Give What You Have

Give What You Have

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”  (Ac 3:6) 

We can only give out of what we have received (or experienced) ourselves!

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Eph 4:32) 

Since God has forgiven us of ALL of our sins, shouldn’t we extend that same forgiveness to others? 

Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?  (Mt 18:32) 

This is where the master had forgiven his servant a huge debt.  Then this SAME [released] servant had his fellow servant put in jail, because he owed the released man a small amount of money!  Shouldn’t the released man have shown the same compassion that he himself had received?

Through these concepts, we can learn several things, among which are

  1. a) We must acknowledge the good things that we, ourselves, have received from our heavenly Father before we can minister those things to others. When we acknowledge that we have received compassion, we’re able to share compassion. When we agree that we have received forgiveness from God, we’re able to forgive those who have hurt us. 
  2. b) We’re told by the Lord in His Word that we should be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving to others, because we have received those same things from God through Jesus Christ.
  3. c) We can only GIVE out of what we DO HAVE! Are you aware of all that you have in Jesus Christ?

Study what you DO HAVE in Jesus so that you may minister those wonderful blessings and gifts to the hurting and the needy.  The world is waiting . . . yearning for the manifestation of the sons (children) of God.  (Rom 8:19)

Pray for Backsliders to be Healed

Pray for Backsliders to be Healed

Many believers either know someone or are related to someone who accepted Christ as their Savior, but then they fell away from their faith and stopped living for the Lord.  The Bible refers to such folks as “backsliding children.”  It’s important that we pray for these brothers and sisters to be restored to the joy of their salvation.

(14) Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you.  I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.”  (22) “Return you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.”  (Jer 3:14, 22)

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.  (Hos 14:4)

The Lord says that He will heal their backsliding; and He said that He is married to the backslider!  Wow!  What a statement of commitment on God’s part.  This tells us that He will not give up on anyone, but He will continue to woo them with His love, forgiveness, and mercy. 

Hosea 14 says that He loves them freely, and He yearns for them to return to Him.  It is a very loving thing for us to pray on behalf of our friends and relatives who are turned away from the Lord for a season. 

Pray fervently and with complete faith, for these verses give us assurance of God’s wholehearted cooperation with us.  This increases our faith.  What a good and sound basis for prayer! 

Forget Not

Forget Not

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases . . . (Ps 103:2-3, emphasis added)

We, as God’s children, mustn’t forget all of the benefits and blessings of our salvation.  The verse above mentions two of these blessings:  forgiveness and healing.  These are supernatural benefits of our salvation.

This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.  (Ps 119:50, 52)  The Word of God gives us life—life in every facet and dimension of our lives.  He is the one who actually upholds and sustains our lives!  (Ps 3:5; 71:6; Isa 46:3b, 4)

There are so many blessings that God pours out upon us, that we can become oblivious and even numb to them!  We need to wake up and start noticing what God has done and is doing constantly for us.  Look around you and perceive your blessings.

And the covenant that I have made with you, you shall not forget, nor shall you fear other gods.  (2 Kgs 17:38)  God does not forget the covenant that He made with man.  He wants us to remember it, too.  Not only that, but He says that He will NEVER forget us!  (Isa 49:15) Nor do we ever need to fear other gods or the gods of other people.

So we should find it pretty easy to REMEMBER and to meditate upon the fact that the Lord is:

  • Our reward (Gen 15:1)
  • Our Rock (Ps 18:2; 31:3; 71:3)
  • Our very present help in trouble (Ps 46:1)
  • Our open heaven (Joh 1:51)
  • Our Comfort (Ps 86:17; 2 Cor 1:3-4)
  • Our Deliverer (Ps 18:2; 40:17; 70:5)
  • Our Redeemer (Ps 19:14; 78:35; Pro 23:11)
  • Our Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6)

The list above is very abbreviated.  I could go on and on; and still not cover every blessing that the Lord bestows upon those who love and serve Him.  Remember these blessings and be thankful.

Forget the Past & Advance (Part 2)

Forget the Past & Advance (Part 2)

This is a continuation from the previous post: in order to move forward in life, we need to let go of the past.

We discussed forgiving others and forgiving ourselves, which are key components to making forward progress.  However, there are circumstances that may work against this happening.  The enemy of our souls does not want us to advance.  People that we have hurt in the past may have a difficult time forgiving and forgetting.

Sometimes, after we’ve forgotten the past and have begun to make forward movement, we realize that someone we have hurt in the past (that “forgotten” past) will not forgive or forget!  They not only won’t forgive and forget, they have decided not to be in relationship with us.  If this is a casual friend or a business acquaintance, we can usually manage to accept their decision. 

But what if that person is a close friend—or even more painful—a relative whom we love very much?  The devil delights in stirring up more trouble and strife by reminding people about the hurts that they have experienced in life.  He can be so successful, at times, that he influences a person to break off a relationship with a person whom they love and who loves them—all due to past history in the relationship. 

Let me first state that if there is any small chance of a repeat of the injury, then the previously injured person would be justified in ending that relationship.  But when one party is genuinely sorry for what has occurred in the past, and is prepared to resume the relationship with due caution and consideration for the feelings of the other one, then I believe that there is true hope for a good outcome.  In a situation like this, what do you do when your loved one has determined that your relationship is over?  What do you do when they will not see you or speak with you?

The first step is to recognize that they have the right to make such a choice.  Yes, it hurts tremendously.  But realize that they are merely protecting their spiritual, mental, and emotional health.  That’s good and healthy.

Next, pray for the entire situation and for everyone involved in it.  If it’s a family member or a church member, other people are also adversely affected by it.  Don’t try to enlist people onto “your side.”  That’s extremely destructive and counterproductive.

Instead, cry out to the Lord in prayer.  Pray for the person whom you injured—whether intentionally or unintentionally injured.  Ask God to bless that person and to heal their hearts, minds, and memories.  Ask Jesus to give that person the grace and the desire to forgive you.  Pray consistently and persistently for that person, and allow the Lord to cause your love for them to grow and to mature.  Be patient. Bathe the entire situation in prayer.  Be patient.

The Lord is our Mediator.1 He is our Peacemaker2; and our Reconciler3.   The Bible reminds us that the Lord has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.4 It makes sense, then, that He would want us to be reconciled to one another.

Since the Lord wants us to be at peace with all men, we are instructed to LIVE PEACEABLY with all!5 This means that we should not speak evil about anyone, and we should be gentle and humble in dealing with others in any capacity.6  

Put your faith in God and in His Word; be patient and trust God to bring about reconciliation in His timing and in His way.  He says that the ones who trust in Him will not be ashamed or humiliated.7 Place all of your focus and all of your efforts into loving God and serving Him.

Rejoice in the love that Jesus has for you, and that your name is written in glory!  Let God take care of the rest.

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  1. 1 Timothy 2:5
  2. Romans 5:1
  3. Romans 5:10
  4. 2 Corinthians 5:18
  5. Romans 12:18
  6. Titus 3:2
  7. Psalms 22:5; 34:5; 119:6; 2 Timothy 1:12

We Serve the Prince of PEACE

We Serve the Prince of PEACE

Greetings and felicitations.  What type of an atmosphere do you carry with you? 

Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  (James 3:18)  The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace.  We must always sow [any kind of seed] in an atmosphere of harmony, reconciliation, and goodwill.

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  (Heb 12:11)  Chastening is linked to the fruit of righteousness!  Isn’t that a surprise?  Chastening is correction, and correction yields fruit when we have allowed ourselves to be trained (or changed) by it.  We receive a deep sense of peace as well as divine fruit when we submit to the Lord’s loving correction.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we carry peace within us at all times; and we should sow words of peace, as well.  This is fitting because Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  (Isa. 9:6)

The Spirit of wisdom would suggest that we yield to a human opponent or antagonist, because in James 3:17, the Word says heavenly wisdom is pure and peaceable!  

We must allow our actions to be guided by the Holy Spirit who lives within each one of us   The Lord has given us the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22)  Peace is a fruit of the spirit, and since we have peace within each one of us, we must:

  1. sow (spread, plant, scatter) peace and
  2. make (create, formulate, generate, produce) peace.


Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
  (2 Cor. 5:18)  To reconcile means to reunite people to each other or to resolve disagreements among people.  As believers, we should be dedicated to peacemaking and reconciliation, as well as forgiving those who have injured or offended us.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  (Romans 12:18)  Carry an atmosphere of peace, sow peace, and allow peace to reign in your hearts at all times, because we are empowered by the Prince of Peace. 

God bless you!