Doing And Receiving Good

Galatians 6:9-10-Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
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Let us not be weary in well doing-We are not to lose heart or be discouraged in doing good deeds. There are things that would hinder us in this matter such as the way people react to us or our good deeds. Tribulation and problems we face can hinder us as well.

In due season we shall reap-Having been born of the Holy Spirit we have a spiritual existence and we are to live by spiritual principles found in God’s word (the Bible). Here is one, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38). This principle applies to more than just money. The measure of good we do to others determines the measure of good we receive. We shall receive it when the time is right.
1. Therefore let us take advantage of every opportunity to do good. We are to redeem the time and buy up every opportunity. We are to do good to all people but especially those of the household of faith.
2. “He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” This spiritual principle reveals that the degree of our receiving good is directly related to the degree of good we do.
3. Jesus set us an example, “Who went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38).

Let us spread around the good and share it with all. “What goes around comes around.”

Spiritual Warfare

2 Corinthians 10:3-5-For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
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We do not war after the flesh-The flesh is weak and hinders us in our spiritual warfare. Since the flesh and the Spirit are contrary to each other (Galatians 5:17) the flesh only gets in the way. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). It is a spiritual warfare and we must deal with it in the spirit. We are not to fight as people who are not Christians do.

The weapons of our warfare-Weapons are instruments used for fighting.
1. Not carnal-Our weapons are not according to the flesh. The weapons of the flesh are words and physical actions.
2. Mighty through God-The Christian is to rely on the spiritual weapons God has given us which are mighty as God works in us and through us. Our weapons are mentioned in Ephesians 6:17-18. There are defensive and offensive weapons. Our offensive weapons-”They are the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: and praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” We are to use the word of God. When we think and speak the word of God we are placing the sword in the hands of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is both an offensive and a defensive weapon.  Through prayer we call upon God and seek His knowledge, wisdom and power to operate in us and through us and others.

Pulling down strong holds- These are spiritual fortresses of evil that have been erected against us. We are to tear down and destroy evil fortresses with the word of God and prayer.

Casting down imaginations and every high thing-We are to overcome mental thoughts and images that are evil and lift themselves up against the knowledge of God, again using the word of God and prayer.

Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ-We are to conquer every thought and make them obedient to Christ. We can speak to the thoughts and command them to go in the name of Jesus. Then we can think on things of virtue and praise.

Two Kinds Of Sorrow

2 Corinthians 7:9-10-Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.
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Godly sorrow produces repentance-Sorrow after a Godly manner is a true sorrow and will result in one turning from that which causes the sorrow to live and behave in a different manner. It is a matter of turning from the flesh and turning to the Spirit (God).

Worldly sorrow works death-Sorrow after a worldly manner produces no change in ones life. They still follow the flesh and do those things that they desire to do. They continue to do that which is wrong and not that which is right. They walk the path of self-destruction. They will continue to suffer the consequences of their life and behavior and it becomes a vicious cycle.

Godly sorrow works repentance to salvation-Sorrowing in a Godly manner produces repentance (a change) in our lives and results in our salvation from the vicious cycle that occurs without true repentance. Let us sorrow in a godly manner and stop the cycle in our lives.

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 constant in offering our thanksgiving unto Him for the “Victory In Jesus”.

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).
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 hope 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). All we could every hope for we will have in heaven and no need to hope any more. 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.

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.

Letters From God–Book of 1 John 2:18-29

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My child, be aware that it is the final period of time, in which the affairs of the world are coming to an end. You have heard and know that the antichrist shall come. Even now there are many antichrists and by this you know that it is the last period of time. Know that antichrists are those who either claim to be Christ or who oppose Him and who deny the doctrines of Christ. They deny who He is and that He came in the flesh. They are adversaries of the Christian Church. Sometimes these people become a part of the church outwardly but are not true Christians. They often leave the church because they were not true Christians and thereby prove that they were not Christians at all.

Child, you have been anointed by My Holy Spirit who teaches and guides you into all truth. You know the truth and you know that no lie comes from the truth. Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? Anyone that denies Me and My Son is an antichrist. Let that knowledge of the truth which you have received abide in you and thereby continue in the Son and in Me. I have promised you eternal life. I warn you about those who would lead you away from the truth. You are to remain in close fellowship with My Spirit that He may make you steadfast in the truth. You are to abide in Christ that when He shall appear, you may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. You know that He is righteous and that everyone that does righteousness in born of Him. 1 John 2:18-29
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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.

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 and 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.

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