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The Unity Between Faith and Works

In the Bible, James Epistle mentions faith without works is dead.   Many people misunderstand the truth behind it.   Why is that?   Because it leads people to believe good deeds are the entry into heaven. What is James saying?   He isn’t implying good deeds equals salvation.   God is precise on the origin of heaven. He used Apostle Paul to convey salvation as His gift of grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). In fact, James is expanding on Apostle Paul message that faith produces works.   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV   James reminds us to carry out good deeds not for receiving favoritism but to radiate Christ’s loving nature.   Christian works are a byproduct of faith.   It’s easy to take scripture out of context. The problem is when I do this I’m taking away from the full scope of the message.   I’m not saying it’s wrong to use part of scriptures.   But sometimes, to clarify its lesson the whole section requires attention. And a prime example is faith without works is dead. Here’s what I mean.   Contained within James’ message is 13 scriptures. Each of them by themselves is helpful but when interwoven together they explain the reason behind his message.   For instance, he begins with heightening the connection between faith and good deeds. He gives examples of the way they work together. And used Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac as an excellent illustration (James 2:21-23).   Here’s the interesting part.   James is sharing the same truth spoken by Christ.   Jesus put it this way: 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’   37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing?39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’40 “ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!  Matthew 25:35-40 NLT   I think you’ll agree with me when I say Christ word is final. Here is Jesus’s blueprint for the way faith and good deeds work together. And with Christ as our guide, we can’t go wrong.    

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

God’s Unwavering Resolutions

I know what you are thinking. Another share on New Year’s resolutions. Yes, people express their thoughts on how to avoid breaking those self-made promises. They elaborate on solutions guaranteed for success.   A point often overlooked is personal resolutions are self-centered. They rely on self-will. And this opens the door for failure. Because as humans we have limitations.   Self-reliance causes me problems. Every time I use my resources it doesn’t turn out as planned. Most of the time an unforeseen circumstance alters or prevents me from achieving the goal. As a result of those circumstances frustration sets in and I procrastinate or abandon the project.   So what’s the solution?   God.   Here’s the bottom line, when God brought me into the kingdom my priorities changed. It began with Christ. From that point forward I realized the most important action is picking up my cross and walking in Jesus’s footprints. Then I finally understood God’s eternal resolution—heaven.   Let me clarify this spiritual awakening.   God never fails to keep His promises and the biggest reality He delivers is a resolution from sin (Romans 5:12-21). This isn’t found anywhere else except in Christ. For me to receive this gift I must stay willing to live for Jesus.The best part is once I surrender to Christ then He makes me a new creation (2 Corinthians 5: 17).  How awesome is that? God wants us new and gave Jesus the power to do so.   But what is a new creation?   And is it true? The measuring stick for becoming a new creation in God’s eyes is discovering an increase in holy living. This derives from building a one-on-one relationship with Christ. Spending quality time with God is crucial and takes discipline. It’s easy to let other responsibilities take me away from prayer and meditation.   Here’s something we can both agree on is the Holy Spirit gives proof to our new and improved existence. God releases His Spirit inside our innermost self so we internalize Him. Nothing matches the soothing comfort He brings and this profound experience motivates me to keep devoting myself to Christ.   Given these points, God’s unwavering resolutions make living an enjoyable and uplifting experience. Remember, when life’s terms cause problems turn to Christ and find peace. I know you can experience Christ’s impact because God wants to Father you.      

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

The Reality of the Human Conscience

After Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace, He activated the human conscience (Genesis 3:9-10).   Why is that?   Because He uses this inner-awareness as a reminder of His presence and to experience the discomfort of disobeying His commands.   The Human Conscience’s Reality   On the positive side, experiencing this unfavorable behavior is an opportunity to draw closer to Christ.  God calls us to recognize our infraction and take corrective actions. And the first step to making it right with Him is abandoning ourselves to Christ.   Now, this is important because surrendering to Jesus without reservation captures God’s attention. Remember, God made Christ the conqueror over sin and without abiding in Him temptation engulfs our existence.   On the negative side, ignoring the conscience is dangerous. We don’t have to look far to notice the destruction caused by a dead conscience. Evildoers are everywhere and the news media with the advancement in technology gives us instant access to wickedness.   My Dead Conscience   I know the outcome from a conscience gone dead. It’s not pleasant. Everything I anchored in selfishness. I wasn’t concerned with others. My tongue full of vulgar words causing others to turn away in disgust.   This spiritual agony placed me at odds with God. In fact, it left me in the paralyzing grip of His enemy. Yes, Satan is real and because of his stronghold on my heart, it left me in ruins. The devil turned me away from God and led me to a life of alcoholism. And let me say, a belly full of booze coupled with a hardened heart brings loneliness. Another reality of my inactive conscience was the bitterness and resentments I carried inside my inner-spirit. But when I was in this mindset it stayed nonexistence keeping me in darkness.   So what’s my point?   It’s simple. To understand the way the human conscience connects with God’s Spirit. And to share with you this incredible gift from God. Now, the conscience is a small part of Christ’s eternal plan. To stop here isn’t enough. But I think you will agree with me when I say without a conscience our ability to recognize disobedience stays elusive.

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

God’s View On Christmas

God’s view on Christmas is salvation through the birth of His Son Christ Jesus. As Christians, He brings us into the powerful reality of His eternal plan. This amazing gift is the cornerstone of salvation and our foundation into heaven (Revelation 21:4).   To the world, Christmas means a time for giving presents. Each December people’s excitement reaches a higher level. They go to extreme measures to create a perfect scene for the season.   Here’s something we both can agree on, God’s love is best shown through the deliverance of His Son Jesus Christ. And we need not wait for Christmas to give Him thanks. It’s important to realize without Christ our spirits stay empty. I’m familiar with the penalties from living apart from God. My infractions of His rules engulfed me in disappointment and filled my life with regrets.   Before He saved me, Christmas had a carnal meaning. It was a time to make amends for wrong behavior (sin) by buying gifts and showing kindness. And when the New Year rolled in the lusts of the flesh overtook the goodness.   It brings me joy to share with you my outlook on Christmas changed and at its center is Christ. When God rescued me from agnosticism that’s when I realized Christ’s birth is crucial. And the best part is Jesus entrance into the world paves the way to an eternal existence with God.   This transformation is no accident but an act of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8).    Why is that?   The answer is the Lord promises salvation to those who hear His calling and repent will live with Him forever (2 Peter 3:9). How awesome is that?   God wants you and His New Covenant began at Christ’s birth.   Yes, God’s view on Christmas is Christ (Isaiah 7:14) and through the Holy Spirit, we know the truth.   The powerful reality for us is Christmas goes beyond a day set aside for reflection. Our understanding of its significance is a daily experience. And it’s not limited to just the birth of Christ but includes His death, resurrection, and ascension.   Remember, my friend, our bond lies in Christ. I am grateful God crossed our paths and I wish you a peaceful and enticing Christian Christmas!

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

God’s Eternal Outlook

One of the greatest examples of God’s eternal outlook on how humans should live is Psalm one. It depicts the way He intends for us to respond to Him. Here we discover His separation between good and evil and His grace versus the wrath imposed on evil doers. God Defines His Eternal Outlook  1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,  2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.    Nothing captures the Lord’s attention more than walking away from unfavorable living and follow His commands. This isn’t easy because we realize a few family members and friends are among those who live in spiritual blindness.   So the question God asks is am I willing to trust Him and make the right choice.   God is precise in the way He teaches us to live. He never changes. Even though the psalmist lived thousands of years ago, the validity of this truth still stands today. And in the New Testament Christ preached the same reality.   Here our Father shows us to place Him first by building a mindset anchored in His word. God wants us to think of Him, follow His truth, and take action on His commandments. Each of us must remember our salvation is His gift. And we need to show Him gratitude for delivering us from evil.   On the positive side, meditating on God unveils spiritual wisdom; an attribute reserved for faithful believers and delivered through Christ. And the more one embraces Jesus, a life filled with God’s love, grace, and mercy emerges.   It’s a joyous and enlightening experience to understand God. One no one wants to miss. I love building a private relationship with God. It’s uplifting and filled with peace. No matter how troublesome life becomes, He is my way out of distress and into serenity.   How willing am I to follow God regardless of the outcome?   To receive God’s blessing, I must abandon myself and be careful who I call friends.   3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.     The third verse God promises an unshakable future. This analogy shows God’s intentions to give an eternal foundation for our faithful adherence to His truth. This endless delivery of spiritual nourishment removes the sinful roots of Adam and Eve.   Our Father’s promises prosperity.   Since the Lord provides us with the means to meet our physical demands (food, water, and shelter) and sin separates us from His grace. Then our need is spiritual. Here God wants to give us an abundance of His Spirit. And with His guidance, everything needed to live in the Spirit of Truth blossoms.   So, it’s not by accident we find God improving our spiritual lives. Remember real prosperity is losing our individuality and living in Christ! The Eternal Penalty For Disobedience 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.  5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.    Make no mistake. Our Father is straightforward in how He handles unfaithfulness. A point often overlooked is the penalty for turning away from Him. It’s a serious offense with deadly consequences.   Under those circumstances, no one wants to face His power in handing out the sentence of condemnation. But through Christ, He shows mercy. God’s Eternal Protection 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. God never abandons those who pick up their cross and walk in Christ. He makes this known by protecting His chosen ones. I know what is to embrace God’s shield. In the spring of 1985, He revealed Himself. Before this time, I never experienced His presence. He allowed me the privilege to connect with Him. But He knew I wasn’t ready to concede to His will, and in 1991 He released me back into darkness.   It took twenty years before He rescued me again. Even though I lived in disobedience; His hand kept me from many evil encounters. Living outside His kingdom wasn’t pleasant, but He made sure I didn’t sink deeper into self-destruction. I’m forever grateful He pulled back from the gates of wickedness.   Given these points, God’s eternal plan is a blessing full of grace. Our Father wants to give us His blessings and will do so for as long as we stay loyal to His word!  

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Discovering God’s Truth Promises and Timing

It’s easy understanding God’s perfect honesty. The knowledge necessary in grasping this truth takes a personal commitment to learning His word. With this in mind devotion is the key to discovering God’s truth, promises and timing. And when we engage in the Bible without reservations, then God unleashes His wisdom. Infinite Truth God and truth are inseparable. This revelation showed up in His creations and attested through scripture. When the Lord inspired Moses to write His word it explained the reason heaven and earth exist (Genesis 1). It’s here where God is first exposed as truth putting to rest man’s attempts to disprove Him. So gaining insight to God’s unremitting truth, one must engulf themselves in His word. And as the result of living in God’s way, we see He can’t lie because His Spirit penetrates our inner-selves with a truth unlike any other. In both the Old and New Testaments God’s integrity never changes. The Lord’s flawlessness to back up His Word in action smashes disbelief. In fact, every recorded Scripture captures His faithfulness in carrying out His promises. God made knowing Him a relationship full of hope and filled with love.     For example, Noah built the Ark under God’s command (Genesis 6:13-22) and received ridicule for trusting the Lord’s plan. But when the flood came God’s truth became a reality (Genesis 7:1-24). Likewise, Moses took on Pharaoh to free the Israelites, and the Egyptians discovered God’s almighty power (Exodus 6-14). Many other Old Testaments verses support the authenticity of God. In the New Testament God uses the same demonstrations to heighten His unwavering nature. When Christ became human, it validated the Prophets message that God keeps His promise to send a Messiah. And the Gospels catches God’s consistent righteousness. Even though the Lord made Jesus His new Covenant with humanity, He didn’t deviate from His truth. As a matter-of-fact Christ proves, God is the one real God. Because once He unleashes Jesus in one’s life, the Holy Spirit permeates the mind body and soul. The Spirit of Truth It’s the Holy Spirit that unveils God’s inability to lie. Once the Lord saves a soul, then Jesus takes over and sanctifies the heart. God’s Living Spirit of truth (John 14:17) illuminates our awareness of His existence. And from God’s anointment of the Holy Trinity, the transformation into salvation illustrates the validity of God’s purity. Our Father’s greatest pledge is eternal life. He assures us if we accept Christ as the way to heaven (John 14:1-6) our inheritance in His kingdom stays secured (1 Peter 1:3-5). Each of us understands this reality because Christ takes away temptation and supplies courage to walk away from sin. This proof of God’s powerful promise revolutionizes our lives giving us the strength to live righteous in a broken world. My Experience with God's Truth In my relationship with God, everything He promised came true. Before He saved me my life wasn’t holy. Agnosticism ruled my mind. I centered my life in skepticism unwilling to accept God. And when my disbelief led to self-destruction, He rescued me. Today I know the way of faith. It’s important to realize trusting Christ dismantles my doubt and takes away the need to live apart from God. The biggest dividend I’ve received knows God’s graceful Spirit. When I turn to Christ my ability to overcome problems increases and gives a most compelling evidence to God’s trustworthiness. For as long as I stay willing to put Him above everything God never leaves me without a solution. Waiting on God's Timing One of the toughest challenges in living a Christian life is waiting for God’s response. A point often overlooked is comprehending Christ’s timing. Since the Lord knows our needs and never fails to give, it’s crucial to stay active in our devotion. This means we need to continue praying and meditating on His truth. No matter how troublesome our lives become, God is our greatest strength in moving past our problems.     The first thing to remember God doesn’t abandon us. The key in knowing the spiritual actions Christ directs us to take is spending private time with God. And the more we absorb His truth our ability to recognize His commands emerges. It’s no accident God allows us to gravitate to His presence. Since our Father is Spirit, then the measuring stick in knowing how to go ahead becomes engaged in the spiritual realm. Nothing matches God’s intuitive commands and once acted upon the wisdom to fathom what to do becomes noticeable. Sometimes God stays silent. This doesn’t mean He is not listening. Here we need to examine ourselves and make sure our approach is faith-centered. Scripture reminds when asking God for wisdom is trusting Him (James 1:5-8). Humility is a crucial principle in receiving God’s answers. Other useful tools in waiting are patience and perseverance. Patience is a willingness to surrender our will over to God’s regardless the outcome. Perseverance is faith in action. Each of them alone brings a positive result but when they intertwined an unshakable foundation in discovering God’s answers transpires. Given these points, we can agree God is the truth, honor His word and never fails to give the spiritual food necessary to live according to His purpose. Proverbs 3:5-6 gives an excellent example of the efforts favorable to God. No matter if you are new Christian or a seasoned veteran trusting Christ gets God’s attention!

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

The Freedom of Forgiveness

Nothing matches the spiritual freedom forgiveness brings to the soul. In fact, it captures God’s attention because it extends His mercy. It frees one’s bondage of self and purifies the heart.   A most compelling evidence to the Holy Spirit existence is one’s ability to let go of wrongdoings from others. This act of holiness shows the inner-changes Christ makes to a believers spirit. As a result from forgiveness, the believer’s bond with God strengthens and a spiritual love for others increases.   Forgiving others takes courage beyond the flesh. The strength needed to achieve this Christian action must come from Christ. And once a person is in the Power of Jesus the most troublesome wrongs caused by others become forgivable.   When we forgive others it frees the mind, heart, and soul from transgression. This separation from sin is not by accident but a result of Christ’s love. It’s important to realize Jesus is God’s way and freedom from a hardened heart comes from a life centered in Christ.   When I’m unwilling to forgive my mind becomes entangled with sinful thoughts. I’m unable to find peace of mind because pride controls my thoughts on the person who wronged me. This causes problems because I’m taken away from Christ and leaves me in the midst of sin.   Another trouble of not forgiving is the effect it has on my heart. Here it stirs up resentments leading to bitterness and cuts me off from God’s mercy. This spiritual turmoil is a stumbling block placing me at odds with Christ. And the longer I hold onto to this wrongfulness the more distant I become from God’s Light.     And when my mind and heart stay unforgiving, it disturbs my soul. It’s important to realize when my spirit becomes unstable spiritual freedom becomes nonexistent. Here God uses my conscience as a reminder to forgive. This makes it imperative for me to move past my self-righteousness and into God’s will.   The good news is reliance on Christ gives me the daily bread to forgive. Once I’m willing to ask Christ for help, then I discover nothing is impossible including those who I don’t want to forgive. And when I let go the Holy Spirit brings me a freedom so profound it changes my heart.   As shown above, forgiveness is favorable in God’s eyes. It unveils freedom unlike any other. This liberty manifested in love by the grace of God and is an example of His mercy.   When you struggle to forgive, stop ask Christ for strength and stay patient for His response. And once He shows the answer then act upon the command and discover the freedom of forgiveness!   How do you forgive your worst enemy?

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Sin Crushes The Bond With God

No matter my outlook on sin it crushes my bond with the Father. It causes me to turn away from God and places me in the web of deception. And without God’s grace and Christ’s intercession, it will condemn me eternally.   Many people try to dance around the truth of sin. They want to avoid its effects on life. Yet escaping the reality of transgression is impossible. This never goes away. And as Christians, God gives us a choice to live in Christ or suffer the unremitting consequences caused by sin.   On the negative side, inequity destroys the goodness of God. In the Book of Genesis, the Father’s creations were exceptional. Everything the Lord made went beyond the ordinary.   But the moment Adam and Eve succumbed to temptation humanity entered the darkness of evil.   On my own, I can’t overcome my powerlessness over sin. Every time I use my personal resources it gets worse. But when I stop and humble myself to Christ the strength needed to move away from its paralyzing grip emerges. In fact, once I confess and repent the courage to prevail over temptation releases me from my disobedience.   On the positive side the day God sheds His grace on us everything changes. This includes sin. When the Lord saves a soul, He places it in Christ and sin loses its power. And from this point forward the Lord smashes the devil ability to turn us away from Him.   Before the Father pulled me out of the spiritual darkness sin dominated my heart. I lived according to my will with no concern the effects it had on my eternal destination or how it caused harm to others. And the intense suffering sin caused gives a most compelling evidence to sinfulness existence.   The greatest promise God gives to pardon trespasses is His Son, Jesus Christ. For this purpose, the Lord sacrificed his Son, rose Him from the dead and ascended Him to heaven. And once God’s Spirit enters a person’s heart it connects the human soul with the Holy Trinity.   Sin never sleeps. God knows this and through Christ, He gives us the Christian tools to win the battle over evilness. A point often overlooked is salvation came at a price (Christ’s death) and is not without responsibility. So, I must pick up my cross regardless of its burden and continue living for Christ.   The spiritual warfare transgressions create separates us from God. When inequity enters my life, God is watching the actions I take to walk away from its enticing promise. If I become unwilling to confess then my spirit suffers. But the moment I acknowledge my infraction and turn to Christ without reservation God cleanses my soul.   It’s not pleasant looking at our sinful nature. Yet it answers the question of why we have trouble with obeying God’s word. For this reason, He gives us Christ.   Remember our Father never abandons us and gives the strength to live holy in a hostile world. Abide in Jesus and discover God’s faithfulness!

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Discovering God’s Truth Promises And Timing

It’s easy understanding God’s perfect honesty. Yet the knowledge necessary in grasping this truth takes a personal commitment to learning His word. With this in mind devotion is the key to discovering God’s truth, promises and timing.   And when we engage in the Bible without reservations, then God unleashes His wisdom.   God and truth are inseparable. This revelation shows up in His creations and attested through scripture. When the Lord inspired Moses to write His word it explained the reason heaven and earth exist (Genesis 1). It’s here where God is first exposed as truth putting to rest man’s attempts to disprove Him.   So gaining insight to God’s unremitting truth one must engulf themselves in His word. And as the result of living in God’s way, we see He can’t lie because His Spirit penetrates our inner-selves with a truth unlike any other.   In both the Old and New Testaments God’s integrity never changes. The Lord’s flawlessness to back up His Word in action smashes disbelief. In fact, every recorded Scripture captures His faithfulness in carrying out His promises. God makes knowing Him a relationship full of hope and filled with love.   For example, Noah built the Ark under God’s command (Genesis 6:13-22) and received ridicule for trusting the Lord’s plan. But when the flood came God’s truth became reality (Genesis 7:1-24). Likewise, Moses took on Pharaoh to free the Israelites, and the Egyptians discovered God’s almighty power (Exodus 6-14). Many other Old Testaments verses support the authenticity of God.   In the New Testament God uses the same demonstrations to heighten His unwavering nature. When Christ became human, it validated the Prophets message that God keeps His promise to send a Messiah. And the Gospels catches God’s consistent righteousness.   Even though the Lord made Jesus His new Covenant with humanity He didn’t deviate from His truth. As a matter-of-fact Christ proves God is the one real God. Because once He unleashes Jesus in one’s life the Holy Spirit permeates the mind body and soul.   It’s the Holy Spirit that unveils God’s inability to lie. Once the Lord saves a soul, then Jesus takes over and sanctifies the heart. God’s Living Spirit of truth (John 14:17) illuminates our awareness of His existence. And from God’s anointment of the Holy Trinity, the transformation into salvation illustrates the validity of God’s purity.   Our Father’s greatest pledge is eternal life. He assures us if we accept Christ as the way to heaven (John 14:1-6) our inheritance in His kingdom stays secured (1 Peter 1:3-5). Each of us understands this reality because Christ takes away temptation and supplies a courage to walk away from sin. This proof of God’s powerful promise revolutionizes our lives giving us the strength to live righteous in a broken world.   In my personal relationship with God, everything He promised came true. Before He saved me my life wasn’t holy. Agnosticism ruled my mind. I centered my life in skepticism unwilling to accept God. And when my disbelief led to self-destruction, He rescued me.   Today I know the way of faith. It’s important to realize trusting Christ dismantles my doubt and takes away the need to live apart from God. The biggest dividend I’ve received is knowing God’s graceful Spirit. When I turn to Christ my ability to overcome problems increases and gives a most compelling evidence to God’s trustworthiness. For as long as I stay willing to put Him above everything God never leaves me without a solution.   One of the toughest challenges in living a Christian life is waiting for God’s response. A point often overlooked is comprehending Christ’s timing. Since the Lord knows our needs and never fails to give, it’s crucial to stay active in our devotion. This means we need to continue praying and meditating on His truth. No matter how troublesome our lives become God is our greatest strength in moving past our problems.   The first thing to remember God doesn’t abandon us. The key in knowing the spiritual actions Christ directs us to take is spending private time with God. And the more we absorb His truth our ability to recognize His commands emerges.   It’s no accident God allows us to gravitate to His presence. Since our Father is Spirit, then the measuring stick in knowing how to go ahead becomes engaged in the spiritual realm. Nothing matches God’s intuitive commands and once acted upon the wisdom to fathom what to do becomes noticeable.   Sometimes God stays silent. This doesn’t mean He is not listening. Here we need to examine ourselves and make sure our approach is faith-centered. Scripture reminds when asking God for wisdom is trusting Him (James 1:5-8). Humility is a crucial principle in receiving God’s answers.   Other useful tools in waiting are patience and perseverance. Patience is a willingness to surrender our will over to God’s regardless the outcome. Perseverance is faith in action. Each of them alone brings a positive result but when they intertwined an unshakable foundation in discovering God’s answers transpires.   Given these points, we can agree God is the truth, honor His word and never fails to give the spiritual food necessary to live according to His purpose. Proverbs 3:5-6 gives an excellent example of the efforts favorable to God. No matter if you are new Christian or a seasoned veteran trusting Christ gets God’s attention!   https://achristianmindset.org

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Unleashing The Power Of Christ

The power of believing in Christ demolishes Satan’s effort to turn us away from God. It’s important to realize placing Jesus as the centerpiece of our lives captures the Lord’s attention. And with God in control of our future is eternal.   John’s 4th chapter starts with an uncommon meeting between Jesus (a Jew) and a woman from Samaria. Here John shows us the traditions of two different ethnic cultures that don’t mix with each other and do their best to avoid personal relations (John 4:9). But because it’s God who confronts her the traditions melt away.   This chapter exposes Christ as the way to eternal life and is the primary message from John. It begins with a powerful truth. Here Christ speaks of eternal life with a promise of filling the spiritual void caused by sin. He compares salvation with an endless delivery of refreshing water.   Think of it this way. When the body becomes neglected from a lack of water it suffers. Unlike food, water is more crucial for physical survival. The body can survive without food for roughly three weeks but needs water within a week.   Well, the same holds true in our spiritual existence. When we deprive ourselves of the spiritual nourishment Christ brings to our souls, it separates us from God’s grace. The first thing to remember is without the Lord’s favor we stay vulnerable to sin.   To align our spirits with God, then we must live in Christ. Since the Lord responds to those who humble themselves to Jesus, then our lives must illuminate His Spirit. And once we concede to this truth, our rebirth takes place (John 3:7).   Another key point in this chapter is Christ’s overpowering ability to convert the Samaritan woman into Christianity (John 4:1-26). Jesus unveiled her adulterous life (John 4:17-18), and she realized the unmistakable reality of Christ’s deity.   In her conversation with Christ, the reality of her sinfulness became undeniable. The truth Christ spoke to her changed the way she conceived God. As the result of Christ’s intervention, she was reborn (John 3:3).   Apostle John’s account of the Samaritan woman’s talk with Christ didn’t stop with her miracle. John showed another way of faith-proclamation. When she returned home and professed Christ to others, many accepted Him as God’s Son on her word. (John 4:39-42).   John’s account between Jesus and the Samaritan woman heightens our awareness of God’s eternal plan. Her transformation directly results from Christ’s power to change a person’s, heart. Likewise, we must follow the same path.   It’s in the details of this blueprint for salvation we discover God’s grace through Christ. Nothing pleases God more than to place our trust in Jesus. And once we abandon ourselves to Him God steps in and sanctifies our hearts!   https://wp.me/p74gem-hC

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

A Spiritual Rebirth With Eternal Results

One of the most heartfelt experiences with Christ is the spiritual rebirth He gives to God’s faithful followers. Nothing God’s enemy offers matches being reborn. This emergence from darkness into eternal light aligns a believer’s spirit with God’s presence. And once Jesus connects us with God, we are no longer bonded to sin.   The reality of a rebirth shows up in John’s Gospel and nowhere else in the Bible. Here the Holy Spirit gave insight to John and shows the characteristic of salvation. As a matter of fact becoming reborn is God’s mercy from original sin.   Spiritual rebirth engulfs us in Christ’s wisdom leading to an unshakable understanding of God’s truth. Without this eternal knowledge, the door to heaven stays closed. But through abiding in Jesus our inheritance in the Lord’s kingdom is secure.   What Does Rebirth Mean? The answer to this question isn’t hard. Reborn uncovers God’s truth. In John’s third chapter he captures this revelation in Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus. When Christ explained the meaning behind this new outlook, He showed two key ingredients that mark a spiritual birth.   Baptism (John 3:5), and faith in Him (John 3:16) are the essentials of this spiritual awakening of God’s word.                 Baptism In verse five Jesus mentions baptism as both in water and spirit.   God used John the Baptist to cleanse His people in the water (Matthew 3:11). This is an act of faith where a believer becomes willing to show a want for God. It’s important to realize God prepared the way for Christ through the christening of water.   A point often overlooked is repentance. It’s imperative to show God our remorseful behavior. He responds to a sincere effort to turn away from sin. It’s in our best interest to show God our love for Him by living in His purpose. Nothing is more pleasing to the Lord than picking up our cross (no matter how painful) and walk in His light.   Remember without repentance, forgiveness stays elusive.     The facts of God never change. He doesn’t deviate from His truth. And the baptism of the Spirit gives a most compelling evidence to this reality.   Faith in Christ brings everlasting results (John 3:17). As shown above John the Baptist prepare the way to Christ through water, likewise, Christ paves the way to salvation through the Holy Spirit. It’s in the Spirit of truth that God unleashes the power of His word.   Rebirth Effectiveness Jesus made it known those who believe He is God’s son will avoid condemnation (John 3:18). Once we accept to our innermost self that Christ is the Son of man then God gravitates us to His Light. This Christian consciousness crushes sin and sanctifies the heart. Then we discover an inner peace only Christ can give.   On the positive side, living in Christ our deeds become intertwine in God’s sovereignty (John 3: 21). It’s a holy privilege to work for God so those around us come in contact with His grace.   The penalty for rejecting Christ as God’s Son is eternal darkness (John 3:19). Jesus leaves no doubt condemnation is a hardened heart engaged in evil deeds (John 3:20).   Nothing changed since Christ spoke this truth. We see wicked people carrying out evilness. For example, terrorism is a worldwide demonstration of men loving evil. It causes people to live in fear. Sexual immorality, bitterness, and hatred are other signs of people living in condemnation.   My Story Before my rebirth, life became entangled in behavior unacceptable to God. I lived in a reprobate mindset unaware of the consequences of my unholy actions. My prideful intentions exposed a selfish way of living. And when I didn’t get my way, resentment, rage, and bitterness pushed others away.   This separation from Christ led to a lonely existence.   Thanks to God I am now reborn. Today I no longer live in spiritual isolation. Christ stepped in with the Holy Spirit and revolutionized my mind, heart, and soul. The impact the Holy Trinity makes keeps me devoted because nothing matches the calmness they bring to my inner-being.         I’m not perfect and do sin but the courage Jesus brings coupled with repentance never brings negative results. In, fact trials and tribulations are opportunities for growing faith. And the more I trust God the stronger I become in moving past temptations.   To sum it up, Christ’s gift of a rebirth is full of God’s grace. It’s in our experience with this truth we find a miraculous and joyful existence. The peace Jesus brings in our broken world illuminates the eternal hope God promises. Remember Christ never fails us!   What is your experience with rebirth?

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Redemption Through God’s Lamb

God’s actions go beyond human comprehension, and in John’s Gospel, he exposes this truth in a magnificent way. When John the Baptist noticed Christ, he professed Him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Here the Lord uncovers His intention to sacrifice Jesus giving birth to redemption.   God chose John to unveil Christ as His Lamb. No other Gospel depicts Jesus as a lamb. In fact, the Lamb of God emerges in this Gospel and the Book of Revelation both written by John. This broadcast of God’s eternal plan to sacrifice His Son is the cornerstone of a Christian’s life.     As a matter of fact in Biblical times, a lamb played a crucial role in the relationship between God and His faithful believers. For example, the first Passover (Exodus 12:1-11), God chose a lamb to keep the Israelites protected from His tenth plague (Exodus 12:12). Here we gain insight into the Lord’s choice of a lamb as a mark of salvation.   The Origin of Sacrifice Sacrifice is miraculous. The Old Testament is full of them. There are five major offerings mentioned in this section of the Bible. Burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass sacrifice are significant actions taught by God to glorify Him. Each of them unleashed God’s mercy and brought peace in their lives.   It’s astonishing to understand the way God rewarded our ancient relatives the Israelites. In their times of defying the Lord, He still welcomed their offerings. And in their sacrifices, He showed them love, harmony, grace, and justice.   God’s Lamb New Covenant The moment God delivered Christ to the world His plan to offer Him as His personal sacrifice. This New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) with humanity the Holy Spirit guides us and places us in Jesus’s hands. It’s important to realize Christ’s death and resurrection are the keys that unlock the door to God’s.   This altruistic act from God erases original sin and cleanses us from our transgressions. Remember the Lord’s Lamb took on the sins of the world and defeated Satan. God responds to those who accept Christ as His Redeemer.     When I meditate on God’s Lamb, it brings tears to my eyes. It captures my heart and puts perspective on salvation. This gives a most compelling evidence to God’s truth because my inner-being becomes filled with the Holy Spirit. And my gratitude for God intensifies heightening my consciousness of Christ presence.   As shown above, the essence of God’s salvation is His unwavering action to offer the death of Christ for the sake of humanity. This eternal truth is the gateway to heaven. Place your faith in Christ and experience God’s grace.   What is your experience with God’s Lamb?

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

John’s Revelation Of Christ As God

John opens his Gospel with a fascinating revelation. He magnifies the truth of the one real God. This parallel with the first verse in Genesis (Genesis 1:1). Both scriptures leave no doubt that God created everything and governs over the earth.   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1   And those facts never change no matter how hard one tries to deny their truths. Christ Present at Creation When we inspect these magnificent scriptures, it captures God’s plan for Christ’s Deity. First, we become united with Jesus’s Spirit.   Verses two and three record Jesus with God from the start of creation. This revelation shows Christ’s truth as God because in the world and universe beginning God included Jesus. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:2-3 God in His glory made everything through Christ. It’s tough to fathom this truth because in the Book of Genesis the origin of creation begins with God. Remember, with God nothing is impossible. In fact, accepting this reality is an act of faith. And with an unwavering trust in our Father Christ becomes the key to eternal life.   Now with this in mind, we gain insight into God’s plan for humanity. Christ the Eternal Light The centerpiece in a Christian’s life is Jesus Christ and in verses four and five we grasp God’s reason for placing Him as His redeemer. Our first glimpse into understanding the Messiah’s role in God’s kingdom came in Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3). In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 When sin entered the heart of humanity, a darkness engulfed the soul. And from this point forward temptation unleashed its power corrupting the mind.   No one is immune to the destruction sin causes in a person’s life. Both the believer and one who rejects God struggle with transgressions. And those who God saved understand the way out of the black hole of darkness is in Christ’s light. When Jesus’s light enters the heart of a believer, it illuminates God’s truth. With this in mind, Christ makes our transition from darkness into eternal spiritual light a delightful proposition. And the greatest reward from this Light is freedom from the bondage of sin (John 8:32). My Personal Story of Darkness In my darkness, the fight for righteousness stayed dormant. I knew nothing of a selfless life because pride ruled my motives. Self-centeredness coupled with a reprobate mindset led to a life full of self-destruction. My intentions anchored in egocentric attitudes caused others to stay away leaving me lonely and isolated.   Besides my selfishness resentment, bitterness and rage became common reactions to life terms. I hated myself and spread this venom to others. Forgiveness stayed elusive keeping my soul in darkness.   Under those circumstances, my life continued to get worse. But the day God shined Christ’s light on me everything changed. This transformation removed my blinders and awakened me to His reality. I’m grateful Christ is the Light of life because my vision is no longer centered in this world but in heaven.   As shown above John’s revelation of Christ’s life before conception shows us God is almighty. Our Father never leaves us and these five scriptures prove His love for humanity.   What is your experience with Christ’s Light?

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Trust Unveils The Power Of God

Trust is confidence anchored in faith. This five-letter and one syllable word bring both positive and negative results. Experiencing the trustworthiness of another person we discover integrity. A breach of trust causes emotional, mental and spiritual harm.   The good news is trusting in God with the heart unveils a powerful strength beyond the ordinary. It’s with God we overcome the damage caused by Adam and Eve’s disobedience. In fact, our faith in Christ redeems us and God welcomes us in His kingdom.   Remember, without Christ, God is unavailable, and it’s impossible to turn away from sin (John 14:6).   In Proverbs 3:5, God invites us to trust Him. Here He commands us to place our wills in His hands. The Lord instructs us to humble ourselves through reliance on Him.   This means spending private time in prayer and meditation. It’s important to realize, God watches the way we approach Him, and it’s unwise to slight our personal obligation with Him. Because filling the spiritual void caused by sin comes from Jesus.   One of the greatest demonstration of devotion is trust. For example, when we find ourselves in distress over life’s terms and exert ourselves in Christian principles then this shows God our trust. Even though it may take time for God to respond our willingness to seek Him isn’t unnoticed. Our Father hears our petitions.   Another way of trusting God is taking spiritual actions and leaving the results for Christ to work out. Dependence on Christ in every circumstance of life pleases God. This works and brings an inner peace unlike any other. Given these points, it’s easy to understand Jesus gives serenity in midst of trouble.   Each of our experience with faith proves Christ never fails us. The moment we surrender our lives over to His care our trust grows. A point often overlooked is the strength Christian trust has in overcoming adversity. As the result of applying this crucial spiritual attribute our ability to rejoice in tribulations increases.   As shown above, trust in God and unveil the power of Christ!  

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

The Gateway In Finding God’s Favor

God calls on us to live in His purpose. This divine privilege is one with eternal bliss. It’s important to realize; nothing is more pleasing to the Lord than for us to give Him our undivided attention. For this reason, mercy and truth are the gateways in finding favor with God.   And in the Third Chapter of Proverbs, we discover a heightened display of spiritual awareness necessary to find favor in His eyes.   In verses three and four God shows us the keys to a promise intertwined in His love. Here He defines living in mercy and truth as the way to connect with His Spirit. Since our Father shows us mercy and discloses His truth to us through Christ, then we must do the same to those around us.   The first thing to remember is to illuminate our walk with God by devoting ourselves to Christ. It’s in Jesus we find the strength to show mercy to others and live in spiritual truth. Our Messiah is the force behind an active faith anchored in God’s word.   How can we keep mercy and truth?   Mercy is forgiveness in disguise. The more we abandon our urge to hold onto to hurt feelings caused by other’s sin and forgive them, then, our ability to express mercy increases. It easy to pardon those we love from their transgression. But God watches the way we treat those we dislike.   Truth is an unwavering action of showing righteousness and standing firm on God’s word. It goes beyond simple honesty because the effort involved to live in God’s truth takes commitment. This conscious exertion to follow God’s commands under every circumstance gets the Lord attention. And through our faithfulness, He embraces us with His affection.   With this in mind, we understand it’s crucial to live in mercy and truth. Christ gives us many opportunities throughout the day to forgive and live in spiritual integrity. And the way we abide in those Christian attributes is reliance on Christ.   The greater our dependence on Jesus the stronger our faith grows, and we radiate a life filled with God’s grace.   How does God show us a favor?   The answer to this question is experiencing the Holy Spirit. God makes adhering to His will a cherished and inspiring connectedness. Nothing the world offers matches the way God delivers His love to those willing to surrender their personal plans for His purpose.   For example, when we show mercy to those around us then the Lord gives us an inner peace coupled with His unconditional love. This union between God and us leaves no doubt His approval for our obedience to treat others with fairness. In return, our lives transform into one entangled in His word.   Likewise, living in the Father’s truth builds an unshakable trust in Christ. It’s in accepting Truth we can live steadfast in faith with a purposeful existence. And when others reject us for our obedience to God’s reality our faith strengthens. Again the Lord fills our lives with His Living Spirit.   Another reward from maintaining a life centered in mercy and truth is the attraction we receive from others. In fact, God makes sure those coming in contact with our obedience understand His sanctification in our lives. This places us in a position to be useful in carrying Christ’s Gospel of redemption.   This gives a most compelling evidence in the way God interacts with us. Our perseverance to grow in His purpose pays big dividends. On the positive side as we continue to show mercy and live in God’s will He engulfs us with an abundance of favor.

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Christ The Reality Of Heaven

Imagine a place full of peace and filled with love. A home rich in spirit and deep in affection. An inhabitant brimming with kindness and overflowing with grace. Well, this residence exists and in Christ, we discover the reality of heaven.   God makes a believer’s life one worthy to receive His grace and sanctified through salvation in Jesus. Even in this broken world, the Lord brings us relief from the spiritual pain sin causes to our hearts. In fact, Christ gives us the Holy Spirit, and this allows us to live free on a planet anchored in wickedness.   Once we abandon our personal agenda and pick up our cross, then a glimpse of eternal life enters our lives. God wants us to experience His Spirit so we can find serenity while we live on the corrupted earth. Likewise, Christ comforts us from Satan’s cunning ways.     When I meditate on heaven, it makes me excited. Besides the obvious of meeting Christ and glorifying God the company the Lord puts me in is astonishing. Every one of those men and women of the Bible God saved awaits me.   I’m grateful to God for including me with His elite trusted servants.   The moment God saved us our affiliation with those incredible people of the Bible emerged.   In the Old Testament Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Habakkuk, Job, and Micah are there to welcome us. Ruth, Esther, Sarah, Leah, Rachel, and Deborah are there to embrace us with love. Those are a few of many God’s chosen ones before His deliverance of Christ.     Switching over to the New Testament our alliance continues. Peter, Thomas, Bartholomew, Andrew and the other seven original Disciples watch for our ascension into heaven. In like manner, Mary of Magdalen, Martha, Sapphira, Anna, and Phoebe look for our coming.   Wow God joins us with an exceptional list of faithful followers. This is not of our making but a gift from Him through our willingness to accept Christ as His entry into heaven. As shown above, our family is impressive!   Who are you most looking forward to meeting in heaven?

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Christ Removes God’s Mystery

The greatest mystery of humanity is God’s existence. Throughout the ages, humans struggle with accepting the Lord as the creator and ultimate authority over the universe. In fact, many people collide with the Father’s truth. They create absurd concepts anchored in self-centered intellect trying to disprove God’s Living Spirit.   For example, Darwinism is a popular choice that may people take as the reason for our existence. This theory of evolution captures the minds of unstable souls leading to a belief of uncertainty. Charles Darwin believed creation came from random chance and mutations. Here he tries to convince others God doesn’t exist because everything in the universe is aimless without purpose.   The most compelling evidence of God’s presence is experiencing the Holy Spirit. No mystery lies behind the Lord’s breath of life because His Son Jesus Christ is the key to God’s wisdom. Remember, the Messiah is God’s kingdom and solves the debate over creation.   In my dark days, the confusion over God’s truth kept His word a mystery. I lived life my way, and the road of self-destruction engulfed my spirit. My outlook on existence involved constant sinning and unnecessary suffering. Understanding a spiritual life was nil.   Under those circumstances, the Lord stayed silent. He knew the precise time when I became ready to hear His voice. It took physical, mental and spiritual bankruptcy to bring me to His doorstep. I reached the point of desperation, hopelessness and then God stepped in and comforted me with His compassion.   As soon as He called on me, everything changed.   The Lord saved my life, introduced me to Christ and removed the mystery of His kingdom. I’m grateful for His gift of salvation.   It’s in Christ we discover God. Until one turns away from sin and follows Christ as God’s way, then eternal life stays a mystery. To unveil God’s wisdom comes from reliance on Christ without reservations. We must concede to our innermost selves Christ as God’s salvation.   Once you find Christ, then the resolution to God’s mystery fades away, and access to spiritual knowledge with a power greater than temptation emerges. This courage to turn away from sin isn’t found within ourselves. Because it’s important to realize without Jesus, no one can live free from the bondage of self.   In the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, it gives the best description of unlocking the mystery of God. Apostle Paul shares this with us.   “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them, God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27 NKJV)   Given these points, it leaves no doubt God placed Christ as the one who solves the riddle of His sovereignty. Through God’s grace, our spiritual understanding increases and we find His the truth.   What are your thoughts on God’s mystery?

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Abide In Christ And Discover Eternal Life

Christ is never unwilling to give to those who abide in Him. One of God’s greatest truth is knowing Jesus as His Son and taking action on Christ’s commandments. In fact, nothing pleases God more than living for Christ’s purpose. And the rewards from the Lord by following the Messiah are an endless delivery of divine grace, mercy, and love.   Salvation isn’t a theory. Ask someone who God saved and you’ll discover a powerful conviction to His truths. The saved person tells you nothing matches living in Christ. It’s the most profound experience anyone can have with God!   The Lord made a person’s life spiritually whole full of purpose and filled with meaning. To get this precious gift then faith in Christ is God’s preference. Without abiding in Jesus the strength of God stays elusive. But when you concede in Christ, the courage to live holy overtakes the lusts of the flesh.   The first thing to remember is God’s salvation plan starts with His grace through faith in Christ. Make no mistake, my friend, without Jesus eternal life with God stays at bay.   Christ said:   “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Carrying God’s Message

The world is full of messages. Most of them centered in ideas where self-serving objectives are expressed to encourage personal excellence. They highlight human attributes and use self-reliance as the primary means of getting success. This communication is selfish because it leaves out the greatest news known to humanity—God’s truth.   A carrier of God’s message begins with understanding His language. It’s imperative for us to hear the Lord’s call because without knowing His dialog our ears miss His voice. Once we become receptive to God’s speech, we receive His message.   What is God’s message?   The most prominent part of His announcement is heaven. Yes, salvation is, God’s ultimate truth, but He has other valuable words for us to digest (1 Peter 3:8-12).   In my journey with God, He has shown me two vital Christian actions crucial to salvation. They are love and forgiveness. When God saved me, He let me experience His love and forgiveness. This purification of my heart placed me in His church (Christ’s Body) and made me worthy to carry His message of eternal hope. I now know God wants me to show the same mercy to others (Luke 6:36).     Love: God’s Greatest Message   Love is God’s most cherished emotion. His greatest demonstration of love was sacrificing Christ’s life sparing us from spiritual death. God’s unconditional compassion for humanity paved the way for eternal life. Christ holds love as God’s top commandments (Matthew 22:34-40).   Once we receive God’s love, then it becomes our responsibility to express it to others. This includes loving people we despise because real love is letting God judge those who disobey. It’s in loving difficult people we are most effective in sharing Christ’s compassion because Christian action speaks volume sin God’s eyes.     Spreading God’s message of love is the finest way of comforting others because we embrace them with Christ’s compassion. And with Christ’s affection that makes living in a world riddled with hatred worthwhile. God has given us this gift of love to help others live a better life. But the most rewarding experience of loving others is receiving God’s promise of covering our sins (1 Peter 4:8)   I have struggled to love uncaring people. Every time Christ gives me the opportunity to love disturbed people, and I fail it cuts me off from God’s spirit. This causes my heart to harden and my faith fades away. When I behave this way, I’m showing God my prideful intentions. And the more I stay unwilling to love them the tougher it becomes to stay focused on living holy. But, the moment I repent (Matthew 5:44), God steps in and blesses me with His grace.   I’m grateful to share with you those times when I don’t love are becoming less frequent. God is awesome!   Forgiveness: Christ’s Ultimate Sacrifice   Forgiveness is high on Christ’s list of commandments. God made forgiveness as significant as love. Remember, Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension forgave us for sin. Christ is the way God forgives us, and now it’s our turn to do likewise. It’s in forgiving others we receive God’s pardon for our sins (Matthew 6:14).     One way God communicates is through forgiveness and the benefits He hands out for forgiving others shows up in a remarkable way. The biggest dividend in letting go of hurt feelings is the peace Christ releases inside our spirits. Forgiveness prevents bitterness from hijacking our hearts and removes personal conflict with our neighbors. This is a great freedom.   As God’s messenger, our lives must show others a regenerated spirit where sin takes a backseat and living in Christ body becomes our primary focus. God’s invitation to join His Church (Jesus) holds us accountable to His standards. Our faith makes us acceptable to God and in return, our conviction must radiate the internal holiness Christ brings into our hearts. Remember, God has called us to become Christ’s sheep and granted us the privilege to carry His message.  

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Working For The Divine Craftsman

We are privileged. Chosen by God to work for Christ. This divine honor has eternal treasures. Christ paid our price and freed us from sin. Our labor (faith) allows us to experience God’s grace. And for as long as we stay faithful our inheritance in heaven is secure.   The joy of salvation is losing our lives for Christ (Matthew 16:25). It’s in Christ’s body we enjoy living in obedience to God. Christ is our Master Craftsman showing us the spiritual tools necessary to building our eternal foundation.     In God’s toolbox, we find the tools needed in fixing our broken lives. God’s specialty is providing the precise Christian instruments in repairing the damage sin causes to humans. And the one handing us them is Christ. Without Christ, we can’t diagnose the problem.   In Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, we find an indispensable message for becoming Christ’s workers.   “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” (Ephesians 2:10).     God united us with Christ making us acceptable in performing His work. God doesn’t force Himself on humans; He uses His chosen ones to make the world see His hands working for the good of humanity.   If I’m not willing to leave my comfort zone and do good for those I want to avoid; then I must examine if I’m working for Christ. I can’t be selective because everyone is God’s creation. Christ reminds me He came to save sinners. It’s tough doing right for selfish people, but the rewards from God are incredible.   God created good deeds to lead us away from sin. He planned for us to show the world His holiness by using righteousness as an attraction to the gracefulness of a spiritual life.   It’s the light of Christ that shines the spotlight on those we are to help. Often we fail to see them because we are too busy or look the other way so we won’t become bothered by the countless people begging for help. Christ, Himself tells us not to be blinded to anyone in need of aid (Matthew 25:35-40).   Working for Christ means making personal sacrifices that are tough but necessary. When God saved me, my life changed. He granted me apprenticeship into Christ’s kingdom and now Jesus is showing me the blueprints of discipleship.     God leads me to a way of life where unconditional giving outweighs my concerns about how the recipient will use the help. I take the action and leave the results of Christ’s hands. I’m not perfect and fail but the moment I’m willing to act God is pleased.   Each day we awaken to a new opportunity to stay on God’s roll call and receive our daily bread. Christ knows we won’t have perfect attendance since God understands we become weak in faith. But the moment we become willing and report for work then Christ finds a spot on God’s roster. No matter how sinful we become working for Christ will always nurse us back to spiritual health.   Are you working for Christ?     Author: walterkahler.wk@g

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

God’s Greatest Commission the Holy Spirit

Now that Christ rose from the dead and taken His seat at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19) then it becomes our responsibility to partake in the Great Commission. Since God’s Spirit is alive and we believe in the resurrection, this holds us accountable to spread the Good News. In fact, it’s in the Holy Spirit we discover the wisdom behind God’s message of salvation.   God’s new Covenant includes the Trinity and illuminates a believer’s spiritual life. Once God’s awakens His chosen ones, His Living Spirit transforms the heart of a faithful servant. This gift from Christ supplies us with God’s wisdom and governs us to carry the truth to others (Romans 1:16).     One of my favorite conversation is the one placing God as the focal point. When I share with others, the impact Christ makes in my life a God consciousness emerges. This spiritual connectedness inspires me to devote myself to His purpose. Nothing brings me greater joy than glorifying God and in return, the Holy Spirit brings an internal peace unmatched in the world temptations.   Likewise, the moment God captured my life everything changed. His grace empowered me with the Holy Spirit and put me in the hands of Christ. Since then a new and improved outlook on life took root and keeps me seeking God’s truth. But the neatest experience is growing in the image of Christ. I love the way God teaches me.   When it became known Christ rose from the dead, then He appeared to the Eleven Disciples. Their first thoughts on the risen King brought doubt. They couldn’t fathom Jesus resurrection. And Jesus in His glorious triumph took away their disbelief and sent them out to baptize with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).     Here, Christ gives them the power of the Holy Spirit to anoint discipleship to God’s people. It’s important to realize the Trinity is the backbone of salvation. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the qualities of a real disciple and separates true believers from the world.   God’s Living Spirit coupled with Christ’s Deity is an unshakable foundation for eternal life. They are full of spiritual power and the devil flees knowing it’s impossible to penetrate Christ’s armor. In fact, salvation is the greatest protection against the cunning ways of God’s enemy.   Given these points, it’s easy to understand God uses the Holy Spirit to finish real discipleship. The Lord never leaves us in doubt and our personal experience with His Living Spirit gives testimony to Christ’s faithfulness!

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Christ's Resurrection Unveiled God's Final Plan

God unveiled His promise of an eternal life free from sin through Christ’s resurrection. This assurance of a life spent in spiritual bliss isn’t a theory but a reality to those who live in Christ. And a believer understands this truth because God’s Living Spirit gives them the courage to live holy in a world riddled with evilness.   When I ponder over the great Resurrection, it brings me joy knowing God amended Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3:22). It’s important to realize this undeniable event transformed my life into God’s light. So without understanding Christ’s rising from the dead my spiritual life stays elusive.   When Jesus unfolded God’s plan for the end of His time on earth (John 2:19), it set in motion the reality of Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension. Those who heard Him speak on these events became confused. They imagined He meant destroying the physical building and rebuilding it in three days.   With this in mind, we must accept God’s temple is Christ Himself. Those present when Jesus spoke of the resurrection couldn’t grasp the Lord’s unique way of redemption. Yet when Mary Magdalene saw the open tomb and God’s angel told her the news of the resurrected King, she became overjoyed (Matthew 28:1-10)     We are fortunate for Matthew’s recording of Christ’s rising from the dead. Because when the actual resurrection occurred and the Roman soldiers shared this news with the chief priests they bribed them (Matthew 28:12). Then instructed them to use dishonesty and blame the Disciples for stealing His body (28:13-14).   Under those circumstances, a web of doubt engulfed those alive during this significant interaction with God’s plan of salvation. For example, the Apostle Thomas refused to believe Christ arose from the dead until he touched the wounds of Christ’s body (John 20:24-26).   Not much has changed since those ancient days. Many people reject the resurrection. They cling to individualism rooted in self-searching motives. Everlasting life isn’t their focus because they live in the here and now. And they live a fast-paced existence missing out on the spiritual nature of life.   In the past, I recoiled from the Lord. My outlook on Him was one of disbelief. I spent every day spewing my agnostic venom on others. Even in those dark times, God had plans for me to partake in His Son’s resurrection. I the hope your experience with the Great Commission captures your faith in a profound way.   In summary, God’s exposure to Christ’s resurrection gives us an endless delivery of grace. It’s in this powerful act of the Lord we become purposeful and spiritual useful in proclaiming the Gospel. Now with our newfound wisdom, we can live in this broken world.   How do you live in the resurrection?  

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

God’s Unbelievable Sacrifice

God’s unbelievable sacrifice of His Son shows each faithful believer His undeniable love for those who glorify Him. Throughout, the Old Testament, the Lord taught His people how to make sacrifices favorable to Him. And when our Father delivered Christ as His new covenant then He planned to offer the death of His son as the gift of salvation.   Good Friday reminds us of Christ’s death. Each year this significant reflection on God’s incredible sacrifice keeps us focused on Christ’s ministry. God used Christ’s death to set us free from original sin.     God’s love for humanity is hard to fathom. The most compelling evidence of God’s love is His eagerness to interact with humans. In fact, when Adam and Eve fell from His grace He didn’t stop loving them. Instead, God forgave and reopened His door (Genesis 3:22).   Likewise, Christ is our tree of life. Nothing is more satisfying to God than to watch us surrender our wills and lives over to His Son. And God’s personal sacrifice of His Son makes life on earth a joyful experience.   In the centuries leading up to Christ’s arrival on earth, God used the Prophets to teach His children the truth of His word. In those times most of the people rejected or ridiculed the Lord’s messengers. They stayed in disbelief. And when God changed His method of faith (Christ) many of them couldn’t accept God’s new plan.   In Christ’s final hours (Matthew 27:45-50), God showed those witnessing this sacrifice His disapproval for rejecting His Son. Verse 45 sets the mood of God by the darkness He shed on the land. It’s important to realize when God darkens the sky He is manifesting His wrath.   And in verses (Matthew 27:51-54) we see God’s wrath on display.   Imagine experiencing an earthquake and watching the dead rise from their graves. Those terrifying events are most compelling evidence to God’s existence. This shows the power of God because it’s supernatural and unrepeatable.   One of the more popular verses in this part of Matthew’s Gospel is scripture 27:46 when Christ cried out to God.   And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”   Matthew 27:46   This scripture’s impact is mighty. Here God shows Christ absorbing the sins of the world. Christ’s death separates sin, and it’s a point often overlooked. It’s in this statement God completes His unbelievable sacrifice.   Christ’s crucifixion is crucial to remember. But to stop here isn’t wise. Because it’s in His resurrection, we become God’s new creations!  

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Divided We Stand In God's Glory

God used Christ’s kingship to set His chosen ones apart from those who fail to glorify Him. The great division between real believers and people unfit to live in spiritual eternity became necessary. And it’s in becoming divided we stand in God’s glory!   Christ made it known (Matthew 10:34-39), He didn’t come with peace but to carry out God’s ruling. In fact, God decided it was time to rescue His people from the false teachers and set up Christ as His Supreme Ruler. So, from this point forward a real believer must accept Christ as God’s way (John 14:6).       It’s important to realize not everyone enters heaven. This may confuse you because we hear a belief in Christ (Acts 16:31) equals salvation. Christ shared this:   “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV)   With this in mind, Jesus is reminding us a simple belief isn’t enough. We must go further and live by examples of God’s grace (Romans 10:9). This means our actions must show others the internal changes Christ made in our hearts.   Remember talk is cheap, but faith in action is life-changing (James 1:22).   The message of Christ’s division is easy to grasp. It’s in those verses (Matthew 10:34-39) that Christ shows God’s truth on a believer’s relationship with Christ.   First, He shows us loving Him must become our number one priority and fail to love Him above everything will end up unfavorable in God’s eyes (Matthew 10:37).   It’s important to realize our love for Christ must go beyond the kind we have for our families and friends. God commands us to love him first then love others (Matthew 22:36-40). Our ancient ancestor Abraham is a prime example of how to love God even when it means denying a love for family (Genesis 22:1-24).     Christ divided love as a reminder of glorifying God. Here we must accept the Lord as the reason we live and love Him without reservations. In reality, Jesus is saying by loving God first our affection towards family increases.   As important to loving Christ is denying oneself for His purpose (Matthew 10:38). Nothing is more satisfying to God than humbling ourselves before Christ. When we abandon our personal agenda and seek Christ, then God steps in and blesses us with His grace. This remarkable interaction with God is experiencing the undeniable existence of the Holy Spirit.   Again, Christ teaches us we must become divided from our powerlessness over temptations. Until I surrender myself to Jesus, the mystery of God stays elusive.     I experienced both sides of this division. On the negative side, I defied God. In this chapter of my existence agnosticism caused me immense suffering. I tried my best in convincing others to turn away from God by pointing out His unresponsive reactions to the wickedness of the world.   My argument based on the cruelty people inflicted on each other was wrong. I didn’t understand how God works in a broken world. As shown above, those thoughts got me nowhere.   It brings me great joy to announce God has removed my disbelief. Today I no longer live on the wrong side of Christ’s division. As a matter of fact the Lord shed His grace upon me, and now I see the world through faith’s eyes. This new and profound outlook isn’t of my making but Christ.   Given these points, I owe everything to God.   In summary, Jesus’s division paves the way to an eternal life with God. Jesus divided us so we can glorify God in heaven.   What’re your thoughts on Christ’s division?  

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

 

Dancing Around The Truth

Sometimes people respond to my conservation on sin with rationalization. They dance around the truth by calling sin a sickness. It’s easier to pass off sin as an illness than call it evil. No one wants to accept sin since it shows the evil side of our existence. But it can’t be denied, and every human encounters its paralyzing grip.   In the Garden of Eden when the great fall from God occurred life as a human changed. Adam and Eve faced the reality of disobeying God and paid a terrible price. They gave into temptation and were ashamed.   Psychologists and psychiatrists weren’t available telling them sin doesn’t exist. No, they had to stand alone before God. God was the one who dealt with their sin. And today His approach hasn’t changed. We are accountable for the way we live, and God will judge us in the same way.   We need to understand the way sin enters our lives. This means taking a look in the Book of Genesis. Chapter Three explains the truth of sin. It begins with Eve’s interaction with Satan.   In their verbal exchange, Satan enticed her to question God. Here he used the mind as a tool for making her doubt God’s authority. He convinced her that if she disregarded God’s command death wasn’t possible, but the knowledge of good and evil was available (Genesis 3:1-5). Eve bought into his deception and believed to be God’s equal. Her poor judgment turned out to be disastrous. And our sin brings the same results.     When Eve offered Adam the same bait and became afraid of God (Genesis 3:8-19), then they both understood the problem. So here God teaches us the weakness of the mind. Our dilemma lies within our minds and without God’s mercy stays unresolved.   Their disobedience gave birth to sin, and God’s consequences reminded them the penalty for turning away from His commands. Even though God had disappointments with their sin, He supplied them a way back to His grace. God gave them the choice between Him or sin (Genesis 3:22). Here God tells us the reward for exerting our free will over to His care is salvation.     In our generation talking about sin is becoming harder to discuss. Advancement in behavioral science has taken center stage and pushed back God’s truth of sin. Medical professionals are good blamers placing the focus on poor parenting, environmental disadvantages, and other circumstances. They never mention sin.   Psychiatrists and psychologists are masters of deception. They have a medical explanation for every form of disobedience. And to make matters worse, medication is their solution. This makes it impossible to accept the root of the problem and keeps people numb from their sins.   I’m not saying doctors dealing with the mind don’t serve a purpose. One of my sisters has a severe bipolar disorder, and I understand the problem this causes in her life. Without medicine her bouts with anger and depression are unbearable and a danger to her and others. I’ve seen the crippling effects of Alzheimer disease. In my personal relationship with God, I watch Him use different ways of intervening with people. And He uses doctors to help.   Often men of medicine overstep their boundaries and mingle with matters reserved for God. Their intelligence blocks them from the fact many problems only God can solve. So it’s not surprising we have an up close view of a decaying society.   Sin is real, and the evil it causes is undeniable. Christ’s death leaves no doubt on the validity of sin. Jesus sacrificed His life to redeem the world from the spiritual death, sin causes to God’s creation. So rationalizing or justify sin isn’t favorable to God. Don’t dance around the truth and be left in darkness.   The great news is you can find serenity in this fallen world. Christ is waiting and willing to give you freedom. Abide in Him and discover peace!  

Walter Kahler

Walter Kahler

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