GREAT FORGIVENESS BRINGS GREAT CAPACITY TO LOVE!

GREAT FORGIVENESS BRINGS GREAT CAPACITY TO LOVE!

“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” — Luke 7:47

Those who understand that they have been forgiven much will love much. But those who think they have been forgiven little will love little. As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we need to understand that we have been forgiven an eternal debt— one we could never pay off… never! How grateful should we be?

It is truly astounding that Jesus paid that eternal debt for us and now “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). That verse means exactly what it says. If a person truly calls on Jesus for salvation then they will be saved from their sin to a relationship with God through Him. Then out of great gratitude that person who sincerely calls on His Name will seek to become what He desires and faithfully serve Him.

In Christ we are: new creatures, forgiven, saved, reconciled, righteous, sanctified, justified, glorified, heirs of God, joint heirs with Jesus, children of God, friends of Jesus, disciples, light, salt, temples of God’s Holy Spirit, branches on the Vine, fruit-bearers, wheat, good soil, good fish, finders of the pearl of great price, the found prodigal son, finders of the lost coin, fishermen, disciplers… disciples! Ponder what each of these mean! We are great lovers because we have been forgiven much! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYpBgJHmGmw

Dear Father, please help me to love much understanding the great forgiveness You have extended to me through Your Son Jesus. Now may I extend much love to others, the love You have extended to me. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

Disciple!

DISCIPLE!

After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. —Judges 2:10

One generation is all it took for people to “not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.” One generation! One generation who acknowledge the Lord and knew what He done apparently did not take the advice to “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth” (Deuteronomy 11:19-21). Discipleship did not take place from one generation to the next.

Let this be a lesson to us. How are we discipling the next generation? Who are you teaching your acknowledgement of the Lord in your daily life and how He has worked mighty things in your life? Are you doing this?

The Psalmist said, “Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come” (Psalm 71:18). Is that our desire? “Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation” (Joel 1:3). That includes four generations. It reminds me of II Timothy 2:2— “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” That is four layers of impact.

I was talking with one of the guys at the State Prison that I have discipled and he told me how He shared the gospel with a Jehovah Witness for hours and that man came to the Lord and then that man share with a Muslim and that Muslim came to the Lord. Again, 4 layers… Now wouldn’t that be exciting if every believer had an impact like that with multiple people! Oh, may we be involved in reaching & teaching people about Jesus!

Dear Father, please help me to reach others for the Lord Jesus, disciple them and then see them to reach others and teach them as well. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

CLING TO HIM!

CLING TO HIM!

Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now. —Joshua 23:8

Cling to what is good (Romans 12:9). Don’t cling to deceit (Jeremiah 8:5). Nor cling to worthless idols (Jonah 2:8). Cling to His Word (Luke 8:15). Cling to your faith in Christ (I Timothy 1:19).

A child clings to their mom’s leg for security and comfort. A grieving couple clings to each other for comfort and encouragement. Soldiers cling together in the heat of battle. A man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife.

Clinging… we are to cling to the Lord God Almighty. Are you clinging to Him? Do so whether times are good or times are difficult. We need to cling to Him. He is our life (Galatians 2:20). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e37m3I5eH8g&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l&index=6

Dear Father, please help me to cling to Jesus. May he be the top priority in my life for my whole life. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3HH__-1Zbs&list=PLcHqC9YNzSaD-O-rkP9o8hDA9jJ_oja4l&index=7

I LOVE HIM!

I LOVE HIM!

“But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” —Joshua 22:5

We are to love God, walk in His ways, obey His commands, hold firmly to Him and serve Him with all our heart and all our soul— with all our heart and all our soul! How many times in God’s Word are we reminded of this? (Deuteronomy 4:29; 6:5; 10:12; 11:13; 13:3; 26:16; 30:2, 6, 10; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30, 33; Luke 10:27). This is so vital to a healthy walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. If we follow through in these areas we will have a vibrant relationship with the King of kings.

Are you being careful to obey His Word? How do you love Him? Are you walking in all His ways? Are you holding firmly to Him? How are you serving Him? May we be doing so as we walk through this day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djsjh3BLsZ0

Dear Father, may I grow in my love for You and be faithful in being and doing what You desire. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

FORGIVEN!

FORGIVEN!

Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!” —Luke 5:18-26

This paralyzed man was declared to be forgiven by Jesus before a house full of people including Pharisees and teachers of the law. These religious leaders were all thinking in their minds— “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!” These leaders were right on one point. It is true that only God can forgive sins, but they were wrong in saying He blasphemed. They did not understand who He was!

Brother and sister, we understand who Jesus is and we rejoice in having our sins forgiven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt6l-6oVDjY “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The truth of this verse never gets too familiar to me. God’s love gift to us of His Son so that we could be forgiven, not wind up in Hell and have an everlasting relationship with God through Jesus is astounding! In loving gratitude let us praise His Holy Name!

Thank You dear Father for the forgiveness I have through Jesus and also for the everlasting relationship with You through Him. May I live according to Your desires in the authority of Jesus and in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

THE SCRIPTURES SAY!

THE SCRIPTURES SAY!

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.”

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” —Luke 4, 8, 12

The priority communicative importance is not what you or I have to say. The priority communicative importance is what the Lord God Almighty has to say to us. We must understand that everything stands or falls on the revealed Word of God, the Bible. All that we can intimately know about God comes through what He says and given to us by special revelation. If He did not speak, we would still be in the dark. We could know God exists, but we could not know Him. He had to reveal Himself intimately to us for us to know Him.

It is in His Word we learn how to communicate with Him. His Word reveals how a person can be saved from sin to a relationship with Him. His Word reveals what it truly means to be His follower and what that looks like. His Word reveals His plan through the ages. His Word reveals who He is as the triune God— Father, Son and Holy Spirit— which is a teaching that we cannot fully get our heads around, but is clearly taught in His Word. His Word “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-1). “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3). It is through God’s Word that we can receive this complete understanding as the Holy Spirit of God illuminates us through His teaching us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkunT7BYCqw

Jesus when tempted by the devil himself showed us how important the Word of God is. He said three times— “The Scriptures say.” Do we know what the Scriptures say? This is vital in the Spiritual warfare we are in. The Sword of the Spirit, prayer, and the gospel are the offensive weapons in the armor of God and are of priority communicate importance to us. Let us be on the offense according to what the Scriptures say (Matthew 28:19-20). So be it.

Dear Father, thank You for sending Your Word, Your Son Jesus. Thank You also for giving us Your Word in written form that we could bask in Your Light. Thank You that Your Word is the Sword of the Spirit. Oh, that I would go forward with Sword ready to accomplish what You desire. May it be so in the authority of my King Jesus and in the power of Your Spirit.

DEARLY LOVED SON

DEARLY LOVED SON

And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” —Luke 3:22

Jesus is the Father’s one and only dearly loved Son, given on the cross as a propitiation for our sins that we might know God now and have eternal life. (John 3:16; I John 2:2; John 6:44; I John 5:11-12). The more we understand who Jesus is and what we posses in Him the more amazed we will become. We will be like Christian and Hopeful in Pilgrim’s Progress enjoying Beulah Land. https://youtu.be/W2zQwXwnLxI?t=2043

When we understand more and more who we are in Jesus and what we have in the Lord Jesus then our hearts will be filled with joy in Beulah. There is rejoicing there and plenty of all that is needed. It is a pleasant place far from Giant Despair and the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Heaven is in more focus. Even the air is sweet there. Flowers bloomed every day and there was a continuing singing of birds. There is an abundance of all that is needed. Those in Beulah are the redeemed of the Lord. Heaven becomes more desirous and those there are the more eager to see the Lord Jesus.

Yes, when we grow in our understanding of our Father’s beloved Son, we also will have great joy and rejoicing and a longing to see Him. Let us bask in Beulah. May it be so.

Dear Father, thank You for Your dearly Beloved Son and His willingness to be the propitiation for our sin that we might know You through Him. Oh, I want to be where You are my Lord Jesus. May it be so! https://youtu.be/bo9ZWX1lEKI?t=1020

THE TROUBLER

THE TROUBLER

“Why have you brought trouble on us? The Lord will now bring trouble on you.” —Joshua 7:25

Sin—rebellion and disobedience to the will of God— not only affects ourselves, but also those around us. The context of the verse above was when Achan took spoil that Israel had been told not to take when Jericho fell. He took of the spoil— a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins and a bar of gold weighing over a pound. He coveted them and took them. What was the result of his sin? When the Israelites fled before Ai in defeat 36 men lost their lives. This was all because of Achan’s sin. His sin caused the death of 36 men.

Sin in the camp affected the camp. Sin in the church affects the church. Praise God that when a person sincerely puts their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and calls on His Name they are saved (Romans 10:13). Positionally in Christ those saved are sanctified, justified, righteous, blameless, holy… perfect in Christ. Experientially as we lived day to day we are growing in sanctification, justification, righteousness, blamelessness, holiness… becoming more like Christ.

Churches, like followers of Jesus, are perfect in Christ positionally, but experientially they are becoming more like He desires. Take a look at the Corinthian church. They were surely spiritually gifted, but they also had many sin issues to deal with. In Chapter 1 they were dealing with divisions— following personalities. In Chapter 2 there is distinction between human wisdom and the Spirit’s power. In Chapter 3 they were dealing with quarrels among themselves. In Chapter 4 they were encouraged to stick to the word of God. In Chapter 5 they dealt with an incident of incest in the church. In Chapter 6 they were taking each other to court before unbelievers. In Chapter 7 singleness and marriage is covered. In Chapter 8 stumbling blocks were mentioned. In Chapter 9 Paul defended his Apostleship. In Chapter 10 there is a warning against idolatry. In Chapter 11 there is a warning about coming to the Lord’s Table inappropriately. In Chapter 12 there is clarification on spiritual gifts. In Chapter 13 there is the challenge to live by love. In Chapter 14 there is teaching on orderliness in the church. In Chapter 15 there is discussion on false ideas concerning the resurrection. In Chapter 16 is a real challenge to those who do not love Jesus.

Let us confess any sin in our lives and stay in fellowship with our King, abiding in Him. Oh, that we would have a positive impact on the church and not a negative one!

Dear Father, may I seek to live holy and blameless in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. May it be so. Thank You Father, that am safe and secure in Jesus.. THANK YOU! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjLlLPZderk

HOLINESS

HOLINESS

The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. —Joshua 5:15

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” (I Peter 1:15-16). We are told to “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (Colossians 1:21-22).

On one hand, like so many other areas of the Christian walk, we are holy in our position before Him. Then, on the other hand, in our daily experience we are to be living holy. The Lord God Almighty positioned us in Himself when we trusted Jesus to be holy, righteous and sanctified. Now as we live for Him we are to grow in our living out holiness, righteousness and sanctification. May we be faithful to the One Whose very character is Holy.

Dear Father, may I live a holy life in the Lord Jesus and by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Yes, may this be so.