Today I begin to explain why we celebrate the Biblical Feasts. If you dig into the New Testament you will see many references to the Feasts, as it describes how Jesus celebrated them. When we celebrate the Feasts, we are not just celebrating something that happened in the past, we are anticipating a greater fulfillment of the scriptural promises in our generation.
Today I explain the parable of the talents from Matthew 25:14. We have been given many talents from the Lord, it is our responsibility to manage those talents. We won’t see growth if we hide our talents, we must put them to good use and share them with others.
Today I talk about Jesus teaching the disciples. There are many layers of interpretation, but it is important to make the scriptures practical in our lives. It is also important to continue studying and learning the deeper meanings of Jesus’ teachings.
Today I teach about Jesus in relationship to His roots. In order to better understand Jesus’ teachings, we must study His heritage. Jesus was a Jewish teacher speaking to a Jewish audience. Lord open our eyes to have a fresh understanding.
Today I speak about the importance of us becoming equipped to walk according to God’s will. Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Today I bring a foundational teaching about God’s unchanging love. We repent for believing the lie that God can reject His children. Even in times of discipline God loves us to the uttermost and wants to see us mature as His sons.
Today I inspire us to receive a new perception of God’s love for us. God is preparing each one of us for something new, but it cannot happen out of our human perception of love. There is a motivation in God’s love to see us grow and mature, so we can participate in the bringing forth His kingdom.
Today I expound on the story in 1 Kings 17. Even though Elijah was a prophet, he could not solve his own problems. He had to rely on the miracle God provided through the poor widow. We need to get out of our comfort zone and appropriate the provision God has given us through relationships.
Today I link the parable of the prodigal son to Revelation 3:20. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” The prodigal son was free to make his own choice but the father delighted when he chose to come home. Similarly God will never force us to open the door to His love but is eager to dwell with us when we choose to let Him into our lives.
Today I express the importance of us becoming channels of living water. When we only receive and never share the blessing, we become like the dead sea. We must be willingly to share the love we have received to continue the flow of living water.
Today I relate our provision from God to a box of parts waiting to be assembled. We have access to a complete provision, but if we do not read the manual and spend quality time with our instructor, we won’t be able to see the fullness of all that we have received.
Today I inspire us to continue opening up to receive God’s love. God is love, and the key to walking as sons of God is seeking His love with all our heart. We grow up by receiving His love with a broken spirit. Everything we do must be born out of this pure love.
Today I connect our ability to see ourselves as God sees us to our openness to receive God’s love. Through a story of the eight cow woman we can see how opening up to God’s love allows us to be aware of the beauty in ourselves that He has seen from the beginning.
Today I impart a new revelation of the Holy Spirit. Jesus wanted us to have the Holy Spirit, not only to be filled with His power, but also to have a daily reminder of His love for us and His desire for us to walk in oneness.
Today I relate our anticipation for Pentecost with our hunger for the truth. The Holy Spirit was not sent for the disciples’ personal gain, but to enable them to walk in their commissioning. We cannot miss what God is doing because it does not happen the way we thought it would.
Today I link our ability to see God’s plan for our lives to our willingness to be part of His plan. We cannot expect to see God moving if we are reluctant to be the channel through which He moves.
Today I speak about our need to have a daily revelation of the Lord. The disciples knew Christ, but when he appeared on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection they did not recognize him. We cannot be satisfied with a revelation or an experience from the past. We pray everyday for our daily bread, a fresh and new revelation and experience with God.
Today I convey the importance of having an experience with God’s love. We can study the word and know it’s teaching but it is a daily experience with God’s Love that will change us. Part of this process is getting to know ourselves as we are known by God. 1 John 3:1 “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.”
Today I teach about Passover and how it relates to us as Christians. In the book of Exodus, God delivered His people from slavery. They were not only slaves to Pharaoh, but also to the gods of Egypt. The Israelites had to stay in their houses with blood on the door posts to be set free. Today, we recognize that Christ’s blood is our covering. When we take communion, we take it in faith that we are no longer slaves to the gods of this world but we are sons of the Lord Most High.
Today I reiterate the importance of loving one another. Our love, one for another, is key in this process of restoration. When we move in this love we activate principles of the Kingdom. John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I have been writing about the process of restoration of the church, and one of the things that impact the way I walk with God is the way I apply, in my life, the principles established by God. Sometimes we may have a sense that we have lost our closeness with God and that we are not being blessed. When we understand the principles of a walk in the Spirit we should not become confused when we feel that. It is important to learn that we are blessed when we obey the commandments of the Word of God. It is not enough to know something; we are blessed when we do the things we already know. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them (John 13:17).
One of the principles that impact our lives constantly is forgiveness. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray he included this principle. For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” (Matthew 6:14–15). Jesus also taught about this principle in a parable (Matthew 18:23-35). In this parable it becomes clear that the debt that God is willing to forgive us is infinitely greater than the debt that we are asked to forgive others.
We are approaching the time of Passover. During this time we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Salvation, Redemption, Forgiveness of our sins, and being born again in a relationship with God, the Father. We can only approach the communion table to appropriate the forgiveness of our sins when we are willing to let go of the offenses of others toward us. It does not mean that it is easy; it means that we recognize that we have been forgiven a lot more than we are forgiving others. The offenses of others toward us are not worth holding on to, when compared to the mercy and grace of God towards us, through the blood of Jesus spilled for us.
Today I explain the importance of having a revelation of God’s love for us. When God saved us, He opened the door for us to have a deep relationship with His love and His promises. His provision of everything pertaining to life and godliness, is available to us when we choose to open our hearts and receive His love.
On my last blog I started to write about the process of the restoration of the church. As I continued to meditate about this, one thing became very clear to me, one of the first things that must be restored is our revelation of God’s love for us. This revelation can only come when we trust that He is willing to have a relationship with us, even when we fail and make mistakes. If I believe that He is just waiting for my next sin to reject me, my walk with God will always be based on a fear of rejection, instead of a revelation of His unchanging love. “Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1). One of the ways to translate this last part is: He loved them eternally.
Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray to the Father. As a Father, God may discipline His children, but He never rejects them. In reality, in His love He wants us to grow in our relationship with Him. Sometimes it is very easy to confuse discipline, correction, and even punishment with rejection. In God’s faithfulness we see that He is not rejecting His children, even if for a while He has to discipline them. “He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:9–11).
The restoration of our relationship with God will never be based on our own religious merits, but on His faithfulness and unchanging love. “Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love” (Micah 7:18). On the other hand we must be open for the discipline and maturing in our relationship with the Father, and also to become channels of the same love and acceptance to others.
Today I link our personal walks with God to Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” We must have a drive and determination to walk every day in a way that will bring forth God’s presence.
Today I dive into the keys of effective prayer. We no longer come as beggars before the king, but enter into prayer as sons relating to a loving father. Find out what is yours according to the sacrifice of the son.
Today I illuminate Psalms 51 through the context of David’s life. We know David as a worshiper and a man after God’s own heart, but it is important for us to study his life and understand the man behind the Psalms.
Today I relate God’s presence in the book of Esther to God’s presence in our daily lives. God is behind the scenes orchestrating our lives, but we still have to accept and walk in the authority He has given us.
Today I talk about giving the Lord the new worship He is looking for. Worship is not about performing a lot of earthy habits, it is about presenting ourselves as we are. We must be an honest and living sacrifice to God.
Today I connect fasting with Matthew 22:37-40. God is not looking for us to fast in a way that shows off humility with a pious face. He is looking for us to fast in a way that changes us. What is the fast that He chooses for His disciples now? That we love one another.
Today I teach about our reaction to hearing the truth. Both Saul and David were chosen by God and both made mistakes, but only David broke his heart before the Lord when he learned the truth. Psalms 51:7 “Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Today I relate God’s working in our lives to a contractor remodeling a home. God inspected the house and saw all its flaws, but still paid the highest price and sent the Holy Spirit to remodel it. It might hurt when the carpet gets torn out but we must trust God’s love during this remodel and let go of anything that would deter Him from dwelling in us.
Today I speak about our pursuit for God’s love. Our walls protect us from the depth of love that can change us. It is time to knock the walls down and receive that God loves us to the uttermost. 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”