Thursday, October 15, 2015

Devotion: Do Not Be Afraid

There are many spirits mentioned throughout scripture that have been associated with mankind, some of them good while others are bad.  Scripture clearly states that God gives us the good spirits and does not give us the others, yet we find those spirits, which we receive not from God, affecting or influencing our lives.  We hear of this war that we are all involved in, where “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12), and though we normally do not think of our opponents in these terms, could altering how we view them us an advantage in this spiritual war that we are engage in?

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

As we mentioned, we do not normally think of our opponents in such terms, but could “the spirit of fear” be one of those evil opponents that we wrestle against?  We mentioned “the spirit of fear” because we know that it is one spirit that can cripple the mightiest of men and women, whenever it becomes dominant.  Since it appears that God did not give us “the spirit of fear,” it does appear that he did give us others instead.  It appears that we have been given the “the spirit of power” instead.  Along with this spirit, it appears that God also included “the spirit of love” and “the spirit of a sound mind.”

“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption.  When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:15-16 NRSV).

It would appear that we have not received “the spirit of bondage or slavery” to be put back into fear like cringing, fearful slaves, but instead have received “the spirit of adoption,” whereby we have this deep inward conviction of having been adopted, as children, into the bosom of the family of the most high God.

What if these spirits are like the attributes we find in mankind itself?  What if the qualities or characteristic, good or bad that we find in mankind are actually spirits?  It would appear that God has given to us the good spirits like “the spirit of power,” “the spirit of love,” and “the spirit of a sound mind” to overcome the bad one like “the spirit of fear.”  If God has given us spirits to oppose those spirits that come against us in our struggles, then they could be considered weapons, but if we do not recognize them as weapons, then we cannot call upon them in our time of need.  While this is strictly our opinion, it is something we wanted to share as “food for thought” for those who have an ear to hear.  Maybe there is a deeper understanding of these spirits waiting on us to discover.

As always, we give thanks and glory to God for his wisdom and understanding.  We are so blessed to be able to share with you, those things that God has placed in our hearts.  We continue to pray that our inspirational message will be a blessing to each of you and that you will be the better for having read it.  If you are blessed by what has been provided, please feel free to share so that others may be blessed as well; for as freely as our Father has given this to us, we freely give so that others may share in the love and be blessed.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Devotion: To Become Like Jesus

Paul had an assignment to inform others of the mystery of the gospel.  He had to make clear without fear the good news of this gospel (Ephesians 6:19).  Paul asked those at Ephesus to pray for him that God may give him the right words so he could explain clearly to others what the mystery of the gospel was.  Although he was in prison in Rome at the time he wrote to the saints in Ephesus and the faithful in Jesus Christ, he asked that he might continue to open his mouth and speak boldly.  He had an assignment to make known the mystery; a hidden truth kept secret since the beginning of time but now revealed the apostles and prophets.

“As I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:3-4).  “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:  that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:3-4).

We see that the primary focus of these passages is “the mystery of Christ.”  Paul asked those at Colossae to pray that God would open for them a door of understanding for them by which they could tell the truth concerning the mysteries, the hidden truths, surrounding Christ.  Paul wanted the reader to clearly understand his knowledge in “the mystery of Christ” was by revelation from God, who gave Paul the wonderful privilege of telling everyone about his plan, endowing Paul with his power and special abilities to get the job done.  The task before Paul was to inform, to proclaim fully, and to make clear the truth concerning Jesus the Christ through the revelation of the mysteries, which were kept secret since the world began.  Since Paul was charged with making clear the truth concerning Jesus the Christ, then there must have been some untruths circulating in that day.  And the one thing that is so amazing is the fact that those same untruths continue to circulate today, nearly two thousand years after Paul made known the truth about Christ.

We visited other denominations in search of the facts, as they understood them that surrounded the Christ that they claimed to know.  We would like to share some of the interesting Bible-backed facts about Jesus Christ that some of those denominations shared with us.  Some believe him to be God himself, some believe him to be part of the three-in-one trilogy called the Trinity, and some believe him to be only a man.  Some believe him to be some combination of God and man, both one-hundred percent God and one-hundred percent man; or fifty percent God and fifty percent man; or some in between combination.  Some say he was just a myth, that he never existed, some say he has no beginning because he always existed, and others say he has always existed because he created the universe and all that we see, while some say he helped the Father with creation.

Some say he has a beginning but he was, at some point created before the universe.  Some say he had a beginning but not until he was brought forth, created in the womb of Mary.  Others say he existed from the beginning, asked God the Father to create him a body so he could come to earth, while some say he created himself a body so he could come to earth.  Some say God placed him in Mary’s womb.  Some claimed that God had spiritual sex with Mary to bring forth his son, and others make the claim that God raped Mary to bring forth his son.  Some say he is the only begotten son of God.  Some say he is the only son of God, while some say he, being the son, is the one true God.  Some say he was the king of the Jews, while others say he was no king at all.  Some say he was poor while others say he was rich.  Some say he was white, some say he was black, while others claim some other variation.  Some say he performed all kinds of miracles.  Some say he healed many people.  Some say he walked on the water, others claim he did not.  Some say he raised the dead.  Some say he raised himself from the dead.  Some say he died on the cross.  Some say he did not die on the cross.  Some say that he survived the cross, married, and fathered many children.

Many follow him as if he was some type of rock star.  Others do all within their power to avoid mentioning his name.  Many try to prove his existence by any means necessary while others do everything in their power to refute him.  There are books after books written about Jesus.  There are movies and documentaries made about Jesus.  There are websites created to support Jesus and sites created to invalidate him.  So much information that it is hard to decipher it to get to the truth about Jesus.  Many have their own ideas about him.  Some are on the far left, some on the far right with many somewhere in between.  And then there we those who were not even on the chart, so we could not begin to tell you where they were.  However, the most interesting thing we discovered on all of this was the fact that each group truly believed they had the truth and they had scriptures to back up their position.  With all of this, which one have you identified with?  Is the one that you have identified with, the true Christ?  Is the one that that you have identified with based on scriptural facts or theological fiction?  Are you sure?

May today’s inspirational message abundantly bless you and greatly inform you.  We pray that you will be the better for having read them both.  If blessed by today’s message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Devotion: Father's Faithfulness

There appears to be some question as to the love that God has for his creation.  So many believers, as well as many non-believers, have this impression that God, in some way, is completely responsible for all the bad that is seen the world through.  Many share the belief that God, whom some see as this unfair dictatorial deity, uses such events to either punish his creation, to teach his creation some type of lesson, or for some other kind of purpose only know to him.  However, the truth of the matter is that God, who is love, truly loves his creation and would never do anything to harm it.

“Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better.  But if a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God—for God is love.  God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into this wicked world to bring to us eternal life through his death.  In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but his love for us when he sent his Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins.”

“Dear friends, since God loved us as much as that, we surely ought to love each other too.  For though we have never yet seen God, when we love each other God lives in us, and his love within us grows ever stronger.  And he has put his own Holy Spirit into our hearts as a proof to us that we are living with him and he with us.  And furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now tell all the world that God sent his Son to be their Savior.  Anyone who believes and says that Jesus is the Son of God has God living in him, and he is living with God.”

“We know how much God loves us because we have felt his love and because we believe him when he tells us that he loves us dearly.  God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him.  And as we live with Christ, our love grows more perfect and complete; so we will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the day of judgment, but can face him with confidence and joy because he loves us and we love him too.”

“We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us.  If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us.  So you see, our love for him comes as a result of his loving us first.”

“If anyone says “I love God,” but keeps on hating his brother, he is a liar; for if he doesn’t love his brother who is right there in front of him, how can he love God whom he has never seen?  And God himself has said that one must love not only God but his brother too” (I John 4:7-21 TLB).

God is love and he loves you.  He has forgiven you of your darkest moments, during your darkest hours.  He has forgiven you of all of your failures and all of your shortcomings.  The truth is, there is nothing that you could have done that would change God’s love for you and nothing done that you cannot be forgiven of (Hebrews 8:10).  You just need to believe (John 3:16-18).  That is all that is required.  If your trust him, he will do the rest.  Won’t you give it a try?  His kind of love just might surprise you.

May today’s inspirational message abundantly bless you and greatly inform you.  We pray that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by today’s message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Devotion: Get Out Of Your Cave

As we conclude, lets us open our mind and open our heart so that we may see and hear the truths that God is trying to reveal.  Because the Church has redefined “the sovereignty of God” to mean, “God is in total control and that nothing happens but that which the will of God allows to happen,” many believers and non-believers as well, have been led to believe that God is somehow responsible for all the tragedies that occur in the world.  They believe God is somehow responsible for the daily struggles that so many go through every day, such as depression, fear, worry, anxiety, confusion, doubt, discouragement, low self-esteem, poverty, sickness, and death.  They have been taught and truly believe that everyone suffers these things because this is “the will of God.”  That old cliché, “God will not put more on you than you can bear,” appears to fall in line with the teachings that God is responsible for the things that happen to us.  We must note that the Old Testament scriptures are more likely to be used to support this argument because the New Testament portrays God as a very willing healer and life giver.  Most people are familiar with the story of Job and how God has been portrayed in that story.  But more importantly, they are all familiar with one of the most often repeated statements that originated from that story by Job.

“…Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Because of his losses, we know that Job spoke this statement, but it is very apparent, from the traditional teachings on the subject, that this very statement has been used to define God for many of us.  We still use parts, if not all of this statement today to comfort those who have suffered some type of loss.  However, God has a version of things that is just a little different from the one that we have been taught or the one that we have been led to accept based on this statement.

“For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn; he will never go back on his promises” (Romans 11:29 TLB).

According to this passage, God does not withdraw nor does he take back his gifts once he gives them and he never goes back on his promises.  And if by chance you did not know this, let us be the first to tell you, “life itself is a gift from God” (Genesis 2:7).  Since this be the case, then what Job said, his statement about what God has done is not the truth.  According to the scriptures, this is not something that God does.  However, the belief that God, the sovereign being that he is, would give something like life to his creation and then turn around and take back that same life has circled through the generations of mankind like the earth has circled the sun for almost as many years.

In the story of Job, we find four tragic events taking place on the same day, each included the loss of human life.  The disasters that befell Job’s family were of human interactions—the Sebeans (Job 1:15) and Chaldeans (Job 1:17)—and of natural sources—fire from the heavens (Job 1:16) and wind from the wilderness (Job 1:19), all completely orchestrated and controlled by Satan himself.  Satan’s ability to control those who are apparently loyal to him and operate at his bidding for his purposes and to carry out his plan should not be overlooked.  His ability to control the elements for his purposes should not be discounted either.  Physical pain, sicknesses, accidents, deaths and other tragedies comes from Satan (John 10:10) and not from God, the giver of good and perfect gifts (James 1:17).

The truth is that God gave dominion over his creation to mankind, placing him in charge of everything he had made as well as placing everything under his authority (Psalm 8:3-8).  And if God be true to his word, which we know that he is (Hebrews 6:18), then his gift of dominion over his creation can never be withdraw by him nor will he go back on his word.  And though Satan was able to obtain this gift of dominion over God’s creation from mankind (Luke 4:5-6), it was Jesus who get back for us what Adam had freely given to Satan, our power, authority, and dominion (Matthew 28:18).  And this is why the children of God have the power to limit what the devil can do (Luke 19:10).

Please understand that we have only scratched the surface of a subject that is well-established in the traditional teachings of the Church.  The redefining of the “the sovereignty of God” has impacted how man sees God, how man interacts with him, and has dictated how man relates to God.  But as you get out of your cave of darkness and venture from the stone age, traditional teachings about Old Testament, we pray that you will come to realize that God’s version of things, revealed through the New Testament shows that you matter to him more than you may know.  Understand that it would be impossible for us to cover everything that is available, so we tried to focus on a small area.  We hope that this has inspired you to continue to seek the truth, not only about “the sovereignty of God” but also “the true nature of the God.”

As always, we pray that today’s inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Devotion: Tell Satan Where To Go

Let us continue our efforts to set the record straight about this misrepresentation surrounding “the sovereignty of God” perpetrated by the Church.  Again, the Church has redefined “the sovereignty of God” to mean, “God is in total control and that nothing happens but that which the will of God allows to happen.”  From our previous commentaries, we found that Satan, who is referred to as “the god of this world, the prince of this world, and the prince of the power of the air” (II Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31; John 14:30; Ephesians 2:2) is actually in control of this world’s system.  We also know that Adam delivered this control over to Satan (Luke 4:5-6).  The problem is that this misrepresentation has given many a false impression of God and has turned many away from God, all because they believe redefined “the sovereignty of God” definition.  We have even coined the phrase, “an act of God” to use whenever there is a tragedy, a disaster, or a catastrophic event that we cannot explain by any other means.

Because God is the creator of all things (Nehemiah 9:6), he is the supreme power or the reigning authority, matched by no other.  God is at the top, all by himself.  There is not one above him or on the same level as him.  There is no higher power or higher authority and none to equal him.  God has no competition.  This is the true definition of “the sovereignty of God.”

When man was created, God gave man authority or “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28).  God told man to subdue the earth and have dominion over everything.  He was to reign over God’s creation.

“When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have made—I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him!  And yet you have made him only a little lower than the angels and placed a crown of glory and honor upon his head.  You have put him in charge of everything you made; everything is put under his authority: all sheep and oxen, and wild animals too, the birds and fish, and all the life in the sea” (Psalm 8:3-8 TLB).

According to this psalm from David, God placed man in charge of everything he had made as well as placing everything under his authority.  Man was truly in charge of everything God had created.  However, when man sinned, he allowed sin to enter into the world and with that sin came death, which would eventually spread to all things.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

From that point forward, all mankind had a sin nature, becoming “slaves to sin” (John 8:34; Romans 6:20).  Now, the payment for this sin or “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  It is through sin that Satan has gained access to mankind and to the world’s system, because when Adam sinned, he actually gave the authority or dominion that God had given to him to Satan (Luke 4:5-6).  But all glory belongs to God because “the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).  Because Jesus was innocent of any sin, yet death came to him, he was able to claim back authority or dominion the Adam had lost.  Remember the payment for sin was death, but in Jesus’ case, death claimed one who had not sinned.  Because of his obedience, Jesus actually reversed what Adam had done in the beginning when he sinned.  This is why it says in the scriptures, “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (I Corinthians 2:7).  In this case, “it” is in reference to God’s plan of redemption for mankind (Ephesian 1:9-11).  Jesus was able to get back for us what Adam had given to Satan, our authority or dominion.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18).

This power that Jesus is speaking of here is “the power, the authority, and the dominion” that was given originally to man by God.  Jesus got all of it back.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).  “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17-18).

Instead of there being limits to what God allows that devil to do, it is us, the children of God, who have the power to limit what the devil can do (Matthew 18:18, just to list one of many empowering passages).  But instead of using this power, we continually pray to God for help with our adversary, the devil (I Peter 5:8).  The problem is that God has already answered this prayer request but Satan has hidden this truth from the world, so not many know the truth.  The truth is Satan can do no more than we, the children of God allow him to do.  We are in control because Jesus got back what God had originally given us, the power, the authority, and the dominion” over all of his creation.

As always, we pray that our inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Devotion: Plug Into The Source Of All Truth

We know that in trying to set the record straight, we probably created more controversy than we actually resolved and more questions than we were able answered.  We wanted to correct a misrepresentation involving “the nature of God” as well as the misunderstanding and confusion surrounding “the sovereignty of God” and “the will of God.”  We realized it would not be an easy task given the fact that the Church for has perpetrated the misrepresentation so long that it has become a natural part of the religious culture and given the limitations of the formats we were using.  Social media is a great tool to reach the world with the good news of the gospel, but the limitations associated with many social media platforms limit the amount of information that can be conveyed at any single given instance.

There is so much information to tell, so much information to share, and still so much more information to find, so much so that unless you connect with all the information at one time, a lot of it gets lost in the interim.  As we have stated in another commentary, we need to understand that the Bible is a mystery book with many secrets, hidden in plain sight just waiting to be found by God’s children.  As one person put it, “The Bible is a coded book, written as a kind of jigsaw puzzle creating a series of smaller pictures within an overall picture that only becomes clear in meaning when one properly pieces together all passages on a subject.”  It is only when we find the keys that we able to unlock the mysteries or put together the puzzle pieces that allow us to understand the true word of God contained in the Bible.  Next, we need to trust that God has given instructions, that when followed, will allow us to find those keys that will help with our understanding of those divine revelations from God.  God has told us to seek wisdom and know-how (Proverbs 4:5-7), to listen carefully to his words and to pay close attention to what is being said (Proverb 4:20-22), to meditate on them day and night (Joshua 1:8), and to study so that we can rightly divide the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15) as part of the things that we need to do.

We must open our mind and open our heart so that we may see and hear the truths that God is trying to reveal to us through his Spirit and his workers.  We may have to do a little work in order to find truth and understanding, like stepping outside of or climbing over the walls of traditionalism or denominationalism that have keep many in bondage, but in doing so, we can remove any confusion, enabling us to grasp the meaning of all of the things of God.  It has been said, “A closed mind can only grow within the limits of its enclosure; an open mind grows with endless possibilities.”  Not long ago, we discussed “The Characteristics of God, his nature, his character, and his personality.”  Among the many things mentioned in those commentaries, we were able to completely sum up God as a god of integrity,” which we discovered had absolutely nothing to do with the capabilities of God, the abilities of God, or the sovereignty of God.

In those commentaries, we mentioned the following passages, “there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts” (II Chronicles 19:7), that “God changes not” (Malachi 3:6), and that “it is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).  We noted that these passages did not speak to or have anything to do with God’s capabilities, his abilities, or his sovereignty.  One cannot argue the fact that the God who created all things that are, surely has the ability to be unfair, immoral, unrighteous, and to do evil and bad things.  He also has the ability to change anything that he chooses to change, especially his mind, if he chooses to change it, as well as the ability to lie, if he wants or chooses to.  God is fully capable of doing anything he so chooses, but the God that we serve, the sovereign God of all creation has chosen not to do any of the abovementioned things because he is “a god of integrity.”

As we asked before, imagine serving a god who was unfair, immoral, unrighteous, and did evil and bad things; or serving a god who had respect of person or whose favor could be brought for a price; or even serving a god who constantly changes his mind or one whose mind could be changed at all.  No, it would be very difficult to serve a god who did any of these things, because you would not know what to do from day to day to have any kind of relationship with him.  Yet, there are some who have attributed these very traits to the God they claim to serve using the redefined “sovereignty of God” definition.  Regardless of his capabilities, his abilities, or his sovereignty, God has chosen not to do certain things that would bring into question his integrity.  This is why our God has chosen to be “the One of integrity.”  He wanted his children to be able to recognize him over all others purported by traditionalism, denominationalism, and the doctrines of man.

We forever give thanks to God for this avenue that he has given us to share his word.  We also thank God for this inspirational message he has provided to us and pray that they are a blessing to you.  We continually pray that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which God has called you.  If you are blessed by any of our devotionals, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

Friday, October 2, 2015

Devotion: God Is Not A Killer

We need to set the record straight.  We need to correct a misrepresentation involving “the nature of God” that has been perpetrated by the Church for so long that it has become a natural part of our religious culture.  What we are going to say, many amongst you will disagree with, will reject, or even label heresy, but the scriptures say, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32 TLB).  It is our prayer that those who have an ear to hear will hear this revelation and be set free.  Our revelation has to do with the misunderstanding and confusion surrounding “the sovereignty of God” and “the will of God.”

While it is true, that God is sovereign, with supreme authority and supreme power, able to operate totally independent of any part of his creation, everything that happens does not happen because it is “God’s will” that such things should happen.  Religion has redefined “the sovereignty of God” to mean, “God is in total control and that nothing happens but that which the will of God allows to happen.”  If there is a tragedy, a disaster, a catastrophic event, or even death, we are quick to say that, “it was God’s will” that these events happened, but are these true statements.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:4).

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince (ruler) of this world be cast out” (John 12:31).

“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince (ruler) of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (John 14:30).

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course (age) of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

It would appear from these passages that Satan has control of this world’s system.  The scriptures refer to him as “the god of this world, the prince of this world, and the prince of the power of the air.”

“And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, All this power (authority) will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it” (Luke 4:5-6).

It would appear, from this passage that this authority, this control over the world’s system, was delivered to Satan by Adam.  We know that many of you do not believe and have even rejected the notion that the power Satan offered to give to Jesus and the glory of them was not Satan’s to offer.  But, could it be possible that we may have gotten this part wrong?

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part (shared) of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (slavery)” (Hebrews 2:14-15).

And he has the power of death.  Wait one minute here.  What did that say about death?  Who has the power of death?  Let us look at this passage again just to make sure we interpreted correctly.  The passage says that since we are flesh and blood, he, being Jesus Christ, likewise took part of the same so that through his death he, again being Jesus Christ, might render powerless “him” who had the power of and over death, that him “being the devil.”  Wow, we really did read that right the first time.  It is “the devil that has the power of death,” not God.  It would seem pointless for the son of God to show up on the scene render powerless the works of the devil and God be the one who has the power of death.  But this has been one of Satan’s greatest deceptions.  He continues to cast doubt on God’s word by blinding man’s ability to truly see God.  Maybe, if we redefine some of our redefined religious definitions, we just might be able to see “the true nature of God.”

May our commentary abundantly bless you and greatly inform you.  We pray that you will be the better for having read this message.  If blessed by today’s message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW