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“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I Press on.”

— Saul of Tarsus.

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Do You or Don’t You?

If you take a trip around the world, you will see the beauties of creation. You also will experience the problem of people. In this trip,you will learn, difficulties exist everywhere. The most pressing issue facing every individual is the problem of Jesus! This statement, of concern, comes out of Jesus’ own mouth. The point He makes excludes no one, not even church going people. The summary of His concern can be expressed in a simple question.

Do you know Me (Jesus) or just know about Me?

The answer to this question will have eternal consequences! When God closes down and brings this world to an end, every person, who ever existed, will stand before Christ to account for their relationship to Him. Perhaps, you may think you have problems now. Maybe, you may think there is no judgment day. You also may believe Christ is nothing. However, the problem of Jesus will NOT escape you.

 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Matthew 7:21-23 NIV

In the words of Jack Swigert, Apollo 13 moon mission,

“Uh, Houston, we’ve had a problem.” (NASA.gov)

Uh, Earth we’ve had a problem! The problem is Jesus!

Therefore, let us return to the question,

Do you know Me (Jesus) or just know about Me?

Do you know Jesus or do you just know about Him?

This question will never leave you. It is the last examine you will have to take. I hope you and I pass it.

If you don’t know Jesus, here are two resources you can use, to find answers to the problem of Jesus.

1.) https://www.knowgod.com

2.) https://www.jesusfilm.org

Please Get to Know Him Today!

Jesus broached this subject to the people of His day. They couldn’t grasp who He was, nor the will of God. Jesus answered His critics and clarifies the will of God for all time. He said,

“The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.” John 6:39 NIV

To not obey this is sin.

If you know the Lord share your faith today!

The Freedom Bell

For the People of Hong Kong!

Nehemiah 4:4 NKJV

“Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!”

This is a prayer of Nehemiah against political and religious oppression!

History is a great teacher for modern truths. The lesson of history, which is ignored by mostly everyone is simply, someone is always trying to rule over and take away freedom.

The next dictator is always knocking on the door. It could be from someone as small as your spouse, the bully next door, the ego-maniac boss. Or, it could be someone as large as a political group, ideology, or maniacal charismatic politician. The people of Hong Kong are feeling the heat of oppression. They are in kin with the Israelites of Nehemiah’s time seeking to keep their new found freedom. As Nehemiah and his fellow countrymen labored to stand firm against oppression, they realized, only God can help them defeat their enemy.

Christians and freedom loving people everywhere, need to learn history. It is time to realize we are despised and wanted to be put away. It is time to take a stand in the power of love. Therefore, finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Let us agree in prayer together with the Prayer of Nehemiah! To those who crave controlling power, we pray to God.

“Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!” Amen.

Long May Freedom and Liberty Reign!

In Christ, may there be peace on earth.

House of Prayer Where?

Do You Pray? Really Pray?

I wonder, if you find it, interesting people give names to their houses. Perhaps, you live in a house with a name. Sometimes, houses become known by the names for the family living there. When I was growing up our garage was affectionately known as “the Barn,” among my peers. In purchasing my first home, my wife and I named it Beth-El. We were very grateful to Jesus for providing it to us. In giving a house a name, it gives the house a personality. This personality can give persona to the house. In your community, are there houses with a persona of being evil or good? What name are they called by?

I think I have an interesting tidbit to pass on to you. God has given a name to His house. His house is the church. The church is not made of brick and stone, but built with people, living stones. The Apostle Peter teaches this truth.

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV

Isaiah described what Peter teaches this way in Isaiah 56:7, NKJV. “For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

The Lord Jesus confirms Isaiah’s statement. He does this when He dresses down the rulers, of the Temple, for making it a super merchandising center of criminal activity.

“And He said to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.’” Matthew 21:13 NKJV

The preferred name God gives to His living Temple is, “The House of Prayer.” This is a place where the living stones are offering priestly sacrifices of prayers through the Spirit for all nations. The People of God, who are the church, should have a persona. This persona should radiate the name God has bestowed upon His house. When people in the community look at your building, they should naturally say, “This is a house of prayer!”

A good question, the living stones should ask is, “What does the community say about my church? Does the community know we are a house of prayer? I think the answers would shock many of us. My uneasiness, with the name, “House of Prayer,” is simply, I do not see it in my community. Once a week, five brothers and sisters, the living stones, meet for intercessory prayer. We have extended invitations to all denominations to join us. Well, a year pass, and it is still only five stones praying together. How is this problem by you? What is it like in other areas of North America, across Europe and Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, Australia, India, Japan, China, and the Philippines? Is the catholic (universal) church, in your area a House of Prayer?

I hear many of the living stones complaining about the need for worldwide revival from God.  They complain about the great darkness we are in. Nevertheless, they superficially pray about it or really do not pray at all. Another problem with the living stones is the lack of scriptural thinking. Many living stones cannot discern between good and evil. In fact, many of these stoned stones, unwittingly support darkness, because they have never taken their thoughts of darkness to the house of prayer.

A natural question to ask is simply, “Why aren’t people of faith praying?”  I will answer from my own experience. I call this problem, “THE FAST FOOD SYNDROME!” The disillusionment with prayer, is the lack of ability to go through the drive-through, place your order, drive up to the window, and receive your order. I am guilty, of losing faith, because of no instant answer. Therefore, for many years, I became a faithless superficial prayer. Well, why shouldn’t my prayers be answered in the snap of the finger? Concerning this, really, who do I think I am. Am I greater than Abraham, who waited years for the fulfillment of promise and prayer? The lesson of the dryness I went through is, God answers prayer, in His time and in His way. Gradually, He is delivering me from the ego-centric life of prayer to the Christ-centric life of prayer. To tell you the truth, prayer is a lot of work. Remember, Peter calls prayer, “Spiritual Sacrifices!”  

    Spiritual sacrifices involve much labor. This labor is akin to a woman giving birth to a child. There, first must be the planting of the seed, next the daily growth of the request, finally a travailing in labor in front of the throne of God, until He gives birth to your request.  

The labor of prayer requires:

  1. Diligence,
  2. Persistence,
  3. Hope upon hope,
  4. Faith in God, to keep His promises,
  5. The ability to withstand the great onslaught of doubt; God didn’t answer; God doesn’t care,
  6. The endurance to see the request through to the answer, even if it takes years to happen (Are you greater than, Abraham?),
  7. Courage to give the prayer into the hands of God.

This is great labor and few of us, are they who, take up the call to be a House of Prayer. However, you and I must. God has called you to this. God works, only when the living stones become the House of Prayer. If you want revival, then you need to enter the House of Prayer with prevailing revival petitions.  The church should know the culture does not want revival of Christ. Revival is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in our community and world, with the witness of Christ. Revival is the fulfilling of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit to glorify the Son, Jesus Christ, on the earth. Once again, the world does not want this. Revival is something Christians must desire! The outpouring of the Spirit of God must be a deep need from within which will not be quenched until God allows it to happen. This is the House of Prayer God is seeking for today. However, where you are, is the only sound of prayer you hear, the crickets chirping? 

Well, living stone, the House of Prayer begins with your brick coming alive. Perhaps, you may be saying, I have done this with no success, or I do not know how to pray? Well, if you have a Bible, you have the Book of the House of Prayer in your hands. Open the book and begin to pray the Word of God for yourself, your family, community, country and world. 

Furthermore, Jesus taught His disciples to pray in a specific manner. His prayer teaching is built upon the authority of God and His absolute rule and power to affect change on earth. 

Effective prayer starts with:

  1. Acknowledgement and praise of God the Father.
  2. Petition for God’s rule and reign to be re-established on earth as it is in His heavenly realm.
  3. Petition for God’s provision to be capable to live and work for the re-establishment of His kingdom reign.
  4. Petition for God’s forgiveness of trespasses, to allow us to be in His kingdom, along with our forgiving other’s trespasses against us.
  5. Petition for God’s guidance to keep us from the temptations of sin, which is not allowed in His kingdom rule.
  6. Petition for God’s protection from the onslaught of the devil and evil in any form.
  7. Acknowledge God’s power to answer our prayers.

 Jesus said,  Matthew 6:9-14,

“In this manner, therefore, pray.”

  1. Our Father in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.

Acknowledge and Praise God. Worship your King! Tell God how you feel about Him!

  • Your kingdom come,
    Your will be done.

Pray God’s will for all people to be saved through Christ be done. Pray for the rule and will of God to be established in your nation. For example, in America, pray for, the President and Vice-President, the executive branch, the representative branch, the judicial branch of national government, all federal and state judges, the fifty state governors and legislatures, all counties, city and town governmental officials, particularly your home area.  Pray for God’s rule and kingdom to come in every priest, pastor, minister, elder, deacon, bishop, pope and denomination, especially yours.

  • Give us this day our daily bread

Pray God’s provision and resources for our governments, churches, charities, yourself and family to advance His kingdom rule and personal needs in life.

  • And forgive us our debts,
    As we forgive our debtors.

Seek God’s forgiveness for our national and personal sins, which separate us from God. Moreover, be forgiving to all.

  • And do not lead us into temptation.

Petition God’s Guidance to lead our governmental officials, justices and judges, the clergy of our churches, yourself and family from the temptation to sin and making ungodly decisions.

  • But deliver us from the evil one.

Petition God for national, church, family and friends to keep us from all evil and the devil.

  • For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!

Give God the Glory, acknowledging, only He can do all we ASK!

  • Finally believe and receive! Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24 NKJV
Living Stones, We Have No Excuse. Get In There And PRAY!

Guy Calandra, Author, The Inside Word

God Calls A Strike

The Water of Salvation Is For All

     One of the world’s greatest tools for addressing grievances, in society or in the workplace, is the strike. Striking people have been both successful and unsuccessful in their causes. God also is aware of the power of the strike. He uses this method to point out His grievance against us. The point of His strike is to bring us a solution to His complaint of our behavior toward Him. The problem God has with us centers around the breaking of His sovereign commandments. When we break these commands, we sin. When we sin, we separate ourselves from God. When we separate ourselves from God, we fall under His judgement. When His verdict is given, we are sentenced to eternal damnation.  Here is a brief, brief from God’s view. Isaiah 59:2-4, NKJV, teaches God’s point.

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God;

And your sins have hidden His face from you,

So that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood,

And your fingers with iniquity;

Your lips have spoken lies,

Your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice,

Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies;

They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.”

God sees these types of behavior as sin, which cause us to be separated from Him. Well, who is God pointing His finger at here? The prophet Isaiah is speaking to Israel, but is Israel the only people and nation God is calling out? God is speaking to Israel and through Israel, He is speaking to every person in the world.

“For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:22-23 NKJV.

     It is clear to see God has a problem with us, and we are under His judgement. However, the Lord has a problem within Himself, about us.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV

God wants to save people and reconnect with us. Fortunately, for us, He has a solution to resolve His two problems. Therefore, He calls for two strikes. One strike He commands to happen. The other strike, He allows to happen. The strike He commanded was given to Moses. This strike was to solve the sin of Israel in their exodus. They were constantly complaining and bad-mouthing God. They were thirsty and needed water in the desert. Instead of prayerfully asking God politely to provide drink, they cursed Him for not providing water. They were saying this about Moses but really were meaning God. God not willing any should perish called Moses and commanded him to strike. In this strike, salvation water would pour out.

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.’ And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” Exodus 17:5-6 NKJV

The first strike was on a material rock. This strike was commanded. The second strike, God calls for, is allowed. This strike is against His Son, Jesus, who is figuratively the Rock. This strike pours out the water of salvation to all nations, peoples, and tongues. This strike reconciles and reconnects us to God, solving His problems. Here is the way it happened.

Jesus explains the strike.

“The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Luke 24:7 NKJV

The strike happens. They nail Jesus to a tree.

“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.” Luke 23:33 NKJV

Jesus, nailed to a cross, gets a strike to His side by a rod called a spear.

“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear!”

And as water gushed out of the rock Moses struck, so water comes out of the Rock hanging on a tree.

“And immediately blood and water came out.” (Above (sections from) John 19:34 NKJV

This flow of water washes our bodies to make them clean in our salvation through Christ, allowing us to reconnect with God.

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 NKJV

Perhaps, you are a soul that has grievances and complaints? You feel alienated and alone in this world. Possibly, you might have a desire to do a strike on your own. We see this played out all around the world. Individuals murder, terrorize, and hurt others because of an insane grasping of their unsolvable problems. I beg you to turn to Christ. Please find the solution to your issues through the angry whip strikes on His body, the nail strikes, on His hands and feet, and the spear strike in His side. Only here can you experience healing. Only in this place can you experience connectivity to God. Therefore, you will never be alone again.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

Oh, people of the world, enter the strike of God and our world will be healed! Accept your Savior today.

Christianity CINO

Christian In Name Only

"Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Ephesians 5:14 KJV
There Is Darkness Over The Church

“Having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:5 NIV.

Do you know this fact? The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ is littered with professing people who are Christians in name only. To coin a new acronym, these false believers are CINO, Christians in name only. Many people who are genuine believers do not understand this truth. We have a hard time believing there are CINO people around us. You may be wondering, where are these people? I don’t see anyone like this. Well, CINO people can be found sitting in the pew next to you, preaching from the pulpit, in the presbyteries, and bishops.

Do you know this fact? The Lord Jesus warns; CINO people will come into the church to destroy it. You can read the whole discourse of His in Matthew 13 starting on verse 24. He said this.

“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.’” Mathew 13:24-26 NKJV

In the history of the church, there have been various cycles of CINO people entering the church and rendering it useless. According to the Lord, the enemy, the devil, sends them in. Jesus calls these CINO people a specific name.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:15 NKJV

These wolves act like prophets of God but are ravenous enemies seeking destruction of the kingdom. The Apostle Paul was very worried about Jesus’ warning. He spoke these words to the Ephesus Church upon his coming departure.

“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.” Acts 20:29 NKJV

In fact, if you read Revelation chapters two to three, you can see this problem taking place. We notice this in the Asia Minor church in Thyatira.  A tare was planted. A female ravenous wolf came and took over the church. The Lord is extremely upset the congregation allowed her to come in and take over. He rebukes them saying,

“Nevertheless, I have this against you: ‘You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.’” Revelation 2:20 NIV.

Unfortunately, in our time of Christianity, we have the same problem. Many ravenous wolves are prowling around devouring the church through subversion of the Holy Scriptures. The sheep take this and let it all happen, under the false teaching of tolerance through being non-judgmental. If Jesus sends His Angels to weed these CINO people out before the end time, the church will be lost with everyone in it, see Matthew 13:29. Jesus wants His people to do the weeding and stop being tolerant of ravenous wolves.

The task of uprooting these tares today may be an impossible mission. The only other choice might be found in the words of Paul.

“That is why the Lord has said, ‘Leave them; separate yourselves from them; don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you  and be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.’” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 TLB.

Christianity without walls may be our last way to bring the Good News to the world of today. CINO people are trouble making people. Let’s not get caught up with them. Here is the fruit by which you can know them according to 2 Timothy 3:1-9  CINO people will be,

  1. Lovers of self,
  2. Lovers of money,
  3. Very boastful,
  4. Exceeding proud,
  5. Blasphemers
  6. Disobedient,
  7. Unthankful,
  8. Slanderers,
  9. Unholy,
  10. Unforgiving,
  11. Unloving,
  12. No self-control,
  13. Brutal,
  14. Despisers of good,
  15. Traitors,
  16. Headstrong,
  17. Haughty,
  18. Pleasure seekers,
  19. Not people who seek God,
  20. Church goers, which seem godly but deny God and His power. 

The Lord Jesus is serious about this subject. The Apostle’s Doctrine is replete with the warning given by Christ concerning CINO people. We seem to be asleep about this problem. May God awaken us out of our lethargy concerning the loss of the church to Christian in name only people!

Guy Calandra, Author, The Inside Word.

Examples

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV Do You Follow Saul or Paul?

     The Apostle Paul is a wonderful example of God’s grace. Paul, who was Saul, represents, in Saul, our elites today.  He was a Pharisee of Pharisees! He was highly intelligent. He was a cut above many in his own nation. Saul was fanatical about his beliefs. Saul, like many of our political classes, professors, journalists, and their followers, could not think or reason beyond the zealous mindset of their ideological dogmas. These have a mindset which is cemented in myopia. They think anyone, outside their mindset, is a disease which needs to be eradicated.

     Such was the misfortune of Stephen. Once he thought like Saul. He was accepted by the elites. Stephen could not accept anyone different from him and his fellow Israelites.  However, Stephen had an encounter with others who had a distinct point of view. This new view challenged everything he believed. In fact, it enlightened all he understood about the Law and the Prophets. He came to believe in the reality of Christ as the Savior. This enraged Saul and his companions. They captured Stephen. The progressives considered him a ringleader of the Nazarenes.  Upon his capture, they immediately put him on trial. The reason, because he dared to stray away from their politically correct world view. After, Stephen gave his defense and testimony, a tragedy happened. The politically correct and corrupt religious order became infuriated beyond belief. How dare this fellow to have a different belief than us. Let us kill him; they shouted. The verdict was unanimous. The group think, without any thought given to Stephen’s facts, descended on him. Along with Saul, they dragged Stephen outdoors and stoned him to death.

     Saul’s hatred for these people was ignited. He began a bitter campaign to persecute and prosecute all those who did not tow his religious-political viewpoint. His anger and hate had no bounds. He began destroying, jailing and putting to death as many of the Nazarene believers he could. The ruling body labeled the Nazarenes as blasphemers or in today’s language, racists. Regardless of facts, the mob mind cannot be assuaged. The views of Saul and the group think were wrong. However, the Nazarenes whom they hated, were correct. To the thought control people like Saul, truth does not matter. What matters is their opinion of truth and version of the facts. In Saul, we see our world today. We live with a world full of brilliant people, but oh so narrow-minded and bigoted. In every nation, there is a Saul or group of Saul’s ready to descend on anyone who does not fit their world view. The history among the nations is littered with people like Saul. The victims of this system are numerous. People are persecuted, enslaved, tormented and murdered because they dare to desire truth and freedom.  Our modern era has not learned the lesson of Saul. In Saul, we sadly must say, things do not look hopeful. The Saul-life is a bad example to follow.

However, all is not hopeless. The world of Saul was interrupted with a transformational moment. In this moment, Saul became Paul. In the moment of his transformation, the light of Christ bursts forth and delivered Paul from Saul. Saul became a new creation called Paul. In Paul, the light and love of God broke forth in ways of merciful splendor. Paul immediately began to proclaim the ways of forgiveness and abundant life of liberty to all. In Paul, the world has hope to defeat the Saul’s. In Paul, God’s truth in Christ brings liberty and freedom to all. Paul began to bring change to the Roman world order. The Roman world order didn’t react well to Paul and the followers of Christ. Paul was murdered for his newfound beliefs. What Saul did to Stephen; the Roman Saul’s now did to Paul. However, the wonderful grace of God towards Paul, was not in vain. The world through Paul’s writings has never been the same. Thousands upon thousands have escaped the brutality of Saul and found freedom in Christ. Thomas Jefferson, penned these words, in the Declaration of Independence, probably from his understanding of Paul’s letters, concerning the Creator.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

     The Saul’s of this world do not hold to these truths. They, like Saul, categorize people to fit their mindset. The colorblind Paul, with the love of Christ, ends categorization of people. All people are of worth and value to a loving God. He doesn’t see people as a gain to individual power, but as an opportunity to love, serve, and edify. Where Saul was angered, Paul is understanding. Where Saul was hateful, Paul is loving. Where Saul was filled with malice, Paul is filled with good will to all. Where Saul had bitterness, Paul now has joy. Where Saul was continually agitated with others, Paul is at peace with all. On the one hand, we have the example of Saul. On the other hand, we have the example of Paul.

What was the difference between Saul and Paul? The difference was stark. Saul was religious, full of dogma, not truth. Saul professed he knew God, when he didn’t. Saul’s life was a life of works. However, Paul was not religious, but spiritual, full of grace and truth. Paul knows God and has a living relationship with Him through Christ. Paul’s life is a life of grace and witness, walking in the works of God. The choice of whose example to follow is before all. Will the choice be to follow the so-called religious Saul, or the Christ filled Paul? The decision is clear, do you want to live around the world of Saul or the world of Paul? Look at the world and yourself, then make your verdict.

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 NKJV

Guy Calandra, Author of, The Inside Word

I AM

Truly I AM

I AM, Said God to a forsaken Moses.

I AM, Said Jesus to a lost nation and world.

I AM, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Jesus says to us.

I AM, the Good Shepherd, to guide you through the heights and depths of life.

I AM, the Door, for you when all doors are closed.

I AM, with you always so you need not fear

I AM, Who I AM, you are who you are.

I AM, the God who spread out MY Arms for you.

I AM, Jesus who gave Myself for you.

I AM

Cursed

Oh, how easy it is for us to feel cursed or to curse! Sometimes life goes wrong and immediately many of us profane the name of Jesus with loud and obnoxious cursing. I have heard many complain in tragedy, “This happened because I’m cursed!” (Does this sound familiar to you? It does to me.)

Let me address this cursing problem. There was one person, which lived, who was beyond reproach, never did any wrong, and was always doing well to others. This person was also the Son of God. His name was Jesus Christ. This name is found on the lips of almost everyone as a blessing or a curse. However, this person was cursed beyond measure. The record states “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree!” (Galatians 3:14) Moses wrote this rule in the law. “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death . . . And you hang him on a tree . . . He who is hanged is accursed of God,” (Deuteronomy 21: 22-23).

If you haven’t heard the story, Jesus Christ was nailed to a cross of wood, crucified and died on that tree. The man who committed no sin, crime, or evil became a curse. He was hung on a tree. Many who watched cursed him in his agony. His friend Matthew wrote of this saying, “And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads,” (Matthew 27:28). Wonder what they were really saying? Listen to an idiot who stubs his toe. Listen to how he, G-Ds God and boisterously scream at Jesus Christ.

Yes, the man who was pure became a dying curse. He was smitten and afflicted mercilessly. At that hanging, all turned away from Him, even His Father, God, forsook Him. He was really cursed. However, here is a bit of information you may not know. This man, Jesus, hanging on the tree, crucified, wasn’t really the one who was cursed, it is you and I, who were cursed. Every man, woman and child have the curse in them. Christ did not! Therefore, why was He cursed? Jesus was cursed because He did it for you and me. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, HAVING BECOME a CURSE FOR US” (Galatians 3:13). In a way, our curse cursed Christ to the tree.

What are we to make of this? We were the cursed, but Christ became the curse for us. We are to make much of it! If you are living a cursed life and thinking there is no way to break this curse, think anew! Go to the tree where Christ became a curse for you and give-up your curse there! Jesus said, “He came to give us life, and for us to have life more abundantly!” (See John 10:10) How can you or I have an abundance of the life Christ wants to give us, when we hold onto the curses, He already took from us? Friends, lay your curses down at the cross and never self-curse yourself again!

Examine the picture posted with this writing and see the cursed face of the Savior in the tree bearing it all for you. See how great a curse He became for you. May the Holy Spirit open your eyes to this.

Guy Calandra, Author, The Inside Word. All quotes above from New King James Version of the Bible.

Darkness Doesn’t Stand A Chance

Maybe, you are suffering, in the darkness? This darkness may be an ailment. This ailment could be, the darkness of pain to the depression of the mind. Darkness comes in myriad forms. We can all experience the great and bottomless pit of darkness in our bodies, mind, and spirit. There also are the darknesses of poverty, sin and godlessness which trap us. Sometimes, even the faithful cry out, “Is there any light to guide me out of this dungeon?” With cries of great anguish against the darkness, it sometimes seems no light of relief can be found. However, when God’s time has come to move, He will send the Light and the darkness cannot overcome it. This will be the beginning of the journey of Light in your life for healing from the darkness. “But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” (Galatians 4:4 NIV)

Know this one truth, God is the one who commands light to shine out of darkness. This Light is His Son, whom He sent into the world as Savior. No matter who you are, God is willing to let His Light shine in your darkness. The only catch, are you willing to let Him shine in your darkness to help you? Are you willing to let go of a preconceived idea on how God should do this? From personal experience, when my preconceived idea of deliverance in the light was given up, and God was allowed to shine His way, His Light overcame my darkness in a totally unexpected way. Please cry out for His Light, His way today. Then let Him Shine in the time of His choosing, as He sees fit. You and I can trust this promise, The darkness cannot conquer His Light! May the light of God give you great healing and deliverance in unexpected joyful ways.

Guy Calandra, Author-The Inside Word