When we are in Christ we are walking in the Love of God and are being obedient out of God’s love for us. Remember, we love because He first loved us, and when God’s love is manifested in our lives we love one another, “If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us.”
Biblical Love is an action; we are called to love as Jesus loves, so that others can experience the love of God. To experience God is to experience the Biblical Love that Jesus showed us. That is found in few congregations today. It is forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and faith in the One who loves us which leads us to works!
Each and every congregation of God’s church is called to love. We are to live out the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). Who is this “us”? Believers, the saints, the blood bought, the Bible believing Church of the living God!
Let’s say that God calls you to do something that is way out side your comfort zone. You know that God has laid it on your heart to do this and you are struggling with fear or doubt, but knowing the love of God, you take the step of faith, and do what has been laid on your heart. The moment you took your “Next Step” your spiritual journey was shortened. But now, having taken that Next Step you have to rely on God. There will be trials and tribulations, problems will arise, things will happen, the enemy will attack, but as God brings you through these trials and tribulations your trust and love for God increases and grows your faith exponentially.
In many areas of the world real persecution and death are part of being a Christian. In China, India, and North Korea, Believers face persecution every day. And yet it is in those countries that the Church is growing the fastest. It is there that there is a hunger and thirst for God’s Word that we do not have here. They understand and know that, “all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
The same God who empowered them can, will, and does empower His Church today! God blessed them, God built His Church through them, and He can, is, and will do the same with us as we fulfilling our calling in and through the ministries He has called us to! Don’t let the fire die down, strike while the iron is hot, the love of God surrounds you, the presence of God empowers You, the Spirit of God indwells you!
If Christ came back today, would you be ready to go with Him? If Christ came back at that moment, would a place where you’re about to go or a thing you’re about to do cause you to be ashamed or embarrassed in any way? If so, then you need to change what you’re doing. If you are not living in a way that is pleasing to Him right now; then when will you? No one knows the day or hour of His return!
Jesus said to the Jews, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43). The Kingdom is made up of those who follow their King, those who walk according to the Gospel. It is not by works of the flesh that anyone is saved, no matter their lineage or ancestry, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, we are one in the body of Christ. His Church. The Israel of God.
Outside of Christ and the cross there is no hope of escaping hell, the punishment for sin. In the cross we see redemption, reconciliation, and the forgiveness of sin!
The Good news, the Gospel that we are to share, is that the debt of sin has been paid for in full, on the bloody cross of Christ, the sinless for the sinful, and that it is available to any and all who choose to believe!
Every congregation of God’s Church that was written to was dealing with internal and/or external problems, just like the different congregations today. Government interference, offense, financial problems, a lack of Love, and the list goes on. Yet, they were called to be the Church and fulfill their mission. Just as we are today.
You can choose to place your agenda, what you want to do, over your spiritual growth and sow to the flesh, or you can sow to the Spirit and grow in spiritual blessings and bear fruit. The seed planted in us is watered and cultivated as we come together and encourage and help one another to grow in our understanding of God’s Word. That is, when we sow to the Spirit. When we apply what we learn together that is when we develop Spiritual discernment.
Enjoy Guest Speaker: Rick Ross!
But if 20 years ago you had a moment of belief and raised your hand, or even walked to the front and knelt at the altar, but went right back to doing as you always have, living as you have always lived, then you have not crucified the flesh; you are still dead in your sin and separated from God.