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Walk it out!

Scripture reading for November 29th: 2nd John

Key Scriptures: 2nd John 4-8 “I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady–not as though I were writing you a new commandment but the one we have had from the beginning–that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

In this short letter, John writes to ‘the elect lady and her children.’ Most commentators believe that John was writing to a female church leader and the church members. His greatest joy came from finding some of the church members walking in the truth and loving each other. Jesus taught that the simple command to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves was the greatest commandment. He emphasized to His disciples that they were to walk out their love for one another and by this all men would know that they were His disciples. We are to love those made in God’s image. Jesus Christ came to earth in a fleshly body and demonstrated God’s love through healing, relationships, and teaching. Deceivers tried to deny Jesus was a man in a human body. This is the spirit of antichrist. Don’t even welcome them into your homes.

2nd John 9-11 “Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for perfectly walking out a life of obedience to all God’s commandments and summarizing them in the simple command to love one another and love God. May I bring joy to Your heart and church leadership by my walk of truth and love. Help me today to discern those with the antichrist spirit in the church and world and avoid their false doctrines.

2nd John 3 “Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.”

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True love in deed and truth

Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st John 3

Key Scriptures: 1st John 3:11-15 “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

John is writing to the church as an overseer of churches and an elder with wisdom. He goes back to the basics in this chapter, emphasizing a simple message that has been in effect from the beginning of recorded biblical history: ‘love one another.’ Cain and Able were the first two offspring of Adam and Eve after the fall. Cain murdered his brother out of jealousy that his brother’s offering was accepted by God (a blood offering) while his own was not (a grain offering). John pointed out that Cain was of Satan, the evil one who was a murderer from the beginning! Satan is also behind the world system that even to this day hates Jesus and those following Him. Hatred is the root stronghold behind Satan’s murderous spirit. John plainly points out that no murderer or anyone hating his brother has eternal life but actually abides in death! Love for our brothers will be displayed not by talk but by actions of love and faith.

1st John 3:16-18 “By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for this simple message of our basic need and your command to love our brothers and sisters. Help me to guard my heart against hatred of anyone made in Your image and to show compassion by serving brothers and sisters in need of help instead of siding with the evil one. I want to love in deed and truth.

1st John 3:23-24 “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. Whoever keeps His commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit Whom He has given us.”

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An example to follow!

Scripture reading for November 9th: John 13

Key Scriptures: John 13:12-15 “When He had washed their feet and put on His outer garments and resumed His place, He said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”

Jesus had just taken off His out garment and taken a towel and basin and washed each of the disciple’s feet. He took the place of a servant and, although Lord and Teacher (Rabbi), demonstrated for them the servant heart that He had for them and all who would come to Him. He told them to go and do likewise for each other, remembering His example. Real worship is obedience to Jesus and results in loving service to the members of His body on earth, the Church. Jesus’ example would have rocked the thinking of His own disciples and the culture of that day. The way up, is to humbly take the lowest place by serving the needs of others.

John 13:16-17 “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your humble example of obedience and serving others. Thank You for serving all by giving your life on the cross and by this example of serving Your own disciples. I commit to serving You and Your Father by serving my brothers and sisters as long as I have breath! I want all people to know that I am Your disciple.

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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Authorities are God’s

Scripture reading for February 25th: Romans 13

Key Scriptures: Romans 13:1-5 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who caries out God’s wrath on the wrong-doer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.”

This excellent teaching on our relationship with governing authorities is one that has need of emphasis in our time and day. God is over all authority, secular or religious, from the home to the government to the church. Believers are to submit or be subject to authority because God is over them. Rules are to be obeyed, unless they violate God’s Word. Those who disobey will be subject to punishment by the authorities and those who obey will have no need to worry or fear. It is God we are obeying and serving and we are to honor and submit to Him and His established authorities.

Romans 13:8, 10 “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” . . . “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to understand and apply these truths on authority in my life as one under authority and one in authority. May Your law of love be fulfilled in and through me.

Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”

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Love one another!

Scripture reading for November 9th: Ezekiel 37-39; Psalm 87; John 13

Key Scriptures: John 13:31-35 “When he (Judas) had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek Me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Judas had just left the upper room to betray Jesus. Jesus announced His soon coming glory: His crucifixion death, burial and resurrection. By this, the Father would receive glory and the Father would glorify His Son–at once! Jesus told His disciples that where He was going they could not come. No other man could go through the experience that Jesus would go through for all mankind. He demonstrated the greatest love mankind would ever know and commanded His disciples to love one another. Love would be the most genuine proof to the world and the Church of discipleship.

Psalm 87:3 “Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God.” Selah (pause and think about that)

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I give You glory for Your great sacrifice for me, a sinner and for all sinners. Out of thankfulness and the infilling of Your Holy Spirit, I will love my brothers and sisters and share Your glorious Gospel.

Ezekiel 37:24 “”My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one Shepherd. They shall walk in My rules and be careful to obey My statutes.””

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Love marks Christ’s disciples!

Scripture reading for April 23rd:  John 13, Psalm 81, Proverbs 19

Key Scriptures:  John 13:34-35  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  

Jesus had shown His love to His disciples by taking a towel and washing their feet.  He served them.  Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment.  It really was a summary of the ten commandments and the law of the kingdom of heaven.  This commandment was not a suggestion and would be the distinguishing mark of all who belonged to Jesus.  It was simple but not easy–to love one another as Christ had loved them.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for loving me by serving me and all mankind.  Help me today to love others that come into my path.

Proverbs 19:22  “What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.”  

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Love one another!

Scripture reading for April 22nd:  John 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 13:34-35  “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”  

Jesus had washed the feet of His disciples, demonstrating His love and servant’s heart for them.  He also predicted that one of those He washed would betray Him and that Peter would deny Him three times!  In the midst of this last meal, Jesus gave His disciples a new command:  “Love one another!”  This command was to be a sign to all men that His followers belonged to Jesus!  Love does what is best for another.  Love forgives.   Love covers sins.  Love never fails!  The Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit would release a river of God’s love to flow from them! (Romans 5:5)

Observations for over-comers:  Loving one another remains the greatest command of Jesus for those who will over-come the world, flesh, and the devil!  A river of His love flows in our hearts by the Holy Spirit!  “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.  Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail.  Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.  Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”  (Ezekiel 47:12)

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No fear in love!

Scripture reading for November 24th:  1st John 4

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed His love among us:  He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love:  not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  (1st John 4:7-10)

The call to love is constant throughout John’s letter to the church.  Love is a primary fruit of the Spirit of Christ.  God, Himself, is love!  Love is the choice of will and character to always do what is best for another, even if it costs everything!  God demonstrated this for us by sending His only Son into the world to give His life for us, sinners without love for God or others.  (Romans 5:8)  The source of all true love is God.  We can now love because He loved us!

Scripture states that all people have ‘eternity in our hearts’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11)  We have a fear of death because of sin in our life.  (Hebrews 2:14-15)  We know that the judgment is coming and that we cannot stand before a holy God.  But God wants us to have confidence on the judgment day because of relationship with Him.   “Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  (1st John 4:16-18)

 

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Love one another!

Scripture reading for November 23rd:  1st John 3

“See how great is the love that the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!  . . .Dear friend, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not been made known.  But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”  (1st John 3:1-3)

John encouraged the Church with a revelation of their identity–children of God!  What great love that believers have had ‘lavished’ on them:  Adopted into God the Father’s family and given an inheritance in His eternal kingdom!   We don’t yet fully comprehend all that this means.  The full revelation will come when Jesus Christ appears again and we will be instantly changed to have glorious bodies like His body!  (1st Corinthians 15:51-54)  The hope of His appearing should result in an eager desire in each believer to be pure and holy when He comes.  “Without holiness, no one will see the Lord.”   (Hebrews 12:14)

Practical holiness involves love.  “This is the message you heard from the beginning:  We should love one another.  . . . .We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers.  Anyone who does not love remains in death.”  (1st John 3:11,14)  Love of our brothers is not an option in the kingdom of God and Christ.  We are deceiving ourselves if we say we love God and hate our brothers.  Jesus laid His life down for His brothers and we must do likewise.  We can test ourself:  Do I love my brother (or sister?)  Our identity leads to this response to Christ’s love: “Love one another!”

 

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Love fulfills the law!

Scripture reading for July 1st:  Romans 13

God wants His children to overcome evil with doing good. (Romans 12:21) He has poured the love of God (Agape) into our hearts through His gift of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 5:5)  God’s love always desires and does what is best for the total well-being of a person, even one we might consider our enemy!

Paul goes on to instruct the Roman Christians, Jew and Gentile, about the power of love.  “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,”  “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandments there may be are summed up in this one rule:  “Love your neighbor as yourself. ”  Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”  (Romans 13:8-10)

God’s law was really all about love!  If you love another man and his  wife, you will not commit adultery with his wife!  This shows a lack of love for each of them and for God who commands you not to commit adultery!  If you hate another person made in God’s image or plot to murder as a result, you lack love gifted to you by God the Father!  If you steal or covet another’s property, you are not acting in love but in lust and selfish desire!  Love always does what is best for our neighbor and fulfills God’s laws!  This truth should minister grace and freedom to Jew and Gentile!  Let the agape love that God has abundantly and freely give you flow out towards others today and please God!

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