Daily Post Prompt: Purple – the Royal Color

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Christ’s blood seeped from the puncture wounds the thorns produced around his head. His blood ran freely from the scourging that tore apart his back and torso. It gushed from his side slashed open by the soldier’s spear. His bright red blood mingled with death’s morbid, black shroud that afternoon on Calvary’s infamous hill.

But during the somber three days following that seemingly fatal failure, that precious red blood inundated the black of death — mixed with it and overcame its fearful depths — and thus created the regal color of victory. And purple reigns forever, the color of royalty upon the throne of the universe. Salvation is complete.

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Today I’ve chosen to post the same response to the prompt on both this site and my “Happy Wordcrafter” site. So if they look identical, you’re right: they are.
To participate in the prompt visit
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Daily Post Prompt: Replacement

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Jesus took my place on the cross so that I could take my place
on the throne of Heaven with Him.

(2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:4-8).

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Daily Post Prompt: Simple

HEALING HAND - DARK SEPIA - FEATHEREDThe simple truth is that God loves you. The Creator of the universe – the one who created you – loves you beyond a level that words can describe. He sent Jesus the Christ – His own son – to live the perfect life that none of us could live in our own strength. And when He had fulfilled the perfect life of obedience, Jesus then took all of our disobedience onto Himself — and the curse which came on us as a result of disobedience — and died in our place.

But that’s only half the story. Because He rose from the grave with brand new life, which He had paid for by His sacrifice. And the Word of God guarantees us that when Jesus the Christ came out of the grave, we came out with Him as far as God was concerned. And if we will simply accept the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf – by accepting Him as Lord of our lives – we will step right onto that state of righteousness and eternal life that He bought and paid for. (Ephesians 2: 4-6; Colossians 1:15, 18-20).

Yes, the simple truth is that man does not need any “religion” that gives him a bunch of rules and regulations that he must obey in order to “earn” some kind of peace in the life after this short earthly sojourn. All the “religions” of the world tell man that he must somehow manage to “measure up” to some kind of mystical standard in order to have a chance at life after death. And some of those “religions” require man to accomplish major feats of warfare and brutality against others in order to have a chance at eternal bliss.

But, dear one, the great truth is that Christianity is NOT A RELIGION.  It is simply a Father and His family. Father God, with His first son Jesus Christ, and all the brothers and sisters who were conceived and born into that same family by receiving Jesus Christ into their lives and making Him Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3: 13, 26-29).

We are the desire and the delight of the God of the universe, and despite what some religious dogmas and traditions try to teach, that same God loves you more than you can possibly understand, and He wants to bless you with every conceivable blessing at His command – if you will simply believe it and receive.


 

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Daily Post Prompt: Crossing –This Year Let’s Cross Some Lines

I originally wrote this article a few months ago, but it fits the prompt today so perfectly, I decided it was worth taking a second look at as we enter this new year.


 

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Did you ever face a situation as a kid where one of your antagonists drew a line in the sand and said that line represented a boundary you were not to cross? You were required to stay on your own side of the line, and if you didn’t, there would be serious negative repercussions? “Don’t cross that line, or I’ll beat you up.”

Well, you know what? That’s still happening to the Body of Christ in this world. The devil is consistently drawing lines in the sand, and we’re afraid to cross over them. To use a more Biblical analogy, we can say that the enemy establishes his gates of authority in our lives, and we’re afraid to break through them.

During the time of Jesus’ ministry, the gates of a city represented, not only the places of entrance and exit, but also the place of legal authority. Major decisions and legal transactions were commonly made at the “gates of the city.” And certainly the gates, being part of a protective wall, were the main elements in the security of the city.

When the devil sets up his “gates” – his places of entrance into our lives — he does so in order to set up his own “seat of authority” and to try to be in control of those areas. The gates may be in the form of disease in our bodies, drug addiction in our children, pornography in a spouse, loss of a job or source of income, unsaved loved ones. Those gates may be political or legal actions that change the tenets of our cities or nations. They may be roots of strife and jealously that spring up in the midst of a congregation of believers.

But whatever form those “gates” take, the Lord has instructed us that we are to overrun those gates and demolish them in His name. His intention is very clear when He speaks in Matthew 16:18 : “Upon this rock, I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” That promise actually goes all the way back to Abraham. And just as Jesus came to fulfill all the rest of the Old Covenant – ushering in the New – so He fulfilled that part of the covenant promise as well. God told Abraham that he would “possess the gates of his enemies.” (Genesis 22:17 ). He repeated that promise to Isaac as well, because the promise is part and parcel of the Covenant as a whole.

Jesus came to provide the avenue through which all those promises would be passed down to everyone who would follow Him. And under this new Covenant, now that we have been born again into a new species and are actively members of the Kingdom of God, the power to execute those promises is far superior to what Abraham had. He was constrained to the natural world, with intermittent help from the spirit realm. We, on the other hand, have our life in the spirit Kingdom of God on a constant basis and can make use of the powers from that realm at will.

So how do we find ourselves so often in the position of standing there looking at a line drawn in the sand (disease, addiction, poverty, etc), feeling that we are imprisoned by that line and required to suffer behind it – not being able to cross over it into victory? The Word of God provides the answer. First of all, it tells us clearly that we can submit to God and resist the devil, and he will most assuredly flee from us. The Word also tells us that “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the word. It further guarantees that faith overcomes the world (and all the world throws at us.) The word “salvation” alone covers every possible need we could have, and Jesus has already done all the work of providing that complete salvation for every man, woman, and child on the earth who will believe.

But right there is the root of the problem, beloved: it’s with that word “believe.” The simple truth is that we – the Church – do not truly believe God’s Word. And one of the main reasons we don’t believe it is that we don’t know what it says – because we don’t read and study it for ourselves. We don’t spend hours reading, meditation, and praying over the Word to receive revelation. If we did, and we truly believed what it says, we would speak and act accordingly. And our first action would be to step across that line the devil has drawn at our feet.

Are you tired of living in the prison behind that line? Most of us are facing a number of those lines in our lives. It’s past time we got fed up with being in prison and, instead, got “fed-up” (filled) with God’s Word. Once we get enough Word activated in us that we are willing to pick up our feet and march over those lines, we will live our lives in victory on every level. Because after crossing one of the devil’s lines and realizing that we really are free, and he truly is defeated, we will find that crossing over the rest of those lines is much easier.

Are you ready? Here’s the battle plan:

1. Fill up on God’s Word. Toss out everything that contradicts it.

2. Concentrate on that Word until it is the most real thing in your life.

3. Then Step Over the Line into your victory through the name of Jesus Christ.

 

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‘Racing Toward The Light’- a supernatural novel

I’m super excited about my novel Racing Toward The Light going digital! The printed version came out about 5  years ago, but now that it is an e-book as well, a lot more people from around the world can download and read it without the added expense of exorbitant shipping costs.

As with all my inspirational novels, the theme of Racing Toward The Light is based in the Christian faith, and this particular book allows the reader to delve into the earthly lives of the characters of the story, but also into the spirit realm, where the forces of light and darkness dwell in all their fullness, and from which they influence and control earthly beings.

Since the e-book went on sale just this week at the Amazon Kindle Store — and since the Halloween season already has us focused on the “dark side” of the spirit realm — I thought this would be a great time to give you a peek at the official book trailer, in which I personally read an excerpt from the first few pages.

Maybe I can whet your appetite enough that  you’ll hop over to Amazon and purchase a copy.  And even if you don’t, it’s fun to share this much of it with you. And I can promise you that once you read it, you’ll never look at Halloween the same again.

So — if you’re ready for a fresh, enlightening Halloween experience, come walk through this journey with Sheriff Noah Bennett, the man God has chosen to lead believers in the spiritual battle against the deadly forces of witchcraft which have invaded the small coastal town of Hamsted on the northeast coast of the United States.

Experience his personal struggle to overcome his own fear and weakness in order to commit himself to being used by the Lord Jesus to bring victory to His people. Experience the power of God as angels and demons engage on the spiritual plane while believers discover the truth about their position of authority and their victory in the name of Jesus Christ and His blood.

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Daily Confessions from God’s Word

WHITE BIBLE - KNOW WORD LOGOBelow are several confessions from God’s Word concerning us and the truth about who and what we are now that Jesus has finished His work on our behalf. I’ve included the scripture references so that we can go back to the original text and verify all of these truths.  

And although all of these words are true concerning us, the Lord has made it clear that we must agree with them and speak them out of our own mouths if we would see them manifested. He tells us in Romans 10:10 that we believe in our hearts, but we need to speak with our mouths in order to get the job completed, and He tells us in Proverbs 18:21 that death and life are in the power of our own tongues.

As we make these confessions from God’s Word daily, He works to bring these Words into manifestation in us and in our lives. He is faithful, and He will do it.


I am in Jesus Christ; therefore, I am a brand new species: a God-man, conceived and born out of the incorruptible seed of God Himself. I am supernatural, and through Jesus, I bring the supernatural into my natural world every day.

(1 Corinthians 5:17, 1 John 3:9, 1 Peter 1:23)

I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. My Father God loves me exactly the way He loves Jesus, and He is rejoicing over me with singing.

(2 Corinthians 5:21, John 1:23, Zephaniah 3:17)

Because I am in Jesus Christ, there is no condemnation imputed to me. If I do sin, I run to my Father in repentance, and He is faithful to forgive my sin and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.

However, because God makes a way out of every temptation that comes to me, I choose not to sin.

(Romans 8:1, 1 John 1:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13)

I am a righteous man in Jesus Christ, and my earnest prayers are effective, making tremendous power available, dynamic in its working, bringing God’s Kingdom into manifestation on this earth.

(James 5:16-17)

God is for me; therefore, no one can be against me successfully. I overcome every enemy by speaking God’s Word out of my mouth and by applying the blood of Jesus Christ.

(Romans 8:21, Revelation 12:11)

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. As I wait upon Him, He gives me more and more of His own strength. So by Him I can run through a troop, leap over a wall, and skip about like a calf from the stall. In Him I live and move and have my being.

(Ephesians 6:10, Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 18:29, Malachi 4:2, Acts 17:28)

I dwell in the secret place of the Most High; therefore, no evil can befall me; neither shall any plague or calamity come near me or my dwelling.

(Psalm91: 1, 10)

In Jesus, I have power to tread on all demonic spirits, and no weapon formed against me can prosper. Neither shall anything harm me.

(Luke 10:19, Isaiah 54:17)

I bless the Lord every day, with everything in me, because He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He also renews my youth like the eagle. I will still yield fruit in old age.

(Psalm 103:1, 3, 5; Psalm 92:14)

Jesus has born all my griefs, sickness, weakness, distress, mutilation, and disfigurement. He has carried away my sorrows and pains. He was wounded for my sins and beaten to pay for my peace and well-being. And by the stripes that wounded Him, I am healed and made whole.

(Isaiah 53:4-5, Amp)

My God gives me power to make wealth. When I give, He causes my gifts to come back to me, good measure and running over. When I give liberally, He causes me to be enriched in all things, and I will not be in want of any good thing.

(Deuteronomy 8:18, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:8-11)

God fights for my children and delivers them from the hand of the enemy and from all demonic bondage.

(Isaiah 49:25)

I have received God’s Word and His Holy Spirit, and I have His promise that His Word and His Spirit shall never depart from me or from my children or my grandchildren. His Word and His Spirit are working in my children and grandchildren every day.

(Isaiah 59:21)

Jesus has given me His own peace, wholeness, and completeness. I live and walk in His peace every day, and I am not afraid of anything. I live in untroubled, undisturbed well-being.

(John 14:27 – definition of ‘peace’ from original Hebrew)

Because I am in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and He has anointed me to preach the Gospel, and to bring release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and deliverance to the brokenhearted. He has sent me to proclaim the year of God’s salvation and free favors to everyone in the world.

(Luke 4:18-19, John 14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

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Crossing the Line

 

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Did you ever face a situation as a kid where one of your antagonists drew a line in the sand and said that line represented a boundary you were not to cross? You were required to stay on your own side of the line, and if you didn’t, there would be serious negative repercussions? “Don’t cross that line, or I’ll beat you up.”

Well, you know what? That’s still happening to the Body of Christ in this world. The devil is consistently drawing lines in the sand, and we’re afraid to cross over them. To use a more Biblical analogy, we can say that the enemy establishes his gates of authority in our lives, and we’re afraid to break through them.

During the time of Jesus’ ministry, the gates of a city represented, not only the places of entrance and exit, but also the place of legal authority. Major decisions and legal transactions were commonly made at the “gates of the city.” And certainly the gates, being part of a protective wall, were the main elements in the security of the city.

When the devil sets up his “gates” – his places of entrance into our lives — he does so in order to set up his own “seat of authority” and to try to be in control of those areas. The gates may be in the form of disease in our bodies, drug addiction in our children, pornography in a spouse, loss of a job or source of income, unsaved loved ones. Those gates may be political or legal actions that change the tenets of our cities or nations. They may be roots of strife and jealously that spring up in the midst of a congregation of believers.

But whatever form those “gates” take, the Lord has instructed us that we are to overrun those gates and demolish them in His name. His intention is very clear when He speaks in Matthew 16:18 : “Upon this rock, I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” That promise actually goes all the way back to Abraham. And just as Jesus came to fulfill all the rest of the Old Covenant – ushering in the New – so He fulfilled that part of the covenant promise as well. God told Abraham that he would “possess the gates of his enemies.” (Genesis 22:17 ). He repeated that promise to Isaac as well, because the promise is part and parcel of the Covenant as a whole.

Jesus came to provide the avenue through which all those promises would be passed down to everyone who would follow Him. And under this new Covenant, now that we have been born again into a new species and are actively members of the Kingdom of God, the power to execute those promises is far superior to what Abraham had. He was constrained to the natural world, with intermittent help from the spirit realm. We, on the other hand, have our life in the spirit Kingdom of God on a constant basis and can make use of the powers from that realm at will.

So how do we find ourselves so often in the position of standing there looking at a line drawn in the sand (disease, addiction, poverty, etc), feeling that we are imprisoned by that line and required to suffer behind it – not being able to cross over it into victory? The Word of God provides the answer. First of all, it tells us clearly that we can submit to God and resist the devil, and he will most assuredly flee from us. The Word also tells us that “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the word. It further guarantees that faith overcomes the world (and all the world throws at us.) The word “salvation” alone covers every possible need we could have, and Jesus has already done all the work of providing that complete salvation for every man, woman, and child on the earth who will believe.

But right there is the root of the problem, beloved: it’s with that word “believe.” The simple truth is that we – the Church – do not truly believe God’s Word. And one of the main reasons we don’t believe it is that we don’t know what it says – because we don’t read and study it for ourselves. We don’t spend hours reading, meditation, and praying over the Word to receive revelation. If we did, and we truly believed what it says, we would speak and act accordingly. And our first action would be to step across that line the devil has drawn at our feet.

Are you tired of living in the prison behind that line? Most of us are facing a number of those lines in our lives. It’s past time we got fed up with being in prison and, instead, got “fed-up” (filled) with God’s Word. Once we get enough Word activated in us that we are willing to pick up our feet and march over those lines, we will live our lives in victory on every level. Because after crossing one of the devil’s lines and realizing that we really are free, and he truly is defeated, we will find that crossing over the rest of those lines is much easier.

Are you ready? Here’s the battle plan:

1. Fill up on God’s Word. Toss out everything that contradicts it.

2. Concentrate on that Word until it is the most real thing in your life.

3. Then Step Over the Line into your victory through the name of Jesus Christ.

 

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‘Slate’ – My Newest Novel is Now on Kindle

SLATE COVER # 2 - correctedEveryone calls him Slate, and you won’t want to miss knowing him. Rough around the edges, a little slack in his morals, but totally irresistible all the same.

When I started writing this my 11th novel, it was going to be Vanessa Hayes’ story. But, somehow, while I was minding my own business — just sitting at my computer keyboard — quietly putting the story together one chapter at a time — Slate took over. And I’m so glad he did. I struggled with this novel for a couple years, but once Slate came to the front of the story, it flowed the way it was always intended to do.

What’s it about? Well, several of my readers know because they followed the story with me while I posted it one chapter at a time (under a different title) on my author’s blog (The Happy Wordcrafter). And they helped it along with their comments and encouragement. But for the rest of you, here’s a short synopsis:

While in Florida looking for her brother Ken, who has disappeared, Vanessa Hayes meets Slate. Owner of Buccaneer Boat Charter Service, Slate is actually better known in the area as the local rake. Moreover, his connections with sources on the wrong side of the law prove more valuable than local law enforcement in helping Vanessa discover Ken’s fate.

But Slate’s attention isn’t fully centered on the investigation. His primary interest is in seducing Vanessa, even though she is engaged to a man back home who’s very much in love with her.

As the investigation heats up, so does Slate’s pursuit of Vanessa, causing her life-long commitment to the Lord to meet head on with temptations she never thought she’d have to face.

And in the meantime, the Lord is in pursuit of Slate. Love on several levels gets a workout in this story, and the resolution will stick with you long after you’ve read the words “The End.”

The book is now available for purchase at the Amazon Kindle Store, and because the contract with Amazon is exclusive, I won’t be able to leave the chapters on this site for free reading. But I hope some of you will hop over and check it out. Even if you read it here, if you enjoyed it, I hope you’ll buy one for someone you love.

And don’t forget. You don’t have to own a Kindle. Amazon offers a free Kindle app for any device. You can download it from the same page where you order the book.

Just follow the link and get to know Slate for yourself.

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My Healing Book is Now an E-Book

HEALING COVER FOR KINDLE - RESOLUTION UPJust a note to let my readers know that “Healing Is For You!” is now an e-book. The book (now in its third edition) has been used for years in churches, in Bible and Christian schools, and in personal and group studies. It’s a handbook for anyone who wants help in receiving healing from the Lord — or for those who want to learn more about what God’s Word says concerning healing in order to help others.

The book answers such troubling questions as the following:

Is it always God’s will to heal everybody?
What part does medical science play in God’s healing plan?
Isn’t man promised only 70 or 80 years of life on earth?
Is it God who determines when each person dies?
How can I die if I keep getting healed?
If it’s God’s will to heal, why do so many people fail to receive healing from Him?
If I don’t have faith for healing can I get that faith somehow?

You’ll find the e-book version at the Amazon Kindle Store for $3.99. And if you don’t have  a Kindle, you can download a totally free Kindle app for any device you use.

Check it out. If you don’t need it, purchase one for someone you love who does need it.

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Daily Post Prompt: Abandoned — ‘Start Abandoning Things Today’

MAN LEAPING IN AIRAbandon your fears. Abandon your insecurities. Abandon your doubts. Abandon your past failures. Abandon the negative words others have spoken concerning your abilities or your future. Abandon the so-called ‘friends’ who do not help draw you to your best and highest.

Life is too short to live it in fear, doubt, and the faulty judgments of other people. If you’re going to get anything out of this life, you’re going to have to put a lot into it. And you can’t do that if you’re constantly afraid or second-guessing because of past failures or someone else’s opinions.

Stand up and lay hold of this day in faith. God made you, so He loves you. And because He made you, He obviously has a plan for you. So get hold of Him today (you can find Him by calling on Jesus Christ) and find out what His delightful plan is for your life. Then get started carrying it out.

Abandon what is negative, dark, and destructive. Seize what is positive, light, and life-giving. Then go out there and LIVE!

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Daily Post Prompt: Abandoned

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