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ROOTED IN GOD’S LOVE

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ROOTED IN GOD’S LOVE (AGAPAO)

 

John 15:9-11 ” As the Father has loved me, so have I love you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this : Love each other as I have loved you.”

John Chapter 15  is the love chapter where love is mentioned 9 times, beginning with verse 9.  The Bible number 9= fullness, gifts and fruit of the Spirit, end, conclusion, judgment..

The Scene: Symbolic Tree of Life showing its root system.

God’s children have the fullness of God’s love for us, in us, to share with others who are seeking God’s love.

Hebrews 6:10-11 “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show the same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.”

We are anchored in God’s love like the root system of a large oak tree. That root system can represent God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures which are truth God cannot lie). He says this in His Word. His Word tells us, “God is love”(1 John 4:8)

1 John 2:5-6 “But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him. Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

1 John 4:10-11 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another.”

*TYPES OF LOVE (Greek words)

Agapao: God’s love; morally straight, perfect, flawless.

Phileo: brotherly love; friend

Storge: Natural love for kin, familial love, like parent and child, pet, companion

Eros: Worldly love, lust, fleshly; ego based.

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IN TIME OF NEED

IN TIME OF NEEDIN TIME OF NEED

Isaiah 41:10 ” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The Scene: The Lord’s right hand extended, a sign that He is always available for His children, true believers in Him, Father God, Jesus His Son  and followers of His Word. Habakkuk 3:4 ” His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand,  where his power was hidden.”

Hebrews 13:6 “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'”

2 Timothy 4:18 “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

As God’s children, we can extend our hand to Him, asking whatever we think we need. He is there for us anytime of day or night, 24/7/365.

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SABBATH REST

SABBATH REST

SABBATH REST

Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”

The Scene:  pillows intended as a reminder to take the time to enter God’s rest, from physical and mental stress, which includes spiritual unrest (the battle is the Lord’s).

Genesis 2:2-3 “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

With this Scripture the pattern is set for all God’s people to follow.

Exodus 35:2  “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

Father God commanded even the land that the people worked, planting and harvesting, must rest:  Leviticus 25: 3-5 ” For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the  Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows by itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.”

God created man in His own image, which includes both labor and resting. We should all listen to God’s holy wisdom.

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CONDEMNATION VS. PARDON

 

CONDEMNATION VS. PARDON

CONDEMNATION VS. PARDON

John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

The Scene: Scrolls; The black one, sin, represents condemnation. The wheat* colored scroll represents  a pardon from God, which covers the sin scroll.

*wheat,  Jesus said,” I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35)

Only our Lord Jesus can save mankind from eternal damnation, Hell. Blessed be the name of the Lord! He paid it all for man’s sin.

Psalm 136:1 ” Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

He paid it all for man’s sin.

 

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GOD’S JUDGMENT

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GOD’S JUDGMENT

Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

The Scene: A scale of justice–symbolic of God’s justice, meaning God’s ways vs. man’s ways (being in the flesh, self-centered and changing of earthly values). God’s ways never change.  See Hebrews 13:8

Man’s actions will be weighed and true justice will be done in heaven or hell. The first two Commandments speak of love;  love of God, love of neighbor. To love requires forgiveness–the Holy Scriptures tell us that  if we want forgiveness from God we must also forgive others:  Matthew 19:19.

God is  just and righteous. (Read 1 Samuel 24) for better understanding. Here David spared King Saul’s life. King Saul was jealous of David and  pursued David to kill him– David, however, with God’s help, had an opportunity to kill Saul but he chose not to kill him.  David wanted to be found righteous in Father God’s eyes. David says in Verse 6, “He said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.'”

As children of God we, too, are to be like David and choose a better way in our daily lives,  as we must interact with mostly worldly people. As Christians we are to have the higher calling of God.

Matthew 7:21 ” Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

We must all pass the “good fruit” test.  (Read Matthew 7:15-23). Those who bear good fruit and are of the good tree (Jesus the Christ) will have eternal life in heaven. Every tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire (hell).  In the end, the justice of God will be served.

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ILLNESSS, WHY?

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ILLNESS, WHY?

John 9:1-3 “As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

The Scene: A blind person’s dark glasses and walking cane put down, purposely broken in two, to show others they are no longer needed, nor wanted. They were broken as an outward sign and act of faith.

Illness, why? The simple answer can be found in verse 3,...” this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. A healing took taken place and  the greater lesson can be found in verses 4 and 5.

John 9:4-5 ” As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Jesus healed the man who was in darkness, his whole life–representing spiritual darkness. Jesus brought the light to dispel that darkness.

The Pharisees were spiritually blinded by their pride and arrogance. Sin had made them spiritually blind to the Son of God. Those who believed in Him could see the light of the world, Jesus Christ. In addition, the former blind man had to speak for himself–he had found God and believed. See verses 25-27.

No one can be saved by someone else’s belief. Each person must find their own salvation through Jesus the Christ. Personal salvation–a relational experience with their Lord and Savior Jesus, the true light of the world.

Verse 38 “Then the man said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.”

This man now has a story to tell everyone, everywhere he goes. He will profess,” Jesus is Lord,” Others may then begin to believe in Jesus the Christ, Son of God.

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MAN’S MEASUREMENTS

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MAN’S MEASUREMENTS

2 Corinthians 10:12 :We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves they are not wise.”

 

The Scene: A tape measure with numbers one through 7 showing, the number 7 being the Bible number for perfection.

Comparing one person to another leads to trouble, the Holy Spirit tells us through His Holy Scriptures. Using the wrong measure can lead to boasting or falling short compared to others.

2 Corinthians 2:17-18 “But, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.'”

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