Real Love–1 John 3 Final

When I was a young adolescent, I always wondered How I would know when it was true love.  In our Journey, we know real Love by how our actions match up with our words.  Christ showed his Love for us by living and dying in a way that showed he cared about our interests more than he did his own.  He gave up his position as God, he lived a sacrificial life and he died a brutal death to demonstrate true love.

We need to follow his example.  As we do, we show those we know that we love him.  We show it by being selfless.  We show it by being humble and we show it by simply doing the things he called us to do.  We do not have to put on a big show, we simply have to surrender to his leadership and show love to one another–that is Real Love.

God Bless You

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[f] in need but

18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.

21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.

His Kids–1 John 3 part 1

It is great to be royalty.  We are kids of the King.  It is a tremendous honor, it provides the promise of a great inheritance, but, as we journey through this world, as foreigners, the world neither recognizes us nor our Father.  That is why we are called to be his ambassadors.(2 Corinthians 5:20). When we deal with the world, it is incumbent to help the world to see how great God is.

Even when we do, however, we need to be prepared to be disappointed by the world’s response. The World hates God, because he asks them to think of others and he asks them to release control of their lives,  He does so to free them from the chains this world entangles folk with,  Still, people want to be masters of their own destiny, even when that destiny is destruction.  That is why we can show them how great he is and how awesome a surrendered life can be–as a child of the King. 

God Bless You

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

The Last Days–1 John 2 Part 3

The last days of the world will be stark–Those who follow Christ will be noticeably different than those who do not.  The world will demand and force a choice.  If you want to fit in you will need to disregard God and all manners of selflessness.  You will have to resemble the world and its behavior.  If you do not, you will be separated, persecuted and ultimately treated as the martyrs of the past. The question is when will that occur.

Well, if you live in Sudan, Iraq, China or a host of other countries in our world–its happening now. In the West, we see anti proselytizing laws appearing in France, UK and even in the good ole USA.  It is subtle, but, unless we as a people humble ourselves, and pray and seek his face–God will allow the last days to begin.  We cannot stand by any longer, we as a church must repent and take our stand to bring Christ to the World.  The enemy certainly continues to work overtime, we must do the same.

God Bless You

Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. 19 These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.

20 But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit,[e] and all of you know the truth. 21 So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. 22 And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ.[f] Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.[g] 23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. 25 And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.

Don’t Love the World–1 John 2 part 2

The things that the world offers are not real.  Oh, they seem real–they seem to really fill the bill for meeting our hopes and desires.  But, because he is the master deceiver, the enemy has set the world up to come close but never quite satisfy.  John tells us not to dwell on the fleshly desires, the opportunities for power, or the stuff we build up to show how well we are doing.  Those things are like wildflowers that look pretty but fade quickly.

Instead, we are to dwell on the things that last–Loving each other, raising our kids in the Lord, serving others and helping them see the wonder of following Christ.  The things of eternity may not sparkle or seem as glamorous–but, a wise man said, “All things that sparkle are not treasure.”   Through the years I have watched Satan try to emulate God.  Probably, my favorite example is Las Vegas–all the lights and fountains are pretty, but, I would trade them all for one beautiful night under a starry sky. 

Don’t settle, follow!

God Bless You

 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

The Advocate–1 John 2 part 1

As an attorney, one of my favorite qualities of Christ is him as our advocate.  He knows us for the sinners that we are.  He knows we are frail and daily subject to falling into sin and independence from him.  Still, despite that, he intercedes on our behalf.

Oddly, there stands Satan–the prosecutor; accusing us of the sin he so conveniently placed in front of us, swaggering to the bench and saying to God–he is so evil, look at all he has done.  Meanwhile, Christ stands at our side, points to the accuser and says, “That sin is forgiven and forgotten, because I paid the price.

Grace is not a license to sin, though.  We should be seeking to follow him daily and closely.  If we do, we do not desire to disappoint him. We instead seek to be like him—selfless and surrendered.  That desire to follow is the best sign we are a part of the family. Help me Lord to follow you closely today.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Confession is Great for the Soul–1 John 1 final

I heard in a sermon a few weeks ago that no one simply drifts into a great life.  We were designed by God to be intentional and God Like.  That is why sin has had such a terrible impact upon us and upon the world as a whole.  The natural man defaults away from God and drifts toward a selfish and empty life.  Even with eternity in the balance, men choose to be separated from God naturally.

But God chose differently.  Through his spirit, we are drawn back to him.  In that, if we confess our sin–our natural desire to be Lord of our own life, and follow his lead and begin the personal relationship with him as Lord of our lives–our affirmative decision to surrender allows him to forgive us and restore our eternal life and journey with him.

While simple, it is by no means easy.  we have to choose each day to follow him and not run our own show.  But, when we choose that life–we have a Great Life Indeed!

God Bless You

This is the message we heard from Jesus[c] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

An Eye Witness’s Joy–1 John 1 Part 1

We sometimes forget that the New Testament was written by the guys that hung out with Jesus.  Their accounts were given and their encouragement shared because they were there and saw God on earth.  It had to be amazing to walk with Jesus every day.  To see the miracles, to hear the messages and to watch the sacrifice–left an indelible mark on the men he chose.  John, his beloved disciple stood by him to the end and through the resurrection.  He adopted Mary.

When we read this word, we are able to enjoy the first hand account of God’s love for us.  We should be changed when we hide the news of his amazing life and grace in our hearts.  He was the Lord God–He brought us life and light and a future. We should never doubt his impact on our lives and the lives of all who know him. We need to take hold of the amazing view we get of God through those that went before.  Thanks Lord for showing us who you are!

God Bless You

 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning,[a] whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy