Created by Love, Created in Love, Created to Love

Are you feeling unloved? Let’s tackle that myth right now.

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 Jn. 4:8 NKJV

He (Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature… Heb. 1:3 ESV

So, what do we know? God is love itself. Jesus is exactly like His Father; therefore, He too is love personified.

…I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ… Eph. 3:8, 9. NKJV

God created through Christ; thus, they are co-begetters. What did They create? Everything. That includes us:

“Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” Gn. 1:26 NKJV

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gn. 1:27 AMP

What kind of image is that? Jesus tells us:

“God is Spirit…” Jn. 4:24

Jesus, being an exact image of His Father was a Spirit-being as well before His incarnation. Thus, we are created to conform to God in our spirits. Taking that further, if God and Christ are love, then we in our spirits are created as islands of love, by Love.

Okay. But how do we know that we were created in love?

We love Him because He first loved us. 1 Jn. 4:19 NKJV

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God… 1 Jn. 3:1 NASB

We were loved in advance, long before we took our first breaths.

Moreover, the love of God can be seen all around us. He formed a planet we can live on, that sustains us in relative safety. He created us initially to be immortal and eternally joyful in Him. He created opposite genders so that we could be complete. He covered us with abundance and wisdom, and gifted us with children. We were made complete in His love.

Even when we broke that completeness, He continued to love us by sending His Son to heal that brokenness:

“For God so loved the wold that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Jn. 3:16 NKJV

By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His] precious love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. 1 Jn. 3:16 AMP

The Father and the Son love you in orders of magnitude that are beyond human measure.

And, God will let nothing get in the way of His love for you:

…neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Rm. 8:38, 39. ESV

Finally, we were created to love:

“ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others.]’ “. Mt. 22:37 – 39. AMP

How do we love God? By keeping His commandments:

“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me.” Jn. 14:21 NKJV

Time and time again, we are called to love:

“…the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” Jn. 16:27 NKJV

“…love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jn. 13:34 NKJV

A friend loves at all times… Pr. 17:17 NKJV

Let all you do be done with love. 1 Cor. 16:14 NKJV

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Col. 3:12 – 14. ESV

That’s a whole lot of love, thank God. You are a bundle of love, steeping in divine love; and when you express that love the way in which God expects you to profess it, your love will first resonate with God’s love, fill you with the same, and you will become an irresistible target for the love of others.

Still feeling unloved? You just need to do some expressing…

Goodnight and God bless.

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April 20 2017 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

Easter Is Not About Colored Eggs

It’s about the coming of Jesus, Who came to save us from ourselves and reunite us with His Father, through Him, for eternity. He laid His life down so that we could once again be part of God’s temple.

As a Spirit-being, Christ was with God, who, created everything in this universe through Him. (Jn. 1:1 – 4.) Jesus shares the powers of God (Heb. 1:3). He holds the universe together and is the only ‘instrument’ for the redemption of God’s children. Jesus also shares His Father’s exact likeness. (Col. 1:15 – 20.)

We first hear about Christ’s first coming to earth in the time of the fall of Adam and Eve. (Gn. 3:15). Thus, it is evident that God was, at the beginning, planning for our redemption because He saw our future transgressions.

Before and after Jesus was born, it was made evident to many that He was sent for the salvation of all peoples. (Mt. 1:21; Lk. 1:68 – 70, 78, 79; 2:10, 11 & 30 – 32.

Then God and the Holy Spirit revealed it to John the Baptist. (Jn. 1:29)

When Jesus began His ministry, He Himself declared the purpose of His coming:

“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is the Son of Man, who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jn. 3:13 – 17. NKJV

We see then that Jesus was sent to grant us eternal life, but that He must first be ‘lifted up’ (crucified) to have that happen. Prior to this revelation (that He made to Nicodemus), He alluded to His resurrection that would occur three days after His death. (Jn. 2:19)

Jesus went to great lengths to make His salvation promise take on reality for as many people as He could reach, and then He multiplied His efforts through the apostles (Mt. 28:19, 20.) and the church. (Mt. 16:18)

He taught about how deadly Satan and his purposes were. (Jn. 10:10) He showed us by example how to defeat the devil with the word of God. (Mt. 4:1 – 10.) That’s important because Satan’s prime objective is to rob you of Christ’s salvation. We want to cling to Jesus because our final victory will be facilitated through Him:

The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 Jn. 3:8 NASB

He approached the spiritually ignorant, and reasoned with them so that they could see the light – actively pursuing their salvation. (Jn. 4:6 – 26.) And Jesus showed them that He was the centerpiece of that deliverance:

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He sent.” Jn. 6:29 NKJV

That sums up your salvation in a nutshell.

Jesus worked a multitude of miracles to convince the unbelievers of His ability to wield the power of God. He declared the veracity of all Scripture. (Mt. 5:17, 18.) And He stood toe to toe against the self-serving religion zealots of His time, that were teaching man-made falsehoods, which stood in the way of the people’s salvation.

He taught us how to live a godly life (Mt. chapters 5 – 7.) and about the importance of love. (Mt. 22:39; Jn. 13:34, 35.)

Amid all this, Jesus repeatedly drove home the fact that He was the only way to salvation:

“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world…And this is the will of Him who sent Me, the everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn. 6:33 & 40. NKJV

“…if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 NKJV

“…I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers…I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved…” Jn. 10:7 – 9. NKJV

Finally, Jesus taught about how corrupt the world would become and how it would persecute His followers; yet He encouraged us by saying that if we endured that oppression and held on to Him, salvation was assured. (Mt. 24:9 – 13.)

Despite all Jesus’ efforts, the world paid Him back by crucifying Him.

And yet, all that Christ said was true. On the third day, His tomb was empty…

Praise God! Happy Easter.

Goodnight and God Bless.

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April 14 2017 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

Beware of False Teachers and Counterfeit Christs – part 2

In part one, we looked at an author who was attempting to secularize Christ. Now, let’s look at (yet another Huffington Post offering) an article by one Keith Augustus Burton, who is the ‘Director of the Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University.’

Mr. Burton’s bio tells us that he has received accolades for his ‘successful bridge building initiatives between Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities.’ In addition, it states that he teaches at the ‘School of Religion.’ Sounds impressive; yet the title of his article we’ll examine gives me pause: The Bible Has No Place In Modern American Society: Sobering Lessons from Donald Trump and Kim Burrell. His bio does not specifically state his particular theological beliefs, but some book titles he’s authored suggests a Christian perspective. We’ll see…

His article begins with his personal assessments of the Bible and of the so-called damage that it wreaks: ‘…many of the bigoted and outdated teachings have no place in our enlightened society.’ ‘…its content is seriously out of place with modern American values.’ and ‘…its teachings are a most meddlesome inconvenience that if embraced will place them (the followers) in a permanent state of cognitive dissonance.’

We can see then where Mr. Burton’s mindset is, by his own admissions. As we move into the body of his article, he presents his talking points:

1. The Bible is a relic of a Superstitious Past

His ‘proof’(?) consists of his assertion that because presidents have done bad things after placing their hands on a Bible during their inauguration, that the word of God has no power. In truth, his discursive prose consists only of a political rant at best. Nothing here that connects the Bible with a superstitious past.

2. The Bible is a Convenient Political Prop

This discussion is nothing more than a hate-filled pontification against our present president, the vice president, the ‘gullible masses who are still beguiled by the myth of a “Christian” America’, and ‘the cold-hearted “evangelicals” ‘ that voted for the present administration and their policies. Not anything of value about the Bible itself so far.

I’m beginning to feel that perhaps Mr. Burton has a grudge and that the mention of the Bible in his title is but an attempt to try to catch readers so that he can advance his agenda by political bashing.

3. The Bible is an Obstacle to American Freedom

Wow! his opening salvo demonstrates his true discriminations: ‘Whereas the conservatives’ repulsion to the Bible is guarded by a conniving cloak of acceptance, progressives are more honest. As far as they are concerned, the socially liberating sections of so-called “scripture” are not enough to redeem its bigoted and outdated parts.’ Who’s the bigot here? Again, no discussion of the Bible, just hurling hate against people whom he perceives thwart his beliefs.

Mr. Burton, your article purports to be about the Bible first. Your political candidate lost. Give it a rest. You’ll get a chance to change this in four years.

He doesn’t let up, finally getting around to attacking the Bible: ‘It is a dangerous book…that must be delegitimized…’

He then sounds off against marriage defined by the union of a man and a woman.  Why? Because in his opinion, the 21st century mores and the Supreme Court defines it differently. (Thus, they are the greater authority?) Well, we see that Mr. Burton’s temple is constructed around himself.

4. The Bible informs “Personal” Belief and Behavior

In this, his last ‘talking point,’ Mr. Burton never really pinpoints what he means by this subtitle. What he expounds upon is that people should love and accept other people who have beliefs that are ‘contrary’ to the Bible, even if thy promote sex between men and boys. But according to him, most don’t because they are ‘ideological bigots.’

Pardon me, but I don’t see anywhere where the author makes his case for ostracizing the Bible from ‘modern society.’

What I would have you notice is not what Mr. Burton is saying specifically, but what he is lecturing about in general: he is a perfect example of those who denigrate the word of God because what God says does not suit them and their agenda. I daresay as well, that perhaps some of their bellicosity is rooted in a guilt from an inner conviction of their self-righteousness regarding their willful and knowing rebellion against God:

I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts… Jer. 31:33 NKJV

But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Dt. 30:14 AMP

The trouble is that many people don’t follow their hearts; thus, they can’t understand the message:

But that natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them for they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14 NKJV

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor. 1:18 NKJV

And that is the main point, isn’t it? We must endure and cling to our faith. We are called to evangelize everyone, even those who are presently following another drummer. Regardless of their bluster*, we must try to present the word, opening ourselves up to the Holy Spirit to do the talking:

*(The words of his mouth begin with foolishness, and the end of his talk is raving madness. Eccl. 10:13 NKJV)

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable]. 2 Tim. 4:1- 4. AMP

It is true that Jesus calls us to love our ‘enemy.’ And who are our enemies but God’s people who have gone astray due to unfavorable circumstances. Many parts of the world and the people in it are victims of poverty, cruelty and ignorance, who are desperately seeking relief from their misery. Many times, that search leads to self-defeating and destructive behavior. As followers of Christ, we must love them but not their aberrant practices. We must do our best to show them the way to salvation so that they can abandon the false teachers and counterfeit Christs:

“Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you (unbelievers) and obey you rather than God, you must judge [for yourselves; for we on our part, cannot stop telling [people] about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19, 20. AMP

But when that enemy rejects us with spite, hatred and disregard, we are to turn the other cheek and place our efforts to spread the kingdom elsewhere:

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pears before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Mt. 7:6 NKJV

Remember that we are entering the closing times. The devil knows his time is short, and he will drive his minions mercilessly to attempt to bring God’s kingdom down:

“…you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another…And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures till the end shall be saved.” Mt. 24:9, 10 & 12. NKJV

How do we endure? We do it by clinging to the Bible, the word of God, having faith in it and staying in line with it. That can only be done if we stand behind its purity:

You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord our God which I command you. Dt. 4:2 NKJV

We can put our full faith in His undiluted word:

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. 1 Sam. 22:31 NKJV

You can stand upon it because it does not change:

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Is. 40:8 NKJV

Things don’t bode well for those who don’t follow God’s word:

“Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant…” Jer. 11:3 NKJV

“But if you will not hear these words, I swear by Myself,” says the LORD, “that this house shall become a desolation.” Jer. 22:5 NKJV

Just what are those bad parts of the scriptures that Mr. Burton attests to?

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… 2 Tim. 3:16 NKJV

Hmmm. Seems like there are no bad parts. Indeed, Christ seemed to think that all the parts were important:

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Mt. 4:4 NKJ

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Mt. 24:35 NKJV

So, detractors (e.g. Mr. Burton) will sometimes say that Christ was okay, but the rest of the Bible is superstition. I invite them to meditate upon Jesus’ words:

“Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For I assure you and most solemnly say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke [of the pen] will pass from the Law until all things [which it foreshadows] are accomplished.” Mt. 5:17, 18. AMP

Goodnight and God bless.

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April 08 2017 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

Beware of False Teachers and Counterfeit Christs

The apostle Peter warns us extensively about the coming of ‘false teachers,’ first, by qualifying why he and Christ’s other apostles could present the truth about the gospel:

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were witnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Pt. 1:16 – 21. ESV

The apostles were with Jesus, they heard God coronate Him, and they recognized that all Scripture is a product of Holy Spirit-inspired writers.

Next, Peter tells us of the destruction that false teachers will bring:

…there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 Pt. 2:1 NKJV

Many will follow in their shameful ways, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned. And in their greed they will exploit you with false arguments and twisted doctrine. Their sentence [of condemnation which God has decreed] from a long time ago is not idle [but is still in force], and their destruction and deepening misery is not asleep [but is on its way]. 2 Pt. 2:2, 3. AMP

But these [false teachers], like unreasoning animals, [mere] creatures of instinct, born to be captured and destroyed, reviling things they do not understand, will also perish in their own corruption [in their destroying, they will be destroyed]… 2 Pt. 2:12. AMP

For uttering arrogant words of vanity [pompous words disguised to sound scholarly or profound, but meaning nothing and containing no spiritual truth], they beguile and lure using lustful desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error. They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity… 2 Pt. 2:18, 19. AMP

Jesus also warns us of the same:

…for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will provide you signs and wonders in order to deceive, if [such a thing were] possible, even the elect [those God has chosen for Himself]. But be on your guard; I have told you everything in advance. Mk. 13:22, 23. AMP

If you are a follower of Christ, these folks are not a lot you want to throw yourselves in with. In their ignorance and / or rebellion, they lay down seeds of corruption (lies) amongst the blossoms of your salvation. And yet, as one who walks in salvation, you can see that these false teachers need the understanding of salvation more than anyone.

We know that there are people out there right now, distorting the word of God.

Sweeping political affiliations aside, (your choice, and nobody else’s business), I find that the Huffington Post is a sweeping platform for many of these false teachers who preach legalized infanticide, denigrate God’s biological designs and express great disdain for all things biblical.

One such article I came across was entitled What it means to be a “secular” Jesus follower, designed to promote the author’s (Tom Krattenmaker) new book: Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, Finding Answers In Jesus For Those Who Don’t Believe.

He begins by stating that he is not a religious person, that he is inspired by Jesus, but not a Christian. Mr. Krattenmaker defines a ‘secular Jesus follower’ as one who “is pursuing the aspects of Jesus that do not involve his religious utterances and behaviors or claims of his divine status.”

His ‘Jesus application’ as it were, is expressed thusly, “…Jesus can be a source of inspiration, insight, and ethical input that is powerfully applicable and transformative today, wherever we are on the theological spectrum. Whether the issue is our anxiety, our racism, our violence, our sexual exploitation, or our self-centeredness, I contend that as we examine and implement the insights of Jesus, we deepen our lives and begin to make the world a fairer, more loving, more peaceful, and more compassionate place.”

You cannot argue with this portion of his opinion. It’s absolutely correct. The danger is (especially for those who are ignorant about who Jesus is), the twisted message he may be unintentionally(?) delivering to others or himself. He is cherry-picking the scriptures to suit his own purpose and justify his deviation from them.

Indeed, he admits that secular folks do not seek ‘church acceptance’ and leave by the wayside the gospel parts that include ‘the supernatural – the miracles, the resurrection, salvation, teachings about God – or as I prefer to do, we can “translate” them into words and concepts that make sense to a secular mind.’

In essence then, the author is only paying attention to the Scriptures that he likes; and if he doesn’t, he ‘translates’ (modifies, corrupts, twists, distorts) them until he does. The problem with that is it makes him a ‘false teacher,’ luring other people (and himself) away from what is a life or death situation.

Let’s first address the issue of cherry-picking scripture:

Every word of God is pure…Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you… Pr. 30:5, 6. NKJV

“You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Mt. 22:29 NKJV

[The Scriptures Opened] Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses, and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” Lk. 24:44 NKJV

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Rm. 10:11 NKJV

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16, 17. NKJV

I testify and warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book [its predictions, consolations, and admonitions]: if anyone adds [anything] to them, God will add to him the plagues (afflictions, calamities) which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from or distorts the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away [from that one] his share from the tree of life and from the holy city (New Jerusalem), which are written in this book. Rv. 22:18, 19. AMP

Thus, you cannot even apply Scripture correctly unless you have a God-connection. All Scriptures point to Christ and to be able to follow Him, you must understand who He really is. You must apply them all to be able to live as God would have you live – in a godly fashion that fulfills and transcends Mr. Krattenmaker’s ‘Jesus application.’ Finally, having the audacity to re-write the word of God brings about a final demise of that would-be author.

Moreover, let’s look at the issue of siding with the authentic Christ as well – from His mouth:

…everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and confess [that I am abiding in] him. But whoever denies and disowns Me before Men, I will also deny and disown him before My Father Who is in heaven. Mt. 10:32, 33. AMP

“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” Jn. 5:22, 23. NASB

“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” Mt. 12:30 NKJV

“…you will die [unforgiven and condemned] in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am the One [I claim to be], you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 AMP

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jn. 14:6 NKJV

We don’t get to say who Christ is; we profess who Jesus says that He is. If we don’t believe in that, don’t follow His primary purpose, (which is to help gather others into the kingdom), don’t honor Jesus by obeying Him and believing in His divine stature, we will be left behind to perish with this version of the earth.

God bless Mr. Krattenmaker, but we cannot afford to follow his misinformed quest or his counterfeit christ.

Our lives depend upon the truth. Stick with the Source.

Goodnight and God bless.

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April 02 2017 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

God Promises Change

Paradoxically, God does not change; and that’s a good thing because we can always count on Him to do what He says He will do. On the other hand, change is good for us because many of us tend to get lost in familiarity.

We get lost because we are afraid of change, blind to how we’ve been living life on automatic, and refusing to take ownership of the consequences. Change is the only thing that is guaranteed in this life; so, it makes sense to make peace with it. It is a gift from God because it always presents us with new possibilities to help put the past behind us and step into a future of hope.

But we must get out of our own way to have that happen – to let go of who we were being with our habits, plans and opinions, and put God in charge, letting Him reconcile us with our true selves. And like anything else we do with God, it’s going to take faith:

…without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. Heb. 11:6 AMP

To position ourselves for God’s reconciliation, we must recognize that we suffer, and then ask Him to reveal the nature and root of it so that we can pray more effective for its cessation. If we hide from our suffering (via addictions and distractions), it will persist; and it suffocates our love and joy.

Suffering is usually rooted in lack of knowledge, wrath and prejudice – all of which shows up in the way that one thinks, speaks and acts.

So, we ask God to show us the nature of our anguish so that we can drop all our fears and rest in His grace and mercy. We can dispense with our actions that have been working against us, e.g. surrounding ourselves with toxic consumption of news, worldly indoctrination, hurtful people and substances.

When we understand that we are not the only person that suffers, it will fill us with compassion and understanding for others, and we can help stop this cycle that hurts us all. We will be less angry, more loving, peaceful, living in present-time consciousness and come to a place where we are able to mend our relationships – becoming both healed and a healing facilitator for others.

We ask God to remove the hostility and bitterness that we have harbored, without judging ourselves for having done so. After all, that’s part of the healing that God confers upon us so that we can be free to be our original self:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion… Ps. 103:2 – 4. NASB

There is no happiness until we can rest in God. Thus, we need to spend a lot of time in His word, making ourselves available to His love. We can approach Him through Christ, who, while He was on this earth, took on a soul like ours, so that He could completely identify with both our sufferings and the behavior born out of them, without Himself ever taking part in those destructive human doings.

Jesus brings tranquility to our soul by bringing change, one that puts us back on the path of life that God intended for each of us – walking in His kingdom…

Goodnight and God bless.

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March 22 2017 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

The Gospel Will Sell Itself

If you speak it into the ears of the hearer:

…preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching. 2 Tim. 4:2 AMP

All followers of Christ are called to be evangelists (Mk. 16:15), to reach the unsaved for the kingdom of God, to rescue them from eternal death. We’re not all summoned by God to be preachers, but evangelism definitely requires some preaching. Not to worry; every time you open your mouth for Christ, you instantly become Holy Spirit-equipped to do so:

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Lk. 12:12 NKJV

“…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” Jn. 14:26 NKJV

What Jesus says to you is found within His gospel. That’s why you want to get that word in your heart. Then Holy Spirit will help you share it.

However, your evangelism (speaking of the promise of the gospel) will fall upon deaf ears unless you give a compelling reason for them to act upon it. They need to see the danger of embracing worldly thinking and behavior. In a compassionate manner, you must present the old ‘fire and brimstone’ message. He or she must feel the danger of the situation that they are in. You must prepare them for hearing the salvation message by getting them to see why they need it. Then, the gospel will sell itself.

Therefore, for you to be properly prepared for the Holy Spirit to use you for this endeavor, you must separate yourself from the world first. And then pray ardently for the Spirit to facilitate your execution of the message as you get ready to deliver it.

What are we trying to do? We are attempting to reposition the hearer to receive their resurrection from sin and death – by inducing a spiritual longing, a yearning for redemption and making them aware that in and of themselves, their own faith won’t cut it.

We must impart the knowledge that only by embracing the gospel, will they get the faith from God that will make their deliverance happen, i.e. that they cannot receive it by any other means or actions of themselves. God is the one doing the saving, through the sacrifice of His Son.

The required efforts of the recipient are to do is his or her best to give up their sins; and they must be shown that the worst possible sin is to rebuke the gospel:

…you will die [unforgiven and condemned] in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am the One [I claim to be], you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 AMP

The Bible is crystal clear about the path to redemption:

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved…” Acts 16:31 NKJV

So, once you help your hearer really see their present plight, then the gospel can be preached as  you simultaneously assure him or her that it distinctly applies to them – that they will be free of their sins, accepted by God and no longer need to live in fear of death, destruction or the power of the devil.

Moreover, they will now live a life bathed in the love of the Father and the Son through their renewed spirit-connection in their born-again selves.

It would also be good to instill in your new ‘Christian’ some wise wariness, letting them know that there are malevolent spirits in this world that will try to cause them to stumble in their walk to follow Jesus. Teach them that despite their self-recriminations that arise over those slip-ups, God still loves and accepts them and will help them to get up and face another day – as He keeps their unique place awaiting in heaven.

Let them know that the moment they received Christ, they were transformed by the Holy Spirit into their heavenly life now. Even so, they must now be acutely aware of the forces in this world that would darken their soul once more, so that they must strengthen themselves by living as Christ did, to the best of their ability.

Anyone who approaches you asking questions about salvation already has God working inside of them. God’s talking to you through them at that point, saying, “I’m sending you another one. You can do this. The gospel will sell itself.”

We also lovingly help our hearer see their wretchedness, and then we open their eyes to the mercy of God – where punishment is a thing of the past.

Fire and brimstone message? God only warns of hell to implore His children to come to heaven. We must preach as long as they will be willing to hear – patiently until they either get it or reject it. The result falls into the space of the hearer’s free will. But at least you can open the door…

Goodnight and God bless.

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When God Calls

When God calls you, it will be to serve His purposes in you – to do His will. Whatever that will is at the moment, we are called to humble ourselves in His presence and cast away anything like pride or the dictates of the present social order. God must be the epicenter of our focus.

It requires our total trust in Him, regardless of what out human logic wants to impose. Trust is faith, and faith brings the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit, as we begin the journey of our transcendent path of spiritual realization. We are becoming what we were originally conceived for.

God shows you the direction, equips you for the task, you perform that task to the best of you ability, and you leave the outcome to Him. Moreover, those outcomes are faith-builders. When we make the decisions to be part of this process, we gather the strength to subjugate our flesh to the Spirit, whereupon we begin freeing ourselves of the knee-jerk reactions of the mind and its preoccupation with the world.

God’s calling will necessitate the shedding of our old self to become a new person in Christ. (Eph. 4:17 – 24). Thankfully, He continually helps us with that:

And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord [who is] the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18 AMP

To answer God’s call then, takes rigorous self-examination with regards to one’s alignment with His word, so that he or she are in a state of preparedness And when we rest in God’s will, we come to know the goodness that He implanted within in us, and can subsequently tap into it to bring forth the fruits of our calling. We radiate His image, and our lives are grander for it.

God trains you for your calling, and some of that ‘training’ can be painful. It may even feel punitive, but it’s not. He is coaching you, developing your spiritual integrity and fortitude  by removing layer after layer of worldly pollution.

When we are called, we will encounter obstacles, because our adversary tries to thwart out efforts. Yet God would not call us to strive for something that we could not do (because He backs us up). Our successes in Him builds our faith in our ability to be used by Him for each ensuing task upon our path.

When we answer the call of servitude, we are one with God and simultaneously set free from the world, and from the leash that it has tried to strangle us with. It is a joyful state as we come to realize that our calling also includes one that will culminate in His eternal presence through the grace of our Blessed Savior…

Goodnight and God bless.

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Strengthening Our Faith

We find our strength in God when we dip ourselves in Him. A ‘dip’ does not consist of church services without Christ at its center, or giving oneself over to a dynamic charismatic personality at the pulpit who is more concerned with wowing his congregation with his delivery, rather than his content.

Our strength is derived from our faith in the word of God. With faith, we establish the connection; and then the ‘author and perfecter’ of our faith (Heb. 12:2), Jesus Christ, fortifies the seeds of our conviction. It is our faith in God’s unrestricted love for us first, that opens the doors for us to love Him back, and thus be nurtured as well.

We dip ourselves in God when we read the scriptures and we do the same when we hear them:

So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ. Rm. 10:17 AMP

You can also take those words and examine them in contemplative prayer, asking God to reveal further depth to your understanding, which brings you closer to Him. The more you give yourself to God, the more you will gain further understanding of Him, yourself and your place in His plan, which facilitates greater faith.

Taking part in the ‘sacraments’ (i.e. baptism and Lord’s Supper) also call to play your visual sense, to supplement your faith. They are the words of God – acted out. You are partaking in the grace of God, not performing some ‘work,’ to earn your salvation. It is an act of faith. In the taking of the Lord’s Supper for example, you focus not on the sacrament itself, but on the promise of forgiveness of your sins through His blood that they represent.

After all, what was Jesus (in His carnal manifestation), if not a ‘living sacrament,’ to show us the true nature of God – to build our faith?

When you are evangelizing, it is not the hearer’s faith in you the speaker, but in the words of the gospel you deliver that is the faith-builder for the recipient. It’s not about the evangelist. It’s about honoring God for His merciful gift of salvation, and learning to love others as God loves us (and how we should love ourselves) that motivates us to yearn for their company in heaven. We know that the sacred light of salvation is put out in sin, and thus we know that our efforts take on a life-or-death significance towards the one we are pouring out our godly love upon.

And guess what? When you see someone’s life transform because they accepted Christ as their Savior, isn’t that a faith-builder for you?

Likewise, when you are out doing good works, it isn’t for your own salvation, but because your ‘saved’ heart is motivating you to do godly things. We plant the seeds; Christ grows them. More faith.

When God tests you, it is not to see if you have the mettle to be a Christian, it is to get you to know Him better and cling to Him in total dependency, i.e. in greater faith. Our dependency motivates our obedience, which in itself builds faith because right actions produce right outcomes, and right outcomes bring glory to the Father. It is the fruits of our faith that lift up our God.

Salvation sets the ‘old sinners’ free. The true remaining sinners are then those who willfully continue to rebel and offend because they’d rather cling to the ways of the world. It’s not the sin, but the attitude of the willful sinner that casts out the grace of God and places the will of the devil in its place. It’s our faith in grace that keeps us on the battlefield, fighting the fight for their lives.

Faith is also built when we worship because we are focused on the goodness of God and His promises. We have faith because of HIs justification – not through our faith, but from Christ’s deliverance, which we lock onto through our faith. Only Christ justifies. Our faith is what accepts His salvation.

It’s not about what you can do. It’s about surrendering yourself to be used by God.

Faith-building is also a product of honoring God for the fruits of our relationship with Him. An attitude of gratitude recognizes God as the source of all things. And the witnessing of His promises fulfilled, shore up the faith you already had in the belief that He would deliver.

Faith is built by remembering the ‘old man,’ that you put off, before you were regenerated as the ‘new man in Christ (Eph. 4:17 – 24.) After all, to acquire faith, you must gain a full knowledge of your old sinful ways and the agony associated with them. Only then, can you appreciate the magnitude of what Christ accomplished in you, because you started out with a little faith. Jesus took you in just as you were and freed you from the guilt, shame and sorrow.

Once you became sorry and remorseful, Jesus was already at work.

When you’re living a life in God, you are reminded in every moment of His grace, regardless of how the rest of the world may look, and you can’t help but feel your faith muscles building…

Goodnight and God bless.

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Two-Sided Salvation – part 7

On the one side, the unsaved side, we are mercilessly buffeted by temptations that attempt to entice us to transgress against God. These temptations are not some kind of God test:

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). James 1:13 ,14. AMP

Temptation is what Satan beguiles you with, hoping that you will fulfill the desires of your flesh:

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 Jn. 3:8 NKJV

The devil speaks, many times we listen and then make the free-will decision to act upon his suggestions. Ultimately, it’s our own fault.

So, what about when you reach the side of salvation? Unfortunately, the temptations persist. And the patterns can remain the same – in spite of our best intentions. Look at what the apostle Paul (who was Holy Spirit-inspired to write most of the New Testament) had to say about his own struggles:

We know that the Law is spiritual, but I am a creature of the flesh [worldly, self-reliant – carnal and unspiritual], sold into slavery to sin [and serving under its control]. For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled and bewildered by them]. I do not practice what I want to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate [and yielding to my human nature, my worldliness – my sinful capacity]. Rm. 7:14, 15. AMP

Paul is saying that regardless of what he knows to be right spiritually, he still yields to the weakness of his flesh, and sins. Why? When we are saved, our spirit is perfected in our union with God. With regards to our flesh, we are still humans being perfected. (2 Cor. 3;18) Even those who are saved will continue to sin:

“…there is no one who does not sin…” 2 Chr. 6:36

And unrepentant sin leads to death (James 1:15), but those who have received the salvation of God through Christ, are blessed with an entirely different outcome. First, lets return to the struggles of the apostle Paul, knowing that this mighty man of God had to fight the same battles that we do:

Now if I habitually do what I do not want to do, [that means] I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good (morally excellent). So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness – my sinful capacity]. For the willingness [to do good is present in me, but the doing of good is not. For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me. Rm. 7:16 – 20. AMP

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 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. Rm. 7:21 – 25. ESV

As we’ve seen, salvation (on this earth) involves the cleansing (sanctification and justification) of our spirits. Our flesh is a burden that we must contend with until the final (heavenly) realization of our deliverance – when our bodies are transformed and transcendent over their former state:

So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raise in glory. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44. NKJV

Wow. But until then, we must struggle with our flesh while cultivating our spirit. Cultivating our spirit consists of continually immersing ourselves in the word of God and reminding ourselves of the sacrifice of the Father and of the Son for our salvation and of the magnitude or their love and the changes that it makes in our lives. We honor that by living as Christ lived to the best of our ability.

We were created to be free from the clutches of the world and of the puppeteer (Satan) who is pulling the strings in the shadows of it. In our redemption, we are given an unction to see the world through the eyes of God, knowing the difference between good and evil and the connection between our actions and their consequences.

Our minds must be renewed in Christ daily:

…regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, and be continually renewed in the spirit to your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God you gratitude for your salvation]. Eph. 4:22 – 24. AMP

That way we remain present to our actions, able to guide them as best we can. The holds true for our emotions, embracing them to understand them instead of letting our old unconscious hurts drive our conduct. We understand that our thoughts and actions also affect everyone around us; and when those actions are based in love and compassion there will be less suffering and more joy.

Whatever happened in the past is in the past. God has renewed you in your redemption; given you a new lease on life. There is no one to blame anymore, no grudges to hold, no sorrow to harbor. Let everything go. You have everything you need to be happy right now. Focus on that.

Christ has set you free. (Jn. 8:36) Always be honest with yourself with regards to what you think or do, so that you walk in truth and give up self-condemnation – doing your best to curb your old ways of being:

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rm. 8:1 – 4. NASB

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Christ Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rm. 8:10, 11. NASB

God’s love for you never waivers, regardless of what side of salvation you are on. However, once you pray for your redemption, you are now living under God’s gracious approval, crossing the open gate to His presence forever.

Oh, you will still fall down from time to time. That ball and chain that is your flesh can weigh you down at times, and sometimes you’ll give in. But now, you are practicing awareness. Instead of burying these mistakes and have them eat away at you, you can go to your Father on your knees in confession and repentance, and you will have access to the forgiveness of your deliverance.

You can pare down the frequency of these ‘falls,’ by relying on Christ when you feel temptations coming your way:

No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to HIs word – He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and[ will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]. 1 Cor. 10:13 AMP

Also, you can evaluate your intended deed against the word of Christ before you leap. As you apply more of Jesus in your life, your desire to partake in worldly behavior will decrease. You become more of your real self and less of that one that took on the ways of the world.

God has already accepted you. You cannot earn your way to redemption. Neither can you lose it unless your sinning becomes chronically and rebelliously willful; but it will never happen because of your human frailty. That’s why God offers you salvation in the first place. You can’t do it on your own. He pardons you with the gift of His love. In Christ, He loves the sinners and reaches out to pluck them from their deathly predicaments:

…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners… 1 Tim. 1:15 NASB

God encourages us to come to Him just as we are, so that we can get all our sin-debts wiped off of His Book of Life, leaving only a Christ-purified signature of permanent membership. When we do that with faith in what the gospel says, absolution is guaranteed.

Salvation is already set up for everyone. Your sins have already been forgiven. God is just waiting for you to bring your faith in that it is done (through Christ), and for you to receive it with thanksgiving…

Goodnight and God bless.

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Two-Sided Salvation – part 6

Often, those who reside on the side of life prior to salvation are plagued with faithlessness. Why? Many of us are raised in this world with a ‘scientific’ viewpoint; i.e. ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’ Yet a plethora of the population believes in the ‘Big Bang,’ while not ever contemplating that it takes some kind of ‘faith’ to believe that the universe and how we got here was resulted from a series of random events.

Many take for granted that every time they flip the light switch, illumination will result – even though electricity, for the most part, cannot be seen.

Lack of faith can produce several deleterious results. For example, what if you don’t have faith in a hereafter? If you haven’t noticed, this life flashes by in heartbeat. Moreover, it is chock-full of trials and tribulations, with no true path for navigating them or rising above them. To make matters worse, the world’s concepts of happiness yield fleeting results at best. Contentedness is a rare commodity.

What if you don’t have faith in love? It’s hard to possess sometimes, given the inherent shortcomings of our humanity. We can’t trust most people to put other’s welfare above their own. And again, the world provides so many destructive paths that lead to failure in love.

If you don’t have faith in yourself, life will be doubly hard. Life keeps coming at you whether or not you are prepared to weather it. If you don’t know how, you’ll view yourself as weak, flawed and unacceptable. Hardly fertile ground for growing relationships. Instead, you can find yourself in isolation, depression and subsequently suffering from all the self-destructive activities one dives into to suppress them.

If you don’t have faith in God, who then are you going to turn to deliver you out of this mess?

That’s where salvation comes in. God has been waiting for you since before your first day of life on this earth, yearning for your return to His original purpose for you:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved (Jesus). Eph. 1:3 – 6. NKJV

God had every intention of delivering you from the world and its ways and its consequences. He built it into your path. And the gate to the path is Christ:

In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty of our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the richness of His grace which He lavished on us. in all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight], He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Christ, with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages] – to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have received an inheritance [a destiny – we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory. Eph. 1:7 – 12. AMP

So, God wants to draw you to Himself but He cannot do so unless you are holy (sinless). Can we of ourselves come into His presence in that state?

…for there is no one who does not sin… 1 Kings 8:46 NKJV

But we are all like an unclean thing, and all of our righteousnesses are like filthy rags… Is. 64:6 NKJV

Thus, not only are we sinful, our best efforts to atone for them are for naught. But praise be to God, you can see that He has made us ’acceptable’ in His grace through the blood of Christ that pays the price for our transgressions and gathers us into His love for eternity. That is the gospel message, that is salvation.

Notice though the last line of the scripture, we who were the first to hope in Christ; (emphasis mine). ‘Hope’ equates with ‘faith.’ If you have no faith in Christ, who He is, what He’s done and His gospel, you will have no salvation. The consequence is that at the end of time, you will be placed into the category of what Jesus says are ‘goats’ that He gathers in HIs left hand:

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’…Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels’ “… Mt. 23:31 – 34 & 41. NKJV

Doesn’t sound like a great outcome for those goats.

Bottom line: it takes faith to receive salvation. So, what is faith?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Heb. 11:1 NASB

Faith is the hope in things that are not tangible to our five senses. And faith is required to have a relationship with God:

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and act He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]. Heb. 11:6 AMP

We can’t even approach God without some measure of faith. When we possess that faith, the love of God confers upon us our salvation – totally by His doing, not by any efforts of our own:

For we hold that a man is justified and made upright by faith independent and distinctly apart from good deeds (works of the Law). Rm. 3:28 AMP

The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct or the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel). Mk. 1:15 AMP

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” Jn. 5:24 NASB

It’s all about the faith, because if you don’t have it, you cannot be delivered from that stain of worldly dross:

“…if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 NKJV

We need the faith, but how do we get it? That’s the best part!

…God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Rm. 12:3 NASB

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… Gal. 5:22 ESV

…let us with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith… Heb. 12:1, 2. ESV

So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ. Rm. 10:17 AMP

Thus, God gives us a free gift of faith that He created through His Son, which is delivered by the Holy Spirit and nurtured and strengthened when we immerse ourselves in the hearing of the gospel.

God never leaves us hanging. Once, Jesus came upon a boy that was suffering from demon-induced epileptic seizures. The boy’s father asked Christ to cure the him if He was able. Jesus replied:

“All things are possible for one who believes.” Mk. 9:23 ESV

The father immediately responds, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mk. 9:24 ESV

And Jesus healed the boy.

So, not only do you receive divine faith when you ask for it, Jesus makes sure you have enough.

Have faith.

Goodnight and God bless.

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