Monday, April 21, 2014

FAITHFUL OVER MONEY / Live A Life Of Love

This is the forth of seven devotions And music videos 
with the theme from Galatians 5:22 
"The Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness"



(Adapted from Isaiah 58; Galatians 5:22; Luke 12:42, 16:10-12, 19:17)

The Israelites inquired of the Lord during a fast that they felt should move the hand of God but, in fact, was only a religious form.

“We have fasted before you! 
Why aren’t you impressed? 
We have been very hard on ourselves 
and you don’t even notice it!”

Part of God’s respond through the prophet Isaiah was,

“It is because you are fasting to please yourselves. 
Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers,  
you overwork them and you underpay them.”

The Israelites believed God would bless them if they only performed the right rituals.  Their fasting was a mere external piety without repentance and right living.  I must guard against the same wrong thinking lest I become committed to a religious form instead of focusing on walking in love and pleasing God. 

I might not have a payroll to meet but occasionally I ‘employ’ a server in a restaurant to meet my need of a meal.  If the restaurant only pays the server $3.00 an hour, then I undercut their income that hour of their day when I leave a small tip.  If I hold back what is due that server, I will be in violation of love as described in Isaiah 58, and it will render my fasting & prayer useless

If an employer pays his workers as little as he can get by with, he is administering poverty to his employees and he sows to his own poverty.  

If I fast but do not walk in love, my soul is not prospering and therefore I am not prospering.  My fasting becomes a ritualistic pomp when it should be a time of self-deprivation in order to focus on God and please Him.  Simply stated, I am blessed because I bless others.

“My child, If you are faithful over money, 
I will give you true riches.
 Be wise concerning your finances. 
Trust me with the first fruits of your increase. 
Owe no man anything except to love them.
Be a blessing and you will prosper even as your soul prospers.”


© LoveWalkPublishing 
KentCliffordCooley





LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE
 (Adapted from Galatians 5:22; Luke 12:42, 16:10-12, 19:17)
Verse 1
Why have we fasted they say, 
And You do not see it
Why have we afflicted ourselves 
And You take no knowledge of it
You oppress your workers, 
You overwork them, you under-pay them
Don’t just be religious but live a life of love, 
A life of love
Chorus
Cry aloud and spare not
Lift up your voice like a trumpet
Declare to your people, their transgression, 
And to the house of Jacob, their sin
Bridge
You can turn it around, 
Be a blessing to everyone you meet, 
Then your light shall break forth
And your healing shall spring forth speedily


© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Sunday, April 20, 2014

TWOFOLD SANCTIFICATION / Washed, Sanctified & Justified

The 7th day of Pesach 
(The Feast of Unleavened Bread)




(Adapted from Exodus 12:15-20; 2 Timothy 2:19; 1 Peter 1:16; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 5:20-21;
1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
The feast of unleavened bread is a powerful word picture from God that says, “Be holy even as I am holy.” Sanctification is twofold. We are sanctified by the Spirit of God and we sanctify ourselves as our reasonable service to God. Our righteousness without His righteousness is incomplete and as filthy rags. His righteousness without our righteousness would also be incomplete. Yes we are made righteous by grace through faith. And where sin abounds much more grace does abound. Yet Paul goes on to clarify this by asking, “Shall we sin that grace may abound, God forbid. Paul was saying, in so many words, “Don’t misunderstand me, when I say, Where sin abounds much more grace does abound.” I am not saying that God saves us in our sins, I am saying that grace abounds to cleanse us from our sin and to give us grace to overcome every temptation. The popular Christian cliché, “I am just a sinner saved by grace,” suggests that God saves us in our sins. The scriptures we have already quoted reveal that such a suggestion is not biblical and here is yet another scripture that confirms this.
Do you not know that the unrighteous 
will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived. 
Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,
nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, 
nor covetous, nor drunkards, 
nor revilers, nor extortioners 
will inherit the kingdom of God. 
And such were some of you.
But you were washed, but you were sanctified, 
but you were justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus 
and by the Spirit of our God.
Father, I know that I am not a sinner any more. I have been washed, sanctified and justified in the name of your son, Jesus and by Your spirit. I am made righteous by grace through faith and I commit myself unto you now as a servant unto what is good and right in Your sight.
© LoveWalkPublishing 
Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley

WASHED, SANCTIFIED AND JUSTIFIED
Devotion: Twofold Sanctification
(Adapted from Exodus 12:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
Verse
Be not deceived, no sinner will enter the kingdom of God
and such were some of you but now I can say that it’s true
Chorus
You are (I am) washed, sanctified and justified
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
And by the spirit of God,
You are (I am) washed, sanctified and justified
Ending
Washed in the blood, set apart for holy use
And justified, just as though I never sinned
In You I am made new
© LoveWalkMusic 
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MARY MAGDALENE / I’m One of Those

This is the 6th of 7 devotions 
for the 6th day of “Pesach”
This devotion represents 
the Feast of First Fruits.
Jesus fulfilled this feast 
by becoming the first fruits of the dead.



(Adapted from John 20)

I didn’t sleep at all that night. It was dark when I left home. I had to go and just be close to where they had laid Him. When I arrived at the tomb and saw that the stone had been rolled away, I thought they had come and stolen His body. I ran as fast as I could to tell Peter and the others. “They have taken away the Lord and I don’t know where they have laid Him!”

Peter and the other disciple came out and they ran toward the tomb. When they arrived, Simon Peter peered inside but he did enter the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there on the table. The burial napkin which had been around Jesus' head was there, strangely arranged in a place by itself. The other disciple entered the tomb and came out convinced that Jesus was alive. It was as if something consumed his very soul on the inside of that tomb, yet he did not understand. No one as yet, completely understood the Scripture that He must rise from the dead. Not knowing what else to do, the two men turned and started toward home. But I stayed and stood outside the tomb. As I wept, I stooped down and looked inside. I saw two men in white. “Woman, why are you sobbing?” Almost breathless I spoke, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

At that very moment, I turned and saw a man standing beside me. “Woman, why are you crying so? For whom are you looking?” Supposing that it was the gardener, I replied, “Sir, if you carried Him away from here, please tell me where you have put Him and I will take Him away. I will take care of him.”

Oh what a moment, when this man spoke my name, “Mary!” Suddenly I knew. It was the Messiah! My sobbing turned to overwhelming joy. “Master. . .” “Do not cling to Me, Mary, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.But go to My brothers and tell them, I am ascending to My Father and to your Father, and to My God and to your God.” I ran as fast as I could to tell the disciples.
Oh what a moment, to be the first one to see Him after He had risen! Oh what a moment to be the one to bring the good news to those who needed to hear. I have seen the Lord and I have heard His voice calling my name.He lives!


© LoveWalkPublishing
Recitation authored by RebeccaAnnCooley
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I’M ONE OF THOSE
(Adapted from John 20)
Verse 1
Sealed by the Holy Ghost until that final day
when we shall stand before His throne
I won’t be afraid;
In Him I’m righteous for He is righteous and I can say
That He won’t leave me nor forsake me,
I won’t be dismayed
Chorus
I’m one of those chose from the foundation
I’m one of those who shall come out of great tribulation
Who’ve washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb
and one that knows
That He arose, I’m glad to say that I’m one of those
Verse 2
Though trials come I shall come forth as pure as gold
I know His purpose within my life, it shall unfold
Sometimes discouraged but I’m encouraged by these words
He said that you’ve not chosen me but I have chosen you,
So now let it be heard
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Search For Leaven / Fellowship Begins

The 5th day of“Pesach”
"The Feast Of Unleavened Bread"




(Adapted from Exodus 12:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)


During the feast of unleavened bread there is a tradition called “The search for leaven” in which the father will cut a piece of bread in twelve pieces and hide the pieces of leavened bread in different places throughout the house. All the lights will be turned off and everyone will look for the pieces with flash lights. While we are doing this we will ask God to shine His light on any leaven in our lives. When all 12 pieces are found, they will be placed in a little sack. The following evening of Passover we will build a little camp fire or light up the grill. We will gather together with the sack of leaven, bow our heads in quiet meditation concerning the leaven (sin) in our lives. And after this we will throw the leaven into the fire.

I do not believe that God was concerned about the leaven in the houses of the Israelites during the feast of unleavened bread. I do believe that God was concerned about the leaven in their hearts.
Father, shine your light on the leaven in my heart. I will confess my leaven to You and You are faithful to cleanse me from all kinds of leaven and bring me back into fellowship with You.

© LoveWalkPublishing 
Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley
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FELLOWSHIP BEGINS
(Adapted from Exodus 12:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
Verse
If we confess our sins, He is faithful
If we confess our sins,
He is just to forgive and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
Chorus
I’m not in denial anymore
Shine Your light on my sins
One by one I’m confessing all of them
This is where fellowship begins
Ending
This is where my love walk begins
In fellowship with You
As I walk in the light You are in the light
This is where fellowship, fellowship, fellowship,
Fellowship begins
© LoveWalkMusic 
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A NEW LUMP OF DOUGH / Unleavened

This devotion is for the 4th day of “Pesach”
And the first day of 
"The Feast of Unleavened Bread"


(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

Purge out therefore the old leaven, 
that you may be a new lump,
as you are unleavened.
For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old leaven,
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness;
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


Leaven is a substance used to produce fermentation in dough. Fermentation is really the beginning of the process of rotting. Leaven in scripture is a type of sin. Sin begins a process of decay and puffs us up with pride. 

As you read the whole fifth chapter of 1 Corinthians, you will see that Paul actually uses the term ‘puffed up.’ Because it is not possible to remove leaven from bread, Paul suggests that they become a new lump. The term lump indicates that he is suggesting that they start the process over with repentance. As you read this chapter, and also the seventh chapter of 2 Corinthians, you will see that they humbled themselves, took sin more seriously, came out of denial, and had godly sorrow that lead to repentance unto salvation.

He mentions two kinds of leaven - malice and wickedness. Many believers are good at identifying what is wicked and they would not involve themselves in any such thing. However, malice can slip in because of pride. A believer may not be guilty of a dark sin such as lying, stealing or adultery yet there could be malice under the disguise of unforgiveness. After we purge ourselves from wickedness, we should also purge ourselves of all malice and unforgiveness and become a new lump of unleavened dough.

Search me o God and know my thoughts. Search my heart for any wickedness or uncleanness that may be there. Cleanse me from every sin and set me free. I forgive everyone for every wrong, fully and completely even as You have forgiven me, fully and completely. I keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


© LoveWalkPublishing 
Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley







UNLEAVENED
Devotion: A New Lump Of Dough
(Adapted from 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
Verse 1
We should be unleavened even as 
Y’shua the messiah is unleavened
We should be unleavened even as 
Y’shua the messiah is unleavened
Chorus
We should be unleavened 
We should be unleavened
© LoveWalkMusic 
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

APPLYING THE BLOOD / A Lamb 4 A House

The 3rd day of Passover


(Adapted from Exodus 12:3; 1 Timothy 6:12; Revelation 12:10)

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying,
In the tenth day of this month 
they shall take to them 
every man a lamb,
according to the house of their fathers, 
a lamb for an house:

The very first Passover began with a special emphasis on the family unit. God did not command the Israelites to take a lamb for a village or a lamb for an individual. His command was that they take a lamb for a house.

I had a great head start in life because of parents who began their marriage under the lordship of Jesus Christ. My siblings and I went to church every Sunday morning and evening, every Wednesday evening and every revival service nearby. We attended Vacation Bible Schools every summer. Our parents also planned ahead and made sure they had the money for us to go to Christian youth camps every summer. I received Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at one of those summer camps and the blood was applied to my life. The blood that was applied that day at that camp is still on the door posts of my heart.

Rebecca And I began our marriage in March of 1997 also under the lordship of Jesus Christ. In July of 1998, the Lord entrusted us with a daughter. In similar fashion, we have made sure Hannah attends church, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Christian summer youth camps. In addition, we have put our faith on making sure Hannah is enrolled in a Christian school for most of her schooling. The most important thing is that she has received Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and it has been a direct result from decisions made in these areas.

All the pressures of the ungodly influences of this world are a factor in her life. However, the blood has been applied to our house and to her life personally. And the blood is the most powerful force in her world.
Father, we will not give up, yield or surrender to ungodly influences. As a family, we apply the blood of the Lamb to our door post. We fight the good fight of faith. We pledge our allegiance to the Lamb. As a family we are in this fight together. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb, just like they did on the first Passover. We have also read the back of the book and we know that “We Win!” So, we take courage today and receive all that is provided for us by the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
© LoveWalkPublishing
Devotion Authored by KentCliffordCooley






A LAMB FOR A HOUSE
(Adapted from Exodus 12:3; 1 Timothy 6:12; Revelation 12:10)
Verse 1
God spoke to Moses,
“Let every man take a lamb for a house,
Slay the lame, place the blood
On their upper and side door post’s
And when I see the blood, I will pass over you
And when I see the blood, I will pass over you
Chorus
A lamb for a house
A lamb for a house
The blood has been applied to our door
A lamb for a house
A lamb for a house
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
Verse 2
There are some promises
That we can claim for our children
We don’t have to let the enemy have them,
We can claim them for the kingdom
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

OUR PASSOVER LAMB / Jesus, Our Passover Lamb

This is the 2nd of 7 devotions for the 2nd day of
“Passover”


(Adapted from John 18:1-14; 19:9, 29-31 / 1 Corinthians 5:7)
“Hail, King of the Jews!” His own people were screaming at Him and striking Him. They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head. They threw a purple cloak around Him. “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Their shouts were loud and hateful.
It was the day of preparation for the Passover Feast. In their homes, the Jewish people should have been preparing a lamb to be eaten at their table, with their family. Little did they know that they were preparing a lamb, the Passover Lamb for all eternity. They would never be required to slay a lamb for a sacrifice again. Jesus was about to become their Passover Lamb.

Lord, why did Your own people reject You? I know that prophecy had to be carried out and fulfilled but Your very own people fulfilled it. It would have been different if you had been crucified through the hands of the enemy. Is that why you are truly their Passover Lamb?

My child, they did not know or understand the statement of Scripture that I must die and rise again from the dead. My death, My blood and My love covered all of their ignorance of these things. I was their Passover Lamb. I did many other things for them but these things are recorded in order that you may believe that I am the Anointed One, the Son of God. If you will believe and cleave to and trust this, I will be your Passover Lamb. I will make your house a home. I am the door to all provision for salvation and every need that you have. You are blessed and happy because you believe and trust this.
© LoveWalkPublishing
Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley




JESUS OUR PASSOVER LAMB
Devotion: Our Passover Lamb
(Adapted from John 18:1-14; 19:9, 29-31)
Verse 1
The very first Passover Feast there was a lamb for a house
They took that little lamb into their home for four days
Slew the lamb and with hyssop,
Placed the blood on their upper and side posts
Verse 2
The very first Passover Feast
Families standing round their tables
While a lamb roasted in fire to be eaten in haste
Nothing can waste for this is the Lord’s Passover
Chorus
Jesus our Passover Lamb, You never leave us alone
Jesus our Passover Lamb, You make our house a home
Verse 3
During the Passover Feast priests were slaying lambs in the temple
While a man crucified cried, ‘It is finished’
The veil in the temple rent in twain for me and you
© LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley