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Nicodemus is a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews. He is one of the religious scholars of Jesus’ day. Nicodemus can very easily articulate theological law and moral virtue, but he can say nothing about the spirit. Nicodemus came to see Jesus by night to learn about this great mystery, to learn of the power to do miracles. No one was able to cause blinded eyes to open, turn water to wine, heal all manner of sickness and disease. Even the wind and the sea obey the command of Jesus.
The miracles of Jesus gave witness to the rule of God. The rule of God is the kingdom of God it is the power of God. Jesus said to Nicodemus “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3. Nicodemus had seen Jesus do great and mighty things but Nicodemus’s Spiritual eyes would be open through a spiritual birth. Only by the spirit is it possible for a man to see and know God. Jesus made it very clear to Nicodemus before you can part-take of the Kingdom of God “you must be born again”.
Nicodemus could not understand what Jesus meant by being born again. Jesus told Nicodemus “Except a man be born of water and of spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God,” John 3:5. The water is symbolic to the word. For the word of God is like water to the soul. Water that flows from the throne of God into the depths of our being this water floods every desire and fills every need. This water is life to every thirty soul. It’s good to know that whosoever will come shall find in Jesus A fountain of living water and you can drink freely.
Jesus used the symbol of birth to be of the spirit. It is the spirit of the Lord that comes to take residence within the life of the believer. The spirit of Jesus is the abiding presence of God in power over sin, sickness and death. By the spirit we enter into the Kingdom of God to live in the power of miracles, signs and wonders. The spirit of the Lord is with us to teach all that is true, to reveal the will of God and give us power to perform it.
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It is the work of the Comforter to reprove, John 16: 8-11. The word reprove comes from the root word prove. It is the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts to make clear to all what sin, righteousness and judgment is in this present world. If we yield ourselves to the teaching of God’s word we will understand his will for our lives.
When we yield ourselves we surrender everything to the rule of God’s word. The word of God is truth to build our lives upon. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer by faith in God’s word to teach us and lead us in all that is true, John 16:13. He brings a special kind of comfort to all that we do. This comfort is in the person of the Holy Spirit. He will make it clear to us what the will of God is.
The Comforter is the spirit of truth, John 16: 13. The work of the spirit is to guide, speak and show us things to come. If we seek the spirit’s guidance as Jesus said in his word “He will guide you”, “He will show you things to come”. If we go to the book of Acts 13:2 we find certain prophets and teachers seeking direction from God through much prayer, “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them”. Acts 16:6-7 the Holy Ghost forbids Paul not to preach in Asia or Bithynia. By way of a vision Cornelius was instructed to go and meet with Peter and receive an out pouring of the Holy Ghost, Acts 10. It was through a vision Ananias was directed, by the spirit, to Paul so that he might receive his sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost, Acts 9:10-19.
We obey the word of God out of a sincere love for God. If we do what God says we bear witness of his love. The word of God is more precious than silver or gold. The word of God is the spirit of God. So, we love God has much as we love his word.
Jesus says to his disciples the father will give you “another Comforter”. Jesus was a very special comfort to the disciples in the face of every circumstance they knew that Jesus would be the answer. John 14:16 is a conversation of Jesus with his disciples in an effort to prepare them for his departure. Jesus says something very unique about the new comforter “the Comforter will abide with you forever”.
The Comforter is also called the spirit of truth. The Comforter is the person of God who not only comes from God to be with us but he is God within us. He is the ever abiding presence of God to aid the believer in wisdom and knowledge for every good work; just as the disciples turn to Jesus for everything, we to wait upon the spirit to lead us into all truth, to take complete control of our lives.
The Holy Spirit is a great source of Comfort to every believer. Jesus was about to leave his disciples and at the same time he says “I will come to you”. Jesus would forever abide with his disciples in the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus offered himself up on a cross that we might receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. By this experience we can know God in a personal relationship in true guidance with glory and power.

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Satanic attack is aimed at the word of God. But whatever God has said will come to pass. For God is too big of a God to lie. His resources are infinite and out of his infinite resources he gives and gives. And so it is that whatever God has said will come to pass. It is a small thing for God to bring forth his word. The word that God spoke to Jesus “this is my beloved Son” Matthew 3:17, Satan will challenge with “If thou be the Son of God” Matthew 4:3. His attack is at what God has already spoken to him. It is true that for a season the word is tried. Even as Joseph was tried in the prison, Genesis 39:20, but God had his time and his purpose. From out of the prison the King called Joseph to come forth and Joseph was made a Father to Pharaoh and a governor over all of the people of land of Egypt. Joseph believed in his heart that somehow in the midst of his personal trials God was working to bring good out of evil. We do not have to fear when evil comes our way because the goodness of God is greater than the evil we suffer.
Let us look at Matthew 4:5, we find that the devil has brought Jesus to the Holy city at the top of the temple. Notice, the devil has brought Jesus to church. The devil does not care about where he tries you, even if you are in the church house. Satan will not only use a holy place but he’ll use the word of God to serve his own purposes. Satan will always come up with something contrary to the word of God. Satan will use certain scripture out of context. However, the word of God will prove itself and expose Satan’s cleverness. Jesus defeated Satan by the word of God. Each time Jesus answered with “It is written” Matthew 4:4, 7, 10.
The final temptation in this chapter is when Satan shows Jesus all the Kingdoms of the world. Satan knows better than anybody what Jesus is here to do. Jesus is here to defeat the Prince of darkness. Jesus is here to dethrone him of all of his power and his glory. Satan congers up a plan and he is suggesting to Jesus that he does not have to go to the cross. Satan wants to make a deal. And he said unto him, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:9. Jesus lets Satan know I’m going to worship the Lord even if it means going to the cross. I’m going to worship and serve his purpose because it is my delight to do his will.
The devil leaves Jesus but he’ll be back to test his commitment, his dedication and consecration to the will of God. When you are tested remember: the devil is defeated because of the victory we have in Jesus. We stand in the Power of our Lord his victory is our victory.

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The tempter comes to Jesus in the wilderness. The tempter came to Adam in a garden, a paradise, an oasis but Adam could not face the devil. But here we find Jesus in the wilderness. A wilderness is not an oasis it is not a place of abundance. The wilderness is a place of dyer need. It’s a place of drought. There are no trees there, no shade no life there, no running water there. It is on this territory that Satan makes his entry to try the Son of God. To try his commitment, to try the mountain top experience of Galilee to try that voice that said this is my beloved Son. He wants to try every promise and every purpose that God has ordained.
Jesus stands firmly in the face of the enemy because he stands on the word of God. We want to learn how to equip ourselves for the tempter because the test is going to come. Just as sure as the promise is going to be fulfilled, we are going to be tested. There is a prerequisite for every promise there is a conditioning process. We can stand in the grace of God and in the strength of his glory and overcome every trial.
After forty days of fasting Jesus hungred, Matthew 4:2. Satan is going to attack Jesus at his point of need which was food. The test of Satan is always at your point of need. What do you need? The test is will you move outside of God’s provision to supply that need or will you trust in the Lord in waiting for his timing. Will you orchestrate your own scheme to fulfill your need, or will you trust God to supply direction and purpose in the midst of your suffering.
Need represents suffering. Jesus is hungry and that desire is in him. But Jesus submitted his desires under the control of the word of God. It would have been an easy thing for Jesus to turn stones into bread. However, this was not what God had ordained for this time. He was led into the wilderness to be tempted. And he was led by the Spirit of God, by the word of God. Jesus submitted to this suffering, out of this suffering would come the glory of God. Out of this suffering would come the consummation of a ministry that would go on to win the world for the salvation and the emancipation of every lost Soul.
We learn from the sufferings of our Lord to align our desires and even our pain with the will of God. As we surrender all to God knowing that God in his time and purpose will meet every need. But it is important to know that the will of God is supreme, not my desires. What is God doing in my hunger, in my circumstance that will bring forth his glory? What is the will of God? The Spirit will lead and guide you but we must be willing to suffer. We must be willing to hear what the will of God is, if we are ever going to know his glory. Whatever we suffer it does not compare with the glory we have been brought into fellowship with.
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Jesus in Matthew 3:17, is being baptized by John. From Galilee to Jordan, John is baptizing. It is here that Jesus appears and John sees Jesus. John sees in Jesus the Lamb of God. The Lamb of God who comes to take our place in suffering sin and death, the Lamb of God who is the sacrifice for every sin committed past, present and future. John sees in Jesus the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world that we might have life and have it more abundantly. John sees in the eyes of Jesus, he beholds the one who would baptize every believer in the Holy Ghost and that with fire. John sees in Jesus the salvation of all mankind, the redeemer of the lost soul.
As Jesus is coming to be baptized, John feels unworthy to baptize him. But Jesus humbles himself to be baptized by John. After Jesus is baptized, he comes forth out of the water the Holy Spirit descends upon him like a dove, the heavens opens and a voice specks “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased”, Matthew 3:17.
In chapter 4 of this narrative, Jesus at this point, is led into the wilderness to be tempted. The word tempted in the Greek means tested. For we know that God can tempt no man with evil because there is no evil in God. Evil is in our flesh, in our fallen nature, in our carnal thinking. Evil is in man but there is no evil in God. When we are tempted by temptation it is born out of our own fleshly desires. It is born out of our deceitful hearts.
To be tested is a divine appointment. To be tested of God is to be certified for a particular work, or ministry. To be tested is to go through a process that is ultimately intended to make you. Out of all of our testing we should be made better, stronger out of our trials and tribulations.
God speaks the word” this is my beloved son”, and he is led into the wilderness. All that Jesus receives on this day of great glory Satan would test. Whatever God has commissioned in your life the tempter comes to test. He will test your commitment, he will test your faith, he will test every promise that God has poured out into your life. Satan ultimately wants to test your relationship whit God, this is his target. Your born again experience is his target. Satan is the tempter but God knows just how much we can bear, the temptation as been tailored for each of us. Your trial may not be a trail for somebody else. Someone else’s trial could be something greater than you could ever bear but God knows each of us and for that reason the trail as to come through God. Certainly, it came from the devil but it had to come through God’s permission. In every trial God is whit us to provide a way of escape. The escape is his grace. We can always count on the grace of God to get us through whatever we are dealing whit. His grace is sufficient.
The tempter comes to Jesus in the wilderness. The tempter came to Adam in a garden, a paradise, an oasis but Adam could not face the devil. But here we find Jesus in the wilderness. A wilderness is not an oasis it is not a place of abundance. The wilderness is a place of dyer need. It’s a place of drought. There are no trees there, no shade no life there, no running water there. It is on this territory that Satan makes his entry to try the Son of God.

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I challenge you today to walk in love, to speak in love, to live in love, to work in love. If you do that, you will persevere through the hardships of life. If you do that after the storm as passed you’ll find yourself yet standing, because you have build upon the rock of Jesus. In Jesus there is perfect love, in Jesus there is love that the world is searching for. In Jesus, he is the love that sustains us. He is the love that gives us the power to persevere through all things. Love suffers long and is kind. Love is full of kindness, Love is full of mercy. Love is patience.
We see what love is, now let us look at what love is not. Love does not envy. Love is not puffed up. Love is humble. Love is lowly. If we look at love, we see that love has the ability to work with others. Love is the all encompassing virtue that comes to our aide when we are brought into relationship with others. Oh yes, you know how much love is in your heart when you are in relationship with another. If there is anything that brings us in contact with others it is love. Anything that separates us from others, it is the lack of love. It is the very nature of love to draw us together, Jeremiah 31:3 “with lovingkindness have I drawn thee”. There is something very attractive about love. There is not a greater witness that we can bear to the city or the world in which we live than the witness of love, the miracle of love.
Love is not selfish, love has no envy in it. There is something about two or three people together you always have the possibility for envy. I’m not talking about two or three thousand but I’m talking about just two or three together, you always have the possibility for strife. You always have the opportunity for the enemy to show up in envy, strife, vain glory, these things work to divide us. These things work to separate us even though you may be a great prophet, or teacher. Signs and wonders working through your ministry an all the giftedness to speck, if we fail to walk in love, the seeds of discord, of envy, strife an division will destroy us; will destroy us rather we are great or small.
But if we let love have its free course. Love has the ability to hold us together. Love is the foundation upon which we build, we erect our lives upon. Love brings us together. Anything that is not love will divide, tear us down. Anything that is not love will not survive the storms of life.
Love suffers long and is not selfish. It is certain that in love there is a power unlike anything man as ever known. We find that even though we have wars love is the only power that will bring peace. Men they stop warring because sooner or later somebody gets a casualty so great that they say “enough of this.” It’s only after so much death and so much killing that man sees the futility of war, and out of that futility he awakens to the fact that only death comes out of war but life comes out of peace. Life comes out of forgiveness. Life is the way of love. War and destruction is the way of death. Men over the ages have learned from there wars and for that reason wars have ceased. The wars that are yet to come, out of those wars man will learn again that peace is the way of life. For that reason men come to the table to make peace. Love, love, love is the way, there is no other way.
Out of all of our doing, do it for Jesus. Do it because you love him. There is not a greater reason; to be motivated to do good works, than love for Jesus. For the writer says” love will never fail”. 1 Corinthian 13:8 tells us that no matter what our earthly activity may be in this world one day it will pass away. It will give way to something greater. In love there is always something greater because love is the eternal quality of God that he has brought by his son Jesus, by the spirit of Jesus to come and dwell in our hearts. And he sh
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Paul is speaking by way of letter to the Corinthian Church. The Corinthian Church is a very dynamic Church in the Spiritual gifts. The Corinthian Church is a Pentecostal Church. It is a Church on fire, on the move in Spiritual gifts. At the Corinthian Church you have Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, you have, miracles, gifts of healing, gifts of tongues. And yet, Paul says to the Corinthian Church out of all of the giftedness there is still a more excellent way.
Paul says to the Church that there is nothing wrong with desiring Spiritual gifts. There is nothing wrong with this great movement. But there is still something more that we should desire, that our work should find its foundation in love. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-2, we find though I speak with tongues without love it doesn’t mean a thing. Though I prophecy without love it doesn’t mean a thing. Even though I may give and give greatly if my giving is not because of my love for Jesus, than my giving is in vain, we give we love an all that we do is an expression of our love for him. Do it because you love him. There is not a better reason; there is not a better motivation than love. If you are motivated by love than what you do connects you with God because, “God is love” John 4:8.
If your motivation is love than its going to prosper it’s going to flourish. Whatever God is involved in flourishes. Whatever God does is perfectly done. Whatever God stamps with his approval prospers. And so, if our work is to be a work that God ordains, than it must be a work of love. We must hold love up above everything and know that all of these gifts are tools to be used in expressing love to others. All of our gifts, all of our material wealth, it all comes from the father as an expression of his love. Every material thing we have, every gift we have it comes from God. The gift itself says to me that Jesus loves me it communicates the love of God. And so it is; that in all of our giving in all our doing and whatever our gift might be whatever our place might be in the body of Christ or in the world in which we have been called to serve, our motivation and our reason must be because of our love for Jesus. Do it because you love him. This is the criterion this is the true test of the Church today. Our doing must be out of love. This is the true criterion for anything. The true test for any program is love.
We look at the very nature of charity. We see that charity is love and love has in it an enduring quality. When Paul points to greatness he looks at love. When Paul contemplates heaven he thinks on love. When Paul thinks of the highest summit that he aspires to reach he is thinking on love.
Paul begins to describe love he gives us a picture of what love really is. He says” love suffers long,” 1 Corinthians 13:4, love as in it the quality to suffer. True greatness as in it the ability to suffer. Great things have been born out of suffering. Great men and women are made and conditioned through the things they suffer. The true trademark of greatness is the trails and testing that speak of what every man and woman is made of. The things you suffer they point to who you really are. “Love suffers long” the true test of anything that is real is in its ability to persevere, to go through. A house stands on a foundation that is made of cement and steel a foundation that will stand the storms and the tests of time. If we make love the foundation of all that we do than what we do will last. It will not only last for this day but for centuries that are yet to come, if we build upon love.
I challenge you today to walk in love, to speak in love, to live in love, to work in love. If you do that, you will persevere through the hardships of life. If you do that after the storm as passed you’ll find yourself yet standing, because you have build upon the rock o
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(Acts 2:44-47) The Christian Community is an atmosphere of spirit generated sharing. The unifying force of the church is the power of the Holy Spirit. We should always remember that each mender of the body is brought into fellowship by the unifying power of the Holy Spirit. The most perfect expression of this unifying power is love.
The Christian community is knit together in love by mutual concern, caring and sharing; relating to the person through social activity that is blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. We cannot escape the social aspects of Christ’s gospel.
If we are called to minister to people who are economically oppressed, there must first be a strong sense of spiritual compassion for the people who walk in darkness. Let us not look away from our present challenge, for even in the mist of our pain and suffering there is also in our mist the loving presence of God.
Compassion is responds in Christian love to the needs of others. It can be difficult to share with the weaker brother but the law of Christ calls upon each of us to “bear ye one another’s burden”. Compassion for people is seen by serving others in Christian love.
The more we serve the more like Jesus we become, (Phil 2:5 – 8). Each of us has a Christian community brings gifts and talents that are unique, in unifying the Christian body. God has given gifts to the Church that we might be brought together in Christian love, (Eph 4:1-3) V7, v12. The Christian community by the unifying power of the Holy Spirit has the resources that are necessary to meet all of the challenges of ministry.
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We are commanded by our Lord and Savor to love one another. He has given us an example and a command to continue in the same manner of Love that he has shown toward us. As we continue to walk in this love, we discover the greatness of his love in friendship.
John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”. To lay down one’s life is to live a life of sacrificial giving. As we give to one another we learn to live. We learn to lay down the selfish life for our friends, this is true greatness.
God commands us” to be Holy for I am Holy”. He wants us to be holy in all manner of life. So, our friendships must be sanctified relationships. God requires pure, clean and Christ-like relationships in the eyes of man and God. 2 Cor.6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers”. The words “yoked together” deals with the union of two or more people the union is commanded by God to be in holiness. The unholy communion of friends will come to nothing but sin, no matter how strong you may feel you are spiritually. The influence of a friend has a way of building up or tearing down mind, soul and body. Therefore, let us chose sanctified friendships that will encourage us to live in holiness and inspire us to love one another.
There is greatness in love and friendship when hearts and minds commune in the love of Christ. Even Jesus calls each of us to a higher relationship, for he has said “henceforth I call you not servant …….but I have called you friends” John15:15. Because we know his word we have divine fellowship with God. If we do whatsoever he commands, Jesus says that we are his friends.
Jesus has chosen to love us has friends. We did not choose him but “he was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrow, acquainted with grief: We hid has it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not”. And yet, Jesus has chosen to love us has friends. This is the greatness of love because Jesus says you are my friends.
Jesus said “I have chosen you and I ordain you”. With this friendship there is a new level of intimacy. The greatness of his love in friendship is that he gives to you power to bring forth fruit and that your fruit remain. Power so great that whatever you ask in the name of this loving friend Jesus, you know that the father will give it to you.
There is greatness of love in friendship because his love draws us together and brings us to a manner of life that gives unselfishly. The spirit of his love fills us in such a way that we give in the greatness of his love. We lay down our lives, when we love one another. There is no sacrifice to great. This is true greatness of love in friendship.

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Luke 22:14-23
The Passover meal celebrates Israel’s deliverance out of Egyptian bondage, and the Lord’s Supper looks forward to the final redemption we will experience when we are gathered together in Christ’s presence. The Lord’s Supper is and observance that remembers the great price Jesus paid that we might be free from sin and death.
The price that Jesus paid was the shedding of blood, for he has washed us from our sins in his own blood. The blood has always played a powerful symbolic role in the atoning work of God for his people. It was Moses who said “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul”, Lev. 17:11. The Old Testament sacrifices under the old covenant had no power to cleanse the conscience from sin. The blood of bulls and goats could not make one perfect. This is why the old covenant had many sacrifices. Every year the people would return to the altar with the same sin.
The Lord’s Supper represents the New Testament. It is a time to remember that the body of Jesus was given that we might be free from the power of sin. The Lord’s Supper represents spiritual union with Christ in his life and death. This is why we call the Lord’s Supper communion. When we take the bread and drink of the cup we sharing in the sufferings of our Lord. “As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” 1 cor.11:26.
Communion service is a time to remember that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastiment of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. A time to remember he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain – He washed it white as snow. O the love that drew salvation’s plan! O the grace that bro’t it down to man! O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
A time to remember, that one day we shall brake bread and drink from the cup in the everlasting kingdom of God. O day of gladness, eternal joy in his glorious presence. “We shall behold him face to face in all of his glory”. We know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”.
“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”. “Behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be”.“ Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”.

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Evangelism is the Church invading the world with the good news of the gospel. A laborer is anyone who is equipped to reach the lost and edify the saved. The laborer lives and ministers under the authority of God’s word. Gifts are given to the body of Christ to equip it for service, to build up the growth of the Church.
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth that dwelleth in the believer John 14:17. The anointing of the Holy Ghost enables one to serve in the use of various gifts Christ has given to the Church for, the perfecting of the saints, the gifts of ministry in teaching the knowledge of God Eph 4:11-13, 1 John 2:21-27.
IT is the Spirit of Jesus dwelling within the believer that gives power by faith to cast out Satan, to overcome sin. Your testimony is the witness of the living word and it is power in your life. The impulse to go and share the good news is by the authority of the presence of the indwelling Christ.
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“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”Matt.6:21. True discipleship is made when the kingdom of God becomes the controlling purpose of one’s life. We should always seek God in offering up the treasures of our heart to the glory of his praise. Whatever one affection- ally loves, be it person or thing is said to be the “treasure of your heart”. It will occupy your time, your thoughts and your passion for living.
1 Tim. 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil:” Money is not evil. Those things that occupy our time and the desires of our heart represent opportunity that comes from God” who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” 1 Tim. 6:17. The result of loving anything more than God is evil. The root of all evil is misplaced love. We should always control and manage temporal possessions to serve and glorify God.
Service to God must be motivated by the surrender of ever thing to him. Mark 8:34 “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” We are to use whatever God gives has an instrument for his glory and praise. The rich man of Luke 18:23 could not enter into the kingdom of God because he loved his riches more than God. Let us take inventory of our lives so that our stewardship will come under the controlling purpose of God. May our love for Jesus forever be the “Treasure of your heart”.
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Gen 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. “ From the beginning God ordain that man and woman to be one flesh. A relationship interdependent, interwoven and interlaced God is the author of marriage. He is the glue that joins husband and wife together. True love is always grounded in God’s love. This is why the love relationship is always threefold. Marriage is two independent souls trusting God’s reconciling grace to be a fortress a midst all the storms of life.
When considering marriage the counsel of patience and restraint are very important. It takes time to know another person. Marriage is a commitment you make to love and serve until the end of life. It is very important to share as much as you can in developing friendships. No one should ever consider trying to marry someone who has not proven to be a true friend. Anyone who desires your body but does not want to know you as a person is simply lusting. A truly loving friend is concern about your total well-being in relationship to God and man.
Single people also have the capacity to love and be loved. Sex is only for the expression of love within the bond of holy matrimony. Single people should seek to develop friendships that encourage caring, wholesome affection. Rom.12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another” 1 Peter 5:14 “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity” The sin of lust as destroyed the love that the church once had for one another. It is a sad day when the world can show more affection for one another than the Church. The Church is the place where people say to one another “I love you”. There can be no better place than the family of God to find friendship and discover God’s will for one’s life.
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Our existence is corporate in many ways we are constantly interrelating with one another. The word of God hath said it is not good for man to be along. God meant for man to exist in relationship. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”(Gen.4:9). One of the first sins had to do with a broken relationship between two brothers Cain and Able.
The result of sin in the heart of Cain caused him to murder his own brother. Not until we face our sin, and began to honestly and openly confess our trespass against one another, will healing began and the killing stop. Our existence has a community continues to decay this is the consequence of sin. As long as we live there is hope, we can choose life over death, only then will the healing began and the killing stop.
We can choose to create a beautiful Symphony of brotherhood, even with the relationships that throw us most out of tune. To sin is to refuse to love ones neighbor. There cannot be union with God if we are not in union with one another. A person cannot exist alone and isolated, for we need one another to be complete in love. A completely isolated person eventually ceases to be a person. Satan divides and separates, God unites and reassembles. Our existence has a community depends on all of us together letting the Healing began and the Killing Stop.
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“And Adam said this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman.., Gen. 2:23. Here is an example of true intimacy. God created man and woman with a special kind of oneness. “For this cause man shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” This kind of oneness is what we call intimacy. The sexuality between man and woman is God’s gift within the covenant of marriage. It is an expression of love and unity. “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
“And the eyes of them both were open, and they knew that both were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.” Gen. 3:7. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” Sin separates, alienates and causes people to hide from one another and God. Adam and his wife hid from God because of sin. They no longer saw each other without shame. Sin had destroyed the intimacy that God had ordained for man and woman. The eyes of their understanding would forever be changed. Oneness and unity had been broken by disobedience to the word of God.
Truth is the bond of unity, has we share, we grow closer together in oneness. Oneness is maintained through communication. We must speak the truth in love and follow after the things which are of peace where by one my edify another. Unity is preserved through peace. Whatever we do in word or deed the overriding concern is to maintain peace. We must pursue peace at all cost. Whatever the sacrifice we must be willing to make peace the controlling purpose of our lives. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Heb.12:14.
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Text: Philippians 3:8-11
We cannot always fully understand the things we suffer because divine purpose is not always fully understood. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9. Out of all our sufferings we learn that there is safety in trusting God’s word to accomplish his will for our lives.
Trail and tribulation are the tempering of faith, the process in which ones faith is matured. Through the furnace of trial and tribulation the believer is transformed, matured and instructed in the righteousness of God by faith. Isaiah 48:10 “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction”. Even though our Lord being the Son of God, yet even he learned obedience by the things which he suffered, Heb. 5:8.
The measure of good gained through suffering is more than worth the suffering involved. Let us therefore offer up our sufferings to God in co-operation with him to achieve his glory and purpose. Phil 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and fellowship of his sufferings”, all things are working to a divine end worthy of sacrificing to get a greater good. In this way our sufferings are offer up to God has a sacrifice and testimony of love. The fellowship of his suffering is a communion in the body of Christ that is redemptive in power. We are made one through suffering together in the power of love.
The pain of suffering can be swallowed up in joy, when love transforms the suffering into sacrifice. No suffering is beyond God’s plan and purpose to redeem and use for his glory. If we partake in the fellowship of his sufferings, we will find the resources within the church as each member ministers one to another in meeting the responsibilities and challenges we face from day to day. We can see our Lord at work through the sufferings of the believer, which is ultimately the suffering of God in Christ transforming all that is evil into good.
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To attempt to protect one from the realty of suffering is to misrepresent life. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all,” Ps.34:19. The Lord did not say the righteous would not cry, but that he would hear their cry. The Lord did not say the righteous would not experience trouble, but that he would deliver out of all their troubles. “Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and full of trouble,” Job 14:1.
Evil is not stronger than good. For God is good, God along is sovereign. He is able to transform our sufferings into eternal glory. God uses the things we suffer in working out his will for us. Job’s wife tried to get him to curse God and die. Job answered and said “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? “ Job knew in his heart that whatever God permits God would work out for his glory, Job 2:7-10.
The purpose of God endows human suffering with divine call, Gen. 45:5-9. V8, “So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God. And he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all the land of Egypt.” Joseph knew that it was through his sufferings that God was working out his purpose. The ultimate call of God for Joseph was to preserve the lives of his future descendants. God would raise Joseph from the prison ward to the keeper of Pharaoh’s house and ruler throughout the land of Egypt. Divine call is always the target of much persecution. It’s good to know that God will empower all who face persecution with a faith and trust that preservers.
The Son of Man learned obedience through the things he suffered, Heb. 5:8. We to must learn obedience through the things we suffer. Matt.16:24 Jesus said “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” It is through the path of the cross that we learn obedience. 2 Tim.3:12 “All that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Godly people suffer because of persecution. The consequence of obedience to God is always persecution. If we endure for the sake of the gospel the Lord will deliver.
In order to know spiritual strength in the midst of suffering one must know the truth. The spirit of the truth is the power of Jesus dwelling on the inside. Jesus said “The words that I speak unto you they are spirit, and they are life” John 6:63. It is in the power of God’s word to make all things new, to restore us in the midst of suffering. As we increase in the knowledge of the truth the virtue of the spirit will strengthen in “all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness,” Col.1:11.
Our hearts must trust the wisdom of God’s love, a love and wisdom our minds cannot comprehend. The love of God is beyond any one’s ability to figure out. Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not unto thine own understanding.” The mercy of God is to all who trust him. To trust in the wisdom of God’s love is to know the peace that will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. As we trust in God’s love we will know the peace of God to rule and guide in all trueth.
The blessings of God are closely linked with the sufferings that are of God. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 2 cor. 4:17. God is able to turn your trouble into a blessing. To know the blessing of the morning, one must get through the weeping of the night. The disciples were beaten with many stripes and commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus. Because they knew that the blessing was closely linked with the suffering they rejoicied knowing they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed
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The Beatitudes are a summary of teachings which Jesus continually gave to his disciples. Jesus demonstrated the Beatitudes by the character portrayed in his own life. He showed the world a living faith, fill with virtue and love.
Matthew 5:3 poor in spirit means that one has found sufficiency to be in the grace of God. The man who is poor in spirit will not boast of his talents or attainments, because he knows he has nothing that he did not receive from God. He is willing to confess his emptiness because he realizes that in his self there is no power. Elijah found that it was the lack that set up conditions so that God could act, I Kings 17:12, 1-16. The Laodiceans church felt that they were rich and had no need of nothing. They could not see their spiritual need, Rev. 3:17-18.
Matthew 5:5 speaks of the virtue meekness. Meekness is a disciplined life, Ps. 25:9, a life subject to daily conditioning as a result of being guided and taught by the Holy Spirit. The meek knows how wait upon the Lord, Ps.37:8-11. God will fight for him because he has surrendered everything to God.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled, Matt. 5:6. We spend our money for that which is not bread and our labour for that which satisfieth not, Isa. 55:1-7. You are powerless to give food to a child unless he is hungry for it, Luke 1:53, 46-55. We cannot have what we do not truly hunger for. To hunger is a sign of life, dead men need no food, crave no water. We should desire to be like the river whose power is not produced or contained in and of its self; its power flows through it from the ocean, John 7:37-39. Water will purify and sanctify a vessel as long as it is being poured in.
Matt. 5:9 blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Peace is the work of justice and of forgiveness. A man can be peaceable and a great lover of peace and still fail to be a peace-maker. The work of peace is by the labor of faith and love, being prepared to give everything in toil and sacrifice to make peace. The blood of the cross is the price Jesus paid that we might partake of grace and peace, Rev.1:4-6.
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The Lord’s Prayer is a pattern for prayer. If the Son of God needed to pray; how much more, do we need to wait upon God; True prayer is the result of one’s personal relationship with the father. In prayer we seek to be involved whit the father, not in control are manipulate God the father. The true aim of prayer is the community of believers and the will of God. We wait upon God in prayer for guidance and instruction, Ps. 25:5. Through prayer we can transcend this world and meet God who is beyond the experience of what can be seen or touched. We move up into the Glory of God and put into the ministry of people.
To pray thy will be done is to pray for the power to face and conquer is your trails, Matt. 6:10. Effective prayer is the result of a life given up to the will of God there is also power to fulfill his holy desire. Freedom is by the discipline of the word and commitment in performing the will of God. We know the will of God through his word, Col. 1:9-10. God is transforming my will by his word. Full surrender to the will of God is the secret of all spiritual blessing.
Matt 6:11” give us this day our daily bread” is a petition dealing with physical need. God is a God of love who desires to grant us what we need. If we are to receive the rich resources of heaven, it will be through much faith and patience, Heb.6:12. After Abraham had patiently endured, he obtained the promise, Heb.6:15. By the prayer of faith, according to the word of God we can persevere until the fulfillment of what we ask in prayer comes to pass.
“ Matt. 6:12 for-give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”. If we will not forgive others, we cannot expect God to forgive us. He who is unforgiving has cut himself off from God. There can be no love for God without love for others. When we forgive others, we can than receive the mercy of God. Human forgiveness must be has unending has divine love, Matt 18:21-22. The path that leads to the highest blessing and fullest communion with God is the path of unselfish love to others.
Matt. 6:13 “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil “. Testing can be a direct call from God, Deut. 8:2. The purpose of testing is to humble oneself and to prove what is in the heart. The trial is the testimony that reveals the truth about one’s self and ones relationship with God. The trying of your faith works patience. Trails are not to be avoided they perfect us, James 1:2-4. Through the trials we experience growth and change, has we yield ourselves to the hand of God, molding us into the image of Jesus.
Matt.6:13 “ For thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory, forever, Amen”. The ultimate purpose of God is to bring praise and glory to his name, Eph. 1:6-14. The Salvation of all who call upon the name Jesus is the ultimate praise and glory of God, v11-12. To hear the word and believe receiving the Holy Spirit, who is the glory of God; God will manifest his glory in our lives, if we yield ourselves in obedience and faithfulness to the word of truth. Only then will the Power of love forever rule in our hearts.
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2 Timothy 2:15 – If you feed upon the word of God, the power of his spirit will enable you to make use of your inherited strength and gifts in Christ. We can grow in grace and knowledge with the continued practice of the truth through obedience to God’s word. We can practice the word of God like a workman without shame. We study the word of truth to know Christ and to make him known to others. Your testimony is a witness of the living word and its power in your life. By rightly dividing the word of truth, our lives will line up with the word of God and we will reap the promises because we have met the conditions.
1 John 1:1-3 – Sharing in fellowship with other believers is important in Christian maturity. Sharing worship, Education, Evangelism and Service will cause the believer to grow in the truth, the wisdom and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. Jesus shared wisdom and knowledge with his disciples in the living personality of one who walked and talked with them. John 1:1 – “We have heard … We have seen … our hands have handles.” These men were changed by what they saw in the life of Jesus. Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men , that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” A man is molded into the likeness of the lives that come nearest him. A man may make many a friendship to his own hurt. But the isolated life is a greater danger still. The secret of sharing is the secret of all spiritual blessing: the way to get is to give. As we share others are inspired by the light they see.
James 2:14-18 – Through service faith is made visible as we meet the needs of others. What kind of faith is it that will not serve others in the face of obvious need? In prayer we meet Christ. In service we meet people. Prayer leads to a deeper unity with Christ in serving the oppressed. We serve God by serving others. In this way, we lay down our lives to take up the cross. Christian maturity begins inwardly by faith, knowledge, love and suffering. Maturity is outwardly manifested by proclaiming the gospel and serving the world. It has been said that
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