Paul demonstarted shepherds heart for the church – not being able to be with them physically:
I wish you could know how much I have struggled[a] for you and for the church in Laodicea, and for the many other friends I’ve yet to meet. 2 I am contending for you that your hearts will be wrapped in the comfort of heaven and woven together into love’s fabric. This will give you access[b] to all the riches of God as you experience the revelation of God’s great mystery—Christ.
3 For our spiritual wealth is in him, like hidden treasure waiting to be discovered— heaven’s wisdom and endless riches of revelation knowledge.
4 I want you to know this so that no one will come and lead you into
error[c] through their persuasive arguments and clever words. 5 Even though I’m separated from you geographically, my spirit is present there with you. And I’m overjoyed to see how disciplined[d] and deeply committed you are because you have such a solid faith in Christ, the Anointed One.
– Discipline needed at this time of gathering restrictions. We are committed if we are grown Christians. We practise discipline because we are commited.
1. God’s plan for the Church
– Ekklesia: Gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly ..
It’s not God’s plan for church not to be able to be together. That’s why we need extra discipline as individuals not to draw back, but we can receive everything that’s needed for life and godliness directly from Him.
19 But we receive directly from him, and his life supplies[r] vitality into every part of his body through the joining ligaments connecting us all as one. He is the divine Head who guides his body and causes it to grow the supernatural power of God.[s] 20 For you were included in the death of Christ and have died with him to the religious system and powers of this world. Don’t retreat back to being bullied the standards and opinions of religion— 21 for example, their strict requirements, “You can’t associate with that person!” or, “Don’t eat that!” or, “You can’t touch that!” 22 These are the doctrines of men and corrupt customs that are worthless to help you spiritually. 23 For though they may appear to possess the promise of wisdom in theirsubmission to God through the deprivation of their physical bodies, it is actually nothing more than empty rules rooted in religious rituals!
2. Guard the Unity
1 Cor 1:10 Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.
Pray for oneness (unity) , with 1. God & 2. brother
John 17 :9, 21-23 I pray for them all to be joined together as one[q] even as you and I, Father, are joined together as one.
I pray for them to become one with us[r]so that the world will recognize that you sent me. For the very glory you have given to me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that we enjoy.[s]You live fully in me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity,[t]and the world will be convinced that you have sent me, for they will see that you love each one of themwith the same passionate love that you have for me.
When Jesus went to the cross He got separated from the father for the firsttime. (5) Separation from the father was the worse. My God, my God why did you forsake me. He restored the fellowship for us witih the Father. Church and Jesus – One flesh
Ef 5:31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”[c] 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
You are always and dearly loved God!
Col 3:12-14 So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. 13 Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. 14 For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark[k] of true maturity.[l]
3. Unity comes from the Holy Ghost
Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all [a]with one accord in one place. (not one accord in multiple places)
120 had stayed disciplined for 50 days to do as Jesus had commanded them to do as his last advice. They were in the right place at right time and did not miss pentecost: Church being born and God’s visitation, Holy Ghost coming down
4. What did early church do after it was born on Pentecost ?
Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ [n]doctrine and fellowship, in
the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
We should do the same today ! Early church was the model:
Acts 2:43 A deep sense of holy awe[bo] swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.[bp] 44 All the believers were in fellowship as one body,[bq] and they shared with one another whatever they had. 45 Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them. 46 Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts and tender humility. 47 They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were coming to life.[br] So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added [q]to the church daily those who were being saved.
Anointing to set FREE 19.4.2020
Luke 4:44 “.. he preached ..”
Luke 5:3 ”.. and taught the people ..”
Luke 5:12-15 (Healing of a leper)
Luke 5:17 “.. as he was teaching ..” and “.. power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Jesus was anointed God, with Holy Ghost and power, to heal and set free all who were afflicted the devil (Acts 10:38). He did this preaching, teaching and demonstrating.
I. Faith and Holy Spirit are always in the NOW.
Holy Spirit always works in the NOW moment – everything is yes and amen in Jesus.
“For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and His agency] to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:20 AMPC
Through the preaching and teaching of God’s word we can come to a place of receiving in the now (Acts 14:9).
II. God’s will was expressed in Jesus: HE LOVES YOU and desires to see you free and living an abundant life!
John 3:16 – An Invitation to all
“Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
John 7:37-38 AMPC
In the presence of the Lord, as the WORD is going forth, you can receive His love and goodness toward you. He did it all, and He did it for you!
III. One touch from His hand is all you need
Your responsibility is to be hungry, thirsty, and approach Him – act in faith. Eyes on the completed work that Christ did for you. (1Cor. 2:2, 2Cor. 4:5)
Today we want to see HIS power at work in your life, bringing healing, freedom and salvation.
Just as you receive salvation faith, it’s not of works, you receive all else.
Work before Us 12.4.2020
Disciples will be made (Matt. 28:18-20)
Each ear will hear (2. Pet. 3:9)
Feet shall tread (Jos. 1:3)
This gospel shall be preached (Mat. 24:14)
As Antioch was in the book of Acts – Church in Finland shall be before the end. Church of all nationalities, sending those who are called in the power of the Holy Spirit to every corner of the earth!
The amount of work you allow the Holy Spirit to do in you, will determine the work He is able to do through you.
New life – new creation life
Mind renewed – fresh thinking
Holy Ghost power – endued with power from on high
Set apart for the Master’s call – All on the altar
Radical faith – Moved Word alone
EQUIPPED with the anointing!
“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Luke 4:17-19 KJV
- By the anointing, we set the captives free
- By the anointing, we preach
- By the anointing, we heal broken hearts
- By the anointing, we bring deliverance
- Recovery of sight
- Liberty to bruised
- Acceptable year
He lives, and Holy Ghost power is alive in me.
His Spirit is alive in us!
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Galatians 3:13-14 KJV
Curse is broken!
Answer the call of God.
Lead each group member, who is willing, to a prayer of consecration, to answer the call of God.
The love of God 5.4.2020
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 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.”
John 3:16 KJV
Love was the reason for God to send His son to redeem mankind.
Love was expressed at the cross, as Jesus came to give His life for us. Therefore the message of the gospel (good news) is about sharing the most radical act of love. Like Paul told Corinthians:
“You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
2 Corinthians 4:5 NLT
The Love of God was demonstrated in redemption, and as we share about Jesus, hearers can begin to comprehend the Holy Spirit the magnitude of the love of God towards them.
Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus, so they’d experience the Love of God:
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Ephesians 3:19 NLT
In the Old Testament, God promises that the law would be written in their hearts (Jer. 31:33) and Jesus gave this new commandment: to love (Joh. 13:34). Love of God HAS BEEN poured into our hearts the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5).
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:31-39 NLT
Once we have received His love, we can express that love to others.
Topic of discussion:
- Why do you do what you do?
- As God kind of love is unselfish, how is this love in action in your life?
End of Time 29.3.2020
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NLT
– We should be ready.
– Having urgency, as time is coming to an end.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Peter’s letter details it as following:
2 Peter 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Paul writes in Thessalonians:
1 Thessalonians 5:2 King James Version (KJV)
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Paul writes to Titus – about the blessed hope of the church:
Titus 2:13 King James Version (KJV)
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
– One reason for church not getting ready, and staying ready, is a neglect of teaching and preaching in these areas of the Bible.
- One of the reasons for end time prophecy is to get the church ready, and for the church to STAY ready.
End time prophecy is not meant to discourage, confuse, scare.
Keys to understanding Bible Prophecy, the book of Revelation and the end times:
– Revealing Jesus, so people could come to Him, open their hearts, repent of sin, be converted and be saved. (2 Peter 3:9 King James Version (KJV) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
– Bring comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:18 King James Version (KJV) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
– To hold fast to the word. (2 Thessalonians 2:15 King James Version (KJV) Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether word, or our epistle.
– Stablish you to good work. (2 Thessalonians 2:17 King James Version (KJV) Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.)
– Deliver a special blessing (Revelation 1:3 King James Version (KJV) Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
– Interpret the Bible the Bible. (2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
– Don’t make up stuff. Some areas are not clearly to be seen, because they are waiting for their time. (“every eye will see him” in Rev 13:3 Antichrist (beast) or Rev 11 talking about the witnesses).
– We don’t interpret the Bible from what happens in the world. Everything that happens in the world is not found in the bible.
– Purpose of end time prophecy is not to concentrate on the negative. It’s a testimony of Jesus.
– There are many MAIN POINTS that are the key topics that are clearly seen in the book of Revelation. Who Jesus is, instructions for the church, the antichrist, coming judgement, new heaven and new earth. Don’t get stuck on if you don’t fully comprehend what the number 666 stands for.
For the those without a personal relationship with Jesus: it’s an urgent call to make things right.
For the believer, it’s a call to both get ready, to stay ready, and fulfill all heaven has and reach the lost.
Encourage each member to read 1&2 Thessalonians, and be encouraged.
We have a blessed hope in Christ!
Spirit of Fait 15.3.2020
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;”
2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV
- Our life in Christ is in faith
- Void of fear and doubt
- No other way to live this new life, but in faith
- To co-operate with the Holy Spirit is to operate in faith
“Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.”
Mark 5:21-24 NLT
“While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.””
Mark 5:35 NLT
“But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Mark 5:36 NLT
Do not be afraid. Just have faith. -Jesus
He is who He said He is.
“Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James). When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then he told them to give her something to eat.”
Mark 5:37-43 NLT
It’s time to live in faith.
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Mark 9:23 KJV
My Prayer Life 8.3.2020
“Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMPC
His house is a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13) – each of us are to be houses of prayer.
Dr. Lester Sumrall called prayer as “greatest source of untapped resources in the world”.
Quoting EM Bounds (Weapon of Prayer):
“Jesus Christ was divinely appointed leader of God’s people, and no one thing in His life proves His eminent fitness in that office so fully as His habit of prayer.”
We are to cultivate and grow in our personal prayer life.
Confidence (Eph. 3:12, 1. John 5:14) and humility (James 4:6) are keys as we enter the topic of prayer. We come humbly to Him confidently trusting His promises. We pray to the Father, in Jesus name.
Breakthrough points on prayer:
1. Access the blood & His great promises
“And now we are brothers and sisters in God’s family because of the blood of Jesus, and he welcomes us to come into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realm—boldly and without hesitation. For he has dedicated a new, life-giving way for us to approach God. For just as the veil was torn in two, Jesus’ body was torn open to give us free and fresh access to him!”
Hebrews 10:19-20 TPT
– Time to take steps! To boldly enter into prayer!
– We are directed to boldly come to the throne of grace! (Heb. 4:16)
Because of Jesus we have this great access! Because of what He has done!
2. Learning to know your Heavenly Father through the Word
.. people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
Daniel 11:32B KJV
By the Word of God we learn to know our heavenly Father.
– He is a covenant God
– He loves you
– He is almighty
More you learn to know Him, better it gets!
He is a God who answers prayer! Think about Peter in the prison, how Lord delivered Him as saints prayed! (Acts 12:5) Or what happened to Paul and Silas? (Acts 16:25) He answers prayer today.
3. Building faith in the Word
Key is to believe and act on the Word. Quick to obey!
“So then faith cometh hearing, and hearing the word of God.”
Romans 10:17 KJV
– Faith comes hearing of the Word of God
– Meditating on His promises to you
Once we know His will we can put our faith to work in prayer! (Mark 11:23-24)
4. Thanksgiving, praise and worship
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
Ephesians 5:18-20 KJV
– Gratitude of heart
– Praise on your lips
– Pure worship
5. Praying in the Spirit
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
Jude 1:20 KJV
New Testament prayer includes being filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues. There is no example of the church in the Word of God without the Holy Ghost filling every vessel.
If you are lost – you need Jesus.
And then filled with the Holy Ghost!
Praying in the spirit (1. Cor. 14:14), being edified (1. Cor. 14:4), speaking mysteries to God (1. Cor. 14:2), thanking Him well (1. Cor. 14:17) and being built up (Jude 20).
Stay in prayer for the church, pastors, leaders and all the helps ministry! It’s time to see big things!
Cover the Land 01.03.2020
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 KJV
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 KJV
1. Christ is the fulfillment
In Christ is the fulfillment of everything Old Testament was able show only in pictures and shadows. (Colossians 2, Hebrews 10)
“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe His mighty word of power. When He had offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,” Hebrews 1:3 AMPC
In Him, we have rest.
In Him, we have joy.
In Him, we are above all principalities and powers.
In Him, we have life.
He is the only begotten Son (Joh. 3:16), God in the flesh (Col. 1:22) and beloved Son of God (Luke 3:22) well pleasing to God!
We are here to share about HIM, talk about HIM, demonstrate HIS power, express HIS love for this generation and HIS will. Testify of HIS mighty power towards us and in us. Share about what HE has done for us. How HE suffered on the cross. Paid the price. How HE rose from the dead and lives forevermore
We are passionate about JESUS
2. To all who believ
“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. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:16-21 KJV
World has nothing to give!
Light has come, you can believe in Him today! All who call on that wonderful name can be saved!
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 KJV
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 KJV
There is salvation, healing, and life in the name of Jesus!
3. You are His instrument
We are here to cover the land! And to possess the land!
New Testament church in Finland needs a militant attitude and loving hearts. Our mission is not force in the natural, but the Spirit of God. To win the hearts of the people. To preach the gospel. See boys and girls, men and woman turn to Jesus
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:14-15 KJV
2 practical steps to apply in your life
– Allow the Spirit of Jesus to change you from the inside out. Change in you will be the change around you. Revival starts with you. Your life, attitude, heart and family. Desire change! Stop pointing at others, look in the mirror!
– Yield to the plan of the Holy Spirit and take your place. Join us in prayer every weekday, join a group, join us on the streets, and don’t miss one Sunday when we come together.
It’s time to cover the land. Our mission.
What we live for, what we are willing to die for.
Are you in?
Your Love-life 23.02.2020
“So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you.” John 13:34 TPT
How is your love life?
We’ve got a new covenant, with a new commandment.
In this new covenant: God kind of love reigns.
We are to live a life of love. Walk in love. Do everything out of love.
1. Rules in the Old Testament
In the old covenant God gave His people, Israel, the law through Moses. As they would follow the instructions and the law carefully (Joshua 1:8): they would see the promises fulfilled and the blessings. The Law was the schoolmaster (Gal. 3:24-25). With Jesus came the fulfillment of the promise God spoke His prophets.
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 KJV
The Lord promised to put the law in the hearts of His people. At the time of Moses the nation of Israel were given directions for outside conduct, to give guidelines how to live a set apart life and be a holy nation unto God. These laws included everything for civil law to ceremonial practices.
2. New Law of Love
In the new God’s plan was fulfilled in the new creation (2. Cor. 5:17) governed love.
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Romans 5:5 KJV
This God kind of love has been poured into our hearts the Holy Ghost as we were born again. God’s love is perfect. God is love (1. John 4:8).
New commandment is to operate in this God kind of love. As the new commandment is followed: blessings follow!
Are you living the life of love God designed you to live, or are you living under rules, traditions and religion? In other words: how is your love life?
3. What is love?
There are different kinds of love mentioned in the Word of a God.
- Human, or natural kind of love is always conditional and selfish. In other words: there is an exchange. If you do this, I’ll do this.
- Even the best kind of earthly love has a selfish component to it.
- God’s love in us is unselfish, is not self seeking. It is not centered around us.
“It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” 1 Corinthians 13:5 AMPC
This is the love Jesus told us to live in.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35 KJV
How is your love life?
4. Always going with love
“Love does no wrong to one’s neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law.” Romans 13:10 AMPC
- Allow no bad thoughts or intent against anyone!
- Sometimes there are situations where your flesh and your mind feels justified to react outside of love
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” 1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV
- In all situations, and all circumstances. We go with love!
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh love.” Galatians 5:6 KJV
5. Forgive, and forgive!
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Mark 11:25 KJV
As a child of God forgiveness is required.
“Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.”
― C.S. Lewis
- Bitterness and unforgiveness are causes for sickness and disease.
- Much torment in the mind comes from these issues of the heart.
- Faith doesn’t work without forgiveness (Mark 11:23-26)
- Prayers are hindered due to lack of love walk (1. Peter 3:7)
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:32 KJV
Walking in love: always forgiving. Quick to forgive.
Think of how much He has forgiven you.
6. Perfected in love
“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
1 John 4:12 KJV
“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: here know we that we are in him.”
1 John 2:5 KJV
Love of God is already in us if we are born again and belong to Jesus, however that love is not perfected in us before we walk in the light of the word of God and start walking according to that love towards others.
7. Walking in the Blessing
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Galatians 5:14 KJV
Just as the word of God promises blessings for obedience to those in the Old Testament who walked in the shadow things to come, as we with our whole hearts walk in the light of the word, love Him, and love people… we can expect heaven’s best!
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
Exodus 15:26 KJV
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:”
Deuteronomy 28:1 KJV
I’m living life in God kind of love
I love people
God’s love is perfected in me
Jesus gave me a new commandment
Love one another
As I have loved you
So from this day
I walk in forgiveness
I will walk in love
Beauty of Holiness
1. Holy and beautiful
“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalms 96:9 KJV
We as believers are crucified with Christ, we are buried with him, and now Christ lives in us, we walk in the newness of life, and with Christ we have been raised up together to sit in heavenly places in Him! (Gal. 2:20, Rom. 6:4, Eph. 2:6)
Our life is hid in Him, and we live a life of holiness unto God. He has given us a new heart, and now we keep our flesh crucified, and the old life buried. Lifting holy hands (1. Tim. 2:8) and having clean hands and a pure heart (Psalms 24:4).
God is Holy – and we are called to be as He is. Word of God instructs us to be holy, as He is holy (1. Peter 1:16). Our bodies are the temple of God (1. Cor. 6:19).
Called to be beautiful, set apart for Him.
Away from the world, and holy unto God!
Say this out loud:
“I’m beautiful and holy! Dedicated for the Lord!”
2. Reasons why many struggle in this area
A) Giving room to the flesh – whatever you feed: grows in your life. What you sow into will yield a harvest.
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” Romans 6:13 KJV
– More you give room for the flesh, more it will take ground.
B) Wrong thinking/teaching on some vital issues of life
Issues such as “Who I am?”, “My standing with God”, “What’s possible to me” and “What are my responsibilities?”
Vision for your life personally is important, so you know the Word of God what God’s will for your life is, and what your assignment is!
C) Yielding to flesh and not knowing the will of God will result in wrong habits, attitudes, words and actions. This will produce a life without victory with constant failings. But yielding to the Spirit of God, obeying the Word of God and walking faith in love will produce a life of victory, honor, love, results and blessings!
3. Waiting for HIS return: staying ready
As on a wedding day the bride is clothed in spotless, beautiful, and white dress, so are we to keep our heats, hands and clothing clean waiting for His coming! No bride wants to have a dirty dress, it would be embarrassing! Same way, our desire is to be ready for the Lord’s coming.
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 24:44 KJV
Declare this over your life:
From this day forward
I’m set apart from this world
I’m holy unto God
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
Mark 10:45 NLT
- God’s very nature, and character are to be seen in us as His children.
“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe His mighty word of power. When He had offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,”
Hebrews 1:3 AMPC
- As new creation, we are to renew our minds, and not conform to this world, but become as He is (Eph 5:1, Rom. 12:2, eph 4:23)
- One characteristic of our Lord is His heart of a servant
“These are the names of David’s mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three —the three mightiest warriors among David’s men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle. Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder! Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory. Once during the harvest, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty—an elite group among David’s fighting men) went down to meet him there. David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem. David remarked longingly to his men, “Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well the gate in Bethlehem.” So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the Lord. “The Lord forbid that I should drink this!” he exclaimed. “This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me.” So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.”
2 Samuel 23:8-17 NLT
- Serving is a quality of the heart – we don’t pretend or put on an act
- Same way as faith, honor, love is of the heart, serving is a heart thing.
- We don’t do things because of a show, to be seen, or to impress a man.
- It’s a quality of the heart, that is expressed through our actions, and words.
NOT EVERYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE HUMILITY IS HUMILITY.
And not everything that may seem to be pride is pride.
Don’t mistake confidence as arrogance!
And lack of fruit as humble life!
David inspired the mighty men!
“Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24 AMPC
- His example and heart could be seen in the men who followed Him
Serving makes a difference!
- In humility, in dependence on God, and in developing faithfulness
- All key elements to take you further, and keep you established.
David’s mighty men were CHAMPIONS!
- True performers and men who accomplished amazing things with God’s help
- Still they were willing to serve, from the heart, not to “volunteer” to cover a need, but in total dedication.
- As you take ground, and advance the Kingdom – never lose the heart of a servant.
LIFE FREE OF WORRY 19.1.2020