In Faith And Love
“For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch. But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this,” Says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 4:1-3
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 2 Timothy 1:13-14
Jesus Christ paid on the cross the price for all the blessings that are now ours in Christ Jesus including grace which can be defined at God’s riches at Christ’s expense! Therefore we let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God until we see the manifestation of victory, blessings and long life.
Yes God has promised for those who fear His name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this.” And this is quite an all inclusive promise from a God who doesn’t lie! God’s word is true:
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you. Proverbs 20:22
In the Bible we see that Joseph faced many trials and tribulations in his young age. But in the end God blessed him abundantly (Genesis 41:41-43). Similarly, all the sorrows and struggles of Job were changed dramatically and he was blessed with twice as much as he had in the beginning (Job 42:10).
When we made Jesus Lord of our lives we came into a Covenant relationship with Jesus we became part of His family and we have a right to all the privileges in that family. We have become one with Him, all He has is ours and all we have is His. We have become a joint heir with Jesus we are heir to all the Father has. We have also been given authority to overcome every attack of the enemy and have victory. Jesus defeated Satan and took away his power to harm us but he will still try to deceive us and if we believe the deception of the devil instead of the Word of God we will be defeated.
Knowing Jesus and who He is in us and who we are in Him will give us victory every time. Instead of fearing a situation we take the Word of God and apply it and watch the situation turn out for good. Fear will take our mind off God and His word and leave us with the problem; faith will keep God’s Word on our mind and see victory. Faith comes through fellowship with Jesus, talking to Him, reading His Word, hearing His Word. We have victory now in Jesus. God’s promises are for us today. When we ask God for something it should not be hoping He will hear and answer it should be knowing He will answer. Prayer is for God’s glory, prayer is to accomplish God’s will in a situation in our lives or the lives of others. And God’s word is unchanging:
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice. The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. Proverbs 21:2-4
It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead. Proverbs 21:15-16
He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness and honor. A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold. Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. A proud and haughty man-“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride. Proverbs 21:21-24
Now the word of God doesn’t have nice things to say about fools especially those who ignore doing justice and righteousness and are arrogant and proud! Fools who ignore that it is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity including those who don’t guard their mouth and tongue! Yes, a man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead in spite of the doctrine of demons of “once saved always saved” or that he had worked miracles. His portion will be appointed with unbelievers for Jesus Who doesn’t lie told all:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:15-23
“But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, “the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. “But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:45-48
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:4-6
Yes in 1 Timothy 4:1 Apostle Paul told us “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” Departing from the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints is a personal choice which men make and God doesn’t stop them if they have become cold hearted, callous and belligerent! The LORD never goes where He is not invited or remains where He is not wanted. He has come and gone in many people’s lives. They have felt His passing but they continued on their way without Him and wonder where He had gone? He went where He was wanted and received and loved. He went where He was heeded. God’s word is unchanging:
For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little,” That they might go and fall backward, and be broken And snared and caught. Isaiah 28:11-13
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:20-32
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