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Nov 17, 2021 13:59:44   #
Armageddun Loc: The show me state
 
LIVING IN GOD'S LOVE.
EPH. 5:1-2

THE CHRISTIAN WALK IS SOMEWHAT OF A PARADOX. ON THE ONE HAND WE ARE TO BE LEADERS, BY THAT I MEAN WE ARE TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE TO THOSE WHO ARE LOST.

WE ARE TO BE BOLD IN OUR WITNESSING OF THE GRACE, LOVE AND MERCY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

THEN ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE TO BE FOLLOWERS. OBEDIENT TO THE WORD OF GOD.

SUBMISSIVE TO THE SPIRIT.

ON THE ONE HAND WE ARE LIKENED TO SOLDIERS IN THE ARMY OF THE KING OF KINGS,

WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, EMPOWERED TO SPEAK FOR THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

THEN ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE TO BE LIKE CHILDREN, TRUSTING, AND INNOCENT IN OUR FAITH.

HOW CAN WE KNOW WHICH HAT TO WEAR AND WHEN TO WEAR IT??

THE THING THAT MAKES THE CHRISTIAN DIFFERENT AND ABLE TO RESPOND TO WHATEVER SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCE THAT COMES ALONG, IS THE FACT THAT WE OPERATE, OR AT LEAST SHOULD BE OPERATING IN GOD'S LOVE.

THE ONE THING THAT WILL HINDER THE WALK OF A CHRISTIAN MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS TO LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT GOD IS LOVE.

IN WRITING TO THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS, PAUL REMINDS US TO BE IMITATORS OF GOD.

THE KING JAMES VERSION SAYS BE FOLLOWERS OF GOD.

THE ONE MESSAGE RUNNING THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE BIBLE FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION IS GOD'S LOVE.

SO IT CAN SAFELY BE SAID THAT THE ONE THING THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD SHOW FOURTH IN HIS OR HER LIFE IS THE LOVE OF GOD.

WHO ARE THE OBJECTS OF GOD'S LOVE? WHO ARE WE TO SHARE THIS GODLIKE LOVE WITH? ROM 5:8 TELLS US THAT GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.

LET US NEVER FORGET THAT GOD LOVED US WHILE WE WERE YET A LONG WAY OFF THE MARK, GOD LOVED US WHEN WE WERE CAUGHT UP IN SIN. AND IF WE ARE TO BE IMITATORS OR FOLLOWERS OF GOD WE TOO SHOULD HAVE A LOVE AND CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOST.

HOW DOES GOD EXPRESS THAT LOVE?
WITH A LOVE THAT IS DIVINE, ALL EMBRACING, LOVE THAT IS STRONGER THAN DEATH, HELL, AND THE GRAVE.

GOD LOVES US MORE THAN THE FALLEN ANGELS, GOD LOVES US EVEN MORE THAN WE LOVE OURSELVES, GOD LOVES US MORE THAN EVEN THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN, BELOVED GOD LOVES US MORE THAN HE LOVES HIMSELF, HE WAS WILLING TO BE MORE THAN THE WORD, HE WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE FORM OF SINFUL FLESH, TO BECOME A MAN, TO GIVE HIMSELF AS THE SACRIFICE THAT WOULD PAY THE PRICE FOR OUR SIN.

WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE OF GOD'S LOVE?
PAUL TELLS US HE GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR US...V-2.MAN'S LOVE OPENS UP GRADUALLY, CAREFULLY, USUALLY MANIFESTING ITSELF IN GIFTS OF INCREASING VALUE.

BUT THE LOVE OF CHRIST GIVES ALL AT THE FIRST. ALL THE RICHES OF GOD ARE EMBODIED IN HIMSELF, THINK OF IT JESUS GAVE HIMSELF FOR US.

HE GAVE HIMSELF AS A VOLUNTARY OFFERING. HIS LIFE AND WORK TO GOD WAS AN ACCEPTABLE GIFT, WELL PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT.. TIME AND AGAIN AS JESUS WAS TRAVELING THROUGH HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY, GOD SPOKE AND SAID THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.

JESUS OFFERED HIMSELF WITHOUT SPOT, HE WAS TESTED AND TRIED IN EVERY WAY THAT YOU AND I ARE YET HE WAS WITHOUT SIN. GOD WAS INFINITELY SATISFIED WITH THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.

HE GAVE HIMSELF AS A VICARIOUS SACRIFICE. THIS 16 CYLINDER WORD SIMPLY MEANS HE WAS OUR SUBSTITUTE. HE TOOK OUR PLACE. I KNOW THAT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE IT MEANS MUCH SINCE IT HAPPENED ALL THOSE YEARS AGO.

BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS. THE BIBLE SAYS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE, AND AFTER THAT THE JUDGEMENT

DEATH IS UNCERTAIN ENOUGH BY ITSELF. BUT,JESUS LOVED US SO MUCH THAT HE TOOK OUR JUDGEMENT AWAY.

SOME OF US, PERHAPS ALL OF US MAY HAVE TO STEP THROUGH DEATHS DOOR, IF THE LORD DOESN'T RETURN BEFORE. BUT NONE WHO ARE SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB EVER HAVE TO FEAR BEING JUDGED FOR SIN.

THE BIBLE SAYS THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, THIS IS DEATH IN THE WORSE SENSE. THIS IS CONDEMNATION TO THE LAKE OF FIRE, ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD.

THAT IS WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS. HE GAVE HIMSELF AS A FRAGRANT AROMA.

THOSE WHO FIRST READ PAUL'S LETTER WOULD KNOW WELL OF WHAT HE WAS SPEAKING. A FRAGRANT AROMA SPOKE OF A PROPER SACRIFICE OFFERED UP TO GOD AT THE TEMPLE.

BUT TO US IT IS SYMBOLIC OF THE PLEASING CHARACTER AND LIFE OF JESUS TO GOD.THERE IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SAVOR OR SMELL OF OUR CARNAL LIVES AND THE CHARACTER OF JESUS.

PAUL THE GREAT APOSTLE WRITES, IN ME THAT IS IN MY FLESH DWELLETH NO GOOD THING. BUT
IN CHRIST, DWELLS ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD. WE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.

THAT BRINGS US TO THE HOW OF THE MATTER. WE SAID IN THE INTRODUCTION THAT WE ARE TO BE LEADERS YET FOLLOWERS, SOLDIERS AND AMBASSADORS, YET CHILDREN.

THAT IS HOW WE CAN BE IMITATORS OF GOD. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST THAT CONSTRAINS US TO BE IMITATORS OF HIM WHO LOVED US.

WE ARE TO IMITATE HIS LOVE, HIS PATIENCE, HIS PURITY, HIS DEVOTION, HIS SELF CONTROL, AND HIS ZEAL.

AT TIMES WHAT POOR IMITATORS WE ARE. MAY WE ALL ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WORK IN US HIS OWN GOOD WILL, THAT WE MAY BE CONFORMED INTO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON. IT'S MY PRAYER THAT EVERYONE HERE KNOWS THE LOVE OF WHICH WE WERE SPEAKING of. THINK OF IT. GOD LOVES YOU EVEN IF YOU ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE VILEST OF SIN. HE HAS ALREADY PAID THE PRICE FOR YOUR WORST SIN.HE LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO DO IT WILLINGLY

HE LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO TAKE YOUR PLACE. HE HAS DONE EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO PLEASE GOD THE FATHER. HE WANTS TO USE YOU TO SHOW OTHERS HIS LOVE..HOW CAN YOU SAY NO TO ONE WHO LOVES YOU SO MUCH? JESUS IS WAITING TODAY FOR YOU TO COME ACCEPT HIS OFFER OF ETERNAL SALVATION. WON'T YOU GIVE HIM YOUR HEART TODAY.

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Nov 17, 2021 19:51:04   #
Zemirah Loc: Sojourner En Route...
 
Very well spoken, Armageddun.

You've captured the human incongruity of walking in Christ's footsteps.

Every footstep is accomplished only through His grace, and enabling.

We do it in spite of ourselves, because He wills it, and never because we naturally can.


Armageddun wrote:
LIVING IN GOD'S LOVE.
EPH. 5:1-2

THE CHRISTIAN WALK IS SOMEWHAT OF A PARADOX. ON THE ONE HAND WE ARE TO BE LEADERS, BY THAT I MEAN WE ARE TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE TO THOSE WHO ARE LOST.

WE ARE TO BE BOLD IN OUR WITNESSING OF THE GRACE, LOVE AND MERCY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

THEN ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE TO BE FOLLOWERS. OBEDIENT TO THE WORD OF GOD.

SUBMISSIVE TO THE SPIRIT.

ON THE ONE HAND WE ARE LIKENED TO SOLDIERS IN THE ARMY OF THE KING OF KINGS,

WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, EMPOWERED TO SPEAK FOR THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

THEN ON THE OTHER HAND WE ARE TO BE LIKE CHILDREN, TRUSTING, AND INNOCENT IN OUR FAITH.

HOW CAN WE KNOW WHICH HAT TO WEAR AND WHEN TO WEAR IT??

THE THING THAT MAKES THE CHRISTIAN DIFFERENT AND ABLE TO RESPOND TO WHATEVER SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCE THAT COMES ALONG, IS THE FACT THAT WE OPERATE, OR AT LEAST SHOULD BE OPERATING IN GOD'S LOVE.

THE ONE THING THAT WILL HINDER THE WALK OF A CHRISTIAN MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS TO LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT GOD IS LOVE.

IN WRITING TO THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS, PAUL REMINDS US TO BE IMITATORS OF GOD.

THE KING JAMES VERSION SAYS BE FOLLOWERS OF GOD.

THE ONE MESSAGE RUNNING THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE BIBLE FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION IS GOD'S LOVE.

SO IT CAN SAFELY BE SAID THAT THE ONE THING THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD SHOW FOURTH IN HIS OR HER LIFE IS THE LOVE OF GOD.

WHO ARE THE OBJECTS OF GOD'S LOVE? WHO ARE WE TO SHARE THIS GODLIKE LOVE WITH? ROM 5:8 TELLS US THAT GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.

LET US NEVER FORGET THAT GOD LOVED US WHILE WE WERE YET A LONG WAY OFF THE MARK, GOD LOVED US WHEN WE WERE CAUGHT UP IN SIN. AND IF WE ARE TO BE IMITATORS OR FOLLOWERS OF GOD WE TOO SHOULD HAVE A LOVE AND CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOST.

HOW DOES GOD EXPRESS THAT LOVE?
WITH A LOVE THAT IS DIVINE, ALL EMBRACING, LOVE THAT IS STRONGER THAN DEATH, HELL, AND THE GRAVE.

GOD LOVES US MORE THAN THE FALLEN ANGELS, GOD LOVES US EVEN MORE THAN WE LOVE OURSELVES, GOD LOVES US MORE THAN EVEN THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN, BELOVED GOD LOVES US MORE THAN HE LOVES HIMSELF, HE WAS WILLING TO BE MORE THAN THE WORD, HE WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE FORM OF SINFUL FLESH, TO BECOME A MAN, TO GIVE HIMSELF AS THE SACRIFICE THAT WOULD PAY THE PRICE FOR OUR SIN.

WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE OF GOD'S LOVE?
PAUL TELLS US HE GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR US...V-2.MAN'S LOVE OPENS UP GRADUALLY, CAREFULLY, USUALLY MANIFESTING ITSELF IN GIFTS OF INCREASING VALUE.

BUT THE LOVE OF CHRIST GIVES ALL AT THE FIRST. ALL THE RICHES OF GOD ARE EMBODIED IN HIMSELF, THINK OF IT JESUS GAVE HIMSELF FOR US.

HE GAVE HIMSELF AS A VOLUNTARY OFFERING. HIS LIFE AND WORK TO GOD WAS AN ACCEPTABLE GIFT, WELL PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT.. TIME AND AGAIN AS JESUS WAS TRAVELING THROUGH HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY, GOD SPOKE AND SAID THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.

JESUS OFFERED HIMSELF WITHOUT SPOT, HE WAS TESTED AND TRIED IN EVERY WAY THAT YOU AND I ARE YET HE WAS WITHOUT SIN. GOD WAS INFINITELY SATISFIED WITH THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.

HE GAVE HIMSELF AS A VICARIOUS SACRIFICE. THIS 16 CYLINDER WORD SIMPLY MEANS HE WAS OUR SUBSTITUTE. HE TOOK OUR PLACE. I KNOW THAT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE IT MEANS MUCH SINCE IT HAPPENED ALL THOSE YEARS AGO.

BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS. THE BIBLE SAYS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE, AND AFTER THAT THE JUDGEMENT

DEATH IS UNCERTAIN ENOUGH BY ITSELF. BUT,JESUS LOVED US SO MUCH THAT HE TOOK OUR JUDGEMENT AWAY.

SOME OF US, PERHAPS ALL OF US MAY HAVE TO STEP THROUGH DEATHS DOOR, IF THE LORD DOESN'T RETURN BEFORE. BUT NONE WHO ARE SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB EVER HAVE TO FEAR BEING JUDGED FOR SIN.

THE BIBLE SAYS THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, THIS IS DEATH IN THE WORSE SENSE. THIS IS CONDEMNATION TO THE LAKE OF FIRE, ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD.

THAT IS WHAT JESUS DID FOR US ON THE CROSS. HE GAVE HIMSELF AS A FRAGRANT AROMA.

THOSE WHO FIRST READ PAUL'S LETTER WOULD KNOW WELL OF WHAT HE WAS SPEAKING. A FRAGRANT AROMA SPOKE OF A PROPER SACRIFICE OFFERED UP TO GOD AT THE TEMPLE.

BUT TO US IT IS SYMBOLIC OF THE PLEASING CHARACTER AND LIFE OF JESUS TO GOD.THERE IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SAVOR OR SMELL OF OUR CARNAL LIVES AND THE CHARACTER OF JESUS.

PAUL THE GREAT APOSTLE WRITES, IN ME THAT IS IN MY FLESH DWELLETH NO GOOD THING. BUT
IN CHRIST, DWELLS ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD. WE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM.

THAT BRINGS US TO THE HOW OF THE MATTER. WE SAID IN THE INTRODUCTION THAT WE ARE TO BE LEADERS YET FOLLOWERS, SOLDIERS AND AMBASSADORS, YET CHILDREN.

THAT IS HOW WE CAN BE IMITATORS OF GOD. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST THAT CONSTRAINS US TO BE IMITATORS OF HIM WHO LOVED US.

WE ARE TO IMITATE HIS LOVE, HIS PATIENCE, HIS PURITY, HIS DEVOTION, HIS SELF CONTROL, AND HIS ZEAL.

AT TIMES WHAT POOR IMITATORS WE ARE. MAY WE ALL ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO WORK IN US HIS OWN GOOD WILL, THAT WE MAY BE CONFORMED INTO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON. IT'S MY PRAYER THAT EVERYONE HERE KNOWS THE LOVE OF WHICH WE WERE SPEAKING of. THINK OF IT. GOD LOVES YOU EVEN IF YOU ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE VILEST OF SIN. HE HAS ALREADY PAID THE PRICE FOR YOUR WORST SIN.HE LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO DO IT WILLINGLY

HE LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO TAKE YOUR PLACE. HE HAS DONE EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO PLEASE GOD THE FATHER. HE WANTS TO USE YOU TO SHOW OTHERS HIS LOVE..HOW CAN YOU SAY NO TO ONE WHO LOVES YOU SO MUCH? JESUS IS WAITING TODAY FOR YOU TO COME ACCEPT HIS OFFER OF ETERNAL SALVATION. WON'T YOU GIVE HIM YOUR HEART TODAY.
LIVING IN GOD'S LOVE. br EPH. 5:1-2 br br THE CHR... (show quote)

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Nov 18, 2021 00:22:56   #
Armageddun Loc: The show me state
 
Zemirah wrote:
Very well spoken, Armageddun.

You've captured the human incongruity of walking in Christ's footsteps.

Every footstep is accomplished only through His grace, and enabling.

We do it in spite of ourselves, because He wills it, and never because we naturally can.


Amen

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