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Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands

In Ephesians 5:21-33 NLT is about the “Spirit-Guided Relationship: Wives and Husbands
21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 For wives, this means submit your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of His body.
31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

To be updated with Christopher ‘s family: Taylor his wife and children; Zara Rose and Erik Josiah; & Christine Elisha’s family: Steve her husband and children; Nathaniel and Leah, and more grandchildren – a total of nine (9) now.

People often misunderstand the concept of submitting to another person. It does not mean becoming totally passive. Our Lord Jesus Christ at whose name every knee will bow (Philippians 2:10) – submitted His will to the Father, and we honor our Lord Jesus Christ by following His example. When we submit to God, we become more willing to obey His command to submit to others, that is, to subordinate our rights to theirs. In Paul’s day, women, children, and slaves were to submit to the head of the family – slaves would submit until they were freed, male children until they grew up, and women and girls their whole lives. Paul emphasized the equality of all Born-Again Christian believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:28), but he counseled all believers to submit to one another by choice. This kind of mutual submission preserves order and harmony.


Submission provides evidence that we have the Holk Spirit-controlled relationships, and it requires the Holy Spirit’s guidance and restraint (Ephesians 4:2-3). In the fellowship church, the believers should be willing to learn from, serve, give to, or be corrected by others in the fellowship. Such submission can allow growth both individually and corporately as the believers seek to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. Our motive should be reverence (literally, “fear”) for our Lord Jesus Christ. We should not treat one another rightly just because it is expected or because we will be well regarded but because one day, we must give account to our Lord Jesus Christ of how we have lived.

Submission in the fellowship church should follow from submission in the home. The home, the foundation for relationships and personal growth, must be an example of peaceful submission. In a marriage relationship, both husband and wife are called to submit. The relationships between husbands and wives are a microcosm of the larger picture of fellowship church relationships.


Paul spoke first to the wives, explaining that they were to submit voluntarily to their husbands as they would to the Lord, meaning “as is fitting to the Lord.” This does not mean that the husband is “lord” over the wife. Our concept of submission must come from that which exists between our Lord Jesus Christ and the church: Our Lord Jesus Christ loves the church, and the church submits to Him. We must not base it on either a feminist or chauvinist view. Christian marriage involves mutual submission, subordinating our personal desires for the good of the loved one and submitting ourselves to Jesus Christ as Lord. The wife’s submission to her husband is one way that she can demonstrate her submission to our Lord Jesus Christ. She does this voluntarily out of love for her husband and for our Lord Jesus Christ.


Paul explained that a husband is the head of his wife as our Lord Jesus Christ is the head of His body, the church. In other words, the husband is the spiritual head of the family, and his wife should acknowledge his leadership. Real spiritual leadership involves service and sacrifice. Our Lord Jesus Christ as head of the church is also its Savior. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for the church. So, as the church submits to our Lord Jesus Christ, so the wives must submit to their husbands in everything. A wise and Christ-honoring husband will not take advantage of his leadership role, and a wise and Christ-honoring wife will not try to undermine her husband’s leadership. Either approach causes disunity and friction in marriage. For the wife, submission means willingly following her husband’s leadership in our Lord Jesus Christ. For the husband, it means putting aside his own interests in order to care for his wife. Submission is rarely a problem in homes where both partners have a strong relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and where each is concerned for the happiness of the other.

Prioritize Your Commitment Over Your Feelings

Remember walking down the aisle? You waited at the front. and then the doors swung open, and you saw your bride dressed in white. Then she walked down the aisle, and you made some enormous commitments together. Do you remember those vows? Often marriage vows involved a number of things, but in every wedding I have attended, couples share the promise to be faithful to one another no matter what: better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and good health.

At that moment in time, I remember the flutter of emotions; the wedding ceremony and everything seemed to be moving 100 miles an hour that day. It was a very emotional time. We were so in love, and those feelings were very real and natural to sense at that moment on our wedding day. While that day marked the beginning of those important feelings of love toward one another, we also believed that it would continue to deepen over the years. This is beautiful and right!

But these vows were also important because they rightly assume that life will get more difficult. You will eventually be less attractive than you are today – gravity eventually wins! You will disappoint one another, see each other at your worst, and face unforeseen trials and seasons of pain.

Some of these difficulties will draw you together. Others will tempt you to drift apart. These moments of time may expose the unloveliness of your spouse, and you may find yourself not feeling particularly “in love”. I know you find this hard to believe now, but that is precisely why the vows you are making today are so important.

Tim Keller said: “Wedding vows are not a declaration of present love but a mutually binding promise of future love.”

When moments in time come where you find your spouse unlovely, you must remind yourselves that when our Lord Jesus Christ looked down from the Cross, He didn’t think ‘I am giving Myself to you because you are so attractive to me.’ No, he was in agony, and He looked at us – denying Him – and the greatest act of love in history, He stayed. He loved us, not because we were lovely to Him, but to make us lovely. This is why you should love your spouse no matter what. Amen!

Choosing Your Wife Over the Kids

Husbands, a question to ask yourself: Is your family in order? Who comes first? Does your spouse come first, or do your kids take the number one spot? Or do you put yourself first? How do you even know when they are in the right order? The results are in, and we’re here to tell you guys, your marriage needs to be the priority over your kids. Here are a few reasons why:

It’s Best for Your Kids

One of the greatest needs for children is to know that their parents love not only them but also that Mom and Dad love each other. It’s well known that a children’s sense of security grows as they see parents committed and loving each other. Often, we see couples in love with each other early on, but as kids come in the picture, marriage gets pushed to the back. In extreme cases, marriage gets put on hold for years while you raise children. This is not only detrimental to your marriage, but experts are saying it’s also very harmful to your kids.

When parents can’t get along and separate, it’s the kids that suffer most. When they lose their family, they also lose their sense of confidence and security. And we know when children don’t feel secure, their whole world seems to unravel, and they turn to other things that cannot fulfill that security like Mom and Dad.

Research shows that almost all marriages take a hit when you have kids. According to an analysis of 90 studies involving 31, 000 married people, the drop in marital satisfaction after the first baby’s birth is a staggering 42% larger among the current generation of parents than their predecessors. Satisfaction dips even lower, (though less) with each successive child. Studies also suggest that one-third to one-half of new-parent couples experience as much marital distress as couples already in therapy and/or counselling for marital difficulties.

So, if you can.t seem to prioritize your marriage or spend money on dates for yourselves, or it’s a tough season in your marriage, do it for the good of your kids. And if you’re not sure how to start, here’s a great step:

Make Marriage Number One

We want to challenge you to be what God had wire you as one of the men different from the woman you married. Take some time to talk with your spouse about how you two can make your marriage a priority. Pull out your calendars and see when you can get some time together alone without kids. Try setting a regular date night. We understand that babysitters can be expensive. Even if it’s just once a month, that can be so refreshing for your relationship! Guys do your best to get your babysitter ready ahead of time and make it a gift to your wife. Then alternate each month who “picks” the date spot. Make sure there will be no hindrance in your romantic moment of time. LOL!

Start today and don’t wait! Make your marriage a priority by setting aside time alone for you and your wife. Make sure your wife knows you choose her with God’s blessing, and even above your kids. Remember, it’s the effort, heart that counts especially an effective prayer in reference to James 5:13-16.

In Proverbs 31:10 NLT says, “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.”

You can continue to read from Verse 10 to Verse 31. These verses describe an ideal woman whose virtuous qualities are both a challenge and an encouragement to women striving for the same excellence. The verses form an acrostic or alphabetical poem, with each verse beginning with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The term translated “virtuous” (Proverbs 31:10) refers elsewhere to strength, ability, efficiency, wealth, and valor. She works late into the night (Proverbs 31:18). Earlier, the book noted that an understanding wife is from the Lord (Proverbs 19:14). Here, that gift from God is described in detail. The key to the character of this worthy woman is found in the fact that she “fears the Lord” (Proverbs 31:30; cf. 1:7). The book begins and ends by focusing on this motivating concept.

God bless our families. Christie and I am looking forward to our 41st wedding anniversary on May 21, 2021, and more to Golden Anniversary > 50 years. Amen! We give all thanks and glory to our Triune God – Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord, and Hallelujah!

Calling and Career – Marriage Over Calling

“24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” Genesis 2:24 NLT

Obviously the first couple did not leave their parents. This verse appears to be a lesson taught by the story itself. Therefore – or “for this reason,” (NIV) or “This is why” (NEB, JB) expresses the words of the writer, who observes from this divine model that marriage has been a God-ordained relationship from the beginning. Our Lord Jesus Christ cited this verse (Matthew 19:3-9) as the basis for His teaching, which upholds monogamy and stands against divorce. Another important paradigm is discernible in Genesis 2:24 (Kidner): marriage (“leaving”) leads to “cleaving,” which culminates in the sexual union, being one flesh (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:16). To cleave to God in Deuteronomy 10:20 is descriptive of the ideal relationship between God and man. So, too, it characterizes the closeness between a husband and wife.

To be updated with Christopher ‘s family: Taylor his wife and children; Zara Rose and Erik Josiah; & Christine Elisha’s family: Steve her husband and children; Nathaniel and Leah, and more grandchildren – a total of nine (9) now.

People often misunderstand the concept of submitting to another person. It does not mean becoming totally passive. Our Lord Jesus Christ – at whose name every knee will bow (Philippians 2:10) – submitted His will to the Father, and we honor our Lord Jesus Christ by following His example. When we submit to God, we become more willing to obey His command to submit to others, that is, to subordinate our rights to theirs. In Paul’s day, women, children, and slaves were to submit to the head of the family – slaves would submit until they were freed, male children until they grew up, and women and girls their whole lives. Paul emphasized the equality of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:28), but he counseled all believers to submit to one another by choice. This kind of mutual submission preserves order and harmony.


Submission provides evidence that we have Spirit-controlled relationships, and it requires the Holy Spirit’s guidance and restraint (Ephesians 4:2-3). In the church, the believers should be willing to learn from, serve, give to, or be corrected by others in the fellowship. Such submission can allow growth both individually and corporately as the believers seek to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. Our motive should be reverence (literally, “fear”) for our Lord Jesus Christ. We should not treat one another rightly just because it is expected or because we will be well regarded but because one day, we must give account to our Lord Jesus Christ of how we have lived.

Marriage Over Your (Husbands) Calling

You got a job offer. And it’s a big one requiring some big changes for your wife and your family. You feel like you owe it to yourself and your hard work in your career to talk with your spouse. You want to take it, but your wife is against it. What do you do? How do you choose your wife and your marriage over your calling in these types of real-life scenarios? For some men, especially those in leadership, your job requires immense responsibility involving tens, hundreds, and maybe even thousands of people’s jobs on the line with decisions you make. It’s easy to see your position in leadership at the office as becoming more important than your job as the leader of your home

So, when I look at leaders who believe they are forced every day to put vocation before marriage and family, I wonder what they think they are going to accomplish. No one is indispensable. Everyone can be replaced on the job. God can raise up another leader to do what you are doing. While I admire these leaders’ courage, success, and endurance, I can’t help but wonder if they misunderstand their calling.

If you are called to end world poverty, serve as the CEO of a major corporation or share the Gospel with tribes who have never heard it before, your calling does not exclude your marriage and family. It doesn’t require you to sacrifice your family members for this.

When you and your spouse become one flesh in Christian marriage, this becomes who you are. Your daily thoughts and decisions are now a part of your identity as a spouse. The rules are much different than when you were single. Add kids into the mix and you have another layer of responsibility to account for.

God made you with a capacity and gifting unlike that of any other. When you join into a marriage covenant with your spouse, you now have an alliance team with a capacity and gifting unlike any other. God doesn’t view this as a waste. He leverages them. That means if your marriage is to remain healthy, you are to make big decisions together.

Wherever God calls you, know that He does not call you apart from who you are. It is you the wife he is calling; it is you the husband he is calling.

You might experience seasons in which you are asked to prioritize your vocation or calling above your time with your spouse and family, but if season connects with season, your understanding of what God desires is likely off the mark. It’s worth asking your spouse from time to time to make sure you stay on the mark.

Her (Wives) Needs Above Yours (Husbands)

“In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise, you cannot pray effectively.]”
1 Peter 3:7 AMPC
https://bible.com/bible/8/1pe.3.7.AMPC

Just as the wives were to accept authority, so the husbands in the same way were to give honor to their wives. That a husband should treat his wife with understanding implies more than just a kind attitude; it goes deeper, implying that his consideration of his wife is based on his knowledge of her needs, desires, gifts, and abilities. A husband who acts on his knowledge of his wife will greatly enrich her life, as well as his own.


While the wife may be weaker than the husband, she is his equal partner. In this context, being weaker refers to physical weakness, not to moral, spiritual, or intellectual inferiority. Peter used the term not to diminish women, but to build a case for respecting them. The men were not to bully their wives physically or sexually. Women had less authority in the marriage, so the husbands were encouraged to use their authority with respect for their wives. Their authority did not excuse abuse of power. While the woman may be “weaker,” she is also a “partner,” implying a side-by-side relationship of working together. A man who respects his wife will protect, honor, and help her. He will stay with her. He will respect her opinions, listen to her advice, be considerate of her needs, and relate to her both privately and publicly with love, courtesy, insight, and tact.


Some women have chafed under the biblical assertion that they are “weaker” and that they are to submit to their husbands. But these women need to remember that they are equal with men in God’s eyes. Even though God gave husbands authority in the marriage and family, wives are equal to their husbands in spiritual privileges and eternal relationships. Both men and women who are believers are partners in God’s gift of new life – eternal life. If husbands are not considerate and respectful to their wives, their prayers will not be heard. If men use their position to mistreat their wives, their relationship with God will suffer. A man should not expect to have a vital ministry in life or prayer if he is mistreating his wife in any way.

Yesterday, we looked closely at the importance of man’s vocation or job but not at the expense of the family. Today, we turn our attention to your wife’s top needs. Most men are not highly emotional beings. Men enjoy action more than words. In fact, studies show that women express themselves verbally at least twice as much each day as men do. But, if a man is to love his wife, he is going to have to make a transition and become more emotionally available to her to meet her needs. Keep in mind this isn’t natural for most men, so, it requires prayers and intervention from God.

Studies show that men tend to express words that convey information to get things done. Information can be shared without getting the heart or emotion involved. But if a husband is going to become who God wants him to be, he is going to need to learn to share his heart. For a woman, it is not enough to know what he did during a day. She often wants to understand how he influenced someone for the better, or how a difficult situation affected his heart, or how he needs her support and strength to accomplish his goals.

Consequently, God does not make His command to men lightly. If a husband wants God to hear his prayers, which ironically, he is going to need to be doing a lot to learn to be emotionally available to her, then he will seek to open his heart to her in an open and honest way.

The Evidence of Confidence is PEACE

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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Our Lord Jesus Christ Calms the Storm

In Mark 4:35-41 NLT says, “35 As evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey Him!””

In these passages or Scriptures, they describe that when evening came, our Lord Jesus Christ suggested that He and the disciples cross to the other side of the lake – that is, to the east side of the Sea of Galilee. The boat probably belonged to one of the fishermen in the group, most likely to Peter. For Peter to set sail in the evening was not unusual because he was used to fishing at night (see John 21:3). Fishing was best then; storms usually came in the afternoon.


Thus, when our Lord Jesus Christ finished speaking, the disciples pulled up the anchor and set sail. Our Lord Jesus’ ministry was never without purpose. He was crossing the sea in order to enter a new area of ministry. Along the way, the disciples would be taught an unforgettable lesson about His power.

A few people in the crowd probably expected our Lord Jesus Christ to come ashore to offer more healing or teaching. But our Lord Jesus Christ, human as He was, needed rest. So, He left the crowds behind when the boat set sail.


The detail that other boats followed is recorded only in Mark and signifies an eyewitness account – perhaps from Peter who sailed the boat and had to watch out for these other boats as they made their way out into the lake. (Josephus, an ancient historian, wrote that there were usually more than three hundred fishing boats on the Sea of Galilee at one time.) The other boats accompanying our Lord Jesus Christ may have been filled with persistent followers. The tiny detail gives us a picture of God’s grace – many people on these other boats were also saved when our Lord Jesus Christ stilled the storm.

The Sea of Galilee is an unusual body of water. It is relatively small (thirteen miles long, seven miles wide); but it is 150 feet deep, and the shoreline is 680 feet below sea level. Because it is below sea level and surrounded by mountains, it is susceptible to sudden storms. Winds sweeping across the land come up and over the mountains, creating downdrafts over the lake. Combined with a thunderstorm that appears suddenly over the surrounding mountains, the water stirs into violent twenty-foot waves. The disciples had not foolishly set out in a storm. In fact, they usually didn’t encounter storms at night and did not see this one coming. Even though several of these men were expert fishermen and knew how to handle a boat, they had been caught without warning by this fierce storm. Their peril was real as they battled huge waves that nearly swamped their vessel.

While this was happening, our Lord Jesus Christ was sleeping at the back of the boat. How our Lord Jesus could sleep during this storm indicates His complete exhaustion and reveals His human nature. That the noise, the violent rocking of the boat, and the cold spray of the water didn’t awaken Him gives us a glimpse of the physical drain on our Lord Jesus Christ throughout His earthly ministry.


The disciples had embarked on this journey at our Lord Jesus’ request after a long day. They were probably tired too, but they had set sail anyway. Then, of all things, a storm blew in – one that was threatening to sink the boat and drown them. And our Lord Jesus Christ was sleeping through it! They woke Him and asked, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?” Their words were more of a criticism than a call for help. How easy it is for us to complain and criticize God for not coming to our aid, rather than making our request and then trusting Him to answer.


Although the disciples had witnessed many miracles, they panicked in this storm. Added to that, they revealed that they completely misunderstood their teacher. They had seen our Lord Jesus Christ perform great miracles of compassion, but they dared to ask if He cared about them at all. Their question was rude; their misunderstanding was deep.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, abruptly awakened from a deep sleep, arose and without speaking to the disciples spoke instead to the elements. Standing in the stern of the rocking ship, our Lord Jesus Christ rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Quiet down!” The disciples were shocked at the power of their teacher to speak and control the ocean waves. But they should not have been surprised. The storm was out of control, their fears were out of control, but our Lord Jesus Christ was never out of control. He has power over all the forces of nature, and He listens to the appeals of those who love Him.

The disciples had seen our Lord Jesus do incredible miracles, but they hadn’t taken their knowledge of His power and carried it to its logical conclusion. Our Lord Jesus Christ responded, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?” They wanted Him to do something; He wanted them to trust Him! Despite all that the disciples had seen and heard thus far, and despite their belief in our Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah, they still had not grasped that our Lord Jesus Christ was Himself God, given God’s power and authority over all of creation.


But the disciples still didn’t understand, as betrayed by their question, “Who is this man?” They should have known because this miracle clearly displayed the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ’s divine identity. Being with the human, compassionate our Lord Jesus Christ was fine; being with the powerful and supernatural Son of God was terrifying.


When we become Born-Again Christians, we enter a cosmic struggle because Satan hates people to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. Satan’s limited power is launched against believers individually and the fellowship church in general, hoping to sink us to the depths of the sea. But we have the ultimate power on our side, and the final victory is assured. Lord Jesus Christ should be our Savior, to whom we turn with all our needs and fears, knowing that He does care and will help.

Can it be that most of our lives are lived beyond the recognition of the power of God evidenced through the death and resurrection of His Son? Doesn’t God have everything in our lives under control? Should not our own security in troubled times come in remembering this? We have God’s living Son, our Lord Jesus Christ on board in our lives. We may have confidence, therefore, that in our own stormy situations He will calm the turbulence and give us the confidence of His presence. Amen!

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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Melchizedek Blesses Abram

In Genesis 14:17-20 NLT says, “17 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth. 20  And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.”

Genesis 14 tells of an early invasion of Palestine by a coalition of four Mesopotamian kings who invaded the plain of the Jordan, subjugating the five cities there, including Sodom (Genesis 14:1-3). Lot, Abraham’s nephew, was among those taken captive. But God is sovereign over the nations, and Lot was saved because of his relationship to Abraham (cf. Genesis 12:3). In future generations when the nation of Israel was attacked and her people taken captive by Assyria and Babylon, nations also from Mesopotamia, she would find that her preservation as a nation was assured in much the same way – because of her relationship to Abraham.


When Abraham returned from defeating the four kings, he was met by Melchizedek, the king of “Salem” (Genesis 14:18). “Salem” is believed to be an early name for Jerusalem. Melchizedek was not just a king; he was also a priest of the Most High God (cf. Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-10; 7:1-10).

In Hebrews 5:5-10 NLT says, “5 That is why Christ did not honor Himself by assuming He could become High Priest. No, He was chosen by God, who said to Him, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” 6 And in another passage God said to Him, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 7 While Jesus was here on earth, He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue Him from death. And God heard His prayers because of His deep reverence for God. 8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified Him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him. 10 And God designated Him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”

As the Old Testament high priests did not take upon themselves the honor but were honored by God’s selection, our Lord Jesus Christ did not exalt Himself to become High Priest. Our Lord Jesus Christ also was chosen by God, as demonstrated by the quotation from Psalm 2:7, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” Our Lord Jesus Christ became the High Priest and perfectly fulfilled the requirements.

Although our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the above requirements for becoming the perfect High Priest, He did not have one significant requirement: He was not born into the tribe of Levi and had not descended from Aaron. Our Lord Jesus Christ was of the tribe of Judah (see Genesis 49:10; Matthew 2:6; Revelation 5:5). Only Levites could be priests, and only descendants of Aaron could be high priests in the Jewish system. The book of Hebrews, however, tells how our Lord Jesus Christ’s priesthood was greater than the Aaronic priesthood by quoting Psalm 110:4: “You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.” These words, coming from the inspired psalmist David predicted that the Messiah would come from a line of priests not traced back to Aaron. This theme is discussed extensively in Hebrews Chapter 7. The priests in the line of Aaron were not priests forever. Our Lord Jesus Christ, however, is a priest forever. In addition, Aaron’s descendants were priests but not kings. Israel’s kings could not serve the functions of the priests (those who tried faced dire consequences, such as Saul in 1 Samuel 13:8-14 and Uzziah in 1 Chronicles 26:16-21).

High priests had to be human (and thus able to sympathize with those they represented), and they had to be called by God. Our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled both of these requirements (Hebrews 4:15; 5:5-6). Our Lord Jesus Christ’s humanity allowed Him to sympathize with us. To show this, the writer reminded the readers of how, while our Lord Jesus Christ was here on earth, He agonized as He prepared to face death (Luke 22:41-44). Although our Lord Jesus Christ cried out to God, asking to be delivered, He was prepared to suffer humiliation, separation from His Father, and death in order to do God’s will. He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears. He knew He had been sent to die, but in His humanity, He faced great fear and sorrow over what He knew would happen. In His humanity, He did not want to die, but He submitted Himself to the Father’s will and God heard His prayers. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered extreme agony and death in submission to God. But His prayer was answered in that He was saved from the power of death. He overcame death through His resurrection.

In the kingdoms of any ancient regime, no prince suffers; the crown prince especially is pampered and prepared for kingship. But our Lord Jesus Christ, even though He was God’s Son . . . learned obedience from the things He suffered. The bewildering lesson of this verse is that God Himself, born of human parentage, actually learned something in the suffering He underwent. Was the all-knowing God in need of learning? Our Lord Jesus Christ learned about the human condition. That knowledge brought more empathy than intelligence, more personal identification than measurable data.


Like our Lord Jesus Christ, we as Born-Again Christian believers often learn obedience through our suffering (see Hebrews 12:2-11). This example from our Lord Jesus Christ encouraged the readers to remain firm and not drift away from the faith in times of suffering. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ was perfected through His suffering, so Christians will be, too.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation was qualified as a perfect High Priest through suffering. The word “perfect” does not refer to our Lord Jesus Christ’s sinless state; our Lord Jesus Christ was already perfect before He faced suffering. His perfection was put to the test and came out with flying colors. Because humans experience suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ became fully human and experienced these parts of humanity as well. By sharing our experience of suffering, our Lord Jesus Christ shared our human experience completely. Because our Lord Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again, He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him. These last words warned those who would turn away from our Lord Jesus Christ and turn back to an inferior system. Salvation comes only to those who obey as our Lord Jesus Christ obeyed – with complete submission to God and His will, even in the face of suffering.

Going back to the theme in Hebrews 5:6, our Lord Jesus Christ was designated . . . to be a High Priest in the line of Melchizedek. All priests in Aaron’s family line needed mediation for their own sins. All human priests died and were succeeded by others. But our Lord Jesus Christ was fundamentally different. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not need mediation for personal moral flaws. Our Lord Jesus Christ died, but rose again to die no more. No one succeeded our Lord Jesus Christ; He is a priest forever. He is both human and divine, made perfect through suffering, able to understand our weaknesses. That’s quite unlike the Aaronic priesthood, so the writer compares our Lord Jesus Christ’s priesthood with “the line of Melchizedek.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ the high priest – the constantly interceding priest – is our hope. He continues interceding when we think we’ve grown too busy to pray. Always at His post, our Lord Jesus Christ prays for us. Life becomes manageable – not always, because we have been faithful, but because our Lord Jesus Christ is our high priest – our always interceding priest – our priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Have we any turmoil in our lives? Let us let them go. Are we afraid that our personality is so flawed that God might never really accept us? Rejoice! We have a continually interceding priest, our Lord Jesus Christ the Righteous. He won peace for us on a bloody hill. And even as He died, He secured our right to immediate access to the Father. Best of all, His sacrifice was so sufficient that we never need fear that any of our sins can prevent our entrance into heaven, nor can our moral weaknesses bar us from His eternal peace. Amen!

Again, our Lord Jesus Christ suffered extreme agony and death in submission to God. But His prayer was answered in that He was saved from the power of death. He overcame death through His resurrection. Happy “RESURRECTION DAY!” He has risen and alive!


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PEACE Is A Truce With God To End Our Alienation From Him

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Peace #1

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Benefits of A Gracious God

In Romans 16:20 NLT says, “20  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

This language echoes Genesis 3:15, wherein God declares that the serpent’s head would be crushed by the seed of the woman. These false teachers, servants of Satan, would try to sow discord in the fellowship churches, but God is the God of peace. The false teachers will be destroyed when our Lord Jesus Christ establishes His peace upon His return (see Revelation 20:1-6).

In reference to Verses 8-21, they describe that each curse was twofold. The serpent was directly cursed; it received a physical curse and the promise that it would ultimately be crushed by the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15). God promised that He would execute His rule through the seed of the woman and our Lord Jesus Christ came as a fulfillment of that promise. The victory of our Lord Jesus Christ was a direct crushing of Satan in fulfillment of this curse, for Satan was behind the serpent in Eden (Romans 16:20; Revelation 12:9; 20:2).


The woman received the consequences of her actions, though they were not called a curse. The conflict between the man and the woman, foretold in the words “desire” and “master” in Genesis 3:16, is seen in the same Hebrew words used in Genesis 4:7. The strain that would occur between man and woman was in regard to the man’s ruling and supremacy over the woman. The world of man-woman relationships specifically and all relationships generally had fallen prey to the upside-down chaos that resulted from Adam’s sin. The consequences for women also included suffering great pain in childbirth. Thus, the only means of fulfilling God’s promise to crush the serpent’s head with the heel of someone born of a woman was through the child-bearing sufferings of a woman.


Adam also was not directly cursed, but the earth was cursed on his account, as Paul later noted in Romans 8:20-22. The curse on the earth has caused toil and frustration for humanity. Work is not a result of the curse; toil and frustration are. Another result of Adam’s sin was physical death (Genesis 3:19). Paul also noted that the root of death was in Adam’s sin (Romans 5:14-15).


Adam exercised faith and hope when he named the woman Eve (Genesis 3:20), for he looked to the life that the woman would bring forth. Adam and Eve could now only hope in the promise that someone born to Eve would undo the curses that they had caused through disobedience. The issue of Adam and Eve’s shame at their nakedness confirmed the split between man and woman. They were no longer the original and pure “one flesh” that God had created them to be. God confirmed their instincts of shame by making clothing and covering them (Genesis 3:21; cf. 3:7).

In Revelation 20:1-6 NLT is about > The Thousand Years > says, “1 Then I saw an Angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon – that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan – and bound him in chains for a thousand years. 3 The Angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about our Lord Jesus Christ and for proclaiming the Word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with our Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ and will reign with Him a thousand years.”

The end of Chapter 19 describes the Beast, the false prophet, and all their followers thrown into the lake of fire. This vision at the beginning of Chapter 20 describes our Lord Jesus Christ’s dealings with Satan. An Angel came from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. In Revelation 9:1-12, an Angel had arrived with the key to the bottomless pit and had released the locusts as part of the fifth trumpet judgment. This may be the same Angel.

In Verses 2-3 describe that there are several names are used here for the same being – the dragon, the old serpent, the devil, and Satan (see also Revelation 12:9 for another list of these names). The Angel seized Satan, bound him, and threw him into the bottomless pit, locking the door. Satan was put away and could not get out until God would decide to let him out. God’s sovereignty is emphasized again.


This describes a different situation than that in Revelation 12:7-13. Chapter 12 describes Satan’s fall from heaven and his freedom to roam the earth (Revelation 12:17). Chapter 20 describes Satan being removed from the earth for a time in order that he could not deceive the nations anymore. God did not bind the dragon as punishment – that would occur later (Revelation 20:10) – but to stop him from deceiving the nations. But who are “the nations”? It appears that, at the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:14-16; 19:19), only the beast, the false prophets, the kings of the nations, and their armies were destroyed. The battle at Armageddon did not kill the entire population of the earth.

Therefore, some unbelievers would still be alive (the believers would be with our Lord Jesus Christ, for they had been part of His army, Revelation 19:14). Satan will be bound for a thousand years. Whether symbolic or literal, this time period of Satan’s imprisonment matches the time period of our Lord Jesus Christ’s reign (Revelation 20:4-6).


Those who propose that this Millennium time period is not limited to a thousand years (the amillennialists) and believe that it is the time between the first and second comings of our Lord Jesus Christ interpret this binding as referring to Satan being kept from working in the lives of believers and from stopping the Gospel’s advance. Others explain, however, that the word “nations” is always used in Revelation to describe unbelievers. It seems clear, therefore, that Satan will be bound and locked away from deceiving the unbelievers (still alive after Armageddon), while our Lord Jesus Christ rules during this period. The words describing how Satan is locked and sealed away indicate that his activity on earth will be completely stopped for this period of time. During this time, the unbelievers will experience true justice and God’s perfect rule over the earth.


Why is there a millennium? Why doesn’t God go straight from Armageddon to eternity? Why this interim and then another final battle – Gog and Magog?

We don’t know, but it appears that unbelievers on earth are given the opportunity to experience what the rule of God is like. However, as shown in the following verses, even though unbelievers will experience the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will continue to rebel against God even without Satan’s deceptive influence. And the moment that Satan is let out of the prison, these people will flock after Satan and go to war against our Lord Jesus Christ. This will prove their absolute depravity, their true allegiance, and the necessity of the final punishment in the lake of fire.

In Verses 4-6 describe Satan has been bound and thrown into the bottomless pit so that for a thousand years he will not be able to deceive the nations. Here Revelation describes who will take part in that thousand-year reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, free from the influence of evil.


First, John saw thrones. The people sitting on the thrones had been given the authority to judge. Who are those sitting on the thrones? The Scripture does not identify them specifically. Many interpreters believe that these are those who had been martyred for their faith, but the problem with this theory is that the martyrs are not mentioned until the last part of the verse. Some suggest that this is only the twenty-four elders (Revelation 4:4) or that this forms an Angelic court of some kind.

In Matthew 19:28, the apostles are promised that they will judge from twelve thrones. First Corinthians 6:2-3 says that the saints will judge the world. What we can determine is that this is a court in heaven composed of those whom God wants to assist in judgment (see also Daniel 7:26).


Next, he saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about our Lord Jesus Christ, for proclaiming the Word of God. Then a problem arises with the translation. Between the sentence describing the martyrs and the sentence that says they had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark, the Greek includes the words “and who,” which can be taken as a further description of the martyrs, or as a description of an entirely different group. If the latter is the case, John saw the martyrs, whom he had described in Revelation 6:9-11, as well as others who were martyred during the Great Tribulation. Then he saw a separate group who had not worshiped the beast.


If “those who had not worshiped the beast” is merely a further description of the martyrs, then it appears that only the martyrs came to life again, and they reigned with our Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years – a reward for their ultimate faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ by giving up their lives. This first resurrection could be a resurrection only of the martyrs. If so, then the rest of the believers along with the unbelievers are described as the rest of the dead who do not come back to life until the thousand years are over. At this point, God will separate the unbelievers from the believers, sending the former to the lake of fire and granting the latter eternal life.

However, we as Born-Again Christian believers in our fellowship churches think that all believers partake of the “first resurrection” because all believers have been freed from the second death – that is, the lake of fire. The phrase “come back to life” refers to a physical resurrection of our bodies. We as Born-Again Christian believers will have new bodies, as described in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Amen!


Those who do not believe in a literal thousand-year reign of our Lord Jesus Christ say that this first resurrection is spiritual (in believers’ hearts at salvation), and that the Millennium is their spiritual reign with our Lord Jesus Christ on earth between His first and second comings. During this time, believers are priests of God because our Lord Jesus Christ reigns in their hearts. In this view, the second resurrection is the bodily resurrection of all people for judgment.

We as Born-Again Christians in our fellowship churches believe that the first resurrection occurs after Satan is set aside. It is a physical resurrection of Born-Again Christian believers who then reign with our Lord Jesus Christ on the earth for a literal 1,000 years. The second resurrection will occur at the end of this Millennium when God will judge unbelievers who have died.

Again, we as Born-Again Christian believers are “blessed,” the fifth of seven beatitudes in Revelation (1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 22:7, 14).


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The Reveling of Angels Is Joy

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #6

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Benefits of A Gracious God

In Psalm 103:20-22 NLT says, “20  Praise the Lord, you Angels, you mighty ones who carry out His plans, listening for each of His commands. 21  Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of Angels
who serve Him and do His will! 22  Praise the Lord, everything He has created, everything in all His kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord.

These descriptive Psalms describe the following highlighted and bold words > Bless the LORD – The Psalm ends as it began with a call to bless (Psalm 103:1, 2). EXCEL IN STRENGTH – lit. “warriors of strength” (Anderson). Do His commandments – Their acts of obedience are prompt and without reservation, so that they are ever ready to hear and follow His will (cf. Deuteronomy 26:17; Luke 1:19). Ye His hosts – referring to the hosts of heaven that do His bidding (Psalm 101:6).

If the angelic hosts are quick to do His will, how much more those who (we as Born-Again Christians) have experienced His mighty acts of salvation and mercy. Amen!

This passage instructs Angels to praise God, but aren’t we His messengers of joy as well? Joy is the business of Angels. Joy is humanity’s business, too. The Angels praise God when they see His mighty works and when they bask in the glory of His presence. That is our position as well: We look around our world and see God’s hand in the scenic vistas and quiet streams. We come before God in prayer and feel His presence wash over us. We sing with the Angels our praises to God. Amen!


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James 5:13-16 NLT

Dear Families,

“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.”

“Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.”

“Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

James 5:13‭-‬16 NLT
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There are many responses to suffering. Some of us worry; some of us vow revenge against those who have caused the suffering; some of us let anger burn inside us. Some grumble. But James says the correct response to suffering is to keep on praying about it (see also Psalm 30; 50:15; 91:15). This is not necessarily a prayer for deliverance from the trouble, but for the patience and strength to endure it.


If we are fortunate enough to be happy, we should thank God by singing praises to the Lord (see also 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). Because our praise is directed to God, singing is actually another form of prayer.

One characteristic of the early church was its concern over and care for the sick. Here James encourages the sick to call for the elders of the church for counseling and prayer. The elders were spiritually mature people responsible for overseeing local churches or fellowship in different homes. (see 1 Peter 5:1-4). The elders would pray over the sick person, calling upon the Lord, in our Lord Jesus Christ name for healing. Then they would anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. As the elders prayed they were to voice clearly that the power for healing resided in the name of Jesus. Anointing was often used by the early church in their prayers for healing. In Scripture, oil was both a medicine (see the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37) and a symbol of the Holy Spirit of God (as used in anointing kings; see 1 Samuel 16:1-13). Thus the oil may have been a sign of the power of prayer, and it may have symbolized the setting apart of the sick person for God’s special attention.

The prayer must be from the heart, sincere, with trust in and obedience to God behind it, and with no doubting, as in James 1:5-8. The faith is the role of the elders who are praying, not the sick person’s (nothing is said about his or her faith). It is possible that the sick person’s faith is exercised in calling the elders. Also, if there is need for confession, the elders will be able to minister to the individual. The process insures dependence of believers on each other.


Not the elders or the oil, but the Lord Himself does the healing. Does this mean that every prayer for healing guarantees that God will make the sick person well? It must be emphasized here that the prayer offered is a prayer offered in faith – not only the faith that believes God can heal, but also the faith that expresses absolute confidence in God’s will. A true prayer of faith will acknowledge God’s sovereignty in His answer to that prayer. It is not always God’s will to heal those who are ill (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-9). A prayer for healing must be qualified with a recognition that God’s will is supreme.


Sin may or may not be the cause of the illness, but an opportunity for confession is given, and the elders are there to receive it. No demand of confession is given, but the opportunity is given that anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. This condition is important because all too often we are prone to assume that sin is the cause of someone’s suffering. The Bible teaches that sin can cause sickness (see Mark 2:1-12; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 11:27-30), but it also notes clearly that this is not always the case (see John 9:2-3).

It is not God’s plan that His people be alone. Members of of our Lord Jesus Christ’s body should be able to count on others for support and prayer, especially when they are sick or suffering. The elders should be on call to respond to the illness of any member, and the church should stay alert to pray for the healing of any who are sick. But we are often not only guilty of hesitating to lean on each other in our sicknesses and weaknesses. We are even more liable not to confess our sins to each other.


The recent emphasis on small groups within churches or hoe fellowships has risen largely from a need to recapture some of these basic features of life in the body of of our Lord Jesus Christ that have been neglected. When Born-Again Christians are really working to “share each other’s troubles and problems,” the world does take note, and we come closer to fulfilling “the law of Christ” (see Galatians 6:2). Loving your neighbor as yourself does include, above all else, praying for him or her.


The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results because the person who is praying is righteous. The person is not sinless, but he or she has confessed known sins to God and is completely committed to Him and trying to do His will. Again, we can say that the righteous people get what they want in prayer because they want what God wants.


The Christian’s most powerful resource is communication with God through prayer. It is the instrument of healing and forgiveness and is a mighty weapon for spiritual warfare. Remember the movie, “War Room”. The results are often greater than we thought were possible. Some people see prayer as a last resort, to be tried when all else fails. Our priorities are the reverse of God’s. Prayer should come first. God is pleased to use our prayers to accomplish His purposes and He delights in answering our needs, but He is never bound by our prayers. God’s power is infinitely greater than ours, so it only makes sense to rely on it – especially because God encourages us to do so. Amen!

Have faith and trust in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We will continue and pray for healing of our families and loved ones, etc.

God bless you all.

Love God, Love People, & Make Disciples,

Elias A Busuego Jr PhD DTM

Founding Pastor – Home Fellowship Churches

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Focusing On A Higher Reality Is Joy

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #5

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Contest at Mount Carmel – God’s Words Through Elijah

In 1 Kings 18:20-21, 38-39 NLT says, “20 So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets to Mount Carmel. 21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.”

The Obadiah of the minor prophets was not the same man as this protector of the godly (1 Kings 18:3). Ahab’s comment that Elijah had caused the famine (1 Kings 18:17) sums up the lessons of the book of Kings. The people had to learn that it was not the prophets who had troubled the land. Rather, it was their own sins that had brought on the judgment of the Exile.

In Verse 20 describes the Mount Carmel – Mount Carmel is a thirty-mile long ridge, running northwest and southeast, jutting into the Mediterranean at its northwest end and dividing the coastal plain into the Plain of Acco and the Plain of Sharon. The main ridge reaches a height of about 1,750 feet and is about twelve miles long (“Carmel,” NBD). There were several good reasons for holding this thrilling contest here – a number of shrines were located in this area which were devoted to the various fertility deities (Gray); and when the rain clouds came to Canaan, they generally came in from the sea. The location of Mount Carmel, its elevation, and its view toward the Mediterranean made it an excellent “look-out” for the rain clouds which would her ald the end of the lengthy drought (cf. 1 Kings 18:42-45).


Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:20), a 1,742-foot-high promontory jutting in a northwest direction into the Mediterranean Sea, was thought by the Canaanites to be a dwelling of the gods. On this mountain, Elijah confronted the Baal cult.

In Verse 21 describes Elijah came unto all the people – A representation of each of the tribes, apparently, were summoned to witness the spectacle (Robinson). Here is the essence of Elijah’s message: Choose between the God of Israel and Baal. There is but one God, and He cannot be served along with another. Never before up to now in Hebrew history has the theme of monotheism been so clearly enunciated. How long halt ye between two opinions? – The Israelites had long been attempting to combine the worship of God with that of Baal. It was an unworkable union. Elijah proposed to decide for them the controversy between God and Baal by an appeal, by a visible sign from the supernatural world.

Elijah’s mockery attributed basic bodily necessities to Baal (1 Kings 18:27). Elijah was saying that Baal could not respond to his worshipers because he had gone to the toilet. The point of this display is summed up in 1 Kings 18:36, where Elijah acknowledged that the God of Abraham was behind all that he had done. God’s people always had trouble believing that God was speaking through His prophets. The people gave the proper, though temporary, response in 1 Kings 18:39.

In Verses 22-40 describe that since thunder and lightning are known manifestations of Baal (Gray), Elijah proposed that two bullocks be slain and placed on separate altars of wood, the one for Baal, the other for the God of Israel. Whichever deity responded by fire, Elijah proposed, he is the true God. The God of Israel was also known to have manifested Himself in flames and lightning (Exodus 3:2-6; 19:18, 19; 24:17). The priests of Baal led off by calling on their god. In vain did they continue invoking their deity, from morning till noon, when they tried a ritual dance around the altar (Gray). They danced themselves into a state of frenzy and of cutting themselves (1 Kings 18:28). Ritual slashing is thought to have enhanced prophetic ecstasy (Lindblom). Behind these rituals was the aim of arousing Baal, who was believed to die in the summer, only to be revived in the spring when the rains came (“Baal,” ISBE). No response was heard or seen. No fire descended. Elijah exposed their folly and fraud with taunts and sarcasm, and as the day was far advanced, began his own operations. Inviting the people to approach and see the entire proceeding, he first repaired an old altar of the Lord, which had perhaps been pulled down by Jezebel (1 Kings 18:30). Then, having arranged the cut pieces of the young bull, he caused four jars of water to be splashed all over the altar and round in the trench. Three times the water is poured out (1 Kings 18:34), perhaps to show that he was not preparing a trick (Robinson). Then, when Elijah had offered an earnest prayer (1 Kings 18:36, 37), the miraculous fire descended (Leviticus 9:24; Judges 6:21; 13:20; 1 Chronicles 21:26; 2 Chronicles 7:1), and consumed not only the sacrifice, but also the very stones of the altar. The LORD [Yahweh] He is the God – The witnesses were awestruck and were convinced of the supremacy of Yahweh (1 Kings 18:39). Elijah ordered the priests of Baal, who had been shown to be frauds, to be seized and killed. According to Mosaic law, false prophets and those engaged in pagan rituals were to be put to death (Deuteronomy 18:9-20). The execution of the Baal prophets took place at the brook Kishon, apparently because the area around the altar was now deemed a sacred spot by virtue of the theophany (Jones). Kishon today is called Nahr el-Muqatta’, which runs from northern Samaria to the bay of Acre just east of Carmel (“Kishon,” NBD).


Elijah ran to Jezreel (1 Kings 18:46), Ahab’s camp, to report the victory of God and encourage popular opinion against Jezebel. Note the confession in 1 Kings 18:39. God’s control of the rain was a direct attack upon Baal’s supposed power.

The LORD – He is God! The Lord – He is God! Joy is the spontaneous result of seeing God in action, focusing on a higher reality.

it was very clear that when Pentecost (marks the coming and/or outpouring of the Holy Spirit) is poured out, so is joy. The people began to focus on the transforming reality of God. Joy was the result. It always has been and always will be.

            Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: REJOICE!

Our joy is uncontainable when we think about the great gifts of God in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!


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The Reward of Endurance Is Joy

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #4

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Esther said, “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law, and If I perish, I perish … “

In Esther 8:15-17 NLT says, “15 Then Mordecai left the king’s presence, wearing the royal robe of blue and white, the great crown of gold, and an outer cloak of fine linen and purple. And the people of Susa celebrated the new decree. 16 The Jews were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere. 17 In every province and city, wherever the king’s decree arrived, the Jews rejoiced and had a great celebration and declared a public festival and holiday. And many of the people of the land became Jews themselves, for they feared what the Jews might do to them.”

In Verse 15 describes the words, a great crown of gold – Rather than a crown like that of the king, this would probably have been a turban (Moore). If it was stitched in certain places, it could be taken off without undoing it and became a kind of cap. On this turban could be affixed various decorations of gold and jewels. the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad – Contrast the reaction to Haman’s edict in Esther 3:15. The self-serving Haman was apparently loathed by his own people.

In Verse 17 describes the words, the Jews had joy and gladnessContrast Esther 4:3. It is unusual, in Hebrew scriptures, for the people to express no thanks to God for deliverance. In modern Judaism, the celebration of Purim is marked by festivity and gift giving.

The great celebration of Esther Chapter 8 follows on the heels of Esther’s courage. In Esther 4:16, Esther sends word to her cousin Mordecai, and says, “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish,”

Courage often precedes joy. Esther’s courage not only saved the Jewish people but also led to the institution of the Feast of Purim, a Jewish holiday. Esther acted in a spirit of courage because she knew that what she was about to do was right. The cost to her personally was not as great a concern to her as her obedience to principle. Esther is on the list of Old Testament heroes for one simple reason: She was not for sale. Her life was subject to negotiation, but not her beliefs. Esther was a woman who dared to stand up for truth in a world dominated by men. To lobby for truth against power structures is to face power with integrity.

Today, I can think of women who stand for the truth. Some of them is my wife – Christie G Busuego, and one and only daughter – Christine, and also our daughter-in-laws – Kristen, Sarah and Taylor . I will continue and persistently pray for all of them. They are the women I knew that describes in Proverbs 31:10-28, – “A Wife of Noble Character”.


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The Presence of God Is The Infallible Proof of Joy

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #3

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Fruit of Faith

In Habakkuk 3:16-19 NLT says, “16  I trembled inside when I heard this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us. 17  Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, 18  yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! 19  The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”

The “people who invade us” (Habakkuk 3:16) referred to the Chaldeans who invaded Judah in 605 B.C. after Nebuchadnezzar defeated Egypt at the battle of Carchemish. In Habakkuk 3:17-19 Habakkuk expressed his quiet trust in the Lord’s sovereign purposes. Although judgment would come to Judah (Habakkuk 3:17), Habakkuk determined to rejoice in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:18), for the One who led His people into trial would enable them to bear it (Habakkuk 3:19).

How ironic in our culture here in the United States that most parents seem to want to show their children how to succeed – how to get ahead in the world. What children need their parents to show them is how to prevent failure (proactive) and if they fail, encourage them when they are in a delay by these following advices:

Don’t fear, don’t fret (don’t worry), don’t faint (don’t give up) and don’t forget what God has done good things for us in the past. We have so few lessons on that. And if possible, good Christian parents need to show their children how to sing in times of failure. Have faith in God. We have almost no one giving lessons on that.

Joy is not dependent on the sumptuousness, lavishness, or luxuriousness of our circumstances but on the richness of Him who orders all our lives. When God is present in our lives, we show our joy to others, no matter what our situation in life.  Amen!   


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