Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Bethel Assembly of God: Riches and Treasures Colossians 1:24-2:5: The slides for this study can be found here
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Bethel Assembly of God: Bringing down the House! Mark 2:1-11: The slides for this study can be found here The video that accompanied this sermon can be found here . Special thanks to Max7.org for p...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Love Of God Reaches Out To All! The Wedding is ready! The Bridegroom has prepared a home! He dances and/ or sings over His Bride! He is a mighty Warrior! He Quiets Us In His Love And Dances Over Us! He Sings Over US AGAIN! We're About Getting People To Jesus! Invite as many as you can to The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb!! Preach The Good News. God makes us diamonds in the rough with no two alike shining bright!!
March 31, 2014
Forgiven! I will Dance Around God's Throne! The love with which He loves us is perfect (Telios Greek,) from which we love and serve God and receive great forgiveness from God Who reigns and rules in our lives by faith. We Will Proclaim God's Salvation! We will choose to have beautiful feet and tell the story of Jesus with our lips, that Gospel, the Good News!
Forgiveness from God, and Abiding In And Living In Christ by Model Example His Replaced Life In Christ To God's Credit Are Proclaimed! CHRIST IS LORD! FORGIVEN, JUSTIFIED, REGENERATED Born Anew, Paid in Full WHEN GOD IN CHRIST INTERVENING PUTS YOU THERE TO BE ABIDING IN CHRIST! GOD LOVES YOU!! GOD LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY EVERLASTINGLY POWERFULLY In Christ's Blood, ETERNALLY! BUT ONLY WHAT'S DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST! WRITE YOUR TICKET: HEAVEN OR HELL! BUT BE IN CHRIST! As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord!
God loves you! Do you hear, re: God loves you! BUT WHAT DOES THAT AMAZING ALL-SUFFICIENT MAXIMIZED GENEROUS LIBERAL LOVE (FROM HIM) HAVE TO DO WITH YOU? What does that love have to do with you tender dove? You are that by the way! We may obtain butterflies inside from our saved spirits but the reality is that it's all God's loving us first in First Mover initiative. Did you know God forgives or forgets? "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12 NKJV Therefore did you create Orion? Or Pisces? Did you wake today? Did you make one hair white or black? If you could belong to Him with no religion too but in the Son Jesus Christ and in relationship complete and couldn't do that which is least, to maintain a line with Him, then what could you do to make it right or to add one hour to your life (or to try to earn favor with God.) The answer is ...nothing, to all. God loves you choosing to love you in all points like we are human but with extreme strength without us to necessarily become weak, bigoted nor self-righteous. Grace means I rest. It means I came to Jesus weary, worn, and sad as that lost sheep He finds. I'm leaning upon what God did and does for me being totally incoming comacozi's of perfect Agape love in acts or events over space of time toward me I couldn't do for myself and God performs for me, and for me as if I am being the only human being lost on earth and God drawing me through the overarching reaching arm of the Son of His love, Good Shepherd Only Begotten Jesus grabs with His rod and staff and finds too. God loves you that He creates you and sustains you because He upholds you by the word of His power Hebrews 1:3,8. We believe in all of the scripture in All of the Gospel all of the time. He makes His cause known to the principalities and powers in the Heavenly realms that He loves you and that He loves to love you and not passively looking out for us only like He would had He wound a spring and letting it go would be, but to so actively LOVE you and that He does Holily re: with infinite care, beauty, and exact specificity Eph. 3:10. He’s deeply involved in our lives intervening and so much the more if we know Him personally. Ecclesiastes says in 3:11, "He has made everything beautiful in His time!" And Psalm 27:4,11 ; I John 4:8 There is no merit in ourselves that when we believe God and are justified by faith. It's all things we get we didn't deserve and stuff we deserved we didn't get, (grace and mercy, in that order.) Statements are absent in the light of God's glory being Eminent. He is good as a good Father is and kind like we can relate to: GOD IS LOVE! In Jesus Christ's Work He saves you by His Blood! This is assuming you've made the decision to come to Christ, deny yourself, take up your cross, and to follow. To you Whom He came to Body of believers and a little Church at Bethel, whom He loved in His Blood to His Death, To Who you come to, also, to become to stay in The character with that love and to remain in the Vine Jesus Christ faithful in that matter as a good sermon and in a good witness is always that we are sustained by grace. God saves us not so that we can feel good but for Christ to be the final destination or telios complete fulfillment or end of the righteousness of God in us & for us which is by faith. Wholeness in body, soul, and spirit in His Holy Righteous Character is imputed, infused, and imparted even given in Christ within which He provides for us by grace only once in time and then progressively on. God will call on us to account for our character before the Judgment Seat Of Christ if we're saved; all we've done after salvation until our death or The Rapture takes place. God will look for motives: what motivates us. Seek Him wholeheartedly with diligence to become set apart for God's Highest special purposes. He'll have us deep calling to the deeps in experiences with Him and awesomely in His Magnanimous love (loved.) Once taught and caught (It's better what's caught than taught as well,) then convinced Jesus is the way, persuaded by His mercy and grace which He lavishes on us that He sets us to be established to focus on Him and His way and the Eternal Comfort II Thess 2,3; II Cor. 1:3-7 that is for you. We're set that He's Omniscient, loving and Sovereign to us to know the end from the beginning, the Alpha and Omega about all that which concerns Him for me in fully realizing all that which is His Righteous Holy Character in making peace, calling me just by grace in a just stand by faith with God for His own sake as it is by grace I stand just and faith, hope, love, truth, and the Holy Spirit! I rest on His unchanging grace! These are the pillars of the Christian life. When we are forgiven by Christ's Blood and in a state of turning to God all the way and repenting we recognize we have become saved and now have new natures which become fruit to newness of life. For it is by faith in the Blood of the Lamb I stand righteous by faith through a tunnel of grace of Him in Himself! Charles Spurgeon - The Prince of Preachers has said, "If the great enemy, Sin, has been conquered, we shall not fear the little enemy, Death." His (God’s) way is Holy, just, good, loving, gentle, meek, merciful, and gracious. His incommunicable attributes have no equal and they are infinite. His communicable attributes like mercy and grace are eminent in their use at any particular moment by Him. He knows the very exact number of hairs we have on our head. And He says not a hair of our heads will perish! And nothing will by any means hurt us if we are following Christ! He knows every sparrow or bird that falls. And even though He has all this care for us He waits re: your response. Micah 7:19 says, "God loves us that He tramples underfoot our iniquities and puts them in the depths of the sea!" If there's a sea of forgetfulness this is joyfully gently lovingly it. God says, "take no thought for your life, what you will eat or nor yet what you will put on for clothes." He says, "Consider the lilies or the ants," when you have worry over finances. You either have money or it has you! He puts all our tears in His bottle. And what if His healing comes through tears; He walks us through sorrow. He walks us through pleasure though she chatters all the way. He dances with us in joyful time too even like in the Footprints In The Sand poem where He Carries you through troubling times. And what if His blessing comes through teardrops and/or even raindrops?! What if a thousand sleepless nights only happen to show us that He is near?! He loves us (and that means,) through everything, and as we're in a pattern of pleasing Him we rejoice too in knowing His smile upon us! We rejoice in hope abounding therein with joy and peace believing by the power of the Holy Spirit fully with a full tank of gas inside connected to a continual fuel line which means fullness if we truly believe. Nothing and no one can hurt us in a real sense nor separate us from His love scripture says because He is Sovereign. He unconditionally through His Son Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross accepts us by His Son's Finished Work on the cross through the eye of seeing us IN His Son, Jesus and that means He loves us in its truest sense. That sort of thing, re: His acceptance unconditionally through His Blood of His Cross will change us as we continue to abide in Christ and He abides in us, and realize grace in truth. There's some things we don't do just because we are born again believers. Christ gives us the new believer a newness of life in removing your sins as far as the east is from the west! From the rule and reign of sin He translates you into the Kingdom of God and Christ where you receive the ABUNDANCE OF THE GIFT of right standing with God and grace and the gift of the righteousness in God as a free Gift by faith (Grk pistes.) And then you are free to reign in life through the Lordship of the Son's grace interposed in right believing of Him adds up right living in experience to glorify God! We don't need more teaching. We need more of Him. His Anointing abides! The Holy Spirit's rule and reign in the life of the believer within and without is the active Kingdom of God administration of us from God's viewpoint. Having God's Righteousness will always however be a Gift we ask, seek, and knock on the door for Jesus to answer moment by moment from faith to faith, hope to hope to hope, and from glory to glory as we seek more of Him! As a good Father He's doctoring of us in His way. As a good Daddy and good Father His discipline to us is light as a feather and abundant life in Him until we grow up in Him. Discipline is for sons. A son abides in the house forever. It's His love for us when He disciplines us. A slave does not get this Sovereign relationship. We were born in sin, slaves of sin. We get to be born again. One of God's communicable attributes is moral love with which He allows us to love others with. "Do unto other as you would have them do to you." Mt. 7:12 This love of God speaks up loud and clearly through the power of the cross in Christ’s victory atoning and Rising from the dead! As you feel loved by God He's not severe nor harsh in what He allows to touch you, son or daughter of His. In not giving you more than you can handle nor less than what in prayer interceding for others and interacting with Him He in prayers as your Source He helps you with in providing for your needs and even some wants. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly speaking in Psalms, Hymns, and spiritual songs to the Father and to one another. He isn't disappointed in you. He never is. "Let your speech be always gracious seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer every man." And as you seek Him seek Him willingly surrendered with the whole heart calling on Him, He rescuing you lovingly with His hand on you makes a way for you but also is pleased with you in His way as Master also, as He can't take His eyes off you precious child of God in the Salvation (spirit and soul Righteousness-Substitution) of His Son's Finished Work for you. He oversees how a good habit and pattern of the Gift of Righteousness within brings victory ahead because Christ bore the sin of all and it's desire even so we account godly desires to us now from Him knowing convinced that this Gift is Our Heavenly Father's good gift, will or counsel for us as we are living ready for the Bema judgment seat and His return and that He is FOR us. Getting people to Jesus Christ therefore should be our primary motivation. Win them for he that wins souls is wise. Compassion for lost people knowing that they're going to hell should inspire us with zealous desire to be that witness that's burning up to tell them the good news of Christ. Continually walking in the light with Him as His saved children of light we are indeed rescued from the domain of darkness into His light because even He, Christ, being fully ensconced in Lordship of sovereignty over us in His Wholly Beneficient Benevolent-like Son's replaced life for you faithful follower of His, even He putting Himself in the way to rescue you, (remember Balaam's Donkey?) Saves you. This is up close deep God come alongside to help us, in Greek, Parakaleo. Scripture says through the Psalmist, "He has set my feet in a wide place" Psalm 18:33; 27:11-13. Pastor Rich Catapano has been preaching on the balance God uses to show us all Redemption: All our sins including my own on one side of the balance are like a speck of dust and Jesus's Blood on the other side of the pan balance (this is Chemistry 202) dips the balance completely weighing it heavily down on The God's side so that we can know confident God's forgiveness freely and the hope of the Gospel if we continue in the faith grounded settled firmly established! Thanks be to God for His unspeakable goodness and faithfulness. "Be ye Holy," (now that we're born again,) "for I am Holy," God says. In His declaring us forgiven, standing righteous condition of the heart by faith we begin to know this rightness of God more and more. We listen to hear our names being called out by God of His Voice in and about this Righteous Life in the moment. We therefore have overwhelming victory in His Son as overcomers in Christ Romans 8:37, in this life in Christ and we the saved all look up at or to His Provident providing Hands and Wonderful Heart that is of love for us seeking His face determined to persevere forever in process because we can feel His forgiveness. The Gospel is good news as it is God's good pleasure toward us and Himself in His works in essence for us if we are saved. In that we proclaim Him it's all Finished Works at the cross. He works both to will and to do within us of His good pleasure! Phil 2:12,13 As we work out our own salvation our Consciences of us become vexed, awakened, illuminated, and enlightened, and revived by God to sensitive status again in getting saved and have fearing respect and trembling for keeping God's ways. We obey Christ even if it seems strange. God yearns for you with deep abiding affections. We are the object of His affections sourced in the Lord Jesus Christ if we're saved especially being separated to God instrumental to Him. But these are the affections that took Jesus Christ to the cross indeed to fulfill prophecy and bravely by His obedience and by God the Father's Determined Counsel, He Died for us in our place bravely. Christ Jesus knowing Who He Is and what His mission was with a tenacity for God’s special purpose did live and Die, was buried, and Arose 2000 years ago. These are the affections that led Jesus to submit to arrest, to torture, and to death. These are also the deep and abiding affections of God's heart forever towards us in grace by God's having inscribed on the palms of His hands, Re: your name. Isaiah 45:16 also says, "Thy walls are ever before Me." God strengthens us to be strong in Christ and in The Lord in all the power of God and His might as Paul prayed with all the Holy Spirit power by His glorious might within in his prison letters to Ephesians and Colossians (Colosse church was started by Epaphras not Paul.) He does this to all patience, and long suffering, with joyfulness. Indeed the outward result of God's love for us is heart satisfaction in motivation to obey for He indeed keeps, He saves, He satisfies. Paul had four marks of a servant Christian in Eph. Col. both. The first is the struggle we go through in labors, striving with God's dunamus power and energy ernergizo inside alongside us helping us. Here's a quote: "Jesus’ death was not the result of a panicking, cosmological engineer. The cross wasn’t a tragic surprise. The death of the Son of God was anything but an unexpected peril!" says Max Lucado.
"Jesus spoke of His death as a part of a plan. A calculated choice. The cross was written into the script. It was no accident. Jesus was born crucified.
Whenever he became conscious or aware of Who he was, he also became conscious of what he had to do. My quote: "His rugged roughness meant He had to 'man it out' when the unrighteousness of men wanted Him to give His life somehow someway even prematurely." Max Lucado: "It explains the resoluteness in his words: “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life, only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” (John 10:18)."
"So call it what you wish. An act of grace. A plan of redemption. A martyr’s sacrifice. But whatever you call it, don’t call it an accident. It was anything but that!" ML
Augustine said, "man is restless, and cannot find his quiet, until he finds his rest in Thee." Jesus said, "Come unto Me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you Rest!" For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. I am gentle and meek, lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. He loves us with all His all might spiritual beings that we are by the way gently hugging melting our lost soul. Love is the main event. I John 4:19. The love is what gets to us. The commandments of God are not burdensome but wise unto making us aware of the plan of salvation and God's love. Only the love of a Creator could have fashioned us so fearfully and marvelously. He's loved you from before the foundation of the world. When dormant sinners, like us nonetheless caught in our sinning repentant now (persons who transgressed or missed the mark,) who are Called by God, Chosen, Hand Picked and prayerfully, personally by hand (woven and handcrafted) by Him, like us, we were personally loved, as individuals He saved us, for He's forgiven us, justified us, regenerated us. We're reborn indeed forgiven at the cross. God imparts or reckons us, a financial term, not even a part of logic: "PAID IN FULL". Forgiven. Just as Jesus said, “It is finished,” God is then weaving a tapestry of His Body, the Church, a living organism, even a hospital for the spiritually dead, infirm or sick. Scripture in the fortieth chapter of Isaiah says, "Our warfare is accomplished," as far as God and mankind. The war is over and with God and men there is peace and for that, God wins. His Comfort reigns. He is meek and lowly in heart and for His gentleness we experience so in Him we find rest for our souls. This why He says that in Himself, His yoke is easy, His burden is light. We have peace with God leading us to the peace of God as well in the plans of God. We were loved when we were before in God’s own creation existing in the plan of God in Eternity and in His mind, says scripture. In the plan of God in Eternity Past the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world, we were foreigners to Himself and aliens to the Commonwealth of Israel, and to The Body of Christ, and we, a mere wisp in His mind and His imagination but were destined to sit on the Throne with Christ, however long before creation that was, and were loved by Him. You or I can be thankful our parents birthed us also. You've loved us while we were Your enemies God. A cross death was a crude Roman device made to keep Israel in line. But God had a salvation plan. He had something better in mind for us in sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to the cross. Believe it people of God or not we were in His death and resurrection standing by and in the cross, but God meant it for good, our good! Let's find how this works out for good even believing He would have gone the distance with the crowd that wanted to crucify an innocent lamb called Jesus Christ Yeshua Homashiah. For Isaiah 53:6a says, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way,…" And we have failed the "good test" (meaning only God is good, we conclude) and so come under the just Judgment of God a just judge as sinners that stand judged and condemned and though He totally merciful if we come His Way, God saves us yet He’s always Right revealing His Justice as He does His Righteous being. He does not judge us now. He's merciful and gracious and will judge us at The Marriage Supper by how we used His Blood in our new minds He's given us being born anew. Do you read the Ten Commandments? I fail and miserably. Those that fail to accept or gain Christ in this life and die go to The Great White Throne Judgment and have no hope but they will not escape hell especially. Have you breathless sought for air e'n gasping for breath to know in pursuing God if God sees you automatically (as an agnostic) or do you through a Mediator (a go-between,) who is Perfectly Holy Sinless ask Him for mercy to know Him (forgiven?) Think this through. Do come through Jesus Christ for He’s the Way, the Truth, the life. The Father says no other way to Himself but Mediation of the Son. And Romans 5:6,7,and 8 says, "For a good man someone might die or might dare to die." But Christ commends His own love to us, people of His own love (who in a God-ordained moment acknowledge they are sinful and get saved to justification to follow) as different. He creates us a rejoicing when we hear the joyful noise The Word Of God resonating dissonant melody and joy and symphonic hallelujah even the joyful noise sound of the voice of God in hopeful ready mind re: us surprised like a child that is opening a parent’s Christmas gift at Christmas time: (though existing on God's good humor, like on the Titanic) For He's loved us WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS and/or in our minds apart. Scriptures use the term, "hostile" alienated, by wicked works in our minds and even of some of the, "the peoples of Israel," who more harshly yelled, “crucify, crucify,” Romans 8:6,7; Acts 4, God chose to save later. But God still loves us. He's loved us unconditionally just the way we are. He wants us to change of course from faith to faith into Christ's image. But He knows there's time and grace for that change in His Spirit's and His Word's transformation, and hope, and glory if we come to Jesus, and continue IN His grace. Read a Book titled, "Your God's Too Small," by J.B. Philips. If you see God as a bookkeeper who doesn't balance his books very well or a father who never affirms his child coming to him faithfully that serves chores then you can benefit from reading this book. You can learn God's greatness seeing a movie all the way through a black and white film, by the name of "The Bishop's Wife!" There's a lot of love around and in and around the Cross for us on God's perfect will and it comes on His part with a challenge to become saved. It's like He's calling to us to give the desire and passion for other things over to Him to be His own children if we truly want to choose His way: to Himself in submitting to Christ white flag. At Calvary Jesus suffered excruciating prolonged pain in patiently enduring becoming our serviced atonement, for our sins, the whole process. It was difficult re: with hard iron nails that His wrists and feet were pierced with pain so excruciating He had angels ministering to Himself and from where the word 'crucifixion' comes from. Yet in His love for us He endured the suffering cross despising the shame of 'cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree' having obeyed to the end His calling from God to deliver us for yet for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross's pain and anguish, He set like a flint His face to accomplish the deed and endured separation from His Father in becoming our sin until Death in His body on the cross. Then He gave His last breath saying, "It is Finished," (tetelestai meaning the end of a perfect process,) Isaiah 53:6b continues, "and God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Remember as scenes go this one turned ugly as well but like a story without a twist Christ never raised a fist and He had no Medals but was victorious as well in being Dead to live again because God The Victor was there working. Somewhere in those Eternity of Eternity moments He sat down at the right hand of the Father giving us a Done, a Rest, labors accomplished. God had took on human form and came to earth a babe in swaddling clothes to serve as a son. He showed the way to greatness by He living Holy to His Father loving all people without fail pleasing obeying God He Died in our behalf, astonishingly (His face and body were marred in form and appearance more than any other physically beaten man,) so we could have sins forgiven set free, sins forgotten, reconciled us to God and saved. Salvation is in the past from the penalty of sin, in the present form from the power of sin and in the future from the presence of sin in Heaven. Who could speak or ascribe adequately the wonderful magnanimous beautiful Eternal quality of such a Divinely beautifully executed affectionately powerful but intricate surgically performed but successfully carried out Divine rescue as He did? We are actually speechless to describe Jesus the man growing up a tender shoot or such a tender dry Root out of dry arid ground, having no attractive form nor comeliness that we should desire Him yet passionately we do or don't. For the record with determined prophetic fulfilment on grounded belief in faithfulness from His Father's perspective He obeyed fully the Law (the 613 aspect) and gave His body over to the Lord's will despite man's will over something so important to God's plans yet, "it pleased The Lord to bruise Him." insidiously, and sinful, and reckless in its nature as sin is but it became necessary from our and God’s view point but to become our sin! He the Christ even spoke forgiveness for His captors, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." This is certainly God's Nature to do that not our own. Christ willingly died laying down His life of His own accord on the cross for sin and sins and His humanity and Divinity shines to us as He obediently prays before the cross situation for the Father's will to be done and plans for it at tears of agony in Gethsemane's Garden and then surrenders to the Romans and Jews' hands to be killed. He is delivered up on Calvary for the sins of mankind. He suffered and died alone as His Heavenly Father turned His back (on the Son of His love.) "He Who knew no sin, BECAME sin for us that we might (know Him) (lit.) become (yada in Hebrew as in know in the Genesis sexual intimation of knowledge by experiencing,) (lit.) the righteousness of God in Christ," II Corinthians 5:21. Epignosko is the Greek for experiential intimate real knowledge of God by having the experience re: salvation adventure through Christ and in Christ. Because Jesus Christ became our sin-bearer we can now know how to be right with God and to know how to do right now knowing how right He is, in His calling Himself God and proving it by miracles and signs and Dying and Rising from Death, so we can become in part His "righteousness." A Righteousness of God apart from the Law is revealed from Heaven in Jesus Christ that is by faith alone. This is witnessed by the Law and the Prophets. What the Law of Moses could not do to bring us to God Christ did in the Spirit! Galatians 2:19 Christ is our 'how' of being right to God though He is separate from sin and we are experiencing daily Him work that in us even victory over sin. Jesus is Victor in a Salvation aspect because He served God having Him A Name higher and above and over against any other name in Power and Nature and in all revealed creation and in special principalities and powers as well Isaiah 52; Phil. 2:1-12. Jesus, though in the form of God did not think equality with God something to be grasped. But He emptied Himself, made Himself of no reputation and became the bondservant of men. He was obedient to death, even the death on a cross Phil. 2. In the same manner Jesus was equal with God so in like same manner He became the bondslave of man. Jesus said, “And I, If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto Me.” The Father draws whomever He wills by revealing to them the earthly life in historicity and Divinity of the Son and His works. And He became sin on a cross as a principle and became all the sins of the whole world in essence from the beginning of ancient time to the last born baby at the end of the age as we will know it for our salvation. Substituted in our place before God for our sins, Christ said victoriously, "It is Finished!" at last, (tetelestai, meaning the end of a perfect process,) presenting us to Father God in an Eternity of Eternities His Righteous Holy Blood to the Father in our place, but He comes back to preach to spirits in prison taking captivity captive giving gifts to men out of the other side of an Eternity of Eternities from an empty Tomb as well on the third day raising us too in Himself He exalts us to bondslave position to sit in the Heavenly Places like a rock and solid in Christ even like a house built on a rock foundation to withstand the storm! We now are raised, regenerated, justified, born anew because of what God through Christ has Done for us we being born of God and we're born from above, righteously right on with God by peace with God, through the Blood of His cross by new birth, we're saved. We were a bondslave to sins but now are forgiven, are alive awakened spiritually to Jesus Christ and are encountering God. We belong to Him as reborn adopted children of God taken in, because He lives we live too, and God chose the weak things of this world to shame the mighty, even the despised things on earth to bring to naught the things that are to show how God is right. We are a royal priesthood of believers, even princes and princesses of Himself. This the kipporath, propitiation, and atoning sacrifice of Christ's Body is in Hebrew our covering. Our names were written in The Lamb's Book of Life when we decided for Christ. We believed God through our Lord Christ our entire lives long potentially and will be ushered into Eternity saved by faith. But until we continue in faith the implication is God is only going to go so far with our sinful ways after we knowing the truth but also knowing Who He Is in His Holiness He in effect holds in abeyance The Book of the Lamb's Life for us if we refusing to live ungodly but instead are sanctified by the words of this Christian life a pattern of long obedience over God knows how much time though born anew Christian in replaced life by The Messiah re:smorgasbord of abundant life varied diversely in lifestyle. But if instead we're disobedient to that Heavenly vision, we will become castaways shipwrecked in our faith, self-condemned. This is the other side of grace. A warning. There is no election to Heaven or Hell though in the end we end there in either of those two places. Election to a holy life even a life thereof as a born again believer in Jesus if we desire it, is in Christ for us if we grab it. It's there and we must have it and be born again. Marvel not Jesus says it, is the phrase Jesus says, "you must be born again." We must place our trust of our lives in His hands and by faith stand fully assured trusting leaning our entire personalities on God. We don't give place to the enemy for one minute by placing doubt or presumption or preconceived notions to God here. To give place or a foothold to the devil himself would be like one of his devices he uses against. So we must have no place for the enemy’s tricks. Satan asked God if he could sift Peter like wheat. Peter's name God chose was Peter so He Peter wanted Peter as his name itself and won the victory. Ruth the Moabitess would have had her name changed to Mara, meaning bitter, but after that tragedy of her husband's death she was only defined by the name God gave her, Ruth! She must have been very hungry in the Hebrew land but Boaz her's and our's Kinsman Redeemer provided after being told by Naomi. She had no bitterness. Christ intercedes/prays for us that our faith not fail but succeed as did Peter’s to withstand all evil and resist in Christ sin living in the same calling God started us out on. And like Ruth we trust God, our companion, provider Source for bread. We are the object of His affection held in His hands tight in love's bold hug and within His hand's hand is our hand gripped as we hold on to Him too. If we knew this God has our hand in His hand grip locked even His locked grip we would hold on to Him more for dear life.
In the Gospel we now can know a Righteousness of God declared by God literally in Romans, "from Heaven," apart from the Law or apart from works in the Son having accepted that impartation of grace or unmerited favor from Him in salvation, a Gift. We Died with Christ and were and are raised up in Him the scripture says into newness of living. We in a right believing relationship with God worship in spirit and in truth and rejoice in Him, in Who He Is as bondslaves of His and sons and daughters of our King Jesus and we're declared forgiven. "He was delivered up," it says of God's Foreknowledge and Determinate Counsel in Acts 2 and in Romans 4:25, “He was put to Death for our offenses, but indeed was Raised again for our justification." That delivering up and Raising up indeed is Justification unto life in the stance before God by faith in grace we have IN HIM by peace with HIM Romans 5:1. Just-as-if-we-had-not-sinned is another quipful saying of His forgiveness. Forgiveness is like fresh rain our faces. Our believing is in God believing Him that in that standing with God by grace and by faith in Jesus's blood through grace we know Him. Forgiven we can be seated in Heavenly places with Jesus Christ our Messiah and know firmly and faithful, firmly established rock solid seatedness in mind that we're the Righteousness of God in Christ and in the Covenant Relationship we've established by building our house upon the rock Christ that our response with Him qualifies us as Holy, indeed blameless and above reproach In His Sight now Col. 1! God will declare this standing and in position over us Christ having presented us to Him on that Day (Holy, Blameless, and above Reproach!) We are and will be the Church Triumphant without blemish, spot or wrinkle or any such thing, united in Him in one heart (homotheumadden) in Heaven. He Died an Unjust Cruel Death On The Cross (Capitals To Emphasize it was God in J.C.,) so that we might re: go free. Christ makes us right: right with God and right with our world! God is always right and we begin to know this thought convinced in a timely fashion more. We went free to a forgiven spiritual life of born again spiritual freedom unmerited or undeserved, with God sealed, when we get saved, and God is preserving an Eternal inheritance undefiled reserved in Heaven waiting for us from Father God Himself. In Him we have Redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins. We were and are in recovery in Jesus' Redemption transferred translated conveyed into the Kingdom of His dear Son Col. 1:13,14. But our sins were laid upon Him. This fact made me wonder as a child: it was the fact my sins may have been a part of it (consenting to His Death and/or crucifixion) and that He BECAME all our sins also. Jesus is both the sin-bearer and the scapegoat of the Laws of Moses in the Torah. He bore our sinful selves but took them (our sins) (as sin bearer) into the wilderness (to never be found, scapegoat, "He takes our sins away.") But we were there as He was crucified and Risen again Romans 6:1ff. Being there in His cross and in His Resurrection we will be like Him in Heaven even like His Body Romans 5,6,7,8. I had pain as a sinner as a child who had guilt who had the desire to impact my world in a good way (with some naive innocence) but as well I was naively lavished with mindfulness of inquisitive artisan spirit of learning and greatly beloved spirit (I have had good godly Christian saved parents who really loved/cared for me.) And my parents, Father and Mother, and we their children Douglas, Barbara, DeeDee, and myself, David have and have had Bible reading and prayer schedule regularly growing up and devotions with who we went to Church with, in our fellowship. That didn't save me. Knowing about God facts that does not save me nor mean that one knows God implicitly nor explicitly. As being at McDonald's does not make you a hamburger and their is no instant with God so becoming a Christian is supernatural and natural from God. All time is Eternal time to Him like one great moment. Jesus Christ did Save me by my confession of faith in Himself, determinedly praying just as I am for Him to enter my life, and the Holy Spirit's confirming me was with a deposit by His Word being inserted in me and falling to me at my feet to pick up first. Spiritually spiritual terms are spiritually discerned and by the fear of The Lord spiritually. I went to church and in every pew and in every member's voice I heard Agape (God’s kind of love,) from God and Phileo (brotherly) love to me from God plainly. And I came near to Heavenly Father God knowing individually I knew I needed to know God desperately. I needed Jesus. I came personally to know God experientially through Jesus Christ becoming my Savior and Lord and became a disciple immediately to follow through. I accepted His salvation from the oceans of sin. I came kicking and screaming and dragging my feet (herkuo) as one or we all must do sometime (like a net being dragged of fish,) knowing my Personal DNA had to have God's DNA saving me up close in His personal loving Warm Touch benefiting, helping. We can humbly at least say, with God's help, "I thank you God, for Your mercy," as I realize our genetic predisposition is to sin and on the other hand His great mercy through and in Jesus Christ leads us in Adam (Christ is our last Adam,) to everlasting life in getting saved through Jesus Christ. And like Blind Bartemais or the woman with the issue of blood we press through the crowd either with our voice or our touch as is the case that we may get to Jesus!!!
Christ rose from the dead and that makes all the difference in triumphant living. "There were many facets to Christ's suffering He endured," says Al Stein, and that we benefit from. We share in participating in Christ's affliction though through suffering for Christ's sake and Righteousness' sake committing to live godly at the cross now. Look at our lives now. We will be giving account of our lives to God for all Eternity. Paul asks us to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. We want to know Him and Him crucified! We were there at His Death (and His Resurrection as well,) for the Bible says so in Romans. "Crucify!" they yelled and "crucify," a second time the peoples of Israel yelled and we wonder if we would have said the same. God saw fit to save from the sin, and to send love to the sinner, to extend accepted reach to save, redeem us! Why did Jesus accept the mission to rescue us? It's because we needed an outstanding outstation of strong saving fulfilling strength even of saving proportionate Ransom redemption from sin. In one sense, only He can tell us or I that answer of why personally He saved us when we go to see Him in Heaven because it is bondslaves of Christ as our position or portion now and in anonymity comparitively and in the tip of the iceberg here the result, unknown re: the big part of it. His love is one recalls like a gentle flowing easy tributary river, gentle, ever sweet, the Gaithers sang in the Seventies, and because He lives I too will live facing tomorrow. Responding with, "thank you," is all we can do by God's intervention and to worship God offering then to God our entire selves, our whole being in hearing the Voice of God according to the Gospel. It's gratefulness on our part and thankfulness always and in all things. It's being and having mental assent with the facts of salvation, (Divine prickly conviction with those facts from His Spirit,) commitment to God, and Christ, follow through, or continuation of belief in Jesus and thus obedience to God lifelong in faith, and grace, and Christ motivationally satisfying after close hard encountering completely being blown away... by God's love at the cross! We then walk on justified, Just with the justifier, Father God, just as if we had never sinned or had in fact experientially always obeyed God (in Eden.) That is a most prodigious benefit. But first conviction, then commitment to Him for me to love Him quite forever, repent, and finding Salvation close precious over a lengthy time period while becoming a disciple, saved. "Mental assent," as our Pastor Rich says, "commitment to, and follow through."
LEARNING FROM OUR PAST TO WALK IN JESUS CHRIST IN THE BASICS (of being a Christian,) IN NEWNESS OF LIFE: And Jesus rose the third day! He's Alive! All of Christianity hinges on the Resurrection being true! And justification by faith as the only means to salvation. His birth, His life, His Holy Righteous blood, death and subsequent life are efficacious and totally boldly efficient for our benefit being based on His rising from the dead. God is merciful to our unrighteousness. Our sins and lawless deeds He will remember them no more Hebrew. 8:12. Do we believe this? It's quite a benefit. In this Eternal timeless yet timely (God knew when,) love act affectionately the affront or offense of the Gospel is not taken away. You see up close near the heart of God in the matter re: the love of God offends you and me some for it is not unlike sunshine unexpectedly on a cloudy day or creamery toast and butter and toasted eggs Benedict. It's an affront to our mind. This is why we witness persuasively. Taste like that brings ecstasy, and plush comfort in that we sometimes don't give glory to God for nor thank God for His mercies and grace enough. Think of the Vengeful Wrath and Wrath of An Angry God against sin (because sin harms us, doesn't give honor to nor give glory to God in honor neither and He must judge it to remove it) but in the present now not so expressed mercifully (a time of grace) but instead in Checed, re: God's grace and Lovingkindness now given lovingly gently in our generation, manifest (thanaroo.) Like the coals of fire we place upon another's head, when hurt to being offended by others, kindness is expressed by God to each of us just like He commands us to give to others in Romans twelve! The feeling expressed is like is as of us being lavished upon by God some way re: naturally, or spiritually at the Cross re: spoiled children and redeemed and saved (but even the best of us are treason material, tricked into complacency, preconceived notions, and pressumption perceived by the devil's devices at times) then, for attempting more than is our lot, at or trying at stealing (we assume constantly everything we seem to own is ours for free in taking it or all for granted, taken it for our advantage we're doing really) and not relatively giving thanks for our Eternal Life or partial portion of other things in His wind with near intent to give Him that thanks for what He has Created and Provided for us and Saved us from to help others with and take a step.., but instead transgress (see Romans 1:21ff.) We can trace this back to Adam, the very first man. When we make this transgression we were wrong before God. But such were some of you. But now we're sanctified saved in the Son. We assume too much is ours as a general rule and presume too much for ourselves. But coming back 180 degrees in turning to God in repentance (metanoia) turning to God contritely penitent then we release control possessions have on us and find forgiveness in the gift of God at Salvation received where the cost effective budget real Kingdom reality is the Blood applied, the axe laid against the tree, and the Christ's Lordship and grace God wants to give us given, “Zoe (The God Kind of Life,) and Righteousness (gift in His rightness),” in God's Intervention indeed supernaturally doing it. We experience God's goodness and His grace to God's credit is intact whole. If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous.
GOD LET'S US KNOW TO BE HOLY ALL THE TIME BECAUSE HE'S HOLY: That's the secret in Christ to wit we have, that we have faith hope and love in our lives with the Holy Spirit and truth on our side as pillars of the Christian life and we don't have to sin anymore as we have grace choices now. Christ went before us everywhere humanity went. He supplies the love, peace, and joy to live jubilant steady lives of overcomers. Where Christ took on the sarx sinful nature for us tackling it successfully even through every temptation known to man and more than we have come across He had power to conquer it perfectly. In Him we can too triumphant be overwhelmingly. Without Him at best we flop around helplessly. Christ is our victory celebration. He is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. Where sin abounds, God's grace does much more abound. Before we chose to sin naturally not knowing it was ridiculous. As for me He Died so now in Christ within we make a real concrete evidential affecting efficient transforming supernatural difference to the impacting of our world for Christ. We get a revelation inside of the timelessness of sin and sins and their transient temporary nature. We renounce hidden ways. Christ obeyed naturally and supernaturally laying down some godly prerogatives and we can cooperate with God as He sanctifies, makes us Holy. We, His church, say and obey, "God forbid," as to sins. Transformation of us then is like He did Father and Himself on the Mt. Hermon Mount of Tranfiguration. It's supernatural. He knows our limits re: our borders. We come boldly to the Throne of grace. But we tend to remake boundaries of sin that keeps us in a state of ritualism. We died to that Law that once bound us being crucified with Christ and from now on obey through the Spirit that we might bear fruit to God having died to sins. Rituals are a part of dead religion. Relationship to God is where we live now and what matters is it's by grace. "Grace has a drenching feel to it. Like whitewater rafting and being gone over with wave upon wave of water." -Max Lucado
But He always leads us in triumph in Christ. Christ said, "And I if I be lifted up will draw all men unto Myself." This is He getting up on that cross and remaining on it in our behalf. But He rose again. We sit on a stool at the foot of the Cross in awe. We worship God for such a life of love! Life thus gets Christ encountered to us more and more being Holy Ghost sensitive to people and God's Presence tending to leave us when tempted to fail and instead we fall in love with the Savior more with everything we go through. If we stumble we won't fall, re: fail we get healed re: forgiven first though. We get back on the path. We're stewards albeit if we become born again saved and in God’s way and time we become born of God all things becoming surrendered to Him, yes in newness of life, like fresh dew on the surface of the ground in directions, and we being His prince and princesses. But you or I must have this born again saved experience denying ourself, taking up our cross, and following Jesus Christ individually to begin and, over time indeed not overnight-like begin to live a ‘newness of life,’ life.
We are indeed sin-bearing in need desperately of a Savior until we are found by Him. We are not a part of the ninety and nine that need no repentence forgiveness at the start of our saved journey but are indeed the lost sheep He found. Calling it a mistake will not pass the muster! Calling it sin and simply put: wrong choices is calling a spade a spade which can be right. All sin is against God. Sin is missing the mark and lawlessness and as such is the dirty deed. God's answer is Roman's 6:1, "What shall we say then, shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?" God forbid. How shall we who Died to sin live any longer (in it?) But where sin abounds grace does much more abound! God gives us victory over that situation of the very consequences of our sins. He sees the end result if we go on in them. If we repent of our sins we will win in the end. If we go on sinning there is a hot place we may fail to get unstuck from. Sin is pleasurable for a season. It's victims witness from hell eventually.
Sins pay a wage, death and if tragedy strikes to a death physically Eternal Death in hell results if we've lived like hell. You can pay or let Someone Else pay your sin debt for you now. Thus God became Jesus at just the right time and vicariously suffered and Died and won us and everything someday totally back submitted to Himself back if we believe individually for getting saved in this life! As Temples of His Holy Spirit we’re a part of His whole pie as individuals. It was His objective all along our sanctification and Adoption and He won us, our hearts, not in a New Age philosophy sense but spiritually He Saved us, from sin, to become who we are which is sanctified and one with the Sanctifier, God. Is your name written in the Lamb's Book of life? Have you been born again? The writer of the Gospel of John asks. We being nutrified and nurtured of God's pasture, but not over nor undernourished, but by still water as well, eating God’s Manna and Bread of Life gratefully from Jesus's nourishment (the Tree of Life!,) don't touch in reality God's perfectness of Agape glorious love at all in a marring it or of God's glory. God's glory is His Being His Essence. Knowing God (Epignoskgo,) (experiential intimate knowledge,) we are in fact RESTORED To God. God offers every one of us always this particular care to draw near and know He's self-sufficient. And for His glory and honor they are intact to prosper and go forward unimpeaded Godspeed because we obey the axios (Greek the Worth or Worthiness of Christ) and walk worthy (axios,) (like looking in a mirror) so instead we're getting saved honestly of His own heart conditions of salvation met which are to be confessing sin to God by Christ to eventual triumph once and for all, thus saved, but also for Him to make us more like Christ aware of Jesus the Answer at a church altar for us for He is for us. This happens as root and fruit of the Gospel: Christ is our salvation and the fruit of that, Christlikeness. Simply put the weight of glory that shall be revealed in us far outstrips the suffering for and in and with Christ our Shepherd we undergo for His Name’s sake. For He is our peace. He IS our Salvation and by His manifesting of grace and mercy to us through a show of His love at the cross we living a cross life before Him through Him we in a personal on fire relationship with Himself get on fire re: He the provision for. We acquire the fire. That means denying ourselves taking up our cross and following Christ too. He evokes within us to make a generous Evangelical love response to Him from forgiveness received, mercy, and grace having a revelation of what He’s Done, the Finished Works, in saving us and we experiencing forgiveness. And that's a first, rescue from sin, the acts, the deeds, the thoughts, the attitudes and the emotions. Jesus takes away the sinful aspects bringing a forgiven renewed changed mind or in fact restored consciousness to a heightened new right serendipity of living. It was more than enough the Blood Jesus presented to God the Father for our Salvation Righteousness and propitiation or expiation. Even one drop of Jesus's Blood would have been enough. We're forgiven family. We don't need to pretend with fig leaves. Let's face the music that Jesus lived a sinless life and having Died, Rose from the Dead Resurrected and is Glorified Coming Again. God 'needed' a sinless life from somewhere to satisfy His Righteousness, fill His Holiness, and maintain His justice. All sin requires a just payment and consequences apart from that are Eternal Death. The Father’s Mighty Arm got it for Him in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is the archetype for the Arm of God's right hand in scripture. We in the Cross are made shielded by Christ from the wrath of God in Him re: our relationship through the Blood catapulted us near to Him. But more than that we are brought near and close all the time. It is efficacious, efficient for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is changeless. We're born again sanctified at once (moment of personal asking Christ inside the heart, saved,) yet following Him: and unless we believe in gradual and/or partial sanctification He God doing it, also of over long periods of time as well we do stagnate. We're moved nonetheless to draw near, draw close, confessing and proclaiming Him obeying Him for knowing Christ's Finished Works evokes within us that having come to Christ this is what happened:
We each have known right from wrong knowing there is a Heaven and hell, originally each been chiefest of sinners freely confessed. In all our ways we acknowledge Him in trust then straight on. He makes our paths STRAIGHT ON then. God is a God of second chances. We want to talk to Him a lot more fluently, articulating that having admitted we're sinners and but struck even evoked too by God's love whether tangibly from other believer's love or personal experience that we gravitate near, talk, and converse with Him near up close like in a stimulating sparks a-flying 'sparks from metal striking metal' fascinating profound talk knowing Christ experiencially inside (epignostko.) We're friends together God and I. "I am a friend of God." He calls me friend! Talk with Him then over a fish fry or a sourdough breakfast meal conversation in created form from Him unified and in diversity. We acknowledge Him wanting to be talking it up with Him more in His aspect of Provident Hands. This is Jesus coming in invited by us. This is Eternal life deposited inside the believer by the Holy Son of God. He makes us a new species of a new kindness within, with new natures that we learn habitually don't sin, but are saved. He must increase. I must decrease. Aspiring to know the Person of God greater and to be available to Him to flood our minds and hearts to increase in the knowledge of God and a pleasing of Him in word, thought, attitude, and acts beloved, to do so, we are not to be trying on a mask before Him too, nor be of so ready a mind as to be lifting one up to put on at all. We want to walk a chop mission a yard from hell with Him in this ops while under His smiles and live honest before God and men while doing so that is with our motives. We fallatiously don't want to be members of the O.K. Corral as well as if to say anything is an absolute good from Him flippantly in O.K. Corral. It's ok to not be ok in other words. God is in control. We don't earn His love, but we do experience it from His gracious ray.
He reigns! Hallelujah! He Reigns! He Reigns! All God's Children Singing Glory Glory Hallelujah He Reigns! He Reigns!
Ask, seek, and knock! God answers prayer!
"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call on Him while He is near." Bow before Him. How often in my family my Dad and Mother called on us as individuals to Bible reading and prayer as did we four children of their Devotion quiet time calling for a greater good even of glorification to God of all things under our influence. Our family searched the Spirit as He the Spirit searches all things and sought the Lord for mercy in time of need and received mercy and grace to rely more on His gracious loving Holy Spirit./span>
My Parents and we, children loved God passionately very much from a revelation of His goodnessness. With thankfulness we learned to discern God's Intimate Presence from the practical, mundane of life. Revelations of His aid were matched by great fullness of His care and love. We had close encounters of the Heavens with Jesus spending time with Him.
His LOVE being IN me and I ran to Him because He came to me He seeing me from a way far way off. God was glorified when He saw me, as a child of four He helped me recognized from hearing the goodly and godly plan of salvation it clicked spiritually that I was sinful and as I was sinful, wretched, black with sin, as my Mother described my state, and spiritually different I wanted that difference to be for God and good spiritually and I wanted truly His salvation and invited Christ in, became born again, saved, God's friend. Saved now- set apart for God of myself - dedicated in life to Him and in lifestyle of Christlike behavior growing, I'm IN HIM. The Lord says, "You shall seek Me and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart!" And it has been so. Renouncing pride in my own works which are as filthy rags to God, Christ in me and I through the Holy Spirit Who is heart satisfying within are removing any haughtiness moment by moment as well for I can bow and please Him moment by moment through the Blood of His cross! I bow to God humbly and accept His Son, Jesus' Payment for my sinful past. At the young age of four I knew I had SINNED and I recognized my sinful falling short was best expressed in a heart magnified microscopic scrutinizing exhausting view of my sin and then lifetime of telescoped broadcast to all of the previous expense of the Price in His Blood that He paid for me in full re: my God's great Salvation Ransom for my Redemption. Thank you Father that you help me see our sins upon that cross. Romans in the New Testament says, "Let your giving be without hypocrisy and from a cheerful heart." And it says, "Put on The Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh." So how do I pray Lord God? I ask Lord to let me faithful tithe a tenth in my giving. I want Heaven as Jesus spoke of in all of its splendor of course. But how do we obtain the power to access a conduit of a newness of life now in godliness? I hold a New Testament! God's supply is His Name: ".. the mystery (of God,) Christ within the hope of glory". Mystery means simply put, out of capacity to synchronize or without ability to measure or measurability. See A T Robertson's Word Pictures of the N.T. On this. As a child I accepted the Gospel in The Lord Jesus in my head and my heart and I followed my family to God at an altar of Church. I knew once Christ came inside me I’d be different and as I did encounter Him forward on it would not be easy though blessed. It never is easy to follow Jesus Christ. One does not get to Heaven by roller skating on roller skates nor playing volleyball but entirely by Grace 100%. See Bonhoffer on the, Cost of Discipleship. I prayed in school, Father God teach me then how to pray as I want to ask You how to ruggedly pray. As I receive You I receptively receive you in receive mode! God helped me not to syncretize religion and culture but to come out of the world and culture and to seek new friends in the faith and be transformed He shining bright with me, my light. And thank God He tore the veil from the top to the bottom of it in the Temple immediately upon Christ's Death 2000 years ago so in the curtain there the Presence of His majesty fell out so access to Himself is blasted open and He's approachable completely in the latter days meaning our generational New Covenant in Christ.
But in conclusion let's not place any credo on manipulating God but instead obediently turn to like and love everything He does! Boldly you are commanded to approach Him and come to Him! And to draw near! It's important to confess your sin, submit to God first in Christ in His way in everything. And to confess and proclaim Him. You can become as you are one Who God thinks, says, and dreams you are to become for His Son's Mercy in Transforming Power changed, renovated, reconstituted, refired re-excited and you became zealous of good works. God indeed morphe's you forms you to the image of His Son in everything having forgiven us our sins from the color of scarlet red to transforming white as snow or wool. He calls into being those things that are not as if they were and we need to know God intimately by fellowship of relationship friendship so that we have a obedient relationship that is artful artwork. He daily wants to do something anew for you and to you. Daily we see new mercies appear from God as it were moment by Moment and indeed "every morning". You can expect every morning to say, "I can't without You Lord," and but, however, "with You I most certainly can!" You know He loves me and I know. It's important that I remain in His love. It's personally important of necessity to abide in the Vine, Christ for He abides in us. He wants more than you know to abide. It’s my personal Pardon, to have received His Blood in revelation of Himself up close of His divine favor in salvation and to be able to give my thank you my entire life through by faith, my obedience, my follow through to say thank you lovingly in response to His extended Reach. His grace covers us all as He Died for all. Have you in your comfort zone had a crisis and become born again? Born of God? born of the Spirit? Belonging to God just so close? Do you have a near walk? Remember He loved us first. Love so amazing enthralls us and thrills. He is the reason why we love. We proclaim Him not His teaching. He ministers magnanimously. Tragedy may strike but growing up in Christ on good ground we know convinced that God loves us, accepts us, and loving God back fervently back becomes second nature in goodness knowing He loves me chooses who I am to become, as just as I am and I come, and worship Who He is, gratefully thankfully I keep in a step by step obedient cadence (steucho in Greek) (rhythmn or step,) with the Holy Spirit! "Parapeteo," in Greek is for a far more wide rhythm and step in the Spirit thus also. This is all by grace so far and in bold endurance of perseverance and my choice and my desire is: to run my spiritual race to the end of life in endurance with perseverance also bravely. Let Jesus the Living Logos or Living Rema (they mean the same,) explain The Plan He's created, to myself, I'm in, reading Jeremiah 29:11 and the entire Bible! I'm committed to take the plunge in to buy the field belonging to Christ where His treasure is buried in and wait patiently occupying (Eklesia called by grace out of this world's thinking and essence, actively) to the end! He's the Living Word! But for the religious trappings of the so called experts of theology we worship free (with untold liberty,) so let's stay away from liberal cults completely for it's itching ears and bad for you and deceiving theology of the like that poses an extreme problem to genuine faith with false teaching. The crux of the false is believing its about works and myself instead of about Jesus Christ and His Deity and His Works and to be following Him. We don't need to allow cults a minute of our time but to be a witness. Gnosis is having or claiming to have hidden knowledge. But knowing accursed is everyone proclaiming a false gospel we stop struggling to be good enough and let The Excitement of the Holy Spirit and Jesus take over and grace and peace following after the Holy Spirit to control us. Let's not become weary in well doing for we shall reap if we faint not. The Holy Spirit has the big picture or panorama photograph so let's take His Eternal panoramic view and call on God asking, seeking, and knocking for just necessary items to produce the Gospel witnessing unto Him. Let's see spiritually clearly the Bigger Plan now not just in the future beyond now because for the present time we've made mental assent, we've made commitment, and to count the cost and to follow Christ all the way. This is faith in Him leading to trust in Himself. We renounce the past. We're prepared to meet Him having open hearts to Him for Him to flood in us to compassionately feed and care for the poor and infirm and walk with the burdens of everyone like the seven deacons with tuna fish wedge sandwiches. We placed and positioned in The Kingdom of The Son are by translation, conveyed, transferred into it by Christ's winning at Calvary! We are purveyors of His joy! We should realize the benefits of redemption forgiveness, experience it, (and inside have an uplift up up and out from it.) It's the importance of the release of the Spirit as Watchman Nee said. God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or seek after by the Dunamus power or Energy of Himself that works within us Ephesians 3:20. Every soulful place our foot treads upon melding in abiding in Him we do efficaciously walk out in boldly rejoicing in Him knowing Who Christ Is! Christ is the I AM of every good and perfect gift coming down from the Father of Lights with Whom there's no variableness nor shadow of turning! The past present and future we then trust with Him explicitly saying, "If God wills." Situations testify soon greatly in Christ at the cross crucified, Risen, Coming Again to the God's Finished works by His Spirit. In the storms of life I'll prevail because with Him I can do all things through Christ even through great trials or thillipsis (Greek tight place of immobility, without Him seemingly so,) for He is for us for we're born again spending time with Him even in prison for the Gospel on His side then! I will answer my critics by II Kings 6:8-23 as Elisha said to The Lord, "open his eyes God," about his servant, in the war with marauding tribes against Israel. "Show my servant that many more are with us than with them." By grace through faith then I will follow our Lord to the end victorious even singing songs in Him in prison for Christ's sake to Him and not my own fault. The Kingdom of God and that of His Dear Son is just that, the Lordship of the Holy Spirit in and over every area of existence. Let's claim His Lordship and if you've never done so accept Him and His Salvation in the Son's Name: When coming to God come through Jesus Christ. Come to the Father through the Son for now is the time to worship. Worship in spirit and truth. And pray.
The Scripture Portion: In scripture particularly there in a Book called Isaiah chapter 55 God gives us precious words and invites us to salvation re: to drink with Him by bonds of relationship and fellowship and as He wrote in verse one: "Ho, every one that thirsts, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good..
A Song With Great Lyrics
When God Ran by Benny Hester & John Parenti
The Great I Am
Commanding King of Kings
And the only time,
the only time I ever saw Him run
He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said "Son, do you know I still love you?"
It caught me by surprise when God ran
The day I left Home,
I knew I'd broken His heart
I wondered if
Things would ever be the same,
Then one night,
I remembered His love for me
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see
It was the only time,
the only time I ever saw Him run
Was when He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said "Son, do you know I still love you?"
It caught me by surprise, It dropped me to my knees When God ran
Holy God, Righteous One
Who turned my way
Now I know, You've been waiting
For this day
The Good News of the Gospel is still the VERY best great good news: Jesus Christ has Died, was Buried, And Has Risen again Glorified, Justifying me from my sins for my justification unto Life! Many have seen Him alive! Above 500 people at some point! Have You re: Come To Him to receive? Not for the fishes and loaves alone? How Do You Like Your Salvation, and do you know you ARE, to know Heaven will be yours, to at last come to be Found By God, And (Introduced fully to the Recreating Rejuvenating RSVP that is Salvation or One Way Love: It's His Amazing Love and He Welcomes you and everyone from His Biblical Redemption Story to become An Intimate Friend Of God And Be Who God says you (already) are, a radical reborn new man or woman in Christ, and God's Adopted Child, a sinner, saved!