Letters From God–Book of 3 John 1:1-14

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My child, it is My desire that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.  You will be blessed as you live according to My word.  Be faithful to My word in whatever you do, both to your fellow Christians and to strangers as well.  It brings Me great joy when My children live according to My truth. Remember you are a fellow helper with all My other children.  So help each other in your lives and ministry.  Follow not those who do evil but follow that which is good.  Those that do good are Mine: but those that do evil do not know Me.  Dwell in My peace My child.  3 John 1:1-14

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Christianity–Far More Than Religion

John 3:3–Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:6-7–That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit…Ye must be born again.

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Webster’s New World Dictionary defines religion as “belief in a superhuman power to be obeyed and worshiped and is expressed in conduct and ritual”.

Christianity goes beyond that.  It is more than a belief, it is an experience.  Christianity is receiving a new, spiritual life having been “born of the Spirit” (John 3:5).  It is becoming partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).  It is living that new, spiritual life as we walk in the Spirit.  The Christian Experience is a gift of God to humanity.  It is God’s desire to lift us up from the level of the natural man to the level of the spiritual man. It is God’s desire to renew our minds and transform our lives.  It is God’s desire to share His life with us and to become a part of our life here on this earth.  It is God’s desire to teach us, lead us, and empower us to live on this higher, spiritual level.  In order to do this we must be born of the Spirit of God and grow spiritually.  It requires that this growth take place within certain new spheres of existence; the body of Christ, the church.  It results in us having the capacity to have a positive influence on people we come in contact with.  This Christian Experience extends beyond life in this world to a new dwelling place in eternity.  Let us make the most of our Christian experience by living the “abundant life” that Jesus came to give us (John 10:10).  Jesus said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).  Experience Him in your life today.

Two Kinds Of Wisdom

James 3:14-18–If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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The earthly, sensual, devilish kind:  The lower wisdom is earthly, sensual, and devilish.  This speaks of its origin and character.  Earthly means it is related to the earth in its origin and character.   Sensual explains that this lower wisdom is received through the body and its five senses as distinguished from the intellect.  Devilish reveals that this lower wisdom is like or characteristic of the devil.  This lower wisdom produces envying which is a discontent and dissatisfaction with ones situation.  It produces strife, disagreements, and quarrels. This envying and strife then leads to confusion and disorder, and every work that is like or characteristic of the devil.

The Wisdom that is from above:  The wisdom which is from above is higher and produces entirely different things, as you can see in the above portion of scripture.  This heavenly wisdom which is from above is taught by the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 2:13 says, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual”.  God’s spiritual truth and wisdom is received through the teaching and revelation of the Holy Ghost and not through the teaching of man’s wisdom.  The wisdom of God is so much higher than man’s it is like the heavens height above the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9).  This wisdom is not received by man in his natural ability but is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).  It is this wisdom that should guide us in this life.  This wisdom should direct our thoughts, words, and actions.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).  God gives liberally–he gives freely and generously and without blaming or scolding us.  Call upon Him, His line is not busy.

Two Levels Of Life

2 Corinthians 4:18–Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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Two levels of existence–There is a lower, physical level (which is seen) and there is a higher, spiritual level (which is not seen).  “The things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

  1. The lower, physical level–This is temporal and is the level that mankind exists on, having been born of the flesh. “What is your life?  It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).  The non-Christian lives in the physical realm and walks in the flesh.
  2. The higher, spiritual level–This level of existence is not seen and is eternal. Like the wind, which you can’t see, you can see the evidence of its activity.  God exists on this higher, spiritual level.  When a person is born of the Spirit he/she begins a spiritual, eternal life and has the ability to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  The Christian now has two natures; the physical and the spiritual.  The Christian can walk (live) according to the flesh or he can walk (live) according the Spirit.  It depends on the focus of the Christian.  2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen”.  Colossians 3:1-2 says, “Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”.  If the Christian is focused on the things of God with his mind and life he will walk differently than the non-Christian or the Carnal Christian.  The Carnal Christian walks “as men of the world” (1 Corinthians 3:3) and his life, thoughts, words, and actions will be as that of the non-Christian.

If you are not a Christian you must be born again.  If you don’t know how to be saved then seek out a Christian or church that can help you.

To the Christians I say, “Let us stay focused on the things of God that we can live our life according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh, not according to my will but according to the will of God.

Run The Race

Hebrews 12:1–Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

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The race of life is set before us.  Many people run the race of life according to their own will and in their own power.  To be a winner in the race of life we must run it according to the will of God and in the strength we receive from Him. In order to run this race we must lay aside every weight (Hebrews 12:1): anything that would weigh heavy upon us and hinder us in fulfilling God’s will for our life.  We must also lay aside the sin which does so easily beset us (Hebrews 12:1).  Every weight and sin is an obstacle that stands in our way in doing God’s will.  We must also run the race with patience (Hebrews 12:1).  We are to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).   Faith is a necessity in carrying out God’s will.  We are to look to Jesus as our example and for encouragement. He endured what He had to face and go through for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).  Not only is the race set before us but the joy is also set before us.  There is great joy in fulfilling God’s will for our life and greater joy when we get to heaven.  When you come to the finish line (the end of life here on earth) will you be a winner and enter heaven with great rewards or will you be a loser and suffer the agony of defeat?  It all depends upon your choice.

We Are Overcomers

1 John 4:4–Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

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He that is in the world:  He is “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”.  He is the one who tempts us to follow the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. He is the one who tempts us to fulfill the desires of the flesh, and of the mind.  He is Satan and the devil.

He that is in us:  He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of truth.  He is the one who teaches us all things and brings to our remembrance what God has said unto us.  He is the one who guides us into all truth.  He is the one who enables us to display the fruit of the Spirit.  He is the one who manifests Himself through us in the form of the gifts of the Spirit.  “We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us.  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” (2 Corinthians 4:7-11).  “It is God which works in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).  He works in us not just to bring our will in line with his will, but as we yield to his will He works in and through us to perform it.  “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us’ (Romans 8:37).

“Thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

The Coming Judgment

Luke 17:26-30–And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

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As I said yesterday the world is on a course.  But where is this course headed?  The course of this world is headed toward judgment.

In Noah’s day the world got worse and worse until God destroyed the world in a flood.  “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6).

In Lot‘s day it was the same in Sodom and Gomorrah and God sent fire from heaven and destroyed them.

The course of this world today is also getting worse and worse.  Things on TV today would never been allowed in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  The world is getting further and further from God.  Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah…as it was in the days of Lot…even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Be not conformed to this world.  Don’t follow the course of this world.  “There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25).  Walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  Walk by faith and not by sight.

Letters From God–Book of 2 John 1:7-11

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My child, there are many deceivers in the world, who confess that Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh.  This is a deceiver and an antichrist.  Be constantly on guard that you are not led astray by these people and come short of a full reward.  Whoever believes and teaches things contrary to the truth about Christ and the things that he taught have no part with Me.  Anyone that remains in the truth about Christ and what he taught abides in personal, spiritual fellowship with Me and My Son, Jesus.  If anyone comes unto you and brings something that is contrary to the doctrine of Christ, you should not receive him into your house, nor should you bid him success and wellbeing in his endeavors.  For in so doing you would be partaking in his evil deeds.  2 John 1:7-11

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The Course Of This World

Ephesians 2:2–In time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.

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The course of this world–This world is traveling on a course.  It is a path directed by the prince of the power ( Satan) of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.  It is a path of disobedience to God and His word.  It is a path that leads away from God.  The prince of the power of the air is Satan and he uses the cares, the pleasures, and the riches of this world to distract us and to preoccupy our thoughts and our lives.  His goal is to keep the word of God from bringing forth fruit in or lives.  People who follow the course of the world live according to the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and of the mind.  “The lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

Look at our country–Not only do individuals follow the course of the world but groups of people can operate at this lower level.  If you closely examine our country you can see it.  Our country has moved farther and farther away from God.  You see it on TV, in the movies, in the music and in other aspects of the media.  You see it in decisions that are made by our government and also in the court system. Removing creationism, prayer, and the Bible from our schools is just one example.  This subject is too large to deal with completely in this post, but might be dealt with in a future Bible Study.

Christians–Once we walked in this way, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5).  We were dead in trespasses and sins but God quickened us, giving us new life through being born of His Spirit.  Romans 6:4 tells us that we are to walk in newness of life.  We are no longer to follow the course of this world and in disobedience unto God.  “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof” (Romans 6:12).  Let us not follow the course of the world, away from God and in disobedience to Him and His word.

God give us strength through your Spirit to walk in paths of righteousness for your names sake.  Amen.

Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind

Romans 12:2–Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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Be not conformed to this world–Most people are busy being conformed to this world.  They follow after the latest fads.  They seek after the latest fashions.  They are involved with keeping up with the Joneses.  They are too earthly minded to be of any heavenly good.  To be carnally minded, focusing on the things of the flesh and physical things which are of this world is death.  This carnal mind is enmity against God, is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be.  Those whose minds are focused on the flesh and the things of this world cannot please God.

Be transformed–To be spiritually minded is to focus on spiritual things and things of God and is life and peace. When we are born again, born of God’s Spirit, we become a new creature in Christ Jesus: old things are to pass away and all things are to become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).  In other words our lives are to be transformed (changed).  For this change to take place our minds must be renewed.  Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”.  The renewing of our mind is a change from being carnally (earthly) minded to being spiritually minded.  Our minds have been programmed by the world and people in the world.  Our thinking is on a worldly level. Our mind is tied to the 5 senses and our thinking is linked to the 5 senses.  Our minds must be transformed.  This transformation will take place as the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our understanding to the word of God and renews our minds.  The Holy Spirit reveals the word of God to us and in the process faith is created.  We then can walk by faith and not by sight.  We can walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  Thus our lives will prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Let us make a commitment in this New Year–Let us stay in the word of God and pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint the word and reveal it to us that our minds may be renewed and our lives transformed.  This is a remarkable and an unspeakable experience……God bless you in this New Year and in your journey.

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