He Is Good

Good morning everyone. Thank God for His intense demonstrated love for us. Enjoy His abundant life today!

For us to be successful in life we need be very clear in our minds, that God is good, and He loves us and would never harm us. John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. Vs 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

He is not the one making you sick, nor is He using the devil to teach you a lesson. He loves you so much that He died for you, and was raised up again so that you could have the abundant life He spoke of. It is the GOODNESS of God that leads us to repentance, Romans 2:4.

The word abundantly in John 10:10 is “perissos” in the Greek, meaning superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality), exceeding abundantly above, advantaged, very highly, beyond measure. Now that is your God! Also the word “life” in that same verse is “Zoe” in the Greek, meaning the God kind of life.

Yet religion has tried to teach us that God is the one killing people and causing disasters. I think we just established that we have been lied to by religion. God wants you to enjoy the rich abundant life that only comes through Him, and His abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness, Romans 5:17. It is imperative that we learn our new identity now that we are “in Christ” understanding what Jesus finished work at the cross has done for us. Hosea 4:6 tells us: My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Notice it says “my people”. In God’s mind mankind is associated in Christ; in His blood sacrifice we were ransomed; our redemption was secured; our sins were completely done away with, Colossians 1:14 (Mirror Translation). Praise the Lord what a loving awesome God we serve! Today you can overcome because you know God is for you not against you, your sins were completely done away with, and we are righteous (innocent, guiltless, and faultless) because of our savior. Who came to save us, and through Jesus He did just exactly that! Now, go reign in life today in Christ!

Grace-Full Business #3

Good morning everyone! I hope your ready for the third installment in the Grace-Full Business devotional series.

For too long now the church has accepted the worlds way of doing business…

Today set aside everything you were taught about growing your business or profession and let us look at it through grace. We all desire to be successful at what we do, and we should, but what we have been taught, traditionally, to do, can’t even come close to what God has already prepared for you.

The Word of His grace is the least understood tool for the business person; why, because most business people rely on someone else to teach them to succeed, instead of going to God Himself. We rely on the companies marketing program, or the high dollar motivational speaker hired to give us a rah-rah pep talk designed to boost our production. Usually we get a long list of to-dos in order to be successful, miss one item on that list and you start over. This system we are so use to, usually just veils our eyes from God’s very best for us and our business and occupation which causes us to labor in all kinds of self efforts. 2nd Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament (law), because the veil is taken away in Christ… Vs 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding…the glory of the Lord…As we behold Him, or simply put, learn what Jesus has done for us, and understand that we are made righteous (innocent) through His obedience; He explodes His Grace (undeserved favor) into our lives. We then begin to find ourselves at the right place at the right time for His blessings, living the good life He already prepared for you.

What transforms our lives is the gospel of grace, pure grace. I can tell you from my own experience that I tried everything to find that success I knew God had for me in my ministry, profession, and business only to find myself working endless hours toiling and at the end of the day asking the Lord, “what am I doing wrong.” ultimately coming to the conclusion that I wasn’t measuring up to Gods standards. Friends, that’s not grace, that is laboring under the law, and that is what most of us have been taught. In the Word of faith movement, we heard this; “where am I missing it Lord?” the very question implies sin consciousness! You have been redeemed from missing the mark! The question should be; “what do I believe?” do you believe what Jesus did at the cross, or do you still think you need to work for or contribute to the finished work Jesus completed for you at the cross. When I received the revelation of His grace, that is when everything turned around! I mean really turned around and I experienced God’s involvement in my business daily and I was finally able to rest in what He has already done for me. I am very excited about what God has in store for us as we progress through this series.

Paul quoted this scripture in 1st Corinthians, which was originally from Isaiah. Isaiah was speaking of a day to come, which would, through Christ, unveil our eyes to Gods awesome grace, Paul said; Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man the things God has prepared for us, but God has revealed them to us through His Spirit… Well here we are, prepare yourself to hear and see what Paul spoke of. Also remember, it is God that gives you the power to get wealth, Deuteronomy 8:18. Now reign as Kings in you profession and life today.

The Bible Is All About Jesus

All of the Bible is about JESUS, all of JESUS is about YOU!

What a awsome God we serve! Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come~In the volume of the book it is written of Me~To do Your will, O God…” 9 then He said, “Behold I have come to do your will, O God.” He takes away the first so that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded (explained) to them in ALL the scripture the things concerning Himself.

All the Bible is about our beautiful Savior and His finished work, His awesome demonstration of His love! In the old testament is types and shadows of the things to come through Christ at the cross, and the new, His finished work. We saw in Hebrews 10 that the redemption plan was completed by Jesus sacrifice on the cross, and that He took away the first (the law, which was works righteousness) to establish the second (the gift of rightousness, by faith not works). Friends, this is His unconditional love and undeserving favor.

Just think about how much you are loved! We have got to recognize that Jesus is always the solution and never the cause of our problems.

All of the Bible is about JESUS, all of JESUS is about YOU!

Yes about YOU! Isn’t that amazing! Everything Jesus did at the cross was done for you. All He requires is that we Believe what He has done for us at the cross. Yet many times we still want to go back to trying to earn or merit our righteousness from Him. Galations tells us; that is to fall from grace, if you try to deserve it, then it is no longer undeserved favor.

Luke 24:25 describes the main endictment of the church, …slow of heart to believe… Sometimes we are very slow to believe everything Jesus did for us at Calvary and just how perfectly redeemed we are. Believe today, and receive His abundance of grace and free gift of rightousness and reign as Kings in life today.

Rest Vs Impatience

Yesterday we spoke about entering His rest. Today let’s talk about impatience, an indicator that you are probably not at rest. We live in a “I want it now” fast food society, where if our meal takes over 5 minutes to get to us, we are ready to give someone a piece of our mind, the piece no one wants by the way. Impatience says it is not possible or its probably not going to happen, rest says all things are possible. The definition of Hope is “a positive expectation of good in your future.” Websters dictionary defines impatience as: “restlessness or the absence of expected good.”

“restlessness” no rest, “absence of expected good” no hope. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us what God’s ongoing thoughts toward us are and He wants to give you a future and a hope.

Jesus came to bring you hope and provide for you true rest. My friend you can have a confident expectation of good in your future because Jesus finished the work of redemption and has made provision for everything you will ever need. Because Jesus took your place at the cross, all of God’s anger was exhausted on the body of Jesus on the cross, so you can rest knowing that you are forgiven, and God will never ever be angry with you. He is not holding out on you.

What is it that has made you restless or impatient? Romans 8:32 (Amplified Bible) “He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” How could He possibly be holding anything out on you, He gave heavens best. Many times when you feel unloved or distanced you feel anxious and restless. Understand you are the object of His love, you are seated in heavenly place with Christ Jesus. You are in Christ, in the most Holy place! Wow! It doesn’t get any better than this! You might say “Evan, I don’t feel like it though.” your feelings do not change the truth about you, you are righteous, (innocent, guiltless, and faultless) you must see yourself and think of yourself the way God sees and thinks of you. He is not mad at you, He is mad about you!

All the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us (1 Corinthians 2:20). You see, He wants you blessed in everything you do, He wants you healed, whole and at rest.

Don’t let the cares of the world choke the word and make it unfruitful in your life. When the word is unfruitful it isn’t working! We want to bear fruit, and Mark 5:20 tells us just exactly how to do it! But these are the ones sown on good ground (gospel of grace), those who hear the word, receive it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.

Gods three step success plan, 1 hear the gospel of grace, 2 receive it, 3 and bear fruit. Religion has made it hard when it is so easy. Now go bear fruit today, and reign in life as a King!

Powerful Rest

Good morning everyone! Today rest in what Jesus has done for you.

God has prepared powerful rest for us, Hebrews chapter 4 tells us of the promise of God’s rest. One of the things we have learned in our devotionals, is the vital importance of believing what Jesus has done for us at the cross, and we see that “unbelief” is what hindered Isreal from entering the promised land, which God gave to them. Verse 11 says: “let us be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of unbelief.”

The entire Bible points to Jesus and the finished work of the cross, redeeming us, the object of His intense love. What a loving father we have! Genesis chapter 5 is a chapter on geneology and yet it points to mans redemption through our savior Jesus. Let’s look at this geneology:

Adam, means “man”
Seth means “appointed”
Enosh means “mortal”
Kenan means “sorrow”
Mahalalel means “the blessed God”
Jared means “(desend) shall come down”
Enoch means “teaching”
Methuselah means “his death shall bring”
Lamech means “powerful”
Noah means “rest”

When we put this together we see the picture God painted for us: “Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow, (but) the blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring powerful rest.
That was a shadow, now we have the actual finished work! Wow! What an amazing God we serve! Genesis 6:8 says: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. Noah, meaning rest, represents our position of rest in Christ, it says he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Praise the Lord, we also have found grace in the eyes of our Lord, and rest because Jesus paid the price for our perfect complete redemption. Remember His grace is unearned, undeserved, and unmerited, it is because of what Jesus did, not what you do.

Today, be diligent to enter His rest, believe what He has done for you, the price He paid so you could enjoy His rest! You can have rest in your conscience knowing ALL your debt is paid through His death on the Cross!

Colossians 1:12 “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” You are qualified, because your father qualified you! Now receive your inheritance, and enter into the rest he prepared knowing that everything you need has been provided. Today, go and reign as Kings in life!

How Much Are You Worth

Hello everyone! Rejoice today, for you are priceless to God! Did you know that?

John 6:28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we DO, that we may WORK the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

Jesus was asked “what must we do to work…” religion is always looking for something to do to validate their value with God. Yet Jesus simply says we are to believe! Too easy? Apparently not Christians are still trying to figure out what they must do, yet Jesus obedience at the cross made it so easy!

John 14:9 Jesus said “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” so even as Jesus is full of grace and truth, so is the Father. Let’s look at what Jesus said in Vs 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the things that I do he will do also; and greater than these will He do because I go to My Father.” If you believe. The greater things will be done because Jesus went to His Father after He finished our redemption. Now that our redemption is completely complete,and perfectly perfect, we can do the greater things, but you must believe what God says about you after Jesus finished the work.

Christians have trouble receiving from God because their value of themselves is based on how they “feel” about themselves. What they drive, where they live, their job, bank account balance and their past. Please hit the delete button, erase the history on the hard drive of your brain, and re-program it. (Romans 12:2)

The definition of “value” according to dictionary.com is: worth or importance. You must believe Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, His blood was poured out for you. Past, present, and future, you can not earn your value in this new birth!

God loves you! He has made you a new creature, paid for by the blood of Jesus. You can’t put a monetary price on it, Judas tried and hung himself.

So why is it we keep hanging ourselves by devalueing ourselves? One person looks at a beautiful couch and says “wow its only $900.00,” another person looks at it and says “I wouldn’t pay $200.00 for it.” In a painting one sees a masterpiece , another sees a mess. Are you a masterpiece or a mess?

God looked at us long before we were ever born and He offered up His Son, Jesus, and said “priceless!”. (priceless means: too valuable to set a price on.) He paid for us with the priceless blood of His Son, which makes us a priceless masterpiece to Him, and yet we go about devalueing ourselves, by condemning ourselves, judging ourselves not good enough. We go about trying to be good and earn value with God. A priceless masterpiece doesn’t have to try to earn anything, it is priceless!

Many people base their faith on what they “do” not in what Jesus has already done. Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith, He authored and finished it, you just need to believe. I have taught before that doubt (from the Greek) is actually self condemnation. Think about it when you condemn yourself, you are questioning (doubting) the masterpiece God has made you through Christ. You are questioning the priceless value God has placed on you! Therefore questioning God.

If you don’t think God loves you, then you believe God is angry with you. If you see little or no value, in yourself, then how can you receive all God has for you, let alone do “greater things”.

Recognize today, what Jesus has done for you, and how valuable you are to Him. Believe and do greater things. Now go reign in life today!

Grace-Full Business #2

Good morning everyone, I hope you have had your coffee and are wide awake, because I don’t want you to miss anything as we continue in the Grace-Full Business devotional series.

Most of what we have learned concerning our business or occupation has been based on what the world says you must do to succeed, or what religion has taught us largely through “motivational” instruction, and you need to do more to please God mentality. I have spent a lot of money to attend motivational classes, designed to motivate me to do certain things to achieve. Once you have a revelation of His grace you will see that God is for you because of what Jesus has done, and He wants you to succeed at whatever you set your hand to because of His grace, not your self efforts. Jesus himself was a carpenter and I will assure you He was successful. How do I know? Because He is the one who gives us the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). And we are told in John 1:14 He is full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth… 16 And of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace.” (Greek: garin anti garitos, meaning grace undeserved) 17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Jesus is grace personified.

Yes He was a successful carpenter and totally successful at redeeming mankind, forgiving us our sins and giving us His righteousness, we are innocent because of Jesus sacrifice. You see He thinks about you all the time and His thoughts as Jeremiah 29:11 says “for I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (See February 22nd’s devotional). Before you were even born God had laid out a plan for your success, and that plan is yours because of the finished work of the cross. That success plan He has given us if fully contained in the revelation of His grace! Effortless success.

For years I played by all the rules in business and ministry and I was left with discouragement and disappointment laboring until stress took its toll, never entering His rest for me, because I had to do do do, and under the law you can never do enough. Then I met grace, I cherish that day and what it has done for me both personally and professionally, that I guard it with all diligence. I now have zero tolerance for mixture because of the danger it poses.

Can you believe that God loves you so much that He has laid out a plan for your life, and by His grace He has prepared for you overwhelming success? Can you believe that He prepared a “rest” and wants you to enter His rest, resting in the fact that the cross of Calvary was so amazingly successful that He took the toil out of your business/career? Jesus said all things are possible to them who believe. Believe what Jesus did for you at the cross to give you peace and rest. Jeremiah says He wants you to have hope and a future, Jesus is your hope and your future! Ephesians the second chapter tells you of His intense love with which he loved you. Verse 7 (amplified) says: He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. It goes on to say that He has prepared ahead of time paths to walk in so we could live the good life! Yes! We can reign in life as Kings!

Simon Peter was a business man a fisherman and before He met grace, He toiled all night long and caught nothing. The word toil here means painful labor, trouble and weariness. Jesus came by that day and taught from Simon’s boat and when He finished He told Simon to launch out into the deep for a catch. Simon met grace that day, the fish were out there all night long, but when grace arrived at Simon Peter’s business something happened, just like it will for you. He threw out the net and they caught so many fish that their net was breaking so he signaled to their partners and they brought their boat and filled them both until the boats started to sink! Oh how He loves you and me! Let Jesus by His grace come into your business/occupation today He attracted the fish to the net just like He will attract the business and bring favor and wisdom to you. Begin to reign in life through Christ!

Understanding Your Righteousness; This Stuff Matters

This righteousness, the gift given to us in Romans 5:17 is very very important to your success as a believer. Righteousness from the Greek means to be made innocent, guiltless, faultless, and holy. This is the free gift of righteousness given to us. Jesus paid the price for all our sin, and gave us His righteousness. His innocence.

Today we want to look at how vitally important righteousness is to us, and how religion has twisted the scripture to get us to devalue the precious gift of rightousness given to us through the cross.

Romans 3:28 tells us: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified (declared righteous) by faith apart from the deeds (works) of the law.” No works righteousness here only righteousness by faith.

Religion has taught most of us that the Holy Spirit was sent to convict us of our sin, or point out our sins to us. That statement alone contradicts what Jesus finished at the cross. If He forever forgave us all our sins, and Hebrews tells us that our sins and iniquities He remembers no more, then How could the Holy Spirit remind us of What God has forgiven and forgotten?

Let’s look at what that verse actually says in John 16:8 “And when He (the Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement: of sin because THEY do not believe in me; (THEY is referring to the world or non-believer) of righteousness because I go to my father and YOU see me no more; (YOU is referencing the disciple or the believer) of judgement because the ruler of this world is judged.” Did you see that? The Holy Spirit convinces you of righteousness not sin. That makes all the difference between you being sin consciousness or righteousness consciousness. The sacrifices of the old testament, Hebrews 10 tells us, could not make us perfect vs 2 “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshippers, once purified would have had no more consciousness of sins.” The only way our conscious could be clear from sin according to Hebrews is if there were a perfect once for all sacrifice for all of mans sin. Jesus is that perfect sacrifice.

Notice the Holy Spirit doesn’t convince you of healing, He doesn’t convince you of prosperity, and those are good things but unless you are convinced of righteousness you will struggle with the rest. Your righteousness describes your new identity with Christ, what He has done for you. Can you see just how important this is to you?

So instead of trying to have faith for everything, understand and have faith for your righteousness and He will add all things to you (Mat 6:33). Your righteousness will cause you to reign in life through Christ (Rom 5:17).

The notes from “Why The Mirror Translation Bible” states it beautifully this way: “Your belief in God does not define him; His faith in what He knows to be true about you defines you. In Mark 11:22. Jesus says, ‘have the faith of God’. Unfortunately most translations say, ‘have faith in God’; there is a vast difference. God’s belief in you gives substance to your faith. Jesus is what God believes about you!”

Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to free the world. Religion has majored on guilt and will-power driven sentiment which engaged man in futile efforts to save and improve himself. Jesus gives you His free gift of righteousness (innocence) and there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. That stain of guilt you’ve carried has been removed by His gift of righteousness, now you can be more conscience of your right standing with God in Christ, than your sin. Because Jesus has removed the guilty stain! Now go reign in life!

Yes And Amen

Is there anything you need from God today, do you need a favor?

Back in August 2011 just before our grandson was born my wife attended a baby shower for him. The hostess of the baby shower offered up a prayer for our grandson and while she was praying, the Lord spoke to my wife saying “do you know why I always say yes? Because Jesus paid it all!”

2 Cor 1:20 “For ALL the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him amen, to the glory of God through us.” Does that sound too good to be true? Well it is too good, and it is true! He paid for whatever you need. When that verse says “in Him” it is referencing what Jesus paid for at the cross. The amazing thing is, Jesus took care of everything at the cross, complete redemption. He overpaid the full price with His blood, completely and perfectly finished restoring our innocence. It is His desire that you live the abundant life. Health, provision, safety, peace, happiness, favor and His rest. That is the abundant life He paid for! Believe it, receive it, rest in His finished work for you!

Jesus said “all things are possible to him who believes.” Do you believe? What is it that you believe? Do you believe that if you try really really hard God will recognize your efforts and help, save you? Do you believe if you pray long enough, hard enough, study the bible enough that that is the answer to get God to do something for you? Do you believe that if you’ve done something bad, God will punish you? Jesus took all your punishment for you, He loves you. My friends that describes a lot of self effort, which actually produces self righteousness. Romans 3:21 & 22 “But the righteousness of God APART from the law is revealed… Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe…” His righteousness doesn’t consist of your self efforts, as we just read it is “to all and on all who believe!” Romans 4 tells us in verse 5 “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness…” All you have to do is believe what Jesus finished for you at Calvary! Believing what He has done is all that is required, your self efforts will only void your faith. “For if those who are of the law (works righteousness) are heirs, faith is made VOID and the promise made of NO effect.” Romans 4:14.

Today just believe and receive what Jesus has done for you, and begin to rejoice in the yes and amen’s for you concerning all the promises of God. He loves you, Jesus paid for everything, so don’t try to repay by your self efforts, that will only void your faith, enjoy what was done for you. He loves you and His answer is: “in Him yes, and in Him amen.” Reign in life today!

Good News: The Righteousness Of God Is Revealed

Blessed day to everyone today! Remember today how much God loves you, with a love that is only good for you not harmful, He loves you with no strings attached and wants to bless you today! You are righteous today (innocent, guiltless, faultless, and have right standing with God) because of what Jesus has done for you.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of THE gospel of Christ, for it is THE power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” NKJV vs 17 Herein lies the secret of the gospel; there is no good news until the righteousness of God is revealed! (The good news is the fact that the cross of Christ was a success. God rescued the life of our design, He redeemed our innocence. Man would never again be judged righteous or unrighteous by his own ability to obey moral laws! It is not about what man must or must not do but about what Jesus has done!) God now persuades everyone to believe what He knows to be true about them. (It is from faith to faith) The prophets wrote in advance about the fact that God believes that righteousness defines the life that He always had in mind for us. “Righteousness by His (God’s) faith gives meaning to life.” (Mirror Translation)

Notice that the gospel (good news) of Christ is THE power of God! This statement from verse 17 tells us where the power of God is; …the righteousness of God is revealed… The power of God comes from His revealing His righteousness in our lives! The good news is that through the cross, Jesus cleared you of all charges, declared you innocent by His blood, and gave you the gift of righteousness! This is awesome! You are free! On top of that He has given you His grace, endless supply of whatever you need. All you have to do is believe, believe what He has done for you, believe that you are righteous! It is His gift to you, receive it and enjoy effortless success today!

Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offense death reigned through the one, MUCH more those who receive abundance of grace (unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor) and the gift of righteousness will REIGN IN LIFE through the one Jesus Christ. Now go reign in life!