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Miracles Signs and Wonders

“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” John 6:26

“Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.” John 9:16

“But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:” John 12:37

As Christ lovers we look to Jesus to heal in miraculous ways. We have faith to believe that He will heal as He did so many when He was here on the earth. We have faith to believe that He will do what He said He will do.  “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Is 55:11

Let’s break this verse down in order to understand it better. In Hebrew “word” here is dabar meaning speech, a matter spoken of. The word “void” is reyqam meaning empty, in vain, without effect. The word “prosper” is the Hebrew word tsalach meaning to advance, succeed. The word sent is the Hebrew word shalach meaning to let go, stretch out, to let loose.

We see from this verse that God means what He says and says what He means and there is a purpose behind it all. Then why in the verse at the beginning did we see that people who saw such signs and miracles directly with their own eyes from Jesus still rejected Jesus? Let’s look further.

“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel” Matt 8:5-10

Look at this centurion who did not even expect Jesus to do anything but speak and his servant would be healed. He needed no other action from Jesus just His word. That my friend is called the “spiritual law of faith”. You see the people that actually saw Jesus perform miracles did not always believe in Him, or they followed Him because of what He could do for them not because of who He was. This man knew Jesus for who he was the son of God, the Word made flesh.

You see when Jesus performed a miracle none of them were for amusement or show and they were not done randomly. They all had a purpose to meet a need, or to confirm Christ’s identity and authority of who he was the Son of God.

In Luke 23: 8,9 “And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing”

Jesus is not a puppet to perform when you want Him to amuse you, or show you in a good light. If it does not glorify God or meet a true human condition then Jesus will keep silent. When you need Jesus to come through for you, have you submitted to accept His way and for His purpose? If not, Jesus will be silent until you accept it His way. Don’t be like the people in the scriptures above that just wanted something from Jesus but did not want Jesus Himself. If is fine to ask Jesus for miracles, signs and wonders, my point is just don’t tell Him the God of the universe how to perform those for you.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.”  Mat 7:13

God Bless

 

 

The Glory Of The Lord

“A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. “Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5

Just what is the Glory of the Lord? Let us look at the word Glory and what does it exactly mean? In Hebrew, it is kâbôwd which means in a figurative sense heaviness or weight, but in a good way. It also means abundance and riches. The scriptures say that eventually the Glory of the Lord will be revealed to all people. But has anyone seen the Glory of the Lord in the past? Yes! Many times. Look at Exodus 24:9-11 “Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.”

Then the most powerful account is when Moses saw God’s Glory in Ex 33:18-23. “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.”

Moses literally saw God’s glory. God said He would make His goodness pass before Moses. God’s glory is filled with goodness, compassion and mercy. Notice God made a place for Moses to see His glory. He made provision for him. That is what God does for us. Moses asked to see God’s glory. Can we see God’s glory today? Yes! If you have not seen His glory it is either because you do not have a relationship with the Lord, or you have not asked to see His glory. Child of God you can pray and ask to see God’s glory. He does not withhold it from His children. He delights in showing His glory. We all will eventually see God’s glory, don’t wait till at the last, live in God’s glory now. Minister in the Glory of the Lord now. Walk in God’s glory. That is why we are called children of the light! It is His glory that shines through us to touch this dark and dying world!

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

God Bless

God Does Not Change


 

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6

Have you ever tried to change God’s will for your life? It does not work. He gives you free will to accept His will for you but if you reject His will for your life you are no longer under His protection and provision. In other words, you are on your own. You can give God all the excuses in the world why you are not obedient to Him but it will not change who God is, or what He is about. You just excused yourself from walking in what He has for you.

We have seen this with our children. When they disobey our rules, they have every excuse in the book. We have seen this in ourselves and others why we knowingly don’t do the right thing. I know I need to lose some weight but… I know I need to get busy cleaning my house but….  I know God is calling me to teach a class but… We have some of the biggest buts in the world.

Those buts are really saying I don’t want what you have for me God, it is just not good enough. I don’t want to do what is right and good for me. I don’t want to be blessed and prosper. That is what those buts are saying. Excuses we have become an expert at excuses

The second half of that verse says a big word “therefore” meaning otherwise the sons of Jacob would be consumed, (destroyed) if God was a God that changed His words.  I thank God, my excuses don’t change God otherwise I would be destroyed! God shows me mercy and grace. I may not get His blessings but He does not destroy me. I may destroy myself by my actions but my loving merciful God does not. When I come to my senses and ask for forgiveness and become obedient to Him, He always forgives and lovingly takes me back into his provision and protection. He never brings my past up again. Wow what a God we serve!

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

God Bless

 

Do You Walk Differently?

 

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.” Genesis 32:24-32

In this encounter with God Jacob was a changed man. He was coming home in more ways than just the physical. He was getting ready to make peace with his brother Easu, and to be a partaker in the promise of Abraham by having his named changed to Israel. After God touched him, he was never the same again. The Hebrew word here for God is ‘elohiym which is the plural form. It is referring to the trinity. He was finished running from his problems and ready to begin his life of service to God. After God touched him he never walked the same again. To this day that is very significant in the Jewish religion that they will not even eat the meat of the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, just to remind themselves of this significant beginning in their history.  

Jacob was facing a great fear. He knew his brother was very angry with him and was coming with an army to kill him and all his household. Easu was not bringing 400 men just to hug his brothers neck! So, Jacob wrestles with God the night before this epic meeting with Esau. One Jewish scholar believes that there was a great discussion taking place between Jacob and God regarding his sins and Jacob repenting of all his sins. We don’t know exactly what the conversation was, but we do know it was a great struggle. Anytime we humans are facing a great fear, there is usually a great struggle within our very souls to come to terms with the outcome. If we are Christ lovers it would make sense that we do a heart check and make sure our relationship with the Lord is on the right footing. We are looking for a blessing from the Lord, a confirmation, an acknowledgement that in the morning that joy that is spoken about will come! “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Ps. 30:5 We are looking for that special touch from God that Jacob had that means we will no longer walk the same way again. You see not only was Jacob’s walk different but God changed his name! His new name meant he had struggled with God and with men and have prevailed! This was confirmation that Jacob and his household would not be killed, that joy would come in the morning for Jacob!  Our walk with Christ will be different. How we used to see things will be forever changed by our experience with the Lord. Our hearts are clean, our life walk has been altered on a new course, our response to the Lord and others is different. Just like Jacob once we have been touched by God we come away with a different walk. Just like Jacob once we know God we are given a new name!

“The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” 1 John 2:6“

 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” Rev. 2:17

God Bless

 

 

Who do you abide in?

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:” Isaiah 29:13

What are you learning and who are you learning it from? Be very careful who you listen to these days. Jesus said, in Mark 4:24, “Take heed what you hear.” Times are getting short and there are false prophets, and heretics abounding. It really is nothing new as we see in Isaiah 29:13, and the Lord Himself quoted that same scripture while He walked the earth: “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matt. 15:9 Satan is wanting to water down our beliefs because if He can get us to not make a stand for Christ and just let people believe what they want to, then he has won. We must be diligent in knowing what the scriptures say: knowing how Jesus requires us to live on this earth is critical to our living a victorious life in Christ. You must abide in Christ and He in you. “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” John 15:4 There is no successful Christ follower except one who walks as Jesus walks, talks as Jesus talks and shines the light on the truth as Jesus did. Jesus was not a soft, squishy, scared man. He was powerful, spoke with authority, and when it was appropriate He ran the money changers out of the temple with a whip. When it was appropriate He showed love and kindness to the little children, He showed great mercy, patience, and He turned the other cheek. But He always spoke the truth and expects us to do the same.  Jesus tells us to walk in love, yes but that does not mean to be accepting of their sin. Love means to tell them the truth of their sin so they will not go to hell. Love means to be kind to everyone, turn the other cheek, but to take the whip to the money changers in the temple when the Holy Spirit says to.

I urge you brothers and sisters in the faith, to study your bibles for yourself: not leaning on man’s traditions, but leaning on God’s word. God bless.

Beware of Half Truths for they can kill your very soul.

 

There is a fiction book called The Shack that is very disturbing to our Christian faith. Why? Mainly because some of our Christian brothers and sisters are touting it as the gospel. It is the symbol of our churches being watered down Christianity! It is at best heretical and at its worst satanic. God is a powerful almighty creator who is to be worshipped loved and respected. God is neither male nor female. This book tries to put God on our level and the creator of the universe can never be the same as His creation! While many say, this book has helped them over the grief of the loss of their precious children. I ask the question; has it really? Just what kind of help is a half-truth? Satan will tell you anything to make you feel good, but his “feel good” is only temporary and not for “our good”. Only God is on our side and those things we do not understand like the loss of a child especially from a horrific senseless death just cannot be easily explained. Brownies are good, but when you put a tad bit of poop in them, they are no longer worth eating! The whole brownie must be thrown away! They have become corrupt. Just like this book it has some truth mixed with many lies. I fear that many people will accept these lies as truth and when they really need those truths in their lives they will not be prepared to withstand what is coming. Their basic beliefs have been corrupted. Below is listed two of those lies spouted in this book with scripture to reveal the truth. More will be coming.

 

Heresy: “God the Father was crucified with Jesus.” P. 96 “Papa: ‘We were there together.’” Mack: ‘At the cross? Now, wait, I thought you left him – – you know – ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ Papa: ‘You misunderstand the mystery there. Regardless of what he felt at that moment, I never left him.’”

Truth: God cannot be in the presences of sin or even look upon it or take part in it.

As Jesus was dying on the cross for our sins. He experienced the agony of the separation from the Father.

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matt. 27:46

“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?” Habakkuk 1:13

“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.” Isaiah 59:1-3

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Heresy: God is limited by His love and cannot practice judgement. P. 102 “Papa: ‘The God who is – – the I am who I am – – cannot act apart from love!’” P. 118-119 Mack: ‘You seem to be especially fond of a lot of people. Are there any who you are not especially fond of?’ Papa: ‘Nope, I haven’t been able to find any.’”

Truth: The Bible, God’s Holy Word declares that God’s love and judgement are two sides of the same coin.

“For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.” Isaiah 61:8

“And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.” Hosea 2:19

“He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” Psalm 33:5

“But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.” Romans 2:2

“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life” Romans 5:18

“But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” Luke 11:42

 

May God reveal and open your eyes to His Truth. God bless.

 

Clinging to Heaven or Just Passing By?

Do you want to be a person who kisses heaven or clings to heaven? That was a question I heard a preacher ask and it got me really thinking. I spoke to my husband about this and he pointed out Mary Magdalene who clung to Jesus. The scriptures tell us that Jesus had healed her of evil spirits.

“And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,” Luke 8:2

She had to be a follower and supporter of His ministry because she was there at the cross.

 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.” John 19:25

She showed how much she cared because she stayed with Jesus’ body.

“And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.” Mark 15:47

 As soon as she could she honored Jesus’ body by helping lay Him to rest according to the custom of that day.

“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.” Mark 16:1

She showed how much she loved Jesus because she visited His grave and was one of the first to see that His body was gone.

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.” Matthew 28:1-5

She had the honor of being the first person Jesus appeared to after His resurrection.

“ And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.” John 20: 14-18

You see she clung to Jesus, she was a disciple who served Jesus well. She was with Him to the end and in the end, she received a blessing for it. She received Jesus. This is a picture of how our relationship should be with Jesus. Don’t run away when the world puts the pressure on. This is the time to cling to Jesus with all you have.  Don’t be a Judas and just pay lip service to Jesus and not mean it in your heart. Jesus knows who you are, you cannot hide from Him.

“But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.” John 6:64

Judas followed Jesus and even held a position of authority in His ministry. He controlled the money for the ministry! But that just was not enough for Him. He really did not get who Jesus was and Judas truly did not follow Jesus in His heart.

“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. Matt. 26:14-16  “And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. And they laid their hands on him, and took him.” Mark 14: 41-46

All Judas could do was just kiss Jesus. Give lip service but he never believed in Jesus. He ended up betraying Him. That is what happens to all of us who do not trust in our heart of hearts and follow Jesus with everything we have. We must love, give, serve, forgive, and live our whole lives outrageously out loud, out of the worlds bounds and in the spiritual realm of love, peace, and joy!  Ask yourself, are you a kisser or a clinger?

God bless.

Mercy the Richness of God

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,” Eph. 2:4

In my previous post, I spoke about God’s grace and how that is different than mercy. Mercy is not getting the justice that we deserve. Charles Finney says; “Mercy asks that justice be set aside.”  James 2:13 says “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

The first people recorded in the Bible that received this rich mercy is Adam and Eve. They were in the garden of Eden enjoying fellowship with God. We really don’t know for how long this took place, but I would like to think that it was of some time, especially for Adam because it took a while to name all the animals. They had an established relationship of love with God. They enjoyed His personal presence every evening. But then satan came around and held out a temptation for Eve and she succumbed and Adam knowing that this was sin chose Eve over God and in so doing betrayed God. So, God had every right to bestow judgment and destroy Adam and Eve and start over. But instead he showed mercy, by making them animal skins for covering their nakedness and not destroying them. He punished them but their punishment was an opportunity for them to still have a relationship with God and carryout God’s plan for mankind.

My husband Gene Alley says; “Mercy is an engine fueled by love. God is love so mercy never runs out of gas. The engine of Mercy produces grace in a never-ending stream.”  God’s mercy lasts forever.  1 Ch 16:34 says “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” God’s mercy is plentiful. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions” Psalm 51:1 God’s mercy is free.  “Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” Psalm 103:4

You see the only way we can ever come to God and be in His presence is through His mercy. “And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.” Lev 16:2 Aaron could not come into the presence of God while God sat upon the mercy seat. Only Moses had that kind of relationship with God at that time. But Jesus changed all that when He died on the cross and the veil was torn breaking the barrier between God and man by being the mediator between God and man.

Now we are allowed into the Holies of Holies in worship to God through Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit. That is the ultimate mercy of all time; Jesus Christ opening to us what was once closed to us by sacrificing Himself for us to come into intimate relationship with the trinity; God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!

Now that God has shown mercy to us we are to go out and do the same with each other. Don’t think so? Read what happened in the parable that Jesus told in Matthew 18! That man ended up in prison himself! We will end up in prison too. The prison of unforgiveness, sin, grief, strife, etc. no peace!

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”  Matthew 5:7

God Bless

Grace, Grace, God’s Grace

“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19

The law that was given to Moses, with all its sacrificing and rituals was a foreshadowing of the coming grace of Christ Jesus. A sinner can only receive grace when He receives Jesus! Why? Let us look at John 1: 15-17 “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” We think that grace and mercy are the same thing but in fact they are not the same. Grace is a gift from God that can be rejected.  Psalm 118:22: “The stone that the builders rejected is the one that has become the chief cornerstone.”. Ephesians 2:19, 20: “You are fellow citizens with the saints and the domestics of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.”.

Jesus Christ is God’s grace, the pure definition of what Grace is; unconditional love given freely to all even though we do not deserve it ever. We will never deserve God’s grace, there is nothing we can say or do to change that fact. I know of a couple of preachers who have got a hold of this truth and made it their mission to proclaim God’s grace and tell the world about it. The most surprising thing is that Christians – born again believers’ who accepted God’s grace have condemned them for it! That I will never understand. We are able to receive Jesus as our Savior but somehow, grace is not enough to live by, we must live by the law, when it was God’s grace that saved us? To me that sounds like heresy.  Matthew 5:17,18 says “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

Jesus is the fulfillment of what the prophets spoke about in the Old Testament, so he fulfilled the prophecy and there was no longer any need for sacrifices because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for all sin.

Now we as Christ lovers are to show that grace that Jesus showed to us to others. How? We are not Jesus and we can’t “save” anyone? Well, by not hiding our light. Matthew 5:14 says “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” So, do we speak up to proclaim Jesus at every opportunity that is given to us? Do we deny Jesus and His power because we are afraid of what people may think of us? Are we caught up in sin that our light is so dimmed that no one can see us as Christ lovers? Do we or even can we explain our light to others, through the study of the scriptures? Do we heed the needs of others and are we willing to sacrifice to meet those needs? Are we known as grace givers? There is a song I learned as a child This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine! I challenge you today to let that little light shine today in same way. Be a grace giver that someone else will want to emulate!

God bless

Love Never Fails

We can’t love at all unless we know who God is and God’s ways of love. Love is not a feeling, that warm fuzzy gives me goose bumps makes me feel good feeling. The world will tell you love is God, but the bible says God is love, that takes all the warm fuzzy feel good feelings out of it. It goes deeper than our feelings, because our feelings are centered on ourselves. Our feelings are our “first responders” so to speak to things that happen to us in this world, whether good or bad. But we as Christ followers have to go beyond our first response and look at how God would respond. We can’t do that if we don’t know His character. In 1 John 4:8 the bible says Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

How does God describe love?  Well it says in 1 John 4:20-21 “If someone says ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” In plain English, the author here is saying we only love God as much as the person we love the least. Wow! When you hear it that way it puts a whole new perspective on loving God’s way and loving God. You see love is a response as well as an action. It should be our first response every time.

In 1st Corinthians 13 what is described as the love chapter in the Bible, Paul essentially says if whatever I do, if I don’t do it with absolute love in my heart then all my efforts have been in vain. In 1st Corinthians 13: 4-8 Paul writes “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” These are hard statements for us to follow at times, because when you have been hurt by someone it is very hard to trust again, or to not keep a record of wrongs that have been done to us. Or the “always” statements: trusts, protects, hopes, perseveres. Not sometimes but always. Does not give us any wiggle room there.

There have been times I just want to quit on some people. They get on my last nerve, they lie, steal from me, cheat me, hurt my loved ones and smile at my face like they have done nothing wrong. Stab me in the back, throw me under the bus, stomp on my dreams, make fun of me and how I look. Say bad things about my family. Curse me and try to harm me. With that person or persons my first response every time should be love. I sit here now writing this knowing that some of those people are in my life now and I must show them love. It is not an option if I want to be a Christ lover myself. Why? Because the real key to all this, is that; LOVE NEVER FAILS. You can’t go wrong when you show that agape (unconditional) love towards people. You want to be a success in Christ’s eyes? Then love like He did. Jesus will give you the wisdom and the strength to love and your love will not fail. You may not see the results of it immediately or even in your lifetime. But God does not lie. Love Never Fails!

God bless

 

 

 

 

 

 

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