Friday, February 28, 2014

God's love


Something happens bad to us, someone stole from us, lied, spouse cheated and so on and so forth.
What is the first thing we do, how is it that we in this flesh react to it?

Angered, mad, want to get back at them, grow stronger, build better restraints to stop the enemy from entering again.
Turning to God and yelling, screaming get them.
Are you with me so far, have you thought of that one or those people you just have trouble with forgiving? Have you begun to get mad, remembering what happened that you do not like and do not want to face, just sweep it under the carpet, until it comes up again as right now?

So what do we do with this? I know we hear all the time, just give it to God, well how do I do that and be settled in that?

We hear love neighbor as self, and if we do not love neighbor as self or as God loves us we don't understand and become even more frustrated right, at least this did happen to me?

Then we hear give up and let God, God is the creator, how can "I" let God, "I" am the creation?

So all these tragedies happen here to me, you, you and you here on earth, and we respond mad, going to get stronger, become wiser, and trust God, do we not?

Tell me where is humility, where is talking to God saying to God, thank you for this tragedy or that bad childhood upbringing, "I" know realize whatever has happened to me has, and there is nothing I can do to change it, "IT IS WHAT IT IS" whether I like it or not.
Now Father please teach me how to react and not convict?
Since you did the below:
1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
1 John 2:2 and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

How about instead of trying to love our neighbor as self or as God, creating this to be and be caught on the merry-go-round, over and over again, worried, stressed, angered, frustrated, all in and of our flesh that is natural to do react and act stronger as we learn.

Why not respond to God in God's Mercy with Thank You, for this Mercy through Christ? I mean we are the creation not the creator are we?
God is not a vending machine is God?
So repent is in order "once" to turn to God in wanting to know God, his righteousness, peace and joy found through his Holy Spirit given to us the first day we believed. The next is have we continued to believe and trust God all in all, or have we decided to build better fortresses? Be stronger, ready for the enemy to thwart the enemies attack on us?
Maybe we need to see what God did for us again and what Paul was the minister of: Humility?

Colossians 1:21-23

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Now see what Christ said about humbleness:

Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Then James says:
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

And Peter confirms:
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

So can we endure tragedy(s)? Can we trust God all the way through, as we do get attacked by the enemy, Flesh, the world, that are not redeemed? Can we by God in faith to God live above our circumstances?
Or are we going to try to get stronger, build better flesh, stronger flesh, and be all we can be?

Praying whoever reads here sees, as it is God that does the real revealation to me, you, you and you, seeing the difference here what is explained in flesh and Spirit of God. How we as flesh are taught every time we are down we are to stand back up and become stronger and more forgiving, when flesh can't, not perfectly anyway and is why we need each to ask God the Father for the new life and where is that doorway to it?

Philippians 3:10-11

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Thanks to all and love to all.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nature of God's love

Nature of God’s love
The harder one tries to Fathom it, the harder it seems to attain it, for we seem to sin more and more, when we are focused on whether we sin or not. Have you ever noticed that? And when we do attain to have not sinned that same sin, do we get a little proud and boastful over it and not long after we sin that same sin or another one.
What does that do to you? It killed me every time in thoughts. I tried harder to not do what I did not want to do and yet continued to do it, familiar to anyone else?
So I finally saw this:
Grace cannot connect with the one who promises to try harder. The nature of grace makes that impossible. It can connect only with those who have given up.
I came to the end of the energy of my own strength, and waved my white flag in I give up, I can’t do this, I can’t be perfect and it seems the harder I try to be the best I can be, the worse I am or if I am not worse and accomplish I am proud and boastful for doing better than before. What a catch 22 I am in, anyone else?
We are taught to go after it, if at first we fail we are to stand back up and do better the next time are we not? If at first we do not succeed, don’t give up and try over and over until we do succeed right? And in the meantime ask God to forgive us over and over again as well or we are not forgiven, how is this working for you? I mean we are to be perfect are we not?
And we all know this that we can’t, but we are to try as hard as we can to be the best we can be right? And God has got the rest, as long as we ask for more forgiveness, stay prayed up.
Is that really correct?

How many sins did he die for when he went to the cross, a few, some, many or all?
Is there or has there ever been any forgiveness given without the shedding of blood? So when one asks for forgiveness is there a need for the shedding of blood?
I mean from God’s vantage point, did Christ do this as per John the Baptist:

[ John Testifies About Jesus ] The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

So in God’s sight, does God deal with us on the basis of sin and death any longer? Or does God deal with us on the basis of a new nature he gives us through Son’s finished work at the cross, at the resurrection; let’s look at what God says his Son’s death did for us?
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
[ Reasons for Writing ] I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
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:
forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
He died once for all to end sin’s power, but now he lives forever in unbroken fellowship with God.
For Moses wrote that if a person could be perfectly good and hold out against temptation all his life and never sin once, only then could he be pardoned and saved.
He never needs the daily blood of animal sacrifices, as other priests did, to cover over first their own sins and then the sins of the people; for he finished all sacrifices, once and for all, when he sacrificed himself on the cross.
and once for all took blood into that inner room, the Holy of Holies, and sprinkled it on the mercy seat; but it was not the blood of goats and calves. No, he took his own blood, and with it he, by himself, made sure of our eternal salvation.
If that had been necessary, then he would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But no! He came once for all, at the end of the age, to put away the power of sin forever by dying for us.
so also Christ died only once as an offering for the sins of many people; and he will come again, but not to deal again with our sins. This time he will come bringing salvation to all those who are eagerly and patiently waiting for him.
If they could have, one offering would have been enough; the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all and their feeling of guilt would be gone.
Under this new plan we have been forgiven and made clean by Christ’s dying for us once and for all.
Christ also suffered. He died once for the sins of all us guilty sinners although he himself was innocent of any sin at any time, that he might bring us safely home to God. But though his body died, his spirit lived on,
Dearly loved friends, I had been planning to write you some thoughts about the salvation God has given us, but now I find I must write of something else instead, urging you to stoutly defend the truth that God gave once for all to his people to keep without change through the years

It is by and through belief in what God ahs done we respond in thanksgiving and praise, understanding this love and thus dish it out as it has been dished to us, he went to the cross and died for all, I know my response, and

You see if you are busy, at praises and worship in thanksgiving, there is not tikme thinlk about and sin and you won’t do sin, if you are preoccupied in thanksgiving and praise unto God for Christ.
Something to ponder and ask God about
Love to all , Homwardbound

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

are we living contradictions

Are we living contradictions:
Are we so stubborn as to do what we know not to do, why is this so? We are told about the consequences of smoking and we do so anyway, why? What satisfaction is there in this? Or is this nothing more that an addiction that the body has taken us captive to need this through our mind sets of believing we are addicted? Not only this but all addictions is this so? I mean not all are addicted to smoking, some are addicted to drinking, to wanting sex, to going to Church, to reading the Bible, to showing off, all and all is it all for the purpose in being noticed by others. Accepted by others?
I mean if we join in a gathering no matter what that gathering is, if we after a while do not feel accepted what do we do? We move on right, why? Is it because we want to be accepted and feel loved?
Is that what we are bottom line desiring to belong.
What if we already know we are accepted, will we need any others acceptance?
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Who did this let’s read from Eph 1:1

Ephesians 1

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Does any one of us see this amazing salvation given to us by God the Father through the Son, Christ?
We are accepted in the beloved Christ, our sins are forgiven (past tense)
How can anyone of us ever improve on what is said here? The question that remains is: Do we believe God in this or not? The key to open the door is Believe is it not, and if we do not we will continue to sin and stress out trying to be what God through Christ has already done for us through the cross
of sin, because they believe not on me;

I personally am thankful to God to have taken away sin through Son, so I can and you can to: Approach the throne of Grace in confidence and be taught by God personally how to walk by Faith in being led by God as Christ showed us so well, by trust in Father. Is this not for us to be as well by Faith (trust)?

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

My need is constant anyone else, safe there at the throne, never leaving it is my hope and to walk as Christ walked in 100% dependence on Father, anyone else?


Friday, February 7, 2014

does Faith save us?

Does Faith (belief) in God save us?

What if we have no works, is God faithful?

Romans 3:21-28

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
(for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works,
not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

James 2:10-26

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
So the ? is what works? Works of Faith (belief) or of the flesh? What type of works are we talking about?
Some deep and meaty steak to eat here Friends
Love Homwardbound

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