I John 5–In Closing…

In the end, there have always been two great commands from God; Love the true God, and love others as you love yourself.  All other commands and direction fall within those parameters.  John closes his letter to the church by laying that out very clearly.  We are God’s chosen adopted children if we believe that Christ is the Savior and Lord. The evidence of our belief is our love for God and his people.  Further evidence is following Him and doing what He has called us to do.
 
We see the truth through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We also testify to that truth by our words and our daily lives. We are not expected to be perfect, but, we are called to be different. That difference is a lifetime process of transformation that always centers on the gift of salvation. As we journey, we see God’s hand on our lives and become more like him with the passage of each day. In the end, however, it still comes down to this: “He who has the Son Has Life; and He who rejects that gift does not have eternal life.”
As we end the decade, we need to be reminded that our Journey is swift and our destination is eternity. We, therefore, are called to live for that end and not for the temporary promises of this world.  Happy New Year.
 
God Bless You

 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Change the World–Genesis 26 Part 2

The world can truly tell that God impacts your life. While they may refuse to submit to his Lordship, they cannot deny his power. Often, what should be a draw for others to follow the Lord–acts as a warning simply to not mess with his chosen ones. Natural folk simply cannot understand spiritual things. So, as in most areas of life, they fear that which they can’t control.

That, simply put, is why we are called to make disciples. When we can lead one that is afraid of what God is doing in our lives to allow God to lead them as well, then we are truly changing the world.

That is why we are called to be different. We follow God and he provides, protects and prepares us for heaven. As he does, we are perceived like Isaac was and the world has to come to terms with us and with the difference. They may not like it, but they can’t deny it. So, be different and watch God change the world through you.

God Bless you.

Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces.

Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”

They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you

that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”

Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.

Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!”

He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.

Truly Abundant Life–I Thessalonians 3 Part 1

When one ventures into ministry, each life that is invested and each person that is brought into right relationship with God becomes a part of your journey.  Paul had grown to love the Thessalonians because he poured his life into them.  So their struggles became his and their victories brought him great joy. He could not help but become vested in others just as Christ had become vested in Him

In our lives, God calls us to make disciples.  We are not simply sneaking through this life to bolt into heaven.  No, we are pouring ourselves into the people we do life with.  We are hopefully, becoming like Christ and showing others the difference he makes.  When others also join the Amazing Journey, we grow more vested in their lives and at the end, we finally understand what the Glorious phrase “Abundant Life” really means.  In short, it is not what you collect in this life that brings you fulfillment, it is who you take with you to the end of the Journey.

God Bless You

So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

Timothy’s Encouraging Report

But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.