Saved (Rescued and Transferred)

From day 1 of the @YouVersion plan ‘The Greatness of Christ’ (link at bottom).

Consider The Greatness of Christ’s Actions.

The Greatest Rescue Ever.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.

Hardly anything in life is as exciting and thrilling for the soul as a dramatic rescue.

Think of a child who has been kidnapped, a couple who is lost in the mountains, a crew lost at sea, a man taken hostage by a guerilla army, or POWs in a World War II concentration camp. The rescue is thrilling beyond words. But of all rescues, there is no rescue quite like this one.

God rescued us from the kingdom of darkness, from an eternity away from Him, and brought us into the kingdom of His Son, the kingdom of light and love.

The Bible tells us that all people were in the domain of darkness. We were spiritually dead, slaves to sin, blinded by Satan, rebels against God, immersed in a prison of self-centeredness, headed for a Christ-less eternity, and

we could do nothing about it.

We were helpless and hopeless, locked in the kingdom of darkness. But then, in the most beautiful of rescues, Christ intervenes decisively and rescues us out of death and darkness.

He transfers us to a place of life and light, a land of love and grace, a haven of peace, rest, and every good thing.


It is the rescue of all rescues.

Mother Teresa’s incredible ministry of love and compassion was located in a temple of a Hindu goddess in Calcutta. This goddess, Kali, was the goddess of vengeance and destruction, and she was depicted with an evil, horrible face. David Bryant tells the story of visiting that temple and being surrounded by dirt, blood, and noise. People were slitting the throats of animals to sacrifice and throwing coins at the image of Kali. It was a place filled with gloom and darkness. But then he walked around the corner into a wing of the temple that Mother Teresa had rented.

When you entered that space, everything was spotless, clean, white, and peaceful.

There was a bright atmosphere of love, tenderness, and joy as the nuns cared for the poor and the dying.

The difference between the two places could hardly have been more dramatic. It was a picture of what God did for you when He rescued you from the kingdom of eternal darkness and transferred you to the kingdom of His own much-loved Son.

God is with us and for us. May we live with Him now and forevermore.

Psalm 139:9-10

God’s Word:

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,
Colossians 1:13 NLT

God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.
Colossians 1:13‭-‬14 MSG

From day 1 of the @YouVersion plan ‘The Greatness of Christ’. Check out the whole plan here: http://bible.com/r/4sb

Who Is God? Where is God?

Looking at Kari Jobe’s – The Blessing Devotional • (https://bible.com/reading-plans/19610/day/2?segment=0)

A Legacy of Love

Kari writes,

So much power and peace are released in our lives when we remember who our God is.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says,

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”

Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV

Did you catch that? Our God is faithful.

  • Faithful to His Word.
  • Faithful to the generations.
  • His legacy is a covenant of love that extends to our children and our children’s children.
  • He goes before us.
  • He gives us grace for what we face today, and then
  • He gives us faith and hope for what’s ahead

Now, walking this out can be hard when the present and future is filled with uncertainty. We can find ourselves facing waves of intense anxiety and fear. I’ve experienced this. But I want you to know that,

“Your struggle doesn’t mean you are alone or without hope. God meets us in those places.”

His promises pull us out of the panic.

He releases strength in our weakness.

He brings peace in the storm.

And that’s how, as scripture shows us in James 1:2, we can count it all joy when we face trials.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

James 1:2‭-‬4 MSG

We can count it all joy when we face trials. Not because of the trial in and of itself, but because,

“We serve and worship a God who is with us and for us in the midst of it all.”

We can believe Him for the next moment. We can lean upon His faithfulness. We can stand upon His legacy of love and know that He will never leave us or forsake us.

The Lord bless you and keep you Make His face shine upon you And be gracious to you The Lord turn His face toward you And give you peace Amen, Amen Amen   


God’s Word:


This was gathered from day 2 of the @YouVersion plan ‘Kari Jobe – The Blessing Devotional’. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/56I

Face To Face (Kari Jobe The Blessing)

From Kari Jobe – The Blessing Devotional • (https://bible.com/reading-plans/19610/day/1?segment=0)

The Father’s Heart

God is for you. In the midst of chaos, in the face of fear, in spite of the difficulty – God is for you.

Your faith can be unshaken. Your hope can be anchored. Your future is secure. Why? Because you are dearly loved by your Heavenly Father. And His heart is to bless you!

Kari Jobe writes, My husband, Cody, and I were in Charlotte, North Carolina when we wrote the song, “The Blessing” (in video above). We had been with Pastor Steven Furtick and Chris Brown from Elevation Worship for a day of writing when, as we were about to finish, Pastor Steven began singing around the Aaronic blessing in Numbers 6:24-26,

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

What transpired in the moments that followed was such a sweet gift from Father God.

The song became us simply framing scripture into melody, putting to song the very words He spoke in Numbers 6.

It’s THE BLESSING from God over us. And in every season, especially those of loss and uncertainty, I’m so thankful we have His Word to remind us of His heart.

I pray the song encourages you, and that in the following days as I share more about the faithfulness of God and His heart to bless you, that you would know just how much He loves you and is for you.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  

2 Thessalonians 3:16, NIV   

God’s Word:

They must say, “I pray that the Lord will bless you. I pray that he will keep you safe. I pray that the Lord will smile at you. And I pray that he will be very kind to you. I pray that the Lord will look at you. And I pray that he will give peace to you.”
Numbers 6:24‭-‬26 EASY

The Lord helps us to have peace in our minds. I pray that the Lord himself will give that peace to you at all times, whatever happens. I pray that the Lord will be with all of you.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 EASY


This was day 1 of 5 from the @YouVersion plan ‘Kari Jobe – The Blessing Devotional’. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/56I

Song The Blessing (Radio Version) [feat. Cody Carnes] by Kari Jobe on Amazon Music
https://music.amazon.com/albums/B088NLHXLK?trackAsin=B088N9W2BB&ref=dm_sh_aEtTKhQ6KR5XONcsotV9lNRTx

Check out You Are for Me by Kari Jobe on Amazon Music
https://music.amazon.com/albums/B001R5RCXU?trackAsin=B001R5P8E0&ref=dm_sh_dRaq0HFtaRyfbN5s3YKIBclth

Official video for “You Are for Me” by Kari Jobe:

Dragon Killer (revisit)

AWESOME ILLUSTRATION Mattie Montgomery used from “The Hobbit”- The Father uses the shoulder of the son to take aim.

The son turns his back on the dragon. He hears the dragon and begins to turn & look but the father reminds him to look at him.

The father uses the shoulder of the son to steady the shot and defeats the dragon. Watch this clip:

Our Father in Heaven has already defeated death through His Son, who came in the flesh to live, die, and raise again for us, to save us…

Now God can use us as His sons & daughters to reach those still caught in the flesh but we must turn our backs on ‘the ways/philosophies of the world & desires of the flesh’, keep our eyes on The Father and He will conquer the flesh.

He will hit & kill the dragon with or without us but we can & should desire to be in on His work. We must follow Him, stay in full community & communication with Him (The Holy Spirit). In order to accomplish any thing for Him we have to be with Him.

This is a revisit from my article, “Does God Really Need Me?” For full length, which includes video of Mattie Montgomery (singer of the band For Today) go to: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/doing-things-with-god-rather-than-for-him/)

The music from the band “For Today” is very heavy VERY, VERY, HEAVY AND HARD (YOU’VE BEEN ADVISED) Here is a vid. of their song, Fearless:


Here is the classic (1980’s) Christian Rock song , “Dancing on the Head of the Serpent” by Jerusalem

You can also check out the song, “Dancing on the Head of the Serpent” by Jerusalem on Amazon Music
https://music.amazon.com/albums/B005J58T4A?trackAsin=B005J58V4S&ref=dm_sh_hJa7LuJiuBYIpYERmq0TH9soM

Transformers, Robots In Disguise (revisit)

Illustration: Think back to the “Transformers” movie, cartoons, toys. No clip is really needed for us to picture this. We all know what happens. Somethings that seem to be just a vehicle (car, ice cream truck, 18 wheeler) turns into a robot…well, I’ll show a clip anyway (ONLY NEED TO SHOW 1st PART OF THIS CLIP-Edit it).

We know that God’s Word tells us we can be transformed rather than conform to this world.

“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.”
Romans 12:2 GNTD

We must also know that the devil can disguise himself as an angel of light.

But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14 NLT

Petra song “Angel of Light”

Enough said.

This was a revisit, part of, a longer study about The Holy Spirit and “Regeneration” written 8/28/15 (https://wp.me/p6Exj2-1k)

Simple, Short Password

You will need a password for the gates and a password to enter the courts.

Psalm 100:4‭-‬5 GNTD

Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving; go into its courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise him.   The Lord is good; his love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts forever.

Psalm 100:4‭-‬5 GNTD https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/psa.100.4-5/67139

The password for the gate is, “Thanksgiving.” Password to enter His courts is, “Praise”. Memorize these passwords, know them by heart, use them often, give them to the next generations.

Weekend At Burnie’s (revisit)

Christians, Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Just like in the old 80’s movie called “Weekend At Burnie’s” -we may find ourselves playing around, pretend & force a dead body -our inner man- to look & act like it is still alive; however, Once The same Spirit, that raised Christ from the dead, comes into us we are regenerated.
We are possessed by His Spirit & have New Life now, dead to sin.

Here is a SHORT CLIP FROM THE MOVIE “Weekend At Burnie’s”:


Explanation  – If you haven’t seen it, the movie is about this rich guy (Burnie) who dies. 2 men, who want to enjoy the luxuries this guy possessed and who are afraid they will get blamed, do all they can do to manipulate this dead body, trying to convince everyone else he is still alive.

Oh how we, who are dead to sin, may try to bring back to life our old ways, play games with God and other, use His name in vein, & try make ourselves look better. We can go along with what the world offers and become a slave to it & our own desires…rather than enjoy real freedom in Christ, enjoy life & give Him the glory for all the great things we can enjoy in this life without sin (pools, drink, food, games, boating, going to the ocean and enjoy the great outdoors).

That kind of “nature” (surroundings) are enjoyed even more when we have a New Nature inside and we can know that heaven is going to be even more beautiful than anything in this world; the condition is,

We must Die spiritually

(God’s will taking over our will).

Eventually, when we die physical, we enter into the “afterlife” as we call it, Heaven, but the Spiritual death to our sinful nature must come first.

 So, be alive to Christ & dead to yourself,  don’t insist on your own ways, be Christ-like,  remembering He alone is the judge.

God’s Word:

2 Corinthians 5:17‭-‬20 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. All this is done by God, who through Christ changed us from enemies into his friends and gave us the task of making others his friends also. Our message is that God was making all human beings his friends through Christ. God did not keep an account of their sins, and he has given us the message which tells how he makes them his friends. Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God himself were making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: let God change you from enemies into his friends!
2 Corinthians 5:17‭-‬20 GNTD

For Christ’s sake, alive inside,
Beetle

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For this post I took part of the post:
“Why Are Some Christians such jerks”

▪◾⬛Extras⬛◾▪

Check out Without Him We Can Do Nothing (from the Never Say Die Album Version) by Petra:

Song also available on Amazon Music:

https://music.amazon.com/albums/B00522MVNK?trackAsin=B00522MW9S&ref=dm_sh_uo8RkjtfWlXvhGlRUvEHmfoSo

The very first line of the song, “Without Him We Can Do Nothing” by Petra sings, “…How can? How can we who are dead to sin live any longer there in?”

Song, “Praise Ye The Lord”, by Petra:

Song, “Killing My Old Man”, by Petra:

Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
Galatians 5:24-26 NLT
http://bible.com/116/gal.5.24-26.NLT

Automatic Everything? (Revisit)

Funny story…When My kids were much younger they were already so use to automatic soap, sinks and paper towel dispensers that I had to show them how to get the non-automatic soap, sink, and paper towels.

They went up to the soap and waved their hands under it but nothing came out. They did the same to the faucet at the sink and then to the paper towels.

Regardless of what it is that we do, want or need there is still something we need to actually do to get results.

A simple calculator will not add on its own we have to punch in the numbers we want it to add.

A smart phone won’t call someone until we tell it who we are trying to call and say it just the right way so it calls the person we are actually trying to reach.

Funny story… In the car I’d say, “Call Rhonda!” The phone replied, “Did you say, I drive a Honda?” “No! Call Rhonda !” Did you say, “Banana?” “WHAT? NO!” … I bet you not only l know what I mean but it’s probably happened to you too.

God’s grace is not automatic. It is personal and takes belief and asking for it. It is free and it flows none stop but we must ask with a sincere heart, true belief and submission. When we are honest with ourselves and submit to God, surrender to His Lordship, it is then He is able to come in and help us be who and what He wants us to be.

God will help us want to do His will –and then empower us to do what He wants done. Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His purpose.”

HE is our righteousness. Without Him we can do nothing. When HIS will and HIS way supersedes ours we find true pleasure in Him and living our lives for Him.

Matt. 7:-8 Luke 11:9 Knock and the door will be open. Are you asking God to come in? Are you seeking, asking, knocking? The door of our heart doesn’t just open automatically, no one steps on a mat and it opens hands free, we measure who is at the door first.

Funny story…my aunt was a missionary and when she finally came back to the states she went to walk into a store and the door opened automatically…she fell on her face thinking she had to push it.

The main challenge of this devotional is to spur us on to develop Christ’s Lordship in our lives and realize that our relationship with Him is not automatic.

We must nurture and cultivate the seeds of His Word in our lives.

Scripture: 1st Cor. 3:2 I gave you milk, not solid food; Heb. 5:12 You need milk, not solid food!; 1st Pe. 2:2 babies, crave pure spiritual milk.

God will do His part, we must do ours.

This is a revisit of an original, longer post, “Automatic Everything” written 8/28/15 (https://wp.me/p6Exj2-1s)