Day 24 - "Don’t Sin. If You Sin..." - Morning Light Devotional

1 John 2:1 (NLT) My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

It is always God's will that we do not commit sin. The word “sin” is an archery term that means “miss the mark.” Christians do not sin because of an unregenerate heart, but because of disobedience to God in allowing darkness to invade our light. This does not make it “less wrong” than sin committed by unsaved people.

The difference for believers is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our advocate. An advocate is “one who pleads an- other's cause.” An advocate is like a lawyer. When we repent of any sin, Jesus pleads our cause before God which leads to cleansing and restoration.

Repentance is no casual act. Sin is serious business because it mocks our relationship with God and produces hypocrisy by bringing darkness into light. John wrote in 1 John 1:5-7:
“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are ying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.”

Thank God for Jesus! Stay in the light!

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Day 23 - "Overcoming Feeling Overwhelmed" - Morning Light Devotional

Psalms 102:27 (NLT) But you are always the same; your years never end. 28 The children of your people will live in security. Their children's children will thrive in your presence.

This Psalm of David began with the words, “ A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the Lord...” (v. 1) David reflected the pressure he was feeling back to God. David, as a shepherd, was also carrying a burden of care for the people he served. In another era, Peter said, “Cast all your cares on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

In God's presence, tell Him everything that is on your heart, including your concern for others. This is not to inform the Lord, because He knows all things. You “cast it” so that you will not continue to carry that pain, disappointment, or pressure after spending time with the Lord.
Problems don't cease to exist after you give them to the Lord, but the absence of feeling overwhelmed makes it easier for you to find answers and see solutions.

The closing words of Psalms 102:27 shows David's resolution and encouragement as he ended his time with the Lord by recognizing that God alone offers stability, security and future success.

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Day 22 - "Hope is a Choice, Choose Well." - Morning Light Devotional

Colossians 1:27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

J.B. Phillips translation says: “...Christ in you, the hope of all glorious things to come.” This reveals that every hope that God has put in your heart will have a glorious manifestation. Nothing in God is mediocre or insignificant.

The key to realizing the “hope of glory” is to know that Jesus lives on the inside of us and desires to express Himself in fulfillment of every hope.

Hope is not based on circumstances, but our interpretation of the outcome of circumstances. Like the 12 spies in Numbers 13, either you interpret the “giants” are stronger than you, or you interpret that you are “well able,” with God's help, to overcome giant-type obstacles.

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Introduction to Vision Stream Network!

Vision Stream Network is a digital media project I've been doing since November 2017. Visit this link to learn about unique features of  VSN.

Vision Stream Network (VSN) is an Internet broadcasting and digital media production platform. We produce original programs as well as empower producer originated programs that are informational, insightful, and inspirational. 

The difference with Vision Stream Network and other online networks is that we broadcast direct to the Facebook pages and websites of our clients.

In addition to programs and podcasts that we produce for amour clients we also broadcast community events such as the Unite Indy Urban Employment Crisis forum. 
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I host a program called Conversations In Focus (Audio) and which we've spoken with many guess were doing great work in both the community and in God's kingdom
I invite you to check out the video and audio podcast for Conversations In Focus. 
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Day 21 - The Process of Promise - Morning Light Devotional (Audio teaching)

2 Peter 1:3-5, As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust,

The best things in life come as fulfillment of a promise from someone who has the power to make and fulfill promises. A promise is a covenant agreement between the promise maker and the receiver of the promise. We are aware of many promises that have been made to us and kept. But we’re not aware of many more promises that people, like parents, have made on our behalf that have resulted in blessing and provision in our lives growing up.

Anybody can make a promise, but that’s not what is most important. What is most important is this: Does the one who makes the promise have the will and power to fulfill promises? In life, we have to navigate a landscape that is full of promises fulfilled and promises broken. We learned about the of a promise and we grow to appreciate the power of promises, or what a promise can produce in our lives.

The Process of Promise: 
1. The thing that is promised
2. He conditions of the promise
3. The acceptance of the promise
4. The oath of the promise
5. The power to perform the promise

6. The fulfillment of the promise

It’s always important to have faith in God and to have confidence in what God has giving you. We don’t have faith in ourselves because we don’t have to power to do what God can do. We should have confidence in what God has given us and what He has asked us to do. For all of this He gives us grace.

Jesus is both God's promise to us and He is the promise maker.


Listen to the teaching on the Firm Foundation Podcast: The Power of Promise, Part Two, The Process of Promise