But God…


But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Ephesians 2:4


A. W. Pink called this the most important phrase in the Bible.  He said it was like a great erasure.  With it, the thoughts, the implications, the actions that came before it are effectively erased.  They are made null and void.  They no longer matter.  Just like this passage in Ephesians.

Verse one says “you were dead in your trespasses and sins.”  That is a terrible way to be in.  Then that is expounded on by giving more details culminating in my spiritual lineage passed down from the father of lies through Adam, I “[was] by nature a child of wrath.”  Now, it’s time for the erasure.  “BUT GOD…”

“…being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when were were dead in our transgressions…”  Because of who God is, is all the reason He needs to do anything.  He decided that I, just like the dead who are content to remain that way, am content to remain dead in my sins, needed His love, His mercy, His intervention.

He “made us alive together with Christ.”  He erased my past and gave me new life.  With Christ.  By grace.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”


What now?  Live.  Stop standing around doing nothing.  Serve.  Be with other Christians.  The past is gone.  The present is where I live.  The future is what I live for.  MOVE!!


Father, thank You for life.  Help me to live it to bring You glory.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

This Mystery


For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:29-32 (NASB)


Marriage between one man and one woman is a reminder of the relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and His bride the Church.  Any other type of arrangement destroys what God has created.

If two men were to “marry” then there would be two Christ figures.  They would both claim the headship of Christ thereby denigrating Jesus Christ and His ministry.  They become pictures of anti-Christs thereby denying both Jesus Christ and God the Father.

If two women were to “marry” then there would be two Churches.  They would be picturing two false religious systems.  These systems would not exist for the saints to worship God but rather to enslave and destroy them instead.

And if a man and his wife divorce…?

They were one flesh when married.  Divorce tears painful gashes in the picture of Jesus Christ and His bride.  God is not glorified.  The world only laughs.  This not God’s will. Marriage exists as a perfect example of the fellowship that exists between the Son and the Church.  It is an intimate relationship.  To seek divorce is blasphemous.


There is only one Christ that gave His life that I might have eternal life.  I worship as a part of His Church.  The two joined together is a glorious thing that witnesses to the world.  Never seek divorce from that which is meant to show that relationship.  Let God be glorified.


Lord, help me to part of that which You created to show the world Your Son and Your Church in relationship.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Add Water


“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Matthew 17:21 NASB


Jesus taught about prayer.  His disciples saw and heard Him pray.  They saw Him fast and pray.  He encouraged and admonished them about faith[lessness].  They saw Him doing miracles — healing, feeding, casting out demons, etc.  His disciples wanted to do them too.  But they couldn’t.  Why?  I think it was because they didn’t do the preparatory work that would have led to success.  When they asked Jesus why they couldn’t cast out a demon He said it was because of their lack of faith.  Then He unwrapped it further and said prayer and fasting were missing.  Prayer and fasting are essential to developing faith.  “…faith without works is dead.”  James 2:26b (NASB)  We grow our faith with prayer and fasting.


Have I become so entrenched in the world that I expect results the way the world does?  I want it now.  So, add water.  Or microwave it.  Or hire someone to do it for me.  Look it up on on my PHONE!  There is little effort but great expections of getting results I want.  To lose weight I need to eat healthy and excercise.  Sitting at my desk looking up how to lose weight is not going to get the results I want.

Jesus said I need to work to get results I expect.  My faith is small and weak.  But with prayer and fasting it will grow.  And then I will get results I expect and want.


Lord, help my unbelief and faithlessness.  Encourage me to consistently pray.  And to fast.  Not for my will to be done, but for Your will to done.  For Your Glory.

In Jesus’ Name I pray…Amen.

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