Live Peaceably With All Men

Romans 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.”
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If it be possible. It is not always possible to live peaceably with others. “If possible” covers this impossibility. Some people are not satisfied unless they are in some conflict. Their troubled life issues from a troubled heart.
As much as lies in you. Let the impossibility rest upon them. We must do everything we can to live at peace with everyone. This will not happen if we are walking in the flesh. “As much as lies in you” points us to the Holy Spirit within us. It points to the fruit of the Spirit–love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. It points us to a strength that exceeds our normal human strength. It is only as we walk in the Spirit and draw strength, knowledge and wisdom from the new life in Christ that we can operate within the realm. “As much as lies in you”.
Live peaceably with all men. We are to live peaceably with everyone. We may not be able to do this outwardly, but because we have done everything in our might to make it happen we can be at peace with ourselves, and with God, and thus be at peace with them in our heart. We can have an inner peace.
We have the Prince of Peace to Help us. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
THANKS BE TO GOD WHO GIVES US THIS PEACE.

God’s Grace

1 Corinthians 1:4-9 “I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in everything you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall also confirm you unto the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
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1. God’s Grace.
a. This grace was shown in that, “though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
b. That in everything we are enriched by Him.
Made rich in spiritual knowledge and the ability to proclaim it, because the testimony of Christ has been made solid and strong in our hearts by God’s grace, making us rich.
2. Confirmed in you.
a. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us” (Romans 12:6).
b. “Even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).
c. “Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
3. Confirmed Unto The End.
a. God’s grace will establish us and make us firm and secure in our faith and life.
b. That by the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness we shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).
c. And where sin might abound grace will much more about that as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:20-21).
d. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
e. That we may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
f. God is faithful who will also perform it.
4. Access to God’s Grace.
a. Given to us by Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace” (Romans 5:1-2).
“God resists the proud but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God” (James 4:6-7).
b. “My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
c. God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Loving And Doing

John 21:21-22 “Peter seeing him said to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus said unto him, If I will that he tarries till I come, what is that to you? Follow Me.”
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Jesus had just asked Peter three times, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love Me?” And Peter had responded each time, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” Each time Jesus told Peter to “feed My lambs”, “feed My sheep”.
After the third time Peter saw John and said, “what shall this man do?” Peter was trying to get the focus off himself and on someone else. I would see this in my students at school. When they got into trouble they tried to redirect the focus to someone else. It seems to be human nature to do this. Peter also wanted to know what Jesus was going to have John to do.
If I will that he tarries till I come, what is that to you? Follow Me. What Jesus tells Peter and what we need to understand is that it does not matter what others are going to do. Our responsibility lies in what the Lord wants us to do. The whole thing centers around the Lord’s will. We must do what he is directing us to do. This applies to life in general. We need to do what we should do and not get upset about what others are doing or are going to do.

It’s not about what others are doing or not doing.
It is all about what God wants YOU to do.

Receiving The Desires Of Our Heart

Psalms 37:4-5 “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
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Delight yourself in the Lord. We are to find great pleasure in the Lord. Our relationship with the Lord should give us great pleasure. If it does not, then we need to work on our relationship with Him. This delight and pleasure comes from our spirit and not our flesh. Sometimes our mind which is a part of the flesh can get in the way and that is why it must be renewed. For some Christians the awareness of the Lord’s presence and the pleasure that comes from it is found only when they are at church. However, it can happen and be a reality every day.
He shall give you the desires of your heart. When our relationship with the Lord is as it should be our desires will be more in line with the Lord’s and He will be more inclined to give us our desires. God says, “Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2-3). This is a qualification for receiving the desires of our heart.
Commit your way unto the Lord. This also is a qualification for receiving the desires of our heart. We are to make sure that He is truly Lord of our life. This means that we place our way, and our life in His hands and trust Him and follow His will for us and His leadership.
1. Listen to the words of Jesus. “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38). “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). Jesus was committed to the will of the Father. We are to be like Him.
Trust also in Him. Here is yet another qualification for receiving the desires of our heart. Our faith is to rest in Him. We are to rely and depend on Him. Committing our way unto the Lord and trusting in Him go hand in hand. We can’t have one without the other. This means that we follow His direction in the decisions we make, and, in the direction, we go. It also includes all the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s, how’s and why’s of our life. In other words, we trust in Him in every aspect of our life.
He shall bring it to pass. As we delight ourselves in the Lord, commit our way unto the Lord, and trust in Him, He shall make it happen for He is in control and can bring together everything that is necessary for it to happen.

What A Wonderful Promise From God.

Happiness Is Doing

John 13:17 “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”
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Jesus had just washed the feet of the disciples. He told them, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15). He was not talking about feet washing. He was talking about ministering to one another.
If you know these things. Knowledge is not enough. With knowledge comes responsibility and accountability. “Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48). The more knowledge we receive the more is expected of us.
Happy are you if you do them. Happiness is found in doing the things that we know. Happiness comes in ministering to the needs of others. The more it is unexpected and undeserved the greater the happiness. It is in this that we become more like God for these are acts of grace. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
The other side of the coin. “To him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). When people think about sin they usually think about the things that are done that should not have been done. These are sins of commission. However, sin also includes the things that we should have done and didn’t. These are sins of omission.

Experiencing God’s Presence

Exodus 33:14 “And he said, My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
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My presence shall go with you. God, promised this to Moses and look what God did through Moses.
1. It is the same promise we have in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you”.
2. It is the same promise we have in John 14:16, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”
His presence will go with us where ever we go and whatever we do; day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. Many times, we are concerned more about the blessings of God and what He can give us than we are about the presence of God. If we do not know the Lord’s presence every day, then we need to work on our relationship with Him.
Building our relationship with God. We build our relationship with God by spending time with Him. This can be time spent in His word and in prayer. It can be time spent with Him in worship and praise. It can be time spent with Him as we listen to some Christian music that truly inspires us and focuses our mind upon Him and opens and lifts our hearts to Him. We need to seek His presence throughout the day as we go about our activities. If God is going to work through us, then we must have a proper relationship with Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).
I will give you rest. God can give us rest even when we are active doing something. This rest is freedom from distress, worry, anxiety, and fear, resulting in peace of mind. This rest comes with the presence of God. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

God’s Promise and Invitation
“Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.”
“Come unto me and I will give you rest.”

It is up to you.

The Importance Of A Vision

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”
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Vision. For the Christian, vision is seeing and understanding what God’s will is. It can be related to an individual, however if we are in a position of authority and responsibility it can include those within the realm of our authority and responsibility such as our family, or our church. As the vision includes our family or church, the vision depends on their acceptance, and their desire to take part in carrying out the vision. If a person has an inclusive vision and the others don’t accept and take part in carrying out the vision, the person is to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the field. If the person remains true to the vision God will answer that prayer and send laborers from outside their group. The vision can be related to what God wants us to do, when He wants us to do it, where He wants us to do it, and or how He wants us to do it.
1. A vision gives direction to our lives and motivates us to move in that direction and do what needs to be done for the vision to be fulfilled. It brings an excitement and joy, knowing that we are doing what God wants us to do.
2. Within this scripture is the mention of keeping the law. God’s word helps us have a vision about our life in general; how we are to live our life. It also gives us specifics about how we are to live our life. Being obedient to God’s word is always related to any vision we receive from God.
3. Within this scripture is the mention of happiness. We will be happy if we have a vision and walk in obedience to God’s will and His word.
Without a vision. Without a vision the people perish. Without a vision the person will have no direction and will lack motivation.

The Spirit Of Pharisees

Luke 16:14-15 “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for the highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
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The Spirit of Pharisees is rampant today. There are those who seek to appear before men as being right in their thinking and behavior. They put on a good religious front. They go through all the outward religious practices. They draw near to God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.
But God knows the hearts. God looks past the outward appearances and sees what is on the inside. “The Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7). We can’t fool God.
That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.  A person can actively participate in all the programs and religious practices of the church and look good before men, but if their heart is not where it should be then it is all in vain.

Love, As Christ Has Loved You

Ephesians 5:1-5
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My child, let your life be marked by love and expressed in deed and in truth even as Christ loved you and gave Himself for you as an offering and a sacrifice. As Christ loved you and gave Himself for you, love others and give yourself for them. It will be as an offering and a sacrifice to Me and bring Me much pleasure.

You are My child, an heir of Mine, and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Therefore, don’t value the transient and perishable things of the world more than the vast, eternal inheritance of My Kingdom.

The Importance Of A Vision

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”
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Vision. For the Christian, vision is seeing and understanding what God’s will is. It can be related to an individual, however if we are in a position of authority and responsibility it can include those within the realm of our authority and responsibility such as our family, or our church. As the vision includes our family or church, the vision depends on their acceptance, and their desire to take part in carrying out the vision. If a person has an inclusive vision and the others don’t accept and take part in carrying out the vision, the person is to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into the field. If the person remains true to the vision God will answer that prayer and send laborers from outside their group. The vision can be related to what God wants us to do, when He wants us to do it, where He wants us to do it, and or how He wants us to do it.
1. A vision gives direction to our lives and motivates us to move in that direction and do what needs to be done for the vision to be fulfilled. It brings an excitement and joy, knowing that we are doing what God wants us to do.
2. Within this scripture is the mention of keeping the law. God’s word helps us have a vision about our life in general; how we are to live our life. It also gives us specifics about how we are to live our life. Being obedient to God’s word is always related to any vision we receive from God.
3. Within this scripture is the mention of happiness. We will be happy if we have a vision and walk in obedience to God’s will and His word.
Without a vision. Without a vision the people perish. Without a vision the person will have no direction and will lack motivation.

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