Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”

The 365 Lesson: Many of our pre-cross lives told a story of selfishness, indulgence, and sin. We took part in hedonistic practices, without a care. We were unrestrained and intemperate. Ignorance and bliss led us down a road of demise. We were headed straight toward a dark and fatal disconnect from God. Depravity ruled.

Question: Does depravity still have rule over your life…post the cross?

Once we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and LORD, we were sealed with the Spirit. We no longer had to or have to walk alone. We no longer had to or have to face bondage and struggle as an independent party of one. Still, many of us live, move, breathe, and exist without a true understanding of the Holy Spirit.

Question: Who is the Holy Spirit, and what role does He play in the life of a Christian?

Challenge: Thoroughly read each of the Scriptures mentioned below. Write down your takeaways. Revisit your notes daily over the next two weeks. Feel free to post your comments and/or share your thoughts with the Phone Tree Bible Study Group.

Scripture Reflection: Psalm 139, Ephesians 2, and Romans 8

Question: Is there anywhere we can go to escape the depravity of the world?

Up Next: Can’t Stop, Can’t Quit


Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 1

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”


Scripture Reflection: Ephesians 2

The 365 Lesson: The world in which we live can be very wicked. It can, in fact, be incredibly overwhelming to the senses. Strangely enticing, it can lure us into dark, addictive games that can lead us down a road riddled with depravity and indulgence. It can take each of us on a mind trip meant to entrap our bodies, strip our souls, and break our spirits. For the saint – the one who has chosen to accept and follow after the LORD – there is hope, however.

Challenge: Read Ephesians 2 thoroughly. List every hope, encouragement, and positive takeaway found in this chapter.

Prayer: Dearest Father and Most High God, thank You for Your abiding presence in our lives. Thank You for Your living Word and saving Light. Your power, grace, mercy and love are unmatched and are so perfectly good. We ask that You free each of us from the wickedness that so easily besets us. Remove the bonds of sin that we have grown so comfortable wearing. Save us from the darkness that disturbs our peace, dims our paths, and ensnares our minds. Show us the “but God” in every situation, and give us the courage, strength, and determination to overcome. In the name of Jesus, we pray and believe. Amen.

Up Next: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2

As Unto the LORD

“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.”

Scripture Reflection: Colossians 3:23-24

The 365 Lesson: What would happen if we approached every task we had to do with the LORD in mind?

In life, we are called to do many things. I’d like to believe that most of us approach our tasks with the right kind of attitude. I’d like to believe that we each strive to successfully complete our assignments with a CAN DO mindset. But, I have to wonder whether or not we involve our hearts and souls in the process? Do we engage in our work with an “I’m doing this for the LORD” focus, or do we just go through the motions of doing something for the sake of doing it?

Challenge: Going forward, I would have you consider each task you do as an offering to the LORD. Do it, not only with the LORD in mind (as for the LORD), but also as if it is done unto the LORD Himself.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being such a beautiful example of love and grace in action. From the beginning, You have shown us selfless love. You have called us to do the same. As we press into each new day, help us to approach each task with You in mind. Teach us to do all things as unto You and for You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

The Time is Now

Happy New Year!

2018 has officially started, and your year is fresh…with no mistakes. Day one is before you. What will you do with it?

– Will you bow down in prayer?

– Will you shout words of praise?

– Will you gift God with a song from your heart?

– Will you read/study the Word of God?

– Will you open yourself up to the Holy Spirit’s instructions?

– Will you quiet yourself enough to “hear” the LORD?

– Will you consider all that God has done in, around, outside of, and beyond your life?

– Will you encourage yourself to do the righteous thing?

– Will you use godly wisdom?

– Will you serve someone other than yourself?

– Will you forgive your enemy?

– Will you finally pardon yourself?

– Will you extend a hand of fellowship?

– Will you invite someone to church?

– Will you walk in peace?

– Will you share the Gospel?

– Will you trust God to be the Almighty in your life?

– Will you commit and/or recommit your life to Christ?

– Will you set spiritual goals for yourself?

– Will you worship, serve, and grow?

– Will you fully believe God and take Him at His word about who He is and who you are in Him?

The time is now!

#experience #authenticChristianity #AllIn #OneWord365

Crying Out! No Other Gods

A Get Back to God Series 

Scripture Reflection: In the beginning, God created. He, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit made all things well. All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made. In Him was Life and that Life was the Light of men. The Light [of the LORD] shined in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend [Him]. (Genesis 1; John 1)

The 365 Lesson: What a magnificent LORD and Almighty God we have! To create something from nothing. To speak into existence a world whose purpose, essentially, was to be present for Him and focused on praising, worshipping, and adoring Him. How awesome and divine is our LORD, who was, is, and will always be sovereign King and rightful Ruler over all. With all of the aforementioned in mind, we must begin to ask ourselves whether or not we treat God as He deserves to be treated. Do we look to Him, humbly, as the Most Holy and Most High God, or do we look at Him as a God who exists in an unending sea of gods and other man-made idols? Have we truly given Him the honor He is due?

In the Word of God, the LORD has always specified that there were to be no other gods before Him. He also indicated that no graven images were meant to take His place. No idols, no false images, no symbols of man were to take the place of Him. But that – those very things, idols, false images, and symbols of man – have greatly polluted our lives, to the point that we don’t even recognize it as so. No, perhaps we do not have a golden calf like the ancient Israelites did, but what many of us do have are distractions. Distractions that, over time, consume us and shift our focus away from God. Distractions that become our idols, if you will, or false representations of God. As a result, we begin to worship the “thing” (whatever or whoever that is) instead of God.


– Jobs that rule us, causing us to focus more time and energy on them versus on the God who gave the blessing of the jobs

– Social status that becomes so important that we dedicate ourselves to either accruing more to get or stay ahead or that becomes so polluted that we forget our humanity and fail to care for others, i.e. the indigent, the widowed, the fatherless

– The love of money, which is a root that postures many to forget and forsake Jehovah God

– An unrighteous and ungodly righteousness, whereby we pervert the truth of God by way of twisting His Word to fit our beliefs so that we can claim to be the saved [and others, who are different from us or who have different views or beliefs than us, lost].

– And still, there’s so much more.

Question: What in your life has become more important than God?

Going Forward:

1) Pray to God.

2) Confess your sins, your inadvertent wrongdoings, and/or your ungodly actions.

3) Repent and change your ways.

4) Forgive yourself, just as God has forgiven you.

5) Study the Bible, and continue to learn of God’s Truth.

6) Grow in knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and insight.

7) Focus on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Know Him and make Him known to others.

Crying Out! Our Need of the Savior

A Get Back to God Series

One has only to turn on the news or to read the papers to see the state of our world. Wars, trafficking, greed, hatred, murder, modern-day slavery, feigned ignorance, and so much more poison our very being. Sadly, many have become immune to the horrors of our day. Many have allowed themselves to become blind or deaf to the injustices that face a great many people, imagining that if it does not impact them directly then the matter is irrelevant somehow. But what about brotherly love? What about caring for others as self? What about taking care of the poor, the fatherless, the widowed? Have we become so inhumane that we don’t care? Have we become so selfish that we have lost our ability to be concerned about the well-being of others? God forbid!

Over the next season, I will be crying out, at full volume, about matters that we as a people should be dealing with. I will challenge you, just as I myself am being challenged, on matters and issues that God’s people should be addressing. I implore you to journey with me on this quest meant to encourage all of us to examine our hearts and Get Back to God. Truly, we need the Savior now…more than ever.

Jesus Every Day: Prayers to Awaken Your Soul