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What Would Jesus Do?


Thinking with the Mind of Christ

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

(Philippians 2:5-11; Ephesians 5:1-2, 8; Romans 12:2)

If you’re serious about letting Christ change your life, you’ll be asking yourself this question a lot.

Christ’s death on the cross did a lot more than teat up your rap sheet and clear your name with the Judge. By accepting His death, you have also accepted His life, the seeds of a new character that He is forming inside you as you let His words become yours, as you begin adopting His nature of purity, trust, and humility, crowding out the self-centered clutter you’ve been accumulating all these years. Christ has come to clean house, to bag up the stuff that needs to go in the garage, to throw open the windows for fresh breezes of godly insight and perspective, to shine the revealing light of His word into every corner of your life. As He starts to work within your everyday experiences, you’ll not only begin doing things His way, but thinking the He thinks, becoming sick to your stomach at the sight of your own unfaithfulness. Yet you are renewed to seek your thrills at no other place than the satisfying waters of Christian obedience and to filter your daily decisions through the lens of His unselfish love.

“God’s intention is that we be free from this world’s mindset. When we think like God thinks, we are free from the bonds of Satan.” – T. W. Hunt


Tomorrow’s Reading: Once you’re known the Father’s love and felt the Son’s transforming embrace, you can open your life to the sweet presence and safeguarding of the Holy Spirit.

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One Step At a Time


Learning to Walk with God

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.  Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to Him, the living Stone— rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  – 1 Peter 2:1-5

Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.  – Hebrews 5:13-6:2

 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  – 2 Peter 3:18

Like starting a new job or moving to a new city, learning to think like a Christian takes some time.

No on enters the Christian life as middle management. Just like there’s only one way in—through belief in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross—there’s only one way up. And it starts on the ground floor. But don’t worry. It’s anything, but boring in the minimum-wage mailroom of Christian maturity. . . for at least two reasons:

  • Your enemy, Satan, knows that your fire is burning pretty bright right now. He also knows that you’re vulnerable to a relapse (modern attention spans and commitment levels being what they are). He’ll have plenty of temptations to keep you busy once the new wears off.
  • But on the other hand, God promises you room for steady advancement if you’re willing to work hard in His training program, committing yourself to His word, to His church, to His tried-and-true philosophy of aspiring to bigger things by being faithful in the small things. New blessings and discoveries can spring up from all over when you’re just starting out. You won’t find this much joy in anyone else’s company.

“There is no sweeter manner of living in the world than continuous communion with God. Only those who have experienced it can understand.” – Brother Lawrence


Tomorrow’s Reading: Before anyone starts a new job, he needs to know who the boss is—not just who He is, but what He’s like, what He’s looking for, and how he can expect to be treated.

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Black Friday – *FREE GIFT*


If you died tonight, where would you go? Heaven or Hell?  If you confess your mouth, JESUS IS LORD & believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross for our sin & rose from the grave, you will be saved! -Romans 10:9. For all have sinned & fall short of the Glory of God! -Romans 3:23. For the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God has everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23.

What is truth? Who has it? Let’s face it: In today’s world, it’s hard to know what’s true anymore. How’s your journey going? Has your search for real answers only led you down a dead end? Truth is more than just talk. Real truth is soul bending. It’s deep, profound and life changing.  We invite you to find this truth and enter The Passage.

God created you in His image. He wants you to know Him personally, so you may experience the love, peace and destiny He offers.

GOD’S DESIGN “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
GOD’S LOVE “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
GOD’S PLAN “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

What prevents us from experiencing the life of love and destiny God desires for us?

Our Refusal

PEOPLE ARE SINFUL. Sin keeps us from knowing God personally and from experiencing His love, peace and destiny. Sin enslaves, blocks and separates us from God.

PEOPLE ARE SINFUL “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Sin is our innate refusal to go God’s way and instead, to go our own way and do our own thing. God is holy, that is, perfect in who He is and all He does. Our sinful nature and actions offend God’s holy nature and result in a broken relationship and separated from Him.
PEOPLE ARE ENSLAVED “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin’” (John 8:34).

PEOPLE ARE SEPARATED “For the wages of sin is death…” (spiritual separation) (Romans 6:23)
People are sinful and separated from a holy God by a great gap. We may try to cross that gap by living a good life, not harming anyone, attending church or other religious meetings, or by giving money to our favorite charities. All of these efforts fail because the sinful condition of the heart remains unchanged, enslaved to sin.

The third principle (Below) explains the only way to cross the gap…

The Message

Jesus Christ came to provide the bridge back to a destiny with God. Jesus Christ alone forgives and removes our sins so we can know God personally, and experience His love, peace and freedom forever.

HE DIED ON THE CROSS IN OUR PLACE “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…” (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus Christ was able to pay the penalty for our sins not find Him guilty of any wrongdoing.

HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD “Christ died for our sins…He was buried, He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers…”  (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
Christ’s resurrection proved that He has the power over death to enable us to live eternally with God.
HE IS THE WAY TO GOD “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

HE SETS US FREE “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, in our place. In this way He paid the death penalty that we deserve.

What would a person need to do in order to change their destiny to know God and experience the love, and freedom from sin that He offers?

Our Respect

We must individually receive Jesus Christ, because only He provides the destiny to God. Only then can we experience His love, and live in freedom for eternity.

WE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
WE RECEIVE CHRIST THROUGH FAITH “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NASB).
Faith = trust, dependence on God
WHEN WE RECEIVE CHRIST, WE HAVE A NEW DESTINY.  WE EXPERIENCE HIS LOVE, FREEDOM, AND ETERNAL LIFE. [Jesus speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (John 10:10 NASB).
To receive Christ:

  1. Recognize and admit you need to be forgiven of your sins.
  2. Admit you can do nothing on your own to free yourself from your sins.
  3. Turn away from your sins (repentance) and place your trust in Jesus Christ alone.
  4. When you trust Christ, you receive His complete forgiveness and an eternal relationship with God.

Knowing intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is not enough. Having an emotional experience will not change your destiny and allow you to experience His love, peace and freedom.

We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of our will.

Think About It

These two circles represent two kinds of lives or paths that people choose:

SELF-DIRECTED LIFE Christ is outside the life. The different areas of life represented by the dots are self-directed and not in harmony with God’s desires. CHRIST-DIRECTED LIFE Christ is in the life. This person has received Christ and His forgive-ness for their sins. Christ directs every area of life, resulting in harmony with God’s desire and plan.

Which circle represents your life right now?
Which circle do you want to represent you life?

God is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. You must mean what you pray, for God knows your heart and you cannot deceive Him.

Here is a suggested prayer: Jesus Christ, I need you. I confess that I have sinned against You and have been running my own life.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please come into my life and forgive my sins and set me free. Begin directing my life. Change my destiny.  Make me into the person you created me to be. Thank you for answering my prayer by coming into my life and giving me eternal life. Amen.

Does this prayer express your heart’s desire? If it does, pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

How to Know…

HOW TO KNOW THAT CHRIST IS IN YOUR LIFE Know He answered your prayer and came into your life? You can know that Christ is in your life because of the 1 John 4:14-15:

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in

God and His Word are completely trustworthy.
THE BIBLE PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL WHO RECEIVE CHRIST “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.(1 John 5:11–13, NASB)
Thank God daily that Christ is in your life and He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).  You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and you have eternal life, from the moment you invited Him in.  He will not deceive you.)

What if you don’t feel any different?

DO NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS This train diagram illustrates the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience).  Read John 14:21.

The train will run with or without the caboose (feeling). In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions. We rely on the promises of God’s Word, not our feelings. The Christian lives by faith in God and His Word.

Enjoying God

  1. Christ came into your life (1 Corinthians 6:17; Colossians 1:27).
  2. Christ set you free from your sins and forgave you (Romans 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1; Colossians 1:14).
  3. You became a child of God (John 1:12).
  4. God lavished His love on you (Romans 8:35–39; 1 John 3:1).
  5. You received eternal life (John 5:24).
  6. You began the new and satisfying life for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Being freed and loved by Christ is all good! He changed your destiny.  Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you?  By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.

To enjoy your new relationship with God to the fullest…

SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN GROWTH Our relationship with Christ grows as we trust God more and more with every detail of our lives. “The righteous will live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). This trust develops as we:

G Go to God in prayer daily.  (Col 4:2)
R Read God’s Word daily (Acts 17:11).  Begin with the Gospel of John
O Obey GOd moment by moment. (John 14:21)
W Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)

GET INVOLVED IN A GOOD CHURCH (Bible-based, Christ centered) God’s Word admonishes us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together…” (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42–47). Several logs burn brightly together; but put one aside and its fire goes out. So it is with your relationship to other Christians. If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the first step; call the pastor of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached. Start this week and make plans to attend regularly. hear from you!

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False Advertising‏

***Before you read this message, I need a couple of HUGE favors from you. First, I need you to purposely read this devotional slowly. It’ll allow you to absorb this truth with more clarity. Next, I’m humbly requesting that you inhale deeply . . . clear your mind . . . and remove the mask. By “mask”, I’m referring to that side of you that conceals your true identity. Visually, others behold you in a light that you know is inconsistent with who God knows you to be. It’s okay, though. There’s no need to feel condemned. Everyone has a mask. Some have multiple masks. My prayer in writing this devotional is that you’ll be transparent with yourself long enough for God to challenge you in those specific areas where you habitually fall short.***

“Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” – Matthew 23:28 (NKJV)

When Jesus directed these words to the scribes and Pharisees, He was verbally boycotting the established practice of masking (or false advertising). The scribes were the official copiers of the Old Testament Scriptures. They were also teachers of the law. The Pharisees (meaning “separated ones”) were a group that emphasized Jewish traditions and prided themselves on their strict observance to every detail of Jewish law. Their extreme intolerance of pagan culture, along with the piety and patriotism they displayed, made them respected leaders among their people. These people typified mask wearing because they promoted an untrue, misleading and deceptive representation of their faith. In other words, they were guilty of false advertising. Another way of translating the above verse is “Externally, you come across as one who lives morally and is wholly conformed to the will of God. But the truth is, internally, you are overflowing with little to no virtue. You are an actor rotting on the inside because you choose to willfully operate in deceit.” Sometimes those who most loudly protest the sins of others are secretly guilty of those same sins . . . or even worse ones.

What about you? When people see you, is what they see what they get? What’s that sin that seems to get you every time? As Christians, we must be very careful not to hide the Christ we proclaim behind a lifestyle that is unworthy of Him. Only to the extent that we reveal the character of Christ in our own lives, shall we be able to touch people’s hearts with our words & actions. We must reject being false advertisements of God’s goodness. Sincerely believing He is alive, but intentionally (or unintentionally) living like He is dead clearly illustrates what false advertising looks like in the life of a Christian. None of us have the right to abuse the liberty of Christ by using freewill to justify ungodly actions. Today, the God of Creation is pleading with you to walk upright before Him in ALL areas of your life.

As living exhibitions representing a message greater than our own, our heart’s desire should be to live in such a way that the Christ we advertise in our lifestyle truly matches up with the Christ that lives in us. I want to close with 6 self-examining questions to gauge where you are in avoiding the regret that comes with falsely advertising our God:

*Are you waiting for someone to come to you and make things right?
*Have you secretly celebrated someone’s failure?
*Do you have anything going on that you hope no one discovers?
*Have you recently lied to someone?
*Are there people, problems or questions you’ve been avoiding?
*Who are you mad at?

“When you live in a country where even the most pagan believe to have some relationship with God, strong words must be spoken.” – Paul Washer

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions . . .

“Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of
wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 (NAS)

John Wooden, UCLA’s Hall of Fame basketball coach, said: “Too often we
get distracted by what’s outside our control.  The door to the past
has been shut and the key thrown away.  And you can’t do anything
about tomorrow; it is yet to come.  However, tomorrow is determined by
what you do today.  So make today a masterpiece.”

Two ingredients are necessary to do that: sound decision-making
ability and the discipline to follow through.  One is worthless
without the other.  Time is an equal opportunity employer, but how we
treat time is not equal.  For example, give a block of marble to the
average person and you end up with someone standing there with a block
of marble!  But put it into the hands of an expert sculptor and watch
what happens.  First, he decides what it’s capable of becoming.  Next,
he draws a plan.  Then, he practices the disciplines of his craft
until it’s transformed into a masterpiece.  How?  By recognizing and
releasing the potential within it.

Too many of us fail to acknowledge that our lack of success stems from
poor decision-making!  We make choices, experience negative
consequences and keep wondering why we can’t get ahead.  Others know
their choices are not good for them, but make them anyway.  That’s
like an alcoholic who continues to drink or the person who
intentionally engages in one bad relationship after another.  Nobody
said good decisions come easy, but they’re necessary to success.
That’s why David writes, “Teach us to number our days, that we may
present to You a heart of wisdom.”

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God’s Rightful Place‏

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in
your hearts.” – 1 John 5:21 (NLT)

When the Israelites complained about the manna God miraculously
provided, He “sent fiery serpents . . . they bit the people; and
[many] . . . died” (Numbers 21:6).  Eventually, Israel repented and
begged God to remove the snakes.  So God told Moses to make a bronze
serpent, mount it on a pole and that whoever looked at it would be
healed. It was an amazing provision, and one that worked.  So what
became of it?  The Bible says Hezekiah “Broke in pieces the bronze
serpent . . . Moses had made, for . . . Israel burned incense to it”
(2 Kings 18:4 NAS).  For centuries they preserved, protected and
polished it, dragging it with them everywhere, until they ended up
worshipping it.  Something that had once been a blessing became an

Think it can’t happen?  John the Apostle says, “Keep away from
anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”  Anything or
anybody can become an idol: your church, your children, your mate,
your job, your home, your car, your education.  Don’t get the wrong
idea; there’s nothing wrong with enjoying these blessings.  It’s only
wrong when they attempt to take God’s rightful place!

Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts
will also be.” (Luke 12:34 NLT)  And again, “For whatever is in
your heart determines what you say.” (Matthew 12:34b NLT)  Where
you choose to invest your time, energy, and money, what you talk and
think about, reveals what’s in your heart.  Christ wants to be “first
in everything” (Colossians 1:18 NLT) without exception.  Plus, when
He’s at the center of your life, everything else is just

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The Quality of our Language Reveals the Condition of our Hearts

It is easy to discover the condition of someone’s heart; just listen to his speech. Jesus said:”Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6;45) Peace and joy can be the result of our words if we allow our Lord Jesus Christ to change us from the inside out. Jesus said: “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our constant prayer should be: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3) If we dwell in the Word of God, we can overcome the condition of a troubled heart.Through setting our hearts and minds on treasure not of this world, but on the Lord’s eternal kingdom, wecan tame our tongues and lead other to Christ’s cleansing love.

As you continue your time with the Lord, praise Him that He can cleanse your heart and purify your speech; “Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day… I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness of Yours only” (Psalm 71:8, 14-16).

Now pray this confession to tho Lord to keep your lifef free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “I love the LORD because He has heart, my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live” (Psalm 116:1-2).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind/ Thank the Lord that He comforts you and forgives you: “I, even I, am He who comforts you… I have covered you with the shadow of My hand (Isaiah 51:12, 16).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, remember:

  • Those who have been hurt by your words,
  • More patience and self-control,
  • The needs of your best friend.

Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord; “Abide in Me,and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4)

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:33-37)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

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