Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
In Jesus, God Fully Dwells

In Jesus, God Fully Dwells

June 30, 2018

Message Summary: Jesus is the firstborn of all creation; and in Him, all the fullness of Deity lives in bodily form. These statements, from Paul to the Colossians in Colossians 1:15, “He {Jesus} is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." form the crux of Christianity. In Jesus, God fully dwells. Again, in Colossians 2:9-10, Paul reminds us of Jesus’ ultimate Deity: “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.". This position, of Jesus’ Deity, is quite different from the teachings of Islam, Judaism, Mormonism, the New Age, or the Universalist. God expects our faith and belief in Jesus’ Deity in return for God’s forgiveness that results from Jesus’ sacrificial Crucifixion and Resurrection and God’s Grace.

 

Today’s Affirmation: I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ,  I will not be ashamed of the GospelI will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (including me). (From Romans 1:16),

 

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Facing Difficult Circumstances”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV)Colossians 2:9-10; Proverbs 8:27; John 1:1-5; Psalms 9:1-20.

You Cannot Continue Living in Sin and Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

You Cannot Continue Living in Sin and Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

June 29, 2018

Message Summary: If you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be present in your life. You cannot exhibit the fruit of the fleshsin, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul explains, simply, the link between being a follower of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 6:17: “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.". In our world, today, people say that it's OK to sin, but sinning not OK because if we are sinning, we are not in the Holy Spirit. In Romans 12:2, Paul describes God’s expectations for us to live in the Spirit and not in the flesh: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.". The fruit of the Holy Spirit includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and self-control.

 

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

 

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Facing Difficult Circumstances”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

 

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 

Scripture Reference (ESV): Ephesians 4:19-24; Romans 8:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:17-20Psalms 8:1-9.

Who Is this Jesus?

Who Is this Jesus?

June 28, 2018

Message Summary: The stories of the New Testament tell us that Jesus was no ordinary man. The Apostle John, in John 1:1-5, points out that Jesus, the Word, was the Creator of the Universe: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.". They tell us that He had authority over nature, over creation, and over life itself. They tell us that Jesus was the life-giver that came to earth for us. In John 20:26-29, Jesus asked the Apostle Thomas a fundamental question that Jesus asks us – “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me?’”: “Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”. Have you, in your life, come to know who Jesus is?

Today’s Affirmation: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Lust. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Perfect Provision. “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).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Facing Difficult Circumstances”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

Scripture Reference (ESV): John 1:1-18; Isaiah 7:2-14; Matthew 1:21-24; Psalms 7:1-17.

God Gives us Gifts Through the Holy Spirit to Answer His Call to Us

God Gives us Gifts Through the Holy Spirit to Answer His Call to Us

June 27, 2018

Message Summary: Any particular gifts given to us by God, through the Holy Spirit, are given to serve a specific ministry, office, service, and/or job for which we have been called by Him. Paul, in Ephesians 4:11-13, tells us about God’s focus and reasons for His gifts to us through the Holy Spirit: “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . .". Again Paul, in Romans 11:29, gives us further information about God’s fantastic gifts of the Holy Spirit that are the enablers for us as we answer God’s call, through Jesus – as followers of Jesus, we are all called and given gifts; but not all have answered His call: “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.". In summary, when God calls us to His service or a ministry, He gives us the gifts to perform His call to us.

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus ChristI will serve others. (Philippians 2:3f). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:14).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Facing Difficult Circumstances”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

Scripture Reference (ESV): Ephesians 4:10-14; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 3:7-11; Psalms 6:1-10.

God Awesome and He Takes Care of His Own!

God Awesome and He Takes Care of His Own!

June 26, 2018

Message Summary: Isiah says that God is the awesome God that put it all into effect by creating everything. Even though God is so awesome, In Isaiah 64:11-13, Isiah relates God’s disappointment in being snubbed by His chosen people, the Jews; but how pleased He is with being welcomed by the Gentiles: “’But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.’ Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be put to shame.’". He takes care of His own. Those who wait upon the Lord will not be disappointed. Malachi relates, in Malachi 4:1-3, God’s support those who fear His name and who will be spared as He punishes evildoers: “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts.".

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

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Facing Difficult Circumstances”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Promise of Belief (St. Thomas Anglican Church, Athens GA):  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/`

 Scripture Reference (ESV): Deuteronomy 28:58; Nehemiah 4:1-11; Malachi 4:1-6Psalms 5:1-12.