Michael’s Monday Meditations




“If our conscience condemn us not,” John said, “then we have confidence toward God” (1 John 3:21). It is not the presence of sin in us, as the covenant now stands, which conscience can condemn us for. Paul’s conscience cleared him — and even afforded cause for holy glorying — while he found sin stirring within himself.
Conscience is set by God to judge for Him in the private court of our own hearts. It is bound up by the same law by which Christ Himself will acquit or condemn at the last day. When we go on trial for our lives, before Christ’s bar, the great question will be whether or not we have been sincere. And as He will not condemn the sincere soul, though a thousand sins be brought against it, neither can our hearts condemn us.
But how can God accept such imperfect obedience when He was so strict with Adam that He pronounced one failure as unpardonable? In the covenant God made with mankind in Adam there was no surety to guarantee and stand responsible for man’s performance of his part of the covenant, which was absolute obedience. Thus God, to recover His glory and pay Himself for the wrong which man’s default would do to Him, stood strictly with Adam.
Yet in the gospel covenant there is a surety — Jesus Christ the righteous — who stands responsible to God for all the sins of a Christian’s lifetime. And the Lord Christ cancels not only the vast sums of those sins which Christians are charged with before conversion, but also all the dribbling debts which they contract afterward through weakness and carelessness. “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:1-2). So then, without impeaching His justice, God can cross out His saints’ debts for which He is paid by Christ. It is mercy to saints but justice to Christ that God should do this. What a precious oneness when mercy and justice kiss each other!
Also, God required complete obedience in the first covenant because man was in a perfect state, full of power and ability to perform it; so God expected to reap no more than what He had planted. But in the gospel covenant God does not infuse the believer with full grace but true grace; and accordingly, He expects not flawless but sincere obedience.

Now, my words. Are we not the most blessed creatures in the universe to have a Heavenly Father who not only provided a means for relationship with Him after that bond was broken, but then, through His mercy and the mighty work Jesus did at Calvary, bestows this grace and mercy on our pathetic broken souls that are prone to wander, prone to fail, and counts it all as righteousness through His Son? This is not license, this is incredible love that should make all of us quiver in gratefulness and in turn, should convince each one of us to serve this great lover of our souls with utmost eagerness and earnestness, not to gain special favor, but in sincere gratitude and appreciation for what He has done on our behalf. God bless you all this fine day, friends, and may you look for ways today that you can be of service to God and man?

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Michael’s Monday Meditations


Who cannot be moved emotionally by the events of this past week in Paris, France? This attack on humanity received much media attention but actually, mass slaughters not unlike this have been happening in recent years with little media coverage, and each and every day, someone’s life is turned upside down due to unforeseen events. The reality is this: life is uncertain and can change on a dime. In our safe daily routines, we can be deluded into thinking our lives will continue indefinitely just as they are, or if there are to be changes, that we ourselves will have complete control. However, that is simply not the manner in which life works — maybe for a season — but as the years pass, and jobs change, people come and go in our lives, health issues arise, we begin to understand that we are here on this earth for such a short time. James 4:14 says, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
The Bible says our lives are eternal, so have you considered your eternal destiny today? Wouldn’t the wise person want to get this settled right away due to life’s uncertainty? 2 Cor. 6:2 states, “…today is the day of salvation.”
The Lord God provides us with hope. If we were to look at our world and only focus on the things of this world, life appears hopeless. But with knowing Jesus comes hope. James 1:2 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10. Psalm 29:11, “The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Psalm 121:7-8, “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”- 1Peter 5:7. Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”- Psalm 41:1
What do all these scriptures have in common? Each addresses life’s uncertainties and that Jesus has proven Himself trustworthy and faithful despite our human weakness and proneness to worry. My friends and family, may you find inspiration in each of the scriptures I’ve cited and if you have not yet made the choice to settle the question about your eternal destination, won’t you do that today by inviting Jesus Christ into your heart? It’s a decision you will never regret, your life will be made sweeter, and you will be eternally grateful that you did when you leave this world, as we will all do one day. God bless you and let us all stay focused on Jesus rather than the world.

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Learn to Lean on God

Learn to Lean on God

In today’s society, people always want to blame the other person and not take responsibility for their own actions. While people in our society love to forgive they seldom forget, they love to appear to be showing grace but they cannot associate how grace and consequences for our actions can live together. If you have this kind of attitude it is a type of attitude that will slow or stop your relationship with God.

God is a God of grace and judgment. He sacrificed His only Son for the forgiveness of our sins. This was the clearest action of mercy, grace and judgment that has ever been displayed. Jesus’ death was the consequence of our sin. The consequences of sin are not dismissed simply because grace is endowed upon us.

The question is, do we really think we need to confess our sins?

If we intend to experience an intimate relationship with God, we must confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness. Whenever we turn to Christ, He is there for us, even if we think He is not.

A true Christian knows when to lean on God, and that time is always! We cannot overcome the sin in our lives on our own. Only the Holy Spirit can do this, but we must be willing to put the effort out and really want it.

When we are diligent to confess our sins and accept responsibility for our actions, God is faithful to respond and lovingly restore us to wholeness.


Michael’s Monday Meditations




Pardoning mercy eagerly embraces sincerity. Christ is the One who covers our failures and sins, but He throws His garment of righteousness only over the sincere soul: “Blessed is he…whose sine is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity.’ Everyone likes to believe this, but notice the requirement of receiving this mercy: “…in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalm 32:1-2). Thus Christ’s righteousness covers the nakedness of our shameful unrighteousness, but faith is the grace which puts this garment on.
God approves of the sincere man as holy and righteous even though he is not totally free of sin. And just as God does not mistake the saint’s sin for sincerity, neither does He unsaint him for it. For instance, Scripture recorded that Job fell into the pit of sin, but God saw sincerity mixed with his transgression and judged him perfect.
Sincerity does not blind God so He cannot see the saint’s sin, but makes Him consider it with compassion instead of with anger. This is like a husband who knows his wife is faithful to him so he pities her weaknesses and cherishes her as a good wife. “In all this,” God said, “Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:22). And at the end of the combat God brought Job through with the favorable testimony that His servant had “spoken of me the thing that is right” (Job 42:7). Job himself saw his own earnestness dashed with failures, and this made him confess his sin rather than presume upon God’s mercy. But God saw the sincerity.

Now my words. How often do we search our hearts, dear friends? Has what was once a fiery flame in our hearts for God dwindled to a mere flicker or spark? Have we left our first love? Have we reconsidered just how sincere we are in our relationship with Jesus and how we might walk with Him closer, not only deriving the maximum benefit from a close, obedient walk with the Lord, but also being a blessing to Him through relationship and service to His kingdom. May each of us spend time with our Lord today and ponder these questions as to how we might better live a life that is pleasing to the One who rescued us from our adversary. God bless you.

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Do Things God’s Way Not Your Own

Do Things God’s Way Not Your Own

When we pray, how often do we expect an answer right away? For most, that is the norm. What we need to realize is that even after we pray there may be a time of waiting and sometimes that can even be years. We need to be patient and wait upon the Lord. Our first instinct is to try to push for a result, by trying to make things happen on our own. If we do this we can miss His blessing and the answer to our prayer. Our other response is to just give up. If we do this we can miss out on seeing how His perfect plan is revealed and our prayer is answered. We must know that God’s plan is perfect, our plan is flawed, trust in Him and make sure He is at the center of your life. Do things His way and trust Him!

If you do this you will encounter resistance from the enemy. Satan wants to cause you pain, he will try to make you doubt God, doubt His plan, he wants you to feel disappointment and to feel like giving up.

David had a fear of the Lord. His fear was one of wanting to serve and honor God with purity and integrity. To do this we must trust and do things God’s way. Notice, this is not most people think of then they hear the word fear. This is what is meant when you hear “fear the Lord”. For the true Christian it is not a fear of being terrified, it is one of love for God, and wanting to please Him and follow His plan.

In order to live a life that honors God, we must not only put God at the center of our lives, we also must be committed to doing things God’s way. Too often, we make the mistake of trying to get God to go along with our plans instead of taking the time to find out His plan for our lives.

A healthy fear of God motivates us to change the way we live our lives so that we honor Him all the more. When we realize that we are doing God’s work, but not the way He wants us to do it, we should immediately stop and seek His will for our lives.

Be willing to change your path if necessary in order to please the Lord.

Do You Know How to Repent?

Do You Know How to Repent?

As true Christians, we know how much God hates sin, and we also should hate sin just as much. We should always be on the look out for our own sin and recognize even the most subtle sin. Even at our best, we can still fall into Satan’s trap of sin and rebellion. When this happens, how should we respond to our failure so that God is honored and we are able to break free of sin’s grasp?

Most of the time we just want to be forgiven of our sin and move on. We really don’t understand how serious sin is, and therefore we tend not to make repentance a priority. To repent means to stop what we are doing and to go in the opposite direction.

When we do sin we must recognize how serious our sin is and how we have offended the God we love so deeply. We must go to Him and desire to be made clean again with Him. Just a simple I’m sorry will not cut it. It must be a desperate desire to come clean to God and want to regain our fellowship with Him.

We must approach God with total humility and brokenness which will have us in the right frame of mind to truly repent. And God will know that our heart is in the right place.

Whenever we are sincerely sorry for what we did wrong and longing to change our ways, God is moved. He sees that we recognize what we did was wrong and that we want to be pure again.

True repentance means we love God more than we love our sin. When He sees this type of devotion, He opens up His arms and welcomes us with His unending grace.

Let each of us pray for a heart of repentance when we have sinned.

Showing Grace and Kindness to All

Showing Grace and Kindness to All

We all want to see justice for those that are guilty, but we often forget that we ourselves are guilty also. But, when it comes to ourselves, we do not see this instead we want mercy and grace even though we may be deserving of the worst punishment there is. We always want a second chance for ourselves.

Never doubt that God is just in His ways, He also is merciful (James 2:13). God wants to give each of us mercy and He offers it to everyone, we just need to accept the gift He is offering. God wants to show mercy and loves each of us so much that He became a man Jesus Christ and died on the cross for our sins. If we accept His gift we no longer have to suffer the consequences of sin. Jesus paid our debt in full, we just have to accept His gift.

Instead of carrying around in our hearts a thirst for vengeance against someone who has wronged us, we should show the same kindness, grace and love that God has shown to us. If we are living for Christ, we are living proof that His grace and kindness can transform a heart of sin into a heart that loves God.

Show God’s grace and kindness to everyone, all men and women are in need of His perfect gift.

Michael’s Monday Meditations


(From William Gurnall’s ‘The Christian In Complete Armour,’ Vol. 2)

Make Your Heart Conform to Truth
Likeness is the ground of love. The carnal heart cannot like truth because it does not resemble truth. How is it possible, then, for an earthly heart to love pure heavenly truth? It is sad when men’s understandings clash with their affections, when judgment and will are so unequally yoked. Truth in the conscience scolding lust in the heart! Like a quarreling couple, they may live together for awhile; but the discontent will soon expel truth as Ahasuerus did Vasthi, and espouse principles which will not cross his heart in its bent for sin. This has parted many men from truth in these licentious days — they cannot sin in peace and keep sound judgment at the same time.
But if the power of truth has transformed you into its own likeness by the renewing of your mind, and made you bear fruit like itself, you will never separate yourself from it. Before this could happen you would have to part with the new nature which the Spirit of God has formed in you. But now there is a new union between you and truth — or between you and Christ — which can never be broken.

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