Spirit & Truth

Indeed, the time is coming, and it is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for people like that to worship him. God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:23‭-‬24 GW

They replied to Jesus, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and we’ve never been anyone’s slaves. So how can you say that we will be set free?”

Jesus answered them, “I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin.”

John 8:33‭-‬34 GW

There are many believers, especially converts from Judaism, who are rebellious. They speak nonsense and deceive people. They must be silenced because they are ruining whole families by teaching what they shouldn’t teach. This is the shameful way they make money.

Titus 1:10‭-‬11 GW

It is shameful what’s going on in our city.

Deception upon lies.

Who is the father of lies?

The devil.

He is a murderer.

Those who worship God must worship in spirit and in truth.

What is truth?

Jesus is the truth.

Our Messiah.

Slain from before the foundation of the world.

Get off the hype cycle.

Hype is an emotional response.

It’s not real.

God is in the still and silent place.

Do you have any faith?

Then live it in quiet confidence.

Read the Scriptures.

Apply them to your life.

A servant of the Lord must be gentle, respectful, always teaching, always standing firm in the faith.

I’m no saint.

I’m a man just like you.

But God interceded on my behalf.

He said, “This one’s mine.”

I had no choice.

Everything I did ended in ruin.

I was lost.

I was purposeless.

And then, He found me.

God is sovereign.

Everything He does is right.

Is everything you do right?

No.

That’s why you need a Savior.

Sin is sin.

All fall short of the glory of God.

Jesus is our only hope.

He died so that we could live.

His death on the cross provides salvation.

Jesus is the truth.

Jesus is the way.

Jesus is the life.

How did Jesus do it?

He humbled Himself and became a man of no reputation.

He was fully God and fully man.

The hypostatic union.

And how did He live?

By grace.

Be like Jesus.

Walk in His Grace.

Your carnal nature has been crucified with Christ.

If you live a sinful life, you are a slave to sin.

Go.

And sin no more.

Faith.

Live it.

Breathe it.

Speak it.

Share it.

My faith is my faith.

No excuses.

No compromise.

It is my God given right.

I believe.

Do you believe?

Faith comes by hearing.

And hearing by the Word of God.

Jesus will open the door.

Walk through it.

You are His ambassador.

Walk in a way worthy of the call.

Don’t make excuses.

Jesus paid it all.

And all to Him I owe.

My life is a living sacrifice.

I was bought with the blood.

He traded His life for mine.

Sin had left a crimson stain.

But He washed it white as snow.

Imputed righteousness.

It’s what’s for dinner.

God bless you all.

Amen.

There Is No One Like Our God

Until I get there, concentrate on reading ⌊Scripture⌋ in worship, giving encouraging messages, and teaching people.

1 Timothy 4:13 GW

Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again. But those who drink the water that I will give them will never become thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to eternal life.”

John 4:13‭-‬14 GW

The Pharisees said to him, “You testify on your own behalf, so your testimony isn’t true.”

Jesus replied to them, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is true because I know where I came from and where I’m going. However, you don’t know where I came from or where I’m going. You judge the way humans do. I don’t judge anyone. Even if I do judge, my judgment is valid because I don’t make it on my own. I make my judgment with the Father who sent me. Your own teachings say that the testimony of two people is true. I testify on my own behalf, and so does the Father who sent me.”

The Pharisees asked him, “Where is your father?”

Jesus replied, “You don’t know me or my Father. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.”

John 8:13‭-‬19 GW

I’m so blessed it’s ridiculous.

How am I blessed?

The Lord has revealed Himself to me.

Honestly, I am in need of nothing.

I have the privilege of abiding in His Holy Presence without worry or preoccupation.

Sometimes, I feel guilty for how blessed I am.

I don’t deserve it.

I didn’t earn it.

At my worst, He found me.

Isn’t that how it always is?

My heart cries out to God.

Bless me, oh wretched man that I am.

I have reached the end of myself and encountered utter darkness.

There is nothing good in me.

I am an empty shell.

Fill me, O God.

Fill me with Your Holy Presence.

I am Yours.

I am nothing without You.

My friends ask if my family will adopt them.

Don’t you understand?

You’ve already been adopted into His eternal family.

I love my family in spite of their flaws.

They could never give me the love I craved.

Because the love I crave is You.

I forgive them.

We’re all just broken people.

Why did I have to find the truth?

I am the youngest.

I am the outcast.

I am the failure.

I am the one with no hope.

No future.

Abandoned.

Alone.

And then You found me.

You are my Father.

You are my hope.

You are my provider.

My deliverer.

My salvation.

God is my Father.

I was born from Him.

My old life has been cast away.

Nailed to the cross.

I am dead.

I am hidden.

I am found in Him.

Someday, this will all make sense.

Didn’t you see?

Didn’t you understand?

I was with you in the trial.

I was with you in the storm.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Behold, I am with you until the end of the world.

My Savior.

My God.

Forgive me, for I am weak in the flesh.

I need You now, more than ever.

The war rages all around me.

But I will not be moved.

My feet are planted on the rock.

The rock of my salvation.

Christ Jesus.

He paid it all.

I was a sinner lost in sin.

And He welcomed me home again.

Come, My children.

Come to Me.

And I will give you rest.

Come to Me, My children, and I will teach you My ways.

I was sacrificed to give you freedom.

Why do you want to be enslaved?

Religion can’t save you.

Knowing the Scriptures can’t save you.

Only I can save you.

Believe in Me, and you will live.

God is smiling over us.

He loves us.

In spite of our failures.

In spite of our sin.

Jesus paid it all.

God said it’s okay.

I love you, anyway.

His mercy endures forever.

Fall away from this world.

Separate yourself from the outer darkness.

God’s kindness is all we need.

Seek Him first, above all things.

He will provide for your every need.

It takes a leap of faith.

But He rewards those who seek Him.

Have no fear.

Jesus Christ is here.

He’s real.

He’s alive.

He abides.

Those who trust in Him will survive.

I love you.

I am God’s messenger.

Christ is our only hope.

Return to Him and live.

I bless you in Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

Following Jesus

Being united with God is my highest good. I have made the Almighty Lord my refuge so that I may report everything that he has done.

Psalms 73:28 GW

So, then, brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone move you off the foundation ⌊of your faith⌋. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.

1 Corinthians 15:58 GW

If we say, “We aren’t sinful” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong. If we say, “We have never sinned,” we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us.

1 John 1:8‭-‬10 GW

Stop.

And think.

And God will save your everlasting soul.

People are getting killed everyday by the storms of life.

We are born to die.

That’s guaranteed.

Nobody gets out alive.

Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

If you must die, then perhaps you should find a purpose worth dying for.

My purpose is truth.

I love the truth.

I want everything to be true.

The devil is a liar.

I hate the devil.

I’m here to expose and destroy the works of the devil with the light of the Lord which shines brightly out of me.

What you see on the surface is only a reflection.

Below the surface, that is where the truth is found.

I see a lot of former addicts and alcoholics get into ministry once they get freed from their addictions.

It makes sense.

We find something that works and we want to share it with others.

But addicts are also really good liars.

We usually had to live a life of lying to everyone around us to hide our addiction.

Why?

Because we’re stubborn fools trapped by pride and ego.

I’m talking about material addiction to substances like food, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, but I could just be talking about any one of us with our addiction to sin.

There’s only one cure that works.

Jesus.

His blood breaks the chains.

Without Jesus, we’re slaves to sin.

Don’t judge the addict just because they’re exactly the same as you, they just express their brokenness and moral depravity slightly more sincerely than you.

What am I saying?

Love people.

We’re all broken.

We all need Jesus.

But watch out.

There are wolves and sharks and snakes everywhere.

Even in the pulpit.

Even on the stage.

Even earning tens of thousands of dollars per speaking engagement where they twist the Scripture and depart from the faith they once probably loved dearly.

Bad company corrupts good morals.

I, for one, do not approve of heretical teachings and those who teach them.

To follow Jesus, you must separate yourself from the lies.

If you shepherd a flock, you must protect them from the wolves, not invite the wolves into the house.

Change is coming.

God will not be mocked.

Exercise discernment.

And tell those who teach false doctrine to be silent and to repent.

Jesus,

Save us from this wicked and perverted generation.

Amen.