What is Love

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With Valentines Day around the corner, I want to examine what love really is.  Why does our Heavenly Father love us?  What have we done that deserved a love from a Powerful God above?  We haven’t done anything to earn his love.  Most of the time, we don’t ever think about God.  We often go on our day without praying or spending time with God above.  Our thoughts are not of love but ourselves.  But somehow in the midst of our own desires and our worries of life, we find an overwhelming love that was unearned, undeserved and unending.

See God loves us despite our failures, despite our short-comings, despite our indifference and disrespect for him.  So why does he loves us? Because God is love.  To truly examine love you need to examine God’s nature and character.  God’s character shows me that he is a:

  • Longsuffering God- patiently awaiting us to repent
  • Graceful God- showing mercy upon us
  • Sacrificial God- gave his life for the sins of mankind
  • Protecting God- watches over us and delivers us from evil
  • Compassionate God- he cares for our wellbeing and happiness
  • Giving God- gives us blessings without measure
  • Trustworthy God- we can count on his word
  • Forgiving- forgives us many times of our sins

God is a Loving God- because he is charitable, caring, kind.  He gives us comfort, peace, happiness, forgiveness and mercy.  Everything we have in this life is because God gave it to us.  God has blessed me with my family, job, home, food, clothing, peace, happiness, joy and a promise of eternal life in Heaven one day.  He has promised in his word all these things and I trust in his promises.

1 John 4:7-19 says: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

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Gods Understanding Infinite

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Isaiah 55:7-9- Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

James 1:5-If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

1 Corinthians 1:19-31- For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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Love of God

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The love of God is so amazing.  He sent his only son to die for our sins so we could have forgiveness for our sins and receive everlasting life.  The Bible tells us in John 3:16: 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.  Romans 5:8 says: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for us. Ephesians 5:2 says: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

1 John 4: 10-19 says: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.

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Bear Your Cross Daily

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It is getting harder and harder to live in this world where there are so many unrighteous people standing up and marching for wickedness and openly proud of themselves.  I’ve been thinking about Lot lately.  The Bible tells us that Lot (vexed his righteous soul from day to day because of their unlawful deeds).  He lived in a terrible place and lived among those who lived wickedly and committed evil openly.  Today many are doing evil deeds and they don’t seem to blush about it either.  Today they had a women’s march where their hats represented ……; well not going to say it.  But they don’t seem to even know why they are marching and others are praising this kind of evil behavior.  John 16:2-They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  2 Timothy 3:1-5-This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Jesus told up to take up our cross and follow him.  Sometimes we have to bear a heavy cross and live in a world that evil abounds.  Satan has blinded the eyes of those that don’t know Jesus as Lord.  They think they are doing right but they are doing wickedness. Isaiah 5:20-Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Read this about Lot: 2 Peter 2:4-8- For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.

Luke 9:23,24 says, “ And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”

Matthew 19:29-And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

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Narrow is the Way to Heaven

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Recently I watched some news videos about Joel Osteen and Oprah saying that there were more than just one way to Heaven. Osteen admitted that you need Jesus but said he believed there were multiple routes to Jesus.  Then Oprah said that she thought there were multiple ways to receive eternal life and didn’t include the name of Jesus.  Let me tell you that there are many people that make lots of money, and people respect them for their money, but they are dead wrong when it comes to Heaven.  They don’t have the first clue on how to receive eternal life.  Money doesn’t buy you intelligence or Heaven.

If you want to go to Heaven the Bible says in Matthew 7:13-14.  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

So you might ask, how do I find the narrow way to Heaven.  It really isn’t difficult but it is a clear narrow path that leads to it.  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).  Jesus is the way and the strait gait because he is the son of God.  It is necessary to enter through the strait gait because this gate leads to Heaven. 

John 14:1-6- Jesus is talking to his disciples: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 10: 32,33- Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

The road to Heaven is strait and narrow which means you night only have to believe but you must accept Jesus and his commandments. Mark 8 34-38 says: And when Jesus had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

What does it mean to take up your cross and follow him?  That means give up those sinful things, allow Jesus to guide you, and expect some hard times on this earth.  What does that mean?  Well when a person accepts Jesus and takes up his cross, others will mock him, others will persecute you for accepting Jesus.  Your day on this earth may not be perfect, but Jesus said: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33). 1John 5:5-Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Jesus should be Lord over your life and you will need to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ!  Galatians 2:20- I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

 

 

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A Life of Peace

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Where does Peace come from?  Are we simply lucky enough to have it in our lives or are we blessed with it?  You may think Peace comes easy to you, but to others they seek Peace in their lives but cannot seem to attain it.  So they wonder, how can I have a life of Peace and happiness.  They may think that they are good people and never did anything wrong to others.  Maybe they give to the needy once a year, or say kind words to others whenever they can.  But why can’t they have peace and how can they live a life of peace.

To me the answer wasn’t as simple as it really is.  To me I sought it with all my heart and couldn’t have it.  I was constantly afraid: afraid to shut my eyes at night, afraid to go anywhere, afraid of never having peace.  If you have peace, than you never really know what it feels like to not have peace.  Not having peace was the worst experience I ever had in my life.  My head hurt, I was nervous, terrified, really afraid!

One day I realized that the only hope and peace that I would ever have was through Jesus Christ.  He gave me that peace and comfort that I truly desired with all my heart.  See I strayed from my life with Jesus.  I tried to walk alone because I was filled with pride.  I wanted to accomplish something great and to be admired by others.

See Jesus was my only hope and my only answer of peace.  When I turned back to Jesus and sought him with all my heart, he gave me an overwhelming peace that I was missing.  So the answer to where Peace comes from:  It is from Jesus.  See Jesus is a symbol of peace to the world.  He was born an innocent baby from a loving Heavenly Father above. Then one day, he became the Savior to all those that believed in him. You can have that peace if you simply trust in him and ask him into your heart and life.

The Bible even tells us:

  • Luke 1:79-To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
  • Luke 19:38- Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
  • Luke 2:14- Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas and hope you all have a joyous holiday!

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The Lord Blesses those Who are Godly

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As a Christian we know that God blesses those who live a life that is godly, or strive to.  Sometimes it is hard to live godly, but we must strive to honor his word, stand for what is right and always ask for his forgiveness when we sin. God will forgive you of your sins if you simply ask him to; and when you turn from that sin.  The Lord will hear you when you call upon him in prayer.

We read in Psalm 1 –:Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so; but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 4:1,3, 7,8- Hear me when I call, O God, of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only maketh me dwell in safety. Psalm 34:15, 17-19- The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

 

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Jesus is Lord-The Christ

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Recently I seen a post online where this man who had been married twice with six children from Russia was claiming to be Jesus. He is claiming to have a lot of followers.  Be wise.  Don’t get caught up in this.  Let me tell you that there is only one Jesus and he will definitely not be living on this earth in the last days until he has called his people home.  The Bible says: Then there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  (Revelation 21:1). So don’t be deceived into thinking Jesus is living on this earth.

Matthew 24:23-Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Jesus is the Lord and he is the only way to Heaven.  When he lived on this earth he talked with his disciples and asked them, Who do men say that I am?  Matthew 16:13-19- When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

2 Peter 3:8-13 says: But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

 

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Continue in Love

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There are some today that seem happy with promoting hate, racism, and evil.  If you love God, then he commands you to love one another.   We should not look on the color of someones skin, or his race or how much money or status he has in this life.  We should love each other without prejudice.  Don’t follow the worlds example by hating those who are trying to live right.  Did you know people hate people just for being Christians?  The Bible says:  Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away ( 2 Timothy 3:3).  Matthew 24:12 says: And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 1 John 4:20 says: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?


Jesus said: A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another (John 13:34).  Let us learn to love others and treat others the way we would like to be treated.  1 John 4:7,8 says: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Please enjoy this Poem!

Heavenly Father
Oh how much you mean to us,
No words can ever express,
We are thankful and want to honor you,
For our soul is at peace and rest.
Father you deserve all the honor and praise,
You are the creator, master and Lord,
There is no other like you.
For no payment can ever afford.
You bestow to us so much each hour.
Calming our fears and our hearts you mend,
From way up above the clouds and blue,
Your forgiveness is no end.
Your overwhelming love is true,
Your presence everywhere we see,
From sky to tree and flowers that bloom,
For Always to Eternity You’ll be.

 

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With Jesus- We have Everlasting Life

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Just thinking of the Lord’s return makes me think of the song:Glad Reunion Day

There will be a happy meeting in heaven I know,
When we see the many loved ones we’ve known here below;
Gather on the blessed hilltops with hearts all aglow,
That will be a glad reunion day.

Glad (That will be a happy day) day, Yes, a wonderful day,
Glad (That will be a happy day) day, Yes, a glorious day,
There with all the holy angels and loved ones to stay,
That will be a glad reunion day.

There within the holy city we’ll sing and rejoice,
Praising Christ the blessed Savior with heart and with voice;
Tell Him how we came to love Him and make Him our choice,
That will be a glad reunion day.

When we live a million years in that wonderful place,
Basking in the love of Jesus, beholding His face,
It will seem but just a moment of praising His grace,
That will be a glad reunion day.

Then I read about a woman at the well that Jesus met on the way.  He told her about a  well springing up into everlasting life.  Read the story below.

John 4:13-15,19-26- Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
John 3:16- 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.

If you haven’t met Jesus, it is time to ask him into your heart and receive him as your Lord and Savior.  First, turn from your sins, repent and ask Jesus to Save you.

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