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The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

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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

The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.  EGW COL 415

 

 

 

 

The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love is the very basis of Salvation.  “For God so loved”—that He Gave. John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 13:5

“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 (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.

            The Power Of God’s Love!

 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. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.     1 John 4:13-21, John 5:24

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…   John 3:16-17

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

But all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transfigured by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into His own image.   2 Corinthians 3:18

God Loves You Just Like He Loves His Son Jesus!

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that The Father has loved us even as He loved Him!

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23 ,26

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

God’s Character: Our Assurance Of Salvation

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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

 

God’s Character: Our Assurance

   God’s nature doesn’t necessitate His forgiveness of sin, as if that were His job.  Nor is forgiveness the suspension of God’s justice, as if His justice were severe and harsh.  Doubts about our eternal security are rooted in a misconception of God’s character—in our failure to grasp the wondrous blend of His justice and mercy, as revealed by God to Moses in Exodus 34:6,7.  It was this harmony of God’s attributes that Israel’s prophets and psalmists praised, as can be seen in Joel 2:13; Nehemiah 9:31; Jonah 4:2; Psalms 85:10, 86:15; 103:8; 145:8.   God intended that the society of His covenant people reflect His divine character by placing justice and mercy on equal terms (see Exodus. 22:25-27).

No psalm reflects more accurately the tension repentant believers feel about their standing before God than does Psalm 130:1-8 .  Here the psalmist cries “out of the depths” to the God of Israel.  And here he receives assurance:

 

If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with

you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared… O Israel, put your

hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full

redemption.  He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. Psalms 130:3,4,7,8.

 

A troubled conscience can hear no greater assurance than these inspired words of comfort.  Many believers have divorced mercy from justice.  But in the biblical revelation of God’s nature—for example, in Exodus 34:6,7 and Psalm 85:10—“God’s love has been expressed in His justice no less than in His mercy.  Justice is the foundation of His throne, and the fruit of His love.”  This insight does not mean that mercy destroys justice; instead, it means that both are the fruits of God’s holy love.  Such a harmony of God’s attributes exceeds all human comprehension!  God doesn’t bestow His mercy on repentant sinners reluctantly but with delight and with “full redemption” Isa. 55:7,  Ps. 130:7.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon unfolds this mercy in its great variety:

“Here is mercy that receives sinners, mercy that restores backsliders, mercy that keeps believers.  Here is mercy that pardons sin, that introduces to the enjoyment of all gospel privileges, and that blesses the praying soul far beyond its expectations.  With the Lord there is mercy, and he loves to display it, he is ready to impart it, he has determined to exalt and to glorify it”.

 

Leslie C. Allen explains the basis of Christian assurance of salvation as follows; “For the Christian this grace is grounded not only in a heart of love but in its disclosure through the death of Jesus as the objective basis of divine deliverance.”  Jesus demonstrated this holy love and mercy of His Father in His own life and death.  He showed that God does not demand justice without mercy, or no one would be saved (see Ps. 143.2).  He assured every repentant believer that His self-sacrifice was an all-sufficient ransom for all humankind (Mark 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:6).

GOD IS LOVE ALL THE TIME!! 1 John 4:8,15,16

 

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

Christ Gives the Victory

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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

 

By Pastor Dennis Smith

 

Until the Christian comes to understand and experience what it means to let Christ give him His victory, he will not experience the consistently obedient life he desires.  In today’s devotional I will present how to let Christ live out His victorious life in you.  When you come to understand and experience this truth, your Christian life will never again be the same.  Instead of a life of sporadic obedience and broken promises to God, you will, in time, experience a life of victory through Christ over every temptation and sin that Satan brings your way.

 

Is such a consistently obedient life really possible?  Can we truly have victory over every temptation and sin in our life?  That is the kind of life God calls us to live in Romans 6:6,6:11-14.

 

“He who has not sufficient faith in Christ to believe that He can keep him from sinning, has not the faith that will give him an entrance into the kingdom of God” (Manuscript 161, 1897, p. 9).

 

So what is the answer to how we can live a consistently victorious Christian life?  The answer is to let Jesus live out His life of victory in us, a truth taught throughout the Bible (Ps. 16:8; Isa. 26:3, 4; John 15:4, 5).  These passages, and others, point to our dependence on Jesus and His guiding light in our lives.

 

Christ’s mind was filled with pure, holy, virtuous thoughts.  If we have asked Christ to live in us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, if we believe He does, and if we believe He will manifest His love – His pure, holy, virtuous thoughts in our minds – He will do just that.  It is a matter of faith – believing He will truly manifest Himself in our lives.  Paul recognized this fact when he wrote Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 3:16,17.

 

Believe Jesus will help you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific. This happens as you daily receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18 and 1 John 3:24).

 

With Jesus living in you, you have His mind:

 

“For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’  But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

 

We have His love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance – all the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23).

 

Through Jesus living in us via the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have His likes and dislikes, His pure thoughts, His forgiveness – the list could go on and on.  Every virtue of Christ is in you through Christ abiding in you.

 

How is the Christian to apply this truth?  Simply put, the steps are these.  When you become aware of a temptation to sin:

 

  1.  Choose to turn your mind immediately away from the temptation:  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8).
  2. Believe that the power of your sinful nature’s attraction to the temptation to control you is broken.
  3. Believe Jesus is in you, and ask Him to manifest His virtue in you in relation to the temptation.  Be specific.
  4. Believe that He will manifest Himself in that manner, rest in that belief, and don’t fight the temptation.  When we fight the temptation we are actually focusing on it and trying to resist it in our own strength rather than looking to Jesus for the victory:  “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1, 2).
  5. Thank Him for the deliverance He has just given you.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

I Wish You Enough—A Great Love Story!

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  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.      1 Corinthians 13:4-9

 

 

Not long ago I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’

The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.’

They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?’

‘Yes, I have,’ I replied. ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’..

‘I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,’ he said.

‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough..’ May I ask what that means?’

He began to smile. ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone…’ He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.’ Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

He then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.

   Only If You Wish!!

 TAKE TIME TO LIVE….

To all my Family,Loved Ones and Friends, I WISH YOU ENOUGH.


 

  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

God Is Never Wrong—A Wonderful Short Story

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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

 

 

 

 

A king who  did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all
circumstances, said: “My king, do not be discouraged, because  everything
God does is perfect, no mistakes!”

One day  they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the
king.  His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his
majesty losing a finger.  Furious  and without showing his gratitude for
being saved, the nobleman said  “Is God good? If He was good, I would not
have been attacked and  lost my finger.”The slave  replied:  “My  king,
despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is  good, and he
knows “why” of all these things. What God does is  perfect. He is never
wrong!”

Outraged  by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his  slave.Later,
he  left for  another hunt and was captured by savages who made human
sacrifices.  In the  altar, ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages
found that the victim had not one of his fingers, so he was released.
According to  them, it was not so complete to be offered to the gods.

Upon his  return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave that
he  received very affectionately.”My dear,  God was really good to me! I was
almost killed by the wild men, but  for lack of a single finger, I was let
go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did He allow me to put you
in jail?”

“My King,  if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been sacrificed
for you, because I have no missing finger, therefore, remember everything
God does is perfect. He is never wrong.”

Often we  complain about life, and negative things that happen to us,
forgetting that nothing is random and that everything  has a  purpose.
Every  morning, offer your day to God ……. don’t be in a  rush.  Ask God
to  inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings.  And
do not be afraid. God is never wrong!

You know  why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because
He never makes mistakes …….The path  of God and his word is perfect,
without impurities. He is the way of  all those who trust in Him, as He says
in 2  Samuel 22:31.

What you  do with this message is up to you. May God put in your heart the desire to follow Jesus completely!

God is  never wrong!!    Psalms 94:18

My Assurance is Being “In Christ Jesus-2

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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 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Can you  without any hesitation say that you experience Eternal Salvation right now? Do you have full assurance that Jesus has saved you and He is continuing to save you? If today were your last moments to live  can you say without pause and with complete assurance that you are saved?

The Bible teaches us that 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. “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 (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment. Thus we can have complete assurance that we have Salvation NOW!!!! Praise God!!!!!1 John 5:11-13

We have Assurance that we don’t have to save ourselves.

We have made salvation woefully complicated.  We have brought our own ideas and opinions to the discussion.  When I choose to trust Jesus with my Life, then Jesus and Jesus alone will save me!  He is my Savior.  “In Christ,” Jesus wants us to sit down and enjoy what He has already done for us.  We are not to try to work at attaining these blessings.  I can’t add anything to the equation of Salvation no matter what I do.  “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  Once we trust Jesus with our lives, He freely gives us all things which are bestowed “through Christ” and His Cross.                    1 Corinthians 1:30-31.  Luke 2:10-11.  Hebrews 4:1-8.

Jesus wants us to enjoy Salvation now!!

We have “Assurance that Jesus alone is reconciling us to Him”. 

Now all thing are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:18-19.  Jesus wants to heal us completely from the virus of sin.  Reconciliation is a change from enmity to friendship and is brought about my God alone.  “In Christ” we become a new creation.  This is possible only through the compelling love of Jesus.  He will draw us to Him with an everlasting love.  His transforming, reconciling love is through His Holy Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18.  Are you baptized by the Holy Spirit?  John 1:29, 33,  Luke 3:16,  Acts 1:5,2; 1-4,  Ephesians 5:18, 6:18,  Luke 11:13,  Galatians 5:22-23.

 

The truth is that Jesus wants to literally live out His life in us giving us His victory:  This is “being in Christ Jesus”.  Colossians 1:27.

 

We have Assurance that Jesus is writing “His laws” (plural) in our minds.

Yes, laws, plural.  His laws of love and liberty.  By completely healing us,  Jesus will remove selfishness from our minds and will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Praise God:  Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17.  (More on the concepts about the laws of love and liberty in future studies)

 

When we are “in Christ Jesus”  He will manifest Himself in and through us. 

It’s Christ alone who heals us!  It’s Christ alone who restores His image in us!  This is why there is no fear, anxiety, worry or burden abiding “in Christ Jesus”.  It’s all about Jesus.  We simply allow Him to do these things in and through us by The Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:1-5, 11.

  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

Just Like Jesus! Does This Mean Sinless Perfection?

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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. See 1 John 3:1-3. Matthew 5:48

Have you ever wondered who God is? God is love! 1 John 4:8, 16. God designed everything He created to operate in harmony with His law of Love which is His creation freely giving to others. In other words the very basis of God is Love! You can’t say that God has a characteristic that’s called love. He is in fact Love!! God’s Agape Love is defined as “Giving”! Period! This love does not seek its own good at all, but rather the good of others.1Corinthians 10:24 1Corinthians 13:5. Certainly The Law of Love can be seen in nature. Romans 1:19-20. But the most powerful demonstration of God’s love is the Cross of Jesus. For God so loved that “He gave for His entire creation”. See John 3:16.

Now then, who is man? We are all sinners who are selfish through and through to the very core. Jeremiah says our heart is “deceitful and desperately wicked and who can know it”? Jeremiah 17:9-10. I know that sounds awful but unfortunately it’s what Adam chose for all of us.  Romans 3:9-12, 23. Through the blood line of Adam, we all have inherited this virus called “selfishness”.  It’s natural for us to look out for number one instead of serving others. See Isaiah 14:12-15 .   In other words, Sinning is simply the natural thing to do, the easy thing to do! And that includes all of us!! Psalm 51:4-5.

So Sinner’s sin! Right? I wonder why we are so shocked, and ready to condemn, when we see sinner’s doing what they do best? Any ideas?

But praise God that through another man, Jesus Christ, all are made righteous. Romans 5:12-19. And thankfully, where sin abounds Grace abounds much more! Romans 5:20-21.

What does it mean to be just like Jesus?  1John 3:2. Does Jesus mean sinless perfection?

If God is defined as love, (1John 4:8,16) which He is, then it seems to me we must be like Him in love! We are to love as God loves!

Just how does God love? Matthew 5:43-48 has the answer.

First right out of the gate, Jesus is not talking about sinless perfection in verse 48. So just what is it that Jesus means? How do I become perfect?

Jesus says, in verses 43-45: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;

Wow!! How simple is that!! You mean you are to Love those who hate you? Those Who use you, who persecute you and who curse you? And you will be perfect if you love like that? Exactly!!! Now that’s getting a little more difficult huh. Thankfully that’s how God Loves us!

It’s really easy to love all those who come to Church or Gospel Fellowship! Right? Not hard at all!! But Jesus says what virtue is that?

Sticking to the context of these verses we must agree that Jesus is saying  “when you love like me”, you are perfect or simply stated “MATURE”

In fact my good friend, The Apostle Paul, says that loving my neighbor fulfills all of the law!! Romans 13: 8-10, Galatians 5:13-14. Further, John argues that we know God through loving one another! 1 John 4:7-11.

Being just like Jesus then, (1John 3:2) is not complicated, as we often make it! It simply is loving like Jesus loves! Let me put it this way! I need to spend time with Jesus so He can teach me how to love just like Him! Jesus craves a relationship with you!  John 17:3,26.

Being perfect or mature is the process by which all those who, Trust Jesus with their lives,(Romans 3:26) will progressively become more and more loving! This is truly being “Just Like Jesus”!! This process is also known as Sanctification , becoming more and more loving ,which is becoming  more and more”like Jesus” and ready for His soon coming. It’s “in His Love” that Jesus makes us just like Him! Ephesians 1:4 It’s God’s Love that causes us to trust Him and walk the walk with Him! Ephesians 1:12-14, 2:4-10. Ephesians 5:2.

Here is how Dr Timothy Jenkins puts it:

“God’s Love Heals. Jesus desires to live inside us through The Holy Spirit, who daily will make me progressively more and more loving.  God’s plan is to take humanity, damaged by sin, born with natural inclinations toward self-seeking, infected with the law of selfishness, and restore in us His law of love and liberty.  The Lord does not want simply to put His law in the mind as an idea to be believed, but rather to re-create us in the fullness of His image as living conduits of His Love. His law of love will permeate our entire being and become the wellspring of all action.  He seeks to elevate us from our fallen state of selfishness with its slavery to fear, insecurity, and feelings, so that we will once again occupy our noble station in God’s order.  Removing the selfishness from our minds, He 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”.

“Courtesy Dr. Tim Jennings and ComeAndReason.com”

But when do we reach sinless perfection?

Again quoting my friend The Apostle Paul with his simple answer: “In a moment of the twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet sound”. This is when Jesus appears for the second time! Facts are Jesus is about to come! 1Corinthians 15:51-54. So when this great cosmic event occurs “we shall all be changed” and never ever have to worry about sin again! Ever!! Nahum 1:9 Isaiah 11:9 Revelation  21:4 . Praise God!! And all of this is a free gift from Jesus to you and me!! Alleluia!!

So what are we waiting for? Now is the time for me to be more and  more loving and hence more just like Jesus!! Its a free gift too!! Ephesians 2:8-9

Its really great news that Jesus will save me if I simply allow Him to come inside me through the Holy Spirit and completely change me , making me just like Him!! My assurance of Salvation is “in Jesus”. 1 John 5:11-13.

In the end it’s all about Jesus!1Corinthians 1:29-31. He is my victory and everything to me! He patches up my broken relationship  (1Corinthians 5:17-21) with Him and makes me just like Jesus! 2 Corinthians 3:18. He will then live out His life inside me, through The Holy Spirit, (Romans 8:2-4, 9-11) making me more and more loving and ready to live forever and ever with Him! This is really great news!! This is The Gospel!!

Listen my friend why not let Jesus cleanse you, transform you, set your relationship with  right with Him, and fill you with His Holy Spirit. He will save you completely!  He will finish the good work in you which He has begun! Praise God! Philippians 1:6.

Now this very moment is the time to accept Salvation from Jesus! “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of Salvation” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

When Jesus comes, He will be looking for those who have trusted Him with their lives! Period!  Romans 3:26. Romans 1:16-17.

What must I do? Simply accept Jesus and trust Him with your life! Period!  Acts 16:30-31, Romans 10:9-10. He will even draw you to Himself and save you!! “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” John 12:32. John 6:40, 47.

So I ask again, What are you waiting for? Why not accept Jesus right now!! He longs for you to come to Him just like you are!!          Revelation 22:7,12,17,20

He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God. Psalm 62:6-7.

Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love. Psalm 31:16 NIV.

Jesus is coming quickly!! Revelation 22:20-21.

Future blog discussions will include: 1. The concept of sin. What is sin? (John 16:8-9) How do you define sin? 2. What does it mean to overcome? What is your belief about overcoming? What does it mean to overcome as mentioned in Revelation 2:10-11, 3:21? 3.What does it mean to be transformed into the image of Jesus? What does Jesus transform in the process? 2Corthians 3:18.

Please leave your questions and join the discussion.

Thank you and may the Love and Peace of Jesus calm you in these troubled times!! Zephaniah 3:17. John 14:27.

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”  First-- He 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!!     1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

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The Faith Struggle

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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

 

 

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Jesus Is Most Precious

 

When we understand this aspect of righteous by faith, the abiding in Christ aspect of sanctification and obedience, Jesus will become even more precious to us.  His victory in the flesh becomes our victory over temptation when we by faith ask Him to live out His victory in us.  When tempted we must learn to immediately turn to Christ, and let Him manifest His obedience in and through us over what ever temptation we are facing.

Our victory has already been obtained by Christ 2000 years ago.  That is why He became a man and lived a perfectly obedient life overcoming all temptation (Hebrews 4:15, 1Peter 2:21-22).  By faith in Christ we have His justifying righteousness covering us.  By faith in Christ we have His sanctifying righteous obedience lived out in and through us.  These are two precious aspects of righteousness by faith.  Both are Christ’s righteousness.  His justifying righteousness is imputed to us.  His sanctifying righteousness is imparted to us.  We receive both by faith.  When we understand these two aspects of righteousness by faith we will see that it is Jesus from beginning to end in our Christian experience.  Then all man’s boasting will be laid in the dust.

 

This is why the apostle Paul wrote:

 

“That no flesh should glory in his presence.  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Corinthians 1:29-31

 

You see, we are to receive everything from Christ just as the branch receives everything it needs from the vine.  Christ is to be our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification and our redemption. If we stay continually connected to Him through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, daily feeding on His Word, and moment-by-moment prayer we will receive these blessings from Him; not by working to receive them, but by believing we have them.

 

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1John 5:4

 

Jesus paid it all.  Jesus did it all.  Our part is to simply believe.  When we experience the righteousness that comes by faith then all the glory goes to Christ and none to ourselves.  That is why in God’s kingdom all crowns will be cast at Jesus’ feet.

 

 The Faith Struggle

 

In order to experience continual, unbroken abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in us there must be continual 100% surrender to God’s will.  God may lead you into an experience where this is not easy.  The challenge may seem too difficult.  At such times it is important to remember that you are in the situation by God’s leading.

 

Christ’s Example

 

Christ’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane after sharing the Passover with His disciples and instituting the communion service was such an occasion.  Throughout His life Christ had obeyed His heavenly Father implicitly by allowing the Father to manifest Himself through Him.  John wrote of Jesus:

 

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

 

Jesus allowed the Father to manifest His glory throughout His life.  He had never turned away from following the truth of God’s Word or the way the Father led Him.  Now in the garden He faced the most difficult challenge of following the Father’s will.  Three times He prayed that the “cup” of suffering be taken from Him and each time He yielded to the will of the Father (Matthew 26:39-44).

The Father understood the struggle Jesus was going through, but He could not remove it.   It was all in His divine will for the events to transpire.  Jesus knew He was being led by His Father.  The will of His Father was clear to Him.  Therefore, He willingly submitted even though the submission was very difficult at that moment.

In prayer Christ gained the victory over the crisis of the cross He was facing.  Once the victory was gained in prayer His obedience unto death was assured.

When we face such times of crisis under God’s leading it is essential we follow Christ’s example.   In prayer we will find the strength and courage to move forward in faith as we continue to abide in Christ knowing that He will see us through, and will manifest Himself in and through us all the way to victory.

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

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