1 John 4. Love for God and One another. The True Spirit and the False. God is Love

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1 John 4. Love for God and One another. The True Spirit and the False. God is Love

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

John 3:16. For God So Loved The World

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John 3:16. For God So Loved The World

For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son (JESUS CHRIST), that

whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (AMEN)!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

If death comes today, will you be prepared to meet God?

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If death comes today, will you be prepared to meet God?

 

 

 

 

 

Culled from: http://www.odb.org

 

 

 

 

 

Be Prepared!

 

READ: Romans 5:1-11

 

Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. —Romans 5:9

 

 

 

 

 

Just as her friends were doing, my daughter Melissa was busily preparing for adulthood. At school, she was getting ready for college by taking the right courses and had signed up for the ACT college entrance test.

Outside of class, Melissa was learning the socialization skills it takes to get along with people by spending time with friends, classmates, and teammates. At her job, she was learning the relational skills needed for a future career of work. At home, Mell was preparing for future family life by experiencing the way a Christian family would interact.

Getting ready for life as an adult takes work, and Melissa was making good progress.

But none of that preparation was what she would need. In 2002, when she died in a car accident at age 17, the only preparation that mattered was her readiness for heaven.

When the truest test of preparedness came so suddenly on that beautiful June evening—when eternity’s door opened for Melissa—she was prepared. She had put her faith in Jesus and trusted His sacrifice on the cross for her sins (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8-9).

When she faced the ultimate test of being prepared, Melissa was ready. Are you? —Dave Branon

God’s time is now, for the days fly fast,
And swiftly the seasons roll;
Today is yours, it may be your last;
Choose life for your priceless soul! —Fithian

 

 

 

 

 

If death comes today, will you be prepared to meet God?

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Our Love Will Be Tested

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Our Love Will Be Tested

 

 

 

 

 

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 1 John 3:16

 

 

 

 

 

Read: Genesis 22:1-2

 

 

 

 

 

Not only is love expensive, it may also undergo a trial. If you don’t believe this, ask Abraham. At a time, Abraham was torn between his promised child Isaac and God. It became inevitable for God to test whether he still loved Him (Genesis 22:1-2). Whether you like it or not, your love for God will be tested. Usually it would be based on someone or something you really love. Isaac was about 15 years before the test. Abraham had become so fond of him to the point of Isaac being inseparable from him.

Your love may be tested on the fiery furnace or in the lion’s den. Since Jesus laid down His life for you, He expects nothing less from you to your brethren (1 John 3:16). It is either you love God to the extreme or you don’t.

To succeed in life could be quite expensive because of the requirement to study at night when others are sleeping, or study in the day while others are playing. One may even be called a bookworm and other names, yet that is a far cheaper price to pay than failure. If you fail, you will become a servant to your colleagues who succeeded. Every Christian may claim to be born again and on their way to Heaven, yet it is only the few who really love God that will make it on the last day. You can be part of the few!

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION POINT:

Every disciple of Jesus will be required to take the test of love. Ask for grace to scale through.

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Delivered from the hand of the enemy

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Delivered from the hand of the enemy

Deuteronomy 7:15 says:

“And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.”

God is never the author of any type of evil, even sickness and disease. God desires to take these things from our midst. Can you imagine how much God loves you? Sometimes we who are His children fail to see God’s love around us. We think that because bad things happen that God has authored them, or that He has allowed them to happen. In this verse we see He is a faithful God. He is our God. He sent His only begotten Son to shed His blood for our sins. If He says He will put none of the evil diseases upon us, then we can trust that He means it. God says He will take them out of the midst of us. We should rejoice, knowing that God is not delivering us into the hands of the enemy, but He delivers us from the hand of the enemy.

God delivers us!

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day

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Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:97

 

READ: Psalm 119:97-104

BibleGateway, an online Bible resource, looked at the viewing habits of some of their 8 million monthly visitors. They found that John 3:16 was the most-searched-for verse in 2010.

I don’t think it’s surprising that it would be number one on the list. It tells us that God loved us so much that He sent His Son to rescue us from our sin and give us everlasting life. Number 10 on the list is Jesus’ commission to His followers to spread that good news: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matt. 28:19). Also in the top 10 are Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28 about God’s good plans and purposes for His people.

The Scriptures are filled with truths to search out and share. In Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, the psalmist shared his thoughts about the Word and his desire to search it and be taught by God. He said, “Oh, how I love Your law!” (v.97). Our Bible reading for today shows some of the psalmist’s reasons for loving it: It gives him wisdom and understanding, it restrains his feet from evil, and it is sweet. Therefore, it’s his meditation “all the day.”

Let’s keep taking the time to read the Bible. The more we search the Word, the more we’ll grow in our love for it and its Author (v.97). —Anne Cetas

Search the Scriptures’ precious store—
As a miner digs for ore;
Search, and you will surely find
Treasures to enrich the mind. —Anon.

 

The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll love its Author.

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Discipleship

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Discipleship

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26

Read: Matthew 8:18-23

After the Lord Jesus Christ instructed the multitude that they should go to the other side, only the disciples obeyed. The rest of the people went their way. A particular learned man met Him and offered to follow Jesus where he went. The Lord was happy to hear this but quickly told him that following Him was sacrificial.

And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head (Matthew 8:20).

The Lord made him realise that in the course of following Him, he will go through situations of discomfort and self denial. But the man loved his bed too much! He could not go through any inconvenience for the sake of the Gospel. That was the last time we heard of him. Even till this day, convenience is what is coming between God and some of His children. But I really wonder where we learnt that from, obviously not from God! John 3:16 says when God was to sow for man’s redemption, it was His best He gave. How come those who have been washed in the blood cannot make a little sacrifice for the Lord? If you are wise, you will bridge the gap between God’s sacrificial gift and your gifts every time you have the opportunity of giving something to Him or doing something for Him.

Another person – this time a disciple of Jesus came to Him, promising to follow the Lord after he had first buried his father (Matthew 8:21-22). It is possible he was the first born male in that family so a lot was expected from him. But the Lord’s reply could only have shocked him too. Jesus was not saying he shouldn’t bury his father. The burial was good but following the Lord was more important. The dead is already dead and burying the corpse could not bring back life, but following Jesus could both assure him of physical and eternal life. The burial was okay but following the Lord was urgent. You should not engage in ceremonies at the expense of following Christ. Also, whenever there is a clash of both, as a true disciple, you must be prepared to make Christ first, not last as this man offered. It also means that you must appreciate the need to follow the Lord above all other earthly consideration. Do you?

To be His disciple, your priorities must be right with Christ at the top.

May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

For God So Loved The World That He Gave His Only Begotten Son

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FOR GOD SO
LOVED THE THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON

For God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have everlasting life (John 3:16)

John 3:16 is
probably the most popular verse in the Bible, but many haven’t understood the
power of that little powerful verse. What world did God love? Was it the hills
and the mountains? Was it the vegetations and the rivers? It was none of these.
He loved the world of human beings, as sinful and wicked as they were! Doesn’t
it amaze you that even when Adam sinned back in the garden, it was still God
who came looking for him (Genesis 3). Adam was hiding from God, because he had
sinned, yet God still covered his nakedness with animal skin, showing that he loved
him.

The Bible
says “Herein is love, not that we loved
God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our
sins” (
1 John 4:10). So, clearly God demonstrated His great and boundless
love for us, while we were yet in sin. You may be reading this today and
perhaps you’re not born again and you’re wondering, “Can God possibly love
someone like me?” Emphatically yes! No matter what kind of life you may have
lived, He wants you today!

Now that you
know how much God loved the world of sinners, think about how much more He
loves those who are born of Him! The Bible says “if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His
Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life”
(Romans
5:10). If He loved the world of wicked men, He loves His kids even more.

If you’re
born again, you have no business with poverty, sickness and failure. God has
given us HIS OWN LIFE, and
everything that belongs to Him (Romans 8:17). He did all this because it’s been
poured out abundantly for you.

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for
lavishing Your love on me. I am so glad that you sent Your Son Jesus Christ to
die for me, and I am even more glad to be called Your Son today! Help me, I
pray to comprehend the length, breadth and height of that love, in Jesus Christ
Name! Amen!

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May Our God The
Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus
Christ Name, Amen!

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son (Elected by grace)

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FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN
SON (ELECTED BY GRACE)

But ye are an elect
race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession,
that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness
into His marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9 ASV).

In Genesis 6, the Bible tells us of certain angels who
married the daughters of men and produced giants in the earth. Thus their seed
spread upon the earth till they had cousins and relatives everywhere. These were
not godly seeds; satan’s ploy was to pollute the human race. But God put a stop
to this pollution by destroying the whole world.

Satan knew God had promised that the seed of the woman would
bruise his head (Genesis 3:15), so by polluting the human race with the
corruptive seed of the giants, he hoped to nullify God’s plan. But he failed.
God had reserved eight people who were unmixed with the pollution – Noah and
his family! They were undefiled. The Bible says Noah found grace in the eyes of
the Lord, and he was a righteous man, perfect in his generations (Genesis
6:8-9). Thus through him and his family, God started a whole new generation.

Now, the Bible also lets us know that the whole world was
under condemnation for Adam’s transgression. But just as God reserved a remnant
for Himself in the days of Noah, “Even so
at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of
grace”
(Romans 11:5). God, by sending His Son, Jesus, as sacrifice for sin,
reserved a remnant for Himself. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.

Consequently, those of us who believe in Jesus and have
accepted and confessed Him as Lord of our lives are the remnant God has chosen
out of this condemned world. We’re God’s elect today, specially called out by
grace! Not only has He chosen us, He has made us a wonder to our world. Now,
we’re a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar
people, set to manifest His excellent wisdom and perfection to all creation.
What a glorious honour to be elected by God’s grace!

CONFESSION

I’m not of this
world; I’m God’s choice, chosen by His special grace before the foundation of
the world for glory and excellence. My life is a manifestation of the
supernatural because I was born a peculiar treasure unto God. My life is for
the glory of God. Amen!

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May God Almighty save
Nigeria and Israel from all their enemies in Jesus Mighty Name! amen!

Share God’s around

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And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5)

The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:8 that “God is love“; His very nature is love, and you have His love-nature in you as one who’s born again. That means all of God‘s love is in your spirit, so you can’t have more of God’s love than you already have today. According to our opening scripture; “….the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). The question then is what are you going to do with all of this love that’s in your heart?

John 3:16 gives us an example of what to do with the love of God, it says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son….” God so loved us and reached out to us even at a time when we didn’t know Him or care about Him! He sent Jesus to win us and reconcile us to Himself, not counting our sins against us. He did this for us in Christ Jesus.

And now the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that God has committed to us the ministry of reconciliation. We have the responsibility of reconciling others to Him. We’re to reach out to our world; to the hurting and the loveless that have no hope and give them the love of God that’s in our hearts.

But to do this you need to be filled with the spirit; you actually can’t share God’s love except you’re filled with the spirit. So if you haven’t received the Holy Spirit, you can do so even now. Say this in faith: “Heavenly Father, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I receive the Holy Spirit into my heart to live in me, to help me share your love to others, Amen!”. The Holy Spirit is the One that energizes you to do the work of God and share His love with others.

PRAYERS

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love that’s in my heart; it’s the same great love wherewith You’ve loved me! I make a difference in my world today as I touch everyone I meet with Your love. The world will see and acknowledge your love in my life to the glory and praise of Your Holy Name, in Christ Jesus’s Name. Amen!