The Great Exchange


A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10

Fellow pilgrims, let’s stop playing around and start living seriously like Bible-believing, children of Almighty God. This will require a real understanding of who our enemy actually is (Ephesians 6:12) and that God is the wonderfully Sovereign, giver of life (1 Timothy 6:13, 15). We have one shot in this skin, so let’s live as authentic as our bold proclamation of faith.

The thief (our enemy here) prowls around only to steal the promises of God from us, sacrifice (kill) us for his unholy purposes, and render us useless (destroy) to the Kingdom of God. We are told these things so that we may be on our guard. Don’t think we are talking about mere earthly treasures that are being stolen, or that our earthly adventures are being sacrificed, or our fun is what is being destroyed here. The world is the idol of this age, and as a distraction, the enemy would have us think God is the thief. Jesus says quite the opposite of what the enemy would have you believe. Jesus says He is the giver of life and not only that but gives life in abundance.

The enemy steals what is legally yours by being in a covenant relationship with God through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Cross of Christ is the place where an extraordinary exchange takes place. Through the Cross of Christ, you are continually invited to give Jesus your lack, rejection, shame, sin, and your old ways. By faith, when you release these burdens over to Him, He exchanges them for His abundant life. As a child of God, you are invited to exchange:

your lack for His abundance

your rejection for His acceptance

your curse for His blessing

your alienation for His forgiveness

your shame for His glory

your iniquities for His healing

your death for His life

your old self for His newness

your sin for His righteousness

Thank you, Lord, for your abundant provision.

Lord, I want to believe Your promises with all of my heart, my soul, and my mind, so when the enemy attempts to steal them from me, he will fail. Help me be on guard for the enemy’s attempts to deceive me regarding the provision in the Cros of Christ for my life. I desire to yield to Your Spirit, so I am alerted when deception is at work. Thank you, Lord, that even though the enemy lurks around seeking prey, the prey is not always caught! Help me to be self-controlled and alert by the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth at work in me!

May the Lord direct our heart to God’s love and Christ’s endurance,


“Whatever is” and “If there is any”


Do not worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things. Philippians 4:6-8

Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners! If you notice from the opening line of this verse it says, do not. It is an imperative and not to be taken as trivial. As any parent tells a child, “Do not __________,” it is meant to be listened to, adhered to, and remembered. It is not the start of a negotiation, it is a command to be followed. The same goes for this statement. It continues with, and let your request be made known to God. When we stop worrying, and instead pray and petition God with thanksgiving, the peace of God will guard our heart and mind through the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

So what are we to do while waiting on the peace of God to surpass our every thought? We dwell on the “whatever is” and the “if there is any.” Not only is this an act of faith and obedience, but it paves the way for a solid foundation of thankfulness, which is the command we are given as we pray and submit our petitions before God.

Worry envelops our thinking to such an extent that it becomes a hindrance to faith. Choosing fear over trust indicates we have elevated our concerns to a choking position of power, and it controls our thinking, emotions, and behaviors.

When we become distressed regarding circumstances or people, nervousness and uneasiness typically creep into our soul due to the uncertainty of the situation.   In other words, we want the outcome to work in our favor, but when there appear to be obstacles that could swing the result out of our favor, it causes agitation, angst, nervousness, concern, fear, and tension to arise within us.  Perhaps you have experienced this in your life. Begin practicing now as you recall current conflict in your life and identify, confirm, and dwell on the “whatever is” and the “if there is any.”

When anxious thoughts threaten to weary you with their burden,  direct your thankful heart to the Lord and bring your worship and request straight to Him.  Joyfully thank God for the “whatever is” and the “if there is any.” Even if the only thing you can identify right now is a tiny “whatever is” that hardly seems worth mentioning….mention it to God with thanksgiving. When you do this, you will receive a peace you never knew was possible. If we dwell on this and even encourage ourselves to identify more, God will equip us with His peace which has the power to rise above every petty concern our human thoughts can concoct, and His peace will protect our entire mind and heart.  Stunning.

We do not need to withhold any part of our intellect and separate it from Him for worldly endeavors. Nor do we need to retain a portion because we believe He couldn’t possibly understand the depth of our emotions and the history surrounding them.  We are deceived if we muse the only choice we have is to maintain our mind and heart ourselves.  Help me Lord to trust You with my entire mind and every one of my musings. I welcome your peace as I pray, and as I identify, confirm, and dwell on the “whatever is” and “if there is any.”

In His grace,


The Power of God’s Peace


Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Greetings fellow sojourners!

This exhortation starts off running. Don’t worry about anything. Not one… single… thing. In everything you do, ask God to help you.

One thing we frequently partake of from this world’s banqueting table is its anxieties. There never seems to be a lack of tempting things to worry about (finances, spouse, kids, elderly parents, health, jobs, friends, future, etc.).  Just a thought, but when was the last time you heard someone say, “If only I had more to worry about!”  I bet never. Our plates are full. The Lord is providing an alternative, a better way of life when He says His obligations are easy, and His burdens are light (Matthew 11:30)!  When we rebelliously decide to go it alone and store up anxious concerns within us, the result will be a mind that is in agony every day (Psalm 13:2).  Anxiety is a scheme the enemy uses to dominate, confuse, and derail us.  Worry’s endless ability to distract and our personal desire to find our own solution results in us taking our eyes off God and putting them squarely on worldly remedies.  When we seek God and wait on him, he gives us his powerful wisdom and understanding.

In contrast, the enemy says, “Look around you, the answer to all your problems lies here in this world’s remedy.”   Resist the enemy and decide to give God your whole mind; frailties and all.  He will help you.

Don’t leave any portion of your mind inaccessible to the Lord.  Allow Him complete access to your questions, concerns, thoughts, hang-ups, doubts, fears, and insecurities.  Leave nothing hidden from Him.  This path will be the heavenly highway to the healing of your mind and heart. Ask the Lord to set you free from the shackles of slavery you have knowingly or unknowingly wed yourself to by believing the lies of the enemy.  Allow the Lord’s wisdom to enter your mind, and His understanding to delight your heart (Proverbs 2:19). He is faithful.

Thank you, Lord, for your priceless gift of grace offered me through the Cross of Christ. Through Christ, I am redeemed out of the clutches of the adversary and lovingly welcomed into the Kingdom of your Son in which I have freedom, acceptance, and provision made available to me so that I may possess your peace which continually guards my heart and mind. I am grateful. Amen.

In His grace,


Our Thoughts Are Not The Product Of An Out-of-Control Thinking Machine With No Navigator.


Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners!

We are instructed to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  When a thought presents itself in our mind, we take it captive by holding it in our mind and immersing it in the richness of the Word.  Does the thought line up with what the Word says is true or is the thought out of agreement with the Word?  Does the thought edify your soul and spirit in truth, or does it tear down?  If the thought, whether it was ours or someone else’s is true, we allow the thought permission to pass through to our heart.  If it is a lie because it does not line up with the truth of the Word of God, we cast the thought down and never return to it. Pay close attention to not being bitter when the thought is cast down. We simply sort our thoughts as truths or lies according to the Word and deal with them accordingly.

When we are deeply rooted in Christ, and our hope is in Him, it will be much more difficult to be caught in the snare of preoccupation with a person to the extent that we crave their approval above the approval of God (Galatians 1:10).  We are setting ourselves up for a colossal disappointment when we think a person can fill the lack, patch the hole, or light the darkness.  This exalted role can only be wholly accomplished by God.

“No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.”  (James 1:13-15) Let’s take a look at this verse.  We are tempted by our own desires.  Thoughts are in our head.  Desires are in our heart.  When we allow an evil desire permission to proceed, it becomes a sin which if left unchecked brings death.

When we allow thoughts that are out of line with God’s instructions for our healthy lives permission to proceed, we are in effect telling ourselves it is okay to allow carnal thoughts to exist alongside godly thoughts.  James calls this being ‘double-minded” or divided in interest (James 4:8).  James’ remedy for this is that we should be humbly cleansed and purified.   We can also see this in 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.” Considering patterns of thoughts we allow ourselves to entertain and not fleeting thoughts, examine the thoughts that are in direct opposition with the Word as an impurity of the flesh and ask the Lord to help align you with His truth.

We must keep a vigilant guard on what thoughts we allow ourselves to entertain.   If the Word says God loves you (John 3:16), do you consider thoughts that suggest He does not?  If the Word says Jesus came to give you abundant life (John 10:10), do you entertain thoughts that indicate following Him means a life of restrictions?   If the Word says, humble yourself (James 4:10), do you consider thoughts that suggest the humbling will mean having a marginal existence?  If the Word says to crucify your passions and desires (Galatians 5:24), do you entertain thoughts that suggest you will surely lose your individuality and the right to your emotions?  If the Word says our battle is not with each other but against spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12), do you entertain thoughts in opposition to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?   If the Word says not to be prideful in your lifestyle (1 John 2:15-16), do you entertain thoughts that your situation can be the exception?  

The life Jesus came to give is abundant spiritual life, and it is what we have right now in Him.   Take control of your thoughts and stop believing untruths about the abundant life and start fueling your mind with His efficaciously captivating truths.

Because our mind is immensely powerful, we can choose to think truthful and edifying thoughts.  We indeed have the power and ability to direct our thoughts.  Yes, we have random, even ill-conceived thoughts at times.  But we have the powerful ability to stop these thoughts and re-direct our thinking.  We must direct our mind to work for us and not against us.  It is not an out-of-control thinking machine with no navigator.  We can choose to have godly thoughts and therefore, godly actions. When we direct our powerful mind to the things of God, our askew emotions will also begin to change. Thank you, Lord.

In His grace,