If abiding in Christ yes living in Christ (and of course presupposing that Christ is IN you by faith, the other side of this, its hope of glory, is Colossians' mainspring) is empowerment and the promise of God is encouragement and therefore it's by Christ's PreEminance, Supremacy, or in other words His Finished Works of Cancelling the debt against us by God's doing (having angels) nailed that note of demands to the Cross (rendered the demands of the note useless) and the effects of the Blood that break the power of canceled sin, we humbly obtaining the true circumcision of the heart which is by faith Christ inside that being the true mark of a born again Christian and His subsequent victorious triumph in the power of God over Satan and/or underlings or demon spirits, so then the promises can kick in in we being justified, sanctified through Him Who loved us! Romans8:38. Colossians 3:12 says we as children of God are in the Family of our Lord are Chosen, Holy, and Beloved. "We can have the wholeness of the Finished Works and still have the Holy Spirit in fullness," says Simon Ponsonby. We're then useful to His Cause instruments of His. We've the Power of God at our right hand for the answers. God's not a Santa clause but He provides for us at the cross. Let Christ's word dwell in you richly the scriptures implores us to keep and His peace, let it rule over you umpired by the Replaced Life of Christ inside and in Christ within to God's Credit and Majesty and these are Proclaimed by us! We having the Spirit and Christ inside having seen Jesus's Lordship with us over everything are encouraged with brave provision in Him to submit to Him totally he providing, we encountering Him face to face! He in His Presence strong is strong to minister. We submit to Him (hupotasso, same word in Col. 3 for wives submitting to their husbands) by submitting to one another in The Lord and with the Word. We worship God the Father in spirit and truth. The way to bring about change in our communities is in this context only by an everlasting living relationship of born again people in society with God by and through the Son, Jesus with The Holy Spirit and in Christ the Messiah!! Then Colossians 3:1-4:1 (this passage tells more about the Character traits we violently instantaneously impose ON OURSELVES in Christ, to bring societal change and moral character in us) the passage, makes sense to care for and to serve The Lord as servants as to (encapsulated into one group list) the community of wives, husbands, children, Mothers, Fathers, slaves, and masters! These Character traits we interject from our passage are: Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness, Patience, Forbearance, Forgiveness, and a Love Cloak! Character can only be developed by a living relationship with God in Jesus Christ. This is true. "We can be Christian examples in the workplace living the grace of God out and in utmost willingness to change our lives to live this abundant life in Christ with Christ's help. In return Jesus Christ lives the life He lives spontaneously through us and in us in our surrender. He is the Living and Incomparable Christ. Have an enduring prayer. It's not prayer that fails but our failure to pray. Intercessionally, pray out loud" Pastor Catapano says. And be thankful over and over again. And be Grateful while being content. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD AND MASTER! Be willing to repent and contritely so, so be willing if need be to change into the image of Christ at a moments notice in this glory journey for experiencial knowledge of God! It's transformational not reformed living. God will reveal more of Jesus and Himself, but seek Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit inside for fullness. Get more of the Word by reading it. Applying it, pray, "send Your Spirit to me for Jesus' sake," and "send more of Your Spirit to me for Jesus' sake. Send more powerfully Your Spirit for Jesus' sake," says Simon Ponsonby, a British scholar. Praying as a verb, not just a noun, tell Him out loud what's going on in your life and do it honestly asking Him to search you if you have a way of pain for Him, re: to change you.
GOD'S FORGIVENESS, JUSTIFIED, REGENERATED Born Anew, Paid in Full: these are Terms God says we are now in position! He is a good Sovereign God Who owns all the cattle on a thousands hills. He can fill full what's empty in your tank without your help. Ephesians 3 says, Paul prays that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith in permanence. WHEN GOD IN CHRIST INTERVENING SAVES PUTS YOU THERE CHRISTIAN TO BE ABIDING IN CHRIST! REJOICE! HALLELUJAH! He is your Good Shepherd! GOD LOVES YOU!! GOD LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY EVERLASTINGLY POWERFULLY and In Christ's Blood, ETERNALLY! How great is the FATHERING Father Daddy's love for us! "God didn't love us because we're valuable but we're valuable because God loves us!" That's from Martin Luther.
But what does the word for 'love' mean? In the Bible Agapeo is the word used of the four koine Greek words meaning "unconditional love" and this one means that we're loved in its highest form within the Finished Work of Christ and personally affirming Jesus's righteous holy integrity with strong strength of character and is meaning it's from God unconditionally and its seeking of the highest good most God-esteemed best righteous/holy decision brains and making ability of the one loved. It's not based on a whim or natural attraction but a love rooted in the nature of the one loving, God. It's a love that chooses our best welfare. God's love is everywhere in control ultimately. God chooses to love with warm cordial patience the unlovely even the unlovely friend who's beginning to appear to suffer the consequences from his/her own sin. We're the objects of His redemption! This is the very nature of God. God is love. He that loves is in union with God and God is in union with him. God's love is special in that it's also an inner Trinitarian love. As the Father has loved the Son so He loves you and me even with the same love He has loved the Son John 17:3, 26; I John 3:1; John 3:16. This is a limitless, incalculable love. True love costs. True love sacrifices. God gave God. He loves in truth with a Distinguished Discriminate affection for you. Even as He's loved you from before the beginning of time in Eternity so it becomes real and experiential to us as we come to know Christ as a 'Ransomed from sin' individual in time. You may ask, what is that like? BUT ONLY WHAT'S DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST! SO WRITE YOUR BILL IN CHRIST: HEAVEN OR AND God forbid not HELL, BUT BE IN CHRIST ALWAYS whatever your desire is! Let God into you is first business. Our priority should be, "As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord!" In Your victory Lord You Obtained by Your might we can thrive and prosper and survive in accordance with what You in Your Word states is thriving and prospering in victory and triumph!God loves you! Do you hear, re: God loves you! BUT WHAT DOES THAT AMAZING ALL-SUFFICIENT MAXIMIZED GENEROUS LIBERAL ALL-WISE LOVE (FROM HIM) HAVE TO DO WITH YOU MY DEAR LOVED ONE? For He will not love you Family more than He loves you now, even common grace! What does that love have to do with you a tender dove? For you are that precious object of His love by the way! We may obtain butterflies inside from our spirits made perfect being now saved but the reality is that it's all God's love inside giving us passion for His way and loving us first as First Mover. It's ONE WAY LOVE as a grandson of Billy Graham has authored a book by that title from God to us. How do 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 says this promise from scripture.
We know we don't have to help God in His Finished Work at Calvary. It's complete. We just accept it as true! We don't try to earn it. Grace is going to lead us. We don't make more than we should of that grace either. That would be sordid. It is the power and enablement or God's ability to live right.
Therefore knowing God created you and recreates you so that you can confess you're a sinner to rest from your own religious misgivings in this is as God rests. When Jesus was Resurrected He sat down. He sat down right next to the Father on His Throne! Did you think to add to salvation? Did you know both the Old and New Testaments tell us and show us clearly that we're sinners who have failed to live in God's perfect environment of Holiness and are in need of a whole new state of glory in existence called a SALVATION-like DELIVERANCE experience; and in God's EyeSight or Presence that spiritual relationship of Atonement transaction has to be made by us individually? Therefore you must be born again and make Jesus Christ Lord! Be encouraged to do it! Know God is Holy and The Ten Commandments are Holy too. James 2:10. First admit you're a sinner who has transgressed and missed the mark and have not the glory of God. Confess to God your sins and unworthiness and Christ's Sufficiency in Dying and Living Again for you resurrected because Provision in the Cross in God's complete love overall is there for you. Let Christ fill you up in you up in the inner core! Love God. God says,"If you love me you'll do what I want." Do what Christ asks. Repent of sin, change your mind about it and hate it. Allow God's peace to rule over you as far as God coming in is concerned Phillipians 4:2-23. You can then develop a personal experiential relationship with Him. If you could belong to Him with no religion in the way but perfectly positioned in the Son Jesus Christ in a standing of cloak of love alone and in Christ and Christ in you near, you having a potential relationship with Him is possible. Lay hold of it in full assurance of faith then truly with boldness draw near. You're complete and whole in The Lord then, saved for all time to come following the Lamb of God then enduring to the end. I bet a million bucks you couldn't do that which is least, to maintain a line of communing with Him on your own though even if you prayed "the sinners prayer." We need to be knowing the sins we committed that destroyed with devastation. That we would remember the pit from which we've been dug as well. Stay then at God's altars. So then what could you do to make it right ultimately up to Him in order to continuously commune with God or live holy or to add one hour to your life (and/or in so doing try and not succeed to earn God's favor.) The answer is ..nothing, to all question. God's grace is abounding and it's free. It is generous! But without His help you could do nothing. This is helplessness because still religion rears it's ugly head many a time and tries to climb a ladder up to Him. It's very incontiguous, incongruous, and frustrating, a stop in time for some of us but... God circumvented that religious route giving us His Son to die and be resurrected for our futile angst attempts to be in fellowship with Him. He loves you choosing to love you in spite of all traits to the otherwise like we are (human beings,) being totally depraved, but with extreme might and strength without us interfering in Him in His job Done (at the Cross,) for He saved us and He's for us, able to keep us from not necessarily becoming weak, bigoted nor self-righteous in nature as well along the way. No Zombies as well. Grace means I rest from my own labor. It's when I am weak then I am strong. It's becoming weak in practical experience that the power of Christ may rest upon me. It means I came to Jesus Christ weary, worn, and sad as that lost sheep of the ninety and nine good sheep He left to go search for and He FINDS. This world, flesh, and devil will put a target on you, but God rejoices and with the angels also so greatly over one sinner just one sinner who is coming to repentance. Did you know that scripture says that we are Partakers of the Divine Nature when born again saved?! 2 Peter 1:1-4. Hurriedly I admit I though totally need Him. I'm leaning now and then at His Coming upon what God DID on the cross two thousand years ago and does for me daily being His justly (not injust) incoming comacozi's of perfect Agape love rays in God's acts or events (becoming saved, born again,) mercies in my life toward me that I couldn't do myself and God performed in me, and, for me as if I am a helpless one or the ONLY long lost last sinner on earth. Spiritually one must be bankrupt as in the first Beattitude of Mt. 5:3. And God is drawing me through the overarching reaching arm of Christ the Son of God's love, making a bull's eye on me, The Good Shepherd is and Only Begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ grabs with His rod and staff me, and FINDS me, too. God loves you that He created you and even sustains you and sets you apart to want Him in the fellowship of born again even as He recreated you potentially like Him and let Him take dominion over you, your world in His measured handfuls loving Him back with passion because He upholds you by the word of HIS power all the time on the planet Hebrews 1:3,8. We believe in all of the scripture, in The Entire Gospel all the time. Come to Me, Jesus says, weary, worn, and burdened and I will give you rest. Learn of Me for I am meek and lowly of heart. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. He says to us to make disciples, learners, not (just) converts.
He makes His sun rise on us and His rain to fall on the just and the unjust. He makes His cause known to the principalities and powers in the Heavenly realms and to Satan himself whom He conquered at Calvary, that He LOVES you and that He loves to love you greatly. This isn't a passive love looking out for us only like He would had He wound a spring on a toy, and letting it go would be, but He so actively LOVES you with all His might which He does in particular Holiness re: with striking infinite care, beauty, and exacting specific holistic details and specifics. Jer 31:3; Zeph. 3:17 Eph. 3:20; He’s intervening deeply in our lives specially in your spleen, turning it over and over to reveal real compassion for you and show Himself real involved in our lives much mercy intricately like a beautiful Asian tapestry would look like and ruggedly so much the more if we know Him up front supernaturally personally. Ecclesiastes says in 3:11, "He has made everything beautiful in His time!" And Psalm 27:4,11; and I John 4:8 permit us to say so also. He made something beautiful out of my life! If there is no merit in ourselves and there isn't then that when we believe God and are saved even justified by faith, so but instead the reality is coming home to God in godliness because we're seeking Him and the things of God, holding faith and a good conscience in Him then... it's all of His doing and that's a sure thing it's not of us. When Jesus is all you have you have everything. It's things we get we didn't deserve but He gives it anyways and spiritual graces or even mixed up personality we deserved coming to us we didn't get, and make out increased in Him for it, (that's grace and mercy, in that order.) "Fear not, little flock, for it's the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom!" Scripture is clear about the Generous Nature of God! Statements of boast in ourselves are absent and in decreasing light even diminishing in the light of God's glory being evident Eminent. He is good as a good Father Daddy would be and kind like of a nature tender we can relate to: and GOD IS LOVE! In Jesus Christ's Finished Work He saves you and indeed we're born again by His Blood! We take no merit for taking His way. We obey externally only to learn trust and to want to please God inwardly more. This is assuming you've made the decision to come to Christ, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him. This is marks of a true disciple. To you Whom He came to Body of believers and little Church at Bethel, whom He loved in His Body and Blood to His Death, To Who you come to, also, to attempt to become to stay in The character with that love in a blessed walk even lifestyle walk and even remaining in the Vine Jesus Christ faithful in that serving aspect as a good sermon display and as a good witness (!) is always that we are sustained by His grace (to do it showing up.) Besides, God works all things together for good for the called those who love God and this is strong confidence firming us up unto nearness to God. God saves us not so that we can feel good in ourselves alone but for Christ to be lifted in His Name: the final destination of faith or telios (perfect) its complete 613 law's fulfillment or righteous end of the faith in God which gets us tending to a relationship to Him we show which is trust in Him as well we wish for His Name. God will call on us to account for the lifestyle of our character we've walked and lived before the Judgment Seat Of Christ if we're saved; If after we've come to The Lord Jesus all we've done after salvation is gold, silver, a precious stones and notwithstanding a blessing, then until our death or The Rapture we count this becoming important. Then this demands our focused attention on Christ. God will look for motives: what motivated us. Gold, silver, and precious stones in God are there if we are following Him. Hold His Standards in highest esteem. Seek Him with the whole heart then with diligence to be holy as He is Holy in time remaining in Him spending time with Him continuously and set apart for use in God's Highest special purpose. He'll have us deep calling to the deeps in experiences with Him and always awesomely in His Magnanimous love (beloved.) Then convinced and convicted that Jesus is the only way, the truth, the life, persuaded by His mercy and grace which He lavishes or bestows on us He indeed sets us apart in Him to be established on a focal point of beholding Him and His way and in the Eternal Comforts II Thess 2,3; II Cor. 1:3-7 then that is for you and comfort now like a double pillow. Comfort comes from two root words: com meaning with, forte meaning strong or loud or in another definition means to defend as in the Lord's defense of yourself.
We're set apart by His Spirit as individuals to trust Him as separated to Him and to confidently establish by our practice and experience that He's Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, loving and Sovereign over us and in that fact to know that He knows the end from the beginning, the Alpha and Omega about all that which concerns Him for my welfare in fully realizing His granting all that which is His Righteous Holy Character imputed and imparted in lifestyle to us which is a walk from making steps lead along by Christ and in He making peace in our salvation maturity. The spiritual life is life AND peace. It's a lifestyle we experience at the cross.
He calls me just now by grace in a "just standing" by faith with Himself for His own sake and as it is by grace I stand just in His sight and in faith, hope, love, truth, and in the Holy Spirit! I rest on His unchanging grace! These are the pillars of the Christian life. When forgiven by Christ's Blood having been in a state of turning to God all the way and repentance we recognize we have become saved and now have new natures which become fruit of the Spirit to newness of life. Regeneration seems to be followed by faith. It's a newness that comes over us. Bearing fruit is important. He does that supernaturally within. For it is by faith in the Blood of the Lamb I stand righteous by faith through a small tunnel of grace in Himself! I overwhelmingly conqueror through Him Who loved us. Charles Spurgeon - The Prince of Preachers has said, "If the great enemy, Sin, has been conquered, we shall not fear the little enemy, Death." As we receive Him (Christ) we know forgiveness! His (God’s) way is Holy, just, good, loving, gentle, meek, merciful, generous, and gracious. He's Lord. His incommunicable attributes have no equal and they are infinite. On the other hand 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 Jesus says, "not a hair of our heads will perish!" in our particular missions to serve The Lord Christ. And nothing will by any means hurt us in an Eternal sense IF we are following Christ to the nth degree! He knows every sparrow or bird that falls. And even though He has all this care for birds He waits for us re: our 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." He says, "Consider the lilies of the field, the sparrows, ravens, or doves," if you have worry. Consider equally well though that even Solomon himself was not ironically arrayed like one of these flowers. If God so clothe the flowers of the field, How much more does He clothe and care for you! Even the ants are contrasted with good finances. You either have money or it has you! He puts all our tears in His bottle. And what if trials come through raindrops to help us and healing through tears;
He clothes us with Christ at a moments notice spending time with Him and walks with us and by faith in us, (walking in the aisle of our hearts up and down and across, even in and out of the sheep gate (Jesus) finding pasture,) whether through sorrow and joy. He walks and talks with us through godly pleasure giving us wings to fly. He dances with us in joyful song too even like He carries us in sorrow in the Footprints In The Sand poem where He carries you indeed through troublesome times with a song of the Spirit within. This is a song of the Spirit!! And what if His blessing comes through teardrops and/or even in spite of raindrops or trial?! What if a thousand sleepless nights are only there to show us that He is near?! What if trials come to only show His tender mercies?! He loves us (and that means,) through everything, and in anything, He loves us unconditionally and, we're accepted in the beloved. We must show up. We remain in a pattern of pleasing Him and so we rejoice too in knowing His smile down upon us in specialness! We're holy, chosen, and beloved. We celebrate His diverse grace. We have a God Who Died for you that you need not bleed yourself. But Jesus our Lord binds up our wounds nonetheless. We rejoice in hope abounding therein with joy and peace in love believing by the power of the Holy Spirit fully and without Him we're empty and with Him possess a full tank of gas inside connected to Shell or Mobil or BP gas. We're connected to a continual continuous fuel line from our spirit connected to God through the small tunnel of Christ which means fullness of God if we truly believe. When we awake in the morning we greet The Lord and each day we write checks against "a hundred thousand dollars from Him in the bank" replenished daily by our awesome Lord, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (literally supernaturally thankfully God's Divine favor.) We get new pure breath breathing in and out His grace continuously. The air in our lungs even belongs to Him literally as one new song says. We are being built up a spiritual house at God's hand by Him! Nothing and no one can hurt us in a very real sense fellowshipping in Him nor separate us from His love in an Eternal sense because scripture says He holds us so really tight in His hand no man can unpry His fingers. He's gripped The Living Word to us in us Who've encountered Him and He's Sovereign as we look to Him, and He is The Eternal Judge. He unconditionally through His Son Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross accepts us by His Son's Finished Work at Calvary through the eye of seeing us perfect 20/20 vision IN His Son, Jesus and that means He loves us in its truest significant meaning. This is God crazy about us. Read Crazy Love by Francis Chan. This means He had to Die and we are to accept Him, His adventure and plan for ourselves. That sort of acceptance thing, re: His acceptance of us unconditionally through His viewing the Blood of His Cross within us will change us as we continue to abide in Christ and He abides in us, and we realize God's loving grace in the true image of Christ thru knowledge of Him. Exodus 13:3 says, "Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand The Lord brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten." From the miry clay God redeemed my life. I remove the leaven by surrending to God (Leaven represents sin.)
There's some things we don't do just because we are born again believers. For instance all sexual sins are wrong. All else done in moderation in spontaneity in the Son Jesus Christ, reasonably thought out, if you please and enjoy your pleasure. Experiencing Christ within and through you gives you, a positive up mood of expression, really the up mood of a new believer of a new newness of life expressed in victorious triumph (HuperNikao, overwhelming conquerors,) removing your sins as far as the east is from the west! But are you IN Him? Is He IN you?! Far from the rule and reign of sin He translates you scoops you up to rescue you, conveyed really, into the Kingdom of God and of Christ from the cross where you receive the ABUNDANCE OF THE GIFT of grace and of right standing with God by faith and the gift of the righteousness of God as a free Gift by grace through faith (Grk pistes.) The cross draws you to this salvation. And then you are free in life to pursue your cause but only in The Lord to submit (hupotasso,) under Christ's Lordship and of the Son's grace empowering you're interposed into right believing of Him that adds up to right living in experience to glorify God! We don't necessarily need more things just grace to be aware of our need spiritually in/with thanksgiving. Faith reaches out (to embrace His virtue (righteous decision making ability,) and mind, His attributes,) His Anointing abides! The Anointing breaks the yoke! 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 in His rule in every respect from God's viewpoint. We have springs and wells and a river of living water flowing out of our innermost being by the Power of the Holy Spirit. It's more than a Niagra but more like an Iguadzu falls in Peru. Having God's Righteousness upon us we will always however honor Him, even glorify Him, even for a Gift of Righteousness to enhance and highlight any situation or circumstance we ask for His answer for, or seek, or knock on the door for Jesus to answer the door for moment by moment. From faith to faith, hope to hope to and to hope within loving hope our soul springs Eternal in God, even from glory to glory (as) we seek HIM and look to His face for His justice! Jesus is the Source. As a good Father God Daddy in Heaven He's doctoring of us in His way. As a good Daddy and good Father His discipline to us is 'light as a feather' to us but seems salty to preserve life as well as savory to enhance life and abundant to us. In Him we obtain (Greek, Zoe life,) the God-kind of life as we grow up in Him. The peace of God is umpiring while He is calling the balls and strikes of life. Though our outward man perish, our inward man (perfect spirit) is renewed day by day. We make it our aim to not conform to this world but by the renewing of the mind in the Word and by the Spirit's transformation, even regeneration, renewing, and even application of the Word, thrive through the Santifying Spirit 2 Cor. 4:16; Rom. 12:2; Titus 3:5. Maturity is expected of everyone now and then. Discipline however is only for sons Hebrews 4,12. A son abides in the house forever. It's His love for us when He disciplines us and we know it's His hand on us as sons and daughters of the King of kings. We can be born again as adopted children into God's Family! Hallelujah! One of God's communicable attributes as well as mercy and grace is moral love with which He allows us to love others with and for. "As I have loved you so you must love one to another." "By this they will know you are Christians by your love one for one another." Jesus said this Himself in His Biography: the Book of John and other places in narratives. This love of God is for our obedience back to Him and our highest good and best welfare of us or highest personal interest. That love speaks up loud and clear through the power of the cross in Christ’s victory atoning for sin for all men everywhere in forgiveness of God and Jesus's Rising from the dead! We want to know Christ in the power of His resurrection and even in the fellowship of His sufferings in order for us obediently to Christ to grow in love and grow in love's discerning also even in all relationships with other people. All Authority is Yours Lord Jesus Christ, every Victory, Is Yours Lord Jesus! As you feel loved by God confident He's FOR you, that He's not severe nor harsh in what He allows to touch you, His sons and daughters, Family, keep the faith fired up fixed on Him perceptive of His good. Blaze Spirit blaze. In giving you not more than what you can handle nor anything harmful but what in prayer interceding for others and interacting with Him He and you in prayers and conversation with Him as your Source lavishes or bestows on you, He's strongly helping you nonetheless strengthening you with the absolute truth spoken in love. His truth is the truth. In providing for you your needs and even some wants He does it swiftly, even quickly. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly scripture says. Speaking in Psalms, Hymns, and spiritual songs to yourself, to God the Father and to one another is important for a myriad of reasons. But scripture says to just do it. Let His peace umpire His life within and without. He's strengthening you inwardly daily though the outer man perish 2 Cor. 4:16. He isn't disappointed in you. He strengthens your inner core. He never is disappointed if your conscious life is in the cross. If you sin He'll take a small step back to add shame to you and then He'll convict you until you confess, and repent. He never never leaves you. "But Let your speech be always (positive, healing, reasonable in continuity, savory, bathed in prayer,) gracious seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer or be in defense of the Gospel for every man." And as you seek Him do it (Hebrews 11:6 with diligence,) willingly surrendered with the whole heart calling on Him, as a good Father, for He's fully available, He's rescuing you lovingly and with His hand and knee stoops down and He makes a way for you straight but is pleased as you commune and if He doesn't answer yes be prepared for no or maybe. Let Him know how it is with you always. He's also pleased with you in His way as your Master or Father also, even so He can't take His eyes off you most precious child of God in the Salvation (spirit and soul Righteousness-Substitution) of His Son's Finished Work for you.
He loves you completely! As we recognize His completed Finished Work over our lives in Christ often and with interest in this life we try to fathom the riches of His grace in inheritance in the saints so we become more complete even whole in what He's trying to do for us each and every day! He oversees omniscient of us as to how a good habit and pattern of the Gift of Righteousness within brings victory now because Christ bore the sin of all and it's (sin's) desire that we and He in us crucify even kill after the Spirit as He leads. So we account godly desires to us now from Him given knowing convinced that this Gift of Righteous Condition of heart(s) is Our Heavenly Father's Perfect will, or counsel gift to us because we are living ready for the Bema judgment seat all the time and His return and that He as Commander in chief is FOR us. Getting people to Jesus Christ therefore should be our primary goal and motivation. Win others to The Lord Jesus for he that wins souls is wise. Compassion for lost people knowing that they're going to hell at the Great White Throne Judgment should devastate them but also inspire us with zealous desire to be that witness that's standing in their way to witness and even burning up inside to relationally evangelize them and tell them what's what even if they won't believe and to explain to them the glorious good news of Christ with passion in our voices. Like a fire shut up in our bones it should be = to get it out like Jeremiah. God will save some even a remnant. The "witness" word comes from the Greek martyr meaning that a witness should bravely be ready to face death. The greatest sermon is a life and in lifestyle obediently well lived. Continually walking out your abundant life salvation in the light with Him as His saved children of light we are fellowshipping relationally indeed rescued from the awful domain of darkness having been translated into His Kingdom of His dear Son in relationship. It's because of Christ inside as Lord, He being fully ensconced in Lordship of sovereignty over us in His Wholly Beneficient Benevolent-like Son's replaced life for you as you faithfully follow Him, even so He puts Himself in the way to rescue you, (remember Balaam's Donkey?) and Saves you. Remember we have a Replaced Substituted Life from Jesus Christ Who is our Innocent Substitute. We shouldn't be bribed like Balaam was to wander from the Lord's words. This is up close deep God come alongside you to help you, in Greek, Paraclete. 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 and very wisely so precisely accurately on the picture of a balance God uses to show us all Redemption: All our sins including my own on one side of the balance are like the speck of dust on the vicarious wind around us on one end of the balance pan and Jesus's Blood is on the other side of the balance (this is Chemistry 101) dips the balance pan so completely weighing it down heavily on God's side so that we can know confidently God's forgiveness immensely freely bestowed or lavished and the hope of the Gospel if we continue in the faith grounded, settled, and firmly established Col.2. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable Gift of salvation because all the time He's being faithful. "Be ye Holy," (now that we're born again,) "for I am Holy," God says. Christ makes Holy, sanctified. We listen to hear our names being called out by God of His Voice in and about this Righteous Condition of the heart continuously in the moment. We therefore have overwhelming up mood to look to behold victory in The Son as overcomers in Christ Romans 8:37. Hupernikao victory in this life in Christ is received a given and we stand up for Jesus the saved and all look up to Him or at His Provident providing Hands and Wonderful Heart that is of His love for us; we're seeking His face determined to persevere overcomers forever in process because we feel His forgiveness daily and moment by moment and want Him more. We also get this on our knee. We overcome this world through Him.
We want over possessions or material things to be less value and want them less and to desire less (overall to be satisfied with less things,) but of Christ to desire or want HIM more. The Gospel is good news as it is God's good pleasure toward us and Himself. We were created for God's pleasure. It is His good pleasure at His right hand forevermore He offers more. In His works in essence He is for us being saved and He being on our side. In so much as that we proclaim HIM accurately 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 On His side then as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling totally, we become (like Lot,) vexed in practical things by their sin, awakened, illuminated, convinced, enlightened, and revved up, adrenaline flowing, revived up by God to sensitive conscience status again. We're getting saved and obtaining of Him to have a fearing awesome respectful way in Him and a trembling for keeping God's way only TO KNOW HIM experientially intimately. It's like a fearing a lion and then we don't, fears relieved. God has made pains to warn us of danger but we learn to obey His principles to not require that method of pain to warn us. His Grace removes all dread of what He may do to us. God's love takes away all fear of what may happen. But we obey Christ even if it seems strange. We live on conviction to do things. Passion for godliness we embrace. God yearns for you with deep abiding affections. Humbly we confess we never deserve His favor. We truly are the object of His discriminating foreknowledge of God from affections sourced in the Lord Jesus Christ if we're saved especially being separated to God and humbly 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, To Die for us in our place bravely. This is God's Determined foreknowledge and Cousel. Not that God learns anything, He doesn't. Christ knowing Who He Is and On His mission with a tenacity for God’s special purpose did live and Die, was buried, and rose 2000 years ago resurrected. By the way, there's more evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ than for the existence of Julius Caesar. These are the deep affections that led to action by God even Jesus Christ come to submit to arrest, to torture, and to death and from God having inscribed on the palms of HIS hands, Re: your name. Isaiah 45:16 also says, "Thy walls are ever before Me." It is God's Nature to love for no other reason but others minded. God strengthens continually us to be strong in Christ and in The Lord with all His might in all the power of God and His might as well as Paul prayed with all the Holy Spirit's power and by Christ's glorious might within to be strengthened. He does this to all patience, and long suffering, with joy in we believers, His Body. Indeed the outward result of God's love for us is resisting sin and is heart satisfaction in motives and motivation to obey the Gospel simply and in complexity for He indeed keeps, saves, and satisfies. He keeps us and we keep His Living and active Word in us. The strengthening first we receive is not from flattery but speaking the truth in love is the struggle believing for Christ to have His way in every situation. For this we go through labors, striving with God's dunamus power and energy ernergizo inside alongside us helping us. We do this agonizing of journey adventure in Jesus Christ through Christ helping us and with the good order of a military line with military discipline and stability of faith. Striving (Greek means(agonizing)) to enter through the narrow gate by God's grace we in detail to obey God in the small as well as large, we don't make a mistake attempting. The Spirit gives life while the letter kills is a pleasing of God portion to embrace like a person who desires God like a hart panting after The waterbrook. Perceive the heart of the matter in other words desiring God first.
Here's a Max Lucado 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 said, "I always do what pleases the Father." He also said, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.""Jesus spoke of His death as a part of a plan. A calculated choice. The cross was not written into the script. “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)." (My Thought:) Jesus was a fighter without and within pressing out the Father's plan. Jesus said, "Come unto Me all ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you Rest!" Learn of Me and you will find rest for your soul. He is that Great Shepherd! For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Yes, learn of Me for I am gentle and meek, lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. His love is like the gentle scent of a rose. He loves us with all His all might spiritual beings that we are He by the way gently hugging melting our lost soul to drop pride in our achievements thinking we did them on our own. Love is the main event. I John 4:19. The love is what gets to us. We are changed by beholding love. His love is majestic and magnificent as well. We love having been loved first and/ or presently being loved in the Spirit. The commandments of God are not burdensome but wise unto making us aware of the plan of salvation and God's love truly because that love is as a verb in action. We recognize that in other people there is love shown.
Only the love of a Creator could have fashioned us so fearfully, wonderfully, and marvelously. He's freely loved you from before the foundation of the world. This is foreknowledge of God. When dormant sinners, like us nonetheless caught in our sinning repentant now (persons who transgressed or missed the mark, formerly,) repentant in deeds and knowledge, who are Called by God, Chosen, Holy, and Beloved, Hand Picked prayerfully, personally by hand (woven and handcrafted) by Him, like a tapestry, we were personally loved, as individuals. He saves us. He's forgiven us, justified us, as individuals, regenerated us and by faith saved us. We're reborn indeed forgiven at the cross. By His grace we gain an interest in the Cross. He knits us together in love! 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 entwining a tapestry of His Body, the Church, even a living organism, even a hospital for the spiritually, infirm or sick, even dead. Scripture in the fortieth chapter of Isaiah says, "Our warfare is accomplished," as far as God and mankind are concerned. The war is over and with God and men and there is peace and for that, God wins victory, gaining ground. His Comfort reigns. His mercy reigns, like a flood mercy reigns. He is meek and lowly in heart and for His gentleness we experience comfort so in Him we find rest for our souls. This is why He says that in Himself, His yoke is easy, His burden is light. We want to spend time with Him Ransoming in time, the time. His comfort strengthens fortitude or stamina. We have peace with God leading us to the peace of God as well in the plans of God we experience. We were loved when we were before in God’s own creation existing in the plan of God in Eternity past and in His mind, says scripture. In the plan of God in Eternity Past the Lamb of God is slain before the foundation of the world loved us, 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 we were however destined to sit on the Throne with Christ, predestined however long before creation that was, and we were loved accepted destined to be His, by His doing alone Family. You or I can be thankful our parents birthed us also. You've loved us while we were Your enemies God. At just the right time Christ died for the ungodly. A cross death couldn't keep you down Lord Jesus Christ for YOU were rising even being on a crude Roman device made to keep Israel in line with Roman wish. But God had a salvation plan. He had something better in mind for us in sending His Son, Jesus Christ to redeem us. We're hidden with Christ in God now at the cross in His death and resurrection first, as He stood by His good confession, at the cross, but God meant it for good, our good! Let's find how this works out for good even believing He went the distance with the crowd that day that wanted to crucify an innocent lamb called and named Himself, Jesus Christ Yeshua Homashiach. Jesus I mean lasted with His good confession before Pilate and the crowd. For Isaiah 53:6a says, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his way." Is. 53:6a (John 14:6) God saves us with grace and mercy yet He’s always Right revealing how His Justice is revealed as He does demonstrate His Righteousness through the Cross. He does not judge us now. He's merciful and gracious and will judge us in righteous judgment at The Marriage Supper by how we used His Blood in our new minds and new hearts (given that we had new spirits at Salvation,) He's given us confidence being born anew after a true image of God and knowledge. Do you read the Ten Commandments? I fail and miserably. But I don't need to pay for my own sins because I choose the substitution Christ offers. Those that fail to accept or gain Christ in this life die and go to The Great White Throne Judgment. They have no hope but they will not escape hell especially. Think this through. Do come through Jesus Christ for He’s the Way, the Truth, the life. He sent the Spirit of truth to guide us into all the truth. Pastor said, "All truth is God's truth IF IT'S the truth." The Father says no other way to Himself but Mediation of the Son. His Spirit is truth. His Spirit which is Holy takes of Jesus and manifests it to you. The Holy Spirit does the work of convincing of truth and not a lie, even convicting. 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: or as us surprised like a child that is joyfully opening a parent’s Christmas gift at Christmas time: (though surviving 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 from His forgiving love. 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 to Ransom and grace for that change in His Spirit's and His Word's transformation, and our refusing conformation to this world's mold to allow sanctification. There's hope, and glory to give to God if we come to Jesus, and continue IN His grace walking with Christ in His resurrected Spirit. You can benefit from reading, "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 declared from His lips and it comes on His decree to receive forgiveness in Christ with a challenge. We can try to be those many Jesus Died for who respond who are drawn in His net. He's calling to us to give us the desire and passion for other things over to Him and to be His own children if we truly want to choose His way: come to Himself in submitting to Christ white flag meaning absolute surrender to Him. At Calvary Jesus suffered excruciating prolonged pain in patiently enduring becoming our servant aspect in His atonement for us, forgiveness 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 yet like a rose crushed giving fragrance He despising the shame of 'cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree' having obeyed He took the fall to the end in His calling from God to think thoughts of us for yet for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross's pain and anguish, He set like a flint His face (Isaiah 52,) to accomplish the deed and endured separation from His Father in becoming our sin until Death in His body on the tree. Then He heaved His lungs in His body up on those nails to give 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. 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 taken on human form and came to earth a babe in swaddling clothes to serve as a son in sonship. He showed the way to greatness by example Because He lived Holy to His Father loving all people without fail pleasing Father Daddy, ..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 us set free, sins forgotten, reconciled 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 the moment. Who could speak or ascribe adequately to God the wonderful magnanimous beautiful Eternal quality of such a Divinely beautifully executed affectionately powerful but intricate loving act surgically performed but successfully carried out Divine rescue as He did? Who are we to question the Wisdom of God in going to a cross in a Weak moment yet victorious. We don't need to know more information but just know God by seeking researching into Jesus more. 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. For the record He, Christ with determined prophetic fulfilment on grounded belief in faithful living from His Father's perspective had 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 as becoming our sins yet, "it pleased The Lord to bruise Him." Insidious, and sinful, and reckless in its nature as sin is but it became necessary to BECOME our sin! It was for an Eternity of Eternities He endured and also a brief moment being our sins and sin. He was on the cross six hours. 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 will on the cross for sin and sins and His humanity and His Divinity shines to us as He obediently prays before for the Father's will to be done and plans blueprints for it at tears of agony in Gethsemane. He 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.) (Epignostgo,) the righteousness of God in Christ," II Corinthians 5:21. Epignosko is the Greek for experiential intimate real knowledge of God by having the genuine real experience re: the salvation adventure through Christ inside and living in Christ obedient for our entire lives. 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 His Gift. In His calling Himself God and proving it by miracles and signs and great wonders Dying and Rising from Death, we can become in part His "righteousness." A Righteousness of God apart from the Law is revealed from Heaven in Jesus Christ that is a condition of the heart by faith alone. This is a faith that shows itself by works though works have nothing to do with the essence of Who, What, Where, and When in salvation. This is the one way of peace through the power of the cross that is witnessed by the Law and the Prophets Romans 3. What Moses and The Law of Moses could not do to bring us to Christ God did in the Spirit! Galatians 2:19 Christ is our 'how' of being right to God experiencing His glory though He is separate from sin and we are experiencing daily Him more in His work (ergon) that Finished Work method in us even obtaining victory over sin Acts 4:12. Jesus is Victor in a Salvation aspect because He served God obediently having been given a Name higher and above and over against any other name and PreEminant over all Power and Authority in Nature and in Him all things consist Isaiah 52; Phil. 2:1-12; Col 1:16. All of creation shall serve Him (his Divine Purpose) until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet Hebrews 1. Getting back to Phil. 2 it says, "that at the Name of Jesus Every knee should bow." Jesus, though in the form of God did not think equality with God is something to be grasped. But He emptied Himself, made Himself of no reputation and became the bondslave the slave of men. He came not be served but to serve and give His life a Ransom for many. 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 the same manner He became the bondslave of man to show us the Father. To Whom He wants He reveals the Father. He said to Thomas,"If you've seen Me, you have seen the Father." "I and the Father are one." He embodied Righteousness so much that He being the Essence of Holiness too He could be the Atoning lamb of God. 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 the Redemption brought to man by the Divinity of the Son and His works, (ergon).
In turning to The Lord is great joy and freedom. And He became our 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 grace or church age as we will know it for our salvation. Substituted in our place before God for our sins, Christ said victoriously, and vicariously, "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 His Body being buried, taking captivity captive giving gifts to men out of the other side of an Eternity of Eternities from an empty Tomb. He did all this in the grave. As well He was Resurrected on the third day raising us too in Himself He exalts us to bondslave position too to sit in the Heavenly Places in Him like a rock and solid in Christ even like a house built on a rock foundation that is ready and stable to withstand the worst storm! God's perfect storms come. The cross is God's glory and Triumph. We want to teach others to do and obey what Jesus did and said, that we might be called great in the Kingdom! Jesus never rebukes any disciple or person for wanting to be great in God's sight. We now are raised, risen in Christ, regenerated, justified, born anew in Him because of what God through Christ has Done for us. We're born of God and we're born from above, of righteous state with God by peace with God. Through the Blood of His cross by God's Servant Jesus, we're in new birth, we're saved. We were a bondslave to sins but now are forgiven, are made alive from being dead in sin and trespasses now awakened spiritually to Jesus Christ and are encountering God foremost. We were born in sin yes reprobate in spiritual depravity unable to do anything to save ourselves. We belong to Him now as reborn adopted children of God taken in, grafted in the olive tree 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 much God is righteous and Holy. We are a royal priesthood of believers, even princes and princesses of Himself, and children of the King! Nothing in us would merit that which God bestowed. We're saved by the Son to newness of life! This is the kipporath, propitiation, and atoning sacrifice of Christ's Body which is in Hebrew our covering. Even our attitudes in the New Self we put on for a covering is held by the bond of perfectness even a cloak of love from Him. Our names were written in The Lamb's Book of Life when we decided FOR CHRIST. We believed God through our Lord Jesus Christ putting off the old man our entire lives long potentially and then will be ushered into Eternity saved by faith. But until we continue in faith persevering until the finish is strong though the beginning is not yet the implication is From God is it's for a sanctified life only and only going to go so far putting up with our sinful ways after we knowing the truth but also knowing Who He Is in His Holiness until that He in effect holds in His being our being set apart for God from sin victorious as in abeyance of benefits The Book of the Lamb's Life for us in escrow until we see Him as He is. And if we are refusing to live ungodly but instead are living separated sanctified by the words of this Christian life in the Bible a pattern of long obedience with the aid of Holy Spirit Power over God knows how much time habitually though born anew Christian in replaced life then by The Messiah we're in a re:smorgasbord of abundant life varied by grace diversely in a set apart for God lifestyle. But if instead we're disobedient to that Heavenly vision still, we will or unfortunately by sinning can become castaways shipwrecked in our faith, (self-condemned.) This is the other side of grace. A warning of hell. There is no election to Heaven or Hell though in the end we're destined there in either of those two places. Election to a holy life even a life thereof to speak of as a born again believer in Jesus if we desire it, IS IN CHRIST FOR US Waiting, as if destiny calls it to us if we grab it even nab it. It's there and we must have it inside and be born again for we must be born of the Spirit. Marvel not Jesus says it, is the phrase He uses, "you must be born again." You must place your trust in the God of your youth, personalities leaning on Him, or lives placed in His hands and by faith stand fully assured trusting leaning our entire personalities on God Hebrews 10:22. We don't give place to the enemy for one minute by placing doubt or presumption or preconceived prejudiced notions on 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. He gave no place to an immoral life. He believed and knew the moral character was of God pure Himself. Ruth the Moabitess would have had her name changed to Mara, meaning bitter, but we know that 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 by type of Christ after Ruth was encouraged being told by Naomi to sleep at Boaz's feet and expose his feet at midnight and lay down there. She had no bitterness then. Christ intercedes/prays for us that our faith not fail but succeed as did Peter’s and countless others do to withstand all evil and resist in Christ sin living in the same calling God started calling us out on. And like Ruth we trust God, our companion, provider and Source for bread. Jesus is the Bread of life. We live by every word proceeding out God's mouth. We are the object of His affection held in His hand 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 Who Is There has our hand in His hand gripped locked even His locked grip of our hand in His and securely firm in ours, we alert and discerning spiritually would hold on to Him more for dear life I John 4:1.
In the Gospel we now can know a Righteousness of God perfectly declared by God literally in Romans, "from Heaven," apart from the Law or apart from works in the Son Jesus 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 imputed, the scripture says into new 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 we're declared forgiven. To the death, my King, we say. "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 gained with HIM Romans 5:1. Just-as-if-we-had-not-sinned is another way of saying it. Forgiveness is like fresh rain or the dew all over our faces. Our believing is in God believing Him that in that right standing with God by grace and by faith in Jesus's blood through grace we know Him. God's forgiveness we are seated in Heavenly places with Jesus Christ our Messiah and know firmly and faithfully how to live in glory even His glory. Firmly established rock solid seatedness in mind, we're the armchair quarterback victorious persons in the Righteousness of God in Christ and in the Covenant Relationship we've established in Him by building our house upon the rock Christ. That is, that our response will be with Him succeeded in Eternity by faith completed qualifying us as Holy, indeed blameless and above reproach In His Sight now Col. 1! God does declare this right standing and in position in Christ presenting us to Him today and on that Day (Holy, Blameless, and above Reproach!) We are and will be the Church Triumphant even His Body without spot, blemish, or wrinkle or any such thing, united in Him in one heart (homotheumadden) in the moment. He Died an Unjust Cruel Death On The Cross (Capitals To Emphasize it was God in Jesus Christ) so that we might re: go free. Christ makes us right: right with God and right with our world! God seems fierce in His care for us. We get changed by You God to kindle a flame in our torches in Christ and wave them high! God is always right and we begin to know this thought convinced timely in a Song of the Spirit 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. We get a deposit of the Holy Spirit too. And God is preserving an Eternal inheritance undefiled reserved in Heaven waiting for us from Father God Himself if we continue. In Him we have Redemption through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins. We know our names will be of His Kingdom Name in Heaven where we each will receive a name known only to us with a white stone. We were and are in recovery even sin's remission in Jesus' Redemption transferred translated conveyed all into the Kingdom of His dear Son Col. 1:13,14. We were dead in trespasses and sins were made alive to God by Christ to sit in heavenly places in the Son. But our sins were laid upon Him. This fact made me wonder as a child: it was the fact my sins may have been on Him as something I was a part of (consenting to His Death and/or crucifixion) and that if that love wasn't enough 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, and as scapegoat, "He takes our sins away.") But we were there as He was crucified and Risen again Romans 6:1ff, and numerous others. Being there in His cross and in His Resurrection we will be like Him in Heaven someday even like His Body is so pure and Holy Romans 5,6,7,8. I had a pain as a sinner being a child who had guilt who had the desire to impact my world in a good way (even with some naive innocence) but as well I was naively lavished or bestowed with a mindful learning inquisitive (artisan) spirit and greatly beloved (I have had good godly Christian saved parents who really loved/cared for me.) I placed firmly all my guilt and all my sins on Jesus Christ encountering Him in a middler Sunday School class. And my parents, Father Mat and Mother, and we their children Douglas, Barbara, DeeDee, and myself, David have and have had Bible reading and prayer schedule regularly growing up with prayer devotions Col. 4:2 It was happening deep koinonia (Greek for deep fellowship,) with who we went to Church with, in our Assembly Of God fellowship. That didn't save me. Knowing about God facts of the cross or the Bible that indeed does not save me nor mean that one knows God implicitly nor explicitly. As being at McDonald's does not make you a milkshake or a hamburger and that there is no instant breakfast with God so becoming a Christian is supernatural and natural first from God. All time is Eternal time to Him like one great moment in reality. God felt my pain as an individual and as I entered His Pain in His longsuffering in the cross for a lost humanity. So I became aware of being Raised with His Son in resurrection power having been buried in Baptism. Jesus Christ did Save me by my confession of faith in Himself, determinedly I am praying just as I am for Him to enter my life moment by moment. And the Holy Spirit's confirming me was with a deposit of the Holy Spirit by His Word being inserted in me and falling to me at my feet to find even pick up first. Like a corn of wheat it fell to the ground and I died to my own way and will and came up by grace born again raised with Him and His bud. Spiritually spiritual terms are spiritually discerned and by the fear of The Lord spiritually I met, encountered the Savior. 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 by faith I came near to Heavenly Father God knowing individually I knew I needed to know God desperately. I needed Jesus and near. I came personally to know God experientially (epignoskgo) through Jesus Christ becoming my Savior and Lord and became a disciple immediately to follow through. My life is hid with Christ in God now. I accepted His salvation from the scenes and acts and attitudes of sin. I appeared and Jesus appeared in and with me but Jesus did the living, not I, Him. 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 personal 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, that You delayed destroying me thus far" God and as I realize our genetic predisposition is to sin and therefore we're sinners, also because we do sin ourselves that 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 Eternal comfort 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 in either the case that we may get to Jesus!! That woman had to crawl the last distance to Jesus and reach up to grab the tassel of Christ's shawl on which it had 613 pieces and a rope with four spaces and five knots representing the five Torah books and the four letters of God's Name, YHWH. Jesus knew what was happening. God said healing instead of pain to her. Praise The Lord.
Christ rose from the dead and that makes all the difference in our triumphant living now in Him. It's not to a problem free life God calls. But we're overcomers. We delight to please the Father as Jesus does. "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 alone committing to live godly at the cross now. Look at our lives now. Ask God to search you to see if there is a way of pain in you and to heal you. 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 in reality II Cor 13. We stumble but we won't fall because Christ never fails and this so even if we stub our toes sometimes. 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 gracious help to reach to save, redeem us! Why did Jesus accept the mission to make the rescue to us? He did it to obey the Father. And it's because we needed an outstanding meaning excellent outside the camp outstation of strong saving fulfilling strengthening even of saving proportionate Ransom of time and space for Redemption from sin. As Max Lucado has said, "He chose the nails," and it was out of His love FOR US He did this. 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 comparatively to then and in the tip of the iceberg here with the result, being unknown to us re: the big eternal part of it. In everything give thanks scripture declares and that being God's will in Christ concerning you. Give and it shall be given unto you by men, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure withal you mete, withal it shall be given measured to you. His love is one recalls like a gentle flowing easy tributary river, gentle, sweet, diverging, converging, and because He lives I too will live with the unique ability to be facing tomorrow. Responding with, "thank you," committing to Him is all we can do by God's intervention and to worship Him offering then our entire selves, our whole being in hearing the Voice of God for ourselves according to the Power of the Gospel for trust and obedience. It's gratefulness on our part and thankfulness always and in all things and contentment in all things. It's being godly and content to be persecuted for righteousness sake though saved. 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 continual 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! Convinced we trust. We have our sins blotted out at the cross my Mother would sing from Isaiah 44:22,23. We then walk on in Christ's footsteps 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 follow The Lord Jesus in love for Him quite forever, repent, and finding Salvation close precious over a lengthy time period while becoming a disciple, we joy in God saved. "Mental assent," as our Pastor Rich says, "commitment to, and follow through." True. And no matter how we look we come to the Lord's feet penitent repentant.
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! It also hinges on being accurate 'justification by faith' as the only means to salvation. His birth, His life, His Holy Righteous blood, death and subsequent risen life are efficacious and totally boldly efficient being for our benefit based on His rising from the dead and our coming near to God with boldness. God is merciful in 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 to those who receive. In this Eternal timeless yet timely (God knew when,) love act of vicarious suffering affectionately the affront or offense of the Gospel is not taken away. You see up close near the heart of God there is the matter re: the love of God offends you and me some for it is not unlike seeing God's love everywhere the cross touches like sunshine unexpectedly on a cloudy day or creamery toast and butter and toasted eggs Benedict to our taste buds. It's an affront to our mind. This is why we witness persuasively. Taste like that can be ecstatic, unexpected pleasure, and plush comfort in that we sometimes don't give glory to God for nor thank God for His endless mercies and grace enough in other things every day. Think of the Vengeful Waiting Wrath of God 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 angrily but mercifully we get benefit at His feet (a time of grace) even 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, to help, 'when hurt to being offended by others to near complaint territory,' as we forgive with kindness shown, so kindness is expressed by God to each of us just like He commands us to give to others in Romans twelve! The feeling expressed by forgiveness is like is as of us being lavished upon by God some way re: naturally, or spiritually found at the Cross re: but soaking it in and not giving it out like spoiled children and redeemed and saved (but even the best of us are potentially then tempted in our own heat to become treason material, potentially tricked into complacency, preconceived notions, and pressumption prejudices perceived by the devil's devices at times) for then, tempted to conceive sin by attempting more than is our lot, at or trying at stealing and not instead surrendering everything to God completely (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 allotted things in His life within God's will for our lives 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. We are truly dust in the wind for thinking we don't need a whole new life, even born again. 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, one with the Sanctifier. We assume too much is ours as a general rule and presume too much for ourselves without trusting God to help us to obey and to provide for us, as good stewards. But coming back 180 degrees in turning to God in repentance (metanoia) turning to God contritely penitently then we release control possessions have on us and find forgiveness in the gift of God at Salvation receiving reality where the cost effective budget in God's economy is reality, Kingdom reality and is authority in the Blood applied, the axe laid against the root of the tree, and the Christ's Lordship and grace God wants to give us given, to rule us, “Zoe (The God Kind of Life,) and Righteousness (gift in His rightness),” in God's Intervention indeed supernaturally manipulating it. We experience a Baptism into Christ of suffering for righteousness sake even for Christ sake to better be made conformable to His death e'n God's goodness to us and His grace given to us 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 HOLINESS IS FOR ALL THE TIME BECAUSE HE'S HOLY: That's the secret in Christ to wit we have, holiness by GOD'S hand, 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 a habit because we have grace to make godly choices now in Christ with Christ within. Christ makes the difference. Christ went before us everywhere humanity went. He went the distance to experience every man's need to remedy it triumphant over sin and this world. He supplies the love, peace, and joy to live jubilant steady lives of overcomers. We overcome evil with good. We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. We love not our lives to the death. Where Christ took on the sarx sinful nature on Himself for us tackling it successfully He, even through every temptation known to man and more than we have ever known or come across even He had power to conquer it perfectly. In Him we can seamless too be trusting His power triumphant surviving even thriving wearing His righteousness and be overwhelmingly leaning on Him and to follow Him. Without Him at best we flip and flip flop 'round helplessly. Christ is our victory celebration. He is able to sympathize with our every weakness and give us aid. Where sin abounds, God's grace does much more abound. Before we chose to sin naturally not knowing it was offensive, and insidious, eternal death it's wage. But as for me and my house we will serve The Lord for He Died for me and my house so that now in Christ within we can make a real concrete commitment to evidential affecting efficient transforming supernatural difference to the impacting of our world for Christ. We don't know our impact. We get a revelation inside of the flavor of the timelessness of sin and sins and their transient temporary nature too. We renounce sinning and hidden ways. Even as Christ obeyed naturally and supernaturally He laying down some godly prerogatives to live obedient and we can cooperate with God as He sanctifies, makes us Holy. We, His church, say and obey, "God forbid," as to sins. God in recreating you and I born again helps this lifestyle to occur seamlessly. Transformation of us then is like He did the Father and Himself communing 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 to ask His grace and mercy help in time of need. But we tend to remake boundaries of sin that keep us in a state of frustrating cycling ritualism. But we died to that Law that once bound us being crucified with Christ and our demanding note was cancelled being nailed to the cross and from now on obey through the Spirit God's Voice led along that we might bear fruit to Him having died to sins. Rituals are a part of dead religion. Relationship to God is alive in us now by faith as where we extend help now encouraging others and being knit together in one heart and mind and live now what matters because it's by grace we extend hope. Sola Fida, sola Gratia. Only by faith, only 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 having disarmed our weapons and the weapons of our enemies. 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. It draws us to God. But He rose. He's no longer dead. He's alive! He defends us. We sit on a stool at the foot of the Cross in awe. We worship God for such a life of love! We worship in spirit and in truth and with all our activity. Even a consummated life at the cross a Life from Jesus Christ is given us which gets Him crucified encountered to us though more and more being Holy Ghost sensitive to people and God's Presence within. And when the Spirit within is tending to leave us when tempted or isolated re: to fail so then we relinquish behavior in question and instead we fall back in the Savior's arms in love with the Savior at His feet more with His backing everything we go through as godly suffering in aspect. If we stumble we won't fall, but obtain grace and mercy to help Sovereignly. 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 fleece its surface and we get guidance in directions, and we being His prince and princesses Divinely guided. But you or I must have this born again saved experience denying ourself, taking up our cross, and following Jesus Christ individually to even see the Kingdom of God and therefore enter it too and begin walking in Him and, over time indeed not overnight-like begin to live a ‘newness of life,’ life in Him.
We are indeed sin-bearing in need desperately of a Savior until we are found by Him and saved. We are prodigals coming back to Father God. We remember the favor of Daddy. We are not a part of the ninety and nine that need no repentence of 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 of sin is calling a spade a spade which will be right. All sin is against God. Sin is missing the mark and sin is lawlessness and as such is the dirty deed we must relinquish, surrender. 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 does once abound grace does much more abound! God gives us victory over that situation or over of even the very consequences of our sins. He sees the end result if we go on in them He warning us. If we repent of our sins we will win in the end. If we go on sinning there is a warm place we may fuzzy logic fail to get unstuck from even like Esau or say Judas Iscariot. Sin is pleasurable for a season. It's victims witness from hell sadly eventually. It's better to suffer the reproach of God with God's people than the fleeting pleasures of sin for a season in Egypt like Joseph or Moses.
Sins pay a wage, death and Hell eventually even eternally. If your life becomes irresponsible tragedy may gravitate to you to strike putting to a death physically by not walking with The Lord near even so Eternal Death in hell is the result if you've lived like hell unregenerate. You can pay or let Someone Else pay for your sin debt for you now. Jesus is the same Jesus. He will not fail you. Thus God became Jesus at the fullness of time and vicariously suffered, Died, and won us and everything someday totally back submitted to Himself back if we believe individually in coming to Christ for getting saved in this life by faith in Him! As Temples of His Holy Spirit we’re a part of His salvation whole pie and as individuals also. It was His good fruited objective all along our sanctification and Adoption and He won us, our hearts, not in a New Age trophy life nor philosophy aspect alone but spiritually Saved us, from sin, to become who we are which is sanctified and one with the Sanctifier. "When you have Jesus you have everything you need," my Sunday School teacher Sister Hartman first told us. 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 finding good pasture, eating God’s Manna and Bread of Life gratefully from Jesus's nourishment (the Tree of Life!,) don't touch to mar in reality God's perfectness of Agape glorious awesome love at all in a marring of it or a tarnishing of glory. God's glory is His Being His Essence. Knowing God (Epignoskgo,) (experiential intimate knowledge,) we are in fact RESTORED To God. God offers this drawing up close to feel His warm and know He's self-sufficient so there is no OCD in He. And for His glory and honor we keep our bodies intact to possess in separation from sin 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 sanctified honestly of His own heart conditions of holy met which are to be confessing sin to God and soon by Faith in Christ to eventual triumph in Heaven once and for all, leave it all behind now and follow Christ. But also we want for Him to make us more like Christ all the time aware of Jesus is 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 from the past and present sinful states and the fruit of that, Christlikeness rooted and grounded in love with Christ dwelling inside in permanence. We put the future in His hands. 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 our way of indomnimable spirit for 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 in a personal on fire relationship with Himself get on fire re: He the Source of our fire and the provision for. We acquire the fire. That means denying ourselves taking up our cross and following Christ too with the desire to abstain from the attitudes of sin and the world, the flesh, and the devil to claim the good desires He wants for us. We lose our lives to find them in Him. Christ untainted and pristine evokes within us to generously 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 first. And that's a first, rescue from sin, the acts, the deeds, the thoughts, the attitudes and the anger even wrath sinful emotions that are even all sinful influences, re: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the boastful pride of life 2 Corinthians 9:8. Jesus takes away the sinful aspects bringing a forgiven renewed altered changed mind or in fact transformed restored adjusted consciousness to a heightened new right serendipity in living plumb standard, even a moral life in Him lived by Him in us. It is unto the image of God in Christ after a true knowledge of God we're called. 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 hide nor pretend with fig leaves. Let's face the music that Jesus lived a sinless life and having Died, Rose from Death, Resurrected, and is Glorified Coming Again. God 'needed' a sinless life from somewhere to demonstrate His Righteousness, fill His Holiness, and care and maintain for His justice. Jesus. All sin requires a just payment and consequences apart from that are Eternal Death. Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. The Father’s Mighty Arm got it for Him in Jesus Christ. Let's believe God rather than man. 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. He sees His Son when He looks at us. But more than that we are brought near and close all the time and confident if we approach in boldness in true hearts of assurance full Hebrews 10:19-22. It is efficacious, efficient our salvation for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Body is the new and living way through His Blood. God is changeless. We're born again sanctified at once (at the moment of personal asking Christ inside the heart, saved,) yet following Him lifelong: a journey adventure 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 well to surrender to it lest we do stagnate. He lives it and we submit to Him. Like anything good for us we're moved nonetheless to draw near, draw close, confessing and proclaiming Him obeying Him for knowing Christ's Finished Works evokes within us a living stamina to remain at that Cross having come to Christ that this is what happened:
We each have known right from wrong from birth knowing that there is a Heaven and hell. Originally each of us has been chiefest of sinners freely we now confessed. He saved us. Now 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 if go His way. We want to talk to Him a lot more fluently, articulating up to Him that having admitted we're sinners we're also struck even evoked too by God's love whether tangibly from other believer's love or personal experience of that love from Him that we want to do something. By faith we want to 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 about our salvation knowing Christ experiencially inside (epignostko.) We're friends together God and I. "I am a friend of God." He calls me friend! God almighty Lord of glory He calls me friend! Talk with Him then like you are over a fish fry or a sourdough breakfast meal conversation in created form from Him unified and in diversity to express gratitude. We acknowledge Him wanting to be our Savior so talking it up with Him more in this aspect of Provident Hands is blessed. This is Jesus coming in invited by us. This is Eternal life deposited inside the believer with the Word, by the Holy Son of God. He makes us a new species of a new phylum family with kindness within, with new natures that we learn habitually don't sin, but are saved Eternally. He must increase. I must decrease. Aspiring to know the Person of God greater and to be surrendered meet for His use, available to Him to flood our minds and hearts instantaneously to increase in the knowledge of God and a pleasing of Him in word, thought, attitude, and acts beloved, to do so, increasing in Him 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 and pleasing 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 Humble yourself under Him. Look to His hand. Praise The Lord. 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 of glorification of God of all things especially under our influence to commit to God. Our family searched the Spirit and as He the Spirit searches all things we sought the Lord for mercy in time of need and received mercy and grace to rely more on His gracious loving Holy Spirit./span>We depended on His Holy Spirit looking into His Word for everything.My Parents and we, children loved God passionately very much from Him a revelation of Jesus and goodness. With thankfulness we learned to discern God's Intimate Presence at all times discerning from the practical, mundane of life His Presence. Revelations of His aid were matched by great fullness of His care and love. We had close encounters of the love from Heavens with Jesus spending time with Him. Jesus is our all in all.
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 because when He saw me come to Him, 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 in my heart, 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 a committed lifestyle of Christlike behavior growing, I'm IN HIM. I'm still the same person but radically different because Jesus I have met. 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 removed from me my boastful pride of life. I bowed 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 exhaustive view of my sin and then lifetimed Eternal blessing of telescoped broadcast to all of the costliest 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 to death what is of your sinful nature." "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 a method 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. In the Old Covenant it was a mystery. But now it's Christ. As a child I accepted the Gospel of 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 he'd reveal personally what God is like and I’d be different and as I did encounter Him forward on it would not be easy all the time though blessed. It never is easy to follow Jesus Christ for the masses. 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 a man of God. As I receive You I receptively receive you in receive mode! God helped me not to syncretize religion and culture in those years 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 to all mankind so access to Himself is blasted open and He's approachable completely in the latter days meaning our time of generational standing righteous in Him in New Covenant in Christ.
But in conclusion let's not place any credence on manipulating God as if we had an armhold on Him like a slot machine but instead obediently turn to love, like, and love perfectly 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 in scripture to become for His Son's Mercy in Transforming Power changed, renovated, reconstituted, refired re-excited and rejuvenated you to become 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 provides relationship grace for every good work. We need to know God intimately by true knowledge even fellowship of relationship friendship so that we have an obedient relationship that is true. 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. I can do all things through Him! 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 to permanence. It’s my personal Pardon, to have received His Blood transfusion 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 that made a mess and wanted to truly change even 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. He did the Finished Works. Love so amazing enthralls us and thrills us. He is the reason we thrive and why we love. We proclaim Him not just His teaching. He ministers to us generously magnanimously deep within. 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. We know not what may befall tomorrow but we know Who holds our hand. 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 joyously, also bravely. Let Jesus the Living Hope, living Logos or Living Rema (they mean the same,) explain The Plan He's created, to myself, I'm in, reading Jeremiah 29:10,11 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 false light like that which poses an extreme problem to genuine faith with false teaching in itching ears. The crux of the false is believing its about works and myself instead of about Jesus Christ, God, 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. We let truth be truth, exposed. 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 a harvest if we faint not. The Holy Spirit has the big picture or panorama photograph for us so let's take His Eternal panoramic view and call on God asking, seeking, and knocking for just necessary items in His grand design to produce the Gospel witnessing to 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 Deitrick Bonhoffer. This is faith in Christ leading to trust in Him. We renounce the past. We're prepared to meet Him with immanence inside (for God's mercy) having open hearts to Him for Him to flood in us for to compassionately feed and care for the poor and infirm and walk with the burdens of everyone like the seven deacons-evangelists as they performed 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 in as C. s. Lewis states.) It's the importance of the release of the Spirit as Watchman Nee has also said. God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or seek after by the (Dunamus) power or Energy (energizo) of Himself that works (ergon) within us Ephesians 3:20. Every soulful place our foot treads upon melding in abiding (menos) 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 even opportunity 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 implicitly or 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 sake 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 for my own faults. Two can put ten thousand to flight and one a thousand! 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 as Lord and Master and His Salvation for you 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 LyricsWhen God Ran by Benny Hester & John ParentiAlmighty God,The Great I AmImmoveable Rock,Omnipotent powerful
Awesome Lord,Victorious WarriorMighty Conqueror,Commanding King of KingsAnd the only time,the only time I ever saw Him runWas when
He ran to me,Took me in His arms, held my head to His chestAnd said "My son's come home again".Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyesWith forgiveness in His voiceHe 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 heartI wondered ifThings would ever be the same,
Then one night,I remembered His love for meAnd down that dusty road, ahead I could seeIt 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 chestAnd said "My son's come home again".Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyesWith forgiveness in His voiceHe said "Son, do you know I still love you?"
It caught me by surprise, It dropped me to my knees When God ranHoly God, Righteous OneWho turned my wayNow I know, You've been waitingFor this day
To recap:The Good News of the Gospel is still the VERY best great expedient 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? But for full salvation! 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!