we must believe it and act upon it! In
Christ Jesus are hidden all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge. Only God’s wisdom is
able to settle any situation, and only His
wisdom can decide anything justly. Let us
not settle for anything else, for wisdom
involves sound judgment about practical
Brothers and sisters, know your Father and
His Word, for only the truth of the Word of
God will set you free.
I thank God for Jesus! It is only because of
Him, and His finished work on the cross and
the Resurrection that we, the believers, can
stand before God in confidence, fully
acknowledging that we are righteous in His
sight. We are in this position not because
of our righteous deeds, but because the
Righteous One lives in us.
We could never please the holy God with our
righteousness. As with everything else, we
have to see righteousness in the
Spirit--from God's perspective, instead of
in the flesh--from our perspective. When God
says righteous, He means perfect. Perfection
is God's only standard for righteousness. Do
you still think you would qualify for
entrance into the kingdom of God on your own
I praise our Father in heaven for
continually showing me what love is. Love
from His perspective--love, which is an act
of will. Love that says, "I love you."
Period. No conditions, no strings attached,
and no end. We needed the Holy Spirit to
reveal to us that kind of love--the
unconditional love. It is love which
surpasses knowledge. It is a conquering
love, and an incorruptible love--a godly
love. Love from the heart is the goal of our
faith--faith working through love. We can
only love with this kind of love--the
unconditional love, because we know that is
how God loves us. The knowledge of God's
love is paramount to us.
The love that we have been accustomed to in
this world is different from God's love.
Agape love--God's love is a higher kind of
love than human love. It is a foreign love
to a natural man. It is a supernatural love.
Only the Holy Spirit can produce godly love
It's been more than twenty years since I put
my faith in the only One worth placing faith
in. For we can have great faith in people or
things, but they may let us down.
The object of our faith must be God and His
Word. We don't need great faith to begin. We
need faith. Period! Faith is knowing that
God already did or said something, and then
acting upon it. Our faith doesn't cause
anything. In our faith we plug into what is
already established by God. We begin to live
each day in alignment with His will.
Hope is what keeps us going. We hope for
good things: a loving spouse and family,
peace, health and prosperity, good paying
job and promotions, great weather for the
weekend, and the list goes on. Just recently
I hoped that a hurricane wouldn't come my
way--but it did. So as we can see, this kind
of hope is not a solid hope. It is more like
wishful thinking. It may happen, or it may
not. Anyone or anything in this world can
shatter our hope.
But when I met Jesus, He elevated my hope.
Jesus became my hope. And this hope is of a
different quality, because God Himself
stands behind His promises. My life has
changed; I have changed. Everything started
to make sense. What happened? I have fixed
my hope on God.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
a hope both sure and steadfast.
TO WORSHIP GOD IS TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT--TO
WALK IN LOVE
Beloved, God wants us to love each other as
He has loved us. We worship God with our
every breath. It comes directly from our
heart, and it is the attitude behind all we
do, the motivation for why we do what we do.
If we are always looking for the interest of
others and not just our own--in that we
worship God. If we don't respond to our
angry and upset spouse with angry words, but
with pleasant and healing words--in that we
worship God. If we don't yield to a
temptation--in that we worship God. If we
thank God for everything, if we always
rejoice in the Lord, if we forgive others as
Jesus forgave us--in that we worship God.
To worship God is not just what we consider
the spiritual things like going to church,
reading Bible, praying, etc. We worship God
even in the most mundane tasks. How? We do
all things in the name of the Lord. We have
a proper attitude toward everyone and
everything, We walk in the manner worthy of
BLOOD OF JESUS
Under the Old Testament, God had a system
for forgiveness of sins. It was the blood of
bulls and goats that atoned for (covered)
the sins of the people.
The problem with this provision was that the
blood of bulls and goats could never take
away sins forever. It had to be repeated and
repeated and repeated. It was a mere shadow,
of the reality--Jesus.
At the appointed time in history, Jesus
appeared as a High Priest who didn't just
cover sins like the blood of bulls and goats
or calves. Jesus took sin away.
On the cross, the sins of the entire world
were put on Jesus. They were judged, and the
verdict was guilty ("All have
sinned"--Romans 3:23). The penalty was death
("The wages of sin is death"--Romans 6:23),
and the punishment was executed--Jesus died.
On the cross, God dealt with the whole issue
of sin. Jesus put away sin by sacrificing
So, we see that the blood of Jesus played
the central role. God reconciled the world
to Himself through the death of His Son, so
that we can now be saved by the life of His
DO YOU HAVE THE LIFE OF CHRIST?
If not, we implore you to ask Jesus into
your heart and to become your Lord and