Sunday, January 25, 2009
"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12, 13:34 NKJV) Love is a verb. It calls us into action. God loves us so much that He allowed His son to die a horrible death for us. God acted on His love for us. And, God doesn't just tell us to do the same, He COMMANDS us to love one another as HE loved us. God tells us that if we love another, then not only are we to act on that love, but act on it fully and completely...even if it means dying. Then God tells us that if we love another we have fulfilled His law. Loving is such a critical thing to God, that He tells us "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the GREATEST of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV) But what exactly is loving to God? God gives us a description of love. He says: "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Cor 13:4-7) At first this sounds like just a description, but when you go back and reread it you will see that the descriptions are also actions...being patient...being kind.... Conversely, when you do these things, you are being loving towards another. And remember, being loving is even more important, and bigger, than faith! So, remember to always uphold and sustain your words with actions! Love, Beau
Sunday, January 18, 2009
"The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together." (Romans 8:16-17 NKJV) We are all children of God. And, as children of God we are all part of a royal family. God values each and every one of us as His children, and He does so equally. We all are hard on ourselves, and maybe others, at some point in our lives. Do not let anyone tell you that you are anything less than what you are in God's eyes. Don't buy into it and don't believe it. It's not true. And, don't sell your own self short. Each and everyone one of us, whether an animal or human, was created by God and is extremely special, valuable, and important to God. We need to remember that about ourselves and about each other. We need to treat each other as a valued and important person in high esteem, and just importantly we need to treat ourselves that way. We are all a child of God and dearly loved! AMEN!!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
"But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;" (2 Corinthians 6:4-5 NKJV) God never said being a Christian, or even doing the right thing in general, was going to be easy. In fact, when you read The Holy Bible, many were persecuted, tortured, and even killed for doing the right thing. It takes patience, strength, fortitude, and reliance on God. But, the good news is this...God never said you had to go it alone. He say, "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NKJV) God is always there to lean on and be our rock and our pillar...He wants that! Hallelujah! Amen.!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
"But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved." (Luke 5:38 NKJV) Just like wineskins, when we give our life to God, the old and the new do not mix. One cannot put old wine into new wineskins. New wine has to be put into new wineskins. Otherwise the skin bursts. When we give our lives to God, the old life cannot be part of the new life. We are made brand new in God through Christ. God wants us to fully commit ourselves to Him. Otherwise, we are lukewarm Christians. God does not recognize lukewarm Christians because they are not fully commited to Him. In Revelations, God says of the lukewarm church, "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." (Revelations 3:16 NKJV) It is only when one fully gives onesself to God, can they truly be freed of their past and live totally for God and be preserved. But, what a relief it is to know you are no longer chained to your past mistakes and hurts! What a joy that is! Love, Beau