Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hope Brings Perfection


For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. Hebrews 7:19

Yesterday we talked about the Truth that we do not have to worry at all about measuring up when it comes to God. Let’s keep going with that study here today. We are shown here in Hebrews that the Law, or the What We Have to Do and Don’t Do List, never allowed anyone to measure up when it comes to our Father. Human successes have never allowed anyone to draw near to God. Look at Moses, he was pretty good and our Father still had to cover Himself up when He talked to him. Mankind just hasn’t been made to be able to ever measure up with God.

For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32

Our weakness and lack of ability in measuring up does not matter in the least. Look at what our Father tells us: the Hope that we only have to rely on Jesus has brought us perfection. We don’t even have to have faith in this, only the hope of Jesus brings perfection. We are also told that just having hope brings us close to our Father, so close to Him that He now lives continually in us.

I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in One; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me. John 17:23

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit, we speak wisdom among them that are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princess of this world, that come to naught. 1 Corinthians 2:5-6

The wisdom of the world tries to tell us that we have to believe first, or that we have to accept first, or measure up for our Father to be able to work fully through us. That is nonsense. All we have to do is have hope and even hoping for this is not left up to us by our Father.

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Romans 5:13

The Holy Spirit is responsible to cause us to abound in Hope. Our burden is light and our yoke is incredibly easy. It doesn’t get any easier than being totally reliant on God and not ourselves to cause us to all abound in victory. We cannot help but to overflow with Hope. Our Father is Hope and His power causes us to believe that all things now work together for our good. We never look to ourselves, we have been perfected by Jesus and His perfection is now our perfection.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Do You Measure Up?


And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them. Ezekiel 26:37

You ever wonder if you are measuring up when it comes to God? My experience is that there are a lot of people in religion who want us to think about that kind of stuff. So many want us to wonder if we are good enough, giving enough, or spiritual enough. These kind of questions aren’t right to ask, because they cause us to focus on ourselves and not the power that is greater in us. Here is the Truth; if we aren’t measuring up then our Father’s Spirit is to blame. Saying that sounds really weird, doesn’t it? But that is the glorious Truth that passes all of our understanding. Jesus told us that we can’t do anything on our own, so to insure our success, our Father has placed His very own Spirit within us and the Holy Spirit is what causes us to live continually in the Truth that sets us free. We have the very power of God Himself within us and that is the power that makes sure that we are always in the right. Our glory is that we can’t help but to always measure up, we cannot fail! Anyone who tries to make us doubt this glorious Truth by trying to have us question ourselves is anti-christ.  

We rely 100% on Jesus. Jesus Alone is responsible for making sure that we are exactly who and what we need to be. So questioning ourselves makes no sense whatsoever.  

Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them. Hebrews 7:25

Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]— Jude 1:24

And [how you] look forward to and await the coming of His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, Who personally rescues and delivers us out of and from the wrath [bringing punishment] which is coming [upon the impenitent] and draws us to Himself [investing us with all the privileges and rewards of the new life in Christ, the Messiah]. 1 Thessalonians 1:10

And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God, 1 John 3:21

Our confidence is that we cannot in any way shape or form ever measure up through our own actions. We have perfect confidence in our complete inability of success and because we do, we never even have to take thought about such things. This peace allows us to go directly to our Father and have the boldness that we can be there. We can be there because of Jesus, it has absolutely nothing to do with our abilities, our victory it is all due to Jesus.  

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Today Is Pay Day

For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed in (trusted in) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living and right standing with God). to a laborer, his wages are not counted as a favor or a gift, but as an obligation (something owed to him). Romans 4:3-4

Our Father tells us plainly that wages are not a favor or a gift. He tells us that wages are owed to the worker. That is something that I believe many of us struggle with when it comes to our lives. We question whether or not we are going to be paid by our Father? 

Remember, we work with and for our Father, we are in the Family Business. Our wages come to us directly from God Himself, not as a favor, but as an obligation. The Truth is our Father is obligated to pay us. He is obligated to pay us ever last beneficial scripture in the Bible. We do not have to beg to be paid all of the blessings that He has set either. What type of employer would our Father be if He made us beg to be paid? Who would want to work for someone that was slack in paying? Our Father said that now is our time of salvation, so now is the time that we should expect to be paid every blessed thing that we read about. Today is pay day and it is not wrong at all to fully expect to receive our full and complete pay! 

For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation! 2 Corinthians 6:2

So the question is do we have to be great workers to be paid? 

All have turned aside; together they have gone wrong and have become unprofitable and worthless; no one does right, not even one! Romans 3:12

For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike]. Romans 11:32

Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? No one is [essentially and perfectly morally] good—except God only. Luke 18:19

Jesus, Who is God in the flesh, said that He wasn’t good, so how can we be? So thank God our being paid is not based on our skill level. Far too often we believe that our pay is based on what we do. Every church that I grew up in claimed that our pay was based on our actions. How can that be when the Truth is that even our righteousness is as filthy rags? Also, look at what our Father said about us: we have been made to mess up. For all of the Word to be true there is no way that our pay can be based on our performance level. For all of the scriptures to fit and make any sense at all, our pay has to be based on Grace. Our pay is all undeserved and it is all unearned and yet we are owed every last blessing that our Father has proclaimed is ours. Jesus was that successful in securing our pay and today is pay day! It is not evil or sinful to expect that we get paid each and every last blessing that our Father has said is ours. 
 
Because of Jesus’ success we can fully expect to be paid: faith, love, hope, joy, peace, health, fruit, power, knowledge, mercy, grace, understanding, meekness, kindness, generosity, vision, being givers, owing no man anything but to love them, and being fully used by our Father. We can expect all of these things and so much more. Whatever Jesus has and is, that is our pay and today is pay day.  


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Doubt's

In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17

I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: John 17:22

I will be completely honest here, I do not have perfect faith in these scriptures. I quote these verses almost every day. I am usually preaching them to myself, attempting to get full faith in the Truth. We are told that faith comes from hearing the Truth and that the Truth sets us free, so why not talk about the really powerful Truth’s of the Bible? But I would be lying if I said that I am 100% persuaded that these verses, and the others that I so dearly love, will ever come to pass in my life in this earth. So I openly confess that I have doubts. Our Father knows this, so I didn’t catch Him off guard with that confession and by saying it didn’t give satan some free ride to come in and kick my butt. What type of Father would God be if while we are struggling with something, He would allow a killer to have his way with us because of our struggle?  

So the question is: are we responsible for removing our doubts or is Jesus responsible to remove them from us?

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. John 16:13

Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

According to our Father, He is responsible for allowing us to believe His Truth. He is responsible for guiding us and He is responsible for being the source of our Faith. So if we have doubts, and I do, it is up to our Father to get them out of us. So never beat yourself up over doubts. If you have them you are not unsaved. You are not a back slider and you haven’t been left or forsaking by God. Also, our Father is not going to pour His wrath out on you for asking what is up or why aren’t certain verses happening? Jesus asked God why He had forsaken Him and our Father didn’t leave Him in Hades to perish for His questioning. 

We need to stop wondering what we have done or what we haven’t done and we need to realize that it is up to Jesus to do all things through us. Don’t think that you have to be fully persuaded for Him to do our Father’s works through you either. Look at the Apostles, those guys doubted all of the time and our Father used them to do amazing things. Our Father even used Judas and he was a devil who would betray Jesus. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

We Are Tried To Perfection


Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Did you see that Truth: for us to truly be able to rightly divide the Word, we must first be tested and tried. The Word is powerful on its own and it will work for us even in our infancy, but to truly be mature and to understand the Truth, we must first endure trials. Our Father repeatedly tells us this all throughout the Bible.

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10

For us to be all that we have been called to be we must first be tried. For us to completely discern the Truth we must first be tested. Our glory in this Truth is that we are never left alone in any of the trials that will arise for our benefit. We have become one with our Father through Jesus and He never leaves us and He never forsakes us. No loving parent ever leaves the education of their children solely up to the child and our Father will never leave us alone, we have Jesus continually being greater in us than anything that is in this world. Jesus is empowering us and strengthening us to rightly divide the Word of Truth, and because we are one with Him, we will never be ashamed even though we are continually being lead through trials and tests.

Now if [all these things are true, then be sure] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptations and trials, and how to keep the ungodly under chastisement until the day of judgment and doom, 2 Peter 2:9

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:5

The same Spirit of power, that our Father gave to Jesus, His Holy Spirit, has been given us.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom that Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring to remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26

Notice that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. There are no limits with God and we can know all things by the power of the Holy Spirit that is now within us! That includes knowing that we will be tried and tested. The Spirit will plainly show us that these trials are for our good and He will empower us to welcome them and to fully expect that our Father will cause us to triumph in all of them. The Spirit will show us that we cannot fail, ever, because our Father will never allow it.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Sermon On The Mount: Part 42


So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a [p]sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it. Matthew 7:24-27

Our house is built firmly and eternally on Jesus, but just because we are one with Him does not mean for one second that we will not endure trials, we will. Jesus however will cause us to be victorious in every last trial and tribulation that ever comes our way. We do not endure hardships because we have sinned or failed, we endure them because of the Word. Our peace with all of the Truth that Jesus preached in His Sermon on the Mount is that He is the power, faith, hope, love, energy, resources, and guarantee that we will be successful and produce much and abundant fruit. We cannot fail, Jesus will not allow it. Too many want us to think that we can fail, but the Truth is we cannot. Even at our worst, Jesus is still at His best within us.  

[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7

We are fully able to rejoice in our trials because we know that we will see Jesus being victorious through us and it proves that He is in us. Trials and Jesus causing us to be victorious through them is more precious than gold. We are blessed when we are persecuted for the Words sake and we are blessed when men say all manner of evil against us, because we will not in any way shape or form fail. Hind sight is 20/20 here. I know that when we are in them it seems tough, but the more victories the easier and easier it gets.

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28

That you are not [consciously] falling behind or lacking in any special spiritual endowment or Christian grace [the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating in your souls by the Holy Spirit], while you wait and watch [constantly living in hope] for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and [His] being made visible to all. And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). 1 Corinthians 1:7-8

We are able to rejoice at the Sermon on the Mount because we know that we can do none of it on our own. We can have perfect peace that we will fail absolutely at every last command that Jesus gave in this sermon. We can have such faith in our failure and rejoice over our inabilities because we have Jesus Authoring and Finishing our faith that He is the One doing it all through us. Our house is built on the Truth that Jesus will establish us and keep us until the end. And amen, there is no end for us!  The burden of the Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ and the victory of it is ours. 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Sermon On The Mount: Part 41


Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands]. Matthew 7:21-23

Jesus just told us in the previous verses to beware of false prophets and now He is telling us that many who claim to know Him actually don’t. The Truth is that Jesus knows everybody, He is God, and nothing exists without Him. So what Jesus is telling us here is that He hasn't called these people to be the Bride of Christ even though they are saying that He did. I want you to look at what these people are saying to Jesus to: that they prophesied, that they drove out demons, and that they did mighty works. First of all, these sayings seem to me to be what false religious leaders say to us today. Fake leaders are always bragging about what they have and are doing. This is not the way every day common people talk. Notice how they tell Jesus that they did the works, not that our Father did His works through them. So these people will act just like they acted when they were on the earth, they will trust in themselves and their abilities to serve our Father.

For what is our hope or happiness or our victor’s wreath of exultant triumph when we stand in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you? For you are [indeed] our glory and our joy! 1 Thessalonians 19:20

This is what Paul tells us that he will be saying when He stands before Jesus, that those who our Father empowered him to serve were his glory. The people who Jesus does not know will want to talk about what they did. True Christians will be celebrating all of the others who are there. The whole reason for life is to serve others and to be humble about it. Think about a great party, the fun and enjoyment is always about going and celebrating with those around you. When people want to talk about themselves and draw all of the attention towards themselves most people will move away from those kind of people. 

Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me. Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You? And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me. Matthew 25:34-40

Truly blessed people who are one with Jesus are humble and do not brag or draw attention to what they do, it's juts not who we are, the glory is our Father’s because He does the works through us. Beware of preachers who tell you about their healings, their faith, their prayer habits, and their works. They have their reward already and they are false.