the king of our life and exercising kingly power over us is to “reckon” ourselves to be dead unto sin.

To reckon is to count, compute and calculate or to take into account and to make an account of. Romans 3:28, “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” We conclude or we reckon. Romans 4:3, “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. It was counted or it was reckoned.

The simple thing to do to prevent sin from reigning in my mortal body, that isn’t always easy, is choose to believe that it has no power. Sin has no power over me because Jesus Christ was raised from the dead! Death, hell and the grave could not and did not reign over Jesus and greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world so sin has no power over me. Not someone else’s sin and not my sin.

Thank you Father! Jesus has been raised from the dead and sin has no power over me.

Their Synagogue


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Matthew 13:54

And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

What an indictment! Jesus Christ, the living Word of God in flesh, comes into His own country where He and His family are known and yet He must teach them in their synagogue? Moreover His teaching offended them as it says in verse 57, “And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.”

This verse can certainly be applied to the church world today. We talk about this is God’s House and this is the body of Christ but does Jesus ever think, well they are having church today so I’m going down to their church and visit them? Jesus have mercy on us! Is Jesus going to our church or do we go to His church? Is man in control of the church keeping it within strict guidelines and making sure everything is done exactly right according to their denomination’s beliefs or does Jesus have the freedom to come in and mess up the whole program doing something radically different?

It seems to me that we can also apply this on a more personal level as the Bible also teaches that this physical body we live in is to be the temple of God. Does it offend us when Jesus comes in and does a new thing in our body. Does it offend me that I’ve gotten older now and I don’t have the strength, stamina and looks of youth anymore? Does it offend me when Jesus teaches me that I shouldn’t take my body to a particular place or allow it to participate in a certain activity?

Is my church and my body the Temple of God or does Jesus go into their synagogue when His presence visits me?




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Joshua 1:5-6

There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

The LORD had appeared to Joshua and told Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead” and then immediately begins to prophesy to Joshua that Joshua will be successful and that he, Joshua, would divide the Promised Land to Israel. The LORD also tells Joshua to be strong and of a good courage which means that Joshua is going to face opposition and some battles in doing what he has been told to do.

Moses was an awesome man of God and according to Exodus 12 he lead “about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children” out of Egypt in the Great Exodus. Yet Moses was a human being and certainly not without issues as a man. Moses had killed an Egyptian and hid him in the sand. He had married outside his own people and many scholars assert that Moses’ wife was a black woman and so those things would have caused an uproar in the society of that day. Although marrying who you wish is completely acceptable in today’s world, it would have been a huge issue in the setting of these scriptures.

Moses also had an anger issue as he demonstrated when he came down from receiving the commandments and discovered the Israelites had made a golden calf and were partying and dancing. He immediately cast the tables of stone to the ground and break them out of anger.

Although Moses had not been allowed to enter the Promised Land and had died short of that, he was still an awesome leader and servant of God. How else would you govern that many people for 40 years wandering through a wilderness without being an awesome leader?

Even though Moses made mistakes at times, you never hear Joshua speak negatively to the Israelites about their former leader. Joshua was Moses’ servant and if anyone would have seen Moses’ shortcomings it would have been Joshua. Nevertheless out of respect for the LORD’s choice of whom to lead Israel, Joshua never scorns or ridicules Moses. Therefore Joshua is qualified to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land and divide their inheritance to them.

To successfully lead someone into their inheritance and the discovery of their purpose on earth we do not have to scorn nor tear down and destroy the image of those before us. All we must do is simply love them for whoever they are, where ever they came from and accept whatever or whoever led them to where they are. Positive reinforcement and hope for the future will lead them much farther than negative reinforcement of the past and hopelessness ever will.

Let us praise the Lord of heaven for the example He has given us in Moses and Joshua.




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Mark 6:41

And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

This is the record of when Jesus fed five thousand men, plus whatever women and children that were present, in the desert.

The multitude had followed Jesus out into the desert when He had sent the disciples there to rest after John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod. Jesus had sent the disciples to rest, in Jesus’ words, and yet when they arrived at the appointed place there was a multitude there waiting on them.  When Jesus saw the multitude He was moved with compassion for them because Jesus saw them as sheep without a shepherd.

Things had changed. John had preached, led and protected the multitude up to that point and now John has been executed for standing against Herod’s immoral desire for his brother’s wife. Thus Jesus saw them as sheep without a shepherd and had compassion on them.

After spending a long time teaching the multitude many things Jesus tells His disciples to feed the multitude. The disciples respond by telling Jesus He will have to send everyone away to get their own food because they don’t have any. Jesus then has the disciples gather what food they do have which came to five loaves and two fishes. Jesus takes the paltry supplies and looks to heaven, He blesses and then brakes the five loaves and two fishes before giving them to the disciples to serve to the multitude. After feeding the multitude there were twelve baskets of food left over.

In this era of post-modernism and it could even be argued, post-christianity, the goal seems to always be more, bigger and better. Yet that is completely contrary to the way Jesus did it. Jesus feed five thousand plus people with five loaves and two fishes. He was able to do that because number one He looked to heaven. He wasn’t looking to the government, the corporate world, the rich, the educational system, the justice system or even the church to take care of those in the desert place. Rather He looked to “Our Father which art heaven”. He then divided what He had among those around Him that day. Miraculously everyone was fed and there was way more left over than Jesus even started with.

The way to succeed in whatever you are doing is to love the LORD with all your being by looking to heaven and then loving your neighbor as your self. You will always end up with more than you begin with when you implement and practice this on simple principle of the Kingdom of Heaven.

He is Jehovah-jireh!


No Offense


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Psalm 119:165

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Do I love the law of God? What is the law of God? Is it even possible to remember all of the laws of God?

When Jesus walked this earth He was questioned one day by a certain lawyer as to what was the greatest thing he could do in order to be pleasing to the LORD. Jesus answered that we are to love the LORD with all our being and then love our neighbor as ourselves. In Matthew 22:40 Jesus says, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.

It may be said then, that if I can’t find peace in a situation and I am offended, it is because I have not yet embraced Christ’s love with all my being and I have not yet choose to love my neighbor as myself. I’m not talking about loving the wrong that someone is doing but rather choosing to love the person.

I am eternally grateful that Jesus Christ choose to love me and die for me on Calvary’s Cross even though I had plenty of wrong going on in my life. He gave His life for me because I had wrong, error and darkness in my life and needed Him and not because I was a good person who deserved it. Yet I am so quick to condemn someone and “write them off” when they commit wrong against me. Oh how unlike Christ we are!

The thing is that when someone does me wrong it offends me and I feel justified in those feelings because they are the one that is wrong. It’s difficult to see where I am lacking when I feel so justified because they did such a horrible thing to me. Yes it was horrible but it certainly doesn’t make sense to descend into their wrong when I could live above it in the love of God. Do you prefer living in offense or in love?

It doesn’t make their wrong right and doesn’t mean I must continue to submit to the wrong of someone else. It just means I live above that wrong in a place of no offense as Jesus did on the cross when He said, Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

Dear Jesus please teach me to love as you do.


Waste Places


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Isaiah 51:3

For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

The LORD had said to Abram in Genesis 12:1-3, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

The LORD fulfilled His promises to Abram. He changed Abram into Abraham and Abraham became a rich man spiritually and naturally. Yet in between the time Abram left Haran and the time when the LORD’s promises were fulfilled to Abram, he went through many experiences and was gradually molded by the Potter’s hands into Abraham, the vessel the LORD had appointed for him to be. A vessel of blessing to all the families of the earth.

In Isaiah 51 we are instructed to “look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.”

There was a day when the LORD spoke to us and we left the presence of our Father in heaven above and then were born into this world. Between the time we left the presence of the Heavenly Father until we return one day we will go through many things. Some of those things will be pleasurable and some will be painful. This we can count on though, the LORD will fulfill all of His promises to us.

As we submit ourselves to the hands of the Potter, let us look unto the rock from whence we were hewn and unto the hole of the pit from whence we were digged for surely we are being fashioned into vessels of honor. Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

God cannot lie. Look at the substance He began with when He first began to fashion and form us. He began with good substance, even the substance of Himself. Look at hole of the pit you came out of. It was God Himself. He is going to comfort you and make your wilderness like the Garden of Eden.

May it so be even as you have commanded, blessed God Almighty.


Love of Pleasure


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Proverbs 21:17

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

The love of pleasure is a sure road to destruction and destitution. As the rich man in Luke 12:18 died and lost everything, including his soul, after he expressed his love of pleasure by saying,” This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods”, so shall we experience destruction and destitution when we seek pleasure of self instead of the LORD’s pleasure in our life.

We are commanded clearly in God’s Word to love the LORD with all our being and our neighbor as our self. Therefore the love of pleasure results in a poor outcome. The soul who seeks God’s pleasure by loving the LORD with all their being and loving their neighbor as their self, with whatever riches they have, is the soul that goes to sleep at night with an inexplicable satisfaction and pleasure that is beyond understanding.

There was a certain ruler in Luke 18 who had kept the commandments from his youth but was instructed by Jesus that he needed to sell all that he had and distribute to the poor in order to have treasure in heaven. This certain ruler was trying to love the LORD with all his being but was still lacking in loving his neighbor as himself.

There was another time when the disciples were faced with feeding five thousand men, beside women and children. All the food that the disciples had available to them came to five loaves of bread and two fish. As Jesus gave thanks for the food that was available and distributed it to the hungry it was miraculously multiplied and there was more left over at the end than they started out with.

The one that is truly rich is the one who loves the LORD with all their being and loves their neighbor as their self. Jesus please teach us to love as you do.


Who I Am


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1 John 3:1-3

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Did you ever think, “How can they treat me like that”? We can work as hard as we possibly can and yet someone in a trusted position in our life does their best to thwart, disrupt or undermine our efforts to do right. We feel like if they just understood who were and what we were doing they would, at the least, give us the common courtesy and respect you would give any human being.

According to God’s Word the Father hath bestowed His love upon us and we should be called the sons of God. We are not the Only Begotten Son of God born to a virgin but we are one of the sons of God. That’s why that in Matthew 6 we are taught to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven”. We have been adopted into the brotherhood because of our Father’s love that He hath bestowed upon us.

So that poor soul that seems set on destroying you doesn’t know who you are. If they really knew who the Father was they would know who you are as one of the sons of God. “Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

The world didn’t know who Jesus Christ was either and Jesus was stood up and tried, convicted and executed publicly as a criminal. Yet it was the deplorable acts of cruelty and hatred that released the stream of love, also known as Jesus’ blood, that brought forgiveness of sin and salvation to as many as will receive it.

So how do I accomplish this purifying that the Bible teaches? I do it by choosing to not look on what someone did to me but rather by choosing to look on what Jesus Christ did for me. “We shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”. When I look upon Jesus I am changed to be like Him. That is an awesome tool to possess!

Dear blessed Jesus please teach me to look on what you have done for me and not on what others have done to me.


Meekness Brings Peace


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Psalm 37:11

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Spurgeon refers to Psalm 37 as “The great riddle of the prosperity of the wicked and the affliction of the righteous”. This Psalm has also been understood as a prayer of the persecuted who has taken refuge in the temple or figuratively of refuge in God. This verse was cited by Jesus Himself during His sermon on the mount in Mathew 5:5. Psalm 37 is a great explanation of how to rid our lives of negativity and live in peace in the midst of all the turmoil of this life.

Simply put the Psalmist is saying that if we live in meekness we will have an abundance of peace. While it certainly seems in these days that many people find pleasure and fulfillment and thrive on living in turmoil and stress, I am not one of those. Although there will always be conflict and confrontation in this life, I believe we can exhibit meekness and have an abundance of peace even when walking through conflict and confrontation.

To be meek is to be humble and lowly. What better example could we possibly look for other than Jesus Christ Himself. When on public trial with His life hanging in the balance Jesus exhibited the ultimate meekness before Pilate. Matthew 27:13-14, “Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.”

It is one thing to speak up and defend the truth that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and an entirely different thing to attempt to convince someone that I am righteous and without sin in a situation. Although it seems counterintuitive, it is when I humbly place my faith and trust in God Almighty that an abundance of peace floods my life and I can stand before my accusers knowing that I am a child of the Most High God and He loves me and will never leave me nor forsake me. Jesus alone is worthy of all our praise, blessed be His great Name.