Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
God Has Given Us Eternal Life, and This New Life is In His Son

God Has Given Us Eternal Life, and This New Life is In His Son

March 30, 2018

This Sunday’s Sermon: You can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Message Summary: Jesus tells us in John 5:25-27: “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.”. If you believe in the name of the Son of God and know the Lord, you can be assured of forgiveness and salvation because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and His resurrection. As the author of 1 John tells us in 1 John 5:10-12: “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.".

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will trust in the Lord with all my heartI will trust in with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding.  In all my ways I will seek to know Him, and He will make my pathways straight. (From Proverbs 3:5f).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Romans 1:16-17; Matthew 26:28; John 5:25-27Psalms 82:1-8.

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

Jesus’ Crucifixion was a Sacrifice Beyond Reproach

Jesus’ Crucifixion was a Sacrifice Beyond Reproach

March 30, 2018

This Sunday’s Sermon: You can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Message Summary It is not with perishable things like silver are gold that your life is redeemed by God, as the Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:3b-6a“. . . he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice . . .". Your sinful life is redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus' sacrifice -- a Lamb without blemish or defect. Jesus fulfilled God's new covenant, which like God’s first covenant with Abraham that called for the blood sacrifice of a perfect sacrificial Lamb, with us through Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus, as described by Paul, in 1 Corinthians 11:24-26Jesus’ institution of the Passover meal for us in the sacrament of Holy Communion through which we remember Jesus’ substituting His death for all our sins as Jesus’ sacrificed His life for our lives -- our perfect sacrificial lamb, the Pascal Lamb: “and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.".

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, Because I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Heartlessness. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Kindness. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): 1 Peter 1:1-18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-27; Luke 22:20; Psalms 81:1-16.

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

The Death Rate Has Not Changed — It Is Still 100%!

The Death Rate Has Not Changed — It Is Still 100%!

March 28, 2018

This Sunday’s Sermon: You can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Message Summary:  Paul. In Romans 6:23, succinctly defines our problem; however, a problem definition without a problem solution has less value, Therefore, Paul succinctly defines God’s solution to our problem: “For the wages {our cost} of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.". After the Easter Resurrection, Jesus rose from the dead to live so that we might live and not die an eternal death. Again, Paul presents, in Romans 5:8-10, the solution to our problem for which we have no solution other than God’s Grace: “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.". Our eternal life comes from our acceptance of and belief in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but He will never force Himself on us -- "acceptance" must be from our own free will.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Resentment. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Compassion. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV)Galatians 2:17-21; John 17:1-3; John 5:23-24; Psalms 80:1-19.

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

The Wages (cost) of Our Sin Is Eternal Death, But . . .

The Wages (cost) of Our Sin Is Eternal Death, But . . .

March 27, 2018

This Sunday’s Sermon: You can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Message Summary: Eternal death is eternal separation from God for eternity. God demonstrates His love for us that while we are still sinners, He sacrificed His Son Jesus on the Cross. During the days leading up to Jesus’ death and Resurrection (i.e. Holy Week) He prayed, in John 17:1b-5, to God and His prayer tells us why God’s Grace and His sacrifice was worth so much to us – our Eternal Life“. . . he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.’". God made The Way for His divine justice to be satisfied through the Passover Lamb -- Jesus. Therefore, we have The Way from death to Eternal Life – Jesus.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus ChristGod isn’t finished with me yet. (Philippians 1:6).  “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:14).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; John 5:23-24; Psalms 79:1-13.

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

Jesus Is Our Narrow Door

Jesus Is Our Narrow Door

March 27, 2018

This Sunday’s Sermon: You can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Message Summary: Jesus is The Door and The Gate by which we must enter the Kingdom of God. In John 10:9-10, Jesus tells us: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief {Satan} comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Also, Jesus said, in Matthew 7:13-14, that He was "the Narrow Gate", and whomever enters the Kingdom through Him will be saved and have Eternal Life: {You} “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.". This week, Holy Week, is about the events, of about two thousand years ago, that provided us all, by God’s Grace, with access to The Narrow Gate, which is Jesus. Through Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins and His Resurrection, He has given us eternal life if we choose to enter The Narrow Gate – this week is, truly, a Holy Week.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Self-CenterednessRather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Love. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:5-7Psalms 78:1-72.

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

We Need a Spiritual Awakening, through The Son, to Save Souls AND Our Way of Life

We Need a Spiritual Awakening, through The Son, to Save Souls AND Our Way of Life

March 26, 2018

This Sunday’s Sermon: You can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: Contemplating the Mighty Acts – Palm Sunday and Holy Week, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Message Summary:  A National Spiritual Awakening is needed not only to save souls from eternal damnation but to save our way of life. Our way of life is slipping quickly away from us. Our way of life is not just about elections and politics. The risk to our way of life relates to all of us. This risk will only be addressed by a change in our hearts, and the hearts of the people will not change until we have a true spiritual awakening. As Jesus tells us in John 14:1: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”. Additionally, Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 35:4: “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”.     

 

Today’s Affirmation: Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Anger. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Forgiveness. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): John 14:1; Matthew 11:28-29; Matthew 6:25-34; Psalms 77:1-20.

The Bible Commends Hard Work and Saving for the Future

The Bible Commends Hard Work and Saving for the Future

March 25, 2018

Sunday Sermon Note: You can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: Contemplating Mighty Acts, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Message Summary: Message Summary: In the Bible, having possessions is not condemned; and the Bible commends those that save for the future. In Proverbs 6:6, the propensity of the ant to “store up” in the summer for the winter is posited as behavior we should emulate: “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.". The Bible encourages the followers of Jesus to work hard and to be thankful for what God provides while having joy, as we learn from Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.".

 

Today’s AffirmationToday, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYESGod made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV)1 Corinthians 15:58; Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 14:29; Psalms 76:1-12.

Regardless of Whom You Are, the Lord Wants to Meet You Where You Are

Regardless of Whom You Are, the Lord Wants to Meet You Where You Are

March 24, 2018

Website Link:  www.AWordFromTheLord.org/.

 

Message Summary: From Isaiah 53:4-5: “Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes {i.e. wounds} we are healed.”.  What Jesus did for us brings healing to the body as well. God is in the healing business, and He desires to bring healing to our lives.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, my life is about Christ (Phil. 1:21). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:14).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 8:14-17; Matthew 10:7; Psalms 103:1-6.

God Has Blessed Us So that We Might Be a Blessing to Others

God Has Blessed Us So that We Might Be a Blessing to Others

March 23, 2018

Website Link: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/

 

Message Summary: God has blessed and healed us so that we might bless and bring God’s healing powers to others. God saved us so that we might be His ambassadors to others. God’s Message to Israel, in Leviticus 26:11-13, is the same message that He has for us, though Jesus, today -- “I am the LORD your God: “I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. I am the LORD your God . . .”. There people all around us that are in such pain and agony, and God has given us the answer; however, we are prone to keep God’s answer to ourselves. We keep God’s answer to ourselves by not speaking; but we, also, keep God’s answer to ourselves, often in a negative way, by the way we live, act, and by the way we treat one another. Walk the walk and talk the talk, thereby, sharing God’s blessings and healing powers with others.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will seek God’s perspective on my situationFor I know that in all things God works together for good to those of us who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (From Romans 8:28).

 

Website Link to Archbishop Beach’s Video Sermon – Taking Care of Our Interior Life Through Exercising Our Mind:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/ (Note: This link is to both an introductory One-Minute Video Clip and the complete video Sermon.).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Mathew 5:45; Leviticus 26:3-12; Leviticus 26:14-29Acts 17:16-33Daniel 4:24-25; Psalms 76:1-12.

The Messenger of the Covenant Is Coming

The Messenger of the Covenant Is Coming

March 22, 2018

Website Link:  www.AWordFromTheLord.org/

 

Message Summary: In Malachi 3:5, the Lord articulates that He “will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.” These are the people of God that He is talking about -- these aren’t the unbelievers; these are the people that say they are following God. As Paul reminds us in Romans 2:4-5: “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.". The messenger of the Covenant is coming – He coming to purify us or to judge us.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, Because I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Procrastination. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Self-Control. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Exodus 19:5-6; Romans 11:25-32; Mark 14:22-25; Psalms 75:1-10.