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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
SUBMIT
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
CHOOSE
FALSE
DESIRE
TRUTH
FAITH
UNBELIEF
OBEDIENCE
LOVE
SOME WORDS WE MAY NOT KNOW

 

 

INTRODUCTION


This inspiring instructional devotion will help grow us into Christianity applied in our own time. The first step to be Christ-like is we need to learn how to be obedient, know what God wants from us and grow into what He wants us to be.

A couple of words to help with this inspiring instructional devotion and mostly all Bible Studies: But these are important in the journey towards true freedom!

Bless and ask God in prayer before reading:

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the churches and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut you door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

“Our Father which art in heaven hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespass, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Please open my eyes so that I may behold wondrous things out of Your works, in Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.” 
 

1. Read it through.

2. Meditate upon these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. I Timothy 4:15

3. Pray on it.

4. Write it down or find the passage and mark it in your Bible.

5. Apply it in everyday life in all situations. 
6. Tell others and spread the Word, by telling others, you are able to save your soul and others souls that hear you.

** Keep in mind, that the main goal is: To be without spot, wrinkle or any such thing and that we be holy, having eternal life, therefore, living and growing in Spirit, that is acceptable for God’s kingdom. **

      “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and Spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

      I, by the Spirit of God that is in me, guarantee that changes will come upon our lives in every aspect, as those same changes happened for every Christian, who is living in the Spirit.

      It is God Himself, in His mercy, Who has given me this wonderful work of telling His Gospel to others and so I never give up. I do not try to trick people into believing, I am not interested in fooling anyone. I never try to get anyone to believe that the Bible teaches what it does not. All such shameful methods I do without. I stand in the presence of God as I speak and so I tell the truth, as all who knows me will agree. If the Gospel I preach hidden to anyone, it is hiding from the one who is on the road to eternal death. Satan, who is the god of this evil world, has made many blind, unable to see the glorious light of the Gospel that is shinning upon us or to understand the amazing message I preach about the glory of Christ, Who is Jesus Christ as Lord. All I say of myself is that I am a slave because of what Jesus has done for us. For God, Who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” and has made us understand that it is the brightness of His glory seen in Jesus Christ. But this precious treasure, this light and power that now shines within us, is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own. We are push on every side by troubles, but not crush and broke. We are perplexed because we do not know why things happen as they do, but we do not give up and quit. Satan hunts us down, but God never abandons us. We fall down, but we get up again and keep going. Our bodies constantly face death just as Jesus did. So, it is clear to all that it is only the living Jesus Christ within us, Who keeps us safe.

      Major sections to becoming Holy, Righteous and Christ-like.

      Always know that whatever is asked of God in His son’s name that it will be granted but first people must understand that we need to choose, desire, have faith, be obedient and love. Prayers are unanswered for the unrighteous.

Holy- having a divine quality

Righteous- acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous; absolutely genuine or wonderful Righteousness-the quality or state of being just or rightful

Christ-like- to become like Jesus Christ (God’s son, without sin)

CHOOSE the LORD, as He, also chooses whom He wants…John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I choose you and appointed you that you go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name He may give you.” Nevertheless, choices made in life as we live in the flesh, these choices we should make while living in the Spirit to guide us to have eternal life.

DESIRE the LORD and all the goodness that He has to offer. Psalm 145:19-20 “You satisfy the desires of all Your worshipers, and You come to save them when they ask for help. You take care of everyone who loves You, but You destroy the wicked.”

FAITHFULNESS to LORD in Word and Spirit and He will be faithful to us in His promises. Lamentations 3: 20-23 My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

OBEDIENCE to the LORD is hard, but God sees a heart is true and pure for Him, obedience will come with prayer, commitment and longsuffering. Only God can change your heart, soul, mind and flesh. We cannot do it ourselves no matter how much we try. Some saints struggle with greed and their tongues speaking deceit.

LOVE is the greatest commandment, loving God, others as you love yourself will fulfill the law. Matthew 22: 37-40 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

The LORD’s words have power. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3: 16-17

 

 

SUBMIT

yield to surrender

      Submit ourselves to every ordinance for the LORD’s sake, whether to the kings, presidents or to governors, as to those who are sent by Him for the punishment of evil ones and for the praise of those who do good. This is the will of God, that by doing good we may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men and women. As free, we are slaves for Jesus Christ and children of God. So, we must honor all people, the kings, presidents and governors and love the fellowship with all fear of God.

      Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from us. Draw near to God and He will draw near to us. By cleansing our minds and purify our hands and hearts, do not be like the double-minded.

      And remember those who rule over us, who have spoken the word of God to us, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

 

UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

sinful, wicked, unjust

      Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.”

      Saints do not steal, deal falsely or lie to one another. We do not swear by God’s name falsely, profaning the name of God. Do not cheat our neighbors or rob them. Also, we do not curse the deaf or let the blind stumble but we must fear God. Do not do injustice in judgment. Or be partial to the poor or honor persons of might. In righteousness, judge our neighbor. We do not gossip or take a stand against the life of our neighbor. We do not hate in our hearts. Rebuke our neighbors and do not sin because of them. We do not take vengeances or hold any grudges, because vengeances are the LORDS, but we love our neighbors as ourselves. Keep the LORD’s statutes, we will have the promises made to our ancestors and become as one of His children.

      Be imitators of God as His children. And walk in love, as Jesus Christ have love us and given Himself for us, as an offering and a sacrifice to God for our sins. But fornication, all uncleanness and covetousness, let it not even be named among us, as it is not fitting for saints. Also, filthiness, foolish talking, course jesting, which are not fitting for saints, but rather giving of thanks to God for Jesus Christ.

      By this we know, that no fornicator, unclean person and covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of God. Let no one deceive us with empty words, because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons and daughters of disobedience. So do not be partakers with them.

      Once we were darkness, but now we are light in the LORD. Walk as children of light. The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth. Finding out what is acceptable to the LORD. Having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but expose them. It is shameful even to speak of the things done by them in secret.

All things that are exposed made manifest by the light and whatever makes manifest is light. God said, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

      Now, dear saints, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together with Him, we ask not to be soon shaken in mind or trouble, either by Spirit of the word or letter, start living as though the day of Jesus Christ has come.

      Let no one deceive us by any means, because that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first and the lawless one is reveal. The son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all, is called God, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. We know what is restraining, that he reveals in his own time. Remember all the things told to us.

      The mystery of lawlessness is already at work and only God Who now restrains will do so until he is out of the way. Then the lawless one reveals whom the LORD will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His Son’s coming. The lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love and truth, which will save them.

      This is the reason, God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie and they all condemn who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. We are bound to give thanks to God always. Because God from the beginning chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called us by the Gospel, for obtaining the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

      Saints, stand fast and hold the traditions which we were taught, whether by words of pastors or by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Letting our Lord Jesus Christ and God, our Heavenly Father give us everlasting consolation, good hope by grace and love. Comforting our hearts and establishing us in every good word and work. God does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous. They are on thrones with kings, in which He has seated them forever and they are exalted.

      A righteous person, that dwells among the unrighteous will tormented their righteous souls from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds. The LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the Day of Judgment. Especially those walking according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed and not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries. As if untamed beasts made to be catch and destroyed, they speak evil of the things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption and will receive the wages of unrighteousness.

      They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they are living among us, having eyes full of adultery. They cannot cease from sinning, enticing unstable souls. They have hearts trained in covetous practices and are accursed children.

      As the righteous, if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

 

 

CHOOSE

to select after consideration

      Once we were bitter and brokenhearted. We were stupid and ignorant and we treated the LORD as if nothing and no one was there watching over us. But in our hearts, we really never left Him and He still held our right hand. His advice has been our guide and later He will welcome us in glory. In heaven, we have only Him and Jesus Christ to look up to and on this earth, they are all we need. Our bodies and minds will fail, but God is our strength and choice forever. The LORD is powerful, all who stay far from Him will be lost and He will destroy those who are unfaithful. It is good for us to be near Him. We choose Him as our protector and we will tell about His wonderful deeds.

      All that are righteous knows God's law and it is not impossible to obey them. His commands are not in heaven, so we cannot excuse ourselves by saying, “How can we obey the LORD’s commands? They are in heaven and no one can go up to get them, then bring them down and explain them to us.” And we can't say, “How can we obey the LORD’s commands? They are across the sea and someone must go across and bring them back and explain them to us.” There are no excuses because His commands are nearby and we know them by heart. All we have to do is obey! Today God is giving us a choice. We can choose life and success or death and disaster. God commands us to be loyal to Him, to live the way He has told us, and to obey His laws and teachings.

      Think, soon we are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that He is giving us. If we obey Him, we will live and become successful and powerful. On the other hand, some might choose to disobey the LORD and reject Him. God is warning us that if we bow down and worship other gods, we will not have long to live. God calls the sky and earth to be witnesses that He offering us this choice. Will we choose God to make us prosperous and give us a long life? Or will choose to disobey Him and He will put us under a curse and kill us? Saints, choose life!

      Be completely faithful to the LORD our God, love Him and do whatever He tells us. The LORD is the only one who can give life and He will let us live a long time, one day in the land that He promised to our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Worship, obey and always be faithful to the LORD. Get rid of the idols that the unjust and our ancestors worshiped. If some do not want to worship the LORD, then they must choose right now! Will we worship the same idols as in the matter as before? Or will we as God’s children worship the LORD? Saints will worship and obey the LORD!

      Some leaders of His people are like shepherds that scared and scatter all of the sheep. They were supposed to take care of His people, but instead they chased them away. In the end, He will take care of them and they will pay for their crimes. He will bring the rest of His people home from the lands where they have scattered them and they will grow into a mighty nation. He promises to choose leaders who will care for them like real shepherds. All of His people will be there and they will not be frightened or hurt again.

      Some of these unfaithful prophets claim that the LORD have gave them dreams, visions and then they tell lies in His name. Everything they say comes from their own twisted minds. They tell each other and His people their dreams and try to get His people to reject Him, just as their ancestors left from Him and worshiped other gods. Their dreams and His truth are as different as night and day. When prophets speak for Him, they must say only what He has told them. His words are a powerful fire. These unfaithful prophets claim God give them their dreams, but it is not true. He did not choose them to be His prophets and they prophesize, speaking in His name, while stealing words from each other. When His people hear these liars, they are steer astray instead of helped. He warns us that He is now the enemy of these false prophets.

      The unjust people hate judges and honest witnesses. They abuse the poor and take money from them. They have built expensive homes, but they will not enjoy them. The LORD knows their terrible sins. Mistreat honest people, cheat and take bribes. They rob the poor of justice. Times are so evil that anyone with good sense will have to become quiet. If they really want to live, they must stop doing wrong and start doing right. The LORD God All-Powerful will then be on their side, just as He is on the side of the just. Choose good instead of evil and see that justice is done. The LORD may be kind to what is left of the unjust. His chosen did not choose Him but He chose and sent us out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last. Then our Father will give us whatever we ask for in Jesus Christ’s name. Therefore, He commands us to love each other.

      If the people of this world hate God’s children, just remember that they hated Jesus Christ first. If we belonged to the world, the unjust and unrighteous would love us. But we do not belong to the world. He has chosen us to leave the world behind, that is why unjust and unrighteous hates us. Remember, slaves are not greater than their masters are and if the unjust and unrighteous of then and now mistreated Jesus Christ, they will mistreat us. The unjust will do to us exactly what they did to Jesus Christ. They will do it because we belong to Him and they do not know God who sent Him. If Jesus Christ was not sacrifice for all sins, none of us would not be guilty of sins. Now, no one has an excuse for his or her sins.

      Peter said, "Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children. It is for everyone, our Lord God will choose, no matter where they live."

      The suffering now cannot compare with the glory shown to us. All of creation is eagerly waiting for God to show who His children are. Until that time, creation will continue to be confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hopes that creation would be set free from corruption and share in the glorious freedom of His children. All of creation is still crying out in pain, like a woman giving birth.

      The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future. For now, we cry out silently and wait for God to show that we are His children. This means that our bodies will be set free. This is hope that saves us. If we already have what we hope for, there is no need to keep on hoping. But we hope for something we have not seen and we patiently wait for it. In a certain way, we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we do not know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot put into words. God knows all of our thoughts. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God's people. We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves Him. They are the ones God has chosen for His purpose and He has always known who His chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become like His own sons and daughters, so His Son would be the first of many children. Then God accepts the people He had already decided to choose and He has shared His glory with them.

      Praise God our Heavenly Father for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Spiritual blessings that He has brought us from heaven. Before the world was created, God had Jesus Christ in mind and choose us to live with Him and to be His holy, innocent and loving people. God was kind and decided that His Son would choose us to be God's adopted children. We should praise God because of the sacrifice of His Son’s living blood to set us free, which means that our sins forgiven. God has great power, wisdom and understanding and by what Jesus Christ has done, God has shown His mysterious ways. Then when the time is right, God will do all that He has planned and His Son will bring together everything in heaven and on earth.

      God always does what He plans and that is why He appointed Jesus Christ to choose us. He did this so the Jews would bring honor to Him and be the first ones to have hope because of Him. Also, Jesus Christ brought us the truth, which is the Holy Bible and it gives us instructions on how we can be saved. But when we put our faith in Him and believe the promised that He gave us, the Holy Spirit shows us that we belong to God. In addition, the Spirit makes sure that we get what God has in stored for His people. He has set us free. Let us give Him honor and praise.

      Let everyone hear about our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and our love for God and His people. Never stop being grateful, as we pray, asking the Heavenly Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to give us His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will make us wise and let us understand and know God. We pray that God will flood our hearts and we will understand the hope when God chose us. Then we will discover the glorious blessings that will be ours together with all of God's people. When God decided to choose us as His people and His Spirit has made us holy. We have obeyed Him and Jesus Christ sprinkled us with His blood. Next, we should pray that God will be kind to others saints and will keep on giving them and us peace.

      We should be on our guard and stay awake. Our enemy, the devil, is like a lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. But saints must resist the devil and stay strong in faith. We know that all over the world the LORD's followers are suffering and attack. But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That is why He appointed Jesus Christ to choose us to share in His glory for eternity. Saints will suffer for a while, but God will make us complete, steady, strong and firm. And He and Jesus Christ will be in control forever.

      The LORD our God and Jesus Christ have promised us the land that is rich with milk and honey. And have chosen us to be different from other people. That is why we must make a difference between the unrighteous and righteous, the unjust and the just that He have said are clean and unclean. This will keep us from becoming disgrace to Him. The LORD has chosen us to be His people, so we must be holy too. If we refuse to respect Him, we are dead, just as deserve. Like the unrighteous, who love foolish things and run after what is worthless. The LORD has chosen everyone who is faithful to be His very own and answer our prayers. But some better pray hard and turn from their sins and search their hearts as they lie in bed at night.

      The LORD should be all we want. He should be our choice to keep us safe. He makes our lives pleasant and our futures bright. We should praise the LORD, for being our guide. Even in the darkest night, His teachings fill our minds. We will always look to Him, as He stands beside and protect us from fear. With all our hearts, we will celebrate and safely rest. We are His chosen ones. He will not leave us in the grave or let our bodies decay. He shown us the path to life and makes us glad by being near us. And we will always be joyful, His chosen children and special ones. If someone should say, "Here is the Messiah!" or "There He is!" do not believe it, false messiahs and prophets will come working miracles and signs. They will even try to fool God's chosen ones. Be on our guard! That is why He is telling us these things now.

      We are sure that many false prophets and fake leaders did not know what they were doing, today. But God had His prophets tell that His Messiah would suffer and now He has kept that promise. So turn to God, give up our sins and He will forgive us! Then the time will come when the LORD gives us fresh strength. And He will send us Jesus Christ, His chosen Messiah. But Jesus must stay in heaven until God makes all things new, just as His holy prophets promised long ago.

      The Lord our God will choose one of our own people to be a prophet, just as He chose Moses and Elijah. Listen to everything they tell us. Whoever disobeys the prophet will not be one of God's people. Samuel and all the other prophets who came later also spoke about what was happening then. Now we are the ones, God wants to be His prophets to speak to the people in these trouble times. Letting us know we given the same promises that God made to our ancestors. He said to Abraham, "All nations on earth will be blessed because of someone from your family." God sent His chosen Son to us, because God wanted to bless us and make each one of us turn away from our sins. God told us to announce clearly to everyone that Jesus Christ is the chosen One and He will judge the living and the dead. Every one of the prophets has said that all who have faith in Jesus Christ will have their sins forgiven in His name.

      Moses and Elijah were about to leave, when Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here! Let us make three shelters, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While Peter was still speaking, a shadow from a cloud passed over them, and they were frightened as the cloud covered them. From the cloud a voice spoke, "This is My chosen Son. Listen to what He says!" After the voice had spoken, Peter, John, and James saw only Jesus, and for some time they kept quiet and did not say anything about what they had seen.

      Dear Saints, the message about the cross does not make sense to lost people. But to us who are being saved, it is God's power at work. As God says in the Scriptures, "I will destroy the wisdom of all who claim to be wise. I will confuse those who think they know so much." What happened to those wise people and those experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who think they have all the answers, did God show them that wisdom of this world is foolish?

      God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about Him. Instead, God chose to save only those who believe the message that we preach. The Jews asked for miracles and Gentiles wanted something that sounded wise. But we preach that Jesus Christ was nailed to a cross or hung from a tree. Most Jews have problems with this and most Gentiles think it is foolish. This message is God's power and wisdom for the Jews and Gentiles that He has chosen. God is not a fool and He is wiser than anyone is. When God is weak, He is stronger than anyone is.

      Hold on and remember what we were when God chose us. The people of this world did not think that many of us were wise. Only a few of us in places of power and not many of us come from important families. But God chose the foolish things of this world to put the wise to shame. He chose the weak things of this world to put the powerful to shame.

      What the world thinks is worthless and useless is nothing compared to what God has used to destroy what the world considers important. God did all this to keep anyone from bragging to others about what is not of Him. We are God's children. He sent Jesus Christ to save us and to make us wise, acceptable and holy. So if we want to brag, do what the Scriptures say and brag about the LORD.

      We are shocked that some saints have turned from God, Who chose us because of His wonderful kindness. Many have believed another message, when there is really only one true message. But some are causing many of us trouble and want to make us turn away from the truth about Jesus Christ. We pray that God will punish anyone who preaches anything different from His message that He sent to us! It does not matter if it is an angel from Heaven or God’s chosen people. We hope God will punish anyone who preaches anything different from what we have already believed. We are not trying to please people. We want to please God. If we were trying to please people, we would not be servants of Jesus Christ.

      We are chose to be free. So do not use your freedom as an excuse to do anything we want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love. God’s laws are sum up in one commandment to love others as much as we love ourselves. But if we keep attacking each other, we better watch out or we will destroy ourselves.

 

 

FALSE

dishonest, untrue, lying

      We get our knowledge from the heavens above and we will ascribe righteousness to our Maker. Truly, these words are not false and God Who is perfect in knowledge is with us.

      And the LORD said, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.”

      Prophets, who dream, let them tell their dreams. And the righteous who has God’s word, let them speak His word faithfully. His word is like the hottest flame of the fire. And like a cutter that can cut iron into pieces.

      Therefore, God is against the false prophets who steal His words and use their tongues and say, “He says.” He is against those who prophesize false dreams, telling and causing His people to go astray by their lies and their recklessness. He did not send or command them and they will not profit His people at all.

      When these false prophets, pastors or priests come to us asking, “What is the oracle of the LORD?” We say to them, “what oracle?” instead of telling them what God have put in our hearts, God will forsake us. And when false prophets, pastors or priests say, “The oracle of the LORD.” Our LORD will punish them all.

      So, every one of us should say to each other, “Have the LORD answered?” or “What have the LORD spoken?” And the oracle of the LORD we should not mention no more. Because every false prophet, pastors and priest’s words will be their oracles, they will have perverted the words of the LORD our God.

      The things we should do: Tell each other the truth. Give judgment in our own gates for truth, justice and peace. Do not think evil against our neighbor. Do not love a false oath. Any opposites of these things the LORD hates.

      And dear saints, we need to enter by the narrow gate. Because the wide gate is broad, the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in it. The narrow gate is difficult and the way that leads to life, there are few who find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to us in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are wolves. We will know them by their fruits.

      Therefore, there will be great tribulation, which has not been since the beginning of the world. If anyone says to you, “Look, there is Jesus Christ!” or “Look there, He is there!” do not believe it. Because false christs, prophets, pastors and priest will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even some saints. The LORD has told us beforehand. Therefore, if they say to you, “Look, He is there!” do not go out. Or “Look, He is in the church!” Do not believe it. As the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will the coming of Jesus Christ.

      Also, there are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Jesus Christ. Once, Satan transformed himself into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, their end will be according to their works. But there are false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among us, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies and denying the LORD who brought them, bringing on themselves swift destruction. Many people and saints will follow their destructive ways, because the truth will be blasphemous. By covetousness, they will exploit us with deceptive words. Their judgment has not been idle and their destruction does not slumber. If God did not spare the angles who sinned, but cast them down to hell and put them in chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment. Believe Him. Their day of destruction will come, also.

      Let no one cheat us of our reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things not seen, vainly puffed up by their fleshly mind. And not holding fast to Jesus Christ, the Head from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. If we died with Jesus Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in world, do we subject ourselves to regulation? Which all concern things perish with the using, according to the commandments and doctrines of sinners? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility and neglect of the body, therefore, no value against the indulgences of the flesh.

 

 

DESIRE

to hope, long for

      Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

      Once, while the Israelites were traveling through the desert, a man was caught gathering firewood on the Sabbath. He was taken to Moses, Aaron and the rest of the community. But no one knew what to do with him, so he was not allowed to leave. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Tell the people to take that man outside the camp and stone him to death!" So he was killed, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. The LORD told Moses to say to the people of Israel, “Sew tassels onto the bottom edge of your clothes and tie a purple string to each tassel. These will remind you that you must obey My laws and teachings. And when you do, you will be dedicated to Me and won't follow your own sinful desires. I am the LORD your God who led you out of Egypt."

      The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous. To be desired more than gold. However, they are finer than gold also, sweeter than honey. They warn us and keeping them, there are great rewards. Who understand our errors and cleanse us from secret faults? He will keep us from presumptuous sins and let them not have dominion over us. Then we shall be blameless and innocent of great transgressions.

      Saints may God grant us according to our heart’s desire and fulfill our purposes. We will rejoice in salvation and in the name of our God, we will rejoice! The LORD will fulfill all our petitions. We know that the LORD saves His anointed. He will answer them from heaven with saving strength of His right hand.

      The LORD is our light and salvation. Whom will we fear? The LORD is the strength of our lives. Who will we be afraid? One thing we should desired of the LORD, that we should seek: is that we may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of our lives, beholding and inquiring the beauty of the LORD and His temple.

      We pray that He will have mercy upon us according to His loving-kindness. According to the multitude of His tender mercies, blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from iniquity and cleanse us from sins. We acknowledge our transgressions and sins are before us. Against God and God only, have we sinned and done this evil in His sight that we may be found just when He speak and blameless when He judge. We brought forth in iniquity and in sin, our mothers conceived us. And God desire truth in the inward parts and in the hidden parts, He made us know wisdom.

      So, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. He will come to us like the rain to hewn sinners by the prophets and slain them by the words of His mouth. He wants us to desire mercy and not sacrifice and knowledge more than burnt offerings.

      Whoever desires to become great among us will be our servants. And whoever desire to be first will be slaves of all. Even Jesus Christ did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life, a ransom for many.

      Whoever says to a mountain, “Be removed,” and does not doubt in their hearts, but believes the things that they say, it is complete. We will have whatever we say. So, whatever things we ask when we pray, believe that we receive them and we will have them. If we have anything against anyone, forgive him or her, so our Father in heaven might forgive us, our trespasses. But if we do not forgive, neither will our Father in heaven forgive our trespasses.

      We should promise ourselves not to stare with desire at others. God All Mighty punishes all who do that. Actually, God sends disaster on all who sins and He keeps a close watch on everything we do. If we are dishonest or deceitful, beg God to improve our innocence. If we have disobeyed Him or even wanted to, then repent, we do not want others to have our blessings. If we have desired someone and chased after him or her, ask God for forgiveness, rather let someone have the life we were born to have. If we took someone's husband or wife, it would be a horrible crime, sending us to destruction and flames. What answer could we give to God when He judges us? God is the one who gave life to each of us before we were born, therefore He knows all about us.

      So, do not envy wicked people or desire their company. Their hearts plot violence and their talks about making trouble. By wisdom, a house built and through understanding, it is establish. Through knowledge, its rooms filled with rare and beautiful treasures. A wise person has great power, knowledge and increase strength. We are waging war against the wicked and we need guidance and for victory many advisers.

      Do not worry or be envious of those who are evil and do wrong. Like plants, they will soon wither and like every winter, they will die away. Trust in the LORD and do good and we will dwell in the land He promise, safely. Delight ourselves in the LORD and He will give us the desires of our hearts. Commit and trust in Him and He will make our righteousness shine like the dawn and the justice of our cause like the noon sun. Be still and wait patiently for Him. Do not worry when the wicked ones succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath. Do not worry because it only leads to evil. The evil ones cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. In a little while, the wicked will be no more. We will look for them and we will not find them. However, the meek will inherit the land and enjoying peace of mind. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them. But the LORD laughs at the wicked, because He knows their day is coming.

      Dear saints, desire in our hearts and pray for God to save the Israelites. They are zealous for God, but their zeal not based on knowledge. They did not know righteousness comes from God and sought to establish their own and they did not submit to God's righteousness but to traditions and law. Jesus Christ is the end, so there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

      Indeed, we would not have known what sin was except through the law. We would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet." But sin, seizing the opportunity, produced in us every kind of covetous desire. Apart from law, sin is dead. Once, we were alive apart from law. But when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and we died. We find today, the law or commandments intended to bring life actually brings death. Today, we know that life comes through, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

      We are longing for a better nation, a heavenly one. God is not ashamed to call Himself, our God and He has prepared a city for us. Always remember to pray for the Israelites and ourselves. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. But some need us to pray for them too. Particularly pray faithfully before the coming of Jesus Christ.

      May God, Who through the blood of the eternal covenant, brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of sheep, equip us with everything good for doing His will and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, glorified forever and ever.

      There are many different languages and tongues in this world and not all of them make sense. If we do not understand the language or tongue that someone is using, we are like strangers. If we really want Spiritual gifts, choose the ones that will be most helpful to the church. When we speak in tongues or a different language that others do not know, we should pray for the power to interpret what we mean. There are times when we should pray and sing with our Spirit and times when we should pray and sing with our minds.

      Saints, pursue love and desire Spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophesy. Those speaking in tongues do not speak to the church but to God and no one understands them and in the Spirit, they speak mysteries. But those who prophesies speaks edification, exhortation and comfort to the church. Those speaking in tongues edify their selves, but those prophesies edifies the church. And those prophesies is greater than those speaking with tongues, unless they interprets, so the church can receive edification.

      If they come speaking in tongues, what will we profit unless they speak by revelation, knowledge, prophesying or by teaching? But since we are zealous for Spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that we seek to excel. Pray with the Spirit and with understanding.

      Our LORD God gives us all these things for building of an unblemished church to honor Him. We belong to Him and He gave gifts to us. But we are happy, because everyone He calls has voluntarily given their selves to Him. He knows what is in everyone's heart and please with people when they are honest. He is always eager to give and help us, be faithful to Him, just as our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob faithfully worshiped Him. And He can give us the desire to completely obey His laws, teachings and the desire to build a holy temple for which He have provided these gifts. Everyone should praise the LORD and bow down to honor Him!

 

 

TRUTH

honesty, the real state of things

      And the LORD passed before him (Moses) and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

      Saints, when we dwell in the secret place of God and will abide under the shadow of the LORD. Then, we will say, “He is our refuge and fortress. In God, we will trust.” He will deliver us from the snares of the evil one. He will cover us with His wings and we will take refuge. His truth will be our shield. Laud and Praise the LORD! His merciful kindness is great towards us and His truth endures forever. Praise Him!

      Jesus Christ was in the world and the world made through God, just as He made Jesus and the world did not know Him. He came to His own and His own did not receive Him. But all who did received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, all those who believe in His name. We became reborn not of blood, not the will of the flesh and not the will of man and woman, but of God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we believed in Jesus. In His glory, as the only begotten son of the Father, Who is full of grace and truth.

      Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

      We should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and then the Gentile. In it, the righteousness of God revealed from each faith. It is written, “The just shall live by faith.” The wrath of God revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because knowing of God is manifest in them, because God has shown it to them.

      So, purge out the old leaven, that we are new lumps, since we are unleavened. Because, Jesus Christ scarified for us, let us be the feast, not with old leaven or with the leaven of malice and wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

      Remember, the unrighteous and wicked charging them before the LORD. Do not strive with words gaining no profit, being the ruin of hearers and doers. But be diligent to present ourselves approved to God, faithful and not ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Shun profane and idle talks with the unrighteous and wicked because they will increase to more ungodliness.

      If any saints goes astray from the truth, turn them back, knowing that any saint that turns sinners form the errors of their ways will save souls from death and cover a multitude of sins.

      If we are doers and not only hearers of His commandments, we know the LORD by this: Those who say, “I know Him,” and do not hear or be doers of the word, they are liars and no truth is in them. But whoever keeps His word in their hearts, the love and truth of God is perfected in them. Because of this, we know that we are in Him. If we say that we abide in Him we should also, walk as just as He have walked.

      We are of God, God’s children and can overcome the unrighteous and wicked by spending time in prayer and the word. God, Who is in us is greater than those who are in the world and they are of the world. So they speak as of the world and the world hears them. We are of God and we know God hears us. However, the unrighteous and wicked are not of God and does not hear. We know this by the Spirit of truth and error.

      And we know the Spirit of God, which is every Spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ was of flesh and is the son of God. All Spirits that denies otherwise is the spirit of the Antichrist, which we all heard is coming and in the world now.

 


FAITH

      loyalty, belief, reliance

      Never deserted our Shelter and Rock, Who Fathered us. Never forgot God who gave us birth. The LORD will see this and reject us because He will be angry by His chosen children. "I will hide My face from them," He said, "and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful. They made Me jealous by what is no god and angered Me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.”

      If God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow, will He not clothe us? Or are we of little faith? Do not worry, saying, “What should we eat, drink or wear?” The unfaithful run after all these things but our heavenly Father knows that we need them. Seek first His righteousness, the kingdom, and all these things given to us. So do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will worry about tomorrow, because each day has enough trouble of its own.

      This generation is unbelieving and perverse. Jesus Christ will not be with us to help us for long. How long should He put up with the unfaithful, because the unfaithful have little faith and will not believe the truth? If we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to a mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for us. The truth is if we have faith and do not doubt, if we believe, we will receive whatever we ask for in prayer. Through Him and for His name's sake, we received power, grace and apostleship to call people to the obedience that comes from faith. And we are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

      But, the saints who do trust God, their faith is credited as righteousness. They are bless, transgressions forgiven and their sins covered. They are the blessed, because the LORD will never count their sins against them.

      This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate that He is a just God. Through patience and wanting His people to come to Him and repent of their sins, therefore, He left the sins committed beforehand unpunished. God’s people did not come forward and punishments for sins began, He did it to demonstrate His justice now. Presently, God justifies those who have faith in Jesus Christ.

      Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into grace. We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God and in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. And perseverance, produces character and character, produces hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, in which He has given us.

      Therefore, saints the word is near us. It is in our mouths and our hearts, the word of faith we are proclaiming. If we confess with our mouths, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we are save. It is with our hearts that we believe and justified and with our mouths that we confess and is save. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." There is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, the Lord is same Lord of all and blesses all who calls on Him, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

      Therefore, saints urge each other, in view of God's mercy, to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is a Spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Then we are approved and pleasing to do God's good, perfect and pleasing will.

      By the grace given us, we say to every one of the saints, do not think of ourselves more highly than we should, but think of ourselves with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given us. Just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function. So, in Jesus Christ, Who is the Head, Whose Holy Spirit is in all members forming one body, with each member belonging to one God. Therefore, we all can be on one accord with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

      Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of nothing. It is wrong for a child of God to say or do anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to speak or do actions of worldly wickedness, unrighteous and unfaithfulness or to do anything else that will cause other believers, saints or children of God to fall, leading them to unfruitfulness.

      Therefore whatever we believe about these things keep between God and ourselves. Blessed are those who do not condemn themselves by what they approve. But those who has doubts is condemned, because their belief is not from faith. And everything that does not come from faith is sin.

      Some preach that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, but some say that there is no resurrection of the dead. If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Jesus raised. And if Jesus Christ has not been raised, preaching is useless and so is our faith. And we are false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God raising Jesus Christ from the dead. If Jesus has not risen, our faith is useless. Therefore, we are still in our sins. Then those who are righteous have fallen are lost from Jesus. Only for this life, we have hope in Jesus Christ, from His beginning to His end and we are faithful to Him. God has made us for this purpose, to witness, to be faithful to Jesus, to be righteous and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

      So, we are always confident and know that as long as we faithful in our hearts and minds, we are near the LORD. We live by faith and not by sight. We have confidence that we are at home with the LORD. So we make it our goals to please Him, being faithful in heart and mind, never getting away from the LORD. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Jesus Christ, that each one of us receives what is due to them for the things done while having the faith, whether good or bad.

      Always be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that we can take a stand against the devil's schemes. Our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the Spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

      If we put on the full armor of God, when the day of evil comes, we will be able to stand our grounds and after we have done everything, to stand. Stand firm, with belts of truth around our waists, with breastplates of righteousness and our feet planted and rooted in the Gospel, which is the word of God. In addition, have shields of faith, with which we can extinguish flames of wickedness from the evil one. Also have helmets of salvation and swords of the Spirit, which is the faith of Jesus Christ. Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Always be alert and keep on praying for all saints.

      After we have fought the good fight, having finished the race and kept the faith. In store for us will be the crown of righteousness, which the righteous Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ will award us on that day, to all who have longed for His appearing.

      Therefore, draw near to God with pure hearts and in a confidence that comes from having faith. Keeping our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil and our bodies cleansed as for Holy Temples. We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. We can trust God Who made the agreement with us. We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. We must stay in the habit of meeting for worship, going to church and Bible study. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since we know that the day of the Lord's coming is getting closer. By keeping, the faith will bring us great rewards. With patience and longsuffering, so that we will please God and be given what He has promised. Jesus Christ is coming soon and it will not be very long. The saints God accepts will live because of their faith. He is not pleased with anyone who turns back. We are not like those people who turn back and got destroyed. We will keep on having faith until we are save.

      Faith is the substance of what we hope for and the evidence and proof of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God. Because of our faith, we know that the world made at God's command. We also know that what seen is made out of what we cannot see. Enoch had faith and did not die. He pleased God so much that God took him up to heaven. That is why his body was never found. But without faith no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and that He rewards everyone who searches for Him.

      Some people who lose their loved ones to death. Many of these saints were tortured, but they refused to be released because of their faith to God. They were sure that they would get a better reward after death when they rose to life. Some people were made fun of, beaten with whips and some jailed. Others were stoned to death, sawed in two or killed with swords. They were poor, mistreated and tortured. This evil world did not deserve these saints. But all of them pleased God because of their faith, even though they died without given their promise. This was because God wanted them to wait for us. He wants us all to receive His promise all at once.

      So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just will not let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. We must keep our eyes on Jesus Christ, Who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being hang from a tree, because He knew that later on He would be glad He did. Now He sits at the right side of God's throne. So if we keep our minds on Jesus, Who put up with many evils from sinners. Then we will not get discouraged and give up. How many of us have been hurt in a battle against sin?

      Saints, if we have a lot of trouble. We know that we learn to endure by having our faith tested. We must learn to endure everything, so that we will be completely mature and not lacking anything. If we are in need of wisdom, we should ask God and it will be given to us. If we are sick, ask the church to pray for us in the name of the Lord. God will heal us. If we have faith when we pray for the sick and shut-in, they will get well. The LORD will heal, give them strength and if they have sinned, when we pray for them, He will forgive them. God is generous and do not correct us for asking. But when we ask for something, we must have faith and do not doubt Him. If we cannot make up our minds, God will not trust us and we can expect the LORD to give us nothing at all.

      God will bless us, if we do not give up when our faith tested. He will reward us with a glorious life, just as He rewards everyone who loves Him. Do not put the blame on God when we are tempted. God cannot tempt by evil and He does not use evil to tempt others or us. We tempt by our own desires that draw us from Him and trap us. Our desires, when not of God, makes us sin and when sin is full-grown, it leaves us dead.

      When the LORD punishes us, do not make light of it and when He corrects us, do not be discouraged. The LORD corrects the people He loves and disciplines those He calls His own. Be patient when corrected. This is how God treats His children. Do not all parents correct their children? God corrects all of His children and if He does not correct us, then we really do not belong to Him. When we were children, our earthly fathers corrected us and we still respect them. Now it is even better to get true life by letting our Spiritual Father correct us.

      So be humble in the presence of God's sight and He will honor us when the time comes. God cares for us, so turn all our worries over to Him. As always, be on guard and stay awake. Our enemy, the devil, is like a lion, creeping around to find someone to attack. We must resist the devil and stay strong in faith. We know that all over the world saints are suffering just as we are. But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That is why He appointed Jesus Christ to choose us to share in His eternal glory. We will suffer for a while, but God makes us complete, steady, strong and firm. God is in control of our lives forever.

      If we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, keep on following Him. Planting our roots in Jesus Christ let Him be the foundation for our lives. Be strong in faith, just as told and be grateful. Do not let anyone fool us by using senseless teachings. They may sound wise, but they are only human teachings. They come from the powers of this world and not from God and Jesus Christ. God lives fully in Jesus. And we are fully mature because we belong to God, Who is over every power and authority. He has taken away our selfish desires, just as circumcision removes flesh from the male body.

      Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created the heavens and earth. He is always the same today, tomorrow and forever. He wanted us to be His own special children and so He sent the message of truth to give us new birth.

      So, we should be quick to listen, slow to speak and to get angry. When we are angry, we cannot do any of the good things that God wants us to do. We must stop doing anything immoral or evil. We need to be humble and accept the true Gospel planted in our hearts to save us and obey God. Do not fool ourselves by just listening to it. We need to be doers not only just listeners. If we hear only and do not obey or apply it to our lives, we are like people who stare at themselves in a mirror and forget what they look like as soon as they leave. But we must never stop applying the perfect law that sets us free. God will bless us in everything we do, if we listen, obey and apply, do not just hear and forget.

      If we think we are being religious, but cannot control our tongues from speaking deceit, we are fooling ourselves and everything we do is useless. Religion that pleases God our Heavenly Father must be pure and spotless. And do not let this world make us evil.

      Do not cheat anyone out of what is rightfully his or hers. Our Heavenly Father sees everything and knows when we refuse to do someone justice. We cannot do anything without the LORD's approval. Each good and bad thing that happens to us, happens at the command of God, our Heavenly Father, rejoice that we are still alive!

      We should know that the LORD God is the only true God. So love Him and obey His commands and He will faithfully keep His agreement with our descendants and us for thousands of generations. But if we turn against the LORD, He will quickly destroy us. So obey His teachings and the Gospel given today, tomorrow and forever because His promises and love is here for us, now and forever.

      If we pray to obey the LORD our God’s commandments completely, He will be loyal and keep the agreement He made with us, just as He promised our ancestors. All of God’s child are saints and belong to Him and we need to show our love to Him. The LORD protects all that are faithful and they are cheerful and strong. But He severely punishes everyone who is unfaithful and wicked.

      Saints, please pray for the leaders of churches and other saints that God’s truth may be in them. This will help the message about the LORD to spread quickly and others will respect it, just as we do. Pray that God’s word, the leaders and saints may be safe from wicked and evil people. Not everyone is of faith. The LORD can make us strong and protect us from harm. He has made us sure that we are obeying what He has taught us and that we will keep on obeying. Pray that the LORD will guide us to be as loving and patient as Himself and Jesus Christ.

      God does not have any darkness and He is the light. If we say that we share with God, life and are one of His children but keep on living in the dark, we are lying and are not living by the truth. But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life and the blood of His Son Jesus, Who washes all our sins away. If we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, making God a liar and the truth is not in our hearts. But if we confess our sins to God, He can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away.

      Let kindness and peace be ours from Jesus Christ. Jesus was a faithful witness, the first to conquer death and He is the ruler of all. He loves us, by His blood He set us free from our sins. He lets us serve God His Father as priests. Praise Him! He is the kingdom, power and glory forever and ever, Amen.

      Stay joined to Jesus Christ and let His teachings become apart of our lives. Then we can pray for whatever we want and our prayers answered. When we become faithful disciples of His, His Father, God, will honor us. He loves us, just as His Father has loved Him. So, remain faithful to the love Jesus Christ have for us. If we obey Him, He will keep loving us, just as His Father keeps loving Him, because He have obeyed Him.

Because Jesus always helps, He is kind, faithful and caring. He saves us.

      Also, God never fails to have pity on us. His love and faithfulness always keep us secure. Sins are all around us, outnumbering the hairs on our heads. And when we feel weak, we are like lost sheep and we cannot find our way. He will show that He cares and come to our rescue. He will disappoint and confuse all those who lead and turn us away from Him and disgrace all who will not guide us with His Word. The LORD’s love is faithful and we can depend on Him. His decisions are always fair. They are firm like rocks and deep like the oceans. We should rejoice and sing about God, His love and faithfulness forever.

      God's love can always be trusted and His faithfulness lasts as long as the heavens. Sinners do not respect God. All they think about is sin. They have prided themselves too much to hate their sins or even to notice that they are sinning. Their mouths speak deceitful lies. They stay awake, thinking up evil plots, following the wrong roads and refusing to turn from sin. And they will suffer much because God is angry with them and their sins.

      He will chase them into a dark place, where no light can enter. He punishes over and over again, without ever stopping. God will cause skin and flesh to waste away and crushes bones. He attacks and surrounds with hardships and troubles. He will force them to sit in dark places, building a fence around them and cannot be climb over. He will chain then down. Even when they shout and pray for help, He refuses to listen.

      God put big rocks in their way and make them follow crooked paths. He is like a lion waiting in ambush for them. He will drag them from the road, where the faithful are and rip them to shreds. The LORD will take careful aim and shot His arrows straight through their hearts causing them heartbreak. Turning their lives sour, rubbing them in gravel and dirt. They will not find peace or remember happiness. Thinking of their troubles and loneliness makes them miserable and depressed.

      When sinners do not anger the LORD, He fills all with hope. His kindness never fails and if not merciful, He destroys us. When we do not anger the LORD, trust Him to show mercy. Deep in our hearts we can say, "The LORD is all we need and we can depend on Him." He is kind to everyone who trusts and obeys Him and waiting patiently for us to come to Him.

      When He is angered, He will pursue and slaughter us without showing mercy. He will hide behind a wall of clouds that blocks out our prayers and will allowed people to treat us like dirt. Our enemies curse us and He knows their plots, insults and their evil plans. All day long, He will let them attack us with words and whispers, mocking us.

      Rubbed in the gravel and dirt, when the LORD is angered, when we get insulted and receiving hard times is only lessons learned. The LORD will not reject us! He causes a lot of suffering, but He also has mercy because of His great love. The LORD does not enjoy sending grief or pain, He just wants us to obey Him and correct those that are His own.

      We should not complain when punished for our sins. Instead, we should think about our lives and the way we are living and turn away from our sins, repent and be obedient to the LORD. When we lift our hands in prayer to God, we should offer Him our bodies, hearts and minds as sacrifices, pleading that we have sinned and rebelled against Him and His teachings. Pray asking Him to forgive us!

      When we are terrified, trapped, caught, crushed and destroyed, tears will flood our eyes and will not stop until the LORD looks down from heaven and helps. We should be horrified when we see what enemies can do to those that the LORD turns His back on. We hunted down like prey. We can continually beg and pled for forgiveness and when the LORD is no longer angry, He will answer our prayers and rescues us, saving our lives. We do not have to worry because the LORD will always make things right.

      So, watch ourselves, dear saints, even if our brother sins against us and if he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against us seven times in one day and seven times comes back to us and says, “I am sorry and forgive me, I repent,” forgive him. We belong to God, so we must keep away from all these evil things. Try our best to please God and to be like Him. Be faithful, loving, dependable and gentle. Fight a good fight of the faith and claim eternal life that our God has offered us. Make a promise in the presence of God, Who gives life to all and in the presence of Jesus Christ, Who openly told Pontius Pilate about His faith. Promise to be completely and fully faithful and obedient to all the teachings and things from God until our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns.

 

 

UNBELIEF

want of faith

      If we believe, all things are possible. The unbelievers settle in complacency saying in their hearts, “The LORD will not do good or evil.” The LORD will bring them distress and they will walk like the blind, because they have sinned against Him in their unbelief. Not all the money, gold, diamonds or rubies in the world will be enough to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath. The fire of His jealousy will devour the whole earth. He will make speedy riddance of all unbelievers living on the earth in unbelief. Today, know and consider in our hearts, that the LORD is God in heaven and on earth and there is no other.

 

 

OBEDIENCE

to comply with orders

      “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. Every plant which My Heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

      Saints, do not join unbelievers. Because what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteous? What unity has light with darkness? What relationship has Jesus Christ with Satan? What part has a believer with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? We are the temple of the living God. With God’s Spirit inside of us, He have promise to dwell in and walk among us. He will be our God and we will be His people. So, we should come out and be separate from them. Not touching anything unclean and He will receive us. He will be a Father to us and we will be His children. So, with these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filth and wickedness of the flesh and Spirit, perfecting in holiness of God.

      We may as well know this too, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. People will love only themselves and their money. They will be proud, boastful, insulting God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them and thoroughly bad. They will be hardheaded and never give in to others. Also, they will be constant liars, troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough, cruel and insult those who try to be good. They will betray their friends. They will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride and preferring good times to worshiping God. They will go to church, yes, but they will not believe anything that they hear. Do not be taken in by people like that! Run from anything that gives evil thoughts that young men and women often have, but stay close to anything that makes us want to do right. Have faith, love and enjoy the companionship of those who love the LORD and have pure hearts, because our hearts are windows to our souls.

      Saints, we belong to the LORD and we do the right thing when we obey. The first commandment with a promise says, "Obey your father and your mother and you will have a long and happy life." We should teach our children to obey, just as God teaches us how to obey Him. Saints as parents, do not be hard on our children, Our Heavenly Father is not hard on us. Raising us properly and we should do the same. Teaching and instructing them about God and Jesus Christ Who gives meaning to our lives. When He appears, we will also appear with Him in glory.

 So, our bodies must not control us. Do not have a desire for sex and evilness. We as saints are not immoral, indecent, having evil thoughts and are not greedy, which is the same as worshiping idols. God is angry with us when we disobey Him by doing these things. That is exactly what we did, when we decided to lived among people who behaved in this way. Now and today, we must stop doing these things, being angry, hateful and evil, stop lying to each other, saying insulting or cruel things about others. We are giving up our old way of life and habits in order to inherit the kingdom of God and become a new person. Becoming more and more like our Creator and the more we pray to become like our Creator, the better we can understand Him.

      Again, obey the laws and teachings of God and He will bless us with our heart’s desires. The LORD will be happy to do good things for us, just as He did for our ancestors. But we must decide to worship Him with all our hearts, souls and minds plus we must obey and apply everything in the Holy Bible, which is God’s Word.

      We should try to live at peace with everyone, living a clean life. If we do not, we will never see the LORD and miss His wonderful kindness that He wants to show us. Do not join anyone bitter and causing trouble for us. Run from immoral and ungodly people like Esau, who sold His future blessing for only one meal and later he wanted it back. There was nothing he could do to change things, not even begging and crying.

      Right now, we, unlike Moses, have not come to a place like Mount Sinai that we can see and touch. There are no flaming fires, dark clouds, storms or trumpet sounds. The children of Israel heard a voice speak and begged it to stop, because they could not obey God’s commands.

      Our goal and purpose in life should be to come to a place like Mount Zion and the heavenly Jerusalem. This is the city of God, where thousands of angels come to celebrate. We will find all of God's children, whose names written in heaven. And we will find God, Who judges everyone and the Spirits of saints who have been made perfect. Also, Jesus is here. He is the One Who makes God's new agreement with us, by His blood.

      So, dear saints, make sure that we obey the LORD Who speaks to us. The children of Israel did not escape when they refused to obey the LORD Who spoke to them at Mount Sinai. How can we possibly escape, if we refuse to obey the LORD Who speaks to us from heaven? When God spoke the first time, He shook the earth. This time, when He speaks He will shake the earth and heavens too.

      This means that the things created will be shake and remove someday. What cannot be shaken will last. We should be grateful that we have a kingdom that cannot shake. In this kingdom, we please God by worshiping and showing Him great honor with respect.

      Be thoughtful of church leaders who work hard to tell us how to live for the LORD. Give them respect and love because of their work. And above of all try to get along with each other, warning anyone who is not living right. Encourage anyone who feels left out and help those who are weak, being patient with everyone. Do not be hateful to people, just because they are hateful to us, instead be good to each other. In addition, help needy orphans and widows. Whatever happens, rejoice, never stop praying and keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants us to do.

      So, do not turn away God's Spirit or ignore prophecies. Remember, He is testing our faith. Accept what is good and do not have anything to do with evil. Pray that God, will make us completely holy. And our Spirit, soul, mind and body be kept clean in righteous until our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God, Who chose us, can be trusted and He will do this.

      Please pray for all saints and not just for ourselves. Be cheerful and give warm greetings in Jesus name, to all that encounter us. Pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will show kindness to all.

 We are slaves of Jesus Christ, so with our whole hearts we must do what God wants us to do. Serve gladly our Master and those who are righteous. Knowing that we get rewards for any good things, we do, in the sight of the LORD.

      God will show how angry He is with all the wicked and evil things that sinful people do to dishonor the truth and God's eternal power and character, which not seen. However, sinful people know about God, from the beginning of creation, God has shown signs and wonders to all. Even Satan, himself fears the LORD because he knows how great and powerful He is. Sinful people do not have any excuse. They know about God, but they do not honor or give thanks to Him. Their thoughts are wicked, deceitful and useless. Their close minds are in the dark. They claim to be wise, but really, they are fools. They do not worship our LORD God. Instead, they worship idols, such as themselves, material things and other people that cannot live forever.

      So, God let these people go their own way and we should also. They did what they wanted to do and their filthy thoughts made them do shameful things with their bodies. They gave up the truth about God for a lie and they worshiped God's creations instead of God, Who created all in the heavens and earth. Everything comes from our LORD God.

      God let them follow their own evil desires. Women no longer want to be married and have sex in the natural way. Instead, they are having sex with each other. Men are behaving the same way. They stopped wanting to have sex with women and have a strong desire to have sex with other men. They are doing shameful things with each other and God will punish them for their foolish and unrighteous deeds done in His sight.

      Since these people refused, even to think about God, He let their unrighteous minds rule over them. That is why they do all sorts of indecent things. They are evil, wicked, mean in every possible way and greedy. They murder, argue, cheat, steal and want what others have. They gossip, saying cruel things about others. They are proud, conceited, boastful and always thinking up new ways to do evil. Not respecting God and their parents, they are not smart, unreliable and do not have any love or pity for others. They are hard to get along with and hate God. Also, they know that God sees all and is an all knowing God, but they continue on with their wicked and unrighteous deeds. They know God has said that anyone who acts this way will inherit death. But they keep on doing evil things and they even encourage others to join them even though, they know the truth about the LORD.

      No one knows the time and date when all the wickedness and unrighteous will come to an end. But know that the Lord's return will be as a thief coming at night. Sinful people will think they are safe and secure. But destruction will strike them suddenly like birth pains. And they will not escape. Saints, do not live in darkness, so that day will not surprise us like a thief. We belong to the light so live each day for God, as it is our last. We do not live in the night or belong to the dark. Those that are not of God, live in darkness, so they are sleep but we of light should stay awake and be alert. Belonging to the day we, must stay sober minded and wearing our faith and love as a suit of armor. And firm hope knowing we will be saved as our helmet.

      God will punish all wicked and unrighteous, but most of all He wants us to be saved by our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ died for us, so that we could live with the LORD and Him, whether we are dead or alive in flesh when He comes. We must keep encouraging and helping each other, just as told to do. And share with them that the love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they will give up their faith and caused themselves pain. Remember the Scripture: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 

      Saints, we are Spiritual. If someone trapped in sin, we should try to lead that person back to the right path. But watch and pray not to tempt ourselves. We obey the law of Jesus Christ when we help each other. If we think we are better than others are, we are not. Do our work for God well and we will have something to be proud of and He will have glory. Do not compare our lives with others. We each must carry our own load.

      Share all the good things God teaches us with others. We cannot fool God, so do not make fools of ourselves. We will reap what we sow. If we follow our selfish desires, we will harvest destruction, but if we be led by the Spirit, we will harvest eternal life. Never get weary of helping others. We will be rewarded in due time, if we do not give up. We should help in every way we can, especially if they are saints of the LORD.

      We all have done some terrible things. Some of us were behaving like Satan, himself. We should feel bad, but we are new people in the LORD and cannot change the past but chase away anyone who acts or make us act like that old person. God will be with us in our thoughts, if we need Him to be, God will be there. But our Lord Jesus Christ have already judged us all, as though we were new in persons. Therefore, when we meet together, the presence and power of Jesus Christ is with us. Those people who will not be new persons, let them go there way, Jesus Christ will hand them over to Satan. Their bodies and Spirits destroyed, but our Spirits saved when the Lord Jesus Christ returns.

      So, saints, stop being proud and know how a little yeast can spread through the whole batch of dough. Saints, get rid of the yeast. Then we will be as fresh bread made without yeast. That is what God wants His children to be. Our Passover lamb, Who is Jesus Christ, is sacrifice already. Do not celebrate by being evil and sinful, which is like serving bread made with yeast. Be pure, truthful in God’s sight and celebrate by using the new bread made without yeast.

      Remember not to have anything to do with immoral people. We would have to leave the world to get away from everyone who is immoral, greedy, who cheats and worships idols. We cannot leave the earth. Therefore, we must come out and be separate. Even separate ourselves from our own family who are immoral, greedy, worship idols, cursing others, getting drunk and cheating. Do not even eat with them. Do not judge them, we as saint only judge saints, God will judge all. So, do not join them.

  And when one saint has a complaint against the other, do not take the complaint to a court of sinners. Take it to God and His people. We know that God judges the world. If sinners are judging the world, we cannot settle the smallest of problems. Saints, as God’s children, we should know that we will be judging angels. And if that is true, saints, we can judge everyday matters between saints. Do not take complaints to judges, not respected by the church. We say this is a shame. As God’s children, we are wise enough to act as a judge between one saint and another. When one saint takes another to court, all will lose. Pray that saints will never fall and that the demons of this evil world do not harm us in any way. We, saints, harm each other when taking each other to be judge by an unbeliever.

      Know that evil people will not have a share in the blessings of God's kingdom. Once again, do not be fooled. No one who is immoral, worships idols, is unfaithful in marriage, is a pervert or is a homosexual will share in God's kingdom. All who are thieves, greedy, alcoholics, who curses or cheats others. They curse, tell lies and all they talk about is how to be cruel or how to do wrong. Some of us used to be like that. Now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God's Spirit have washed us and made us clean, holy and acceptable to God.

      Some in their hearts they say, "Nothing can hurt us! We'll always be happy and free from trouble." "We can do anything we want to. We only have one life to live and living life to the fullest before we die." But not everything is good for us. So, refuse to let anything have power over us. Some also say, "Food is meant for our bodies and we are what we eat." But God will destroy them both. We are not supposed to put, in, out and do indecent things with our bodies. We are to use them for the LORD, Who is in charge of our bodies. God will raise us from death with the same power that He used when He raised our Lord Jesus Christ to life.

      Know that our bodies are part of the body of Jesus Christ. It is not right for a part of the body of Jesus to join a prostitute, knowing that person does become a part of her body. That is not right. The Scriptures say, "The two of them will be like one person." But anyone who is joined to the LORD is one in Spirit with Him.

      Do not be immoral in matters of sex. Sinning against our bodies is like no other sin. We should know that our bodies are temples where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in everyone and is a gift from God. We are not our own. God paid a great price for us, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, so use our bodies to honor God.

      Now let all of these teachings become our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after people and things or become idolaters. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Nor let us commit sexual immorality as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell.”

      Here is advice for saints who have never been married and for widows. We should stay single. But if we do not have enough self-control, then go ahead and get married. After all, it is better to marry than to burn with desire. Married couples stay together and this is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ taught. A wife who leaves her husband should either stay single or go back to her husband. And a husband should not leave his wife.

      The Scripture say, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.”

      We are going through enough hard times and it is best for us to stay as we are. If married, stay married, if we are not married, do not try to get married. It is not wrong to marry, even if we have never been married before. But those who marry will have a lot of trouble and God wants to protect us from that. Saints, the Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon and it will not matter if we are married or not, because there are no marriages in heaven. It does not matter how much good we are getting from this world or how much we like it. This world as we know is passing away.

      God wants us to be free from worry. Unmarried men worry about how to please the LORD. But married men have to worry about the things of this world, because they want to please their wives. So they pulled in two directions. Unmarried women and women who have never been married worry only about pleasing the LORD and they keep their bodies and minds pure. Married women worry about the things of this world, because they want to please their husbands.

      What God teaches is for our own good and not to scare us into choices we do not want to make. God gives us the right to choose what we want and it is not to limit our freedom. We are helping each other to live right and to love the LORD above all. But suppose we are engaged to someone to be married and want that person so much, all we can think about is getting married. Then get married, there is nothing wrong with that. However, it is better to have self-control and to make up our minds not to marry. It is all right to marry, but it is better not to get married at all, as God taught us. A person already married should stay married until that person dies. Then they are free to marry again, but only to a follower of the LORD. But obeying God, they will be happier to stay single.

      In every church, the people should stay as they were when the Lord Jesus Christ chose them and God called them to be His own. The important thing is to obey God's commands. So do not try to change what we were when Jesus Christ chose us. If we were a slave to the fleshly desires, do not let that bother us. God will give our freedom and we will no longer be slaves of the flesh. When Jesus Christ chooses slaves of something, they become His Father’s free people. And when He chooses free people, they become slaves of His own because of the price God paid for us. We do not become slaves of anything else but Jesus Christ. So stay what we were when Jesus chose us because only God can set us free.

      Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death. Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, But that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sex immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, say the LORD who does all these things.”

      Saints, we should not all try to become teachers of the Bible, priest, pastors and preachers. In fact, their judgment is more strictly than others are. All of us do many wrong things. But if we can control our tongues, we are able to control our whole body. A horse trainer put bits into the mouths of horses, and can turn the horses in different directions. It takes strong winds to move a large sailing ship, but the captain uses only a small rudder to make it go in many directions. Our tongues are small too and they boast about big things. Some have spears and arrows instead of teeth and they have sharp swords instead of tongues. Kind words are good medicine, but deceitful words can really hurt.

      It takes only a spark to start a forest fire. The tongue is like a spark, an unruly evil that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person's entire life on fire with flames that come from hell. Our tongues are out of control. They are restless, evil and always spreading deadly poison. With our tongues, we speak both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, but we curse people created to be like God, and this is not right. Clean and dirty water both cannot flow from the same faucet. Does fresh water come from an ocean that is full of salt water?

      Watching what we say can save us a lot of trouble. If we are proud and conceited, everyone will say, "They are snobs!" If we want too much and are too lazy to work, to get it, the results can be fatal. But people who obey God are always generous. The LORD despises the offerings of wicked people with evil motives.

  If any of us are wise or sensible, then show it by living right, being humble and wise in everything we do. But if our hearts is full of bitter jealousy and selfishness, do not boast or lie to cover up the truth. That kind of wisdom does not come from our Father above. It is earthly, demonic and selfish and comes from the devil himself. Whenever people are jealous or selfish, they cause trouble and do all sorts of cruel things. But the wisdom that comes from our Father above leads us to be pure, friendly, gentle, sensible, kind, helpful, genuine and sincere. When peacemakers sow seeds of peace, they will harvest justice.

      So, do not say cruel things and tell lies. Do good instead of evil and try to live at peace. If we obey the LORD, He will watch over us and answer our prayers. But God despises evil people and He will wipe them all from the face of earth, until they are forgotten. We live among people who act like lions, gobbling down people! Good people become wealthy, but those who are evil will lose what they have. If we try to be kind and good, God will bless us with life, goodness and honor. When His people pray for help, He listens and rescues them from their troubles.

 

LOVE

strong affection, warm attachment

      “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

      Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them. The lust of the flesh and eyes, the pride of life are not of our Heavenly Father and it is of the world. The world is passing away and all the lust that is in it. But those who do the will of God abides forever.

      And their money perishes with them, because they thought that the gift of God could be purchase with money. We, as children of God, do not have a part in this matter. Our hearts is right in the sight of God. They should repent of this wickedness and pray to God for the thoughts of their hearts, if He will forgive them. They are poison by bitterness and bound by iniquity. Buy the truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding with our hearts, minds, souls and Spirits, not with money and do not sell it.

      Those who desire to be rich fall into snares, temptations and into many foolish, harmful lusts that drown those in destructions and perditions. Because the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil and some have strayed from the faith in their greediness piercing themselves with many sorrows. But children of God run from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

      We will love the LORD our God with all our hearts, souls, minds, bodies and strength. And these words should be in our hearts. Continuously, teach it diligently to our children and talk to them when we sit in our houses, when we are walking, when we lie down at night and rise up in the morning. We should wear it like a sign on our hands and on our eyes. We should write it on the doorposts of our houses and gates.

      If we had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but did not love others, we would only be making noise. If we had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but did not love others, what good would it do? Even if we had the gift of faith, so we could speak to a mountain and make it move, we would still be worth nothing at all without love. If we gave everything, we have to poor people and burnt alive for preaching the Gospel but did not love others. It would not be of any value.

      Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty, selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If we love someone, we will be loyal to him or her, no matter what is the cost. We will always believe in them, always expect the best of them and always stand our grounds in defending them. Someday, all the special gifts and powers from God will end, but love goes on forever. There are three things that remains, faith, hope and love, the greatest of these is love. Let love be our greatest aim. Also, ask for the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives, especially the gift of prophecy, being able to preach the messages of God, letting the world know about God and love ever lasting. And keep these words in our hearts: To hate someone is murder in our hearts.

      And if we love God, He will love, bless and multiply us. We will inherit the land in which He swore to our fathers. If we love the LORD, we hate evil. He preserves the souls of His saints and delivers them out of the hands of the wicked. Hatred stirs up trouble, but love covers all sins. But love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute us. So, that we can be sons and daughters of our Father in heaven, He makes His sun rise on the good and evil, sends rain on the just and unjust, but love us when we love Him and others.

      Owe no one anything except to love one another, those who love each other has fulfilled the law. God’s laws are the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet, and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

      Love is not deceitful, so despise what is evil and always cling to what is good. Be kind, affectionate and honor each other with friendly love. Saints, do not lag in diligence, be passionate in Spirit, serving the LORD. Rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Distributing to the needs of other saints, give them hospitality.

      Bless those who persecute us and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice and cry with those who cry. Be the same mind towards each other. Do not set our minds on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in our own opinions. Do not repay evil for evil, regarding good things in the sight of everyone.

      If it is possible, as much as depends on us, live peaceably with everyone. Do not avenge ourselves, but give wrath to our Father. The Scripture says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the LORD. So, if our enemy hungers, feed them, they thirsts, give them a drink. In doing so, we will shatter the spirits of evil. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

      We all filled with the Spirit of God. And He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Therefore, remember to stir up the gift of God that is in us through the laying of hands, some from eldership. God did not give us a Spirit of fear, but the Spirit of power, love and piece of mind. Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our LORD but share in the sufferings for the Gospel according to the power of God. Who has saved and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His purpose and grace, gave to us in Jesus Christ. But has now revealed by the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who has abolished death, brought life and immortality to light through the Scriptures. Hold fast to the sound of the Word that we have heard from the LORD, in faith and love, which are in Jesus Christ. To know the love of Jesus Christ passes knowledge.

      Therefore, love each other, because God is love and everyone who loves is born to and know Him. All who does not love God, does not know Him. The love of God manifested toward us in which, He sent His only begotten Son into the world. So, we might live through Him. In His love, He loved us and sent the propitiation for our sins.

      Therefore, saints, we know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love and saints abide in love, abides in God and God in them. Love is perfect among us in knowing this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment. There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts our fear, because fear involves torment. But we that have fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He loves us first. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates others, they are liars. If we do not love others, which we can see, how can we love God Who we have not seen?

      God’s love is that we keep His commandments. His commandments are not troublesome. Whoever is born of God overcomes the world. And the victory that has overcome the world is our faith. The love of God compels us to think, if Jesus Christ died for all, therefore we should live no longer for ourselves, but for Him who died for us and rose again. From now on, we must not consider anyone according to the flesh. Even though we know, Jesus Christ was according to the flesh. Now, we know Him according to the flesh no longer. Therefore, anyone is apart of Jesus Christ, is a new creation. And our old selves and lives passed away, everything with our selves and lives become new.

      Everywhere the love of Jesus Christ is preach, we know it will turn out for our deliverance through our prayers and the Holy Spirit from Jesus Christ. With all hope, expectation and boldness, we will not be ashamed that Jesus Christ magnified in our bodies, whether by life or death. For saints, to live is Jesus Christ and to die in flesh is a gain.

      So, there is comfort in love, fellowship of the Spirit, joy, affection and mercy, through Jesus Christ, Who will fulfill all. Children of God should be likeminded, having the same love, be on one accord, of one mind. Let nothing done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in meekness of mind. And each of us look out not only for our own interests, but for the interests of other saints. Let this mind be in us, which was in Jesus Christ. Being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God. But made no reputation for Himself, by taking the form of a servant and being found in appearance as man, but He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death on the cross. 

 


SOME WORDS WE MAY NOT KNOW
 

Abide – bear, endure; dwell, remain, last

Abhor/Abhorred – hate, despise

Adversity – distress, misfortune

Allay – lighten, relieve, calm

Arbitrate – judge, umpire, not bound by rules, decide a dispute

Ardent – fiery, passionate

Arrogant – aggressive, conceit, claim proudly or unjustly

Ascribe – to refer to a supposed cause source or author

Atonement – give satisfaction or make reparation

Awe – dread mingled with reverence

Awry – crookedly, perversely, distorted, wrong

Begotten – generated

Blaspheme – to speak of or address with irreverence

Blasphemy – the act of expressing lack of reverence for God

Carouse – a drunken revel

Chasten – free from faults by punishment restrain, moderate

Complacent – self-satisfied

Conceit – vanity, over opinionate of oneself, farfetched comparison

Condemnation – blame, criticize, denounce

Consecrate – bless, sanctify, hallow

Consecration – obedience to God; it a lifestyle, a way of life, not food or fasting, not seven or forty days, for the rest of one’s life

Consolation – to soothe the grief of, comfort

Contempt – scorn, disgrace

Contention – struggle, strive

Covet – to desire enviously what belongs to another

Destitute – needy forsaken, in absolute want

Devoid – empty of, lacking, free from

Diadem – a badge of regal power

Dignitaries – persons of high position or honor

Discern – perceive, recognize

Discernment – insight

Disdain – scorn, contempt

Dissipation – to be dissolute, to drink alcoholic beverages to excess

Diverse – different, varied, sundry

Earnestly – seriously intent and sober; grave, important

Edification – instruction and improvement

Erred/Err – wander miss the point or truth

Exalt – rise up, praise, make noble

Exalted – to rise up in rank, power or dignity

Exhort – to urge, advise or warn earnestly

Extolled – praise highly, exalt

Fervent – marked by great intensity of feeling

Fervor – ardent, impassioned

Folly – want of sense, sin foolishness, foolish action, ideas and enterprise

Fornicator – consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other

Futile – useless, vain; frivolous, trivial

Gnash – to grind (teeth) together

Hasty – hurry, accelerate

Haughty – proud, arrogant

Hewn – to cut or fell with blows

Humble – not proud, lowly, modest

Humility – state of being humble, meekness

Hypocrisy – the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion

Immorality – wickedness, an immoral act or practice

Impassioned – deeply moved, showing deep feeling

Integrity – original perfect state, honesty, uprightness

Intrude – to thrust, enter, or force in or upon

Jeer – mocking taunt

Justified – to prove to be just, right, or reasonable; exactly

Keen – sharp, vivid, acute, eager, strong

Keen – wail over the dead

Laud – praise, acclaim

Leaven – substance, such as yeast, used to produce fermentation, such as dough; something that modifies or lightens

Linseed – flaxseed

Lowliness – humble, meek

Manifest – to make evident or certain by showing or displaying

Meek – submissive, humble

Merriment – forked bone between the head and breast of a bird

Mirth – merriment

Obscurity – not readily understood, vague, remote, humble

Oracle – one held to give divinely inspired answers or revelations; an authoritative or wise utterance

Ordinance – bishops in his province, public meal supplied at a fixed time and price

Parable – an earthly story with a heavenly meaning

Passion – strong feeling, suffering, wrath, object of ardent desire

Passionate – easily moved to anger, moved by strong emotions

Perceive – obtain knowledge of though the senses; observe and understand

Perdition – eternal damnation, hell

Perverse – unreasonably wrong wayward, turn away from right

Potsherd – broken fragment of pottery

Poultice – mass of bread, linseed or other substance mixed with hot water, spread on cloth and applied to the skin for the treatment of sores, legions, etc.

Presumptuous – overstepping due bounds, taking liberties

Profane – not sacred, blasphemous and irreverent

Propitiation – to gain or regain the favor of

Prostate – bow (oneself) to the ground

Prudent – careful discreet exercising forethought

Ravenous – eager for food, rapacious, voracious

Rebuke – reprove, reprimand, find fault with

Refuge – shelter or protection from danger or distress

Remnant – small portion remaining

Reparation – a repairing, amends, compensation

Repetitions -- to repeat

Reprimand – sharp rebuke

Reproach – reproof, blame, disgrace, discredit, dishonor

Reprove – blame

Restraining – to prevent from doing something, to limit, restrict or keep under control

Revel – to take great pleasure or satisfaction, a usual wild party or celebration

Reverence – hold in great regard or religious respect

Sanctification – to make holy, consecrate, to free from sin

Scarce – hard to find, existing or available in insufficient quantity

Scarcely – only just, not quite

Scoff -- taunt mocking words

Scoffer – jeer, mock

Scourge – a whip, to whip or punish severely

Shun – to avoid deliberately or evade, elude or escape

Sinew – tendon, muscles, strength mainstay or motive power

Slothful – slow, lazy

Snare – noose used as a trap, catch with one

Sneer – to show scorn or contempt by curling the lip or by a jeering tone

Squander – spend wastefully

Strife – conflict, discord

Sublime – inspiring awe

Surety – certainty, one who makes himself responsible for the obligations of another

Torment – to cause serve suffering of body or mind

Tribulation – distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution

Vain -- empty, of no real value

Visage – face expression

Voracious – having a huge appetite, gluttonous

Winnow – blow free of chaff

Yoke – may be attached, bond or tie, couple untie

Zeal – eager and ardent interest in the pursuit of something

Zeal – fervor, keenness

Zealous – filled with, characterized by or due to zeal

 

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