JUNE 10, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

June 9, 2017

MY FRIENDS, A LOVE LETTER FROM GOD!!

thA love letter from God to His friends we can only imagine starts something like this; How deep is darkness, and now my friends, imagine that darkness without form and void. And within that darkness try and understand, my love for you goes beyond that. Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent what is that to Me, my Son exchanged it all and a Home no human eye has ever seen nor ear has heard or mind has ever envisioned, along with the constant praise of ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of angels.

But, because the abomination of man could not reside in such pure and holy surroundings, my Son left it all in exchange for a crown of thorns and a tomb. But He rose from that tomb, so that where He is today, there you may be also very soon. So where can I, the great I Am flee from man’s presence? If I settle on the far side of what I call the unknown even there [my thoughts of you remain]…..“Surely the darkness will hide what I feel, and maybe not.

So then in My world the light becomes night around me,” and in my loneliness the night shines like the day and still no replacement for your presence. thMy love “tracks your sorrows and collects your tears in a bottle” that I allow to penetrate my heart so when you hurt I feel what you feel. My love is authentic and very personal.

My relationship is “distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth but you to share my love with.” Oh my precious children, how much grace will it take for you to feel the invariable nature of what I feel. And then its signed in the blood of His Son, Your Creator. My friends, how do we define such love and the plan of redemption planned out in detail before there was any one to redeem.

In architecture, a schematic diagram shows all significant components, and parts of what a building look’s like upon completion. And from the beginning through Abraham we were given a glimpse of all significant components and parts of God’s sacrificial love played out before Calvary. And God told Abraham “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go…and offer him..as a burnt offering……..” Gen 22:2 (ESV)

how-deep-the-fathers-love-for-usAnd then came Calvary, For “scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8 (KJV) Today with no reservation, I can say “we are God’s friends and Henceforth we are no longer servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but we His friends; have been revealed everything that Christ have heard from His Father.

In addition, we did not seek after God, but we were chosen from the foundation of the world, that we would understand selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love. And through that understanding go and bring forth fruit, and that fruit will be stars in our crown and a reminder of our love for God and His love for us throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity, and in the meantime as His friends, whatsoever we ask of the Father in Christ name, He will give to us, if it’s all about God’s glory and honor,” not ours. John 15:13-16 (Paraphrased)

 

JUNE 2, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

June 2, 2017,

MY FRIENDS, HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A THIEF?

th“When God sends to men warnings so important that they are represented as proclaimed by holy angels flying in the midst of heaven, He requires every person endowed with reasoning powers to heed the message. The fearful judgments denounced against the worship of the beast and his image (Revelation 14:9-11), should lead all to a diligent study of the prophecies to learn what the mark of the beast is, and how they are to avoid receiving it.” (E.G. White. Great Controversy, p 594)

My friends, we are living in the last days of the history of this world. A time Paul speaks of in 2 Tim 4:1-4 (KJV) that says there “will come [a time] when they, they meaning many that we witness to will “not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Peter also tells us in 2 Peter 3:3-4 (KJV), “there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” My friends, look all around you, nothing in this world should be of any value to a child of God except all “who are sinking deep in sin.”

All meaning friends, family, love one’s, neighbors and co-workers who are sinking. All meaning “as the Holy Spirit comes on you [and I]; evamgelism[we will then become Christ “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV) But friends, as heirs to God’s kingdom and co-heirs with His Son, we must first understand the worth of what God has prepared for His faithful children.

In addition, what are we willing to do to obtain such a place before we can present this shared vision to anyone else. Matthew 13:45-46 (ESV) tells us, “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Which tells us nothing can be of more value than acquiring the blessings God has prepared for all who have allowed their character to be transformed into the character of Christ.

That place prepared In His “Father’s house that have many mansions waiting for the redeemed……” Christ also tells us in John 14:1-3 (KJV) if I go and prepare [such] a place for you, I will come [back, and receive all of the redeemed] unto myself; that where I am, there we can be also [if we believe.]”

But if we are not studying and allowing God’s Spirit to guide us in all truth and understanding, as we witness prophecy unfold before our eyes the Lord “will come like a thief in the night while people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains thiefinthenightcome upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But [my friends, we] are not in darkness, for [if we are watching and praying and studying, Gods Spirit] will be poured out on all [His] people. [And our] sons and daughters will prophesy, [and] our young men will see visions, and our old men will dream dreams.” [and] that day [will not] surprise us like a thief.” 1 Thes. 5:2-4 (ESV), Acts 2:17 (NIV)

MY FRIENDS. WILL OUR CHARACTER BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE GOD?

June 1, 2017

MY FRIENDS. WILL OUR CHARACTER BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE GOD?

Why-We-Cannot-Listen-To-The-Word-Of-GodLearning to distinguish God’s voice and follow His Spirit guarantees us an easy path to Gods kingdom. The key word is learning which requires the daily study of God’s word as we allow His Spirit to guide us in all truth an understanding which then allows us to discern the presence of God which would than radically transform our character into Christ Character and soon, when “we see His face, His name will be on [our] foreheads” Rev. 22:4 (KJV)

In addition, through our faith, we must also understand “what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2 (KJV) But all who never took the time to distinguished the voice and character of God from the character of “principalities, and powers of the rulers of the darkness of this world.”

And all who have not allowed their character to be transformed during this probationary period between birth and death into the image of Christ. Their final destination is right next to “the kings of this earth, and the great men, and rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man.

[Along with all who have taken on the character of this world, will at that point] hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; [as they cry] to thes061 mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is [here]; and [we are not] able to stand? Rev. 6:15-17 (KJV)

My friends, Elijah through his faith and God’s direction stopped the rain from falling and after three years, spoke and the rain returned. But, in a moment of weakness and discouragement, forgot to seek God’s presence and ran away from his responsibilities. But no matter how far we go, God knows His own.

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his…..” 2 Tim 2:19 (KJV) Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” So Elijah listened and continued to seek God’s presence daily and soon after that, “suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” 2 King 2:11 (NIV)

My friends, that same voice is calling His children daily. “What are you doing here?” The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;” Matt th9:37 (KJV) therefor as God’s Children we must “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming [our] time, because the days are evil. [and if our passion is to prepare our character to stand before Christ we must not “be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Eph. 5:15-17 (NKJV)

So, don’t allow Christ voice and timing for a commitment catch us at a time when the confusion and things of this world has us occupied to a point we are unable to recognize the voice of Christ saying “‘Come out of Babylon, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins.” So my friends, who will be able to stand before His Glory“ Rev 18:4 (NIV) Because soon, Christ will “come quickly; and [His] reward is with [Him], to give every man [and woman] according as their work. Rev. 22:11-12 (KJV)

MAY 22, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

May 22, 2017

MY FRIENDS, IN GOD’S WORD IS IT ONE THING WE LACK?

Only in God’s word can we find that hope and “peace which surpasses all understanding,” There can never be a time when we feel so consumed cac9e677f28494f056d1e7cc31f6ae5ein the presence of God that we feel we can neglect prayer and the study of God’s word. In addition, it’s His word that keeps our heart focused beyond this world, to that place God has prepared for us.

Consistent with this, “By the word of God we are to overcome every temptation of the enemy. Satan may present every attraction, and bring to our notice every deceiving, alluring bribe, in seeking to eclipse the brightness of Jesus from our view, and to obliterate from our minds his plainest requirements, but we are to meet his deceptions with the word of God.” (E. G. White, God’s word of Assurance)

Because once we allow that light to diminish Satan then takes control and sin becomes our master and “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.” Matt. 6:24 (NASB) So, we must be totally committed and focused on what God’s plans are for our life that is placed before us in His word.

And in His word those plans are to follow in the foot-steps of Christ. And to this my friends “we were called, because Christ suffered for you and I, Why-We-Cannot-Listen-To-The-Word-Of-Godleaving an example, that we should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV) And that example becomes “a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path.” Ps. 119:105 (KJV)

Now consider what it means to study God’s word as we allow His spirit to guide us and direct us in all truth and understanding, and yet we still allow self to control us because the conditions laid down in God’s word are just not favorable to what self desires. Remember, the rich young ruler thought he had followed all of God’s precepts in His word.

But Christ tells Him in Mark 10:21 (KJV) “One thing you lack.” So, my friends Have we forgot we are “God’s children and have the power to overcome [that one thing we lack], because the one who is in [you and I] is greater than the one who is in the world?”1 John 4:4 (NIV) And is that one condition in God’s word, that one thing “we lack” or have a desire to hold on to, that makes that narrow road that very few will find that leads to God’s kingdom, worth saying no to God for?

images9Remember Christ gave it all up so that we could give up, even that “one thing we lack” so that we can live throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity in that place “no eye have seen nor ear have heard what God has prepare for all who” [may even cherish only “one thing” of this world, but are willing to give it up for the glory of God.] My friends, total commitment is found only in God’s word, along with His promise.

“No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience or beyond human resistance] but God is faithful, He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way of escape so that you and I will be able to endure all temptation without yielding, and we will overcome with joy.” 1 Cor 10:13 (AMP)

MAY 19, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

May 19, 2017

MY FRIENDS, ARE WE PREPARED TO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE LAMB?

th“I have heard how Christians long ago, were brought before a tyrant’s throne and told that he would spare their lives If they would renounce the name of Christ. But one by one they chose to die, but the Son of God, they would not deny.” And with all their strength and with all their heart, they pledged allegiance to the Lamb (Ray Boltz, I Pledge allegiance to the Lamb)

My friends, with no reservation I’m sure the Christians martyrs could almost hear the angelic voices ring out from above “All the way your Savior leads, He cheers each winding path that you tread” Its personal today, because our winding paths are different and unique for each individuals character. But what’s the same, is the toll our winding paths takes on a child of God.

The sleepless nights, and constant conflicts with self and how we each go about in trying to destroy self, as it becomes an ever ending battle from within against principalities, and powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world. And since our goal is God’s kingdom we have to recognize self cannot just be contained it must be, destroyed.

And defeated, and completely eliminated from our Character. I love the fact that our Savior cheers and guides each winding path we tread. In regards to our salvation the word cheer tells us our Savior“ supports and guides us with an unfaltering, commitment towards our salvation.”

But our commitment must also be unfaltering while allowing God’s Spirit to transform our lives so that we also have thdeveloped a personal relationship with our personal Savior. And then at that point we will understand with no reservations that we serve an unfaltering God.

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:7-8 (KJV) And that is why we [“pledge allegiance to the Lamb” as we take up our cross and follow Him. Matt 16;24 (NIV)

And friends, our commitment must be accomplished with “unfaltering, courage” in the midst of the confusion and the “breaking news” in the final days of the history of this world we live in. Everyday must be in preparation for the journey ahead for my God says in Matt 24 “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that endures [“and pledges allegiance to the Lamb” unto the end],..shall be saved.” The end meaning that time in Matt 24 Christ tells us, to “pray that your thflight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

For their shall be great tribulation, such has never been since the beginning of the world to this time, nor ever shall be. And except those days are shortened, no flesh shell be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”

Now let’s ask ourselves, why, out of all the days of the week did the Lord mention the Sabbath day in such an important event in prophecy? My friends every day we don’t seek Gods presence in His word, is detrimental to our Salvation if we are not studying diligently while allowing His Spirit to guide us in all truth and understanding during these trying and unpredictable times we live in.

HAPPY EASTER!! APRIL 16, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

April 16, 2017

MY FRIEND, SATAN TRIED BUT TO NO AVAIL!!!!!

And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Christ until an opportune time.” Luke 4:13 (ESV) As we study God’s word, it’s clear that Satan is a strategists in the art of warfare. But it was only thChrist that His strategy was of no Avail starting from the foundation of the world. “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough and they lost their place in heaven……...” Rev. 12:7-9 (NIV)

When Christ was at His weakest, after forty days of fasting, Satan’s strategy focused on the desires of the heart the things of this world which takes into count a multiplicity of sins. But his strategy was to no avail. My friends all the principalities, and powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world could not find a path or to say it best Christ gave no entry into His mind body or soul. But what about you and I.

1 John 4:4 (KJV) states “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” But that can only occur if we have allowed God’s Spirit total control over our life. Remember, Christ forever stayed focused on His mission and His Fathers will for mankind along with the good news of Salvation to all that are sinking deep in sin far from the peaceful shore.

My friends, “When the last steps of Christ’s humiliation were to be taken, when the deepest sorrow was closing about thHis soul, He said to His disciples, “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.” “The prince of this world is judged.” Now shall he be cast out. John 14:30 (E.G. White, Desire of Ages p 679)

I can imagine Satan’s angels asking the one whose ambition was to be like the most High, If Christ plan is successful what happens to us? So, Satan’s final temptation was not the desires of the heart like the first, but His strategy was fear of the pain, suffering and shame of death on a cruel cross.

Satan’s plan is put into place, “There stood the Son of God, wearing the robe of mockery and the crown of thorns. Stripped to the waist, His back showed the long, cruel stripes, from which the blood flowed freely. His face was stained with blood, and bore the marks of exhaustion and pain; but never had it appeared more beautiful than now. (E.G. White, Desire of Ages p 735)

thCrucify Him, Crucify Him His blood be on us and our children the crowd rings out from Pilate’s court. Oh what a sacrifice, for our salvation. “These things I have spoken unto you…that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Christ did not fail, neither was He discouraged, and His followers are to manifest a faith of the same enduring nature.” (E.G. White, Desire of Ages p 679)

Christ knew what trials His disciples would face and if our desire is to also be His disciple, we must overcome the world and live as Christ lived as we deny self, as we take up our cross daily and follow Christ [where-ever He may lead.]” Luke 9:23 (NKJV) And through that cross we will obtain power to forever live in the presence of God!!!!   HAPPY EASTER MY FRIENDS!!!

MY FRIENDS, WE ARE BANKRUPT BUT IS THERE EVIDENCE?

April 5, 2015

MY FRIENDS, WE ARE BANKRUPT BUT IS THERE EVIDENCE?

th“America, you have drowned and there is no savior; you have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the Earth; you are bankrupt, and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye,” the spokesman said, according to a translation by Reuters. “There is no more evidence than the fact that you are being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is.” (New York Times, Internet)

My friends, I need each of us to focus on the words, “you are bankrupt, and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye.” Bankrupt by definition is “a person unable to satisfy any just claims made upon him or her.” And In-regards to our spiritual debt, the law of justice declares: “the wages of sin is death [separation from God]” “However, the law of love grace and mercy states that “the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23 (KJV)

The part of that statement ISIS got wrong is, “you are being run by an idiot” because the Idiot in this situation is not Trump, but the one who said in His heart 6,000 years ago “I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Is. 14:14 (NIV)

My friends, the demise of America and the world begin 2,000 years ago and I  believe, Satan andth all the forces of evil were totally shocked, and amazed when Christ said, “it is finished.” Yes, at the cross was the end of Satan’s reign, because at that point, there was no doubt in Satan’s mind that the picture was complete.

And without any reservation he understood, each Old Testament prophet before Christ were like artist that came along one by one putting their own unique style and stroke on the canvas of this story but none completing the picture until Christ is Crucified, and the final stroke, Christ death, finishes the plan of salvation.

This, is where we get the title for this masterpiece “it is finished.” Up until Christ Death at Calvary Satan felt the picture that was being painted still had him ruler of this world. But now the revelation to mankind “is finished!” And Satan’s fate is sealed.

I can only imagine demons asking Satan, what’s happening as they witness Jesus dying at Calvary. And with no explanation, “Satan’s character is revealed, because up until then Satan had “so hidden himself with duplicity, and deceit that even the holy Angels had not understood the course he took or why.

thThe plan of redemption was completed at Calvary and the character of God was revealed to all mankind, and God’s love and honor is now established. [forever]” (E.G. White) And now God’s children can say with no reservations, Satan, the check you gave mankind came back marked “insufficient funds.”

And it was insufficient because God gave His only begotten Son and a Son who said yes, I will pay the debt  for all who believe. And then at the cross the New Testament prophets started painting on a new canvas with new paint and new and bolder strokes and Christ will also finish this painting titled “a place prepared for the redeemed.” And friends, God’s faithful are in this picture. And no eye has seen, nor ear has heard and no human mind can conceive the last stroke, only those who love God.

MARCH 17, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

March 17, 2017

MY FRIENDS, WHO REIGNS SUPREME IN OUR LIFE?

thOur narrative begins in 1 Sam. 8, Samuel was an old man so he made his sons “who did not walk in his ways, who turned aside after dishonest gain, and perverted justice, Judges over Israel.” Then the elders of Israel came to Samuel, and said, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”

Samuel took it personal as an rejection of him. Bringing the matter before the Lord, God directed Samuel to comply, for it was not Samuel they were rejecting but the “unseen Monarch” who created the heavens and the earth who they no longer wanted to reign over them or go before them and fight their battles against their enemies.

Once again, we desire heaven, with all our heart and soul and yet we “turn away because of the conditions laid down. Think of what it means to say “No” to Christ.” (White) Or to feel the need for someone else to wake us up each day. Or to fight our battles against “the powers of this dark world.”

My friends, it’s very personal today, so God allows Israel as with us the opportunity to “eat of the fruit of [our] ownTemptation_of_Christ way and be satiated with [our] own devices. “For the waywardness of the naive will kill [us], and the complacency of fools will destroy [us all].” Prov 1:31-32 (NASB)

Friends we have become Israel and like Israel we are allowed to “work out our own salvation with [our own] fear and trembling.” For now it’s Satan “who worketh in us to do his good pleasure and no longer God” Phil. 2:12-14 (KJV) Saul is now anointed as ruler over Israel, “a handsome man; no other in Israel was more handsome.

Also from his shoulders up he was taller than all the men in Israel.” 1 Sam 9:2 (AMP) “The Spirit of the Lord then came upon Saul mightily and he begin to prophesy with [the prophets] and God changed him into another man and he was told to do for himself what the occasion requires, for God is with you.

Then it happened which we all should seek, a changed heart by God. In other words, God gave Saul as he gives us everything we need through His Spirit to serve Him, and In these last days God will give you and I all we need to thTY4O6F82finish up His mandate here on earth as He pours out “His Spirit on all flesh, and our sons and daughters shall prophesy, and our young men shall see visions, and our old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17:18 (ESV)

Now Israel and since its personal you and I go from being a theocracy in which “God is recognized as the supreme ruler” of Israel to Saul becoming or in our case self becomes our supreme ruler. And In a span of two years, Satan made Saul an offer he couldn’t refuse, “all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

My friends if God woke us up today our choices have not changed, choose today to “enter the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. But, the gate is narrow and the way is [difficult] but it does lead to life-eternal, and those who find it are few.” Matt 7:13-14 (KJV)

MARCH 16, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

MARCH 16, 2017

MY FRIENDS, AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST!!

920x920Disqualified is defined as “deprive of qualification or to be rendered unfit. My friends in the context of our salvation we may be eliminated, or unfit to finish the course do to the lack of preparation needed to finish. Today it’s personal, because you and I must “Run in such a way that we may win. [because] Everyone who competes in the race, exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

Therefore we run in such a way, as not without aim [for victory]……..but we discipline our body [to keep self under control], so that, after we have preached to others, we ourselves will not be disqualified..” 1 Cor. 9:24-27 (NASB) Our narrative begins in Ex. 7:8-16 (NASB) Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim.

Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men and go out, and fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in hand.” Joshua went and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And when Moses held his hand up, Israel prevailed, and when he let it down, Amalek prevailed.

When Moses’ hands became heavy they placed a stone under him to sit on; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands,tumblr_lf6btymqnG1qfg3voo1_400-219x300 one on one side and one on the other. Thus, his hands were steady until the sun set. So, Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”

My friends, oh the power of the outstretched hands this was the same outstretched hand, a symbol to Israel as they witnessed the plagues fall on Egypt. Those outstretched hands parted the red sea, they delivered water and food to the famished Israelite’s. Victory after victory, outstretched hands were a symbol of an unseen God.

Oh the power of the outstretched hands that calls on God for deliverance daily. My friends, I see today another pair of outstretched hands as I cry out, “Lord I start the day and the war begins endlessly reminding me of my sins and time and time again your truth is drowned out by the storm I’m in Today.

I feel like I’m just one mistake away From You leaving me this way, and I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been, come rising up in me again. In the arms of Your mercy I find rest, cause You know just how far the East is from the West, from one scarred hand to the other” (Casting Crowns East to West)

brothers_in_christMy friends, one scarred hand to the other, was stretched on the cross at Calvary, what else does He need to do to prove there’s no greater love. Remember If we “ask we will receive; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:10 (NIV)

Once again, we desire heaven, with all our heart and soul and yet we “turn away because of the conditions laid down. Think of what it means to say “No” to Christ.” (E.G. White, Desire-of-Ages p 523) And think what it means to say to Christ, I am to busy to allow you into my heart today, maybe later? I first must see if Satan has a more acceptable alternative then  outstretch hands from east to west.

 

FEB. 25, YOUR DAILY CLIMB (DEVOTIONAL)

Feb. 25, 2017

MY FRIENDS, DO YOU BELIEVE HE WHO IS WITH US IS GREATER?

maxresdefault[1]Our narrative begins in 2 Kings 6:8-23 (NIV) The king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said privately, where he would set up his camp. But God told the man of God, Elisha, where the location of the Aramean army would be. And, each time the Armean’s moved to a different location, Elisha was warned by God and he would relate their location to the King of Israel. This enraged the king of Aram!

So, he summoned his officers and demanded of them. Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?” “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” “Go, find him the king ordered,” as he sent all of his forces by night and surrounded the city where Elisha was.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariotsElijah6.18-20_[1] had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” Elisha answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” My friends, God tells us in 2 Chron. 20:15 (KJV), “not to afraid nor dismayed by reason of [any] great multitude; for the battle is not ours, but God’s.

But my friends, it’s only in God’s word and on our knees and through Gods Spirit where our fear is eradicated. And like Elisha who knew His God and forever prayed seeking the presence of His God, and His will for his life. Like Elisha, at that point on our journey, we know our God and what He will do for and through us.

So our prayers are that others will see as we see and will understand and know the power of the one “who is in us, is greater [and more powerful] than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4 (NIV) But, we must also understand “at times we may be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not Mark-11.23-300x224[1]abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed, Cor. 4:8-9 (NIV)

But we must never “be afraid,” because “the one who is in His faithful in any and all situations and circumstances of our life is greater than all principalities and all rulers of the darkness of this world and all spiritual wickedness in high places! And the one who is in you and I will never leave nor forsake us even if He has to surround us on every Hill and mountain with “horses and chariots of fire.”

My friends, as God’s elect, He’s preparing us for something we may not quite be able to handle today. But soon, because prophecy is ending rapidly, through or faith, His promise is “whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt in his heart [in God’s unlimited power], but believes that what he says is going to take place, it will be done for us [in accordance with God’s will].” Mark 11:23 (AMP)