ALWAYS REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE

 

 

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We make sacrifices every day with our time, energy, and money sometimes for others. Putting ourselves on the back burner to make life easier or more special for someone else. Do we do it because down the road we might need to call in a favor? Do we make the sacrifice to be able to boast and brag about it to anyone who will listen? Do we sacrifice because somebody sacrificed for us at some previous point in our life? Are we doing it out of love?

Christ sacrificed his life for all of us because he loves all of us.

Reminders of the Sacrifice

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:28)

I thank him for that sacrifice by reading his word and being obedient to his word daily. I want to know what the word of God says about the goodness of Jesus and what he did for me and how to be more like him. Amen

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

This is love. This is the love God has for you and me, sacrificing his son Jesus.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

The sacrifices that I have done thus far don’t compare to the one that sacrificed his life, so that through him I could be saved. Hallelujah to the lamb for I am saved, because of the ultimate sacrifice of his blood.

Jesus Paid It All. I will always remember the sacrifice.

ALL FOR LOVE

Actions speak louder than words, so don’t just say I love you show them that you do love them. Jacob loved Rachel so much he worked a total of 14 years in order to marry her. It was initially supposed to be seven years. Genesis 29:15,18 KJV And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be? And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. But her father Laban didn’t keep his word and manipulated the situation and Jacob ends up with her sister Leah, because it was custom in those days that the eldest be married off before the younger sister. Now did I say Jacob loved Rachel? And to prove it, he worked another seven years. Genesis 29:30 KJV And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet another seven years. WOW!!

If you think 14 years was something great, then let’s meditate on this one, the greatest act of love is what God did for all of us …

John 3:16 -17 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

We say we love God. However, are you willing to do whatever it takes to show God that you love him? Do you love him enough to give him more of your time? Do you love him enough to spend more time in the word? Do you love him enough to adjust your schedule to get up earlier to spend time with him before the chaotic day gets into full swing? Do you love him enough to live by faith? Do you love him enough be obedient, not for a couple of months or a few years, but as long as you have breath? Let your actions show God how much you love him.

Be Blessed

 

The Fruit of the Spirit

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How do you see yourself? Is your character questionable? What would others say about you? More importantly what does God see in you? Are you demonstrating the character of Christ? I want God to see Christ in me and if God sees Christ in me then maybe just maybe others will see it and what an example I am to my circle of friends and others I may encounter throughout my life.

Let’s begin a ripple effect and show the attributes of Christ…the Fruit of the Spirit.

Gal. 5:22-23 KJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such is no law.

Love – John 15:12 KJV This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joy – John 15: 11 KJV These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Jesus wants us to have his joy, because it endures through all circumstances. Our joy is based on how we feel at any given moment; however, the joy Jesus refers to is on the inside of you and nothing or no one can take that away from you. Know that his joy will sustain you in all you may go through. God is in control.

Peace – James 3:18 KJV And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. Think on the good things of God. That he will never leave you or forsake you. You and I can rest in his word because it is truth. That alone is peace.

Longsuffering – We can be patient because we have the Holy Spirit within us. We can endure and persevere. God is patient with us and if we have the same character traits as Jesus then we will be patient with others.

Gentleness – We should be gentle when dealing with others. A calmness of the spirit. Gentleness in your home with your family. Gentleness with those in need. Remember Jesus being gentle with the woman at the well John 4: 1-26 KJV. Also, with the woman caught in adultery John: 8:3-11 KJV

Goodness – Galatians 6: 10 KJV As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Faith – 2 Thess. 3:3 KJV But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. Be faithful to the one who died for our sins. Show your faithfulness through your obedience to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Meekness – Matthew 5:5 KJV Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Temperance – We must exhibit self-control so we will not fulfill the works of the flesh and Paul describes this in more detail in Galatians 5:19-21.

Now that you know the character traits of Christ!! Let the world see Christ in you!!

God’s Law Still in Question

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 KJV

Moses is dead and Joshua is to lead the Israelites into the Promise Land and God lays down the ground rules for the law. Joshua 1:8 KJV This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

God is telling the people of Israel get my law in you, be obedient to my law and blessings will come.

Now before you go shaking your head and motioning your hand for me to stop right there because you say we are not under the law, let me explain. Then feel free to use my comment section because I would love to hear from you and I’m always willing to learn. Just remember everything we do or say we should do it in love.

Okay back to the law.

Are you thinking about Romans 6:14 KJV?  When Paul says, For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. We can’t leave out Roman 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. What Paul is telling you is that you are not under the law, but under grace with respect to your salvation. That does not mean you can sin. And since sinners are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ many believe they are free from sin or free to sin. That is not true. The law is used for instructions to help us live in obedience to God’s word. While Christ was on earth, he was obedient at all times, showing love through his actions.

Read Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. His spirit dwells in us, to help us and if we believe in Christ and who he is, the son of God, who died for us then we will and should have the desire to please him. Be obedient to the law.

Jesus states in Matthew 5:17 -18 KJV Think not that I come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

There are three types of laws:

  • Civil Law– dealt with Israel’s worship but the principles behind these laws are to guide our conduct. These laws were more for the nation of Israel.
  • Ceremonial Law– these laws covered cleanliness, priestly laws, feasts, and festivals and how to love and worship God. The last part of that to love and worship God we should still do today.
  • Moral Law – this includes the 10 Commandments and they are timeless, this is the nature and will of God.

And one of the greatest benefits of the Bible is to know that it holds our guidelines for living in obedience to what is required of us to please God. God’s word is truth. John 17:17 KJV Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 14:15 KJV If you love me, keep my commandments.

Matthew: 22:36-40 KJV Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Galatians 5:14 KJV For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1John 5:3 KJV For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. Let’s go to the Life Application Study Bible for this one, Loving God means keeping his commandments and really, that isn’t difficult. It breaks it down further than that (you really should get this study Bible) Jesus never promised that obeying him would be easy. But the hard work and self-discipline of serving Christ is no burden to those who love him. And if our load starts to feel heavy, we can always trust Christ to help us bear it.

We don’t have to question if God’s law is relevant in today’s society. Like I said before, moral laws are timeless. Know that it is and abide by it.  And we do this by Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

God’s word is law. Live in obedience and love one another, so you may receive the blessings and promises of God.

Be Blessed