Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let us Search whether Christ be in us...

Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity ~ John 12:25.

Matthew 10:39
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 16:25
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Mark 8:35
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it.
Luke 9:24
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
Luke 14:26
"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be My disciple.
Luke 17:33
Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Let us search whether Christ be in us... the hope of glory; let us beg him to make us indifferent to the trifling concerns of this life, that we may serve the Lord Jesus with a willing mind, and follow his holy example ~ Matthew Henry Commentary

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Walk in the Truth that is Jesus Christ...

We live in a culture that is defiant of any notion of truth. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life ~ John 14:6. 

He is the Truth, as fulfilling all the prophecies of a Savior; believing which, sinners come by Him who is the Way. He is the Life, by whose life-giving Spirit the dead in sin are quickened. Nor can any man draw nigh God as a Father, who is not quickened by Him as the Life, and taught by Him as the Truth, to come by Him as the Way. 

By Christ, as the Way, our prayers go to God, and his blessings come to us; this is the Way that leads to His Rest which is His Peace! He is the Resurrection and the Life. All that saw Christ by faith, saw the Father in Him. In the light of Christ's doctrine, they saw God as the Father of lights; and in Christ's miracles, they saw God as the God of power. 

The holiness of God shone in the spotless purity of Christ's life. We are to believe the revelation of God to man in Christ; for the works of the Redeemer show forth his own glory, and God in him. MH

What Christ says about us is true because He is the Truth and the Life and the Way... Not what the world says about us which is that we are nothing, worthless sinners with no hope destined to die. In Christ, we know that is the lie that Satan tells and he tells it thinking he will win the battle; but he will not!  We know better! We have been made new creations in Christ Jesus and we like Him will overcome this world by walking in the Truth!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Run the Good Race...


Its not easy managing, coping, and just plain being in this fallen world; but thank God for Jesus Christ so that we are not of it. Remember, the world wants us chasing after the flesh... isn't that what advertising is all about, it sells to the flesh not to the spirit. 

The world tells us that we are good for nothing unless we do what it wants, what it values, what it desires...Jesus Christ tells us what is true about us, that we are children of God, destined for eternal life with Him in His Kingdom! 

Again, we are yet here and now and have to be in the world now. Like you, we/I have problems too in this fallen world: family, social, work, medical, financial, and daily troubles in which things break down, food goes bad, tires go flat, fenders get smashed, roofs leak, basements flood, rodents chew holes, limbs fall off trees onto fences, pets get lost, weeds take over the lawn; and relationships are strained.

People fail to show up and or keep promises, and so we can fall into despair thinking it's all a lost cause, time and money out the window which seem so hard to come by. And, death is always there too trying to take us down that dark alley of Satan's realm.

What does the Word offer us for all such problems? Perseverance, through Hope and Love! 

We are asked to finish the good race, not because it is good according to man's idea but according to God's because God is good all the time and all the time God is good. 
Acts 20:24... you see, life is worth nothing to unless we use it for finishing the work assigned us by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Hebrews 12:1 ~ Therefore, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

1 COR 9: 23-25 ~ do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that you may share in its blessings.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize.

You see, everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.…

Monday, May 14, 2018

As Christ Loved the Church...

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless ~ Ephesians 5: 25-27.

The duty of wives is, submission to their husbands in the Lord, which includes honoring and obeying them, from a principle of love to them. The duty of husbands is to love their wives. The love of Christ to the church is an example, which is sincere, pure, and constant, notwithstanding her failures. 

Christ gave himself for the church, that he might sanctify it in this world, and glorify it in the next, that he might bestow on all his members a principle of holiness, and deliver them from the guilt, the pollution, and the dominion of sin, by those influences of the Holy Spirit, of which baptismal water was the outward sign. 

The church and believers will not be without spot or wrinkle till they come to glory. But those only who are sanctified now, shall be glorified hereafter. The words of Adam, mentioned by the apostle, are spoken literally of marriage; but they have also a hidden sense in them, relating to the union between Christ and his church. 

The immediate object of Christ was to cleanse her [His Church], and for this end He used the Word as a purifying agent, washing her by means of it. The difference between selfish and unselfish love is seen here: a selfish lover cares for his wife in his own interest; but the love of an unselfish lover constrains himself to seek her good, to do nothing that will hurt her and damage her in any manner of way, but to do everything that he believes will advance her well-being, especially in the highest sense.

You see, all the duties of marriage are included in unity and love. And while we adore and rejoice in the condescending love of Christ, let husbands and wives learn hence their duties to each other. Thus, the worst evils would be prevented, and many painful effects would be avoided.



*Midsection - Pulpit commentary with preliminary and other commentary by Matthew Henry...

Thursday, May 10, 2018

THE BODY OF CHRIST...



The true Body of Christ believes that He died for all men and women and that He rose from the dead? And, that there are no works to perform other than believe in the one He has sent - God. In John 6 ~ Jesus replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.”

Given that, there is no reason to be distracted and anxious about yourself or loved ones? Do they not also belong to Him as you do? Would He refuse to work in their lives just as He works in yours?

Jesus has not put you in charge of saving yourself/them.  He has already done that on the cross. Nor has He charged you to change them. Your task is to love, to forgive, to pray for them and to turn them over to Him. Come closer to Him and He will give you Rest. 

Jesus was/is always speaking to everyone in the Body of Christ, born again children of God! He is not speaking to those who have been given some accolades or credited authority by men and nor is He speaking to specific/select prophets or saints and or the apostles only. 

Jesus was/is speaking to all who have been called to unity in the Body of Christ. Not all are called to/for the same position as anyone can read in Ephesians 4:11-13. 

Some were/are called to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers...all called to help equip the saints... that's you and me to build up the body of Christ. Knowing this, we better understand the true Body of Christ and we understand our place in it.  

That is why, if and when we see a fellow brother/sister in Christ who are dishonoring God/ hurting themselves and others, we approach them in private, and we approach them in love in order that they come to realize that their actions do not honor God. 

Then we step back, handing them over to God. We continue to love, forgive, and pray so that His Peace brings Rest to all in the Body of Christ. This is how we are 'our' brother/sister's keeper. We keep them in love, mercy and grace and within the Body of Christ. 

Why approach them in private? As born again children of God, we acknowledge that we/they are still in a fallen dark evil world who struggle in it. As Paul said, we do not what we ought but what we don't want to do for evil is always right there...

By confronting our brother/sister in Christ in private, in love and forgiveness, we keep them in the Body of Christ. We don't want to cause them to stumble and fall out of that 'fold', out of the Body of Christ. 

By confronting them in private, we let them know that we are not there to ostracize 'kick them out' and to ridicule nor are we to judge as if their salvation is solely in our hands. Anyone in this fallen world, even born again believers, can and will struggle with sin.

In this non-confrontational approach, we remind fellow our brother and sisters in the Body of Christ that it is not really them that do such things (Romans 7), we remind them of who they really are, children of God. And, in this way... we gain victory in the battle over the powers of this dark world... 

Ephesians 6: 12 ~ Our Battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

TRUST IN GOD...

Do you believe that I am the Son of God? And, do you believe that I died for all men and women and that I rose from the dead? Then why do you continue to be distracted and anxious about your loved ones? Do they not also belong to Me? Would I refuse to work in their lives just as I work in yours?

I have not put you in charge of saving them. I have already done that. Nor have I charged you to change them. Your task is to love, to forgive, to pray for them and to turn them over to Me. Come closer to Me yourself and I will do the rest. TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!

(unknown author)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

God So Loved the World...


I [Jesus] tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins... ~ John 5: 24.

Come to Me [God] for all that you need. Come into My [God] Presence in complete thanksgiving; for thankfulness opens the door to My treasures. When you are thankful, you affirm the central truth that I am Good.

I am Light, in whom there is no darkness at all. The assurance that I am entirely Good meets your basic need for security. Your life is not subject to the whims of a sin-stained deity.

Relax in the knowledge that the One who controls your life is totally trustworthy. Com to Me [God] with confident expectation. There is nothing you need that I cannot provide ~ Jesus is Calling.

*Psalm 95:2; 1 John 1:5. 

Jesus Christ the Son of God is called the Word and He is God who is the Father/Son/Holy Spirit ~ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning...John 1:1.