Supreme Court – Gnashing of Teeth

Acts 7:54   When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

The verse comes from the recording of the first martyr of the church. Steven spoke to the Jews who rejected Jesus, telling them they rejected all the prophets and saints as they were told about the gift of grace through Jesus Christ. The more Stephen spoke, the angrier they became until they were in a rage of hate and violence. The bible calls this state “gnashing of teeth.”

Other translations of Acts 7:54:

 NLT The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage.

NASB Now when they heard this, they were infuriated, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.

NKJV When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 

The King’s Wedding Feast

Jesus tells about a King who planned a wedding feast. Those invited had excuses and rejected the invitations. The King told his servants to go to the highway and byways and gather all for the wedding feast. They invited all they could, the good and the bad. All of these people were grateful to be given this opportunity and accepted the wedding robes (God’s righteousness through repentance). 

However, there was this one man.   

Matthew 22:11-13 But when the King came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

This man decided he would attend the wedding feast on his own terms. He rejected God’s offer of righteousness to receive a wedding robe. He dressed the way he wanted. This man liked being around Christian people but rejected the requirements of salvation. When the King (God) came, He noticed the man and asked him why he was here without a wedding robe. “The man was speechless.” God cast him out to a place of darkness and gnashing of teeth. A place of rage. I imagine the man yelling, “I demand to be accepted on my own terms. “, “You bunch of hateful Christians. “, and “I am just as good as you.” “I have a right to be here!”

We are a nation of rage, screaming, and violence when we hear something we don’t like. A nation of gnashing of teeth. We need revival in our hearts, homes, and government.

Don’t let your rage determine your eternity!

The Bible describes hell as a place of torment and gnashing of teeth (rage). Matthew 13:41-42.

Are there parts of the Bible that cause you to rage against it? Be careful about your emotions. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Better to humble yourself before Christ and repent of your anger. Ask Him to forgive you. Accept Jesus as your savior. Tell Him to help you understand and lead you to a good church.  

Proverbs 27:19 As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.

Let your lightnside burn with the light of Jesus and not rage.

Our Father – The only hope for peace.

Matthew 6:9-10 Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Favorite Father’s day card I received from my son many years ago.

As Father’s Day approaches,

I realize God the Father’s effect on His children

and our nation’s desperate to follow Him. 

Our Father in Heaven – rule of authority.  

There is an understanding that we are the children of God. He is our Father and authority. Our world has an order because we live in his established kingdom. There is safety and security when we identify God as our Father and stand under His protection and direction.   

Without recognizing God the Father’s identity, we become self-focused and only see our desires and emotions. We become unstable and do not know how to be at peace. The more we acquire, the less we feel complete. Something is missing. We are designed to belong to a Heavenly Father. We are built to follow God.  

Hallowed be Your Name

Hallowed means greatly revered and honored. The process of honoring God is to thank Him, Praise Him, and learn more about Him. Listen to Him speak to you through the Bible, sermons, and songs. Our God is a leader, healer, peace-maker, warrior, teacher, and even a God of discipline. God loves me, so He watches, blesses, and disciplines me. I honor His name. I feel secure and loved because of His care. His rod and staff comfort me. He restores my soul.

Rejecting the name of God is to reject hope. You become a vessel of unrest and lawlessness. The Bible says, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” To deny this is to be foolish and wandering through life, always seeking but never satisfied. Always longing but never connected.

Thy Kingdom come – Thy will be done.

Oh Lord, we need your kingdom and leadership in today’s world. Through the lawless efforts of media, social media, and political agendas, we are becoming a nation of rowdy immature children who have never learned to be obedient under a father’s love and authority.

You, Lord, established the universe and determined its rules and limitations. You set the oceans and mountains in place. You created all the plants and creatures and placed them into balance. You feed and care for the wild animals. You send hope and care to those who follow you. God, we need your holiness, leadership, structure, and discipline.  

Lord, please send your power to hold back the spirit of lawlessness in our land, our hearts, our families, and our different races. We have become lawless. We have become vessels for the demonic spirit of lawlessness to find homes and begin to fill our minds and mouths with hate, rebellion, and violence.

If…

2 Chron. 7:14  if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Lord, I am asking for your forgiveness for my attitudes and actions of lawlessness. I ask You to clean my heart and mind. Please forgive our nation and heal our land. God said, “If My People…” He could also say, “If my children…”  

Matthew 6:13 Father, Deliver us from the Evil One. 

Let this Father’s Day be a start to call upon our Heavenly Father to forgive. Let us seek His face. Let us honor His name. Let us ask God to search our hearts, and we repent of what He finds.

Heavenly Father, we seek your healing for our nation and our own Lightnside.

Planning vs Preparing

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Preparing for the future is different from making plans.

 Good preparation and planning may seem Godly, but two distant differences exist between the preparer and the planner. Planning involves human creativity and wisdom. The planner devises a map for the future and uses this to guide future direction. While he still believes in God’s presence, more decisions are made through creative personal ideas. Some ideas may have been a success in other ministries. The planner is limited to their abilities and looks to assets and numbers to decide their steps.

 Preparation focuses on discernment and faith in God’s leading. The preparer first gets his life aligned with God. Time is spent in His presence, listening to His voice and seeking the scripture to hear from the Holy Spirit. The preparer gets ready and then waits for God to reveal the way.

Abram (Abraham) preparer & planner

Abram (Abraham) is an excellent example of a preparer; however, he slips into planning in his travels.

Abram as Preparer Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Abram followed God’s leading.

Abram as Planner  Genesis 12:10-20  Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

 John the Baptist was a preparer.

Mark 1:1-8 

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Joshua preparer – heard from God about Jericho.  

Joshua 3:5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”

Joshua 6:2-5  Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

Joshua 6:20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. 

Are you a planner or a preparer?

Spend time with the Lord to be prepared for His direction in your life and ministry. He will do great things through you beyond your ability to plan. 

Let your lightnside be prepared for God’s work.

The Grapes are bigger than the Giants!

Numbers 13:23, 27 They cut off a branch of a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them…”But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.”

From Larry Stockstill’s Blog

How do you view impossibilities? 

 Do they intimidate you and stop you dead in your tracks before you ever even attempt to defeat them?  I have found that there are usually 2 different ways to approach an obstacle in your life. The story of Israel’s twelve spies always helps me when I am facing an impossibility.  They focused on the giants but Joshua and Caleb focused on the grapes!  God called this kind of faith a “different spirit”:  “But my servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land he entered and his descendants will take possession of it” (Num. 14: 24)

Everybody feels it when there are giants lurking around.  I have faced situations where my knees literally grew weak.  I have always had to regather my spirit and take my stand of faith. Here Are A Few Of The “Differences” In A Different Spirit.

Peace instead of Panic 

Caleb “quieted the people” (Num 13:30). A leader must move in quiet assurance in the midst of terrifying symptoms and odds.

Jesus told the raging storm, “Peace, be still.” He had an inner calm while the storm was in a full gale.

Opportunity instead of Obstacles 

Caleb called the land full of giants an “exceedingly good land.” His mind recorded the beautiful cities, vineyards, water supplies, and homes instead of the walls, defenses, and giants.

We must see the potential rather than the problems.

Alignment for the Assignment 

Caleb knew that “If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us in….” (Num. 14: 8). He searched his own life by prayer to be sure there was nothing within him that was “out of alignment” [See last four blogs on lightnside.com] with the perfect will of God.

We cannot face giants from without if we have tolerated giants As you face this huge problem ask yourself, “Is there anything in my life that would keep me from standing strong in this battle I am about to enter?”

Submission instead of Rebellion 

“Only do not rebel against the Lord.” To resist and move in the opposite direction from God is dangerous. Numbers 11 was their complaining; Numbers 12 was their criticism; Numbers 13 is their stubborn refusal to follow the direction of spiritual leadership.

When we honor those in spiritual authority, a blessing is released.

Spiritual Warfare instead of Natural Warfare 

“Their protection has been removed from them and the Lord is with us…” (Num. 14: 9). Caleb could see into the spirit world that the enemy’s armor was already removed. Walls and armor were worthless against God’s hornets! We must see our enemies as stripped of their defense against us, stripped of their power when Christ rose from the dead. See your enemy as already defeated by the resurrection of Christ. It has no power to intimidate or defeat you.

Peace, opportunity, alignment, submission, and spiritual warfare should be within you every time you face a giant.  Look for the grapes whenever you see giants coming toward you.

What is the giant you are facing and what do you need to do to prepare to defeat it?

LARRY STOCKSTILL

Let this borrowed and anointed blog bless your Lightnside as it did mine.

Psalms 51:11b step 4 Holy Spirit in me

Psalms 51:11b “don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.”

Who is the Holy Spirit?

To many, the Holy Spirit is like a smaller or lesser God than God the Father and Jesus, The Son of God. However, the Holy Spirit is equal in importance and power to the other members of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is so powerful and has so many benefits that the enemy of our soul does all he can to discourage people from focusing on who the Holy Spirit is and how He can impact your life.

The Holy Spirit was in the creation of the world. God spoke, and the Holy Spirit hovered over the waters in creation mode (Genesis 1.) The Holy Spirit empowered prophets and kings in the Old Testament.

Holy Spirit in action

As Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit came and remained in Him. He was the first that the Holy Spirit remained…but Jesus is not the last. Oh, no, After Jesus died on the cross, He resurrected and told the disciples and other followers to go to the upper room and pray until God sent the Holy Spirit to them. And it happened; the Holy Spirit came in power and transformed each person. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, incredible miracles and church growth took place. More and more people received the Holy Spirit, and the mighty anointed church of God, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, grew, and now all the world knows about Christ.

Jesus has a few things to say about the Holy Spirit in John 14:16-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.”

John 16:13-15 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Acts 1:18  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

While David did not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, he at times was anointed by the Holy Spirit to fight bears, lions, and giants and to lead the nation of Israel. 

A must-read book about the Holy Spirit

I recommend a great book, “The God I never knew” by Robert Morris.   (pictured above)

Let the truth of the Holy Spirit empower your Christian Walk.

 Realignment prayer summary

  • Create in me a clean heart (confession)
  • Restore the right spirit within me (healing of mind and emotions)
  • I need God’s Presence in my life (protection, health, peace)
  • I need the Holy Spirit every day (Power, guidance, direction, endurance)

Realign your lightnside often.

Psalms 51:11a  Realignment Step 3 – God’s Presence

Psalms 51:11a “Do not cast me from Your presence.”

God’s Presence

Oh, the wonder of the presence of God. There is nothing like it on this earth. David needed a new heart and a restored spirit for himself. But the reason he desired them the most is the following two parts of realignment with God. With a new heart and refreshed spirit, God will come down to us, and His presence will cover us. God will not stay where the heart is full of pride, anger, unforgiveness, and other sins. God will not remain where emotions and our spirits seek the world’s pleasures. 

Without God, there is an emptiness that cannot be filled with anything on the earth or our efforts. There is in all of us a desire to reach something out of our grasp, something only God can bring…His presence in us.

Moses and Teen Challenge

Exodus 33:14-15   The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”

As an Adult & Teen Challenge student spends a year at one of our centers, they learn a lot of Bible verses and life skills. The mentoring and counsel of professionals and staff are wonderful. But the greatest gift a student can take with them as they leave the center is the Presence of God in their lives.  

Psalms 91 summarizes the benefits of living with God’s presence in your life.

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Do you have God’s Presence in you?

Moses knew even though God saved Israel out of bondage and was instructing them on how they should live, he needed the Holy, Almighty, Glorious, Presence of God to make salvation and truth alive in a daily walk.  

Do you feel something is missing in your life? Chances are you are seeking something only God can bring. Follow the steps of David as he asks for a new heart through repentance and honesty to God. Ask God to restore your spirit and emotions. Then ask God for His presence over you. Spend time in the morning away from any electronic screens and talk to God. Rest in His presence. Practice this each day.

God’s presence is a guiding lightnside.

Psalms 51:10b Realignment step 2 – Steadfast Spirit.

Psalms 51:10b “And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Renew a steadfast spirit in me!

Our spirit

Our spirit is the quality of us that connects with others. Our spirit also connects with the supernatural world of God and our enemy’s kingdom. The animal kingdom does not have this spirit. The animals only have natural senses and their specific nature. We, humans, can observe ourselves in this world. We can create, imagine, inspire, reason, and receive revelations. All these qualities and more are a part of our spirit.  

Damaged spirit

When we pray, our spirit connects with God’s Spirit. We can pray to the Holy Spirit and receive direction and comfort. Sometimes our spirit can become darkened and damaged. Our spirit and emotions may become unhealthy through pain and suffering or sinful lust.  

Have you ever felt overwhelmed and could not get your breath to be calm? It’s a good sign your emotions and spirit are hurting, and you may be seeking help in the wrong places. When we hurt, sometimes our spirit seeks pleasure and escape. While we all need times of rest, our spirits can become connected to the temptations of our supernatural enemies.

Enemies of our spirit – healing from God.

Ephesians 6:12-13 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The enemy attacks when we are unarmed without God’s presence, and our spirit is damaged. When Jesus was led into the wilderness, He became physically frail after forty days of fasting. It was at this time the enemy came to attack Him. Jesus overcame by the word of God, and in Luke 2:12-13, “Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.” Jesus was in a weakened state both in body and spirit, but the angels of the supernatural world ministered to Jesus and sustained Him.

This is what David is saying and asking God to do for him. 

He says, “God, my spirit, emotions are out of whack. I am hurting and weak. I need a touch from the supernatural world of God to renew my spirit and make it steadfast and Godly. God touch my emotions and help me connect to others as I should.”

The NLT says “Renew a loyal spirit within me.”

The KJV says “Renew a right spirit within me.”

The Living Bible says “Filled with clean thoughts and right desires.”

Are you in a place of pain and frustration and want to escape? 

Open your Spirit to God. Pray and tell him you need Him to renew your spirit and emotions. Each day pray this prayer of Psalms 51:10-11 and allow time for your Spirit and God’s presence to bring healing to your heart and spirit.

Meditate on Creation and God’s Word

Spend some time looking at God’s creation. Reduce time on social media, tv, or phone and meditate on God’s creation and His word. You will feel restoring your spirit and emotions as God ministers to you.

Blessings to you as your lightnside grows brighter with the fuel of eternity.

Psalms 51:10a: Realignment Step 1: New Heart

Psalms 51:10a “Create in me a clean heart, O God!”

A New Heart

Psalms 51 is a great verse to read and pray frequently. It is especially needed in times of trouble or pressure. Our fallen nature and emotions sometimes get us out of alignment with God. You can lose your footing and begin to slide toward some of the traps of the fallen nature, helped by the enemy of our soul, Satan.

I use this verse often to align myself to a right relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. This verse is divided into four sections we will cover in four blogs. I hope you will be blessed by my thoughts, and may the Holy Spirit give you even more revelations from this scripture.

Part 1. Create in me a new heart, O God.

Create in me

As we travel in this life, our heart collects various poisons. As events of pressure, pain, or even pleasure come along our paths, our heart is affected. The poisons of the enemy and our fallen nature begin to collect and grow in the fertile environment of our hearts. Pride, anger, desire, and resentment can increase, affecting our spirit and relationships with God. We can also be filled with the wrong fuel, like failure, brokenness, fear, intimidation, and faithlessness. Our hearts are like a womb that can grow whatever is planted.

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Life revives around our hearts. The problem is we cannot use our hearts to fix our hearts. That would be like trying to examine our vision with bad eyes. We are not capable of restoring our hearts after they become poisoned. We need a new heart. A damaged heart cannot fix itself.

A new heart

I ask God to work in me to do what I cannot do and create a new heart in me. The process is for us to first look into your heart and repent of what is there. Identify your sins, identify your failures to God. Look in the past days and repent the thoughts, feelings, and sinful actions to God. Ask Him to forgive you. Ask Jesus to flood this new heart with His precious blood that will never lose its power. The first part of realignment is to understand you need a new heart, and only God can do this in you. David understands without a new heart, we are on a downward path to trouble. Confess and bow before the cross.

Oh God!

My greatest need is the creative work of God with a new heart.
A new heart where the Holy Spirit can live. One that can be filled with hope, faith, love of Christ, and joy.

Let the Lord create in you a new bright lightnside heart.

Holy Spirit – God’s power in us

 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

 The apostle Paul speaks specifically of God the Holy Spirit in this verse. 

Since Jesus resurrected from death and ascended back to heaven, the Holy Spirit came to earth and was poured out to Christians in the upper room. He is still being poured out upon Christians today. Acts 1:8 say “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

We can mature as Christians by learning more about the Holy Spirit. As we grow in the knowledge of Him, we can grow in understanding and strength as His voice and power are implanted into our spirit. As we focus on Ephesians 3:20, we can learn the following:

He (the Holy Spirit) is able to do exceedingly abundantly more in our lives.

Notice Genesis 1:2-3 it was the Holy Spirit moving over the dark earth as God said, “Let there be light,” and by God’s voice and the power of the Holy Spirit, there was light. In the same way, the Holy Spirit can work exceedingly and abundantly in our own lives. Paul did not preach by his wisdom and knowledge, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:4 “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.”

 He is able to do what we ask.

If you have received Christ as your savior, the Holy Spirit is in you. He can hear your prayers. Speak to Him as one of the Godhead. Pray to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is able to do what you ask of Him.

He is able to do what we think (but dare not ask)

He reads our thoughts, and sometimes we imagine things for which we dare not ask. The Holy Spirit even knows our dreams. It just might be the Holy Spirit who is birthing those dreams in your life if they are about Godly things!

 The Holy Spirit has all knowledge and all power. 

He is able to do all that we ask or think, for he knows it all and can perform it all. Sometimes we do not know what to do, but the Holy Spirit knows. He is waiting for you to seek His advice.

 His expectations are higher than ours. 

He can do more than all we ask or thinkThe Holy Spirit has greater plans for you than you have for yourself. He will challenge you and empower you to more extraordinary achievements for God.

According to the power that works in us.

We restrain this power by not seeking and trusting in Him. Notice the words at the beginning of the verse and the end. “Now to Him who is able…according to the power that works in us.” We are the ones who need to rely more on the Holy Spirit to give us power, wisdom, the words to say, and directions during the day.

All these things are available to you as you grow in knowledge and reliance on the Holy Spirit, the third God of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is almighty, all-knowing, omnipresent, lives in the past and future, and He is your personal friend sent by God to equip, empower, and mature you to be a witness to others of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

It is ok to pray to the Holy Spirit as God or Jesus. He is one of the Gods in the Trinity. Speak to Him and ask for wisdom, power, and enlightenment of the Scriptures. You will learn to hear His voice and feel His power in you. 

Let your LIGHTNSIDE burn brighter and stronger by the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit working in you.

Nevertheless

I ministered at a family funeral this last week. Part of the sermon used the word “Nevertheless.” This is a powerful word I used when dealing with my father’s sudden death in 2008. It’s a truth worth hearing again. May it bless you today.

My father a few years ago in a car accident. 

Perry Rose – Veteran – Godly Father

He was a great father and a good Christian man.  While meditating on things that bring healing and hope I came across a powerful and unusual word in the Bible that has helped me greatly to process the loss and give me comfort. The word was spoken by Christ at a time of His greatest challenge.  It was in the Garden of Gethsemane when He was only hours away from death on the cross.

During this time the humanity of Christ was in total agony.  In His mind and imagination came the visions of what was going to physically happen soon.  He had seen other people crucified.  Not only the physical death but He was to die for all man’s sins. The stress of the situation is recorded in Matthew 26:38My soul is sorrowful, even to death…”  The Bible records that His physical, mental, and spiritual condition was so stressed that even His sweat was mingled with blood.  The rock He cried out to God on was red with Jesus’ struggle. In Matthew 26:39 Jesus spoke to His Father in prayer and said “Father if there be any other way…please let this cup pass from me.” 

Then Jesus spoke a powerful word. 

You will not think of this word as one of the great words like faith, hope, or love. It’s not recorded in the Ten Commandments or the Beatitudes.   The great word Jesus spoke was “nevertheless”.  What an odd word to find comfort in!  It is a word of transition.  It means although the topic before the word is true, the topic after this word is more true.  Jesus said to his Father “neverthelessnot my will but Yours”. Everything changed! Jesus rose up a conqueror of death and brought hope to all of us through His death on the cross.

2 Corinthians 3:14-16 But their minds were blinded… a veil lies on their heart.  Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

The word is used in 2 Cor. 3:14-16 where the Bible talks about those without Christ living in a darkness of Spiritual realities.  Many are living day today trying to find peace and direction without God.   All their efforts lead eventually to emptiness.  Peace and purpose in life are fulfilled only through Christ.  The Bible says there is a veil covering their hearts and minds keeping them in a state of darkness.  Even as Christians share their experiences it seems unclear or even foolishness to them.  However,  in verse 16 the word “nevertheless” is used to say as they turn to Christ the veil is taken away.  Peace, hope, and direction in life have come to them through a relationship with Christ.

As I answered the life-changing phone call letting me know my dad had died the world turned upside down for me and my family.  Although many people are experiencing death each week the permanent emptiness settled on our family.   This word kept coming back to me…nevertheless.

Dad is gone; nevertheless, I will one day see him again.   His advice can no longer be received; nevertheless, he has raised me with a life of examples and wisdom.    The death was instant and without warning, nevertheless, he was a righteous man ready to meet God.

Nevertheless – A healing word.

The word nevertheless helps us deal with the realities of life that are hard, painful, and frustrating by reminding ourselves of the truths in Christ that are promised in God’s word.  It helps us deal with life by claiming God’s promises.  You might be in a difficult place today.  With Christ you can say…nevertheless the promises of God are true.  It may seem a silly word to focus on but it can replace fear with faith, stress with confidence, and sadness with joy.

God has a “nevertheless” promise for you.

Simon Peter fished all night with no luck.  Jesus asked him to simply place the net on the other side of the boat!  His response changed his life forever in Luke 5:5 he said to Jesus “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing:

nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.’’ 

Simon Peter’s net was full and so can your heart be full as we apply God’s words to our situations. Let your lightnside be full of nevertheless power.