Jesus’ Mission And Ours

John 6:38–I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
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I came down from heaven–Jesus’ existence did not begin when He was conceived in the womb of Mary or when He was born of her. This verse tells us that He existed before that. He was in heaven and He came down. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He was in the beginning, He was with God and He was God.

Not to do mine own will–He did not come down to earth to do His own will. He was surrendered, yielded and committed to the will of His Father. Even when facing the cross He made His request known to the Father but concluded His prayer with, “Not my will but thine be done” (Luke 22:42). We have been born of the Holy Spirit of God and we should be surrendered, yielded, and committed to the will of our heavenly Father also.

But the will of Him that sent me–Jesus was sent by the Father. He was sent for a purpose. The Father had you and I in mind when He sent Jesus. We were the reason Jesus was sent. Jesus said, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). Now it is our turn. We are the sent ones. We are sent for a purpose. We are the ambassadors of Christ. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation and the word of reconciliation. Let us, each and every one fulfill our mission to and for the glory of God.

Letters From God–Book of Romans 11:11-32

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My child, Have the Jews stumbled that they should fall? No: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. If the fall of them has resulted in the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them resulted in the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? If the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? Those believing Jews are holy and the lump is also holy. The root is holy and so are the branches. The unbelieving Jews were broken off. The believing Gentiles are grafted in and with the believing Jews, they both receive of the root and fatness of the olive tree. The Gentiles should not boast for being grafted in because it is by My grace that they were grafted in. Because of unbelief those Jews were broken off and it is only by faith that any stand. Do not be high-minded but fear: for if I spared not the natural branches, take heed lest I also spare not you. Behold My goodness and severity: on then which fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in My goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off. I will turn again to the Jews and graft in those who will believe. The blindness in part is happened to the Jews, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. Now concerning the gospel, they are enemies for the sake of the Gentiles: but as touching the election, the Jews are beloved for My sake. My gifts and calling are without repentance. As you Gentiles, in times past have not believed Me, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: even so the Jews will obtain mercy. I have included both Jews and Gentiles in unbelief, that I might have mercy upon all who will believe, both Jews and Gentiles. Romans 11:11-32
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Overcome Evil With Good

Romans 12:17-21–Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
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Be not overcome of evil–If we repay evil for evil then we have been overcome by the evil and our behavior is being controlled by the evil that was done unto us. We are not to avenge ourselves, but step aside and let God deal with it. God says “Vengeance is mine; I will repay“. He will avenge His children. He will repay. If God repays it could be a lot worse than what we would do. I think this is why Jesus said, “Pray for them” (Matthew 5:44).

Matthew 5:44–Jesus said:
a. Love your enemies.
b. Bless them, do good to them–”if he hungers feed him…if he thirsts give him to drink”.
c. Pray for them.

By doing this we are acting responsibly, from the spirit and not from the flesh. This way we are not overcome by the evil but overcome the evil with good.  Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the works of the flesh.

Unprofitable And Profitable Conversations

2 Timothy 2:16-18–But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
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Shun profane and vain babblings–Avoid conversations that show disregard or contempt for sacred things. Avoid conversations that have no real value and are fruitless. Keep away from people that habitually talk unwisely or too much. We should find a way to politely excuse ourselves and get out of and away from these things.

They will increase unto more ungodliness–These kinds of conversations and people will proceed further away from that which is godly. The words of these people will spread corruption and eat away at our own spirituality. Their words will weaken us spiritually. They are not in line with the word of God and their words will overthrow the faith of some.

Seek the positive conversations and people–Let us seek out and find conversations that focus on things that are sacred and spiritually profitable. Let us spend time in conversations that are fruitful and profitable and that build us up spiritually. Let us find those people who will be supportive and increase our faith. Let us find those people who will direct our thoughts toward God and His word.

The Scriptures Were Written For Us

Romans 15:4–Whatsoever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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Whatsoever things were written before–These things were written under the revelation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21).

Were written for our learning–God had those things written for us. They were written for our learning to teach us and instruct us. They were written that we might have patience to persevere. They were written that we might be comforted. Seeing what those of the Bible went through and how they went through can give us this patience and comfort us when we are going through some difficult times. Those scriptures reveal how God was with His people and how He worked to help them. We see how God led His people and supplied their needs. We see how God protected them in their troubles. We see how God instructed them and guided them. This produces in us patience and comforts us because we know that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He will work in our life as He did in the lives of those mentioned in the Bible.

That we might have hope–Through the patience and comfort we receive from the scriptures we can have hope and that hope is in the one true God. That hope is in the reality that He will be with us forever and will not forsake us to the things that we have to face in this life because He said so.

Christ Is Our Peace

Ephesians 2:13-16–In Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
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Christ Jesus is our peace–In Christ (in the Spirit) we have peace with one another. It is when one or the other is in the flesh that there is strife and conflict. “We are to endeavor to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). “We do this in lowliness and meekness with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2). In love for the person, we put up with and tolerate that which bothers us. Peace is a bond that binds and holds us together.

Christ Jesus broke down the wall–This is speaking of the wall that separated the Jews from the Gentiles. It was a wall of partition that stood between the Jews and the Gentiles. This wall was the law of commandments contained in ordinances. Jesus put an end to this wall, this enmity through His death. He thereby crated one body so making peace. “He is the head over all things to the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22-23). From time to time there are walls built up between Christians and between a Christian and an unbeliever. We must try to restore and maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Where the non-Christian in concerned we must try to restore and maintain our relationship with them as well.

Our Blessedness In Christ

2 Corinthians 1:21-22–Now he which establishes us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
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God has established us–He has made us firm with other believers in Christ. We should therefore not be easily moved or shaken, but steady determined and positive. We have to stand on the promises of God and receive from Him that strength, knowledge, and wisdom we need to face whatever comes our way.

God has sealed us–He has placed His mark of ownership and security on us. “We are not our own but are bought with a price and our body and spirit are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20). He will watch over us to keep us safe.

God has given us the earnest of the Spirit–Earnest means down payment. God has given us the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the Divine pledge of all our future blessings and blessedness. The Holy Spirit is our security. As we walk in the Spirit we shall be firm, steady, determined and positive. As we walk in the Spirit we shall be secure and safe.

Overloaded

Luke 10:38-42–Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
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Cumbered about much serving–Martha was over-occupied with much serving. She complained that her sister had left here alone to do all the serving. She was full of care and anxiety and was troubled about many things. We often take on more than we should. Be become overloaded physically and or mentally. We became filled with care and anxiety and are troubled about many things. It becomes hard for us to focus. We become irritable and begin to complain about things or other people much as Martha did here.

What is the one thing needful?–Jesus said that Mary had chosen that good part, that one thing needful. We too need to spend some time at the feet of Jesus as Mary was doing. This is where we find peace, joy, and strength to serve as God would have us to do.  We need to cast our cares upon Him and listen to what He has to say. Then we need to prioritize the many things we have to do according to their importance and as to which need to be done first. Then we can focus on taking care of the things one at a time and be in a better frame of mind.

Letters From God–Book of Romans 11:1-10

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My child, I have not cast away My people, the Jews. They have killed My prophets and tore down the altars that were built to Me. But, there is a remnant chosen by My grace and received through faith. The others go about seeking to establish their own right standing before me based on their works. However, they fall short of it. They seek it but can’t obtain it. They are blind to the truth. They have eyes but don’t see and they have ears but they do not hear. But as many that will believe and call upon the Lord shall be saved. Romans 11:1-10
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True Worshipers

John 4:23-24–The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
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True worshipers–True worshipers are those who worship the Father. That is, because we have been born again, born of the Spirit of God and have spiritual life, we worship God as our Father. True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. In spirit is in direct opposition with the flesh. If we worship in the flesh then we are not true worshipers. It is not enough just to show up and go through the motions. Our worship must come forth from the new nature, from the spirit, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Our worship is to be done in truth, without hypocrisy.

The Father seeks such to worship Him–The Father desires and looks for these kinds of worshipers. He searches through the congregation to locate these worshipers. It brings Him great pleasure when He finds them because they are new creatures in Christ Jesus, His Son. They are His creation and His children. They are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus. The sacrifice of praise brings Him great delight. God is a Spirit and they that approach Him in worship must do so in spirit and in truth.

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