God’s Love Acts: 25 Ways + MORE

Rainbow - 1 (1)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

The Bible tells us that God loves the world, that He is the world’s Creator, and that He delights in His creation, especially in the people He created.

God’s love is active, all-encompassing, and eternal.

Do you know God’s love? Continue reading God’s Love Acts: 25 Ways + MORE

God Bless America … Let Freedom Reign!

Freedom wall in Murrieta, California

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom He has chosen as His heritage! Psalm 33:12

The United States of America was bought with the blood of our colonial soldiers and the protection of God Almighty, and it is preserved by the blood of our American men and women soldiers and the prayers of Christians. Freedom is hard won.

Thank you to our military members, veterans, and their families for the sacrifices that they have made, both apparent and those that are unspoken.

Thank you to our Father in heaven. Oh, LORD, You promised that if Your people who are called by Your name will humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear, forgive, and heal our land. LORD, hear, forgive, and heal our land; return America to You.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17

Let freedom reign!


Memorial Day … A reminder of America’s values

WashingtonDC 037

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

Continue reading Memorial Day … A reminder of America’s values

Freedom Costs

Freedom costs.

America’s freedom cost our forefathers their lives, their health, their livelihoods.

America’s continued freedom has been preserved by our military members and those who support them. Today, there are about 1.4 million American military members and over 21.8 million veterans.

Today, I met a Viet Nam veteran who teared up as he spoke of his experiences and his buddy who lost his life serving our country. He spoke of the disgust Americans showed him and the shame he experienced when he returned to the United States.

Today, I met generals, enlisted members, and officers. I talked with members of the Marines, Air Force, Army, Navy, Reserves, and Homeland Security. All have a passion for the freedom of America. All have sacrificed for that freedom. The VietNam veteran lives with the loss of a friend and the memories of shame. Other veterans and military members lost time with their families, and they may have lost their health, marriage, and family members.

Cost of Freedom

Freedom cost Jesus everything.

It was for freedom that Jesus emptied Himself of His glory.

It was for freedom that Jesus poured Himself into the flesh of a baby.

It was for freedom that Jesus walked throughout Israel teaching, healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the leper, and giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf.

It was for freedom that Jesus allowed the torture of the cat-of-nine-tails.

It was for freedom that Jesus allowed the Romans to nail Him to the cross.

It was for freedom that Jesus endured the shame of the cross.

It was for freedom that Jesus took my sin and your sin upon Himself.

It was for freedom that Jesus conquered death and rose again.

It was for freedom that Jesus sits at the right hand of God and advocates for you and for me.

It was for freedom from the penalty of my sin … and your sin.

It was for freedom to see Jesus as He is and to live with Him forever.

Freedom costs.

Freedom costs everything.

My prayer

Father, thank You for our military members and veterans. Freedom is precious. Thank You for America’s freedom. Thank You for the Christian’s freedom to live with You forever. God, bless our military members, our veterans, and their family members. Bestow us with the knowledge and awareness of how much freedom costs.

Please thank a military member, a veteran, and their families today. 

Please share your memories of your sacrifices as a military member or veteran in the Comment Section.

5 Astonishing Statements from Paul

3 crosses - 1

For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:19-20

I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma—the Bible Belt. There were two main churches, Methodist and Baptist. I had a slumber party one weekend. We put on makeup, polished our fingernails, turned on the music, and danced. The girls and I had a great time. I learned later that one of the churches prayed publicly for me because we danced. The rules of the church judged me guilty of a sin I did not understand was a sin. A junior high school student completely mortified and judged sinful.

Every year, the high school hosted an annual dance. The dance was the big event of the year, and almost everyone looked forward to that dance, except the church. After the dance, the church always conducted a revival and talked the students into signing a pledge that they would never dance again. The next year, the students went to the dance and repented afterward with a new pledge.

Although the students could have chosen never to dance again, they chose to break the rules and get forgiveness from the church later.

God gave the Law to show us what it means to live a righteous life. The problem is that we cannot keep the Law. There is no forgiveness in the Law. Forgiveness is in Jesus. Paul writes that the Law is a tutor to bring us to Jesus, Galatians 3:24.

5 Astonishing Statements

What if we lived according to the words of Paul in Galatians? What changes would we make?

Consider these facts, as a Christian.

  1. I died to the Law to live to God. I’ve tried to be good, but whether in my mind or in my actions, I have broken the Law. I may have told a little white lie, or coveted a co-worker’s award or promotion. If I break one law, I am guilty of all the law, and the penalty is death. James 2:11. The Law brought death. Jesus brought life.
  2. I have been crucified with Christ. My sin was placed on Jesus on the cross, and the life that I was living was crucified. Therefore, I have died to the sinful life and have become a new creation to live to righteousness. 1 Peter 2:24, 2 Corinthians 5:17
  3. I no longer live. Since I’m a new creature, the old Karen is dead, and I am freed from sin. Romans 6:6-9
  4. Christ lives in me. Think of this promise! What if I lived with the awareness that Christ lives in me? What would my thought life be? Christ in me, the hope of glory! Colossians 1:27
  5. I live by faith in the Son of God. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 6:19. What if I thought of my body as the temple? Would I change my thoughts and actions? How would I introduce myself to others? Paul introduced himself as a bond servant of Jesus Christ, Romans 1:1

5 Applications

  1. Ask God to search you, know you, and reveal your sins. Then ask Him for forgiveness. Psalm 139:23-24
  2. Stop throughout your day to consider Jesus’ gift to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the depth of that sacrifice and show you how He is transforming you. Romans 8:38-39; Romans 12:1-2
  3. Thank the Lord that He has freed you to live in Him and the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 6:7, 1 Corinthians 5:4
  4. Memorize Scriptures; for Jesus is the Word; the more Scripture you memorize, the more aware you are that He lives in you. John 1:1, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Joshua 1:8
  5. Before you get out of bed in the morning, give the day to Jesus. Ask Him to guard your thoughts and actions. Tell Him that you want to please Him. Before you go to sleep in the night, repent of your sin and thank Him for His blessings. Mark 1:35

My prayer

 Father, what a wonderful gift You have given us! Thank You that Jesus lives in Your people. Quicken our hearts and minds to this fact. May this knowledge sink deeply into our spirits and may it transform our hearts and minds. You are holy, righteous and loving beyond imagination. We love You, Lord. Amen.

Please share in the Comment Section how you are practicing awareness that Christ lives in you.