God Gives Us The Victory

1 Corinthians 15:54-57–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 gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ–We don’t have to win the victory, it has already been won for us. We don’t have to work for it. We can’t buy it. God gives it to us as an act of His grace. It is undeserved and unmerited, yet because He loves us He gives it to us.
1. Victory over sin–The wages of sin is death and Jesus paid the wages for our sin.
2. Victory over death–”The sting of death is sin”. Jesus took the sting out of death when he died and was touched by the sting of death. Death could not hold Him.
3. Victory over the grave–Jesus won this victory when he arose from the dead and the dead in Christ will rise again also. He said, “Because I live, you shall live also”. The grave could not hold Him.

Thanks be to God–Let us be ever thankful for what God has done for us and be constant in offering our thanksgiving unto Him for the “Victory In Jesus“.  Rejoice in God for this great Victory.

Loves Greatness

1 Corinthians 13:13–Now abides faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
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Now abides faith, hope, and charity (love):
1. Faith–”Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is a present reality because we don’t have the things we hope for and we can’t see them.
2. Hope–”Hope is a feeling that what is wanted will happen.” (Webster’s Dictionary). Hope abides now because what we want to happen has not yet become a reality.
3. Love–Love is a strong feeling or affection for someone. We feel it, show it, and take great pleasure in it.

But the greatest of these is charity (love)–Love is the greatest because it is something that shall endure beyond this earthly life. When we get to heaven we will have no need of faith for we will have all that we hoped for. We will see it and experience it. We will have no need of hope for we will have what we wanted and needed. “Hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why doth he yet hope for?” (Romans 8:24). Everything we could ever hope for we will have. Love on the other hand is something that we shall feel, show, and take great pleasure in when we get to heaven. We shall dwell in the very presence of love for “God is love”. We shall experience love from our brothers and sisters in Christ to a degree that we have never experienced it before. Therefore the greatest of these is love.

Letters From God–Book of Titus 1:1-16

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My child, I promised the hope of eternal life before the world began and in due times I made it known through preaching. Those I chose proclaimed it in accordance with My will. My spiritual leaders are to be ordained. They are to be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. They should be blameless as My steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy; a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; They should stand firm to My Word as they have been taught, that they may be able to proclaim it and defend it. For there are many who resist authority who speak words that have no real value and deceive others. Their mouths must be stopped, who corrupt many people, teaching things which they should not, just to gain a profit for themselves. Child, don’t pay attention to fables and commandments of men that would turn you from the truth. Unto the pure in heart all things are pure: but unto them that live impure lives and are unbelieving, nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience is impure. They profess that they know Me; but in their conduct they deny Me, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:1-16
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Our Limited Knowledge Perfected

1 Corinthians 13:9-12–We know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
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We know in part and we prophesy in part–Our knowledge is limited and lacking full comprehension. There are many things that we don’t know. This scripture compares our present speaking, understanding, and thinking with that of a child.

When that which is perfect is come–This is a reference to the coming of the Lord Jesus. When the Lord shall come there shall be a great change that takes place.
1. That which is in part shall be done away. Scripture tells us that our bodies will be changed. Our mental abilities will also be changed. Even now our minds are being renewed (Romans 12:2). We will be endowed with a new ability to perceive and understand. We will have a new awareness of things around us. We will be able to piece together aspects of the truth perfectly.

Now we see through a glass darkly–At the present time we don’t see things clearly and therefore there are many things we cannot explain clearly. Our insight is imperfect and we know in part with a limited knowledge.

But then–Then we shall see face to face. We shall know fully even as we are known fully by God. God’s word speaks often of mysteries but then there will be no more mysteries.

Abounding In Hope

Romans 15:13–Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
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The God of hope–God is the source of true, ultimate hope. We have hope sometimes for things which do not happen and in these cases we have to look at the source of our hope. What was our hope based on? The hope that God gives is supported and guaranteed by His being all knowing, all powerful, and always present. When our hope comes from God we can count on it. Let us see how God brings about this hope in us.

Through the power of the Holy Ghost–The Holy Spirit is the mediator through which God brings about this hope in us. The hope God gives us comes through the amazing, infallible power of the Holy Spirit.

In believing–We must ask ourselves, “believing in what?” The Holy Spirit is a powerful Teacher. Jesus said that the Spirit of truth would teach us all things, guide us into all truth and bring to our remembrance what He has said unto us. (John 14:26; John 16:13). The Holy Spirit teaches us the word of God and that is what we must believe. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).

Fill you with all joy and peace–In believing we posses this joy and peace and hope.
1. “Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:7-8).
2. This peace is the peace of God, which passes all understanding, and it shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7).
3. This hope is a blessed hope, full of assurance. It is an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:19).

That you may abound in hope–Believing faith determines the level of joy, peace and hope we have. As our faith increases so will our level of joy, peace, and hope. God can make us to abound and be filled with this hope. Our part in this is to stay in the word of God and look to the Holy Spirit to produce faith in us.

Paying Our Debt

Romans 13:8–Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another hath fulfilled the law.
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Owe no man anything–This is not instruction against going into debt. There are some things that we can’t pay cash for. However, we should try to keep our debt at a minimum. What this scripture is really saying is that we should pay our bills on time. We owe it at the time the bill is supposed to be paid and we should pay it on time. This comes from the fact that we have given our word and agreed to this. As a Christian we should be true to our word and give a good testimony as to our trustworthiness.

But to love one another–This is a debt that cannot be paid in full. Our debt to love one another is fresh and new every day and every moment of every day. We are to be paying on this debt without ceasing by loving everyone continually. Our love is to be with grace, meaning that we love the other person whether they deserve it or not. Grace is unmerited undeserved favor. “God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). This is our example.

For he that loves another has fulfilled the law–”Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10).

Sent By The Holy Spirit

Acts 13:4–So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
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Sent forth by the Holy Ghost–The Holy Spirit sends members of the body of Christ forth on a mission, to do a service for God, unto others. It is not always those who are called into full time ministry. Sometimes it is a church member that is living close to God and is usable by God. What a blessed event it is to be sent forth by the Holy Spirit.
1. There is the knowledge that God is sending you forth.
2. There may be a consciousness of one’s own inabilities and an uncertainty of what is going to happen.
3. There is an awareness of God’s presence.
4. There often is an awareness of the urgency of what God wants you to do.
5. There is also an understanding that God is in control of all the circumstances surrounding the mission and that success rests in God’s hands.
6. There is an unexplainable experience of the working of God in and through you during the task that cannot truly be explained to others.
7. There is sometimes a miracle or miracles associated with the task.
8. There is rejoicing in the success and blessings that issue from the mission and service.

“I beseech you Brothers and Sisters live close to God, present your body as a living sacrifice unto God which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). “Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:13). Experience the sending of the Holy Spirit and the blessings thereof. To God be the glory. Amen!

We Have A Place In Heaven

John 14:1-3–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.
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Let not your heart be troubled–The disciples were troubled because Jesus had just told them that He was going away and they could not go at that time but that they would follow Him afterwards. They would follow Him after certain necessary things had been completed according to the will and word of God. These included His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, glorification, and His preparing them a place in heaven. We each as brothers and sisters in Christ will follow him as our time comes. Jesus sought to comfort the disciples with these words and when we have had a loved one go home to be with Jesus we should also find great comfort in these words as well.

In my Father’s house are many mansions–Jesus is there in heaven preparing for us a place in our heavenly Father’s house. Those loved ones who have preceded us have taken up residence in their place prepared for them by Jesus.

I will come again–”When he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11). One day “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Praise God!! He will receive us unto Himself that where He is, we shall be also.

Rejoice, Pray, Be Thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19–Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.
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These four things go together and are actually intertwined–Rejoicing, prayer, thanks, and not quenching the Spirit are wound and joined together and give great strength.

Rejoice evermore–We are to rejoice in good times and enjoy them. We are to rejoice in the bad times because of our understanding that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28) and “we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). Earthly joy fades easily when things are not going good but the joy that comes from the new life we have in Christ does not lose its freshness or strength. “The joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Pray without ceasing–This means that we are to always be in an attitude of prayer, ready and fit to approach and talk with God on the spur of a moment. While in prayer we can rejoice and we can be thankful.

In everything give thanks–Thank God for the good things and thank God that He is working all things toward the goal of good, even the bad things. In the bad things thank Him for His presence, His power, His knowledge, His wisdom, His love, His grace, His mercy, His victory, etc…

Quench not the Spirit–When we fail to rejoice and pray and be thankful we will quench the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is at His best for us when we are following God’s word. Being obedient to God’s word is opening the door for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

Lord teach us to rejoice, teach us to pray, teach us to be thankful in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Letters From God–Book of Titus 1:1-16

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My child, I promised the hope of eternal life before the world began and in due times I made it known through preaching. Those I chose proclaimed it in accordance with My will. My spiritual leaders are to be ordained. They are to be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. They should be blameless as My steward; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy; a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; They should stand firm to My Word as they have been taught, that they may be able to proclaim it and defend it. For there are many who resist authority who speak words that have no real value and deceive others. Their mouths must be stopped, who corrupt many people, teaching things which they should not just to gain a profit for themselves. Child, don’t pay attention to fables and commandments of men that would turn you from the truth. Unto the pure in heart all things are pure: but unto them that live impure lives and are unbelieving, nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience is impure. They profess that they know Me; but in their conduct they deny Me, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:1-16
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