The Authority of Jesus

The world we live in is one of hardship and pain. Sometimes that hardship and pain is caused by our own actions or choices. That isn’t always the case; often times, these struggles come into our lives because of the fallen world we live in. It is no fault of our own, bad things happen- even to good people. If folks were honest with one another we would realize that everyone is in one of three situations; headed into hardship, currently struggling through hardship, or coming out of hardship. Don’t let your guard down; there are unclean spirits and hardships lurking just around the corner. When we are smothered by the things we go through; is there any help? What does Jesus have to say to these situations in our lives? Possibly more that we realize.

In the book of Mark we see the authority that Jesus possessed and exercised over the unclean spirits of this world. Jesus never met an unclean spirit, broken person, or sinful condition that He did not have authority over. His is the final authority. Today, I want to take a look at what Jesus offers us in the way of help when we are possessed by an unclean spirit. First I need to clarify what I mean by an unclean spirit. The world is under the the influence, power, bondage, will, and grip of Satan and his minions. So it is in this sense that people now and the man we will look at in God’s Word today are possessed by unclean spirits. Under the influence of something other than Jesus and His perfect will for our lives.

In Mark 1:23 we see the plight of a man possessed by an unclean spirit. It’s interesting to me that this man was in the synagogue. If he attended regularly, it is safe to say that this particular synagogue was quite possibly spiritually dead. This man fell under no conviction, was not challenged by the things of God, and could sit comfortably under the preaching and teaching of scripture. Something was missing! This man had many voices speaking in his mind. Voices that said things like, just do what your heart leads you to. Take care of yourself first. Look out for number one. No one gives you anything, you have to take what you want. Voices that speak contrary to the voice of God. The two greatest commandments Jesus gave us are , Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, sand mind. And to love your neighbor as yourself. Any voice of the world that says something different than what Jesus said is an unclean spirit.

These unclean spirits are always harmful when we heed their direction. They are not concerned with our well being in the long run. They are only concerned with the here and now. But listen to me friend; we are eternal beings passing through this wilderness! Jesus is concerned with our here, now, and eternity. The voices of the world will never lead you to Jesus, they will lead you farther and farther away from the only truth in the universe! Jesus is that truth. He spoke of Himself as being the way, the truth and the way. So, believe me when I tell you; He is concerned with everything that affects you and I!

So what does Jesus say to these voices and unclean spirits? In verse 25 of Mark Ch. 1, Jesus says to the unclean spirit in the man, “Be quiet and come out of him!” Do you know what happened then? You guessed it, the spirit screamed in frustration and came out of the man! Do you know why? Because Jesus has authority over all things including the voices and unclean spirits of this world! They have to obey His command! They cannot ignore Him! They cannot argue with the God of the universe. Jesus possesses all power, all knowledge, and all authority.

Notice for a minute; Jesus didn’t speak to the man at this point. I’m encouraged by what Jesus did not say. He did not ask the man, “What have you gotten yourself into this time?”, “How could you let this happen?”, “How could you let this thing have control over you?”, “What were you thinking?”, “I’m so ashamed of you right now!”, “And you call yourself a Christian!”, “You’re no child of Mine!”. Jesus did not say anything condemning of the man with the unclean spirit. He could have. Frankly, some of us may have said some of these things to someone under the influence of an unclean spirit. But Jesus speaks to the unclean spirits to drive them out so that the person can be restored.

I want to leave you with this thought. We as Christians have the authority over the unclean spirits of this world. No, we are not Jesus and we have no authority of our own. Our authority comes when we speak God’s Word over the unclean spirits and give Jesus permission to invade our lives with truth and drive the unclean spirits away and silence the voices of an evil world. Our authority comes from Jesus. We must bathe our families, our marriages, our churches, and every person in our circle of influence in prayer. Specific prayer for Jesus to exercise His authority over their lives and silence the voices and expel the unclean spirits that want to destroy everyone and everything they encounter. Let that be your prayer today and live under the authority of Jesus!

Under His authority;

Pastor Kavin

Keeping the Wolves Away

This week I had the occasion to have a dialogue with someone who believes that the entire New Testament is a fabrication designed to lead people away from “true faith”. If you are thinking that this was a pleasant conversation lace with God’s grace, you are gravely mistaken. The conversation quickly turned to a scathing indictment of modern Christianity and the gospel of “White Jesus”. Just to be clear, I have never referred to Jesus by any race or skin color. He is God. When He walked the earth He was God in human form who came to dwell among us to show the character of God. The bible says that He is the perfect image of the invisible God. How could anyone assign a race or skin color to God; who transcends everything in the universe.

Unfortunately this conversation ended in a deadlock. We both held tightly to our convictions. I held fast to the gospel of Christ. While he was adamantly opposed to this view. I feel a deep sadness for someone who holds to the view that Jesus is of no value to the human condition.

I believe God has placed a call upon my life to preach the gospel Of Jesus Christ and pastor the people of God. Part of this calling is to be a shepherd in the likeness of Christ who called Himself The Good Shepherd. As a shepherd I am to defend the sheep against the wolves that circle the camp and look for an opportunity to devour a wayward sheep. This is a call I take seriously because Jesus took on this role for His sheep to the point of death on the cross.

The Apostle Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) 16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. All scripture is breathed out by God (it is of Divine origin). That means that scripture, like God, is infallible (never wrong), inerrant (without error), authoritative (not an authority but “THE” authority to live by), and sufficient for every aspect and area of life.

We see in Galatians 1:8-9 (NKJV) 8  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. We are to be careful to preach and believe only the gospel of Christ and Him crucified. Any other “gospel” that claims to be the truth is a lie from the pit of hell. God’s Word is clear; there is only one gospel; the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ;m we must combat these lies and false gospels as we encounter them. We must stand firm in our convictions. We will stand before a Holy God one day we will give an account of our lives. Joshua said choose today which god you will serve, and like Joshua my resolve is “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”

Keeping the wolves away;

Pastor Kavin

Jesus was intentional, are you?

Jesus was intentional in every part of His ministry. No word or meeting was by happenstance. Jesus sought people out to spread His gospel. Jesus didn’t just roam around hoping to meet folks. He went directly to those in need of His Word. He was also intentional when He decided be baptized by John.

Mark chapter 1 verses 9-11 tells the story of Jesus intentionally going to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus made the trip on foot. A walk of about 60-70 miles, talk about being on a mission! Jesus had a purpose and He was not going to be hindered by the inconvenience of a long distance walk.

By His intentional decision to go to John to be baptized He was announcing to the world that He had decided to follow God’s will for His ministry. His would be a ministry to save the lost and redeem mankind. I’m thankful for His decision to fulfill God’s call on His life.

Jesus’ baptism was not the same as believer’s baptism that we take part in. Jesus was sinless, therefore, He did not confess nor repent of sin. His was a baptism of obedience, He showed that He fully agreed with God the Father and His plan for salvation. His was a baptism of self-identification with the nation of Israel in their heritage and their sinful predicament. Isaiah 53:12 (NKJV)
12  Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. His was a baptism of self dedication to His Messianic mission and it signified His official acceptance and entrance into that mission.

Jesus was intentional in every decision He made. He was intentional because He had decided to follow God unconditionally. No questions, no hesitation; just complete and perfect submission to His Father in Heaven.

Is your life marked by this level of dedication to God’s plan for your life? We live in an age when so called believers will not inconvenience themselves to come to church on Sunday morning to hear God’s Word proclaimed! Christians will not read the Word of God and hide it in their hearts. Jesus’ plan for their lives take a back seat to their personal desires and selfish wants. Oh, but when the going gets rough they pray for God’s help. It’s funny how crisis changes our perspective. But when the crisis is over it’s back to business as usual.

I’m convinced that if we are to see revival we must do as Scripture says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. How serious are we in our personal walk with Christ? Are we willing to humble ourselves and cry out to God for His help? Will we be intentional as we seek His face and His will for our lives?

I challenge every believer reading this to stop and pray to God for His forgiveness and direction for your life. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Let those of us that call ourselves followers of Christ walk His way, believe His truth and model His life in a lost world.

Until we see Him face to face, let us live intentional lives dedicated to Jesus;

Pastor Kavin

Which path are you following

In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus tells of two gates. One is wide and one is narrow. The wide gate leads to destruction and condemnation while the narrow gate leads to righteousness and eternal life. The path we choose to walk determines the gate we will enter as we exit this world.

The wide gate is not only visible and accessible to any and all comers, it appears as the only option unless one searches out another gate. The wide path appears to be paved with good times and prosperity. It seems like the “fun” road, filled with excitement and adventure. It’s the “don’t worry be happy” type of path. The gate it leads to is the popular gate; there is so much growth and activity surrounding it, how could it possibly be dangerous. The wide gate is wide enough to include all: all philosophies and beliefs no matter how extreme, all appetites and passions, all liberties and licenses, all sin and selfishness. Anything and everyone is accepted and embraced as truth.

But Jesus warns that this path and gate are to be entered to the detriment of your eternal destiny. Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s correct. This theme has been played out throughout history.

On the other hand there is a narrow gate that leads to eternal life which can be entered. We must turn from the wide gate, stop following the crowd and turn from the activity and attractions that surround the wide gate. We must search for the narrow gate and seek it diligently. And when we find it we must enter into it immediately! However it is hard to enter because it is so narrow.

You may be asking, how can anyone enter into this narrow gate? There are a few principles that we must adhere to to be granted access to this most precious gate. To enter in; a person must stoop and bow down. Give up the self centered-ness and ego that demands that we are owed something because of what we have done. Jesus said that we must accept the Kingdom of God as a child. Innocently and without pretense or condition. Just to take Jesus at His word. He has paid the price for our entrance into this gate.

Another thing we must do is strip off the old man and be clothed in the the new righteousness that we receive when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. One must be born again to have access to the narrow gate. You must be renewed in the spirit of your mind by Christ.

And lastly, you must struggle against your flesh. Your flesh will tell you to give up and turn back to the old you. It will tell you this is too hard and does not feel natural. It will tell you that it’s no use; you’re not good enough to live this new life in Christ. This is true! You can’t live this new life without the help of Jesus. And everyday you must humbly seek Him for His assistance to live out what He has called you to. Be encouraged by knowing that if you are not struggling with your fleshly desires you are not seeking to walk with Jesus. Every believer struggles with those sins that we used to indulge in. It is “ONLY” by the gracious hand of Jesus that those sins no longer have a hold on us.

The gate that leads to Heaven is narrow but it can be entered by those who earnestly seek it out. Humble themselves. and stay the path when the going gets rough. Listen to and follow that still small voice as Jesus leads us to the narrow gate.

If you have not already, would you consider right now putting your faith in Jesus Christ? He is calling you to Himself. He has already paid for your sins and given you a way to seek and enter the narrow gate if you will only accept His gift of salvation.

Until we all enter in;

Pastor Kavin

Jesus Christ is Lord

Few statements cause such a visceral response as this one. On one hand you have folks like me who believe with their whole heart that nothing could be more true. But there are also those who dismiss this statement completely. These folks say that belief in Jesus is for shallow minded simpletons. How can one statement be so polarizing? Trying to cover all of the arguments for and against belief in Jesus is not my aim here, that would take a lifetime to cover adequately. My goal is simply to state the reasons I believe Jesus Christ is Lord.

The Bible tells us that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17. Jesus lived a sinless life so that He could be the only sacrifice worthy to pay the debt I owed to God for my sins. Jesus died by crucifixion on the cross and shed His blood. God’s word teaches that there must be a shedding of blood for redemption; this is what Jesus sacrifice accomplished for me and sinners like me. But that isn’t the reason He is Lord. He is Lord because He resurrected from death. He had complete control over death! He was raised from the dead and ascended to Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father. Lord signifies that Jesus is divine; He is God.

As such, Jesus reigns over everything; whether in Heaven or on earth. There is no end to His reign; He will reign over all things for eternity. He holds all authority. He is the sovereign Lord. No one is free from His rule, not even those who place no faith in Him. One day every person who has ever lived will stand before Him in judgement. Only those who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior will pass through this judgement and live in Heaven. Those who don’t place faith in Jesus will be cast into outer darkness where there will be eternal torment. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God would have that none perish but that all would come to repentance.

Repentance is recognizing your sin and turning from it and turning to Christ. You may be saying, I live a good life, I’m not a bad person. That may be true but the word of God says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. To be saved you must repent and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, Romans 3:23.

I believe in the total sovereignty of God. And because of His sovereignty, I also believe in divine appointments. Nothing happens by accident or chance. You are reading this right now because of His ruling hand. Don’t ignore those daily encounters with the divine as coincidence. God directs the footsteps of men and He orchestrates the events of life as He pleases. Pay attention and be sensitive to His leadership in your life.

Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. I encourage you to make the decision today that will change your tomorrow for ever. Let Him have total control over your life and learn to follow His loving guidance. I promise it will be the best decision you ever make. And like me; you can affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is still calling people out of the world and to a relationship with Himself. No other relationship is a meaningful as one with the God of the universe who seeks ordinary people like me and you to walk with Him.

Jesus is King of kings, Lord of lords, God the Son, and Savior of souls. Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God! We can affirm with Thomas in John 20:28 that Jesus is my Lord and my God!

Until we stand face to face with Jesus Christ who is Lord of all;

Pastor Kavin

Who Am I

This seems like such a benign question on the surface. I’m a husband, a dad, a grandpa (which I still feel as though I’m too young to be), I’m a pastor, etc. We often wear so many hats that our true identity gets lost in the shuffle. If I asked you right now, “Who are you?” Without thinking about it, how would you answer?

A little disclaimer. I recently watched “Overcomer”, a wonderful movie by the Kendrick brothers. This was the premise of the movie. What is your identity linked to? So borrowing some principles from their movie and God’s word, I hope to answer the question as it pertains to our identity in Christ. We remember people for “what” they were. A great business person, a wonderful parent, a close friend, an avid… You get the point. But who does God say I am?

In the book of Ephesians (chapters 1 and 2), the Apostle Paul tells us who we are in God’s estimate. We are blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places. Did you read that? We have blessings in Heaven through Jesus Christ! He also tells us that we have been chosen. When the world tells us that we are not good enough or smart enough and we are tossed away like old dirty rags. God in Heaven says we are His; He chose me as a son! Please don’t discount that, you are somebody special. We have been accepted by God into His family. We have been adopted by a loving Father.

God has redeemed us through the sacrificial blood of Christ. That means He paid the price for me that I owed and could never have paid. He did that for us according to the riches of His grace. Not because He had to but because He wanted to. Let that sink in a minute. Most of us, if we are honest, would admit that we would pay any price for the ones we love; our children or our spouse. But would we be willing to sacrifice our very life for the beggar on the corner, the mean old neighbor next door, the rapist, the pedophile, the murderer? That’s what God did through Christ for us. Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” In other words, none of us deserve that grace and mercy of Almighty God! He bestows it upon us even though we could never earn it. That’s why it’s called grace.

Because of God’s grace, when we put our faith in Christ, we have a new identity. We are a new creation and we are adopted into God’s family. So today if you have placed you faith in Christ as your Lord and Savior, You can answer the question of “Who am I?” with divine assurance.

I am saved! I am redeemed! I am blessed! I am chosen! I am adopted! I am known! I am an heir with an inheritance! I am sealed with the Holy Spirit! I am alive and not dead in my sins! I am a child of God!

He did all of this for me and for you. Not because we earned it, because we never could, but rather because of His great and unending love for us. By His grace we are saved through faith; and that not of ourselves; it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

When we strip everything away we find our true identity. The question of who I am can only be answered correctly if my identity is found in Jesus. Nothing else can be allowed to define who we are! Who am I? I’m a child of God.

To the glory and honor of Jesus Christ;

Pastor Kavin

Fruit of the Spirit

When someone accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior they are reborn and receive the Holy Spirit. He comes to live in the heart of all those who have been born again. He takes up residence in the saint and begins the process of sanctification. The Holy Spirit actively works in our lives to transform us into the likeness of Christ. As we surrender to the presence and leadership of the Holy Spirit we begin to take on His characteristics. These characteristics are what God’s Word calls fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 reads “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law.” Here we have a large assortment of fruit that should be on display more and more as we grow in Christ.

At this point I’m sure there are some folks saying I’m pretty patient, or I’m kind, etc. The fruit of the Spirit isn’t on display for us to pick out a couple of our favorites and try really hard to master those. As we are transformed into the image of our Savior Jesus Christ we will display all of the fruit of the Spirit. For sure; some of these fruits are easier to display in our lives because of our natural personalities. It’s for this reason that the Holy Spirit helps us. Without Him some fruit would ripen and be edible while other fruit would never grow at all or worse some would rot on the vine and be repulsive! There is nothing worse than rotten fruit. The Holy Spirit helps us stretch and grow in areas that we may never embark if left to our own devices. He is not satisfied with a couple pieces of good fruit; no no, He wants a basket filled and running over with the best fruit!

Let’s take a quick look at what these fruits; Love– love is listed first because it is the foundation of the other fruits. This is a self-sacrificing love. This is the same love that sent Jesus to die for sinners and it is this love that is manifested in believers who are Spirit-controlled. Joy– This is a deep abiding inner rejoicing which is promised to those who abide in Christ. It does not depend upon circumstances because it rests in God’s sovereign control of all things. Peace– An inner quietness, even in the face of adversity. It defies human understanding. Patience– the quality of having no thought of retaliation even when wrongfully treated. Kindness– benevolence towards others. God is kind toward sinners therefore we should display the same towards others. Goodness– This is an uprightness of the soul that does good to others even when it is not deserved. Faithfulness– This the quality of being trustworthy or reliable; a faithful servant. Gentleness– this make a person submissive to God’s Word and considerate to others when discipline is needed. Self-control– this primarily relates to control over fleshly impulses. This quality is impossible to attain apart from the power of God’s Holy Spirit!

The word fruit is singular because these qualities constitute a unity. All of these should be found in a believer who lives under the control of the Spirit. In an ultimate sense this “fruit” is simply the life Christ live out in a Christian. When we surrender full control of our lives to the Holy Spirit this is the life we have the promise of living. We can only attain this life by the Power of God living in us and through us.

So I challenge you today to take a spiritual evaluation of your life. Are you living by the power of the Holy Spirit? If you are a believer in Christ; surrender your life entirely to the Holy Spirit now and let Him work in your life to produce His fruit. Are you trying to do better, make better choices, or be a better person by yourself? If this is you right now and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Savior. Ask Him for salvation and you will receive the Holy Spirit and you will be able to live the Spirit filled life that leads to producing the best fruit possible.

Until He comes again, let’s grow fruit worthy our Savior Jesus Christ

Pastor Kavin

Do I deserve Salvation?

For many Christians, this is the question that haunts them whenever salvation is mentioned or thought of. This is even the question that keeps some non-believers from coming to Christ. The idea of working enough to deserve salvation actually come from a drive deep within us. Everyone wants to measure up. We all want to cut our own path in the world. Most people don’t want something for nothing, because if you didn’t earn it; what’s it really worth? Does this sound familiar? Most of us have either felt this way or we know someone who does. The, I’ll come to Christ when my life is “right” crowd. Or, the I don’t really measure up to His standard right now, but I’m working on it group. What a hopeless and helpless situation these folks make for themselves. Just for the record; you nor I deserve the salvation that Jesus offers to us freely. If left up to us; no one would receive salvation. With that said, shall we explore just a fraction of what the Bible says about a salvation based upon human works?

The rich young ruler of Mark 10:17-27 thought he had it all figured out. He had kept the commandments of God since his youth. He had done all he thought was necessary to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. When he asked Jesus what he must do to enter into Heaven; it was as if he was waiting for Jesus to say ; you have done all there is to do, by all means you can enter. After all he “worked” so hard to do everything right! But Jesus didn’t answer the way the man had thought He would. Jesus actually told him to sell all his belongings and follow Him. The man, obviously dismayed, turned and sulked away. He couldn’t believe his ears. What do you mean give up everything to follow Jesus? You see this man worked very hard at keeping the tenets of his religion, but He had no idea of who Jesus actually was. What was he missing?

True, there is work involved that makes salvation possible for you and for me. But the work of salvation was completed by Jesus Himself. You see, if you or I try to attach any work we do to the work that Jesus has already done, we miss the mark. And we make Him a mockery! For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God. not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9. Jesus, while on the cross of Calvary, said “it is finished.” The free gift of salvation is only possible because of the perfect and complete work of Jesus. This was the Father’s will, and Jesus carried it out to a t! So the rich young ruler was putting his eternal security in what he had done instead of what Jesus Christ had done for him.

Sadly, this narrative plays out in the hearts and lives of people today. The same work that made possible the salvation of the rich young ruler is the same work that make salvation possible for you and me. The completed work of Jesus at Calvary. The gospel or good news is that we were separated from God by our sin. But God in His love for us sent His only Son to die and be the sacrifice to pay our debt. Jesus went willingly to the cross where He died in our place to satisfy God’s wrath. He was buried in a borrowed grave. And on the third day He rose from the dead to live once more. Only through His death, burial and resurrection is the gospel possible! For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish by have everlasting life. John 3:16

So the next time you or someone you know is struggling with the question, do I deserve salvation? Answer with a loud and convincing NO! That the wonderful thing about Jesus; He does not give us what we deserve He gives us His unmerited favor or grace. He lived a life that I could not live, He died a death I deserved to die, and He rose again to give me eternal life. What do I deserve? Death, Hell and the grave! This is what all of my good works earns me. What did Jesus defeat? Death, Hell and the grave! We serve a Risen Savior! Amen!

It should bring us comfort that we do not have to work to be good enough for God to save us or keep us saved. It all rests on Jesus. When we receive Jesus by faith as our Lord and Savior, He does the work. Our salvation lies in His hands. And quite frankly, He is the only one able to keep us till the Day of the Lord. He is worthy of all of all honor, glory and praise.

Till the day of His glorious appearing;

Pastor Kavin

Starving for God

Hunger pangs! A craving that is insatiable. Sweet or savory? Maybe a little of both. We have all been there. Refrigerator and pantry full of culinary choices but still we can’t find anything to curb that craving. Sound familiar. We are in a similar position spiritually.

Our lives, our families, and our country are in a state of starvation. If you were to poll the people sitting next to you in Starbucks or shopping in the same isles at the supermarket or department store you may be surprised that they identify as Christian. Now extend that poll to include spiritual disciplines i.e, reading God’s word, prayer, living a life of holiness, etc, and I assure you the numbers would paint an entirely different picture. The incredible thing is that this starvation for God is self imposed. We are free to choose whether we live devoted to or devoid of God. God gives us a choice to love Him and abide in His presence or ignore Him and struggle to navigate this life without His guidance.

It’s obvious which choice our society has made. Mass shootings, human trafficking, a total disregard for our fellow man! These are merely symptoms of the underlying illness; sin. The only cure for sin is salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The remedy for the symptoms of sin in our society is a turning to God and a full surrender to His will and purpose for our lives. Will the evil of this world be eradicated? Not until Jesus returns to gather together those that belong to Him. But knowing Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior helps me navigate this world that is becoming more and more evil with each passing day.

So, in light of everything, I offer this challenge to those who identify as Christians. We are called to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we may know the will of God, and what is acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2) We can only do this by feasting on the word of God. There is a table set before us in the presence of the Lord. Let us eat daily and live minute by minute on the very word of a holy God who wants us to be transformed into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Maybe, just maybe, someone will inspect our life and seek what we have; salvation in Jesus! We can make a difference if we can cure this self imposed starvation for the things of God!

Until next time, let us be found faithful;

Pastor Kavin

Love God

God is not only worthy of our love but He expects us to love Him deeply and intimately. In Matthew 22:37-38 we read these words 37   Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38  This is the first and great commandment. We are not called to love God with a shallow or cursory type of love. We are to love God with every fiber of our being. There should be nothing else in our life that even comes close to garnering the type or amount of love we have and show to our God.

To love with your heart is to have that attraction and infatuation you feel with a new acquaintance. What some call natural chemistry. An instant attraction. This is the starting place of any lasting relationship. When God saves us by His grace, it is the beginning of something much much bigger than we can imagine. This is the kernel that grows into a deep abiding loving relationship with our creator and sustainer. This is the most basic layer of love. This is the layer in which we decide if a deeper level of love and intimacy is worth pursuing. We ask ourselves “is this relationship worth my investment”?

Loving with your soul is quite literally loving with your “breath”! To understand this concept, you must realize how connected our breathing is with our survival. Our very life depends upon our breathing! This is the level of our soul and this is the level in which we are to love God. Everything spiritual depends on this level of love shown to God. We are completely and utterly dependent upon Him for our life and purpose. This is the deepest level of worship; to love God with our very breath! This love is manifested by a life of devotion to God. Devoted to whatever He may ask of us. No questions asked; complete devotion to His will and purpose for our lives. We must live minute by minute in obedience and humility to Him; letting God have complete control over my choices, attitudes and desires until they match His.

To love with the mind entails having a renewed mind. Our minds are renewed at the moment of salvation. We are no longer have reprobate minds because we are no longer lost. The Apostle Paul says that we are new creatures in Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:17. Part of being new creatures is that we have new minds that we can use to think and meditate upon the things of Christ. Loving God with our mind is not a pursuit of academic knowledge about God. But, rather, allowing our minds to be filled with the awesomeness of the One who created us and saved us by His grace. We are now able to make decisions based upon the Bible. Satan and the world system wants to win the fight over our mind. What you set your mind upon is soon followed by your heart and soul. This is the window that the enemy wants to exploit. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may know what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. I challenge you today to set your mind upon God and be transformed into what He created you to be.

God is calling people to Himself today. Have you heeded His call. Be encouraged today by God’s word. Let it permeate every space in your mind. Choose today to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul. Be determined today to fall in love with God; love Him deeply with your very soul, and devote your mind and being to His service. The only remedy for the pain, chaos, and turmoil of this world is to totally devote yourself to God, who is loving and merciful. I hope you will make God the number one priority in your life beginning today.

Held in His hand;

Pastor Kavin