God’s Will is Liberty

“Now the Lord is that Spirit:  and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  2 Corinthians 3:17


Liberty.  If you could put the will of God into one word, that would be the word.  God wants people to be free.  Free from sin, sickness, poverty, oppression and every other curse. 


That freedom is what Jesus came to provide. 


He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor…to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:18).  That’s what He trained His disciples to do.  And if you’re a born-again believer, that’s what He wants you to do too!


Some people say, “Well, I don’t know about that.  That may not be God’s will for today.”


But listen, the Bible says God never changes.  He hasn’t changed His will for the earth.  He doesn’t do one thing for a while and then go do another thing for a while.  Jesus’ life was a perfect picture of God’s will 2,000 years ago — and it still is!  That’s why He left instructions for us to go and do the works that He did.  That’s why He sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to do them.


Jesus still wants to do the will of the Father here on earth — but He does it through us.  He has to work with us until we’re willing to lay down our traditions and let Him do His thing.  That’s what the early Church did.  They started out with a bang because they did as Jesus taught them.  Everywhere they went people became free. 


Let’s pray for the Church of today to deliver the liberty of God to the world.  Let’s quit questioning the will of God and start carrying it out instead.  He said the works that He did we would do also AND even greater works than those. (John 14:12).  It’s time for us to take up where Jesus left off and set the captives free!
~ Jaime


Romans 4:18-21

Who against hope, believed in hope…and being not weak in faith…he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief…and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.


Alone with God

We should strive to be like Jesus, and you know Jesus must have gotten drained from all of the goings on with the people.  Think about it – Jesus heals the sick in a crowd after hearing about his beloved John’s murder and then he fed the 5,000.  I can only imagine how exhausting that would be. 


What is Available?

What is available?  Basically, “all things that pertain unto life and godliness.”  Where is that?  God’s Word/the Bible – written and spoken.  Both are revelations from God.  There are over 900 promises.  How many do YOU know?

This can become a lifetime quest.


Psalms 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits,..”


Are you getting your share?  That’s why I teach to make it your own when you hear a message, or even when reading the Bible.  Ask yourself, “What does this mean to me?”  Find out what IS available.


In Romans, there’s a great key to what’s available:

Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”


Do you know some sections of the Bible are written “to” you and some are “for” you?  Jesus is the subject of the Word from Genesis to Revelation.  He’s the Red Thread, representing his blood, woven throughout the scriptures.  But, if you try to live by the Old Testament you can be frustrated, confused, and maybe even defeated.  It’s written for our learning and to bring us historically from creation to Christ.  It shows the fall of man, the transference of dominion from man to the devil, and our need for a Savior.  It shows the need of a blood sacrifice to atone for sin.  Their protection was in the sacrifice of bulls, sheep and goats.  The presence of that blood was their protection.


 We can learn many lessons from the mistakes the people made in the Old Testament, as well as the victories when they did it God’s way.  Many of the principles therein may work for us, because God  knows what makes man tick – sowing and reaping, obedience to God, giving and receiving, love, worship, praise, etc.  But it was by fear or obligation, mostly, not love.  It was because of the law.  Obey or die.  Receive consequences quickly.  The Old Testament is “to” Israel.


What about the Gospels?  Is it “to” or “for” us?  Well, it’s all about Jesus, his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension.  His ministry, training his disciples, dealing with people, and his teachings, are all wonderful examples of how we should be.  He exposed the devil, showed us the devil’s purpose – steal, kill, destroy.  But to whom was Jesus’ ministry?  Israel.  He came to fulfill the law.  He made salvation available through his death and resurrection.  The Gospels are “for” our learning, or admonition.


The rest of the New Testament is “to” the Church, of which Christ is the head.  The spirit of God was exhibited through speaking in tongues by the apostles on Pentecost.  They went from being full of fear and powerless, to full of faith and powerful; filled with the spirit, doing the works of Jesus, and now greater works because of Christ in them.  Their feats and exploits through the Holy Spirit are recorded in the book of Acts.


Specifically, the Church epistles give us how to live and think, and promises from God “to” us, from which we reap benefits.  Anywhere you see “us”, in Ephesians, for example, you can put your name because those epistles, or letters, are addressed “to” you.


The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, is here to teach us all things.  We have the spirit within to lead, guide, and direct our lives.  It’s by grace we are saved; we are sons of God, no longer just servants.  Things we do are by love, not obligation or fear of consequences.  All that God made available is ours for the asking.  Ephesians gives us a great verse that shows what’s available.

Ephesians 3:20  “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think,…”


In anything we do, or want to accomplish in life, the first key is “What is available?”  The next and succeeding keys are imperative also in receiving from God.


God is our Father, our God Almighty, El Shaddai.  “El Shadaddy” wants us to have His best in everything.  These five keys open the door for us to receive God’s BEST.  Stay tuned.

See you in Church!
~John Jernigan

What Do You See?

Eyes and sight are frequently used in figures of speech throughout the Bible indicating how we see God.  In the Word, the eye is the organ of perception.  Perception is more than physical sight – it is how we see life. 


Compassion in Action

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  Matthew 9:36



1 Corinthians 14:33

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.