John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.

Psalm 119:37

October 28, 2018

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in Your ways.

This task, this task of a foot soldier in Your army, is a task of love and dedication to Your cause. And I need Your Holy Spirit to keep me focused on the cause and to avoid entanglement with worthless things. Let me not get sidetracked by the cunning wiles of the Evil One. The cause to illuminate that You are Truth vs. the Lie that You are a construct of man's mind. Help me to keep attentive to my portion.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 110

Mid-day: 119:137-144

Evening: Psalm 36

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Romans 8:1-6 (4)

October 27, 2018

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Choose the way of the flesh and find that the alluring high inevitably leads to a life of enslavement to a brutal and harsh taskmaster. It is not an encouraging time to find yourself digging through dirty ashtrays, searching for a butt with just one more drag in it on the morning after. Just the trailer to eternity; forever spent in Hell, never able to forget that what could have been will never be.

Choose the way of the Spirit, and you are being led into a life led beside still waters. Life today becomes the trailer to eternity, forever spent in the presence of the LORD, God, the Almighty; always praising the LORD that what could have been never will be.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 109

Mid-day: 119:129-136

Evening: Psalm 35

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Romans 8:1-6

October 26, 2018

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

There is an element of personal choice here. Do I choose to live according to the flesh and continue to suffer the consequences even though artfully disguised as pleasures or do I choose to live according to the Word of God and commit my life to the guidance of the Holy Spirit? The latter brings me into a life in the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now; a life of fulfillment of the request embodied in the Lord's Prayer; a life of living out the 23rdPsalm.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 108

Mid-day: 119:121-128

Evening: Psalm 34

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Romans 8:1-6 (2)

October 25, 2018

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Now I am called to walk according to the guidance of the Spirit. The Law of the LORD, God, the Almighty has not been set aside, but its righteous requirements are achievable. The Helper and Comforter, whom our Lord Jesus referred to as the One who would lead me into all truth and remind me of all that He said, is ever at hand to guide me. If I am willing to obey His guidance, I will walk according to the Spirit.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 107

Mid-day: 119:113-120

Evening: Psalm 33

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Romans 8:1-6 (1)

October 24, 2018

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Romans 8 has got to be labeled the Freedom Chapter. His joyful shout at the end of Chapter 7 is laid out in detail in 8 beginning with the summary in the first two sentences. No condemnation because the Spirit has set me free. God sees me through the blood of His Son; my debts are fully and completely paid. The necessary and sufficient conditions met.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 106

Mid-day: 119:105-112

Evening: Psalm 32

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Romans 7:6

October 23, 2018

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

I am freed from the burden of slavish attempt to obey a set of standards that are impossible to keep, into a life of freedom, equipped to live those standards as an expression of what the LORD, God, the Almighty has done for me.

Paul's joyful shout of manumission is shared with me in Romans 7:24-25 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.

And the result in Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 105

Mid-day: 119:97-104

Evening: Psalm 31

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Romans 5:3-5

October 22, 2018

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Sufferings to endurance to character to hope. What a progression! But the exciting part of this path is that the result is not shame but is the love of God poured into me by the Holy Spirit. This love is expressed as the righteousness, peace, and joy that is life in the Kingdom in the here and now. (Rom 10:11, 14:17)

Those in the world hope, knowing they won't, to win the Powerball. I know that my hope is a certain expectation that I am enabled to live out my life in the Kingdom of God. Now! Hallelujah!

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 104

Mid-day: 119:89-96

Evening: Psalm 30

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Psalm 119:29

October 21, 2018

Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me Your law!

Lord, I have a problem. I am not able to recognize my false ways; I am self-delusional. I need Your law to expose those deeply ingrained habits and practices that lead to broken communion with You. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit who gently and graciously leads me into understanding.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 103

Mid-day: 119:81-88

Evening: Psalm 29

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Romans 2:28-29

October 20, 2018

For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but God.

I can blather all I want about what a great Christian I am but unless the Spirit has transformed my heart, the very center of my being, it is nothing but blithers. However, I find that having experienced that transformation, my soul yearns to have my Father say to me, "Well done, son." The appropriation of man becomes insignificant. What a change, but one which is still a work in process.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 102

Mid-day: 119:73-80

Evening: Psalm 28

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Romans 1:1a, 4

October 19, 2018

Christ Jesus, ...was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

The LORD, God, the Almighty, the Three-in-One declared Jesus of Nazareth to be the Son of God through the Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17), The evidence of the truth of that statement was in His resurrection from the dead. It behooves me, as one called to be His disciple, to be very familiar with both sentences; they are the linchpins of my faith.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 101

Mid-day: 119:65

Evening: Psalm 27

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Acts 28:23-28

October 18, 2018

When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: "The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: "‘Go to this people, and say, "You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive." For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears, they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.'Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."

The situation still exists today. There are those who have shut down any emotion, any spiritually directed portion of their sensory system. Their hearts have grown dull and they cannot, will not see with their eyes, or hear with their ears and they will not understand and will not allow healing. They are obstinate in their unbelief.

I need to have the Spirit directed discernment to turn to today's Gentiles, as Paul did. I need to search for those who are hungry to hear and who know that they need healing. I need to be willing to accept that I have planted a seed, now it is up to the Spirit to find someone to water and hoe.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 100

Mid-day: 119:57-64

Evening: Psalm 26

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Acts 21:10-14

October 17, 2018

While we were staying for many days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.”

In this passage, the third recorded instance that Paul was warned of the dangers ahead, he was adamant in his conviction that he was serving the Spirit. One of the lessons here is that when the Spirit convicts me of a particular course, I need to be fixed in my determination to follow His leading.

Another point is in the last sentence; when someone insists that they are ready and willing to die for the name of the Lord, I need to cease my efforts to persuade them otherwise and seek to support them in advancing the Kingdom.

Today's readings in the Psalms:

Morning: Psalm 99

Mid-day: 119:49-56

Evening: Psalm 25 7

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