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Poem About Abuse From A to Z


This poem is the A to Z of Abuse. So many innocent people are wounded by the various abuses of this world. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy and will use anyone who he can to do his hateful and evil works.

Abused is not God’s intent.
Battered is Satan’s extent.
Cursed makes us feel so low.
Deception is no place to go.
Evil is in this land.
Fear of abuser’s violent hand.
Getting threatened where others don’t know.
Hit where bruises don’t show.
Infidelity is an abuse too.
Jealousy and accusations not true.
Kicked with an evil stare.
Lust is not love, so beware. Read the rest of this page »

Prepare the Way


Preparations in advance make the way anywhere more easy to navigate. John the Baptist fulfilled his calling, as he faithfully went out into the Desert of Judea and preached repentance to prepare the hearts and minds of all who would hear him for the message that Jesus would soon deliver. “This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.” – (Matthew 3:3)

 

John helped prepare the way for Jesus. With Easter mere days away, how can we “prepare the way for the Lord” and “make straight paths for Him“? Our charge as followers of Christ is to do just that. Our lives ought to speak volumes, without a single word. Do people see a difference in how we live? If our conduct demonstrates kindness and grace, opportunities are opened to share what He has done for us, personally, and “paths may be made straight” as we can correct misconceptions that people may be holding in their hearts about their own capacity to come to Christ. May His good news be made known as grace is lovingly shown.

 

Prepare the way,Prepare the Way

for our loving Lord;

make His heart known,

live in one accord.

Make straight the paths,

that lead unto Him;

offer His hope,

so His light shines in.

Give others grace,

as we have received;

Love drew us in,

when we first believed.

May that same love,

given lavishly;

draw others in,

so they too believe.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to make the way for us to come to know You. Thank You that He prepared the way and made the path straight for our minds and hearts to hold all hope in You. Thank You that we too, can be a part of preparing the way for others to come to know You. Forgive us for neglecting to do what You call us to, and for doing that which You ask us to not do. Thank You for Your forgiveness and grace, and may it compel us to depend on You more in all times and in each place. Help us to love and extend grace as You do unto us, and may many come to understand the eternal significance of Your death and resurrection this Easter. Let those who are looking, find a forever faith in You. Be glorified, Lord God. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.

- Genesis 21:6

The Broken and the Blinders (Matthew 13:14-15)


hard heart

Storming, storming!
Everywhere!
Drowning, drowning!
Life’s not fair.

Raining, raining?
No, it’s tears!
Broken, broken!
So many fears!

Lost, lost!
With no hope.
Help, help!
Throw a rope!

Save me, Save me!
From the fight!
I need, I need!
to see the Light! Read the rest of this page »

A Father’s Love


     It has been shown time and time again that fathers are most important in children’s lives. The love and strength of a father becomes paramount in teaching, play, discipline and protection of young impressionable lives. Yet this present society has done much to force fathers out of the home with social handouts such as welfare and the like. With the forcing out of men from the lives of youngsters fathers have been marginalized and declared by some to be insignificant in the raising of children.

     Making matters worse some women wrongfully take advantage of certain woman’s organizations which purport to protect women from abusive husbands. While it is true that some men are abusive (as are some women) many of these organizations put forth the false notion that all men have the propensity to abuse whether or not they have committed any atrocities against their wives. As such silly women see men that are the head of the home as being controlling and abusive merely because he makes decisions and presents his point of view. The consequence is that these unlearned women seek relief from the marriage and go on to rid the household of a man truly seeking to be a father to his children.

     But the consequence goes far beyond the removal of a loving father from the home. Quite often young girls needing the love of their fathers turn to other males for the love they have been denied because of silly women. This sometimes results in promiscuous lifestyles and at other times the result is truly abusive relationships. Additionally young boys have need of strong loving fathers and when they don’t leadership is sought elsewhere. Often this need for loving leadership is sought out in gang activity and the like which eventually leads to death or imprisonment. Yet many in society still seek to remove fathers from households under the guise of protecting women and children.

     This societal abnormality is a type of what is going on in the church world. Many seek to serve God by removing Him and His standards from the Church. There are desires to have a form of godliness however the love of the loving Father has been replaced with some sounding off in order to fulfill the lusts of itching ears. It seems that there is an “anything goes” attitude in Houses of Worship” in the place of the high standards set down by the Father of love. And because God has been excused from the Church the consequences are dire. Instead of choosing honorable men as deacons drunks, liars and thieves have taken the realm. Heretical teaching has replaced good sound biblical teaching.

     The results are damaging. The organists, while skilled, have sometimes succumbed to homosexuality. The head of the children’s ministry and youth workers have sometimes turned out to be pedophiles. The ushers are no longer gentle leaders but rather have turned to para-police entities. Men no longer remove their hats in the sanctuary and it has become increasingly difficult to tell the males from the females by reason of dress and hair styles. The consequences are furthered because a double standard has been created in lieu of the Father’s love. The result of this is that the people of God have turned to idolatry, whoredom and backsliding from the love of the Father.

     During this most holy season it becomes important to note the love of the Father. John 3:16 clearly shows that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” Now, that is love! His Son was provided so that man could have eternal life. The Father’s love stretched beyond eternity so that His children would be able to enjoy a relationship with Him. This is the same type of relationship that earthly father’s seek with their children. They desire not only to groom and mold them but also to be able to sit and talk with them. To have an intimate relationship wherein the love of the father is evident in every aspect of the children is the goal of a loving father.

     Such is the goal of the heavenly Father. It is not His desire to keep his children in bondage but rather to present to them liberty which affords them the choice to serve and return the love of the Father. Adam had such a choice and enjoyed a relationship with the Father for an undetermined period of time. Even while sin entered into the heart of man the love of the Father did not wax cold. Instead a plan was put in place to restore the broken relationship. That plan included the death of the Son of God which, by extension, resulted in His resurrection. This resurrection occurred because of the Father’s love and desire for unadulterated relationships with His children.

     During this Resurrection season it would do all well to consider the significance of loving fathers in the lives of their children while work is done to have the resurrected Saviour become paramount to the extent that the love of the Father is most evident in the lives of His children.

And another pastor falls to ‘moral failure’………………………………….


A local popular church has made national headlines.   A pastor has fallen to ‘moral failure’.  Opinions and gossip are everywhere. Even before the news broke out, it seemed like the word spread throughout the entire region as a wind blowing over the city.  As I heard the buzz and read the overwhelming online reports, I was sad and silenced. Many point the finger, others cry out for his forgiveness, but to me – his punishment strikes fear in me for what lies ahead on judgment day for all of us. How horrible it is to be judged, found in sin and humiliated in front of millions. Imagine what judgment day will be like for all the world. No sin will be hidden. Jesus said “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (Mt 12:36).  This should be a wake up call for all of us to stop making excuses for our sins- no matter how “small” we may excuse them to be.  Your secret sins are not secret before Almighty God. Our cries of “don’t throw the first stone”, “doesn’t God forgive?” or “he was a good man”  will not matter on that day of judgment. A day is coming when there won’t be a second chance. Many will fall to eternal punishment even though our human reasoning cries; “No! but he was good, forgive him”. God’s judgment is final. God’s judgment is eternal.

 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Is 64:6


Fear strikes through me as I consider the scriptures:

  • We will not receive mercy from God if we don’t show mercy to others. Luke 10, James 2:13 “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment”
  • We will not be forgiven if we don’t forgive others Mt 6:15
  • Few people find the narrow path to life, for wide and easy is the way to destruction Mt 7:13-14
  • Faith without words is dead. James 2:14-26
  • The righteous barely make it into to heaven 1 Peter 4:17-19 “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
  • Many will expect to get in but the Lord will say He doesn’t know them. Mt 7:21-22
  • If you break one sin, you break them all James 2:8-13
  • Surely our sins will find us out Numbers 32:23
  • We will be accountable for every idle word we speak Mt 12:36

We are told that the righteous are scarcely saved and judgment begins with us first. We are to commit our souls to HIM in doing good: 

 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now“If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:17-19

We are told to cease from ALL sin.

 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,  that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God” 1 Peter 4:1-2

Confess your sins to one another – who is the first to stand up to that?

 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:15-16

Cleanse your hands, purify your hearts, lament for your ways and humble yourself before God:

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, youdouble-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-9

Love your neighbor as yourself, but if you show partiality, you commit a sin. If you show no mercy to others, no mercy will be given to you.

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;  but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point,he is guilty of all.  For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.  So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment James 2:8-13

If you can’t control your tongue and you say you are religious, you are fooling yourself.

 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.  But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religionis useless.  Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:22-27

   Instead of passing judgment, I am silenced. I fear what lies ahead for so many- and even myself, for I am certainly not without sin. I can almost imagine that judgment day ahead. It should make each one of us get serious about eliminating sin out of our lives. Gossip? Hatred? Unforgiveness? Lust? Jealousy? Pride? Anger? Drunkenness? This should be our prayer:

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 139:23-24. Psalm 19:14

Perhaps this great fall just saved a man from eternal punishment? As painful and embarrassing as it may be for him and others who have publicly fallen, how much worse will it be on that last day? Better to fall now and be saved eternally, then hide in sin while on earth and pay eternally.  It’s heartbreaking. The church was a good church with Godly men and women. I saw many lives changed there, many people who truly love the Lord.  My husband asked, and I wondered too, could it be that our area is worse than others? Almost every local church around me has had scandals just like this one. Since I was a child, I’ve seen this so many times.

I began to pour out my heart and talk to the Lord:

I told the Lord what was on my heart and I heard
“My people have deserted me”

I asked the Lord about myself and what lies ahead and he answered:

“It’s is not about you, it is about my people. Call them back, call them back. I grieve bitterly for them. Come back my people, but do you hear my call?”

I asked about the recent situation and I heard,

“He was good man who took a wrong turn
Grieve bitterly with weeping tears, fall down before your God, weep bitterly.
All of you people , all of you have sin
A disgrace in my sight
Wickedness is everywhere
Even my shepherds’ fall
Who will lead my sheep?
Who can stand to fight?
Who can withstand what the enemy puts before you?
Everyone takes all their pleasure
Making excuses with the Word
Twisting them but I am angry
They go their own way with their own excuses
No one stops to ask me, no one fears the Lord
Fall down and weep O people for the Lord is about to take vengeance on the land”

O Lord, I said, give me good words to say, I feel like I only have warnings to tell, so many others speak words of blessing and good tidings, and over flow of blessings, and I heard

“Stop asking for good words to hear because you will not. Warn the people. Warn the people. I am about to come back in great anguish and wrath. I am Mighty and My Mighty army follows behind me. Be still, be silenced for I come quickly”

O Lord, I long to be with you , where are you, where can you be found?

In the highest mountain is where I reside
Watching all the earth

Lord, do you see Israel and what is going on?
My eye is on them
Lord, what do I do?
Pray for their peace
But Lord, doesn’t revelation say there will be no peace?
Just pray for them
No one knows when the Son of Man will arrive
O Lord, I am captured by your love

 SUBMIT TO GOD, DRAW NEAR TO HIM AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.

 “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse yourhands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up  James 4:4-10

LAY ASIDE THE SIN THAT TRIES TO TRAP US AND LOOK TO JESUS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

 Judgment day- a day of works in the fire, a day of accountability

Riches won’t help on the day of judgment,  but right living can save you from death.Proverbs 11:4 (nlt)
2 Peter 2:4 For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.

James 5:3 Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment.
1 Corinthians 3:13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.
Romans 2:5 But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed
John 12:48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken
Zephaniah 1:7 Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord, for the awesomeday of the Lord’s judgment is near. The Lord has prepared his people for a great slaughter and has chosen their executioners.
Zephaniah 2:2 Gather before judgment begins, before your time to repent is blown away like chaff. Act now, before the fierce fury of the Lord falls and the terrible day of the Lord’s anger begins.
Malachi 3:17 “They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the daywhen I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.
Malachi 4:1 [ The Coming Day of Judgment ] The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all.
Matthew 7:22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’
Matthew 10:15 I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.
Matthew 11:22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.
Matthew 12:36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.

Matthew 12:41 “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation onjudgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here—but you refuse to repent.
Luke 11:31 “The queen of Sheba will stand up against this generation on judgment dayand condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.

I heard someone say this the other day regarding the recent news;  “ If you don’t want to end up in the river, don’t put your foot in the water”.

Related sources:

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” Wail, you shepherds, and cry; and roll in ashes, you principal ones of the flock. For the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions have fully come, and you shall fall and be dashed into pieces like a choice vessel.  And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal ones of the flock any means of escape. A voice! The cry of the shepherds and the wailing of the principal ones of the flock! For the Lord is laying waste and destroying their pasture.” Jeremiah 25:34-36

The Power of the Spoken Word


power of spoken word Many people do not understand, “The Power of the Spoken Word!” That is why so many people become victims to the things that are spoken over them such as:

You will never amount to anything!
You are worthless!
You are so fat!
You are so stupid!
No one will ever want to marry you!
You will fail!
You will never get out of high school!
You will never go to college!
Your marriage will never work!
You will never succeed!
You will never have anything!
You are going to get in a wreck!
You will get cancer!
I will fail this test!
I will never get out of this mess! Read the rest of this page »

Acts of Obedience


We are in the middle of a series called Surprised by Hope at the church I call home. Yesterday’s message was centered around “The Death of Jesus”, as we remember what went on during this sacred week so many years ago. The consequence of sin is death, and we are powerless to escape the hold of sin, unless God breaks in and rescues us from ourselves. In order for Him to do so, He requires a faith response on our part.

 

Jesus made His entry during the Passover celebration. This celebration is ultimately a remembrance of God’s faithfulness to the people’s obedience. God told the people that He would bring judgment on every household, unless a lamb was sacrificed and the blood marked on the doorposts. Though it likely made little sense, the people chose obedience to protect their precious families. As a result of their obedience, the angel of death passed over their homes, and they were all safe, while those who had not obeyed, were in the midst of great mourning. God delivered them because He loved them.

 

Christ’s sacrifice was an act of obedience. Because Jesus knew no sin, He could take on our sin and bear all of our burdens so that we could come to know redemption. Jesus knew what He would have to endure on our behalf, yet He was willing anyway.

 

What God asks of us does not always make sense, but He wants our heart, our will, our faith to trust Him, even if what He asks is not what we would expect. “…To obey is better than sacrifice…” (I Samuel 15:22b)

 

The consequence,Acts of Obedience

of sin is death;

without the Lord,

we’re powerless.

As we seek Him,

surrender all;

He’ll hear our heart,

and heed our call.

Prepare to do,

all that He asks;

regardless of,

the bizarre tasks.

For what He wants,

is our whole heart;

obedient,

each precious part.

So seek the Lord,

follow His ways;

redemption ours,

now and always.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son and making the way for us to be considered righteous before You. Thank You Jesus, for enduring the weight and suffering that should have been mine to bear. Thank You for redeeming us from our former ways, and granting us new life in You. Forgive us for thinking that we have to sacrifice enough or do enough to earn Your favor, and help us to receive that which You freely give. May we embrace the grace that You grant us, and respond in faith to whatever You ask. Lead us to live confidently as Your redeemed children. Let us love others as You love us, and may many come to know the blessed deliverance that comes from You alone. Be glorified, Lord God. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad. – I Chronicles 16:31

 

 

 

Normal? What is your “normal”?


enough is enough

What is your “NORMAL”.
Is it “normal or abnormal”?
What does that mean?
What have you seen?
What do you see with your own eye?
Is it happy or make you cry?


Where do you stand?
Do you work with your hands?
Do you have lots of money?
Having none sure isn’t funny!
Do you fly the world daily?
Or you home sick and frailly?


Do you work in the field?
Or do you hide and steal?
Do you drive a car everyday?
Or do you take a subway?
Do you ride a train?
Or do you fly in a plane?


Do you see the world’s sites?
Or do you barely have a light?
Do you live in an apartment?
Or sleep outside on the cement?
Do you live on a farm?
In a house or in a barn?


Do you live near a beach?
Where the beautiful waves reach.
Do you live in the mountains high?
Where you can almost touch the sky.
Do you live where there’s snow?
And using sleds the only way to go?


Do you live in a luxury high-rise?
Living high up in the skies..
Or do you live in the streets,
Sleeping on the concrete?

Do you live a happy, joyful life?
Or a life filled with strife?
Do you get beat everyday?
And too fearful to say?
Do you get hit and scraped?
Or do you get beat and raped?


You see “normal” is what you are used to!!
But its time to bring attention too.
There is really no excuse!
For us to allow others to live in abuse!
So it’s time for us to speak out!
And against abuse, I will scream and shout!

Prayer: Lord, please open the eyes of all people around the world, including  victims and abusers. I pray that You rescue the victims and deliver them from the evil that surrounds them. I pray that you soften and change hearts all around the world to bring peace in the households and to the nations. Turn hearts to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 4:8


SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 The Grace Of Unity: Ephesians 4:7-16

 “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

With this devotional, we are beginning the second division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of MATURITY (4:7-16).  This is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Gift Of Christ… The Origin Of God’s Gifts (including Spiritual Maturity) (vs 7-10)
II.        Spiritual Gifts Given To Aid Spiritual Maturity (vs 11-12)
III.        Characteristics of Spiritual Maturity (vs 13-16)

EXPOSITION:

The next section of Scripture that we will be looking at is found in Eph 4:8-10.  To properly understand these verses they need to be looked at as one unit.  However, due to the limited length of our devotionals we will be looking at each of these verses in separate devotions.  Please keep in mind, it is EXTREMELY important to keep these verses in their proper context to properly understand their meaning…

Vs 8 – Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  
Vs 9 – (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 
Vs 10 – He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 

A very brief explanation of these verses:

Vs 8 – Christ, at the completion of His redemptive work, led His people from the captivity of sin into His service, and bestowed many spiritual blessings upon them.
Vs 9 – Christ had to physically die (by partaking of death on the cross and have His body buried in the tomb) for Him to ascend into His Father’s presence.  When He died on the cross His body was buried in the tomb and His spirit ascended into the presence of God Himself.
Vs 10 – The person who we saw die on the cross and be buried in the tomb, was the same person that accomplished the redemption of His people as the obedient Son of God.  Based upon His obedience, He was later exalted to the right and of God as both Lord and Savior following His resurrection from the tomb and His ascension in Acts 1:.

Over the next three lessons, let’s look at these verses in detail…

Paul explains to us the origin of these wonderful gifts of grace by explaining the work of Christ and His position as faithful servant of the Father, Savior of His people and Lord over all…
(Eph 4:8)  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

 

Wherefore he saith,
Paul now will be referring to a prophecy spoken by David, which is found in Psalm 68:18…

When he ascended up on high, 
Following Christ’s work on the cross His body was buried in the tomb and His spirit immediately ascended to be with God the Father.  The ascension of His spirit marked the instant of His death and the completion of the full payment that was made by Christ for the redemption of His people.  His body had suffered, His blood had been shed, and the sin payment had been completed.  This is what He meant when He made the statement “It is finished” on the cross, immediately prior to His death.

 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”  (John 19:30)

If Christ’s “ghost” (or spirit) immediately left His body and ascended to the Father following His death, why did Christ say that “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father”  in John 20:17? He was simply telling Mary…
“Do not cling to me, (in fear that I will leave you immediately, I will continue on earth for a time before) I am  permanently ascended to my Father (speaking of His ascension in Acts 1:)

 

he led captivity captive,
“Captivity” here is describing those who are the “captives” of Satan (2 Tim 2:26, Luke 4:18).  Christ removes His people from Satan’s grasp and then brings them into submission to Himself making them His “captives” (servants, ministers, stewards)  (I Corinthians 4:1-2, Rev 1:1, Phil 1:1 etc)

and gave gifts unto men.
Along with removing His people from the captivity of Satan through His death on the cross, Christ also bestows many “gifts of grace” upon His people.

A few of these include:
1.  forgiveness of sins (allowing escape from the punishment of those sins)
2.  adoption into His family (making them eternal heirs of glory)
3.  indwelling Spirit that (enables them for service and secures their salvation)
4.  the list goes on and on

All of these graces flow through the completed work of Christ on the cross.  That is why we are told in this verse that it is following His ascension (at the completion of His work on the cross) that He gives His people these gracious gifts.

APPLICATION:

With the completion of Christ’s work on the cross, the channel for our spiritual liberty and receipt of His blessings to His people are made complete.  His work, our liberty and the many other blessings are all given to us through grace alone.  May we all come to recognize more fully that every aspect of His blessings are not owed to us but are given entirely based upon His love and mercy that He has towards His people.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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Shattered Dreams…


dreams shattered
As I was waking up one morning, several words came to my mind…

DREAMS SHATTERED…
LIVES SCATTERED…

The thought came to me as I heard these words of the countless number of victims of abuse, domestic violence, and broken marriages…then I thought…HEARTS BROKEN!
When we look at the high number of broken marriages, single parents raising children alone, abuse victims from childhood to adulthood, even grandparents raising their grandchildren, I realize the high number of broken hearts around this world.
No one gets into marriage with it planning to fail… or at least no one should or they probably should not have gotten married.
No grandparent ever plans to have to raise their grandchild, but sometimes they have to stand up to do it when the parents have failed due to whatever reason such as illness, drug abuse, abuse, or just neglect.
Not many parents plan on raising their child alone when they had 2 parents sharing responsibilities to begin with.
No child wants to have only one parent around or their elder grandparent when other children their age appear to have happy two parent families…
These are just a few of the examples….

So what happened. Everyone has dreams for their future. What happened to the dreams? No one wants their lives torn apart… but many lives are scattered, emotionally and physically. Parents divorce, then remarry, then have more children and everyone is scattered. What is the answer? Think about it!

I can tell you that God has been the Key for me and my children. He has given all of us healing and restoration with renewed dreams and hope for our futures.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


by Secret Angel of Secret Angel Ministry and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel

http://www.secretangelps911.wordpress.com

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