God grace is sufficient for us (2Cr 12:9)… Where sin increased grace abounded all the more (Rom 5:20)… Should we then sin so grace may abound? MAY IT NEVER BE! (Rom 6:1-2) If I do amazing things but do not have love I am nothing(1Cr 13:1-3) Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, it does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; love bears all thing believes all thing, hopes all thing, endures all thing, Love never fails (1Cr 13:4-8) But now these three hope, faith and love abide these three but the greatest of the three is Love. (1Cr 13:13) For we have been saved by GRACE through FAITH and the NOT of ourselves it is a GIFT of GOD; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast (Eph 2:8-9) Faith without works is dead (James 2:20, 26) Was not Abraham justified by his works? (James 2:21) And yet we do these work out of Love because without love they are useless. These works we doe that justify out faith are done because of Love. (1Cr 13; James 2:14-26) Perfect love cast out fear (1John 4:18) Perfect love comes from Jesus (1John 4:16) Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit(God) therefore glorify God in your body (1Cr 6:19-20) Offer your body as a living sacrifice(Rom 12:1) to God out of Love for Him not because you have to but because of why He has done (Hebrews 12:2)
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, it does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; love bears all thing believes all thing, hopes all thing, endures all thing, Love never fails (1Cr 13:4-8)
The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the desert will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the LORD, The majesty of our God. Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.” Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the desert. The scorched land will become a pool And the thirsty ground springs of water; In the haunt of jackals, its resting place, Grass becomes reeds and rushes. A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it. No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there, And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
"I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers, that imposes upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition."
We admire Him for His glory, but even more because His glory is mingled with humility;
We Admire Him for His transcendence, but even more because His transcendence is accompanied by condescension;
We admire Him for His uncompromising justice, but even more because it is tempered with mercy;
We admire Him for His majesty, but even more because it is a majesty in meekness;
We admire Him because of His equality with God, but even more because as God’s equal He nevertheless has a deep reverence for God;
We admire Him because of how worthy He was of all good, but even more because this was accompanied by an amazing patience to suffer evil;
We admire Him because of His sovereign dominion over the world, but even more because this dominion was clothed with a spirit of obedience and submission;
We love the way He stumped the proud scribes with His wisdom, and we love it even more because he could be simple enough to like children and spend time with them;
and we admire Him because He could still the storm, but even more because He refused to use that power to strike the Samaritans with lightning(Luke 9:54-55) and He refused to use it to get Himself down from the cross.
The human heart was made to stand in awe of such ultimate excellence. We were made to admire Jesus Christ, the Son of God
-John Piper(God is the Gospel)
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
…Luk 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two [fn] cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Psa 139:3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
God know every part of us; our deepest desires, our fears, our joys, our faults and everything about us and He still loves us!
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. Romans 11:6
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2Cr 12:9
God is my strong fortress (2Sam. 22:33
Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul. (Ps. 54:4
For God is my stronghold. (Ps 59:9
O my strength, I will sing praises to You; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness. (Ps 59:17
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works. (Ps 73:28
Yet God is my king from of old, Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth. (Ps 74:12
“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”
My God is My strength (Is 49:5
The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places. (Hab 3:19
For God is my witness (Phil 1:8
"If you begin with [God], the problems begin to dwindle; if you begin with the problems, you never get through to God."
"For if by one man’s offence death reigned; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ."
"Our primary goal in life is not to see people saved. Our primary goal is to fall more in love with Jesus and as we fall in love with Jesus we become more like Him. Then people will see Jesus inside us and desire what we have! Then Jesus will save them!"
I would just like to submit this post to call anyone who calls themselves Christians to pray.
We as christians have been enlisted into a struggle. A struggle against the devil. But as it says in Eph 6:12, our battle is not of the physical it is of the spiritual. How do we enter into this battle, this struggle, this war. Through prayer.
In acts 12 Peter was thrown into prison by Herod. But it says that the saints prayed without ceasing for Him! And an angel of the Lord came and led him out of the prison and freed Peter from the hand of Herod.
Even in Mark when Jesus is cleansing the temple of the tax collect He says “My house is a house of prayer”
In Ephesians Paul cries out for the church to pray in the Spirit with perseverance and to petition for all the saints.
So pray saints because prayer does make a difference! Did not Moses intercede for the nation of Isreal? Did not Elijah stop the rain from coming for 3 years? It says that those with the faith of a mustered seed can move mountains. But it is not because we are great but because God’s Spirit is living inside us and guiding us in prayer…
Recently I have seen how vicious the enemy truly is. He will stop at nothing to cause the saints of God to stumble. He will stop at nothing to bring those who are lost to hell. He is using every strength he has to destroy what God has made. How can I not respond with as much fervor? How can I not do everything that is within me to stop the enemy. How can I not cry out for the salvation of my friends? How can I not cry out for those who have fallen into sin to be set free from sin? How can I not… God responds to our prayers!
Brother and sisters in Christ pray out to God. Call on His name and be answered. I acknowledge that I do not do this as much as I should. I am in the same boat as all of you. But praise God that He is changing us into His children. It says in 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is”
“Jesus fill me with your Holy Spirit, God guide me in you attribute. Spirit lead me when to pray and how to pray because I often forget. Change me Lord into you.”
Let the Grace of Jesus Christ be with you all.
"Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist."
"We do not live life seeing what we can get out of it. We live it to bring many lost souls to Christ and to worship His name. Jesus is the first thing on our minds when we awake and when we go to sleep. He is the center of our very lives."