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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

It Is Written


 It Is Written



God’s Word is living and powerful. His Word is absolute truth. It is the sword of the Spirit that separates the lies we believe from God’s truth. His Word pulls down and destroys anything that comes against its truth (Hebrews 4:12, John 17:17, Ephesians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 10:4). 


Jesus answered the temptation of the enemy and declared: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).


Are you struggling with illness? We receive life by every Word God speaks. 


It is written:


His words are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22).


But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah. 53:5).


Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:2-3).


But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2).


How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38).


He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (Psalm 107:20).


When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick (Matthew 8:16).


And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all (Matthew 12:15).


And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick (Matthew 14:14).


Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them (Matthew 15:30).


For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him (Mark 3:10).


And great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities (Luke 5:15).


Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed (Acts 5:16).


Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter. 2:24).


And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up (James 5:15).


Meditate on God’s Word day and night. See God’s truth. Speak His truth. Choose to believe His truth in your heart.







Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Life to All Who Find It



My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.

—Provers 4:20-23



It is hard when you are hanging on by a thread. It is such a relief to finally let go and trust God’s Word. His Word is His truth for you. It is His will. Don’t dilute it because you don’t see any physical evidence of His promise revealed in His Word. Faith is the substance of what you hope for. It is the evidence of what you can’t see (Hebrews 11:1).


God’s Word is true. But it is not true in your life until it becomes your Word. Don’t allow questioning God’s truth to get in the way of what the Word says is true for you. That isn’t faith. That is doubt that keeps you from receiving the promises of God’s Word (James 1:7-8). His Word is truth. It is His life yearning to live in you. 


If you want the promise God has given you to be true in your life, listen to His Word, and pay attention to what He says. Quiet the other voices. Quiet your doubt. Choose to trust that God—who is the Word—is faithful and trustworthy to accomplish His truth in your life.


Your heart is where you believe. Faith comes from spiritually hearing God’s Word in your heart (Romans 10:17). God’s Word is for you. It is not against you. Let God’s Word receive your full attention. Renew your mind continually with its truth. Exercise the measure of faith God has given you, and choose to believe His Word. Don’t allow thoughts contrary to its truth. Keep His Word in the midst of your heart. Guard it with all diligence because out of your heart spring the issues of your life. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). 


“It is the Spirit who gives life; your flesh profits nothing,” Jesus said. “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe” (John 6:63-64).


When the Holy Spirit reveals the truth of God’s Word in your heart, hang on to what He has promised you. Let go of doubt and believe. His Word is spirit. It is life and health to all who find it. 



© 2023 Lynn Lacher







Monday, November 27, 2023

Esteem Others Better




“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:1-3).


In Philippians 2:1-3, Paul uses God’s wonderful blessings given to us as motivation for us to give back to Him. We have received consolation and comfort of love in Christ. We have fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Incredible mercies have been bestowed upon us through Christ. What Paul encourages us to give to the Lord is a humble heart in our dealings with other believers. Doing this results in humility. But we cannot exhibit humility in our relationship with others if we are consumed with our own welfare and what other people think of us. 


Humility can be defined in many ways, one of which is the absence of pride. Normally, pride is described as arrogance, but that is just one facet of pride. Timidity is another facet of pride, because, in its simplest form, timidty is self-centeredness, A timid person, just like a person who promotes himself, is self-centered and concerned with his own welfare. Paul gives the solution to self-centeredness in these verses—to think of others better than ourselves. 


“Bear one another’s burdens,” Paul says in Galatians 6:2-3, “and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”


In Galatians 6:2 Paul gives instruction that we are to help others carry their burdens. He says in Galatians 6:3 that if we think we are too important to stoop down and help others with their burdens, then we are deceived about our own importance. 


Our self-importance—our worry about what others think—our concern about how we value ourselves—profit us nothing. None of us are anything of ourselves. None of us have any good excuse for not helping restore our fellow believers. This was one of the blatant hard-hearted sins of the Pharisees. 


In the Amplified Bible Classic Edition Galatian 6:3 reads, “If any person thinks himself to be somebody [too important to condescend to shoulder another’s load] when he is nobody [of superiority except in his own estimation], he deceives and deludes and cheats himself.”


Most people are rarely deluded and deceived by someone else’s arrogance and pride. The trouble is the difficulty we have in recognizing our own self-centeredness. We have the power to delude and cheat ourselves or to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s estimation of our worth in Jesus. Our true sense of worth is found only in Christ. There is no deceit in Christ. So we choose to not be deceived. We choose not to think that we are above anyone else. We choose not to debase Christ’s worth in our lives. We choose to reach beyond ourselves.


We fulfill the Law of Christ—we reveal the true worth of His love in us—when we are not too important or too prideful to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to help others carry their burdens. Jesus had no lofty ambition. He never asked anyone about their sin before he healed them. The sin Jesus addressed was the hard-heartedness of those who judged others harshly by the Old Testament Law instead of by the Law of His Love. We are to be one-minded with Jesus. We are to love with His love without condemnation and hypocrisy. 


Don’t deceive yourself. You are in Christ. You have received the consolation and comfort of His love. You have fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Make Jesus’ joy complete. He humbled himself and fulfilled the whole Law for you. In humility, fulfill His Law of Love. Whether you are bold or shy, let nothing point to yourself. Reach beyond yourself in His love. In humility, esteem others better.




Friday, November 24, 2023

Love is a Choice



Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

—1 John 4:7-11



God's kind of love is not self-serving or self-seeking. Agape love will cause a person to lay down his life for another (John  15:13) because he has literally forgotten himself. Many times when heroes are asked why they put themselves in jeopardy to save someone else, they reply that they didn't even think about themselves. All they thought of was the danger to the other person. That's God's kind of love.


God's type of love involves emotions many times, but it is not an emotion. It is an act of the will. We can choose to love even when we don't feel like it. When we know God's kind of love, we can always conduct ourselves in a godly manner. God's kind of love is a choice.


God's kind of love is also the remedy for selfishness and pride. We cannot conquer ourselves by focusing on ourselves. The only way to win over self is to fall in love with God more than with ourselves. It is in discovering God's love that we lose selfishness, pride, and self-love.


Jesus didn't feel some emotional sensation when He chose to die for us, but that was the greatest demonstration of God's kind of love that the world has ever known. He made a choice in spite of His emotions. Because He was consumed with God's love, He acted appropriately, even when His emotions didn't agree.


Jesus is the ultimate example of God's kind of love.  


What kind of example are we?





Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Come Home



 “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4)?


The Jews of Paul’s day and the religious legalists of our day have a hard time with this statement. They refuse to believe that the goodness of God is sufficient motivation for people to turn from sin. They insist that fear of punishment is a greater motivator than the perfect love of God.


Fear is indeed a motivator. Even a lost person or struggling Christian can identify with fear and respond to it. But as 1 John 18 says, “Fear involves torment.” Those who respond to God through fear will also be tormented with thoughts of doubt and condemnation as to whether they have done enough. Fear will move some toward God, but it is inferior to love. There is nothing that fear can do that love can’t do better and without torment.


“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).


There is no fear in God’s kind of love. Only His perfect love casts out fear. If we are experiencing fear, we aren’t experiencing God’s love for us. God’s perfect agape love removes fear.


Those motivated to seek God because of fear will cease to be motivated when things are going well. They become the ones who only pray when they are in trouble. Those who serve God out of fear of punishment won’t work long. They eventually turn away because they fear they will never measure up.


If they just knew the perfect love of God for them they would turn back to the Lord! Those who come to God because of His goodness will see God as the source of their success and continue to serve Him in the good and the bad times. 


The world and religious legalists have used the negative motivation of fear. The Gospel draws us with the positive motivation of God’s agape love. His grace is the answer to all our sins.


God loves you completely. He doesn’t withhold His love from you. If you have turned away—for whatever reason—don’t allow fear to keep you from Him.  His perfect love casts out your fear. He waits with open arms. His goodness draws you to repentance.


Just come home.







Thursday, November 16, 2023

Receiving the Word of God




We also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

—1 Thessalonians 2:13



Receiving God’s Word into our hearts is the foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ. The expression, “the Word of God,” is used forty-six times in the Bible. This expression not only refers to the written and spoken words of God but also refers to Jesus Christ, who, Himself, was the Word of God personified (John 1:14).


The Word is the living breathing miraculous power of God that successfully works in those who believe (Hebrews 4:12). The principal way God reveals Himself to us and releases His power is through His Word. It is through God’s Word that we come to know who He is in our lives (1 Samuel 3:21, John 8:31-32).


God’s Word is unchanging and settled forever (Psalms 119:89). It is always relevant in our lives. The Word of God is the standard by which all of us will be judged (John 12:48). It always accomplishes the purpose God sent it to accomplish (Isaiah 55:11). 


Cleansing comes through God’s Word (Ephesians 5:26) and all that relates to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We become partakers of God’s divine nature through His Word. We also escape the corruption of this world through His Word (2 Peter 1:4). When we try to live the Christian life without being strongly grounded in God’s Word, we will fail (Mark 4:14-20).


A vast difference exists between the words of man and the Word of God. God’s Word is above all of our human knowledge and effort. It is excellent and perfect in every way. His Word is Truth (John 17:17). His Word is Spirit and life. The words and opinions of men profit us nothing (John 6:63). Any attempt to make man’s words as important as God’s Word always results in making God’s Word of less value. Jesus told the religious people of His time that they were making the Word of God of no effect through their tradition (Mark 7:13). The traditions and teachings of man are not worthy to be compared to the Word of God.


In 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul was thankful the Thessalonians had taken the message of the Gospel to heart and were living holy lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. The reason Paul thanked God continually was that the Thessalonians had received his message not as a human word that he was preaching, but as the truth it really was—the spoken word of God. 


When we receive God’s life-changing Word in our hearts, His Word produces righteousness as a fruit of our relationship with Jesus Christ (Romans 10:10). “You will know the truth,” John wrote, “and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). God’s Word is truth. It sets us free from our own efforts to live holy and, instead, releases the power of God’s righteousness in us that we received by faith in Jesus.


Paul preached God’s Word. He preached the same Gospel message everywhere he preached, but that message didn’t always produce the same results in his listeners. His message was never different. The difference was the way the people received the Gospel message. 


The Thessalonians received Paul’s message as the true Word of God. Because they received the message as God’s actual truth, it produced life in them. Even though a preacher is responsible for how he preaches God’s Word, we are also responsible for how we hear it. Jesus was the perfect preacher. However, most of the people who heard Him rejected Him and His message. They didn’t have ears to hear or hearts to receive. 


It is crucial for us we have sensitive hearts to God so that when we hear the Word, we will receive it as the true and faithful Word of God. 


For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it’ (Hebrews 4:2).


Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). The Word bears fruit in you and profits you when you mix it with faith and take it as your own. His Word releases life-giving power when you believe what it says.

 You receive the unchanging and finished truth of God’s Word—the life-giving power of His truth in which you profit—when you believe it by faith in your heart. 



© 2023 Lynn Lacher




Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Walking in the Light



But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

—1 John 1:7


According to 1 John 1:5, God is light. We have all fallen short of God’s perfection (Romans 3:23) so walking in the light is not living a perfectly sinless life. If walking in the light was living a sinless life, then there would be no need for Jesus to cleanse us from all sin as I John 1:7 declares. 


Walking in the light is walking in God. 


Those who believe in Jesus Christ by faith are in God but don’t instinctively walk in Him or live the way He desires. In Romans 8:5-9, Paul teaches about being in the Spirit and walking after the Spirit. He explains why only those who walk after the Spirit experience the righteousness of God fulfilled in their lives. 


Our actions reveal whether or not we have fellowship with the Lord. But our actions do not cause us to have fellowship with the Lord. Failure to understand that our actions do not give us a relationship with God has led many believers to try and earn fellowship with God through what they do. When we do this, we are trusting in our own holiness. We are coming to God without trusting in Christ and His righteousness. When we come to God on our own merits, we are defenseless against Satan’s condemnation. God doesn’t accept us based on what we do. He accepts us based on our faith in Jesus. If we have faith in Jesus and fellowship with Him, holiness will come as a fruit of that fellowship (Romans 6:22).


“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).


Romans 8:5 gives us a test so that we can determine if we are walking after the flesh or after the Spirit: We have to evaluate what we are thinking about. If we are thinking about the things of the Spirit, then we are walking after the Spirit. If we are thinking about carnal things, then we are walking according to the flesh and are subject to our feelings instead of God’s truth. We need to constantly remind ourselves—to be continually renewed in the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 4:23) that to be carnally minded is death and to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Romans 8:6).


We are new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and have a new identity, which is our spiritual man and not the flesh. But we will always be in the flesh until we put our faith in Christ alone. We have to put on the righteousness in which we have been reborn (Ephesians 4:24). We walk in His light by faith in Christ, realizing that within ourselves we are nothing. We can’t earn the righteousness of God. It is His gift to us in Christ. When we believe this in our hearts and submit to the new righteous identity Jesus has given us, holiness is the fruit of our relationship with God.


“And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:10-11).


Holiness is not born of your works. Holiness is the fruit of your relationship with God in Christ. Holiness in your life is only born of your relationship with Jesus whose work was perfect. 


Walk in the light—walk in God—walk in the Spirit, and you will crucify the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).


You only reap holiness as a result of your relationship with Jesus Christ.




© 2023 Lynn Lacher





Monday, November 13, 2023

The Light of Jesus Overcomes



“Watch and pray” Jesus told the disciples, “lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

—Mark 14:38


How do we walk in the Spirit? 


The way we walk in the Spirit is by living our lives by the Word of God, controlling ourselves according to its principles, and following the guidance of the Word as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit and the Word of God agree perfectly because the Word is of the Spirit. 


 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).


Only the Holy Spirit gives life. Our flesh profits us nothing. The flesh—our works—our efforts provide no lasting results without the power of the Spirit. We don't walk in the Spirit as a result of overcoming the flesh. Instead, overcoming the flesh is the result of walking in the Spirit.


Some Christians believe that as we overcome our flesh, there is an increase in the power of God in our lives. That was basically what the Pharisees of Jesus' day and the legalistic Jews of Paul's day taught. Just the opposite is true. As we experience more of the presence and power of the Spirit of God, the influence of the flesh is weakened. Victory comes as we experience more of God and less of ourselves. 

How do you fill a dark room with light? You don’t get rid of the darkness and then the light appears. You turn on the light and then the darkness disperses. In the very same way, the Holy Spirit shines His light into your life and then the darkness disperses. We can no more get rid of the power of the flesh on our own than we can get rid of the power of darkness without light. We have to receive the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives by grace, and then the relationship we have with Him breaks the power of the flesh. 


We have to appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome the power of the flesh. We do this through faith. We desperately need the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself when the flesh is causing us problems. Those who wait for the Spirit to reveal Himself after the flesh has tempted them will wait as long as the man who tries to get rid of the darkness so the light will appear.


 “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-6)


Jesus is the light of the world (John 1:14). His light shines into all the darkness of this world, but those in darkness can’t perceive Him. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 


You have received new life in Jesus Christ! His light shines in the darkness, and disperses the darkness of sin and unbelief. If you remain in spiritual darkness—if you don’t study His Word—if you don’t seek His truth, you won’t perceive the new life that is yours. Your flesh cannot understand. Your flesh cannot overcome. It will profit you nothing.


But Praise God!  The power of darkness has no hold over us. God has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).


Be watchful and pray. Be careful that you do not sin. Make good choices in your life. Don’t place yourself in situations that tempt you. But understand that even though you may not want to sin, your flesh is weak. Your efforts to overcome sin without the Holy Spirit will profit you nothing. Only Jesus living within you—only the righteousness that is yours in Christ—has overcome your sin. 


John 1:9 says of Jesus, “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.


On the cross before you even came into this world, the grace of Jesus defeated your sin. His righteousness overcame your flesh. But if you don’t believe in the truths of your salvation, it will make little difference in your effort to live a holy life. Holiness is the work of the Holy Spirit in you. The light of Jesus Christ overcomes the darkness, and through faith, the Holy Spirit empowers your choice to live the righteousness that you have received.


© 2023 Lynn Lacher


Friday, November 10, 2023

According to His Power at Work in Us




Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

— Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)


We don’t use God. God uses us. We don’t use His power. God wants to live through us. And He cannot live through us if we are not surrendered to Him and to the authority of His Word. It is in our surrender to God’s Word and to His truth that we receive His power to live the new life Jesus has given us. We draw upon His power in our identifying with Jesus in the truth of our salvation.


When we serve out of our identity in Christ, the Holy Spirit empowers us. Our joy is complete. If we serve God out of a sense of obligation, serving Him becomes a duty instead of a privilege. When we serve God out of the love He has poured into our lives, we serve Him freely without reservation. We trust that in our weakness the Holy Spirit is strong. Serving Him becomes our greatest pleasure. His power is free to flow. He does abundantly more than we ask or think through us.


Jesus Christ has given us an exchanged life. He exchanged our sins for His righteousness. We are new in Him. The old is gone. In our born-again spirit, we have received His righteousness. When we surrender our will, reasoning, and understanding to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide and empower us, Christ lives through us. We serve Him out of His power at work within us. Serving Him flows out of faith instead of obligation. Serving Him is a joy because nothing rests on us. Everything rests on Hm.


Yes, God does abundantly more than we ask or think, but we can never forget the last phrase in this verse: “according to the power that works in us.” He does abundantly more through us when we surrender to His work of righteousness in us. God doesn’t want us burned out from obligation. He wants us fulfilled in the power of His Spirit. 


We choose to surrender to God, but it is not our work. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in us. We must give Him access to work in us. When we submit to God, we deny the flesh access. But it is God’s power in us that accomplishes what we have denied. It is His power that accomplishes His truth. Surrendering allows the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—to flow through our lives. 


Our surrender to God is not a pick-and-choose surrender. It is a total denying of what we sense. It is a denying of our feelings and continually receiving by faith the truth of our salvation. 


Spiritual hunger nourishes deeper faith. There is always something more the Holy Spirit wishes to reveal in our hearts. The search for God’s truth begins at our point of need. Receiving Jesus as our Savior was our need. Now our need is to learn the depths of the truth of our salvation, and make God’s truth what we believe. His truth becomes our truth. And we live what we believe.


Don’t reason and analyze with your mind. Surrender to the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to challenge your human reasoning. Allow Him to teach you the Word and guide and empower you as He never has before. Listen with your heart. Believe Him. He will accomplish more in you and through you than you might ask or think.




May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. May God fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:17-19, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).



© 2023 Lynn Lacher





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