Never! Never!

Never will I leave you.
Never will I forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

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Sometimes we find ourselves going through a whole lot of stuff. Sometimes, it seems that anything that can go wrong will go wrong at the absolute worst moment in time. The challenge may be spiritual. It may be emotional. It might be a relationship that is not as we would like it to be. Finances sometimes get in the way of having a balanced life. Or even worse, a debilitating illness that affects us spiritually, emotionally, relationally and financially almost takes away the air we breathe. Everything just piles on, and we feel all alone, but let me promise you that you are NEVER alone!

Can I actually say this with so firmly.  YES I CAN! I can say this, not because I have any clout. I say this because this is a promise that comes from the very lips of Almighty God. As a matter of fact, in the holy writ written above, the Lord God goes out of His way to be emphatically clear. He says it twice to make sure we hear! He says “NEVER,” and then he says “NEVER” one more time. Go back and look at what He is declaring. Will I leave you? “NEVER!”  Will I forsake you? “NEVER!”


Think about these things: Whatever your spiritual struggle, the Lord will NEVER leave you to journey through it all by yourself! Never forget His promises to you. The LORD IS! The Lord IS MINE! He is MY Shepherd! “I shall NOT want.” That is I shall not lack any good thing! Read that Psalm 23 when you are down and out or up and down. Reread it, and reflect on what God is promising you. He has the successful spiritual journey down pat. He will help  you with your spiritual journey.


Whatever emotional state or grief is plaguing you, you are NEVER alone. He, who is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,  has gone through it, and He will get you through it! Hold on to the one who is holding on to you tightly. Be still. Breathe deeply, let God’s Holy Spirit be the one who helps you shoulder the burdens of your emotional challenges.


A relationship may be unresolvable and painfully broken, but there is one relationship you can always count on. It is the one we have with the heavenly Father, through Jesus by the power of The Holy Spirit! No one can snatch this relationship from you.


Finances may be tight, and you don’t see a way to be fiscally sound. Well the one who owns cattle on a thousand hills, and the ONE to whom  all the gold and silver belongs,  promises you, as His child, to give you this day your daily bread.  He promises to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory! So, ask Him to help you. 


You say, “but I am so physically weak!” Please don’t give up dear one! Continue to believe in the one God who loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son that, if you only believe in Him, you will NEVER perish, but you will have eternal life. You will share in God’s life now and forever. Our bodies may be weak, and even aging and sick, but keep faith in the God who will either heal you now or heal you in heaven. 

Partnership Praying With Jesus and The Holy Spirit!

Let all your sorrow and fear flow away from you in prayer to the one who is at the throne of grace. Let him bottle all your tears as He loves you. Trust Him who was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, whose punishment brought peace with God to us, and by whose stripes we were healed. (Isaiah 53:5) Have faith that God will control whatever is going on with you physically. Do this even if you have to give it up to Him one second at at time, one moment at a time, one hour at a time, one DAY at a time … Cry out to Him and say “HELP ME! HELP ME LORD!  Keep on saying it! And He Will!

I pray for you today dear friend. Please Let God befriend you through His Son, Jesus, by His own Holy Spirit’s power. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, in your weakness, to pray as you had ought.  (Romans 8:26.) Ask Jesus to pray for you regarding whatever you are going through, for He promises He is ever interceding for you. (Romans 8:34) He is the one mediator between God and humanity ( 1 Timothy 1:5) And He knows how to pray much better than you, as His Holy Spirit will strengthen and help you spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially, and — yes — even physically. I pray you NEVER give up… Never give up … because God is NEVER NEVER going to give up on you.  Have H.O.P.E. Hold On Promises Eternal. 

God bless you.

Chaplain Mac

Giving Up To Give Away Love: There’s NO Other Way.

Surrendering To Be Empowered
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1 Cor. 13:4-8a
Surrendering to the Lord Jesus, and His God originated transformational love,  provides you and me with the potent supply of the  grace filled stuff to be enough. This stuff we call Agape.  When we intentionally surrender to God through Jesus,  we have grace happen, and then God shows up to demonstrate the ability to fully love God, love ourselves in a healthy/holy way,  and love our neighbor as ourselves.
You May Have Heard About Loves Traits
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You may have heard how this love God gives us is patient, kind, non envious, not arrogant, not proud, not rude, not selfish and not easily angered. It may have come to your attention that this God love keeps no records of wrongs, doesn’t delight in evil, but it gets fired up and rejoices when truth comes out. Additionally, it is no secret that this God love always protects, trusts hopes, perseveres and never fails. Wow! I don’t know about you, but all by myself, I cannot “always” anything! Something like this can come from only ONE source. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
Armoring Up
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So, by God’s grace, let us determine to daily — starting today — let us yield ourselves to our loving Creator and die to ourselves by armoring up (Ephesians 6:10-20.) Let’s make our priority each day “put on the whole armor of God.” Let us do so in order that we have the ability to love HIM and also first love ourselves in a healthy way. (Deuteronomy 30:6 and Colossians 2:10-11.) If we don’t “get dressed” to be empowered to truly live and love,  spiritually speaking, the question needs to be asked: If we don’t have the stuff to love our God, and we don’t know how to love ourselves, how would we have any godly wisdom guidance to actually love, not only God, but love our neighbors as ourselves?
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1 John 4:7 Love Comes From God
It is vitally important to never forget that genuine love comes from one source, and that source is Almighty God. Remember? God IS LOVE! God transforms us to love Deuteronomy 30:6. We get power filled love from God, and we give it powerfully away to others from God as well. we receive the capability to do all of this through Jesus God’s Son and the Holy Spirit; so, consequently, why not give it up daily to Jesus? Why not let the Lover of our souls create God love in us FOR the Almighty Himself, for ourselves, and by extension, love for all others. Yup! we need to get real! We absolutely need to just give it up for the ONE who gave it all up for us. After all, He is the one who was lifted up for us on THE Cross,  and who will lift us up and change our lives eternally.
God Bless You.
Chaplain Mac

Things You Need To Know About Temptation

1 Corinthians 10: 13

 No temptation has seized you except what is common to humankind. And God is faithful; HE will not let you be tempted  beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,  HE will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

The Seizure

There is a lot about being tempted that I think folks just don’t get. One of those things is that you can be going along feeling just great and life is going good, and then BAM! A normally healthy and holy desire begins to draw you away from anything resembling healthy and holy. Sometimes is even blind sides you. As Paul says in the scripture above, it seizes you and seemingly drags you to a place you don’t want to go if you serve the Lord!!! It’s almost like it happens in a split second, and you are thrown into the dilemma of being drawn into sin or finding God’s grace to be an overcomer. It’s important to understand this very important truth. That’s why the Bible teaches us to keep watch over our hearts.

Your Not The Only One

Many people get defeated almost immediately believing that they are the only one having this temptation, and then, because they believe such a lie, they start feeling guilty and overwhelmed because they wrongly believe that no one else can be as awful as they are being. Feeling like this they tend to give up and give in.

God tells us that the temptations we face are “common.” That is we all have the same passions, and temptations that will draw all of us away. Temptation seizes just about everyone in the same way. So, don’t defeat yourself up front letting false guilt take you over because you believe the devil’s lies about all this.

God Is Faithful

It simply is not true that the Devil is guaranteed to win this battle of your desires. I know many believe he is, but he is not. The reason Jesus appeared was to destroy Satan’s work. (See 1 John 3:8b) And He did destroy the Devil’s work. Not only that, but Paul is right when he says, “God is faithful. He will NOT let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” James tells us to submit to God, resist the Devil, and he has to flee. (See James 4:7.) So, it’s not true you have to give in. This leads to the last thought.

The Great Escape.

God gives us a way out in order that we do not have to sin.  As our passages says above, God will give us an escape route. That is HE will have a plan that will definitely work that will give you the way out. 


So, choose to look for the escape rather than focus on the temptation. Once you find it take it. If you focus on the temptation and the fire of the out of control passion, you will fail and fail miserably. But if you focus on God, submit to God  and resist the Devil he will have to flee. And you need to simply head for where God leads you to escape. 

More to come God willing.

Chaplain Mac


7 Ways God’s Word Impacts You.

2 Timothy 3: 15-17

The Potency of God’s Word

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15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Many don’t have any idea how potent God’s word can be. It is actually life changing. As soon as it intersects you life at the earliest stages of your life, it comes alive in you if you let it.

First it makes you “wise.” Specifically God gives you the power to be wise in salvation’s ways through your relationship of walking with Jesus.

Second, God breathes it out. Now breath and spirit come from the same greek word. So, when you read it, hear it, meditate on it or memorize it, sit with it a while and allow God’s Holy Spirit to breathe it into you.

Third, the word of God is profitable. As God gives you His wisdom and breathes it on you, let it profit you spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially and even physically. There is powerful information in this very Word of God for guidance in every area of life.

Fourth, the Word gives us God’s doctrine. It tells us what God wants you and me to know. It teaches us about what God wants you and me to be, and it guides us in what He wants us to do.

Fifth, the Word tells us there are certain things that are not good for us, and so it reproves us. Or it tells us what God wants us to stop. He doesn’t do this to spoil our fun. He reveals this wisdom to us to give us a more full, safe and healthy life.

Sixth, the Word corrects us. In other words, the Word keeps us on course in life. It corrects the journey in the best direction. God wants your life and mine to stay on course for now and eternity. The Word will chart our course through the good times, the bad, the happy and the sad. I can’t tell you how many times this has really helped me.

Seventh, the Word instructs us in the right way of living. It’s hard for the world, the flesh and especially for the devil to understand this. There is indeed a right way to live that will give us life, and their is a wrong way that will cause us to be enslaved to the bondage of sin and death. God’s Word instructs us in how to be overcomers in everyday living.


Why is it important for the person of God to intersect the Word of God like this? Good question, but Paul is clear in answering this when he says to Timothy, that God does this so that we will be thoroughly equipped to do God’s work. God’s logististics seven part supply line is perfect for giving us the stuff to be enough.

Y’all Be Blessed!

See you next time around.

Chaplain Mac.



God Says,”Let’s Make A Deal!”

It was neither by the blood of goats and calves,
but by His own blood He (Jesus)
entered, once and for all, into the holiest place.
It was in this most holy of holy places that He obtained
eternal redemption for us.
Hebrews 9:12

The Obsolete Covenant

In the Bible, when a particular sacrificial system of the Old Covenant was set up, it  didn’t work so well. God kept His end of the bargain, but we human beings just blew it! Therefore, God  declared it “obsolete.” It didn’t surprise God that it didn’t work, and God did some interesting stuff to  replace it with an entirely New Covenant; so, in our scripture above, the writer of Hebrews is telling us all about this very important God deal related to our 21st century existence.   I doubt you will hear this very often, but this is a vital contract/covenant about which you need to be informed.  Your very life depends on it. This is so important that even blood had to be shed to make this possible.

The Location, Location, Location

I can almost hear you saying, “SAY WHAT?” I know this  sounds weird for the natural mind to get wrapped around, but it really is true. There is a Holiest Holy place,  which is located in the heavenlies. This is the place where Jesus took His own intentionally shed blood (His blood was NOT spilled)  to atone for our sins … to satisfy God’s wrath.  As a matter of fact, the Old Covenant Holy Place was copied after the one in Heaven. God gave Moses the instructions on how to build it. Check this out:

Hebrews 8:5

They (the Old Covenant High Priests) serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

See? I wouldn’t jive you! You can also find this reported in Exodus 25:8-9. Anyway, Jesus took His blood into the most Holy Place in the universe, and He didn’t take it into the earthly carbon/photocopy made by Moses.  So, if you think about it, Moses holy place  really is copied from Heaven. And the lambs of God that took away sin ceremonially, pointed to Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

A One Time Good News Good Deal!

Next thing: He only did this once. To be exact, He did it “once and for all.” Why is this important? It is important because, in the obsolete covenant (See Hebrews 8:13,) the blood sacrifices had to be accomplished yearly. Once a year the High Priest would carry out this ritual. It continually reminded them of their sins as they were cleansed ceremonially. This could have a tendency to shame people.  Not Jesus. He did it once and for all time. When He said on the cross that “it is finished,” it was indeed finished. He completed God’s benevolent plan of salvation.  He doesn’t have to shed His blood repeatedly to apply the covenant to us. Notice it is also “for all.” Everyone who wants to benefit from this can. No one gets excluded unless they want to be excluded.

Price Paid In Full

So, once and for all, Jesus entered the Holy Place, and in this place He purchased or He obtained something. He obtained “eternal redemption.” Eternal means to share in the life of God forever. Redemption defined is simply forgiveness. In other words, Jesus entered the Holy of Holiest place. Second, He carried out both the work of the Lamb of God and the Great High Priest in a way that would never have to be repeated. And He bought and paid in full the sin debt we owe to God. There is no way we could do this ourselves. In a nutshell, He bought for us the ability to share life with God forever,  as perfectly forgiven people. WOW!

Let’s Make A Deal

Therefore, God reaches out to you, the reader, and it is like God is saying, “Let’s Make a Deal!”  NO! God is indeed saying this. He is making you an offer today that I hope you will not refuse, and if you are wise you will take it. God offers you the opportunity to receive this Jesus into a life relationship with you. He is offering that you do this by faith. There is no question in my mind that God loves you so much that God gave His only biological (begotten) Son. He did this so that,  whoever chooses to believe in Jesus will not perish, but whoever chooses to benefit for this New Covenant, will share in God’s life forever. God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn anyone. But He sent Jesus so that, through Him, anyone and or everyone could would be saved. Each person can know, for an absolute certainty, that they are completely forgiven of every sin they have ever committed,  and that they now can be formed into  a new creation in Christ. 

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God offers this to you today. The only question that needs to be answered is, “Do you want to be included?” Do you want to make this deal? There are not three doors. There are not two doors.  Their is only one door to open. It is the door of  your heart. 

Chaplain Mac

“It’s A God Thing, Honey!”

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; nevertheless, I live.
Yet, it is not I, but it is Christ who lives inside of me.
And the life I live in this body I live by 
the faith of the Son of God
who loves me and gave himself for me.

Looking At It All Wrong: A Confused Young Man

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When I was younger so much younger than today, I sometimes had a skewed view of healthy/holy spirituality. When I read this passage in Galatians 2:20,  I would view the Apostle Paul with admiration because I thought of him as such a surrendered guy that he actually believed he was crucified with Christ. I thought to myself, “WOW! Now that is a holy man.” I had such a wrong view of this passage. My viewpoint was that I had to get to the state of walking so perfectly worthy with the Lord that I could one day possibly hope to be so godly that I was indeed crucified with Christ.  I felt that being crucified with Christ applied to the exceptional holy few. I embraced the idea that being crucified with Christ was something I had to work hard at obtaining.  I was so wrong.


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Loving It!

What I am about to say is REALLY GOOD: Anyone who has turned from their sins, denied their old way of living, and who has taken up the cross of Christ to follow Jesus was, is,  and evermore shall be crucified with Christ! Don’t you just love this?  I am talking about God’s viewpoint children of God! I don’t have to be good enough to qualify. And it gets better! Not only did we and our sins die on that cross, we are now fully alive! Because Jesus lives, we also now live! The human spirit, the part of us that makes us God conscious, which died when our first ancestors sinned, and when we first sinned, came back to life right inside of the core of our being. Our spirit once again became and becomes central to our eternal make up! We became “reborn” or “born again!” We passed from death unto life! We can now actually walk with God daily. It still gets better! The life we now live in this old body we live by faith… not our works. You guessed it. It gets even more better! I really like this translation because the faith that makes this miracle  occur is Jesus own faith! We actually live by the faith of the Son of God! One more “it gets better!!!” Jesus’ motivation is extremely clear. He makes all this happen because he actually loves us and gave himself for us! He proved it!  Most of us know that there is no greater love than to lay down a life for a friend. (Check out what Jesus said in John 15:13) He did this for us individually. And he did this for all of us collectively. No child of God is left out! Wahoo! Praise The Lord!

It’s A God Thing Honey!” Della Reese.

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Years ago the secular critics seemed to try to  doom the TV series Touched by an Angel before it even was viewed on TV.  Yup! Before anyone ever saw one show, they gave it horrible reviews; nevertheless,  the show took off and was highly successful. The critics were surprised. So, they interviewed a key figure behind this shows’ success — Della Reese. They asked her, given that the critics didn’t give Touched by an Angel a chance, they wanted to know, “why did Touched by an Angel succeed?” She told them, “It’s a God thing honey!” All that I am very happily sharing with you in today’s web log is a “God Thing Honey.” And it has very little to do with whether or not you feel worthy.  None of us are. God simply makes all of this happen! We just let go and let God take over.

I am hoping you get what I am saying: God’s viewpoint is that being crucified with Christ is a God thing for each one of us and everyone of us! Do you want to actually be crucified with Christ? Let it happen to you because it’s a God thing! Do you want to be more alive that you could imagine?  Surrender your life to Jesus because it’s a God thing! Do you want daily fellowship with God? Get ready for a heavenly holy hug, because it’s a God thing! Do you want Christ, the very Son of God, in your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit? Open up your heart to him because it’s a God thing!  Do you want to be in love with the very lover of your soul? Choose love because God is love, God is in love with you, and God’s experienced love is also very much a God thing! Are you unsure about how to make all this happen?  Neither you nor I make this happen. God makes it happen because it is a “God thing honey!” It is God’s will to work all this out in you and me and through you and me.  I know we hear this so much that it doesn’t thrill us, but it should! This is a God thing because God loves you and me,  and He gave himself for you and me!

Be Blessed.

Chaplain Mac

The Triple The Plus


The Way

The Truth

The Life

No one comes to God the Father except through me.
Jesus – John 14:6

Things have gotten muddled with a whole bunch of people who report they are a part of the Church. It seems that a  number of Clergy, and some laity, believe that Jesus is only one of the ways to God. His truth is the truth as He, Jesus, sees it, and that life can also be found in multiple ways; therefore, they also, by extension,  disbelieve the ultimate and final word that Jesus speaks when He claims the NO ONE can actually even get to God the Father without coming through Him.

Here is what is wrong with this quicksand philosophy: First, if all of what Jesus says here is NOT true, then anyone who says it is not true has to believe that Jesus is NOT telling the truth. Second, If he is not telling the truth, then he is a deceiver. To say this more bluntly, Jesus has to be a liar, if He is not telling the truth.  In  our culture a liar is defined as one who habitually lies. In the verse above their are at least three lies, and then a summary lie, if Jesus is not to be taken seriously. That seems fairly habitual … four lies in a few seconds. Third, this then speaks to Jesus character. If Jesus is a liar, where else is he morally deficient? Fourth, if He is morally deficient, He cannot be the sinless Savior of the world.

Hey This Some Very Strong Language

Now, reader, you may think I am using some very strong language. Yet, the Apostle John,  who wrote this verse, also wrote 1 John 5:10. This says, “He who does not believe God calls God a liar because he does not believe the record God gave of His Son.” God’s record of His Son, Jesus, is what Jesus makes clear regarding the triple “The” promises. These promises are solid, and they are true.

Why Not?

Why not use some firm language? If indeed there is only one path to God, as there is, should I not share the map. If there is only one absolute truth flowing from the very throne of God to bring us hope, peace and salvation, should I not tell it? If life is found –and only found — in one place, should I not share this eternal life fountain of youth with you. And if there is no other way to the Father, but I pointed you to some other ways, what kind of a man would I be?  I would be pure evil. And evil is live spelled backwards. I choose to share the words of life with you so that you can live.

Please follow the way. Please live by the truth. Please receive the truth. Run to the Father through Jesus. You will extremely glad that you did.

Chaplain Mac

Crashing – Burning – Forgiving

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Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32

Letting Go of Control and Forgiving

No one can control what others believe, think, feel, want or do. To try to control such behavior will only leave us less than peaceful. Leave  trying to control people to God,  through Jesus.  For He is Lord of All. God is the one “who works out everything and brings everything into conformity with the purpose of His will.” No one else can do this. (See Ephesians 1:11 NIV)  Indeed, it is best to “let go and let God.” Then, God will bring healing, hope and help to your life and mine if we intentionally choose to forgive.

Planting – Reaping – Forgiving

Each human eventually will reap the harvest of the life seeds each one plants.  God simply expects us to do the right thing, even when no one else is looking. If we let Him, God will  guide us in the hard choices. You and I  will then receive back a harvest of what is best.  This may mean cutting someone loose to be free to experience the consequences of their behavior … even if the consequences are pain filled. Allowing them to live by their free choice will free you. In turn, the released ones, will learn a whole lot more from what happens to them, hopefully, than from anything you or I may say.

For example, in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, (Luke 15: 11-32,) The father, while being merciful and forgiving, had to painfully let his son “crash and burn” before God could get this son to a place where he, the son,  could get his life back. It may seem strange, but sometimes this is precisely how God brings a person to where they can actually be made free by God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.

It’s not your responsibility, nor is it mine, to control people. But it is clear that miracles can occur, and lives can change for the better, even eternally, as a result of the power of sharing forgiveness.

God Bless You.

Chaplain Mac


The Perfect Person

The Sad Part of Being A “Ten” Doesn’t Include The Heart

Back in the day when I was quite a bit younger, the movie industry declared a certain attractive female “The Perfect Ten.” Her name is Bo Derek. You generations nexters can google the name to get an understanding of what I am saying. Her perfection was demonstrated by a video of her coming out of a body of water in a one piece, but very revealing swimsuit, and she did indeed look very attractive. Sadly, it didn’t take long before people were getting measured by the number ten. This meant the evaluated person was perfect, if they were given a “10” by their judges regarding their physical attributes. 

Similarly, at the olympic games, female gymnast, who were also appearing physically perfect, were beginning to accomplish what was once considered impossible: They scored a perfect 10 over and over again. The sad part of all this judgment was that no one was looking at the heart of these gymnast or anyone else being judged using a physical ruler. Even the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, and others rockers coming after him,  while looking every bit of a Ten, in the prime of life, had things going on inside that tore at the heart of their inner sense of well being. Authentic perfection, when based on outward packaging, doesn’t really seem to be anywhere around. And the physical begins to fall away and decay. This kind of perfection is nothing like the perfect person I am blogging about today. Indeed, it has very little to do with a person being perfect.

Describing The Perfect Person

The actual perfect person might be tall. They might be short. They might be average height. They might have blue eyes, brown eyes or hazel eyes. Big ears could be connected to the side of the head of this perfect person. Or those ears could be small and close to the head. The perfect person could have a big ole nose or a little bitty one. Their nose could be wide, not wide or pointed. They might even be a little portly around the middle, or they may be athletically gymnast strong or a long distance runner who is fleet of foot. The actual perfect person could have physical challenges, mental challenges, or not very many challenges at all. The perfect person could be of any race or socioeconomic group. The actual perfect person might wear just the right makeup or wear no makeup at all. All the “normal” things we attribute to perfection have virtually nothing to do with what makes a person perfect.  And their perfection comes not from anything they have done or do or ever could do. Actually, the perfect person’s perfection comes from something that happened centuries or even millennia before they were born. 

Here is How to Become Perfect

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Did you notice this scripture/picture to the left? Take some time to check it out, if you want to be perfect. This actually reveals the ancient secret regarding how a person is made perfect? After reading it, do you see that you can be a perfect person, and even I can be a perfect person. God actually makes people perfect in His eyes. Who are they? They are people God has perfected “forever,” and they are people who are “sanctified.” So, how does a person become sanctified in order for God to view them as perfect? Again, “It’s a God thing honey!” At this point it has little to do with the person themself. Back up a few verses to Hebrews 10:10. Here we see that “We have been sanctified by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ, once and for all.” Who are the “we?” The “we” are the people who have been redeemed. That is everyone of their sins are forgiven. See Hebrews 9:12.

Do you see the pattern here? We really only have one responsibility, and that is to simply turn our lives, by faith, over to Christ Jesus. He gave Himself willingly as a sin “offering” to take away all our sins.  We turn from our breaking of God’s law (sinning habitually) to Christ Jesus as our Savior, Redeemer, Sanctifier an our Perfector. To say this another way, we are forgiven, which leads to sanctification — being made holy in God’s sight and set apart for holy use, which leads to God declaring us  perfect in God’s sight, and then, if you read a little farther, you will see God Almighty transforms us to be more like him. That is to say, He writes his laws on our hearts, and he places them in our minds.”

To Be Clear

Let’s be clear and then close this one out: When God makes you perfect in His sight, surrounding people may not see you any differently. Or if they do notice some changes in you, they may like it or not. Some will even dislike it. But “they” don’t get to be the “decider” about who is perfect and who is not perfect. God does all the deciding that needs to be done. And once you have opened your heart to the God of the Universe, through His Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit, God declares you perfect in “His sight.” And that is the only viewpoint that matters.

Have a great day.

God Bless You
Chaplain Mac

The Unpopularity of Successful Light Shining

       Just Thinking:
Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world … “ 

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God doesn’t call The Body of Christ (His authentic Church) to be popular. God does NOT call us to join the world in it’s darkness.  He calls us to obediently be the light of the world and shine His light. He does so in order that those who want to come out of the darkness, and into God’s light, will be drawn to God to experience faith in Jesus the Christ; and as a result, they too can shine and share in the wonderful  Gift of Eternal Life. In other words, they will also be able join the family of God: And they will also be able to fully share life with The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit daily and forever! 

Standing Out

Needless to say, Christ-Followers might just stand out a bit as we shine on … brothers and sisters. It really is okay to demonstrate a daily, sacred and different kind of life. Light chases away darkness. It is a fact that,  if we are the light of the world, we will indeed be different from the darkness that enslaves folks to bondage to sin and death. Being God’s light might even feel a bit uncomfortable as we navigate the world around us; nevertheless, let’s covenant with God and each other, one day at a time, to be a light shining, life giving, healthy and holy kind of different. Let’s agree with our Creator, and one another,  to daily surrender to our Creator. Let’s do so in order that the Creator can cause us can shine on anyway. Those who receive this light will be eternally grateful.

God Bless You,

Chaplain Mac