Depart From Me

Arguably, these are the most horrifying words in all of Scripture,

“Depart from Me; I never knew you…” (Matt. 7:23).

These words of Christ are taken from the seventh chapter of the book of Matthew and are prophesied to be spoken directly to many who claim to follow Him.

Matthew 7:22-27

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”


As I was thinking about writing a poem on this subject, I realized I didn’t have to after all as I came across a poem by a man named Adrian Warnock which expressed just what I had in mind. (

I like it so much that I want to share it with you (below).

Suffice it to say that many of those who claim to follow Jesus Christ, surprisingly, will never enter His kingdom regardless of all the impressive spiritual works that they have done in His name. To their horror, by Him, they will be openly rejected as strangers.

In Jesus’ Name, let that not be you.




Let that word sink in a moment.


Not a few.

Not a theoretical group.

Not a hypothetical warning.


Notice how complacent they are.

Feel the pride.

They think they are in.

Prophesying. Casting out demons, mighty works.

Perhaps we could add preaching and leading.

Maybe writing a blog.

Doing things ‘in Jesus name’

Part of the ‘in crowd’

Looking terribly spiritual to others.

But not to the Lord.

No to the One who counts.

Who sees through hypocrisy.

Who examines the heart.


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And says it is lacking.

Lacking what?

More activity?


More success in work or ministry?


More followers admiring you?


More legalistic following of rules?


Lacking Jesus.

Lacking knowing Him.

Lacking hearing from Him.

Lacking obedience to Him.

Lacking following Him from the heart.

Lacking a foundation.

Building impressive houses, that rest on shifting sands.

Preparing for a fall.

A fall that can come after decades of faking it.

Countless years of running on fumes.

Thinking you can make it on your own.

Fooling yourself.

Believing you are doing God a favour.

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Avoiding the big sins that others notice.

But pursuing your lusts in the secret place.

Loving Money rather than your maker.

Being impatient with others less ‘impressive’ than yourself.

Dispensing pain and rejection.

Not love and acceptance.

Praying pharisee prayers.

Or not praying at all.

Reading the Bible so you can help others.

Writing impressive blog posts.

Perhaps even like this one?

Counting the likes and shares.

Mining passages for sermon ideas.

Never letting the Bible read you.

Not submitting to the Surgeon’s knife.

Being concerned about the outside.

But ignoring your own wicked, wayward heart.

Faithless to the Faithful One.

Flippant with the One who died for you.

Neglecting the One who cares for you.

Patting yourself on the back for things His grace gave you.

Congratulating yourself for achievements you didn’t earn or deserve.

Disaster strikes and you pray for once.

But do you really turn back to Him?

Success comes and with it relief.

But do you really thank Him?

Do you even believe in him any more?

Do you trust him?

Do you love him?

Do you know him?

Sinking into despair when finally you glimpse it.

You have failed Him.

You have lived for yourself.

Suddenly allowing the ‘you’ to become ‘me’.

The ‘they’ becomes ‘I’.

Finally standing alone before Him.

Or kneeling, and feeling tears about to roll.

I come for myself.

I come with my sin and my shame.

I come with my failure.

I look to You.

I empty myself of pride.

Realise I have nothing to bring.

I turn to You.

I cry out to You.

Not knowing what to say.

My heart begins to stir.

But then it wanders again.

Alarm set early.

But my bed remains inviting.

I keep my appointment with You once.


Three times and more.

I will keep coming.

I will keep seeking.

I will keep knocking.

I will ask you to shape me.

Make me yours.

Mold my heart.

Bring this sheep back to the fold.

Don’t let me hear ‘I never knew you!’

Then it strikes me.

I may have changed but You haven’t.

And You whisper to me:

“I’m still here and I love you!

I’ve not given up on you.

I will not let you go.

You may not really know me, but I know you.”

And suddenly I realise.

It’s not about me.

It’s all about Him.

It’s not me that can make a difference.

It’s knowing Him that will change me.

Like a father and child.

I come dependent and dirty.

He meets my needs and cleans me up.

Washes me.

Purer than snow?


Purer than snow.

Finally, I admit it.

I am not worthy.

But I am loved.

I am prayed for.

And I am known.


(How Not to Hear Away From Me I Never Knew You by Adrian Warnock;



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Sinning Against Yourself

Do you ever call yourself stupid?


Do you call yourself an idiot?

Do you condemn yourself for certain things?

Do you get angry at yourself when you fail?

If so, you’re sinning against yourself.


In Matthew 22:36-40, Christ answers one of the Pharisees who poses a question intended to trick Him:

36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as you do yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” 

  1. The first and greatest commandment is to love the LORD with all our heart, soul, and mind.
  2. The second is similar, to love our neighbors as we do ourselves.

Oh sure, we’ve heard these commandments. If we practice them, the Scripture says we fulfill all the law and the prophets.


But wait a minute…let’s take a look at that second one again. What was it?

“To love our neighbor as we do ourselves.” Maybe you’ve never noticed that part of the command before. This command tells us that in fulfilling these two great commandments, there are more than just two people to love. Yes, we are to love God and others. But at the end of verse 39, there is another person we are commanded to love: ourselves.

How does that make you feel when you learn that you are to love yourself as God does? Is that an awkward concept? That’s understandable. Our minds, souls, and intuition are upside down from the Fall. We need the plumbline of God’s Word to restore them to right side up.

Inclusive in loving someone is not sinning against them, right? Thus, it follows that-

If we are to love God, we must not sin against Him.

If we are to love people, we must not sin against them.

If we are to love ourselves, we must not sin against ourselves.

Take an objective look at your life, the way you think about yourself and the way you speak to yourself or about yourself. Are you starting to see that sometimes you might be sinning against yourself? Whenever you agree with the enemy about yourself, it’s guaranteed to your detriment.

God loved you so much that He died for your soul. Can you see how sinning against yourself hurts the heart of God

Think about that.

The condemnation that stirs up against ourselves could be a parental voice that we internalized early on in life. It could be a spirit of perfectionism harassing us. It could come from random standards we impose on ourselves that God does not impose. And of course, it could be a familiar spirit bullying you from your family of origin. It could be one of the above and more.

Whatever the case, important it is to identify these sources as outside influences that are not of God. Thus, since you belong to God, they are not sources you want to entertain anymore.

Recently, I helped a lady struggling with this very issue. I gave her an exercise to clarify her thinking. She made a list of all the condemning messages she gives to herself. It was long! Then, beside it, she listed the corresponding, contrasting truths that God says about her concerning that issue. For instance, her self-condemning message said, “I’m such an idiot.” But God’s truth says, “I am God’s child” (John 1:12).

See God’s truths about you from


Who I Am in Christ


Her exercise included writing by hand her name into the verse to personalize it, reviewing the two lists during the next few weeks, and with her free will, deciding what she wanted to believe. She could choose to believe her condemning feelings which come from sources other than God, can’t decipher fantasy from reality and are ever changing. OR she could believe God’s Word which is always perfectly on point and unchanging. Each time she made a firm decision to go with God’s Word over the particular condemnation, she crossed the lie off the list and underlined the truth about herself on the other list. The last time we met, she reported feeling relief and I noticed her countenance had brightened significantly.

Amos 3:3 says, How can two people walk together unless they agree? You want to walk close to God, don’t you? Well then, agree with Him according to the commandments that you want to love yourself as He loves you.

It’s simple.

He loves you–> You choose to agree with Him. –> You (learn to) love yourself as He does.

What would it look like if you made a shift?  Instead of sinning against yourself, what if you did something else?

How would it be if you started to respect yourself as you do others? What about honoring God’s purposeful design of you as you do others? Maybe learning to accept yourself as you do others?

Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation left for those in Christ Jesus because He took it all. 

There’s no condemnation left for you. None at all. Not even one drop!

Be yourself. If you have problems, get help for them. But don’t condemn or belittle yourself. If God doesn’t do it (He never does), then you have no business doing it. Also, when making this shift, don’t fall for the trick of “condemning yourself for condemning yourself” or for not making the shift as quickly as you may like.

If this feels a bit uncomfortable, God understands. Ask Him for help. Give yourself truth, grace and time. Get a prayer partner to support you. Renew your mind daily in His truth about you. Learn who He has (already) made you in the new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Know (for sure) that you may partake of the divine nature every single day (2 Peter 1:4).

This is His good and perfect will for you.


Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as you do yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Amos 3:3 How can two people walk together unless they agree?

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17 If any person is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, new things have come!

2 Peter 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.



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Belief Activates Truth

sword-of-the-spirit1Hebrews tell us that the Word of God is alive and active, the sharpest Sword, penetrating, dividing, judging the hidden things (Hebrews 4:12). We know that this is true. His Word is continually accomplishing all it sets out to do (Is. 55:11).

“Yes. I believe that,” you may think, “but sometimes I feel blocked from experiencing it… like it’s off in another dimension and I’m just down here trying to make it on my own. Help! Is there something blocking me from accessing it??”

There is. In fact, a very dark force blocks us from activation of God’s Word in our daily lives.

That dark force is called unbelief.

Unbelief is the mother of all sins. Pride, fear and every other sin stem from this one. Unbelief is the root reason why, and how, Adam and Eve fell into sin. They failed to believe God.

How does the LORD feel about unbelief? In short, He despises it:

In short, He despises it:

  • He refused to do miracles in Nazareth because of unbelief (Matt.13:58).
  • He declared that He came to divide those who believe from those who don’t (Matt.10:34).
  • He commands seekers to force aside unbelief to enter through the narrow gate (Lk 13:24).
  • He refuses entry into the Promised Land for those who won’t trust Him (Heb. 3:19).
  • He healed two blind men because of their deep trust in Him (Matt. 9:28-29).
  • Psalm 27:13 says we bring despair upon ourselves by refusing to believe.

In my marriage relationship, I endured a lengthy season of unbelief and consequential recurring despair (Ps. 27:13). During this time while seeking Him, the LORD led me to the hidden truth I held inside: that I did not believe He intended to heal and restore our relationship.

With all this to consider…

  • How do we activate God’s truth for ourselves? 
  • How do we make it real? 
  • How do we make it come alive for us in everyday life?

There’s only one way to activate God’s truth and make it come alive for us:


When we talk about belief, we’re not referring to “intellectual assent.” In the Bible, belief means “to adhere to, to trust in, to rely on, and to have faith in; a deep abiding trust in.”

“The words [rhema] that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

  • Believing the Word of God automatically activates it in our lives!
  • Believing His Word brings it from the other dimension into our own!
  • Believing His truth “turns it on” inside of us, like a light bulb!
  • Believing God puts us right in step with Him!

So, our conundrum between belief and unbelief begs the following prayers:

  1. LORD, Where am I walking in unbelief? 

Once He shows us, we say THANK YOU and humbly pray:

      2. LORD, Please help me overcome my unbelief (Mk 9:24) and increase my faith (Luke 17:5).

In my case, realizing my deeply held unbelief became a turning point for me to simply deal with it head on. The process involved allowing the Holy Spirit to expose the underlying beliefs and reasons (lies) that supported that unbelief. After riding what felt like an emotional roller coaster in exposing the lies that supported the unbelief, I finally agreed with the LORD.

I overcame unbelief by asking the Holy Spirit to expose my unbelief. Then I cast the unbelief behind me asking for the faith I needed to believe for healing and restoration. In spite of any lingering struggles, I believe Him now and witness daily His redemptive work in our relationship. Believing He would heal is what activated the healing and made it come alive.

BelieveThe more we “force aside unbelief” (Luke 13:24) to follow Him truly believing His Word, the more our faith increases and the more His powerful truth activates inside of us automatically! 


Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

John 6:28-29 Then they asked Him, “What are we to do, so that we may habitually be doing the works of God?”29 Jesus answered, “This is the work of God: that you believe [adhere to, trust in, rely on, and have faith] in the One whom He has sent.”

Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword [of division between belief and unbelief].

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door [force aside unbelief and the attractions of sin]; for many, I tell you, will try to enter [by their own works] and will not be able.

Matthew 13:58 And He did not do many miracles there [in Nazareth] because of their unbelief.

Psalm 27:13 I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

Matthew 9:28-29 When He went into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe [with a deep, abiding trust] that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith [your trust and confidence in My power and My ability to heal] it will be done to you.”

Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest—the promised land] because of unbelief and an unwillingness to trust in God.

John 20:23 If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven [because of their faith]; if you retain the sins of anyone, they are retained [and remain unforgiven because of their unbelief].”

John 5:24  “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the person who hears My word [the one who heeds My message], and believes and trusts in Him who sent Me, has (possesses now) eternal life [that is, eternal life actually begins—the believer is transformed], and does not come into judgment and condemnation, but has passed [over] from death into life. 

Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out [with a desperate, piercing cry], saying, “I do believe; help [me overcome] my unbelief.”

Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

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Do you ever struggle with selfishness?

Selfishness is a sin that is common to man. The tendency usually takes a back seat, though, as we learn about who we are in Christ and the unbelievable goodness of God.

But in this learning and growing process, sometimes hidden lies we believe that fuel our selfishness must be exposed to free us fully from the chains of selfishness.

My version of selfishness was having my own agenda. That’s right. Doing my own thing.

I lived in the deception of “my own agenda.” I believed arrogantly that I knew better than God did. I did not trust Him and I did not submit to Him because I wanted to be in control. In my desire for control, I subconsciously planned to avoid reliving the traumas of my childhood.

Once the Holy Spirit began calling me to a deeper relationship with the LORD, I asked Him to expose the lie fueling my lingering selfishness. He answered me.

My coping mechanism of being in control, He showed me, blocked the Holy Spirit from leading and guiding and providing for me. Furthermore, in reality, my being in control was actually handing the reigns of my life over to Satan, who is the god of control (2 Cor. 4:4, 1 Peter 5:8).

selfishnessThat revelation opened the door for me to begin ruthlessly eliminating anything, and everything, that hindered my relationship with Him. Every step I took, I could detect more distinctly the sweet fragrance of freedom beckoning me.


Did you know that “Self rules” is the first tenet of Satanism?

That simple fact puts selfishness right in its place, doesn’t it?

Selfishness is an ugly deception. Selfishness is opposed to God. Opposed to His will. Opposed to His plans. Opposed to His purposes. Selfishness cannot please God and cannot walk with God.

In John 6:63 Christ said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account].” We can see in this verse that the flesh “conveys no benefit” whatever. In other words, flesh is useless. A waste of time. A waste of energy. A waste of your life.

As believers, we know that Christ taught us to pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”


How can we sincerely pray the LORD’S Prayer while subverting His will with selfishness?

The simple answer is that we can’t.

So what should we do?  We can begin with authenticity, telling God that we are struggling with selfishness and need His help. He delights in honesty and in escorting a teachable heart out of a flesh pattern. He will certainly reveal to you the way out of yours.

Lay your heart open before Him. Let Him transform it. Be aware of new, and maybe unexpected, opportunities He gives you to take a new path. Get a prayer partner if need be. For healing, apply James 5:16 with a friend or small group. Be mindful not to confuse selfishness with loving and caring for yourself as God does ( Matt. 22:39) and applying healthy boundaries as Jesus did.


Remember- As a child of God, flesh is not who you are. Selfishness is not who you are. You are the new creation designed to partake in the divine nature (2 Cor 5:17, 2 Pet. 1:4). Truly, your flesh and selfishness are the sin principle at work (Rom. 7:17, 20).

Flesh works in unison with the spirit of antiChrist which operates in the world. Disassociate yourself from flesh and selfishness. They’re not who you are.

Your selfishness is not who you are, but it is a behavior that is attached to, and covering up, a lie that you believe (deep down) about God, yourself or your circumstances. It’s time to ask God, like I did, to expose the lie that keeps you believing that you must operate in selfishness.

Ask, seek, knock; sit, wait and listen out until He shows you (Luke 11:10). He is faithful (1 Thes. 5:24). It’s usually something so obvious we fail to see it. Ask Him to open your eyes.

Discovering the lie that drives the undesired behavior is like pulling a really scary mask off of a stranger at Halloween. You finally see the person’s face! Ahh! You see that it’s not all you thought it was. And that you don’t have to be afraid!

The smoke and mirrors are gone. The deception is exposed. The cause is revealed.   


selfishness 2Maybe you’re struggling with trusting God to provide for you and take care of you? That’s understandable if you measure Him by your experience with fallen humans. That was my mistake. The problem with that estimate of Him is that He’s not fallen and He’s not merely human (Col.2:9).

Instead of judging Him by your experience with people, the LORD asks that you taste and see that the LORD is good (Ps. 34:8). Taste and see that He is better than the most perfect parent or friend you can imagine. Taste and see that He cares more for you than you do for yourself. Taste and see what’s it’s like to follow a strong, wise and loving Shepherd (Ps. 23).

When you realize who you are (Is. 53:6, Gal 6:15), you’ll know Who to follow (Ps. 23:1).

The final verdict is in. You are not your flesh. You are the divine nature, the new creation! You’re not “in you” anymore. You’re in Christ. And God is good! Ask Him to reveal the lie behind your selfishness (Ps. 51:6) pattern and lead you to feast on His goodness instead (2 Cor. 2:14a)


2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

John 6:63 Amp. It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who takes refuge in Him.

Romans 7:17 Amp. So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.

Romans 7:20 Amp. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.

Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom.

Romans 7:22 Amp. For I joyfully delight in the law of God in my inner self [with my new nature],

Galatians 6:15 Amp. For neither is circumcision anything [of any importance], nor uncircumcision, but [only] a new creation [which is the result of a new birth—a spiritual transformation—a new nature in Christ Jesus].

Ephesians 4:24 Amp. and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation].

2 Peter 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Amp. Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

Colossians 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God].

Luke 11:10 For everyone who keeps on asking [persistently], receives; and he who keeps on seeking [persistently], finds; and to him who keeps on knocking [persistently], the door will be opened.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

2 Corinthians 2:14a But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession

Matthew 22:26-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as you do yourself .’ 40 The whole Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],

I shall not want.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.


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The Shroud of Turin and the 3D Face of Jesus Christ

There is new scientific evidence unveiling the mystery of the Shroud of Turin and the 3D face of Jesus Christ. Could the shroud be a final piece of historical evidence left from the Resurrection for skeptical mankind to find faith?

Prayerfully examine the evidence on YouTube for yourself.


Matthew 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies;

Matthew 22:29 But Jesus replied to them, “You are all wrong because you know neither the Scriptures [which teach the resurrection] nor the power of God [for He is able to raise the dead].

Matthew 26:32 But after I am raised [to life], I will go ahead of you [leading the way] to Galilee.”

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15 Now brothers and sisters, let me remind you [once again] of the good news [of salvation] which I preached to you, which you welcomed and accepted and on which you stand [by faith]. By this faith you are saved [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose], if you hold firmly to the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain [just superficially and without complete commitment].

For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and that He was buried, and that He was [bodily] raised on the third day according to [that which] the Scriptures [foretold], and that He appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the Twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, the majority of whom are still alive, but some have fallen asleep [in death]. Then He was seen by James, then by all the apostles, and last of all, as to one untimely (prematurely, traumatically) born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least [worthy] of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I [at one time] fiercely oppressed and violently persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me. 11 So whether it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed and trusted in and relied on with confidence.

12 Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain [useless, amounting to nothing], and your faith is also vain [imaginary, unfounded, devoid of value and benefit—not based on truth]. 15 We are even discovered to be false witnesses [misrepresenting] God, because we testified concerning Him that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised, either; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and powerless [mere delusion]; you are still in your sins [and under the control and penalty of sin]. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.

The Order of Resurrection

20 But now [as things really are] Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, [and He became] the first fruits [that is, the first to be resurrected with an incorruptible, immortal body, foreshadowing the resurrection] of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. 21 For since [it was] by a man that death came [into the world], it is also by a Man that the resurrection of the dead has come. 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s [own will be resurrected with incorruptible, immortal bodies] at His coming. 24 After that comes the end (completion), when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after He has made inoperative and abolished every ruler and every authority and power. 25 For Christ must reign [as King] until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy to be abolished and put to an end is death. 27 For He (the Father) has put all things in subjection under His (Christ’s) feet. But when He says, “All things have been put in subjection [under Christ],” it is clear that He (the Father) who put all things in subjection to Him (Christ) is excepted [since the Father is not in subjection to His own Son]. 28 However, when all things are subjected to Him (Christ), then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the One (the Father) who put all things under Him, so that God may be all in all [manifesting His glory without any opposition, the supreme indwelling and controlling factor of life].

29 Otherwise, what will those do who are being baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people even baptized for them? 30 [For that matter] why are we [running such risks and putting ourselves] in danger [nearly] every hour [if there is no resurrection]? 31 I assure you, believers, by the pride which I have in you in [your union with] Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily [I face death and die to self]. 32 What good has it done me if, [merely] from a human point of view, I fought with wild animals at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised [at all], let us eat and drink [enjoying ourselves now], for tomorrow we die. 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Be sober-minded [be sensible, wake up from your spiritual stupor] as you ought, and stop sinning; for some [of you] have no knowledge of God [you are disgracefully ignorant of Him, and ignore His truths]. I say this to your shame.

35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body will they come?” 36 You fool! Every time you plant seed you sow something that does not come to life [germinating, springing up and growing] unless it first dies.37 The seed you sow is not the body (the plant) which it is going to become, but it is a bare seed, perhaps of wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body just as He planned, and to each kind of seed a body of its own [is given].39 All flesh is not the same. There is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies [sun, moon and stars] and earthly bodies [humans, animals, and plants], but the glory and beauty of the heavenly is one kind, and the glory of the earthly is another.41 There is a glory and beauty of the sun, another glory of the moon, and yet another [distinctive] glory of the stars; and one star differs from another in glory and brilliance.

42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. The [human] body that is sown is perishable and mortal, it is raised imperishable and immortal. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in strength; 44 it is sown a natural body [mortal, suited to earth], it is raised a spiritual body [immortal, suited to heaven]. As surely as there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written [in Scripture], “The first man, Adam, became a living soul (an individual);” the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving spirit [restoring the dead to life]. 46 However, the spiritual [the immortal life] is not first, but the physical [the mortal life]; then the spiritual. 47 The first man [Adam] is from the earth, earthy [made of dust]; the second Man [Christ, the Lord] is from heaven.48 As is the earthly man [the man of dust], so are those who are of earth; and as is the heavenly [Man], so are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthly [the man of dust], we will also bear the image of the heavenly [the Man of heaven].

The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, believers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit nor be part of the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (mortal) inherit the imperishable (immortal). 51 Listen very carefully, I tell you a mystery [a secret truth decreed by God and previously hidden, but now revealed]; we will not all sleep [in death], but we will all be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed], 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at [the sound of] the last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [who believed in Christ] will be raised imperishable, and we will be [completely] changed [wondrously transformed].53 For this perishable [part of us] must put on the imperishable [nature], and this mortal [part of us that is capable of dying] must put on immortality [which is freedom from death]. 54 And when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the Scripture will be fulfilled that says, “Death is swallowed up in victory (vanquished forever). 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin [by which it brings death] is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].

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The Coming Division (Part 2)- The Beast System

In Matthew 24 (below), Christ begins His message with a dire warning NOT TO BE DECEIVED. He then repeats the message with a dire warning NOT TO BE DECEIVED, stating that in spite of His warnings the deception will “mislead many.”

1) How important is this warning to you?

2) Are you ready for the great deception?

The coming division in the church separates the sheep from the goats because the true sheep will follow only the True Shepherd. But the goats will follow another, namely the deceiver.

For decades the deceiver, the prince of the power of the air, has been building quietly all around us an electronic prison. We can’t see the bars, can we? Nevertheless, they exist. The ironic part (and I’m sure, quite comical to him) is that through media with enticement he dangles fancy technological devices in front of our noses.

What do we do?  We run toward them, wait in long lines and pull large sums of money from our pockets to purchase and maintain these items. With our full cooperation, complete surveillance and tracking he has accomplished. My heart is disturbed that so many of us have completely bought into this system without realizing the comprehensive and predatory nature of its design and purpose.

Certainly, the LORD ordained all this for His plans and purposes. That’s fine. Yes, I have an i-phone. We can enjoy the benefits of communication in technology, especially in spreading the Gospel. However, our use and enjoyment often camouflage idolatry of technology, especially among the younger generations.

Therein lies the deception. If the enemy can stealthily seduce us to believe that without technology we are bored, useless and out of the loop and that the virtual world is the real world, then we are his pawns.

Remember these words Matthew 24? Read them in the context of technology:

  • false Christs and false prophets 
  • great signs and wonders
  • deception  
  • even the elect could be deceived

Put those words together with his masks of deception in Ephesians 2:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

  • the prince of the power of the air
  • the angel of light 

So much deception with so little time!

Reports by researcher Anthony Patch indicate that in 2017 cloning humans is old technology. Right now CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research), the largest particle physics lab in the world located in Geneva, is literally (no kidding) resurrecting Nimrod as a biological computer with a heartbeat. In addition, they have developed biological 3D printers three stories high! One scientist who stood next to it stated that it felt like an “altar to an alien god.”

Use the links below and others to research this for yourself.

Furthermore, NASA Project Blue Beam is more than just broadcasting images to the atmosphere and skies. It includes high-tech broadcasts through biometric targeting neurocognitive warfare signal transmissions for people to experience deceptive visions, dreams and perceptions. To the beast system, mastering the human means to master the human mind, body, movements, agility, speech, and so on.

According to the military PDFs, the beast technology system has personal profile life management files for every individual in the population.

By the grace of God, in order to enter the beast system, individuals must believe the deception. According to Anthony Patch, choosing to believe the lying signs and wonders is necessary to enter the beast system.

How will all this happen?

Are you familiar with GMO foods and chem trails? It is no accident that we’ve been ingesting these for years. They will play a vital part in the coming grand deception.

GMO foods and chem trails we have ingested contain nano particles. Those particles lie dormant within us. For those who believe the coming deception, those nanoparticles will automatically activate within them producing rapid growth of a third strand of DNA in a weaponized technocracy which seals one’s fate with Satan.

Do not fear this deception if you have the Holy Spirit living within you. He is the teacher, revealer and discerner of all truth. Do be afraid if you do not have the Holy Spirit. Receive Jesus Christ as Savior now. Today is the day of salvation. The Holy Spirit will be your full armor.

Do not believe the lie no matter how impressive and seductive and believable it may be, no matter how desperate the situation gets. It makes no difference if we must pass through the guillotines to avoid deception. Do so gladly.

Anthony Patch is the bomb on last days deception developments and how they fulfill prophecy. Check him out for yourself.






Matthew 24:3-5 While Jesus was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, and said, “Tell us, when will this [destruction of the temple] take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end (completion, consummation) of the age?”

Jesus answered, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in My name [misusing it, and appropriating the strength of the name which belongs to Me], saying, ‘I am the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ and they will mislead many.

  Matthew 24:21-26 For at that time there will be a great tribulation (pressure, distress, oppression), such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will [again]. 22 And if those days [of tribulation] had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened. 23 Then if anyone says to you [during the great tribulation], ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and they will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). 25 Listen carefully, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out there, or, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms [of a house],’ do not believe it. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming [in glory] of the Son of Man [everyone will see Him clearly].28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will flock together.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such men are counterfeit apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 So it is no great surprise if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, but their end will correspond with their deeds.

Ephesians 2:1-2 And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins, in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].

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You Are Not Your Sin

Here is a true concept that can strengthen your walk of faith:


Unfortunately, this truth is not common knowledge in the faith. Many mistakenly believe that they are their sin. If you live under this assumption, I pray that God would open your eyes to see that separating self and sin is your victory at Calvary (Is. 53:10-11).

We are all aware of sin’s insidious nature. Detailed in Romans 7, the sin principle operates in the world and in our flesh (Rom. 7:17-23). However, any sin we may commit is not who we are (Rom. 7:17, 20): “So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me” (Rom. 7:17). Getting a grip on this pivotal truth is revolutionary in the walk of faith.

If our sin is not who we are, then who are we?

The Scriptures declare who we are! Through His supernatural victory, Christ not only paid for, but BECAME, our sin- all of it. In that substitution, He declared us partakers of the divine nature in the new creation (Eph. 4:24, 2 Cor. 5:17, 2 Cor. 5:21 Col. 3:10,  1 Cor 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:4, John 3:6). This is a fact. And our victory.


Gen 1 4

When God creates, He separates. At creation God spoke light into being and then separated it from the darkness (Gen.1:4).

In a similar pattern, at salvation God called us by name raising us up from spiritual death (Eph. 2:1) calling us out of the tomb like Lazarus (Jn. 11:43), making us alive in Christ and placing us in His kingdom of light (Col. 1:13).

He then separated us from darkness by placing all of our sin on the cross where He, Himself, became our sin (2 Cor. 5:21). This decisive separation of light and darkness set us apart us from the darkness of sin and the world system. For true believers, this is a permanent state of spiritual being (1 John 2:19).

Both at creation and at salvation, God created and separated light from darkness. We can call each ordered division of light and darkness a kind of “divine separation.”

If God separates light and darkness, we should, too!

Let’s keep the “divine separation” concept in mind and learn to apply it to ourselves in daily life. Wisdom dictates that we continually enforce a boundary between the light and the darkness like God does. The boundary between the two is enforced inside of us. It is an “internal boundary” to help us discern-

  1. who we are (We are light, Matt 5:14) and
  2. what sin is (Sin is darkness, Rom.7:17, 20).

Self and sin, like light and darkness, are two very separate things!

Just as the Word of God separates joint and marrow (Heb. 4:12), we can apply God’s Word and decipher between self and sin. Such spiritual discernment gives us major victory over the enemy with a holy internal boundary.

Are you ready to enforce your boundary?

Who am I? I am the new creation in Christ by the will of God. I am  learning to partake in the divine nature. In my inner (spirit) man, I agree with God that I am the unchanging new nature (Rom. 7:22)…even if my unpredictable feelings and circumstances don’t agree with Him (Eph. 4:24, 2 Cor. 5:17,  Col. 3:10,  1 Cor 3:16, John 3:6)… They often don’t! God says I am not my sin. This is a daily test of faith…Do I live by faith -or by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)?

What is sin? Sin is the principle of lawlessness (1 John 3:4); anything not done in faith (Rom.14:23); the fallenness of the world and flesh at work opposing the Holy Spirit.

Why do I struggle with sin? The sin principle operates through your flesh automatically like an active virus. Your flesh is like a puppet, a conduit through which the enemy and the world system manipulate you. The more you focus on and obey flesh, the more it will rule over you. When you focus instead on your glorious and permanent identity in Christ, over time flesh loses power (Rom.8:3-5)…although it might (initially) have a temper tantrum. God uses sin struggles to conform you to His image. The sin is not who you are; the Scriptures reveal that you are the new creation in Christ. Key tip- Behavior always and only follows identity.

Will I always sin? God gives you free will. You do not have to sin. 1 John 2:1 says, IF we sin we have an Advocate. Rather than continuing to sin, healing is a much better choice (James 5:16). The more healing you get, the less you will sin. On the contrary, the Scriptures tell us that if we continue to live a lifestyle of sinning, then that is evidence that we do not belong to Christ (1 John 3:9; 1 Cor. 6:9-10).

How can God be patient with my sin? God sees the big picture. At Calvary He dealt with every single sin- past, present and future. That’s why He said, “It is finished.” And that’s how there can be no condemnation for believers. Christ took it all. There’s none left (Rom. 8:1).

light separatedBelieve and go free. No matter your feeling or circumstance, you are not your sin! God says you are His new creation in Christ. And He’s always right. Light and darkness were separated for you at salvation, just like at Creation. Christ has already dealt with your sin in totality (John 19:30).

God wants healing for your wounds and sin. The natural result will be much less sin in your life. Discover more in God’s Word about the new nature that you already are! This will yield traction in the power of your identity. Your identity will ground you and pull you along spiritually as you gain dominion over sin by consistently reaching out for healing (Gen. 4:7).

Prayer– LORD, Please open my eyes to see that I am not my sin, but that You have made me the new nature. This is my true and complete identity now. Help me find resources for healing of my wounds and sin so that I may enjoy the abundant life you came to give me (John 10:10). Thank you for hearing my prayer.  I will trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Finality of the Cross video may be helpful in further explanation- (Scriptures listed below).

Romans 7:17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Romans 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Romans 7:22-23 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.

Isaiah 53:10-11 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of His experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins.

Genesis 1:3-4  And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good (pleasing, useful) and He affirmed and sustained it; and God separated the light [distinguishing it] from the darkness.

Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Ephesians 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness].

Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him–

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

2 Peter 1:4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

Ephesians 2:1 And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins

John 11:43 When He had said this, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!

Romans 8:3-5 For what the Law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. And so He condemned sin in the flesh 4in order that the righteousness requirement of the law might be met in us who do not live according to the flesh by according to the Spirit. 5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live according the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you do not sin. But, if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Neither the sexually immoral nor the idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.

Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus

John 19:30 It is finished.

Genesis 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.

John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

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Oh, To Love Him More

In Luke 7:47 we read,

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”


This verse tells us that the more one is forgiven by Christ, the more one loves Him. If you have little revelation of your forgiven sins, then you love Him to that proportion. Contrarily, if you have great awareness, you will love greatly.

From Luke 7:47, we conclude…

more forgiveness grants more love.

Regardless of how sinful a life we lived before salvation and what we struggle with today, revelation by the Holy Spirit of the gravity of our sins will suffice to increase our love for Him. As always, we are seeking God’s perspective more than our own (James 2:10).

To receive more forgiveness we must open up, like the sinful woman did, and become aware of our sins and sinfulness offering them to the Forgiver with thanksgiving.

If we resist, are we like Simon, the Pharisee, who stood back rejecting and judging the sinful woman while stewing in condescension and suspicion of God’s grace in Christ, offering to Him no hospitality at all?

In other words, if we don’t love Him as much as we would like, that means that like Simon, we do not “see” our sins and how much we have been forgiven. If we could see more, then we would love Him more.

Remember, keeping this in context, that while praying and receiving revelation, you are not your sin (Rom. 7:17, 20). You remain the new nature and fully cleansed by His blood (2 Cor. 5:17, John 15:3, 13:10). Remember His sin payment for you is final and eternal, thus nothing can void it but your unbelief in it (Col. 1:21-23). Do not receive any condemnation (Rom. 8:1) as you are already clean by your faith in His work.

However, do acknowledge and openly grieve your sins, trespasses, and iniquities* (Matt. 5:4, James 4:9). Mourn over them. Feel the emotional impact of the gravity of them and the eternal judgment they deserve(d). But be mindful though not to wallow in them (1 Thes. 4:13, 2 Cor. 7:10) for they are not yours to bear. Let them take you to the blessed Cross (!) where they receive(d) their due judgment, and remain there, now and forever (Heb. 9:26).

As you hand them over, thank Jesus Christ for the Sacrifice becoming every one of your sins (2 Cor. 5:21) and bearing them fully on the cross enabling you to partake in the divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4). Feel the mighty weight of them on and in His body and spirit. Feel the horrid, deadly separation from His Father that He endured.

Feel His body throbbing from the lashes, the thorns plunging into His brow, the overwhelming, electrifying pain generated by the spikes piercing His medial nerves, His body weight pulling on them, and the jolting increase radiating from His lower extremities in every breath He pulled.

In Love, He did this for YOU, Beloved.

Start if you like by making a list of every sin you can remember. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in this ongoing awareness of His cosmic rescue of your helpless soul. Start with sinful attitudes and actions as a child then work your way up to present day. (Yes, you may need a hefty notebook, like I did. Afterwards, in tears of relief I dropped them, page by page, in to the fire watching them burn.)


Remember… this is an exercise to open your eyes to “see” and appreciate more of what Christ paid (past tense) for you so that you may love Him more.

For all the brave souls out there who want to love Him more, below a prayer is offered with requests that will grant your desire. This exercise is excellent for small groups with a James 5:16 focus. Powerful fellowship!


In accordance with Your Word in Luke 7:47, so that I may love you more, please, I want to see the truth of Your work for me.

~Reveal my sin- past, present and future.

~Reveal the depravity that I once lived in.

~Reveal the sin I wrestle with today (which is not me, Rom. 7:17, 20).

~Reveal the sin principle that lives within me (which is not meRom. 7:17, 20).

~Reveal the secret motives of my heart without You.

~Reveal how I have hurt and wounded others.

~Reveal how I have dishonored and resisted You.

~Reveal clearly my helplessness without You (Matt. 9:36).

~Reveal clearly my hopelessness without You (Eph. 2:12).

~Reveal clearly my uselessness without You (Jer. 13:10, 1 Cor. 15:4).

~Reveal clearly my worthlessness without You (Matt. 15:30).


Allowing the Spirit to lead you in revealing the weight and gravity of your sin as a whole, and those specific sins you were not aware of, will increase your love for Him (Luke 7:47). As a living sacrifice offer them up individually to Him (Rom. 12:1), Your faithful and merciful High Priest (Heb. 2:17).


Luke 7:47 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

James 4:9 Be miserable and grieve and weep [over your sin]

1 Thessalonians 4:13 do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope

2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

Romans 7:17 So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.

Romans 7:20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.

John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word which I have given you

John 13:10 Jesus said to him, “Anyone who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, and is clean already.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.

Colossians 1:21-23  And although you were at one time estranged and alienated and hostile-minded [toward Him], participating in evil things, 22 yet Christ has now reconciled you [to God] in His physical body through death, in order to present you before the Father holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 [and He will do this] if you continue in the faith, well-grounded and steadfast, and not shifting away from the [confident] hope [that is a result] of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which [gospel] I, Paul, was made a minister.

Hebrews 9:26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Matthew 23:14-15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

2 Peter 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Ephesians 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

Jeremiah 13:10
These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless!

1 Corinthians 15:4
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

Matthew 25:30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Hebrews 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

*Sin-anything not done in faith (Rom. 14:23), lawlessness (1 Jn 3:4), evil deeds, attitudes, independence from God, unbelief (Jn. 1:29).

Trespass– sins committed against others, boundary breaking.

Iniquity– repeated sins that become habits, strongholds, lifestyles that are passed down though the generations.

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The Finality of the Cross

finish-flags“E finito!”  “Esta terminado!”  “C’est fini!”

“It is finished,” means just that.  It is finished.

But… what exactly is finished?

All the work for the payment for all sin for all mankind is fully and totally complete (John 19:30)!

The wages (payment) of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).

Because the wages of sin is death, either you will pay for your sin, which will take all eternity, or you can let Christ pay it in full for you, which He did at Calvary.

In fact, His perfect and eternal sin payment is so complete that when Christ returns, He will have nothing to do with the sin issue (!), but only to bring believers salvation (Heb. 9:28).

How do we know for sure that the work for sin is finished?

Firstly, and most importantly, because Christ said so at Calvary (John 19:30). That is more than enough evidence.

crossSecondly, because John the Baptist declared it announcing Christ’s ministry in John 1:29, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

John the Baptist announced (1) WHO Christ was and (2) WHAT He came to do.

Christ was the (1) Lamb of God who came to (2) take away sin.

When Christ said, “It is finished” at Calvary He was referring back to John the Baptist’s announcement of the work He came to complete.

The Lamb of God… takes away sin…that’s what He does because He’s the only One Who can. ONLY the Lamb of God can remove it and that was His purpose to glorify God.

Question- Are you resting in the finality of the cross?

Sadly, in Bible-believing churches, I often hear unBiblical rumors (lies) about saints.

  • “We’ll never stop sinning until we get to heaven.” See below Rom 6:6-7
  • “It’s no use, sin is too big a struggle.” See below Rom. 6:18
  • “I’m just a sinner saved by grace.” See below Col. 1:21-23a
  • “We’re all sinners.” See below Phil. 1:5
  • “I’m so unworthy.” See below 1 John 3:1


Oh, how the father of lies delights in these choice morsels!

When we read Scripture through the eyes of the old nature, then we read it with blindfolds on. With our spiritual eyes covered, we cannot receive and accept grace and truth (John 1:14) about ourselves from God.

As a result, we allow our behavior to define us instead of God’s truth.

We read blind to what He’s done for us.

We read blind to who we are.

We read blind to truth, trapped in sin, and stuck in the muck of unbelief.

What a waste of a read. What a waste of time. What a waste of a life.

If you struggle with sinful behavior, apply James 5:16. Get help. Get healing. But don’t call yourself or anyone in the body of Christ a sinner. Christ did not die to leave us sinners. He died and rose again to make us His saints (2 Cor. 5:21). And so we are (1 John 3:1, 1 John 4:17)!

It’s easy to get confused about the issue of behavior. Bottom line- Our behavior does not determine our identity. Read that again. Only our birth determines our identity. And if we are born anew into the kingdom of light, our identity is in Christ alone. The more we identify with and internalize that truth, the more our behavior will follow.


Think of your identity as the horse and your behavior as the cart. The powerful horse leads and pulls while the powerless cart follows effortlessly behind.

Don’t get your cart before your horse.

Walking in Truth is God’s Will for Us

When we mistakenly try to walk with Christ believing we are still the unregenerate nature or applying verses out of context, we walk in unbelief, mock the Sacrifice, and sadly, fail to appropriate our inheritance. On the other hand, when we read His Word and commune with Him as the new nature, we walk in agreement with Him in what He has done for us. The closer we walk as the new nature with Him, the more we are like Him (1 John 4:17).


The ~unbelievable~ truth is that Christ has completed His work and taken away our sin forever (Rom. 6:22). In our supernatural salvation, He downloaded His very DNA into us. He handed us His eternal victory as the new nature thus making us worthy to be called His very own (2 Cor. 5:21).

Live as if it is finished..because it is! (John 19:30)

The Finality of the Cross Video

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

1 John 4:17  in this world, we are just like him.

John 10:35  the Scripture cannot be broken (altered)

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life

Hebrews 11:16 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once and once for all to bear [as a burden] the sins of many, will appear a second time [when he returns to earth], not to deal with sin, but to bring salvation to those who are eagerly and confidently waiting for Him.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

Philemon 1:5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,

Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness

Colossians 1:21:23a Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.

Romans 6:6-7 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin-because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

2 Peter 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

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The Wagon of Salvation

Once upon a time there was a young man. His back soaked with perspiration, he trudged along carrying a heavy load. Many years ago he took it over his shoulder and has carried it ever since. 

heavy-loadOne day as he walked along the dusty road, a horse pulling a wagon passed by him. The wagon was filled with people. The friendly coachman stopped and asked the young man if he wanted a ride. He obliged.

Gladly he boarded the wagon and found a seat beside a cheerful woman holding in her lap her three-year old grandson. The coachman signaled the horse and they continued on their way.

As the wagon randomly bumped and shook over rocky patches, the young man drew a deep breath of relief as he peered down to find his feet blistered and legs shaky.

The grandson watched him carefully. The boy smiled at the young man and giggled. The boy pointed to the load still on the young man’s back.

“Why you hold it?” the young boy asked in his outdoor voice, drawing the attention of the other riders.

“Oh, this? It’s mine,” the young man replied as a flush of shame rose to his face and another bead of sweat ran. He readjusted his calloused hands holding the load tightly.

“That’s quite a load you’ve got there,” the woman with kind eyes gestured. “I think he’s wondering why you don’t put it down.”  

Reflective Questions-

What burden are you carrying?

How heavy is it?

How long have you carried it?

Do you wish to release it?

What would happen to you if you released it?

Where would it go?

Who would tend to it for you?

Is there Someone who could do a better job with it?

Salvation is like a wagon. Believers ride in the wagon on our way home to heaven. Every burden we lay down remains in the wagon. We are just not carrying that heavy burden anymore. Laying it down makes room for God’s will in that place (Matt. 11:28-30).

The wagon of salvation is for burdens.

You may lay your burden down.

He’s got it.

It’s His wagon.

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Psalm 55:22  Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

1 Peter 5:7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you

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We Become What We Behold

Psalm 115:8 tells us that we become what we behold, “And those who make idols are just like them, as are those who trust in them.”

Behold means “to see or observe.”

Eyes are a gateway to the mind, heart and soul.

When we behold something, our hearts are influenced for good or for evil. “Beholding” somethingbehold or someone enables it to penetrate our souls where it can affect our heart and our character. Whatever we regularly expose ourselves to and focus on influences us because it tends to take up residence inside of us. When something lives inside of us, it fuses with the soul and manifests outwardly.

Visible or invisible, for good or for evil, whatever we internalize, we can absorb and eventually resemble. 

Idols damage, fragment and bind the soul (Ps. 106:36)

The LORD heals, repairs and frees the soul (Ps.23:1-3).

A personal example, the LORD has healed my soul in many areas from betraying myself to idols as a child. One area stemmed from many years of simultaneously being punished at home and bullied at school. During this time, subconsciously I grew to behold the enemy internalization that I was worthless. And as a result of that beholding of myself, I unknowingly allowed people to treat me poorly.

Our souls fracture when we turn against ourselves and believe something from an enemy source.

However, after years of seeking and internalizing truth, God has gradually set me free. Today I know and behold that I am infinitely valuable because of the unbelievable price Christ paid to rescue me. And as a result of that beholding of myself, I do not allow people to treat me disrespectfully anymore.

The more of our souls we submit to the LORD, the more areas over time experience healing and freedom. The smoke and mirrors dissipate as we learn to behold ourselves as He does, in His image.

Thankfully, He imposes no limitations on our submissiveness to Him, receiving from Him or intimacy with Him. We can come (Matt. 11:28) to Him as closely as we like and receive everything we need.

The LORD desires to fill us to the full (Eph. 3:19) with His wholeness and holiness.

~This is why the Scripture tells us to keep our eyes focused on the LORD (Heb. 12:1-2).

~This is how Peter walked on water (!) when His eyes focused on Christ (Matt. 14:29).

~This is how all who focused on the lifted serpent were saved from poisoning (Num. 21:8).

Our focus is everything! Not an occasional focus, but 24/7/365 focus.

Reflective Questions-

What or who are you resembling?

What is your focal point?

What do you want as your focal point?

What distracts you from your focal point?

Have you asked the LORD for wisdom with distractions?

What weakness of yours needs acknowledgment, protection and healing?

Let Him show you if distractions stem from an unmet need. Or lack of self-control. Or something else.

Let Him embrace you as you learn His graceful lesson, and a better way.

Let Him lead you triumphantly (2 Cor. 2:14) in honing your 24/7/365 focus.

We become what we behold (Ps. 115:8).

Psalm 115:8 And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.

Psalm 106:36 And served their idols, Which became a [dreadful] snare to them.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Matthew 14:29Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].

Ephesians 3:19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Numbers 21:8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”

Psalm 23:1-3

The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.

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Strength in Weakness

The Butterfly

I am fragile. I am slow. I float from flower to flower. The currents carry me along and the sun heats my wings so I can fly. I follow the fragrances that capture my senses. My beauty lies in the strength of my Creator who gives me life.

Strength in weakness? How can I be strong in weakness? That’s nonsense. 

Weakness can be defined as flawed, lacking, inadequate.

With people we tend to hide our weaknesses and display our strengths, don’t we? However, counterintuitively, acknowledging and accepting our weaknesses (Ps. 51:6) allows God to meet us there in His power.

Why do we hide our weaknesses?

butterflyHow does that benefit us?

Does it feel like a form of protection from people?

Unlike them, God sees every weakness we have ever concealed and loves each one. Why? Because weaknesses are a part of what makes us who we are. They are part of our lives. They are part of our stories. They are a part of our hearts. And He is all about the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).

Did you ever imagine that you could be walking more in agreement with God if you acknowledged and surrendered your weaknesses to Him? If you do, your relationship with Him will definitely feel closer and more trusting.

As unpopular as it may be, helping someone to become stronger in self is in direct contradiction to the Word of God. Faith teaches us that we are to come to a place where we acknowledge and embrace our inability to live out God’s directives (Rom. 7). Weakness is intended to drive us to the point where we learn to live out of God’s strength, not our own.

At Pentecost, God sent the Holy Spirit to empower the disciples (Acts 1:8). This is still our directive today to receive that power and live in it. The problem is that we can’t…when flesh stubbornly sits in the way.

What does weakness mean to you? What is the Holy Spirit’s role in your life?

Are you too strong or too weak? There are two ends to the bell curve of fallen flesh, the codependent/independent and the codependent/dependent.

The codependent/independent sees himself as extremely capable and strong, and relies only on himself. He says, “Hello! Ask me anything. I have all the answers.” He needs no one.

The codependent/dependent sees himself as weak and incapable, and relies only on others to get through life. He says, “I can’t do it.” Like an infant, he lives continually in learned helplessness.

Neither of these types does any good for the kingdom of God. Relying only on oneself is just as imbalanced a life as one relying only on others. What each of these codependents needs is to move closer to the center of the bell curve where he will find interdependence; that is, relying on himself some of the time and relying on others some of the time.

Interdependence is illustrated beautifully within God’s intended design in the body of Christ as the members each use their gifts in turn helping one another and filling in the gaps all around. We are interdependent one on another as a whole.

Codependent/dependents often have an easier time learning to rely on God than the codependent/independents because they know well that they are weak. Contrarily, codependent/independents often live barricaded from weakness until God extends His merciful hand leading them to a place of brokenness.

So God says the way up is down. His economy operates in contrast to the world system.

What are we to do with His seemingly oxymoronic ways?

  • The religious, boasting, murdering zealot, Paul, experienced brokenness on the Damascus road.
  • At Peniel Jacob was broken.
  • God first spoke to Moses as he walked in brokenness at his lowest point in the desert after losing his power and kingly lifestyle.
  • Peter fell broken when they took Christ prisoner.
  • David encountered brokenness after his sin entanglement with Bathsheba and Uriah.
  • God exalted Joseph only after he was broken.

These faith heroes, and many others, were used mightily by God. But only after they experienced brokenness.can't

Is it time for you to give up “trying to live the Christian life?”

When we reach an out-of-control place in our lives, God desires for us to give up on living the Christian life and trying to fix ourselves. That “giving up” is called brokenness.

Brokenness means reduced to fragments; fragmented; ruptured; torn; fractured; not functioning properly; out of working order; changing direction abruptly; fragmentary or incomplete; infringed or violated.

Brokenness is a requisite for being used in God’s kingdom. Why? Because God has no interest in the flesh.

Have you experienced brokenness? If you have, believe it or not, that’s good news. You might be on your way down the Damascus Road of spiritual transformation. In brokenness, our human strength is left behind for a new and supernatural strength, the strength of God Himself. Spirit strength is born through broken flesh.
Can you say from your heart, “I am weak and inadequate, and I am still loved by God”?
Through accepting our inadequacy and brokenness, God’s strength manifests in us.

Do not fear the valley of brokenness. The LORD will carry you through it. And out of the valley you will emerge with a supernatural spirit to overcome.

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Brokenness is the spiritual crucifixion of the flesh.

Brokenness opens the cage door to flying on wings as eagles.

Brokenness is a fractured pot with God’s light beaming brightly through the cracks.

Brokenness is a fragile butterfly resting in the strength of the breeze.

Brokenness is exchanging your very life and desires for Christ’s.

Brokenness brings freedom.

Brokenness is Godliness.

Brokenness brings strength in weakness.


Please help me to trust you enough to bring as a living sacrifice all of my weaknesses so that you may work mightily through them bringing glory to yourself and to Your kingdom.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


1 Samuel 16:7 the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;

James 4:10 Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose].

John 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His spirit.

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard this, He said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need of a physician, but [only] those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners [who recognize their sin and humbly seek forgiveness].”

Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the Lord of hosts.

Psalm 103:14 For He knows our [mortal] frame; He remembers that we are [merely] dust.

Romans 7:24-25a Wretched and miserable man that I am! Who will [rescue me and] set me free from this body of death [this corrupt, mortal existence]? 25 Thanks be to God [for my deliverance] through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Matthew 5:3-4 “Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit[those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

“Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].

John 6:63a It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing

Psalm 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for[My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. 10 So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].

Philippians 2:13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet the Lord was willing To crush Him, causing Him to suffer;

James 4:6 But He gives us more and more grace [through the power of the Holy Spirit to defy sin and live an obedient life that reflects both our faith and our gratitude for our salvation]. Therefore, it says, “God is opposed to the proud and haughty, but[continually] gives [the gift of] grace to the humble [who turn away from self-righteousness].”

Ephesians 3:16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality],

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Isaiah 53 Who has believed [confidently trusted in, relied on, and adhered to] our message [of salvation]?

And to whom [if not us] has the arm and infinite power of the Lord been revealed?

For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant),
And like a root out of dry ground;
He has no stately form or majestic splendor
That we would look at Him,
Nor [handsome] appearance that we would [a]be attracted to Him.

He was despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief;
And like One from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.

But [in fact] He has borne our griefs,
And He has carried our sorrows and pains;
Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken,
Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];
The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him,
And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
We have turned, each one, to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]
To fall on Him [instead of us].

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself];
Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

After oppression and judgment He was taken away;
And as for His generation [His contemporaries], who [among them] concerned himself with the fact
That He was cut off from the land of the living [by His death]
For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke [of death] was due?

His grave was assigned with the wicked,
But He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

Yet the Lord was willing
To crush Him, causing Him to suffer;
If He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin],
He shall see His [spiritual] offspring,
He shall prolong His days,
And the will (good pleasure) of the Lord shall succeed and prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He shall see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge [of what He has accomplished] the Righteous One,
My Servant, shall justify the many [making them righteous—upright before God, in right standing with Him],
For He shall bear [the responsibility for] their sins.
Therefore, I will divide and give Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers],
And He shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
Because He [willingly] poured out His life to death,
And was counted among the transgressors;
Yet He Himself bore and took away the sin of many,
And interceded [with the Father] for the transgressors.

Excerpts taken from Ending the War with Myself, Loving Myself as God Does by Micky Land (Amazon).

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