Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Easiest Rule

“Pay all your debts, except the debt of love for others. You can never finish paying that! If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill all the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting – and any other commandment – are all summed up in this one commandment: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no worng to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements.” Romans 13:8-10

Whether or not we love others is tested by this statement: “Many waters cannot quench love; neither can rivers drown it.” Song of Solomon 8:7

Present day culture is as overwhelming as many waters. It flows over us even when we want nothing to do with it. Followers of Jesus Christ receive greater enmity from the world than people who do not know Him. Yet it is our unquenchable spirit in our circumstances that draws those same persecuting unbelievers to want the Savior for themselves. God, then, has made living here on oppressed earth and in His Kingdom of eternal life at the same time a win-win situation for us. We can obey the command to love others no matter what, and God will use this to bring them to Himself., which means we have also obeyed His command to give the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone. Our faith makes us whole.

When we receive Christ as Savior and Lord, God gives us His Name. We are adopted into His family and have all the same rights and privileges as His Firstborn, Jesus. We can read the Bible to find out how Jesus does things, and we can do likewise. Not less than; everything he has done, we can do. He says so in John 14:12 – ” I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father.”

Most people, even unbelievers, agree that Jesus went about doing good. He came to show us the Father’s love, and He did that by doing good. He loved everyone, equally. Jesus said that He did nothing by HImself, but only what He heard the Father saying. We know that God’s love is perfect and poured equally on everyone, so we know we can do the same when we follow Jesus and do everything we hear the Father saying. Believers have a special ability towards each other. Because we are all family, we have the ability to love our neighbor as Christ loves us; He is our Brother!!

Jealousy and preference are outlawed in the Kingdom of God. You cannot love someone as the Father loves you and be jealous of what that person has or can do that you can’t. God says He gives each of us special gifts with which to serve Him, and when we focus on Him and use the gifts the way Jesus used them, we will not fall into covetousness.

The gifts we receive are spiritual in nature. They work out in the practice of everyday life, but they are driven by faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. To demonstrate sincere love for one another, we must love by faith. I Thessalonians 5:19 says do not quench, or restrain, the Holy Spirit. If we do not have His power, we cannot love by faith. As many waters cannot quench love, so many waters cannot restrain us from living in the love of God and pouring it out to everyone alike. To step away from this awesome way of life, ignoring the Spirit of God living in us cannot quench the love of God toward us. He remains the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

So, my friends, if you have forgotten how to live as one with Christ, I urge you to stand before God now and repent of your sin and receive the love He has never stopped lavishing on you. Then, you can once again love others freely and the true law will be fulfilled in you.

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New Life is Really New

Romans 5:2  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

It is an awesome privilege to be brought into friendship with God.  Jesus Christ, the Son of God Most High came as perfect Man to be slain for us in our sinful state, so that we can accept His sacrifice on our behalf and enter into a right relationship with God. Psalm 102:27-28 reminds us that God is forever, and in Him, in this right relationship, we are totally secure forever. When everything else in creation passes away, we are safe. Yes, our own bodies are mortal and pass away, but God exchanges them for us with a new body so that we can be forever with Him.

This is the love of God!

Romans 5:10 confirms that as sinners saved by faith in Christ, we have friendship with God.. He died for us while we were still His enemies so we could know that we know we are okay with Him now. Our faith is real, and it has eternal results.

We are delivered from punishment, the punishment we deserve because of our sin, by the life of Jesus Christ. He lives in us now, believers, to keep our rescue certain and sure. God does not change, and He keeps us in His unchanging power. There is nothing of death and punishment we need to fear.

Some people trust God for salvation, and then continue to hold on to their punishment! They try to make their own new life in Christ as best they can. This is sin; denying that Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient for every piece of baggage you’ve ever loaded up.  A true friend of God acknowledges and relishes, with joy, that God is author and finisher of his faith. It is God who breathes life into us by His Holy Spirit. Apart from God, we can do nothing. We certainly cannot continue to carry or repair our pasts and walk the new life with God at the same time.

Are you holding on to a person,  place or thing, or even a way of thinking, because you assume it is your responsibility to live by that rule? You were there before you trusted God, so you think you have to deal with it, not Him. My friend, you are wrong. It is a wrong that you do not need to carry with you, hindering you and others around you from fulfillment in Christ. Do you want abundant life? Of course you do. And you know you cannot have it as long as you hold on to this obligation to an old way of doing things. Then surrender whatever it is to the Lord your God. His ways are higher than your ways. He will readily forgive you for hanging on to that injustice, and He will make things right for everyone who has been affected by your misery. In fact, seeing you change; the joy in you and firmness in your new step from your strengthening friendship with God will go a long, long way to helping other people be inspired by Him, too.

It is all God, and whatever we do in our own strength is just a false shadow of truth. For the just shall live by faith and not by sight.

Abraham was just some guy living in the area of Iraq. Nothing special about him. One day, God spoke to Abe and told him to pack up and move to Canaan, and God would make him into a mighty nation. Abraham heard this, believed it was God speaking, and did it.  We know he was a normal person because his failures are also outlined in the scriptures. Whatever God did for Abraham for a life of faith, God will do for you. His promise to Abraham was also His promise to us. We are the great nation, the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God.

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Without Him, we can’t do anything right.

Unload your baggage to God. He won’t load you up with any of that stuff ever again. His yoke is easy – He walks in tandem with you – and His burden is light.

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Poetry and Worship – Communion

My home is at your table, Lord,

     Where I shall surrender with joy

         in remembrance of your love for me.

I turn away, yes, I turn away

     From all sin and destruction to my soul

        To be your worshiper in spirit and in truth.

 

Renew my mind, Lord.

     I surrender every thought to you

        in obedience to your living Word.

Come, Holy Spirit; come and fill me now.

     I will open my mouth to sing praise to God,

        To be your worshiper in spirit and in truth.

 

     Worthy is the Lamb of God, 

     For my sickness beaten; for my sin crucified;

     His body broken; His blood poured out:

                                     Remember . . . . Remember.

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