You Are Loved

You Are Loved

Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  (Ps 121:4)

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, and to those who have NO MIGHT, He increases strength.  (Isa 40:28-29)

Encourage yourself with the knowledge that God does not grow faint or weary.  God does not sleep, but He watches over us protectively and lovingly.  He doesn’t forget about us or lose interest in us!  We are “on His mind” continuously because of His great love for each and every one of us. 

Here are a few ways in which God showed His love for us:

  1. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. (1 Jo 4:9 – See also, Jo 3:16-17; Ro 5:6-10)  God loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world so that we could live through Him.
  2. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 Jo 3:1-2)  He calls us His children.
  3. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ro 8:38-39)  Nothing can separate us from His love!

You are loved!  Let’s share that love with someone else today.

With God, All Things Are Possible

With God, All Things Are Possible

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  (Mt 19:26, underscoring added)

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”  (Mk 10:27, underscoring added)

For with God nothing will be impossible.  (Lk 1:37, underscoring added)

But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”  (Lk 18:27, underscoring added)

Each of the Scripture verses shown above state that “with God” ALL things are possible.  “Possible” means achievable, doable, or workable.  How delightful it is to recognize that with God, no solution or answer is hopeless or unattainable.  But how, you may ask, do we know that we are “with God”?  The Scriptures point the way.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .  (Rom 5:1) We are at peace with God thanks to salvation through Jesus.  Hallelujah!

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God . . . (Rom 8:16)  We are children of God and joint-heirs with Jesus.  Since we are His children, we know that we are “with God.”

As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  (2 Co 6:16)  God tells us that we are His people, and that He dwells within us.  That means we are definitely with God—we actually carry Him with us wherever we go!

Thanks to the God who lives within each one of us, nothing is impossible.  Trust Him and know that you WILL receive answers to prayer.  (Is 65:24; 1 Jo 5:14)  You can receive and experience signs and wonders produced by the power of the living God! 

Live Peaceably With All

Live Peaceably With All

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.  (Rom 12:10 NKJV)

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  (Rom. 12:18)

Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.  (Rom. 14:13)

As children of the most high God, we are instructed to be kindly affectionate to one another, to give preference to one another, to live peaceably with all men, and NOT to put a stumbling block in a brother or sister’s way.

Meditate on these passages of Scripture.  Be quick to forgive; quickly believe the best about others; and be slow to react to provocation.  Think about these verses, and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you about them, and ask God to give you the grace to obey them.

We don’t know how to live in such a way, but the Holy Spirit is our teacher and helper.  He can teach us, one step at a time, to be conformed to the image of Christ.  He has wisdom to share.  Ask Him to help you to obey these important instructions, and He will do it.  Your life will be immeasurably improved and blessed, not least of all, by the marked increase in the number of friends that you make!

Jesus Is Willing!

Jesus Is Willing!

Greetings, in Jesus’ Name.  Whatever your need today, Jesus is compassionate and willing to help you.

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing, be cleansed.’  Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  (Matthew 8:3 NKJV)

Jesus said, “I am willing.”  Jesus is always willing to defeat Satan; to emulate His Father in heaven; and to heal the sick.  Jesus was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 Joh 3:8b).  Healing was on His agenda because healing is “the children’s bread” according to Matthew 15:26. We are His children so healing is always FOR US. (Rom 8:16)

Ask Jesus to work in your life and circumstances to destroy the works of the enemy.  He will not disappoint you. (Isa 50:7; Php 1:20)  Jesus is Faithful and True!  (Rev 3:14)

Do Everything With Love

Do Everything With Love

Let all that you do be done with love.  (1 Cor 16:14 NKJV – emphasis added)

For the Love of Christ compels [constrains, leaves no option] us, because we judge thus:  that if One died for all, then all died.  (2 Cor 5:14 NKJV – emphasis & definition added)

Love is one of the major themes throughout the Bible.  Love is what binds us together as Christians.  We’re instructed to love one another1 and the source of our love is God.2 Love is defined as an intense feeling of deep affection.

Human beings, overall, tend to experience love on a conditional basis.  Some spouses won’t speak to one another after an argument.  Certain friends will stop seeing each other after an argument, and might even speak badly about each other.  Some parents even have raised their children in a way that makes them feel unloved or rejected if they’re naughty or disobedient. This is NOT the model of love that God has given to us.

Our Heavenly Father has extended His love to us completely and unconditionally.  He invites everyone – yes everyone – to the banqueting table of salvation.3 There are no restrictions upon this invitation because God loves humankind so much, and He yearns to have a vital relationship with every individual. The Father offered love to us through the sacrifice of His own Son as the Savior of the world. He literally gave sacrificially to prove His love to each and every human being.  Whether we accept His love and His gift of salvation is entirely a matter of our own choice.

The Scriptures tell us that we are accepted in the Beloved.4  Some of the blessings that we enjoy because we are accepted are that we are: 

  1. recognized as children of God;
  2. received as a sister or brother in Christ;
  3. admitted into God’s family; and
  4. welcomed always with LOVE.

Because we are loved by God, we have the grace to love others even as we are loved.5  God’s love enables us to forgive.6 His love gives us the wherewithal to extend mercy and understanding to others, not returning evil for evil, but on the contrary—blessing them.7 As we learn to live this way, we become a living example of the love of God; and we demonstrate that His love has been perfected in us.8  Then we can truly confess that the love of Christ compels us to act as we do and leaves us no option!9   Faith operates by love.

Faith operates by love.10  When you do everything with love, you can only win.  Glory to God!

1 John 15:12                                                             2 1 John 4:8

3 John 3:16                                                                4 Ephesians 1:6

5 John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17                                     6 1 Peter 4:8

7 1 Peter 3:8                                                              8 1 John 4:12

9 2 Corinthians 5:14                                             10 Galatians 5:6 

You’re Not Under Condemnation, So REIGN!

You’re Not Under Condemnation, So REIGN!

(All Scriptures NKJV unless otherwise noted.)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  (Rom 8:1) 

This means that there are no legal grounds for condemnation before God.  We have been made right with God, and have been reconciled to Him.  It also suggests that we who have accepted Christ as our Savior live by obeying the Holy Spirit who lives within us.  Since we’re not under any condemnation, we’re no longer heirs to sickness or disease.  (See Gal 3:13)

The Bible is pretty specific in telling us that we are not under condemnation.  It recommends that we do not judge, do not condemn; but rather, that we forgive.

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  (Lk 6:37)  As we forgive others, and imitate our Father in heaven, we actually operate as children of God, representing His mercy and love.

He who believes in Him is not condemned . . .  (John 3:18)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  (John 5:24 KJV)

Not only are we declared righteous, but we’re told to reign in this life through Christ:  For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.  (Rom 5:17)  Jesus has given us authority to rule and to reign! 

In order to rule and reign on earth, we must imitate the saints in the early Church.  It was said of them . . . these that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.  (Acts 17:6) 

How did those believers live who “turned the world upside down”?  They performed signs, wonders, and miracles in the Name of Jesus!  (Ac 2:43; 4:29-31; 5:12; 6:8; 14:3; Rom 15:19) 

What does that require of us?  It requires that we declare and decree the truths and promises of Scripture on behalf of others.  It requires that we speak forth the word of faith out of a heart filled with faith.  (Rom 10:8)

We, too, as the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21) are called to reign in this earth by turning our world upside down to the glory of God, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.