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Commandment To Love

John 15:9-12

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, abide in his love.

11These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Lesson:

Jesus gave us a main commandment which is to love one another as He loves us. He has no conditions on His love for us. Meaning He loves us with a love like a mother. You know how your mother loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. God loves us even when we do wrong but He sends His word for us to get it right. He does not want us to continue to walk blind in our sin. And He does not want us to continue on a path of destruction.

We love people with conditions, with the main condition being, if you hurt me in any kind of way or you don’t treat me the way I feel you should treat me then I won’t love you anymore. But Jesus loves unconditionally, meaning no matter how we treat Him, He still loves and cares for us. And we do Him wrong everyday, we turn our backs on Him, we act like we don’t need Him and we say hurtful things to Him or about Him. Yes we are all guilty of one or all of these in some kind of way. That does not mean that we do always do it intentionally but we do it none the less.

Lives can be changed if we will follow this commandment that was given to us. Love can break a multitude of evil down if we use it the same way God used it when He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. The same way Jesus uses it as He sits on the right hand of His Father forever making intercession for us.

My question to you today is, “Can you love the way Jesus loves?”

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5 Ways to Go Deeper Into the Word

5 ways to dig deeper into the word

Daily we should take the time in our reading to dig deeper into the Bible. Below are 5 different ways to dig deeper each day. Making a commitment to doing these things everyday will increase encouragement, hope, greater faith in God and help you to meditate or soak in the word of God. Try doing  a single idea for a week to find what works best for you. Remember to keep a journal and pen ready to capture God’s insights.

  1. Underline or highlight key words or phrases in the passage your reading. Use a pen or highlighter to mark new discoveries from the text. Periodically go back over your markings to see what God is revealing to you.
  2. Put the scripture into your own words. Read and reread the passage or verse slowly, use a second translation that may be easier for you to understand, then rewrite each phrase or sentence in a way that you understand.
  3. Ask and answer your questions. (This may seem a little weird at first.) Questions will unlock new discoveries and meanings that lead to better revelations. Ask yourself questions about the passage using the 5 W's & H: who, what, why, when, where, or how. Write down thoughts on how you would answer these questions.
  4. Gain the big concept. God’s Word communicates big concepts. Periodically ask, What’s the thought to be conceived personalizein this sentence, paragraph, or chapter?
  5. Make the meaning personal. When God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we must respond. A helpful habit is apply the Bible through action. Ask: How can my life be different from this moment forward as I respond to what I’m reading?

One of the ways to keep track of your daily dig into the word is with the Hidden In God Prayer Planner.  Use it to jot down the scriptures you read daily and expound on what you have read in the reflections area. Also after reading pray about what you have read so that God will increase your awareness of His word throughout the day. Use the planner to go back over the word and meditate on it day and night. It is your weapon of warfare after all.

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Bind God’s Word Upon My Neck

Proverbs 6:20-22 scripture

This passage of scripture was speaking towards adultery and was a warning and given wisdom of how to not be seduced by the sexual and immoral sins. But as I looked at the words of God I saw more than just that. His word leaps from the pages and shows me how to keep God’s word as close to me as it can get.  Bind means to tie or fasten tightly together. This means I can tightly hold on to God’s unchanging word that provides security for my life. This is the only attachment to something that I want to have.

So many things in this world want to attach themselves to us. Fear, rejection, doubt, poverty, sickness. But t I attache myself to the word of God all of those blood and life sucking leeches have no other option that to detach themselves. Why? Because James 2:19 says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

In Luke Jesus appointed seventy disciples and sent them out before Him into every city and place to spread the gospel. He told them to carry nothing with them. They were to grant peace in every home they entered and fellowship in the same homes and heal the sick. Who ever received them, received Jesus and whoever did not received them, did not receive Jesus. That same seventy returned to Jesus with joy saying to Jesus, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”

This is because Jesus had given them all power over their enemy and he could not hurt them. God has done the same for us. He has given us power and that power can only be discovered in His word. When we discover that power, hold tight to it! A thought came to mind as I am writing this. Witches and warlocks wear magical amulets around their necks that they say posses power. But what more for us in Christ Jesus that tie His word around our necks and carry it with us!

But remember to not get overly excited about those spirits being subject to us. But rejoice more because your name is written in heaven.

Proverbs 6:20-22; James 2:19; Luke 10:1-21

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Repent And Be Freed And Forgiven Of Sins

Book of Luke

Luke 3:2-6

2: Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3: And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

4: As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

5: Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

6: And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Lesson:

Definitions:

Repentance –noun 1. deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing, or the like. 2. regret for any past action.

Remission –noun 1. the act of remitting. 2. pardon; forgiveness, as of sins or offenses.

Salvation –noun 1. the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc. 2. the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc. 3. a source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.

God sent his son that we could be delivered and set free from an eternal death. Jesus prepared the way for us to be forgiven, saved from destruction and be protected by the Father.

Do not just repent because someone tells you to do so, but do it because you want to. You have to truly want to be forgiven and want to have a relationship with Jesus. When you repent that means that God has forgiven you and you can forgive yourself and the sins of the past have been erased. They no longer exist.

Now rightfully dividing the word this does not mean that you can go and continue to commit those same sins over and over again and keep asking for forgiveness. Or knowingly do the same wrong things over and over and saying, “I can just ask to be forgiven after I do this wrong thing.” What is your motive when you go to God and seek forgiveness? Is your heart in the right place or is there evil intent? Even if you do not know, God knows and you can fool yourself but what you cannot do is fool God.

When you repent you should want to be forgiven and not want to commit the same sin again. You should want to be freed from that thing that has held you down and kept you from hearing the voice of God. Sin is disobedience and when you sin you disobey God. It is just like disobeying you mother of father when they have told you not to do something and you do it anyway. Your parents get angry but they also will forgive you. God is the same way, we just have to ask Him for that forgiveness.

This is the beginning of life and a right standing relationship with God.

Thank you precious Lord, for Your mercy and grace that is new every morning. Jesus I come to You today asking you to forgive me of the things I have done to sin. Wash me Lord and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. Make know to me the things I do that are displeasing that I may correct them and sin no more. I repent Lord and ask that as I fall short daily You give me the heart to know and ask for Your forgiveness as I strive to live for You. In Jesus name, Amen.