DAILY INSPIRATION
 

5/30/13

A Prayer for Miracles

Do you need a miracle from the Lord?  I invite you to be blessed by the following prayer.




4/19/13

True Statements about Jesus Christ

The following are several true statements about Jesus Christ.  I encourage you to repeat them throughout the day along with the declarations from yesterday.

God has revealed himself principally through Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ went about doing good things and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.  Jesus Christ reveals God as Father.  Through Jesus, I can see the heart of God.  The Spirit of God anointed Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel, to deliver the captives, to heal the sick and the brokenhearted, and to bring God’s salvation to humanity.  Jesus Christ, as the Messiah, had a ministry of preaching, teaching, healing, and casting out devils.  His salvation was God’s rescue of me from the things that would diminish or destroy me in my spirit, mind, body, relationships, and other aspects of my humanity.

Jesus Christ was wounded for my transgressions.  He was bruised for my iniquities.  The chastisement for my peace was upon him and by his stripes (with his stripes), I am healed (i.e., healing has come to me).  Jesus Christ is now my Great High Priest who can sympathize and empathize with my weaknesses.  He can be touched with the feeling of my infirmities.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


4/18/13

True Statements about God

Sometimes it is good simply to think about the truth of who God is.  I encourage you to meditate on the following:

God is Creator.  God is Sustainer.  God is good.  God is holy, righteous, and kind.  God is love.  God is full of lovingkindness and tender mercies.  God is healer.  God is peace.  God is warrior.  God is there.  God is with me and for me.  God is full of compassion.  The Lord is my shepherd. The Lord is my refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.  The Lord is a friend who sticks closer than a brother or other family member.  God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and every-where present.  Nothing is impossible with God.  The Lord forgives all my iniquities and heals all my diseases.  God has every resource necessary for my salvation, deliverance, peace, security, and success.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

4/1/13

The Benefits of the Cross

TEXT (Galatians 2:20; NKJV)

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  


Galatians 2:20 is an exciting verse for us, because it means that we are united in every way to Jesus Christ.  Because we are in Christ and he is in us, every victory that he has won belongs to us.  For example, when he died, the power of sin over our lives died with him.  When he arose from the dead, we were raised together with him to a new life free from the control of sin.  We need to embrace and accept the victory that Christ has secured for us.  When we embrace and accept the Lord’s victory by faith, it will manifest itself in our experience.

BENEFITS OF THE CROSS

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross cleanses us and frees us from sin (Matt. 26:28; 1 Pet. 2:24).

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross delivers us from God’s wrath (Rom. 5:9).

Through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, God redeems and forgives us (Col. 1:14).  

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross breaks Satan’s power (Col. 2:14-15; Heb. 2:14-15).

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross brings physical healing (Isa. 53:5).

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross ultimately delivers us from physical death (2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:9).  

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross reconciles us to God and to men (Eph. 1:7; Eph. 2:11-22; Col. 1:13-20).

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross gives us access to God (Heb. 10:19-20).

 

If you did not watch yesterday's video, please do so now.  God bless you.  Have a nice day.

In Christ,

Wilfred Graves Jr,
www.wilfredgraves.com


3/31/13

Comments on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Enjoy these comments from the West Angeles Church Christian Apologetics seminar.  The title of the session was "The Life, Miracles, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ."

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr,
www.wilfredgraves.com

3/22/13

Finding, Knowing, and Walking with God

I would like to invite you to attend (in person or via Internet) tonight's Christian apologetics seminar at West Angeles Church.  To access the notes and PowerPoint slides for this evening's session, as well as video and materials from the entire series, please visit: www.YieldtoChrist.com.  God bless you.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


3/12/13

The Bible: A Remarkable Book

The History Channel is currently airing a 10-hour mini-series on the Bible.  Although the series takes some creative liberties with the text and necessarily excludes large amounts of material, I must applaud the effort to showcase the world's most important book.  Christians affirm the Bible to be the Word of God.

1. The Bible was written over a 1500-year period by over 40 authors in three languages, but is remarkably consistent in its story and message.

2. Furthermore, the Bible contains many accurate, specific, and detailed prophecies, including those fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Old testament not only predicted the coming of a Messiah, but also the timing and circumstances surrounding his birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection.

3. Thirdly, thousands of early manuscripts attest to the Bible’s reliability.  If we discard the Bible, then we must discard all other works of antiquity.  The Bible is simply in a class by itself when it comes to reliability.

4. Fourthly, the Bible passes all types of historical tests for its veracity.  Multiple eyewitness (some even hostile) attest to its details.  The inclusion of embarassing material (e.g., the failure of the disciples to cast out a demon or Peter's denial of Christ) point to its historicity.  Archeology often confirms many of the people, places, and events contained within its pages.  And people were willing to die for its message!  For example, nothing but a risen Christ can explain the boldness of his followers and spread of his message.

5. Finally, millions of lives have been transformed through the Bible's message.  This is one of the greatest evidences for its power.

I challenge you to recommit yourself to reading, studying, and obeying the Bible.  Your life will never be the same!  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


3/6/13

Seven Simple Prayers of Commitment to God

1. Lord, I believe in you.
2. Lord, I put my full trust in you.
3. Lord, I love you with all my heart.
4. Lord, I need your grace, mercy, wisdom, and power.
5. Lord, you are everything to me.
6. Lord, cleanse me from all sin and fill me with your Spirit.
7. Lord, use me for your glory.


3/1/13

Faith and the Will of God

Faith is not a magic formula, an impersonal law, confession of a mantra, a matter of mental assent, or a process of convincing ourselves of realities that do not exist.  Neither is faith a way of twisting God's arm into doing something that he does not wish to do.  Genuine Christian faith is an unwavering trust in and dependence on God that flows from an intimate relationship with him.  Implicit in Biblical faith is surrender to the will (1 John 5:14-15) and the ways of the Lord.  If anything is believed for that is outside the will of God, it is not believed for in faith.  Although prayer is limited by the will of God, this doesn’t mean that God is simply humoring us.  It is God’s will and promise that prayer changes things in the world (James 5:16-18).  We have confidence (or faith) that everything prayed for according to the will of God will be given.  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/28/13

The Spiritual Discipline of Secrecy

I would like to challenge today's readers to do a good deed for someone in secret.  You may decide to bless the person with a card, buy him or her lunch, or do some other act of kindness, but do it anonymously.  Do it as unto the Lord.  This is one way of practicing the spiritual discipline known as secrecy.  You are probably familiar with other spiritual disciplines like prayer, fasting, solitude, and silence.  The spiritual discipline of secrecy involves quietly and faithfully doing the work of God without informing others, without shouting from the house tops our good deeds.  Jesus taught us not to do our good deeds to win the approval of people (see Matthew 6:1-4).  The Master himself often healed people and performed miracles and told the recipients of his grace not to tell others (e.g., Mark 1:40-45).  Practicing the spiritual discipline of secrecy is one way of acknowledging that the best approval comes from God, rather than from other people.  Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/27/13

I would like to invite you to watch last Friday's teaching session on "Reading, Understanding, and Interpreting the Bible Correctly."  Please CLICK HERE or on the image below to access the video.  To access the notes, PowerPoint slides, and video from the entire series, please visit: www.YieldtoChrist.com.


2/26/13

 

God is Good

When we say that God is good, this is a way of saying that everything positive that we experience or receive in life has its source in him.  God is the source of all that makes life possible and meaningful.  Also, God’s goodness is an active goodness.  We know that God is good because he does good things; acts which give life, which deliver from evil, and which empower his people.  The goodness of God is the foundation on which all faith and hope rest.  The ultimate act of goodness on God’s part was the sending of His Son Jesus Christ.  Christ is the Good Shepherd who has given his life for us that we might have eternal life in heaven and abundant life on earth.  As you progress throughout the day, I challenge you to meditate on the goodness of God and the awesome sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ.  If the Heavenly Father was willing to give us such a precious gift, then he will provide for any physical, emotional, or spiritual need that we may have.  I pray that you have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/25/13

Thirteen Spiritual Disciplines

For the last two weeks at West Angeles Church, I have been teaching on the topic of spiritual disciplines.  A spiritual discipline is a physical or mental activity that a Christian does in order to help his or her spiritual growth.  Spiritual disciplines are what we do in the natural to positively benefit our spiritual lives.  Thirteen disciplines that I have been focusing on include the following: Solitude, Silence, Biblical Meditation, Bible Study, Prayer, Fasting, Surrender, Service, Secrecy, Sacrifice, Worship, Witnessing, and Journalizing.  Each of these help us to create space in our lives for the Lord so that we can fellowship with him and become more like him.  I invite you to CLICK HERE for the handout that I prepared on the subject.  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/22/13

Reading, Understanding, and Interpreting the Bible Correctly

I would like to invite you to attend (in person or via Internet) tonight's Christian apologetics seminar at West Angeles Church.  To access the notes and PowerPoint slides for this evening's session, as well as video and materials from the entire series, please visit: www.YieldtoChrist.com.  God bless you.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/21/13

Christian Mentoring

I am excited about today's topic on Christian mentoring.  I invite you to CLICK HERE for a handout that I prepared on the subject.  Please also visit my friends at shortdailydevotions.com for a wonderful article on the topic.  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/20/13

Several Characteristics of a Good Leader

Someone recently asked me via email to discuss important characteristics of a good leader.  I would like to share my brief comments as today's devotional.  Several keys to effective leadership are sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, personal character and integrity, a humble and teachable spirit, accountability, and a consistent prayer life.  Having these characteristics, the leader is then ready to receive God’s wisdom, insight, and direction.  Once God grants his wisdom, then the leader must do all that he or she can to obey the Lord with complete faithfulness. 

I cannot stress enough the need for humility.  Any Godly leader is first of all a servant.  A leader's purpose is to serve God and to minister to His people.  God can use the humble heart to do great and mighty things for His kingdom.  The humble heart can easily receive God’s wisdom and grace for any situation.

May God richly bless you and use you as an effective leader in His kingdom.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/19/13

In Pursuit of Wholeness

For today's devotional, I invite you to watch the following comments on my book In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God's Salvation for the Total Person.  I believe that many lives will be blessed, healed, and transformed through the message of this work.  For ordering details, please visit: www.pursuitofwholeness.com.


I also invite you to visit shortdailydevotions.com.  I am today's guest contributor.  CLICK HERE to access the article: "Power in Weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).  God bless you!  

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/18/13

Emblems of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1-4

1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Names are very important in Scripture.  A name often represents the nature, character, attributes, and destiny of a person.  God’s name Yahweh, for example, points to the fact that he is the self-existent.  Yahweh means “I am who I am” or “I will be who I will be.”  The name “Jesus” means “Yahweh is Salvation” and points to the Lord’s role as the Savior of humankind.  The title “Christ” reveals that Jesus is the Anointed Messiah.  Other names and titles of God reveal various aspects of his Person and Work.

The Holy Spirit is the Member of the Godhead who indwells believers and helps us in every area of our lives.  The Bible calls him the Paraklete, which is often translated as Comforter, Counselor, Helper, or Advocate.  In the above passage, the Holy Spirit is manifest in a manner represented by two emblems: wind and fire.  At various places in the Old and New Testaments, the Spirit also is characterized as a Dove, as Dew, as Rivers, and as Oil.  All these images give us valuable insights into the ministry of the third Member of the Trinity.  

A wind removes what is stale and can also bring comfort.  A breath, which is a type of wind, brings life.  A fire purifies and can spread rather quickly.  A dove is a clean bird and often represents purity and peace.  Dew is normally associated with the morning (i.e., new beginnings after a dark night of despair).  Rivers quench thirst and bring refreshment.  Finally, oil provides fuel and revitalizes cracked places.  The Holy Spirit is like all these emblems.  He cleanses, enables, invigorates, restores, and refreshes.  He imparts the very life of God into our spirits.

My challenge to you is to welcome the fullness of the Holy Spirit's power.  May he refresh, energize, and guide you throughout the day.  God bless you.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/17/13

The Bible's Power to Change Lives

For today's devotional, I invite you to watch the following video:



Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/14/13 - 2/16/13

The Love Chapter (1 Corinthians 13)

Today I would like to focus on 1 Corinthians 13, especially verses 4 through 8a.  This beautiful passage is about the characteristics of true love.  The text uses the Greek word agape, which Christians have come to associate with God's perfect love.  Agape is the kind of love that we see demonstrated on the cross.  It is unselfish and sacrificial and has ultimately led to our salvation.  Agape does not look at the worth of the recipient; rather, it extends itself to others without conditions.  God's perfect love can rescue unworthy individuals from fear, hatred, bitterness, and despair.  When we allow it to take root in our hearts, it will change our lives and transform our relationships!

First Corinthians 13 reveals that love is an action word, rather than a feeling.  Feelings may come and go, but true love lasts.  Love requires us to make a conscious commitment to someone else.  Love is patient, kind, gentle, and humble.  It seeks the best for others and rejoices in their success and well-being.  Love is the greatest of all virtues.  It is an eternal and a permanent gift from God that never ends and never fails.  Love must be the foundation of all relationships (friendships, families, marriages, etc.)  Without it, our lives are incomplete.

God bless you on this Valentine's Day!

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/13/13

Healing Scriptures

I would like to suggest ten healing passages for you to meditate on today.  To read them, please use the Bible Gateway apparatus at the bottom of this page.  If you missed yesterday's devotional, please take a look at it now.

1. Exodus 15:26
2. Psalm 30:2
3. Psalm 103:1-5
4. Isaiah 53:4-5
5. Jeremiah 17:14
6. Malachi 4:2
7. Matthew 9:18-26
8. Luke 4:18-19 (Isaiah 61:1-2)
9. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
10. James 5:14-15

Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/12/14

Prayer for Physical Healing

Today I am praying for my family, friends, loved ones, and readers who need physical healing.  

1. If you would like to submit a confidential prayer request, please CLICK HERE.  

2. If you would like to read and meditate on an encouraging written prayer, PLEASE CLICK HERE.  

3. Finally, to watch a recent prayer on video for physical healing and other blessings, please CLICK HERE.

May God's healing grace be yours today!

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/11/13

God's Masterpiece

I have been meditating recently on Ephesians.  This biblical letter consists of two sections.  The first section is an exposition of what the church is (i.e., the believer’s position in Christ)—DOCTRINE.  The second section is an exhortation concerning all that membership in the church involves (i.e., the conduct of believers in the world)PRAXIS.  I encourage you to spend some time reading and studying this powerful epistle.  One verse sums up the entire book; Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  The word "workmanship" (Greek: poiema) can also be translated "masterpiece."  Christians are God's masterpiece because we are a new creation in Christ.  God has taken great care in preparing us to reflect his divine character and action.  He expects us do the things which bring glory and honor to him and that advance his purposes in the earth.  It is a humbling reality that God seeks to reproduce himself in us.  Are you ready to become his agent of salvation?  I invite you to read a longer article which I wrote on Ephesians 2:10.  To access it, please CLICK HERE.  God bless you.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/10/13

Prayer for my Mother

This picture was taken on December 30, 2012 in Columbus, GA.
Glendolyn K. Graves 

Today I am grateful for many things.  One gift that God has given me is an extraordinary mother.  Her love and support through the years have been a continual source of strength and encouragement.  Because of her nurture and rearing, I am a man who loves the Lord and seeks to do his will.  For the last month or so, I have had the privilege of hosting my mom in my home.  What a constant joy and delight!  As she heads back to Georgia this morning, I pray that God continues to bless, strengthen, heal, and prosper every area of her life.  I also ask everyone reading this message to remember her in your thoughts and prayers.  I shall return tomorrow with another inspirational teaching.  God bless you on this Sunday.  May the Lord grant you the desires of your heart as you delight yourself in him.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/9/13

Today I am meditating on the following verse as a source of strength and encouragement.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Have a blessed day!

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/8/13

Simple Faith in Action

Biblical faith requires belief coupled with action.  If we truly believe something, then our actions will conform to that belief.  Our actions typically need not be complicated ones.  Usually, God only requires us to take simple steps of faith.  Yet, extraordinary power can be released when we act on the things that we truly believe.

If you believe that God wants you to succeed in an Algebra or Statistics class, then you need to do your part to study and to prepare for the class.  Work extra problems; acquire a tutor; join a study group.

If you believe that God is leading you to start a business, then you need to learn the principles of entrepreneurship.  Take some seminars and observe those who have already started successful businesses.

If you believe that God will do what he has promised, then you need to cling to his promises with confidence, assurance and anticipation.  Even if your miracle takes a while, you must stand on the truth that God always knows what is best for you.

If you truly believe something, then your actions will conform to that belief.  I have written an article on the topic of faith that I believe will be a blessing to you.  To access it, please CLICK HERE.

For more detailed information on the topic of faith and action, please read chapter 2 of In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person by Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr.  Visit www.pursuitofwholeness.com for ordering details. God bless you.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/7/13

A Very Present Help

Take a moment to read Psalm 46 in your Bible or using the search engine at the bottom of the page.  Psalm 46 is about the reliability of God.  God is reliable; he is always there with us and he is also there for us (see also Psalm 23:4).  He is a very present (i.e., "an ever-present") help in time of trouble.  Psalm 46 reminds us that God is more than able to bring order out of chaos, so we can respond to him with complete trust and confidence.  God is always available to us, no matter how difficult the situation.  Our God invites us to call on him and he will surely answer us (see Psalm 50:15; Psalm 91:14-16; Psalm 145:18-20; Isaiah 65:24; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Jeremiah 33:3; and Micah 7:7).  I encourage you to watch the sermon entitled "Lord, I Need Your Help!"  To access it, please CLICK HERE.

For more detailed information on the topic of God's reliability and love for us, please read chapter 1 of In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person by Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. Visit www.pursuitofwholeness.com for ordering details. God bless you.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


2/6/13

Listening to God

Prayer is intimate communion and communication between God and the believer. It is a dialog. It requires listening on our part. Prayer is a way of drawing closer to God by sharing our most heartfelt requests with him and allowing him to minister back to us in the manner and in the timing that he chooses. God will speak to us through a still small voice, gently impressing upon our spirits his wisdom and his will. God will speak to us through the Bible, through an inspiring sermon, through a loving bit of encouragement from a friend, or through countless other creative ways. God will speak to us when we position ourselves to listen to him. I would like to share with you a short teaching handout that I developed on the topic of prayer and listening to God. It will help you to become more sensitive to God's voice. To access it, please CLICK HERE.

For more detailed information on the topic of prayer and listening to God, please refer to the relevant sections of In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person by Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. Visit
www.pursuitofwholeness.com for ordering details. God bless you.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/5/13

What Progress Have You Made?

On January 1st of each year, millions of people make New Year's resolutions.  Some people promise themselves to lose weight.  Others may desire to spend more time with family members and friends.  Still others seek to quit smoking or to get more organized.  My question for you today is: "How's it going?"  What progress have you made toward the realization of your goals?  At your current pace, where will you be at the end of 2013?  If you are pleased with your progress, then I want to commend you on a job well done.  Keep up the good work!  If you have not yet made much progress, then I would like to encourage you to think about setting a realistic goal that is both manageable and measurable.  For example, if you did not read your Bible all last year, then it is unlikely that you will all of a sudden read twenty chapters per day.  Start out with one or two chapters until you develop some consistency.  If you desire to lose weight, start by cutting down on snacks and sweets.  Eat more green vegetables and add some moderate exercise to your daily routine.  These changes will help you more in the long run than a crash diet or one of those extreme exercise programs on TV.  My point: start small and build consistency.  Don't procrastinate.  Each long journey begins with a positive step in the right direction.  I challenge you take the first step.  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/4/13

Seven Reasons Why I Am Thankful Today

1. I am thankful for life.  God spared me from a major traffic accident yesterday!
2. I am thankful for my relationship with God through my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  
3. I am thankful for my parents and loved ones.  I do not take for granted this special gift.
4. I am thankful for the blessing of friendship.  My life is richer because of my friends.
5. I am thankful for the community of believers of which I am a part.  God's people are a constant source of strength.
6. I am thankful for the ministry of my church.  West Angeles Church is a blessing to the world.
7. I am thankful for the freedoms which I enjoy in the United States of America.  May God continue to prosper this nation.

What does your list look like?  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/3/13

Enjoy the Big Game

I hope that today is an enjoyable one for you as you attend worship services and prepare to watch the Super Bowl.  Hopefully, today will be a great time of food, fun, family, friendship and fellowship.  I challenge you today to treasure each moment of life that God gives you.  Every good gift, large or small, comes from above.  Why don't you take a moment or two to reflect on just how good God has been to you?  Are you worried or troubled about some issue in your life?  Don't forget that God is with you and that he has everything under control.  He will transform the situation.  All that he expects is for you to trust in his great love and power.  Have a wonderful day and may the peace of God be with you in abundance!

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/2/13

The Peace of God

The peace of God transcends human understanding. The peace of God is both the peace that God gives and the serenity in which he lives.  Peace was one of the main themes of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus Christ is our peace. He enables us to have peace with God and with one another. In fact, Isaiah describes him as “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). “Peace,” in Scripture, is a comprehensive term, which includes the ideas of completeness, wholeness, fullness, well being, and prosperity. The term often suggests having a sense of tranquility, repose, or quiet rest.

Jesus said in Matt. 11:28-30, “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.” The yoke of Jesus does not lead to bondage, fear, and anxiety; the yoke of Jesus leads to freedom, rest, and divine peace.

Christ is the embodiment and the source of supernatural peace. In fact, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is sometimes called the Gospel of peace. Ephesians 6, for example, refers to the Gospel of peace as one of the pieces of our spiritual armor.  Therefore, the peace of God is a weapon against anxiety.  My prayer for you today is that you will experience the peace and power of God in a special way.  If you have not yet watched the short clip from last Sunday's message, I invite you to do so know.  Please CLICK HERE to access it.  Be blessed.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com

2/1/13

I would like to invite you to watch last Friday's teaching session on apologetics and evangelism.  Please CLICK HERE or on the image below to access the video.  To access the notes, PowerPoint slides, and video from the entire series, please visit: www.YieldtoChrist.com.



1/31/13

Joy in Jesus Christ

The dictionary defines joy as "the emotion evoked by well-being, success, good fortune or the prospect of possessing what one desires." This definition is unhelpful for understanding Christian joy, especially the kind of joy that we are to possess in the midst of trials (see James 1:2). Therefore, let us examine the concept of joy more closely.

Joy in the New Testament translates the Greek word chara, which roughly means, “joy” or “gladness.” Chara is related to another Greek word, charis, which we usually translate “grace” or “gift.” We derive the words “charisma” and “charismatic” from charis. 

When we look at joy in Scripture, we learn several things:

- The joy of the Lord is strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

- In God’s presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

- God himself is the center and source of joy (Psalm 43:4).

- Joy is a chief characteristic of worship (Psalm 100).

With these things in mind, joy, then, is "a gift from God, an aspect of his grace, by which he manifests his presence to us, strengthens us, and enables us to serve him with gladness regardless of the circumstances that we face." Hence, we can experience the joy of the Lord even when we are sad or the circumstances of life are weighing us down. True Christian joy comes through fellowshipping with God, drawing close to him through worship and prayer and casting our cares upon him (1 Peter 5:7). It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians5:22-23) and as such, it belongs to all who believe in Christ.

May the joy of the Lord be yours today!  If you have not yet read my book In Pursuit of Wholeness, I invite you to do so.  Chapter 5 ("The Secret of a Carefree Life") deals with the theme of joy.  For more information on the book, please CLICK HERE or visit www.pursuitofwholeness.com.  Also, if you did not watch yesterday's prayer clip, please visit the post for 1/30/12.  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
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1/30/13
   

Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. Prays for Peace, Physical Healing, and Divine Intervention

On Sunday, January 27, 2013 I preached a sermon entitled "Joy in Jesus Christ."  Today's word of inspiration is the prayer time from this message.  Allow it to minister to you and please spread the word to others who may need a special touch from the Lord.  I also recommend that you read chapter 5 of my book In Pursuit of Wholeness ("The Secret of a Carefree Life").  For more information on the book, please CLICK HERE or visit www.pursuitofwholeness.com.  Have a blessed day.

In Christ,
Wilfred Graves Jr.
www.wilfredgraves.com


PRAYERS FOR WHOLENESS

I have seen God bring healing and restoration to his people in powerful ways.  These wonderful blessings are often received through meditation on God's Word and through prayer.  I have included several positive affirmations (based on the Scriptures) and sample prayers of petition to God for wholeness of body, soul and spirit in my work In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person.  I believe that these will help build your trust in God and enable you to approach him with greater confidence.


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