Thursday, November 05, 2015

Pure Light

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.

(Psalm 36:7-9 ESV)

"In your light do we see light" are powerful and revealing words. The person who is living apart from Christ is spiritually blind. In this state the cross of Christ and his message of redemption is utter foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18.) Jesus is the light of the world that illumines our path through the Scripture. God's light reveals those things that have been hidden from the wise of this present age. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus, and Jesus shows us the Father. The nature of  God is triune; one God in three persons. We must have illumination from the Spirit to see this truth in the Bible.

Jesus still opens both physically and spiritually, blind eyes today. And He still leads us like a Shepherd leading his sheep in a very dark world. Jesus is not some far away mythical deity who refuses to interact with his creation. He reveals himself in greater measure to those who diligently seek him. There have been many false teachers, and "messiahs"throughout the ages, but only Jesus leads us to a place of internal rest and peace.

While sound doctrine is essential in knowing God, he is also a relational being, who desires to share his life with us. God is pure light and brings us into his spiritual house, so that we can experience fellowship with him, and drink from the river of his delights. This unspeakable joy and glory is only found in the presence of the God who made us, and reveals himself to us. - Bobby

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Seasons Of Life

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. (James 1:3 NLT)

Our natural and spiritual lives are closely connected. We find ourselves in different seasons of life where we experience severe trials, and periods of testing. It's not easy to deal with changes in either our natural, or spiritual lives.  Everyone goes through periods of having to deal with physical, emotional, and spiritual changes. My favorite times in my walk with the Lord are of spiritual renewal. But, in reality those spiritual mountain top experiences aren't always consistent.

Our goal is to learn to always abide in the presence of God. But, we must remember that our spiritual highs or lows don't define us as God's children. God alone defines who we are, and we are His sons and daughters who make up the living stones of his spiritual temple. His Spirit dwells in us.

 I believe it is possible to live a life  that is characterized by the fruit and the fullness of the Holy Spirit. But the real test of our faith comes when we enter into seasons of hopelessness and despair. Will we stay true to God until we are experiencing his presence again?  We who belong to God are kept by him during times of spiritual dryness and defeat. But if we respond to the Father's discipline, we will grow into greater maturity.

Spiritual growth comes to those whose spiritual roots are planted deep in God's word. During times of spiritual famine God sustains us through the depth of the work he has done in our lives through his Word and Spirit. - Bobby

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Law And The Spirit: Part Two

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
(Matthew 5:17-18 ESV)

As a result of the death and resurrection of  Jesus we have been freed from our enslavement to sin. In Christ our past, present and future sins are forgiven. He rose and conquered death so that we can live forever in the presence of God. And all who trust in Jesus as Lord, and Savior, now have peace with God.

With the coming of the Holy Spirit we have been empowered to live an overcoming life. If we don't shrink back to our old ways of thinking (and sometimes we do), we can experience the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. The Old Testament Law is good, but no one except Jesus, has ever obeyed it perfectly. Our right standing with God is based on the fact that Jesus was the sinless, spotless, sacrificial lamb of God.

His perfect obedience paid our sin debt, and placed all who would trust Him in right standing with the Father. Jesus has fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the Law. And we are now empowered by God's Spirit to keep the moral Law, as we walk in the Spirit.  The law pointed out our sin, but the Spirit gives us the power to overcome it. - Bobby

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Law And The Spirit: Part One


Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2 ESV)

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:3-4 ESV)

Faith is a gift from God. When we trust in Jesus we are justified in the sight of God through faith and faith alone. The Old Testament law was given to show us the righteousness of God. While the Law of God is good, only Jesus was able to keep it perfectly. So all the rituals, feast, and sacrifices, in the Old Testament pointed to Jesus, who is the Lamb of God, that was predestined to be slain before the foundation of the world. This was done according to God's foreknowledge of things to come. He knew that man would rebel when given free will. So He provided Jesus the spotless Lamb whose sacrifice would cleanse us from sin. 

God sent his Son at the right time in human history to fulfill his ultimate plan of the redemption of mankind. He died to pay our sin debt. Jesus has satisfied God's justice. And He has fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the Law. He was also raised from the dead for our justification. And the Father sent His Spirit for our ongoing sanctification, so that we have now have the power to flee from sin, and to be overcomers, in this present evil age. - Bobby

Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. (Galatians 3:24 NLT)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Celtic Prayer


                              Christ, as a light
                              illumine and guide me.
                              Christ, as a shield
                              overshadow me.
                             Christ under me;
                              Christ over me;
                              Christ beside me
                              on my left and my right.
                              This day be within and without me,
                              lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
                              Be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
                              This day be within and without me,
                              lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
                              Christ as a light;
                              Christ as a shield;
                              Christ beside me
                              on my left and my right.