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Love Is The Opposite of Control and Dependency-2a

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Celebrate  by asking Jesus to come into your heart this very moment!

Today is the day of Salvation!  1John 5:11-13

Jesus will make you just like Him.

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  1John 3:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18.

And what is Jesus like?

Jesus  is Steadfast unfailing Love, a Love that will hold you together and never forsake you!!

When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. Psalms 94:18

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1John 4:7-8

The facts are that everyone will know that we are disciples of Jesus by the way we love one another!

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:35

His love is The Gospel! That unfailing Love will draw me to Him and Save me!   John 12:32,  Romans 1:16-17.

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
   your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. 

Psalms 94:18 

  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Colossians 1:17  

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

  2 Corinthians 5:14

When healthy love does not successfully emerge and instead selfishness dominates, dependency is frequently the result.

Love is doing what is good regardless of how one feels. Love is doing what is in the best interest of another and giving of oneself for another. Love is selfless. When we love, we live. When we stop loving, we die. Of course it is the infection of selfishness that is the complete opposite of true love.

Unfortunately all nature is infected with the virus of selfishness. This includes each one of us!! Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23.

Selfishness is the principle of taking, while love is the principle of giving.

And Love Is Other Centered!!  Philippians 2:1-4, 1John 4:8, John 3:16, 1Corinthians 13:5. Matthew 5:43-48, Philippians 2:5-8,12-13.

 

Love heals, while dependency destroys.

Love liberates, while dependency always seeks to control.

Love gives, while dependency constantly takes.

Love is fearless, while dependency is fear-ridden.

Love is interested in another, while dependency focuses on self.

Love is stable, while dependency wavers.

Love is orderly and reliable, while dependency is chaotic and unreliable.

Love is based on principle, while dependency is based on feelings.

Love is consistent, while dependency is inconsistent.

Love is honest and truthful, while dependency is dishonest and deceitful.

Love is patient, while dependency is impulsive.

Love is kind, while dependency is cruel.

Love is forgiving, while dependency is resentful.

Love protects, while dependency exploits.

Love sacrifices self, while dependency sacrifices others.

Love never ends, while dependency never lasts.

Love never fails, while dependency never succeeds.

“Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com”

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13, 1John 3:2, John 17:3

 

Issues In The Final Crisis- Comprehending God’s Everlasting Love-2

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The Apostle Paul challenges us to Comprehend God’s Unfailing Love Ephesians 3:18!

 

I pray that this Bible Study will guide you into a rich comprehension of God and His Love for you!! Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 86:5,13,15

 

When the Everlasting Gospel is proclaimed to the entire world then the end will come and we will see Jesus!! Matthew 24:14, Revelation 22:4.

 

The everlasting Gospel is the creative power of God’s love to save every one of us!! Romans 1:16-17,20. Psalm 33: 6-9, 2Peter 3:9.

 

Think About It:

What is your view of God? What is your picture of Him?

1John 4:7-11,16

 

All of Jesus’ life was a demonstration of His love and a revelation of the character of God, His loving Father; that Father, full of love and compassion, is also our Father!    1John 4:8,16. All that Jesus did and still does for us flows through His Everlasting Love!!  Jeremiah 31:3, after all God Is Love!!

Think About It:

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that the Father has loved us even as He loves His Son Jesus! John 17:20-26.

 

 

Revelation 14:6-7. The final message to this world is full of hope and is absolutely astounding: That message is one of atonement/reconciliation 2Corinthains 5:18-20.

In the final crisis the central issue is worship! Who has my loyalties?

 

Think about it!

 

What is the significance of the word “consist” in Colossians 1:17 and the word “compels” NKJV “constrains” KJV in 2Corinthians 5:14?

 

God Is Love! 1John 4:8,16! It’s God’s love that holds us together! What does that mean to you?

 

Once again, the one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that the Father has loved us even as He loves His Son Jesus! John 17:20-26.

Think About It!

GOD’S LOVE IS ALWAYS OTHER CENTERED!!

1. God’s Love is Universal and other centered. He loves His entire Creation. John 3:16, 1Corinthains 13:5.

2. God’s Love is Personal. God knows me and desires an intimate relationship with me. He desires to save me so He can be with me! Thank God I don’t have to save myself!! Matthew 1:21, Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 49:14-16.

3. God’s Love is Pursuing. He actually allures us! Hosea 2:14-16,19-23, Ezekiel 16:1-14.

4. God’s Love is Changeless and Everlasting.  Jeremiah 31:3, God’s Love never changes, Malachi 3:6, Psalm 40:11.

5. God’s Love is non-condemning. John 3:16-17. God is greater than our heart  1John 3:20,4:4. Praise God that He knows everything about me and still loves me! In fact He loves deeply enough to die for me! His desire is to reconcile us and make us like Him. Reconciliation is the process that God uses to reestablish broken relationships. Reconciliation is to exchange hostility for a friendly relationship. We are not active in this process. This is the work of God alone in our behalf. That’s why it’s said we receive the reconciliation. Romans 5:11, 2Corinthains 5:14-21, 1John 3:2. Our part is to simply accept God’s free gift of reconciliation!! John 3:16, Romans 10:9.

6. God’s Love is Selfless. His mission: Save all of mankind. It’s like God said “I can’t live with out them so I will die for them”!! Luke 23:36,39. He loved us so much that He died for us while we were still sinners. Amazing! Romans 5:6-11, 1John 4:10,John 15:16

7. God’s Love Holds me Together and Sustains me! Colossians 1:17, 2Corinthians 5:14. Word Meaning: To consist and to compel is to hold together, to sustain, to urge on, to manage, direct, to control, and to guide.

It’s God’s unfailing love that holds us together and gives us His victory. John 16:33, Romans 8:3-4, Psalm 94:18.

Our part is to overcome (Revelation 2:7 etc) which simply means we will never let go of our hold on Jesus, even in the face of death. Jesus is saving us right now! Genesis 32:24-30, Jeremiah 30:5-7 (Jacob’s Trouble), Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 13:15,

8. When can I have assurance then of my Salvation?                             We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our life, and never let go of Him, and that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in our future or ourselves. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior alone! Hosea 6:1-3.

Here is really great news!! When it becomes the habit of the soul to converse with God, the power of the evil one is broken, for Satan cannot abide near the soul that draws nigh unto God. John 17:3

 

 GOD IS ALWAYS  STEADFAST LOVE—ALL THE TIME!!!    Psalms 94:18, John 3:16, 1John 4:8

Salvation Is By Faith Alone In Jesus—That’s It!!!

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!    1 John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

It is all Christ and nothing that we “do” in the area of putting forth effort.  We simply believe what God says. Praise God we don’t have to save ourselves.

She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.  Matthew 1:21, Luke 2:11, John 3:16,  Romans 10:9

 

 

Trusting In Jesus: John 11:26: You Never Die, Hebrews 4:3,10-12                         But You Must Continue Trusting In Jesus!

 

 It’s All About My Relationship!!  Am I Trusting In Jesus? John 17:3

 

The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— Including death!!      Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Sin Is Not Trusting In Jesus

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me.  John 16:7-9

There Is Reason For Encouragement!!

  1. Romans 1:16-17,20
  2. Colossians 1:26-27,Philippians 2:12-13
  3. Matthew 24:14, Revelation 14:6
  4. Romans 3:21-22,Ephesians 2:8-9,Philippians 2:12-13
  5. John 3:16-17,Acts16: 30-31,Romans 10:9 ,Romans 5:1-5,6-8,9-11,20-21
  6. John 15:5,9-17,John 17:2,23
  7. 1John 2:28
  8. 1Corinthians 1:18,21-25,29-30, 1Corinthians2:2,9,16
  9. Romans 5:1-14,Romans 5:15-19 Romans 5:20-21

 

Full Assurance By Faith In Jesus Alone!!

 

  1. Hebrews 4:14-16
  2. Hebrews 9:11-15,27-28
  3. Hebrews 10:4,10,11-20,22-25
  4. Hebrews 1:9,Hebrews 10:34-39

For we continue to share in all that Christ has for us so long as we steadily maintain until the end the trust with which we began.  Hebrews 3:14 Phillips

Lavish Grace

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 Rocky Mountain High 

 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

 

 

 

 


 Romans 3:23  says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Worry is falling short on faith.  Impatience is falling short on kindness.  The critical spirit falls short on love.
So, how often do you sin, hmm… in an hour?  For the sake of discussion, let’s say ten times an hour.  Ten sins an hour, times sixteen waking hours, times 365 days a year, times the average life span of 74 years.  I’m rounding the total off to 4,300,000 sins per person!  How do you plan to pay God for your 4.3 million sin increments?  You’re swimming in an ocean of debt.
But God pardons the zillion sins of selfish humanity.  He forgives sixty million sin-filled days.  He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.  And He did it by the grace of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:26

He Will Manifest His Victory In And Through Us!! Praise God!!

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 We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!   1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

 

 Post By Pastor Dennis Smith

 

Be Enlightened

 

In short, whatever attitudes or behavior the Lord asks us to exhibit He will manifest in and through us if we choose to let Him and believe He will.  This requires us to be aware of the attitudes and behaviors God wants us to exhibit.  We find this instruction in the Word of God. Such sections as Christ’s Sermon on the Mount clearly reveals to us God’s will for us in many situations of life.

The Sermon on the Mount sets the standard very high; impossibly high for us to attain by our own efforts no matter how hard we try.  This standard will be met only as Christ lives out this standard through us.  Paul actually points this out in his letter to the Romans.

 

“For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4 NIV

 

In these verses Paul tells us that it is impossible for sinful man to fulfill the righteous requirements of God’s law.  However, because Christ came in the flesh, obeyed the law perfectly and fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law He condemned sin breaking its power.  Therefore, through Christ the “righteous requirements of the law” can be “fully met in us” who do not yield to our sinful nature, but allow the Spirit to manifest obedience in us.

New Covenant Promise

 

What I am presenting in this chapter is how God fulfills the new covenant promise.  In the new covenant God says He will write His law on our hearts and minds (Hebrews 8:8-10).  Our part is to choose to allow Him to do it.  God foretold through the prophet Ezekiel that He would do this.

 

“Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:25-27

 

The New Testament confirms this promise in such texts as the following:

 

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

 

Note that it is God who “performs” this work.  Paul presents this same truth in his first letter to the Thessalonians.

 

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1Thessalonians 5:23-24

 

Again Paul is clear; it is God who does the sanctifying.  Our part is to choose to allow Him to perform that work within our spirit, soul and body.

 

Lighten Up

 

Every Christian who is not experiencing deliverance from temptation through Christ, but is trying to do it through their own efforts asking God to add His power to their efforts is not experiencing the “light burden” Jesus is referring to in Matthew 11:28-29.  Instead, their life is weighed down with frustration, bewilderment, and feelings of defeat.  Jesus calls us to come to Him with this burden.  If you learn how to do that you will find “rest,” and your walk with the Lord will become much “easier” and “lighter.”  Why; because Jesus is giving you His victory and you are resting in Him.

Before I came to personally understand and experience the reality of abiding in Christ and allowing Him to manifest Himself in and through me I did not understand these words of Christ.  For me the Christian life was a burden and obedience was not easy.  Once I came to understand and experience Christ’s abiding presence then I found His words to be true – “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  He offers the same abiding experience to all who believe in Him.

 

Stay in Touch

 

This kind of victory in Christ requires us to be in moment-by-moment communion with Him.  Remember what David wrote, “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).  David knew the necessity of the Lord being “always before him.”  We must not let our communion with Jesus be broken.

We can also see that the victory Jesus is offering requires a moment-by-moment surrender to Him.  Whenever a temptation comes we must surrender it to Him no matter how much we have enjoyed yielding to it in the past.  Complete 100 percent surrender is the only way to complete 100 percent victory.

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation

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For the love of Christ compels us…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.    2 Corinthians 5:14,17

Jesus Just Wants To be Friends With You!!  John 15:14-15

 

 

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

  Revelation 14:6, Matthew 24:14

 The Gospel Is Jesus!!

 “Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation”!  How is this true?    

“For God so loved”  FirstHe GaveHe Forgave. John 3:16-17, 15:9,17, 17:20-26, 1 John 4:410,Romans 5:6-11, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 6:14-15, 5:43-48, Psalms 94:18, 1John 4:13-21,John 17:2-3,23, Romans 8:32,35-39

 The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                                          Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

The Heart Of The Gospel

Selfishness is at the very core of sin and in the end will destroy you! It is a virus that has infected all humanity! Romans 3:23,6:23, Matthew 25:41

 

Selfishness —Self-seeking—-displaced love, liberty, peace and life.                                                Romans 6:12,18-20, 1Corinthians 13:5

 

The result of self-seeking (Sin) is separation from God, absence of peace and a gross misjudgment of God’s character of Love.  Fear, guilt and separation control the sinner’s life. Romans 5:1-11 Justification means being “set right” or “put right.”

 

Sinners no longer trust God for their welfare. Fear causes self-seekers to take matters into their own hands—to trust in themselves. Thus the survival of the fittest emerges! 2 Timothy 3:1-5,4:10,Titus 3:3-8,Galatians 2:20

 

Removing the selfishness from our minds, Jesus will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Then we will once again stand as intelligent, self-governed, self-sacrificing friends of God—as the living repositories of His great law of love and liberty.                           John 17:14,15, 2Corinthians 3:18, 5:12-21.

 

When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.        John 17:3

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!                    1John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3

Jesus Is Looking For Friends!!

So it is—At the very heart of the Gospel is Jesus–Just Looking For Friends– Loving us and healing our broken relationship with His Steadfast Love–Love that is everlasting!!

Psalms 94:18    Jeremiah 31:3   Romans 3:26

 Jesus Just Wants To Be Your Friend!!

John 15:14-15

Will You Be His Friend?

Revelation 3:20


This is truly the Everlasting Gospel.   Revelation 14:6

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!   Psa 31:14,15,16,  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

Courtesy Come And Reason Ministries 

Is Sabbath Rest An End Time Issue?-3

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I personally believe we are living at the very end of time and Jesus my Savior is about to come to deliver those who believe in Jesus, Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, Revelation 14:12.

The Last Testing Truth For The World

I firmly believe that the testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship. (Just count the times worship is mentioned in Revelation Chapters 13 and 14, it is very revealing). Please do not attack individuals or denominations over this issue but rather call the Christian church back to The Bible Gospel! The Bible is our only rule of belief and practice! Period!

 

First, Sabbath Rest is about Relationship. Hebrews 4:4, “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.”  The phrase ‘rested from His works’ is a direct quote from Genesis 2:2.  Resting, too often, will convey an idea of passivity.  A better fit is the word “desisted or ceased”.  A good mental picture of “cease is that of a ship gliding into harbor after a long voyage or a train coming to a halt at the train station.  It is the anticipation of being with someone you love!  Ceasing points to the joy of being with that someone very special.  This is exactly what I believe is meant in Hebrews 4:10.  “God ceased from His works” which is to say God had eager anticipation of being with His creation.  The Sabbath is about an intimate personal relationship with my Creator (Genesis 2:1-3) and His power to save me and make me like Jesus.  1 John 3:2.  The Sabbath is about relationship and resulting loyalty to Jesus Christ.

 

Next the Prophet Ezekiel plainly says that The Sabbath is a relational marker—a sign. Exodus 31:13, 17. Ezekiel 20:12, 20.  Interestingly Paul says that a sign and seal are identical. See Romans 4:11.  Let me emphasize, “The Sabbath is a special time to enjoy more intimacy with The Creator, Jesus.  As a result of this time we become more and more loving and more and more like Jesus and ready for His appearing”  Praise God!  Mark 2:27, 1 John 3:2.

 

Finally, Sabbath Rest is a “ceasing” from all activity of trying to save myself and anticipating an intimate saving relationship with Jesus. Jesus is the only source for true rest and Salvation.  He wants us to “cease” completely trying to save ourselves.  And if we would only come to Him He then will justify us, sanctify us, and make us Holy just like Jesus.  John 17:3, Hebrews 4:4, 10, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 John 3:2,  1 Corinthians 1:29-31, and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

 

Worship is The Final Issue

 

Let me toss Jacob’s Trouble into the mix! The “time” of Jacobs’ trouble (See Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 13:15-18) is specifically centered on the issue of worship and is connected with the enforcement of the image to the beast with a death decree. The pressures will be extreme but God’s power to deliver His people is so much greater!!  And God will deliver all who believe in Jesus Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, (Compare Daniel 3:4-13, with Revelation 13:11-18).  So people living at the end of time will fall into one of two groups:  The worshipers of the True God having God’s Seal on their forehead (Revelation 7:3, 14:1) or the worshipers of the satanic trinity (The Dragon, The Beast, and the False Prophet Revelation 16:13-14) who have a mark on their right hand or on their forehead (Revelation 13:16-17, 14:11).

 

So how do I enter God’s rest?

 

We enter God’s rest by believing fully in Jesus!  Hebrews 4:3.

 

And the converse is also true; we don’t enter God’s rest because of unbelief.  Hebrews 3:19.

 

In other words, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  It is all about Jesus!  He is the only one who can save us.  Romans 3:26, 5:10.  The truth is we need to stop all efforts of trying to save ourselves!  Jeremiah 13:23, John 15:5.

 

We enter His rest when we consider Jesus Hebrews 3:1.

 

We enter His rest when we listen to His voice Hebrews 3:7, 15, 4:7.

 

We enter His rest when we cease completely from our own efforts to earn Salvation     Hebrews 4:10.

All of these admonitions are saying the same thing, so let me say it again, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest and obtaining salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.

Let me say it again: I strongly believe that the last testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship.

Revelation 13:15-17, 14:6-7

 

Hold firmly to Jesus my friend and never ever let go of your grip!

 

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:22-25.

 

So What Is Your Conclusion? Is Sabbath Rest An End Time Issue?

Revelation 14:6-7,12

Please post your comments!!

 

What Is The Gospel Mentioned In Revelation 14:6?—The Simple Truth! A Brief Bible Study

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16 NIV

 

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.       Revelation 14:6

The Gospel Is A Living Demonstration Of God’s Steadfast Love— An Everlasting Love That Holds Me Together And Saves Me!!

 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15

 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;  Isaiah 61:1

 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11

It is very interesting to note that in both Isaiah 61:1 (From The LXX which is the official translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek) and in Luke 2:10-11 the Greek word for Good News is Gospel! (euaggelizo).

The Power Of God’s Love!

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son… John 3:16

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NIV

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;  2Corinthians 5:14

When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. Psalm 94:18

The Gospel Is The Creative Power of God To Save Us!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16, 20, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 1:24, 18, 2 Timothy 1:8-12

Jesus Is The Gospel!

Christ is the power of God 1Corinthians 1:23-24. Therefore Jesus is the Gospel! And Christ’s Salvation comes through the cross. Mark 1:15, 1Corinthains 1:18

The Gospel is a Mystery Now Revealed!

To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Jesus is “The Only Way” John 14:6 Colossians 1:27, Ephesians 3:3-7, Romans 8:3-4, 11

The Gospel is Christ dwelling inside us and the preaching of the Gospel is making known to others of the possibility of Christ dwelling inside of them! It’s by Faith alone In Jesus that accomplishes this awesome reality!   Ephesians 2:8-9

How does Christ dwell inside us?

Jesus lives inside us through the Holy Spirit. John 16:13, John 14:17 Romans 8:8-11, John 14:16-18, John 16:7, John 17:20-26, Galatians 5:22,23, Revelation 3:20

When I invite Jesus to dwell inside me, He then transforms me into His likeness 1John 3:1-3. He literally lives out His life of victory inside us. Romans 8.:3-4, 8-11,Romans 5:10. All of this is accomplished in me because God is love. 1John 4:8, Jeremiah 31:3, 1Thessalonians 5:23-24, 1Corinthians 1:29,30, Galatians 5:22-23

It is all Christ and nothing that we “do” in the area of putting forth effort.  We simply believe what God says. Praise God we don’t have to save ourselves. Matthew 1:21, John 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 3:3-8

And what is my part? Simply to choose Jesus and trust Him with my life! This requires 100 percent surrender to Jesus 100 percent of the time!                       And that’s it!!  John 3:16, Galatians 2:20

For Future Study: What Is Sanctification?

 

 

 

 

Jesus Is About To Come!! Revelation 22:20

    We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

What Is The Only Mission Of Jesus?

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Clearly The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                                                                                                                                   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

For Background Information Please Read Luke 13:10-17


So what is the only mission of Jesus and The Gospel?  Clearly it is His only mission “to heal all Creation of its damage”!! This is Reconciliation at its best! And not only does Paul admonish us to “Be Reconciled to God ourselves but he plainly states that Jesus Christ has given each of us the ministry of Reconciliation!!   2 Corinthians 5:14-17,18-19,20-21

Reconciliation is the very last message of Revelation 14:6-12 as well!!

It’s all about a personal intimate relationship with Jesus!! John 17:3, 1 John 3:2,        1 John 5:11-13   

“Think of it”:  “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” Luke 13:16.  The eighteen years have been registered by Jesus who knows that they have been long years and who makes the length of the years and not just the number of years His reason to intervene.

We do not hear Him say, “Stuff happens,” treating her fate dismissively and the price some people have to pay for living in a disordered and messy world.  To the extent that she is proof of a disordered state, she is the victim of Satan.  This is an additional incentive for Jesus to drive back the forces of darkness and restore her to health.

On this point at least some interpreters see Jesus within the frame of reference of Creation, and the pieces fall into place when it is recognized that the Sabbath is “the designated day for the liberation of Creation.”  Jesus’s ministry cannot be explained apart from the assumption that “it is His mission to heal all Creation of its damage”.

Jesus is in the business of “restoring everything to perfection,” taking it back to the starting point, indeed, changing it “to an earlier good state or condition.”

Jesus’s answer portrays love to God and love for one’s fellow human beings as inseparable.  It one side is emphasized over the other, even as we hear it from Jesus, it is the second commandment because it is on this point that the religious priorities contemporary to Jesus fall short.  Matthew 22:39.  The same thrust is found in Paul, who, in Romans, makes all the commandments come together in the one commandment to love one’s neighbor, Roman 13:9, but who also, in Galatians, sees the full range of this commandment brought to completion in Jesus Galatians 5:14.  Seeing the commandment embodied in Jesus, Paul transforms law into narrative so as to make the living embodiment lead the way instead of law.

But what becomes of the Sabbath in this scenario?  It rises to the highest level in its course because it highlights the meaning of the greatest commandment.  Whereas Jesus’s critics make the Sabbath the inspiration and alibi for their indifference to human need, for Jesus the Sabbath and awareness of human need are indissolubly linked.

The Sabbath is the pledge of God’s healing, restoring presence.  “The Sabbath was made for mankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath,” says Jesus Mark 2:27.  The greatest commandment and the Sabbath, united in living narrative, converge in concern for others and awareness of human need.

When we read Jesus’s justification for His course of action in this light, the points of emphasis stand out distinctly.  His statement to people in the synagogue in Galilee should be read in two stages, like this, my own literal translation merely reinforcing the good work of the New King James Version:  “This woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, must she not be loosed from this chain?”  This is the first stage, and the emphasis on the many years of suffering and the necessity of healing her should not be toned down.  The second stage is this, grasping that Jesus is exposing not only a moral intuition in disrepair but also a defective view of the Sabbath; “This woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, must she not be loosed from this chain on the Sabbath? Luke 13:16.

 We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Thanks to Sigev K. Tonstad.

“Courtesy Come And Reason Ministries”

God Listens

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  The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                            Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

 

 

You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God—and he listens. He listens to the painful plea of the elderly in the rest home. He listens to the gruff confession of the death-row inmate. When the alcoholic begs for mercy, when the spouse seeks guidance, when the businessman steps off the street into the chapel, God listens.

Intently. Carefully. The prayers are honored as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. “The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God.” Incredible. Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God.

Then, the angel “filled the incense pan with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth” (Rev. 8:5). One call and Heaven’s fleet appears. Your prayer on earth activates God’s power in heaven, and “God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.”

You are the someone of God’s kingdom. You have access to God’s furnace. Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing thought!

When you speak, Jesus hears.
And when Jesus hears, thunder falls.
And when thunder falls, the world is changed.
All because someone prayed.

The Overmastering Majesty Of Personal Power—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For February 4th

“For the love of Christ Controls us.”

2 Corinthians 5:14

Paul says he is overruled, overmastered, held as in a vice, by the love of Christ. Very few of us know what it means to be held in a grip by the love of God; we are held by the constraint of our experience only. The one thing that held Paul, until there was nothing else on his horizon, was the love of God. “The love of Christ controls us” – when you hear that note in a man or woman, you can never mistake it. You know that the Spirit of God is getting unhindered way in that life.

When we are born again of the Spirit of God, the note of testimony is on what God has done for us, and rightly so. But the baptism of the Holy Ghost obliterates that for ever, and we begin to realize what Jesus meant when He said – “Ye shall be witnesses unto Me.” Not witnesses to what Jesus can do – that is an elementary witness – but “witnesses unto Me.” We will take everything that happens as happening to Him, whether it be praise or blame, persecution or commendation. No one can stand like that for Jesus Christ who is not constrained by the majesty of His personal power. It is the only thing that matters, and the strange thing is that it is the last thing realized by the Christian worker. Paul says he is gripped by the love of God, that is why he acts as he does. Men may call him mad or sober, but he does not care; there is only one thing he is living for, and that is to persuade men of the judgment seat of God, and of the love of Christ. This abandon to the love of Christ is the one thing that bears fruit in the life, and it will always leave the impression of the holiness and of the power of God, never of our personal holiness.